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The team at Addleshaw Goddard is ‘very knowledgeable and pragmatic’, with ‘a good overall level of service and a wide range of capabilities’. Andrew Rosling heads the M&A practice as well as the firm’s retail and consumer group. The firm remains active in the energy space; Angus Rollo handled BP’s acquisition of a minority stake in Lightsource Renewable Energy Investments for $200m and Guy Winter advised Harmony Energy Storage on a joint venture arrangement with investor Long Harbour. Charles Penney is recommended also recommended alongside the ‘insightful creative and hardworking’ Graham Cross, and Ben Koehne, who  is ‘keen to work alongside clients to ensure that work is delivered most efficiently’. Andrew Carpenter departed in September 2017 to join DWF, while Tim Field left in November 2017 to join Mishcon de Reya LLP  .

Commended for its ‘excellent response times, industry knowledge and strength in depth’, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP 's M&A offering is headed by Richard Moulton. Moulton also chairs the firm’s international private equity group, and is strong for healthcare and TMT matters. The ‘calm, collected and patient’ Stephen Nash heads the firm’s public company takeover group, and has been advising Altrad Investment Authority on its successful £330m cash offer for Cape. Nash is also a member of the firm’s TMT sector group, and acted for Teledyne Technologies on its £620m acquisition of e2v technologies by a court-sanctioned scheme of arrangement. Robin Johnson co-chairs the firm’s cross-border M&A team and is one of the leaders of the firm’s diversified industrial sector group. Johnson’s highlights included acting for G4S on the sale of its Peruvian subsidiary company to Prosegur Compania de Seguridad for £11.8m and acting for Fiserv on the acquisition of Dovetail Group. Energy sector transactions are also significant for the practice, with Jason Lovell and senior associate Andy Lord handling CGN Europe’s acquisition of 14 onshore wind-farms, with an enterprise value in excess of €500m. Other clients of note include Capita, National Grid and Uberior Equity. Alex Hand joined Boeing and Richard Lewis left to head the in-house corporate team at KPMG.

The standard of service at McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP is ‘very high quality, with an exceptional price to performance ratio’. The practice has significant experience in high-value cross-border M&A; sector strengths include energy, healthcare, life sciences and asset management. The transactional practice is headed by Mark Davis, who recently advised KP Snacks on its acquisition of Tangerine Confectionary’s popcorn business, Butterkist. The practice is noted for its strength in the emerging markets, with Rupert Weber a noted expert in the African markets. Weber recently acted for the Oppenheimer family on the restructuring of its existing joint venture with Temasek and the setting up of a new joint venture for investing in consumer, healthcare and other businesses in Africa. On the real estate side, Weber and Eleanor West advised Prime Kapital on a joint venture with MAS Real Estate to create a €260m Central and Eastern European commercial property business. Stuart Mathews is recommended as an ‘outstanding corporate lawyer with excellent knowledge in other areas; he is down to earth, and service minded’. Lisa O’Neill has particular expertise in the oil & gas sector, and recently represented Actuant in the sale of its Viking Sea Tech business to Acteon Group, which provides mooring solutions for the offshore oil and gas market. Counsel Elisabeth Moseley and Alan Gar joined in April 2017 from Clyde & Co LLP and Simmons & Simmons respectively. Peter Crichton joined the following month from CMS.

Well known for its strength in the digital businesses and marketing sector, the ‘high-quality’ practice at Osborne Clarke LLP possesses ‘strong industry knowledge’ and provides a ‘commercial, reliable service’. Core strengths of the practice beyond technology and telecoms include financial services, real estate, infrastructure and energy. Simon Smith heads the department jointly with the Reading-based Greg Leyshon; Smith advised the shareholders in Service Works Group on the company’s sale to Swedish-listed software business Addnode Group for SEK 194m. In the technology space, Jonathan King and associate director Tom Try handled RM’s £56.6m acquisition of Connect Group, a deal which was conditional upon clearance from the UK Competition and Markets Authority. Private equity specialist Mark Spinner is recommended as ‘responsive and knowledgeable, with good communication skills’; he notably advised Investis on the acquisition of Phoenix-based digital marketing agency ZOG Digital. The pharmaceuticals sector remains an area of strength for the practice; Janita Good and associate Samantha Peacock advised Actavis on the £60m divestment by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries to Intas Pharmaceuticals. Chris King , Tim Birt and Jonathan King are all ‘solid and reliable’. Other clients include Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Iris Worldwide Holdings and Leisure Pass Group. Tim Hewens and Alan Francis both joined from Squire Patton Boggs, while associate director Kenneth Wilkinson joined from CMS.

The ‘very high-quality’ practice at Pinsent Masons LLP is ‘very responsive, understands the client’s business, and helps the client to understand key legal concepts from a commercial perspective’. The team, led by energy and infrastructure expert John Tyerman, frequently handles multi-jurisdictional M&A for public and private companies, and is consistently active across a wide range of sectors. Jon Harris is a leading lawyer in the AIM market who ‘has good knowledge and expertise, is easy to work with, with good response times and has a commercial approach’. Tom Leman (‘responsive, reliable and takes control of all legal aspects of a deal’) advised Motor Fuel on a number of strategic acquisitions. On the renewable energy front Carsten Rumberg advised BayWa r.e. Solar Projects on the sale of its last remaining UK solar assets to a fund managed by Greencoat Capital and Andrew Kerr advised DCC on the £219m disposal of its environmental division to private equity firm Exponent. On the financial services front Hannah Brader advised Zurich on the sale of its UK workplace pensions business to Lloyds Banking Group. The team has seen rapid expansion within the past 12 months, with Julian Stanier and Gareth Jones joining from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, Hammad Akhtar and legal director Matthew Brewer  joining from Ashurst, and Kieron Toal joining from Shoosmiths LLP. Sean Page joined Locke Lord LLP.

The team at Stephenson Harwood is praised for its ‘excellent service, rapid document turnaround and real commitment to getting the deal done’. It handles public and private M&A in a wide variety of sectors; corporate head Andrew Edge is an expert in the healthcare and life sciences sectors and advised Acadia Healthcare on its £1.3bn acquisition of Priory Group. He also acted for ENGIE on its £330m acquisition of Keepmoat from TDR and Sun Capital and advised BTG on its acquisition of Galil Medical in a deal worth up to $110m. Duncan Stiles heads the London office's corporate finance offering and recently acted for Covanta on its strategic partnership with the Green Investment Group to develop, fund and own energy from waste projects in Ireland and the UK, with total enterprise value of €700m. Andrew McLean's real estate highlights included assisting SEA Group with the £260m acquisition of the corporate entities holding 33 Old Broad Street, London, and advising real estate investment fund Tristan Capital on the £245m acquisition of the company owning a portfolio of out of town shopping centres from Brockton Capital. Financial services and transport and logistics are other important sectors for the M&A practice, with key clients on these fronts including Kalibrate Technologies, Bowmark Capital and AET. The team augmented its private equity offering in 2017 with the hires of Jonathan Pittal , Warren Allan and Gabriel Boghossian from King & Wood Mallesons.

Taylor Wessing LLP has ‘very good strength in depth’, and is active in a variety of sectors, which includes corporate real estate, consumer and retail, hotels and leisure and private wealth. The team has carved out a niche in handling international corporate gaming transactions, with Mike Jones assisting Altigi with its acquisition by Swedish gaming company Stillfront Group for €270m and Mike Turner advising Supercell on its $90m acquisition of a majority interest in SpaceApe Games. On the hotels and leisure side, Richard Bursby advised YOTEL on its $250m strategic partnership with private investment firm Starwood Capital Group, while in consumer and retail William Belcher acted for Hilton Food Group on the £84m conditional acquisition of Icelandic Group. Fintech is another area of strength, with one landmark transaction seeing Turner advise money.co.uk on its sale to Zoopla for a potential consideration of £140m. The ‘practical, reliable’ David Mardle heads the corporate practice; corporate finance head Russell Holden and technology head Adrian Rainey are also recommended.

TMT, energy, transport and logistics are sector strengths of Bird & Bird LLP 's practice, which has strong multi-jurisdictional capabilities. Group head Neil Blundell focuses on the technology and communications and media industries; in 2017 he handled £31m of ARM’s acquisition of Simulity Labs and advised Finish telecoms company, Elisa, on its entry into an agreement to acquire Starman’s Estonian business for €151m. Simon Allport has strong public and private M&A experience, particularly in the financial services, healthcare and life sciences sectors; Allport advised Secret Escapes on its acquisition of Slevomat Group and represented Stanley Gibbons Group on a restructuring involving a series of disposals, a formal sales process under the City Code and the placing into administration of an operating subsidiary. Media sector expert Simon Fielder acted for Toronto-listed Kew Media on its acquisition of Content Media Corporation for €67m. Matt Bonass is strong in the energy & utilities and sport sectors; he advised Abbey Renewables on the sale of 14 wind farms across England and Scotland for £44m and advised The Bunker Secure Hosting on its sale to private equity firm Palatine. Clive Hopewell and Adam Carling both joined the team in July 2017 from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

The 'fantastic' practice at Fieldfisher is ‘really responsive and sharp, with a commercial attitude’. Noted for its ‘outstanding knowledge and attention to detail, and business-minded approach’, the corporate group has particularly strengthened its focus and presence in the technology, media and telecoms and energy and natural resources industry sectors. Andrew Blankfield heads the corporate department, which includes technology sector expert Tim Bird  is ‘really commercial and diplomatic; you can rely on him to shepherd a tricky transaction through’; he acted for S&P Global on its strategic investment in Algomi and advised Sigmaroc on its acquisition of Topcrete. Rhys Griffiths is recommended for his ‘excellent understanding of the regulatory framework for travel issues and the specific areas for travel agents, tour operators and airlines’. David Wilkinson is ‘an excellent and insightful lawyer’. Keith Woodhouse and Brian Chadwick joined the team from Hogan Lovells International LLP and Cooley (UK) LLP respectively.

The ‘excellent, very reliable’ Gowling WLG is noted for its strength in energy and real estate transactions. The ‘extremely competent and reassuringly calm’ Stuart Young advised the shareholders of Opus Energy Group on its proposed sale to Drax Group for £340m; he was supported by principal associate Neil Hendron, who is ‘very knowledgeable and extremely capable’. Other highlights included David Brennan's advice to Legrand North America on the £300m acquisition of Sever Tech and Jeffrey Elway's advice to Thesis Asset Management on its £52m acquisition by means of takeover by an acquisition vehicle formed and owned by Ventiga Capital Partners, J. Leon & Co and Thesis management. Charles Bond leads the firm’s natural resources group, with particular expertise in financing and M&A for listed and private companies in the oil and gas sector; he is a ‘very responsive, hardworking lawyer’ and ‘very knowledgeable of the mining sector and how to do deals in Russia’.

Mishcon de Reya LLP provides an ‘exceptional’ standard of service, and its team is noted for its ‘quality of work, commercial knowledge and experience, responsiveness and attention to detail’. Nick Davis heads the team and is singled out for his ‘first-rate knowledge’ of the recruitment and professional services industry and for his ‘pragmatic approach to getting deals done’. Andrew Rimmington is noted for his experience in fintech, software and e-commerce, among others, and recently advised Canouan Resorts on the sale of a majority stake of its holding company. Ross Bryson and senior associate Lucinda Crindland  (who are ‘exceptionally knowledgeable and engaging lawyers’) acted on the share sale of Capital & Counties Properties sale of its Olympia London exhibition business for £296m. Dean Poster is a ‘highly intelligent, experienced commercial lawyer who sees the bigger picture’; he and Nadim Meer advised the management of LINPAC on the company’s €450m sale to The Klöckner Pentaplast Group.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP ‘stands apart due to its relentless and consistent focus on the customer’. Financial services, technology, life sciences and energy and natural resources are sector strengths: Stephen Walters acted for Smiths Group on the sale of its power business to DunesPoint Capital for £162m and advised Lime Rock Partners on the sale of UK oil field services company TWMA to Buckthorn partners. The practice is noted for its experience in Russia and Asia; practice head Timothy Corbett has been representing Yandex in a transaction with Sberbank to form an ecommerce joint venture based on the Yandex. Market business, with a likely post-completion value of $1bn, and also advising Yandex on a transaction with Uber to combine their ridesharing businesses in Russia and other Asian and Eastern European jurisdictions, with a combined value of approximately $3.7bn. Corbett and associate Lee Harding are ‘both exceptional lawyers in their field; their responsiveness, knowledge, engaging, collaborative working style and sheer work rate is phenomenal’; they both assisted NSM Insurance Group on the acquisition by its subsidiary, Vantage Holdings, of Maybury James.

The 'excellentOrrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP offers ‘practical, commercial advice’; ‘they switch comfortably between strategy and detail and are thorough and diligent’. Practice head Anthony Riley focuses his work on M&A transactions in the renewable energy sector; he has been advising NextEnergy Solar Fund on more than £150m worth of solar power project acquisitions. Jinal Shah (‘very good under pressure and putting people at ease’) acted for the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile in connection with Liberty Media’s $8bn acquisition of Formula 1. Ylan Steiner ‘is balanced without losing sight of his clients’ objectives, and has impressive interpersonal skills’; he acted for Vitruvian Partners in the acquisition of a 30% stake in cybersecurity technology company BitDefender, at a valuation of more than $600m. The team has seen a number of significant recent recruits: financial services advisory expert Jacqui Hatfield arrived from Reed Smith LLP in September 2017, while Ali Ramadan and Paul Doris joined the team in early 2018 from Bird & Bird LLP and Watson Farley & Williams LLP respectively.

The 'excellentReed Smith LLP expanded considerably in January 2017 when Mark Sanders , Laura Brunnen , equity capital markets specialist Delphine Currie and senior counsel Martin Bowen advised Graphite Capital and Micheldever Group on Micheldever’ acquisition by Sumitomo Rubber Industries for £215, David Boutcher handled the sale of Red Letter Days to Smartbox Group for clients Peter Jones and Theo Paphitis, and Michael Young advised Envigo International Holdings on the UK law aspects of its $830m merger with Avista Healthcare. Another standout matter saw Philip Taylor and Frankfurt-based Andreas Jürgens advise CBPE Capital on its acquisition of SafeChem Europe from Dow. The technology sector is a particular strength of the practice, with clients in this regard including SoundCloud, Microsoft and ITV.

RPC 's ’s ‘quick, well-equipped’ team is ‘very committed to meeting deadlines’. The firm has acted on a number of high-profile transactions in the retail and technology spheres, with Nigel Collins acting for Hitachi on the acquisition of Temple Lifts and Karen Hendy acting as lead advisor to Sports Direct International on its disposal of the sportswear brand Dunlop and related wholesale business for $137.5m to Sumitomo Rubber Industries. Hendy also advised Dialog Semiconductor on its share buyback programme, split into €38m and €75m tranches. The team remains strong in the insurance sector, with James Mee and private equity specialist David Wallis acted as lead counsel to Citynet Insurance Brokers, as well as its management and selling shareholders, on the sale of the broker to Carlyle-backed PIB Group. Insurance sector expert Matthew Griffith has previously assisted Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group with the sale of Thistle Insurance Services to PIG Group. Anthony Shatz and senior associate Paul Jenkins are ‘quick thinkers’ with ‘very good people skills’.

The ‘sleeves up, no nonsense, get on with lawyers’ at Squire Patton Boggs offer ‘lightning fast response times’, with ‘an excellent level of service and consistent advice which is practical and useful’. The London M&A team is commended for being ‘highly commercial’ and ‘always available to provide clear, pragmatic and sensible advice’. The ‘highly experienced’ and ‘very user-friendly’ Nicholas Allen heads up the firm’s media M&A practice, recently acting for the sellers of Bullitt Group and members of its management team in the sale of the share capital to Exponent private equity. Allen also worked alongside the ‘tireless, admirable’ Mark Yeo in advising the sellers of Zone in the sale of the share capital of the company to Cognizant Worlwide. Head of financial services and Fintech M&A Robert Bray is ‘very practical and incredibly user friendly; he’s what you want when a deal gets tricky’; Bray assisted Wonga with the sale of its German operation BillPay to Swedish payments company Klarna. On the acquisitions side, practice head James McKay handled Luceco’s £9.8m acquisition of Kingfisher Lighting, while Jane Haxby advised Molson Coors on its acquisition of Aspall from the Chevallier Guild family. The firm’s Sports M&A practice is jointly led by Yeo and David Hull , who has recently relocated to the firm’s Birmingham office, while Timothy Stead leads the recruitment M&A practice. Henry Davey joined in May 2017 from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and Julian Ciecierski-Burns was promoted to partner level, while Tim Hewens departed for Osborne Clarke LLP.

The 'proactive, commercial' team at Arnold & Porter  is ‘excellent – very proactive, understand the client’s business, and is technically on top of new developments’. The key areas of practice for the firm’s M&A team are private equity M&A, life sciences/pharmaceuticals, healthcare, technology and retail. Jeremy Willcocks has ‘excellent mid-market M&A and equity capital markets experience’; he acted for Diversis Capital on its recommended cash offer for LSE-listed ServicePower Technologies and acted for the shareholders of Health Partners International on all aspects of the acquisition of the company by DAI Global Health. On the real estate side, Anna Buscall advised the McArthurGlen Group on its acquisition of the Rosada retail outlet centre in Roosendall, the Netherlands, while in healthcare David Gerber handled the UK and European law issues relating to Carestream’s sale of its dental digital business to funds managed by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and CareCapital Advisors.

Baker Botts (UK) LLP provides ‘very good, prompt service, excellent knowledge and holistic advice’ at ‘competitive rates’; its key sector strengths are TMT and energy. The ‘smart, highly competent’ practice co-head Neil Foster advised ABB Technology Ventures, ABB’s  venture capital investment arm, on its Series B, £10m co-investment into Cambridge Medical Robotics, the second instruction from the client. Foster also advised the management team of Hammer Film Group on the management buyout of the company by the Exclusive Media Group. On the energy side, Paul Exley , who is praised for his ‘business acumen and strong M&A experience’, represented Oil Search on the $400m acquisition of a number of oil assets in the Alaks North Slope, with the option to double its interest in the assets for an additional $450m. Practice co-head Derek Jones continues to handle points arising from Liberty Media’s $8bn acquisition of Formula One from CVC Capital Partners

Clyde & Co LLP 's ‘pragmatic, responsive and well-regarded’ department has ‘good strength in depth’ and ‘expert knowledge of the insurance industry’; real estate, energy and natural resources are also sector strengths. Nick Purnell heads the corporate team, alongside insurance M&A specialist Andrew Holderness .  Corporate real estate expert Simon Vere Nicoll a key figure, with recent personal highlights including advising on One Braham’s acquisition of the Luxembourg SPV which owns Aldgate Tower for £65m and acting for a consortium of international investors on a joint venture arrangement to purchase Regent House from The Portman Estate for £15m. Other highlights included Purnell handling Cennox’s $6.25m acquisition of Diebold International and acting for WeFlex in respect of a fundraising arrangement. Richard Elks was promoted to partner in May 2017 and was instructed by Leon Restaurants in respect of a £25m private equity funding from Spice Private Equity.

The team at HFW provides ‘excellent service’ and ‘thinks outside the box’; it has particular experience in energy, financial services and ports and terminals. Nick Hutton leads the team and specialises in the mining, energy, trading and transportation industries, as well as insurance; he has acted for Oiltanking recently on two significant matters, namely its proposed acquisition from Galana Petroleum of a company in South Africa, and the acquisition of a jet fuel terminal and pipelines in Copenhagen from Shell. Alistair Mackie advised APM Terminals as majority partner in the development of a mega port and free zone project at Badagry in Nigeria. The ‘well-informed, resourceful, responsive and highly effective' Alex Kyriakoulis is a ‘trusted pair of hands’, and ‘always excels’; he is currently handling a significant privatisation project with value $195m for International Container Terminal Services. Jayson Marks is also recommended.

The 'very goodK&L Gates LLP practice, led by Paul Tetlow , is traditionally strong in energy, natural resources, infrastructure and advising US corporates. Tetlow includes oil & gas companies among his client portfolio, recently representing QG Africa Mining on its investment in Taro Gold. Tom Wallace is strong for technology transactions, and acted for First Data Corporation on the sale of its Baltic subsidiaries to Worldwide for $83m. Counsel Richard Dollimore assisted with UK law advice on Boralex’s joint venture arrangement with Infinergy, run out of the firm’s New York office. Howard Kleiman is recommended as a ‘very competent M&A lawyer’ and noted for his experience in the automotive industry.  John Elgar handles transactions across a range of sectors, including financial services and banking, sports, leisure and betting & gaming.

The ‘efficient, supportive and proactive’ Trowers & Hamlins LLP ] has an ‘excellent level of service’; ‘they have strength in depth to advise and are very sensitive to cost’. Private M&A expert Michael Pattinson heads the team, which counts the real estate, hotels, leisure, social care and communications industries as areas of strength. The ‘well experienced and customer-friendly’ Nick Harrisingh acted for new client Panasonic on the purchase of AMP Air Conditioning in a complex, cross-border transaction,  and advised Apache Capital on its joint venture deal with retirement housing company Audley Group. Riccardo Abbate is ‘strategic and very commercial’ and is noted for his advice on corporate joint venture arrangements. The ‘standout’ Alison Chivers is ‘always on the end of the phone and works quickly and diligently’; she acted for funds managed by Apposite Capital on the acquisition of Swanton Care & Community and its eight subsidiaries. Other clients of the team include Parkdean Resorts, Cambian Group and London Strategic Land.

With ‘excellent client service and strong, focused sector knowledge’, the team at Watson Farley & Williams LLP is ‘smart, commercially astute and nice to work with’. The firm’s core sectors are energy and infrastructure, shipping and transport, natural resources and real estate. Chris Kilburn heads the London corporate team, having previously rejoined from the firm’s Singapore office; he handles both corporate M&A and capital markets instructions. Jan Mellmann (‘readily accessible, with  first rate knowledge) heads the firm’s natural resources group and recently advised Mariana Resources on its £166.85m combination with Sandstorm Gold. The ‘responsive and smart’ Andy Savage is focused on energy and infrastructure transactions, and recently worked with energy and infrastructure partner Martin Lucas on Statkraft’s divestment of its stakes in two offshore wind farms. Recently promoted partner Daniel Saunders is rated for ‘his commercial approach and for consistently being able to run through and identify all potential eventualities’. Senior associate Jenny Hodges is noted for her experience in public M&A transactions, and is recommended as an ‘absolute pleasure to work with’.

Cooley (UK) LLP 's department is especially strong in technology and life sciences. Its work tends to be in private M&A rather than public M&A, though the team has no shortage of listed clients; David Bresnick acted for Zenith Hygiene Group on its recommended final cash offer to sell to Bain Capital Private Equity through its investment in Diversey. 3Legs Resources is another listed client. In the retail space, department head  Justin Stock advised RZC Investments and Steuart Walton on the purchase of upmarket cycling brand Rapha, while on the technology side Stephen Rosen was instructed by senior management of ATCORE group on relation to the company’s acquisition by Inflexion Private Equity. Other clients include Apollo Global Management, Syncsort and YummyApps.

The 'clever, commercial' Mark Taylor heads the London transactions group at Dorsey & Whitney , which is active in a range of sectors including energy, financial services, food and drink and retail. Max Beazley advised Travel and Transport on the acquisition of Statesman Travel Group, constituting the client’s first acquisition outside North America. Fabrizio Carpanini assisted Communications Test Design with the extension of its European joint venture with Deutsche Telekon in a complicated transaction, and Alan Farkas advised the management and sellers of Argenta Holdings in connection with the company’s sale to Hannover Re. Other clients include Watchstone Group, Datatec and Casualty & General Insurance Company.

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (London) LLP 's corporate team in London is headed by Dan Oates ,  who is noted primarily for his expertise in private equity M&A transactions. Highlight projects of this nature saw Oates advise longstanding client Francisco Partners on the sale of a minority interest in BluJay Solutions and handle 3i Infrastructure’s acquisition of a portfolio of assets from EISER Global Infrastructure Fund. Away from private equity, Oates has also acted for global information company Ascential on its acquisition of Clavis Insight for $219m and represented Genesys Telecommunications in its acquisition of Silver Lining Solutions.

The 'excellentLewis Silkin LLP has an ‘extremely competent and commercial’ corporate offering. The firm is known as a leader in the advertising and marketing sector, and includes Publicis, Havas, IP and Omnicom in its client list. ‘Calm, proactive and creative’ practice head Paul Rajput advised digital communications group Next 15 on four significant acquisitions in 2017, including those of Circle Research and Velocity Partners. . Karish Andrews is ‘commercial and knowledgeable in the media and marketing sectors’; Andrews is also known for his expertise in sports M&A, recently acting for new client Golazo Sports Marketing on a complex collaboration arrangement with The Great Run. Creative economy sector expert Jo Evans is ‘commercially very savvy and experienced, and also a lovely person to work with'. David Willbe and Sam Pennington are also noted.

The ‘excellent’ team at Winston & Strawn London LLP  is noted for its ‘real time responsiveness and proactive approach’, which ‘shows superb business acumen and industry knowledge’. Practice head Zoë Ashcroft ‘stands out in her passion and extraordinary dedication, commitment and speedy response to client’s needs’; she has strong involvement with cross-border transactions in emerging markets, particularly Sub-Saharan Africa. Nicholas Usher and 'rising starStewart Worthy are recommended as ‘really great to work with and always seem to be in control’. Usher represented Superior Industries International in its $715m acquisition of Uniwheels, while Worthy led on Yioula Glassworks’ €500m sale of its glass manufacturing operation in Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania. Paul Amiss is also recommended.

The ‘truly partner led practice’ at Burges Salmon LLP provides ‘an impeccable level of service all round, including value for money’. Bristol-based head of practice Richard Spink is ‘an assured practitioner, who is consistently able to deliver’; his expertise lies in corporate transactions for private equity clients. The ‘very personable, knowledgeable and pragmatic’ Camilla Usher-Clark is a core member of the firm’s energy sector. Jonathan Eves and senior associate Julie Book are ‘experts in solar PV and energy storage deals’; one highlight of this nature saw Eves advise Maas Capital Renewables on its entry into a joint venture with Solarplicity to install rooftop solar facilities for housing association tenants across the UK. Alan Barr , hotels and leisure expert Rupert Weston , private equity specialist Mark Shepherd and senior associate Tim Roberts are also recommended.

Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP continued to expand its offering with the hire of Edward Tran in April 2018, previously of counsel at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher,  further to the hire of  Paul Rosen in January 2017. Rosen has since represented Apriprose on a number of transactions, including handling the client’s acquisition of Hollands House Hotels (Bristol) Ltd alongside managing partner Peter Sugden . Clients of the team include Manali Petrochemicals, Chopard and Creative Industries Federation.

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