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In this section we rate the London operations of firms from the following countries and regions: Australia; Canada; Continental Europe; India; Latin America and Offshore jurisdictions.

Australian firms in London

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  1. Australian firms in London
  2. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

  1. 1
    • Michael Wallin - Minter Ellison

Minter Ellison's Michael Wallin advises companies and investors on Australian, UK and European cross-border investment, M&A and securities law matters, while Nicola Marley heads the London office's finance practice; Marley is an expert in complex, cross-border leveraged and acquisition financing and debt restructuring.

Practice head(s):Michael Wallin

Other key lawyers:Nicola Marley

Canadian firms in London

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  1. Canadian firms in London
  2. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

  1. 1
    • Robert Brant - McCarthy T√©trault
    • David Glennie - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
    • Al Gourley - FASKEN
    • Dean Koumanakos - Stikeman Elliott (London) LLP

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP's London office managing partner David Glennie is highly rated for international M&A and corporate finance deals; Glennie is particularly noted for natural resource transactions as well as domestic and international financings; other key London advisers include Jennifer Maxwell, who is experienced in M&A, financing and securities matters involving the mining, energy, financial services and technology sectors.

Practice head(s):David Glennie

Other key lawyers:Jennifer Maxwell

FASKEN's London office advises clients from the mining, energy, infrastructure and banking sectors, predominantly in relation to capital markets deals. corporate and commercial matters, M&A, project finance, and public-private partnerships. Regional managing partner of the London office Al Gourley is well known for mining transactions, including royalty, streaming and joint development matters; the other London partners to note are Abayomi Akinjide, Thomas Wexler , Jodi Katz, Vanessa McMinn and Karim Maalioun.

Practice head(s):Al Gourley

Other key lawyers:Abayomi Akinjide; Thomas Wexler; Jodi Katz; Vanessa McMinn; Karim Maalioun

McCarthy Tétrault's London office fields corporate, commercial and M&A practitioners, who regularly handle major international oil and gas, mining, power, technology and telecoms-related deals. London office managing partner Robert Brant focuses his practice on international M&A and divestitures, and international securities offerings.

Practice head(s):Robert Brant

European firms in London: Benelux

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  1. European firms in London: Benelux
  2. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

  1. 1
    • Niek Biegman - De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

The London office of Luxembourg-based law firm Arendt & Medernach is 'outstanding; the team is very responsive and has strong expertise across several areas'. The office advises exclusively on Luxembourg legal, tax and regulatory matters, with the client base including banks, insurance companies, retail fund managers, private equity and hedge funds, multinational companies and high-net-worth individuals. London office head Camille Bourke is a partner in the private equity and real estate practice, and specialises in the formation of alternative investment funds and private equity transactions.

Practice head(s):Camille Bourke


'Camille Bourke is a pleasure to work with, she has high-quality, strong market knowledge and is always responsive'.

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek was the first Dutch law firm to open in London. Headed by corporate finance specialist Niek Biegeman, the office advises London-based clients doing business in the Netherlands. It focuses on corporate law matters, banking, M&A and related financing, and debt and equity financing; the client base includes investment banks, financial institutions, private equity, and private and public companies. The current London senior associates are Olav Klaver and Laurens Peters.

Practice head(s):Niek Biegeman

Other key lawyers:Olav Klaver; Laurens Peters

Houthoff's Jessica Terpstra and investment management practice group head Oscar van Angeren divide their time between the firm's London and Amsterdam offices. Terpstra specialises in international financial transactions, particularly in relation to project and real estate financing; she also advises clients on banking and securities law. Van Angeren is focused predominantly on the establishment of investment institutions, including private equity,  hedge, real estate and retail funds, as well as funds of funds. Asset management expert Parmiss Mirshekar and banking and finance lawyer Anne Van Heijningen are experienced associates.

Practice head(s):Jessica Terpstra; Oscar van Angeren

Other key lawyers:Parmiss Mirshekar; Anne Van Heijningen

Loyens & Loeff's London office has highly regarded specialists in Benelux tax, corporate restructuring and insolvency, investment management and banking law. Marc Klerks has returned to the London office to head its tax practice, and has extensive experience advising on a range of complex corporate and commercial tax matters. Former London office corporate practice head Vincent Vroom relocated to the firm's Amsterdam office in 2018.

Practice head(s):Marc Klerks

NautaDutilh's London office is recommended for its advice on the Dutch and Luxembourg law aspects of finance deals, debt capital markets and restructurings. Managing partner of the firm's London office, Walter Schellekens has broad experience as counsel on both the borrower and lender side of syndicated credit facilities with Dutch borrowers and matters involving Dutch security; he also assists with public offerings in - or from - the Netherlands. Marc Orval focuses on financing transactions and restructurings, which usually have cross-border elements.

Practice head(s):Walter Schellekens

Other key lawyers:Marc Orval

Stibbe's London office acts for a wide range of multinational corporations, private equity funds, financial institutions and private businesses on Dutch corporate, finance, securities and tax matters. Hans Witteveen is the resident partner in London; practicing Dutch law only, Witteveen is part of the M&A group and specialises in Dutch corporate law. His experience includes cross-border M&A, private equity and corporate finance transactions.

Practice head(s):Hans Witteveen

Luxembourg law firm Wildgen  opened its first representative office in London in 2018; it advises on Luxembourg law in relation to international transactions, including cross-border mergers, employee expatriation, passporting issues, litigation, tax and investment fund vehicles. Mark Shaw joined the firm from Chenavari Financial Group as partner to head the London representative office.

Practice head(s):Mark Shaw

European firms in London: France

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  1. European firms in London: France
  2. Leading individuals

Crefovi is well known for its advice to sectors such as fashion and luxury goods, music, film and entertainment, art, and hi-tech. Annabelle Gauberti's scope of advice includes corporate finance and trade law, and IP matters.

Practice head(s):Annabelle Gauberti

Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP's London office fields approximately 30 solicitors and barristers, who specialise in banking and finance, dispute resolution, tax, projects, and energy and real estate. The recommended partners are derivatives and structured products specialist Karine Imbrosciano, international finance expert Margaret Boswell, international arbitration and dispute resolution expert Rupert Reece, M&A and corporate lawyer Max Baird-Smith and Dimitrios Logizidis, who advises on asset-backed financing, securitisation, covered bonds and general corporate finance deals. David Klass left in 2019 for Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

Other key lawyers:Karine Imbrosciano; Margaret Boswell; Rupert Reece; Max Baird-Smith; Dimitrios Logizidis

European firms in London: Germany

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  1. European firms in London: Germany
  2. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Hengeler Mueller‚Äôs Martin Geiger¬†is noted for his assistance to¬†banks, private equity funds and corporations with real estate financings,¬†refinancing and structured financing, including securitisation work; and Christof J√§ckle¬†has a general corporate and M&A practice, with particular experience in private equity. The resident senior associates are Till Hiemenz-M√ľller¬†and Maximilian Spindler.

Practice head(s):Martin Geiger

Other key lawyers:Christof Jäckle; Till Hiemenz-Müller; Maximilian Spindler

Work highlights

  • Acted for Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the refinancing of an office and hotel property  at Frankfurt Airport.

Hoffmann Eitle's London office is highly regarded for its IP advice in relation to areas such as IT and software, electrical engineering, mechanics and telecoms. The firm's patent attorneys in London are dual qualified as both chartered (British) and European patent attorneys; David Sproston, Matthew Birkett, Mark Jones, Alistair Russell and David Lethem are the key contacts.

Other key lawyers:David Sproston; Matthew Birkett; Mark Jones; Alistair Russell; David Lethem

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH's Thomas Kuhnle, who splits his time between Stuttgart and London, is a corporate deal specialist who acts for strategic investors, private equity institutions, family offices and banks; Kuhnle's expertise includes structuring transactions, due diligence reviews, contract negotiations, recapitalisations and crisis transactions. Associate York-Alexander von Massenbach is experienced in assisting international investors with M&A and real estate-related acquisitions of German companies and investments.

Other key lawyers:Thomas Kuhnle; York-Alexander von Massenbach

Noerr's London head Thomas Schulz  leads advice on cross-border M&A transactions for strategic and financial sponsors; Schulz specialises in the structuring of private equity transactions, including financing deals.

Practice head(s):Thomas Schulz 

Work highlights

  • Advised, together with the firm's Düsseldorf and Munich offices, investment companies Aleph Capital Partners and Crestview Partners on a planned €260m investment in the DARAG Group.

Redeker Sellner Dahs's London office is widely respected for its experience in corporate law and banking and finance transactions; it also assists with the firm's international litigation matters. London and Berlin-based Peter-Andreas Brand's practice covers corporate and commercial law, competition issues, trade marks and copyright, and dispute resolution; Sabine Wildfeuer, who also divides her time between the firm's London and Berlin offices, was made partner in 2019.

Practice head(s):Peter-Andreas Brand; Sabine Wildfeuer

European firms in London: Ireland

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  1. European firms in London: Ireland
  2. Leading individuals

A&L Goodbody's London office advises on Irish law to UK and international companies that have interests in Ireland; the team also acts for Irish corporations that conduct business in the UK. London office head Stephen Carson is a partner in the asset management and investment funds group, who advises international asset management firms and investment banks on the establishment and authorisation of investment funds, as well as the authorisation of undertakings for collective investments in transferable securities management companies and alternative investment fund managers. Former associate Louise Johnston left for Clifford Chance.

Practice head(s):Stephen Carson

Arthur Cox's London office is experienced in advising on Irish law in relation to transactions that involve Irish, UK and international business assets. London office head David Molloy is a partner in the firm's finance group, who specialises in structuring, negotiating, implementing and restructuring finance transactions, including restructuring and enforcement options, asset, property and development finance, secured and unsecured lending, and acquisition facilities.

Practice head(s):David Molloy 

Matheson's London office¬†acts for internationally-focused companies and financial institutions doing business in and from Ireland. Sharon Daly¬†heads the London office, taking over from¬†Liam Quirke, who¬†relocated to the firm's Dublin office, in July 2019. Daly, who focuses on commercial litigation, also heads the firm's Brexit group. Corporate law partner √Čanna Mellett¬†left for¬†DLA Piper.

Practice head(s):Liam Quirke

McCann FitzGerald's lead London partner Hugh Beattie is a highly rated funds, debt capital markets, structured finance and financial regulation lawyer. Beattie's experience includes advising UK managers and investment managers on passporting issues.

Practice head(s):Hugh Beattie

William Fry's London office is predominantly on corporate law, asset management and investment funds, and banking and financial services. The office head is corporate partner Ivor Banim, who specialises in M&A, fundraising, joint ventures and shareholder structuring matters, restructurings and venture capital; and Lorena Dunne is an asset management and investment funds partner. Banking and financing specialist Laura Houlihan is an experienced senior associate.

Practice head(s):Ivor Banim

Other key lawyers:Lorena Dunne; Laura Houlihan

European firms in London: Italy

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  1. European firms in London: Italy
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

Leading individuals

  1. 1
    • Luca Andrea¬†Frignani¬† - Chiomenti
    • Giuseppe Sacchi Lodispoto - BonelliErede LLP
    • Raimondo Premonte - Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners
    • Riccardo Sallustio - Grimaldi SL LLP

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1
    • Emanuele Bosia - Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners
    • Marco Paruzzolo - Chiomenti

Rising stars

  1. 1
    • Elena Cirillo - Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

BonelliErede LLP's London-based partner Giuseppe Sacchi Lodispoto is a specialist in banking and finance deals; he is particularly focused on loan transactions, including corporate and real estate loans, aircraft finance and commercial mortgages, securitisation and other structured transactions, debt restructuring, and finance-related litigation.

Other key lawyers:Giuseppe Sacchi Lodispoto

Chiomenti's London office head  Luca Andrea Frignani has particular experience in cross-border corporate and M&A transactions; Christopher  Mullen advises Italian and international clients on private equity, joint ventures, investments, commercial contracts, and corporate law; and Massimiliano Nitti, who divides his time between Milan and London, is M&A group head. Banking and structured finance expert Marco Paruzzolo was made partner in 2019.

Practice head(s):Luca Andrea Frignani

Other key lawyers:Christopher Mullen; Massimiliano Nitti; Marco Paruzzolo

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners' London office is 'competent, responsive and approachable, and has exceptionally deep knowledge of the market'. It is focused on corporate finance and M&A, including domestic and cross-border transactions such as M&A, joint ventures, strategic alliances and shareholders’ agreements, and venture capital; other areas of particular strength include debt capital markets, financial market regulation, derivatives and banking. Raimondo Premonte specialises in M&A and corporate law, and Marco Zaccagnini heads the firm's debt capital markets group; Emanuele Bosia is also a key contact and Elena Cirillo, Simone D’Avolio and Donato Romano are the associates to note.

Practice head(s):Raimondo Premonte; Marco Zaccagnini

Other key lawyers:Emanuele Bosia; Elena Cirillo; Simone D’Avolio; Donato Romano


'Clients appreciate the professionalism, customer-focused approach and ability to support in many different situations, ranging from a typical transactional request to very complex issues; the lawyers always put their clients' interests first'.

'Marco Zaccagnini is excellent in debt capital markets, derivatives and complex regulatory advice, and has a particularly broad finance practice'.

Key Clients

Hitachi Ltd

Ferrari Group

Lion Capital LLP

UniCredit S.p.A.

Poste Italiane S.p.A.

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti S.p.A.

Goldman Sachs International

J.P. Morgan Securities Ltd

Fondazione Enasarco

The Blackstone Group International Partners LLP

BlueGem Capital Partners Llp

Grosvenor Capital Management L.P.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Nibe Industrier in the acquisition of the remaining 55 per cent of shares in Italian ventilation and air conditioning company Rhoss.
  • Assistance to Hitachi, Ltd. in relation to the acquisition of the entire stake in Ansaldo STS S.p.A. held by Elliott International, L.P., Elliott Associates, L.P. and The Liverpool Limited Partnership Elliott, equal to approximately 31.794% of the share capital of Ansaldo STS S.p.A..
  • Assistance to vendors in the sale of Itacosmer S.p.A. to investment, development and asset management company “12.18. Investment Management GmbH”.
  • Assistance to Meti Holding in the acquisition of a qualifying holding in Tm Performance – Tecnologie Meccaniche, Tm Engineering and Tm Performance Usa.

Grimaldi SL LLP's Michael Bray and Riccardo Sallustio are highly regarded London-based banking partners, while financial markets and corporate law expert Fabio Pizzoccheri is another key London contact who is particularly noted for acquisitions and cross-border corporate reorganisations.

Other key lawyers:Michael Bray; Riccardo Sallustio; Fabio Pizzoccheri 

Legance - Avvocati Associati's Marco Gubitosi is the London resident managing partner and member of the firm’s M&A corporate finance department. Gubitosi has particular expertise in M&A, divestitures, real estate transactions, corporate finance, alternative investments, joint ventures, and corporate and contract law. Senior counsel Iacopo Fontana relocated to the firm's Milan office.

Practice head(s):Marco Gubitosi

Maisto e Associati is widely respected for its tax law expertise. Nicola Saccardo's practice includes international tax law, taxation of trusts, advising high-net-worth individuals, and estate planning.

Other key lawyers:Nicola Saccardo

Nctm Studio Legale’s London contacts are Andrea De Tomas, who regularly acts for banks, funds and other financial institutions in multi-jurisdictional transactions, and banking and finance expert Matteo Gallanti. Also key to the London office is Pietro Maria Tantalo, who assists companies and national and international bodies with corporate transactions and corporate finance.

Other key lawyers:Andrea De Tomas; Matteo Gallanti; Pietro Maria Tantalo

European firms in London: Russia

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  1. European firms in London: Russia
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Rising stars

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Rising stars

  1. 1

CIS London & Partners LLP 'provides very detailed analyses'. The London office offers specialised advice to international and domestic companies, financial institutions, small and medium-sized enterprises, and high-net-worth  individuals on cross-border projects with a Russian or CIS element. Representative work includes M&As, joint ventures, multi-jurisdictional disputes, and compliance and regulatory issues. Svetlana London is the firm's managing partner and senior associate Valeria Ivasikh's practice includes  IP, corporate governance and venture deals.

Practice head(s):Svetlana London

Other key lawyers:Valeria Ivasikh


'Svetlana London is very straightforward and her explanations are always very simple and easy to understand'.

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev and Partners LLP's associated London office acts for multinational clients, who invest in the Russian and CIS markets; it also advises on Russian and CIS corporations with interests in the EU and global market places. Examples include large international commercial projects, and litigation and arbitration. Allen Thomas assists Russian and international companies with cross-border acquisitions and joint ventures, as well as high-net-worth individuals in relation to private equity matters. Michael Copeland and solicitor Ekaterina Rozenbaum are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):Allen Thomas

Other key lawyers:Michael Copeland; Ekaterina Rozenbaum

MGAP Attorneys at Law is best known for international disputes, arbitration, extradition, debt recovery and enforcement issues. The practice also has significant private wealth and TMT sector experience. Of counsel Valentina Nassipova has a particular interest in immigration, commercial law and global asset tracing.

Other key lawyers:Valentina Nassipova

Key Clients




National Instruments

Clever Psychology


Telecom Italia

20th Century Fox




BCl Solicitors LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised Badoo, a major online dating network, on IT, corporate and labour law issues.
  • Provided general legal advice in the Russian aspects as well as IP protection advice to Clever Psychology, a Russian speaking family psychology advice practice based in London.

European firms in London: Scandinavia

Index of tables

  1. European firms in London: Scandinavia
  2. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

  1. 1

LOGOS legal services' London office acts for Icelandic businesses in their international relationships, both at home and abroad; it also advises foreign clients with interests in the Icelandic market. London office head Gudmundur Oddsson specialises in cross-border transactions, primarily M&A, private equity and finance. Oddsson also assists with complex, high-value, cross-border litigation matters involving Iceland and other jurisdictions. Other London contacts are Ann Grewar, Claire Broomhead and Anna Huxster.

Practice head(s):Gudmundur Oddsson

Other key lawyers:Ann Grewar; Claire Broomhead; Anna Huxster

At Norwegian law firm Thommessen, London office head Lars Eirik G√•seide R√łs√•s¬†is well known for his assistance to listed companies with securities and corporate law, both at advisory level and in relation to transactions. G√•seide R√łs√•s particularly stands out for cross-border matters.

Practice head(s):Lars Eirik Gåseide Røsås

Norwegian law firm Wikborg Rein's London office specialises in shipping, energy, construction and dispute resolution, including international arbitration. Other areas of strength include financing, corporate law and cross-border transactions. Jonathan Page is part of the firm's offshore shipping group. Key London names are shipping, energy and marine insurance expert Nick Shepherd and Mike Stewart, who is part of the firm's construction practice.

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Page; Nick Shepherd; Mike Stewart

European firms in London: Spain

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  1. European firms in London: Spain
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners

Leading individuals

  1. 1
    • Ignacio Corbera Dale - Garrigues
    • Juan Carlos Machuca - Ur√≠a Men√©ndez

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1
    • Blanca Arlab√°n Gabeiras - Ur√≠a Men√©ndez

Cuatrecasas’ Ignacio Buil is managing partner of the London office and Marco Antonio Sanz works in the M&A group of the corporate and private equity practice. The office advises multinationals, financial institutions, investors and private equity, distressed, real estate and hedge funds on their transactions in Spain, Portugal and Latin America. The team also acts for Spanish and Portuguese companies on business matters and transactions in the UK.

Practice head(s):Ignacio Buil

Other key lawyers:Marco Antonio Sanz

Key Clients

Deutsche Bank

Taconic Capital Advisors

VGO Capital Partners

Tyrus Capital

JP Morgan


Altamont Capital Partners

Emesa Corporación Empresarial

International Schools Partnership

Work highlights

  • Advised Deutsche Bank on the purchase of a portfolio of non-performing loans and real estate assets (Project Makalu) from Banco Sabadell.
  • Advising VGO CAPITAL PARTNERS on buying a portfolio of non-performing loans (Project Coast) from Goldman Sachs.
  • Advising on selling the production unit of the Toys “R” Us Group in Spain and Portugal, in bankruptcy proceedings, to Green Swan, and on the acquisition and corporate financing from Incus Capital.
  • Advising ALTAMONT CAPITAL PARTNERS on acquiring, in Spain, Publicis Healthcare Solutions, the communications division specializing in the pharmaceutical and healthcare field of Publicis Groupe.
  • Advising EMESA CORPORACIÓN EMPRESARIAL on buying Empordà Invest and Empordà Golf Club Holding, and 90% of Empordà Golf Club, owners of the Empordà Golf Resort, which includes two golf courses and an 87-room hotel.

Garrigues' London office acts for UK companies, investors and financial institutions that have interests in Spain. It also advises other clients on their UK market matters. Representative work includes M&A, private equity, finance and restructuring. Ignacio Corbera Dale is the main London contact and Joe Tirado is co-head of international arbitration and ADR.

Practice head(s):Ignacio Corbera Dale

Other key lawyers:Joe Tirado

P√©rez-Llorca‚Äôs London office partner in charge Fernando Quicios¬†returned to the firm's Madrid office in September 2019, and √Ālvaro Ram√≠rez de Haro¬†is expected to lead the office for a few years. The group advises on the investments of London-based businesses into Spain, including finance, M&A, restructuring, private equity, energy, real estate, and capital markets, and it particularly stands out for funds work. The office also has London-based Spanish transactional and tax capacity, and assists Spanish investors with their UK matters.

Practice head(s):Álvaro Ramírez de Haro

Key Clients

GED Infrastructure


Inspired Education Holdings

Flight Centre Travel Holdings

Scornik Gerstein LLP's London-based Antonio Arenas López heads the litigation unit, which advises on disputes involving commercial law, employment issues, criminal and family law, immigration, and real estate. López particularly stands out for personal injury litigation.

Practice head(s):Antonio Arenas López

Uría Menéndez's London office acts for commercial and investment banks, private equity firms, hedge funds, and UK and international companies, predominantly advising on capital markets, banking law, restructuring, private equity, and international M&A. Other areas of note include real estate, tax and labour law matters, and in recent years the office has also been active in transactions involving ports and shipping. Juan Carlos Machuca and Blanca Arlabán Gabeiras are the key London partners.

Other key lawyers:Juan Carlos Machuca; Blanca Arlabán Gabeiras

European firms in London: Switzerland

Index of tables

  1. European firms in London: Switzerland
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Rising stars

Leading individuals

  1. 1
    • Dunja Koch - Froriep

Rising stars

  1. 1
    • J√©r√īme Pidoux - Froriep

Froriep's 'very responsive and contactable' London office¬†advises on Swiss law only; its key strengths are complex, cross-border, leveraged and acquisition finance transactions;¬†assisting asset managers of collective investment schemes with authorisation and licensing requirements; project, commodity and asset finance matters, including¬†aircraft finance; regulatory issues surrounding¬†cross-border activities as well as setting up regulated entities in Switzerland; and advising clients on charitable activities, either on the endowment of existing institutions or on the set up of their own charitable structures. Dunja Koch, of counsel Bruno Boesch, senior associate J√©r√īme Pidoux¬†and associate Andrea Trost¬†are the office's recommended advisers.

Practice head(s):Dunja Koch

Other key lawyers:Bruno Boesch; Jérôme Pidoux; Andrea Trost


'The Froriep team gives excellent and pragmatic Swiss law advice, and always tries to find a solution. It is also very flexible with fees - Swiss firms can be very expensive, but it is accommodating when it needs to be'.

'Both Dunja Koch and Jérôme Pidoux are very professional and have extensive knowledge and expertise; they provide advice that is practical, not just a restatement of the legal requirements but also how such requirements are applied to actual situations'.

Key Clients

City Financial Investment Company Limited

Standard Chartered Bank

Dogus Holding

Unicredit Bank

Fundo Soberano de Angola (Sovereign Fund of Angola)

Engine Lease Finance Corporation

GSM Grosvenor

European Investment Bank

BNP Paribas

Credit Suisse

Royal Bank of Scotland


Work highlights

  • Advised Dogus Holding, one of the largest private sector conglomerates in Turkey, on a Swiss law facility granted by Credit Suisse to its Swiss subsidiary Dogus Health & Wellness, the owner of five- star hotel Park Weggis.
  • Assisted UniCredit Bank in connection with an English law facility made available, inter alia, to a Swiss company active in the metals trading sector.

Indian firms in London

Khaitan Legal Associates' senior partner Sakate Khaitan, who divides his time between London and Mumbai, heads the corporate M&A, funds, restructuring and insurance practices. Khaitan advises clients on inward investments into India and on a range of India-focused cross-border transactions. Also based in London, is general corporate lawyer Satyendra Shrivastava, who leads on employment, immigration and regulatory insurance matters.

Other key lawyers:Sakate Khaitan; Satyendra Shrivastava

Singhania & Co's Vijay Goel is an expert in corporate law, including joint ventures and foreign collaborations, real estate deals, Indian investment-related private equity funds and AIM listings. He also assists Indian companies with the acquisition of UK companies.

Other key lawyers:Vijay Goel

Latin American firms in London

Mexican law firm Nader, Hayaux y Goebel, SC's London office is managed by Yves Hayaux-du-Tilly, who splits his time between the Mexico City and London offices, and specialises in financing, M&A, and corporate law. He stands out for his insurance and reinsurance expertise, and recently led advice to Laureate International Universities on the incorporation of an insurance broker in Mexico.

Practice head(s):Yves Hayaux-du-Tilly

At Brazilian law firm Noronha Advogados, the London office advises on M&A transactions and banking matters; it is also noted for mining, energy, aviation and maritime sector matters. Vera Helena de Moraes Dantas is an expert in Brazilian corporate law, M&A deals in Brazil, and oil and gas matters.

Other key lawyers:Vera Helena de Moraes Dantas

Offshore firms in London

Index of tables

  1. Offshore firms in London
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1

Rising stars

  1. 1
    • Nina Clift - Carey Olsen
    • Anna Cochrane - Maples Group
    • Eric Flaye - Conyers
    • Mark Galazzi - Walkers
    • Robert Hughes - Maples Group
    • Catherine Overton - Walkers
    • Sheba Raza - Conyers

Harneys handles both transactional matters and heavyweight litigation with a focus on Caribbean law. Indira Birkwood is active in heavyweight banking transactions as well as real estate finance. BVI litigator Phillip Kite is the firm's global head of disputes, and William Peake has a track record of heavyweight Caymanian litigation such as AHAB v Al-Sanea, also known as the Saad case, in which the Caymanian courts found the claimants operated  'one of the largest Ponzi schemes in history'.

Practice head(s):Phillip Kite; Russell Willings

Other key lawyers:Russell Willings; Rachel Graham; Indira Birkwood; William Peake;


Harneys' London team is an outstanding, user-friendly, practical team of corporate lawyers and it is extremely helpful being able to consult them during London hours.

The litigation and insolvency team itself is made up of commercially astute lawyers whose advice goes beyond simple statements of the law, suggesting sensible business solutions.

William Peake is undoubtedly one of the top Cayman Islands litigators. He is a true rainmaker, team leader, and client service ambassador.

Key Clients

Duff & Phelps; joint official liquidators of SIFCO5

Citco BVI

Consortium of investors (large group defendant banks including Deutsche Bank)

The Joint Receivers of Axiom Legal Financing Fund, SP and Axiom Legal Financing Fund Master, SP

DB UK Bank


Jadestone Energy Inc.

Mr Ng Man Sun

Kropz plc

Berry Properties Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented Duff & Phelps official liquidators of SIFCO5 in AHAB v Al-Sanea, which at 129 days set the record for the longest trial in the Cayman Islands.
  • Defending Citco BVI as offshore professional directors and service providers in proceedings brought regarding the administration of a BVI company created by a Brazilian businessman.
  • Representing a consortium of banks including Deutsche Bank and ABN AMRO, after a successful appeal to the Privy Council, in claims brought by the liquidators of Fairfield Sentry, which was a feeder fund into Bernard Madoff's notorious Ponzi scheme.
  • Advised Deutsche Bank on loans from its UK and Swiss branches totalling $202m to member companies of the Al Tajir group.
  • Advised Delancey on its sale of Royal Mint Court to the Chinese government to become its new embassy in London.

Maples Group, formerly known as Maples and Calder, has a particular strength in funds work, as well as advising on the full gamut of trusts, finance and corporate work in London. In the funds arena, clients recommend Nick Evans, Heidi de Vries and Tatziana Paraguacuto-Maheo  - the latter having handled a number of Cayman hedge fund structure launches. Other recommended names for corporate and finance work include BVI specialist Matthew Gilbert, finance expert Jonathan Caulton and associate Robert Hughes. Primarily offering BVI and Caymanian law, the team has an Irish desk in London, and also includes associate Anna Cochrane who is part of the Jersey legal team. Paul Govier is scheduled to retire from the partnership in December 2019 to be come a consultant, with de Vries taking over as the managing partner of the office.

Practice head(s):Paul Govier

Other key lawyers:Paul Govier; Nick Evans; Tatziana Paraguacuto-Maheo; Matthew Gilbert; Jonathan Caulton; Anna Cochrane; Robert Hughes; Harjit Kaur


Maples represents the gold standard for offshore law firms. It offers strength in depth and is responsive and innovative.

The Maples lawyers are all highly responsive, incredibly knowledgeable and sensitive to commercial pressures.

Jonathan Caulton has mastered the key aspects of Cayman law and effortlessly applies that knowledge in a commercial manner. He is exceptionally responsive and a delight to work with.

Key Clients

GAM Unconstrained Bond Fund / GAM Absolute Return Bond Master Fund

Greater Pacific Capital (GPC)


Blantyre Special Situations Fund I structure

Ocean Outdoor (formerly Ocelot Partners)

Durant International Corp. (in liquidation) and Kildare Finance Limited (in liquidation)

Albar Capital Limited

KLI Asset Management LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised two Caymanian bond funds (namely GAM Unconstrained Bond Fund and GAM Absolute Return Bond Master Fund) on the suspension of redemptions and then wind-down of the funds after investigations into the activities of the fund's senior portfolio manager.
  • Advised Greater Pacific Capital on the Caymanian law aspects of the launch of an India-focused fund with the US' Overseas Private Investments Corporation as a key investor.
  • Advised Ocelot Partners, which after the deal renamed itself to that of the target company, on the BVI law elements of its purchase of outdoor advertising company Ocean Outdoor for £200m.
  • Advised Albar Capital on the launch of a Cayman master-feeder structure as part of a spin-out from a large existing institutional manager.
  • Advised FNZ  on the Cayman Islands legal aspects of the acquisition of European Bank for Financial Services GmbH (ebase) from Comdirect Bank AG.

Walkers' London office provides BVI and Caymanian law advice on a range of corporate and transactional matters, as well as expertise in commercial disputes and insolvency litigation. Jack Boldarin handles corporate and finance matters including capital fundraisings for major banks, as well as finance deals in challenging jurisdictions. John O’Driscoll is a key contact for disputes work, with a strong workload in Caymanian insolvency litigation. Key senior counsels include Sara Hall, who joined from Deutsche Bank's in-house team where she was global head of regulatory compliance, and finance specialist Mark Galazzi. Catherine Overton, who has a track record of securitisation and emerging markets lending, is a notable senior associate. The firm has strong connections in Asia and the former Soviet Union.

Practice head(s):Jack Boldarin

Other key lawyers:John O'Driscoll, Hughie Wong; Neil McDonald; Sara Hall


The firm covers a range of offshore jurisdictions so, as a one-stop shop for multi-jurisdictional transactions, it scores over some of its competitors.

Their intuitive and business-driven response to requests for assistance are always commercial, value for money, timely and responsive and delivered with excellent good humour. They go the extra mile without prompting, look to partner on everything, assisting in picking up issues but in a constructive way and are always aligned with their client's view of what is right and wrong.

Mark Galazzi is a client's dream: responsive, practical and will push internally to get the right result for the client.

Key Clients

Goldman Sachs

JP Morgan

Standard Chartered Bank

Lloyds Bank

Black Rock

Chagala Group

Carlyle Group

Barclays Bank

Apollo Management

Oak Tree Capital Management

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Deutsche Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Lloyds Bank plc on the BVI law elements of its senior secured financing of Cheung Kei Group's purchase of 5 Churchill Place in Canary Wharf.
  • Represented Chagala Group in a long-running BVI shareholder dispute, which was resolved via alternative dispute resolution.
  • Advised Banco Internacional do Funchal, a Portuguese "bad bank", on winding up a number of Caymanian entities following the sale of the "good bank" assets to Santander.

Carey Olsen can offer clients both Caribbean and Channel Islands law advice from its London office, with finance acting as a core area of expertise. The firm refreshed its London team by the recruitment of Jasmine Amaria from Walkers - she has a track record of advising on Cayman and BVI matters, and is well-connected in India. Boosting the senior ranks, Richard Brown returned to the firm as a partner from Harneys, where he was a senior associate, and Jersey advocate Andrea Steel joined as counsel from an in-house role at Saltgate Investment Services, bringing with her funds regulatory expertise. The firm has a wealth of senior associates in London, including Jersey advocate Bryony Bird, private wealth specialist Guernsey advocate Nina Clift and BVI-qualified solicitor-advocate Paul Griffiths. Nic Journeaux is now at Ogier in Jersey and counsel Claire McConway departed to become a partner at onshore firm Wedlake Bell LLP.

Practice head(s):Jasmine Amaria

Other key lawyers:Andrea Steel; Richard Brown

Key Clients

Stephen Akers and Mark McDonald (Grant Thornton)

Ping An Bank and Borrelli Walsh

David and Christopher St George


Stars Group

JTC Fund Solutions (Guernsey) Limited

Director Linda Martin heads the London office of Conyers, which offers clients British Virgin Islands, Caymanian and, uniquely in London, Bermudian law advice. Sheba Raza, who is admitted in the BVI and Bermuda, is a key counsel, while Martin has a track record of practice in the Cayman Islands. The two lead on transactions in finance (including project finance), capital markets, corporate transactions and investment funds formation and management. Associate Eric Flaye relocated from the firm's Tortola office - he brings with him a track record of fund formation work.

Practice head(s):Linda Martin

Other key lawyers:Sheba Raza; Eric Flaye


'A very client-focused firm that consistently delivers quality advice.'

'It takes time to get to know its clients and how they operate - it focuses on creating value for its clients in different ways, which is a real selling point.'.

'Sheba Raza is a star lawyer - her commercial and user-friendly approach make her an excellent adviser. She thinks around the problem and ensures no stone is left unturned in finding a solution.'

Key Clients

Enstar Group


Citigroup Global Markets

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

International Capital Markets Association

International Securities Lending Association


Lloyds Bank

SilverNote Capital

Amiral Holdings

Work highlights

  • Advised Enstar Group on the Bermuda law aspects of borrowing $1.5bn via letter of credit, revolving and term loan facilities.
  • Advised Citigroup Global Capital Markets on the purchase of €600m of privately-placed notes issued by Smurfit Kappa.
  • Advised Lloyds Bank on the Bermuda elements of tranfers under the non-ring-fenced transfer scheme.
  • Advised Amiral Holdings on the BVI law elements of its financing of a bulk liquid terminal project at the Sokhna Port in Egypt.
  • Advised SilverNote Capital on the structuring and set-up of a Cayman-domiciled Shari'ah-compliant aircraft fund.

Mourant's three-partner team in London provides BVI and Cayman law advice across the transactional space. Tony Pursall has trusts expertise, while Robert Duggan who 'is an expert practitioner with a strong grasp of his field' and Chinyin Johnston are key names for corporate and finance work, such as private equity deals, restructuring, real estate, fund finance and investment funds.

Practice head(s):Robert Duggan

Other key lawyers:Chinyin Johnston; Tony Pursall


'Mourant is a go-to offshore law firm - it has unparalleled experience of advising clients on structural and regulatory solutions.'

'Robert Duggan is an expert practitioner with a strong grasp of his field.'

Bedell Cristin's London office frequently works with its on-island office to provide Jersey law advice. Bruce Scott covers the gamut of Jersey corporate and transactional structuring, with much work concentrated around the firm's keynote strength in real estate finance.

Practice head(s):Bruce Scott

Work highlights

  • Advised Harrison Street Real Estate Capital on the formation of a £125m joint venture with Crosslane in respect of four new student housing developments.
  • Advised Cindat Capital Management on the £615m purchase of a majority stake in HCP Inc's British healthcare property portfolio, and the transaction's financing.
  • Advised Aviva on the sale of a multi-manager real estate business managing £5.3bn to LaSalle Investment Management
  • Advised Secure Income REIT on the Jersey financing aspects of the purchase of a £129m real estate portfolio including 76 Travelodge Hotels and the Manchester Arena.
  • Advised Vitol on its role in Shoreline Natural Resources Limited's $534m debt financing.

Forbes Hare's London office is led by the BVI-qualified Karen Gilbert. She has a track record of handling various finance mandates, and can call upon broader expertise in the firm on matters including blockchain technology, as well as a strong litigation practice in the Caribbean itself. Michael Doyle is a key senior associate in the team and has experience of funds work.

Practice head(s):Karen Gilbert

Other key lawyers:Michael Doyle


'The team is proactive, well-organised and works well to tight deadlines.'

'Karen Gilbert is exceptional - she is responsive and obviously knows her stuff, as well as being a pleasure to deal with.'

'Karen Gilbert is an absolute star - she is commercial, a great communicator and delivers an efficient service.'

Key Clients


Ceniarth LLC

North and Western Insurance Limited

First Names Group


The Plaza Group

National Bank of Anguilla

Clairmont Partners Ltd

Zeno Capital Limited

Liquidators to the Fairfield Funds

Work highlights

  • Advised two BVI companies (part of the broader Zeno Capital group) on a loan from HSH Nordbank.
  • Advised Ceniarth, in conjunction with the Isenberg Family Charitable Foundation, on a secured loan issued by a charitable foundation to a BVI company, the borrower being a social enterprise growing hazelnuts in Bhutan.
  • Advised Veni Vidi Vici Ltd, a BVI-domiciled listing vehicle, on its IPO on the NEX Exchange Growth Market in London.

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