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Allen & Overy LLP’s cross-border and cross-departmental Brexit client advisory team advises on the development and implementation of Brexit strategies including corporate reorganisations and expansive contingency plans. The group is noted for its financial services sector expertise and regularly assists with issues arising from the impact of Brexit on operating models and licence applications. Recent highlights include advising Nomura on the Brexit contingency plan for its wholesale global markets and investment banking business, including providing regulatory advice on alternative financial centres in the European Economic Area (EEA), building out its French credit institution, and establishing and licensing a new investment firm entity in Germany. It also assisted the Commonwealth Bank of Australia with its contingency planning and post-Brexit structuring and operations in Europe. Capital markers expert Daniel Shurman leads the team, which also fields regulatory specialists Damian Carolan and Kate Sumpter, insurance partner Philip Jarvis, corporate expert Matthew Townsend and Bob Penn, who rejoined the firm from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.

Practice head(s):Daniel Shurman

Other key lawyers:Damian Carolan; Kate Sumpter; Philip Jarvis; Matthew Townsend; Bob Penn

Key Clients

Nomura International plc and Nomura Asset Management

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Lloyds Banking Group

BNP Paribas S.A.

Hiscox

Rio Tinto

Phillips 66

TAQA

Work highlights

  • Advising Nomura (including Nomura International and Nomura Asset Management) on its Brexit contingency planning including building out an existing Nomura French credit institution and establishing and licensing a new investment firm entity in Germany.
  • Assisting Commonwealth Bank of Australia with its Brexit contingency planning project and its post-Brexit structure and European operations, including the establishment and licensing of a new Dutch bank and the transfer of business from its existing Maltese and UK entities to the new Dutch base.
  • Handling Lloyds Banking Group's Brexit contingency planning including establishing a subsidiary entity and the passporting and licensing of a branch of Lloyds Bank in Germany.
  • Advising BNP Paribas on its Brexit contingency planning and repapering project, with particular focus on no-deal Brexit planning and the role of the London branch and other UK subsidiaries post-Brexit.
  • Assisting Hiscox with the reorganisation and capitalisation of its insurance business in the EEA and consolidating its EEA insurance activity into a new entity in Luxembourg through two cross-border mergers, a Part VII transfer and a reorganisation by business sale.

Clifford Chance LLP’s practice leverages the firm’s public policy, trade and electoral law strength to handle the full breadth of Brexit-related issues. Group leader Phillip Souta also heads up the firm’s UK public policy offering, which also benefits from the expertise of Simon Gleeson and Brussels-based Thomas Vinje. Other key individuals include Christopher Bates, who leads the financial regulatory practice and regularly assists banks, securities firms and financial institutions with Brexit issues; tax partner Dan Neidle, who has a noted focus on EU law; and Owen Lysak, who handles financial market regulatory work. The practice counts corporates, industry associations, lenders, funds, investors, insurers and government bodies as clients, which it advises on a national and international basis. Leveraging the firm’s German offices, the group is assisting a German manufacturer with identifying the implications of the withdrawal agreement and a transition period in comparison to a hard Brexit; the team has also advised HM Treasury on a range of issues relating to the UK’s exit negotiations with the EU and acted for various financial services clients on the proposed EU digital services tax and the equivalent UK proposals. The practice is also noted for its aviation sector experience; Melissa Fogarty and public law partner Jessica Gladstone advised easyJet on the impact of Brexit on the regulations and restriction around airline ownership and pilot licences, while Gladstone and André Duminy assisted Airbus with its no-deal Brexit contingency planning.

Practice head(s):Phillip Souta

Other key lawyers:Simon Gleeson; Thomas Vinje; Christopher Bates; Dan Neidle; Owen Lysak; Melissa Fogarty; Jessica Gladstone; André Duminy

Testimonials

'The team takes the time to understand the client's request, to operate flexibly and work out together how best to use the firm's capacity. The team is very knowledgeable in the key areas of financial services law and combines this expertise with a lot of market knowledge and background. Many firms would claim this but it delivers with a very flexible and responsive attitude.'

'Chris Bates' reputation is fully justified and associate Caroline Dawson is also very impressive.'

Key Clients

UK Government

Investment Association

UK Finance

Airbus

easyJet

Work highlights

  • Advising a German manufacturer on the impact of Brexit and the withdrawal agreement and a transition period in comparison to a hard Brexit.
  • Assisting easyJet with business-critical Brexit matters including issues relating to the regulations and restrictions around airline ownership, licenses for pilots and other licensing matters.
  • Advising Airbus on its no-deal Brexit contingency planning.
  • Instructed by HM Treasury to advise on a range of issues relating to the UK's exit negotiations with the EU.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP handles the full breadth of Brexit issues with particular expertise in trade work, benefitting from the firm’s highly regarded EU and international trade law practice, which specialises in EU trade, WTO and Free Trade Agreement (FTA) matters. Lode Van Den Hende, who splits his time between London and Brussels, is a noteworthy name in the trade department, which also includes consultant Eric White. Other departments that contribute to the firm’s Brexit group include the public international law team, energy practice, financial services regulatory teams and TMT practice. Andrew Cannon is a key contact for public law work, consultant Dorothy Livingston combines her experience in the financial sector with EU law knowledge to handle Brexit-related work, senior partner James Palmer specialises in regulatory issues, and Silke Goldberg focuses on European energy law and advises on the impact of Brexit on the energy sector. As Brexit director for the firm, Paul Butcher leads the group and co-ordinates the firm’s cross-practice and cross-office approach. Demonstrating the firm’s traditional financial services strength, the group recently assisted Scottish Widows with the transfer of the portion of its insurance business sold in the European Economic Area (EEA) on an EEA passporting basis to a Luxembourg-based subsidiary; the group also advised several WTO members on the impact of Brexit on international trade relations and a new trade agreement between the UK and WTO members regarding the country’s independent trade policy.

Practice head(s):Paul Butcher

Other key lawyers:Lode Van Den Hende; Eric White; Andrew Cannon; Dorothy Linvingston; James Palmer; Silke Goldberg

Key Clients

Lloyds Banking Group (Scottish Widows)

Marsh & McLennan

Willis Towers Watson

TP ICAP

iSwap

Work highlights

  • Advising several WTO members on the impact of Brexit on international trade relations including advising on the application of agreements with the EU to the UK during a transition period where EU law still applies to the UK despite it not being a member state, and trade agreement concessions issues.
  • Assisting multiple clients with assessing the impact of Brexit on trade flows between the EU and the UK, including advising an infrastructure investor on whether the EU and/or the UK could impose customs duties or any other restrictions on trade.
  • Advising Scottish Widows on the transferal of a portion of its insurance business sold in the EEA on an EEA passporting basis to a subsidiary incorporated in Luxembourg through a Part VII FSMA transfer.

UK and Africa managing partner and competition specialist,  Susan Bright, leads the Brexit  taskforce at Hogan Lovells International LLP . The taskforce leverages the firm’s expansive international network and cross-departmental approach to assist UK and global clients with the full spectrum of Brexit-related issues. With notable strength in regulated sectors including the life sciences and financial services industries, the group also draws on the firm’s public policy, banking, data protection, trade and commercial contracts practices. Charles Brasted focuses on public law matters, Peter Watts is a key contact for corporate work, Rachel Kent leads the financial services regulation team, and Aline Doussin, who splits her time between London and Paris, handles international trade and policy issues.

Practice head(s):Susan Bright

Other key lawyers:Charles Brasted; Peter Watts; Rachel Kent; Aline Doussin

Linklaters LLP fields a global team of experts, led by global competition chair  Christopher Bellamy QC and corporate partner  Lucy Fergusson  to advise clients on the full range of Brexit-related risks and strategies. The cross-practice group is particularly active with financial services clients, handling a variety of issues including contingency planning and cross-border reorganisations .Other  key names in this group include global head of finance and projects Michael Kent, Peter Bevan, who leads the financial regulation group, and global co-head of fintech Harry Eddis. Deepak Sitlani and Mark Brown are the primary contacts for capitals markets-related issues, Nicole Kar heads up the UK competition group, and Charlotte Morgan leads the global energy and infrastructure practice.

Practice head(s):Sir Christopher Bellamy QC; Lucy Fergusson

Other key lawyers:Michael Kent; Peter Bevan; Harry Eddis; Deepak Sitlani; Mark Brown; Nicole Kar; Charlotte Morgan

Norton Rose Fulbright fields a dedicated multi-disciplinary Brexit team, which draws from the firm’s expertise acting for financial institutions, insurance companies, transport clients and energy sector companies, assisting with the full range of Brexit work including technology mandates, tax issues, employment and immigration matters and trade treaties. Structured and asset finance specialist Emma Giddings leads the firm’s approach to Brexit and also contributes to the firm’s aviation expertise. The team recently advised Delta Air Lines on the Brexit-related aspects of its joint venture with Virgin Atlantic Airways and Air France-KLM, and advised easyJet on its Brexit restructuring project. Financial services global head Jonathan Herbst and corporate partner Glenn Hall, who also leads the firm’s government relations and public policy practice, are also highly regarded. Other key practitioners include financial services regulatory partner Hannah Meakin, corporate finance experts Bob Haken and Maria Ross, and competition specialist Ian Giles. Mark Simpson also heads up the firm’s recently established WTO and international trade practice and Harry Theochari is global head of the transport group.

Practice head(s):Emma Giddings

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Herbst; Glenn Hall; Hannah Meakin; Bob Haken; Maria Ross; Ian Giles; Mark Simpson; Harry Theochari

Testimonials

'Professional and extremely hardworking individuals who work as a team. They work hard to understand the background of clients and the subtle nuances that have materialised over time to ensure a forward-looking approach and that clients are implementing change that is compliant but workable. This takes a lot of dedication and commitment to resolve, which it does every time.'

'NRF put together a team to provide specific advice in relation to the impact of Brexit on the aviation sector. The team provides commercial and pragmatic advice on an area which has not been easy to provide clear guidance on.. Because of its in-depth understanding of the aviation sector (having acted for many years for all types of players in the market - manufactures, airlines, lessors, financiers), the Brexit issue and how it affects the industry has not been dealt with anywhere as well as it has at NRF.'

'The experience and depth of knowledge within the team is exceptional. A completely trusted adviser that works collaboratively with the business and understands the commercial and practical challenges facing in-house lawyers.'

'Maria Ross always demonstrates a client-centric approach. Her technical knowledge and ability is outstanding.'

'Simon Baker is a rising star, his knowledge is exceptional and he has great industry experience.'

'Hannah Meakin stands out for her detailed technical knowledge, ability to cut through the noise and get to a bespoke solution that works for the client's business.'

'The personalities are great - Hannah Meakin, Rachel Smith, Georgia Karamani and Jonathan Herbst seem part of the in-house legal team as they work through the nitty gritty together; this is all credit to their professionalism and customer service.'

'The team is very big on customer service which shines through. The individuals involved also take ownership if they are on the hook to deliver -they are a credit to NRF.'

Key Clients

Delta Air Lines

easyJet

Work highlights

  • Advising Delta Air Line on the impact of Brexit-related issues on the transatlantic joint venture between Virgin Atlantic Airways, Air France-KLM and Delta.
  • Assisting easyJet with its Brexit restructuring project including handling engineering contract issues and the approvals of its maintenance providers.

Under the leadership of Clare Francis, Pinsent Masons LLP's national cross-departmental Brexit advisory team leverages the firm’s government affairs and public policy strength, a key area of expertise for Andrew Henderson, to assist  corporates, governmental departments and industry bodies with Brexit-related legislative issues and the practical application of Brexit strategies. Francis is also the key contact for the firm’s Brexit contracting solution offering, which advises clients on the Brexit risk in their current contracts and the wider risk this poses to the supply chain. In the firm’s Edinburgh office, Euan Smith handles corporate immigration work, while Birmingham-based Cerys Wyn Davies leads the IP and information law Brexit work. Iain Connor is noted for his IP expertise with a particular focus on the soft IP issues faced by clients in the IT, pharmaceuticals and retail sectors, Liz Budd handles financial regulation and investment funds work, and Alan Davis leads the competition, EU and trade group. In a recent highlight, Hammad Akhtar advised Royal London on its Brexit strategy and implementation including a cross-border reorganisation. Former team head Guy Lougher retired.

Practice head(s):Clare Francis

Other key lawyers:Andrew Henderson; Euan Smith; Cerys Wyn Davies; Iain Connor; Liz Budd; Alan Davis; Hammad Akhtar

Key Clients

Royal London

Universities UK

Nottingham Trent University

University of Edinburgh

Work highlights

  • Advising Royal London on its Brexit strategy and implementation including the cross-border transfer of its Irish and German life insurance business from the UK to Ireland through a Part VII transfer and reinsurance and collateral arrangements.

Spanning multiple practice areas, Slaughter and May's Brexit taskforce draws heavily from the firm’s financial services practice and also benefits from strong corporate and dispute resolution teams, as well as experience acting for government clients and public sector bodies. On the financial services side, the group counts UK and EU-headquartered banks and insurers, asset managers and private equity firms as clients, which it advises on corporate restructurings and business transfers. It recently advised Standard Life Assurance and Prudential Assurance Company on their separate corporate restructurings including establishing EU entities and branches and transferring the EU business from the UK to the new EU bases. Jeff Twentyman and Jan Putnis jointly lead the team; Twentyman also leads the firm’s private equity group and Putnis heads up the financial regulation practice. Other noteworthy practitioners include corporate partner Richard De Carle, insurance specialist Craig Cleaver, data protection expert Rebecca Cousin, Ian Johnson, who heads up the restructuring and insurance practice, and Sara Luder, who leads the tax group.

Practice head(s):Jeff Twentyman; Jan Putnis

Other key lawyers:Richard De Carle; Craig Cleaver; Rebecca Cousin; Ian Johnson; Sara Luder

Testimonials

'Slaughter and May is strong in the Brexit field and has developed effective ways to leverage the firm's knowledge.'

Key Clients

Aviva plc

Euroclear SA/NV

UK Finance

Prudential Assurance Company Ltd

Standard Life Assurance Ltd

Zurich Insurance plc

Work highlights

  • Advising Standard Life Assurance and Prudential Assurance Company on their Brexit-related corporate restructurings, including establishing EU entities and EU branches and transferring business from the UK to the EU.
  • Assisting Aviva Life and Pensions and Aviva Insurance with its Brexit-related  restructuring.
  • Acting for Zurich Insurance on its corporate restructuring and the associated regulatory work.
  • Advising an EU headquartered retail bank on its Brexit-related corporate restructuring, including establishing a new UK subsidiary and obtaining regulatory authorisation from the UK regulators.
  • Providing a UK headquartered retail and investment bank with Brexit-related regulatory advice.

At Ashurst, Helen Burton, Rob Aird and James Perry jointly lead the Brexit task force and specialise in finance, corporate and financial services work respectively. The firm takes a multi-disciplinary approach to Brexit and utilises its global network to assist clients in the UK and beyond. The group has been particularly active in the asset management, energy and transport sectors and acts for corporates, governments, trade bodies and industry associations on the full spectrum of Brexit advice, including contingency planning work, reorganisations and advisory work. Recent matters include advising an international inter-dealer broker on the restructuring of its group and trading models, assisting a financial institution with its cross-border restructuring and providing a retail bank with Brexit contingency planning assistance. Jake Green is noted for his regulatory expertise, James Coiley stands out for his structured finance and derivatives knowledge, and Matthew Saunders focuses on public international law and treaty construction issues. Newly promoted partner Tim Cant is also singled out for his market structure work.

Practice head(s):Helen Burton; Rod Aird; James Perry

Other key lawyers:Jake Green; James Coiley; Matthew Saunders; Tim Cant

Key Clients

Jefferies

Exane

IHS Markit

Work highlights

  • Advised an international inter-dealer broker on the implications of Brexit and on the restructuring of its group and trading models to accommodate international clients following Brexit.
  • Providing a financial services client with cross-border business restructuring advice relating to the impact of Brexit on its products trading function.
  • Assisting a global asset manager with its cross-border business structuring issues.
  • Advising a UK retail bank on its Brexit contingency plan and preparedness and its pre-Brexit cross-product due diligence.
  • Assisting an asset management client with its Brexit contingency plans.

For Baker McKenzie, its Brexit expertise is particularly prevalent in the work of its international trade and WTO practice, which has extensive knowledge of export controls, sanctions, customs, WTO law, trade remedies and other EU trade law. Ross Denton leads the trade group, which also includes Jennifer Revis, who heads up the customs and excise team. The cross-departmental group also benefits from the firm’s substantial global network and the strength of the firm’s tax, regulatory, immigration, financial services, commercial contracts, IP, data protection and competition teams. Kate Alexander focuses on UK and international tax mandates, Emily Carlisle is the key contact for structuring, implementing and managing cross-border reorganisations, Graham Stuart handles product regulation issues, while senior associate Tony Haque leads the firm’s global immigration and mobility department.

Practice head(s):Ross Denton; Jennifer Revis

Other key lawyers:Kate Alexander; Emily Carlisle; Graham Stuart; Tony Haque

Work highlights

  • Advising a banking client on sanctions compliance relating to the reorganisation of its European operations following Brexit.
  • Assisting a global financial services provider with its post-Brexit restructuring including setting up an alternative structure to the EU passporting system.
  • Acting for a financial services company on the restructuring of its European business.
  • Assisting a US financial information and analytics company with the reorganisation of its European business in light of the anticipated EU passporting requirements post-Brexit.
  • Providing a luxury goods company with advice on the impact of Brexit covering tax, employment and customs issues.

Bindmans LLP is the main name in the market for Brexit-related litigation and judicial reviews, as well as assisting businesses, trade unions and NGOs with immigration issues. John Halford and Liz Barratt jointly lead the group and specialise in public law and immigration respectively. Amy Rowe is recommended for her international children work and Alison Stanley focuses on immigration matters. Halford acted for Chris Leslie MP and Tom Brake MP as intervener MPs in a challenge before the European Court of Justice relating to the circumstances in which any notice given under Article 50 can be revoked, and is advising the Fair Vote campaign group on efforts to establish a public inquiry into the EU referendum campaign. He has also worked with Tamsin Allen assisting People’s Vote with withdrawal agreement issues, and has partnered with  Barratt to advise Here for Good on EU and discrimination law issues affecting European nationals planning to live in the UK post-Brexit. Associate Ashley Fleming is also active in complex nationality issues and newly promoted partner Olivia Piercy focuses on family law mandates.

Practice head(s):John Halford; Liz Barratt

Other key lawyers:Amy Rowe; Alison Stanley; Tamsin Allen; Ashley Fleming; Olivia Piercy

Testimonials

'Bindmans is involved in some of the most cutting edge Brexit-related work, and will no doubt continue to be so.'

'Bindmans has a team of very talented lawyers, with in-depth sector understanding and an insightful approach to tackling complex and sensitive legal issues. Its involvement (and wins) in high-profile cases sets it apart from the crowd.'

'The team has excellent knowledge of Brexit-related immigration issues, is completely up-to-date with government thinking and sees the practical reality for individuals.'

'John Halford is a brilliant tactician and practitioner.'

'John Halford is excellent to work with. His grasp of the legal issues and approach to best presentation of the case is hugely valuable. He is very bright, approachable and accessible to clients.'

'Liz Barratt and Ashley Fleming are both very approachable, down-to-earth and practical, and able to give reassurance to clients.'

Key Clients

Tom Brake MP

Chris Leslie MP

European Banking Authority

The People’s Vote

Fair Vote UK

National Union of Journalists

Here for Good

Chris Wylie

Shahmir Sanni

Work highlights

  • Representing intervener MPs in a challenge before the European Court of Justice relating to the manner in which any notice given under Article 50 can be revoked.
  • Acting for Fair Vote in seeking a public inquiry into the EU referendum campaign.
  • Instructed by People's Vote to advise on the withdrawal agreement debate issues and the legal consequences of memoranda to the withdrawal agreement.
  • Providing strategic advice to the European Banking Authority.
  • Advising Resolution on the preservation of EU amendments to domestic family law post-Brexit.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP’s Brexit taskforce is led by Chris Bryant, who is a competition and international trade expert, and leads the firm’s advice to clients on what a potential free trade agreement or reliance on WTO rules would mean for their businesses. Alongside its trade strength, the firm has been notably active providing no-deal Brexit advice and has assisted several clients with reorganisations and business transfers. It recently led advice to Reliance and QBE on a Part VII transfer of the business written through the Italian and Spanish branches of QBE. Polly James is the key contact for financial services regulatory issues including passporting rights work and contingency plans for banks, insurers and other financial services clients. Matthew Baker focuses on the investment management sector, Geraldine Quirk handles insurance work and James Marshall is the key antitrust and competition name with particular expertise in the energy, aviation, water and transports sectors.

Practice head(s):Chris Bryant

Other key lawyers:Polly James; Matthew Baker; Geraldine Quirk; James Marshall

Work highlights

  • Advising Reliance General Insurance and QBE Insurance on a Part VII transfer of their business through the Italian and Spanish branches of QBE.

DLA Piper’s Brexit committee utilises the firm’s international footprint to assist UK and global clients. It is chaired by commercial lawyer Richard Bonnar and benefits from the expertise of Brexit director Paul Hardy, who has previously worked in Westminster and Brussels. The cross-departmental group draws from the trade, financial services, insurance, data, corporate, employment and tax practices and has recently been busy in the consumer goods and retail, manufacturing, food and drink, technology, sports, media and entertainment, and public sectors, including the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. The group also recently advised Molson Coors on the impact of Brexit on customs and excise rules and assisted Wilko Retail with establishing the Brexit impact on its global supply chain and sourcing models. John Forrest leads the international trade group, Hazel Moffat is co-head of the public law team and Andrew Dyson is the key contact for data protection work.

Practice head(s):Paul Hardy; Richard Bonnar

Other key lawyers:John Forrest; Hazel Moffat; Andrew Dyson

Testimonials

'The team at DLA Piper is extremely helpful and ensures it takes on board recommendations from its clients. It makes an active effort to have regular meetings to discuss ongoing progress.'

'Paul Hardy is very engaging to deal with, deeply knowledgeable about both the law and international, EU and UK politics, and pragmatic.'

Key Clients

Wilko Retail Ltd

Howdens Joinery Co

Molson Coors Brewing Company

Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)

Oxford Policy Management

Ardagh Group

Soho House

Information Commissioner Office

Action Aid UK

European Medical Agency

ABInBev

EasyJet

GE (Capital)

Hartree Partners UK Limited

McBride Plc

HPD Software Limited

Reed Business Information Limited

SThree

Unilever

Government of Wales

The CityUK

Sibelco UK Limited

ABFA (the Asset Based Finance Association, now part of UK Finance)

BASF plc

Sodexo

Drax Power Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Molson Coors on the impact of Brexit on the customs and excise rules and procedures applicable to the sourcing of its raw materials and product sales.
  • Assisting Wilko Retail with the Brexit impact on its global supply chain and the customs implications on its sourcing models.
  • Developed a Brexit impact assessment for Howdens Joinery Co and implemented contingency plans.
  • Advised Oxford Policy Management on the Brexit impact on its eligibility to receive EU funding.
  • Assisting Soho House with issues relating to EU and UK citizenship rights.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s Brexit group is jointly led by Ros Kellaway and Annabel Borg, who are members of the firm’s competition, EU and trade group. The team has particular expertise assisting with the Brexit elements of EU law, trade mandates and environment work and also has a designated parliamentary advisory service. The firm’s European network, which includes its Brussels office, enhances its EU law expertise, which includes advising multinational and UK clients on their goods and services in EU jurisdictions and the potential regulatory fallout of Brexit. On the trade side, the group is experienced in WTO rules, customs issues, contractual agreements, tariff changes, quotas and other trade barriers. James Lindop heads the international trade practice and has assisted clients with customs and WTO issues. Other key individuals include Manchester-based Tom Bridgford, who leads the international outsourcing group; and state aid and public procurement specialist Totis Kotsonis. Andrew Henderson is a partner in the financial institutions group. He recently advised multiple asset managers on their arrangements for providing services in the EU after Brexit.

Practice head(s):Ros Kellaway; Annabel Borg

Other key lawyers:James Lindop; Tom Bridgford; Totis Kotsonis; Andrew Henderson

Testimonials

'The team has fantastic industry knowledge and remains approachable and easy to engage with.'

'Andrew Henderson takes great care to really understand the client's business to ensure that the advice and guidance provided is focused on its needs. The personal engagement is very much appreciated, especially when Andrew takes clients through the journey to the conclusion to ensure that everything is well understood and nothing is missed along the way.'

Key Clients

Architas

Aviva Investors

Bayerishe Landesbank

BCCP

BNP Paribas

Brakes Bros Limited

Columbia Threadneedle

DZ Bank

Grosvenor Capital

Hallmark Cards plc

Helaba Bank

Landesbank Baden Wurtemburg

Legal & General Investment Managers

LHR Airports Limited (Heathrow Airport)

London City Airport

M&G

Morningstar

Next PLC

Nord Landesbank

Oney Bank

RCI Bank

The University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Unipart

Work highlights

  • Advising various asset managers including Architas, Aviva, BCCP, Columbia Threadneedle, Grosvenor Capital, M&G and Morningstar on their arrangements for providing services and marketing funds post-Brexit, including advice on delegation arrangements.
  • Assisting Bayern LB, BNP Paribas, Carmignac, Deutsche Hypo Bank, DVB Bank, EEX, M&G Luxemborg and Nord LB with their arrangements for doing business in the UK including PRA and FCA authorisation and governance advice and the application of the temporary permission regime.
  • Advising First State, M&G and Columbia Threadneedle on the merger of fund ranges to address the loss of passporting rights.
  • Assisting Hallmark Cards with the immigration implications of Brexit in the event of a deal or no-deal Brexit scenario.
  • Assisting London City Airport with its immigration and employment issues relating to its non-UK EEA citizen employees.

RPC’s cross-departmental group has been notably active in the insurance and financial services sectors. It recently advised RSA Insurance on the Brexit-related restructuring of its European business and assisted The Equitable Life Assurance Society with the transfer of its Irish and German life insurance business  into a newly incorporated Irish subsidiary. Practices that contribute regularly to the firm’s Brexit coverage include the commercial, IP, data privacy, employment, regulatory, tax and corporate teams, and the firm also leverages its position as part of the TerraLex network to enhance its multijurisdictional offering. IP and technology partner Ciara Cullen leads the group, which also fields insurance and non-contentious regulatory expert Matthew Griffith and corporate specialist Neil Brown.

Practice head(s):Ciara Cullen

Other key lawyers:Matthew Griffith; Neil Brown

Testimonials

'RPC takes a very collaborative approach and has a good understanding of the issues facing in-house teams.'

'Ciara Cullen is great at bringing people together to share insights on current issues facing in-house teams - she ensures there are always tangible results.'

Key Clients

RSA Insurance Group plc

The Equitable Life Assurance Society

TerraLex Partner Firms

Work highlights

  • Advised RSA Insurance on the Brexit-related restructuring of its European business including its EU branch operations.
  • Assisting The Equitable Life Assurance Society with a Part VII transfer of its life insurance business in Ireland and Germany to a newly incorporated and authorised Irish subsidiary company.
  • Advising multiple TerraLex partner firms on the implications of Brexit, including customs issues.
  • Advising an international insurance broking group on the implications of Brexit.
  • Assisting a global technology company with the impact of a no-deal Brexit, particularly issues relating to its distribution and licensing businesses.

The Brexit taskforce at Dechert LLP focuses on fund and financial services work, leveraging the firm’s European and global network to handle issues for UK-based and international clients. Other departments which contribute to the firm’s Brexit expertise include the international trade and government regulation practice, and the corporate, tax, IP, data protection and labour and employment teams. Competition specialist Alec Burnside, who divides his time between London and Brussels, leads the group, which also fields global co-chair of the financial services department Gus Black, private equity and corporate expert Christopher Field, tax specialist Mark Stapleton and Paul Kavanagh, who focuses on the IP issues arising as a consequence of Brexit. Senior director Richard Tauwhare is also recommended. The team saw some senior exits from its trade group with  Miriam Gonzalez now at Cohen & Gresser LLP, Andrew Hood joining Fieldfisher and Roger Matthews moving to Dentons.

Practice head(s):Alec Burnside

Other key lawyers:Gus Black; Christopher Field; Mark Stapleton; Paul Kavanagh; Richard Tauwhare

Testimonials

'Dechert is very diligent, professional in its approach and has a good understanding of its client's requirements in terms of the business.'

'Dechert is far and away one of the best for Brexit advice - one of the only firms to have given real thought to the potential practical impacts and how to deal with them.'

'Richard Tauwhare  is supportive, helpful and provides immediate thoughtful and comprehensive responses, without exception. He  has superior industry knowledge and the ability to take apart complex concepts and explain them in simple language.'

'The group is courteous, diligent and extremely professional. '

Key Clients

PRA Health Services

NEC

Fieldfisher’s Brexit taskforce is headed up by Andrew Hood, who specialises in EU, trade, regulatory and public international work and recently joined the firm from Dechert LLP. The group acts for industry bodies, government and public organisations, and companies across a variety of sectors, with particular expertise in the financial services, life sciences and technology industries. The group has also been notably active handling full Brexit strategies and regulatory advisory work for clients. It recently advised PRA Health Services on the impact of Brexit on its operations in the UK and the EU, particularly the life sciences regulatory regimes, and also assisted Sport England with preparing for the regulatory impact Brexit will have on the programmes it supports and funds. John Cassels is a key contact for regulatory issues and competition work, Azad Ali focuses on financial services regulatory issues, and Alison Dennis handles IP, commercial and regulatory work in the pharmaceuticals, biotech and medical device industries.

Practice head(s):Andrew Hood

Other key lawyers:John Cassels; Azad Ali; Alison Dennis

Key Clients

National Savings and Investments (NS&I)

Sport England

PRA Health Services

Work highlights

  • Advising PRA Health Services on the impact of Brexit on its EU operations, including the applicable life sciences regulatory regimes.
  • Assisting Sports England with preparations for the impact of Brexit on the regulatory landscape to ensure its programmes are not disrupted and remain compliant.
  • Advised NS&I on the implications of Brexit on its outsourcing agreements with Atos.

Kingsley Napley LLP’s immigration practice is at the forefront of EU law and Brexit work, and regularly assists companies looking to help UK-based EU staff and other individuals on residency issues arising from Brexit. Nicolas Rollason heads up the immigration team, and also jointly heads the Brexit group with employment partner Richard Fox and family lawyer Jane Keir. Fox regularly acts for corporates, professional partnerships, organisations and senior individuals on a variety of employment matters, with notable expertise in the banking, financial services, media and sport sectors.  Keir is a key contact for wealth protection work and matrimonial issues. Charlotte Bradley is also singled out for her experience in European family cases. The firm’s public law group contributes to the Brexit coverage, and the team is also able to support French speaking clients.

Practice head(s):Nicolas Rollason; Richard Fox; Jane Keir

Other key lawyers:Charlotte Bradley

With substantial expertise in the financial services sector, Shearman & Sterling LLP counts UK, EU and global banks, investment banks, brokers, insurers, trading venues and fund managers as clients, which it advises on cross-border issues and transactional work, regulatory mandates and the impact of domestic and European legislative changes. The team also leverages the firm’s transatlantic strength to assist with regulatory issues, and draws on the firm’s trade, IP, data and funds practices. Brexit group head Barnabas (Barney) Reynolds also leads the global financial institutions advisory and financial regulatory group and is a high-profile name in Brexit commentary. Other key individuals include Thomas Donegan, who handles financial regulatory and compliance issues; and John Adams, who leads the UK investment funds group. Recent highlights include assisting a UK headquartered bank with its Brexit analysis and strategy, and advising several multinational insurance companies on their Brexit contingency plans.

Practice head(s):Barnabas Reynolds

Other key lawyers:Thomas Donegan; John Adams

Work highlights

  • Assisting a UK headquartered bank with its Brexit analysis and strategy, including lobbying strategies and contingency planning.
  • Advising multiple multinational insurance companies on their contingency planning for Brexit scenarios.
  • Advising an international banking and brokerage group on specific Brexit scenarios.
  • Advising a global financial group on the UK on-shoring of EU legislation.

Travers Smith LLP’s Brexit working group is led by senior partner Chris Hale and takes a cross-departmental approach to assisting clients, involving lawyers from the employment, financial products, environment, trade and commercial departments. The group has particular expertise in the financial services sector, with notable clients including Euroclear and Bain Capital; assisting the latter with its business immigration issues and the implications of Brexit for its EU national staff based in the UK. Ben Chivers focuses on commercial and trade issues and also leads the leisure and hospitality group, Mark Evans heads up the financial products and payments practice, Doug Bryden is the key contact for EU regulatory advice, and Ed Mills leads the employment group and also handles immigration mandates.

Practice head(s):Chris Hale

Other key lawyers:Ben Chivers; Mark Evans; Doug Bryden; Ed Mills

Testimonials

'The team provides in-depth and practical information on the full range of legal topics. It is well-prepared, on top of new developments and great to work with.'

'Ben Chivers and Spencer Summerfield are both responsive and insightful regarding any request made'.

Key Clients

Euroclear

Fondul Proprietara

Micro Focus plc

Bain Capital

Davidson Kempner

Hikma Pharmaceuticals

Work highlights

  • Advising Bain Capital on Brexit-related business immigration issues.
  • Assisting Davidson Kempner European Partners with the full spectrum of business immigration work.
  • Advising Hikma Pharmaceuticals on amendments to its key manufacturing agreements to take account of Brexit-related risks.
  • Acting for a multinational software provider on the impact of Brexit on its business.

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