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Allen & Overy LLP leverages its global platform, and depth of sector expertise, to advise clients on a firm-wide basis on the commercial and legal implications of Brexit on their operations. It is particularly active in the financial services sector, where members of its multidisciplinary team advise banks, asset managers and other financial institutions on all aspects of their contingency planning, such as future market access options, and the costs and risks of business restructuring and relocating, among other concerns. The firm also provides strategic advice to international corporates in other sectors, such as energy and life sciences, and consults with industry associations and government. Daniel Shurman, Richard Cranfield, Kate Sumpter and Damian Carolan are among the contacts at the firm.

Clifford Chance, whose service is ‘of the highest order’, not only provides legal advice to its clients but also spends a significant amount of time engaging with industry associations such as the CBI, AFME and BBA. It has a first-rate public policy practice, which sees members of the London office operating alongside experts across the network to anticipate changes in public policy and assist clients in formulating commercial strategies; Phillip Souta is the head of the firm’s UK public policy team. Another pillar of the firm’s work is on the international trade side, where it advises businesses and trade bodies on post-Brexit trade issues, including matters involving WTO law, GATTS and trade barrier regulations. Jessica Gladstone has direct experience of negotiating multilateral treaties, and has represented the UK at the UN and other international institutions. She and Jenine Hulsmann are advising Électricité de France (EDF) on the potential impact on the Hinckley nuclear project of the UK trading with the EU under WTO rules. Shell and ITV are other clients.

Dechert LLP’s ‘cutting-edge and innovative advice’ on Brexit-related issues stems from ‘its genuine expertise in trade and EU law’; it is ‘the go-to firm’ in this space. It also stands out for ‘its deep understanding of the inner workings of government and the Brexit negotiating teams on the UK and EU sides’. The firm’s capabilities in these areas put it on a strong footing to advise clients from a variety of sectors on strategic steps to mitigate the risks arising from possible outcomes of the Brexit negotiations, and also to maximise opportunities. The team also provides advice to clients on their engagement with investors, customers and governments, among other parties. Singled out for particular praise are Miriam Gonzalez and senior director Andrew Hood, who are both ‘technically excellent, well connected and very personable’. Gonzalez, who has experience of EU and WTO trade negotiations (having acted as lead EU negotiator on the WTO Basic Agreement on Telecommunications), also has extensive expertise in export controls and EU internal market regulations, among other areas. Hood joined the firm in March 2016, having previously served as a legal adviser to former prime minister David Cameron. Complementing its depth of legal expertise, the firm works with firms of accountants to enable clients to consider the economic implications of Brexit, and also liaises with political experts in France and Germany.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has been advising clients on the implications of a possible UK exit from the EU since 2015, which has not only involved considering potential models of Brexit but also assessments of sector and business-specific issues. Ros Kellaway and Stephen Hill led a team which worked in conjunction with PwC to evaluate the impact of Brexit on the UK’s solar photovoltaic industry. Andrew Henderson, who has more than 15 years of experience as a financial services lawyer, has been advising debt fund Stone Harbor Capital on the impact of Brexit for its business, including the loss of marketing and management passports under the AIFMD, and has also provided strategic advice on its post-Brexit options. James Lindop has been advising global businesses on trade-related issues, including the likely impact of the UK falling back on WTO rules to manage its international trade. In addition to advising businesses, the firm has also maintained close links with government bodies and trade associations. Kellaway and corporate partner Rachel Broquard lead the firm’s Brexit group.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP attracts praise for ‘its very proactive approach to identifying the legal challenges Brexit presents’; it has been ‘quick off the blocks (compared to the competition) in pulling together a competent Brexit team’. Gavin Williams heads the practice, which draws on the firm’s longstanding track record in trade/WTO law and its sector expertise in areas such as financial services, energy, FMCG and industrial/manufacturing. Recent highlights include advising an investment fund on the potential impact of Brexit on trade in apparel products between the UK and EU, and advising a producer of consumer products on customs considerations for certain products. Brussels-based Lode Van den Hende has recently been appointed to TheCityUK’s international trade and investment group. Consultant Eric White, who is also Brussels-based, led the Trade Policy and WTO group at the European Commission’s Legal Service. James Palmer has more than 20 years’ experience working with the UK government, UK regulators and the European Commission on the development of various business regulations. Financial services regulatory expert Andrew Procter is also highly regarded. The firm adds value beyond pure legal advice, with one client reporting that ‘its seminars covered all the areas we wanted to have covered, were pitched at just the right level for the audience, and demonstrated an in-depth knowledge of the subject matter’.

Hogan Lovells International LLP has a dedicated Brexit taskforce, which includes founding members Peter Watts and Charles Brasted (‘an exceptional individual and professional’) and is led by managing partner Susan Bright. It works with businesses and industry associations to anticipate and shape the legal and policy considerations arising from Brexit through active engagement with government, and also to manage the commercial implications. The firm is particularly active in the regulated sectors which are most immediately affected by Brexit, such as financial services, energy, media, insurance and pharmaceuticals. Rachel Kent is leading the firm’s response to financial services clients, and has chaired TheCityUK’s working group on third country regimes and other alternatives to passporting. Elsewhere in the network, Brussels-based Hugo Paemen and Warren Maruyama in Washington DC have experience in negotiating trade agreements. The firm is appreciated for its ‘extraordinarily helpful events, webinars and raft of publications’, which complement its core legal advice.

Linklaters LLP’s specialist team covers Brexit from a range of angles and jurisdictions, which includes monitoring legal and institutional developments in the EU, and also producing thought leadership pieces and client briefings on specific topics to assist clients in their contingency planning. The firm has been particularly active working with UK and European trade and professional bodies, and was recently appointed as Brexit counsel by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA); Mark Brown, Deepak Sitlani and others act as legal counsel to the association. Michael Kent, Peter Bevan and Harry Eddis also have financial services sector expertise, while other sector strengths include energy and utilities, and TMT. Patrick Robinson gave oral evidence on the impact of Brexit on the UK justice system to the House of Commons Justice Committee. Sir Christopher Bellamy QC heads the group.

Norton Rose Fulbright recently strengthened its offering by hiring consultant Milagros Miranda; she has previous experience serving as a Peruvian representative to the WTO and was involved in negotiating free trade agreements between Peru and the EU, as well as South Korea, Japan and EFTA. Beyond providing core legal advice to clients on the commercial and legal implications of Brexit, the firm has provided industry support; Peter Snowdon, for instance, provided evidence to the House of Lords EU financial affairs sub-committee inquiry on the impact of Brexit on financial services, and Jonathan Herbst and Hannah Meakin assisted the newly established Financial Services Negotiation Forum in an investigation into the post-Brexit options available to the UK financial services industry. Emma Giddings, who co-heads the Brexit team with Martin Coleman, has spoken at industry events on the impact of Brexit on the aviation and wider transport sector. Bob Haken, who has particular expertise in the insurance industry, is another key contact.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s cross-border, multidisciplinary Brexit team is led by Guy Lougher, and handles a wide range of complex commercial, legal and strategic issues for clients across a wide range of sectors, including life sciences and education. Euan Smith led the advice to Universities UK on the legal implications of the UK’s departure from the EU on the level of student tuition fees and the availability of student loans. The group also provides guidance to industry bodies and committees, and has been invited to participate in panel discussions by a number of trade associations, and also to advise government departments. Andrew Henderson leads a public policy team which assists clients in understanding the implications of Brexit and provides advice on effective engagement with government. Other key contacts in the group include Alan Davis; financial regulatory expert Elizabeth Budd; and Robbie Owen, who leads the government affairs team.

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