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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 6

Fox Williams LLP

Fox Williams LLP, whose work predominantly has an international dimension, has a particular strength in acting for clients in the fashion and technology industries. Led by Stephen Sidkin, the team specialises in advising on agency, distributorship and supply agreements. Sidkin, who β€˜possesses tremendous gravitas’, is advising Breitling’s UK subsidiary on matters connected with its retail selective distribution system and its agreements with authorised retailers. Nigel Miller is assisting Corvia with negotiating an agreement to supply electronic ticket machines to national bus companies.

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Financial services
Financial services (contentious) - ranked: tier 3

Fox Williams LLP

Financial services (non-contentious/regulatory) - ranked: tier 6

Fox Williams LLP

Fox Williams LLP provides a β€˜commercial and responsive service’ across both non-contentious and contentious matters. Formerly at the FSA, Peter Wright is well-placed to β€˜advise clients on how the FCA will react and respond’ and provides β€˜clear, accurate and sensible advice’ to clients facing FCA investigations. β€˜An expert on UK banking regulation’, Sona Ganatra regularly represents senior executives who are subject to regulatory investigations. James Carlton specialises in financial crime and has been involved in numerous high-profile FCA and SFO fraud investigations. β€˜Well-versed on market developments’ in the Fintech sector, β€˜very commercial’ team head Jonathan Segal acts for numerous peer-to-peer lenders. Benefiting from former in-house experience within the brokerage industry, Nigel Brahams is β€˜excellent at identifying the key issues that are relevant’ to clients in that space. As part of his broad-ranging regulatory expertise, Brahams also has a particular focus on blockchain matters.

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Flotations: small and mid-cap
Flotations: small and mid-cap - ranked: tier 3

Fox Williams LLP

Fox Williams LLP’s team is noted for its β€˜outstanding technical understanding of the drivers of an IPO’. Its notable sector specialisms are in technology and financial services (including fintech), as well as natural resources. In addition to IPOs, it serves as a one-stop shop for other matters, such as capital raisings and placings, as well as associated public and private M&A, and regulatory advice. Led by Richie Clark, the team undertakes a significant amount of work for dual-listed companies from Australia, North America and South Africa, as well as companies with assets in Africa or the CIS region. Paul Osborne and Sean Williams acted for Plexus Holdings on two financings in 2016, one of which involved raising $5m through a subscription agreement with LLC Gusar, while the other transaction concerned a separate Β£6m placing of ordinary shares. In another matter, Clark is working with Guy Morgan (a recent hire from Stephenson Harwood) and senior associate William Li on advice to SacOil concerning its proposed reverse takeover of a South Africa-focused petroleum product wholesaler, and its subsequeng re-admission to AIM. Morgan β€˜marries an eye for detail with a commercial nous that really cuts through the issues’ Andrew Woolf is another partner in the group. Nick Sayers joined Payne Hicks Beach.

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M&A: smaller deals, up to Β£50m
M&A: smaller deals, up to Β£50m - ranked: tier 1

Fox Williams LLP

Fox Williams LLP’s β€˜responsive, client-oriented’ team is β€˜practical’ and β€˜good value for money’. It also β€˜works well with in-house teams’, and has a β€˜hugely helpful understanding of early-stage businesses’. β€˜Practical, responsive’ practice head Richie Clark has strong experience in the natural resources, financial services and technology sectors: he acted for Constellation Software on its takeover of Bond International, and assisted Volaris Software with its purchase of Results Group’s business and assets. He also advised MIP on its acquisition of Cromptons Healthcare. Andrew Woolf acted for Cymba Technologies on its sale to Factset Research Systems, Paul Osborne advised Start Ventures on its sale of a 75% stake in StartJG Hong Kong, and Peter Faber assisted Antithesis Consulting Group with its purchase of Sustain. Directa Plus and Stifel Financial are recent client wins; more longstanding clients include SuperGroup, IFG Group, Charles Taylor plc and Plexus Holdings. Nick Sayers’s departure for Payne Hicks Beach in June 2016 was offset by the arrival of Guy Morgan from Stephenson Harwood in March 2017; Morgan is strong in public takeovers and equity capital markets.

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Partnership
Partnership - ranked: tier 1

Fox Williams LLP

Fox Williams LLP is β€˜absolutely superb’ in drafting partnership arrangements, increasingly on the international stage, and is well-equipped to advise on the regulatory issues at each stage of the life-cycle of a partnership. Known for the β€˜high level of personal commitment’ she devotes to her work, practice head Tina Williams recently advised FTI Consulting LLP on the establishment of an international network of tax consultants, which required a partnership structure whereby participants could easily join the partnership in jurisdictions throughout EMEA, the US and Asia. Daniel Sutherland, who has β€˜excellent knowledge’ of LLPs and law firm regulation, regularly acts for international law firms and in 2016 assisted New York-based law firm Scott & Scott with the establishment of its London office, Scott & Scott Europe LLP. Gavin Foggo heads the dispute resolution group and advises on partnership disputes in litigation, arbitration and mediation. The department is instructed by a range of professional practices, including law firms such as Reed Smith LLP, Stewarts Law LLP and Holland & Knight (UK) LLP, accounting firms and private equity groups such as DN Capital UK LLP.

Leading individuals

Gavin Foggo - Fox Williams LLP

Tina Williams - Fox Williams LLP

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 5

Fox Williams LLP

Fox Williams LLP is β€˜more than capable of dealing with major cases’, and the team is β€˜able to get to grips with complex facts and present them in the form of clear and concise instructions’. The firm is increasingly being instructed on cross-border disputes, internal investigations and business crime matters, some key client names including Salem Mouzner, Pamplona Strategic Developments and Samir Arab. Practice head Gavin Foggo is β€˜careful, analytical and has immensely good judgement’.

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Fraud: white-collar crime
Fraud: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 2

Fox Williams LLP

The β€˜professional and experienced’ team at Fox Williams LLP is β€˜a significant player in the white-collar crime environment’ and β€˜has a strong reputation in the market’. The firm has acted in relation to several longstanding SFO investigations and prosecutions, most notably in the financial services space. Practice co-head James Carlton has β€˜a first-class knowledge of the law and also empathises with his clients, making them feel that he is on their side’. Peter Wright is β€˜excellent in his field’.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 6

Fox Williams LLP

Fox Williams LLP’s β€˜partners are fully engaged in the conduct of cases’. The firm hired civil fraud, asset tracing and insolvency partner David Butler from Harneys’ Cayman office. The practice is well known for contentious partnership disputes, and is increasingly instructed on international litigation and cross-border disputes, including internal investigations and business crime matters. Gavin Foggo β€˜has immensely good judgement’; the β€˜great tactician’ Tom Custance is β€˜bright, thoughtful and extremely articulate’; and Peter Ashford is β€˜trusted by clients’.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 7

Fox Williams LLP

Fox Williams LLP’s key sectors for international arbitration are commodities, renewable energy, medical and pharmaceuticals, and transport and distribution. Gavin Foggo is experienced in infrastructure, professional services, and finance-related arbitrations; Peter Ashford handles general international commercial arbitration; and Tom Custance is noted for energy sector arbitration.

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 5

Fox Williams LLP

Fox Williams LLP’s incentives team handles a wide range of share scheme matters, including advising on the implementation of new schemes and providing transactional support. The team is led by Emma Bailey, who is β€˜knowledgeable, very smart and an impressive operator’. Her recent work includes advising MinterEllison on a bespoke cross-border option scheme related to its AIM listing; and assisting QiO Technologies in the restructuring of an option scheme for senior management across a number of jurisdictions. Other clients include Personnel Hygiene Services (PHS), Adam Phones and Vigilent.

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Employment: employees/unions
Leading individuals

Jane Mann - Fox Williams LLP

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Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 4

Fox Williams LLP

Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 2

Fox Williams LLP

The β€˜fantastic’ department at Fox Williams LLP is β€˜extremely experienced’ and β€˜efficient’ in handling contentious matters for both employers and senior executives. Department head Jane Mann, who is rated as β€˜one of the leading employment lawyers in London’, has been acting for a senior banker in an Employment Tribunal claim brought against her former employer alleging sex discrimination. Aron Pope defended Jose Mourinho and Chelsea FC against high-profile tribunal claims alleging constructive unfair dismissal and discrimination. Clients single out β€˜exceptional’ legal director David Murphy, who, along with dispute resolution partner Tom Custance, acted in High Court injunction proceedings brought by the client’s former employer Foxtons arising from the client’s move to Knight Frank. Also recommended are Audrey Williams, Helen Farr and β€˜strong advocate’ Joanna Chatterton, who is β€˜never fails to offer measured advice’. Joanne Owers is now at DAC Beachcroft LLP.

Leading individuals

Jane Mann - Fox Williams LLP

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Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 5

Fox Williams LLP

Fox Williams LLP specialises in business immigration, advising small and medium-sized companies, as well as individuals, on compliance and sponsorship, PBS applications, settlement and nationality matters. It achieves β€˜very good response times’, and is β€˜efficient and helpful with difficult situations’. Team head Sacha Schoenfeld is β€˜an excellent communicator’, and provides β€˜outstanding client care’.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 6

Fox Williams LLP

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 4

Fox Williams LLP

Fox Williams LLP is β€˜quick to respond with relevant and practical advice’ and the team continues to handle a number of investment deals in the hotel and leisure sectors. Head of practice Phillip Hope, who β€˜knows the law and the property market inside out’, advised Richmond Property Investments on the purchase of a former public house for residential purposes, and also acted for Tortelli on the signing of a lease for a restaurant in London’s Haymarket. In other highlights, the β€˜focused and reliable’ Simon Smith continued to advise a major property investment company on its office and retail portfolio, and the β€˜knowledgeable’Elizabeth Ruff assisted Neil Hudgell with lease renewal and the restructuring of its office portfolio. Clients include FM Global, Placid Invest and Al Rumaithy Investment Company.

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 3

Fox Williams LLP

Fox Williams LLP’s highlights included representing two directors in a private criminal prosecution brought by a high-profile property business owner, and acting for an international corporation in the media sector in an internal investigation into allegations of criminal misconduct by a journalist: a matter involving significant liaison with the Metropolitan Police Service. James Carlton has substantial experience in handling disciplinary investigations and proceedings, and Peter Wright specialises in financial services regulatory issues.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 5

Fox Williams LLP

Fox Williams LLP primarily focuses on fashion and technology sector clients, which the group advises on a broad range of IP matters; it also specialises in patent protection, designs, copyright and trade mark issues arising from the fintech sector. The β€˜knowledgeable and responsive’ Simon Bennett and trade mark attorney Sarah Redmond are assisting SuperGroup with its trade mark filing strategy and EU and UK opposition proceedings and settlements. Other clients include Space Ape Games, DKH Retail and Glanbia Performance Nutrition.

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Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 4

Fox Williams LLP

Fox Williams LLP’s department is β€˜well versed in market developments’ and provides β€˜very good regulatory and commercial advice’ to fintech start-ups. β€˜Astute, commercial’ and β€˜extremely effective’ practice head Jonathan Segal is a β€˜fintech guru’ who is β€˜always a pleasure to work with’, and has an β€˜in-depth understanding of the peer-to-peer lending sector’. He advised Match the Cash, trading as guarantormyloan, on various structuring and regulatory matters, including complying with FCA peer-to-peer and outsourcing regulations. He also acted for Scalable Capital on investment management regulatory advice. The β€˜pragmatic’ Nigel Braham has β€˜deep commercial experience’, especially in e-trading and blockchain; he and technology expert Nigel Miller acted for Clearmatics Technologies on its agreement with a consortium of high-profile lenders, including Deutsche Bank, BNY Mellon and Santander, concerning its development of the Utility Settlement Coin (USC), an asset-back digital cash instrument. The team also advises clients on the regulatory implications of corporate transactions, as well as handling corporate transactions directly: Peter Wright advised Balderton Capital on the regulatory aspects of its $7m investment in Revolut, and Segal and Andrew Woolf acted for Cymba Technologies on its sale to Factset. Plexhub and Neyber are additional clients on the regulatory and commercial side.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 5

Fox Williams LLP

Fox Williams LLP focuses primarily on the fashion and technology sectors, and acts for clients including Superdrug, Glanbia, Vivienne Westwood and Fenix. Simon Bennett, who is the practice co-head, recently represented Bebe Clothing in a dispute with Primark, regarding breach of confidence and copyright infringement claims. Co-head Stephen Sidkin specialises in cross-border trade mark and design licensing and Nigel Miller has notable expertise in new technologies, IT and data protection.

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