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PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

7 MORE LONDON PLACE, RIVERSIDE, LONDON, SE1 2RT, ENGLAND
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London: Corporate and commercial

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

PwC LLP

PwC LLP provides the full range of corporate M&A advice to clients, leveraging off its conversion to a multidisciplinary practice and working in tandem with colleagues across the firm's traditional practices. The team handles work for existing non-legal clients, in addition to bringing on new clients specifically for legal services. The firm also has a dedicated due diligence offering, and has worked alongside other law firms on large-scale M&A projects. Prior to the multidisciplinary conversion, Shirley Brookes was senior partner of Pwc Legal,  she continues to engage with a number of the firm's clients, while Stuart Hatcher is a key name for deals.

Practice head(s):Shirley Brookes

Other key lawyers:Stuart Hatcher; Thomas Colmer

Testimonials

'A pleasure to work with. There is always a subject matter expert to hand who quickly gets to grips with the issue'

'Very professional lawyers, with access to a very broad breadth of expertise in the wider firm'

'Thomas Colmer gives very practical advice - he's transparent, responsive and has great attention to detail'

'We couldn't have asked for more from PwC- responsive, knowledgeable, reliable, pragmatic, commercial and totally trustworthy.'

Key Clients

Shareholders and Management of ABAX Holding Limited

Marcura Equities Fze

The Russell Family

Honeywell

Eli Lilly

Delphi

Cavendish Corporate Finance

PwC LLP

ICONEX

Trust Tech, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Burntisland Fabrications Limited, a distressed manufacturing company, on the sale to a Canadian engineering company.
  • Represented Trust Tech on the acquisition by its subsidiary, Gap Personnel Holdings, of Quattro Group Holdings, a recruitment business based in Norwich.
  • Advised Cavendish Corporate Finance on a merger with finnCap via sale of shares, and subsequent floating of the combined business on AIM.
  • Acted for Global Hotels Alliance on preparations for an equity capital increase and resulting minority stake acquisition by Minor Hotels and Pan Pacific Hotels Group.
  • Advised members of the Russell family on the sale of a majority stake in construction company Russells Limited, and minority stake in property development company Russell Homes Limited, to WBHO for ca. £36m.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 7

PwC LLP

PwC LLP's disputes work frequently spans multiple jurisdictions and covers commercial contracts, debt recovery, asset tracing, professional negligence, shareholder and board issues, financial services, IT, private client matters and tax. Agnes Quashie heads the UK regulatory and commercial disputes practice, and Dipti Hunter  is a senior manager.

Practice head(s):Agnes Quashie

Other key lawyers:Dipti Hunter

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Tax litigation and investigations
Tax litigation and investigations - ranked: tier 2

PwC LLP

At PwC LLP, David Anderson takes the lead on indirect tax disputes, Mark Whitehouse heads the direct tax disputes department, while contentious UK environmental tax is led by director Jayne Harrold. The group is closely aligned to the firm's wider tax offering, benefiting from the accounting and professional services firm's deep taxation expertise. This enables the firm to provide clients with a truly multi-disciplinary service. As well as covering the full  spectrum of tax litigation and investigations, the team has experience in handling judicial reviews.

Practice head(s):David Anderson; Mark Whitehouse; Jayne Harrold

Other key lawyers:Stephen Morse; Gillian Wheeler; Phillip Bradley; Christian Bell

Testimonials

'The strength of the PwC team lies in spotting litigation opportunities; novel points of law or practice that might be exploited to the client's advantage'

'Delivering top notch tax dispute resolution services; they really know what makes HMRC tick'

'Very dedicated to tax, but they also think strategically about the overall impact of litigation on the client and their ongoing relationship with regulatory authorities'

Key Clients

The Wellcome Trust

United Biscuits (Pension Trustees) Limited

Healthspan Limited

Rank Group Plc

Target Group Limited

Orange Spain

Standard Chartered Bank

Air Berlin plc

Work highlights

  • Lead solicitors for the Stamp Taxes Group Litigation Order, bringing restitution claims against HMRC on behalf of more than 20 claimants for overpaid stamp duty reserve tax and stamp duty, with total tax at stake calculated to be over £500m.
  • Acting on behalf of an airline to recover in excess of £6 million in Stamp Duty levied in breach of EU law.
  • Represented United Biscuits (Pension Trustees) in proceedings before the High Court and Court of Appeal in relation to a claim for VAT paid contrary to EU law. The case has recently been referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union.
  • Represented the Wellcome Trust before the First-tier Tribunal in its dispute with HMRC concerning the place of supply for VAT purposes of investment management services received from non-EU suppliers

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 4

PwC LLP

PwC LLP's employment practice has a strong reputation in the market for its work on equal pay and workplace diversity issues, and the team has recently advised the BBC on high-profile gender pay gap reporting issues. Other areas of strength include cross-border transactions, compliance work, TUPE and outsourcing matters and senior executive departures, while it is also described as 'a real tour de force on the employment litigation scene'. Ed Stacey leads the team and is a key contact for discrimination issues, equal pay audits and contentious matters; Tom Ince focuses on sourcing transactions and is a TUPE expert; Tom Williams handles compliance and industrial relations work; and Chris Perkins leads the team's cross-border work.

Practice head(s):Ed Stacey

Other key lawyers:Tom Ince; Tom Williams; Chris Perkins

Testimonials

'This practice is unique in its holistic approach to its cases. No stone is left unturned in its approach to preparation, support for the client, and collaborative work with counsel. It is a joy to work with. The recent expansion of the team underlines it as a real tour de force on the employment litigation scene. The depth of experience is second to none.'

'Tom Williams has excellent technical knowledge and in-depth experience of both High Court and Employment Tribunal litigation. He also has extensive practical experience in assisting and navigating employers through difficult national minimum wage investigations and industrial disputes. He is the go-to lawyer in these areas.'

'Christina McGoldrick is fast rising up the ranks. Clients and counsel can rely on her to ensure that the case runs smoothly. She is meticulous in her approach to detail whilst also keeping an eye on the bigger picture.'

Key Clients

BBC

Bourne Leisure Limited

Brentford Football Club

British Airways Plc

British Telecommunications plc

Eli Lilly

Fidelity Investment Management Limited

Google

John Lewis

Marks & Spencer

Microfocus International Plc

Poundland

PwC

Shiseido Company Limited

Tata Consulting Services Limited

The British Horse Society

The Football Association

The Official Receiver

Trust Tech

Work highlights

  • Acting as sole employment counsel for The Pensions Regulator including handling redundancies, reorganisations and restructurings, terminations, and employment litigation.
  • Advised a US-based pharmaceuticals company on the employment issues relating to the spin-off of part of its business to a newly established global network of companies.
  • Advising over 50 household name clients on minimum wage compliance issues.
  • Assisting numerous clients with gender pay reporting and workplace diversity issues.
  • Handling a range of employment issues for the BBC including equal pay matters, TUPE transfers and Employment Tribunal litigation.

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Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 1

PwC LLP

PwC LLP’s London immigration team works with an impressive roster of big-name corporates, providing a global service which draws on the wider firm’s tax and employment capabilities and huge international footprint to provide an integrated offering for multinational clients. The practice is now jointly led by Lindsey Barras and Sharan Kundi, who were promoted to the partnership in 2019. Key clients are drawn from sectors including financial services, manufacturing, technology and education, while the team - which has particular expertise in business travellers and the Posted Workers Directive - also includes a private client practice.

Practice head(s):Lindsey Barras; Sharan Kundi

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Pensions (non-contentious)
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 3

PwC LLP

PwC LLP’s pensions offering largely caters to the firm’s corporate sponsor clients, who instruct the team on a broad scope of matters for their high-value pension schemes. A strong point for the team involves working alongside the firm’s actuarial and tax practices to deliver innovative asset-backed funding arrangements including property-based arrangements. Further mandates include pension liability management (including contentious indexing issues), scheme restructuring exercises, auto-enrollment compliance advice, corporate transactional assistance and ESG planning. Oliver Reece heads up the team, which also includes Fraser Sparks and David Farmer.

Practice head(s):Oliver Reece

Other key lawyers:Fraser Sparks; David Farmer

Key Clients

SIG plc

Iberdrola SA

Trustees of the Ageas Insurance Staff Pensions Scheme

Interserve

The Freshwater Group of Companies

Arighi Bianchi

Aston University

BBC

Kin & Carta (formerly St. Ives)

Confidential public manufacturing company

Work highlights

  • Advised SIG on the implementation of a £45m asset-backed funding structure for the SIG Pension Scheme.
  • Advised Interserve on a £834m pension refinancing structure.
  • Advised the Freshwater Group of Companies on the restructuring of its pension arrangements including the closure of its defined benefit scheme to future accrual and the implementation of an enhanced defined contribution scheme.
  • Advised Aston University on the successful closure of future accrual of its defined benefit scheme.
  • Advising the BBC on all matters relating to pensions including liabilities and risk management.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: investment
Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 4

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

The ‚Äėdynamic and pragmatic‚Äô team at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP¬†is noted for its ‚Äėexceptional client service‚Äô. Real estate practice head¬†Amit Unadkat¬†is ‚Äėalways on the ball‚Äô and oversees a team with specialist knowledge of acquisition and disposals, developments, corporate occupier work, structuring and joint ventures as well as real estate-related corporate and banking transactions. Among the team's client roster are real estate funds, investors, ultra-high-net-worth individuals and asset managers.

Practice head(s):Amit Unadkat

Other key lawyers:Harriet Clarke

Testimonials

'Very helpful, very well-organised, very knowledgeable, very efficient and very professional.'

'Amit Unadkat, Max Herfurth, Paul Cole and Harriet Clarke are all very good.'

'Dynamic and pragmatic team. Client service is exceptional.'

'Harriet Clarke is exceptional. She always goes the extra mile to ensure that clients receive the best possible service and value for money. She is highly respected and a pleasure to work with.'

'Amit Unadkat is a good communicator and gets involved to solve problems'

'Professionality, reliability, good practical advice.'

'Amit Unadkat is great to work with. He is quite responsive and is always on the ball.'

Key Clients

Lee Kum Kee Group

Lazari Investments

Floreat Real Estate

Consensus Business Group

PwC LLP

Round Hill Capital Group LLC

City Developments Limited

Soilbuild Group Holdings

Honeywell International Inc.

CRP Hotels

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London: Risk advisory

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity
Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity - ranked: tier 2

PwC LLP

PwC LLP’s data protection strategy comprises its legal team alongside risk professionals, operational specialists, consultants, strategists and cyber security experts to provide comprehensive data protection advice including compliance issues, breaches and e-privacy work. Stewart Room heads the UK and global data protection practices; he is leading advice to Spotify on the delivery of its GDPR compliance project, and is acting for a UK regulatory authority in an investigation into the use of data analytics for political purposes. British American Tobacco, Capita, Met Office, Sainsbury’s Bank and Visa Europe are also clients. Other key practitioners include Keily Blair, who leads the contentious data privacy practice; James Drury-Smith, who heads up the non-contentious side, and Polly Ralph. Fedelma Good and risk professional Jane Wainwright are also noted.

Practice head(s):Stewart Room

Other key lawyers:Keily Blair; James Drury-Smith; Polly Ralph; Fedelma Good; Jane Wainwright

Testimonials

'The team's experience in-house enables it to understand how things work in-house, plus its reach over different industries and companies means clients get more of a rounded view.'

'The group provides expert knowledge, which is clear, concise and pragmatic, which makes it a pleasure to work with.'

'Fedelma Good's knowledge of the sector is unparalleled.'

'James Drury-Smith and Jane Foord-Kelcey are very good, very personable and provide sensible advice.'

'The team has expert knowledge, an ability to understand the client's business and make recommendations which work commercially. James Drury-Smith is a real pleasure to work with and has very impressive knowledge of GDPR.'

Key Clients

Accuro Trust (Jersey) Ltd

Advanced Personnel Management Holding

Amaris Hospitality

Designated Activ

Anglo American Plc

Ascot Racecourse Limited

Astorg Asset Management

Axon Enterprise, Inc.

Barratt Developments Plc

Blue Marble Holdings Limited

British Gas Trading Limited

British-American Tobacco (Holdings)

Bunnings Group Limited

C. & J. Clark International Limited

C. Hoare & Co.

Cambian Group Plc

Capita PLC

Centrica Plc

Channel Four Television Corporation

Ciklum SA

Citibank, N.A.

Coloplast A/S

Colour Bidco Limited

Computer Patent Annuities Limited

Crown Commercial Service

Csl Behring LLC

Dentsu Aegis Network Ltd.

Department for Digital, Culture, Me

DH Business Services LLC

Domestic & General Services Limited

Dwr Cymru Cyfyngedig (Welsh Water)

Elementis Plc

eNett International (Jersey) Ltd

Financial Ombudsman Service Limited

First Abu Dhabi Bank

Gartner Inc

General Electric Company

Go-Ahead Group Plc

Grosvenor Britain & Ireland

Hootsuite Inc.

Inflexion Partnership Capital Fund

Inflexion Private Equity Partners L

Ins-Sure Services Limited

John Lewis Partnership Plc

Julian Hodge Bank Limited

Klockner & Co SE

London South Bank University

Merlin Entertainments Group Limited

Met Office

Mimecast UK Limited

Mitchells & Butlers PLC

Moneysupermarket.com Group PLC

Monmouthshire Building Society

Montagu Private Equity LLP

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Management

National Australia Bank Limited

Northeastern University

OTSUKA PHARMACEUTICAL CO.,LTD.

Party City Holdings Inc.

Playtech PLC

Project Dynamo

Prudential Services Limited

PwC Germany

Rackspace US, Inc.

Redstone Mortgages Limited

Ruffer LLP

Sage Group Plc

Sainsbury's Bank Plc

SHARP ELECTRONICS (EUROPE) LIMITED

Six Continents Limited

Smartgames Technologies Ltd

Southern Water Services Limited

Spotify AB

Symantec Corporation

TGS NOPEC Geophysical Company ASA

The Catholic National Mutual Limited

The Foundry Topco No.2 Limited

Trend Micro (UK) Limited

Visa Europe Limited

Visa Europe Services LLC

VUE International Bidco Plc

W. R. Berkley Insurance (Europe),

Wates Construction Limited

Wessex Water Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Spotify on the development of its GDPR prgramme and data protection governance structures, including its appointment of a data protection officer and data subject rights.
  • Acting for a UK regulatory authority in an ongoing investigation into the use of data analytics for political purposes.
  • Representing an online consumer business in an ICO investigation following a personal data breach, which affected up to 5% of its global customer base.
  • Assisting a global payments technology company with its GDPR programme.
Leading individuals

Stewart Room - PwC LLP

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Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 4

PwC LLP

PwC LLP advises on various financial crime issues including compliance, anti-bribery and corruption, anti-money laundering, preventing facilitation of tax evasion, Modern Slavery Act requirements and international sanctions. The firm also deals with corporate investigations involving fraud, tax evasion, asset tracing and enforcement. It offers an integrated approach that includes forensic analysis, actuarial and accounting expertise, corporate intelligence and data management. Head of team Agnes Quashie focuses on regulatory and internal investigations and related disputes.

Practice head(s):Agnes Quashie

Other key lawyers:Nabeel Osman

Testimonials

‘They demonstrate excellent project management skills and keep to an agreed budget’.

‘The team is establishing a good practice in this highly competitive field’. 

‘They are attracting a good range of corporate clients and are showing a high level of competence’. 

Work highlights

  • Internal investigation for a UK Plc relating to customs duty underpayments in South East Asia.
  • Establishing reasonable prevention procedures in response to the newly enacted Failure to Prevent Facilitation of Tax Evasion Offences under the Criminal Finances Act 2017.
  • Provided an English premiership football club with legal and practical advice regarding their responsibilities under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
  • Provided a major global energy provider with legal opinion on the potential recovery and repatriation of pre-existing debt from a jurisdiction affected by international sanctions.
  • Corporate investigation for a UK Plc into possible international tax evasion relating to operations in the Middle East.

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United Arab Emirates

Offices in Dubai

Australia

Offices in Sydney and Melbourne

Austria

Offices in Vienna

Azerbaijan

Offices in Baku

Belarus

Offices in Minsk

Chile

Offices in Santiago

Canada

Offices in Toronto

Czech Republic

Offices in Prague

Germany

Offices in Frankfurt, Bielefeld, Dusseldorf, Erfurt, Essen, Hamburg, Hannover, Kassel, Koln, Leipzig, Mannheim, Munich, Osnabruck, Saarbrucken, Stuttgart, Berlin, Bremen, and Nuremberg

Spain

Offices in Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Madrid, Bilbao, Malaga, Pamplona, Seville, Valencia, Zaragoza, Madrid, and Alicante

Estonia

Offices in Tallinn

France

Offices in Paris, Rennes, Montpellier, Sophia Antipolis, Grenoble, Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux, Lille, and Strasbourg

Georgia

Offices in Tbilisi

Hungary

Offices in Budapest

Kazakhstan

Offices in Almaty

Lithuania

Offices in Vilnius and Vilnius

London

Offices in London WC2N and London SE1

Latvia

Offices in Riga

Moldova

Offices in Chisinau

Mexico

Offices in Mexico City

Norway

Offices in Oslo

North West

Offices in Manchester

Peru

Offices in Lima

Poland

Offices in Warsaw

Romania

Offices in Bucharest

Russia

Offices in Moscow, St Petersburg, and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Taiwan

Offices in Taipei

Ukraine

Offices in Kiev

Vietnam

Offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City

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