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Ashurst is a leading international law firm with 25 offices in 14 countries, spanning the world’s leading financial and resource centers.
The firm: With a reputation for technically acute commercial advice, the firm operates at the cutting edge of financial, corporate, infrastructure, disputes and resources markets.
Types of work undertaken: Ashurst operates in all the principal areas of commercial law including:
Corporate: advising clients on public and private M&A, private equity, equity capital markets, joint ventures, prime brokerage, corporate derivatives, regulatory matters, company law and governance, commercial contracts, the establishment and management of investment funds, and restructuring and insolvency.
Commercial: advising on contractual issues, covering all the trading activities of a business. The firm provides a comprehensive service, whether on strategic transactions or on a more day-to-day level.
Competition: advising on competition litigation, merger clearances, joint ventures and technology transfer agreements, access regulation, complex economic regulation issues, rate cases, consumer protection issues, and competition law compliance.
Tax: advising on all aspects of cross-border work, including international buyouts, collective investment schemes, demergers, securitisations and debt trading.
Disputes: offering litigation, international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution expertise on banking, regulatory and finance, class actions, commercial, competition, energy, transport and infrastructure, financial regulatory, fraud and corporate crime, international compliance and investigations, product liability, real estate, restructuring and insolvency, and technology issues.
Intellectual property: advising on, and developing, legal strategies to maximise and protect the commercial potential of brands, ideas and technological advances.
Employment: advising on all aspects of workplace relations, including industrial relations, incentives, pensions, discrimination, boardroom appointments and departures, executive remuneration and benefits, and corporate governance issues.
Energy and resources: advising on all aspects of work in the energy and resources sector, including mergers, acquisitions and corporate finance; greenfield projects; brownfield projects; project and acquisition financing; international law, environmental law and approvals; joint ventures; equity capital markets; reserve-based lending; land and resource access; project development; EPC contracts; commercial agreements; competition and regulation; and litigation and arbitration.
Real estate: advising on all aspects of international real estate transactions, including outsourcing transactions and major urban regeneration projects; sales and purchase agreements, and portfolio sales agreements; financing; real estate funds, including Islamic funding structures; property development and urban regeneration; leasing and portfolio management; and mergers and acquisitions.
Infrastructure: advising governments, private sector organisations and financial institutions on complex infrastructure transactions across multiple jurisdictions and sectors.
Finance: advising lenders, issuers, borrowers and advisors on leveraged and acquisition finance, corporate finance, structured finance, asset finance and leasing, aircraft finance, capital markets, project finance, real estate finance, securitization, and corporate trusts. In addition, the practice area extends to bilateral and syndicated loans, guarantee and security issues, and regulatory matters, including the establishment of banks in Europe, and the carrying on of lending and investment banking activities within Europe.
Restructuring: advising on all issues arising from corporate distress, distressed investing and formal insolvencies.
Other offices: Australia, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, India (best friend referral arrangement with Indian Law Partners (ILP)), Indonesia (associated office), Italy, Japan, Papua New Guinea, Saudi Arabia (associated office), Singapore, Spain, Sweden, UAE and the US.
Number of UK partners 124
Number of other UK fee-earners 585
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