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Ashurst is a leading international law firm with 28 offices in 16 countries spanning the world’s leading financial and resource centres.
The firm: With a reputation for commercial advice that is also technically acute, the firm operates at the cutting edge of financial corporate, infrastructure, disputes and resource 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.
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 incentives, pensions, discrimination, boardroom appointments and departures and executive remuneration and benefits and corporate governance issues.
Technology: advising on all aspects of work in communications and media, technology, intellectual property, data protection and freedom of information, broadcasting and media, betting and gaming and outsourcing.
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, litigation and arbitration.
Real estate: advising on outsourcing transactions and major urban regeneration projects, sales and purchase agreements and portfolio 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. Areas of expertise include: accommodation, communications, custodial, defence, education, health, social housing, waste and energy from waste.
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, securitsation 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: Abu Dhabi, Adelaide, Beijing, Brisbane, Brussels, Canberra, Dubai, France, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, India (best friend referral arrangement with Indian Law Partners (ILP)), Jakarta (associated office), Jeddah (associated office), Madrid, Melbourne, Milan, Munich, New York, Perth, Port Moresby, Rome, Shanghai, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo and Washington DC.
Number of UK partners 400
Number of other UK fee-earners 1,800
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