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Ashurst

BROADWALK HOUSE, 5 APPOLD STREET, LONDON, EC2A 2HA, ENGLAND
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Top-tier Firm rankings

Firm Rankings


London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 3

Ashurst

Ashurst’s outsourcing work spans technology and BPO transactions, as well as defence, technology and government services mandates. Philip Vernon and others advised DEFRA on government outsourcing of the Thames Tideway Tunnel. Elsewhere, the firm’s commercial contracts work included assisting Merlin Entertainments with procurement of a new passport ticketing system. Hiroyuki Iwamura made partner in 2015.

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 3

Ashurst

Ashurst attracts praise for its β€˜excellent response times, business acumen and technical knowledge’. Energy, transport and infrastructure expert Nicholas Gardner is advising China General Nuclear Power Corporation on the tax aspects of its joint venture with EDF relating to various UK nuclear power projects. Practice head Richard Palmer, private equity and funds specialist Alexander Cox and financial products expert Paul Miller are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Richard Palmer - Ashurst

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

Ashurst

Ashurst’s β€˜very responsive’ team provides β€˜friendly service’; its recent client wins include Countrywide, Pirelli and Nomura. Practice head Nigel Parr acted for Lloyds Banking Group in the CMA’s market investigation into current accounts and the provision of finance to SMEs. Ross Mackenzie advised West of England Trust on the competition elements of the sale of its Jordans Legal Publishing business to LexisNexis. β€˜Seasoned veteran’ Duncan Liddell β€˜cuts through the detail and draws out the key issues’.

Leading individuals

Duncan Liddell - Ashurst

Euan Burrows - Ashurst

Nigel Parr - Ashurst

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Equity capital markets
Equity capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Ashurst

Ashurst’s practice is β€˜a trusted adviser’ that clients rate for its β€˜outstanding quality of work and reliability’. The practice handles a balanced workload of issuer and underwriter representations for clients including PureCircle, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and Softcat. Highly regarded practice head Nicholas Holmes and US securities partner Jennifer Schneck are key contacts. Jonathan Parry left for White & Case LLP, while US-qualified Eric Stuart joined from Jones Day.

Leading individuals

Jennifer Schneck - Ashurst

Nicholas Holmes - Ashurst

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Financial services
Financial services (contentious) - ranked: tier 2

Ashurst

Financial services (non-contentious/regulatory) - ranked: tier 2

Ashurst

Led on the non-contentious front by the β€˜insightful and commercial’ Rob Moulton* and on the contentious side by the β€˜experienced and reassuring’ Edward Sparrow, Ashurst’s team β€˜has its finger on the pulse of the most relevant financial regulation coming out of the UK and Europe’. Acting alongside the β€˜commercial and practical’ Nicola Higgs, Moulton has been involved in major MiFID II projects for Jefferies International and Rothschild & Sons. The β€˜pragmatic’ Jake Green has β€˜excellent specialist knowledge’ on issues facing the spread betting industry. Sparrow (β€˜has been everywhere and seen everything’) acted alongside David Capps for former directors of HBOS in an FCA investigation into their culpability as to the collapse of the bank. Other recommended partners include James Perry and Tom Connor. *Rob Moulton joined Latham & Watkins in December 2016.

Leading individuals

Edward Sparrow - Ashurst

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Flotations: small and mid-cap
Flotations: small and mid-cap - ranked: tier 2

Ashurst

Ashurst fields a team of β€˜highly skilled lawyers that combine excellent legal knowledge with strong business acumen’. Michael Robins is a key contact for AIM matters, and has recently advised clients such as Atlantis Resources and Westhouse Securities. US securities specialists Jennifer Schneck and new arrival Eric Stuart are also recommended. Jonathan Parry left for White & Case LLP.

Leading individuals

Michael Robins - Ashurst

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Investment funds
Listed funds - ranked: tier 3

Ashurst

Private funds - ranked: tier 2

Ashurst

Real estate funds - ranked: tier 2

Ashurst

In the listed funds space, Ashurst’s Nicholas Holmes acted for Stifel Nicolaus and J.P. Morgan Cazenove as joint bookrunners of Foresight Solar Fund’s Β£36m placing. In real estate fund work, the firm advises on the formation and operation of listed and private structures. Jeremy Bell* and Alexander Cox are advising Tritax on launching its Tritax Property Income Fund. Piers Warburton was lead adviser to Intermediate Capital Group on the €3bn launch of ICG Europe Fund VI. *Jeremy Bell has joined Burges Salmon LLP.

Leading individuals

Piers Warburton - Ashurst (Private funds)

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M&A: mid-market, Β£50m-Β£250m
Leading individuals

Adrian Clark - Ashurst

Karen Davies - Ashurst

Simon Beddow - Ashurst

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M&A: smaller deals, up to Β£50m
Leading individuals

Adrian Clark - Ashurst

Karen Davies - Ashurst

Simon Beddow - Ashurst

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M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, Β£250m+
M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, Β£250m+ - ranked: tier 3

Ashurst

Simon Beddow heads the team at Ashurst, which also includes recommended lawyers Dominic Ross, Karen Davies, Richard Gubbins and Tom Mercer; Gubbins and Mercer are β€˜very strong technically, very commercial and always available’, and advised Vedanta Resources on the $2.3bn merger of Vedanta Limited and Cairn India, two of its subsidiaries. Other clients include RBS and Merlin Entertainments. James Wood, who β€˜delves into details and sees the wider picture simultaneously’, joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in May 2015.

Leading individuals

Adrian Clark - Ashurst

Karen Davies - Ashurst

Simon Beddow - Ashurst

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Private equity: transactions
Private equity: transactions – Large-cap deal capability - ranked: tier 3

Ashurst

Private equity: transactions – Mid-cap deal capability - ranked: tier 1

Ashurst

Equally highly regarded in mid-cap and large-cap transactions, Blackstone, Agilitas and Oaktree are among Ashurst’s key clients. In a notable highlight, Nick Rainsford and Tom Mercer acted for Abertis on its €948m acquisition of a 50% interest in Chile’s Autopista Central toll road from AIMCo. The firm also acted for LA Fitness and its shareholders on the sale of the business to Pure Gym. David Carter heads the team, which includes Bruce Hanton, Simon Beddow and Karen Davies.

Leading individuals

Bruce Hanton - Ashurst

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VAT and indirect tax
VAT and indirect tax - ranked: tier 2

Ashurst

Ashurst has β€˜a very detailed technical understanding of the issues at play’ in indirect tax, enabling it to β€˜provide guidance in a diverse range of subjects’. On the disputes front, Nicholas Gardner continues to act for Bookit in its appeal on the VAT exempt status of card handling services. In another highlight, Simon Swann and Paul Miller, who lead the way on real estate matters, are advising the London Legacy Development Corporation on VAT issues pertaining to the development of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Leading individuals

Simon Swann - Ashurst

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Corporate crime (including fraud, bribery and corruption)
Corporate crime (including fraud, bribery and corruption) - ranked: tier 2

Ashurst

Adopting a β€˜pragmatic approach’, Ashurst’s β€˜experienced’ team represents clients in the energy, resources, infrastructure and financial services sectors. Angela Pearson displays β€˜sound client management skills’ and leads the team, which includes Tom Cummins and Edward Sparrow.

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Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 3

Ashurst

Angela Pearson heads the β€˜experienced and pragmatic’ group at Ashurst. The β€˜exceptionally clever’ James Levy successfully led an audit negligence claim against PwC that was valued at over Β£1bn.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 2

Ashurst

Ashurst stands out for its β€˜strong bench, industry expertise and commercial approach’. The team advised Cattles and Welcome Financial Services in a claim against PwC for audit negligence. Edward Sparrow is β€˜a formidable opponent’ and Lynn Dunne is β€˜a pleasure to work with’. Also recommended are the β€˜tenacious and intelligent’ James Levy, Tom Connor (who is β€˜a reassuring presence’), David Capps and the β€˜approachable and personable’ Jon Gale.

Leading individuals

Edward Sparrow - Ashurst

James Levy - Ashurst

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 2

Ashurst

Ashurst is noted for providing β€˜pragmatic solutions to commercial disputes’ and for its specialist focus on the financial services and energy, resources and infrastructure sectors. Mark Clarke* heads the practice, which includes Simon Bromwich, Ben Tidswell, James Levy and Edward Sparrow, who is β€˜a pleasure to work with’. *Mark Clarke joined White & Case LLP in September 2016. James Levy has taken on the role of head of disputes.

Leading individuals

Edward Sparrow - Ashurst

Simon Bromwich - Ashurst

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Competition litigation
Competition litigation - ranked: tier 3

Ashurst

At Ashurst, practice co-head Euan Burrows led for new client Pirelli in follow-on damages cases arising from the EC’s power cables cartel investigation, and Duncan Liddell led the team acting for RBS in the Mastercard and Visa interchange fees litigation. Fellow co-head Mark Clarke is also recommended.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Ashurst

Changes to Ashurst’s team in London in 2015 included the recruitment of DLA Piper’s former team head Matthew Saunders; Ben Giaretta’s return to London from Singapore; and Ronnie King’s relocation to Singapore. The practice focuses primarily on the financial services industry and resources and infrastructure clients. Standout team members include the β€˜practical’ Mark Clarke, Tim Reid, who β€˜has vast experience’, and Tom Cummins, who is β€˜on top of the law’.

Leading individuals

Matthew Saunders - Ashurst

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Tax litigation and investigations
Tax litigation and investigations - ranked: tier 3

Ashurst

Ashurst is β€˜highly professional in its approach to tax litigation and investigations’. Key contacts include Nicholas Gardner, who attracts praise for his β€˜forensic mind and eye for detail’; Alexander Cox, who is acting for Gala Coral in VAT litigation; and Paul Miller, who is a longstanding adviser to Ocean Finance founder Paul Newey.

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 2

Ashurst

β€˜Strong on both the lender and borrower side’, Ashurst is recognised for its β€˜commercial approach’ to transactions in the mid and upper markets. Mark Vickers has strong ties with numerous banks including RBS and HSBC. Helen Burton advised Apollo on the Β£150m Term Loan B and RCF for the refinancing of one of its portfolio companies, Aurum Group. Burton is also increasingly involved in the growing credit fund market, as is the β€˜commercial and detail-oriented’ Ross Ollerhead, who recently advised BlueBay on its provision alongside HSBC of unitranche and super-senior facilities to fund the acquisition of Synexus by LDC. Other recommended partners include Nigel Ward, who has β€˜an immense brain, which never gets overheated when the going gets tough’ and specialises in complex inter-creditor arrangements, and the β€˜commercial and client-friendly’ Martyn Rogers and Paul Stewart.

Leading individuals

Mark Vickers - Ashurst

Nigel Ward - Ashurst

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Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
Bank lending – investment grade debt and syndicated loans - ranked: tier 3

Ashurst

Headed by the β€˜level-headed and solutions-oriented’ Nicholas Moore and the β€˜commercial’ Tim Rennie, Ashurst’s investment grade lending practice provides a β€˜responsive and knowledgeable service’ to an array of corporates and lenders including HSBC, Informa, RBS and Xchanging Plc. Moore recently advised Lloyds Bank as coordinator on a debut Β£150m syndicated club facility to RPS Group, while Rennie advised the lenders on the financing of Kier’s acquisition of Mouchel. Nick Wong has β€˜deep knowledge’ of the insurance financing space. Lee Doyle, Mark Vickers and the β€˜commercial and client-oriented’ Martyn Rogers are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Nicholas Moore - Ashurst

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Commodities: derivatives
Commodities: derivatives - ranked: tier 2

Ashurst

Ashurst β€˜delivers on time and on budget, and has a deep understanding of business needs’. The team of β€˜smart, hardworking lawyers’ includes James Coiley, who advised Cantor Fitzgerald on regulatory aspects of a commodity financing programme; Jonathan Haines, who acts for Merrill Lynch Commodities Europe; repo and stock-lending expert Chris Georgiou; and counsel Kerion Ball, who β€˜knows what clients want and has deep market knowledge’.

Leading individuals

Philip Thomson - Ashurst

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Commodities: physicals
Commodities: physicals - ranked: tier 2

Ashurst

Ashurst is noted for its β€˜strong bench, industry expertise and commercial approach’. Antony Skinner advises Bank of America Merrill Lynch on commodity matters and is recommended alongside Michael Burns, for his β€˜great depth of energy industry knowledge’; Philip Thomson, who advised BP Gas Marketing on the purchase of gas from Ithaca Energy; and newly promoted partner Julia Derrick, who provides β€˜sound, practical advice based on extensive experience’.

Leading individuals

Philip Thomson - Ashurst

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Corporate restructuring and insolvency
Corporate restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 3

Ashurst

Ashurst’s β€˜commercial and imaginative’ team acts for an array of stakeholders including senior lenders, funds and debtors. The β€˜commercial and creative’ Simon Baskerville* (who is β€˜tapped into the funds community’) recently advised Avenue Capital on its proposed acquisition of a €2bn non-performing loan portfolio from Ulster Bank. The β€˜superb’ Dan Hamilton and the β€˜responsive and knowledgeable’ Olga Galazoula continue to act as English law adviser to the Bank of Cyprus on the financial restructuring of some of its largest corporate exposures. London team head Giles Boothman and the β€˜pragmatic and clear’ Lynn Dunne are also recommended. *Simon Baskerville joined Latham & Watkins in July 2016.

Leading individuals

Dan Hamilton - Ashurst

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Debt capital markets
Debt capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Ashurst

Ashurst provides β€˜great service; even on trickier deals the lawyers have proven competitive at the highest level’. The β€˜proactive, long-sighted’ Anna Delgado advised Lloyds Bank as arranger on a €500m debut bond for packaging company DS Smith; and acted alongside Christopher Hardingham (who is β€˜a thrill to have on any deal’) for SBAB Bank on a SEK1.5bn Tier 1 capital notes issuance. Francis Kucera (β€˜a pleasure to work with; he makes sure deals get done’) assisted Petropavlovsk with its $335m convertible bond refinancing, and is recommended alongside β€˜practical and intelligent’ senior associate Alexander Biles, and counsel Malcolm Charles, who joined from Allen & Overy LLP and strengthens the practice’s trustee expertise.

Leading individuals

Anna Delgado - Ashurst

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Derivatives and structured products
Derivatives and structured products - ranked: tier 2

Ashurst

At Ashurst, Michael Logie β€˜runs a great team at what is increasingly a firm of choice for structured products’, and which stands out for its β€˜technical expertise, industry knowledge and value for money’. James Coiley’s highlights included advising CrΓ©dit Agricole as originator and arranger on the synthetic securitisation of exposures in the client’s corporate loan book. Jonathan Haines (β€˜a great adviser on regulatory matters’) acted for an international reinsurer in a complex longevity risk transfer trade involving more than Β£2bn in liabilities. Adair Gordon-Orr acted for an investment bank on a $225m secured financing restructuring. Counsel Kerion Ball is recommended for derivatives matters. Chris Georgiou retired.

Leading individuals

James Coiley - Ashurst

Jonathan Haines - Ashurst

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Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 2

Ashurst

Ashurst provides β€˜a very high level of service from a very personable team’. Sergei Ostrovsky leads the Russia and CIS practice and advised Honda Motor Europe on sanctions issues. Africa group head Cameron Smith and Joss Dare acted for IFC and the government of Uganda on the procurement of road infrastructure projects in Kampala. India group head Richard Gubbins advised Vedanta Resources on developing assets acquired through its merger with energy company Cairn India. Utilities partner David Wadham advised ACWA Power on the financing of a solar power IPP in Morocco.

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Islamic finance
Islamic finance - ranked: tier 2

Ashurst

Ashurst’s practice comprises 20 partners globally and is led from London by the highly regarded Abradat Kamalpour. It acts for an impressive roster of banking clients including Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank and Goldman Sachs, for which it handles a regular diet of sukuks and real estate financings.

Leading individuals

Abradat Kamalpour - Ashurst

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Securitisation
Securitisation - ranked: tier 3

Ashurst

Ashurst is β€˜a quality firm that provides excellent service and dedicated expertise’ in the CLO and credit funds space. Michael Smith and newly promoted partner Cameron Saylor β€˜have a lot of respect in the market’. Smith advised BNP Asset Management on its inaugural €308m CLO 2.0 transaction, and credit hedge fund manager PineBridge on a Β£335m CLO. Saylor and Diala Minott handled a €516m CLO for arranger Morgan Stanley.

Leading individuals

Michael Smith - Ashurst

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 5

Ashurst

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Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 5

Ashurst

Caroline Carter leads Ashurst’s β€˜knowledgeable’ team, which provides β€˜a faultless and client-focused service’. The practice has a substantial international element, and Crowley Woodford, who gives β€˜invaluable support’, has a strong Japanese client list including Zeon Corporation and Mitsui & Co. Recent highlights include advising on the employment aspects of AVEVA Group’s acquisition of multiple industrial software assets from Schneider Electric.

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Pensions
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 4

Ashurst

Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Ashurst

Ashurst’s β€˜small but well-formed’ team is led by β€˜steady pair of hands’ Marcus Fink and includes senior associate Andy Wright, who is noted for his β€˜real depth of knowledge and ability to communicate in a non-technical manner’. The practice acts for the trustees of the National Grid Pension Scheme, Interserve and J.P. Morgan, and was recently appointed to Coca-Cola Enterprises’ panel. Angela Pearson is the key name for contentious issues, and is supported by senior associate Lindsey Roberts.

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London: Insurance

Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 2

Ashurst

Ashurst’s client roster includes a mix of both life and non-life insurers, and the group advises on the full range of matters including M&A, captive insurance, alternative risk transfer arrangements and regulatory compliance issues. Highlights included advising Royal London on documentation relating to derivatives and repo transactions with multiple counterparties. Jonathan Haines and practice head Adam Levitt are assisting Pension Corporation with derivatives agreements for the hedging of its interest rate, which involved, among other things, advising on regulatory market developments.

Leading individuals

Adam Levitt - Ashurst

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Product liability: defendant
Product liability: defendant - ranked: tier 4

Ashurst

Ashurst’s practice has a strong focus on tobacco products, and acts as sole provider of product liability and safety advice to Imperial Tobacco. Mark Clarke heads the department.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 5

Ashurst

The β€˜commercial’ team at Ashurst is noted for its financial sector focus; key mandates included advising Cattles and Welcome Financial Services as sub-prime lenders on a high-profile claim against PwC for audit negligence. Department head James Levy is β€˜a tenacious, intelligent and measured leader’

Leading individuals

James Levy - Ashurst

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)
Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) - ranked: tier 1

Ashurst

Ashurst’s team has β€˜deep sector knowledge’ and is often instructed by the UK government. The β€˜very pragmatic’ Patrick Boyle and Jan Sanders advised a four-strong consortium of lenders on the Β£340m financing of the Midland Metropolitan Hospital PF2 project. Headed by Mark Elsey, the team includes Philip Vernon, whose PPP expertise covers the health and defence sectors.

Leading individuals

Mark Elsey - Ashurst

Patrick Boyle - Ashurst

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Mining and minerals
Mining and minerals - ranked: tier 2

Ashurst

Clients rate Ashurst’s practice as β€˜very good and easy to deal with’, and for its ability to provide β€˜commercial advice across a wide range of mining and M&A matters’. Simon Baskerville* and Nick Williamson led the team advising a number of bondholders on the recapitalisation of Russian mining group Petropavlovsk, including a $235m rights issue. Headed by Michael Robins, the team was strengthened by the arrivals of Yann Alix and James Wood from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, respectively. Martin Kudnig joined Johnson Winter & Slattery. *Simon Baskerville joined Latham & Watkins in July 2016.

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 1

Ashurst

β€˜A leading firm in the LNG sector’, Ashurst is noted for its β€˜phenomenal’ expertise, which encompasses M&A, project development and finance matters, as well as disputes. The β€˜outstanding’ Michael Burns advised Macquarie and Greenergy on the establishment of Navigator Terminals and its acquisition of a number of Vopak’s UK storage facilities. Practice head Philip Thomson and Nikhil Markanday have been advising the lenders to Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering and APM Terminals on their bid for the Bahrain LNG terminal project. Clients also recommend Geoffrey Picton-Turbervill, who stands out for his β€˜good judgement’, newly promoted partner Julia Derrick, and Matthew Saunders, who joined from DLA Piper. Mark Clarke joined White & Case LLP.

Leading individuals

Geoffrey Picton-Turbervill - Ashurst

Michael Burns - Ashurst

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Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) - ranked: tier 1

Ashurst

Ashurst fields β€˜a top team’ that has broad sector expertise covering solar, wind, thermal, biomass, waste and nuclear, and has an extensive track record on large portfolio financings. Antony Skinner advised Barclays and Denmark’s export credit agency on the Β£138m financing of the 27.8MW Cramlington biomass plant in Northumberland. Other highlights included advising on the $2bn financing of phases 2 and 3 of the Noor solar plant in Morocco, as well as on Hinkley Point C. David Wadham leads the practice.

Leading individuals

David Wadham - Ashurst

John Inglis - Shearman & Sterling LLP

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London: Public sector

Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 3

Ashurst

Ashurst’s local government group, part of the firm’s public sector and planning team, handles regeneration and infrastructure projects. Trevor Goode and counsel Jane Staveley, who focuses on housing, health and social care, are the names to note.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 1

Ashurst

Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 1

Ashurst

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 2

Ashurst

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 1

Ashurst

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 2

Ashurst

Ashurst’s practice, led by Richard Vernon, draws on the expertise of global practice head Hugh Lumby, who continued to advise key client Westfield on a number of mandates including its joint venture with Hammerson to develop the Croydon town centre. On the investment side, David Jones has β€˜tremendous energy and enthusiasm’ – he assisted the Employees Provident Fund of Malaysia with the Β£210m sale of One Sheldon Square, London. The practice was augmented by the hire of investment specialists Darren Rogers and Patrick Williams, both of whom joined from King & Wood Mallesons.

Leading individuals

David Jones - Ashurst

Hugh Lumby - Ashurst

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Construction
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 3

Ashurst

Construction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 3

Ashurst

Ashurst’s β€˜very committed team’ was active in a range of matters for key client Interserve, including Matthew Bool advising it on a joint venture with China State Construction Engineering Corporation to build the Β£550m One Nine Elms residential scheme in Battersea. On the infrastructure side, Michael Smith is acting for the Department of Energy and Climate Change on the development of the Swansea Tidal Bay Lagoon Project. Litigator Tim Reid heads the practice and specialises in energy disputes.

Leading individuals

Tim Reid - Ashurst

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 4

Ashurst

Ashurst’s practice is led by consultant Andrew Waite, whose expertise ranges from waste and contaminated land to climate change. Waite advised Macquarie on environmental issues relating to its acquisition of significant fuel storage facilities. The team enjoyed a number of client wins in the energy and mining sectors.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 2

Ashurst

At Ashurst, Trevor Goode’s team wins praise for its β€˜high degree of expertise in Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) and related work’. Among other matters, it successfully obtained a CPO for Berkeley St James on a mixed-used development at Southall Gas Works. Lucy Thomas acted for TFL in securing planning permission for a major commercial office development at Paddington. GLA is a new client.

Leading individuals

Trevor Goode - Ashurst

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 1

Ashurst

Ashurst’s β€˜very strong team of smart lawyers’ advised Lloyds Bank on a Β£185m facility to finance the development of a new retail village outside the O2 arena. The β€˜very practical, commercial’ Sarah Watkinson and the β€˜extraordinarily hardworking, helpful, cheerful’ Ruth Harris lead the practice; Jessica Jenner made partner in May 2015.

Leading individuals

Ruth Harris - Ashurst

Sarah Watkinson - Ashurst

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Ashurst

Ashurst displays β€˜all-round thinking’ and gives β€˜proactive advice’ that is β€˜beyond what you usually expect from solicitors’. Key clients include Crossrail, Westfield and IBM UK. The much-admired Iain Travers leads the practice and is supported by counsel Mark Race, who has β€˜an excellent commercial brain’.

Leading individuals

Iain Travers - Ashurst

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Ashurst

Ashurst has β€˜a strong team, with good leaders and excellent market knowledge’, and which was strengthened by the arrival of Nick Elverston and Amanda Hale from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in March 2016 and the arrival of David Futter from Addleshaw Goddard LLP in April that year. Mark Lubbock advised Softcat on its IPO, and the β€˜insightful and pragmatic’ Christopher Bates acted for China General Nuclear Power Corporation, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services and Merlin Entertainments.

Leading individuals: telecoms

Nick Elverston - Ashurst

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 3

Ashurst

Ashurst fields β€˜a strong team’ that is noted for its β€˜good common sense’. IP and commercial lawyer Mark Lubbock heads the life sciences group and Anthony Clare heads the healthcare group. The firm advised J. P. Morgan Cazenove and Panmure Gordon as joint bookrunners on a share placing by Horizon Discovery Group and assisted Acacia Pharma with its proposed IPO. Other clients include NM Rothschild & Sons and GE Healthcare.

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London: Transport

Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 1

Ashurst

The β€˜comprehensive and friendly’ team at Ashurst attracts praise for its β€˜client-centric approach’. Highlights included advising TfL and DLR on the Docklands Light Railway new rolling stock project, and advising London Underground and TfL on the procurement of rolling stock. Crossrail, National Express, Abellio, Virgin Trains and Hitachi Rail are also clients. Mark Elsey heads the team, which includes Terence van Poortvliet, who is noted for his β€˜very strong subject knowledge’, and Naomi Horton, who β€˜brings considerable industry experience to any deal’.

Leading individuals

Mark Elsey - Ashurst

Naomi Horton - Ashurst

Terence van Poortvliet - Ashurst

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