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Hogan Lovells International LLP

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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP is well-placed to advise clients on a multitude of commercial agreements, combining broad sector expertise with regulatory knowledge and a sizeable international footprint. Its areas of strength include outsourcings, strategic alliances, marketing and advertising contracts, and IT contracts.  In 2017, global commercial head Peter Watts and senior associate Oliver Wilson assisted AB inBev with the procurement of media buying and planning services. The firm also has a longstanding relationship with the British Paralympic Association; Richard Welfare advised the client on various commercial matters related to the Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Games, including the negotiation of sponsorship and supplier agreements, and also the preparation of a Team Members Agreement. The firm also undertakes work for clients in sectors such as TMT, automotive, life sciences, and transport and logistics. Rachel Kent, Jonathan Chertkow, Michael Thomas and consultant Dominic Hill specialise in commercial contracts in the financial services industry. The firm also has a particularly strong capability in the energy and infrastructure sector; Adrian Walker, Andrew Briggs, David Moss, Gillian Thomas and Jeremy Brittenden focus on commercial contracts and projects in this area.

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

The London tax department at Hogan Lovells International LLP is led by acquisitions and disposals expert Philip Harle and houses global tax co-head, Karen Hughes, who is instructed by a broad roster of international clients. Harle advised the Department of Education on the secularisation of £4bn of income contingent repayment student loans, providing detailed analysis of UK tax issues for the securitisation vehicle, drafting and negotiating legal documentation and leading on the preparation of HMRC clearance. Hughes advised GE Healthcare on the tax implications of the $85m sale of GE Healthcare Dharmacon to Horizon Discovery Group. Elliot Weston advised NorthStar Realty Europe and China Resources Land on the tax aspects of their £300m joint venture and acquisition of the office block, 20 Gresham Street. Weston also assisted The British Land Company with the tax aspects of the structuring and execution of the unwinding of the company's joint venture with Tesco. Fabrizio Lolliri and Tom McFarlane lead on transfer pricing and supply chain matters.

Leading individuals

Karen Hughes - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Elliot Weston - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Suyong Kim and Angus Coulter  head the practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP , whose client roster includes Vodafone, Korean Air and Mars. The practice is particularly noted for its work in merger control activity in the media and entertainment sphere. Kim and Mark Jones have been representing News Corporation in the CMA Phase 2 merger investigation into the proposed takeover of Sky by 21st Century Fox, while Coulter has been advising Trinity Mirror on its intended acquisition of publishing assets of the Daily Express, Daily Star and OK! magazine among others. Jones also successfully handled the complex competition and public interest issues arising out of Hytera’s public takeover of Sepura, addressing national security concerns and obtaining a swift Phase 1 clearance. Susan Bright is noted for her experience in advising on antitrust investigations in the financial services sector and, while Ciara Kennedy-Loest  is strong for advice in the aerospace and defence, automotive and mobility and energy and natural resources sectors.

Leading individuals

Angus Coulter - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Suyong Kim - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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EU and competition: trade, WTO anti-dumping and customs
Leading individuals

Aline Doussin - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Equity capital markets
Equity capital markets - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

The practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP has strong issuer and underwriter experience, and is frequently active in a wide range of sectors. Though active mostly on the AIM, the team also handles Main Market matters: group heads Maegen Morrison and Daniel Simons acted for J.P. Morgan Cazenove and Numis Securities on its £80m equity placement in brewery business Marston's, and Don McGown assisted Shaftesbury with a £265m Main Market placement. The team has seen several changes in the last year: the US-qualified John Basnage left to become managing partner at Anthem Advisory, but the team welcomed US-qualified counsel Bryan Stephens from Linklaters LLP in March 2018. Investment funds specialist Jonathan Baird is highly active in equity capital markets; he arrived from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in September 2017.

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Financial services contentious - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Benefiting from 'real strength-in-depth' on the contentious side out of London, and from other key international financial centres including New York, Hong Kong and Paris, Hogan Lovells International LLP provides a 'top-notch' service to large global financial services entities on purely domestic, as well as multi-jurisdictional regulatory investigations and follow-on private litigation. 'Very experienced and sensible' team head Philip Parish has led on many of these multi-jurisdictional matters, including representing a large bank in relation to an investigation by UK and US regulators regarding alleged FX market manipulation. The 'very talented' Louise Lamb 'has excellent litigation instincts', both from a regulatory enforcement perspective and in relation to related civil and criminal litigation. Lamb's broad-ranging expertise includes sanctions work. Elaine Penrose also has strong credibility in the market having handled a wide range of internal and regulator-led investigations, from domestic market abuse and retail mis-selling to global benchmark manipulation cases. The arrival in January 2017 of Claire Lipworth from the FCA (where she served as chief criminal counsel) adds weight to the firm's criminal capability and underscores its acknowledgement and commitment to handling work at the intersection of criminal and civil liability. On the non-contentious front, team head Rachel Kent has an excellent reputation in the market and is picking up plaudits for her work in relation to Brexit-related advice where her work has included chairing the International Regulatory Strategy Group (IRSG) on its Brexit proposals and engagements. Kent is also noted for her work at the vanguard of developments in the fintech sector and continues to work alongside government backed organisation Innovate Finance on the Regulatory Accelerator tool for fintech companies designed to assist them understand and navigate their way through the FCA’s regulatory regime. Michael Thomas  is also recommended and regularly advises financial services entities on ensuring that systems and controls are in place to comply with regulation in the industry. Thomas is also noted for his market infrastructure expertise and continues to advise the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) on the development of its legal and regulatory framework.

Leading individuals

Philip Parish - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Rachel Kent - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP's team, which is jointly led by Maegen Morrison and Daniel Simons, is active in a significant number of high-value AIM transactions; it handled 11 equity capital markets transactions on AIM in 2017. In the IPO space, Simons and senior associate John Holme acted for Cenkos Securities in the £572.7m AIM IPO of Eddie Stobart Logistics (one of the largest ever on AIM). Simons also worked with Morrison and counsel Karla Dudek to advise Canaccord Genuity (as NOMAD, financial adviser and broker) on GBGI Limited's £130.4m AIM IPO. In 2018, on the issuer side, Jonathan Baird  (who joined in 2017 from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP) was the lead adviser to Urban Exposure Plc on its £150m institutional placing and AIM listing. Beyond IPOs, the firm also handles secondary fundraisings and other complex transactions. The firm's clients also include names such as Acal Plc, Shaftesbury Plc, Macquarie and Liberum. Sarah Shaw joined in January 2018 from Allen & Overy LLP, while US-qualified securities counsel Bryan Stephens is another recent arrival. In other developments, John Basnage  moved to Anthem Advisory and Nigel Read departed to become a consultant at NR Transaction Consulting.

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Counting energy, technology, financial services, real estate and insurance as key sector strengths,¬†Hogan Lovells International LLP¬†provides an ‚Äėexcellent service‚Äô, which is ‚Äėalways responsive with practical/commercially aware advice‚Äô and ‚Äėcompares very well with the competition, including magic circle firms‚Äô. ‚ÄėThe team has a broad spectrum of industry and sector knowledge‚Äô, and is ‚Äėalways trying to push the deal forward‚Äô.¬†Ben Higson¬†heads the firm‚Äôs London M&A offering. Higson ‚Äėis excellent, as are his team; commercially aware, pragmatic and strategic‚Äô; his focus is in the energy, infrastructure and natural resources sectors, with a growing specialism in the Japanese market. Senior M&A partner¬†Steven Bryan¬†‚Äď who is praised for his ‚Äėstrong energy industry knowledge‚Äô, as well as for his ‚Äėtransactional expertise and communication skills‚Äô ‚Äď advised Brookfield Business Partners on the acquisition of a 85% stake in Greenergy. Other highlights included Maegen Morrison¬†handling AB InBev‚Äôs various divestments arising from its takeover of SABMiller, including its ‚ā¨7.3bn disposal of the latter‚Äôs businesses in several Eastern European states, and¬†Nicola Evans¬†advising AXA on its ¬£295m disposal of Bluefin Insurance Group to Marsh & McLennan.¬†Sarah Shaw¬†joined from¬†Allen & Overy LLP.

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Private equity: transactions
Private equity: transactions ‚Äď high-value deals - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Private equity: transactions ‚Äď mid-market deals - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP's varied workload, which consists of a mix of mid-cap and large-cap deals, spans domestic and cross-border LBO's, secondaries transactions, co-investments and exits among other matters. The firm focuses primarily on transactions involving regulated sectors, including financial services and insurance, TMT, consumer/retail and real estate. Its 'client-focused' global private equity head Tom Whelan, who is 'energetic in pushing through a transaction', has particular experience of acting for tech and tech-enabled businesses. In 2017, Whelan was part of the team which acted for Paysafe Group in its £3bn takeover by a private equity consortium led by Blackstone and CVC. Another standout large-cap deal for the team, which was led by Steven Bryan, involved acting for Brookfield Business Partners in its acquisition of an 85% stake in road fuels supplier Greenergy.  London team head Ed Harris manages the firm's relationships with clients such as Pantheon Ventures, Investindustrial and Terra Firma. In the mid-cap space, Harris and Grimshaw advised another key client Ventiga Capital Partners on its acquisition of Infare Solutions, and also Infare's subsequent purchase of airline and airport data contracts from QL2 Software. Sarah Shaw (who is a recent hire from Allen & Overy LLP) specialises in energy and infrastructure sector transactions.

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VAT and indirect tax
VAT and indirect tax - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP's indirect tax department is representing Citibank in its appeal against an HMRC assessment requiring the company to meet the cost of a VAT fraud committed by other parties. It is also advising eBay, following press coverage of the evasion of VAT by its service-users, on UK legislation and its attendance at a Public Accounts Committee hearing. Other clients include British American Tobacco and Mercedes Benz Financial Services. Key individuals include 'very experienced senior partner' and global co-head of tax Karen Hughes , 'measured and deeply technical' Rupert Shiers and Elliot Weston, who specialises in SDLT issues. Lee Squires left the department in June 2018.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

‚ÄėLeading firm‚Äô Hogan Lovells International LLP¬†advises on international fraud cases, with particular experience in Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Libya. It represents corporates, banks and liquidators/administrators such as Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC), Grant Thornton, Libyan Sovereign Wealth Fund and Standard Chartered. The firm represented the Deposit Insurance Agency (DIA), winning a High Court judgement against Russian oligarch, Sergei Pugachev, this case was worth over $1b. Another highlight includes advising PJSC Commercial Bank Privatbank in a $2.6b claim in the chancery division of the High Court against two Ukrainian oligarchs. Head of team Crispin Rapinet¬†is ‚Äėa master tactician with unrivaled experience‚Äô. Chris Hardman¬†has ‚Äėincredible litigation nous‚Äô. Claire Lipworth¬†joined the firm from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in April 2017.

Leading individuals

Chris Hardman - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Fraud: white-collar crime
Fraud: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP¬†advises corporations and ultra-high-net-worth individuals on a broad range of white-collar matters including investigations by the SFO and FCA, and asset tracing and freezing orders. The firm continues to advise the president of the Sierra Leone Football Association in a cross-border matter regarding improper use of F√©d√©ration Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) funds. Crispin Rapinet¬†heads the team. Claire Lipworth¬†joined as partner from the FCA where she was chief criminal counsel. Lipworth ‚Äėbrings a phenomenal level of experience from her time at the FCA as well as her earlier career in private practice‚Äô.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

'A solid choice for any kind of banking litigation', Hogan Lovells International LLP 'has an excellent track record with impressive litigators'. The practice regularly acts for the biggest, most active global banks and financial institutions in cases involving benchmark manipulation, distressed assets, mis-selling, consumer finance, aviation finance, and complex structured products; and the team was recently particularly active in the Financial List, the specialist list set up by the Commercial Court to address the unique needs of parties litigating the most important financial matters. 'A strong all-rounder who gives sensible, commercial advice', Louise Lamb has handled disputes and investigations across the retail banking, wealth management, trade finance and investment banking sectors; Lamb is 'a first-rate lawyer with excellent client-handling skills and who is difficult to fault'. Philip Parish, who is 'a measured, thoughtful and calm practitioner who adopts a collegiate approach to his work', has particular experience in disputes involving derivatives and complex financial products, including mis-selling and mismanagement claims. In a case that provided clarity on the extent of a bank’s duties to customers and the information that banks are required to disclose in connection with interest rate hedging transactions, Parish successfully led advice to Bank of Scotland on allegations of breach of contract, misrepresentation and the suitability of a swap. Whiston Bristow’s practice focuses on mis-selling and misrepresentation claims, large portfolio claims against banks, and aviation and trade finance disputes; Bristow is 'a very thorough litigator with an eye on the bigger picture'. Other highly rated practitioners include John Tillman, who has particular expertise in litigating distressed and default situations; and Claire Lipworth , who in 2017 joined from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), where she was chief criminal counsel. Jon Holland and Andrea Monks left for Latham & Watkins in 2018.

Leading individuals

Louise Lamb - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Philip Parish - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP's 'service is superb, and the guidance clients get is invaluable; the team also understands the court process very well'. The practice was recently active in reported cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, and has specialist expertise in cases involving Russia and the CIS, as well as commercial litigation in the life sciences sector. The team defended National Express (NE) in a Commercial Court action brought against it by Dunn Motor Traction, a coach service operator that previously ran several coach routes on NE's coach network; the damages claim arose from NE's termination of the operating agreement between the parties and involves issues around the construction of the termination provisions. The team also represented Privatbank, the largest bank in Ukraine, in a $2.6bn claim in the High Court's Chancery Division against two high-profile Ukrainian oligarchs in respect of a major fraud that involved three English companies and three BVI companies. Ivan Shiu is 'particularly good and always available, even with transatlantic time differences'; Chris Hardman regularly works on very large matters before the English courts; Richard Lewis has extensive experience in cross-border litigation and fraud, including worldwide freezing injunctions and other powerful and unusual asset preservation relief; and Alex Sciannaca is well known for disputes arising out of Russia and the CIS, particularly Ukraine. The other key practitioners are Michael Davison, Angela Dimsdale Gill, Neil Mirchandani, together with Michael Roberts and Rebecca Wales. Jon Holland and Andrea Monks  left for Latham & Watkins  in 2018.

Leading individuals

Chris Hardman - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Richard Lewis - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Rebecca Wales - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Competition litigation
Competition litigation - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP is noted for the 'sophisticated approach' it provides to defendants in early regulatory investigations and damages actions. The team is led by 'leading light' Nicholas Heaton, who has 'earned a reputation as an undoubted leader in the field' on the basis of his significant experience. He is currently co-ordinating the multi-jurisdictional defence for Air Canada in the £5bn damages claims in the air cargo cartel case and defending Safran in a high-value claim arising from the power cable cartel. Ruth Grant and 'intellectually tough' counsel Paul Chaplin  continues to represent British American Tobacco in a longstanding series of damages claims brought by two Georgian tobacco producers, Tbilisi Tobacco and Omega Tobacco. Christopher Hutton is recommended for his expertise in matters arising out of the financial services sector.

Leading individuals

Nicholas Heaton - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Paul Chaplin - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP 'has an excellent team of experienced arbitrators'. It has extensive experience in cases involving Africa, the Middle East, Russia and the CIS, and regularly acts in energy, financial services, telecoms and aerospace-related matters. The team represented several entities in the Energy Standard group of companies in two consolidated LCIA arbitrations against companies owned by a Russian billionaire; the dispute concerned the ownership and control of a significant Ukrainian joint venture between the parties, which produces equipment used in the extraction and transportation of natural gas. Global litigation and arbitration head Michael Davison is 'very smart and an excellent operator', and London international arbitration head Kieron O’Callaghan is 'highly dedicated and an experienced arbitrator'. Other key figures incldue Nathan Searle, who 'has very good Africa knowledge', public international law specialist Markus Burgstaller, Julianne Hughes-Jennett and counsel Ben Hornan, who 'has real arbitration experience and expertise'.

Leading individuals

Kieron O’Callaghan - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Michael Davison - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Nathan Searle - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Public international law
Public international law - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP is 'excellent for public international law and provides good responsiveness and professional advice'. The practice has specifiic expertise in bilateral investment treaties (BITs), with a niche specialisation in cases at the intersection of public international law (PIL) and human rights law; it also has a particular focus on Russia and CIS-related disputes as well as having energy and telecoms-related expertise; and has provided substantial advice on the PIL aspects of Brexit. It represented the Government of Vietnam in the successful defence of an investment treaty claim brought under the France-Vietnam BIT by a French investor, which related to non-payment of debts by state-owned enterprises. Markus Burgstaller 'has very good commercial acumen, is very attentive to detail and never neglects the importance of tactical steps'. Burgstaller has considerable experience as an advocate in proceedings before international tribunals, the EU courts, the European Court of Human Rights and national courts; he also handles a significant amount of work on the law of international organisations, privileges and immunities, and the Law of the Sea. Other key practitioners are Charles Brasted , who heads the firm’s UK and EU public law and policy practice; and co-head of the business and human rights practice Julianne Hughes-Jennett, who is 'very smart and reliable'. 

Leading individuals

Markus Burgstaller - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

The 'first-class' team at Hogan Lovells International LLP demonstrates 'superlative professionalism', handling the spectrum of tax disputes. 'Deeply technically able' Rupert Shiers leads the team and has particular experience in navigating HMRC discussions and tax litigation. Her is currently representing Ball UK Holdings at the appeal stage of its dispute with HMRC concerning historic corporation tax planning. Ruth Grant is acting for British American Tobacco in its tax tribunal appeal against HMRC's attempt to impose tax penalties on the client for alleged failure to prevent tobacco smuggling. Tom Mcfarlane leads the transfer pricing team and supply chain team, which includes Graham Poole, who is noted for his 'depth of knowledge' and 'invaluable practical application of the arms-length principle'. Lee Squires left for Grant Thornton UK LLP in June 2018, while Kevin Ashman retired in June 2017.

Leading individuals

Rupert Shiers - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP 's five-partner team receives a significant flow of mandates in the mid to upper-mid market from a lender focused client base that includes UK commercial banks (Lloyds, HSBC), as well as many of the main non-bank direct lenders including Ares Management, ICG and Hayfin. Although the team is sector agnostic, it has built up a particularly strong reputation for handling the financing of M&A transactions in heavily regulated sectors including insurance. The 'excellent' Matthew Cottis recently acted for a banking consortium, including RBS, HSBC, and ABN Amro, in relation to the acquisition facility agreements to assist the purchase by Phoenix of Standard Life Assurance. As well as her work for debt funds and banks, Jo Robinson also picks up borrower side mandates and recently acted for Claranet on the refinancing of its existing debt and an additional debt package to enable it to fund the acquisition of three IT service providers in the UK, Portugal, and France. Paul Mullen and Penny Angell are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Matthew Cottis - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jo Robinson - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Asset finance and leasing
Asset finance and leasing - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

A 'strong player in the aviation sector', Hogan Lovells International LLP has developed robust ties with a range of clients in the industry including operators, funds, lessors, banks, manufacturers and export credit agencies, thereby ensuring not only that it receives a significant volume of work but also that it has an excellent perspective across the market as a whole. Team head Robert Fugard handles a significant amount of work for core client Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA including acting for it on its first AFIC-backed financing of six B737Max8 aircraft and on its UK Export Finance-supported JOLCO financing of a B787-9 aircraft (the airlines' first ever JOLCO financing and the first time that a JOLCO had ever been combined with a UKEF-supported Boeing financing). Richard Goss is rapidly gaining a strong reputation in the sector and recently advised Pembroke Capital (the aviation lessor of Standard Chartered Bank) on the sale and novation to Goshawk Aviators of a portfolio of eight aircraft on lease to a number of different airlines, including Norwegian Air, South African Airways and Vueling. Outside of the aviation sector, Alexander Premont uses his expertise across many financial products to provide a very commercial service to stakeholders on new money financings and restructurings in the shipping sector; he recently advised Société Générale and a pool of lenders on the restructuring of 14 financial leases and related loan financings with the Greenship Gas group. Shalini Bhuchar is also recommended across both aviation and shipping finance work, often involving an African nexus, while Simon Gwynne has a strong reputation in the rail sector. Clients include RBS/Lombard, SMBC, Bank of China Aviation and African Export-Import Bank.

Leading individuals

Simon Gwynne - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Although it remains best-known for its pre-eminent mid/upper-mid market leveraged finance brand as a result of its close ties with a wide range of financial institutions including UK clearers, investment banks and direct lenders, Hogan Lovells International LLP also regularly handles broader financing work including investment grade corporate lending and syndicated lending to facilitate corporate facing acquisition finance mandates. Matthew Cottis has a particular niche handling the financing related to insurance M&A and recently acted for the consortium of banks including RBS, HSBC and ABN Amro, on the financing to facilitate Phoenix's purchase of Standard Life Assurance Limited from Standard Life Aberdeen plc. Other highlights included Jo Robinson's representation of the lenders (including HSBC and Lloyds) on the amendment and restatement of ZPG plc’s existing revolving credit facilities agreement to add an additional £75m term loan facility. Penny Angell is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Matthew Cottis - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Corporate restructuring and insolvency
Corporate restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Traditionally best-known for its work on behalf of banking clients, including Lloyds and Standard Chartered Bank,¬†Hogan Lovells International LLP¬†'s six-partner team has effectively diversified its client base to include a raft of hedge funds and private equity firms (including DuPont Capital and CarVal Investors) that are increasingly prominent in the market. Benefiting from significant strength-in-depth from the firm's London office and also able to leverage experts from the firm's international network of offices, the team provides 'creative and commercial advice' and is noted for its ability to 'control multi-agenda stakeholders with terrific subject matter knowledge'. The 'savvy, hardworking and commercial'¬†Tom Astle¬† has been central to diversifying the firm's client base to include an increased number of funds and this can be underscored by the prominent role the firm has in the high-profile Agrokor restructuring on behalf of an ad-hoc committee of holders of $900m of Agrokor debt. Notably, as part of this mandate the firm designed and implemented a novel ‚ā¨1.06bn DIP funding into that process. The 'excellent'¬†Alex Kay¬†is also heavily involved in the Agrokor matter and in addition to this high-profile matter is also involved in several other matters on behalf of distressed buy side investors and bondholder committees in complex cross-border restructurings, including his representation of the ad hoc committee of holders of senior notes in relation to the restructuring of Ukraine-based farming conglomerate, the Mriya Group. Particularly active on the bank side,¬†Stephen Foster¬†is recognised by one client as 'one of the best restructuring lawyers in London' and is a key member of the team that also includes the 'fantastic'¬†Paul McLoughlin,¬†Joe Bannister,¬†Deborah Gregory¬†and 'smart and unflappable' newly promoted counsel¬†James Maltby¬†.

Leading individuals

Deborah Gregory - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Stephen Foster - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Tom Astle - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Debt capital markets
Debt capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

At Hogan Lovells International LLP, Andrew Carey (who 'makes an effort to get to know his clients') has more than 25 years' experience in international debt offerings including corporate and sovereign bonds. He frequently handles emerging markets deals, which last year included representing African Export-Import Bank in the update of its $5bn EMTN programme, and Banco do Brasil in the issuance of $1bn in senior debt. Senior associate Jonathan Malim, who frequently advises on issuances in the automotive sector, had a hand in those transactions and is a rising star in the practice. He also worked with Sylvain Dhennin, who focuses largely on high yield deals but also has a key role in other deals involving US counterparties, in advising senior creditors of the Mriya Group on the restructuring and defaulted debt of Mriya Agro Holding in Ukraine. The 'very responsive, commercial and proactive' Kit Johnson, who specialises in acting for corporate trustees in capital markets transactions, is highly regarded for his work for clients including Bank of New York Mellon, which he represented in updates by Alfa-Bank of Russia and ABH Holdings to their loan participation note programmes.

Leading individuals

Andrew Carey - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jonathan Malim - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP¬†provides 'a superb level of service'. It is 'a top-quality law firm that delivers absolutely excellent value for money', according to one client. The firm has significant expertise in cross-border matters, having many dual-qualified lawyers in London and having a strong¬†presence in transactions in emerging markets, especially in Africa. An example of its high-value work from 2017 is its advice to BNP Paribas on the annual update of its groundbreaking programme for secured structured products through a Luxembourg securitisation company, SecurAsset, and in relation to numerous structured product drawdowns under the programme.¬†'His speed of response, knowledge of our business are unparalleled', says a client of key partner and¬†deputy CEO of the firm¬†David Hudd, who led that transaction.¬†Counsel Neil Kurzon¬†is recommended for his 'derivatives excellence and knowledge of securities programmes' and he also played a central role in that work. Global head of international debt capital markets¬†James Doyle¬†led a team that assisted Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank with its ‚ā¨50bn structured debt issuance programme, on which the London office provided advice on both English and French law. The practice also counts¬†Soci√©t√© G√©n√©rale,¬†Bank of America Merrill Lynch and¬†Jefferies among its clients. Another key facet of the practice is its dedicated trustee team, which is led by¬†Kit Johnson, who continued to¬†to act for Bank of New York Mellon as trustee for Lehman Brothers-related debt last year, which included the unwinding of Lehman Brothers‚Äô synthetic debt repackaging programme.

Leading individuals

David Hudd - Hogan Lovells International LLP

James Doyle - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP¬†has a full-service emerging markets offering that draws on its¬†finance, corporate, energy, projects and capital markets practices. Its extensive client relationships span Asia, India, Africa, Russia, South America and Eastern Europe. The firm frequently acts for multilateral organisations such as Afreximbank, International Finance Corporation, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, as well as handling¬†export credit-backed projects for¬†commercial banks, project companies, sponsors and developers. A key highlight from last year was the ‚ā¨1.06bn loan to Croatian food retail business Agrokor.¬†Tom Astle, who focuses on multi-jurisdictional corporate restructurings on behalf of creditors, acted for an ad hoc committee of bondholders in that deal.¬†DCM partner and practice head¬†Andrew Carey¬†is a leading light in the market and also played a key role in that deal. He also acted for Banco do Brasil in its $1bn bond offering under its EMTN programme. Export finance partners¬†¬†David Leggott, who handled a $600m pre-export finance loan to KAZ Minerals on behalf of Deutsche Bank,¬†and¬†Andrew Taylor¬†are leaders in their field. Project finance and infrastructure expert¬†Adrian Walker¬†and oil, gas and LNG projects specialist Richard Tyler¬†are also key partners in the practice.¬†Newly promoted partner¬†Alex Kay, who advised a committee of noteholders on the restructuring of Ukrainian company Mriya Agro Holding, is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Andrew Carey - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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High yield
High yield - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP¬†is active for both issuers and banks on complex high yield bond offerings, restructurings and liability management. It counts among its¬†key clients¬†Barclays, HSBC, BNP Paribas and Swissport. It has particular expertise in the¬†automotive and aviation sectors, but its flow of work encompasses a wide range of industries. For air cargo handler Swissport and HNA Group, which owns China's fourth-largest airline, the firm handled combined issuance of ‚ā¨690m in high yield notes and an exchange offer for existing debt. In a ‚ā¨1.06bn secured refinancing package for distressed Croatian retail giant¬†Agrokor, the practice acted for an ad hoc committee of bondholders in the restructuring of its high yield debt. Another key restructuring deal saw the firm advise noteholders of Ukrainian farming conglomerate Mriya, which is currently in liquidation. Its work for initial purchasers included advising Barclays, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, HSBC, BNP Paribas and other banks on Rexel's combined issuance of $1.45bn in new notes. Practice head¬†Sylvain Dhennin¬†was the key partner on all of those deals. Partner¬†Alex Kay¬†is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Sylvain Dhennin - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Islamic finance
Islamic finance - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

The practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP has particular expertise in the aerospace sector. Senior associate Faraz Naqvi is the primary contact in the London office, with wide experience in ijara financing for major international banks and aviation corporates, with asset finance specialist Richard Goss also bringing expertise in aviation finance. High yield practitioner Sylvain Dhennin and real estate expert Andrew Flemming are key contacts in the London office.

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Securitisation
Securitisation - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP has a longstanding reputation for innovative, first-of-kind and high-value deals, in part due to the strength of its emerging markets practice. It plays a prominent role in auto deals, and has a dedicated trustee practice. Julian Craughan, who is 'a very helpful and knowledgeable partner who works well with his international counterparts', led the team advising the UK government's Department for Education on the £3.7bn securitisation of income-contingent repayment student loans. He also acted for Volkswagen Financial Services (UK) as seller and servicer on a public securitisation and the annual updates of a revolving master receivables securitisation programme through the £10bn Driver UK Master programme. Tauhid Ijaz assisted a European fund as arranger with the establishment of an innovative, privately placed guaranteed note programme in order to finance export trade receivables. He also acted for a financial institution in an innovative synthetic securitisation of an SME loan portfolio. US-qualified partner Dennis Dillon focuses primarily on trade receivables securitisations and commercial paper conduits; his highlights included acting for BNP Paribas as funder and arranger in one of the first UK mobile phone handset securitisations. The £150m deal also involved derivatives and structured finance partner James Doyle, who leads the firm's global debt capital markets practice.

Leading individuals

Julian Craughan - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Tauhid Ijaz - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Trade finance
Trade finance - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP's London office is the central hub of an international practice that has a diverse range of clients including  key market players such as Afreximbank, Deutsche Bank, IFC, Natixis and Société Générale, and which has significant experience in emerging markets. Andrew Taylor and David Leggott are the key partners in the practice and each has a stellar reputation in the field of trade finance. Taylor's practice covers Europe and emerging markets, particularly Africa and the CIS region, where he acts for both lenders and borrowers. He is regularly instructed by multilateral organisations and development banks, and recently advised UK Export Finance on a new guarantee product to enable UK exporters to access finance more efficiently. Leggott has extensive experience in advising banks and trading companies on transactions in emerging markets such as Russia, the CIS, sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. His work covers financings on a range of commodities including oil, steel, zinc, copper, soybeans, tobacco and cocoa, and he frequently supports development finance institutions (DFIs) in trade finance matters. He acted for Deutsche Bank on a $600m pre-export financing for KAZ Minerals, and on a $350m revolving structured commodity finance facility for ArcelorMittal South Africa.

Leading individuals

Andrew Taylor - Hogan Lovells International LLP

David Leggott - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP's team is 'easy to work with, highly responsive and good under pressure'. 'Absolutely superb' department head Paul Randall advised Paysafe Group on the share scheme elements of its takeover by a consortium led by CVC and Blackstone, acted for Sepura on the incentive aspects of its takeover by Hytera and assisted Lloyds Banking Group and Scottish Widows with the share components of the acquisition of Zurich's UK workplace pensions and savings business. Counsel Kiran Khetia advised Trinity Mirror on the renewal of its restricted share plan. Counsel Tamsin Nicholds handles corporate governance issues. Axa, Coca Cola, 21st Century Fox and Shaftesbury are also clients.

Leading individuals

Paul Randall - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers and senior executives - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP is 'building a strong presence in the field' with 'a notable ability to develop clear strategies and follow them through effectively, engendering great confidence in clients'. Clients praise department head Stefan Martin as 'a solid and calm individual with the skills to analyse the bigger picture'; he recently defended Goodwin Procter in claims brought by King & Wood Mallesons alleging it unlawfully poached lawyers and clients. Ed Bowyer is 'genuinely excellent' with recent highlights including advising Diligent on the employment elements of its acquisition of BoardPad and Blueprint from ICSA, acting for the London Borough of Havering in the Employment Appeal Tribunal in a dispute relating to TUPE and service provision change issues, and assisting SABMiller with its acquisition by Anheuser-Busch InBev and the related sale of Peroni Grolsch and the Miller brands to Asahi. Elizabeth Slattery has retired.

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Pensions
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Clients 'unreservedly recommend' the 'excellent' team at Hogan Lovells International LLP, which is 'first-class across the board' and is 'top notch in terms of content, performance level and responsiveness'. The non-contentious team is 'truly unmatched' with key names including group head Katie Banks, who is 'clearly a leading light in the pensions world'; longevity hedge and investigations expert Edward Brown, and the 'incredibly pragmatic and client-friendly' Duncan Buchanan. The practice recently assisted the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) with the restructuring of Tata Steel Pension Scheme and advised Lloyds Banking Group and Scottish Widows on the acquisition of Zurich's UK workplace pensions and savings business. Angela Dimsdale Gill is the key name for litigation mandates; she recently represented the trustees of the Nortel Networks UK Pension Plan and the Board of the PPF in pension deficit recovery litigation and acted for ITV in the high-profile Box Clever pension scheme regulatory proceedings. Nicholas Heaton, Matthew Bullen and senior associate Nathan Sherlock are also names to note.

Leading individuals

Angela Dimsdale Gill (dispute resolution) - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Duncan Buchanan (non-contentious) - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Katie Banks (non-contentious) - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Nathan Sherlock (dispute resolution) - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation
Insurance and reinsurance litigation - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP advises across the full range of insurance disputes, specialising in those involving sanctions, regulatory issues and white-collar crime and investigations. It has a commitment to the cost and time-saving benefits of alternative dispute resolution and a track record in multi-party arbitrations. The firm’s belief in providing a value-for-money service has also driven the development and implementation of Prism, an early case assessment tool generating a timetable, costs and actions lists for clients facing complex disputes. Among these clients the firm counts major players in the insurance market such as Phoenix Group, AXA and Willis Towers Watson. Practice head Nick Atkins’ work extends from disputes about complex reinsurance and insurance coverage issues to negligence actions involving brokers and third-party administrators. He leads a team that includes Lloyd's market specialist Jamie Rogers and Victor Fornasier, who is currently acting for PA(GI) in relation to liability for payment protection insurance (PPI) policies dating back to the late 1980s.

Leading individuals

Nick Atkins - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jamie Rogers - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP's ‚Äėextremely knowledgeable and responsive‚Äô practice has a strong track record of advising clients on insurance business transfers under Part VII of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA), M&A, pensions and longevity risk insurance transactions, and insurance business restructurings. Charles Rix¬†heads a team with global expertise and strength in depth; the 12 partners have the ability ‚Äėto turn documents around at short notice using their industry knowledge and expertise to reach sensible commercial positions‚Äô, a quality that has attracted some of the leading insurers in the UK, including AXA, Generali, Munich Re, Phoenix, Prudential, Royal London and SCOR. A notable figure in this experienced team is the ‚Äėtop-tier‚Äô Steven McEwan, who is ‚Äėresponsive, committed and very well respected in the market'. A recent highlight of his is advising Qatar Re on its acquisition of the insurance companies of Markerstudy Group, a UK-based insurance-broking and underwriting group.

Leading individuals

Charles Rix - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Steven McEwan - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Insurance: insolvency and restructuring
Insurance: insolvency and restructuring - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP has an extensive track record of advising its international client base on both insurance restructuring and insolvency and general insurance matters. It is increasingly involved at the start of transactions to "insolvency test" or insolvency proof structures before they are put in place. The practice has a reputation for cross-border work, acting for major clients including KPMG, Deloitte, Lloyds Banking Group and Scottish Re Group. Practice head Joe Bannister is acting for OIC Run-Off and its subsidiary, which became subject to closure schemes of arrangement, as well as advising on the English law aspects of cases recently filed under chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code and Bermuda and Cayman liquidation cases for Scottish Re.

Leading individuals

Joe Bannister - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Product liability: defendant
Product liability: defendant - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP¬† has an excellent track record¬†defending clients in significant cases, including the PIP implants litigation, metal-on-metal hip cases, and tobacco claims matters. Its top-level client base includes British American Tobacco, Toshiba, Zimmer Biomet, and blue-chip tech companies. ‚ÄėWidely respected‚Äô partner John Meltzer¬† ‚Äėcombines an encyclopaedic knowledge of the area with a keen appreciation of what is important to the client‚Äô.¬† In addition to his expertise in the life sciences sector, he also leads on matters involving tech companies, including Vodafone, who he is advising on product safety. Recently promoted partners and heads of practice¬†Matthew Felwick¬† and Valerie Kenyon¬†have been defending major clients across the life sciences and technology sectors:¬†Felwick is defending T√úV Rheinland and its affiliates in the PIP case, and is defending Zimmer Biomet (formerly Biomet) against various claims brought across Europe and a group action concerning the early revision of all-metal prosthetic hip replacements, which was allegedly caused by adverse reactions to metal debris. Kenyon is providing ongoing regulatory and product liability advice to two innovative blue chip tech clients, as well as being part of the team advising on complex claims for heavy industry and consumer goods clients.

Leading individuals

John Meltzer - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Ruth Grant - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Valerie Kenyon - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Matthew Felwick - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP¬†is a ‚Äėhigh-class outfit‚Äô, which provides ‚Äėclient-friendly, commercially minded, legally sound advice and fights tenaciously for its clients‚Äô. It acts for and against a range of professionals, with particular expertise in claims against solicitors, actuaries, other pension professionals, property professionals, insurance brokers and accountants. The team is acting for Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation in its Solicitors Act cost assessment proceedings against Dechert LLP¬†in relation to ¬£11m of fees incurred. Willis Group Holdings is also a key client. Department head Nicholas Heaton¬†has a ‚Äėgreat eye for detail and is very pragmatic‚Äô; he specialises in substantial claims against lawyers, professionals involved in pensions schemes, and accountants. The ‚Äėindomitable‚Äô Angela Dimsdale Gill¬†has a ‚Äėwealth of experience, tactical nous and detailed legal knowledge‚Äô and stands out for her expertise in pensions-related disputes. Ruth Grant¬†handles disputes for a variety of commercial clients and is noted for cross-border mandates. Senior associate Nathan Sherlock¬†is a ‚Äėvery bright associate with a maturity and performance in advance of his years‚Äô.

Leading individuals

Angela Dimsdale Gill - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Nicholas Heaton - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Nathan Sherlock - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Listed funds
Listed funds - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP strengthened its investment fund team in 2017-18 with the recruitment of Jonathan Baird from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in summer 2017 and the promotion to partner of Jeremy Pickles at the start of 2018. Pickles advised CATCo Reinsurance Opportunities Fund, which owns insurance-linked securities concerning catastrophe reinsurance, on a $543m  capital raising.  Practice head Erik Jamieson  advised HICL Infrastructure Company Limited, a FTSE 250-member infrastructure fund, on a fundraising which raised £260m, beating its £205m target. Investment bank highlights included advising Canaccord Genuity as sponsor of the IPO of Aberdeen Standard Europe Logistics Income. Work concerning new funds include Pickles' advice to Sherborne Investors on forming activist fund Sherborne Investors Guernsey C, which raised £700m. Other clients include International Public Partnerships Limited, John Laing Environmental Assets and Urban Exposure, which Baird advised on its £165m flotation on AIM.

Next generation lawyers

Jeremy Pickles - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Private funds
Private funds - ranked: tier 5

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Key figures at¬†Hogan Lovells International LLP¬†include¬†Nicholas Holman, whose¬†expertise covers infrastructure fund work, among other matters; newly promoted partner¬†Jeremy Pickles,¬†who handles investor-side work for development finance institutions; and¬†Erik Jamieson, who¬†advised Amber Infrastructure on forming a fund, structured as a private fund limited partnership, investing in both debt and equity in digital infrastructure. Other clients include Ventiga Capital Partners, which Holman advised on creating a new private equity fund. On the investor side, the team advised the Irish Strategic Investment Fund on a ‚ā¨105m investment into a fund investing into Irish SMEs, and continues to advise the Kodak UK Pension Plan.

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Real estate funds
Real estate funds - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

At Hogan Lovells International LLP, Sian Owles  advised Land Securities on restructuring the Metro Shopping Centre Fund, including the exit of one investor - she also has experience of residential deals, including student accommodation. Nicholas Holman advised M&G Real Estate on its formation of a value-add closed ended fund. In listed real estate funds, Erik Jamieson advised Canaccord Genuity as sponsor and bookrunner of the IPO of Aberdeen Standard European Logistics Income PLC. Jonathan Baird joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and advised Urban Exposure (which lends to residential real estate developers) on its flotation on AIM.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP is known to clients for its 'outstanding service' and 'quality individuals' such as the 'strong up-and-coming new partner' Alex Harrison . In recent highlights, the team acted for investment funds, oversaw a number of existing nuclear projects and advised on high-profile energy from waste projects with the expertise of Scott Tindall.  On the financing side, Andrew Gallagher represented an African investment fund in its first debt funding transaction in the transport infrastructure sector of an African nation for the funding of capital works and improvements to several airports. Also notable is Adrian Walker who continues to lead the advice to the developer of a new nuclear project and assisted a major corporate with its bid to acquire rights to a major ongoing European interconnector project. Tarek Eltumi was also recently promoted to partner and Arun Velusami recently joined from Norton Rose Fulbright . Philip Brown and counsel Charles Ford are also notable contacts alongside practice head Philip Robb .

Leading individuals

Adrian Walker - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Andrew Gallagher - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Alex Harrison - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Mining and minerals
Mining and minerals - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

The broad multi-disciplinary mining offering at Hogan Lovells International LLP advises clients on financing transactions, M&A mandates, regulatory issues, disputes and the construction and planning aspects of projects. On the projects front, practice head Adrian Walker is currently overseeing the contractual aspects of a mine expansion in Africa, and Crispin Rapinet collaborated with the Washington DC and Johannesburg teams to review the anti-bribery compliance policy of a global mining company. Kieron O’Callaghan led the advice to a bank with regards to claims against a large Eastern European mining group on the grounds of alleged breach of loan arragnements. Sarah Shaw recently joined the corporate department from Allen & Overy LLP and construction disputes specialist Angus Rankin arrived from an in-house position at Mitsubishi. David Moss retired from the partnership.

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP 'is first-rate for oil and gas work' according to one client who also describes Kieron O’Callaghan and counsel Ben Hornan as 'excellent lawyers'. The practice is led by Richard Tyler who currently acts as project counsel to the Shah Deniz consortium for the development of the landmark project, and is collaborating with Steven Bryan to advise Statoil on the proposed sale of its interests in the Teesside oil terminal. A major global oil company also appointed the group to oversee its entry into an African market through the procurement of an ultra-deep water project in the Atlantic Ocean, and counsel Ben Sulaiman continues to represent an oil major in the corporate, project development, commercial contract and maritime treaty advice arising from its high-profile discovery asset in Africa alongside Markus Burgstaller . The team was recently bolstered by the arrival of Sarah Shaw from Allen & Overy LLP and Arun Velusami from Norton Rose Fulbright .

Leading individuals

Richard Tyler - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Ben Sulaiman - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Power (including electricity and renewables)
Power (including electricity and renewables) - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

The power offering at Hogan Lovells International LLP covers energy generation, regulation, storage, infrastructure and supply on behalf of regulated entities, utility suppliers, distributors and lenders across the full spectrum of sectors. The recently promoted partner Alex Harrison , Nicholas Roberts and Ben Higson were recently appointed as sole legal counsel to the Crown Estate with regards to its wind, tidal and gas storage portfolios, and Philip Robb recently advised John Laing on all aspects of its new £137m bank facilities for the financing of acquisitions of new renewable assets. Also notable is Adrian Walker 's work for a global engineering company with regards to the development of a new nuclear asset, and a global partnership arrangement with an oil and gas major negotiated by Richard Tyler for a solar asset manufacturer. On the contentious front, Roberta Downey is representing the main contractor of a major offshore wind farm in a number of disputes and arbitration proceedings against a range of parties including an international subcontractor and the project owner. The team was recently strengthened by the arrival of Arun Velusami from Norton Rose Fulbright and Sarah Shaw from Allen & Overy LLP .

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Water
Water - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

The sector-led, multi-disciplinary water team at Hogan Lovells International LLP is spearheaded by Philip Robb . Recent financing work includes acting for a group of banks as lead arrangers in the closing of the project financing of Sohar independent water project in Oman after assisting the lenders throughout the bid phase, and Andrew Gallagher 's counsel to an investment bank with regards to its financing of a landmark UK infrastructure project. On the regulatory side, counsel Charles Ford advised existing investors in the sector on the impact of the ongoing PR19 review and the potential effects of the Labour Party's utilities reform plan. Steven Bryan handles corporate matters within the energy, projects and natural resources sector and was recently joined in the department by Sarah Shaw from Allen & Overy LLP .

Next generation lawyers

Charles Ford - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

At the 'excellent' Hogan Lovells International LLP Charles Brasted is noted for 'giving robust advice as to the risks and practical implications of matters.' He heads the public law and policy team which sits within the government regulatory practice and also co-leads the Brexit taskforce. The other key members of the team are Julia Marlow and associate Dervla Simm. It advises well-known corporate clients and regulators and has a strong government relations and policy practice. It advised Uber in its judicial reviews of TfL's regulatory requirements and on the withdrawal of its  licence. It also represented Whirlpool, as an interested party to the judicial review brought by the Consumers' Association (trading as Which?) in respect of the alleged failure by the trading standards enforcement authority to consider exercising its enforcement powers under product safety regulations against Whirlpool in relation to certain of its brands of tumble dryers.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Leveraging ‚Äėdecades of engagement with the real estate sector‚Äô, Hogan Lovells International LLP¬†has the ‚Äėknowledge, business acumen and strength in depth‚Äô to deliver ‚Äėsophisticated projects‚Äô. The team has particular expertise in the public sector and is instructed by major landowners such as British Land and The Crown Estate. In one stand-out matter, Victoria Sutcliffe¬†assisted British Land with the pre-let of a Regent‚Äôs Street premises to Dentsu Aegis Network, which was among the largest West End pre-lets in two decades. Additionally, the ‚Äėpersonable and pragmatic‚Äô Dion Panambalana¬†is acting for Calthorpe Estates in relation to a ¬£300m urban regeneration project in Birmingham. Also in the development space, Gill McGreevy¬†is advising the King‚Äôs Cross Central partnership on the ¬£2bn redevelopment of King‚Äôs Cross, and Daniel Norris¬†is acting for AFC Wimbledon in relation to the development of its new stadium in London Borough of Merton. Nicholas Roberts¬†has assisted various clients with HQ relocations to large-scale regeneration sites in Central London and the West End. Investment highlights included Norris assisting The Prudential Assurance Company with the ¬£300m+ sale of a South Bank property to Deutsche Asset Management, and global real estate head Jackie Newstead¬†advising William Pears Group on a portfolio acquisition of five conference centre hotels from Principal Hailey. Oliver Chamberlain¬†leads the luxury and fashion brands real estate subgroup, which advises clients such as Russell & Bromley. Also recommended are corporate real estate specialist Sian Owles, John Condliffe¬†and counsel Christopher Somorjay, who is instructed by a number of institutional investors.

Leading individuals

Daniel Norris - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Dion Panambalana - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Gill McGreevy - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Jackie Newstead - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Christopher Somorjay - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Construction
Construction (contentious) - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Contruction (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

‚ÄėOne of the strongest firms in London for running complex construction litigation‚Äô, Hogan Lovells International LLP‚Äôs contentious team is led by Roberta Downey, who brings¬†particular expertise¬†in¬†ADR. ‚ÄėVery bright,¬†extremely able, and¬†a great strategic thinker‚Äô,¬†Downey has a¬†wealth¬†of experience in¬†complex¬†trials and highly¬†technical disputes¬†related to large infrastructure projects. Tony Marshall¬†comes very highly recommended for construction arbitration.¬†Rupert Sydenham¬†is ‚Äėvery strong‚Äô, acting¬†with members of the Moscow office¬†in an LCIA Arbitration seated in London in relation to disputes¬†arising under a joint venture¬†agreement for the construction of a¬†US$200m¬†mixed-use¬†development in Russia. Associate Katie Duval¬†is ‚Äėan extremely hardworking, focused and able solicitor‚Äô.¬†Gillian Thomas¬†¬†heads¬†the non-contentious team and leads in advising¬†King's Cross Central on all construction aspects of the ¬£2bn¬†King's Cross Central development. Senior associate Phil Hassett¬†¬†¬†'resolves issues quickly and without fuss‚Äô. Previously in-house EMEA lead for¬†Mitsubishi¬†Hitachi Power System‚Äôs coal- and gas-fired power¬†business, Angus Rankin¬†joined¬†the team in¬†November¬†2017. Other clients¬†include¬†Argent, Bechtel, BP, Department for Transport, EDF, Rio Tinto,¬†and¬†RWE.

Next generation lawyers

Anna Mills - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP's practice has noted an uptick in environmental litigation, in addition to advising on regulatory and liability issues in the energy and recycling sectors. Consultant and safety and regulatory compliance expert Gary Cassidy specialises in incident investigation, criminal prosecutions and regulator liaison. Senior associates Helen Boniface and Kevin O’Connor are the key contacts in the London office. Louise Moore heads the practice.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP¬†is noted for providing ‚Äėresponsive, practical, commercial and imaginative advice.‚Äô Claire Dutch¬†leads the team, specialising in all aspects of planning law and with particular experience in infrastructure and energy projects. The team excels in public inquiry work: Dutch acted for GreenOak Real Estate on the Whitechapel Estate regeneration inquiry, negotiating a complex s106 agreement with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, including obligations regarding the provision of nurses' accommodation for Barts NHS Trust and Queen Mary University. The ‚Äėknowledgeable, practical, responsive and creative‚Äô Michael Gallimore¬†acted on the largest retail public inquiry in 2017, advising M&G Real Estate, intu and JT Baylis on their planning application for a retail and leisure expansion to The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, a key regional shopping centre in Bristol. Senior associate David Wood¬†is ‚Äėindustrious, very thoughtful and excellent at problem solving‚Äô. Senior assoicate Hannah Quarterman¬†is ‚Äėstrong on compulsory purchase and compensation issues'.

Leading individuals

Claire Dutch - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP‚Äôs practice is led by the ‚Äėexperienced and pragmatic‚Äô Andrew Welbourn¬†and is noted for its ‚Äėexcellent understanding of real estate finance‚Äô, with particular strengths in cross-border transactions and development finance matters. Recent highlights include Andrew Flemming, who is ‚Äėtechnically astute‚Äô and ‚Äėa very¬†personable lawyer¬†who can get the deal done‚Äô, advising Colony NorthStar and China Resources Land on the ¬£300m financing of their joint acquisition of the entities which own a trophy office building in the City of London, and, along with senior associate Simon Bacchus, acting for Ahli United Bank in relation to the Islamic financing of two high-end residential towers in West London. In addition, Jo Solomon¬†acted for Cheyne Capital on a ¬£100m development finance facility for two sites in Manchester city centre.

Leading individuals

Andrew Flemming - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Andrew Welbourn - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP¬†offers a ‚Äėtop tier experience from a client perspective‚Äô with ‚Äėleading experts providing excellent quality advice‚Äô. The group is ‚Äėundoubtedly at the top‚Äô and has added British Land to a list of clients including Qatari Diar and the Crown Estate. The ‚Äėastute tactician‚Äô¬†Nicholas Cheffings¬†is ‚Äėhead and shoulders above any other property litigator‚Äô and leads the team together with the ‚Äėyoung and energetic, leader in his field‚Äô Mathew Ditchburn. Cheffings and senior associate¬†Paul Tonkin¬†are ‚Äėthe best in class on rent reviews‚Äô while Ditchburn specialises in insolvency-related matters. His recent work includes acting for a number of institutional landlords in a notable case for CVAs which resulted from the liquidation of BHS Limited. The group also represented the Libyan Investment Authority in a case of false representation for land stated to be valued at ¬£21m.¬†Tim Reid¬†is recommended for his ‚Äėvery good technical knowledge‚Äô as is¬†Katie Dunn who is praised as an ‚Äėiron first in a velvet glove‚Äô.

Leading individuals

Mathew Ditchburn - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Nicholas Cheffings - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Katie Dunn - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Paul Tonkin - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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London: Risk advisory

Brexit
Brexit - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

In 2014, Hogan Lovells International LLP established a specialist Constitutional Change taskforce of senior thought leaders from across the firm to assess the legal and policy implications of emerging issues for clients - such as a possible Brexit. The group, which is led by Susan Bright, includes founding members Charles Brastedand Peter Watts. It has been particularly active in advising clients from regulated sectors on Brexit, including financial services, insurance, energy, media and pharmaceuticals. In addition to undertaking a legal and commercial advisory role for clients, the firm has been working with the International Regulatory Strategy Group (a group of senior UK-based leaders from the UK financial services and professional services industry) to produce a series of major reports which propose a model for mutual market access for financial services post-Brexit; Rachel Kent, who chairs the IRSG workstream, drafted the reports with support from other lawyers from the firm and other members of the workstream. Elsewhere, the firm has also played a key role in anticipating policy by engaging with policy makers within the UK government, as well as the US State and Treasury Departments, and the European Commission, among other bodies. Practitioners with significant trade negotiation experience include Brussels-based senior adviser Hugo Paemen (who led the EU negotiations during the entire Uruguay Round) and Warren Maruyama in Washington DC. Aline Doussin recently joined the trade team in London from Squire Patton Boggs. Lourdes Catrain, who co-leads the international trade team, is another key member of the taskforce.

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Corporate governance
Corporate governance - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP's team garners praise from clients for its 'excellent industry knowledge, appropriateness of advice and response times'. The group assists private and publicly listed companies with a wide range of matters, such as the design and operation of corporate governance policies and procedures, executive remuneration, AGM issues, reviews of annual reports and directors' duties.¬†Consultant Richard Ufland, Paul Randall, counsel¬†Tamsin Nicholds¬†and counsel Philip Corserhave¬†advised longstanding client MP Evans Plc on matters such as compliance with the Disclosure of Transparency Rules, market abuse, constitutional matters (including reviews of constitutional documents) and share option scheme arrangements. On the contentious side,¬†Crispin Rapinet¬†is acting as the lead adviser to Caisse de d√©p√īt et placement du Qu√©bec (as a major shareholder of Bombardier Transportation) on investigations into alleged bribery at a Bombardier subsidiary. Other clients include ITV, Mars and NATS. Andrew Pearson, who has retired from private practice, was succeeded by Jonathan Baird¬†as the head of the practice.

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Data protection privacy and cybersecurity
Data protection privacy and cybersecurity - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP's privacy and cybersecurity team is instructed by large corporate and governmental bodies, and is highlighted particularly for its GDPR expertise and significant experience advising on international data transfer issues. Eduardo Ustaran heads up the practice which is instructed by Groupon and Cigna on compliance and strategy, and Verizon on the adoption of binding safe processor rules. In another work highlight the team acted for Aimia on its Nector loyalty programme, which required liaising with the ICO to agree suitable transparency and consent mechanisms. Sian Rudgard is a key name to note, particularly in relation to binding corporate rules.

Leading individuals

Eduardo Ustaran - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP¬†handles multi-jurisdictional investigations and has a particular focus on Russia and the CIS, and the Middle East. Key clients sectors include financial services and life sciences. It also provides advice on compliance and risk-mitigation. Recent highlights include successfully acting for the Deposit Insurance Agency of Russia (DIA) in a landmark High Court judgment against Russian oligarch, Sergei Pugachev in an asset seizure case worth around $1b. Other clients include Airbus, Standard Chartered, Maersk Oil and Gas, ENRC and Lego. Crispin Rapinet¬†heads the team, he is ‚Äėthe don of Investigations and anti-corruption work‚Äô. Counsel Liam Naidoo¬†is ‚Äėa really good thinker and he surgically cuts open an issue and pulls out the critical parts to present a solution‚Äô. Claire Lipworth¬†joined from the Financial Conduct Authority where she was chief criminal counsel.

Leading individuals

Crispin Rapinet - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP  expertise spans trademark portfolio management, extensive advertising, marketing and sponsorship deals and all IP protection and enforcement matters. Sahira Khwaja , Richard Welfare  and Charlie Winckworth  jointly head the multi-disciplinary practice. Khwaja specialises in brand strategy, enforcement and advertising and sponsorship deals; recent highlights include working with Welfare in assisting Mars/Wringleys secure endorsement deals with well-known celebrity figures in music and sports, she also continues to represent Merck, Sharp Dohme in a UK -based same name trademark dispute against Merck KGaA. Commercial partner Welfare’s expertise in regulatory matters saw him recently work with Ocean Spray and a2 Milk on advertising compliances and promotional claims. Winckworth manages the global trademark portfolios, including enforcement and prosecution for Asahi Europe’s  and Gamesys. Senior Associate Anneka Dalton assists brands such as Spin Master and Vorwerk on a range of trademark, enforcement and strategic brand management issues.

Next generation lawyers

Annaka Dalton - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

With impressive capabilities across the full range of fintech matters, including robo-advice, payments, peer-to-peer lending, blockchain and open banking, the team at Hogan Lovells International LLP has excellent strength in depth and is experienced in both technology and financial regulatory work. Assisted by Jonathan Chertkow, Emily Reid and Richard Diffenthal, John Salmon has been advising Open Banking on its project to create open APIs in the UK's retail banking sector; this involves regular negotiations with the nine large banks funding it, as well as commercial negotiations with payment service providers. Rachel Kent acted for DualityBanx on obtaining FCA authorisation, and advised Brolly UK Technology on various regulatory issues. Salmon and Diffenthal acted for Refineryy on the development and implementation of its blockchain-based platform to facilitate commercial real estate transactions. Chertkow assisted Monzo Bank with launching its lending products as part of its move into offering full current account services. Other fintech clients include Habito and Zopa. On the corporate side, Maegen Morrison, John Connell and Don McGown acted for Paysafe Group on its £3bn takeover offer from a Blackstone- and CVC-led consortium.

Leading individuals

Emily Reid - Hogan Lovells International LLP

John Salmon - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP's telecoms, media and technology department is headed by Peter Watts and handles commercial, regulatory and contentious technology and telecoms matters for large corporates and smaller companies.The group has particular expertise advising clients in highly regulated industries, particularly those in the financial sector. It acted for Banco Sabadell on IT integration arrangements following its acquisition of TSB Bank. A team jointly led by Richard Diffenthal and John Salmonacted for Refineryy on the development and roll-out of its innovative blockchain-based platform. The practice also advised leading telecoms company on product regulatory and product safety issues. Don McGown is a key name to note for telecoms sector matters.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP's very high quality intellectual property group attracts praise for its knowledge across the full-range of rights,and benefits from particular expertise across life sciences, telecoms, consumer, and automotive sectors. Highlighted as 'excellent with cross-border litigation', the 'very down to earth' Daniel Brook led a team, alongside 'master tactician' Stephen Bennett, which successfully represented Eli Lilly before the Supreme Court. In this high-profile matter, the court reversed two earlier judgements in finding Actavis’s generic version of Alimta in direct infringement of the client's patents in the UK, Italy, France and Spain. In the technology sector, practice head Paul Brown is leading a team instructed by HTC in two multi-patent cases against IPCom and Philips, both spanning multiple jurisdictions. The IPCom proceedings involves consideration of FRAND licence teams before the Patents Court, while the Philips dispute concerns the client's alleged infringement of standard essential patents. Illustrating the firm's competencies in trade mark issues, Sahira Khwaja is acting for Merck Sharp and Dohme in a dispute relating to the use of the name Merck. Another key name to note is Charlie Winkworth who is instructed by new clients Gamesys, Waldo, Deloitte and Asahi Europe in trade mark and brand management matters. Stella Wong was promoted to counsel.

Leading individuals

Stephen Bennet - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s media and entertainment practice regularly acts for global media and entertainment groups and advertisers, which benefit from its expertise spanning its global network of offices. The team is representing News Corp in the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) phase II merger investigation into the proposed full takeover of Sky by 21st Century Fox; advised Vela Software, a division of Toronto listed Constellation Software on its acquisition of Atex Group; advised The Anschutz Corporation, the majority shareholder in Regal Entertainment Group on the $5.8bn acquisition of Regal by Cineworld Group; and advised Sky Ventures on its sell down of 768,200 shares in connection with the IPO of Roku. Peter Watts  advised Viacom its joint venture to create Banjo Television. Richard Welfare, who is active on regulatory work, and advises on advertising and marketing, copy clearance, promotional matters and compliance issues, advised AMC on the regulatory position for its launch of two subscription VOD channels, Shudder and SundanceNow. ITV, Mars and AB InBev are also clients. Senior associate Oliver Wilson is a member of the commercial team and also handles M&A deals.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP has 'a truly global life sciences practice' with 'an impressive roster of household-name producer clients who know that they are guaranteed a Rolls-Royce service'. Matthew Felwick jointly heads  the life sciences team and is 'a particularly effective communicator', who 'has acted in many of the major life science product liability claims in the UK in recent years and is particularly popular with clients'. Fellow practice head Stephen Bennett is an expert in IP and recently acted for Eli Lilly in Supreme Court litigation against Actavis, whose generic version of the client's oncology product, Alimta, infringed upon the brand name drug. John Meltzer also focuses on contentious matters, but in the field of product liability, where he recently defended Zimmer Biomet against liability claims regarding its assessment of product conformity of breast implants with medical device safety standards. Also recommended is John Meltzer, who is 'one of the most widely respected lawyers in this field with unrivalled experience of major litigation'.

Next generation lawyers

Matthew Felwick - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 5

Hogan Lovells International LLP

The team at Hogan Lovells International LLP handles a wide range of work, acting for governing bodies, federations and sports-sector manufacturers as well as commercial partners; IP work and disability sports are particular areas of expertise. Commercial expert Richard Welfare advised the British Paralympic Association (BPA) on governance and sponsorship matters as well as IP and media work; he also acted for the UK Boccia Federation on its rebranding and related trade mark registrations. Additional IP work saw the International Paralympic Committee instruct Sahira Khwaja on trade mark filings, and Adidas instruct Charlie Winkworth on anti-counterfeiting matters. On the real estate side, Daniel Norris acted for AFC Wimbledon on its acquisition of a new stadium site in the London borough of Merton. Other clients of the practice include Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby and the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation.

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London: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP¬†is best known for its ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô airports practice, which handles regulatory , disputes, planning and competition, issues, as well as infrastructure, projects, developments and acquisitions in the sector. It advised TAV airports and A√©roports de Paris on the project financing of an airport new terminal and runway at Tbilisi International Airport in Georgia. Regional Airports is also a client. Counsel Charles Ford, who is noted for his experience in infrastructure matters, heads the team with finance partner Andrew Gallagher.

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Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP‚Äôs multidisciplinary department has ‚Äėgreat rail sector experience‚Äô and advises on a range of UK and international rail projects. Headline work includes advising the Hellenic Republic on the restructuring of its railway sector; advising the lenders on on-going matters in connection with the Nottingham Express Transit Phase 2 PFI Project; and advising the DfT on its Intercity Express Programme (IEP). Andrew Briggs¬†handles PPP and infrastructure projects; counsel Charles Ford¬†is ‚Äėfirst-rate‚Äô; Nick Roberts¬†is experienced in the development of new stations and depots; Andrew Gallagher¬†acts for lenders, sponsors and borrowers on rail projects; and Simon Gwynne, who is noted for UK rolling stock and rail depot matters, heads the team.

Leading individuals

Andrew Briggs - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Simon Gwynne - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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