The Legal 500

Hogan Lovells International LLP

ATLANTIC HOUSE, HOLBORN VIADUCT, LONDON, EC1A 2FG, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7296 2000
Fax:
Fax 020 7296 2001
DX:
57 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
Email:
Web:
www.hoganlovells.com

Top-tier Firm rankings

Firm Rankings


London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP draws widespread praise, noted for its broad, international practice, ‘huge resources and expertise’, and ‘strength in strategic thinking and unusual projects’. Standout individuals include the very experienced global head Peter Watts; technology outsourcing specialist Mark Taylor; Richard Welfare, who ‘has a ‘get-the-job-done’ mentality’; and ‘very effective negotiator’ Paul Joukador. John Lewis/Waitrose, ITV, SABMiller, Amazon and Johnson & Johnson are clients.

[back to top]

Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘responsive and practical’ team acts on large transactions, such as Bestway’s acquisition of Co-op’s pharmacy business; provides standalone tax advice, including on FATCA; and fields a transfer-pricing expert. Karen Hughes is now global co-head of tax, and Philip Harle is head of the London tax practice. Real estate expert Philip Gershuny and Kevin Ashman are other key contacts.

Leading individuals

Karen Hughes - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Kevin Ashman - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Philip Gershuny - Hogan Lovells International LLP

[back to top]

EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

At Hogan Lovells International LLP, Angus Coulter draws on the experience of global co-head Suyong Kim and regional managing partner Susan Bright to help ‘deliver a premium service, no matter how tight the turnaround times’. Successes include assisting Tradebe Environmental Services in obtaining unconditional phase 2 clearance from the CMA for its joint venture with SITA UK, and securing deregulation of Stansted airport’s passenger and cargo businesses. The team was boosted by the arrival of Mark Jones from Norton Rose Fulbright.

Leading individuals

Susan Bright - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Suyong Kim - Hogan Lovells International LLP

[back to top]

Equity capital markets
Equity capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Maegen Morrison, who heads the ‘well-resourced’ team at Hogan Lovells International LLP, advised the underwriters to Mothercare’s £100m rights issue, and acted for SABMiller on its secondary placing of shares on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, highlighting the balance in the practice between its underwriter and issuer representations. US-qualified John Basnage, dual-qualified Peter Kohl and the ‘solutions-driven’ Nigel Read are key contacts. Daniel Simons joined from Travers Smith LLP.

[back to top]

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Led on the non-contentious side by the ‘tough and knowledgeable’ Rachel Kent, Hogan Lovells International LLP has ‘excellent industry knowledge’ and is instructed by a broad range of clients to advise on the implications of major legislation affecting the industry (including Basel III and Solvency II), product development and, in collaboration with its M&A group, regulatory issues associated with major transactions in the sector. Jonathan Chertkow advised TSB on a range of regulatory matters arising since its IPO from Lloyds and in its position as a major new challenger bank. Ailbhe Edgar and Philip Parish co-lead the contentious offering, which continues to be very active on market manipulation matters. Other recommended partners include Steven McEwan (‘technically brilliant’), Jon Holland, Dominic Hill and Roger Tym.

Leading individuals

Philip Parish - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Rachel Kent - Hogan Lovells International LLP

[back to top]

Investment funds
Hedge funds - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Listed funds - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Private funds - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLPhandles complexity well and delivers helpful advice and solutions’. In addition to its reputation in the listed funds space, the practice’s varied private funds client base stands out, including BlackRock, TIAA Henderson Real Estate and InfraRed Capital Partners. On the investor side, Nicholas Holman advised key client Kodak Pension Plan on the secondary transfer of a portfolio of hedge fund interests. The ‘personable team of enthusiastic lawyers’ includes Erik Jamieson, Philip Brown, James McDonald and senior associate Jeremy Pickles.

[back to top]

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP draws on its regulatory experience to advise on highly regulated sectors such as financial services, with Charles Rix acting for MAPFRE on the €550m acquisition of Direct Line’s German and Italian insurance businesses. On the energy and infrastructure side, practice head Ben Higson advised Mitsubishi Heavy Industries on its joint venture with Hitachi and Siemens, and ‘precise professional’ Steven Bryan assisted MOL with three significant upstream transactions. Daniel Simons joined from Travers Smith LLP.

[back to top]

Private equity: transactions
Private equity: transactions: Large-cap deal capability - ranked: tier 5

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Private equity: transactions: mid-cap deal capability - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP is ‘very commercial, responsive, and up to date with market practice’. The firm has a strong mid-market showing, where it advises an impressive client roster including Pamplona and Inflexion Private Equity. The firm also handles larger transactions for clients such as Investindustrial. Practice head Tom Whelan has ‘a holistic view of the private equity industry’, and is ‘adaptable and always available’. Amit Nayyar is a ‘supremely smart and dedicated lawyer’. The firm’s offering was bolstered by the 2014 arrival of Ed Harris from King & Wood Mallesons, and the 2015 promotion of the ‘hardworking, conscientious and commercial’ Robert Darwin.

[back to top]

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s recently promoted of counsel Lee Squires, a ‘proactive and very approachable lawyer’, is the key contact for VAT and indirect tax, following the departure of Michael Conlon QC to the Bar. Clients include Aimia, Lloyds Banking Group and John Lewis.

[back to top]

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Corporate crime (including fraud, bribery and corruption)
Corporate crime (including fraud, bribery and corruption) - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s practice, headed by Crispin Rapinet, continued to advise on headline investigations and compliance issues. Consultant Jeremy Cole is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Crispin Rapinet - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Jeremy Cole - Hogan Lovells International LLP

[back to top]

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s cross-disciplinary department is headed by Crispin Rapinet. The highly recommended Chris Hardman led the team acting for Ukrainian billionaire Victor Pinchuk in a $1bn-$2bn CIS dispute. Other clients include BTA Bank and Standard Chartered Bank.

Leading individuals

Chris Hardman - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Jeremy Cole - Hogan Lovells International LLP

[back to top]

London: Dispute resolution

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP continues to receive first-class instructions from existing financial institution clients, and to win work from new clients in the financial services sector. The practice continued to defend one of the UK’s biggest banks against claims regarding the sale of interest rate derivative products. Jon Holland handles significant and hugely sensitive matters for core firm clients; Ailbhe Edgar has substantial experience of handling major litigation involving financial institution clients and the coordination of litigation alongside regulatory enforcement action. Other key advisers include Neil Mirchandani, Andrea Monks, Philip Parish and Alex Sciannaca.

Leading individuals

Ailbhe Edgar - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Andrea Monks - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Jon Holland - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Philip Parish - Hogan Lovells International LLP

[back to top]

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

A go-to firm for Russian and CIS litigation, Hogan Lovells International LLP also stands out for high-profile regulatory investigations that have a global economic impact, and for challenging consumer law claims. The ‘truly pre-eminent disputes group’ acted for the claimant in proceedings concerning a Ukrainian iron ore mining company’s ownership. Michael Davison and Neil Mirchandani are ‘phenomenal’. Pensions litigation expert Angela Dimsdale Gill, contentious regulatory specialist Ailbhe Edgar, and Chris Hardman are also highly recommended. Other names of note include Richard Lewis (recommended for CIS-related disputes); Hugh Lyons (for contentious insolvency fraud and commercial disputes); Andrea Monks (specialises in Commercial Court litigation for banks and contentious regulatory investigations; and John Tillman (for insolvency and distressed situations-related cases). Jon Holland, Alex Sciannaca and John Meltzer are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Chris Hardman - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Richard Lewis - Hogan Lovells International LLP

[back to top]

Competition litigation
Competition litigation - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s highlights include acting for Korean Airlines in the air cargo cartel proceedings, representing Mersen in those regarding the carbon and graphite cartel, and assisting Alstom in those regarding the gas insulated switchgear cartel. The ‘excellent, top-notch’ practice assists with competition damages and regulatory litigation, and includes the ‘superb and extremely knowledgeable’ department head Nicholas Heaton; the ‘conscientious and commercial’ Suyong Kim; and ‘superb’ of counsel Paul Chaplin.

Leading individuals

Nicholas Heaton - Hogan Lovells International LLP

[back to top]

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘incredibly smart individuals’ acted in a United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) arbitration. Michael Davison is ‘incredibly skilled’, Kieron O’Callaghan is ‘superb technically’, and Julianne Hughes-Jennett is ‘a quality operator’. Other key names include Markus Burgstaller, Tony Marshall, Roberta Downey, Rupert Sydenham and John Gerszt. Former co-international arbitration head Simon Nesbitt QC left for Maitland Chambers.

Leading individuals

Kieron O’Callaghan - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Michael Davison - Hogan Lovells International LLP

[back to top]

Mediators
Mediators - ranked: tier 4

Patrick Sherrington - Hogan Lovells International LLP

[back to top]

Public international law
Public international law - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s Michael Davison is recommended for investment treaty cases, advising both states and investors. Markus Burgstaller acted for an investor in an arbitration against the Kingdom of Thailand under a bilateral investment treaty (BIT).

Leading individuals

Markus Burgstaller - Hogan Lovells International LLP

[back to top]

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s team, led by Rupert Shiers, acted on a number of novel and high-profile tax disputes. Shiers advised Ensco on a judicial review challenge to the enforceability of limits to tax reliefs available to UK North Sea oil and gas drilling companies; and represented British American Tobacco on a tax penalty challenge against HMRC relating to tobacco smuggling.

[back to top]

London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Headed by the ‘impressive’ Penny Angell, Hogan Lovells International LLP’s six-partner team is ‘one of the top firms for mid-market leveraged finance transactions’ on behalf of a mix of lenders, credit funds and private equity sponsors, including Lloyds, Barclays and Actis. The ‘pragmatic’ Paul Mullen is particularly accomplished in the unitranche space, and advised Ares Management across a range of mandates, including the unitranche financing of the acquisition of Open GI by Montagu Private Equity. Jo Robinson has ‘excellent knowledge of current market trends’, and as well as being involved in many of the Ares deals, also advised on the £725m financing for Bestway’s acquisition of The Co-op Pharmacy. The ‘excellent’ Matthew Cottis is recommended.

Leading individuals

Matthew Cottis - Hogan Lovells International LLP

[back to top]

Asset finance and leasing
Asset finance and leasing - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Able to bring in support from the firm’s broader finance and corporate teams, and co-headed by Robin Hallam and Robert Fugard, Hogan Lovells International LLP’s four-partner team acts for an eclectic array of stakeholders, including operators, financiers, lessors and equipment manufacturers, across the spectrum of asset classes. The team is able to leverage the firm’s international network, and in cooperation with the US office, Fugard acted for Norwegian Air Shuttle on its bond issuance in order to finance 15 new Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Simon Gwynne is often involved in rail deals, and acted for the Department for Transport (DfT) on the procurement and financing of Hitachi trains for the East Coast network.

Leading individuals

Simon Gwynne - Hogan Lovells International LLP

[back to top]

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP is ‘exceptional, a standout firm for complex deals, especially in the insurance sector, where it is as good as the Magic Circle’. ‘First-class lawyers’ Matthew Cottis, who advised Commerzbank on a £900m deal to refinance Phoenix Group, Penny Angell, and ‘clearly talented’ of counsel Angus Gill are all ‘very commercial and well organised’. Colin Craik represented ITV in a £525m working capital facility. Gary Hamp returned from Hong Kong.

Leading individuals

Matthew Cottis - Hogan Lovells International LLP

[back to top]

Commodities: derivatives
Commodities: derivatives - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP has an enviable client list that includes Gazprom, GDF Suez, Mercuria Energy Trading and Noble. The team advised BTG Pactual on all power, gas and carbon trading activities, working with of counsel Elisabeth Blunsdon. Of counsel Neil Kurzon advised BNP Paribas regarding OTC and exchange-traded derivatives. Energy and commodities partner Matthew Williams and of counsel Edward Humphries both left for Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP.

[back to top]

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Headed by Stephen Foster, Hogan Lovells International LLP’s six-partner team provides ‘commercial advice’ to creditors including Lloyds, Citi and Bank of Ireland. ‘Exceptionally bright and wise beyond his years’, Tom Astle has been at the forefront of some of the group’s most impressive instructions, including advising Mizuho as agent and security trustee on APCOA’s $885m restructuring, and representing Bank of America as a provider of €100m of new money to aid the restructuring of Autobar. Deborah Gregory has ‘great industry knowledge’, and is a key member of a team that also includes Paul McLoughlin, who has successfully built up the firm’s distressed loan portfolio practice.

Leading individuals

Deborah Gregory - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Stephen Foster - Hogan Lovells International LLP

[back to top]

Debt capital markets
Debt capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP is ‘very responsive and available, with good business acumen’. Andrew Carey, who returned from Singapore, advised issuer African Export-Import Bank on a $500m issue under its EMTN programme, and acted for Deutsche Trustee Company in a $547m bond restructuring in India. Julian Craughan represented FCE Bank in a €650m EMTN offering. Leading trustee lawyer Kit Johnson has built a ‘very successful trustee practice with a broad client base’.

Leading individuals

Andrew Carey - Hogan Lovells International LLP

[back to top]

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

The ‘simply outstandingHogan Lovells International LLP provides ‘quality work from lawyers who are strong in their field’. Partners who are ‘commercially very sound, and willing to invest in client relationships’ include David Hudd, who ‘runs an excellent team and stays personally involved’; the ‘helpful and responsive’ James Doyle, who is ‘the market leader for ECA wraps’; and Kit Johnson, who has a market-leading trustee practice. Hudd advised BNP Paribas on the €20bn SecurAsset structured products and equity derivatives platform. Doyle acted for Reinsurance Group of America on a €12bn longevity swap deal.

Leading individuals

David Hudd - Hogan Lovells International LLP

James Doyle - Hogan Lovells International LLP

[back to top]

Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

At Hogan Lovells International LLP, Andrew Carey represented Deutsche Trustee Company on India’s largest-ever bond restructuring, which involved Suzlon Energy’s $547m of convertible bonds. Export finance specialist David Leggott advised Société Générale on a $155m facility for Trans-Oil. Adrian Walker is recommended for mining and nuclear power projects, and Richard Tyler for oil, gas and LNG projects. Andrew Gamble, now a consultant, represented Afreximbank on a $680m reserve-based lending facility.

Leading individuals

Andrew Carey - Hogan Lovells International LLP

[back to top]

Islamic finance
Islamic finance - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s Dubai-based practice head Rahail Ali, a structured finance and capital markets expert, ‘stands out as a deal facilitator’. Also in Dubai, Rustum Shah is ‘an exceptional asset finance lawyer’, whose knowledge of the London real estate market is particularly noteworthy. In London, senior associate Faraz Naqvi is recommended, with the firm’s aviation and shipping lawyers also active in the space. Clients include Arab Banking Corporation and Tufton Oceanic.

Leading individuals

Rahail Ali - Hogan Lovells International LLP

[back to top]

Overview

Ashurst and Hogan Lovells International LLP’s strong ties with the alternative lender community have ensured that both firms remain at the forefront of the maturing unitranche market, which remains popular with companies requiring more leverage than banks are prepared to provide, but are too small to issue on the debt market. In addition to its deep penetration with credit funds, Ashurst’s longstanding ties with private equity sponsors and some banks ensure that it picks up a raft of new money deals, and matters that require restructuring. Other high-ranking firms include Baker & McKenzie LLP, for emerging markets and bank lending; Dentons, for trade finance and asset finance; and Simmons & Simmons, for derivatives and trade finance. Clyde & Co LLP, Hill Dickinson LLP, Holman Fenwick Willan, Ince & Co, Reed Smith LLP and the newly promoted Stephenson Harwood make up the top tier of the commodities (physicals) ranking, a practice area that relies heavily on a strong complementary shipping group.

[back to top]

Securitisation
Securitisation - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP is ‘a credible alternative to the Magic Circle’. The ‘responsive and proactive’ Julian Craughan, who has ‘good knowledge of EU regulation and market developments’, represented Volkswagen Financial Services on a £1.2bn automotive receivables securitisation. Highlights for Tauhid Ijaz include advising a UK bank on the restructuring of Punch Taverns’ structured debt portfolio. ‘Commercial and knowledgeable’ US partner Dennis Dillon advised Lloyds Bank on a £178m RMBS backed by UK buy-to-let mortgages. Leading trustee adviser Kit Johnson and ‘technically excellent’ of counsel Marc Mouton are recommended.

Leading individuals

Julian Craughan - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Tauhid Ijaz - Hogan Lovells International LLP

[back to top]

Trade finance
Trade finance - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLPcomes to the fore on technical matters, and has a dedicated trade finance team’ in David Leggott and Andrew Taylor. Leggott represented Société Générale on a $155m pre-export finance facility to support Trans-Oil Group’s commodity purchases in Moldova. Taylor’s clients include Mizuho Bank. Andrew Gamble, who retired from the partnership but acts as a consultant, advised Afreximbank on a $680m reserve-based lending facility.

Leading individuals

Andrew Taylor - Hogan Lovells International LLP

David Leggott - Hogan Lovells International LLP

[back to top]

London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Louise Whitewright at Hogan Lovells International LLP is widely respected and has an international practice, acting for SABMiller on a variety of issues in the UK and globally, including the operation of a cash incentive plan in China. Corporate support work included acting for Jimmy Choo on the share plan implications of its £546m IPO.

Leading individuals

Louise Whitewright - Hogan Lovells International LLP

[back to top]

Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP has a strong reputation representing clients at employment tribunals, and department head Elizabeth Slattery is commended for her ‘good judgement and great experience’. Ed Bowyer worked in partnership with My Family Care on a thought-leadership project pertaining to shared parental leave regulations. Bowyer is ‘very commercial and knows his stuff’. The firm continues to advise on team poaching and restrictive covenants.

[back to top]

Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP is highly regarded for its ‘high-end’ cross-border work, and advised BHP Billiton on the issues arising from a fatal helicopter crash in Angola, which included representing the client in the resulting inquest. Consultant Gary Cassidy is ‘outstanding’ and ‘super smart’. Cassidy and Louise Moore lead the team.

[back to top]

Pensions
Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Pensions: non-contentious - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP acts for some of the largest pension schemes in the industry in both a contentious and non-contentious capacity, such as BT Pensions Scheme Trustees, which the firm advised on the largest longevity insurance transaction in the UK at £16bn. The team is ‘sharp and commercially minded, with bright principals’, including new department head Katie Banks, who has ‘brilliant ability’; Duncan Buchanan, who ‘offers pragmatic solutions’; and ‘tough negotiator’ Claire Southern. The firm shines in the contentious arena, where Angela Dimsdale Gill and Nicholas Heaton are ‘possibly the best’, with ‘technical savvy’ and ‘exceptional’ client care. Industry leader and former department head Jane Samsworth has retired.

Leading individuals

Angela Dimsdale Gill - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Duncan Buchanan - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Katie Banks - Hogan Lovells International LLP

[back to top]

London: Insurance

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP provides ‘well-thought-out advice and knows when to contact its offices around the world’. The group’s wide-ranging expertise includes coverage and contractual disputes, economic and trade sanctions, and D&O claims. Department head Nick Atkins has successfully acted on coverage and negligence actions involving brokers and TPAs, and Jamie Rogers provides ‘clear written advice, knows when to seek input from the USA on sanctions, and has strong commercial knowledge’. Senior associate Dan Screene is also recommended. Highlights include acting for the Federal Mogul Asbestos Personal Injury Trust in a £500m Court of Appeal hearing concerning policy interpretation.

Leading individuals

Nick Atkins - Hogan Lovells International LLP

[back to top]

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP provides ‘the highest quality advice’; the group is commended for its ‘deep knowledge of insurance matters’. The firm’s loyal clients include a range of insurers and reinsurers, Lloyd’s participants, banks and intermediaries. The team is also noted for its cross-border expertise. Charles Rix advised MAPRFE on its €550m acquisition of Direct Line Germany and Direct Line Italy, Steven McEwan acted for Hamilton in its acquisition of Sportscover and Kinetic, and practice head Tim Goggin advised Hannover Re on its conversion and re-domestication to Germany. Victor Fornasier and Helen Chapman are also key figures.

Leading individuals

Charles Rix - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Steven McEwan - Hogan Lovells International LLP

[back to top]

Insurance: insolvency and restructuring
Insurance: insolvency and restructuring - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP has ‘unrivalled industry knowledge, and the advice is always to the point’. Department head Joe Bannister is ‘a star, with a great sense of humour when the going gets tough’. Key highlights include advising Orion on the continuing implementation of a scheme of arrangement. Bannister and Nick Atkins acted Federal Mogul Trust in a Court of Appeal hearing against Federal-Mogul.

Leading individuals

Joe Bannister - Hogan Lovells International LLP

[back to top]

Product liability: defendant
Product liability: defendant - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

The ‘ExcellentHogan Lovells International LLP is a heavyweight in the field, combining deep sector expertise with unrivalled breadth of practice on a global scale. Both department head John Meltzer and Rod Freeman are widely respected, supported by litigator Ruth Grant. The stellar client list includes Apple, Sony, Airbus and British American Tobacco. A headline caseload includes PIP breast implants defending TÜV Rheinland; representing Merck in the Vioxx litigation in multiple jurisdictions; and defending Vodafone in claims relating to alleged radiofrequency radiation exposure.

Leading individuals

John Meltzer - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Rod Freeman - Hogan Lovells International LLP

[back to top]

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP delivers ‘prompt and comprehensive technical advice’, and has expertise in financial, property, and pensions-related disputes, and those involving lawyers or law firms. Led by the ‘technically brilliant’ Nicholas Heaton, the team’s clients include CC Trading and Willis Group Holdings. Angela Dimsdale Gill is ‘very experienced’.

Leading individuals

Angela Dimsdale Gill - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Nicholas Heaton - Hogan Lovells International LLP

[back to top]

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 advised the Department for Transport on Phase 2 of the £7.2bn Intercity Express programme, and continues to act as sole project counsel to the Shah Deniz consortium (including BP, Socar and Lukoil). Andrew Briggs ‘has deep knowledge of PFI and PPP structures’; Simon Gwynne ‘has excellent experience of rolling stock transactions’; and Charles Ford is ‘superb on complex contracts’. Other key members of Adrian Walker’s group include Philip Brown and Andrew Gallagher.

Leading individuals

Andrew Briggs - Hogan Lovells International LLP

[back to top]

Mining and minerals
Mining and minerals - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP advised Rio Tinto on the development of the multibillion-dollar Simandou iron ore project, and was active on a range of contentious matters, including a dispute arising from a long-term contract to supply aluminium in Africa. Adrian Walker is the key contact.

[back to top]

Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s team ‘has huge industry experience’. David Levin and Steven Bryan are ‘the engines of the natural resource practice’, with Levin recommended for ‘joint ventures, farm-ins and farm-outs’, and Bryan for oil and gas M&A. The firm negotiated operational agreements for gas sales in Italy, Greece and Turkey as part of its longstanding advice to the Shah Deniz Consortium, and advised MOL on a series of strategic North Sea acquisitions, including the $130m purchase of six licences from Premier Oil. Richard Tyler, international arbitration partner Julianne Hughes-Jennett, and of counsel Elisabeth Blunsdon are also recommended. Former team head Matthew Williams left for Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP.

[back to top]

Power (including electricity nuclear and renewables)
Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP advised on some of the largest power deals of 2014, but saw the departures of former team head Matthew Williams and John Deacon, both to Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP. Adrian Walker is the key contact for the practice, which has a reputation for acting in first-of-a-kind, precedent-setting projects. Clients include Alstom, SunEdison and the EIB.

Leading individuals

[back to top]

London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

The ‘superbHogan Lovells International LLP’s credentials in major, commercial judicial reviews are evidenced by its role advising all the claimants (Enesco, Prospector Offshore Drilling and Rowan Companies) in a challenge to new tax measures affecting international drilling groups operating in the UK North Sea. Other notable clients include Fujitsu, British American Tobacco and Uber. Practice head Paul Dacam is ‘experienced, knowledgeable, and reassuring when steering clients through choppy waters’, Julia Marlow attracts praise for her ‘insightful advice and user-friendly style’, and Charles Brasted, who was promoted to partner in 2014, provides ‘invaluable assistance’.

Leading individuals

Paul Dacam - Hogan Lovells International LLP

[back to top]

Public affairs
Public affairs - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘market-leading team’ is the ‘first port of call for blue chip clients’. The practice continue to advise British American Tobacco on plain packaging and EU control measures. Head Paul Dacam is ‘highly pragmatic and experienced’, and Charles Brasted is ‘invaluable’.

Leading individuals

Paul Dacam - Hogan Lovells International LLP

[back to top]

London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP advised longstanding client M&G on the £300m purchase of 500,000 square feet of Manchester office space. It also acted for Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan on a joint venture, earmarking £250m for the redevelopment of Creechurch Place, London. Nicholas Cheffings is able to ‘resolve seemingly intractable issues’; Dion Panambalana has ‘excellent negotiation skills’; and senior associate Simon Keen is ‘a safe pair of hands’. The practice is headed by Jackie Newstead. Gill McGreevy and Daniel Norris handled notably large deals.

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

[back to top]

Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

The ‘unflappable and personable’ Gillian Thomas has charge of non-contentious work at Hogan Lovells International LLP, where the practice continues to focus on high-value domestic and international projects. Thomas advised Paradise Circus on the initial phase of development for the Paradise Circus development in Birmingham. On the contentious side, John Gerszt’s team includes Tony Marshall and Rupert Sydenham, who win praise for their ‘good analytical skills’, and solicitor-advocate Roberta Downey.

[back to top]

Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP acted for the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria when 15,000 fishermen and farmers sought relief pursuant to two oil spills in the Niger Delta in 2008. The non-contentious practice is equally strong, and the team has ‘good knowledge of the industry’s rules and regulations’. Its clients include BHP Billiton, GE, Jacobs, and Nike. Louise Moore heads the team.

Leading individuals

Christopher Norton - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Louise Moore - Hogan Lovells International LLP

[back to top]

Overview

The property finance market was very active, with a continued influx of REITs from the US and a higher number of joint ventures, particularly in development financing. Healthcare assets and student accommodation constitute increasingly desirable asset classes. Although the major banks are slowly becoming amenable to financing large projects following the credit crunch, alternative lenders – including pension funds, debt funds, insurers and foreign lenders – continue to proliferate. Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and Hogan Lovells International LLP performed so impressively that they merited a tier promotion.

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s property litigators also performed strongly, as did those of Mishcon de Reya, both of which garnered a top-tier ranking. Practitioners are also increasingly involved in site clearance work and rights of light.

[back to top]

Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLPhas a strong, experienced and responsive team’. It acted for Bishopsgate Goodsyard Regeneration on a planning application to redevelop one of Central London’s most important and strategic sites. The ‘knowledgeable team head’ Michael Gallimore is ‘a good leader and team player’ and Claire Dutch is ‘among the top planning lawyers in the country’. Victoria du Croz was promoted to of counsel in 2015; Du Croz is ‘enthusiastic, responsive and tenacious’.

Leading individuals

Claire Dutch - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Michael Gallimore - Hogan Lovells International LLP

[back to top]

Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Building on two partner hires from Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP and seven new associates joining the team, the practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP has been involved in various large mandates, including advising a Guernsey-based fund on its borrowing of a £350m secured revolving facility to refinance a UK real estate portfolio. It is ‘a go-to firm for complex situations’. Partner Andrew Flemming is ‘excellent on corporate matters’, and is ‘available at all times’. The team is led by Andrew Welbourn.

Leading individuals

Andrew Flemming - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Andrew Welbourn - Hogan Lovells International LLP

[back to top]

Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP is ‘exceptionally responsive’ and ‘is the firm of choice for complex litigation’. The department is also praised for its ‘fast response times’, and as being ‘user-friendly, commercially wise and fairly priced’. Nicholas Cheffings is ‘excellent’ and an ‘outstanding lawyer’, renowned for his rent review expertise. Mathew Ditchburn and Paul Tonkin are also recommended. Clients include KPMG, which the firm advised as liquidators of the Peacocks group.

Leading individuals

Mathew Ditchburn - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Nicholas Cheffings - Hogan Lovells International LLP

[back to top]

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP displays ‘technical expertise, business acumen and industry knowledge’. Highlights for the ‘very proactive’ Richard Welfare included assisting Belstaff with the renewal of its endorsement and brand ambassador agreement with David Beckham, and advising Mars on various sponsorship and marketing activities. The firm handles the trade mark portfolios of numerous high-profile clients and regularly advises on litigation. Sahira Khwaja is recommended for trade mark work.

[back to top]

Data protection
Data protection - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP has an ‘excellent leader’ in Eduardo Ustaran, who is ‘extremely knowledgeable and entrepreneurial in his thinking’. Ustaran conducted a review of Uber’s data protection practices and advised Verizon on Binding Corporate Rules (BCRs), besides assisting HSBC and the Government of Bermuda. Mark Taylor acted for Vodafone in publishing a transparency report.

[back to top]

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s practice head Mark Taylor advised Vodafone on the preparation of its first law enforcement disclosure report. Fujitsu, HTC and Standard Chartered are also clients of the firm, which handles disputes, outsourcing projects, and cybersecurity issues.

[back to top]

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘young, progressive and dynamic’ team represents some very high-profile technology and pharmaceutical clients. ‘Mobile phones expert’ Paul Brown is acting for BlackBerry in a dispute with Rosetta Wireless and ‘commercial and strategic’ practice head Stephen Bennett acts for Merck & Co in an action against traders importing its asthma treatment from Eastern Europe. The ‘excellent’ Daniel Brook is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Stephen Bennett - Hogan Lovells International LLP

[back to top]

Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Leveraging from its global capability, Hogan Lovells International LLP advises on big-ticket deals for a wide array of clients including 21st Century Fox, the BBC and The Walt Disney Company. The team was boosted by the recruitment of the highly regarded Don McGown and Eduardo Ustaran, who joined from Allen & Overy LLP and Fieldfisher respectively in 2014. Practice head Peter Watts and Penelope Thornton are the main contacts.

[back to top]

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP advises clients including Merck & Co, Johnson & Johnson, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Baxter on a wide range of matters, including corporate, regulatory and product liability issues, and patent and trade mark litigation. The team represented Eli Lilly before the High Court regarding a generic attack on its oncology product Alimta. The names to note are IP expert Stephen Bennett, corporate partner Tom Brassington, litigator John Meltzer, and commercial and regulatory partner Andrew Skipper.

[back to top]

Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

The ‘technically excellent’ team at Hogan Lovells International LLP has expertise in disability sport matters, where clients include Sport England and GB Boccia. The firm is sole legal adviser for the British Paralympic Association. Richard Welfare, of counsel Penny Powell and Paul Joukador co-lead the practice.

[back to top]

London: Transport

Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

With ‘strong commercial industry and infrastructure knowledge’, Hogan Lovells International LLP’s rail team provides ‘swift responses’ and a ‘personable approach’. It advised the DfT on the Intercity Express Programme (IEP), and was instructed by lenders in connection with the Nottingham Express Transit, Phase 2 PFI Project (NET2). Alstom, Vinci, Irish Rail and Tube Lines are clients. Andrew Briggs ‘has a commercial and approachable style’, and Simon Gwynne is ‘first rate’. Adrian Walker and of counsel Charles Ford are also noted.

Leading individuals

Andrew Briggs - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Simon Gwynne - Hogan Lovells International LLP

[back to top]


Further information on Hogan Lovells US LLP

Please choose from this list to view details of what we say about Hogan Lovells US LLP in other jurisdictions.

United Arab Emirates

Offices in Dubai

Belgium

Offices in Brussels

China

Offices in Beijing, Beijing, and Shanghai

Croatia

Offices in Zagreb

Germany

Offices in Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, and Hamburg

Spain

Offices in Madrid and Alicante

France

Offices in Paris and Paris

Hong Kong

Offices in Hong Kong

Hungary

Offices in Budapest

Indonesia

Latin America: International firms

India

Italy

Offices in Milan and Rome

Japan

Offices in Tokyo

London

Offices in London

Luxembourg

Offices in Luxembourg

Mongolia

Offices in Ulaanbaatar

Mexico

Offices in Mexico City and Monterrey

Netherlands

Offices in Amsterdam

Poland

Offices in Warsaw

Qatar

Russia

Offices in Moscow

South Africa

Offices in Johannesburg

Singapore

Offices in Singapore

Saudi Arabia

Offices in Riyadh and Jeddah

United States

Offices in Los Angeles, Northern Virginia, Denver, Colorado Springs, Baltimore, Washington DC, Chicago, Boulder, Miami, New York, Houston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley

Venezuela

Offices in Caracas

Vietnam

Offices in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi

Legal Developments by:
Hogan Lovells US LLP

  • Hong Kong Enacts Competition Law

    After years of debate, on 14 June 2012 and in its last days of office, the Legislative Council finally enacted Hong Kong’s first cross- sector competition law.
    - Hogan Lovells

Legal Developments in the UK

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to