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Hogan Lovells International LLP

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London: Corporate and commercial

Within Commercial contracts, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a second tier firm,

Hogan Lovells International LLP ‘remains the best in the area of complex general commercial contracting' and is a firm of choice for large-scale, cross-border projects. Highlights included advising longstanding client Trinity Mirror on its UK-wide distribution deals, and acting for Johnson & Johnson on the re-tendering of media planning and buying services across the EMEA region. Peter Watts leads the team, which includes Andrew Skipper, who is ‘the master of the practical contract'.

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Within Corporate tax, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a third tier firm,

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘team of experts provides advice that is tuned to clients ’ needs and market relevant'. Practice head Karen Hughes, praised for her ‘clear technical analysis', advised the Trustees of the Kodak Pension Plan on a $650m business acquisition, a particularly complex transaction. Kevin Ashman and real estate expert Philip Gershuny are also recommended.

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Within Equity capital markets, tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP draws praise for its ‘good client focus and transparent billing'. UK head Maegen Morrison, with European co-head John Basnage providing US advice, acted for Canaccord Genuity and Jefferies International as joint sponsors and bookrunners on the £300m IPO of The Renewables Infrastructure Group. Clients also include Renaissance Capital, Coal of Africa and Shaftesbury.

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Within EU and competition, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a second tier firm,

A ‘very good firm', Hogan Lovells International LLP ‘brings a clear strategic and commercial focus'. Its expertise in merger control is illustrated by it being chosen by Liberty Global to advise on merger clearance from the European Commission on its acquisition of Virgin Media. It is also a popular choice for clients in sensitive investigations. Suyong Kim is ‘very astute', and Susan Bright provides ‘sound and exceptionally considered advice'. Christopher Hutton has an ‘excellent technical mind and commercial sensibilities'.

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Within Financial services, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a second tier firm,

Hogan Lovells International LLP provides ‘pragmatic advice' to clients from across the waterfront of the industry on a standalone basis, in addition to acting alongside the firm’s M&A team to advise on the regulatory aspects of transactions within the industry. Rachel Kent heads the non-contentious offering and recently led the firm’s role in providing regulatory advice to the Lloyds Banking Group on the £650m sale of Scottish Widows Investment Partnership to Aberdeen Asset Management. The ‘pragmatic and commercial' Philip Parish co-heads the contentious arm of the group along with Ailbhe Edgar, and has overseen a practice which has been actively involved in many of the most significant investigations handled by the regulators including LIBOR (where it worked very closely with the US team) and more recently FOREX. Other recommended partners include the ‘client-focused and knowledgeable Jon Holland, Dominic Hill, and Roger Tym, who has an ‘expert industry knowledge of mortgage lending'.

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Within Investment funds, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a second tier firm,

Hogan Lovells International LLP is ‘excellent in all material areas, has strength-in-depth, and is able to provide first-class tax and property advice as and when necessary'. Practice head Nicholas Holman, property funds specialist James McDonald and private funds specialist Erik Jamieson are all recommended. Clients include Scottish Widows, Prudential and Lloyds Banking Group; Holman advised the latter on the formation of Lloyds Bank Global Infrastructure Partners.

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Within M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a third tier firm,

Andrew Pearson’s team at Hogan Lovells International LLP had another busy year in the financial services space, with recent highlights including its advice to Lloyds Banking Group on the sale of its interest in Sainsbury’s Bank; Maegen Morrison and John Allison were part of the cross-practice team deployed to represent Lloyds. TMT remains another strong area for the practice, with the arrival of Don McGown from Allen & Overy LLP serving to bolster this capability given his experience in telecoms and media as well as financial services. Other personnel changes included the arrival of Ed Harris in 2013 and the promotion of Keith Woodhouse in 2014.

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Within Private equity: transactions, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a first tier firm,

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘smart and commercial team' attracts praise for its ‘good understanding of the market'. The practice was bolstered on the UK private equity side with the recruitment of Ed Harris from King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin, who brings a strong track record on co-investments, secondary acquisitions and leveraged buyouts for UK sponsors, and the appointment of Tom Whelan as global co-head to replace Alan Greenough, who is due to retire. In an illustration of its energy sector strength, the practice acted for Advent International on the sale of Oxea, a global chemicals manufacturer, to Oman Oil Company. Amit Nayyar is ‘a very astute, intelligent and hardworking lawyer who finds solutions, not problems'

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Within VAT and indirect tax, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a first tier firm,

At Hogan Lovells International LLP, head of indirect tax Michael Conlon QC is lauded for his ‘incredible depth of expertise', having acted on a number of leading cases. Kevin Ashman is recommended on the transactional side. Clients include Lloyds Banking Group, John Lewis and Fidelity.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Within Corporate crime (including fraud, bribery and corruption), Hogan Lovells International LLP is a first tier firm,

Jeremy Cole and Crispin Rapinet’s team at Hogan Lovells International LLP handles multi-jurisdictional investigations and sanctions compliance issues, and benefits from the firm’s international reach.

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Within Fraud: civil, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a first tier firm,

With ‘decades of experience' in the area, the team at Hogan Lovells International LLP includes the ‘vastly experienced' Jeremy Cole, Chris Hardman and dual UK/Canada qualified Cary Kochberg. Recent work includes leading the BTA Bank Kazakhstan litigation, and acting for Otkritie Bank in proceedings relating to an $180m fraud claim against former employees and related parties.

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London: Dispute resolution

Within Banking litigation: investment and retail, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a first tier firm,

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s team is ‘extremely professional'. It acted for one of the country’s biggest banks, defending it against a portfolio of claims concerning the sale of interest rate derivative products to business customers. Jon Holland, Ailbhe Edgar, Chris Hardman, Hugh Lyons, Andrea Monks, and Philip Parish are recommended.

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Within Commercial litigation, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a first tier firm,

Hogan Lovells International LLP ‘amazes with the quality of work it picks up'. The team acted for BTA Bank in fraud proceedings, the bank alleging that its former chairman, assisted by other defendants, effectively stole over $6bn from the bank. Michael Davison and Neil Mirchandani are recommended. Other key contacts include Rod Baker, Angela Dimsdale Gill, Alex Sciannaca, John Tillmann, Richard Lewis and Hugh Lyons.

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Within Competition litigation, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a second tier firm,

Hogan Lovells International LLP is adept at handling both competition damages and regulatory litigation, with recent highlights including its representation of Alstom in claims relating to the gas insulated switchgear (GIS) cartel, and advising Air Canada in investigations and damages claims connected to the air cargo cartel. Praise is levelled at Nicholas Heaton, the ‘measured and calm' Christopher Hutton, and Suyong Kim, who is ‘astute, thoughtful and strategic'.

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Within International arbitration, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a second tier firm,

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s Simon Nesbitt is a recommended adviser, and Kieron O’Callaghan is ‘great to work with'. The practice acted for the Government of Vietnam in an investment treaty claim.

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Within Public international law, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a second tier firm,

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s Simon Nesbitt is ‘an amazing lawyer'. The practice acted for the Government of Mongolia and MonAtom in an arbitration, the dispute concerning an alleged expropriation of licenses for the exploration and exploitation of a uranium mining area. Markus Burgstaller and Michael Davison are highly rated.

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Within Tax litigation and investigations, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a second tier firm,

Hogan Lovells International LLP stands out as a ‘leader in indirect tax litigation' thanks to Michael Conlon QC, whose ‘reputation in the field is second to none'. Rupert Shiers’ arrival in June 2013 bolstered the practice’s direct tax capabilities, and he advised a global regulated business on managing the disclosure of industry-specific tax irregularities.

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London: Finance

Within Acquisition finance, tier 4

‘At the forefront of the unitranche market', Hogan Lovells International LLP has handled a raft of work for longstanding client Ares as well as new clients including BlueBay Asset Management, which it advised on the launch of a unitranche product with Barclays. The team benefits from the firm’s strong banking ties with clients including BNP Paribas, which it recently advised on the financing for Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan’s acquisition of Burton’s Biscuits. Matthew Cottis and Penny Angell take ‘a very sensible approach', and Stuart Brinkworth and Paul Mullen are also recommended.

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Within Asset finance and leasing, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a third tier firm,

Hogan Lovells International LLP takes ‘a proactive and can-do approach', and, with its wide-ranging international resources and strong capabilities in complementary areas such as capital markets and restructuring, is a strong choice for complex and multi-jurisdictional mandates. Led by Robert Fugard and drawing on capital markets expertise in New York and Singapore, the team advised Kuwaiti lessor ALAFCO on its first capital markets exim-backed bond financing of two new Boeing 777-300ER leased to Garuda. Robin Hallam is recommended for his aviation and shipping finance expertise, while the ‘excellent' Simon Gwynne is a leading practitioner on the rail side.

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Within Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a second tier firm,

Hogan Lovells International LLP is ‘an excellent firm, technically competent and highly commercial', with ‘a strong reputation for bank work that goes back decades'. Matthew Cottis advised a banking syndicate on a €1.4bn financing; Andrew Taylor advised pension trustees on a revolving credit facility; and Colin Craik acted for Kingdom Holding Company in relation to the refinancing of London’s Savoy Hotel. Penny Angell is ‘proactive, efficient and incredibly hands-on'.

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Within Commodities: derivatives, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a third tier firm,

Hogan Lovells International LLP provides ‘top-quality advice at a reasonable cost'. Matthew Williams advises Gazprom and GDF Suez on trading activities, and he and Edward Humphries are ‘often first port of call for anything related to commodities, delivering current, knowledgeable and well-rounded advice'. Williams, Humphries and Elisabeth Blunsdon are key advisers to Cargill on energy trading and regulatory matters.

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Within Corporate restructuring and insolvency, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a second tier firm,

Headed by Stephen Foster, Hogan Lovells International LLP ‘combines robust legal advice with a commercial approach'. To add to its traditional strength on the bank side, the group has also successfully moved with the market and picked up instructions from a raft of funds, which are increasingly prominent in restructurings. Paul McLoughlin has ‘first-rate negotiation skills', and has successfully built up the firm’s distressed loan portfolio practice. The ‘very technical' Debbie Gregory has ‘a phenomenal work ethic'.

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Within Debt capital markets, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a third tier firm,

‘A strong choice for issuers', Hogan Lovells International LLP also advises banks including Citigroup. James Doyle advised the lead managers, including Deutsche Bank, on a €400m offering by Maexim Secured Funding; Tauhid Ijaz assisted Afreximbank with establishing a $3bn EMTN programme; and Julian Craughan acted for FCE Bank on €1.6bn in issuance. The ‘professional, prudent and outgoing' Kit Johnson ‘shows deep understanding of trustees'.

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Within Derivatives and structured products, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a third tier firm,

Hogan Lovells International LLP is ‘an excellent firm'. Practice head David Hudd advised BNP Paribas on updating its €20bn SecurAsset structured products programme. James Doyle is instructed by Société Générale in relation to the development of a €75bn securitised warrants platform. Kit Johnson, who stands out for his dedicated trustee practice, advised Bank of New York Mellon as trustee on Lehman Brothers’ $12.5bn secured obligation programme.

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Within Emerging markets, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a second tier firm,

Hogan Lovells International LLP ‘shows true flexibility without compromising on quality'. Practice head Andrew Gamble advised the IFC on a $300m facility to fund Ivory Coast oil imports; David Leggott advised Natixis in relation to $250m pre-export financing for Russian Copper Company; and James Doyle acted for HSBC in relation to a €400m bond issue by Magyar Export-Import Bank. Equity capital markets experts Peter Kohl and John Basnage and projects partner Adrian Walker are also recommended.

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Within Islamic finance, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a first tier firm,

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s highly regarded Middle East based lawyers include practice head Rahail Ali in Dubai and structured finance expert Imran Mufti in Riyadh. Together they advised Saudi conglomerate Al Bayan on its RM200m sukuk, the first issuance by a Saudi corporate issuer of Malaysian ringgit-denominated sukuk. In London, Tauhid Ijaz is recommended for his capital markets work, while Simon Gwynne and Robert Fugard are key contacts for shari’ah-compliant asset finance, particularly in the aviation and shipping sectors.

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Within Securitisation, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a second tier firm,

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘extremely reliable team' provides a ‘very professional service'; clients have ‘great confidence in its advice on structuring complex deals'. The firm is ‘one of the best for auto sector ABS deals', and the ‘efficient and reliable' Julian Craughan recently advised GMAC as originator on a €427m auto receivables deal. The ‘friendly and approachable' Tauhid Ijaz has ‘in-depth legal knowledge and business acumen, takes matters into his own hands and mentors a strong associate team'. Ijaz and leading trustee adviser Kit Johnson advised US Bank Trustees Ltd on a €943m commercial mortgage backed notes issue. Dennis Dillon is also recommended.

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Within Trade finance, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a first tier firm,

Hogan Lovells International LLP is ‘very much at the top of the market', with ‘a dedicated team' including David Leggott, Andrew Taylor and Andrew Gamble. Gamble advised Société Générale and the International Finance Corporation as co-arrangers of a $300m structured trade facility to fund oil imports into Ivory Coast. Leggott advised RBS in relation to $1.5bn of secured prepayment facilities for Trafigura to fund oil deliveries from Rosneft.

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London: Human resources

Within Employee share schemes, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a second tier firm,

Hogan Lovells International LLP ‘possesses rigour, responsiveness, and a first-class legal and commercial imagination'. The firm advised Liberty Global on the share scheme aspects of its £15bn merger with Virgin Media. Clients of Louise Whitewright ‘get tremendous service from her, despite often imposing ridiculously short deadlines at her busiest times'.

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Within Employment: employers and senior executives, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a third tier firm,

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s team of ‘sound commercial lawyers' is ‘able to cover all areas of tricky legal issues in the employment tribunal and the High Court'. Department head Elizabeth Slattery led advice for the administrators of 2e2 on the establishment of an employee representative body to discuss the implications of administration, redundancies and potential transfers. Slattery is an ‘excellent negotiator on employment contracts, especially with regard to hires and separations', and Ed Bowyer is a ‘sound lawyer'.

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Within Health and safety, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a third tier firm,

Hogan Lovells International LLP advises on emergency response, major incidents and criminal investigations and prosecutions. It represented NNB Generation Company, a joint venture of EDF and Centrica, on the safety aspects of a proposed 3.2GW nuclear power station. Louise Moore heads the team, and Gary Cassidy has many years’ experience.

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Within Pensions, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a first tier firm,

Hogan Lovells International LLP is ‘one of the top firms in this practice area' and ‘provides proactive solutions to complex issues'. Clients appreciate the clear, concise and pragmatic advice that ‘addresses the issue rather than giving strict legal theory'. To much acclaim, the firm reached an innovative settlement on behalf of the Trustee of Kodak Pension Plan in its long-running claim against Eastman Kodak Company and Kodak Ltd, led by the ‘technically very good' Katie Banks. Global head Jane Samsworth ‘quickly gets to the root of any issue and offers practical solutions'; Edward Brown is ‘commercial and client-focused'. Litigators Angela Dimsdale Gill and Of Counsel Matthew Bullen are ‘pragmatic, conscientious and speak plain English', and continue to advise the Trustee of the Nortel UK Pension Plan on multi-jurisdictional proceedings.

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London: Insurance

Within Insurance and reinsurance litigation, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a second tier firm,

Hogan Lovells International LLP has ‘renowned insurance expertise'. Highly rated department head Nick Atkins is representing the Federal Mogul Asbestos Personal Injury Trust in an action which will determine how hundreds of thousands of asbestos-related claims will be handled. The firm is also acting for a range of insurance clients, including CV Starr, Inter Hannover and the Institute of London Underwriters. Stuart Hill is experienced in cross-border insurance litigation. Senior associate Jamie Rogers specialises in economic and trade sanctions, and is also recommended.

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Within Insurance: corporate and regulatory, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a first tier firm,

Hogan Lovells International LLP advises clients in a wide range of areas, including distribution, financing, business transfers, reinsurance and regulatory compliance. M&A and reorganisations are particular strengths. Department head Tim Goggin recently acted for Forester Life on its acquisition of The Children’s Mutual; and also advised Caley Limited on the transfer of Barbon’s property and commercial insurance broking business into P&C Limited and the sale of the latter to Arthur J Gallagher. Steven McEwan acted for Enstar on its acquisition of Atrium and affiliated reinsurer Arden Re; and Charles Rix is currently advising Prudential on the domestication of its Hong Kong branch.

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Within Insurance: insolvency and restructuring, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a first tier firm,

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s team is led by Joe Bannister, who is advising the scheme administrators of OIC Run-Off Limited and Overseas Insurance Company on their reserving scheme of arrangement. Alongside Nick Atkins, Bannister is also advising Federal Mogul Trust, which has commenced proceedings against Federal Mogul Limited in relation to the interpretation of asbestos liability policies. Other clients include Deloitte and KPMG.

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Within Product liability: defendant, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a first tier firm,

Hogan Lovells International LLP has a diverse client list indicative of its versatility; it is an ‘excellent' practice, with industry expertise ranging from pharmaceutical and medical devices to food, tobacco, and transport, with the majority of instructions international in nature. Rod Freeman is leading global advice to TÜV Rheinland and affiliated companies regarding claims relating to PIP breast implants. Also widely respected is John Meltzer, who is steering the multi-jurisdictional defence of Merck regarding the withdrawal of the Vioxx drug.

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Within Professional negligence, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a third tier firm,

Led by the ‘extremely knowledgeable' Nicholas Heaton, the ‘impressive' team at Hogan Lovells International LLP has expertise spanning legal, accountancy, property, pensions and insurance. Clients include Barclays Bank, CC Trading Ltd and Willis Group Holdings. Angela Dimsdale Gill is ‘outstanding'.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Within Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP), Hogan Lovells International LLP is a second tier firm,

A large cross-practice team from Hogan Lovells International LLP continues to advise the Shah Deniz Consortium, including BP and Statoil, on the $45bn Shah Deniz Gas Project, one of the world’s largest energy infrastructure projects. Key figures in Adrian Walker’s team, which has a strong presence in secondary markets and counts the Department of Transport and Aeroports de Paris as clients, include Andrew Briggs and Andrew Gallagher.

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Within Mining and minerals, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a third tier firm,

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s impressive experience includes advising Rio Tinto on construction aspects of the development of the Simandou iron ore mine in Guinea. Adrian Walker is a key contact.

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Within Oil and gas, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a second tier firm,

Hogan Lovells International LLP continues to advise the project consortium, including BP and Total, on the expansion of the $45bn Shah Deniz Pipeline project, which will now incorporate the Trans Adriatic PIpeline. Team head Richard Tyler, who has been leading the advice on the Shah Deniz matter, is ‘an excellent draftsman and negotiator with deep gas industry knowledge'; and associate Janet Duff combines ‘a personable style with excellent advice'. Ben Higson and Matthew Williams are the other key contacts.

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Within Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables), Hogan Lovells International LLP is a second tier firm,

Displaying its strong renewables credentials, Hogan Lovells International LLP assisted the lenders to the Blue Transmission consortium, including Macquarie Capital Group, on its successful bid to acquire and operate the offshore transmission link to the 630MW London Array wind farm. Other clients for Matthew Williams’ team include Alstom and EDF, and John Deacon is a highly regarded figure in the renewables space. Adrian Walker, who has impressive nuclear new-build experience, is ‘an exceptional lawyer'.

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London: Public sector

Within Administrative and public law, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a second tier firm,

‘One of the top City public law firms', Hogan Lovells International LLP ‘consistently attracts blue chip clients and high-profile judicial review work', and can ‘produce very high quality work for demanding clients at short notice'. Practice head Paul Dacam ‘combines a deep interest in public law with superb judgement, and is trusted implicitly by his clients'. Charles Brasted, who has a ‘sound strategic mind', was promoted to partner in 2014. Senior associate Jamie Potter left the firm to join Bindmans LLP.

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Within Public affairs, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a first tier firm,

Hogan Lovells International LLP provides ‘well-tailored advice' and is ‘willing to go the extra mile'. The firm continues to advise British American Tobacco on a range of matters, including the UK Government’s policy on plain packaging. Other clients include Everything Everywhere, Fujitsu and Amazon. Paul Dacam heads the team. Charles Brasted, who was promoted to partner in 2014, is also recommended.

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London: Real estate

Within Commercial property, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a first tier firm,

Hogan Lovells International LLP has been increasingly active in corporate occupier work, including advising News Corp on its office relocation to The Place. It also maintains a superb investment practice, and has strength in international hotels and leisure work, recently advising on the £400m acquisition of the InterContinental Hotel. Gill McGreevy is praised for her ‘conviction and resilience', and is part of a team which includes Jackie Newstead, Michael Gallimore, Dion Panambalana and Daniel Norris; they are ‘all excellent'.

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Within Construction, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a second tier firm,

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘dedicated' and ‘incredibly strong' construction team includes John Gerszt and Gillian Thomas, who head the contentious and non-contentious teams respectively. The firm advised King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership on the £2bn King’s Cross Central development, and Alstom, RWE, JGC Corporation and EDF are also clients. Tony Marshall is ‘a real expert'.

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Within Environment, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a second tier firm,

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s team has ‘a strong understanding of technical issues', and is currently representing The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria in the Niger Delta Oil group action. Team head Louise Moore, who joined from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, ‘is a consummate professional, and is able to pick at the salient issues and work them through with knowledge and humour'. Climate change expert Christopher Norton ‘can condense and explain in layman’s terms very technical areas of law'. John Meltzer is recommended for disputes.

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Within Planning, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a second tier firm,

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s practice is ‘top quality'. The team advised Braeburn Estates on the redevelopment of the Shell Centre in London. Michael Gallimore is ‘excellent', and Claire Dutch is highly rated. Senior associate Victoria Du Croz is ‘technically good, approachable and wise'.

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Within Property finance, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a second tier firm,

Hogan Lovells International LLP advised Kingdom Holding Company on the £600m refinancing of London’s Savoy Hotel. Andrew Welbourn (‘an impressive operator with the right combination of tenacity and commerciality') heads the team, which includes ‘extremely thorough' associate Erica Valli and received a significant boost with the arrival of the ‘very highly rated’ Andrew Flemming and Jo Solomon from Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP.

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Within Property litigation, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a second tier firm,

The ‘very effective', ‘cool and calm' Nicholas Cheffings leads the team at Hogan Lovells International LLP, whose ‘overall level of service is high'. Of counsel Dellah Gilbert is ‘clever and able, with a no-nonsense approach', and Mathew Ditchburn is ‘very knowledgeable'. Senior associates Paul Tonkin and Tim Reid, and associate Shanna Davison are also recommended.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Within Brand management, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a second tier firm,

Hogan Lovells International LLP provides ‘strategic pan-European advice on trade mark issues', with Sahira Khwaja leading the UK team. Richard Welfare is ‘commercial, and committed to getting the job done'. He recently advised the British Paralympic Association on corporate sponsorship contracts, and also advised Mars on agreements with the World Wildlife Fund and The Audrey Hepburn Estate and on its sponsorship of the England football team. The practice also advised Rakuten on trade mark and advertising issues regarding its Play.com business. Other clients include Merck, PepsiCo, and Johnson & Johnson.

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Within Data protection, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a second tier firm,

At Hogan Lovells International LLP, consultant Quentin Archer has advised on compliance projects, including cross-border data transfers, and also on EU product launches and subject access requests. Clients include SABMiller, United Health, Mars and Lloyds Banking Group. Eduardo Ustaran, previously of Fieldfisher, is set to join the firm in May 2015 to lead its Europe-wide privacy practice.

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Within Intellectual property, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a second tier firm,

Hogan Lovells International LLP stands out for its patent expertise across a wide range of technologies, and has ‘a good strength of team, with the appropriate mix of senior and junior lawyers'. Its recent caseload includes cross-border disputes for clients such as HTC, Amgen and Lilly. Stephen Bennett is ‘very client friendly and very experienced, and has a “no-nonsense” approach to litigation'. He and Daniel Brook successfully represented the defendant in Schütz v Werit at the Supreme Court, regarding whether replacing a consumable is an act of infringement. Sahira Khwaja advises major brand owners on non-contentious IP matters, while Paul Brown focuses on patent matters in the fields of electronics and medical devices.

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Within IT and telecoms, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a second tier firm,

Hogan Lovells International LLP handles disputes, outsourcing and other technology development matters, and has recently advised on a range of high-value cross-border projects and contentious matters. Clients include Vodafone and Fujitsu. Mark Taylor and consultant Conor Ward are the lead lawyers.

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Within Media and entertainment, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a third tier firm,

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s media and entertainment practice is led jointly by Peter Watts and Suyong Kim. Watts acted for ITV Global Entertainment in relation to the licensing of ITV-produced content for exploitation by UTV, while Kim advised Liberty Global on its acquisition of Virgin Media. The firm also acts for News Corp, the BBC and Cineworld.

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Within Overview,

The law firm market saw some significant lateral moves. Name partner Richard Kemp left Kemp Little LLP to set up Kemp IT Law; data protection lawyer Eduardo Ustaran left Fieldfisher and is set to join Hogan Lovells International LLP; and patent litigator Trevor Cook moved from Bird & Bird LLP to Wilmerhale in New York. Digital media and copyright specialist Theo Savvides joined Bristows LLP from Osborne Clarke; IT and telecoms lawyer Adam Rose moved from Mishcon de Reya to Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP; and IP litigator Hiroshi Sheraton left McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP for Baker & McKenzie LLP.

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Within Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a second tier firm,

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s lead lawyers are patent litigator Stephen Bennett and product liability specialist John Meltzer. The firm acted for Merck in patent infringement proceedings against parallel import traders regarding its blockbuster drug Singulair, which was referred to the CJEU; and continued to act for the client in litigation concerning the market withdrawal of Vioxx. Cross-office matters included representing Amgen against Teva in a patent action regarding the Lonquex product, and acting for Biomet in personal injury claims regarding metal prosthetic hip replacements. The practice also handles commercial and regulatory matters.

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Within Sport, tier 5

At Hogan Lovells International LLP, Richard Welfare recently advised Mars on the renewal of its sponsorship of the England football team. Other clients include Sport England and the British Paralympic Association.

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London: Transport

Within Rail, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a third tier firm,

Led by Andrew Briggs and Simon Gwynne, the team at Hogan Lovells International LLP is noted for its ‘pro-active, can-do approach'. It is advising the Hellenic Republic on the restructuring of its railway sector. Clients also include Alstom, Macquarie, Vinci, EIB, Irish Rail and Tube Lines. Adrian Walker is also recommended.

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Latin America: International firms

Within International arbitration, Hogan Lovells is a third tier firm,

Hogan Lovells’ superb reputation shows no sign of diminishing, following a slew of high-profile instructions, including defending Venezuela in two ICSID and one UNCITRAL claims over alleged illegal expropriations. The scope of the team’s work is wide-ranging, taking in investment treaty and commercial cases alike. Another advantage is its geographical spread, with lawyers on the ground in London, Miami, New York, Houston, Mexico City, Caracas, Paris and Madrid. Headline mandates include defending Pemex Exploración y Producción against attempts to confirm a Mexican ICC award that was subsequently nullified by the Mexican courts; the case is valued at $465m. Other clients include ExxonMobil, Statoil and the AES Corporation. Daniel González and Simon Nesbitt head the team from Miami and London respectively. Elsewhere, Oliver Armas and Edward Schorr in New York, Luis Enrique Graham in Mexico City and Richard Lorenzo in Miami are highly recommended.

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  • 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

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  • Home Office announces extension of support service for SMEs

    An online support service for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) which need to recruit skilled overseas workers has been extended until 28 February 2014. The pilot was launched by UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) in partnership with the Greater London Authority (GLA) and provides a step by step guide to sponsoring an overseas worker. This service is available via the GLA website.
  • Penningtons Manches' immigration team considers new changes to the Tier 4 Sponsor Guidance

    The Home Office has recently published new Tier 4 Sponsor Guidance, version 12/13. This guidance is to be used by all prospective and existing Tier 4 sponsors from 11 December 2013.
  • Finding the 
right words

    In the recent case of Newbury v Sun Microsystems [2013], the defendant argued that an offer to settle proceedings was ‘in principle' only and that a binding contract could not be formed until further terms had been agreed and a formal contract had been signed. It supported this argument by referring to a statement, in the offer letter, that the settlement was to be ‘recorded in a suitably worded agreement'. 

  • Behind the corporate veil: is that all there is?

    That companies have an existence entirely separate to that of their shareholders and directors is a foundational principle of English law and commerce.

  • Playing fair with penalty clauses

    It is often difficult to predict what will be recoverable as damages for breach of contract. To provide some certainty, parties will often seek to agree the sum that will be payable in the event of specified breaches. 

  • Restoring environmental damage: putting a price on ecosystem services

    On 7 August 2009 a 40-inch pipeline ruptured, spilling 5,400 cubic metres of crude oil into the soil and groundwater of La Crau nature reserve in southern France, a habitat protected under French and European law. The operator had to excavate and replace 60,000 tons of soil, install 70 wells to pump and treat groundwater and 25 pumps to skim oil from surface water, at a cost in the region of €50m. However, this was just the primary remediation (that is, restoring the site to the state it would have been if the damage had not occurred). The operator was also required to compensate for the damage to the habitats and the loss of the ecosystem services that would otherwise have been provided by La Crau nature reserve. Measures included purchasing land outside of the nature reserve and contributing to its management for a period of 30 years (over €1m), monitoring the water table for 20 years (over €500,000), monitoring fauna over three years (€150,000) and rehabilitation in accordance with best available ecological techniques (nearly €2m). Overall, the compensatory restoration (to compensate for the amount of time that the ecosystem was impacted) and complimentary restoration (to compensate for elements of the ecosystem that had been permanently lost) came to more than €6.5m. 

  • The role of arbitrators in EU antitrust law

    In May 2014, it will be ten years since Regulation No 1/2003 entered into force. When the legislator of the European Union adopted this Regulation on 16 December 2002, its main objective was to decentralise the enforcement of the two main provisions of EU antitrust law, Articles 81 and 82 of the Treaty establishing the European Community (now Articles 101 and 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU)). Where do the arbitrators fit in this picture?

  • New Immigration Bill, October 2013: cause for concern or appeasing public sentiment?

    The year 2013 has seen a string of reforms to the immigration system by the current coalition government. On 10 October, the government published a Bill aimed at continuing its drive to reduce net migration figures. 

  • New Schengen EU Regulations: impact on short-stay visa visitors

    The publication on 26 June 2013 of the European Union Regulation EU 610/2013 modified the incumbent Regulation EU 562/2006 in relation to third country nationals (ie non-EU citizens) and those travelling on a short-stay visitor visa, as well as those who do not require a visa to enter the Schengen area, Romania, Croatia and Bulgaria. Exceptions include EU and EEA nationals travelling to other EU/EEA states within the Schengen area together with foreign nationals holding either long-stay or residence permits for their destination Schengen countries.

  • New revised guidelines for administrators in pre-pack sales

    Pre-pack sales by administrators are now used frequently enough for most people in business to be aware of them and many have come across them in their business lives. A small amount of controversy still attaches to pre-packs, but it is probably right to say that they are now an accepted part of the UK business scene as a useful means of rescuing a business in difficulty and preserving some or all of the jobs connected with the business.
    - Druces