The Legal 500

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP is ‘up there with the best’ in the commercial contracts arena, and attracts particular praise for its ‘partner-level engagement’. Peter Watts and Helen McGowan acted for Twentieth Century Fox on its sponsorship agreement with Manchester United. Paul Joukador, Richard Welfare and Andrew Skipper are also recommended. Other clients include ITV, SABMiller and Uber. Mark Taylor joined Osborne Clarke in 2015.

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP acted for GE on the sale of its global real estate equity and debt portfolio business, and advised a leading European retailer on the sale of a business in China. Key figures include Karen Hughes, Philip Harle, Philip Gershuny and transfer pricing expert Fabrizio Lolliri.

Leading individuals

Karen Hughes - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Philip Gershuny - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Angus Coulter and Suyong Kim jointly lead Hogan Lovells International LLP’s department, which acts for Alstom, Google and Trinity Mirror, among others, and Ofgem is a recent client win. Known for its work on transactions and investigations, the team advised SABMiller on the merger control elements of its £71bn acquisition by AB InBev. In January 2016, Ciara Kennedy-Loest transferred to London from Brussels, and Paul Castlo was promoted to counsel.

Leading individuals

Susan Bright - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Suyong Kim - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Equity capital markets
Equity capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

In an illustration of Hogan Lovells International LLP’s strength in the mid-market space as well as the fast-growing Fintech sector, the firm advised Paysafe Group on its move from AIM to the premium segment of the Official List. The ECM practice, headed by Maegen Morrison, handles a balanced workload of issuer and underwriter mandates for clients including SABMiller, Numis Capital and J.P. Morgan Cazenove. Dual UK and US-qualified partner John Basnage and Daniel Simons are also recommended.

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Rachel Kent leads Hogan Lovells International LLP’s non-contentious offering and is praised for her ability to provide ‘clear-sighted and well-thought-out advice at a senior overview level’. Emily Reid and Roger Tym are ‘able to tailor advice to practical situations’. Consumer finance and payments specialist Jonathan Chertkow is noted for his ‘ability to communicate complex technical regulation in a commercial context’. The ‘measured and intelligent’ Jon Holland leads the firm’s efforts on the contentious front and has extensive experience in market manipulation matters. Louise Lamb is ‘excellent’ on anti-money laundering (AML) and sanctions matters.

Leading individuals

Philip Parish - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Rachel Kent - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Investment funds
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

Real estate funds - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s varied practice spans a wide range of fund types, including listed funds, real estate funds and private funds. In 2015, Nicholas Holman handled the formation of investment manager Atelier Capital and its Irish student accommodation fund Ziggurat ROI Seed Capital. Holman also advised Aberdeen Asset Management on the launch of its second multi-investment European infrastructure fund. Erik Jamieson, Philip Brown and James McDonald are recommended, along with recently promoted counsel Jeremy Pickles.

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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

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘exemplary’ practice handles ‘incredibly complex and demanding transactions’, and its recent experience mirrors the firm’s strength in TMT, technology, insurance and financial institutions, though it is also active in the energy sector, where Andrew Briggs advised Alstom on the €12.4bn disposal of its energy business to GE. Ben Higson heads the practice, in which Maegen Morrison is highly recommended. The promotion to partner of Richard Diffenthal and John Connell at Hogan Lovells International LLP helped offset the departure of Sarah Atkinson, who is now at Bryan Cave, and of David Levin, who joined Nekton Group.

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘exemplary’ practice handles ‘incredibly complex and demanding transactions’, and its recent experience mirrors the firm’s strength in TMT, technology, insurance and financial institutions, though it is also active in the energy sector, where Andrew Briggs advised Alstom on the €12.4bn disposal of its energy business to GE. Ben Higson heads the practice, in which Maegen Morrison is highly recommended. The promotion to partner of Richard Diffenthal and John Connell at Hogan Lovells International LLP helped offset the departure of Sarah Atkinson, who is now at Bryan Cave, and of David Levin, who joined Nekton Group.

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Private equity: transactions
Private equity: transactions – Large-cap deal capability - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Clients appreciate Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘high level of partner involvement’ in domestic and cross-border transactions. In addition to acting for notable clients such as Vitruvian and Ares Management, it also advises management teams and investee companies. Highlights for Tom Whelan’s team included advising the senior management of Iglo Group on its €2.6bn sale to Nomad Holdings, and assisting Actis with the disposal of its majority stake in Mouka to the Abraaj Group. Whelan ‘brings real market knowledge to the deal’ and Ed Harris ‘gets the job done’, while other names to note are Amit Nayyar, Keith Woodhouse and Robert Darwin. Derek Meilman relocated to London from New York.

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Counsel Lee Squires (who ‘displays a wide knowledge of indirect taxes’) leads Hogan Lovells International LLP’s practice, which acts for a diverse client base including technology companies such as Amazon, financial institutions including Citibank and Prudential, and corporates active in the real estate and consumer sectors.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘world-class team’ includes Crispin Rapinet, Liam Naidoo and Jeremy Cole (‘a powerhouse in the field’). The group has particular expertise in international investigations, and has advised on various trade and economic sanctions recently.

Leading individuals

Crispin Rapinet - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

The ‘particularly impressive’ Crispin Rapinet heads Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘first-rate’ practice. The firm has global expertise and has acted for notable clients such as ENRC and Standard Chartered. Rebecca Wales made partner in 2016.

Leading individuals

Chris Hardman - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP is noted for its ‘superb service’. The practice assisted JSC BTA Bank with policing a freezing order against a defendant fraudster, which marked the first time the Supreme Court had considered the standard form freezing injunction. Standout individuals include the ‘extremely experienced’ Jon Holland, Neil Mirchandani, who is ‘first rate’, the ‘very dedicated’ Andrea Monks, and Alex Sciannaca, who is ‘excellent at motivating a team’. Philip Parish and Whiston Bristow are also highly rated. Ailbhe Edgar left the partnership and Hugh Lyons joined Baker & McKenzie LLP.

Leading individuals

Andrea Monks - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Jon Holland - 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 attracts praise for its ‘superb client-handling skills’. The practice acted for a Ukrainian businessman in proceedings involving ownership of a Ukrainian iron ore mining company. Clients rate the ‘effective’ Neil Mirchandani; ‘standout litigator’ Chris Hardman; Alex Sciannaca (‘great with clients’); and John Tillman, who has ‘an extraordinary intellect’. Also recommended are Angela Dimsdale Gill, Richard Lewis and Michael Davison, as well as John Meltzer and Ivan Shiu.

Leading individuals

Chris Hardman - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Graham Huntley - Signature Litigation LLP

Richard Lewis - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Competition litigation
Competition litigation - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘very strong’ practice successfully defended Ofgem against two appeals before CMA in regards to Ofgem’s price control decisions for the UK’s electricity networks. In another important case, the department represented Air Canada in its landmark appeal against the EC’s decision in its cartel investigation into surcharges for fuel and security costs, as well as related damages claims arising from the investigation. Practice head Nicholas Heaton (‘a truly formidable litigator’) and the ‘excellent’ Suyong Kim acted on the damages cases and the investigation and subsequent appeals, respectively.

Leading individuals

Nicholas Heaton - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP handles the full spectrum of commercial arbitration, public international law (PIL) and project, engineering and construction disputes. The names to note are Michael Davison, Kieron O’Callaghan, Julianne Hughes-Jennett and Markus Burgstaller.

Leading individuals

Kieron O’Callaghan - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Michael Davison - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Mediators
Mediators - ranked: tier 4

Patrick Sherrington - 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 handles disputes for sovereign states, as well as for large and small commercial entities. The team defended the Government of Vietnam against an investment treaty claim brought under the France-Vietnam BIT. Markus Burgstaller is department head and Michael Davison and Julianne Hughes-Jennett are also key names.

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP is singled out for its ‘constant engagement to ensure client needs are addressed’. The tax team acts alongside the firm’s public law group in high-profile cases including the recent challenge to the limit imposed by the Finance Act 2014 on tax reliefs for North Sea UK drilling services companies. Practice head Rupert Shiers is ‘a highly accomplished operator’ with deep expertise. Lee Squires is a key contact for indirect tax disputes.

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 is noted for its ‘strong commercial service underpinned by sound legal skills’. In addition to acting for traditional lenders such as Lloyds, Barclays and HSBC, the practice is a leading player in the direct lending space for core clients including Ares, which it recently advised along with Lloyds Bank on an innovative unitranche and super senior refinancing of Verastar group. Penny Angell is ‘a leader for leveraged finance’ who ‘marries superlative technical knowledge with commercial pragmatism’. Angell heads the practice, which includes Matthew Cottis and Jo Robinson, who have ‘a strong awareness of market trends’; and Paul Mullen, who is recommended for unitranche deals.

Leading individuals

Matthew Cottis - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Led by Robert Fugard, Hogan Lovells International LLP’s four-partner team provides ‘creative and robust’ advice to banks, lessors and operators. It covers the full range of asset classes and, working in concert with firm’s New York office, the team is well placed to advise on more complex debt transactions that are increasingly common on the aviation front. In an illustration of the convergence of the use of New York and English law, Fugard advised Norwegian Air on its private placement governed by New York law (the leasing aspects were governed by UK law) in order to facilitate the financing of six new Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Fugard also advised Vietnam Airlines on its debut $580m financing of four Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft provided by Export-import Bank of the United States. ‘Rolling stock expert’ Simon Gwynne focuses on rail financings and Shalini Bhuchar has been particularly active advising funds and banks on shipping transactions out of Africa.

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 best known for its mid-market leveraged finance expertise, Hogan Lovells International LLP also handles a significant amount of investment grade work for both lenders and borrowers. As part of her wide-ranging practice (which includes general leveraged financings), the ‘commercial and pragmatic’ Penny Angell handles insurance company financings, and recently advised a bank on an unsecured bridge facility to Swiss Re Life Capital for its acquisition of Guardian Holdings Europe. Andrew Taylor is regularly involved in emerging markets mandates and recently acted for Natixis and ING on the provision of a $530m pre-export facility to Uralkali.

Leading individuals

Matthew Cottis - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Commodities: derivatives
Commodities: derivatives - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Notwithstanding the departure of a significant proportion of its team to Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP, Hogan Lovells International LLP still fields several key practitioners in this area. Michael Thomas advised the London Metal Exchange and LME Clear on creating new classes of metal derivatives contracts, while James Doyle advised BNP Paribas on pre-paid forward derivatives in emerging markets.

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP is praised for its ‘ability to manage stakeholders extremely well’, both in a restructuring and formal insolvency setting. Led by the ‘superb’ Stephen Foster, the team is best known for its work for banks including Lloyds, Santander and Bank of America. The ‘excellent’ Paul McLoughlin recently advised GE on the sale and transfer of its European commercial mortgage portfolio, and the ‘dependable and solutions-oriented’ Deborah Gregory recently acted for the syndicate of secured lenders to Caparo Industries. The ‘smart and commercial’ Tom Astle and ‘sincere and bright’ Joe Bannister are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Deborah Gregory - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Stephen Foster - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Debt capital markets
Debt capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Andrew Carey leads Hogan Lovells International LLP’s team, which is noted for its ‘top-notch service’ and ‘wealth of experience’. Carey acted for FCE Bank in EMTN issuances totalling €3.7bn. US law specialist Sylvain Dhennin, who joined from Dentons, advised HNA Group on a complex €1.5bn debt financing for the acquisition of Swissport Group. Kit Johnson specialises in trustee advice and ‘brings years of experience to the table’.

Leading individuals

Andrew Carey - 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 has ‘an excellent, commercial and highly effective practice’. ‘Great structured products lawyer’ James Doyle advised UK Export Finance on the repackaging aspects of its $913m sukuk, and handled a structured EMTN programme for Crédit Agricole. 30-year structured finance veteran David Hudd acted for BNP Paribas on its €20bn secured structured products programme. Kit Johnson has a market-leading trustee practice. The firm also advises the London Metal Exchange.

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

At Hogan Lovells International LLP, ‘responsive, clear’ DCM partner Andrew Carey handled defaulted Russian bonds and African financing deals. Also recommended are export finance partners Andrew Taylor (who advised lenders on Uralkali’s $530m pre-export financing) and David Leggott; project finance and infrastructure expert Adrian Walker, who acted for Rio Tinto on a multibillion-dollar mine, road, rail and port development; and private equity specialist Keith Woodhouse. The firm is gaining market recognition for its growing Africa practice.

Leading individuals

Andrew Carey - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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High yield
High yield - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP recruited European high yield veteran Sylvain Dhennin from Dentons. He advised HNA Group on a €690m issuance for the acquisition of Swissport Group.

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Islamic finance
Islamic finance - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s practice is spread across the firm’s offices in Riyadh, Dubai – where asset finance expert Rustum Shah, team head and structured finance and capital markets expert Rahail Ali, and new recruit Anthony Pallett, who joined from Latham & Watkins LLP, are based – and London, which handles shipping and aviation-related financings. Saudi Hollandi Bank and Pakistan International Airline are clients.

Leading individuals

Rahail Ali - Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

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Securitisation
Securitisation - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP is ‘an excellent firm with a great reputation’. The much-respected Julian Craughan advised Volkswagen Financial Services on its £10bn securitisation programme and the £350m Driver UK deal. Tauhid Ijaz’s highlights included a €150m Irish residential property financing for Deutsche Bank. US-qualified partner Dennis Dillon (who is ‘a first-class securitisation lawyer with strong legal and commercial awareness’) acted for banks in the £600m securitisation of Bibby’s factoring book. Also recommended are Kit Johnson, who counts US Bank Trustees among his clients, and of counsel Marc Mouton, who is ‘commercially and technically brilliant’.

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 is ‘one of the most prominent firms in the market’ and has dedicated trade finance partners in David Leggott and Andrew Taylor, who ‘bring specialist expertise to complex transactions’. Leggott advised Deutsche Bank as lead arranger on a €300m borrowing base facility for nickel alloy producer VDM Group. Taylor’s highlights included acting for the banks on a $530m pre-export facility for potash producer Uralkali. The firm’s strong financial institution client base includes Barclays, Citibank and Natixis.

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 ‘outstanding’ practice is led by Paul Randall, who joined from Ashurst in mid-2016 and took on the role of practice head from Louise Whitewright, who retired in the same year. The department is particularly noted for its ‘excellent international practice, especially with US clients’, and acts for clients including SABMiller, Liberty Global and Virgin Media. ‘Very helpful’ counsel Kiran Khetia is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Paul Randall - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘impressive outfit’ is led by the ‘terrific, experienced and unflappable’ Elizabeth Slattery, and grew in strength in 2016 following the arrival of ‘seasoned practitioner’ Stefan Martin from Mayer Brown International LLP. The department is strong across advisory and transactional matters, and on the contentious side, clients single out Ed Bowyer for his High Court experience; Bowyer is advising AlixPartners as administrators and a syndicate of lenders on the asset sale of the Parabis Group. Further clients include eBay, Honeywell and News Corporation.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

At Hogan Lovells International LLP, consultant Gary Cassidy advises clients on investigations, prosecutions and regulatory compliance. Louise Moore is also recommended.

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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

The ‘knowledgeable and approachable’ Katie Banks leads the non-contentious practice at ‘star firmHogan Lovells International LLP, while ‘queen bee of pensions’ Angela Dimsdale Gill is head of pensions litigation. The ‘first-class team is one of the best all-rounders in the field’ and acts for some of the biggest clients including the trustees of the Nortel Networks UK Pension Plan, which the department is advising in a deficit recovery exercise. Clients single out the ‘technically able’ Duncan Buchanan, Claire Southern, ‘great communicator’ Faye Jarvis, ‘rising star’ Nicholas Heaton and newly promoted Matthew Bullen, who is ‘incredibly hardworking’.

Leading individuals

Angela Dimsdale Gill - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Duncan Buchanan - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Katie Banks - 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 provides ‘a high level of knowledge, considered advice and good availability’, and the group’s expertise includes coverage and contractual disputes, economic and trade sanctions, and D&O claims. Department head Nick Atkins recently acted for Kitty Hawk Insurance Company in a $5.5m claim concerning the operation of interlocking provisions. Atkins is supported by Jamie Rogers, who has ‘a reassuring level of knowledge and industry experience’, and senior associate Dan Screene, who has handled numerous arbitrations and appellate cases.

Leading individuals

Nick Atkins - 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 has ‘an outstanding knowledge of the industry environment and practices’, and provides ‘an excellent service that can accommodate small queries through to more complicated ongoing projects’. Charles Rix and Steven McEwan are advising the Equitable Life Assurance Society on the £375m sale of an annuity business to Canada Life; Nicola Evans is acting for Suramericana on its £403m acquisition of Royal Sun Alliance’s Latin America operations; and practice head Tim Goggin is acting for Syncora Guarantee UK on the Part VII transfer of its business to a newly formed UK branch. Victor Fornasier advises on traditional and non-traditional insurance structures, and Helen Chapman is recommended for regulatory matters.

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 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP has a strong track record advising insurers and reinsurers, Lloyd’s participants, banks and intermediaries on the full range of restructuring matters. Department head Joe Bannister is continuing to assist the administrators with the schemes of arrangement for OIC Run-Off Limited and The London and Overseas Insurance Company. Other notable clients include KPMG, SCOR and Lloyd’s Banking Group. Nick Atkins, Tim Goggin and Charles Rix are also key practitioners.

Leading individuals

Joe Bannister - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘very thorough and responsive’ practice is jointly led by Rod Freeman (who is ‘a font of knowledge on product safety globally’), John Meltzer (who is ‘a very accomplished litigator’) and Ruth Grant. Clients include manufacturers of electrical goods and medical devices, and pharmaceuticals and tobacco companies. Senior associate Valerie Kenyon is also recommended.

Leading individuals

John Meltzer - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Rod Freeman - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP fields a ‘very impressive’ and ‘well-respected’ professional negligence team that is particularly noted for its experience in the legal, accountancy, pensions, property and insurance sectors. ‘Top-notch’ team head Nicholas Heaton ‘can hone in on the most important issues in a case’, and is ably supported by Angela Dimsdale Gill, who is ‘experienced, unflustered, extremely able and an outstanding negotiator’, and Ruth Grant. Senior associate Nathan Sherlock is ‘always completely on top of the case’.

Leading individuals

Angela Dimsdale Gill - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Nicholas Heaton - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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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’s team is headed by Adrian Walker, who is noted for his ‘excellent in-depth knowledge’ and has been advising Rio Tinto on an ore mine and associated road, rail and port infrastructure development project in Guinea. Andrew Briggs has been advising Cross London Trains on the £2.5bn Thameslink rolling stock programme and its refinancing. Other clients include Macquarie, EDF and Aéroports de Paris.

Leading individuals

Andrew Briggs - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Mining and minerals
Mining and minerals - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘incredibly responsive’ team provides ‘impressively strategic advice’. Its expertise spans the full project lifecycle, with specialist knowledge of emerging markets. Richard Lewis led the team defending Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation in a dispute valued in excess of $300m concerning a major iron ore project in Brazil. Practice head Adrian Walker is singled out for his ‘excellent in-depth knowledge’.

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

At Hogan Lovells International LLP, LNG expert Richard Tyler led the team advising Claims Validation Services (CVSL) and Oil & Gas UK (OGUK) on implementing regulatory changes introduced by the new EU gas network codes, and continues to act as sole project counsel for the Shah Deniz Consortium. Clients also recommend David Moss, who is experienced in handling upstream and downstream work. Other clients include BP, Statoil and Kuwait Petroleum. David Levin is now in-house counsel at Nekton Group.

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

At Hogan Lovells International LLP, Andrew Briggs led the team advising Alstom on a number of big-ticket mandates, including the €12.4bn sale of its power and grid business to General Electric (GE) and the establishment of a number of joint ventures with GE in the electricity grid, renewable and nuclear sectors. Briggs and Andrew Gallagher have been advising EIB as the senior lender on the £172m Westermost Rough offshore wind farm joint venture between DONG Energy, Marubeni Corporation and Green Investment Bank. Adrian Walker heads the team.

Leading individuals

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London: Public sector

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP regularly handles judicial reviews with a commercial element, and also advises clients on human rights, public affairs and policy, and freedom of information matters. In a high-profile 2015 mandate, the team successfully defended Uber in High Court proceedings brought by Transport for London, which sought a declaration on whether the prohibition on private hire vehicles using taximeters applied to Uber. It also represented longstanding client British American Tobacco in judicial review proceedings challenging the introduction of plain packaging on tobacco products. Paul Dacam is ‘exceptionally experienced’, ‘has very good client-management skills, and demonstrates impeccable judgement’. Charles Brasted and Julia Marlow are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Paul Dacam - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 1

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 delivers a ‘first-class service’ under the leadership of global practice head Jackie Newstead, who is praised for her ‘very thorough knowledge’. Highlights in 2015 included Daniel Norris acting on the European aspects of General Electric’s sale of its global real estate equity and debt portfolio business, and Nicholas Roberts advising an Argent and Related Companies consortium on its bid for the Brent Cross South redevelopment project. Dion Panambalana can ‘simplify the most complex matters’ and Gill McGreevy is ‘good in an emergency’.

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

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Construction
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Construction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP has a ‘good depth of team and ability to understand the client’s commercial objectives’. The ‘incredibly knowledgeable’ Gillian Thomas continued to advise on a number of major real estate projects including acting for King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership regarding the King’s Cross Central development. The contentious team, headed by John Gerszt, focuses on international work for a broad range of clients including employers, contractors, project managers and funders. Key figures include Tony Marshall and Roberta Downey, who has particular expertise in offshore wind farm disputes.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP handles a good mix of contentious and non-contentious work, with recent highlights including advising SABMiller on the environmental aspects of its acquisition of Meantime and acting for Albany Homes in a prosecution by the Environment Agency relating to contaminated soil. Louise Moore heads the team following Christopher Norton’s departure to Baker Botts (UK) LLP.

Leading individuals

Louise Moore - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘rock-solid and innovative’ practice is led by the highly rated Michael Gallimore, who has particular expertise in urban regeneration projects; Gallimore acted for Braeburn Estates Limited Partnership on the redevelopment of the Shell Centre, South Bank. Also on the real estate side, the ‘insightful’ Claire Dutch won two appeals for Londonewcastle on residential-led schemes in Shoreditch. The practice extends to infrastructure work and acted on a DCO for Carlton Power.

Leading individuals

Claire Dutch - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Michael Gallimore - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

The ‘very client-focused’ practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP provides ‘strong partner involvement’. The ‘fantastic, very likeable’ Jo Solomon acted for M&G Investment Management on a £70m loan to Westrock to finance the purchase and redevelopment of four office buildings in England. Andrew Welbourn heads the department, which also includes the recommended Andrew Flemming.

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 is ‘vastly superior’, attracting an enviable client roster that includes the Crown Estate, which the firm is advising on the contentious aspects of its £3bn Regent Street portfolio. Nicholas Cheffings is a ‘a first-rate lawyer, with an understated style who quickly gets to grips with the issues’; Mathew Ditchburn ‘combines enthusiasm with very sound legal abilities and excellent judgement’; and Paul Tonkin is ‘a brilliant young lawyer’.

Leading individuals

Mathew Ditchburn - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Nicholas Cheffings - 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 delivers ‘prompt responses and practical solutions’. Richard Welfare heads the advertising and sponsorship practice, while Sahira Khwaja and the Alicante-based Imogen Fowler are responsible for trade mark matters. The ‘personable and responsive’ Charlie Winckworth advises adidas on brand enforcement and trade mark protection. The firm routinely handles high-profile disputes in this area. Other clients include Mars, PepsiCo, SABMiller and Amazon.

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Data protection
Data protection - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s practice is led by ‘absolute star’ Eduardo Ustaran, whose track record includes assisting several clients with BCR applications, advising HSBC on the development of its data disclosure policy, and acted for the Government of Bermuda on the drafting and adoption of data protection legislation. Other clients include EY, Verizon and Snapchat. Mark Taylor moved to Osborne Clarke in August 2015.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s department is led by Sarah Turner and consultant Quentin Archer, and provides ‘strong business and technical knowledge and excellent response times’. Archer advised Telecity on the roll out of a platform that connects cloud customers with cloud service providers, and assisted SABMiller with its outsourcing arrangements with Genpact. Vodafone, Xerox and VocaLink are also clients.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP attracts praise for its ‘in-depth team, which can respond rapidly and knowledgeably to any enquiry’. It is primarily known for its particular expertise in the life sciences and telecoms sectors, representing clients including Lilly, Merck Sharp & Dohme, HTC and Amazon. Practice head Stephen Bennett is ‘a real talent, with a practical and commercial approach’, and Paul Brown is ‘hugely experienced in telecoms and medical devices’. Life sciences specialist Daniel Brook and trade mark practitioner Charlie Winckworth are also highly recommended.

Leading individuals

Stephen Bennett - 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

At Hogan Lovells International LLP, Richard Welfare advises advertisers such as Mars and Belstaff on campaigns and endorsement relationships. Highlights for Peter Watts included advising Discovery Communications on the formation of a joint venture with National Media Group. News Corp and BBC Worldwide are also clients.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s department ‘responds quickly and authoritatively to any enquiry’. It is headed by IP lawyer Stephen Bennett (who ‘has a fantastic nose for a case and a great manner with clients’), corporate lawyer Tom Brassington, commercial and regulatory expert Andrew Skipper and litigation lawyer John Meltzer. Bennett acted for Merck Sharp & Dohme in patent infringement proceedings brought against traders importing the client’s asthma medication from overseas. Other clients include Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s reputation in the area of disability sport grew further in 2015 with work on behalf of the International Paralympic Committee, Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby and longstanding client the British Paralympic Association. Its work for the first of these includes handling trade mark filing. Paul Joukador, Richard Welfare and counsel Penny Powell are the key names in the multi-disciplinary team.

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London: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘strong’ airports practice advises on a range of domestic and international regulatory, acquisition, development and financing matters for clients including Aéroports de Paris, TAV, Belfast City Airport, Macquarie and Regional Airports Limited. Andrew Briggs, Andrew Gallagher and counsel Charles Ford are recommended.

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Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Praised for its ‘strength in depth’, Hogan Lovells International LLP advised Cross London Trains on the £2.5bn Thameslink rolling stock programme and continues to advise the DfT on its £7.2bn Intercity Express programme. It also advised Lombard on the £170m procurement, financing and leasing of new CAF sleeper trains. Key figures include Andrew Briggs, who is ‘very experienced’, Simon Gwynne, Adrian Walker (who is ‘excellent’), of counsel Charles Ford and Andrew Gallagher.

Leading individuals

Andrew Briggs - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Simon Gwynne - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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