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Hogan Lovells International LLP

ATLANTIC HOUSE, HOLBORN VIADUCT, LONDON, EC1A 2FG, ENGLAND
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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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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s London-based team, which operates within a wider global network of commercial contracts lawyers, provides standalone advice to clients in sectors such as financial services, TMT, automotive, transport and logistics. Its extensive expertise spans strategic alliances, outsourcings, sponsorship and advertising agreements, among other matters. Paul Joukador has particular knowledge of cross-border supply and distribution arrangements. Andrew Skipper has a wealth of experience advising clients in the sports, life sciences and consumer sectors, and also heads the firm’s Africa practice. Food sector specialist Richard Welfare works with senior associate Jane Summerfield and others to advise Mars on advertising campaigns and promotional activities, as well as distribution, warehousing arrangements and various other types of commercial contracts. Other recent work includes Peter Watts and associate Helen McGowan assisting Brown Forman with establishing an e-commerce platform for selling Jack Daniel’s whiskey products online, directly to consumers. Counsel Penny Powell, and senior associates Oliver Wilson and Helen Kimberley, are other notable individuals, as are Derek Meilman and senior associate Oliver Wilson.

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s tax lawyers ‘get things right and respond in good time’. In 2016, the department hired to strengthen its economics and transfer pricing sub-group, and also brought on Elliot Weston from Gowling WLG as well as two senior associates and three associates. Representative of the work he’ll bring to the firm, Weston acted for Singaporean client Keppel DC REIT on the tax structuring of an investment into a data centre in the UK. The tax team is capable of pitching and winning work against Big 4 firms, which is how Philip Harle won an instruction from Lloyds Development Capital and NewCo, as an acquisition vehicle, which he advised in relation to a £12m investment in Blue Bay Travel. The practice is also active in the finance space, and acts as UK tax advisor to The Department of Education in relation to its £4bn securitisation of income-contingent student loan repayments. Karen Hughes is another key contact and Philip Gershuny retired at the end of 2016.

Leading individuals

Karen Hughes - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Suyong Kim and Angus Coulter head the practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP, which counts SABMiller, Vodafone, and Kingfisher among its clients. Kim and Ciara Kennedy-Loest led the global team advising Alstom on its €12.4bn deal with GE, including merger notifications in more than 30 jurisdictions. Mark Jones led the advice to Foxconn on its acquisition of the Nokia phone manufacturing and distribution business from Microsoft. Susan Bright was part of the team serving as EU antitrust counsel to SABMiller in obtaining EU clearance for its $106bn acquisition by AB InBev. Coulter acted for AIB, Christopher Hutton acted for The Co-Operative Bank, and Jones acted for TSB on the CMA’s investigation into UK retail banking. Other highlights for the team included advising VocaLink on the Payment System Regulator’s market review into the ownership and competitiveness of infrastructure provision in the UK. Coulter also advised Mitsui OSK Lines on the European Commission’s investigation into practices in container shipping. Julia Marlow was promoted to counsel. Paul Dacam retired.

Leading individuals

Ciara Kennedy-Loest - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Susan Bright - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Suyong Kim - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Equity capital markets
Equity capital markets - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

The ‘responsive and pragmatic’ equity capital markets team at Hogan Lovells International LLP is instructed by issuers and underwriters, specialising in AIM floats and step-ups to the London main market. The ‘committed and commercial’ practice head, Maegen Morrison, acted for Canaccord Genuity in relation to its AIM IPO. John Basnage is the firm’s London-based US securities expert and acted, alongside Daniel Simons, for J.P. Morgan Cazenove in relation to its £102m block sale of shares in Regus. Simons also advised Sepura on its main market £65m capital raising, which was the first such transaction following the Brexit referendum. Additional clients include issuers such as Acal and va-Q-tec AG, and underwriters such as Numis Securities and Jefferies International. Fergus Gallagher is a recommended senior associate.

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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

The ‘exceptional’ team at Hogan Lovells International LLP provides ‘business friendly advice’ to retail and investment banks, asset managers and infrastructure providers. The firm is praised for its ‘engaging and flexible approach’ which has ensured that it has effectively adapted to changes in the market in recent years and aligned itself at the forefront of areas of growth including Fintech. In this regard, ‘very sharp’ team head Rachel Kent has worked alongside government backed organisation Innovate Finance on the Regulatory Accelerator tool for Fintech companies designed to assist them understand and navigate their way through the FCA’s regulatory regime. Kent has also been at the heart of the firm’s involvement in the preparation of a high-profile report looking at the third country regimes and other alternatives EU passporting in light of the UK’s exit from the EU. Michael Thomas is also recommended, in particular for his market infrastructure expertise. Jon Holland leads the team on the contentious front that is praised for its ‘breadth and depth’ including involvement in some significant market manipulation cases over recent years. Other recommended contentious partners include the ‘thoughtful and consideredLouise Lamb, for consumer finance matters; the ‘incredibly experienced, tactical and strategicNeil Mirchandani; the ‘very sharp and client-focusedAndrea Monks, who is regularly engaged in EU and US-related regulatory investigations; the ‘excellentPhilip Parish; and the ‘incredibly hardworking’ Whiston Bristow.

Leading individuals

Philip Parish - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Rachel Kent - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Counting energy, technology, financial services, real estate and insurance as key sector strengths, Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘superb’ practice is commended for its ‘high level of service and attention to detail’, as well as for its ‘responsiveness, business acumen, pragmatism and value for money’. Steven Bryan – who is praised for his ‘strong energy industry knowledge’, as well as for his ‘transactional expertise and communication skills’ – advised Brookfield Business Partners on its purchase of an 85% stake in Greenergy, and Brookfield Infrastructure Partners on the sale of its gas distribution network business in Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man to Ancala Infrastructure. Clients also single out Andrew Pearson as ‘very commercial, extremely bright and committed’, as well as being ‘friendly and confident even when times get tough’. He acted alongside Maegan Morrison for SABMiller on its £71bn sale to AB InBev, and assisted both companies with various divestments, including SABMiller’s €2.6bn sale of its Peroni, Grolsch and Meantime businesses to Asahi. Morrison and John Connell are praised for their ‘quality advice, significant commitment and commercial approach’. They are recommended alongside Georgy Kalashnikov, who relocated from the firm’s Moscow office, and ‘bright, engaged, committed and completely client-focused’ senior associate Fergus Gallagher, who is ‘great with people, a pleasure to work with, and clearly has a bright future’. Guy Potel left for White & Case LLP in May 2016, and Amit Nayyar joined Shoosmiths LLP three months later.

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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

Hogan Lovells International LLP, which handles mid-cap and large-cap transactions, is ‘great for deals with a regulatory angle’. Its team ‘really understands the banking, insurance and growing regtech/fintech sectors’, and is also active in other industries such as energy, infrastructure, TMT, life sciences/healthcare and consumer/retail. Global private equity head Tom Whelan is ‘always available and very responsive’, and London team head Ed Harrisknows what his clients want, and makes sure he delivers it’. In 2016, Whelan acted for General Atlantic on its acquisition of a minority stake in Joe & The Juice, and led a cross-office team in the advice to the executive management team of Bio Products Laboratory on the £820m disposal of the business by Bain Capital to Creat Group Corporation. Keith Woodhouse and recently promoted counsel Leanne Moezi are also recommended. Paul Randall and Elliot Weston are recent hires from Ashurst and Gowling WLG, respectively. Georgy Kalashnikov joined from the Moscow office, while Amit Nayyar departed for Shoosmiths LLP.

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s tax group is ‘simply excellent’ and ‘keen to ensure that its service matches client expectations’. The team was strengthened considerably in 2016 by the addition of Elliot Weston - a real estate tax specialist, who joined the firm from Gowling WLG. Its recent transactional work has included advising UBS on the VAT treatment of the sale of its Swiss and Luxembourgish fund administration business to Northern Trust, with which it maintained a close business relationship. With ‘a good eye for detail’, Lee Squires heads the indirect tax practice and has advised major pension schemes on VAT treatment and is also involved in several significant VAT disputes. Indeed, the team has a particularly strong contentious offering and in 2016 Ruth Grant began representing British American Tobacco in tax tribunal litigation regarding HMRC’s imposition of tax penalties for the client’s alleged failure to sufficiently prevent tobacco smuggling into the UK. Rupert Shiers is rated for his ‘client management skills’ and Karen Hughes leads the wider global tax department.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP is ‘an absolutely top-drawer firm when it comes to civil fraud’, and ‘has conducted some of the best known fraud litigations of the last decade’. The firm has significant expertise in cases involving Russia and the CIS, advising both individuals and private corporates in the aerospace and defence, financial services and healthcare sectors, amongst others. Highlights included representing the Deposit Insurance Agency (DIA) in a series of high-profile judgements against former businessman and senator Sergei Pugachev, and representing FM Capital Partners in a High Court claim against its former CEO in relation to the mismanagement of an investment portfolio. The team is headed by the ‘hugely experiencedCrispin Rapinet, who ‘can always be relied upon to make the right strategic call and never fails to command the respect and attention of the client’. Other key figures include Michael Roberts, who ‘has a rare combination of superb client skills, impeccable strategic judgement and meticulous attention to detail’, and Chris Hardman, who focuses on offshore matters.

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

An easy firm to work with’, Hogan Lovells International LLP is ‘a top firm in this practice area and is marked out for its attention to detail across the board and the consistent, high quality of its associates’. The practice recently hired Claire Lipworth from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), where she was chief criminal counsel. It is well known for acting for large global and UK banks and financial institutions in groundbreaking cases that set important precedents for the banking industry; it is also very active in the Financial List, the specialist list set up by the Commercial Court to address the particular needs of parties litigating significant financial matters. It fields dispute specialists in LIBOR, mis-selling, consumer finance, anti-money laundering and sanctions, aviation finance and trade finance, investment banking, and complex financial products. Recent work saw the team advise an international financial institution on an English Commercial Court claim against a customer, for failure to repay sums due under a promissory note; it also acted for FBME Bank in having default judgments against it set aside. Jon Holland is department head; Neil Mirchandani’s work has a particular emphasis on Russian disputes and he ‘has supreme negotiating skills’; Andrea Monks and Louise Lambhave a winning combination of being very good lawyers, but also pragmatic and approachable’; Alex Sciannaca is ‘singled out for his great organisational skills in rapidly assembling and managing multi-jurisdictional teams for complex litigation’; and Philip Parishrolls up his sleeves when required and is very good at drafting, while also offering good strategic advice’. Whiston Bristow is also highly rated.

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’s ‘team is exceptionally knowledgeable and proactive, and has a clear focus on achieving results for clients’. The practice advises on cases that are high-profile, high-value and precedent-setting, and the firm is well known for its global footprint and ability to co-ordinate advice from multiple jurisdictions. The team specialises in cases involving Russia and the CIS and has a distinct specialisation in corporate and commercial litigation in the life sciences sector. It acted for Victor Pinchuk in his long-running English High Court proceedings over the ownership of - and profits from - a Ukrainian iron ore mining company. Other matters saw the team act for BTA Bank in the English courts against its former chairman, who was proven effectively to have stolen over $6bn from the bank; this litigation has to date generated more than 100 hearings in England, as well as hearings in jurisdictions such as the British Virgin Islands (BVI), Cyprus, Russia and Kazakhstan. Michael Davison’s work has a particular emphasis on Russian and CIS disputes, together with North Africa and the Middle East; Alex Sciannacahas excellent understanding of commercial matters’; and Chris Hardman, Richard Lewis, Neil Mirchandani, Ivan Shiu and Angela Dimsdale Gill are also highly rated.

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 is ‘very strong’ in the competition space and acts for defendants in early regulatory investigations through to follow-on claims in what are consistently considered among the most high-profile competition litigation cases in the market. Department head Nicholas Heaton is ‘head and shoulders above almost all of his peers at other firms’ and continues to act for Air Canada in relation to national appellate litigation concerning the highly publicised air cargo cartel litigation; the firm is also acting for Korean Air in High Court claims regarding the cargo cartel, making it one of the few firms to advise two major air carriers in this headline litigation. Heaton was instructed alongside the ‘strategic and responsiveChristopher Hutton in the successful defence of a glass manufacturer involved in the iiyama litigation, which ultimately concerned the territorial scope of EU competition law and the right of a Japanese manufacturer to sue. Paul Chaplin, a highly recommended counsel, leads a team that is acting for British American Tobacco in relation to damages claims, counter claims, criminal actions and constitutional claims concerning actions brought by two Georgian tobacco companies, which represent the first ever competition damages cases to be heard before the Georgian courts. The department also continues to be involved in a litany of financial services competition cases.

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 promoted Nathan Searle to partner. The practice has extensive experience in cases involving Africa, and Russia and the CIS; advises on high-value disputes; has expertise in bilateral investment treaty cases; and has a particular focus on the energy and telecoms sectors. It acted for the Slovak Republic against financial services company Achmea, in a challenge of a final award, the case raising important jurisdictional issues for the future of investment treaties within the EU. Michael Davison is global litigation and arbitration head; London head of international arbitration Kieron O’Callaghan is ‘a terrific and experienced practitioner who is determined to achieve clients’ objectives’; and Julianne Hughes-Jennett and Markus Burgstaller are highly rated. John Gerszt joined longstanding client Bechtel.

Leading individuals

Kieron O’Callaghan - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Michael Davison - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Nathan Searle - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Mediators
Mediators - ranked: tier 4

Patrick Sherrington - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Patrick Sherrington at Hogan Lovells International LLP has conducted mediations involving high-value claims with cross-border elements, particularly banking and finance disputes; he also mediates disputes relating to construction and engineering, product liability, property, and professional negligence.

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Public international law
Public international law - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘excellent, top-league practice’ has significant bilateral investment treaty expertise; advises on cases which are at the intersection of PIL and human rights law; handles complex disputes for sovereign states; has a particular focus on Russia and the CIS and Central and South East Asia; and fields lawyers with expertise in energy, real estate and telecoms. It has also assisted with identifying legitimate governments of states after civil wars. Highlights included acting for the Government of Vietnam (GOV) in the successful defence of an investment treaty claim, brought under the France-Vietnam bilateral investment treaty by a French investor, which related to non-payment of debts by state-owned enterprises and the debt commissions that were established by GOV. Department head Markus Burgstaller has considerable experience as an advocate in proceedings before international tribunals, the EU courts, the ECHR, and national courts; and he handles a significant amount of work on the law of international organisations, privileges and immunities, and the Law of the Sea. Michael Davison and Julianne Hughes-Jennett, who specialises in international human rights litigation involving corporations, are also key advisers; Charles Brasted, who heads the firm’s UK and EU public law and policy practice, is ‘one of the best in the country’.

Leading individuals

Markus Burgstaller - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

The contentious tax group at Hogan Lovells International LLP is ‘always very responsive’ and provides ‘strategic and appropriately detailed advice’. It has been strengthened by some significant lateral hires in 2016: real estate tax specialist Elliot Weston joined the team from Gowling WLG, while Graham Poole joined the firm’s London-based subsidiary team as director of economics and transfer pricing, having previously worked in HMRC’s economics department. Practice head Rupert Shiers is highly recommended and recently represented Ensco in relation to a high-value transfer pricing dispute. Lee Squires heads the VAT and indirect tax group and represented Citibank in tax tribunal litigation regarding HMRC’s requirement that the client meet the cost of a VAT fraud committed by other parties; following the team’s success at tribunal, HMRC has petitioned the Court of Appeal. In another standout case, Ruth Grant acted for British American Tobacco in tax tribunal litigation regarding the imposition of tax penalties where HMRC had determined that the company hadn’t done enough to prevent tobacco smuggling into the UK. Other notable clients include Ball UK Holdings, Paragon Offshore Group and Aspen Insurance Group.

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

The ‘commercial’ and ‘proactive’ team at Hogan Lovells International LLP has significant visibility in the market on behalf traditional lenders, including Barclays and Lloyds, as well as in the rapidly maturing non-bank lending sector for clients including Ares Management and ICG. Matthew Cottis recently advised a banking syndicate on the financing to Phoenix Group to fund its £935m acquisition of the Abbey Life insurance business from Deutsche Bank. Paul Mullen and Jo Robinson are well regarded in the market, in particular within the alternative lending space; Mullen recently advised Hayfin Capital, Lloyds and Bank of Ireland on the senior term and revolving facilities used to facilitate Exponent Private Equity’s acquisition of The Racing Post. The ‘very effective and commercialPenny Angell is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Matthew Cottis - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jo Robinson - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s four-partner team has a focus on the aviation sector and is active for clients including banks, lessors and operators on the financing of assets utilising bank debt, in addition to capital markets structures. Leveraging the firm’s US offices, the team continues to pick up instructions from clients which require the implementation of New York-law governed debt. In a deal which involved substantial input from the firm’s New York office, team head Robert Fugard co-ordinated the firm’s advice to Norwegian Air Shuttle on its enhanced equipment trust (EETC) financing of ten B737-800 aircraft. As part of his broad-ranging aviation finance expertise, Fugard has been involved in numerous portfolio acquisitions and disposals, including acting for AerGen Aviation Finance on its acquisition of a portfolio of ten narrow-body aircraft from Macquarie AirFinance together with the subsequent warehouse and ABS financing of its fleet. Recently promoted to partner, Richard Goss has a burgeoning aviation finance practice; his recent work includes advising Babcock on numerous lease financing transactions for its new and existing helicopter fleet. Shalini Bhuchar is active advising funds and banks on shipping transactions out of Africa. Outside of the aviation sector, Simon Gwynne provides a ‘very commercial and thorough’ service to participants in the rail and shipping industries. Other clients include African Export-Import Bank, UBS, RBS/Lombard and SMBC. Robin Hallam recently became a consultant at Bird & Bird LLP.

Leading individuals

Simon Gwynne - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Although it is better known for its leveraged finance practice, Hogan Lovells International LLP also regularly handles corporate lending mandates for a primarily lender-facing client base that includes commercial banks and direct lenders including Lloyds, Citibank and Ares Management. The insurance market remains a fertile ground for financing work for the team and adds value to clients as a result of its ability to leverage the firm’s broader corporate and regulatory expertise within the sector. Matthew Cottis has been involved in numerous insurance lending mandates, including advising lenders on the provision of financing to assist Phoenix Group fund its £935m acquisition of the Abbey Life insurance business from Deutsche Bank. Working alongside colleagues in the firm’s Moscow and Amsterdam offices, Andrew Taylor advised a syndicate of banks on a $1.2bn pre-export facility to PJSC Uralkali – the largest Russian syndicated loan transaction of 2016. Penny Angell and Jo Robinson are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Matthew Cottis - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s six-partner team provides ‘quality advice in a timely manner based on experience and legal analysis’ for a largely creditor facing client base that includes senior lenders and co-ordination committees, agents and security agents, bond trustees, debt purchasers and pension trustees. The ‘very commercial’ Tom Astle has a burgeoning reputation in the market; he has been advising Barclays Bank as one of the lenders to troubled print business Polestar Printing on the rescue finance, prepack and its subsequent insolvency. Deborah Gregory’s broad practice encompasses distressed M&A work; she recently advised Goodwin on its acquisition of certain assets of King & Wood Mallesons LLP six days before the law firm’s entry into administration. The ‘absolutely brilliantPaul McLoughlin has successfully cultivated a strong distressed loan portfolio offering and is a key member of the team that also includes the ‘superbStephen Foster and counsel Alex Kay, whose arrival in June 2016 from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP allows the firm to broaden its capabilities in high yield bond restructuring. Other clients include Lloyds, Mizuho, Santander and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Leading individuals

Deborah Gregory - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Stephen Foster - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Tom Astle - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Debt capital markets
Debt capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP acts for a wide range of underwriter, issuer and trustee clients from its London office, which works in close collaboration with the firm’s global network to advise on emerging markets deals as well as US and European transactions. Andrew Carey is a key partner in the firm’s international debt capital markets team and has more than 25 years’ experience. His practice encompasses cross-border debt offerings including securities programmes, and both corporate and sovereign bonds. He regularly advises issuers, originators and underwriters on new issuance and bond restructuring. The firm also has a corporate trustee specialist in Kit Johnson. Known mainly for his high yield practice Sylvain Dhennin is also a key figure in Rule 144a deals. He acted in one of the largest-ever reverse Yankee bonds for Brown Forman, which issued tranches of €300m and £300m. The deal was the first Yankee bond to be issued by a US corporate and after the European Union referendum and also the first sterling-denominated deal to close after the vote. Senior associate Jonathan Malim has a busy practice advising on public and private bond offerings, including high yield bonds, on behalf of banks, corporations, multinational organisations and sovereign entities.

Leading individuals

Andrew Carey - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jonathan Malim - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

At Hogan Lovells International LLPthe service is excellent on complex deals that need specialised expertise and legal opinion’. The firm is sought after for its understanding of transactional matters and its knowledge of the changing regulatory environment. Its diverse client base includes leading investment banks such as BNP Paribas and Société Générale as well as development finance institutions such as African Export–Import Bank. The ‘diligent, konwledgeable and tenaciousJames Doyle leads the nine-partner international debt capital markets team and is ‘a great man to have on your side - technically excellent, commercial and reactive’. Structured finance veteran and deputy CEO of the firm David Hudd is ‘incredibly responsive and you always feel that he really cares about the client’. Kit Johnson is a specialist adviser to corporate finance trustees across the full range of capital markets and structured finance products. Clients also praise counsel Neil Kurzon who is ‘always available and knows clients’ securities programmes as well as they do’. The firm’s highlight deals included Doyle’s advice to Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank on its structured €50bn EMTN and certificates programme, as well as the establishment of a new warrants programme. He also handled the derivatives aspects of Merkur Offshore’s financing of a €1.6bn offshore wind farm. For BNP Paribas, Hudd acted in the annual update of its €20bn secured structured products programme SecurAsset, under which he also advised on substantial drawdowns.

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

Clients of Hogan Lovells International LLP rate ‘the overall level of service as excellent’. The firm draws on its finance and corporate practices to advise on banking, corporate finance, energy, project finance, equity and debt capital markets transactions. It is a prominent player in India, Africa, Russia, South America and Eastern Europe, where it acts for clients including IFC, EBRD and African Development Bank. DCM partner Andrew Carey and capital markets associate Megan James ‘do an excellent job keeping on top of all the issues; their advice is commercial while also mindful of protecting the client’s position’. Carey and senior associate Jonathan Malim acted for African Export-Import Bank on the annual update of its $3bn EMTN programme, which included a $750m drawdown. Other recommended specialists in the firm’s deep team include export finance partners Andrew Taylor and David Leggott, project finance and infrastructure expert Adrian Walker, private equity specialist Keith Woodhouse, and Richard Tyler, whose practice is dedicated to oil, gas and LNG transactions. Tyler is leading the firm’s international team acting for the Shah Deniz Consortium on a large and complex gas project in Azerbaijan and Turkey. He is also advising the Government of Niger Republic on a $1bn loan facility to support long-term oil sales. The London team also handles financings on behalf of the Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund, which in 2016 included a $30m deal to support Ghana Airports Company.

Leading individuals

Andrew Carey - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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High yield
High yield - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP is ‘very good on all counts and the partners are always closely involved at all stages’. Clients describe the practice as ‘dedicated, well-staffed, business-oriented and very responsive’. The firm is a key adviser to corporate issuers and financial institutions on high yield acquisition financing transactions, most notably in the automotive and aviation sectors. European high yield veteran Sylvain Dhenninhas long and rich experience and deep knowledge, yet still has a humble and down-to-earth approach’. Counsel Alex Kay joined from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP to focus on high yield bonds, restructuring and liability management. The team is the main adviser to HNA Group on acquisition financing deals, which included the raising of €1.5bn in debt for the acquisition of Swissport Group; the deal involved a €400m senior secured high yield bond. The team also advised underwriters including BNP Paribas and Barclays Bank on an innovative €650m note offering.

Leading individuals

Sylvain Dhennin - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Islamic finance
Islamic finance - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Working alongside the firm’s Middle East-based partners, the lawyers in Hogan Lovells International LLP’s London office have found themselves involved in a variety of major Islamic finance mandates. Structured finance specialists James Doyle and Dennis Dillon acted with the firm’s Dubai office on a substantial cross-border sukuk transaction. Similarly, Andrew Flemming, who focuses on real estate finance, has been instructed alongside the Dubai team by clients such as Gatehouse Bank. Robert Fugard specialises in asset-based financing and also has experience of Islamic finance transactions. The firm is instructed by a host of lender-clients and has considerable expertise out of its various Middle East offices. Rahail Ali leads the global Islamic finance practice from Dubai.

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Securitisation
Securitisation - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLPhas a constructive and informed approach that is on a par with the Magic Circle’, and regularly handles some of the largest and most high-profile deals in the market. In a standout matter, David Hudd advised the UK government’s Department for Education on its plan to sell £12bn of student loan debt, which will be the first securitisation in this asset class. Julian Craughan (who is ‘helpful, informed and pragmatic in his approach’) acts for arrangers and originators on asset-backed financings and securitisations in numerous asset classes including automotive receivables, marketplace lending receivables, commercial and residential mortgages, and infrastructure assets. Tauhid Ijaz is a highly experienced securitisation partner who regularly advises on portfolio sales and balance sheet management transactions in the commercial and residential real estate, infrastructure, equipment leasing and insurance sectors. US partner Dennis Dillon focuses predominantly on trade receivables securitisations and commercial paper conduits. Kit Johnson advises corporate trustees on a diverse range of structured products. Sharon Lewis, who ‘provides solid and timely advice tailored to clients’ needs’, is also recommended. Other highlights for the team included advising Rentplus on its affordable housing programme, which included a CPI-linked secured note financing programme. The team also acted for a large US financial institution on the £100m securitisation of automotive hire purchase agreements.

Leading individuals

Julian Craughan - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Tauhid Ijaz - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Trade finance
Trade finance - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s trade and export finance team in London has a strong reputation globally. Partners David Leggott and Andrew Taylor are the key names in a team of ten lawyers who are dedicated to handling trade finance matters for a broad client base that includes key market players such as Afreximbank, Deutsche Bank, International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Natixis. The firm’s highly regarded emerging markets practice, which is particularly strong in the CIS and Africa, provides a steady stream of trade finance deals to the core team in London. Leggott has extensive experience advising banks and trading companies on deals covering commodities such as oil, steel, zinc, copper, soybeans and cocoa, and he frequently advises development finance institutions (DFIs). Taylor’s practice covers Europe and emerging markets, where he represents borrowers and lenders including leading development banks. In a key matter, the team advised ING Bank and a syndicate of sixteen lenders on a $1.2bn pre-export facility for Russian potash producers PJSC Uralkali. The team assisted the same client with structuring a €130m borrowing base facility for NLMK Sales Europe. Work for DFIs included advising IFC on a $500m deal as part of its global trade liquidity programme that supports financial institutions with the provision of trade finance in emerging markets.

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 ‘forthright’ department is noted for its ‘good specialist knowledge’, and is well versed in transactional and share incentive matters, often with pensions components. Department head Paul Randall acted for SABMiller on matters including the employee share incentives aspects of the sale of its Peroni and Grolsch brands and other businesses to Asahi. Randall also advised Ascot Underwriting on remuneration issues concerning its $1.1bn sale by AIG to CPPIB. Of counsel Kiran Khetia and Tim Goggin are 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

The ‘very proactive’ and ‘approachable’ department at Hogan Lovells International LLPcommunicates well with clients’ and ‘gets to grips quickly and easily with commercial objectives’. Department head Stefan Martin has been advising Dell on the employment aspects of the $3.1bn sale of the company’s information services division (Dell Services) to NTT Data. On the contentious side, Martin acted for Goodwin on claims brought by King & Wood Mallesons alleging that Goodwin unlawfully poached lawyers and clients from the firm. Ed Bowyer has been advising SABMiller on the employment aspects of the client’s $104bn acquisition by AB InBev across a number of jurisdictions. The ‘very friendlyElizabeth Slattery assisted Ball Packaging Europe (BPE) with employment issues arising from the company’s acquisition of Rexam, including TUPE transfers across European operations and negotiations with European Works Councils. Clients single out ‘very responsive’ senior associate Matthew Towers, who ‘identifies key issues and solutions quickly’. Other clients include 3i Group, Northern Trust and BNP Paribas.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s team has experience handling compliance and other regulatory matters. Environment head Louise Moore advises on liability issues across the oil and gas, infrastructure and energy sectors, and consultant Gary Cassidy handles investigations, inquests and prosecutions.

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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

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘first-class’ practice is noted for its ‘excellent level of service’, as well as its ‘thoroughness and competence in understanding clients’ needs’. ‘Attentive and innovative thinkerKatie Banks, who heads the non-contentious practice, led advice to Rolls-Royce on the £12bn merger of four schemes, as well as a demerger of all defined-contribution benefits and benefit changes involving approximately 86,000 scheme members. ‘Widely regarded thought leaderClaire Southern, along with Matthew Bullen, acted for Halcrow (now part of CH2M), on its groundbreaking £1bn pensions restructuring. Pensions litigation practice head Angela Dimsdale Gill has been representing ITV in controversial regulatory proceedings before the Upper Tribunal and subsequently the Court of Appeal regarding the Pensions Regulator’s powers to issue a Financial Support Direction. The ‘outstandingDuncan Buchanan, Nicholas Heaton and Faye Jarvis, who ‘fully understands the client’s needs and how to deliver them’, are also names to note. Senior associate Nathan Sherlock is also highly recommended in the litigation team.

Leading individuals

Angela Dimsdale Gill - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Duncan Buchanan - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Katie Banks - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Nathan Sherlock - 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

Practice head Nick Atkinsprovides an excellent service and goes beyond what is expected’ at Hogan Lovells International LLP, where he ‘excels’ in a broad range of mandates, including cross-border disputes, coverage matters and professional negligence claims against brokers and third-party administrators. As well as defending an energy company in a subrogation recovery claim brought by insurers, Atkins has been handling claims arising out of criminal proceedings and commercially sensitive arbitration actions, which includes Bermuda Form work. Victor Fornasier is representing PA (GI) in a multi-party dispute to establish liability relating to the mis-selling of payment protection insurance (PPI) to customers of well-known mail order retailers such as Next; this highlight is particularly complex, as some policies date back to the late 1980s and have gone through different transfers and ownership, giving rise to indemnity claims. Munich Re, Pacifico Seguros and Society of Lloyd's are additional clients. Counsel Jamie Rogers is the other key contact and, in addition to D&O, professional indemnity, coverage and agency disputes, he is well regarded for advising on economic and trade sanctions in the insurance and reinsurance market.

Leading individuals

Nick Atkins - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jamie Rogers - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

The ‘highly responsive and commercial’ practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP advises a mix of insurers, reinsurers, intermediaries and corporate policyholders on all aspects of UK-based insurance and reinsurance, and the team has a strong track record in high-profile M&A transactions, joint ventures and business transfers under Part VII. In a recent highlight, the team advised Ascot on its $1.1bn sale by AIG to the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board, one of the largest deals done within the Lloyds market this past year. The group also advised on a number of Part VII transfers, key among these being its work for Prudential on the transfer of its retirement income business to the Prudential Assurance Company, and its assistance to Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance with the transfer of a portfolio of reinsurance businesses to Berkshire Hathaway, a cross-border transaction valued at $54m. The practice is headed by Charles Rix, who is noted for his expertise in various digital projects including IT procurement, outsourcing, cyber security and digital payments. Other key figures include Steven McEwan, who specialises in matters involving regulatory capital and the Lloyd’s insurance market, and Tim Goggin, who focuses on non-life corporate and regulatory work.

Leading individuals

Charles Rix - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Steven McEwan - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP has a strong track record in advising life and non-life insurers and reinsurers, Lloyd’s participants, banks and intermediaries on the full range of insolvency issues, and the team has increasingly advised on transactions to ‘insolvency proof’ certain structures before they are put in place. The firm regularly advises on cross-border matters spanning the US, Europe and Asia, and has notable expertise in Hong Kong and China-related issues. Highlights have included assisting the scheme administrators of OIC Run-Off and The London Overseas Insurance Company, and advising on High Court-sanctioned schemes of arrangement that aim to facilitate all determination and payment of the creditor’s claims. Joe Bannister heads the practice.

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

Hailed as ‘one of the preeminent practices in London’, Hogan Lovells International LLPfeatures in many of the leading cases in the area’, where it represents an ‘impressive client base’, which includes Estée Lauder and Merck. Dual-qualified UK and Australian partner John Meltzercombines unrivalled experience with acute judgment’ and ‘is particularly good at understanding the client’s objectives’ in cross-border claims spanning Canada, Australia, the US and various European jurisdictions. He is defending Zimmer Biomet (formerly Biomet) against various claims brought across Europe and a group action concerning the early revision of all-metal prosthetic hip replacements, which was allegedly caused by adverse reactions to metal debris. Representing Vodafone in claims concerning radiofrequency radiation exposure is another highlight. Tobacco sector expert Ruth Grant jointly heads the practice with Meltzer and is retained by British American Tobacco in cross-border litigation filed by smokers, governments and health authorities, and she also advises on regulatory issues such as product testing. Senior associates Valerie Kenyon and Cécile Burgess are well regarded with ‘highly experienced’ consultant Caroline Moore, who has ‘a natural forensic awareness, which allows her to understand how points will play out in court’. Counsel Matthew Felwickis a rising star’ and ‘combines sharp intelligence with a strong commercial awareness’.

Leading individuals

John Meltzer - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Cécile Burgess - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Matthew Felwick - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

At Hogan Lovells International LLP, the ‘technically astute and commercial’ team has a ‘deservedly excellent reputation’ for professional negligence work, handling claims against solicitors, actuaries, other pension professionals, property professionals, insurance brokers and accountants. Willis Tower Watson is a client. Practice head Nicholas Heaton, who is ‘very clever and a strategist who combines an overall view with an eye for the detail’, specialises in claims against lawyers, professionals involved in pensions schemes and accountants. Angela Dimsdale Gill, who is ‘tenacious, never gives up on a case and really fights the client’s corner’, acts for claimants and defendants, with a particular specialism in claims arising from the pensions sector. Ruth Grant is ‘very experienced’ and senior associate Nathan Sherlock is ‘bright, organised and hardworking’ and acts for a number of law firms.

Leading individuals

Angela Dimsdale Gill - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Nicholas Heaton - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next generation lawyers:

Nathan Sherlock - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Listed funds
Listed funds - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP is ‘very responsive, with an impressive knowledge of the listed funds market’: ‘its advice is always user-friendly and solutions-oriented, and its partners are visible on their deals and readily available when necessary’. The firm handles a number of ongoing initial public offering projects, as well as subsequent offerings and fund restructurings. Practice leader Erik Jamieson is ‘excellent and very pragmatic, with great commercial awareness’ – he advises Ireland’s National Treasury Management Agency as manager of the Irish Strategic Investment Fund, a cornerstone investor in Draper Esprit on Draper Esprit’s IPO. Nicholas Holman is ‘very impressive on technical and regulatory fund structuring matters’, and counsel Jeremy Pickles is ‘bright and one to watch’. The firm also acts for HICL Infrastructure Company, a FTSE 250 infrastructure investment company. The practice was strengthened by the arrival in August 2017 of dual UK and US qualified partner Jonathan Baird, who joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.

Next generation lawyers

Jeremy Pickles - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Private funds
Private funds - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLPhas a broad practice, credibly spanning asset classes’; the firm deals with infrastructure, buyout and technology-related matters, acting for a significant number of investors, fund sponsors and secondary market participants. Practice head Nicholas Holman is ‘consistently excellent – he has significant structuring and advisory experience, along with great technical knowledge, charm and good client management skills’ – he advised Prudential Portfolio Management Group on a €150m commitment to a fund managed by NextEnergy Capital. Holman and Keith Woodhouse, whose ‘key strengths revolve around loyalty, attention to detail, excellence in delivery and genuine interest in ESG funds’, acted for Pantheon Ventures on the purchase of $117m of fund interests from Akina. Other clients include venture capital managers and sovereign wealth funds.

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Real estate funds
Real estate funds - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP advises on a number of property joint ventures and club deals. Nicholas Holman acted for Columbia Threadneedle on the launch of UK Property Equity Club II, which raised £400m of commitments from European, Middle Eastern and Asian investors, James McDonald advised UBS Triton on marketing a fund in the US, as well as the proposed closure of a feeder fund.

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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

With ‘one of the best teams in infrastructure’, Hogan Lovells International LLP is ‘responsive to needs and knowledgeable in the industry’. The firm handles major projects work across all infrastructure sectors and its client roster includes GE, EDF and BP. Andrew Briggs attracts praise from clients along with ‘great problem solver’ and financing specialist Andrew Gallagher, and the ‘very pragmatic and consideredScott Tindall. Recent highlights include Richard Tyler advising EIG and Africa Finance Corporation on a debt facility for New Age, an oil and gas group focused on the development of upstream fields in Africa and Philip Brown assisting Meter Fit 5 Limited as project company on the £1bn financing of the Meter Fit 5 programme roll-out. The team is headed by Adrian Walker, who represents clients such as Dutch Infrastructure Fund and Rio Tinto. Counsel Florian Agnel is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Andrew Briggs - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Mining and minerals
Mining and minerals - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s head of infrastructure, energy, resources and projects in London Adrian Walker is advising a mining giant on the finalisation of the EPCM arrangements for phase two of a major copper and gold project in Asia. In terms of contentious work, a cross-office team including Steven Bryan, David Leggott and Richard Lewis represented a transnational group in a dispute arising from the sale of shares in an iron ore joint venture project in South America, and Kieron O’Callaghan is acting for a bank in multi-jurisdictional proceedings, including multiple London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) proceedings, against an Eastern European mining company relating to allegations of loan agreements and currency swap transaction breaches. Senior associate Mark Marfe continues to support ARM, an NGO dedicated to implementing more ethical working practices in the mining industry, with its licensing programme.

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLPalways provides a strong team with a good back bench’. The firm has a longstanding track record of advice in the oil and gas sector, and has attracted a strong client roster that includes oil majors such as BP, state-owned multinationals including Statoil and Kuwait Petroleum, financial institutions such as Africa Finance Corporation, and regulators such as OFGEM. In keeping with its diverse client base, the firm handles a wide range of oil and gas matters, including E&P, domestic and cross-border oil and natural gas pipeline projects, LNG projects, and trading and sales agreements. Richard Tyler heads the practice and has extensive track record in complex, cross-border projects; in addition to leading the team acting as sole legal counsel to the Shah Deniz Consortium on phase two of the Shah Deniz offshore gas exploration and production project in Azerbaijan, he also acted for EIG Global Energy Partners and Africa Finance Corporation as principal senior lenders on a debt facility for New Age (African Global Energy), an oil and gas group focused on developing upstream oil and gas fields in Africa. In another highlight, David Moss worked as part of a multi-office team acting for a multinational oil company on a multibillion-dollar loan facility. The firm also has a significant capability in high-value oil and gas disputes, Kieron O’Callaghan and John Meltzer singled out for their expertise in complex, cross-border proceedings. Also recommended are Nigel Read, whose experience includes advising on contractual arrangements in connection with upstream licences in South America, and the ‘focused and very competentMarkus Burgstaller.

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Clients note the ‘red-carpet treatment’ and ‘profound commercial advice’ provided by Hogan Lovells International LLP’s power practice. Adrian Walker leads the team; he has particular expertise in the nuclear sector and is supported by counsel and ‘rising starAlex Harrison, who ‘tips the scales in transactions’. Recent highlights include advising a Fortune 100 company on its entry into the UK gas and power market. In another key mandate, Andrew Gallagher is leading a team that includes Walker and members of the Baltimore office advising a bidder in connection with the English law financing of the development of a coal-fired power station in Eastern Europe. On the renewables front, Harrison worked alongside Richard Tyler to advise a major solar power company with regards to its strategic partnership with a heavyweight oil and gas entity in light of proposed combined solar and gas power projects around the world; the pair also acted for Mars Energy on a supply deal agreement with Eneco to provide 100% of the energy to power all 12 Mars UK sites from the Moy wind farm in Scotland. Other significant work emerged from the nuclear sector, where Walker and senior associate Alistair Cowling assisted clients with their role in two high-profile projects.

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Water
Water - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

The water team at Hogan Lovells International LLP sits within the broader projects department and handles work across the globe in established as well as more challenging jurisdictions. Andrew Gallagher and practice head Andrew Briggs advised a leading international investment bank on its proposed financing of a major UK infrastructure project. In the Middle East, the team worked alongside the Dubai office to guide a consortium of banks as lead arrangers on the Sohar independent potable water project in Oman, and Steven Bryan is acting for an infrastructure asset manager in its proposed acquisition of 50% interest in a South American water and sanitation company from a Japanese public-private partnership. Counsel Charles Ford also assisted Briggs in advising a leading bank on its acquisition of a minority stake in a UK water company.

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London: Public sector

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Charles Brasted has ‘tremendous knowledge of the law, combined with a great sense of practicality’ at Hogan Lovells International LLP, where he became practice head following Paul Dacam’s retirement. In other personnel changes, Julia Marlow was promoted to counsel and handles a variety of matters, ranging from implementing government policies to litigation. The ‘high-quality’ team is advising The Crown Estate on devolving the management of its estate in Scotland to the Scottish Government, and the practice has also been instructed by NATS in several mandates, including advising on the implications of Brexit and acting for its subsidiary NATS (En Route) plc, as an interested party, in a judicial review pertaining to changes the company had made to UK airspace arrangements around Gatwick Airport, which had been permitted by the defendant, the Civil Aviation Authority. ExxonMobil and Mars feature on the first-rate client roster.

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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 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

In 2016, Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘pro-active, solution-based’ practice secured first-time panel appointments with The British Land Company and U+I Group, complementing a diverse client base that takes in institutional investors, sovereign wealth funds, private equity houses, and overseas family wealth. The practice also enjoyed a number of significant investment deals across asset types such as student housing and high street retail; one standout mandate saw the ‘technically brilliantSian Owles advise Queensland Investment Corporation on the £410m sale of its 50% interest in Merry Hill Shopping Centre in Dudley to Intu Properties. In other investment highlights, newly appointed UK-head Daniel Norris, who is ‘exceptional on portfolio deals’, advised Mapletree on the acquisition of 23 student housing blocks; and the ‘committed and very smartDion Panambalana and Andrew Flemming assisted U+I Group with its new 50:50 joint venture platform with an affiliate of Colony NorthStar. In the development sub-sector, ‘standout performerNicholas Roberts advised Argent Related on securing its role as development partner in the multibillion-pound Brent Cross South regeneration scheme; and Norris acted for key client M&G Real Estate on its equity funding of a major development at Three Snowhill in Birmingham city centre. In other highlights, Panambalana assisted Land Securities with asset management for both retail and hospitality assets; and global practice head Jackie Newstead, who ‘consistently delivers’, advised Hermes on the lettings and proposed redevelopment of a shopping centre at Royal Victoria Place in Tunbridge Wells. Gill McGreevy was also active on various landlord-side retail mandates. The practice also has a number of recommended lawyers below partner level, including newly promoted counsel Christopher Somorjay; senior associate Stella Bliss, who has ‘excellent commercial sense’; and senior associate Anthony Newton, who is a ‘leader in the student accommodation field’.

Leading individuals

Daniel Norris - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Dion Panambalana - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Gill McGreevy - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Jackie Newstead - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Christopher Somorjay - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Construction: contentious and non-contentious
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Construction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘long established construction practice’ has a ‘strong customer focus’, and provides ‘bespoke advice tailored to each situation’. The highly recommended contentious team ‘gets repeat work from major engineering companies’ such as Bechtel and Alstom, and is regarded by one client as being particularly strong for power plants, rail and airports. Global co-head Roberta Downey, is a ‘stand out individual, whose gravitas and experience are far beyond her years’; she is acting for an international bank on a potential dispute regarding defective chiller units in a data centre that could damage the bank’s functions. The team is also ‘right at the top when it comes to arbitration’; in one mandate the ‘excellentRupert Sydenham is representing a Russian investment and development group in an LCIA Arbitration concerning disputes arising under a joint venture agreement for the construction of a substantial mixed-use development in Russia. Another name to note is Tony Marshall, who is ‘very bright and superb with clients’. On the non-contentious side, Gillian Thomas is ‘calm with a wealth of knowledge’; focusing on major development projects, her recent work includes advising King’s Cross Central on all construction aspects of the £2bn King’s Cross Central development, and assisting Argent Related secure its role as development partner in the multi-billion pound Brent Cross South regeneration scheme. Global co-head of projects Adrian Walker leads on energy and infrastructure work, and is assisting an international contractor with its bid to build the world’s largest suspension bridge (and associated road development) in Turkey. Anna Mills was promoted to counsel, but John Gerszt left for an in-house role.

Next generation lawyers

Anna Mills - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s practice handles regulatory and transactional work, as well as criminal and civil litigation, and has a particular focus on the energy and industrials sectors. In 2016 the team noted an increase in environmental-related litigation; recent work includes acting for new client Transocean on regulatory and liability matters arising from the grounding of the 17,000-tonne Winner oil rig, which ran aground on the Western Isles. Another fruitful source of work was the nuclear sector, where the team was active on behalf of clients such as Exelon. Transactional highlights included representing SABMiller on the environmental and regulatory issues relating to its divestment of the Peroni, Grolsch and Meantime businesses to Asahi, and assisting EDF with its acquisition of the Studsvik nuclear waste treatment business, including its waste facility in Warrington. Head of practice Louise Moore and consultant Gary Cassidy are the main contacts.

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 practice underwent some restructuring at the top, with Claire Dutch taking charge of the team following Michael Gallimore’s appointment as head of the firm’s Birmingham office. The team is possibly best known for acting on major urban development projects, where it provides advice that is ‘client focused, and tailored to the commercial imperatives which drive the development sector’. Dutch is advising Bishopsgate Goodsyard Regeneration on proposed revisions to the 10-acre Bishopsgate Goods Yard brownfield site in Shoreditch following a call-in by the London Mayor, and is assisting Benson Elliot with a Secretary of State public enquiry relating to a site at Ealing Broadway. In another significant piece of work the ‘unflappable and user-friendly’ Gallimore continued to act for Argent Related on planning issues relating to the Brent Cross South regeneration scheme. The practice also handles energy and infrastructure planning and secured a DCO for Carlton Power relating to a 20km gas pipeline project in South Yorkshire. Senior associate Kathryn Hampton joined from Nabarro, while Victoria Du Croz left for Forsters LLP.

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s practice benefits from the firm’s excellent real estate practice and is noted for its strength in development finance, its cross-border capabilities and its lender-borrower balance. Andrew Flemming acted for U and I Group on its joint venture with an affiliate of Colony NorthStar, a platform intended to invest €300m in the London, Manchester and Dublin office markets. Tauhid Ijaz, who is an expert in loan portfolio acquisitions and securitisation, advised a major UK financial institution, as arranger, on the securitisation of a portfolio of mortgage loans secured on agricultural land and property across the UK. He also acted for Deutsche Bank as arranger on the financing of a portfolio of Irish REO residential properties bought by a sub-fund of an Irish collective asset management vehicle. Other clients of the practice include investment management firms such as Davidson Kempner, ICG-Longbow and Kennedy Wilson Europe, as well as banks such as Barclays. Andrew Welbourn, who has particular experience in Italian real estate finance, leads the group; Jo Solomon, an expert in joint ventures and cross-border property finance transactions, is also recommended, as is senior associate Andrew Whittaker.

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’s ‘second-to-none team’ is ‘one of the best in the market’ fielding ‘incredibly bright practitioners who have considerable depth of knowledge and experience that is unmatched by any others in the area’. The ‘superb’ groups acts for ‘undisputedly impressive clients’ including the Crown Estate and Qatari Diar. Practice head Nicholas Cheffings, who is ‘eagle-eyed, supremely smart and incredibly resourceful’, is representing the latter in two separate claims brought by Chelsfield Advisers arising from a development agreement relating to the US Embassy building in Grosvenor Square, and is acting for Hermes in all contentious issues arising from the client’s redevelopment of the Royal Victoria Place shopping centre in Tunbridge Wells. Mathew Ditchburninspires confidence thanks to his enthusiastic and commercial approach’; his recent work includes representing the Libyan Investment Authority in bankruptcy proceedings involving key real estate issues, and defending The Master and Wardens of the Art or Mystery of the Girdlers of London, as landlord, in a dispute heard in the High Court concerning claims that it unreasonably withheld consent to an assignment of a pub lease. Senior associate Paul Tonkin is ‘a future star’, who is ‘inventive, intellectually rigorous, assiduous and utterly reliable’.

Leading individuals

Mathew Ditchburn - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Nicholas Cheffings - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Paul Tonkin - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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London: Risk advisory

Brexit
Brexit - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP has a dedicated Brexit taskforce, which includes founding members Peter Watts and Charles Brasted (‘an exceptional individual and professional’) and is led by managing partner Susan Bright. It works with businesses and industry associations to anticipate and shape the legal and policy considerations arising from Brexit through active engagement with government, and also to manage the commercial implications. The firm is particularly active in the regulated sectors which are most immediately affected by Brexit, such as financial services, energy, media, insurance and pharmaceuticals. Rachel Kent is leading the firm’s response to financial services clients, and has chaired TheCityUK’s working group on third country regimes and other alternatives to passporting. Elsewhere in the network, Brussels-based Hugo Paemen and Warren Maruyama in Washington DC have experience in negotiating trade agreements. The firm is appreciated for its ‘extraordinarily helpful events, webinars and raft of publications’, which complement its core legal advice.

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Corporate governance
Corporate governance - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s breadth and depth of expertise enable it to provide a comprehensive service to UK and international listed and unlisted companies, as well as directors, officers and shareholders. Head of the corporate governance unit Andrew Pearson and Maegen Morrison have previously advised longstanding client SABMiller on issues such as its policies on whistleblowing and document retention, reviews of annual reports and accounts, and the establishment of governance arrangements in relation to international joint ventures. Another key client is MP Evans Group, with Richard Ufland and counsel Philip Corser recently advising on constitutional matters, its compliance with the Corporate Governance Code (prior to its AIM admission) and AGM-related issues. Mars, Paysafe Group and Acal also instruct the firm. Paul Randall leads a team focused on employee share incentives. In the area of white-collar crime and fraud, Crispin Rapinet provides management boards with multi-jurisdictional preventative and compliance advice, and also assists in relation to investigations brought by national agencies, as well as follow-up enforcement action.

Leading individuals

Andrew Pearson - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Eduardo Ustaran (‘one of the market’s true characters and standout individuals’) heads the department at Hogan Lovells International LLP, which recently advised Verizon on its adoption of binding safe processor rules; acted for Ghostery on the implementation of the European Commission’s ‘cookie consent’ rules; and assisted the government of Bermuda with the drafting and implementation of data protection legislation allowing Bermudian companies to receive personal data originally from Europe. The team’s client roster also includes the British Heart Foundation and the Information Technology Industry Council, with Ustaran recently advising the latter on issues surrounding the EU-US Privacy Shield framework. Counsel Sian Rudgard regularly advises multinational companies on cross-border compliance programmes and BCRs, and was recently involved in successfully handling Salesforce’s controller and processor BCR applications. Also recommended is counsel Victoria Hordern, who was part of a team which assisted Publicis in implementing a group-wide privacy programme.

Leading individuals

Eduardo Ustaran - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP is ‘a leading firm which draws on its superb civil litigation practice’, and is ‘very conscious of the demands and complexities of navigating clients’ requirements, adopting a strategic, practical and focused stance in all matters’. The firm has notable expertise in the financial services and life sciences sectors, and regularly advises on multi-jurisdictional investigations, regulatory issues and sanctions. Highlights included representing the UK parent company of a global industrial group in a major investigation involving internal disciplinary proceedings and associated employment law issues; and advising a healthcare software company on corruption and anti-bribery issues in relation to allegations of payments to a government official in Qatar. Crispin Rapinet is the key figure.

Leading individuals

Crispin Rapinet - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP handles a range of brand protection and branding strategy matters, from issues arising from M&A transactions to trade mark filings, disputes and exploitation of brands through advertising, sponsorship and endorsement. The team also regularly advises its US clients on copy clearance issues arising from their advertising in the UK. Richard Welfare and Sahira Khwaja heads the team, which includes Charlie Winckworth, who is ‘a commercially-minded IP lawyer’ and ‘works hard to achieve the right result for his clients’. Also recommended are senior associate Anneka Dalton, who focuses on advising high-profile bands on trade mark and domain name issues, and has a track record handling trade mark disputes; and counsel Jane Summerfield, whose experience covers labelling and compositional legislation, and defending challenges by regulatory authorities to products and advertising materials. Highlights included advising Mars on its advertising campaigns, promotional activities and on brand enforcement matters in the UK; assisting Merck Sharp and Dohme with the UK trade mark aspects of a dispute against Merck KGaA concerning the use of the name Merck; acting for a multinational manufacturing company in trade mark opposition proceedings; and assisting Eos with its actions against infringing copy products ranging from small high street operations to large industry players.

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Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Drawing from a deep pool of financial services regulatory experts, the team at Hogan Lovells International LLP acts for start-ups from a wide range of fintech areas, including insurtech, robo-advice, payments, blockchain and peer-to-peer lending. Rachel Kent, who heads the group, assisted fintech industry body Innovate Finance with the development of its "regulatory accelerator" tool; the initiative has the aim of assisting fintech companies with securing FCA authorisation and reducing the barriers to their entry to market. Retail and commercial banking regulatory expert Jonathan Chertkow advised digital mortgage broker Habito on strategic, commercial and regulatory matters, including its successful application for FCA authorisation. Emily Reid, who specialises in fintech, acted for peer-to-peer platforms Landbay and Zopa on product design, customer documentation and regulatory compliance. Roger Tym acted for the operator of a cryptocurrency dependent on blockchain infrastructure on the currency’s development and application. Fintech specialist John Salmon, who is particularly active in advising financial institutions on technology and digital projects, joined from Pinsent Masons LLP in August 2016. He advised Open Banking – the entity set up as a result of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)’s order to create open APIs in the UK retail banking industry – on various strategic, regulatory and contractual matters. PayPal and Paysafe are additional fintech clients.

Leading individuals

Emily Reid - Hogan Lovells International LLP

John Salmon - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

The ‘excellent’ team at Hogan Lovells International LLP is praised for its ‘industry knowledge’ and ‘business acumen’. Peter Watts, who is co-global head of the TMT practice, has ‘a commercial’ and ‘pragmatic’ approach. He recently advised Sepura on refinancing and capital restructuring. Don McGown has expertise in M&A and restructuring in the telecoms sector and consultant Quentin Archer is an expert in IT law, primarily handling transactions. John Salmon, who is highly regarded for acting for financial services sector clients, provided strategic and regulatory advice to Open Banking. Counsel Susan McKiernan specialises in IT contracts. Charlie Hawes joined Clifford Chance in 2017.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s team stands out for its ‘strength’ and ‘depth’, and it handles all aspects of IP for an impressive list of clients including Mars, Merck Sharp & Dohme, and Vodafone. Patent litigator Stephen Bennett has a ‘sensible head on his shoulders’ and provides ‘practical’ and ‘sensible advice’. Daniel Brook is ‘technically very competent’ and ‘gets the ins and outs of even the most complex piece of patent litigation’. Paul Brown also focuses on patent litigation, mainly for medical devices and electronics clients. Trade mark and brand specialist Sahira Khwaja is ‘very knowledgeable’ and has ‘a particular eye for detail’. Trade mark expert Charlie Winckworth, who recently advised Ford on a number of technology projects, is ‘experienced with a strong client base’ and ‘works hard to achieve the right result for his clients’. Patent specialist Paul Brown focuses on the electronics and medical devices sector, and recently represented Vodafone in a fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory terms licensing dispute with Intellectual Ventures. Sarah Turner specialises in trade secrets and transactions. ‘Excellent’ senior associate Anneka Dalton is ‘extremely thorough and clearly passionate about her work’ and associate Laura Whiting is ‘a no-nonsense litigator’.

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP acts for a range of global media and entertainment groups and advertisers and its expertise spans IP, regulatory, advertising, marketing, corporate matters, financing and restructuring, litigation, competition and antitrust. It is advising Mars on advertising campaigns and on promotional activities and advised the British Paralympic Association on brand enforcement issues in the build-up to, during, and following the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. It is also advising STIM on its joint venture with PRS for Music and GEMA on the creation of a multi-territory music licensing hub. Team head Peter Watts advises on complex networks of contracts and innovative commercial structures. Richard Welfare handles regulatory work, including advertising and marketing, copy clearance, promotional activities and product compliance.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP fields ‘a superb team with excellent partners and very high-quality associates’, which excels in assisting innovators in the pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and medical devices arenas. According to one client, it has ‘the best patent group in London’, while another client consider it to be ‘a go-to firm for English and EU product liability law advice’, as demonstrated by its excellent record in high-value pharmaceutical disputes in the High Court and the Supreme Court. It is defending Merck Sharp & Dohme in an action brought by Shionogi against its HIV medicine Isentress and is appealing the UKIPO’s refusal of Merck’s application for an SPC on the combination cholesterol product Atozet. Other highlights included acting for Zimmer Biomet and its European subsidiaries on personal injury claims concerning Biomet's all-metal prosthetic hip replacements, and assisting with a number of big-ticket M&A mandates for leading pharmaceuticals companies. Within the ‘excellent’ team, John Meltzer is ‘particularly good at understanding the client’s objectives’, and leads the product liability team with ‘great authority and skill’; Stephen Bennett is particularly experienced at representing innovator companies in litigation with generics companies and advising on extension of patent rights through SPCs and paediatric extensions; highly experienced consultant Caroline Moore has an extensive advocacy track record, giving her ‘a natural forensic awareness which allows her to understand how points will play out in court’; Matthew Felwickcombines a sharp intelligence with strong commercial awareness’, and has forged a particular niche in the new technology sector. Also recommended are Sahira Khwaja, who is noted for her ‘experience and keen eye for detail’; the ‘commercially mindedCharlie Winckworth; Richard Welfare, who focuses on regulatory compliance matters; and patent litigators Daniel Brook and Paul Brown.

Next generation lawyers

Matthew Felwick - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘first-rate’ and ‘very responsive’ practice is jointly headed by commercial experts Paul Joukador and Richard Welfare, and counsel Penny Powell, who is a corporate, commercial and M&A specialist. ‘Nothing is too much trouble’ for the team, which provides ‘clear, always appropriate advice’, ‘understands its clients’ and is ‘easy to do business with’. ‘Pragmatic’ commercial regulatory expert Richard Welfare has ‘a can-do attitude’; the British Paralympic Association is a key client of his. Real estate partner Daniel Norris assisted AFC Wimbledon with acquiring a new stadium site in Merton. Other clients include Sport England and the International Rugby Wheelchair Federation; British Parasnowsport is a new client.

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London: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s airports team sits within its infrastructure practice and handles specialist regulatory, infrastructure, planning, competition, real estate and dispute resolution mandates, leveraging expertise from its international network where necessasry. Aéroports de Paris, Regional Airports Limited, TAV and Belfast City Airport are clients. Andrew Briggs specialises in infrastructure mandates. Andrew Gallagher and counsel Charles Ford are also recommended.

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Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP has ‘excellent sector knowledge’ and is praised for its ‘excellent response times’. The team handles a variety of rail sector projects, with expertise in franchising, rolling stock, and major infrastructure projects. Highlights included advising Alstom on the acquisition of GE’s Intelligent Transportation Solutions business, and is advising the Hellenic Republic on the restructuring of the Greek railway. It is also advising the lenders in connection with the Nottingham Express Transit Phase 2 PFI project. The ‘experienced’ Andrew Briggs and Simon Gwynne, who has a ‘confident and authoritative manner’, head the team. They are assisted by Adrian Walker, who is global co-head of infrastructure, energy, resources and projects, counsel Charles Ford, and Andrew Gallagher, who specialises in infrastructure finance, project finance, PPP transactions and infrastructure acquisitions.

Leading individuals

Andrew Briggs - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Simon Gwynne - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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