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Hogan Lovells International LLP

ATLANTIC HOUSE, HOLBORN VIADUCT, LONDON, EC1A 2FG, ENGLAND
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Recommendations


London: Corporate and commercial

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP is a ‘first-choice firm for outsourcing’, and also has ‘expertise across a wide range of regulatory and payments issues’. Key recent clients include Nintendo and Phoenix Group. Department head Peter Watts is a ‘truly invaluable asset’, and Mark Taylor has ‘strong BPO and ITO experience’ and is ‘good at structuring deals in a favourable way’. Andrew Skipper is a ‘star’ and a ‘very calming influence’, and ‘has the ability to crack through difficult negotiations’. Rachel Kent is ‘strong on regulatory issues in an outsourcing context’.

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP is noted for its ‘international coverage and extremely diligent approach’. Team head Karen Hughes combines ‘excellent technical capabilities’ with a ‘broad knowledge of business’ to give ‘insightful advice’. Kevin Ashman is ‘always very responsive, clear and accurate’, and recently advised Lloyds Banking Group on the establishment of a series of infrastructure funds with interests across the UK and continental Europe. Real estate expert Philip Gershuny is ‘technically excellent, proactive and determined to come up with practical and implementable solutions’.

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Within Equity capital markets: UK capability, tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s team advises both issuers and underwriters on primary and secondary offerings in London and internationally. The ECM team includes experienced practitioner Nigel Read, and the ‘very solid and technically excellent’ Maegen Morrison. Richard Brown left to join Latham & Watkins LLP.

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Within Equity capital markets: US capability, tier 5

The team at Hogan Lovells International LLP is praised for its high levels of partner input. John Basnage is a ‘great asset’ who ‘knows his way around complex international work’. Peter Kohl led the advice to Numis Securities as bookrunner on the £135m flotation of pharmaceuticals company Clinigen.

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP is appreciated for its ‘very impressive service, strength in depth and good project management’. The six-partner department is recommended for transactional work, investigations and appeals, and litigation. Lesley Ainsworth heads the group, while Susan Bright co-heads the wider international practice. The ‘very intelligent and experienced’ Nicholas Heaton is defending Mersen in complex follow-on damages litigation after the European Commission’s ruling of a cartel in the carbon graphite market. Suyong Kim recently advised Liberty Global on the European competition aspects of its £15bn acquisition of Virgin Media.

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

Hogan Lovells International LLPreally understands the nuances of financial services law and regulation’, and regularly handles high-profile mandates, including representing a major investment bank in the Libor investigation. ‘Technically superb and very approachable’ team head Rachel Kent advised the London Metal Exchange on the establishment of a new clearing house. The ‘highly technical’ Ben Regnard-Weinrabe ‘brings an academic rigour to his work’, and Roger Tym is an ‘expert on mortgage-related issues’. On the contentious side, the ‘amiable and knowledgeable’ Philip Parish co-heads the team with Ailbhe Edgar, who has ‘deep knowledge across a broad spectrum of the industry’.

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP maintains strong footholds in the energy, financial services, insurance and TMT sectors. In an illustration of its ability to handle high-value transactions in highly regulated sectors, Charles Rix and Steven McEwan led for Phoenix Group on the sale of an annuity business to Guardian Assurance Limited. It has also benefited from the appetite for emerging markets transactions, with practice head Andrew Pearson and Maegen Morrison advising on the UK aspects of SABMiller’s acquisition of a minority stake in Turkish brewing group Anadolu Efes. Richard Ufland and Steven Bryan are also recommended. John Allison joined in 2012 from Addleshaw Goddard LLP, adding strength on the financial services side.

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Within Private equity: transactions, tier 5

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s private equity team ‘strikes the right balance between providing strong technical support and having a commercial sense of the transaction’. Its sector focus and global footprint are a strong draw for a client base that includes Warburg Pincus and AnaCap. In 2012 it advised AIM-listed Abcam plc on its $170m acquisition of VC-backed Epitomics International. Practice head Alan Greenough leads a seven-partner team which includes Tom Whelan, who is ‘very experienced, with a broad knowledge base and a commercial approach’. Amit Nayyar is also recommended.

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP combines a broad advisory offering covering VAT, insurance premium taxes as well as a range of levies with first-rate contentious capabilities across HMRC investigations, disputes, judicial review and disclosure obligations. Head of department Michael Conlon QC has ‘impressive advocacy skills and knowledge of the law’, and Kevin Ashman’s ‘technical knowledge is excellent’.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘responsive’ team is acting for a major Russian bank in criminal proceedings in London and elsewhere. It has also been advising a multinational company in a criminal prosecution in London concerning a large oil and gas project. Jeremy Cole has ‘extensive commercial nous’, and Crispin Rapinet is recommended.

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP has ‘real strength in depth’. The practice has substantial experience in CIS-related fraud litigation, and is representing JSC BTA Bank in the largest set of fraud proceedings in the English courts, relating to a fraud allegedly committed on the bank by, among others, its former chairman. Practice head Jeremy Cole is ‘incisive’, and Cary Kochberg is ‘tenacious’.

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Within Fraud: white-collar crime Leading individuals: fraud

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London: Dispute resolution

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s department head Jon Holland ‘instils confidence’, Andrea Monks is ‘incredibly hardworking’, Louise Lamb is ‘dependable and friendly’, and Neil Mirchandani is ‘full of valuable insights’. The practice acted for one of the UK’s biggest banks in defending claims regarding the sale of interest rate derivative products. Philip Parish, Ailbhe Edgar, Hugh Lyons and Chris Hardman are also highly rated.

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s team is ‘incredibly effective’. Its recent work includes representing JSC BTA Bank in the largest set of fraud proceedings currently in the English courts. Patrick Sherrington is ‘a leading commercial litigation figure’, and Neil Mirchandani is ‘highly skilled’. Other recommended individuals include Chris Hardman, Ailbhe Edgar and Philip Parish.

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP is ‘terrific for strategy’. The practice represented the government of Vietnam in a bilateral trade agreement arbitration. Simon Nesbitt ‘looks at all angles before making recommendations’. Other key figures include Michael Davison, Kieron O’Callaghan, Roberta Downey, John Gerszt, Tony Marshall, Rupert Sydenham and of counsel Markus Burgstaller.

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Within Mediators Mediators

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘determined team’ recently acted for the government of Mongolia and MonAtom in an arbitration brought by Khan Resources under the Energy Charter Treaty, a joint venture agreement and local investment law, the dispute concerning the alleged expropriation of licences for the exploitation of a uranium mining area. Michael Davison and of counsel Markus Burgstaller are recommended.

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

At Hogan Lovells International LLP, Kevin Ashman gives advice which is ‘always very clear and accurate’, and Michael Conlon QC has ‘impressive knowledge of the law’. Recent highlights include an SDLT dispute; advising a ferry operator in relation to an HMRC enquiry into its eligibility to be taxed under the tonnage tax regime; and handling a case for Weightwatchers on the employment status of its class leaders.

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London: Finance

Within Acquisition finance, tier 5

Headed by the ‘very experienced’ Penny Angell, Hogan Lovells International LLP advises banks, non-traditional lenders, sponsors and corporates. Paul Mullen has been involved in a number of unitranche structured transactions, and played a key role in producing standard documentation for GE and Ares’ new JV for unitranche funding in Europe. The team is also strong within regulated industries, and recently advised the banks on Duke Street’s acquisition financing of a majority stake in the Parabis Group, the parent company of insurance litigation law firms Plexus Law and Cogent Law. Matthew Cottis is ‘very knowledgeable’, and Stuart Brinkworth is ‘very well connected to the private equity mid-market’.

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

Headed by the ‘experienced and knowledgeable’ Robin Hallam, the five-partner team at Hogan Lovells International LLP provides ‘flexible and proactive’ advice to clients across the range of asset classes. On the aviation side, the hire back in 2011 of the ‘excellent’ Robert Fugard has provided more balance given his strong ties with a number of airlines, and he recently advised Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA on several matters including its pre-delivery financing of eight B737 aircraft, the US Ex-Im Bank backed financing of four B737 aircraft, and the sale and leaseback of a further two B737 aircraft. Simon Gwynne provides ‘excellent advice and service’ on rail transactions, while Austen Hall has a niche in corporate jet financings.

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP has ‘a highly responsive banking practice providing insightful and commercial advice’. The team, led by Matthew Cottis, benefits from the ‘good insight and execution’ of Stuart Brinkworth, who advised the banks on the £270m refinancing of Nuffield Health. A ‘brilliant lawyer with encyclopaedic knowledge of the law’, Penny Angell advised a bank syndicate on a $315m revolving credit facility for AZ Electronic Materials.

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Within Commodities: derivatives Leading individuals: commodities

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP has a team of ‘very knowledgeable lawyers’. Matthew Williams gives ‘informed and commercial advice’ in power, gas and structured commodities transactions. Also recommended are Richard Tyler, ‘an acknowledged expert in gas, power and LNG trading’; Christopher Norton, ‘a recognised name in emissions trading’; and David Moss, who is ‘very experienced in the energy sector’. Williams advised RWE on regulatory and trading issues.

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

Headed by Stephen Foster, Hogan Lovells International LLP’s six-partner team provides ‘incisive’ advice to banks, funds and pensions trustees. Joe Bannister is advising the pensions trustee in its attempts to recover monies to fund the deficit in the scheme from insolvent company Nortel. Laurence Crowley remains involved in matters arising from the long-running BCCI insolvency, and Deborah Gregory advised the administrators of IT group 2e2.

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP has a ‘strong issuer practice starting to act more for banks’. Practice head David Hudd advised SABMiller on a €1bn drawdown on its EMTN programme, and Julian Craughan and James Doyle also stand out. Craughan’s highlights included advice to BSkyB on an $800m bond. Kit Johnson’s ‘dedicated trustee practice sets the firm apart from most competitors’.

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP has ‘a dedicated structured finance practice and a leading regulatory team’. James Doyle, who advised Société Générale on a €20bn repackaging platform, and trustee specialist Kit Johnson are ‘excellent’. Practice head David Hudd advised BNP Paribas on the €20bn SecurAsset structured products programme.

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP is ‘strong across a broad range of emerging markets finance’. Andrew Gamble, global head of the Africa practice, advised Société Générale on a $600m borrowing base facility to finance imports into Mauritania. David Leggott, who advised the International Finance Corporation on a $250m investment under the Critical Commodities Finance Program, and James Doyle are also recommended.

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP provides ‘clear and commercial advice’ across listed and private funds. It acted on M&G UK Companies Financing Fund II, and advised BlackRock on amalgamating RREEF real estate funds into BlackRock UK Property Fund. Other clients include InfraRed Capital Partners and Threadneedle. Practice head Nicholas Holman ‘provides strong advice underpinned by sound understanding of the legal framework and applied to the unique circumstances’. Property funds specialist James McDonald and hedge funds expert Erik Jamieson are also recommended.

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

Rahail Ali, the Dubai-based head of Hogan Lovells International LLP’s group, is ‘one of the most experienced Islamic finance lawyers in the world’. With experience across the full range of Islamic products, and with an impressive property capability, the team’s recent work includes advising the government of Dubai on the $352m multi-sourced export credit and Islamic financing of the Dubai Al Sufouh transit system project. Tauhid Ijaz is ‘a very impressive capital markets lawyer’; and Simon Gwynne and Robert Fugard are ‘highly regarded for Islamic asset finance’.

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

With outstanding partners such as Julian Craughan and Tauhid Ijaz, Hogan Lovells International LLP has ‘strong English law capability and a strong international offering’. Craughan advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch as arranger on the £438m Tenterden Funding RMBS. Highlights for Ijaz included a £130m privately placed securitisation of commercial real estate loans for Deutsche Bank. Dennis Dillon and James Doyle are also recommended.

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP takes ‘a very proactive approach based on in-depth knowledge’. Andrew Gamble is ‘without doubt one of the leading lawyers in this field, and has unrivalled drive’. ‘Superstar’ David Leggott and Andrew Taylor are also recommended in a team which counts Citibank and Natixis among its clients. Leggott advised International Finance Corporation on a $250m trade and commodities receivables financing for agriculture and energy projects in developing countries.

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London: Human resources

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

The practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP has a ‘global perspective’ and a top-drawer client list that includes Trinity Mirror, Lloyds and Liberty Global. Louise Whitewright ‘simply knows all there is to know in the field’, and ‘provides technical analysis combined with excellent commercial awareness’. Her team is ‘stable and very strong’, and includes of counsel Kiran Khetia.

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

Counting financial services, energy and media among its sector strengths, Hogan Lovells International LLPconsistently gives realistic and sensible advice to clients in litigation matters, and works extremely hard to achieve the best outcome for the client’. Elizabeth Slattery leads the team, which has recently seen an increase in instructions related to restructuring and insolvency. Ed Bowyer is recommended for his client skills. David Harper has retired as a partner, but remains with the firm as a consultant. Clients include eBay and Honeywell.

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Within Health and safety, tier 4

Able to ‘deliver results’, Hogan Lovells International LLP has experience across emergency response, major incidents and criminal investigations. Consultant Gary Cassidy is the key figure, and is valued for his ‘immense industrial and commercial experience’ and ‘great ability to turn risks and challenges into opportunities’.

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP has a substantial team of partners featuring industry names Jane Samsworth and pensions litigation star Angela Dimsdale Gill. Also of note are group manager Katie Banks; the ‘meticulous and knowledgeable’ Duncan Buchanan; the ‘dynamic and pragmatic’ Claire Southern; Edward Brown, who is ‘first class’; and pensions litigator Nicholas Heaton. Its client base of major companies and schemes includes Centrica, the Kodak Pension Plan, the BT Pension Scheme, and Trustees of the Industry-Wide Coal Schemes, which the firm advised on an innovative restructuring and pension fund debt-for-equity swap. Recent contentious work includes defending Ford in a substantial class action concerning its £350m pension deficit. The highly rated Stephen Ito retired from the practice.

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London: Insurance

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP acts for a broad range of clients in the sector, often in relation to multi-jurisdictional issues. Nick Atkins is instructed by Willis on key matters, and advises Starr Underwriting pursuant to a general retainer. He is also acting for the Federal-Mogul Asbestos Personal Injury Trust in proceedings against its captive insurer, and against Curzon and reinsurers in respect of asbestos liability. Atkins and the ‘experienced’ Stuart Hill have an increasing Latin America practice, advising on coverage issues. Peter Taylor and Christian Wells have moved into consultancy roles.

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

Tim Goggin’s specialist insurance team at Hogan Lovells International LLP has great breadth of expertise, and a wide-ranging client base. As well as attracting instructions on major deals and Part VII transfers, it handles advice on wider issues such as start-ups, reorganisations and outsourcing. Steven McEwan is ‘very strong’ on pensions transactions, and recently advised Phoenix Group on the sale of its £5bn annuity business. Goggins advised on Alleghany’s acquisition of Transatlantic Re, and on the re-domestication to the UK of NNIS (a Dutch subsidiary of ING). Charles Rix led on the reorganisation of Phoenix’s life assurance business.

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

Joe Bannister heads the team at Hogan Lovells International LLP, which saw the departure of Alexander Wood to Weil, Gotshal & Manges in 2012. Bannister continues to advise in relation to the Sovereign and the Orion (now OIC) schemes of arrangement. Both he and Nick Atkins are advising the Federal-Mogul Trust, which has commenced proceedings relating to the interpretation of the asbestos liability policies. Charles Rix led on a major reorganisation of Phoenix’s life assurance businesses.

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Within Product liability: claimant Leading individuals: product liability

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘excellent’ team ‘always delivers’, and has a breadth of sector experience, advising names such as Vodafone, Sony, BAT, Nintendo and Merck. Department head John Meltzer is ‘pleasant to work with’; Rod Freeman is ‘very strategic but still grounded with very keen judgement’; and Ruth Grant is ‘an incisive, excellent lawyer’. Clients also highlight the firm’s combination of contentious and regulatory expertise at a global level.

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

Praised for its ‘top-quality advice’ and ‘superb level of service’, the 12-partner team at Hogan Lovells International LLP is led by the ‘experienced’ Nicholas Heaton. With a broad practice, the ‘practical’ team advises major insurers and leading professional services firms in areas including legal, accountancy, broking, actuarial and pensions, and also handles claimant matters. Angela Dimsdale Gill is a ‘first-class operator’.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

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

Highlights for Hogan Lovells International LLP, on the infrastructure M&A side, included advising Lloyds Banking Group on the establishment of its European Infrastructure and Sterling Infrastructure Funds. Adrian Briggs advised Aéroports de Paris on its share purchase agreement to acquire 38% of Turkish airport terminal operator TAV Airports. Adrian Walker heads the team.

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP fields an ‘excellent’ team which is involved in a number of mega-projects in the sector, notably advising Rio Tinto on construction aspects of the development of the Simandou iron ore mine in Guinea. Team head Adrian Walker is ‘outstanding, and has comprehensive knowledge of mining law’.

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s practice spans LNG, pipeline-related and regulatory matters. Richard Tyler led the advice to the project consortium, including BP and Statoil, on Phase 2 of the Shah Deniz pipeline project, on which the firm acted as sole project counsel. The firm is also prominent in dispute resolution, particularly international arbitration, for oil and gas clients, and is representing Shell in the Niger Delta Oil group action. Tyler, Ben Higson and David Moss are key contacts on the transactional side.

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Within PFI and PPP, Hogan Lovells International LLP is a second tier firm,

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s team head Adrian Walker and Andrew Briggs continue to act on a variety of projects, including advising a bidder on the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital PFI. Internationally, Briggs is advising the Estonian government on the Kse-Mao Road PPP, and Scott Tindall is part of a cross-office team advising the preferred bidder on the Poznan Waste PPP project.

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s clients include E.ON, EDF and RWE, with department head Matthew Williams and John Deacon highly regarded for their expertise in conventional and renewables, respectively. Williams recently advised RWE on the purchase and conversion to biomass of a 420MW coal-fired power station.

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London: Public sector

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP has ‘the skills necessary to ensure that even the most complex public law litigation runs smoothly’. The government and regulatory team acts for public and private sector clients, including Ofgem, Fujitsu and Serco. The firm continues to advise British American Tobacco on various matters, including assisting in its recent judicial review challenge to UK regulations banning the display of tobacco products. ‘Experienced litigator’ Paul Dacam and the ‘extremely clever and hardworking’ Charles Brasted are appreciated for their ‘knowledge, tactical judgement and client care’.

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s lawyers are regarded as ‘leaders in the field of commercial public law’. The team recently worked with Crisis Action and others to assist the Libyan National Transitional Council in securing the release of seized Libyan banknotes worth £1bn. Other clients include British American Tobacco, SABMiller and Fujitsu. Practice head Paul Dacam is an ‘experienced litigator’. The ‘outstanding’ Charles Brasted and ‘future star’ Julia Marlow are also recommended.

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London: Real estate

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

Hogan Lovells International LLPhas the edge in terms of commercial judgement, commitment, and strength in depth’. Recent headline instructions include advising the BBC on the £200m sale of the Television Centre site. It has ‘one of the best full-service teams’, with investment a key strength; clients include Prudential, Henderson and LaSalle, as well as sovereign wealth funds such as FutureFund and various private equity houses. The team includes Michael Stancombe, Gill McGreevy and Jackie Newstead - ‘all three are commercial and popular with clients’. Daniel Norris, Christopher Berry and Dion Panambalana ‘make a good contribution to the industry in terms of seminars, events and education’.

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

At Hogan Lovells International LLP, John Gerszt runs ‘a very good contentious team’ with ‘good industry knowledge and risk assessment capabilities’. ‘Respected’ non-contentious head Gillian Thomas’ extensive experience includes various Mongolian construction projects. Roberta Downey is recommended for offshore wind farms, while Scott Tindall is advising JKC Australian LNG on the $34bn Ichthys LNG project in Darwin.

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP covers a broad range of environmental issues, with Christopher Norton offering extensive experience in climate change matters. It has a growing litigation practice, and is defending Royal Dutch Shell against a group action relating to oil spills in the Niger Delta.

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

In 2012, Hogan Lovells International LLP secured planning permission for the Legacy Communities Scheme at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which will include 6,800 new homes, parkland and retail facilities. It also won planning permission for Ballymore Properties and the American Embassy regarding its new Embassy Gardens redevelopment which will comprise up to 2,000 new homes, workspace and leisure facilities. Michael Gallimore is recommended for his ‘deep knowledge’ and ‘firm but gentlemanly style’; and Claire Dutch gives ‘clear and uncomplicated advice’.

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP advised Deutsche Bank on the £130m portfolio sale of commercial real estate loans and related vendor financing, and acted for Kennedy Wilson on its joint venture with Deutsche Bank to acquire a £770m portfolio of UK non-performing real estate backed loans and related swaps. Andrew Welbourn is recommended.

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

Firm chair Nicholas Cheffings leads Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘commercial’ practice, which ‘has the edge on client service’. The ‘technically excellent’ Mathew Ditchburn defended Ernst & Young against a £34m claim over pre-appointment rents in the Luminar Group administration. Development specialist Dellah Gilbert advised The Crown Estate on a contentious £450m redevelopment. Associate Paul Tonkin is ‘fast ascending’.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP draws on its global presence and IP capabilities to manage trade mark portfolios of brand names such as Skype and Mars. Richard Welfare advised Nintendo on both commercial and regulatory issues regarding its Wii U product launch and sponsorship of the BFI London Film Festival. He also advised Shell and Johnson & Johnson on advertising compliance. Sahira Khwaja focuses on IP rights and protection.

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘team of true specialists’ focuses on cross-border matters. Department head Quentin Archer is well regarded for his longstanding experience in data protection issues. The practice has recently advised on product launches, business expansion and restructurings, data breach issues and regulatory compliance matters. Clients include SABMiller, Honeywell, Ford, Aviva and Lloyds Banking Group.

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP handles a broad mix of patent and soft IP matters, with clients including Merck, Hollister, Mars and Skype. It represented HTC in disputes with Nokia and IPCom, and is also acting for Werit Kunststoffwerke against Schütz, which is set for a Supreme Court hearing. Among the team’s patent litigators, Stephen Bennett has ‘considerable experience, particularly on technical patent work, and a no-nonsense, down-to-earth style’, and Daniel Brook and Paul Brown are also recommended. Sahira Khwaja leads on trade mark matters.

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP draws on specialists across various departments, and is ‘willing to go the extra mile in order to get the job done’. It advises on IT and telecoms related corporate, regulatory and litigation matters, such as acting for Barclays on setting up its Pingit mobile banking application. Conor Ward heads the department. Mark Taylor is ‘an industry expert who exudes confidence and capability, strength and expertise in the outsourcing sector’. Peter Watts ‘constantly impresses with his commerciality and ingenuity’. Arbitration lawyer Michael Davison is ‘an experienced, wise, steady hand, with a measured, pragmatic and personable approach’.

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘knowledgeable, responsive’ practice head Peter Watts handles ‘complex commercial matters’, and has been defending ITV plc and ITV Network in High Court proceedings brought by STV. The practice is experienced in multi-jurisdictional matters, where it can bring to bear the firm’s international resources, and notably advised Liberty Global on its £15bn acquisition of Virgin Media as well as Chellomedia on its acquisition of MGM Networks. Key clients include Warner Bros and Mars. Richard Welfare advised Nintendo of Europe on the launch of the Wii U console.

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP advises on a broad range of IP, transactional, regulatory, product liability and commercial matters. Recent work includes representing the claimant in patent infringement dispute AGA v Occlutech; acting for Abcam on its $170m acquisition of Epitomics; and defending Baxter Healthcare against a group claim regarding contaminated blood products. IP partner Stephen Bennett and regulatory and product liability specialist John Meltzer are the key contacts.

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Within Sport, tier 5

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s brand management expertise has attracted clients such as Mars and Sport England. Richard Welfare gives ‘solid advice’, and counsel Penny Powell provides ‘tremendous support and advice on corporate governance’.

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London: Transport

Within Rail, tier 4

Providing clients with a ‘top-rate service, underpinned by fast response times, clear and commercial advice, and a strong breadth of team knowledge’, Hogan Lovells International LLP recently advised RFF and the French government on the procurement of the Nîmes-Montpellier HSR PPP. It also advises clients such as Alstom, Macquarie, Vinci and Irish Rail. Team heads Andrew Briggs and Simon Gwynne are ‘highly rated’.

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Latin America: International firms

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

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

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  • Hong Kong Enacts Competition Law

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

Legal Developments in the UK

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  • Home Office announces extension of support service for SMEs

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

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

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

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

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

  • Playing fair with penalty clauses

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

  • Restoring environmental damage: putting a price on ecosystem services

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

  • The role of arbitrators in EU antitrust law

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

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

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

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

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

  • New revised guidelines for administrators in pre-pack sales

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