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Sarah Shaw

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Sarah is a corporate lawyer with an impressive range of experience advising on private acquisitions and disposals, public takeovers, ECM and joint venture transactions. She has a particular focus on the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Sarah advises a number of global energy companies and other corporate, infrastructure, private equity and sovereign wealth fund clients. Her practice is international and includes a focus on Africa, where she advises funds and corporates that are active in the region.

London: Corporate and commercial

Flotations: small and mid-cap

Within: Flotations: small and mid-cap

Hogan Lovells International LLP's team, which is jointly led by Maegen Morrison and Daniel Simons, is active in a significant number of high-value AIM transactions; it handled 11 equity capital markets transactions on AIM in 2017. In the IPO space, Simons and senior associate John Holme acted for Cenkos Securities in the £572.7m AIM IPO of Eddie Stobart Logistics (one of the largest ever on AIM). Simons also worked with Morrison and counsel Karla Dudek to advise Canaccord Genuity (as NOMAD, financial adviser and broker) on GBGI Limited's £130.4m AIM IPO. In 2018, on the issuer side, Jonathan Baird  (who joined in 2017 from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP) was the lead adviser to Urban Exposure Plc on its £150m institutional placing and AIM listing. Beyond IPOs, the firm also handles secondary fundraisings and other complex transactions. The firm's clients also include names such as Acal Plc, Shaftesbury Plc, Macquarie and Liberum. Sarah Shaw joined in January 2018 from Allen & Overy LLP, while US-qualified securities counsel Bryan Stephens is another recent arrival. In other developments, John Basnage  moved to Anthem Advisory and Nigel Read departed to become a consultant at NR Transaction Consulting.

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

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

Counting energy, technology, financial services, real estate and insurance as key sector strengths,¬†Hogan Lovells International LLP¬†provides an ‚Äėexcellent service‚Äô, which is ‚Äėalways responsive with practical/commercially aware advice‚Äô and ‚Äėcompares very well with the competition, including magic circle firms‚Äô. ‚ÄėThe team has a broad spectrum of industry and sector knowledge‚Äô, and is ‚Äėalways trying to push the deal forward‚Äô.¬†Ben Higson¬†heads the firm‚Äôs London M&A offering. Higson ‚Äėis excellent, as are his team; commercially aware, pragmatic and strategic‚Äô; his focus is in the energy, infrastructure and natural resources sectors, with a growing specialism in the Japanese market. Senior M&A partner¬†Steven Bryan¬†‚Äď who is praised for his ‚Äėstrong energy industry knowledge‚Äô, as well as for his ‚Äėtransactional expertise and communication skills‚Äô ‚Äď advised Brookfield Business Partners on the acquisition of a 85% stake in Greenergy. Other highlights included Maegen Morrison¬†handling AB InBev‚Äôs various divestments arising from its takeover of SABMiller, including its ‚ā¨7.3bn disposal of the latter‚Äôs businesses in several Eastern European states, and¬†Nicola Evans¬†advising AXA on its ¬£295m disposal of Bluefin Insurance Group to Marsh & McLennan.¬†Sarah Shaw¬†joined from¬†Allen & Overy LLP.

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Private equity: transactions

Within: Private equity: transactions

Hogan Lovells International LLP's varied workload, which consists of a mix of mid-cap and large-cap deals, spans domestic and cross-border LBO's, secondaries transactions, co-investments and exits among other matters. The firm focuses primarily on transactions involving regulated sectors, including financial services and insurance, TMT, consumer/retail and real estate. Its 'client-focused' global private equity head Tom Whelan, who is 'energetic in pushing through a transaction', has particular experience of acting for tech and tech-enabled businesses. In 2017, Whelan was part of the team which acted for Paysafe Group in its £3bn takeover by a private equity consortium led by Blackstone and CVC. Another standout large-cap deal for the team, which was led by Steven Bryan, involved acting for Brookfield Business Partners in its acquisition of an 85% stake in road fuels supplier Greenergy.  London team head Ed Harris manages the firm's relationships with clients such as Pantheon Ventures, Investindustrial and Terra Firma. In the mid-cap space, Harris and Grimshaw advised another key client Ventiga Capital Partners on its acquisition of Infare Solutions, and also Infare's subsequent purchase of airline and airport data contracts from QL2 Software. Sarah Shaw (who is a recent hire from Allen & Overy LLP) specialises in energy and infrastructure sector transactions.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Mining and minerals

Within: Mining and minerals

The broad multi-disciplinary mining offering at Hogan Lovells International LLP advises clients on financing transactions, M&A mandates, regulatory issues, disputes and the construction and planning aspects of projects. On the projects front, practice head Adrian Walker is currently overseeing the contractual aspects of a mine expansion in Africa, and Crispin Rapinet collaborated with the Washington DC and Johannesburg teams to review the anti-bribery compliance policy of a global mining company. Kieron O’Callaghan led the advice to a bank with regards to claims against a large Eastern European mining group on the grounds of alleged breach of loan arragnements. Sarah Shaw recently joined the corporate department from Allen & Overy LLP and construction disputes specialist Angus Rankin arrived from an in-house position at Mitsubishi. David Moss retired from the partnership.

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Oil and gas

Within: Oil and gas

Hogan Lovells International LLP 'is first-rate for oil and gas work' according to one client who also describes Kieron O’Callaghan and counsel Ben Hornan as 'excellent lawyers'. The practice is led by Richard Tyler who currently acts as project counsel to the Shah Deniz consortium for the development of the landmark project, and is collaborating with Steven Bryan to advise Statoil on the proposed sale of its interests in the Teesside oil terminal. A major global oil company also appointed the group to oversee its entry into an African market through the procurement of an ultra-deep water project in the Atlantic Ocean, and counsel Ben Sulaiman continues to represent an oil major in the corporate, project development, commercial contract and maritime treaty advice arising from its high-profile discovery asset in Africa alongside Markus Burgstaller . The team was recently bolstered by the arrival of Sarah Shaw from Allen & Overy LLP and Arun Velusami from Norton Rose Fulbright .

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Power (including electricity and renewables)

Within: Power (including electricity and renewables)

The power offering at Hogan Lovells International LLP covers energy generation, regulation, storage, infrastructure and supply on behalf of regulated entities, utility suppliers, distributors and lenders across the full spectrum of sectors. The recently promoted partner Alex Harrison , Nicholas Roberts and Ben Higson were recently appointed as sole legal counsel to the Crown Estate with regards to its wind, tidal and gas storage portfolios, and Philip Robb recently advised John Laing on all aspects of its new £137m bank facilities for the financing of acquisitions of new renewable assets. Also notable is Adrian Walker 's work for a global engineering company with regards to the development of a new nuclear asset, and a global partnership arrangement with an oil and gas major negotiated by Richard Tyler for a solar asset manufacturer. On the contentious front, Roberta Downey is representing the main contractor of a major offshore wind farm in a number of disputes and arbitration proceedings against a range of parties including an international subcontractor and the project owner. The team was recently strengthened by the arrival of Arun Velusami from Norton Rose Fulbright and Sarah Shaw from Allen & Overy LLP .

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Within: Water

The sector-led, multi-disciplinary water team at Hogan Lovells International LLP is spearheaded by Philip Robb . Recent financing work includes acting for a group of banks as lead arrangers in the closing of the project financing of Sohar independent water project in Oman after assisting the lenders throughout the bid phase, and Andrew Gallagher 's counsel to an investment bank with regards to its financing of a landmark UK infrastructure project. On the regulatory side, counsel Charles Ford advised existing investors in the sector on the impact of the ongoing PR19 review and the potential effects of the Labour Party's utilities reform plan. Steven Bryan handles corporate matters within the energy, projects and natural resources sector and was recently joined in the department by Sarah Shaw from Allen & Overy LLP .

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