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Michelmores LLP

12TH FLOOR, 6 NEW STREET SQUARE, LONDON, EC4A 3BF, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7659 7660
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Fax 020 7659 7661
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63 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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www.michelmores.com

London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m - ranked: tier 3

Michelmores LLP

The ‘friendly, accessible’ practice at Michelmores LLP is ‘very commercial, hands-on and good value for money’, and has ‘good knowledge of emerging markets’. The ‘first-classIan Binnie arrived in May 2016 from Hamlins LLP; he advised VSA Capital as financial advisor to Trillion Trophy Asia on the latter’s takeover offer for Birmingham City. Department head Roger Fink assisted three technology investors with their acquisition of A Frame and their establishment and financing of Excession Technologies. Alongside the Exeter-based Alexandra Watson, he also advised Baigrie Davies on its sale to 1825, Standard Life’s financial planning arm. Joe Whitfield, an emerging markets expert with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa, is also recommended.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 7

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP’s ‘highly efficient team delivers effective outcomes’. The practice, alongside the firm’s insolvency team, represented the fifth respondent in the Waterfall II case, regarding an application made by LBIE’s joint administrators, which concerned entitlements to LBIE estate’s surplus. Peter Siglerhas an exceptional track record’; and Garbhan Shanks is well known for insurance and reinsurance coverage disputes.

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London: Finance

Asset-based lending
Asset-based lending - ranked: tier 5

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP provides a ‘high level of service’ to borrowers and lenders across the gamut of receivables and invoice discounting mandates. Chris Willison is ‘second to none’ and provides ‘concise guidance and advice’ to clients including TradeRiver, which he advised on the refinancing of its existing lines of credit through entering into a receivables facility with ABN and inter-factor transfer on ABFA inter-factor transfer protocol from Santander. Other clients include Aldermore Invoice Finance, Ebury Finance, and Bartons Global Holdings.

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Corporate restructuring and insolvency
Corporate restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 8

Michelmores LLP

Although it is relatively small compared to many of the firms in the ranking, Michelmores LLP’s two-partner team ‘punches above its weight and is able to advise on some very complex international transactions’. Praised for his ‘tough but reasonable’ negotiating style, team head Charles Maunder is, alongside the other partner in the team Alexander Wood, representing Alix Partners as receivers of £150m debt linked to the Marme Group liquidation in Spain and associated Aabar Block/ Glenn Maud proceedings. Maunder also continues to act for York Global Finance as one of the respondents in the Lehman Brothers Waterfall proceedings and for Octopus/Ticketus as one of the main creditors of Glasgow Rangers Football Club. Other clients include Agilo Master Fund, Greensphere Capital and New Earth Solutions Group.

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Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 4

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP is ‘very commercial and provides hands-on advice with good knowledge of the market and its key players’. The firm, which delivers ‘outstanding value for money and the service often exceeds expectations’, has a growing boutique emerging markets practice that represents a diverse range of clients including state-owned development finance institutions, private equity funds, sponsors, developers and investors. It focuses predominantly on low- to mid-market deals in agribusiness, forestry, financial services, micro-finance, energy, renewables and real estate. Corporate finance specialist Joe Whitfield (who has ‘excellent commercial understanding as well as legal strength and experience’) leads the team. He has more than 20 years’ experience working in emerging markets deals and benefits from his time as general counsel at CDC Group, a development finance institution owned by the UK government that supports the building of businesses throughout Africa and South Asia. Associate Harry Trick (who is ‘responsive, thorough and has the ability to execute efficiently and precisely’) works on debt and equity capital markets deals and private equity investment transactions in emerging markets. The team was strengthened by the recruitment of banking partner Asheesh Das from McGuireWoods London LLP. Highlights included advising charitable foundation Gatsby on establishing Msingi, an East Africa fund to foster growth in high-potential industries.

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Trade finance
Trade finance - ranked: tier 3

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP is ‘a progressive firm that provides excellent service’. It handles asset-based lending, trade finance and alternative finance matters within a single, cross-department finance and investment sector group. Clients include some of the UK’s largest banks and finance houses, for which the team handles facilities throughout the supply chain, from purchase of goods abroad to trade finance, supply chain finance and receivables financing. Chris Willison, head of banking Charles Maunder, growth markets specialist Joe Whitfield and associate Harry Trick (who acts for funds, financial institutions and social impact investors on debt investments in emerging markets) are all recommended. The team acted for Trade River (UK) Ltd in a receivables facility with ABW to recapitalise its trade finance business. Another key deal saw it handle a multimillion-pound financing for Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation to support solar energy services provider Mobisol’s operations in Tanzania and Rwanda.

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London: Insurance

Insurance litigation: for policyholders
Insurance litigation: for policyholders - ranked: tier 2

Michelmores LLP

Garbhan Shanks leads Michelmores LLP’s ‘impressive’ practice head and handles an array of coverage disputes, including credit risk and cyber cases. Associate Harriet Chopra is particularly strong in pharmaceutical sector disputes, which concern Bermuda Form and product liability coverage claims. Individuals and various corporate policyholders have instructed the practice in disputes brought under export insurance policies, D&O cover, group income protection insurance and professional indemnity claims, among other matters. Clients of the practice include healthcare, engineering and financial sector companies.

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London: Private client

Family
Family - ranked: tier 6

Michelmores LLP

At Michelmores LLP, the ‘very knowledgeable and kindLouisa Ghevaert leads a specialist practice in fertility law and has ‘immense experience’ in surrogacy work. She is recommended for her experience in fertility treatment, international private children cases and international surrogacy involving the US and Eastern and Western Europe.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 5

Michelmores LLP

Jonathan Riley heads the trusts, tax and succession team at Michelmores LLP, and provides tax advice to both UK and non-UK domiciled clients, with a large proportion of his work having an international element. Bristol-based Sandra Brown is another name to note. She acts for a wide range of high-net-worth individuals (many of them non-UK domiciled) and specialises in the preservation of personal wealth; she has a particular interest in the use of trusts and regularly advises trustees of valuable onshore and offshore trusts. The team focuses on wealthy individuals, families and wealth-holding structures requiring complex tax planning and wealth governance, and is experienced in cross-border US/UK tax issues in particular. It is also recommended for its specialist tax and succession planning for individuals with farming and agricultural business interests, and its experience in acting for vulnerable individuals and dealing with complex capacity issues. The team has notable expertise in advising on the protection of significant clinical negligence and personal injury awards.

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London: Public sector

Education: schools
Education: schools - ranked: tier 4

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP’s team ‘works very hard to understand the sector and the context in which clients operate’. Practice head Antony Power is representing Aspirations Academies Trust and its 12 academies in a challenge to the decision of an adjudicating body, and is advising on immigration matters pertaining to sponsorship certificates for three migrant workers. Power is also assisting Aspire Schools with its conversion to an academy and application to become an alternative provision school, and is advising Tring Academy on its conversion to a multi-academy trust and is assisting the same client with a major construction project. Power led a team, which included senior associate Charlotte Antoniou, advising the three primary schools that now form the Brightwells Academy Trust on the transition process into a multi-academy trust. The group also advised the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust on its application to open several nature schools through the governmental free school programme. Other clients include Genesis Academy Trust, Aylesbury Grammar School and Discovery Schools Academies Trust. Barrister Russell Holland is another name to note.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 6

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP continued to handle a high volume of residential sales related to significant London projects, such as Spire London in West India Quay and the BBC Television Centre redevelopment in White City. The team was also active on a major redevelopment site disposal, with Melanie Hughes and practice head Paul Paling advising the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime on the £370m sale of New Scotland Yard (at 8-10 Broadway) to the Abu Dhabi Financial Group. While the practice is strongest in the residential sector, it is also active on landlord mandates in the retail sector; in one example, Paling and Richard Honey are advising Poplar Housing and Regeneration Community Association on the regeneration of the Chrisp Street Market in Poplar, East London, including assisting with new lettings, lease renewals and the termination of leases of the current retail units. Clients include Lendlease, Meyer Homes and Boultbee Brooks Real Estate.

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 3

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP has a focus on fraud and corruption matters, and recently represented Octopus Investments in its recovery of £27m following the takeover of Rangers FC, a high-profile fraud case in Scotland. The corporate team also advises on issues related to the Bribery Act, and the employment department is adept at handling allegations in disputes brought by employers. Andrew Oldland QC heads the regulatory and financial services team, and has extensive experience in financial regulation and crime. Peter Sigler is also recommended.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP’s ‘excellent’ team has ‘a practical approach’, and is ‘efficient’ and ‘flexible’. Tom Torkar is ‘incredibly knowledgeable’ and has a flexible approach. Torkar advised the Metropolitan Police Service on the procurement of a national framework for the delivery of IT solutions, and assisted Pay4Later with its contracts with the retailers that use its cloud-based platform. Associate Emily Timmins has ‘a calm approach’.

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