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Michelmores LLP

12TH FLOOR, 6 NEW STREET SQUARE, LONDON, EC4A 3BF, ENGLAND
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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

Flotations: small and mid-cap
Flotations: small and mid-cap - ranked: tier 4

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP's recruitment of Ian Binnie from Hamlins LLP in 2016 has heralded an uptick in work from NOMADS and brokers, as well as quoted companies. In 2017, Binnie (who 'often spots pitfalls others haven't') and senior associate Edwin Richards acted for Cantor Fitzgerald Europe as NOMAD and broker to ASX-listed Range Resources in its AIM re-admission, which followed Range's reverse takeover of a Trinidad-based oilfield services business. Another highlight involved advising Strand Hanson (as NOMAD), and Tamesis Partners and Beaufort Securities (as joint brokers), on the reverse takeover by AIM-listed company Alecto Minerals Plc of a copper mine in Botswana held by Cradle Arc Investments. The team also handled the associated AIM IPO of the enlarged group, as well as an equity fundraise. Other AIM clients include African Battery Metals Plc, Modern Water Plc, VSA Capital and Orchard Funding Group Plc. 

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

Michelmores LLP

Richard Cobb leads the team at Michelmores LLP, which has been particularly active in the agribusiness, financial services, fast-moving consumer goods, forestry, real estate and renewable energy industries, often handling multi-jurisdictional transactions. The practice was bolstered by the arrivals of Philip Newhouse from McGuireWoods London LLP, associate Nirav Patel, and solicitor Rav Sagar from Stevens & Bolton LLP. Ian Binnie recently acted for financial advice provider LEBC Holdings on its acquisition of Aspira Corporate Solutions, as well as advising the shareholders of Knadel on the sale of the company to financial markets consultancy Catalyst Development, and Joe Whitfield assisted Oasis Capital with its sale of a significant minority stake in a Pakistani commercial property development company. Associates Edwin Richards and Harry Trick are also noted.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 6

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP 'has the ability and quality of a firm of much greater scale'. The practice has a particularly strong reputation for Chancery and Companies Court matters, and it is increasingly receiving more international instructions. The team acted for RGL Management in group action proceedings against Clydesdale Bank and National Australia Bank, regarding mis-sold tailored business loans. Peter Sigler 'has a great track record'; Garbhan Shanks 'always gives practical advice and is excellent with clients'; and recently promoted senior associate Harriet Chopra 'quickly distills the key points no matter how complex the case'.

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London: Finance

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

Michelmores LLP

Headed out of London by the 'excellent' Charles Maunder and recently strengthened by the arrival of Douglas Hawthorn from Travers Smith LLP,  Michelmores LLP 's two-partner team handles a significant amount of high-profile work for a range of stakeholders including funds, directors, companies and IPs. The team has picked up a significant amount of retail-related work including recently advising the director of The Food Retailer Operations in connection of a proposed CVA and administration. Other highlights include the firm's ongoing representation of York Global Finance as one of the respondents in the Lehman Brothers Waterfall proceedings and its recent representation of Monarch Aircraft Engineering in connection with the administration of the rest of the group. Other clients include AlixPartners, Greensphere Capital and Deutsche Bank.

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Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 4

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP's lawyers are 'prompt in their responses, have a wide range of expertise and experience to draw from, provide practical advice instead of being overly academic, and are good value for money'. The firm has a well-established and growing boutique emerging markets practice that focuses on low- to mid-market deals in sectors such as agriculture, forestry, financial services, micro-finance, energy, renewables and real estate investment. Last year, this included acting for charitable foundation Gatsby in the establishment of Msingi, which identifies and invests in high-potential industries in East Africa. For AgDevCo, the practice handled an equity and project finance investment in a hydroelectric plant on the Suma river in Tanzania. Corporate finance partner Joe Whitfield, who is a leading light for deals in Africa and has more than 20 years' experience in the region, and rising star Harry Trick , who handles debt and equity investments in emerging markets and acts for DFIs and private equity firms on downstream investments and jurisdictions such as Sierra Leone, Ethiopia and Mozambique, were the key lawyers on those deals. Partner Philip Newhouse joined from McGuireWoods London LLP and focuses on deals in the Middle East.

Leading individuals

Joe Whitfield - Michelmores LLP

Next generation lawyers

Harry Trick - Michelmores LLP

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London: Insurance

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

Michelmores LLP

‚ÄėA stand-out firm in this area‚Äô,¬†Michelmores LLP¬†is ‚Äėfirst class in everything it does in the insurance sector‚Äô. Specialising in acting for policyholders, the team is ‚Äėstrong for the technically difficult issues‚Äô and can provide ‚Äėa straight answer to a tricky question, with analysis that can be trusted‚Äô. The practice has recently handled a number of coverage disputes arising from professional indemnity policies, often in the financial services arena, particularly for clients facing regulatory investigations. It is also developing a real specialism in credit risk and political risk insurance coverage disputes. Highlights included practice head Garbhan Shanks, who is¬†noted for his ‚Äėsuperior legal mind‚Äô, representing Munnelly Support Services in a coverage dispute with its broker, Absolute Insurance Brokers, and its professional indemnity and employers' liability insurers, Liberty Syndicates and ACE European Group. Shanks and associate Harriet Chopra¬†form ‚Äėa wonderful double act in this sector - technically superb with client-facing skills that are second to none‚Äô. Associate Fiona Pearson¬†is also ‚Äėa pleasure to deal with and extremely practical‚Äô.

Next generation lawyers

Harriet Chopra - Michelmores LLP

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London: Private client

Family
Family - ranked: tier 6

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP¬†¬†is ‚Äėone of the leading firms for private client work in the South West‚Äô. Simon Thomas¬† has ‚Äėwide experience and gives realistic advice. His main strength is in the large money cases‚Äô.Louisa Ghevaert heads the fertility and parenting team.

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

Michelmores LLP

Jonathan Riley¬†leads the team at Michelmores LLP¬† in London which is augmented by a number of Exeter and Bristol-based lawyers. It is a ‚Äėstrong regional player that is well able to compete with the London firms at a much reduced cost‚Äô. Exeter-based Jennifer Ridgway¬† is ‚Äėthe best of communicators, making the complex simple‚Äô. The group continues to receive referrals from offshore intermediaries (including lawyers and fiduciaries) and also advises on a broad range of complex offshore tax planning and on international cross-border matters. It acts for executors of large estates and also offers specialist tax and succession planning for individuals with farming and agricultural business interests. Other areas of expertise include advising entrepreneurs on succession issues, entrepreneurs‚Äô relief and inheritance tax mitigation strategies The team is also skilled at assisting vulnerable people with complex capacity issues on how to protect often significant clinical negligence and personal injury awards.

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London: Public sector

Education: schools
Education: schools - ranked: tier 3

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP provides 'a fantastic, five-star service: response times are almost immediate and nothing is ever too much for ask for'. Practice head Antony Power is advising Tring School (now part of the Ridgeway Learning Partnership) on public relations matters and  strategic issues regarding its conversion from a single academy trust to a multi-academy trust, as well as assisting the client with a capital-funded building project. Charlotte Antoniou's workload includes advising on academy conversions, admissions and exclusions, matters pertaining to special educational needs and data protection issues. Barrister Russell Holland routinely assists schools and colleges with issues including special educational needs, disability discrimination and Ofsted inspections. The team is also advising Sigma Academy Trust on matters including new governance arrangements.

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London: Risk advisory

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

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP advises on regulatory investigations, police investigations, prosecutions, commercial litigation and financial crime. It also is adept at drafting anti-bribery and corruption (ABC) policies and procedures. The firm is advising a large Israeli bank in relation to the UK aspects of a worldwide tax evasion investigation b the DOJ. Another recent highlight included advising a UK arms exporter on potential breaches of export control legislation, and issues relating to self-reporting and the proceeds of crime act (POCA). Andrew Oldland QC heads the team, which includes Peter Sigler.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

Michelmores LLP

The 'pragmatic' practice at Michelmores LLP is led by the 'user-friendly and knowledgeable' Tom Torkar, who acted for the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime on a procurement project for a national IT framework. The group also assisted Haynes Publishing Group plc on its £4.7m acquisition of the online data business E3 Technical from Carweb. This transaction required advice on data and software elements of the acquisition and service agreements. Flybe, Jessops Europe and the British Transport Police are all clients.

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