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Norton Rose Fulbright

3 MORE LONDON RIVERSIDE, LONDON, SE1 2AQ, ENGLAND
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Top-tier Firm rankings

Firm Rankings


London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright advises customers and suppliers on high-value, complex commercial contracts, including franchising arrangements, procurement and outsourcing agreements. The firm’s broad geographical coverage sees it act for multinational clients including Pfizer, Saab and GlaxoSmithKline. Mike Knapper handles commercial matters involving intellectual property, technology transfer and licensing, among other issues. James Russell and Peter Hall are also recommended.

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright attracts praise for its β€˜real appreciation of underlying commercial issues’. The firm’s sector-led approach is replicated in the tax team, which includes EMEA tax head and insurance, banking and technology sector specialist Dominic Stuttaford; Matthew Hodkin, who stands out for transport finance and renewable energy; and structured finance experts Chris Bates and Angela Savin. The β€˜proactive’ Savin also regularly acts for real estate funds.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s team is β€˜responsive, practical and great value for money’. The β€˜excellent’ Ian Giles assisted Delta Air Lines with all its EU competition matters and advised First Utility Limited on the CMA’s investigation of the energy market. Practice head Martin Coleman acted for HSBC in an EC investigation into alleged collusion in connection with the Euro IBOR. Mark Tricker β€˜always goes the extra mile’, and of counsel Caroline Thomas is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Martin Coleman - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Equity capital markets
Equity capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright fields a team with extensive experience advising issuers as well as underwriters. The firm also benefits from a strong base of US-qualified lawyers such as the highly regarded Thomas Vita. Practice head Raj Karia, transport and infrastructure expert Mark Lloyd Williams and the β€˜knowledgeable’ Fiona Millington are also key figures in the practice, which has particular strength in natural resources mandates and handled recent work for Anglo Pacific Group and Petropavlovsk.

Leading individuals

Mark Lloyd Williams - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Financial services
Financial services (contentious) - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Financial services (non-contentious/regulatory) - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright is praised for its β€˜extensive industry knowledge’ and β€˜awareness of the regulator’s perspective’. The practice regularly acts for wholesale and retail banking clients including CME, Santander and Capital International Group, covering the spectrum of hot-button issues affecting their businesses, such as MiFID II, AIFMD and ring-fencing. Jonathan Herbst has β€˜a formidable command of his subject’ and is recognised as β€˜one of the top derivatives lawyers in the City’. Hannah Meakin and Peter Snowdon are also recommended for their non-contentious regulatory expertise. The β€˜highly technical and responsive’ Elisabeth Bremner has excellent credentials in the market and is regularly involved in large-scale internal and FCA-led investigations. Other key contentious figures include Katie Stephen (who is praised for her β€˜investigatory talents’), Lista Cannon and Chris Warren-Smith.

Leading individuals

Jonathan Herbst - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Flotations: small and mid-cap
Flotations: small and mid-cap - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s sizeable capital markets team includes Richard Sheen, who has been particularly active in AIM matters; 2015 highlights included advising online estate agency Purplebricks on its Β£240m IPO, and acting for technology company Windar Photonics on its Β£40m flotation. Raj Karia is recommended for oil and gas deals, while Nick Adams is a key contact for natural resources matters. Canaccord Genuity and Jefferies are recent underwriter clients.

Leading individuals

Richard Sheen - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Investment funds
Listed funds - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

Private funds - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

Retail funds - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s impressive funds practice spans a full range of investment funds. Listed funds is a historical area of strength, and the firm is also well regarded in the real assets space, including: energy, real estate, technology and infrastructure. In 2015, Richard Sheen acted for PricewaterhouseCoopers as listing sponsor in the IPO of Commerzbank CCBI Investment Funds ICVC. Ian Fox advised Harbour Advisors Cayman on the launch of Harbour Fund III, which funds international arbitration, tribunal and litigation claims. Michael Newell and Mark Lloyd Williams are also recommended.

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M&A: mid-market, Β£50m-Β£250m
Leading individuals

Chris Pearson - Norton Rose Fulbright

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M&A: smaller deals, up to Β£50m
Leading individuals

Chris Pearson - Norton Rose Fulbright

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

Norton Rose Fulbright

Raj Karia’s β€˜speedy, effective’ department at Norton Rose Fulbright continued to expand its energy capabilities by hiring Kimberley Wood from Vinson & Elkins RLLP in May 2015. The β€˜calm, controlled and very experienced’ Chris Pearson and the β€˜approachable, commercial’ Paul Whitelock advised Sacturino on its hostile $9bn takeover of Polyus Gold International. Robin Brooks and Chris Randall give β€˜very sound, pragmatic advice’; Jill Gauntlett is also recommended. Clients of the practice include BHP Billiton, Orange, Trinity Mirror and Santander.

Leading individuals

Chris Pearson - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Private equity: transactions
Private equity: transactions – Mid-cap deal capability - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Led by Richard Bull, Norton Rose Fulbright’s team combines cross-border transactional experience with market knowledge across a wide range of sectors, including energy, transport, life sciences and healthcare. Bull acted for CHAMP Ventures and the other selling shareholders in the $70m sale of Taura Holdings to Frutarom Industries. In another highlight, Jason Moss led a cross-office team in advising Denham Capital on its sale of Fotowatio Renewable Ventures to Abdul Latif Jameel. AnaCap, Control Circle and Scottish Equity Partners are other clients. Bayo Odubeko has expertise in Africa-focused transactions.

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

Norton Rose Fulbright

At Norton Rose Fulbright, European VAT group head Chris Bates is handling a number of pensions-related VAT recovery claims. Other key contacts include Angela Savin and renewable energy expert Matthew Hodkin.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Corporate crime (including fraud, bribery and corruption)
Corporate crime (including fraud, bribery and corruption) - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

At Norton Rose Fulbright, Lista Cannon brings β€˜immense gravitas and decisive strategy’ to the regulation and investigations department. The team has β€˜excellent expertise’, and includes the β€˜slick and professional’ Chris Warren-Smith, Neil O’May and Sam Eastwood.

Leading individuals

Lista M. Cannon - Norton Rose Fulbright

Neil O’May - Norton Rose Fulbright

Sam Eastwood - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s β€˜brilliant’ dispute resolution department is led by Deirdre Walker and includes the β€˜hands-on and practical’ Chris Warren-Smith. The team promoted three new partners in 2015 and receives most instructions from banks and financial institutions.

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Fraud: white-collar crime
Fraud: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s β€˜measured and savvy’ white-collar crime department is led by Neil O’May. Lista Cannon and Chris Warren-Smith are also recommended in the team, which includes three newly promoted partners. The group is acting for individuals from various household-name financial institutions in ongoing FX and Libor investigations.

Leading individuals

Lista M. Cannon - Norton Rose Fulbright

Neil O’May - Norton Rose Fulbright

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright advised Citibank (CBNA) and Citigroup Global Markets (CGML) in a $285m financing transactions dispute. Clients single out Michael Godden for his β€˜impressive breadth of understanding’, Paul Morris, for his β€˜thorough approach’, and Matthew Waudby, for his ability to β€˜see the wood for the trees’. Chris Warren-Smith, Lista Cannon, Matthew Waudby and Melanie Ryan are also recommended. Katie Stephen and David Harris were promoted to the partnership

Leading individuals

Chris Warren-Smith - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright recently acted for a US oil company’s subsidiary in a contractual claim. Deirdre Walker and Ruth Cowley are recommended alongside the β€˜practical’ Chris Warren-Smith, β€˜sensible’ Ffion Flockhart, and Susan Dingwall.

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Competition litigation
Competition litigation - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Led by the β€˜very thorough and experienced’ Peter Scott, Norton Rose Fulbright’s practice advises both defendants and claimants in large-scale competition disputes. On the claimant side, the practice acted for Vodafone in a damages claim against the suppliers of smart card chips stemming from the EC’s decision that suppliers had co-ordinated market behaviour in breach of the EU’s rules against cartel activity. In a key defendant matter, the practice represented Schneider Electric in connection with the gas insulated switchgear cartel investigation. Mark Simpson is another key figure.

Leading individuals

Peter Scott - Norton Rose Fulbright

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s β€˜proactive team’ focuses predominantly on energy, trade and transport disputes, as well as construction, mining and finance claims. Dispute resolution head Deirdre Walker is recommended alongside Deborah Ruff, Neil Miller, Donald Warnock, Philip Roche and the β€˜outstanding’ Sherina Petit.

Leading individuals

Deborah Ruff - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Tax litigation and investigations
Tax litigation and investigations - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Angela Savin and Dominic Stuttaford are the key contacts at Norton Rose Fulbright. Recent highlights include acting for Lloyds Bank in a case related to capital allowances in an overseas leasing transaction, and BMW in a VAT repayment dispute.

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 6

Norton Rose Fulbright

At Norton Rose Fulbright, Michael Black advised Wells Fargo as lead arranger on a Β£140m ABL facility to assist a private equity purchaser with the simultaneous completion of the acquisition of two separate equipment rental businesses as well as to provide ongoing working capital. Michael Ings and James Dunnett regularly handle mandates in the emerging markets.

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Asset based lending
Asset based lending - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

At Norton Rose Fulbright, the β€˜extremely knowledgeable’ Michael Black represents lenders including Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance and Wells Fargo on a range of ABL financings. Black (who is noted for his β€˜in-depth market knowledge as well as solid understanding of the credit and administrative concerns of ABL lenders’) advised Bank of America as arranger on a $150m cross-border ABL facility for the Panavision group.

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Asset finance and leasing
Asset finance and leasing - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

The β€˜very commercial’ team at Norton Rose Fulbright provides β€˜an outstanding service’ that covers the full range of transportation finance matters, with clients benefiting from a β€˜very well-connected offering’ between the firm’s international offices. The β€˜exceptionally talented’ Duncan Batchelor heads the global aviation group, which was boosted by the arrival of Simon Chamberlain from Bird & Bird LLP in November 2015. Batchelor recently advised a syndicate of banks including Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation on the establishment of a JOLCO facility for British Airways to finance six Boeing 787-9 aircraft. The β€˜open-minded yet very practical’ Simon Hartley takes the lead on many of the shipping deals handled by the group, and recently advised Saga Cruises on the acquisition of a new 236-metre luxury cruise vessel. β€˜Sharp and pragmatic’ finance lawyer Eleanor Martin is β€˜extremely knowledgeable on offshore services transactions’. Other recommended partners include global head of transport Harry Theochari and head of rail Tom Johnson.

Leading individuals

Harry Theochari - Norton Rose Fulbright

Simon Hartley - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
Bank lending – investment grade debt and syndicated loans - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

At Norton Rose Fulbright, team head Michael Ings specialises in corporate and syndicated lending for telecommunications and media operators, and also handles telecoms deals in Africa for banks including Standard Bank and Standard Chartered Bank. James Dunnett has a strong reputation in emerging markets and Michael Black has β€˜a significant depth of knowledge in the ABL space’.

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Commodities: derivatives
Commodities: derivatives - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright attracts praise for its β€˜strong commercial judgement and ability to find solutions under pressure’. On regulatory matters Jonathan Herbst β€˜has formidable command of his subject’ and Conor Foley β€˜really knows this area well’. Nigel Dickinson advised a bank on a multimillion-dollar metals deal with a leading trading house. Daniel Franks and Hannah Meakin are also recommended.

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Commodities: physicals
Commodities: physicals - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

The β€˜incredibly hardworking and intelligent’ team at Norton Rose Fulbright β€˜provides first-class industry expertise and commercial advice even when imaginative solutions are required’. Nicholas Grandage and senior associate Andrew Wood are β€˜trusted advisers’. Grandage advised Standard Chartered Trade Services Corporation on a supply agreement for metals, while Michael Godden represented Citibank in a dispute over metals stored in Qingdao.

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Corporate restructuring and insolvency
Corporate restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 7

Norton Rose Fulbright

Now headed by James Stonebridge and Sarah Coucher following Hamish Anderson’s retirement from the partnership to become a consultant, Norton Rose Fulbright’s β€˜responsive and commercial’ seven-partner team excels at handling both contentious and non-contentious matters. Stonebridge β€˜combines robust legal analysis with pragmatic and commercial advice’.

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Debt capital markets
Debt capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s team of β€˜expert partners’ is β€˜friendly, quick to respond and adds real value to DCM deals’. Peter Young advised the Republic of Angola on its inaugural $1.5bn bond, and acted alongside Farmida Bi for the government of Pakistan on a $500m offering. Peter Noble, whose strong Canadian practice saw him advise banks on more than €15bn in new issuances in 2015, also acted for the underwriters on the Province of Alberta’s $6bn global MTN programme. US-qualified Thomas Vita advised Akbank on two $500m offerings in 2015. Tak Matsuda retired.

Leading individuals

Farmida Bi - Norton Rose Fulbright

Peter Young - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Derivatives and structured products
Derivatives and structured products - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has β€˜an excellent, committed team with huge experience and great market knowledge’. β€˜Clever, responsive problem-solver’ Nigel Dickinson and the β€˜very intelligent and highly experienced’ Daniel Franks jointly head the team and are skilled in complex OTC derivatives transactions. Dickinson advised an investment bank on bespoke asset swaps valued at over $150m, and Franks acted for a global bank on credit risk protection arrangements for a securities lending business. Regulatory experts Hannah Meakin and Jonathan Herbst are also recommended.

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Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright is β€˜a top-tier firm for emerging markets work’. Martin McCann excels in infrastructure, mining and commodities finance, and advised lenders and export credit agencies (ECAs) on a $1.5bn greenfield port in Nigeria. Charles Whitney specialises in mega-projects involving ECA and bank finance, and advised International Finance Corporation (IFC) on the 800MW Kirikkale power station in Turkey. Madhavi Gosavi acted for an African sovereign borrower in a multibillion-dollar receivables backed financing. Also recommended are structured finance partner Daniel Metcalfe, mining specialists Raj Karia and Matthew Hardwick, and projects expert Christopher Brown.

Leading individuals

Charles Whitney - Norton Rose Fulbright

Martin McCann - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Islamic finance
Islamic finance - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s practice handles a broad range of matters, and particularly impresses on high-profile real estate deals and work in the aviation sector. In a reflection of its β€˜excellent knowledge’ in the latter area, a cross-office team of London, Dubai, Singapore and US lawyers advised Emirates Airlines on its $913m ECA-backed sukuk to fund the acquisition of four Airbus A380s. Farmida Bi in London and Mohammed Paracha in the UAE are recommended.

Leading individuals

Farmida Bi - Norton Rose Fulbright

Mohammed Paracha - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Securitisation
Securitisation - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s team is β€˜always responsive and executes in a pleasant, constructive and cost-efficient manner’. Securitisation specialist Sandrine Sauvel advised Bibby Financial Services on the Β£600m securitisation of its factoring business, which is the first rated private sector securitisation deal by a non-bank asset lender. She also advised Natixis on a receivables-backed deal for Falcon Trade Finance. David Shearer and of counsel Simon Thompson are β€˜willing to take the initiative for the benefit of the client’, and the β€˜invaluable’ Farmida Bi is β€˜incredibly good in a crisis’.

Leading individuals

Sandrine Sauvel - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Trade finance
Trade finance - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

β€˜One of the market leaders in trade finance’, Norton Rose Fulbright provides β€˜good-quality, technical advice with excellent commercial and market knowledge’. Nicholas Grandage and senior associate Andrew Wood acted for Standard Chartered Bank in a $450m facility for Bank of Ghana. They also assisted EBRD with its multi-currency, multi-jurisdictional trade facilitation programme. Structured finance partner Daniel Metcalfe advised Ecobank Capital on a $400m receivables-backed syndicated loan facility for Ghana Airports Company.

Leading individuals

Nicholas Grandage - Norton Rose Fulbright

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s department is led by the β€˜highly practical and down-to-Earth’ Matthew Findley, who joined from Pinsent Masons LLP in 2016. He takes over the role from Monique Beaulieu following her move to Grant Thornton UK LLP. The team is especially strong at global share plans.

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Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 5

Norton Rose Fulbright

Paul Griffin leads the department at Norton Rose Fulbright, which β€˜combines technical knowledge, commercial acuity and a range of experience to provide excellent advice, especially on international matters’. Clients include BMW, IMI and HSBC Holdings. The β€˜professional, personable and credible’ Catrina Smith is recommended for regulatory investigations and the employment aspects of insolvency and restructuring issues.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Caroline May leads Norton Rose Fulbright’s team, which is advising the Crown Estate Commissioners on the health and safety elements of multiple offshore energy and infrastructure projects. Other clients include BP, Air Products and Macquarie Group.

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Pensions
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s β€˜unquestionably excellent’ team attracts praise for its β€˜no-nonsense approach’ and β€˜thorough and commercial knowledge’. Peter Ford leads the department, which has notable expertise in investment matters, and which includes Lesley Browning, who recently advised the trustees of the MNOPF on the implementation of a longevity swap, and Susan Dingwall, who leads on the contentious side Other clients include Lloyds Banking Group and the Pension Protection Fund (PPF).

Leading individuals

Peter Ford - Norton Rose Fulbright

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London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation
Insurance and reinsurance litigation - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright recently represented a group of Lloyd’s syndicates in a $150m claim brought by Starlight regarding the sinking of Alexandros T, and is currently defending Talbot and Hiscox in claims following an alleged piracy attack on a crude oil tanker. Practice co-head Liam O’Connell specialises in policy coverage analysis, and fellow practice head Susan Dingwall β€˜is vastly experienced and has sound, reliable judgement’. Chris Zavos specialises in marine and energy-related claims, and Patrick Foss has strong expertise in matters arising from political risk and violence.

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

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s β€˜impressive team’ advises on the full range of transactional and regulatory matters, and has notable experience in complex restructurings and cross-border M&A. Practice head James Bateson advised Saga on the Β£26m purchase of motorbike insurance broker Bennetts from BGL Group, and also acted for XL Catlin on its Β£105m sale of the issued share capital of Box Innovation Group to Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Company. David Whear and Bob Haken are β€˜very knowledgeable on London market insurance matters’, and recently acted for The Hanover Insurance Group on the $60m sale of its subsidiary, Chaucer. Maria Ross has notable expertise in life assurance and bancassurance transactions, and acts for clients such as AXA and Prudential. New client wins include Investec, Probitas Holdings and Shanghai Insurance Brokers.

Leading individuals

Maria Ross - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Insurance: insolvency and restructuring
Insurance: insolvency and restructuring - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright provides β€˜solid transactional, regulatory and restructuring advice’ to its wide-ranging, cross-border client base. Key figures include Maria Ross, who specialises in life assurance and bancassurance related matters; David Whear, who has solid expertise in the Lloyd’s market; and Bob Haken, who focuses on regulation and restructuring in the runoff sector. Highlights included advising Travelers Management on the $88.5m strategic restructuring of its UK operations in order to maximise its capital and operational efficiencies.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

The β€˜impressive’ team at Norton Rose Fulbright has β€˜a wealth of experience in commercial litigation’ and acted for Guidance Hotel Investment Company on a matter concerning a MENA property portfolio. The β€˜calm and authoritative’ Susan Dingwall heads the team, which includes the β€˜first-rate’ Liam O’Connell; Chris Warren-Smith, who β€˜focuses relentlessly on the objectives of the client’; the β€˜excellent’ Ffion Flockhart; and the β€˜practical’ Melanie Ryan. Paul Morris and Kirsty Hick are also recommended.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)
Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s group acts for a range of clients including corporates, banks and government bodies, with particular expertise in the mining and renewables sectors. Practice head Martin McCann has been advising mining company CBG on the $700m expansion of its mine in western Guinea, as well as the construction of additional rail and port infrastructure. Newly promoted partner Matthew Hardwick specialises in PPP schemes in the waste and transport sectors. Oliver Carruthers is now at Addleshaw Goddard LLP.

Leading individuals

Martin McCann - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Mining and minerals
Mining and minerals - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s practice has experienced a growth in restructurings, disputes and private equity transactions. Highly regarded practice head Martin McCann has been advising Compagnie des Bauxite de GuinΓ©e (which is jointly owned by Rio Tinto, Alcoa, Dadco and the State of Guinea) on the $700m expansion of its bauxite mine in SangarΓ©di in western Guinea. In another highlight, McCann assisted Roxgold with the $75m financing of its Yaramoko Gold Project in West Africa. Mark Berry and senior associate James Rennard also advised on that matter. Other key figures include corporate partner Raj Karia and construction specialist Matthew Hardwick.

Leading individuals

Martin McCann - Norton Rose Fulbright

Raj Karia - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s β€˜highly qualified and specialist team’ provides β€˜good coverage across the board’. Nick Prowse has been advising Bahrain’s National Oil and Gas Authority’s investment arm Nogaholding on the development of the Bahrain LNG terminal project, including advice on the shipping and financing aspects. The β€˜excellent’ Kimberley Wood advised Amni International Petroleum Development Company on its $31m acquisition of Afren’s interest in the Okoro oil field offshore Nigeria.

Leading individuals

Nick Prowse - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s β€˜highly capable’ practice continued to advise IFC on a number of international transactions, including its financing of a 800MW Kirikkale power station in Turkey alongside a group of other senior lenders. The β€˜exceptional’ Rob Marsh advised Octopus Investments on its acquisition and financing of two onshore wind farms from RES. Practice head Richard Hill and Richard Metcalf have been advising the Government of Botswana and the Botswana Power Company on the international tender process regarding a 300MW coal-fired plant. Andrew Hedges is now a senior consultant.

Leading individuals

Richard Metcalf - Norton Rose Fulbright

Rob Marsh - Norton Rose Fulbright

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 5

Norton Rose Fulbright

At Norton Rose Fulbright, practice head David Sinclair β€˜comes up with flexible solutions’ – he is advising Hinduja Group and OHL on the acquisition and redevelopment of the Old War Office Building in Whitehall. The impressive hotels and leisure team includes Nick Clayson, who relocated from the Dubai office, and β€˜excellent client relationship manager’ Richard Hughes, who joined from Simmons & Simmons.

Leading individuals

David Sinclair - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Construction
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Construction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s non-contentious team is co-led by Mark Berry and Peter Hall, who focus on infrastructure and energy respectively; Hall is advising Ofwat in relation to the Thames tideway Tunnel project. Donald Warnock has particular expertise in transport disputes, while Simon Ramsden has been active in a range of energy matters, including acting for Magnetar Capital in disputes arising from the buildout of its solar energy project portfolio. Matthew Hardwick was promoted to partner.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

At Norton Rose Fulbright, Caroline May has β€˜a wide understanding of implementation issues’ and advised Ecoworld Development Group Berhad on potential environmental liability relating to the development of three large London residential schemes. In another significant piece of work, May and consultant Jacqui O’Keeffe are assisting DP World London Gateway with issues arising from the site acquisition and implementation of the largest remediation and ecology programme in Europe.

Leading individuals

Caroline May - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s Duncan Field has β€˜unrivalled, up-to-date knowledge of the aviation market’ and continued to advise London City Airport on its development programme. Senior associate Sarah Bischoff is β€˜fabulously efficient and hardworking’.

Leading individuals

Duncan Field - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s β€˜first-class, widely sought-after’ practice is jointly led by the β€˜fantastic, personable’ Sarah Cullen; the β€˜robust, commercial’ Duncan Hubbard; the β€˜popular and solution-driven’ Dan Kennedy; and Richard Hughes, who joined from Simmons & Simmons in July 2015. Clients include AEW Europe, Eco World and HSBC.

Leading individuals

Dan Kennedy - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

David Stevens at Norton Rose Fulbright β€˜excels at getting to the point and avoids wasting time and his client’s money on unnecessary work’. He acted for Friends Life in the Dolphin Square case, and represents Commerz Real and Schroders fund WELPUT.

Leading individuals

Charlotte Bijlani - Norton Rose Fulbright

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Data protection
Data protection - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s β€˜knowledgeable, insightful, pragmatic and commercial’ practice is headed by the β€˜exceptional’ Marcus Evans and acts for clients including Pfizer, BMW and Deliveroo. The team provides a breach response service through AIG’s CyberEdge insurance product.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

At Norton Rose Fulbright, Mike Rebeiro β€˜has tremendous industry experience and is a top-flight negotiator’. He leads a practice that advises Accenture, BNP Paribas, Orange and Standard Chartered on contentious and non-contentious matters.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has β€˜a very capable group of professionals with great client skills and a wealth of experience in patent litigation’. β€˜Superb IP litigator’ Huw Evans is acting for Saab Seaeye in a patent dispute against Atlas Elektronik and ECS Special Projects. Practice head Mike Knapper and Jonathan Ball are also highly recommended.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright advises clients in the publishing and broadcasting sectors on IP, regulatory matters, corporate transactions and disputes. Mike Knapper, Ian Lopez, Chris Pearson and Jonathan Ball are recommended.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s department is headed by patent litigator Huw Evans and includes Mike Knapper, who leads the IP practice and advised GlaxoSmithKline on research collaboration and funding agreements connected with its Bioelectronics Innovation Challenge. The firm also advised ViiV Healthcare on agreements pertaining to its acquisition of HIV research assets from Bristol-Myers Squibb. Other clients include Pfizer, Shire and Reckitt Benckiser.

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London: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

The β€˜outstanding’ Patrick Farrell leads the β€˜formidable team’ at Norton Rose Fulbright, which is noted for its β€˜vast expertise’ across commercial, dispute resolution, insurance and regulatory matters. The firm’s client list represents a who’s who of multinational air carriers, including easyJet, AirTanker, Alitalia, Delta Air Lines and Jet2.com. Chris Randall, Ian Giles and consultant Tim Ingham are additional key figures in the team, which was strengthened in 2015 with the recruitment of Robin Springthorpe and Simon Chamberlain from Bird & Bird LLP. Charlotte Winter was promoted to partner.

Leading individuals

Patrick Farrell - Norton Rose Fulbright

Robin Springthorpe - Norton Rose Fulbright

Simon Chamberlain - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright is β€˜easy to work with, knowledgeable, and provides very sensible solutions and alternatives’. Highlights included advising the DfT on the re-letting of the ICEC franchise, which was awarded to ICRL, and acting as lenders’ counsel to the IFC on the development and operation of three concessions in Pakistan as well as associated procurement of rolling stock by Pakistan Intermodal Limited. Team head Tom Johnson is β€˜practical, calm and knowledgeable’. Donald Warnock, Andrew Buisson, and of counsel Louise Auty are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Tom Johnson - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has β€˜a real pedigree for shipping matters’. The team is continuing to act for the Lloyd’s syndicates on claims brought as a result of the sinking of the Alexandros T, and is advising insurers on claims following an alleged piracy attack on the crude oil tanker the Brillante Virtuoso. The β€˜knowledgeable’ and β€˜personable’ Philip Roche is global co-head of the shipping practice, which includes Patrick Foss and the β€˜first-rate’ Chris Zavos. Senior associate Kevin Austin and of counsel Peter Glover are also recommended. Charlotte Winter was promoted to partner in 2015.

Leading individuals

Patrick Foss - Norton Rose Fulbright

Philip Roche - Norton Rose Fulbright

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