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London: Corporate and commercial
John Buyers’ team at Osborne Clarke acts for clients ranging from start-up businesses to multinationals in the financial services, retail, energy, transport and automotive, and digital business sectors. The group’s varied workload covers smart meter procurements, logistics contracts and retail sector franchise and concession agreements. Insignia, Fitbit and Vodafone are notable clients.
EU and competition
Osborne Clarke’s competition team is led by Simon Neill, who divides his time between London and Bristol; he is supported in the London office by Andrew Bartlett. Microsoft, Holcim and Alibaba.com are recent client wins, which join longstanding clients such as TalkTalk, Dyson, Arriva and Carphone Warehouse. Neill acted for Tech Mahindra on the international merger filings relating to its acquisition of SOFGEN. He also advised Green Deal Finance Company on state aid matters.
At Osborne Clarke, ‘pragmatic and commercial’ team head Paul Anning is well versed in the regulatory issues associated with the payments and funds sectors, and Bristol-based Tim Simmonds provides regulatory advice to real estate funds. In keeping with the firm’s venture capital expertise, the team also provides expertise on crowdfunding regulations.
Flotations: small and mid-cap
In a significant development for its cross-office team, Osborne Clarke won a first-time instruction from high-profile NOMAD Cantor Fitzgerald Europe, with practice head Jonathan King advising the financial institution on the £70m IPO of online gaming company Stride Gaming. Other key contacts include James Massy-Collier in Reading and Mark Wesker in Bristol. Rebecca Gordon joined from Dentons.
Osborne Clarke’s practice is particularly active in real estate, private equity and venture capital funds. Tim Simmonds and associate director Alison Riddle handled the formation of Chenavari Real Estate Fund II for Chenavari; Riddle is a recent hire from Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP. Paul Anning is assisting Notion Capital Managers with fundraising for Notion Capital III.
M&A: mid-market, £50m-£250m
Osborne Clarke is notably strong in the digital business and marketing sector, with clients including Carphone Warehouse, News UK and Siemens. Mark Spinner acted for Caledonia Investments on its £241m acquisition of Coral’s Gala Retail Bingo business, and advised Alcumus Holdings on its £92m sale to Inflexion by Sovereign Capital. Simon Smith heads the department, in which Mathias Loertscher made partner in May 2015.
Private equity: transactions
Alisdair Livingstone leads Osborne Clarke’s practice, which is gaining momentum; recent client wins include HIG European Capital, Ambienta and SEA Equity. Mark Spinner handled the £241m acquisition of Gala Coral’s Retail Bingo business for Caledonia Unquoted Investments and advised the management team of Alcumus Holdings on its sale by Sovereign Capital to Inflexion. Mathias Loertscher made partner in 2015. Sarah Crabtree joined from Reed Smith LLP.
With practitioners based out of the firm’s Reading, London and Bristol offices, as well as a presence in Silicon Valley in the US, Osborne Clarke remains ‘deeply engrained in the venture capital industry’. Team head Robert Wood provides a ‘great service’ to clients including Funding Circle and Imperial Innovations, and advised the latter on a £19m Series A investment in Kesios Therapeutics. Matthew Lewis has a focus on the cleantech and renewables space, and assisted Oxford Photovoltaics with two £12.6bn combined Series B funding rounds. Other recommended partners include Russell van Praagh, Mathias Loertscher and Akmal Ghauri, who handles venture debt transactions as part of his broader finance practice.
London: Crime, fraud and licensing
Corporate crime (including fraud, bribery and corruption)
Osborne Clarke’s practice is led by Jeremy Summers, who joined the firm in 2015 from Slater and Gordon. The team is instructed by several FTSE 250 companies across a variety of sectors.
Tom Ellis and Adrian Lifely lead Osborne Clarke’s UK litigation practice. The team handles substantial domestic frauds, but showcases its international capabilities with ongoing instructions from Wirecard Bank, for whom they co-ordinate litigation in the UK, France and Barbados.
Fraud: white-collar crime
Osborne Clarke has bolstered its white-collar crime practice with the additions of Jeremy Summers from Slater and Gordon and senior associate Chris Wrigley from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Summers is the department head and defends in several SFO investigations.
London: Dispute resolution
Osborne Clarke acted for Harbert Management in a contractual dispute, which involved the interpretation of an asset management agreement’s payment provision. Adrian Lifely, Andrew Bartlett and Tom Ellis are recommended.
Osborne Clarke has expertise in energy and renewables sector arbitrations. Greg Fullelove is recommended.
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Osborne Clarke‘s Dominic Ross is ‘very easy to deal with’ and is active in the mid-market leveraged finance space.
Asset finance and leasing
At Osborne Clarke, the ‘excellent’ Clive Smith has been acting for Eversholt Rail Group on its finance, acquisition and leasing of two large fleets of CAF Civity rolling stock.
London: Human resources
Employee share schemes
Employment: employers and senior executives
Osborne Clarke provides ‘first-class service and invaluable assistance’ to clients in a range of sectors, with a focus on the financial services, recruitment and tech sectors. ‘Detail-conscious’ practice head Victoria Parry is representing Nomura International in a disability and age discrimination, victimisation and whistleblowing claim. Other clients include Dell, Silicon Valley Bank and Nomura International. David Cubitt, who is head of the firm’s London office, has ‘laser-sharp focus and gets to the crux of the matter quickly’.
Health and safety
Osborne Clarke remains strong in crisis management matters, with a notable presence in the energy, transport and infrastructure sectors; clients include SSE, EDF Energy and Eversholt Rail. Associate director Mary Lawrence leads the practice, which includes Catherine Wolfenden, who heads the regulatory group.
At Osborne Clarke, public sector specialist Mark Womersley acts for clients including the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) National Framework and the Environment Agency Pension Fund. Practice head Jonathan Hazlett is advising the trustees of the National Museum of Wales Pension Scheme on proposed changes to the scheme’s future service benefits. Paul Matthews is recommended for contentious issues.
Product liability: defendant
Osborne Clarke’s practice predominantly acts for technology clients including Facebook, VTech and EE, as well as for clients in the food and beverages industry. Catherine Wolfenden and Claire Temple co-head the practice. Jude King joined from the Advertising Standards Authority.
London: Private client
Personal tax, trusts and probate
Osborne Clarke has the ‘very client friendly and able’ Stuart Janaway. Andrew Goodman remains ‘calm in any crisis and engenders confidence in his clients’.
London: Real estate
Head of department Peter Day at Osborne Clarke handled a range of investment mandates for clients such as Orchard Street Investment Management and Henderson UK Property Fund. Rajindh Mangat is acting for Icknield Port Loop on the eponymous regeneration scheme in Birmingham. The ‘exceptional’ Dolf Darnton leads the firm’s strong retail practice from Bristol.
Osborne Clarke’s ‘highly experienced and user-friendly practice’ was enhanced on the contentious side by a number of hires, including Matthew Heywood and senior associate Daniel Cashmore, both of whom joined from Pinsent Masons LLP. Heywood has ‘exceptional knowledge of Middle East culture and contracts’. On the non-contentious side, the Bristol-based team led by Phil Davies was particularly active in the solar energy space for clients such as First Solar and Foresight. Litigator Jonathan Brooks ‘provides good strategic advice’ and divides his time between London and Bristol.
Bristol-based Alan John heads the practice at Osborne Clarke and has particular expertise in advising on power and heat purchase agreements, private wire arrangements and renewables incentives. The practice also handles regulatory investigations and contamination and climate change issues. Brian Greenwood joined Winckworth Sherwood LLP.
Osborne Clarke’s practice takes in a wide range of clients, including Barratt Homes, Asda and Heron Land Developments. Head of practice John Baird was successful in obtaining planning permission for Ptarmigan Land at the Albert Wharf site in London.
Clients have ‘no hesitation in recommending’ Osborne Clarke’s department head Madeleine Clark; she is ‘great fun to work with, and a smart cookie’. RBS, Barclays and IDI Gazeley are among the practice’s clients. The ‘keenly commercial, technically excellent’ Dominic Ross is ‘quick to grasp complex concepts’.
Osborne Clarke, which continues to expand its London practice and client base, successfully represented Park Skelmersdale in the Court of Appeal, a matter led by Gary Lawrenson. Siemens and CLS Holdings are client gains.
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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)
Osborne Clarke’s practice is led by Nick Johnson, who assists clients with a range of advertising law issues. The firm has acted for Facebook, News UK, Expedia and Cancer Research UK.
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Clients of Osborne Clarke include Airbnb, Dyson, EE and Facebook. Bristol-based practice head Emily Jones advises clients on a broad range of data protection issues, including the launch of new technologies. Mark Taylor joined from Hogan Lovells International LLP in August 2015 and James Mullock moved to Bird & Bird LLP in October that year.
IT and telecoms
Key figures at Osborne Clarke include commercial outsourcing and IT specialist John Buyers and commercial lawyer Simon Rendell, who has acted for EE, Vodafone and Facebook.
Osborne Clarke can draw upon its growing network of offices globally to advise on cross-border patent strategy, trade marks and licensing transactions. Lorna Brazell is advising a high-profile gaming company on international parallel import issues and IP strategy. Clients include WePay, News International, Vodafone and KPMG. Robert Guthrie and Ben Goodger are ‘technically very strong and pleasant to work with’.
Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Osborne Clarke’s ‘expert’ team includes Paul Gardner, Nick Johnson and John Davidson-Kelly. Davidson-Kelly assisted talent agent Michael Foster with the creation of production agreements for TFI Friday and Top Gear, and acted for Digital UK on the implementation of its Freeview Play project. Other clients include Facebook, Microsoft and BT TV.
Paul Gardner - Osborne Clarke (Computer games)
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Highlights for Osborne Clarke included advising Takeda Ventures on its investment into the Dementia Discovery Fund and into Belgian biotech company Univercells. Other clients include the shareholders of drug discovery company Adorial Technologies, which the firm advised on the company’s acquisition by C4X Discovery Holdings. Janita Good heads the team, which includes Lorna Brazell and Ben Goodger.
Osborne Clarke’s rail department is headed by the ‘outstanding’ Lara Burch and ‘has excellent industry knowledge’. It is advising Arriva UK Trains on the direct award of the next CrossCountry franchise by the DfT, and is advising Eversholt Rail Group on an order of super express trains for the Great Western Mainline service. Also recommended are Clive Smith, who is experienced in rolling stock finance, Simon Smith, Charlie Wedin and associate director Jeremy Godley.
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Offices in Brussels
- Information technology and outsourcing : Information technology (including contracts)
- Information technology and outsourcing : Outsourcing
- Media : Gaming
- Private equity : Venture capital
- Public sector : Public procurement
Offices in Paris
- EU competition and distribution
- Industry focus : IT, telecoms and the internet
- Media and entertainment
- Banking and finance
- Commercial, corporate and M&A
- Industry focus : Energy
- Industry focus : Healthcare and life sciences
- Industry focus : TMT
- Intellectual property
- Real estate and construction
Offices in London
- Corporate and commercial : Commercial contracts
- Corporate and commercial : EU and competition
- Corporate and commercial : Financial services
- Corporate and commercial : Flotations: small and mid-cap
- Corporate and commercial : Investment funds
- Corporate and commercial : M&A: mid-market, £50m-£250m
- Corporate and commercial : Private equity: transactions
- Corporate and commercial : Venture capital
- Crime, fraud and licensing : Corporate crime (including fraud, bribery and corruption)
- Crime, fraud and licensing : Fraud: civil
- Crime, fraud and licensing : Fraud: white-collar crime
- Dispute resolution : Commercial litigation
- Dispute resolution : International arbitration
- Dispute resolution : Reputation management
- Finance : Acquisition finance
- Finance : Asset finance and leasing
- Human resources : Employee share schemes
- Human resources : Employment: employers and senior executives
- Human resources : Health and safety
- Insurance : Product liability: defendant
- Private client : Personal tax, trusts and probate
- Real estate : Commercial property
- Real estate : Construction
- Real estate : Environment
- Real estate : Planning
- Real estate : Property finance
- Real estate : Property litigation
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Brand management
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Data protection
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : IT and telecoms
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Intellectual property
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Media and entertainment (including media finance)
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
- Transport : Rail
Offices in Reading
Offices in Bristol