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Shepherd and Wedderburn

CONDOR HOUSE, 10 ST PAUL'S CHURCHYARD, LONDON, EC4M 8AL, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7429 4900
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Fax 020 7329 5939
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98945 CHEAPSIDE-2
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www.shepwedd.com

London: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 6

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s clients include Scandinavian Airlines, BT, the European Competitive Telecoms Association, Heineken, John Lewis, and Scottish Power. The ‘helpful’, ‘responsive’ and ‘practicalJohn Schmidt leads the ‘down-to-earth’ practice, which delivers ‘high-quality specialist advice’ and ‘hands-on attention from partners’. Schmidt, together with solicitor Zeno Frediani, successfully represented Teva UK in the CMA’s investigation into agreements in the pharmaceutical sector, and continues to advise Teva in relation to the European Commission’s investigation into patent dispute settlement agreements regarding an ACE inhibitor. Other recent work includes advising Skyscanner on the merger control aspects of its £1.4bn deal with Ctrip. The practice is active across a number of sectors, including energy and pharmaceuticals, and has particular strengths in the TMT sector thanks to Gordon Moir and consultant Annemaree McDonough.

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

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn impresses with ‘the level of involvement from its good, practical and knowledgeable partners’. Practice head Walter Blake, in particular, has ‘a particularly fine ability to identify, understand and resolve the most difficult issues in complicated deals’. The firm attracts work from listed and private companies across a multitude of sectors, particularly areas such as energy and natural resources, life sciences/pharmaceuticals and IT/technology. In a highlight in 2016, Blake acted for Goals Soccer Centres on its placing, which raised £16.75m. Blake also undertakes a significant amount of work for brokers, and advised Numis Securities on a £6.3m placing by Ilika.

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M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Counting energy, natural resources and technology as key areas of expertise, Shepherd and Wedderburn’s ‘practical, efficient and effective’ department is headed by Walter Blake, who advised PCI-PAL on its £7m sale of IPPlus (UK) and Callscripter to Direct Response Contact Centres Group. He also acted for The Surgical Company Holding on its £1m purchase of Sensium Healthcare. Andrew Blain, who is based across Edinburgh and London, advised Royal & Ancient Group on its merger with the Ladies’ Golf Union. Other clients of the team include Hill International (UK), Safestay, Sheffield United and Ellandi. Philip Knowles and the ‘extremely attentiveCarl Powlson are also recommended.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 8

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Specialising in international disputes, Shepherd and Wedderburn has sectoral focus on energy, oil and gas, and utilities; financial services; and real estate. Guy Harvey and Jane Wessel are highly regarded.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Water
Water - ranked: tier 3

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s water team, primarily based in Scotland, provides ‘a bespoke service, industry-specific knowledge and expertise, and consistently strong and accurate advice’ under the leadership of Gordon Downie, who ‘has a wealth of experience and is greatly respected in the field’. Liz McRobb and competition law expert John Grady also attract praise from clients. The team was recently appointed to the advisory panel of Water Plus, a joint venture between Severn Trent and United Utilities, and has also been advising Wessex Water and Water2Business on the opening of the non-household retail market. The Glasgow-based George Boyle acted for Albion Water on the sale of 51% of its shares to Wessex Water and in related joint venture agreements. Other highlights included assisting 2020 Renewables with obtaining consent and planning permission from the Scottish Ministers for the development of the Glenmucklock pumped hydro storage project. Edinburgh-based senior associate Fiona Parker is noted as strong ‘in the interpretation of knotty new regulations’ and works in the Edinburgh office.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 6

Shepherd and Wedderburn

At Shepherd and Wedderburn, practice head Stephen Hubner has particular expertise in handling the real estate aspects of major energy projects; he recently advised Dong Energy on the landowner/occupier option and lease agreements for the onshore cable route for the Hornsea Offshore Wind Farm. In other development highlights, Sally Morris-Smith advised Fairbriar Developments Salford on its development of a residential site in Manchester. On the investment side, the team is regularly instructed by the OLIM Property portfolio, and Elaine Colville assisted said client with the sale-at-auction of Scarborough & District Bus Depot. Senior associate Fraser Grant joined from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 5

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Though split evenly between lenders and borrowers, Shepherd and Wedderburn’s ‘very responsive, knowledgeable’ and ‘commercial’ department won some high-profile lender clients in 2016. ‘Calm, collected, highly experienced’ practice head Jonathan Rickard acted for Deutsche Hypo on its £20m loan to Falcon Group to finance its purchase of 60-62 Lombard Street, London, and advised Bayerische Landesbank on its £16m financing of IDI Gazeley’s acquisition of a distribution warehouse in Lutterworth. Sponsor-side clients include TJAC London Cambridge and Scarborough Group. Philip Knowles, Stephen Hubner, Sally Morris-Smith, Patrick Bell and associate Lucy Hall are also recommended.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s team acts for clients including BT, Vodafone and AT&T. Gordon Moir focuses on regulatory and anti-trust support issues; he is acting for the European Competitive Telecommunications Association in defending a challenge brought by Orange Polska pertaining to a substantial fine imposed for abuse of dominance. Paul Carlyle heads the media and technology team. Joanna Boag-Thomson, who has significant experience in outsourcing matters, advised Skills Development Scotland on the procurement options pertaining to its multi-sourced IT/IS solution, and assisted VServ with a virtual betting services agreement with Vermantia concerning a virtual football game. John MacKenzie has significant experience in commercial litigation in the IT sector.

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