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Simmons & Simmons

CITYPOINT, ONE ROPEMAKER STREET, LONDON, EC2Y 9SS, ENGLAND
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Top-tier Firm rankings

Firm Rankings


London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

Noted for its strengths in complex multi-jurisdictional transactions, Simmons & Simmons handles cutting-edge outsourcing and technology deals for UK-based and international clients across the finance, consumer products and life sciences sectors, among others. O2 Telefónica and Virgin Media are among its key clients. Alexander Brown, Hinal Patel and James Cotter are recommended. Mark Dewar joined DLA Piper.

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

At Simmons & Simmons, Nick Cronkshaw’s highlights included advising Macquarie Capital on its acquisition of a 25% stake in an offshore wind farm, while Martin Shah assisted The British Land Company on the structuring, establishment and launch of Broadgate REIT Limited. Finance expert Mark Sheiham is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Nick Cronkshaw - Simmons & Simmons

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 4

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons combines ‘responsiveness, good value, a strong international network and personable lawyers’. Clients include Ofgem, Cheyne Capital, Nippon Electric Glass Co and Schlumberger. The firm acted for Plastipak Holdings on the merger control aspects of its acquisition of APPE, which received unconditional EC clearance. Charles Bankes and Tony Woodgate head the practice, in which the ‘extraordinaryPeter Broadhurst is recommended for his ‘clear, concise and insightful’ advice.

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EU and competition: Trade, WTO, anti-dumping and customs
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Simmons & Simmons

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Equity capital markets
Equity capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

Recent highlights for Simmons & Simmons reflect the strong bankside relationships of the practice; these include advising Numis Securities as global coordinator on the £240m IPO of On the Beach Group, a deal which included a private placement pursuant to Regulation S/Rule 144A, and acting for J.P. Morgan Cazenove and Peel Hunt as underwriters on the £275m placing and open offer by Circassia Pharmaceuticals. Powerflute and Funding Circle SME Income Fund are recent issuer clients. Practice head Chris Hortonably handles complex transactions, always remaining cool under pressure’. Colin Bole, Charles Hawes and Julian Perlmutter are additional key contacts.

Leading individuals

Chris Horton - Simmons & Simmons

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

Simmons & Simmons

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

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons’ ‘outstanding team’ has been particularly active advising its asset management and investment fund client base on key areas of impact including AIFMD. ‘Leading regulatory adviserDarren Fox has ‘a very good sense of what the regulator would expect’. Charlotte Stalin has handled a significant amount of work for investment managers on MiFID II implementation, and the ‘excellentPenny Miller provides UK and EU regulatory advice on derivatives and structured finance matters. On the contentious front, the ‘technically flawlessRichard Sims provides ‘fleet-footed advice’ on financial crime and market abuse matters. The ‘outstandingMarc Thorley provides a ‘tenacious and dogged service’ to retail banks engaged in mis-selling cases, and Robert Turner has a focus on asset management disputes.

Leading individuals

Charlotte Stalin - Simmons & Simmons

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Flotations: small and mid-cap
Flotations: small and mid-cap - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

At Simmons & Simmons, Patrick Graves, who is ‘very knowledgeable within the AIM environment’, advised Investec Bank on Bonmarché Holdings’ move up from AIM to the Main Market. Life sciences expert Charles Mayo and highly regarded practice head Chris Horton are other names to note in the ‘commercial, pragmatic and highly experienced team’.

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Investment funds
Investment funds: Hedge funds - ranked: tier 1

Simmons & Simmons

Listed funds - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

Private funds - ranked: tier 4

Simmons & Simmons

Retail funds - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons’ heavyweight reputation in hedge funds sees it act for clients such as Och-Ziff and Brevan Howard. Richard Perry advised Henderson/AlphaGen Capital on the launch of The AlphaGen Volantis Catalyst Fund II. Dale Gabbert is handling the restructuring of the Sturgeon Capital Asia Fund, enabling it to be one of the first hedge funds to invest in Iran. Iain Cullen is a leading industry figure. Elsewhere, the firm acts for sponsors and investors in private funds matters; David Williams is assisting Iona Capital with forming funds to invest in various UK infrastructure assets. Williams is also recommended for listed funds work. Neil Simmonds and Mahrie Webb are key contacts for retail funds.

Leading individuals

Iain Cullen - Simmons & Simmons (Hedge funds)

Richard Perry - Simmons & Simmons (Hedge funds)

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M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+
M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+ - ranked: tier 5

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons’ department head Giles Dennison acted for longstanding client Anite during its £388m recommended takeover by Keysight Technologies. Colin Bole advised Evercore Partners International and J.P. Morgan Cazenove, as financial advisers and sponsors to ICAP, on ICAP’s merger of its global hybrid voice-broking and information business with Tullett Prebon. ‘Expert coordinatorEdward Baker gives ‘practical, valuable advice’, and has ‘fantastic knowledge of precedents’.

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

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons particularly excels in cross-border deals, particularly those involving regulated markets, such as life sciences, TMT and financial services. Gideon Sharp and Arthur Stewart, who is ‘reliable and trustworthy’, jointly lead the team, which advised Orion Resource Partners (USA) on a joint venture with Fusion AG to form Lynx Resources, and handled Lynx’s subsequent acquisition of SASA from Solway Investment Group. Brookfield, Catterton Partners and Charterhouse are other notable clients.

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

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons’ team, headed by Nick Cronkshaw, acts for a wide-ranging client base including Macquarie Bank, British Land and Fidelity Investments. On the advisory side, the practice has a particular focus on asset management, energy and infrastructure, financial institutions, life sciences and TMT matters. Nick Skerrett, who ‘knows how to get results for his clients’, is a key contact on the contentious side.

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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

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons is ‘one of the leading firms’ in the corporate crime arena, which advises on international investigations regarding corruption, bribery, sanctions and money laundering. The team is ‘strong across the board’, and includes Nick Benwell, Richard Sims and Stephen Gentle. Stephen Moses and Emma Sutcliffe were recently promoted to partner.

Leading individuals

Nick Benwell - Simmons & Simmons

Stephen Gentle - Simmons & Simmons

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Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 1

Simmons & Simmons

The ‘absolutely first-class’ team at Simmons & Simmons is ‘right at the top of its game’. Jointly led by Patrick Boylan, it specialises in cross-border asset tracing and international enforcements of judgments. Stephen Moses was recently promoted to partner.

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Fraud: white-collar crime
Fraud: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

Rated as ‘very strong across the board’, Simmons & Simmons’ fraud group is led by Stephen Gentle and Nick Benwell, who are representing former executives and politically exposed individuals in a number of ongoing SFO investigations.

Leading individuals

Nick Benwell - Simmons & Simmons

Stephen Gentle - Simmons & Simmons

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London: Dispute resolution

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

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons’ ‘first-class’ practice acted for Tetragon Financial Group in derivatives actions. Key figures include Richard Bunce, who leads on wholesale banking matters and ‘puts complex legal issues into plain English’; retail banking expert Marc Thorley, who is ‘a highly experienced litigator’; contentious regulatory expert Richard Sims; and Ed Crosse, who ‘has wide-ranging banking expertise’. Also recommended are Robert Turner, Caroline Hunter-Yeats (who leads on wealth management issues), Emma Sutcliffe, Robert Allen and Tim Boyce. Wholesale banking and wealth management expert Alexander Thavenot was promoted to partner.

Leading individuals

Richard Bunce - Simmons & Simmons

Robert Turner - Simmons & Simmons

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons provides ‘a consistently high standard of service’. The team defended Autonomy’s former chief financial officer against proceedings related to HP’s acquisition of Autonomy. Clients praise the ‘outstandingIan Hammond; Robert Turner, who is noted for his ‘superb client care’; Patrick Boylan (‘he has a huge intellect’); Tim Boyce, who ‘swiftly identifies key points’; and Ed Crosse, who was elected as the London Solicitors Litigation Association’s President. Colin Passmore is also highly rated.

Leading individuals

Robert Turner - Simmons & Simmons

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Competition litigation
Competition litigation - ranked: tier 5

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons’ practice acts for clients in the retail, aviation and energy sectors and specialises in multi-jurisdictional cartel investigations. Tony Woodgate is a key contact.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons recruited Rob Horne from Trowers & Hamlins LLP. The practice is geared towards handling disputes in emerging markets and developing economies, particularly in the telecoms, financial institutions, and energy and infrastructure sectors. Simon Morgan and Jayne Bentham are noted for their ability to ‘gain tribunals’ trust’, and are recommended alongside the ‘totally reliableDavid Sandy .

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Tax litigation and investigations
Tax litigation and investigations - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons’ practice, led by ‘excellent tactician and strategist’ Nick Skerrett, continued its impressive growth in 2015. In a highlight matter, the practice advised the Investment Association (UK), among others, on behalf of 20 investment managers and banks in their high-profile dispute with the Indian Income Tax Commissioners. Caritas Anchor House and BPP Holdings are also clients.

Leading individuals

Nick Skerrett - Simmons & Simmons

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 5

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons provides ‘an outstanding’ service to banks and private equity sponsors across a range of leveraged and event-driven financings. The ‘remarkable’ Alistair Hill advised Chiltern International Group on its $447m financing for the acquisition of Theorem Clinical Research – one of the largest unitranche financings in Europe in 2015. Simon Thrower is also recommended.

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

Simmons & Simmons

At Simmons & Simmons, Simon Thrower advised Rentokil Initial on its syndicated banking facilities, including a £315m revolving facility for general corporate purposes and a £300m term loan facility related to its acquisition of Steritech Group. Based out of Bristol, the ‘detail-oriented and responsive’ Alistair Hill has a broad finance practice that includes receivables-backed financing work for Shawbrook Bank. Simon Middleton and John Sayers are also recommended.

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Commodities: derivatives
Commodities: derivatives - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons has ‘a highly effective practice, which is flexible across the commodities space’. Jonathan Melrose is ‘at the top of his profession’ and played a key role in advising an industry association on the implementation of a new pricing benchmark. In another highlight, Omar Al-Ali (who joined from Linklaters LLP) advised Castleton Commodities on energy hedging related to the client’s acquisition of Morgan Stanley’s global oil merchanting business. Charlotte Stalin is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Jonathan Melrose - Simmons & Simmons

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Commodities: physicals
Leading individuals

Jonathan Melrose - Simmons & Simmons

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Corporate restructuring and insolvency
Corporate restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 5

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons provides ‘commercial and sensible advice’ to clients including Deloitte, Morgan Stanley and Avenue Capital. ‘Pragmatic and experienced’ team head Peter Manning recently advised the board of GHG Property Group on its proposed £2.1bn restructuring. The ‘commercialAlyson Lockett and Ross Miller (whose ‘years on the trading floor has given him a strong understanding of clients’ needs’) have particular expertise in debt trading. The ‘pragmatic and no-nonsenseAlan Gar is also recommended.

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Debt capital markets
Debt capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmonsis a major player that is good value for money and has a growing reputation among financial institutions’. Piers Summerfield and managing associate Tony Geffin advised DONG Energy on a €600m offering, and Summerfield advised new client Commonwealth Bank of Australia on a EMTN issuance. US-qualified Daniel Maalo joined from Norton Rose Fulbright.

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Derivatives and structured products
Derivatives and structured products - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

The ‘very competitive and reliable team’ at Simmons & Simmons is noted for its ‘excellent value for money’. David Roylance (‘one of the City’s most brilliant and hardworking partners’) advised the underwriters on structured finance elements of a €750m notes issue. Other key figures include the ‘flexible, commercial’ Paul Browne, who is ‘committed to his clients’ and advises leading investment banks; newly promoted partner David Toole, who is ‘a rising star with an eye for detail’; Craig Bisson, who advises asset managers; and Sean Bulmer, who advises on OTC and securitised derivatives. Alan Davies and buy-side adviser Allan Yip are also recommended.

Leading individuals

David Roylance - Simmons & Simmons

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Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons has wide geographical reach from London. John Sayers acted on the financing of wind power projects in Africa; Adam Cooper acted for lenders including IFC and EBRD on the project financing of a bulk liquids terminal in Egypt; and Mark Moody advised lenders on the refinancing of a fleet of Airbus aircraft owned by LatAm Airlines. Omar Al-Ali joined from Linklaters LLP and has outstanding trade and commodity finance expertise.

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Islamic finance
Islamic finance - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

At Simmons & Simmons, Ahmed Butt in Riyadh regularly handles shari’ah-compliant UK real estate deals. Dubai-based Muneer Khan heads the practice and is a key contact for Islamic banking and finance matters.

Leading individuals

Muneer Khan - Simmons & Simmons

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Securitisation
Securitisation - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

The ‘very commercial and technically able’ practice at Simmons & Simmons attracts praise for its ‘impressive market knowledge’. The ‘extremely client-focusedMichael Lorraine advised Macquarie Bank on a £250m RMBS by Bluestone Mortgages, and assisted European Investment Fund with its synthetic securitisation programme. ‘Persistent, precise and robust’ associate Will Trotman and ‘thoughtful, superb’ regulatory partner Penny Miller are also recommended. Ian Sideris retired and Simon Schiff joined Baker McKenzie LLP.

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Trade finance
Trade finance - ranked: tier 1

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons’ ‘excellent’ practice is ‘at the top of its game’. ‘Excellent deal lawyerJohn Sayers advised AIG Trade Finance on a novel $125m supply chain finance platform for the sub-investment grade market. Omar Al-Ali, who joined as a partner from Linklaters LLP, advised Castleton Commodities on a $3.75bn borrowing base facility that included a security package of oil and energy products in Belgium, Japan, Netherlands, Spain and the UK.

Leading individuals

John Sayers - Simmons & Simmons

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons’ practice leverages the firm’s global network to act on multi-jurisdictional matters. Its strength in financial services is reflected in a client base that consists of Old Mutual, Brookfield Asset Management and Swiss Re. Ian Fraser leads the department.

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Employment: employees/ unions
Leading individuals

Julian Taylor - Simmons & Simmons

Mark Hewland - Simmons & Simmons

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Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 1

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons’ team acts ‘at the highest level across the board’ and is ‘extremely clued up on issues and changes in the financial services sector’. The department is also recognised for its contentious expertise, and successfully defended Jefferies in a sex discrimination claim. The practice has seen an increase in regulatory mandates; the ‘commercial and pragmaticAndrea Finn and Philip Bartlett led advice to numerous clients on the Senior Managers Regime. Simon Watson leads the group, which includes the ‘genuinely fantasticMark Hewland and Julian Taylor. The ‘hardworking’ Vicky Wickremeratne made partner in 2015. Other clients include BlueCrest, Moody’s and Deutsche Bank.

Leading individuals

Julian Taylor - Simmons & Simmons

Mark Hewland - Simmons & Simmons

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Pensions
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 4

Simmons & Simmons

The ‘extremely reliable and professional’ practice at Simmons & Simmons has a strong focus on the financial services and energy sectors, as reflected in its client base, which includes Total, XL Services and Schlumberger. The practice is led by the ‘outstandingMichael Wyman (who ‘pursues points tenaciously and is technically infallible’) and includes the ‘highly experienced and client-focusedDanny Tsang.

Leading individuals

Michael Wyman - Simmons & Simmons

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London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation
Insurance and reinsurance litigation - ranked: tier 5

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons’ ‘excellent’ team is noted for its ‘relevant, pragmatic and trustworthy advice’. The group frequently handles multi-jurisdictional claims across Africa, Asia, Europe and the US, covering cyber liability, IP liability and professional negligence matters, among others. James Pollock heads the department, which includes the ‘informative experienced and solution-orientedJason Bright.

Leading individuals

Jason Bright - Simmons & Simmons

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Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons has advised extensively on the implementation of Solvency II, and has strong experience in both the life and non-life market. Jennifer Yao and Pollyanna Deane are ‘highly credible practitioners’; Deane has notable expertise in Part VII transfers and new insurance products, and Yao specialises in the Lloyds market and runoff insurance.

Leading individuals

Pollyanna Deane - Simmons & Simmons

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Product liability: defendant
Product liability: defendant - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons acts for a leading insurer client base that includes Munich Reinsurance, AIG and Sompo Nikkonkoa Insurance. Jason Bright heads the practice and focuses on large-scale losses, and ‘intelligent, timely and accurate’ managing associate Sherry Goodman-Smith specialises in product recall and construction-related issues.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons’ ‘technically strong’ team has extensive experience in claims against accountants, actuaries, lawyers, brokers, construction professionals, IT consultants, surveyors and valuers. Key figures include the ‘outstandingJames Pollock, who heads the team; the ‘excellentColin Passmore, who is particularly noted for accountants claims; Emma Kendrick-Jones, who attracts praise for her ‘broad skill-set’; Simon Hilditch, who is singled out for his ‘exceptional mind’; and Carol Hewson, who is recommended for her expertise on real estate cases. Clients also recommend of counsel Jeremy Roberts and managing associate Felix Zimmermann. Of counsel Iftikhar Ali recently joined from Signature Litigation LLP.

Leading individuals

Colin Passmore - Simmons & Simmons

James Pollock - Simmons & Simmons

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)
Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmonsconsistently provides sound advice’, and is singled out for its strength in Africa-related projects. Led by Andrew Petry, the team advised the successful bidding consortium comprising Macquarie, FCC and Denys on the €800m Haren prison PPP in Belgium. Other clients include the Department for Transport, Mainstream Renewable Power and Transport for London. The team is headed by Richard Dyton, whose sector expertise includes defence, transportation and mining.

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Mining and minerals
Mining and minerals - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons specialises in handling investments in emerging markets. Richard Dyton advised SNC-Lavalin on the £300m divestment of its entire interest in the Ambatovy Nickel joint venture project in Madagascar to existing partner Sumitomo Corporation. Practice head Iain Duncan is often instructed on partnering arrangements, as well as development and investment agreements with host governments.

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons’ financing capabilities were strengthened by the arrival of Omar Al-Ali from Linklaters LLP. Adam Cooper has been advising IFC, the EBRD and Commercial International Bank as the lenders in the financing of a bulk liquids terminal for the import and storage of gas oil, LPG and LNG in Egypt. The team is led by Patrick Wallace.

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Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

At Simmons & Simmons, Steven McNab is leading the team assisting NextEnergy Solar Fund with the £290m acquisition and development of a number of solar assets in the UK. Iain Duncan advised Mainstream Renewable Power on its $1.9bn joint venture with Actis to deliver between 700 and 900MW of wind and solar projects across Africa by 2018. The practice is headed by Patrick Wallace, who is noted for his ‘high level of expertise’.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons’ client roster includes Deka Immobilien Investment, the Ministry of Defence and Avenue Capital. As well as handling development work in the social housing sector for Cheyne Capital, the team also advised HNA Group on the £235m acquisition of the long leasehold interests of the Reuters Building at Canary Wharf. John Kelsey’s team includes Matthew Hooton, who is a ‘reassuring presence for clients’.

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Construction
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 4

Simmons & Simmons

Construction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 4

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons’ contentious practice was recently augmented by counsel Mark Grasso’s recruitment from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. Other key figures are chartered arbitrator and adjudicator Rob Horne, who is ‘a market leader on the NEC contract’, and Navneet Juty, who is ‘very bright and has a lot of railway industry experience’. On the non-contentious side, the team focuses on energy and infrastructure projects and is particularly known for its expertise in the UK solar market. The ‘extremely experiencedRichard Dyton heads the practice.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

Steven McNab is in charge at Simmons & Simmons, where highlights included advising Strategic Value Partners on its loan-to-own strategy in relation to Cory Environmental. On the contentious side, the team acted for a group of claimants in a large class action precipitated by the government’s removal of the exemption on the climate change levy to generators of renewable energy.

Leading individuals

Steven McNab - Simmons & Simmons

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

Mark Waghorn leads the team at Simmons & Simmons, in which Simon Kildahl is another key figure. William Greig joined the department from Pinsent Masons LLP in December 2015, which offset Richard Hughes’ departure to Norton Rose Fulbright. Deian Rhys joined in June 2016 from Goldman Sachs.

Leading individuals

Mark Waghorn - Simmons & Simmons

Simon Kildahl - Simmons & Simmons

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons provides contentious real estate advice to Telefónica UK, Bank of China and Macquarie, for example. Carol Hewson is a key figure.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons manages the trade mark portfolio of Twentieth Century Fox, and David Stone* is defending the client in an infringement and passing-off dispute relating to the TV show Glee. Adrian Smith provided trade mark advice to Theravance BioPharma following the separation of Theravance into Theravance, Inc. and Theravance BioPharma. The firm also handles brand protection matters for BMW, The Coca-Cola Company and Imperial Tobacco. *Since publication, David Stone has joined Allen & Overy LLP.

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Data protection
Data protection - ranked: tier 4

Simmons & Simmons

Alexander Brown heads Simmons & Simmons’ ‘very professional and experienced team’, which advises Moody’s, Huawei, Telefónica UK and Virgin Media.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons’ sector expertise runs the gamut of work for clients including telecoms multinationals such as Telefónica UK and VimpelCom, government bodies such as the Ministry of Defence, and media companies including Virgin Media. Tom Wheadon heads the international information, communications and technology group, which includes TMT sector group head Alexander Brown; James Cotter, who advises a broad range of clients on contracts and regulatory matters; and the Bristol-based Hinal Patel, who has expertise in IT outsourcing and telecoms transactions. IP and Fintech lawyer Angus McLean became a partner in May 2015.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

Marc Döring’s* team at Simmons & Simmons has extensive experience litigating patents before the national courts and assisting with cases before the EPO. It represented ViiV Healthcare in litigation against Teva relating to the patent and supplementary protection certificate for its anti-HIV drug, Kivexa. Patent litigator Marjan Noor* acted for Eli Lilly in patent litigation against Sanofi regarding the components of insulin pen injector devices, and acted for the same client against Actavis concerning Eli Lilly’s patent for atomoxetine. The recruitment of the ‘diligent’ Mark Heaney* in October 2015 has bolstered the practice’s electronics and telecoms sector capabilities. *Since publication, Marc Döring, Mark Heaney and Marjan Noor have joined *Allen & Overy LLP.

Leading individuals

Mark Heaney - Allen & Overy LLP

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

Highlights for Simmons & Simmons included advising Comcast on its acquisition of AdTech business Adazzle and defending Activision Blizzard in a dispute brought by former shareholders of a video game developer acquired by the client in 2007. Andrew McMillan and Alexander Brown head the team, which includes IP specialist David Stone*. Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros and MGM are clients. *Since publication, David Stone has joined Allen & Overy.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 1

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmonsprovides excellent service and always delivers on time’. Practice head Michael Gavey (who is noted for his ‘sound advice and understanding of risk’) advised GlaxoSmithKline on drug research collaborations with the Francis Crick Institute, Shionogi and Apollo Therapeutics. Marjan Noor’s* highlights included representing Eli Lilly in patent disputes with Actavis and Sanofi, and Charles Mayo advised the Department of Health on the launch of its Dementia Discovery Fund. Marc Döring* is recommended for IP work. Since publication, Marjan Noor and Marc Döring have joined Allen & Overy LLP.

Leading individuals

Charles Mayo - Simmons & Simmons

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London: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 5

Simmons & Simmons

The ‘prompt and thorough’ team at Simmons & Simmons is noted for its contentious capability. Stephen Moses was recently promoted to partner in 2015 and is ‘always responsive’. Former team head Christopher Boresjo moved with Mark Moody to Winston & Strawn London LLP in 2016.

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Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons is ‘quick to grasp difficult technical issues, and has a high appreciation of commercial and practical business principles’. The team is advising Etihad Rail on contractors and consultants claims, and acted as transaction counsel to the MoD on the Logistic Commodities & Services Transformation project. Juliet Reingold has ‘in-depth expertise’ and Navneet Jutyunderstands the detail’. Helen Hancock and Rob Horne are also noted.

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  • Failure to counter financial crime: Norwich Union Life

    In December 2007, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) imposed a fine of £1.26m on Norwich Union Life (part of the Aviva Group), one of the largest life insurance businesses in the UK with around seven million customers. The fine related to failures to take reasonable care to establish and maintain effective systems and controls for countering the risks of financial crime. The fine is the latest confirmation of the emphasis being placed on protecting clients and customers from the threat of financial crime.
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