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Olswang LLP

90 HIGH HOLBORN, LONDON, WC1V 6XX, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7067 3000
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Fax 020 7067 3999
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37972 KINGSWAY
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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 2

Olswang LLP

Olswang LLP’s highly regarded practice handles IT outsourcing, BPO and procurement transactions, among other matters, and its clients include BP, Marks & Spencer and Vodafone. Dominic Dryden led advice to Unilever on outsourcing its service desk, desk-side support and device management operations to Unisys. Dryden jointly heads the practice with Matthew Bennett.

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 4

Olswang LLP

Mark Joscelyne heads Olswang LLP’s ‘technically and commercially very strong and supportive team’, which includes Cliona Kirby, who is ‘very savvy on property and IP tax issues’, Stephen Hignett, whose wide-ranging tax expertise impresses, and the ‘solutions-orientedGraham Chase. TMT and retail are particular sector strengths.

Leading individuals

Mark Joscelyne - Olswang LLP

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 5

Olswang LLP

Olswang LLP’s practice has a strong TMT sector focus and handles merger control work for Cineworld and CityFibre, among others. It advised Audible, BPI and Viacom on competition issues arising from IP licensing and distribution agreements. Team head Howard Cartlidge is ably supported by senior associate Dervla Broderick.

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Flotations: small and mid-cap
Flotations: small and mid-cap - ranked: tier 3

Olswang LLP

At Olswang LLP, the highly regarded Azlinda Ariffin-Boromand is a key contact for cross-border capital markets deals, particularly related to Asia, while practice head Paul Blackmore regularly advises listed companies operating in the TMT and leisure sectors. Dexion Capital is a recent NOMAD client.

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M&A: mid-market, £50m-£250m
M&A: mid-market, £50m-£250m - ranked: tier 1

Olswang LLP

Olswang LLP’s ‘first-rate’ practice, which is particularly strong in TMT, real estate, retail and leisure, is led by Mark Bertram, who advised the Iliffe family on its £220m sale to Trinity Mirror of a stake in Local World Holdings. Anthony Waller, who is praised for ‘bending over backwards’ for clients, acted for Surreal Vision during its sale to Facebook. Robert Willis provides ‘polished, comprehensive and accessible advice’.

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Partnership
Partnership - ranked: tier 4

Olswang LLP

Olswang LLP’s client base includes investment fund managers such as CNH Capital Partners, professional services firms including Rawlinson & Hunter and AlixPartners, and individual partners. Catherine Taylor and Barry Stimpson jointly head the team.

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Private equity: transactions
Private equity: transactions – Mid-cap deal capability - ranked: tier 3

Olswang LLP

Olswang LLP’s Chris Mackie acted for Bowmark Capital in the MBO of insurance broker Aston Scott Group. Duncan McDonald is another key name in the team, which is also active in management-side matters. Fabrizio Carpanini, who was succeeded by Mackie as practice head, joined Dorsey & Whitney, as did Carsten Greve.

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

Olswang LLP

Olswang LLP is noted for its breadth of indirect tax expertise. Key contacts include Stephen Hignett, who has ‘incomparable knowledge and experience of gambling tax’; Cliona Kirby, who is ‘very savvy on property tax’; and the ‘solutions-orientedGraham Chase, who acts for clients including Kaupthing and Ronson Capital Partners.

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 3

Olswang LLP

Supported by a strong IP team as well as a significant commercial practice that assists with IP commercialisation matters, Olswang LLP is able to provide a cradle-to-grave service to investors and investees in the life sciences and tech sectors in particular.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 3

Olswang LLP

The fraud and investigations department at Olswang LLP is headed by ‘canny operator’ Bernard O’Sullivan. The team has particular experience in Russian and CIS matters and receives a variety of instructions from Yukos Capital. Anna Caddick made partner in 2016.

Leading individuals

Bernard O’Sullivan - Olswang LLP

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Gaming and betting
Gaming and betting - ranked: tier 1

Olswang LLP

Olswang LLP has an international, full-service gambling practice as well as expertise in the increasingly busy remote gaming sector. The firm advised Gamesys on its £425m sale of Jackpotjoy to Intertain Group. ‘Well-known guruDavid Zeffman heads the group, which includes the ‘impressiveStephen Hignett.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 4

Olswang LLP

Olswang LLP recently defended Up Energy Group (UEGL) and Qin Jun against a claim involving a purchase agreement under which UEGL sold convertible notes. Bernard O’Sullivan heads the practice, which includes Jeremy Mash, Richard Bamforth, Steven Corney and Ian Felstead.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Olswang LLP

Olswang LLP is known for media and technology-related disputes, often involving Russia and CIS. The ‘user-friendlyRichard Bamforth is recommended alongside Jeremy Mash.

Leading individuals

Richard Bamforth - Olswang LLP

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Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 1

Olswang LLP

Olswang LLP’s ‘fiercely intellectual’ team is noted for its ability to draw on ‘huge resources that can match any firm in the field, while retaining a personal touch’. Equally adept at handling defendant and claimant mandates, the firm represents clients including ITV, The Guardian and Tom Cruise. Geraldine Proudler (who has ‘immense experience and impeccable judgement’) successfully defended The Spamhaus Project in libel proceedings initiated by two US-based claimants. Other key figures include Dan Tench, who has ‘one of the best legal brains in this field’; and Ian Felstead, who is ‘a first-rate practitioner’. Ashley Hurst joined Osborne Clarke in 2016.

Leading individuals

Dan Tench - Olswang LLP

Geraldine Proudler - Olswang LLP

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London: Finance

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

Olswang LLP

At Olswang LLP, Alicia Videon is ‘at the top of her game’ and ‘excels at complex and distressed situations’, particularly within the real estate sector. The ‘practical and commercialJulian Turner is also recommended.

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Derivatives and structured products
Derivatives and structured products - ranked: tier 5

Olswang LLP

Olswang LLP specialises in deals with technology and real estate assets. Charles Kerrigan and Anne Chitan ‘understand the commercial risk areas of a deal and can be trusted to run a transaction’. Ruth Marken is noted for her ability to ‘appreciate commercial issues and technical legal points’. Clients include Investec.

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 5

Olswang LLP

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Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 4

Olswang LLP

Olswang LLPmarries a keen eye for detail with a strategic and tactical approach’, enabling the firm to provide clients with ‘practical and commercial advice’ in a ‘highly responsive’ manner. Practice head Melanie Lane stands out for her expertise in outsourcings and reorganisations, and assisted Catalent with the proposed closure of its UK packaging facility site, affecting over 150 employees. The ‘bright, energetic and motivatedCatherine Taylor is recommended for cross-border and High Court litigation.

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Pensions
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 6

Olswang LLP

At Olswang LLP, practice head Ron Burgess led advice to the shareholders of Retail Acquisitions on the pensions aspects of its purchase of BHS Group. Burgess, along with senior associate Andrew Campbell, also acted for CIT Group (UK) on the pensions issues relating to its move from a trust-based defined contribution scheme to a group pension arrangement. Other clients include Amey, KSS and River Island.

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 3

Olswang LLP

Olswang LLP regularly handles judicial review cases in the media and gambling sectors, where the firm has an outstanding reputation. Head of public law Dan Tenchcombines his experience in media with cutting-edge public law expertise’, and is advising UK Cinema Association on the legality of Digital Cinema Media’s policy not to show political or religious advertising content in cinemas. Tamsin Blow is ‘sharp and gets things done’.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 4

Olswang LLP

Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 3

Olswang LLP

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 2

Olswang LLP

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 2

Olswang LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 5

Olswang LLP

Olswang LLP’s team mainly focuses its work on data centres, shopping malls, student accommodation and residential deals. Stephen Slater acted for key client UBS Global Asset Management on the £113m acquisition of New Brook buildings in London. Active clients in the hotels and leisure sector include Prezzo and Hardrock International Hotels. Jonathan Lewis heads the practice, in which other key figures include Simon Kanter and Martyn Needham.

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Construction
Construction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 5

Olswang LLP

Olswang LLP provides ‘efficient service’ under the leadership of Francis Ho, who is commended for his ‘breadth of knowledge of JCT contracts’. The team has secured a number of new clients in the hotels and leisure sector and advised Great Eagle Hotels Group on the refurbishment of the Langham Hotel. Senior associate Ben Worthington handles disputes.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 2

Olswang LLP

The ‘very likeable, very brightAndrew Besser leads the team at Olswang LLP; he ‘manages complex cross-border matters with ease’. The practice had a very strong year, advising Cain Hoy and Sager House (Almeida)’s joint venture vehicle on a £190m loan from Lloyds Bank to develop Islington Square.

Leading individuals

Andrew Besser - Olswang LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Olswang LLP

Clients appreciate Olswang LLP’s ‘accessible’ and ‘pleasant’ team, which shows industry knowledge and high-level expertise, and gives ‘detailed but to the point’ advice. ‘Skilful negotiatorMarcus Barclay heads the practice, which includes the experienced Simone Ketchell and the ‘very bright’ Antoni Hajdon. BP, UBS and Bloomberg are clients.

Leading individuals

Marcus Barclay - Olswang LLP

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 1

Olswang LLP

Lawyers at Olswang LLPpride themselves on delivering what the client wants’. Iain Stansfield leads the firm’s dedicated marketing services team, which pulls in the multi-disciplinary expertise of corporate head Mark Bertram, trade marks head Sarah Wright and ‘pragmatic’ IP head Joel Barry, who ‘can always be relied upon to come up with imaginative solutions’. The firm advised Sky on its worldwide protection and enforcement policy, and undertakes all of Microsoft’s European trade mark prosecution and opposition work. Other clients include Unilever, M&C Saatchi and Jeremy Clarkson.

Leading individuals

Joel Barry - Olswang LLP

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Data protection
Data protection - ranked: tier 3

Olswang LLP

Olswang LLP is noted for its ‘strong advisory practice and extensive litigation experience’. Ashley Hurst advises a variety of clients on issues such as General Data Protection Regulation preparedness, the invalidation of Safe Harbor and breach mitigation. Dan Tench continues to represent Judith Vidal-Hall and others in a privacy case against Google. Other clients include Groupon, marketing consultant dunnhumby and Adbrain. Ross McKean moved to DLA Piper in May 2016.

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Franchising
Franchising - ranked: tier 3

Olswang LLP

Joel Vertes leads the franchising work at Olswang LLP, where he primarily represents international clients such as Hard Rock Hotels, Hakkasan, Viacom and Thomas Pink.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Olswang LLP

Olswang LLP has an ‘extremely strong’ capability in the IT and telecoms space led by the ‘knowledgeable and personable’ Purvi Parekh on the telecoms front and Clive Gringras for IT matters. Parekh provides advice to Vodafone on numerous matters, including its MVNO relationships, while Gringras has handled all of Microsoft’s European copyright levy litigation following the client’s acquisition of Nokia.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Olswang LLP

Olswang LLP remains prominent in both hard and soft IP matters. Highlights included defending Sandoz in a preliminary injunction application by Pfizer, and acting for Sky in the NowTV case before the Supreme Court. Joel Barry heads the 24-partner team, which includes Michael Burdon, Gareth Morgan, Robert Stephen and Sarah Wright.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 1

Olswang LLP

Olswang LLPprovides excellent service backed up by great knowledge and insight’. The ‘very practicalVictoria Gaskell (who is ‘a great asset on any deal’) acted alongside the ‘extremely cleverJohn Enser for Viacom on the outsourcing of the Channel 5 advertising sales and sponsorship function to Sky Media. Paul Guite, who co-heads the media department with Gaskell, acted for DLG Acquisitions on the purchase of the entire issued share capital of New Pictures. Charles Kerrigan is the firm’s head of media finance and Selina Potter is its head of broadcasting. The BBC, Amazon and Jeremy Clarkson are also clients.

Leading individuals: media and entertainment

John Enser - Olswang LLP (Music; digital carriage)

Selina Potter - Olswang LLP (Broadcasting and digital carriage)

Victoria Gaskell - Olswang LLP (Broadcasting and digital carriage)

Leading individuals: media finance

Charles Kerrigan - Olswang LLP

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PATMA: Patent attorneys
PATMA: Patent attorneys - ranked: tier 2

Olswang LLP (London)

Robert Stephen and Justin Hill continue to head the drafting, prosecution and EPO opposition side of the IP practice at Olswang LLP, which ‘gives sophisticated advice’ on the strategic use of patents. Telecoms expert Kevin Cordina works alongside litigators such as IP practice head Joel Barry and Michael Burdon. Major clients include Sky and Microsoft.

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PATMA: Trade mark attorneys
PATMA: Trade mark attorneys - ranked: tier 2

Olswang LLP (London)

Olswang LLP’s trade mark team has ‘strength in depth and gives robust legal advice’ to a client base that features giants such as Sky and Microsoft. Department head Sarah Wright recently acquired a new client in fashion company Lipsy. Also recommended are partner Joel Vertes, who has ‘strong knowledge of trademark law’, and Joel Barry, who serves as head of the IP department and is a partner on the litigation team.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 2

Olswang LLP

Olswang LLP’s life sciences department is led by Stephen Reese and Robert Stephen. The former advised Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics on the establishment of a joint venture with AstraZeneca, while the latter represented Kymab in an appeal against Regeneron’s patent at the European Patent Office. Gareth Morgan defended Focus Pharmaceuticals in litigation against Novartis.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 3

Olswang LLP

Olswang LLP’s practice has its roots in the firm’s strength in media and broadcasting and the team continues to be recognised for media rights work. John Enser led on several matters for the International Cricket Council, including handling the digital rights tender for the client’s 2016-2019 events, including the Cricket World Cup and World Twenty20. Practice head David Zeffman is a key name for horseracing. David Roberts and senior associate Anna Soilleux are other names to note.

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