The Legal 500

Olswang LLP

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

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 2

Olswang LLP

One of the leading firms in commercial outsourcing’, Olswang LLP attracts FTSE 100 clients for big-ticket transactions. They include BP, which the firm advised on its Operating Model 2.0 programme, possibly the world’s largest technology sourcing by value in 2014. The team was appointed to the Unilever panel, and reappointed to Amazon’s panel. Dominic Dryden and ‘outstanding, rounded individualMatthew Bennett lead the practice.

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 3

Olswang LLP

Olswang LLPprovides an exceptional standard of care’. The ‘ferociously hardworkingMark Joscelyneleads an outstanding team’ that stands out for the breadth of its work, from standalone advice on transfer pricing to supporting on funds structuring and real estate acquisitions. Key contacts include Cliona Kirby, a name for media tax credits; real estate and leisure expert Graham Chase; and Stephen Hignett, whose clients include Warner Music Group and Gamesys.

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 is ‘particularly strong on media regulatory work’, but also has a growing reputation in the life sciences and gambling and gaming sectors; Dan Tench advised the Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association on competition issues relating to the UK Government’s efforts to bring Gibraltar gambling operators within the compass of UK taxation and regulation. Howard Cartlidge heads the team, and was active for Cineworld, Microsoft and Viacom.

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

Olswang LLP

Olswang LLP’s largely issuer-focused practice is regularly instructed on deals requiring an innovative approach. Simon Morgan advised The People’s Operator, a novel virtual mobile network operator that the law firm helped establish, on its placing and admission to AIM in a £100m deal. The highly regarded Azlinda Ariffin-Boromand, an Asia specialist, and practice head Paul Blackmore are key contacts.

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

Olswang LLP

Mark Bertram’s team at Olswang LLP wins praise for its ‘understanding of the television production sector, which leads it to provide nuanced advice, tailored to the sector’s market and appetite for risk’. The team advised Gamesys on the £425.8m sale of its social gaming business to The Intertain Group. Other key sectors include leisure and real estate, and former practice head Fabrizio Carpanini leads on private equity matters. Niall McAlister joined from Locke Lord LLP.

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Partnership
Partnership - ranked: tier 4

Olswang LLP

Olswang LLP significantly bolstered its practice with the arrival, in late 2014, of Barry Stimpson from DAC Beachcroft LLP. Employment head Melanie Lane, who advises individuals and firms on both contentious and non-contentious matters, acted for BDO on the partnership-related implications of its merger with PKF.

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Private equity: transactions
Private equity: transactions: mid-cap deal capability - ranked: tier 2

Olswang LLP

Olswang LLP, led by practice head Fabrizio Carpanini, advised Graphite Capital on its sale of the Third Space gym chain to Encore Capital-backed Canada Square Health and Fitness Holdings. The team also handled a number of management-side transactions, including assisting Connect Communications on LDC’s management buyout of the company; Duncan McDonald led on the matter. Other clients include Livingbridge, Better Capital and Primary Capital.

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

Olswang LLP

The ‘proactive and business-minded’ team at Olswang LLP stands out for the breadth of its VAT and indirect tax capabilities, which span both contentious and advisory matters. Key contacts include gambling specialist Stephen Hignett; ‘constructive’ real estate and film finance expert Cliona Kirby; practice head Mark Joscelyne; and Graham Chase.

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 3

Olswang LLP

Benefiting from a strong IP heritage, Olswang LLP is instructed by investors and investees, including Syncona Partners and Hailo, engaged in venture deals in the life sciences and tech sectors. The arrival of Niall McAlister from Edwards Wildman bolsters the firm’s capability in the life sciences space.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 3

Olswang LLP

The ‘simply fantasticBernard O’Sullivan heads the group at Olswang LLP, which successfully advised BG International in obtaining judgment against individuals in relation to misappropriated funds. Louise Bell joined from Gateley Plc in 2014.

Leading individuals

Bernard O’Sullivan - Olswang LLP

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Gaming and betting
Gaming and betting - ranked: tier 2

Olswang LLP

Olswang LLP offers an ‘excellent’ full-service practice, led by David Zeffman, who is ‘very good at client care’. It advised the Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association in challenging the UK Government’s online gambling reforms. Key clients include 888 and AsianLogic.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 4

Olswang LLP

Olswang LLP recruited Bernard O’Sullivan and Louise Bell from Byrne and Partners LLP and Gateley Plc respectively. The practice ‘always delivers’, and acted for four defendants in a claim over shares in engineering and construction group CCC. Jeremy Mash is recommended; Richard Bamforth is ‘practical’; Steven Corney is ‘a nimble thinker’; and Ian Felstead is ‘tactical’.

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Defamation and privacy
Defamation and privacy - ranked: tier 1

Olswang LLP

The ‘enthusiastic’ team at Olswang LLP is led by Geraldine Proudler, who ‘gives sophisticated advice’. It includes Dan Tench, the ‘immensely likeable and enormously practicalIan Felstead, and the ‘bold and astuteAshley Hurst. Tench acted for Judith Vidal-Hall and other Safari users, whose data was unlawfully obtained without their consent, in a landmark case against Google; and Hurst acted successfully for Daniel Hegglin, the claimant in the UK’s first ‘right to be forgotten’ case. Felstead’s clients include ITV, and Proudler’s include Tom Cruise and Guardian Media Group.

Leading individuals

Ashley Hurst - Olswang LLP

Dan Tench - Olswang LLP

Geraldine Proudler - Olswang LLP

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Olswang LLP

Olswang LLP is recommended for media and technology disputes; the team also acts in energy and commodities cases. Richard Bamforthgives real advice’. Former arbitration head Andrew Aglionby joined Arbitration Chambers in Hong Kong.

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London: Finance

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

Olswang LLP

Headed by Alicia Videon, Olswang LLP acts for lenders and IPs in areas where it has core industry strength, including real estate and TMT. The team was strengthened on the contentious front by the arrival of Louise Bell from Gateley.

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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, and counts Lloyds Banking Group and Bank of Ireland among its clients. Charles Kerrigan is ‘a creative but risk-alert and practical lawyer’, and Ruth Marken is also recommended.

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 4

Olswang LLP

Olswang LLP fields three full-time specialists led by experienced Andrew Quayle, with standout expertise in the technology and media sectors. Clients range from start-ups to plcs, such as ITV and Cineworld Group. The firm advised Prezzo on its £304m takeover by Texas Pacific Group.

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

Olswang LLP

Olswang LLP’s ‘highly professional’ practice is now led by Melanie Lane, following the departure of Daniel Aherne in summer 2014. The team, which has a ‘wealth of experience’, continues to be a key name for outsourcing matters, and handled several notable whistleblowing cases in 2014. It represents clients including Sportech, BBC/BBC Worldwide and Net-a-Porter. Lane is valued for her ‘understanding of commercial situations’, and Catherine Taylor displays ‘exceptional judgement and a first-class sense of strategy’.

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Pensions
Pensions: non-contentious - ranked: tier 6

Olswang LLP

Olswang LLP has a predominantly advisory practice, acting for clients such as Amey, Searcys, BDO and the Trustees of the Syfer Technology Pension Plan; the firm advised the latter, opposite Baker & McKenzie LLP, on the pension implications of the hive-off of company assets and business to various overseas entities. Experienced Ron Burgess heads the practice.

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London: Public sector

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

Olswang LLP

Olswang LLP has a stand out commercial and regulatory judicial review offering, demonstrated by its role representing Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association in its challenge against HMRC regarding the Finance Act 2014. Practice head Dan Tench is ‘superb’ and senior associate Tamsin Blow is ‘going places; bright, sharp and always delivers’.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 4

Olswang LLP

Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 2

Olswang LLP

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 3

Olswang LLP

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 2

Olswang LLP

With Ares Management, Liberty Living, and Delancey among its clients, Olswang LLP became more prominent in this sector, with Tim Westhead assisting Brandeaux Advisers on the sale of £1bn worth of residential portfolios. It also acted for Invel Real Estate Partners on the purchase of a real estate portfolio in Liverpool, the Docklands area, and Italy. Martyn Needham, an ‘excellent negotiator’, is recommended. Jonathan Lewis heads the team.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 5

Olswang LLP

Olswang LLP’s team under Francis Ho is singled out as being ‘extremely quick to respond, with strategy and assertive actions to bring forth desired results’. In addition to Ho’s non-contentious expertise, the practice has been enhanced by the arrival of contentious specialist Ben Worthington from Trowers & Hamlins LLP.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 6

Olswang LLP

Olswang LLP has expertise in the retail, leisure and residential sectors. The team advised on the successful application for Chelmsford City Racecourse fixtures. Suzan Yildiz is recommended.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 3

Olswang LLP

Olswang LLP has benefited from hiring Andrew Besser from Addleshaw Goddard LLP: clients such as Citigroup came with him. Olswang advised on the complex funding arrangements for Qatari Diar and DV4’s joint venture purchase of East Village, a former Olympic Village, for £557m. Besser leads the practice.

Leading individuals

Andrew Besser - Olswang LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Olswang LLP

The ‘highly responsive team at Olswang LLP has ‘great depth. The ‘personable, and balancedMarcus Barclay is well regarded for his rent review expertise. Simone Ketchell is ‘incisive, commercial and unflappable’. Clients include UBS and BP.

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

The ‘reliably excellentOlswang LLP manages the global trade mark portfolios of several high-profile international clients, and handles a broad range of matters, including corporate transactions, for its clients in the advertising and marketing sector. It advised marketing communications group Dentsu Aegis Network on its acquisition of Tempero, a social media management agency. Another highlight was acting for dunnhumby in the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Sociomantic Labs. Iain Stansfield leads the team and regularly handles media buying deals. Mark Bertram is the corporate partner responsible for M&A in this sector. Joel Barry and Sarah Wright are recommended for their IP expertise.

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Data protection
Data protection - ranked: tier 3

Olswang LLP

Olswang LLP displays ‘excellent knowledge and client skills’ and ‘an impressive level of service’. ‘Clear communicatorRoss McKean advised Adbrain on compliance issues and acted for Tesco on the sale of Tesco Broadband, Home Phone and Blinkbox. Groupon, 14M Genomics, Microsoft and BP are also clients.

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Franchising
Franchising - ranked: tier 3

Olswang LLP

Olswang LLP had a robust year, highlights of which included advising Hakkasan on a number of transactions involving the franchising of its restaurant brand in the Middle East and Japan. ‘Excellent’ IP specialist Joel Vertes is the key contact.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Olswang LLP

Olswang LLP advises major technology and telecoms companies and buyers in both transactions and disputes. The firm advised longstanding client Unilever on a major outsourcing project and assisted Microsoft with over 100 content-licensing deals for MSN users. In addition, Dan Tench successfully represented a consortium consisting of Cable & Wireless, Virgin Media and Verizon in an appeal against Ofcom in the Competition Appeal Tribunal. Clive Gringras and Purvi Parekh lead the IT and telecoms teams respectively, and Dominic Dryden is also recommended.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Olswang LLP

Olswang LLP was boosted by the arrival of Gareth Morgan and Richard Price from Winston & Strawn London LLP in February 2015. Practice head Paul Stevens, who is ‘calm and handles clients extremely well’, acted for Zynga in a trade mark infringement and passing off claim brought by Mattel. Michael Burdon defended ZTE against claims of patent infringement brought by Vringo.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Olswang LLP

Olswang LLP has ‘unrivalled industry expertise in media and broadcasting’ combined with ‘business acumen and industry knowledge’. ‘No one is better in the media world’ than John Enser and Victoria Gaskell, according to one client. Enser brings ‘an unrivalled depth of knowledge to deals’, and Gaskell provides ‘a great service’. Viacom, BBC, Microsoft, Amazon and Shine are key clients.

Leading individuals

John Enser - Olswang LLP (Music; digital carriage)

Selina Potter - Olswang LLP (Broadcasting and digital carriage)

Victoria Gaskell - Olswang LLP (Broadcasting and digital carriage)

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Media finance
Media finance - ranked: tier 1

Olswang LLP

Olswang LLP acts for a wide range of lenders, borrowers and sponsor clients, including Lloyds Bank, euNetworks, BBC Worldwide and Investec Specialist Lending. Charles Kerrigan and Ruth Marken are the main contacts.

Leading individuals

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 co-head the well-regarded team at Olswang LLP, which gained a number of impressive client wins, including Microsoft, Raytheon and Pyreos. Alex Rees who joined from Beresford & Co in January 2015, has extensive experience in oral proceedings before the EPO and oppositions.

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

Olswang LLP London

At Olswang LLP, Joel Barry and Sarah Wright continue to act for Sky on filing and opposition and handle multiple foreign and domestic enforcement proceedings. Other clients include ITV, BAE Systems and Actavis Pharmaceuticals.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 2

Olswang LLP

Olswang LLP is particularly known in the market for its transactional and IP litigation capabilities. Stephen Reese and Robert Stephen co-lead the practice, which gained further strength with the addition of the highly regarded Niall McAlister from Edwards Wildman Palmer UK LLP, and IP lawyers Richard Price and Gareth Morgan from Winston & Strawn London LLP. The practice advised the shareholders of Convergence Pharmaceuticals on its acquisition by Biogen Idec. Campbell Forsyth left to join King & Wood Mallesons, and Stephen Rosen departed for Cooley LLP.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 3

Olswang LLP

David Zeffman leads the ‘excellent, responsive and creative’ team at Olswang LLP, which draws on expertise from a variety of practices in the firm, and has particular strength in media rights. Highlights include advising the ICC on a media rights tender, and its broadcast partnership with Star India and Star Middle East. Clients recommend David Roberts, John Enser and senior associate Anna Soilleux.

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