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Taylor Wessing LLP

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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 5

Taylor Wessing LLP

Technology specialist Taylor Wessing LLP combines commercial contracts experience with expertise in areas including data protection and competition law. A key name for the firm is Christopher Jeffery, who focuses on advising technology companies on complex contractual negotiations, data protection governance and compliance.

Other key lawyers:Christopher Jeffery

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 5

Taylor Wessing LLP

The team at Taylor Wessing LLP has a strong transactional and advisory offering, with experience in the private wealth sector, real estate funds and inward investment structuring and financing. The tax group also works closely with the firm's corporate technology team, advising both start-ups and venture capital investors. The department is jointly-led by international tax expert Peter Jackson and Robert Young, who focuses on incentives.

Practice head(s):Robert Young; Peter Jackson

Other key lawyers:Graham Samuel-Gibbon; James Stewart

Testimonials

'Clear concise advice which is not coloured by the circumstances of client needs'

'Fully trustworthy'

'Individual attention to complex cases by a partner . No delegation to less experienced lawyers.'

'Rob Young is very bright and catches all the details, big and small.'

'Excellent teamwork and leadership in cross-border transactions involving various jurisdictions.'

'Peter Jackson is not only an excellent tax lawyer but he is also able to work well with lawyers in other jurisdictions in order to ensure that the client obtains the best possible advice. He is also a very amiable person who fully respects colleagues and whose knowledge enables him to put across the appropriate questions.'

Key Clients

Caledonia Investments plc

Canada Life

Casual Dining Group plc

Grapeshot

Inflexion

Interactive Investor plc

Rutland PartnersSky

Work highlights

  • Advised Grapeshot Limited on the sale of its entire issued, and to be issued, share capital to Oracle Corporation.
  • Advised on the 80% sale of Bitstamp to Brussels-based investment firm, NXMH.
  • Advised MML, on its joint venture with Macquarie to acquire parking management business, ParkingEye, from Capita for £235m, in a highly competitive auction.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 7

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP’s financial services and competition department advises on a broad range of issues including investigations and sector inquires, merger control, public procurement, as well as state aid. Senior counsel Louisa Penny has experience across a number of sectors such as pharmaceuticals, media and entertainment, sport, telecoms, real estate, and life sciences. May 2019 saw the departure of department head Robert Vidal, who joined Pinsent Masons LLP.

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Equity capital markets ‚Äď small-mid cap
Equity capital markets ‚Äď small-mid cap - ranked: tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP has experience advising REITs and trading companies on domestic equity markets spanning AIM and the Main Market, including the Specialist Funds Segment. The team has experience in the technology, life sciences and real estate sectors. Russell Holden is a key contact.

Practice head(s):Russell Holden

Other key lawyers:William Belcher; Jeremy Landau; Tandeep Minhas

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Financial services: contentious
Financial services: contentious - ranked: tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP

With a focus on technology Taylor Wessing LLP is best known in the wealth management, funds, private banking, fintech and consumer lending sectors. Senior counsel Christopher Ratcliffe is notable in this area. On the contentious side the firm has experience in high profile regulatory investigations and is called on by major banks to represent senior executives in relation to LIBOR/FX and other market and product investigations. The team also works closely with the firm’s corporate crime and fraud unit in a financial services context. Andrew Howell advises on commercial and corporate disputes in the financial services and professional services sectors, specialising in claims and regulatory investigations involving the financial services and accountancy professions. He co-leads the practice with Laurence Lieberman, who has particular expertise in the resolution of financial disputes and regulatory investigations. The department is acting for professor Russel Griggs, an independent reviewer appointed by Lloyds Banking Group, in consultation with the FCA, in the review and redress programme for SME customers impacted by the multimillion pound fraud that took place at the bank. Former non-contentious head Jonathan Rogers left the firm in 2019 for White & Case LLP.

Practice head(s):Andrew Howell; Laurence Lieberman

Testimonials

'Always very professional and highly knowledgeable.'

'Their standard of work is very good.'

'Hard work and quick responses to questions.'

Key Clients

PwC

Deloitte

Acting for Senior Executives of a number of significant banks

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Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory
Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory - ranked: tier 6

Taylor Wessing LLP

With a focus on technology Taylor Wessing LLP is best known in the wealth management, funds, private banking, fintech and consumer lending sectors. Senior counsel Christopher Ratcliffe is notable in this area. On the contentious side the firm has experience in high profile regulatory investigations and is called on by major banks to represent senior executives in relation to LIBOR/FX and other market and product investigations. The team also works closely with the firm’s corporate crime and fraud unit in a financial services context. Andrew Howell advises on commercial and corporate disputes in the financial services and professional services sectors, specialising in claims and regulatory investigations involving the financial services and accountancy professions. He co-leads the practice with Laurence Lieberman, who has particular expertise in the resolution of financial disputes and regulatory investigations. The department is acting for professor Russel Griggs, an independent reviewer appointed by Lloyds Banking Group, in consultation with the FCA, in the review and redress programme for SME customers impacted by the multimillion pound fraud that took place at the bank. Former non-contentious head Jonathan Rogers left the firm in 2019 for White & Case LLP.

Other key lawyers:Christopher Ratcliffe

Testimonials

'Always very professional and highly knowledgeable.'

'Their standard of work is very good.'

'Hard work and quick responses to questions.'

Key Clients

Divido Financial Services Limited

Nutmeg

Multrees

Netwealth

Cambridge Innovation Capital plc

Northview Group

Phoenix Asset Management Partners Limited

Global Property Ventures

Santander

Bessemer

Work highlights

  • Advised Divido, a digital platform offering point of sale credit to customers, in negotiating a key partnership agreement with MasterCard, involving sensitive discussions around exclusivity, and advice on the financial crime requirements applicable to them as a consumer credit lender and broker, including a presentation and training on the latter at a board meeting.
  • Supporting Nutmeg on a complex JV with an Asian partner to launch robo-advisory services overseas.
  • Establishing a fund for West One Loans enabling professional investor investment into a finance asset class.
  • Assistance to Netwealth on a range of regulatory and commercial issues, including advising the client on migrating its SIPP products to a new provider.
  • Assisting Cambridge Innovation Capital plc with ongoing fund raising and structuring under AIFMD, as well as compliance with AIFMD obligations.

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M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m
M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m - ranked: tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP's corporate M&A team combines the firm's private equity, corporate finance and corporate technology practice, working with large international clients on the full range of corporate work. Over the past twelve months, this has included public and private mergers, acquisitions and disposals, leveraged buyouts and public-to-private transactions. The corporate technology practice focuses exclusively on transactions within the TMT sector, and the London office works closely with international offices in tech hubs on these cross-border matters, including Silicon Valley, Paris and Singapore. Also of note is the firm's activity in the hotels and leisure sector, which has seen significant year-on-year growth. David Mardle co-heads the international corporate group, as well as leading the UK corporate practice from the Cambridge office, and predominantly focuses on M&A transactions in the technology and life sciences sectors.

Practice head(s):David Mardle

Other key lawyers:Mike Turner; Emma Danks

Testimonials

'Standout firm for tech-related transactions.'

Key Clients

News Corporation

Supercell Oy

Mitel

Farfetch

Tritax Big Box REIT plc

Mina (Holdings) Limited

Sky

Rutland Partners

Yotel

Interactive Investor

Work highlights

  • Advised UK start-up Grapeshot on the sale of its entire issued share capital to Oracle Corporation.
  • Advised Berlin-based games developer Wooga on its sale to Israeli mobile phone company Playtika.
  • Represented Apotex International on the sale of six of its European subsidiaries across five jurisdictions to Agile Pharma, for £74m.
  • Advised MML on its joint venture with Macquarie to acquire parking management business, ParkingEye, from Capita for £235m
  • Acted for Interactive Investor Limited on the purchase of Alliance Trust Savings from Alliance Trust PLC, for £40m
Next Generation Partners

Emma Danks - Taylor Wessing LLP

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Private equity: transactions ‚Äď mid-tier ‚Äď up to ¬£250m
Private equity: transactions ‚Äď mid-tier ‚Äď up to ¬£250m - ranked: tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP

Private equity work makes up a significant part of Taylor Wessing LLP's corporate practice. Leveraged-buyouts across a range of different sectors are handled by the team, which, given the firm's sector focus, has significant experience of technology sector-related transactions. Venture capital is another key area of activity. In a widely-reported recent highlight, Emma Danks led in advising investor Rutland Partners on its sale of Pizza Hut restaurants to the company's existing management team; the deal was made complex by the involvement of multiple key stakeholders, all of whom had to be negotiated with. Danks regularly represents both PE firms and management teams and comes highly recommended by her peers and competitors. Also of note is James Goold, who acts as relationship partner to many of the firm's long-standing PE clients.

Practice head(s):Emma Danks

Other key lawyers:James Goold; Edward Waldron

Testimonials

'Ed Waldron is commercial, calm, thoughtful and looks at the big picture.'

'Jonny Bethell is creative and intellectual and offers attention to detail.'

Key Clients

Caledonia Investments plc

Rutland Partners LLP

Accel KKR and one.com

Management team of Access Group

Bridgepoint Growth Fund

Five Arrows Principal Investments (the private equity division of NM Rothschild)

Management team of Cadogan Tate

Alcuin Capital Partners

MML

Totally Money

Management team of Allocate Software

Apotex International Inc

Work highlights

  • Assisted Caledonia Investments plc on the acquisition of its majority stake in Deep Sea Electronics Limited.
  • Advised Rutland Partners LLP on the sale of Pizza Hut Restaurants UK.
  • Advised Bridgepoint Growth on its growth capital investment in Roadworks Information Limited.
  • Advised the management team of Access Group on their reinvestment into the Access Group alongside TA Associates.
  • Advised the management team of Cadogan Tate on the reinvestment of their proceeds from the sale of the company to H2 Equity Partners.
Leading individuals

Emma Danks - Taylor Wessing LLP

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 1

Taylor Wessing LLP

With ten partners focused on corporate technology matters out of London and Cambridge, as well as its ability to tap into the expertise of the firm's notable IP offering, Taylor Wessing LLP maintains its position as 'one of the pre-eminent venture capital firms'. Strong on both investee and investor-side mandates (from early-stage financing rounds through to later stage fundings) and also able to handle exits (either through IPOs or trade sales), the firm has an 'excellent perspective' on trends in the market. It has been particularly active of late in relation to artificial intelligence (AI), fintech and gaming matters and continues to act for high-profile challenger bank Monzo on all of its fundraisings to date, including its recent Series E financing round. Team head Adrian Rainey  led on the aforementioned matter and is a key member of the team that also includes several other high-profile practitioners, including Angus Miln. Josef Fuss  is gaining a strong reputation in the market, in particular for digital health and AI matters with an international dimension, while at associate level, Cambridge-based Adam Thatcher is also noted.

Practice head(s):Adrian Rainey

Other key lawyers:Angus Miln; Howard Palmer; Mike Turner; Josef Fuss; Alexandra Richardson; Adam Thatcher

Key Clients

Farfetch

Monzo

Temasek

Monese

Cambridge Innovation Capital

Index Ventures

Farmdrop

Kinosis Limited (t/a Touch Surgery)

Sequoia Capital

Backed VC

Babylon Health

Hi Bob

CityMapper

Depop

Index Ventures

ROLI

Thought Machine

Work highlights

  • The firm has advised Monzo since its inception and on all of its fundraisings to date, the most recent being on its Series E funding round led by new investors General Catalyst and Accel, with participation from existing investors Passion Capital, Stripe, Goodwater, Thrive Capital and others.
  • Advising the banking app Monese on raising $60m in a Series B funding round.
  • Advised Google Ventures on its lead Series B investment into Swiss-based company Scandit alongside other existing and new investors.
  • Advised CMR Surgical on its Series B fundraising of £72m from new investor Zuig, and existing investors Escala, CIC, LGT and Watrium.
  • Advised Thought Machine, a UK-based fintech company, on its strategic partnership with Lloyds Banking Group, and Lloyds' participation in Thought Machine's £18m Series A round financing.
Leading individuals

Adrian Rainey - Taylor Wessing LLP

Angus Miln - Taylor Wessing LLP

Next Generation Partners

Josef Fuss - Taylor Wessing LLP

Rising stars

Adam Thatcher - Taylor Wessing LLP

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP is adept at handling asset tracing, multijurisdictional corruption investigations, sanctions, anti-bribery compliance, fraud disputes and corporate crime. It has a particular focus on the financial services sector and advises on FX investigations, fraud disputes involving accountancy firms, allegations of fraudulent mismarking in hedge fund valuation disputes and disputes over alleged fraudulent misappropriation of assets provided as security for large-scale lending. The firm is particularly experienced in handling such financial matters in Russia and the CIS. Team co-head David De Ferrars focuses on commercial litigation and commercial disputes for global companies, banks, individuals and family estates. Corporate crime and fraud co-head Tim Strong focuses on corporate wrongdoing in the financial and energy sectors.

Practice head(s):David De Ferrars; Tim Strong

Other key lawyers:Andrew Howell; Shane Gleghorn; Boris Telyatnikov; Nick Moser

Testimonials

‘The partners are very knowledgeable, approachable and demonstrate great teamworking across difference disciplines of the law that enables them to provide a coordinated service’.

‘Advice is well considered, structured and practical’.

‘They have extensive experience and are able to communicate the issues in a logic well thought out manner that gives confidence to their clients’.

‘David De Ferrars is an excellent communicator, with vast experience and knowledge on what can be achieved to recover assets and in matters of litigation’.

Key Clients

C&F Green Energy Limited

Saad Investment Company Limited

Rusnano Group

CVR Global LLP

Independent Trustee Services Limited

Castle Investment Fund Limited in liquidation – liquidators are from Baker Tilly in BVI

Work highlights

  • Acting for the joint official liquidators of Saad Investment Company Limited (In liquidation) on claims worth $150m involving issues regarding banking documents, allegations of forgery and challenges to jurisdiction.
  • Acting for the independent trustees appointed by the Pensions Regulator in relation to a £20m pensions fraud.
  • Representing Rusnano Group (Fonds Rusnano Capital SA, Rusnano Capital LLC & Management Company Rusnano LLC) in claims against a former employee.
  • Advising the liquidators of Castle, a BVI investment fund, in multi-party, high-value, cross border litigation in the English High Court and the Netherlands.

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

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP is adept at defending individuals and representing them at interviews conducted by various regulators including the FCA, FRC, SFO and SEC. Financial regulatory investigations are a particular area of focus and the firm also advises on data protection, cybercrime, corruption, asset tracing and parallel criminal, civil and regulatory proceedings. The team is headed by corporate investigation and commercial litigation specialist David De Ferrars and corporate wrongdoing and regulatory investigation specialist Tim Strong.

Practice head(s):David De Ferrars; Tim Strong

Other key lawyers:Laurence Lieberman; Paul Glass; Shane Gleghorn; Andrew Howell

Work highlights

  • Acting for Professor Russel Griggs, the Independent Reviewer appointed by Lloyds Banking Group, in consultation with the FCA, in the high profile review and redress programme for those SME customers impacted by the £250m fraud that took place at the Reading branch of HBoS in the early 2000s.

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Gaming and betting
Gaming and betting - ranked: tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP is experienced in advising domestic and cross-border clients in the spread betting industry and has expertise in binary bets, as well as in their interface with financial services regulatory issues. The practice also advises gambling start-ups on the obtainment of licences and provides regulatory advice on their business models, and advises unregulated clients in the gambling industry on regulatory issues, digital media, promotional activities and licensing projects. Other aspects of the team’s work include contractual advice and assistance with data privacy and intellectual property. Practice head Graham Hann has extensive experience in eGaming.

Practice head(s):Graham Hann

Key Clients

Amaya

NetEnt

bwin.party digital entertainment

Activision

Cashcade

Blizzard

Work highlights

  • Advising online gambling brands owner Amaya on trade mark, copyright and design disputes

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP is experienced in disputes involving derivatives, mis-selling, CDOs, funds and fraud, and the team frequently assists with cross-border matters. Andrew Howell is head of disputes and investigations, and Laurence Lieberman is contentious financial services head. Tim Strong co-heads the corporate crime and fraud unit, and former co-head of the international disputes and investigations group Shane Gleghorn is managing partner in the UK. The senior associate to note is Emma Allen. Stephen Flaherty left for Nautilus Indemnity Holdings.

Practice head(s):Andrew Howell; Laurence Lieberman; Tim Strong

Other key lawyers:Shane Gleghorn; Emma Allen

Key Clients

Joint Official Liquidators of Saad Investment Company Limited

Hanjin Shipping Corporation (In Liquidation)

Pramerica Real Estate Capital IV

Deutsche Bank

Helaba Bank

Work highlights

  • Defended boutique investment bank Arundel Group against a damages claim. This was brought by a care home provider for unlawful means of conspiracy and fraudulent misrepresentation in relation to the issue of a series of loan notes.

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP manages a broad range of commercial and corporate disputes, primarily in the professional services, financial services, technology and life sciences sectors. It is also well known for its experience in disputes involving  corporate crime, fraud and investigations, product liability, restructuring and corporate recovery, Cybersecurity, technology, finance and professional negligence. Andrew Howell is disputes and investigations head and Shane Gleghorn is UK managing partner. David De Ferrars, Tim Strong and Laurence Lieberman are also highly regarded, while Katie Chandler was made partner in 2018 and senior counsel Boris Telyatnikov is the contentious lead for the Russia and CIS desk.

Practice head(s):Andrew Howell

Other key lawyers:Shane Gleghorn; David De Ferrars; Tim Strong; Laurence Lieberman; Katie Chandler; Boris Telyatnikov 

Testimonials

'David De Ferrars is an excellent partner who is very commercially savvy.'

'Senior associate Edward Spencer is a real star who has a very good eye for detail and is the font of all knowledge when it comes to disclosure issues.'

'Max Kempe is an up and coming associate who is very reliable.'

Key Clients

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Deloitte KPMG

Shell Technology Ventures Fund 1

Rusnano Group

C&F Green Energy

Thought Machine Group

LivaNova Deutschland

Work highlights

  • Acted for a high-net-worth individual in a high-profile and complex shareholder dispute.
Leading individuals

Shane Gleghorn - Taylor Wessing LLP

Next Generation Partners

Katie Chandler - Taylor Wessing LLP

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 6

Taylor Wessing LLP

Headed by the 'excellent' Martin Yells, Taylor Wessing LLP provides a 'high-quality service' to a core roster of banks, as well as an increasing number of private equity sponsors, which it has advised on new money leveraged financings as well as on refinancings of acquisition facilities. The team also regularly works alongside its European network of offices on cross-border deals and often handles work within the TMT sector, where it is able to tap into significant deal flow from the firm's market-leading venture capital team.

Practice head(s):Martin Yells

Other key lawyers:Lerika Joubert; Fiona Coady; Gabriel Estevez

Testimonials

'Taylor Wessing provide us with a high quality service which goes beyond just being accurate draftsmen with a commercial approach. Their pragmatic approach to how we receive and review their advice is appreciated and makes it a pleasure to work with them.'

'The team supporting us at Taylor Wessing is exceptional. Great speed, ability to negotiate and knowledge of our contracts.'

'The team provides a very commercial and pragmatic approach.'

'Martin Yells is excellent.'

'Martin Yells is one of the best lawyers I have worked with.'

Key Clients

Rutland Partners

Phoenix UK Fund

Baird Capital

Inflexion Private Equity Partners

Caledonia Investments plc

CentralNic Group plc

Alcuin Capital

Anglo Pacific Group plc

Deutsche Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised on the acquisition financing for Baird Capital's acquisition of a majority interest in Collingwood Lighting.
  • Advised Inflexion on the refinancing of the Virgin Experience Days business.  
  • Advised Inflexion on the refinancing of the Calco group.
  • Advised Alcuin Capital on the debt financing for the acquisition of the On The Go Tours group.
  • Advised Inflexion on the refinancing of the Alston Elliot group.

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Corporate restructuring & insolvency
Corporate restructuring & insolvency - ranked: tier 7

Taylor Wessing LLP

Led by Nick Moser, Taylor Wessing LLP's restructuring team receives a significant flow of domestic and cross-border work from insolvency practitioners on formal insolvency procedures, as well as from a growing roster of funds clients seeking to realise value in the distressed debt market. As well as recently securing significant roles in some high-profile retail collapses (including work for the management team on insolvency and restructuring matters prior to LK Bennett going into administration), the firm also picks up a sizeable flow of work relating to IP-rich entities from the firm's market-leading venture capital practice. Other niches include pensions restructurings, and fraud and complex real estate restructuring and recovery.

Practice head(s):Nick Moser

Other key lawyers:Amy Patterson; Stephen O'Grady

Testimonials

'Nick Moser has excellent knowledge and experience in asset recovery and corporate matters. Great eye for detail and vast knowledge and experience in his area. Excellent communicator and his advice is well considered, and you feel you can trust the advice given.'

'Nick Moser is a very able partner.'

'Nick Moser is nice to work with.'

Key Clients

Alix Partners

LK Bennett Limited

Deloitte

Grant Thornton

Crore Capital

PwC

RSM

Air Berlin

Bankruptcy trustee of Hanjin Shipping Co. Limited

Duff & Phelps

Rutland

Work highlights

  • One of the lead advisers representing the creditors'committee of Beaufort Securities in its administration.
  • Acting for alternative credit fund Hermes as senior creditor on all aspects of pre-enforcement restructuring and options planning, and its subsequent enforcement through appointment of fixed charge receivers.
  • Representing BDO as Court Appointed Receivers over shares in an Anglo-German corporate structure which is linked to the Eliezer Fishman bankruptcy, the largest in Israeli history.
  • Act for alternative credit fund Urban Exposure Plc on all aspects of pre-enforcement restructuring and options planning, and its subsequent enforcement through appointment of administrators, to the mixed commercial/residential development project 'St Annes Court' in Birmingham's creative district of Digbeth.
  • Acting for Lucas Flöther of Flöther & Wissing, appointed as insolvency administrator of Air Berlin in relation to the dispute with Sabre Inc, Air Berlin's IT services provider, regarding its breach of a Master Agreement with alleged damages of over €100m.

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Islamic finance
Islamic finance - ranked: tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP

The banking group at Taylor Wessing LLP has experience of handling shari'ah-compliant components of larger real estate finance and commercial lending deals. The firm also has lawyers based in the Middle East with expertise across a range of Islamic products including Islamic bonds. Jonathan Marks is a key figure in the debt finance group.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Marks

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Trade finance
Trade finance - ranked: tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP

In the last five years, Taylor Wessing LLP has established and grown a dedicated trade finance team in the UK, which now advises on a broad range of trade finance products. Its work encompasses receivables financing, supply chain financing, commodity-related guarantees and discounting structures, pre-export financing, private placements, Letter of Credit facilities, and asset-based lending. Its practice covers a diverse range of industries but has particular experience in the oil and gas, telecoms and automobile sectors. Among its clients are banks including Santander and Deutsche Bank, funds, corporates and export credit agencies, who call on both the trade finance hub in London and the firm's network of offices in 20 countries. The practice, which is led by banking and finance partner Elizabeth Gaunt, frequently applies its expertise in areas such as structured finance and private equity to create bespoke trade finance transactions. Lerika Joubert uses her wide knowledge of corporate finance, trade and receivables finance, leveraged and acquisition finance, derivatives, asset-based lending and litigation funding to advise clients on trade finance structures.

Practice head(s):Elisabeth Gaunt

Other key lawyers:Lerika Joubert; Fiona Coady; Katie Horbury

Key Clients

Santander

Lloyds Banking Group

Deutsche Bank

Work highlights

  • Acting for Lloyds Bank plc in relation to their relationship defining LC facility with Mecuria supported by parent guarantee.
  • Acting for Emirates NBD in relation to Emirates' first letter of credit facility for Glencore Energy Limited with parent guarantee.
  • Advising on Islamic financing structures as a possible investment  for a fund.
  • Advising d.light in respect of its financing agreement with the European Investment Bank (EIB) pursuant to which d.light will use funds drawn under that agreement to fund the design, assembling, distribution, financing and installation of 7 to 10 million solar devices across Africa.
  • Advising on title retention issues on all major PNC transactions with the aim of creating greater capacity to lend and greater flexibility to lend as well as  protecting PNC's provision

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP’s tax and incentives department handles matters regarding the share scheme aspects of complex transactions; of recent note, the team is advising the shareholders of materials information technology company Granta Design on the sale of its share capital to ANSYS. The group is very active internationally, particularly in relation to foreign investment, and stands out for its work for a number of US-based clients. Another area of focus for the team is employment tax. Practice head Ann Casey is adept at handling all aspects of share schemes and incentive matters, and has specialist experience in advising technology start-ups. Also noted is Anna Humphrey.

Practice head(s):Ann Casey

Other key lawyers:Anna Humphrey

Testimonials

'Taylor Wessing's team is highly knowledgeable and responsive, and has up-to-date knowledge of recent developments in the area'

'The team is good at transaction support and can scale its resources extremely effectively'

'Ann Casey is highly articulate, clear and thorough, and has an excellent working knowledge of current trends'

Key Clients

Farfetch

Grapeshot

Bridgepoint

LifeWorks

Rutland Partners

Bloom & Wild

Work highlights

  • Advised LifeWorks on its acquisition by Morneau Shepell, a Canadian listed entity.
  • Advised TrueBlue on its cross-border acquisition of a US-based client of UK recruitment agency TMP Holdings; work included advice on employment tax structuring arrangements.
  • Advising Farfetch, an online community of fashion boutiques and global brands, on a corporate reorganisation ahead of its $8bn IPO on the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Advising Interactive Investor on its acquisition of Alliance Trust Savings from Alliance Trust.
  • Advising Bloom & Wild, an online letterbox flower delivery company, on its Series-C fundraising.

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Employment: employers
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP's employment practice has a particular focus on the tech and life sciences sectors, and generates much work as a result of its efforts to build connections with US and Canadian-headquartered clients of the companies the firm advises across Europe. Other areas of specialism include providing tech-focused solutions for clients looking to address issues relating to governance, compliance and data protection. The team is led by Paul Callaghan, whose practice focuses on US and Canadian companies in the tech, life sciences and retail sectors. Fellow partner Sean Nesbitt has an increasing focus on governance and risk management work, while senior counsel Anna McCaffrey is also well-regarded.

Practice head(s):Paul Callaghan

Key Clients

Afren plc/Alix Partners

Blue Vision Labs UK Limited

WANdisco plc

PluralSight Europe Limited

Away Travel Limited

Onfido Limited

Professional Datasolutions, Inc. (PDI)

Access Industries, Inc (Access Entertainment)

Charles River Associates

MacMillan Publishers International Limited

Gulf Keystone Petroleum

Cray, Inc

Decision Resources International, Inc

Fujifilm Sonosite

Independent Clinical Services

Move Guides Ltd

Agenus Inc

Callidus Software Inc

News Corporation UK & Ireland Limited

Casual Dining Group

EasyJet Airline Company Limited

Medidata, Inc

Enterprise Rent-a-car UK Limited

LimeBike

Work highlights

  • Advised Afren Plc on the termination of its COO and CEO in relation to conduct ultimately leading to their convictions in 2018 for fraud and money laundering charges over Nigerian oil deals worth $300m.
  • Advised Blue Vision Labs UK Limited on employment aspects of its sale to Lyft.
  • Advised luxury luggage brand, Away, on employment aspects of the opening of its London store.
  • Advising Onfido - a provider of background checks to gig economy platforms - in respect of general employment matters and litigation lodged against it by a potential driver.
  • Advising Lime, a Silicon Valley-based provider of rental electric scooters, e-assist bikes and pedal bikes – on the rollout of its services across Europe in 24 jurisdictions.
Rising stars

Anna McCaffrey - Taylor Wessing LLP

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Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP

The immigration team at Taylor Wessing LLP operates closely with the firm's employment, private wealth and tax experts to advise corporate clients and high-net-worth individuals on a range of immigration issues. The team is also well-placed to advise on the immigration aspects of corporate transactions and restructuring mandates; it is able to utilise the firm's international presence to advise on complex immigration instructions for multinational clients.

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Pensions (non-contentious)
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 5

Taylor Wessing LLP

Alongside a regular flow of work relating to scheme restructurings, master trust strategy and funding and investment, Taylor Wessing LLP’s pensions team also has significant expertise in the field of pensions liberation fraud; work in this area involves the recovery of assets, data protection and tax issues. 'Extremely diligent' practice head Mark Smith covers all other areas of general advisory support to a client list comprising a healthy roster of scheme sponsors and trustees.

Practice head(s):Mark Smith

Testimonials

'The Taylor Wessing pensions team is small but this gives it a real focus on clients.'

'Mark Smith is extremely diligent in delivering advice in an easy to understand way and is excellent at tackling historic pensions issues'

'The thoroughness of the advice provided is outstanding'

'The team is very flexible and always accessible when things are needed urgently'

'Mark Smith and his team provides an excellent service'

'Mark Smith is an excellent pensions lawyer and partner. Has a phenomenal eye for detail and vast knowledge on pensions; he must be one of the top pension lawyers in the country. His advice is solid and he fosters great trust with his clients. I know that the advice I receive is well considered, thought through, and practical, and is advice I can trust.'

'A very well established practice covering numerous disciplines. It is a leader in many fields and that is why I chose to consult them on issues which require specialist advice.'

'Mark Smith has a very helpful attitude and deals well with clients in meeting situations. His attention to detail is evident in all advice.'

'I would describe Mark Smith as being genuinely unique, in that he is not only hugely committed to his cases but always totally involved himself. The fact that he immerses himself so deeply results in the client receiving an excellent service.'

'Excellent support from Georgina Wardrop who is surely destined for partnership soon.'

'As a trustee of a defined benefits pension scheme I sought advice on a complicated legal matter by Mark Smith. His ability to explain matters to me made it much easier for me to grasp relevant points. His drafting of documents for approval and his explanations were always clear. Mark and his team provided an excellent service and I would have no hesitation to seek further advice from Mark should that ever become necessary.'

Mark Smith is ery strong technically and analytically; fantastic service (turnaround times, willingness to talk around issues rather than move straight to a view but also very clear in conclusions).

'Mark Smith is extremely diligent in delivering his advice but also takes time to ensure his advice is fully understood by lay trustees. He is excellent at tackling historic issues where the challenge is to identify the discussions and documentation which may go back many decades - prior to the involvement of the current advisers and trustees.'

'Mark Smith is outstanding. He brings practical wisdom to a deep understanding of all aspects of pensions law. He is my 'go to' person on all legal matters, from dealing with member complaints to complex contingent asset arrangements. Brilliant.'

Key Clients

Independent Trustee Services

Pi trustees

Royal British Legion Staff Pension Fund trustees

Trustees of the Lynx Technology Limited Pension and Life Assurance Scheme

Visa UK Pension Plan trustees

HR Trustees Limited

Rutland

Press Association

Whirlpool

YWCA

Work highlights

  • Advising Pi Trustees as appointed by the Pensions Regulator to investigate a pension scheme suspected of having been used as a vehicle for pensions liberation fraud.
  • Advising the trustees of the Lynx Technology Limited Pension and Life Assurance Scheme on a proposed bulk transfer of assets and liabilities to a master trust and consequent wind-up of the scheme.
  • Advising the trustees of the Royal British Legion Staff Pension Fund on complicated funding and security arrangements for the scheme.
  • Advising the trustee of the Royal British Legion Womens Section 1984 Money Builder Retirement Benefit Scheme on an insurance buy-out of the scheme.
Leading individuals

Mark Smith - Taylor Wessing LLP

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Pensions: dispute resolution
Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP

Alongside a regular flow of work relating to scheme restructurings, master trust strategy and funding and investment, Taylor Wessing LLP’s pensions team also has significant expertise in the field of pensions liberation fraud; work in this area involves the recovery of assets, data protection and tax issues. 'Extremely diligent' practice head Mark Smith covers all other areas of general advisory support to a client list comprising a healthy roster of scheme sponsors and trustees.

Practice head(s):Mark Smith

Testimonials

'The Taylor Wessing pensions team is small but this gives it a real focus on clients.'

'Mark Smith is extremely diligent in delivering advice in an easy to understand way and is excellent at tackling historic pensions issues'

'The thoroughness of the advice provided is outstanding'

'The team is very flexible and always accessible when things are needed urgently'

'Mark Smith and his team provides an excellent service'

'Mark Smith is an excellent pensions lawyer and partner. Has a phenomenal eye for detail and vast knowledge on pensions; he must be one of the top pension lawyers in the country. His advice is solid and he fosters great trust with his clients. I know that the advice I receive is well considered, thought through, and practical, and is advice I can trust.'

'A very well established practice covering numerous disciplines. It is a leader in many fields and that is why I chose to consult them on issues which require specialist advice.'

'Mark Smith has a very helpful attitude and deals well with clients in meeting situations. His attention to detail is evident in all advice.'

'I would describe Mark Smith as being genuinely unique, in that he is not only hugely committed to his cases but always totally involved himself. The fact that he immerses himself so deeply results in the client receiving an excellent service.'

'Excellent support from Georgina Wardrop who is surely destined for partnership soon.'

'As a trustee of a defined benefits pension scheme I sought advice on a complicated legal matter by Mark Smith. His ability to explain matters to me made it much easier for me to grasp relevant points. His drafting of documents for approval and his explanations were always clear. Mark and his team provided an excellent service and I would have no hesitation to seek further advice from Mark should that ever become necessary.'

Mark Smith is ery strong technically and analytically; fantastic service (turnaround times, willingness to talk around issues rather than move straight to a view but also very clear in conclusions).

'Mark Smith is extremely diligent in delivering his advice but also takes time to ensure his advice is fully understood by lay trustees. He is excellent at tackling historic issues where the challenge is to identify the discussions and documentation which may go back many decades - prior to the involvement of the current advisers and trustees.'

'Mark Smith is outstanding. He brings practical wisdom to a deep understanding of all aspects of pensions law. He is my 'go to' person on all legal matters, from dealing with member complaints to complex contingent asset arrangements. Brilliant.'

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London: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP focuses on complex, high-profile claims and regulatory investigations, and the professional services disputes team is 'outstanding' on claims involving auditors and accountants. The team is experienced at managing the interaction between large and complex civil claims, disciplinary processes and regulatory enquiries. It also handles claims involving valuers, architects, surveyors, solicitors and other professionals, and it is instructed by claimants and defendants. Team head Andrew Howell is involved in complex professional negligence claims and regulatory investigations, and has been involved in cases against eight of the ten largest accounting firms in the UK. Julian Randall is 'exceptionally talented' and is experienced in cross-border disputes. Senior associates James Bryden and Stuart Broom are noted for accountancy claims.

Practice head(s):Andrew Howell

Other key lawyers:Julian Randall; Laurence Lieberman; Stuart Broom; James Bryden; Stephanie High

Testimonials

'The team is right at the top of the tree for auditors’ defence work.'

'Andrew Howell is the complete package for professional negligence defence litigation; he is super-bright yet has bags of common sense and is always in control.'

'Andrew Howell is the person you would want on your side if subject to a professional disciplinary issue.'

Key Clients

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Deloitte LLP

KPMG LLP

RSM

BDO LLP

Mazars LLP

Leading individuals

Andrew Howell - Taylor Wessing LLP

Julian Randall - Taylor Wessing LLP

Rising stars

James Bryden - Taylor Wessing LLP

Stuart Broom - Taylor Wessing LLP

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London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP advises trustees, executors and beneficiaries on resolving trust and estate disputes with a focus on multi-jurisdictional matters, particularly in an offshore context. Emma Jordan is an English barrister and Jersey advocate and also has extensive experience in other offshore locations including Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands. Jordan has been appointed to a legislative working committee in Jersey to consider the first ever statute for insolvent trusts. Kirstie McGuigan specialises in the resolution of disputes relating to the formation and administration of trusts and estates. Andrew Hine is another key figure. Hine is hugely experienced in probate, succession and wills and has advised on many substantial multi-jurisdictional matters involving complex conflict of law issues.

Practice head(s):Emma Jordan

Other key lawyers:Andrew Hine; Kirstie McGuigan; Caroline Tayler

Testimonials

'The team is highly organised, conscientious, thorough and professional. It is brilliant at project-managing difficult multi-jurisdictional litigation and at keeping the pressure on its opponents'.

'In my experience TW's contentious trust department is characterised by good teamwork. My impression is that this comes from the top. There is a strong collegiate atmosphere. The lawyers are friendly, approachable and good to work with'.

'Emma Jordan is one of the superstars of contentious trusts litigation. She is helped by a team of extremely able associates in particular Rob Gibson'.

'Andrew Hine knows just how far he should go in advancing the interests of the individual without wrecking a trust arrangement in the interests of the wider family. He is someone who will approach any difficult situation creatively and in the spirit of reasonableness seek a solution'.

'Kirstie McGuigan  combines "soft" and "hard" skills in a way which, I think, sets her apart from her competition. She is sympathetic and reassuring with clients but a firm negotiator and fierce litigator on their behalf'.

'Caroline Tayler is an exemplary senior associate who is often entrusted with difficult data analysis tasks which she executes brilliantly and flawlessly. She has natural good judgement, is incredibly diligent and never misses anything'.

Key Clients

Equity Trusts (Jersey) Limited

The Trustees of the Jacobs Charitable Trust

The heirs of Sheikh Abdullah Ali Alhamrani

The Trustees of two Jersey Trusts and Dataquill Limited

Robert Campbell

Biema Holdings Limited, Evolution Partners Limited , Pearl Investments Limited and First Trust Management AG

Work highlights

  • Representing the former trustee in Jersey litigation involving two insolvent trust structures. The former trustees are enforcing claims in respect of extremely substantial sums in English litigation (over £45m) in their capacity as former trustees.
  • In Dawson-Damer v Taylor Wessing  the team acted for the Bahamian trustee of a trust of which Mrs Dawson-Damer is a beneficiary.
  • Acting for the widow of a late Italian entrepreneur and businessman who together with the firm's client built up a hugely successful family company in Italy now worth in the region of E600m.
  • Advising the independent professional trustees of The Trustees of the Jacobs Charitable Trust in relation to the charity's status as the residuary beneficiary of Lord Jacobs' estate where Lord Jacobs made three separate Wills during the last six months of his life and his estate is involved in multiple sets of proceedings and disputes.
  • Instructed by the heirs of Sheikh Abdullah Ali Alhamrani (who passed away in June 2018) in relation to the enforcement of a number of BVI court judgments made in favour of Sheikh Abdullah Ali Alhamrani in relation to BVI litigation between the Sheikh and members of his family.
Leading individuals

Andrew Hine - Taylor Wessing LLP

Emma Jordan - Taylor Wessing LLP

Kirstie McGuigan - Taylor Wessing LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Taylor Wessing LLP

Andrew Hine heads the heavyweight international practice at Taylor Wessing LLP. It advises on the full range of complex tax, trusts, succession and estate planning matters as well as on the creation and maintenance of multi-jurisdictional asset holding structures. It has a strong international client base with a mix of 'old' and new money. Clients range from ‚ÄėMiddle England‚Äô families with an asset value running into ¬£5-10m all the way to international billionaires and the team acts for eight Royal Families. In addition the department provides trust, tax and succession planning advice to around 40 hedge fund principals and around 40 principals in the private equity sector. Ryan Myint¬†is now at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP.

Practice head(s):Andrew Hine

Other key lawyers:Mark Buzzoni; Sanjvee Shah; Nick Warr; Antoaneta Proctor; Ben Lister

Testimonials

'The team has a global coverage. Mark Buzzoni produces work of the highest quality and Nick Warr is great. He is well respected and well liked'.

'Nick Warr is a standout private client lawyer. He has superb technical skills and a drive and energy unlike anyone else in the market. He is a real star'.

'Andrew Hine is a hugely impressive private client lawyer with exceptional technical and client handling skills'.

'Technically it is in the top echelon of lawyers to work with. Widely regarded as the best lawyers in the industry. Nick Warr - very competent and professional adviser. Clients respect him immensely. Ben Lister is a real star of the future'.

'It has very able practitioners throughout the team. Nick Warr has an amazing work ethic and determination to deliver high quality to service to all his clients. He thinks laterally and is unceasing in his drive to find the best solution for clients'.

'The team operates as a unit very well with work delivered in a timely fashion and with a strong sense of client care'.

'The team is a very knowledgeable and dynamic team that is able to grasp the big picture without losing sight of the finer details. Mark Buzzoni - excellent rapport with clients; extremely knowledgeable and efficient'.

'Antoaneta Proctor is a very responsive and conscientious lawyer. An effective communicator with excellent interpersonal skills; clients appreciate her attention to detail and ability to explain complex concepts in a clear and easy to understand manner'.

'Taylor Wessing can boast an exceptionally strong private client team - the lawyers are all approachable, smart and easy to work with'.

'Mark Buzzoni - wise, strategic and with excellent nuanced judgement. Kirstie MacGuigan - capable  and personable'.

Leading individuals

Andrew Hine - Taylor Wessing LLP

Mark Buzzoni - Taylor Wessing LLP

Nick Warr - Taylor Wessing LLP

Sanjvee Shah - Taylor Wessing LLP

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) - ranked: tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP's energy, infrastructure and projects team is spearheaded by Dominic FitzPatrick, who also leads the corporate group. The firm also has substantial capabilities in the construction and engineering space, as well as in private equity, where James Goold is renowned for his expertise. On the contentious front, Paul Glass is the name to note.

Practice head(s):Dominic FitzPatrick

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: corporate occupiers
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP‚Äôs commercial property practice has ‚Äėconsistently demonstrated exceptional service over a number of years‚Äô, and excels in the hotels and leisure space, particularly on the M&A front, recently advising Vivion Capital on the acquisition of almost 60 UK hotels via three separate portfolio deals totalling in excess of ¬£1.25bn. Additional core strengths include investment sales and purchases, major portfolio sales, urban regeneration projects and property portfolio management. International and institutional investors, funds and REITs are among the key investment clients while corporate occupiers regularly engage the department for acquisitions and leasehold negotiations. In addition, the practice demonstrates experience in advising owners, developers and occupiers in the retail space on the full range of related real estate issues and is also well-regarded within the student accommodation, co-living, residential and logistics sectors.

Practice head(s):Keith Barnett

Other key lawyers:Alan Evans

Testimonials

'First class offer, good value for money in comparison to other similar sized firms. Prepared to stand by their advice and work in a dedicated manner to a successful outcome. Available and accessible at all times. Integrated corporate and property advice with one point of contact.'

'Mark Rajbenbach is astute, commercial and able to assist with transactions as if he is genuinely part of the client team. Keith Barnett has excellent technical and pragmatic lawyer with strong and wide ranging contacts.'

'Georgina Watts and Adam Marks are can do individuals who respond quickly and give great advice even if it's not always the client wants to hear.'

'The firm's commitment is with out question and they really care about the success of the project.'

'Adam Marks is a brilliant adviser who provides excellent advice throughout our time working with him. His colleague Al Watson really knows his stuff on planning and is an invaluable support'.

'Their breadth and depth of experience comes through when providing advice in complex and unusual circumstances,'

'The continuity of the team is their strongest attribute, making for a strong working relationship.'

'The Taylor Wessing team have consistently demonstrated exceptional service over a number of years. They have a wide ranging team covering all aspects of real estate but also have access to in-house specialists in their wider team for specific area such as employment matters or capital project management.'

Key Clients

Mimecast

Derwent London

InfraRed Capital Partners

Charnwood

Try Market Halls Limited

Tritax Big Box REIT

Blackstone

Work highlights

  • Advising Mimecast on the acquisition of their new headquarters premises in Broadgate.
  • Advising Societe Generale on issues relating to the management of its principal offices in the City of London.

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Commercial property: development
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP‚Äôs commercial property practice has ‚Äėconsistently demonstrated exceptional service over a number of years‚Äô, and excels in the hotels and leisure space, particularly on the M&A front, recently advising Vivion Capital on the acquisition of almost 60 UK hotels via three separate portfolio deals totalling in excess of ¬£1.25bn. Additional core strengths include investment sales and purchases, major portfolio sales, urban regeneration projects and property portfolio management. International and institutional investors, funds and REITs are among the key investment clients while corporate occupiers regularly engage the department for acquisitions and leasehold negotiations. In addition, the practice demonstrates experience in advising owners, developers and occupiers in the retail space on the full range of related real estate issues and is also well-regarded within the student accommodation, co-living, residential and logistics sectors.

Practice head(s):Keith Barnett

Other key lawyers:Paul Lawrence; Paul Leamy

Testimonials

'First class offer, good value for money in comparison to other similar sized firms. Prepared to stand by their advice and work in a dedicated manner to a successful outcome. Available and accessible at all times. Integrated corporate and property advice with one point of contact.'

'Mark Rajbenbach is astute, commercial and able to assist with transactions as if he is genuinely part of the client team. Keith Barnett has excellent technical and pragmatic lawyer with strong and wide ranging contacts.'

'Georgina Watts and Adam Marks are can do individuals who respond quickly and give great advice even if it's not always the client wants to hear.'

'The firm's commitment is with out question and they really care about the success of the project.'

'Adam Marks is a brilliant adviser who provides excellent advice throughout our time working with him. His colleague Al Watson really knows his stuff on planning and is an invaluable support'.

'Their breadth and depth of experience comes through when providing advice in complex and unusual circumstances,'

'The continuity of the team is their strongest attribute, making for a strong working relationship.'

'The Taylor Wessing team have consistently demonstrated exceptional service over a number of years. They have a wide ranging team covering all aspects of real estate but also have access to in house specialists in their wider team for specific area such as employment matters or capital project management.'

Key Clients

Meadow Partners

InfraRed Capital Partners

Canada Life

McLaren Property

Brentford Football Club

Try Market Hall Limited

Secure Income REIT

Marsh & Baxter

Resolution Property

Work highlights

  • Advising an UHNW on The Tulip - a proposed 1,000ft concrete and glass tower in the heart of the City’s financial district.
  • Advising Brentford FC on its relocation and development of its new stadium and related facilities.
  • Advising on all planning, infrastructure and CIL related matters across three major development sites purchased by R&F Properties in the last 18 months.
  • Advising Marsh & Baxter (Truro) Limited in connection with the proposed development of a new multi-let retail park scheme in Truro, Cornwall comprising more than 90,000 sq ft of ground floor retail space.
  • Advising The Royal Bank of Scotland in connection with the £48.2m development financing of a contemporary mixed-use scheme on Edgware Road, which will form part of the Portman Estate.

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Commercial property: hotels and leisure
Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 1

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP‚Äôs commercial property practice has ‚Äėconsistently demonstrated exceptional service over a number of years‚Äô, and excels in the hotels and leisure space, particularly on the M&A front, recently advising Vivion Capital on the acquisition of almost 60 UK hotels via three separate portfolio deals totalling in excess of ¬£1.25bn. Additional core strengths include investment sales and purchases, major portfolio sales, urban regeneration projects and property portfolio management. International and institutional investors, funds and REITs are among the key investment clients while corporate occupiers regularly engage the department for acquisitions and leasehold negotiations. In addition, the practice demonstrates experience in advising owners, developers and occupiers in the retail space on the full range of related real estate issues and is also well-regarded within the student accommodation, co-living, residential and logistics sectors.

Practice head(s):Richard Bursby

Other key lawyers:Mark Rajbenbach; Edward Story

Testimonials

'First class offer, good value for money in comparison to other similar sized firms. Prepared to stand by their advice and work in a dedicated manner to a successful outcome. Available and accessible at all times. Integrated corporate and property advice with one point of contact.'

'Mark Rajbenbach is astute, commercial and able to assist with transactions as if he is genuinely part of the client team. Keith Barnett has excellent technical and pragmatic lawyer with strong and wide ranging contacts.'

'Georgina Watts and Adam Marks are can do individuals who respond quickly and give great advice even if it's not always the client wants to hear.'

'The firm's commitment is with out question and they really care about the success of the project.'

'Adam Marks is a brilliant adviser who provides excellent advice throughout our time working with him. His colleague Al Watson really knows his stuff on planning and is an invaluable support'.

'Their breadth and depth of experience comes through when providing advice in complex and unusual circumstances,'

'The continuity of the team is their strongest attribute, making for a strong working relationship.'

'The Taylor Wessing team have consistently demonstrated exceptional service over a number of years. They have a wide ranging team covering all aspects of real estate but also have access to in house specialists in their wider team for specific area such as employment matters or capital project management.'

Key Clients

Yotel

Thomas Cook

RBH Hospitality Management

Invesco Real Estate

London & Regional

Starwood Capital

Burger King

Virgin Hotels

Vivion Capital

Crosstree

Casual Dining Group

Millennium & Copthorne

glh hotels

Park Plaza

Ruby Hotels

City Hub

Resolution Property

Crimson Hotels

Canada Life

FREO

Work highlights

  • Advised Vivion Capital on three separate portfolio deals for the acquisition of almost 60 UK hotels along with the existing operating businesses and UK asset management platform.
  • Advised YOTEL on Hotel Management Agreements for Yotel Edinburgh, Yotel Glasgow and Yotel Amsterdam as well as the ongoing $250m investment by Starwood Capital in YOTEL.

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Commercial property: investment
Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP‚Äôs commercial property practice has ‚Äėconsistently demonstrated exceptional service over a number of years‚Äô, and excels in the hotels and leisure space, particularly on the M&A front, recently advising Vivion Capital on the acquisition of almost 60 UK hotels via three separate portfolio deals totalling in excess of ¬£1.25bn. Additional core strengths include investment sales and purchases, major portfolio sales, urban regeneration projects and property portfolio management. International and institutional investors, funds and REITs are among the key investment clients while corporate occupiers regularly engage the department for acquisitions and leasehold negotiations. In addition, the practice demonstrates experience in advising owners, developers and occupiers in the retail space on the full range of related real estate issues and is also well-regarded within the student accommodation, co-living, residential and logistics sectors.

Practice head(s):Keith Barnett

Other key lawyers:Mark Rajbenbach; Paul Lawrence; Chris Turley

Testimonials

'First class offer, good value for money in comparison to other similar sized firms. Prepared to stand by their advice and work in a dedicated manner to a successful outcome. Available and accessible at all times. Integrated corporate and property advice with one point of contact.'

'Mark Rajbenbach is astute, commercial and able to assist with transactions as if he is genuinely part of the client team. Keith Barnett has excellent technical and pragmatic lawyer with strong and wide ranging contacts.'

'Georgina Watts and Adam Marks are can do individuals who respond quickly and give great advice even if it's not always the client wants to hear.'

'The firm's commitment is with out question and they really care about the success of the project.'

'Adam Marks is a brilliant adviser who provides excellent advice throughout our time working with him. His colleague Al Watson really knows his stuff on planning and is an invaluable support'.

'Their breadth and depth of experience comes through when providing advice in complex and unusual circumstances,'

'The continuity of the team is their strongest attribute, making for a strong working relationship.'

'The Taylor Wessing team have consistently demonstrated exceptional service over a number of years. They have a wide ranging team covering all aspects of real estate but also have access to in house specialists in their wider team for specific area such as employment matters or capital project management.'

Key Clients

Vivion Capital/ Intown Group

CrossTree

Invesco

Meadow Partners

InfraRed Capital Partners

Canada Life

McLaren Property

Brentford Football Club

Try Market Hall Limited

Secure Income REIT

Resolution Property

St George

RBS

Work highlights

  • Advising Vivion Capital / InTown on the acquisition of 20 IHG franchised hotels (Holiday Inn Express and Crowne Plaza) in addition to the captive hotel management platform (Lapithus Hotels) from Apollo Capital Management for over £700m
  • Advising Vivion Capital/ Intown Group on the purchase of a portfolio of nine assets for over £240m.
  • Advising Access Entertainment, a division of Sir Leonard Blavatnik's Access Industries, on its acquisition of the iconic Theatre Royal in London's Haymarket for an undisclosed sum.
  • Advising Secure Income REIT on its acquisition and associated financing of a portfolio of leisure assets, including the Manchester Arena, The Brewery Chiswell Street (the largest catered events space in the City of London) and 18 freehold pubs.
  • Advising Meadow Partners on the disposal of 20-22 Tudor Street, EC4, to serviced office provider Office Space for £21.4m.

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Commercial property: retail
Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP‚Äôs commercial property practice has ‚Äėconsistently demonstrated exceptional service over a number of years‚Äô, and excels in the hotels and leisure space, particularly on the M&A front, recently advising Vivion Capital on the acquisition of almost 60 UK hotels via three separate portfolio deals totalling in excess of ¬£1.25bn. Additional core strengths include investment sales and purchases, major portfolio sales, urban regeneration projects and property portfolio management. International and institutional investors, funds and REITs are among the key investment clients while corporate occupiers regularly engage the department for acquisitions and leasehold negotiations. In addition, the practice demonstrates experience in advising owners, developers and occupiers in the retail space on the full range of related real estate issues and is also well-regarded within the student accommodation, co-living, residential and logistics sectors.

Practice head(s):Keith Barnett

Other key lawyers:Alistair Watson; Alan Evans

Testimonials

'First class offer, good value for money in comparison to other similar sized firms. Prepared to stand by their advice and work in a dedicated manner to a successful outcome. Available and accessible at all times. Integrated corporate and property advice with one point of contact.'

'Mark Rajbenbach is astute, commercial and able to assist with transactions as if he is genuinely part of the client team. Keith Barnett has excellent technical and pragmatic lawyer with strong and wide ranging contacts.'

'Georgina Watts and Adam Marks are can do individuals who respond quickly and give great advice even if it's not always the client wants to hear.'

'The firm's commitment is with out question and they really care about the success of the project.'

'Adam Marks is a brilliant adviser who provides excellent advice throughout our time working with him. His colleague Al Watson really knows his stuff on planning and is an invaluable support'.

'Their breadth and depth of experience comes through when providing advice in complex and unusual circumstances,'

'The continuity of the team is their strongest attribute, making for a strong working relationship.'

'The Taylor Wessing team have consistently demonstrated exceptional service over a number of years. They have a wide ranging team covering all aspects of real estate but also have access to in house specialists in their wider team for specific area such as employment matters or capital project management.'

Key Clients

Try Market Hall Limited

Derwent London

Westminster Group

Mango

Southend United Football Club

Tritax Big Box REIT

Investec

Work highlights

  • Advising Try Market Halls, a group of UK-based property investors and restaurateurs, on their upmarket food halls scheme which launched in London and across the UK in 2018.
  • Advising Derwent London Plc on the sale of a long leasehold interest of a central London multi-let property providing c.4,800 sq ft of retail and office accommodation.

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Construction: contentious
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 5

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP applies a 'commercial approach' to contentious construction matters and has experience of a range of disputes across the real estate development, energy and infrastructure sectors. Matthew Jones leads the construction and engineering group, which was strengthened by Jonathan Hutt's arrival from RPC in October 2018. Senior counsel Natalie Pilagos covers matters in the hotels, student accommodation, infrastructure and energy sectors.

Practice head(s):Matthew Jones

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Hutt; Natalie Pilagos

Testimonials

'I like Taylor Wessing's helpful, proactive and commercial approach to matters.'

'Flexible on service delivery and how to work with clients.'

'The team shows high competence, a great attitude to clients and professionalism.'

'Jonathan Hutt is always a pleasure to deal with.'

'Rebecca May is a hard working associate; diligent, observant and proactive in carrying out her tasks.'

'Rebecca May is an invaluable asset to Taylor Wessing and destined for partnership.'

'Laurence Cobb and Natalie Pilagos are both very professional.'

Work highlights

  • Represented a defendant supplier in multi-party proceedings in the TCC.

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Contruction: non-contentious
Contruction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP's non-contentious practice is led by Matthew Jones, who advises on all aspects of construction legal matters, particularly procurement and the drafting and negotiation of building and engineering contracts. Jones was the lead partner advising R&F on the construction documentation and procurement structure for its £1bn developments at Nine Elms Square and Queen's Square. The practice's client roster includes funders, investors, agents and contractors. The 'impressive' David Quinlan specialises in domestic and international infrastructure projects and project finance.

Practice head(s):Matthew Jones

Other key lawyers:David Quinlan

Testimonials

'David Quinlan and Andrew Wood impress.'

Key Clients

Essential Living

Brentford Football Club

Chesington Investments

Tritax

Work highlights

  • Advising R&F in relation to the negotiation of construction documentation, as well as giving strategic advice on procurement structure, for R&F's developments at Nine Elms Square and Queen's Square.
  • Act for Chesington Investment and its group companies in relation to all construction matters affecting the development of Lancer Square; a mixed-use scheme located in Kensington worth £100m.
  • The firm has worked closely with Essential Living since its entry into the market in order to deliver their pipeline of schemes, advising on all matters relating to the development, including financing, of each project.
  • Acting for the Westminster Group on a new £50m retail and business campus, St Pancras Centre.
  • Advising Imagile Group on a portfolio of infrastructure projects worth £35m.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP’s planning team advises on all aspects of planning and environmental law to a client base of developers, investors, local authorities and landowners. Practice head Alistair Watson has expertise in CPO applications, environmental impact assessments, highways agreements, urban extensions and redevelopments within conservation areas. The team, which also comprises three associates including senior associate Emma Tait, has a strong track record of advising on the redevelopment of major sporting stadiums.

Practice head(s):Alistair Watson

Other key lawyers:Emma Tait; Holly Grundon; Joanna Bassett

Testimonials

'Al Watson really knows his stuff on planning and provides invaluable support.'

Key Clients

Brentford Football Club

Bristol Rovers Football Club

Buckminster

Cain International

Essential Living

Empiric Student Property

McLaren Property

Saracens Rugby Club

Town End Farm Development LLP

Comer Homes

Secure Income REIT

Southampton Football Club

Work highlights

  • Advising Brentford Football Club on all planning, environmental and infrastructure matters relating to the build-out of the club's 20,000-seater stadium, together with the redevelopment of its existing stadium at Griffin Park.
  • Advising the Comer Group on its residential development portfolio, including the proposed redevelopment of Royal Brunswick Park in the London Borough of Barnet.
  • Advising Saracens Rugby Club on planning aspects of the redevelopment of its stadium in the green belt of North London.
  • Advising Southend United Football Club on all planning and development matters relating to its new stadium, as well as a new training ground, hotel, residential blocks, and adjacent retail plaza and cinema complex.
  • Advising R & F Properties on all planning, infrastructure and CIL related matters across three major development sites purchased by the client.
Rising stars

Emma Tait - Taylor Wessing LLP

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP‚Äės ‚Äėsolid‚Äė team is noted for its sector expertise in hotels (including handling several high-profile portfolio acquisitions), student accommodation, PRS and logistics. Other areas of strength include¬†acquisition and development finance, loan sales and acquisitions, and restructuring. The team‚Äôs¬†client base covers lenders and borrowers, including banks, insurance companies, REITs and real estate investors.¬†Jonathan Marks¬†specialises in debt finance;¬†Heather Buttle,¬†who ‚Äėis really good at what she does‚Äė, counts alternative and established lenders among her clients;¬†and Gareth Lawson¬†has experience in senior, mezzanine and preferred equity structures.

Practice head(s):Martin Yells

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Marks; Heather Buttle; Amar Ali; Gareth Lawson

Testimonials

'All of the individuals are very down to earth and level headed. They explain everything very clearly and in a straightforward manner.'

'Gareth Lawson's calm and proactive approach to work is very beneficial. He is very good at relaying the client's position to the other side without making the point unnecessarily contentious.'

'The team is very responsive and commercial.'

'Heather Buttle provides a seamless extension of our internal team.'

'Amar Ali is very dedicated and has good team backing at senior associate and associate level to get deals done efficiently.'

'Heather Buttle delivers a great product.'

'Taylor Wessing remains the standout firm for us.'

Key Clients

Cain International

Canada Life

Credit Agricole

Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Hypo

Essential Living

Helaba

Hermes Investment Manager Limited

HSBC

Investec

Laxfield Capital

Lloyds Banking Group

McLaren

MetLife

PGIM

RBS

Santander

Secure Income REIT

ING

Wells Fargo

Work highlights

  • Advising a German high-net-worth client on the acquisition of 20 IHG franchised hotels (Holiday Inn Express and Crowne Plaza) in addition to the captive hotel management platform (Lapithus Hotels) from Apollo Capital Management.
  • Acting for Cheyne Capital Partners on a loan to Country Court Care Group to refinance a portfolio of over 30 care home property interests across England.
  • Acting for Secure Income REIT plc on the financing of its acquisition of two leisure and hotel portfolios (including the Manchester Arena and The Brewery at Chiswell Street in London) from two separate vendors.
  • Advising PGIM in relation to a series of loan facilities to a student accommodation developer and operator in relation to the development of multiple sites across the UK.
  • Acting for a listed alternative lender in providing a development facility to Mace in order to finance the development of 325 residential units in Greenwich.
Next Generation Partners

Gareth Lawson - Taylor Wessing LLP

Heather Buttle - Taylor Wessing LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP

At Taylor Wessing LLP, the 'charming and commercially savvy' Saleem Fazal, who divides his time between Liverpool and London, leads a 'very good team of property litigators, who can turn their hands to any property dispute'. Its wide-ranging expertise includes vacant possession strategies, rights of light matters, dilapidation claims, service charge disputes and injunctions and leads to a steady flow of instructions from institutional, residential and private clients.

Practice head(s):Saleem Fazal

Testimonials

'Excellent property litigation team with heavyweight clients.'

'The real estate litigation team at Taylor Wessing are highly experienced and knowledgeable, brought about both by the fact that the range and quality of the firm's client base as a whole means that they have acted in very high level disputes, and also by the calibre of the lawyers in the team.'

'Saleem Fazal - What can I say? Top of the tree in property litigation - an excellent technical lawyer with great people skills. What more could any client want?'

'Saleem Fazal, the lead partner, is tremendously experienced and this manifests itself in the fact that he leads a strong team with great professional acumen, combining immense knowledge of the law with a very commercial, prioritised and practical approach to high quality cases.

'Senior associate Ed Cooper is also a strong member of the team and always a pleasure to work with.'

Key Clients

Canada Life

McLaren

InfraRed Capital Partners

Owners of the St John's Wood Square Barracks Development

PGIM

Meadow Partners

Unite Students

Societe Generale

Great Portland Estates

89 Holland Park Management

Secure Income REIT

Work highlights

  • Advising Great Portland Estate on a cladding dispute with its tenant Bloomberg.
  • Advised the lender PGIM and the administrators of Damsonetti UK on obtaining vacant possession of a dilapidated property that was intended for development.
  • Acting for 89 Holland Park Management, the defendant freeholder of a historic residential property in Holland Park, in a dispute with the owner of the adjoining land over the proposed development of this land.
  • Advising the tenant of an art gallery, Maureen Paley, on a dispute with its landlord and a developer over development works scheduled to commence during the term of the client's lease.
  • Advised Camden Property on its strategy to obtain vacant possession of a development site and successfully argued that the tenant did not have the benefit of certain rights under the new Electronic Communications Code.
Leading individuals

Saleem Fazal - Taylor Wessing LLP

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Residential property
Residential property - ranked: tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP's 'personal and dedicated' residential property group acts for high-net-worth individuals, including foreign nationals, as well as investors, trustees and estates. The team, which predominantly advises buyers and owners has expertise in transactional matters spanning refinancing, SDLT and corporate tax structuring, lease agreements and planning applications. 'Leading light' Elaine Dobson has niche enfranchisement expertise and advises investors on residential landlord and tenant matters within mixed used sites, with many of her clients based in the Middle East, the Far East, Africa and Europe.

Practice head(s):Elaine Dobson

Testimonials

'Taylor Wessing shows commitment and tenacity when up against challenging situations, not to mention excellent attention to detail.'

'Elaine Dobson is a leading light in residential property. She is very knowledgeable and has a calm unflappable manner.'

Work highlights

  • Acted for this HNW entrepreneur on his acquisition of a substantial freehold house on the Illchester Estate.
  • Acted for a middle-eastern family in relation to its refinancing of a substantial commercial property and residential property portfolio in London.
  • Acted for a UK HNW in relation to the refinance of a residential property located on the Grosvenor Estate (with an estimated value of £50m) in connection with a £21.5m facility, part of which was to cover the fit-out costs arising from an extensive refurbishment project.
  • Acted for the buyer of an off-plan residential apartment in North London, advising on aspects such as the right of pre-emption, an agreement for lease and the eligibility criteria for leaseholders within the development as contained in the lease.
  • Acting for a non-UK national on their acquisition of a freehold house in Kensington.

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London: Risk advisory

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity
Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity - ranked: tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP excels in the technology sector and has substantial regulatory and corporate expertise. The practice also leverages the firm’s global network to advise on multijurisdictional projects including international data privacy compliance programmes and enforcement actions. Department head Vinod Bange acts for clients across a range of sectors including the technology, financial services, life sciences and healthcare industries; he recently advised Callidus Software on the data privacy aspects of its $2.4bn acquisition by SAP. Litigator Paul Glass heads up the cybersecurity practice and regularly handles cyber-attacks, crisis management issues and regulatory investigations.

Practice head(s):Vinod Bange

Other key lawyers:Paul Glass

Testimonials

'The team is practical, pragmatic, responsive and commercial - it thinks outside the box and and is solutions focused. It has a good network of colleagues and friendly firms across the EU for a panoramic view, and is responsive and knows the client well, allowing for it to use the best format in which to deliver advice for each client.'

'Led by Vinod Bange, the new recruits of Jo Joyce and Sally Annerau form a leading backbone to the team, which has grown in strength (both in terms of numbers and combined experience).'

'Top quality, responsiveness, extremely knowledgeable on breach response matters for the EU.'

'Available for queries no matter how small.'

'Paul Glass is top notch. Knows how to handle time-sensitive breach response situations.'

'Jean-David Behlow has been great in making something complicated easier to understand and also being around for a quick call.'

Key Clients

Farfetch

Stride Gaming plc

iRhythm

Bank of Jordan

China Mobile

Bank of East Asia

Ritual

CallidusCloud (now part of SAP)

Casper

Emirates Bank Dubai

Global Logic

Kheiron Medical Technologies

Mitel Networks Corporation

Omnicom

Sega

Volkswagen UK

Work highlights

  • Advising Callidus Software on the European data privacy aspects of its $2.4bn acquisition by SAP.
  • Assisting Kheiron Medical Technologies with the contractual, regulatory and data protection elements of its AI-based breast cancer screening software.
  • Conducting a full GDPR audit of Mitel Network's global business units covering customer and HR data.
  • Advising Omnicom Group on a range of data protection issues including contractual negotiations and framework agreements with its clients, and the GDPR compliance of its data processors.
  • Assisting iRythm with its GDPR compliance programme.

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Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP handles a host of corporate and financial crime matters , advising clients on compliance and investigations, as well as matters such as whistleblowing, data protection, cybercrime and corruption. The firm regularly deals with regulators and organisations including the FCA, FRC, SFO and SEC. Co-head of team David De Ferrars focuses on commercial litigation, corporate investigations, fraud, asset tracing, corruption and white-collar matters. Tim Strong, who co-heads the team alongside De Ferrars, handles investigations, dealings with regulators and related disputes.

Practice head(s):David De Ferrars; Tim Strong

Other key lawyers:David McCluskey; Laurence Lieberman; Paul Glass; Shane Gleghorn; Andrew Howell

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Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP is active in both claimant and media defence cases, often advising on non-traditional challenges such as digital and non-media related threats to high-net-worth clients' reputation and privacy. Among the firms' areas of expertise are social media liability issues, cyber security and data breaches, "right to be forgotten" cases and GDPR removal requests. Leading media litigator and 'true master' Niri Shanmuganathan heads the 'adaptable' department, which also consists of key individuals Paul Glass and 'hugely knowledgeable' senior associate Michael Yates, who specialises in photo leaks, revenge porn and social media work. In addition to assisting claimant individuals and companies, as well as media defendants in the UK and US, team leader Shanmuganathan also covers a number of other areas. These include IPSO complaints, reporting restrictions in the Family Division and reputation issues arising from Coroners Court proceedings.

Practice head(s):Niri Shanmuganathan

Other key lawyers:Paul Glass; Michael Yates

Testimonials

'Taylor Wessing's strength is that they have people who understand how the media works and are adaptable. They do not panic and always give good advice.'

'Niri Shan is great to deal with when there is a crisis. The most pragmatic dispute solvers in the sector. If you want a negotiated solution, this is your firm.'

'Niri Shan is the best lawyer in the country for engaging with publications in a non-aggressive way to arrive at quiet conclusions to challenging matters. He gets results that no other lawyer seems able to do. And he does this time and time again. A master of quiet negotiation.'

'Michael Yates is hugely knowledgeable in his field, very efficient and gets results.'

'Amazing clients, incredible knowledge, exceptional service.'

'Very transparent, astute and active.'

'They are quick and efficient and get results.'

'A highly organised and efficient media team led by Niri Shan. They service their high end and HNW claimant clients extremely well; particularly as they have good relationships with defendant media organisations so issues can be resolved quickly.'

'Both Niri Shan and Michael Yates are exceptional. Very innovative, knowledgable and client oriented.'

'Niri Shan has been at the top of his game in this media area for a number of years. When I need to recommend a HNW individual or company with media legal issues, he is my first recommendation.'

'The team has a high level of emotional intelligence.'

'Michael Yates - brilliant, brilliant, brilliant - incredibly able, misses nothing, charming to deal with, super efficient. No need to look anywhere else.'

Key Clients

Springer Nature

Buzz Feed

Work highlights

  • Acted for an individual in the entertainment business who received a blackmail letter threatening to disclose false allegations of serious criminal conduct
  • Advised a private individual on successfully obtaining reporting restrictions in order to protect her and her families' identity.
  • Advising a company following a major cyber attack during a fundraising exercise.
Leading individuals

Niri Shanmuganathan - Taylor Wessing LLP

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 1

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP's team continues to be at the forefront of the brand management sector, with 'top-tier expertise' in trade marks, advertising, designs, technology and the commercialisation of IP rights. The 'outstanding' team includes France Delord, who focuses on th management of large international trade mark portfolios; 'all-round IP specialist' Charles Lloyd; and head of brands Roland Mallinson, who handles contentious and transactional IP matters. Adam Rendle, who made partner in May 2019, specialises in parallel trade mark litigation and in commercialisation through advertising, sponsorship and endorsements. Others to note are practice co-head Mark Owen, Jason Rawkins and 'talented associate' Simon Jupp.

Practice head(s):Roland Mallinson; Mark Owen

Other key lawyers:Roland Mallinson; Adam Rendle; Simon Jupp

Testimonials

'Mark Owen is pragmatic, to the point and insightful. He's also consistently very responsive. Really strong on solving legal problems for technology businesses.'

Key Clients

American Airlines

Europcar

Ferrero

Godiva

Hard Rock International

Work highlights

  • Managing the global trade marks portfolio of Orange, including, most recently, advising in relation to a trade mark infringement action relating to the adoption and use of the mark "Human Inside" and the issue it created with the mark "Intel Inside", owned by Intel.
  • Managing the international trade mark portfolio of the Omnicom Group, one of the world's largest advertising agencies.
  • Acting for recording artist Dame Vera Lynn on her opposition to a trade mark application for "Vera Lynn" for gin by Halewood Brands.
  • Continuing to advise Micro Scooters on the protection of its design and branding, and successfully securing a rare 3D shape trade mark for the shape of the client's Mini Micro scooter.
Next Generation Partners

Adam Rendle - Taylor Wessing LLP

Rising stars

Simon Jupp - Taylor Wessing LLP

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Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP acts for financial institutions, software companies, investors, and e-commerce companies, as well as a number of clients in the payments space, ranging from well-known challenger banks to thriving start-ups. The group's strong corporate offering sees it advising clients on early and late stage funding rounds, private equity investments, shareholding sales and dispositions. On the regulatory side the team has strengths in advising payments service companies on PSD2 compliance and a range of other regulatory matters. Corporate partner Adrian Rainey handles M&A and venture capital work for clients ranging from institutional investors to start-ups, whereas associate Chris Ratcliffe assists payment providers, cryptocurrency platforms and challenger banks with regulatory applications, product terms and outsourcing arrangements. In 2019, Charlotte Hill joined the firm from Covington & Burling LLP, and now serves as head of the financial services and competition group.

Practice head(s):Adrian Rainey; Graham Hann

Other key lawyers:Chris Ratcliffe; Charlotte Hill

Key Clients

Monzo

Nutmeg

MoneyFarm

TotallyMoney

Index Ventures

Credit Benchmark

Aire Labs

Trustology

Trussle

MarketInvoice

ThoughtMachine

Bitstamp

Onfido

Monese

Capitalise

Work highlights

  • Advised Monzo since its inception and on all of its fundraisings to date, the most recent being on its Series E funding round led by new investors General Catalyst and Accel, with participation from existing investors Passion Capital, Stripe, Goodwater, Thrive Capital and others.
  • Advising the banking app Monese on raising $60m in a Series B funding round.
  • Advised Thought Machine, a UK-based fintech company, on its strategic partnership with Lloyds Banking Group, and Lloyds' participation in Thought Machine's £18m Series A round financing.

  • Advised Marketinvoice on its significant minority stake by Barclays and Santander InnoVentures on its £26m funding.
  • Advising Koine on its project to establish a licenced e-money and crypto-asset custody services business, also providing a settlement service to leading cryptoasset exchanges.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP is instructed by a range of customers and suppliers of IT including financial services clients, telecoms companies and start-ups on commercial, regulatory and contentious matters. The team has expertise in handling infrastructure projects and assisting manufacturers and communications providers with the regulatory issues and commercial arrangements associated with internet of things applications, and also advises mobile service operators and providers of new communication services. Graham Hann and Angus Finnegan head up the commercial technology and telecoms teams respectively. Other key contacts include Sian Skelton, who has a particular focus on advising US businesses setting up in Europe and UK-based technology clients; outsourcing specialist Martin Cotterill; Glyn Morgan, who assists with regulatory and digital transactions; and Chris Jeffery, who advises on enterprise software, adtech and e-commerce issues, as well as the EU privacy aspects of online and SaaS models.

Practice head(s):Graham Hann; Angus Finnegan

Other key lawyers:Sian Skelton; Martin Cotterill; Glyn Morgan; Chris Jeffrey

Key Clients

Thought Machine Group Limited

Farfetch UK Limited

Ola

Chargebacks911

Helios Towers Africa

Orange

Vonage

Mitel

Sky

Work highlights

  • Advised Thought Machine Group on a range of corporate, commercial and contentious matters relating to its proprietary cloud-based core banking platform, Vault.
  • Acting for Farfetch UK on a range of commercial matters including the launch of its Store of the Future platform, and the development and launch of its exclusive multi-year innovation partnership agreement with Chanel.
  • Acted for Sky on the renegotiation of its national roaming agreement with Telefonica UK.
  • Advised Mitel on a range of global regulatory issues in the countries in which it provides services.
  • Advised Vonage on the global regulatory issues relating to its VOIP services and in-app communications services.
Leading individuals: IT

Graham Hann - Taylor Wessing LLP

Next Generation Partners

Sian Skelton - Taylor Wessing LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP

The 'highly knowledgeable' practice at Taylor Wessing LLP 'provides practical business solutions and advice' across trade mark and design, patent and copyright matters, with particular experience in the consumer goods, fashion and luxury brands, life sciences and pharmaceuticals, technology and media sectors. Niri Shanmuganathan heads up the group and has particular experience assisting media and entertainment sector clients, while Nigel Stoate leads the patents practice, Mark Owen heads up the trade mark, copyright and designs team and Graham Hann leads the transactional IP team. Other names to note include Simon Cohen and Matthew Royle for life sciences sector patents disputes, 'formidable strategist' Charles Lloyd and Roland Mallinson, who specialises in soft IP.

Practice head(s):Niri Shanmuganathan; Nigel Stoate; Mark Owen; Graham Hann

Other key lawyers:Simon Cohen; Matthew Royle; Charles Lloyd; Roland Mallinson

Testimonials

'The team is highly knowledgeable and provides practical business solutions.'

'Taylor Wessing has an impressive group of trade mark attorneys, who each have a niche within the practice.'

'Senior associate Adam Rendle attracts praise for his exceptional work ethic and knowledge.'

'Jason Rawkins and associate Jocelyn Clarke both provide outstanding service.'

'The intellectual property team is a pleasure to work with and is always thinking outside of the box to solve client problems.'

Key Clients

Mylan

Cisco

Ericsson

American Airlines

Burberry

Orange

ASUS

Pfizer

Apotex

Dior

Accord Healthcare Limited

Oxford BioMedica plc

Europcar Mobility Group

MCPS

Work highlights

  • Advised Oxford BioMedica on the exclusive worldwide licence of its gene therapy treatment for Parkinson's Disease.
  • Representing Mylan in the long-running Pregabalin patent litigation.
  • Acting for Cisco in a claim against the directors of broker Gen-X IT, which traded substantial quantities of counterfeit and grey Cisco-branded products.
  • Instructed to manage American Airlines' trade mark portfolio work in the UK, France, Russia, Israel, Australia, New Zealand and certain Caribbean countries.
  • Advising Asus and its subsidiary companies on its patent litigation strategy across Europe regarding patent infringement actions brought by Philips relating to its mobile phone technology.
Next Generation Partners

Matthew Royle - Taylor Wessing LLP

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

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP 'stands out for its industry expertise' and for its 'international reach'. The media and entertainment team is able to advise on a range of matters across publishing, advertising, marketing, gaming, social media, interactive content, TV, broadcasting and music mandates. The cross-practice team offers expertise across M&A, corporate venturing, copyright, trade marks, content licensing, tech transactions, defamation, litigation, media regulation, advertising regulation and transactions, data and employment matters. Corporate partner Mike Turner is experienced in corporate deals in the gaming sector; Turner led advice for Wooga, a Berlin-based casual games developer, on its sale to Israeli mobile games company, Playtika. Media litigator Niri Shanmuganathan advises publishing, advertising, sport, film and TV clients on defamation, contempt, obscenity and privacy issues. Adam Rendle, who was recently promoted to partner, advises on projects, licensing, disputes and corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):Mark Owen

Other key lawyers:Niri Shanmuganathan; Charles Lloyd; Mike Turner; Graham Hann; Adam Rendle

Testimonials

The lawyers are readily available and are able to offer pragmatic advice and assistance.

You want Niri Shanmuganathan on your team.

The team has a thorough understanding of the specificities and intricacies of music industry practice, including collective management of rights, which is not always the case with firms of this size.

Adam Rendle is able to quickly analyse and understand complicated issues and provide high-quality drafting and legal advice; his understanding of the music industry has enabled him to advise effectively.

Key Clients

MCPS

Wooga

Pearl Abyss

Global Media & Entertainment

Omnicom

Cambridge University Press

DC Thomson

Amaya (owner of the world leading online gambling brands: PokerStars, Full Tilt, BetStars and StarsDraft)

GVC (owner of bwin, PartyPoker and PartyCasino brands)

Activision (and its eSports subsidiary, Major League Gaming)

Work highlights

  • Advising new client, Direct Line, on the appointment of its media buying agency.
  • Advises Omnicom Group on a range of matters including IP and data privacy.  
  • Advised Pearl Abyss, one of South Korea's largest game developers, on its acquisition of CCP Games, Iceland's biggest gaming studio.
  • Advised AppNexus on complex data protection issues, which included wide-ranging GDPR compliance advice and advising on the data privacy aspects of its $1bn acquisition by Xandr.
  • The team defends Hearst (a publisher of magazines such as Cosmopolitan) on a copyright infringement claim brought by a photographer.
Leading individuals

Mike Turner (Corporate technology) - Taylor Wessing LLP

Niri Shanmuganathan (Publishing; litigation) - Taylor Wessing LLP

Next Generation Partners

Adam Rendle (Music, publishing; broadcasting; advertising) - Taylor Wessing LLP

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP's life sciences team includes Nigel Stoate, who heads up the patents practice and specialises in contentious work in a variety of industries in addition to life sciences. Simon Cohen also handles patent litigation together with pharma regulatory work and James Marshall is a patent litigator with a focus on the pharmaceuticals and telecommunications sectors. The firm can offer its life sciences clients an impressive range of expertise in areas including competition and capital markets. Malcolm Bates, David Mardle, Tim Worden and David Rainey have left the practice to join Goodwin. Alison Dennis has joined the team from Fieldfisher.

Other key lawyers:Alison Dennis; Nigel Stoate; Simon Cohen; James Marshall

Testimonials

'Extremely well informed and if someone doesn't have the knowledge, then my request is forwarded to the correct individual with the answer. Our company does business in a multitude of countries and Taylor Wessing is able to meet our legal and compliance needs for each country with ease.  It's a pleasure working with them.'

'Very pro-active as a team and as individuals. Easy to work with and excellent customer service. If an explanation is needed, one is given clearly and concisely.'

Key Clients

Cambridge Innovation Capital

Pfizer (Hospira)

TxCell S.A.

Oxford BioMedica plc

Generics (UK) Limited (trading as Mylan)

Teva

MiNA Therapeutics

Confo Therapeutics

Kymab Limited

Mylan

Work highlights

  • Represented Mylan in the long-running pregabalin litigation case.
  • Advised Teva Pharmaceuticals Europe BV on its divestments of portfolios of generic pharmaceutical products (approximately 260 medicinal products) in 24 EU jurisdictions to multiple purchasers.
  • Continues to assist and represent Pfizer in patent invalidity challenges in Europe. Following successful patent litigation in the UK Patents Court and the UK Court of Appeal, the team continues to assist and represent Pfizer in patent invalidity challenges in Europe.
  • Advising Accord Helathcare in relation to its long-running litigation with Gilead in respect of Gilead's SPC for its antiretroviral product Truvada which is used in the treatment of HIV and other viral infections.  
  • Advised longstanding client Oxford BioMedica plc on an exclusive worldwide licence of its gene therapy treatment for Parkinson's Disease.

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