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London: Corporate and commercial

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

Wallace LLP

Wallace LLP typically acts for small to medium companies, in addition to investors and entrepreneurs, on both domestic and multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions. The increased permeation of private equity into the corporate M&A market has seen the firm act for a number of corporates on sales of stakes to private equity funds, in which practice head David Judah has had an active role. John Woodhouse is praised for his 'exceptional attention to detail'.

Practice head(s):David Judah

Other key lawyers:John Woodhouse; Charlotte Wheeldon

Testimonials

'The team at Wallace puts the client at the centre, and think ahead to what needs to be done, using their own or their colleagues' experience to be more efficient'

'A very personal service, partners take pride in the work they do and build solid friendships with clients and other advisers'

'John Woodhouse has exceptional attention to detail and his very affable personality makes him an excellent client facing individual'

Key Clients

ENIC/Tottenham Hotspur FC

Excell Group Plc

Arrow Electronics Inc

Strathdon Investments

Anthony Mascolo

Maris Interiors

Henry Schein Inc

Efficio

Peppermint Events

Aurelius

Martin’s Family Holdings

Quivira

Warwick Hotels & Resorts

Fetal Medicine Foundation

Copperman Consulting

8Works Consulting

Flex pads World Class

Livingstone Technologies

Vedbaek Holdings

OEE Consulting

Shaw International

Work highlights

  • Advised the founder and management team of Livingstone Technologies on the disposal of a majority of shareholders in the company to the Carlyle Group.
  • Acted for Shaw International Holdings Limited (BVI) in the sale of their 50% shareholding in AutoProtect Group to existing joint venture partner Correlation Investments Limited, a South African private equity house incorporated in Bermuda.
  • Advised shareholders of Copperman Consulting on the sale of the entire issued share capital to a South African buyer, Decision Inc.
  • Advised accountacy firm MGR Weston Kay and its members on the sale of a majority stake to ETL Global.
  • Advised the members of Porta Planning LLP on the sale of the business and assets to Savills, and consequent integration of the members into the Savills team.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 6

Wallace LLP

Wallace LLP is a conflict-free firm that 'has considerable commercial and litigation experience'. It regularly litigates against banks and financial institutions in relation to complex, domestic, and multi-jurisdictional banking and financial services disputes. Alexander Weinberg has particular expertise in high-value disputes involving financial institutions and hedge funds, including those under the International Swaps and Derivatives Association Master Agreement. Craig Thompson and Oli Goldman are also highly rated.

Practice head(s):Alexander Weinberg

Other key lawyers:Craig Thompson; Oli Goldman

Testimonials

'A boutique firm that really punches above its weight. It has clever, commercially-minded lawyers with good judgement, who are also really fun to work with.'

'Alexander Weinberg is tremendously bright and has acute commercial judgement. He is a good choice for clients who want a personal service but with Magic Circle brainpower.'

'Oli Goldman is a determined litigator and a very effective negotiator during top-dollar cases.'

Key Clients

Muhammad Ammar Khan

Yana Alexandroff

Kenplaid, Kirkhollow and Keybank

Work highlights

  • Defended, together with US co-counsel, Dubai-based  independent equities and derivatives trader, Muhammad Ammar Khan, against US proceedings commenced by the Securities Exchange Commission for alleged insider trading.

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 6

Wallace LLP

Wallace LLP 'has a talented team of commercial litigators in place to resolve litigation, arbitrations and disputes of a commercial nature'. It frequently acts in complex, domestic and multi-jurisdictional corporate and commercial disputes. Simon Serota is litigation head, Alexander Weinberg has expertise in shareholder and joint venture disputes, and matters involving breaches of directors’ duties; Oli Goldman acts in a variety of commercial disputes and fraud-related matters; and Craig Thompson advises on disputes involving IT, telecoms, retail, sports, manufacturing and aviation. Elizabeth Asher and Josephine Mathew,are the senior associates to note.

Practice head(s):Simon Serota

Other key lawyers:Alexander Weinberg; Oli Goldman; Craig Thompson; Elizabeth Asher; Josephine Mathew

Testimonials

'The skillset is high and the legal teams within the firm pay specific attention to cases and client needs; it is very traditional in its problem-solving approach, ensuring compliance with established regulations and practices at every step'.

'Alexander Weinberg is exceptional - he has a clear focus and outlines throughout the approach that needs to be followed'.

'Oli Goldman is an awe-inspiring litigator'.

'Craig Thompson is a hugely experienced and shrewd operator, with a great feel for strategy'.

'Senior associate Elizabeth Asher is fantastic to work with'.

'Clients only have praise for senior associate Josephine Mathew'.

Key Clients

Konstantinos Daskalakis and Arvind Mundhra

William Paterson-Brown and Timothy Paterson-Brown

Annabel Bowie

Courtwood Holdings

Excell Business Systems

Work highlights

  • Acted for two defendants in successfully challenging the English court's jurisdiction in relation to $100m-plus claims that alleged breaches of fiduciary duty and contract.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 7

Wallace LLP

The 'effective and engaged' employment practice at London firm Wallace LLP works with a range of employer clients which include private equity firms and real estate and hospitality businesses, handling a range of strategic, commercial and contentious matters. Clients cite the team's particular expertise in 'whistleblowing and bonus disputes', while the group also assists senior executives in disputes. Practice head Daniel Isaac is described as a 'cool-headed tactician and master strategist.'

Practice head(s):Daniel Isaac

Testimonials

'Dan Isaac leads an effective and engaged team who have particular skill in whistleblowing and bonus disputes. Having led on massive cases for very highly remunerated claimants, Daniel really understands how to make the most of any claim for a client.'

'Daniel Isaac is extremely dynamic, very responsive, professional and efficient.'

'Daniel Isaac has deep technical knowledge and lives and breathes the law, and uses that knowledge to push the boundaries in an innovative way without ever seeking to innovate for the sake of it.'

'Daniel Isaac is very dynamic and committed. He has significant experience of senior executive work.'

'Daniel Isaac is a very cool-headed tactician and master strategist. His dry wit and intelligence make him a pleasure to deal with.'

'Senior associate Rebecca Butler is smart, pleasant, very easy to work with, highly professional and polished.'

Key Clients

Henry Schein UK Holdings Ltd

Harp International

Cinven Partners LLP

Tantalum Corporation

Panolin UK Ltd

Devialet

Seahorse Environmental Communications

Saffron Brand Consultants Ltd

Soho Estates

The Estate Office Shoreditch

Work highlights

  • Advised Henry Schein UK Holdings Ltd on several matters including the departure of several senior directors of group companies, working time and on-call time, pensions advice and TUPE transfers.
  • Represented Excell Group PLC in disputes including relating to an alleged breach of post-termination restrictions relating to a new hire.
  • Advised both the founders and the management team of OEE Consulting on the company's merger with gobeyond.
  • Acted for the founders and management team of Vedbaek Holdings on the inward investment by FPE Capital.
  • Instructed by the senior management team of Panolin UK Ltd to advise on UK employment issues, including the appointment of a new managing director, associated contract preparation and advice regarding existing restrictive covenants.

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

Wallace LLP

The 'effective and engaged' employment practice at London firm Wallace LLP works with a range of employer clients which include private equity firms and real estate and hospitality businesses, handling a range of strategic, commercial and contentious matters. Clients cite the team's particular expertise in 'whistleblowing and bonus disputes', while the group also assists senior executives in disputes. Practice head Daniel Isaac is described as a 'cool-headed tactician and master strategist.'

Practice head(s):Daniel Isaac

Testimonials

'Dan Isaac leads an effective and engaged team who have particular skill in whistleblowing and bonus disputes. Having led on massive cases for very highly remunerated claimants, Daniel really understands how to make the most of any claim for a client.'

'Daniel Isaac is extremely dynamic, very responsive, professional and efficient.'

'Daniel Isaac has deep technical knowledge and lives and breathes the law, and uses that knowledge to push the boundaries in an innovative way without ever seeking to innovate for the sake of it.'

'Daniel Isaac is very dynamic and committed. He has significant experience of senior executive work.'

'Daniel Isaac is a very cool-headed tactician and master strategist. His dry wit and intelligence make him a pleasure to deal with.'

'Senior associate Rebecca Butler is smart, pleasant, very easy to work with, highly professional and polished.'

Key Clients

Henry Schein UK Holdings Ltd

Harp International

Cinven Partners LLP

Tantalum Corporation

Panolin UK Ltd

Devialet

Seahorse Environmental Communications

Saffron Brand Consultants Ltd

Soho Estates

The Estate Office Shoreditch

Work highlights

  • Advised both the founders and the management team of OEE Consulting on its merger with gobeyond.
  • Advised the founders and management team of Vedbaek Holdings - which trades as the NAV People (TNP) - on inward investment by FPE Capital.

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London: Real estate

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

Wallace LLP

Wallace LLP‚Äôs team, which is ‚Äėvery responsive, efficient and helpful‚Äô, is home to experience in the office, retail, industrial, hospitality and leisure sectors and is frequently instructed by investment companies on portfolio management, acquisitions and disposals as well as development transactions, landlord and tenant, joint venture and financing work. Practice head Martin Otvos¬†counts several high-profile restaurateurs, hotel operators and retailers among his client list and is adept on commercial property transactions, developments, funding and letting.

Practice head(s):Martin Otvos

Other key lawyers:Mark Randolph

Testimonials

'The team is technically very sound and reliable.  They are able to react very quickly and can be relied upon.'

'They are extremely responsive, clear, approachable and always have the clients best interests in mind which is not always the case when dealing with other law firms. On top of this, their fee quotes are extremely competitive.'

'Jackie Boot is efficient, diligent and a great communicator.'

'The merits of the practice are wholly reliant on the merits of the team, all of whom are very helpful'.

'The team is always very responsive, efficient and helpful with the ability to guide someone new through the process with ease.'

'Bibi Fakhrai is very astute at cutting to the chase.'

Key Clients

Soho Estates

Freshwater

Martin’s Properties

Tottenham Hotspur

ENIC

Hays

Duke Corporate Education

Ingrooves

London Med Aesthetics

Bard

Henry Schein

BGB Weston

Work highlights

  • Acting for Infopro Digital Services Limited on the grant of new lease of office premises in the City of London.
  • Acting for Hays Specialist Recruitment Ltd on the grant of three reversionary leases.

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Commercial property: hotels and leisure
Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 3

Wallace LLP

Wallace LLP‚Äôs team, which is ‚Äėvery responsive, efficient and helpful‚Äô, is home to experience in the office, retail, industrial, hospitality and leisure sectors and is frequently instructed by investment companies on portfolio management, acquisitions and disposals as well as development transactions, landlord and tenant, joint venture and financing work. Practice head Martin Otvos¬†counts several high-profile restaurateurs, hotel operators and retailers among his client list and is adept on commercial property transactions, developments, funding and letting.

Practice head(s):Martin Otvos

Other key lawyers:Matthew Morgan; Bibi Fakhrai; Charlotte Wheeldon

Testimonials

'The team is technically very sound and reliable.  They are able to react very quickly and can be relied upon.'

'They are extremely responsive, clear, approachable and always have the clients best interests in mind which is not always the case when dealing with other law firms. On top of this, their fee quotes are extremely competitive.'

'Jackie Boot is efficient, diligent and a great communicator.'

'The merits of the practice are wholly reliant on the merits of the team, all of whom are very helpful'.

'The team is always very responsive, efficient and helpful with the ability to guide someone new through the process with ease.'

'Bibi Fakhrai is very astute at cutting to the chase.'

Key Clients

Warwick Hotels

Lester Hotels

Easyhotel

Mimi’s Hotel

Soho Estates

Freshwater

Martin’s Properties

Tottenham Hotspur

Pan Albion

ENIC

Laurel Canyon Ventures

Giraffe Restaurants

Sourced Market

Grand Union Company

Feng Sushi

The London Golf Club

Yoobi

Harry Ramsdens

Ed’s Dinner

Escape Hunt

Century Club

Cass Foundation

Pain Quotidien

Paradise Valley Farm

Work highlights

  • Represented a client in relation to the sale of a portfolio of eight restaurants and pubs.
  • Acting for Soho Estates on new leases for the new Soho House operation at Romilly Street.

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

Wallace LLP

Wallace LLP‚Äôs team, which is ‚Äėvery responsive, efficient and helpful‚Äô, is home to experience in the office, retail, industrial, hospitality and leisure sectors and is frequently instructed by investment companies on portfolio management, acquisitions and disposals as well as development transactions, landlord and tenant, joint venture and financing work. Practice head Martin Otvos¬†counts several high-profile restaurateurs, hotel operators and retailers among his client list and is adept on commercial property transactions, developments, funding and letting.

Practice head(s):Martin Otvos

Other key lawyers:Bibi Fakhrai

Testimonials

'The team is technically very sound and reliable.  They are able to react very quickly and can be relied upon.'

'They are extremely responsive, clear, approachable and always have the clients best interests in mind which is not always the case when dealing with other law firms. On top of this, their fee quotes are extremely competitive.'

'Jackie Boot is efficient, diligent and a great communicator.'

'The merits of the practice are wholly reliant on the merits of the team, all of whom are very helpful'.

'The team is always very responsive, efficient and helpful with the ability to guide someone new through the process with ease.'

'Bibi Fakhrai is very astute at cutting to the chase.'

Key Clients

Soho Estates

Freshwater

Martin’s Properties

Tottenham Hotspur

ENIC

Devialet

Natuzzi

Sourced Market

GLD Brands

Gentle Monster

Sofa.com

Work highlights

  • Represented II Combined UK Limited in relation to the grant of a new retail lease in Oxford Circus.
  • Represented Natuzzi Services Limited in relation to the grant of a new retail lease at Westfield London.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Wallace LLP

Wallace LLP's 'efficient, responsive and knowledgeable' team is particularly rated for its 'deep insight and experience in enfranchisement work' but the group is also routinely called upon to act in tenancy insolvencies and disputes arising from service charges, among other issues. Clients include property companies, individuals and groups of individuals. The 'excellent' Meera Patel, who is experienced in compulsory purchase work, and 'diligent, creative and professional' lease enfranchisement specialist Samantha Bone are the main contacts.

Practice head(s):Meera Patel; Samantha Bone

Other key lawyers:Simon Serota

Testimonials

'Simon Serota has an incredible depth of knowledge and imaginative ideas to deal with knotty problems.'

'Stand-out specialists in enfranchisement work.'

'Case work between the team members appears to move seamlessly when additional support is needed.'

'Exceptional level of expertise.'

'A solid team that has worked together well for many years and fit together in a complementary way.'

'Meera Patel is fantastic with negotiations and correspondence and has a razor sharp eye for landlord and tenant work.'

'Wallace understands its clients requirements and  solves problems with the use of sound practical advice.'

Key Clients

Freshwater Group of companies

Soho Estates

Martin’s Properties

Hays

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

Wallace LLP

The commercial, intellectual property and technology team at Wallace LLP assists clients with a range of corporate and commercial IT matters. The group regularly handles the development, exploitation, licensing and sale of technology, as well as purchase and installation issues. Practice head Frank Jennings focuses on cloud law, technology contracts and data security; while corporate partner John Woodhouse has particular experience acting for service providers.

Practice head(s):Frank Jennings

Other key lawyers:John Woodhouse

Key Clients

Excell Group

Efficio

Databarracks

DSMN8

Datscha

Competitive Capabilities International

Henry Schein

Medsontrack

Mimi’s Hotel

Peppermint

Highdorn

Work highlights

  • Advised Highdorn on its IT contracts and GDPR issues.

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