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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’s practice, which largely handles private M&A, is especially strong in IT, financial services, hotels and pharmaceuticals. Managing partner Rex Newman advised Martin’s Properties on a large corporate reorganisation with numerous M&A aspects, while John Woodhouse acted for Acutest on its sale to Capita. Woodhouse also advised the founders of Harlex Consulting on their sale of a majority stake in the group’s holding company to SNP Schneider-Neureither & Partner, and acted for the shareholders of Suiko on the sale of their stake in the company to Turner & Townsend. Charlotte Wheeldon assisted the administrators of The Hospital Group on their sale of its business and assets to companies controlled by European asset manager Aurelius. Other representative clients include Arrow Electronics, Henry Schein, ENIC Group and new client Warwick Hotels & Resorts.

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London: Dispute resolution

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

Wallace LLP

Wallace LLP has ‘careful and diligent lawyers, who have the confidence of their clients and counsel’. The practice is conflict free and able to litigate against banks and financial institutions. It has particular expertise in relation to issues involving breach of duty; contractual interpretation; breach of transactional documentation; contentious restructuring; and allegations of mis-selling, misconduct, misrepresentation, deceit and fraud. Alexander Weinbergbrings to the table an acute tactical and strategic sense’; Craig Thompson’s ‘ability to read the minds of the other side is uncanny’; and Oli Goldmanknows cases inside out’.

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 7

Wallace LLP

Wallace LLPmatches the service that is given by much larger firms’. The practice acted for a Panamanian company in its high-value High Court claims against twelve defendants, for breach of fiduciary duty and knowing receipt of funds and other contractual benefits. Simon Serota’s practice includes shareholder claims, professional negligence, and asset recovery and protection.Craig Thompsondigs deep into cases to unravel the knots and wrinkles’; Alexander Weinberg is ‘head and shoulders above some lawyers’; and Oli Goldman is ‘really good with clients’.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 6

Wallace LLP

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 3

Wallace LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 5

Wallace LLP

Wallace LLP is an ‘enormously experienced firm when it comes to leasehold enfranchisement’, and the team has a number of specialists in this area, including Martin Otvos and Mark Randolph. The hotel sector is another strength, and in one recent highlight, practice co-head Simon Edwards and Jackie Boot advised a joint venture comprising Bespoke Hotels and a number of private investors on the purchase of various boutique hotels including the Talbot Hotel in Ripley and the White House Hotel in Dorking. In the investment sub-sector, the practice acts for a range of private investors, property groups and public companies with significant portfolios, including Soho Estates and Hays. The practice is also present on the landlord side of retail sector deals. Randolph, Otvos and practice co-head Barry Shawall provide a comprehensive and professional service’.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Wallace LLP

Wallace LLP fields a ‘fantastic team of professional and resourceful individuals who run cases exceptionally well and are all a pleasure to work with’. The firm also has a specialist leasehold enfranchisement team, which is ‘one of the leading groups in the sector and is highly efficient and meticulous’. Samantha Bone, who is ‘incredibly well versed’, heads up the enfranchisement team, while Simon Serota, who is ‘a deep and clever thinker who can always find ways around complex issues’ leads the general property litigation team. Meera Patel is recognised for commercial landlord and tenant expertise; she ‘reacts quickly, thoroughly and will not let any dispute drift away from her’. ‘Strong associates’ Shamin Kashem and the ‘excellent’ Fleur Neale are also recommended.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

Wallace LLP

Wallace LLP’s team provides ‘an amazing’ service. Highlights included advising Competitive Capabilities International on licensing its software to EY, and handling the regulatory aspects of the Excel Group of Companies’ expansion, including advising on upstream supply contracts with mobile telephone providers and managed service agreements. Practice head Frank Jennings has a strong track record advising on cloud technology; John Woodhouse is an expert in acting for entrepreneurial growth companies; David Judah is a key name for M&A in the space; and Craig Thompson focuses on contentious matters in the technology and communications sectors.

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