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Watson Farley & Williams LLP

15 APPOLD STREET, LONDON, EC2A 2HB, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7814 8000
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530 LONDON CITY EC2
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London: Corporate and commercial

Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 6

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 7

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

The β€˜very responsive’ Jeremy Robinson joined Watson Farley & Williams LLP from Hill Dickinson LLP in September 2015; he has β€˜strong business acumen and industry knowledge’. The two-lawyer team specialises in aviation and transport, and advised Airport Strategy & Marketing on state aid matters. Budapest Airport, Peel Airports, Flybe and Swiss International Air Lines are other recent client wins.

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

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP has an impressive track record in the energy and natural resources space; practice head Jan Mellmann advised Sound Energy on a Β£12m placing and assisted Baobab Resources on its delisting from AIM. Martin Thomas handled a number of real estate deals including advising Allenby Capital as NOMAD on K&C REIT’s Β£3.5m placing. Dearbhla Quigley is also recommended. James Wilson joined from Reed Smith LLP.

Leading individuals

Jan Mellmann - Watson Farley & Williams LLP

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M&A: mid-market, Β£50m-Β£250m
M&A: mid-market, Β£50m-Β£250m - ranked: tier 3

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Jan Mellmann’s β€˜exemplary’ team at Watson Farley & Williams LLP is particularly strong in the transport, energy and natural resources sectors. Clients include 88 Energy, All Leisure Group and Baobab Resources. Andy Savage and Nigel Taylor joined from Norton Rose Fulbright and Clyde & Co LLP, respectively.

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

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP acts for European mid-market private equity clients in transactions involving sectors such as energy and infrastructure, natural resources and transport. Jan Mellmann leads the team, which acts for clients such as Aurelius Capital, Tufton Oceanic and Maas Capital Investments. In 2015, Andy Savage joined from Norton Rose Fulbright and Nigel Taylor was hired from Clyde & Co LLP.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 5

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP’s clients are β€˜spoilt for choice when it comes to bright, first-class lawyers’. The team acted for Rabobank International in disputes involving rights pursuant to warehouse metal receipts. β€˜Sophisticated, tenacious litigator’Andrew Hutcheon is recommended alongside Andrew Savage and James Penn.

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 5

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Key figures at Watson Farley & Williams LLP include Andrew Savage, who is β€˜an excellent lawyer’; Andrew Hutcheon, who β€˜leads by example’; and Robert Platt, who stands out for his β€˜serious intellect’. The team acted for an oil supplier in its breach of contract claim.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP is known for shipping, energy, offshore construction and commodities-related disputes. The β€˜excellent’ Andrew Savage and β€˜knowledgeable’ Andrew Hutcheon are recommended.

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London: Finance

Asset finance and leasing
Asset finance and leasing - ranked: tier 2

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

β€˜One of the leading shipping finance firms’, Watson Farley & Williams LLP has a team of 17 ship finance partners in London, which provides β€˜business-oriented and innovative advice’ to both lenders and owners. The global practice is headed by the β€˜clever and pragmatic’ Lindsey Keeble, who advised Citibank as co-ordinator for a syndicate of lenders on a $357m term loan facility for Subsea 7, to fund the construction of two new oilfield service vessels. The β€˜commercial and proactive’ Michael O’Donnell recently advised Nordea Bank on the upsizing of a loan facility to Exmar LPG BVBA (a joint venture between Exmar and Teekay Corporation) to include a $310m revolving credit facility and a $150m term loan facility. The β€˜excellent’ Rex Rosales leads the aviation team, which includes β€˜rising star’ Jahnavi Ramachandran.

Leading individuals

Nigel Thomas - Watson Farley & Williams LLP

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Commodities: physicals
Commodities: physicals - ranked: tier 2

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP is β€˜right at the top for commodity trading matters’. β€˜Sophisticated and tenacious litigator’ Andrew Hutcheon is β€˜incredibly knowledgeable about international trade and navigates multi-jurisdictional complexities with ease’. Head of Litigation and Arbitration Andrew Savage represented a cotton producer in a High Court appeal of an International Cotton Association arbitration award.

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Trade finance
Trade finance - ranked: tier 3

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Notwithstanding the retirement of Watson Farley & Williams LLP’s long-serving trade finance specialist Michael Kenny, Joe Levin maintains a busy practice advising international financial institutions, and acted for lenders including HSBC on a $500m reserve-based lending facility for Petroceltic International.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 7

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP’s β€˜strong and tailored’ practice is led by the β€˜perceptive’ Angharad Harris, who successfully defended longstanding clients Gearbulk (UK) and Gearbulk Services in the EAT in whistleblowing and breach of contract claims. Asha Kumar is β€˜extremely professional’. The β€˜friendly and approachable’ Liz Buchan is now a consultant.

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Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 4

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

β€˜Very fast and thorough’, Watson Farley & Williams LLP acts for both high-net-worth individuals and corporates, with a growing focus on assisting performers with Tier 5 (creative and sporting) visa applications. It is led by the β€˜responsive’ Angharad Harris.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Mining and minerals
Mining and minerals - ranked: tier 5

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP’s practice advises clients from a wide range of jurisdictions, including the Americas, Africa, Russia and the CIS. Group head Jan Mellmann has been assisting Mariana Resources with a number of mandates, including its acquisition of Aegean Metals. Martin Thomas and Dearbhla Quigley joined from Chadbourne & Parke (London) LLP.

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Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) - ranked: tier 3

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP’s β€˜very good’ team has been advising Lightsource, M&G Investments and AMP Capital as the senior funders on the Β£247m financing of a portfolio of 33 solar farms owned by Lightsource. Henry Stewart led on that matter and has β€˜good business acumen’. Practice head Evan Stergoulis assisted PNE Wind with the Β£100m sale of its UK wind farm project pipeline to Brookfield Asset Management. Andy Savage joined from Norton Rose Fulbright.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 6

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 2

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP’s expertise in the hotels and leisure sector was further enhanced by the hire of Ranjeev Kumar, who joined from Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP. In one major deal, the team advised Frasers Hospitality on the acquisition of Malmaison Hotel du Vin hotel group from KSL Capital Partners. Key figures include Gary Ritter and Felicity Jones, the latter of whom shows β€˜excellent understanding of hotel and restaurant contractual arrangements’.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 5

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

At Watson Farley & Williams LLP, senior associate Nick Walker arrived from Norton Rose Fulbright to take charge of the practice. The team has been particularly active in its specialist area of energy infrastructure for clients such as Dong Energy and Solar 21. Gareth Phillips joined Pinsent Masons LLP.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 6

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP recently recruited senior associate James Kilgour from DLA Piper. Practice head Ranjeev Kumar advised CACEIS on the Β£6m financing of the acquisition of residential real estate in Holland Park. Other clients include Frasers Hospitality UK Holdings and MSC Cruises.

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London: Transport

Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 4

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP welcomed Nigel Taylor from Clyde & Co LLP in November 2015. Ascendos Rail Leasing and Nacco are clients. Rex Rosales heads the team.

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 5

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP demonstrates β€˜a mastery of all areas of shipping disputes work’. Andrew Savage heads the team, which includes Andrew Hutcheon, who is β€˜quick to grasp the client’s commercial priorities’; Robert Platt, who is β€˜a seriously intelligent and punchy disputes lawyer’; and Charles Buss, who recently re-joined the London office. Andrew Ward was promoted to partner in 2015.

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