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Addleshaw Goddard

MILTON GATE, 60 CHISWELL STREET, LONDON, EC1Y 4AG, ENGLAND
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47 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard, whose national commercial team is led by¬†Jonathan Davey, is 'always a strong contender for complex, high-value contracts'.¬†Fiona Ghosh, who heads up the firm's fintech group, is experienced in assisting financial institutions with bringing payment services (such as ApplePay and Android Pay) to market, and is also knowledgeable about strategic alliances and joint ventures. Other areas of strength of the firm include procurement,¬†business process outsourcing (BPO) and¬†technology transfer. Davey, legal director¬†Rob Thompson, and managing associates¬†Michael Rainey¬†and¬†Philip Dupres, are acting for Danish government subsidiary Femern A/S in the procurement of a ‚ā¨5bn civil engineering project involving a 19km undersea road and rail tunnel between Denmark and Germany.¬†Simon Lofthouse¬†advised William Jackson Food Group on an agreement with NATS to ensure that a turbine was recognisable on air traffic radar systems.¬†Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta¬†led a team, which assisted Cyprus Cooperative Bank (CCB) with a joint venture with Altamira Asset Management over the servicing of CCB's non-performing loan book. The firm expanded its UK-wide presence following its merger with Scottish firm HBJ Gateley in 2017;¬†Ross McKenzie¬†in Aberdeen (a recent addition from Burness Paull LLP) and Edinburgh-based¬†Helena Brown¬†are key figures.

Leading individuals

Jonathan Davey - Addleshaw Goddard

Next generation lawyers

Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta - Addleshaw Goddard

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard

The team at Addleshaw Goddard is 'easy to deal with' and stands out for real estate, private equity and financial services related tax work for which the team has 'a good understanding of the relevant UK and overseas tax rules'. The London corporate tax department is led by Elaine Gwilt, whose highlights included advising Lloyds Banking Group on its £1.9bn acquisition of MBNA from Bank of America and BP International on its puchase of a 43% stake in the Lightsource Group; negotiating tax structuring, protections and insurance for the client. Gwilt and Paul Concannon are continuing to advise GVC Holfings on its proposed offer for Ladbrokes Coral, with a focus on the structuring and tax implications of the Contingent Value Rights for both parties. Peter Sayer assisted Associated British Foods with its £50m acquisition of High 5 and Reflex Nutrition.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard

Bruce Kilpatrick¬†heads the ‚Äėincredibly attentive‚Äô, ‚Äėcommercial‚Äô, and ‚Äėpractical‚Äô team at¬†Addleshaw Goddard, which is especially strong in the financial services, consumer and retail and regulated utility sectors and counts JD Sports, Ofwat and the Department for Transport among its clients. Kilpatrick and associate¬†Michael Speer¬†have been providing multi-jurisdictional merger control guidance to GVC in respect of its recommended offer for Ladbrokes Coral.¬†Rona Bar-Isaac¬†has been acting for Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in relation to the client‚Äôs proposed merger to combine with Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Managing associate¬†Al Mangan¬†has been advising SSE on the merger control and competition law issues associated with its investment in the Dogger Bank wind farm.

Next generation lawyers

Al Mangan - Addleshaw Goddard

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Financial services
Financial services (non-contentious/ regulatory) - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Financial services contentious - ranked: tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard is best-known for its 'superb knowledge' of the retail market where its 'very strong team' provides 'thoughtful and succinct advice' across the myriad issues facing clients in that space including as it relates to mortgages, consumer credit and payments. 'Extremely knowledgeable about the application of regulation to innovation', the team has 'excellent insight into the fintech space' and provides 'invaluable insight into cutting-edge industry approaches'. The 'very well-informed' Amanda Hulme acted for a major financial services firm on the review, simplification and subsequent redrafting of the full suite of deposit account product documentation, including all savings, ISAs and bond products. An 'unfailing source of thoughtful and well-balanced advice', Rosanna Bryant handles standalone consumer credit regulatory advice and is also regularly involved in financial services transactional work including advising Lloyds Banking Group on the regulatory aspects associated with its £1.9bn purchase of the MBNA credit card business from the Bank of America.  Other key non-contentious retail financial services regulatory experts include Ben Koehne , who is 'well-equipped to untangle the most complex regulatory issues' - particularly as they pertain to strategic and regulatory driven transactions within the building society and mutuals sectors, and Adam Bennett , who has 'unrivalled expertise on anything to do with building societies'. The arrival in June 2018 of Richard Small from Stephenson Harwood strengthens the team on the wholesale front; he joins the well-regarded David Ellis and Brian McDonnell. Despite the departure in June 2018 of former team head Chris Brennan to White & Case LLP, the practice still includes several notable contentious practitioners including Nichola Peters, who 'has had some outstanding successes in this field' and 'very able' corporate crimes investigation expert Michelle de Kluyver, who joined the firm in December 2017 from Allen & Overy LLP.

Next generation lawyers

Rosanna Bryant - Addleshaw Goddard

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Flotations: small and mid-cap
Flotations: small and mid-cap - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard captures a significant share of the market for work from AIM50 and AIM100 companies, and also acts for a number of NOMADs. The firm handled five AIM IPOs in 2017, which included Roger Hart in Manchester acting for Sumo Group Plc in its £145m AIM IPO. The firm expanded its presence into the Scottish market by merging with HBJ Gateley in 2017; Glasgow-based Anna Brown led the advice to The City Pub Company Plc on its institutional placing and AIM admission. In addition to IPOs, the firm also has strong capabilities in secondary offerings and reverse takeovers, among other matters.London partner Giles Distin has advised on circa 50 public takeover bids, a sizeable number of which have involved AIM-listed companies. Simon Wood, Richard Lee and Jeremy Cruse are other key figures. Jamie Partridge moved to Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

Leading individuals

Giles Distin - Addleshaw Goddard

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

Addleshaw Goddard

The team at¬†Addleshaw Goddard¬†is ‚Äėvery knowledgeable and pragmatic‚Äô, with ‚Äėa good overall level of service and a wide range of capabilities‚Äô.¬†Andrew Rosling¬†heads the M&A practice as well as the firm‚Äôs retail and consumer group. The firm remains active in the energy space;¬†Angus Rollo¬†handled BP‚Äôs acquisition of a minority stake in Lightsource Renewable Energy Investments for $200m and¬†Guy Winter¬†advised Harmony Energy Storage on a joint venture arrangement with investor Long Harbour.¬†Charles Penney¬†is recommended also recommended alongside the¬†‚Äėinsightful creative and hardworking‚Äô¬†Graham Cross,¬†and¬†Ben Koehne, who¬†¬†is ‚Äėkeen to work alongside clients to ensure that work is delivered most efficiently‚Äô.¬†Andrew Carpenter¬†departed in September 2017 to join¬†DWF, while¬†Tim Field¬†left in November 2017 to join¬†Mishcon de Reya LLP¬†¬†.

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Partnership
Partnership - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

The level of service at Addleshaw Goddard is 'of the highest standard' and the team 'clearly has considerable expertise in partnerships'. It advises top-end professional service sector clients (including major City law firms) on all aspects of partnership,  LLPs, governance and constitutional matters. The group has particular expertise in drafting partnership and LLP agreements, international structures, which all sits beside a broad contentious practice. Noted for his substantial expertise in the area and 'ability to explain complex issues', practice head Aster Crawshaw advised Guernsey-based The Specialist Medical Group on the removal of its goodwill payment structure and its conversion into a Guernsey LLP. Transactional and structuring expert Jon Cheney assisted architectural practice Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP with a review of its global legal structure to achieve greater international integration and alignment; and having advised on the transfer of its UK operations from a New York Incorporated Company to a New York LLP, he is currently reviewing the operating structure in the Middle East. William Wastie was instructed by DAC Beachcroft LLP to carry out a comprehensive review of its governance and profit-sharing structure; a matter that resulted in a complete rewrite of the firm's LLP agreement. 'Very able' managing associate Chris Hallinan focuses on law firm regulation and alternative business structures. Former legal director Zulon Begum joined CM Murray LLP at partner level in June 2018.

Leading individuals

Aster Crawshaw - Addleshaw Goddard

William Wastie - Addleshaw Goddard

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Private equity: transactions
Private equity: transactions ‚Äď mid-market deals - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

In 2017, Addleshaw Goddard underscored its market-leading reputation for mid-cap private equity transactions by handling a significant number of high-end mandates for some of the most active midmarket private equity houses. A three-partner team including Mike Hinchliffe, Marc Field and William James acted for ECI in its investment in a minority stake in analytics and technology company Media iQ. The firm also undertook a significant amount of work for LDC, such as its buyouts of Chargepoint and Fishawack; the key advisers on these deals were Paul Medlicott, and managing associates George Danczak, Katie Parker and Rabia Burton. The firm also excels in larger transactions (above £500m); Andrew Green and associate Ben Heywood advised Inflexion on its £800m investment in Radius Payments Solutions. It also has a strong profile acting for management teams in similar large deals. Following its merger with Scottish firm HBJ Gateley in 2017, the firm now counts on the experience of David Kirchin Murray Jack, Andrew Ley and Andrew Walker. Yunus Seedat heads up the national team, which was strengthened by the arrival of Peter Wood from Pinsent Masons LLP, and also includes Nathan Pearce and Graham Cross. Andrew Carpenter joined DWF.

Next generation lawyers

Nathan Pearce - Addleshaw Goddard

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

‚ÄėA major force in fraud litigation‚Äô,¬†Addleshaw Goddard¬†¬†has ‚Äėa strong and established presence in the market‚Äô. It is adept at handling cases of fraud, breaches of trust and international freezing injunctions. The firm recently acted for Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig, the Leipzig Water Authority in defence of a ‚ā¨350m claim brought by UBS, successfully defeating one of the longest appeals in appeal court history. This resulted in the creation of a new law on bribery. Head of department Michael Barnett¬†is ‚Äėa very shrewd judge of the case‚Äô, he is supported by Louisa Caswell¬†, who is ‚Äėa rising star who can be relied upon to deliver what a client requires‚Äô. Mark Chesher¬†is ‚Äėa lawyer's lawyer and great to work with‚Äô, Jon Tweedale¬†is also recommended.¬†Kambiz Larizadeh¬†left the firm for¬†Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard¬†has a full-service banking litigation practice, which includes highly developed financial regulatory and financial crime expertise; and the team is regularly engaged in matters involving international or cross-border elements. The team successfully defended (up to Supreme Court level) Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig, the water authority for Germany‚Äôs City of Leipzig, against an approximately ‚ā¨350m claim brought by UBS that involved the sale of derivatives and bribery and fraud issues. Department head Michael Barnett, who is 'hugely experienced in banking litigation and invariably gets the right approach in tricky disputes',¬†is recommended for investment banking, derivatives and structured finance cases; and¬†Mark Gill¬†handles major banking and financial disputes, including cases featuring financial products such as derivatives and swaps. Gill is 'a master litigator with exceptional powers of analysing and simplifying complex problems, allied with great tactical skills'. Other key contacts are¬†Chris Brennan¬†, who¬†specialises in financial services regulatory matters, enforcement and disputes; the¬†'highly skilled strategist'¬†Richard Clayton,'a brilliant problem solver with finely-honed litigation skills¬†who achieves very successful outcomes'¬†and whose ¬†recent experience includes cases involving derivatives, other structured credits, trade finance, securitisation, bonds, mandate and prospectus issues; and James Herring, whose¬†expertise includes mis-selling claims, claims relating to lending and security issues, derivatives and structured products. Further names to note are corporate crime and investigations practice head¬†Nichola Peters¬†and Michelle de Kluyver, the latter joining from Allen & Overy LLP, bringing extensive expertise in cross-border investigations.

Leading individuals

Mark Gill - Addleshaw Goddard

Michael Barnett - Addleshaw Goddard

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

'A good choice for major commercial disputes', Addleshaw Goddard has go-to lawyers for corporate and M&A disputes, commercial contract and termination disputes, complex IT, telecoms and technology litigation, and civil fraud as well as finance disputes, competition litigation and product liability. The team successfully represented BP Oil International in its defence of a $70m claim brought by National Bank of Abu Dhabi, which arose out of a complex invoice discounting agreement; this was the first-ever case to be tried under the Rolls Building's pilot Shorter Trials Scheme. Michael Barnett is litigation head and particularly known for disputes in the financial markets, commercial litigation and civil fraud areas; Mark Molyneux is national head of commercial litigation; London commercial litigation lead Louisa Caswell is 'a strongly rising star among the partners'; and Jon Tweedale is 'a stellar lawyer who inspires loyalty amongst clients'. Other highly rated advisers include insurance disputes practice leader Richard Wise, together with legal director Mark Chesher, while the key managing associates are Natasha Winter , who is 'experienced, personable and efficient, gets significant results and has good connections with chambers', and Richard Levett, who is 'a thoughtful, intellectual lawyer with great litigation instincts'. The firm expanded its London corporate crime and investigations offering through the hire of specialist Michelle de Kluyver from Allen & Overy LLP.

Leading individuals

Louisa Caswell - Addleshaw Goddard

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard recently hired construction, engineering and environment disputes practitioner Gerlando Butera from Nabarro LLP's Singapore office. The practice acts in energy, construction and life sciences-related arbitrations and has extensive experience in enforcing arbitration awards. The team acted for a Thai investor in an investment arbitration brought under the 1987 ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement, which concerned disputed property rights. Simon Kamstra  is international arbitration head; Jon Tweedale has a focus on energy and life sciences; Sarah Vasani is London head of investor state disputes; Mark Molyneux leads the firm's Africa group; and Jonathan Tattersall heads up the Japan desk, representing major construction contractors in the Asia Pacific region.

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 5

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard is on all the UK clearing bank panels and increasingly active on the borrower side for clients including Inlexion Private Equity and ECI Partners. Laurie Keel and Alex Dumphy are regularly at the forefront of the most significant deals handled by the team with the former recently advising Innovative Bites on the £105.7m term loan and £15m super senior revolving credit facility to fund its acquisition of Hancocks, one of the UK’s leading confectionery specialists. Keel also recently acted for Barings Global Advisers and RBS on the £28m term debt and £1.5m super senior revolving credit facility used to facilitate the sponsor backed acquisition of Thames Valley-based manufacturer Stuart Turner Limited. The firm also benefits from the expertise of a 'strong asset based lending team' including Mike Davison out of London and several other practitioners spread out among the regional offices and has represented clients implementing invoice financing as an alternative to revolving credit facilities in acquisition finance structures. Angus Gill is also recommended.

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Asset based lending
Asset based lending - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Benefiting from 'in-depth sector experience', and a significant 'market presence' which includes practitioners spread out across London, Manchester, Leeds, and most recently Scotland following the merger with HBJ Gateley, Addleshaw Goddard provides an 'excellent level of service' to the ABL arms of mainstream banks including HSBC and Clydesdale Bank, as well as independent entities including Leumi ABL and PNC Business Credit. Manchester-based Simon Prendergast has broad expertise in the space including across syndicated ABL and receivables finance facilities, off balance sheet receivables purchase facilities and supply chain finance; he recently represented RBS Invoice Finance on a £50m ABL facility (comprising receivables, inventory, property and plant and machinery facilities) to Halewood International, a UK-based manufacturer and distributor of alcoholic drinks and beverages, for the purpose of refinancing its existing facilities, providing working capital and funding future acquisitions. Prendergast has also been active in the development of receivables and ABL products connected to the UK unitranche market and was recently involved in a landmark transaction when he advised RBS Invoice Finance on a super senior receivables finance facility to Oscar Mayer - in what was notably the first occasion on which a UK ABL market deal had been funded simultaneously by a super senior ABL facility in combination with a unitranche facility. Lauded for his 'willingness to go the extra mile to get the deal done', team head Mike Davison 'has first-class knowledge of the ABL sector and documentation' and is thereby well placed to handle both mid-market domestic deals, as well as bigger ticket mandates where the ABL product is part of a wider financing package. 'Very impressive' Edinburgh-based banking partner Euan Cluness regularly handles ABL transactions in the whisky industry, in particular, including his recent work for PNC Business Credit and Bank of Scotland in their provision of an £80m ABL facility to Ian Macleod Distillers. The team was also strengthened on the transactional front by the arrival in October 2017 of managing associate Lauren Priest-Stephens from Squire Patton Boggs, while for ABL-related litigation work Harold Brako and Ben Lowans are recommended.

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Asset finance and leasing
Asset finance and leasing - ranked: tier 5

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard is now active across all the transportation asset classes following the merger with Scottish firm HBJ Gateley (on the shipping front) and the recruitment in October 2017 of 'top-notch' rail finance practitioner Clive Smith from Osborne Clarke. In addition, the firm's longstanding aviation finance offering has been deepened and broadened following the arrival in August 2017 of Manchester-based managing associate Andrew Carswell from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP. Carswell brings a more lessor and lender side focus to the team that, under the guidance of Rebecca Garner and Rory MacCarthy, was traditionally more aligned to serving the interests of airlines including FlyDubai and Latam Airlines. On the rail front, Smith recently acted for Arriva Trains Wales in relation to the leasing of a fleet of Class 769 units from Porterbrook, while in the maritime sector, Ed Watt recently advised Delta Marine on the acquisition of a newbuild wind farm support vessel, including interim leasing arrangements and Netherlands export credit financing structures.

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Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans - ranked: tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard

Leveraging deeply entrenched ties with UK clearing banks and also regularly servicing corporate clients of the firm on their financing requirements, Addleshaw Goddard has a strong reputation for handling mid-market financing matters where it is able to provide value by dint of its expertise, not only on conventional debt products but also more niche areas including asset based lending techniques. Laurie Keel has developed particular expertise advising corporates on M&A financings including his recent work for Innovative Bites on the £107.5m term loan and £15m super senior revolving credit facility to fund its acquisition of Hancocks from H2 Equity Partners. Amanda Gray handles work for a balanced array of lenders and borrowers including her recent advice to Scapa Group plc on the £70m multicurrency revolving credit facility (with £30m accordion option) provided to it by a banking club including Lloyds, Santander and HSBC. Mike Davison is noted for his asset based lending expertise.

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

Addleshaw Goddard

Although Addleshaw Goddard still receives a significant flow of mid-market creditor side work by virtue of the firm's strong clearing bank relationships, it has had considerable success in diversifying its client base to reflect the changing nature of the restructuring market, most notably in relation to an increased number of mandates emanating from funds.  The team has also been increasingly active representing directors in particular sectors experiencing difficulty including casual dining. The 'experienced and driven' Fraser Ritson is well regarded among lenders and IPs and is a key member of the team that also includes Alison Goldthorp, who has developed a particular niche advising on law firm insolvencies in addition to her broader workload.

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Debt capital markets
Debt capital markets - ranked: tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard has moved into the debt capital markets arena with the hire of experienced partner Beth Collett from Allen & Overy LLP. Collett advises on public listed and privately placed issuances for issuers, managers and trustees. Her focus on bond issuances in the social housing market fits well with the firm's strength in that sector, and with its private placement practice, though she also handles debt issuances by corporates in other market sectors. Her work since joining the firm included advising Barclays Bank, HSBC Bank, RBC Europe and Prudential Trustee Company as joint bookrunners and trustees on the issuance of £500m in secured bonds for London & Quadrant Housing Trust, which is the largest own name bond issue to date in the social housing sector. Collett also acted on behalf of bookrunners Banco Santander, Barclays Bank, HSBC Bank and Lloyds Bank, and trustee Prudential Trustee on Company Notting Hill Housing Trust's £400m secured bond issuance.

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Islamic finance
Islamic finance - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

The London practice at Addleshaw Goddard specialise in real estate finance, particularly primary practitioner Paul Salsbury. New recruit Habib Ullah brings a wealth of experience of the GCC, as well as syndicated murabahah facilities and Shari'ah-compliant derivative and treasury product transactions. Doha-based partner Ahmad Anani is also a key contact.

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Trade finance
Trade finance - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard attracts praise for its 'industry knowledge and the number of experienced associates and senior associates it has at its disposal'. The firm is best known for mid-market asset-based lending matters, though it also handles invoice and supplier financing, commodity finance, PXF transactions, supply chain finance and structured trade deals. Banking partner and practice head Mike Davison  recently acted for a syndicate of banks on a shari'ah- compliant murabaha and trade facility agreement, and advised a major international bank on a transaction involving receivables financing, inventory finance and revolving credit facilities. The firm has 'a number of excellent associates in its team', including rising star James Tarleton, who plays a key role in asset-based lending, trade finance and specialty finance transactions, most notably borrowing base transactions and hybrid lending structures. Dispute resolution partner Michael Barnett has extensive experience in cross-border litigation arising from trade finance transactions. Banking litigator Mark Gill is also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

James Tarleton - Addleshaw Goddard

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard

Noted for its 'good technical knowledge and excellent industry experience', Addleshaw Goddard's expertise encompasses advisory work, corporate support, corporate governance and disclosure obligations, remuneration policies and international  share plan issues. Group head Jonathan Fletcher Rogers is 'an obvious choice for pragmatic solutions to complex problems'; his recent work includes advising Rathbone Brothers on multiple acquisitions and also its directors' remuneration report, acting for GVC Holdings on the incentive components of its £4bn acquisition of Ladbrokes Coral, and assisting Ted Baker with amendments to its directors' remuneration policy including clawback provisions and directors' shareholding guidelines. Victrex, Nationwide Building Society and William Hill are also clients.

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Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers and senior executives - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard fields 'an extremely strong employment group comprising pragmatic, responsive and commercial lawyers' who are 'exceptionally knowledgeable, experienced and focused'. The group 'excels in the financial services space' and is highly regarded for its experience in the Employment Tribunal and High Court. In a recent highlight, 'outstanding' team head Michael Leftley assisted the Newcastle NHS Foundation Trust with the suspension and subsequent dismissal of the Trust's Chief Executive; other mandates include Richard Yeomans advising GVC on senior executive issues and corporate support work, acting for a major retail bank in unfair dismissal and race discrimination claims, and advising William Hill on senior executive issues. Other clients include Morgan Stanley, Royal Mail Group, Tate & Lyle, Global Radio and Blackberry. Managing associate Annabel MacKay, who focuses on discrimination and whistleblowing claims, the 'impressive' Alasdair Simpson and newly promoted immigration partner Sarah Harrop, who is 'commercially excellent', are key names to note.

Next generation lawyers

Annabel Mackay - Addleshaw Goddard

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Pensions
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard

Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard fields  'a strong team with a high degree of technical knowledge'. Its pensions expertise encompasses auto-enrolment issues, public sector pension work and pension products with particular expertise in self-invested personal pension (SIPP) and small self-administered scheme (SSAS) products. The national practice is led by Rachel Rawnsley, who 'instils confidence in clients', and includes pension products team head Jade Murray, who is 'always great and an excellent strategist'; Catherine McAllister, who leads the public sector pensions team; Rachel Uttley and Susan Garrett, who is the key name for contentious matters.

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London: Insurance

Insurance litigation: for policyholders
Insurance litigation: for policyholders - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Regularly advising major clients such as TSB and Capita, Addleshaw Goddard has significant experience in the sector. W&I insurance, product liability issues and Bermuda Form matters are particular areas of expertise. Practice head Richard Wise has acted in Bermuda Form arbitrations and mediations worth more than $2bn combined, and partner Richard Clayton is a specialist in the financial services industry. The team also utilises a base of specialist insurance litigators, including associates Laura Payne and Josianne El Antoury; the latter joined in May 2017 from HFW's insurance practice in Dubai.

Next generation lawyers

Richard Wise - Addleshaw Goddard

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Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 5

Addleshaw Goddard

With a client list that includes Barclays, Lloyds, TSB, Nationwide and Skipton Building Society, Addleshaw Goddard is particularly well known for advising banks and building societies on commercial and regulatory issues relating to the distribution of insurance products. Brian McDonnell leads the insurance practice, which brings together corporate, commercial, regulatory and contentious specialists, including Richard Wise. The hire of corporate specialist Peter Wood, who joined in September from Pinsent Masons LLP, bolstered the team.

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Product liability: defendant
Product liability: defendant - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard¬†has added a host of new clients, including many household names across the automotive, consumer goods, fashion and retail sectors. The practice continues to defend GlaxoSmithKline in a landmark product liability group action relating to its antidepressant Seroxat, including recently obtaining a significant security for costs judgment for GlaxoSmithKline against the claimants' third party litigation funders.¬† Louisa Caswell¬†¬†‚Äėis a very experienced practitioner in pharmaceuticals and the product liability area generally. She has built a strong team around her.‚Äô Other key figures include legal directors Mark Cheshire¬†and Erin Shoesmith, and managing associate C√©cile Burgess.

Leading individuals

Louisa Caswell - Addleshaw Goddard

Next generation lawyers

Cécile Burgess - Addleshaw Goddard

Mark Chesher - Addleshaw Goddard

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)
Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard recently expanded the breadth of its infrastructure practice through the addition of energy infrastructure specialist Paul Minto in Edinburgh. The group's recent work for the Department of Transport under the leadership of Leeds-based Paul Hirst regarding its new franchise combining the current InterCity West Coast with the incoming HS2 service is a good example of its strong presence in the rail transport sector. In the social infrastructure space, Matthew Newing led the advice to a consortium as development partner for a pathfinder project for the Department of Health which will lead to the development of two new hospitals in Kingston and Tooting. David Hartley acts for SPV and asset management service Imagile in all aspects of its PFI and PPP project portfolio, including negotiation settlement arrangements and overseeing major variations to ongoing projects. The 'pragmatic and creative' Michael O’Connor leads the team and is also a name to note alongside Jacqui Langley-White and Andrew Pettinger .

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard

The multi-disciplinary oil and gas offering at Addleshaw Goddard advises a wide array of domestic and international clients on downstream, midstream and upstream matters from its London, Leeds and Manchester offices. Angus Rollo and Guy Winter are the names to note in the London office; they have substantial experience handling corporate transactions in the sector such as BP's sale of its Belfast fuel terminal to Puma Energy. Gary Sector is rated for shale gas, coal bed methane or underground coal gasification projects. Corporate expert Anna Nerush is also recommended.

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

Addleshaw Goddard

At Addleshaw Goddard , the 'partner-led, very responsive and professional' power offering lets its 'in-depth knowledge of the sector drive its counsel'. Independent developer Harmony Energy Storage appointed a team led by the 'technically excellent' practice co-head Guy Winter to oversee its joint venture arrangement with investor Long Harbour for the procurement and operation of three separate electric energy storage facilities in England. Rob Thompson 'sets high standards technically' while Leeds-based practice co-head Richard Goodfellow 's 'experience provides valuable perspective'; the pair recently acted for an industrial client in the development of a new merchant energy-from-waste plant Australia. Also notable in Leeds is Paul Dight who has been assisting a major utility distributor with the regulatory issues arising from a procurement contract for IT services, while Angus Rollo handled BP's acquisition of a minor equity stake in Lightsource from the London office. On the contentious front, John Emerton specialises in litigation and represents clients such as SSE, Engie and Yorkshire Water.

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Water
Water - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Known for its 'great response times, highly-tailored and relevant sector advice, and very impressive industry knowledge', the water team at Addleshaw Goddard represents clients such as United Utilities, Danaher and several leading UK water companies. Edinburgh's Andrew Walker recently handled Castle Water's acquisition of the entire issued share capital of non-domestic water retailer Cobalt Water, and 'very impressive advisor' Rona Bar-Isaac assisted a key market player with regulatory mandates in the context of retail and antitrust issues. David Shaw is a utilities expert and recently oversaw proposed variations to abstraction licenses on behalf of a UK water company. Richard Goodfellow heads the firm's energy and utilities group and is also a key name to note.

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London: Public sector

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

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard has a strong dispute resolution team that handles litigation, judicial reviews and regulatory challenges for commercial clients, especially in the energy sector as well as government and other public bodies. A client affirms: 'They have a good judicial review regulatory team and are frequently instructed in the energy sector.' Simon Kamstra  'is excellent with clients and an inspirational leader of a team' and Bill Gilliam 'is truly excellent - one of the best strategic thinkers.' The team is further enhanced by Clare Dwyer 'who is a measured and confident practitioner who is imaginative about finding solutions for her clients including ADR.' Managing associate Paul Rowley  and Susan Garrett are also well rated practitioners. Highlight work includes acting for Scottish and Southern Energy which joined a judicial review challenge against Ofgem on the highly contested matter of the statutory basis for charging for connections to the national grid by electricity distributors.

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Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's healthcare practice spans the public sector infrastructure, social care, private healthcare and life sciences sectors and counts NHS England, BUPA and TC Biopharm among its clients. Practice head Michael O‚ÄôConnor¬†is a ‚Äėpragmatic and creative thinker‚Äô¬†who specialises in healthcare transactions. Recent instructions include advising The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust on estates and facilities management and the delivery of specialist cancer care hospital in Liverpool valued at ¬£160m. Matthew Newing¬† has an ‚Äėimpressive breadth of knowledge‚Äô in healthcare development and investment transactions; he is continuing to advise Kajima Partnerships and Sir Robert McAlpine Capital Ventures on a ¬£600m development with South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust to build two new hospitals, residential and commercial facilities. Glasgow- based Murray Jack¬†advises life sciences investors.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard 'has an excellent reputation, particularly for local government and energy-related work' according to a source. The specialists in the team are located in Manchester, Leeds and London and they are supported by the larger group on areas such as projects, healthcare, real estate and litigation. It advises on financial matters such as borrowing and investments, major outsourcing, PPPs and PFIs and contentious procurement cases. It assisted Stoke City Council on a proposed variation and refinancing of its pathfinder street lighting PFI Scheme and also advised Transport for Greater Manchester in establishing a highways shared services arrangement with three Greater Manchester local authorities. Michael O’Connor  and Andrew Pettinger  lead the team and Richard Goodfellow is another key member.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard¬†‚Äėpulls all the stops to meet client needs and exceed expectations‚Äô. Headed by Leona Ahmed, the real estate team ‚Äėexcels in its ability to incorporate practical commercial input into its legal advice‚Äô and ‚Äėprovides invaluable cross-practice interaction‚Äô. In one stand-out mandate, Ahmed, Lee Sheldon¬†and Hemal Kotecha¬†assisted HB Revis with its acquisition of the One Waterloo redevelopment site on London‚Äôs South Bank, and continue to advise the developer on the regeneration of the roughly 1m ft site with a projected GDV of ¬£1.4bn. Further, Andrew Martin¬†assisted Muse Developments, in partnership with Lambeth Council, with the regeneration of Lambeth Town Hall, comprising civic office buildings, three residential towers and retail and leisure space. On the pure investment side, the department remains active in the office space market in Canary Wharf, the West End and the City, though many of the team‚Äôs domestic investors have been increasingly interested in logistics and student accommodation assets in the UK regions and throughout Europe. Also in the alternatives market, Adrian Collins¬†is advising University Partnership Programme on the development and operation of 12 new student housing blocks at the University of Hull. The team also has experience in investment transactions in the hotel and leisure sector. Iain Hindhaugh¬†has handled a variety of letting work for a major US client, which has been one of the most innovative players in the London real estate market in 2017-2018. Similarly, William Boss¬†assisted Battersea Power Station Development Company with a 500,000 ft office space pre-let to Apple, which will house its new European HQ. Managing associate Simon Morris¬†joined from Macfarlanes LLP.

Leading individuals

Leona Ahmed - Addleshaw Goddard

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Construction
Construction (contentious) - ranked: tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard

Contruction (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard¬†is ‚Äėexcellent for strategy, negotiation and quick responses.‚Äô Andy McVeigh¬†and the ‚Äėexcellent and smart‚Äô Jonathan Tattersall¬†jointly lead the construction team. McVeigh heads the London construction team, specialising in residential development and student accommodation, where he continues to advise UPP on all of its student accommodation schemes; recent instructions include closing a ¬£160m transaction with the University of Hull for the development and operation of 12 new student accommodation blocks. Julia Court¬†joined the team from King & Wood Mallesons, and has been advising on infrastructure, early works contracts and construction issues relating to the Battersea Power Station ¬£8bn redevelopment. Nancy McGuire¬†is advising on the refurbishment of the Palace of Westminster, a UNESCO world heritage site and Grade 1 listed building. In the transactional space, Luke Baines¬†has international experience includes working in Western Australia on major energy and resources projects, such as providing the construction documentation for a AUS$7bn iron ore mine and a US$34bn LNG project. Associate Keith Browne¬†works for a number of the firm‚Äôs key clients, such as Britvic, ABF, Nationwide and Travelodge, providing advice on both civil and engineering projects, as well as PPP schemes. The transactional team also acts on some of the largest PFI disputes in the UK, being particularly strong in healthcare PFI, acting on the Peterborough (JLIF and Infrared), Norfolk & Norwich, Birmingham, Central Manchester, Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Liverpool hospital disputes.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard¬†fields a planning team with ‚Äėconsiderable talent and experience'.¬†Head of team Marnix Elsenaar¬†is ‚Äėa very astute tactician, with a knack for getting to the heart of complex cases quickly‚Äô; he focuses on major housing and mixed-use developments in London. The¬†‚Äėthoughtful, well-prepared and efficient‚Äô¬†Gary Sector¬†is recommended for inquiry work; he recently advised¬†Waterside Regeneration Partnership Limited (a JV between Muse Development and the Canals and Rivers Trust) on a highly contentious matter regarding a viability review mechanism in the s106 agreement for a major strategic housing scheme in north London, one of the first two residential planning applications to be called in by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. Sector and Elsenaar acted for London Luton Airport Limited on the high-profile planning application for the proposed Mass Passenger Transit Scheme, a monorail system to link Luton Airport Parkway Station and the terminal building.¬†Ross Corser¬†joined in September 2017 from DAC Beachcroft LLP.¬†Melissa Johnson¬†is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Marnix Elsenaar - Addleshaw Goddard

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

The team at Addleshaw Goddard is known for its expertise in hotel financing, private rental sector (PRS) schemes and student accommodation, and has also been doing an increasing amount of work for investors from Asia and the GCC; practice head Paul Salsbury acted for GR Properties on the £134.5m acquisition of Juxon House, the client’s second purchase in the UK market. While the practice is known for its lender-side strength, it has also expanded its client base on the borrower side, taking on Puma Investments and HB Reavis, among others; James Salford acted for the former on the development financing of the Hampton by Hilton Hotel at Edinburgh airport. Habib Ullah joined in May 2017 from Taylor Wessing (Middle East) LLP  to strengthen the firm’s Islamic financing practice; Zak Ikponmwosa  joined as a partner from Clifford Chance in April 2018; and Dave Wilson retired from the practice. Sarah Egbu, Steve Mackie and 'incredibly good deals captain' Zoe Maurer are also noted.

Next generation lawyers

Zak Ikponmwosa - Addleshaw Goddard

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard¬†has ‚Äėreal strength in depth among¬†partners and associates‚Äô, providing ‚Äėtimely responses‚Äô and an ‚Äėimpressive quality of work‚Äô. The ‚Äėgreat tactician‚Äô Andrew Blower¬†heads the team and ensures cases are ‚Äėset up perfectly, on the front foot and in a commanding position‚Äô. He recently acted on a trust matter in the Court of Appeal pertaining to important points of contractual interpretation. Additional highlights included advising Tellon Capital on the proposed redevelopment of the former Bargate shopping centre and acting on lease and insolvency issues for a client occupying a facility with high-tech telecommunications equipment. Legal director Gregory Simms¬†is a ‚Äėreal rising star‚Äô who is ‚Äėable to grasp complex issues very quickly with innovative thinking‚Äô. Development work is a key strength for the firm, particularly site clearance and rights of light. Marks & Spencer, British Land and GVC Holdings are new clients.

Next generation lawyers

Gregory Simms - Addleshaw Goddard

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Social housing: finance
Social housing: finance - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard¬†is ‚Äėan acknowledged leader‚Äô for social housing finance deals, and ‚Äėhas a depth of experience that is simply invaluable‚Äô. The team, which has taken on a number of new associates, is best known for advising lenders in the debt capital markets space, and has also acted in refinancing transactions associated with all of the housing sector‚Äôs major mergers. Indeed, Lee Shankland¬†acted for all lenders to Genesis Housing Association, Notting Hill Housing Trust and Notting Hill Home Ownership in relation to the mergers of these groups, and the associated refinancing of all legacy debt. Similarly, Nick Barlow¬†advised a consortium of lenders including Abbey National Treasury Services and AIB Group on the refinance of all existing loan facilities to AmicusHorizon and Viridian Housing as part of the merger between these housing association to create the new group, Optivo; the team then advised AIB Group on its new ISDA documentation with Optivo. Capital markets highlights have included Beth Collett¬†advising the joint bookrunners and bond and security trustee on a secured bond issuance by London & Quadrant (L&Q) totalling ¬£500m, and Steve Mackie¬†assisting BlackRock Investment Management with a ¬£100m private placement transaction with Wheatley Housing Group, which marked the client‚Äôs second-ever transaction in the social housing sector. Managing associate Geoffrey McGinley¬†is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Beth Collett - Addleshaw Goddard

Lee Shankland - Addleshaw Goddard

Steve Mackie - Addleshaw Goddard

Next generation lawyers

Geoffrey McGinley - Addleshaw Goddard

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London: Risk advisory

Corporate governance
Corporate governance - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's 'first-class team' is praised for its 'good balance of technical and practical guidance' on a wide variety of governance and regulatory compliance matters, where it acts for directors, general counsel and company secretaries. It has a wealth of expertise in many areas, including directors' duties, company constitutions, annual reporting requirements and AGMs (conduct, procedure and practice). Group head Will Chalk is 'strongly connected within the governance community, which enables him to advise on the purely substantive issues, where he demonstrates impeccable judgment'. Adam Bennett and Ben Koehne are singled-out for their particular experience of advising building societies and mutuals. Recently promoted partners Erin Shoesmith  and Michelle Headridge work closely to advise clients on their compliance with environment, health and safety (EHS) law. Also recommended are Amanda Hulme and compliance director Sarah Herbert, who are knowledgeable about the interplay between corporate governance and financial regulation. Jonathan Fletcher Rogers and Nicky Griffin advise Main Market and AIM-listed companies on the governance aspects of executive remuneration. Chris Brennan  joined White & Case LLP.

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

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard¬†advises corporate clients on bribery, corruption, money laundering, fraud, market abuse, economic sanctions, export controls, customs, health and safety, cartels and other criminal and regulatory investigations. The firm is continuing to act for G√ľralp Systems in relation to an SFO and DOJ investigation into payments made to a South Korean public official researcher. ‚ÄėStand out regulatory and investigatory lawyer‚Äô Nichola Peters¬†heads the team.¬†Michelle De Kluyver¬†joined from Allen & Overy LLP. Clarissa Coleman¬†left for K&L Gates LLP.

Next generation lawyers

Michelle de Kluyver - Addleshaw Goddard

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Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 1

Addleshaw Goddard

Headed by ‚Äėhighly intelligent‚Äô¬†David Engel¬† and ‚Äėquick-witted‚Äô Abigail Healey¬†, Addleshaw Goddard¬†is ‚Äėone of the very highly regarded practices in the sector‚Äô and are commended for having the ‚Äėwider resources and capacity to run and manage very large-scale litigation‚Äô. Amongst their list of clients are GlaxoSmithKline, Sainsbury‚Äôs and Travelodge. Samantha Haigh¬† is one to note.

Leading individuals

Abigail Healey - Addleshaw Goddard

David Engel - Addleshaw Goddard

Next generation lawyers

Samantha Haigh - Addleshaw Goddard

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard   is noted for its work in advertising clearance, trademark portfolio management and in all aspects of brand protection and enforcement. Manchester-based Paul Bentham  leads the brands and design team, the group manages the trademark portfolios of several well-known brand-owners including Harrods, Liverpool Football Club and moneysupermarket. Emma Armitage  focuses on IP litigation has recently acted for Sainsburys and Argos to recover domain names from a cybersquatter.  Design and litigation focused Rachel Cook counts Primark and British Airways as past clients.   On the non-contentious side, Tim Carter  is highly experienced in all matters concerning trademarks and Rebecca Moore  is noted for her work in brand exploitation through advertising.  James Whittaker  is recommended for sponsorship and IPR acquisition, as is Georgina Powling  for agreements relating to the generation and exploitation of IP rights.

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Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's 'dynamic, approachable' practice provides 'truly outstanding, confident advice overlaid by business acumen' and has 'unparalleled industry knowledge'; it 'puts clients' interests ahead of everything else'. With strengths at the intersection between the technology, payments and financial regulatory spaces, the practice counts mobile payments and open banking as particular areas of expertise; it has also handled ICO-related advisory work. Practice head Fiona Ghosh's 'tremendous business acumen complements her obvious legal expertise'; she 'looks for the tough questions clients don't think of' and is 'first-class all around'. Ghosh advised fintech accelerator Rainmaking.io on the partnership and participation aspects of its new venture, Rainmaking Colab. She also advised Mespo on regulatory matters and on its contracts with Salt Edge concerning data procurement for account information services. The department also handles corporate work: Elvan Hussein acted for NIBC Bank on its investment in Ebury. Other clients include Penta Finance, FNZ (UK), Worrapay and the Card Processing Advisory Service. Corporate and commercial partner William James is frequently active in the fintech space; financial services regulatory partner Amanda Hulme is also recommended.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard

The IT and telecoms practice at Addleshaw Goddard frequently acts for customers in technology-related matters, with particular experience advising on financial services sector clients,  including Sainsbury's Bank, HSBC and Lloyds Banking Group. Practice head Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta, who focuses on IT and outsourcing projects, leads a team acting for The British Land Company on the procurement of software solutions. The group also advised Reckitt Benckiser on a project for the implementation of global product management software. Fintech expert Fiona Ghosh is a key name to note. In the telecoms sector, the team continues to act for SSE Enterprise Telecom on contractual, strategic and contentious matters.

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London: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard’s multi-disciplinary team is best known for its aviation finance and leasing expertise, and is also active on regulatory matters and disputes in the sector. It regularly acts for airlines such as British Airways, Latam Airlines, Vueling and flydubai. Consultant Rory MacCarthy and Rebecca Garner are the key figures within the team.

Leading individuals

Rory MacCarthy - Addleshaw Goddard

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Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard‚Äôs ‚Äėstrong‚Äô rail team is experienced across a range of franchising, rolling stock and infrastructure matters. It is advising the DfT on a range of matters including;the new rail franchise which will combine the current InterCity West Coast services with the development and introduction of High Speed 2 services;¬† and on the West Midlands franchise competition. It also advised London Luton Airport Ltd on the development of a mass passenger transit system between Luton Airport Parkway railway station and the airport terminal, advised CAF on manufacturing, supply and maintenance support for the provision for a fleet of new-build diesel multiple units ordered by Abellio, in connection with its successful tender to run the West Midlands franchise, and advised Arriva Trains Wales in relation to the leasing of a fleet of Class 769 units from Porterbrook. Rolling stock specialist Clive Smith¬†recently joined from Osborne Clarke LLP¬†and Manchester-based projects partner Ursula Gould¬†recently joined the team from Shoosmiths LLP. Jacqui Langley-White¬†is also recommended, as are legal director Sara Gilmore, who is based in Leeds, and managing associate William Smith. Leeds-based Paul Hirst¬†leads the transport team.

Leading individuals

Paul Hirst - Addleshaw Goddard

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