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Akin Gump LLP

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Recognised for its outstanding team of legal professionals and its sophisticated clients, Akin Gump is one of the world’s largest law firms, with 21 offices and more than 900 lawyers.

The firm advises its clients in relation to a wide range of practices and industries ranging from litigation and corporate, to telecommunications, cyber security and data protection. Akin Gump’s London office is the hub for the firm’s international practice.

With more than a third of its offices outside the United States, Akin Gump has a global reach, with lawyers fluent in more than 40 languages.

The firm: The firm’s strategy is to grow practices that complement core strengths of the firm. This has resulted in the growth of the London office with particular strength in the practice areas noted below. The integrated nature of the practice means that the firm’s London lawyers work closely with their counterparts around the globe. Clients of the London office include investment funds, insurance companies and market-leading energy and telecommunication companies.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is the practising name of Akin Gump LLP. Akin Gump LLP is a New York limited liability partnership and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Types of work undertaken: 

Banking and finance: the firm advises clients on precedent-setting new financings (including special situations financings), workouts and restructurings in the United Kingdom and throughout Europe. Representing institutional investors, investment funds, borrowers and other stakeholders in relation to direct lending, distressed and “rescue” financings, debt capital markets – including private placement debt issuance – securitisation, structured finance and project financings.

Banking litigation: a market leader in cross-border creditor litigation, having worked on some of the most significant creditor cases of the last decade, the firm has deep knowledge and experience in acting on the full range of international creditor disputes.

Capital markets (debt and equity): the team advises issuers and hedge funds and has a leading practice representing institutional investors in cross-border private placement financing transactions.

Competition/EU: known for its robust international transactional antitrust capabilities and for leading merger control investigations, the London team is supported by a network of competition lawyers located in key business centres.

Construction: the practice offers high-value, highly technical international construction and engineering arbitration advice in the oil, gas, power and major projects sectors.

Corporate: Akin Gump advises on every type of M&A transaction and tender offers, including some of the largest acquisitions and dispositions of shares and assets involving public and private businesses worldwide.

Dispute resolution: the practice’s work includes handling finance litigation, energy and telecoms disputes and advising on major international arbitration matters.

Energy: a market leader advising on all aspects of the energy and renewables industries with a renowned full-service practice encompassing transactional, dispute and regulatory matters.

Financial restructuring: widely recognised as the leading creditor practice in Europe and, combined with the firm’s renowned US restructuring team, the team houses a top-tier global financial restructuring practice handling many of the most significant matters in the market.

Financial services regulatory (contentious and non-contentious): fielding a team with years of experience working at the FCA and for regulated businesses, Akin Gump is among the top firms in this focused area.

International trade: Akin Gump is well known for its WTO and trade policy, customs and trade remedies, as well as export controls and sanctions practices.

Investment management: Akin Gump is among the few elite international firms to have market-leading practices in both the hedge fund and private equity fund industries in all the world’s prominent centres for alternative investment management.

Private equity: the firm advises on high-value, complex private equity transactions, with a particular focus on investments in the energy sector and in emerging markets.

Project finance: the firm advises on power generation projects, waste-to-energy projects, embedded generation projects, energy storage, and transmission and distribution projects. The team also advises on oil and gas, process plant and petrochemical projects as well as infrastructure project financings.

Tax: Akin Gump’s award-winning tax practice focuses on advising financial sector clients in highly complex, cross-border restructurings and the tax structuring of investment fund transactions.

Other offices: Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Dallas, Dubai, Fort Worth, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hartford, Hong Kong, Houston, Irvine, Longview, Los Angeles, Moscow, New York, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Francisco, Singapore, Washington, DC.

  • Firmwide lawyers: 900+
  • London lawyers: 112

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