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Arnold & Porter

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London: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 4

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

The ‘extremely knowledgeable and experienced’, ‘client-friendly’, and ‘pragmatic’ team at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLPpunches well above its weight’ and counts Philip Morris International, AT&T, General Electric, CPA Global, and Intercept among its clients. Practice head Tim Frazer is ‘an expert in the field’; ‘he knows the life sciences industry inside out’. Frazer is leading the team advising Monsanto on the multi-jurisdictional clearance of its $66bn merger with Bayer. Other recent work includes advising Mondeléz International on its acquisition of a Cadbury licence from Burton’s Biscuit Company. Senior associates Mark Gardner and Karoline Phillips are also recommended. Susan Hinchcliffe joined General Electric.

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

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

The ‘proactive, commercial’ team at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP provides a ‘very high level of service’, and ‘executes deals very well’; pharmaceuticals is a core sector strength. Jeremy Willcocks has ‘excellent mid-market M&A and equity capital markets experience’; he acted for Diversis Capital on its $18m public takeover of ServicePower Technologies and on its $50m purchase of most of Caligor RX’s assets. Additionally on the cross-border side, Willcocks advised TELUS International on its acquisition of the remaining shares in eastern European multilingual contact centre CallPoint. David Gerber assisted OSI Group with its purchase of Flagship Europe from Flagship Food Group. On the real estate side, Sean Scanlon acted for Omega Healthcare Investors on $136m-worth of acquisitions and leases of UK care homes. Other clients include McArthuerGlen, Auven Therapeutics, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, OneView Group and Recordati. Anna Buscall is also recommended.

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

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s team handles private equity-backed transactions, and other mid-market deals in the UK and internationally, for private equity houses and portfolio companies across a wide range of sectors, including financial services, commercial real estate and life sciences. Andrew Harris acted for Bregal Capital and Motion Equity Partners in the sale of portfolio company Morrison Utility Services to First Reserve. Sean Scanlon and David Gerber acted for Bluebird Partners on the sale of self-storage business Spacemaker to a subsidiary of Safestore Holdings. Diversis Capital, Acuity Investments and Platinum Equity are also clients.

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 6

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s Jeremy Willcocks has had significant exposure to venture capital matters, for both investees and investors, particularly within the life sciences, telecoms and fintech spaces. Willcocks recently advised WE Family offices and MdF Family Partners on the acquisition of shares in Wren Investment Office. Other clients include Arlington Capital Partners, Monsanto and York Capital.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 7

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

At Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, the commercial litigation work of Hilton Mervis (formerly of King & Wood Mallesons) frequently involves complex, multi-jurisdictional matters, including freezing injunctions, asset tracing, joint ventures, private equity, and partnership disputes. Michael Bywell is a key contact.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP recruited Patricio Grané Labat, ‘an excellent lawyer who remains intimately involved in each matter and is rigorous in his efforts to provide clients with the best possible service’, from Volterra Fietta. The practice is well known for its investor-state arbitration expertise but its commercial arbitration work has also grown, particularly in construction and engineering. The team defended the Republic of Bulgaria against a claim, brought by Oman’s largest sovereign wealth fund, to recover alleged losses in relation to Corporate Commercial Bank’s collapse. Dmitri Evseev is highly rated and David Reed is ‘very good with numbers - a rare quality among lawyers’.

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Public international law
Public international law - ranked: tier 3

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP hired Patricio Grané Labat from Volterra Fietta. Labat has represented claimants and respondents in nearly 30 investment arbitrations, and has significant experience representing sovereign states on issues such as sovereign immunities, diplomatic and consular protection, state responsibility, treaty law, use of force, and international humanitarian law. The team was instructed by the Republic of Bulgaria to defend an International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes claim, which was brought by Oman’s largest sovereign wealth fund to recover alleged losses, in relation to Corporate Commercial Bank’s collapse. Dmitri Evseev devotes the vast majority of his practice to acting as counsel in investment treaty arbitration, predominantly on behalf of governments. David Reed is also highly rated.

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London: Finance

Debt capital markets
Debt capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

For some, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP has ‘a market-leading practice for sovereign debt issuance and its bench strength in London makes it a prominent player in the market’, particularly for deals in emerging markets. In an illustration of its track record on innovative transactions in growth markets, the team acted on a $300m Nigerian diaspora bond, the first to be issued by an African country and to be listed on the London Stock Exchange, in addition to being the first retail bond to be approved by the SEC and the UK Listing Authority. Jeremy Willcocks is the key name in London, though partners based in the US including former US Executive Director of the World Bank Whitney Debevoise spend a significant amount of time in the London office. In another example of the firm’s high-end work, it advised the Republic of Turkey on a $1bn sukuk offering that was structured to comply with shari’ah law and involved issuance of lease certificates for government real estate assets that were transferred to the issuer and leased back to the government. Other sovereign clients include the Republic of Azerbaijan, the State of Israel, the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Republic of Kenya and Hungary.

Leading individuals

Jeremy Willcocks - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

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Derivatives and structured products
Derivatives and structured products - ranked: tier 5

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP is ‘a small firm playing at the top table’, according to one client who describes ‘an extremely high level of service’. ‘Sophisticated and responsive’ structured finance and securitisation specialist Stuart Axford is highly regarded and forms a pivotal part of the firm’s extended team in Washington DC, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Frankfurt, which represents financial institutions in large and complex matters including restructuring deals, portfolio sales, SIV formation and liquidation. The firm advised UBS on its global bailout, which included novating and restructuring more than $16bn in derivatives. Axford and investment management partner Simon Firth advised start-up prime services provider PrimeXtend on regulatory matters and the drafting of counterparty prime brokerge documents.

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Securitisation
Securitisation - ranked: tier 4

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP has ‘significant market experience and very wide coverage in the structured finance space’. The firm acts for global financial institutions, hedge funds, private equity funds, pension funds, and insurance companies on a diverse range of deals that includes public and private ABS, RMBS and residential mortgage warehousing, CMBS, CLOs, trade receivables securitisation and whole-business deals. Stuart Axford is a leading light in the market and regularly acts in large and complex securitisation and structured credit transactions across a variety of asset classes. Axford acted for The Mortgage Lender on a £250m warehousing deal that enabled the client to establish a new lending platform that originates mortgages directly into a stock exchange-listed fund managed by TwentyFour Asset Management.

Leading individuals

Stuart Axford - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 6

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s practice handles a broad range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, including corporate transactions, senior exits and litigation. It is headed by Henry Clinton-Davis, who has particular expertise acting for international and domestic clients in the life sciences and retail sectors. Clients include WorldStrides, Telus and Monsoon Accessorize.

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London: Insurance

Product liability: defendant
Product liability: defendant - ranked: tier 1

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP is ‘second to none’ in pharmaceutical and life sciences work, counting Sanofi and Bayer as clients. Practice head Ian Dodds-Smith – who receives praise for his strategic thinking - is defending Grünenthal in 28 claims brought by a group of individuals, who allege that they were born with injuries after being exposed to thalidomide during pregnancy. Adela Williams is representing Pfizer in multi-party litigation in Scotland, which centres on cardiovascular disorders that were allegedly caused by Celebrex. Alison Brown’s recent caseload included inquests into deaths linked to diabetes care and matters relating to product recalls. Counsel Tom Fox is recommended for litigation and filing judicial reviews on behalf of pharmaceutical companies and, in addition to this, he is adept in a broad range of non-contentious work, including labelling, conformity marking and compliance matters. Associate Rhiannon Hughes is the other key figure.

Leading individuals

Adela Williams - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Alison Brown - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Ian Dodds-Smith - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Hedge funds
Hedge funds - ranked: tier 3

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s Simon Firth handles fund formation and regulatory matters for managers, in addition to advising prime brokers and investors. In 2016, his mandates included advising Absolute Funds on the merger of two Cayman funds. Other clients include 1167 Capital, start-up prime broker PrimeXtend, Lion Peak Management and High Contrast Investments, which Firth advised on creating its first fund.

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London: Risk advisory

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity
Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity - ranked: tier 4

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

At Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, Richard Dickinson leads the team and is recommended for his experience in cross-border data transfers, processing issues, matters relating to the EU-US Privacy Shield and data breaches; he recently advised Virtual Doctors on the data protection requirements surrounding medical data. The department also includes employment specialist Henry Clinton-Davis, who has a particular focus on the transfer of employee data outside Europe and pan-European data protection policies; corporate partner Jeremy Willcocks; and Rob Bratby, who handles cross-border matters involving Europe and Asia and joined the group in early 2017 from legacy firm Olswang LLP.

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Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 3

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s ‘strong’ team provides ‘a 24-hour service and proactive advice to its corporate clients’. It is notable for its expertise in the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and regularly handles cases involving federal and state investigations, prosecutions, grand jury practice and appeals. Recent work includes representing News UK in relation to the News of the World phone hacking case, the largest criminal investigation in the UK to date, and acting for GSK and Hewlett-Packard on various regulatory matters. Kathleen Harris heads the department, and is ‘an exceptionally capable lawyer who is particularly well respected in the City’.

Leading individuals

Kathleen Harris - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s team is headed by Rob Bratby following his recent arrival from Olswang LLP. Bratby is highly regarded for handling corporate and regulatory matters in multiple jurisdictions, and recently served as global regulatory counsel to AT&T on its purchase of Time Warner. Richard Dickinson advises on commercial contracts in the telecoms and IT sectors. The ‘intelligent’ Michael Bywell, who primarily handles contractual disputes in the technology and telecoms sectors, has ‘extremely sound judgement’. Tata Communications is also a client.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s team provides ‘clear’ and ‘practical’ advice. The practice is headed by transactions expert Richard Dickinson, patent litigator Christopher Stothers, who is ‘excellent’ and ‘easy to get along with’, and Michael Bywell, who was a new arrival from MinterEllisonRuddWatts in New Zealand. Stothers, who has considerable expertise in the life sciences sector, recently represented medical technology company Heraeus Medical in a trade secrets dispute with bone cement manufacturer Biomet, and also advised Karen Millen on restrictions to trading under her own name after selling off her eponymous brand in 2004. Other key names include technology-focused litigator Michael Bywell and associate Paul Abbott.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 4

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP is active across the broadcasting, production, publishing, digital content, advertising and TV industries. Western Digital, ITV, Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE), Disney Interactive, Viacom and Barnes & Noble are clients. Transactional media and entertainment practice head Richard Dickinson acts for major broadcasters and producers, as well as advertising agencies. Contentious media partner Christopher Stothers advises on technology and online content, and handles copyright and trade mark disputes. Michael Bywell handles contentious matters in the technology sector and Rob Bratby, who joined in 2017 from Olswang Asia, advises on corporate, commercial and regulatory matters for clients in the telecoms, media, and technology sectors.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 1

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Noted for its ‘deep and broad understanding of the life sciences sector’, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP particularly excels in pharmaceutical regulatory matters. Its practice acts for a number of multinational pharmaceutical companies on complex and high-stakes regulatory matters, transactions and litigation. IP litigator Christopher Stothers is acting for Heraeus in a multi-jurisdictional trade secrets dispute with Biomet, involving parallel proceedings in the US and across Europe; Jeremy Willcocks advised on the UK corporate, regulatory and employment aspects of Diversis Capital's acquisition of the majority assets of Caligor RX; Lincoln Tsang is assisting a client with an internal cross-border investigation arising from interactions with healthcare professionals. It also defended a number of major product liability actions, including multi-party group actions, unitary claims and actions arising from clinical trials. Demonstrating this, product liability specialist Ian Dodds-Smith is defending Grünenthal in a class action claim arising from allegations that the prescription of thalidomide to pregnant women during the 1950s and 1960s resulted in birth defects; and Adela Williams successfully defended Bristol-Myers Squibb in a claim alleging that a compulsive gambling addiction arose from the use of its product Abilify, which was prescribed for the treatment of schizophrenia. Other highlights included handling an arbitration in relation to the termination of collaboration and licence agreement due to breaches of good clinical practice, and assisting a pharmaceutical company with securing EU product approval and positive pricing and reimbursement approval, as well as developing EU-wide policy on compliance with advertising and promotional rules. Alison Brown is highly regarded for handling class-action proceedings and is experienced in European regulatory compliance matters and internal investigations. Also recommended are Tim Frazer, who is particularly experienced in handing pharmaceutical public procurement matters, and Jacqueline Mulryne, Kathy Osgerby and Ewan Townsend, who are all ‘excellent and highly knowledgeable lawyers’.

Leading individuals

Ian Dodds-Smith - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jacqueline Mulryne - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

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  • The role of arbitrators in EU antitrust law

    In May 2014, it will be ten years since Regulation No 1/2003 entered into force. When the legislator of the European Union adopted this Regulation on 16 December 2002, its main objective was to decentralise the enforcement of the two main provisions of EU antitrust law, Articles 81 and 82 of the Treaty establishing the European Community (now Articles 101 and 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU)). Where do the arbitrators fit in this picture?

    - Arnold & Porter (UK) LLP

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