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Arnold & Porter

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London: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 5

Arnold & Porter

The 'superb'¬†Arnold & Porter¬†is ‚Äėalways speedy, highly pragmatic and business-friendly with its advice and approach‚Äô, with the London competition team operating as a single EU competition practice with the teams in Frankfurt and Brussels.¬†John Schmidt¬†recently joined the firm as practice head from¬†Shepherd and Wedderburn, while former head Tim Frazer¬†retired from private practice to join the CAT Ordinary Members Panel.¬†Schmidt‚Äôs practice is particularly focused in the life sciences, consumer goods, finance and infrastructure sectors. Highlight projects included handling competition considerations for Monsanto in respect of its merger with Bayer and advising long term client Mondel√©z on alleged trade mark abandonment stemming from the return of manufacturing assets and licences of the Kraft and Bull‚Äôs Eye trademarks.¬†Mark Gardner¬†joined¬†Kirkland & Ellis International LLP¬†in December 2017.

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

Arnold & Porter

The 'proactive, commercial' team at¬†Arnold & Porter¬†¬†is ‚Äėexcellent ‚Äď very proactive, understand the client‚Äôs business, and is technically on top of new developments‚Äô. The key areas of practice for the firm‚Äôs M&A team are private equity M&A, life sciences/pharmaceuticals, healthcare, technology and retail.¬†Jeremy Willcocks¬†has ‚Äėexcellent mid-market M&A and equity capital markets experience‚Äô; he acted for Diversis Capital on its recommended cash offer for LSE-listed ServicePower Technologies and acted for the shareholders of Health Partners International on all aspects of the acquisition of the company by DAI Global Health. On the real estate side,¬†Anna Buscall¬†advised the McArthurGlen Group on its acquisition of the Rosada retail outlet centre in Roosendall, the Netherlands, while in healthcare¬†David Gerber¬†handled the UK and European law issues relating to Carestream‚Äôs sale of its dental digital business to funds managed by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and CareCapital Advisors.

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Private equity: transactions
Private equity: transactions ‚Äď mid-market deals - ranked: tier 3

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter's 'savvy' team has a first-class reputation, owing to its experience across a wide range of domestic and cross-border transactions. Led by Andrew Harris, the team advises on MBOs, MBIs, buy and builds, and disposals/exits, among various other matters. Harris and associate Andrew Ross acted for EMK Capital in its MBO of Israel-based Luminati in 2017. They were also part of a team (which included David Gerber), which advised the same client and Bregal Capital LLP on their sale of the IT training company QA Group to CVC Capital Partners.  Another key figure is Sean Scanlon, who was the lead adviser to Bluebird Partners on the sale of its Island View Holidays Group portfolio company (a holiday and caravan park owner-operator based in the Isle of Wight) to AG Holiday Parks UK Limited. Jeremy Willcocks is also recommended. Complementing the team's core transactional expertise is the firm's strengths in ancillary areas, such as intellectual property, restructuring and employment. Syndicated and leveraged finance expert Colin Tan recently made partner.

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 6

Arnold & Porter

Housed within the firm's wider corporate and private equity offering, Arnold & Porter regularly handles work for investors in the biotech sector. Led by Jeremy Willcocks, the firm is best-known in this space for later stage investments and in relation to exit strategies. Clients include Acuity Investments, Bluebird Capital and Bregal Capital.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 6

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter hired Jane Wessel, who is focused on antitrust litigation and international commercial and investor state arbitration from Shepherd and Wedderburn. The practice acts in issues arising out of joint ventures, private equity and partnership structures as well as pharmaceutical and life sciences sector-related corporate and commercial disputes. Hilton Mervis heads the commercial dispute resolution group for Europe.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter 'has a very strong international arbitration practice; the top-notch team's experience and knowledge allows it to advise on complex legal issues and develop comprehensive strategies'. The practice acts in both investor-state and commercial arbitrations; David Reed is 'a hard working and diligent lawyer who is well focused and knowledgeable'; and 'dedicated to his clients'; Patricio Grané Labat is 'an exceptional lawyer, particularly with respect to case management and co-ordinating coherent and effective strategies'; and Dmitri Evseev acts for sovereign states in investor-state arbitrations under various bilateral investment treaties and the Energy Charter Treaty.

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Public international law
Public international law - ranked: tier 3

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter has significant investor-state arbitration expertise, particularly under ICSID Rules as well as UNCITRAL investment treaty arbitrations under the auspices of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague; and the practice is experienced in acting for sovereign states throughout Latin America, Chile, Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Europe and Central Asia. Its cases also cover a wide variety of industry sectors, particularly energy, mining and banking. The team acted for Turkish energy company, Karkey Karadeniz Elektrik Uretim, in its claim against the Islamic Republic of Pakistan that the latter violated its obligations under a joint investment treaty in a Pakistan rental power project. Patricio Grané Labat, Dmitri Evseev and David Reed are all highly rated practitioners.

Leading individuals

Patricio Grané Labat - Arnold & Porter

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London: Finance

Debt capital markets
Debt capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter has 'one of the most experienced practices for sovereign debt deals and has partners who have been in that market longer than most'. The firm acts predominantly for sovereign issuers in international debt transactions and its stellar list of clients includes the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Republic of Azerbaijan, the State of Israel, the Republic of Costa Rica and the Federative Republic of Brazil. Its recent work includes innovative and challenging deals such as the $300m debut offering of diaspora bonds by the Republic of Nigeria. The deal represented the first time a sovereign issued tradeable, registered bonds approved for distribution to retail investors, particularly the Nigerian diaspora, in the US and UK, and it was the first retail bond of its kind from any sovereign. For the Republic of Turkey, the practice in London worked on a $1.25 billion sukuk offering, which involved the issuance of lease certificates representing interests in Turkish government real estate assets that were transferred to the issuer and leased back to the government. Jeremy Willcocks led both deals and is the key partner in London. He works closely with former US Executive Director of the World Bank Whitney Debevoise, who splits his time between London and Washington DC.

Leading individuals

Jeremy Willcocks - Arnold & Porter

Whitney Debevoise - Arnold & Porter

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London: Human resources

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

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter provides 'advice that is prompt, detailed and incredibly helpful' thanks to a team of 'highly responsive lawyers who are balanced and appropriate in their approach to a situation'. Clients single out 'fantastic' group head Henry Clinton-Davis, who 'looks beyond the pure legal requirements and provides trusted and highly commercial advice with a very calming manner'. Clinton-Davis is particularly active in work involving cross-border elements; he recently advised Carestream Health on the pan-European employment elements of the sale of its dental digital business. Telus Corporation, Monsoon Accessorize and McArthurGlen are also clients.

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London: Insurance

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

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter¬†¬†is well regarded for its ‚Äėstrategy, tactics, and ability to work with experts‚Äô . The firm specialises in high-level pharmaceutical and life sciences work, counting Sanofi and Bayer as clients. Practice head Ian Dodds-Smith¬†continues to act for Gr√ľnenthal across a number of EU jurisdictions, following the successful defence of 28 claims brought by a group of individuals alleging 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. The firm is acting in five other high-level pharmaceutical matters. Counsel¬†Tom Fox¬†is recommended for his ‚Äėstrategy, co-ordination and day-to-day support‚Äô.

Leading individuals

Adela Williams - Arnold & Porter

Ian Dodds-Smith - Arnold & Porter

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Hedge funds
Hedge funds - ranked: tier 3

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter is 'a small team, but one with a firm grip on the regulatory drivers impacting on the asset management and funds sector'. Simon Firth is 'an experienced lawyer who focuses on the core of issues and gives clear guidance on the requisite approach' - he advises IPM Informed Portfolio Management, and in 2017 advised it on adding a Delaware feeder to its Systemtaic Macro Fund while securing it Qualified Professional Asset Manager status in the US for ERISA purposes, and separately advised MFW-Multi Family Wealth on MiFID 2 compliance. Other highlights concern fund manager restructuring and advise to US managers on European regulation.

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London: Risk advisory

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

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter's 'excellent' data protection and information law practice offers 'timely advice and practical help'. The team has been handlingcompliance projects for implementation of GDPR and e-privacy laws, with particular experience acting for clients in the life sciences sector. It has also represented clients in contentious matter and investigations. Richard Dickinson heads up the group which includes key lawyer for issues and advice relating to employee data, Henry Clinton-Davis The practice has been strengthened, particularly in the telecoms, media, and technology sectors, by Rob Bratby's arrival from Olswang.

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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¬†advises multinational corporates across in relation to regulatory prosecutions and investigations and also compliance issues. The firm continues to advise News UK in the wake of the News of the World phone hacking scandal in regards to the interaction of the rights of individuals with the freedom of the press and state prosecutions. Other clients include states, multinational technology and pharmaceutical companies. The team is composed of ‚Äėknowledgeable and able lawyers who apply themselves with considerable industry and efficiency to servicing their clients‚Äô needs‚Äô. Kathleen Harris¬†heads the team, ‚Äėher judgment on tactical issues, negotiation, advice on Deferred Prosecution Agreements and complex issues such as legal professional privilege is outstanding‚Äô.¬†Sean Curran¬†is also recommended.

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

Arnold & Porter's telecommunications, internet, and media team handles multi-jurisdictional telecoms regulatory work. The groups sector expertise was bolstered with the arrival of Rob Bratby from Olswang's Singapore office; since joining he has acted for Tata Communications, Core Communications and Maxis. Michael Ryan retired from the team. Other key names to note include Michael Bywell for contentious matters and Richard Dickinson for technology contracts and regulatory advice.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 5

Arnold & Porter

The 'responsive and reliable' intellectual property team at Arnold & Porter attract praise for 'very helpful, to the point and very good value for the money advice'. Richard Dickinson heads the team and specialises in transactional IP law. Dickinson acted alongside recently promoted counsel Ewan Townsend for Sanofi on licensing arrangements and IP protection issues. Michael Bywell has siginificant technology sector expertise and is a key name to note for contentious matters. Previous co-head of the team Christopher Stothers and counsel Laura Whiting joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP with two associates.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 1

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter is particularly known for its work in regulatory and competition matters, and has additional expertise in patent litigation, product liability, and corporate and commercial matters. Ian Dodds-Smith leads the team and has notable strengths in regulatory and product liability matters. Adela Williams is also a key figure and is an expert in advising on clinical trials, marketing authorisations and promotional issues, and has additional expertise in dealing with product liability cases. Another notable name is Lincoln Tsang, who specialises in regulatory, compliance, enforcement and public policy issues. Also highly recommended are Jeremy Willcocks, of counsel Jacqueline Mulryne, Kathy Osgerby and Ewan Townsend. Tim Frazer has retired, while patent litigation partner Christopher Stothers left the firm for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP alongside counsel Laura Whiting.

Next generation lawyers

Jacqueline Mulryne - Arnold & Porter

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Arnold & Porter

  • 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?‚Ä©
    - Arnold & Porter (UK) LLP

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