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Baker McKenzie

100 NEW BRIDGE STREET, LONDON, EC4V 6JA, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7919 1000
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Fax 020 7919 1999
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233 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
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www.bakermckenzie.com

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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s group has expertise in a wide variety of commercial contracts, including supply, distribution and services agreements, and BPO transactions, as well as public and private sector procurements. Duncan Reid-Thomas and others assisted Unilever with negotiating and drafting supply chain documents associated with the sale of the AdeS drinks business in Latin America to Coca-Cola. Regulated sectors, such as telecommunications and healthcare, generate a significant amount of work for the practice; in 2016, Steve Holmes worked with senior associates Nick Wloch and Charlotte Harrington to advise Tesco Mobile on the outsourcing of its call centres to Capita. Another highlight for the firm involved assisting Arqiva with the commercial contracts aspects of the sale of its WiFi business to Virgin Media. Other areas of industry expertise include the retail fashion sector, digital/new media, and pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Other key figures include Harry Small, Ben Allgrove, of counsel Julia Hemmings, Helen Brown, and senior associate Michelle Bawn.

Leading individuals

Duncan Reid-Thomas - Baker McKenzie

Steve Holmes - Baker McKenzie

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

In terms of personnel, Baker McKenzie boasts one of the largest tax practices in London and further bolstered its offering in 2016 with hires from EY, KPMG and Deloitte. It combines a traditional transactional tax offering with stand-alone tax planning and transfer pricing units. Patrick O’Gara led a cross-border team which acted as special tax counsel on the transactional issues and post-deal tax advice of the $18bn Willis Towers Watson merger. Similarly, James Wilson advises Coach as global tax counsel on the post-acquisition integration of the Stuart Weitzman business. Richard Fletcher heads the firm’s transfer pricing group, which has worked alongside the tax department to handle global restructuring for multiple household name clients in the tech, online business and manufacturing sectors. As one of the founding members of the transactional tax group, Alistair Craig is a key contact and acts for clients such as Barclays, Accenture and Platinum Equity. James MacLachlan and Geoff Kay both retired.

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Customs and Excise
Customs and Excise - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s customs group draws on the resources of the firm’s trade and tax departments, and has ‘outstanding knowledge of customs rules and regulations; and not just those in the UK and EU'. Jointly headed by Ross Denton and the ‘clear and approachable’ of counsel Jennifer Revis, the team has extensive experience in HMRC investigations, but has also built relationships with global regulators through ‘access to contacts in various parts of the world’. Since the Brexit referendum, the emphasis has been on taking proactive steps toward meeting the challenges that may arise from the implementation of the Union Customs Code (UCC), the future of Britain’s trade outside the EU and more broadly the state of global trade relations during a Trump presidency. To this end, the customs department has advised a range of well-known retailers, food and beverage companies, engineering clients and aerospace companies, and has picked up several new household-name digital media clients in 2016-2017. Tax department head Mark Delaney and associate Jessica Mutton are also recommended.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s practice continued to advise EDF in relation to the CMA’s investigation in the UK energy sector. In another key matter, Ross Denton advised Mitsubishi Electric Corporation on its settlement process in relation to the European Commission’s investigation into car parts. Samantha Mobley led the team advising on the merger control aspects of Cardtronics’ acquisition of DirectCash Payments, and advised Clarcor on its merger with Parker Hannifin Corporation. Keith Jones co-ordinated the antitrust clearance aspects of Platinum Equity’s acquisition of the Network Power business from Emerson Electric Group, which involved eight competition authorities around the world, while Luis Gomez acted for Bain Capital on its disposal of The Brakes Group to Sysco Corporation, which involved obtaining merger clearance at the European Commission. Other notable clients include British Airways, AIG, and Shell. Nicola Northway joined the team from Barclays and Tristan Grimmer was promoted to partner.

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Equity capital markets
Equity capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzieinstils confidence’ in issuer and investment bank clients and is best known for handling international listings and offerings of emerging market corporates, but is also active throughout the European market. Nick O’Donnell and US securities expert Adam Farlow advised TBC Bank in connection with the establishment of a UK plc as the group’s holding company through a tender offer and premium listing of the plc’s shares on the LSE. Department head Edward Bibko has been involved in a number of IPOs in the Middle East, including Domty’s $127m IPO, which was structured to an international standard and listed on the Egyptian Stock Exchange. He also acted for Ros Argo in connection with its issue of Reg S/Rule 144a global depositary receipts listed on the LSE and Moscow’s MICEX. James Thompson has particular experience in EMEA capital markets deals and joined the firm from Linklaters LLP while Don Guiney retired.

Leading individuals

Edward Bibko - Baker McKenzie

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Financial services
Financial services (contentious) - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Financial services (non-contentious/regulatory) - ranked: tier 5

Baker McKenzie

At Baker McKenzie, team head Arun Srivastava has significant visibility in the market, from both a contentious and non-contentious perspective. In spite of a relatively small team based out of London, Srivastava is effectively able to marshall teams utilising practitioners spread out across the firm’s broad network on complex multi-jurisdictional matters including the recent LIBOR and FX cases, where the firm had a significant role.

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M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+
M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+ - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie

Frequently acting for high-profile clients on large public and private M&A, Baker McKenzie’s department is strong in a variety of sectors, including infrastructure, manufacturing, consumer goods, healthcare and life sciences. Having worked at the Takeover Panel on a two-year secondment, Helen Bradley is well placed to handle public M&A: she assisted Cardtronics with the redomiciliation of its parent company from Delaware to the UK via a merger, as well as advising Cardtronics on its listing on NASDAQ. She also acted for Walgreens Boots Alliance on the sale of its local wholesale pharmaceutical business, Alliance Healthcare Russia OOO, to listed Russian cosmetics retailer 36.6. In another healthcare mandate, practice head and private M&A expert Jane Hobson acted for ICU Medical on its $900m purchase of Hospira Infusion Systems, Pfizer’s global infusion therapy business. Energy and construction were fertile areas of work in 2016: Peter Strivens and Jannan Crozier advised Emerson Electric on three separate billion-dollar-plus transactions, including the $4bn carve-out and sale of its Network Power business to Platinum Equity, while Tim Gee and David Scott assisted LafargeHolcim with numerous disposals in various jurisdictions, including the CHF564m sale of its 65% stake in Lafarge Vietnam to Siam City Cement. Scott made partner in July 2016. The practice was bolstered by several lateral hires in 2017: Melanie Howard, TMT expert Will Holder and energy, mining and infrastructure specialist David Duncan joined from Clifford Chance, King & Wood Mallesons and Allen & Overy LLP, respectively.

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

Baker McKenzie

David Allen leads Baker McKenzie’s highly regarded team, which includes Karen Guch, who has ‘a real eye for the commercial and strategic aspects of transactions’. The group acts for some of the world’s largest private equity houses in their investments in sectors such as energy and natural resources, TMT, life sciences and infrastructure. In a standout deal, Allen led a multi-disciplinary, cross-office team advising Bain Capital on its high-profile $3.1bn sale of UK-based portfolio company Brakes Group to Sysco Corporation, representing the largest private equity exit outside of the US in 2016. Another highlight involved acting for France-based Worldwide Flight Services (a portfolio company of Platinum Equity) on its bolt-on acquisition of US-based Consolidated Aviation Services from ICV Partners. Other notable clients include CVC Capital Partners, Apax Partners and Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets. In 2017, William Holder joined from King & Wood Mallesons and Alex Lewis moved from Ropes & Gray LLP.

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Trade, WTO, anti-dumping, and customs
Trade, WTO, anti-dumping, and customs - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Ross Denton heads the practice at Baker McKenzie, which has notable expertise across a wide range of sectors, including energy, aerospace and defence, chemicals and petrochemicals, financial services, and technology. The practice acts for various FTSE-listed and Fortune 100 companies on sanctions, customs, export control, and compliance matters. Key figures include Sunny Mann, newly made-up partner Tristan Grimmer, and of counsel Jennifer Revis. Associate Hannah Zarkar joined the team from the Washington DC office.

Leading individuals

Ross Denton - Baker McKenzie

Sunny Mann - Baker McKenzie

Next generation lawyers

Tristan Grimmer - Baker McKenzie

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VAT and indirect tax
VAT and indirect tax - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie fields a large, dedicated team, which handles VAT and indirect tax structuring and complex litigation. It is ‘particularly strong at communicating - both internally and externally’ and rivals even Big 4 tax competition. Led by the ‘knowledgeable and approachable’ Mark Agnew, the VAT department is instructed by a litany of household-name clients in the financial services, e-commerce, global telecoms and travel sectors. In addition to providing ongoing VAT legal-assistance to a varied client base, in 2016, the team handled multiple global VAT restructurings and advised a financial services company on the tax implications of the UK’s impending exit from the EU. David Jamieson has vast experience in contentious VAT matters and his recent clients have included Coinstar and Marriott. Mark Delaney heads the wider tax team, and Ross Denton and Jennifer Revis are contacts in the customs and trade arm of the indirect tax group. A long-time tax adviser at the firm, Eliška Komínková, joined the London team from the firm’s Prague office in 2016, and the department also brought on three new associates.

Leading individuals

Mark Delaney - Baker McKenzie

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

The ‘top-tier’ practice at Baker McKenzie utilises its global network to handle cross-border fraud investigations involving conspiracy claims, economic torts and fraudulent misrepresentation, and the team also advises on international asset tracing and disclosure orders. Practice head Charles Thomson specialises in banking and finance sector matters; Hugh Lyons represents a mix of banks, corporates and financial institutions in high-profile disputes; and Jonathan Peddie focuses on bribery, corruption and money laundering cases. Highlights for the firm included acting for Dubai Islamic Bank in proceedings to recover $500m stolen in a complex receivables financing fraud, and representing Bidcorp Foodservice as claimant following misappropriation of company assets by its former managing director. The team also acts as global legal coordinator for Grupo Torras in relation to the recovery of stolen assets.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is recommended for its ability to act on large, complex cases and its client base includes the world’s largest and most prestigious financial institutions; the practice also benefits from a strong global platform. It has significant investigations capabilities and increasingly utilises international arbitration as a dispute resolution mechanism in the financial sector. The team defended Dubai Islamic Bank (the Bank) against a $2bn-plus claim brought in the English Commercial Court by a Dubai-based property developer, which claim is based on allegations of breach of contract and breach of the Bank’s duties as mortgagee in possession of a large plot of land. Hugh Lyons is ‘very bright, tactically astute, and has an excellent bedside manner with clients, who justifiably respect and trust his advice’; and the ‘deeply experienced’ Jonathan Peddie advises clients, primarily in the banking and financial services sector, in relation to corporate investigations, regulatory enforcement, financial crime, and civil and criminal litigation. Edward Poulton is a key adviser.

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie

Well known for its global footprint, Baker McKenzie is recommended for complex, high-stakes, multi-jurisdictional disputes, with the commercial litigation practice supported by niche expertise in fraud, administrative and public law, and competition law, as well as product liability and contentious trusts. The team acted for Dubai Islamic Bank (the Bank) in its defence of a substantial $2bn-plus claim, brought against it in the English Commercial Court by a Dubai-based property developer; the claim is based on allegations of breach of contract and breach of the Bank’s duties as mortgagee in possession of a very large plot of land. John Leadley leads the global dispute resolution practice group; Hugh Lyons regularly advises on litigation and investigations arising from financing transactions, restructuring and insolvency, fraud and financial misconduct; and department manager Steve Abraham is also highly regarded. Other recommended advisers include Charles Thomson and Nadia Banno. Andrew Keltie retired from the practice.

Leading individuals

John Leadley - Baker McKenzie

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Competition litigation
Competition litigation - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s competition litigation team has been involved in a number of high-value defence claims, regularly acting alongside the non-contentious group to also provide advice on wider regulatory and commercial concerns. Recently made partner Francesca Richmond leads the competition disputes group. In addition to acting in foreign exchange and interest rate litigation, she is defending Eurofoam in multiple claims arising out of the PU Foam settlement decision in 2014. Similarly, Richmond is acting for clients with involvement in various automotive cartel matters. Keith Jones focuses on competition matters in the energy and healthcare sectors and Nicola Northway is another contact in the department.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is recommended for finance and M&A arbitrations; the practice was recently involved in corporate disputes, involving companies in Russia, China, India and a number of African jurisdictions. It has a strong team in the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors, and a robust investment treaty arbitration practice. Steve Abraham was promoted to lead the firm’s London dispute resolution practice; John Leadley chairs the global dispute resolution team; and Edward Poulton and Andy Moody are highly regarded. Kate Corby, who has handled international arbitration work in the construction sector, was promoted to partner.

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Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Joanna Ludlam leads the practice at Baker McKenzie, which has a particular focus on the financial and legal sectors. Jonathan Peddie has experience acting for various bodies within the financial sector, including the Financial Conduct Authority, and has worked closely with UK government departments, including HM Treasury and the National Crime Agency. Ludlam has represented two high-profile law firms in respect of separate Solicitors Regulation Authority investigations into their professional conduct.

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Public international law
Public international law - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s key features are its investor-state expertise; oil and gas experience; and global arbitration practice. Examples of the team’s ability to handle high-profile investment treaty claims and CIS matters include its representation of Kazakhstan’s national gas operator, KazTransGas (KTG), in its dispute with the Government of Georgia, concerning the appointment of a special receiver for KTG’s Georgian subsidiary. Edward Poulton’s experience includes investment treaty disputes, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes annulment cases, and PIL issues arising from financial crises. Ross Denton, Sunwinder (Sunny) Mann and Andy Moody are other names to note.

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Tax litigation and investigations
Tax litigation and investigations - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Some clients have rated Baker McKenzie’s tax team as ‘far stronger tax litigators than one might find at the Big 4 firms’; it also regularly competes with Magic Circle firms for tax litigation work. The department acts for a litany of household name clients, and in 2016 Mark Agnew and David Jamieson acted for Coinstar in relation to an appeal regarding the treatment of the client’s VAT. The team has been involved in a number of significant transfer pricing investigations and disputes including a £100m tribunal case in which Kate Alexander acted for Electronic Arts. Nigel Dolman heads the tax disputes team and Mark Bevington is a highly recommended tax adviser in the group. Additional clients include Marriott Inc and a number of well-known online businesses, travel companies and global telecoms providers. Mark Delaney and Jessica Eden, an accredited mediator, are other key contacts in the practice group.

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie

Led by Nick Tostivin, Baker McKenzie’s ‘responsive, pragmatic and commercial’ seven-partner banking team is regularly engaged in acquisition finance transactions for borrowers and lenders on matters encompassing structures across the capital spectrum including senior and mezzanine debt, as well as high yield bonds. Able to leverage a broad ranging international network of offices, the firm’s sweet-spot lies in advising clients on substantial cross-border transactions as exemplified by Bernard Sharp’s work alongside the firm’s Tokyo office for Mizuho Bank on its bridge loan facility to finance part of SoftBank’s £24.3bn acquisition of ARM Holdings. Ian Jack and Lynn Rosell Rowley are also recommended. Paul Hibbert joined Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP.

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Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Headed by Nick Tostivin out of London and also able to tap into the expertise of practitioners on the ground across Europe, US, Asia and the Middle East, Baker McKenzie provides ‘excellent service levels’ to lenders and corporates across a broad range of financings, ranging from short-term unsecured loans to global facilities involving multi-jurisdictional collateral, bilateral loans, syndicated loans and participations. ‘Standout partner’ Sebastian Marcelin-Rice ‘has very wide experience in cross-border lending’ and is a key member of the team, which includes ‘very client-oriented’ senior associate Sudhir Nair and the ‘very brightIan Jack, who has a particular focus on CEE-related transactions. Clients include Macquarie, ING and SARquavitae. Infrastructure and real estate finance expert Paul Hibbert recently joined Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP.

Leading individuals

Nick Tostivin - Baker McKenzie

Next generation lawyers

Sudhir Nair - Baker McKenzie

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

Baker McKenzie

The ‘responsive and technically strong’ team at Baker McKenzie provides ‘proactive, innovative and thorough’ advice to a varied mix of lenders, debtors, IPs and security trustees. The ‘very knowledgeable and experiencedIan Jack is ‘very effective in defusing what are often fraught and emotional discussions’ between different stakeholders. Also noted for his emerging markets expertise, Jack continues to advise troubled Ukranian corporate on the $2bn restructuring of its bond and bank debt. Louise Webb is also recommended.

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Debt capital markets
Debt capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

The debt capital markets practice at Baker McKenzie combines English and US law capability, enabling it to play a prominent role in the market for Rule 144a offerings. The London team is also a central hub for emerging markets debt work. Simon Porter leads the London structured capital markets group and regularly advises issuers, trustees and arrangers. Roy Pearce acts for issuers and investment banks in Eurobond offerings and debt restructurings, with a particular focus on deals in the CEE and CIS regions. Adam Farlow’s practice focuses predominantly on high yield transactions but he brings to bear his knowledge of US securities law and transaction management on a wide range of debt matters. Don Guiney retired and Chris Hogan is on secondment to the Johannesburg office. Porter and Farlow acted for Deutsche Trustee on the restructuring of renewable energy company Abengoa, which includes $4bn in outstanding bonds. Other key deals saw the firm act for BHP Billiton on a $152m bond issue, and advise the Kingdom of Bahrain on a $1bn sovereign bond offering.

Leading individuals

Chris Hogan - Baker McKenzie

Roy Pearce - Baker McKenzie

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Derivatives and structured products
Derivatives and structured products - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s team has ‘a lot of traction in the market and is building a stronger team’. The breadth of the practice’s scope is shown by recent deals that included advising oncomplex hedging arrangements for large, cross-border securitisations and syndicated debt financings; handling esoteric and bespoke structured derivatives deals that included first-of-a kind structures; and helping clients to implement new regulations in areas such as clearing and margin for uncleared derivatives. The team acts for a diverse client base that includes international financial institutions, multinational corporates, pension fund trustees and clearinghouses. Simon Porter leads the structured capital markets practice, but within that team new hire Phung Pham from Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP leads on derivatives and structured products. Pham’s workload ranges from bespoke structured equity swaps or repo financings to hedging strategies in asset financings, and he works extensively on emerging markets transactions. Chris Hogan works between the London and Johannesburg offices and leads the firm’s African finance practice. He regularly advises clients in the mining, energy and financial services sectors. The firm advised ING on derivatives aspects of the £400m of Salesforce Tower in London.

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Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie has a reputation as a pioneer in emerging markets and its extensive global network gives it a presence on the ground in the majority of the most active growth markets. The team in London advises many UK-based multinational companies on their emerging markets transactions; more than 80% of the work done by the London capital markets team involves emerging markets. The firm has a particularly strong presence in deals involving Russia and Turkey, but London-based partners are also active in deals across the globe. Among the key names in the practice are head of banking Nick Tostivin who focuses on syndicated lending transactions; leveraged acquisition and infrastructure financing specialist Ian Jack; Marc Fèvre, who advises government authorities, developers, lenders and secondary market investors on all aspects of energy and infrastructure transactions; vastly experienced project finance partner Calvin Walker; head of the London structured capital markets group Simon Porter; energy, mining and infrastructure partner Neil Donoghue, who also leads the firm’s nuclear group; and debt specialist Adam Farlow. Phung Pham, who joined from the London office of Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP, handles derivatives and structured finance deals involving emerging markets. One key deal from 2016 saw Donoghue and Walker advise Korea Electric Power Corporation on the $24.4bn financing of the first nuclear power plant in the Arabian Peninsula. Walker and Fèvre also acted for lenders Bayerische Landesbank and Arab African International Bank on the $126m financing of a 50MW solar plant in Egypt. In Morocco, the team advised Office Nationale D'Electricité et de l'Eau Potable on a $2bn project to develop an 850MW wind farm PPP programme.

Leading individuals

Calvin Walker - Baker McKenzie

Marc Fèvre - Baker McKenzie

Neil Donoghue - Baker McKenzie

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High yield
High yield - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie

At Baker McKenzie, dual US- and UK-qualified Adam Farlow is a recognised expert in high yield deals and is active in new money offerings, liability management and restructurings.Simon Porter plays a key role on the trustee side and is closely involved in bond restructurings. The firm advised Deutsche Trustee Company on its representation of bondholders in the restructuring of renewable energy company Abengoa, which involved the restructuring of €4bn in outstanding high yield bonds. In another key deal Farlow acted for Ukrainian agricultural company Agroton in a cash tender for $50m in bonds. Other highlights included handling amendments to China South City’s $400m bond issue, and a tender offer for Evraz Group’s $400m in loan participation notes.

Leading individuals

Adam Farlow - Baker McKenzie

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Securitisation
Securitisation - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie provides ‘a high level of service, strong drafting skills, quick turnaround times and competitive prices’. The firm’s securitisation practice covers a wide range of assets and structures, including bespoke and innovative structured deals, but it is best known as a leading adviser on large, cross-border trade receivables deals. Its client base includes international financial institutions, multinational corporates and individual counterparties, and the firm has one of the City’s leading corporate trust practices. Global head of securitisation Jonathan Walsh primarily focuses on complex, cross-border securitisations and structured financing transactions, including supply chain financings and deals funded in the asset-backed commercial paper (ABCP) market. Of counsel Simon Schiff is ‘accessible and has a high level of knowledge’. His broad practice includes work on structured finance, securitisation, receivables financing and supply chain financing for arrangers, originators, rating agencies and investment funds. Head of structured capital markets Simon Porter is regarded as a leading adviser to trustees. Senior associates Jeremy Levy and Sarah Porter play key roles in many of the practice’s major deals. In a key deal for 2016, the team advised FirstRand Bank on the £572m issue of auto loan securitisation notes by Turbo Finance 7 PLC, which was the first in the series to include a euro-denominated tranche, and which included for the first time personal contract purchase agreement and hire purchase loans. The team also acted for PrimeRevenue on the establishment of an innovative supply chain finance programme.

Leading individuals

Jonathan Walsh - Baker McKenzie

Next generation lawyers

Jeremy Levy - Baker McKenzie

Sarah Porter - Baker McKenzie

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Trade finance
Trade finance - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s global trade finance practice benefits from the firm’s extensive office network in emerging markets and importing countries, and from a versatile finance team. Frances Okosi, who works predominantly from the firm’s Johannesburg office, oversees the trade finance practice, working closely with the team in London to handle significant ECA-backed financings. Other key figures include finance partner Sebastien Marcelin-Rice, who is active in trade finance deals and advised on a multimillion-euro borrowing base facility for an international construction company; and Nick Tostivin and senior associate Luka Lightfoot, who advised a major international bank on a multibillion-dollar ECA-backed deal for an African commodities producer. Lightfoot also played a key role in the firm’s work for Ukrainian steel giant Metinvest on its restructuring, which included renegotiation of pre-export financing facilities in excess of $1bn.

Next generation lawyers

Luka Lightfoot - Baker McKenzie

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

With ‘exceptional knowledge in the area’, Baker McKenzie’s team has particular strength in high-profile matters, including tax and senior executive remuneration issues. Team head Jeremy Edwards, who ‘has encyclopaedic knowledge of his subject and is a pleasure to work with’, advised Coca-Cola Enterprises on cross-border share plan issues regarding its $31bn merger with Coca-Cola Iberian Partners and Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetränke into new UK company Coca-Cola European Partners. Edwards also assisted Smith & Nephew in relation to an annual share plan launch in over 30 jurisdictions, covering regulatory, compliance and tax issues. Clients also recommend Stephen Ratcliffe, senior associate Alasdair Friend and associate Gillian Murdoch, who has ‘great expertise and responsiveness’.

Leading individuals

Jeremy Edwards - Baker McKenzie

Next generation lawyers

Gillian Murdoch - Baker McKenzie

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Employment: employees/unions
Leading individuals

Christine O’Brien - Baker McKenzie

John Evason - Baker McKenzie

Monica Kurnatowska - Baker McKenzie

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Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s ‘excellent’ department advises on the full gamut of employment work for domestic and international clients, including global compliance, cross-border transactional support and union issues. Department head John Evason and of counsel Paul Harrison successfully represented Boots before the Court of Appeal in a claim concerning union recognition of the Pharmacists’ Defense Association. Daniel Ellis acted for Emerson on the employment aspects of the sale of its network power business across a number of jurisdictions, including providing immigration and pensions advice. Monica Kurnatowska, Christine O’Brien and Stephen Ratcliffe are also recommended. The team was considerably strengthened by the arrival of Carl Richards and his team from King & Wood Mallesons. Daniel Ellis is now an occupational psychologist.

Leading individuals

Christine O’Brien - Baker McKenzie

John Evason - Baker McKenzie

Monica Kurnatowska - Baker McKenzie

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Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie delivers ‘accurate and timely responses’ and is noted for its ‘high level of client service’. Benefiting from the firm’s ‘vast global reach’ and working closely with the employment team, it regularly advises multinational companies on their immigration and mobility needs, as well as assisting high-net-worth and high-profile individuals on their immigration requirements. Senior associate Tony Haque heads the team. Employment team head John Evason and employment partner Stephen Ratcliffe are also recommended, and senior associate Richard Mills is also a key contact.

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Pensions
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie handles a diverse range of high-value matters, with particular strength in pensions litigation in an insolvency context. The well-regarded Robert West and Chantal Thompson have been advising Emerson Electric on the pensions aspects of two major carve-outs and the sale of a number of businesses, as well as its $3.2bn acquisition of Pentair Valves and Controls. Arron Slocombe advised IT business Atos on a future benefits review for an industry-wide scheme, including a switch in basis in two pension schemes from the Retail Price Index to the Consumer Price Index. Jeanette Holland heads the practice.

Leading individuals

Robert West - Baker McKenzie

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London: Insurance

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

Baker McKenzie

At Baker McKenzie, John Leadley is ‘the doyen of defendant product liability law’ and leads the way in pharmaceutical and industrial manufacturing work. ‘He leads an impressive band of lawyers’, which includes Graham Stuart, senior associate Joanne Redmond and recently promoted partner Kate Corby, who is highly recommended for multijurisdictional product recalls. In an illustration of its standing as ‘a serious player in the market’, the practice is defending C.R. Bard against multiple claims relating to the allegedly defective transvaginal mesh and an inferior vena cava filter. Another significant mandate saw Leadley and Charles Thomson represent Foodles Production (UK) in proceedings pertaining to health and safety breaches that resulted in Harrison Ford being injured by a hydraulic metal door on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Monica Vinader, Kingfisher plc and Sony feature on the extensive client list.

Leading individuals

John Leadley - Baker McKenzie

Next generation lawyers

Joanne Redmond - Baker McKenzie

Kate Corby - Baker McKenzie

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Private funds
Private funds - ranked: tier 5

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s James Burdett’s work includes a number of fund formation mandates, often related to government-backed funds, as well as significant limited partner work. He advised Earth Capital Partners on the creation of the Nobel Sustainability Fund – a joint venture with a Chinese counterparty and backed by Prince Albert II of Monaco to create a fund investing in sustainable technology. He also acted for the Japan Bank for International Co-operation on launching the Russo-Japanese Investment Fund, a $1bn platform joint venture with the Russian Direct Investment Fund. Clients include Banque Cantonale de Genève and Guardian Media Group.

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Real estate funds
Real estate funds - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s funds team, led by James Burdett, advises a number of key institutional investors and managers. Highlights included Burdett advising Invesco on the creation of its UK Residential Fund and its European Value Add Fund, a €400m fund which invests in value-add properties across asset classes in Europe. In the limited partner space, he acted for Townsend Holdings on the investment by three of its clients as cornerstone investors into Standard Life Investments Real Estate Club III. Other clients include Mapletree.

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London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Routinely instructed in high-value and international trust disputes, Baker McKenzie is ‘outstanding, and has a genuine global reach. With ‘a very high profile internationally’, Anthony Poultonis the name on everyone’s lips. He is a leading practitioner in the field of complex trust and estate litigation for the many qualities he possesses, such as sure judgement, intelligence and know-how: all of which he delivers in a friendly and approachable manner’. Poulton has extensive experience advising clients on the management of the risks associated with exposure to wealth-related controversy, and routinely advises on corporate governance and family governance in addition to resolving ‘private’ family disputes. Other members of the ‘market-leading team of exceptional lawyers’ include Charles Thomson, who regularly advises trustees, beneficiaries and other interested parties across a number of jurisdictions, and associates Gemma Willingham (‘a delight to work with’), Luke Richardson (‘a star in the making’) and the ‘very strong’ Yindi Gesinde, who has ‘a good eye for detail, is extremely efficient, and is also well organised’. Highlights included acting for Mr. Vitaly Smagin in successfully overturning in the High Court an anti-enforcement order relating to a 2014 arbitral award of $72m; the team obtained an ex parte injunction freezing all of Mr Yegiazaryan’s assets in California to secure funds for the recovery of the arbitration award. Clients appreciate that ‘upon engagement with the firm, the team is clearly identified and the work is handled at the appropriate seniority. This ensures that costs are managed on a sensitive and practical basis’.

Leading individuals

Anthony Poulton - Baker McKenzie

Next generation lawyers

Gemma Willingham - Baker McKenzie

Yindi Gesinde - Baker McKenzie

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s team stands out for its ‘compatibility, and the dynamics within it. This is coupled with the depth of its experience and knowledge. Of particular note is the team’s awareness of the key issues (changes in legislation or developments in tax law) and how these can affect trustees and offshore structures’. The ‘truly excellentAshley Crossley is ‘a delight to work with’ and heads the wealth management department. Senior associate Phyllis Townsend advises international banks and trust companies, and high-net-worth individuals both in the UK and overseas. The team has seen a significant uptick in work from the Middle East, and has attracted a number of important engagements for leading banks. Highlights included advising the offshore trustees of a leading family in relation to UK-resident beneficiaries’ tax and trust reporting to the HMRC.

Leading individuals

Ashley Crossley - Baker McKenzie

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)
Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s team advised the arrangers of First State’s refinancing of the HH Ferries group, and corporate and M&A specialist Tim Sheddick, who assisted a major financial services client with its acquisition of a gas distribution business from a leading infrastructure entity. Other highlights included Marc Fèvre acting, alongside colleagues from the Johannesburg office, for the lender on the Elazig hospital PPP in Turkey. On the public sector side, the government of the British Virgin Islands instructed the team to oversee its airport expansion programme, with Mike Webster leading in this matter. Associate Tom Pound regularly supports Sheddick and is also a key contact alongside M&A partner David Allen and project finance expert Calvin Walker. Paul Hibbert joined Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP in 2017.

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Mining and minerals
Mining and minerals - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie advises on high-profile disputes, development projects and private equity investment matters, amongt others, for clients such as Rio Tinto, ArcelorMittal and Nrystar. Practice head Richard Blunt is acting for Audley on its acquisition of Anglo American Norte, the company’s Chilean copper mining branch, while construction law expert Mike Webster is assisting Ma’aden with the planned expansion of its phosphate production capabilities. The team also oversaw several distressed transactions, including Michael Herington, Gordon Low and of counsel Susannah Davies handling the sale of a mining and minerals consumables listed business. The group also advised a major mining group on two exploration joint ventures looking for copper reserves in Central Asia. Dispute resolution specialist Steve Abraham is representing several mining companies as suppliers to a smelting facility in a series of claims and defences following a catastrophic failure at the facility.

Next generation lawyers

Susannah Davies - Baker McKenzie

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Led by Hugh Stewart, the energy, mining and infrastructure team at Baker McKenzie handles cross-border M&A, project financings, disputes and arbitrations. David Duncan recently arrived from Allen & Overy LLP to strengthen the corporate offering, and Kate Corby was promoted to partner in the energy disputes practice. Stewart led the team assisting Vopak with the sale of its UK terminals business to Navigator Terminals, a joint venture between Greenergy International and Macquarie Group. Michael Herington is advising Sound Energy on its acquisition of a 17.5% interest in an offshore gas field in Morocco, a farm-in agreement, and a synthetic farm-out with Schlumberger regarding the Badile exploration license in Northern Italy. On the disputes front Steve Abraham is leading the team acting for a national oil and gas company in a dispute with a major manufacturer concerning the sale and purchase of two drills ships, and is acting for an oil company and its directors in a complex case against its retail joint venture partner in Europe following allegations that the client had pursued unlawful activities and designed the joint venture unfairly. Richard Blunt’s clients include Vitol, Crown Energy and British Airways.

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Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

The power offering at Baker McKenzie is led by ‘decisive and direct’ global head of project finance Calvin Walker and Hugh Stewart who has particular strength in M&A transactions. Having previously assisted the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) with the $24.4bn financing for the Barakah nuclear power plant in the UAE, Neil Donoghue is currently working alongside Walker to advise the client on the joint design, construction and operation of the project with Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation. Marc Fèvre is advising the Moroccan state-owned power and water utility on the development and operation of a wind farm PPP project, while the ‘very thorough’ senior associate Luka Lightfoot, whose ‘people skills are appreciated by both sides of the table’, was part of the team advising on the financing of a photovoltaic power plant in Egypt. On the conventional power front, senior associate Matthew Martin is active on the design, development, operation and maintenance of gas and coal-fired power plants.

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Water
Water - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s key contacts in this area include major projects and construction law specialist Mike Webster and Tim Sheddick, who focuses his practice on private and public M&A and corporate financing transactions. Recently made partner Kate Corby represented a water treatment and processing company in ICC arbitration proceedings against a joint venture partner with regards to which party should bear the excess costs incurred by the delays in the venture, while associate Tom Pound is part of the team assisting an international investor with the auction sale of shares in a UK water entity. A leading global infrastructure fund instructed the team to oversee the sale of its interest in a major UK infrastructure project. Energy, mining and infrastructure unit head Hugh Stewart is also a key contact.

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s client list comprises of public bodies and preeminent corporate businesses, including the FCA, Disney and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The Scottish Government was a significant addition to the firm’s client roster and instructed practice head Joanna Ludlam in the Supreme Court proceedings brought by Gina Miller, in order to intervene in the government triggering Article 50 without the permission of Scotland and Northern Ireland. Another significant mandate saw the practice assist BBC Trust with the publication of Dame Janet Smith’s report into the BBC’s practices during the time Jimmy Savile worked for the broadcaster. Recently promoted partner Francesca Richmond is noted for competition, EU law, human rights and judicial review matters.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 5

Baker McKenzie

At Baker McKenzie, head of practice Stephen Turner and Justin Salkeld continued to service the firm’s broad international client base across a range of areas, including finance, M&A, investment, development and corporate headquarters work. In the M&A space, Turner advised Emerson Electric on the real estate aspects of a series of carve-outs, including the spin out of its global Network Power business; and Salkeld assisted Equinix with its $3.8bn acquisition of Telecity Group. Turner was also involved in various significant investment deals, including representing a purchaser from the Far East in one of the UK’s largest property deals of 2016. Salkeld regularly acts for investors and operators in connection with the acquisition, development, operation and disposal of hotel assets; in on-going work he continues to represent Edwardian on the development of a high-profile luxury hotel project in the UK. In other highlights, the team assisted Cobelfret with various infrastructure and development projects, and also advised the Canadian High Commission on the re-gear and lease extension of its UK High Commission and Chancery buildings on Trafalgar Square and Cockspur Street.

Leading individuals

Justin Salkeld - Baker McKenzie

Stephen Turner - Baker McKenzie

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Construction: contentious and non-contentious
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Construction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s ‘very commercial’ practice has ‘an impressive practical understanding of the construction industry’, where it continues to focus on heavy engineering and process plant projects, as well as on the development of high-profile commercial buildings. The ‘calm and pragmaticMike Webster is in charge of non-contentious work and is advising the British Virgin Islands’ government on its international airport expansion project. Webster is also acting for the Housing Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago in relation to the Mount Hope Project, a social housing project being procured on a construction finance/PPP basis. Other important figures include nuclear specialist Neil Donoghue, who handles construction in the energy, mining, petrochemical and infrastructure sectors; and associate Matthew Martin, who ‘combines being hands on’ and ‘into the legal detail’, with ‘a deep commercial understanding of projects’. On the contentious side, Steve Abraham, who now heads up the dispute resolution practice for the London office, was active on both ICC and UNCITRAL arbitrations arising from the construction of major international energy and infrastructure projects; he is supported by newly promoted partner Kate Corby. Andy Moody acted for Retansel Enterprises in seeking to defend an anti-suit injunction brought against it by Mace (Russia), following a declaration by the Russian courts that the construction contract between the two parties had been terminated.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s practice has particular strength in product stewardship and climate change law, and the team acts for a range of international businesses including Google and Mattel. In 2016 Graham Stuart, who leads the practice, advised across the full spectrum of EU and UK law in areas such as chemicals, restricted substances, hazardous substances, waste electrical and electronic equipment, toys, biocidal products, and product ecodesign and energy efficiency. In the climate change space, the team regularly advises on global investments in emission reduction projects under the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism, and on voluntary carbon offsetting projects. Senior associate Rachel Barlow is the other main contact.

Leading individuals

Graham Stuart - Baker McKenzie

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Often acting on high-profile, high-value matters, Baker McKenzie’s practice has cross-border capabilities and excellent lender-side experience. Justin Salkeld and department head Stephen Turner continued to act for CIMB Bank Berhad on the financing of the £2bn Battersea Power Station redevelopment, the third of phase of which required a combination of Islamic and conventional financing. Paul Hibbert advised ING and Landesbank Baden-Württemberg on a £400m senior loan to refinance Salesforce Tower, also known as 110 Bishopsgate. Together with the Barcelona-based Marcel Enrich, Lynn Rosell Rowley assisted Spanish elderly care operator SARquavitae with refinancing a number of its existing loans. Other clients of the practice include Edwardian Group. Acquisition finance expert Sebastien Marcelin-Rice, funds specialist James Burdett, real estate tax expert James Smith and Ian Jack, who has a particular focus on CEE transactions, are also recommended.

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London: Risk advisory

Corporate governance
Corporate governance - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s clients ‘have nothing but positive things to say about the firm’. Its cross-practice team excels in assisting international clients with various aspects of their UK operations, including establishing and implementing corporate governance policies and procedures for their UK entities, and providing board-level advice on issues associated with cross-border redomestications. In other areas, the firm provides compliance advice on best practice guidelines, as well as rules and regulations, such as the Market Abuse Regulation, the UK Takeover Code and the Financial Services Act. Regulatory and internal investigations are other areas of strength. The firm also demonstrates notable capabilities in a wide range of crisis situations (including instances where corporates are in financial distress or where there are hostile bidders). The ‘very attentiveHelen Bradley is recommended along with other highly regarded individuals such as Dyann Heward-Mills, Roy Pearce, Sunny Mann, and practice head Beatriz Pessôa de Araújo.

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Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity
Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzieis building a strong practice in this area’ under the leadership of the ‘genuinely excellent’ Dyann Heward-Mills, who is recognised for her cybersecurity expertise. She and Harry Small recently worked with L’Oréal, advising on its data retention and deletion policy and its customer-facing privacy policy. Of counsel Nadia Banno defended Associated Newspapers in a data protection claim brought by Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis relating to two articles published by MailOnline. Symantec, Google, Netflix, BBC Trust and Pinterest are also key clients. Small is highly regarded for his cross-border advice on data protection compliance, and also attracts praise for his experience in relation to data security breaches. Julia Wilson leads the firm’s employment data protection group, advising on compliance and global strategies, and senior associate Benjamin Slinn advises on compliance projects and international data transfers.

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Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie utilises its strengths in litigation, financial services, and EU and competition to advise on the full spectrum of corporate crime matters, including internal investigations, anti-bribery, trade sanctions and cyber risks. Key individuals in the team include Charles Thomson, who focuses on civil and criminal cases involving fraud, asset tracing and tax violations; Sunny Mann, who specialises in UK and EU export control, sanctions and anti-bribery rules; compliance and investigations practice head Joanna Ludlam; and Jonathan Peddie, who has notable expertise in financial crime. Highlights included representing Bidcorp Foodservice in a claim against a former manager alleged to have misappropriated company assets and derived secret profits from bribe payments.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie attracts praise for its ‘seamless combination of IP expertise with a multi-jurisdictional outlook and wide global footprint that matches multinational clients’ needs’; the team provides ‘a multi-country solution and thinking combined with a single relationship point’. It has an excellent track record handling high-stakes trade mark enforcement and litigation, as well as big-ticket transactional mandates, and the team’s ‘user-friendly approach to legal services and willingness to adapt to client needs is highly valued’. Practice head Michael Hart is assisting a fashion brand with a number of actions against third parties concerning infringements of its copyright and design right protected garments. Other key figures include Ben Allgrove, who acts for Google on regulatory, consumer and data protection issues in relation to its content products; and Michelle Blunt and Paul Rawlinson, who are advising a global consumer goods company on a series of brand acquisition and disposal mandates. On the trade mark front, Jessica Le Gros (who is singled out for her ‘accurate, prompt and very business-oriented advice’) focuses on global brand clearance and trade mark disputes; Gros and Blunt assisted a building material company on its global rebranding project, which involved advising on trade mark clearance, commercial risk and strategy. Of counsels Helen Brown and Julia Hemmings, who are experienced at handling consumer transactions with an emphasis on the retail fashion sector, are other names to note. Eli Lily, HSBC, Kurt Geiger, Virgin Media and L'Oréal are also clients.

Leading individuals

Jessica Le Gros - Baker McKenzie

Michelle Blunt - Baker McKenzie

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Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie

Counting global payments services and high-profile banks among its client roster, the practice at Baker McKenzie assists clients with robotic automation work, outsourcing payments agreements and regulatory and commercial disputes; it also advises on data privacy matters and establishing supply chain finance platforms. Litigator Jonathan Peddie, who is especially active in the financial services regulatory space, represented global payments and foreign exchange service provider AFEX in proceedings brought against Newstar Garments regarding an unpaid debt that arose from a margin call agreement. Google is another client of the practice. Steve Holmes and group head Harry Small are IT experts active in financial services; Holmes has advised a large UK broadcaster on its financial technology transformation programme. Arun Srivastava is a non-contentious regulatory expert in the financial services space.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s team has ‘great industry knowledge’ and ‘a client-focused attitude’, and focuses on contentious and non-contentious matters. It acts for high-profile clients, including Three UK, and Emerson Electric. ‘Exceptionally talented’ practice head Steve Holmes is ‘quick to turn things around’ and ‘provides true strategic value-added advice’; he primarily handles transactions, and has particular expertise in cloud, licensing and systems integration. Recent work includes assisting Tesco Mobile with the outsourcing of its call centres to Capita, and advising several clients on the provision of VoIP services. Harry Small is highly regarded for his work on technology and outsourcing contracts, and acts for clients including Oracle and UBS. Ben Allgrove works across a number of different areas, but is best known for his work on copyright matters, Duncan Reid-Thomas focuses on commercial contracts and business process outsourcing, and David Halliday handles contentious issues relating to technology projects and outsourcing. Senior associates Charlotte Harrington and Nick Wloch are experienced in advising on IT and commercial agreements.

Leading individuals: Information technology

Harry Small - Baker McKenzie

Next generation lawyers

Charlotte Harrington - Baker McKenzie

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie has a diverse IP practice, which covers all aspects of IP. Practice head Michael Hart handles contentious and non-contentious matters, with a particular emphasis on copyright, designs, trade marks and trade secrets; his clients include HSBC and Sony. Ben Allgrove primarily focuses on regulatory and contentious issues, mainly relating to digital media; he acts for clients including Google, Hit Entertainment and Pinterest. Michelle Blunt heads the transactional and commercial IP practice. Hiroshi Sheraton specialises in patent litigation, mainly in the life sciences sector; he was part of a team handling several matters for Basilea Pharmaceutica, including advising on the exclusive licence of a drug product in certain jurisdictions to a pharmaceutical company, and assisting with the re-purchase of a product from a major pharmaceutical company. Paul Rawlinson, who serves as the global chair of the firm, leads on advice to Eli Lilly and Company on the client’s global anti-counterfeiting programme, recent work includes handling anti-counterfeiting actions for Elanco, Eli Lilly’s animal health company.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie specialises in technology and digital media matters, acting for a range of tech and media content clients. It advises Sovereign Films on film and investment agreements, acts for Google on a range of matters including complex e-commerce, consumer, regulatory and data protection issues. It is also defending Associated Newspapers in a data protection and privacy claim brought by Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis against MailOnline. Take-Two Interactive, Virgin Media and BBC Trust are also clients. Steve Holmes, who handles non-contentious media matters and has a focus on major transactions for media companies, and Ben Allgrove, who focuses on cutting-edge issues in the digital media space, jointly lead the team. Joanna Ludlam is noted for contentious matters, while Helen Brown and Julia Hemmings (both of counsel) are joint heads of the consumer and commercial advisory practice. Of counsel Nadia Banno advises on crisis response, media handling and risk management relating to sensitive investigations and litigation, public inquiries and select committee hearings. Senior associate Julia Dickenson is also recommended.

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PATMA: Trade mark attorneys
PATMA: Trade mark attorneys - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie (London)

Leveraging its extensive global footprint and broad industry coverage, Baker McKenzie’s trade mark practice spans UK and EU trade mark prosecution, global portfolio management and disputes. Jessica Le Gros heads the trade mark registration and global portfolio team and specialises in global brand clearance and trade mark disputes. Recent highlights include advising British American Tobacco on enforcing its Vype trade marks against a number of third party infringers, and assisting L'Oréal with actions for trade mark infringement, passing-off and copyright infringement. Senior trade mark attorney Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy is praised for her ‘great tenacity and focused, practical advice’. Global firm chair Paul Rawlinson is also recommended.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie continued to act for leading global pharmaceutical and biotechnology sector clients on non-contentious issues and in high-stakes patent litigation. In 2016 Jane Hobson and Julian Thurston were part of a sizeable multi-disciplinary team that advised Baxter International on the spin-off of its biopharmaceutical division, creating new company Baxalta. In other highlights, Ben Allgrove is advising a technology company on its collaborations with NHS trusts, which involves handling data protection issues, medical devices regulations and Freedom of Information Act issues, while IP litigator Hiroshi Sheraton represented a global pharmaceutical company in multi-jurisdictional patent litigation. Joanna Ludlam leads the compliance and investigations group and represented Biogen in a claim against a distributor regarding unpaid invoices, including advising on competition law and reputational risks. The team also assisted a pharmaceutical company with an internal investigation following a set of allegations made internally by a whistleblower in connection with alleged breaches of regulatory, competition and anti-bribery laws. Regulatory specialist Julia Gillert provides ‘excellent-value adding advice in a timely fashion’. Product liability defence specialist John Leadley and commercial lawyer Duncan Reid-Thomas are also names to note.

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London: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie leverages its international footprint to advise on disputes, regulatory, antitrust, projects and general commercial mandates in the aviation sector. The team is advising the BVI Government on its international airport expansion project. Hermes Airports, Menzies Aviation and IAG are also clients. Corporate partner Peter Strivens heads the team.

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