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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP has ‘an impressive ability to advise on wide-ranging as well as country-specific legal issues’. Duncan Reid-Thomas’s expertise spans various types of commercial agreements, including public and private procurements, manufacturing agreements and services agreements. Reid-Thomas and Michelle Bawn are advising CSL on matters arising from its $275m acquisition of Novartis’ global influenza vaccine business. Other key names include Steve Holmes, an expert in the telecommunications and media sectors, and technology and outsourcing lawyer Harry Small.

Leading individuals

Duncan Reid-Thomas - Baker McKenzie LLP

Steve Holmes - Baker McKenzie LLP

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP has a sizeable and fast-growing team of lawyers, tax advisers, accountants and economists who ‘work together to get the job done across disciplines and jurisdictions’. The group handles innovative tax-planning projects and high-profile transactions for clients including Fedex, Towers Watson and Coca-Cola European Partners. Mark Delaney has taken over as practice head from Alex Chadwick, who has been appointed London managing partner. M&A expert James Smith, transfer pricing head Richard Fletcher and Patrick O’Gara are also recommended.

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Customs and excise
Customs and excise - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP’s ‘very responsive, effective and knowledgeable’ team covers the full spectrum of customs and excise advice, from classification and valuation to investigations and litigation. Practice head Ross Denton and of counsel Jennifer Revis are recommended. Clients include some of the world’s leading multinationals.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie LLP

Samantha Mobley heads the ‘very strong’ practice at Baker McKenzie LLP, which advised ADM on an EC filing regarding the acquisition of AOR. Other clients include British American Tobacco, Cargill, Antalis and EDF, the last of which Keith Jones represented during the CMA’s energy market investigation. The ‘technically excellentLuis Gómez is singled out for his ‘good strategic sense and invaluable sense of humour’; Ross Denton is ‘commercially minded and very approachable’. Barclays’ former global competition head Nicola Northway is expected to join the department in the autumn of 2016.

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

Baker McKenzie LLP

The ‘practical, solution-oriented’ team at Baker McKenzie LLP had a very strong year; it is commended for its responsiveness and ‘cross-office coordination’. Led by the ‘personable, pragmatic and commercially mindedRoss Denton, the department’s remit is broad: among other things, it advises many FTSE-listed and Fortune 100 companies on export controls, sanctions, customs and anti-dumping. The practice is notably strong in the energy sector, where its clients include Shell. Sunny Mann and of counsel Jennifer Revis are particularly active.

Leading individuals

Ross Denton - Baker McKenzie LLP

Sunny Mann - Baker McKenzie LLP

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Equity capital markets
Equity capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP’s London capital markets practice acts as a hub for EMEA-wide work; highlights included Adam Farlow’s recent advice to Biocartis on its €115m IPO on Euronext Brussels, and Edward Bibko’s advice to Edita Food Industries on its $300m listing of LSE-listed global depository receipts (GDRs) as well as a listing on the Egyptian Exchange. James Thompson joined from Linklaters LLP, enhancing the group’s domestic capabilities. Roy Pearce is ‘always responsive and very thoughtful in analysing an issue’.

Leading individuals

Edward Bibko - Baker McKenzie LLP

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

Baker McKenzie LLP

Financial services (non-contentious/regulatory) - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie LLP

At Baker McKenzie LLP, ‘excellent’ team head Arun Srivastava recently represented the FCA as an interested party in a high-profile judicial review claim concerning KPMG’s role as an independent reviewer in the compensation process concerning mis-selling of interest rate swap products. Non-contentious work included advising Cash America/Enova on its successful FCA authorisation process.

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Investment funds
Private funds - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie LLP

Real estate funds - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP is primarily known for its private funds and real estate funds capabilities, handling every aspect of the funds lifecycle for clients such as Colony Capital, Invesco Real Estate and Employees Provident Fund (Malaysia). James Burdett heads the London investment funds practice.

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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 LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP displays ‘in-depth knowledge’ and gives ‘commercial, well-tailored advice’ under practice head Michael Herington; Jannan Crozier made partner in July 2015, and James Thompson and Joanna Hewitt joined from Linklaters LLP and Olswang LLP respectively in November 2015. Leveraging the firm’s multi-jurisdictional capabilities, Tim Gee advised Unilever on its acquisition of Procter & Gamble’s Camay and Zest businesses, including a large factory in Mexico City. Charles Whitefoord is widely recommended.

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

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP serves as ‘a one-stop shop’ in complex, multi-jurisdictional deals; the team is regarded as being ‘timely, attentive and responsive’ and ‘its work product is always impeccable’. The firm undertakes transactions across a wide range of sectors, including healthcare, TMT and energy. David Allen and others handled Bain Capital’s acquisition of Davigel from Nestlé. The firm also acts for CVC, Macquarie Group and KKR. Karen Guch, Tim Sheddick, Jannan Crozier are the other key figures along with the ‘pragmatic and responsiveCharles Whitefoord.

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

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP’s specialist team, headed by non-lawyer Mark Delaney (who attracts praise for his ‘experience, judgement and technical knowledge’), leverages the firm’s extensive global network to provide international tax structuring advice to a multinational client base. Other key contacts include tax director Mark Agnew and senior associate David Jamieson, who stands out for tax litigation.

Leading individuals

Mark Delaney - Baker McKenzie LLP

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Corporate crime (including fraud, bribery and corruption)
Corporate crime (including fraud, bribery and corruption) - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP’s ‘excellent’ business crime practice is led by Charles Thompson, Joanna Ludlam and Sunny Mann. The firm’s global reach has allowed it to respond to the increasingly co-ordinated global efforts of regulators and prosecutors. Jonathan Peddie recently joined the group from Barclays, where he led the litigation and financial crime team. Andrew Keltie retired at the end of 2015.

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Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP combines ‘a huge amount of knowledge and experience’ with a vast global reach to make the firm a ‘recognised and respected serious player’. Department co-head Charles Thompson has been involved in the ongoing Grupo Torras fraud litigation since 2002. Andrew Keltie retired at the end of 2015.

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London: Dispute resolution

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

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP strengthened its banking litigation capability with the recruitment of Hugh Lyons (who ‘has a wealth of experience’) from Hogan Lovells International LLP, and Jonathan Peddie, Barclays Bank’s former legal head of global financial crime. The team advised Landesbank Baden-Württemberg in proceedings involving credit derivative transactions. John Leadley heads the practice, which includes Edward Poulton, Charles Thomson and Steve Abraham.

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie LLP

Changes to Baker McKenzie LLP’s team included Jonathan Peddie’s arrival from Barclays Bank, and Tom Cassels and Jeremy Winter’s departures to Linklaters LLP and to become an independent arbitrator, respectively. The team defended Canaccord Genuity against a claim by American Leisure Group (ALG), which related to ALG’s AIM share placing. John Leadley heads the practice, which includes Charles Thomson, Steve Abraham, Joanna Ludlam and Edward Poulton.

Leading individuals

John Leadley - Baker McKenzie LLP

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Competition litigation
Competition litigation - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP’s practice is headed by Keith Jones and Francesca Richmond, who took over after the departure of Tom Cassels to Linklaters LLP. The practice has a strong focus on cross-jurisdictional matters and follow-on claims, acting for multinational clients such as Shell UK, Accenture and Camelot.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP hired Andy Moody from Eversheds LLP. The practice stands out for financial and M&A arbitrations; it is also recommended for energy, mining, infrastructure and investment treaty arbitrations. Steve Abraham, Edward Poulton and John Leadley are key contacts. Jeremy Winter became an independent arbitrator.

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Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP acts for both regulators and individuals within the financial and legal services sectors. Arun Srivastava leads the team, which acted for 13 individuals at European and US banks under investigation in connection with the LIBOR scandal. In another key matter, practice head Joanna Ludlam acted for four individual claimants in a judicial review of the introduction of a quality assurance scheme for advocates, which reached the Supreme Court. Team changes included the departure of Tom Cassels to Linklaters LLP, the retirement of Andrew Keltie, and Jonathan Peddie’s recruitment from Barclays Bank.

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Public international law
Public international law - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP welcomed Andy Moody from Eversheds LLP. The team combines expertise in investment treaty arbitration with international sanctions, climate change and environment work. Edward Poulton, Ross Denton and Sunwinder (Sunny) Mann are recommended.

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP provides ‘responsive and commercially focused advice’ to sponsors and banks including HSBC, Macquarie and Europa Capital. The ‘commercial and responsivePaul Hibbert regularly handles acquisition finance in the infrastructure space, and recently advised RBS on Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Partners’ acquisition of Wightlink ferries from Macquarie. Nick Tostivin, Bernard Sharp, Sebastien Marcelin-Rice and Lynn Rosell Rowley are also recommended.

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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 LLP

Nick Tostivin leads the ‘responsive and pragmatic’ team at Baker McKenzie LLP, which is noted for its ‘great market knowledge and exceptional service’ to lenders and corporates. The practice’s expertise covers a broad range of financings, ranging from short-term unsecured loans to global facilities involving multi-jurisdictional collateral, bilateral loans, syndicated loans and participations. Paul Hibbert (who is ‘excellent at infrastructure financings’) recently advised RBS on the financing of Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Partners’ acquisition of Wightlink ferries. Working alongside several offices including France and Turkey, Lynn Rosell Rowley advised Equinix on multi-jurisdictional financing, international due diligence and post takeover restructuring issues arising from its $3.6bn takeover of UK company, TelecityGroup plc, by way of scheme of arrangement. The ‘experienced and responsiveSebastien Marcelin-Rice is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Nick Tostivin - Baker McKenzie LLP

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

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP provides a ‘commercial and pragmatic’ service to a range of lenders, debtors, IPs and security trustees. Co-head Louise Webbcombines strong insolvency skills with great attention to detail’; she has been involved in several energy-related restructurings, including acting for the joint receivers, liquidators, and security trustee in an oil and gas related enforcement and sale process. The arrival in January 2016 of the ‘fantastic’ Hugh Lyons from Hogan Lovells International LLP enhances the group’s contentious prowess, particularly in disputes involving distressed or insolvent companies or fraud and financial misconduct. ‘Highly intellectual’ co-head Ian Jack is also recommended.

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Debt capital markets
Debt capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLPhas a great reputation in cross-border debt transactions’. Roy Pearce (who is ‘an excellent capital markets lawyer’) acted alongside Adam Farlow in three offerings for Ukraine’s Metinvest, including a $750m tranche of guaranteed notes. Also recommended are Simon Porter, whose trustee practice goes from strength to strength; and Chris Hogan, who stands out for debt and equity-linked deals in emerging markets, and advised the Kingdom of Bahrain on a $1.5bn Rule 144a bond offering. Don Guiney is recommended for US law matters.

Leading individuals

Chris Hogan - Baker McKenzie LLP

Roy Pearce - Baker McKenzie LLP

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Derivatives and structured products
Derivatives and structured products - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie LLP

Simon Porter now leads the structured capital markets group at Baker McKenzie LLP. Of counsel Farid Anvari is a key adviser to clearing houses on derivatives regulation. She also advised an asset manager on a structured repackaging deal involving a total return swap, and pension fund trustees on an insurance-based longevity transaction. Vincent Keaveny joined DLA Piper.

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Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLPhas vast experience in emerging markets and stands out for its excellent global coverage’. ‘Accurate and knowledgeable’ oil and gas expert Neil Donoghue advised Sonangol on its $10bn Sonaref refinery project. Marc Fèvre acted for Morocco’s state-owned power and water utility on an 850MW wind farm PPP. Ian Jack, Roy Pearce and debt specialist Adam Farlow regularly advise Ukraine’s Metinvest. Other key figures in the firm’s extremely deep bench include Sebastien Marcelin-Rice; the ‘reliable and thoughtfulSimon Porter and US-qualified Edward Bibko, who stand out for capital markets work; bank lending expert Nick Tostivin; and project finance specialist Calvin Walker.

Leading individuals

Calvin Walker - Baker McKenzie LLP

Marc Fèvre - Baker McKenzie LLP

Neil Donoghue - Baker McKenzie LLP

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High yield
High yield - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP has a leading high yield expert in Adam Farlow. He acted alongside Roy Pearce for China City Infrastructure on consent solicitations for its HK$600m notes issuance. They also acted for Metinvest on negotiations with holders of bond tranches totalling more than $1.1bn.

Leading individuals

Adam Farlow - Baker McKenzie LLP

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Securitisation
Securitisation - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP’s Jonathan Walsh is ‘one of the most experienced and savvy lawyers in the European securitisation sector’. He advised PrimeRevenue on establishing a supply chain finance programme, and acted alongside Sarah Porter (who is ‘smart, pragmatic, and a delight to work with’) for FirstRand Bank on UK auto-loan securitisations totalling £394m. For some, Simon Porter is ‘the best in town when it comes to trustee consent issues’. Vincent Keaveny joined DLA Piper.

Leading individuals

Jonathan Walsh - Baker McKenzie LLP

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Trade finance
Trade finance - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie LLP

Top-level trade and export finance firmBaker McKenzie LLP provides ‘spot-on advice and good value for money’. Frances Okosi, who leads the team from Johannesburg but co-ordinates the practice in London, and senior associate Luka Lightfoot are ‘resilient and hardworking problem solvers’. The firm’s large bank client base includes HSBC, Standard Chartered and ING, and its key sponsor clients include Metinvest and Nyrstar.

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP’s extensive global footprint makes it a natural choice for cross-border matters. Jeremy Edwards (‘a genuine expert’) leads the practice, and recently assisted Prudential with the launch of its global share plans. Other clients include Deutsche Bank and Accenture. Senior associate Alasdair Friend is ‘a pleasure to deal with’. Stephen Ratcliffe was promoted to partner in 2015.

Leading individuals

Jeremy Edwards - Baker McKenzie LLP

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Employment: employees/ unions
Leading individuals

Christine O’Brien - Baker McKenzie LLP

John Evason - Baker McKenzie LLP

Monica Kurnatowska - Baker McKenzie LLP

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

Baker McKenzie LLP

Clients consider Baker McKenzie LLP’s practice as ‘best in class’. It provides a ‘second-to-none service’ with ‘exceptional global coverage’ across international projects and M&A mandates; recent examples include advising Hewlett Packard on the employment aspects of a global spin-off. The team is also strong domestically and has substantial expertise in industrial relations issues. The ‘highly pragmatic and deeply technicalJohn Evason leads the practice, which includes Monica Kurnatowska, who ‘really knows her stuff’; Daniel Ellis; Christine O’Brien, who ‘goes the extra mile’; and Stephen Ratcliffe, who was promoted to the partnership in 2015 and works across employment and benefits.

Leading individuals

Christine O’Brien - Baker McKenzie LLP

John Evason - Baker McKenzie LLP

Monica Kurnatowska - Baker McKenzie LLP

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Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie LLP

The ‘excellent’ group at Baker McKenzie LLP sits within the firm’s wider employment and global immigration mobility department, which is headed by John Evason. The team primarily assists employers with international company transfers and Tier 2 visas.

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

Baker McKenzie LLP

Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie LLP

Jeanette Holland leads Baker McKenzie LLP’s ‘outstanding team’, which has ‘superb technical skills, a responsive service and strong business acumen’. Clients include American Express, Atos and the Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund (MNOPF). Robert West, who is ‘one of the industry’s legends’ and is ‘utterly unflappable’, is acting for the trustees of the MNOPF on the establishment of a defined contribution arrangement. Also recommended are Chantal Thompson, who is ‘a very sound individual’, the ‘proactive and brightArron Slocombe, and senior associate Jonathan Sharp, who is ‘a rising star’.

Leading individuals

Robert West - Baker McKenzie LLP

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London: Insurance

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

Baker McKenzie LLP

John Leadley (who is ‘the doyen of product liability litigation’) heads the practice at Baker McKenzie LLP, which is singled out for its product liability expertise relating to the biotechnology, electronics and consumables sectors. Leadley is leading the team defending Stryker Corporation in a product liability claim under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 concerning an allegedly defective hip replacement product. Other clients include Sony, Carlsberg and Logitech.

Leading individuals

John Leadley - Baker McKenzie LLP

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London: Private client

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

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP has ‘a market-leading practice’ that is renowned for its excellent work in big-ticket international trusts and estates litigation. Among its ‘quality lawyers’ is the ‘extremely knowledgeable’ head of department Anthony Poulton; ‘for the truly heavy cases with an international dimension, Poulton is without equal’. Senior associate Gemma Willingham provides clients with ‘clear advice on critically important issues’. Clients include Barclays Wealth, Grupo Torras and the Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund.

Leading individuals

Anthony Poulton - Baker McKenzie LLP

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

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP’s global footprint enables it to provide seamless cross-border advice, making it a natural choice for international disputes. Ashley Crossley heads the wealth management group and is praised for his ‘enormous knowledge of complex trusts’. Associate Phyllis Townsend is ‘exceptionally knowledgeable and wonderful with clients’. The team has strong Russia/CIS and Middle East links.

Leading individuals

Ashley Crossley - Baker McKenzie LLP

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Mining and minerals
Mining and minerals - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP’s group has been advising on a range of mining-related private equity investments, and is also handling a number of high-profile disputes. Department head Richard Blunt advised Audley Capital Advisors as part of the consortium acquiring Anglo American’s Norte copper business. Mike Webster has been assisting Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden) with the development and financing of an expansion to its existing operations.

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP’s ‘strong’ department is headed by Hugh Stewart and has ‘excellent industry knowledge’. Neil Donoghue advised Tata Petrodyne on its farm-in of a 25% interest in two oil exploration licences in Tanzania. Richard Blunt advised Vitol on the sale of its subsidiary Arawak Energy to Russian upstream group BMM. Other clients include Shell, Sonangol and Eni. Jeremy Winter has retired.

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

Baker McKenzie LLP

Headed by Hugh Stewart, Baker McKenzie LLP has a strong international offering. Neil Donoghue, who leads on nuclear matters, has been advising Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) on the financing and development of a $30bn nuclear power plant in the UAE. On the renewables and alternative energy side, Marc Fèvre has been assisting Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) with the $72m financing of a 16.5MW sugar cane waste biomass facility in South Africa. Other clients include Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund and EDF.

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London: Public sector

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

Baker McKenzie LLP

Joanna Ludlam heads Baker McKenzie LLP’s public law practice following the departure of Tom Cassels, who joined Linklaters LLP in January 2016. Its client roster includes private and public sector clients including the BBC Trust, Criminal Bar Association and Three. Arun Srivastava is representing the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in judicial review proceedings brought by Holmcroft Properties against KPMG concerning KPMG’s role as independent reviewer in the interest rate hedging product review.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie LLP

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie LLP

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP was active on a number of transactions for Asian investors, including advising Shimao on the £260m purchase of an office building in Paternoster Square, London. Another area of strength was the hotel sector, where Justin Salkeld, who ‘knows the property industry inside out’, advised a joint venture between Singha Estate and Fico on the purchase of the Jupiter hotels portfolio. Stephen Turner heads the practice.

Leading individuals

Justin Salkeld - Baker McKenzie LLP

Stephen Turner - Baker McKenzie LLP

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Construction
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie LLP

Construction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie LLP

Mike Webster heads Baker McKenzie LLP’s team, which is particularly strong in EPC and EPCM agreements in the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors. He is advising Southern Water on the procurement arrangements for its asset management plan. Steve Abraham and senior associate Kate Corby focus on international disputes. Jeremy Winter left the firm and is now an independent arbitrator.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie LLP

At Baker McKenzie LLP, practice head Graham Stuart has been advising many corporate clients on environment-related EU product regulations. Another area of strength is climate change, with recent work encompassing the EU Emissions Trading System. Key clients include Google, Logitech and Dyson.

Leading individuals

Graham Stuart - Baker McKenzie LLP

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie LLP

Stephen Turner heads Baker McKenzie LLP’s department, in which Justin Salkeld and Paul Hibbert are also prominent practitioners. The team advised CIMB Bank Berhad on the financing of the £2bn Battersea Power Station redevelopment. Senior associate Sudhir Nair joined from Linklaters LLP.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP’s ‘responsive, pragmatic and commercially focused team’ attracts praise for its ‘impressive strength in depth’. Highlights included Michelle Blunt’s advice to Unilever on the IP aspects of four strategic acquisitions in the skincare market, and Ben Allgrove’s work for Google, Pinterest and Warner Bros on a variety of IP issues. Michael Hart heads the IP department and Jessica Le Gros is the firm’s head of trade marks. Paul Rawlinson and of counsels Helen Brown and Julia Hemmings are also recommended. Other clients include British American Tobacco, L’Oréal and Dreamworks Animation.

Leading individuals

Jessica Le Gros - Baker McKenzie LLP

Michelle Blunt - Baker McKenzie LLP

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Data protection
Data protection - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie LLP

Harry Small’s ‘personable and professional’ technology group at Baker McKenzie LLP recruited barrister Dyann Heward-Mills from GE Capital in October 2015 to head the data protection and cyber security practice. Heward-Mills advises clients including Google, Netflix, Unilever and Pinterest on breaches, data transfers and the launch of new technology, among other matters.

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Franchising
Franchising - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP leverage the firm’s sizeable international footprint to act for a major international client base that includes Unilever, Rio Tinto and Carlsberg. Michelle Blunt is the main contact.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie LLP

The ‘very responsive and highly commercial’ team at Baker McKenzie LLPgoes out of its way to meet clients’ needs in a creative and solution-oriented way’. Key names include the ‘always excellentHarry Small, who heads the global technology practice group and is known for advising on outsourcing and technology services contracts; David Halliday, who primarily advises clients on IT-related disputes; Peter Strivens, who heads the telecoms practice and focuses on corporate transactions; and Steve Holmes,who advises clients on regulatory transactions. Also recommended are Ben Allgrove, whose wide-ranging expertise includes disputes, and Duncan Reid-Thomas, who focuses on business process outsourcing and commercial contracts. Clients include Google, Netflix, Virgin Media and EY.

Leading individuals: information technology

Harry Small - Baker McKenzie LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie LLP

Singled out for its cross-border capabilities and its impressive global footprint, Baker McKenzie LLP’s practice acts for an impressive client base of global household names in a broad range of sectors. IT and software copyright specialist Ben Allgrove acted for Virgin Media in its role as intervener in ITV v TVCatchup, regarding the compatibility of the Copyright Designs and Patent Act 1988 with European law. Hiroshi Sheraton focuses on advising life sciences sector clients on patent strategy, transactions and litigation. Managing partner Michael Hart heads the IP practice, which includes commercial IP partner Michelle Blunt and head of trade marks Jessica Le Gros.

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

Baker McKenzie LLP

Steve Holmes and Ben Allgrove head the ‘excellent’ practice at Baker McKenzie LLP, which acts for Google, Netflix, Guardian Media Group and the BBC Trust, and handles corporate and regulatory matters and litigation across all areas of the media. Allgrove continues to act for Virgin Media in a major copyright case before the Court of Appeal, and of counsel Nadia Banno (who is noted for her ‘great judgement and commercial acumen’) defended Associated Newspapers in a data protection and privacy claim brought by Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis.

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

Baker McKenzie LLP (London)

Baker McKenzie LLP is a major international law firm with a strong UK trade mark team. Department head Jessica Le Gros advises large corporations such as British American Tobacco, Dreamworks Animation, Unilever and HSBC. Recommended senior associates include Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy, who acts for numerous fashion and cosmetic companies, and Nadine Archer.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP continued to advise CSL on its acquisition of Novartis’ global influenza vaccine business, and acted for Quest Diagnostics on the formation of a joint venture with Quintiles Transnational Holdings to form a global laboratory services business. It also defended Stryker in a product liability case concerning defective hip replacements and advised two generic pharmaceutical companies on “pay for delay” patent settlement cases. Patent lawyer Hiroshi Sheraton heads the practice in London and Jane Hobson is the global head of pharmaceuticals and healthcare. Julian Thurston is also recommended.

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London: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP’s multidisciplinary team is led by Peter Strivens and acts for clients including International Airlines Group, Macquarie, Hermes Airports and Deutsche Lufthansa. Samantha Mobley is noted for antitrust and competition matters.

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  • The New Turkish Code of Obligations: Important Changes for Leases of Residential & Business Premises

    For decades, the primary Turkish laws governing leases of residential and business premises have been the Law on Leasing Real Property dated May 27, 1955 (the “Lease Law”) and the Turkish Code of Obligations No. 818 dated April 22, 1926 (the “Obligations Code”). Both of these laws, however, will be repealed and replaced with the new Turkish Code of Obligations No. 6098 dated January 11, 2011 (the “New Obligations Code”), which will enter into force on July 7, 2012.
    - Esin Attorney Partnership

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