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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 team handles a wide ambit of commercial agreements for clients active in industries such as financial services and technology (including fintech), and telecommunications. Team head Duncan Reid-Thomas has healthcare sector expertise. Of counsels Helen Brown and Julia Hemmings (who are particularly knowledgeable about the retail fashion and digital/new media industries) head up the firm's consumer advisory practice, which covers distribution arrangements, online and offline sales, marketing, e-commerce and privacy issues. Google, Tesco Mobile, L'Oreal and DeepMind are notable clients. Sue McLean joined in September 2017 from Morrison & Foerster LLP. Steve Holmes and associate Charlotte Harrington are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Duncan Reid-Thomas - Baker McKenzie

Steve Holmes - Baker McKenzie

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie's sizeable tax practice is a core pillar of the firm's presence in London, offering transactional, tax advisory and planning support to the range of major corporates and other investors in the UK, with particular expertise in the technology and financial services spaces. James Smith is head of the transaction tax group and took the lead in advising Emerson Electric on its $3.2bn acquisition of Pentair's global valves and controls business, and separately in relation to a series of major complex carve-out transactions. Smith also led the team acting for Post Holdings on its £1.4bn acquisition of Weetabix from Baring Private Equity Asia and Shanghai-based Bright Foods. James Wilson managed a multi-jurisdictional team that provided post-acquisition tax advice to Tapestry following its $2.4bn acquisition of Kate Spade. Managing partner of the London office Alex Chadwick focuses on international tax planning and specialises in matters pertaining to corporate finance, M&A, joint ventures and corporate restructuring. Richard Fletcher heads the UK transfer pricing group, which includes seasoned professional Jukka Karjalainen. Kate Alexander is recommended for her expertise in financing taxation law; Patrick O’Gara specialises in UK and international tax planning.

Next generation lawyers

James Smith - Baker McKenzie

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Customs and Excise
Customs and Excise - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie regularly handles customs and excise investigations and appeals for global corporates. Drawing on its transatlantic capabilities, the group is often called upon to advise clients, including major retailers, manufacturers and distributors, on a range of business-critical matters, including the implications of the withdrawal of the US from certain free trade agreements. 'Commercially aware' practice head Jennifer Revis, who was promoted to partner in July 2017, displays 'excellent knowledge of customs legislation and its wider global application'. Other key figures include trade specialist Ross Denton, who primarily advises EU, US and Japanese multinationals on all aspects of customs; head of tax Mark Delaney, who has expansive knowledge of indirect tax solutions relating to the technology and telecommunications sectors; and associate Jessica Mutton, who is noted for providing 'on-target' advice in relation to international trade and anti-bribery work, which encompasses customs, export controls and sanctions matters.

Leading individuals

Jennifer Revis - Baker McKenzie

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

The 'excellent' competition practice at Baker McKenzie acts for clients across a wide range of industry sectors including consumer goods and retail, financial services, energy, mining and infrastructure, industrials and technology. Samantha Mobley  heads the firm’s EU, competition and trade practice and is advising Unilever with senior associate Irena Apostopoulos on the acquisition of Latin American consumer goods firm Quala, which required clearance at Phase 1 stage in Mexico and in Phase II in Colombia.  Keith Jones advised British American Tobacco on the acquisition of brands and retail assets of Bulgartabac, requiring regulatory approval in a number of Balkan states. Ross Denton  is noted for his expertise in cartel matters, acting for clients such as Mitsubishi Electric and Fedex. Jonathan Stoodley joined the team in December 2017 as a consultant, having previously worked for the Secretariat-General of the EC.

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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

Baker McKenzie¬†'s¬†‚Äėlegal service in the trade compliance area is superb‚Äô; ‚Äėthe firm has deep knowledge of economic sanctions and export controls‚Äô. Key industries for the practice are aerospace and defence, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, energy, financial services and fast moving consumer goods. The ‚Äėwise and practical‚Äô¬†Ross Denton¬†heads the practice and ‚Äėhas provided solutions to seemingly insolvable issues on more than one occasion‚Äô; his key clients include Apple, Halliburton and Sony.¬†Sunny Mann¬†(‚Äėcombines deep expertise with a cheerful personality, making him a pleasure to work with‚Äô) has been advising a large energy services company on a criminal investigation led by HMRC into alleged violations involving EU and UK sanctions against Russia and UK export controls. Tristan Grimmer¬†specialises in advising clients on export controls, sanctions, and anti-bribery and corruption. ¬†Senior associate¬†Sven Bates¬†is recommended as ‚Äėan up-and-comer, with broad expertise in the sanctions compliance space‚Äô.

Leading individuals

Ross Denton - Baker McKenzie

Sunny Mann - Baker McKenzie

Next generation lawyers

Sven Bates - Baker McKenzie

Tristan Grimmer - Baker McKenzie

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Equity capital markets
Equity capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

The team at¬†Baker McKenzie¬†acts for a range of issuers and underwriters on cross-border mandates.¬†James Thompson¬†and Simon Porter¬†acted for Global Ports Holding on its ¬£154m IPO on the LSE; also in the Turkish space,¬†Mavi Giyim Sanayi ve Ticaret instructed Thompson and¬†Nick O‚ÄôDonnell¬†on its TRY1.17bn IPO on the Borsa ńįstanbul, which was Turkey's largest IPO in five years. UK- and US-qualified group head¬†Adam Farlow¬†assisted Nyrstar with a ¬£100m sale of shares via a private placement. On the underwriter side, O'Donnell advised EFG Hermes and Citigroup as joint bookrunners on ADES International Holding's $243m IPO. Deutsche Bank is another underwriter client. Edward Bibko left in September 2017 for an in-house role at Jefferies.

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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

Baker McKenzie 's department is strong in a variety of sectors, including infrastructure, manufacturing, consumer goods, healthcare and life sciences. Jane Hobson heads the private M&A side of the practice, and recently handled ICU Medical’s $900m acquisition of Pfizer’s global infusion therapy business, Hospira Infusion Systems. Jannan Crozier is noted for her expertise in complex carve-out transactions, a notable example of which involved advising SUEZ Water on the carve-out aspects of its $3.4bn acquisition of GE Water. On the public M&A side, practice head Helen Bradley and Melanie Howard have been advising Alawwal Bank on its proposed merger with Saudi British Bank, while Bradley and James Thompson advised TVH on its cash offer for Lavendon Group. Former global head of M&A Tim Gee maintains a strong practice focusing in the consumer and industrial sectors. David Scott is noted for work in the fast-moving consumer goods sector, recently advising Unilever on its acquisitions of brands of Latin American consumer goods firm Quala. Susannah Davies was promoted to partner level.

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Private equity: transactions
Private equity: transactions ‚Äď high-value deals - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie's 'supremely knowledgeable' global practice head¬†David Allen¬†provides 'a wealth of insightful and well-balanced commercial counsel'. Also praised by clients is 'knowledgeable and responsive' associate¬†James Adams. The firm had a strong 2017 on the deals front, generating work across a wide range of industries, including life sciences, TMT, energy and natural resources, financial institutions, and consumer and retail. It was particularly active in handling deals for Bain Capital; one of the highlights involved Allen (and practitioners from other European offices) advising the client on the sale of the Polish business of one of the client's portfolio companies, Autodis group, to LKQ Corporation. In another matter,¬†Alex Lewis¬†was part of the team which advised Bain Capital on the proposed acquisition, though portfolio company Diversey, of Zenith Hygiene Group Plc. Elsewhere,¬†Tim Sheddick¬†and others assisted Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund III with the ‚ā¨1.3bn sale of its interest in Kastrup Airports Parent ApS to Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan. Other active clients include CVC, Nordic Capital, Apax and Bluegem Capital.¬†Karen Guch¬†has more than 20 years of experience of private equity transactions.¬†Charles Whitefoord¬†is another seasoned practitioner.

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

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie's impressive standalone VAT practice is led by Mark Delaney and leverages the firm's global reach to handle multi-jurisdictional VAT projects. Major contentious investigations and disputes are a core area of expertise, while on the non-contentious end, it is often called upon to advise on the design and implementation of VAT-efficient tax structures. Mark Agnew brings 'a unique perspective and commercial mindset' to problems, for which he provides 'practical solutions'. Promoted to partner in June 2018, tax litigator David Jamieson specialises in VAT and indirect tax disputes with the UK authorities. He has appeared as lead advocate at both the First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal, as well as the supreme court. The group is representing Marriott at the Upper Tribunal in a groundbreaking case regarding the VAT consequences of customer loyalty programs, having acted for the client on the same matter in the French courts. Ross Denton and Jennifer Revis (who was promoted to partner in July 2017) are key contentious practitioners, both with expertise in indirect tax matters.

Leading individuals

Mark Delaney - Baker McKenzie

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie¬†handles complex multi-jurisdictional fraud matters including conspiracy claims, economic torts, fraudulent misrepresentation, asset tracing, and preservation and disclosure orders. Head of practice Charles Thomson¬†has ‚Äėvery quietly and effectively built up a first-class team in this area‚Äô. He led the team acting for Bidcorp Foodservice in relation to a breach of fiduciary duty and employment contract by a former managing director, this matter was worth ¬£45m. The firm also recently acted for Landesbank Baden-Wurttemberg in a case worth several hundred million pounds. It continues to act for Grupo Torras in relation to the recovery of stolen assets and ongoing Spanish criminal proceedings. Hugh Lyons¬†is adept at representing financial institutions and corporates in disputes, insolvency and investigations matters. Jonathan Peddie¬†is experienced in handling cases of financial crime, corporate investigations, regulatory enforcement, and civil and criminal litigation. Senior associate Henry Garfield¬†is also recommended.

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London: Dispute resolution

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

Baker McKenzie

Able to act on large and complex cases, Baker McKenzie’s team heads are Hugh Lyons and Jonathan Peddie. Much of Lyons’ work arises from disputed financing transactions, restructuring and insolvency, fraud and financial misconduct; and 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. In a case that showcases the practice’s strength in dealing with cross-border disputes, it acted for Dubai Islamic Bank in proceedings to recover approximately $500m stolen from it in a complex receivables financing fraud. Edward Poulton is noted for his advice to clients on managing risk and resolving disputes relating to financial services; and Charles Thomson was recently seconded to a retail bank to head up the EME fraud team, where he advised on money laundering and anti-corruption related matters, as well as matters that resulted in litigation before the High Court.

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie

Standing out for its global footprint, Baker McKenzie regularly acts in complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes and has particular expertise in fraud, administrative and public law, and competition litigation. The team's 'service is excellent, with fast turnarounds and succinct and practical advice'. Recent matters include representing Dubai Islamic Bank PJSC in proceedings to recover approximately $500m stolen from it in a complex receivables financing fraud. John Leadley heads up the global dispute resolution practice group; and Hugh Lyons, whose 'work is always reliable' regularly advises clients on litigation and investigations arising from financing transactions, restructuring and insolvency, fraud, and financial misconduct. Other principal advisers include Charles Thomson, Steve Abraham and of counsel Nadia Banno.

Leading individuals

John Leadley - Baker McKenzie

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Competition litigation
Competition litigation - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie's team draws on the firm's international presence to offer claimants and defendants cross-jurisdictional representation in competition litigation, including standalone and follow-on damages claims. The group is led by Francesca Richmond, who advised Eurofoam on the defence of a claim brought by multiple claimants following a European Commission decision that the client was involved in a cartel infringement in various European jurisdictions; leading to a settlement out of court. Keith Jones and senior associate Jennifer Reeves are also recommended.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie's international arbitration practice covers financial and M&A disputes; energy, mining, construction and infrastructure; and it fields lawyers with regional expertise in the Middle East and CIS. Steve Abraham leads the firm's London dispute resolution practice; John Leadley chairs the global dispute resolution team; Andy Moody  is'highly experienced'; Kate Corby is 'excellent, smart, focused and very adaptable'; and Ed Poulton is recommended for financial services and M&A-related disputes.

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Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is noted for its focus on the  focus on the financial and legal sectors. Joanna Ludlam's representative experience includes acting for two high-profile law firms in respect of separate Solicitors Regulation Authority regulatory investigations into their professional conduct; and acting for a global investment bank investigating whistleblower allegations relating to suspected bribery, money laundering and fraud being committed in Indonesia and Singapore. Jonathan Peddie is also a key figure.

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Public international law
Public international law - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is 'a versatile and experienced firm that is very capable of handling unusual public international law issues'. The team has extensive experience advising claimants in disputes against states and state-owned entities in commercial and investment-related arbitrations; it also acts across the oil and gas chain, acting for oil majors, service providers, and sovereign states and entities. The team acted for the Kazakhstan national gas operator, KazTransGas (KTG), in its dispute with the Government of Georgia concerning the appointment of a special receiver over KTG's Georgian subsidiary. Edward Poulton and Andy Moody are 'both very experienced and have sound judgment'. The other names to note are Ross Denton and Sunwinder (Sunny) Mann.

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Tax litigation and investigations
Tax litigation and investigations - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie's multi-disciplinary team is noted for its depth of expertise, with specialist expertise covering the contentious aspects of corporate and indirect tax and transfer pricing. Drawing on the firm's global presence, it is particularly well placed to handle cross-border matters and disputes with multiple tax authorities, showcased by its involvement in major transfer pricing litigation involving Europe and the US, led on by Richard Fletcher and Kate Alexander. The group is jointly-led by Nigel Dolman and David Jamieson (who was made a partner in July 2018). Mark Delaney is singled out for work on global indirect tax projects and ability to coordinate with regulatory authorities. In a recent highlight, newly minted partner Jessica Eden acted for UK Power networks in a successful case before the First-Tier Tax Tribunal, defending claims for consortium relief made by a number of subsidiaries in the UKPN group.

Leading individuals

Nigel Dolman - Baker McKenzie

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie

Headed by¬†Nick Tostivin,¬†Baker McKenzie¬†'s seven-partner banking team is regularly engaged in acquisition finance matters for borrowers and lenders¬†on matters encompassing structures across the capital spectrum including senior and mezzanine debt, as well as high yield bonds. Benefiting from a vast international network of offices, the team adds particular value to clients seeking a one-stop shop service on big-ticket cross-border mandates. For example, in a deal which involved significant support from numerous European offices, as well as Hong Kong and South Africa,¬†Lynn Rosell Rowley¬†acted for a syndicate of 14 lenders on the¬†‚ā¨1.95bn debt financing to fund the¬†‚ā¨4.5bn acquisition of Ista International by a Chinese joint venture between CK Infrastructure Holdings and Cheung Kong Property Holdings. The team was bolstered by the arrival in August 2017 of¬†Matthew Smith and¬†Geoff O‚ÄôDea¬†from¬†Travers Smith LLP¬†and¬†Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, respectively.

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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, Baker McKenzie 's seven-partner team in London works on a standalone basis and often in conjunction with other finance practitioners from across the firm's network of offices, to provide a 'responsive and value-for-money service' to lenders and corporates across a broad array of financings, ranging from short-term unsecured loans to global facilities involving multi-jurisdictional collateral, bilateral loans, syndicated loans and participations. Working closely with practitioners from the firm's Luxembourg office, Lynn Rosell Rowley advised Macquarie Atlas Roads on the financing for its acquisition of a minority stake in Autoroutes-Rhin-Rhone. Sebastian Marcelin-Rice has 'very wide experience in cross-border lending' and is also recommended, as is associate Sudhir Nair.

Leading individuals

Nick Tostivin - Baker McKenzie

Next generation lawyers

Sudhir Nair - Baker McKenzie

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Debt capital markets
Debt capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie's London office is a key hub for emerging markets debt issuance, in which the firm is one of the most prominent players. Frequently acting for first-time issuers, the practice is known for successfully navigating complex political and economic environments to ensure the efficient execution of complex transactions. A key strength is its ability to call on¬†English and US law capability in London, which enables it to handle¬†Rule 144a offerings into the the US market.¬†Adam Farlow¬†¬†focuses mainly on¬†high yield transactions but applies his in-depth knowledge of US securities law on a broad range of debt deals.¬†Simon Porter¬†leads the firm's corporate trust practice and is also regarded as one of the UK's leading experts in Turkish deals. Together, they assisted Deutsche Trustee Company with the restructuring of more than ‚ā¨4bn in outstanding bonds of Abengoa.¬†Roy Pearce¬†is recommended for representing¬†issuers and investment banks in Eurobond issuance and debt restructuring, with a particular focus on offerings from Central and Eastern Europe and the CIS. His recent highlights include acting for mining and steel company¬†Metinvest on the restructuring of $2.3bn of debt.

Leading individuals

Roy Pearce - Baker McKenzie

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

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie advises on complex hedging arrangements for numerous large, cross-border securitisations and syndicated debt financings, as well as in connection with several more esoteric and bespoke structured derivatives deals. The firm's global presence sees it handle transactions involving new clients in a broad range of jurisdictions including Africa, the Middle East and Russia, as well as in specific industry sectors such as energy, mining and infrastructure. Its work in 2017 comprised day-to-day hedging activities for international financial institutions and corporates, as well as high-profile and complex transactions. Last year, the firm acted for Ellomay Capital in the development and financing of Talasol solar electricity facility in Spain. The transaction is one of the first to use a tradeable derivative instrument to hedge the expected price of the electricity generated by a proposed solar facility located in Spain. The key lawyer in that deal was of counsel Phung Pham, who leads the London derivatives practice and advises financial institutions, corporates and state-owned entities on transactions across all asset classes. Also recommended are Simon Porter, who leads the structured capital markets practice and handles structured products work, and is also head of the corporate trust practice, and Chris Hogan, who works between the firm's London and Johannesburg offices.

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Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie's global presence gives its London practice access to in-depth local knowledge of emerging markets around the world, and brings its finance group into some of the most demanding and high-value deals in the market. More than half of the firm's offices are located in emerging markets, and its London office plays a key role in transactions in¬†Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Latin America on behalf of financial institutions, sponsors and borrowers. The firm's highlights from 2017 included advising¬†Bank of America Merrill Lynch International on a ‚ā¨799m and $411m dual-currency term loan for¬†Yapi ve Kredi Bankasi in Turkey. The practice also acted for a syndicate of 14 lenders including¬†Banca IMI, BNP Paribas, ING and¬†Scotiabank Europe in a ‚ā¨1.95bn loan as part of the ‚ā¨4.5bn financing of the acquisition of energy efficiency solution provider Ista International. Acquisition finance specialist¬†Lynn Rosell Rowley¬†led that deal. Experienced project finance partner¬†Calvin Walker¬†acted for¬†Bayerische Landesbank and Arab African International Bank in a $126m project financing for¬†Infinity 50 Renewable Energy, which is developing a¬†50MW solar photovoltaic power plant in Ben Ban, Egypt.¬†Marc F√®vre, who frequently¬†advises government authorities, developers, lenders and secondary market investors on all aspects of energy and infrastructure transactions, also played a key role in that deal. Other recommended partners include head of banking¬†Nick Tostivin,¬†who¬†focuses on syndicated lending transactions and acquisition finance;¬†leveraged acquisition and infrastructure financing partner¬†Ian Jack; structured capital markets partner¬†Simon Porter; head of the firm's¬†global nuclear energy practice¬†Neil Donoghue; and debt capital markets specialist¬†Adam Farlow.

Leading individuals

Calvin Walker - Baker McKenzie

Marc Fèvre - Baker McKenzie

Neil Donoghue - Baker McKenzie

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High yield
High yield - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie¬†has an¬†integrated US and UK capital markets capability that enables it to advise on European high yield debt from London. Its extensive international network of offices enables it to also play a key role in emerging markets debt, which often uses English law with high yield covenants. Dual US- and UK-qualified¬†Adam Farlow¬†is the key partner and his practice encompasses new money issuance, restructuring and liability management. He frequently acts for both issuers and trustees. Farlow acted alongside¬†Roy Pearce,¬†who focuses on emerging markets issuances and is recommended for his work on English law Eurobonds with high yield style covenant packages, on the $2.2bn restructuring of client Metinvest, a Ukrainian and international mining and steel company, which included the replacement of high yield bonds with new debt offerings.¬†Simon Porter¬†is a key player on the trustee side and frequently handles bond restructurings. Porter and Farlow advised Deutsche Trustee Company on the restructuring of more than ‚ā¨4bn in outstanding bonds of Abengoa, which develops¬†¬†innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the infrastructure, energy and water sectors.

Leading individuals

Adam Farlow - Baker McKenzie

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Securitisation
Securitisation - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie¬†has reshaped its securitisation practice following the departure of key partners¬†Jonathan Walsh, who¬†moved to¬†Ashurst, and Simon Schiff, who left the firm in 2018 to found his own structured finance consultancy.¬†Capital markets expert¬†Simon Porter¬†leads the practice and advises on debt, equity, equity-linked and structured products. He is head of the firm's corporate trust group and advises issuers and trustees, although he increasingly acts for arrangers in complex transactions.¬†Of counsel¬†Phung Pham, who leads the firm's derivatives practice, frequently advises on¬†hedging and rating agency requirements related to securitisations. Newly promoted partner¬†Jeremy Levy¬†acts for sponsors, originators, arrangers and trustees in securitisation and other structured finance transactions involving trade receivables, residential mortgages and auto loans.¬†The firm acted for¬†Bank of America Merrill Lynch as arranger and Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays Bank plc and Santander Global Corporate Banking as joint lead managers in a ‚ā¨699m issuance of notes backed by¬†Finnish auto loans. The deal was led by Walsh before his departure, but¬†associate¬†Sarah Porter¬†played a key role. With Simon Porter, she handled high-profile defaults, including the ‚ā¨2.7bn Air Berlin default, for trustee BNP Paribas.

Next generation lawyers

Jeremy Levy - Baker McKenzie

Sarah Porter - Baker McKenzie

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Trade finance
Trade finance - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie¬†draws on the strength of its banking and finance practice, as well as its presence in key emerging markets, to handle a steady flow of trade finance transactions.¬†Nick Tostivin¬†is the key partner in London and he¬†has extensive experience in syndicated lending transactions including acquisition finance. He recently advised an export credit agency and a global bank as lenders on ECA-backed facilities to finance equipment for companies in emerging markets. Senior associate¬†Luka Lightfoot¬†in the banking and finance group works on both trade and project finance matters. He played a key role in advising Bank of America Merrill Lynch on ‚ā¨799m and $411m dual-currency term loan facilities provided to Yapi ve Kredi Bankasi. He also assisted a leading investment bank with a comprehensive, multi-jurisdictional due diligence review of its bank-to-bank trade finance products.

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

Baker McKenzie fields a 'knowledgeable and friendly team' that includes 'true subject matter experts' who are 'professional, responsive, proactive, organised and an absolute pleasure to work with'. The department handles the full spectrum of share scheme work including international share plans, senior executive remuneration work and tax advice. In a recent highlight the group assisted Prudential with the launch of its global share plan; the team also acted for DS Smith on the review and launch of its international executive share plans and advised Accenture on the incentive elements of multiple acquisitions. Jeremy Edwards heads up the team and 'provides pragmatic solutions in an easy-to-understand format'; other key individuals include Stephen Ratcliffe and associate Gillian Murdoch, who is 'a high-quality lawyer in her approach, professionalism and technical knowledge'.

Leading individuals

Jeremy Edwards - Baker McKenzie

Next generation lawyers

Gillian Murdoch - Baker McKenzie

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

Baker McKenzie

'Leading player' Baker McKenzie 'makes a concerted effort to fully understand its clients' needs' and benefits from its 'incredible global footprint' to advise domestic and international clients on contentious and non-contentious mandates including global workforce restructurings, data privacy issues, investigations, union and collective rights work, regulatory advice and matters involving the financial services sector. John Evason leads the department; he recently represented Addison Lee in a gig economy case regarding the employment status of its drivers. Other highlights include Monica Kurnatowska and newly promoted partner Kim Sartin advising on the employment elements of multiple transactions for Emerson including the carve out and sale of its Network Power business and the sale of the Leroy Somer and Control Techniques businesses; Julia Wilson assisting ICU Medical with the employment elements of its acquisition of the Hospira Infusion Systems business from Pfizer, and Stephen Ratcliffe acting for Suez on its acquisition of GE's global water business. British Airways, Prudential, Alliance Boots and Guardian Media Group are also clients. Carl Richards is also recommended for TUPE and transactional mandates and senior associate Lily Collyer is a key name for financial services clients.

Leading individuals

Christine O'Brien - Baker McKenzie

John Evason - Baker McKenzie

Monica Kurnatowska - Baker McKenzie

Next generation lawyers

Lily Collyer - Baker McKenzie

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Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

The global immigration and mobility team at Baker McKenzie¬†provides a ‚Äėvery high level of service‚Äô to multinational companies, often advising on international transfers. The team also acts for individual clients such as entrepreneurs, sports personalities, leading musicians, actors and high-net-worth individuals on a range of immigration issues. Senior associate Tony Haque¬†leads the department and is ably supported by employment head John Evason, and senior associate Richard Mills, who has expertise acting for clients across the banking, finance, professional services, pharmaceutical and technology sectors.

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

Baker McKenzie

Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie 'demonstrates exceptional industry knowledge' and 'really makes an effort to know its clients and provide a positive experience across the board'. Jeanette Holland leads the team with senior counsel Robert West 'providing sound useful advice thanks to his extensive expertise in the field'. Key areas of strength for the team include derisking issues, funding and investment mandates, corporate support work and matters with a global element. Recent highlights include advising Serco on the conversion of a longevity swap to a buy-in policy, acting for Emerson Electric on the pensions aspects of its £$3.2bn acquisition of Pentair's valves and controls unit, and assisting Post Holdings with the pensions components of its acquisition of Weetabix. The group is also active in pensions litigation with notable expertise in cases regarding indexing issues and equalisation requirements. Arron Slocombe and Chantal Thompson are also names to note.

Leading individuals

Robert West (non-contentious) - Baker McKenzie

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London: Insurance

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

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie¬† continues to be involved in cases at the forefront of product liability law, with practice head John Leadley¬† (who ‚Äėhas great experience and is an outstandingly good strategist‚Äô) leading the way in pharmaceutical and industrial manufacturing work. Other key figures include associate Joanne Redmond¬†and Kate Corby, who is highly recommended for multi-jurisdictional product recalls. The practice is defending C.R. Bard against multiple claims relating to allegedly defective transvaginal mesh and an inferior vena cava filter. Another significant mandate saw Leadley lead a team representing Stryker Corporation (UK) in negotiating numerous pre-action settlements in a Consumer Protection Act case related to a hip replacement products. The firm recently increased its involvement in policy, becoming the only law firm to act as a member of a UK government working group on product safety.

Leading individuals

John Leadley - Baker McKenzie

Next generation lawyers

Kate Corby - Baker McKenzie

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Private funds
Private funds - ranked: tier 6

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie, which is noted for his infrastructure fund expertise,¬† 'consistently delivers what is requested, with a team that demonstrates a high level of technical knowledge and offers suitable advice when required'. James Burdett¬†plays¬†'a pivotal role during negotiations on fund terms and side letter clauses, ensuring clients are successful in achieving favourable¬†terms'; his clients include fund sponsors and institutional investors. Restructuring mandates included advising the investor advisory board of Arcus European Infrastructure Fund on extending the fund's term by a decade. Investor clients include Allianz Capital Partners, which the team advised on deploying ‚ā¨60m into Chequers Capital XVII, and GIC, which it advised on a commitment to Blue Water Energy Fund II.

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Real estate funds
Real estate funds - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

At Baker McKenzie,  James Burdett  and senior associate Eric Lim continue to advise The Townsend Group on various investments made by its clients. Other highlights include fund formations, manager M&A and representation of institutional investors. The Employees' Provident Fund of Malaysia is a cornerstone client.

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London: Private client

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

Baker McKenzie

The ‚Äėvery active‚Äô team at Baker McKenzie¬† routinely acts in major international and high-value trust disputes. According to some,¬†Anthony Poulton¬†is the ‚Äėtop international trusts litigator in London; he is a delight to work with, is analytically excellent and is completely on top of the detail of his cases‚Äô. Poulton has extensive experience advising clients on the management of the risks associated with exposure to wealth-related controversy and routinely advises on corporate and family governance issues in addition to resolving private family disputes for trustees, executors, protectors, beneficiaries and interested third parties. The group has specialist trust, wealth, and tax planning skills and this combined with its noted disputes capability (both domestically and internationally) enables it to provide a strong service to clients in this area. Other key members of the highly regarded team include senior associate Gemma Willingham,¬†who is ‚Äėvery good at developing strategy and is also excellent at problem solving and keeping clients informed‚Äô. Senior associate Luke Richardson¬†is described as a ‚Äėrising star- he will go places‚Äô. Ashley Crossley¬† is another stand out member of this ‚Äėvery impressive‚Äô team.

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

Ashley Crossley  heads the team at Baker McKenzie, which specialises in complex cross-border structuring, asset protection and advice particularly for major Middle Eastern clients and their family offices. It is advising on some of the latest developments in the holding and taxation of cryptocurrencies and Bitcoin. The group has also seen a large increase in international taxation disputes and work stemming from business and real-estate tax investigations and the cross-border exchange of information. Senior associate Phyllis Townsend  is also recommended.

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 3

Baker McKenzie

Known to clients for its 'quality lawyers, commercial advice and outstanding flexibility', Baker McKenzie fields practitioners such as Tim Sheddick who 'focuses on the important bits and doesn't get lost in worthless fights' and co-heads the practice with Mike Webster .  In recent highlights, the group collaborated with its Brussels colleagues to advise two infrastructure funds on strategic exit procedures for their indirect interests in a major European airport, and Marc Fèvre is currently leading the advice to the sponsor to a hospital PPP programme in Eastern Europe. Experienced M&A partner David Duncan recently arrived from Allen & Overy LLP  and represented an infrastructure fund in its successful bid for a portfolio of rooftop solar assets across England. Other key names include senior associates Tom Pound and Rhiannon Williams .

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Mining and minerals
Mining and minerals - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

The mining offering at Baker McKenzie was recently bolstered by the arrival of corporate expert David Duncan from Allen & Overy LLP . Senior associate Tom Pound supported practice head Richard Blunt to advise Anglo Pacific on its acquisition of a gross revenue royalty interest with regards to the Piaui nickel and cobalt project in Brazil, and Adam Farlow was part of a cross-jurisdictional team acting for Nyrstar in the issuance of senior guaranteed notes due 2024 to raise funds towards the conditional tender offer on the client's outstanding senior convertible bonds. On the projects side, Mike Webster and senior associate Rhiannon Williams oversaw the development of several gold mining projects in Central Asia and the Middle East.

Next generation lawyers

Tom Pound - Baker McKenzie

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Richard Blunt 's oil and gas offering at Baker McKenzie is currently advising Shell on its involvement in the Baltic LNG project and recently negotiated a production sharing contract with the government of Salah Aldeen in Iraq on behalf of Crown Energy. In other highlights, Tim Sheddick recently represented Macquarie in its consortium agreements regarding the all-cash £3.6bn acquisition of a 61% stake in National Grid's UK gas distribution business, and Neil Donoghue continues to counsel a power generation company alongside Calvin Walker with regards to the financing, construction and development of a new gas-fired plant in the UK. Steve Abraham is one of the main names to note for dispute resolution and international arbitration, and Marc Fèvre handles greenfield developments and project financing mandates. Corporate specialist David Duncan recently joined the firm from Allen & Overy LLP .

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

Baker McKenzie

Richard Blunt spearheads the energy, mining and infrastructure department at Baker McKenzie which was recently strengthened by the arrival of M&A specialist David Duncan from Allen & Overy LLP . The group recently advised clients on a number of innovative project-financing and high-profile transactions in the power space; Calvin Walker and Marc Fèvre worked with the firm's Frankfurt office to assist Bayerische Landesbank and Arab African International Bank as lenders on the financing of a solar photo voltaic plant in Egypt, and Charles Whitefoord represented Lightsource in the creation of a strategic platform with Blackrock Real for the acquisition and ownership of UK solar assets. Also notable is Neil Donoghue who recently oversaw all aspects of the chapter 11 filings of a US manufacturing company - which involved significant regulatory issues in the nuclear space. Other notable clients include BP, Suez and Marubeni whom senior associate Tania Arora counselled on the procurement and decommissioning of a coal-fired power plant in Botswana.

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Water
Water - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie 's Jannan Crozier recently handled the carve-out issues arising from Suez's all-cash acquisition of GE Water in partnership with Canadian investment company CDPQ, and Tim Sheddick oversaw Macquarie's sale of its 26.315% stake in Thames Water through auction with the help of associate Tom Pound . In other highlights, construction and projects specialist Mike Webster continues to advise a mining company on its treated water supply arrangements for its phosphates and related process plants complex in the Middle East.

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London: Public sector

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

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie serves an impressive range of clients from regulators and well-known corporate clients to pressure groups and those in need of pro bono assistance. It has especially notable experience in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, technology and finance sectors. It advised the United Nations Commissioner for Refugees on a number of high-profile refugee law cases. It also acted for Stonewall Equality as intervener in a complex case involving equality and human rights issues with regard to a transgender father and continues to advise the BBC Trust on its public law issues. Joanna Ludlam heads the regulatory, public and media law team working with Francesca Richmond, senior associate Joanne Redmond and Mary Jordan who joined in September 2017 and who has a focus on regulations and investigations in the finance sector.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie‚Äôs ‚Äėhighly regarded‚Äô London real estate team is regularly instructed to handle corporate real estate mandates for overseas, in-bound investors and also has a strong real estate finance practice. Of particular note, the ‚Äėexperienced and hands-on‚Äô Stephen Turner¬†assisted Hong Kong-listed Spring REIT with its ¬£73.5m acquisition of 84 let properties in the UK, which marked the client‚Äôs first real estate acquisition outside the Asia Pacific region. Turner also advised Singapore-based Mapletree Investments on its ¬£60m acquisition of a 796-bedroom student housing block in Essex. Leveraging its global network, the ‚Äėcommercial and capable‚Äô London team is often involved in real estate transactions involving property in various European jurisdictions. Justin Salkeld¬†is counselling Michael Kors on its EMEA store expansion and maintenance, which has included new store openings and portfolio rationalisations. Indeed, the team has particular experience in the hotel and retail sectors. Salkeld is also acting for Edwardian Group on the development aspects of its ¬£300m luxury hotel development in Leicester Square. The department is also involved in the infrastructure, energy and utilities sectors and has recently assisted CLdN Cobelfret with multiple matters, including the ¬£35m sale of a freehold property in London and, separately, advice regarding the redevelopment or sale of a decommissioned port.

Leading individuals

Justin Salkeld - Baker McKenzie

Stephen Turner - Baker McKenzie

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Construction
Construction (contentious) - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Contruction (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Arbitration specialist Steve Abraham leads the contentious team at Baker McKenzie, with Mike Webster heading up the transactional team. The firm principally acts for employers or owners on large and complex heavy engineering and process plant projects, often in the context of privately financed structures, but also has a booming practice in high-profile commercial, residential and industrial developments in the UK and internationally. Recent highlights include advising Maybank and a consortium of lenders in relation to the $215m financing of the initial phases of the Royal Wharf development in the Docklands; and advising a consortium of Suez and Itochu as the successful sponsors on their bid for the 25-year PPP to develop a new system to treat the municipal waste of the City of Belgrade.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

The team at Baker McKenzie is led by Graham Stuart, an expert in climate change law and emissions trading. Senior associate Rachel MacLeod is also a key contact, specialising in product-related environmental regulatory and compliance work for the EU market. Recent highlights include acting for Dyson regarding the preferential EU test standards for bagged rival vacuum cleaners over its vortex cyclonic technology. Clients also include ArcelorMittal, and Bunge/Climate Change Capital.

Leading individuals

Graham Stuart - Baker McKenzie

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

The practice at Baker McKenzie is led by Sebastien Marcelin-Rice, who is  experienced in acquisition finance, particularly the acquisition of loan portfolios. The team also handles development finance; since 2013, it has been advising CIMB Bank Berhad on the £2bn redevelopment of Battersea Power Station, which has involved Islamic and conventional financing. Stephen Turner acted for Singaporean fund Mapletree Investments on the £60m acquisition of student accommodation in Colchester, and Justin Salkeld assisted Thai joint venture FS JV with the refinancing of a portfolio of UK hotels. The team has also handled multi-jurisdictional matters, advising Hines Pan-European Core Fund on the financing of properties in England, France and Germany. Nick Tostivin and Sudhir Nair are also noted. Other key clients are ING, BNP Paribas, Standard Chartered Bank and Tyndaris.

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London: Risk advisory

Brexit
Brexit - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s cross-departmental Brexit team in London, which is jointly led by Samantha Mobley and Ross Denton, works closely with other practitioners located across the worldwide network to provide fully-coordinated, strategic advice to businesses on their most complex operational challenges. The firm’s depth and breadth of expertise makes it particularly well-placed to advise clients on global restructurings and trade-related issues; Denton, who heads up the London trade practice, is a seasoned expert in the public regulation of international trade, export controls and customs matters. In addition, other areas covered by the trade practice include sanctions and WTO law. Mobley has decades of experience advising clients on global competition issues. Clients also count on the expertise of practitioners with knowledge about other areas, such as employment and immigration, regulatory compliance and tax. Elsewhere, in addition to providing standalone advice to clients, another value-add is that the firm liaises with various authorities across the globe to stay up to speed on developments. It also has strong connections with a number of UK trade associations. Jennifer Revis, Emily Carlisle and Kate Alexander are among other individuals in the sizeable Brexit team.

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Corporate governance
Corporate governance - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie¬†'effectively delivers global insights across industries and various corporate governance themes'.¬†Beatriz Pess√īa de Ara√ļjo, in particular, is 'an intellectual leader', whose 'analyses are clear and understandable'. The multidisciplinary corporate governance team consists of practitioners from a wide variety of areas, including corporate, compliance, financial services, disputes and employment/employee benefits. Many individuals have previous experience of being seconded to regulators, have advised regulators as part of their practice or have served on industry working party groups. The team particularly stands out for its expertise in assisting international clients with reconciling the UK corporate governance regime with the US regime (or equivalent regimes in other countries). Its work in this space includes (among other matters) cross-border redomestications and advice to boards of emerging market companies seeking a London listing on creating a corporate governance framework. On the regulatory front, members of the team advise clients on compliance (and other issues) related to the Market Abuse Regulation, the Companies Act, the Financial Services and Markets Act and UK Corporate Governance Code, among others. Other pillars of the practice include crisis management, data protection, executive remuneration and tax governance.¬† Araujo recently provided support to the World Economic Forum on the corporate governance aspects of its Compact for Resposive and Responsible Leadership.¬†Joanna Ludlam¬†co-leads the compliance and investigations team with¬†Sunny Mann. Other key figures include¬†Helen Bradley,¬†Robert Adam,¬†Nadia Banno¬†and¬†Jeremy Edwards.

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

Baker McKenzie

The eight-partner data protection team at Baker McKenzie is headed up by Harry Small and has the capabilities to handle major multijurisdictional programmes. It is acting for a global media and entertainment company on international data transfer arrangements, strategy relating to cyber breach procedure and direct marketing issues. The group has also been instructed for large corporates following data breaches and cybersecurity threats. Julia Wilson has particular expertise in employment data protection issues. Sue McLean recently joined from Morrison & Foerster LLP.

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

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie¬†advises corporations in relation to a range of regulatory and enforcement matters and has a particular expertise in export controls and export sanctions. It also provides corporate counselling and assists clients to conduct risk assessments and implement compliance processes. The multidisciplinary team advises on litigation, employment matters, intellectual property, financial services, banking, and competition and trade law. The firm is acting for Dubai Islamic Bank PJSC to recover around $500m that was stolen in a complex receivables financing fraud. It is also acting for Bidcorp in a breach of fiduciary duty and employment contract case worth ¬£45m. The team is headed by Joanna Ludlam, Jonathan Peddie, Sunny Mann¬†and Charles Thomson¬†, who has ‚Äėvery quietly and effectively built up a first-class team‚Äô.

Leading individuals

Charles Thomson - Baker McKenzie

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

The team at Baker McKenzie¬† is noted for ‚Äėunderstanding the world of business and providing pragmatic advice‚Äô. Key figures in the practice are Michelle Blunt¬†, a specialist in transactional and commercial IP; her clients include Google and HSBC and Jessica Le Gros¬†who leads on global trademark strategies, clearance and disputes. On the contentious IP side, digital media expert Ben Allgrove¬† regularly acts for clients such as Niantic, Pinterest and Warner Bros, while Paul Rawlinson¬†specializes in brand enforcement and litigation. Michael Hart¬† advises on copyright, designs and trademark law, Helen Brown¬† and Julia Hemmings¬† both focus on commercial, marketing and regulatory advisory work for retail brands.

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Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie

With excellent cross-border capabilities, Baker McKenzie's multi-departmental group assists clients with regulatory, commercial, corporate and IP work. Practice head Harry Small is an IT specialist with extensive experience in advising financial institutions on a range of technological matters; he is supported by Sue McLean, who arrived from Morrison & Foerster LLP  in September 2017, and financial services regulatory expert Mark Simpson (Arun Srivastava has moved to Paul Hastings LLP). Work highlights in the last year have included advising one global payments platform on its business models, customer contracts and global expansion, and assisting a regtech company with IP, licensing and fundraising issues. Several tech giants have instructed the team on payments-related regulatory matters. AFEX and Google are longstanding fintech clients; Coinstar is a recent client win.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie has significant capabilities across the IT and telecoms sectors and acts for some of the key names in these fields, including Google. Steve Holmes leads the London technology team which advises on commercial, contractual and strategic elements of large fintech, healthtech, cloud and AI projects. Harry Small is well-regarded for both contentious and non-contentious tech and outsourcing matters. Charlotte Harrington and David Halliday focus primarily on drafting commercial IT agreements and disputes, respectively. In the telecoms space, the group acts for both suppliers and purchasers of networks and has recently been instructed  on sharing agreements and a significant transformation project. It also advises clients on network security issues. Ben Allgrove is a key name for telecoms regulatory issues in the  digital media and e-commerce space. Sue McLean joined from Morrison & Foerster LLP, and focuses primarily on commercial IT agreements and outsourcing matters.

Leading individuals

Harry Small - Baker McKenzie

Next generation lawyers

Charlotte Harrington - Baker McKenzie

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

The 'experienced and professional' practice at Baker McKenzie attracts praise for its 'knowledge of intellectual property and sharp business acumen'. It successfully acted for L'Oréal in several disputes, including a patent and registered community designs right infringement claim against RN Ventures. It also defended the client in a multi-jurisdictional patent dispute brought by Liqwd (Olaplex), relating to a hair treatment. In another work highlight, Michael Hart acted for a fashion retailer in an action relating to the use of confidential information (of an upcoming product launch) to obtain high proportions of new products using automated bot technology. Practice head Michelle Blunt led a team, alongside Hiroshi Sheraton, which is advising a blockchain and bitcoin innovator on protection of IP assets. The group is also instructed by new clients Swarovski, Liberty Mutual, Dropbox and Sanofi-Aventis. Ben Allgrove specialises in contentious and regulatory IP matters 'is sharp and knows how to outwit the other side in a negotiation'. The 'commercial, strategic and responsive' head of brand management, Jessica Le Gros is also highlighted for her 'high-quality service'. Changes to the team include the departures of trade-mark attorney Tom Hooper and senior associate Alex Morgan  to Taylor Wessing LLP and EIP respectively.

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

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s digital media and technology practice has a focus on gaming, music, film and TV, social media and interactive content. It represented Virgin Media, in its role as intervener in the Court of Appeal dispute between ITV and TVCatchup, regarding the compatibility of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 with European law. Warner Bros, Google, Pinterest, Reddit, Shuttershock, BBC Trust, IMG, Netflix and Sovereign Films are also clients. Steve Holmes regularly handles major transactions for media companies and heads the team with Ben Allgrove, who is active across contentious, transactional and advisory work. Disputes partner Joanna Ludlam heads the regulatory, public and media law team. Of counsels Helen Brown and Julia Hemmings lead the advisory side of the media practice and senior associate Julia Dickenson handles IP and commercial work. Will Holder and Sue McLean, who joined from Morrison & Foerster LLP, are also noted.

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

Baker McKenzie

L'Oréal, Calvin Klein and Planet Hollywood are just some of the household names Baker McKenzie is engaged by on trade mark matters. Jessica Le Gros  leads the team and has extensive experience in handling clearance and contentious issues. She is supported by senior trade mark associate Nadine Archer, who focuses on clearance and oppositions and cancellations, and senior trade mark associate Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy, who specialises in registry disputes. Portfolio management expert Vlotina Liakatou is also recommended.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie focuses on M&A, IP and regulatory work for clients such as Walgreens Boots Alliance and Novartis. Transactions expert Hiroshi Sheraton leads the team and advised Basilea on its licensing agreement with Pfizer for the rights to anti-fungal drug Cresemba. Jane Hobson also focuses on transactions and recently assisted ICU with its $900m purchase of Hospira. Product liability specialist John Leadley defended Bard against claims of allegedly faulty medical devices and procedures used to treat female pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Other noteworthy names include Joanna Ludlam, who is an expert in public procurement; commercial agreements expert Duncan Reid-Thomas; and senior associate Julia Gillert, who is an expert in regulatory and compliance issues.

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