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Brown Rudnick LLP

8 CLIFFORD STREET, LONDON, W1S 2LQ, ENGLAND
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London: Corporate and commercial

Financial services: contentious
Financial services: contentious - ranked: tier 2

Brown Rudnick LLP

Brown Rudnick LLP advises on financial regulatory enforcement, individual liability and the potential impact of the The Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR) on enforcement. The firm boasts former in-house expertise from the former Financial Services Authority (FSA) and its successor the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), as well as experience advising firms and individuals on the requirements of FSMA and regulators’ rules. Former head of enforcement at the FSA,  Peter Bibby , leads the practice and acts for a wide range of institutions and senior individuals including banks, asset managers, insurance intermediaries and brokers. He can call on the expertise of Chloe Pawson-Pounds, who focuses on FCA matters and represents clients through all stages of investigation and enforcement. Also notable is Jamie Symington, who joined from the FCA in 2018 and specialises in advising clients on compliance issues.

Practice head(s):Peter Bibby

Other key lawyers:Chloe Pawson-Pounds; Jamie Symington

Work highlights

  • Advising a senior fund manager in respect of a very high profile set of investigations into potential misconduct and conflicts of interest
  • Instructed by a former senior executive of a major UK bank in relation to a joint FCA /  Prudential Regulation Authority investigation into the conduct of the client and certain other members of the bank's senior management during the financial crisis.
  • Instructed by the CEO of a major financial institution in relation to an FCA investigation into the financial institution's corporate governance, risk framework and treatment of customers.
  • Instructed by a former senior executive of a major UK bank in relation to an FCA investigation into the bank’s treatment of customers and the associated conduct of the client and certain other members of the bank's senior management.
Leading individuals

Peter Bibby - Brown Rudnick LLP

Next Generation Partners

Chloe Pawson-Pounds - Brown Rudnick LLP

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M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m - ranked: tier 1

Brown Rudnick LLP

Brown Rudnick LLP covers a full range of domestic and international M&A work. Industry experience includes sectors such as real estate and pharmaceuticals, with cross-border aspects managed across the firm's US, London and Paris offices,  as well as via a group of preferred firms across Europe. The firm boosted its practice with the hire of Philip Watkins from Katten . Mark Dorff leads the team and is also an active practitioner in the family office team.

Practice head(s):Mark Dorff

Other key lawyers:Lena Hodge; Nicholas Vasquez; Tuvi Keinan

Key Clients

Queensgate Investments LLP

Victoria PLC

Sole Resorts S.A.

LJ GP Partnership Limited

Midatech Pharma PLC

Avance Attorneys

Work highlights

  • Acted for Queensgate Investments in relation to the £475m sale of London Executive Offices, a serviced office platform with an operational arm managing 39 office locations across London.
  • Acted for design and manufacturing client Victoria Plc on its acquisition of Cerámica Saloni, S.A., from Obinesa Grupo Industrial, S.L., for £86.2m.
  • Represented LJ Partnership on the sale of a major equity stake in the client to Dilmun Cayman Holdings.
  • Advised Midatech Pharma on the sale of Midatech Pharma US to Kanwa Holdings, via an auction process.

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 3

Brown Rudnick LLP

Working closely with practitioners from the firm's IP and commercial teams, as well as being able to leverage the expertise of lawyers based in the US, Brown Rudnick LLP is particularly well versed in representing investors and investees in the life sciences, technology and cleantech fields across the investment lifecycle. Dual US- and UK-qualified team head Mark Dorff  has a longstanding reputation in the venture capital space, particularly in relation to cross-border mandates. Sophie McGrath  joined Goodwin in November 2018.

Practice head(s):Mark Dorff

Other key lawyers:Nicholas Vasquez; Mark Lubbock; Peter Wozny

Key Clients

Flowerbx Limited

Funeralbooker Limited

LGT Venture Philanthropy

Highland Europe (Keli)

Highland Europe (Incopro)

Highland Europe and True Capital (Zwift)

Sora Risk Solutions

Materialize.X

Work highlights

  • Advised Flowerbx Limited on its  pre-Series A fundraising round to raise up to £4m for working capital expenditure.
  • Advised European tech venture capital investor Highland Europe on its growth equity investment in Incopro, an international brand protection and anti-counterfeit company based in the UK.
  • Acted for Materialize.X Ltd on various funding rounds, taking the lead on drafting and negotiating all documentation including the subscription and shareholders' agreement and articles of association.
  • Advising Highland Europe and Europe's focused retail and consumer specialist investor True Capital on its growth equity investments in Zwift, a home training game connecting cyclists around the world.
  • Advising LGT Venture Philanthropy on its Series F-2 investment into M-Kopa, a solar energy company providing solar energy in Kenya as an alternative to kerosene.
Leading individuals

Mark Dorff - Brown Rudnick LLP

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 4

Brown Rudnick LLP

Mark Beardsworth leads Brown Rudnick LLP's general crime team, which has a solid track record of handling cases of tax fraud, money laundering, sexual assault and historic child sex abuse, to name a few areas.

Practice head(s):Mark Beardsworth

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Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 2

Brown Rudnick LLP

Brown Rudnick LLP handles various fraud and regulatory matters relating to cross-border joint ventures, money laundering and confiscation proceedings, among others. The firm regularly advises on cases that involve multiple jurisdictions including the US, MENA, offshore, as well as Russia and CIS countries such as Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. The team is co-led by Neil Micklethwaite and Neill Shrimpton, while the 'extraordinarily strategic' Jane Colston is recommended for her expertise in high-value fraud and commercial banking disputes.

Practice head(s):Neil Micklethwaite; Neill Shrimpton

Other key lawyers:Jane Colston; Jamie Symington; Anupreet Amole; Chloe Pawson-Pounds; Ravinder Thukral; Olga Bischof; Nicholas Tse; Peter Bibby

Key Clients

Threadneedle Asset Management Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Threadneedle Asset Management Limited and Threadneedle Management Services Limited in relation to its defence of a $125m claim being brought in the English High Court by two companies within the Otkritie Group, one of Russia’s leading financial groups.
  • Acting for six defendants in a fraud claim brought by the Danish tax authority over an alleged large tax fraud for over £1.2bn.
Leading individuals

Jane Colston - Brown Rudnick LLP

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Fraud: white-collar crime
Fraud: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 1

Brown Rudnick LLP

Brown Rudnick LLP is adept at advising high profile clients in criminal investigations. Head of team Mark Beardsworth acts for clients under investigation by the SFO and HMRC. Areas of expertise for the firm include banking investigations, multijurisdictional money laundering investigations and fraud investigations. The firm also advises on fraud, corruption, bribery and cyber security. Jamie Symington joined as partner from the FCA. Anupreet Amole was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):Mark Beardsworth

Other key lawyers:Jamie Symington; Anupreet Amole; Marie Kavanagh; Chloe Pawson Pounds

Key Clients

Senior Partner for Unaoil

Trader charged in Euribor investigation

Rolls Royce senior individuals

Senior individuals at Barclays, in relation to Barclays / Qatar

Senior individual from ENRC

Senior individual at Tesco

Work highlights

  • Acted for a senior individual of Unaoil until November 2018, in relation to the high profile Serious Fraud Office investigation into alleged bribery and corruption in various jurisdictions, following the leak of thousands of emails reported in an Australian newspaper.
  • Representing a senior trader at a large European bank involved in trading instruments hedged to the Euro Interbank Offered Rate.
  • Acted for senior individuals from different parts of Rolls Royce in relation to the high profile Serious Fraud Office investigation into alleged bribery and corruption in various jurisdictions, as well as acting for some of them in relation to the internal investigation of the allegations.
  • Advising two senior individuals in relation to the SFO investigation into certain commercial arrangements between Barclays Bank and Qatari entities in the context of a capital fund raising in 2008, which allowed the Bank to avoid a bail-out during the economic crisis.
  • Acting for a senior individual from ENRC in relation to the ongoing SFO investigation into allegations of bribery and corruption relating to the activities of ENRC and its subsidiaries in Kazakhstan and Africa.
Leading individuals

Mark Beardsworth - Brown Rudnick LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 4

Brown Rudnick LLP

Brown Rudnick LLP 's large, conflict-free team regularly acts in bet-the- company disputes that frequently span multiple jurisdictions, particularly work arising from offshore jurisdictions, the Middle East and North Africa, and it has acted for various senior individuals in LIBOR investigations. Neil Micklethwaite is dispute resolution managing director and Neill Shrimpton is international litigation practice group leader. Also highly regarded are Jane Colston, Christian Toms,and Nicholas Tse who divides his time between London and Paris. Gerald Byrne is a key counsel.

Practice head(s):Neil Micklethwaite; Neill Shrimpton

Other key lawyers:Jane Colston; Christian Toms; Nicholas Tse; Gerald Byrne

Key Clients

Threadneedle Asset Management

VR Global Partners

Work highlights

  • Acted for Threadneedle Asset Management and Threadneedle Management Services in their defence of a $125m English High Court claim, which was brought by two companies within the Otkritie Group, a Russia financial group. The proceedings include allegations of vicarious liability-related fraud and deceit.
Leading individuals

Jane Colston - Brown Rudnick LLP

Rising stars

Gerald Byrne - Brown Rudnick LLP

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 5

Brown Rudnick LLP

Brown Rudnick LLP's large London-based dispute resolution group spans cross-border civil fraud, criminal and regulatory work and regularly handles complex financial, real estate, IP and other commercial disputes.  The firm  is able to litigate against banks without conflicts as well as advising major multinationals. Neil Micklethwaite is global dispute resolution managing director, Neill Shrimpton is London litigation head and Nicholas Tse, who divides his time between the London and Paris offices, heads the worldwide international arbitration team. The other names to note are Jane Colston, Christian Toms, Olga Bischof and counsel Gerald Byrne.

Practice head(s):Neil Micklethwaite; Neill Shrimpton

Other key lawyers:Nicholas Tse; Jane Colston; Christian Toms; Olga Bischof; Gerald Byrne

Key Clients

Recovery Partners GP and Revoker

Crownmark

Threadneedle Asset Management

Mahdi Mahmoud Haji Abdullah and other members of the Haider Abdullah family

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for Recovery Partners GP and Revoker in claims that former directors and employees conspired to take a highly valuable business from them.
Leading individuals

Neil Micklethwaite - Brown Rudnick LLP

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London: Real estate

Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 6

Brown Rudnick LLP

Brown Rudnick LLP regularly advises on complex, cross-border property finance transactions; the team has particular expertise in handling the acquisition and sale of loan portfolios, especially in Europe. The firm’s client base includes large investment funds, financial institutions, real estate developers and a number of family offices. The team is jointly led by Tuvi Keinan and Louisa Watt.

Practice head(s):Tuvi Keinan; Louisa Watt

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 2

Brown Rudnick LLP

Brown Rudnick LLP advises clients on criminal investigations, internal investigations, enforcement issues, risk management, general advisory work and contentious regulatory matters. The firm has a particular focus on financial regulation and is adept at handling cases by the FCA and SFO. Other areas of expertise include anti-bribery, money laundering, tax evasion, economic sanctions and cyber security. Head of team Mark Beardsworth is experienced in advising corporates in many sectors, including financial services, industrial manufacturing, hospitality and insurance. Jamie Symington joined as a partner from the FCA and Anupreet Amole was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):Mark Beardsworth

Other key lawyers:Jamie Symington; Anupreet Amole; Peter Bibby; Marie Kavanagh

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 6

Brown Rudnick LLP

Brown Rudnick LLP's team assists clients with a range of matters encompassing strategic commercial advice and disputes. Mark Lubbock has particular expertise in the life sciences, IT, hotel, gaming and leisure sectors, while Steven James focuses on new technologies and innovation, predominantly in the financial services, technology and media spaces. Former practice head Alexander Carter-Silk joined Keystone Law with associate Claire Blewett.

Other key lawyers:Mark Lubbock; Steven James

Key Clients

Admiralty Arch

Cute Circuit

The Design Museum

The Ritz Hotel

The Ritz Casino

Small Luxury Hotels of the World

The Beaumont Hotel

Midatech Pharma PLC

NPXe PLC

New West End Company

N+1 Singer

Stifel

Aveva

Climb Online

Lyst

Neurosoft S.A.

Novaerus

World Programming Limited

Dean & DeLuca

Clearcast

Pepco (Import – Export) T/A Electric City

Timecode Systems

GameTomo KK

Vanke

Wirex

Work highlights

  • Acted for Novaerus Patents and Novaerus UK in breach of contract claims against counter parties to an IP delimitation agreement relating to products based on patented technology being manufactured, marketed and sold in an alleged breach of the agreement.
  • Instructed by online fashion retail website Lyst to handle a variety of digital media, IP and technology matters as well as manage its trade mark portfolio worldwide.
  • Representing Pepco (Import – Export) trading as Electric City in a passing off and trade mark invalidity action against Travis Perkins and two of its subsidiaries relating to Travis Perkins’ adoption of the name ‘Electric City’.
  • Advising The Beaumont Hotel on the management of its trade mark and domain name portfolio.
  • Advised Admiralty Arch Developments on branding and trade mark issues arising from its contract with Waldorf Astoria (Hilton) for the management of the Admiralty Arch Hotel.

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