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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 1

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP resulted from a merger between Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP and US firm Bryan Cave in April 2018, with its UK-based commercial group forming a key part of a larger international practice. Richard Shaw leads the team, which includes Marcus Pearl ('quick to identify key issues') and 'technically brilliant' Usman Wahid. The group's first-rate reputation in commercial contracts garners complex, business-critical work from clients in sectors such as financial services, real estate and media, among others. Carol Osborne spends the majority of her time undertaking matters in the retail and luxury brands sector. In 2017, Pearl and senior associate Louis Wihl acted for Bay State Milling Company in its groundbreaking licensing arrangement with Arista Cereals Technologies to commercialise the first high-amylose crop in the United States. Elsewhere, the team is increasingly active in strategic data monetisation and ad tech projects. In addition, the firm has a first-rate global outsourcing practice, which spans areas such as IT infrastructure, facilities management, healthcare, and general and life insurance, among others. Melissa Manski, Mark Lewis, Mimi Curran and Charlotte Pham are recommended.  

Leading individuals

Richard Shaw - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Next generation lawyers

Melissa Manski - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 3

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Building on the merger between the US-headquartered Bryan Cave and UK-based firm, Berwin Leighton Paisner in 2018, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP's 'exceptional' team excels in matters relating to real estate tax, although it also has a credible offering on the funds side, where it supports the firm's Investment Management team. The team is led by 'incredible lawyer' Elizabeth Bradley who led on tax structuring for C C Land Holdings on its £1.5bn acquisition of The Cheesegrater from a joint venture between British Land and Oxford Properties; a deal that had aspects multiple jurisdictions. She also assisted Tristan Capital with tax structuring in its acquisition of a 90% interest in a large student accommodation portfolio and its joint venture with Downing Student Accommodation. Richard Harbot advised Canary Wharf Group and Land Securities Group on the £1.28bn sale of their joint venture interest in The Walkie Talkie to LKK Health Products Group.

Leading individuals

Elizabeth Bradley - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

The newly-combined team at¬†Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP¬†has ‚Äėexcellent client service, good industry knowledge and bench strength‚Äô, combining Berwin Leighton Paisner‚Äôs (‚ÄėBLP‚Äô) strength in the financial services, utilities and regulated sectors with Bryan Cave‚Äôs expertise in EU and UK merger control for US clients. The firm was appointed to BT‚Äôs competition and regulatory panel in May 2017 and¬†Andrew Hockley, head of antitrust and competition at BLP, has since advised on the merger control aspects of BT‚Äôs acquisition of IP Trade, including advising on the CMA process, managing the CMA review and achieving phase 1 clearance.¬†James Marshall¬†acts as standing competition and regulatory adviser to Heathrow Airport and is recommended for his ‚Äėcalm and effective delivery of advice‚Äô and being ‚Äėpragmatic with advice and sympathetic to the competing demands within an organisation‚Äô. ‚ÄėRising star‚Äô¬†Victoria Newbold¬†‚Äėis very proactive and responsive to client needs, giving solid commercially focussed advice, and is a lovely person to work with‚Äô.¬†Chris Bryant¬†is noted for his experience in cartel investigations and state aid matters. From the Bryan Cave side,¬†Robert Bell¬†is recommended as being ‚Äėvery responsive‚Äô and ‚Äėproviding practical solutions‚Äô. One recent highlight saw Bell and¬†Roman Madej¬† instructed by Novus International in respect of a claim against another company for alleged abuse of dominant position.

Leading individuals

Andrew Hockley - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

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EU and competition: trade, WTO anti-dumping and customs
EU and competition: trade, WTO anti-dumping and customs - ranked: tier 3

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

The ‚Äėvery impressive‚Äô¬†Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP¬†is led by competition and trade law specialist¬†Chris Bryant,¬†who has particular expertise in EU/Russia sanctions, having advised a number of major Russian banks, including Sberbank, VEB and VTB. Bryant is supported by tax and customs specialist¬†Kate Ison;¬†both are recommended as ‚Äėintelligent, knowledgeable, responsive, calm and good with clients‚Äô. Also noted are senior associates¬†Irene Cummins¬†and¬†Julia Joseph.

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Financial services
Financial services (non-contentious/ regulatory) - ranked: tier 3

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Financial services contentious - ranked: tier 2

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Benefiting from 'deep practical experience', Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is best-known for its contentious expertise and is recognised as a 'strong choice for anyone looking beyond the Magic Circle'. Team head Nathan Willmott is an 'excellent lawyer' and has vast experience at handling regulatory investigations and enforcement actions both from a purely domestic as well as cross-border perspective. 'Hugely experienced' consultant Sidney Myers 'knows the FCA inside out' and has expertise across a wide array of work including in relation to market manipulation of financial benchmarks and insider dealing. At a more junior level, the 'very knowledgeable and hardworking' Oran Gelb is developing a strong reputation across both regulatory investigations and financial services litigation, and the 'tenacious and ambitious' Polly James is 'very strong on market abuse cases'. James is also fairly active on the non-contentious front (particularly in relation to Senior Managers and Certification Regime matters) and is emblematic of the firm's coordinated and fluid approach in relation to advisory work, mindful as it is to mitigate against potential litigious problems further down the line but seamlessly able to handle any issues should they arise. The 'user-friendly and accessible' Daniel Csefalvay joined the team in October 2017 from Linklaters LLP and is noted for his 'excellent working knowledge of the complicated regulatory regimes'. Csefalvay is particularly active in the wholesale market acting for investment banks, broker dealers, high frequency trading firms and market infrastructure providers on critical regulatory reform projects including MiFID ii. Matthew Baker is 'also very good' and regularly supports the firm's funds clients on regulatory issues. Clients include AIG, Aviva and CBRE Global Investors.

Leading individuals

Nathan Willmott - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Sidney Myers - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

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Flotations: small and mid-cap
Flotations: small and mid-cap - ranked: tier 2

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP was formed from a merger in April 2018 between Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP and Bryan Cave. The combined entity acts for more than 20 AIM-listed companies and it also generates a strong flow of work from intermediaries and investment banks. Richard Werner has particular experience of handling transactions involving listed funds and other investment companies. Michael Anderson and Benjamin Lee jointly lead the team, which is experienced in acting for clients in sectors such as energy and natural resources, financial services (including insurance), healthcare, infrastructure, betting and gaming, real estate and retail. Much of the work has a cross-border component, as was illustrated in 2017 when Alexander Keepin and senior associate Patrick Lilly advised Numis Securities and Hannam & Partners on a $20m fundraising for AIM and TSX-listed Avesoro Resources to part-finance its $69.5m acquisition of the Youga and Balogo gold mines in Burkina Faso. Senior associate Laura Patao-Caminas acted for Cantor Fitzgerald Europe as NOMAD and sole broker on Destiny Pharma Plc's £65.4m placing and AIM admission. Senior associate Brian Mulkerrins is another name to note. In 2017, Gareth Jones and Julian Stanier departed for Pinsent Masons LLP, while Murdoch Currie moved to Bates Wells Braithwaite.

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M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+
M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+ - ranked: tier 5

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave and Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) merged in February 2018 to form¬†Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, bringing¬†together BLP‚Äôs established team, which is primarily highly regarded for work on corporate real estate projects, with Bryan Cave‚Äôs six-partner team, which handles mid-market M&A across a wide range of sectors. ‚ÄėVery commercial‚Äô corporate finance co-head¬†Michael Anderson¬†advised on the sale of Retirement Villages Group to AXA and HC-One, while Andrew Hart¬†handled Wireless Telecom Group‚Äôs acquisition of CommAgility. Julian Stanier¬†and¬†Gareth Jones¬†joined¬†Pinsent Masons LLP¬†and¬†Murdoch Currie¬†moved to Bates Wells Braithwaite.

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VAT and indirect tax
VAT and indirect tax - ranked: tier 2

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP stands out for its significant expertise in real estate VAT, although it also advises clients in a range of sectors, including financial services, retail, not-for-profit and consumer goods. The key contacts in the team are global head of tax, Elizabeth Bradley, who leads on multi-jurisdictional transactions, and 'VAT genius' Alan Sinyor, whose 'creativity and intelligence' are noted. Sinyor is advising a major transport infrastructure company on major historic landfill tax issue; in a separate matter, he is advising multiple developers on the VAT and SDLT aspects of their investments. Kate Ison is recommended for contentious tax issues and is currently handling a number of VAT-related cases before the First-Tier Tribunal.

Leading individuals

Alan Sinyor - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 2

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP and Bryan Cave merged to form Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP¬†in April 2018. The firm is adept at handling multi-jurisdictional cases involving freezing injunctions and other interim relief, it acts for blue-chip clients, leading financial institutions and high-net-worth individuals. It continues to act for the Nigerian Access Bank in a claim against a former CEO relating to misappropriation of funds, this matter is worth over ¬£900m. Segun Osuntokun¬†heads the team, he is ‚Äėa hugely impressive individual who inspires confidence amongst clients and his legal team‚Äô. Graham Shear¬†is ‚Äėtough and good at handling difficult clients‚Äô, senior associate Sarah McAtominey¬†and associate director Sharon Kennedy¬†are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Segun Osuntokun - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

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Gaming and betting
Gaming and betting - ranked: tier 3

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP¬† provides ‚Äėvery comprehensive advice‚Äô and ‚Äėworks collaboratively‚Äô with clients. The team regularly advises on licensing for large developments, its clients include a number of casinos, betting shops, developers and banks, and cross-border matters are a notable area of expertise. The firm successfully obtained premises licence for an adult gaming centre in the centre of Norwich despite heavy trade and local resident opposition, and continues to provide gambling and associated regulatory advice to a large gambling client. Other gaming clients include Playtech, the Hippodrome and Stride Gaming. Practice head Craig Baylis¬† and key practitioner Jeremy Bark¬† are notable contacts.

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Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 1

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP¬† provides ‚Äėprofessional and responsive service and has the ability to assist on a broad range of licensing matters‚Äô; the team's¬†‚Äėin-depth knowledge of legislation and years of experience enables it to bring examples to life and offer advice based on past experience‚Äô. The firm regularly advises on licensing for large developments - the Olympic Park Development and the Nova Scheme in Victoria being notable highlights - and also assists various operator clients with the full range of liquor and gambling licensing matters. Other work examples included continuing to advise TGI Fridays on the procurement of new licenses across the country, including stress areas such as Westminster and minimum pricing areas such as Newcastle, and assisting the Montcalm Hotel group in relation to the revocation of a street trading licence. The team is headed by Craig Baylis¬†and includes¬†Jeremy Bark, who is¬† ‚Äėa dedicated and extremely knowledgeable lawyer‚Äô.

Leading individuals

Craig Baylis - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Jeremy Bark - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

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

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP was formed in 2018 from the merger of Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP and Bryan Cave. The practice 'provides an efficient, value-for-money service; it has a close-knit team of litigators and works very well together and with counsel'. Oliver Glynn-Jones heads the firm’s banking litigation team and specialises in all aspects of financial litigation; Glynn-Jones is 'an outstanding all-round litigator with an acute sense of long-term strategy in complex, high-value litigation and he is superb with clients, barristers and opposing solicitors alike'. Segun Osuntokun’s cases arise out of or involve the banking and financial services industry and he heads the firm’s Africa Group. The team acted for Citicorp Trustee Company, as delegate of the issuer and trustee of a $650m Sukuk, in a claim against BNP Paribas for misrepresentation, negligence and breach of contract in its role as arranger, sole bookrunner and lead manager of the Sukuk. It also advised Access Bank, one of the largest banks in Nigeria, on its successful claim against its former CEO and managing director, which claim included allegations of misappropriation of the bank’s funds and the operation of an illegal share purchase scheme. Oran Gelb is also highly rated and Sarah McAtominey and Clare Reeve are notable senior associates.

Leading individuals

Oliver Glynn-Jones - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Next generation lawyers

Oran Gelb - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 3

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP was formed in 2018 from the merger of Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP and Bryan Cave, the latter firm bringing in Mathew Rea, Robert Dougans, counsel Maria Gritsenko and associates Joseph McCormick  and Serena Cooke. The practice 'has an excellent handling of cases', with many of the team's recent highlights including corporate elements such as derivative claims, shareholder disputes and unfair prejudice claims. It acted for BCA Trading in an unfair prejudice claim by the managing director of an acquired company, who remains a minority shareholder; the case involved the practice reportedly securing, for the first time on a contested application, an order for the use of predictive coding technology. The 'strategic' Oliver Glynn-Jones  heads the commercial dispute resolution team; Graham Shear, who 'has a sharp focus on getting the best outcome', heads the international litigation and corporate risk group; Oran Gelb is 'excellent'; and Joby Davies is also a key adviser. Andrew Tuson, who heads the corporate crime practice, is another key name. Sarah McAtominey and Helen Armstrong are notable senior associates.

Next generation lawyers

Oran Gelb - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

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Competition litigation
Competition litigation - ranked: tier 2

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

The 'top-notch' antitrust and competition team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is 'a market leader' in follow-on damages claims, for which it stands out for its 'impressive record' in high-profile cases at trial. The team is led by Edward Coulson, who is 'quick to understand the economics of a case' and 'brings with him a wealth of experience' in competition litigation. Antitrust and competition head Andrew Hockley is noted for his approach to teamwork, which informs his 'strong overall strategic perspective'. Together, the duo are advising Royal Mail group on its landmark High Court claim against DAF, in relation to the defendant's participation in a price fixing cartel in medium and heavy trucks; successfully securing orders for disclosure of the European Commission's file and key documents in the case and persuading the Court of Appeal not to grant DAF's application for permission to appeal. They are also representing BT group in a similar claim against the same defendant. In another highlight, Joby Davies is acting for National Grid in its claim for damages due to overcharges paid for the purchase of high voltage power cables against 20 defendants across eight countries. Chris Bryant and senior associates Rachel Ziegler and Clare Reeve are key practitioners with significant experience in the space.

Leading individuals

Edward Coulson - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

'Always aligned with clients' commercial objectives', Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP was formed in 2018 from the merger of Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP (BLP), known for construction and engineering, energy and natural resources, insurance and reinsurance and sport disputes, with Bryan Cave, the latter firm bringing in Mathew Rea and the 'brilliant associate' Claire Morel de Westgaver as well as experience in CEE and CIS matters and shipping arbitrations. On the BLP side, the key names are international arbitration group head George Burn, who joined from Vinson & Elkins RLLP, Roman Khodykin, who is 'a great strategist', and Carol Mulcahy. Work highlights include acting for Vibe Syndicate Management, the run-off manager of Lloyd’s Syndicate 994, as respondents in arbitration proceedings commenced by another syndicate seeking reinsurance payments it alleged were due as a result of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre. Michael Polonsky left the firm. Ania Farren joined Vannin Capital in August 2018 and David Robertson moved to White & Case LLP in October 2018. Robert Douglas left the firm.

Leading individuals

George Burn - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

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

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

The 'strong' team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP  handles the spectrum of contentious tax issues, with a standout offering in relation to indirect tax matters. On the advisory front, the group is instructed on risk assessments in relation to the Criminal Finances Act 2017. In addition to leveraging the firm's real estate sector specialism, the team also has experience in customs and excise disputes, handling investigations and risk-advisory work. Promoted to partner in April 2018, 'hugely impressive' Kate Ison represented Hannover Leasing in its appeal to the First-tier Tribunal against HMRC's decision to apply stamp duty to a transaction that didn't happen. 'Outstanding in the field of VAT', Alan Sinyor is noted for his ability to 'impose order on complex disputes'. Global tax head Elizabeth Bradley is another key figure.

Leading individuals

Alan Sinyor - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Next generation lawyers

Kate Ison - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 5

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Benefiting from 'very strong industry knowledge', Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP has a focus on domestic mid-market sponsor-backed and corporate acquisition finance matters for UK clearing banks, private equity sponsors (Clearbell Capital, Apposite Capital) and corporates. Derek Hrydziuszko recently advised J Leon & Company and Ventiga Capital Partners on the £18.2m unitranche facility to help fund its acquisition of Thesis Asset Management. Praised for her 'strong negotiating skills', team head Emma Howdle-Fuller regularly handles syndicated and bilateral leveraged financings as part of her broad-ranging finance practice and is key member of the team that also includes the 'excellent' Daisy Reeves.

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Asset finance and leasing
Asset finance and leasing - ranked: tier 4

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Led by¬†Russell Clifford,¬†Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP's three-partner asset finance team is particularly accomplished at handling lessor transactions within the rail sector. Clifford recently advised Beacon Rail on JP Morgan Asset Management's ‚ā¨1bn acquisition of the Beacon Rail rolling stock leasing business from Pamplona Capital Management. As part of this deal, Clifford also acted for Beacon Rail on the whole business refinancing of the Beacon Rail group. The firm also acts as sole adviser on leasing matters to Angel Trains, with¬†Jamie Wiseman-Clarke¬†recently advising it on¬†the re-leasing of fleets of trains owned by Angel Trains and operated under various franchises. The arrival in June 2017 of¬†Jason Chamberlain from¬†Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP¬†also strengthens the firm's rail financing capability both on domestic projects, as well as internationally. On the aviation front, although the team is relatively small in London, it often works closely with lawyers on the ground in Asia and represents a mix of operators and lessors, in particular. Clients include Deutsche Bank, Montrose Global and CityJet.

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Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans - ranked: tier 4

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Benefiting from strong ties with the UK clearing banks and global banks including Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs, as well as many major corporate clients including Tesco and Playtech, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP receives a significant flow of financing work across the full array of corporate lending and company-led acquisition financings. The recent merger with US firm Bryan Cave has not only broadened the scope of the firm's international offering but also enhanced its financing offering in London, particularly in light of it's specialism in funds finance work. Derek Hrydziuszko acted for BCA Marketplace plc on amendments to its previous £375m syndicated financing, loosening the terms and the covenants and increasing the facility to £500m (with an accordion capability of up to £200m more). Hrydziuszko also regularly acts for Goldman Sachs on margin lending work to high and ultra-high net worth individuals. Daisy Reeves also regularly handles corporate lending work and recently acted for Gett on its $100m financing from Russian bank Sberbank. The arrival in August 2017 of Shanan Dunstan from Ashurst strengthens the finance offering, particularly in relation to asset based lending work. Team head Emma Howdle-Fuller is noted for her 'clear and unequivocal advice' on behalf of banks and corporates engaged in investment grade and syndicated lending.

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Corporate restructuring and insolvency
Corporate restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 4

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Headed by Ben Jones, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP 's three-partner team has a strong reputation in the mid-market where it receives regular instructions on both the debtor and creditor front from IPs (Deloitte, Ernst & Young),  banks (Lloyds Banking Group) and funds (Mount Street, Lonestar). The team excels at handling deals from within core areas of  sector focus for the firm where it can offer an enhanced offering from a multi-disciplinary approach. For example, in a deal which involved significant input from the firm's real estate and corporate finance teams, Ian Benjamin recently advised Bondcare Group on the acquisition out of administration of a portfolio of nine care homes across the UK from the  Lifestyle Care group. Benjamin has also recently provided English law advice to the Official Committee of the Unsecured Creditors in relation to the Toys R Us Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. Marc Trottier handles debtor and creditor work and is noted for his expertise across the energy and sporting sectors, in particular; he recently advised SDX Energy on the $30m acquisition of a portfolio of oil and gas production and exploration assets in Egypt and Morocco, which were held by Circle Oil plc, from the administrators of one of Circle’s subsidiaries. Contentious insolvency expert David Leibowitz joined Mishcon de Reya LLP in May 2017.

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

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

The newly merged Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP combines expertise in many niche areas of the structured finance market. From the Berwin Leighton Paisner side of the merger the combined firm got its lead derivatives and structured products lawyer Tariq Rasheed, who is 'technically one of the strongest in this area of expertise and he has an ability to explain matters in simple language', and senior associate Iman Roy, who frequently works on matters for Goldman Sachs. From Bryan Cave, the practice benefits from the experience of corporate trust expert Helena Nathanson. and of counsel Marty Rolle . However, securitisation and CLO partner Rachel Kelly  and senior associate Kerry Pettigrew left the firm for McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP. The firm 'makes the transactional and regulatory pieces work seamlessly together', says one client, while another remarks that the lawyers are 'extremely knowledgeable in their field and very user-friendly; their experience is impressive'. Key pieces of work from 2017 included Rasheed's work for Goldman Sachs International on the negotiation of derivatives agreements, including ISDA master agreements, cleared derivatives execution agreements and collateral documentation, as part of a long-term client relationship. The firm also advised many Asian banks including United Overseas Bank and Bank of China on their MiFID II obligations.

Leading individuals

Tariq Rasheed - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Next generation lawyers

Iman Roy - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

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High yield
High yield - ranked: tier 4

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP¬†is 'very competent and has knowledgeable and dedicated personnel at all levels'. The firm focuses almost exclusively on the corporate trust, loan and agency side of structured finance transactions and 'it stacks up very well against the other firms that operate in this arena', according to one client. Practice head¬†Helena Nathanson¬†'should be singled out - she combines great technical skill with passion, purpose and good humour'. Among her highlights from 2017 was her work for¬†US Bank Trustees Limited and Elavon Financial Services in the issuance of ‚ā¨400m in senior secured notes and ‚ā¨290m in senior notes by Swissport Investments, which is part of the world's largest ground and cargo handling services company in the aviation industry. The proceeds were used to finance the company's existing debt. For the London branch of¬†Citibank, acting as trustee, Nathanson handled combined issuance of ‚ā¨565m by Burger King France, with the proceeds used to repurchase outstanding notes and to repay existing indebtedness.

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Securitisation
Securitisation - ranked: tier 4

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

The recent merger that formed Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP brought together complementary securitisation practices that together have a strong position in the UK RMBS market and in the CLO space. The firm's lawyers are 'extremely knowledgeable in their field, very user-friendly and have an ability to understand practical implications'. Global co-head of structured debt and capital markets Prashanth Satyadeva advises both banks and corporates on covered bonds and securitisation. For BNP Paribas Personal Finance UK as originator and servicer, he handled its debut £600m securitisation of unsecured personal loans. Eleanor Hunwicks is recommended for real estate and public sector transactions. Helena Nathanson is a key partner in the practice and focuses predominantly on corporate trust, loan and agency matters. Her clients include US Bank Global Trustees, Wilmington Trust and Deutsche Trustee Company. Rachel Kelly and Kerry Pettigrew joined McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP in August 2018.

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 5

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is recognised for its EMI option plan expertise through the knowledge of practice head David Dennison, and regularly advises start-up and growing companies. Clients praise Dennison as 'a charismatic individual and a true pleasure to work with' with 'an in-depth knowledge of his specialist areas'. His recent mandates include advising Betsson on the share elements of its takeover of Netplay and assisting Niltasoft with a new share option plan. Tesco, Raven Russia and Panmure Gordon & Co are also clients.

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Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers and senior executives - ranked: tier 2

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP's expertise spans employment litigation, regulatory advice, international issues and transacitonal support with notable experience in the financial, retail and IT sectors. Firm co-chair Lisa Mayhew and Rob Eldridge are key names to note; Eldridge is recommended for restrictive covenants issues in the High Court and high-value discrimination claims. 'Excellent communicator' and new practice head Rebecca Harding-Hill is 'a clear choice for contentious work' and also handles work in the financial services sector, and senior associate Bradley Houlston is another name to note. Key clients include Tesco, UBS, Thames Water, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse.

Leading individuals

Rebecca Harding-Hill - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Next generation lawyers

Bradley Houlston - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 4

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Key practitioners in Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP's department include team head Craig Baylis and associate director Jeremy Bark. The practice has substantial experience in fire safety and asbestos-related mandates and acts for clients including banks, utility companies, property developers, and leisure industry companies; examples include the National Grid, Marriott Hotels, Whitbread and Bvlgari Hotel. The group also handles inquests, fatal accident cases and enforcement issues.

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Pensions
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 4

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

David Dennison leads the department at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP and regularly handles pension plan mergers, outsourcing issues, pension plan closures, ombudsman claims, restructurings and investment-related work. The team is also highly regarded for its experience handling the pensions elements of wider corporate transactions. Clients include Thames Water, D.E UK Pension Plan, Lockheed Martin UK Pension Plan, Linpac Group Pension Fund and World Duty Free Group Pension Fund.

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London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation
Insurance and reinsurance litigation - ranked: tier 3

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner and Bryan Cave merged to form Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP¬†in April 2018, giving clients access to a ‚Äėvery professional service‚Äô. The team handles major insurance coverage disputes, usually international in nature and often with an unusual element, for blue-chip clients such as AIG, Munich Re and Travelers; it recently advised the latter in relation to a disputed insurance claim in excess of ¬£1m. Another highlight for the practice, which is particularly known for its ‚Äėgood knowledge of D&O defence‚Äô, was Anthony Lennox¬†defending the former finance director of a large refrigeration business that became insolvent, assisted by¬†Kelly Jones. Lennox, who heads the firm's insurance and reinsurance disputes practice, has 25 years‚Äô experience of (re)insurance litigation and arbitration. Another notable attraction for clients is head of insurance¬†Jonathan Sacher, who has not lost a reinsurance case in over 20 years.

Leading individuals

Anthony Lennox - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Next generation lawyers

Kelly Jones - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

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Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 3

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP¬†continued to grow its experienced team in the lead up to and in the wake of the 2018 merger between Berwin Leighton Paisner and Bryan Cave, with senior associate¬†Martin Griffiths, ‚Äėa future leading light in this area‚Äô,¬†joining from¬†Clifford Chance LLP. Recent highlights include practice head¬†Adam Bogdanor¬†leading the advice to R&Q on its acquisition of the corporate members of Lloyd‚Äôs Syndicate 1110 from ProSight Specialty Insurance and the novation of the managing agency of the syndicate to R&Q Managing Agency (RQMA). The team is also acting for Chubb as W&I insurer on the acquisition by BUPA of Oasis Dental Care, the UK‚Äôs leading private dental provider, in a transaction totalling ¬£835m.¬†Regulatory and restructuring expert Geraldine Quirk¬†is also a key member of the team.

Next generation lawyers

Martin Griffiths - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

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Insurance: insolvency and restructuring
Leading individuals

Geraldine Quirk - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Real estate funds
Real estate funds - ranked: tier 2

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP 's real estates fund practice - drawn from the Berwin Leighton Paisner team prior to the merger - 'is always responsive, and provides a high quality of advice because it understands its clients' businesses'. Clients value Justin Cornelius' 'sound guidance and pragmatic approach' - he advised Clearbell Capital on Clearbell Property Partners III, which raised £350m for a private equity real estate fund. Antony Grossman also handled the fund vehicle elements of Canary Wharf Group and LandSec's sale of 20 Fenchurch Street, commonly known as "The Walkie-Talkie", to the Lee Kum Kee group. Simon Pollock advised Hermes Investment Management on forming an investment pool for the Paradise Circus regeneration scheme in Birmingham. Other clients include United Student Living, which Cornelius advised on forming a fund with GIC to acquire a student housing development in Birmingham, and Morgan Sindall Investments, which he advised on forming a fund with the Universities Superannuation Scheme. Other work includes matters concerning listed real estate vehicles.

Next generation lawyers

Keiran Saunders - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

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London: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 4

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP acts for a broad range of charitable clients including a number of trusts and foundations that have been established by international high-net-worth individuals through to an increasing number of corporate charitable foundations. It also continues to advise donors, founders, charities and trustees as well as wealthy families in the co-ordination and management of their international charitable giving. The team has a particular expertise in the Orthodox Jewish charitable sector. Martin Paisner acts as a trustee of a considerable number of family trusts regularly advising across multiple generations. Associate Nicola Allison routinely advises a range of charities and not for profit organisations on a myriad of issues such as structuring, incorporation and registration. Clients include Wolfson Foundation and Wolfson Family Charitable Trust, Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Philanthropic Foundation and Weizmann UK.

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

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP¬†¬†has a ‚Äėhighly competent and experienced team that provides thorough and practical advice. It is a leading practice with real strength and depth‚Äô. The practice is headed by ‚Äėstar litigator‚Äô Rupert Ticehurst, who is a ‚Äėvery effective trusts litigator who can think outside the box and find creative and commercially viable solutions to the most complicated of problems‚Äô.¬†Murray North¬†has an ‚Äėexcellent understanding of his clients‚Äô needs and a wealth of understanding to draw on to provide sensible and commercial advice‚Äô. Jessica Henson¬† has an ‚Äėexcellent brain‚Äô and has notable experience in advising on asset protection in the context of cross-jurisdictional divorce proceedings. Simon Golding¬† handles a range of¬†private wealth disputes such as partnership and minority shareholder actions as well as tax litigation and disputes involving marital law. Ticehurst, Henson and Goldring are ‚Äėtrue industry professionals; their advice is not just correct, it is pragmatic‚Äô. The team continues to advise Dowager Duchess of Marlborough in relation to the estate of the 11th Duke of Marlborough on a number of contentious issues in the aftermath of the death of her late husband.

Leading individuals

Rupert Ticehurst - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jessica Henson - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Simon Goldring - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

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Family
Leading individuals

Elizabeth Hicks - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP¬†has a ‚Äėvery responsive and approachable team that provides superb advice‚Äô. Clients are ‚Äėcontinuously impressed by the quality of the advice. The recent merger with Bryan Cave also adds a US string to its bow‚Äô. The ‚Äėfirst-class tax and trust department ‚Äô has various stand-out individuals including Damian Bloom, Martin Paisner¬†and Rupert Ticehurst¬†all of whom are ‚Äėexceptionally able and give clear, incisive and effective advice‚Äô. Bloom heads the department and ‚Äėreally knows his stuff‚Äô. He ‚Äėpresents really well to clients and provides excellent advice. He is straightforward to deal with and extremely able‚Äô. Paul Whitehead¬†is ‚Äėamazingly strong technically but also has the gift of being able to distil complex issues into clear and concise advice. He is not afraid to help clients make a choice about what is the best course of action for them‚Äô. Simon Phelps¬†has a focus on advising clients and their family offices based in the Middle East and Far East on UK tax and asset structuring. Associate director Tracey Hawksley¬†provides ‚Äėtimely, well thought-through and thorough advice even on the most complex of issues‚Äô. The large team is adept at handling complex and high-value multi-jurisdictional matters and has considerable expertise in key regions such as Asia, the Middle East and Russia. Clients also appreciate the ‚Äėpragmatic approach of the team which greatly assists offshore trustees to navigate the complex UK tax environment‚Äô.

Leading individuals

Damian Bloom - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Martin Paisner - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Simon Phelps - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)
Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) - ranked: tier 2

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP 'is an outstanding firm in the field of infrastructure planning' and its 'extremely experienced team of solicitors always provides absolutely top-quality advice in a client-friendly accessible way', according to one client. Mark Richards is a 'solid practitioner' and impresses clients with his 'excellent client relationship and business development skills'; he is currently assisting the energy division of a Fortune 50 company with its joint venture with Co Gen for the development of a biomass power plant. National Grid recently appointed a team led by Christian Drage to advise on the second phase of its London Power Tunnels project, and James Good continues to guide Tideway through the implementation and discharge of DCO requirements associated with its Thames Tideway Tunnel 'super sewer' project. Other key names include planning expert Tim Smith  and construction partner John Hughes-D’Aeth . The team recently welcomed rail infrastructure specialist Jason Chamberlain from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP .

Leading individuals

Mark Richards - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

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Mining and minerals
Mining and minerals - ranked: tier 3

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP represents major publicly traded mining companies, funds, investment banks and brokers with its full-service offering which was recently strengthened and broadened through its high-profile merger. Especially strong in capital markets mandates, practice head Alexander Keepin recently advised JP Morgan Cazenove and Peel Hunt on an underwritten fundraising for Central Asia Metals and its readmission following its acquisition of the Sasa mine; he also acted for a syndicate of brokers on a fundraising for Avesoro to partially fund the acquisition of the Youga and Balogo gold mines in Burkina Faso. In other highlights, the group assisted an East African government with the development of its model mining agreement to encourage and facilitate investment in its mining industry, and senior associate Patrick Lilly was part of the team overseeing the IPO of an offshore gold mining company with assets in Francophone Africa.

Leading individuals

Alexander Keepin - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 3

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

The newly formed Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP fields an enhanced offering following the merger of the two entities and the recruitment of George Burn from Vinson & Elkins RLLP as global head of the international arbitration group. Alexander Keepin advised SDX Energy on its acquisition of a portfolio of oil and gas production and exploration assets in Egypt and Morocco from the administrators of one of Circle Oil's subsidiaries, and assisted the AIM-listed Pantheon with its $12.5m placing to accelerate its drilling activities in key areas. Peel Hunt instructed the group to oversee the readmission to the AIM of Serica Energy with regards to its proposed acquisition of certain North Sea assets from BP, and Adam Dann continues to represent a state-owned in certain aspects of the development and potential marketing of its offshore oil and gas potential.

Next generation lawyers

Tim Sumner - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

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

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

The 'easy to work with' and 'competent' power team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is recommended by clients for energy-from-waste projects especially with regards to the contractual and construction aspects. The firm acts for clients such as National Grid, Ancala and major retailers in matters across the energy supply chain under the leadership of Adam Dann . Recently, Dann and Kiran Arora advised EDFES - a joint venture between EDF and Dalkia - on its acquisition of Imtech from Endless, and Mark Richards is currently assisting the University of Cambridge with all aspects of utility provision at the North West Cambridge Development. Ed Coulson and Andrew Hockley continue to represent National Grid and Scottish Power in their respective claims for damages arising from alleged overcharges paid for the purchase of high voltage power cables following the EU's 2014 cartel decision. The firm's energy disputes practice is spearheaded by Segun Osuntokun while Christian Drage specialises in planning issues.

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Water
Water - ranked: tier 2

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

James Marshall and Andrew Hockley have substantial expertise and experience in the regulatory and competition fields and jointly lead the water offering at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP . In parallel with the firm's ongoing counsel to Thames Water with regards to competition, construction, corporate governance, finance and dispute resolution issues, the team also recently handled Ancala's contested acquisition of listed water company Dee Valley under the supervision of Mark Richards and Nicholas Myatt . On the contentious front, Caroline Pope represented a construction company in a series of claims for delay, additional costs and misrepresentation arising from a contract for the design and construction of a new waste water treatment plant in Northern England. Other notable clients include Tideway, the University of Cambridge and Wren Renewables.

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London: Public sector

Infrastructure (parliamentary)
Infrastructure (parliamentary) - ranked: tier 2

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Headed by Partners Mark Richards and Adam Dann, the infrastructure team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP  assists a broad range of clients  across the transport and infrastructure industries including aviation, rail, road and shipping. Others to note include Deborah Greenwood and Christian Drage .

Leading individuals

Helen Kemp - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 2

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Infrastructure, regeneration, housing and related funding and finance are key areas of the Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP  practice. Team head Andrew Yates  has extensive expertise in these areas and counts the Greater London Authority, Homes England and the London Legacy Development Corporation as clients. Other names of note are Alan Aisbett and Lesley-Anne Avis who also have a focus on regeneration projects. It continues to advise the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and the Greater London Authority on the £500m Blackwall Reach regeneration project, involving the redevelopment of the entire Robin Hood Gardens Estate in Poplar.

Leading individuals

Ian Doolittle - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 1

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 1

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 2

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 1

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 1

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

The team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP¬†‚Äėcan service all levels of investment and development work‚Äô and ‚Äėunderstands the importance of every deal, no matter how small‚Äô. That said, the team is often involved in some of the market‚Äôs largest transactions and development projects. Indeed, department head Chris de Pury¬† advised Hong Kong-listed CC Land Holdings on its ¬£1.2bn acquisition of the Jersey company owning The Cheesegrater at 122 Leadenhall Street. Similarly, Robert MacGregor¬†assisted Canary Wharf Group and Landsec Group on the ¬£1.3bn sale of their joint interest in London‚Äôs Walkie-Talkie building to Hong Kong-based LKK Health Products Group. MacGregor is also advising Quintain subsidiary Tipi on the regeneration of a large estate at Wembley Park, which is among the UK‚Äôs largest build-to-rent developments. Also in the residential space, Andrew Yates¬†and Tessa Kimber¬†are acting for London Legacy Development Corporation in connection with two PRS-led developments at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Further, consultant¬†Simon Allen¬†is advising Great Western Developments on a major development scheme surrounding Paddington station. The team, which includes Laura Wild, also has experience in the hotel sector, and assisted Crosstree with the acquisition and financing of the Hotel RE Shoreditch, which included a management agreement with Mama Shelter, a Paris-based boutique brand making its first venture into the UK market. Samant Narula, who is ‚Äėa great deal guy‚Äô, is instructed by clients including Hermes Investment Management, and Claire Milton¬†is highly recommended. Verity Waington¬†and Anna Robbins¬†joined the team from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, but hotel specialist Karen Friebe¬†left for Bird & Bird LLP¬†and Anthea Bamford¬†joined Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP. Alan Twine¬†and Emma La Wita¬†made partner in 2018.

Leading individuals

Chris de Pury - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Claire Milton - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

James Knox - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Robert MacGregor - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

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Construction
Construction (contentious) - ranked: tier 1

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Contruction (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 1

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP¬†is ‚Äėvery responsive,¬†providing¬†a high degree of clarity in communication¬†and ¬†very thorough and pragmatic¬†approach.‚Äô Bob Maynard heads the contentious side, where the firm acts for an increasing number of¬†Korean and Japanese contractors including, SK Engineering and Construction, Samsung Engineering, Doosan and Hyundai Engineering and Construction. The practice has impressive domestic clients¬†in both the contractor and employer¬†spaces:¬†contractor clients serviced from London include AES Corp, AMEC Foster Wheeler, Andritz, Arabtec and Balfour Beatty. It was also appointed to¬†Kier‚Äôs¬†panel of external advisers.¬†On the employer side, the firm acts for¬†National Grid, Thames Water, and the¬†University of Cambridge.¬†‚ÄėTrusted adviser‚Äô Marc Hanson¬†heads the non-contentious team. Gareth Stringer¬†is advising on the¬†construction aspects of¬†Canary Wharf Group's ¬£1.3bn sale of joint venture interest in 20 Fenchurch Street.¬†Nazir Dewji, who¬†has¬†‚Äėa deep understanding of the industry conditions and is not afraid to tackle key issues head¬†on,‚Äô¬†assisted¬†Landsec on the completion of Nova¬†at London Victoria, one of the largest single real estate construction contracts in the UK market. John Hughes-D‚ÄôAeth¬†continues to¬†advise HE,¬†the Government-owned company that manages England‚Äôs motorway and trunk road network,¬†on new contract forms.¬†Adriano Amorese¬†is also recommended. James Clarke¬†relocated to the Singapore¬†office.

Leading individuals

Bob Maynard - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

John Hughes-D’Aeth - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Marc Hanson - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP¬†is noted for its ‚Äėvery good environmental expertise, including on contaminated land.‚Äô ‚ÄėVery experienced and knowledgeable‚Äô head of team Aidan Thomson¬†deals with standalone environmental litigation matters and advises on environmental liability for corporate and property transactions. The team represents Thames Water on all their standalone operational environmental compliance and liability work and continue to advise on the environmental aspects of the ¬£4.2bn Thames Tideway Tunnel project, including in relation to the real estate aspects being handled by Thames Water. Other clients include AIG, International Underwriting Association, Heathrow Airport, Chubb Insurance, Angel Trains, BlackRock UK Property Fund, Unite UK Student Accommodation, and Tesco. Senior associate Isabelle Laborde¬†is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Aidan Thomson - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP¬†fields a ‚Äėgo-to infrastructure planning team'¬† headed by¬†Tim Hellier, who¬†is ‚Äėhighly accomplished, providing considered and incisive advice which inspires confidence‚Äô and an ‚Äėeffective and robust negotiator when required'.¬†Christian Drage¬†is recommended for his ‚Äėrobust and well considered advice‚Äô, and ‚Äėcalm and reassuring nature'.¬†His recent work includes leading on all planning, infrastructure, CPO and land assembly aspects for National Grid in relation to phase 2 of their multi-billion London Power Tunnels project. James Good¬†is leading the firm's advice on the Thames Tideway project, consisting of a ¬£4.2bn upgrade of London‚Äôs Victorian sewerage network stretching 15 miles under the city. Tim Smith¬†(‚Äėvery strong technically, picks up issues quickly, very practical')¬†IS advising Westfield on the development of a major retail extension to the Stratford Shopping Centre along with over 1,300 residential units at Cherry Park. Senior associate Rosalind Nuttall¬†is ‚Äėdependable and very user friendly‚Äô, while Robert Gowing¬†is ‚Äėa really impressive senior associate.‚Äô Other clients include Heathrow, Tesco, and Aviva.

Leading individuals

Tim Hellier - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Tim Smith - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 1

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

The 'experienced, commercial' team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP had an active year, handling two of the most high-profile real estate finance transactions of 2017: Claire Watson advised CC Land on the £622m financing of its acquisition of the 'Cheesegrater' building at 122 Leadenhall Street, and department head Naveen Vijh assisted Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies with providing a £323m loan to refinance existing debt, facilitate a corporate reorganisation and develop St Giles Circus, a mixed-use project in the West End. The practice has a strong client base on the lender and sponsor sides, covering clearing banks, major investment banks, insurers, US financial institutions and funds; new clients include Wells Fargo Bank, HSBC Investment Bank and Blackstone. Other noted members of the team are Daniyal Ansari, who is 'very hand-on and leads transactions well', Steve Clark, Gordon McMillan, who was promoted to partner in April 2018, and senior associate Payam Yoseflavi.

Leading individuals

Claire Watson - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Naveen Vijh - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Next generation lawyers

Gordon McMillan - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

The team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP sits ‚Äėat the top of the pile‚Äô following the merger between legacy firms Berwin Leighton Paisner and Bryan Cave. Akhil Markanday¬†took over as practice head from the ‚Äėhugely experienced‚Äô¬†Wendy Miller and ‚Äėmasterfully knowledgeable‚Äô¬†Roger Cohen who both remain active. The group excels in rating law, rights of light work and rent reviews and is praised for its ‚Äėpartner-led approach‚Äô, which is supplemented by ‚Äėgood use of junior and support members to maximise efficiency‚Äô. Cohen recently deployed his ‚Äėspecific and learned expertise‚Äô in the Court of Appeal, representing Tesco in a case related to the rates liabilities arising from ATM machines. In a further highlight, Markanday is advising Heathrow Airport in regard to the occupation of sites adjacent to the airport by a protest group.¬† Newly promoted partner¬†Rashpal Soomal¬†is also recommended, as is¬†Michael Metliss¬†for his work on asset management issues.

Leading individuals

Akhil Markanday - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Michael Metliss - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Roger Cohen - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Wendy Miller - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jeremy Stephen - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Rashpal Soomal - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

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Social housing: finance
Social housing: finance - ranked: tier 4

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

The service at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP¬†is ‚Äėon par‚Äô with some of the most active players in the social housing finance space. Headed by Prashanth Satyadeva, the team is a key adviser to Homes England in relation to the housing guarantees programme. Satyadeva also advised TradeRisks as arranger and dealer on a ¬£120m secured bond issuance by Yarlington Treasury Services, which was the client‚Äôs inaugural bond issuance. Further, Eleanor Hunwicks¬†acted for GLA Land and Property in relation to the provision of two loans to accelerate the delivery of about 46 affordable units in the Heart of Harrow housing zone.

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Social housing: local authorities and registered providers
Social housing: local authorities and registered providers - ranked: tier 5

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is particularly active in social housing funding projects, and carries out a considerable amount of work for Homes England. In one example, practice head Andrew Yates acted for Homes England in relation to the 10,000-home regeneration project with Gallagher Estates. The team also has experience acting for public authorities in housing-led regeneration schemes, which included advising GLA and London Borough of Tower Hamlets on a joint venture with Swan Housing Association for the development of 1,500 homes at the Blackwell Reach regeneration. Prashanth Satyadeva and Eleanor Hunwicks are key figures in the social housing finance practice.

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London: Risk advisory

Brexit
Brexit - ranked: tier 1

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP - which was formed after Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP and Bryan Cave merged in April 2018 - has a specialist Brexit taskforce, which is led by competition and international trade partner Chris Bryant. With Bryant at the helm, the firm is at the forefront of advice to clients on a wide range of matters, including scenario and contingency planning, restructuring and regulatory issues. It has been particularly active in guiding clients through the impact of a no deal scenario, and what the impact of the UK relying on WTO rules would mean for their businesses. The firm has also played a key role in shaping the UK government's policy towards Brexit, with team members having provided evidence at Parliamentary Select Committees and the Department for International Trade. Financial services regulatory expert Polly James has been advising a variety of clients in the industry on the impact of Brexit, including the loss of passporting rights and alternative business models. Matthew Baker focuses on issues affecting the investment management industry, while Geraldine Quirk advises insurance sector clients on a wide range of non-contentious matters. James Marshall acts for clients from sectors such as aviation, water, energy and transport. Senior lawyer consultant Marieke Datema is also recommended.

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

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Highlighted for its 'knowledgble, pragmatic and informed advice', Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP's data and cyber security team has been described as providing 'a platinum service'. The group is headed by Kate Brimsted who was previously at Reed Smith LLP, following the departure of Ian De Freitas to Farrer & Co. The department has been advising clients on implications of the GDPR, particularly in relation to international data sharing.  The team also handles transactional matters and advised a global company on compliance implications of its divestment from a wider corporate group.

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

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner and Bryan Cave merged to form Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP¬†in April 2018. The firm acts in the areas of anti-bribery and corruption, anti-money laundering, tax, employment, corporate crime, financial regulation, anti-trust and competition. Working in conjunction with its Russian and Asian offices it offers a full service to international clients, including in-house forensic services. Clients include AIG and Marubeni Corporation. Andrew Tuson¬†heads the team, he is ‚Äėextremely knowledgeable in the general area of financial crime, and particularly market abuse‚Äô. Oran Gelb¬†and Polly James¬†are recommended. Richard Chalk¬†joined as partner from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Former practice head Aaron Stephens¬†left the firm for King & Spalding LLP.

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Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 3

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP's reputation management department is headed by Joby Davies  and Graham Shear and acts for a number of high-profile celebrities, politicians, high-level executives and corporates including Tesco, HSBC and Thames Water. The team has notable expertise in private confidential information and cybersecurity issues such as corporate espionage, email hacking and theft of electronic data. Sarah McAtominey  is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Graham Shear - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP's 'responsive and hard working' technology practice offers 'very solid advice' at 'good value for money'. The group has significant transactional expertise and acted for DXC Technology on the share acquisition of Swiss-based company LLX Global Business Services and its UK subsidiary. Additionally, a team led by Marcus Pearl advised the management of Exactpro Systems on a management buyout of Exactpro from the London Stock Exchange Group. Usman Wahid , alongside Pearl and outsourcing lawyer Mark Lewis,  jointly heads up the firm's technology practice, which recently hired Daniel Csefalvy from Linklaters LLP . He has experience advising on financial services technology, cryptocurrencies and crypto-exchanges. Senior associate Ash Von Schwan, who arrived from White & Case LLP, is another new addition to the non-contentious team.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 3

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

The 'fast, efficient,¬†exceptional' practice at¬†Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP¬†provides 'a high level of service'. Following the merger between Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP and US firm Bryan Cave in April 2018, the team has been enjoying a more global platform; its specialisms have broadened from football, rugby and athletics to encompass baseball, basketball, hockey and American football. The group assists clients with a variety of legal work, including corporate, commercial, finance, dispute resolution and real estate;¬†Marc Trottier¬†¬†and practice head¬†Graham Shear¬†advised financiers including Rights and Media Funding on receiveables financing transactions involving Premier League clubs such as Everton FC and West Ham United FC. Real estate specialist¬†Matthew Peel¬†and corporate finance expert¬†Catherine Shirley-Brown¬†acted for MotorSport Vision on its purchase of Donington Park's race circuit business for over ‚ā¨120m. Other clients include Malaga CF, Nike, BT and the FA.

Leading individuals

Graham Shear - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

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London: Transport

Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 2

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP¬†is praised for its ‚Äėthoughtful and practical‚Äô advice, which is ‚Äėinformed by industry expertise‚Äô. It is particularly noted for its experience in rolling stock financing and leasing, and is also active across competition, real estate, infrastructure projects and disputes in the rail sector. The team advised Beacon Rail on its acquisition, from Pamplona Capital Management (PCM), by a fund managed by JP Morgan Asset Management; advised Beacon Rail on the whole business refinancing of the Beacon Rail group; and advised Angel Trains on the re-leasing of fleets of trains operated under various franchises. The team also advises TfL on the series of property partnerships to develop land around stations. Jamie Wiseman-Clarke¬†regularly handles rail-related transactions; James Marshall¬†is ‚Äėpro-active and engaged with an unassumingly effective style‚Äô and is experienced in competition law; associate director Euan McIntosh¬†handles finance matters; and Jason Chamberlain, who recently joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, is noted for his experience in railway infrastructure projects and has ‚Äėan excellent eye for detail‚Äô. Russell Clifford¬†heads the asset finance and rail industry group.

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