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Mayer Brown International LLP

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201 BISHOPSGATE, LONDON, EC2M 3AF, ENGLAND
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Work 020 3130 3000
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Fax 020 3130 3001
Web:
www.mayerbrown.com

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 4

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP has a standout global sourcing practice, and is particularly active in the financial services sector, where it assists customers and suppliers with transactions involving human resources, facilities management, telecoms and back-office functions. Mark Prinsley was the lead adviser to Kraft Heinz on the implementation of a new outsource-based global business services model with Genpact. Prinsley and Andrew Stewart co-lead the team, which also handles global agreements concerning the provision of IT services through public cloud solutions. Prinsley, Oliver Yaros and senior associate Daniel Gallagher are acting for a global financial institution in the acquisition and implementation of cloud-based services provided by Microsoft. Senior associate Dominic Palmer and associate Christian Higham are also recommended.

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 6

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP's 'pro-active and commercial' team focuses primarily on tax matters arising in the financial services and private equity sectors, but also handles a variety of real estate tax work. Following the departure of Sandy Bhogal to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in April 2018, the team is led by M&A and group reorganisations expert James Hill who advised Vitruvian Partners, and its portfolio company JAC Travel, on its £200m sale to Webjet. He also assisted Shearwater Group with the tax aspects of various acquisitions, including of Newable Consulting and SecurEnvoy. Highlights for Ben Fryer, who became a partner in January 2018,  included advising LKK Health Products Group on its £1.28bn purchase of The Walkie Talkie. Fryer also advised Barclays, Bank of America Merill Lynch, HSBC and NatWest Markets as Joint Arrangers and Joint Lead Managers in the £472.9m auto loan securitisation issued by Globaldrive Auto Recievables UK 2017-A.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 5

Mayer Brown International LLP

The team at¬†Mayer Brown International LLP¬†is noted for its¬†‚Äėspecialist market knowledge‚Äô.¬†David Harrison¬†co-heads the firm‚Äôs European antitrust and competition practice and¬†acted alongside corporate partner¬†Richard Smith¬†forTouchstone Innovations in connection with its takeover by IP Group, which was conditional on Phase 1 clearance by the CMA. In another key matter, Harrison and of counsel¬†Warsha Kal√©¬†have been advising CITIC Telecom CPC on the worldwide merger control aspects of its acquisition of the telecommunication assets of Linx Telecommunications.¬†Julian Ellison, who¬†splits his time between the firm‚Äôs London and Brussels offices, handles UK merger cases, EU second phase cases and public procurement issues involving a number of leading public and private sector projects.

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Equity capital markets
Equity capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP

The practice at¬†Mayer Brown International LLP¬†acts for issuers, underwriters and selling shareholders on a range of cross-border equity capital markets work, including IPOs, private placements, share buy-backs, demergers and global depositary receipt offerings.¬†Kate Ball-Dodd¬†and the New York- and French-qualified¬†Robert Flanigan¬†jointly head the department; Flanigan, who has been particularly active in the Spanish markets recently, was US counsel to Liberbank on its ‚ā¨500m rights offering and a related ‚ā¨120m accelerated book-build by several of its shareholders. He also acted for Promotora de Informaciones on its ‚ā¨563m share offering.¬†Colin Scagell¬†advised Peel Hunt as sponsor and bookrunner on IntegraFin Holdings' ¬£178m IPO on the LSE. Other clients of the team include GW Pharmaceuticals, Metrovacesa and Altice.¬†Rebecca Bothamley¬†made partner in January 2018;¬†Richard Smith¬†is also recommended.

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Financial services
Financial services (non-contentious/ regulatory) - ranked: tier 6

Mayer Brown International LLP

Financial services contentious - ranked: tier 4

Mayer Brown International LLP

Notwithstanding the departures at the end of 2017 of Mark Compton to the Bank of New York Mellon and Guy Wilkes to Mishcon de Reya LLP, Mayer Brown International LLP still maintains a 'strong financial services litigation capability', and is well-placed to resource multi-jurisidictional regulatory investigations and follow-on private litigation by virtue of practitioners in key jurisdictions including Hong Kong and the US. Solicitor advocate Alistair Graham is a 'very strong commercial litigator with a wealth of knowledge in the contentious financial services field' gleaned through years of private practice in addition to a previous tenure on secondment as Enforcement Counsel to the FSA. The 'outstanding' William Glassey 'commands respect both from his own clients and opponents' as a result of the 'careful preparation and superb judgement he brings to any case'.

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Flotations: small and mid-cap
Flotations: small and mid-cap - ranked: tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP has longstanding relationships with some of the AIM market's most prominent and active NOMADs; practice head Kate Ball-Dodd, Robert Flanigan and associate Simon Allison acted for Investec Bank in the £40.7m placing of shares in Hollywood Bowl Group by way of an accelerated bookbuild. Flanigan and Allison also worked with Colin Scagell to advise Peel Hunt and Panmure Gordon as joint bookrunners on the £9.8m placing of new shares by Blancco Technology Group (also by way of an accelerated bookbuild). The team is also a strong performer acting for issuers, both on AIM and overseas exchanges, attracting particular praise for 'its knowledge and understanding of the FPI rules, Sarbanes-Oxley, AIM rules and Companies Act'; it is 'a one-stop shop for all legal compliance questions'. A recent highlight involved Robert Hamill and Rebecca Bothamley advising Velocys on a circa £18.4m firm placing and placing and open offer to fund an ongoing renewable fuels biorefinery. Other corporate clients include Entertainment One, Shearwater Group Plc, GBGI and Eland Oil & Gas.

Leading individuals

Kate Ball-Dodd - Mayer Brown International LLP

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M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+
M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+ - ranked: tier 6

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP¬†provides a ‚Äėpremium level of service‚Äô; ‚Äėtheir advice is always responsive, well considered and commercially focussed‚Äô. The firm‚Äôs London corporate team is led by¬†Kate Ball-Dodd¬†, while¬†Perry Yam¬†was recently promoted to the firm‚Äôs global co-head of corporate practice. The department is strong in the life sciences, financial institutions, TMT and energy sectors, with clients including Unilever, Wells Fargo and CITIC Telecom. Ball-Dodd and¬†Richard Smith¬†advised Touchstone Innovations on its all-share takeover offer by IP Group, valuing Touchstone at ¬£500m. Richard Page¬†(who has ‚Äėan innate ability to assimilate detailed information‚Äô) acted¬†on the ¬£1.15bn sale of The Leadenhall Building to Hong Kong-listed property development company C C Land. The ‚Äėsolution-driven‚Äô¬†Robert Hamill¬†acted for Shearwater Group on the acquisitions of Newable Consulting and of SecurEnvoy.¬†Rebecca Bothamley¬†was promoted to partnership, while¬†Patrick Hennessy¬†and¬†Sam Webster¬†were both promoted to counsel. Former department co-head¬†Jeremy Kenley¬†departed for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

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Private equity: transactions
Private equity: transactions ‚Äď mid-market deals - ranked: tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP's team attracts high praise for its 'in-depth understanding of structuring private equity deals'. Since his arrival from Reed Smith LLP in 2016,  group head Perry Yam has been instrumental in the growth of the firm's practice, particularly in the midmarket space; the firm has won work from clients such as Bluegem Capital Partners, Strling Square Capital Partners and HIG, among others. In 2017, Yam and James West, who are both 'client-centric and savvy', handled the £200m sale of portfolio company JAC Travel to Australian-listed company Webjet Limited for private equity firm Vitruvian Partners. In addition, the firm has more recently advised Aurelius on the restructuring and merger of two of its portfolio companies. The incredibly engaged and proactive team also includes Tim Nosworthy, and Connor Cahalane, and was also recently strengthened by the arrival of Neil Evans from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

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VAT and indirect tax
VAT and indirect tax - ranked: tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP

James Hill and Ben Fryer lead Mayer Brown International LLP's indirect tax group, which provides tax planning and structuring advice in connection with a variety of investments both domestically and cross-border. The group also advises clients on projects, planning and stucturing, with a particular focus on cross-border VAT for financial services clients, insurance premium tax and real estate tax matters. Highlights including advising LKK HEalth Products Group on the indirect tax aspects of its acquisition of the Walkie Talkie. Sandy Bhogal joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in April 2018.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 5

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP¬†advises on fraudulent misrepresentation, investigations, breach of trust, Ponzi schemes, injunctions, freezing orders, asset tracing and recovery, and seeking remedies that include provisional liquidator appointments. The firm is acting for UBS against Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig in a $320m claim arising from the enforcement of various structured finance transactions. The key figures are Devi Shah¬†and Alistair Graham, who is ‚Äėdedicated‚Äô and has ‚Äėexcellent judgement and a wealth of experience in civil fraud‚Äô.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP’s Ian McDonald >acts for banks and funds, particularly in high-value disputes relating to loan structures, structured finance and derivatives, many of which have cross-jurisdictional elements. McDonald 'has great legal judgement and commercial acumen, and is a real team player who at the same time knows how to lead a team'. Other highly regarded advisers include David Allen, who has particular experience in banking and insolvency litigation, including several high-profile insolvency proceedings; Alistair Graham, noted for regulatory and fraud investigations, white-collar work and international asset tracing; and Susan Rosser, who acts in disputes involving complex financial products, regulatory investigations and enforcement as well as professional discipline, corporate investigations (including fraud and corruption), and professional negligence claims. The practice represented UBS in long-running litigation in London against Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig, which provides fresh and wastewater services to the City of Leipzig and surrounding area; the litigation, which went to the Supreme Court, involved claims for approximately $320m arising from the enforcement of various structured finance transactions.

Leading individuals

Alistair Graham - Mayer Brown International LLP

Ian McDonald - Mayer Brown International LLP

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP's 'clients cannot speak highly enough of its efficiency, commitment and professionalism'. Stuart Pickford, who is 'an extremely bright, personable litigator whose calm demeanour and insightful analysis are an invaluable contribution', led advice to hotelier, Chen Mei Huan, in a long-running dispute concerning the ownership of shares in a BVI holding company, which (via a Macanese subsidiary) owns the Beijing Imperial Palace Hotel in Macau; the team's role included successfully advising on an appeal to the Privy Council, which set aside a decision of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court and ordered a retrial in the BVI. Ian McDonald heads the litigation and dispute resolution practice in London; Alistair Graham is 'one of the best commercial litigators around'; and Miles Robinson acts across a range of sectors, including energy, manufacturing, music, automotive, chemicals and outsourcing. Mark Stefanini and David Allen are also highly rated.

Leading individuals

David Allen - Mayer Brown International LLP

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP's 'hugely experienced team' is widely recognised for its experience in international arbitrations in the construction sector, but the practice also advises clients in the  hotel and leisure, food, banking and finance, and manufacturing industries. Recent work includes acting for Fouad Alghanim & Sons in an ICSID arbitration against the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, which was based on the bilateral investment treaty between Kuwait and Jordan. Raid Abu-Manneh is 'experienced, creative and liked by clients'. The other key advisers are Mark Stefanini, Kwadwo Sarkodie, Miles Robinson and Tom Duncan, while the notable senior associates are Rachael O’Grady, who 'develops an impressive understanding of clients' business', and Joseph Otoo.

Leading individuals

Raid Abu-Manneh - Mayer Brown International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Rachael O'Grady - Mayer Brown International LLP

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Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 4

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP has particular strengths in relation to solicitors and accountants and the disciplinary inquiries upon which it advises are often conducted in parallel with other regulatory investigations and actual or threatened civil litigation. William Glassey heads the department and has a particular emphasis on defending claims against solicitors, barristers, pensions actuaries and property professionals. Tim Shepherd was promoted to counsel in 2018.

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 5

Mayer Brown International LLP

At Mayer Brown International LLP, Andrew Crotty has been very active advising private equity sponsors including Stirling Square Capital Partners and Vitruvian Partners on mid-market transactions; he recently acted for the former on a term and revolving facilities agreement to finance its acquisition of The Magnum Corporation and its subsidiaries. Spearheaded by Alex Dell and Dominic Griffiths, the firm is also well regarded for its 'market-leading asset based lending offering' (particularly on behalf of banks) and often implements this product alongside other debt to facilitate the financing of cross-border M&A deals. The recruitment in June 2018 of the 'excellent' Stuart Brinkworth from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (London) LLP is a major statement of intent for the firm, particularly in relation to the direct lending space. Clients include Barclays, Citibank, HSBC and Nomura.

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Asset based lending
Asset based lending - ranked: tier 1

Mayer Brown International LLP

The 'very strong' team at Mayer Brown International LLP remains a leading player in the market and acts on behalf of a balanced roster of funds, banks, sponsors and borrowers. Able to leverage the product expertise of lawyers in the US team, the team excels at handling cross-border mandates, often in the context of a deal where the asset based lending (ABL) product sits alongside other debt. The team is at the vanguard of developments in the industry and is consequently viewed as a 'safe pair of hands' on novel, less commoditised deals. It is also picking up a significant flow of work for alternative finance providers which are increasingly implementing ABL structures to finance deals; the 'excellent' Dominic Griffiths recently advised Channel Capital Advisors in its capacity as arranger, programme manager and placement agent in a private debt placement backed by short-term trade receivables for a leading Belgium-based global diamond company. Alex Dell also has a 'fantastic reputation in the market' and alongside Simon Fisher acted for Hayfin Services, as agent, in a syndicated ABL facility with German clothing retailer, NKD Services (the borrowing base comprised inventory in over 300 retail outlets and stores in Germany and trade receivables including credit card receivables). Senior associate Charles Thain  is also recommended. Other clients include Barclays, Citibank, TPG Capital and HSBC.

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

Mayer Brown International LLP

Benefiting from 'good market knowledge and experience across a broad range of financing transactions', including more niche areas such as asset based lending, Mayer Brown International LLP provides an 'excellent level of service' to corporates and banks, particularly in relation to complex cross-border mandates. Although the firm is active across a broad array of sectors, it does have a particularly strong brand for handling bilateral and syndicated financing work within the real estate space; Nigel White recently advised St Modwen Properties plc on a £475m syndicated facility for refinancing and ongoing operational purposes. The 'very commercial and creative' David O’Connor has a 'solid background across a number of different areas', although he is best-known for his real estate-related structured finance prowess. Dominic Griffiths and Alex Dell are the principal partners responsible for handling cross-border asset based lending matters and regularly utilise this product on its own or in conjunction with other debt products to provide general corporate lending assistance or for acquisition finance purposes. Clients include Barclays, Citibank and Wells Fargo.

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Corporate restructuring and insolvency
Corporate restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 6

Mayer Brown International LLP

Able to tap into the firm’s widespread network of international offices - most importantly in the US - and thereby allowing a degree of flexibility regarding the potential use of insolvency procedures including Chapter 11, Mayer Brown International LLP 's six-partner London team provides a 'very responsive service’ on contentious and non-contentious matters to a wide array of stakeholders. As part of her broad-ranging practice, the 'technically strong and extremely personable' team head Devi Shah has niche expertise at handling pensions-related insolvency matters; she recently advised the Pension Protection Fund in relation to the restructuring of the Hoover/Candy group's pension liabilities. Shah is also noted for her prowess at handling restructurings within the insurance sector and recently worked with the provisional liquidators, creditors and regulatory authorities to put together a novel solution for the closure of a Lloyd's corporate member, ACAL Underwriting Limited (in provisional liquidation). David Allen handles contentious insolvency work for banks, IPs and corporate trustees. Newly promoted partner Jessica Walker is also recommended.

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Debt capital markets
Debt capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP¬†'does a great job - the lawyers are always available and they deliver a great overall level of service'. The dedicated three-partner DCM team has extensive US law capability in London. In an example of its strong flow of Canadian issuer work, the team acted on the update of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board's C$25bn global MTN programme and its issuance of $2bn in fixed rate notes. The practice also handled F√©d√©ration des caisses Desjardins du Qu√©bec's¬†‚ā¨7bn MTN programme.¬†Its work for blue-chip European corporates included a ‚ā¨600m notes offering by Novartis AG. Key to all three of these deals was¬†James Taylor, who is 'one of the best for Canadian covered bond issuance; he is knowledgeable, practical and transaction-oriented, and he adds real value'. He also plays a key role in the firm's emerging markets debt work, which included representing Turkey's Vakifbank in its invitation to holders of its $900m outstanding subordinated notes. He also advises¬†>issuers and underwriters on high-profile reverse Yankee bonds, which included acting for joint lead managers on a ‚ā¨600m offering by Whirlpool Corporation.¬†Bernd Bohr¬†is 'extremely precise, reliable and business-minded and has a very good knowledge of the industry'.¬†US and France qualified¬†Robert Flanigan¬†handles numerous deals in southern Europe. He advised Spain's Liberbank on its ‚ā¨300m inaugural bond issue.

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Derivatives and structured products
Derivatives and structured products - ranked: tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP frequently advises on some of the largest and most complex derivatives matters in Europe for dealers, though it also has an impressive buy-side client base that includes hedge funds, asset managers, pension funds, insurance companies and multinational corporates. Its presence in international deals is due, in part, to the synergy between its London practice and its derivatives capability in New York, Hong Kong, Germany and elsewhere in Europe. This global presence enables it to be at the forefront of regulatory matters, particularly in regard to the impact of US and European regulatory developments such as the Dodd-Frank Act and EMIR. The London practice is also counsel to industry body ISDA on key matters. A highlight deal from 2017 was its advice to BT Pension Scheme Trustees on the implementation of new margin rules under EMIR, which included assisting with compliance issues and negotiating documentation with market counterparties. Global head of derivatives and structured products Ed Parker is 'extremely knowledgeable about ISDA documentation' and worked on that matter with counsel Marcin Perzanowski. They also acted for Zurich Group in EMIR compliance matters. US- and UK-qualified partner Chris Arnold is 'very responsive and knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with'. He recently assisted a leading global bank with the update of documentation for its structured products issuance across all asset classes. Counsel Nanak Keswani is also recommended for work on OTC derivatives, repos and structured products.

Leading individuals

Chris Arnold - Mayer Brown International LLP

Ed Parker - Mayer Brown International LLP

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Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP has 'deep knowledge in international construction law and FIDIC Contracts, and a lot of experience with international contracts and dispute resolution'. One client remarks that it is 'very responsive and provides timely advice, and the depth of the team is enhanced by the fact that it has highly-qualified lawyers working in both the UK and the US'. The firm has a strong mining practice that frequently handles complex deals in emerging markets, but it also prominent in transactions in the CEE region and Africa. The firm's structured finance and capital markets practices are also highly regarded and frequently handle matters in Turkey and the Middle East. Debt capital markets partner James Taylor recently advised Vakifbank on a $900m exchange offer for outstanding Tier 2 bonds. This was the first exchange offer ever initiated by a Turkish financial institution. Banking and finance partner and leading light Ian Coles is an expert on mining transactions. He acted for Société Générale, Investec and Ohridska Banka in the $75m financing of a lead and zinc mine in Macedonia. Rachel Speight is another mining specialist and her recent work included major projects in Latin America. Also recommended are infrastructure partner Tom Eldridge  and Raid Abu-Manneh, who is 'a brilliant attorney - his skills in analysing technically complex matters are superb'. The firm's rising stars include Doye Balogun and Danuta De Vries. Trevor Wood joined Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

Leading individuals

Ian Coles - Mayer Brown International LLP

Rachel Speight - Mayer Brown International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Danuta de Vries - Mayer Brown International LLP

Doye Balogun - Mayer Brown International LLP

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High yield
High yield - ranked: tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP¬†is 'a very capable firm and it provides clear, straightforward and timely legal advice'. The firm is particularly active in deals involving¬†the German, Swiss and Austrian markets, thanks to 'exceptionally quick and smart' bi-lingual US capital markets partner¬†Bernd Bohr, who is 'extremely knowledgeable about high-yield bonds and provides very strong leadership throughout a transaction'.¬†Robert Flanigan¬†,¬†who is qualified in US and French law, frequently advises issuers and underwriters on Rule 144a/Regulation S private placements and SEC-registered debt issuances. Together, they form a 'knowledgeable and hardworking' practice that provides 'high-quality service and is always willing to help'. Last year, Bohr acted for Progroup in its ‚ā¨150m offering of senior secured notes to refinance its outstanding debt. He also handled a ‚ā¨45m cash tender offer by¬†JH-Holding for a portion of its PIK toggle notes, which represented¬†the first ever tender offer for German law governed high yield notes.

Leading individuals

Bernd Bohr - Mayer Brown International LLP

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Securitisation
Securitisation - ranked: tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP has 'a great knowledge of the industry and is always responsive' The firm is 'very good value for money, develops great client and counterparty relationships and has in-depth knowledge of the market; the advice is detailed and commercial while balancing legal risks'. The firm counts investment banks such as BNP Paribas, Citigroup and Deutsche Bank among its clients, as well as acting for a number of private equity and hedge fund clients. A key highlight from 2017 was the practice's work for Cheyne Capital Management (UK) LLP on the issuance of commercial backed fixed rate notes through a Luxembourg special-purchase vehicle. It also acted for Channel Capital Advisors LLP as arranger, programme manager and placement agent in a private debt placement backed by short-term trade receivables. 'Technically very strong and very approachable' global co-head of banking and finance Dominic Griffiths and David O’Connor, who has a broad-based securitisation practice but is best-known for CMBS and RMBS transactions, 'are among the best lawyers on the street'. Kevin Hawken, who is qualified in both English and US law, is an expert on both US and EU financial regulation affecting securitisation transactions. Counsel Merryn Craske, who joined the firm from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, handles deals in a range of asset classes including trade receivables, auto loans, consumer loans, insurance premium loans, residential mortgages and commercial mortgages. Senior associate Neal Handa who played a pivotal role in the work for Channel Capital Advisors LLP, is a rising star.

Leading individuals

David O'Connor - Mayer Brown International LLP

Dominic Griffiths - Mayer Brown International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Neal Handa - Mayer Brown International LLP

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 4

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP is 'incredibly reliable and shows great attention to detail' under the leadership of consultant Andrew Stanger, who has 'good commercial insight and is always pleasant to deal with'. The department is recognised for its work on private company arrangements and issues in the banking and financial services sectors. The team is also active in cross-border matters; it recently advised Helios Towers Africa on a new management incentive plan and assisted Brookfield Asset Management with the incentive aspects of the sale of the Gazeley warehouse business to Global Logistic Properties. BizSpace, Future Mobility Corporation and Touchstone Innovations are also clients.

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

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP's practice is led by 'first-class practitioner' Nicholas Robertson and is recognised for its strength in litigation; it recently acted for Tradition Financial Services in a dispute relating to the enforcement of post-termination restrictive covenants. The team also handles individual employment rights, data protection matters and regulatory work. Other areas of expertise for Robertson include senior executive recruitments and terminations, trade union issues, corporate reorganisations and outsourcing matters. Christopher Fisher and senior associate Miriam Bruce are also key names to note. Clients include Brookfield, Kleeneze, Mercer, Lombard Odier and Coller Capital.

Leading individuals

Nicholas Robertson - Mayer Brown International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Miriam Bruce - Mayer Brown International LLP

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Pensions
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP

Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP's 'high-quality pensions law team' provides 'well-considered and timely advice' and is 'highly responsive and thorough in its approach'. Ian Wright and Jay Doraisamy jointly head the non-contentious group and Stuart Pickford leads the pensions litigation practice. Recent non-contentious highlights include acting for the PPF on the settlement of the Hoover Pension Scheme's benefit deficit, assisting the Atkins Pension Plan with the pensions components of WS Atkin's takeover by SNC-Lavalin Group, and advising Molins UK Pension Fund on the implications of the sale of part of the sponsoring employer's business. On the contentious side, the group represented JMEPS Trustees in a Pensions Ombudsman complaint relating to the distribution of a lump sum death benefit and acted for the trustees of a substantial DB scheme in a member complaint. The BT Pension Scheme, Kingfisher Pension Trustee and Prudential Staff Pensions are also clients. Other key names include Richard Evans, Edward Jewitt, Andrew Block and Richard Goldstein. Philippa James retired.

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London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation
Insurance and reinsurance litigation - ranked: tier 5

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP covers the spectrum of insurance work, including financial institutions; political and trade credit risks; reinsurance; professional indemnity; public and products liability; D&O liability; property and fire damage; and offshore disputes. David Chadwick and his team moved to Kennedys; Jane Childs now heads the practice along with Sean Connolly, who continues to advise insurers including Chubb Insurance Company of Europe, Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe, and Lloyd's of London syndicates on five years of cover in respect of exposures of an independent financial adviser arising out of advice to invest in various film finance schemes. The firm has a strong international offering with offices in South America and links with Bermuda and Ireland; this allows for expertise in cross-border disputes. In addition, the team features lawyers who cover a broad range of insurance risks for major clients such as MDO Management Company, Chubb Insurance Company of Europe, Great Lakes Reinsurance (UK) and Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe.

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Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 4

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP‚Äôs team has experience in investigations and enforcement as well as transactional matters, including M&A, capital raising, and sophisticated structured finance. FinTech is also a significant area for the practice, which recently advised EU Lotto on its ‚ā¨120m jackpot protection insurance and reinsurance policies, and subsequent novation of such policies to Fortuna Insurance PCC. Practice head Colin Scagell, who led on this matter, also acted for Beazley on the sale of its accident and health insurance business in Australia.

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Insurance: insolvency and restructuring
Insurance: insolvency and restructuring - ranked: tier 1

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP offers a cross-jurisdictional team specialising in advising businesses with regard to their legacy portfolios. Instructed by clients such as Ernst & Young, Beazley, Zurich and Liberty Syndicates, the practice is particularly well known for its experience in long-tail liability issues and those that arise in London underwriting pools, as well as regularly advising financial institution clients, pension trustees and other counterparties on insolvency. Cross-border mandates are another key area where the practice has strength and depth, handling matters in Asia, the US, the UK and Germany. Recent cross-border mandates include advising on the provisional liquidation of ACAL Underwriting, the corporate member of Lloyd's Syndicate 1965. Practice head Devi Shah is leading the team in this ongoing matter, supported by cross-border specialist Alexandra Wood.

Leading individuals

Devi Shah - Mayer Brown International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Alexandra Wood - Mayer Brown International LLP

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Product liability: defendant
Product liability: defendant - ranked: tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP's¬†practice is led by Miles Robinson, who praised as a ‚Äėpractical, personable, bright lawyer with calm authority‚Äô. Robinson acts for insured entities facing allegations of supplying defective products, including Perrigo, Sunseeker International and Mitsui Bulk Shipping.¬†Mark Stefanini¬†represents manufacturers in a wide range of industries in relation to product safety and product recall issues; he advised a leading bicycle manufacturer on a product recall and advised a well-known chemicals manufacturer regarding the proposed withdrawal of various brands of insecticide.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP¬†defends sensitive and high-profile professional negligence claims, often with an international element, for clients such as QBE, Kier, Beazley, AIG and Knight Frank. Jim Oulton¬†is defending two BDO partners against allegations of negligence and dishonesty made in relation to the administration and sale of a hotel, and is defending HW Fisher & Company against allegations of negligence and breach of fiduciary duty, among others. Tom Duncan, who regularly handles construction-related professional indemnity claims, continues to advise Costain and its insurers on a number of issues which have arisen at three microbiological treatment plants and four IVC plants in Manchester, which are part of a ¬£4bn waste-to-energy project; he is also advising Costain and its insurers on a case relating to paving at the Port of Felixstowe. The¬†‚Äėunflappable and very commercial‚Äô¬†William Glassey¬†is a ‚Äėrare mix of technical legal knowledge, gravitas and practicality‚Äô; he¬†heads the department with Michael Regan, who is noted for construction and engineering disputes alongside the ‚Äėbrilliant‚Äô Sally Davies. Sean Connolly¬†handles disputes involving a range of accountancy, legal, investment banking, property management and design consultancy professionals, chartered surveyors, and insurance and reinsurance brokers;¬†Jonathan Stone¬†is active in construction and engineering disputes; and¬†Matthew Williams, James Morris, and Hannah Cartwright¬†are key senior associates. Lindsay McQuillian left the firm for an in-house role and Ingrid Hobbs¬†joined Kennedys¬†in 2018.

Leading individuals

Michael Regan - Mayer Brown International LLP

Sean Connolly - Mayer Brown International LLP

William Glassey - Mayer Brown International LLP

Next generation lawyers

James Morris - Mayer Brown International LLP

Matthew Williams - Mayer Brown International LLP

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Private funds
Private funds - ranked: tier 6

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP's Tim Nosworthy  handles fund formation work, including matters with significant mainland European elements and debt funds. He also advises British pension investors. Clients include L Catterton.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

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

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP 's Tamsin Travers  was recently promoted to partner and was part of a team led by Tom Duncan to advise SSE and its joint venture partners as developers of the Beatrice offshore wind farm project on ICC arbitration proceedings arising from a subsea services EPC contract. A major construction company engaged Jonathan Stone to oversee the design and construction of a new terminal at a major UK port to accommodate a new international fleet, and practice Michael Regan represented a construction company in a series of disputes including the recovery of costs related to damages to a car park which the client designed and constructed. Clients can rely on Robert Flanigan for capital markets mandates and Chris Fellowes handles transactional construction matters such as tenders and procurement contracts.

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Mining and minerals
Mining and minerals - ranked: tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP 's 'consistently strong' mining practice is 'a centre of expertise' and recently acted for the lead arrangers on the amendment and restatement of a revolving corporate loan facility for Endeavour Gold. Clients recommend practice head Ian Coles , the 'outstanding and extremely personable' Tom Eldridge and Rachel Speight for their 'commercial outlook and experience'. In recent highlights, the group advised on a number of project financing mandates for clients such as Investec and Société Générale who act as funders of the Sasa lead and zinc mine in Macedonia, and disputes arising from operational and royalty agreements. Danuta De Vries was promoted to counsel within the finance department and Rebecca Bothamley  was recently promoted to the partnership in the corporate securities and construction and engineering teams respectively.  Tamsin Travers was promoted counsel in the construction and engineering team.

Leading individuals

Ian Coles - Mayer Brown International LLP

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 4

Mayer Brown International LLP

Robert Hamill spearheads the oil and gas offering at Mayer Brown International LLP and focuses on corporate finance, M&A and joint ventures. Along with the recently promoted partner Rebecca Bothamley he handled the equity fundraising of $19.5m for ongoing drilling operations in the Niger Delta on behalf of Eland Oil & Gas whom he also advised on shipping and offtake agreements. Devi Shah  and of counsel Alexandra Wood acted for the supervisors of Alpha Petroleum in the ongoing implementation of a company voluntary agreement of North Sea development and production company Alpha Petroleum. Salamander Solutions instructed the group to oversee its acquisition of MC AAA as part of its wider consolidation of heater cable technology companies.

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London: Real estate

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

Mayer Brown International LLP

Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 1

Mayer Brown International LLP

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 1

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP¬†is sought after for major investment transactions that present ‚Äėespecially complex problems, which the team fully comprehends, and is able to explain to non-lawyer clients‚Äô. Indeed, in 2017 the team was involved in both of the UK‚Äôs two largest single-asset real estate deals to-date. Chris Harvey¬†and Jeremy Clay¬†advised LKK Health Products Group on its ¬£1.3bn purchase of the Walkie-Talkie building. Similarly, Clay and Caroline Humble¬†acted for the joint venture comprising British Land and Oxford Properties in relation to the ¬£1.2bn sale of the Cheesegrater building. In the development space, the ‚Äėpragmatic and commercial‚Äô Martin Wright¬†is advising The Silvertown Partnership on the ¬£3.5bn redevelopment of Silvertown in London‚Äôs Docklands. Wright also assisted DLA Piper with its head office relocation to Aldersgate Street. The team also has extensive experience of modular construction projects in the student accommodation and residential sectors. Iain Roberts¬†was promoted to partner in 2018 and has been recognised as ‚Äėa diligent, down-to-earth lawyer, who demonstrates control over demanding instructions‚Äô. Roberts is on a team that is advising Helical on the multi-phase redevelopment of the Bower, Old Street, which is valued at over ¬£200m. Further, the department handles a multitude of letting work for The British Land Company, and provides ongoing letting support to Teighmore, which owns the Shard. Additional contacts include Patricia Jones¬†and Anita Jones, the latter of whom heads the corporate real estate group. Jeremy Kenley¬†joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

Leading individuals

Jeremy Clay - Mayer Brown International LLP

Martin Wright - Mayer Brown International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Iain Roberts - Mayer Brown International LLP

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Construction
Construction (contentious) - ranked: tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP

Contruction (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP¬†has ‚Äėdeep knowledge of international construction law and FIDIC Contracts, and a lot of experience with international contracts and dispute resolution.‚Äô Michael Regan¬†heads the contentious team, and Chris Fellowes¬†heads the non-contentious team. Sally Davies¬†is ‚Äėexceptionally good both from a legal and practical perspective‚Äô and jointly leads the construction and engineering professional indemnity team. Jonathan Hosie‚Äôs¬†‚Äėexpertise rivals anyone within the industry‚Äô, and Kwadwo Sarkodie¬†is ‚Äėa machine: his work ethic is second to none.‚Äô Hosie and Fellowes lead on all of Wates' main contract dispute work.¬†Tom Duncan continues to advise¬†Costain¬†and its insurers on a number of issues which have arisen at 3 microbiological treatment plants and 4 IVC plants in Manchester; and acts as claims and advisory¬†counsel¬†to a joint venture of SSE, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and SDIC Power as the developer of a ¬£2.6bn offshore wind farm in the Moray Firth. Raid Abu-Manneh¬†is ‚Äėa brilliant attorney‚Äô, particularly for international arbitration, and senior associate James Morris¬†is ‚Äėvery strong and exceedingly organised.‚Äô Other clients include QBE, Zurich, SSE,¬†Galliford¬†Try, Kier,¬†Costain, Panama Canal Authority, Hyundai Corporation, British Land, and Randgold Resources.

Leading individuals

Michael Regan - Mayer Brown International LLP

Next generation lawyers

James Morris - Mayer Brown International LLP

Kwadwo Sarkodie - Mayer Brown International LLP

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP

The team at Mayer Brown International LLP is headed by Michael Hutchinson and recently provided transactional advice to a Hong Kong-based private investor on the £250m purchase of Aldwych House, London. Counsel Tim Baines  is also a key contact in the London office.

Leading individuals

Michael Hutchinson - Mayer Brown International LLP

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP

Nigel White¬†and Andrew Hepner¬†lead the ‚Äėvery strong‚Äô team at Mayer Brown International LLP, which clients praise for its ‚Äėlevel of responsiveness and the quality of its advice‚Äô. High-value cross-border transactions are a particular strength, and recently the team has advised an increasing number of Asian investor clients; Hepner acted for Sinarmas Land, an Indonesian real estate development firm, on the ¬£130m acquisition financing of 33 Horseferry Road by OCBC Bank, and for Emperor Holdings on the ¬£169m acquisition financing of the Ampersand Building by ICBC. The firm also has a highly regarded CMBS practice, acting for investment banks and funds such as Citi, Morgan Stanley, Lloyds and Cheyne Capital. Other noted members of the team are Andrew Crotty¬†and the 'commercial and creative'¬†David O‚ÄôConnor.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP

Headed by IP, IT and outsourcing expert Mark Prinsley, the team at Mayer Brown International LLP handles a range of work that belies its size, from acting for fintech companies on establishing their platforms to assisting a variety of large financial institutions with outsourcing and technological developments. Prinsley acted for South African insurance company AllLife on its collaboration with a UK insurance company to develop and implement a technological insurance product for diabetics; he also assisted a large financial services company on its outsourcing of data centre supply, management and support services. IP and IT expert Oliver Yaros advised one global financial services client on its development of a digital platform for investment banking services. A similar client instructed Yaros on its collaboration with a third party to develop a know-your-client tool for banks and other financial services companies. Both Prinsley and Yaros have been advising a large financial institution on the commercial and regulatory aspects of its potential acquisition of cloud-based services provided by Microsoft. HSBC is a fintech client of the firm.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP

The information technology and technology transactions team at Mayer Brown International LLP 'very attentive and quick to provide support' in non-contentious technology and telecoms sector instructions. In a work highlight illistrating the group's cross-border capabilities, it advised AllLife (PTY), a South African insurance firm offering technology providing prospective policyholders instant quotes, on its collaboration with a UK-based insurer for a novel product aimed at individuals diagnosed as diabetic. Mark Prinsley, Andrew Stewart and Richard Page jointly head the practice which also advises PricewaterhouseCoopers, HSBC and semiconductor and software design company Arm Holdings. Peter Dickinson left the team to an in house role at Mitie. Oliver Yaros was promoted to partner and has particular knowlede of fintech and cryptocurrencies.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP’s expertise spans the music, publishing and broadcasting sectors and it regularly acts for major corporate clients and financial institutions on matters relating to advertising and social media. It acted for Eastern European Media Holdings on the sale of its minority holding in Nova Broadcasting Group to PPF Group alongside the majority seller, MTG Broadcasting. Hachette, Village Roadshow, Perrigo, Royal Institute of International Affairs, Modern Times Group, HSBC, Publishers Association, Hibu and Entertainment One are also clients. Team head Miles Robinson represents clients in substantial contractual and commercial disputes in the publishing and music industries. Robert Hamill is active on corporate finance, M&A and joint ventures and Richard Page  is noted for his corporate finance and transactional experience.

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