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Mayer Brown International LLP

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201 BISHOPSGATE, LONDON, EC2M 3AF, ENGLAND
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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 5

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP’s London-based team handles domestic and international sourcing transactions for customers and suppliers across a number of areas, including IT, human resources, finance and facilities management. Noted for its particular capability in the financial services sector, the firm is increasingly becoming a go-to among banks and other financial institutions seeking advice on outsourcing opportunities created by fintech. Mark Prinsley and Andrew Stewart jointly lead the team, which includes newly promoted partner Oliver Yaros, and senior associates Megan Paul, Daniel Gallagher and Katherine Woods. Peter Dickinson joined Mitie Group.

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 5

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP has a diverse and proactive tax practice, which ‘stays at the forefront of industry trends’ in its core areas including real estate and investment funds. Sandy Bhogal leads the London tax team and is highly regarded in the market for his ‘technical expertise, commercial awareness and negotiating skill’. In 2016, he advised Rina SpA on the tax aspects of the £119m acquisition of the entire share capital of Edif Group, in addition to the subsequent restructuring. The department head also has a discrete tax advisory practice focused on the funds and financial services sectors. With expertise in the taxation issues around corporate finance, M&A and group reorganisations, James Hill acted as legal adviser to Dah Chong Hong in relation to its $350m acquisition of Li & Fung’s consumer and healthcare distribution business in mainland China and South East Asia. Additional clients for which the team has performed significant tax work include Unilever, Moody’s and Macquarie Bank.

Leading individuals

Sandy Bhogal - Mayer Brown International LLP

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 5

Mayer Brown International LLP

David Harrison heads the ‘very solid’ team at Mayer Brown International LLP, which is noted for its ‘broad experience’ and ‘creative approach’, and which acts for clients including Agility Logistics, Assured Guaranty Limited, and Star Capital Partners. Harrison advised Wells Fargo on the merger control aspects of its $32bn acquisition of General Electric’s commercial distribution finance business. In another key matter, of counsel Warsha Kalé is part of the team advising CITIC Telecom CPC on the worldwide merger control aspects of its acquisition of the telecommunication assets of Linx Telecommunications. Other highlights included advising Unilever on general competition law issues and compliance, and advising Moody’s Corporation on a collaboration with Euler Hermes Ratings to provide credit ratings for SMEs and mid-cap companies across Europe.

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Equity capital markets
Equity capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP

With UK and US law capabilities, Mayer Brown International LLP’s London equity capital markets team has a reputation for advising issuers and underwriters on high-value equity transactions throughout Europe. Robert Flanigan and Kate Ball-Dodd are active members of the practice group, and Bernd Bohr is triple-qualified in New York, Germany and England and Wales. Issuer clients have included Aena SA, Entertainment One and Adaptimmune Theraputics plc, while the department has also worked for bank-side clients such as J.P. Morgan Securities, UBS and Numis Securities.

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

Mayer Brown International LLP

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

Mayer Brown International LLP

Often working closely with its US offices, Mayer Brown International LLP’s two-partner team is particularly accomplished in relation to sanctions and anti-money laundering issues, both from a risk management perspective, in addition to in a contentious setting. Mark Compton has a strong grounding in UK and EU financial regulation and regularly acts for a range of investment bank, proprietary traders and funds as they seek to navigate the various directives and legislation impacting on their businesses. Formerly at the FCA, Guy Wilkes has considerable experience of corporate financial crime particularly involving the financial services sector.

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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’s clients are ‘always happy to use it on a deal’, with its ‘highly responsive and user-friendly team’ handling a balanced mix of mandates from issuers, NOMADs and brokers. Led by Kate Ball-Dodd, the team acts for clients across a range of sectors, including technology, insurance, media and entertainment, and life sciences. The group has a wealth of experience in large AIM listings, and also advises on a significant number of overseas listings. Robert Hamill led the advice to Oxford BioDynamics on its AIM admission, and Richard Smith worked with members of the firm’s US offices in assisting AIM-listed GW Pharmaceuticals with a $289.8m offering of American depositary shares on the NASDAQ Global Market. Connor Cahalane is another active practitioner.

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

Commended for its ‘all-round strength’ and for being ‘always focused on achieving the transaction objectivesMayer Brown International LLP’s practice frequently handles multi-jurisdictional M&A for high-profile clients. It is strong in the life sciences, financial institutions, TMT, energy and natural resources sectors: Kate Ball-Dodd and Richard Smith advised for Universal Coal on takeover offers by various parties, including Ichor Coal and Coal of Africa, while Richard Page assisted CITIC Telecom International CPC with its acquisition of the telecoms assets of Linx Telecommunications. Ball-Dodd heads the practice with Jeremy Kenley, who advised AEW Europe and Teacher Retirement System of Texas on their purchase of Festival Place shopping centre in Basingstoke. ‘Calm, excellent negotiatorRobert Hamill, who is ‘good at supervising teams of lawyers’, acted for Village Roadshow on its £30m purchase of Countrywide Property Investments (UK). Other clients of the department include Entertainment One, Moody’s, Unilever and Wells Fargo.

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

Mayer Brown International LLP

The team at Mayer Brown International LLP has expertise in the indirect tax issues arising out of real estate transactions. In addition, the department has experience of IPT matters, transfer pricing and tax disputes. Sandy Bhogal heads the practice group and advised The British Land Company on the £1.15bn sale of The Leadenhall Building to a Hong Kong-listed property developer. He is also acting for The Silvertown Partnership in relation to the £3.5bn redevelopment of Silvertown Quays in London. HIG Capital, AEW Europe and Gaw Capital Partners are among the department’s representative clients.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 5

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP provides ‘an outstanding legal service which effectively assists clients in making their decisions’, and the team ‘always takes commercial values into consideration’. The practice is comprised of lawyers from the dispute resolution, restructuring and insolvency teams, and the group is also supported by specialist financial services, regulatory enforcement, insurance and corporate departments. Devi Shah is the key figure along with Alistair Graham, who is praised for his ‘ability to understand the client’s business and provide sound legal advice’.

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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 ‘service is outstanding, and the advice provided is to the point and always takes commercial values into consideration’. The practice has a strong track record in acting for financial institutions on disputes involving complex financial products; it is experienced in acting on disputes relating to residential and commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS), as well as other securitisations and structured products, such as complex derivative transactions. The team is also recommended for large asset-management disputes. It represented UBS AG, UBS Limited and UBS Global Asset Management from 2010 onwards, in litigation in London against Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig, the company which provides fresh and waste water services to German city Leipzig; this involved claims for approximately $320m, which arose from the enforcement of various structured finance transactions and involved corruption, fraud and embezzlement issues. Other highlights saw the practice defend MDO Management Company, which provided management services to a Luxembourg-based investment fund, against a claim issued in the Commercial Court by Commerzbank (and others) for declarations of non-liability; the claim regarded a financial transaction involving the issue of €30m loan notes. Department heads Ian McDonald, who is ‘extremely proficient at managing complex litigation’, and David Allen are recommended; Alistair Graham is ‘an outstanding lawyer who provides sound commercial legal advice and helps clients to strategise options and legal remedies promptly and efficiently’; and Susan Rosser ‘quickly and efficiently assimilates the factual and technical material in a dispute’.

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 ‘very good practice is focused and provides practical advice, taking into account commercial considerations to devise sound tactics’. The practice has a strong track record in acting for financial institutions on disputes involving complex financial products; it also has significant expertise in pensions litigation; disputes involving jurisdictional issues; post-M&A disputes, such as warranty claims; and matters involving shareholder claims, joint ventures, technology and cartel damages claims. The practice continued to represent UBS AG, UBS Limited and UBS Global Asset Management in litigation in London against Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig, which involved high-value claims that arose from the enforcement of various structured finance transactions and involved corruption, fraud and embezzlement issues. Ian McDonald is ‘charming, engaging and a pleasure to work with’; Alistair Grahamunderstands clients’ business’; Miles Robinson ‘provides practical and sensible advice’; and Stuart Pickford is ‘calm, focused and analytical, and cuts through to the issues that matter’. Mark Stefanini and David Allen are also key names.

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 LLPhas a strong international arbitration offering’. The practice has significant construction sector experience, but it is also active in insurance, energy and banking-related disputes. Other areas of note include shareholder, manufacturing, telecoms and pharmaceuticals claims. The ‘charmingRaid Abu-Mannehhas good client skills, and sees the issues the client is interested in and focuses on them’. Mark Stefanini and Kwadwo Sarkodie are also highly rated, while senior associate Rachael O’Grady ‘provides rock-solid case management’.

Leading individuals

Raid Abu-Manneh - Mayer Brown International LLP

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Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 4

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP regularly acts for legal and finance professionals, with particular strengths in relation to solicitors and accountants, including acting for clients in investigations, proceedings, and appeals before the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. The team is led by William Glassey and includes senior associate Tim Shepherd.

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 6

Mayer Brown International LLP

With a broad and balanced international footprint that includes offices in US, Asia and Europe, Mayer Brown International LLP’s London finance team has a focus on advising both borrowers and lenders on multi-jurisdictional mandates. Recently promoted partner Andrew Crotty is particularly active in the leveraged finance space and recently advised Vitruvian Partners on the unitranche financing of its acquisition of OAG. The firm also benefits from a market-leading asset based lending practice, which is frequently called upon to provide advice on cross-border European leveraged deals. Dominic Griffiths parlays his structured and asset based lending expertise to good effect on leveraged finance deals and is a key practitioner of the team which also includes Trevor Wood. Clients include HSBC, Citibank, Wells Fargo and Nomura.

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Asset-based lending
Asset-based lending - ranked: tier 1

Mayer Brown International LLP

Praised for its ‘very strong service levels and industry knowledge’, Mayer Brown International LLP has excellent traction among all stakeholders in the market including clearing banks, hedge funds, alternative capital providers, corporate borrowers and sponsors, and as a result, ‘you get the assuring sense that there is little there that the team has not encountered before’. Although it does handle some commoditised mandates in the market, the team’s real sweet-spot lies in complex cross-border matters which often involve the asset based lending (ABL) product sitting alongside other debt. The ‘commercial and pragmaticAlex Dell has particularly strong relationships with the UK clearing banks including HSBC, which he recently advised on the financing of certain European operating subsidiaries of the Bibby group of factors domiciled across Europe; a complex financing structure it primarily involved a back-to-back receivables purchase structure in relation to acquired trade receivables in addition to a revolving loan facility in relation to loan receivables advanced by Bibby. Dell also recently advised Macquarie Bank International on a €200m uncommitted, non-recourse bill discounting programme for Apple Distribution International regarding the supply of Apple product to Dixons Carphone. The ‘excellentDominic Griffiths co-heads the five-partner team alongside Dell and is noted for his ability to work on complex multi-jurisdictional matters, involving ABL alongside other layers of debt including senior secured lending facilities. Simon Fisher has a particular focus on large syndicated cross-border and trans-Atlantic ABL transactions. Nigel White is also recommended. Graham Wedlake retired in February 2017.

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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

Mayer Brown International LLP is particularly strong within the asset based lending space and is able to leverage strong banking relationships to service corporates raising money solely through this product as well as in conjunction with other debt products. Able to tap into the firm’s broad-ranging international network, the team is regularly engaged in cross-border mandates; Alex Dell and Dominic Griffiths acted alongside practitioners in Paris and Frankfurt, for HSBC Bank and ABN AMRO Commercial Finance on a €80m invoice discounting facility provided to STIGA/Global Garden Products (GGP), one of Europe's largest makers and sellers of powered garden equipment for residential and commercial use. Other recommended partners include Liz Soutter, for funds finance, and the ‘detailed and commercially oriented’ Trevor Wood, who has significant experience handling Turkish-based transactions.

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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 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 ‘excellent advice’ across both contentious and non-contentious work for both creditors and debtors. Particularly active in certain industry sectors, including retail and energy, team head Devi Shah recently advised the administrators of high street shoe chain Brantano on various issues arising out of the administration. The team also continues to receive a steady flow of pensions-related restructuring work and represented the pension scheme trustees of BG Group, Habitat, Woolworths, The Work Foundation (in liquidation), the Merchant Navy Officers and Ratings Pension Fund. David Allen is noted for his contentious expertise, where his client base includes banks, corporate trustees and IPs. The ‘commercial and responsive’ senior associate Jessica Walker is also recommended. Other clients include Alteri Investors, Wilmington Trust and FTI.

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Debt capital markets
Debt capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLPhas an outstanding debt capital markets practice and provides deep understanding of both the cross-border and local issues affecting deals’. Much of the London’s team’s work has a US element, though it also advises on emerging markets deals. The skills of US- and France-qualified Robert Flaniganalways allow for an efficient and positive result for clients; he is a safe pair of hands for complex transactions’. He regularly represents issuers and underwriters on Rule 144A/Reg S private placements and SEC-registered offerings of a wide range of debt and equity securities. James Taylorhas in-depth knowledge of local securities legislation and is always responsive’. He focuses on public and private offerings of debt and equity-linked securities, advising issuers and underwriters. Bernd Bohr, who is qualified in New York, England & Wales and Germany, has a broad practice that covers investment grade debt, high yield transactions and equity capital markets deals, usually with cross-border elements. In an illustration of the collaboration between the US and London teams, the firm acted for Canada Pension Plan Investment Board on the establishment of a CAD25bn global MTN programme, which involved Taylor and a team in New York. The firm also advised Novartis AG on a €1.75bn notes issuance, and Autopista del Sol on a €557m offering.

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

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLPhas an excellent team and the quality of its work is consistently good’ says one client, who notes that ‘the firm has not only significant scale and genuine cross-discipline expertise, but also a mindset that builds relationships and a commitment to giving high-quality advice’. Another client views the firm as ‘the very best at what they do if you are willing to look outside the Magic Circle’. Its London team works closely with the firm’s offices in New York, Europe and Hong Kong, which have strong derivatives capability, to provide a global service to clients. The firm has a strong buy-side client base that includes hedge funds, asset managers, pension funds, insurance companies and multinational corporations, and it regularly acts for industry body ISDA. A highlight from 2016 was its work as advocate for banks including BNP Paribas, Citibank and JPMorgan Chase in an external review process by members of ISDA’s credit derivatives determinations committee. On the transactional side, it acted for Turkiye Vakiflar Bankasi in novel hedging arrangements for a €500m covered bond issue. Global head of derivatives and structured products and head of banking and finance in London Ed Parker is ‘professional and incredibly knowledgeable in derivatives and regulatory services, as well as pragmatic, approachable and very straightforward’. Clients also recommend US and English-qualified Chris Arnold who regularly advises the world’s leading investment banks on complex derivatives matters and high-profile industry initiatives. Counsels Marcin Perzanowski and Nanak Keswani are also recommended for their in-depth knowledge of structured finance.

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 provides ‘consistently top-quality service from a strong team with great depth and scope of experience’. The firm is known for handling complex deals in the CEE region, Africa, Turkey and the Middle East, with debt capital markets and structured finance its key strengths. The firm is also a prominent player in the mining sector. Mining partner Ian Coles, infrastructure partner Tom Eldridge and senior associate Danuta de Vries are ‘all very commercial and experienced in the mining sector’. Coles advised Toro Gold on the financing and construction of the Mako gold project in Senegal. Rachel Speight is also a key partner in the mining practice; her recent highlights include advising Standard Chartered Bank, Société Générale, Barclays Africa Group and BNP Paribas as lead arrangers on a five-year loan facility of up to $2.2bn facility for Canadian company First Quantum Minerals Limited, which has seven operating mines and five development projects around the world. Trevor Wood regularly advises on sovereign debt, trade finance, project finance and corporate finance matters in Turkey, and James Taylor handles debt matters including updates to the first global MTN and covered bond programmes set up by Turkish financial institutions. Taylor advised Türkiye Vakıflar Bankasi on a €500m issuance of residential mortgage-backed covered bonds. The firm’s rising stars include senior associate Doye Balogun.

Leading individuals

Ian Coles - Mayer Brown International LLP

Trevor Wood - 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 LLPhas extensive experience and high competence in the high yield business and is well connected to the important players in the market’. The practice, which provides ‘extraordinarily valuable support’, features a number of key figures, including head of the European high yield practice Bernd Bohr, who is ‘prepared, technically proficient and very diligent, demonstrating a high degree of dedication, flexibility and team spirit’; and banking partner Robert Flanigan, who is qualified in US and French law and frequently advises issuers and underwriters on Rule 144a/Reg S private placements and SEC-registered debt issuances. They are regularly called on to handles cross-border deals involving Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, Spain and the US. In 2016, the firm advised Progroup on a major high yield financing that included €95m in temporary notes. Another highlight saw the team act for Wepa Hygieneprodukte on the issuance of €450m in senior secured notes.

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Securitisation
Securitisation - ranked: tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLPhas a great handle on the key issues that fund clients face when looking to securitise assets; it provides real depth of knowledge, great client and counterparty relationship management, and value for money’. The firm has longstanding relationships with securitisation teams at investment banks such as Lloyds Banking Group, UBS, Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley, in addition to having a strong private equity and hedge fund client base. Its recent work for alternative investment managers includes advising Värde Partners on the only agented CMBS to close in 2016; the £203m transaction was secured against UK commercial property assets and the key lawyers were global co-head of finance Dominic Griffiths and David O’Connor, who is ‘a fantastic adviser with great market contacts; he really helps to get deals over the line with top-quality legal advice’. O’Connor also led the advice to Cheyne Capital Management (UK) LLP as arranger and lead manager on a £101m CMBS to finance Brookfield’s acquisition of the CityPoint skyscraper at 1 Ropemaker Street in London, which was the first public CMBS in 2017. He also acted for Natixis and Bank of America Merrill Lynch on the £261m RMBS issued by Oncilla Mortgage Funding 2016-1 plc. Also recommended are Kevin Hawken, who advises financial institutions on cross-border securitisation and is a key partner for regulatory matters, and senior associates Neal Handa and Noman Ali. Richard Todd joined Fieldfisher

Leading individuals

Richard Todd - Fieldfisher

Next generation lawyers

Neal Handa - Mayer Brown International LLP

Noman Ali - Mayer Brown International LLP

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 4

Mayer Brown International LLP

Noted for its ‘professional and very practical advice’ and ‘excellent turnaround times’, Mayer Brown International LLP’s equity and incentive plans department specialises in private company arrangements. The department is led by consultant Andrew Stanger, who ‘has an intimate knowledge of tax legislation’ and ‘can always find a practical solution to complex structures’. Stanger recently advised office rental company Bizspace on the adoption of a management incentive scheme. Other clients include Interoute, Entertainment One and Intermediate Capital Group.

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Employment: employees/unions
Leading individuals

Nicholas Robertson - Mayer Brown International LLP

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

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP’s ‘very responsive and client-focused’ group handles a wide range of matters, including the employment aspects of M&A transactions and tribunal claims brought by senior executives. Well-regarded group head Nicholas Robertson advised Wells Fargo on the employment aspects of the company’s acquisition of GE’s global vendor finance business, including TUPE transfers and new incentive arrangements across multiple jurisdictions. Robertson is ably assisted byChristopher Fisher, who has experience defending against discrimination and unfair dismissal claims in Employment Tribunals, as well as breach of contract claims before the High Court and Court of Appeal, and senior associate Miriam Bruce. Other clients include Marsh, Kleeneze and HSBC.

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 ‘highly competent and well-resourced’ department has significant experience across a broad range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including pension investments, benefits and complex scheme litigation. The ‘excellent’ and ‘communicativeIan Wright now heads the department, with Philippa James now a consultant. Wright has been advising the trustees of the BG Pension Scheme on employer covenant and funding issues relating to the takeover of BG by Shell. Wright and James also acted for the trustees of the EDF Energy Pension Scheme on various issues following a proposal to introduce salary caps and a new defined-contribution arrangement. On the contentious side, Richard Evans acted for the trustees of the Kingfisher Pension Scheme on a class action brought before the Pensions Ombudsman regarding historic scheme merger terms and the closure of the scheme to defined-benefits accrual. ‘Highly organised’ and ‘a talented negotiator’, Stuart Pickford leads the contentious practice. The team was strengthened by the arrival of Jay Doraisamy from Dentons, and includes the ‘responsive’ Andrew Block.

Leading individuals

Philippa James - Mayer Brown International LLP

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London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation
Insurance and reinsurance litigation - ranked: tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP’s enviable client roster includes Liberty Specialty Markets, MDO Management Company and Great Lakes Reinsurance (UK). William Glassey excels in bringing professional negligence claims and, in a recent mandated, he acted for AIG Europe in filing proceedings against a law firm in relation to professional indemnity insurance provided by the client and the wording of the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s Minimum Terms and Conditions aggregation. Senior partner Sean Connolly is representing multiple insurers in claims pertaining to actions brought against independent financial advisers and accountants that were involved in film finance and other tax avoidance schemes. David Chadwick heads the practice and is the main contact for political risk with Andrew Westlake, who is also noted for trade credit policies. The firm covers all bases, with Lindsay McQuillian excelling in professional indemnity, financial, liability and reinsurance work. Andrew McGahey and Jane Childs are highly experienced. Mandip Sagoo and Angus Duncan joined Clyde & Co LLP.

Leading individuals

David Chadwick - Mayer Brown International LLP

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

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP is ‘strong in insurance-related matters’, working closely with its US, South America and Asia-based teams to advise on cross-border transactional and regulatory issues. The firm is increasingly handling sanctions and compliance-related work, advising its broad range of clients on UK, EU and US sanctions regimes. Recent work included acting for Beazley on the return of the group’s management from Ireland to the UK by way of a scheme of arrangement; advising EU Lotto on its €116m jackpot protection insurance and reinsurance policies with a number of companies; and assisting GBGI with its admission to trading on the AIM, and on its £30m IPO of new shares. Aspen Risk Management is also a key client, and the team recently advised on its £42m acquisition of Liberty Specialty Markets, a UK-based property and casualty insurance business. Colin Scagell heads the practice, and Andrew McGahey and Alexandria Carr are also key figures.

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

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP has ‘a strong traditional insolvency practice’, which is ‘particularly good in restructurings and insolvency-related litigation’. The team has notable cross-border capabilities with particular depth in Asia, Germany and the UK, and has advised on several schemes of arrangement and insolvency disputes involving multiple jurisdictions. Clients include a mix of financial institutions, pensions trustees and other counterparties, and the team also has a strong track record in broker insolvency matters. Highlights included advising the provisional liquidators of ACAL Underwriting, which was placed into run-off following losses resulting from unprecedented natural catastrophes in the Asia Pacific region; assisting Beazley with the return of the group’s management from Ireland to the UK by means of a scheme of arrangement; and acting for Assured Guaranty on the restructuring aspects of its acquisition of MBIA UK, a legacy financial guaranty insurance company. Devi Shah heads the team and ‘is good at identifying commercial solutions’, and of counsel Alexandra Wood is ‘a very strong lawyer who is good on detail’.

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 ‘absolutely outstanding’ practice is led by the ‘solution-oriented’ Miles Robinson and Ingrid Hobbs, who acts for insured entities facing allegations of supplying defective products. Insurers and manufacturers from various industries instructed the practice in the full range of work, including multi-party disputes relating to products that were allegedly defective in the transport sector, proceedings concerning personal injury claims arising from chemical contamination and business interruption loss claims relating to alleged faulty products. Sunseeker is a key client of the team with food, automotive and construction sector companies.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 1

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP is ‘one of the pre-eminent firms for professional negligence work’ and its ‘formidable team’ is ‘exceptional in complex, high-value claims’ and ‘adept at cross-border instructions across a range of professions’. Clients include QBE, Markel International, Graham Thompson, Beazley, Knight Frank and AIG. The ‘astute and authoritativeWilliam Glassey is ‘unrivalled in intellectual firepower’ and jointly heads the practice with the ‘brilliantMichael Regan, who is ‘outstanding on construction disputes’. Regan is handling various claims for Kier, including the recovery of costs associated with rectifying extensive damage to the car park at the Castlepoint shopping centre, as well as a claim arising out of the design and construction of Hairmyres Hospital in Scotland. Sean Connolly is ‘an exceptional lawyer’ and is particularly noted for his expertise in disputes in the financial sector. Jim Oulton is defending allegations of negligence and dishonesty made against two BDO partners concerning the administration and sale of a hotel. Tom Duncan is advising Costain and its insurers on matters relating to three microbiological treatment plants and four IVC plants in Manchester, which are part of a significant waste-to-energy project. Lindsay McQuillian is ‘very experienced’; Ingrid Hobbs is ‘exceptional’; and Tom Duncan and Sally Davies are particularly noted for construction-related cases. Jonathan Stone was promoted to the partnership in 2017. Senior associates Matthew Williams and James Morris, and associate Hannah Cartwright are other names to note. Mandip Sagoo and Angus Duncan joined Clyde & Co LLP.

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: Projects, energy and natural resources

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

Mayer Brown International LLP

Michael Regan leads Mayer Brown International LLP’s infrastructure team, which provides ‘an excellent level of service across all sectors’ and was recently strengthened by the appointment to partner of Jonathan Stone, the arrival of Tom Eldridge from Dentons, and the hire of contentious construction associate William Clerke from Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc’s Cape Town office. On the contentious side, Tom Duncan represents Costain in numerous disputes related to the Manchester waste PFI and the port of Felixstowe, and is defending, with Regan, a contractor pursued for significant damages to a car park and negligence in its design and construction of a hospital, specifically with regards to the pipework. In non-contentious work, Robert Flanigan advised Ausol on its refinancing through the issuance of project bonds and entering into a junior subordinated junior facility. Other key contacts include Sally Davies, who co-leads the construction and engineering professional indemnity team, and construction and engineering contracts expert Jonathan Olson-Welsh.

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Mining and minerals
Mining and minerals - ranked: tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP’s Rachel Speight and practice head Ian Coles are ‘experienced, focused and hands-on lawyers who provide the required senior oversight for all matters’. Tom Eldridge joined the team from Dentons, where he headed the mining and project finance team; he is ‘commercial in his approach and looks to secure an acceptable outcome rather than just try to score points on other lawyers’. The group was engaged by Standard Chartered Bank, BNP Paribas and several other lenders to advise on a five-year loan facility to First Quantum, and by Société Générale to oversee the project financing of a lead and zinc mine in Macedonia. Apart from high-value restructuring and distress work, the team also handles insurance and environmental issues arising from mining accidents. Jonathan Hosie is a key contact in the construction and engineering department. Other notable clients include Investec, Toro Gold and Universal Coal.

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

The ‘very experienced’ lawyers at Mayer Brown International LLP are praised for their ‘thoughtful, business-oriented advice’ and were recently joined by banking and finance partner Kieron Dwyer from Gowling WLG. Practice leader Robert Hamill (‘a very smart, trustworthy and efficient lawyer’) handled a number of disputes arising from the development of energy infrastructure in the Middle East. Rachel Speight advised an international industrial commodities group on the refinancing of a refinery project in Germany by a leading investment bank, and Alex Dell acted for a series of borrowers and a lender on the refinancing of $305m term debt and receivables financing facilities. Colin Scagell led the team acting for RINA on its acquisition of Edif Group, which was funded through an equity capital injection from RINA’s shareholders. Dispute resolution expert Mark Stefanini has a particular focus on partnership and joint venture disputes.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP

Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 4

Mayer Brown International LLP

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 1

Mayer Brown International LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLPis always responsive’, its ‘legal advice well considered and commercially focused’ and ‘the firm consistently achieves excellent results’. In 2016 the practice enjoyed a large number of investment mandates originating in the Far East; for example, newly promoted UK head Chris Harvey advised Asia Growth Properties on the £155m purchase of the entire issued units in the Trust that owns 20 Moorgate, London; he also assisted China Overseas Holdings with the £140m acquisition of the Helicon Building in the City of London from Deutsche AWM. Global head of practice Jeremy Clay, who is ‘client driven and commercial’, was also active on investment work, and represented Crosstree Real Estate on the £248m disposal of its interests in 207 Old Street and 211 Old Street to its joint venture partner, Helical. The other key figure in the team is European practice head Martin Wright, who ‘is a hugely safe pair of hands, with an endless depth of experience in development transactions of a large scale’. Wright continues to advise The Silvertown Partnership on the ongoing £3.5bn redevelopment of Silvertown Quays in London’s Docklands. The team was also highly active on behalf of key client British Land Company, to which the ‘experienced and knowledgeable’ Caroline Humble continues to provide on-going advice regarding the redevelopment and leasing of its high-profile scheme at Clarges, Mayfair. The firm is also acting for the same client on the management of the Leadenhall building. In another example of the practice’s expertise in development work, Patricia Jones advised Chelsfield Partners and Carraig Investments on a development agreement with London Underground concerning new station entrances, step free access and cooling, and oversite development for residential, retail and office use. The practice’s retail expertise is on the landlord side.

Leading individuals

Jeremy Clay - Mayer Brown International LLP

Martin Wright - Mayer Brown International LLP

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Construction: contentious and non-contentious
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP

Construction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP’s ‘good, in-depth team is responsive and commercial and has a good strategic approach’; it is best known for contentious work on behalf of both insurers and standalone construction clients. Key litigators include head of practice Michael Regan, who ‘quickly grasps key issues’; Sally Davies, who ‘resolves problems rather than scoring points’; and Tom Duncan, who is ‘tactical, with a great client manner’. The team was highly active on behalf of various leading contractors including Wates Construction, Kier, and Hyundai Corporation during 2016, and in one highlight Duncan advised Costain (and its insurers) on multiple issues that arose at three microbiological treatment plants and four IVC plants in Manchester. Regan, Davies and Raid Abu-Manneh were all active in international arbitration matters. The non-contentious team is jointly led by Regan and Chris Fellowes, with the latter receiving praise for his ‘very sound advice set in a market context’. Fellowes and Jonathan Hosie are advising Wates Construction on the ongoing Shepherd Engineering and Construction contracts following Wates’ acquisition of the construction business of Shepherd Group. Hosie was also active on a range of international mandates, including advising Randgold Resources on a series of contracts to be used on the re-development and operation of Randgold’s mining activities in Mali, DRC and Cote D’Ivoire. Jonathan Stone made partner.

Leading individuals

Michael Regan - Mayer Brown International LLP

Next generation lawyers

James Morris - Mayer Brown International LLP

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP’s team advises across a broad range of sectors including oil and gas, biotechnology, chemicals, insurance and real estate. Practice head Michael Hutchinson is particularly noted for his transactional expertise, where he ‘combines technical excellence with the ability to provide commercial and pragmatic advice’; his recent work includes advising Beazley Furlonge on the environmental risks involved with the acquisition of three UK-based concrete pumping businesses, and assisting H.I.G. Capital on the acquisition and financing of two regional shopping centres in Newbury and in Bradford. In the capital markets space, Hutchinson acted for Oxford BioDynamics on its admission to AIM. The team is also experienced in handling carbon litigation, in particular cases arising from the EU Commission’s decision to introduce a cross-sectoral correction factor to reduce the number of free carbon credits available to non-electricity generating companies. Brookfield, Dow Chemicals Group and Solvay are also clients.

Leading individuals

Michael Hutchinson - Mayer Brown International LLP

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP

Noted for its ‘outstanding industry knowledge’, the ‘hardworking’, ‘solution-oriented’ team at Mayer Brown International LLPalways provides sound advice’ and is ‘very good value for money’. It is adept at handling ‘complicated financial structures that require creative thinking and in-depth risk analysis’. Nigel White, who heads the team alongside hotels expert Andrew Hepner, has been especially busy with loan-on-loan portfolio work and with advising US private equity funds on financing real estate portfolio acquisitions. He acted for MetLife Investment Management on a loan to Lone Star secured over a £2.3bn portfolio of real estate-backed loans originated by Aviva. Hepner, who has been particularly active on the sponsor-side, assisted Canary Wharf Group with refinancing £700m-worth of existing loan facilities, and with the £350m development financing of the Newfoundland Tower in Canary Wharf. The ‘quick, technically superbDavid O’Connoralways looks to protect clients’ interests, pre-empts risky situations, and provides excellent advice’; he advised Cheyne Capital on its £450m mezzanine co-financing of Brookfield’s purchase of the CityPoint Tower. ‘Problem-solver’ Andrew Crotty handles a wide range of property finance transactions, including complex structured financings. Additional clients include Citi, Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo, Värde Partners and Ping An Bank.

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 4

Mayer Brown International LLP

At Mayer Brown International LLP, highlights included representing an individual in a £36m dispute involving substantial allegations of fraud, which arose in relation to the proceeds of the sale of shares in Roadchef PLC; and acting for Sweett Group in an investigation into allegations of bribery activity related to a building contract in North Africa. The team regularly advises clients on fraudulent misrepresentation, breach of trust, Ponzi schemes and asset tracing, and has extensive experience in working with banks and insolvency practitioners. Devi Shah and Alistair Graham are the key names to note.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 2

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP’s practice is noted for its experience acting for fintech start-ups, investors in fintech and high-profile financial institutions such as HSBC. Blockchain, insurtech, cryptocurrencies, e-wallets and assisting banks with their cloud migration projects are particular strengths. IP specialist and group head Mark Prinsley is strong in IT projects and outsourcing; he advised one bank on the renegotiation of £25m-worth of its worldwide arrangements with a major software and cloud provider, and acted for a large European bank on its software licensing and support arrangement with a financial software provider. In the insurtech space, Prinsley advised AllLife on its collaboration with a UK insurance company to deliver a technological insurance product for diabetics. Asset-based lending expert Alex Dell advised a fintech start-up on its development of an invoice finance platform. He also acted for a major European investment manager on its joint venture with a fintech company to create an online platform for providing businesses with short-term working capital. IP and IT expert Oliver Yaros, who made partner in January 2017, is strong in IT outsourcing and systems procurement, e-commerce, data protection and data privacy. Regulatory partner Guy Wilkes, who joined in April 2016 from in-house at the FCA, is recommended for contentious matters.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP’s team provides ‘an excellent quality of service’ and stands out for its ‘depth and quality’. It acts for clients including HSBC, PwC and Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. The group is best known for handling contentious and non-contentious matters in IT and outsourcing. Practice head Mark Prinsley has ‘excellent industry experience’ and is a ‘robust but balanced negotiator’. Oliver Yaros, who was recently promoted to the partnership, is an expert in IT outsourcing and procurement. Andrew Stewart specialises in complex commercial transactions. Senior associates Katherine Woods and Megan Paul are also noted; Woods focuses on corporate matters in the IT and telecoms sector and Paul is experience in transactional and corporate work in the telecoms sector.

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

Mayer Brown International LLP

The ‘first-class’ team at Mayer Brown International LLP acts for content owners in the

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