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McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

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London: Corporate and commercial

Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 5

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP's core UK tax practice focuses  on advising on M&A transactions, fund formations, banking-related tax work, real estate matters and litigation, engaging in disputes with tax authorities including HMRC. The group is able to draw on the firm's global office network to cater to the needs of international clients in cross-border tax matters. Tax generalist James Ross leads the team and has particular experience in transfer pricing and double tax treaty issues.

Practice head(s):James Ross

Other key lawyers:Neville Wright; Sarah Gabbai


'They always look to find a solution to the problem rather than put barriers in the way of getting business done'

'The firm's teams are easy to manage, they align internally, know and anticipate what needs to be done meaning clients ask a question and receive a consolidated response covering all jurisdictions'

Key Clients



HIG Capital

Great Point Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Praxair. (NYSE: PX), a global industrial gases company, on  tax issues relating to the €5 billion sale ($5.85 billion) of the majority of its businesses in Europe to Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation, a company listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and majority owned by Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation
  • Advised Mondi Group (a FTSE 100 company)on  tax issues relating to its acquisition of Powerflute Group Holdings Oy from Nordic Packaging and Container Holdings, a portfolio company of US private equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners
  • Advised on  tax aspects of  Alliance Pharmaceuticals acquisition of a marketing and distribution business for therapeutic hair care products  from Janssen Pharmaceutica NV, an entity within the Johnson & Johnson Group

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M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m
M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m - ranked: tier 2

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP¬†handles a broad spectrum of corporate transactions, invariably of a cross-border nature. Work is driven through the London and US offices primarily, with the firm's Italian, German and French offices also involved in cross-border mandates.¬†The team has a notably strong reputation in the life sciences and healthcare sectors, and acts for a number of high-profile clients in these areas, as well as in the energy and consumer goods sectors. Practice head Nick Azis¬†advises clients on public and private M&A, in addition to corporate finance and joint ventures, with a particular nod to overseas markets in Africa. One commercially significant mandate saw Lisa O‚ÄôNeill ¬†assist Praxair on its ‚ā¨5bn disposal of the majority of Europe-based businesses to¬†Taiyo Nippon Sanso; the deal was necessary from an antitrust and regulatory perspective to secure Praxair's merger¬†with German industrial gases company Linde.

Practice head(s):Nick Azis

Other key lawyers:Lisa O'Neill; Michael Holter


'Excellent lawyers with a good understanding of clients' needs, in particular those in continental Europe.'

'Good service at the interface between corporate/M&A and complex commercial arrangements'

'Michael Holter is an excellent, terrific lawyer, always with a pragmatic approach - a good negotiator'

Key Clients

Praxair, Inc.


Mondi Group

Intersnack Group / KP Snacks

Actuant Corporation

Krüger Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Praxair in relation to the €5bn sale of the majority of its European business to Japanese company Taiyo Nippon Sanso.
  • Represented Alsco in its £95m acquisition of Clean Linen Services from MML Capital Partners.
  • Advised Mondi Group on its acquisition of a €365m share in Powerflute Group Holdings Oy from Nordic Packaging and Container Holdings, a portfolio company of US-based private equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners.
  • Represented Krüger Group in acquiring sports nutrition brands MaxiNutrition and MaxiMuscle from GlaxoSmithKline, for an undisclosed amount.
  • Represented Praxair in its €3.3bn divestment of North and South American assets to Messer and CVC Capital Fund Partners.

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Private equity: transactions ‚Äď mid-tier ‚Äď up to ¬£250m
Private equity: transactions ‚Äď mid-tier ‚Äď up to ¬£250m - ranked: tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP's PE department is lauded by clients for 'coming up with increasingly creative solutions to problems'.  The team's broad client base includes not only PE firms but their portfolio companies, ultra-high net worth family offices, clients acquiring businesses from PE funds and the management teams of target companies. Additional expertise in the healthcare and life sciences sector renders the group particularly well-placed to assist on deals involving the acquisition and disposal of pharmaceutical companies. Nick Azis is team head; Piero Carbone, Eleanor West and Linda Zeman are all strongly recommended.

Practice head(s):Nick Azis

Other key lawyers:Piero Carbone; Eleanor West; Linda Zeman; Lisa O'Neill


'The team is incredibly responsive and commercial; it is particularly good at disseminating complex issues into a few sentences and liaising with the deal team directly'.

'I was very impressed by Piero Carbone; he is our partner of preference for every UK deal.  He is very responsive, knows the law inside out and is very great at coming up with creative and unique solutions to problems quickly'.

Key Clients


Baird Capital Partners

Great Point Partners

Empire Investments

JMH Capital

Oakley Capital/Pembroke

Vespa Capital

Metric Capital Partners LLP

Tana Africa Capital

Five Arrows

Work highlights

  • Representing Intersnack Group GmbH & Co KG (and subsidiary, KP Snacks Limited) in respect of the acquisition by KP Snacks Limited of Popchips Limited, which owns and operates the Popchips brand in Europe.
  • Representing Intersnack Group GmbH & Co KG (and subsidiary, KP Snacks Limited) in respect of the acquisition by KP Snacks Limited of THUNDERBALL LUXCO 2 S.À R.L., which owns the Tyrrells chips business.
  • Representing Mountain Warehouse Group Holdings Limited in connection with its corporate refinancing.
  • Representing Iconic London Group and its shareholder BlueGem Capital Partners in the financing of the acquisition of the Iconic London Group by BlueGem Capital Partners.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commodities disputes
Commodities disputes - ranked: tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP acts for leading investment banks that play an active role in the commodities markets, as well as for energy trading houses and agribusiness groups. Its work encompasses corporate and regulatory advice on large-scale commodities transactions, contracts and trading agreements, as well as litigation. Counsel David Birchall leads the practice and has more than 25 years' experience in energy transactions in the mid- and downstream fields. To bolster its litigation capability, the firm hired Andrew Savage from Watson Farley & Williams LLP, who focuses on commercial and finance disputes and international arbitration across a range of industry sectors including shipping, commodities and energy.

Practice head(s):David Birchall

Other key lawyers:Andrew Savage

Leading individuals

Andrew Savage - McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

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London: Finance

Structured products and securitisation
Structured products and securitisation - ranked: tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP joins the ranking having invested heavily in its structured finance capability in 2018. The firm hired both new practice head Rachel Kelly, who has more than 30 years' experience in the market, and counsel Kerry Pettigrew from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP. The practice advises on a broad range of structured finance, securitisation and structured products, including commercial and residential real estate transactions, CLOs, CDOs, warehouse financing, loan sales and receivables and trade financing, as well as whole business securitisations, project bonds, repackagings and structured bonds. Among its clients are arrangers, originators, lenders, borrowers, corporates, insurance companies, investment managers, SMEs, investors, note issuers, servicers, account banks, swap counterparties and rating agencies. Kelly's arrival has seen the firm significantly boost its market presence in the securitisation, CLO and structured products markets.

Practice head(s):Rachel Kelly

Other key lawyers:Kerry Pettigrew


"Rachel Kelly is a very experienced structured finance lawyer who is a pleasure to work with. Her knowledge and approach are top of the class and she sets the standard for others."

"The firm has a wealth of knowledge and practical experience in dealing with structured finance transactions. It is a hidden gem away from the mainstream."

"Rachel Kelly takes the time to listen to what you are trying to do and suggests realistic solutions."

Key Clients

Sequoia Infrastructure

American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus, Inc. (“AFLA”)

Work highlights

  • Advised lender on a £40m+ structured financing of the acquisition of 23 care homes in the north of England involving a corporate acquisition, related property acquisition and disposal of ground leases over the property and internal reorganization.
  • Advising American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus ("Aflac") on the global restructuring of its businesses.
Leading individuals

Rachel Kelly - McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 6

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

The two-partner London employment practice at McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP advises on both transactions and litigation for the US firm's UK clients; growing areas of work this year have included deal-driven work and data privacy matters, as well as a spike in employment tribunal claims. The team, which works closely with the firm's employment lawyers across France, Germany, the US and China, is led by McDermott lifer Katie Clark, who handles all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, with a track record of complex employment disputes. She works alongside Paul McGrath, who made partner in 2017 and has a particular speciality in the employment aspects of privacy and data protection issues.

Practice head(s):Katie Clark

Other key lawyers:Paul McGrath

Key Clients

Callaway Golf Company

D. E. Shaw & Co

Galliard Homes

Intersnack Group/KP Snacks

Philharmonia Orchestra


AccessData Group



Krüger Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Praxair on employment aspects of the €5bn sale of the majority of its businesses in Europe to Japan’s Taiyo Nippon Sanso.
  • Advised Krüger Group on the restructuring of its international distribution system in the UK and Republic of Ireland and other employment issues that arose following its acquisition of two nutrition brands from GlaxoSmithKline.

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London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP advises on multiple aspects of private wealth disputes and dispute avoidance in the UK and offshore. It has a dedicated private client team that covers the full range of contentious issues from trusts and estates through to wills and probate. The team is a cohesive structure that comprises three units dealing with contentious trusts and estates; wealth planning and international tax. Its client base is primarily very wealthy individuals and families as well as trustees and trust companies situated around the world. The group has significant expertise in offshore trusts in particular the Cayman and British Virgin Islands through Ziva Robertson and Nicholas Holland. Lynsey McIntyre is regularly instructed in complex cross-border matters frequently advising on matters involving the Channel Islands.

Practice head(s):Ziva Robertson

Other key lawyers:Lynsey McIntyre


'It's a big international firm with the resources to deal with big litigation particularly where there is a US angle. Nicholas Holland is very hands on, highly responsive and good on strategy'.

'Nicholas Holland is a well-known leader in contentious trusts disputes. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of the topic both in the UK and in the main offshore jurisdictions. He is also well organised and a pleasure to work with'.

'Nicholas Holland is an excellent and pragmatic litigator'.

'The team has an excellent knowledge of the offshore jurisdictions in which such work concentrates and are sharp litigators. Nicholas Holland has an encyclopaedic knowledge of private client issues and is both client focused and technically excellent'.

' Ziva Robertson and Nicholas Holland are outstanding practitioners in contentious trust situations'.

'Ziva Robertson is very bright and works very hard for her clients'.

Key Clients

Royal Bank of Canada

Hill Street TrusteesTruchot Trustees

Pavilion Trustees

Dawson-Damer family

Work highlights

  • Continuing to act for the Dawson-Damer Family in a case that is continuing to make new law.
  • Continuing to act for Truchot Trustees Ltd - in 2017 the team successfully brought an application to set aside a disastrous series of court orders made against these trustees on the grounds that all of the trustees’ prior solicitors acted in of “breach of warranty of authority”, a rare application
  • The team is acting for Hill Street Trustees Ltd, Pavilion Trustees Ltd, and various individual trustees (most of whom are in Jersey) in a series of English proceedings arising from an invalid deed of retirement and appointment of trustees.
  • Acting for the beneficiaries of a series of Bahamian trusts, in connection with allegations that a number of high-profile professionals distributed approximately $400m in breach of trust.
  • Advising a very wealthy sibling in connection with a breach of trust claim brought against the trustees of a trust of which the client and the client's sister (and issue) are the beneficiaries and in connection with related Public Trustee v Cooper proceedings in Cayman.
Leading individuals

Nicholas Holland - McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

Ziva Robertson - McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP has a dedicated team that covers the full range of non-contentious high-value trusts and estate matters as well as providing wills and probate advice. It is adept at advising on fund structuring, the restructuring of private wealth programmes as well as providing regulatory advice. The team has particular expertise in US tax and wealth law, both in the UK and US offices, and almost all of its wealthy clients have connections with the US either through their family or assets. Simon Goldring heads the team that acts for five of the Top 20 on the Sunday Times rich list and eight of the wealthiest people on the Forbes 100 billionaires list.

Practice head(s):Simon Goldring

Other key lawyers:Simon Gibb; Astrid Owen; Laura Harper


'The firm overall is large internationally, and one would think that this would lead to a depersonalisation of service. However, our experience is that team members are very engaged with their clients and provide an excellent, commercially minded service.'

'McDermott Will & Emery has been invaluable in providing high-quality legal advice in the private client/HNW space, specifically in regard to trust structuring and tax issues faced by my clients.'

'Very strong on offshore tax matters, including the taxation of non-residents and non-domiciliaries.'

'Astrid Owen and Simon Gibb are ferociously clever, dynamic, interesting - they make an extraordinary team. Their work ethic is extraordinary, matched only by their knowledge and creative solutions. Dream private client team with depth of US knowledge also.'

'Simon Goldring is very responsive to demands and has an ability to juggle multiple tax returns and issues for a large family.'

'Simon Goldring has an encyclopaedic knowledge and ability to translate this into an easy to understand format to pass on to our clients. I have full confidence that if I have a query, no matter how big or small, Simon will ensure a swift turn around.'

'Simon Goldring really is very good technically and very thoughtful. Very dedicated to clients.'

'Simon Gibb is technically proficient.'

'Laura Harper is very effective and commercial.'

'Simon Golding is very experienced. Laura Harper is very practical and helpful.'

Leading individuals

Simon Goldring - McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 4

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

Corporate expert¬†Lisa O‚ÄôNeill¬†and counsel Elisabeth Moseley¬†are the key contacts in McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP's oil and gas team.¬†The pair previously advised Petrobras on the sale of its interests in Block BC-10 in the Campos Basin, Brazil, for $1.54bn, and¬†handled the ‚ā¨5bn divestment of the majority of Praxair‚Äôs businesses in Europe to Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation.

Practice head(s):Lisa O'Neill

Other key lawyers:Elisabeth Moseley

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London: Public sector

Healthcare - ranked: tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP's healthcare practice predominately advises private healthcare providers and leading medical manufacturers and suppliers on M&A, joint ventures, private equity deals, financing mandates, corporate and regulatory matters, and entry into international healthcare markets. Hamid Yunis chairs the London office and has been instrumental in growing the healthcare practice; he is particularly well known for his work in public-private partnerships and major global healthcare transactions. Sharon Lamb has a wealth of expertise in regulatory matters, hospital developments, and contractual and joint venture arrangements. Associate David Gibson is also recommended for commercial healthcare.

Practice head(s):Hamid Yunis


'Sharon Lamb is the go-to person on healthcare in the UK.'

'McDermott has a good team of lawyers with excellent wide-ranging healthcare knowledge'

'Hamid Yunis is extremely experienced in international health deals. '

'Sharon Lamb is one of the most senior and experienced health care partners, with NHS, government and private sector experience'.

Key Clients

Cygnet (UHS)

 Varian Medical Systems

Alliance Medical

Babylon Healthcare

Varex Imaging


Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing advice to Varex, a leading global supplier of X-ray tubes and image processing, in relation to the set-up of a European and Asian joint venture and representative arrangements.
  • Advising Babylon Healthcare on a joint venture arrangement in connection with the delivery of digital healthcare equipment and services in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in partnership with a Saudi quasi-public body.
  • Advised BlueGem Capital Partners LLP in connection with the bolt-on acquisition of The Cosmetic Skin Clinic for BlueGem’s portfolio group, The Private Clinic.
Rising stars

David Gibson - McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

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London: Real estate

Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 5

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP expanded its practice in April 2018 with the hiring of Laurence Rogers, Tom Calnan and Neville Wright from DLA Piper. The team acts for lenders and borrowers, particularly debt funds and overseas investors. Structured deals involving the acquisition and disposal of corporates owning real estate assets are a particular area of expertise, but the team also advises on investment and development finance, refinancing, and restructuring matters. Rogers has significant expertise in both UK and cross-border transactions.

Practice head(s):Tom Calnan; Laurence Rogers

Other key lawyers:Neville Wright


'McDermott Will & Emery has an excellent team who have been together for many years. The team has quick turn-around and makes proactive decisions with excellent deal advice and great communication.'

'Laurence Rogers has a huge following in the property community and has successfully closed deals throughout Europe, which brings confidence to clients. He has excellent knowledge of legal structures for both property and debt and an unusual understanding of the intricacies around complicated tax frameworks given the many jurisdictions in Europe.'

'It is a small team with deep finance experience. Clients get an expert finance team and, in particular, partner-heavy service.'

'Laurence Rogers is very good at getting deals done and identifying real issues for client consideration rather than minor matters which do not warrant consideration.'

'Neville Wright reaches quick conclusions and gives clear advice about the real risks involved.'

'Laurence Rogers is really enthusiastic and has the advantage of having trained as property lawyer so can foresee any potential problems so they can be addressed up front.'

Key Clients

H.I.G. Capital

Pollen Street Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising HIG Capital on the refinancing of a hotel in Italy.
  • Advising Pollen Street Capital on a development facility for a site in Manchester.
Leading individuals

Laurence Rogers - McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

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