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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¬†is noted for offering 'a high level of customer service' to US clients with operations in the UK. The UK Tax Principal is transfer pricing expert¬†Russell Hampshire, who assists a number of US-based multinationals with defending an Insland Revenue transfer pricing audit, and in particular, drafting responses to HMRC's analysis of matters in the context of base erosion and profit sharing (BEPS). 'Intuitive'¬†James Ross¬†advised Socotex on the¬†‚ā¨30m acquisition of ESG from 3i; a mandate that required efficient tax structuring with regard to the new hybrid mismatch and interest limitation rules. In 2017, the team lost Tom Scott to the judiciary and Matthew Herrington¬† to¬†KPMG United Kingdom.

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M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m
M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m - ranked: tier 1

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

The standard of service at¬†McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP¬†is ‚Äėvery high quality, with an exceptional price to performance ratio‚Äô. The practice has significant experience in high-value cross-border M&A; sector strengths include energy, healthcare, life sciences and asset management. The transactional practice is headed by¬†Mark Davis,¬†who recently advised KP Snacks on its acquisition of Tangerine Confectionary‚Äôs popcorn business, Butterkist. The practice is noted for its strength in the emerging markets, with¬†Rupert Weber¬†a noted expert in the African markets.¬†Weber recently acted for the Oppenheimer family on the restructuring of its existing joint venture with Temasek and the setting up of a new joint venture for investing in consumer, healthcare and other businesses in Africa. On the real estate side, Weber and¬†Eleanor West¬†advised Prime Kapital on a joint venture with MAS Real Estate to create a ‚ā¨260m Central and Eastern European commercial property business.¬†Stuart Mathews¬†is recommended as an ‚Äėoutstanding corporate lawyer with excellent knowledge in other areas; he is down to earth, and service minded‚Äô.¬†Lisa O‚ÄôNeill¬†has particular expertise in the oil & gas sector, and recently represented Actuant in the sale of its Viking Sea Tech business to Acteon Group, which provides mooring solutions for the offshore oil and gas market. Counsel¬†Elisabeth Moseley¬†and¬†Alan Gar¬†joined in April 2017 from¬†Clyde & Co LLP¬†and¬†Simmons & Simmons¬†respectively. Peter Crichton¬†joined the following month from¬†CMS.

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

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP's work covers a broad spread of transactions, including buyouts, recapitalisations, bolt-on acquisitions and exits. It is particularly well-known for its cross-border work, which includes advice to UK-based investors on outbound transactions across Europe and further afield, as well as assisting overseas-based investors with investments into the UK. In addition to acting for private equity houses, the firm generates mandates from ultra high net-worth family offices, management teams and target companies, among other clients. The firm handles transactions across a wide range of sectors, with healthcare and life sciences being a particular area of strength. In 2017, Eleanor West led a multi-disciplinary team, which advised Connecticut-based private equity fund Great Point Partners on the acquisition by Softbox Systems (a portfolio company of Great Point Partners) of TP3 Global Holdings, as well as related finance issues. Another deal involved Piero Carbone and associate Linda Zeman working with the Milan office to assist BlueGem Capital Partners with acquiring a 70% stake in home fragrances manufacturer Dr Vranjes Firenze. Carbone and Zeman are 'particularly good at taking a commercial and pragmatic view in complex situations'. Mark Davis leads the London team and is also a co-chair of the global private equity group.

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London: Finance

Commodities: physicals
Commodities: physicals - ranked: tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP is a trusted advisor to major investment banks that are active in the commodities sector, and the firm also acts for numerous energy trading houses and agribusiness groups. It provides corporate and regulatory advice on large-scale commodities transactions, contracts and trading agreements. Counsel David Birchall leads the practice and has more than 25 years' experience in the market. His broad energy practice encompasses low-carbon, energy-efficient producers and specialists in renewables, as well as conventional electricity and gas clients. He recently assisted Intergen with structured off-take route to market arrangements for unhedged power from its UK assets with Citibank. He also advised JPMorgan Chase on regulatory and risk matters, as well as trading arrangements. He also counts ADDAX, The Energy Consortium and Actuant among his clients.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers and senior executives - ranked: tier 6

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP 'combines a superb level of knowledge with great business acumen' to 'provide everything a business could need including sensible, practical and to-the-point advice'. Katie Clark leads the department; she handles the full gamut of employment work including TUPE, corporate support work, restructurings and litigation. Paul McGrath is also a name to note and has substantial experience acting in whistleblowing and discrimination claims. Clients include Galliard Homes, Formula One Management, Vesuvius, KP Snacks and Callaway Golf Company.

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London: Private client

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

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

The ‚Äėknowledgeable and pragmatic‚Äô Nicholas Holland¬† at McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP¬† is ‚Äėone of the best known trusts litigators in London and has a strong reputation in many offshore jurisdictions; he has exceptional knowledge of trusts issues and is skilled at handling complicated cross-border disputes‚Äô. Ziva Robertson‚Äôs contentious practice spans the Caribbean, the Channel Islands, Bermuda, Israel and Switzerland. Robertson routinely represents trustees, beneficiaries and protectors as well as companies and board members involved in fiduciary disputes. Counsel Lynsey McIntyre¬†‚Äėknows what is what and how to get things done‚Äô. Significant clients include the Royal Bank of Canada, Hill Street Trustees as well as Pavilion Trustees Limited.

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

Ziva Robertson heads the team at McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP, which routinely acts in some of the most high value trusts, estates, wills and probate matters as well as advising on commercial issues, fund structuring and regulatory advice. The team is also well placed to advise on evolving tax regimes. It has a particular focus on trusts and wealth management issues with a US element. The team has expertise in US tax and wealth law in both its UK and US offices. Astrid Owen is another key member of the team and she is recognised for her skill on multi-jurisdictional matters primarily where there are UK and US interests. Simon Goldring  acts for a variety of clients ranging from high-net-worth individuals, family offices and entrepreneurs through to multinational corporations both in the UK and internationally such as South Africa, Latin America, the Far East and the Middle East. Simon Gibb was promoted to partner. Jean-Marc Tirard joined Tirard Naudin Société d'Avocats and Dhana Sabanathan is now at Winckworth Sherwood 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

Lisa O’Neill and counsel Elisabeth Moseley are the key names to note in McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP 's oil and gas practice. In recent higlights, the pair acted for industrial gas company Praxair in the global divestments to be made by the client and the Linde group required for their merger. An independent UK oil and gas company instructed the group to handle the sale of assets and the an asset swap transaction in Africa, while O'Neill assisted a new client with a farm-down and joint venture in West Africa.

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Power (including electricity and renewables)
Power (including electricity and renewables) - ranked: tier 4

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

Counsel David Birchall heads McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP 's power offering from London and advises clients on the full gamut of mid and upstream energy transactions. His experience includes acting for clients such as InterGen, SSE and Veolio in the procurement and development of solar, wind and conventional power generation assets, as well as restructuring and commercial matters for names such as ADDAX, JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley. He is supported by senior associate Shashank Krishna who focuses on private M&A, financing and project development.

Next generation lawyers

Shashank Krishna - McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

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London: Public sector

Healthcare - ranked: tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP  has undergone a significant expansion over the last 18 months with the hire of Sharon Lamb  from Capsticks LLP  and Hamid Yunis  from Taylor Wessing LLP . The firm advises US-based and national clients on a range of matters  most notably strategic entry into the UK market and procuring contracts with the NHS, complex cross-border healthcare expansion plans, and broadly advising private sector clients and global medical equipment suppliers on range of commercial issues. Yunis is highly experienced in the commercial healthcare space and continues to advise key clients Varex Imaging, a leading supplier of x-ray tubes and image processing in relation to expansion plans and set up of European and Asian joint ventures, and Varian Medical Systems for the PPP and supply of radiotherapy equipment to healthcare facilities in multiple jurisdictions. Lamb assists Specsavers Optical Group on its optometry expansion to NHS clients including set up of its joint venture with ophthalmologists’ contracts with NHS commissioners.

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