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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

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London: Corporate and commercial

Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 6

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

With instructions from a variety of multinationals, investment funds and private equity firms, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP’s tax department is an integral part of the firm’s UK structured finance and private investment funds teams. The tax group is led by Kate Habershon, who has experience in a range of debt capital markets and fund structuring work for venture capital firms and investment banks. Paul Beausang specialises in real estate-related taxation and the tax aspects of structured finance transactions. Past clients have included Gramercy Property Trust.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 5

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

The ‘dedicated’ and ‘hardworking’ team at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP is praised for its ‘common-sense, practical approach to complex matters’. ‘Fine leader and team playerFrances Murphy (who is noted for her ‘deep insight’, ‘strategic thinking’, and ‘positive and resilient approach’) heads the practice; she is advising Sanofi-Aventis on a range of competition issues, including in relation to its supply arrangements in Europe. Of counsel Joanna Christoforou, who joined from Ashurst, is part of the team advising AstraZeneca UK on new means of supplying and pricing medicine following the restructuring of the NHS’s buying practices and the establishment of healthcare and pharma regulator Monitor. Omar Shah, who joined the team from Latham & Watkins, is advising the London Metal Exchange on competition and public law issues arising from its decision to impose charge capping in respect of metal stored in its worldwide warehouse network. The team is also acting as lead counsel to Concordia in relation to two investigations by the CMA.

Leading individuals

Frances Murphy - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

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M&A: mid-market, £50m-£250m
M&A: mid-market, £50m-£250m - ranked: tier 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

The eight-partner department at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP provides ‘timely, efficient service’ and ‘good value for money’. Financial services, technology, life sciences and energy and natural resources are sector strengths: Timothy Corbett advised CTC Media on the sale of a 75% stake in its Russian television broadcasting business to comply with Russian media ownership regulations, while Iain Wright acted for UFG Asset Management on its purchase of a 31% stake in Trans-Siberian Gold from AngloGoldAshanti. SUN Gold is another natural resources client. The practice is noted for its experience in Russia and Asia; Amy Comer advised Trican Well Service on the English and Kazakh law aspects of its sale of Trican Well Service Kazakhstan to Petro Welt Technologies, and, alongside the Moscow-based Vasilisa Strizh, acted for Russia Partners on its sale of a majority stake in Westcall SPb to ER-Telecom. ‘Experienced, commercially astute’ practice head Tom Cartwright is recommended for private equity work; he assisted Alcuin Capital Partners with the management buyout of Koh Group. Additionally in the food space, Bruce Johnston advised Sumitomo on its €751m purchase of Fyffes. David Ramm and Stephen Walters are also recommended.

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Private equity: transactions
Private equity: transactions – Mid-cap deal capability - ranked: tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP’s London team is able to leverage the firm’s sizeable global network in cross-border deals. In 2016, Amy Comer worked with members of the Moscow office to advise US-based private equity fund Russia Partners on its sale of Russian internet and telecommunications services provider WestCall SPb to ER-Telecom. On the domestic front, Tom Cartwright acted for Alcuin Capital Partners on its investment in the MBO of Dorset-based Thai restaurant chain Koh Group. The firm has been particularly active in transactions involving the energy and life sciences sectors; a notable example involved assisting SK Capital Partners with its acquisition of Johnson & Johnson’s global pain management active pharmaceutical ingredient division. Cartwright jointly heads the practice with David Ramm and Noel Ainsworth.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 6

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLPhas a strong commercial litigation practice that handles high-value, complex disputes’. The team leverages the firm’s significant client base in the energy, insurance and financial services sectors, and frequently acts in disputes involving Russia, Central Asia, the Middle East, the US, Eastern Europe, and Africa. Nicholas Greenwood is ‘knowledgeable and responsive’; and Peter Sharp and David Waldron are ‘both highly experienced, top-quality litigators’.

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Competition litigation
Competition litigation - ranked: tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

With a very strong overall EU and competition practice, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP has been involved in some standout contentious matters. Practice head Frances Murphy acted for Sainsbury’s in High Court claims against Visa concerning the competitiveness of its interchange fees. On the defence side, Murphy has advised The London Metal Exchange in relation to claims that it manipulated the prices for aluminium. Kevin Robinson is another contact in the practice group and has advised various whistle-blowers in CMA investigations.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 7

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP’s David Waldron, who is ‘a heavyweight litigator that you can absolutely count on to make the right call’, and Nicholas Greenwood, are the firm’s key international arbitration contacts. Waldron advises clients involved in international commercial, oil and gas, and energy disputes; and Greenwood’s clients include private equity, banking, and financial services entities, as well as organisations pursuing insurance recovery actions and joint venture claims.

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London: Finance

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans - ranked: tier 6

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Regularly working alongside practitioners from the firm’s US, Moscow and Middle East offices, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP’s London finance team excels at handling international financing work for a mix of borrowers and lenders. Working alongside several of the firm’s US offices, team head Bruce Johnston advised Sumitomo Corporation on the financing to facilitate the €751m takeover of Fyffes. Thomas O’Connor is recommended for his private placement work for US institutional investors.

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Debt capital markets
Debt capital markets - ranked: tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP advises on the full range of debt capital markets transactions including sovereign bond transactions, complex emerging markets deals, high yield and UK corporate issuances. It is also a key adviser to trustees on bond offerings and has a broad practice that can advise on UK, US and European securities law from London. US securities partner Carter Brod, head of international finance Bruce Johnston and partner Timothy Corbett are all recommended. In a flagship deal, Brod advised the Republic of Suriname on a $550m Eurobond offering, which represented the first-ever international securities offering in the country’s history. Brod and Johnston acted for Citibank as GDR depositary in the IPO of Romanian oil company OMV Petrom, which involved the listing of 144a/Reg S GDRs on the London Stock Exchange. For lead managers Morgan Stanley and HSBC the team advised on $375m Reg S Eurobond for Mexican national electricity company Comisión Federal de Electricidad, which listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange and for which the principal investors were based in China.

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Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP has a very active London-based international finance team that advises both borrowers and lenders on complex, multi-jurisdictional deals in emerging markets, including private placements, structured finance, fund finance, and restructurings. Head of international finance Bruce Johnston regularly acts on transactions in Europe, the Middle East and Africa involving acquisition finance, leveraged finance, project finance, trade finance and asset-backed lending. He also plays a role in significant energy and infrastructure deals. Carter Brod is highly regarded for his advice to corporates, banks, governments, investment banks and investors on capital markets transactions including Eurobond issuances, MTN programmes and convertible bonds. Thomas O’Connor and Amanda Jennings are also recommended. In 2016, Brod and Johnston advised investment company China Jianyin Investment on the redemption of €350m in outstanding high yield notes of SGD Pharma in connection with its acquisition of the company. Johnston also advised the Sistema group of companies on a €383m secured facility. O’Connor assisted US insurance companies with financing negotiations concerning the purchase of notes from a Mexican real estate investment company.

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Securitisation
Securitisation - ranked: tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP established its UK securitisation and structured finance team in 2015 with the recruitment of four partners; the practice has since developed a track record in complex deals across a range of asset classes. It has quickly grown its client base to include BlackRock Investment Management, JPMorgan, Barclays, TradeRisks, Citigroup Global Markets and Morgan Stanley. Paul Matthews, Matthew Duncan (who is ‘one of the most experienced lawyers in the London market’) and Theresa Kradjian each have more than 20 years’ experience in the market and Lisa Cargill has an enviable track record of first-of-their-kind transactions, including the first UK securitisation of consumer loans originated through a marketplace lending platform and the first rated auto loan securitisations in Finland and Sweden. The firm’s extensive list of highlights from 2016 included advising BlackRock on the establishment of its first RMBS programme, London Wall Mortgage Capital, and the subsequent issuance of £244m in notes. The team also acted for MW Eaglewood LLP in connection with the securitisation of consumer loans originated through the Zopa peer-to-peer lending marketplace. Kradjian’s standout deals included advising Deutsche Bank, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch on £750m of notes issuances under Clydesdale Bank’s £20bn Lanark Master Issuer plc RMBS programme.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 5

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP’s team regularly handles claims brought before the Employment Tribunal and High Court, as well as the employment aspects of cross-border M&A. Recent highlights include defending Argo Group against claims brought by a former senior employee before the Employment Tribunal and High Court alleging breach of contract, disability discrimination and whistleblowing. The team also represented Guvera in an Employment Tribunal claim brought by more than 80 former employees of UK subsidiary Blinkbox Music concerning employment liabilities arising from Blinkbox Music going into administration. Matthew Howse heads the practice, which includes Pulina Whitaker, who has experience advising on corporate transactions, as well as unfair dismissal, discrimination and breach of contract claims.

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Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP’s ‘first-class’ department manages a range of UK, US, and global immigration programmes, generally arising from major corporate transactions and reorganisations. It is also well versed in crisis management, intervening in the downgrade of sponsorship licences, advising on applications for administrative review, and obtaining immigration permissions for individuals previously removed from the UK. The team has also developed its practice advising high-net-worth individuals, as well as prominent individuals in the media and entertainment industry. Practice head Tracy Evlogidis is ‘very experienced’, and associate Jennifer Connolly is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Tracy Evlogidis - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

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London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation
Insurance and reinsurance litigation - ranked: tier 6

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Nicholas Greenwood and Peter Sharp are the names to note at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP, which is adept in Bermuda Form arbitration. The practice’s recent caseload included product liability, reinsurance disputes, professional negligence and cross-border litigation claims.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP handles oil and gas litigation as well as international arbitration through David Waldron, while Olivier Chambord specialises in transactional work in francophone Africa. The firm’s international presence also allows for close co-operation with offices in the CIS and Latin America. Practice head Lewis Jones has significant experience acting for clients in the UAE with regards to high-profile upstream energy projects such as LNG facilities.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP excels in handling high-profile regulatory matters; the team, which includes Frances Murphy, Pulina Whitaker and Paul Ranson, regularly advises on pricing, distribution and data protection issues; it also advises on collaborations as well as licensing and corporate and venture capital mandates. Murphy is advising a medical device company on an EU Commission investigation regarding an alleged anti-competitive agreement. Whitaker and Ranson advised Teva Pharmaceutical Industries on the regulatory and compliance aspects of its acquisition of Actavis Generics, while Matthew Howse advised AmerisourceBergen on its international data privacy compliance. Tim Corbett assisted Replimune with the formation of the company and its Series A financing. Corbett and Tom Cartwright jointly lead the nine-partner team, which also includes antitrust specialist Omar Shah.

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