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Morrison & Foerster LLP

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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 5

Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP

Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP’s London team is fully integrated within the wider global sourcing and technology transactions practices. Illustrative of its outstanding reputation, the group acts for clients ranging from tech start-ups and life sciences companies to charities and public sector organisations. Alistair Maughan, who combines expertise in all types of commercial contracts with experience of technology-related projects, is the lead adviser to UPS on a number of matters, including the commercial terms associated with its i-Parcel service and other freight services. Of counsel Susan McLean recently advised not-for-profit organisation Stemettes on its commercial contracts, which included sponsorship agreements and image licences.

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M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+
M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+ - ranked: tier 7

Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP

Graeme Sloan heads the ‘experienced, effective and trustworthy’ practice at Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP; he advised ORI Healthcare Fund on its $100m investment in Kymab, and acted for SoftBank on its £24.3bn acquisition of ARM Holdings. The ‘professional, positive, quick’ Andrew Boyd ‘speedily assimilates difficult concepts and comes up with meaningful, deliverable action plans that fulfil the commercial objectives’. He and Gary Brown assisted Cherokee Global Brands with its $96m purchase of Hi-Tec Sports.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 3

Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP

Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP has ‘a strong knowledge of tactics in the fraud arena’ and is ‘always available to provide sensible, level-headed advice’. Representing a range of financial institutions, funds and multinational companies, the group is well-placed to handle all types of asset tracing and trust-related disputes, as well as domestic fraud investigations and enforcement actions. The firm continues to act for the liquidators of Saad Investments Company, dealing with banks and assets across a variety of jurisdictions, and has also represented the Icelandic administrators of Landsbanki in several successful asset recovery and High Court actions against major retailers. The ‘exceptional’ Jonathan Wheeler heads the practice and ‘has a superb sense of tactics’, and Kevin Roberts is ‘great at identifying pressure points in order to achieve a settlement’.

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Fraud: white-collar crime
Fraud: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 3

Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP

Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP is noted for its expertise in cross-border financial crime, along with corruption, bribery and money laundering investigations, and the team has also handled a number of contentious insolvencies involving criminal elements. Highlights included representing the Icelandic administrators of Landsbanki in a £30m asset recovery and High Court action, and acting for the trustees of Muhamed Al-Ansari in a major fraud and insolvency matter. Jonathan Wheeler heads the practice, and Kevin Roberts is ‘an excellent and pragmatic lawyer who inspires confidence’.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 5

Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP

Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP is ‘always available and gives sensible, level-headed advice’. The practice handles complex, cross-border financial crime, corruption and bribery investigations, as well as high-profile white-collar crime investigations into LIBOR, Forex and gold market manipulation, including a significant number of high-stakes FCA and SFO matters. The team played a lead role in advising the Icelandic administrators of Landsbanki on two matters, including a successful £30m asset recovery and High Court action against high-profile retailer Kevin Stanford. Jonathan Wheeler is ‘a very determined litigator’; Kevin Roberts is ‘a superb lawyer, who is technically excellent and extremely pragmatic’; and Paul Friedman is a key practitioner.

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 5

Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP

Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP is ‘a top-notch firm that is highly committed to achieving excellence and comes up with innovative and practical solutions to achieve clients’ business objectives’. The practice is recommended for complex, cross-border disputes, regulatory and competition investigations, and contentious insolvencies; and it has specific sector expertise in technology and finance, as well as media, retail and mining. Jonathan Wheeler is London disputes head; Kevin Roberts specialises in corporate investigations and fraud; and Paul Friedman is an antitrust, white-collar and securities litigator. Gemma Anderson was made partner.

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London: Finance

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans - ranked: tier 5

Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP

Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP’s debt finance offering in London handles a range of financing work for a growing number of European corporates, in addition to the firm’s established roster of US and Asian corporates. The ‘outstanding’ Phillip Slater recently provided English law input on the debt financing provided to Japanese multinational telecoms company SoftBank on its high-profile £24bn acquisition of ARM Holdings plc. Slater also regularly acts for Just Eat on its ongoing financing requirements, including the amendment and restatement of its credit facilities.

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Debt capital markets
Debt capital markets - ranked: tier 4

Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP

Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP has ‘one of the leading practices for US private placements’, though it handles a mix of private and public deals from its London office. The firm advises numerous financial institutions on establishing, maintaining and listing debt and equity issuance programmes, as well as standalone debt offerings. The key names in the team are Brian Bates, whose practice covers private debt and equity placements, bank syndications, high yield bonds and LBO financings; Peter Green, who focuses predominantly on structured finance but also assists clients with the establishment of EMTN programmes; Jeremy Jennings-Mares, who regularly advises on equity-linked structured securities, MTN programmes and cross-border debt matters; and Scott Ashton, who is a key player in the firm’s global private placement practice. Highlights included acting as US counsel for Icelandic company LBI on a €2bn exchange offer. The firm also advised Merrill Lynch International on numerous matters relating to the update of Bank of America’s $25bn commercial paper and certificate of deposit programme, and as lead manager on the issuance of JPY110bn in notes from Bank of America’s EMTN programme.

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Derivatives and structured products
Derivatives and structured products - ranked: tier 4

Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP

At Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP, ‘the level of responsiveness is extremely high and the team works diligently, often going above and beyond the call of duty to provide thoughtful and thorough advice’. The practice handles all aspects of the sale and trading of derivatives and commodities and regularly acts in public and private offerings of equity, commodity and credit-linked products. The firm is also a prominent adviser on the use of derivatives as principal protection products in fund-of-funds transactions. Its client base includes the derivatives, commodities and structured products groups at investment and commercial banks, commodity dealers and producers, insurance companies, mutual funds, hedge funds and public corporations. Peter Green focuses on structured credit, structured products and derivatives transactions for banks, issuers and investors. Jeremy Jennings-Mares is ‘knowledgeable and responsive, especially on EU regulatory matters’ and he has notable expertise in OTC derivatives, structured securities and CLOs. The firm’s clients include Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Bank of Nova Scotia.

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Private funds
Private funds - ranked: tier 5

Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP

Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP’s team, newly-assembled in 2016, handles a range of work for limited partners and managers, often concerning venture funds. Rob Mailer, a new joiner from King & Wood Mallesons, is ‘very responsive and with good industry knowledge: he adopts a commercial approach rather than an overly legalistic one’ – he acted for Star Capital Partnership on raising STAR Strategic Assets III, a buyout fund with a €600m target. Oliver Rochman, who joined in September 2016 from Proskauer Rose LLP, advises a number of new managers on both initial fundraises and spin-outs. In addition, Rochman supports the firm’s Tokyo team, which advised SoftBank on the SoftBank Vision Fund.

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London: Risk advisory

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

Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP

Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP advises on cross-border financial crime, corruption, bribery and money laundering investigations, and has significant expertise in FCA and SFO matters along with major contentious insolvencies. Highlights included representing the administrators of Landsbanki in two successful asset recoveries totalling £80m, and in several High Court actions against various major retailers. The team also acted for the trustees in the bankruptcy of a high-profile individual convicted on charges of money laundering, where assets were restrained by a Crown Court order. Jonathan Wheeler is the key name to note.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP

Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP’s ‘incredible’ team is ‘highly responsive’, provides ‘a high level of guidance and counsel’, is ‘very pragmatic’ and ‘reasonable in its contract negotiations’. Clients include SoftBank, AIG Europe and Novartis. Practice head Alistair Maughan has a strong track record advising on commercial contracts and technology-based projects. His recent highlights include advising UPS on technology contract and compliance issues in the UK and across Europe; handling the implementation of a flexible benefits platform for insurer Police Mutual; and assisting video game development platform specialists Unity with its UK data centre arrangements. Of counsel Sue McLean has experience in outsourcing, cloud computing and technology procurement matters.

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