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Morrison & Foerster LLP

CITYPOINT, ONE ROPEMAKER STREET, LONDON, EC2Y 9AW, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7920 4000
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www.mofo.com

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 5

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Morrison & Foerster LLP's main contact in London is Alistair Maughan, who is a co-chair of the firm's technology transactions group and a member of the wider global sourcing group. In 2017, Maughan advised NNIT, a Denmark-headquartered global IT services provider, on the terms of an outsourcing services agreement with Cambridge University Hospitals. In addition, Maughan is currently assisting Police Mutual Insurance with negotiating a flexible benefits outsourcing contract with Capita Plc. Elsewhere, the firm's other recent work has included AI/machine learning-focused outsourcing projects and procurement/outsourcing disputes. Sue McLean departed for Baker McKenzie.

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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 LLP

The 'very good'¬†Morrison & Foerster LLP¬†practice ‚Äėis very responsive, has bench depth and strength, deep sector knowledge and a practical and commercial approach‚Äô.¬†Graeme Sloan¬†heads the London corporate practice and is co-chair of the firm‚Äôs global M&A practice; he worked alongside¬†Oliver Rochman¬†and¬†Rob Mailer¬†on Newgate Private Equity‚Äôs acquisition of London-based private equity firm Arle Capital Partners.¬†Gary Brown¬†represented BioLineRx on its acquisition of Agalimmune, while¬†Andrew Boyd¬†handled Toshiba‚Äôs disposal of smart meter leader Landis+Gyr in a $2.4bn IPO alongside capital markets partner¬†Scott Ashton.¬†Other clients include SoftBank, Freschfield and Meininger Hotels.¬†Dan Coppel¬†joined the firm in early 2018 from¬†Jones Day.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 3

Morrison & Foerster LLP

‚ÄėSuperb‚Äô Morrison & Foerster LLP¬†deals with high-value, multi-jurisdictional fraud investigations and disputes. Clients include financial institutions, funds, trustees, and multinational public companies. The firm continues to act for the insolvency practitioners in connection with the liquidation of Saad Investments Company in a multi-jurisdictional case worth $400m. It also advised Landsbanki on a successful ¬£30m asset recovery against Kevin Stanford and a ¬£50m asset recovery against Karen Millen. Head of team Jonathan Wheeler¬†‚Äėreally punches above his weight‚Äô and is ‚Äėa good person to have on your side‚Äô. Kevin Roberts¬†is also recommended.

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

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Morrison & Foerster LLP¬†has ‚Äėa wealth of talented and experienced litigators‚Äô. It is adept at handling cross-border financial crime, corruption, bribery and money laundering investigations. It often deals with FCA and SFO investigations and cross-border contentious insolvencies. Jonathan Wheeler¬†heads the team, he is supported by Kevin Roberts¬†who is ‚Äėa hugely experienced, wise and knowledgeable criminal lawyer who has an excellent manner with clients‚Äô. Paul Friedman¬†is also recommended.

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London: Dispute resolution

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

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Typically representsing senior executives, financial institutions and funds, Morrison & Foerster LLP’s 'particularly good' London litigation team is best known for complex, cross-border disputes, financial crime and white-collar investigations (including a significant number of high-stakes FCA and SFO matters, as well as contentious insolvencies. The team played a lead role advising the Icelandic administrators of Landsbanki, including recent bankruptcy proceedings in the UK and action for recovery of assets in the UK, Belgium and Spain. London disputes head Jonathan Wheeler is 'a real details-man, who is very careful and bright'; Kevin Roberts, Paul Friedman and Gemma Anderson are also highly rated; and Shawna Pasquale and James Lloyd are key associates.

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 5

Morrison & Foerster LLP

'Particularly good at commercial litigation', Morrison & Foerster LLP 'has a very strong and skilful team that obtains effective results'. It sets itself apart for its ability to handle complex, international disputes and investigations out of London, often with technology, finance, insolvency or antitrust components. The practice continued to act for the insolvency practitioners in connection with the highly complex $9.2bn liquidation of Saad Investments Company; the case raised several jurisdictional issues and is potentially of great significance to the global trusts industry. Jonathan Wheeler is 'a standout practitioner'; and Kevin Roberts  is 'always on top of things and ensures best assistance for clients and great co-ordination of the team for complex and sensitive cases'. Gemma Anderson is also highly rated.

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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 LLP

Strengthened by the arrival of Caroline Jury from Clifford Chance LLP and Benoit Lavigne from Ropes & Gray LLP, Morrison & Foerster LLP 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. Team head Phillip Slater regularly acts for Aozora Bank on its European real estate debt finance matters, and also continues to represent Just Eat plc on its ongoing financing requirements - including recently advising it on all aspects of the amendment and restatement of its revolving credit facility in order to support its proposed acquisitions of Hungry House and Skip the Dishes Canada. Other clients include Standard Chartered, State Street Bank and Fyber.

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Debt capital markets
Debt capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Morrison & Foerster LLP is a key player in the market for US private placements for both issuers and underwriters. It has 'a prominent position, which has held for many years, thanks to the depth of its team and the great market knowledge it has built up'. Among its recent highlights were a £30m deal for Lowland Investment Company, a $220m transaction for Norspan LNG VIII and a $500m placement of notes for Informa PLC. Scott Ashton, Brian Bates (who 'has for many years been very active for issuers in the private placements market'), Peter Green, and Jeremy Jennings-Mares were the key lawyers in all of these deals. The firm also handles public debt offerings and Bates frequently acts in deals relating to infrastructure development, shipping, mining and real estate, predominantly on behalf of issuers. Green focuses mainly on structured finance, but his practice also encompasses the establishment of EMTN programmes. Jennings-Mares advises on equity-linked structured securities, MTN programmes and cross-border debt matters. Last year, he handled the update of a $65bn EMTN programme on behalf of the underwriters.

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

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Morrison & Foerster LLP provides 'excellent technical support and high-quality documentation' for complex derivatives and structured products, according to one client, who remarks that 'there is good depth in the team and it always meets deadlines'. Vladimir Maly, who has 'excellent knowledge of complex derivatives and derivative financing structures', co-ordinates the firm's global derivatives practice, which covers fixed income, foreign exchange, commodity and, in particular, equity derivatives. While equity derivatives are its prime focus, the practice also handles commodity-linked, fund-linked and credit-linked products. Maly is also a key part of the firm's push into new and emerging areas such as fintech. He acted for Tiberius Asset Management in numerous commodities trading projects, including the development of T-coin, which is a token linked to actively traded metals. Maly and key London partner Jeremy Jennings-Mares, who has a broad skill set that includes structured securities, debt capital markets, receivables financing and OTC derivatives trades, recently advised numerous investment banks on derivatives matters relating to financial regulatory reform, including MiFID II, MiFIR and Basel III. Senior of counsel Peter Green is also recommended for his knowledge of structured credit, structured products and derivatives.

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Private funds
Private funds - ranked: tier 6

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Morrison & Foerster LLP¬†'s fund formation practice handles a range of venture capital fund formation work as well as work concerning buyout funds. Rob Mailer¬†advised Seedcamp Investment Management on raising its fourth fund, and selling the remaining investment portfolios of its first two funds to Draper Esprit. Work for new managers include advising Oxx on its spin-out from venture capital house Amadeus Capital and the formation of its first fund, which is targeting $100m to make growth capital investments in software companies. Mailer also advised STAR Capital Partnership on forming Star Strategic Assets III, which met its hard cap of ‚ā¨800m.¬† Oliver Rochman¬†is also a key contact. Other work concerns LP commitments and secondary transactions.

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London: Risk advisory

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

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Morrison & Foerster LLP¬†is ‚Äėa high quality, niche firm with a wealth of talented and experienced litigators‚Äô. It advises corporate clients on financial crime issues including corruption, bribery and money laundering investigations. It has experience of dealing with multi-jurisdictional FCA and SFO investigations and cross-border contentious insolvency matters. Clients include financial institutions, funds, trustees and multinational public companies. The firm is acting for Grant Thornton, the trustees in the bankruptcy of Muhamad Al-Ansari who was convicted of money laundering, the case is valued at ¬£25m. Jonathan Wheeler¬†heads the team, supported by Kevin Roberts, who is ‚Äėa hugely experienced, wise and knowledgeable criminal lawyer and has an excellent manner with clients‚Äô. Paul Friedman¬†is also recommended.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Morrison & Foerster LLP's technology transactions group is headed up by Alistair Maughan and frequently handles commercial contract advice and technology-based projects. Work highlights include acting for Autodesk on re-drafting its revised form of master user agreement; advising Cellpoint Mobile, an IT provider, on its regulatory and commercial matters, and assisting Panasonic issues relating to rights under open source software licenses. Of counsel Greg Joynson  is another key name to note.  Sue McLean moved to Baker McKenzie.

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