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- London: Corporate and commercial > EU and competition
- London: Corporate and commercial > Financial services
- London: Corporate and commercial > M&A: mid-market, £50m-£250m
- London: Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions
- London: Corporate and commercial > Venture capital
- London: Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil
- London: Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation
- London: Dispute resolution > Defamation and privacy
- London: Dispute resolution > International arbitration
- London: Dispute resolution > Public international law
- London: Finance > Corporate restructuring and insolvency
- London: Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation
- London: Insurance > Insurance: corporate and regulatory
- London: Insurance > Insurance: insolvency and restructuring
- London: Insurance > Product liability: defendant
London: Corporate and commercial
Within EU and competition, tier 7
Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP maintains an active behavioural practice under the leadership of Becket McGrath. Merger clearance also features among the team’s recent instructions; it provided advice to a client in the telecoms sector on the merger control process and transactional structuring for a disposal.
Within Financial services, tier 5
Led by David Ramm, Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP’s five-partner team includes former FSA alumnus Chris Finney, who provides ‘thorough and responsive' advice across a range of UK and EU regulatory requirements.
Within M&A: mid-market, £50m-£250m, tier 5
Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP’s London team advises a client base of corporates, banks, funds and insurance companies, and handled 20 M&A transactions in 2013. David Ramm leads the group, which includes the ‘experienced' and ‘extremely hardworking' Shawn Atkinson.
Within Private equity: transactions, Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP is a third tier firm,
Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP is an active mid-market and growth capital investment player, with a client base that includes new clients 3TS Capital. Former practice head David Ramm moved to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, following the departure in June 2014 of Shawn Atkinson to Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP. US-qualified partner Ted Cominos remains; his practice focuses on emerging markets.
Within Venture capital, tier 5
Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP provides ‘business-orientated advice' to clients including RHO Ventures and Innova Capital. The team regularly works in conjunction with its US colleagues, and alongside the Boston office, recently advised Accel Partners on its €5m Series A investment into Friendly Fashion. The firm is also heavily engaged in early-stage business initiatives including Angels Den, which aims to connect entrepreneurs with angel investors. Shawn Atkinson and David Ramm left to join Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius respectively.
London: Crime, fraud and licensing
Within Fraud: civil, tier 5
Laurence Harris , James Maton and Antonio Suarez-Martinez are key figures in the team at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, which primarily advises governments and anti-corruption agencies on recovering the proceeds of corrupt activities from dishonest public officials.
London: Dispute resolution
Within Commercial litigation, tier 5
Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP ‘matches the Magic Circle firms for ability'. The team acted for the family Trusts of Bernie Ecclestone through the company, Bambino Holdings, in the high-profile defence of proceedings brought by the German media company Constantin Medien, relating to the sale of shares in Formula 1 racing in 2005 by Bayerische Landesbank. Kevin Perry has ‘great ability'; Laurence Harris is a ‘fearsome negotiator'; and James Maton is ‘intelligent and analytical'.
Within Public international law, Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP is a second tier firm,
Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP is known for its representation of government clients, and work on sovereign immunity; international boundaries; anti-corruption issues and state asset recovery; disputes between states; and issues arising under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Tim Daniel is recommended; James Maton is ‘deeply committed to cases'; and Laurence Harris is ‘tough and resolute'. Antonio Suarez-Martinez and consultant Alan Perry are recommended.
Within Insurance and reinsurance litigation, Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP is a third tier firm,
Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP’s practice is co-chaired by David Kendall and Mark Everiss. Richard Hopley, who is praised for his ‘thoroughness and attention to detail', is currently acting for Centre Re, Munich Re and European International Reinsurance in a cross-border dispute concerning T&N’s £500m asbestos liabilities. James Crabtree joined from Taylor Wessing LLP, while Mark Meyer left for Cozen O’Connor.
Within Insurance: corporate and regulatory, tier 4
Known for its M&A, restructuring and regulatory expertise, Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP has ‘tremendous business and marketplace savvy', and maintains ‘excellent relationships with regulatory agencies'. Chris Finney has ‘a solid regulatory background', and advised Ruxley Ventures in relation to two PRA consultation papers. He also acted for Fairfax Financial Holdings on its acquisition of American Safety Re. James Crabtree joined from Taylor Wessing LLP. Damian Connolly has left the practice.
Within Insurance: insolvency and restructuring, Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP is a second tier firm,
Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP’s team is led by Jonathan Yorke, who has extensive experience in solvent schemes of arrangement for insurers. Richard Hopley continues to act for the reinsurers of T&N’s £500m asbestos liability policy. Other clients include PwC, Swiss Re and Enstar. Damian Connolly has left the practice.
Within Product liability: defendant, tier 4
Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP advises on product liability claims as part of its insurance and reinsurance disputes practice, acting for XL, Munich Re, Swiss Re and Tata Steel. Richard Hopley is praised for his ‘thoroughness and attention to detail'.
London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)
Within Brand management, Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP is a second tier firm,
At Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, John Olsen has ‘exceptional knowledge of UK trade mark law, and outstanding litigation ability', and Nicholas Bolter ‘takes time to really know every aspect of a client’s business'. The team advised on a number of high-profile enforcement matters, and Olsen also acted for Warner Brothers Entertainment in relation to its European trade mark and design portfolio management. Other clients of the practice include Nikon and MasterCard.
Within Intellectual property, tier 4
Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP is particularly recognised for its expertise in cross-border trade mark matters, including prosecution, enforcement and acquisitions of rights. Lead lawyers include John Olsen and Nicholas Bolter, who is ‘very smart whilst understanding the need to give commercial, pragmatic advice'. Akash Sachdeva is recommended for litigation. Clients include MasterCard, ASLAN Pharmaceuticals, and Warner Brothers Entertainment.
Within Media and entertainment, tier 4
Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP’s Becket McGrath advised Guardian Media Group on its disposal of GMG Radio. Practice head John Olsen advises Warner Bros on all trade mark and design matters, and Akash Sachdeva assists Nikon on advertising matters.
Within Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP is a third tier firm,
Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP is ‘an excellent firm with an international perspective', with Niall McAlister and Ben Goodger recommended for licensing and transactional work. Highlights included advising shareholders on the sale of Antitope to PolyTherics, and acting for investor Epidarex Capital on the spin-out of Edinburgh Molecular Imaging from the University of Edinburgh. The firm has also recently advised Oxford Immunotec and ASLAN Pharmaceuticals.
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- Corporate and commercial : EU and competition
- Corporate and commercial : Financial services
- Corporate and commercial : M&A: mid-market, £50m-£250m
- Corporate and commercial : Private equity: transactions
- Corporate and commercial : Venture capital
- Crime, fraud and licensing : Fraud: civil
- Dispute resolution : Commercial litigation
- Dispute resolution : Defamation and privacy
- Dispute resolution : International arbitration
- Dispute resolution : Public international law
- Finance : Corporate restructuring and insolvency
- Insurance : Insurance: corporate and regulatory
- Insurance : Insurance: insolvency and restructuring
- Insurance : Insurance and reinsurance litigation
- Insurance : Product liability: defendant
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Brand management
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Intellectual property
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Media and entertainment
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology