The Legal 500

Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

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Top-tier recommendations


London: Corporate and commercial

Within Equity capital markets: UK capability, tier 6

Edwards Wildman Palmer LLPdemonstrates very strong experience in Ukraine-based IPO vehicles’. Eero Rautalahti is ‘an outstanding team player’ who ‘provides advice in a concise manner’.

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Within EU and competition, tier 7

Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP’s Becket McGrath recently advised Amazon, and Guardian Media Group.

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Within Financial services, tier 5

Headed by David Ramm, Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP’s team includes the ‘highly technical and commercialDamian Connolly and Chris Finney, who has a ‘very good understanding of the regulatory landscape’, in particular Solvency II matters.

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Within M&A: mid-market, £50m-£250m, tier 6

Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP’s historic strength in the insurance sector is supplemented by expertise in financial services, TMT and life sciences transactions. In 2012 it advised Citibank International on the sale of its UK and Ireland Diners Club card businesses. Practice head David Rammunderstands the core issues and risks of a transaction’.

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Within Private equity: transactions, tier 7

Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP is building its profile in the mid-market private equity arena in London, with David Ramm at the helm. Clients include ABRY Partners and Ethemba Capital.

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Within Venture capital, tier 5

Edwards Wildman Palmer LLPoffers growth businesses a flying start at very low costs’, running a number of courses and networking events including its ‘Helping Innovators Thrive’ programme. David Ramm provides ‘strategy and vision’, and recently advised on a convertible loan note financing.

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London: Dispute resolution

Within Commercial litigation, tier 5

At Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, ‘the team’s commercial acumen is first rate’. The practice acted in the defence of a claim relating to the sale of Formula 1 racing shares. Kevin Perry and the ‘outstandingLaurence Harris are recommended; James Maton is ‘diligent’; and Rod Cowper and Geoff Mendelsohn are also well regarded. ‘Wonderful litigatorMark Deem joined from Addleshaw Goddard LLP.

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Within Defamation and privacy Defamation and privacy

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Within International arbitration International arbitration

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Within Public international law, Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP is a second tier firm,

Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP’s team is ‘excellent across the board’. Tim Daniel is highly rated, and James Maton is ‘vigorous and effective’.

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London: Finance

Within Corporate restructuring and insolvency, tier 5

At Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, Jon Yorke has a strong pedigree within the insurance insolvency market. Clients include PwC and Hoyl Group.

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Within Emerging markets, tier 5

Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP is ‘a first port of call for an established private equity client base looking for emerging markets experience’. Ted Cominos and Shawn Atkinson focus on deals in Central Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, acting for clients such as Innova Capital, which Cominos advised on the €200m acquisition of a stake in Post Telecommunication of Kosovo.

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London: Insurance

Within Insurance and reinsurance litigation, tier 4

David Kendall is co-chair of Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP’s international insurance department. It has a strong cross-border practice, especially on the UK/US side. Names to note are Mark Everiss, for run-off work; the ‘excellentFrancis Mackie; and Richard Hopley, who is acting for reinsurers of T&N’s £500m asbestos liability policy. Mark Pring has joined Addleshaw Goddard LLP.

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Within Insurance: corporate and regulatory, tier 4

Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP is known for advice on the UK aspects of significant M&A deals; Damian Connolly advised on a number of fundraisings and subsequent acquisitions in the UK market. The firm also advises clients on insurance/reinsurance arrangements for long-tail disease liabilities. Chris Finney advised New York based Transatlantic Re on Solvency II issues.

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Within Insurance: insolvency and restructuring, Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP is a first tier firm,

Jon Yorke at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP is a ‘very talented restructuring lawyer’, ‘with many years of experience’ in solvent schemes of arrangement. He advised on one of the largest such schemes to date in the insurance sector, and is undertaking preliminary work on two further market-leading schemes. Richard Hopley acts for the reinsurers of T&N’s £500m asbestos liability policy. Clients include Minster, QBE and Munich Re.

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Within Product liability: defendant, tier 4

Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP has a strong US/UK cross-border practice, advising insurers and reinsurers such as XL, Munich Re and Swiss Re. The firm continues to advise the reinsurers of T&N’s £500m asbestos liability policy, led by Richard Hopley.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Within Brand management, Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP is a third tier firm,

Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP’s brand protection and enforcement team, which is led by the well-regarded John Olsen, provides ‘considered advice’ on trade mark matters and handles a high volume of portfolio management work. Its life sciences, entertainment and technology sector clients include Nikon, Warner Bros and ASLAN Pharmaceuticals.

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Within Intellectual property, Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP is a third tier firm,

Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP provides ‘commercial acumen combined with a strong legal perspective’. John Olsen is well regarded for his expertise in trade marks, and heads a team active in IP licensing and contentious trade mark matters. Clients include ASLAN Pharmaceuticals, MasterCard and Tumi.

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Within Media and entertainment, tier 5

Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP handles trade mark and competition work for global media clients including Warner Bros and Nikon as well as content-related work for On the Fly Media and Phoenix Music International. Becket McGrath’s clients include Amazon, and Akash Sachdeva handles media-related litigation.

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Within Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP is a third tier firm,

At Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, transactional partner Niall McAlister has ‘a practical approach and deep industry understanding’, and recently acted for Astellas Venture Management as shareholder on the sale of Cellzome to GlaxoSmithKline. David Kendall handles product liability matters. Ben Goodger advised ASLAN Pharmaceuticals on a global licensing deal with Almirall. Other clients include Takeda, Novartis Venture Fund and Microbial Solutions.

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London: Transport

Within Aviation, tier 4

Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP is a ‘significant player in the market’. The team is experienced in insurance and reinsurance matters as well as disputes, and benefits from the strength of the firm’s US presence. Key clients include Global Aerospace. Team head Mark Meyer is ‘highly regarded’.

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Legal Developments by:
Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

  • Playing fair with penalty clauses

    It is often difficult to predict what will be recoverable as damages for breach of contract. To provide some certainty, parties will often seek to agree the sum that will be payable in the event of specified breaches. 

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  • Home Office announces extension of support service for SMEs

    An online support service for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) which need to recruit skilled overseas workers has been extended until 28 February 2014. The pilot was launched by UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) in partnership with the Greater London Authority (GLA) and provides a step by step guide to sponsoring an overseas worker. This service is available via the GLA website.
  • Penningtons Manches' immigration team considers new changes to the Tier 4 Sponsor Guidance

    The Home Office has recently published new Tier 4 Sponsor Guidance, version 12/13. This guidance is to be used by all prospective and existing Tier 4 sponsors from 11 December 2013.
  • Finding the 
right words

    In the recent case of Newbury v Sun Microsystems [2013], the defendant argued that an offer to settle proceedings was ‘in principle' only and that a binding contract could not be formed until further terms had been agreed and a formal contract had been signed. It supported this argument by referring to a statement, in the offer letter, that the settlement was to be ‘recorded in a suitably worded agreement'. 

  • Behind the corporate veil: is that all there is?

    That companies have an existence entirely separate to that of their shareholders and directors is a foundational principle of English law and commerce.

  • Playing fair with penalty clauses

    It is often difficult to predict what will be recoverable as damages for breach of contract. To provide some certainty, parties will often seek to agree the sum that will be payable in the event of specified breaches. 

  • Restoring environmental damage: putting a price on ecosystem services

    On 7 August 2009 a 40-inch pipeline ruptured, spilling 5,400 cubic metres of crude oil into the soil and groundwater of La Crau nature reserve in southern France, a habitat protected under French and European law. The operator had to excavate and replace 60,000 tons of soil, install 70 wells to pump and treat groundwater and 25 pumps to skim oil from surface water, at a cost in the region of €50m. However, this was just the primary remediation (that is, restoring the site to the state it would have been if the damage had not occurred). The operator was also required to compensate for the damage to the habitats and the loss of the ecosystem services that would otherwise have been provided by La Crau nature reserve. Measures included purchasing land outside of the nature reserve and contributing to its management for a period of 30 years (over €1m), monitoring the water table for 20 years (over €500,000), monitoring fauna over three years (€150,000) and rehabilitation in accordance with best available ecological techniques (nearly €2m). Overall, the compensatory restoration (to compensate for the amount of time that the ecosystem was impacted) and complimentary restoration (to compensate for elements of the ecosystem that had been permanently lost) came to more than €6.5m. 

  • The role of arbitrators in EU antitrust law

    In May 2014, it will be ten years since Regulation No 1/2003 entered into force. When the legislator of the European Union adopted this Regulation on 16 December 2002, its main objective was to decentralise the enforcement of the two main provisions of EU antitrust law, Articles 81 and 82 of the Treaty establishing the European Community (now Articles 101 and 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU)). Where do the arbitrators fit in this picture?

  • New Immigration Bill, October 2013: cause for concern or appeasing public sentiment?

    The year 2013 has seen a string of reforms to the immigration system by the current coalition government. On 10 October, the government published a Bill aimed at continuing its drive to reduce net migration figures. 

  • New Schengen EU Regulations: impact on short-stay visa visitors

    The publication on 26 June 2013 of the European Union Regulation EU 610/2013 modified the incumbent Regulation EU 562/2006 in relation to third country nationals (ie non-EU citizens) and those travelling on a short-stay visitor visa, as well as those who do not require a visa to enter the Schengen area, Romania, Croatia and Bulgaria. Exceptions include EU and EEA nationals travelling to other EU/EEA states within the Schengen area together with foreign nationals holding either long-stay or residence permits for their destination Schengen countries.

  • New revised guidelines for administrators in pre-pack sales

    Pre-pack sales by administrators are now used frequently enough for most people in business to be aware of them and many have come across them in their business lives. A small amount of controversy still attaches to pre-packs, but it is probably right to say that they are now an accepted part of the UK business scene as a useful means of rescuing a business in difficulty and preserving some or all of the jobs connected with the business.
    - Druces