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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 4

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Equally strong acting for customers and suppliers, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP's team is 'very much focused on getting the job done' in complex, multijurisdictional BPO and IT outsourcing and procurement matters. Tim Wright leads the London-based team, for whom technology transactions are another cornerstone of the practice. A recent highlight involved counsel Caron Gosling acting for Royal Bank of Canada in the renegotiation of an existing multi-tower IT outsourcing agreement with IBM for services in Europe and the Middle East. Pierides is also leading the advice to Aerolíneas Argentinas in the procurement of its IT passenger systems through a competitive tender process. Other clients of the firm include Equiniti, Fujitsu, Capita Group, Deutsche Bank and GlaxoSmithKline. Senior associate Lee Rubin joined from Kemp Little LLP, while Mike Pierides and Simon Lightman moved to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP.

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London: Dispute resolution

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 7

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP recruited Deborah Ruff from Norton Rose Fulbright to lead the firm's global arbitration practice and spearhead the disputes practice in the EMEA region. The practice advises on claims in industries such as insurance, energy, infrastructure, chemicals and construction, along with the mining and commodities and telecoms sectors.

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London: Finance

Asset finance and leasing
Asset finance and leasing - ranked: tier 3

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

The 'hardworking and enthusiastic' two-partner team at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP has 'vast industry knowledge' in the aviation sector and provides a 'responsive service' to lessors and banks. In addition to being able to leverage a particularly strong Asian practice, the team is also able to tap into the expertise of US practitioners for financing transactions requiring New York-law governed high yield bonds. Debra Erni is 'vastly experienced in asset finance' and because of 'her exposure to a very extensive lessor client base, is also adept at commenting on emerging trends in documentation and coming up with innovative solutions'. Erni recently advised Vermillion Aviation Holdings on the purchase and leaseback to Wizz Air Hungary of twelve new Airbus A320 and 321 aircraft. Instructed by a varied array of lessors, banks and airlines, the 'excellent' Graham Tyler is also recommended; during 2017 he acted for Emirates Airline on 11 transactions for the leasing and financing of new A380 and B777 aircraft. Clients also appreciate the firm's 'adoption of the correct leveraging of senior and junior skill sets' and at an associate level, the 'diligent and patient' Rakhi Savjani and the 'responsive and diligent' Chris Knight are also recommended. Other clients include Air Lease Corporation, Deutsche Bank, Fortress Investment Group and Jackson Square Aviation.

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Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 4

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

The London office of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP is a key hub for emerging markets work, linking with offices in the Middle East, Asia and the US to advise lenders, sponsors and borrowers on debt and equity financing, M&A, outward and inward investment, non-performing loan transactions, and strategic investments. A key example of its recent work is its advice to nuclear energy company Rusatom on its activities in emerging markets, which include on-going investments in Turkey. That deal was led from the US, but London-based senior lawyer Vincent Zabielski played a key role. The firm recently added significant emerging markets expertise with the hire of partner Trevor Wood from Mayer Brown International LLP to lead the practice. He frequently acts for banks, funds and other financial institutions in secured and unsecured financings. Public policy partner Matthew Oresman is also recommended for his work for governments on matters including sanctions and international trade.

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Hedge funds
Hedge funds - ranked: tier 5

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

At Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, Samuel Pearse advises Swiss manager Teleios Capital Partners on a range of regulatory matters, including the Swiss manger's fundraising activity in the EEA. He also advises Coleman Street Management. Pearse and James Campbell separately act for CrossBorder Capital. Other clients include Asia Alternatives. Ashmi Bhagani , who joined from Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in 2017, was subsequently promoted to counsel.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 3

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP  is a well-respected practice known for its expertise in the advertising industry. Practice head, Rafi Azim-Khan  is a industry expert and advises Velvet  on several matters including on an ASA unfair competitor claim made by a rival manufacturer, marketing arrangements and consumer testing. Counsel Steven Farmer  works alongside Azim-Khan on a number of strategic brand management deals including advertising clearance and product launches, such as for Clorox Company on EU-wide product launches and marketing claims.  Associate Scott Morton is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Rafi Azim-Khan - Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Next generation lawyers

Steven Farmer - Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

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Fintech - ranked: tier 5

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Noted for its 'ability to move swiftly', the team at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP has 'excellent practical understanding of the industry'. James Campbell, who has 'a holistic understanding of the fintech environment' and 'can take the short view and the long view on any situation', co-heads the group with fellow corporate and securities expert Samuel Pearse. Campbell advised Oryx Prive Investment on its proposed ICO to finance investments in blockchain and IT solutions; Pearse assisted AugmentPartners, a fintech company whose products are based on cryptocurrency Ethereum, with an investment by Fenbushi Capital. Payments is another area of fintech activity for the firm. Vistaar and Blockchain Capital are additional clients.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

The information technology practice as Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP offers 'local, committed engagement with the support of a global practice that offers rich, original, creative intellectual capital'. The team, which is praised for its 'mature perspective, broad knowledge, and focused attentiveness', acted for the Royal Bank of Canada in relation to the renegotiation of its existing, multi-tower IT outsourcing agreement with IBM, for services across Europe and Asia. Practice head Tim Wright and Rafi Azim-Khan jointly head the global sourcing and technology transactions team. Senior associate Lee Rubin joined the team from Kemp Little LLP, while Mike Pierides and Simon Lightman moved to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP.

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