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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 4

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s international reach makes it a natural choice for clients such as FTSE100 and Fortune 500 companies, government entities, suppliers and social media platforms. Its team manages a wide-ranging workload, including IT/technology-related outsourcings and procurements, BPOs of various stripes, joint ventures, and renegotiating commercial agreements. Tim Wright handles IT projects and outsourcings for international clients from a wide range of sectors, such as pensions, telecommunications and pharmaceuticals. Mike Pierides is leading the advice to Fujitsu on the implementation of the Columbus agreement, as part of the renegotiation of Aspire IT services’ ‘mega-deal’ with. Pierides is also advising Deutsche Bank on its proposed £300m global IT reseller agreement with Computacenter. Counsel Simon Lightman rejoined the firm from an in-house position at Capita.

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London: Dispute resolution

International arbitration
Leading individuals

Deborah Ruff - Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

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London: Finance

Asset finance and leasing
Asset finance and leasing - ranked: tier 4

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

The ‘responsive’ aviation finance team at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP benefits from ‘excellent industry knowledge’ and provides a ‘thorough service’ to clients across a range of financings including export credit agency-supported transactions and other structured financings. Although it has successfully cultivated its own client base since the establishment of its London office in May 2014, it also benefits from the strong brand name the firm has for aviation finance in the US. ‘Knowledgeable, attentive and commercial’ co-head Debra Erni acts for several lessor clients including Macquarie AirFinance, which she has advised on numerous operating and finance leases to several airlines during 2016 including TUI, Swiss Air and Blue Air. Erni also has strong ties with a number of Japanese clients including Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance Company which she advised on the sale of a portfolio of used Boeing and Airbus narrow-body aircraft to Aircastle and related lease novations with four separate airlines. Co-head Graham Tyler is also well regarded and handles an increasing volume of work for Emirates, including advising it in relation to a raft of sale and leaseback transactions. ‘Responsive and attentive’ senior associate Rakhi Savjani is also recommended. Other clients include Aircastle, DVB Bank and AWAS.

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Hedge funds
Hedge funds - ranked: tier 5

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s investment fund team, led by James Campbell, handles hedge fund work for British and American managers, often related to AIMFD regulation for both start-up and existing managers. Samuel Pearse is also a key contact – he handles a range of regulatory work, often relating to Brexit; senior associate Ashmi Bhagani is a new hire from Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. The team acts for clients such as CrossBorder Capital, Coleman Street Management and CalPERS.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 3

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

At Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, practice head Rafi Azim-Khan represented Velvet in disputes with Kimberly Clark via the ASA regarding unfair competitor claims, and acted for the same client on product descriptions, consumer test programmes and product claims, as well as handling social media, website marketing and e-commerce issues. Azim-Khan’s other highlights included assisting Sysorex with next generation consumer tracking, profiling and targeted advertising in the UK and issues arising from the commercialisation of big data; and advising a US technology company on comparative advertising issues. Counsel Steven Farmer is particularly experienced at advising on ASA complaints and investigations, comparative advertising issues and other IP disputes in an advertising context. The Clorox Company, Burt’s Bees, Slimfast and Norwegian Airlines also feature on its client roster.

Leading individuals

Rafi Azim-Khan - Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s practice head Tim Wright has particular expertise in IT procurement and outsourcing, cloud computing, system implementations and software licensing. Mike Pierides, is highly regarded for his IT and business process outsourcing experience, recently advised Fujitsu on the HMRC / Aspire (now Columbus) IT services contract. Pierides also assisted Equiniti with a multi-tower IT and business process outsourcing agreement with Retirement Advantage. Samuel Pearse is an expert in complex corporate and securities transactions in the technology sector. Of counsel Steven Farmer focuses on companies wishing to expand in Europe, and of counsel Simon Lightman specialises in outsourcings and procurements.

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