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Squire Patton Boggs

7 DEVONSHIRE SQUARE, LONDON, EC2M 4YH, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7655 1000
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136546 Bishopgate 2
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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 5

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs’s clients recommend the team for domestic commercial contracts work; recent highlights include Hannah Kendrick and Alastair Purssell’s advice to Clipper Logistics on its joint venture with John Lewis to expand ‘Click and Collect’ services online. International matters are another area of strength, where the firm is able to call upon the additional expertise of practitioners across the wider network. Carlton Daniel worked with US-based practitioners to assist Hobbs with negotiating franchising arrangements with Bloomingdales, and to advise the client on a complete overhaul of its supplier agreements. Andrew Wilkinson heads the practice, which is particularly highly regarded for advising governments and corporates on agreements concerning emerging markets, most notably in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Robert Wegenek is another key contact in the group.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 6

Squire Patton Boggs

Martin Rees and Diarmuid Ryan head the ‘responsive’ and ‘always accessible’ team at Squire Patton Boggs, which provides ‘pragmatic’ advice and ‘first-class service’ across a number of sectors including TMT and life sciences. Ryan (who is noted for his ‘outstanding knowledge’ and ‘great combination of skills, experience, and personality’) is advising a service provider to auction houses under investigation by the CMA in connection with suspected anti-competitive agreements and abuse of dominance. together with newly made-up partner Will Sparks in Brussels, Ryan advised Synthomer on its acquisition of Hexion’s performance adhesive and coatings business. Other recent work includes successfully advising a bathroom fittings manufacturer in relation to the CMA’s bathroom fittings probe, and advising Ashtead Group on the CMA’s review of its proposed acquisition of Lion Trackhire. Francesco Liberatore is also recommended.

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Flotations: small and mid-cap
Flotations: small and mid-cap - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs has a diverse offering, with its team (which is spread across its four UK offices) covering the gamut of public and private securities transactions for domestic and international clients. Edward Dawes acts for mid-cap publicly-listed companies and brokers located in the North of England, the Midlands and London. Massimo Galli specialises in advising Italian companies on accessing international capital markets. Adam Hastings combines sector expertise in mining, energy and natural resources, with experience of advising businesses in Australia and sub-Saharan Africa. Jane Haxby leads the team, whose clients include City of London Group, Rotala, N+1 Singer and Panmure Gordon. Giles Distin departed for Addleshaw Goddard and Steven Glover left to become assistant company secretary at Cranswick.

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M&A: mid-market, £50m-£250m
M&A: mid-market, £50m-£250m - ranked: tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs counts energy, chemicals and industrials, financial services, media and sport as areas of M&A expertise. The ‘holistic, proactive and multi-jurisdictional’ practice often acts for shareholders on private equity investments and strategic M&A: the ‘tireless, admirable’ Mark Yeo and the ‘wise, pragmatic and highly commercialNicholas Allen acted for the shareholders of Stem Marketing on the sale of their shares in the company to UDG Healthcare, and advised them on related tax structuring issues in the US and Germany. Allen, Timothy Stead and ‘exceptionally attentive, technically knowledgeable’ practice head James McKay advised Reiss Holdings’ shareholders on the £230m sale of their majority stake in the company to Warburg Pincus. In the sport sector, Yeo and the ‘vastly experiencedDavid Hull advised Bridgemere UK on its £43m sale of Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club to Fosun International, and Yeo and McKay advised Randy Lerner and Brooklyn NY Holdings on their sale of Aston Villa Football Club to Recon Group and Tony Xia. On the acquisitions side, McKay and Carolyn Buller assisted Synthomer with its $226m purchase of Hexion’s performance adhesives and coatings business. Additionally in the manufacturing and chemicals space, Robert Bray and Antonio Cañadas advised Coats Group on its acquisition of Gotex. Though Matthew Doughty left in June 2016 to join DWF, Kashif Siddiqui, who is an expert in outbound investment from the Middle East, arrived from Trowers & Hamlins LLP three months later.

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Private equity: transactions
Private equity: transactions – Mid-cap deal capability - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs’s clients ‘value the team’s advice highly’ on mid-market transactions; it is ‘experienced, commercial and responsive’. The firm attracts mandates from a broad base of clients, including management teams, private equity houses and parties selling to private equity houses. Tim Hewens, who leads the UK private equity group, is ‘an excellent source of advice in difficult deal scenarios’. James McKay and Manchester-based Giles Chesher are also recommended, as are Leeds-based practitioners Paul Mann and Jonathan Jones. In 2016, the group acted for Reiss’s management team on the £230m sale of the high street retailer to Warburg Pincus. It also advised Inflexion on the buyout of Lausanne Topco Limited and its subsidiaries from Vitruvian Partners. Mark Yeo and Alistair Francis recently made partner.

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Trade, WTO, anti-dumping, and customs
Trade, WTO, anti-dumping, and customs - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

Aline Doussin leads the practice at Squire Patton Boggs, which acts for clients in sectors including financial services, technology, media, and pharmaceuticals, on export controls, sanctions, trade-related litigation, compliance, and investigations; it also acts for a number of sovereign entities. In 2016 the team launched its trade compliance and trade flow optimization package, with the aim of providing compliance assessment and monitoring services, high-risk high-return trade assessment, and assistance on EU duty reduction and recovery. George Grammas splits his time between London and Washington DC and leads the international trade practice group. Robert MacLean is the firm’s Brussels-based trade partner.

Leading individuals

Aline Doussin - Squire Patton Boggs

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs continues to attract significant litigation and arbitration cases, primarily containing cross-border elements involving the US and the Middle East. Key areas of expertise include international fraud and asset tracing claims, asset-based lending matters and banking litigation, Close Invoice Finance and ABN AMRO Commercial Finance being notable clients. Laurence Winston heads the litigation team, and specialist fraud lawyer Robert Weekes is also recommended.

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Gaming and betting
Gaming and betting - ranked: tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs

Market leading firmSquire Patton Boggs provides ‘a service of the highest standard’, offering ‘swift advice with the right amount of depth to instil confidence in the client’s subsequent actions’. The team has notable expertise in betting-related matters across Asian markets, and regularly advises on lottery law and various lottery schemes. Highlights included advising STV Group on a new scheme to aid children in Scotland, successfully obtaining a licence from the regulatory panel, and assisting Gala Leisure with a major business process change and outsourcing to Playtech. The ‘eloquent and engagingCarl Rohsler leads the department, and has ‘an encyclopaedic knowledge of the Gambling Act’ and ‘a strong reputation within the industry’.

Leading individuals

Carl Rohsler - Squire Patton Boggs

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Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 4

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Squire Patton Boggs’ ‘responsive’ team ‘has an excellent knowledge of licensing and is always thorough in its advice’, advising a mix of clients in the transport, hospitality, sports and leisure and retail sectors. The firm currently manages all aspects of Select Service Partners’ licensed estate, which included several mainline station units, international airports and Center Parcs, and also acts for One Stop Stores in contested matters brought by local residents and police authorities. Practice head Stephanie Perraton has ‘a depth of knowledge and expertise in the licensing area which is second to none’ and is ‘very approachable, responding to all queries in a timely manner’.

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London: Dispute resolution

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

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs specialises in commercial and financial fraud investigations, including employee fraud, and the team has extensive experience in obtaining freezing injunctions, search and seizure orders, bankers’ trust orders, delivery-up orders, and tracing claims. UK head of litigation Laurence Winston heads the firm’s CIS fraud initiative, which predominantly involves acting for banks and other financial institutions on fraud and tracing issues arising from Russia, Ukraine and other CIS countries. Gareth Timms has extensive experience in obtaining injunctive and ancillary relief, and specialises in asset-tracing disputes and fraud-related work; Robert Weekes is London office managing partner; and Chris Webber is a banking and fraud litigation specialist.

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 5

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs’ ‘responsive, commercial practice has impressive strengths’; these include complex and high-value finance litigation work and regulatory investigations; commercial and contractual disputes; energy matters; shipping litigation; and construction disputes. It also has a highly regarded international sports practice. Laurence Winston is UK litigation head; Robert Weekes is a specialist fraud lawyer, acting primarily for banks, asset-based lenders and other financial institutions; Gareth Timms has specific expertise in asset-based lending and trade finance litigation; and Chris Webber is noted for structured finance disputes.

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Competition litigation
Competition litigation - ranked: tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs

The team at Squire Patton Boggs handles judicial review proceedings and regulatory investigations, and is instructed by claimants and defendants in private enforcement matters. In one of the group’s most prominent cases, department head Martin Rees has been involved in judicial review proceedings relating to the EC’s airfreight cartel decision and has also been involved in the well-known power cables cartel. In a highlight, he defended Tecumseh in damages claims arising out of the refrigeration compressors cartel. Diarmuid Ryan represented Poundworld in front of the CMA regarding the client’s proposed merger with Poundland/99p.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggsleaves clients feeling very satisfied with its service, and its lawyers always provide the best solutions’. The practice is recommended for energy arbitrations, particularly gas price review disputes; investor-state arbitrations; and commercial arbitration in the technology, telecoms, transportation, infrastructure, sports, insurance and reinsurance, and shipping sectors. Ben Holland, James Barratt and Alexis Martinez are recommended; global international dispute resolution head George von Mehren divides time between London and Cleveland and is ‘a first-class lawyer who is always reliable’; and Peter Crossley was made London international dispute resolution head following Carol Welu’s retirement.

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London: Finance

Asset-based lending
Asset-based lending - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

The ‘responsive and approachable’ team at Squire Patton Boggs has a ‘high level of ABL knowledge’ which it deploys to good effect on behalf of an impressive roster of both bank-owned asset based lenders (Bank of America, JPMorgan, ABN Amro Commercial Finance) and independent market participants (Shawbrook, FGI Finance). Team head Andrew Knight is noted for his ‘cross-border expertise’ which he often utilises to good effect on deals involving other offices from the firm’s global network in Europe and the US. In a deal which involved US, Australian and Irish-related jurisdictional issues, Knight recently advised PNC Bank, National Association on the English law aspects of the financing provided to Napsbury to facilitate the acquisition of the Bond International Software Group and the Tempbuddy Group, as well as to provide working capital facilities for the group on an ongoing basis. Knight has also handled numerous syndicated deals for lenders during 2016 including his recent work for PNC Business Credit, as agent and arranger, of £150m syndicated ABL financing facilities to British Steel to finance the acquisition of the former Scunthorpe plant and related businesses of Tata Steel. Co-head Paul Laird has ‘in-depth industry knowledge’ and among her vast array of work over the past twelve months has advised Gordon Brothers and Gordon Brothers Europe on a variety of asset backed deals both in the UK and Europe. Associate Lauren Priest-Stephens is also ‘a very experienced ABL lawyer who provides a high level of client service’. The team is rounded out by the expertise of Gareth Timms, on the litigation front and Cathryn Williams, for restructuring matters.

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Corporate restructuring and insolvency
Corporate restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 8

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs’s two-partner team handles restructuring and formal insolvencies for a mix of lenders, funds and IPs across a range of sectors including retail. Leveraging the firm’s strong asset based lending credentials for clients including Bank Leumi and ABN AMRO Commercial Finance, the team is also regularly involved in insolvency and restructuring work for such lenders if their deals end up in a distressed situation. Cathryn Williams and Paul Muscutt are recommended. Other clients include KPMG, PwC, Alix Partners and Hilco Capital.

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Securitisation
Securitisation - ranked: tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs acts for borrowers, issuers, note investors, funders, arrangers, trustees, paying agents and special servicers predominantly based in the UK and Europe. Among those clients are Shawbrook Bank Limited, M&G Investment Management Limited and SME Capital Finance Limited. Practice head Mark Thomas acted for OneSavings Bank in numerous financings for specialist non-financial institution lenders using highly innovative, quasi-securitisation, risk-weighted capital efficient structures. He also assisted M&G with private placement note issuance transactions, including a securitisation for Irish unsecured business lender Capital on Tap. Thomas and asset-based lending expert Paula Laird advised a leading European bank on the development of a pan-European securitisation structure for trade receivables. Jeremy Ladyman is recommended for derivatives, structured finance and securitisation transactions.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

The ‘excellent’ team at Squire Patton Boggs has a ‘strong and deep bench’ that provides ‘quality advice’ to domestic and international clients. Global practice co-head Caroline Noblet has been advising Low & Bonar on the union, TUPE and collective bargaining issues arising from the sale of its artificial grass yarns production business to Mattex. Janette Lucas and Natalie Bellwood acted for US-based manufacturing and chemicals distributor Ashlands on the employment aspects regarding the separation of the client’s Valvoline business stream from the company across 33 jurisdictions. Also recommended are Miriam Lampert, who has particular expertise assisting clients in the technology sector, litigation expert David Whincup, and consultant Fraser Younson. Other clients include Coats, Marriott Hotels and Tesco.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs’ environmental, safety and health group is experienced in handling a broad range of work, including regulatory, transactional support and compliance matters, as well as defending clients in criminal prosecutions. Group head Rob Elvin, who also leads the wider European practice, defended Ei Group in a case brought by the local authority regarding an employee who was injured at one of the client’s pubs. Elvin also acted for Saica in a HSE asbestos investigation following the client’s acquisition of a manufacturing plant. Other key names include David Gordon and Gary Lewis. Senior associate Robert Biddlecombe and associate Laura Clare are also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Laura Clare - Squire Patton Boggs

Robert Biddlecombe - Squire Patton Boggs

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Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs predominantly acts for leading global businesses on high-end, complex immigration law issues; its clients include major players across the sports, media, and food and beverage sectors. It advises on PBS applications, Sole Representative visas and a wide range of ancillary issues including illegal working and recruitment procedures, objections to and appeals against Home Office civil penalties, and immigration implications of TUPE. The team also has particular expertise in Tier 2 compliance matters. Department head Annabel Mace has significant experience in the transfer of staff to countries outside the UK and has experience in the PBS, particularly on Tier 2 sponsor licences and related compliance. Supinder Sian is regularly instructed by clients in the sports sector, including major football clubs, on applications for players and their family members.

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Pensions
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs’ ‘excellent’ department has particular expertise in matters concerning local authorities, including regulatory enforcement, tax-related issues and professional negligence claims. The ‘helpful, thorough and thoughtfulClifford Sims, who heads the national practice, advised the trustees of the KLM UK Pension Scheme on liability issues and other matters concerning the disposal of Cobalt Ground Solutions, a participating employer in the scheme, to Groupe Crit. London practice head Wendy Hunter and litigation head Victoria Leigh acted for the trustees of a company pension scheme regarding a tax penalty charge brought by the HMRC arising from an administrative error made by a third party pension scheme administrator. The team includes Judith Donnelly and Kirsty Bartlett.

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London: Insurance

Product liability: defendant
Product liability: defendant - ranked: tier 5

Squire Patton Boggs

Mamas & Papas was a recent addition to Squire Patton Boggs’ client roster and instructed Manchester-based managing partner Rob Elvin in product recall and regulatory matters in relation to a loose catch in a batch of its Armadillo Flip Pushchairs, which covered multiple jurisdictions, including Australia, Canada and the Middle East. Molson Coors, Acorn Mobility Services and Morgan Advanced Materials are additional clients. Work relating to compliance, investigations, product quality and brand protection are further strengths of the firm, which has dedicated practices for industrial products, brands and consumer products, and food and beverage litigation. Director Nicola Smith is ‘personable and great in a crisis’ and stands out in Birmingham with Simon Garbett, who also works out of the London office.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)
Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

Robin Baillie and Philippa Chadwick head Squire Patton Boggs’s UK infrastructure and project finance practices respectively. The infrastructure team was strengthened with the hire of rail sector specialist Andrew Herring from DWF and Neil Upton from King & Wood Mallesons. Recent highlights include Anna Le Jehan and Baillie acting, alongside a team of the firm’s US-based lawyers, for John Laing Infrastructure Fund on its acquisition of the PPP concession for 23 services plazas in the US and a related refinancing of the project debt facilities and advising a Middle-Eastern government entity on the development of a PPP model and legal framework. Recent client wins include Infrared, Macquarie and the West Midlands Combined Authority.

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Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) - ranked: tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs significantly strengthened its power offering through the addition of partners Neil Upton, Ian Wood and John Danahy from King & Wood Mallesons. The practice also added Magnox, the regulatory authority of Bermuda and Zambian ministry of energy and water to its client roster. Upton is advising the government of Fiji on the establishment of the regulatory and legislative framework required to incorporate the country’s electricity authority, the government’s partial divestment in this corporation and the ensuing creation of an independent regulator to encourage foreign investment in the energy sector. In the nuclear space, Rebecca Slater is working alongside Wood and Danahy to assist an international nuclear technology vendor with its proposed investment into UK-based nuclear power stations. Philippa Chadwick acted for Airvolution on the financing of an onshore wind farm in Scotland.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 4

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Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 3

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Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 3

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Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs’ team is ‘practical and pragmatic whilst ensuring its client’s legal needs are covered’. London real estate head Michael Shaw focuses on investment work for a variety of institutional investors, private real estate funds, and high-net-worth individuals; in one key transaction he advised Aviva Life & Pensions UK on the sale of its interest in the Intu Bromley shopping centre to the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation. In another example of investment work, Patrick Ryan represented the shareholders in Alanchoice on the £27m sale of the company and its industrial property portfolio. In the development sub-sector, the team often advises on the real estate aspects of power projects, and further capability was added in this area by the hire of John Danahy, who joined from King & Wood Mallesons. Other names to note include Rachel Orton, who assisted One Healthcare Partners with the development of a site in Goodman’s Hatfield Business Park; and the ‘professional and reliable’ Gary Paddison, who focuses on the funding of large investment portfolios and associated disposals and acquisitions. Hospitality-and-leisure clients include Quintain Estates.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs’s practice has a ‘high degree of technical ability’ and is ‘regularly instructed on high profile environmental matters’; Manchester-based Rob Elvin, who leads the team, defended Taylor Wimpey in a 24-party toxic tort group action brought by the residents of a former gasworks in Willenhall. In another highlight, Elvin successfully acted for Wasteology in an appeal against a notice served by the Environment Agency to revoke its operator’s environmental permit in respect of its waste management facility. The team also has a presence in Birmingham, where ‘excellent all-rounderDavid Gordon specialises in contaminated land, environmental permitting and REACH. Legal director Anita Lloyd (also in Birmingham) continued to advise American Greetings on a range of product regulations including Packaging Waste Regulations, WEEE and Toys Safety Regulations.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 5

Squire Patton Boggs

The ‘prompt and professional’ team at Squire Patton Boggs is ‘always on top of the issue, no matter the complexity’. The group recently gained the National Exhibition Centre and Leeds City Council as clients; ‘commercially minded’ practice head Alison Hardy advised the latter on a vacant possession strategy. Hardy also obtained vacant possession of a redevelopment site for Preston City Council and is acting for developer Quintain in several lease forfeitures, dilapidation claims and rights of way issues. The team is also prominent in the telecoms sector, acting for site providers and landowners. Andrew Walker joined Harrison Clark Rickerbys.

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London: Risk advisory

Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 5

Squire Patton Boggs

Laurence Winston leads the group at Squire Patton Boggs, which includes senior associate Tim Lowles. Lowles’ past work includes advising Max Mosley on pre-action issues and various take-down requests and applications to Google. The team handles libel, defamation and privacy issues at a national and international level for clients including the International Tennis Federation and Bank Leumi. The group also works closely with the firm’s media and advertising, IP and technology, and employment teams.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs covers the full spectrum of brand management matters and is widely recognised for its specialist advertising expertise; clients include major brands and ad agencies, which the firm advises on contract drafting, enforcement, and regulatory matters. Key strengths include clearing international advertising campaigns and prize promotions. Robert Wegenek advises on advertising clearance and production issues involving sponsorships and branded content, while technology lawyer Carlton Daniel handles contentious and non-contentious matters for clients in the advertising, marketing and media sectors. Recent highlights include advising 888.com on a range of commercial and advertising regulatory matters; acting for Hobbs on copyright, trade mark and design right infringement and franchising arrangements; assisting Chelsea FC with its sponsorship deal with Samsung; and advising agencies within the WPP group on high-profile global agency appointments and advertising campaigns. Florian Traub is recommended for pre-filing trade mark clearance and infringement matters, and recently acted for a leading healthcare and cosmetic retailer on all aspects of trade mark protection and enforcement including clearance and litigation.

Leading individuals

Robert Wegenek - Squire Patton Boggs

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Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 4

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Although its chief strengths are corporate and investment work for investors and business owners, Squire Patton Boggs’ department also husbands start-ups through their establishment, development, financing and regulatory compliance, and provides high-profile clients with technological regulatory advice. Corporate expert Robert Bray assisted Citibank with its investment in FX post-trade processing network Cobalt, which is heavily involved in blockchain technology. Corporate partner Paul Lewis advised Broadridge Financial Solutions on its purchase of 4sight Financial Software. Private equity specialist Tim Hewens acted for Jamie Waller, CEO of Hito, on the sale of his stake in the company to Outsourcing Inc. Bray advised Wonga Group on the €61m sale of its German business BillPay to Swedish payments company Klarna. The practice also acts for high-profile financial institutions on technological innovations: Bray and Leeds-based financial services regulatory expert Paul Anderson acted for a consortium of banks, including BBVA, Barclays, Santander and Société Générale, on its formation of Neptune Networks, a fixed income pre-trade data information network. This included drafting contracts with third-party IT providers and Neptune Networks’ terms of use for customers. Together with competition expert Francesco Liberatore, who joined from Jones Day in August 2016, Anderson advised data portability company TrueLayer, a player in the open banking space, on its establishment and its $1m seed financing, as well as on regulatory matters.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs’ practice has a particularly international focus, and acts for clients including Cable Bahamas and the Regulatory Authority of Bermuda. Ann LaFrance, heads the European and Middle East communications law practice, recently assisted a cable company headquartered in the UK with an indefeasible right of use agreement matter, and advised on an international regulatory analysis for a development consortium pertaining to the creation of a digital hub for data centres. Andrew Wilkinson heads the European commercial IP and IT group. Digital communications specialist Francesco Liberatore joined the firm from Jones Day in 2016; he recently advised a private equity company on the regulatory aspects pertaining to the possible acquisition of an African telecoms company, and assisted TrueLayer with the creation of an online banking aggregation platform.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs’s team stands out for its ‘business acumen’ and ‘very good advice’. The team is representing Process Components Limited in a dispute with a former licensee concerning infringement of copyright, industrial design and trade marks, and misuse of confidential information. Other work includes managing the trade mark and design rights portfolio for global footwear brand Clarks, homeware company Cath Kidston and music management and promotion company Live Nation. Carl Rohsler is best known for his litigation expertise but covers the full-spectrum of IP advice; he advised energy drinks company Carabao on its sponsorship deals with Reading FC and London Fashion Week. Practice head Andrew Wilkinson focuses on advising on the IP aspects of transactions; Robert Wegenek advises on commercial contracts, IP licensing, joint ventures and corporate governance, among others; and Florian Traub leads the firm’s European trade mark and designs practice, and is ‘highly responsive’ and ‘balances legal advice with the practicalities of businesses’.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs advises a large number of global leading pharmaceuticals and medical devices companies on the full range of regulatory issues, from early research and development to marketing and advertising. The team assisted a medical devices client with the cessation of manufacture of its product portfolio and advised a pharmaceutical company on issues relating to internal and external controls and policies relating to publication of clinical work and research developments. Commercial lawyer Andrew Wilkinson heads the team, which includes consultant Adrian Spooner, who is particularly skilled at ‘analysing complex areas of new and future regulation in a way that supports business planning and risk evaluations’. Director Paul Jinks is also recommended.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

Corporate, commercial and M&A work, especially involving football clubs and media rights, is what Squire Patton Boggs’s department is best known for; it also has strong regulatory capabilities, and notable experience in IP, employment, restructuring and dispute resolution. Contentious and regulatory expert Stephen Sampson and senior associate Tim Lowles – who is a commercial litigator noted for his experience in IP and reputation management – acted for the ITF on the disciplinary charges brought against ITF officials accused of corruption. Senior associate Alastair Purssell advised the same client on various international commercial matters, including its development centre funding agreements and its licence agreements for the Hopman Cup. Sampson also represented new client Saudi Arabian Football Federation in its appeal against a FIFA decision to alter the location of home and away matches against the Iraqi national team. On the corporate side, M&A expert David Hull acted for Steve Morgan and Bridgemere Investments on their £43m sale of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC to Fosun International. Governance is another area of strength: Stuart McInnes and senior associate Emma Mason, a governance expert, advised World Sailing on various matters connected to the election of presidents and vice-presidents. McInnes stands out for his experience as a CAS arbitrator in particular. Commercial specialist and senior associate Alastair Purssell is also recommended; his clients include Chelsea FC. La Fédération Internationale de Ski is a new client win.

Leading individuals

Stephen Sampson - Squire Patton Boggs

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London: Transport

Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 6

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs’ ‘outstanding’ team handles a range of mandates in the shipping sector including instructions relating to bills of lading, collisions, groundings, salvage and pollution, insurance and re-insurance, shipbuilding, piracy and sanctions, often utilising its international network of offices to advise on cross-border mandates. Essar Oilfield Services, Oriental Express Lines (Singapore) and Cedar Petrochemicals are clients. Graham arris is a ‘highly experienced and knowledgeable shipping lawyer’, who is ‘not afraid to think outside of the box’; and ‘formidable tacticianDharmendra Nair is ‘commercially astute’ and a ‘fantastic team player’, who ‘understands the client’s needs and concerns completely’.

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