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Squire Patton Boggs

NO 1 SPINNINGFIELDS, 1 HARDMAN SQUARE, MANCHESTER, M3 3EB, ENGLAND
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Work 0161 830 5000
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Fax 0161 830 5001
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14347 MANCHESTER-1
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www.squirepattonboggs.com

North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Manchester
Corporate and commercial: Manchester - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

The ‘efficient’ team at Squire Patton Boggs is active across M&A, private equity and capital markets mandates, often advising on  cross-border transactions. The team is recognised for its expertise in the technology, manufacturing and chemicals sectors. Manchester corporate head Giles Chesher  advised GB Group plc on its acquisition of Postcode Anywhere (Holdings) and its placing of 17m new ordinary shares on AIM and advised Warrington Borough Council on its £210m acquisition of Aviemore Birchwood Park Unit Trust. Andrea Cropley, who recently joined from Irwin Mitchell, advised the shareholders of Rocksure Systems on its sale to the Send for Help Group; and James Fitzgibbon, who recently joined the team from PwC Legal LLP , advised BGF on its investment in European Braking Systems. Darren Warburton, who is noted for his chemicals sector expertise and European managing partner Jane Haxby are also key members of the team. Braemar Group, Midwest Prototyping, University Games Corporation and On The Beach are also clients.

Leading individuals

Darren Warburton - Squire Patton Boggs

Giles Chesher - Squire Patton Boggs

Jane Haxby - Squire Patton Boggs

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs handles a range of transactional mandates (often with a cross-border element) encompassing corporate finance, private equity and property transactions. The team also handles employment tax matters, and pensions-related tax work, and has expertise across the renewable energy, recruitment, technology, chemicals, real estate, sports and leisure sectors. Highlights for the team included advising Hometrack and its shareholders on the £120m sale of the property data company to Zoopla and advising LMAX and its majority shareholder on the demerger of one of LMAX’s businesses into a separate company, which involved the reorganisation of the group and the purchase of shares from a listed minority investor. It also advised 118 Group and its owners and management on the £72m sale of the data services company to a buyer funded by Pricoa Capital. ‘Exceptional’ team head Patrick Ford is recommended alongside associate and chartered tax adviser Victoria Carpenter.

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Patrick Ford - Squire Patton Boggs

Next generation lawyers

Victoria Carpenter - Squire Patton Boggs

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EU competition
EU competition - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs works closely with its national and international network of offices, particularly benefiting from strong links with its Brussels office. It regularly advises on antitrust enforcement investigations by the UK competition authorities and the European Commission, handles private enforcement and judicial review proceedings, and advises on merger control issues. The team successfully defended ATG Media against a CMA Article 101/102 probe in the auction house service sector and advised Cott Corporation on the CMA’s merger control review of the proposed US$1.25bn sale of its non-alcoholic beverages manufacturing business to Refresco Group. Diarmuid Ryan, who operates across the firm’s London and Manchester offices, specialises in all aspects of EU and UK competition and state aid law; advising on competition authority investigations, merger control, the competition aspects of various types of commercial agreements and competition-based disputes, as well as dawn raids and compliance. Recently promoted director Nicola Elam is noted for antitrust matters.

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Diarmuid Ryan - Squire Patton Boggs

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Nicola Elam - Squire Patton Boggs

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North West: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation
Banking litigation - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

The ‘brilliant’ team at Squire Patton Boggs regularly acts for financial sector clients in complex, high-value, high-profile litigation and international arbitration. Mass litigation and large-scale investigations, including in relation to sanctions, professional negligence, payment protection insurance and product mis-selling, are key areas of focus, as is asset-based lending and fraud. Headline matters include conducting investigations for six non-US banks into compliance with US sanctions regulations; representing a global investment bank in a dispute with a Middle Eastern bank; and defending a bank in £200m of claims concerning allegations of mis-selling of high-value investment products. Team head Anthony Taylor has ‘a really strong grasp of the commercial aspects of any particular case’ and is an ‘astute negotiator’. Senior associates Mike Caird and Peter Lees are also key members of the team.

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Mike Caird - Squire Patton Boggs

Peter Lees - Squire Patton Boggs

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Commercial litigation: Manchester
Commercial litigation: Manchester - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

The ‘hardworking, well-informed and effective’ department at Squire Patton Boggs is active in disputes across the chemical, manufacturing, IT and financial services sectors, with a particular strength in fraud, product liability, professional negligence, data breach and cybersecurity issues. The team is acting for Manchester Building Society in a £55m professional negligence claim against Grant Thornton. SSP, GB Group, INEOS Group, Yorkshire Building Society and Assetz SME Capital are also clients. Department head Victoria Leigh has ‘excellent technical knowledge’ and is experienced in pensions and financial services disputes. Anthony Taylor heads the financial services litigation team and Lucci Dammone has ‘vast experience and a calm presence’. Senior associates Mike Caird and Peter Lees are also recommended.

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Victoria Leigh - Squire Patton Boggs

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North West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs is praised for its ‘outstanding industry knowledge’. The team handles a range of financing transactions, with expertise spanning asset-based lending, real estate finance and acquisition finance, and the team often advises on cross-border mandates. It advised NFFC Group Holdings and Fawaz Al-Hasawi on the sale of Nottingham Forest Football Club to NF Football Investments and advised RBS on the funding and intercreditor arrangements for the development of a residential tower block with commercial units in Salford, Greater Manchester. The team also advised new client Allied Irish Banks which, along with H2 Private Equity, funded the acquisition of Northern Ireland-based company, BA Kitchen Components.  Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Deutsche Pfandbriefbank and Clydesdale Bank are also clients. The ‘very personableClaire Shepherd is active across property finance, asset-based lending, acquisition finance, project finance, restructuring and general corporate lending work, while real estate finance expert Debra Cooper is ‘always responsive’ and ‘works phenomenally hard’ for the client, and Matthew Ingram is active across acquisition and leveraged finance, real estate finance, asset-based lending, restructuring and refinancing transactions, and often handles cross-border work. Director Graham Ball is also noted.

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Claire Shepherd - Squire Patton Boggs

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs regularly acts for accountants, clearing banks, international companies and asset-based lenders on complex cross-border restructuring matters. The retail, oil and gas, real estate, chemicals, manufacturing, construction and technology sectors are key areas of focus for the practice, which also has a strong track record in pensions-related insolvency work is a mainstay of the practice. The team acted for FRP Advisory as the administrators of Must Have Ltd, which entered administration with more than $100m in secured debt due to financiers across the UK and USA, and acted for FRP Advisory as administrators of Stevens Group Ltd and Dataprocess Stevens Ltd, which involved assisting with its appointment and on the sale of the business following the collapse of its Italian parent company. Additional highlights included advising CNG on its global restructuring which included in the sale of its UK subsidiaries. Key figures include Susan Kelly, who heads the restructuring practice for UK and Europe, and director Mark Prior, who is experienced in real estate related restructuring mandates.

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Susan Kelly - Squire Patton Boggs

Next generation lawyers

Mark Prior - Squire Patton Boggs

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North West: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs  is praised for its ‘five-star service’. ‘I feel totally comfortable asking the team any questions. The team provides consistently excellent advice –I cannot rate the team highly enough for its friendly and professional approach’. Head of team Alison Treliving  is ‘passionate about what she does, she listens and then provides timely , clear and unambigious advice in a cost-effective way on a broad range of employment matters’. Senior associate James Pike  is ‘friendly, polite, pragmatic and business focused’. Bryn Doyle  is also recommended for his work on a broad range of issues such as discrimination, unfair and wrongful dismissal as well as TUPE and redundancy advice. The team has a particular focus on high-end strategic change projects and Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employees) work. It combines strength on the contentious and non-contentious side and frequently acts for global and regional corporates such as Mamas and Papas, Tesco, Pets at Home and Veolia. The group has a host of sector specialisms with a core strength in retail as well as considerable expertise in recruitment, manufacturing, engineering and higher education. The ‘helpful and polite team provides pragmatic and business-focused solutions'. Paula Cole is now at TLT  .

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Alison Treliving - Squire Patton Boggs

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs's ‘excellent’ practice is led by the ‘highly effectiveRob Elvin, who has ‘a great deal of experience in relation to the many different scenarios experienced by clients’. The broad practice has been increasingly advising on product safety work, suicide in the workplace as well as security and terrorism related risks and duties under health & safety legislation. The team has also been active on the non-contentious side advising on accident investigation protocols, modern slavery and child safety in relation to Ofsted guidance. Highlights included advising a client after an employee sustained serious burns to his back whilst carrying out rodding of a blockage at the plant.  Clients include Clinton Cards, Cancer Research UK, the NEC Group and Homebase.

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Rob Elvin - Squire Patton Boggs

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 1

Squire Patton Boggs

At Squire Patton Boggs David Griffiths is ‘able to translate complex technical issues into sensible advice’ and advises employers and trustees on a myriad of complicated pension issues. Victoria Leigh  is also recommended for her work on the contentious side. The broad practice regularly advises on issues such as corporate rescues, scheme closures and overseas pension schemes. It has a strong market presence in public sector pensions particularly in local government pension scheme issues. During the past year the team has worked as trustee on a major scheme with cross-border implications and has been dealing with a full range of pension scheme trustee business including assisting with two scheme actuarial valuations. Other active clients include Denholm Pension Scheme, Fenwick Limited Superannuation Fund and Holland & Sherry Pension & Life Assurance Scheme.

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North West: Projects, energy and natural resources

Project finance and PFI
Project finance and PFI - ranked: tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs acts for sponsors, bidding consortia, contractors, funders and the public sector on project finance and PPP schemes across the education, energy, defence, healthcare, social housing and emergency services sectors. The team is advising the three project companies and investor group, which includes Equitix, on its batched Healthcare PFI scheme, in relation to the Carillion liquidation. Team head Nick Helm is ‘knowledgeable, keen, responsive, helpful, courteous and is always interactive with clients’ and joined in 2017 from DLA Piper UK LLP. Julian Scott is active on battery storage and gas peaking projects.

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North West: Public sector

Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

Key contacts at Squire Patton Boggs are Mark Barker  who along with Giles Chesher are ‘exceptionally knowledgeable. Both appear able to give clear and concise advise 100% of the time. Definite strengths include their industry knowledge which was invaluable for the Council’. The team was pleased to addNick Helm  to its ranks from DLA Piper UK LLP . Highlights included advising Preston City Council on the redevelopment of the City’s indoor market for a leisure led scheme comprising a multi-screen cinema, high quality restaurant units and a multi-storey car park. In other matters the team was appointed by the Local Government Association to advise on the local government pension scheme. The team provides an ‘excellent level of service and has very good knowledge. Its response time are always very quick’.

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North West: Real estate

Commercial property: Manchester
Commercial property: Manchester - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs is regularly instructed on development and regeneration mandates across the chemicals, sport, transport, infrastructure and leisure sectors, and also handles real estate finance matters. The team advised Warrington Borough Council on its £211m acquisition of a business park and advised Watkin Jones on the forward funding sale of a portfolio of six student development schemes to a new Luxembourg-based investment fund, set up by Generation Estates and Europa Capital. The team also acted for Watkin Jones on the development of a mixed-use scheme in Bournemouth. HB Villages, Create Developments, Bell Developments and Unique Boutique Hotels are also clients of the team, which is headed by Mark Gaffney, who handles a range of property development and regeneration matters, and advises on property joint ventures, public sector funding, leasing, management and portfolio transactions. Jonathan Brooke regularly advises developer clients on strategic land acquisitions and assembly matters and Mark Barker specialises in development work, and has a particular emphasis on complex and strategic regeneration projects. Nick Helm, who joined in 2017 from DLA Piper UK LLP is a member of the firm's infrastructure team and regularly advises on project finance and PPP mandates.

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Mark Gaffney - Squire Patton Boggs

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs is praised for its ‘excellent industry knowledge and legal expertise’ and handles contentious and non-contentious construction and engineering matters. The team advises on large infrastructure projects, regeneration schemes and is noted for its energy and hospitality and leisure sector expertise. Contentious construction and engineering specialist Sean McCay is ‘very articulate, with an ability to explain very complicated legal matters in a way that is easy to understand’ and is ‘an excellent tactician with a calm, reassuring and authoritative manner that secures results’. Julian Scott is active on projects and non-contentious construction matters and is experienced in projects across the energy, leisure, hospitality and retail sectors. Nick Helm, who recently joined from DLA Piper UK LLP, is active across infrastructure project finance and PFI and PPP schemes.

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Sean McCay - Squire Patton Boggs

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs works closely with its national and international network of offices to advise on planning and environment matters. The environment team is regularly instructed on non-contentious advisory work and regulatory defence work and is noted for its experience across environmental permitting, fracking and contaminated land. Manchester managing partner Rob Elvin  leads the contentious environment team, which includes director Gary Lewis, who handles environmental and health and safety litigation, and associate Laura Clare.  The national planning team is led by Leeds-based Richard Glover.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs is experienced across complex title issues, adverse possession claims, easement disputes, break clauses and vacant possession mandates and it advised Preston City Council on vacant possession relating to the redevelopment of an indoor market and advised Quintain (Wembley Retail Park) on a complex forfeiture case. The team also continued to represent Luxfer Group on a long-running lease renewal matter. Director Helen Hoath provides advice ‘in a timely and well-structured manner’.

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