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Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

110 FETTER LANE, LONDON, EC4A 1AY, ENGLAND
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London: Corporate and commercial

Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 4

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP 's City tax team  counts a strong private equity leaning  among its strengths as well as handling the  tax aspects of  corporate M&A,  private funds,  insolvencies  and  group restructurings. It  is able to draw on the firm's  office  network across  North America and Europe  to  handle cross-border tax matters. The  team also  advises on  the tax  aspects of  structured financings, leveraged financings and management incentivisation schemes. Oliver Walker leads the department and has significant experience in transactional tax matters and complex reorganisations.

Practice head(s):Oliver Walker

Other key lawyers:Aron Joy

Testimonials

'Oliver Walker is highly talented, reactive and pragmatic and his team is of the same vein'

'A one-stop shop solution when it comes to UK tax advice'

'Very commercial approach. Work well with their M&A colleagues'

Key Clients

VINCI Airports

Advent International Corporation

Lehman Brothers Holdings

Westinghouse Electric

The Public Sector Pension Investment Board

Bain Capital Private Equity

Work highlights

  • Advising VINCI Airports SAS (France) (an indirect subsidiary of VINCI SA) in its £2.9 billion ($3.7 billion) acquisition of a majority stake in Gatwick Airport
  • Advising Advent International on the tax aspects of various deals over the course of 2018
  • Advising LBHI on claims by it and subsidiaries for UK treaty relief and on potential scheme negotiations with Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (In Administration) (LBIE)

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M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+
M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+ - ranked: tier 4

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP acts for corporates and private equity firms on major cross-border transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and divestments. The firm has a high profile roster of private equity clients as well as also advising corporates such as GE, Sanofi and Westinghouse.  Heavyweight practice head Michael Francies is experienced in advising public companies and private investors, and recently acted for Sanofi in its  sale of Zentiva to Advent International. The team regularly collaborates with international colleagues, working closely with the Paris, New York and Frankfurt offices.  The team has been bolstered through the 2019 addition of  Mark Thompson from Sidley Austin LLP, who focuses on real estate M&A transactions. Former Herbert Smith Freehills partner James MacArthur  advises corporate and PE sponsors across infrastructure and real estate transactions.

Practice head(s):Michael Francies

Other key lawyers:Marco Compagnoni; James Harvey; Mark Thompson; James MacArthur

Testimonials

'Mike Francies holds a lot of clout with clients'

Key Clients

Laird

Sanofi

General Electric Company

VINCI SA

Westinghouse Electric Company

Concardis

Global Software

CATS Management Limited

Avolon Holdings

Work highlights

  • Advised VINCI Airports in its £2.9bn acquisition of a majority stake in Gatwick Airport Limited from Global Infrastructure Partners.
  • Acted for Laird in its sale of its Connected Vehicle Solutions Division to Molex Electronic Technologies.
  • Advised Avolon Holdings and its parent, Bohai Capital Holding in Bohai's £1.7bn sale of a 30% stake in Avolon to ORIX Aviation Systems Limited.
  • Represented Concardis in its merger with Nets A/H
  • Acted for Sanofi in its sale of Zentiva to Advent International, for  £1.8bn
Leading individuals

Michael Francies - Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

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Private equity: transactions ‚Äď high-value deals (¬£250m+)
Private equity: transactions ‚Äď high-value deals (¬£250m+) - ranked: tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP's PE department is reputed for its 'speed of service, high levels of partner accessibility and excellent quality of work'. The firm boasts a constantly growing client roster with new names such as AMP Capital and Bain Capital instructing the group for the first time. A particularly strong record of work in real estate and infrastructure related PE is notable, with James McArthur and others advising NIBC Infrastructure Partners on the multi-million dollar sale of its social infrastructure and renewable assets to Equitix. On the buy side, star performer Marco Compagnoni led in assisting long-standing client Providence Equity on a number of recent transactions, including the acquisition of online educational services provider TES Global Group. The aggregate value of the deals completed for this client exceeds $1.5bn. Jonathon Wood is noted for his expertise in PE transactions involving technology companies. Compagnoni and Michael Francies  are joint heads of team; Samantha McGonigle departed to co-found Fairview Equity Partners in February 2019.

Practice head(s):Marco Compagnoni; Michael Francies

Other key lawyers:Jonathon Wood; James McArthur; James Harvey; Simon Lyell

Testimonials

'The team applies a practical and highly commercial approach, demonstrating a strong understanding of the client's key objectives and desired outcomes, enabling us to execute our exit strategy and achieve an excellent result'.

'The uniqueness of this team lies in the fact that it combines top-class legal skills with amazing client focus. The team ethos is laser-focused on satisfying client needs, which places it head and shoulders above other firms'.

'An exceptional level of engagement is evident from all levels of the team'

'Marco Compagnoni remains a pre-eminent lawyer in his field: he has boundless energy, an irrepressible spirit, great technical skills, amazing client-handling abilities and always ensures that the best talent is deployed. He is able to make the impossible happen and is also a fun person to work with'.

'James Harvey is a wonderfully commercial lawyer whose antennae are entirely attuned to the business imperative. Simon Lyell is a charming and cerebral lawyer with an unmatched dedication to his clients'.

Key Clients

AMP Capital

Bain Capital

Generation Investment Management

Europa Capital Partners

Lee Equity Partners

NIBC Infrastructure Fund

Vinci

Advent International

Antin Infrastructure Partners

Ardian

Blackstone

CCMP

Centerbridge

CVC

Disruptive Capital

General Atlantic

J.C. Flowers

Limerston Capital

Magenta Partners

Montagu Private Equity

Oaktree Capital

OMERS Private Equity

OMERS Infrastructure

PAI Partners

Providence Equity Partners

Public Sector Pension Investment Board

Ontario Teachers' Pension

NoTechnology Crossover Ventures

Thomas H Lee

TowerBrook

Work highlights

  • Advised Bain Capital, as lead investor, in £1.2bn take-private offer for esure Group.
  • Advised Advent and the other selling shareholders in the DKK 8 billion sale of KMD.
  • Advising Antin Infrastructure Partners in its acquisition of Silver Holdings AS.
  • Advising Antin Infrastructure Partners in its acquisition of FirstLight Fiber.
  • Advised Al Gore’s Generation Investment Management and CDPQ on the acquisition of an approximately 66% stake in financial technology services provider FNZ.
Leading individuals

Jonathon Wood - Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Marco Compagnoni - Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Michael Francies - Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 6

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP 'has a fantastic London litigation practice' that regularly works with its colleagues in Europe, the US and Asia. Jamie Maples  has been developing the office's growing focus on significant tax litigation matters and Mark Lawford's principal areas of expertise include cross-border insolvencies and restructurings, debtor and creditor representations, and insolvency litigation. Christopher Marks is the associate to note.

Practice head(s):Jamie Maples

Other key lawyers:Mark Lawford; Christopher Marks

Testimonials

'Very thorough and lawyers are always available to bounce ideas off'.

'A small team of highly experienced lawyers, who are able to manage large cases through the effective use of counsel'.

'Jamie Maples is an excellent and incisive team leader, who brings a refreshing approach to litigation problems'.

'Christopher Marks is a go-to associate for anything contentious; he is very approachable, knowledgeable and thinks though every angle'.

Key Clients

Ad hoc committee of 2017 noteholders of Dana Gas

Stuart Sybersma and David Soden as joint provisional liquidators of Abraaj Investment Management

BlackRock

Altecnic

Lehman Brothers

KPMG (joint special administrators to MF Global UK)

Jinpeng Group

Work highlights

  • Represented the ad hoc committee of Dana Gas sukuk certificate holders in proceedings in England, UAE and BVI, which arose out of the alleged unlawfulness of a $700m Shari’a compliant bond.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 6

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP's team is 'clever, client focused and well organised'. The London office's specialist arbitration lawyers represent both private parties and sovereign clients around the world in high-level international arbitrations. Jamie Maples has a strong track record advising investment banks, corporations, governments and private equity houses, and Hayley Lund is an experienced associate.

Practice head(s):Jamie Maples

Other key lawyers:Hayley Lund

Testimonials

'The team is small but highly motivated, makes sure that it understands its clients' general and specific aims, and is focused on the right way to get the appropriate result'.

'Jamie Maples is hardworking, thoughtful and thinks through all the angles'.

'Hayley Lund is bright, hardworking and committed'.

Key Clients

Jinpeng Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for Jinpeng Group in multiple, cross-border disputes that relate to its investment in the Aman Resorts group of companies.

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Tax litigation and investigations
Tax litigation and investigations - ranked: tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP's tax disputes team is co-led by experienced litigator Jamie Maples and Oliver Walker, who is instructed on a number of cases before English and European courts. Recent cases include internal investigations into corporate governance failings, VAT disputes and a number of contentious tax insurance matters. Hannah Field-Lowes left the team for White & Case LLP in February 2018.

Practice head(s):Jamie Maples; Oliver Walker

Testimonials

'Oliver Walker is very thorough, responsive and detail-focused; he is a good communicator, very friendly to deal with and quick to respond'

'Oliver Walker is well known in the M&A insurance market and has worked on some of the largest and most complex tax insurance projects'

'Extremely competent and thorough, professional, responsive, accurate and approachable'

'This a high-class operation; the key people are knowledgeable and razor sharp and able to take on anything'

Key Clients

Littlewoods Group

Joint Special Administrators of MF Global UK

Work highlights

  • Administration of MF Global UK under the UK’s Special Administration Regime
  • Acting for a leading architecture firm for the purposes of an internal investigation following  allegations made by a whistle blower in respect of various complex corporate governance failings.
  • Represented two private equity houses in relation to a large and complex tax insurance policy.
Next Generation Partners

Oliver Walker - Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP has expertise across the capital structure and across financial products (including Term Loan B, New York-law governed high yield and unitranche) for an eclectic mix of banks, alternative capital providers and private equity sponsors. The team is at the vanguard of developments in financing terms and documentation, and is appreciated by its sponsor clients for its 'strength in pushing for new technology in the documentation'. Tom Richards is cultivating a strong reputation in the leveraged finance space for major sponsor clients, including Advent International, which he recently advised on the $1bn first and second lien facilities to finance its $1.65bn take-private acquisition of Laird Plc. Notably, this mandate was Advent's first take-private and the first ever all US-dollar denominated financing documented under English law and sold into the US. The 'first-rate' Chris McLaughlin handles a significant volume of work for private equity sponsors and direct lenders, and is a key member of the team that also includes bank-side lawyer Reena Gogna. Former team head Mark Donald departed at the end of 2018.

Practice head(s):Reena Gogna, Chris McLaughlin; Tom Richards

Other key lawyers:Paul Hibbert

Key Clients

Advent International

Bain Capital

Montagu Private Equity

Oaktree Capital Management

TowerBrook Capital Partners

J.P. Morgan

HSBC

Morgan Stanley

Credit Suisse

Ares Capital Europe

Nordic Capital

OMERS Private Equity

Goldman Sachs

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

PSP

Avista

Nomura

Permira

Novalpina

CVC

Pimco

KKR Credit

Hayfin

HPS

Work highlights

  • Advised Advent International in relation to the senior and second lien facilities incurred in connection with its acquisition of GE’s distributed power business (renamed Innio) for approximately $3.25bn.
  • Advised Advent International on its $1bn billion first and second lien facilities to finance its approximately $1.65bn take-private acquisition of Laird Plc.
  • Advised OMERS on the financing of its acquisition of Alexander Mann, the UK talent acquisition and management solutions provider.
  • Advising the mandated lead arrangers (Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, RBC and HSBC) in connection with the financing to support Bain’s buyout of DSM Sinochem Pharmaceuticals.
  • Advised the banks (in various capacities) in connection with the financing used to fund the acquisition of Accolade Wines, the number one wine company in Australia and the UK by volume, and the fifth largest wine company in the world.
Leading individuals

Chris McLaughlin - Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Next Generation Partners

Tom Richards - Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

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Corporate restructuring & insolvency
Corporate restructuring & insolvency - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Benefiting from 'excellent market knowledge',¬†Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP's five-partner team provides 'superb¬†technical knowledge and pragmatic realism' to a balanced mix of debtor and creditor-side clients. Able to harness the expertise of US-based practitioners should the need arise, the firm has the flexibility to execute matters using both UK and US insolvency procedures. This combined effort was recently realised by the team's work (alongside the New York group) as global restructuring counsel to Westinghouse Electric Company in its Chapter 11 and associated proceedings. The 'tactically astute'¬†Andrew Wilkinson¬†has an excellent reputation on both the creditor and debtor front, including in relation to distressed investing matters for funds clients. 'There is nothing he cannot handle on the restructuring front'¬†‚ÄstAdam Plainer¬†'s work includes contentious and non-contentious insolvency matters for creditors and debtors. 'Able to frame extremely complicated concepts and choices in a clear way',¬†Mark Lawford¬†handles high quality and complex work for a diverse mix of clients, including private equity and hedge funds, banks and insolvency practitioners. Counsel¬†Linton Bloomberg¬†is 'an emerging star who has worked on a string of excellent high-profile cases and will lead the way in years to come'.

Practice head(s):Adam Plainer; Andrew Wilkinson

Other key lawyers:Alexander Wood; Mark Lawford; Gemma Sage; Linton Bloomberg

Testimonials

'The restructuring team in UK is characterised by its extraordinary attention to detail and its extremely broad understanding of the relevant legal and factual questions underlying every dispute.'

'The team gets involved in the most arcane and complex matters, often with multiple adversaries, managing thoughtful and well-coordinated interactions with that multitude.'

'Adam Plainer has an instinctive knowledge of what the right answer is, considering which of the details are likely to matter and which are likely to be irrelevant.'

'Adam Plainer is extremely able, commercial and committed.'

'Andrew Wilkinson provides very commercial and practical advice.'

'Mark Lawford has a very lucid writing style, such that his emails and memos build arguments in an easily-understood way,  starting from simple first-premises and layering on the complex considerations.'

'Alexander Wood is very technical, but also sensible, creative and solutions-oriented.'

'Gemma Sage displays an excellent attention to detail and provides very practical advice.'

Key Clients

Westinghouse Electric UK Holdings

Paragon Offshore

MF Global

BlackRock

Goldman Sachs

Lehman Brothers Holding

Pillarstone

Claire’s Stores, Inc and affiliates

KKR

Waypoint Leasing

Work highlights

  • Acted as global restructuring counsel to Westinghouse Electric Company in its Chapter 11 and associated proceedings.
  • Acting for the joint provisional liquidators of Abraaj Investment Management, the investment manager of the emerging markets focused (and once the Middle East’s biggest) private equity group.
  • Advises KPMG as special administrators of the broker MF Global on various workstreams, most recently, on high-profile litigation in UK and Germany involving the German Tax Authority and Deutsche Bank.
  • Advised the ad hoc committee of Dana Gas sukuk certificate holders in relation to proceedings in England, UAE and BVI arising out of the alleged unlawfulness of a $700m Shari’a compliant bond.
  • Acted on the Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (“LBIE”) Scheme of Arrangement and associated litigation.
Leading individuals

Adam Plainer - Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Andrew Wilkinson - Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Next Generation Partners

Mark Lawford - Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Rising stars

Linton Bloomberg - Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

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Derivatives (including commodities)
Derivatives (including commodities) - ranked: tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP is particularly highly regarded for its dominant position in the CLO market and, in 2018, it was the leading firm in the European CLO market for the third year in a row, acting for asset collateral managers. In the derivatives market, the firm not only provides advice on the structuring of CLOs, but also assists clients with the use of derivatives in M&A transactions, and provides currency and interest rate hedging for structured finance vehicles, corporates and banks. It also handles repo funding structures and credit default swaps, and has a specialist team to service the derivatives needs of private equity and corporate clients. In the practice led by Jacky Kelly, newly promoted partner Alexander Martin handles dervatives in the context of CLOs and associate Andrew Lauder, who joined from Allen & Overy LLP, advises on a broad range of OTC derivatives and structured capital markets transactions.

Practice head(s):Jacky Kelly

Other key lawyers:Alexander Martin; Andrew Lauder

Key Clients

Barclays

Blackstone / GSO

Carlyle Group

Deutsche Bank

Hertz Europe

Apollo Management International / Redding Ridge

Guggenheim

BlackRock

Lloyds Banking Group

KKR

Investcorp

BlueBay

Deutsche Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Advising on derivatives aspects of VINCI Airports SAS (France) (an indirect subsidiary of VINCI SA) in its £2.9bn ($3.7bn) acquisition of a majority stake in Gatwick Airport Limited (VINCI’s high-profile investment into Gatwick airport).
  • Advising on swap transactions entered into by structured finance vehicles in relation to CLOs and securitisations.
  • Advice to numerous clients including Brookfield, Ellerman and Estee Lauder on bank resolution regulation and European Market Infrastructure Regulations (EMIR) aspects of swap documents.
  • Advising major international pension funds and investment funds with regards to hedging matters on significant acquisitions in 2018.
  • Advising major investment funds on the repo financing of the retention notes held in their respective CLO transactions.

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High yield
High yield - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP has a reputation for innovation, as well as a high profile in the European high yield market. It pioneered, and remains active in, the private high yield tap product, which increases speed to market for issuances of additional bonds under existing indentures. The firm acts for sponsors, issuers, underwriters and investors, and its practice works closely with the banking and US capital markets groups to ensure that it has expertise in both the bank and bond aspects of leveraged financings. It is also one of few firms to have a specialised European high yield restructuring practice. Leading light Patrick Bright helped the firm to build on its work for underwrites in 2018, with high-profile matters for clients such as Goldman Sachs. Up-and-coming partner Nitin Konchady is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Patrick Bright; Nitin Konchady

Key Clients

Advent International (sponsor)

Bain Capital (sponsor)

Ellerman Investments (sponsor)

Goldman Sachs (underwriter)

Groupe Paprec (issuer)

Infopro Digital (issuer)

Morgan Stanley (underwriter)

Novalpina Capital (sponsor)

Shop Direct (issuer)

TowerBrook Capital Partners (sponsor)

Work highlights

  • Represented Odyssey Europe, a portfolio company of Novalpina Capital LLP on the high yield bridge and bond financing for the take-private of Olympic Entertainment Group, an Estonian gaming company listed on the Nasdaq Tallinn Stock Exchange.
  • Represented Goldman Sachs International and the other initial purchasers on the issuance of €750m of senior secured notes, as well as its entry into a €90m super senior revolving credit facility and related intercreditor arrangements.
  • Advised the ad hoc committee of Dana Gas sukuk certificate holders in relation to a consensual restructuring of the company’s $700m shari’ah-compliant bond via an exchange offer.
  • Represented Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, BofA Merrill Lynch, Nomura and the other initial purchasers on Verisure’s issuance of €300m of senior secured notes and €100m of senior notes, as well as the company’s entry into an additional €712m tranche under its existing term loan agreement.
  • Represented Paprec Group on the issuance of €800m of senior secured notes, as well as its entry into a €200m super senior revolving credit facility and related intercreditor arrangements.
Leading individuals

Patrick Bright - Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Next Generation Partners

Nitin Konchady - Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

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Structured products and securitisation
Structured products and securitisation - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP has a long-standing reputation as the dominant manager counsel on European CLOs. The firm is sole counsel for leading global managers Blackstone/GSO and Carlyle Group, which are among the most active market participants. In total, the firm acts for seven of the leading managers in the CLO market, as well as arrangers such as Deutsche Bank. The practice's recent work also includes the development of new and innovative structures, including two bespoke securitisations to provide capital for development loan origination. In the loan portfolio space, it has also worked on credit and servicing platforms that can be used by multiple banks for their non-core assets and acting on asset sales and purchases. London practice head Jacky Kelly, who also co-leads the firm's global  structured finance and derivatives group, is a standout partner for advice to asset managers on CLOs. Brian Maher not only handles CLOs, but also consumer asset securitisations and other bespoke asset-backed financings. Up-and-coming CLO partner Alexander Martin is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Jacky Kelly

Other key lawyers:Brian Maher; Alexander Martin; Andrew Lauder

Testimonials

"I like working with Weil Gotshal because the quality of advice is exceptional, whether that be from partners or associates. I get very timely responses, tailored commercial advice and the partners always make themselves available. Their understanding of the structured finance and securitisation market is second to none and I feel as though I am getting strong, commercially-focused advice based on the latest regulations and market practice."

"Jacky Kelly is a very experienced operator in the market. She is very approachable and good to deal with."

"Alexander Martin is a new partner with a lot of experience in structured finance, who is very technical but understands the commercial issues that we face."

"The firm has an excellent understanding of the funds market, credit fund transactions and the impact of regulatory and capital markets requirements on structuring of complex cross-border transactions."

"Alexander Martin has an excellent understanding of the European and US regulatory frameworks impacting credit fund investors across a number of different strategies."

"The team is best in class when it comes to structured NPL financing transactions. They act as a one-stop shop for sponsors, even if they don't have a local practice. This is extremely helpful when working on a complex transaction."

"The firm provides timely, commercially-focused advice. They combine strong technical knowledge with an understanding of our business. Responsiveness is second to none, as is partner engagement."

"Jacky Kelly is an excellent client relationship partner who still finds time to work on my matters."

"Alexander Martin has great client skills, as well as excellent technical knowledge and understanding of the business."

Key Clients

Barclays

Blackstone / GSO

Carlyle Group

Deutsche Bank

Hertz Europe

Apollo Management International / Redding Ridge

Guggenheim

BlackRock

Lloyds Banking Group

KKR

Credit Suisse

Shop Direct

Investcorp

Blue Bay

Deutsche Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Advised General Atlantic in its $250m strategic minority investment in Greensill Capital Pty Limited (Australia).
  • Advised VINCI Airports SAS (France) (an indirect subsidiary of VINCI SA) in its £2.9 billion ($3.7 billion) acquisition of a majority stake in Gatwick Airport Limited, in which existing financing consists of an extremely large and complicated whole business securitisation.
  • Continued to act for Blackstone/GSO, one of the most frequent issuers in the European market, as sole counsel for CLOs; new CLOs in 2018-2019 included Milltown Park, Marlay Park, Sutton Park and Crosthwaite Park, as well as on the reset of Griffith Park.
  • Acted on a number of CLOs for Carlyle in 2018, including: CELF Euro CLO 201, CELF Euro CLO 2018-2 and CELF Euro CLO 2019-1.
  • Advising BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Limited on BlackRock European CLO V, VI, VII, VIII and IX as well as the CLO 1 Reset.
Leading individuals

Brian Maher - Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Jacky Kelly - Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Next Generation Partners

Alexander Martin - Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

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London: Insurance

Insurance: insolvency and restructuring
Insurance: insolvency and restructuring - ranked: tier 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP's insurance insolvency and restructuring team benefits from its position as part of the US firm's global insolvency and restructuring practice, and has been involved in a number of the most-profile insurance restructurings in recent years. The practice also works in tandem with the firm's private funds group, positioning it to win more work relating to the restructuring of insurance companies and assets. Practice head Alexander Wood works alongside Mark Lawford, restructuring heavyweight Andrew Wilkinson and recently promoted partner Gemma Sage.

Practice head(s):Alexander Wood; Andrew Wilkinson; Mark Lawford

Testimonials

'A really top-end restructuring team.'

'Alex Wood is an excellent lawyer and communicator with bundles of experience across a range of sectors.'

Key Clients

BAICO (Barbados)

The T&N Asbestos Trustee Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for KPMG as judicial managers to BAICO Barbados, part of the insolvent Eastern Caribbean BAICO insurance group.
  • Advising the directors of The T&N Asbestos Trustee Company, in its capacity as trustee of certain trusts, set up pursuant to the CVAs of T&N Limited and its affiliates to pay holders of asbestos-related personal injury claims against T&N.
Leading individuals

Alexander Wood - Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Private funds
Private funds - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Advising The Abraaj Group on its liquidation was a major highlight for Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP's well-regarded private funds department., which is led by Ed Gander . The advice given pertained to the disposal of management rights and of the Abraaj Global Healthcare Fund and certain Latin American funds, among other issues. The practice covers a broad range of work for leading buyout houses. In addition to a steady stream of fundraisings (primarily in the private equity and real asset sectors), the firm also handles a number of GP-led secondaries and restructuring processes. Funds regulatory and strategic advisory is another core service; James Bromley (who was made up to the partnership in January 2019) is a key contact on this front. In a recent success, James Sargent and others acted as lead fundraising counsel for Dalmore Capital on the £950m Dalmore Capital III fund, which is one of the largest UK-only infrastructure funds raised.

Practice head(s):Ed Gander

Other key lawyers:James Sargent; James Bromley

Key Clients

8 Miles

Actis

Aleph Capital Partners

AMP Capital

Apax Partners

aPriori Capital Partners

Argos Wityu

AS Equity Partners

Astarte Capital Partners

Benefit Street Partners

Brookfield

CapMan

Castleforge Partners

Covalis

Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Crow Holdings

Dalmore Capital

Disruptive Capital Finance

Farview Equity Partners

Forward Partners

Generation Investment Management

Graphite Capital Partners

GMT Communications Partners

ICG Enterprise Trust

IFM Investors

Incus Capital

InfraRed

Ingenious

KKR

Local Globe

Montagu Private Equity

NCB Capital

Octopus Investments

PAI Partners

Parker Infrastructure Partners

Prudential Portfolio Managers

Revetas Capital

UNION Group

Yoo Capital

Whitehelm Capital

Work highlights

  • Acting for the joint provisional liquidators of the manager entity within the Abraaj group, the largest ever collapse of a private equity fund manager.
  • Advised Actis in relation to the formation and fundraising of its $1.5 billion target Actis Long Life Infrastructure Fund.
  • Advised Astarte Capital Partners LLP in respect of the establishment of their flagship fund, Alternative Special Opportunities Platform, a $200 million specialist alternatives co-investment platform targeting investments in real assets.
  • Acted as lead fundraising counsel for Dalmore’s largest fund to date by a significant margin (raising £950 million, far exceed the initial hard cap)
  • Advised GMT Communications Partners LLP in 2018 on the establishment of Apse Capital, a new independent European private equity group that focuses on buyout and development capital opportunities in European tech-enabled information and services businesses..
Leading individuals

Ed Gander - Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Next Generation Partners

James Sargent - Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

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Real estate funds
Real estate funds - ranked: tier 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

At Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP, real estate funds matters sit within the firm's broader private funds practice group. Besides real estate fundraisings and fund closings, the group also often works on general partner-led restructurings and secondaries matters. The offering is marked by a strong record for infrastructure fund work, particularly in the greenfield space. In addition, the group boasts an integrated strategic advisory function to provide a commercial perspective alongside its core legal services. Head of team Ed Gander is a key client contact while James Sargent specialises in real asset funds. James Bromley was made partner in January 2019.

Practice head(s):Ed Gander

Other key lawyers:James Sargent; James Bromley

Key Clients

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Actis

Aleph Capital Partners

AMP Capital

Apax Partners

aPriori Capital Partners

Argos Wityu

AS Equity Partners

Astarte Capital Partners

Benefit Street Partners

Brookfield

CapMan

Castleforge Partners

Covalis

Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Crow Holdings

Dalmore Capital

Disruptive Capital Finance

Farview Equity Partners

Forward Partners

Generation Investment Management

Graphite Capital Partners

GMT Communications Partners

ICG Enterprise Trust

IFM Investors

Incus Capital

InfraRed

Ingenious

KKR

Local Globe

Montagu Private Equity

NCB Capital

Octopus Investments

PAI Partners

Parker Infrastructure Partners

Prudential Portfolio Managers

Revetas Capital

UNION Group

Yoo Capital

Whitehelm Capita

Work highlights

  • Advised Actis in relation to the formation and fundraising of its $1.5 billion target Actis Long Life Infrastructure Fund.
  • Advised Astarte Capital Partners LLP on the establishment of their flagship fund, Alternative Special Opportunities Platform, a $200 million specialist alternatives co-investment platform targeting investments in real assets.
  • Acted as lead fundraising counsel for Dalmore’s largest fund to date by a significant margin (raising£950 million, far exceed the initial hard cap).
  • Advised InfraRed Capital Partners in relation to the formation and promotion of its $1.2 billion global greenfield infrastructure fund
Next Generation Partners

James Sargent - Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

The team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP impresses with a broad practice, which handles transactional and finance work in the infrastructure space. Core areas of focus are transport, energy, TMT and social builds. The team - which works with a client roster including private equity sponsors, pension funds and multi-asset managers - is led by corporate partner James MacArthur and finance specialist Paul Hibbert. In early 2019, the practice was strengthened by the arrival of Sidley Austin LLP partner Mark Thompson, who is well versed in private equity and M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):James MacArthur; Paul Hibbert

Other key lawyers:Mark Thompson

Key Clients

Antin InfrastructurePartners

AMP Capital

Macquarie

OMERS Infrastructure

First State Investments

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

NIBC Infrastructure Fund

iCON Infrastructure

Brookfield Asset Management

Europa Capital Partners

Vinci

Work highlights

  • Advised Antin Infrastructure Partners in its separate acquisitions of Silver Holdings and  FirstLight Fiber.
  • Assisted Antin Infrastructure Partners with the refinancing of the Hesley Group.
  • Advised First State Investments on its financing of the acquisition of a majority stake in Scandlines from 3i Group.
  • Advised NIBC Infrastructure Partners on its €362m sale of a majority stake in the Welcome Break Group Limited.
  • Advised VINCI Airports on its £2.9bn acquisition of a majority stake in Gatwick Airport Limited.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP's cross-disciplinary offering handles a range of corporate, finance, litigation and restructuring work, and is also active across employment, pensions, real estate, competition, antitrust, IP, technology and tax mandates. Clients also benefit from its private equity and capital markets experience. The firm is instructed by international media and entertainment companies.

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