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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 4

White & Case LLP

The tech and corporate-focused White & Case LLP specialises in transactional commercial and IP matters. The firm is also experienced in complex cross-border collaborations, particularly joint ventures and strategic alliances in the tech sector. Lindsey Canning has expertise in advising on complex commercial agreements. She leads the practice with Philip Trillmich, who is known for handling multi-jurisdictional transactional IP and technology matters. Their team was strengthened by the 2018 arrival of counsel Deborah Lincoln from Linklaters LLP, who has notable experience advising on IP/IT and data privacy matters, primarily related to corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):Lindsey Canning; Philip Trillmich

Other key lawyers:Deborah Lincoln

Testimonials

'White & Case is highly competent, technically excellent, honest, thorough and always approachable'

'From an engagement perspective, the team are reasonable and consistent in their approach'

'There are seldom any surprises and they always go the extra mile'

'The whole team has depth of experience'

'They show excellent commitment to the client'

Key Clients

Lightsource Renewable Energy Investments Limited

Interactive Advertising Bureau Europe

One-Pro Cycling Limited

PPF

State Street Bank and Trust Company

Work highlights

  • Represented Lightsource and its founders in connection with the formation of its "Lightsource BP" strategic solar power partnership with BP.
  • Assisting IAB with the terms and conditions applicable to IAB Europe’s Transparency and Consent Framework.
  • Advised global private equity investor PPF Group on its €2.8bn acquisition of Telenor's telecoms assets in Central and Eastern Europe.
  • Advising British UCI Continental cycling team One-Pro Cycling on a number of commercial contract negotiations, including amendments to its announced partnership with Aston Martin.
  • Advising a fintech investment firm in relation to a multi-party, collaborative project involving complex IP licensing provisions.

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 3

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP's team offers transactional, advisory and structuring advice to clients including governments, sovereign wealth funds, multinationals and family-backed businesses. Peita Menon leads the London tax team and is experienced in corporate M&A and reorganisations. Michael Wistow is noted for his expertise in real estate-related tax. Laura Hoyland was promoted to partner in January 2019 and advises a variety of funds and private equity houses.

Practice head(s):Peita Menon

Other key lawyers:Michael Wistow; Prabhu Narasimhan; Laura Hoyland

Testimonials

'Great international reach and perspective and commercial judgement'

'The team has a combination of wisdom in Peita Menon and a willingness to be unorthodox where appropriate in Prabhu Narasimhan that  is hard to beat'

'Peita Menon is always at the forefront of legal thinking'

Key Clients

Energean Oil & Gas

Anchorage Capital Group LLC

Zynga

Novator Partners

Grupo Bimbo

Klarna Bank AB

PPF Group

Goldman Sachs

Leading individuals

Michael Wistow - White & Case LLP

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 5

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP has a strong offering in merger control matters, as well as in investigations carried out by the regulatory authorities. The group’s global presence is well established not only in large competition-law hubs in the US and across Europe, but also in jurisdictions such as Russia, Japan and China. As a result, the team stands out for its cross-border work, particularly in the pharmaceutical and the financial services space. Marc Israel is recommended and jointly heads the practice with Mark Powell, who splits his time between the firm’s London and Brussels offices.

Practice head(s):Marc Israel; Mark Powell

Testimonials

'White & Case’s competition law team provides pragmatic guidance and comprehensive advice, particularly during the CMA’s enquiry process'

'Apart from providing highly professional legal services, the team is also able to place issues into a certain context and explain them to the client'

'Marc Israel and his team have the ability to assimilate the specifics of a client’s business in such a way that they can then provide practical and insightful advice quickly'

Key Clients

Pfizer

Nexans

NTN

JLA

Loxam

Servier

Toshiba Corporation

Ioan Micula

Vision Capital

Meadow Foods

Genting

Virgin Active

Work highlights

  • Handled merger control aspects of JLA's acquisition of Washstation, which included advice during the CMA's investigation.
  • Handled merger control aspects of two significant UK suppliers of powered-access equipment: Nationwide Platforms (owned by Loxam) and UK Platforms.
  • Acted for Arjun Infrastructure Partners on its acquisition of a 75% interest in South Staffordshire Water. Work included securing a clearance from the European Commission.
  • Advised Vision Capital in connection with a cartel investigation concerning one of its portfolio companies, CPL.
  • Advised Exponent Private Equity on the antitrust aspects of its acquisition of Meadow Foods, a leading B2B supplier of dairy products.

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Equity capital markets ‚Äď mid-large cap
Equity capital markets ‚Äď mid-large cap - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLP

Leveraging an extensive global network spanning emerging and developed markets, White & Case LLP is well placed to handle large and innovative ECM transactions in London and across the world's various bourses. Working on the London Stock Exchange (LSE), the team has been involved in a number of high-profile IPOs and secondary issuances generated by foreign issuers. This has recently included advising on the LSE's largest-ever software company IPO, and also on the first-ever dual-listed IPO in London and Astana. Outside of the UK, the practice group handled a unique bank-privatisation IPO in Iceland, and has also had some success in the Turkish market, further demonstrating the firm's emerging markets expertise. The US securities practice is led by Laura Sizemore, 'an extremely knowledgeable practitioner, who also takes the time to understand the details of the jurisdictions in which she works'. Inigo Esteve and Jonathan Parry jointly head the ECM practice.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Parry; Inigo Esteve

Other key lawyers:Laura Sizemore; Allan Taylor

Testimonials

'A genuinely global law firm that consistently produces the highest quality results.'

'Very knowledgeable of emerging markets, and a very strong UK ECM practice to boot.'

'Its extensive European network is staffed with truly first-rate lawyers.'

'Unique in terms of the amount of time senior-most lawyers spend on deals; clients really benefit from their years of experience.'

Key Clients

Avast

Amigo

Energean Oil & Gas

Credit Suisse

JP Morgan

Numis

Citi

HSBC

RBC

Barclays

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Arion Bank

Goldman Sachs

Nordea

Guggenheim Securities

Work highlights

  • Advised Avast, a leading global cybersecurity provider, on its £602m IPO – the largest-ever software IPO on the LSE, its market capitalisation at the commencement of conditional dealings was approximately £2.4bn.
  • Advised Amigo Holdings plc, the leading company in the UK guarantor loan space, on its £359m IPO on the LSE valuing the company at approximately £1.3 billion.
  • Advised Energean Oil & Gas on its £695m IPO and admission to the Premium Listing Segment of the Official List and to trading on the Main Market of the LSE.
  • Advised Arion Banki hf., a leading universal relationship bank in Iceland, and Kaupthing ehf. on the $319m (around ISK33.9bn) IPOP of Arion Bank.
  • Acted for a syndicate of banks (as bookrunners, global coordinators, and co-manager) in  relation to the $450m IPO of JSC NAC Kazatomprom. This is the first dual-listed IPO on the LSE and the Astana International Exchange, and the first Kazakhstani privatisation by way of an international IPO under the Kazakhstan Privatization Programme 2016–2020.
Leading individuals

Jonathan Parry - White & Case LLP

Laura Sizemore - White & Case LLP

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Financial services: contentious
Financial services: contentious - ranked: tier 3

White & Case LLP

The broad expertise offered by the financial institutions group at White & Case LLP includes  multijurisdictional bank restructuring and prudential experience. Led by Stuart Willey, the non-contentious practice was boosted by the arrival of the well-regarded Jonathan Rogers in 2019 from Taylor Wessing LLP . Rogers' areas of expertise include the asset management industry, banks and the payments industry, notably in the technology and fintech space. In addition, Julia Smithers Excell joined in 2018 from JP Morgan and brings expertise advising stakeholders in banking, derivatives and capital markets regulatory areas. John Reynolds and Charles Balmain lead the contentious team, which includes compliance and money laundering work for investment banks in its remit and works closely with the firm’s white collar offering. The contentious team saw significant growth in 2018, with the arrivals of regulatory investigations and enforcement expert Chris Brennan from Addleshaw Goddard; contentious regulatory and financial crime specialist Laura Durrant from RBS; experienced litigators Hannah Field-Lowes from Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP; and Steven Baker from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. Zeena Saleh  is a rising star associate on the disputes side.

Practice head(s):John Reynolds; Charles Balmain 

Other key lawyers:Chris Brennan; Laura Durrant; Hannah Field-Lowes; Steven Baker

Testimonials

'Strong practical knowledge and experience '

'The stellar reputation of White & Case goes before it'

'Chris Brennan is hard-working, commercially astute and has a detailed but pragmatic understanding of the regulators' workings'

'Laura Durrant is very knowledgeable, imperturbable and pays great attention to detail'

John Reynolds has a very good reputation in commercial litigation including financial services'

Key Clients

Deutsche Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Deutsche Bank in transatlantic  investigations by multiple regulators arising from suspicious trading on its Moscow Equities desk.  Having self-reported, the Financial Conduct Authority in London, the Department of Justice, Department for Financial Services and NY Federal Reserve all commenced enforcement action looking at the bank's systems and controls, with particular focus on anti-money laundering.
  • Advised a leading global financial institution on a wide ranging investigation into potentially serious irregularities in the trading of Russian bonds.
  • Represented an AIM listed client who was under investigation, along with its directors, by the Financial Conduct Authority.
Leading individuals

Chris Brennan - White & Case LLP

Rising stars

Zeena Saleh - White & Case LLP

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Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory
Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory - ranked: tier 4

White & Case LLP

The broad expertise offered by the financial institutions group at White & Case LLP includes  multijurisdictional bank restructuring and prudential experience. Led by Stuart Willey, the non-contentious practice was boosted by the arrival of the well-regarded Jonathan Rogers in 2019 from Taylor Wessing LLP . Rogers' areas of expertise include the asset management industry, banks and the payments industry, notably in the technology and fintech space. In addition, Julia Smithers Excell joined in 2018 from JP Morgan and brings expertise advising stakeholders in banking, derivatives and capital markets regulatory areas. John Reynolds and Charles Balmain lead the contentious team, which includes compliance and money laundering work for investment banks in its remit and works closely with the firm’s white collar offering . The contentious team saw significant growth in 2018, with the arrival of regulatory investigations and enforcement expert Chris Brennan from Addleshaw Goddard; contentious regulatory and financial crime specialist Laura Durrant from RBS; experienced litigators Hannah Field-Lowes from Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP; and Steven Baker from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. Zeena Saleh  is a rising star associate on the disputes side.

Practice head(s):Stuart Willey

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Rogers; Julia Smithers Excell

Testimonials

'A very capable team from associates through to partners'

'Jonathan Rogers is very user friendly and is able to communicate in plain English, while at the same time understanding the technical detail'

'The team provides commercial advice rather than just pure legal advice'

Key Clients

Daimler

Amigo Holdings

Klarna Bank

Itau Group

Work highlights

  • Representing a leading European bank on the impact of Brexit on its regulated entities in the European Economic Area, including its authorised London branch.
  • Representing a leading European financial market entity on the impact of Brexit on its group business.
  • Represented a leading Middle East-based State-owned oil group on the application of the Market Abuse Regulation to its business after a securities listing in the EU.
  • Represented a leading Singapore-based commodities broker on the application of EU MiFIR/MiFID, EMIR and REMIT to its commodity and commodity derivatives trading business.
  • Represented a leading Brazil-based fund manager on the process of registering its non-EU alternative investment fund in the UK.
Leading individuals

Jonathan Rogers - White & Case LLP

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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

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP's transatlantic platform combines a strong US M&A practice with a sizable London offering, allowing the firm to handle big-ticket mandates in the financial services, oil and gas, metals and mining, pharmaceuticals and technology sectors. The London team, which includes corporate co-head Patrick Sarch and global co-head of private equity Ian Bagshaw, works closely with counterparts in New York and Washington DC, especially on matters such as regulatory approval. Sarch has a primary focus on financial institutions, and has strong relationships with banks and other institutions. Bagshaw's practice encompasses corporates as well as private equity clients, and recent mandates include working with the Softbank Vision Fund on multi-billion dollar investments. The firm has made a number of M&A hires this year, including Daniel Turgel and Margot Lindsay from Linklaters LLP, Dominic Ross from Ashurst and Tom Matthews from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Jonathan Langley relocated to the firm's Moscow office.

Practice head(s):Patrick Sarch; Ian Bagshaw

Other key lawyers:Jarlath McGurran; Dominic Ross

Testimonials

'A top firm. Really strong, they stand out from their competitor firms.'

Key Clients

Amigo Holding

Avast

Balfour Beatty

Bupa

Energean Oil & Gas

Hikma Pharmaceuticals Plc

Johnson Matthey

Panmure Gordon

Smiths Plc

Stallergenes Greer

Work highlights

  • Advised Klarna Bank on its acquisition of the point of sale retail finance business of Close Brothers Limited.
  • Advised First State Investments on its sale of a 16.7% stake in Anglian Water Group to Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, for £615m.
  • Advised Energean E&P Holdings, part of the Energean Oil & Gas Group, in the acquisition of a further 20% stake in Energean Israel taking its stake to 70 percent.
  • Advised Deutsche Bank, financial advisers to Stan Kroenke, on the £550m acquisition of the remaining 30% stake in Arsenal Football Club.
  • Acted for US satellite company EchoStar Corp on its £3.2 billion hostile approach for UK-based Inmarsat.
Leading individuals

Patrick Sarch - White & Case LLP

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Private equity: transactions ‚Äď high-value deals (¬£250m+)
Private equity: transactions ‚Äď high-value deals (¬£250m+) - ranked: tier 3

White & Case LLP

Ian Bagshaw¬†heads up the private equity department at White & Case LLP¬†in London. The firm boasts a broad client roster including alternative credit providers, sovereign wealth funds and family offices, in addition to more¬†traditional private equity houses. Although the London offering focuses mainly on pan-European PE deals, US and Asian mandates are also common, as is emerging markets work. In¬† what was the largest M&A transaction in the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) telecoms sector since 2011, Bagshaw, Ken Barry¬†and others advised PPF Group on its¬†¬†‚ā¨2.8bn¬†acquisition of Telenor‚Äôs telecommunications assets in the region. Elsewhere, a group led by Bagshaw and John Cunningham¬†advised Lightsource on the $200m investment by BP on the launch of the Lightsource BP solar power partnership. The arrival of Emmie Jones¬†from Macfarlanes LLP¬†(July 2018) and Mike Weir¬†from Jones Day¬†(March 2018) have bolstered the practice. Also strongly recommended is Emma Parr.

Practice head(s):Ian Bagshaw

Other key lawyers:Emma Parr; Ken Barry; John Cunningham; Emmie Jones; Mike Weir

Key Clients

PPF Group

Avast

Summit Partners

Metric Capital

Lightsource

CVC Capital Partners

Anchorage Capital

Antin

WSIP

Johnson Matthey

First State Investments

Goldman Sachs Private Capital Investment

Mid Europa Partners

Technopolis Plc

Oaktree Capital Management

Coast Group

Arjun Infrastructure Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised PPF Group on its acquisition of Telenor’s telecommunications assets in CEE.
  • Advised Avast, a leading global cybersecurity provider, on its $816.6m IPO, the biggest ever software IPO on the London Stock Exchange.
  • Advised new client Metric Capital LLP, as part of a consortium led by Terra Firma, on the acquisition of Parmaco Oy.
  • Advised Lightsource and its founders on the $200m investment by BP and the launch of the “Lightsource BP” solar power partnership.
  • Advised an investment consortium led by CVC Capital Partners, and including PSP Investments and StepStone, on the acquisition from the Recordati family of the holding company that owns a 51.8% stake in the Italian pharmaceutical group Recordati.
Leading individuals

Ian Bagshaw - White & Case LLP

Next Generation Partners

Emma Parr - White & Case LLP

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: white-collar crime
Fraud: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP acts for individuals at all stages of investigation in cross-border and domestic investigations. Areas of expertise include bribery and corruption, regulatory, compliance, fraud, money laundering, sanctions, export controls, tax and accounting issues. The firm also advises on sanctions busting, insider dealing and financial services offences. Head of team Jonathan Pickworth represents individuals and corporates in relation to criminal and regulatory issues with HMRC, the SFO and the FCA. Jonah Anderson was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Pickworth

Other key lawyers:Jonah Anderson; Joanna Dimmock; Anneka Randhawa; Rebecca Copcutt

Testimonials

‘Jonah Anderson is compassionate, understands what is important and is always available’.

‘A fantastic practice with a group of lawyers who are really great to work with’. 

‘Jonathan Pickworth is a stand out practitioner; years of experience and someone you can trust to get the best result’. 

‘A really top-class international law firm with excellent partners at offices all around the world, really adept at a quick response in multi-jurisdictional investigations and with excellent contacts at the DOJ in the USA’.

‘Jo Dimmock is an incredibly bright, excellent lawyer and inspires trust in her clients’.

 'Jonathan Pickworth is a well-connected and cerebral lawyer’.

‘Joanna Dimmock displays a real level of legal expertise in this sector, arising from a keen intellect and experience of some of the most high profile international cases of the last decade’.

‘White and Case provide advice at the very highest level -there is nobody better for complex, high-stakes and multi jurisdictional legal matters’.

‘Joanna Dimmock is undoubtedly the future of white collar crime defence; she displays exceptional intellect, tactical know-how and remarkable commitment to her clients’.

Key Clients

Ziad Akle

Richard Usher

Work highlights

  • Representing Richard Usher, who was indicted in the US regarding alleged price fixing and bid rigging in relation to supposed manipulation of the $5 tn per day foreign exchange market.
  • Representing a client who is charged in relation to two matters in connection with the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation into Unaoil, a Monaco based oil industry consultancy firm.
Leading individuals

Jonathan Pickworth - White & Case LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP's team is 'exceptionally hardworking, thoughtful and good humoured, even in stressful situations'. It is well known for its advice on complex, cross-border matters, many of which involve a wide range of stakeholders. The London office recently grew its practice through the recruitment of Steven Baker from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. Baker advises major financial institutions, hedge funds, and other banking clients on significant, complex, and cross-border banking disputes. Other key hires include Chris Brennan from Addleshaw Goddard, where he led the regulatory investigations and enforcement practice, and Laura Durrant from the Royal Bank of Scotland, where she was most recently head of litigation and investigations. Co-head of the global financial institutions practice, John Reynolds, is also London head of commercial litigation and Charles Balmain heads the EMEA disputes section for commercial litigation and white-collar matters. Also key to the practice is Amanda Cowell.

Practice head(s):John Reynolds; Charles Balmain

Other key lawyers:Steven Baker; Chris Brennan; Laura Durrant; Amanda Cowell

Testimonials

'White & Case is able to mobilise a multi-skilled team very quickly to help resolve disputes. The team covers all angles, with the capacity to go deeply into the corporate and litigation aspects of issues. The practice also has a good team spirit, with all members driving towards the efficient, client-friendly resolution of issues.'

'The partners and associates are highly rated in the City.'

Key Clients

OJSC International Bank of Azerbaijan

Goldman Sachs International

VTB Capital

Deutsche Bank

SRM Global Fund

Work highlights

  • Acted for Goldman Sachs International before the English and Portuguese courts in complex, multi-party, multi-jurisdictional proceedings. These arose out of the transfer of assets and liabilities of Banco Espirito Santo in Portugal to Novo Banco, including the legal effect of various resolutions of Portugal’s central bank on the transferability of a substantial loan.
  • Acted for VTB Capital in a complex dispute involving the enforcement of security in Luxembourg. The dispute arises from a €150m loan that relates to a Bulgarian telecoms company.
Leading individuals

John Reynolds - White & Case LLP

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP is 'a truly first-class collection of lawyers with talent at all levels, from the top partner to the most junior associate'. The practice represents financial institutions, multinational corporates, technology companies, and oil and gas super-majors in their highest-value and most significant disputes, including cross-border matters. John Reynolds co-heads the global financial institutions practice and recently acted in a multi-jurisdictional dispute involving the purchase of a fixed line telecoms operator in Ukraine; Charles Balmain is EMEA disputes section head for commercial litigation and white collar matters, meanwhile Mark Clarke is head of oil and gas disputes in London. The other key names are Amanda Cowell, Hannah Field-Lowes and Rory Hishon. The London office has been expanding its disputes practice in the City, adding Steven Baker, who advises on complex, cross-border banking disputes, from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, Chris Brennan from Addleshaw Goddard, where he led the regulatory investigations and enforcement practice, and Laura Durrant from the Royal Bank of Scotland, where she was most recently head of litigation and investigations. The practice also promoted John Rogerson and Jonah Anderson to the partnership in 2019. Former counsel Paddy Patrick left to become WeWork's EMEA dispute resolution head.

Practice head(s):John Reynolds; Charles Balmain

Other key lawyers:Mark Clark; Amanda Cowell; Hannah Field-Lowes; Rory Hishon; Steven Baker; Chris Brennan; Laura Durrant; John Rogerson; Jonah Anderson

Testimonials

'White and Case is an impressive firm, with partners who are truly dedicated to cases and to securing favourable outcomes for clients'.

'The commercial litigation team is excellent - top-quality partners, top-quality associates and top-quality work, and it is growing in terms of numbers and reputation as a result'.

'John Reynolds is long recognised as one of the leading lawyers in the field. He is pragmatic, accomplished and good fun'.

'Charles Balmain is an extremely impressive litigator, with great practical advice and an ability to spot - and emphasise - the winning arguments'.

'Rory Hishon is the king of detail; he knows all his cases inside out and is on top of everything'.

'Amanda Cowell is a whirlwind of energy - someone clients definitely want in their corner'.

'John Rogerson is a highly talented junior partner with gravitas beyond his years and an eloquent manner'.

Key Clients

Goldman Sachs International

OJSC International Bank of Azerbaijan

Ingenious Media Investments and Ingenious Capital Management

System Capital Management

Çukurova Holding

Toshiba

Nexans

Aquila WSA Aviation Opportunities II

Work highlights

  • Represented a Hong Kong Stock Exchange and Australian Securities Exchange-listed mining company in English High Court litigation proceedings, which involved alleged breaches of a sale and purchase agreement involving Peru's Las Bambas mining project.
Leading individuals

Charles Balmain - White & Case LLP

John Reynolds - White & Case LLP

Next Generation Partners

Amanda Cowell - White & Case LLP

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Competition litigation
Competition litigation - ranked: tier 3

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP acts on multiple follow-on damages claims arising out of high-profile cartel proceedings. The competition litigation group works closely with the firm's wider competition team handling non-contentious competition law issues. Key highlights include advising a large manufacturing company on its appeal to the European Court of Justice, as well as acting for another manufacturer on follow-on damages claims in the Competition Appeal Tribunal. Charles Balmain has extensive experience handling competition damages actions before the English High Court and Competition Appeal Tribunal. Mark Powell, who splits his time between Brussels and London, and Marc Israel are also key figures on the team.

Practice head(s):Marc Israel; Charles Balmain

Other key lawyers:Mark Powell

Testimonials

'Partners are well supported by an excellent associate team'

'Charles Balmain is a very experienced competition litigator who achieves great results for his clients; he is friendly and exercises good judgment'

Key Clients

Pfizer

JLA

Loxam

Servier

Toshiba

Vision Capital

Meadow Foods

Genting Group

Virgin Active

Work highlights

  • Acted as co-counsel on Pfizer’s appeal of the CMA's decision regarding excessive pricing before the Competition Appeal Tribunal.
  • Acting for a large manufacturer on damages claims and other threatened proceedings in the UK and other jurisdictions arising out of a cartel.
  • Represented Servier in its appeal to the General Court against the European Commission's decision concerning the drug perindopril.
  • Acting for three entities of Toshiba Corporation on their defence of a High Court damages claim arising out of the decision of the European Commission in relation to TV and monitor tubes cartels.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP's 'level of expertise is unsurpassed - there are few firms with the same type of knowledge base and experience'. The practice appears as counsel in some of the largest commercial and investor-state arbitrations in the world and its London team conducts its own advocacy. The group is particularly noted for international arbitrations involving complex international energy and infrastructure project disputes, and it has experienced an increase in shipbuilding disputes. It also fields experts in work emanating from Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Africa, Lusophone jurisdictions and Asia. Phillip Capper and Aloke Ray QC, who took silk in 2019, are the practice co-heads; Russia and CIS expert David Goldberg divides his time between the London and Moscow offices; and Mark Clarke is the London oil and gas disputes head. Also key to the group are Clare Connellan, Edward Attenborough, Paul Brumpton, and Dipen Sabharwal QC, who is head of the EMEA disputes section for international arbitration and also took silk in 2019. David Robertson was hired from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP primarily to focus on construction arbitration; investment treaty arbitration specialist Andrea Menaker moved to London from the firm's Washington DC office; and James Holden made partner.

Practice head(s):Phillip Capper; Aloke Ray QC

Other key lawyers:David Goldberg; Mark Clarke; Clare Connellan; Edward Attenborough; Paul Brumpton; Dipen Sabharwal QC; David Robertson; Andrea Menaker; James Holden

Testimonials

'The team members have different backgrounds and experience, and this makes the team stronger, more innovative and smarter than other teams working on disputes'.

'The depth of expertise of the construction disputes team is unparalleled - from partner to junior associate'.

'Mark Clarke has a good grasp of the law and is an excellent organiser of resources'.

'Clare Connellan is fast, efficient and a quick thinker'.

Work highlights

  • Defended the Russian Federation against a claim by Russian oligarch Sergei Pugachev, who commenced UNCITRAL Rules arbitration proceedings (pursuant to the French-Russian BIT), which include allegations of expropriation, mistreatment and denial of justice.
Leading individuals

Aloke Ray QC - White & Case LLP

David Goldberg - White & Case LLP

Dipen Sabharwal QC - White & Case LLP

Phillip Capper - White & Case LLP

Next Generation Partners

Clare Connellan - White & Case LLP

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Public international law
Public international law - ranked: tier 4

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP is able to draw on its network of international offices to bolster its public international law expertise; it has extensive experienced in investor-state arbitration cases in the Americas, Russia and the CIS. David Goldberg divides his time between the London and Moscow offices and specialises in international commercial and investment arbitration in the CIS region. Andrea Menaker transferred from the Washington DC office to jointly head the investment arbitration practice and is praised for her 'impressive legal knowledge of the specific issues arising in investor-state arbitration proceedings.'

Practice head(s):David Goldberg, Andrea Menaker

Testimonials

'The White & Case investment treaty arbitration practice is world class, and can be relied upon to deal with the most complex and heavy-hitting of cases.'

'White & Case has a very broad knowledge and experience in the field, which allows them to promptly deal with complicated matters.'

'David Goldberg has an impressive wealth of experience and strategic instincts which make him an obvious choice for complex, CIS-related arbitration disputes, both commercial and investment treaty alike.'

Work highlights

  • Representing the Russian Federation in its resistance of enforcement in the UK, USA and Germany, against ongoing claims put forward by ex-majority shareholders in Yukos seeking to recover in excess of $50bn from the state on the basis of arbitral awards issued at the PCA in Holland.
  • Representing the Republic of Uzbekistan in an ICSID arbitration brought by one corporate claimant and three individuals under the Turkey-Uzbekistan BIT and the Energy Charter Treaty in connection with claims concerning alleged investments in the gas industry.
  • Acting for Uzbekistan in an $800m ICSID arbitration under the Uzbekistan-Kazakhstan BIT concerning investments in two cement plants.
  • Representing the Republic of Peru in $ 1.9bn UNCITRAL arbitration under the US-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement in connection with 1969-era agrarian bonds.

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Tax litigation and investigations
Tax litigation and investigations - ranked: tier 4

White & Case LLP

The team at White & Case LLP  in London has been expanding in recent years, demonstrating the firm's commitment to the practice. In 2018, the firm added lawyers including contentious tax expert Hannah Field-Lowes from Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP. The team, which handles a range of disputes with HMRC, is led by Charles Balmain, whose expertise includes EU law and white-collar criminal defence matters.

Practice head(s):Charles Balmain

Other key lawyers:Hannah Field-Lowes; Jonathan Pickworth; Joanna Dimmock; Jonah Anderson

Key Clients

Ingenious Media Investments Limited and Ingenious Capital Management Limited

Minera Las Bambas S.A. and MMG Swiss Finance AG

Work highlights

  • Acts for Ingenious Media Investments Limited and Ingenious Capital Management Limited (as the operators of certain film and games production partnerships) in connection with the ongoing dispute with HMRC regarding appeals by the partnerships against closure notices issued to them by HMRC that amend their partnership tax returns to deny their claims for trading losses
  • Represents MMG in English High Court tax-related litigation proceedings concerning alleged breaches of the tax indemnity provisions in a sale and purchase agreement relating to the Las Bambas mining project in Peru, one of the largest copper mines in the world, pursuant to which MMG acquired the project from Glencore for in excess of US$5 billion

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLP

Benefiting from strong ties with a balanced mix of lenders and borrowers, including investment banks and alternative lenders (Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse and Ares Management) as well as private equity sponsors (Apollo and Bridgepoint), White & Case LLP generates a significant deal flow on matters ranging from jumbo deals incorporating bank and bond structures through to mid-market deals. The firm's engagement on both the borrower and lender side affords it an excellent perspective of what is current in terms of market trends, and with a strong knowledge of UK and US-governed financing products (including high yield bonds and Term Loan B structures) it is well-placed to handle many of the most complex mandates in the market. The 'excellent' Jeremy Duffy excels at handling work across the capital structure for banks on big-ticket cross-border leveraged finance transactions, while on the credit fund side, the 'superb' Gareth Eagles is a 'market-leader' and has done an 'absolutely amazing job for GSO Capital Partners' in its role as lenders in many of the biggest ticket direct lending mandates in the market.

Other key lawyers:Jeremy Duffy; Gareth Eagles; Martin Forbes; Colin Harley; Ben Wilkinson; Nicola Chapman; Andrew Vickers

Key Clients

GSO Capital Partners

Credit Suisse

JP Morgan

Deutsche Bank

Nordea Bank

Goldman Sachs

Bridgepoint

Castik Capital

Hg Capital

CVC

Bluebay Asset Management

Apollo

Ares Management

AlbaCore Capital

PSP Investments

SEB Group

GS PIA

Work highlights

  • Represented the mandated lead arrangers/original lenders in connection with the debt financing of the acquisition of Zentiva, Sanofi's European generic pharmaceuticals business, by Advent International Corporation.
  • Represented Elavon Financial Services as the agent, and Deutsche Bank as the security agent, as part of the financing for Lone Star Funds’ acquisition of Stark Group, the largest retailer and distributor of building supplies in the Nordics.
  • Represented nine mandated lead arrangers, the agent and the security agent in connection with the provision of €600m first-lien facilities backing Nordic Capital’s acquisition of Alloheim, Germany’s second largest nursing home operator, from The Carlyle Group.
  • Represented BlueBay Asset Management in the unitranche financing to fund the acquisition of both IPAN and Delegate by Castik Capital.
  • Represented CVC on the financing of their acquisition of the Finnish healthcare group, Mehiläinen, from Triton and KKR.
Leading individuals

Gareth Eagles - White & Case LLP

Jeremy Duffy - White & Case LLP

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Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans - ranked: tier 3

White & Case LLP

At the vanguard of evolving market technologies, which includes expertise at handling bank and bond financings, as well as deals tapping into the US and European Term Loan B  markets, White & Case LLP's knowledge across the capital structure for both lenders and borrowers ensures that it handles a significant amount of investment grade corporate lending and syndicated financing mandates. Benefiting from access to a strong international network, not just in the US but also across the EMEA region, the firm excels at handling big-ticket multi-jurisdictional financings and refinancings. Christopher Czarnocki has an excellent reputation for handling emerging markets mandates on behalf of corporates, lenders and sovereign borrowers.

Other key lawyers:Jeremy Duffy; Colin Harley; Martin Forbes; Christopher Czarnocki; Jacqueline Evans; James Hardy; Nicola Chapman

Key Clients

GSO Capital Partners

Credit Suisse

JP Morgan

Deutsche Bank

Nordea Bank

Goldman Sachs

Bridgepoint

Castik Capital

Hg Capital

CVC

Bluebay Asset Management

Apollo

Ares Management

AlbaCore Capital

PSP Investments

SEB Group

GS PIA

Work highlights

  • Acted for JLA New Equityco Limited in connection with a refinancing of its senior facility and PIK facility.
  • Represented UBS in connection with the provision of a $2.1bn incremental term loan facility for ION Trading Technologies Sarl and ION Trading Finance Limited.
  • Represented Waterlogic, in connection with a $490m (equivalent) refinancing of its existing facilities with the new facilities also being used for further growth and investment.
  • Represented global coordinator Deutsche Bank and bookrunners Commerzbank and Unicredit in connection with the refinancing of Minimax Viking's financing arrangements.
  • Representing the lenders on the establishment of $1.1bn (equivalent) senior credit facilities for OCI comprised of a term loan facility in an amount of up to $400m (denominated in euros), and a multicurrency revolving credit facility of up to $700m.
Leading individuals

Christopher Czarnocki  - White & Case LLP

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

White & Case LLP

Benefiting from 'exceptional' restructuring and insolvency subject matter knowledge, as well as expertise across a broad swathe of industry sectors (including financial services, mining, energy, retail, and transport), White & Case LLP provides 'very commercial' advice to banks, insolvency practitioners, funds and corporates, across a wide range of formal insolvency work and more transactional restructuring mandates. Able to draw upon a strong international network, the firm picks up a substantial amount of emerging markets-related debtor mandates, including its recent work for Brazilian telecommunications company, Oi, on its $20bn restructuring. Team head Christian Pilkington has an excellent reputation in the market, particularly on behalf of funds clients, which he regularly advises in the context of multi-jurisdictional mandates. Ben Davies is also highly regarded, while at associate level, Morvyn Radlow continues to develop a strong reputation, particularly among funds clients.

Practice head(s):Christian Pilkington

Other key lawyers:Ian Wallace; Ben Davies; Morvyn Radlow

Key Clients

Oi S.A.

Coordinating committee of senior secured lenders, including ABN AMRO, Citi, Danske, DNB, GIEK, ING, Nordea, and SEB

UniCredit Bank

International Bank of Azerbaijan

Kenya Airways

The ad-hoc group of senior secured creditors (the “AHG”) of Concordia International Corp

Anchorage Capital Group Europe

Strategic Value Partners

GSO Capital Partners

Oak Hill Advisors

Centerbridge Partners

York Capital Management

VR Capital

Work highlights

  • Acted as international counsel for Oi, a Brazilian telecommunications company, on its restructuring of more than $20bn of debt, one of the largest and most complex debt restructurings in Latin American history.
  • Advised the coordinating committee representing a bank group holding $7.4bn in secured debt, on the successful restructuring of Seadrill Limited, one of the world’s largest offshore oil drilling companies.
  • Acted as international counsel for the ad-hoc group of senior secured creditors (the “AHG”) of Concordia International Corp on its $3.7bn recapitalisation.
  • Advised the management team of Noble Group, a Singapore listed international commodities trader, in respect of its restructuring and also advising Noble in relation to its business separation and new Asset Co group structure and financing arrangements.
  • Advising the pre-export finance creditors in the ongoing financial restructuring of the Mechel Group, one of Russia’s leading mining and metals companies.
Leading individuals

Christian Pilkington - White & Case LLP

Next Generation Partners

Ben Davies - White & Case LLP

Rising stars

Morvyn Radlow - White & Case LLP

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Debt capital markets
Debt capital markets - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLP

'Now widely recognised as top tier across the board', according to one client,¬†White & Case LLP¬†continued to expand the scope of its debt capital markets practice in 2018, having continued to be a key player in emerging markets debt while increasing its market share of investment grade issuance in Europe. The firm¬†covers the full spectrum of work including sovereign deals, liability management, bank regulatory capital and corporate hybrid capital solutions, equity-linked bond transactions and infrastructure, project and green bonds. It is regarded as one of the most prominent firms for¬†sovereign debt issuance and sovereign-related advisory work, and is also highly regarded for¬†liability management transactions and convertible bonds. Global head of DCM¬†Stuart Matty¬†and the¬†'terrific' Melissa Butler¬†are 'standout partners' in the practice, particularly for sovereign debt issuance. Sovereign debt issuance and distressed situations specialist Ian Clark¬†and¬†Richard Pogrel, whose¬†expertise includes cross-border debt restructurings and liability management,¬†are highly recommended, as are¬†counsels Catherine Andrews,¬†who has ‚Äėa very "can-do" attitude but is also very conservative‚Äô, and US securities expert Doron Loewinger.

Practice head(s):Stuart Matty

Other key lawyers:Melissa Butler; Catherine Andrews; Richard Pogrel; Ian Clark; Doron Loweinger; Nikita Thakrar

Testimonials

'The firm remains a leader in emerging market work, but the impressive advances have been in European investment grade work'.

'Being one of the leading firms in UK and European sustainable finance/green bond market initiatives, the firm is showing that it is a mature practice with depth of expertise'.

'The team is well educated and hardworking'.

'The firm has a deep knowledge of the various financial solutions and their implementation in emerging economies'.

'Melissa Butler is terrific'.

'Richard Pogrel is a 'go-to' advisor for complex securities or situations; he has made his name doing the really challenging deals in the market over the last two decades and he is technically one of the standout DCM lawyers in the business'.

'Ian Clark is an excellent expert in public market transactions and is always very focused on having the best results within limited time'.

'Associate Nikita Thakrar has been very helpful and has impressive knowledge'.

Catherine Andrews has a very "can-do" attitude but is also very conservative, which is needed in high-risk transactions in the emerging markets space’.

Key Clients

Citigroup

Danske Bank

Deutsche Bank

Goldman Sachs

Jefferies

JP Morgan Chase

Morgan Stanley

Svenska Handelsbanken

Trafigura Beheer B.V.

Nord Stream

Eskom Nigeria

Work highlights

  • Represented the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Uzbekistan on the establishment of Uzbekistan's GMTN programme and debut issuance of sovereign bonds thereunder in two tranches pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S.
  • Represented Svenska Handelsbanken on the issue of $500m additional tier 1 contingent convertible notes under its $50bn EMTN programme.
  • Represented Yapı Kredi Bank on its inaugural offering of $650m perpetual fixed rate resettable additional tier 1 notes due 2029.
  • Represented the Republic of Ghana in connection with the issuance of $1bn 7.625% amortising notes due 2029 and $1bn 8.627% amortising notes due 2049, issued pursuant to Regulation S and Rule 144A of the Securities Act, and the related tender offer for their outstanding $750m 9.250% amortising notes due 2022.
  • Represented the Republic of Kenya in connection with the Reg S/144A offering of $1bn 7.25% notes due 2028 and $1bn 8.250% notes due 2048.
Leading individuals

Ian Clark - White & Case LLP

Melissa Butler - White & Case LLP

Richard Pogrel - White & Case LLP

Stuart Matty - White & Case LLP

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

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP has a strong CLO practice, for which its structured finance team provides extensive advice on derivatives. This includes its role in the innovative area of sustainable CLOs, with which the firm assisted the G20 Sustainable Finance Study Group. The broader derivatives practice is led by  Ingrid York and it advises on derivatives for both investment and hedging purposes. Its work covers interest rate, credit, equity, currency and commodity derivatives, as well as regulatory capital transactions, repurchase agreements, securities lending, synthetic investments, credit enhancers and Islamic derivatives. Its team of regulatory specialists, coupled with its ability to provide both US and English law advice from London, put the firm in a prominent position to advise clients on matters of compliance. Richard Blackburn frequently advises banks, funds and corporates in relation to OTC derivatives, including shari'ah-compliant instruments. Associate Nathaniel Crowley  also plays a central role in the firm's derivatives work.

Practice head(s):Ingrid York

Other key lawyers:Chris McGarry; Tom Falkus; Debashis Dey; Claudio Medeossi; Richard Blackburn; James Jirtle; Nathaniel Crowley

Key Clients

Alpha Bank

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

BNP Paribas

Citigroup

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Credit Suisse

Eurobank

European Investment Fund

G20 Sustainable Finance Study Group (SFSG)

GreensLedge

HSBC

JPMorgan

Morgan Stanley

National Bank of Greece

Piraeus Bank

Societe Generale

Trafigura

Work highlights

  • Represented, as sole legal counsel, BNP Paribas in respect of its European perfect asset swap business.
  • Represented BNP Paribas as initial purchaser and sole arranger of the €321.30 million reset of Contego CLO III for Five Arrows Managers (a Rothschild & Co. Group company), and separately acted for BNP Paribas in its capacity as hedge counterparty.
  • Representation of JPMorgan Securities plc as placement agent and settlement agent on the redemption and refinancing of the existing rated notes.
  • Acting for Morgan Stanley & Co. International Plc as Arranger, Initial Purchaser and Placement Agent on the redemption of the existing rated notes.
  • Represented BNP Paribas as initial purchaser and sole arranger of the €411.7 million Jubilee CLO 2018-XX for Alcentra and separately acted for BNP Paribas in its capacity as hedge counterparty.
Leading individuals

Ingrid York - White & Case LLP

Rising stars

Nathaniel Crowley - White & Case LLP

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Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP couples its extensive global network with a deep bench of finance expertise in London to act as a key adviser to financial institutions, corporates, governments and supranational organisations in emerging markets transactions, notably in the CEE, the CIS, the Middle East and Africa. It has both English and UK law capability in the London finance practice, and is a prominent player in capital markets work, which encompasses sovereign debt issuance, liability management, bank regulatory capital and corporate hybrid capital solutions, equity-linked bond transactions, infrastructure and project bonds, green finance and high yield debt. Its track record includes complex and innovative cross-border debt and equity capital markets transactions, including many market firsts for debut bond issuers. Global head of capital markets Stuart Matty and Melissa Butler are standout debt capital markets partners. Head of EMEA energy, infrastructure, project and asset finance Mark Castillo-Bernaus, banking partner Christopher Czarnocki, sovereign debt expert Ian Clark and project finance specialist Jason Kerr  are also leaders in their fields.

Practice head(s):Stuart Matty; Mark Castillo-Bernaus; Christopher Czarnocki

Other key lawyers:Melissa Butler; Ian Clark; Jason Kerr; Richard Pogrel; Doron Loweinger; James Hardy; Mukund Dhar; Philip Stopford

Testimonials

"Ian Clark, Stuart Matty, Melissa Butler and Philip Stopford are great lawyers to work with - extremely knowledgeable and creative at the same time. All are very engaged and committed to the projects they work on."

"The firm has an extreme focus on the client and goes above and beyond expectations. It has expert partners who are always available, extremely conscientious and incredibly switched on. They are problem solvers who look to find solutions and achieve goals."

"James Greene is always available, extremely conscientious and incredibly switched on. He is an expert in a range of capital markets and finance products and excels at drafting technical points and thinking about how to practically solve issues."

"White & Case is a 'go-to' firm. It staffs matters appropriately and, importantly, knows both the legal and commercial aspects of matters that it is involved in. We view it as an excellent firm."

"Jason Kerr is a big hitter who is well known in the market for his deep knowledge of emerging markets and is also very involved on matters where needed. He also knows how to manage various parts of the client relationship and get transactions done."

"Mukund Dhar is a strong partner able to manage the moving parts of complex projects. He is very personable and a pleasure to work with."

"The team is a 'go-to' law firm for our organisation. Their strength is that they know how much partner input is required compared to associate involvement and the firm is able to work with us on a variety of matters from ordinary financing, to projects, debt capital markets, M&A and corporate governance."

"Jason Kerr is an excellent attorney who is at the top of the game. He is market savvy and able to translate this into key advice for our firm."

"This team is extremely knowledgeable with regard to LNG projects and structuring projects in Africa."

Key Clients

Afreximbank

Citigroup

Deutsche Bank

Goldman Sachs

Jefferies

JP Morgan

Morgan Stanley

Eskom Nigeria

Vale

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Mitsui

Carbon Holdings

Credit Suisse

EFG Hermes

Work highlights

  • Represented the Republic of Uzbekistan in connection with its debut 144A bond offering.
  • Represented Yapı Kredi Bank on its inaugural offering of $650m Perpetual Fixed Rate Resettable Additional Tier 1 Notes due 2029.
  • Represented the State of Qatar, acting through the Ministry of Finance, as Issuer on the offering of $12bn fixed rate interest bonds over three tranches, which included the listing of "formosa" bonds on the Taipei Stock Exchange, the first of its kind for a sovereign Issuer.
  • Advised Vale S.A. and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. on the development and $2.73bn financing of the landmark Nacala Corridor Railway and Port Project, an integrated and transformative infrastructure project supporting growth along a regional corridor shared by two countries, Mozambique and Malawi.
  • Advised IFC and a syndicate of around 20 development financial institutions and commercial lenders on the financing of the $1bn expansion of a world-scale urea fertilizer production facility near Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
Leading individuals

Ian Clark - White & Case LLP

Jason Kerr - White & Case LLP

Melissa Butler - White & Case LLP

Philip Stopford - White & Case LLP

Stuart Matty - White & Case LLP

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High yield
High yield - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLP

The high yield practice at White & Case LLP 'provides truly exceptional service and comes up with smart solutions to difficult problems, executing flawlessly under tight timelines'. The firm houses both US and English law capital markets capability in London and has a strong bank/bond offering. US-qualified partner and practice head Jill Concannon has spent her entire career in the European high yield market. The firm lost key partner Rob Mathews to Baker McKenzie, but clients highly recommend 'superb' up-and-coming partner James Greene, who is 'able to understand and navigate highly complex situations and legal issues'. Newly promoted partner and 'outstanding advisor' Monica Holden has extensive experience advising issuers, sponsors and underwriters on corporate high yield bond transactions, and the 'hardworking and consistent'  Gilles Teerlinck, who joined from Kirkland & Ellis International LLP, has a strong track record in sponsor-led buyouts.

Practice head(s):Jill Concannon

Other key lawyers:James Greene; Monica Holden; Gilles Teerlinck

Testimonials

"The firm has highly available partners, wide-ranging expertise and a real willingness to manage transactions, anticipating and resolving any practical issues that arise."

"James Greene has technical expertise combined with a highly practical approach and a real problem-solving attitude. I am always confident that the process and problems will be sensibly and prudently managed with James as our counsel. He is second to none in this area."

"Monica Holden has been a real partner to our business over the past several years, advising us through a series of complicated transactions. She is commercial, hardworking, responsive and has taken the time to gain a deep understanding of our business, building connections across our legal, finance and business teams."

"James Greene is exceptionally smart and responsive. He has a great understanding of the market and has clever solutions to complicated issues."

"The team has many years of experience in the European leverage finance market. It is well resourced with several partners and a team of great associates that support the practice. It has a network of excellent offices all over the world which make it a great firm for complex cross-border transactions. It are highly efficient and are always available, very client-focused and gives excellent advice."

"James Greene is an excellent lawyer. He gives consistent advice of a very high quality that can always be relied upon. He is my go-to lawyer for all difficult and complex questions."

"Jill Concannon is an excellent US securities partner. She is always calm and consistently delivers an excellent work product."

"Gilles Teerlinck is an excellent attorney, very client-focused and efficient, and able to navigate complex issues."

"Monica Holden is an excellent securities lawyer. She is efficient, always positive and calm and is able to help with complex legal issues which often arise on the deals."

"The firm is highly capable in managing complex matters, bringing a wealth of market experience, business sense and excellent project management skills."

"James Greene is highly analytical and able to translate complex principles to business people, and equally capable of reflecting business drivers into transactional terms."

Key Clients

Barclays

Credit Suisse

Citi

JPMorgan

BNP Paribas

Consolidated Energy Finance

International Game Technology

Cabot Credit Management

CVC Capital Partners

Noble Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Barclays Bank, Jefferies, RBC, Credit Suisse and ING on the issuance of £360m 6.375% senior secured notes due 2025 by Pinnacle Bidco plc to facilitate the acquisition of UK fitness chain PureGym.
  • Represented the consortium of banks led by Credit Suisse on in connection with the offering by one of Lone Star Funds’ affiliates of €515m Senior Secured Notes due 2024 to finance the acquisition by Lone Star of the Stark Group.
  • Represented Citi, Standard Bank and Standard Chartered on the issuance of US$350m 9.25% senior high yield notes due 2023 by Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc issued pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S under the Securities Act.
  • Represented the consortium of banks led by JPMorgan, HSBC and Barclays on the Rule 144A/Regulation S debut offering of the equivalent of $1.15bn senior secured notes due 2023 by OCI N.V.

  • Represented the consortium of banks led by J.P. Morgan and BNP Paribas on the offering of €600 million Senior Notes by France-based leading global engineering services company Novafives.
Next Generation Partners

James Greene - White & Case LLP

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Islamic finance
Islamic finance - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP is known worldwide for its deep involvement in emerging markets across the globe. In addition, the firm is active in some of the GCC's more sophisticated financial jurisdictions, where the cross-office Islamic finance team has advised on the development of shari'ah-compliant debt finance instruments. Though the team is primarily based in Dubai, the practice group fields lawyers in London and also maintains an association relationship in Turkey. Debashis Dey is a key contact working across London and the Middle East.

Practice head(s):Debashis Dey

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Structured products and securitisation
Structured products and securitisation - ranked: tier 3

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP has a broad structured finance and derivatives group that includes an active European CLO practice. Since 2013, it has advised arrangers and managers on more than 60 transactions. The firm acted as sole legal adviser to the G20 Sustainable Finance Study Group on the creation of a sustainable CLO market to support the world’s transition towards a sustainable economy. The London office also has a strong English law securitisation practice, which handles consumer credit, mortgage-backed and NPL transactions, as well as innovative deals in asset classes relating to commodities and sustainability. Working closely with the firm's lawyers in the US, the practice has provided advice to CLO clients on risk retention regulations in both the US and in Europe. Leading derivatives expert Ingrid York leads the structured finance practice and is active in cash and synthetic securitisation, as well as CLOs. Chris McGarry leads on securitisation and frequently advises arrangers, issuers and sponsors on CLOs, consumer asset-backed securities, residential mortgage-backed securities, trade receivables and esoteric assets classes such as commodities and tax receivables.

Practice head(s):Ingrid York; Chris McGarry

Other key lawyers:Tom Falkus; Debashis Dey; Claudio Medeossi; Richard Blackburn; James Jirtle; Nathaniel Crowley

Testimonials

"Compared to other law firms, it offers greater availability, better responsiveness and a more problem-solving approach."

"The partners are very experienced, business-minded, responsive, sharp, and quick in grasping the substance of the issues."

Key Clients

Alpha Bank

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

BNP Paribas

Citigroup

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Credit Suisse

Eurobank

European Investment Fund

G20 Sustainable Finance Study Group (SFSG)

GreensLedge

HSBC

J.P. Morgan

Morgan Stanley

National Bank of Greece

Piraeus Bank

Societe Generale

Trafigura

Work highlights

  • Representation of Amigo Holdings PLC (Amigo), the leading company in the UK guarantor loan space, on the completion of its inaugural £150m securitisation facility and subsequent upsize to £200m.
  • Represented BNP Paribas as initial purchaser and sole arranger of the €321.30m reset of Contego CLO III for Five Arrows Managers.
  • Representation of JPMorgan Securities plc as placement agent and settlement agent on the redemption and refinancing of the existing rated notes of BlueMountain EUR CLO 2016-1 DAC.
  • Acting for Morgan Stanley & Co. International Plc as Arranger, Initial Purchaser and Placement Agent on the redemption of the existing rated notes and the reissue of GLG Euro CLO I.
  • Representation of Merrill Lynch International as arranger of the €413.5m Harvest CLO XIX.
Leading individuals

Chris McGarry - White & Case LLP

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Trade finance
Trade finance - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP focuses on highly complex and innovative trade finance deals across a range of different products and at different phases of the commodities cycle. The firm has strong structured finance and capital markets capability, as well as a strong presence in emerging markets, and practice head Christopher Czarnocki is well known across the market for his skills in trade and commodity finance. He frequently acts for global financial institutions, ECAs, corporates and sovereigns such as the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Energy in Ghana, and numerous oil companies including Ghana National Petroleum Corporation. Partner Tom Bartlett plays a central role in the practice, advising lenders and borrowers on trade finance, including reserve-based lending transactions, across sectors such as oil and gas, energy, mining, infrastructure, petrochemicals and telecoms. James Hardy is a specialist with 15 years' experience in advising both lenders and borrowers in the emerging market on commodity finance transactions.

Practice head(s):Christopher Czarnocki

Other key lawyers:Tom Bartlett; James Hardy

Testimonials

"The key strength is that you will receive a lot of partner attention and the transaction will be genuinely partner-led."

"James Hardy is accessible, responsive and is 'hands-on'."

Key Clients

Trafigura

J.P. Morgan

EBRD

Barclays

IFC

Sberbank

Siberian Anthracite

Harbour Energy

ING Bank

Credit Agricole

Citi

Ghana National Petroleum Corporation

Ministry of Finance Ghana

Ministry of Energy Ghana

African Development Bank

Deutsche Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Siberian Anthracite, a leading producer and exporter of ultra-high grade anthracite, as borrower on a pre-export financing of up to US$570m from a pool of international and Russian banks, with the facility being used for general corporate needs and to refinance existing loans.
  • Advised Noble on the trade finance aspects of what is said to be Asia’s most complex financial restructuring ever, from restructuring support agreement phase in Q1 through the definitive full documentation process in Q3 and Q4.
Leading individuals

Christopher Czarnocki - White & Case LLP

Next Generation Partners

James Hardy - White & Case LLP

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Transport finance & leasing
Transport finance & leasing - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLP

Led by the 'very accomplished' Justin Benson, White & Case LLP's three-partner team's core focus remains within the aviation sector, where it effectively services a balanced mix of banks and lessors. Aided by practitioners in key jurisdictions, including the US (strategically important due to the prevalence of financing structures incorporating UK and US-law governed debt), Japan (of particular benefit in relation to the implementation of JOLCO structures) and Hong Kong/Beijing (key strategic outposts in light of the rise of the Chinese lessor market), the team excels in multi-jurisdictional mandates. In a deal which involved input from the firm's US and Asian offices, Benson recently acted for Vermillion in connection with a large-scale $950m secured financing for the refinancing of a portfolio of 40 aircraft. Adrian Beasley is also a very experienced practitioner on the aviation front and has particularly strong ties with numerous airlines.

Practice head(s):Justin Benson

Other key lawyers:Adrian Beasley; Andrew Harper; David Wright

Key Clients

Vermillion Aviation Holdings

Deutsche Bank

CDB Aviation Lease Finance

Thomas Cook Group

Bpifrance

Société Générale

MUFG

Euler Hermes

Hapag-Lloyd Aktiengesellschaft

HSH Nordbank

UK Export Finance

United Arab Shipping Company

Sky Leasing

Work highlights

  • Advised Vermillion in connection with a large-scale, $950m secured financing for the refinancing of a portfolio of 40 aircraft.
  • Advised Deutsche Bank in the operating lessor JOLCO financing of a portfolio of 12 Embraer E190 aircraft leased by a leading regional aircraft lessor to an African airline, a Spanish airline and a Mexican airline.
  • Advising Thomas Cook on various leasing, financing and fleet management matters.
Leading individuals

Adrian Beasley - White & Case LLP

Justin Benson - White & Case LLP

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 3

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP deploys an integrated tax and regulatory service to a wide variety of clients in the technology, banking and private equity sectors, as well as the emerging fintech industry. The group also draws on the firm's presence across Europe, the US and UK to advise clients on multi-jurisdictional share incentive schemes. Nicholas Greenacre, who is the head of the EMEA team, specialises in executive compensation and incentives. Helen Levendi was promoted to partner in January 2019.

Practice head(s):Nicholas Greenacre

Other key lawyers:Helen Levendi

Key Clients

Ocelot Partners

Franklin Templeton Investments

GSO

Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners

Anchorage Capital Group Europe

DiscoverIE plc

Former Directors of Finansbank

Amigo Holdings plc

RBS

Work highlights

  • Represented Ocelot Partners (an LSE-listed special purpose acquisition vehicle, sponsored by Liontree Capital) on the ECB aspects of the proposed acquisition of the Ocean Outdoor group (one of the UK’s predominant operators of high-profile advertising space)
  • Represented the ad hoc committee of holders of secured debt of Concordia International, an international specialty pharmaceutical company, in connection with the pending restructuring of Concordia
  • Advised Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners on the acquisition of AIM-listed CityFibre Infrastructure Holdings plc through a 50:50 consortium of GSIP and Antin Infrastructure Partners

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Employment: employers
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 5

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP 's employment, compensation and benefits practice is noted for its strength in advising clients from the technology, financial institutions and private equity sectors, as well as its significant cross-border capabilities. The team handles a wide range of matters, but has a particular focus on advising international clients on the employment aspects of corporate transactions such as M&A and IPOs. Nicholas Greenacre, who heads the firm's EMEA practice, specialises in executive compensation, benefits and pensions advice. Former London office head Oliver Brettle also has a long track record on both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):Nicholas Greenacre

Other key lawyers:Oliver Brettle

Key Clients

Coast Group

Avast

Lightsource BP Renewable Energy Investments Limited

Amigo Holdings

Nestle Waters

Summit Partners

HPS Investment Partners/Woodham Mortimer

Work highlights

  • Represented high street fashion brand Coast Group on TUPE and collective redundancy aspects of its administration and subsequent pre-pack sale.
  • Advised global cybersecurity provider Avast on employment aspects of its $816.6m IPO, the biggest ever software IPO on the London Stock Exchange.
  • Advised solar development company Lightsource Renewable Energy Investments on the employment aspects of its sale of a 43.2% stake to BP for an investment of £150m.
  • Advised guarantor loan company Amigo Holdings on new executive employment contracts and executive compensation arrangements in connection with its London IPO.
  • Advised Nestlé Waters on the employment aspects of its acquisition of a majority stake in Princes Gate Spring Water.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)
Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP has an impressive 'one stop shop' offering, which covers advising clients on capital markets, financing/ refinancing of brownfield infrastructure, M&A, and PPP-related work. The team was enhanced by the arrival of Simon Caridia from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP at the beginning of 2019. Caroline Miller Smith leads the group  in EMEA and is a highly reputed practitioner in greenfield and brownfield transactions as well as in complex financings. Carina Radford is another financing expert in the group, assisting clients from various infrastructure sectors including rail, ports, airports, and energy assets, among others. Caroline Sherrell has particular experience of private equity related matters. Mark Castillo-Bernaus  heads the product development and finance group globally from London.

Practice head(s):Caroline Miller Smith; Mark Castillo-Bernaus

Other key lawyers:John Cunningham; Simon Caidia; Carina Radford; Caroline Sherrell

Testimonials

'White & Case fields a team of excellent lawyers.'

Key Clients

Brookfield Infrastructure

Arcus Infrastructure Partners

JPMorgan Asset Management

First State Investments

Arjun Infrastructure Partners

Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners

Antin Infrastructure Partners

Infracapital

Vale

MUFG

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Mitsui

SMBC

Work highlights

  • Represented Antin Infrastructure Partners and Goldman Sachs’ West Street Infrastructure Partners on their £538m P2P acquisition of CityFibre Infrastructure Holdings by way of a scheme of arrangement.
  • Advised Lightsource and its founders on the $200m investment by BP on the launch of the 'Lightsource BP' solar power partnership, a transaction which is a combination of the sale of shares by existing shareholders and subscription for shares in Lightsource.  
  • Acted for Vale and Mitsui & Co. on the development and $2.73bn refinancing of the landmark Nacala Corridor Railway and Port Project, where the team advised on all aspects of the transaction including project development and drafting and negotiating project, corporate and finance documents.
  • Advised Nord Stream as project company on the partial refinancing via two replacement loans from an intermediate company funded by €628m of privately placed 10 year fixed rate secured notes.
  • Counselling a consortium consisting of Alsim Alarko, Mak-yol İnsaat, Sat & Company JSC, SK Engineering and Korea Expressway Corporation, in connection with the construction and operation of the Big Almaty Ring Motor Road (BAKAD).
Leading individuals

Caroline Miller Smith - White & Case LLP

Philip Stopford - White & Case LLP

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Mining and minerals
Mining and minerals - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP's team continues to act on a steady stream of market-leading deals and recently advised Newmont Mining on its $10bn merger with Goldcorp. The mining team advises on the full spectrum of issues including corporate and M&A, project development and finance, banking, capital markets, FRI, regulatory, antitrust, disputes and white-collar mandates. Global mining and metals head Rebecca Campbell is able to draw on her previous in-house experience at BHP Billiton, working in tandem with cross-border expert Peter Finlay. Oliver Wright recently joined the team as counsel from an in-house position at Mubadala Investment Management.

Practice head(s):Rebecca Campbell

Other key lawyers:Peter Finlay

Testimonials

'Industry knowledge and commercial acumen.'

'Rebecca Campbell and John Tivey bring deep industry knowledge from experience in mining houses.'

Key Clients

Kazatomprom

Newmont-Goldcorp Merger

Sirius

Grupo Mineros S.A

Mechel PXF

Noble Group

Trafigura Pte Limited

MMG

Largo

EGA

Petra Diamonds

Work highlights

  • Represented a syndicate of banks, including Credit Suisse and J.P. Morgan, as global coordinators on the successful listing of NAC Kazatomprom on the London Stock Exchange.
  • Acted for Newmont Mining Corporation in connection with its $10bn acquisition of Goldcorp.
  • Advised on the acquisition of a gold portfolio from Yamana Gold in Latin America on behalf of Grupo Mineros.
  • Advising the PXF creditors on the ongoing financial restructuring of the Mechel Group, one of Russia’s leading mining and metals companies.
  • Advised independent commodity trading and logistics company Trafigura on the establishment of a novel 'true sale' commodities securitisation programme.
Leading individuals

Peter Finlay - White & Case LLP

Rebecca Campbell - White & Case LLP

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP's oil and gas offering in London bolstered its senior ranks through the promotion to counsel of Meredith Campanale, Adrian Lawrence and Catherine Andrews, and the promotion to partner of Kamilla Azamat. The full-service team is led by Philip Stopford and recently advised Energean on its London IPO - one of many pace-setting mandates in the market. On the contentious side, Mark Clarke has extensive experience in complex disputes in a wide range of jurisdictions. The firm's outstanding client roster includes major integrated oil and gas companies, independent exploration and production (E&P) companies, NOCs, private equity funds, and oilfield service companies, among others.

Practice head(s):Philip Stopford

Other key lawyers:Mark Clarke; Jason Kerr; David Baker; Mark Castillo-Bernaus;

Testimonials

'The depth of expertise of the front-end construction team at White & Case is unparalleled.'

'The group has an unmatched capability for financing work in the petrochemical sector. The practice's knowledge of the sector and project finance, commercial understanding and application, availability and depth of resources, and partner engagement is all hard to fault.'

'White & Case is a go-to firm for oil and gas. The partners staff matters appropriately and, importantly, know both the legal and commercial aspects of matters that they are involved in.'

'The team provides a highly tailored service able to deal with unique commercial and legal circumstances, rather than a generic template to try to force into all situations.'

'Daniel Garton is a highly experienced construction specialist giving high-quality, practical advice. His no-nonsense manner quickly earns him the trust of clients and counterparts.'

'Jason Kerr is a big hitter who is well known in the market for his deep knowledge of emerging markets. He also knows how to manage various parts of the client relationship and get transactions done.'

'Meredith Campanale is a rising attorney who is able to work well with the more senior partners while taking on ownership of her transactions. She is a very knowledgeable attorney.'

'David Baker is highly commercial and practical, very personable and protective of his clients' legal position. Henry Brendon is well beyond his years and one of the most able associates in London.'

Key Clients

Saudi Aramco

Eni

Total

Noble Energy

Qatar Petroleum

Energean

EIG / Harbour Energy / Chrysaor

Carbon Holdings

Ghana National Petroleum Corporation

NNPC

Blue Water Energy

Nostrum

Seplat

PUMA Energy

HESS

ADNOC

MOL

KazMunaiGas

ADES International

Uzbekneftegas

Vitol

INPEX

Work highlights

  • Advised Energean Oil & Gas plc, an independent oil and gas E&P company focused on the eastern Mediterranean, on its IPO on the main market of the London Stock Exchange, which values the company at around £695m .

  • Advised Qatar Petroleum and its two affiliates Qatargas OpCo and RasGas OpCo on the integration of all of the activities and assets of RasGas OpCo into Qatargas OpCo.
  • Advising Carbon Holdings as sponsor on all aspects of the proposed petrochemical complex in Egypt.
  • Advising one of the world’s largest energy corporations in a multibillion-euro arbitration concerning a dispute arising out of the price renegotiation of a multibillion-euro long-term gas supply contract.
  • Advised the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and a syndicate of around 20 development finance institutions and commercial lenders on the financing of the $1bn expansion of a world-scale urea fertilizer production facility near Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
Leading individuals

Mark Clarke - White & Case LLP

Philip Stopford - White & Case LLP

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Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP works with a roster of premium clients across all major legal disciplines in the power sector, handling high-profile transactions such as project development and financing work on the Thabametsi 630MW coal baseload IPP project in South Africa, and the £318m acquisition of two combined cycle gas turbine power stations from Centrica by EP UK Investment. Debt financing expert Simon Caridia recently joined the team from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, while other key partners include global power industry head Kirsti Massie and international project finance partner Jason Kerr.

Practice head(s):Kirsti Massie; Mark Castillo-Bernaus

Other key lawyers:Jason Kerr; Meredith Campanale; Simon Caridia

Key Clients

Acergy

Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority, Carbon Holdings

Enerjisa

Eskom

HSBC

Investec Bank plc

Iberdrola

Wintershall

EN+

PetroSaudi International

LG Chem

United Chemicals Company

SAT

Citibank

Deutsche Bank

Energetický a průmyslový Holding

STEAG GMBH

Star Capital

Qatar Petroleum

MOL and Saudi Aramco as well as numerous export credit agencies such as US Ex-Im

Hermes

Coface

Korea Ex-Im

JBIC

Al Nowais Investments LLC

Neoen SAS

AfDB

TDB

Finnfund

Hedet Vindpark Oy

MBH Power Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Investec and a syndicate of banks including National Westminster Bank and Qatar National Bank on loan facilities to SCCL Holdings Ltd of up to £140m.
  • Advising the lenders in relation to a project finance facility granted to the sponsors and developers of the 630MW Thabametsi coal baseload independent power producer project under the power procurement program of the Republic of South Africa.
  • Advising AfDB, TDB and Finnfund in relation to the financing of a geothermal power plant at Menengai, Kenya.
  • Advised Lightsource and its founders on the $200m investment by BP on the launch of the 'Lightsource BP' solar power partnership.
  • Representing electrical utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj in multiple disputes with a supplier consortium comprising Areva and Siemens, relating to the construction of a nuclear power plant in Finland.
Leading individuals

Jason Kerr - White & Case LLP

Kirsti Massie - White & Case LLP

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: investment
Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP has a distinct industry-centric focus which includes retail, real estate investors, financial institutions and data centres. The highly recommended James Dodsworth serves as practice head, leading a team which excels on investment-related acquisitions, sales, portfolio management and leasebacks, including those with complicated cross-border elements. Sudhir Nair’s recent arrival from Baker McKenzie strengthened the group’s real estate finance expertise.

Practice head(s):James Dodsworth

Other key lawyers:James Johnson

Key Clients

Oaktree Capital Management

Digital Realty

ESAS

Selfridges

Credit Suisse

Blue Horizon Investor Limited

London Stock Exchange

Welcome Break

Westmont Hospitality

A major Israeli bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Oaktree Capital Management on its sale of the SACO property portfolio, one of the UK's leading providers of serviced apartments with an extensive network of properties around the world, to Brookfield Asset Management.
  • Advised longstanding client, Digital Realty, a New York Stock Exchange listed REIT, in relation to the grant of a new data centre lease and services agreements to BP International, Tesco Stores, Commerzbank and BT.
  • Advised Credit Suisse on the cross-border sale and leaseback of its critical data centre facilities in both London and Singapore to Iron Mountain.
  • Advised Blue Horizon Investor Limited, an Abu Dhabi investor in connection with its acquisition of a commercial real estate asset located in Rotterdam known as Blaak16 for €65m.
Leading individuals

James Dodsworth - White & Case LLP

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Construction: contentious
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP has a pre-eminent reputation on international disputes, advising clients across Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. The well-respected Ellis Baker, who heads up the team, is a recognised expert on FIDIC contracts and has a strong track record in sectors including power, transport and oil and gas. Phillip Capper, another key figure in the team, advises on matters relating to rail infrastructure, highways and oil and gas, and represented TVO in a $7bn ICC arbitration relating to delays and cost overruns. Daniel Garton has a focus on the energy, transportation and mining sectors.

Practice head(s):Ellis Baker

Other key lawyers:Phillip Capper; Daniel Garton

Testimonials

'Huge experience and massive commercial awareness and resources, coupled with real ability.'

'Julian Bailey brings brainpower and experience from a construction aspect. Impressive performer.'

'Rebecca Shorter is very impressive; excellent, hugely organised and hard working.'

Key Clients

Amazon

Hochtief

FAST Consortium

Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO)

Work highlights

  • Represented Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) in a €7bn ICC arbitration against a construction contractor relating to significant delays and cost overruns on the project.
  • Representing HOCHTIEF Solutions  in connection with its appeal to the UK Supreme Court following long-running court proceedings before the Scottish Court of Session in relation to the Glendoe hydroelectric plant.
Leading individuals

Ellis Baker - White & Case LLP

Phillip Capper - White & Case LLP

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Contruction: non-contentious
Contruction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP has a strong non-contentious offering which works with a roster of premium clients across its international network. The US firm's London practice advises on major power projects relating to renewable, conventional and nuclear energy. Ellis Baker heads up the team and counts developers, contractors, consultants and lenders among his client base. He recently acted as lead partner for Carbon Holdings as the sponsor on all aspects of a multibillion-dollar petrochemicals complex in Egypt. Daniel Garton, who has a focus on the energy sector, is also recommended, while the team was boosted in early 2019 by the lateral hire of long-serving Norton Rose Fulbright partner Richard Hill.

Practice head(s):Ellis Baker

Other key lawyers:Daniel Garton; Richard Hill

Key Clients

Amazon

Carbon Holdings

Sirius

Western Power Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advising the owner on a major project involving the construction of two new-build nuclear power stations.
  • Advising Western Power Corporation, a project company backed by InfraCo Africa, on the development of the Ngonye Falls hydropower project in Zambia.
  • Advising Carbon Holdings as the sponsor on all aspects of a multibillion-dollar petrochemical complex in Egypt.
  • Advising a leading global Silicon Valley technology company on the drafting of contracts for the design and construction of data centres in various countries in Europe, Africa and the Americas.
  • Advising the lenders on Sirius Minerals Plc’s $3.2bn financing of the North Yorkshire Polyhalite Project, one of the largest mining project in the UK in recent decades.
Leading individuals

Ellis Baker - White & Case LLP

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 5

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP has expertise in conventional green finance structures, green Islamic banking and green bond transactions. The firm also advises on transactional due diligence and environmental compliance with regard to real estate developments, construction projects and resource extraction. Clients include a number of banks and companies active in the real estate, mining, oil and gas, energy, and renewable energy sectors. Tallat Hussain, who is noted for her expertise in sustainable development and climate policy, heads the practice alongside Mark Castillo-Bernaus.

Practice head(s):Mark Castillo-Bernaus; Tallat Hussain

Key Clients

Nestlé Waters

Natixis

Vale

Saudi Aramco

Goldman Sachs

Carbon Holdings

Nestlé

Digital Realty Group

Credit Suisse

Barclays Bank

CVC Capital Partners

Trans-Niger Oil & Gas

Bank of America

Citibank

US EXIM Bank

Japan Bank of International Cooperation (JBIC)

Work highlights

  • Advised Vale and Mitsui on the development and $2.73bn financing of the Nacala Corridor Railway and Port Project connecting Mozambique and Malawi
  • Advised a banking conglomerate including BNP Paribas, Crédite Agricole and Société Générale on a bauxite mine expansion in Guinea, which involved advice on the sustainable development impacts on the Guinean economy
  • Advised Carbon Holdings on a proposed petrochemical complex in Egypt, which involved the consideration of the environmental and social impact
  • Advising The Project Company and its sponsors Star Capital and Eurotunnel on a proposed 1,000 MW DC power interconnector project between the UK and France
  • Advising nine export credit agencies on the $5.6bn financing of an energy plant in Uzbekistan, which involves advice on potential Islamic finance facilities and the consideration of local environmental and health and safety regulations

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 4

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP¬†has extensive experience advising on multi-jurisdictional transactions, particularly those involving pan-European asset portfolios. The team handles¬†loan originations, syndications, NPL acquisitions, loan-on-loan transactions, and CMBS and RMBS matters for a range of borrower and lender clients, including banks, sovereign wealth funds, debt funds, private equity houses and property investors. ‚ÄėGood operator‚Äė Jeffrey Rubinoff¬†leads the practice, while Victoria Landsbert¬†specialises in acting for banks and alternative capital providers. Former practice co-head David Cox¬†departed for King & Spalding LLP, but the team also saw the arrival of Sudhir Nair¬†from Baker McKenzie.

Practice head(s):Jeffrey Rubinoff

Other key lawyers:Victoria Landsbert; Sudhir Nair

Testimonials

'The team is extremely thorough, with great attention to detail, and very responsive - it provides a highly professional service.'

'Victoria Landsbert is very knowledgeable and thorough, a strong negotiator and good to have on your side.'

'White & Case has one of the most responsive teams I have ever dealt with.'

'Vicky Landsbert is extremely responsive and conscientious.'

'The team works seamlessly across the various offices.'

'Jeffrey Rubinoff is a savvy negotiator and general LMA expert.'

Key Clients

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

LabTech Investments Limited

Westmont Hospitality Group

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)

Royal Bank of Canada

Goldman Sachs

J.P. Morgan

Kildare Partners

GIC

Work highlights

  • Advising Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Royal Bank of Canada as lenders in connection with the financing to Ares for the acquisition and ongoing capex needs of a pan-European portfolio of logistics assets.
  • Advising LabTech Investments Limited on the amendment and restatement of a facility agreement with AIG Asset Management to allow for the addition of a new property to the collateral pool.
  • Advising Westmont Hospitality Group on the acquisition of a portfolio of 11 hotels in the Netherlands.
  • Advising Canada Pension Plan Investment Board on its participation in a mezzanine loan facility arranged by Citigroup for the acquisition of serviced-office operator London Executive Offices.
  • Advising Standard Chartered Bank on the financing for the acquisition of the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Edinburgh.
Leading individuals

Jeffrey Rubinoff - White & Case LLP

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London: Risk advisory

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity
Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity - ranked: tier 4

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP’s data, privacy and cybersecurity group handles a variety of data protection advisory work, corporate and transactional support issues, and litigation. The team leverages the firm’s global network to assist with international data matters; it represents Facebook in any disputes outside the US and advised Nestlé on global compliance issues. Deutsche Bank, Boeing and Oasis Fashion Holdings are also clients. Tim Hickman heads up the London practice and advises on all aspects of UK and EU privacy and data protection law; counsel Deborah Lincoln is also recommended for data issues arising from corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):Tim Hickman

Other key lawyers:Deborah Lincoln

Testimonials

'Tim Hickman's data protection team has excellent legal skills and knowledge. Tim is always available to assist with queries, and understands the need for a quick turnaround.'

'The data protection team is outstanding in terms of speed and expertise.'

'Tim Hickman's knowledge of data protection law is second to none. He is also personable and easy to work with.'

'Tim Hickman always provides outstanding support that is value-added and timely. Clients appreciate the examples he provides, making the advice more tangible.'

Key Clients

Facebook

Nestlé

Deutsche Bank AG (London Branch)

Oasis Fashion Holdings

Boeing

MSI

Argus Media

AGCO

The Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (the “AESC”)

Centerbridge Partners

Rain Carbon

LINE Corporation

Work highlights

  • Acting for Facebook in any disputes outside the US relating to social network activities.
  • Advising Nestlé on its compliance with data protection legislation.
  • Assisting Deutsche Bank with its GDPR compliance, including contractual issues.
  • Advised Oasis and Warehouse on its data protection legislation compliance.
  • Handling various data compliance projects for Boeing.

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Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP advises corporates in cross-border and domestic investigations and frequently advises clients caught up in investigations with regulators such as the SFO, FCA, HMRC, NCA and the police. The team, which is headed by financial crime specialist Jonathan Pickworth , regularly handles allegations of bribery, corruption, fraud, money laundering, sanctions, export controls, insider dealing, compliance, and tax and accounting issues. Jonah Anderson  was promoted to partner and is recommended for his expertise with anti-money laundering systems and controls.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Pickworth

Other key lawyers:Jonah Anderson; Joanna Dimmock; Lydia Jonson; Anneka Randhawa; Rebecca Copcutt

Testimonials

‘A very solid array of experience and really good knowledge of regulators and law enforcement’

‘A team that doesn't always follow the well-trodden path and considers matters from original angles, which can result in great benefit to clients’. 

‘The team are a real pleasure to work and socialise with’.

Work highlights

  • Represented an AIM listed client under investigation, along with its directors, by the FCA.
Leading individuals

Jonathan Pickworth - White & Case LLP

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London: Transport

Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 3

White & Case LLP

Able to leverage its international network of offices, White & Case LLP is experienced in international rail and infrastructure projects. The team's broad-base means it is also adept at handling rail sector disputes and financing matters.

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