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Winston & Strawn LLP

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The firm: Founded in 1853, Winston & Strawn LLP is an international law firm with more than 900 attorneys among 17 offices across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America.

In the UK, Winston focuses on capital markets and securitisation, cross-border M&A and finance, project and transportation finance, privacy and data security, private equity and venture capital, tax, litigation, international arbitration, contentious regulatory, and antitrust/competition services.

Types of work undertaken:Corporate and finance: Winston√ʬĬôs corporate practice provides securities and M&A services to multinational companies and investment banks. The firm√ʬĬôs private equity work encompasses capital raising, investment and divestiture, and operational activities. It represents clients in capital markets, corporate lending, project finance, transportation finance, securitisation, lease finance, and derivatives transactions and provides restructuring and insolvency advice.

The firm advises public and private companies, leading financial institutions, private equity and investment funds, funding sources, investors, and emerging companies on a broad range of high-profile cross-border transactions. Its lawyers in the financial services practice assist clients in bank regulatory and compliance, investment management, private funds, broker-dealer, initial public offerings, futures/exchange matters, and transportation/aviation finance.

Project finance: Winston has advised public and private lenders, project sponsors and developers, host governments, off-takers, and other project counter-parties and participants on a broad range of non-recourse and limited recourse financings. With broad country and industry experience, its team has structured, negotiated and closed complex √ʬĬėfirst of their kind√ʬĬô projects and related financings across a wide range of sectors and jurisdictions.

Litigation: Winston is a dispute resolution powerhouse, routinely handling some of the most critical disputes faced by companies, governments and individuals. The London litigation team focuses on complex commercial litigation, contentious regulatory and investigations, and arbitration and mediation in a variety of practice areas, including fraud and white-collar crime, antitrust/competition, commercial, securities, trade and insolvency matters, as well as regulatory investigations and disciplinary proceedings.

Winston√ʬĬôs lawyers have been involved in some of the most innovative litigation before the English courts across the commercial spectrum. Cases have ranged from injunctions to protect confidential information, to innovative litigation to protect brands, complex tax litigation, real estate litigation and accounting disputes. The breadth of the firm√ʬĬôs contentious experience ideally positions it to handle multi-disciplinary and large-scale cross-border issues.

EU antitrust/competition: Winston√ʬĬôs experienced EU antitrust/competition team has a distinguished reputation for successfully advising high-profile clients on a full range of competition and regulatory issues. The team regularly assists companies, industry associations and governments in navigating applicable laws and regulations to achieve their strategic business goals √ʬĬď often via the development of creative strategies. Winston√ʬĬôs EU competition lawyers also represent clients on a variety of EU high-stakes competition matters before the European Commission, EU member state authorities, and the European community courts.

International arbitration: the firm√ʬĬôs international arbitration practice is well-known for both commercial and investor-state arbitration. Winston acts for a broad range of companies, governments, and individuals, representing them on some of the largest and most complex multi-jurisdictional disputes in the world. The firm also excels in mid-sized, commercial arbitration, and a variety of mediation proceedings, as well as court actions enforcing or challenging arbitral awards.

Other offices: Brussels, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Dubai, Hong Kong, Houston, Los Angeles, Moscow, New York, Newark, Paris, San Francisco, Shanghai, Silicon Valley and Washington, DC.


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