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London: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 6

Winston & Strawn London LLP

At Winston & Strawn London LLP, the competition law department advises high-profile clients on competition aspects of corporate transactions, as well as on contentious matters before the European Commission and national authorities. Led by practice head Peter Crowther, the team is also very active in the regulatory space. Due to its expertise in international trade law, the group is adept at handling cross-border matters as well, and has particular experience in matters with  Japan and Russia. Sector-specific expertise include petrochemicals, insurance, pharmaceuticals, retail, and publishing.

Practice head(s):Peter Crowther

Key Clients

Hitachi Metals

XL Catlin

Sberbank of Russia

Liberty Specialty Markets

Silgan Holdings

InterChem

Apollo Syndicate Management Ltd.

Argand Partners

Work highlights

  • Advising XL Catlin on competition law issues.
  • Advised Sberbank on issues regarding EU capital market access restrictions imposed by the Council of the European Union against a number of leading Russian banks.
  • Represented Hitachi Metals in its appeal before the General Court against a decision taken by the European Commission.
  • Advises Liberty Specialty Markets on the application of international sanctions to its business.

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EU and competition: trade, WTO anti-dumping and customs
EU and competition: trade, WTO anti-dumping and customs - ranked: tier 3

Winston & Strawn London LLP

Recent highlights at Winston & Strawn London LLP include advising leading multinational companies and global insurance companies on the sanctions regime applicable internationally. The team is also highly experienced in providing complex regulatory advice and compliance analysis in sectors including petrochemicals, retail and publishing. Also of note is the team’s strength in the Japanese and Russian markets. Peter Crowther heads the department and has expertise in sanctions work.

Practice head(s):Peter Crowther

Key Clients

Hitachi Metals

XL Catlin

Sberbank of Russia

Liberty Specialty Markets

Silgan Holdings

InterChem Pte

Apollo Syndicate Management

Argand Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised XL Catlin in relation to both competition law and international trade sanctions.
  • Advised Sberbank in relation to EU capital market access restrictions imposed by the Council of the European Union.
  • Advised Liberty Specialty Markets in relation to the application of international trade sanctions to the client's business.
  • Advised InterChem on all aspects of compliance and international trade sanctions issues.
  • Provided international trade sanctions and compliance advice to Apollo, a Lloyd’s syndicate.

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Financial services: contentious
Financial services: contentious - ranked: tier 5

Winston & Strawn London LLP

With offices in the UK and US, Winston & Strawn London LLP provides expertise in investigations conducted by European regulatory bodies as well as US regulators and prosecutors, including the DOJ and the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission.  Notable in the area is associate Bibinaz Sarraf-Yazdi. Former practice head Justin McClelland left for Stephenson Harwood in 2019.

Other key lawyers:Bibinaz Sarraf-Yazdi

Testimonials

Work highlights

  • Acting for associated UK and US financial services companies in respect of complex and multi-faceted investigations by regulatory authorities in several jurisdictions.
  • Advising a technology company and its affiliates on a dispute arising out of the entry into Special Administration of a UK FCA-regulated firm.
  • Advising a global accountancy firm in respect of an investigation by the ICAEW.
  • Representing a former General Counsel in respect of an SFO investigation.
  • Representing an individual under investigation by UK and US on matters relating to LIBOR.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 6

Winston & Strawn London LLP

Winston & Strawn London LLP's 'specialised litigation team in London' frequently acts as the co-ordinating hub for major international disputes across Europe, Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Michael Madden leads the firm’s commercial litigation team in London and regularly assists with disputes involving corporate acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures; Daniel Meagher, who is experienced in disputes involving energy, aviation, financial services, telecoms, construction, and shareholders, was made partner, while Justin McClelland left for Stephenson Harwood.

Practice head(s):Michael Madden; Daniel Meagher

Testimonials

'A niche practice in the UK but the team does punch above its weight'.

'Michael Madden does outstanding work and deploys a range of skills necessary to be successful in this area, not least tenacity and a thorough grasp of the issues'.

Key Clients

Shebah Exploration and Production Company

Telereal

Work highlights

  • Represented Shebah Exploration and Production Company in a dispute surrounding a high-value facility agreement.

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Competition litigation
Competition litigation - ranked: tier 4

Winston & Strawn London LLP

Winston & Strawn London LLP represents defendants in proceedings relating to cartels and merger control issues. Practice head Peter Crowther splits his time between the firm’s offices in London and Brussels. In one notable work highlight, the team is advising Hitachi Metals on its appeal to the General Court against the European Commission’s power cables cartel decision. Other sectors of focus for the group include broadcasting, pharmaceuticals, commodity products, petrochemicals, and telecoms.

Practice head(s):Peter Crowther

Key Clients

Hitachi Metals

XL Catlin

Sberbank

Liberty Specialty Markets

Silgan Holdings

InterChem

Apollo Syndicate Management

Argand Partners

Work highlights

  • Represented Hitachi Metals in its appeal to the EU General Court against the European Commission’s decision following the power cables cartel investigation.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Winston & Strawn London LLP

A substantial part of Winston & Strawn London LLP's docket includes large-scale infrastructure disputes, including energy, power and transportation projects. The firm 'has an outstanding arbitration practice' that fields Michael Stepek, who is highly rated for international commercial and investment treaty arbitration; also key to the group are Matthew Bate and international arbitration practice chair Ricardo Ugarte, who divides his time between Chicago and London. Daniel Meagher made partner in 2018.

Practice head(s):Ricardo Ugarte; Michael Stepek

Other key lawyers:Matthew Bate; Daniel Meagher

Testimonials

'This is a really good arbitration team'.

'Michael Stepek is an excellent lawyer, who is very well prepared, quick on his feet when necessary, but also reasonable and measured in arguments'.

'Matthew Bate is extremely good and writes excellent briefs'.

Key Clients

Super-Max Mauritius

Maritech International

Century Bridge Capital

Dominion Minerals Corp

Eskosol

The Republic of Ecuador

Work highlights

  • Represented Dominion Minerals Corp (DMC) in its claim (pursuant to the US' treaty with Panama) over DMC's investment in a copper and gold concession.

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London: Finance

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans - ranked: tier 4

Winston & Strawn London LLP

Well hedged by virtue of its expertise handling deals in both developed and emerging markets,¬†Winston & Strawn London LLP¬†has solid deal flow on behalf of traditional and development financing institutions, often involving syndicated lender structuring. Able to provide UK and US law advice on financing mandates, the team has expertise across the capital structure, including on senior, subordinated, secured and unsecured debt and hybrid structures. One of the founding partners of the London office,¬†Zo√ę Ashcroft,¬† has a particular niche advising on¬†cross-border financings in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Practice head(s):Zoë Ashcroft; Ian Borman

Other key lawyers:Daniela Cohen; Conor Boyle

Testimonials

'Ian Borman is a master of his brief and a match for a roomful of opposing counsel.'

Key Clients

BMO Harris Bank

Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical Co

Argand Partners

Barings Finance

Hiscox Insurance plc

Citizens, NA

Deutsche Bank

Guggenheim Securities

AM Castle

Metric Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Hiscox plc on its $800m refinancing involving a syndicate of banks.
  • Represented General American Capital Partners on the equity and financing aspects of its acquisition of professional French football club, Les Girondins de Bordeaux.
  • Represented Industrea Acquisition Corp. in connection with the acquisition of Brundage Bone Concrete Pumping Holdings Inc. and related financing.
  • Representing a Nigerian oil and gas exploration company as a joint venture partner in connection with a high-value reserves-based lending facility relating to the development of oil fields in Nigeria.

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Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 4

Winston & Strawn London LLP

Winston & Strawn London LLP¬†advises on transactional and contentious matters in emerging markets, particularly in¬†Africa, the Middle East and Asia.¬†London head of corporate and finance Zo√ę Ashcroft¬†handled groundbreaking transactions in 2018, which included¬†representing a Nigerian oil and gas exploration company as a joint venture partner in connection with a high-value reserves based lending facility. She continues to focus on emerging markets matters and concentrates principally on matters in Nigeria.¬†Global co-chair of project finance James Simpson¬†has a prominent role in¬†power development and financing in the CEE and the former Soviet Union. He acted for¬†Electrogas Malta in the Delimara 4 LNG-to-Power project. The firm hired¬†Anthony Riley from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP, who has expertise in finance in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Practice head(s):Zoë Ashcroft; James Simpson

Key Clients

AM Castle

Barings Finance, LLC

BMO Harris Bank

Citizens, NA

Deutsche Bank

Guggenheim Securities

Metalloinvest

Prudential

Superior Industries International, Inc.

MetLife

Work highlights

  • Representing Electrogas Malta on all aspects of the ground-breaking Delimara 4 LNG-to-Power project.
  • Represented BNP Paribas, Bank of Utah and various other banks in relation to the restructuring by a leading Latin American airline of the leasing arrangements for an Airbus A350-900 aircraft to Qatar Airways.
  • Represented the ECAs and BNP Paribas in relation to the restructuring of a number of Airbus aircraft for a leading Latin American airline.
  • Representing Stifel on the acquisition of 14 aircraft engines from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS).
  • Represented Banco Santander in relation to the deconsolidation of Tenca Leasing Limited, to effect the transfer of ownership of Tenca Leasing Limited from LATAM Airlines (LATAM) to Maples FS.

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Transport finance & leasing
Transport finance & leasing - ranked: tier 4

Winston & Strawn London LLP

Headed by Mark Moody, Winston & Strawn London LLP's two-partner team is able to provide UK and US law capability to a primarily creditor-focused aviation sector client base, including banks, leasing companies and export credit agencies. Moody continues to advise European ECAs on an "off-panel" basis on selected ECA-supported aircraft finance portfolios, particularly for Latin American-based airlines, where he 'demonstrates exceptional familiarity with local law peculiarities and how those impact on ECA-supported aircraft financings'. The team was bolstered in August 2019 by the arrival of Alison Weal from White & Case LLP.

Practice head(s):Mark Moody

Other key lawyers:Chris Boresjo; Alison Weal; Rishi Raheja

Testimonials

'The team provides a high level of attention to detail and responsiveness, resulting in exceptional standards of delivery'.

'Mark Moody continues to provide high-level guidance on ongoing ECA-supported aircraft financings'.

Key Clients

Finnair

Aviation Capital Group

AerCap

European Export Credit Agencies (UK Export Finance, Bpifrance, Euler Hermes)

BNP Paribas

Deutsche Bank

Helaba LandesbankHessen-Thüringen Girozentrale

Natixis

MUFG Bank

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Aviation Capital Group (ACG) on the lease restructuring of several Boeing 737-800 aircraft on lease to Garuda.
  • Representing ACG on the purchase of one Bermuda registered Boeing 747-800F aircraft from GE Capital Aviation Services.
  • Represented Finnair on the Japanese operating lease of one Airbus A350-900 aircraft.
  • Represented the ECAs and BNP Paribas in relation to the restructuring of a number of Airbus aircraft for a leading Latin American airline.
  • Represented MUFG, ING, KfW and Norinchukin in connection with the Japanese operating lease financing in respect of eight Boeing 737-MAX9 aircraft for the Panamanian airline COPA.
Next Generation Partners

Alison Weal - Winston & Strawn London LLP

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)
Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) - ranked: tier 4

Winston & Strawn London LLP

Winston & Strawn London LLP has a particularly strong standing with governments all over the world, which it advises on matters ranging from PPP projects, project development and financing, to regulatory issues, privatisations and commercialisation programs. The team is also regularly instructed by other parties such as investors and contractors to handle transactions and financings. James Simpson leads the practice and has more than 30 years' experience in the area, enabling him to advise across a broad spectrum of matters.  Newly made-up partner Jason Parker is active in the Middle East as well as in Africa. Stephen Jurgenson  left for Clyde & Co LLP  in summer 2019.

Practice head(s):James Simpson

Other key lawyers:Jason Parker; Conor Boyle

Testimonials

'A well-briefed team, with good knowledge of the particular requirements and difficulties associated with a range of  situations.'

'Jason Parker is hands-on, knowledgeable and proactive with his advice. An extremely capable transactional and project development lawyer whose Middle East and sector experience brings much added value.'

 

Key Clients

Electrogas Malta Limited

Emirates Water and Electric Company (formerly ADWEA)

SEPLAT Petroleum Development Company Plc

Rabigh Refining & Petrochemical Company

Energy Capital Vietnam

Work highlights

  • Continue to advise Electrogas Malta on ongoing aspects of the Delimara 4 LNG-to-Power project.
  • Acting for Energy Capital Vietnam on a $4bn LNG-fuelled power plant project in Vietnam.
  • Advising on an Abu Dhabi government capital investment programme which forms a part of Plan Abu Dhabi 2030.
  • Acting as project counsel on a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal and distribution facility in Sardinia.
  • Advising on the construction of a 60-mile gas pipeline system in Ohio.

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 3

Winston & Strawn London LLP

Winston & Strawn London LLP¬†is especially strong in the corporate, financing and project development matters, and recently expanded its presence in the petrochemical space. The team has continued to be particularly active in the LNG field, where it acts for sponsors and other entities across the world. The practice is jointly led by James Simpson, who has extensive experience advising on international transactions in the oil and gas sector, and Zo√ę Ashcroft, who is noted for her expertise in transactions in emerging markets (particularly Sub-Saharan Africa).¬†Jason Parker¬†was recently promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):James Simpson; Zoë Ashcroft

Other key lawyers:Stephen Jurgenson; Jason Parker

Testimonials

'Winston's practice stands out in that it can truly deliver and manage a global transaction with multiple jurisdictions involved. It delivers a seamless and practical service.'

'Stewart Worthy and Nicholas Usher are both great - excellent deal captains!'

Key Clients

Electrogas Malta Limited

Emirates Water and Electric Company (formerly ADWEA)

SEPLAT Petroleum Development Company Plc

Shebah Exploration and Production Company Limited

Rabigh Refining & Petrochemical Company

Energy Capital Vietnam

Work highlights

  • Advising Electrogas Malta on all aspects of the groundbreaking Delimara 4 LNG-to-power project.
  • Acting for Energy Capital Vietnam in a $4bn LNG-fuelled power plant in Bac Lieu, Vietnam.

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Water
Water - ranked: tier 3

Winston & Strawn London LLP

Winston & Strawn London LLP's James Simpson advises project sponsors, developers, investors, contractors, operating companies, service companies, and governments on large-scale water and wastewater projects and related financings around the world, including Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Turkey.

Practice head(s):James Simpson

Other key lawyers:Stephen Jurgenson

Key Clients

Electrogas Malta Limited

Emirates Water and Electric Company (formerly ADWEA)

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 6

Winston & Strawn London LLP

Winston & Strawn London LLP's sports team acts for the British Athletes Commission (BAC) and associated athletes and governing bodies in a wide range of mandates that includes defending misconduct allegations, investigating duty of care issues, carrying out selection policy reviews, and representing individuals in anti-doping claims levied against them by regulators. Peter Crowther represents athletes and the BAC in relation to complaints and investigations concerning athlete welfare, performance development, funding, doping and athlete agreements.

Practice head(s):Peter Crowther

Other key lawyers:Lisa Hatfield

Key Clients

Professional Football Club CSKA-Sofia JSC

Substantial shareholder in Swansea City Football Club

British Athletes Commission

Work highlights

  • Representing Bulgarian football club CSKA Sofia in an appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
  • Providing ongoing legal advice to the British Athletes Commission in relation to various issues affecting the elite-level athletes represented by the BAC including high-profile duty of care in sport issues, selection issues, doping allegations, and communications with NGBs and UK Sport.

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London: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 4

Winston & Strawn London LLP

Winston & Strawn London LLP stands out for its aviation finance expertise, but it also handles a range of regulatory issues, infrastructure mandates, tax, fleet management and environmental matters in the sector.

Practice head(s):Mark Moody

Key Clients

Finnair

Aviation Capital Group

AerCap

European Export Credit Agencies (UK Export Finance, Bpifrance, Euler Hermes)

BNP Paribas

Deutsche Bank

Helaba Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale

Natixis

MUFG Bank

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Work highlights

  • Representing ACG on the lease restructuring of several Boeing 737-800 aircraft on lease to Garuda.
  • Representing ACG on the purchase of one Bermuda registered Boeing 747-800F aircraft from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS).
  • Represented Finnair on the Japanese operating lease of one Airbus A350-900 aircraft.
  • Represented the ECAs and BNP Paribas in relation to the restructuring of a number of Airbus aircraft for a leading Latin American airline.
  • Represented MUFG, ING, KfW and Norinchukin in connection with the Japanese operating lease financing in respect of eight Boeing 737-MAX9 aircraft for the Panamanian airline, COPA.

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