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Greenberg Traurig, LLP

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London: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 5

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP’s competition team advises on a wide range of behavioural and compliance work, dispute resolution and regulatory issues, but notably, also has a flourishing merger control practice. In addition to traditional instructions in the aforementioned areas of competition work, the department also handles public procurement and anti-bribery matters. Moreover, the team is adept at assuming a coordinating role in complex cross-border work. In one recent highlight, it acted for Platform Specialty Products on the client’s sale of Arysta LifeScience and coordinated merger clearance filings in Latin America, Africa, the US and the EU. Department head Gillian Sproul is highly experienced in multi-jurisdictional work, and so is Lisa Navarro, who is also noted for her strong expertise across sectors such as the water industry, hospitality, medical devices, and chemicals.

Practice head(s):Gillian Sproul

Other key lawyers:Lisa Navarro

Testimonials

'Specialist knowledge of competition law'

'Communication is friendly and clear'

'A great team which provides straightforward and clear advice, always bearing in mind the client’s objectives'

'Lisa Navarro is a very focused and strategic individual with dedication to providing high-quality client service'

'Both Gillian Sproul and Lisa Navarro are great professionals'

'Gillian Sproul is excellent at finding a practical way to solve a problem and for explaining things to non-lawyers'

Key Clients

AstraZeneca

Bristol Water

Capita PLC

Platform Specialty Products

Starwood Capital Group

The Stars Group

Work highlights

  • Acted as  global merger control coordinator for Platform Specialty Products' trade sale of Arysta LifeScience to United Phosphorus.
  • Advised The Stars Group on the merger control aspects of its acquisition of SkyBet.
  • Advised AstraZeneca on the merger control aspects of its sale of certain prescription medicine rights in Europe to Grünenthal.

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Equity capital markets ‚Äď mid-large cap
Equity capital markets ‚Äď mid-large cap - ranked: tier 3

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP has a strong upper-mid market ECM practice, which consistently ranks among the most active in Main Market London Stock Exchange (LSE) equity deals. Working across the AIM and Main Markets, the practice group has stayed busy in certain market segments while others have remained quiet. Led by 'client-friendly' Andrew Caunt, the practice group acts for a spread of issuer and underwriter clients, and in the latter case, has recently started to attract instructions from bulge bracket banks such as Morgan Stanley and UBS.

Practice head(s):Andrew Caunt

Other key lawyers:James Mountain; Dorothee Fischer-Appelt

Testimonials

'The team is very responsive and provides seamless service across contacts.'

'Andrew Caunt really prioritises partnership and relationships with the client as the client grows.'

Key Clients

Deutsche Bank

UBS

Morgan Stanley

Ocean Outdoor Limited

Landscape Acquisition Limited

J2 Acquisition Limited

Liberum

Sanlam Limited

Stars Group

PLDT, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising a leading South African insurer, Sanlam Limited, on its placing of 65.5 million new shares for ZAR5.7bn ($490 million) by way of an accelerated bookbuild process to institutional investors, which was governed by English law.
  • Advised Ocean Outdoor on its readmission to the LSE’s Main Market, following its £200 million reverse takeover by Ocelot Partners Limited.
  • Advising ASX-listed Kore Potash, a potash mining project in the Democratic Republic of Congo, on its re-domiciliation from Australia to the UK through an Australian scheme of arrangement and subsequent share offering and listing in London and South Africa.
  • Acted for PLDT Inc., the largest telecom company in the Philippines, in the sale of 67.4% of its shares in Rocket Internet SE under a buyback program and negotiated its participation with Rocket Internet’s counsel.
  • Advised Liberum Capital as NOMAD and Sole Bookrunner on the £165m IPO of Urban Exposure, a specialist residential development finance company that provides finance to real estate loans across the UK.

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M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+
M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+ - ranked: tier 5

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP's London M&A practice is co-led by Paul Maher, the US firm's global vice chair, and Fiona Adams, managing partner of the London office and co-chair of the global corporate practice. Key sector focuses include pharmaceuticals and life sciences, financial services and real estate, with the team acting for high-profile clients on complex cross-border deals in these spaces and beyond. Indeed, the firm recently acted for¬†AstraZeneca on its $922m sale of Nexium and Vimovo to¬†Gr√ľnenthal.

Practice head(s):Paul Maher; Fiona Adams

Other key lawyers:Sarah Moyles; Kate Eades

Testimonials

'An extremely commercial group of lawyers who seamlessly integrate with the in-house team to provide great client service - excellent outcomes at a fair price.'

'Paul Maher is the best deal-making lawyer in the City.'

'Fiona Adams is an outstanding M&A lawyer with great customer service.'

'Paul Maher and Kate Eades are highly complementary - the team's work is end-to-end and seamless.'

'A really smart team - they care about you and the outcome, and work hard when you need them to. You feel in safe hands, but also part of a winning team.'

Key Clients

AstraZeneca PLC

Rentokil Initial PLC

Smiths Group PLC

InterContinental Hotels Group plc

Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation

Cromwell European Real Estate Investment Trust

Goldman Sachs International

Deutsche Bank AG

Brockton Capital

BNP Paribas Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Japanese industrial gas producer TNSC and its US subsidiary Matheson Tri-Gas (MTG) in an auction process to acquire Linde Praxair's European industrial gas business for approximately €5bn.
  • Represented AstraZeneca on the $922m sale of Nexium in Europe and Vimovo worldwide (other than the US and Japan) to Grünenthal.
  • Advised InterContinental Hotels Group on its arrangement with Covivio to acquire the operating businesses, rebrand and operate 12 high-quality open hotels and one pipeline hotel in the UK
  • Represented BNP Paribas Group and its local subsidiary BGŻ BNP Paribas on the £650m acquisition of the core banking business of Raiffeisen Bank Polska.
  • Represented a mining investment company in its acquisition of an indirect minority interest in a foreign aluminium company.
Leading individuals

Paul Maher - Greenberg Traurig, LLP

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: white-collar crime
Fraud: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 4

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Since launching its UK white collar defence and special investigations practice in 2018 with the hire of Barry Vitou from  Pinsent Masons LLP , US firm  Greenberg Traurig, LLP has been on an upward trajectory. In addition to its work for corporates, the team also advises individuals facing domestic and international investigations by various regulatory authorities including the FCA, HMRC, CPS and SFO. Areas of expertise include worldwide criminal money laundering investigations, bribery, recovery orders, enforcement, compliance, pre-investigations, investigations and prosecution. Anne-Marie Ottaway joined as partner from Pinsent Masons LLP in October 2018.

Practice head(s):Barry Vitou

Other key lawyers:Anne-Marie Ottaway; Gareth Hall

Testimonials

‘A wide range of hands-on experience and expert knowledge of UK regulators and law enforcement agencies’.

‘A really good grasp of the underlying issues behind a matter’.

'An ability to find solutions that don’t “boil the ocean', which helps keep costs down’.

Key Clients

Roger Jenkins, former Barclays' investment banker in the Middle East

Work highlights

  • Continuing to represent Roger Jenkins, former head of Barclays’ investment banking and investment management business in the Middle East, in connection with his trial at Southwark Crown Court, which started on 9 January 2019.

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London: Finance

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans - ranked: tier 5

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Leading mandates out of London, and also regularly supporting on the English law aspects of deals handled out of the US, Greenberg Traurig, LLP's four-partner team excels in complex cross-border financing work for a primarily borrower-focused client base. The team has a particular focus on real estate-related work, as well as a growing prominence in the music/entertainment sector. The 'very technical' team head, Emma Menzies, handles general syndicated lending as part of her broad-ranging finance offering.

Practice head(s):Emma Menzies

Other key lawyers:Gary Bellingham; Dorothee Fischer-Appelt

Testimonials

'The team inspires trust in the feedback and advice being provided.'

'Emma Menzies is a very clear communicator.'

Key Clients

Nomad Foods Limited

Stars Group

JP Morgan Chase, National Association

XXIII Capital Partners Limited

Zenprop

Nomad Midco Europe Limited

Highgate Unit Trust

Oxford Technology Park

KDB; Societe Generale

DRC Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Nomad Foods in a $240m bank debt and high-yield financing for the acquisition of Aunt Bessie's.
  • Acted as English counsel to Toronto-based Stars Group on its $3.4bn unsecured senior high yield note offering to fund its acquisition of Sky Betting & Gaming.
  • Representation of JP Morgan as English counsel on several financings to a UK music publisher.
  • Representation of UK subsidiary of Zenprop, a South African multinational real estate developer, in a £25m revolving credit facility provided by Investec Bank plc.
  • Representation of Highgate Unit Trust in a £50m facility agreement (and subsequent increase) granted by Santander for the purpose of acquiring a property-owning target company and its subsidiary as well as other properties.

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Transport finance & leasing
Leading individuals

Graeme McLellan - Greenberg Traurig, LLP

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Real estate funds
Real estate funds - ranked: tier 1

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Practitioners at Greenberg Traurig, LLP's investment funds department garner client praise for their ability to 'explain legal principles in clear and straightforward language'. With the arrival of funds tax expert Ben Eaton from Goodwin in November 2018, the integrated funds tax sub-team now boasts three dedicated partners. The client roster features a large number of funds raised with US capital or overseen by US-based managers, which are areas of specialist expertise for the firm. 'Commercially-minded' partner Steven Cowins leads the offering; Marc Snell and associate Kate Phillips are also highly recommended. Recent highlights include Cowins and others representing Rialto Capital on its fourth flagship US debt fund focusing on commercial mortgage backed securities and loans; the fund is targeting commitments of $2bn.

Practice head(s):Steven Cowins

Other key lawyers:Kate Phillips; Marc Snell

Testimonials

'The team's key strengths include its knowledge across multiple related disciplines  such as tax and regulatory and its multi-disciplinary approach, which results in a largely seamless service'.

'Greenberg Traurig have a very personal approach and put effort in to get to know their clients personally'.

'Excellent commercial understanding of real estate fund formation and management. Efficient at bringing together complex deals under pressure'.

'Steven Cowins is enthusiastic, responsive, commercially astute and possesses a great breadth of knowledge'.

'The team at Greenberg Traurig are very commercial but also possess the legal knowledge to back up its approach'.

'Steven Cowins is well-connected, always reachable and a great problem solver'.

'Kate Phillips is very efficient and takes responsibility for managing the deal process'.

Key Clients

British Airways Pension Fund

Brockton

Canmoor Asset Management

Chayton Capital

Cording Asset Management

Europa Capital

M3/Atrium Finance

Mitheridge Capital Management

MGT Investment Management and Lincoln Property Company

Paloma Capital

Patrizia

Revcap

Rialto Capital

Starwood Capital

Work highlights

  • Representation of British Airways Pension Trustee Limited on its partnership with General Ventures JAG Limited and General Projects RE Limited.
  • Representation of the founders of real estate investment fund Brockton Capital on a series of agreements with Alony Hetz, the Israel-listed property company, to establish a new permanent capital vehicle called Brockton Everlast to invest in the UK.
  • Representation of Canmoor Asset Management in relation to a UK pension fund to invest in UK real estate.
  • Representation of new client Chayton Capital on the incorporation and fundraising processes for its South Eastern European opportunistic real estate fund, SEE Real Estate I, targeting commitments of €100-150 million.
  • Representation of Cording Asset Engagement on a fund backed by a well-known UK pension fund to invest in UK real estate, as well as exploring other fund products.
Rising stars

Kate Phillips - Greenberg Traurig, LLP

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Water
Water - ranked: tier 2

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP has substantial strength in the regulatory landscape of the water sector and has an excellent track record in the contentious space. Clients such as Bristol Water frequently appoint the firm to advise on matters in the water sector, such as challenges before the Competition and Markets Authority to Ofwat's PR19. Lisa Navarro and Gillian Sproul jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):Lisa Navarro; Gillian Sproul

Testimonials

'Lisa Navarro is a leader in her field of water regulation. Known for her excellent technical knowledge of a difficult regulatory landscape and unique insight, she is also very hard working.'

Key Clients

Bristol Water

Work highlights

  • Having settled Ofwat's Competition Act investigation into Bristol Water in March 2015, the group has since then continued to provide a formal monitoring role providing assurance of compliance with those commitments to Ofwat.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: development
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 3

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP's practice, which has ‚Äėdeep expertise in all areas of commercial property‚Äô, is particularly acclaimed for investment and development matters. The team is well-versed in acquisition and finance-related instructions as well as projects in luxury hospitality, co-living, the private rented sector and build to rent. Tim Webb¬†is a key name and is experienced in representing domestic and multinational real estate companies, private equity funds and family offices on projects across the UK, Europe, South East Asia, China and Brazil. The department has recently seen partner count increase with the arrivals of Carol Hopper¬†and Partha Pal¬†from Ropes & Gray LLP¬†alongside Ben Eaton¬†from Goodwin.

Practice head(s):Danielle Martin; Matthew Priday

Other key lawyers:Steven Cowins; Sarah Atkinson; Michael Goldberg; Tim Webb

Testimonials

'The team are incredibly knowledgeable but just as important to a client is that they are very user-friendly and take a common sense approach to providing the right advice.'

'Sarah Atkinson and Dani Martin are a pleasure to work with. They are both exceptional in providing the right advice in a timely manner and are very easy to work with.'

'Very responsive to client needs. Deep expertise in all areas of commercial property due diligence, security and documentation. Client interest at forefront of mind at all times.'

'Partha Pal, Carol Hopper, Priya Patel, Samantha De Souza make an outstanding team.'

Key Clients

Aviva

British Airways Pension Fund

Goodman

Hines

Angelo Gordon

Patrizia

Blackstone

Schroders

Starwood Capital

Catalyst Capital

Work highlights

  • Represented new client Starlend UK on the acquisition of the Silvertown Quays development site, Royal Docks, London from First Base, Macquarie Capital and Chelsfield Properties.
  • Represented MGT Investment Management and Lincoln Property Company on the acquisition of the Station Hill development site in central Reading.
  • Represented real estate investment company Goodman with the drawdown of development leases under the Eastside Locks development.
  • Represented Aviva on the £90m sale of a logistics development site to Lidl forming part of the Houghton Regis development site.
  • Represented Leopard Investment Holding LLP on the £200m acquisition of a development site in Chelsea. The site will be used by Auriens to developed a super prime senior and assisted living facility.
Leading individuals

Tim Webb - Greenberg Traurig, LLP

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

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP's practice, which has ‚Äėdeep expertise in all areas of commercial property‚Äô, is particularly acclaimed for investment and development matters. The team is well-versed in acquisition and finance-related instructions as well as projects in luxury hospitality, co-living, the private rented sector and build to rent. Tim Webb¬†is a key name and is experienced in representing domestic and multinational real estate companies, private equity funds and family offices on projects across the UK, Europe, South East Asia, China and Brazil. The department has recently seen partner count increase with the arrivals of Carol Hopper¬†and Partha Pal¬†from Ropes & Gray LLP¬†alongside Ben Eaton¬†from Goodwin.

Practice head(s):Danielle Martin; Matthew Priday

Other key lawyers:Sarah Atkinson; Steven Cowins

Testimonials

'The team are incredibly knowledgeable but just as important to a client is that they are very user-friendly and take a common sense approach to providing the right advice.'

'Sarah Atkinson and Dani Martin are a pleasure to work with. They are both exceptional in providing the right advice in a timely manner and are very easy to work with.'

'Very responsive to client needs. Deep expertise in all areas of commercial property due diligence, security and documentation. Client interest at forefront of mind at all times.'

'Partha Pal, Carol Hopper, Priya Patel, Samantha De Souza make an outstanding team.'

Key Clients

Aviva

British Airways Pension Fund

Goodman

Hines

Angelo Gordon

Patrizia

Blackstone

Schroders

Starwood Capital

Catalyst Capital

Work highlights

  • Represented new client Starlend UK on the acquisition of the Silvertown Quays development site, Royal Docks, London from First Base, Macquarie Capital and Chelsfield Properties.
  • Represented MGT Investment Management and Lincoln Property Company on the acquisition of the Station Hill development site in central Reading.
  • Represented real estate investment company Goodman with the drawdown of development leases under the Eastside Locks development.
  • Represented real estate developer TC Old Oak, known as The Collective, on the management buyout of their flagship co-living building Old Oak, in West London, from Singaporean and UK-based private wealth backers.
  • Represented Goldman Sachs’s new UK affiliate Bricks Acquisitions on its tender offer for 100% of shares in ROBYG, a real estate developer listed in the Warsaw Stock Exchange.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 5

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP has particular expertise in advising on cross-border European matters. Clients include banks and non-bank lenders, funds, developers and investors. The key contacts are Emma Menzies and Gary Bellingham, who has experience in the logistics, hotels, student accommodation and PRS sectors. The team was also strengthened by the arrival of Partha Pal and Carol Hopper from Ropes & Gray LLP; Pal has expertise in cross-border transactions, while Hopper has been active advising non-bank lenders on developments in the PRS and co-working spaces.

Other key lawyers:Emma Menzies; Gary Bellingham; Steven Cowins; Partha Pal; Carol Hopper

Testimonials

'Greenberg Traurig is very responsive to client needs; has deep expertise in all areas of commercial property due diligence, security and documentation; and keeps the client's interests at the forefront of the mind at all times.'

'Partha Pal and Carol Hopper make an outstanding team.'

Key Clients

Teachers Insurance & Annuity Association of America

Nuveen Real Estate

Highgate Crofton Unit Trust

Heitman

M7

Kernel Court Limited

Paloma Capital

The Collective

Cosmos Ventures

Europa Capital

DRC Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Highgate Crofton Unit Trust on the acquisition of Crofton Place Estate Company Limited and its wholly owned subsidiary Crofton Place Investments Limited.
  • Advising the company behind the development of Oxford Technology Park on a financing provided by the Bank of London and Middle East to build a hotel and restaurant.
  • Advising real estate investment manager Heitman in connection with the acquisition financing provided by PGIM Real Estate Finance to the client to acquire two residential towers in Amsterdam.
  • Advising M7 Real Estate Investment Partners in connection with a refinancing with Lloyds Bank plc to assist with the acquisition and development of a site in Solihull.
  • Advising Kernel Court Limited, a development vehicle owned by student accommodation specialists Scape, in connection with an acquisition facility provided by Gravis Capital Partners with the aim of developing the site into student accommodation.

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London: Risk advisory

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

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP’s white-collar defence and special investigations team was launched in May 2018 with the arrival of Barry Vitou from Pinsent Masons LLP and gained further traction with the addition of Anne-Marie Ottaway from the same firm in October that year. Vitou, who serves as co-chair of Greenberg's global white collar criminal defense practice, as well as head of the London team, is well known for business crime defence work and investigations, as well as for advisory work around the UK Bribery Act. The team is experienced in cross-border matters, advising on investigations by various regulators including the SFO, FCA, HMRC , DoJ, SEC and CPS. Its cases include worldwide criminal money laundering investigations, fraud, enforcement and bribery cases.

Practice head(s):Barry Vitou

Other key lawyers:Anne-Marie Ottaway; Gareth Hall

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge of regulators and law-enforcement’.

‘Maintains good relationships within the law-enforcement community to ensure that lines of communication are always maintained’.      

‘An ability to find solutions quickly and focus upon the most important factors of a matter’.             

Work highlights

  • Representation of KBR's UK subsidiaries in connection with its historic dealings with Unaoil.
  • FCA enforcement investigation into printing and flying.
  • Advising a corporate client whose software was compromised by a criminal cyber hack, extortion, blackmail and a connected allegation of common assault by one of its employees.
  • Advising on potential UK criminal law risks from investing in overseas cannabis businesses.
  • Advising a London real estate developer in connection with the proposed acquisition of property in Belgravia owned by a well known Russian Oligarch under investigation for the alleged theft of several billion USD.
Leading individuals

Anne-Marie Ottaway - Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Barry Vitou - Greenberg Traurig, LLP

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