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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 1

Dentons

Dentons' first-rate team includes Martin Fanning, who 'applies a commercial mindset to legal issues'. The group assists clients with the gamut of commercial contracts in areas such as retail, aviation, healthcare and energy, among others.  Scott Singer, and senior associates Tristan Jonckheer and Nicola Harding, who assisted John Lewis Partnership with negotiating a number of major commercial deals in 2017, such as its contractual joint venture with HSBC to provide John Lewis-branded personal loans to customers. On the IT front, Dan Burge and senior associate Henrietta Baker advised EDF Energy on its application maintenance and development arrangements with TCS. Andy Lucas has a strong track record in public sector outsourcing projects, and acts for a number of government departments, including the Home Office and Ministry of Defence. Babette Märzheuser-Wood and Tatiana Kruse are also recommended. The firm expanded its offering in the Scottish market in 2017 by merging with Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens; the team now includes Alison Bryce and Ross Nicol, both of whom are based in Glasgow.

Leading individuals

Martin Fanning - Dentons

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 5

Dentons

The team at¬†Dentons¬†provides 'an excellent level of service' and demonstrates 'a good level of professionalism' in relation to the spectrum of transactional tax work. The team is going through a period of expansion; the 'remarkable'¬†Alex Tostevin¬†joined from¬†Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP¬†in June 2017, while in March 2018,¬†James Meakin¬†joined from¬†Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. The tax group also benefited from 2017's merger with the Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens, which added consultant¬†Alastair MacLeod. Highlights included advising KKR on its successful ‚ā¨6.82bn bid to acquire the spreads business of Unilever; which included identifying tax risks and preparing the tax aspects of the revised bid documentation. Group leader¬†Alex Thomas¬†(who 'works well with the deal team')¬†advised long-term tax client Green Property Holdings on the ¬£130m sale of 67 Lombard Street to Singapore-based Ho Bee Land. On the advisory front, the group assisted HSBC and¬†Soci√©t√© G√©n√©rale with the tax aspects of debt funding for the purpose of a re-financing in the real estate sector. Suhail Qureshi left the firm for an in-house position in September 2017.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

Sector-focused practice¬†Dentons¬†‚Äėprovides an exceptional level of overall service‚Äô, with expertise in energy, financial services, retail, transport, media and government projects. ‚ÄėBrilliant competition lawyer‚Äô¬†Adrian Magnus¬†heads the practice and is noted for his ‚Äėblend of legal expertise and commercial acumen‚Äô. Magnus acted for PT Pertamina on the competition aspects of its joint venture with Rosneft to construct and operate Indonesia‚Äôs first new oil refinery for 22 years and advised for Transport for London on the state aid considerations of its commitment to offer 4G coverage on the London Underground. Other key team members include ‚Äėreliable, helpful and approachable‚Äô counsel¬†Rebecca Owen-Howes¬†and senior associate¬†Christopher Graf¬†(‚Äėdefinitely a talent‚Äô who ‚Äėgoes the extra mile for his clients‚Äô). On a national basis the firm‚Äôs merger with Maclay, Murray & Spens enlarged the team with the addition of Glasgow-based¬†Michael Dean¬†and Edinburgh-based¬†Catriona Munro¬†.

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Equity capital markets
Equity capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Dentons' 'very effective' practice provides 'rapid responses', and is frequently active on complex cross-border mandates. 'Capital markets guru'¬†Nikolas Colbridge¬†has 'deep knowledge of the global equity capital markets environment'; he acted for DP Eurasia on its ¬£148m IPO on the LSE. Colbridge,¬†Nick Hayday¬†and¬†Darren Acres¬†advised Hurricane Energy on a $300m equity fundraising and a $230m fundraising involving convertible bonds via accelerated book-build.¬†The 'very talented', US-qualified¬†Cameron Half, who has 'deep knowledge of equity capital markets, depositary agreements and investment banking', acted for VGP on its ‚ā¨285m follow-on equity offering. The 'stellar, business-oriented'¬†Neil Nicholson¬†'always puts client service first';¬†Brian Moore¬†and¬†Guy Norfolk¬†are also recommended.

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Financial services
Financial services (non-contentious/ regulatory) - ranked: tier 5

Dentons

Considerably strengthened on the non-contentious and contentious front both as a result of the firm's merger with Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens, as well as several astute lateral hires including Celyn Armstrong and Jonathan Garforth from Linklaters LLP and Allen & Overy LLP respectively, Dentons provides an 'excellent service' to banks, funds and fintech entities across the spectrum of regulatory matters affecting their businesses. Himself formerly at the FSA, Armstrong has a 'long regulatory background' and recently successfully appealed the FCA fine levied against Interactive Brokers (UK) for failing to have adequate systems and controls to detect insider dealings by its clients - reducing the amount the electronic securities broker had to pay by half. The 'very experienced' Richard Caird is also recommended and recently defended the FCA in a high-profile misfeasance claim brought against the regulator. Herself formerly at the FCA, 'innovative and exciting' senior associate Katharine Harle is also recommended.

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Flotations: small and mid-cap
Flotations: small and mid-cap - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

The team at¬†Dentons¬†'goes beyond what might be expected to provide help to clients'; it is 'professional and pleasant to work with'.¬†The work has a nexus to a wide range of sectors, including oil and gas, technology, media, healthcare and financial services.¬†The practice has benefited from the firm launching into the Scottish market by merging with Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens LLP in October 2017;¬†Guy Norfolk,¬†Brian Moore,¬†David McGrory¬†and¬†Claire Armstrong¬†became a part of the amalgamated group as a result of the combination. Moore was the lead adviser to QUIZ Plc as the issuer on its ¬£200m AIM IPO; this represented the largest retail sector IPO in 2017. David Collins¬†leads the team, which also includes¬†Darren Acres,¬†Neil Nicholson,¬†Jeremy Cohen¬†and¬†Joseph Altendorff. It¬†leverages the firm's presence in the Middle East and Africa to advise on deals in these regions. In addition, it works closely with Istanbul-based BalcńĪońülu Sel√ßuk Akman Keki, which provides the firm with Turkish law services;¬†Nik Colbridge¬†led a group (involving members of both firms), which advised DP Eurasia on its ¬£148m admission to listing on the premium segment of the UK Listing Authority.¬†

Leading individuals

David Collins - Dentons

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M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+
M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+ - ranked: tier 5

Dentons

Dentons¬†fields an ‚Äėincredibly responsive‚Äô team that frequently handles high-value, multi-jurisdictional M&A; it is ‚Äėhugely impressive‚Äô in its ‚Äėspeedy provision of accurate, commercially sound advice‚Äô. Clients also praise the team for its ‚Äėhigh-quality, very professional service‚Äô and its ‚Äėhigh-end industry exposure‚Äô, especially in the energy and manufacturing sectors. Practice head¬†David Collins¬†handles domestic and international transactions across a broad range of sectors, including leisure and gaming, healthcare, financial services and retail. Highlights included¬†Matthew Tinger¬†handling Aprirose‚Äôs ¬£525m acquisition of QHotels group from Bain Capital Credit and Canyon partners and¬†Richard Macklin¬†advising Deutsche Post DHL Group‚Äôs sale of Williams Lea Tang to private equity investors Advent International.¬†Guy Norfolk¬†joined Dentons through the firm‚Äôs merger with Maclay Murray & Spens in October 2017 and¬†Cameron Half¬†joined from¬†Allen & Overy LLP.¬†Jonathan Polin¬†moved to¬†Howard Kennedy LLP.

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Private equity: transactions
Private equity: transactions ‚Äď mid-market deals - ranked: tier 2

Dentons

Dentons¬†merged with Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens LLP in October 2017, which resulted in the firm expanding its reach across the UK. The¬†combined team handles transactions involving various industries, including (but not limited to) energy, infrastructure, manufacturing, financial services, retail, technology and hotels. The firm's prominence in midmarket transactions enables it to generate work from clients such as HIG Capital and Waterland Private Equity. It also recently secured Rutland Partners as a new client.¬†In 2017,¬†Nicholas Plant¬†acted for Graphite Capital in the circa ¬£50m auction sale of SK:N.¬†The firm is also highly active in cross-border, large-cap transactions; Plant¬†and¬†Tatiana Kruse¬†were part of a cross-office team, which acted for Blackstone in its $1bn acquisition of the Acetow business from Solvay. Plant was also the lead partner assisting Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners with acquiring euNetworks for ‚ā¨1.1bn. In another matter,¬†Stephen Levy,¬†Joseph Altendorff¬†and others are advising KKR on its proposed circa ‚ā¨6.8bn acquisition of Unilever's spreads business. Another dimension of the private equity practice is its involvement in Africa-related deals, with the London office working closely with the firm's Africa-based offices, and elsewhere in the global network, on a wide range of transactions.¬†David Collins¬†heads up the team.¬†Jonathan Polin¬†moved to¬†Howard Kennedy LLP.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

In late 2017, Dentons merged with Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens, which brought in Craig Neilson. The financial disputes and investigations group represents major financial institutions in complex, high-profile disputes; and is 'widely respected as a top litigation practice in the retail banking sphere and is highly visible in leading cases'. The practice’s scope covers wholesale banking disputes such as swaps mis-selling cases, letters of credit, fraud, and professional negligence; investment banking disputes including structured products and credit default swaps; and corporate agency and trustee disputes. It defended RBS against a headline £670m claim, arising out of the aborted issuance of commercial mortgage backed securities and brought by the sole shareholder of the Opal Group Companies, which was one of the UK's leading student accommodation providers before entering liquidation. The 'highly regarded' team head Daren Allen is focused on white-collar crime and investigations and is 'very experienced in retail banking litigation and tough when he needs to be'; Richard Caird is particularly noted for high-profile derivatives cases; Felicity Ewing, who is 'a very capable and careful lawyer who handles complex matters', specialises in financial services disputes and contentious regulatory matters; and Thomas Leyland is 'a highly accomplished practitioner who is commercially focused, thoughtful, calm and a delight to deal with'. Celyn Armstrong is also highly rated and Natalia Fludra is a notable senior associate.

Leading individuals

Daren Allen - Dentons

Next generation lawyers

Natalia Fludra - Dentons

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 5

Dentons

Dentons recently merged with Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens, the London disputes team gaining Craig Neilson and Simon Colledge as a result. The 'outstanding practice' advises on the full suite of contentious matters, ranging from competition issues to banking, real estate and employment disputes; and it was particularly active in commercial arrangement disputes emanating from UK-listed companies; cross-border shareholder disputes; and internal management issues concerning directors' rights and duties. It defended RBS against Property Alliance Group's landmark LIBOR case, which was the first LIBOR-related civil claim against any bank to go to trial in England and Wales. Liz Tout is dispute resolution head; Daren Allen leads on financial and commercial disputes and investigations; and Adrian Giles is 'a trusted litigation solicitor'. Other recommended names are Felicity Ewing, Thomas Leyland and Akin Akinbode.

Leading individuals

Liz Tout - Dentons

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Dentons

Dentons 'consistently performs well for its clients; the team is well known for its skills and experience in this field'. Alongside its high-value commercial arbitration practice, the firm maintains a significant investment treaty and investor-state arbitration practice, acting on behalf of investors and sovereign states; and its international expertise includes Africa, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, and Central and Eastern Europe and CIS. Liz Tout is UK international arbitration and dispute resolution head. Dominic Pellew, who divides his time between London and Moscow, 'has the ability to preview the consequences of different steps and to estimate the risks'. Dan Bodle and counsel Matthew Vinall are other key contacts, and senior associates James Langley  and Catherine Gilfedder are 'very good'. Michelle Bradfield  joined Dechert LLP.

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Public international law
Public international law - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

Dentons 'has a good presence in public international law and is known for its skills and experience'. The practice routinely advises on sanctions, sovereign immunity, state responsibility and self-determination, and state succession. Other areas of strength are treaty interpretation, international criminal law and human rights law, and business and human rights issues. International arbitration expert Liz Tout  is 'a solid practitioner'; Andrew Cheung is an international financial sanctions specialist; and senior associates James Langley and Catherine Gilfedder are 'very good'. Michelle Bradfield joined Dechert LLP.

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 5

Dentons

The 'knowledgeable, responsive and practical' two-partner team at¬†Dentons¬†acts for private equity sponsors including Rutland Partners and Graphite Capital, while on the lender side it is picking up a significant amount of work for challenger banks including Metro Bank and OakNorth Bank.¬†Lee Federman¬†recently advised¬†Rutland Partners on its ¬£47.5m super senior and unitranche facilities with Barclays and Crescent Capital for its investment in Aston Barclay.¬†Catherine Astruc¬†is the other key partner in the team; she recently advised the PIK lender on the ‚ā¨110m PIK facility provided to bridge the capital structure on the acquisition of a large cross-border business by a leading European private equity house.

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Asset finance and leasing
Asset finance and leasing - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Headed by the 'excellent' Paul Holland, Dentons' five-partner team provides a 'strong service' to banks, lessors, manufacturers and operators across the spectrum of transportation asset classes. Perhaps best-known, however, for its work in the aviation sector, the team has vast experience across commercial and ECA-backed financings, in addition to transactions implementing complex leasing structures. Having formerly worked in the region, a significant proportion of Holland's work relates to Middle Eastern entities, including his recent work for Emirates on a series of ten JOLCOs for Boeing 777ER aircraft and for Qatar Airways on the financing of two 747-8 Freighters by HSBC. Nick Chandler and Serge Sergiou are also noted for their aviation finance expertise, in particular, while the team is rounded out at a partner level by Greg Kahn, who has a focus on ship finance and Sarah Dyke, who is noted for her corporate jet and super yacht financing work. Clients include Société Générale, Air Nostrum, Airbus and Avolon.

Leading individuals

Greg Kahn - Dentons

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

Dentons

Leveraging its extensive network of international offices,¬†Dentons¬†regularly appears on the bank side on syndicated loan transactions in the EMEA region. Team head¬†Isaac Felberbaum¬†is regularly involved in the most significant deals handled by the team and is particularly noted for his representation of lending syndicates providing liquidity to other financial institutions in the emerging markets. For example, he recently represented Standard Chartered Bank, as documentary agent, and a syndicate of lenders, on the¬†$1bn syndicated term loan facility for The Standard Bank of South Africa for general corporate purposes. Felberbaum also recently advised a syndicate of 33 banks on a $1.1bn dual tranche, dual currency term loan facility for prominent Turkish financial institution¬†T√ľrkiye ńįŇü BankasńĪ. The 'knowledgeable and responsive'¬†Lee Federman¬†handles borrower and lender side mandates and recently acted for¬†Virgin Atlantic Airways on its three-year, $150m secured syndicated revolving credit facility.¬†Catherine Astruc¬†is also recommended. Other clients include Commerzbank, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group and Wells Fargo.

Leading individuals

Isaac Felberbaum - Dentons

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Corporate restructuring and insolvency
Corporate restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 5

Dentons

Able to leverage the firm’s international network as well as its longstanding presence in the UK insolvency market, Dentons has an 'excellent all-round perspective' and is thereby well-positioned to advise a range of stakeholders including banks, funds and corporates engaged in formal insolvencies, in addition to corporate restructurings, often involving cross-border issues. The team has been at the forefront of the high-profile collapse of Carillion plc and as well as consultant Nigel Barnett and Byron Nurse's involvement for the government on contingency planning matters, Neil Griffiths  has since been instructed by the Official Receiver in its capacity as liquidator of several Carillion companies. Barnett also continues to act for administrators of Lehman Brothers Intermediate II in the ongoing Waterfall proceedings regarding the disputed distribution of the company's surplus assets. Other highlights include Will Gunston 's involvement for FRP Advisory as liquidators in relation to the disposal and realisation of failed UK retailer BHS' property portfolio. The 'measured and calm' Ian Fox has a 'great breadth of knowledge' across both contentious and non-contentious matters and is a key member of the team that also includes Celia Hayward and senior associate Tessa Blank .

Leading individuals

Neil Griffiths - Dentons

Nigel Barnett - Dentons

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Debt capital markets
Debt capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Dentons

Dentons¬†has a strong emerging markets debt practice and is continuing to invest in the capital markets team. Having brought in¬†Nick Hayday¬†from¬†Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP¬†and¬†US securities partner¬†Cameron Half¬†from¬†Allen & Overy LLP, the firm subsequently added highly regarded trustee partner¬†Catriona Llloyd¬†from¬†Linklaters LLP¬†to round out its DCM capability. From London, the firm provides¬†English and US securities law expertise to advise on international bond issues across Africa, the Middle East, Turkey and Central and Eastern Europe. Its work encompasses sovereign debt and notes offerings by financial institutions and energy companies, as well as liability management transactions and sukuks. It also handles debt restructuring and defaults for¬†corporate trustees. Head of debt capital markets¬†David Cohen¬†has a long track record of emerging markets transactions and with Hayday he advised¬†Lietuvos Energija, which is one of¬†the largest state-owned energy companies in the Baltic region, on the establishment of an EMTN programme and its ‚ā¨300m¬†debut Regulation S green bond issue. Hayday's highlights also included acting for Hurricane Energy in its $520m fundraising, which included $230m of convertible bonds, to develop¬†untapped oilfields on the UK continental shelf. Half handled the US securities aspects of that deal. Also recommended are¬†Nikolas Colbridge¬†and rising star associate¬†Gareth Burton.

Leading individuals

David Cohen - Dentons

Next generation lawyers

Gareth Burton - Dentons

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Derivatives and structured products
Derivatives and structured products - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

At Dentons, 'the service, the pricing and the availability all click into place'. The firm handles all aspects of derivatives work including flow documentation negotiations, clearing, commodities hedging, securitisation swap intermediations and a broad range of plain vanilla and structured emerging market derivatives transactions. Derivatives specialist Matthew Sapte leads the practice and one client describes him as 'reasonable, very accommodating and very knowledgeable', adding that he is 'a calm person to have on a transaction'. He handles a broad range of work including credit-linked, equity-linked, conventional and Islamic derivatives. He recently advised BNP Paribas, as swap provider, on securitisation swaps entered into in connection with notes issued by Bluestep Mortgages Securities No. 4 DAC. He also assisted Investec Bank with its trading relationships with fund counterparties in the Cayman Islands, Bermuda and Luxembourg. The firm also has a strong CLO practice led by Martin Sharkey. Also recommended are Mark Cheney, who specialises in the development, financing and acquisition of energy and infrastructure assets, and in energy trading; and Peter Voisey and Edward Hickman, who handle structured finance and securitisation. The firm also has greater capacity in trustee, tax and regulatory matters in the derivatives market thanks to the hires of Catriona Lloyd from Linklaters LLP, Alex Tostevin from Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP  and Jonathan Garforth from Allen & Overy LLP.

Leading individuals

Matthew Sapte - Dentons

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Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 1

Dentons

Dentons¬†is 'responsive, clear and pragmatic' on structured finance transactions in emerging markets. One client praises the lawyers' 'availability, really fast response times and excellent industry knowledge'. The firm has a large network of offices around the world, on which the London office draws for deep sector expertise and local market knowledge. Its track record in Africa goes back more than¬†50 years, though it also focuses heavily on the Middle East,¬†Russia and the CIS for banking and finance transactions. The firm's respected¬†Islamic finance practice frequently handles sukuks and other shari'ah-compliant structures. Capital markets is its key area of work in emerging markets, though it also handles¬†energy projects, and trade and project finance transactions. Its highlights deals from 2017 included acting for Lithuanian energy company Lietuvos Energija on its ‚ā¨300m green bond offering under its EMTN programme. This was the first international green bond issues in the CEE region, and¬†DCM specialists¬†Nick Hayday¬†and¬†David Cohen¬†¬†led the transaction.¬†Celia Gardiner¬†is a leading light in structured trade and commodity finance and one client describes her as 'very strong at simplifying complicated matters, and very clear and persuasive in her explanations'. She advised¬†Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation on a $1.3bn pre-export finance facility for the Ghana Cocoa Board.¬†Paul Holland¬†leads the London banking practice and is a core member of the Islamic finance group.¬†US securities partner Cameron Half¬†handles high-profile debt and equity transactions.¬†Also recommended are¬†international oil, gas and power sector expert Danielle Beggs, infrastructure partner Dominic Spacie, energy sector finance expert Tim Pipe, and syndicated loan practice head Isaac Felberbaum.

Leading individuals

Celia Gardiner - Dentons

Paul Holland - Dentons

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Islamic finance
Islamic finance - ranked: tier 1

Dentons

Dentons' ‚Äėvery impressive' team is headed by¬†Matthew Sapte¬†and includes Dubai-based partner Alex Roussos; both¬†are ‚Äėvery user friendly and very hands-on, offering good technical knowledge‚Äô. Recent highlights include advising a bank as dealers on the update of Sharjah Islamic Bank's US$3bn Trust Certificate Issue Programme; and advising a bank as facility and security Agent in respect of a shari'ah-compliant reserve-based lending facility worth $100m for the financing of exploration and production companies with onshore assets in Pakistan, led by Tim Pipe¬†.

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Securitisation
Securitisation - ranked: tier 2

Dentons

Dentons¬†provides 'excellent service and has in-depth knowledge in the area'.¬†RMBS, covered bonds and warehousing transactions are key areas of activity for the practice, which is also prominent in the CLO market. It also handles consumer loan transactions and trade receivables deals, as well as playing a key role for trustees and agents.¬† Highlights included acting for a Portuguese securitisation vehicle on the ‚ā¨176m acquisition of non-performing loan portfolios by a Portuguese bank and their subsequent securitisation.¬†Peter Voisey¬†led that deal and is noted for his 'enormous breadth of experience and commitment to ensuring work is seen through to successful completion; he is great to have on your side'.¬†Edward Hickman¬†, who co-leads the practice with Voisey, advised¬†Oaktree and Mars Capital on the ‚ā¨500m securitisation of non-performing Irish mortgage loan portfolios. CLO specialist¬†Martin Sharkey¬†has 'market-leading product knowledge and good commercial sense'.¬†Catriona Lloyd¬†joined from¬†Linklaters LLP¬†to work with¬†David Cohen¬†in the firm's dedicated¬†international corporate trust and agency practice.

Leading individuals

Edward Hickman - Dentons

Peter Voisey - Dentons

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Trade finance
Trade finance - ranked: tier 1

Dentons

Clients praise the 'responsive, clear, pragmatic' practice at Dentons, which excels in structured commodity finance, reserve based lending and export credit financing. A leading light in the market, Celia Gardiner leads the trade finance practice and is 'very strong at simplifying complicated matters, in addition to being very clear and persuasive in her explanations and arguments both with clients and counterparties'. She acted for Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation on the $1.3bn annual pre-export finance facility for the Ghana Cocoa Board, which is secured on the receivables generated by Ghana's export of cocoa. Tim Pipe advises lenders, borrowers, international financial institutions and trading companies on financings in the energy sector, with a particular focus on upstream oil and gas businesses, as well as in emerging markets including Russia and Nigeria. He handled a $640m structured facility for Neconde Energy on behalf of lender Africa Finance Corporation. Mark Cheney's main focus is physical commodities trading and structured commodity trades in the energy sector. The practice also calls upon the structured finance and capital markets knowledge of Matthew Sapte and the export credit financing expertise of London banking and finance head Paul Holland. Rising star and senior associate Ian Clements plays a key role in structured trade and commodity financing deals, and recently acted for security agent Natixis on the restatement of a $475m borrowing base facility.

Leading individuals

Celia Gardiner - Dentons

Next generation lawyers

Ian Clements - Dentons

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers and senior executives - ranked: tier 5

Dentons

Dentons provides 'excellent advice with a very personable service' under the leadership of the 'brilliant' Virginia Allen. Clients also single out Michael Bronstein as 'a highly knowledgeable and practical individual'; he specialises in employee competition matters. The group regularly handles international mandates, investigations and outsourcing work and is active in the financial space; it recently advised the official receiver and PwC on the employment aspects of the liquidation of Carillion, assisted British Steel with the establishment of its global operations and handled the employment elements of Aberdeen Asset Management's merger with Standard Life. Aegon, John Lewis Partnership and Apax Capital Partners are also clients. Other key individuals include Ryan Carthew, Gilla Harris and Roger Tynan.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

Stephen Shergold and Malcolm Gunnyeon jointly lead the national team at Dentons; clients praise Shergold as 'one of the best lawyers you will find, with an astute commercial mind'. Other key individuals include Helen Bowdren, who is a 'clever and committed lawyer', and consultant Sam Boileau, who 'has a keen brain and an excellent eye for detail. The group is active in the oil and gas, waste, food, technology and rail sectors and regularly handles the health and safety elements of corporate transactions; Bowdren and Gunnyeon recently advised PwC and the official receiver of Carillion's insolvency on the related health and safety issues, and Bowdren assisted Group One Automotive with the health and safety due diligence related to its acquisition of Beadles Group.

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Pensions
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Dentons fields 'an experienced team that produces good sound advice for clients and really has their best interests at heart' with expertise in pensions litigation, insolvency related matters, investment work and corporate support with notable public sector strength. Elmer Doonan heads up the team and has 'a very practical streak allowing him to see the bigger picture'; his recent work includes advising the Bank of China on issues arising from the closure of its pension scheme to new members and future accrual, assisting Fleet Trustees with a new actuarial valuation, and representing the representative beneficiaries of the Barnardo's Staff Pension Scheme in a Supreme Court case regarding indexing changes. The firm expanded its UK offering with a merger with legacy firm Maclay Murray & Spens LLP that brought David Knox into the team.

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London: Insurance

Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

A high-quality practice with a strong focus on international matters, Dentons deals with a number of wide-ranging regulatory matters relating to corporate governance, product development, ILS, policy wording issues and the ever-growing InsurTech area. It is particularly active in advising on complex cross-border deals, especially in the USA, Latin America and Eastern Europe, with work including M&A, restructuring and joint ventures. Among several significant new clients, the team can boast adding one of the biggest insurers in the world to its roster, demonstrating its quality of work and reputation in the market. Global general insurance specialist Martin Mankabady heads the practice.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

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

Dentons

The 'dedicated' infrastructure team at Dentons is 'a top choice for PFI or PPP work'. While traditionally focused on Africa, the firm's recent merger with Maclay, Murray & Spens significantly enhanced the its offering in Scotland and its presence in the domestic infrastructure market. Practice co-head John Woolley is currently advising Gulf Energy on the delivery of Kenya's first coal power plant as part of a scheme to link Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia with a rail, fibre-optic, road and pipeline corridor. He is also handling the project financing of a new international airport in Rwanda on behalf of joint venture Bugesera under a PPP structure. On the domestic front, Mark Bassett acted for the Greater London Authority in the redevelopment of former Ford industrial site Beam Park, and Richard Budge assisted Doncaster iPort with the construction and planning aspects of a new logistics facility for Amazon. Rail expert Matthew Hanslip-Ward is guiding MTR through its bid for the Wales & Border grant agreement for the upgrading of the Core Valley lines. Dominic Spacie co-leads the department with Woolley and is also a key name to note alongside David Moore .

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Mining and minerals
Mining and minerals - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

Neil Nicholson heads the mining offering in Dentons 's London office with substantial corporate M&A experience including share and business transactions, fund matters and equity capital markets. He is supported by insolvency and restructuring specialist Will Gunston and Evgenia Laurson who focuses on project financing matters in the energy sector and splits her time between London and Moscow. The firm's recent merger with Maclay, Murray & Spens added a significant Scotland-based strength to its overall offering, particularly in the domestic space.

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 1

Dentons

The sizeable global oil and gas practice at Dentons has a historic strength in emerging markets such as Africa, South America and the Middle East and recently bolstered its domestic presence through its merger with Scottish firm Maclay, Murray & Spens. Danielle Beggs and David Tennant - who jointly head the UK team - recently acted for the trading arm of a major gas producer in its entry into a gas sales and terminal agreement for the largest greenfield LNG-to-power project in Africa, and Alistair Black advised Pertamina on its first joint venture agreement with Rosneft to develop the new Tuban refining and petrochemical complex in East Java. Other key names include James Dallas who recently assisted the Government of Mozambique with the development of LNG export projects, and Charles Wood who has strong experience in regulatory mandates and upstream commercial issues. Among the firm's many recent new clients feature Vitol, Gazprom Neft and Cadent Gas.

Leading individuals

Charles Wood - Dentons

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Power (including electricity and renewables)
Power (including electricity and renewables) - ranked: tier 2

Dentons

Dentons is one client's 'go-to choice for financing mandates' and fields a 'huge team' which impresses through its 'excellent service, thoroughness and willingness to go the extra mile'. With a particular strength in the solar power space, the group continues to advise a leading international solar farm developers on its strategic partnership with an operator to accelerate the client's expansion overseas through the acquisition of assets across Europe; practice co-head Charles July also acted for Statoil in its first solar project development. Lucille De Silva teamed up with Candice Chapman to handle the acquisition of shareholding in UK renewable companies for a leading Asian utility provider, and the IFC appointed the group to oversee the implementation of its Scaling Solar Program in Ethiopia to support the local power utility in the selection of private sector partners to deliver 250MW of solar PV projects. The firm recently completed its merger with Maclay, Murray & Spens which significantly bolstered the firm's presence in the small to mid-scale projects space - particularly regarding onshore wind, hydroelectricity and combined heat and power generation - and in terms of energy regulation.

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

Christopher McGee-Osborne and Catherine Bingham co-head the government sector group at Dentons which serves an impressive roster of governmental, regulator and corporate clients. Multi-disciplinary teams advise on procurement, environmental and other areas in addition to the public and administrative law, especially in the telecoms sector. It has been appointed to a number of government panels, including the central government General Legal Services Panel. Recent work includes advising the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and other government entities on the procurement of their global fixed and mobile voice and data telecoms network and services. It is also advising Ofgem on a range of matters including  an offshore transmission asset licensing process. Other noted contacts include Stephen Ashworth and Mark Bassett.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Specialists at Dentons provide expertise on housing, transportation, planning, procurement and environmental issues and the team stands out for the scale of the urban regeneration work that it attracts. Virginia Glastonbury, Stephen Ashworth, Mark Bassett, and Roland Gray are some of the key partners handling such work. It is advising Essex, Braintree, Colchester and Tendring Councils on their  proposals to create a number of garden communities which will provide thousands of homes; it is advising on planning policies, development vehicles as well as the delivery of commercial spaces and infrastructure. It is also advising the Greater London Authority on the complex redevelopment of Beam Park, a former Ford industrial site which would deliver thousands of homes, leisure areas and a new rail station.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 2

Dentons

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 1

Dentons

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 2

Dentons

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 1

Dentons

Dentons¬†is rated for its ‚Äėstrong business acumen‚Äô and ‚Äėhigh-quality legal advice‚Äô, but time and again clients have suggested that it‚Äôs the lawyers‚Äô ‚Äėtop-notch client service and impressive response times‚Äô that really make the team stand out. The firm is well known for its global hotels expertise. Indeed, the team acted for Aprirose in relation to its ¬£525m acquisition of QHotels from Bain Capital Credit and Canyon Partners, which was among the largest hotel portfolio acquisitions of 2017. Further, Mark Daliere¬†counselled Astir Palace Vouliagmeni on agreements with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts for the operation of the iconic Astir Palace in Athens. Similarly, Daliere advised 1875 Finance on agreements with Six Senses Resorts for the development and management of an ultra-luxury resort and branded residences in Switzerland. In the retail space, Andrew Henderson¬†has handled a number of strategic portfolio transactions for Sports Direct, and Simon Masri¬†assisted US-based Karlin Real Estate with its acquisition of two retail outlet centres in the UK. Richard Budge¬†is acting for Slough Urban Renewal and North West Quadrant on multiple projects, including the five-phase redevelopment of the former Thames University Campus. The department also has particular expertise in developing student accommodations and PRS projects. Rob Thompson¬†is ‚Äėfirst-class‚Äô and ‚Äėpersonifies the team‚Äôs stellar client service‚Äô. Thompson, Rupert Dowdell¬†and several others joined the firm in 2016, and the London real estate team continued that growth trend into 2017-2018. The firm absorbed Maclay Murray & Spens, which brought Alex Coulter, Wendy Wilks¬†and director Nicholas Mole¬†to the real estate team. Virginia Glastonbury¬†is another key contact.

Leading individuals

Rob Thompson - Dentons

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Construction
Construction (contentious) - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Contruction (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Dentons¬†is a major player in the London and international construction disputes market, with ‚Äėreal strength across all levels of seniority making it adept at handling big-ticket litigation.‚Äô Akin¬† Akinbode¬†and Gurbinder Grewal¬†head the contentious team; Akinbode is ‚Äėstrategically astute, with an excellent following in technically complex international construction and infrastructure disputes‚Äô. As an adjudication specialist, Grewal is ‚Äėan oracle of construction law and a master tactician'; he¬†advice to the official receiver and special managers on the construction aspects of the liquidation of Carillion.¬†Grewal is also representing the ground remediation contractor Geofirma in ¬£30m multi-party court proceedings relating to the defective design and construction of a warehouse in¬†Winsford, Cheshire.¬†Senior associate Esther McDermott¬†is ‚Äėdetermined, hard-working and always on top of the case‚Äô, playing ‚Äėa leading role in Dentons‚Äô major disputes.‚Äô Associate James Scagell¬†is ‚Äėdedicated, committed, a real winner‚Äô, and also one to watch.¬† John Woolley¬†leads on the non-contentious side, recognised for his work in the power and infrastructure sector. Recent work includes advising Bugesera Airport Company Limited, a joint venture between longstanding client Mota-Engil and Aviation Travel and Logistics Holdings Limited, on the development of a new US$418 million international airport in Rwanda under a PPP structure with support from the Government of Rwanda. The team are also advising Kenyan developer Gulf Energy on delivering Kenya's first coal power as part of the Lamu Port, South Sudan, Ethiopia Transport project (LAPSSET), a major international project to link Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan with a rail, road, fibre-optic and pipeline corridor.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Dentons

The team at Dentons¬†offers a ‚Äėvery broad understanding of the environmental legislative framework.‚Äô Head of team Stephen Shergold¬†covers all areas of environmental law, with a particular focus on the oil and gas, waste, contaminated land and environmental insurance sectors. Recent work includes advising Network Rail on air quality matters and local air quality management areas related to one of Scotland's busiest train stations. Helen Bowdren¬†has ‚Äėvery good people skills allied to strong industry knowledge‚Äô. Consultant Sam Boileau¬†has ‚Äėa real passion for the environmental and health and safety legislative framework with the ability to get promptly to heart of an issue‚Äô.

Leading individuals

Stephen Shergold - Dentons

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 2

Dentons

Dentons' team is headed by Stephen Ashworth, who specialises in major housing projects, including new towns and garden settlements, and retail schemes. Ashworth's recent development work includes the £1bn Winstanley and York Road project. Ashworth also continues to advise Great Western Developments Limited on the £775m Paddington Cube proposals, specifically on judicial challenges of the scheme. Roy Pinnock and Lucy McDonnell are acting for Sainsbury's in a public inquiry into the supermarket's Ilford scheme (which proposes to provide up to 683 residential units, with community uses and a replacement store); they are also advising on the client's Whitechapel store redevelopment.

Leading individuals

Stephen Ashworth - Dentons

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 2

Dentons

Dentons¬†is known for its ability to handle complex, cross-border transactions, and for its lender-side strength; in a recent highlight, team head James Irvine¬†advised HSBC on ‚ā¨635m of real estate investment facilities to Chariot Top Group, a special purpose vehicle (SPV) incorporated in the Netherlands. The practice is, however, also strengthening its borrower-side capabilities, with clients including KSL Capital Partners, Apollo Global Management and Aprirose; Simon Masri¬†was part of the team which advised the latter on its acquisition and the related financing of QHotels group from Bain Capital Credit and Canyon partners, the largest hotel portfolio acquisition deal in the UK in 2017. The team also counts a number of Asian banks, including United Overseas Bank, Development Bank of Singapore, OCBC and CIMB Bank Berhad, among its clients.¬†Lorraine Davis, Simon Tweedle, Jason Sheard, Brendan Slack¬†and Rob Thompson¬†are also noted.

Leading individuals

Simon Tweedle - Dentons

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Dentons

Dentons¬†has a ‚Äėwell-resourced and supportive team‚Äô which is ‚Äėknowledgeable, careful and excellent at strategic judgement‚Äô. The team is acclaimed ‚Äėparticularly for its development work‚Äô, its ‚Äėhandling of property issues with significant planning or other public-law dimensions‚Äô and its ‚Äėvast knowledge in the law of rating‚Äô. The group recently acted for The City of London Corporation and London Borough of Southwark in a successful Court of Appeal case against Transport for London regarding highway ownership. In a separate Court of Appeal matter, the team is acting for Sainsbury‚Äôs in a matter relating to business rates arising from the ATMs located within the client‚Äôs stores. Insolvency is a further area of focus for the team which has been representing Cerberus in ongoing possession proceedings for 16 properties. Bryan Johnston¬†is one of the ‚Äėleading names in property litigation‚Äô and heads a team ‚Äėextremely client focused and attentive to client needs‚Äô. Partner David Payton¬†is ‚Äėvery approachable and easy to work with‚Äô and ‚Äėhas a good mind for tactics‚Äô.

Leading individuals

Bryan Johnston - Dentons

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Social housing: finance
Social housing: finance - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

Dentons has become active in the social housing finance space following its absorption of Maclay Murray & Spens, which brought to the firm Wendy Wilks, who advises REITs, registered providers and banks in lending and finance deals. Standout highlights include Wilks acting for Affordable Housing Finance in relation to the £320m securitisation of loan facilities to a variety of borrowers, and advising Croydon Churches Housing Association on the restatement of loan agreements with RBS, Santander and Nationwide. On the bank side, Stuart Fitzsimmons acted for RBS on the restatement of various loan agreements with registered providers including Angus Housing Association and Kingdom Housing Association. The team also has a presence in Scotland, where it assists The Housing Finance Corporation and Affordable Housing Finance with the property security aspects of loans made in Scotland, as well as England and Wales.

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Social housing: local authorities and registered providers
Social housing: local authorities and registered providers - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Following its merger with Murray Maclay & Spens in 2017, Dentons¬†has become an active player in the social housing sector, where its ‚Äėpragmatic, specialist team‚Äô is instructed by public authorities and housing associations in corporate, real estate and financing matters. Department head Wendy Wilks¬†is acting for Family Mosaic Housing in relation to the acquisition of 94 units at a development site in Islington, and also assisted a housing association with the amendment of a planning permission for a London regeneration project. Similarly, Stephen Ashworth¬†is advising Places for People on the planning aspects of a regeneration project at the Gilston Park Estate, which is one of the UK‚Äôs largest urban extension projects. David Knox, who focuses on employment and pensions funding, leads a team that is advising Port of Leith Housing Association Group on its pension schemes and obligations. Also recommended are employment specialist Roger Tynan¬†and senior associates Theresa Ferguson-Battershill¬†and Fiona McDonald. Additional clients include GLA, Brighton & Hove City Council and Affordable Housing Finance.

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London: Risk advisory

Data protection privacy and cybersecurity
Data protection privacy and cybersecurity - ranked: tier 1

Dentons

The data protection team at Dentons boasts an impressive client roster, which includes the additions of new clients Kelly Services and trade associations UK Finance and techUK. Practice head Nick Graham is the global chair of the firm's privacy and cybersecurity group and leads advice to John Lewis on data protection strategy, policy and data transfers issues. The department continues to act for First Data Corporation on obtaining local authorisations for its processors binding corporate rules, in addition to on GDPR compliance matters. Other key highlights include the team's work for Virgin which includes data protection governance advice in relation to Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays' privacy, advertising and marketing matters, as well as on cyber risk issues to its telephone, mobile, broadband and TV services. Martin Fanning is a key name to note and has experience advising public sector bodies and financial institutions. Simon Elliottwas recently promoted to the partnership.

Leading individuals

Nick Graham - Dentons

Next generation lawyers

Simon Elliott - Dentons

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Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

In 2017 Dentons merged with Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens. The firm advises on criminal and civil proceedings and regulatory investigations by the FCA, SFO, local law enforcement and overseas regulators. It also conducts internal investigations, provides compliance and prevention of crime advice, and deals with confiscation and civil recoveries. Recent highlights included acting for a global investment bank in relation to an anti-money laundering review across 24 jurisdictions. Daren Allen heads the team, he is supported by Celyn Armstrong who joined as partner from Linklaters LLP. Craig Neilson joined the team as partner as part of the merger with Maclay Murray & Spens.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

The team at Dentons is headed jointly by financial services regulatory specialist Jonathan Garforth, who joined from Allen & Overy LLP in September 2017, and counsel Ian Benson, who is also a financial services expert. Benson advised PCF Bank on the 'customer journey' aspects of its new payment account products, including regulatory and commercial issues; he also acted for Hybrid Payment Aggregator Business on the regulatory aspects of its new app to allow users to view their bank accounts and credit card information on one platform. Bitstamp instructed Benson on the regulatory aspects of funds it had received in connection with bitcoin transactions. Technology expert Dan Burge acted for Salt Exchange on the technological and commercial aspects of establishing an asset-backed cryptocurrency exchange, and assisted challenger bank Wyelands Bank with commercial arrangements pertaining to a new banking solution. Martin Fanning advised B Social Bank on regulatory, commercial and IP and brand protection matters. Foreign Currency Direct, HiFX and First Data are additional clients of the practice. IP and IT specialist Scott Singer is also active in the fintech space.

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Franchising
Franchising - ranked: tier 2

Dentons

Hospitality, education and healthcare are the key areas of focus for Dentons. Babette Märzheuser-Wood  leads the team and is 'charming' and 'efficient', with 'excellent knowledge' and 'commercial nous'.  Her recent work highlights include assisting Pret a Manger with a franchising transaction with Autogrill SPA, and advising Godiva on restructuring its franchise agreements for Vietnam, Korea, China and Indonesia. Tim Constable specialises in contentious issues and represented Dollar Rent A Car on the termination of agreements  and ensuing litigation with its master franchisee in Morocco.

Leading individuals

Babette Marzheuser-Wood - Dentons

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Dentons

The 'excellent' technology and telecoms practice at Dentons is highlighted for its 'refreshing approach' and 'consistent, high quality and timely advice'. Practice head Andy Lucas is leading a team advising Transport for London on the procurement of emergency a services 4G LTE mobile communications programme. Jan Willem van den Bos heads up the telecoms team and is acting for Circle Media Labs on the launch of its pioneering internet access control platform to Sky customers. In another work highlight, the practice is advising SkyKick in a trademark dispute with Sky. Martin Fanning attracts praise for his 'hands-on approach' and 'commercial mindset' in IT matters. The group is also instructed by new clients Tesla, LG and Raytheon.

Leading individuals

Jan Willem van den Bos - Dentons

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

Praised for its 'good response times, understanding of the business environment and strategic thinking', the intellectual property team at Dentons has been highlighted as offering 'a high quality of service' that is 'good value for money'. The 'highly intelligent and deep thinking' Campbell Forsyth is singled out as 'a superb litigator' and jointly heads the team alongside Justin Hill  Hill has particular expertise in the technology sector and acts for Raytheon on the management of its European portfolio comprising of approximately 300 different IP rights. The practice is also instructed by Tesla on European patent filings and EU registered design filings. Another key name to note is the 'smart and fast-responding' Anna Copeman who heads the trade mark team and leads representation of Virgin in licensing and disputes.

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

Dentons

Dentons is experienced the film and TV, advertising marketing, e-sports, music, publishing and gaming, social media and interactive content sectors and is regularly instructed by global media clients on corporate and financing transactions, which utilise the firm’s global network of offices. Corporate partner Darren Acres has a focus on media sector transactions and advised ole! Media Management on its acquisition of the UK-headquartered rights management group Compact Media from Lyceum Capital; advised MTG on the sale of its African production and broadcasting business to Kwese Free TV; and also advised MTG on  the acquisition of US games publisher and developer Kongregate Inc. from GameStop Corp. Lee Federman advised NYX Gaming Group on its £210m super senior revolving credit and term, unitranche and accordion facilities refinancing facilities with Ares Capital. Dan Burge acted for Tribune Media Services on a procurement bid process and contractual terms for the provision of editorialisation of metadata services to the BBC. Edinburgh-based Brian Moore advised agency Troika on its merger with media management and professional services agency the James Grant Group (JGG). Acres heads the team with TMT head Andy Lucas after the departure of former media and entertainment team head Ingrid Silver to Reed Smith LLP. Jeremy Cohen is the firm’s CEO for the UK and Middle East and regularly advises media and entertainment sector clients; Anna Copeman handles IP work; and Joseph Altendorff handles M&A and corporate finance work in the sector. Alex Haffner has joined Fladgate LLP.

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PATMA: Patent attorneys
PATMA: Patent attorneys - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

The team at Dentons is led by former Olswang LLP patent litigator Justin Hill, who works for clients such as Tesla, Raytheon and Nokia. Recent mandates for Hill include advising Dexcom on patent oppositions and assisting Carl Zeiss Meditech with the management of its European patent portfolio.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

The 'well-established' practice at Dentons often handles high-level work, including M&A, event bids and planning. Group head Richard Barham is noted for his 'extensive knowledge of the intersection between sport and the government'; he also advised Eventica Communications on its deal with Hunan Maiden Sports Industry Development to organise and host the World Football Forum in Changsha, in China's Hunan province. Indeed, the practice's links with China are strong: other clients include the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) and China Sports & Entertainment. Consultant Adrian Barr-Smith is often active on sports work: he acted for F1 driver Kevin Magnussen and Jack & Jones on their driver and sponsorship agreement with the new Renault F1 team. He also advised new client Saracens FC on several contracts and a dispute. Competition expert and managing associate Alex Haffner left to join Fladgate LLP in June 2017.

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London: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

The ‚Äėvery professional‚Äô team at Dentons¬†is noted for its aircraft finance and leasing expertise, however it is also active across TMT, competition, corporate, data protection, employment and dispute resolution work in the aviation sector. Headline work includes advising easyJet on the competition and corporate aspects of its expression of interest in acquiring Alitalia assets; and advising Bugesera Airport Company, a joint venture between the Mota-Engil Engenharia e Constru“ęao Africa and Aviation Travel and Logistics Holdings, on the development of a $418m international airport in Rwanda, known as the Bugesera International Airport. It also advises Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays across a range of privacy, advertising and marketing matters. Global aviation head Nick Chandler¬†is the key contact.

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Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 1

Dentons

Dentons¬†has ‚Äėgreat industry knowledge‚Äô and provides ‚Äėvery practical advice‚Äô across infrastructure development and operation light rail and trams, franchises and concessions, operations, regulation, competition, rolling stock procurement and maintenance, finance, technology, environment, safety and disputes across the rail sector; it is ‚Äėalways fully up to speed with industry changes‚Äô. Rail head Matthew Hanslip Ward¬†is advising MTR on its joint venture bid for the West Coast Partnership (WCP) with Guangshen Railway Corporation; advised MTR on its bid for the new Wales and Borders franchise; is advising Alstom on a proposed joint venture arrangement with Stagecoach Group in relation to Stagecoach's bid for the South Eastern franchise; and continued to advise MTR on the ¬£1.4bn concession to operate Crossrail. Christopher McGee-Osborne¬†is advising Virgin and Stagecoach on issues relating to the East Coast Main Line passenger rail franchise. David Moore¬†advised the Rail Delivery Group on its review of the current franchise agreement template and proposed amendments from various industry stakeholders and advised it on developments to the rail industry alliancing framework agreement. Real estate head Virginia Glastonbury, counsel Martin Watt¬†and senior associate Jonathan Smith, who ‚Äėimpresses with his response times‚Äô and is ‚Äėalways right in the detail of the issue‚Äô, are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Christopher McGee-Osborne - Dentons

Matthew Hanslip Ward - Dentons

Next generation lawyers

Jonathan Smith - Dentons

Martin Watt - Dentons

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