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Dentons

ONE FLEET PLACE, LONDON, EC4M 7WS, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7242 1212
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Fax 020 7246 7777
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242 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 2

Dentons

In addition to advising on day-to-day matters, Dentons has notable strength handling sizeable UK and cross-border deals. The group’s client base is drawn from a wide range of industries, and has a particularly notable following among retail sector clients, including ASOS, Argos and John Lewis. Martin Fanningbrings a wealth of experience to any deal’.

Leading individuals

Martin Fanning - Dentons

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 5

Dentons

Dentons is recommended for its ‘excellent business acumen and client care’. Alex Thomas and his team handle a mix of transactional support and tax-led structuring mandates for a broad client base that includes KSL Capital Partners, Enbridge International and Virgin Group. Jeremy Cape has ‘market-leading knowledge of African tax matters’. Newly promoted partner Andrew Thornton is ‘a rising star of tax law’.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 5

Dentons

Dentons brought in the ‘experienced, knowledgeableAdrian Magnus from Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP to lead the competition practice; effectively, he replaced Sam Szlezinger, who moved to DLA Piper in December 2015. The ‘responsive, effective’ team has been handling more transactional work, acting for World Fuel Services on the merger control aspects of its purchase of ExxonMobil’s aviation fuel operations in 83 airports globally. Other clients include Flextronics and SMBC Europe.

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Financial services
Financial services (non-contentious/regulatory) - ranked: tier 6

Dentons

At Dentons, team head Rosali Pretorius has been advising Statoil on the implications of MiFID II on its derivatives trading business. Managing associate Emma Radmore specialises in retail financial services and investment fund regulatory advice.

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

Dentons

At Dentons, Neil Nicholson has longstanding relationships with Cenkos Securities and RM2, among other financial institutions. Issuer highlights included advising Bilby on its £17m IPO. Former Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP corporate head David Collins joined, while Rebecca Gordon left for Osborne Clarke.

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 6

Dentons

Dentons’ ‘pragmatic’ team combines ‘business acumen, commercial awareness and value for money’. It counts Essence Digital, Minmetco and World Fuel Services Corporation among its clients and is notably strong in the energy sector; Nigel Webber assisted Petronas with its acquisition of a 15.5% stake in the Shah Deniz gas field. Richard Barham and Nicholas Plant are recommended, as is practice head David Collins.

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Private equity: transactions
Private equity: transactions – Mid-cap deal capability - ranked: tier 2

Dentons

DentonsIgor Krivoshekov* – who is ‘a great technical lawyer’ – and Eleanor Shanks*, who is ‘always willing to fight for the best possible terms’, led a cross-practice team which advised L1 Energy on its $5.7bn acquisition of RWE Dea. Matthew Tinger worked with a cross-office team to assist KSL Capital Partners with the £363m sale of the Malmaison and Hotel du Vin group to Frasers Hospitality UK Holdings. Nicholas Plant heads the firm’s African private equity practice. Another key name is associate Kasit Rochanakorn*, who ‘goes beyond the market standard to create bespoke solutions’. Stephen Levy joined from Pinsent Masons LLP. *Kasit Rochanakorn joined White & Case LLP in August 2016 and Igor Krivoshekov joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in December 2016. Eleanor Shanks joined Proskauer Rose LLP in December 2016.

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London: Dispute resolution

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

Dentons

In early 2016, Dentons welcomed Matthew Arnold & Baldwin’s well-respected banking and finance litigation group. The practice advised DEPFA Bank in a swap dispute with UBS and Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig. Richard Cairdunderstands business’ and Felicity Ewing is ‘always approachable’. Sam Coulthard and Thomas Leyland are also well regarded.

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 5

Dentons

Dentons fields a team of ‘experienced litigators with commercial mindsets’. Highlights included acting for DEPFA in its $116m dispute with UBS and KWL over swap transactions. Liz Tout and Felicity Ewing are recommended alongside Richard Caird, who ‘has significant expertise’, and Thomas Leyland.

Leading individuals

Liz Tout - Dentons

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Dentons

Dentonsunderstands clients’ needs’. The practice acted for Sezaria in debt recovery arbitration claims. Liz Tout is ‘determined’, Dominic Pellewunderstands proceedings’ practicalities’, and Michelle Bradfield is highly rated.

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Public international law
Public international law - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Key figures at Dentons include Michelle Bradfield, whose ‘PIL pedigree is among the best in London’; the ‘impressiveDominic Pellew; and Liz Tout. The team acted for a solar power company in a ECT arbitration against a European state.

Leading individuals

Michelle Bradfield - Dentons

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 5

Dentons

Catherine Astruc leads the team at Dentons and has particular expertise in cross-border sponsor-backed deals often involving an ABL component. Richard Garvan regularly handles acquisition finance mandates in Africa.

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Asset finance and leasing
Asset finance and leasing - ranked: tier 2

Dentons

Aided by the firm’s increasingly expansive international network, Dentons provides ‘a real blue-chip service’ to aviation clients including operating lessors and airlines such as Emirates, Virgin Atlantic and Avolon. Co-head Paul Holland has been handling a number of Japanese tax structured financings for Emirates, while Greg Kahn – who has a focus on structured finance transactions within the aviation and shipping sectors – recently advised TUI Cruises on chartering and purchasing arrangements for several cruise vessels. Nick Chandler, William Gibson and Sarah Dyke are also recommended. Former co-head Matthew Harvey joined Gowling WLG in May 2016.

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 4

Dentons

Dentons’ four-partner syndicated lending team has a very strong reputation among banks, particularly for emerging markets work. Isaac Felberbaum leads the practice and acted alongside the ‘excellent’ Robert Spedding for a lending syndicate on a $1.7bn revolving facility to Israel Chemicals. The team is also renowned for its work for lenders on facilities to Turkey’s largest financial institutions.

Leading individuals

Isaac Felberbaum - Dentons

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Commodities: derivatives
Commodities: derivatives - ranked: tier 2

Dentons

At Dentons, Rosali Pretorius (who ‘has a very good name in the market’) and Luca Salerno advised North Sea oil and gas producer Statoil (UK) Trading on the impact of MiFID II regulations on derivatives trading activities. The firm also advises key financial institutions such as Société Générale and Citigroup Global Markets on trading in gas, power and metals both over-the-counter and on-exchange.

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

Dentons

Dentons’ 11-partner team provides ‘absolutely top-class’ advice that ‘combines both technical expertise and commercial awareness’. Its expertise covers a range of contentious and non-contentious restructuring and insolvency work for banks, IPs and corporates. Team head and ‘fantastic tacticianNigel Barnett is continuing to act as co-counsel in the proceedings relating to the distribution of surplus assets in the Lehman Brothers insolvency. Also recommended are insolvency litigator Rachel Anthony, for her ‘superlative ability to anticipate the actions that the opponent might take’; the ‘technically astute and determinedCelia Hayward; and the ‘commercial and solutions-orientedByron Nurse.

Leading individuals

Neil Griffiths - Dentons

Nigel Barnett - Dentons

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Debt capital markets
Debt capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Dentons is ‘particularly excellent on Islamic debt instruments and emerging markets DCM’. David Cohen advised the Republic of Ghana on the issuance of $1bn in bonds partially guaranteed by the International Development Association. Matthew Sapte (‘highly qualified to deal with difficult and complex matters’) acted for the Government of Ras Al Khaimah on the update of a $2bn trusts certificate issuance programme. The firm also advised on the restructuring of LPN notes issued by Ukraine’s PrivatBank.

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Derivatives and structured products
Derivatives and structured products - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

Key highlights for Dentons’ ‘capable and credible practice’ included Matthew Sapte’s advice on a structured equity deal for an international airline; and Rosali Pretorius’s work for Daiwa Capital Markets Europe on its assessment of the enforceability of OTC clearing obligations. Edward Hickman is recommended for structured products.

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Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 2

Dentons

Paul Holland’s team at Dentons has a strong capital markets capability. David Cohen advised the Republic of Ghana on its $1bn notes issue. Other key figures include Matthew Sapte, whose clients include National Bank of Oman; Veronika Koroleva (‘she knows the Russian market and intrinsically understands emerging markets deals’), who is recommended for structured trade and commodity finance along with Celia Gardiner; and Tim Pipe, who joined from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and handles reserve-based lending. Tom Eldridge joined Mayer Brown International LLP.

Leading individuals

Paul Holland - Dentons

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Islamic finance
Islamic finance - ranked: tier 1

Dentons

Dentons’ practice has a diverse workload in keeping with the breadth of its Islamic finance expertise; recent mandates include structuring socially responsible sukuk investments, handling complex real estate deals and acting for the Government of Ras Al Khaimah on the update of its $2bn trust certificate issuance programme. Key London-based contacts include global practice head Richard de Belder and Matthew Sapte, who specialises in debt capital markets and derivatives matters.

Leading individuals

Richard de Belder - Dentons

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Securitisation
Securitisation - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Dentons has ‘an up-and-coming securitisation practice’, which was strengthened by the recruitment of market veteran Peter Voisey from Clifford Chance LLP. He handles covered bonds, RMBS and portfolio acquisitions, and acted for Skipton Building Society on a £525m issuance under the Darrowby RMBS programme. Versatile structured finance partner Edward Hickman advised the sponsor of a £233m RMBS by Thrones 2015-1 plc, and also handled an auto-loan deal for Hyundai Capital and a $150m trade receivables transaction for PNC Bank.

Leading individuals

Edward Hickman - Dentons

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Trade finance
Trade finance - ranked: tier 1

Dentons

Dentons has ‘a growing team’ with ‘a fantastic trade finance platform and a great international network’. Highly respected specialist Celia Gardiner advised the lender on Trafigura’s $2bn borrowing base facility secured on receivables and stocks of refined metals. Veronika Koroleva leads the team and advised an international bank on the overhaul of supply chain and receivables finance agreements. Tim Pipe joined from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, adding reserve-based lending and pre-export finance expertise. Matthew Cox is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Celia Gardiner - Dentons

Veronika Koroleva - Dentons

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London: Human resources

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

Dentons

The ‘incredibly knowledgeable and charmingMichael Bronstein leads Dentons’ ‘excellent practice’, which is strong in TUPE, outsourcing issues and cross-border projects. Clients include the Royal Mail Group, Network Rail, the Bank of China (UK) and the John Lewis Partnership, which is a new panel win for the firm. Ryan Carthew and Gilla Harris are also recommended.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

The ‘considered, clear and knowledgeableSam Boileau and Stephen Shergold lead Dentons’ ‘experienced and capable’ team, which has a strong presence in the energy sector; Boileau has particular experience dealing with the new Offshore Safety Directive. Senior associate Helen Bowdren is ‘extremely committed’.

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

Dentons

Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Dentons is ‘a joy to work with’ and attracts praise for its ‘responsiveness and highly commercial approach’. Elmer Doonan leads the practice and advised KSL Capital Partners on the pension elements of its acquisition of De Vere Village Hotels. The team also acted for the trustees of the FDR Limited Pension Scheme in a court application concerning pension increases. The ‘approachable and commercially drivenJay Doraisamy is ‘a shrewd and charming safe pair of hands’. Andrew Patten joined Fieldfisher.

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London: Insurance

Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 5

Dentons

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)
Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Dentons fields a ‘very knowledgeable’ cross-departmental group, which often acts for governments and has specialist transport and renewables sector expertise. Matthew Hanslip Ward advised Hong Kong based transport operator MTR on all aspects of its successful bid to operate Crossrail. Energy partner Lucille De Silva has been advising Lightsource on corporate and planning issues regarding a number of its UK solar projects. Dominic Spacie and John Woolley are also recommended.

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Mining and minerals
Mining and minerals - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

Neil Nicholson leads the team at Dentons, which is experienced in handling domestic M&A. Will Gunston acted for Hatfield Colliery in four consecutive financial restructurings, including a £4m bilateral loan with the National Union of Mineworkers, and its eventual winding-up application. Tom Eldridge has joined Mayer Brown International LLP.

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 1

Dentons

Dentons’ ‘first-class’ oil and gas team is headed by ‘pragmatic problem-solverDanielle Beggs and ‘knows the industry well’. James Dallas is advising the Government of Mozambique on the development of Mozambique’s gas resources through a landmark LNG project, which involved project structuring and financing issues. Charles Wood and the ‘quick and directDavid Tennant, who specialises in midstream work in the domestic market, are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Charles Wood - Dentons

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Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Always timely and knowledgeable’, Dentons’ ‘excellent’ practice has particular expertise in solar projects, and has been handling a growing number of offshore and onshore wind matters. The highly regarded Charles July advised Enbridge International on its $372m acquisition of a 24.9% stake in E.ON’s 400MW Rampion wind farm off the Sussex coast. Key names include Christopher McGee-Osborne and renewables expert Lucille De Silva. Tom Eldridge joined Mayer Brown International LLP and Alistair Black joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.

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London: Public sector

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

Dentons

Dentons’ team handles advisory work and judicial reviews for public sector clients. Christopher McGee-Osborneconfronts difficult and challenging issues head-on in a thorough and pragmatic manner, with a view to the long-term repercussions for all parties’. Stephen Ashworth and Mark Bassett are also recommended.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

Dentons’ multidisciplinary team draws from the firm’s planning team and is ‘excellent at handling CPOs for local authorities’. The group assisted the Royal Borough of Greenwich with the planning application for Enderby Place that will include a new cruise terminal. Stephen Ashworth and Mark Bassett are the key contacts.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 2

Dentons

Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 2

Dentons

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 1

Dentons

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 1

Dentons

Dentons’ ‘capable and diligent’ team has been particularly active on behalf of US private equity funds, with Ian Outen advising Karlin Real Estate on the £260m sale of its K2 portfolio. The practice has significant strength in the retail, hotels and leisure sectors – in one standout deal, Matthew Tinger and Mark Daliere acted for KSL Capital Partners on its disposal of Frasers Hospitality UK. Richard Budge and Virginia Glastonbury head the team.

Leading individuals

Rob Thompson - Dentons

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Construction
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

Construction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

Dentons’ non-contentious practice is led by John Woolley, who focuses on energy and infrastructure projects, and is advising Canadian Solar on the acquisition and financing of a number of solar energy projects in the UK. The practice handles contentious matters from its Milton Keynes office, where Alastair Young is the main contact.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Dentons

Dentons’ focus on the oil and gas and waste sectors was again in evidence, with the team advising Total Lindsey Oil Refinery on a number of contentious matters brought by the Department for Transport and the Environment Agency. On the non-contentious side, Sam Boileau advised Hatfield Colliery Partnership on environmental issues arising from the closure of the Hatfield Colliery. Practice head Stephen Shergold is ‘commercially aware’ and senior associate Helen Bowdren is ‘very credible in the field of environmental litigation and risk’.

Leading individuals

Stephen Shergold - Dentons

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 2

Dentons

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) specialist Stephen Ashworthleads the team brilliantly’ at Dentons, where recent highlights include advising Royal Borough of Greenwich on a number of significant schemes including Greenwich Peninsula. Roy Pinnock is ‘very personable and has sound judgement’ and managing associate Michele Vas has ‘an extensive knowledge of CPO procedures’.

Leading individuals

Stephen Ashworth - Dentons

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

James Irvine’s ‘user-friendly’ department at Dentons counts Standard Chartered and CIMB Bank Berhad among its clients. Lorraine Davis and Simon Masri assisted Development Bank of Singapore with the £144m financing of the acquisition of 10 Fleet Place by a Hong Kong-based consortium. Consultant Greg Thwaites is recommended.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Dentons was victorious in the Court of Appeal on behalf of key client J Sainsbury in its high-profile dispute with Bristol Rovers Football Club, led by Bryan Johnston, who has ‘a very sound understanding of both the legal and commercial issues’.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Data protection
Data protection - ranked: tier 1

Dentons

Dentons has a ‘great team’ headed by Nick Graham, who has ‘a calm manner, good listening skills and an extensive knowledge of data law’, and which includes Scott Singer (who is noted for his ‘focus on practical solutions’) and the ‘very commercialMartin Fanning. The team secured approval for First Data’s BCRs and advised Daily Mail and General Trust on a data governance project.

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Franchising
Franchising - ranked: tier 2

Dentons

Dentons takes a ‘sensible, streamlined approach to key questions in a very user-friendly way, and gives balanced advice about the commercial realities and challenges of moving into new markets’. Long-time expert Babette Märzheuser-Wood leads the team and is ‘simply the best when it comes to international work’. Clients include universities, hotels and food and beverage providers such as Taleem College, Wagamama and Starwood Hotel and Resorts. Senior associate Robyn Chatwood, who joined the firm in 2014, is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Babette Märzheuser-Wood - Dentons

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Dentons

Dentons’ lawyers are ‘responsive, client-oriented, insightful and pragmatic’. Telecoms head Jan Willem van den Bos assisted Gulf Bridge International with an undersea cable project and advised Virgin Mobile on the creation of a new commercial contract with a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) platform provider. Highlights for IT practice head Dan Burge included acting for Home Retail Group on the outsourcing of services to Wipro, while Martin Fanning (‘a knowledgeable source of solid advice’) assisted Virgin Atlantic with the adoption of a new IT suite. Catherine Bingham advised the Department for Energy and Climate Change on a carbon capture storage project.

Leading individuals: telecoms

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

Dentons is praised for its ‘practical advice given with an awareness of the commercial position of the client’. It regularly advises ASOS and Virgin on a wide range of IP matters, including trade mark licenses, IP licensing arrangements, copyright infringement and piracy issues. The practice has several key names, including Anna Copeman and John Linneker, who are rated as ‘commercially focused’, and was bolstered in the patent, life sciences and technology spaces with the arrival of Campbell Forsyth, who joined from King & Wood Mallesons in April 2016.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 2

Dentons

At Dentons, Ingrid Silver and Jeremy Cohen advised media agency Essence on its sale to WPP, and Silver assisted Canadian music rights management company Ole! Media Management on its acquisition of companies within the Boosey & Hawkes group. Other clients include Virgin Media and the England and Wales Cricket Board.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Dentons’ team has exploited the firm’s global footprint by winning international mandates and is ‘now particularly strong in China for sports’; it represented Qingdao Jonoon FC in appeals before the CAS. Other highlights included advising Bestseller on a driver and sponsorship agreement with Renault for Kevin Magnussen to race for the team in Formula One. Richard Barhambrings huge corporate law experience with an understanding of the sports sector’. Managing associate Alex Haffner and Adrian Barr-Smith are also key names.

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London: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

The ‘very professional’ department at Dentons is highly regarded for its strong aircraft finance practice, and acts on a range of corporate, disputes and TMT matters. The team advised Virgin Atlantic on a high-profile IT project, and advised the Airports Commission Secretariat on the recent Davies Commission Report on Airport Capacity in the UK. Team head Nick Chandler is recommended alongside Serge Sergiou.

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Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 1

Dentons

Highlights for the practice at Dentons (which attracts praise for its ‘in-depth industry expertise’) included advising MTR on its mobilisation of the £1.4bn concession to operate Crossrail and on its bid for the London Overground concession; advising Network Rail on the mobilisation of the East Coast franchise, awarded to Virgin Stagecoach; and assisting KKR with the rail aspects of its acquisition of Trainline. The ‘exceptional’ Matthew Hanslip Ward leads the team, which includes Christopher McGee-Osborne, who is noted for his ‘wealth of knowledge’; Virginia Glastonbury, who handles rail infrastructure projects; and ‘excellent’ managing associate Martin Watt.

Leading individuals

Matthew Hanslip Ward - Dentons

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