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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper

DLA Piper specialises in complex and multi-jurisdictional commercial transactions, particularly in the retail, consumer products, manufacturing, hospitality and consumer finance sectors. In addition, the firm provides regulatory expertise alongside its transactional commercial contract practice. International commercial and franchise transactions expert Iain Bowler leads the team, which includes Mark Dewar, who has experience advising on national and international supply chain contracts, as well as commercial transactions involving consumer and consumer finance businesses. Also notable is senior associate Michiko Jo, who combines commercial transactional expertise with regulatory advice.

Practice head(s):Iain Bowler

Other key lawyers:Mark Dewar; Michiko Jo

Testimonials

'A very responsive, commercial and experienced commercial team'

'The firm provides a seamless and effective multi-jurisdictional service'

'Iain Bowler is extremely knowledgeable, commercial, very approachable and responsive'

Key Clients

Starwood Capital

Merseytravel

Government Digital Service (GDS)

Unilever Asia Private Limited

IAG/British Airways

Work highlights

  • Advising Starwood on its acquisition of seven Hilton-branded hotels from Park Hotels and flipping these from management to franchise on completion.
  • Advising Merseytravel, the executive function of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, in relation to a ground-breaking digital railway project to provide internet connectivity for train to shore train management systems communications and passenger Wi-Fi access.
  • Advising Government Digital Service (GDS) on its GOV.UK Pay platform, which allows government entities to take and process payments.
  • Advising Unilever in relation to its 20-year framework and services contract with The Wood Foundation Africa (TWFA) and international institutions including the East Africa Trade Initiative (EATI) to govern a long-term commercial arrangement, including the provision of services to local farmers to increase their farming knowledge and capabilities.
  • Assisting IAG on the outsourcing of its security operations team to TCS.
Leading individuals

Iain Bowler - DLA Piper

Mark Dewar - DLA Piper

Rising stars

Michiko Jo - DLA Piper

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's team handles a range of transactional and advisory tax work in relation to corporate, real estate and financial servicesmatters. The  firm also advises more broadly on international taxation, which sits alongside a strong transfer pricing practice. Having joined the firm from Greenberg Traurig, LLP in November 2018, Clive Jones took over the leadership of the department from international VAT expert Richard Woolich. In addition to experience on international transactions, funds and investment structures, Jones has particular expertise in European tax risk insurance.

Practice head(s):Clive Jones

Other key lawyers:Richard Woolich; Paul Rutherford; Ben Brown; Kelly Lovegrove

Testimonials

'Richard Woolich has a very wide range of knowledge in all areas of tax, with clear, concise and reliable written tax advice'

Key Clients

Brewdog plc

Dropbox

Heineken UK

Kaplan International

Marsh & Mclennan

Mondalez

Stanley Black & Decker

Vice Media

Work highlights

  • Advising on a Jersey property unit trust as a commercial property income producing fund for institutions and its status for tax, in the light of new CGT rules for non-UK residents.  Also advising on the tax implications of various UK real estate purchases, or corporate real estate transactions by the fund, including developments.
  • Providing tax structuring advice on an acquisition by Carlyle of a UK IT business
  • Advised Keller Group Plc on the refinancing of its existing debt facilities into a new £375 million syndicated revolving credit facility.  The new syndicated facility involved borrowers and guarantors across eight jurisdictions and a club of eight banks across seven jurisdictions, giving rise to multi-jurisdictional tax issues

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

Apart from its ‚Äėsolid‚Äô competition law expertise, DLA Piper‚Äôs full-service team is also able to draw on the expertise of the firm‚Äôs litigation and arbitration team, when needed. The team has a proven track record of successfully handling merger control issues at both national and international level; one recent example is advising private equity company Grovepoint on the disposal of its subsidiary, Payzone, to the Post Office. Led by department heads Sam Szlezinger, Alexandra Kamerling¬†and Sarah Smith¬†(all of whom are recommended by clients), the practice is well-placed to handle other matters such as competition investigations, compliance audits, regulatory work, state aid, and commercial agreements. In terms of industry-specific expertise, team members are adept at advising clients in sectors such as the media, sport, pharmaceuticals, energy, manufacturing, retail, and banking.

Practice head(s):Sam Szlezinger; Alexandra Kamerling; Sarah Smith

Testimonials

'The team stands out for its breadth of experience'

'Strong merger expertise'

'Sarah Smith is intellectually fierce, calm under pressure, and has a great manner with clients'

'Alexandra Kamerling is a well-known academic specialist in this field; she also fights hard for the interests of the clients'

'Sam Szlezinger is very experienced and simply amazing'

Key Clients

Payzone

Nisa Retail

Dignity

Heineken UK

Discovery Communications

OCS

John Menzies

John Swire & Sons

Axalta Coating Systems

Metal & Waste Recycling

Ecolab

Rolls-Royce

NFU Mutual

Work highlights

  • Advising Heineken UK on its acquisition of Punch Taverns; the team obtained clearance by the CMA at Phase I.
  • Advised global coatings company Axalta on its acquisition of IVA, the wire-enamels business of Superior Essex in Europe and Asia.
  • Acted for Nisa Retail on its £143m merger with The Co-operative Group.
  • Advised longstanding client John Menzies on the Phase II review of its acquisition of Airline Services; the transaction was cleared by the CMA.
  • Acting for Discovery Communication on a number of matters. Work included providing advice on: a joint venture with ProSieben in Germany; a joint venture with Formula E; multiple transactions; ad hoc advice on commercial agreements; and the implications of various media mergers taking place across the EU. Assistance was also provided with regard to the client's interventions in matters before the European Commission.

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EU and competition: trade, WTO anti-dumping and customs
EU and competition: trade, WTO anti-dumping and customs - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's global trade and government affairs team advises on the full spectrum of international trade issues, such as export controls, trade embargoes, financial sanctions, customs procedures and international trade agreements. Recent highlights concern multiple assessments of the impact of Brexit, the application of the EU customs framework, advice regarding trade regulation across multiple jurisdictions, and investigatory work. Notably, over the last year the team has been receiving instructions from foreign corporates and sovereign entities in relation to foreign direct investment. Another particular characteristic of the team is that its work is led from London, but it also has a strong, trade-focused presence throughout the UK. John Forrest heads the department and has extensive experience in handling regulatory challenges, among other matters. Splitting her time between London and Birmingham, senior associate Chloe Barker is recommended for her work involving export control restrictions and customs.

Practice head(s):John Forrest

Other key lawyers:Chloe Barker

Key Clients

TMF Group

Fircroft Group

Melrose

Check Point Software Technologies

James Fisher and Sons

Bank ABC

Svenska Handelsbanken

Reckitt Benckiser Group

Croda International

Work highlights

  • Provided advice to Melrose in relation to a global trade compliance risk assessment and policy review.
  • Provided sanctions compliance advice to James Fisher and Sons.
  • Assisted Bank ABC with EU and US transactions assessments of sanctions as well as licensing issues.
  • Advised Reckitt Benckiser on the impact of the EU and the US sanctions regimes.
Leading individuals

John Forrest - DLA Piper

Rising stars

Chloe Barker - DLA Piper

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Equity capital markets ‚Äď mid-large cap
Equity capital markets ‚Äď mid-large cap - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

DLA Piper is consistently ranked among the most active firms for LSE IPOs, and though the appetite for floats slowed in 2018, the team remained active with a number of secondary offerings and rescue transactions, particularly in the retail space. The ECM team has recently been most active in the mid to upper-mid-cap market segment, and is on the lookout for issuer and underwriter mandates across AIM and the Main Market. Practice head Alex Tamlyn chairs the Primary Markets Group on the London Stock Exchange, and Martin Penn is rated for his 'availability and sense of accountability'.

Practice head(s):Alex Tamlyn

Other key lawyers:Martin Penn; Rob Salter; Charles Severs

Testimonials

'DLA Piper links up well with its US team and has a strong focus in the life sciences sector.'

'Nothing is ever delegated to an unknown or unseen lawyer.'

Key Clients

Mothercare plc

Learning Technologies Group plc

SDL plc

Hutchison China MediTech

Harworth Group plc

PureTech Health

Allied Minds

Zeus Capital

Numis

i-nexus Global plc

Work highlights

  • Advising Learning Technologies Group plc on the equity fund raise and incremental debt financing to fund the acquisition of US-based PeopleFluent, effected by way of a reverse subsidiary merger for a cash consideration.
  • Advising SDL plc, an international provider of services in language translation technology and content management, on its placing on the Main Market to part fund the acquisition of the business and assets of Donnelley Language Solutions.
  • Advising Hutchison China MediTech on its public offering on AIM of American Depository Receipts to raise $301.3m.
  • Advising Harworth Group plc on its placing on the Main Market and the subsequent step-up from the standard to the premium segment.
  • Acted for PureTech Health on its $100m placing on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange.

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Equity capital markets ‚Äď small-mid cap
Equity capital markets ‚Äď small-mid cap - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

DLA Piper is consistently ranked among the most active firms for London Stock Exchange (LSE) IPOs, and though the appetite for floats slowed in 2018, the team remained active with a number of secondary offerings and rescue transactions, particularly in the retail space. The ECM team has recently been most active in the mid to upper-mid-cap market segment, and is on the lookout for issuer and underwriter mandates across AIM and the Main Market. Practice head Alex Tamlyn chairs the Primary Markets Group on the LSE, and Martin Penn is rated for his 'availability and sense of accountability'.

Practice head(s):Alex Tamlyn

Other key lawyers:Martin Penn; Rob Salter; Charles Severs; Karin Kirschner

Testimonials

'DLA Piper links up well with its US team and has a strong focus in the life sciences sector.'

'Nothing is ever delegated to an unknown or unseen lawyer.'

Key Clients

Mothercare plc

Learning Technologies Group plc

SDL plc

Hutchison China MediTech

Harworth Group plc

PureTech Health

Allied Minds

Zeus Capital

Numis

i-nexus Global plc

Work highlights

  • Advising Learning Technologies Group plc on the equity fund raise and incremental debt financing to fund the acquisition of US-based PeopleFluent, effected by way of a reverse subsidiary merger for a cash consideration.
  • Advising SDL plc, an international provider of services in language translation technology and content management, on its placing on the Main Market to part fund the acquisition of the business and assets of Donnelley Language Solutions.
  • Advising Hutchison China MediTech on its public offering on AIM of American Depository Receipts to raise $301.3m.
  • Advising Harworth Group plc on its placing on the Main Market and the subsequent step-up from the standard to the premium segment.
  • Acted for PureTech Health on its $100m placing on the Main Market of the LSE.
Next Generation Partners

Martin Penn - DLA Piper

Rising stars

Karin Kirschner - DLA Piper

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Financial services: contentious
Financial services: contentious - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

The 'highly professional and multi-disciplinary' team at DLA Piper specialises in international work, notably in the banking, investment and fintech areas. The firm advised First Data Corporation in coordinating the regulatory workstream for the company’s group reorganisation, through which it sought to place its non-US subsidiaries under a new global holding company.  Financial Conduct Authority approved skilled person Michael McKee is 'always approachable, communicative and patient.' He leads DLA's non-contentious practice, while  head of financial services and investigations Tony Katz leads on the contentious side with white collar specialist Sam Millar. The firm has significant experience in contentious financial services work including enforcement and investigations matters, with a focus on cross-border issues.

Practice head(s):Tony Katz; Sam Millar

Testimonials

'Sam Millar is a lawyer who inspires real confidence in clients. He has obvious integrity, an eye for the right opportunity to settle the dispute, and hands-on client side experience (as a former in-house lawyer himself) of the financial regulatory issues that arise in practice'

Key Clients

Yu Group PLC

Thomas Kalaris

Dixons Carphone Plc

TTT Moneycorp

Standard Chartered Bank Kenya Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Dixons Carphone Plc in relation to an enforcement investigation brought by the FCA into allegations that The Carphone Warehouse  missold mobile phone insurance between 2008 and 2015.
  • Overseeing an internal investigation into the accounts of Yu Group PLC with assistance from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP ("PwC"). The firm has also been advising the company on its the legal position following the results of that investigation, including any engagement or liaison with regulatory or law enforcement bodies.
  • Acting as defence counsel to an individual  in respect of the Serious Fraud Office's investigation into events relating to capital raisings worth c£12.8 billion undertaken by Barclays in June and October 2008  amid the financial crisis.
  • Advising a client in relation to various claims arising from the acquisition of a regulated FX company.

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Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory
Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

The 'highly professional and multi-disciplinary' team at DLA Piper specialises in international work, notably in the banking, investment and fintech areas. The firm advised First Data Corporation in coordinating the regulatory workstream for the company’s group reorganisation, through which it sought to place its non-US subsidiaries under a new global holding company.  Financial Conduct Authority approved skilled person Michael McKee is 'always approachable, communicative and patient.' He leads DLA's non-contentious practice, while  head of financial services and investigations Tony Katz leads on the contentious side with white collar specialist Sam Millar. The firm has significant experience in contentious financial services work including enforcement and investigations matters, with a focus on cross-border issues.

Practice head(s):Michael McKee; Tony Katz

Testimonials

'They do not sit on the fence and caveat their opinion'

'DLA Piper continuously demonstrates in depth knowledge of the industry and business'

'They exercise great care in understanding the issues and presenting options that work from a legal and business perspective'

'Michael McKee is an expert in his field and is happy to explain in terms suitable for non experts'

'The team is outstanding at delivering exceptional and well informed yet commercially pragmatic client service'

Key Clients

First Data Corporation

FirstRand Bank

C&C Group plc

Conviviality Plc and PwC (Administrators)

European Bank

Work highlights

  • Acting for FirstRand, South Africa’s largest financial services institution, who put forward a recommended offer for approval by the shareholders of Aldermore Group PLC, a British specialist lender and savings bank.
  • Advised a European Bank on its options under the UK's legal framework in the case of a 'hard Brexit' (i.e. assuming the current financial passporting system ends).
  • Advised a major international foreign currencies exchange business (FX business) on the Europe-wide implications of cross border payments regulation.

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M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m
M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper

DLA Piper uses its multi-jurisdictional platform to advise clients on cross-border transactions in various key sectors. These include TMT, in which practice co-head Jon Kenworthy is especially experienced, and consumer goods, in which fellow co-head Robert Bishop has been notably active. Bishop recently advised Unilever on its acquisition of UK snacking brand Graze from the Carlyle Group. Rob Salter has  a focus on corporate real estate transactions, and has worked with FTSE100 clients including DS Smith.  Following the departure of private equity specialist Anu Balasubramanian to Paul Hastings LLP, Chris Arnold was promoted to DLA's partnership, while Martin Nelson-Jones was  hired from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in the infrastructure-related M&A space. The firm also brought on board Tracey Renshaw from Clifford Chance, who has extensive experience in M&A transactions in the oil and gas sector. Charles Severs is an experienced M&A practitioner, especially in cross-border deals for listed public companies.

Practice head(s):Robert Bishop; Jon Kenworthy

Other key lawyers:Tim Wright; Charles Severs; Rob Salter

Testimonials

'The corporate team is very well organised and staffed by high quality, very motivated staff. They each know what their responsibilities are and are focused on delivery. Equally they stand in for each other when the situation demands it'

'Robert Bishop is highly personable, has an acute commercial sense and a deep industry expertise'

'Jon Kenworthy is truly outstanding. Exceptionally commercial, he ensures he understands your business and what you want out of the transaction. He focuses on what matters, does not waste time on areas that don't and never tries to 'score points' with the other side. '

Key Clients

Mondelez (formerly Kraft Foods)

General Electric Company ("GE")

London Stock Exchange Group

Gettaxi Limited

Merlin Entertainments plc

Pearson

Algeco

Discovery Communications

Lafarge Holcim

Fircroft

Work highlights

  • Represented  management on the sale of Helly Hansen Group by Teachers' Private Capital to Canadian Tire Corporation for approximately CAD $985m and the assumption of approximately CAD $50m of operating debt, net of cash.
  • Advised John Swire & Son and Argent Energy on the acquisition of Biodiesel Amsterdam (BDA), Tankstorage Amsterdam (TSA) and Tank & Truck Cleaning Amsterdam (CSA).
  • Advised Learning Technologies Group on its acquisition of Peoplefluent Holdings Corporation.
  • Advised DS Smith on the sale of its plastics division to private equity firm Olympus Partners for approximately £450m
  • Advised Ecolab on its £140m recommended cash takeover of the bio-decontamination technology company, Bioquell.
Leading individuals

Charles Severs - DLA Piper

Rob Salter - DLA Piper

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Private equity: transactions ‚Äď high-value deals (¬£250m+)
Private equity: transactions ‚Äď high-value deals (¬£250m+) - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's corporate department often represents management on high-value buyouts or acquisitions by PE firms. The firm has handled major mandates of this kind in sectors including financial services, technology, media and retail. Practice head Tim Wright took the lead advising FNZ on its £1.65bn sale by investor H.I.G Capital to CDPQ and Generation Investment Management.  Ed Griffiths and John Pryor are other names to note. within the team. Pryor was made up to the partnership in April 2019 and worked with Griffiths on the the sale of Tangerine Confectionery to Valeo Foods Group, representing management on the sale of the sweet manufacturer, which is known for products such as Dib Dab. Fruit Salad and Black Jack sweets.

Practice head(s):Tim Wright

Other key lawyers:Ed Griffiths; John Pryor

Testimonials

'I have worked with Tim Wright for over 20 years; he is experienced, commercial, passionate and engaged'.

Key Clients

ABRY Partners

August Equity

Aurium Capital

Beech Tree Private Equity

Coast2Coast Capital

Duke Street Capital

Graphite Capital

H.I.G. European Capital Partners

Inflexion

Lloyds Development Capital

Maven Capital

Marwyn Partners

North Edge

Oakley Capital

Oaktree Capital Partners

Sun European Partners

Work highlights

  • Advising the management team of FNZ on the sale ( by investors H.I.G Capital)  to CDPQ and Generation Investment Management LLP.
  • Acted for the management team of CEB Talent Assessment on the MBO by Exponent Private Equity from sellers, Gartner, in a deal worth £400 million.
  • Advised Helly Hansen's management team on the sale of Helly Hansen Group AS by Teachers' Private Capital, the Canada-based private equity investment arm of Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, to Canadian Tire Corporation.
  • Acting for the management team of Combell Group, one of the leading providers of web-hosting services to SMEs in Benelux and the Nordics, on the buyout by Hg Capital from Waterland Private Equity.
  • Acted for management of Exterion Media on its acquisition by media company, Global from private equity house, Platinum Equity.
Leading individuals

Tim Wright - DLA Piper

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Private equity: transactions ‚Äď mid-tier ‚Äď up to ¬£250m
Private equity: transactions ‚Äď mid-tier ‚Äď up to ¬£250m - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's corporate department often represents management on high-value buyouts or acquisitions by PE firms. The firm has handled major mandates of this kind in sectors including financial services, technology, media and retail. Practice head Tim Wright took the lead advising FNZ on its £1.65bn sale by investor H.I.G Capital to CDPQ and Generation Investment Management.  Ed Griffiths and John Pryor are other names to note. within the team. Pryor was made up to the partnership in April 2019 and worked with Griffiths on the the sale of Tangerine Confectionery to Valeo Foods Group, representing management on the sale of the sweet manufacturer, which is known for products such as Dib Dab. Fruit Salad and Black Jack sweets.

Practice head(s):Tim Wright

Other key lawyers:Ed Griffiths; John Pryor

Testimonials

'I have worked with Tim Wright for over 20 years; he is experienced, commercial, passionate and engaged'

Key Clients

ABRY Partners

August Equity

Aurium Capital

Beech Tree Private Equity

Coast2Coast Capital

Duke Street Capital

Graphite Capital

H.I.G. European Capital Partners

Inflexion

Lloyds Development Capital

Maven Capital

Marwyn Partners

North Edge

Oakley Capital

Oaktree Capital Partners

Sun European Partners

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VAT and indirect tax
VAT and indirect tax - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's clients include financial institutions, UK and multinational corporates and property companies, which the team advises on the spectrum of VAT issues, international tax and transfer pricing. The advisory group is led by Richard Woolich, while Geoffrey Tack leads on indirect tax disputes in tandem with non-contentious colleagues . In addition to more traditional tax work, the team is regularly called upon to advise corporates on Brexit-preparations. In 2018, Clive Jones and David Smith joined from Greenberg Traurig, LLP and Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP respectively. Neville Wright left the firm for McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP.

Practice head(s):Richard Woolich

Other key lawyers:Clive Jones

Key Clients

bet365

Gulf Related

Kaplan International

TecEx

VATit

Waypoint

William Hill

Work highlights

  • Acting for Kaplan International in a VAT dispute concerning the cross-sharing group exemption, focusing on fundamental issues such as whether the exemption can apply in a cross-border context and distortion of competition.
  • Advising Waypoint on a Jersey property unit trust as a commercial property income-producing fund for institutions and its status for tax, in light of new CGT rules for non-UK residents.
  • Represented Midlothian Council in arguing whether sports provision was outside the scope of VAT.  This potentially has major implications nationally and could give rise to very significant VAT refunds.
Leading individuals

Richard Woolich - DLA Piper

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper

DLA Piper draws on its large global network of offices to provide a comprehensive service on cross-border civil fraud disputes, with a particular focus on the financial services and energy and natural resources sectors. Areas of expertise include asset tracing, international bribery, corruption and money laundering. The team also offers a rapid response hotline which provides 24-hour global crisis management advice. Jamie Curle, Jeremy Andrews and Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry head the team, which has been significantly boosted by the additions of Patrick Rappo, Rebecca Hopkirk and Anna Mills, who joined as partners during 2018 from Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP, RPC and Hogan Lovells International LLP respectively, while Christina Lawrence was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):Jamie Curle; Jeremy Andrews; Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry

Other key lawyers:Patrick Rappo; Rebecca Hopkirk; Anna Mills; Christina Lawrence; Phillip Kelly; Sarah Ellington; Charles Allin

Testimonials

‘Extremely dedicated to the case and its success, they work seamlessly with teams of local counsels and experts in other jurisdictions’.

‘Clever, quick and always available, they instill calm and confidence’.

‘A smooth running team which has depth and breadth of fraud experience’.

‘First rate civil fraud capability; brilliant at cross-jurisdictional problems’.              

‘Jamie Curle is absolutely brilliant at running cases, moving between the macro and the micro; he has huge expertise in juggling proceedings in different jurisdictions and is a joy to work with’.

‘Very experienced team leaders and enthusiastic junior solicitors who work hard’.

‘Jeremy Andrews is very calm and to the point’.

‘Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry has very impressive tactical nous’.

‘Jamie Curle has excellent client skills and good team management’.      

‘Jeremy Andrews is a standout partner and is hands on when he needs to be’.

Key Clients

Thomas Kalaris

Cyprus Popular Bank Public Co Ltd (in Special Administration)

Premier Wealth

Renova Industries Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Renova in BVI proceedings in a $900m joint venture dispute.
  • Representing Thomas Kalaris, former CEO of Barclays Wealth, in connection with the largest fraud trial arising out of the 2008 financial crisis..
  • Advising the special administrator of Cyprus Popular Bank Public Co Ltd in its actions to recover losses of up to €3.5bn arising from allegedly fraudulent transactions entered into by Andreas Vgenopoulos and other former management of the bank and related entities.
  • Representing Premier Wealth, which is seeking to recovery of monies from a £10m fraudulent investment scheme.
  • Representing a group of four defendants in a $19m claim for breach of contract and fraud.

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Gaming and betting
Gaming and betting - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper provides regulatory advice in the gambling, betting and media sectors. The firm is also experienced in assisting with licensing agreements, commercial contracts, litigation matters and tax-related issues. Nick Fitzpatrick acts as the global co-chair for the media, sports and entertainment sector and advises on advertisement in the gambling and betting sector. Hilary Stewart-Jones left the practice in June 2018 to join Harris Hagan as a consultant.

Practice head(s):Nick Fitzpatrick

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London: Dispute resolution

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

DLA Piper

DLA Piper is well known for complex, high-stakes litigation for its domestic clients across the firm's UK offices, but it has also developed a robust cross-border practice, particularly in relation to fraud and regulatory matters. Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry is global co-litigation and regulatory chair, Jeremy Andrews is UK co-litigation and arbitration head, and Jamie Curle  has extensive experience of cross-border disputes, including structured product disputes, and  fraud and asset tracing matters. James Carter and senior associate Dan Jewell are also highly regarded. White-collar crime expert Patrick Rappo was hired from Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP, and Paul Smith left for Harneys in the Cayman Islands.

Practice head(s):Jean‑Pierre Douglas‑Henry; Jeremy Andrews

Other key lawyers:Jamie Curle; James Carter; Patrick Rappo; Dan Jewell

Key Clients

Cyprus Popular Bank Public Co (in Special Administration)

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Bank of London and the Middle East

Standard Chartered Bank

Standard Chartered Bank Kenya

Work highlights

  • In one of the largest and most publicly-sensitive cases to emerge from the Cypriot banking crisis in 2011, the team represented Cyprus Popular Bank (in Special Administration) in its attempts to enforce a multi billion-dollar Cypriot freezing order in England.
  • Defended The Royal Bank of Scotland against a portfolio of mis-selling cases in relation to interest rate hedging products.
Leading individuals
Rising stars

Dan Jewell - DLA Piper

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's litigation team is widely recognised for its international reach and deep sector expertise. It frequently advises on high value disputes such as Cyprus Popular Bank's attempts, as special administrator, to register a ‚ā¨3.5bn freezing injunction. Global co-litigation ¬†and regulatory chair¬†Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry¬†focuses on complex cross-border disputes and has particular expertise in banking, energy and natural resources; contentious M&A, fraud and asset tracing, and regulatory disputes.UK co-head of litigation and arbitration¬†Jeremy Andrews¬†is noted for fraud and asset tracing, banking and funds litigation, contentious trusts and estates, and natural resources disputes. Also highly regarded are Jamie Curle,¬†James Carter¬†and Edward Shaw, along with legal director¬†Jeremy Sher¬†and senior associate Charles Allin. Former Hogan Lovells International LLP¬†construction disputes counsel Anna Mills¬†joined as partner.

Practice head(s):Jean‑Pierre Douglas‑Henry; Jeremy Andrews

Other key lawyers:James Carter; Jamie Curle; Edward Shaw; Jeremy Sher; Charles Allin; Anna Mills

Key Clients

Renova Industries

Unilever

Cyprus Popular Bank Public Co (in Special Administration)

Solutus Advisors

Work highlights

  • Acted for Renova Industries (RI)  in proceedings brought in the BVI by RI and associated companies against Emmerson International (and various associated companies), which included a claim for declaratory relief in relation to the defendants' purported exercise of a joint venture exit mechanism.
Leading individuals
Next Generation Partners

James Carter - DLA Piper

Rising stars

Charles Allin - DLA Piper

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Competition litigation
Competition litigation - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper‚Äôs EU and competition team works closely with the firm‚Äôs corporate, litigation and arbitration departments. The group is active on the competition law enforcement front and assists clients with appeals against high-profile investigations, among other matters. The team has strong experience in the pharmaceutical sector, amongst others. Led by ‚Äėstrategic thinker‚Äô Sarah Smith, a team is acting for Indian pharmaceutical company Lupin on its appeal of the European Commission's decision in the perindopril (medication used to control high blood pressure)¬† investigation. Another significant highlight involves the London- and Brussels- based teams collaborating on the representation of Merck in its ongoing appeal against the European Commission's decision in its citalopram (an antidepressant) investigation. Alexandra Kamerling¬†and Sam Szlezinger¬†are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Sam Szlezinger; Alexandra Kamerling; Sarah Smith

Testimonials

'DLA Piper has an excellent reputation in the competition litigation space and is particularly strong on the defence side'

'The team has strong antitrust expertise in the pharmaceutical sector'

'Sarah Smith is thoughtful, aware of all relevant developments, and provides advice which is on-point and tailored to the needs of the client. She has excellent technical knowledge, a sharp mind and is also delightful to work with'

Key Clients

Merck KGaA

Lupin

Discovery Communications

ZeniMax Media

Consolis Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for Merck on its appeal in the Court of Justice against the Commission's decision in its citalopram investigation.
  • Acting for Merck on its ongoing appeal in the Competition Appeal Tribunal against the CMA's antitrust decision in its paroxetine investigation. The matter is currently pending before the Court of Justice, following a reference concerning matters of EU law.
  • Acting for Lupin on its long-running appeals against the European Commission's antitrust decision in the perindopril investigation.
  • Represented Zenimax in its response to a competition law investigation by the European Commission .
Next Generation Partners

Sarah Smith - DLA Piper

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's 'very engaged team is competent, knowledgeable and willing to keep long hours on assignments'. The practice has particular strength in the energy, infrastructure and construction sectors, and fields an experienced team of investment treaty disputes lawyers. It also has significant geographical reach on the African continent. Philip Chong is particularly recognised for his expertise in energy and infrastructure related disputes; the other key practitioners are Kate Cervantes-Knox, James Carter, Edward Shaw and of counsel Ben Sanderson. Christina Lawrence was promoted to the partnership, and construction, project and engineering disputes expert Anna Mills was hired from Hogan Lovells International LLP.

Practice head(s):Philip Chong

Other key lawyers:Kate Cervantes-Knox; James Carter; Edward Shaw; Ben Sanderson; Christina Lawrence; Anna Mills; Gemma Read

Testimonials

'The excellent arbitration team has experience in a broad range of cases, including very complex, high-value disputes with significant profiles; it also has an impressive ability to tap into expertise across the firm's range of international offices'.

'Philip Chong is a tactically astute, thoughtful and heavy-hitting leader in London'.

'Kate Cervantes-Knox and of counsel Ben Sanderson are excellent at running international arbitrations that involve large teams of lawyers based in different countries'.

'James Carter is a highly capable and hardworking younger partner'.

'Associate Gemma Read has a real eye for detail'.

Key Clients

Gazprom

Government of Ghana

Hiranandani Family

Republic of Kenya

Standard Chartered Bank

Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

Samsung Engineering

Republic of Guinea

Republic of Zambia

Work highlights

  • Acted for Gazprom in relation to a series of Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) arbitration proceedings, which related to the supply and transit of gas.
Leading individuals

Philip Chong - DLA Piper

Next Generation Partners

Christina Lawrence - DLA Piper

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Public international law
Public international law - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's investment arbitration practice continues be highly sought after to act as counsel for sovereign clients and private entities in investor-state and ICSID arbitration proceedings. The practice has a notable presence in emerging markets in Latin America and Africa and also advises on international financial sanctions; territorial boundary disputes; trade and investment negotiations; and on the Laws of the Sea under the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea treaty. Kate Cervantes-Knox, Janet Legrand QC  and Scott Horton are highly regarded.

Practice head(s):Scott Horton, Philip Chong

Testimonials

'Very capable and well-organised team, with strengths in investment arbitration and a very good presence in Africa.'

'The team has a good grasp of the 'pure' public international law aspects in the investment arbitration space. Recommended in the strongest terms for both inter-state cases and investment arbitration. The team may be more cost-effective than the top firms in investment arbitration, but will offer as much in terms of quality.'

'Kate Cervantes-Knox is excellent at running international arbitration involving large teams of lawyers based in different countries. A first-rate lawyer with a problem-solving disposition.'

'DLA Piper's arbitration team is very collegiate, and extremely pleasant to work with.'

Key Clients

Republic of Kenya

Kyrgyz Republic

Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

Thailand

Turkcell

Work highlights

  • Represented the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste in a series of public international law disputes including acting in the compulsory conciliation proceedings commenced by Timor-Leste against Australia under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea for the purposes of securing an agreement on the delimitation of the maritime boundaries between the two countries.
  • Successfully defended the Republic of Kenya in an ICSID claim with an estimated value of $2bn brought by mining investor, Cortec.
  • Acting in a very substantial claim against a South American state under a bilateral investment treaty concerning the expropriation and unfair and inequitable treatment of the client's well-established business interests in that state, and its effective expulsion from the country.

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

With a strong offering in London and key regional centres including Manchester and Birmingham,¬†DLA Piper¬†provides a cost-effective and 'solutions-oriented' service to an increasingly balanced array of lenders and borrowers in the mid-market. Although the firm's clearing bank ties continue to generate a significant deal flow¬†‚Äď as does its roster of mid-market private equity sponsors ‚Äď the team has successfully re-calibrated its practice to include a growing number of credit funds. The 'pragmatic'¬†Andy Kolacki¬†has expertise across the spectrum of senior and subordinated capital structures, including unitranche deals for direct lenders, while¬†Philip Crump ¬†has been particularly active for lenders leveraged domestic and cross-border matters.

Practice head(s):Martin Bartlam; Matt Christmas; Toby Barker; Mark Dwyer

Other key lawyers:Andy Kolacki; Philip Crump; Julie Romer; Douglas Murning

Testimonials

'The team is attentive and pro-active in moving deals forward.'

'Andy Kolacki was able to take a pragmatic, solutions-oriented approach to getting the deal over the line.'

'Mark Dwyer is a superstar.'

Key Clients

HSBC

Investec

Lloyds Banking Group

Royal Bank of Scotland

Silicon Valley Bank

Ares Management

Bain Capital Credit

BlueBay Asset Management

CVC Credit Partners

Hayfin Capital Management

Pemberton Asset Management

Discovery

Heineken

VEON

LivaNova

Workspace Group

Graphite Capital

Symphony Technology Group

Work highlights

  • Advising LivaNova Plc on a $170m bridge facility entered into with Bank of America Merrill Lynch to fund its acquisition of TandemLife.
  • Acted for the lenders on the debt financing provided in support of the acquisition of Law Business Research by Levine Leichtman Capital Partners.
  • Assisting Deutsche Bank as mandated lead arranger, sole co-ordinator and agent in respect of $120m acquisition and working capital term facilities for a major China-based real estate conglomerate, listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange.
  • Acted for The Carlyle Group on the financing of its acquisition of Livingstone Technologies, the UK's largest independent provider of Software Asset Management (SAM) managed services. Facilities were provided by HSBC Bank.
  • Advised Pemberton Asset Management in respect of the financing of HIG's investment in Corona Corporate Solutions, a fast growing UK print management and telephony business.

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Asset based lending
Asset based lending - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

Co-headed out of Leeds and Manchester by the ‚Äėhighly commercial and practical‚Äô¬†Sarah Day¬†and¬†Joseph Frew, respectively,¬†DLA Piper¬†is ‚Äėexceptionally knowledgeable about the ABL market‚Äô, both at the front end of deals and in the event of distress. Leveraging strong ties with the ABL arms of clearing banks, independents and alternative credit providers, the firm‚Äôs lender-side profile ensures that it is exposed to a wide range of deals, from relatively commoditised ones (involving supply chain finance), through to more challenging structured mandates, from both a domestic and international perspective. Frew is appreciated by clients for his ‚Äėexperience across more bespoke ABL transactions‚Äô and is also regularly instructed by funders to draft and develop template documentation for ABL facilities.

Practice head(s):Sarah Day; Joseph Frew; Steven Geerlings

Other key lawyers:Stephen Bottley; Chris Roberts; Neil Riley; Richard Usher; Alastair Carruthers; Rob Lyons; Peter Manley

Testimonials

'The team never tries to score points on the other side of deals and remains practical in its approach'.

'The firm has strong experience executing a wide range of transactions, particularly bespoke structures that are not typical in the ABL market'.

'It has strong ABL legal expertise, with well-resourced teams providing national coverage'.

'Joseph Frew understands a lender's requirements well and knows how the ABL product operates in practice, which greatly aids speeding up a negotiation'.

'Sarah Day is a key advocate and senior lawyer of her firm'.

Key Clients

ABN Amro Commercial Finance

Aldermore Invoice Finance

BNP Paribas Commercial Finance

Lloyds

Clydesdale Bank Invoice Finance

RBS Invoice Finance

Deutsche Bank

HSBC Invoice Finance

Shawbrook Bank Business Credit

Siemens Financial Services

ING Commercial Finance

Sonovate

Bibby Financial Services

Coöperatieve Rabobank

Work highlights

  • Acted for private equity-owned Ardent Hire Solutions on the refinancing of the company's existing indebtedness.
  • Acting for RBS Invoice Finance and HSBC on the provision of a £90m receivables finance facilities agreement for the Harvey Nash group of companies.
  • Advising BDO as administrators of Float Glass Industries and its parent company on its restructuring. The administration involved a £5m invoice discounting facility.
  • Acting for Duff & Phelps as administrators of Calvetron Brands group. Notably, this work involved the restructuring of an ABL facility providing receivables and stock financing.
Leading individuals

Joseph Frew - DLA Piper

Sarah Day - DLA Piper

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

DLA Piper

Praised for its 'attention to detail and extremely high-quality legal advice', DLA Piper has a strong foundation representing an impressive roster of banking clients. This includes Lloyds and RBS, which it advises across the spectrum of financing mandates, including on general corporate lending, working capital, and corporate-led acquisition financings (in addition to leveraged mandates). The 'business-savvy' Mark Dwyer has a 'fantastic reputation', and as well as general corporate lending expertise he also has a particular expertise in financing UK public takeovers of listed companies. Dwyer has recently handled numerous refinancing mandates for listed corporates, including Merlin Entertainments plc, which he advised on an increased and extended £600m revolving credit facility used to repay term loans.

Practice head(s):Martin Bartlam; Matt Christmas; Toby Barker; Mark Dwyer

Other key lawyers:Julie Romer; Philip Crump; Andy Kolacki; Douglas Murning; Joywin Mathew

Testimonials

'Mark Dwyer is a superstar lawyer who offers excellent technical advice.'

'Mark Dwyer and his team always considers the bigger picture.'

Key Clients

HSBC

Investec

Lloyds Banking Group

Royal Bank of Scotland

Silicon Valley Bank

Ares Management

Bain Capital Credit

BlueBay Asset Management

CVC Credit Partners

Hayfin Capital Management

Pemberton Asset Management

Discovery

Heineken

VEON

LivaNova

Workspace Group

Graphite Capital

Symphony Technology Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Merlin Entertainments plc on the refinancing of its bank facilities – including an increased and extended £600m revolving credit facility used to repay term loans, implemented in a complex and novel repayment mechanism to rebalance the outgoing lenders and incoming lenders.
  • Acting for FTSE-listed Keller Group plc in respect of the refinancing of its existing credit facilities via entry into a new syndicated revolving credit facility for £375m, provided by a syndicate of eight financial institutions to borrowers within the Keller Group spanning eight jurisdictions.
  • Advised AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group on the refinancing of its group facilities where the lenders extended credit in the form of an initial Term Loan B in an aggregate initial principal amount of $300m, and a revolving facility with an initial available amount of $200m.
  • Acted for Deutsche Bank on a significant bridging facility for NEPI, the European property group.  
  • Advised Zenium Data Centres on amendments to its loan facility following its acquisition by CyrusOne.
Leading individuals

Mark Dwyer - DLA Piper

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

DLA Piper

Despite the departure in March 2019 of Michael Fiddy  and Amy Jacks to Mayer Brown International LLP, DLA Piper maintains a well-resourced team out of London and key regional hubs (including Birmingham and Manchester) and is well-positioned to handle insolvency/restructuring work in the domestic mid-market in particular. Strong ties with insolvency practitioners and UK clearing banks continue to generate a significant flow of traditional restructuring and insolvency work for Chris Parker's five-partner team, with the firm's role for the Official Receiver following Carillion's demise a particular highlight.

Practice head(s):Chris Parker

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Richards; David Ampaw; Neil Riley; Tim Dawson; Rowan Aspinwall; Sheena Frazer; Peter Manley; Laura Wright

Key Clients

Alvarez & Marsal

PwC

Conviviality Group Plc

Monarch Airlines for Manchester Airports Group

Gourmet Burger Kitchen

Banking syndicate on Evans Cycles

Work highlights

  • Advising the joint liquidators of Joannou & Paraskevaides (Overseas) Limited, the parent company of a group which operated as one of the largest construction and infrastructure companies in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.
  • Advised the Official Receiver on the liquidation of several Carillion Group companies and over 200 boards of directors of the companies not placed into an insolvency process in order to ensure a controlled disposal process with a view to maximising the return to creditors.
  • Advised Manchester Airports Group following the collapse of airline, Monarch, which left the group to fill empty airline slots that were worth a reported £30m in earnings.
  • Advised Gourmet Burger Kitchen in relation to a successful proposal for a CVA.
  • Advised a banking syndicate on the pre-pack sale of Evans Cycles as a going concern, to Sports Direct.

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Debt capital markets
Debt capital markets - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper has a strong reputation for advising clients in new markets in terms of jurisdictions, products and sectors, and it has actively expanded the scope of its work to encompass liability management, redemptions, amendments and tender offers. In 2018, it handled mandates involving fintech-related assets, social and green investment bonds and Masala bonds. It acts for the full range of market participants in both developed and emerging markets, notably India and Turkey, and its recent work includes debt transactions in sectors as diverse as financial services, real estate, technology, infrastructure and renewable energy. Key partner Martin Bartlam specialises in structured credit and asset management, and acts for many private equity credit funds, banks and corporations; international co-chair of financial services Vincent Keaveny acts for issuers and underwriters in international debt capital markets transactions; and Mark Dwyer handles both debt and structured finance matters.

Practice head(s):Martin Bartlam; Vincent Keaveny; Mark Dwyer

Other key lawyers:Steven Krivisnkas; Joywin Matthew

Testimonials

'The team has driven the efforts to build the practice, and the high degree of commitment at the partner level is unique'.

'It has a capable cross-border outfit that is able to communicate across offices and get things done'.

Key Clients

Banca IMI

NatWest Markets

Morgan Stanley

Places for People

Mount Street Mortgage Servicing Limited

Workspace group

Work highlights

  • Advised the arrangers and dealers on the establishment of the INR50bn guaranteed MTN programme by the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board as unconditionally and irrevocably guaranteed by The Government of Kerala, acting through the Finance Department of Kerala.
  • Advising Banca IMI on 2018 updates to its EMTN programme.
  • Acted as legal advisers, as to English and Spanish law, to the arranger and dealers, including Banco Santander and Banco Bilbao, in connection with the update of the €6bn EMTN programme of ADIF-ALTA VELOCIDAD.
  • Advised the dealers (Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, Banco Santander, HSBC Bank and Société Générale), as to English and Spanish law, on the issue of €600m 1.25% eligible green projects notes due May 2026 by ADIF- ALTA VELOCIDAD.
  • Advising Merlin Entertainment on the English, Danish, German and Italian law aspects of its $400m 5.75% senior notes issuance.

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Derivatives (including commodities)
Derivatives (including commodities) - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

The capital markets and structured investment group at DLA Piper has 'deep expertise in structured finance transactions and a particular capability in derivatives transactions', according to one client. The firm is best known for  assisting multinational banks and financial investors in growth securitisation markets and for advising on structured finance and derivatives products internationally. Primarily a securitisation specialist, Vincent Keaveny also advises banks and end-users of derivatives products, repos and stock lending in hedging and balance sheet management transactions. Martin Bartlam has more than 25 years' experience in international structured deals involving securitisations, capital markets products and derivatives. Ronan Mellon predominantly handles CLOs for issuers, arrangers, investment managers and investors, but has in-depth knowledge of credit derivatives and hedging arrangements. Mark Dwyer's recent work includes advising Merlin Entertainments on the repapering of its ISDA Agreements and parent company guarantees.

Practice head(s):Martin Bartlam; Vincent Keaveny; Mark Dwyer

Other key lawyers:Ronan Mellon

Testimonials

"Martin Bartlam has commercial savvy and is great in a crisis. At senior associate level Marcus Lovatt is a steady pair of hands and is unflappable."

Key Clients

Ares Management LLC

StormHarbour Securities

Mount Street

Aspect Capital Limited

Accunia Fondsmaeglerselskab A/S

Frontera Capital B.V.

Banca IMI S.p.A.

Merlin Entertainments Plc

Saar Capital Limited

Mosel Capital Limited

Green Deal Finance Company

Work highlights

  • Advised Merlin on repapering its ISDA Agreements and parent company guarantees - prepared templates and negotiated the contracts with 10 banking counterparties.

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Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

DLA Piper has a group of experienced partners in London and has a strong flow of mid-market transactions in the emerging markets. The energy sector is a key focus for the London finance practice and Charles Morrison, who focuses on trade and project finance and is dual-qualified in the UK and Tanzania, handles oil and gas development projects in Africa. Consultant Nigel Drew acts for arrangers, bidding consortia, contractors and the public sector on international projects and structured finance transactions across a wide range of sectors.

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High yield
High yield - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

Tony Lopez leads the capital markets and structured investments practice at DLA Piper. He focuses on high yield bonds and leveraged finance, as well as debt capital markets and special situations. The firm is best known for acting on behalf of corporate issuers in large UK and international high yield transactions. The firm is also active in the restructuring market. Steven Krivinskas also handles high yield debt alongside structured finance, securitisation and other debt capital markets transactions.

Practice head(s):Tony Lopez

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Structured products and securitisation
Structured products and securitisation - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper acts for multinational banks and financial investors in growth securitisation markets, as well as handling cross-border structured finance transactions. In 2018, it saw significant activity in CMBS, RMBS, CLO and auto loan securitisations in the UK, Greece, Poland and Portugal. It also acted in US and European arbitrage CLOs, finance platform structuring for new challenger banks with fintech services, and both performing and non-performing portfolio transfers. Among its most recent innovations is its partnership with tokenisation platform Tokeny to develop an off-the-shelf tool to link corporate issuers with investors through blockchain technology.  Vincent Keaveny has more than 20 years' experience in advising banks, financial institutions and corporates on securitisation and structured finance. Martin Bartlam is a leading adviser on fintech applied to mortgage platforms and real estate financing structures. Steven Krivinskas acts for financial institutions and borrowers, and has  an increasing focus on transactions in the fintech sector.

Practice head(s):Martin Bartlam; Vincent Keaveny; Mark Dwyer

Other key lawyers:Ronan Mellon; Bryony Widdup; Steven Krivinskas

Testimonials

"The firm has in-depth knowledge from a legal perspective and extensive experience in various securitisation transactions, and is, therefore, able to be pragmatic."

"The experience we have had with Steven Krivinskas cannot be described as anything other than fantastic. He comes with the full package: in-depth knowledge and excellent commercial awareness."

"The practice is very easy to deal with, technically good, responsive and commercial - all while being easy going and personable."

"Ronan Mellon is very responsive, experienced and commercial."

Key Clients

Ares Management LLC

StormHarbour Securities

Mount Street

Aspect Capital Limited

Accunia Fondsmaeglerselskab A/S

Frontera Capital B.V.

Banca IMI S.p.A.

Merlin Entertainments Plc

Saar Capital Limited

Mosel Capital Limited

Green Deal Finance Company

Work highlights

  • Advising Autohellas S.A. as originator and servicer and StormHarbour Securities LLP as arranger on the securitisation of auto leases extended to Greek corporates and SMEs and the issuer of notes listed on Euronext Dublin and rated by S&P and Scope.
  • Advised on a number of issues by Frontera Capital B.V. linked to debt obligations of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, including Series 18 KGS 1,162,375,356 Credit Linked Notes due 2028, and Series 19 KGS 664,790,853 Credit Linked Notes due 2020.

  • Advised Ares European Loan Management LLP as collateral manager on a collateralized loan obligation transaction, involving issuance by Ares European CLO IX B.V.
  • Advising Accunia Fondsmaeglerselskab A/S as the collateral manager in respect of Accunia European CLO III DAC’s €361,750,000 collateralised loan obligation issuance.
  • Advised Green Deal Finance Company  on the securitisation of its green deal loans arranged by Citibank.
Leading individuals

Steven Krivinskas - DLA Piper

Vincent Keaveny - DLA Piper

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Transport finance & leasing
Transport finance & leasing - ranked: tier 6

DLA Piper

With three partners based in the UK who have a considerable focus on asset finance work, and also able to tap into the firm's huge international network, the 'reactive and very commercial-minded' team at DLA Piper is a dependable choice for clients engaged in the cross-border financing of transportation assets. Richard Skipper leads on most of the big-ticket aviation financing mandates handled by the team and has strong ties with numerous banks, airlines and lessors. Global head of asset finance Alan Cunningham has a broad practice that includes a niche focus on business jet transactions.

Practice head(s):Alan Cunningham

Other key lawyers:Richard Skipper; Rebecca Williams

Testimonials

'The team has been around for a long time and has a wealth of experience, which is very valuable for concrete transactional matters or more generally for ad hoc questions'.

Key Clients

AviaAM Financial Leasing

Etihad Airways

Flybe

HSBC Equipment Finance (UK) Limited

Lombard North Central

Shawbrook Bank

British Airways

Virgin Atlantic Airways

Air Mauritius

Air Seychelles

Work highlights

  • Advising AviaAM Financial Leasing China on the acquisition and lease to Aeroflot - Russian Airlines of five Airbus A320 and one Boeing B777 aircraft financed by The Export-Import Bank of China.
  • Advising Etihad Airways on the sale and lease back of three Boeing 787-9 aircraft to East Merchant including one aircraft painted in customised Formula One livery for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix fly past.
  • Acted for EL AL Israel Airlines on the sale and leaseback of one B787-9 aircraft financed by DVB (as senior lender) and Investec (as junior lender).
  • Acted for Flybe on the financing of an additional Q400 aircraft to be brought under existing financing arrangements in relation to 13 Q400 aircraft.
  • Acting for GTLK Europe DAC on the acquisition and lease to Germania of two Airbus A319 aircraft.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's London employment team benefits from the wider firm's huge global footprint, providing advice on a global scale to big-name clients. The practice's work ranges from High Court litigation to restructurings, outsourcing, data protection and the employment aspects of M&A deals, with key sectors including tech, financial services, life sciences, retail, leisure and media. UK employment head Adam Hartley - who also leads the group's UK and international technology stream - works in tandem with global practice co-chair Tim Marshall, business and human rights expert Jonathan Exten-Wright and legal director Jonathan Hearn.

Practice head(s):Adam Hartley

Other key lawyers:Tim Marshall; Jonathan Exten-Wright; Jonathan Hearn

Key Clients

ITV

Uber

Shire

SuperGroup

HSBC

London Stock Exchange

Park Plaza

Crabtree & Evelyn

NetApp

Work highlights

  • Supporting Spotify on ad hoc employment queries and global projects.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper

DLA Piper runs the gamut of health and safety work, advising an impressive roster of household name clients. National head Teresa Hitchcock divides her time between Sheffield and London, and is well known for her work in construction and manufacturing. John Gollaglee works across the firm's Manchester and Liverpool offices and is an expert contentious matters, particularly relating to corporate manslaughter. Newly promoted partner Alastair Clough similarly splits his time between Sheffield and London and is notably strong in advising on health and safety issues concerning transactions. Legal director Ailish Oxenforth is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Teresa Hitchcock 

Other key lawyers:John Gollaglee; Alastair Clough

Work highlights

  • Advising Airbus Helicopters, the manufacturer of the police helicopter which crashed into the roof of the Clutha Public House in the centre of Glasgow in 2013, with the loss of ten lives.
Leading individuals

Teresa Hitchcock  - DLA Piper

Next Generation Partners

Ailish Oxenforth - DLA Piper

Alastair Clough - DLA Piper

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Pensions (non-contentious)
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

Under the leadership of Matthew Swynnerton, the DLA Piper pensions team advises on a range of big-ticket matters covering longevity swap transactions, insurance buy-ins, GMP equalisation, GDPR compliance, complex benefit scheme changes and defined benefit funding agreements. Recent contentious matters have involved historic drafting errors in relation to equalisation. Swynnerton, who also offers his pensions knowledge to industry guidance initiatives concerning pension scams, works in tandem with Tamara Calvert, who also handles contentious matters.

Practice head(s):Matthew Swynnerton

Other key lawyers:Tamara Calvert

Testimonials

'Tamara Calvert is pleasant, knows her stuff and is always helpful'

'Associate Beth Casinelli is a good technician who is very good at digging out obscure facts.'

Key Clients

Hitachi Rail Europe Limited

Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited

Novartis UK Pension Scheme

Aviva

National Grid (ESPS)

E.ON UK (ESPS)

Grainger Inc

Du Pont (U.K.) Limited Pensions Fund

The Premier League

Heineken

Work highlights

  • Advising the trustee of the £4bn National Grid Electricity Group of ESPS on a longevity hedge transaction.
  • Advising the £3.5bn E.ON UK Pension Scheme on a range of benefit changes proposed by the sponsoring employer.
  • Ongoing advice to the Pension Scams Industry Group on its industry guidance in this complex and high profile area.
  • Advice to numerous trustee clients on implications of the Lloyds judgement in relation to GMP equalisation.
  • Advice to numerous trustee clients on the implications of GDPR.
Leading individuals

Matthew Swynnerton - DLA Piper

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Pensions: dispute resolution
Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

Under the leadership of Matthew Swynnerton, the DLA Piper pensions team advises on a range of big-ticket matters covering longevity swap transactions, insurance buy-ins, GMP equalisation, GDPR compliance, complex benefit scheme changes and defined benefit funding agreements. Recent contentious matters have involved historic drafting errors in relation to equalisation. Swynnerton, who also offers his pensions knowledge to industry guidance initiatives concerning pension scams, works in tandem with Tamara Calvert, who also handles contentious matters.

Practice head(s):Matthew Swynnerton

Other key lawyers:Tamara Calvert

Testimonials

'Tamara Calvert is pleasant, knows her stuff and is always helpful'

'Associate Beth Casinelli is a good technician who is very good at digging out obscure facts.'

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London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation
Insurance and reinsurance litigation - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

With far-reaching international capabilities complementing a strong track record on domestic insurance and reinsurance disputes, DLA Piper has expertise in professional indemnity, cyber insurance and warranty and indemnity claims, as well as in traditional areas such as property and energy insurance disputes. 'Brilliant reinsurance lawyer' Leon Taylor regularly acts for major insurers on property, energy and aviation matters, while Andrew Symons focuses on financial lines, marine and cyber claims. Rebecca Hopkirk undertakes cross-border claims for reinsurers in a wide range of areas.

Practice head(s):Leon Taylor; Andrew Symons

Other key lawyers:Rebecca Hopkirk

Testimonials

'It was amazing to see the DLA Piper teamwork in action between partners and their associates, across countries/offices and across various specialist legal fields by which they are able to provide a superior legal service'

'The bespoke knowledge of certain areas of the international insurance arena and the very localised knowledge is excellent'

'Leon Taylor has proven himself to be a brilliant reinsurance lawyer with whom you can break new legal ground. I was impressed by his ability to dive into a highly complex matter and work out a powerful and compelling solution in a very congenial way'

'The experience and market presence makes instructing Rebecca Hopkins a must'

Key Clients

Aon

Zurich

AXA XL

Allied World

Swiss Re

Placing Platform Limited

R&Q

Berkshire Hathaway/Faraday syndicate/Resolute Management

AVIVA

Munich Re

Tokio Marine Kiln

Allianz/AGCS

Liberty Specialty Markets

Talbot Underwriting Limited

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented a pool of reinsurance clients in Commercial Court proceedings against reinsurers in circumstances where all contract wordings had been lost, proving the defendant was liable as to 100%.
  • Acted for London Market reinsurers in a property coverage coverage dispute arising out of losses caused by Hurricanes Maria and Irma.
  • Acted for London market reinsurers in a dispute between a Venezuelan insured and local insurer.
  • Acted for insurers in a Singapore based arbitration arising out of a complex warranty and indemnity insurance coverage dispute.
  • Acting for a major global insurer in a high value professional indemnity coverage dispute with a global construction firm, involving complex coverage, fraud and non-disclosure issues.

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Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

The insurance practice at DLA Piper offers both transactional and regulatory advice, handling life and non-life matters in relation to cross-border M&A, insurance group reorganisations, longevity transactions, Part VII transfers, restructuring and other run-off insurance portfolio matters. The firm's substantial presence around the world means it can offer 'a global service in today's demanding international environment.' Global practice co-chair Prakash Paran - 'a great lawyer with deep insight of the insurance market' - covers M&A, portfolio transfers and insurance linked securities, while the 'outstanding' Melanie James, who was recently promoted to practice co-chair, deals with Brexit reorganisations for international insurance groups across company markets and Lloyd's of London.

Practice head(s):Prakash (PK) Paran; Melanie James

Testimonials

'The practice provides a global service in today's demanding international environment.'

'They believe in partnering with clients and help them advance their business objectives, rather than simply delivering legal opinions.'

'All the partners (wherever they are based) are very commercial and solutions-driven.'

'Responsive and proactive. Good team coordination across the globe.'

'The level of trust, reliability and confidence in the professional output of the team is always kept up.'

'Prakash (PK) Paran is a great lawyer with deep insight of the insurance market; he understands the client's needs quickly, and has a solution-oriented attitude.'

'Tim Baumgartner has deep technical expertise in the M&A area and general corporate law. He is a great lawyer to work with and quickly absorbs the client's needs and specific requirements. Tim is a solution-oriented lawyer.'

'PK Paran is an outstanding negotiator; highly personable.'

'Melanie James is very personable and technically very strong.'

'Melanie James and PK Paran have in-depth knowledge of our space and are committed to providing quality and speedy service to their clients. They believe in partnering with the clients and help them advance their business objectives, rather than simply delivering legal opinions.'

'Melanie James is outstanding in that she combines commercial sense, transaction related expertise and regulatory know-how while also recognizing different cultural approaches when dealing on international transactions.'

Key Clients

Aetna

AIG

Aon

Athora

Starstone

Euclid

Arag

Aviva Plc & Aviva Ventures

AXA

Compre

FM Global

Fosun

Generali

Hannover Re

Liberty Mutual

MS Amlin

Munich Re (HSB/Munich Re)

Saudi Re

Sompo Canopius

Swiss Re

Work highlights

  • Acted as lead counsel for Compre Holding Ltd on the acquisition of legacy insurance business from Generali's UK and US branches.
  • Advising AIG Europe Ltd on the acquisition of its managing agent and legal representative in Greece from its shareholders Calamos Investments and Canellopoulos & Adamantiades.
  • Advising Zurich Insurance Group subsidiary Cover-More on its acquisition of travel insurance intermediary Blue Insurance
  • Advising Zurich on the potential launch of a new digitally focused online insurance platform/website aimed at SME customers in a number of countries across Europe.
  • Advised ARAG on its acquisition of DAS's Irish legal expenses insurance business.

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Product liability: defendant
Product liability: defendant - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

The team at DLA Piper is well versed in advising clients on product compliance, regulatory and product safety matters, recalls, investigations and transactional projects covering multiple jurisdictions. The group is instructed by retail, home appliance, and pharmaceutical companies, among others. Teresa Hitchcock in Sheffield leads the firm's safety, health and environment team; she is experienced in assisting clients with a variety of matters, including labelling and product withdrawals. Alastair Clough, who is also based in Sheffield, advises on regulatory and healthcare matters.

Practice head(s):Teresa Hitchcock

Other key lawyers:Alastair Clough

Key Clients

Newell Rubbermaid UK

Juul Labs Inc

Lloyds Pharmacy Limited

Smart Things Inc.

Magic Leap Inc.

Tenmat Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Newell Rubbermaid on advertisements and packaging requirements for products on the EU market, as well as on product composition and labelling laws under classification, labelling and packaging and REACH regulations.
  • Advised Juul Labs on regulatory risks and compliance requirements concerning launching an electronic cigarette in the EU market.
  • Assisted Lloyds Pharmacy Limited with the acquisition of two companies, Prescribing Support Services and Optimed Health, which required due diligence on regulatory and healthcare matters.
  • Advised Smart Things on product labelling requirements regarding bringing a new electronic product to the EU market.
  • Advised Tenmat on the risk management of its products in a highly regulated environment.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

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

DLA Piper

The infrastructure group at DLA Piper is well positioned in the market, assisting public and private sector clients with various matters. It has a particularly strong PPP practice, advising on closed PPP deals, as well as on the sale of infrastructure assets and refinancings. Head of the international projects group, Colin Wilson, know the transport, defence and health sectors well. In Manchester, Liam Cowell is increasingly involved in deals in the social infrastructure and waste area, while Alison Fagan is a key contact in contentious matters. The practice was bolstered by the arrival of corporate expert Martin Nelson-Jones from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in September 2018.

Practice head(s):Colin Wilson

Other key lawyers:Maria Pereira; Liam Cowell; Alison Fagan; Martin Nelson-Jones; Allison Page; Lillian Mackenzie; Dimitri Papaefstratiou; Robert Smith

Testimonials

'The lawyers in DLA's team are personable, detail focused and prompt. They are able to bring other resources to the table where questions cut across different specialities.'

'The DLA team are extremely diligent and have excellent market knowledge.'

'Alison Fagan is a brilliant lawyer with a deep understanding of the commercial and legal structures of the PFI industry. This allows her to provide incisive and insightful advice to clients in all parts of the market and to be a trusted adviser on long term strategy as well as the details of individual disputes.'

'Maria Pereira has deep knowledge of the field and can navigate difficult negotiations.'

Key Clients

Department for Transport

Welsh Government

Balfour Beatty Investments

John Laing

Nord LB

Highways England

GE Healthcare

Babcock International

Hitachi Rail Europe

KEPCO

Work highlights

  • Advising Hitachi Rail Europe on all aspects of its bid to design, build, test, commission and supply new rolling stock to London Underground Limited for the Deep Tube Upgrade Programme.
  • Counselling the UK Department for Transport on the multi billion pound Airport Capability Programme, which is an airport expansion of Heathrow, in connection with legal issues relating to the planning process.
  • Advised Mytilineos on the limited recourse vendor financing and the EPC contract and related contractual documentation for a bridge power plant at Tema, Ghana.
  • Assisting Velindre University NHS Trust on the design, build, finance and maintenance of a new centre for the delivery of specialist cancer services.
  • Advised Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners and E.ON on their investment into, and financing of an onshore wind farm, the Nysäter project in Sweden.

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Mining and minerals
Mining and minerals - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

The mining offering at DLA Piper, which is led out of Sheffield by EMEA sector lead Petra Billing, aims to takes a holistic approach to client needs and provide sector-specific advice locally, nationally or internationally, drawing on the firm's huge global footprint. Sarah Thomas has significant experience of advising on major infrastructure projects, both in the UK and internationally and across a range of sectors, particularly focusing on the energy, mining, process and water sectors.

Practice head(s):Petra Billing

Testimonials

'DLA Piper's broad range of experience both in the UK and internationally adds new perspective and insight to clients' businesses.'

'The advice from DLA Piper on mineral property matters is second to none, which provides the necessary confidence to the operational side of the business. Petra Billing and Roger Collier are standout partners.'

'This team truly delivers a unique level of unconditional care, attention and uncompromising support, many times under much pressure and frustration when circumstances beyond control pop up to complicate matters.

'The mining lawyers at DLA Piper always find time to communicate, explain, elaborate, advise and generally offer a supporting hand.'

'The team has the breadth of knowledge, commercial perspective and tenacity to resolve problems. Sandy Telfer is outstanding when it comes to mineral planning applications and Sheila Irvine shines in commercial property support for mineral and other commercial property transactions.'

'Associates Nadia Gehlen and Jennifer Keogh provide quick and efficient turnaround.'

'JP Douglas-Henry, Jamie Curle, Sean McGuiness and Bridgette De Bourbon continuously demonstrate their professionalism through 24/7 hard work, showing a genuine and unrestricted commitment to their clients.'

Key Clients

Government of Kenya

Aggregate Industries (UK) Limited/ LafargeHolcim

Tarmac/CRH

The Coal Authority

Ineos Upstream Limited

Republic of Guinea

Ibstock Brick Limited

Sibelco UK (Unimin)

Tata Steel UK Limited

Syrah Resources

RecyCoal

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Republic of Kenya in respect of an ICSID claim brought by the mining investor, Cortec with potential costs in excess of $3.5m.
  • Ssupported the Ineos Group on its successful application for 21 petroleum exploration and development licences under the 14th UK Licensing Round.
  • Advising the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum of the Government of Afghanistan in relation to the award of three mining concessions for the exploration and exploitation of gold and copper projects.
  • Advised Adenia Partners on its acquisition of a controlling stake in Kanu Equipment Limited.
  • Advised Sibelco UK Limited on the taking of an Option for Lease relating to extensive mineral reserves at Chelmsford with potential deal value of £6m.

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper

The oil and gas team at DLA Piper is best known for upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas transactions, especially when it comes to the acquisition of producing and exploration assets, refinery and pipeline financings and acquisitions, and LNG terminals and related projects, and politically sensitive international energy sector disputes in emerging markets. The contentious facet of the practice is jointly led by James Carter and Philip Chong and has developed a significant expertise in gas pricing and pipeline rights arbitration cases for clients such as Gazprom. Charles Morrison specialises in Africa-related work, and Dimitri Papaefstratiou has extensive experience in international matters.

Practice head(s):Charles Morrison; James Carter

Other key lawyers:Dimitri Papaefstratiou; Philip Chong

Testimonials

'This is a flexible and personable team which provides excellent and commercially oriented legal advice.'

'DLA Piper has real expertise in the most complex and difficult disputes relating to energy-related projects and investments.'

'The firm has very extensive experience in M&A projects and financing transactions across the geographies it is engaged in and provides valuable insight into the market dynamics and legal frameworks effective in those regions.'

'This team is known for its first-class knowledge of traditional instruments, letters of credit and guarantees, as well as more complex structures. It boasts a deep legal commercial insight, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa.'

'The DLA Piper lawyers combine huge commitment with energy and judgement.'

'Dimitri Papaefstratiou is an excellent, knowledgeable and friendly professional who, together with a team of great lawyers, provides his valuable experience and high level of industry knowledge in high-profile international energy infrastructure mandates.'

'Philip Chong is a standout partner, with an excellent reputation for work coming out of Russia and the CIS states as well East and South East Asia. James Carter is a hardworking and impressive younger partner.'

'The particular partners who stand out are Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry and James Carter. Both have a huge commitment and energy combined with judgement as well as the gravitas and ability to focus a team and lead it.'

'Dimitri Papaefstratiou's reliability and subtle advice is something clients require when they enter into complex projects and transactions, always keeping the commercial benefits for the client in mind.'

Key Clients

Ineos

Oando plc

China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau (CPP) (a subsidiary of CNPC)

Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation

Vitol

Mytilineos SA

Gazprom

Victoria Oil & Gas plc

DEFA - Natural Gas Company of Cyprus

Wintershall Nordsee

Frontier Oil Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Mytilineos S.A. on the limited recourse vendor financing and the EPC contract and related contractual documentation for a 424MW combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) bridge power plant at Tema, Ghana.
  • Advising Cyprus's state owned National Gas Public Company (DEFA) on the supply of LNG to Cyprus and the procurement of the necessary infrastructure facilities.
  • Advised several major onshore unconventional gas operators in the UK - including Ineos - on all planning, litigation and real estate matters.
  • Acting for Gazprom in a series of SCC arbitration proceedings, as well as related Swedish court proceedings, against Ukrainian supplier Naftogaz relating to the pricing, supply and transit of natural gas.
  • Advising the project company (and its shareholders) on the development of the gas interconnector from the Serbian-Bulgarian border, through Serbia up to the Serbian-Hungarian border.
Leading individuals

Charles Morrison - DLA Piper

Next Generation Partners

James Carter - DLA Piper

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Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper

DLA Piper recently strengthened its London energy offering with the hires of Sarah Thomas from Pinsent Masons LLP and Martin Nelson-Jones from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. The group is particularly strong when it comes to high-profile, large-scale wind and solar power acquisitions, sales, financings and refinancings, including the development of emergent technologies and trends including corporate PPAs, battery storage, and smart metering. The key partners in the team are the 'exceptional' Natasha Luther-Jones, who co-chairs the global energy and natural resources team, and the 'extremely smart' Dimitri Papaefstratiou.

Practice head(s):Natasha Luther-Jones; Dimitri Papaefstratiou

Testimonials

'This is an extremely capable team in all aspects of renewable infrastructure financing. Key capabilities include power purchase agreements, legal due diligence for financing transactions, corporate structures, property and planning law.'

'The team shows real dedication to doing great energy and infrastructure work in Africa and encompasses both projects and project finance capabilities.'

'Natasha Luther-Jones always provides an exceptional service. She is an excellent networker and able to connect clients to make deals happen.'

'Dimitri Papaefstratiou is an extremely smart lawyer, practical in approach who really seeks to understand the client's business too address its legal challenges. He has shown great commitment to the Nigerian and Kenyan power markets in particular but has a broad practice that also encompasses infrastructure projects in Europe.'

Key Clients

Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners AG (CSEIP)

E.ON

Element Power

Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale (Nord/LB)

Greencoat UK Wind

DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale

Mytilineos SA

John Swire & Sons (including its subsidiary Argent Energy)

National Grid

Engie

European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET)

Work highlights

  • Advised Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners and E.ON on their investment into and financing of one of the largest onshore wind farms in Europe, the 475MW Nysäter project in Sweden.
  • Advised global renewable energy developer, Element Power, on the sale of its wind power projects, battery storage projects, grid services and asset management business covering Ireland, the UK and the Nordics, to Statkraft.
  • Advised Norddeutsche Landesbank (Nord/LB) on the project financing for the construction and operation of a wind farm in the United Kingdom for German developer Energiekontor.
  • Advised Mytilineos on the limited recourse vendor financing and the EPC Contract and related contractual documentation for a 424MW CCGT bridge power plant at Tema, Ghana.
  • Assisted the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on the structural and legal issues related to the Intergovernmental Agreement and the Power Purchase Agreement for the electricity interconnector between Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Leading individuals

Natasha Luther-Jones - DLA Piper

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 6

DLA Piper

DLA Piper represents a number of commercial judicial review claimants in their challenges to government and local authority policies; a leading example in this area saw Paul Stone handling Uber’s challenge to Knowsley Council’s licensing regulations. Procurement challenges are another strong point for the team, while Hazel Moffat’s public inquiry expertise is being applied to the Magnox Inquiry into the award of a £6.2bn decommissioning contract in the nuclear power sector. General public law advisory work is provided to a diverse range of commercial and public sector clients spanning the fields of transport and infrastructure (where the Department for Transport is a key client), energy, education, health and social housing.

Practice head(s):Paul Stone; Hazel Moffat

Testimonials

'The partners and associates at DLA Piper are unfailingly sensible, hardworking, down to earth and knowledgeable in the field'

Key Clients

Uber Britannia Limited

Ocean Outdoor Limited

Department for Transport

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Market Operator Services

Transport for Greater Manchester

Electronic Collar Manufacturers Association

Heineken Limited

Hitachi Rail Europe Limited

Office of Rail and Road

Work highlights

  • Representing Ocean Outdoor UK in its Court of Appeal litigation against the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham regarding the interpretation of the Concession Contracts Regulations.
  • Represented Uber Britannia Limited in successfully quashing a policy requiring drivers of private hire vehicles to confirm they intended to drive predominantly in the local area in order to secure a licence.
  • Advised the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the Magnox Inquiry into the failure of a £6.2bn contract for the decommissioning of 12 nuclear power sites.
  • Lead lawyers responsible for drafting the statutory codes and regulatory framework for the opening up of the world's largest retail market for water, worth around £2.5bn.
  • Provided continuing advice to Heineken on all issues arising from the new regulatory regime introduced by the Pubs Code etc. Regulations 2016.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: corporate occupiers
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

DLA Piper‚Äôs practice is lauded for its ‚Äėcomprehensive set of real estate skills' which enable it to¬†execute complex transactions, including all aspects of property investment work. In the development sector, the firm possesses particular experience on housing and mixed-use schemes along with build-to-rent projects. In addition, the firm‚Äôs hotel and leisure practice excels in a broad range of industries, representing global, regional and national hotels in addition to sports operators, health and fitness facilities, cinemas, gambling establishments and leisure complexes, among others. The team is notably advising the European Medicines Agency in a high-profile case which raises the question of whether Brexit has frustrated its lease at Canary Wharf. Paul Jayson¬†heads the retail and corporate occupier practices, handling a caseload which includes asset management, acquisitions and disposals, disputes and financing. 'Strong leader'¬†William Naunton¬†is highly recommended and represents a variety of fund managers and institutional investors.

Practice head(s):Paul Jayson

Other key lawyers:Tim Field; Ian Brierley

Testimonials

'A high quality team and expertise in all facets.'

'Recommended for quality of the advice as well as quick turnaround of the work.'

'The team is responsive and gets real world issues, rather than being stuck in an ivory tower in the City divorced from what goes on in the real world. They do all that is needed plus more to get the deal done on time. They operate in a practical, constructive and collaborative way.'

'Really hard working and dedicated. Keen to impress.'

'Paul Dineen is incredibly keen to please.'

'Very responsive, decisive and reliable team. Depth of knowledge and transaction experience.'

'The team's strength in depth makes it stand out. All aspects of property investment are covered including contract, structuring, tax and construction. In each case the individual advising is best in class.'

'The team has a comprehensive set of real estate skills which enables to it provide clear advice and execute complex transactions.'

'William Naunton is a strong leader with a thorough understanding of his client's needs'.

'Mark Keeling captures all the detail of complex matters and translates them into simplified concise points.'

'They consider all aspects of bringing a hotel project to delivery and are able to bring together experienced partners in a coordinated way.'

'Excellent client information, easily reachable, well informed and excellent network.'

'William Naunton combines a very open, client focused approach with high quality of advice.'

Key Clients

British Airways

Burberry

Credit Suisse

OneWeb

UniCredit

Motorola

National Grid

Philip Morris

Royal Mail

WeWork

Work highlights

  • Acted for The Boston Consulting Group UK LLP in the renegotiation of its agreement to take seven floors at 80 Charlotte Street in London.
  • Represented WeWork in its leasing of the majority of 21 Soho Square.
Leading individuals

Paul Jayson - DLA Piper

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Commercial property: development
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

DLA Piper‚Äôs practice is lauded for its ‚Äėcomprehensive set of real estate skills' which enable it to¬†execute complex transactions, including all aspects of property investment work. In the development sector, the firm possesses particular experience on housing and mixed-use schemes along with build-to-rent projects. In addition, the firm‚Äôs hotel and leisure practice excels in a broad range of industries, representing global, regional and national hotels in addition to sports operators, health and fitness facilities, cinemas, gambling establishments and leisure complexes, among others. The team is notably advising the European Medicines Agency in a high-profile case which raises the question of whether Brexit has frustrated its lease at Canary Wharf. Paul Jayson¬†heads the retail and corporate occupier practices, handling a caseload which includes asset management, acquisitions and disposals, disputes and financing. 'Strong leader'¬†William Naunton¬†is highly recommended and represents a variety of fund managers and institutional investors.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Northey

Other key lawyers:Paul Jayson; Hayley Russell-White

Testimonials

'A high quality team and expertise in all facets.'

'Recommended for quality of the advice as well as quick turnaround of the work.'

'The team is responsive and gets real world issues, rather than being stuck in an ivory tower in the City divorced from what goes on in the real world. They do all that is needed plus more to get the deal done on time. They operate in a practical, constructive and collaborative way.'

'Really hard working and dedicated. Keen to impress.'

'Paul Dineen is incredibly keen to please.'

'Very responsive, decisive and reliable team. Depth of knowledge and transaction experience.'

'The team's strength in depth makes it stand out. All aspects of property investment are covered including contract, structuring, tax and construction. In each case the individual advising is best in class.'

'The team has a comprehensive set of real estate skills which enables to it provide clear advice and execute complex transactions.'

'William Naunton is a strong leader with a thorough understanding of his client's needs'.

'Mark Keeling captures all the detail of complex matters and translates them into simplified concise points.'

'They consider all aspects of bringing a hotel project to delivery and are able to bring together experienced partners in a coordinated way.'

'Excellent client information, easily reachable, well informed and excellent network.'

'William Naunton combines a very open, client focused approach with high quality of advice.'

Key Clients

Mace Group Ltd

Cheyne Capital

Sanofi & Aventis Pharma Limited

Vale Europe Limited

Hadley Property Group

Places for People

Shaftsbury

Orchard Street

Herbal House Investments Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented various Mace Group entities on the acquisition and financing of sites in Exeter and Cardiff for development as purpose-built student accommodation.
  • Represented Cheyne Capital on a £75m facility to develop The Old Southwark fire station into 199 residential apartments (with commercial space) and a new secondary school with ancillary sports facilities.
  • Represented Mace Developments (Greenwich) Limited on its £71.8m finance of Phase Two of the Greenwich Square development, a new residential development on the former Greenwich District Hospital in East Greenwich, London comprising 650 residential units.
  • Acting for Vale Europe Limited on the sale of Acton Refinery for £67m for redevelopment by Goodman with complex demolition and remediation works obligations imposed on Vale Europe Limited, to include the recovery of precious group metals from the fabric of the property.
  • Acting for The Pollen Estate on the  redevelopment of numerous buildings in Cork Street, Bond Street and Cork Street Mews in Mayfair, London as two principal office buildings and seven retail units.
Rising stars

Hayley Russell-White - DLA Piper

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Commercial property: hotels and leisure
Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

DLA Piper‚Äôs practice is lauded for its ‚Äėcomprehensive set of real estate skills' which enable it to¬†execute complex transactions, including all aspects of property investment work. In the development sector, the firm possesses particular experience on housing and mixed-use schemes along with build-to-rent projects. In addition, the firm‚Äôs hotel and leisure practice excels in a broad range of industries, representing global, regional and national hotels in addition to sports operators, health and fitness facilities, cinemas, gambling establishments and leisure complexes, among others. The team is notably advising the European Medicines Agency in a high-profile case which raises the question of whether Brexit has frustrated its lease at Canary Wharf. Paul Jayson¬†heads the retail and corporate occupier practices, handling a caseload which includes asset management, acquisitions and disposals, disputes and financing. 'Strong leader'¬†William Naunton¬†is highly recommended and represents a variety of fund managers and institutional investors.

Practice head(s):Matthew Duncombe

Other key lawyers:Susan Samuel; Stephen Malley

Testimonials

'A high quality team and expertise in all facets.'

'Recommended for quality of the advice as well as quick turnaround of the work.'

'The team is responsive and gets real world issues, rather than being stuck in an ivory tower in the City divorced from what goes on in the real world. They do all that is needed plus more to get the deal done on time. They operate in a practical, constructive and collaborative way.'

'Really hard working and dedicated. Keen to impress.'

'Paul Dineen is incredibly keen to please.'

'Very responsive, decisive and reliable team. Depth of knowledge and transaction experience.'

'The team's strength in depth makes it stand out. All aspects of property investment are covered including contract, structuring, tax and construction. In each case the individual advising is best in class.'

'The team has a comprehensive set of real estate skills which enables to it provide clear advice and execute complex transactions.'

'William Naunton is a strong leader with a thorough understanding of his client's needs'.

'Mark Keeling captures all the detail of complex matters and translates them into simplified concise points.'

'They consider all aspects of bringing a hotel project to delivery and are able to bring together experienced partners in a coordinated way.'

'Excellent client information, easily reachable, well informed and excellent network.'

'William Naunton combines a very open, client focused approach with high quality of advice.'

Key Clients

Intercontinental Hotels Group

Hilton Worldwide Inc.

Merlin Entertainments

Marriott International

Starwood Capital

Kew Green

HIG Capital

Amaris Hospitality

Villa Plus

Intercontinental Hotels Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for Henry Boot on a new £360m arena.
  • Advising M&G Investments on £224m acquisition of pubs, hotels and London events space.

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

DLA Piper

DLA Piper‚Äôs practice is lauded for its ‚Äėcomprehensive set of real estate skills' which enable it to¬†execute complex transactions, including all aspects of property investment work. In the development sector, the firm possesses particular experience on housing and mixed-use schemes along with build-to-rent projects. In addition, the firm‚Äôs hotel and leisure practice excels in a broad range of industries, representing global, regional and national hotels in addition to sports operators, health and fitness facilities, cinemas, gambling establishments and leisure complexes, among others. The team is notably advising the European Medicines Agency in a high-profile case which raises the question of whether Brexit has frustrated its lease at Canary Wharf. Paul Jayson¬†heads the retail and corporate occupier practices, handling a caseload which includes asset management, acquisitions and disposals, disputes and financing. 'Strong leader'¬†William Naunton¬†is highly recommended and represents a variety of fund managers and institutional investors.

Practice head(s):William Naunton

Other key lawyers:Richard Wilkinson; Omer Maroof; Rob O'Hanrahan; George Burrha; Jonathan Northey

Testimonials

'A high quality team and expertise in all facets.'

'Recommended for quality of the advice as well as quick turnaround of the work.'

'The team is responsive and gets real world issues, rather than being stuck in an ivory tower in the City divorced from what goes on in the real world. They do all that is needed plus more to get the deal done on time. They operate in a practical, constructive and collaborative way.'

'Really hard working and dedicated. Keen to impress.'

'Paul Dineen is incredibly keen to please.'

'Very responsive, decisive and reliable team. Depth of knowledge and transaction experience.'

'The team's strength in depth makes it stand out. All aspects of property investment are covered including contract, structuring, tax and construction. In each case the individual advising is best in class.'

'The team has a comprehensive set of real estate skills which enables to it provide clear advice and execute complex transactions.'

'William Naunton is a strong leader with a thorough understanding of his client's needs'.

'Mark Keeling captures all the detail of complex matters and translates them into simplified concise points.'

'They consider all aspects of bringing a hotel project to delivery and are able to bring together experienced partners in a coordinated way.'

'Excellent client information, easily reachable, well informed and excellent network.'

'William Naunton combines a very open, client focused approach with high quality of advice.'

Key Clients

Shaftesbury plc

The Pollen Estate

AXA Investment Fund Management

Oval Real Estate

LaSalle Investment Management

Prologis

PGIM Real Estate

St James's Place UK plc

Savills Investment Management

King Street Capital

Work highlights

  • Acting for Mace Developments on the Greenwich Square development.
  • Acting for Elliot Advisers on the disposal of a portfolio of pan-European real estate and the re-financing of a portfolio of 800 advertising hoardings across the UK as part of a restructure of its pan-European investments.
  • Acting on behalf of Shaftesbury for its strategic Soho acquisition on Berwick Street.
  • Acting for The Pollen Estate on the redevelopment of its Mayfair Portfolio.
  • Advising St James's Place on its mixed-use Fitzrovia scheme.
Leading individuals

William Naunton - DLA Piper

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Commercial property: retail
Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper

DLA Piper‚Äôs practice is lauded for its ‚Äėcomprehensive set of real estate skills' which enable it to¬†execute complex transactions, including all aspects of property investment work. In the development sector, the firm possesses particular experience on housing and mixed-use schemes along with build-to-rent projects. In addition, the firm‚Äôs hotel and leisure practice excels in a broad range of industries, representing global, regional and national hotels in addition to sports operators, health and fitness facilities, cinemas, gambling establishments and leisure complexes, among others. The team is notably advising the European Medicines Agency in a high-profile case which raises the question of whether Brexit has frustrated its lease at Canary Wharf. Paul Jayson¬†heads the retail and corporate occupier practices, handling a caseload which includes asset management, acquisitions and disposals, disputes and financing. 'Strong leader'¬†William Naunton¬†is highly recommended and represents a variety of fund managers and institutional investors.

Practice head(s):Paul Jayson

Other key lawyers:Richard Wilkinson

Testimonials

'A high quality team and expertise in all facets.'

'Recommended for quality of the advice as well as quick turnaround of the work.'

'The team is responsive and gets real world issues, rather than being stuck in an ivory tower in the City divorced from what goes on in the real world. They do all that is needed plus more to get the deal done on time. They operate in a practical, constructive and collaborative way.'

'Really hard working and dedicated. Keen to impress.'

'Paul Dineen is incredibly keen to please.'

'Very responsive, decisive and reliable team. Depth of knowledge and transaction experience.'

'The team's strength in depth makes it stand out. All aspects of property investment are covered including contract, structuring, tax and construction. In each case the individual advising is best in class.'

'The team has a comprehensive set of real estate skills which enables to it provide clear advice and execute complex transactions.'

'William Naunton is a strong leader with a thorough understanding of his client's needs'.

'Mark Keeling captures all the detail of complex matters and translates them into simplified concise points.'

'They consider all aspects of bringing a hotel project to delivery and are able to bring together experienced partners in a coordinated way.'

'Excellent client information, easily reachable, well informed and excellent network.'

'William Naunton combines a very open, client focused approach with high quality of advice.'

Key Clients

Debenhams Properties Limited

Levi Strauss

Valentino

Shaftesbury Plc

St James Place

DSG Retail

Arcadia Group

Heineken UK Limited

JD Sports

Work highlights

  • Acting for The Pollen Estate on the redevelopment of its Mayfair Portfolio.
  • Continuing to act for Debenhams Properties Limited with regards to all of its property requirements in England and Wales (primarily retail and warehousing).

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Construction: contentious
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's contentious team acts for clients including bluechip corporates, global institutions and contractors, with experience spanning the commercial, residential, hotels and retail sectors. The team is headed up by Mark Hilton who has a focus on international disputes, acting for state institutions, contractors and employers in the Middle East and Asia. Another notable name is Edward Shaw, who has acted for owners, financiers and contractors and recently acted as lead partner representing Erith Contractors in a final account adjudication dispute with a sub contractor. Legal director Jack Banks, who specialises in PPP/PFI disputes, is also recommended. The well-regarded Anna Mills joined the team as a partner from Hogan Lovells International LLP in late 2018.

Practice head(s):Mark Hilton

Other key lawyers:Edward Shaw; Anna Mills

Testimonials

'Prompt in their advice; understood exactly what we were after, flexible in resources and always had time for us and our cases.'

Key Clients

Jean-Francois Clin

Erith Contractors

Samsung Engineering Co

State Enterprise Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant

Work highlights

  • Representing a client in Court of Appeal proceedings against a claim by Walter Lilly & Co for declarations as to the defendant's liability.
  • Represented Erith Contractors in a final account adjudication dispute with a sub contractor.
  • Acting for Erith Contractors on a dispute over the value of the statement of final account after the company was contracted to carry out groundworks in relation to the construction of 150 houses.
Next Generation Partners

Anna Mills - DLA Piper

Rising stars

Jack Banks - DLA Piper

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Contruction: non-contentious
Contruction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's non-contentious practice is made up of two two core strands. The first is its real estate development, which is led by 'impressive' newly promoted partner Peter Lowe, who covers the commercial, retail, manufacturing and residential sectors, alongside work on data centres and student accommodation. The 'approachable and professional' Sarah Thomas, who joined from Pinsent Masons LLP in 2018, leads the EPC/infrastructure work which includes civil engineering, transport, energy and mining. Lowe was the lead partner acting for Quintain on the construction documentation for its £3bn regeneration project at Wembley Park.

Practice head(s):Peter Lowe; Sarah Thomas

Testimonials

'The construction team are particularly good at understanding the specific needs and requirements of individual clients and tailoring their advice accordingly.'

'Very helpful team, always on hand to assist and respond in a clear, accurate way.'

'Consistently impressed by Peter Lowe. He understands the specific requirements and drivers of our business and is able to offer pragmatic and commercially aware advice.'

'Hannah Thomas and Peter Lowe are both are very approachable and professional in their approach.'

Key Clients

Quintain

Mace

Global Student Accommodation

The Office Group

LaSalle Investment Management

St James' Place

Barings

Work highlights

  • Acting for Quintain on the construction documentation for various plots comprised within its £3bn regeneration project at Wembley Park.
  • Acting for WeWork on the construction documentation and procurement of its office premises across the UK.
  • Acting for Global Student Accommodation in relation to the construction documentation for its student accommodation portfolio across the UK.
  • Advising LaSalle on the procurement of and construction documentation for a 486,000 sq ft high-end office development in the City of London
  • Advising Mace in connection with the construction aspects of Phase 2 of its Green Square development.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 5

DLA Piper

DLA Piper specialises in applications for premises licences and environmental litigation, including the defence of environmental prosecutions, as well as in environmental compliance issues in relation to real estate and lender transactions. The firm is also experienced in advising on recycling, waste diversion and the environmentally friendly transportation of dangerous goods, and assists with the legal protection of the client’s reputation after incidents. Sheffield-based Teresa Hitchcock regularly advises industrial organisations on compliance issues and the reduction of environmental liabilities.

Practice head(s):Teresa Hitchcock

Key Clients

Tarmac Services

Boparan Holdings

Unilever

BEIS

Wilko

Lloyds Pharmacy

Work highlights

  • Advising infrastructure company Tarmac Services on a new draft remediation notice by the Environment Agency regarding a contaminated site
  • Advised Unilever on the environmental aspects of the acquisition of snack-box company Graze
  • Advising Wilko on a proactive environmental review process and working with the client to drive environmental initiatives in order to ensure compliance
  • Advised food producer Boparan Holdings on environmental licensing requirements
  • Advised Lloyds Pharmacy on the environmental aspects of the acquisitions of Prescribing Support Services, Optimed Health and a health app company 

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 5

DLA Piper UK LLP

DLA Piper UK LLP’s planning offering is headed by Birmingham-based Trevor Ivory, who handles strategic development projects, planning appeals, and judicial review applications for the firm’s commercial clients. Cited expertise includes urban and city centre redevelopment projects, commercial office developments, mixed-use properties, and lifestyle centre developments. CPO applications and environmental impact assessments are also handled by the team.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper is known for its expertise in cross-border financings, particularly advising on deals involving pan-European portfolios. The team regularly handles acquisition and development finance, advising clients on both the lender and borrower sides, and focuses on assets such as hotels, student accommodation, and co-living and co-working spaces. The firm also has a niche expertise in sports stadium financing, where Paul Gray is particularly active, and advises on restructurings and CMBS issuances. Toby Barker, whose expertise covers hotels and hospitality assets, leads the team, which also includes Christopher Chan.

Practice head(s):Toby Barker

Other key lawyers:Paul Gray; Christopher Chan

Testimonials

'Paul Gray is the go-to guy for stadium financing. He knows the team exceptionally well, and has deep knowledge of the market and the product. He is unflappable, calm under pressure, and extremely capable.'

'The team is very strong at representing client issues and guiding clients where needed.'

'DLA Piper provides a good, partner-led service.'

'Chris Chan is very commercial, gets to the heart of issues quickly and provides sensible solutions. The team is solid and gets the job done with minimal fuss.'

Key Clients

M&G

HSBC Bank Plc

Round Hill Capital

Aareal Bank AG

HIG

Cheyne Capital

KKR

Mace Developments

Goldman Sachs

Aviva

Mount Street

Solutus Advisors Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for a joint venture comprising Round Hill Capital and KKR in relation to a forward funding development facility made available by Wells Fargo relating to four purpose-built student accommodation schemes across the UK.
  • Acting for Mace Developments in relation to a facility made available by Urban Exposure to assist with the development of a residential scheme in London.
  • Acting for Round Hill Capital in relation to the refinance of existing facilities by a US finance and insurance corporation secured against a portfolio of assets located across the Nordics, including Norway, Sweden, and Denmark.
  • Advising HIG Capital on the financing of the acquisition of a hotel and resort  in Germany by way of separate property and opco share acquisitions.
  • Acting for Herbal House Investments Limited on the refinancing of the mixed-use commercial and residential Herbal House building in London.
Leading individuals

Toby Barker - DLA Piper

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's strength lies in handling rights of light and other neighbourly and property development-related matters alongside contentious landlord and tenant issues. Fully accredited CEDR mediator Ian Brierley heads the 'knowledgeable, experienced and reactive' team, which includes senior associate Alasdair Thomas, who has a specialism in contentious property development matters. In recent significant work, the team advised the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on whether the event of Brexit will frustrate its lease of its premises in Canary Wharf with the claimant, Canary Wharf Group, seeking a declaration that this was not the case.

Practice head(s):Ian Brierley

Other key lawyers:Alasdair Thomas

Testimonials

'Provides solutions to difficult issues, making it easy for the client to make informed and correct decisions.'

'The team is always clear about strengths and weaknesses of a case and how that translates commercially.'

Key Clients

European Medicines Agency

Royal Mail Group

Aroland

Far East Consortium

HS2

The Pollen Estate

Mace

Telereal Trillium

AXA

St James's Place

Work highlights

  • Advising Yianis Group on a dispute over residential electricity charges relating to over 30 flats in Docklands.
  • Advising Insite Poster Properties on a High Court claim against the London Borough of Ealing, involving allegations of vicarious liability for fraud and negligence relating to planning consent for a prominent advertising screen in London.
  • Acted for HS2 in an appeal to Westminster Magistrates' Court concerning the demolition of the Old Oak Common railway depot.
  • Advised the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on whether the event of Brexit will frustrate its lease of its premises in Canary Wharf with the claimant, Canary Wharf Group, seeking a declaration that this was not the case.
Leading individuals

Ian Brierley - DLA Piper

Rising stars

Alasdair Thomas - DLA Piper

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London: Risk advisory

Brexit
Brexit - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s Brexit committee utilises the firm’s international footprint to assist UK and global clients. It is chaired by commercial lawyer Richard Bonnar and benefits from the expertise of Brexit director Paul Hardy, who has previously worked in Westminster and Brussels. The cross-departmental group draws from the trade, financial services, insurance, data, corporate, employment and tax practices and has recently been busy in the consumer goods and retail, manufacturing, food and drink, technology, sports, media and entertainment, and public sectors, including the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. The group also recently advised Molson Coors on the impact of Brexit on customs and excise rules and assisted Wilko Retail with establishing the Brexit impact on its global supply chain and sourcing models. John Forrest leads the international trade group, Hazel Moffat is co-head of the public law team and Andrew Dyson is the key contact for data protection work.

Practice head(s):Paul Hardy; Richard Bonnar

Other key lawyers:John Forrest; Hazel Moffat; Andrew Dyson

Testimonials

'The team at DLA Piper is extremely helpful and ensures it takes on board recommendations from its clients. It makes an active effort to have regular meetings to discuss ongoing progress.'

'Paul Hardy is very engaging to deal with, deeply knowledgeable about both the law and international, EU and UK politics, and pragmatic.'

Key Clients

Wilko Retail Ltd

Howdens Joinery Co

Molson Coors Brewing Company

Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)

Oxford Policy Management

Ardagh Group

Soho House

Information Commissioner Office

Action Aid UK

European Medical Agency

ABInBev

EasyJet

GE (Capital)

Hartree Partners UK Limited

McBride Plc

HPD Software Limited

Reed Business Information Limited

SThree

Unilever

Government of Wales

The CityUK

Sibelco UK Limited

ABFA (the Asset Based Finance Association, now part of UK Finance)

BASF plc

Sodexo

Drax Power Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Molson Coors on the impact of Brexit on the customs and excise rules and procedures applicable to the sourcing of its raw materials and product sales.
  • Assisting Wilko Retail with the Brexit impact on its global supply chain and the customs implications on its sourcing models.
  • Developed a Brexit impact assessment for Howdens Joinery Co and implemented contingency plans.
  • Advised Oxford Policy Management on the Brexit impact on its eligibility to receive EU funding.
  • Assisting Soho House with issues relating to EU and UK citizenship rights.

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Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity
Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

At DLA Piper, Andrew Dyson and Ross McKean jointly lead the data protection, privacy and security group from Leeds and London respectively; Dyson has notable focus on the financial services, technology and consumer sectors, while McKean handles global data governance and compliance work, breach response issues and global sourcing projects. Alongside the firm’s national network, it also regularly handles international mandates utilising its global offices; in a recent highlight, Dyson acted for Reckitt Benckiser on the roll out of its global data protection compliance programme across Europe, the US and other overseas jurisdictions. Other high-profile clients include 21st Century Fox, Chubb Insurance, Aviva, the London Stock Exchange and Condé Nast International. Senior consultant Simon Persoff is also a key name for financial services clients.

Practice head(s):Andrew Dyson; Ross McKean

Other key lawyers:Simon Persoff

Testimonials

'Ross McKean is technically excellent.'

Key Clients

Reckitt Benckiser

Aviva

Chubb Insurance

21st Century Fox

Anglo American

London Stock Exchange

Marriott Vacations Worldwide

Tata Steel

Stericycle

Condé Nast International Limited

Amdocs

Work highlights

  • Advising Reckitt Benckiser on the roll out of its global data protection compliance programme, initially focusing on GDPR issues and expanding to include the US and other overseas jurisdictions.
  • Assisting Tata Steel Europe with the creation and implementation of its GDPR project.
  • Acting for Anglo American on the design and implementation of a privacy compliance programme for GDPR.
  • Advising Amdocs Development on its GDPR compliance.
  • Assisting 21st Century Fox with its GDPR intiatives across the EU and acting as the contact for UK-related data protection matters.

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

DLA Piper

DLA Piper advises clients on various corporate crime, investigatory and compliance matters, with the firm's extensive international network positioning it well for multi-jurisdictional matters. Its areas of expertise include bribery, corruption, money laundering, tax and fraud investigations, cartel cases, sanctions breaches, crisis management and financial matters. The team acts for clients from a range of sectors including financial services, retail, energy, sports and logistics. Co-head of team Tony Katz focuses on regulatory compliance, white-collar crime and global investigations. Sam Millar, who also heads the team, handles litigation and global investigations particularly in the financial sector. Patrick Rappo joined as partner from Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP.

Practice head(s):Tony Katz; Sam Millar

Other key lawyers:Patrick Rappo; Laura Ford

Testimonials

‘DLA is a truly global firm, which is important when dealing with cross-border cases’. 

‘They are very human, responsive and always attentive to clients’ needs.

‘Sam Millar possesses intellect, integrity and humanity - he's a first-class lawyer and individual’.

‘Patrick Rappo is very professional and knowledgeable about the SFO’s investigation process’.

 

Key Clients

Thomas Kalaris

Yu Group PLC

Work highlights

  • Conducting an investigation into the accounts of Yu Group PLC, working with  PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP ("PwC") and representing the  client in respect of the ongoing FCA market abuse investigation..

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Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's defamation and reputation management team acts on a national as well as a global level and is able to rely on an expanded legal toolbox due to its position as an international full-service law firm, including a data protection unit. The London team is headed by Ruth Hoy and Duncan Calow with regional support from Richard Taylor in Birmingham, Andrew Smith in Manchester and Paul Stone in Leeds. Legal director Claire Sng assists clients with securing remedies at a pre-action stage via "right to be forgotten" and platform take-down procedures.

Practice head(s):Ruth Hoy; Duncan Calow; Richard Taylor; Andrew Smith; Paul Stone

Other key lawyers:Claire Sng

Key Clients

American Chemistry Society

Informa UK

Laurence King

Pan Macmillan

Palgrave

Taylor & Francis

Springer Nature

Work highlights

  • Advising Pan Macmillan, Informa UK and Springer Nature on book and journal titles on a range of subjects.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's wide-ranging expertise in brand management spans trade mark protection and enforcement, and commercial exploitation of IP rights through advertising and licensing. Sponsorship, media and sports comprise a particular area of strength where the team are 'industry renowned' for acting in high-profile campaigns, such as advising Unilever on football sponsorship arrangements with Chelsea FC, Manchester City FC, La Liga and the South American federation CONMEBOL. Noted partners in the sizeable team include Nick Fitzpatrick for exploitation of media rights across all platforms and sponsorship; John Wilks for advertising regulatory work; Duncan Calow for adtech, licensing and commercial matters in publishing, music and television; and Patrick Mitchell for sponsorship arrangements. Associate Désirée Fields is recommended for trade mark and design portfolio management. Ruth Hoy chairs the practice.

Practice head(s):Ruth Hoy

Testimonials

'Everyone from partner level to associates at DLA Piper is truly fantastic; a dedicated team of experienced lawyers who are able to seamlessly coordinate international work and provide outstanding results'

Key Clients

FA Premier League

Bridgestone

Merlin Entertainments

NBA

Vice Media

UNICEF

Work highlights

  • Advising Nike on a complex trade mark and passing off dispute with Frank Industries in relation to Nike’s multimillion-pound “Nothing Beats a Londoner” advertising campaign.
  • Advising Bajaj Auto, the India-based motorbike manufacturer, in relation to its partnership with Triumph motorcycles, which will see Bajaj and Triumph collaborate at various levels on the manufacturing and distribution of Triumph-branded motorbikes.
  • Assisting the Premier League with the creation, launch and operation of its inaugural eSports league (the ePL), including arrangements with an event promoter, game publisher (EA Sports) and media rights partner.
  • Advising Emirates and companies in the Emirates Group on a number of matters relating to protecting the Emirates brand (including use of the brand by third parties on unauthorised websites and domain names) and representing the Emirates Group in litigation.

  • Advising Rakuten on a global endorsement deal with Spanish professional footballer Andrés Iniesta.
Next Generation Partners

Patrick Mitchell - DLA Piper

Rising stars

Désirée Fields - DLA Piper

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Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

Acting for banks, financial institutions, start-ups and various other fintech innovators, DLA Piper's 'very practical' team handles venture capital acquisitions, investment rounds, corporate restructuring and governance matters, as well as the launch of new trading and fundraising platforms, digital banks and wealth management platforms. On the regulatory side the group advise on compliance and authorisation in relation to the use of blockchain technology, PSD2, the Cross-border Payments Regulation, data privacy and data protection. Led by partner Martin Bartlam, the firm runs an ICO masterclass focusing on how best to structure ICOs and the evolution of smart contracts. In addition, through its global digital finance initiative, the team collaborates with digital and crypto businesses across the world to develop a cohesive approach to the regulatory framework of the cryptocurrency industry. Anthony Day has notable expertise in blockchain, cryptocurrencies, AI, and strategic collaborative arrangements, and a reputation for assisting financial institutions, and insurtech and fintech companies with the launch and development of digital platforms.

Practice head(s):Anthony Day; Martin Bartlam

Testimonials

"The fintech group at DLA Piper are very knowledgeable and give cost-effective advice."

"DLA Piper have a clear understanding of the payments industry and an approachable team who are dedicated to delivering exceptional quality." 

"Martin Bartlam is approachable, commercially-focused and always sees the bigger picture."

"Michael McKee and Chris Whittaker embody the provision of good commercial advice in a down-to-earth, practical and thoughtful way." 

Key Clients

Archax

Tokeny

IFX Payments

Global Digital Finance

Mash

iYield

Luther Systems

Lendable

Cavmont Bank

Tandem

Liverpool Victoria

Work highlights

  • Strategic venture capital acquisitions for various insurance groups.
  • Joined GDF as Patron Member and acting as effective General Counsel and member of the Advisory Board alongside Archax, Messari, Circle, Coinbase, Consensys, Diginex, and R3.
  • Advising Archax on the establishment of an institutional grade exchange and custody arrangements for trading digital assets in the UK.
  • Partnering with Tokeny to establish Digital Securities Alliance to provide an approach to capital raising which enables companies to raise funding in a regulatory compliant manner from their own website.
  • Advising Cavmont Bank on its arrangement with a Norwegian technology company for the roll-out of a blockchain-based mobile banking solution in Zambia.
Leading individuals

Martin Bartlam - DLA Piper

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Franchising
Franchising - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper is a key name in the market for international franchising work and regularly advises on cross-border expansion through multi-unit franchise structures, brand roll-outs across multiple jurisdictions, and assists non-UK clients on entry into the UK market. 'First-class adviser' Iain Bowler leads the group and primarily focuses on the retail, food and beverage, and hospitality and leisure sectors; other key individuals include Leeds-based Matt Duncombe, who is global co-chair of the firm’s hospitality and leisure practice; and senior associate Maria Fitzpatrick, who is experienced in geographic expansions.

Practice head(s):Iain Bowler

Other key lawyers:Matt Duncombe; Maria Fitzpatrick

Testimonials

'DLA Piper fields a very responsive, commercial and experienced team. The firm is able to provide a seamless and effective multi-jurisdictional service.'

'As a global firm, it possesses a good global vision of the franchising industry.'

'Iain Bowler is extremely knowledgeable and commercial and very approachable and responsive.'

'Iain Bowler is a first-class adviser with strong knowledge of franchising and very good connections.'

'London-based partner Iain Bowler is extremely competent. He is able to explain franchising concepts to the client in an effective manner and his ability to help structure franchising projects is sound. Coming from a business background, he never loses sight of the economics of any given matter'.

Work highlights

  • Advising Merlin Entertainments on entering into a multi-territory partnership with Entertainment One to license the Peppa Pig brand for location-based entertainment attractions.
  • Assisting Amaris Hospitality with issues relating to several different portfolios under management and franchise with operators.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper

DLA Piper has strong knowledge of the IT and telecoms sector for outsourcing projects, intellectual property matters, corporate advice and litigation. The group acts for a range of technology and telecoms service providers and technology companies and customers; it has a particular strength acting for the government and public sector clients in digitisation projects, for which Richard Bonnar is highlighted. Other areas of specialism include the financial services, retail, insurance and gaming sectors. For outsourcing projects, practice head Kit Burden stands out, while Mark O’Conor is recommended for advice on cloud computing matters. Telecoms expert Mike Conradi, Anthony Day, who leads the firm's global fintech and insurtech practice; and recently promoted partner Chloe Forster, who has particular experience in the retail sector, are also key practitioners.

Practice head(s):Kit Burden

Other key lawyers:Mike Conradi; Richard Bonnar; Mark O'Conor; Anthony Day; Chloe Forster

Testimonials

'DLA Piper offers top-quality technology advice at reasonable prices with a practical, business-focused approach.'

'Kit Burden is an outstanding lawyer. He is highly knowledgeable, practical and full of common sense.'

Key Clients

HCL Technologies

National Grid

Zurich

British Airways/IAG

Cabinet Office

Lego

Wipro

Heineken

UBS

HSBC

Work highlights

  • Advised HCL Technologies on a number of high-profile IT and outsourcing engagements including major mandates with Vanguard, BMW, Volvo, EADS/Airbus, State Street and Nokia.
  • Acted for Ooredoo on its $1bn procurement of a digital business support system.
  • Assisted Lloyds of London with the creation and investment structure of Lloyds Lab, an early-stage insurtech accelerator, with partners including Boston Consulting Group and LMarks.
  • Instructed by Vodafone to advise on a series of projects for Vodafone Group Services involving a detailed analysis of all telecoms regulations that would apply to all of the products and services in its portfolio.
  • Advised the Regulatory Authority of Bermuda on competition guidelines, telecoms laws and regulations relating to its review of the telecoms market.
Leading individuals: IT

Kit Burden - DLA Piper

Leading individuals: Telecoms

Mike Conradi - DLA Piper

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's 'practical and solution-orientated' team provdes 'pragmatic and commercial advice that is clear and concise' and 'a multi-jurisdictional approach to IP advice and enforcement'. The group assists with a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, particularly relating to trade marks, copyright and transactions. Ruth Hoy heads up the practice following the departure of former practice head Claire Bennett to FiveAI; Hoy has a particular focus on fashion and retail-related matters. Other key individuals include litigator Simon Levine and Bonella Ramsay, who focus on the media, sports and entertainment industries, and life sciences sector respectively; and legal director Désirée Fields, who is a trade mark and brand protection specialist.

Practice head(s):Ruth Hoy

Other key lawyers:Simon Levine; Bonella Ramsay; Désirée Fields

Testimonials

'The team has excellent technical know-how.'

'Ruth Hoy is strategic and clear in her advice and is a trusted adviser.'

Key Clients

The Football Association Premier League Limited

BPI (British Recorded Music Industry) Limited

Nike

Emirates Airlines

Cantel Medical (UK) Limited and Cantel (UK) Limited

Bajaj Auto Limited

Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (“ICE”)

Papa Johns

Toshiba

Reed Business Information Limited ("RBI")

Brewdog plc

NLA Media Access Limited

ASOS

Merlin Entertainment

International Airlines Group/ British Airways

Duracell

UEFA

FIFA

La Liga

The Asian Football Confederation

Department for International Trade

Universal International Music

Work highlights

  • Acting for Nike in a trade mark and passing off dispute with Frank Industries relating to Nike’s 'Nothing Beats a Londoner' advertising campaign.
  • Advising Bajaj Auto, the India-based manufacturer of motorcycles and three-wheelers, on various trade mark acquisition and prosecution matters in the automotive sector and related commercial transactions.
  • Acted for Cantel Medical in UK patent revocation and non-infringement proceedings, and EU registered and UK unregistered design right litigation, against Arc Medical Design.
  • Instructed by student loan company, Future Finance, to advise on its trade mark matters in the UK and EU, in particular the enforcement of its rights relating to the mark, Future Finance.
  • Advising the Premier League on the extension of a court order requiring the UK's major internet service providers, including Sky, BT, Virgin Media, TalkTalk, Plusnet and EE, to block servers that host illegal streams of Premier League matches for the 2018/2019 season.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper

DLA Piper has 'wide experience in media and entertainment, with some excellent partners and lots of resources'. It handles an array of instructions across the film, TV, marketing, advertising, gaming, social media, interactive content, theatre and publishing sectors, where it is instructed by major international media companies, publishers and media rights owners. The film and TV group handles a range of broadcasting and media matters, and the advertising and marketing practice handles sponsorship, regulatory, disputes, clearance, promotions and data work. It is particularly noted for its sports sector expertise where it advises a global client on several of its most important football sponsorship arrangements, and the team also advised The Football Association Premier League on the sale of audio-visual rights to the Premier League competition for the 2019/20 to 2021/22 football seasons. Duncan Calow , who is 'calm, reasoned and approachable' and leads the video games, interactive content and social media practice, also leads on publishing and theatre work with John Wilks and Ruth Hoy .

Practice head(s):Nick Fitzpatrick

Other key lawyers:Duncan Calow; Ruth Hoy; Simon Levine; Bob Bishop; Jon Kenworthy; Michael Ridley; Nicholas West; Siân Croxon; John Wilks; John Cloke; Patrick Mitchell; Sam Churney

Testimonials

Ruth Hoy is clever, commercial and tactical.

John Wilks is always very dedicated and aware of the client's aims.

Duncan Calow is a standout lawyer and trusted adviser to many in the publishing sector; his industry knowledge is very good, he has a broad range of legal skills and is pragmatic in his approach.

Key Clients

The Football Association Premier League

Discovery Communications

VICE Media

Copyright Licensing Agency

Genius Sports

Showmax

LEGO

Universal Studios

BPI (British Recorded Music industry)

Matchroom Boxing Ltd/Matchroom Sport

Springer Nature

Sony Pictures

Informa/Taylor & Francis

Dentsu Aegis

BeIN Sport

International Olympic Committee

American Chemical Society Publishing

TEAM

Work highlights

  • Advised Rakuten on its global endorsement deal with Andres Iniesta, pursuant to which Iniesta was appointed as a Rakuten brand ambassador and Rakuten became the head licensor of Inista's image rights.
  • Advised The Football Association Premier League on the sale of audio-visual rights to the Premier League competition for the 2019/20 to 2021/22 football seasons on behalf of the Premier League in the United Kingdom and a number of key international territories.
  • Advises LEGO on its multiple international distribution arrangements for various LEGO television properties including LEGO Ninjago, LEGO Friends, LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS, Batman Be-Leaguered; and advises LEGO on various EU broadcast regulations including on the new Audio Visual Media Services Directive.
  • Advises the English Football League on all aspects of its sale of its premium property, the media rights for the UK market.
  • Advised beIN Sports on acquisition/distribution arrangements in relation to the following audio-visual properties; Serie A, ITF, ATP Finals, Tour De France, FIFA World Cup 2018, F1, Ski Classics and Ballon D’Or.
Leading individuals

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s sports team has standout expertise in intellectual property and data protection matters, as well as media rights sales, sponsorship deals, stadium financing and, in more emerging fields, e-sports and virtual advertising platforms. The team - which is led by global media, sport and entertainment co-chair Nick Fitzpatrick - has recently been tackling digital piracy matters for sports broadcasters, successfully seeking court orders to disrupt servers illegally hosting live content. Managing partner and IP litigator Simon Levine is currently managing the Premier League’s copyright enforcement programme across the UK, while in the financing space Paul Gray has recently advised lenders on potential financings to four major football clubs in Europe. Associate Sam Churney, whose focus is on brand exploitation, commercial exploitation of media rights and IP, worked with Rakuten on its shirt sponsorship arrangement with Barcelona FC and the company’s endorsement deal with Spanish football star Andres Iniesta.

Practice head(s):Nick Fitzpatrick

Other key lawyers:Simon Levine; Paul Gray; Sam Churney

Testimonials

'The sports team at DLA Piper are able to draw on extensive sector experience and adapt quickly to meet the needs of the client.'

'Probably more experience in sports law then any other firm.'

'Ruth Hoy has lots of experience, knowledge and commercial good sense.'

'John Cloke and Patrick Mitchell are experts in their field.'

Key Clients

Unilever

The Football Association Premier League

beIN Sports

Discovery Communications

National Basketball Association

UNICEF

ESPN

The Football League

British Horseracing Authority

Goldman Sachs

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

HSBC Bank plc

Afghanistan Cricket Board

Bridgestone

International Olympic Committee

Genius Sports

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

TEAM

Work highlights

  • Represented the Premier League on the extension of a court order requiring the UK's major internet service providers - including Sky, BT, Virgin Media, TalkTalk, plusnet and EE - to disrupt servers that host illegal streams of Premier League matches.

  • Advised Unilever in respect of several of its most important football sponsorship arrangements.
  • Advising beIn Sports on acquisition/distribution arrangements for Serie A, ITF, ATP Finals, Tour De France, FIFA World Cup 2018, F1, Ski Classics and Ballon D’Or.
  • Sole legal adviser to the English Football League in respect of all aspects of its sale of its premium property, the media rights for the UK market.
Leading individuals

Nick Fitzpatrick - DLA Piper

Rising stars

Sam Churney - DLA Piper

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London: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

DLA Piper acts for leading airlines, maintenence organisations, manufacturers, service providers and major insurers on aviation litigation, regulatory and transactional matters; its 'excellent knowledge of the aviation industry allows the team to provide tailored advice within challenging timelines'. The team also works closely with its colleagues to advise on competition, employment, IP, technology, finance and projects work in the sector, and it is able to leverage the firm's extensive international footprint. Mark Franklin, who has 'exceptional experience and knowledge of the regulatory landscape and will find a route through a regulatory maze where others will get lost', continues to lead advice for Airbus Helicopters and its insurers in relation to the 2013 fatal helicopter crash at the Clutha Pub in Glasgow, which resulted in the loss of life of ten people and various injured parties. Of counsel Kathryn Ward, who is experienced in advising on major air accidents, and Tony Payne, who is 'very hands-on, has great commercial insight and will go the extra mile for his clients', are also key figures, as are senior associates Shereena Rai and Sophie Brophy.

Practice head(s):Tony Payne

Other key lawyers:Mark Franklin; Kathryn Ward; Richard Skipper; Leon Taylor; Shereena Rai; Sophie Brophy; Claire Deasey

Testimonials

The team has strength-in-depth and considerable expertise of the regulatory and insurance issues which arise in the aviation market.

The team provides an outstanding service to different stakeholders.

Kathryn Ward has outstanding knowledge of the industry and provides calm, collected and effective advice.

The team is always extremely responsive and eager to assist.

Tony Payne is super-responsive and extremely pragmatic; he understands the industry and always works hard to find commercially viable solutions.

Shereena Rai is a well-rounded senior associate.

The team is excellent in having a strong grasp of regulatory requirements throughout the world (though particularly in Europe).

The team is also aware of the kinds of business pressures faced by clients in the aviation industry.

The team is excellent in urgent situations.

Key Clients

Airbus Helicopters

Amazon

Beaufort Underwriting Agency

Bristow Helicopters

British Airways

CityJet

CV Starr

Delta Air Lines

easyJet

Emirates

Etihad Airways

KLM Royal Ditch Airlines

Manchester Airport Group

Menzies Aviation

Pratt & Whitney

Qatar Airways

Virgin Atlantic

XL Catlin

United Airlines

Work highlights

  • The team represented Manchester Airport Group on a dispute concerning the power of aerodromes to detain aircraft owned by a lessor.
  • The team is advising Airbus Helicopters in relation to a a fatal accident involving MUH-1 Marine-on helicopter in South Korea.
  • The team is advising Airbus Helicopters in relation to a coroner's inquest into the deaths of five passengers in the Grand Canyon crash in 2018.
  • The team is representing XL Catlin on the reinsurance coverage of a mid-air collision between two aircraft in 2015.
  • The team is representing ground handler, PT JAS, and its insurers in relation to an accident caused by an aircraft collision in 2016.
Leading individuals

Kathryn Ward - DLA Piper

Mark Franklin - DLA Piper

Next Generation Partners

Tony Payne - DLA Piper

Rising stars

Shereena Rai - DLA Piper

Sophie Brophy - DLA Piper

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Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper is able to leverage its international footprint to advise on complex rail sector instructions. It is experienced in franchising work and rolling stock procurement, and it also offers expertise in major infrastructure projects. Light rail mandates are also a key focus.

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 5

DLA Piper

Supported by its global footprint, DLA Piper is regularly engaged on cross-border shipping, ship finance and shipbuilding disputes; the firm has 'excellent relationships with overseas offices and is able to manage cross-jurisdictional cases'. The team is particularly active in the Greek and Far East markets and has a large ship liner following. It has 'wide-ranging experience of overseas litigation and crisis management'; and in an example of its contentious expertise, the team is advising on a dispute against ship owners regarding the unauthorised deviation of a vessel.

Practice head(s):Linos Choo

Other key lawyers:Helen Vickers

Testimonials

'The individuals are quick to respond, and there is a depth of knowledge within the firm.'

Linos Choo's experience both in this industry, and in other related sectors, means that they the team is a match for any of its competitors.

Linos Choo is commercially savvy and a shrew negotiator.'

Helen Vickers is thorough and a safe pair of hands.'

Linos Choo has an outstanding ability to remain cool under pressure.'

Linos Choo is very fast and efficient in responses.'

Key Clients

Bank of London and the Middle East

Gard AS

Tata Steel UK

Standard Chartered Bank

Zurich Australia

Manfred Lauterjung Befrachtung GmbH

DTEK Trading SA

Bank Pozitif

COSCO

Gazprom PJSC

Work highlights

  • Represented an UNHI owner in a superyacht construction dispute.
  • Successfully defending a claim against regarding non payment of port dues.
  • Advised on a dispute against the respondent charterers regarding off-hire.
  • Instructed by a company to defend challenges made to an LMAA arbitral award.
  • Advised on a dispute with the respondent regarding an overpayment of freight.

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