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UK: rising Stars 2014
The Legal 500 has been analysing the capabilities of law firms across the world for 28 years. In a new series, The Legal 500 is turning its attention to the in-house function, shining a spotlight on the role of corporate counsel, and in particular those individuals who are driving both legal business and the profession forwards.
The aim of the UK: Rising Stars is to highlight those standout performers coming into their own at major companies, typically but not exclusively during their 30s – the GCs of tomorrow if you like....read more
Given the relatively flat nature of the career structure below group GC level and the increasing breadth of the UK in-house profession, identifying and then narrowing down the field to 100 was obviously going to prove more challenging than highlighting a group of GCs who had already climbed to the top of their ladder.
Our research, which was led by Legal Business news editor Caroline Hill and reporters Francesca Fanshawe and Sarah Downey, went through several stages, beginning with the online collection of hundreds of individual nominations before we moved to directly canvassing senior figures in the profession. Inevitably, pulling together such a list is not an exact science once you go beyond the easy-to identify standout chief legal officers at major companies, but the breadth of nominations and weeks of research among our established contact base means we feel we’ve made a very credible start on which to build in future. To widen the scope of the project, we have also built on the core UK Powerlist itself to solicit commentary on the changing demands made of up-and-coming in-house counsel and to provide analysis of how the career outlook and opportunities of working with major corporates are evolving. To keep continuity with last year’s report and the 100 senior UK GCs we highlighted in 2013, this group was again canvassed for their input on the best mid-level talent on offer and how they as GCs are looking to develop more of this breed.
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(listed in alphabetical order; click on an individual to view an expanded biography)
Senior legal counsel
Head of Legal
Head of Legal
Senior counsel, Global Treasury
Senior legal counsel
Senior group counsel
José Antonio Cofré
Senior legal counsel and head of derivatives legal team
Gazprom Marketing & Trading
Senior legal adviser
Senior Legal Counsel
GE Oil & Gas Subsea Systems
Associate General Counse
GE Oil & Gas Subsea Systems
Pharma and Commercial Counsel
Global and European Category Counsel
Legal Operations Consumer Healthcare
Legal director for Bupa Global Market Unit
Emerging Markets General Counsel
Group Legal Counsel
Head of M&A Capital Markets, COE
Head of Corporate Legal
QBE European Operations
Head of Legal (Corporate and Commercial), Legal & General
Legal & General
Head of Legal, Claims, Dispute Resolution and Risk
Head of Group Legal, Group Corporate Centre
Group Legal Counsel
Assistant General Counsel
Managing Director and Associate General Counsel
Bank Of America Merrill Lynch
European General Counsel
Hellman & Friedman
Managing Director and General Counsel Asia Pacific
Legal & General
Director of Legal
CVC Capital Partners
Head of Employment Legal EMEA
David R. Johnson
Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel
Associate General Counsel and Assistant Company Secretary
Jefferies Investment Bank
Senior Legal Counsel UK
GE Capital Real Estate
Senior Legal Adviser
Lusail Real Estate Development Company
Director, Legal & Corporate Affairs
Real Estate Counsel
BNP Paribas Real Estate Advisory & Property Management
Senior Solicitor, Corporate Real Estate Group
Lloyds Banking Group
Legal Counsel and Head of Property UK
Goodman Real Estate
Senior Solicitor, Corporate Real Estate Group
Lloyds Banking Group
Deputy Head of Legal
The Crown Estate
Regional Legal counsel, Africa and Middle East
Group Commercial Legal Director
John Lewis Partnership
Head of Commercial Contracts
Marks & Spencer
General Counsel and Company Secretary
General Legal Counsel
Senior Commercial Counsel
William Grant & Sons
Head of HR Legal
Lloyds Banking Group
Deputy General Counsel
Bank of Ireland
Head of Strategic Solutions and Private Office
Group Head of Legal
SG Hambros Bank
Chief Legal Officer
Irish Bank Resolution Corporation
Senior Legal Counsel, Global Banking and Markets
Senior Legal Counsel, RBS Legal, Corporate/M&A
The Royal Bank of Scotland
Director of Legal Affairs and Third-party Sales Reationships
Director of Legal and Commercial Affairs, Channels
Director, Corporate (Legal)
Director of Legal, Western Europe
Associate General Counsel
Lead Commercial Lawyer, Energy
Country sector lead lawyer, corporate and finance
Head of Legal
Senior Corporate Counsel
Chief Counsel, Governance Risk and Compliance
Senior Regional Counsel, UK and Ireland
M&A Counsel, WPP
Solicitor, EMEA Counsel
Legal Director, Labour and Employment Law
Employment Counsel, EMEA
Head of Legal
Chief Counsel UK Global Banking and Financial Markets and Global Products
Senior Legal Counsel
Senior Vice President, Legal
Associate General Counsel
Head of Legal, Property
Mobile Broadband Network Ltd
Hutchison 3G UK
Chief Counsel, TV
Group Legal Counsel
Senior Legal Counsel
Divisional General Counsel, Aerospace - Europe
Legal Director, Commercial
Director and Head of Legal Services, UK and Ireland
TNT Post UK
Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary
Veolia Environnement UK
Senior Legal Counsel
Seven-year qualified Corley has a private practice background, having sharpened her skills at McGrigors but since joining Ithaca in March 2011 has immersed herself in the business of the company, from complex joint ventures to offshore development contractual arrangements. She has played an integral role in a series of M&A deals, including Ithaca’s £200m-plus multijurisdictional acquisition of Valiant Petroleum in April 2013; its acquisition of Cook E&P in October 2012; and of Challenger Minerals (North Sea) in October 2011, as well as overseeing the legal aspects of the finance arrangements for a number of other deals. One partner at a top-20 UK law firm says of Corley, who graduated with a law degree from Aberdeen University in 2005, ‘She applies her formidable technical legal ability to develop real-life pragmatic solutions’. They add: ‘Vicky’s dedication to advancing the business of the company is incredible. She is tenacious and commercially oriented. She eats, sleeps and breathes Ithaca.’
Described as a ‘highly versatile and commercial lawyer, trusted adviser to colleagues and thoroughly integrated into project teams’, Pinsent Masons-trained Wells qualified in 2002 as a commercial property solicitor and joined Covanta Energy in 2010 to take over responsibility for its UK property portfolio. A significant recent career achievement was leading a team of lawyers in successfully obtaining an injunction against Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority, preventing the public body from entering into a contract with a rival bidder. As one lawyer who has worked alongside Wells recently commented: ‘Katy is a wonderful person to work with, widely liked and respected for her practical, solution-based approach to legal matters. Her recent (and highly unusual) success in obtaining an injunction against Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority is a particular example.’
Although still in his thirties, Hannon heads the legal team of major FTSE 100 company United Utilities, reporting directly to general counsel and company secretary Simon Gardiner. Having started his legal career at Hill Dickinson in 1998, Hannon moved to Eversheds in 2001 followed by his first move in-house as senior solicitor at Vertex Data Science in 2006. Hannon joined United Utilities in 2007 and when Gardiner was promoted to GC in 2011 after Tom Keevil left to join Barratt Homes, he took on his current role. One partner at a top-20 UK law firm recalls: ‘Despite his age, David was the obvious choice for the role – and United Utilities rightly gave it to him.’ He has been heavily involved in or led on some major deals for the company, such as its restructuring (including the £1.8bn sale of its electricity business), and its £1bn-plus AMP5 (Asset Management Plan) programme. Hannon is now overseeing United Utilities’ AMP6 programme – and is bringing on more junior lawyers in the process. Alongside this transactional responsibility, he continues to play a pivotal role in the company’s corporate affairs, its regulatory submissions and its various policies and procedures – including issues around the impending introduction of retail competition. The top-20 UK law firm partner adds: ‘David has one of the most important attributes of any in-house lawyer: unfailing loyalty to his company. The United Utilities brand runs through his veins – and he works tirelessly to ensure that he provides the business with the best possible service. Similarly, he takes the time to look after his team – even down to helping them in buying their own properties!’
‘Hard-working, intelligent and pragmatic’ – Renwick received multiple recommendations and was heavily involved in BP’s recent $17.1bn sale of its 50% stake in TNK-BP to Russia’s Rosneft in return for cash and shares. Herbert Smith-trained, Renwick joined BP as legal adviser in 2008 and was promoted to senior counsel in the global treasury team in October 2013. BP’s treasury team moves around $1trn every year, acting as the company’s in-house global bank. Among the many comments received in support of his inclusion, one says: ‘James focuses on what’s important rather than taking an overly legalistic approach – he thinks about his client and what the client wants, rather than just throwing up potential legal impediments. And he’s a decent and humane individual with all that.’ Another adds: ‘Measured, commercial and extremely clever. He can manage a huge workload and his intellect is such that he can cover a wide range of areas almost effortlessly.’
Admitted as a solicitor in the UK in 2007, Trevelyan is senior legal counsel at multinational oil and gas company Eni, which has 78,000 staff across 90 countries. Trevelyan has been heavily involved in Eni’s Kashagan oil project, which has seen one of the largest oil fields discovered in the last 40 years give rise to one of the most complex industrial projects worldwide. Last year the first oil from the field, based in the North Caspian Sea, was produced, and one supporter of Trevelyan said of his contribution: ‘His work on the Kashagan oil project has been excellent,’ adding: ‘He is super-intelligent, personable and down to earth.’
Kyegombe has been an antitrust lawyer at Shell for over three years, where the energy giant has a team of over 1,000 lawyers and support staff and has had a dedicated antitrust team for over 20 years. The former Baker & McKenzie lawyer is described internally as ‘an absolutely outstanding antitrust lawyer who has consistently delivered remarkable results’. Colleagues and external lawyers note her standout qualities are her analytical skills and quiet efficiency, combined with a personable and friendly demeanour that encourages clients and colleagues alike to rely on her for advice and support. She is also known to be extremely hard working and very responsive, with an ability to undertake a heavy workload quickly and efficiently. Recent professional achievements include leading a team that in 2012 obtained conditional antitrust approval for the acquisition by Shell of 253 retail petrol stations (under the Total brand) from Rontec Investments. The Office of Fair Trading’s approval was obtained after many months of informal and formal discussions, with Kyegombe winning credit for the energetic and dedicated way in which she managed and argued the case, including marshalling the arguments and gathering evidence. As a result of her work on this complex and challenging project, Kyegombe received the Shell Downstream Director’s Award for Excellence. Kyegombe is aware of the need to make time for cross-legal projects to improve Shell’s legal team as a whole, which includes her work on the revamping of Shell’s antitrust compliance programme, working collaboratively with the Shell compliance office, human resources and various other business functions.
More formally known as Melehah, Nawaz has been employed by Sellafield since 2007 and is responsible for employment issues concerning its 10,000 workforce, which she does with aplomb despite having a background as a commercial litigator. Career achievements include a key role in a case where Sellafield became the first employer to successfully defend a multimillion-pound collective bargaining inducement claim brought by two trade unions. She is described by one partner at a top-ten UK and international firm as ‘tenacious, articulate and with a great ability to work with the business to achieve its commercial objectives while managing any associated legal risks with practical, innovative solutions’. Nawaz also played an integral role alongside lawyers and senior business leaders in the high-profile Redfern inquiry into the retention and examination of body parts of workers in the UK nuclear industry dating back to the 1950s. She is also responsible for overseeing a programme of staff reorganisation in which all employee settlement agreements have been signed off by one external law firm, with one private practice partner.
Former Addleshaw Goddard-lawyer Massey is responsible for Johnson Controls’ commercial contract and legal issues, spanning 28 countries, working with a three-lawyer team. Comfortable negotiating contracts worth anywhere between £500m and £1bn with the likes of Barclays, BP or Deutsche Bank, Massey and her team do most of their legal work in-house. She has also played a key part in the company’s internal restructuring, which led to material cost savings. One private practice partner at a top-50 UK firm says of her skills: ‘From my experience, it’s a unique combination of being both a brilliant lawyer and a great commercial project manager, which is what you aim for in-house. The remit of her business is wide and diverse. She’s not a single subject matter expert.’
A specialist in carbon emissions trading, Cofré was promoted in November 2013 from senior legal counsel in Gazprom Marketing & Trading to head up its derivatives legal team. Cofré, who is admitted to practise in England and Wales, New Zealand and Australia, is regarded as a versatile lawyer, specialising in energy transactions, environmental law and regulation, carbon finance and environmental markets, emissions trading and trade finance. One observer comments: ‘Although he did not have prior experience in disputes, José was able to grasp the complexities and peculiarities of the arbitral process at an incredible speed. He has been instrumental in providing timely and comprehensive instructions on various issues arising during the arbitral proceeding, and has substantially contributed to the development of the case strategy.’
New Zealand-born Waller trained at Auckland firm Russell McVeagh, qualifying in 1998. She then moved to the City, starting on a six-month contract in Linklaters’ corporate team, but staying for five years, with stints in London and Amsterdam. She moved to National Grid in 2006 and sits in the global corporate legal team. The team’s primary focus is advising on M&A, capital markets and corporate finance work. She previously acted on the company’s £3.3bn rights issue in May 2010 as it geared up for a major period of investment and has more recently been working on a range of business development and treasury projects. One market commentator says: ‘She combines an impressively broad legal and transactional knowledge with a strong focus on commercial issues, and to top it off she’s a really nice person to deal with.’
Alexander provides legal support and advice to the global GE Oil & Gas Subsea Systems business across all aspects of its operations, particularly in energy, procurement and construction (EPC) projects. Having trained as a barrister and lawyer in Australia, Alexander worked as an associate to the Supreme Court judge, Justice Prior. Her move to Australian firm Johnson Winter & Slattery first introduced her to energy law. She then moved to national firm Thomson Playford, where she was made up to partner and juggled a practice in energy (oil, gas and renewables) with a side interest in wine law, ‘for fun’. At the end of 2005, she was approached by Nasdaq-listed Vestas Wind Systems, the largest wind turbine manufacturer and plant solutions provider in the world, and became its first GC and head of risk & insurance in the Pacific region. Soon upon starting, Alexander's role was expanded to include responsibility for emerging markets, including in Africa and Asia. In 2008 she was invited to move to the company’s headquarters in Denmark, with a view to reviewing the company's global contracting matrix and rolling it out to the business worldwide. She then worked for five years as vice president and head of legal and risk in Vestas' group treasury, with responsibility for legal support and risk management pertaining to the company's M&A activities worldwide, the review of all key projects and transactions, as well as numerous strategic initiatives to counter the fall out of the global financial crisis on the company and its clients at the time. In that role, she advised on and negotiated transactional documentation for more than €3.3bn of financing in debt, equity and capital markets. In her role in GE Oil & Gas, Alexander’s experience extends to providing support to the subsea business across the board, with particular focus on excellence in EPC project execution. One market commentator says: ‘She is quite simply a very impressive lady. She has total control of all her matters. She is charming, appreciative, and she knows exactly how to get you to do the things that she precisely wants.’
Anderson graduated from Aberdeen University in 1999 and before joining GE undertook a series of private practice and in-house positions, including four years in DLA Piper’s London projects team and as a McGrigors partner between 2008 and 2011, advising on upstream and downstream issues across the oil and gas industry. He joined GE as associate general counsel in November 2011, advising and supporting the business on all aspects of the company’s operations in over 40 countries. One senior staffer at GE comments: ‘I think very highly of him; he is very competent. He joined the company in the last couple of years and is well liked in oil and gas – a sensible proactive team player, and a good guy.’
HEALTHCARE, LIFE SCIENCES AND HYGIENE
Mossman is a relative newcomer to the in-house legal field, having joined Roche in April 2013. The general corporate commercial solicitor had limited previous experience in pharma but has ‘hit the ground running from day one’ and has received three internal awards at Roche for her contributions to date, having volunteered for major internal projects within Roche UK. Described as ‘exceptionally bright, pragmatic, friendly and approachable with a commercial and practical approach’, former Speechly Bircham lawyer Mossman is also said by one observer to ‘effectively juggle work commitments and home life, with two children under the age of six’.
Formerly legal counsel for UK and Ireland, Stromdale was promoted in December to her current role where she has a wide commercial remit covering anything from antitrust to intellectual property to general contractual issues with suppliers and customers. Qualified in 2005, Stromdale had her first experience of Unilever while on secondment from Wragge & Co in 2009 before joining permanently in March 2010. A very strong negotiator, Stromdale’s real strength is her managerial skills. ‘She has an innate ability to get to the heart of the issue for the client and manage the process so that the client feels completely comfortable,’ says one head of antitrust and competition at a leading US law firm. ‘She sees the issues clearly and knows who to get to take care of them, she’s able to make decisions very quickly and there’s no faffing. She has absolute credibility and integrity and the business completely trusts her.’
Described by a senior partner at one Magic Circle firm as ‘very smart, clear thinking, commercial and personable’, Laventure ran the £1.35bn sale of Ribena and Lucozade for GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Leading an in-house team that included in-house counsel Katie Turney and Antony Boyce, Laventure worked closely alongside a high-level Allen & Overy team led by Ed Barnett and Andrew Ballheimer. Other public domain deals led by the ex-Slaughter and May associate include GSK’s 2010 £162m acquisition of leading sports nutrition company Maxinutrition from Darwin Private Equity, in which Slaughters acted, led by corporate and commercial partner David Johnson.
Murphy has shown outstanding ability and judgement in BMI’s engagement with the UK competition authorities. She has fronted BMI’s representation in two mergers and has performed as a superb interface between the business and external advisers on the market investigation. One antitrust counsel at a top 50 US law firm says a career highlight is ‘undoubtedly Bernadette’s critical role in obtaining BMI’s ground-breaking win against the Competition Commission in the Competition Appeal Tribunal in October ’.
Described by one well-established GC as ‘the youngest, most complete in-house lawyer I’ve come across’, Dudley drives Bupa’s business to succeed but stays within its risk appetite. Bupa Global has customers in 190 countries, some of which are highly regulated jurisdictions. Dudley is on the executive board of the business and regarded internally as a leader on all major transactions and of the business itself. She brings a passion for talent management and bringing on other young lawyers. As well as being unsurprisingly bright, Dudley is extremely personable and the GC adds: ‘She is able to articulate legal issues in a way that the business understands and she has enormous stature for her years.’
Novartis Pharma’s legal team received a number of nominations, attesting to its high regard among life sciences advisers, though the company’s strongly-tipped head of patent litigation Jürgen Dressel was too experienced for the purposes of this report. Nettleton is another Novartis counsel cited as a standout performer. The former Bristows solicitor is a very bright, dedicated lawyer who demands the best from local counsel and ensures that they have considered every issue carefully and fully. Viewed as an emerging authority on the charged issue of globalisation and harmonisation of regulatory frameworks that has led to a new wave of legal concerns for the life sciences industry, Nettleton is an innovative and challenging lawyer who, according to one partner, ‘encourages local counsel to be creative and consider whether existing practice can be improved or challenged’.
Linklaters-trained Pearson is described by one supporter from a leading US law firm as ‘a seasoned competition lawyer with impressive analytical skills and a very astute commercial mind. He is also extremely nice to work with, very clear in his instructions and a considerate team leader’. Having joined Shire in October 2009, Pearson previously worked at Shearman & Sterling’s offices in Europe and the US as a competition lawyer for five years. At the time of going to press, Pearson was working on Shire’s planned $4.2bn acquisition of US rival ViroPharma, which was announced in November 2013 and will require antitrust approval in the US and the UK.
Having trained at Allen & Overy, Moon was a corporate associate with the Magic Circle firm until 2004, when she moved to Travers Smith, working on M&A, general corporate and private equity transactions, until she joined RSA in 2007. Moon started out at RSA as legal counsel but has quickly moved up the ranks, becoming legal, risk and compliance director for Central and Eastern Europe in 2010, before being promoted in June 2011 to general counsel for the emerging markets division, leading a team of over 60 legal and compliance staff across 21 countries in Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia. According to one private practice lawyer Moon ‘is very clear in her instructions and matter-of-fact, so she is very easy to work with, and gets to the nub of the issue and moves forward.’
Kelly joined Towergate Insurance as group legal counsel in November 2010, having started her career at DAC Beachcroft before working in-house at a number of companies in the City, including Aon Claims Solutions and Lockton. A commercial litigator with experience in all areas of insurance law, commercial law and regulation, Kelly’s recent career highlights include managing a case up to the Court of Appeal in 2012 (Halstead v Paymentshield Group Holdings). Kelly is regularly involved in commercial operations, projects and general risk management and has a noted ability to take robust decisions on the basis of relevant legal principles, as well as managing sometimes competing commercial imperatives. Other notable career achievements include successfully handling a sensitive internal regulatory issue and advising the Towergate board on a range of high level matters. Those in the business who are involved in litigation know that they have her whole-hearted support, and can rely completely on her. One observer claims: ‘Members of her team respect her and look to her for guidance, and she quickly forges effective relationships with external solicitors and counsel, who trust her judgement. ‘In short, Kelly is a highly commercial litigator with good legal knowledge and an unusually honed ability to inspire confidence in those working with her and for her.’
Slaughter and May-trained, Harrison has been in-house for three years and in that relatively short space of time has become a trusted adviser to various business departments within the Aviva group, such as the M&A strategy team. He has played a significant role in a number of highly contentious matters, as well as business-critical strategic deals, such as Aviva’s $2.6bn (£1.7bn)high-profile sale of its US business to Athene Holding in October 2013. Harrison was also involved in the sale of Aviva’s roadside rescue business RAC to private equity group Carlyle for £1bn and is perceived internally to have provided invaluable support on technical corporate matters within the group. One insider says: ‘Neil is good at reducing complex scenarios to simple choices, so it’s about being able to stand back when there’s a morass of information and lots of difficult issues in front of you, and be able to summarise that down into some very simple decisions that have to be made. ‘He has terrific insight, judgement and dedication; he’s very measured in knowing which issues to care about and which issues to relent on; and very creative.’
Before joining Prudential in May 2012, Clarkson had been offered partnership at Herbert Smith, where he worked under leading financial services regulatory partner Martyn Hopper, who is now at Linklaters. Clarkson, who was admitted as a solicitor in 2002, has made a huge impact on the regulatory side of Prudential’s business, enabling the group to provide head office with excellent sector-specific knowledge. Working closely with compliance, one insider says: ‘He has given excellent advice to the board and the business as a whole.’
Described as ‘brilliant’, ‘superb’, and ‘one of the most unflappable, laid-back characters you’ll ever meet’, M&A lawyer Hamer leads on the vast majority of QBE’s transactions. Always happy to take on a new challenge, even where he is given little background, Hamer is very comfortable with new territory and takes responsibility for his actions. Tasked with driving QBE’s panel process and revision, Hamer is described as someone who is ‘very focused on relationships and takes lots of time to figure out what makes people tick’. One commentator adds: ‘The stuff he’s been given responsibility for at the transactional level has been huge, and the general counsel at QBE speaks incredibly highly of him.’
Mora is so highly regarded at Legal & General that her presence is required at any of its significant commercial business discussions, often before any other lawyers have become involved in the process. One insider says: ‘If we are doing something on the commercial side, Natasha is the first name on the term sheet next to the CEO. It’s not a legal matter and is being discussed purely business to business, and there are no other lawyers requested to be present, but she is down as the second-most necessary person at the meeting.’ Mora runs the commercial team and looks after Legal & General’s governance and company secretary function. She is praised for a ‘phenomenal’ work rate and the ability to provide support both at a high strategic level as well as undertaking practical and logistical tasks, such as putting together business papers and presentations. The insider comments: ‘She is like a machine in her ability to deal with ‘stuff’ – not just legal work, but general stuff. She is utterly reliable, hardworking, responsive and good at time-keeping. She never accepts things at their face value and will always question.’
Davis-Pipe joined Direct Line in June 2008 and has worked her way up the ranks from legal counsel, to litigation counsel in October 2012, followed by a promotion in October 2013 to her current position. With Direct Line in the process of extracting itself from The Royal Bank of Scotland Group following its float in 2012, Davis-Pipe has worked relentlessly and in challenging circumstances to cover her huge portfolio of claims, dispute resolution and risk, as well as manage a number of other key projects. Instrumental in helping Direct Line set up its own legal arm, she is described as ‘a very impressive individual’. An IP partner at a leading City firm adds: ‘She’s an absolute pleasure to work with. She has a really nice style. She’s involved when she has to be and she manages her team and her external advisers really well.’
Linklaters-trained Heiss joined RSA as legal counsel in February 2010 and was rapidly promoted to her current position of head of group legal by September 2011. She has been selected for RSA’s internal talent management programme and is very much a core member of the group corporate centre. One Magic Circle corporate partner comments: ‘Charlotte is a great manager of people and looks after her team very well, while at the same time managing a considerable workload and range of responsibilities. She has a very mature and well-balanced approach to getting the best out of her panel firms as well.’
Another entry from insurance giant Prudential, Bromley is one of the youngest of the Rising Stars. Having qualified as a corporate insurance associate with legacy Norton Rose, she went on secondment to RSA and, according to one insider at Prudential, ‘worked very hard to develop and learn the insurance sector’. In 2008, Bromley joined RSA’s legal counsel group corporate centre, eventually working for former Norton Rose insurance partner Derek Walsh, who joined RSA as group general counsel in 2010. While at RSA, Bromley spent time as the sole counsel in its Irish business and working in the group regulatory risk and compliance team before joining Prudential in 2012. One insider at Prudential says: ‘Derek was very impressed and very sad to lose her.’ Since moving in-house, Bromley has broadened her corporate and commercial experience, advising on corporate governance matters, various listing rules matters, distribution agreements, M&A, large commercial contracts, corporate restructurings, global reinsurance programmes, Solvency II, data protection matters and TUPE issues. At Prudential she has been heavily involved in the insurer’s December 2013 acquisition of a majority stake in Ghana’s Express Life Insurance Company, marking its entry into the African life insurance market. One senior lawyer at Prudential comments: ‘Right from the start the business has looked to Kim for advice and counsel.’
PRIVATE EQUITY AND BANKING
In her early thirties, Thompson is one of the youngest entrants on the Rising Stars list. After training at Clifford Chance and qualifying into corporate in 2007, she was seconded to Bridgepoint in 2009 for one year and stayed on, becoming permanent in 2010. She works closely with the buyout house’s GC Charles Barter, formerly a partner at Travers Smith. Bridgepoint’s growth ambition has seen a substantial amount of responsibility placed upon Thompson, making her indispensable to both Barter and external counsel. She has been involved in Bridgepoint’s significant deals over the last couple of years, including the acquisition of Lumison and the £281m buyout of social care provider Care UK. She was also involved in the disposals of its remaining shares in Safestore and Pets at Home to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts for just under £1bn. She is described as ‘a very calm, smart and sensible lawyer who has the complete trust of the deal team and has total control of her brief. A definite GC of the future’.
An ex-Slaughter and May and Morgan Stanley lawyer, Norman is praised for her work not only within Bank of America Merrill Lynch but also within the wider banking industry and with regulators to implement ongoing industry reforms, such as the European Market Infrastructure Regulation. One advocate comments: ‘Chris has advised within the bank but also involved other players to provide a forum for industry-wide issues to be debated and resolved in the most constructive and transparent way. ‘She is a real star and highly trusted by a wide group of senior people in-house and in private practice looking at regulatory issues.’
After qualifying at Travers Smith in 2000, Banks moved to Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton’s London arm, working under partner Simon Jay. His time at the US law firm included a two-year stint at the Takeover Panel, an experience he describes as transformational. He left Cleary in 2007 to become Hellman & Friedman’s first-ever European GC. Unusually for an in-house legal position in private equity, he was recruited as much to manage deals as for his technical contribution. The US fundraising and $8.9bn fund in 2008-09 has certainly helped, and Hellman & Friedman looks set to be a prominent player in the recovering private equity market. Banks looks set for plenty of deal exposure. One commentator says: ‘Stuart is a very astute commercial lawyer which, in combination with his intellect, makes him a formidable general counsel.’
In September 2012, Croxford was promoted to head of legal for the corporate and investment bank and wealth and investment management businesses in Asia-Pacific. Formerly head of the legal team which supports BarCap’s fast-expanding EMEA investment banking division (IBD), Croxford’s team of around 30 lawyers has been focusing on the growth and development of the firm’s business across new markets in the region. It is his interest in innovative deal structures and seeing them through from inception to completion that initially drew him in-house, having qualified at Linklaters with a focus on capital markets. He worked between the London and Paris offices before moving to UBS in 2000 to sit in its transactional legal team handling debt, equity and advisory work. He joined BarCap in early 2005 straight into the IBD legal team, which is responsible for providing legal coverage for ECM, debt capital market and M&A deals, as well as the private equity and principal investment businesses. One admirer comments: ‘He gets to the heart of difficult legal issues quickly, while at all times driving forward what the business requires.’
Harry successfully guided Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) through the client clearing of over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives, well ahead of the compulsory deadline in 2013. Subsequently, he has been at the forefront of regulatory developments in the OTC derivatives market both in the US and Europe and has been responsible for drafting technical client communications. One advocate says: ‘Richard was the lead project manager and architect behind LGIM’s trading documentation templates, involving numerous counterparties. These documents leveraged off the LGIM brand and gave clients robust and effective entry into the OTC market for LDI [liability-driven investment] mandates, generating new business and improved efficiencies. ‘Richard combines exceptional technical skills with a strong sense of the commercial imperatives and business risks of his internal client.’ Described as well-organised and diligent, with strong people skills, over the last 12 months Harry has built out his internal team to assist him in delivering this and other major trading and investment projects, and has been fully involved in the recruitment, training and appraisal process. He has been a member of the LGIM team for over eight years and in that time has developed a deep knowledge of the business and operations of this major institutional asset manager and, with a particular focus on trading and investments, has had considerable exposure to funds (both corporate and trust-based), pension schemes, insurers and sovereigns.
Livingston joined CVC in 2007 from Herbert Smith, where she was an associate in the corporate department, specialising in M&A and equity capital markets. She was instrumental in CVC’s six-month €10.9bn fundraising which, despite taking place in a challenging environment for the private equity market, at its close in June 2013 became the second-largest fundraising since the financial crisis and the third-largest fundraising by a Europe-based private equity fund manager. Livingston is currently carrying out the same role fundraising on CVC’s fourth Asia fund targeting $3bn and work across all products including infrastructure and credit. In her time at CVC, Livingston has built strong links in the City private equity community, having worked with many of the leading names in the UK buyout market. One admirer notes that Livingston demonstrates ‘total commitment, drive and intelligence’, adding that she has ‘the ability to readily organise and oversee complex processes, both internally and externally. She has a passion to get the job done, and unfaltering stamina’.
Sanders joined Terra Firma in January 2009 from Macfarlanes and has been a key part of the Terra Firma legal team at a time of sustained activity. He has been involved in all aspects of that activity, ranging from the long-running US litigation against Citigroup in relation to the ill-fated acquisition of EMI in 2007, transactions such as the £276m acquisition of the Garden Centre Group and its subsequent restructuring and the £825m acquisition of Four Seasons in 2012 using a highly innovative financing structure, through to the recent IPO activity undertaken by Terra Firma, including its end-of-2013 float of renewable energy company Infinis.
Within the first couple of months of taking up his role at UBS in 2011, Howard was faced with an early morning call saying that Kweku Adoboli had been arrested for fraud by abuse of his position following a $2.3bn trading loss. On top of his business-critical work, Howard became an integral part of the trial against Adoboli, called upon to give evidence in criminal proceedings after the trader alleged that UBS employees were contractually blocked from testifying in his defence, in which Howard testified that there was nothing to prevent UBS employees giving evidence in litigation. Around the same time Howard was faced with addressing the remuneration and staff rewards ramifications of the European Commission’s proposals to implement international standards on bank capital requirements under the Capital Requirements Directive IV. According to one proponent, Howard ‘marries excellent black-letter law understanding with great commercial awareness of what the business needs, always set against the context of the spirit of the law and also the reputation of the business’. Another says he is ‘a great combination of academic and practical, with a real focus on delivering internally for the business while retaining legal integrity’.
The senior legal counsel responsible for supporting the structured credit desk in Citi’s London office, Johnson, who manages four other lawyers, received glowing feedback in support of his entry into this report. His career achievements include helping Citi to purchase credit protection on many large portfolios of high quality but illiquid loans, thereby reducing dependence on Citi’s credit lines and enabling the investment bank to lend more money. The structured finance specialist has rapidly established himself since joining Citi from Mayer Brown in 2010, having only completed his training contract with Eversheds in 2008. One Magic Circle partner says of this versatile lawyer: ‘His work [acquiring] credit protection on large portfolios of emerging markets loans was exemplary; these hedges were critical in enabling Citi to meet internal credit risk limits, which many financial institutions have struggled with in recent years, and were particularly problematic as the illiquidity of those emerging markets loans meant that they could not be hedged using normal means.’ Johnson and his team have also advised Citi on its collateralised loan obligation business and have helped the institution overcome difficult legal challenges in relation to risk retention. Johnson, described as a ‘commercially savvy lawyer who focuses on the right issues and drives transactions to their successful completion’, is vigilant in protecting Citi’s interests and works hand-in-hand with external lawyers to analyse key legal risks with a view to protecting his organisation.
Coe joined Jefferies in 2011 from Stevens & Bolton, where he was a corporate associate. The eight-years’ qualified lawyer is now associate general counsel of the New York-headquartered global investment bank, which has offices in 33 cities around the world, providing clients with capital markets and financial advisory services, institutional brokerage and securities research, as well as wealth and asset management. One entry in support of Coe’s nomination says he ‘is definitely one to watch’. They add: ‘[Coe] is a young and highly competent lawyer who is hungry for knowledge. He has an open and honest manner. He is very easy to work with. He is quietly ambitious and enthusiastic. I am sure he will go far.’
Admitted as a solicitor in 2004, Gwyer is currently acting as lead general counsel for GE Capital’s UK real estate business, which has been operating in the UK market for 27 years and now has around £2.5bn in assets. In the autumn of last year, Gwyer played a lead role in the acquisition of a portfolio of performing commercial property loans valued at £1.4bn from Deutsche Postbank. He has also been active in transactions to reduce the company’s balance sheet as it looks at a new strategic direction for the UK business. One senior insider says: ‘He’s had good transactional experience, has good management abilities, and is a very talented guy. ‘He’s smart, hard-working, perceptive, a team player, and has a good sense of humour.’
Collishaw has played an integral role for Lusail in the legal aspects of development of Lusail City – Qatari Diar’s flagship project and the largest development in the state of Qatar – an actual city project that will have an estimated 200,000 residents. Described as ‘calm, methodical, very good technically and with an engaging personality and good sense of humour’, Collishaw is also described by one Powerlist GC as ‘definitely one to watch’. Collishaw has the ability to empathise with the client – typically the development teams – and is not inclined to panic. She has also proved herself capable of working around the cultural sensitivities inherent in working in the Middle East.
Samson joined Heron in 2010 as in-house legal counsel, having previously worked as a corporate lawyer at Taylor Wessing. The DLA Piper-trained lawyer is now extensively involved in all aspects of the group’s corporate and property transactions in the UK and overseas and has recently been appointed as a director of the Heron group. Peers say that Samson is a proactive lawyer with a real hands-on attitude, with one commenting: ‘He is always committed to teaming up with all relevant professionals in order to get the deal done.’ He leads on a wide range of legal and commercial issues for Heron International, including the refinancing with Starwood for the Heron Tower. Other developments in which he has played an integral part include the development of the new Guildhall School of Music & Drama and a 285-unit residential scheme at The Heron, London EC2, as well as the £171m development funding for a 116-unit residential scheme at Riverwalk House.
Sadler has been at Intu Properties (formerly Capital Shopping Centres) since November 2012, having previously worked as legal counsel and commercial manager at Westfield, dealing with Olympic projects. During his relatively short time at the shopping centre owner, operator and developer, Nabarro-trained Sadler has made a significant impact, strengthening the links and communication between the internal legal function and the asset management team, with one submission stating: ‘He also delivers a fresh perspective on the interplay between legal technicalities and commercial realities.’ Already heavily involved in a number of large-scale projects (principally bond issues on re-financings) Sadler, who spent three years as a senior associate at Ashurst, has shown great clarity of thought and the ability to grasp difficult issues, taking a clear strategic commercial approach.In March last year he led on the real estate aspects of Intu’s £250m acquisition of Midsummer Place Shopping Centre from Legal & General.
Having qualified in 2005, Martin joined BNP Paribas (BNPP) in early 2011 and was immediately thrust into working on its flagship development – a major office building at the heart of the King’s Cross regeneration project, involving 350,000 sq ft of offices, 10,000 sq ft of retail and a 3,800 sq ft staff fitness centre. Since joining as UK in-house counsel, she has played a pivotal role in the ongoing development itself, specifically various key pre-lets, as well as the sale of BNPP’s head lease interest in the site to Axa. According to one City real estate partner, Martin ‘has established herself as an astute in-house counsel and is adept at advising constituents, both in Paris and in the UK, on a wide variety of legal issues of commercial importance to BNPP’s business’.
Tewari is the second Lloyds Banking Group lawyer to make this Rising Stars sector, having received multiple nominations. He is praised for his intellect, business acumen and energy, as well as his ability to quickly grasp the details of a deal and focus on the key legal and commercial points. During the past 12 months Tewari, who is a general finance lawyer by background but retrained as a property finance lawyer, has led and delivered on a day-to-day legal and commercial guide for the business, a resource aimed at helping it to better manage its legal risk, as well as a personal legal training programme for LBG’s bankers. One insider says: ‘Kumar has steadily built his reputation in the market and is becoming known in real estate as a talented lawyer with a bright future. He is currently leading on a number of initiatives for LBG including being a key player on all Loan Market Association forums in connection with real estate finance.’ A leading City property law firm adds: ‘Kumar is able to organise large teams internally and liaise quickly and effectively with external counsel and external advisers to reach the desired outcome for the borrower.’
A former Eversheds associate, Hughes now heads Goodman’s real estate team with a calm, constructive and commercial hand. Having begun his legal career at Nabarro Nathanson in 1999, Hughes moved on to become a senior associate at Baker & McKenzie in Sydney in 2004 and then spent a year at Eversheds in 2006 before joining commercial and industrial property group Goodman in 2007. He has extensive experience in all aspects of real estate law in the UK and Australia, having qualified in both jurisdictions, including developments, property management, joint ventures, institutional financing and offshore structuring. According to one lawyer who has worked with him: ‘Jonathan is liked and trusted by the Goodman real estate team and their external lawyers in equal measure.’
Despite being less than ten years’ qualified, Batty has a senior role in a team handling all the legal aspects of lending associated with a £31bn portfolio across the UK. An outstanding all-rounder, Batty is cited as being easy to work with and pragmatic, incredibly bright and ‘really likeable’, bringing a positive drive and energy to her work. One senior insider says: ‘When you delegate you want it done right the first time and [with Batty] it gets done exquisitely and on time, like having an external lawyer doing it for you.’ Praise also comes from private practice, with one firm commenting: ‘Sarah knows exactly what is and is not acceptable to the bank, particularly when taking security over large property portfolios. She is able to help structure a deal that will work both for the bank and the borrower at the outset and she is excellent at co-ordinating large teams.’
Having qualified in 2004 at Masons (now Pinsent Masons), Child moved as part of a team to the regeneration department at Campbell Hooper in 2006, which merged with Speechly Bircham in 2009. She has worked on some of the largest regeneration schemes in London, including a £600m flagship multi-phase regeneration of Canning Town. It was this project that presented Child with the opportunity to join Bouygues’ in-house legal team in 2012, where she now advises both Bouygues Development (as developer) and Bouygues UK (as contractor) on mixed-use developments and student accommodation schemes. Child is described as having an ‘incredible work ethic and attention to detail’ and is an ‘integral part of the legal team’. Insiders say she is fast-tracked for higher levels of management despite being only 33 years old. She provides an effective link between the legal team and commercial project managers, often anticipating their requirements and certainly understanding their objectives. She can liaise, manage and work with local authorities, external solicitors and most importantly, the upper echelons and colleagues in her company in clear and precise terms. Child manages risk for the company and often reaches negotiated positions against tight deadlines. This is all achieved in a commercial fashion with a thorough understanding of the technical side of the developments and how this should be reflected in legal documents.
Peeke served as an officer in the light infantry of the British Army for five years before becoming a solicitor at Slaughter and May, leaving after six years to join Macfarlanes. He joined The Crown Estate in June 2009, where he is now responsible for the day-to-day management of legal risk and is the legal lead on joint ventures, which have become the most important feature of the implementation of The Crown Estate’s redevelopment strategy for its prestigious Central London estate. He is noted to be an extremely bright lawyer, who combines excellent technical legal skills with a very pragmatic approach. ‘He is innovative and flexible and is held in very high esteem both by legal and non-legal colleagues at The Crown Estate and by the external legal advisers that he manages,’ says one commentator. The demands of working for one of the UK’s largest landowners means that Peeke has to focus upon timely delivery of transactions, while recognising the realities of doing business in a complex legal environment, at the same time as displaying clear leadership qualities.
RETAIL AND LEISURE
Santry is one of the more high-profile Rising Stars, having been heavily and visibly involved in Dutch brewer Heineken’s £7.8bn acquisition of Scottish & Newcastle in 2008. Other more recent deals have included his integral role in Heineken’s acquisition of a controlling interest in five breweries in Nigeria from Sona Group, which will raise Heineken’s market share in the country to around 68%. Santry, described as ‘a man of honesty and integrity’, has highly developed interpersonal skills with one nomination going as far as to say he ‘retains a private practice lawyer’s following that is not just dependent on him throwing out work and fees as scraps. He is a relational lawyer who knows the business’.
Majid has risen up through the ranks in one of the UK’s largest companies within a relatively short space of time. At a comparatively young age, Majid is responsible for a very large team of lawyers. One corporate and commercial partner at a top-20 UK firm says: ‘I am certain that will lead to a higher profile role in the future.’ After starting legal life at Linklaters in March 1999, Majid moved to The Royal Bank of Scotland as litigation counsel before joining Tesco in August 2008 as a senior counsel in the litigation, IP, data protection and marketing department. She became group commercial legal director in May 2012 and is credited with a superb understanding and appreciation of the underlying law, allied to a very practical application of the commercial needs of her business, with one nomination claiming: ‘Majid’s absolute focus is on delivering what the business requires commercially.’
Although one of the most junior members of the Rising Stars list, Holt, who qualified in 2008, has had an integral role in the negotiation of some critically important sponsorship deals for both the Olympics, which saw John Lewis’ Westfield Stratford City outlet become a key retailer for games-related merchandise (a factor which it credited for driving up its half-year profits), and for the Commonwealth Games. In addition to being a strong black-letter lawyer, Holt has had to work within the John Lewis Partnership constitution, ensuring that all agreements are not only legally compliant but live up to the exacting principles set by its founder. One insider says: ‘She understands the business as a whole, works within the commercial strategy and meets those objectives.’
Recognised by team members and her internal stakeholders as the ‘number two’ in the in-house team, reporting to head of legal Robert Ivens, Chase is noted as bright, articulate, diligent, decisive and good fun. Nominated for the Legal Business Rising Star In-house Counsel of the Year Award, Chase has, in addition to managing her own team, been instrumental in providing the legal framework to assist M&S with its international expansion plans. One external nomination goes as far as to say: ‘In very tight timeframes she has made the company’s strategic plan a reality.’ One of her strengths is keeping M&S’s stakeholders happy without over-compromising. An insider says: ‘Verity has the ability to command the respect of her clients. What’s intriguing is that her clients, including the board, seek out her advice and want her to be involved in the decision making – that doesn’t always happen. She is very firm, very persuasive, and she gives the stakeholders exactly what they are looking for.’ Chase is also given credit for her interpersonal skills, which means she is seen as an equal to all, whether that be a board director or a junior person in a business function, and – particularly important within this vast retail business – she can get on with everyone from a fashion buyer to ‘the bloke who is in charge of the lorries’.
Although general counsel and company secretary, Burrell is identified as a Rising Star on the basis that she is the youngest company secretary and head of legal of the UK’s top-ten retailers by a long margin. Qualified for only 13 years, Burrell has been company secretary of Iceland Foods since April 2011, and was also formerly company secretary of DBC Foodservice, which was owned by Iceland Foods directors but entered administration in 2012 after it failed to find a buyer. Burrell started at Iceland in 2003 as a senior commercial solicitor before rapidly rising up the ranks. She played a central role in Iceland’s hugely complex and high-profile £1.5bn management buyout in March 2012, a role which she is said to have performed ‘with no little aplomb’. Since then she has grown her remit and increased her team to 15, and continues to play a significant part in driving the growth and continuing success of the business in the UK and in also expanding the business overseas.
At multinational DIY retailer B&Q, Clarke is praised for her broad legal knowledge backed with sound practical experience; a questioning, enquiring mind; and strong communication skills together with excellent commercial awareness and judgement. Flexible and able to work to tight deadlines, Clarke has the ability to prioritise and manage multiple matters concurrently whether they are – as one nomination says – ‘large, small or noisy’. Clarke is also praised for her ability to engage and build relationships with internal customers in the business and she tackles tricky issues head on, finding practical solutions. However, she is not afraid to ‘call’ difficult situations and escalate them where appropriate. ‘She has the ability to manage expectations and meet unreasonable deadlines,’ says one nomination. ‘She is practical and approachable so that internal customers keep coming back.’
Payne stands out in no small part because he received high praise even from the general counsel of a rival drinks brand. A former senior legal adviser at Heineken UK, Payne is described as ‘the safest pair of hands you could ever hope to have. He’s calm, considered and goes slightly below the radar’. Payne trained with McGrigors in Edinburgh between 2003 and 2005, and went on a six-month secondment to KPMG, which he joined as a consultant in the executive remuneration team in the tax and people services division in 2005. He joined Heineken two years later and then William Grant & Sons in 2011 where he played a key role as the distiller acquired Irish whiskey brand Tullamore Dew and took control of liqueur brands Carolans, Frangelico and Irish Mist, selling them on to Gruppo Campari for €129m. In 2013, William Grant broke the £1bn sales mark for the second year in a row.
When Virgin Money bought Northern Rock in 2012, Marshall transferred to the company secretarial team because, in the words of one insider, ‘it needed a boost’. Taking over from then director of legal and company secretary Jasan Fitzpatrick, Marshall at first took the deputy role, but having established a ‘fantastic’ day-to-day relationship with chief executive officer Jayne-Anne Gadhia, she was recently promoted to company secretary. A rare insight into Marshall’s recent appraisal shows that Gadhia said: ‘I am a great admirer of Katie. She is able to present both appropriately and professionally at board level – and deal effectively with our rather less formal ways of working when necessary. She doesn’t flap but works hard and seems to deal with stress well (at least as far as I see her). She is polished and professional with our chairman and other board members. Fundamentally I think she “gets us” and I feel confident in her and trust her implicitly. ‘I think she can go a very long way and we should support her all we can in doing so. As you know, I’m not one quick to praise, so for me this is a really excellent write-up on someone who is doing an exceptional job.’ Marshall is praised for her technical excellence with an ability to drive forward work with accuracy and precision, anticipating pitfalls in complying with the increasingly complex governance maze and keeping the board up to date with all external developments and requirements. One insider comments: ‘I can’t really put it any better. She is clearly a rising star for 2014 and a GC of the future.’
Priestley manages a legal team of ten lawyers at Lloyds Banking Group (LBG), providing legal and strategic advice on material employment, employee benefits and pension issues across the group’s global network, covering 100,000 employees. One market commentator says: ‘She has a strong vision of where she wants the team to be and provides outstanding strategic and pragmatic leadership, ensuring her team can deliver business-ready solutions in a commercial way, without losing sight of the people-led culture within LBG. She is extremely bright but doesn’t use her intellect to browbeat those around her, rather to support and guide them.’ Priestley started out as a barrister at 2 Gray’s Inn Square but in 2000 became a senior employment associate at Simmons & Simmons before moving in-house to Standard Chartered Bank to set up an in-house legal risk function in 2006. Since then, Priestley has led LBG’s defence of complex employment disputes and challenging HR issues, such as the proposed changes to its defined-benefit pension scheme. A strong champion of gender equality, Priestley is also supporting deputy general counsel, Kate Cheetham, in leading a new forum for prominent law firms to find ways of improving access to law as well as the diversity of the legal profession.
Barnicoat joined KPMG’s Office of General Counsel in 2004, was made an equity partner in 2011 and is now deputy GC, in charge of the firm’s corporate and commercial transactions. He sits on KPMG’s high-level strategic investment committee and has played a leading role in a series of mergers across Europe that has seen it become the largest professional services firm in Europe and the Middle East with around €5bn in annual revenues. Recent UK and multijurisdictional acquisitions led by Barnicoat include advisory company EquaTerra; the 2013 acquisition of advisory firm Makinson Cowell; and Xantus. Barnicoat is a versatile lawyer who, after qualifying as a litigator with Taylor Wessing, moved across into fraud and asset tracing at Holman Fenwick Willan before becoming a non-contentious lawyer for Trowers & Hamlins in Abu Dhabi, where he worked on the Emirates’ first-ever PFI deal to build a power and water desalination plant. Other achievements include setting up KPMG’s global service centre in India, which now employs more than 4,000 people servicing 40 countries, and advising on KPMG’s investment into data and analytics investment fund KCapital.
A member of the in-house committee at the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association, Ambrose has become a spokesperson on best practice among in-house lawyers, having written a publication looking at the challenges in-house counsel face and how to develop a deeper understanding of best practice in the role of an in-house lawyer. In particular, he is an outspoken advocate of all internal legal advisers operating to the same high ethical and professional standards as private practice lawyers. Ambrose has shown himself to be resourceful and commercially minded by identifying and challenging existing time-consuming and low productivity processes to ensure that the most efficient use is made of the bank’s internal and external legal resources.
Admitted as a solicitor in 2004, McKee worked for RBS before moving internally to its high-value private banking services subsidiary Coutts in 2012, where she now reports to general counsel James Clarry. A regulatory lawyer by background, CMS Cameron McKenna-trained McKee, who before she joined RBS in 2011 was a legal counsel at ABN Amro, undertook high-profile regulatory work at RBS and is described as ‘technically very good but also a real people person who builds relationships well but is pretty straight talking’.
Banking associate Evans moved in-house in December 2010 from Norton Rose after going on secondment to SG Hambros. The Dewey & LeBoeuf-trained lawyer, who was also an associate with Trowers & Hamlins between 2001 and 2007, has built a strong team around him and has rapidly adapted to the different demands of the in-house role and the complexities of the private banking sector in the post-financial crisis era. ‘Daniel is astute, easy to deal with, interacts with the business extremely well and never loses sight of the big picture,’ says one nomination. ‘He is on top of the plethora of regulatory changes and developments that affect the wealth management and private banking sector. Daniel is also multi-lingual and this really helps in working for an international bank.’
Described as ‘very experienced and practical, with a truly in-depth knowledge of banking law and a good appreciation of the need for clear and prompt instructions’, McCarthy has also proved himself robust in steering IBRC through a very difficult period of change and uncertainty. One of McCarthy’s resounding achievements has been his management of internal matters at the bank following the special liquidation of IBRC in February 2013.
Chung started out as a corporate lawyer with Linklaters and gained her first taste of in-house life while on secondment to Vodafone in March 2008, where she received glowing reviews. On Chung’s LinkedIn profile, Vodafone’s corporate and external affairs director Helen Lamprell says: ‘She managed difficult situations really well and was very adept at balancing different personalities. A great loss to our team.’ Chung’s in-house career began in earnest when she joined British Sky Broadcasting Group as a corporate legal adviser in January 2010, spending just a year there before taking a promotion at Barclays in January 2011. Described by one Magic Circle partner as having a ‘strong work ethic and a can-do attitude’, Chung has played a pivotal role in the recent reorganisation of Barclays’ African interests. One well-known tax partner at a top-ten law firm says in support of her nomination: ‘Win is very bright, responsive, commercial and good at giving and receiving advice and instructions. She is a star.’
Former Clifford Chance senior associate Harris joined HSBC in August 2012 following a period on secondment with the bank, where he gained considerable transactional, contentious and advisory experience. As such, his transition from private practice to in-house has been extremely smooth. In support of his entry into the Rising Stars, one employment partner at a leading firm says: ‘Daniel is technically astute and displays considerable emotional intelligence, enabling him to identify and solve thorny employment issues.’
Gibson has been involved in all aspects of RBS’ group legal issues following the credit crisis, demonstrating an ability to constantly juggle conflicting projects and timetables. As a result of the government’s 2008 bailout of the high street bank, RBS was obliged under European regulation to undertake measures, including disposing of its interest in Direct Line by the end of 2014, with a requirement that more than 50% of its shares were sold by the end of 2013. Working alongside general counsel Rushad Abadan, Gibson was given the day-to-day responsibility for ensuring that Direct Line was successfully carved out and prepared for its IPO in 2012, in a deal that valued it at around £3bn. For this and his handling of other large, business-critical projects, he is described as ‘extremely hard-working, always in demand for his delivery and a great combination of managing legal concepts into a practical business solution’.
TECHNOLOGY, MEDIA AND SPORT
Matthews received the most independent nominations from both private practice and in-house lawyers, not only within this category but across the entire Rising Stars research process. Lovells-trained Matthews, who has also been shortlisted for the Rising Star In-house Counsel of the Year category at the Legal Business Awards, is at the forefront of ITV’s initiative to treat its external law firm panel as an extension of the in-house team, working on projects collaboratively. He has also been heavily involved personally in the TV company’s legal team to abolish hourly rates from its external lawyers. Internally, he has developed a training programme with panel firms for ITV lawyers and has driven forward an internal secondment programme for them. One senior insider comments: ‘Barry has that vision and the passion to help mould the legal team to better serve ITV’s needs. That means spending time with external counsel to understand what makes their life easier and helping external counsel to help ITV.’ Matthews has also spearheaded ITV’s extensive corporate social responsibility initiatives, including founding a joint scheme with Hogan Lovells, the running of a monthly legal clinic at HIV charity Body & Soul. He heads ITV’s collaborations with PRIME, working with firms like Olswang and Slaughter and May, to provide work opportunities to children from underprivileged backgrounds. One commercial real estate partner at a leading commercial firm says: ‘Barry is a strong supporter of his team and always looks for ways to enhance their standing in the eyes of the wider business. He is a genuine supporter of equality and diversity in his team and in the wider legal profession. Barry is a star in the in-house world whose vast array of talents deserves wider recognition.’
Another strong nomination for ITV, Clarke is responsible for negotiations over new programmes and recently handled a multimillion-pound three-year deal extension for both The X Factor and Ant and Dec. Having joined ITV in 2009 from Reed Smith, Clarke is cited as a team player who is also able to take measured decisions and give clear instructions. She does all that ‘charmingly and with good humour – there are not many who can’, says one observer. One senior insider says: ‘She is an absolute joy to work with. She’s restructured her team to give younger members a real opportunity to shine. In the business, ITV is regarded as the best broadcaster to negotiate with, which means more talent is likely to come to you, and that is largely thanks to Sarah.’
Described as ‘brilliant, very switched on, very proactive’ with multiple independent nominations, Wragge & Co-trained Withers has swiftly moved up the ranks at Virgin, starting out in 2007 as associate corporate counsel before becoming assistant general counsel, director of corporate development and governance and then, in October last year, moving to become corporate director, responsible for M&A, strategic initiatives and compliance. Over the past year she has been involved in a number of noteworthy transactions, not least Liberty Global’s headline acquisition of Virgin Media for £15bn ($23.3bn), which was game-changing for Withers in a number of ways. One US-qualified corporate partner says: ‘As Virgin Media had lost its general counsel, Withers acted as the senior internal M&A lawyer in Virgin Media’s sale to Liberty Global. In this capacity, she played a key role in managing the M&A process (including direct advice to the chief executive), negotiating the legal aspects of the transaction, managing the due diligence process and, generally, getting the deal done, all on a very tight timetable.’ Withers is not only intellectually very able but has outstanding interpersonal skills effectively deployed with both internal management, external counsel and counterparties.
Thomas joined New York-listed storage and information company Iron Mountain in 2008 from food services company Compass Group and has shown effective management of legal risk across a broad geography, making sure the business is not hamstrung by legal requirements but has its legal and risk profile managed appropriately. At the company, which serves 156,000 customers in five continents, the Eversheds-trained lawyer has been at the forefront of an internal restructuring project described as a ‘business and operational transformation that will, if it is implemented by the board, radically alter the structure of the group and how it operates day-to-day. ‘Ensuring that this works commercially, operationally and legally and to a tight deadline of preparation delivery has been the highlight for Chris.’
When Misys’ GC Tom Kilroy was appointed as acting chief executive in February 2012 following the resignation of Mike Lawrie, Bradin stepped up to a newly-created associate general counsel role, helping to lead the legal team through a series of merger approaches from Temenos, CVC and ValueAct Capital, and Vista Equity Partners, which in April 2012 saw shareholders approve a £3.50 per share offer from Vista through its investment vehicle Magic Bidco. This acquisition saw Misys merged with software company Turaz, and Mayer Brown-trained Bradin, who heads a team of five made up of lawyer and company secretarial team members, has led the legal effort to bring the two entities together. One partner at a leading City firm says that the former Allen & Overy lawyer Bradin has ‘commitment to her company and to her team and a willingness to expand her experience to encompass M&A, company secretarial and finance arrangements’.
Another entry from Siemens, Astin supports Siemens’ energy transmission (ET) business based in Manchester, reporting to deputy head of legal Martin Heath. Still only in his mid-thirties, Astin joined Siemens four years ago and was appointed lead commercial lawyer in September 2012, working for Siemens’ energy transmission division, which deals with the high voltage cabling across the country and also connections for offshore wind farms. His role as lead commercial lawyer sees him deal with tendering, engineering and customers, where he has ably handled customer disputes to a successful conclusion, with one senior colleague commenting: ‘He gets on with people and knows what has to be done.’ Described in internal customer feedback as a ‘very positive business partner’, Astin very quickly built a strong relationship with ET UK’s management and stakeholders following his appointment. One admirer comments: ‘He is very approachable. Very personable and goes well with the business. Working somewhere like Siemens, you need to be versatile.’
Described by one senior figure at Siemens as ‘very much a star’, Stockdale joined Siemens in July 2011 from Kirkland & Ellis as a senior commercial lawyer and in May 2012 was promoted to country sector lead lawyer in corporate and finance, heading a ten-strong team that supports Siemens in corporate work, company secretarial and its finance leasing business. Stockdale has a strong knowledge of banking and finance law and how the operational side of the business works from an earlier career in banking. She has been heavily involved in the financing of Siemens’ £1.6bn Thameslink deal. Another colleague says: ‘She is able to make pragmatic judgements and has a good understanding of the law and what the bank is trying to achieve.’
Bujalski was only recently promoted to head of legal at the Rugby Football Union (RFU), reporting to legal and governance director Karena Vleck. The former Slaughter and May lawyer joined the RFU as a junior solicitor three-and-a-half years ago from The Simkins Partnership and has gained the respect of the RFU’s executive and his peers alike, due to his persuasive skills, enthusiasm and hard work. Responsible for handling all the RFU’s commercial deals, Bujalski has also become an expert in corporate governance and when head of legal Polly Handford left for sports practice Couchmans in December, he was a natural fit for the role. Bujalski is regularly asked to speak at conferences and at training sessions both externally and internally, and one senior co-worker comments: ‘He manages to keep his sense of perspective and sense of humour. He has worked really hard to earn his promotion to head of legal – it is very much deserved and has been received with universal acclaim here at the RFU.’
At Liberty Global, which last year completed a £15bn acquisition of Virgin Media, Wolfe is described as an excellent technical lawyer with great business acumen, who is adept at running complex, multijurisdictional transactions. One lawyer who has worked alongside Wolfe recently says: ‘He is a superb manager – both at managing his colleagues, whether legal or commercial, external counsel and other parties involved in transactions. He is a skilful communicator and extremely personable.’
Former Kemp Little associate Leason is widely praised for his ‘very strong intellectual capacity, instinctive business sense and engagement with business colleagues, a Stakhanovite work ethic and his ability to rapidly assess and reassess business priorities, cope with uncertainty or ambiguity and give nuanced, clear advice’. Thomson Reuters’ global risk and compliance teams have traditionally been separate but Leason has played a key role in their integration and his World-Check Risk Intelligence team recently won an internal award from the business, with one insider commenting: ‘It is pretty unheard of for legal to win.’ Leason manages a widely dispersed team, which collaborates across different jurisdictions throughout the year, with two in the US and three in the UK. The insider comments: ‘He is an excellent lawyer and gives good, solid advice. He understands the business and what it wants to achieve. If someone comes up with a hare-brained scheme, he understands what they want and can work out how to get there. He gives his people a lot of freedom in the way they work. He sets the agenda and tone and is there for the big questions.’ Further underlining his commercial instincts, Leason is currently working outside of the legal department for the business as part of a team that has been put together to launch Thomson Reuters’ ‘Know Your Customer’ project.
Jelley is described by one commercial disputes lawyer at a leading UK law firm as ‘incredibly impressive, she has an enormous remit and handles it with humour, grace and a fierce intellect’. The former Lovells lawyer was also seconded to pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline in 2004 and luxury fashion house Gucci in 2006 during her time in private practice. Peers generally regard her as an excellent technical lawyer who can speak multiple languages having worked across Europe. The lawyer adds: ‘She is great to deal with, she takes on board advice but challenges where necessary.’
Described by one partner of a top-50 UK firm as ‘someone to watch’, Strain qualified in 2004 after training at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, before becoming a senior associate at Latham & Watkins in 2008. She has been heavily involved in major deals in the hotel and leisure sector, where her close working relationship with one large client led her to move in-house in 2011 to Veolia Environnement, before she moved to WPP in September 2013 as M&A counsel.
Taylor is described as bright, intuitive and imaginative as well as being highly commercial. He is noted for his calm and friendly manner, which enables him to efficiently manage the needs of the business while seeking appropriate legal advice to make sure that the company proceeds in full awareness of the pros and cons of a particular course of action. One dispute resolution partner at a top-50 UK firm says: ‘He is a pleasure to deal with. He has recently managed a large piece of litigation to which he was extremely committed. He is also an excellent project manager and able to identify and communicate risks of complicated contracts clearly and concisely.’
Malik has established herself as a respected data centre lawyer and held the role of legal director of Colt data centre services division for three years before an intense period of re-training saw her take on the huge challenge of a new role at Colt as a director of labour law in September 2013. One lawyer says of Malik: ‘Sophia is one of the most effective in-house lawyers I have ever met. She brings excellent credentials from a background in private practice at Olswang and combines this with extremely effective stakeholder management. She has a “velvet glove” approach – firm yet well-liked and respected by all her business colleagues.’
Patterson’s career achievements to date include the skilful handling of difficult trade union problems and the sensitive employment issues that arise at all levels regardless of which organisation she is working for. Her previous experience includes working as employment counsel at both Coca-Cola Enterprises and PepsiCo. ‘Joanna speaks the language of the business, is commercial in her approach and quickly earns trust. She is also a key conduit between the business and external counsel and has a good sense of how to manage those relationships well,’ says one observer.
A litigator by training, Dreadon is ‘essentially number two’ in the UK legal and regulatory team at Telefónica under general counsel Edward Smith. Having previously worked in private practice at Debevoise & Plimpton and SJ Berwin, Dreadon’s career in-house has seen him rise through the ranks from head of litigation in 2007 to head of competition and litigation in 2009, followed by a promotion to head of legal nearly three years ago. He was an integral part of the industry bargain that preceded the 4G spectrum auction in 2013, and notably led the Telefónica team on the £180m disposal of its consumer broadband business to Sky. He is exceptionally bright and a brilliant problem solver operating in a very complicated regulated industry. More so than his peers in Telefónica and elsewhere, Dreadon has a knack of influencing events.
A very young Rising Star at just 29, French-qualified Cohen joined Interoute last year. Having studied economic law and international business law, Cohen previously worked as legal counsel at Interoute Communications and is described as a ‘very positive and sunny’ character despite having to cope with multiple demands from all areas of the business, all under intense commercial pressure, according to one insider. Through a combination of creative thinking and hard work, Cohen ‘achieves what needs to be done’. The insider adds: ‘Not just fighting the team is a real skill for a lawyer to have – her achievement is her commercial aptitude and positive attitude.’
The ‘inspirational’ McFetridge leads an eight-strong team of lawyers and commercial contract managers at telecoms giant BT, negotiating, drafting and advising on commercial contracts in the financial services market for customers and suppliers. The former Weil, Gotshal & Manges M&A associate liaises with the senior business management team on strategy, performance and objectives for legal in supporting the global banking and financial markets sector, and briefs and co-ordinates with the global legal management on current projects, issues and forecasted opportunities in the sector. Qualified as an attorney in New York and admitted to the solicitors’ roll in England and Wales in 2011, McFetridge also provides legal advice on potential disputes in existing agreements and negotiates settlements. Having ‘impressively risen’ up the ranks, McFetridge started at BT as a senior commercial lawyer in March 2007, where she advised, negotiated and drafted complex commercial contracts for projects valued at over £50m. An external nomination noted McFetridge ‘seems to thrive on management’. ‘She’s really inspirational and inspires her team – she has a big personality but doesn’t take any crap.’
Described as a ‘compelling advocate of change’, Pearce is a member of Vodafone’s centre of excellence team within group legal, having previously been part of the legal technology and outsourcing group. Part of a three-strong team, Pearce is at the forefront of Vodafone’s legal transformation activities to improve the way in which the company delivers efficient and effective legal support to both procurement (supplier facing) and enterprise (customer facing) and enabling the business to undertake simplistic and repetitive legal tasks without recourse to the legal team. Pearce’s portfolio includes numerous projects including knowledge management; contracts and templates; contract automation; training; reporting; and work allocation tools and techniques. The team’s current transformation activity is designed to promote self-service by business colleagues, freeing up precious legal time to concentrate on high complexity matters. One insider comments that Pearce brings ‘both structure and simplicity to the way in which we organise our legal toolkits, and an enthusiastic spirit of transformation which is spreading across many of the local market legal teams as well as group level legal teams with whom Emma interacts’.
A former Pinsent Masons lawyer, Wilson joined consumer electronics company Pace International in 2009 as legal counsel and was promoted to senior vice president in legal last year. He is praised for his dedication, commitment, understanding of the business and the law. Working for Pace, a leading technology developer for PayTV and other broadband service providers which produced $2.4bn in revenue in 2012, Wilson has the ability to deal with issues in all territories and his rounded support for the business extends from negotiations with tier-one suppliers to supporting the exit of a senior employee.
A&L Goodbody-trained McArdle is an experienced strategic adviser at executive level. Having spent over four years at Skype, McArdle reported to the chief legal and regulatory officer and was responsible for a team of lawyers based in London, Luxembourg and Singapore. She built and managed an international commercial team of six lawyers and two paralegals during a period of rapid growth, which saw Skype grow from 196 million registered users in 2007 to over 600 million, and its annual revenue jump from $250m to almost $1bn. She also took the lead in negotiating many of Skype’s most important commercial deals worldwide, before joining Airbnb in France in September 2012. Fluent in French, Italian and German, her technical legal skills and commercial acumen are ‘excellent’ while insiders say her client’s interests are ‘second to none’.
Admitted as a solicitor in the UK in 2005, Hartley has been praised for her involvement in one of the most challenging integration programmes undertaken by a 3G mobile giant across the world. She is noted for introducing innovative and effective management and process solutions across a range of activities, including bringing together and successfully managing the legal aspects of the consolidation of former networks Three and EE (formerly T-Mobile, which in 2010 merged with Orange). Hartley has worked tirelessly with internal and external counsel to provide the best legal solutions to integrate the two networks while also being responsible for the day-to-day management of legal support in excess of 20,000 sites across the UK. Hartley implemented these complex legal solutions to achieve consolidation targets while also minimising risk, and spearheaded new reporting which dramatically increased alignment between shareholders.
A former Mayer Brown lawyer, City-based Newell is the sole property counsel at Hutchison, which currently operates over 330 retail stores, multiple offices and data centres across the country. She has pushed for new stores and nationwide refurbishments while also getting involved with the thousands of existing masts and the 4G network rollout. 2005-qualified Newell has further expanded her knowledge of Hutchison by seconding part-time to the mast and telecoms side of the business in order to gain a better understanding of the business needs, the demands of the company and its main purpose. Her day-to-day workload is varied and full yet she ably and clearly communicates and liaises with all departments as appropriate, and manages external agents, solicitors and advisers highly effectively. She is praised for her ‘understanding of the business as a whole as well as her dedication and willingness to learn while being incredibly passionate about her field and responsibilities but also the company generally’. One nomination adds: ‘She is astoundingly commercial, balancing legal risk with practical objectives and outcomes, being as pragmatic as possible but always pushes for the best result for her company whether that be financially or legally or both. All this while being a new doting mother and all in her early 30s.’
An ‘extremely clever’ and ‘excellent technical lawyer’, Johnstone knows his business inside out. Previously in-house at Top Up TV, and Sparrowhawk Media (part of NBC Universal), Johnstone is now responsible for managing the legal function which supports telecoms giant BT’s TV businesses, including BT Sport, ESPN, BT Vision and YouView. Qualified in 2000 and formerly a senior associate at Olswang, he is regarded as very commercial, keeps his team motivated in stressful situations and delivers on time. Johnstone can take on enormous projects, including BT’s launch of its premium sports channels in August 2013 in competition with Sky. He managed the legal team for the project from a standing start. In support of his entry, one nomination says: ‘For a project of this size, they relied very little on outside counsel. This was also a new area for BT but one that Russell knew well so his role was not just to ensure that the legal team closed the several hundred deals needed but also to help shape the commercial terms of those deals.’
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Chadwick has been an in-house lawyer for under three years and has already overseen the £45m sale of her previous employer, nursery provider Kidsunlimited, which contributed to her winning the Commerce & Industry Group North West Young In-house Lawyer of the Year Award 2013. When Chadwick joined Kidsunlimited with only three years’ post-qualification experience, there was no legal resource and she quickly established strong relationships with internal and external clients, and identified the need to work closely with the human resources team. Chadwick used her leadership skills and initiative to restructure Kidsunlimited’s external legal resource, running a panel pitch from seven local firms before selecting Eversheds. Within Chadwick’s first 12 months at Kidsunlimited, a proposal to sell the business was announced, and she worked closely with the commercial director in preparing the business for sale. She ran the data room, and oversaw the sale purchase agreement and disclosure process. At foil and film manufacturer API, which she joined in October 2013, the company has recently undertaken a large refinancing in which Chadwick managed the legal process. ‘Claire consistently displays strong leadership skills, and this was clearly demonstrated when [at Kidsunlimited] she initiated and delivered a training programme to 64 nurseries nationally,’ says one nomination. ‘She focused on a range of employment issues that she had identified as key to the business. To progress the programme she got backing from both senior management, as well as local managers. By focusing on up-skilling managers in employment issues, Claire showed initiative and impressive legal knowledge, especially given her background of general commercial law.’
Barr is described as ‘able to deal with whatever the business throws at him’ and ‘calm in a storm with a focus on delivery to the business’. At Rentokil Initial, Barr has introduced and managed a global compliance programme, dealing with different cultures across the globe, ‘winning friends, respect and buy-in among colleagues along the way’. Barr is also responsible for the company’s legal work in Asia, corporate governance, establishing a waste recycling company in the US, employment advice and managing the group debt recovery function. Trained at Wragge & Co, Barr is noted as an extremely commercial and astute lawyer, flexible with a ‘can-do’ mentality, and he particularly stands out for working closely with the business, winning the commercial teams over in the process. Barr, who joined the 60,000-staff, UK-based support services company in January 2009, is also simply described as ‘an asset to Rentokil’.
Payne has very strong knowledge of the law across a broad range of subjects and understands the dynamics, risks and commercial position of the businesses within the GKN group that he supports and makes sound judgements based on that understanding. The equity capital markets and M&A lawyer is described by one market commentator as ‘a very easy guy to get along with, who is a loyal team player and has a great sense of humour’. Payne’s career achievements at GKN, which he joined from Wragge & Co in 2007, include his significant role in the £633m acquisition of Volvo Aero and its related equity, bridge and bond take-out financing, together with taking on responsibility on the legal side for the integration project.
Reporting to general counsel Neil Harnby, Radford has been instrumental in leading the Royal Mail commercial team through a period of intensive change that has seen the group undertake rigorous and lengthy preparations for a public listing before eventually floating in 2013. Radford’s nomination is backed by both in-house and private practice sources, with one Magic Circle partner commenting: ‘Rebecca is bright, proactive, commercial, friendly and a breath of fresh air. All of our lawyers who go on secondment to Royal Mail speak highly of her.’ A further supporter adds: ‘A superb in-house lawyer – bright, commercial and pragmatic and also a pleasure to deal with for external lawyers.’
Noted by peers as having ‘a sharp intellect and with the ability to work seamlessly with colleagues and external counsel’, Ragunathan has an ability to deliver excellent results on complex transactions and manage large projects across borders. She has worked tirelessly since her arrival and one of her advocates says: ‘Dragados is now established as a force to be reckoned with in the UK construction industry from close to a standing start a couple of years ago.’ Ragunathan joined the Madrid-headquartered construction company in 2012 from Carillion having started out at Linklaters and Myers Fletcher & Gordon, and spent two years as a solicitor at boutique West End firm William Sturges & Co. While at Carillion she was the lead lawyer on a number of PPP/PFI deals, including the Building Schools for the Future Programme. As the first lawyer on Carillion’s leadership programme, Ragunathan spent six months on secondment to charity Business in the Community, where she sat on the panel of key contractors at the King’s Cross development programme, set up with the likes of Network Rail and Argent. Her sector experience includes rail, health, defence and roads.
As a solicitor at one of Royal Mail’s main challengers in the UK, Evans draws plaudits for deftly dealing with a vast array of legal matters from M&A to Data Protection Act issues. He has also set up a well-regarded training programme on commercial and competition law considerations. All this is in addition to advice on day-to-day agreements with a very diverse customer and supplier base. Formerly with full-service Reading practice Field Seymour Parkes, one of his supporters says he is ‘efficient, responsive, and understands the business and commercial imperatives of the company’.
Berenzweig is head of legal for Cummins Power Generation, a global business leader dedicated to increasing the availability and reliability of electric power around the world. Reporting to Cummins’ US-based general counsel Sharon Barner, Berenzweig – who has a broad range of experience across multiple legal disciplines, including M&A, joint ventures, distribution agreements, supply agreements, litigation, competition law, product safety and global regulatory compliance programs – manages a team of eight lawyers, three in the US, two in South Africa, one in Singapore and two in Australia. Berenzweig’s team is responsible for all legal matters for Cummins’ power generation and distribution unit, as well as real estate and all legal matters in the South Pacific, Africa and North-East and South-East Asia. He is among a small group of leaders at Cummins selected for a two-year executive development program run by the chief executive, and has recently led a global initiative to train all Cummins’ joint venture directors (more than 100 people) on their duties and responsibilities. The former Dechert M&A associate and head of legal at sports.com has led or been a member of teams that created the company’s first legal panel, rolled out global training initiatives, developed and implemented new standard form contracts, developed annual legal plans/budgets and improved the law department’s processes and procedures.
Franklin is an astute competition lawyer who does not leave any stones unturned in any anticipated, threatened or pending competition litigation. As one lawyer who has worked with her recently says: ‘With her, you know that all angles of a case will be covered. She is also extremely nice to work with.’ The former Jones Day and Mayer Brown senior associate is currently working on a highly sensitive precedent-setting case with potential ramifications for the entire airline business.
Gough has been heavily involved in Veolia’s integration of its water and waste business and has ably led a team of more than ten lawyers during a period of internal upheaval. According to one private practice partner: ‘She is an outstanding lawyer, a good manager and she works very hard.’ Gough’s highly developed leadership and interpersonal skills have stood her in good stead as the merger of different parts of Veolia’s business have brought together the various limbs of its legal team and Gough has achieved the transition to UK chief legal officer with assurance.
Kayne, who has been at Network Rail since 2007, is described as ‘a future leader of the Network Rail business’, following his commanding presentation at Network Rail’s new panel lawyers’ day. Appointed as one of three route leaders in a restructured Network Rail team, Kayne also manages residual pre-restructuring workloads and, according to one commentator, ‘balances great legal intellect with a flexible and commercial approach’. Able to respond quickly to the needs of the business and mobilise panel-firm resource to meet time-critical demands, Kayne – who qualified at Dechert – is described as having ‘a warm personality, which encourages people to respond positively to him and want to work for him’.
GC Powerlist: Deutschland 2014
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