Hogan Lovells International LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

Hogan Lovells International LLP
ATLANTIC HOUSE
HOLBORN VIADUCT
LONDON
EC1A 2FG
England

Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP fields a ‘very approachable’ team, which has ‘clear and specific communication’ and ‘a can-do outlook’. Consumer goods sector expert Richard Welfare leads the dedicated commercial practice, which is integrated into the firm’s global network and regularly handles international supply chain issues and cross-border outsourcings. Recent noteworthy highlights for the team include advising Mars on its contracts relating to its expansion into new markets, and assisting Novartis’ biotechnology and CMO division on cell and gene manufacturing contracts relating to drug products. Other key practitioners include life sciences specialist Jane Summerfield, and newly promoted partner Penny Powell.

Practice head(s):

Richard Welfare

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘All our contacts at Hogan Lovells are very approachable, with a can do outlook on challenges we present with them. Their communication is also clear and specific and they are a really great set of people to work with.’

‘Richard Welfare is our lead partner and always makes time for us, whatever the situation. He provides supportive guidance and advice and is always happy to help.’

Key clients

British Paralympic Association

Mars Wrigley Confectionery UK Limited, Mars Petcare UK, Crown Pet Foods and Mars Food UK

Novartis AG

ViacomCBS

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing support to Mars in relation to its contractual arrangements relating to the UK and its expansion into new markets (including the Middle East).
  • Advising Novartis’s Biotechnology & CMO division in relation to Cell & Gene manufacturing contracts in relation to drug substance and drug product (Covid vaccine) manufacturing for Curevac Real Estate GmbH and separately in relation to drug substance manufacturing (Covid Therapy) for F. Hoffmann-La Roche.
  • Advised ViacomCBS, a global media and entertainment company, on a joint venture to launch a new subscription video on demand streaming service, SkyShowtime, in partnership with Comcast, a global media and technology company.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP's team ‘has the lot: pedigree, reputation and, most importantly, a boatful of lawyers who are both fantastic and personable‘. The team enjoys an excellent reputation for its work across the full range of fraud mandates, including asset recovery issues. Matters often have an international element, and the group has a particularly strong understanding of Ukraine and other former CIS countries as well as Libya. Crispin Rapinet leads the practice and is further well versed in Asia and Middle East instructions. Michael Robertsmakes thorough and tested strategic decisions‘ and Richard Lewis specialises in financial fraud claims. Chris Hardman and Rebecca Wales are both noted for their involvement in some of the most high-profile cases, while Liam Naidoo also has white collar expertise.

Practice head(s):

Crispin Rapinet

Testimonials

‘I was very impressed by their work. They had complete command of all the evidence and all the law, they dealt with client management with tact and good judgment, and their strategy was wise and successful. I would place them in the top rank of solicitors in this field.’

‘Fantastic team full of bright minds.’

‘Excellent knowledge and work ethic. Very skilled litigations.’

‘Crispin Rapinet – very experienced pair of hands.’

‘Hogan Lovells has the lot: pedigree, reputation and, most importantly, a boatful of lawyers who are both fantastic and personable. The firm’s all-found capabilities, coupled with its size, makes it the obvious choice for any major new civil fraud instruction (especially on the claimant side). I would recommend them to a new client in a heartbeat.’

‘Richard Lewis is the other stand-out partner at HL’s London office. He’s very smart, is as aggressive as the case allows, and knows how to get the most out of his team and counsel. I worry when he’s on the other side.’

‘Michael Roberts is a thoughtful and intelligent partner who is always on top of detail and makes thorough and tested strategic decisions.’

‘Richard Lewis and Rebecca Wales. Fantastic litigators. Aggressive, smart and extremely good when client facing. They’re a couple of the brightest litigators I’ve seen and it’s a pleasure to work with them. My go-to team for significant, big ticket, high stakes legal disputes.’

Key clients

Dargamo Holdings Limited

JSC CB PrivatBank

National Bank Trust

ENRC

Kazakhstan Kagazy Plc

FM Capital Partners Ltd

State Corporation “Deposit Insurance Agency”

JSC BTA Bank

Gramercy Funds Management LLC

Work highlights

  • Advising an individual and Dargamo Holdings Limited on allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation, dishonest assistance, knowing receipt and conspiracy in connection with a shareholder dispute between four Ukrainian oligarchs who were long-standing partners in Industrial Union of Donbass (ISD).
  • Advising ENRC in relation to the investigation by the SFO and a number of related court proceedings arising out of that investigation, including its $93m claim against the SFO.
  • Advising on a claim brought by JSC CB PrivatBank (PrivatBank) against its former shareholders and six companies alleged to be (secretly) owned by them.

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s banking litigation team is led by ‘very effective litigatorLouise Lamb, and wins praise from clients as being ‘consistently clever, diligent, and a pleasure to work with’. The team handles cross-jurisdictional litigation, with experience representing UK and international banks in the Financial List, the High Court and the Supreme Court, as well as in arbitration. It has expertise in banking litigation originating from allegations of fraudulent behaviour, and also handles disputes relating to alleged benchmark manipulation, derivatives contracts, bond issuances and distressed asset restructurings. Alongside its work for investment banks, the group additionally acts for retail banks in consumer finance claims, with Lamb taking a lead in this area. ‘Very experienced litigator’ Philip Parish is noted for his work on insolvencies and restructurings alongside ‘super-bright’ John Tillman, with ‘diligent and cleverWhiston Bristow taking the lead on benchmark manipulation cases. Jennifer Dickey is dual-qualified in Hong Kong, while Hannah Piper was promoted to partner in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Louise Lamb

Testimonials

‘One thing that really stands out about Hogan Lovells’ banking litigation team is the depth and consistency of talented lawyers: from partner down to trainee, the team is consistently clever, diligent, and a pleasure to work with. It means no matter the team composition for a particular case, they are always very good indeed.’

‘Whiston Bristow is probably the most hands-on, thorough banking partner I work with. He really engages with the legal issues and he’s very astute on the client’s pressure points. Philip Parish is a very experienced litigator with excellent judgement.  Louise Lamb is a joy to work with, and a very good team leader who supports and encourages her associates.

‘Hogan Lovells provide exceptionally good associates and partners with a level-headed relaxed atmosphere. They have very good strength in depth and fantastic banking experience’

‘Strength of partners and breadth of high quality individuals.’

‘John Tillman: a good technical lawyer. Excellent at working his way through difficult and complex issues in a way that produces results.’

‘Stand-out partners are Philip Parish and Elaine Penrose. Both excellent at running efficient teams and maintaining focus and morale in long-running litigation.’

Key clients

Lehman Brothers Holdings Plc

YES BANK Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing the joint administrators of Lehman Brothers Holdings Plc in two heavily contested, multi-party High Court applications, concerning the manner in which substantial sums fall to be distributed by two insolvent Lehman UK estates.
  • Representing YES BANK against a claim by financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald for a financing fee allegedly owed by the bank.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 1

For one client, Hogan Lovells International LLP is an ‘unequivocal recommendation for high-stakes “bet the ranch” litigation‘; this ‘true litigation powerhouse‘ is widely known for representing global leaders in their respective fields in the most complex UK-based and multi-jurisdictional disputes. Kevin Lloyd, Michael Roberts and Alex Sciannaca oversee the offering – the last of these names has a particularly deep understanding of disputes arising out of Russia and the CIS, and is instrumental in maintaining the firm’s high reputation for such work. The Middle East is another growing source of high value mandates for the group. Neil Mirchandani is a go-to contact for clients in the financial services sector, as is Akima Paul Lambert, who is dual qualified in both the US and UK. Chris Hardman, Richard Lewis and Rebecca Wales complete the roster of recommended practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Lloyd; Michael Roberts; Alex Sciannaca

Other key lawyers:

Richard Lawton; Neil Mirchandani; Richard Lewis; Akima Paul Lambert; Ardil Salem; Ivan Shiu; Chris Hardman; Rebecca Wales

Testimonials

‘Hogan Lovells know what they are doing and if you want a case done to the highest standards, they will not disappoint.’

‘Where Neil Mirchandani stood out was in the all party meetings, a rare voice of reason – intelligent, persuasive, suggesting solutions rather than grandstanding.’

‘Hogan Lovells is the best firm in the city for difficult, high stakes commercial litigation. Put simply, they have it all: experienced partners who have litigation nous and can direct strategy; fabulous mid-seniority lawyers who can get things done; and a bench of bright and super-keen junior lawyers eager to learn.’

‘Hogan Lovells would be my unequivocal recommendation for high-stakes “bet the ranch” litigation.’

‘Michael Roberts is a fabulous all-rounder. He has the strategic nous of a grandmaster, as well as being super-bright and having enough emotional intelligence to manage demanding clients and the country’s leading silks. Cannot recommend him too highly.’

‘An outstanding and market leading practice.’

‘The firm is a true litigation powerhouse. All partners we dealt with are top-notch and highly skilled in their fields. The team of senior associates is outstanding as well.’

‘Alex Sciannaca is a senior partner with a wealth of fraud litigation and asset recovery experience. Alex is exceptionally good at marshalling complex cross-border high-value cases.’

Key clients

British American Tobacco

ENRC

Cardiorentis AG

JSC CB PrivatBank

Litasco SA

YES BANK

Salesforce Inc. and Salesforce (UK) Limited

Vodafone Limited and Vodafone Group Plc

Sergiy Taruta

Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s ‘first-class, extremely knowledgeable and on the ball‘ team focuses on high-profile regulatory cases, often coordinating proceedings across multiple jurisdictions, utilising the firm’s international office network. The group has substantial experience before the pensions regulator, including in relation to less common cases relating to financial support direction. Taking the lead is ‘top of the treeAngela Dimsdale Gill, who spearheads the team’s representation of ITV in complex pensions regulatory proceedings. ‘Absolutely class actNicholas Heaton acts for a mixture of trustees, employers, pensions advisors and public bodies in regulatory actions, trustee applications for directions, rectification claims and professional liability matters. The ‘energeticMatthew Bullen is another contentious pensions expert, and provides the advisory pensions group with litigation support. Counsel Nathan Sherlock is also recommended for pensions regulatory disputes.

Practice head(s):

Angela Dimsdale Gill

Testimonials

‘Really first class, extremely knowledgeable and on the ball, and always courteous and professional. A real joy to work with.’

‘Angela Dimsdale Gill is top of the tree, and a true professional. A class apart from many of her rivals.’

‘The Hogan Lovells Pensions: dispute resolution team is a substantial team containing many specialist pensions litigators who have considerable non-contentious expertise as well as familiarity with professional negligence and regulatory claims. This means that key individuals are able to offer a complete pensions litigation service which is invaluable when there are parallel disputes.’

‘Nicholas Heaton is fantastic. Technically superb, he is equally adept with the detail and the big picture and never loses sight of what the client wants and what capital the other side might make of certain litigation decisions. Nathan Sherlock is a different character in terms of personality but it very bright, very hard working and diligent and is able to manage large litigation on his own. Of the other partners, Angela Dimsdale Gill is formidable and Matthew Bullen energetic.’

‘Nick Heaton is an absolutely class act. Always one step ahead in terms of tactics and with a phenomenal knowledge of both law and procedure.’

‘The Hogan Lovells pensions dispute resolution offering can’t be bettered. They have outstanding legal knowledge and vast experience of all forms of pensions-related litigation, from the Pensions Regulator’s jurisdiction to the largest Part 8 cases. With three specialist pensions litigation partners, each of exceptional ability, it’s a remarkably strong team. One of the toughest firms to be against in this sector.’

‘The ability of the team to explain extremely complex matters in a way which makes them understandable and which facilitates decision making is first class. Equally the quality and clarity of the advice given outstrips that of other firms experienced.’

‘Exceptional attention to detail and partner engagement.’

Key clients

ITV PLC

HIG Capital and Silentnight Group Limited

De La Rue

Trustee of the Nortel Networks UK Pension Plan

The Board of the Pension Protection Fund

Work highlights

  • Representing ITV in pension regulatory proceedings that are of significant importance in the regulatory field and for UK plc generally.
  • Acting for Silentnight Group Limited and various entities within the US-based HIG Capital group of companies in the defence of regulatory proceedings brought by the UK Pensions Regulator.
  • Acted for FTSE-listed banknote printer De La Rue in a construction application seeking clarity as to the true meaning of an obscure provision in its pensions scheme Rules.

Employment > Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 1

'Technically excellent, commercially switched on, and clearly enjoy working together', the team at Hogan Lovells International LLP works closely with other highly-rated departments in the firm to provide a full-service to pensions clients; utilising capital markets and insurance lawyers for derivatives and longevity solutions and the privacy department for GDPR compliance. The group is known for advising on novel funding solutions and buy-in deals, in addition to GMP equalisations and master trust matters. Katie Banks  leads the offering, regularly advising on the pensions aspects of corporate deals. Edward Brown  is most known for de-risking issues, including buy-ins, buy-outs and longevity transactions; and Claire Southern  is an expert in derivative instruments for trustees and the VAT recoverability of pension scheme expenses.

Practice head(s):

Katie Banks

Other key lawyers:

Edward Brown; Claire Southern; Faye Jarvis

Testimonials

‘Faye Jarvis is always on top form with instant recall, trusted advice, alternatives and recommendations.’

‘This is my legal team of choice. I think the breadth of knowledge is very good and a particular advantage is the depth of disciplines across the firm so if we have issues which span more than one discipline, they are able to help. The team speak “plain English” rather than “legal speak”. They are also able to translate complex issues, eg VAT issues as spoken by HMRC, into plain English that can be understood by trustees.’

‘The team is technically excellent, commercially switched on, and clearly enjoy working together. Claire Southern is a genius at making the most complex issues easy to understand. She can find a way through any problem.’

‘It is always a pleasure to work with the team. I have full confidence that the Trustees will be well-advised and Claire will find a solution to the most arcane problem.’

‘The lawyers at Hogan Lovells are best in class. They provide relevant and appropriate advice that factors in the audience and practical position as well as being robust and able to stand up to scrutiny. They are trusted partners who have a long standing relationship with us and therefore they ‘get’ us.’

‘Claire Southern is a highly professional partner who consistently delivers advice of the highest calibre. She makes it easy for a legal lay person to understand and act upon her advice. She is supported by a very strong team who work well with us.’

‘The advice is pragmatic, the approach is flexible, the detail is appropriate and the team take note of commercial considerations and ensure a balanced view.’

‘Very knowledgeable team with active involvement in industry developments. Innovative ideas to provide pragmatic solutions to clients. Always an eye to ensuring value for money within billing practices.’

Work highlights

  • Advised the Trustees of the Grafton UK Pension Scheme on negotiating a substitute sponsoring employer for the pension scheme in connection with the sale by the Grafton Group of its traditional builders’ manufacturing businesses to Huws Gray for an enterprise value of £520 million.
  • Advised Gallaher on a £1.7 billion bulk purchase annuity transaction by Standard Life covering all members of the Gallaher Pension Scheme.
  • Advised Patron Capital Partners (Patron) on the sale of Punch Pubs for circa £1 billion to private equity firm Fortress. Punch Pubs is a leading owner of approximately 1,300 tenanted pubs in the UK making it one of the UK’s largest pub companies.

Finance > Trade finance Tier 1

The trade and export finance practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP is known for ‘attention to detail, high-quality deal documents, and excellent legal due diligence‘. Clients note that ‘the team is very responsive and attentive to client requirements, and has deep breadth of expertise in banking and finance which adds value to transactions‘. The firm has extensive experience in trade finance instruments such as letters of credit, bills of exchange, bills of lading, and demand guarantees, as well as structured finance, sustainable financing and emerging markets transactions. David Leggott, who is ‘responsive, solution-oriented and recognised for his breadth of experience in cross-border financing‘, and banking partner Andrew Taylor lead the practice. Taylor’s highlights include advising San Francisco-based fintech Taulia Inc. on the establishment of its innovative multi-funder supply chain financing platform. Senior associate Philip Beswick ‘drives transactions on and deftly covers off all the moving parts to get us to the finish line‘.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Taylor; David Leggott

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Attention to detail and high quality deal documents. Excellent legal due diligence delivery.’

‘The team is very responsive and attentive to client requirements. Deep breadth of expertise in banking and finance which added value to our transactions.’

‘David Leggott is solution-oriented and recognised for his breadth of experience in cross-border financing and acquisition finance transactions. He is responsive, pays attention to clients requirements and provides valuable input in structuring of bespoke transaction structures.’

‘A close, collaborative working relationship over the last couple of years has led to real understanding of our products and documents. This has been through continuity of lawyers advising us, flexibility on costs where certain deals dictate and a willingness to answer quick questions on pipeline deals.’

‘David Leggott leads the small team that have been regularly advising us. Like a good chess player, he thinks several moves ahead and anticipates what comes next so that we are able to conclude processes swiftly.’

‘Extremely customer-oriented, with a clear dedication to set the right legal framework to the transaction. Close attention to details.’

‘Sophisticated thinking about the potential legal consequences of the legal wording. Very consistent work.’

‘Team available with clear split of responsibilities at working group level.’

Key clients

African Export-Import Bank

ING Bank N.V.

Citibank

UK Export Finance

Deutsche Bank

United States International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)

Proparco

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Natixis

Société Générale

CDC

European Commission

Work highlights

  • Advised ING Bank N.V. and a group of international banks on a US$500m sustainability-linked senior secured borrowing base financing to Geneva-based coffee trader Sucafina group.
  • Advising BNP Paribas as arranger of a syndicated unsecured revolving credit facility for semiconductor producer X-FAB to finance the expansion of their plants in France, Malaysia, Texas (USA) and Germany.
  • Advising Taulia Inc, the San Francisco-based fintech business, on the establishment of its innovative multi-funder supply-chain financing (SCF) platform.

Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP fields a ‘very strong, stable and clever team’, which has ‘synergy that harnesses the individual strengths of the team and promotes highly efficient practices’ during the group’s work on high-profile multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional matters. At the helm, Stephen Bennett and Matthew Felwick co-chair the London life sciences and healthcare practice, while Jane Summerfield leads the UK life sciences and healthcare regulatory and commercial practice and is also co-head of the firm’s global sector group. Bennett focuses on patent litigation, Felwick is a key name for product and commercial litigation, and Summerfield specialises in regulatory mandates, while newly promoted partner Penny Powell is the primary name for transactional work and counsel Elise Martin is active in product safety issues and compliance work.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Bennett; Matthew Felwick; Jane Summerfield

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Jane Summerfield at Hogan Lovells has been a fantastic part of our working group to help our business succeed.’

‘The Hogan Lovells Team offers world-class data protection advice thanks to their in-depth knowledge of the life sciences and healthcare industry, understanding of regulators’ expectations and ability to anticipate legal trends. The team is very friendly and approachable and most importantly able to provide pragmatic solutions to very complex issues.’

‘Strong core knowledge of their area, both the law and the underlying scientific background, fortified by the involvement of specialist scientists. A team whose synergy harnesses the individual strengths of the team and promotes highly efficient practices.’

‘A very strong, stable, clever team.’

‘Stephen Bennett and others form a very bright, innovative, client-friendly team. Many brains and huge experience.’

‘Good knowledge of life science.’

Key clients

Novartis Pharma AG

Bristol Myers Squibb

Merck Sharp and Dohme

Zimmer Biomet

Astellas Pharmaceuticals

Sandoz AG

AmerisourceBergen Corporation

Akebia Therapeutics

Cardiorentis

Work highlights

  • Advising Novartis Pharma AG’s Biotechnology & CMO division in relation to agreements relating to the clinical production and release of mRNAs to be used to develop a Seasonal Influenza Vaccine and GSK’s omicron Covid Vaccine.
  • Representing Bristol Myers Squibb in its dispute over the patents protecting apixaban – a blockbuster drug for treatment of thromboembolic disorders.
  • Acting for Zimmer Biomet and various European subsidiaries in relation to personal injury claims concerning Biomet’s metal-on-metal prosthetic hip replacements.

Insurance > Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP advises clients across the breadth of the insurance industry, including life and non-life insurers, reinsurers, Lloyd’s participants, mutual banks and intermediaries. The practice covers the full spectrum of insurance work, enompassing Part VII transfers, M&A, restructurings, sanctions and BREXIT-related matters. Nicola Evans has replaced Charles Rix as global head of insurance, who continues to support clients in relation to M&A, Part VII transfers and business restructurings. Tim Goggin focuses on corporate deals, while Steven McEwan handles issues involving risk transfer and regulatory capital. Jamie Rogers advises on the application of financial crime laws and regulation in the insurance sector. Jonathan Russell is another key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Evans

Key clients

AXA

Monument Re Limited

Just Group plc

Pacific Life Re

Enstar

Qatar Insurance Company

Argo Group

Pool Reinsurance Company Limited

BGL Group

M&G plc

Assicurazioni Generali

Phoenix Group

Canada Life

Lloyds Banking Group/Scottish Widows

Zurich Assurance Limited

Resolution Re Limited

ING Bank N.V.

Barclays Bank PLC

NN Life

Work highlights

  • Advised Pacific Life Re on its strategic reorganization, from the initial structuring through to detailed implementation. The key features of the transaction were the establishment of two new Bermudan life reinsurers, and the transfer of the UK and Ireland business of PacificLife Re’s UK subsidiary to one of the new Bermudan carriers.
  • Advised Enstar on the establishment of the Inigo joint venture with J C Flowers andothers, and the sale to Inigo of StarStone Underwriting Limited.
  • Advised Qatar Insurance Company (QIC) on its participation in a £200 million investment in Markerstudy Group, a UK-based motor insurance provider, and on its ongoing strategic partnership with Markerstudy.

Insurance > Product liability: defendant Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP has a broad and well-established products law practice that covers the spectrum of product safety, sustainability and liability issues.  The practice features a strong specialty in international work, often advising the EU commission on its law reform programme. Valerie Kenyon is regarded for her work in the technology sector, handling a number of diesel emissions group actions, and jointly leads the team alongside Matthew Felwick, who is particularly known for his work in the life sciences, automotive and tobacco industries. Other important names are recently-promoted counsel Elise Martin and international regulation expert Lookman Rawat.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Felwick; Valerie Kenyon

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is at the cutting edge of emissions litigation. As a result, they have a unique insight into what is happening in the market and how best for defendants to proceed with defending claims. They use this expertise in a practical and personable way, so that clients get the best possible service.’

‘Valerie Kenyon combines a great legal mind with a fantastic knowledge and understanding of products. Perhaps more importantly, she has these qualities whilst able to communicate effectively with non-lawyers; she is able to run conferences with experts and specialised individuals with ease.’

The team has a deep bench with technical specialists Lookman Rawat and Lucy Ward, as well as experienced litigator Elise Martin’

‘The standout partners are Valerie Kenyon and Matthew Felwick. Matthew is a very experienced litigator with significant defence experience litigating product matters in the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical devices industries. Clients really appreciate that he is always strategic, hard-working, and pragmatic, especially when dealing with difficult situations.

‘Valerie Kenyon is very easy to work with, incredibly proactive, responsive and always prepared to go the extra mile for her clients. She has extensive experience of product defence work across many technical sectors with a strong focus on automotive, technology and consumer products.’

‘Hogan Lovells’ has had one of the leading product liability defence practices for decades. It has unmatched, sustained experience of many of the leading product liability group actions. Its expertise is evident in all aspects of the team, including all levels of lawyer and the unique science unit led by Dr Marion Palmer. The London practice works closely with Hogan Lovells’ international offices and co-ordinates the defence of linked product liability claims in multiple jurisdictions.’

‘Hogan Lovells have for decades been the go to firm for product liability work. They have strength and depth in a large number of niche areas, including emissions, oil spills and ESG human rights abuse cases.’

‘Valerie Kenyon is great. Always a pleasure to deal with – gets across a formidably broad range of rules and products efficiently and in a way that inspires confidence. No matter how arcane the subject matter, Valerie always has a sensible instinct that she can then develop. More often than not she has a ready to answer. Very impressive.’

Key clients

BAT

Ford

Google

Nike

Novartis

Viatris

Vodafone

Zimmer Biomet

Work highlights

  • Advised Nike on product safety and regulatory issues relating to its full range of sporting goods and innovative sports tech products globally.
  • Advised Ford on UK litigation by owners of vehicles with EcoBoost engines.
  • Advised Zimmer Biomet on its European product liability litigation (including the UK Biomet group action) in relation to metal-on-metal hip replacements.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP offers clients ‘excellent sector knowledge and experience’ and is active in traditional sectors, including rail, water and social infrastructure, as well as in new and developing areas, such as digital infrastructure, energy transition, green and sustainable finance matters. With a strong international network, the firm is well placed to handle cross-border mandates and has a good track record on the African continent. Practice head Philip Robb handles infrastructure, energy and project financing work, as well as refinancings and acquisitions, while Andrew Gallagher’s broad experience includes transport, waste-to-energy, digital and social infrastructure projects. Philip Brown is a key name for M&A, alongside Florian Agnel, who also handles secondary markets and project development work. Adrian Walker is leader of the firm’s ESG practice and is a key name for infrastructure, energy, resources and projects matters.

Practice head(s):

Philip Robb

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent sector knowledge and experience’.

‘Excellent banking execution skills’.

‘Andrew Gallagher has been consistently outstanding as lender’s counsel. He has managed to balance communication with the sponsors whilst maintaining trust with lenders’.

‘Andrew Gallagher is able to distill complex concepts into simple terms ultimately able to come to a compromised solution in a reasonably short period of time’.

‘The projects and infrastructure team are really knowledgeable and input well into their clients needs’.

‘They are considerate to knowledge held by the client and respect the feedback’.

‘Jeremy Brittenden understands the client relationship and is willing to have open and frank conversations’.

Key clients

The Met Office Supercomputing 2020+

Cross London Trains Limited

M&G Investment Management Limited

Isotropic Systems Ltd

Ofgem

NATS

A club of Dutch banks comprising Rabobank, ING, ABN AMRO and ASN Bank

Affinity Water

Macquarie Capital and Natixis

A major global engineering company

Vauban Infrastructure Partners

A club of commercial banks and institutional lenders comprising SMBC, SMTB, Santander, DZ Bank, Norinchukin Bank; Bank of China Limited; Legal and General and Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets.

A club of commercial banks and institutional lenders comprising SMBC, SMTB, Santander, Norinchukin Bank

Development Finance Corporation (DFC)

The Crown Estate

IFC Uzbekistan – Syrdaya

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Met Office as lead advisers on Supercomputing 2020+ (“SC2020+”), a £1.25bn ‘first-of-kind’ hybrid cloud IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) project which secures the Met Office’s supercomputer capacity requirements until 2034.
  • Continuing to advise Cross London Trains Limited on the £2.5bn Thameslink rolling stock programme.
  • Advised the senior lender providing long term capex financing facilities to Harwich Haven Authority to facilitate port dredging and related port activity.

Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 1

The offering at Hogan Lovells International LLP falls under the umberella of the firm's global regulatory practice - headed up by 'peerless' Charles Brasted - and is therefore an advisor of choice for commercial clients operating in heavily regulated sectors; the team's current roster of household names includes Uber and Aribnb. The group also benefits from the presence of Robert Gardener, whose 'deep insight into  government and public affairs allows the department to give a political and media angle to their assistance', and ensures its continued place on multiple expert advisory panels and committees. Solicitor advocate Julia Marlow is currently leading on work with Ofgem to support the design and delivery of a new economic regulatory model which will aid the UK’s transition to a greener economy.

Practice head(s):

Charles Brasted

Other key lawyers:

Julia Marlow; Andrew Eaton; Robert Gardener; Dervla Simm

Testimonials

‘Charles Brasted remains at the very tip top of the market. Julia Marlow is a deserved addition to the partnership – formidably clever, driven and poised. Andrew Eaton is the best senior associate in the industry, by a considerable margin. He is calm, deep-thinking and wise.’

‘The team’s strength is the depth and breadth of their capability. Partners like Charles Brasted are market leading in their technical expertise, whilst Robert Gardener brings a non-legal background to add breadth and nuance to the services they can offer in relation to government and public affairs.’

‘Robert Gardener has been a key individual for us. His deep insight into  government and public affairs allows the department to give a political and media angle to their assistance which has made it much more practically valuable for us.’

‘Intellectually brilliant, creative and masses of experience. All members of the team contribute intellectually – nobody is afraid to speak up on the issues.’

‘Charles Brasted: a superb public lawyer with tremendous personal charm and legal creativity. Julia Marlow: a star destined for a leading role in the partnership.’

‘Deep understanding of the political nuances, ability to embed their legal knowledge in the practical realities of the business world.’

‘Charles Brasted is peerless.’

‘Charles Brasted is a superb strategist who critically considers all angles. Julia Marlow is extremely sharp and it’s in her nature to get right into the detail of a client’s business. Dervla Simm is an intellectual star.’

Key clients

Uber

Google

Ofgem

The UK Gambling Commission

London Metal Exchange

Justice for Jasmine

Euroclear UK & International

Manchester Airports Group

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The Crown Estate

Airbnb

Patchwork Foundation

Biggin Hill

NATS

Work highlights

  • Instructed as Uber’s go-to regulatory adviser.
  • Advising Manchester Airports Group on a possible judicial review of the Government’s decision not to publish any information explaining their decisions as to which countries were allocated to either the “red”, “amber”, or “green” lists in the traffic light system for foreign travel, which was introduced by the Government at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Advising the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on energy supplier financial difficulties and insolvencies, and the subsequent Government response.

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP deploys its international strength and presence to act for an impressive overseas investors and major landowners, advising on the full life cycle of investment transactions and properties. The global real estate practice is headed by Daniel Norris, who specialises in direct and indirect investment transactions, asset management, and student housing. Oliver Chamberlain is head of the UK real estate practice; his expertise covers all aspects of commercial real estate and he represents lucrative clients such as the BBC, M&G Real Estate, and British Land, whilst former practice head Jackie Newstead can draw on many years of expertise in advising retailers and hoteliers on acquisitions and disposals, management arrangements, and financings. Gill McGreevy is particularly knowledgeable in areas relating to regeneration and development relating to energy projects, retail, and institutional investment. Dion Panambalana contributes his focus on mixed-use urban and non-urban developments and regeneration, structured sales, and leasebacks to the team.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Norris; Oliver Chamberlain

Other key lawyers:

Gill McGreevy; Dion Palambalana; Sian Owles

Key clients

Roku

American Express

BBC

BMW

British Land

CCLA Investment Management

Electra

Fluor

Land Securities

LaSalle Investment Management (as Fund Managers for the Coal Pension Fund)

M&G Real Estate

News Corp

Eli Lilly

Shaftesbury

The Courtauld Institute

The Crown Estate

U+I Group

Work highlights

  • Advising US streaming giant, Roku, on its acquisition of two significant office spaces in key UK R&D locations within Cambridge and Manchester.
  • Acting for the BBC on various properties. In particular various space reorganisations in and around London, its move of the Symphony Orchestra and Rock & Pop from Maida Vale to a new state of the art premises in the £500m development at Stratford (The Queen Elizabeth Park).
  • Acted as News UK’s real estate counsel in England and Wales for over a decade.

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP deploys its international strength and presence to act for an impressive overseas investors and major landowners, advising on the full life cycle of investment transactions and properties. The global real estate practice is headed by Daniel Norris, who specialises in direct and indirect investment transactions, asset management, and student housing. Oliver Chamberlain is head of the UK real estate practice; his expertise covers all aspects of commercial real estate and he represents lucrative clients such as the BBC, M&G Real Estate, and British Land, whilst former practice head Jackie Newstead can draw on many years of expertise in advising retailers and hoteliers on acquisitions and disposals, management arrangements, and financings. Gill McGreevy is particularly knowledgeable in areas relating to regeneration and development relating to energy projects, retail, and institutional investment. Dion Panambalana contributes his focus on mixed-use urban and non-urban developments and regeneration, structured sales, and leasebacks to the team.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Norris; Oliver Chamberlain

Other key lawyers:

Jackie Newstead; Gill McGreevy; Dion Palambalana

Testimonials

‘Engaging and responsive. Clear, quick advice. People are positive to work with and collaborative.’

‘Enthusiastic and passionate about the project work.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard

Argent (and Argent Related)

Battersea Power Station

British Land

Calthorpe Estates

City of London Corporation

Landsec

Coal Pension Funds

M&G Real Estate (Prudential)

Shaftesbury

The Ballymore Group

The Crown Estate

U+I Group

Work highlights

  • Serving as sole legal adviser to The Crown Estate in relation to The Crown Estate’s offshore wind, tidal, carbon capture & storage (CCUS) and gas storage portfolios in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Advised Argent Related on the redevelopment of Brent Cross Town, to create a 180-acre mixed use neighbourhood. This impressive scheme will provide 6,700 new homes and workspace for over 25,000 people.
  • Advising Berkley Homes in respect of its redevelopment in Plumstead-West Thamesmead. This joint venture with Peabody will result in the redevelopment of 17 acres of industrial land to deliver 1,750 new homes and significant industrial floorspace, as well as expansive public open space.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP is well known for its leading real estate insolvency expertise; both Mathew Ditchburn and Tim Reid are highly experienced here and often advise key industrial landlords. Ditchburn also leads the practice and has notable expertise in development disputes. The practice is also well regarded for its handling of rent review disputes. Paul Tonkin advises a range of clients, including retailers and financial institutions. He is often sought for his expertise in rights of light and vacant possession strategy. Another notable individual is Katie Dunn; she often handles high stakes and high value litigation.

Practice head(s):

Mathew Ditchburn

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Good tactical advice on complex taxation matters.’

‘Paul Tonkin is especially patient and calm when dealing with complex real estate tax matters.’

‘Peerless in providing timely, strategic advice. Excellent value for money and do not make things unnecessarily complicated.’

‘Paul Tonkin is excellent and gives user-friendly, effective advice. He is available at short notice and is great value.’

‘One of the best property litigation teams in the country. They are second to none.’

‘I have found the litigation team to be very constructive in their advice and approach to problems’

‘Top ranking firm with excellent around expertise’

‘What makes this practice unique is the fact that they seem to have a very well-oiled organisation that runs impeccably.’

Key clients

ICG

Curzon Cinemas

English Speaking Union

British Land

Landsec

The Crown Estate

Argent (King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership)

M&G Real Estate

Hammerson

Oxford University

Aberdeen Standard

HM Revenue and Customs

Berkeley Homes

U+I Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Libyan Investment Authority in a claim against Beeson Property Investments Ltd and five other defendants.
  • Advised The Crown Estate in relation to its proposed redevelopment of 33-35 Piccadilly.

Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 1

The privacy and cybersecurity team at Hogan Lovells International LLP is 'made up of true data protection specialists who not only know the law but can apply it in a practical way, taking into account market practices’. Practice head Eduardo Ustaran  is highly regarded as 'a leading expert' in privacy and data protection matters and has extensive experience in assisting companies operating across a wide range of sectors, including tech, life sciences and financial services, with regulatory investigations, enforcement proceedings and compliance matters. Another key name is Nicola Fulford, whose expertise spans international data transfers, privacy policies for online profiling, and marketing consent issues.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Ustaran

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Fulford; Katie McMullan (Senior Associate); Dan Whitehead(Counsel); Paula Garcia (Senior Associate); Ellie Hughes (Associate)

Testimonials

‘I have worked with Hogan Lovells on several engagements and was impressed with the quality of the work. They provide practical advice which is valued and appreciated.’

‘My go-to person is Eduardo Ustaran. He is a leading expert in privacy and data protection matters. He is always responsive, very pleasant to deal with and provides practical advice.’

‘Hogan Lovells is one of the best law firms I have had the pleasure to work with. As a global company, and with privacy laws being introduced at a rapid scale, we need a legal business partner that can respond to challenging legal issues in real time and provide pragmatic advice that we can leverage to help our business colleagues.’

‘Irrespective of jurisdiction, we can rely on the team, particularly when we need a fast turnaround.’

‘Eduardo Ustaran and his team are business oriented and very capable to advice on compliance and risk assessment matters. Always very pragmatic.’

‘We have the privilege of working with Paula Garcia and Ellie Hughes with the support of their partner Eduardo Ustaran. They are always ready to assist clients with novel issues and changes in regulation and legislation. The team is easy to get along with which is a plus, but the real benefit is definitely the quality of the work provided.’

‘The team is made up of true data protection specialists and practitioners. They not only know the law but can apply it in a practical way, taking into account market practices.’

‘Katie McMullan is very approachable and gives great pragmatic and commercial advice.’

Key clients

Salesforce

AmerisourceBergen Corporation

Verizon

BDO

Sotheby’s

NCS Pearson

AXA

Work highlights

  • Advised Salesforce.com on n a broad range of compliance and commercial issues relating to privacy and cybersecurity, including its strategy to comply with Schrems II and the implementation of Processor Binding Corporate Rules (BCR) in the EU and the UK.
  • Acted for NYSE-listed firm, AmerisourceBergen Corporation, on the data protection aspects of its $6.47bn acquisition of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Alliance Healthcare wholesale distribution business in Europe.
  • Assisted NCS Pearson, a US-based company that develops and markets enterprise application software, with cutting-edge strategic and operational advisory work, including the use of biometrics, AI and the worldwide roll out of palm vein technology.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP focuses on the fintech, virtual currency, blockchain, payments, consumer finance, robo-advice and transactional banking sectors. The practice has seen an increase in instructions in relation to blockchain and digital assets, cryptocurrency and buy now pay later issues. The firm’s expertise in fintech extends across a number of practice groups, including the financial services regulation, corporate transactions, intellectual property, technology, and data protection practices. Global head of fintech Emily Reid leads the team and has considerable experience advising established players and start-ups who are disrupting and challenging traditional financial technology models. John Salmon oversees the blockchain and digital assets practice; he is recommended for handling IT services contracts relating to development projects, software licensing, cloud issues, and systems integrations. James Black and Jonathan Chertkow deal with fintech regulatory issues, and Anthony Doolittle is another key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Emily Reid

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘We have worked with Hogan Lovells across a number of practice areas and they are our go-to for expertise and delivery.’

‘They take time to really understand the intricate details of the model we are trying to achieve which is no mean feat.’

‘There isn’t really any niche part of the FinTech industry that they haven’t or couldn’t advise on.’

‘Emily Reid is the beating heart of the Hogna Lovells FinTech practice and its most passionate proponent. She also has a unique ability to adopt the FinTech “whiteboard” mentality and really think things through from first principles.’

‘James Black is incredibly knowledgable, prompt in responses, crystal clear in comms and very impressive.’

Key clients

AXA PPP Healthcare Group Limited

Bloom

Banked

Covertech

Credit Karma

Credit Kudos

Curve UK Limited

Fairscore / Updraft

Floww

Fygo

Global Digital Finance

Habito

Moneyfold

Monzo Bank

Open Banking Limited

PayPal

Paysafe

Pivotal Group

Santander Innoventures

WeCovr

Zopa

Work highlights

  • Advosed Zopa on the disposal of its P2P platform subsidiary Zopa Limited to Zopa shareholder IAG Silverstripe.
  • Advised a digital asset service provider on all legal aspects relating to its launch in the UK and advising on the legal aspect of the design of its new investment products and services.
  • Assisted Monzo on the launch of an investment service under which customers will be able to deal in investment funds using their banking app.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 1

The ‘deep experience’ in Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s patent practice lies in its practitioners across all levels of seniority. The team is trusted by high-profile global names in the life sciences, technology, telecoms, and consumer sectors and manages global and regional IP portfolios, handling contentious and non-contentious work. Paul Brown is the practice head, and specialises in the electronics and medical devices industries, shining in contentious multi-jurisdictional patent litigation. Former Herbert Smith Freehills LLP practice head Joel Smith is highly regarded for his work across multiple sectors and is a specialist on UK plant variety protection and regulation. ‘No-nonsense litigator’ Stephen Bennett has an excellent track record in FRAND disputes in the life sciences sector, and Daniel Brook is praised for being ‘technically brilliant’ particularly in acting for innovator pharmaceuticals clients. The ‘commercially savvyKatie McConnell has multi-jurisdictional patent dispute expertise across the telecoms and life sciences sectors, and counsels Stella Wong and Emma Fulton also excel in biotechnology and medical device litigation. Counsels Imogen Ireland, Ian Moss, and James Gray are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Paul Brown

Testimonials

‘Hogan Lovells put together small bespoke teams to work on each case. Each member knows their role (and the case) inside out.’

‘Stephen Bennet is one of the most prominent and eminent solicitor in IP (life sciences and tech/telecoms). Unflappable. Excellent judgment. No-nonsense litigator.’

‘Dan Brook – technically brilliant, always on top of the details.’

‘Katie McConnell – specialist in telecoms but moved into pharma/life sciences like a duck to water. Commercially and legally savvy – excellent in navigating multi jurisdictional litigation with diverging interests and priorities between jurisdictions. Safe and charming pair of hands.’

‘The team has depth in pharmaceutical chemistry and is well capable of communicating with experts at a high level. They combine this with a good knowledge of the law. They are a friendly team and are extremely hardworking.’

‘In comparison to other firms that may only have one or two strong attorneys on the case, the strength of Hogan Lovells is in the deep experience of the entire team. Hogan Lovells manages to do this while keeping costs reasonable.’

‘Paul Brown is hugely experienced in telecoms litigation, especially those relating to FRAND patents and issues. He also has a great nose for the best point in a case.’

‘They have some fantastic associates, including Emma Fulton, Imogen Ireland, Ian Moss, and James Gray. Together they make up the most cohesive, efficient and effective IP litigation team in London.’

Key clients

Novartis

Guangdong OPPO Mobile Telecommunications Corp. Ltd

General Electric

Olaplex

Intuit Inc.

AmerisourceBergen Corporation

British American Tobacco

Solvay

Eli Lilly

Astellas Pharmaceuticals

Lenovo

Work highlights

  • Advising Guangdong OPPO Mobile Telecommunications Corp. Ltd & others (OPPO), on the UK aspects of a global dispute about the terms of a fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) license between Nokia and OPPO.
  • Advised Novartis on its pioneering collaboration with Exactmer, CPI, and AstraZeneca to develop an innovative and scalable new medicines manufacturing process for oligonucleotides, including Novartis’ cholesterol-lowering therapy, Inclisiran.
  • Representing Astellas Pharmaceutical in litigation relating to its Betmiga product in the UK as part of its global litigation to maintain patent protection.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP offers multi-jurisdictional support for corporations working globally, including full service transfer pricing capability. The department operates across all industry sectors, including real estate, pharmaceutical, infrastructure, and financial institutions. Elliot Weston leads the practice, and advises clients on tax elements of real estate transactions, and tax dispute resolution matters. Karen Hughes is global co-head of tax, with a practice which includes business restructurings, M&A and international tax planning. Fiona Bantock advises on employee incentives. Senior Associate Christopher Hyde is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Elliot Weston

Other key lawyers:

Karen Hughes; Philip Harle; Aaron Burchell; Fiona Bantock; Christopher Hyde

Work highlights

  • Advised Patron Capital Partners on the tax elements of its sale of Punch Pubs for circa £1 billion to private equity firm Fortress.
  • Advised NYSE listed PerkinElmer, Inc. on the tax elements of its US$591 million cash takeover of NASDAQ listed Oxford Immunotec Global plc and on the £110 million takeover of Immunodiagnostic Systems PLC.
  • Advised Ascendas on its €555 million acquisition of a portfolio of 11 data centres from Digital Realty Trust.

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 2

Leveraging its considerable global network, Hogan Lovells International LLP is well positioned to act for some of the world’s leading corporates on a host of big-ticket competition mandates. Practice head Christopher Hutton is a trusted adviser to a diverse roster of commercial banks, payment services providers, and tech companies, who turn to him for his experience in cross-border investigations and associated litigious proceedings. Veteran practitioner Susan Bright is an accomplished antitrust lawyer, while global telecoms head Angus Coulter advises widely on domestic competition issues in the TMT, life sciences, and retail sectors. The ‘exceptional’ Suyong Kim has most recently been engaged on the EC and CMA clearance aspects of various multi-billion dollar global transactions for consumer goods conglomerates and software companies. Counsel Alice Wallace-Wright is recommended for her expertise in unfair pricing investigations and anti-competitive conduct breaches. Mark Jones has left the practice.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Hutton

Testimonials

‘A knowledgeable and collaborative team who we have worked with for many years.’

‘Susan Bright is measured and knowledgeable with a strong track record.’

‘Alice Wallace-Wright is a real up and comer.’

‘Suyong Kim is exceptional.’

‘Great knowledge, experience, and attention to detail.’

Key clients

Dell Technologies

AmerisourceBergen Corporation

Vodafone Limited and Vodafone Group Plc

Bottomline Technologies (DE) Inc.

Novartis

The Crown Estate

Kraft Heinz

On the Beach

Kingfisher plc

Work highlights

  • Representing Kustomer in its nearly $1bn acquisition by Meta (Facebook).
  • Advised AmerisourceBergen on its $6.47bn acquisition of Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.’s Alliance Healthcare, as well as retail pharmacy operations in Lithuania, the Netherlands and Norway.
  • Secured a victory for the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) in its successful defence before the CMA of multiple appeals against its recent RIIO-2 price control decisions for the UK’s national transmission networks and regional gas distribution networks for the next few years.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 2

Hailed by one client as ‘the Rolls-Royce of financial services teams’, Hogan Lovells International LLP demonstrates a tenacity for a plethora of domestic and cross-border matters, including FCA, FRC, ESMA and OFSI-led affairs. The team is led by Philip Parish, a seasoned veteran in market misconduct, LIBOR, swaps mis-selling and foreign exchange affairs who is also a go-to for senior individuals facing FCA action. Elaine Penrose is also a standout, owing to her track record in supporting banks, investment businesses and individuals in business-critical investigations. Other key streams of work include contentious consumer finance, sanction and anti-money laundering affairs.

Practice head(s):

Philip Parish

Other key lawyers:

Elaine Penrose; Louise Lamb; Arwen Handley

Testimonials

‘The Rolls-Royce of financial services teams.’

‘Louise Lamb – Very knowledge of the consumer credit space, and is able to apply that knowledge when advising clients.’

‘They are very experienced and knowledgeable litigators in this sphere.’

‘My experiences of Hogan Lovells were absolutely superb at all times. They were pro-active in pushing the case forward, creative in legal and strategic thinking, efficient in terms of case management and great at communicating with all involved.’

‘Elaine Penrose has superb people management skills and an excellent ability to analyse fact and law. These combine to excellent effect.’

‘Uniformly high-quality of partners and associates of all levels, and an unusually high level of partner engagement for a large firm.’

‘Stand-out partners are Philip Parish and Elaine Penrose. Both excellent at running large teams efficiently and maintaining focus and morale in long-running litigation.’

Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m) Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP has a strong presence in the private equity mid-market, with expertise handling cross-jurisdictional deals for prominent buyout houses. While the team is active across a range of sectors, it has a particular focus on regulated industries such as financial services and healthcare. Practice head Ed Harris regularly assists on buyouts, exits and investments and is also skilled at advising on complex transactions such as secondaries and co-investments. Corporate partner John Connell is another figure to note in the private equity space. Anthony Doolittle ‘brings quality and breadth’ and was promoted to partner in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Ed Harris

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Anthony Doolittle brings quality and breadth to Hogan Lovells.’

‘What distinguishes Hogan Lovells is a positive blend of technical skill, practical application and market knowledge’

‘John Connell is accessible, knowledgeable and practical’

Key clients

Ares Management

British Business Bank

Committed Advisors

Eurazeo

Expedition Growth Capital

GCM Grosvenor

IH International

Infratil

Pantheon Ventures

Patron Capital Advisers

Ventiga Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Patron Capital Partners on its sale of Punch Pubs to Fortress Investment Group.
  • Advised Pantheon Ventures acting as lead investor in the GP-led secondary of two direct lending funds of Eurazeo.
  • Advised Eurazeo on G Square Healthcare Private Equity LLP’s closing of a €500 million continuation fund vehicle in connection with the acquisition of three existing assets from its existing vehicles, G Square Capital I and G Square Capital II

Corporate and commercial > VAT and indirect tax Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP's team focuses on specialist VAT and stamp duty issues, covering matters relating to cross-border movement of goods and customs and excise. The team is led by Rupert Shiers, who sits on the Chartered Institute of Taxation committee for management of taxes, and handles work in pensions and the leisure industry. He is supported in this work by Philip Harle and Suzanne Hill.

Practice head(s):

Rupert Shiers

Other key lawyers:

Philip Harle; Suzanne Hill

Work highlights

  • Advised Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 defined benefit pension schemes on resolving their position in multi-party VAT litigation, actively managed by the Tribunal.
  • Advised a household name group on steps to resolve a multi-year, multi-jurisdiction, tech-related VAT issue. Included novel legal and strategic advice, and complex financial modelling.
  • Advised Eynsham Cricket Club on Court of Appeal VAT litigation, addressing zero-rating, interaction of VAT and general law, and fundamental points of statutory interpretation.

Dispute resolution > Competition litigation Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP acts in high-profile damages claims, abuse of dominance claims, behavioural matters and collective actions. The latter includes the firm’s work defending Korean Air against one of the largest cartel damages actions ever brought in Europe. Practice head and seasoned litigator Nicholas Heaton has particular expertise in defending cartel damages claims and coordinating defence strategies across multiple jurisdictions. Alice Wallace-Wright, who has ‘excellent strategic judgment’, is one of the key leads in maintaining the firm’s relationship with major client Vodafone.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Heaton

Testimonials

‘The team combines top level competition law expertise with excellent litigation judgment on the fine strategic calls. They know which work streams justify expending client resources, leading to an efficient and well judged service in the client’s best interests.’

‘Angus Coulter has tremendous judgment in spotting the points which will matter at the end of the day and seeing them from all angles.’

‘Alice Wallace-Wright already shows the ability to manage major matters and has excellent strategic judgment.’

Key clients

On the Beach

Korean Air

Vodafone

Work highlights

  • Advising Vodafone on claims by the administrators of Phones4U alleging an anti-competitive conspiracy by the three biggest UK mobile operators (Vodafone, O2, EE) and their then-parent companies.
  • Advising On the Beach on its abuse of dominance claim against Ryanair in the High Court.
  • Representing long-standing client Korean Air in claims brought in the English High Court, the Amsterdam District Court (and Amsterdam Appeal Court) and the Cologne District Court (Germany) arising from the Commission’s Air Cargo decisions.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s international arbitration practice comprises ‘highly competent, heavyweight litigators‘, whose key sector areas include energy and natural resources, financial services, TMT and life sciences. Clients further benefit from the firm’s extensive global footprint, as well as its credentials in Africa, Asia, Middle East and CIS-related arbitrations. London international arbitration head Kieron O’Callaghan has vast expertise in arbitrations involving natural resources; Michael Davison‘s track record includes cases under the rules of all the major arbitration centres; Nathan Searle co-ordinates the firm’s dispute resolution practice in Africa; and Ben Hornan‘s practice focuses on oil and gas, mining, and financial services disputes. At counsel level, Annabel Maltby works with clients from a range of industries, including life sciences, healthcare and financial services, while associate Ademola Bamgbose is admitted to practise in both Nigeria and England and Wales.

Practice head(s):

Kieron O’Callaghan

Testimonials

‘Detailed knowledge of arbitration procedures, comprehensive global coverage, and exceptional insight into specific industry areas and requirements.’

‘Highly competent, heavyweight litigators.’

‘An experienced, efficient and thorough team.’

‘They stand out for regional knowledge. subject matter expertise, and in skill. Their worldwide presence is an asset to their clients.’

‘Kieron O’Callaghan is a seasoned arbitration partner. He covers the full range of arbitration subject matter and is a master of detail and strategy.

‘Ben Hornan always takes a hands-on approach, leading his team from the front.’

‘Ben Hornan – client friendly, commercial and knows his stuff’

‘Ben Hornan shows an incredible ability for absorbing complex background material, and producing compelling legal submissions from that background in a very short time frame.’

Key clients

Bank of Ghana

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the Bank of Ghana in the dismissal of a $478m LCIA arbitration claim by Sibton Switch Systems, which related to a large technology project.
  • Representing a Fortune 500 company in an ICC arbitration regarding the failure of a large-value M&A transaction.
  • Representing a global pharmaceutical company in a complex and high-value ICC arbitration regarding drug development.

Finance > Derivatives and structured products Tier 2

Hogan Lovells US LLP has a diverse finance practice that has notable expertise in the regulatory aspects of structured finance, as well as a strong transactional derivatives practice. Practice head James Doyle and key partner Jennifer O’Connell acted for FCA-authorised broker Teneo and the Special Administrators of Sova Capital on its book of derivatives, structured lending, repos and other instruments, particularly in light of the company’s exposure to Russia, which brings sanctions issues into the mix. Doyle also acted for investment manager DBAY Advisors Limited in the derivatives aspects of its £307m takeover of AIM-listed Telit communications plc. O’Connell is a key adviser to Goldman Sachs, and she assisted the bank with its structured notes programme, which has so far seen more than $4bn in issuance. Kit Johnson leads a trustee practice that is a key differentiator for the firm and a core part of its structured finance offering, particularly in restructurings and cases of defaults.

Practice head(s):

James Doyle

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer O’Connell; Kit Johnson

Key clients

BNP Paribas

Societe Generale

Credit Agricole

African-Export Import Bank

Natixis

RiverRock European Capital Partners

Jaguar Land Rover

Bank of New York Mellon

Goldman Sachs

Teneo

Work highlights

  • Advising on the update of GSI’s Guaranteed Senior Secured Notes Programme and management of supplements and issuance off the programme.
  • Advising BNP Paribas on the annual update of their ground breaking programme for secured structured products through a Luxembourg securitisation company, SecurAsset S.A., and in relation to numerous structured product drawdowns under the SecurAsset programme.
  • Advising Teneo and the special administrators of investment bank Sova Capital Ltd.

Finance > Securitisation Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP stands out for the breadth of its securitisation practice, which handles public and private deals backed by both traditional and emerging asset classes. Its work spans standalone issues, master trusts, programmes, conduit structures and portfolio sales. The firm is among the leading players in automotive and lease transactions, and it recently acted for Volkswagen Financial Services UK, Mercedes Benz Financial Services UK and RCI Bank UK on their sales of securitised portfolios of auto loans. It is also a key adviser on RMBS transactions, and standout partner Julian Craughan acted for Enra Specialist Finance in a £425m transactions backed by mixed mortgage receivables secured on properties in England, Wales and Scotland. Among the deals handled by key partner Tauhid Ijaz are two public Dutch RMBS transactions, a restructuring of a significant European healthcare receivables securitisation, a UK lifetime residential mortgage securitisation. He advised Goldman Sachs on an asset based financing of the e-scooter fleet of Tier Mobility GmbH. US-qualified partner Dennis Dillon also plays a pivotal role in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Julian Craughan; Tauhid Ijaz

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Volkswagen (including Volkswagen Financial Services (UK) Limited)

Zopa Limited

HSBC Bank PLC

Banco Santander S.A

Citigroup Global Markets Limited

BNP Paribas

Merrill Lynch International

Standard Chartered Bank

Brookfield

Enra Group Limited

Mercedes Benz Financial Services

RCI Financial Services

Bank of America

National Air Traffic Services

Taulia inc.

Quantum Mortgages

Affinity Water Limited

Department for Education

Ambac Assurance UK Limited

Apollo Asset Management

Deutsche Bank Group

Societe Generale

Barclays PLC

Work highlights

  • Advising National Air Traffic Services on a £1.6bn refinancing transaction which involved replacing the existing complex whole business securitisation structure with a more typical of an investment grade borrower.
  • Advising Ambac Assurance UK as financial guarantor on the restructuring of an Italian healthcare receivables transaction.
  • Advising Taulia Inc in relation to the design, document and launch their innovative multi-funder financing platform, a first-in market financing model for supply chain financing.

Finance > Transport finance and leasing Tier 2

Drawing upon ‘a global view of the aviation industry’, which is informed by a significant deal flow out of London for a balanced mix of banks, lessors and airlines, Hogan Lovells International LLP is well-positioned to ‘capture and anticipate potential concerns for the benefit of the client’. This degree of foresight and market knowledge has recently been brought into stark focus for clients engaged in restructurings and deferrals; in this regard, the ‘outstanding’ Richard Goss has been particularly busy for his lessor clients, which are appreciative of his ability to deliver ‘simple solutions to complex problems, and to provide different options’. Team head Robert Fugard has a ‘focused and constructive approach to negotiation and drafting’, traits which were recently highlighted in his high profile work for Norwegian Air Shuttle on its successful innsolvency process. Outside of aviation, ‘exceptional’ senior consultant Shalini Bhuchar has experience advising on commercial and super yacht financing, and counsel Charles Ford is noted for his rail work.

Practice head(s):

Robert Fugard

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Premont; Richard Goss; Shalini Bhuchar; Russell Green; Faraz Naqvi; Charles Ford

Testimonials

‘Hogan Lovells’ team has a global view of the aviation industry, so they are able to capture and anticipate potential concerns for the benefit of the client.’

‘I have been impressed by Robert Fugard – not just his focused and constructive approach to negotiation and drafting but also general industry knowledge.’

Richard Goss is very knowledgeable and experienced.’

‘Richard Goss is an outstanding lawyer. Very hands-on, capable of delivering simple solutions to complex problems, and providing different options.’

‘Shalini Bhuchar consistently provides an exceptional service.’

Faraz Naqvi stands out as an excellent and tireless lawyer.’

Key clients

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA/Arctic Aviation Assets DAC

Standard Chartered Bank/Pembroke Capital

Rolls Royce & Partners Finance

Icelandair ehf.

Babcock Mission Critical Services

UBS AG

Minsheng Commercial Aviation

Société Générale

Natixis

Bank of China Aviation (BOCA)

African Export-Import Bank

Volotea

Rail Baltica

Cross London Trains Limited

Shannon Engine Support

Work highlights

  • Advising Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA on its Covid-influenced recapitalisation and restructuring, which involved concurrent Irish, UK, Norwegian and US insolvency processes, related litigation and employment advice and the restructuring of the airline’s leased and financed aircraft fleet.
  • Advising Pembroke on its sale of a portfolio of two Airbus A320 aircraft and two B737-800 aircraft to funds advised by Airborne Capital.
  • Advising Cross London Trains on the £2.5bn Thameslink rolling stock programme, including advising on the refinancing of the project.

Industry focus > Emerging markets Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP brings together lawyers from its banking, infrastructure, energy, resources, projects, litigation, capital markets, restructuring and corporate teams to provide a wealth of experience in emerging markets. Banking partner Andrew Taylor oversees the firm’s emerging markets work, and he frequently acts for banks, national and multilateral DFIs, governments and corporates. Andrew Carey has extensive experience in international debt offerings, including securities programmes, corporate, and sovereign bonds. Adrian Walker, who leads the firm’s ESG group, is a key partner in the infrastructure, energy, resources and projects practice, and is a regular adviser on projects in Africa. Mining and power projects specialist Arun Velusami and global head of oil, gas and LNG Ben Sulaiman also play key roles in emerging markets work.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

IFC

Shah Deniz

United States Development Finance Corporation (DFC)

Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries (Norfund)

African Export-Import Bank

European Commission

Africa Finance Corporation

Bank of Ghana

BP

Qatar Petroleum

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the Bank of Ghana to achieve the dismissal of an LCIA arbitration brought against it by a West African company, Sibton Switch Systems Limited (Sibton Switch), in relation to a US$1.1 billion contract for services to facilitate interoperability of mobile payment systems.
  • Advised DFC on a complex financing for the expansion of a leading and innovative telecom provider in four African countries (Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone, Uganda and The Gambia), which is now also expanding into Angola, its fifth African country.
  • Advised International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan in connection with a pathfinder PPP project involving the design, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of a 1,200 – 1,500 MW combined cycle gas turbine power plant in Syrdarya, Uzbekistan.

Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP acts for a wide variety of clients such as investors, developers, financers and operators, both within the UK and overseas. Its sector expertise includes management agreements, hotel portfolio sales, developments, financings and disputes concerning performance issues, rent reviews, terminations and hotel leases. The team is also well versed in advising on arrears and other hospitality challenges that arose from the implications of Covid-19. The team is co-headed by Jackie Newstead and Katie Gill. Newstead has over 30 years' worth of experience and is well versed in advising clients on varying asset classes such as office, retail, logistics, hotel and student housing. Gill is highly regarded for her financial expertise and often advises on international banking, corporate finance and real estate finance.

Practice head(s):

Jackie Newstead; Katie Gill

Key clients

Patron

Buzz Bingo

Electra

Westmont

AFC Wimbledon

British Land

Jury’s Inns

Landsec

M&G Real Estate

Novum

Shiva Hotels

Sonder

Valor Hospitality Partners

William Pears Group

Argent Related

Shaftesbury

Kings Cross Central

Patron

Buzz Bingo

Electra

Westmont

AFC Wimbledon

British Land

Jury’s Inns

Landsec

M&G Real Estate

Novum

Shiva Hotels

Sonder

Valor Hospitality Partners

William Pears Group

Argent Related

Shaftesbury

Kings Cross Central

Work highlights

  • Advised Shiva Hotels on the sale of the Doubletree by Hilton London ExCel to Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company, the state-backed owners of the ExCel Centre.
  • Advised Patron Capital Partners (Patron) on its sale of Punch Pubs for a reported c. £900m to private equity firm Fortress Investment Group.
  • Advised Westmont Hospitality Group on the conditional share purchase of the Holiday Inn Hotel, Oxford Circus.

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP is home to a ‘very thorough and pro-active team’, with specialists in pensions professional negligence disputes, as well as legal and financial professional negligence, advising both law firms and those bringing claims against law firms. The team draws on the wider firm's expansive global network, allowing them to effectively handle multi-jurisdictional cases. Nicholas Heaton leads the team - his experience involves substantial liability claims against professionals including solicitors, actuaries, consultants and accountants. Angela Dimsdale Gill‘s expertise is within the pensions sector, with a history of advising claimants and defendants. Matthew Bullen  and counsel Nathan Sherlock  are other notable team members.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Heaton

Other key lawyers:

Angela Dimsdale Gill; Matthew Bullen; Nathan Sherlock

Testimonials

‘Nicholas Heaton is fantastic. Technically superb, he is equally adept with the detail and the big picture and never loses sight of what the client wants and what capital the other side might make of certain litigation decisions. Nathan Sherlock is a different character in terms of personality but is very bright, very hard working and diligent and is able to manage large litigation on his own. Of the other partners, Angela Dimsdale-Gill is formidable and Matthew Bullen energetic’.

‘Nick Heaton is a class act – calm at all times, incredibly knowledgable and with a fantastic grasp of the correct tactical approach to a case’.

‘The Hogan Lovells professional negligence offering is exceptional, especially in claims within the pensions industry or wider financial services sectors. Outstanding lawyers, they think deeply about the legal issues, applying the law skillfully and imaginatively. But they are also remarkable in their skill at mastering every detail of even the most massive case, while never losing sight of the wood for the trees. They really commit to a client’s cause and are formidable opponents’. 

‘Very thorough and proactive team, always have the case under control’.

‘Matthew Bullen is very knowledgeable, experienced and hard-working. Nathan Sherlock provides excellent support’.

‘Matthew Bullen is very knowledgeable, experienced and hard-working. Nathan Sherlock provides excellent support’.

‘Angela Dimsdale-Gill – Very client focussed, highly experienced, total commitment to client interests, with a no stone unturned approach. Nathan Sherlock – very able, with good technical skills’.

Key clients

ENRC

BAT Industries

Work highlights

  • Acting for ENRC in proceedings brought against its former solicitors, Dechert LLP and its Neil Gerrard, and a series of high-profile interconnected cases.

Investment fund formation and management > Listed funds Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s investment funds team has a sub-group specialising in listed funds, with a particular focus on London stock exchange-listed structures investing in infrastructure and renewables. The firm’s practitioners assist both issuers and bank-side clients, and are equipped to advise on financial regulatory issues. In conjunction with colleagues in Washington DC, the London group regularly advises on transatlantic deals. Erik Jamieson , praised for ‘an uncanny ability to break down even the most complicated concepts into their constituent parts‘, takes the lead, and has gained a strong reputation for London-listed infrastructure funds, although he also has an active practice advising on renewables funds and REITs. Jonathan Baird  is noted for public and private capital raisings, M&A activity and regulatory advice, especially UK and US securities law issues for non-US issuers. Jeremy Pickles  is known for infrastructure-, reinsurance- and real estate-related listed funds work. Also recommended is ‘really excellent‘ counsel Amelia Stawpert.

Practice head(s):

Erik Jamieson

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Baird; Jeremy Pickles; James Alder; Amelia Stawpert

Testimonials

‘The team we worked with possessed an intimate knowledge of the market and the mark participants. We were new to the market and the team played a key role in helping us understand how the market works and how we would fit into it.’

‘We worked with Erik Jamieson. He’s one of the best law firm partners I have ever had to pleasure to work with. He has a comprehensive knowledge of the market and transaction at his finger tips. He also has an uncanny ability to break down even the most complicated concepts into their constituent parts to help his client understand the issues and how they relate to the client’s position and goals.’

‘Strong listed funds team, particularly re: alternatives.’

‘Erik Jamieson is pragmatic, very knowledgeable.’

‘Amelia Stawpert is a really excellent counsel. Responsive, clear advice and experienced.’

‘Exceptional degree of technical proficiency, but capable of adapting that to real business scenarios and providing implementable advice. Deep thinkers who look forward and try to future proof their legal advice and solutions and avoid unexpected matters arising or consequences.’

‘Erik Jamieson is a thoughtful, supportive advisor who ensures technical rigour and very high standards on all the work delivered. A great listener, a measured speaker and highly client centric, he brings structure, gravitas and a calm atmosphere to important discussions on projects. Highly recommended.’

‘The team was very commercial taking over the file and while making suggestions to improve the prospectus and documents was very conscious of the sensitivity and costs of doing so. The team was proactive in keeping the board of the fund up to date on the transaction.’

Key clients

3i Infrastructure Limited

Alinda Capital Partners (now AIP Investment Partners)

BH Macro Limited

CATCo Reinsurance Opportunities Fund

Clipstone Industrial REIT PLC

Genesis Emerging Markets Limited

HICL Infrastructure Company PLC

International Public Partnerships Limited

Investec Bank Plc

Jefferies International

JLEN Environmental Assets Limited

JP Morgan Cazenove

Liberum Securities Limited

Life Settlement Assets PLC

Numis

Pantheon Infrastructure PLC

Peel Hunt

Property Hub REIT plc

Riverstone Energy

Stifel Nicolaus (Europe) Limited

TwentyFour Income Fund Limited

Urban Exposure

Work highlights

  • Advised Pantheon Ventures on the IPO of UK investment company Pantheon Infrastructure PLC (PINT). PINT raised £400 million in its successful and substantially over-subscribed London Main Market initial public offering.
  • Advising TwentyFour Income Fund on its combination with UK Mortgages Limited to create a leading credit fund with a market capitalisation of over £700 million.
  • Acting for Liberum as sponsor and Numis as joint bookrunner in relation to the launch by Chrysalis Investment Limited of a £600 million open offer, initial placing and placing programme, as well as a number of offers launched under that programme.

Investment fund formation and management > Real estate funds Tier 2

The team at Hogan Lovells International LLP advises across the full range of real estate funds; including closed and open-ended, core strategy, value-add, opportunistic, private and listed funds, with a small or a large investor base. The team’s workload consists of frequently cross-border, high-value advisory work regarding complex restructuring, reorganisation and transfer of funds. The firm is also active on ESG issues, with a global practice dedicated to work with funds clients within this space. Global co-head of the investment funds team Nicholas Holman  leads the team, with partner Sian Owles , described as having an ‘impeccable grasp of the area’, a standout team member, with a true niche in real estate work; an expert on joint venture and club deal terms, investment, development, acquisition, disposal and structuring of real estate funds.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Holman

Other key lawyers:

Sian Owles; James Alder; Amelia Stawpert

Testimonials

‘A genuine independent practice with strength-in-depth.’

‘Nicholas Holman is hardworking, bright and solutions-focused. Sian Owles is bright, helpful, has good sense of humour and is great to work with.’

‘There is deep experience across multiple sectors of the real estate sphere. All practitioners are approachable, direct with feedback and information, and can be trusted and relied upon to give clear advice.’

‘Sian Owles is an outstanding partner with an impeccable grasp of the area, especially in complex transactions. James Alder has an outstanding grasp of the law.’

Key clients

M&G Real Estate

abrdn

Russell Investments

Numis Securities

NTM Capital

Columbia Threadneedle

Work highlights

  • Advised Numis as sponsor for the transfer of Industrials REIT Limited from the London Stock Exchange’s specialist fund segment to the FCA’s official list and the premium segment of the main market of the London stock exchange.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP fields a large oil and gas team which operates from 40 offices and multiple jurisdictions worldwide. The practice has a strong track record in emerging markets and advises on corporate matters, disputes and provides preventative advice in relation to corruption. Ben Sulaiman heads the team alongside Sarah Shaw; Sulaiman acts for large multinational oil and gas companies on transactional and regulatory matters; Shaw is a veteran M&A practitioner experienced in upstream, midstream and downstream projects. Ben Hornan is a key name for disputes and has considerable experience in the Russian and CIS markets, while associate Amy Cleaves is recommended for transactional and financing work.

Practice head(s):

Ben Sulaiman; Sarah Shaw

Testimonials

‘Hogan Lovells is the best oil and gas team I have ever worked with’.

‘They are like turnkey contractors to a client: they take the job and coordinate the entire process, managing local counsel in all respects’.

‘They know the oil and gas sector inside out and reflect their sector knowledge when drafting and negotiating contracts’.

‘Ben Sulaiman is a particularly knowledgeable lawyer, who has an incredible talent in managing clients in the most calm and collected manner’.

Work highlights

  • Advising Sojitz Corporation on its purchase from Helios Investment Partners of a 25% interest in the holding company of Axxela Limited, the largest private sector gas distributor in Nigeria, a transaction which marks the start of collaboration between Sojitz and Helios in West African gas downstream businesses. Helios retains a 75% interest in the company.
  • Advising CNOOC in relation to the renewal of the production sharing contract and related documents as well as the settlement of disputes relating to the OML 130 block.
  • Acting as as sole Project Counsel for the Consortium, led by BP and SOCAR, on the $40bn Shah Deniz 2 Gas Project.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Water Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s multi-faceted energy and natural resources group provides clients with a full service offering, covering issues from project financing to regulatory matters. It also advises clients on international water project development and transactions. Charles Ford leads the team and assists a number of national clients with regulatory, project finance and structuring matters. Joint team head Sarah Shaw is an M&A specialist. Julian Craughan is recommended for structured finance and capital market transactions, both domestically and across Europe.

Practice head(s):

Charles Ford; Sarah Shaw

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Affinity Water

Work highlights

  • Appointed to Affinity Water’s inaugural legal panel.
  • Advised Affinity Water with issuing its first green bond, a Class A £130 million, 0.01 per cent CPI Linked private placement due September 2038.

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP deploys its international strength and presence to act for an impressive overseas investors and major landowners, advising on the full life cycle of investment transactions and properties. The global real estate practice is headed by Daniel Norris, who specialises in direct and indirect investment transactions, asset management, and student housing. Oliver Chamberlain is head of the UK real estate practice; his expertise covers all aspects of commercial real estate and he represents lucrative clients such as the BBC, M&G Real Estate, and British Land, whilst former practice head Jackie Newstead can draw on many years of expertise in advising retailers and hoteliers on acquisitions and disposals, management arrangements, and financings. Gill McGreevy is particularly knowledgeable in areas relating to regeneration and development relating to energy projects, retail, and institutional investment. Dion Panambalana contributes his focus on mixed-use urban and non-urban developments and regeneration, structured sales, and leasebacks to the team.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Norris; Oliver Chamberlain

Other key lawyers:

Jackie Newstead; Gill McGreevy; Dion Palambalana

Testimonials

‘Strength in depth and full-service; no weak links; all partners are exceptional’

‘Dan Norris – consummate deal-doer, very commercial.’

‘Dion Panambalama is  meticulous’

‘Nick Roberts – hard working and a delight to deal with’

‘Jackie Newstead – gets the deal done and keeps things simple.’

Key clients

SCPI Pierval Santé

Roku

Immediate Capital Group

Valor Real Estate Partners LLP

Aberdeen Standard

British Land

CapitaLand

CCLA Investment Management

Columbia Threadneedle

Landsec

Coal Pension Funds

M&G Real Estate (Prudential)

Pontegadea

Shaftesbury

Electra

The Crown Estate

U+I Group Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Elite Partners Capital, a Singapore-based private equity firm, on the disposal by Elite Logistics Fund I of its pan-European logistics portfolio to Blackstone.
  • Advising ICG on numerous acquisitions including their acquisition of four sites from Iron Mountain in the UK on a sale and leaseback basis.
  • Advising SCPI Pierval Santé on numerous acquisitions during 2021 totalling £268,000,000.

Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP advises a full range of clients on construction matters, including government entities, developers, contractors, manufacturers, and consultants. The practice is active in a variety of construction-related sectors, and is well known for its expertise in power, energy, transport, process plant, and infrastructure matters. Gillian Thomas heads the non-contentious construction and engineering practice, advising on a number of high-profile development projects and regeneration schemes in the UK. The team is bolstered by Adrian Walker and Jeremy Brittenden, both of whom have considerable experience of advising on private and public sector infrastructure projects. Malcolm Parry focuses on first-of-a-kind projects and nuclear power matters.

Practice head(s):

Gillian Thomas

Testimonials

‘The team are very knowledgeable. Their advice is well reasoned, sufficiently detailed, timely, and pragmatic. They are also easy to deal with.’

‘Adrian Walker and Malcolm Parry demonstrate knowledge and pragmatism.’

‘Hogan Lovells have an experienced and diverse team who can view problems from different perspectives, and anticipate reactions.’

‘The partners in Hogan Lovells have been very responsive and approachable and very reliable across the whole project life cycle from contract negotiations and preparation, to project execution variations, to final securing of payments and in potential arbitration processes.’

‘Jeremy Brittenden is extremely responsive and is very experienced in contract preparation and dispute resolution. He is also very pro-active in suggesting ways of business growth and improvement.’

‘Superlative customer service with seamless team operation – you feel like there is no divide between client and practitioner.’

‘Malcolm Parry is wise beyond his years and a very pragmatic problem solver.’

‘Adrian Walker balances the perfect level of involvement as a supervising partner, being a reassuring presence in the background.’

Key clients

King’s Cross Central LP

Argent Related

Paradise Circus Ltd Partnership

The Met Office

British Land

Fairhomes Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Advising King’s Cross Central LP on all construction aspects of the £2 billion, 8 million square feet King’s Cross Central development, London’s most prestigious mixed development.
  • Advising Argent Related as development partner in the multibillion pound Brent Cross Town regeneration scheme.
  • Advising Paradise Circus Limited Partnership on a new landmark development in the heart of Birmingham, known as Paradise, Birmingham.

Real estate > Property finance Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP boasts ‘one of the most talented real estate finance teams‘ in London, and has a well-established, broad client base consisting of private equity and debt funds, banks, listed property companies, family offices, and entrepreneurs. The team adeptly handles restructurings, loan-on-loan matters, loan purchases, development finance and acquisition finance mandates domestically and across Europe. Andrew Flemming heads the team and is praised as ‘an outstanding business partner‘; Flemming acts for both borrowers and lenders, and especially new market entrants. The firm is also home to Jo Solomon, who acts for institutional investors and private equity funds on development finance matters, and Katie Gill, who’s practice has an emphasis on acquisition and cross-border finance.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘One of the most talented real estate finance teams in the market offering the widest and deepest skill sets.’

‘Simply one of the best teams to work with.’

‘Andrew Flemming, an outstanding business partner, has a rare and instinctive talent for getting transactions done by understanding the commercial imperatives on all sides.’

Key clients

HSBC

Hines European Core Fund

Citi

JP Morgan

DRC Capital

Kingdom Holding Company and Kingdom Hotel Investments

Henderson Global Investors

U + I Group Plc

Cain International

Brent Cross South Limited Partnership

Argent Related

Macquarie

Columbia Threadneedle

Cheyne Capital

M&G

Work highlights

  • Advising Brent Cross South which is a partnership between Argent Related and Barnet Council, on the redevelopment of Brent Cross Town, which is to create a 180-acre mixed use neighbourhood.
  • Advising Standard Chartered Bank on the financing of a cross-border logistics portfolio located in Poland, Germany, France and the Netherlands.
  • Advising ICG on the development financing of 3 hotels at Manchester Airport by way of two cross-collateralised facilities.

Risk advisory > Corporate governance Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s corporate governance practice acts for companies and their directors, officers, and shareholders, as well as governmental and non-governmental organisations on corporate controls, compliance, governance and shareholder matters. Drawing on strength from its international network and broad range of practice areas, which includes corporate, litigation, tax and regulatory, the firm caters to a wide range of domestic and global clients. Patrick Sarch joined from White & Case LLP in March 2021 and now co-heads the team alongside Ben Higson. Sarch focuses on ESG, shareholder activism and M&A matters, while Higson is another name for corporate matters, with a focus on the energy and natural resources, infrastructure and automotive sectors.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Sarch; Ben Higson

Key clients

Cignpost Diagnostics

ITV

The Crown Estate

Uber

The Gambling Commission

Work highlights

  • Advised the Gambling Commission on the design and delivery of the competition for the fourth National Lottery Licence.

Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 2

The 'brilliant' team at Hogan Lovells International LLP specialises in complex regulatory and internal investigations, acting for a combination of major FTSE-listed and multinational clients throughout SFO and FCA proceedings, including prosecutions, as well as working on global investigations relating to emerging issues such as modern slavery, ESG compliance, and internal policies. The firm combines its investigations expertise with strong in-house criminal and trade capabilities, allowing it to represent clients facing UK and international regulatory enforcement actions as well as emerging sanctions issues, both pertaining to the UK, EU, and US sanctions regimes. The practice is led by the 'available and responsive' Crispin Rapinet , who remains active across multinational investigations by global bodies into issues such as bribery and corporate corruption, while Claire Lipworth is a key name for financial services regulatory issues, including FCA investigations, on behalf of major banks and financial institutions. Liam Naidoo  co-ordinates government-led and internal investigations into corruption, and has experience of regulatory regimes in a variety of jurisdictions, while counsel Alex Hohl combines investigations and white-collar litigation expertise.

Practice head(s):

Crispin Rapinet

Other key lawyers:

Liam Nadoo; Claire Lipworth; Alex Hohl; Michael Roberts

Testimonials

‘Stellar firm who offers clients great strategic advice.’

‘Pragmatic and business focused approach. Keen to find solutions and displayed a good understanding of the issues’

‘Crispin Rapinet was pragmatic in approach and offered constructive and business focused advice. A breath of fresh air to deal with and always available and responsive.’

‘Huge resources, some great individuals and very tactical in their approach’

‘Michael Roberts – committed and smart. Liam Naidoo – up and coming partner with a strategic eye’

‘Brilliant team.’

‘Liam Naidoo is the star individual in the field.’

‘Excellent strength throughout the levels of the team, from junior associate up to partner.’

Work highlights

  • Advising a major medical device manufacturer client in respect to multi-agency investigations into alleged corrupt and anti-competitive activity by its business partners.
  • Representing a Kazakh mining company in connection with the ongoing criminal investigation by the Serious Fraud Office, and a range of unprecedented disputes arising out of the investigation.
  • Advising a global fintech in respect of an ongoing criminal investigation conducted by the enforcement division of the FCA into breaches of the Money Laundering Regulations 2017.

Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – mid-large cap Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s broad experience includes IPOs, equity capital raisings and secondary offerings, retail share offerings, private placements of securities and REITs, as well as US public offering and private placement mandates. Technology and energy matters are a forte for the firm, which is also active in SPAC and de-SPAC deals. A key name in the area is Daniel Simons, who focuses on corporate transactions, particularly ECM work and domestic and cross-border M&A. He co-leads the team with Jonathan Baird, Ben Garcia, Tom Brassington, Nicola Evans and Erik Jamieson.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Simons; Jonathan Baird; Ben Garcia; Tom Brassington; Nicola Evans; Erik Jamieson

Key clients

Barclays Bank PLC

Jefferies International Limited

Numis Securities Limited

Electra Private Equity plc

Southern Energy

J.P. Morgan

UBS

Marathon Group

Goldman Sachs

Grainger plc

Clipper Logistics plc

Shaftsbury plc

Peel Hunt

Work highlights

  • Advised EFIC1, a special purpose acquisition company, on its business combination with Dutch technology company Azerion, at an enterprise value of €1.3bn.
  • Advised Goldman Sachs, Berenberg, Stifel and Cenkos as joint bookrunners on Marlowe PLC’s £100m equity placing.
  • Advised Grainger on its £209m placing of new shares in the company and admission to the premium segment of the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange.

Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 3

Acting for issuers and underwriters, Hogan Lovells International LLP has experience in IPOs, secondary offerings, retail share offerings and the private placements of securities, as well as being active in privatisations, REITs and US public offering and private placements. Daniel Simons focuses on corporate transactions, particularly ECM matters and domestic and cross-border M&A. He co-leads the team with Jonathan Baird, Ben Garcia, Tom Brassington, Nicola Evans and Erik Jamieson.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Simons; Jonathan Baird; Ben Garcia; Tom Brassington; Nicola Evans; Erik Jamieson

Testimonials

‘Dan Simons is a good, commercial and pragmatic lawyer.’

‘Jonathan Baird is one of the few people who can do the UK and US work really well.’

Key clients

Barclays Bank PLC

Jefferies International Limited

Numis Securities Limited

Electra Private Equity plc

Southern Energy

J.P. Morgan

UBS

Marathon Group

Goldman Sachs

Grainger plc

Clipper Logistics plc

Shaftsbury plc

Peel Hunt

Work highlights

  • Advised Electra Private Equity PLC on the demerger of hospitality group Hostmore plc, and the admission of the entire issued share capital of Hostmore to the premium listing segment of the FCA and to trading on the main market of the LSE
  • Advised Pantheon on the IPO of UK investment company Pantheon Infrastructure PLC.
  • Advised EFIC1, a special purpose acquisition company on its business combination with Dutch tech company Azerion, at an enterprise value of €1.3bn.

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition: trade, WTO anti-dumping and customs Tier 3

Benefitting from its significant transatlantic capabilities, as well as its resources in Brussels, Hogan Lovells International LLP is well placed to advise a litany of renowned corporates and public sector bodies on high-level regulatory and investigative matters. Practice head Aline Doussin is an ‘invaluable’ resource for multinational companies and sovereign governments alike, particularly in relation to post-Brexit legislative frameworks, sanctions compliance programs, and export control matters. Imogen Brooks is a highly experienced associate who has most recently been engaged by various global companies for assistance with the ongoing Russian sanctions measures.

Practice head(s):

Aline Doussin

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Aline Doussin has given us essential expertise, insight and commercial awareness on cross-border supply topics following Brexit. These areas are peripheral to our core business and so Aline’s commercial awareness has been invaluable in keeping the perspective.’

‘Hogan Lovells can cover both import and export concerns across not just Europe but many other countries outside the EU.’

‘Aline Doussin and Imogen Brooks have helped us in several export compliance matters in a few EU countries. They took time to listen to my issues and the concerns and matters I wanted investigated. They provided sound advice and backed it with links or copies of the regulations supporting their opinion and analysis.’

Key clients

ZTE

Dell Technologies

AmerisourceBergen Corporation

Society of Lloyd’s

Department for International Trade

Honeywell

Pfizer

Bemis

Berry Global

The Circle

Work highlights

  • Representing the UK Department for International Trade (DIT) on negotiations and implementation of Free Trade Agreements with Australia and New Zealand.
  • Assisting AmerisourceBergen Corporation with the French FDI filing in relation to its $6.47bn acquisition of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.’s Alliance Healthcare.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 3

With a team well-regarded for its ‘excellent international expertise’, Hogan Lovells International LLP demonstrates a tenacity for the full suite of transactional, fintech, governance, financial services structure, product development, documentation and multi-jurisdictional regulation affairs. Rachel Kent caters to banks, investment and wealth managers, financial infrastructures and insurers alike and is especially acclaimed for her work on Brexit-related issues. The practice is led by Michael Thomas whose vast knowledge encompasses UK and EU regulations, MiFID II, EMIR, Benchmark Regulation, initial financial services set-ups and outsourcing arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Michael Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent international expertise in very specialized areas (regulation of securities exchanges and clearinghouses). Communication is excellent and they meet deadlines without fail.’

‘Michael Thomas, relationship partner. He is highly responsive and ensures that we have complete transparency in billing.’

Key clients

AXA

BlackRock

BNP Paribas

BNY Mellon

Citigroup

Goldman Sachs

Invesco

Prudential

The London Metal Exchange / LME Clear

The Montreal Exchange

TheCityUK

UBS AG

Bitpanda

The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation

Monzo

Work highlights

  • Advising a global financial services client on all legal aspects of the integration of an online retail wealth manager and robo advisor into the wider group, following the group’s acquisition of the wealth manager in 2021.
  • Assisting a leading bank in the strategic expansion of its business beyond its core banking and lending propositions to include investment business – in particular, offering an online securities dealing capability.
  • Advising a digital asset service provider on all the legal aspects relating to its launch in the UK and advising on the legal aspects of the design of its new investment products and services.

Dispute resolution > Public international law Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s London team routinely advises investors, states and state-owned entities on bilateral investment treaties, with particular experience in assisting clients emanating from the CIS and Eastern Europe. PIL and EU law specialist Markus Burgstaller regularly acts as an advocate in proceedings before international tribunals, the EU courts, the European Court of Human Rights, and national courts; and regularly working alongside Burgstaller, senior associate Scott Macpherson is experienced in PIL issues affecting the TMT and energy sectors.

Practice head(s):

Markus Burgstaller

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Government of the Slovak Republic

Government of the Republic of India

Government of Ukraine

Mainstream Renewable Power

Cascade Investments NV

Penwell Business

Cunico Resources

The Redress Trust

NATS (formerly National Air Traffic Services)

Clara Petroleum

Work highlights

  • Advising the Government of the Slovak Republic on the consequences of several significant decisions, which changed the course of the future of investment treaties within the EU.
  • Defending the Government of the Republic of India in a significant investment claim brought by a Mauritian entity that is linked to a British private equity firm.
  • Representing the Government of Ukraine in a very significant investment arbitration brought by Swedish energy company Misen Energy under the Sweden-Ukraine bilateral investment treaty.

Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP has an extensive tax litigation and investigation offering with expertise in the tech, insurance and real estate sectors. The practice are known for HMRC enquiries and internal investigations with a number of US groups among the client base. Rupert Shiers leads the UK and European tax litigation team with expertise in taxpayers rights, HMRC powers and tax statutory interpretation.

Practice head(s):

Rupert Shiers

Work highlights

  • Advised Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 defined benefit pension schemes on resolving their position in multi-party VAT litigation, actively managed by the Tribunal.
  • Advised Eynsham Cricket Club on Court of Appeal VAT litigation, addressing zero-rating, interaction of VAT and fundamental points of statutory interpretation.

Employment > Employee share schemes Tier 3

Under the leadership of tax and incentives expert Fiona Bantock, the employee benefits team at Hogan Lovells International LLP advises a wide range of clients, from tech start-ups to large multinational companies, on share plans and compensation packages. The practice also benefits from the expertise of Paul Randall, the chairman of the Corporate and Regulatory Committee of the Share Plan Lawyers Organisation, who draws on more than 30 years of experience in advising on the corporate, tax and regulatory aspects of domestic and international share schemes.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Bantock

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

  • Advised FTSE 250 Clipper Logistics on all employee incentives aspects of its recommended approximately £1bn takeover by GXO Logistics.
  • Advised Patron Capital Partners on the treatment of equity and cash incentive arrangements in connection with the sale of Punch Pubs for circa £1bn to private equity firm Fortress.
  • Assisted CPI Property Group with a range of employee share incentives issues in connection with the company and Aroundtown ’s €1.57bn takeover of Globalworth Real Estate Investments.

Employment > Health and safety Tier 3

The health, safety and security team at Hogan Lovells International LLP provides advice and representation to clients on high profile, high value safety incidents as well as more typical regulatory advice and safety prosecution work. The team has a special expertise in terrorism and hostile environment safety dating back to the 7/7 bombings inquest as well as domestic security advice. This is reflected by their recent involvement in the Manchester Arena inquiry. Richard Welfare focuses on regulatory compliance, while Claire Lipworth focuses on criminal health and safety matters. Counsel Helen Boniface regularly works with regulators through incident investigations and has a deep understanding of the coronial process.

Practice head(s):

Richard Welfare; Claire Lipworth; Helen Boniface

Testimonials

‘Richard Welfare is an experienced, thoughtful and committed partner’

‘Helen Boniface is organised, diligent and a pleasure to deal with. She can be relied on to get on with the job to the highest standard.’

‘Excellent team, sensible, strategic and excellent at managing large scale litigation’

‘Helen Boniface is superb – an associate working at the level of a partner. Consistently sound instincts, one of those rare people who is on top of every detail without ever losing sight of the big picture’

‘Helen Boniface is the lead member having taken over the practice following a wealth of successful ‘real world’ experience of crisis response and management in safety. This is rarely seen in law firms to such a hands on extent.’

Key clients

Six bereaved families of the Manchester Arena Terror attack

Work highlights

  • Representing six bereaved families through the Manchester Arena Public Inquiry addressing complex safety issues including the duties of a large venue operator and considering the adequacy of risk assessments, training and supervision, first aid provision etc.

Finance > Acquisition finance Tier 3

Led by Paul Mullen , the 'deal-oriented' five-partner team at Hogan Lovells International LLP has established itself as a mainstay of the private credit market, which is increasingly dominating the mid to upper-mid European leveraged finance space. Its effectiveness at securing a stronghold on behalf of many prominent funds, including Ares, has been secured by achieving an early advantage and a subsequent flow of deal volume and knowledge of what is market in the direct lending space. Jo Robinson  has been central to the firm's penetration of the market, not only helping to develop the unitranche product but also acting for new funds including Ashgrove Capital. The firm's traditional banking relationships also remain intact, enabling it to be well-placed to advise on an albeit smaller number of bank-led deals, as well as to handle their involvement (for example on the provision of working capital) alongside private credit funds on funding within the mid-market. UK managing partner Penny Angell  handles some conventional bank and fund-led leveraged finance work, as well as having a niche advising borrowers and lenders in relation to insurance company financings.

Practice head(s):

Paul Mullen

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Cottis; Penny Angell; Jo Robinson; Francis Booth

Testimonials

The team is deal-oriented.’

Key clients

HSBC

Ares Management

Ardian

Insight Investment

Macquarie

Intermediate Capital Group

Five Arrows

Tikehau Investment Managers

Park Square

Pemberton Asset Management

Ashgrove Capital Management

Work highlights

  • Advising Ares Management and HSBC as lenders on the refinancing of the Content+Cloud group and the bolt-on acquisition of Sipcom.
  • Advising Tikehau Investment Management on the unitranche financing to support IK Partners’ acquisition of DA Languages (DAL), a UK-based language services provider, from Foresight Group.
  • Advising Macquarie on the refinancing of the Centric Health group.

Finance > Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 3

Despite having effectively broadened the scope of its creditor side client base in recent years to include a large amount of work for credit funds in the mid-market leveraged finance space, Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s longstanding traditional banking relationships remain and account for a significant amount of syndicated work in the corporate lending market. Matthew Cottis handles creditor and debtor work within the syndicated lending market and is well-versed in advising on the financing of regulated insurance companies, an area that ‘knowledgeable, action oriented and commercial’ Penny Angell is also particularly adept. Paul Mullen leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Paul Mullen

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Cottis; Penny Angell; Jo Robinson; Francis Booth; Katie Gill

Testimonials

The team is action and deal-oriented.’

‘The lawyers are able to make the complex sound simple.’

Penny Angell is knowledgeable, action oriented and commercial.’

Matthew Cottis understood our needs and the market norms and was able to help translate a complicated English Law/NY law TLB into commercially understandable terms.’

Key clients

Marex International

Claranet Group Limited

DBAY Advisors

Electra Private Equity

ING Bank N.V.

HSBC

Standard Chartered

Deutsche Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised ING Bank (as sole bookrunner, co-ordinator and documentation agent) and a group of international banks on a $500m sustainability-linked senior secured borrowing base financing to Geneva-based coffee trader Sucafina group.

Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 3

The ‘bright and hardworking’ team at Hogan Lovells International LLP provides ‘very commercial and solutions-driven’ advice to a balanced mix of banking and fund clients across a range of cross-border restructuring and insolvency mandates. Team head Tom Astle ‘provides a powerful blend of technical expertise and commercialism’ and is frequently at the centre of the highest-profile mandates handled by the firm, including his role, alongside the ‘technically strong and commercial’ James Maltby, for the senior secured lenders of Virgin Active. Deborah Gregory is ‘extremely experienced and knowledgeable in key matters of restructuring’, ensuring that she effectively protects the interests of her client base which includes many high-profile banks. Alex Kay is best-known for his bondholder work in Eastern European/emerging markets. Highly regarded partner Stephen Foster has retired.

Practice head(s):

Tom Astle

Other key lawyers:

Alex Kay; Deborah Gregory; James Maltby; Camilla Eliott Lockhart; Celine Buttanshaw; Naomi Parmar;

Testimonials

The team at Hogan Lovells is very professional but with a personal aspect to them. They regularly and proactively engage and are extremely knowledgeable in the practice area.’

They are very commercial and solutions driven.’

The team is bright and hard-working – but it is the proactive nature of the team that sets them apart. Also the level of expertise on recently introduced Restructuring Plans has also been a superb asset. The depth and quality of the wider team is also fantastic.’

Deborah Gregory is extremely experienced and knowledgeable in key matters of restructuring.   Her ability to read complex restructuring situations is unique.’ 

Tom Astle provides a powerful blend of technical expertise and commercialism.’

James Maltby brings a clear and personable style. He is technically strong and commercial.’

Key clients

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Santander

HPS

IP offerings: Interpath, Teneo, PwC, Alvarez

Argentem Creek

Gramercy

Norwegian Air Shuttle

Knighthead Capital Management

Work highlights

  • Advising the senior secured lenders on the restructuring of Virgin Active, the first transaction to compromise lease liabilities under the UK’s new restructuring plan process and a  leading case on cross-class cram down.  
  • Advising the lender committee in the $2bn restructuring of the DTEK energy group through interlocking English schemes of arrangement.
  • Advising the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in relation to the energy supply company administration of Bulb Energy Limited (ongoing) – this was the first use of the energy supply company administration regime in England.  

Finance > Debt capital markets Tier 3

The London office of Hogan Lovells International LLP works closely with other offices in the firm's international network to handle cross-border matters, drawing on expertise in both English and US law. It has niche expertise in advising bondholders on distressed debt situations, and it is one of the few firms to have a dedicated trust and agency practice. Practice head Kit Johnson is a vastly experienced partner who acts for corporate trustees on the full spectrum of capital markets transactions, both new issuances and in regard to post-issuance issues. He is particularly recommended for advice on distressed debt situations and inter-creditor disputes. Andrew Carey frequently handles international debt offerings, including securities programmes, corporate issuance and sovereign bonds. He also acts for trustees and other stakeholders in bond restructurings, and is co-head of the firm's sustainable finance and investment practice group.

Practice head(s):

Kit Johnson

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Autoliv Inc.

Citibank, N.A., London Branch

Taulia Inc.

Affinity Water

National Air Traffic Services

Equita SIM S.p.A.

Deutsche Bank

BNP Paribas

Monument RE

African Export-Import Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Citibank, N.A. as Trustee and Principal Paying Agent on the issuance of Faurecia’s €1.2 billion 2.75% sustainability-linked senior notes due 2027, which completed on 10 November 2021.
  • Advised Affinity Water, the UK’s largest water only utility, on its first green bond issuance, a Class A £130 million 0.01 per cent CPI Linked private placement due September 2038.
  • Advised National Air Traffic Services, an air traffic control provider in the UK and North Atlantic, on the launch a £750m bond issue as part of £1.6bn combined ongoing bond and bank refinancing.

Finance > High yield Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP focuses not only on the origination of high yield bonds but also on liability managements and restructurings. The firm is highly active for corporate issuers as well as for banks. It is particularly well known for bond issuance in the hospitality, real estate, automotive and aviation sectors, though it is increasingly active for clients in the technology industry. Practice head Sylvain Dhennin is the key partner for the firm’s high yield work for private equity sponsors, funds, financial institutions and corporates. Andrew Carey leads the sustainable finance and investment practice, so is involved in the firm’s work on ESG-related high yield bonds.

Practice head(s):

Sylvain Dhennin

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Crédit Agricole CIB, HSBC, Société Générale, Barclays, Wells Fargo, BBVA, and Natixis

BNP Paribas

Cinven

Ciena

Sun Capital Partners

Jaguar Land Rover

Brookfield – BCP V Modular Services Finance PLC/BCP V Modular Services Finance II PLC

Work highlights

  • Advised the client, comprising of Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, HSBC and Société Générale, Barclays and Wells Fargo, and BBVA and Natixis, on its new issuance of €300million unsecured sustainability-linked senior notes due 2028 by Rexel.
  • Advised the banks, including Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, and JP Morgan on the bond offering by Modulaire of €1.183bn Equivalent Sustainability-Linked 7Y senior secured notes and €435M 8Y senior unsecured notes.
  • Advised the issuer in the context of this large and complex bond offering to fund the acquisition by Cinven and Fressnapf of Arcaplanet.

Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP is known for its work involving unusual insurance policies and clauses, handling cases within the Lloyd’s Market and economic/trade sanctions in the (re)insurance market, as a result of Jamie Rogers’ expertise in this field. Global co-chair Nick Atkins has 30 years’ experience in insurance disputes for insurers and insured parties. Counsel Lydia Savill is active on property damage, trade credit, construction, fidelity/crime, D&O and professional liability claims.

Practice head(s):

Nick Atkins

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Mulsanne Insurance Company Limited

Citibank

CV Starr

Willis Towers Watson

Society of Lloyd’s

AXA

Securis

SCOR

Work highlights

  • Represented Mulsanne and its shareholders in ongoing litigation against a former distributor, Marshmallow Financial Services Limited.
  • Advised Citibank in relation to PPI claims for more than 10 years, and are now advising on cutting edge legal developments arising from the end stage of the permitted period for PPI claims.
  • Acting in test case litigation on issues of limitation and related strategy in response to volume claims, as part of ongoing engagement by Citibank, namely the leading case of Potter v Canada Square Operations, which has been heard in the High Court and Court of Appeal.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Mining and minerals Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP has a strong focus on contentious matters in the mining sector and advises on some very high-profile cases, including the representation of ENRC in relation to the investigation brought against it by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO). On the non-contentious side, it acts for clients on ESG matters, financing and M&A. Adrian Walker heads the team with over 25 years’ experience in mining, infrastructure and construction mandates, while Arun Velusami brings experience in mining and power projects, with a focus on the African continent.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Walker

Other key lawyers:

Ben Hornan; Kieron O’Callaghan; Arun Velusami

Testimonials

‘Detailed knowledge of arbitration procedures, comprehensive global coverage, exceptional insight into specific industry areas and requirements’.

‘Kieron O’Callaghan is a seasoned arbitration partner covering the full range of arbitration subject matter from general commercial to specific industry/commodities’.

‘Kieron O’Callaghan is a master of detail and strategy’.

‘Ben Hornan is a more junior partner who always takes a hand-on approach, leading his team from the front’.

‘Excellent disputes experience, especially in international commercial arbitration’.

Work highlights

  • Continuing to advise Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) in connection with the ongoing criminal investigation by the Serious Fraud Office, and a range of unprecedented disputes arising out of the investigation.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 3

Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 3

The construction and engineering disputes practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP acts for clients across the supply chain, covering a range of sectors including power, energy, transport, real estate development, and infrastructure. Rupert Sydenham leads the team, with a wealth of experience in procurement-related disputes, as well in formal and informal dispute resolution. Tom Smith, who was recently promoted to partner, is experienced in advising on nuclear, conventional and renewable power, as well as on aerospace and defence matters.

Practice head(s):

Rupert Sydenham

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Tom Smith is excellent. Highly experienced in big ticket work, he is a name for the future.’

‘A really excellent team. Tom Smith is truly outstanding. He has incredible attention to detail, and produces fantastic work even under intense pressure.’

‘Tom Smith is one of the very best. He has great instincts and works extremely hard for every client.’

‘Hogan Lovells’ contentious construction practice provides a tailored approach to suit the individual requirements of the client and transaction. The team provides a robust cross-practice and cross-office collaboration which puts the client’s needs first.’

‘The team has a can-do attitude supported by the right allocation of resources across all lawyer levels.’

‘Rupert Sydenham asks the right questions to get to the heart of the issues in dispute and to understand the drivers for each individual client. He leads a multi-disciplinary team which showcases an exceptional commercial mindset offering timely and pragmatic advice.’

‘Tom Smith showcases strong commercial acumen and focuses on achieving strong strategic and commercial outcomes for clients which are aligned with their interests.’

‘Rowena Evans is sharp and good at focusing in on the key issues in a way that drives value for money by supporting the commercial objectives of her clients.’

Key clients

The Met Office

Real estate > Planning Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s ‘competent, responsive and very personable’ planning team advises a variety of clients on a range of planning law matters, particularly relating to urban residential development work and the energy and infrastructure sectors. Practice head Hannah Quarterman is ‘an exceptional lawyer and one of the most approachable and personable in the field’; she acts for acquiring authorities and claimants on compulsory purchase matters. Senior associate David Wood‘s diverse expertise includes energy and infrastructure projects, and strategic applications for urban development and regeneration schemes. Senior associate Robert Gowing joined the team in September 2021 bringing his extensive experience in NSIPs and his focus on multifaceted developments in London.

Practice head(s):

Hannah Quarterman

Other key lawyers:

David Wood; Caroline Stares; Robert Gowing

Testimonials

‘Very reliant and time conscious.’

‘Extremely personable and professional.’

‘Engaging and responsive. Clear, quick advice. People are positive to work with and collaborative.’

‘Enthusiastic and passionate about the Project work.’

‘Every member of the team I have interacted with is competent, responsive and very personable. Their varied backgrounds provide them with a depth of knowledge across the board, and the leadership is second to none.’

‘My main contact is Hannah Quarterman who leads the team. She is an exceptional lawyer and one of the most approachable and personable in the field. With a calm and pleasant demeanour she is able to provide sound and commercial advice and is a skilled advocate. I trust her analysis and advice implicitly.’

‘Hannah Quarterman is well organised and efficient. She is a first-rate manager of large teams, understanding the different needs of the different members and channelling energy to best effect.’

Key clients

Landsec

Argent PLC and Argent Related

BBC

BentallGreenOak

Berkeley Homes Central London

British Land

Hammerson

M&G Real Estate

Rookery South Limited (a partnership between Covanta Energy, Veolia and Green Energy Group)

St Edward

St George

St William

The Ballymore Group

The Church Commissioners

Minerva (Stores) Limited

Berkeley Homes (East Thames) Limited

JP Morgan

Shaftesbury PLC

Nuveen

Abrdn

Work highlights

  • Advising Bishopsgate Goodsyard Regeneration Limited, a joint venture between the Ballymore Group and Hammerson plc, on all aspects of its transformative proposals for the regeneration of Bishopsgate Goodsyard, central London’s largest remaining brownfield site.
  • Advising Argent Related on the redevelopment of Brent Cross Town, which is to create a 180-acre mixed use neighbourhood.
  • Advising on Grand Union, the major residential led mixed-use redevelopment of the former Northfields Industrial Estate in Brent.

Transport > Aviation Tier 3

The aviation practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP advises on the regulation of the industry and the development, financing and acquisition of airports in addition to competition matters affecting airlines. The firm is also specialised in defence and ITAR regulation matters. Infrastructure finance expert Andrew Gallagher co-heads the team with Charles Ford who has a strong presence in the airports sector and recently worked on various acquisitions throughout Europe.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Gallagher; Charles Ford

Work highlights

  • Acted on a £1.6bn refinancing transaction involving replacing the existing complex whole business securitisation structure with a more typical investment grade unsecured borrowing structure.
  • Advised Aeroports de Paris on all aspects of its acquisition and investments in GMR Airports Limited.

Transport > Rail Tier 3

Practice head at Hogan Lovells International LLP is counsel Charles Ford who has a strong presence in the rail sector. Ford has been heavily involved in some recent developments in the rail industry such as the Government’s rail reform agenda and the sector’s Covid response. The group has advised on some major projects in the UK and it has also been active on some large and important projects in Europe recently. The team is able to utilise the firm’s international network of offices to assist on some key rail matters globally. Andrew Gallagher continues to advise lenders, sponsors and borrowers on a variety of rail projects.

Practice head(s):

Charles Ford

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Working with Hogan Lovells is built on collaboration – you really notice that the team invests time in understanding your needs as a client’.

‘Technically very strong but also a personable team that are pleasant to work with, even in stressful situations’.

‘Charles Ford brings great knowledge and provides detailed advice on some really complex issues’.

Key clients

Rail Baltica

Cross London Trains

Work highlights

  • Appointed to advise on the EUR multi billion High Speed Rail Baltica project – the largest Baltic-region infrastructure project in the last 100 years.
  • Advise Cross London Trains Limited on the £2.5bn Thameslink rolling stock programme. Recetly it has been advising on a number of programme, acceptance and operational matters, and is advising on further significant variations and commencing work on a refinancing.

Corporate and commercial > M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+ Tier 4

Roundly praised by a diverse lineup of blue-chip clients, the ‘high-calibre’ corporate practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP leverages its significant transatlantic expertise to advise on a range of big-ticket, cross-border deals. Under the leadership of Ben Higson and Patrick Sarch, the team’s recent highlights include high-value transactions for clients in the retail, tech, media, real estate, and financial services sectors. Higson is noted for his expertise in energy, natural resources, and industrials – particularly on deals with a Japanese dimension – while Sarch’s notable recent engagements include billion-dollar investment transactions in the fintech space. Sarah Shaw, who co-chairs the firm’s energy and natural resources sector group, routinely helms multi-jurisdictional matters for various key industry players throughout Europe and the Far East. The ‘meticulous’ Jonathan Russell specialises in cross-border financial services and insurance M&A, while Tom Brassington is comparably well regarded for his capabilities in the life sciences and healthcare arenas. The ‘dedicated, nimble, and proactiveJohn Connell is recommended for his adeptness in financial services deals.

Practice head(s):

Ben Higson; Patrick Sarch

Testimonials

‘A high-calibre team that works effectively across its international offices, offering clients a seamless and professional service.’

‘Jonathan Russell  pays meticulous attention to detail whilst quickly understanding the broader commercial needs of the client. A good sounding board who is happy to “challenge” in order to guide the best outcome for the client.’

‘Strong, cohesive and responsive team who provided excellent support on a complex transaction. Effectively managed the law firm providing local legal advice to provide a seamless service. The multifaceted team provided excellent, pragmatic advice on a range of issues including M&A, employment, tax, IP, privacy, and public law.’

‘Tom Brassington provided excellent support and worked with a dedicated, professional team who were a pleasure to work with.’

‘High quality lawyers who provide superior client service.’

‘Patrick Sarch is a star hire with broad experience and an innovative and open mindset.’

‘Ever available, John Connell stands out for his dedicated, nimble, and proactive approach to deal management.’

Key clients

SoftBank

PerkinElmer Inc

Patron Capital

IBM

ISTARI

Marsh McLennan

Equinor

DCC plc

ITV plc

AXA

Work highlights

  • Advised Clipper Logistics plc on its recommended circa £1bn cash and shares takeover offer by GXO Logistics, Inc.
  • Advised Patron Capital Partners (Patron) on its sale of Punch Pubs to private equity firm Fortress Investment Group.
  • Advised European FinTech IPO Company 1 (EFIC1), a special purpose acquisition company, on its business combination with Dutch tech firm Azerion, at an enterprise value of €1.3bn.

Employment > Employers Tier 4

Investment fund formation and management > Private funds Tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP is well-known for its strength in the infrastructure funds space, but the team’s expertise extends beyond this to cover venture capital, private equity and impact funds. The ‘broad and versatile’ practice’s workload includes a steady stream of fund launches and investments as well as GP-led restructurings, co-investments and ongoing regulatory advice. Nicholas Holman leads the practice, and alongside Jeremy Pickles offers clients experience across a range of fund types and domiciles. Pickles is ‘pragmatic in his advice’ while Holman is valued for ‘providing good commercial counsel’.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Holman

Other key lawyers:

Jeremy Pickles; Sarah Stewart; Amelia Stawpert

Testimonials

‘Strong and experienced team, from the top to the middle tier. That has been stable and well established for a long time.’

‘Nicholas Holman is extremely experienced providing good commercial counsel and who is supported by a strong team: Amelia Stawpert, Sarah Stewart’

‘Hogan Lovells has a broad and versatile funds practice.’

‘Jeremy Pickles has gone the extra mile to develop a strong relationship with us. He has a deep understanding of our business and particular issues we might be concerned with.’

‘Jeremy (and his team of associates) are very responsive and approachable. Jeremy has a very good understanding of the issues in hand and is pragmatic in his advice.’

Key clients

abrdn (Aberdeen Standard Investments)

British Business Bank

Columbia Threadneedle

Committed Advisors

Eurazeo

FMO

Pantheon Ventures

UBS Optimus Foundation

Ventures Platform Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising abrdn (Aberdeen Standard Investments) on the launch of its most recent European infrastructure fund.
  • Advising abrdn (Aberdeen Standard Investments) on the launch of its third ‘global’ concession infrastructure fund.
  • Assisting Abrdn (Aberdeen Standard Investments) and Investcorp on their joint venture to establish a new concession infrastructure manager based in Bahrain and on the launch of its first infrastructure fund.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 4

Plant variety protection specialist Joel Smith heads up the copyright, trade mark and design offering at Hogan Lovells International LLP, which has an impressive global footprint across the Americas, Europe, and Asia-Pacific, advising an enviable global client rosters on their global and regional IP portfolios. The team advise on high-value transactions and acquisitions in the life sciences, media, fashion, consumer, technology, and insurance sectors. Sahira Khwaja is also a key member of the team, with expertise in the consumer and TMT sectors, advising some of the world’s leading consumer brands.

Practice head(s):

Joel Smith

Other key lawyers:

Sahira Khwaja; Alastair Shaw; Emily Sharkey; Anneka Dalton

Testimonials

‘Hogan Lovells has been a great business partner for us. They provide timely responses to our legal questions and have a strong understanding of the issues we are facing. They are also very pro-active in identifying potential risks for our business and help to find economical and effective solutions to mitigate such risks.’

‘The depth of legal knowledge at Hogan Lovells and ability to bring in content and local experts is quite remarkable.’

‘Hogan Lovells works closely with our business team to find solutions that align with our business goals and objectives. Hogan Lovells brings in the right level of expertise as required for the issue to manage costs and resolve our concerns.’

‘Excellent technical knowledge, an ability to give clear and concise advice to clients and also a really lovely team of people to work with.’

Key clients

Mulsanne Insurance Company Limited

Limagrain

Lucozade Ribena Suntory

Yum! Brands

Asahi International

Treasury Wines Estates (TWE)

QatarEnergy

ViacomCBS

Getir

British Society of Plant Breeders

Work highlights

  • Advising Limagrain on an appeal to The Plant Varieties and Seeds Tribunal over Defra’s refusal to add a new barley variety to the National List for cultivation in the UK.
  • Acted for and successfully defended Treasure Wines Estates (TWE), against a complaint made to the Portman Group over the TWE wine brand Blossom Hills.
  • Advised ViacomCBS, on the IP aspects of the creation of SkyShowtime, a new subscription video on-demand streaming service, in partnership with Comcast.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 4

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 5

Hogan Lovells International LLP continues to develop its presence in individual representations, acting for a number of senior executives and individuals of interest both as witnesses and defendants in major SFO and FCA investigations, as well as cross-border proceedings brought by the likes of the US DOJ. The firm has a particular strength in the financial services space, demonstrated by practice head and former FCA prosecutor Claire Lipworth, and is also able to draw upon industry-specific expertise in areas such as mining and energy, as well as tax capabilities, from the wider firm footprint.

Practice head(s):

Claire Lipworth

Investment fund formation and management > Fund finance

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)

Hogan Lovells US LLP‘s privacy and cybersecurity practices stretches across the Atlantic and is led in the US by Washington DC-based Scott Loughlin. Such global integration, involving Hong Kong and Beijing, is an asset for the team, especially when advising on global privacy and cybersecurity matters and regulations. Compliance with the CCPA, HIPAA and GDPR are a significant part of the firm’s offering, as is the advice in connection to M&A and joint ventures in the healthcare sector. Mark Brennan and Brett Cohen are involved in a matter for Google and are providing advice in connection to cybersecurity and law enforcement surveillance and social media regulation, among other areas, and representing it in class actions. Marcy Wilder, Harriet Pearson and Paul Otto are other key names.

Practice head(s):

Scott Loughlin

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Hogan Lovells privacy and data security practice group has extensive expertise and knowledge of global privacy/security laws, and a robust team with many experts globally that can be relied on to provide clients with deep knowledge and excellent work product.’

‘Scott Loughlin is an exceptional privacy partner with expertise in regulatory, compliance and transactional matters. His ability to quickly assess an issue from a legal perspective, and translate that to practice business advice and recommendations, is extremely valuable both within the firm and to clients.’

‘Knowledgeable, responsive, and aware of business concerns and issues’

‘Michelle Kisloff is a thoughtful, experienced and relentless advocate. Able to understand and appreciate the business context necessary to deliver effective advice. Nathan Salminen is a smart, thoughtful lawyer who helps navigate complex situations calmly and carefully.’

‘Peter Marta is an exceptional legal advisor. For any company facing a data breach, he should be your first call. Peter has deep knowledge of the financial services regulatory environment and has handled countless cyber-incidents. Peter stands out for his calm demeanor, ability to communicate risk to senior management, contacts at law enforcement, and understanding of the cyber-threat environment.’

Key clients

Unum

Equifax, Inc.

Google LLC

Salesforce

Peloton Interactive, Inc.

Fox Corporation

Anthem, Inc.

Advance Publications, Inc.

Globe Life, Inc.

Foundation Medicine, Inc.

Exact Sciences Corporation

Otsuka

Truveta, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Unum in response to a data security incident and the New York Department of Financial Services’s investigation into that incident.
  • Advising Equifax on a consumer data breach announced by the company in September 2017 – one of the largest and highest profile breaches in U.S. history, affecting approximately 147 million consumers.
  • Advising Google’s global government affairs and public policy, legal, and product teams on a broad range of key data privacy, cybersecurity, technology, digital services, and Internet policy matters.

India > Foreign firms

With talent in the USA, Europe, Asia, and Dubai, Hogan Lovells International LLP provides global services, combined with its regional hub in Singapore for India-related work. It assists Indian corporates on fund raisings and investors into India companies and also acts for banks. Stephanie Keen heads the corporate and finance practices in Asia Pacific and counsel Soumitro Mukerji, who is English and India-qualified is a key member of the Singapore banking team. Jonathan Leitch‘s work spans finance and structuring, and Louise Leung is part of the banking and finance team; both are in Hong Kong. Charlie Clayton-Payne is part of the Singapore banking and finance group. ‘Clearly a high flier‘, senior associate Derrick Lau has a focus on debt and acquisition finance.

Testimonials

‘Hogan Lovells have acted for us on a number of India-related matters. They have a strong blend of deal executors and insolvency/downside capability, which is matched by strong technical ability together with commercial nous. These strengths provide confidence that they won’t miss anything, and trust in their ability to achieve the results we are looking for. Experience with other firms is that they may have the technical skill, but it is not balanced by commercial thinking, or have the execution capability, but not the forensic rigour. Hogan Lovells is overall the firm that I am most comfortable with, and I take a lot of comfort when they are acting for us.’

In terms of other services, Hogan Lovells has invested heavily, and from what I see is a market leader in Asia, in technical knowhow.’

‘Key personnel are Jonathan Leitch, Charlie Clayton-Payne, Louise Leung and Derrick Lau (Derrick is a senior associate, the rest are partners). Jonathan Leitch is primarily insolvency/downside, Charlie and Louise primarily execution, and Derrick sits across both. Whilst Derrick is currently a SA, he is clearly a high flier and is an essential part of their offering from my perspective. Sitting below the four people mentioned is a strong team of associates who are technically strong and hard working.’

‘They have a dedicated India Regional Desk which enables them to better understand the mindset of Indian clients and therefore, effectively cater to their needs. The team is led by very experienced lawyers and the work product speaks for itself in terms of the quality and expertise of the team.’

‘Stephanie Keen and Soumitro Mukerji are outstanding lawyers with in-depth knowledge of the law.’

Stephanie Keen is a mature lawyer who is highly skilled in e-commerce and retail. I would highly recommend her.’

Soumitro Mukerji possesses extensive knowledge of the Indian market. He has fantastic inter-personal skills and would not hesitate to recommend him.’

‘Stephanie Keen and Soumitro Mukerji of Hogan Lovells have a deep understating of clients’ needs in relation to India. They understand the client’s requirements, cultural issues, cost consciousness and personal approach very well. They are also very knowledgeable, capable and good persons.’

Key clients

Flipkart Private Limited

Oaktree Capital Management

Work highlights

  • Advised Flipkart, one of India’s leading digital commerce entities, on its US$1.2 billion fundraising.
  • Advised PhonePe, previously a wholly-owned subsidiary of Flipkart, on its partial spin-off as it secured $700 million in a new financing round, once again led by Walmart.
  • Advised Oaktree on its subscription for up to US$1 billion of private secured notes in a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources.

Change is happening faster than ever, and to stay ahead, you need to anticipate what’s next. Legal challenges come from all directions. We understand and work together with you to solve the toughest legal issues in major industries and commercial centers around the world. Whether you’re expanding into new markets, considering capital from new sources, or dealing with increasingly complex regulation or disputes, we can help. Whether change brings opportunity, risk, or disruption, be ready by working with Hogan Lovells.

Straight talking. Understanding and solving the problem before it becomes one. Delivering clear and practical advice that gets your job done. Hogan Lovells offers extensive experience and insights gained from working in some of the world’s most complex legal environments and markets for corporations, financial institutions, and governments. We help you identify and mitigate risk and make the most of opportunities. Our 2,800 lawyers on six continents provide practical legal solutions wherever your work takes you.

A fast-changing and inter-connected world requires fresh thinking combined with proven experience. That’s what we provide. Progress starts with ideas. And while imagination helps at every level, our legal solutions are aligned with your business strategy. Our experience in cross-border and emerging economies gives us the market perspective to be your global partner. We believe that when knowledge travels, opportunities arise.

Our team has a wide range of backgrounds. Diversity of backgrounds and experience delivers a broader perspective. Perspectives which ultimately make for more rounded thinking and better answers for you

Giving back to communities and society is fundamental to good business. And, it’s part of our core. We are advocates of justice, equality, and opportunity. Everyone at Hogan Lovells is asked to volunteer at least 25 hours a year as part of their normal work duties. Around the world, our people are making a difference through pro bono activities, community investment, and social justice.

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Straight talking. Understanding and solving the problem before it becomes one. Delivering clear and practical advice that gets your job done. Hogan Lovells offers extensive experience and insights gained from working in some of the world’s most complex legal environments and markets for corporations, financial institutions, and governments. We help you identify and mitigate risk and make the most of opportunities. Our 2,800 lawyers on six continents provide practical legal solutions wherever your work takes you.

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Our team has a wide range of backgrounds. Diversity of backgrounds and experience delivers a broader perspective. Perspectives which ultimately make for more rounded thinking and better answers for you.

Giving back to communities and society is fundamental to good business. And, it’s part of our core. We are advocates of justice, equality, and opportunity. Everyone at Hogan Lovells is asked to volunteer at least 25 hours a year as part of their normal work duties. Around the world, our people are making a difference through pro bono activities, community investment, and social justice.