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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 6

Fox Williams LLP

Fox Williams LLP, where the majority of the commercial contracts work has a cross-border flavour, has specialised in agency, distributorship and supply agreements for more than 25 years. Its team, which is 'great to work with', provides advice on contentious and non-contentious matters to principals and agents, as well as suppliers and distributors. In 2017, Stephen Sidkin and legal director Emma Roake represented The Software Incubator at the Court of Appeal in the landmark case of The Software Incubator Limited v Computer Associates UK Limited; the matter concerns the question of whether or not a licence to use electronically supplied software amounts to 'the sale of goods' under the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993. Elsewhere, another highlight involved advising Spanish company King's Education SL on an agreement with Latvia-based Saliena Development SIA to establish a British-style school in Riga. Senior associate Laura Monro is also recommended.

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

Fox Williams LLP

Financial services contentious - ranked: tier 3

Fox Williams LLP

Led by the 'incredibly knowledgeable and calm' Peter Wright,  Fox Williams LLP provides 'pragmatic, candid and helpful' advice to a wide-ranging array of clients including banks, asset management companies and fintech companies. Although he also handles some advisory work, Wright is best-known for his contentious expertise on behalf of corporate clients and individuals and in this respect has an excellent perspective gleaned through his many years' in private practice and in the enforcement division of the FSA. The 'formidable' Sona Ganatra  'has a background in commercial litigation as well as financial services work' and combines the two skills to good effect to clients that are the subject to regulatory scrutiny, particularly as it pertains to financial crime. Both Wright and Gonatra are representing a stock broking firm in respect of FCA supervisory intervention (including two skilled persons’ reviews), a complex FCA enforcement action, as well as parallel police investigations. Chris Finney has 'excellent experience and insight into regulatory issues and the regulator's approach' and leads on much of the non-contentious work handled by the firm. Clients include eBay, Tatton Asset Management and Prodigy Finance.

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

Fox Williams LLP

Fox Williams LLP's practice operates as a one-stop shop for advice on AIM IPOs, secondary fundraisings and public takeovers, among other matters. Although the firm is active across a wide range of industries, it is a particularly well-known name in the natural resources sector, where the work spans areas such as oil and gas, agriculture, mining and renewable energy. In 2017, senior partner Paul Osborne, Guy Morgan , legal director Sean Williams and others acted for AIM-listed company Plexus Holdings Plc in the £42,5m sale of its wellhead exploration and services business for jack-up applications to a subsidiary of TechnipFMC. Morgan also acted for AIM broker finnCap in Rich Pro Investment's £35.5m hostile takeover of ASA Resource Group Plc's. Other natural resources clients include Scotgold Resources Limited and SacOil Holdings Limited. The team also adds value in transactions connected with financial services (including fintech), tehcnology and professional services. Andrew Woolf and Mary Elliott are other key practitioners in the team, which is led by Richie Clark.

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M&A: smaller deals up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals up to £50m - ranked: tier 1

Fox Williams LLP

Paul Osborne¬†leads the team at Fox Williams LLP, which is noted for its expertise in financial services, technology and natural resources in particular. Osborne¬†advised Plexus Holdings on the ¬£42.5m sale of its wellhead exploration for jack-up applications business to TechnipFMC; Richie Clark¬†acted for NAVES Corporate Finance on the ‚ā¨35m sale of the company to Braemar Shipping Services; Andrew Woolf¬†assisted Clinical Computing with the sale of the entire issued share capital of its trading subsidiaries to Constellation Software; and Peter Faber¬†provided English law advice to Rubis Energie on its acquisition of the Dubai-based holding company of an Iranian bitumen manufacturer. The firm also has a strong equity capital markets and public M&A practice; Guy Morgan¬†advised leading AIM broker finnCap in connection with the ¬£35.5m hostile takeover of ASA Resource Group by Pro Rich Investments. Stifel Financial Corp, Tatton Asset Management and Directa Plus are also clients.

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Partnership
Partnership - ranked: tier 1

Fox Williams LLP

Fox Williams LLP is 'a fantastic firm with all-round strength in the partnership area'. The group handles contentious matters, such as litigation and arbitration, but is most noted for its non-contentious work, which includes the establishment of foreign law firms in the UK, mergers, partner and team moves, conversion to LLP and document drafting. 'A strong presence in this field', practice head and name partner Tina Williams advised Bond Dickinson LLP on its transatlantic combination with US-based Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice to form Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP. She also advised Greenberg Traurig, LLP on the acquisition of a team of 30 lawyers, including 6 partners, from the now-defunct King & Wood Mallesons. Highlights for Daniel Sutherland included advising Assemble LLP on a restructuring and Sedgewick Detert Moran & Arnold on the winding-up of its London office as part of the closure of its affiliated US firm in January 2018. Gavin Foggo, who 'commands confidence' and exhibits 'great judgement', is noted as 'the man you want on your team for partnership litigation'. Experienced in professional practice M&A, setting up and structuring partnerships and advising financial services firms on remuneration structures, Doug Preece is another key contact.

Leading individuals

Gavin Foggo - Fox Williams LLP

Tina Williams - Fox Williams LLP

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 5

Fox Williams LLP

‚ÄėExcellent niche City commercial practice‚Äô Fox Williams LLP¬†is ‚Äėable to hold its own in litigation against much larger firms‚Äô. It is adept at handling high-value, multi-jurisdictional frauds and asset tracing claims. The firm acts for Pamplona Strategic Investments in a $40m claim against International Standard Asset Management, Lord Fink, Surinder Arora and various Arora Group companies in relation to a fraudulent exercise of ‚Äėdrag along‚Äô rights in a shareholders agreement. Key practitioner Gavin Foggo¬†is ‚Äėhugely experienced and thoughtful in the way he approaches litigation‚Äô. David Butler¬†is ‚Äėrealistic and imaginative, with great offshore experience‚Äô. Senior associate Daniel Dodman¬†is ‚Äėvery personable, sensible and good with clients‚Äô.

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Fraud: white-collar crime
Fraud: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 2

Fox Williams LLP

‚ÄėFantastic‚Äô Fox Williams LLP¬†provides ‚Äėgreat response times, brilliantly focused advice and cost-efficient delivery‚Äô. It is adept at handling all white-collar fraud-related matters as part of its regulatory and investigations practice which has experience in representing individuals in SFO and Financial Reporting Council (FRC) investigations. The ‚Äėbrilliant‚Äô James Carlton¬†heads the team; he is ‚Äėcharm personified, able to move cases in the direction he wants effortlessly and a real operator on every level‚Äô. Newly promoted partner¬†Sona Ganatra¬†‚Äėunderstands the commercial realities and personal pressures of these investigations and proceedings and helps clients manage both‚Äô. Chris Finney¬†joined as partner from Cooley (UK) LLP. Peter Wright¬†is also recommended.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 6

Fox Williams LLP

Fox Williams LLP is 'excellent in all respects, namely its knowledge of the law, acumen and creativity'. The practice's areas of disputes expertise include civil fraud, financial services regulatory matters, employment law, investment banking, partnership issues, and policy holder-related insurance matters. It defended Hertz Europe against a Commercial Court repudiatory breach of contract claim brought by Ryanair. Gavin Foggo heads the litigation and dispute resolution department; and Peter Ashford is 'bright, involved and always available'. Tom Custance, David Butler and Chris Finney are also key advisers.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 7

Fox Williams LLP

Fox Williams LLP's predominant industry sectors for international arbitration are commodities, energy, medical and pharmaceuticals, and transport and distribution. Gavin Foggo and Tom Custance  are 'great tacticians'; and Peter Ashford  is 'very experienced'.

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 5

Fox Williams LLP

Fox Williams LLP's 'knowledgeable and effective' department fields a team of 'talented' individuals including team head Emma Bailey, who is 'a thoughtful and competent tax lawyer with excellent industry insight'. The group is particularly noted for its advice to smaller listed and private companies on bespoke unapproved equity incentive arrangements and handling corporate support work. Recent mandates include assisting Anthesis Consulting Group on the introduction of an equity incentive structure for its senior management and employees, advising QiO Technologies on its option schemes across multiple jurisdictions, and acting for Jonas Computing on the incentive elements of its acquisition of Blayhall Marine. Punter Southall Group, Four Seasons Ventures and Constellation Software are also clients.

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Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers and senior executives - ranked: tier 4

Fox Williams LLP

Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 2

Fox Williams LLP

Fox Williams LLP fields 'a good team that endeavours to provide good customer service and build good relationships with its clients'. The department excels in the financial services and professional services sectors, particularly in contentious matters; it recently defended MS Amlin in a claim for constructive unfair dismissal, age discrimination and failure to inform on its recent global merger with Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance; and defended a senior executive in an application for summary judgement in the High Court regarding a bonus dispute. Other work includes advising UK Payments Administration on TUPE issues and assisting Bank Leumi UK with a major restructuring including the closure of a substantial business line. The 'highly professional and experienced' Jane Mann heads up the group, which also includes the 'incredibly reliable' Joanna Chatterton and legal director David Murphy, who 'provides consistently pragmatic and timely advice in a calm and reassuring way'.

Leading individuals

Jane Mann - Fox Williams LLP

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Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 5

Fox Williams LLP

Fox Williams LLP¬†has an ‚Äėexcellent grasp of the technicalities of immigration law‚Äô and acts for both individuals and companies on their UK immigration needs. It regularly handles have sponsorship licence applications, applications for indefinite leave to remain and permanent residence and applications under Tier 2 of the PBS, as well as nationality-related applications. Department head Sacha Schoenfeld¬†has a ‚Äėgreat eye for detail‚Äô and is ‚Äėextremely good at communicating in a timely manner and responding to questions and enquiries‚Äô. Associate Ad√®le Standard¬†is ‚Äėreally pro-active and responsive‚Äô.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 3

Fox Williams LLP

A firm that ‚Äėdefinitely puts its clients first‚Äô, Fox Williams LLP¬†provides ‚Äėtimely and commercial advice‚Äô and ‚Äėpunches well above its weight‚Äô in hotel and hospitality sector property transactions. Department head Phillip Hope, who has ‚Äėa wealth of real estate experience‚Äô, recently advised a hotel operator on the funding and management agreements for the redevelopment and operation of a hotel in Spain; Hope also advised a separate major European hotel operator on the purchase of a long leasehold building at a significant London redevelopment site for the creation of a new hotel. Elizabeth Ruff¬†assisted Castlechain with the sale of a London restaurant as part of a asset realisation project. Letting highlights have included Ruff assisting Glendower Capital with the lease of its new London premises, and Simon Smith¬†advising FM Insurance Company on a high-value 10-year lease agreement. Rebecca Evans¬†was promoted to senior associate, but James Young left for an in-house position.

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 3

Fox Williams LLP

Fox Williams LLP¬†advises on a broad range of corporate crime issues including fraud, bribery, market manipulation and sanctions compliance. It recently acted for a large logistics company in relation to a City of London Police investigation into alleged fraudulent sales practices, after liaising and cooperating with the investigators, the investigation was terminated. Other clients include brokerage firms, foreign banks, multinational media companies and a public relations company. James Carlton¬†heads the team and is ‚Äėvastly experienced in this area and is particularly excellent in corporate investigations‚Äô. Sona Ganatra¬†was promoted to partner. Peter Wright¬†is also recommended.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 5

Fox Williams LLP

The ‚Äėextremely responsive, knowledgeable and thoughtful‚Äô team at Fox Williams LLP¬†advise fashion and technology sector clients on IP and brand management issues. Simon Bennett¬† count Superdry and AS Watson (Superdrug Stores) as clients. Rosie Burbidge¬†and Amanda Leiu¬†worked with Fenix Outdoor AB to stop the sale of counterfeit Kanken backpacks. On the trade mark side, the team manages the global IP portfolio of Glanbia Performance Nutrition. Burbridge is recommended for soft IP disputes, as is Sarah Redmond¬†for trade mark and design work.

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Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 4

Fox Williams LLP

Especially strong in offering a full range of legal services to disruptive fintech start-ups, Fox Williams LLP's department is especially active in payments and peer-to-peer lending. Practice head Jonathan Segal advised Neyber, which provides employees of large organisations with financial products, on regulatory, commercial and data protection matters. He also assisted peer-to-peer fintech company ThinCats with its largest loan to date (at the time of writing), a £6.7m facility for Chelsea Yacht & Boat Company. Revolut instructed Chris Finney on various regulatory and commercial matters. On the corporate side, Paul Taylor has been assisting Velocity Mobile with fundraising, including share issuances, and Sona Ganatra advised Balderton Capital (UK) on the regulatory aspects of its £6m investment in insurtech start-up Zego. Other clients of the team include TuTasa, MoneyThing Capital and Prodigy Finance.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 5

Fox Williams LLP

The 'superb' intellectual property department at Fox Williams LLP provides 'proactive but practical advice'. The group advises Plexus on IP licensing matters in relation to the sale of the company's exploration wellhead business to TechnipFMC. It also acts for Hardy Aimes on the management of its global trademark portfolio. 'Smart and focused' practice head Simon Bennett is considered a 'mastermind' in intellectual property matters. 'Extremely competent' senior associate Rosie Burbidge is another key name to note.

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