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Fox Williams LLP
10 FINSBURY SQUARE
LONDON
EC2A 1AF
London

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 1

Fox Williams LLP's corporate practice covers an array of sectors, including  technology, professional services, FinTech and financial services. The firm has a specialist regulatory team that acts on financial services matters which is able to work on cross-border issues through a network  of 'best-friend' firms. The firm made two recent hires , adding Scott Keown from CMS and Jo Varia from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; Keown has a strong track record representing clients in the real estate sector on strategic acquisitions, while tax director Varia advises on corporate reorganisations and restructurings. Richie Clark heads the team, and focuses on both public and private deals. The highly recommended Mary Elliott is predominantly active in the media, publishing and technology sectors, and has a particular focus on representing early-stage companies on domestic and international M&A and investments.

Partnership Tier 1

Fox Williams LLP stands out for its track record handling high-profile mergers of international and UK law firms and other professional practices, exemplified by strategic consultant Tina Williams' advice to Andrews Kurth Kenon LLP on its transatlantic combination with US firm Hunton & Williams LLP to form Hunton Andrews Kurth. The group also assists clients with organisational structuring, strategic management, conversion to LLP structures and team moves and tax, as well as the range of partnership disputes. Daniel Sutherland heads the professional services group, regularly handling strategic and constitutional matters. Other noted individuals include contentious partnership lawyer Gavin Foggo; mergers expert Doug Preece; and Joanna Chatterton, who specialises in the intersection of employment and partnership law, including discrimination issues.

Employment: senior executives Tier 2

Fox Williams LLP is adept at handling FCA and regulatory issues including board disputes, remuneration code matters and advice relating to the senior manager and certification regime (SMCR). Other areas of expertise include senior exits, agile workforce management, discrimination and strategic HR guidance. Client sectors include financial services, fintech, insurance and professional services. Jane Mann, who co-heads the team, is recommended for her expertise in boardroom issues and in January 2019 gave evidence to the Women and Equalities select committee inquiry into the use of non-disclosure agreements in discrimination cases. David Murphy was recently promoted to partner.

Fraud: white-collar crime Tier 2

Fox Williams LLP is adept at handling regulatory, fraud, bribery, market manipulation, money laundering and sanctions compliance matters. The firm regularly handles cases for senior executives involved in investigations by the FCA, FRC and SFO. The ‘very experienced and unflappableJames Carlton co-heads the team, and is experienced in financial crime, regulation and disciplinary investigations and proceedings. Peter Wright, who also co-heads the team, is particularly experienced in conducting change in control, market abuse and insider dealing investigations. Sebastian Sayer  joined as senior associate from the FCA.

Financial services: contentious Tier 3

The non-contentious practice of Fox Williams LLP advises banks, insurers, asset managers and fintech firms, but has particular expertise in technology related matters including blockchain and cryptoassets. Financial services regulatory specialist Chris Finney leads the team. The contentious practice acts for a range of clients, ranging from global financial and legal institutions to senior individuals. The 'first ratePeter Wright focuses exclusively on financial services regulatory issues and leads the department with James Carlton, who specialises in the criminal financial services investigations space, including market manipulation investigations. They can call on the expertise of Sona Ganatra, who has 'incredible knowledge of the area' and advises on financial crime, in particular money laundering, fraud and bribery allegations. Also notable is senior associate Sebastian Sayer, who particularly focuses on criminal and regulatory matters.

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime Tier 3

Fox Williams LLP handles a broad range of white-collar and corporate crime matters including allegations of fraud, bribery, market manipulation, insider trading, money laundering and sanction breaches, as well as advising on regulatory compliance. The firm often deals with investigations by the FCA, the Serious Fraud Office and the National Crime Agency.  Co-head of team James Carlton is adept at handling financial crime matters, and regulatory and disciplinary investigations and proceedings. Peter Wright, who also co-heads the team, focuses on financial services regulatory issues. Sebastian Sayer joined as a senior associate from the FCA.

Brand management Tier 4

Fox Williams LLP's key areas of expertise span trade mark and design portfolio management, contentious IP and strategic branding and licensing advice. The practice is particularly sought after by brand owners in the retail, consumer products and fintech sectors, for which the team regularly co-ordinates brand protection, trade mark enforcement and anti-counterfeiting strategies. Simon Bennett heads the IP practice and advises on trade mark and design matters, particularly in relation to design infringement within the fashion sector. Trade mark attorney Sarah Redmond focuses on portfolio management, prosecution and opposition work.

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 4

The team at Fox Williams LLP ‘always act commercially and in a responsive manner’. Phillip Hope delivers a ‘wealth of knowledge and experience’ with a proven track record of acting for international hotels owners and ‘a significant roster of Middle and Far Eastern investors’. His team also undertakes tenant occupation, asset management and development work including regenerations, infrastructure projects and residential projects. Several high-profile London restaurants also frequently instruct the group.

Commercial property: hotels and leisure Tier 4

The team at Fox Williams LLP ‘always act commercially and in a responsive manner’. Phillip Hope delivers a ‘wealth of knowledge and experience’ with a proven track record of acting for international hotels owners and ‘a significant roster of Middle and Far Eastern investors’. His team also undertakes tenant occupation, asset management and development work including regenerations, infrastructure projects and residential projects. Several high-profile London restaurants also frequently instruct the group.

Employment: employers Tier 4

Fox Williams LLP is adept at handling FCA and regulatory issues including board disputes, remuneration code matters and advice relating to the senior manager and certification regime (SMCR). Other areas of expertise include senior exits, agile workforce management, discrimination and strategic HR guidance. Client sectors include financial services, fintech, insurance and professional services. Jane Mann, who co-heads the team, is recommended for her expertise in boardroom issues and in January 2019 gave evidence to the Women and Equalities select committee inquiry into the use of non-disclosure agreements in discrimination cases. David Murphy was recently promoted to partner.

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 4

The corporate group at Fox Williams LLP has strengths in equity finance with related experience of public takeovers, private M&A, and corporate governance. Headed by Richie Clark, the team has recently been most active in the natural resources sector, but has also demonstrated expertise in the areas of technology, financial services and fintech. In addition, the practice group has developed a reputation for handling equity finance mandates for companies in the professional services sector.

Fintech Tier 4

Fox Williams LLP acts for disruptive fintechs including a number of p2p lenders and B2C fintech platforms, and investors, focusing predominantly on alternative finance, digital wealth and blockchain-based products. On the regulatory side the group advises on FCA authorisations and PSD2 compliance, cross-border regulatory issues, product structuring, GDPR, and consumer credit applications. The firm's corporate work for fintechs and investors spans early and late stage funding rounds, private equity investments and M&A. Jonathan Segal has niche expertise in the p2p lending space, where he often guides clients through the FCA authorisation process. Associate Marc Piano has a strong understanding of the technical and regulatory aspects of blockchain and cryptocurrency projects, and sits as a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Blockchain.

Employee share schemes Tier 5

Fox Williams LLP handles a broad range of advisory and transactional work, and specialises in advising smaller listed and private companies looking to set up complex bespoke unapproved equity incentive arrangements for key executives and senior employees within the business. These include performance and growth share arrangements, partly paid share structures, tax-efficient share options and joint share ownership plans. Emma Bailey, who focuses on providing advice to smaller listed and non-listed corporate entities and their employees, directors and shareholders, heads the team. Tax director Jo Varia joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 5

The non-contentious practice of Fox Williams LLP advises banks, insurers, asset managers and fintech firms, but has particular expertise in technology related matters including blockchain and cryptoassets. Financial services regulatory specialist Chris Finney leads the team. The contentious practice acts for clients ranging from global financial and legal institutions to senior individuals. The 'first ratePeter Wright focuses exclusively on financial services regulatory issues and leads the department with James Carlton, who specialises in the criminal financial services investigations space, including market manipulation investigations. They can call on the expertise of Sona Ganatra, who has 'incredible knowledge of the area' and advises on financial crime, in particular money laundering, fraud and bribery allegations. Also notable is senior associate Sebastian Sayer, who particularly focuses on criminal and regulatory matters.

Fraud: civil Tier 5

Fox Williams LLP advises on obtaining and opposing freezing injunctions, multi-jurisdictional fraud and asset tracing claims, and frauds involving commodities and financial instruments. It also acts for individuals accused of fraud or who have become caught up in fraud claims. The firm has particular experience in litigating cases in offshore jurisdictions around the world. Clients include claimants and defendants; the team often acts against banks and financial institutions. Team head Gavin Foggo is experienced in fraud, conspiracy, fraudulent misrepresentation and equitable relief against directors and other fiduciaries. Andrew Hill joined from Stewarts Law LLP.

Commercial contracts Tier 6

Fox Williams LLP has particular experience in cross-border agency and distributorship terminations. The ‘very experienced and tactically astuteStephen Sidkin is ‘someone you want on your side rather than as an opponent' and is known for his expertise in agency and distributorship, notably concerning international agreements.

Commercial litigation Tier 6

Fox Williams LLP 'fields superb commercial litigators, who are excellent tacticians and strategists'. Clients describe it as 'a niche firm that is able to stand up to firms several times its size'. The practice's particular areas of disputes focus are civil fraud, financial services regulatory, employment, investment banking, partnership and policy holder insurance matters. Gavin FoggoTom Custance, Peter Ashford and David Butler are highly regarded advisers; group action specialist Andrew Hill was hired from Stewarts Law LLP.

Intellectual property Tier 6

The 'smart, timely, efficient, responsive and creative' team at Fox Williams LLP is noted for its capabilities in copyright and trade mark strategy, licensing matters and disputes, with particular experience in the fashion, retail, consumer and technology sectors. Practice heads, Simon Bennett and Stephen Sidkin, are 'outstanding lawyers'; Bennett counts design law among his specialisms, while Sidkin focuses on IP licensing matters. Other names to note include Sarah Redmond for trade mark portfolio management, prosecution and opposition work; and senior associate Alex Woolgar, who joined from Allen & Overy LLP and provides brand management advice.

International arbitration Tier 6

Fox Williams LLP's team 'is highly competent and efficient'. Its particular areas of expertise for international arbitration are commercial disputes involving M&A, general contractual matters, commodities, agency, joint ventures and energy. Peter Ashford is arbitration head, Gavin Foggo is noted for energy, professional services and finance-related arbitrations, and Tom Custance has experience of energy-sector arbitration.

Immigration

Fox Williams LLP acts for SMEs and individuals, spanning the energy, technology, financial services, media and education sectors, on a range of business immigration instructions. It is regularly engaged on sponsorship licence applications, ILR applications, Tier 2 PBS applications; and the team advises on all aspects of the Immigration Rules. It is instructed by a number of private schools on Tier 2 and Tier 5 applications, and also advises on sponsor licence issues. The team, which is led by Sacha Schoenfeld, is also engaged on nationality-related applications.

Travel

Bolstered by the arrival of Rhys Griffiths and associate Phyllis Acheampong from Fieldfisher, Fox Williams LLP's multidisciplinary team is instructed by leading travel sector clients. Its expertise spans regulatory and commercial work in the sector, and the team is also engaged on transactional work as well as disputes. Clients include airlines, travel agents, travel operators and online travel platforms. Griffiths has a 'strong following in the travel sector' and is advising a well-known airline on its Brexit contingency planning.

The firm: Fox Williams is a City law firm with a leading reputation in specific industry sectors and practice areas, known for its good sense and ability to deliver effective solutions. Fox Williams undertakes complex legal and regulatory work. It is often first choice for referrals from other law firms when City expertise is required. The firm is instructed by clients looking for quality advice, with a high level of partner involvement and an astute commercial focus. Fox Williams enjoys a friendly working environment that actively encourages entrepreneurial thinking and teamwork. The firm’s activities are underpinned by its core values of great client service, integrity and professionalism, its people, friendly strong relationships and open communication.

Types of work undertaken: Fox Williams is particularly active in six key sectors – fashion, financial services including fintech, natural resources, professional practices, technology and digital, and travel. The firm provides a wide range of legal services, including corporate advisory, mergers and acquisitions, dispute resolution, corporate crime and business investigations, employment, financial services regulatory, business immigration, intellectual property, international trade, partnership, real estate, tax, technology and travel regulation.

The firm’s corporate lawyers are acknowledged for their expertise and ability. Transactional teams operate nationally and internationally. The firm advises on IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, buy-outs, funding rounds, joint ventures, private equity investment and venture capital. The firm has corporate specialists in banking, insolvency, financial services including fintech and tax.

The firm’s commercial lawyers provide a wide range of services to businesses in many industries, including fashion, financial services, technology and travel. Lawyers regularly advise on agency and distributorship agreements, data security, GDPR and cyber issues, concession and franchise agreements, technology licensing and IT agreements, intellectual property, and EU and UK competition law.

One of the pre-eminent employment practices in the UK, Fox Williams advises City and international businesses on group-wide strategic issues and sensitive employee matters, particularly in relation to senior executives and disputes of reputational significance such as discrimination and whistle-blowing. The team, which includes business immigration experts, is well known for advising in the financial and professional services sectors, in regulatory matters and in board and governance disputes. The team was successful in the landmark Supreme Court case of Geys v Societe Generale, one of the largest employment claims ever brought in the UK.

The firm’s dispute resolution lawyers advise on heavyweight UK and international litigation, arbitration, regulatory and white collar crime cases and corporate investigations. The team has a specialist focus on the financial services sector, including regulatory advice and investigations, financial and banking claims, civil and criminal fraud and investigations, bribery and corruption. The team also advises on international arbitration, transactional claims, directors’ duties and shareholder disputes, commercial agents’ cases, employment and partnership disputes.

Fox Williams’ real estate lawyers advise on a wide range of issues including land acquisitions and disposals, secured lending, business leases, and landlord and tenant issues. Clients include public and private companies, pension funds, property companies (UK and offshore), local authorities, family offices and high net-worth individuals.

The firm has unrivalled experience in advising professional practices, whether they operate as general partnerships, LLPs or companies. The team advises on a broad range of business issues (including formation, mergers, acquisitions, LLP conversions, alternative business structures and, for overseas law firms, establishing offices in London and continental Europe) and strategic, management and regulatory issues. It also advises firms and partners on individual exits and team moves within the UK and internationally, enforcement of restrictive covenants, discrimination, dissolutions, injunctions and other court proceedings, mediations and arbitrations.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Paul Osborne plosborne@foxwilliams.com
Business immigration Sacha Schoenfeld sschoenfeld@foxwilliams.com
Capital markets Guy Morgan gmorgan@foxwilliams.com
Commercial agreements Stephen Sidkin slsidkin@foxwilliams.com
Commercial litigation Gavin Foggo gfoggo@foxwilliams.com
Corporate Richie Clark rclark@foxwilliams.com
Corporate crime (including fraud) James Carlton jcarlton@foxwilliams.com
Data protection Nigel Miller nmiller@foxwilliams.com
Dispute resolution Gavin Foggo gfoggo@foxwilliams.com
Employee share schemes Emma Bailey ebailey@foxwilliams.com
Employment Joanna Chatterton jkchatterton@foxwilliams.com
Employment, senior executives Jane Mann jemann@foxwilliams.com
Financial services (non-contentious) Chris Finney cfinney@foxwilliams.com
Financial services (contentious) Peter Wright pwright@foxwilliams.com
FinTech Jonathan Segal jsegal@foxwilliams.com
Intellectual property Simon Bennett sbennett@foxwilliams.com
International arbitration Peter Ashford pashford@foxwilliams.com
Mergers and acquisitions Paul Osborne plosborne@foxwilliams.com
Partnership Daniel Sutherland dsutherland@foxwilliams.com
Real estate Phillip Hope phope@foxwilliams.com
Restructuring and insolvency Paul Taylor ptaylor@foxwilliams.com
Tax Emma Bailey ebailey@foxwilliams.com
Technology Nigel Miller nmiller@foxwilliams.com
Photo Name Position Profile
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 Richie Clark  photo Richie Clark
 Tom Custance  photo Tom Custance
 Mary Elliott  photo Mary Elliott
 Peter Faber  photo Peter Faber
 Helen Farr  photo Helen Farr
 Chris Finney  photo Chris Finney
 Gavin Foggo  photo Gavin Foggo
 Rhys Griffiths  photo Rhys Griffiths
 Andrew Hill  photo Andrew Hill
 Phillip Hope  photo Phillip Hope
 Scott Keown  photo Scott Keown
 Jane Mann  photo Jane Mann
 Nigel Miller  photo Nigel Miller
 Guy Morgan  photo Guy Morgan
 David Murphy  photo David Murphy
 Paul Osborne  photo Paul Osborne
 Aron Pope  photo Aron Pope
 Doug Preece  photo Doug Preece
 Dearbhla Quigley  photo Dearbhla Quigley
 Elizabeth Ruff  photo Elizabeth Ruff
 Sacha Schoenfeld  photo Sacha Schoenfeld
 Jonathan Segal  photo Jonathan Segal
 Stephen Sidkin  photo Stephen Sidkin
 Daniel Sutherland  photo Daniel Sutherland
 Paul Taylor  photo Paul Taylor
 Mark Watson  photo Mark Watson
Ms Tina Williams photo Ms Tina Williams
 Andrew Woolf  photo Andrew Woolf
 Peter Wright  photo Peter Wright
Number of UK partners : 34
Number of assistant solicitors : 42
Number of other UK fee-earners : 12

 

  • The Software Incubator Limited (TSI) against Computer Associates Limited – Fox Williams acted for The Software Incubator in this landmark case
  • Instructed in a number of the largest and most complex white collar investigations and prosecutions brought by the UK Prosecuting Authorities, including the Serious Fraud Office, the Financial Conduct Authority, Revenue and Customs, the Office of Fair Trading and the Crown Prosecution Service, relating to allegations of fraud, money laundering, insider dealing, market abuse, cheating the Revenue, MTIC, anti-competitive practices, corruption and false accounting.
  • Fox Williams acted for Plexus Holdings plc on its recent £6million placing of new ordinary shares.
  • Fox Williams advised the seller of The Cavendish Consultancy Limited, t/a Cavendish Hospitality & Events (“Cavendish”) in relation to the sale of the entire issued share capital of Cavendish to AOK Events Limited (“AOK”).
  • Fox Williams acted for Plexus in connection with a Licence Agreement with Yantai Jereh Oilfield Services Group Co., Ltd which represents a transformational milestone for Plexus and is in line with its strategy of significantly increasing the global reach of its POS-GRIP® wellhead equipment.
  • Edge Resources Inc.  – acted for this TSXV Canadian oil & gas exploration and production company on its dual listing on AIM and on its $5 million UK placing
  • Fox Williams advised leading AIM nominated advisor and broker Allenby Capital Limited (“Allenby”) on the recent AIM IPO of Cogenpower plc (“Cogenpower”) – the first company to IPO on AIM in 2016.
  • Fox Williams advised Smiths Gore on its acquisition by Savills for up to £40 million in cash
  • Fox Williams has advised UK-based lending platform ThinCats, Europe’s biggest platform for secured peer-to-peer (P2P) business loans, on its auction of Europe’s largest non-property peer-to-peer (P2P) loan.
  • We acted for Raphael Geys, a former Managing Director for Société Générale, in his successful claim against the bank, in which the Supreme Court handed down a landmark judgment in relation to the circumstances in which an employment contract can be terminated.
  • The loan of £3.5m, to insurance group LAMP, is over three years with an interest payment of 9% per annum and is underwritten by ESF Capital. Founded in 2005 and with net assets of £24.5m, LAMP is one of the largest businesses to seek P2P funding
  • SuperGroup PLC – intellectual property issues including management and registration of all trade marks and designs, enforcement of rights and drafting and advising on domestic and international distribution, franchise, licence and agency agreements.  Co-ordinating infringement actions in the UK, and cross border actions in France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Holland, Turkey, USA, Canada, Japan, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand.

 


CLIENT:
COMPANY/FIRM: Professional practice
TESTIMONIAL: “The service is consistently high quality, thoughtful, and tailored to the particular circumstances of any deal. It is always a pleasure to work with them.”


CLIENT: CEO
COMPANY/FIRM: Payments technology company
TESTIMONIAL: “Fox Williams have been with us from the beginning when we were a couple of people with some ideas about how we could change the way payments were enabled. They have provided us with sound and pragmatic advice from day one and it is reassuring to have them as part of the wider team.”


CLIENT: Senior Executive
COMPANY/FIRM: Financial Services sector
TESTIMONIAL: “I want to thank you for the excellent job you have done here – I really appreciate it. You had just the right balance of push versus stand back…If I have the opportunity to recommend you to anyone, I definitely will.”


CLIENT: Ticketer
COMPANY/FIRM: Technology company
TESTIMONIAL: “We had complete faith in the Fox Williams team who worked, as always, exceptionally hard to deliver a successful outcome within a very tight timetable. We greatly appreciate their commitment, support and guidance throughout, yet again we owe them a significant debt of gratitude.”


CLIENT: Moneybox
COMPANY/FIRM: Mobile savings and investment app
TESTIMONIAL: “Fox Williams did what they said they were going to do, which was to navigate us through an extremely important transaction and provide a first class service. They are incredibly hard working and supported us every step of the way.”



The firm is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture.

We are proud of our dynamic, creative and diverse workforce and want to attract the most talented individuals to join us. We strongly believe that diversity is critical to our success as a business: a more diverse workforce encourages fresh thinking, new perspectives and different approaches to our clients’ issues.

Our People: “We treat each other as we would want to be treated: with respect.”

“Our People” is the centre of our core values and we seek to understand and celebrate what makes each of us unique. We are committed to ensuring that each individual is valued, respected and treated fairly at work. As part of that commitment, we also focus on the physiological and psychological health and wellbeing of our staff.

Fox Williams is a signatory to the Law Society’s Diversity and Inclusion Charter and we are committed to promoting diversity, equality and inclusion and achieving best practice in our recruitment, retention and career progression practices. Our inclusivity initiatives are led by our Diversity and Inclusion partner, Sona Ganatra, and our active Diversity and Inclusion Forum.

Our current Diversity and Inclusion initiatives include:

Staff wellbeing: We have a wide-ranging programme of events to raise awareness of the importance of well-being for everyone in the firm.

Flexible working: We recognise that some of us may have commitments outside of work; whether that is caring for family members or a keen interest in sport. A significant proportion of our staff currently work on a flexible basis, enabling them to balance different aspects of their lives.

Agile working: Recognising the competing demands on our time, we support more agile and efficient ways of working by enabling our staff to work from a different location on an ad hoc basis where appropriate.

Working parents: We understand the need for parents to balance family obligations and we have matched our enhanced shared parental pay with our enhanced maternity pay. We are a member of Cityparents and all our staff have access to a programme of seminars aimed at helping working parents.

Mentoring: In addition to providing excellent professional training to our staff, we also offer a mentoring scheme to our lawyers, to provide additional support and guidance.

Addressing the Gender Pay Gap: We want to ensure that we retain and support our talented female lawyers and staff. We recently reported on a voluntary basis to our staff on our gender pay gap and have a number of initiatives underway to assist addressing the gap, including introducing a partner sponsorship programme to our senior associates and legal directors.

Fox Williams’ Diversity and Inclusion Survey: a snapshot

In August 2018 everyone at Fox Williams had the opportunity to complete a survey on issues relating to Diversity and Inclusion within the firm.

A snapshot of the results is below.

  • 70% of staff responded to the Survey
  • 85% of those who responded agreed or strongly agreed that the firm takes D&I seriously
  • 85% of those who responded agreed or strongly agreed that the firm encourages new ideas and welcomes different opinions.
  • The majority of survey respondents wanted the firm to prioritise social mobility over the next 12 months.