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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 6

Fox Williams LLP

Fox Williams LLP¬†has particular experience in cross-border agency and distributorship terminations. The ‚Äėvery experienced and tactically astute‚Äė Stephen Sidkin¬†is ‚Äėsomeone you want on your side rather than as an opponent' and is¬†known for his expertise in agency and distributorship, notably concerning international agreements.

Practice head(s):Stephen Sidkin

Testimonials

'Exceptional understanding of commercial agent law'

'Fox Williams are very transparent and able to quickly understand the key areas and how they should be assessed'

'An approachable practice which responds quickly and effectively'

'Fox Williams provides a personal service irrespective of the size of their client's business'

'Stephen Sidkin just gets it. He provides well-thought-through responses to questions and always seems to ask the right questions to quickly understand the issues'

'Stephen Sidkin is extremely proficient, demonstrates expertise in his field and is able to provide high-level, diligent advice'

'Stephen Sidkin has a wealth of industry-specific knowledge and experience and communicates the relevant detail concisely'

Key Clients

The Software Incubator Limited

Atex Media Limited

MV App Holdings Limited

Breitling UK Ltd

Johnstons of Elgin Co. Limited

John Smedley Limited

Hush Telematics Limited

Aden & Anais Limited

Hera London Limited

King’s Education SL

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Software Incubator Limited in its claim for compensation under the Commercial Agents Regulations against Computer Associates (UK) Limited.
  • Advising Atex Media Limited on a critical software maintenance agreement negotiated with major newspaper group.
  • Advising MV App Holdings Limited on its online fashion model platform.
  • Advised the UK subsidiary of a luxury Swiss watch brand on a number of matters concerning its retail selective distribution system and agreements made with authorised retailers.
  • Advising Hush Telematics Limited on its online driver/car hire platform.

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

Fox Williams LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Richie Clark

Other key lawyers:Guy Morgan; Andrew Woolf; Mary Elliott; Hannah Elliott

Testimonials

'The firm has attracted high-quality partners from larger firms, which is reflected in the quality of the people there.'

'The team is very hard working but they also seem to enjoy themselves, which makes them good people to work with.'

'State of the art understanding of fintech, an extremely fast-moving sector.'

'Guy Morgan stands out for providing clear and practical advice.'

Key Clients

finnCap Group plc

Allenby  Capital LLP

Stockdale Securities Limited

Plexus Group Holdings plc

Scotgold Resources

Summerway Capital plc

Directa Plus plc

Tatton Asset Management plc

MX Oil plc

Aukett Swanke Group plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Summerway Capital plc on its IPO on AIM and £6.1m placing.
  • Advised Stockdale Securities Limited as nomad on Location Sciences Group plc's placing by way of accelerated bookbuild to raise £2.3m and open offer to raise £500k.
  • Advised Directa Plus plc on a placing by way of accelerated bookbuild to raise £3.2m and open offer to raise £300k.
  • Advised AIM-listed Scotgold Resources Limited on its £9m placing, subscription and secured debt funding in relation to its investment in the Cononish gold mine in Tyndrum, Scotland.
  • Advised Stockdale Securities on the conditional £2m placing in Angus Energy Limited, the AIM-listed oil and gas exploration and development company.

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

Fox Williams LLP

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 rate' Peter 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.

Practice head(s):Peter Wright; James Carlton

Other key lawyers:Sona Ganatra; Sebastian Sayer

Testimonials

'They perfectly understand the FCA mindset and approach'

'Fantastic niche team, with great expertise in financial services work and related investigatory work'

'Small, pragmatic team, a number of whom have previously worked with key regulatory bodies'

'A good multi-disciplinary team with great bench strength and a combination of FCA and private practice experience'

'The firm has unique strength advising on insolvency issues for regulated entities within the Financial Services industry'

'Peter Wright heads the team and in my view is one of the leading financial services lawyers around. He is the obvious choice for any contentious FS work'

'Sebastian Sayer combines sound legal and technical knowledge with first class organisational skills and client awareness' 

'Sona Ganatra has a good approach to dealing with non-lawyer business people'

Leading individuals

Peter Wright - Fox Williams LLP

Next Generation Partners

Sona Ganatra - Fox Williams LLP

Rising stars

Sebastian Sayer - Fox Williams LLP

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Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory
Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory - ranked: tier 5

Fox Williams LLP

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 rate' Peter 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.

Practice head(s):Chris Finney

Other key lawyers:Sona Ganatra

Testimonials

'They keep it simple, real and personal'

'They deliver what is asked for without making it complicated'

'Strong all rounders with a great depth and breath of knowledge in their specialised area'

'This fantastic niche team has great expertise in FS non-contentious and contentious work and related investigatory work'

'They deliver on time and on budget and will always go the extra mile'

'Chris Finney is very impressive as well as being very personable. It goes without saying he is a subject matter expert'

Key Clients

eBay Inc.,

Prodigy Finance Limited

Neyber Limited

MoneyThing

Creditscript (UK) Ltd

Crypto Global Management Ltd

NedBank Limited

Revolut Limited

Digital Moneybox Limited

Summerway Capital Plc

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

Fox Williams LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Richie Clark

Other key lawyers:Paul Osborne; Mary Elliott; Paul Taylor

Testimonials

'A good group of well-trained and responsive associates and knowledgeable and pragmatic partners'

'Takes the time to understand clients' business and is responsive and easy to work with'

'Mary Elliott  really knows her stuff and does a great job getting the deal done'

'Mary Elliott is outstanding'

Key Clients

Constellation Software Inc.

Adam Phones Limited

Realty Invest Holding LLP

Revolut Ltd

Digital Moneybox Limited

Telia Company AB

Plexus Holdings plc

Stifel Financial Corp

Tatton Asset Management plc

5N Plus Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Realty Invest Holding on its US$46m recommended takeover of main market listed, BVI –incorporated Chagala Group Limited.
  • Advised the shareholders of Adam Phones on the sale of the company’s entire issued share capital to Radius Payment Solutions.
  • Advised Jonas Software on the acquisition of Greycon Limited, a provider of production planning, scheduling, forecasting and manufacturing software execution systems.
  • Advised Volaris Group Inc. on its agreement to acquire part of the Nokia Video Product business to form a new operating company, Velocix.
  • Acted for Wadhawan Global Capital (UK) Limited on its £40m investmnent into alternative finance company Zopa.
Leading individuals

Richie Clark - Fox Williams LLP

Next Generation Partners

Mary Elliott - Fox Williams LLP

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Partnership
Partnership - ranked: tier 1

Fox Williams LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Daniel Sutherland

Other key lawyers:Tina Williams; Gavin Foggo; Doug Preece; Joanna Chatterton; Aron Pope

Testimonials

'Daniel Sutherland provides legal and regulatory guidance which is top calibre. He also provides excellent practical advice through his experience in compliance with regulatory, NIC and tax matters.'

'One of the undisputed leaders in the field.'

'Extremely experienced practitioners who are well used to helping both substantial firms and individuals.'

'Gavin Foggo fights his client's corner fiercely without driving up costs unnecessarily and is a superb negotiator. His experience of partnership and corporate litigation is enhanced by his experience of fraud litigation.'

Key Clients

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati P.C.

Bircham Dyson Bell LLP

Reed Smith LLP

Lalive SA

Greenberg Traurig

Saffrey Champness LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP on its transatlantic combination with US firm Hunton & Williams LLP to form Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.
  • Advised Bircham Dyson Bell LLP on its merger with Pitmans LLP.
  • Advised a Switzerland headquartered law firm on the structuring and establishment of its London office.
  • Advised Michelet & Co Ltd, a Norwegian law firm, on its merger with Schjødt.
Leading individuals

Daniel Sutherland - Fox Williams LLP

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

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.

Practice head(s):Gavin Foggo

Other key lawyers:Andrew Hill; David Butler; Tom Custance; Evie Meleagros

Testimonials

'David Butler is very intelligent and very shrewd’. 

‘Gavin Foggo is an extremely experienced litigator who is able to handle and communicate with challenging clients easily’.

‘They have in-depth expertise in fraud and are the best niche City firm specialising in this field'.

‘Gavin Foggo and Tom Custance are standout litigators in the firm - both are very experienced and great tacticians’.

‘Andrew Hill is a good, hands-on partner’.

Key Clients

Hertz Europe Ltd

Supergroup Plc

Global Risk Partners Limited

Pamplona Strategic Investments Limited

IFG Group Plc

Balderton Capital LLP

The Bar Council of England and Wales

Salem Mounzer

Meem Memory Limited/Mr Kelly Sumner/ Mr Robert Brent/ Mr David Knox

Yesim Sakarya

Work highlights

  • Acting for Salem Mounzer in a $330m fraud claim involving fraudulent conspiracy arising out of transactions in the oil market.
  • Acted for hedge fund Pamplona Capital Management in a claim concerning the fraudulent exercise of drag-along rights in an investee company.
  • Acting for defendants in a €65m claim involving the alleged misappropriation of a group of companies.
  • Acting for Yeşim Sakarya in a successful application to discharge a $140m freezing order.
  • Acting on a claim for fraudulent misrepresentation in connection with the sale of interest rate hedging products.

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

Fox Williams LLP

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 ‚Äėvery experienced and unflappable‚Äô James 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.

Practice head(s):James Carlton; Peter Wright

Other key lawyers:Sebastian Sayer; Sona Ganatra; Chris Finney

Testimonials

‘James Carlton has bags of experience, good judgement and a lot of charm’.

‘James Carlton cares for and understands the personal toll of long-running criminal investigations on individual suspects’.

‘Sona Ganatra is energetic and detailed; incredibly personable and reassuring’.

‘A high-calibre boutique firm with seasoned practitioners’.

‘James Carlton is uniquely approachable, clever and very affable, a veteran of many of the largest criminal prosecutions over the last 25 years and a master tactician’.

‘Fox Williams have the diversity in practice areas to be able to handle all spin off problems, in addition to fielding the central white-collar matters with exceptional skill and aplomb’.

‘James Carlton is outstanding;  he exudes a calm confidence, is brilliant with clients and is a cunning strategist’.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 6

Fox Williams LLP

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 Foggo, Tom Custance, Peter Ashford and David Butler are highly regarded advisers; group action specialist Andrew Hill was hired from Stewarts Law LLP.

Practice head(s):Gavin Foggo

Other key lawyers:Tom Custance; Peter Ashford; David Butler; Andrew Hill

Testimonials

'A very engaging team that provides well-thought, comprehensive advice'.

'Gavin Foggo is an exceptional talent, who is very user friendly and insightful in commercial litigation - not afraid to engage with the detail but always sensitive about clients' concerns'.

'Tom Custance vigorously defends clients' cases and avoids unnecessary and expensive procedural gambits'.

'Peter Ashford is a level-headed and robust commercial litigation and arbitration partner - never overbearing but not aloof'.

Key Clients

Hertz Europe

Pamplona Strategic Investments and Pamplona Capital Management

Eric Daniels (former CEO of Lloyds Bank)

Software Incubator

IFG Group

Work highlights

  • Defended Hertz Europe against a high-value claim that was brought by Ryanair in relation to an exclusive car rental supplier agreement.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 6

Fox Williams LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Gavin Foggo; Peter Ashford

Other key lawyers:Tom Custance

Testimonials

'It is an excellent team, with a strong work ethic and excellent legal skills'.

'Peter Ashford is highly experienced in ICC arbitration matters and is a first-rate lawyer'.

'Gavin Foggo is extremely user friendly and his legal skills are outstanding'.

'Tom Custance is a standout partner'.

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 5

Fox Williams LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Emma Bailey

Testimonials

'Good level of partner support'

Key Clients

Constellation Software Inc.

Jonas Computing (UK) limited

Volaris Group Inc.

Punter Southall Group Limited

Corvia Limited

Performance Horizon Group Limited

RLT International Limited

NelsonCroom Limited

Risk First Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised both the selling shareholders of Corvia Limited (trading as Ticketmaster), and the company itself, on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Corvia Limited to a newly incorporated corporate vehicle.
  • Advising in relation to employment-related securities issues and equity incentive arrangements arising in the context of various acquisitions by various companies within the group headed by Constellation Software Inc. (a Canadian listed company).
  • Advising John Eric Daniels on his high-profile departure from Lloyds Banking Group.
  • Advising Punter Southall Group Limited and certain of its subsidiaries on an ongoing basis in relation to various complex performance share and other equity-based incentive arrangements which they have already, or are looking to, implement.
  • Advised First Choice Facilities Services Limited in relation to the implementation of an EMI option scheme for a significant employee it wanted to retain.

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Employment: employers
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 4

Fox Williams LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Jane Mann; Joanna Chatterton; Mark Watson

Other key lawyers:David Murphy

Key Clients

UK Payments Administration

Isosceles Finance

Crest Nicholson plc

Stifel Nicolaus

SCOR SE

Global Risk Partners

Maxis

Neyber

Capgemini

Bayerische Landesbank

Nedbank

Work highlights

  • Acted for investment firm Maxis Investments in its defence of tribunal proceedings brought by the company’s former CEO.
  • Defending a national law firm from a tribunal claim of sex and disability discrimination brought by a former partner.
  • Advised US technology company Winshuttle UK in its defence of a sex, maternity and equal pay claim.
  • Successfully defended MS Amlin in an unfair dismissal and age discrimination claim.
  • Defended Capgemini UK from a complex sexual discrimination and harassment claim.
Leading individuals

Jane Mann - Fox Williams LLP

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Employment: senior executives
Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 2

Fox Williams LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Jane Mann; Joanna Chatterton; Mark Watson

Other key lawyers:David Murphy

Key Clients

Nigel Turner

Peter Hunt

Nathalie Abildgaard

James Craven

Eric Daniels

Work highlights

  • Advised a senior in-house lawyer in a high-profile case relating to legal privilege.
  • Acting for Nathalie Abildgaard in her high-profile City harassment case against IFM Investors.
  • Advised a financial services employee on successfully resolving a potentially career-ending situation.
  • Acted for James Craven in his Court of Appeal bonus dispute against JLT.
  • Advised a senior compliance professional at an international bank on how to handle a delicate regulatory and compliance matter so it did not prejudice their career.

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Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 5

Fox Williams LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Sacha Schoenfeld

Other key lawyers:Adèle Standard; Yawar Abbas

Testimonials

The team has great experience in working with Russian nationals and is well-versed in assisting on the Tier 5 visa process.

Sacha Schoenfeld is very responsive to emails and has great attention to detail.

Yawar Abbas is very capable and communicative.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: corporate occupiers
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 4

Fox Williams LLP

The team at Fox Williams LLP¬†‚Äėalways act commercially and in a responsive manner‚Äô. Phillip Hope¬†delivers a ‚Äėwealth of knowledge and experience‚Äô with a proven track record of acting for international hotels owners and ‚Äėa significant roster of Middle and Far Eastern investors‚Äô. 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.

Practice head(s):Phillip Hope

Other key lawyers:Elizabeth Ruff

Testimonials

'In what are challenging times they always act commercially and in a responsive manner'.

'The Fox Williams real estate team - which is very much partner-led - punches above its weight.'

'The team are friendly, approachable and personable. Phillip Hope is a stand-out - he has a wealth of knowledge and experience, and an enviable client base - including a significant roster of Middle and Far Eastern investors. He is very commercial in his approach, calm under pressure, easy to deal with, and gets the job done.'

Key Clients

Improbable Worlds Limited

Clean Energy Partners CEP Services Limited (t/a Glennmont Partners LLP)

Work highlights

  • Acted for Improbable Worlds Limited in relation to the assignment of premises at 20 Farringdon Road, London.
  • Acting on behalf of myWorld International Limited in connection with the taking of a lease of Level 3, Bank Street, Canary Wharf.

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Commercial property: hotels and leisure
Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 4

Fox Williams LLP

The team at Fox Williams LLP¬†‚Äėalways act commercially and in a responsive manner‚Äô. Phillip Hope¬†delivers a ‚Äėwealth of knowledge and experience‚Äô with a proven track record of acting for international hotels owners and ‚Äėa significant roster of Middle and Far Eastern investors‚Äô. 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.

Practice head(s):Phillip Hope

Other key lawyers:Elizabeth Ruff

Testimonials

'In what are challenging times they always act commercially and in a responsive manner'.

'The Fox Williams real estate team - which is very much partner-led - punches above its weight.'

'The team are friendly, approachable and personable. Phillip Hope is a stand-out - he has a wealth of knowledge and experience, and an enviable client base - including a significant roster of Middle and Far Eastern investors. He is very commercial in his approach, calm under pressure, easy to deal with, and gets the job done.'

Key Clients

Park Tower Hotel

Supa Hotels

Metropolitan Hotel

Halkin Hotel Limited

Castlechain Limited

Caravan

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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 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.

Practice head(s):James Carlton; Peter Wright

Other key lawyers:Sebastian Sayer; Sona Ganatra

Testimonials

‘Fox Williams has great strength in depth on investigations and corporate crime’. 

‘The firm is hugely experienced and practised in obtaining the very best results for its clients’.     

‘Great expertise in financial  services non-contentious and contentious work and related investigatory work’.  

‘Sona Ganatra, alongside James Carlton, is an exceptional combination’. 

‘Sona Ganatra is a new partner with incredible knowledge of the area, and is very client friendly’.

‘Peter Wright is a clear leader in this area’.

‘James Carlton has a very wise head; he continually demonstrates an encyclopaedic knowledge of the pitfalls of internal investigations and is incredibly astute in achieving the best possible result for his clients’.             

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 4

Fox Williams LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Simon Bennett

Testimonials

'Sarah Redmond and Simon Bennnett are highly recommended for trade mark enforcement and commercial IP issues'

Key Clients

Superdrug Stores plc

Fenix Outdoor AB

Glanbia Nutrition Inc.

Tesla, Inc

Luxottica SpA

Work highlights

  • Advising Fenix Outdoor AB on its trade mark portfolio, brand protection and anti-counterfeiting strategy, including co-ordinating a strategy to stop the sale of copycat "Kånken" backpacks by Beechfield Brands Ltd, based on Fenix’s goodwill in the design.
  • Advising Aden + Anais, maker of premium muslin cloths and swaddles for babies, on its brand protection strategy and its trade mark portfolio.
  • Advised Salvatore Ferragamo on a collection themed around the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

  • Assising Tesla Inc with the management of its trade mark filings in the UK and EU, co-ordinating trade mark strategy with US-based firms and advising on cleantech-related issues.

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Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 4

Fox Williams LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Segal

Other key lawyers:Marc Piano

Key Clients

Neyber

Balderton Capital

ThinCats

Prodigy Finance

MoneyThing

C2FO

Property Partner

Lending Works

Revolut

Scalable Capital

Digital Moneybox

Archover

DueDil

Work highlights

  • Ongoing commercial, products and regulatory advice to Neyber.
  • Advising ThinCats on its ongoing transactional and regulatory requirements, helping set up the new institutional funding platforms and acting for the lenders on the platform for several of the most high-profile peer-to-peer loans of 2018.
  • Advised Moneybox, the mobile savings and investment app, on its £14m Series B funding round led by Eight Roads Ventures, the proprietary investment arm of Fidelity International Limited
  • Advised Lending Works Limited, the peer-to-peer lending platform, on its £2m investment from private equity house Maven Capital Partners as well as £800,000 from existing investors NVM Private Equity, Pollen Street Capital and a small number of business angels.
Rising stars

Marc Piano - Fox Williams LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 6

Fox Williams LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Simon Bennett; Stephen Sidkin

Other key lawyers:Sarah Redmond; Alex Woolgar

Testimonials

'Fox Williams has a great reputation for intellectual property work and is on top of all deadlines.'

Key Clients

Superdrug Stores plc

Fenix Outdoor AB

Glanbia Nutrition Inc.

Luxottica SpA

Bentley Clothing Limited / Brandlogic Limited

Miura Systems Ltd

Gordon Bennett International (t/a Marc Darcy)

Holland Cooper Clothing Limited

Lord Sugar and companies founded by winners of The Apprentice (including Tom Pellereau)

Plexus Holdings plc

Seraphine Limited

Gino Cerruti (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Bentley Clothing in a High Court trade mark infringement claim against Bentley Motors.
  • Defended Advantage Learning in a High Court claim for trade mark infringement and malicious falsehood.
  • Acted for StylIdeas and its shareholder, Apprentice winner Tom Pellereau, in a design infringement claim against The Dezac Group and others.
  • Instructed by Fenix to advise on its trade mark portfolio, and brand protection and anti-counterfeiting strategy, including issues relating to the Kånken backpack.
  • Defending Miura against a contractual claim brought by PayPal regarding a patent infringement action in the US.

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London: Transport

Travel
Travel: regulatory and commercial - ranked: tier 1

Fox Williams LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Rhys Griffiths

Other key lawyers:Phyllis Acheampong

Key Clients

loveholidays

On The Beach

Priceline

The Travel Network Group

Work highlights

  • Advising a leading online travel agent on its expansion into 19 other countries.
  • Advised a well-known retail website on the launch of a new travel business.
  • Advising a leading online travel agent on its airline failure planning.
  • Defending a leading online travel agency on a dispute with an airline.
  • Advising a leading retail discount website on a white label arrangement with a travel company.
Leading individuals

Rhys Griffiths - Fox Williams LLP

Rising stars

Phyllis Acheampong - Fox Williams LLP

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