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Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
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Corporate and commercial > EU and competition: trade, WTO anti-dumping and customs Tier 1

Representing major international companies and governmental bodies, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP enjoys a stellar reputation across the gamut of WTO and trade law areas, encompassing investment treaty arbitration, trade policy and agreements, subsidy control, sanctions and customs issues. Practice head Lode Van Den Hende has over 25 years experience in EU regulatory and international trade matters, regularly advising major public and private sector clients. Consultant Eric White is highly experienced in WTO law and EU rules governing trade with non-EU countries, which he brings to bear as he handles significant UK post-Brexit work. Sanctions specialist Susannah Cogman regularly advises clients on complex sanctions imposed in relation to Iran, Russian, Syria and Libya, while Daniel Hudson boasts extensive experience in bribery, corruption, and money laundering issues. Other names to note include Morris Schonberg, who has built a solid reputation for his experience in relation to anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations.

Practice head(s):

Lode Van Den Hende

Testimonials

‘The team has excellent detailed knowledge of all legal issues relating to competition, state aid and trade, and new areas such as the foreign subsidies regulation.’

‘Their outstanding legal knowledge combined with their very client friendly approach sets them apart from other law firms. All team members are incredibly impressive from the partners to the most junior associates.’

‘Lode van den Hende has an outstanding reputation in the market, particularly in relation to state aid/subsidy control and trade. Lode is also leading HSF’s work in relation to the Foreign Subsidies Regulation, a completely new area, and he has established HSF as one of the top firms in this area.’

‘Morris Schonberg is a star at his level. He is exceptionally knowledgeable and dedicated and has an excellent way of communicating messages to clients.’

‘Herbert Smith Freehills is a practice that comprises of legal professionals that have extensive skills in international trade law, public international law and advising on a range of international treaties, as well as providing representation in trade settlement disputes.’

‘Eric White and Morris Schonberg are outstanding individuals in their own right.’

‘Eric White’s extensive experience of the WTO and the EU were invaluable, as he was able to draw upon this knowledge of the workings of these organisations to effectively advise us on our matters.’

‘Morris Schonberg is commended for this exceptional eye for detail, his ability to thoroughly analyse matters and undertake extensive research on issues. He is a brilliant legal practitioner with extensive knowledge in international trade law.’

Key clients

The Southern African Customs Union

British Sugar

British American Tobacco

AerCap

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) in a bilateral dispute with the EU under the EU-Southern African Development Community Economic Partnership Agreement concerning a SACU safeguard measure on certain EU poultry imports.
  • Represented British Sugar on its challenge in the English Courts of the UK’s autonomous tariff rate quota for raw cane sugar, on the basis that it amounts to a subsidy to its competitor, Tate & Lyle – this case represents the first Court proceedings in relation to the UK’s new subsidy control framework.
  • Advising several multinational companies from various sectors on how imposed international sanctions impact their organisation and business dealings with Russia and Ukraine, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 1

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP‘s client roster comprises many of the best known financial institutions across the globe. Operational resilience, consumer duties and market disclosures are just some of the core areas of focus for the firm. Lauded expert Jenny Stainsby heads up the global financial services regulatory offering, with Hywel Jenkins taking the lead in London. The team has ‘seen it all before from both sides‘, and fields numerous practitioners with experience working for major domestic and overseas regulators, including Karen Anderson. Chris Ninan primarily acts on FCA and PRA enforcement actions, while Susannah Cogman operates at the intersection between regulatory obligations and criminal law. Andrew Procter now acts as a consultant for the department. In other team news, Jon Ford made partner in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Hywel Jenkins; Jenny Stainsby

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable and experienced. Seen it all before from both sides.’

‘Hywel Jenkins – he’s very pragmatic; good market insight into what regulators’ priorities are; provides sensible commercial advice; deep understanding of the financial services industry.’

Key clients

TSB Bank plc

Work highlights

  • Advised TSB Bank on the resolution of investigations brought by the FCA and PRA arising out of the migration of TSB’s customer data to a new platform.
  • Acted on behalf of a guarantor lender in an investigation by the FCA into the lender’s assessment of creditworthiness and affordability, as well as customer complaints handling.
  • Advised a number of banks on individual accountability issues arising out of risk management failures, including potential disciplinary consequences, conduct rules, fitness and propriety, and regulatory references.

Corporate and commercial > Partnership Tier 1

Operating across the legal, financial and professional services sector, the ‘top flight’ partnership and LLPs department at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP offers a practice encompassing specialists in the disputes, corporate, employment, incentives, regulatory and tax field. The team is co-headed by corporate lawyer Malcolm Lombers, who offers extensive experience in handling large partnership structures, mergers, disposals for major accountancy firms and joint ventures, and Alan Watts, who is frequently instructed on high profile partnership disputes for hedge funds, global law firms, professional service firms and real estate organisations. Complementing their employment practices, the ‘capable and effective litigator’ Tim Leaver and the ‘brilliant’ Nick Wright handle contentious and non-contentious partnership work. Andrew Taggart’s expertise lies in disputes, investigations and appointments and exits of members and employees of LLPs, while Chris Bushell focuses on contentious matters particularly in the asset management space. Members of the firm’s tax group, Josh Lom and Isaac Zailer, specialise in advising on the structuring of taxation on partnerships, both in the UK and internationally.

Practice head(s):

Malcolm Lombers; Alan Watts

Testimonials

‘Nick Wright is highly responsive, knowledgeable and commercial.’

‘Nick Wright is brilliant.’

‘A really top flight group that is highly professional.’

‘Good attention to detail and a commercial approach.’

‘Tim Leaver is a very capable and effective litigator. He is superb with clients and commands respect. Nick Wright is a highly efficient individual that is always on top of it all.’

‘Andrew Taggart is very good with people.’

‘The team is very easy to deal with. They are always providing timely and commercial advice that is easy to understand.’

Key clients

Anchorage Capital

KPMG

PWC

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Willis Towers Watson

The Ardonagh Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Anchorage Capital in respect of its partnership entity restructuring arrangements, including the adaptation of two existing US LLP Deeds.
  • Assisted a professional services client in relation to two separate claims of professional negligence brought by former clients of the firm.
  • Advised a private banking organisation in relation to the departure of one of their senior partners and apparent breaches of the restrictions placed on them while on garden leave.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 1

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has ‘a long pedigree as a leader in disputes generally‘, with its civil fraud practice stated to be ‘unrivalled’. The team is particularly adept at handling multi-jurisdictional, high value and complex fraud cases, and specialisms include fraud cases in the cryptocurrency sector, as well as acting for sovereign wealth funds on misappropriated assets in different jurisdictions. Practice head Jeremy Garson is ‘one of the best in the business‘, and has recently been active in complex cross-border cases pertaining to allegations of unlawful and dishonest conduct, including bribery, dissipating assets and sham transactions.  ‘Stand-out partnerNatasha Johnson specialises in proceedings related to the financial services industry, including alleged financial misstatements, financial and consumer mis-selling and director misfeasance. ‘OutstandingWilliam Turner, specialist for fraud matters involving offshore trusts, as well as Chris Bushell and associate Heather Rankin are further key members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Garson

Testimonials

‘Herbert Smith Freehills’ practice is unrivalled. The firm has a long pedigree as a leader in disputes generally, and its civil fraud practice includes many of its stand-out partners and fee earners.’

‘Jeremy Garson is one of the best in the business. Extremely clever and always gets to the difficult points before anyone else in the room. He is also a superb strategist and draftsman.’

‘Superb team, very well led. Strength in depth – all levels are excellent.’

‘Jeremy Garson is a standout practitioner. He is responsive, thinks strategically and has a razor sharp intellect.’

‘Quite simply the smartest team on the market.’

‘Jeremy Garson is fiercely intelligent, very hard-working and always has client’s interests at heart.’

‘Brilliant legal team; hands on, creative and solid deep analysis.’

‘Jeremy Garson is best for civil fraud / tort claims. Dave Philips and Will Turner are very good.’

Key clients

Jinxin Inc

Certain of the former non-executive directors of Carillion

Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration and Production Corporation (SIPC); Addax Petroleum UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Jinxin Inc in ongoing fraudulent misrepresentation claims brought in connection with its US$661m acquisition in 2016 of a majority stake in Media Partners & Silva, a sports rights media business, which went into insolvency shortly after its acquisition.
  • Acted as advisors to certain former non-executive directors of Carillion plc in relation to proceedings brought by the Secretary of State, where claims against the directors include that they engaged in alleged financial statement fraud.
  • Represented SIPC and Addax, subsidiaries of the Sinopec Group, in highly complex fraud proceedings arising from the 2012 purchase by SIPC and Addax of a 49% stake in a significant upstream business in the North Sea. The respondent is Repsol, SA. The claim is valued in excess of US$ 4 billion.

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 1

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is the ‘leader of the pack in commercial litigation’ with wide ranging experience defending securities class actions and related group claims, advising leading domestic and international banks. Rupert Lewis is ‘strategically aware and client-friendly‘, and sits at the helm of the team, with a practice regularly acting for banks and financial institutions in high-profile, complex disputes. Damien Byrne Hill, global co-head of dispute resolution at the firm, also regularly acts for major financial institutions, alongside ‘excellent litigator’ Chris Bushell and Simon Clarke who has a ‘encyclopedic knowledge of banking law‘. Nic Patmore is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Rupert Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Damien Byrne Hill; Simon Clarke; Chris Bushell; John Corrie; Emma Deas; Ajay Malhotra; Nic Patmore; Julian Copeman; Jon Ford; Scott Warin; Mark Tanner, Sarah Penfold; Catherine Bagge; Tom Wyer

Testimonials

‘Rupert Lewis: the perfect litigator. Hands on, a good team manager, strategically aware and client friendly. Julian Copeman: very experienced, calm and skilled at managing large cases.’

‘Chris Bushell and Jon Ford – deep experience in FS contentious work, and both very nice guys to work with.’

‘Simon Clarke has an encyclopedic knowledge of banking law and is ready to engage with and resolve knotty academic law questions which may arise in a case. He has great attention to detail and cares passionately about achieving the best outcome for his clients.’

‘Rupert Lewis has a great manner with clients and is able to present advice in a clear, readily understandable way.’

‘There are many impressive associates including Nic Patmore, Scott Warin, Mark Tanner, Sarah Penfold, Catherine Bagge and Tom Wyer who are given quite a bit of responsibility in running day-to-day matters and perform their roles to the highest standard.’

‘A standout team acting in many of the largest and most important banking cases in the UK for a range of the very best clients.’

‘Chris Bushell is an exceptional litigator who combines excellent client management skills with strong strategic judgment, backed by a very strong team of associates.’

‘Leader of the pack in commercial litigation.’

Key clients

UBS

Bank of England

National Australia Bank

RSA Insurance Group

BNP Paribas

Société Générale

Standard Chartered plc

Work highlights

  • Advising National Australia Bank Limited (“NAB”) in relation to a group claim brought by over 800 Claimants in 8 separate claims, alleging, amongst other things, fraudulent misrepresentation and deceit.
  • Acting for the Bank of England as a defendant in proceedings issued by the Maduro Board of the Central Bank of Venezuela which has requested the release of gold deposits exceeding $1bn in value held by the BoE on behalf of the BCV.
  • Acting for Standard Chartered plc in relation to four securities class actions arising out of certain published findings by US and UK regulators.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 1

The team at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is the ‘top choice for litigation of significant value, strategic importance or complexity’, covering the whole gamut from general commercial disputes to more specialist areas, including insurance disputes, with a dedicated international arbitration practice. The firm is particularly well placed to see clients through the energy transition, and provides a comprehensive service for its clients through alternative legal services businesses within the firm’s international offices. Paul Lewis, previously the head of the insurance disputes practice at the firm, has recently replaced Damien Byrne Hill as managing partner of the disputes practice, with the latter returning to full-time practice. Alan Watts is another key name at leadership level, acting as the head of both global class actions, and UK commercial litigation. The ‘excellent technical knowledge’ of the team is thanks in part to dual-qualified Julian Copeman, Natasha JohnsonAndrew Cooke, and solicitor advocate Rachel Lidgate. Of counsel Catherine Emanuel is another key figure in the team, with specific expertise in class actions.

Practice head(s):

Paul Lewis; Alan Watts

Testimonials

‘Unique strength in depth for UK dispute resolution, including expertise in numerous specialist areas.’

‘Chris Bushell – extensive experience of shareholder claims under FSMA despite this being a new area of law.’

‘I have been seriously impressed by their capabilities. They have a strong litigation and competition litigation offering, from junior associate level through to partners. They are able to get up to speed with issues quickly and understand our products at a deep level. It is refreshing to find associates that are as knowledgeable about the law and procedure as the partners.’

‘Stephen Wisking is a rare find. He has a deep and extensive knowledge of both the law and CAT procedure, from direct experience. He is able to combine his competition expertise with a strategic litigator’s mind. I unfalteringly trust his judgment on large scale competition class actions.’

‘Possibly one of the most adept teams I have worked with; incredibly client-focused and able to respond to queries quickly and comprehensively.’

‘The team has important availability, excellent technical knowledge, transparent exchanges’

‘The quality of service is second to none; a top choice for litigation of a significant value, strategic importance or complexity.’

‘The speed with which you can bring a partner on board and up to speed when a complex dispute arises is continually impressive.’

Key clients

AerCap Ireland Limited

Certain of the non-executive directors of Carillion

CNH Industrial, Iveco Group N.V. and Stellantis (together “Iveco”)

Jinxin Inc

Post Office Limited

RSA Insurance Group Limited

Sky

J.D. Williams & Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Supporting to AerCap Ireland Limited in relation to recovery actions against airline lessees and guarantors relating to the loss of aircraft and engines in Ukraine and Russia following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the imposition of international sanctions.
  • Acting as advisors to certain of the former non-executive directors of Carillion plc in relation to director disqualification proceedings brought by the Secretary of State. The liquidation of Carillion was extremely high profile and is continuing to attract significant publicity, including as a result of related parliamentary select committee investigations, FCA and FRC investigations and a civil claim by the Official Receiver against Carillion’s former auditors KPMG.
  • Advising Iveco as UK competition litigation counsel in relation to follow-on damages claims stemming from the European Commission’s settlement decision in Trucks, one of the most high profile competition infringement and follow-on damages cases in Europe. Currently there are in excess of 30 claims in the UK including two proposed Collective Proceedings Orders under the UK’s regime for collective redress in competition cases.

Dispute resolution > Competition litigation Tier 1

Stephen Wisking leads the ‘truly stellar‘ team at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP alongside Kim Dietzel. The group is regularly instructed to represent clients in cases concerning unfair terms and pricing allegations leading to collective actions, often appearing before both UK and EU courts. Wisking has an ‘excellent strategic mind‘, and is known for defending collective actions before the CAT, in addition to handling both standalone and follow-on claims; while Dietzel, praised for her ‘great judgement‘, focuses on all aspects of private enforcement, often appearing in the CAT as an advocate. Natalia Rodriguez was promoted to partner in May 2023, and has vast expertise in abuse of dominance matters and antitrust investigations. ‘Standout‘ senior associate Joe Williams acts in a number of regulatory appeals and CPO applications.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Wisking; Kim Dietzel

Other key lawyers:

Natalia Rodriguez; Suzy Campbell; Joe Williams; Andrew North

Testimonials

‘A truly stellar team with unmatched dual expertise across competition law and litigation.’

‘Kim Dietzel is responsive, thoughtful and direct, with great judgement.’

‘Joe Williams is a standout associate who is always on top of the facts but with an eye for the big picture.’

‘Rolls Royce competition litigation department.’

‘Stephen Wisking is the most astute litigator in the city. Excellent strategic mind, superb technical expertise, a delight to work with.’

‘The team has considerable depth of skill and expertise.’

‘Stephen Wisking combines his acute intellectual ability with fantastic market knowledge and an enviable judgement.’

Key clients

Meta

Iveco Group

Google

Amazon

MUFG Bank

Roland

The Computer & Communications Industry Association

Aquind

Work highlights

  • Representing Meta in an application for a CPO brought in the UK CAT by a proposed class representative on behalf of an alleged class of 45m Facebook users, seeking approximately £3bn in aggregate damages.
  • Advising Amazon on its defence of a CPO application issued in November 2022 in the CAT brought on behalf of an alleged class of 50m Amazon customers in the UK, seeking approximately £1bn in aggregate damages.
  • Advising Iveco as UK competition litigation counsel in relation to follow-on damages claims stemming from the European Commission’s settlement decision in Trucks.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 1

With 'huge strength in depth in international arbitration', Herbert Smith Freehills LLP‘s London-based team has an enviable excellent track record in achieving arbitral awards, particularly in relation to energy disputes and investor-state conflicts. Global arbitration head Paula Hodges KC is 'a leader in the London market' for energy, telecoms and technology disputes; and Craig Tevendale heads the international arbitration group in London. Also integral to the firm's offering, Andrew Cannon leads the India disputes group; Chris Parker KC 'commands the respect and attention of the room'; James Doe is UK construction disputes practice head; and David Nitek specialises in the resolution of infrastructure, construction and engineering claims. Counsel Marco de Sousa and senior associate Louise Barber are also key team members. During 2023, former senior associates Hannah Ambrose and Charlie Morgan were both made partners, while of counsel Anuradha Agnihotri was recruited from Indian firm Trilegal, where she was partner.

Practice head(s):

Paula Hodges KC; Craig Tevendale

Testimonials

Extremely deep and capable team at every level, from the most senior silk to the trainee.

Strong ability to grasp complex facts and ambiguous areas of law, while still providing practical, useful and strategic advice. Clear communicators, and juniors who are extremely capable and instil confidence in the client.

‘The strength of the team is how well it works together.’

‘Very strong team with huge strength in depth in international arbitration.’

‘Paula Hodges KC is outstanding and a leader in the London market.’

Craig Tevendale is a highly persuasive advocate.

‘Chris Parker KC is a very calm advocate and a pleasant and effective opponent, who commands the respect and attention of the room.’

‘Andrew Cannon is clear, very well respected, and very efficient.’

Key clients

Star Power Hydro

Chevron

BP

Eni

SCF II

Sinopec

Mylan

Standard Chartered Bank

Vedanta

Woodside

Work highlights

  • Representing two major international energy companies in a dispute concerning a mega-value oil and gas project in Africa.
  • Representing the sellers in an LNG price review arbitration against an Asian buyer.
  • Acting for Star Hydro in two LCIA arbitrations, including a dispute with a government-owned company that owns and manages Pakistan’s electricity transmission network.

Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations Tier 1

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP‘s contentious tax team works within the firm’s full-service offering and has expertise in the full range of tax disputes. The group is active on behalf of prominent domestic and multinational clients and is experienced in key areas such as tax fraud and negligence. Department head Nick Clayton is a solicitor advocate and CEDR-accredited mediator who acts for financial institutions, corporates, and UHNWIs. Clayton is highly experienced in international tax matters, with expertise in both investigations and disputes. Michael Hunt advises on tax disputes across a range of sectors, including banking, energy, real estate and technology, and has experience at the First-Tier Tribunal, Upper Tribunal, and Court of Appeal. Senior associate Dawen Gao is described as ‘exceptional’ by clients.

Practice head(s):

Nick Clayton

Other key lawyers:

Michael Hunt; Dawen Gao; Avi Haffner

Testimonials

‘The team at HSF have been very excellent throughout our dispute resolution process, working collaboratively with our business and guiding us through both dispute resolution and litigation.’

‘Michael Hunt is an excellent tax lawyer and very responsive to the needs of our business. He has guided us seamlessly throughout litigation.’

‘Very responsive and hands-on. Realistic and well-measured advice. Highly experienced in all manner of litigation. A pleasure to work with. Serve their clients extremely well.’

‘This team demonstrates sound judgement and an excellent rapport with clients and counsel. They are very skilled lawyers who provide very well-balanced and grounded advice. Stand out individuals: Michael Hunt, Nick Clayton, Dawen Gao.’

‘The team delivers great service, always responsive to client needs and going the extra mile. As a client, you can be as involved as you wish, or trust them to get on with things independently. They have strong working relationships with KCs.’

‘Dawen Gao is exceptional and runs the case, making the entire process much easier. She explains clearly and concisely and makes sound recommendations that allow for easier decision making.’

Key clients

Axiata

UBS

PacifiCorp

Orsted

Berkeley Group

Neptune Energy

Guardian Assurance Limited

ReAssure Limited

Work highlights

Employment > Employee share schemes Tier 1

Praised for its ‘concise, relevant and commercial‘ advice, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP‘s practice is active across the remunerations spectrum, with key areas of focus being share plan and incentives related issues, including on major corporate transactions such as the recent reverse takeover of Shaftesbury plc, and corporate governance advice. Clients include blue chip listed and private companies, with the team advising a number of clients within the financial services sector. 'Stand-out employee' Paul Ellerman and Mark Ife, who is praised for his 'exceptional depth and breadth of knowledge', lead the team. Kiran Khetia is an expert on cash and share-based incentive arrangements, while Niall Crean has a notable focus on financial services remuneration mandates.

Practice head(s):

Paul Ellerman; Mark Ife

Other key lawyers:

Kiran Khetia; Niall Crean; Chris White; Scott Miller

Testimonials

‘Very focused on understanding the client, and building relationships with the client, so that advice is concise, relevant and commercial.’

‘Mark Ife is exceptional – whip smart, pragmatic and gives quick, commercially aware advice. He is a pleasure to partner with.’

‘Team is proactive. They keep abreast of market trends and suggest changes to executive incentive arrangements rather than having to be asked.’

‘Paul Ellerman and Christopher White are stand outs. Both are very knowledgeable and instill confidence with bespoke solutions to issues.’

‘Paul Ellerman and his assistant Chris White are first class. Very responsive, clear and plainly experts in their field.’

‘Exceptional depth and breadth of knowledge, with practical understanding as well as technical understanding; this combination is invaluable.’

‘The personalities of the team members make it a joy to work with them. They are always professional but know when we need to find humour in trying circumstances.

‘Paul Ellerman and Niall Crean are the stand-out employees: we rely on these two advisors specifically to make sure we link all the various strands of incentives together.’

Key clients

Made.com Group Plc

easyJet Plc

Spirax-Sarco Plc

Moneysupermarket.com Plc

Suez

The Ardonagh Group Ltd

Associated British Foods Plc

Remy-Cointreau

Comcast

Hammerson Plc

BHP

WH Smith Plc

Jet2.com Plc

BAT Plc

Page Group Plc

Genus Plc

Kin + Carta Plc

Inchcape Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Made.com on matters including the employee share schemes, remuneration and corporate governance aspects of its first annual report as a listed company.    
  • Advised Capital and Counties Properties on the share plan aspects of its £1.96 billion reverse takeover of Shaftesbury.
  • Advised Stagecoach on the impact of a £595m public to private cash offer on its share plans, including its all-employee Share Incentive Plan.

Employment > Employers Tier 1

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP advises on the defence of major multi-party claims before employment tribunals, as well as assisting with the non-contentious employment aspects of sales, mergers and insolvencies, including industrial relations and cross-border employee transfers. The team is led by Andrew Taggart, who has 20 years of experience in employment litigation, industrial disputes and corporate transactional matters. He is supported by Tim Leaver, who also has a mixture of transactional and litigious expertise. Further key names in the team include Christine Young, who heads up the firm’s employment-related data protection and data subject rights sub-practice, and the experienced Peter Frost. Senior associate and barrister Siân McKinley and employee outsourcing expert Jennifer Andrews are also integral.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Taggart

Testimonials

‘Deep thinkers with a wide grasp of the law. Cases are led by outstanding, extremely knowledgeable and insightful partners and resourced intensively by with highly qualified and super-co-operative teams of assistants. It is a delight to work with them as counsel.’

‘Andrew Taggart is an highly incisive legal thinker with a keen eye on the big picture and practicalities, with outstanding emotional and intellectual intelligence. Peter Frost has unrivalled knowledge of the area and great wisdom and judgment enhanced by his lifetime’s experience.’

‘An outstanding commercial employment team who offer a rare combination of commercial lit and employment lit experience within the team. Their experience is second to none and with plenty of new talent coming through they remain at the top of their game.’

‘Christine Young – a superb litigator with great judgment.’

‘They are very good at providing comprehensive legal advise to a comprehensive set of problems. They are also extremely adept and advising as to where you need more legal advice.’

‘Peter Frost – Technical, considered, calm and amiable.’

‘Andrew Taggart – you enjoy talking with him about legal problems and he is good at dealing with them in a light hearted way.’

‘HSF has real strength across the range of employment work. They particularly impress with the volume of matters which they can take on, and their ability to master complex legal arguments quickly.’

Key clients

Tesco

Post Office

Church Commissioners of England and Wales

The administrators (from PwC) of Made.com Design Limited

Stagecoach

Marex Group

Go-Ahead Group

Capital and Counties Properties

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

The Ardonagh Group

Chevron

Page Group

Kin + Carta

Uber

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for Post Office in relation to the defence of test case proceedings issued in the Employment Tribunal by 120 postmasters seeking accrued holiday pay on the basis that they claimed to be “workers” under UK employment protection law.
  • Provided strategic employment advice prior to the insolvency of Made.com Design Limited.
  • Advised The Go Ahead Group in relation to its acquisition and de-listing by private equity investors. This included managing all aspects of the transaction including, employment-related Takeover Code matters, coordination of support across multiple European jurisdictions and providing strategic employee and industrial relations advice in relation to the client’s communication with its employees and trade unions. Also assisted the client with subsequent board-level changes and departures.

Industry focus > Emerging markets Tier 1

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is among the most active firms in emerging markets, and in 2022 alone its Africa and India practices alone were involved in more than990 and 331 client matters. 'What sets it apart is its dedication to emerging markets', notes one client, adding that the firm has 'a team of highly skilled attorneys who are well-versed in the legal and regulatory issues involved in these markets and are able to provide creative and effective solutions'. Martin Kavanagh, who is global co-head of the Africa Group, and up-and-coming partner Dhananjaya Chak recently advised Eden Renewable Cite Private Limited, a joint venture between Total-Eren S.A and EDF Renouvelables S.A., and its sponsors in connection with a $165m green term loan to finance a 300MW solar project in Rajasthan, India. William Breeze has extensive expertise in prepayment and pre-export finance transactions, and structured commodity trade finance. He acted for International Finance Corporation (IFC) and ING Bank N.V. in a $275m green loan financing to the Louis Dreyfus Company, for use by its Brazilian subsidiary. Head of global M&A Gavin Davies, global head of arbitration Paula Hodges, UK head of both the arbitration and energy practices Craig Tevendale, and global head of debt capital markets Amy Geddes are all firmly focused on emerging market work.

Practice head(s):

Martin Kavanagh; Gavin Davies; Paula Hodges KC; Craig Tevendale; Amy Geddes

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I have had the pleasure of working with HSF on several occasions (and on very different matters, sanctions, project finance, debt capital markets, M&A) and have been impressed by their expertise, professionalism, and commitment to client service. What sets it apart is its dedication to emerging markets. While many large law firms may focus solely on their large Western corporate clients, HSF takes the time to give equal attention and resources to their emerging markets clients. They have a team of highly skilled attorneys who are well-versed in the legal and regulatory issues involved in these markets and are able to provide creative and effective solutions for their clients.’

‘In addition to their expertise in emerging markets, HSF is also known for their commitment to client service. They take the time to listen to their clients’ needs and concerns, and work closely with them to achieve their goals. They are highly responsive and always available to provide guidance and support when needed.’

‘Standout partners are: Amy Geddes (London, DCM) and William Breeze (Project Finance and Energy, London).’

Key clients

Airtel Africa

African Development Bank

Asian Development Bank

ArcelorMittal

Bharti Enterprises

bp Plc

EDEN Renewables India

EDF SA

GIC

Goldman Sachs

Government of Malawi

HSBC

Inchcape plc

IHS Tower

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

OneWeb

Standard Chartered Bank

TATA Group

Work highlights

  • Advising the Government of Malawi and IFC on the development and structuring through a PPP model of the proposed 350MW Mpatamanga Hydropower Project, along Malawi’s Shire River.
  • Acting for IHS Towers – one of the largest independent owners, operators, and developers of shared telecommunications infrastructure in the world – on its acquisition of 5,709 telecommunication towers in South Africa from MTN (Mobile Telephone Networks Proprietary Limited), one of the leading mobile telecommunications operators in South Africa, as well as providing Power-as-a-Service to MTN at approximately 12,800 sites across South Africa (including the acquired 5,709 sites).
  • Advised OneWeb regarding its proposed combination with Eutelsat Communications, a listed French satellite and telecommunications company, to create one of the world’s largest satellite operators.

Industry focus > TMT Tier 1

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is known for acting on high-profile TMT matters across M&A, joint ventures, IPOs, venture capital and foreign investment work. The practice is also well-versed in outsourcing transactions, IP litigation and data security. Veronica Roberts co-heads the team with extensive experience of working with the CMA, EU Commission and BEIS on competition law matters. Other co-head Nick Pantlin specialises in advising private and public sector clients on outsourcing and IT matters. Hayley Brady advises media and entertainment companies on content licensing, joint ventures and advertising issues. Jeremy Purton works on long-term technology-enabled transformation programmes.

Practice head(s):

Veronica Roberts; Nick Pantlin; Hayley Brady

Other key lawyers:

Jeremy Purton; David Coulling

Testimonials

‘A cross-practice team of appropriate partners and associates is formed according to the need for each brief and they work extremely well together, all contributing to open dialogue with us the client as together we define the problem and explore potential solutions.’

‘Genuine interest in our unique issues and commitment to finding practical solutions, via a collaborative approach. Usually well led and facilitated by David Coulling and Jeremy Purton.’

Key clients

Comcast Corporation

Pearson

Uber

Meta

Apple

Amazon UK Services

Oneweb

R2 Semiconductor Inc

Virgin Media O2 UK Limited

Inmarsat

Sky UK Limited

Tata Communications

Telefonica UK (O2), Telefonica S.A.

Orange

Vodafone

WiseTech Global

Bharti Group

Dentsu

Madison Square Garden Company

TimeWarner

Insurance > Insurance litigation: for policyholders Tier 1

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP‘s insurance and professional risks team ‘works incredibly hard, is extremely knowledgeable and has the bravery to make the tough calls‘. An associate partner for the UK Association of Insurance and Risk Managers, the team works on a wide range of complex issues impacting policyholders, including energy claims, cyber insurance and warranty and indemnity insurance. The last of these is a particular area of expertise for the ‘fantasticSarah McNally. The team continues to be involved in advising high-profile clients on business interruption issues arising from the COVID-19 crisis, following its success in the 2020 FCA test case concerning such claims. Paul Lewis heads the team, head of the firm’s global contentious insurance and reinsurance practice. Praised for its ‘ability to give sound legal advice at each stage’ of a dispute, the team has expertise in alternative dispute resolution, with Alexander Oddy leading the firm’s practice in this area, as well as advising on policyholder claims in the energy and natural resources sector both in the UK and internationally.  Greig Anderson is particularly experienced working for financial institutions; Fiona Treanor combines energy claim experience with technical reinsurance work.

Practice head(s):

Paul Lewis

Testimonials

‘I find it important that the people I deal with are approachable and straight forward to work with. The HSF team certainly have these qualities.’

‘Their approach to tackling a problem and willingness to engage and get on with things.’

‘I have for several years worked closely with HSF and I continue to be impressed with their capabilities – pragmatic advice, international network – insurance litigation market leaders.’

‘They have a highly competent insurance disputes team with commercial nous and ability to give sound legal advice at each stage of the dispute (pre-mediation, mediation, pre-arbitration, arbitration). They are very quick to grasp complex technical matters and apply the law to the dispute at hand. They also offer an innovative tool for assessing litigation risk.’

‘Alexander Oddy and Fiona Treanor are highly competent and likeable individuals and are always readily available. Great and proactive communicators’

‘They work incredibly hard, are extremely knowledgeable and they have the bravery to make the tough calls and push for the best outcome. They leave no stone unturned in looking to get the best possible result for the client.’

‘Sarah McNally is fantastic. Not only is she incredibly knowledgeable and hardworking, she really cares about providing the best service to the client. She gives you absolute faith that she will push for the best result possible.

‘Very strong team and excellent back-up as required from powerhouse litigation practice.’

Key clients

Aercap

Sky

JD Williams

Work highlights

  • Advising Aercap on claims under aviation insurance policies in excess of US$3.5 billion relating to the loss of aircraft and engines in Ukraine and Russia following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the imposition of international sanctions
  • Advising Sky on a significant insurance claim under a construction all risks project policy relating to the design and build of its new office headquarters in West London.
  • Advising J.D. Williams & Company Limited in their defence of a £64 million claim brought by the insurer Allianz concerning financial responsibility for PPI redress

Insurance > Product liability: defendant Tier 1

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP handles a range of matters  including major product liability disputes, class actions, large scale product recalls, client competitor claims and prosecution of advertising litigation. The firm also advises on regulatory compliance laws, risk management and regulatory insurance challenges. Howard Watson specialises in personal injury-related matters with civil and criminal liabilities arising from dangerous or defective products. He co-heads the team with Philip Pfeffer, who works on product liability regulatory issues. Partner David Bennett has extensive experience of major product liability class actions and product recall cases.

Practice head(s):

Howard Watson; Philip Pfeffer

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘An excellent team. Significant depth of experience and knowledge of the law. Very flexible in how they get the work done and proactive in making suggestions.’

‘Leaving aside their technical knowledge, which is excellent, it is rare to find lawyers that our business colleagues trust and are happy to work with, but this is the case with Howard and David. In addition, HSE law is not something I am familiar with; Howard and David are able to explain new and complicated concepts to me in a way I understand.’

‘Very experienced and professional team, with a good understanding of clients’ needs.’

‘Practical, timely and helpful advice, very dedicated and responsive individuals’

‘In addition to being experts in the area of law and industry, the team provide excellent client service.’

‘Greg Loss has a depth of experience across years of practice, and the team includes knowledgeable partners like Ben Rubinstein and Joseph Falcone as well as up-and-coming associates like Maxwell Herman.’

‘Highly knowledgeable and provide great comfort on a sensitive area of potential litigation.’

Key clients

Diageo

BAT

Associated British Foods

Volvo Trucks

General Mills

Eat Just

Zitsticka

Work highlights

  • Acted for Diageo in relation to the global coordination of legal and commercial issues arising from its distribution of thalidomide in the late 1950s/early 1960s.

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 1

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has is instructed on numerous high-level instructions from leading firms. The firm also has a strong financial sector presence, reflected by a client list which includes numerous major banks, including National Australia Bank and UBS. William Glassey is experienced in defending solicitors, barristers, pensions actuaries, and property professionals in diverse subject matters. Paul Lewis specialises in disputes involving solicitors, insurance brokers, and pensions advisors. Sarah McNally regularly advises clients in construction, infrastructure, energy, and so forth. Antonia Pegden specialises in technical pensions and solicitor’s professional negligence.

Practice head(s):

William Glassey; Paul Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Herbert Smith Freehills professional negligence team are excellent. They’re a pleasure to work with, technically and tactically brilliant, not afraid of the detail.’

‘Will Glassey is technically and tactically brilliant. Proactive, resourceful and quickly gets stuck into the details. Will is an excellent lawyer and a trusted adviser.’

‘Will Glassey is rightly highly rated in professional negligence / regulatory matters, and brings to bear his great experience in the sector for clients. I have complete comfort that there is no waffling, and he brings real authority to the case. He knows the law and regulation (and the nuances), he knows the people (barristers / opposing firm) and the regulator (the SRA).’

‘The team is easy and a pleasure to work.’

‘This team has first-rate industry knowledge and excellent relationships with the Bar. The quality of the partners and associates is consistently high.’

‘Paul Lewis is impressive.’

‘Alexander Oddy has the ability to interpret the most complex of insurance contracts.’

Key clients

National Australia Bank

UBS

Marsh

Work highlights

  • Advising National Australia Bank Limited in relation to a group claim brought by over 800 Claimants in 8 separate claims, alleging, amongst other things, fraudulent misrepresentation and deceit.
  • Defending a group of claims which are being case managed together. Around 514 claimants are advancing claims against the Ingenious Media group and financial intermediaries – 51 of these Claimants have advanced claims against UBS.
  • Defending Andrew Thornhill KC in a claim brought by 110 individuals who invested in tax-driven film finance schemes called Scotts Atlantic in 2002 to 2004.

Investment fund formation and management > Listed funds Tier 1

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP works with a market-leading roster of UK-listed clients, regularly handling the full complement of transactional and regulatory matters. Practice head Tim West is a specialist in investment fund work whose wide-ranging capabilities span fund launches, secondary raisings, and regulatory compliance reviews. Closed-ended investment funds specialist Nigel Farr is well versed in both public and private fund formation, while Nish Dissanayake is a regular port of call for clients seeking assistance with regulatory concerns. Other key figures include Shantanu Naravane, who regularly handles closed-ended listed fund work with a private equity or healthcare focus.

Practice head(s):

Tim West

Other key lawyers:

Nigel Farr; Nish Dissanayake; Shantanu Naravene

Key clients

abrdn Emerging Markets Investment Company

abrdn Frontier Markets Investment Company

Amedeo Air Four Plus

Apax Global Alpha

Baillie Gifford US Growth Trust

BioPharma Credit

Boussard & Gavaudan Holdings

Brunner Investment Trust

Carador Income Fund

CVC Credit Partners European Opportunities

Doric Nimrod Air One

Doric Nimrod Air Two

Doric Nimrod Air Three

DRI Capital Inc

Gabelli Merger Plus+

HarbourVest Global Private Equity

Henderson European Focus Trust

Highbridge Tactical Credit Fund

Hipgnosis Songs Fund

Impax Environmental Markets

India Capital Growth Fund

JPEL Private Equity

JP Morgan American Investment Trust

JPMorgan Asian Investment Trust

JPMorgan Elect

JPMorgan Global Core Real Assets

Work highlights

  • Advising RBC Capital Markets and J.P. Morgan Cazenove, as joint bookrunners, in connection with a proposed placing by 3i Infrastructure.
  • Advising JPMorgan Global Growth & Income (JGGI) on its merger with The Scottish Investment Trust (SIT).
  • Acted for JGGI on a proposed combination with JPE pursuant to a scheme of reconstruction under section 110 of the Insolvency Act 1986.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure: Project finance and development Tier 1

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP works with blue chip clients on domestic and international mandates of an ever-growing scale, possessing deep asset knowledge that is balanced between renewables and emerging assets as well as carbon-producing energy. The firm is a key adviser on a number of PPP projects around the world, working closely with sponsors, lenders and governments on the financing, developing and structure of complex projects. Notable work includes project financing the NeuConnect Interconnector between England and Germany, negotiating the debt facility for waste-to-energy and battery storage developments in the UK,  and advising on a Hydropower project in Malawi. Martin Kavanagh is recognised for  his cross-border work, with experience in markets such as Uzebekistan, Nepal, Angola and Lesotho, advising on the development and financing of the full range of asset types. Matthew Job leverages more than 20 years of project finance experience to advise multinational companies and financial institutions on funding both brownfield and greenfield developments, working regularly alongside Silke Goldberg , who is highlighted for her clean energy, climate change and ESG know-how. Helen Beatty is well regarded for her wide-spanning and far-reaching practice , and is seen as a key driver in the group’s renewable energy and battery value chain offering. David Wyles left the firm in December 2022 to join Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

Practice head(s):

Martin Kavanagh; Matthew Job

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘HSF presents a strong team with strength across all levels of the team. Martin Kavanagh ensures that work is done at the right levels, which also helps ensure cost effectiveness. The team has an excellent understanding of the market which really adds value to us as a client.’

‘Joanne Elson has excellent attention to detail which enables her to suggest practical solutions to issues that arise. She is committed to her clients and that commitment greatly assist in getting deals across the line in an efficient manner.’

Key clients

Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), European Investment Bank (EIB) and UK Infrastructure Bank (UKIB)

Government of Malawi

Iron Acton Green Limited as borrower (a subsidiary of Cero Generation Holdings UK Limited)

High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

Strabag

Hochtief

International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Meridiam

EDF Renewables

Dynamic Mining

Adriatic Metals plc

Total-Eren S.A,

KEFI Gold and Copper Plc

Transmission Capital Partners Limited Partnership

BNP Paribas, ING Bank, Natixis CIB and Société Générale

Green Investment Group (GIG)

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

Dynamic Mining

Work highlights

  • Advised lenders on the financing of the NeuConnect Interconnector Project, which will be the first interconnector between England and Germany (two of Europe’s largest energy markets) and one of the first interconnectors in Europe to be project-financed.
  • Advising the Government of Malawi on the development and structuring through a PPP model of the proposed 350MW Mpatamanga Hydropower Project, along Malawi’s Shire River.
  • Advised the winning consortium composed of Macquarie Capital, SK Engineering Co Ltd and Webuild SpA (Salini Impregilo) on the financing and project documents in respect of the €2.0 billion (19.8 billion NOK) Rv555 Sotra Connection 25-year PPP road project on Norway’s west coast.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Mining and minerals Tier 1

The ‘team of experts’ that comprises the mining practice group at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is frequently instructed by high-end international mining clients across a full suite of matters, including transformative M&A transactions, project finance, and mine development, alongside dispute resolution and crisis management issues in the space. The team continues to devote much of its time to advising natural resources clients on critical ESG-related matters. Practice head Greg Mulley is vastly experienced in the space, excelling on public and private mining M&A in addition to business-critical issues including shareholder activism, financial distress and crisis management. Helen Beatty comes highly recommended for her ‘long expertise in the mining & minerals sector’ and excels on major project finance matters across the mining and energy transition sectors. Laura Hulett is a key name for cross border M&A, project finance and development, joint ventures and restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Greg Mulley

Other key lawyers:

David Walton; Paula Hodges KC; Laura Hulett; Helen Beatty; Shaun Williamson

Testimonials

‘Team of experts very nice to work with. Provide bespoke and useful advice to deal with difficult situations.’

‘Helen Beatty: long expertise in the mining & minerals sector.’

‘Provide practical and effective solutions to legal problems. Very commercial lawyers. Reliable.’

‘Deeply experienced in key mining regions and with complex projects for the world’s largest mining companies.’

‘In-depth knowledge and experience in the mining finance sector Great collaboration across UK, Australia and SA and ability to pull in the right expertise across teams and offices, regardless of geography Very responsive and always available.’

‘Helen Beatty is an extraordinary partner and a pleasure to work with on transactions. She is able to create momentum in transactions and also always solution-driven, looking to find a way forward between borrower(s) and lenders(s). David Walton is highly experienced, and is an expert for complicated structuring issues, given his vast experience across continents.’

Key clients

Anglo American

BHP

ArcelorMittal

Ma’aden

Ecora Resources

Ferrexpo plc

Adriatic Metals plc

Greatland Gold Plc

Neometals Ltd

Dynamic Mining

Cornish Lithium

Norilsk Nickel

Orion Mine Finance

KEFI Gold and Copper Plc (“KEFI”)

Kinross Gold Corporation

Petrogal, S.A.

Mercuria Energy Trading SA

Base Resources

Itochu

Hainan Mining Co. Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Ferrexpo plc in relation to its crisis management response to the incursion by Russian armed forces into the territory of Ukraine.
  • Advising Ma’aden on various M&A matters including its announced investment in Ivanhoe Electric and mining exploration joint venture in Saudi Arabia.
  • Advising Adriatic Metals plc in connection with the financing for the development of its Vareš base metals project in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 1

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP remains among the leaders in the space, well-recognised in the marketplace for its full-service capabilities in the oil and gas sector. In particular, the team excels on energy M&A work, alongside an emphasis on oil and gas financings – with particular strength acting for lenders, borrowers and project sponsors in upstream financings and complex upstream and midstream project finance work. Specialisms in HSSE, ethics & compliance, sanctions, construction, cyber, tech, tax and insurance bolster the group’s offering in the space. Practice head Lewis McDonald has significant experience throughout the energy value chain, particularly upstream oil & gas, LNG, power and renewables. Seasoned litigator James Baily is the go-to name on the team for contentious matters, with his experience including cross-border disputes related to major energy projects. Head of global arbitration Paula Hodges has over 30 years experience advising on international disputes in the space, whilst Reza Dadbakhsh focuses his practice on the oil and gas, LNG and power sub-sectors.

Practice head(s):

Lewis McDonald

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 1

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is well-known for its abilities handling key financing and M&A in relation to renewable, conventional and nuclear energy both domestically and in emerging markets. Power and renewables is the focus of experienced team member Sarah Pollock, who focuses on these areas in relation to significant acquisitions and project developments. Silke Goldberg also has expertise in these sectors with a focus on climate change liability and litigation, whilst Matthew Job is finance-focused. In addition, the team is well-equipped to handle new tech in the sector, involving carbon storage and power generation, hydrogen, batteries and energy storage matters. The global co-lead of energy Lewis McDonald also leads the firm’s London-based power practice. Notably, Dhananjaya Chak, who has experience handling energy acquisitions in international contexts, was promoted to partner in May 2022. David Wyles departed to Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Lewis McDonald

Key clients

NeuConnect Interconnector Project lenders

InterGen

Mitsui & Co Ltd

Riverside Energy Park Limited lenders

AQUIND

Renewable Power Capital (RPC)

Iron Acton Green Limited

Government of Malawi

Total-Eren S.A, EDF Renouvelables S.A

Samsung C&T Corporation

Transmission Capital Partners Limited Partnership (TCP)

AMP Energy Services Limited

SMBC

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP)

Work highlights

  • Advising the lenders of Neuconnect, the German x British interconnector, in relation to the financing of the same.
  • Advising InterGen on the sale of their UK business, including 2.8GW of gas and 450MW of battery storage.
  • Advising Mitsui & Co on the acquisition of Aker’s subsidiary Mainstream Renewable Power with 6.5GW of developed generation capacity.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Water Tier 1

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP‘s water team takes instructions on the full spectrum of issues, advising water companies on commercial matters, major projects, financings and regulatory concerns, while also acting for construction companies and investors involved in the water industry. Additionally, the practice also acts for water companies in disputes. Leading the practice are competition and regulatory specialist Tim Briggs, who also advises on procurement and state aid, and Malcolm Lombers, who handles water-related M&A. Kristen Roberts focuses on financing work, with a particular niche in debt finance, while Tom Marshall handles infrastructure transactions in regulated sectors.

Practice head(s):

Tim Briggs; Malcolm Lombers

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The HSF team provides exceptional support to our business and holds an excellent insight into our corporate history and issues that may affect us.’

‘The advice is always tailored and on-point to our specific needs.’

‘The depth of the team is impressive, but very personalised support is provided.’

‘The team adds significant value to our business and have helped us navigate through some difficult issues / projects.’

‘HSF are regarded as the go-to firm for all our complex, high-profile matters and have continued to differentiate themselves from the competition through the quality of their service and key personnel.’

‘The long-term retention of the same core team in utilities economic regulation sector is highly commendable. This enables in-house teams to work with an external advisory team that already has a demonstrable understanding of the client’s issues and ways of working.’

‘The team’s lead partner for the various engagements with us, Tim Briggs, brings a calm, measured, very knowledgeable approach to addressing often difficult and complex regulatory issues, which is always welcome and very useful in the midst of sometimes frenetic programmes.’

Key clients

Anglian Water

Severn Trent

Tideway

Southern Water

Thames Water

Water UK

Market Operator Services LimitedMitsubishi Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advising Southern Water in connection with its PR24 price control review.
  • Assisted Tideway to secure modifications from Ofwat to the revenue and incentive provisions of its licence to allow for additional costs caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Advised Thames Water in connection with on its South East Strategic Reservoir Option project – the proposed new reservoir near Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 1

An extension of the firm’s renowned disputes offering, the offering at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP spans all contentious and non-contentious aspects of public and administrative law, including judicial review, tribunal proceedings, government inquiries, and statutory appeal work. Jointly leading the practice are the vastly experienced Andrew Lidbetter and Nusrat Zar, whose combined experience covers an extremely broad range of key sectors including media, telecoms, energy, transport, utilities and financial services. Jasveer Randhawa is another key contact and trusted advisor to major commercial organisations and public bodies and regulators, while senior associate James Wood has developed a solid reputation for expertise regarding professional disciplinary investigations and freedom of information issues.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Lidbetter; Nusrat Zar

Other key lawyers:

Jasveer Randhawa; Anna Eliasson; Christine Iacono; James Wood

Testimonials

‘HSF have been our advisors for over 20 years. They combine excellent sector knowledge with first-class public law advice.’

‘They provide comprehensive, well considered advice, are always available and are on your side.’

‘The best public law team in the City.’

‘Andrew Lidbetter is the country’s leading public law solictor, extremely knowledgeable and a brilliant tactician.’

‘Jasveer Randhawa is already one of the top public lawyers in London, a devastatingly brilliant intellect which she wears commendably lightly.’

‘Andrew Lidbetter is one of the best.’

‘Outstanding public law practice with huge experience.’

‘Our go-to team for public law matters.’

Key clients

High Speed Two (“HS2”) Limited

Stagecoach Group plc

British Sugar plc

Severn Trent Water Limited (“STW”) and Severn Trent Property Solutions Limited (“STPS”)

Post Office Limited

NNB Generation Company (SZC) Limited

Centre for Advice on Individual Rights in Europe (“AIRE”)

AQUIND Limited

Church of England: Several entities including the Church Commissioners and the Archbishops’ Council

Water UK

Neptune E&P UKCS Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for High Speed Two in defending a procurement claim relating to its decision to acquire 54 high speed trains for operation on the UK’s new high speed railway.
  • Acting for British Sugar in its judicial review challenge to the decision by the UK Government to introduce an autonomous tariff quota for raw cane sugar with effect from the end of the Brexit transition period.
  • Acting for STW and STPS, two of the defendants in group litigation which was commenced by around 140 personal search companies against the major water and sewerage companies in England and Wales.

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 1

Praised for its ‘deep expertise across the real estate spectrum’, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is particularly well-versed in big-ticket real estate transactions. With know-how of asset management, development, financing and leasing, practice head Jeremy Walden advises overseas clients with first time UK investments. Donald Rowlands is well-placed to assist clients with the corporate, property and taxation aspects of acquiring and disposing property, while Nick Turner leads the corporate occupiers space and caters to joint venture transactions, mixed-use developments and pre-letting transactions. Simon Elliot is often engaged in financing as well as landlord and tenant matters and Julian Pollock is sought out by inbound investors. Richard Forsdyke and Will Turnbull are geared for significant multi-phased development projects and head of the corporate real estate team Paul Chases is well-informed on development joint ventures. Shona Grey and Alex Wright are noted for their prowess in private equity transactions and Sebastian Taylor, as well as Kathyrn Coveney, were both promoted to partner in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Walden

Testimonials

‘The HSF team is a very approachable, down to earth and friendly team, however above all, they are diligent advisers. They understand the commercial challenges facing us as a business and help to steer around issues, ensuring progress on transactions.’

‘Shona Grey is always on hand to support and provide guidance where needed.’

‘The team generally go above and beyond to answer queries, make themselves available for calls, and support in any way that is needed.’

‘The team continuously demonstrated a high degree of focus and importance on the project, and a good level of urgency when acting on queries.’

‘An excellent working knowledge of the field.’

‘Shona Grey is a very friendly and approachable partner. She is supported by specialist partners who are always happy to support where needed if specific queries arise.’

Key clients

PSP

CPPIB

Transmission Capital

Macquarie

KKR

Hammerson

LCR

Brookfield

Cain International

Ballymore

Greenland

Madison International

AEW

Brookfield

Work highlights

  • Advised British Land and its joint venture partner on their extensive redevelopment and pre letting programme.
  • Advised Lazard on the lease of its head office lease at 20 Manchester Square, London.
  • Advised Dechert LLP on its new London HQ at 25 Cannon Street, London.

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 1

Praised for its ‘deep expertise across the real estate spectrum’, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is particularly well-versed in big-ticket real estate transactions. With know-how of asset management, development, financing and leasing, practice head Jeremy Walden advises overseas clients with first time UK investments. Donald Rowlands is well-placed to assist clients with the corporate, property and taxation aspects of acquiring and disposing property, while Nick Turner leads the corporate occupiers space and caters to joint venture transactions, mixed-use developments and pre-letting transactions. Simon Elliot is often engaged in financing as well as landlord and tenant matters and Julian Pollock is sought out by inbound investors. Richard Forsdyke and Will Turnbull are geared for significant multi-phased development projects and head of the corporate real estate team Paul Chases is well-informed on development joint ventures. Shona Grey and Alex Wright are noted for their prowess in private equity transactions and Sebastian Taylor, as well as Kathyrn Coveney, were both promoted to partner in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Walden

Testimonials

‘A top-tier real estate practice, who bring excellence to everything they do. They are capable of handling any top drawer real estate transaction.’

‘One-stop shop for complex development work. The quality of lawyers is excellent.’

‘Will Turnbull is always professional, very responsive and co-ordinates the team to deliver a quality product within the deadlines required.’

‘They are technically excellent and the quality of work/advice is second to none. This is combined with an excellent commercial understanding of the development sector and a can-do approach.’

‘John Gordon stands out for his ability to spot problems on the horizon and provide quick solutions to ensure transactional timescales are met. He has excellent technical and negotiation skills. A highly organised individual.’

‘Excellent property development team.’

‘The team has continued to demonstrate an outstanding level of client service through ensuring the team understands their needs in great detail and providing the highest level of support in that regard.’

‘Jeremy Walden is closely supported by Sebastian Taylor. These two individuals have been the absolute stand-outs throughout the development.’

Key clients

PSP

CPPIB

Transmission Capital

Macquarie

KKR

Hammerson

LCR

Brookfield

Cain International

Ballymore

Greenland

Madison International

AEW

Brookfield

Work highlights

  • Advised British Land on all aspects of the Canada Water development project.
  • Advised CPPIB on a new joint venture partnership with Lendlease Group of a new 50:50 development joint venture partnership.
  • Advised The Madison Square Garden Company on the proposed development of MSG Sphere London.

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 1

Praised for its ‘deep expertise across the real estate spectrum’, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is particularly well-versed in big-ticket real estate transactions. With know-how of asset management, development, financing and leasing, practice head Jeremy Walden advises overseas clients with first time UK investments. Donald Rowlands is well-placed to assist clients with the corporate, property and taxation aspects of acquiring and disposing property, while Nick Turner leads the corporate occupiers space and caters to joint venture transactions, mixed-use developments and pre-letting transactions. Simon Elliot is often engaged in financing as well as landlord and tenant matters and Julian Pollock is sought out by inbound investors. Richard Forsdyke and Will Turnbull are geared for significant multi-phased development projects and head of the corporate real estate team Paul Chases is well-informed on development joint ventures. Shona Grey and Alex Wright are noted for their prowess in private equity transactions and Sebastian Taylor, as well as Kathyrn Coveney, were both promoted to partner in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Walden

Testimonials

‘Very deep expertise across the real estate spectrum.’

‘Jeremy Walden is an assured and detailed team leader.’

‘They are responsive, client focused, and have in depth commercial understanding. They provide pragmatic and forward thinking solutions.’

‘Efficient team and a great understanding of market. Patient in getting clients up to speed.’

Key clients

PSP

CPPIB

Transmission Capital

Macquarie

KKR

Hammerson

LCR

Brookfield

Cain International

Ballymore

Greenland

Madison International

Work highlights

  • Advised Blackstone on its £395 million sale of St Katharine Docks, a mixed-use marina complex in the city.
  • Advised Brookfield on the sale of Two London Wall Place to Kingboard Investments.
  • Advised Straits Real Estate on all aspects of the acquisition of seven office buildings, two industrial buildings and six plots of development land at Gloucester Business Park.

Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 1

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, a developer-led practice, provides front-end project implementation advice across multiple sectors. Renowned for its expertise in the real estate sector, the firm delivers expert counsel on significant UK development projects. In the energy and infrastructure spheres, the firm’s insights extend to interconnector projects, renewable energy initiatives, and pioneering decarbonisation projects. Tim Healey, head of the team, offers strategic procurement advice and leads negotiations for high-profile development projects, particularly in sustainable construction and decarbonisation. Nicholas Downing offers vast experience on major domestic and international projects across the commercial real estate development, energy, transport and infrastructure sectors. Matthew Bool, who joined the group in April 2023 from Ashurst, where he was head of the non-contentious construction team, contributes his expertise in UK real estate development. Iain Suttie, of counsel, is highly regarded for his specialisation in major urban regeneration and infrastructure programmes within the transport and energy sectors.

Practice head(s):

Tim Healey

Testimonials

‘The team is strong, and they work well together, so the client does not have a single focal point.’

‘Their strengths are (1) availability, (2) knowledge, and (3) teamwork.’

‘Quality team who are able to assist with the most complicated of projects.’

‘Iain Suttie is an absolute font of knowledge and brings assurance to any transaction.’

‘Absolutely bang up to date in law and expected legal changes.’

‘Nick Downing has lustrous skills in construction, but with a fabulous legal bandwidth. He never fails to return a call, and the work produced under his supervision is never, ever less than of the highest and most rigorous quality.

Key clients

British Land

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Related Argent

Brookgate

HB Reavis

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

BP Exploration Operating Company Limited

Cero Generation

IGI Poseidon

High Speed Two Limited

Hammerson

Nuveen

RWE Supply & Trading AG

VPI Immingham

Schroders

Work highlights

  • Advised British Land on the 53-acre redevelopment of Canada Water to provide up to 3,000 homes as well as workspace and retail, leisure, entertainment and community space.
  • Advised Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners’ Energy Transition Fund on the development of the HØST power-to-x facility in Denmark, using electricity from renewables to produce CO2-free green ammonia and provide district heating to the local area.
  • Advised HB Reavis on the large-scale redevelopment of Elizabeth House, Waterloo, London to provide 1.2m sq ft of workspace, retail space and public realm connected to Waterloo Station, including significant rail interfaces.

Real estate > Planning Tier 1

The planning team at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP demonstrates ‘exceptional experience and expertise’ across commercial development and energy and infrastructure projects. Practice head Matthew White has a wealth of experience advising developers on the promotion of commercial regeneration schemes and mixed-use developments, working on projects across the UK and internationally. Senior associate Martyn Jarvis also advises on significant mixed-use commercial development projects. Catherine Howard has ‘capably led’ the growth of the energy and infrastructure practice, and the team is acting on an increasing number of solar DCOs. The group has a strong judicial review practice; Ben Hazenberg has experience in all aspects of contentious planning law and Charlotte Dyer has led on advising EDF Energy on the judicial review regarding the DCO for the Sizewell C nuclear power station. The firm is also advising on other developing areas within the planning space, including life sciences projects, data centres, and logistics; senior associate Ian Mack is taking a lead role advising Gatwick and Luton Airports on their DCO expansion plans.

Practice head(s):

Matthew White

Testimonials

‘Experienced, insightful, and straightforward advice each and every time. The team at HSF continue to provide us with strategic, tactical and detailed advice, which keeps our project moving forward.’

‘Catherine Howard brings so much to any conversation; her advice is tailored and to the point.’

‘Charlotte Dyer has a powerful input; no stone is left unturned and no detail missed.’

‘Catherine Howard’s NSIP and DCO knowledge and experience is second-to-none. Charlotte Dyer has possibly the most thorough legal mind I have ever encountered.’

‘HSF’s planning team is the very best in the City. It has truly exceptional experience and expertise, and offers a level of analysis and insight that is very rare. The team has grown in recent years, building a strength in depth that has significantly increased the firm’s capacity to deal with the biggest and most complex projects.’

‘Catherine Howard is in a league of her own. I cannot think of any solicitor who is as clever, incisive and tactically astute as her. Catherine’s team really look up to her, and clients know that they can trust her completely. She is 100% committed to the client’s interests, and pursues them with rigour and determination at all times.’

‘Charlotte Dyer is an outstanding associate.’

‘Matthew White is very easy to deal with and understands clients’ requirements and objectives.’

Key clients

British Land

EDF Energy

EDF Energy

British Land and GIC

Brockton Everlast

Gatwick Airport Limited

Lendlease

AQUIND Limited

London Luton Airport Operations Limited

Greater London Authority and Transport for London

Berkeley Homes

London Legacy Development Corporation

Indaver

Sellar Property Group

bp Exploration Operating Company Limited

Schroders

Evolution Power

Landsec

The British Library

SMBL Developments Limited

Castleforge

Work highlights

  • Advising British Land on their development proposals for the Canada Water Masterplan in the London Borough of Southwark and British Land and a sovereign wealth fund on all planning matters in relation to its 32-acre iconic Broadgate campus in the heart of the City of London.
  • Advising EDF Energy on its £20bn new nuclear power station at Sizewell in Suffolk (Sizewell C).
  • Advising Gatwick Airport on its DOC promotion to authorise a £500m airport reconfiguration project to turn the existing emergency runway into a second operational runway and related plans for enhanced airport infrastructure.

Risk advisory > Corporate governance Tier 1

The corporate governance advisory team at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is led by Gareth Sykes, who was promoted to partner in May 2023, and offers clients ‘exceptional depth and breadth of knowledge, with practical as well as technical understanding’. It acts for a broad range of FTSE 100, FTSE 250 and AIM-listed clients on AGMs, regulatory matters, board-level issues, compliance and ESG matters. Sykes advises listed and private companies on corporate law and governance issues, including reporting matters, continuing obligations under the Listing Rules, and shareholder meetings and directors’ duties. James Palmer and Ben Ward are also key practitioners, while Paul Ellerman handles employment-related matters, such as remuneration and incentives and associate Caroline Hagg deals with annual and climate reports.

Practice head(s):

Gareth Sykes

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Their support for the corporate governance industry is second to none, be it through regular briefings as issues develop or updates occur, or whole-day seminars to provide updates on things we should be thinking about.’

‘Very responsive to queries with knowledgeable and commercial advice.’

‘Gareth Sykes is industry leading in his corporate governance knowledge and expertise, as well as being a pleasure to deal with.’

‘The online offerings (webinars, technical briefings etc) have evolved in recent years which is beneficial as a client when working from home.’

‘The individuals we work with are highly knowledgeable and provide swift, accurate and comprehensive advice.’

‘Nothing is too much trouble, no matter how big or small.’

‘Exceptional depth and breadth of knowledge, with practical understanding as well as technical understanding; this combination is invaluable.’

‘The team are extremely knowledgeable, providing an efficient and friendly service.’

Key clients

Airtel Africa

Associated British Foods

British American Tobacco

Hiscox

Inchcape

Johnson Matthey

Kin + Carta

N Brown Group

PageGroup

Pearson

PZ Cussons

Renishaw

Severn Trent

The Unite Group

WH Smith

Work highlights

  • Assisting N Brown Group plc with a review of its corporate governance arrangements following its move from the main market to AIM.
  • Assisted Associated British Foods plc on its £500m on market share buyback programme.
  • Advising a large number of listed companies (FTSE 100, FTSE 250, FTSE Small Cap and AIM) including Associated British Foods, British American Tobacco, Hiscox, Jet2, Renishaw, the Unite Group, WH Smith and Wickes on a range of corporate governance issues including corporate reporting requirements, annual general meetings, continuing obligations under the listing regime and day-to-day corporate governance issues.

Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 1

Demonstrating strong cross-border capabilities, the Herbert Smith Freehills LLP practice is ‘superb’ at advising on all aspects of corporate crime, including fraud, money laundering and bribery, for financial institutions and global companies. The team shows significant strength in the advisory sphere- particularly regarding sanctions and AML issues- and has significant experience defending clients in high-profile SFO, HMRC, and FCA investigations. Susannah Cogman is ‘one of the best in the area’, leading the group with her extensive expertise in anti-money laundering and financial crime matters, while the ‘world class’ Brian Spiro routinely acts for corporates on tax and corruption cases. Robert Hunt is an expert on compliance issues, and Kate Meakin handles fraud and sanctions affairs. Elizabeth Head and Jessica Chappatte  are also recommended. Daniel Hudson left the firm in April 2023 for Seladore Legal .

Practice head(s):

Susannah Cogman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A superb team with talent at all levels. They are experienced, highly motivated and use technology to great effect.’

‘This team sells itself: depth of experience; market-beating knowledge; stellar personnel; worldwide reach and resources. Rightly trusted to be the best of the best. Supports its lawyers to obtain in-house experience outside the firm, to ensure it can provide the best service.’

‘Susannah Cogman is one of the best in the area. Very knowledgeable and experienced. An original thinker and very bright indeed.’

‘Brian Spiro is an inspired leader and world class in his field. This explains why he can act for companies and individuals with an international presence. He has built a brilliant team.’

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

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP assists clients on all aspects of technology and outsourcing, from systems implementation and technology procurement to communications, data protection and cybersecurity. The practice is well-versed in handling disputes in addition to M&A transactions for disruptors and start-ups. The practice is co-led by Nick Pantlin, who specialises in multi-jurisdictional technology procurement, and David Coulling, who advises on joint ventures in the telecoms arena. Stephen Wisking is well-versed in competition, regulation and trade, with involvement in competition and regulatory cases, while James Farrell has experience in IT-related disputes. Jeremy Purton, who handles transactional and sourcing work, is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Nick Pantlin; David Coulling; Stephen Wisking; James Farrell

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Genuine interest in our unique issues and commitment to finding practical solutions, via a collaborative approach.’

‘The HSF is friendly, approachable and value their client’s subject matters.’

‘Jeremy Purton shows an impressive knowledge of IT service management and infrastructure.’

‘The HSF Team is exemplary in its collaborative approach and very much feels like a trusted partner in delivery.’

‘Excellent team, who are always willing to go above and above.’

Key clients

11:FS

Bharti Airtel

BP and bp Pulse

British American Tobacco

ClearBank

Comcast

Facebook

Goldman Sachs

HSBC

IBM

IHS Towers

Inchcape

Inmarsat

Kismet Capital Group

Lloyds Banking Group

Ministry of Defence

OneWeb

Orange

Reliance Communications

Sky

Standard Chartered Bank

Tata Communications

Telefonica

Telefonica UK (O2), Telefonica S.A.

Transport for London

UBS

VEON

Virgin Media/O2

Vodafone

Wisetech

Work highlights

  • Advised ClearBank on the appropriate intra-group outsourcing arrangements for its technology and ‘banking as a service’ platform.
  • Advised IHS Towers on its acquisition of 5,709 telecommunication towers in South Africa from MTN (Mobile Telephone Networks Proprietary Limited), as well as providing Power-as-a-Service to MTN at approximately 12,800 sites across South Africa (including the acquired 5,709 sites).
  • Advised TfL on the re-procurement of mobile services for its estate of c. 60,000 SIMS cards, covering corporate and operational staff mobile device users, as well as machine-to-machine communications for equipment such as Oyster card readers, the ULES cameras, iBus tracking systems, and others.

Transport > Rail Tier 1

Spearheaded by Gavin Williams, the versatile team at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP covers every aspect of the rail sector. It is skilled at handing the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious matters, from advising on the development of new railway infrastructure and rolling stock procurement and leasing, through to advising on various regulatory matters. The group is also adept at advising on infrastructure management and operational issues. Tim Briggs frequently advises on the rail regulatory regime as well as on competition, procurement and subsidy control matters. David Nitek is a key partner in the construction and infrastructure disputes practice. Of Counsel, John Williams, has a vast array of experience in the rail sector. Williams is well-placed to advise on the procurement of rolling stock in addition to access/operational issues, and is also recommended for his advice on railway systems and franchise issues.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Williams

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

John Williams continues to provide comprehensive knowledge and calm and considered advice. Our team rely on his encyclopaedic knowledge of the sector and ability to get to nub of the matter’.

‘Excellent knowledge base honed over decades which gives them a “feel” for the sector and the issues which come up and an understanding of what really matters to clients in the sector‘.

Key clients

Stagecoach Group

High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

HS1 Limited

East Midland Trains

Transport for London and London Underground

Dalmore Infrastructure

DIF

South West Trains

London Luton Airport Operations Limited

London and North East Railway

Department for Transport/Crown Commercial Service

Ove Arup & Partners International

The Go-Ahead Group

Work highlights

  • Advising High Speed Two on one of the most widely known infrastructure projects in the UK since 2015, including advising on the main works contract for the phase 1 civil works, the procurement of a fleet of high speed rolling stock and associated maintenance services and the defence of procurement claims.
  • Advising AIP Management on all aspects of its acquisition of an equity interest in Cross London Trains – the owner of the rolling stock used to operate Thameslink passenger services.
  • Advising HS1 Limited (HS1) since the inception of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link project in the mid-nineties, including in relation to the changes to the regulatory framework for HS1 stations.

Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – mid-large cap Tier 2

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is regarded as a ‘safe set of hands for any complex ECM transaction’. The ‘pragmatic and forward thinking team’ is well-known for its broad service offering that encompasses IPOs and secondary offerings across major stock exchanges, as well as its capabilities in SPAC and de-SPAC transactions and the emerging PIPE market. Head of US securities Tom O’Neill, who co-chairs the team, is a go-to name for corporate finance and securities offerings. Fellow co-head Michael Jacobs specialises in ECM, growth capital and M&A, with a focus on private equity, financial institutions and fintech-driven work. Dinesh Banani advises on IPOs, rights issues and secondary share placings, as well as debt capital markets transactions including bond offerings and structured financings. Other names to note include Sarah Ries-Coward, who is lauded as ‘consistently excellent in all respects’, and Thomas Vaughan - noted for his capabilities across the energy, oil & gas, real estate, and financial services sectors.

Practice head(s):

Tom O’Neill; Michael Jacobs

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The HSF team are a safe set of hands for any complex ECM transaction; they are responsive and manage large transactions efficiently. There is a good depth in the practice including a number of experienced senior associates and counsel.’

‘Sarah Ries-Coward provides great service and executes large complex transactions well.’

‘Where complex issues have arisen we have found HSF to have been pragmatic and forward-thinking, while also not being against the exploration of more unique structures where suitable.’

‘Very competent with a very strong understanding of the rules. This is particularly notable in the associate and senior associate pools where we have found a level of expertise usually reserved for partners at other firms. I would, in particular, highlight Sarah Ries-Coward who we have worked with on three transactions over the last year and has been consistently excellent in all respects.’

Key clients

Acacia Research Corporation

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Barclays

BNP Paribas

Certares Opportunities

Citigroup

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Disruptive Capital Acquisition Company Limited

easyJet

Genus

GIC

Goldman Sachs

Hammerson

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited

HSBC

Jefferies

Jet2

JP Morgan

Keefe, Bruyette & Woods

Lazard

learnd

Made.com Group

Marex Group

Marble Point Loan Financing Limited

Moelis

Morgan Stanley

New Energy One Acquisition Corporation

Numis

OneWeb

PensionBee

Rothschild

RBC Capital Markets

RTW Venture Fund Limited

Saga plc

SCA Investments Limited (t/a Gousto)

Severn Trent plc

Synthomer plc

Tryg A/S

WH Smith PLC

UBS

Work highlights

  • Advised New Energy One Acquisition Corporation, sponsored by LiveStream LLC and Italian-listed energy company Eni International B.V., on its £175 million SPAC listing on the London Stock Exchange.
  • Acted on both the IPO on Euronext Amsterdam of Disruptive Capital Acquisition Company (“DCAC”), a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) incorporated in Guernsey, and thereafter on its proposed business combination/de-SPAC with Saxo Bank A/S (“Saxo”), a leading global digital trading and investment platform.
  • Advised Citigroup, as the sole global coordinator and bookrunner, on the US$125 million SPAC listing on the London Stock Exchange of ACG Acquisition Company Limited (“ACG”).

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 2

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is lauded as the premier choice for some of the world’s leading global corporations, assisting clients on the full scope of competition and antitrust matters. Esteemed as trusted advisors to industry giants such as Google, Virgin Atlantic and Meta, the team showcases a specialisation in merger control work, investigations and state aid matters. Practice head Stephen Wisking has been involved in a significant number of competition and regulatory cases at EU and UK level. Susan Black is an accomplished antitrust practitioner and offers expertise across a spectrum of industries including pharmaceuticals, consumer products and financial services. Specialising in litigation and cartel cases, Kim Dietzel is a standout figure in the team, as is Suzy Campbell, who has been involved in some of the firm’s key work this year.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Wisking

Other key lawyers:

Veronica Roberts; Susan Black; Kim Dietzel; André Pretorius; Tim Briggs; Natalia Rodriguez

Work highlights

  • Acted for Meta in respect of an application for a Collective Proceedings Order in the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal brought by Proposed Class Representative (PCR) Dr Liza Lovdahl Gormsen on behalf of an alleged class of c. 45 million Facebook users, seeking approx. £3bn in aggregate damages.
  • Advised OneWeb, a low earth orbit (LEO) broadband satellite communications company, on the merger control, FDI and regulatory aspects of its proposed combination with Eutelsat Communications, a listed French satellite and telecommunications company, to create one of the world’s largest satellite operators.
  • Advised Capital & Counties plc on competition aspects of its £3.5 billion all share merger with Shaftesbury Plc including securing unconditional phase 1 merger clearance from the CMA.

Corporate and commercial > M&A: Upper Mid-Market And Premium Deals, £750m+ Tier 2

Advising more than 130 LSE listed clients, the corporate and M&A lawyers at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP advise multinational corporations and private capital firms and are well known in the public M&A space, regularly working on high value UK public takeovers, auctions and bilateral deals. Recent highlights include advising National Grid on its £7.8 billion acquisition of Western Power Distribution. Spearheading the team’s M&A offering is Gavin Davies, who is ‘at the very top of the field,’ particularly in relation to cross border M&A and investments in technology, telecoms, financial services and industrial sectors. The ‘straight talking’ Caroline Rae helps clients ‘steady the boat through difficult areas’ including acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures and public takeovers, while Stephen Wilkinson focuses on high-value corporate transactions and governance matters. Mark Bardell is a ‘stellar professional’ and specialises in significant M&A and public company situations for blue chip corporates, offering experience as previous Secretary at the UK Takeover Panel. Heading the financial institutions transactions team is Alex Kay, who also offers expertise in the consumer and listed real estate sectors. Also of note is high profile M&A partner  James Palmer, who has returned to full-time client work after serving as firmwide chair.   Harriet Forrest, who advises on M&A involving both public and private targets and Heidi Gallagher are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Davies

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Rae; Stephen Wilkinson; Mark Bardell; Alex Kay; James Palmer; Heidi Gallagher; Siddhartha Shukla; Harriet Forrest; Alan Montgomery; Shaun Williamson; Charles Steward

Testimonials

‘Extremely responsive, practical and commercial team. The firm does not “over-lawyer” work and understands the relative importance of various legal issues in the context of a broader transaction or corporate aim. Compared to other UK or European practices, HSF stands out for its collaborative practice and ability to see the broader picture.’

‘Mark Bardell and Shaun Williamson are both stellar professionals, who anticipate needs, respond with practical and actionable advice in a timely and efficient manner. If I could clone them to work in every other country where we have legal needs, I would do so. I rarely enjoy getting a call or email from many outside counsel, but when HSF and Mark and Shaun call, I am excited to hear from them. They have earned our trust and consistently reaffirm it with high-quality, timely work product.’

‘Exceptional knowledge of the applicable laws and regulations. The team has vast experience in applicable transactions, anticipates needs and problems and comes up with solutions. Top notch!’

‘The team has top level experience and judgement across the full range of corporate disciplines. They are particularly skilled when it comes to complex situations involving public companies where an understanding of the market, the key players and board dynamics come into play. Above all, we turn to them for their strategic judgment and insight which has helped us on to get deals across the line in very complex situations.’

‘Mark Bardell and Gavin Davies are both at the very top of the field for us across jurisdictions, not just in the UK. They bring nuanced insight along with effortless execution to everything they do. They are also particularly accessible and responsive both in the midst of a deal and not, and always reachable when we need them on an urgent basis. Finally, each of them brings a strong grasp of the commercial context of a deal which makes them a part of the deal team in every way and not just advisers on discrete issues.’

‘An excellent, diverse, highly responsive, creative and all-round team. They are solution orientated whilst keeping us compliant. Caroline Rae was particularly strong. She was direct, straight talking and unafraid to have difficult conversations when she needed to, which I value in an adviser. The whole team were very happy to help and I always felt that we were a clear priority for them.’

‘Responsive, always thinking ahead and a great partnering model. Alan Montgomery and Siddhartha Shukla are both personable and  have got to know our shareholders which means the influence and conversations are deep and knowledgeable. They give great practical advice.’

‘Charles Steward was fantastic and is someone who will go far. He has excellent knowledge, is clear speaking and very thoughtful. Caroline Rae was always available and helped steady the boat through difficult areas. All of the competition team were excellent. All in all, this is a superb firm that provided proactive advice throughout.’

Key clients

Abbott

Airtel Africa

Altice

Altra Industrial Motion Corp.

Anglo American

Ardonagh Group

ArcelorMittal

Atlassian Corporation

Blackstone

BP

British American Tobacco

British Land

Capital & Countries Properties

ClearBank

Comcast (formerly Sky)

Dentsu

Elementis

Evergreen Coast Capital Corporation

General Mills

GIC Infra Holdings Pte Ltd

Go-Ahead Group

Hammerson

Inchcape

Indivior

Johnson Matthey

JP Morgan

KPMG

Ma’aden

MADE.com

Mercuria Energy

Mitsubishi Corporation

Morgan Stanley

National Grid

OneWeb

Pearson

Qatar Investment Authority

Reaction Engines

South32

Stagecoach

Synthomer plc

Telefónica

TP ICAP

Tryg

Tullow Oil plc

The UNITE Group

Virgin

Weir Group

WHSmith

WiseTech Global

Workspace Group plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Evergreen Coast Capital Corporation, an affiliate of Elliott Investment Management L.P. and Brookfield Capital Partners LLC, on the consortium acquisition of Nielsen Holdings plc, the S&P 500 audience measurement, data and analytics company, for approximately $16 billion in an all-cash deal.
  • Advised OneWeb regarding its proposed combination with Eutelsat Communications, a listed French satellite and telecommunications company, to create a large satellite operator with a combined entity value of US$7 billion.
  • Advised Capital & Counties Properties PLC on its recommended all share merger with Shaftesbury PLC, which will bring together some of London’s iconic destinations in Covent Garden, Carnaby Street, Chinatown and Soho, to create an estate valued at £5 billion.

Corporate and commercial > VAT and indirect tax Tier 2

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has a strong focus on the real estate, investment funds, and financial sectors, and it advises clients on the tax elements of UK and cross-border M&A and energy transactions, private equity mandates, and restructurings, as well as providing representation in tax disputes. William Arrenberg sits at the helm of the firm’s global tax practice and is especially skilled in VAT and SDLT matters regarding real estate transactions. Other key members of the team include corporate tax specialist Howard MurrayCasey Dalton, who has expertise in VAT work in the charity and not-for-profit sector, and Isaac Zailer, who has experience in both UK and international tax mandates regarding asset management.

Practice head(s):

William Arrenberg

Other key lawyers:

Howard Murray; Isaac Zailer; Aurell Taussig; Casey Dalton; Josh Lom

Key clients

AbbVie Inc.

Aberdeen Standard Life

Acacia Research Corporation

Ahren LP

Allianz Real Estate GmbH

Amundi (UK) Limited

Antin

Ardonagh Group

Argent (Property Development) Services Limited

Artisan Partners Limited Partnership

Associated British Foods plc

Atlassian Corporation Plc

Baillie Gifford

Balance Legal Capital

Berkeley Homes

Bharti

BHP Group Limited

Big Society Capital Limited

BioPharma Credit Plc

Blackrock

Blue Motor Finance Limited

BP

Bridgestone Corporation

British American Tobacco PLC

Brookfield Property Partners LP

Brookgate Land Limited

Cabot Square Capital

CalEnergy

Canada Life

Canary Wharf Group Plc

Capital & Counties Properties Plc

Certares Management LLC

Chargeurs

Chevron

Citibank

Copenhagen Infrastructure New Markets Fund

CPP Investment Board

Deutsche Lufthansa AG

Dorrington Plc

EDF

ENI

Ferrexpo plc

Fidelio Capital AB

Findlay Park Partners LLP

Gazeley

Gazprom

General Mills

Goldman Sachs International

Hammerson Plc

Hermes Fund Managers Limited

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited

Iberdrola S.A.

Impilo AB

Inchcape

Iluka Resources

Impact Oil & Gas AGC Limited

Israel Chemical Limited

Johnson Matthey Plc

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

King’s College London

Korea Investment Corporation

KPMG LLP

Lazard Group

LCR Limited

Lend Lease Corporation Limited

LendInvest BTL Limited

Marex Plc

Marsfields Limited

Mercuria Energy Group

National Grid Plc

Newen Studios

Nuveen

OneWeb Communications

Patria Finance Limited

Pearson Plc

Pension Insurance Corporation Plc

Pension Protection Fund

Perenco UK Limited

Phoenix Group Holdings Plc

Polar Capital

Prisma Capital

Qatar Investment Authority

ReAssure Limited

Resolution Re

Respira International Limited

Royal London

Saga Plc

SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust

Sky Plc

Societe Generale

SoftBank Corporation

St. James Edinburgh Unit Trust

Sustainable Development Capital LLC

The British Land Company Plc

The McConnell Foundation

Thomas Lloyd Group Limited

TP ICAP plc

Transport for London

London Underground Limited

Tryg

Tullow Oil

TSB Bank plc

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Vantage Capital Markets LLP

VMED O2 UK Limited

Weir Group Plc

Wesfarmers

Willis Towers Watson

Wisetech Global Ltd

Woodside Energy Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Capital & Counties Properties on its recommended £3.5bn all-share merger with Shaftesbury Plc.
  • Advising Abrdn on the establishment of a £500m housing joint venture with John Lewis.

Dispute resolution > Professional discipline Tier 2

Focused on high-profile and sensitive matters, the majority of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP‘s professional disciplinary instructions concern the financial, accountancy (particularly large-scale cases) and legal sectors. Clients additionally benefit from the practice's ability to leverage the firm's enviable public law credentials. Heading up the practice, Andrew Lidbetter's wide-ranging expertise incorporates accountancy, vets, and nursing and midwifery; fellow-solicitor advocate Nusrat Zar‘s experience includes acting for several accountancy regulators; and Will Glassey  specialises in representing professional firms and individual professionals in professional negligence claims, regulatory investigations and disciplinary actions. The next line of key practitioners features of counsel Jasveer Randhawa, whose public and administrative law disputes practice incorporates disciplinary proceedings; and associate Henry Saunders, who regularly works alongside Glassey on solicitor-related disciplinary matters.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Lidbetter

Testimonials

‘Will Glassey and Henry Saunders are extremely responsive and able to give chapter and verse on the law, as well as sound practical advice.’

‘Will Glassey and Henry Saunders – great experience in handling matters that are well publicised but need to be handled very delicately.’

Work highlights

  • Advised an accountancy firm in relation to a disciplinary investigation conducted by the Financial Reporting Council.

Dispute resolution > Public international law Tier 2

'Very experienced in PIL work', Herbert Smith Freehills LLP‘s sizeable London practice is widely respected for its investor-state arbitration practice. The team is also highly active in relation to Russia's invasion of Ukraine; COVID-19 pandemic-related international law issues; climate change; and sanctions. It additionally advises multinational energy companies on the implications of political instability. 'A proper PIL expert', Andrew Cannon has extensive experience in acting for states, state-owned entities and companies on substantial PIL issues; and elevated to partner in May 2023, Hannah Ambrose's experience covers investment treaty claims, state immunity, and international organisations' immunity. Within the firm's senior associate ranks, Louise Barber focuses on energy and natural resources-related international arbitrations; and Marco de Sousa has particular experience in disputes involving Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Cannon

Testimonials

‘A diverse team at the top of the dispute resolution field.’

‘They have a formidable reputation.’

‘Very experienced in PIL work – one of the few firms that walks the walk.’

‘Andrew Cannon is extremely knowledgeable and experienced in international law – he’s seen it all at the FCO, and as a practitioner is a proper PIL expert’

‘Excellent profile in this sector, with huge strength in depth.’

‘All excellent lawyers and very committed.’

Key clients

Standard Chartered Bank

Vedanta

BP

Woodside

Eni

Chevron

Work highlights

  • Acted for Nord Stream 2 in arbitration proceedings against the European Union (EU) under the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), alleging breach by the EU of its ECT obligations.
  • Representing two major international energy companies in a complex, high-value and highly-politicised dispute over an oil and gas project in Africa.
  • Representing a state in ICSID investment treaty arbitration proceedings.

Employment > Health and safety Tier 2

'Calm and assured' health and safety defence specialist Howard Watson leads the ‘thoughtful’ team at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, which is well-equipped to handle regulatory and contentious work. The team regularly acts for well-known corporations in sensitive matters brought against them by the HSE. A key example of the work the team is involved in, is its representing ITV in the inquest of a person who committed suicide following his appearance on The Jeremy Kyle Show. Other noteworthy clients include BAE Systems and Chevron. David Bennett, promoted to partner in May 2023, has strong regulatory capabilities and advises clients through crisis management and internal investigations processes.

Practice head(s):

Howard Watson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘An excellent team with significant depth of experience and knowledge of the law. They are very flexible in how they get their work done and are proactive in making suggestions.’

‘Leaving aside their technical knowledge, which is excellent, it is rare to find lawyers that we trust and are happy to work with, but this is the case with Howard Waston and David Bennett. They explain new and complicated concepts in an understandable way.’

‘An assured and thoughtful team who provide helpful insight on all matters of health and safety law.’

‘Howard Watson is calm and assured at all times, and gives confidence that he is on top of things. David Bennett is hardworking and well-prepared.’

Key clients

Arup

Chevron

BAE Systems PLC

Perenco

Valero

ITV

Ballymore

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of Arup in relation to the various on-going investigations arising from the Stonehaven train derailment in August 2020 which resulted in 3 fatalities.
  • Acting on behalf of ITV at the Inquest of a person who committed suicide following his appearance on the Jeremy Kyle Show.
  • Acting on behalf of BAE Systems PLC following the death of two servicemen and the serious personal injury of others following the misfire of the gun on a Challenger 2 tank at the Castlemartin Firing Range.

Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 2

The pensions disputes practice at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's workload includes matters ranging from advising clients in their responses to the gilt crisis, assisting in professional negligence cases, and advising on claims for investment losses incurred by trustees. Samantha Brown and William Glassey dually lead the ‘fantastic team of really classy litigators'; Brown is well-equipped to handle declaratory proceedings and Glassey is particularly experienced in professional negligence cases against solicitors, barristers, and pensions actuaries. Senior associate Dan Saunders, described as ‘responsive and a pleasure to deal with', is a key contact for work wherein sponsoring employers are navigating issues in scheme documentation. Antonia Pegden and Philip Lis are also recommended for their ‘fantastic' work.

Practice head(s):

Samantha Brown; William Glassey

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Samantha Brown is an all-round legal star who is technically brilliant and possesses supreme commercial judgement. Sam goes the extra mile for her clients and is also a pleasure to work with.

‘The team have been very responsive and supportive with our issue and in helping us resolve the dispute for the benefit of our employees.’

‘A very personable team who are also technically excellent. A fantastic team of really classy litigators.’

‘Samantha Brown and Antonia Pegden are outstanding. Clever, pragmatic and commercial. Dan Saunders is always responsive and a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Strong combination of litigators and specialist pensions lawyers.’

‘The HSF pensions disputes team is formidable – packed with hugely able lawyers who combine technical expertise with commercial acumen and an unparalleled dedication to their client’s cause.’

‘Antonia Pegden is a fantastic litigator who is completely unflappable and can be guaranteed to make the right decision no matter the heat of the situation.’

‘Philip Lis has been particularly supportive of our issue with a pension provider and excels at identifying the key points in a plethora of detail. His guidance has been helpful and is moving us towards resolution of this long-standing dispute.’

Key clients

The Board of the Pension Protection Fund

Mercer

JLT Wealth Management

Willis Towers Watson

Work highlights

  • Advised the Trustees of a confidential pension scheme on a complex matter of scheme construction and an associated potential professional negligence claim.
  • Advised the Board of the Pension Protection Fund on a range of matters.
  • Advised a multinational financial services firm to defend a complex claim for investment losses suffered by the trustee of a large pension scheme.

Employment > Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 2

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP‘s advisory pensions practice assists regulatory bodies, trustees, sponsors, insurers, reinsurers, and insolvency practitioners on the full gamut of non-contentious pensions work. Led by the ‘top-class’ and ‘technically brilliant’ Samantha Brown, the team is highly experienced in de-risking matters, GMP equalisation, and pensions arrangements in major transactions. For de-risking issues within the insurance industry, ‘superb pensions lawyer’ Rachel Pinto is a key contact, whilst Michael Aherne is the name to note for pensions cases within the energy sector, as well as for work with pension investment funds; he is well-regarded for his provision of ‘commercial and pragmatic advice’. Alison Brown is also a key name within the team.

Practice head(s):

Samantha Brown

Testimonials

‘Michael Aherne is exceptional – he always makes himself available and delivers commercial and pragmatic advice every time.’

‘The team works seamlessly at every level.’

‘Rachel Pinto is on top of what everyone is doing and is always available.’

‘Excellent team with great technical and market knowledge.’

‘Samantha Brown is a top-class lawyer always able to identify the right solution to achieve her clients’ aspirations. Innovative and thoughtful.’

‘There is a very strong commitment by all – availability is always good – no excuses. Good level of intervention to avoid trustees tripping up on issues. Quality of advice is excellent.’

‘A hugely impressive team of lawyers who combine technical brilliance with commercial awareness.’

‘Samantha Brown is a technically brilliant lawyer and fantastic team player who goes the extra mile for her clients. Rachel Pinto is a superb pensions lawyer who is a pleasure to work with and has great judgement.’

Key clients

Chevron

Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC)

Stagecoach Group Limited

Independent Trustee Services Limited

Trustees of the TTL Chiltern Group Pension Scheme

TUI Travel Limited

Go-Ahead

Board of the Pension Protection Fund

W H Smith

Hiscox

Dalriada Trustees

Work highlights

  • Advised PIC on multiple transactions, including on a third transaction with the Trustees of the BAT Pension Fund and a sixth transaction with the Trustees of the IMI Pension Fund.
  • Advised TUI in relation to the management of its pension liabilities, namely, in relation to its significant defined benefit scheme – the TUI Group UK Pension Trust.
  • Advised Go-Ahead on the pension aspects of its public to private takeover by a consortium of Australian and Spanish companies which are ultimately owned by a number of pension funds.

Finance > Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 2

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's broad-based finance offering is well-placed to advise the firm's debtor-centric client base, which includes FTSE 100/250 clients and large international corporates, across a broad spectrum of their ongoing financing needs. The scope of this work runs the gamut from relatively commoditised working capital facilities and refinancing requirements, through to more bespoke structured mandates involving often complex inter-creditor arrangements. As well as regularly advising on corporate debt and the financing arrangements pursuant to corporate-led M&A (include public bid financings), team head Kristen Roberts also maintains excellent ties with the treasury teams across many FTSE companies, which are appreciative not only of his transactional expertise but also his guidance on general trends in the market. As well as her work on leveraged/acquisition finance mandates, US-qualified partner Gabrielle Wong is also frequently a valuable source to corporates (including within the music sector) tapping into the US TLB and New York-law governed high yield debt for general debt finance purposes. The firm is also skilled at handling emerging markets financings for borrowers and lenders, with both Martin Kavanagh and William Breeze particularly adept at handling multi-source financings.

Practice head(s):

Kristen Roberts

Other key lawyers:

Gabrielle Wong; William Breeze; Will Nevin; Heather Culshaw; Thomas Bethel; Martin Kavanagh; Christopher Mann; Simon Chadney; Ambarish Dash; Stacey Pang

Key clients

Johnson Matthey plc

The Weir Group

Jet2

Synthomer plc

MusicBird

National Grid plc

Elementis plc

Capital & Counties Properties

PZ Cussons Plc

SThree plc

HarbourVest Partners

Citibank

Deutsche Bank

ING Bank

Mercuria

Bank of America

JPMorgan

HSBC

Credit Agricole CIB

BNP Paribas

Victorian Funds Management Corporation

Work highlights

Finance > Debt capital markets Tier 2

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has 'a team of highly skilled attorneys who are well-versed in all aspects of debt capital markets, including structuring and negotiating complex debt transactions'. One client remarks that the firm stands out for 'its commitment to client service, taking the time to listen to clients' needs and concerns'. It has a strong base of issuer and manager clients, among them Airbus, Severn Trent and National Grid Electricity Distribution. The firm is also one of the leading players in the African debt capital markets. Global head of debt capital markets Amy Geddes is 'always available to give strategic advice and guidance'. She advised insurer Great-West Lifeco Inc. on its offering of €500m in standalone bonds. Head of US securities Tom O’Neill and US securities partner Dinesh Banani frequently handle Rule 144A securities offerings. Jake Jackaman, who handles EMTN programmes, ESG-related bond issues and trustee matters, acted for Northern Powergrid (Northeast) PLC in a £350m bond issue. Gabrielle Wong is also recommended for US law transactions. Omar Shafi joined Sidley Austin LLP.

Practice head(s):

Amy Geddes

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘HSF has a team of highly skilled lawyers who are well-versed in all aspects of debt capital markets, including structuring and negotiating complex debt transactions.’

‘One of the things that sets HSF apart is their commitment to client service. They take the time to listen to their clients’ needs and concerns, and work closely with them to achieve their goals.’

‘They are also highly responsive and always available to provide guidance and support when needed.’

‘Amy Geddes is a super debt capital markets lawyer who is always available to give strategic advice and guidance. She coordinates the work of team extremely well.’

‘Matthew Oliver is a standout associate.’

Key clients

Glanbia Co-operative Society Limited

Orange

Severn Trent

Airbus

Brookfield

Bevco Lux

Jet2

Hammerson

Weir Group

G4S

WH Smith

Iberdrola

Treasury Corporation of Victoria

Great-West Lifeco Inc.

National Grid Electricity Distribution

Northern Powergrid

Amcor

Growthpoint

JP Morgan Global Growth & Income plc (JGGI)

First Investment Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising Airbus in connection with its EUR12 billion EMTN programme, including its updates, issuances thereunder and supplements to the programme.
  • Advised the Managers in connection with a bond issuance by Hiscox Ltd (an international specialist insurer).
  • Advised National Grid Electricity Distribution on the update of its GBP6 billion EMTN programme and its issues thereunder. This was an important matter as it was the first time NGED updated and utilised its EMTN programme since 2020, following their acquisition of Western Power Distribution which HSF also advised on.

Finance > Securitisation Tier 2

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is 'extremely responsive, supportive, and knowledgeable', and clients remark that the partners 'master the transactions until last detail and give consistent assistance not only from legal perspective but also from market practice'. The firm is known for handling innovative securitisation structures rather than focusing on volume, and it continued that trend in 2022. Joy Amis, who is 'a partner you can rely whether you need to bring pragmatic results or you need to find unlikely solutions to non-standard problems', acted for Morgan Stanley as arranger and sole lead manager in a €493m RMBS transaction backed by a portfolio of Spanish mortgage transfer certificates, which represent represent economic rights in respect of residential mortgage loans granted to individuals domiciled in Spain. Michael Poulton provides 'sensible and pragmatic advice' and is a key adviser to Pepper Money, a leading non-bank mortgage lender in the UK, for which he handles the full lifecycle of securitisation from warehouse transactions to public RMBS transactions, through to the call and refinancing of previously issued public securitisations. The other key partner is Jake Jackaman, who assisted Allianz Global Investors with a €46m financial lease securitisation. Senior associates Victoria Salisbury, who has 'excellent technical and market knowledge', and Charlene Kong also play key roles in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Michael Poulton; Jake Jackaman; Joy Amis

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘HSF Finance-Securitisation team is extremely responsive, supportive, and knowledgeable about the deals. They master the transactions until last detail and give consistent assistance not only from legal perspective but also from market practice.’

‘Joy Amis is a partner you can rely whether you need to bring pragmatic results or you need to find unlikely solutions to non-standard problems. She is close and fits in your needs while she delivers all her expertise with full availability. She leads a great team where you can balance contributions without loosing a shred of quality.’

‘They are my go-to firm. They have excellent technical and market knowledge, and the lawyers are super commercial and easy to deal with.’

‘I mainly work with Michael Poulton and Vicky Salisbury. They have excellent technical and market knowledge, and are super commercial and easy to deal with.’

‘Reliable, efficient, contactable, trustworthy – an all round exceptional team.’

‘Charlene Kong – practising at partner level already. Exceptional talent Michael Poulton – always available, nothing is too much, sensible and pragmatic advice.’

Key clients

Allianz Global Investors GmbH

Barclays

BNP Paribas

Citicorp Trustee Company Limited

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank (CACIB)

Fleet Mortgages

LendInvest

Merrill Lynch International

Molo Finance

Morgan Stanley

Pepper Assets Services, S.L.U.

Pepper Money

SCIO Capital

SeQura Worldwide, S.A.

Silbury Finance

Splend (UK and Australia)

Tideway

Virgin Atlantic

Work highlights

  • Advised Morgan Stanley as arranger and sole lead manager on the 2022 Clavel Residential 2 RMBS, backed by a portfolio of Spanish mortgage transfer certificates issued by Banco Santander, S.A.. Spanish mortgage transfer certificates represent economic rights in respect of residential mortgage loans granted to individuals domiciled in Spain.
  • Advised Merrill Lynch International as sole arranger and lead manager on the Bank of Ireland UK’s £506,650,000 securitisation of a portfolio of performing and re-performing owner occupied and buy-to-let mortgage loans secured over properties in the UK (“Temple Quay No.1”) . This was the first transaction of its type for Bank of Ireland in the UK.
  • Continuing to support Pepper Money, a leading non-bank lender of first and second charge mortgages in the UK, through the full lifecycle of securitisation from warehouse transactions to public RMBS transactions to the call and refinancing of previously issued public securitisations.

Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare Tier 2

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP houses a ‘highly talented and dedicated‘ team which handles a broad range of issues including seed financings, patent protection, and merger control work. Alan Montgomery leads the team, often advising clients which occupy the biotech, generics and medtech spaces on commercial agreements and cross-border M&A issues. ‘Very thoughtful and high calibre‘ patent litigator Sebastian Moore is particularly adept at acting in SPC-related matters, having appeared before the CJEU, while IP specialist Sophie Rich regularly acts for pharmaceutical companies in both contentious and non-contentious matters. The ‘superbEmily Bottle regularly appears before the European Patent Office, and is particularly knowledgeable in gene and cell therapies.

Practice head(s):

Alan Montgomery

Testimonials

‘Always at the top to the game, particularly in life sciences.’

‘HSF’s life sciences team contains many highly talented and dedicated people with specialist expertise in the field.’

‘Sebastian Moore is a very thoughtful and high calibre litigator, who always considers all the angles.’

‘Very friendly, cohesive and knowledgeable team.’

‘Sebastian Moore is superb. He will always put the client first. He considers the full picture and has a great deal of experience with global litigation, giving great strategic advice whilst always being on top of the details.’

‘Emily Bottle is also superb. Highly experienced, able to sniff out an issue quickly and cut to the chase. She is highly organised and a great team leader.’

‘Emily Bottle provides sound advice across a wide range of IP areas that are relevant to us and is the go-to person.’

Key clients

Gilead Sciences, Inc

AbbVie, Inc

Roche

Genus plc

Abcam plc

Biotage AB

Johnson Matthey plc

CSL Behring

Sanofi

Biogen

Work highlights

  • Advised Biotage AB on its acquisition of Astrea Bioseparations, a chromatography solutions provider, from Gamma Biosciences.
  • Acting for Biogen in a global dispute in relation to patent matters relating to TECFIDERA, a treatment for multiple sclerosis.
  • Advised Gilead Sciences on UK proceedings relating to Gilead’s HIV integrase inhibitor, bictegravir. The firm also advised on the coordination of Gilead’s response to parallel proceedings brought by ViiV in a number of other European Patent Convention jurisdictions.

Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 2

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has an extensive client roster comprised of leading global insurers, reinsurers, brokers and corporate policyholders. Practice head Paul Lewis has particular expertise in professional indemnity. public liability, directors and officers, Bermuda form and crime. Other recommended individuals include Greig Anderson , an advisor on cyber, D&O, professional indemnity and crime claims; Alexander Oddy and Fiona Treanor, best known for driving forward large energy claims; and David Reston, who continues to work with the team as a consultant. The firm continues to be active in matters relating to the crisis in Ukraine and on claims arising out of Covid-19.

Practice head(s):

Paul Lewis

Key clients

Axis

Korean Re

Marsh

Sky

Willis

PA(GI) Limited

Aercap

J.D. Williams

Work highlights

  • Advising insurers on their position under an innocent owners marine insurance policy in respect of vessels alleged by owners to have been lost pursuant to orders of a foreign government authority.
  • Advising Korean Re on a dispute with retrocessionaire reinsurers on the grounding and subsequent constructive total loss of a vessel off the coast of Brazil.
  • Advising AerCap on claims under aviation insurance policies in excess of $3.5 billion relating to the loss of aircraft and engines in Ukraine and Russia following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the imposition of international sanctions.

Insurance > Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 2

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is able to provide expert advice across the full gamut of insurance matters, working in major M&A for life, non-life, and broker clients, having a particular strength in portfolio transfers, advising a number of new market entrants in the development of their new insurance offerings, and providing an expert regulatory offering. These regulatory strengths have been bolstered by the promotion of Grant Murtagh to partner in May 2o23, who also brings his particular expertise in complex longevity reinsurance transactions. The promotion of Shaun Lee is similarly a boon for the team’s work in relation to brokers and private capital. Geoffrey Maddock heads the practice with his excellent market reputation straddling transactional and regulatory mandates, working alongside the notable Barnaby Hinnigan who similarly acts for both insurers and intermediaries in their regulatory and corporate concerns. Alison Matthews is a leading authority in Solvency II and acts across a range of regulatory issues, including recent Brexit-related restructures and FCA reforms.

Practice head(s):

Geoffrey Maddock

Testimonials

They are a great team. I’ve worked with them over a number of years and completely trust them.’

Grant Murtagh is my main contact. He is a brilliant technical lawyer and a nice guy.’

I have worked with this team for in excess of 25 years. They have deep industry knowledge and are a trusted partner to our firm. Something worth commenting on is their long held belief in growing their own talent and promoting from within. This sense of continuity and experience is something I have valued over the years.

Strong team with significant insurance industry expertise. A good alignment between the transactional and regulatory advice sides of the practice. Open, approachable, and knowledgeable lawyers.

Grant Murtagh is very knowledgeable in his field, and is able to advise on complex matters with a strong, practical approach to guidance on what to do commercially.

Key clients

Willis Towers Watson

Sirius Point

Ardonagh Group

Phoenix Group

Pension Insurance Corporation

ReAssure

Resolution

Royal London

Canada Life Group (UK) Limited

Association of British Insurers

Aon

Work highlights

  • Advised the Ardonagh Group on the investment by shareholders Madison Dearborn Partners and HPS Investment Partners, as well as several other large global institutions.
  • Advised Phoenix in regulatory and transactional matters on the consolidation of its holding of a multi-billion pound book of complex assets and related collateral.
  • Advised Aon on a novel reinsurance and lending transaction involving Riverstone and JP Morgan, with Riverstone receiving $300m of reinsurance cover and regulatory capital benefits.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Headed by Richard Norridge, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has a dedicated private wealth practice that comprises senior disputes, advisory and transactional lawyers. Clients include institutional clients, trustees, their insurers, beneficiaries, family offices and wealthy individuals. Norridge’s practice and client base is international and spans the leading onshore and offshore jurisdictions. Nick Clayton is another name to note from the specialist tax disputes and investigations unit. The group typically advises on complex actions pursuing or defending trustees, and on third-party claims by or against trustees. It has also acted in the arbitration of trust disputes. William Turner was recently promoted to ‘of counsel’ and is a solicitor advocate. He specialises in both contentious and non-contentious private client work.

Practice head(s):

Richard Norridge

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Impressed with how collaborative the team was. We were working on an international trust matter. Understood the human emotions behind trust disputes.’

‘Richard Norridge is a standout partner who has a deft touch in difficult cases.  John Mathew is a rising associate’.

‘Partner led team. Excellent associates. Available 24/7.’

‘The team is professional and well equipped with the expertise needed for managing contentious trusts and probate matters.’

‘Richard is undoubtedly the expert in his area. In addition to technical knowledge, he is outstanding in providing tactical and strategic advice to make sure the case and the process is managed to the benefit of the client.’

‘Richard Norridge is excellent. He is knowledgeable, practical, friendly and helpful.’

Work highlights

  • Represented, and continues to represent, members of one of Asia’s richest families by net worth, in two sets of Hong Kong High Court proceedings and in an ongoing beneficiary dispute relating to a family trust, which holds well over $1bn of assets.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure: M&A and acquisition financing Tier 2

Trusted by  investment houses, multinational manufacturing conglomerates, and power companies, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP cements its position at the cutting edge of infrastructure M&A through a stellar book of work across assets including satellite and telecommunications, energy storage and gas, and renewable energy. The firm is also a leading player in transport infrastructure, counting Stagecoach among its clients. Global co-head of infrastructure Gavin Williams leads the London practice and counts pension and sovereign wealth funds among his clients.  Sarah Pollock is sought out for her considerable knowledge in the power and renewable energy sector, working on deals including wind and solar photovoltaic parks in Europe. Tim Briggs leverages his  regulatory background to advise on transport and water mandates, regularly working alongside Tom Marshall who is noted for his work with public sector bodies. Emma Stones is recognised for her support on a number of the firm’s key matters. David Wyles joined Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Williams

Testimonials

‘The team know our business well. They are very good at cutting out the noise and providing calm and sensible advice which gets to the heart of what needs to be achieved.’

Key clients

AINCO

AIP Management

Altice

Allianz Capital Partners

AMP Capital

Ancala Partners

Antin Infrastructure Partners

Aquind

Asterion Industrial Partners

Australian Super

Avax

Banco Santander

Berkshire Hathaway

Birmingham Highways Limited

BNPP

bp

CBRE Investment Management

CGN EE

CNIC

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

CPP Investments

Deutsche Bank

DIF Capital Partners

Drax

DWS Infrastructure

EDF

EDF Invest

Engie

Federated Hermes

Ferrovial Airports

GIC Infrastructure

GIG

GLIL Infrastructure

Goldman Sachs

Gresham House

Hartree Partners

High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

Hochtief

iCON Infrastructure

IHS Towers

IFM Investors

IMCO Investments (Investment Management Corporation of Ontario)

InfraRed

InfraVia

InterGen

Japan Bank for International Cooperation

JERA

Jiangsu Shagang

John Laing

J.P.Morgan IIF

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co

Lloyds Bank

London Luton Airport Operations Limited

Macquarie

Marubeni Corporation

MIDIS

Meridiam

National Grid

NNB (UK New Nuclear Build JV between EDF and CGN)

NEOM

Northern Powergrid Metering Limited

OMERS

OneWeb

Orange

Partners Group

Pearl Infrastructure

Proventus Capital Partners

PSP Investments

Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC)

Reliance Communications

Renewable Power Capital

Severn Trent

SingTel

Sky

Stagecoach

State Grid China

Sumitomo

Tata Communications

Telefónica UK and Telefónica S.A. / O2

TenneT

The Go-Ahead Group

Total

Transmission Capital Partners

Transport for London

Vattenfall

Vinci

Vodafone

Work highlights

  • Acted as a legal adviser to funds advised by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co in connection with its ‘take-private’ of John Laing.
  • Advised GIC in relation to the purchase of a 30% stake in CETIN
  • Advised Stagecoach Group plc (Stagecoach) on the recommended cash offer from Inframobility UK Bidco Limited, a company indirectly wholly owned by Pan-European Infrastructure III, SCSp, an infrastructure fund managed and advised by DWS Infrastructure, valuing Stagecoach at c.£600m

Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 2

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP provides clients with advice on disputes arising from substantial construction projects, both in the UK and internationally. With James Doe and David Nitek co-heading the team, the firm leverages an array of dispute resolution tools such as litigation, arbitration, adjudication, and mediation. Doe brings to the table a global practice focused on major infrastructure, construction, and engineering projects, with a specialism in complex civil and process engineering projects such as power plants and oil and gas ventures. Nitek is known for his extensive experience in various forms of dispute resolution, serving high-profile employers and contractors, especially those involved in major infrastructure projects across the UK and the Middle East. The team is further strengthened by senior associates Xavier Milne and Mathew Shelley, as well as associate Lucinda King, all showcasing proficiency across diverse issues on construction projects and sectors including infrastructure, energy, water treatment, and major building upgrades.

Practice head(s):

James Doe; David Nitek

Testimonials

‘Outstanding combination of industry knowledge, sound technical understanding, and excellent commercial sense.’

‘David Nitek, Xavier Milne and Lucinda King are all outstanding. A tight-knit, highly efficient, and knowledgeable team providing a first-class litigation service.’

‘David Nitek is excellent – great with clients, incisive and decisive.’

‘The team are dedicated, hard-working and bright. They are one of the best I have worked with, providing the highest level of service in a professional but friendly atmosphere. It is really, very impressive.’

‘Xavier Milne is a standout senior associate, a partner in all but name. On top of all of the detail, responsive, but also very easy to work with. He is very ably assisted by Lucinda King, who is an impressive associate with an impressive work rate and attention to detail. The team is headed by James Doe, the partner. His experience and depth of knowledge provide valuable insight and an overall steer in the right direction.’

‘The team literally has the mastery in this practice. The team understands the right move, right response, and right choice in each and every moment throughout the dispute resolution process. I could sleep at night not worrying about what to do and just relying on the team’s judgment and action. The team also has a profound understanding of the industry as well.’

‘I worked with the team of James Doe, Xavier Milne, and Lucinda King, which is a perfect combination of the savvy, the smart, and the diligent. This team and the individuals can offer everything that a client would need to deal with a construction dispute.’

Work highlights

Real estate > Property finance Tier 2

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP maintains an active real estate finance practice, with a steady stream of instructions in NPL financings, investment grade financings, restructurings and insolvencies. Practice head Simon Chadney continues to act for borrowers, lenders and other creditors on mainstream finance transactions, while fellow senior partner Gary Hommel specialises in complex development and investment financings. Chris Mann leads on senior and mezzanine transactions and development financings, as well as pan-European deals for both lenders and sponsors.

Practice head(s):

Simon Chadney

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Strong performers – good European coverage.’

 

Key clients

China Citic Bank

The British Land Company Plc

JP Morgan Asset Management

Deutsche Bank AG

Capital & Counties

Morgan Stanley

Cerberus

DekaBank

Societe Generale

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank

BNPP

Ballymore

United Overseas Bank

Hammerson

Cain International

Brookfield

Starwood Property Trust Inc

Macquarie/John Laing

Nuveen Asset Management

Almacantar Limited

Work highlights

  • Lead counsel to Deutsche Bank on two acquisition and development financings totalling €270,000,000 for Sunrise/ARES JVs in France and the Netherlands to fund the acquisition (by way of corporate acquisitions) of a portfolio of logistics assets.
  • Advising the arranging banks on the £605,000,000 financing of LaSalle/National Pension Service of Korea’s acquisition of 5 Broadgate in London.
  • Lead counsel to Deutsche Bank on the acquisition and development financing for Sunrise/ARES’s acquisition of a logistics property in Sweden.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is experienced in handling contentious landlord and tenant work alongside big ticket litigation concerning development, as well as rights of light, lease renewals, telecoms and trespassers. The team is led by 'legend in his field' Matthew Bonye, who handles all manner of commercial real estate disputes such as those relating to land purchases, ratings appeals and contractual issues. He is supported by Frances Edwards, who namely handles complex contractual disputes and professional negligence matters.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Bonye

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘HSF has a cracking property litigation team – but they also have the huge resources of the wider practice standing behind them, so you can rest assured that if there is a planning, insurance or other dimension to your problem, the firm will be there for you.’

‘Matthew Bonye is one of the nicest people to deal with – but do not assume that he is a soft touch: he is vastly experienced, and able to think around a problem in the depth that sophisticated clients want.

‘The team are confident with their recommendations. Have top knowledge of case law. Will advise promptly and give support.’

‘One of the top, if not THE top, firm of property litigators in the London market.’

‘Matthew Bonye is really a legend in his field. Not only a brilliant lawyer, but a lovely person to boot.’

‘Very detailed level of knowledge, vast resources to draw upon.’

‘The team has great breadth and depth of service.’

‘Very good at initial review and investigation and advice.’

Key clients

Ludgate House Limited (part of Native Land)

Portigon AG

Federated Hermes

The Board of Trustees of The Tate Gallery

British Land Plc (BL CW Holdings Limited)

Nuveen

The Madison Square Garden Company

Work highlights

  • Advising British Land on all contentious matters flowing from the largest urban regeneration project in Europe (Canada Water, Southwark).
  • Acting for the Board of Trustees of the Tate Gallery in the groundbreaking case of overlooking and the torts of nuisance.
  • Acted for Ludgate House Limited in their high-profile test case on the validity of property guardianship as a business rates mitigation tool.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech Tier 2

From major banks and insurers to start-ups and challenger businesses, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP advises at all levels of the fintech ecosytem. The broad practice is known for its strengths in regulatory matters, data protection and blockchain and digital assets. Practice co-head Nick Pantlin has specialist expertise in the application and adoption of emerging technologies in the financial services and fintech sector, while fellow co-head Caroline Rae is noted for the depth of her transactional acumen. David Coulling has a focus on transformational tech-driven deals, while Marina Reason‘s broad practice extends to strategic structuring and licensing perimeter advice. Chris Bushell frequently handles contentious matters related to digital assets. Alex Cravero has an in-depth understanding of mandates concerning blockchain, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Practice head(s):

Nick Pantlin; Caroline Rae

Testimonials

‘Terence Lau is very responsive and highly regarded.’

‘A cross-practice ‘team’ of appropriate partners and associates is formed according to the need for each brief and they work extremely well together.

‘Genuine interest in our unique issues and commitment to finding practical solutions, via a collaborative approach.’

Work highlights

  • Advised WiseTech Global on the acquisition of Bolero.
  • Advised ClearBank on the first phase of the client’s international expansion into Europe, and potentially the USA, during 2023 and 2024.
  • Advised Huozhi, a fintech social enterprise start-up, in relation to its secure aid funding solution, which enables the secure tracking of aid from NGOs and government donors.  

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 2

The ‘smart’ and ‘knowledgeable’ Herbert Smith Freehills LLP practice is experienced in high-tech patent disputes alongside transactional matters such as licensing, R&D development and various projects. The team is known for its expertise in the telecoms and technology sectors. ‘Superb’ practice head Sebastian Moore, who splits his time between London and Milan, fields a strong practice in pan-European pharmaceuticals litigation. Andrew Moir is well-versed in complex, tech-dependent matters, and ‘strategic’ Jonathan Turnbull is noted for his work in litigation on behalf of R&D-based companies. ‘Impressive’ Andrew Wells’s life sciences expertise means he is sought out by clients in this remit, counting global pharma companies in his roster and consultant Sophie Rich remains a key contact in the team. Emily Bottle, Emma Sherratt and Julie Chiu are also recommended. Peter Dalton departed in February 2023 to join Stephenson Harwood.

Practice head(s):

Sebastian Moore

Testimonials

‘The team is helpful, insightful and always asks the right questions.’

‘The people within the team are smart and think deeply about each of the issues put in front of them, so no points are left unaddressed.’

‘Their legal knowledge is excellent, and they combine it with excellent technical understanding Moreover, they are very easy to work with, which is always important.’

‘Andrew Wells is very impressive – he has excellent technical understanding of pharmaceutical cases and combines this with an incredible ability to remember and recall detail, which is valuable when there are multiple related actions ongoing.’

‘Round the clock option is excellent – using their Australian office (which is very strong) to manage cases over 24 hours in a tight squeeze. Very friendly, cohesive and knowledgeable team.’

‘Jonathan Turnbull makes himself available at short notice and is very generous with his time. He is a strategic thinker with an encyclopedic knowledge of SPCs.’

‘Sebastian Moore is superb. He will always put the client first and considers the full picture. He has a great deal of experience with global litigation, giving great strategic advice whilst always being on top of the details.’

‘Emily Bottle is superb. Highly experienced, able to sniff out an issue quickly and cut to the chase. She is highly organised and a great team leader.’

Key clients

Biogen

R2 Semiconductor

Seoul Semiconductor

Gilead Sciences

Takeda

Sky

Roche

AbbVie

British American Tobacco (BAT)

General Mills

Sanofi

Work highlights

  • Acting for Biogen as part of a multi-billion-dollar global dispute in relation to patent matters relating to Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate), its treatment for multiple sclerosis.
  • Representing R2 Semiconductor in UK High Court proceedings enforcing its patent against Intel relating to on-chip voltage regulators comprising switched mode regulator circuitry and voltage spike protection circuitry.
  • Representing Millennium Pharmaceuticals and its licensee Johnson & Johnson in the pan-European defence of Velcade’s market exclusivity (bortezomib), a first in class drug used to treat multiple myeloma and mantle cell lymphoma.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 2

Helmed by Sebastian Moore, the team at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP advises clients on a full spectrum of IP issues, from tech litigation and anti-counterfeiting to copyright ownership and misuse of data. One particular area of growth for the team is large-scale software audit disputes. Andrew Moir is noted for his expertise in tech-dependent matters, while Jonathan Turnbull has a wealth of experience advising on the exploitation of their IP rights. Andrew Wells‘s strengths lie in the realm of technology and of counsel Heather Newton strengthens the practice with her considerable expertise in litigation, particularly in relation to trade marks, copyright and technology disputes. Senior associate Victoria Horsey‘s diverse practice encompasses brand protection and licensing issues, to name a few. Senior associate Emma Sherratt handles IP matters involving a multijurisdictional element.

Practice head(s):

Sebastian Moore

Testimonials

‘They are very responsive and technically excellent. They are also commercially astute.’

‘Emma Sherratt is always on hand to provide considered and commercial advice.’

‘Jonathan Turnbull is personable and very sharp. He can cut through to the heart of the matter very quickly.’

‘The team is responsive and always remains available to jump on any urgent requests. Furthermore, HSF has embraced technology to streamline their operations and enhance client services.’

‘Emma Sherratt is an exceptional star contributor within the HSF team. She possesses deep legal knowledge and expertise in IP, and stays up-to-date with the latest developments and regulations.’

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media: Advertising & marketing Tier 2

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's team provies 'deep experience' and 'great' advice on a broad array of matters, including joint ventures between advertising companies, media buying agreements, and festival and events related marketing issues. Hayley Brady heads the media and digital practice, advising major corporates and advertising agencies on marketing arrangements; while senior associate James Balfour primarily focuses on advertising campaigns and the advertisement sales of third party bodies. Senior associate Rachel Kane has a great deal of regulatory expertise, often handling advertising sales agreements, partnership deals, and influencer marketing campaigns.

Practice head(s):

Hayley Brady

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Accurate, timely, great advice, and excellent work. They have deep experience, and are willing to offer advice and strong counter views.’

‘They don’t waste time and they know their business.’

‘They provided exceptional support – they were proactive, collaborative and dedicated; they seamlessly integrated with the business and demonstrated a solution orientated mindset and can-do attitude. In particular, James Balfour and Rachel Kane have good media buying industry experience, which is an invaluable specialist area.’

Key clients

Dentsu

Reddit

Black Equity Organisation

United Kingdom for UNHCR

Amplify

Sky

Newen Studios SAS

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media: Digital content & social Tier 2

Hayley Brady heads up Herbert Smith Freehills LLP‘s media and digital practice in the UK, and as co-head of the firm’s global media group, is well-placed to assist major players across various industries on matters pertaining to content licensing and distribution, strategic partnerships, gaming and gambling, as well as advertising and sponsorships. Stephen Wilkinson is also recommended in the digital media and interactive content space.

Practice head(s):

Hayley Brady

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Sky

Reddit

Spreadex

Rario

KFC/Yum! Brands

Uber

Hipgnosis Music Fund

MGM

STV

Penguin Random House

British American Tobacco

Smilegate

NetEase

Bauer Media

Google

Bounce Cinema

Kick It Out

Dugdale Trust

Dentsu

Amplify

Pearson

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media: Film & TV Tier 2

Much of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's workload in the film and television space stems from co-head of the firm’s global media sector group Hayley Brady's expertise; she recently led the advice to Sky on its commercial distribution deals. The team is also adept in commercial and production incentive arrangements, and corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Hayley Brady

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Sky

Reddit

Spreadex

Rario

KFC/Yum! Brands

Uber

Hipgnosis Music Fund

MGM

STV

Penguin Random House

British American Tobacco

Smilegate

NetEase

Bauer Media

Google

Bounce Cinema

Kick It Out

Dugdale Trust

Dentsu

Amplify

Pearson

Work highlights

  • Advised Sky on the renewal of its strategic partnership with BT across the UK and Republic of Ireland in relation to the distribution of BT Sport via Sky platforms and the distribution of NOW on BT TV, among other amendments.
  • Advised Dentsu on various contractual matters, concerning a number of household name consumer brands.

Transport > Aviation Tier 2

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP assists its clients with commercial and contentious matters, advising on M&A, and financing matters and increasingly ESG topics, including supporting airlines with the introduction of sustainable aviation fuel to airports. The firm is also advising lessors on aircraft and engine claims following the seizure of key assets in Russia. Leading the team are UK and EU competition specialist Kim Dietzel, who also assists with Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) licensing matters, and Robert Moore, who specialises in M&A, including hostile public takeovers, joint ventures and shareholder disputes. Gregg Rowan represents clients in cross-border disputes, while also assisting with regulatory investigations and public enquiries. Of counsel Suzy Campbell and senior associate Clémence Barraud handle competition and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Kim Dietzel; Robert Moore

Testimonials

‘They have partners across the globe providing high-quality and consistent services.’

‘Very strong presence in Asia with a team based in Singapore, making it very convenient to work with on Asia-focused deals.’

Key clients

Virgin Atlantic

easyJet

Jet2

AerCap

Gatwick Airport

London Luton Airport

Bain Capital

World Star Aviation

Bpifrance Assurance Export

Asia Aviation Capital

Aergo Capital

Certares

Ferrovial Airports

Work highlights

  • Advised Jet2 plc on various matters including on the refinancing of its unsecured revolving credit facility of up to £300m with Barclays Bank, HSBC UK Bank, Lloyds Bank and National Westminster Bank.
  • Advised Gatwick Airport Limited and London Luton Airport in respect of their respective development and expansion master plans.
  • Advised AerCap Ireland Ltd on various matters including in connection with claims under its aviation insurance policies relating to the loss of aircraft and engines in Ukraine and Russia.

Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts Tier 3

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP ‘demonstrates a very strong knowledge of commercial contracts in the IT service and central government spheres’, and is well regarded for its deep bench of collaborative practitioners. Recent work highlights include drafting new partnership agreements for Uber, structuring e-commerce template agreements and models for major British multinationals, and acting as an extension of the in-house legal teams for clients such as FTI Consulting and PZ Cussons. Tech and digital expert Nick Pantlin heads the team, with strong proficiencies in outsourcing and logistic arrangements, in addition to possessing a strong regulatory offering. Co-head Stephen Rayfield has been active in the transport sector, working closely with his infrastructure colleagues on PFI Project agreements and long term services subcontractor appointments, while third co-head Hayley Brady has an impressive international practice which has seen her advise clients in the Middle East and Asia, most notably on large global template agreements. Senior associate James Balfour is also noted, especially for mandates linked to ESG endeavours.

Practice head(s):

Nick Pantlin; Stephen Rayfield; Hayley Brady

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A cross-practice team of appropriate partners and associates is formed according to the need for each brief, and they work extremely well together, all contributing to open dialogue with us the client as together we define the problem and explore potential solutions.’

‘Genuine interest in our unique issues and commitment to finding practical solutions, via a collaborative approach.’

‘The HSF Team demonstrates a very strong knowledge of commercial contracts in the IT service and central government spheres. Whilst demonstrating their knowledge, they also listen to the client and work collaboratively to achieve the client’s aim. Working with HSF felt like one team.’

‘Our HSF colleagues leave their egos at home and truly focused on working collaboratively with the client staff to achieve the client’s aims. Their approach is about achieving the desired outcome.’

‘They are diligent and really try to go over and above.’

Key clients

IBM

Uber

Ministry of Defence

Diageo

Pod Point

Sainsbury’s

Lyst

BAT

Transport for London

Sky

DeBeers

bp / bp pulse

The Ardonagh Group Limited

ClearBank

Huozhi

TSB

Telefonica

UBS

British American Tobacco

bp Pulse

Shaw Communications

Work highlights

  • Advised Uber with drafting and negotiating a new partnership agreement between Uber and Hopper to allow Uber to retail domestic and international flights through an Uber-branded white-labelled travel portal within the Uber app.
  • Advised FTI Consulting with a technology augment managed legal service, supporting the in-house legal team of a global consultancy with operations spanning the UK, EMEA and APAC regions.
  • Assisted bp pulse with a full service, multi-disciplinary BAU support service, acting as an extension of the client’s legal team.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 3

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP fields a team with expertise in commercial transactions, tax disputes, and tax strategic and advisory work. Team lead and global tax practice head William Arrenberg specialises in real estate taxation, and advises on the full range of transactions across all real estate asset classes. Howard Murray‘s practice includes non-contentious insurance, structured finance, and M&A, while experienced practitioner Isaac Zailer handles a range of transactional, advisory, and contentious work. Investment funds specialist Aurell Taussig, real estate and funds expert Casey Dalton, and Josh Lom, who made partner in 2022, are key names.

Practice head(s):

William Arrenberg

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Aurell Taussig has a complementary working style to Michael Hunt in the tax disputes team – he provides technical reassurance.’

Key clients

AbbVie Inc.

Aberdeen Standard Life

Acacia Research Corporation

Ahren LP

Allianz Real Estate GmbH

Amundi (UK) Limited

Antin

Ardonagh Group

Argent (Property Development) Services Limited

Artisan Partners Limited Partnership

Associated British Foods plc

Atlassian Corporation Plc

Baillie Gifford

Balance Legal Capital

Berkeley Homes

Bharti

BHP Group Limited

Big Society Capital Limited

BioPharma Credit Plc

Blackrock

Blue Motor Finance Limited

BP

Bridgestone Corporation

British American Tobacco PLC

Brookfield Property Partners LP

Brookgate Land Limited

Cabot Square Capital

CalEnergy

Canada Life

Canary Wharf Group Plc

Capital & Counties Properties Plc

Certares Management LLC

Chargeurs

Chevron

Citibank

Copenhagen Infrastructure New Markets Fund

CPP Investment Board

Deutsche Lufthansa AG

Dorrington Plc

EDF

ENI

Ferrexpo plc

Fidelio Capital AB

Findlay Park Partners LLP

Gazeley

Gazprom

General Mills

Goldman Sachs International

Hammerson Plc

Hermes Fund Managers Limited

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited

Iberdrola S.A.

Impilo AB

Inchcape

Iluka Resources

Impact Oil & Gas AGC Limited

Israel Chemical Limited (ICL)

Johnson Matthey Plc

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

King’s College London

Korea Investment Corporation

KPMG LLP

Lazard Group

LCR Limited

Lend Lease Corporation Limited

LendInvest BTL Limited

Marex Plc

Marsfields Limited

Mercuria Energy Group

National Grid Plc

Newen Studios

Nuveen

OneWeb Communications

Patria Finance Limited

Pearson Plc

Pension Insurance Corporation Plc

Pension Protection Fund

Perenco UK Limited

Phoenix Group Holdings Plc

Polar Capital

Prisma Capital

Qatar Investment Authority

ReAssure Limited

Resolution Re

Respira International Limited

Royal London

Saga Plc

SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust

Sky Plc

Societe Generale

SoftBank Corporation

St. James Edinburgh Unit Trust

Sustainable Development Capital LLC

The British Land Company Plc

The McConnell Foundation

Thomas Lloyd Group Limited

TP ICAP plc

Transport for London / London Underground Limited

Tryg A/S

Tullow Oil

TSB Bank plc

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Vantage Capital Markets LLP

VMED O2 UK Limited

Weir Group Plc

Wesfarmers

Willis Towers Watson

Wisetech Global Ltd

Woodside Energy Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising British Land on the tax aspects of its new development at Canada Water.
  • Advising Capital & Counties Properties on its recommended £3.5 billion all-share merger with Shaftesbury Plc.
  • Advising Inchcape plc, the leading independent multi-brand global automotive distributor, on its business combination to acquire Derco, the largest independent automotive distributor in Latin America, for a cash and share consideration valuing Derco at £1.3 billion on a debt free, cash free basis.

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

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has demonstrable expertise in the digital assets arena, acting for crypto exchanges and fintech entities on navigating regulatory boundaries and changes, with additional capability advising investment banks and wholescale markets businesses, asset managers and insurers. Practice head Clive Cunningham is noted for his experience in banking, securities and asset management mandates. Marina Reason maintains a broad practice, covering investment banking, retail banking and asset management, in addition to handling Brexit, MiFID II and ESG-related matters, among others. Reason and Kelesi Blundell, who joined the practice from A&O Shearman in November 2022, are both praised for their ‘tremendous expertise’.

Practice head(s):

Clive Cunningham

Other key lawyers:

Marina Reason; Kelesi Blundell; Nish Dissanayake; Jed Wilsher

Testimonials

‘The team is absolutely excellent. Marina Reason and Kelesi Blundell have tremendous expertise, but also excel at communicating complex legal topics in a clear and succinct way. They also have a very diverse team and a wider range of expertise.’

‘The team is very commercial, seeking to understand our needs and advising in a supportive manner. They are great at getting on a call without delay and working through the issues.’

‘Marina Reason and Kelesi Blundell are incredible to work with. They have provided incredible expertise on all legal issues related to DLT, FMI’s, digital regulation, digital sandboxes, MiCA and digital assets.’

‘Marina Reason and Jed Wilsher have joined calls with other parties on international business and have been extremely supportive and helpful. They are a very convincing team.’

‘The team are very proactive in providing helpful, clear and timely updates on all relevant regulatory updates that are topical. I find their approach very helpful and user-friendly.’

‘Marina Reason always reaches out with calls/emails to provide an update of relevance/ensure that I am aware of regulatory developments.’

Key clients

ClearBank Limited

Tandem Money Limited / Tandem Bank Limited

TSB Bank plc

TP ICAP Group Services Limited

iSwap Euro BV

HSBC private bank

The Ardonagh Group

Invesco

Hotelbeds

Baillie Gifford

Deutsche Bank

Jefferies

Marex

Columbia Threadneedle Management Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising ClearBank on all regulatory aspects of its recent equity raise, led by Apax Digital, together with associated group restructuring (including regulatory capital compliance and PRA engagement.
  • Advising clients on innovative digital assets and technology-related projects, including how to navigate the regulatory boundaries and anticipate upcoming regulatory changes.
  • Advising numerous banks and other financial institutions on regulatory requirements, such as regulatory capital, ring-fencing and suitability frameworks.

Finance > Derivatives and structured products Tier 3

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP focuses on complex year derivatives transactions for high-profile clients, among them Deutsche Bank. The team led by standout partner Nick May also acts for corporates, funds and insurance companies in matters concerning a wide variety of underlying products and jurisdictions, including emerging markets. Its work includes strategy equity transactions involving derivatives technology, as well as margin loans, credit-based pre-payment triggers and collateralisation terms. May and of counsel Nick Rutter recently advised Deutsche Bank on a landmark €1bn financing to Turkish energy company Botas, which involved complex complex financing techniques such as credit-based LTV margin pre-payment triggers. May also advised Phoenix Group on a major collateral optimisation project, which involved repapering ISDA/CSA arrangements across 15 or more counterparties.

Practice head(s):

Nick May

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Deutsche Bank

Phoenix Life Limited

Morgan Stanley

Citigroup

Project financings (various clients including the NeuConnect Interconnector project)

Fidelity Investment Management Limited

Securitisations (various clients including Pepper Mortgages and LendInvest)

Scotiabank

Societe Generale

MBK Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Deutsche Bank on a landmark €1 billion financing to Botas, a Turkish energy company.
  • Advised Phoenix Group on a high-value collateral optimisation project.
  • Advised a consortium of 15 hedging banks on the £3 billion NeuConnect interconnector project financing.

Finance > Trade finance Tier 3

The finance practice at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is 'very strong and has an excellent level of knowledge of the market and recent developments'. The trade finance team is part of the broader energy and natural resources practice, and it acts for both lenders and borrowers in commodity-related financings, particularly in the energy sector. It has notable expertise in reserve-based lending transactions. Oil and gas finance expert Thomas Bethel , who has 'a wealth of knowledge', and energy and project finance specialist William Breeze are the lead partners. Bethel advised senior lenders on the $500m refinancing of a secured loan and letter of credit borrowing base facility to EnQuest.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Bethel; William Breeze

Testimonials

‘The team is very strong and they have an excellent level of knowledge about the market and recent developments.’

‘Thomas Bethel has a wealth of knowledge.’

Key clients

The senior lenders to the Enquest group

A syndicate of lenders – Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, DNB Bank ASA, Powszechna Kasa Oszczednosci Bank Polski S.A, Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego, Bank Handlowy W Warzawie S.A., SMBC Bank EU AG, BNP Paribas, ING Belgium NV/SA, Societe Generale

Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank (CACIB), Credit Agricole Leasing & Factoring and Ester Finance Technologies

Mercuria

Black Sea Oil & Gas

Dana Petroleum

Petrogas

Work highlights

  • Advised the senior lenders on the refinancing of a secured loan and letter of credit borrowing base facility to the EnQuest group (USD 500 million).
  • Acted for a syndicate of lenders in relation to the amendment of an existing reserve-based lending facility agreement between the lenders and PGNiG Upstream Norway to inter alia, increase the facility amount by US$500 million, make provision for subsequent ESG provisions and transition the interest rate from US LIBOR to Compounded SOFR.
  • Advised Mercuria Energy Trading SA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mercuria Energy Group Limited, in connection with the increase of Jervois Suomi (Holding) Oy and Jervois Finland Oy’s secured working capital facility from US$75 million to US$150 million.

Insurance > Personal injury: defendant Tier 3

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP‘s personal injury team is led by Howard Watson, who has particular experience defending large and sensitive stress at work claims. The expertise of the team lies in large, complex group litigation claims, and it continues to act in regards to long-term thalidomide claims across multiple jurisdictions, with David Bennett taking the lead on such work. Acting for major self-insuring corporates is another notable specialism of the team.

Practice head(s):

Howard Watson

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Diageo

Chevron

BAE

BP

TXU

Post Office

Arup

Work highlights

  • Acting for Diageo in relation to claims for injuries arising from the alleged ingestion of thalidomide in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
  • Acting for Chevron following the explosion at its refinery in June 2011, which resulted in four fatalities, a serious personal injury and a number of stress and related claims.
  • Acting for the Post Office in relation to personal injury issues raised by former sub-postmasters and postmistresses who are bringing claims against the client in connection with its internal computer system.

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

The charities practice at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP frequently acts for charities, NGOs, foundations, social enterprises and multinational corporate clients. The team is led by Richard Norridge and regularly works on matters that have an international dimension. Rebecca Perlman is another important member of the department who advises on a broad range of issues from the formation and regulation of charities, to fundraising and investment work; she also has a particular specialism in advising on social investments. At senior associate level, Matteo Yoon is also well regarded.

Practice head(s):

Richard Norridge

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Perlman; Matteo Yoon; Hussein Mithani

Testimonials

‘The team at HSF always make you feel like you are a priority. They are friendly, welcoming, and incredibly thorough with their work’.

‘They provide us with incredibly generous support. They are efficient, responsive and very helpful. Rebecca Perlman and Matteo Yoon lead the team very well and draw on a wide level of support and expertise from within the firm to support us’.

‘Great practice – strong wide and diverse team, with a good commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. Strong pro bono team. Always good – Matteo Yoon leads the work well, Rebecca Perlman is excellent, as are many others’.

‘Their ability to guide charities on all matters of governance, to provide robust challenge and advice’.

‘Matteo Yoon is an exceptional lawyer with strong relationship building skills and an awareness of the needs of his clients’.

‘They worked hard to understand us and they cared. The team members problem solved and shared their time.’

‘HSF has provided amazing support to our charity over the years and are a key partner’.

Hussein Mithani – has been a brilliant advocate of our work and has both provided wonderful support but has helped to raise awareness of our work’.

Key clients

Médecins Sans Frontières UK

Queer Britain Museum Limited

Social Tech Trust

Impact Investing Institute

Royal National Institute for Blind People

Citizens UK Charity

Advice on Individual Rights in Europe

St Columba’s Church and Restart Lives

Work highlights

  • Continued to advise Queer Britain Museum Limited on two transformative projects.
  • Advising Social Tech Trust on its investment into Xploro, a health information platform that uses augmented reality, gameplay and artificial intelligence to deliver health information to young patients, in a way which reduces stress/anxiety.

Real estate > Environment Tier 3

Catherine Howard, who is experienced advising on work ranging from the environmental aspects of significant infrastructure and development projects, to advising on the climate issues surrounding the aviation industry, leads Herbert Smith Freehills LLP‘s practice. Its non-contentious work includes the range of regulatory, transactional and project issues, which are areas of focus of energy specialist Silke Goldberg, who also has expertise in ESG. The team collaborates with its international offices to provide advice in cross-jurisdictional contexts, a key example being the firm’s multidisciplinary global ESG offering. Specialist counsel Julie Vaughan departed to Reed Smith LLP in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Howard

Other key lawyers:

Silke Goldberg; Peter Leon

Testimonials

‘The team has provided exceptionally strong support in defence of high-risk environmental class action litigation. The thoroughness of their advice, paired always with a strategic approach has been invaluable. The team’s ability to work with and coordinate difficult, local correspondent attorneys is impressive.’

‘Ernst Muller is key to the exceptional team; they are highly skilled with a huge depth of experience and a strategic approach with a view to practical and achievable outcomes.’

Key clients

Anglian Water

Goldman Sachs

Logicor

Abrdn

Indaver UK Ltd

Intergen

Engie

Royal Mail Group

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

Johnson Matthey

Transmission Capital Limited Partners

Essar Oil (UK)

British Land

Mitsubishi Corp

London Luton Airport Operations Limited

Impact Investing Institute

Indofood

The Big Issue Group

International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank Group)

Parkdean

The Church Commissioners

Vimian Group

Anglian Water

Goldman Sachs

Logicor

Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 3

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP draws on the firm’s wider capabilities across multiple disciplines, including employment, corporate governance, intellectual property, and dispute resolution, to offer a strong full-service data and cybersecurity practice with particular strength in cross-border work. Miriam Everett co-leads the team and has notable strength advising on data protection and privacy issues, and her expertise spans global compliance advice, policy design and implementation, and data retention issues. Co-head Andrew Moir takes point on cybersecurity matters, leading a team that is well-placed to handle cyber breach work, including ransomware attacks, cyber-related litigation, as well as cyber-readiness and resilience. Working alongside them is Christine Young, who handles employment-related data advice.

Practice head(s):

Miriam Everett; Andrew Moir; Christine Young

Testimonials

‘The team has its finger on the pulse of the ever-changing and complex data privacy world – across many jurisdictions.’

‘The team is very responsive and provides practical advice – easy to implement.’

‘Miriam Everett – She makes herself available and follows up timely. She provides advice in an efficient and effective manner and seeks practical solutions – while highlighting the pros and cons with different approaches. Her work (and that of her team) is greatly valued.’

‘Utilised the services of the team for data protection advice during a very complex divestment and also on a transactional basis to re-paper contracts in line with the new IDTA regulations. Quality of advice, partner availability and collaborative approach all exceptional.’

‘Quality of advice, availability and collaborative approach all stood out in dealings with Miriam Everett as Partner.’

‘HSF pulled together an internationally minded team which worked well with our organisation’s global presence. The team were able to deliver tailored outcomes, adjusting to and working with tight ‘turn around’ time.’

‘Miriam Everett heads up the Privacy team, combining first class subject knowledge allowing for pragmatic and ultimately successful navigation of the complex issues being considered.’

Key clients

UK Finance

Hays plc

e-Mersion Media

KodyPay Limited

Willis Towers Watson

KPMG

bp

Invesco

GenesisCare

Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m) Tier 4

Regarded as ‘an exceptional team with strong technical skills and commercial understanding‘, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP‘s cross-disciplinary team works with a number of PE firms on both mid-market and high cap transactions. The PE offering is headed up by John Taylor, whose recent workload covers the financial services and healthcare sectors. Gavin Williams specialises in infrastructure acquisitions and investment deals, while David D’Souza is noted for his experience in the energy and tech sectors, to name a few. Other key figures include Malcolm Lombers, a highly experienced M&A partner, and Joseph Dennis, praised for his ‘strong work ethic and exceptional negotiation skills.’

Practice head(s):

John Taylor

Testimonials

‘Very responsive and knowledgeable.’

‘Their responsiveness and insight into the private equity market is unrivalled.’

An exceptional team with strong technical skills, commercial understanding and effective communicators.’

Joseph Dennis demonstrates a strong work ethic and exceptional negotiation skills. He was able to take complete ownership of certain workstreams and see through successful negotiations on legal documents for a sale process and new aggregator setup in an effective and efficient manner.’

Key clients

Blackstone

Cabot Square Capital

H.R.L. Morrison & Co Limited

DWS Asset Management

Acquiline

GIC

Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Headway Capital

Inflexion Private Equity Partners

Vimian Group

BC Partners

Carlyle Group

Brookfield

OMERS

DIF

Work highlights

  • Advised Blackstone on the non-US elements of Emerson’s sale of a majority stake in its Climate Technologies business to private equity funds managed by Blackstone, in a transaction valuing Climate Technologies at $14bn.
  • Advised DWS on the sale of c.48% stake in TCR, owned by funds managed by DWS, to 3i Infrastructure for £334m.
  • Advised Cabot Square Capital on the disposal of SPF to Howden.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 4

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s ‘industrious and efficient’ practice covers prosecution and advisory work for high-net-worth individuals, directors, and executives, drawing upon its global network of offices to expertly handle multi-jurisdictional investigations. The team shows particular strength in complex criminal tax proceedings, regularly defending clients in proceedings brought by the FCA and HMRC. 'Top expert' Susannah Cogman leads the group, where she demonstrates her considerable expertise in sanctions issues and anti-money laundering enforcement measures. Brian Spiro is noted for his capabilities in offshore tax fraud investigations and financial crime matters, while Robert Hunt focuses on prosecutions involving fraud, bribery and corruption. Kate Meakin's expertise is concentrated in corporate crime issues. Daniel Hudson left the practice in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Susannah Cogman

Other key lawyers:

Brian Spiro; Robert Hunt; Kate Meakin; Elizabeth Head; Kathryn Boyd; Jessica Chappatte

Testimonials

‘HSF has a developing strength in white collar crime. It is fortunate to have exceptionally gifted associates in the form of Jess Chappatte, Ali Grodzki and Dawen Gao. Brian Spiro is an elder statesman and has built a brilliant team. Nick Clayton is a tax genius and wonderful to work with.’

‘HSF is the very best team in this field. They are industrious, efficient, and packed full of bright young things with a complete determination to achieve the very best results for their client. Working with them is a total pleasure.’

‘Kate Meakin is highly intelligent and a real operator. Susannah Cogman is one of the top experts in the field. Her advice is always carefully thought out, tailored precisely to the details of the particular issue in front of her and spot on. Jessica Chappatte is an excellent strategist who is in it to win it, and usually does just that.’

‘A niche team providing high quality advice.’

‘Brian Spiro is a reassuring presence.’

Key clients

Post Office Limited

Work highlights

Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 4

Drawing upon 'excellent insight and rounded knowledge of the industry', Herbert Smith Freehills LLP provides a 'responsive and proactive' service to a debtor-focused client base across a range of restructuring and formal insolvency matters. Unsurprisingly perhaps given the firm's commercial litigation pedigree, the team, which is led by John Whiteoak ('extremely energetic and full of ideas'), is particularly adept at handling contentious insolvency engagements. Appreciated for her 'measured and incisive' advice, Natasha Johnson is also a key practitioner for contentious matters, including as it relates to directors' duties/misfeasance issues. As part of his broad skillset in the space, Kevin Pullen has niche expertise handling    infrastructure and project restructurings including those underpinned by PFI/PPP contractual terms.

Practice head(s):

John Whiteoak

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Pullen; Natasha Johnson; John Chetwood; Andrew Cooke; James Rea-Palmer; Philip Lis

Testimonials

The team is extremely experienced in all matters arising in relation to contentious corporate insolvency disputes.’

Excellent insight and rounded knowledge of the industry.’

They have a very clear strategic direction from the outset, are consistently assessing whether the clients’ best interests are being met by the proposed course, and are very hands-on and immersed in the detail of the case.’

‘They exhibit excellent attention to detail, are completely immersed in the detail, responsive and proactive.’

They are a top-tier team in this space with extensive, high-profile experience and a great reputation.’

A real expert in his field, John Whiteoak is extremely energetic and full of ideas.’

‘Natasha Johnson is measured and incisive, with great judgement.’

John Whiteoak and Natasha Johnson both provide exceptional strategic challenge and direction.’

Key clients

Certain non-executive directors of Carillion

DTGO Corporation Limited

Birmingham Highways Limited

Made.com

Accsys Technologies Plc

Work highlights

  • Advising certain former non-executive directors in relation to director disqualifications proceedings brought by the Secretary of State as a result of the high-profile liquidation of Carillion Plc.
  • Continuing to advise the joint administrators in the long running Nortel Networks insolvency.
  • Advised Made.com on its contingency planning in parallel with its strategic review and subsequently acted for the administrators on the sale of the Made.com brand, associated intellectual property, domain names and customer databases to Next Retail Limited.

Industry focus > Retail and consumer Tier 4

Investment fund formation and management > Real estate funds Tier 4

A number of investment managers, pension funds, and sovereign wealth funds turn to Herbert Smith Freehills LLP for its capbilities in big-ticket real estate-oriented fund matters. Key names to note include asset management specialist Stephen Newby handles private fund structuring and formation work across various asset classes, with recent real estate-focused highlights including the establishment of multi-asset private equity real estate funds.  

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Newby; Jonathan Blake; Nigel Farr

Key clients

abrdn

AEW Europe

Argent

AXA Investment Managers – Real Estate

Cabot Square Capital

Canada Life

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)

Chelsfield

Hammerson

Hermes Investment Management

Hermes Real Estate Investment Management

Hines Interests Limited Partnership

Lendlease

Local Pensions Partnership Investments

Moorfield Group Limited

Orchard Street Investment Management

Oxford Properties

PSP

Gravis Capital

Shuaa Capital

Signature Group

Sustainable Development Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Moorfield Group on the establishment of Moorfield Real Estate Fund V.
  • Advised Moorfield Group on a loan co-investment into one of their existing investments – Audley retirement villages.
  • Advised on the sale of 50% interest in the £1bn+ Long Harbour BTR fund to Cadillac Fairview.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

At Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Richard Norridge is at the helm of the private wealth practice. The department typically acts for prestigious ultra-high net worth individuals as well as institutions, family offices, private banks and trust companies on various complex and high value matters. These matters regularly involve multiple jurisdictions. William Turner was recently promoted to ‘of counsel’. Turner is a Solicitor Advocate with a specialism in both contentious and non-contentious private client work.

Practice head(s):

Richard Norridge

Other key lawyers:

John Mathew; William Turner

Testimonials

‘Richard and his team provide incredibly client-focused pragmatic and practical advice. They know the law inside out, but help the client to come up with solutions, not just information on what the legal position is’.

‘The team has a wide range of backgrounds and language capabilities so they can serve clients from around the world’.

‘Richard Norridge is always helpful and provides timely client-focused advice.’ 

‘Partner-led team’.

‘The team have extensive experience in private wealth matters which is relatively unique for a Big Law / Magic or Silver circle law firm’.

‘Richard Norridge and his team (John Mathew and Will Turner) are very intelligent, experienced and personable. They are genuinely enjoyable to work with’.

‘The team has a strong track record in this area of law and provides tailored advice for high-net-worth individuals and families’.

‘John Mathew is an excellent senior associate, definitely one to watch for the future‘.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management Tier 4

Finance > Acquisition finance Tier 5

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP‘s primary acquisition finance focus is advising its impressive roster of large investment grade corporates on the debt structuring to facilitate their M&A transactions, although it does handle some lender matters (particularly in relation to real estate mandates and emerging markets matters) . The team, which is co-headed by Kristen Roberts, William Breeze and Gabrielle Wong, also handles targeted funds-side work (for both private equity sponsors and sovereign wealth funds), focusing on transactions within core firmwide sector strengths including energy and infrastructure.

Practice head(s):

Kristen Roberts; William Breeze; Gabrielle Wong

Other key lawyers:

Will Nevin; Heather Culshaw; Thomas Bethel; Martin Kavanagh; Stacey Pang

Key clients

Schneider Electric plc

Bank of America

GIC

Inchcape plc

Capital & Counties plc

Elementis plc

Synthomer plc

Workspace Group plc

Marel hf and its subsidiaries

Victorian Funds Management Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Schneider Electric SE on its £4.1bn multicurrency bridge facility agreement in connection with its proposed acquisition of Aveva Group plc, one of Britain’s biggest tech companies.
  • Advised Bank of America and HSBC as lenders on the multi-billion-pound separation financing of Haleon from the GSK group.
  • Advised GIC on the financing of its strategic acquisition of a minority stake in CETIN Group, the CEE leading mobile telecommunications infrastructure platform.

Investment fund formation and management > Private funds Tier 5

Recommended for dispensing ‘technically sound’ advice, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP‘s team is well versed in handling GP-side and LP-side matters for sovereign wealth funds. The firm exhibits deep knowledge in infrastructure funds and energy sector related work. The practice is led by Tim West, and Jonathan Blake and Stephen Newby are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Tim West

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Team are really interested in our sector and act in a collaborative, commercial way rather than seeing counterparties as adversaries. They don’t get stuck in legal theory – pragmatic in approach.’

‘Stephen Newby takes the time to chat through issues and really understand the problem/matter at hand before providing a quote, and will raise issues as part of the RFP process, even before he knows he has the work, which demonstrates genuine interest in building a long term relationship. Very down to earth and a great sounding board.’

‘Technically sound and practical advice and good collaboration across jurisdictions’

‘Dedicated and talented people. Great service all round’

‘Stephen Newby is a stand out – one of the best in the industry’

Key clients

Acacia Research Corporation

AEW Europe LLP

Baillie Gifford & Co

Balance Legal Capital LLP

BNP Paribas Asset Management

Cabot Square Capital LLP

Cinven Partners LLP

CNIC Corporation Limited

CVC Capital Partners

Fidelity Investments Inc.

Floreat Private Limited

HarbourVest Partners (UK) Limited

Hastings Investment Management Limited

HSBC Global Asset Management (UK) Limited

Insight Investment Management

JPMorgan Asset Management

KKR & Co. Inc.

Local Pensions Partnership Investments Ltd

M&G Investment Management Limited

Moorfield Group Limited

Neuberger Berman Private Equity

Niam Private Equity

Orchard Street Investment Management LLP

Pala Investments Limited

Permira

Quadria Capital

Signature Group

Stichting DNGB Fonds II

Sustainable Development Capital

Tristan Capital Partners

Vista Equity Partner

Work highlights

  • Acted for JGGI on a proposed combination with JPE pursuant to a scheme of reconstruction under section 110 of the Insolvency Act 1986
  • Advised HRL Morrison & Co’s open-ended global infrastructure fund on their partnership with Innagreen Investment to acquire energy assets globally.
  • Assisted Alberta Investment Management Corporation in relation to the establishment of a joint venture for investment in UK battery storage assets, including advising on the development documentation.

Corporate and commercial > Venture capital Tier 6

At Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Michael Jacobs leads the firm's growth capital sector team, working in tandem with the wider firm's extensive bench of private equity and corporate specialists. Recent work of note has included advising on capital raisings and investments, in particular for venture capital arms of major corporates.

Practice head(s):

Michael Jacobs

Key clients

Baillie Gifford

ClearBank

EDF Pulse

Goldman Sachs Asset Management

OneWeb

Reaction Engines

Sustainable Development Capital

Tandem

Real estate > Planning and environment

India > Foreign firms Tier 1

North West > Real estate > Planning and environment

Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance

At Herbert Smith Freehills, London-based partner William Breeze’s Latin America banking and finance practice is principally centred on energy, infrastructure and mining financings. Indeed, the firm has a track record in oil-and-gas-sector financings (particularly in Brazil), and has gradually developed a significant presence in Chile’s mining sector. Moreover, it is increasingly recognised for energy-transition transactions, with Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Colombia all among its primary markets. The practice represents a range of lenders and borrowers, has developed particular expertise in advising various Asian lenders on Latin America loans, and has also has cemented a strong connection with the IFC. Edward Dougherty is co-head of the Latin America group and leads the project finance group in New York; he to is particularly well known for his expertise in oil and gas financings.

Practice head(s):

Edward Dougherty

Latin America: International firms > Projects and energy

Herbert Smith Freehills has a healthy Latin America projects and energy practice, driven primarily by its New York and London offices. The team is noted for its expertise in energy and mining, particularly in Brazil, Colombia, Argentina and Chile. The firm is also building its presence in energy transition and desalination projects, and generally enjoys a growing reputation in the region through its burgeoning relationship with IFC. Edward Dougherty is co-head of the Latin America group and leads the project finance group in New York. Along with team members in New York and London, Melbourne partner Juan-José Zentner has a major focus on Latin America’s mining sector, particularly in Chile, and is a leading figure in project development and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreements. London partner William Breeze is active in Brazil oil and gas, and offshore financings.

Practice head(s):

Edward Dougherty; Juan-José Zentner

Key clients

Mercuria Energy Trading

Mercuria

China Development Bank

BTG Pactual (Centro de Imagens e Diagnósticos)

IFC and ING

IFC and Nubank

Toesca Infraestructura II Fondo de Inversión

STOA Infra & Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised the Puerto Antioquia Project sponsors in connection with all aspects of the mezzanine financing provided by GIP Caps Antioquia Luxco for the development of the project.
  • Advised IFC on the New York law governed $150m A/B loan facility for Nubank Colombia, guaranteed by its Cayman Islands-based parent holding company Nu Holdings.
  • Advised IFC on the English law governed $225m A/B loan facility and ING Bank on the English law governed $50m loan facility to the Louis Dreyfus Company for on-lending to farmers in Brazil, structured as green loans aimed at reducing deforestation in the Amazon and Cerrado biomes in Brazil.    

South Africa > Mining

Patrick Leyden heads Herbert Smith Freehills South Africa LLP’s mining team, which advises on a broad range of transactional and contentious work in the industry. The client base includes government departments, international and local companies and non-profit organisations. Leyden is sought after for his expertise in advising on cross-border M&A in the mining space. Ernst Muller brings experience in assisting multinational mining companies with ESG matters. Peter Leon is now based in the London office, and acts as the firm’s global chair of its Africa group.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Leyden

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Natal Portland Cement Company (Proprietary) Limited

Anglo American Plc

Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited

China Molybdenum Company Limited (CMOC)

CIMIC Group Limited

POSCO

Pala Investment Limited

Green Hydrogen Organisation |International Lawyers Project (pro bono)

Thiess (Proprietary) Limited

Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has a considerable track record of energy, oil and gas, and mining transactions in Latin America. London partner Laura Hulett has advised on a multitude of cross-border hydrocarbons and renewables investments into Brazil, including Mercuria Energy Group’s debt and minority equity investments in international oil investment business Seacrest Petróleo to facilitate the company's acquisitions of the Cricare and Norte Capixaba onshore oil assets in Brazil. Hulett previously advised on a series of deals connected to Petrobras’s divestment programme. In New York, Edward Dougherty is best known for project finance, although he to has worked on a number of oil-and-gas M&A transactions in the region.

Herbert Smith Freehills is a leading global law firm with over 5,000 people, including 2,600 lawyers, in 24 offices across Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and the US.

As one of the world’s leading law firms, we advise many of the biggest and most ambitious organisations across all major regions of the globe. Our clients trust us with their most important transactions, disputes and projects because of our ability to cut through complexity and mitigate risk. We offer local insight and seamless cross-border service in all major regions. Positioned to support the major trade flows, we help the world’s top companies thrive in the global economy.

Seven of our 24 global offices are located in Europe including offices in Belfast, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Madrid, Milan and Paris. A pre-eminent and recognised firm in litigation, arbitration, contentious regulatory work, public and private M&A, private equity, capital markets, infrastructure, dispute resolution, real estate, restructuring and insolvency, PPP, energy, ESG and banking and finance; we have advised on European transactions for over 50 years and today our multidisciplinary teams act for international clients conducting business across Europe and the rest of the world. Herbert Smith Freehills is now a top 20 firm in Continental Europe by lawyer headcount.

We work with domestic and international investors, governments, financial institutions and asset managers as well as IBEX 35 companies and a large number of CAC 40 and SBF 120 companies. With a major focus on cross-border work we operate seamlessly within our global network partnering with our clients to gain an in-depth understanding of their environment to provide our clients with the highest level of service.

Our EU law experts have handled a large number of cases in the EU courts and guide clients through the EU’s legislative and administrative processes. Our teams have an excellent understanding of the workings of the EU, drawing on the experience of former secondees, officials and judges at the European Commission and EU courts. Our Brussels office is also the hub of our global International Trade/WTO practice, acting on disputes under the WTO dispute settlement mechanism and advising on market access strategies, sanctions, export controls and trade remedy matters.

Herbert Smith Freehills is the largest fully integrated law firm in Asia Pacific and is one of the world’s top ranked and most experienced energy & resources firms; a globally pre-eminent and recognised firm in litigation, arbitration and contentious regulatory work; and an international leader in M&A, private equity, capital markets, infrastructure and banking and finance.

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Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner James Palmer
CEO Mark Rigotti
London/Europe
Advocacy unit Adam Johnson
Acquisition finance Will Nevin
Acquisition finance Heather Culshaw
Administrative and public law Andrew Lidbetter
Arbitration Paula Hodges KC
Asset management Nigel Farr
Banking litigation Damien Byrne Hill
Construction and engineering Mark Lloyd-Williams
Construction and engineering Nicholas Downing
Consumer goods Susan Black
Corporate crime Rod Fletcher
Corporate fraud Rod Fletcher
Cyber security Andrew Moir
Debt capital markets Andrew Roberts
Debt capital markets Tom O'Neill
Derivatives Dina Albagli
Employee incentives Paul Ellerman
Employment Andrew Taggart
Energy, natural resources and utilities Steven Dalton
Energy, natural resources and utilities Matthew Job
Entertainment and media Stephen Wilkinson
Entertainment and media Alan Watts
Equity capital markets Charles Howarth
Equity capital markets Tom O'Neill
EU, competition and regulation Stephen Wisking
Finance and banking Kristen Roberts
Financial institutions Alex Kay
Financial institutions Damien Byrne Hill
Financial services regulatory Clive Cunningham
Financial services regulatory Andrew Procter
Infrastructure Patrick Mitchell
Insurance Geoffrey Maddock
Insurance and reinsurance litigation Paul Lewis
Intellectual property Mark Shillito
International arbitration Paula Hodges KC
International law Adam Johnson
International law Andrew Cannon
Investment funds Nigel Farr
IT and e-commerce Nick Pantlin
Life sciences Sophie Rich
Litigation Mark Shillito
Litigation Alan Watts
M&A Stephen Wilkinson
Pensions Alison Brown
PFI/PPP Patrick Mitchell
Planning and environment Matthew White
Private equity Mark Geday
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Number of partners : 161
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Number of partners : 469
Number of other fee-earners : 2,478