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

Administrative and public law Tier 1

The market-leading practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP regularly handles high-profile public law issues for international corporate clients, government departments, regulators and other public bodies. The team offers experience in bringing judicial review challenges against HMRC, NHS England and the EU Commission. Recent cases involved complex disputes including a portfolio of instructions from Uber concerning its business-critical run-ins with Transport for London, handled by practice head Charles Brasted. The team is frequently called upon to provide advisory support to UK and European government bodies, with a particular emphasis on the public law ramifications of Brexit. Matters often involve significant regulatory and constitutional issues, such as the successful devolution of the management of the Scottish assets of the Crown Estate to the Scottish government.

Key clients

Uber

The Crown Estate

National Air Traffic Services

British American Tobacco

Pension Protection Fund

Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry

ExxonMobil

Hollister

Biggin Hill Airport

Whirlpool

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP 's 'highly organised and efficient team' acts for large, global and UK banks and financial institutions, and the team regularly advises on matters involving the Financial List, the specialist list set up by the Commercial Court to address the market's most important financial disputes. The team is also widely respected for financial services contentious regulatory matters, and stands out for cases involving benchmark manipulation, distressed assets, mis-selling, consumer finance, aviation finance, and complex structured products. They acted for the joint administrators of Lehman Brothers Holdings in two heavily contested, multi-party High Court applications which concerned the manner in which substantial sums fall to be distributed by two insolvent Lehman UK estates. Louise Lamb has a significant consumer finance practice and Philip Parish is experienced in disputes involving derivatives and complex financial products, including mis-selling and mismanagement claims. Also highly rated are Whiston Bristow and John Tillman , and the counsels to note are Jennifer Dickey and recently promoted Hannah Piper.

Testimonials

Has strength in depth throughout the team, which is able to marshal large volumes of information with ease and recognise the wider implications for clients of issues that arise in the course of individual cases; they can also be aggressive where necessary and will pursue marginal points to secure an advantage, yet know when to drop them if they become counterproductive to pursue.

The team is very client friendly and responsive.

Whiston Bristow is first rate and stands out amongst partners at other firms for his good judgement, sophistication and intelligence.

John Tillman is always very measured and instills a sense of calm; he is also very responsive and available to discuss any queries.

Key clients

Lehman Brothers Holdings Plc

Brexit Tier 1

UK and Africa managing partner and competition specialist,  Susan Bright, leads the Brexit  taskforce at Hogan Lovells International LLP . The taskforce leverages the firm’s expansive international network and cross-departmental approach to assist UK and global clients with the full spectrum of Brexit-related issues. With notable strength in regulated sectors including the life sciences and financial services industries, the group also draws on the firm’s public policy, banking, data protection, trade and commercial contracts practices. Charles Brasted focuses on public law matters, Peter Watts is a key contact for corporate work, Rachel Kent leads the financial services regulation team, and Aline Doussin, who splits her time between London and Paris, handles international trade and policy issues.

Commercial litigation Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP is 'a UK litigation powerhouse that is strongly recommended for any matters related to UK litigation or complex multi-jurisdictional challenges'. The practice advises on high-profile, high-value and precedent-setting matters across a range of commercial disputes, which involve shareholders and joint ventures, with a particular focus on the financial services and life sciences sectors. It also fields specialists in cases involving Russia and the CIS. On behalf of Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation, Michael Roberts secured one of the most significant and widely acclaimed Court of Appeal decisions for many years, which re-established the importance - and applicability - of legal professional privilege, including in the context of internal investigations. Michael Davison heads the firm's litigation, arbitration and employment practice group, Chris Hardman  is working on some of the largest matters currently before the English courts, and Richard Lewis has a particular specialism in acting for claimants in fraud cases. Also highly rated are Neil MirchandaniRebecca Wales, Alex Sciannaca and Ivan Shiu, together with counsels Daniel Armstrong and Hannah Piper.

Testimonials

‘Comes up with innovative practical solutions to seemingly impossible client problems. It is this ability to think outside the box that marks this firm out‘.

The advice is fast, sharp and to the point, and 24/7 availability is the norm to expect from the firm‘.

Chris Hardman is a senior partner whose litigation nous is the best some clients have encountered, as is his ability to grasp the detail of the numerous cases in which he is involved. He is rightly regarded as one of the best litigators in the city‘.

Alex Sciannaca is an outstanding litigator ‘.

Neil Merchandani pays attention to detail and is thorough – good qualities to have in complex litigation with tens of thousands of data‘.

Richard Lewis is a superb strategist – not a litigator you want to be up against‘.

Michael Roberts is a fiercely intelligent lawyer, who has inner steel and is a pleasure to deal with‘.

Rebecca Wales is a good all-rounder – bright, unflappable and efficient‘.

Key clients

National Express

ASTOR Management

BTA Bank

British American Tobacco

Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation

Ugo Benettolo, Zilmet and Zilmet UK

Cunico Resources

JSC CB PrivatBank

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP's practice represents high-profile landlords and tenants in the corporate occupier arena, and demonstrates particular expertise in surplus property disposals. The firm is also home to a well-regarded hotels and leisure practice which assists clients with relevant transactions, joint venture agreements, hotel developments, financing, disputes and operational agreements. Investment clients include institutional investors, sovereign wealth funds, private equity houses and overseas family offices who rely on the team for the full cycle of asset management transactions. The 'absolutely fantastic' Dion Panambalana and Gill McGreevy are key contacts for development and regeneration work with the team undertaking the full range of related matters including planning allocation, procurement, delivery, letting and disposals. In a recent caseload highlight, Panambalana represented Calthorpe Estates in an agreement with U+I concerning a substantial urban regeneration project in Birmingham. The highly recommended Daniel Norris and Jackie Newstead head the practice which includes recently promoted partners Katie Gill and Paul Tonkin. Counsel Christopher Somorjay is a standout junior member of the team, representing numerous institutional investor and pension fund clients.

Testimonials

‘They genuinely provide competitive advantage through their advice. They can only do that by really understanding the business at a strategic and operational level and the markets within which the business operates.’

‘They think about their impact on the business and its customers, both in terms of what they say, but also how they say it. They continually challenge themselves to bring genuine value as commercial lawyers. Nick Roberts and Graham Cutts exemplify this.’

‘Dion Panambalana is very focused, pragmatic and user friendly.’

‘The ability for them to quickly obtain the necessary information be it legal, tax or another area of financial law is highly impressive and key to a successful project.’

‘Dion Panambalana is absolutely fantastic, both in his professionalism but also in his commitment and interest in the project he is working on. The way in which he interacts and uses schematic diagrams and flow charts to simplify complicated processes is extremely useful.’

‘Excellent and wide ranging offer in terms of services such that there is full and highly competent range of professionals to deal with the most complicated of real estate transactions.’

‘Dion Panambalana is extremely personable and attentive to detail. His response to our requests have been both timely and considered, often going the extra mile.’ 

‘The team at Hogan Lovells have shown themselves to not only be clear and concise in their advice but are also able to adapt that advice to emerging and unprecedented situations.’ 

‘Practical application of the law with a commercial understanding. High quality across the various disciplines: commercial, litigation, construction and planning.’

‘John Condliffe is a high quality individual, a pleasure to work with’.

‘Daniel Norris has very strong business skills, good interpersonal skills – he is an excellent negotiator and good communicator.’

‘John Condliffe and Laura Oliver in particular offer excellent levels of service and advice.’

‘Victoria Sutcliffe and senior associate Chris Somorjay must be mentioned for their application and abilities.’

Key clients

American Express

British Land

BBC

BMW

CCLA Investment Management

Land Securities

LaSalle Investment Management  (Mars Pension Fund and Coal Pension Properties)

M&G Real Estate (Prudential)

News Corp

Shaftesbury

The Crown Estate

Commercial property: development Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP's practice represents high-profile landlords and tenants in the corporate occupier arena, and demonstrates particular expertise in surplus property disposals. The firm is also home to a well-regarded hotels and leisure practice which assists clients with relevant transactions, joint venture agreements, hotel developments, financing, disputes and operational agreements. Investment clients include institutional investors, sovereign wealth funds, private equity houses and overseas family offices who rely on the team for the full cycle of asset management transactions. The 'absolutely fantastic' Dion Panambalana and Gill McGreevy are key contacts for development and regeneration work with the team undertaking the full range of related matters including planning allocation, procurement, delivery, letting and disposals. In a recent caseload highlight, Panambalana represented Calthorpe Estates in an agreement with U+I concerning a substantial urban regeneration project in Birmingham. The highly recommended Daniel Norris and Jackie Newstead head the practice which includes recently promoted partners Katie Gill and Paul Tonkin. Counsel Christopher Somorjay is a standout junior member of the team, representing numerous institutional investor and pension fund clients.

Testimonials

‘They genuinely provide competitive advantage through their advice. They can only do that by really understanding the business at a strategic and operational level and the markets within which the business operates.’

‘They think about their impact on the business and its customers, both in terms of what they say, but also how they say it. They continually challenge themselves to bring genuine value as commercial lawyers. Nick Roberts and Graham Cutts exemplify this.’

‘Dion Panambalana is very focused, pragmatic and user friendly.’

‘The ability for them to quickly obtain the necessary information be it legal, tax or another area of financial law is highly impressive and key to a successful project.’

‘Dion Panambalana is absolutely fantastic, both in his professionalism but also in his commitment and interest in the project he is working on. The way in which he interacts and uses schematic diagrams and flow charts to simplify complicated processes is extremely useful.’

‘Excellent and wide ranging offer in terms of services such that there is full and highly competent range of professionals to deal with the most complicated of real estate transactions.’

‘Dion Panambalana is extremely personable and attentive to detail. His response to our requests have been both timely and considered, often going the extra mile.’ 

‘The team at Hogan Lovells have shown themselves to not only be clear and concise in their advice but are also able to adapt that advice to emerging and unprecedented situations.’ 

‘Practical application of the law with a commercial understanding. High quality across the various disciplines: commercial, litigation, construction and planning.’

‘John Condliffe is a high quality individual, a pleasure to work with’.

‘Daniel Norris has very strong business skills, good interpersonal skills – he is an excellent negotiator and good communicator.’

‘John Condliffe and Laura Oliver in particular offer excellent levels of service and advice.’

‘Victoria Sutcliffe and senior associate Chris Somorjay must be mentioned for their application and abilities.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard

Argent (and Argent Related)

British Land

Calthorpe Estates

Landsec

LaSalle Investment Management

M&G Real Estate/Prudential

Shaftesbury

The Ballymore Group

The Crown Estate

U+I Group

Competition litigation Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s established presence globally and in Europe allows its competition litigation team to operate seamlessly in handling high-profile, cross-border matters. It is worthy of note that the group has a particularly strong foothold in Germany and the Netherlands, and the London-based department often operates in conjunction with teams based in these jurisdictions. While the team has attracted praise for recent work in the aviation sector, it also has notable strengths in multiple other sectors including financial services, telecoms, energy, manufacturing, and technology. ‘Excellent litigatorNicholas Heaton heads the department, where counsel Paul Chaplin and Christopher Hutton are also recommended. Heaton led the team on successfully representing Air Canada in an appeal against the European Commission's air cargo cartel decision, while Chaplin led on acting for Korean Air in proceedings arising from the same decision.

Testimonials

A high-calibre, highly experienced team with in-depth knowledge of competition law

Excellent experience in contentious competition work

The team has the unique ability to distill practical advice and explain it clearly to clients unfamiliar with the intricacies of the challenging area of competition law

The firm’s familiarity with the aviation industry is a valuable asset

Paul Chaplin is calm and thoughtful. He is a lawyer who is always on top of the case’s details but is also able to see the big picture

Nick Heaton is an excellent litigator who will climb every mountain and turn over every stone in order to achieve the best result for his clients. He is undoubtedly one of the market leaders when it comes to competition law damages actions

Key clients

Air Canada

Korean Air

Safran

British American Tobacco

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 1

Eduardo Ustaran heads up the practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP, which acts for a broad range of high-profile clients including technology companies and financial institutions. The team handles the full range of data protection, privacy and cybersecurity issues including compliance programmes, data transfers, data breaches and global privacy mandates; it has substantial expertise in binding corporate rules and international data transfers, and is also a key name for GDPR work. The group also benefitted from the recruitment of Nicola Fulford from Kemp Little LLP; she regularly acts for technology-rich businesses. Counsel Sian Rudgard is noted for her binding corporate rules expertise.

Fintech Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP's fintech group advises start-ups, robo-advisers and alternative lending companies on payments, money transfers, blockchain, cryptocurrency and artificial intelligence matters, and also acts for financial institutions and banks in a wide range of areas, including investment work. The team handles the full life-cycle work for fintechs, from setup and regulatory authorisations to fundraising IPOs. Further, the group boasts considerable expertise in the intersecting areas of blockchain and open banking. Practice head Emily Reid specialises in financial services regulatory matters and leads the firm's relationship with Innovate Finance, a group designed to drive success in the sector through open, industry-wide discussions on the future of UK fintech. Technology lawyer John Salmon advises clients on mobile payments, cloud projects, cyber security, digital platforms, IT procurement and outsourcing and leads the firm's blockchain group, specifically looking into the use of blockchain in the financial services sector. Rachel Kent advises insurtech companies on how they can navigate the regulatory regime in the UK and also acts for regtech companies on the development of more effective solutions for their clients. In a recent instruction, Emily Reid advised longstanding client Curve, which the firm previously helped to gain FCA approval, on regulatory and competition law issues arising from changes to the Visa Europe Core Rules.

Key clients

Accion International

Barclays

Brolly

Curve 1 Limited

CV Starr & Co Inc. (Starr Insurance Companies)

Duality Banx

Habito

Innovate Finance

Monzo Bank

Open Banking Limited

PayPal

Paysafe

Refineryy Limited

Santander Innoventures

SteelEye

Steps

Thincats

Trōv International UK Limited

Zopa

Fraud: civil Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP advises a prestigious client roster on anti-bribery measures, corruption, asset recovery, money laundering and economic sanctions. Its global network of offices provides coordinated multi-jurisdictional advice, with notable experience of cases in Russia, the CIS and Libya. Clients include corporates, banks and liquidators/administrators. The 'hugely experienced' Crispin Rapinet, who heads the team, has a track record of cases involving the Middle East. Also recommended is Chris Hardman, who applies his 'litigation nous' to large fraud cases involving Russia and the CIS. The firm continues to act for ENRC in relation to the high-profile case against the SFO which re-established the importance, and applicability, of legal professional privilege, including in the context of internal investigations.

Testimonials

‘Unrivalled expertise in high-value, high-stakes fraud litigation’

‘Michael Roberts has that winning combination of a razor-sharp legal mind, meticulous attention to detail and effective client skills’.

‘Liam Naidoo is a highly experienced fraud litigator with impeccable judgement and a keen eye for the strategic aspects of the case as well as the detail of running large-scale litigation in the Commercial Court’.

‘Crispin Rapinet is a hugely experienced fraud litigator with flawless judgement and practical nous’.

‘Oliver Humphrey is a very clever lawyer who leaves no stone unturned and has the utmost confidence of the clients’.

‘Chris Hardman is a senior partner who oversees much of the work: his litigation nous is the best I have encountered, as is his ability to grasp the detail of the numerous cases in which he is involved. He is rightly regarded as one of the best litigators in the City.’

‘Chris Hardman and Richard Lewis are the best civil fraud solicitors in London.’

Key clients

ENRC/ERG

Russian Deposit InsuranceAgency

Sergiy Taruta

BTA Bank

Stephen Mullens

Cunico

PrivatBank

National Express

Libyan Sovereign WealthFund

Standard Chartered

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP fields a large team of dedicated lawyers who handle the full gamut of infrastructure-related matters and are regularly involved in significant transactions. The group's work is mostly international, and it is active in a variety of challenging jurisdictions The firm's client portfolio comprises a mix of engineering and construction companies, public entities and Development Finance Institutions. Noted practitioners include Andrew Gallagher, expert in project finance matters, and Philip Brown, who knows the secondary market space well. Adrian Walker has experience in assisting the private as well as public sector in projects. Philip Robb leads the practice.

Testimonials

Hogan Lovells is a visible competitor in the market.’

Andrew Gallagher is a very good practitioner in the field.

Key clients

Department for Transport

Fluor

IFC

FMO

BP

Bechtel

Société Générale

Lockheed Martin

EDF

EIB

Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP's 'dynamic, forward-thinking and extremely knowledgeable' team is particularly well-regarded for its work in the life insurance market. The practice advises on Part VII transfers, M&A, pensions and longevity risks as well as insurance business restructurings. Practice head Charles Rix and Steven McEwan are seen as 'leaders in their field'; Rix recently led a large team from the firm advising insurance giant Royal London on a groundbreaking offer to its policyholders to adapt their pension policies to the newly introduced 'pension freedoms' environment. Solicitor advocate Jamie Rogers was promoted to partner at the beginning of 2019.

Testimonials

‘Extensive experience in insurance/reinsurance – dynamic, forward thinking and extremely knowledgeable.’

‘Excellent quality legal advice, with a clear understanding of what our business does. Legal advice is commercial, to the point yet bespoke to the particular situation.’

‘Steven McEwan and Charles Rix are leaders in their field.’

‘Jamie Rogers knows our business inside and out. He always provides a personal service which goes beyond any lawyer that we have worked with. His team are also excellent, in particular Ellie Rees and Sarah McQuillan.’

Key clients

AXA

Prudential

Royal London

Standard Life

Canada Life

Phoenix

Sompo

SCOR

Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc.

Enstar and its subsidiaries, including StarStone

Insurance: insolvency and restructuring Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP's impressive track record in insolvency matters speaks for the firm's significant capabilities in this space. Practice head Joe Bannister has a wealth of experience to draw upon, having worked on a raft of market-leading matters including the Lehman Brothers administration, the Orion scheme of arrangement and, in the past year, the Scottish Re group restructuring, working in tandem with his counterparts in the US. The London team is able to leverage the wider firm's significant global presence to attract an international client base, which includes some of the biggest insurers in the market.

Key clients

KPMG

Deloitte LLP

Scottish Re Group

Royal London

PwC

The London and Overseas Insurance Company Limited and OIC Run – Off Limited, acting by their joint Scheme Administrators, Dan Schwarzmann and Clare Whitcombe of PwC

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 1

The pensions team at Hogan Lovells International LLP is at the forefront of some of the leading litigation trends in the market, having recently acted for trustees, sponsors and representative beneficiaries on big-ticket regulatory disputes, pension deficit recovery actions, pension insolvency matters and rectification actions. Angela Dimsdale Gill and senior associate Nathan Sherlock also cite particular expertise in the field of professional liability. The non-contentious offering is full service, with experts such as Katie Banks, Duncan Buchanan and Claire Southern leading on transactional work (including bulk policy transfers and annuity swaps), distressed pension restructurings, funding negotiations and pension buy-outs.

Testimonials

The team led by Claire Southern is innovative in its approach and commercially focused

Hogan Lovells listens to your needs and works very hard to deliver on them

Claire Southern is the leading pensions partner in her field. Her experience of complex pensions and restructuring issues, as well as her relentless focus on client objectives, is second to none

Claire Southern has a wealth of experience and a practical approach to pensions

Angela Dimsdale Gill is the preeminent pensions litigation solicitor at present in terms of size and profile of her practice

Edward Brown is incredibly bright and creative in approaching an issue. He and his team are very diligent in preparing advice, which is delivered in a concise practical way

Edward Brown is exceptional

Duncan Buchanan is pragmatic, commercial and goes the extra mile for his clients

Faye Jarvis is a safe pair of hands who is particularly good at explaining complex issues in an easy to understand way

Beth Sheehan is one to watch for the future

Key clients

Kier Pensions Group

Kodak Pension Plan

Trustee of the Pilots National Pension Fund

Kingfisher plc

Rolls-Royce plc

Trustee of the Royal Mail Defined Contribution Scheme

Trustee of the Pilkington Superannuation Scheme

ITV plc

Centrica plc

Trinity Mirror plc

Trustee of the Audit Commission Pension Scheme

ITV plc

Trustee of the Nortel Networks UK Pension Plan

Representative beneficiary of the Airways Pension Scheme

Halcrow Group Limited

Dalriada Trustees Ltd.

Board of the Pension Protection Fund

Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 1

The pensions team at Hogan Lovells International LLP is at the forefront of some of the leading litigation trends in the market, having recently acted for trustees, sponsors and representative beneficiaries on big-ticket regulatory disputes, pension deficit recovery actions, pension insolvency matters and rectification actions. Angela Dimsdale Gill and senior associate Nathan Sherlock also cite particular expertise in the field of professional liability. The non-contentious offering is full service, with experts such as Katie Banks, Duncan Buchanan and Claire Southern leading on transactional work (including bulk policy transfers and annuity swaps), distressed pension restructurings, funding negotiations and pension buy-outs.

Testimonials

The team led by Claire Southern is innovative in its approach and commercially focused

Hogan Lovells listens to your needs and works very hard to deliver on them

Claire Southern is the leading pensions partner in her field. Her experience of complex pensions and restructuring issues, as well as her relentless focus on client objectives, is second to none

Claire Southern has a wealth of experience and a practical approach to pensions

Angela Dimsdale Gill is the preeminent pensions litigation solicitor at present in terms of size and profile of her practice

Edward Brown is incredibly bright and creative in approaching an issue. He and his team are very diligent in preparing advice, which is delivered in a concise practical way

Edward Brown is exceptional

Duncan Buchanan is pragmatic, commercial and goes the extra mile for his clients

Faye Jarvis is a safe pair of hands who is particularly good at explaining complex issues in an easy to understand way

Beth Sheehan is one to watch for the future

Key clients

ITV

Trustee of the Nortel Networks UK Pension Plan

Representative beneficiary of the Airways Pension Scheme

Halcrow Group Limited

Dalriada Trustees Ltd. and the Board of the Pension Protection Fund

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP is home to a blend of IP litigation, product liability, regulatory and transactional skills backed up by the firm's global network and is consequently highly rated for 'a well-rounded' service. Stephen Bennett has a focus on contentious cases involving patent protection and dealing with SPCs and generics (he headed the team that was successful in the landmark UK Supreme Court decision for Eli Lilly in relation to generic attacks on its oncology product). John Meltzer  and Matthew Felwick are well known for their specialism in relation to product liability in the life sciences sector, and counsel Jane Summerfield deals with regulatory matters relating to clinical trials, marketing authorisations, manufacturing and distribution.

Testimonials

The Hogan Lovells London team is extremely experienced in life sciences and clearly understand our needs. They have a very pragmatic approach and the partners are generally easily reachable – their response time in cases of urgent matters is very good.’

The team’s strength is that they are reliable and knowledgeable in their area of expertise. They have a good understanding of our business and provide the advice that we are looking for in a satisfactory way –  not always the case with other firms (surprisingly). Individuals are responsive and trustworthy.’

Key clients

Eli Lilly

Merck Sharp & Dohme

Novartis

LabCorp

Bristol-Myers Squibb

The Association of BritishPharmaceutical Industry

Amgen

Akevia

Mylan

Zimmer Biom

Product liability: defendant Tier 1

The team at Hogan Lovells International LLP is regularly instructed in high-profile product liability disputes, which frequently involve multi-party and multi-jurisdictional elements. Clients also praise the group's expertise in scientific and technical issues, particularly in the life sciences area. 'Top-tier expertJohn Meltzer has an excellent market reputation for his ability to handle the full gamut of product liability matters, from risk management to litigation. Valerie Kenyon's specialisation is in the technology sector and she co-heads the firm's global internet of things working group. Meltzer and Kenyon jointly lead the team with Matthew Felwick; he and Richard Welfare are noted for their automotive and food expertise respectively. Consultant Caroline Moore is involved in many of the group's most significant cases. Ruth Grant retired.

Testimonials

Hogan Lovells has strong knowledge in the life sciences space.

The team provides very good practical solutions, which take the client’s business needs into consideration.’

John Meltzer has a high profile in the product liability world. He is a sensible, experienced lawyer, who brings wisdom to any matter.’

Key clients

Zimmer Biomet

Ford

Novartis

Google

Bristow Helicopters

Mylan

Nike

Guardian (part of Koch)

Oculus

Vodafone

Cardiorentis

Toshiba

British American Tobacco

Merck

Nest

NTT Data

Jimmy Choo

Mitsubishi Heavy Industry

Kingfisher

Fresenius

Property litigation Tier 1

'Demonstrating a good combination of practical willingness and legal depth', the 'diligent, attentive and well coordinated' team at Hogan Lovells International LLP is jointly led by Nicholas Cheffings, who also sits as an arbitrator, and Mathew Ditchburn. It is best known for its real estate insolvency expertise, which is routinely drawn upon by landlords in disputes with insolvent tenants, alongside its experience handling development-related disputes, rent reviews and contentious matters arising from real estate portfolios, such as break option and dilapidation disputes, head office relocations and litigation pertaining to leasehold liability and property outsourcing transactions. The 'excellent' Paul Tonkin, who was appointed partner in January 2019, is experienced in development challenges, rights of light matters and vacant possession strategies, and senior associate Katie Dunn is adept at handling high-value litigation. Clients include UK real estate investment trusts (REITs), large fund managers and central London developers.

Testimonials

‘Very creative – plenty of lateral thinking.’

‘Nicholas Cheffings and Paul Tonkin are exceptionally good litigators, with judgement and wisdom as well as wide legal knowledge.’

‘Paul Tonkin is very efficient and responsive and is a great pleasure to work with.’

‘The team oozes reassurance that you are in safe hands for big-ticket litigation.’

Key clients

British Land

Landsec

The Crown Estate

Argent (King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership)

M&G Real Estate

Hammerson

Ballymore

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Criterion Capital

Berkeley Homes

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime Tier 1

‘This is a team that understands the risks and problems working at the interface of regulatory law and corporate criminal law’, says one client of  Hogan Lovells International LLP . The practice deals with high profile, multi-jurisdictional investigations through its global network of offices and has a particular focus on Russia and the CS, and the Middle East. It has significant experience in matters such as bribery, corruption, sanctions, regulatory, compliance, tax evasion, anti-money laundering advice and risk-mitigation advice. It has a particular focus on clients in the financial services and life science sectors. Head of team Crispin Rapinet is adept at dealing with UK Bribery Act matters and international acquisition-related anti-bribery risks.

Testimonials

‘The team is highly capable of providing sound advice in a variety of areas in a pragmatic way’.

‘Liam Naidoo and Claire Lipworth are able to translate a deep knowledge in non trivial areas such as bribery and corruption, money laundering and tax evasion into a simple easy to follow piece of advice’

‘Claire Lipworth uses her knowledge of the FCA to provide wise counsel and great strategic direction’.

‘Hogan Lovells have a strong team with deep knowledge of the relevant law and how it applies in practice’.

‘Crispin Rapinet is an experienced litigator with good tactical skills’.

‘Liam Naidoo is an up and coming lawyer with a stellar future ahead’.

Key clients

Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation

CDPQ

Russian Deposit Insurance Agency

Borelli Walsh

Virunga Foundation

Maersk Oil

FMCP

Leading international organisations across a number of industry sectors

Trade finance Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP has 'excellent knowledge of the sector combined with practical legal solutions that work for the business of the borrower and lenders'. The practice is led by trade and export finance specialist David Leggott, who has extensive experience advising banks and trading companies on transactions in emerging markets such as Russia and the CIS, sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, and banking partner Andrew Taylor, whose practice covers the UK, Europe and emerging markets. The practice acts for both lenders and borrowers including banks, commodities traders, multilateral institutions, regional and development banks, ECAs and governments. In 2018, it handled transactions for key market players including Afreximbank, Deutsche Bank, International Finance Corporation and Société Générale. Its transactional work encompasses trade finance instruments such as Letters of Credit, bills of exchange, bills of lading, demand guarantees, pre-export finance, limited recourse prepayment structures and borrowing base financings across oil and gas, metals, agri-commodities and many other sectors.

Testimonials

“A joy to work with!”

“David Leggott has the skills to explain every detail of the transaction in such way that the uninitiated understands it in full and knows how to deal with it.”

“Andrew Taylor combines his unique legal and sector knowledge with a sense of humour that puts people at ease during negotiations.”

Key clients

Afreximbank

ING Bank

International Finance Corporation

Deutsche Bank

UK Export Finance

Proparco

Natixis

Société Générale

BNP Paribas

HSBC

Commercial contracts Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP provides international reach and is experienced in outsourcings, strategic alliances, marketing contracts and IT contracts. Peter Watts is a key name for the firm in this area.

Commercial property: hotels and leisure Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP's practice represents high-profile landlords and tenants in the corporate occupier arena, and demonstrates particular expertise in surplus property disposals. The firm is also home to a well-regarded hotels and leisure practice which assists clients with relevant transactions, joint venture agreements, hotel developments, financing, disputes and operational agreements. Investment clients include institutional investors, sovereign wealth funds, private equity houses and overseas family offices who rely on the team for the full cycle of asset management transactions. The 'absolutely fantastic' Dion Panambalana and Gill McGreevy are key contacts for development and regeneration work with the team undertaking the full range of related matters including planning allocation, procurement, delivery, letting and disposals. In a recent caseload highlight, Panambalana represented Calthorpe Estates in an agreement with U+I concerning a substantial urban regeneration project in Birmingham. The highly recommended Daniel Norris and Jackie Newstead head the practice which includes recently promoted partners Katie Gill and Paul Tonkin. Counsel Christopher Somorjay is a standout junior member of the team, representing numerous institutional investor and pension fund clients.

Testimonials

‘They genuinely provide competitive advantage through their advice. They can only do that by really understanding the business at a strategic and operational level and the markets within which the business operates.’

‘They think about their impact on the business and its customers, both in terms of what they say, but also how they say it. They continually challenge themselves to bring genuine value as commercial lawyers. Nick Roberts and Graham Cutts exemplify this.’

‘Dion Panambalana is very focused, pragmatic and user friendly.’

‘The ability for them to quickly obtain the necessary information be it legal, tax or another area of financial law is highly impressive and key to a successful project.’

‘Dion Panambalana is absolutely fantastic, both in his professionalism but also in his commitment and interest in the project he is working on. The way in which he interacts and uses schematic diagrams and flow charts to simplify complicated processes is extremely useful.’

‘Excellent and wide ranging offer in terms of services such that there is full and highly competent range of professionals to deal with the most complicated of real estate transactions.’

‘Dion Panambalana is extremely personable and attentive to detail. His response to our requests have been both timely and considered, often going the extra mile.’ 

‘The team at Hogan Lovells have shown themselves to not only be clear and concise in their advice but are also able to adapt that advice to emerging and unprecedented situations.’ 

‘Practical application of the law with a commercial understanding. High quality across the various disciplines: commercial, litigation, construction and planning.’

‘John Condliffe is a high quality individual, a pleasure to work with’.

‘Daniel Norris has very strong business skills, good interpersonal skills – he is an excellent negotiator and good communicator.’

‘John Condliffe and Laura Oliver in particular offer excellent levels of service and advice.’

‘Victoria Sutcliffe and senior associate Chris Somorjay must be mentioned for their application and abilities.’

Key clients

Landsec

William Pears Group

Novum

Millennium & Copthorne

AFC Wimbledon

British Land

Valor Hospitality Partners

Jury’s  Inns

Fattal Group

M&G Real Estate

Kennedy Wilson

Shiva Hotels

Commercial property: investment Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP's practice represents high-profile landlords and tenants in the corporate occupier arena, and demonstrates particular expertise in surplus property disposals. The firm is also home to a well-regarded hotels and leisure practice which assists clients with relevant transactions, joint venture agreements, hotel developments, financing, disputes and operational agreements. Investment clients include institutional investors, sovereign wealth funds, private equity houses and overseas family offices who rely on the team for the full cycle of asset management transactions. The 'absolutely fantastic' Dion Panambalana and Gill McGreevy are key contacts for development and regeneration work with the team undertaking the full range of related matters including planning allocation, procurement, delivery, letting and disposals. In a recent caseload highlight, Panambalana represented Calthorpe Estates in an agreement with U+I concerning a substantial urban regeneration project in Birmingham. The highly recommended Daniel Norris and Jackie Newstead head the practice which includes recently promoted partners Katie Gill and Paul Tonkin. Counsel Christopher Somorjay is a standout junior member of the team, representing numerous institutional investor and pension fund clients.

Testimonials

‘They genuinely provide competitive advantage through their advice. They can only do that by really understanding the business at a strategic and operational level and the markets within which the business operates.’

‘They think about their impact on the business and its customers, both in terms of what they say, but also how they say it. They continually challenge themselves to bring genuine value as commercial lawyers. Nick Roberts and Graham Cutts exemplify this.’

‘Dion Panambalana is very focused, pragmatic and user friendly.’

‘The ability for them to quickly obtain the necessary information be it legal, tax or another area of financial law is highly impressive and key to a successful project.’

‘Dion Panambalana is absolutely fantastic, both in his professionalism but also in his commitment and interest in the project he is working on. The way in which he interacts and uses schematic diagrams and flow charts to simplify complicated processes is extremely useful.’

‘Excellent and wide ranging offer in terms of services such that there is full and highly competent range of professionals to deal with the most complicated of real estate transactions.’

‘Dion Panambalana is extremely personable and attentive to detail. His response to our requests have been both timely and considered, often going the extra mile.’ 

‘The team at Hogan Lovells have shown themselves to not only be clear and concise in their advice but are also able to adapt that advice to emerging and unprecedented situations.’ 

‘Practical application of the law with a commercial understanding. High quality across the various disciplines: commercial, litigation, construction and planning.’

‘John Condliffe is a high quality individual, a pleasure to work with’.

‘Daniel Norris has very strong business skills, good interpersonal skills – he is an excellent negotiator and good communicator.’

‘John Condliffe and Laura Oliver in particular offer excellent levels of service and advice.’

‘Victoria Sutcliffe and senior associate Chris Somorjay must be mentioned for their application and abilities.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard

British Land

CCLA Investment Management

Landsec

LaSalle Investment Management  (Mars Pension Fund and Coal Pension Properties)

M&G Real Estate (Prudential)

Shaftesbury

TH Real Estate

The Crown Estate

U+I Group Plc

Commercial property: retail Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP's practice represents high-profile landlords and tenants in the corporate occupier arena, and demonstrates particular expertise in surplus property disposals. The firm is also home to a well-regarded hotels and leisure practice which assists clients with relevant transactions, joint venture agreements, hotel developments, financing, disputes and operational agreements. Investment clients include institutional investors, sovereign wealth funds, private equity houses and overseas family offices who rely on the team for the full cycle of asset management transactions. The 'absolutely fantastic' Dion Panambalana and Gill McGreevy are key contacts for development and regeneration work with the team undertaking the full range of related matters including planning allocation, procurement, delivery, letting and disposals. In a recent caseload highlight, Panambalana represented Calthorpe Estates in an agreement with U+I concerning a substantial urban regeneration project in Birmingham. The highly recommended Daniel Norris and Jackie Newstead head the practice which includes recently promoted partners Katie Gill and Paul Tonkin. Counsel Christopher Somorjay is a standout junior member of the team, representing numerous institutional investor and pension fund clients.

Testimonials

‘They genuinely provide competitive advantage through their advice. They can only do that by really understanding the business at a strategic and operational level and the markets within which the business operates.’

‘They think about their impact on the business and its customers, both in terms of what they say, but also how they say it. They continually challenge themselves to bring genuine value as commercial lawyers. Nick Roberts and Graham Cutts exemplify this.’

‘Dion Panambalana is very focused, pragmatic and user friendly.’

‘The ability for them to quickly obtain the necessary information be it legal, tax or another area of financial law is highly impressive and key to a successful project.’

‘Dion Panambalana is absolutely fantastic, both in his professionalism but also in his commitment and interest in the project he is working on. The way in which he interacts and uses schematic diagrams and flow charts to simplify complicated processes is extremely useful.’

‘Excellent and wide ranging offer in terms of services such that there is full and highly competent range of professionals to deal with the most complicated of real estate transactions.’

‘Dion Panambalana is extremely personable and attentive to detail. His response to our requests have been both timely and considered, often going the extra mile.’ 

‘The team at Hogan Lovells have shown themselves to not only be clear and concise in their advice but are also able to adapt that advice to emerging and unprecedented situations.’ 

‘Practical application of the law with a commercial understanding. High quality across the various disciplines: commercial, litigation, construction and planning.’

‘John Condliffe is a high quality individual, a pleasure to work with’.

‘Daniel Norris has very strong business skills, good interpersonal skills – he is an excellent negotiator and good communicator.’

‘John Condliffe and Laura Oliver in particular offer excellent levels of service and advice.’

‘Victoria Sutcliffe and senior associate Chris Somorjay must be mentioned for their application and abilities.’

Key clients

Argent/King’s Cross Central LP

British Land

B&Q

Intu

Landsec

LaSalle Investment Management  (Coal Pension Properties)

Mars Pension Fund

M&G Real Estate

Russell and Bromley

Shaftesbury

Uniqlo

Construction: contentious Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP's 'gold standard' contentious construction practice is one of the longest established in London, boasting a broad client base including employers, contractors, and funders. Roberta Downey leads the team and has strong experience of disputes relating to power plants, LNG facilities, rail infrastructure, telecoms, wastewater treatment and recycling facilities. The 'calm and measured' Rupert Sydenham, who has experience across a range of sectors, is also recommended.

Testimonials

‘Anne Littlewood is a star. Very diligent and clever. She gets on top of very complex issues quickly.’

‘Rupert Sydenham is a very calm and measured lawyer. He sees the big picture and has very good strategic vision for big cases.’

‘Hogan Lovells set a gold standard. The lawyers are very bright, hard working and have a really good strategic grasp of their cases.’

Key clients

Argent

Contruction: non-contentious Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP boasts a strong non-contentious construction offering, with a particular focus on advising clients in the real estate and energy sectors, whil the firm also has well-established expertise in work for transport and infrastructure clients. The team is headed up by 'industry leader' Gillian Thomas, who has worked on a raft of high-profile developments in London including advising King's Cross Central LP on all construction aspects of the £2bn King's Cross Central development.

Testimonials

‘Considered advice with excellent commercial awareness and market knowledge. Good exposure to the lead partner.’

‘The whole team are excellent at fostering strong relationships and supporting at every level.’

‘Gillian Thomas is one of the industry leaders and leads by example with her clear unambiguous advice.’

‘Gillian Thomas is always calm, always positive and brings years of expertise and wisdom to every negotiation.’

‘Rosie Miller is a ‘go-to’ lawyer in every way. Proactive, commercial, confidently knowledgeable.’

‘Phil Hassett is assertive and brings sense to proceedings when all is lost.’

Key clients

BP

Department for Transport

Kier Group

Rio Tinto Group

RWE

Corporate governance Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP counts companies, directors, officers and shareholders as clients, which it advises on a broad range of governance issues including crisis counselling, special investigations, enforcement proceedings, compliance assessments and board duties and obligations. Jonathan Baird, capital markets specialist Maegen Morrison and consultant Richard Ufland jointly lead the practice, which also includes Crispin Rapinet, who leads the firm's global investigations, white collar and fraud practice, and counsel Liam Naidoo, who focuses on investigations into allegations of corrupt employee activity. The team counts FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies as clients. ITV is a noteworthy example. In a recent highlight, the department also advised Uber on its new governance model, which led to it successfully appealing TfL's decision in 2017 to revoke its private-hire operator licence and being granted a 15 month probationary licence.

Key clients

British Paralympic Association

Caisse des Depots et Placement du Quebec (CDPQ)

Department for Digital, Culture Media & Sport – Government Inclusive Economy Unit (DCMS)

International Public Partnerships

ITV plc

Mail.Ru Group Limited

Mars

Millennium & Copthorne plc

MP Evans Group PLC

NATS

Paysafe Group

Shaftesbury plc

The Crown Estate

Uber

Zopa

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 2

With six partners based in London and the expertise of additional practitioners covering all the major European jurisdictions, Hogan Lovells International LLP's full-service team is recognised as 'a credible alternative to Magic Circle and US competition'. While it maintains its traditionally strong banking relationships, under the guidance of 'measured and sensible' team head Tom Astle, the team has successfully realigned itself to support the full range of distressed investors. Astle received particular market recognition recently as a result of his high-profile work on behalf of an ad-hoc noteholder committee on the Agrokor restructuring – work which included the design and implementation of a novel €1.06bn debtor in possession (DIP) funding into that process. Deborah Gregory has been active within the retail and casual dining sectors, including her work in relation to the administration, CVA and subsequent sale of the company owning the chain of Gaucho restaurants. Stephen Foster has 'outstanding market contacts and respect' and provides 'very commercial advice' to banks and insolvency practitioners on domestic and cross-border mandates.

Testimonials

‘The team provides pragmatic and commercial advice.’

‘They have very strong relationships with the London clearing banks and enjoy great trust from them.’

‘Hard working, focused and flexible in their operation.’

‘Tom Astle is a dynamic and diligent trusted adviser who is hungry for work and balancing increasing management responsibility with fee earning work with ease.’

‘Tom Astle has the vision to make the Hogan Lovells’ practice relevant in a very tough and competitive market.’

‘Stephen Foster is able to lead commercially for his clients and act as a quasi financial adviser.’

‘Stephen Foster is always robust on behalf of his clients but is also prepared to look for solutions.’

‘Alex Kay is truly an extension of our internal legal department.’

 

Key clients

Knighthead Capital Management

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Ford

Citi

Santander

Lloyds Banking Group

PwC

EY

Deloitte

KPMG

Corporate tax Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP's team uses the firm's global office network to advise clients on the tax aspects of complex cross-jurisdictional transactions. This advice is augmented by a strong transfer pricing service that includes compliance and disputes capabilities. Other areas of expertise include real estate and finance-related taxation. The department is led by Elliot Weston, who principally advises institutional investors, lenders, corporations, and investment managers in the real estate sector. Co-head of the global tax practice Karen Hughes focuses on tax related to commercial transactions. Philip Harle, who led the London team until 2018, has extensive experience in acquisitions and disposals.

Testimonials

They are serious and competent from day one

The firm’s international presence and understanding of the various markets’ pros and cons is helpful

Key clients

The Department of Education

Infracapital

Prologis Inc.

Grainger PLC

LabCorp

Retail banks

Derivatives (including commodities) Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP is known for handling a broad mix of innovative,  first-of-kind and high-value matters in the derivatives and structured finance market. It is one of the few firms with a dedicated trustee practice and, alongside traditional asset classes, it also handles shari'ah-compliant derivatives. It also advises  banks, insurance companies, pension schemes and asset managers on amendments to their derivatives documentation as part of the implementation of new derivatives regulations in Europe. 'The team is able to advise on any derivatives matter and its knowledge is incredibly wide and detailed', remarks a client. Global head of the international debt capital markets practice James Doyle focuses on sophisticated financial products including synthetic products, securitised and OTC derivatives, structured repo and securities lending arrangements and repackagings. David Hudd advises on all types of debt capital markets and structured finance transactions, including derivatives and securitizations. Jennifer O’Connell , who joined from Crédit Agricole CIB, also specialises in structured products and derivatives. On the corporate trustee side, Kit Johnson is the key contact.

Testimonials

“James Doyle is not only an excellent solicitor, but he is also a pleasure to work with, particularly given the complexity of the matters on which he advises.”

“I would recommend James Doyle and his team to any institution requiring high quality derivatives advice.”

“I am always impressed with the breadth of knowledge and  I enjoy working with such a high-quality team of engaged and pleasant people.”

“The firm has the ability to fuse derivatives advice with sector specific regulatory advice.”

“Jennifer O’Connell is very responsive and pragmatic.”

“I like the exceptional availability of partners, very high-quality advice always delivered in a timely manner, and very good value for money.”

“James Doyle has a top-class work ethic, leadership and product knowledge – he is a great guy to have on your side! Counsel Neil Kurzon is technically excellent, calm and patient.”

Emerging markets Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP has a full-service emerging markets practice in London, where it provides banking and finance, corporate finance, energy, project finance, and equity and debt capital markets advice. Practice head Andrew Carey  leads the firm's debt capital markets practice, which plays a central role in the firm's work in Asia, Africa, Russia, South Americas and Eastern Europe. Its work for commercial banks, project companies and sponsors/developers on ECA-backed projects also stands out. Among its key partners are Andrew Taylor and David Leggott who are leading lights in the field of trade and export finance; infrastructure, energy, resources and projects partner Arun Velusami who acts for governments, developers and lenders in energy projects, especially power projects in Africa; mining, infrastructure and construction and construction partner Adrian Walker; and PPP expert Charles Ford.

Key clients

Deutsche Bank

Afreximbank

Standard Chartered Bank

Natixis

Credit Agricole

International Finance Corporation

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

European Commission

BP

Employee share schemes Tier 2

At Hogan Lovells International LLP, the team is hailed for its ability to always ‘ensure that it is in possession of all relevant information’. Headed by Paul Randall, the group is adept at advising on the corporate, tax, trust, regulatory and financial services considerations of employee share incentives. Clients include UK and international listed companies, non-listed companies, private equity investors and consultants, in addition to teams of managers. The firm also hosts a transfer pricing team which assists on valuation advice in the context of equity incentive plans.

Employment: employers Tier 2

The London practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP regularly leads multi-jurisdictional teams advising on the employment aspects of corporate deals, while also handling global projects and high-stakes litigation. Other areas of specialism include restructurings and investigations. The practice, which has a particular focus on the financial services and life sciences sectors, also works closely with the firm's highly rated pensions team. Practice head Stefan Martin focuses on multinational projects and advice to senior executives, working alongside the well-regarded Ed Bowyer. The practice also benefits from the firm's relationship with legal services business Elevate, which provides a flexible pool of lawyers for client to draw on when required.

Testimonials

‘A high quality City firm; ideal for large financial institutions and for high value disputes where the depth of the team and the sector knowledge can make a big difference. The team is not huge but high quality – particularly associate Emily Skinner.’

‘Stefan Martin is brilliant with banks and finance houses; in-depth involvement and hands-on with cases. Someone you want on your team.’

Financial services: contentious Tier 2

The multidisciplinary transactional, regulatory and advisory practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP is led by global head of financial services regulation and partner in the financial institutions group Rachel Kent, who has particular expertise in Brexit related advice. Her team works on a range of local and multijurisdictional regulation, product development, documentation and banking issues. As well as specialising in Brexit and Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II advice, the department is experienced in the area of fintech, notably blockchain. In a recent highlight, the firm was appointed to advise Lloyds Banking Group on its review of the investment management market to manage its portfolio of insurance and wealth assets. The contentious wing is led by Philip Parish, who is known for handling regulatory investigations and enforcement matters. His team specialises in consumer finance, sanctions and anti-money laundering, as well as cross border matters. Also notable is Elaine Penrose, who has experience in a wide range of internal and regulator-led investigations.

Testimonials

‘Hogan Lovells has a remarkable strength in depth and a delivery that is second to none in this sector’

‘Two standout individuals of the firm are Michael Roberts and Elaine Penrose, who each have a remarkable ability to sustain detailed work under huge pressure and deliver a fantastic result’

‘Very pragmatic and easy to work with’

‘Friendly, knowledgeable and highly skilled’

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 2

The multidisciplinary transactional, regulatory and advisory practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP is led by global head of financial services regulation and partner in the financial institutions group Rachel Kent, who has particular expertise in Brexit related advice. Her team works on a range of local and multijurisdictional regulation, product development, documentation and banking issues. As well as specialising in Brexit and Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II advice, the department is experienced in the area of fintech, notably blockchain. In a recent highlight, the firm was appointed to advise Lloyds Banking Group on its review of the investment management market to manage its portfolio of insurance and wealth assets. The contentious wing is led by Philip Parish, who is known for handling regulatory investigations and enforcement matters. His team specialises in consumer finance, sanctions and anti-money laundering, as well as cross border matters. Also notable is Elaine Penrose, who has experience in a wide range of internal and regulator-led investigations.

Key clients

Allianz Global Investors GmbH

AXA

BlackRock

Citigroup

HSBC

Innovate Finance

Invesco

TheCityUK

The London Metal Exchange / LME Clear

Open Banking Limited

Prudential

Lloyds Banking Group

UBS AG

Intellectual property Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP attracts praise as 'one of London's patent litigation powerhouses'; according to clients it is 'very experienced at running telecoms patent disputes, which include FRAND issues' but also has experience assisting clients across the life sciences, consumer goods and automotive sectors. Practice head Paul Brown is highlighted as 'the pre-eminent mobile phone litigator in the UK'; Daniel Brook is 'the sort of person you would want to defend a difficult case' in the life sciences sector, and 'fantastic tactician' Stephen Bennett 'brings a steady hand to the tiller in any complex multi-jurisdictional technology case'. 'Standout' counsel Emma Fulton is another key name to note for patent litigation in the life sciences and electronics industries, while Sahira Khwaja is highlighted for brand protection matters in the consumer goods and TMT sectors.

Testimonials

The team has a strong focus on strategy and obtaining a good commercial result for the client, together with excellent legal and technical abilities.

Companies who are used to large ‘full service’ commercial firms will feel at home with Hogan Lovells, and enjoy the 24/7 teaming.

It is good on the technical issues in FRAND litigation and extremely thorough and hardworking.

Stephen Bennett will descend into the detail when necessary but also always retains a commercial perspective.

Stephen Bennett is sensible, pragmatic and experienced.

Paul Brown steps up to the plate when clients want to push the litigation boundaries and trample their opponents underfoot.

Jemma Trainor is a really good associate who rolls up her sleeves and gets on with the job.

International arbitration Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP is 'hugely experienced and has real experts in the field'. The practice is particularly focused on the energy, financial services and telecoms sectors. With significant global reach, it provides multi-jurisdictional and multi-lingual advice on complex, high-value international cases, with extensive experience in matters involving Africa, the Middle East and Russia and the CIS region. Kieron O’Callaghan has notable expertise in energy arbitration; and Michael Davison has been advising on high-level arbitrations for approximately 30 years. The other recommended advisers are Julianne Hughes-Jennett and Nathan Searle, along with counsel Jerome Finnis and senior associate Robert ShoesmithBen Hornan was promoted to partner and Matthew Knowles was hired as counsel from Stewarts Law LLP.

Testimonials

Hogan Lovells has a very strong international arbitration practice‘.

Kieron O’Callaghan and Ben Hornan are both excellent‘.

Julianne Hughes-Jennett is very good indeed; she is meticulous and thinks carefully about what the client really needs‘.

Key clients

The AES Corporation

IT and telecoms Tier 2

The group at Hogan Lovells International LLP leverages its multidisciplinary team, which assists its impressive client roster with a range of commercial and contentious technology matters. The group also has expertise across the telecoms sector and is instructed by network operators, handset manufacturers and broadcasters to advise on regulatory, corporate and IP issues. Peter Watts heads up the practice and has experience assisting technology, media and telecoms sector clients with a range of matters including software, rights and data issues. Other names to note include Don McGown for telecoms work, and corporate and finance specialist John Salmon.

Listed funds Tier 2

While Hogan Lovells International LLP represents the full spectrum of players in the funds space including sponsors, investors and activists, it has a penchant for issuer-side work. Recent expansion into representing more investment banking clients is also evident. The firm's experience in listing funds on London's equity capital markets spans the London Stock Exchange's Main Market, the Specialist Fund Market and AIM. Besides this, the group also handles primary and secondary capital raisings. The firm's Washington office often supports the London team with securities advice relevant to US-based investors. Erik Jamieson is practice head; Jeremy Pickles is recommended for his expertise in the infrastructure, reinsurance and real estate asset classes.

Key clients

Acheron Portfolio Company

Amber Infrastructure

BBGI Global Infrastructure Ltd

BH Global

BH Macro

Blackrock/iShares

Blue Capital

Caledonia

Canaccord Genuity Limited

CATCo Reinsurance Opportunities Fund

Clipstone Logistics REIT Plc

Greensphere Capital

HICL Infrastructure Company Limited

IFM

International Public Partnerships Limited

INVESCO

IRF European Finance Investments Ltd

Jefferies International

John Laing Capital Management

John Laing Environmental Assets Group

John Laing Infrastructure Fund Ltd

JPMorgan Cazenove

Life Settlement Assets

Macquarie Capital Partners (Europe) Ltd

Numis Securities

Pantheon Ventures

Pershing Square

Riverstone Energy

Sherborne Investors

Stifel

Urban Exposure

3i Infrastructure

Mining and minerals Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP provides the full spectrum of legal services to mining and extractive businesses across the whole life cycle of projects. The team's enviable client roster includes both private and publicly traded mining companies engaged in the gold, copper, coal, iron, silver, nickel, diamond, uranium, and platinum industries. Adrian Walker's group also regularly advises financial institutions and other investors with interests in the sector. The international reach of the practice was significantly strengthened by the arrival of Arun Velusami and senior associate Shah Jahan Khandokar, who sits within the banking and finance group - both joined from Norton Rose Fulbright. Disputes partner Kieron O’Callaghan is praised for 'having the ear of clients'.

Testimonials

Kieron O’Callaghan has experience in many forms of arbitration and is very much at home in energy disputes. He has the ear of clients because he is thoughtful, measured but also determined to get them the result they seek.’

Oil and gas Tier 2

With the arrival of Arun Velusami from Norton Rose FulbrightHogan Lovells International LLP added a wide range of projects and mandates in the emerging markets of Africa to its caseload. This facet of the practice now sits alongside the firm's well-established domestic UK offering. Well-known for its full-service practice, Ben Sulaiman's team continues to act for the Shah Deniz consortium as project counsel on the landmark pipeline project. On the contentious front, energy dispute specialist Ben Hornan was recently appointed to the partnership. Richard Tyler departed the firm and Steven Bryan joined Paul Hastings LLP.

Planning Tier 2

Claire Dutch, who heads the planning team at Hogan Lovells International LLP, is highly regarded for her expertise in handling high-profile London-based regeneration schemes, residential tower developments, and national infrastructure projects. The broad client list, which includes big-ticket commercial names, public bodies, housing associations and local authorities, instructs the team on significant projects such as the King’s Cross redevelopment, the Olympic Park legacy, and the Brent Cross South regeneration scheme. Contentious work remains a strong point for the practice, with recent instructions involving public inquiry appeals, planning appeals and judicial review applications. Significant client, the Crown Estate, recently instructed the team on an urban extension planning application. Dutch and Michael Gallimore are well equipped to advise their clients on all key planning policy changes such as CIL and affordable housing requirements.

Testimonials

Provides clear and persuasive advice on even the most challenging of issues.

One of the best, if not the best, in the industry.

Hogan Lovells works extremely effectively as a team which help to build trust among clients and consultants.

Claire Dutch is an exceptional planning expert. She is straightforward and very clear in her advice.

You know you will get sound advice and an excellent level of service when Claire Dutch is part of the team.

Claire Dutch is a leader in the field of planning.

Claire Dutch and Hannah Quartman provide invaluable advice and their ability to think on their feet in difficult negotiations in amazing.

Claire Dutch, Michael Gallimore and David Wood are all exceptional; they provide great judgement and client-friendly advice.

Michael Gallimore provides sage advice on government policy.

Hogan Lovells’ vast experience and range of clients is the envy of its competitors.

Key clients

AECOM

AirbnB

Argent PLC and Argent Related

British Land

Carbon 8 Aggregates Limited

Covanta and Veolia JV

Dacorum Borough Council

Grafton Advisors (part of GreenOak Real Estate)

L&Q

Land Securities

Londonewcastle

M&G Real Estate

Mount Anvil

Peabody (housing association)

Providence Land

Real Estate Investment Management Limited

Royal London

The Ballymore Group

The Berkeley Group

The Church Commissioners

The Crown Estate

The Historic Royal Palaces Commission

Uniper UK

Mars Pension Fund

KNM

Homes England

Grundon

Eastern Oriental

LLDC

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 2

The practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP has of late been advising on matters relating to electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, energy-from-waste, green financing and grid connection, in parallel with its broader renewables work in the solar and wind sectors. Arun Velusami, who focuses on energy and power projects in Africa, and corporate M&A expert Sarah Shaw joined the team from Norton Rose Fulbright and Allen & Overy LLP  respectively.

Testimonials

‘This firm always puts clients first. Its energy lawyers show a great understanding of the risk appetite of their clients and adapt to their needs.’

‘Sarah Shaw has a strong sense of ownership and partnership with the clients as opposed to being just another legal adviser. She has a pragmatic approach to address commercial issues, very strong availability and engagement, and is willing to take commercial risks for the firm to build relationships and gain long term clients.’

Key clients

The Crown Estate

Flour

Evermore Energy

EDF

European Investment Bank

Exelon Corporation

GE

Iberdrola

International Finance Corporation

Infracapital Partners

John Laing Environmental Limited

Macquarie

Mars

Private equity: transactions – mid-tier – up to £250m Tier 2

'Excellent at dealing with complex issues and offering a robust full-service capability' according to clients, the PE department at Hogan Lovells International LLP has a strategic focus on transactions involving sectors such as financial services, insurance, TMT, life sciences, healthcare, energy, infrastructure, retail and real estate. The group handles both high-value and mid-cap deals in the aforementioned spaces. A firm-wide network of PE practitioners across the UK, Europe, US, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australia ensures the firm can handle cross-jurisdictional mandates. Highlights included new investor client Patron Capital instructing a team led by John Connell on the sale of its portfolio company Optimum Credit to Pepper Money. Counsel Leanne Moezi and former London practice head Ed Harris departed for Paul Hastings LLP in July 2019. Global head of private equity Tom Whelan is a key contact.

Testimonials

A very high quality team. It is responsive, commercial and accurate and always thinks one step ahead when giving advice. They get the job done‘.

Key clients

Pamplona

Investindustrial

Actis

Brookfield Business Partners

Pantheon Ventures

Ventiga Capital Partners

Terra Firma

Fortress

Rothschild (Five Arrows Principal Investments)

Patron Capital

Professional negligence Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP is regularly engaged on complex claims against solicitors, actuaries, pension professionals, property professionals, insurance brokers and accountants; the team's 'pension expertise is second-to-none'. Its international presence allows it to effectively manage a raft of cross-border disputes for both claimants and defendants. Angela Dimsdale Gill is a 'superb lawyer', who has a 'wealth of experience in advising on complex professional negligence cases, particularly involving the pensions industry'. Department head Nicholas Heaton is engaged on claims against lawyers, professionals involved in pension schemes, and accountants. Via Mark Shaw and Shane Crooks of BDO LLP, the firm is acting for the sovereign wealth fund LIA on an £18m claim against Warwick Street (KS) (previously known as King Sturge), Beeson Property Investments (BPIL), and five other defendants.

Testimonials

It is outstanding in complex pensions-related professional negligence cases.

Key clients

Willis Towers Watson

Libyan Investment Authority

Eurasian Natural Resources Corp. (ENRC)

Property finance Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP is noted for its strong client base of lenders and borrowers, including investment firms, real estate developers, debt funds and leading banks. The firm handles complex UK and pan-European transactions, and has been particularly active in Ireland. Areas of expertise include investment and development finance, loan purchases and loan-on-loan financings, hotel financings, and restructurings. Andrew Flemming, who regularly advises new market entrants and is active in cross-border transactions, leads the team. Andrew Welbourn and Jo Solomon, who has extensive experience in acquisition and development finance, are also recommended.

Testimonials

In Andrew Flemming the team has a highly skilled, very approachable and commercially minded senior partner.

Andrew Flemming is an experienced and very commercially minded individual, and has the knowledge and approach of a top-tier law firm partner – he is approachable and incredibly accessible.

The practice is one of the pre-eminent names in the market for all real estate-based transactions and an outstanding partner on a full range of deals types across a variety of sectors and the capital stack. The team’s bandwith is second to none as is its commercial judgement and perspective, which in my experience is unrivalled. I do not know a better firm in the market to engage for complex financings.

Andrew Flemming is an outstanding real estate finance lawyer who always takes the time and trouble to understand all aspects and angles of a transaction and ensures his client’s objectives are fully achieved. He is one of the best business partners out there and definitely one to have on your side. His team is also excellent.

Andrew Welbourn is very dedicated and provided a thorough, hands-on service.

Key clients

HSBC

Colony Capital

Hines European Core Fund

ICG Longbow

Barclays Bank

DRC Capital 

Kingdom Holding Company and Kingdom Hotel Investments

Henderson Global Investors 

U + I Group Plc

Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Cheyne Capital Management 

Wainbridge

Public international law Tier 2

According to one client, Hogan Lovells International LLP is 'one of the leading firms in the sector with a sophisticated grasp of the overlapping legal regimes'. The practice regularly advises on complex issues of public and private international law, including identifying the legitimate government of a state after civil war; the relationship and interaction between international public law, European Union law and international organisations; human rights law and international economic law. It fields a team of 'dedicated lawyers', who are also experienced in investment treaty arbitration, particularly in the energy and telecoms sectors. Markus Burgstaller continues to be involved in cutting-edge issues at the intersection of international investment law and EU law; he successfully represented the Slovak Republic in its highly publicised dispute with Achmea in which the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled arbitration clauses in intra-EU investment treaties are incompatible with EU law. Charles Brasted, who is the co-head of the global government relations and policy advocacy practice, advises on high-profile, politically sensitive issues with a governmental element. Julianne Hughes-Jennett specialises in international human rights litigation involving corporations.

Testimonials

‘One of the leading firms in the sector with a sophisticated grasp of the overlapping legal regimes.’

‘Markus Burgstaller leads a fantastic team of dedicated and efficient lawyers, who are experienced in public international law, EU law and commercial arbitration’. 

‘Solid team that works on challenging and novel cases; very active in the  development of precedential legal argumentation on intra-EU bilateral investment treaties.’

‘Markus Burgstaller has a wealth of knowledge in public international law; he provides helpful answers or recommendations, including highlighting relevant important judicial decisions.’

‘The team at Hogan Lovells works well together and are individually very meticulous, thoughtful and reliable. The advice provided is always top-notch, punctual, yet easy to read.’

‘Charles Brasted is extremely clever. His legal analysis manages to be simultaneously nimble and profound – best of all, it is invariably backed by common sense.’

Key clients

Government of the Slovak Republic

Government of Ukraine

Lundin Petroleum

Penwell

The Crown Estate

Structured products and securitisation Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP's international debt capital markets group has global reach and multi-jurisdictional capability from London, and it is frequently called upon to handle innovative, first-of-kind and high-value structured finance and securitisation matters. It is an active player in asset-backed and mortgage-backed transactions, in which is acts for blue-chip corporates such as Volkswagen and several international banks, including HSBC. Its work for Volkswagen included the first Automotive STS transaction where the transactions were amended to comply with the criteria for simple, transparent and standardised (STS) regulation which recently came into force. The firm's work for government departments includes advising the Department of Education on the securitisation of a £3.8bn portfolio of student loans. The firm also handles whole-business securitisations and has a dedicated trustee practice. James Doyle leads the practice and with David Hudd is a leading adviser on structured products. Examples of their work include advising BNP Paribas on the annual update of its ground-breaking €20bn programme for secured structured products through a Luxembourg securitisation company. Julian Craughan and Tauhid Ijaz are key securitisation partners. Newly promoted counsel David Palmer also specialises in securitisation.

Testimonials

“The firm has excellent coverage across all ABS and RMBS sectors, along with associated teams in regulatory, tax and corporate.”

“Tauhid Ijaz provides excellent availability and quality of advice. He is highly commercial with great ability to navigate difficult points. He is a true transactional lawyer with an excellent ability to get a deal done.”

“They have tremendous knowledge across multiple jurisdictions and engage their local offices to bring the needed expertise to particular situations.”

“Julian Craughan not only does an excellent job of identifying issues, but he is also great at bringing solutions to these issues that are practical and efficient.”

Tax litigation and investigations Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP's team stands out for its representation of clients in the technology, insurance and real estate sectors in high-value HMRC litigation and investigations. The group also has substantial expertise in international tax issues, including a focus on transfer pricing matters led by counsel Graham Poole, whose recent clients include eBay. Department head Rupert Shiers is a veteran of the tax litigation space; handling disputes with HMRC, as well as advising on the impact of tax issues in commercial disputes.

Testimonials

Focused and determined, seasoned litigators

Efficient, thorough and able to get seemingly impossible amounts of work done in a very short space of time. They are nothing short of exceptional in terms of their help with preparing hearings

Rupert Shiers has a great deal of litigation experience and his strategic judgement and general knowledge of tax law is an invaluable resource

The Hogan Lovells team has an excellent understanding of the law and of the practical aspects of dispute resolution

Key clients

Aspen Insurance

Ball Corporation

eBay Inc

General Reinsurance Corporation

Johnson Matthey PLC

M&G Investments

Prologis Inc

Royal Bank of Canada

VAT and indirect tax Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP has a sector-based approach to VAT and indirect tax. Elliot Weston focuses on SDLT and VAT issues on real estate and investment funds transactions, while Rupert Shiers (who leads the team following the 2018 departure of Lee Squires to Grant Thronton) is instructed by clients in the tech sector. Alongside Weston and Shiers, Karen Hughes has experience in VAT and pensions and Philip Harle is an expert in VAT on securitisations.

Testimonials

They are able to call up knowledge of VAT and indirect tax in giving in-depth advice and assistance to clients and to apply it in innovative ways in the context of litigation.

Rupert Shiers  is very bright and is routinely able to identify solutions to the challenges faced by taxpayers in the very complex modern tax environment.

Great depth of technical knowledge and a capacity to assimilate large amounts of information then identify the key issues.

Key clients

ITV

Prudential/M&G

Ford

Volkswagen

eBay

TripAdvisor

Water Tier 2

The energy and utility practitioners at Hogan Lovells International LLP provide a fully integrated 'cradle-to-grave' service across all investor and funding bases from greenfield, brownfield, regulatory asset and M&A and encompassing fund formation through to dispute resolution and refinancing and restructuring. The team, which includes Philip Robb and counsel Charles Ford, recently strengthened its international offering through a number of strategic hires, although long-serving partner Steven Bryan departed to join Paul Hastings LLP .

Key clients

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners

EIB

Northumbrian Water

Infracapital

Affinity Water

UBS

Morgan Stanley

JGC

Acquisition finance Tier 3

Co-headed by the 'very experiencedMatthew Cottis and 'unflappablePenny AngellHogan Lovells International LLP's five-partner team provides a 'client-oriented and proactive service' to a balanced cadre of lenders, alternative lenders and sponsors on deals in the upper mid-market. In addition to its core roster of domestic and international banks (including Lloyds Bank and Société Générale), under the guidance of Paul Mullen and the 'very consideredJo Robinson, the team has effectively built up a robust non-bank lender offering with core clients including Ares Management and ICG. The team also has niche expertise advising on insurance sector acquisition finance matters.

Testimonials

The team looks to ensure its bank clients’ interests are fully protected.

They all roll their sleeves up and get involved, no matter how senior.

Their advice combines technical knowledge with a commercial outlook.

Penny Angell’s ability to delve into technical detail and balance discussions around commercial sensitivities is paramount when dealing with big club transactions where there are a number of viewpoints.

Jo Robinson has a very strong legal mind, does not miss a trick and is able to give a considered view on issues – which is greatly appreciated in a market with very aggressive loan documentation.

Key clients

Lloyds Banking Group

HSBC

Citibank

Ares Management

BNP Paribas

Société Générale

Intermediate Capital Group

African Export-Import Bank

Standard Chartered Bank

HNA Group

Aviation Tier 3

Leveraging its extensive network of international offices, Hogan Lovells International LLP is best-known for its leading airports practice where it handles a raft of corporate, finance, regulatory, development, competition, planning, real estate and infrastructure mandates.

Key clients

Aéroports de Paris

TAV

Belfast City Airport

Macquarie

Regional Airports

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 3

Although it remains best-known for its pre-eminent mid/upper-mid market leveraged finance brand, because of its close ties with a wide range of financial institutions including UK clearing banks, investment banks and direct lenders, Hogan Lovells International LLP also regularly handles other financing work including fund financing, investment grade corporate lending and syndicated lending to facilitate corporate facing acquisition finance mandates. Global head of finance, Matthew Cottis, handles a plethora of syndicated lending work in the context of acquisition finance, as well as general corporate lending. Along with Penny Angell, Cottis is also noted for his insurance acquisition finance expertise where he is able to leverage the firm's overarching knowledge in this highly regulated sector.

Testimonials

The team is highly dedicated, professional and reliable and can work to simplify processes in sometimes very complex situations.

Penny Angell has the ability to organise projects and provide support where needed in large club transactions.

Due to his comprehensive experience in various financing structures, David Leggott has a well-calibrated comprehension of both the risk appetite of banks and the respective market practice.

Key clients

Lloyds Banking Group

HSBC

Citibank

Ares Management

BNP Paribas

Société Générale

Intermediate Capital Group

African Export-Import Bank

Standard Chartered Bank

HNA Group

Brand management Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP assists global brand owners such as Proctor & Gamble and Estée Lauder with European trade mark and design issues. The practice is divided between London and Alicante, where it enjoys a close working relationship with the EUIPO, and remains active in trade mark opposition and cancellation proceedings. Sahira Khwaja assists brands with the registration of new IP rights, trade mark enforcement and prosecution, and is also able to advise on licensing and franchising opportunities. Senior associate Anneka Dalton is particularly recommended for trade marks and the recovery of domain names. Charlie Winckworth left for Cooley (UK) LLP in January 2019.

Debt capital markets Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP handles high-profile and complex securities law transactions for both issuers and underwriters. Among these are bank and bond restructurings, as well as new debt issuance. The debt practice has notable expertise in the automotive, real estate and financial institutions sectors, in which it handled the servicing of large EMTN programmes in 2018. Key partner Andrew Carey is experienced in international debt offerings, including securities programmes and corporate and sovereign bonds. 'The firm has a very good trustee-focused team with good resourcing at all levels', remarks a client. Partner Kit Johnson focuses on advising corporate finance trustees on new debt issuances and on post-issuance matters such as defaults and restructurings. The firm also has significant US securities law expertise in partner Sylvain Dhennin and associate Philip Schuster.

Testimonials

Andrew Carey is a senior partner with excellent experience in difficult trustee matters‘.

Senior associate Megan James is exceptional in her role; her attention to detail and work ethic are excellent‘.

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 3

Acting for issuers and underwriters, Hogan Lovells International LLP has developed a reputation for advising on AIM listings that will lead to step-ups to London's Main Market. The firm is intent on developing its ECM capabilities, having made multiple hires to bolster its US securities practice in 2017 and 2018. With a strong English law corporate team and an enhanced US securities practice, the group is well-placed to advise clients on matters from pre-IPO fundraising to international offerings. Maegen Morrison heads the practice group.

Testimonials

Sound commercial advice and a sensible approach to fees and billing.

Friendly and responsive; a very nice team.

They know what’s needed to build a lasting client relationship.

Key clients

Shaftesbury plc

Numis Securities Limited

Just Group plc

Cenkos Securities plc

Jefferies International

Urban Exposure plc

Grainger plc

Berenberg

Liberum Capital

Canaccord Genuity

JP Morgan Cazenove

EU and competition Tier 3

While Hogan Lovells International LLP’ antitrust, competition and economic regulation group handles a large volume of merger control, investigations and behavioural antitrust work domestically, it also uses its global network to provide seamless full-service advice to clients across a number of other jurisdictions. A recent work highlight in this regard is the team’s cross-border work for US-based telecoms equipment manufacturing company Arris International; in which a team from the UK and US advised Arris on the merger control aspects of its $4.7bn acquisition by CommScope Vision. The London-based team is  active in a number of sectors subjected to recent scrutiny by the UK and EU regulators, such as financial services, TMT, and life sciences and pharmaceuticals. The department has notable experience in the media space: Angus Coulter led a team on advising British newspaper group Reach’s £200m acquisition of multiple newspapers, while Suyong Kim and Mark Jones took the lead handling competition law and media plurality concerns for News Corporation. Currently a part of the firm's management team, Susan Bright stands out for her extensive cross-border experience.

Testimonials

Always, practical, down-to-earth and fast-moving

Excellent commercial and strategic advice coupled with first-rate technical knowledge of how competition law operates

The team is highly responsive and capable, and also willing to be a source of advice, as well as a sounding board when needed

Both partners and associates are very responsive and provide pragmatic and commercial advice

It is not easy to find a competition lawyer who is as knowledgeable and practical as Mark Jones

Suyong Kim provides high-quality advice and is attentive to detail

Key clients

Reach

Arris International

News Corporation

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

At Hogan Lovells International LLP, the London-based international trade and investment team co-operates with the firm’s US- and Brussels-based trade departments. This strong global presence allows the group to advise on UK, US and EU matters. Besides a significant volume of complex advice pertaining to multiple sanctions regimes, the team also deals with foreign investment issues, export controls classification, and import encryption control, among other matters. Notably, on the contentious side, the group also represents clients in UK customs litigation proceedings. The team is newly established, following the appointment of practice head Aline Doussin, who joined from Squire Patton Boggs in April 2018. Newly promoted partner Jamie Rogers is a go-to contact for clients in the insurance space, which he assists with matters regarding the application of financial sanctions laws.

Testimonials

An extremely strong team of very knowledgeable professionals, who go the extra mile

The team is very focused, both on technical issues and on client care

Aline Doussin is very efficient and responsive

Key clients

Berry Global

Bemis Company

Pfizer

Honeywell

Zhongxing Telecommunication Equipment (ZTE)

Society of Lloyd’s

High yield Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP has a small high yield practice that continues to be involved in innovative matters. In 2018, it handled the first rule 144a high yield bond offering in the hotel industry in Scandinavia, complex financings for Chinese investors across Europe and the US, and a number of significant high yield restructurings. Leading light Sylvain Dhennin frequently advises companies, private equity funds and banks on innovative leveraged finance transactions in Europe involving high yield bond offerings. He acts for both issuers, among which are Jaguar Land Rover Automotive, and underwriting banks including HSBC and BNP Paribas. His work includes new bond issuance, liability managements and restructurings, as well as distressed debt.

Key clients

Radisson Hospitality AB

Faurecia

HSBC

CACIB

BNP Paribas

Société Générale

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Barclays

Jaguar Land Rover Automotive Plc

Agrokor

Mryia

Swissport

Frigoglass

Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 3

The practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP benefits from the firm's huge international reach, regularly handling insurance and reinsurance litigation involving Latin America. The team, led by Nick Atkins, undertakes work spanning professional indemnity, trade finance, political risk, construction, and reinsurance coverage disputes. Jamie Rogers, who was promoted to partner in January 2019, covers a wide range of lines of business and has expertise in sanctions work.

Key clients

Phoenix Group

Willis Towers Watson

Islamic finance Tier 3

As part of its asset finance practice, Hogan Lovells International LLP provides shari'ah-compliant financing and transactional advice to banks and specialty aviation finance groups. The team's deal work spans the aviation and maritime sectors and often involves shipowners and commercial and cargo airlines in the Middle East. The asset finance practice is led by Robert Fugard, while senior associate Faraz Naqvi advises on many of the group's Islamic financing deals.

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP stands out for its cross-border expertise in media and entertainment sector matters, where it is experienced in advising global media companies and companies in the advertising and marketing sectors. It is able to advise on competition, regulatory, corporate and commercial matters.

Rail Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP's 'effective' offering has 'good knowledge of the rail sector'. The team has experience in UK and international rail and infrastructure projects, where it is able to utilise its global footprint. The team is advising Rail Baltica on the high-value high speed Rail Baltica project, which is designed to integrate the North Sea corridor into the European rail network. Rolling stock and franchising issues are also a key focus of the multidisciplinary team, as are advising on the planning aspects of rail projects and station redevelopment mandates. Counsel Charles Ford is 'very approachable, is good at problem solving and discussing complex issues prior to providing the formal written advice'. Former department head Simon Gwynne has joined Norton Rose Fulbright.

Real estate funds Tier 3

The Crown Estate and M&G Real Estate are some of Hogan Lovells International LLP's key clients within the real estate funds department. A variety of real estate fund vehicles fall within the remit of the practice including closed-ended and open-ended vehicles, as well as private and listed funds. The firm has been expanding its real estate funds work, advising on a number of  fund launches. Practice head Nicholas Holman is a key contact.

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

BlackRock Investment Management

Barclays Bank UK Retirement Fund

British Land

Cannacord Genuity

Columbia Threadneedle

Crosslane

Fortress Investment Group

Future Fund of the Commonwealth of Australia

ICG Longbow

Land Securities

M&G Real Estate

NAREIT

NTM Capital

PMM Partners

QIC

The Crown Estate

TPG

Shore Capital

SunSuper

UBS Asset Management

Environment Tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP is experienced in advising on environment-related legal issues arising from recycling and regulatory liabilities. The firm has also expertise in environmental litigation and criminal prosecution, which includes dispute resolution in the fossil energy, retail, agricultural and transport sectors. The firm also advises on the environmental aspects of the acquisition of energy, manufacturing companies and energy plants. Senior associates Helen Boniface and Kevin O’Connor are the key contacts.

Equity capital markets – mid-large cap Tier 4

Acting for issuers and underwriters, Hogan Lovells International LLP has developed a reputation for advising on AIM listings that will lead to step-ups to London's Main Market. The firm is intent on developing its ECM capabilities, having made multiple hires to bolster its US securities practice in 2017 and 2018. With a strong English law corporate team and an enhanced US securities practice, the group is well-placed to advise clients on matters from pre-IPO fundraising to international offerings. Maegen Morrison heads the practice group.

Testimonials

Sound commercial advice and a sensible approach to fees and billing.

Friendly and responsive; a very nice team.

They know what’s needed to build a lasting client relationship.

Key clients

Shaftesbury plc

Numis Securities Limited

Just Group plc

Cenkos Securities plc

Jefferies International

Urban Exposure plc

Grainger plc

Berenberg

Liberum Capital

Canaccord Genuity

JP Morgan Cazenove

Fraud: white-collar crime Tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP acts for individuals, companies and financial institutions in relation to matters including investigations, compliance, bribery, corruption, money laundering, fraud, tax evasion and false accounting. With clients praising it for offering 'real insight', the team is adept at handling investigations by the SFO, FCA, NCA and the police. The firm often deals with multi-jurisdictional cases and has particular experience in Russia. Crispin Rapinet heads the team and is adept at handling matters involving the UK Bribery Act and international legislation.

Testimonials

‘This is a team with real insight into the practical and multifaceted problems in managing white-collar cases’.    

‘Claire Lipworth is an exceptional lawyer and a great strategist’.              

‘Chris Hardman is rightly regarded as one of the best litigators in the city’.

 ‘They are innovative and dogged in their pursuit of a client’s case’.        

Key clients

ENRC

Stephen Mullens

Borelli Walsh

Isha Johansen

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP advises on the full range of domestic and cross-border transactions, encompassing public bids, private M&A, joint ventures and investments. In the run up to Brexit, the firm's insurance, technology and life sciences teams have been particularly active.  John Allison advised Lloyds Banking Group and Scottish Widows on the acquisition of Zurich's UK workplace pensions and savings business. Co-head of the practice Charles Rix is a key name in the insurance market, while fellow co-head Ben Higson has a focus on energy, infrastructure and natural resources. The firm has seen a number of senior departures, with London private equity head Ed Harris quitting for Paul Hastings, months after Steven Bryan made the same move.  The firm brought in Sarah Shaw from Allen & Overy LLP,who has a focus on energy and natural resources, particularly in Africa.

Testimonials

Top shelf public company M&A practice

John is always available to provide practical and commercial advice. He doesn’t normally sit on the fence

Tom Brassington is the go-to lawyer for cross-Atlantic public company M&A

We have been particularly impressed with Nicola Evans

Key clients

Brookfield

Anschutz Corporation

Asahi

Mitsubishi Corporation

News Corporation

Ford Motor Company

AXA

Prologis, Inc.

Smiths Group plc

LabCorp

Transport finance & leasing Tier 4

Following the departure of rail finance expert Simon Gwynne to Norton Rose Fulbright in June 2019, Hogan Lovells International LLP is now primarily focused on cross-border work within the aviation sector. The 'outstandingRobert Fugard leads the asset finance practice and benefits from strong ties with a varied array of stakeholders including airlines, banks and leasing companies. Other key partners in the team include Richard Goss, who also focuses on aviation finance.

Testimonials

‘Robert Fugard’s team is highly knowledgeable, diligent and persistent.’

‘Absolutely top notch technical ability and knowledge combined with a personable hands-on and bespoke approach are their hallmarks. It is rare to find such a combination of close relationship and attentiveness with the capabilities of a large global firm.’

‘Robert Fugard is an outstanding lawyer in his field. He possesses a work ethic, intellectual integrity and forensic approach to his work second to none. His work is of the highest quality and, perhaps less expected of a lawyer, he demonstrates a very high standard of business acumen, often identifying and suggesting complex commercial ideas and solutions in response to clients’ problems.’

‘Senior associates Russell Green and Gwen Edwards provide solid and reliable support – they are always able to keep the client happy and are excellent communicators and deal managers. Their documentation skills are exemplary and over the years I have gradually seen them grow into their current roles, assuming greater responsibility over time. The firm is extremely professional, responsive, thorough, capable and client focused.’

‘The team is in a class of its own in terms of intellectual rigour and work ethic. Professional to the core and a pleasure to work with. Always willing to challenge convention and go the extra mile to do the best deal for their clients. They are an intellectually outstanding firm.’

‘Richard Goss and senior associate Faraz Naqvi are the type of excellent lawyer who can give you the feeling of having learned something just by working with them. And working with them both is a pleasure, as they are genuinely enjoyable to spend the hours on the phone or travelling with for negotiations.’

‘All members of the team are a pleasure to work with and all complement each other in terms of skill sets. They are particularly strong on deal management; aircraft finance transactions typically have a finite deadline (the sale or purchase or delivery date of an aircraft) and so there is always significant pressure in managing other parties who may not necessarily be as time-focused. Robert and his team are extremely capable when it comes to meeting deadlines and are excellent deal managers.’

Key clients

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA

African Export-Import Bank

Standard Chartered Bank/Pembroke Capital

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

UBS

DVB Bank/Deucalion Capital

Société Générale

Bank of China Aviation

Babcock Mission Critical Services

Icelandair

Private equity: transactions – high-value deals (£250m+) Tier 5

'Excellent at dealing with complex issues and offering a robust full-service capability' according to clients, the PE department at Hogan Lovells International LLP has a strategic focus on transactions involving sectors such as financial services, insurance, TMT, life sciences, healthcare, energy, infrastructure, retail and real estate. The group handles both high-value and mid-cap deals in the aforementioned spaces. A firm-wide network of PE practitioners across the UK, Europe, US, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australia ensures the firm can handle cross-jurisdictional mandates. Highlights included new investor client Patron Capital instructing a team led by John Connell on the sale of its portfolio company Optimum Credit to Pepper Money. Counsel Leanne Moezi and former London practice head Ed Harris departed for Paul Hastings LLP in July 2019. Global head of private equity Tom Whelan is a key contact.

Testimonials

A very high quality team. It is responsive, commercial and accurate and always thinks one step ahead when giving advice. They get the job done‘.

Key clients

Pamplona

Investindustrial

Actis

Brookfield Business Partners

Pantheon Ventures

Ventiga Capital Partners

Terra Firma

Fortress

Rothschild (Five Arrows Principal Investments)

Patron Capital

Private funds Tier 5

Hogan Lovells International LLP covers a wide range of investment funds work in London, with a particular focus on both private and listed infrastructure funds, including advising on the formation of funds investing in social infrastructure. The team is headed in the UK by Nicholas Holman, who co-leads the firm's investment funds group and advises across a broad range of alternative investment funds including real estate, private equity and infrastructure. The firm is also able to call on the dual US/UK qualifications of partner Jonathan Baird , who joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in 2017 and has a particular focus on listed funds.

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Amber Infrastructure

Argent Related

Barts Charity

Cambridge Associates

CDC (UK development bank)

Dalmore Capital

DEG (German development bank)

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

Fengate Capital Management

Foundation Investment Partners

FMO (Dutch development bank)

GELF Management (Lux) S.à r.l.

General Organisation for Social Insurance (Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund)

IFC (Part of the World Bank)

InfraRed Capital Partners

International Fund Management Limited

John Laing Capital Management

M&G Investment Management

Nippon Life International Inc

The Prudential Assurance Company

Ventiga Capital Partners

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The Lex 100 Verdict

Hogan Lovells' esteemed reputation in all three areas of corporate, litigation and finance sets it apart: 'most City firms only have a really great reputation in two of these areas', noted respondents. The 'truly international' firm is a Lex 100 Winner for its overseas secondments, from which trainees undoubtedly return 'more confident'. A 'broad range of practice areas' and 'innovative work' for an 'impressive client list' ensure that recruits 'get excellent training even in practice areas which are otherwise considered to be niche'. What's more, a 'supportive and high-performing culture' is proof that Hogan Lovells 'genuinely cares about trainees and their development'. The firm also has a 'great track record on diversity across the board'. The 'requirement to do seats in certain departments' was begrudged by some, who would like 'more flexibility to tailor the training contract to our interests'. A few respondents complained that some partners 'don't engage with junior lawyers' and 'don't know how to treat trainees'. However, other colleagues are described as 'always approachable' and 'grateful for the effort trainees put in'. Reports about the work/life balance differed too; whilst some respondents considered the hours 'better than at Magic Circle firms', others chimed that this is 'very team-dependent'. Worst moments such as 'December in a finance seat' is proof of the latter. 'Being in the midst of a crazy transaction involving lawyers in nine jurisdictions' was a clear highlight. Overall, the 'trainees are just a genuinely great group of people who look out for one another', which is bolstered by an 'active social life among the cohort'. To work at a firm with an impressive 'geographical footprint' which offers a fantastic breadth of work, consider Hogan Lovells.