Firm Profile > Hogan Lovells International LLP > London, England

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

Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP's 'pragmatic and collaborative' practice specialises in judicial reviews and non-contentious public law matters involving clients in heavily regulated sectors, leveraging its global regulatory practice, public affairs expertise and dedicated team of specialists. It is also highly regarded for its work in the technology sector, acting for major household names, including Uber and Airbnb, in relation to policy regulations and litigation. Solicitor advocate Charles Brasted  works for a diverse range of clients, including The Crown Estate, in relation to constitutional law challenges, complex regulatory matters and judicial reviews; he is currently acting for the Pension Protection Fund in judicial review proceedings raising complex questions of EU law. Solicitor advocate Julia Marlow maintains a diverse practice, focusing primarily on assisting clients with the complex regulatory aspects of their operations in the UK. Associate Andrew Eaton is recommended for his expertise in public international and constitutional law.

Practice head(s):

Charles Brasted

Other key lawyers:

Julia Marlow; Andrew Eaton

Testimonials

‘Always available to tackle our panoply of legal challenges, the team is adaptable and tuned in with our business and sectoral challenges. Top legal brains combined with real business acumen and an understanding of the work product their clients actually need as opposed to what law firms like to churn out – what is not to like?’

‘Hogan Lovells regulatory team are the gold standard for all regulatory lawyers, and all external counsel. They are the best team of lawyers that I have worked with. Razor sharp intellect, creative, awesome client service, and brilliant personalities too. I actually get excited before calls with this team.’

‘Julia Marlow – a true subject matter expert who takes time to really understand the client’s business.’

‘Charles Brasted – an excellent coordinator for the London team but also across the region.’

‘A highly knowledgeable and effective team of commercial regulatory and JR lawyers. They have unparalleled experience in running complex regulatory judicial reviews.’

‘Andrew Eaton is an excellent associate who is very easy to work with.’

‘The best blue-chip public law outfit in the market by a country mile. Handle many of the market leading commercial judicial reviews.’

‘Accessible, pragmatic, collaborative, played as a team, with the client, and internally among themselves. Good communication, and clear thinking from team leader, Charles Brasted.’

‘The best public law practice in the city. Outstanding intellectual ability and creativity.’

Key clients

Uber

The UK Gambling Commission

NATS

West Cumbria Mining Limited (WCM)

London Metal Exchange (LME)

The Crown Estate

The Pension Protection Fund (PPF)

Airbnb

Ofgem

ITV

Betting and Gaming Council

Vodafone

Lloyd’s of London

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 1

With ‘excellent experience of the banking industry‘, Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s financial services litigation and contentious regulatory team is ‘as at home with complex securitisation disputes as they are with relationship disputes and contentious insolvency matters‘. It is particularly strong for litigation relating to benchmark manipulation, consumer finance and retail banking, aviation finance, structured products and mass claims. The group frequently handles multi-jurisdictional issues and benefits from the ability to leverage its international network; dual qualified in Hong Kong and England and Wales, Jennifer Dickey is particularly strong for disputes involving Asia. The ‘outstanding‘ consumer finance litigation expert Louise Lamb leads the team, ‘excellent strategistPhilip Parish has experience in disputes arising from complex financial products, misselling, mismanagement claims, and benchmark manipulation, while John Tillman frequently handles disputes relating to complex instruments and in situations of defaults. Other contacts include ‘very thoughtful and careful lawyerWhiston Bristow and counsel Hannah Piper.

Practice head(s):

Louise Lamb

Other key lawyers:

Philip Parish; Whiston Bristow; John Tillman; Jennifer Dickey; Michael O’Donoghue; Oliver Humphrey; Hannah Piper

Testimonials

Whiston Bristow – a very thoughtful and careful lawyer who is not afraid to immerse himself in the detail when required. Philip Parish – an excellent strategist and a pleasure to deal with. Jennifer Dickey is a very able and committed lawyer who is a delight to work with.’

Louise Lamb is outstanding. A committed, brilliant litigator.

John Tillman is an undoubted star. Generally the brightest guy in the room, easy to underestimate (at your peril), really effective at promoting client’s case and a sound instinct for what points will work. Oliver Humphrey is a star in the making – really bright, sensible, charming, clients love him.

Hogan Lovells’s banking litigation team effortlessly covers all aspects of banking litigation. They are as at home with complex securitisation disputes as they are with relationship disputes and contentious insolvency matters. They combine technical expertise with real experience and practical advice.’

The best in the business: take any category, and they are right at the top. They have very knowledgeable and hard-working partners; the associates are consistently very good; the team has a very diverse make-up, but the general ethos is one of quiet confidence in their abilities while managing to be extremely nice to work with and for.

Philip Parish is the stand out individual. He has superb technical knowledge and is an excellent tactician. Clients love him.

They have a great history of excellent banking work and brilliant strength in depth. The teams has excellent experience of the banking industry.

I would pick out: (i) John Tillman, who has particular expertise in complex capital markets disputes. He understand these transactions from the inside out and is a pleasure to work with. (ii) Philip Parish who provides clients with a calming presence and clear strategic direction.’

Whiston Bristow – very calm, considered, sensible. Deeply involved in his cases and really careful. Lovely guy. Senior associate Andrew Holland – very effective senior associate. Michael O’Donoghue – also an excellent senior associate. Hannah Piper and Hannah Sharp also both very good associates.’

Key clients

Lehman Brothers Holdings Plc (in administration)

Mortgages PLC and various other companies, all of which are part of Bank of America Merrill Lynch

National Asset Management Agency

Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP's commercial team handles complex and innovative commercial contracts for clients across a broad spectrum of industries including the automotive, transport, food and drink, consumer, TMT, financial services and life sciences sectors. The group also takes advantage of the firm's wider global offering to assist with cross-border mandates; in a recent highlight, the practice advised AmerisourceBergen on the commercial elements of its $6.5bn acquisition of Walgreens Boots Alliance's Alliance Healthcare wholesale distribution business in Europe. Peter Watts and Richard Welfare jointly lead the team; Watts focuses on contracts involving TMT elements and Welfare has expertise in manufacturing, distribution, marketing and advertising contracts. Counsel Penny Powell is a key contact for complex joint cooperation agreements with particular expertise in the life sciences sector.

Practice head(s):

Peter Watts; Richard Welfare

Other key lawyers:

Penny Powell

Key clients

AmerisourceBergen Corporation

Valneva

ITV plc

NATS (National Air Traffic Services)

AMD Medicom Inc.

Novartis AG

Anheuser-Busch InBev NV / SA

British Paralympic Association

BMI Group

Mars Wrigley Confectionery UK Ltd

Foodlum

Alvotech

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP's 'premier litigation practice' is 'capable of dealing with the most complex litigation'. It is particularly strong for cross-border disputes relating to Russia, the CIS region, and the Middle East and counts life sciences and financial services among its sector specialisms. The team was bolstered by the addition of 'superb litigation strategist' and 'heavy-hitter' Kevin Lloyd who joined from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP alongside the 'incredibly bright, focused and strategic' Richard Lawton and new partners Akima Paul Lambert and Ardil Salem. Lloyd jointly leads the team alongside Alex Sciannaca who is particularly well known for handling disputes arising out of Russia and the CIS and, increasingly, the Middle East. Richard Lewis is another key contact for CIS region disputes; he and Michael Roberts attract praise for their 'great tactical nous'. Other key contacts include Chris Hardman, Neil Mirchandani and Ivan Shiu, who has experience in data breach litigation, and Rebecca Wales.

Practice head(s):

Alex Sciannaca; Kevin Lloyd

Other key lawyers:

Richard Lawton; Neil Mirchandani; Richard Lewis; Michael Roberts; Akima Paul Lambert; Ardil Salem; Ivan Shiu; Chris Hardman; Rebecca Wales

Testimonials

Very strong team, capable of dealing with the most complex litigation.

Hogan Lovells is the city’s premier litigation practice for the largest commercial disputes.  Michael Roberts and Richard Lewis have serious intellect, the experience of handling numerous $1bn+ disputes, and great tactical nous.’

Kevin Lloyd is one of the leading litigators in the City. He is a superb litigation strategist and commercial operator. A class act. Richard Lawton is incredibly bright, focused and strategic. He is all over the papers and thinks outside the box to achieve his clients’ commercial objectives. Ardil Salem is a pleasure to work with.

All round excellence: the partners are incisive and first-rate, and run an efficient and effective operation that invariably delivers results for the clients.’

Kevin Lloyd – recently recruited form Debevoise – oozes class and inspires clients at every turn. A genuine heavy-hitter and the “real deal”. Richard Lawton is a class act. Michael Roberts is one to watch as he continues his meteoric ascent through the firmament of commercial litigation players.’

Richard Lewis is an undoubted heavyweight of city litigation these days. He is seriously clever and often dances rings around opponents with tactical acumen. He is also great at leading and motivating a team. Not to be outdone, Michael Roberts is more cerebral but no less effective.

The quality of the associate pool is second to none. Alex Hohl and Dan Gritten stand out for particular mention. I have never worked with an associate as clever as Hohl – most of the time I’m just trying to keep up with him. Dan Gritten is a great all-round package and an undoubted rainmaker of the future: bright and hard-working, he also has excellent ‘soft’ skills.

The key partners who I have worked with are Chris Hardman, Richard Lewis, Rebecca Wales and Alex Sciannaca who are all very knowledgeable, creative and client-oriented. They work very efficiently with their clients and with the counsel teams.

Key clients

ENRC

Sergiy Taruta

State Corporation “Deposit Insurance Agency” (DIA)

JSC CB PrivatBank

BTA Bank

Equifax Ltd

Salesforce Inc. and Salesforce (UK) Limited

Vodafone Limited and Vodafone Group Plc

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 1

Home to ‘expertise which covers all real estate areas’, Hogan Lovells International LLP leverages its extensive international footprint to act for institutional investors, sovereign wealth funds, private equity houses and family offices from all over the globe; the practice provides a full lifecycle service on asset management transactions and is also geared to support at all stages of significant projects, from site assembly issues and compulsory purchase powers through to the environmental and construction components. Jackie Newstead runs a notably broad practice with a distinguished level of expertise in the hotel and leisure space while Daniel Norris, the firm’s global head of real estate, specialises in direct and indirect investments, joint ventures and student housing assets. The ‘very responsiveOliver Chamberlain leads the national practice and along with Gill McGreevy, noted as ‘unyielding in pursuing her clients’ interests’, is among the key contacts for large-scale regeneration projects. Dion Panambalana provides the group with mixed-use urban and non-urban development expertise and is also an active player in the corporate occupier field where the caseload spans structured sale and leasebacks, headquarter relocations, pre-lets and the up-scaling of trophy buildings.

Practice head(s):

Jackie Newstead; Daniel Norris; Oliver Chamberlain

Other key lawyers:

Dion Panambalana; Victoria Sutcliffe

Testimonials

‘They provide sensible commercial advice across the board. Strong on document automation and assisting with client billing processes.’

‘Gill McGreevy has great attention to detail and is unyielding in pursuing her client’s interests.’

‘Daniel Norris – I have no words to explain how satisfied we are with his work as partner. Just perfect. He find solutions, works quickly and efficiently, and manages his teams perfectly.’

‘I worked closely with Victoria Sutcliffe on a landmark deal for our mutual client. Victoria’s knowledge, experience, strategic thinking, recollection on matters that had been going on for many years was outstanding. Nothing was ever too much, she would put the time in, work the hours, update the client, provide comprehensive overviews when required, there were never any corners cut – her work was exceptional.’

‘Nicholas Roberts is very responsive and provides sensible advice.’

‘The team clearly communicate internally and ensure the right resource is placed on it and the client is aware.’

‘I have found when the commercial pressure has increased the support given by the individuals gets stronger and gives more reassurance.’

‘Dion Panambalana – pragmatic, very responsive and approachable. Oliver Chamberlain; again, very responsive and gives good practical advice.’

Key clients

American Express

BBC

BMW

British Land

CCLA Investment Management

Electra

Fluor

Land Securities

LaSalle Investment Management (as Fund Managers for the Coal Pension Fund)

M&G Real Estate

News Corp

Eli Lilly

Shaftesbury

The Courtauld Institute

The Crown Estate

U+I Group

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 1

Home to ‘expertise which covers all real estate areas’, Hogan Lovells International LLP leverages its extensive international footprint to act for institutional investors, sovereign wealth funds, private equity houses and family offices from all over the globe; the practice provides a full lifecycle service on asset management transactions and is also geared to support at all stages of significant projects, from site assembly issues and compulsory purchase powers through to the environmental and construction components. Jackie Newstead runs a notably broad practice with a distinguished level of expertise in the hotel and leisure space while Daniel Norris, the firm’s global head of real estate, specialises in direct and indirect investments, joint ventures and student housing assets. The ‘very responsiveOliver Chamberlain leads the national practice and along with Gill McGreevy, noted as ‘unyielding in pursuing her clients’ interests’, is among the key contacts for large-scale regeneration projects. Dion Panambalana provides the group with mixed-use urban and non-urban development expertise and is also an active player in the corporate occupier field where the caseload spans structured sale and leasebacks, headquarter relocations, pre-lets and the up-scaling of trophy buildings.

Practice head(s):

Jackie Newstead; Daniel Norris; Oliver Chamberlain

Other key lawyers:

Gill McGreevy; Dion Panambalana; Nicholas Roberts

Testimonials

‘They provide sensible commercial advice across the board. Strong on document automation and assisting with client billing processes.’

‘Gill McGreevy has great attention to detail and is unyielding in pursuing her client’s interests.’

‘Daniel Norris – I have no words to explain how satisfied we are with his work as partner. Just perfect. He find solutions, works quickly and efficiently, and manages his teams perfectly.’

‘I worked closely with Victoria Sutcliffe on a landmark deal for our mutual client. Victoria’s knowledge, experience, strategic thinking, recollection on matters that had been going on for many years was outstanding. Nothing was ever too much, she would put the time in, work the hours, update the client, provide comprehensive overviews when required, there were never any corners cut – her work was exceptional.’

‘Nicholas Roberts is very responsive and provides sensible advice.’

‘The team clearly communicate internally and ensure the right resource is placed on it and the client is aware.’

‘I have found when the commercial pressure has increased the support given by the individuals gets stronger and gives more reassurance.’

‘Dion Panambalana – pragmatic, very responsive and approachable. Oliver Chamberlain; again, very responsive and gives good practical advice.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard

Argent (and Argent Related)

Battersea Power Station

British Land

Calthorpe Estates

City of London Corporation

Landsec

LaSalle Investment Management (as Fund Manager for the Coal Pension Fund)

M&G Real Estate/Prudential

Shaftesbury

The Ballymore Group

The Crown Estate

U+I Group

Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP provides high-level advice to a range of clients and previously advised the European Commission on the drafting of the GDPR legislation. It is particularly experienced in BCRs and data transfers, and has deep relationships with policy makers and regulators. On the contentious side, the practice handles privacy, cybersecurity and data protection litigation. Team head Eduardo Ustaran is an ‘industry leader’, who is well versed in international data flows and advising on new cutting edge technologies, including AI. Nicola Fulford advises technology-rich businesses on compliance issues and data breaches.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Ustaran

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Fulford

Testimonials

‘Hogan Lovells provides us with access to their global team of data protection professionals’.

‘They are always quick to respond to any inquiries that we, as a global business, may have’.

‘The roles and responsibilities for different jurisdictions are clearly defined and questions will always be answered by the expert in that area’.

‘They undoubtedly have a number of knowledgeable subject matter experts in privacy, particularly Eduardo Ustaran’.

‘A seamless offering for privacy disputes, capable of matching incisive litigation strategy and resources, with an excellent technical knowledge of privacy law’.

‘Eduardo Ustaran has a great knowledge of GDPR and provides very pragmatic, useful advice on how to approach complex compliance issues and regulatory interactions’.

Key clients

Salesforce

Tapad

AmerisourceBergen

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP's fintech offering is drawn from the firm's strengths in financial services regulation, IP, technology, corporate transactions and data protection. Emily Reid (who is a co-head of the global fintech practice) has over 30 years of experience in the fast-moving payments, consumer finance, merchant acquiring and banking industries. John Salmon is knowledgeable about the legal and regulatory issues related to blockchain technology. The practice counts start-ups, alternative lending companies, global banks and other financial institutions among its clientele. James Black made partner in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Emily Reid; John Salmon

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Kent; Anthony Doolittle; James Black

Key clients

AXA PPP Healthcare Group Limited

Bloom

Banked

Covertech

Curve 1 Limited

Fairscore / Updraft

Floww

Fygo

General Internet

Global Digital Finance

Habito

Moneyfold

Monzo Bank

Open Banking Limited

PayPal

Paysafe

Pivotal Group

Santander Innoventures

WeCovr

Zopa

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 1

The specialists in multijurisdictional disputes at Hogan Lovells International LLP are 'fraud lawyers at the very top of the tree’, with ‘huge depth of experience and unparalleled competence at all seniorities'. The firm leverages its global platform to advise on a range of CIS work, particularly Russia and Ukraine related matters, as well as having a niche specialism in cases arising out of Libya. Practice head Crispin Rapinet has expertise in cases involving Asia and the Middle East. His team includes civil fraud specialist Michael Roberts; Chris Hardman, who has built a reputation as a go-to lawyer for CIS and Russia cases; Rebecca Wales, who handles complex CIS fraud matters; and Liam Naidoo, who was promoted to partner in 2020 and has considerable experience in multijurisdictional cases involving civil fraud and criminal elements.

Practice head(s):

Crispin Rapinet

Other key lawyers:

Michael Roberts; Chris Hardman; Rebecca Wales; Liam Naidoo; Oliver Humphrey; Rebecca Hing

Testimonials

‘Fraud lawyers at the very top of the tree. Huge depth of experience and unparalleled competence at all seniorities’.

‘Crispin Rapinet, Oliver Humphrey and Rebecca Hing are all standout performers’.

‘Great tactical judgment. They have seen it all before and therefore know exactly what to do’.

‘I have worked with this practice of Hogan Lovells for a long time and have always received a lot of attention, excellent advice. They are very client-oriented and are keen to explore and explain all possible options. They have been instrumental in delivering great results and navigating through complicated issues’.

‘The key individuals I worked with on the civil side are Chris Hardman, Richard Lewis and Rebecca Wales who consistently impressed me as lawyers of very high calibre, impeccable ethics and in-depth expertise’.

‘Standout expertise in complex CIS related litigation and particularly civil fraud and asset recovery’.

‘Richard Lewis is the lead partner and is a talented tactician in pressuring defendants to settle or compromise their positions’.

Key clients

Sergiy Taruta and Dargamo Holdings Limited

JSC CB PrivatBank

Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC)

FM Capital Partners Ltd

JSC BTA Bank

Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s seasoned practice is active across the spectrum of infrastructure work, with particular strength in international and multijurisdictional work, a specialism being African matters. The team has a forte for advising on regulated businesses, notably energy and international finance, as well as handling deals in the growing digital and smart infrastructure space, including fibre and smart meters. A distinguishing feature of the firm is its ability to provide ‘cradle to grave’ advice in the investor and funding arena, not least fund formation. Philip Robb is head of the global infrastructure, energy, resources and projects practice. His broad team of expertise includes Andrew Gallagher, who has significant financing experience in a range of greenfield and brownfield projects across the transport, energy and social infrastructure sectors; infrastructure M&A specialist Philip Brown; and Florian Agnel, who focuses on PPP, energy and secondary markets infrastructure.

Practice head(s):

Philip Robb

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Gallagher; Adrian Walker; Philip Brown; Jeremy Brittenden; Ciara Kennedy-Loest

Testimonials

‘They were able to recognise when the Client had the knowledge and follow and at other times when they needed to push the Client’. 

‘The way the core team engaged other parts of their business was excellent and ensured we were well supported’.

‘Jeremy Brittenden, Ciara Kennedy-Loest are expert is their field and at the same time prepared to listen to alternative views from their client’. 

‘They listened, they were firm where needed and provided clarity in an easy to understand format’.

Key clients

Mytilineos S.A.

Aéroports de Paris

Infracapital

St Helena Government

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

The Met Office

Affinity Water

PD Ports Group

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)

Veolia Environment

Akiem

Insurance > Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP covers the gamut of insurance work, with a particular strength in matters such as Part VII insurance business transfers, M&A, insurance business restructurings and finance transactions. On the regulatory front, the team is well-versed in economic and trade sanctions, as well as Brexit-related issues. The team is regularly instructed in high-profile mandates, as was evidenced when practice head Charles Rix advised Prudential on the £13bn domestication of its Hong Kong business. The group also includes Steven McEwan, who is an expert in pension de-risking transactions and reinsurance, and Tim Goggin, who specialises in Part VII transfers and M&A. Other names to note include Jamie Rogers, who advises clients on various regulatory and commercial issues, and Nicola Evans. Patrick Sarch joined from White & Case LLP.

Practice head(s):

Charles Rix

Other key lawyers:

Steven McEwan; Tim Goggin; Jamie Rogers; Patrick Sarch; Nicola Evans; Jonathan Russell; Clare Douglas

Testimonials

Tim Goggins is the only person I really know but he is a subject matter expert and clearly on top of all the detail and can give decent strategic advice when he understands the commercial imperative.’

Our experience with Hogan Lovells has consistently been to provide the best legal advice in a professional manner. Their innovation comes from their deep knowledge and understanding of the legal matters they are challenged to address.’

Subject matter expertise, responsiveness, high quality advice.’

Steven McEwan is a key man for our company – he is technically excellent but also knows his client really well. He supports us on many work matters concurrently and makes us think we are his only client. He is also pragmatic.’

Key clients

Tokio Marine

Canada Life

Sompo International

Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A.

Lloyds Banking Group/Scottish Widows

Phoenix Group

AXA

Royal London

Prudential

Standard Life

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 1

In a boost to Hogan Lovells International LLP’s London patent transactions capabilities, the firm recruited Joel Smith, former practice head at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. Strengths include R&D, collaboration and licensing deals across a broad range of sectors from pharmaceuticals and genetics to mining. The impressive litigation bench includes esteemed practice head Paul Brown, Stephen Bennett, Daniel Brook and Katie McConnell. The team has coordinated expansive, cross-border patent litigation for a number of life sciences innovators working on vaccines and anaemia treatments, with assistance from counsels Stella Wong and Emma Fulton. With a reputation for conducting highly technical FRAND litigation in the telecoms sector and elsewhere, Bennett recently led on an innovative patent infringement case relating to beauty product formulas. Displaying broad sector strength, the team also defended an infringement action relating to engineering technology in the aerospace sector.

Practice head(s):

Paul Brown

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Bennett; Daniel Brook; Katie McConnell; Stella Wong; Emma Fulton

Key clients

Merck Sharp and Dohme (MSD)

Akebia Therapeutics

Eli Lilly

HTC

Vodafone

Solvay

Olaplex

Astronics AES

Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare Tier 1

The ‘excellent team of healthcare specialists’ at Hogan Lovells International LLP acts for a ‘stellar client list of international companies’. The multi-disciplinary team advises on intellectual property, product liability, regulatory and compliance, transactional matters and data protection. Other specialisms include pricing, reimbursement and public law, as well as investigations advice and anti-bribery and corruption compliance, with product liability also a stand-out strength for the group. ‘Rising starMatthew Felwick has an excellent track record of handling complex, high-stakes product liability matters; he jointly heads the life sciences & healthcare UK practice alongside Stephen Bennett, who is highly regarded in running patent disputes and  Jane Summerfield. Summerfield is also co-head of the global life sciences and healthcare industry group and advises on matters including clinical trials, digital health and commercial contracts. Senior counsel John Meltzer is strongly recommended for life sciences product liability advice, advising on risk management and litigation. Senior associate Elise Martin also advises on product safety, as well as compliance and international regulation.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Bennett; Matthew Felwick; Jane Summerfield

Other key lawyers:

John Meltzer; Elise Martin

Testimonials

‘Hogan has routinely provided solutions oriented advice in an easy to action fashion. They have been reliable counterparts throughout our company’s growth process, providing support as and when needed. Their global network and ability to adapt to our new markets has been a tremendous aid.’

‘They are fast and pragmatic. They want us to succeed.’

‘Jane Summerfield offers commercially pragmatic solutions to cross-regional healthcare compliance issues.’

‘Matthew Felwick is the rising star of the team. He cut his teeth under John Meltzer for many years and is now leading the department with aplomb.’

 ‘John Meltzer is internationally recognised for his unrivalled skill in this area. He brings decades of experience acting for pharmaceutical, medical device and biotech sector clients.’

‘Excellent, well-balanced team, with real, rich experience and a dedicated in-house scientist.’

‘Elise Martin – highly efficient and fantastic to work with.’

‘Hogan Lovell’s team members are real experts in the life sciences & healthcare industry. They understand the issues we face and the context in which we navigate on a day to day basis.’

Key clients

Merck Sharp and Dohme (MSD)

Novartis

Akebia

Bristol Myers-Squibb

Alvotech

Alvogen Malta

Otsuka

Olaplex

Zimmer Biomet

Eli Lilly

Employment > Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 1

Katie Banks and Angela Dimsdale-Gill lead Hogan Lovells International LLP 's non-contentious and dispute resolution pension practices respectively. On the non-contentious side, the team's detailed and pragmatic approach to funding solutions, restructuring and refinancings saw the team advise on one of the largest buy-ins of the year for the Old British Steel Pension Scheme, insuring nearly £2bn in liabilities. The non-contentious practice offers cross-practice solutions working alongside capital markets and insurance teams to offer tailored pensions solutions. It is here where Claire Southern and Duncan Buchanan are of note for their 'excellent' advice. This strength is mirrored in disputes, as the tenacity and robustness of the specialist litigators resulted in a £2.6bn pension deficit recovery for Nortel, the largest debt recovery ever by a scheme trustee. Seen as industry leaders, the litigation team is well versed in high-stakes regulatory matters, professional negligence claims and rectification - domestic or multi-jurisdictional. In disputes, Matthew Bullen's practice primarily focuses on the former and Nicholas Heaton on the latter.

Practice head(s):

Katie Banks

Other key lawyers:

Duncan Buchanan; Claire Southern; Faye Jarvis; Edward Brown

Testimonials

‘The team are responsive and managed in their approach. They can be pragmatic both in terms of their approach and advice. They will also offer to deliver training on subjects at low cost to help promote the right approach. ‘

‘I am always impressed by the quality of the individuals at Hogan Lovells and the impressive coordination across the various teams make them a joy to deal with. Knowledge and commercial nous are excellent and delivered with a thoughtful client focus that I have found invaluable. ‘

‘My view of Hogan Lovells is that it is an extremely professional legal firm that looks after its clients with great care and attention. ‘

‘Katie Banks – exceptionally insightful and clear sighted, her breadth of knowledge and experience enables her to find solutions to apparently intractable problems. Someone you can trust to help guide you to the best outcome using a combination of creativity, clarity of thought and great stakeholder manager.’

‘Faye Jarvis has a very broad and extensive pensions experience. She always delivers within timescales however tight.

‘Edward Brown – hugely popular with the Trustees, he gives clear, thoughtful advice and is able to cut through the “noise” to identify the heart of an issue and swiftly resolve it. Able to deal with matters swiftly and yet still provide a balance and thoughtful response. Inspires the trust and confidence of the Trustees.’

‘Claire Southern –  From relentlessly reasonable, to tenacious, to being an out and out street fighter when the negotiations required it, her knowledge, commercial savvy and client focus proved absolutely invaluable to the trustees. I cannot recommend Claire highly enough, a top performer in my experience. ‘

Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 1

Katie Banks and Angela Dimsdale-Gill lead Hogan Lovells International LLP ‘s non-contentious and dispute resolution pension practices respectively. On the non-contentious side, the team’s detailed and pragmatic approach to funding solutions, restructuring and refinancings saw it advise on one of the largest buy-ins of the year for the Old British Steel Pension Scheme, insuring nearly £2bn in liabilities. The non-contentious practice offers cross-practice solutions working alongside capital markets and insurance teams to offer tailored pensions solutions. It is here where Claire Southern and Duncan Buchanan are  noted for their ‘excellent’ advice. This strength is mirrored in pensions disputes, with the tenacity of the litigators resulting in a £2.6bn pension deficit recovery for Nortel, one of the largest debt recoveries ever by a scheme trustee. Seen as industry leaders, the litigation team is well versed in high-stakes regulatory matters, professional negligence claims and rectification – domestic or multi-jurisdictional. In disputes, Matthew Bullen‘s practice primarily focuses on the former and Nicholas Heaton on the latter.

Practice head(s):

Angela Dimsdale Gill

Other key lawyers:

Nathan Sherlock; Nicholas Heaton; Matthew Bullen

Testimonials

‘The Hogan Lovells pensions dispute resolution offering is seriously impressive. No other firm can boast greater experience of the very heaviest cases under CPR Part 8 and within the Pension Regulator’s jurisdiction. They combine cutting-edge knowledge of the law with seriously robust litigation expertise to manage court and other litigation processes effectively.

‘There is a lot of experience in pension scheme litigation within the team. They put in a lot of effort, and leave no stone unturned. It can be an expensive process, but they produce results which others would not.’

‘Excellent pensions dispute resolution team led by the incomparable Angela Dimsdale-Gill. Handles the largest and highest profile of cases in a very practical and highly capable way. If you are looking for a team with the capacity to deal with every aspect of pensions litigation in the most confident, decisive and level-headed manner, you will not do better. Exceptionally hard-working department, with a signature commitment to achieving the very best results for the client.’

‘Matthew Bullen: clear sighted and articulate, Matthew’s clients benefit from his dedicated, supportive and responsive approach to any case. He is able to guide you through complex areas with a reassuring ease that makes dealing with challenging areas a great deal easier.’

‘Nicholas Heaton is absolutely first rate – superbly bright, quick, good to work with.’

‘Nathan Sherlock is technically first rate and very diligent and hard working.’

‘Angela Dimsdale Gill has vast experience and knowledge of pensions law and uses that to great effect for her clients. Her considered and thoughtful approach leads to insightful advice, which is coupled with clear communication leaving you with a sense of someone who has real mastery of her area. However despite her vast experience, there is no complacency here, Angela continues to strive to do her best for her clients and is always thinking and evolving her approach to deliver the best result.’

Key clients

HIG Capital and Silentnight Group Limited

ITV PLC

Representative beneficiary of the Airways Pension Scheme

Trustee of the Nortel Networks UK Pension Plan

The Board of the Pension Protection Fund

Insurance > Product liability: defendant Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP has a well-established and broad product safety, sustainability and liability practice which is sought after by manufacturers and retailers from the pharmaceutical, medical devices, cosmetics, tobacco, electrical, food and beverage, automotive and telecoms industries. It is regularly involved in multi-party litigation, including UK group actions and cross-border litigation, law reform programmes and regulatory advice. Technology expert Valerie Kenyon, experienced litigator Matthew Felwick and highly regarded senior counsel John Meltzer jointly lead the team. Other key individuals are consultant Lucy Ward and senior associates Elise Martin and Lookman Rawat.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Felwick; Valerie Kenyon; John Meltzer

Other key lawyers:

Lucy Ward; Elise Martin; Lookman Rawat

Testimonials

‘Hogan Lovells stands out for its outstanding experience, technical skill and innovation. The product liability team has long been a leader in its field with particular expertise in medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and IT and new technology risks. The in-house science team offers unrivalled internal expertise which allows for a unique understanding of the correlation between legal and expert issues. The firm has been at the forefront of innovation in the area in relation to litigation strategy and costs.’

‘Matthew Felwick co-leads the London team and has extensive experience in the area. He combines technical skill with an excellent understanding of his clients and their objectives. He is a team builder and motivator par excellence.’

‘We have had continuous support from Hogan Lovells in our case. The team has successfully addressed certain critical issues and avoided potentially significant consequences to our client.’

‘Matthew Felwik is very knowledgeable about product safety and liability issues. His analysis is very detailed and precise and his advice and suggestions are always sensible and practical.’

‘Depth of expertise. Clear and logically thorough communication style.’

‘The product liability team is stellar. It deserves its enviable reputation as one of the top practices in London. It is a team of fantastic, experienced litigators who are steeped in product liability expertise and able to cope with the most demanding litigation. They have developed an enviable cadre of clients to whom they offer superb service. They have the experience and the capacity to deal with the full range of litigation, from coroners’ inquests through to group litigation. This team fully deserves a top ranking in this field.’

‘John Meltzer is the doyen of the department. There is not much that he hasn’t seen. He is calm and authoritative, and a grand master tactician. He has particular experience in complex group litigation.’

‘Matthew Felwick is very committed and congenial. Elise Martin is highly efficient and fantastic to work with.’

Key clients

Zimmer Biomet

Ford

Novartis

Google

Viatris

NO&T

Nike

De’Longhi

Facebook

Vodafone

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

With 'outstanding' real estate insolvency specialist Mathew Ditchburn heading the team at Hogan Lovells International LLP, it is well placed to advise institutional landlords on tenant insolvencies, retail CVAs and rent arrears, and insolvent tenants on restructurings. As another key strength, Ditchburn regularly handles development disputes - an area of expertise he shares with the 'first-ratePaul Tonkin and senior associate Katie Dunn - such as those pertaining to rights to light and the implementation of vacant possession strategies. Together with senior counsel Nicholas Cheffings, Tonkin is also among the key contacts for rent review disputes, which the team undertakes for occupiers and landlords alike. This is rounded off with expertise in real estate portfolio litigation and telecoms sector issues faced by landowners. Clients, including real estate owners, fund managers and central London developers, also benefit from the firm's new transaction automation infrastructure, aimed at reducing administrative costs and enhancing data privacy.

Practice head(s):

Mathew Ditchburn

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Cheffings; Paul Tonkin; Katie Dunn; Tim Reid

Testimonials

The litigation team has always provided assured advice which inspires confidence in the business when deciding on a course of action.

One of the strongest property litigation teams in the market. The advice is always commercial and proportionate.

Nicholas Cheffings has set the ethos of this exceptional team and in my view is the best property litigation solicitor in London. I regularly recommend him for sensitive matters and he is one of the few solicitors I also recommend as an arbitrator.

Mathew Ditchburn is unstuffy, very able and very commercial.’

Paul Tonkin combines thoughtful legal creativity with a commercial head.

Excellent firm. Commercial and careful, thoughtful legal analysis.

Paul Tonkin is first rate.

Mathew Ditchburn and Paul Tonkin are outstanding.

Key clients

British Land

Landsec

The Crown Estate

Argent (King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership)

M&G Real Estate

Hammerson

Oxford University

Aberdeen Standard

HM Revenue and Customs

Berkeley Homes

Finance > Trade finance Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP is a key player in the global trade finance hub of London, from where the team works closely with offices in its global network to assist banks, commodities traders, multilateral institutions, regional and development banks, export credit agencies (ECAs) and governments with high-value transactions. In 2020, it handled major deals for, among others, Afreximbank, IFC and ING Bank. For Deutsche Bank, the firm handled an amendment and extension to a $1bn secured pre-export finance facility for KAZ Minerals group. Andrew Taylor and David Leggott (who is 'a master in this area') are leading lights in the market who cover complex trade finance across Europe, Africa, Russia and Latin America. 'Responsive, even-keeled, and with a team of junior and senior associates who are quite accomplished', among them senior associate Philip Beswick, who handles commodity finance structures, ECA-backed financing and general emerging market and development finance lending.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Taylor; David Leggott

Other key lawyers:

Philip Beswick

Testimonials

‘Hogan Lovells is always capable of proposing savvy professionals wherever the jurisdiction.’

‘They understand the commercial basis of the deal and ask material questions that elicit a wholesome view of the deal. David Leggott is a master in this and the output always captures all critical matters, which is a client’s dream.’

‘Responsive, even-keeled, and with a team of junior and senior associates who are quite accomplished and capable of carrying the ball themselves to a great extent.’

‘David Leggott has been a patient and professional adviser to the lenders. His tact and rock-solid expertise was extremely useful to untangle difficult discussions.’

‘David Leggott and Philip Beswick are recommended.’

‘As a client, we call on a combination of trade finance and securitisation. Andrew Taylor has collaborated seamlessly, and to good effect. The training that he has provided to juniors is impressive – their teams are prepared to act, and the mutual respect shown is genuine.’

Key clients

African Export-Import Bank

Citibank N.A.

Credit Agricole Leasing and Factoring (CAL&F)

Commerzbank

Deutsche Bank

United States Development Finance Corporation (DFC)

HSBC Bank plc

ING Bank N.V.

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Natixis

Proparco

Santander

Société Générale

UK Export Finance

UniCredit

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 2

Home to ‘expertise which covers all real estate areas’, Hogan Lovells International LLP leverages its extensive international footprint to act for institutional investors, sovereign wealth funds, private equity houses and family offices from all over the globe; the practice provides a full lifecycle service on asset management transactions and is also geared to support at all stages of significant projects, from site assembly issues and compulsory purchase powers through to the environmental and construction components. Jackie Newstead runs a notably broad practice with a distinguished level of expertise in the hotel and leisure space while Daniel Norris, the firm’s global head of real estate, specialises in direct and indirect investments, joint ventures and student housing assets. The ‘very responsiveOliver Chamberlain leads the national practice and along with Gill McGreevy, noted as ‘unyielding in pursuing her clients’ interests’, is among the key contacts for large-scale regeneration projects. Dion Panambalana provides the group with mixed-use urban and non-urban development expertise and is also an active player in the corporate occupier field where the caseload spans structured sale and leasebacks, headquarter relocations, pre-lets and the up-scaling of trophy buildings.

Practice head(s):

Jackie Newstead; Daniel Norris; Oliver Chamberlain

Other key lawyers:

Sian Owles

Testimonials

‘They provide sensible commercial advice across the board. Strong on document automation and assisting with client billing processes.’

‘Gill McGreevy has great attention to detail and is unyielding in pursuing her client’s interests.’

‘Daniel Norris – I have no words to explain how satisfied we are with his work as partner. Just perfect. He find solutions, works quickly and efficiently, and manages his teams perfectly.’

‘I worked closely with Victoria Sutcliffe on a landmark deal for our mutual client. Victoria’s knowledge, experience, strategic thinking, recollection on matters that had been going on for many years was outstanding. Nothing was ever too much, she would put the time in, work the hours, update the client, provide comprehensive overviews when required, there were never any corners cut – her work was exceptional.’

‘Nicholas Roberts is very responsive and provides sensible advice.’

‘The team clearly communicate internally and ensure the right resource is placed on it and the client is aware.’

‘I have found when the commercial pressure has increased the support given by the individuals gets stronger and gives more reassurance.’

‘Dion Panambalana – pragmatic, very responsive and approachable. Oliver Chamberlain; again, very responsive and gives good practical advice.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard

British Land

CapitaLand

CCLA Investment Management

Columbia Threadneedle

Landsec

LaSalle Investment Management (as Fund Manager for Coal Pension Properties)

M&G Real Estate (Prudential)

Pontegadea

Shaftesbury

Electra

The Crown Estate

U+I Group Plc

Dispute resolution > Competition litigation Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP is regularly involved in the largest disputes in the UK competition market, where it advises multinational companies in claims relating to abuses of dominance and cartels, particularly in relation to the financial services, telecoms, energy, manufacturing and technology sectors. Specialist competition litigator Nicholas Heaton has developed expertise in representing defendants in the largest cartel damages claims in the UK; he has featured in ground-breaking cases at the CAT and High Court for over 12 years. In one matter, Heaton assisted Korean Air and Air Canada with defending claims relating to the air cargo cartel. Other key team members include Christopher Hutton, who recently took over the leadership of the London competition team, as well as counsel Paul Chaplin.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Heaton

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Hutton; Paul Chaplin

Testimonials

Strength in all aspects of competition work, including strong litigation capability led by Nick Heaton.’

Key clients

Vodafone

Air Canada

Korean Air

Safran

Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 2

With experience leveraging its connections with engineering firms, Hogan Lovells International LLP is well regarded for advising contractors, consultants and employers on construction issues. The team handles work across a number of sectors, with particular expertise in aerospace, energy, transport, and infrastructure projects. It also offers a strong international practice, supporting international clients on UK developments and vice versa. Gillian Thomas leads the team, acting on a number of high-profile urban regeneration projects and specialising in renewable energy. Also recommended are Adrian Walker and Jeremy Brittenden, both of whom provide strategic advice on public and private sector infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Gillian Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Walker; Jeremy Brittenden

Key clients

Argent

King’s Cross Central LP

Mytilineos

Paradise Circus Ltd Partnership

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP offers the full range of transfer pricing advice, including transfer pricing reports, tax efficient supply chain management, tax valuations, financial modelling, and transfer pricing compliance and disputes. The team advises clients in a range of sectors including the real estate, financial services, insurance and pharmaceuticals industries. Practice head Elliot Weston specialises in transactional tax issues and Fiona Bantock focuses on employee benefits and executive compensation tax. Karen Hughes is also noted and has a strong M&A, restructuring and international tax planning practice.

Practice head(s):

Elliot Weston

Other key lawyers:

Karen Hughes; Philip Harle; Aaron Burchell; Fiona Bantock

Testimonials

We turn to Hogan Lovells for almost all of our major tax advice. Partner-led, more creative, better service, and significantly better value-for-money.’

Elliot Weston has the ability, unique among tax advisers for big corporates, to present his advice in a digestible, user-friendly way. He does not equivocate and is frequently able to provide his 80% view on the fly, which is immensely valuable in many instances. He is smart, responsive, creative, and clear. I would not hesitate to recommend him and frequently do.’

The HL real estate tax team are exceptionally strong technically on UK tax matters and always come with well-considered conclusions. HL are clearly one of the leaders in RE Tax matters and provide good value, commercial advice.’

Elliot Weston leads the team very well, always listening closely to client needs and delivering appropriately. He is very well supported by Aaron Burchell and other senior members of the team. The team are well represented across the industry lobbying groups.’

Finance > Derivatives and structured products Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP is 'notably versatile, with derivatives lawyers able to apply loan and DCM drafting and techniques in hybrid and structured transactions'. Whether in transactional or regulatory matters, the firm is heavily involved in high-value, cross-border work and its expertise spans the full spectrum of derivatives transactions, though it is particularly strong in structured finance and structured finance-related derivatives, having established and updated many securitisation and repackaging programmes containing swaps and repos. Practice head James Doyle is 'well experienced, familiar with market practice and very client-focused and responsive' and clients note that 'his commercial sixth sense has been proven correct time after time'. He recently advised BNP Paribas on the annual update of its groundbreaking programme for secured structured products through a Luxembourg securitisation company. The 'extremely organised and efficient' Jennifer O’Connell is currently assisting an African DFI with IBOR remediation across their derivatives, debt issuances and lending activity. Kit Johnson specialises in corporate trustee matters.

Practice head(s):

James Doyle

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer O’Connell; Kit Johnson

Testimonials

‘As regards the London office of Hogan Lovells, James Doyle is a standout partner to be mentioned in respect of all derivatives and structured products – he is well experienced and familiar with market practice and very client-focused and responsive.’

‘Hogan Lovells is an excellent firm for French banks, since they have great lawyers who are dual qualified. You do not need to engage a separate English and French lawyer, since they always have somebody excellent who is dual-qualified.’

‘James Doyle is a highly technical English lawyer with great experience.’

‘The Hogan Lovells London team is notably versatile, with derivatives lawyers able to apply loan and DCM drafting and techniques in hybrid and structured transactions. Their approach to keeping associates out of narrow product silos is clearly paying off. Separately I would also call out HL’s new billing tracker tool for clients on larger projects, which is informative and intuitive.’

‘We routinely work with James Doyle and he runs a fantastic team.’

‘Hogan Lovells is our long-standing adviser – over 12 years – on derivatives, debt capital markets and structured products. We particularly value the seamless integration of other teams into this team’s work – be that the aviation finance, project finance, Islamic finance, US regulatory or litigation practices. This is a well-resourced team both per se and in terms of firm-wide support and the international network of offices. The entire team demonstrably values its long-term relationship with us a client, even though we are far from their biggest client. This is a familiar, friendly and engaged team and we particularly enjoy instructing them.’

‘Jennifer O’Connell is extremely organised and efficient and very involved in the matters with her team. She is proactive in providing excellent advice and being very responsive to client needs.’

‘James Doyle is the standout partner. Quite simply, the commercial teams will not accept any other partner being instructed on their transactions. Highly intelligent, yet accessible and approachable. Equally capable as an homme d’affaires to our senior leadership team or providing training to junior staff. Excellent track-record on nascent or unprecedented structures, James’s commercial sixth sense has been proven correct time after time. A courteous yet tough negotiator with an inherent understanding of our relationships with counterparties, customers and stakeholders. Universally regarded as a safe pair of hands – James’s involvement/name adds weight to credit committee submissions!’

Key clients

BNP Paribas

Societe Generale

Credit Agricole

African-Export Import Bank

Natixis

RiverRock European Capital Partners

Jaguar Land Rover

Bank of New York Mellon

Goldman Sachs

Industry focus > Emerging markets Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP brings together expertise in banking work, infrastructure and energy projects, litigation, capital markets issues, restructurings and corporate transactions to support clients in its emerging markets work. The firm frequently advises commercial banks, project companies and sponsors on ECA-backed projects, as well as advising on commodities financing transactions and cross-border arbitrations. Trade finance partner Andrew Taylor co-ordinates the emerging markets group, of which infrastructure and energy specialist Adrian Walker is a key member. In 2021, the firm hired litigator Kevin Lloyd and his team from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, which added expertise in emerging markets work for oil traders. Senior counsel Andrew Carey is known for his work on impact financings, and global corporate practice head Andrew Skipper leads the dedicated Africa group, which includes more than 150 lawyers across the firm.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Walker; Kevin Lloyd; Andrew Carey; Andrew Skipper

Key clients

IFC

Shah Deniz

United States Development Finance Corporation (DFC)

Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries (Norfund)

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

European Commission

Africa Finance Corporation

Bank of Ghana

BP

Qatar Petroleum

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 2

The financial services litigation and contentious regulatory department at Hogan Lovells International LLP is most known for acting for high-profile financial institutions in a wide variety of investigations and enforcement matters, leveraging a strong international office network that gives it a real strength in cross-border instructions. Practice head Philip Parish has significant recent experience in benchmark- and exchange rate-related cases, representing institutions and senior individuals. Elaine Penrose has significant experience leading internal and regulator-initiated investigations. Arwen Handley has a caseload that involves market abuse cases.

Practice head(s):

Philip Parish

Other key lawyers:

Elaine Penrose; Louise Lamb; Arwen Handley; Jennifer Dickey; Hannah Piper

Testimonials

Strong team, especially good for retail-related banking and alternative banking services.’

The firm is very strong in banking and finance litigation and in financial services, with many of the largest financial institutions being among the firm’s major clients.’

Arwen Handley – very knowledgeable in the area, having worked for a number of years at a major investment bank, and a delight to work with.’

Louise Lamb – great at consumer credit. Hannah Piper – very knowledgeable and hard worker.’

Very well-established in the market, a significant number of partners with expertise in the area, very personable and relatively flexible on fees.’

Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP advises on projects ranging from management agreements, to hotel portfolio sales and purchases, to new developments and financings, with its client base including hotel investors, developers, financiers and operators. Jackie Newstead is the firm's global head of real estate; she is highly recommended for commercial real estate and has extensive experience in acquisitions, lettings, hotels and finance. The practice has a well-regarded hotel finance team, acting for borrowers and lenders, such as debt funds and banks. It has a strong record of both domestic and pan-European transactions. Drafting and restructuring of management and operational agreements and hotel-related disputes are other core areas of work.

Practice head(s):

Jackie Newstead

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Flemming

Key clients

AFC Wimbledon

British Land

Fattal Group

Gorgeous Smiling Hotels

Jury’s Inns

Kennedy Wilson

Landsec

M&G Real Estate

Millenium & Copthorne

Novum

Shiva Hotels

Sonder

Valor Hospitality Partners

William Pears Group

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 2

Consistently sought out for high-value, complex disputes, Hogan Lovells International LLP's 'very strong international arbitration practice' has a notable focus on the energy, mining, financial services, telecoms, technology and life sciences sectors. Clients particularly benefit from the team's global reach and provision of multi-jurisdictional and multi-lingual advice in international cases; the group has extensive experience in matters involving Africa, the Middle East, Russia and the CIS. Natural resources arbitration expert Kieron O’Callaghan heads up the London international arbitration practice, which showcases Michael Davison, who has over 30 years' experience in major arbitrations; and Africa disputes co-ordinator Nathan Searle. Further experienced practitioners include Ben Hornan, whose practice focuses on oil and gas, mining, and financial services disputes; Annabel Maltby, who was promoted to counsel in January 2021; and associate Ademola Bamgbose, who is a key member of the global Africa practice.

Practice head(s):

Kieron O’Callaghan

Other key lawyers:

Michael Davison; Nathan Searle; Ben Hornan; Annabel Maltby; Ademola Bamgbose

Testimonials

The firm has a very strong international arbitration practice, and we have been able to maintain good communications with them throughout the pandemic.

Great for their excellent grasp of the key issues, thoroughness, and understanding of complex matters.

Good mix of language, technical and sectoral skills, along with common sense that is combined with toughness when required.

The team is technically strong, but also covers for each other so we always have a full team available; and they collaborate in a way that they feel like part of our internal team.

Kieron O’Callaghan and Ben Hornan are standout partners in the dispute resolution department, especially as regards international arbitration disputes. They are savvy and commercially-minded disputes lawyers who never lose sight of the need to find the best way of achieving clients’ objectives.

Ben Hornan displays an exceptional ability to absorb and process large volumes of complex information, and turn them into coherent and compelling case submissions.

Nathan Searle and Michael Davison have stood out for their knowledge, availability, patience, and for being able to speak clearly to non-legal internal stakeholders – a great plus.

Nathan Searle is accessible, capable, even-headed, and clear in his use of language.

Key clients

The AES Corporation

Bank of Ghana

Investment fund formation and management > Listed funds Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP advises institutional fund managers on listings in the UK, as well as Luxembourg, Channel Island, Irish and Bermuda listings. The team, which undertakes a mix of issuer and underwriter work, was heavily involved in listing renewable energy and infrastructure products in 2020. The team is led by Erik Jamieson, who has great experience of listings in key jurisdictions. Another name to note is Jonathan Baird, who is qualified in New York and Illinois, as well as England and Wales. Jeremy Pickles is noted for his infrastructure, reinsurance and real estate expertise, advising on a number of high-value listings within these asset classes.

Practice head(s):

Erik Jamieson

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Baird; Jeremy Pickles

Key clients

3i Infrastructure Limited

Numis Securities Limited

Investec Bank Plc

Liberum Securities Limited

JLEN Environmental Assets Limited

Stifel Nicolaus (Europe) Limited

Life Settlement Assets PLC

Clipstone Industrial PLC

HICL Infrastructure Company PLC

International Public Partnerships Limited

JP Morgan Cazenove

Projects, energy and natural resources > Mining and minerals Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP's full-service mining group has 'great cross-border strength', and advises on project development matters, financings and international acquisitions. Adrian Walker heads the team and handles mining and construction-related projects across emerging markets. He is supported by Arun Velusami, who is singled out for his expertise in African-focused mandates. On the international arbitration side, Kieron O’Callaghan heads up the group and is active in mining disputes. The group also has transactional strength.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Walker

Other key lawyers:

Ben Hornan; Kieron O’Callaghan; Arun Velusami 

Testimonials

‘Great cross-border strength, with a very strong client base in Russia and Eastern Europe. The firm has significant depth in its international expertise.’

‘Kieron O’Callaghan and Ben Hornan are standout partners in the dispute resolution department, especially as regards international arbitration disputes. They are savvy and commercially minded litigators who never lose sight of the need to find the best ways of achieving clients’ objectives.’

The team offers in-depth knowledge of the markets, excellent strategic thinking and truly international coverage, which is essential where many disputes are arbitrated in London under LCIA rules but are for clients around the globe.’

‘Kieron O’Callaghan provides strategic direction as well as a detailed appreciation of the markets and a keen sense of the needs of the client. Ben Hornan works extremely well in partnership with Kieron, being the day-to-day point of contact for clients and getting into the detail of their cases, what they want to achieve and the strategy.’

Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP is singled out for its excellent energy arbitration team headed by ‘standout partner’ Kieron O’Callaghan and is able to handle significant cross-border disputes for leading oil and gas clients. The practice is jointly overseen by Ben Sulaiman and Sarah Shaw (who co-leads the global energy group) and handles an assortment of large project financing deals and transactional matters across the Middle East and Africa.  On the disputes side, Ben Hornan is also of note and has sector strength across energy and mining. At the associate level, Amy Cleaves advises on LNG sector work, international projects, and energy transition financing.

Practice head(s):

Ben Sulaiman; Sarah Shaw

Other key lawyers:

Kieron O’Callaghan; Ben Hornan; Amy Cleaves

Testimonials

‘The disputes team offers in-depth knowledge of the markets, excellent strategic thinking, and truly international coverage – essential where many of the disputes are arbitrated in London under LCIA rules but are for clients around the globe .’

‘ Kieron O’Callaghan has a detailed appreciation of the markets and a keen sense of the needs of the client. ‘

‘ Ben Hornan, an up and coming partner who works extremely well in partnership with Kieron’

‘I would like to commend the consultancy provided by Ben Sulaiman and members of his team’

‘Great crossborder strength and a very strong client base in Russia and Eastern Europe. The firm is particularly strong in international arbitration disputes, with considerable expertise across all major institutional arbitral rules.’

‘Kieron O’Callaghan and Ben Hornan are standout partners in the dispute resolution department, especially as regards international arbitration disputes. They are savvy and commercially-minded litigators who never lose sight of the need to find the best ways of achieving clients’ objectives.’

‘Amy Cleaves has an excellent reputation within our business. Our partners will request her for every transaction, because we know she’s diligent, fast, understands the problems she’s dealing with, and kind. I have recommended her a number of times and will continue to do so.’

Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 2

The power practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP is regularly called in for advice on large UK and international project financing work by sponsors and lenders. Jointly managed by head of power, renewables and energy transition Alex Harrison and Sarah Shaw, who is global co-head of the energy and natural resources group, the team has vast expertise acting in emerging markets across renewable energy, oil and gas, and infrastructure matters, while energy transition is another strength. Arun Velusami is the key contact for Africa-focused projects and is noted for handling global mining work. Senior associate Shah Jahan Khandokar leads the firm’s 'Global Energy Studio', an energy industry team think tank.

Practice head(s):

Alex Harrison; Sarah Shaw

Other key lawyers:

Arun Velusami; Angus Rankin; Shah Jahan Khandokar

Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m) Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP 's private equity team has been bolstered by the return of partners Ed Harris  and Leanne Moezi in London and Adam Brown in Northern Virginia from Paul Hastings LLP. It is active across a range of mid-market PE transactional work, working for buyout houses and other clients active in sectors such as infrastructure, real estate, and financial services.

Testimonials

‘A very strong transactional team led by Ed Harris and Adam Brown. Driven, commercial, extremely responsive and with a client-first mindset. Use their people effectively and place a value on diversity and inclusion.  Focus on getting the deal done.’

‘Ed Harris – a critical relationship for us. Trusted advisor to the business, with deep transactional experience across a range of industries and sectors. Respected by counterparties and intermediaries. Leads the team very well. Adam Brown is calm, measured and highly responsive, works tirelessly to get the deal done. Spots and resolves issues effectively. Assertive with counterparties but with a collaborative attitude.’

‘We value the strong experience of Ed Harris and his team. Very good negotiator. Not details picky but more business oriented and efficient.’

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 2

The 'absolutely brilliant team' at Hogan Lovells International LLP has substantial expertise in handling pension-related professional negligence claims. The team is also active in claims against law firms, as well as financial institutions. The team's reach in this sphere is international. Nicholas Heaton leads the practice and has great experience in helping clients to bring or defend claims against solicitors, accountants and consultants. Angela Dimsdale Gill holds particular expertise in the pensions sector and has been noted as 'the absolute doyenne of the industry'. Nathan Sherlock is also a notable team member.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Heaton

Other key lawyers:

Angela Dimsdale Gill; Nathan Sherlock

Testimonials

‘Absolutely brilliant team.’

‘The Hogan Lovells professional negligence offering is seriously impressive, particularly when defending claims against solicitors in the pensions field or wider financial services sectors. They combine supremely sharp knowledge of the law with utterly resolute defence of their clients’ interests. One of the toughest firms to be against in this sector. They responded to the pandemic with great efficiency, not breaking step for a moment in the major pieces of litigation we were working on together.’

‘The team has great attention to detail and an ability to find angles that others might miss, even in cases that might look like losers. They pay meticulous attention to the quantification of claims which is often where a case is won and lost.’

‘Very collaborative, extremely thorough and a huge amount of relevant experience.’

‘Angela Dimsdale Gill is a very experienced litigator and a great strategist. Nathan Sherlock is her hardworking and able associate. ‘

‘Practice head, Nicholas Heaton, is one of the brightest lawyers in the sector. He just understands how all of the legal arguments fit together, giving him a truly impressive strategic vision. He is utterly unflappable and doesn’t fall prey to knee-jerk reactions when new issues are raised. He checks the facts, tests the legal conclusions and delivers a measured solution. He entirely merits his listing as a leading individual.’ 

‘Angela Dimsdale Gill is the absolute doyenne of the industry. Amazing thinker and able to cut to the issues very quickly. Able to understand and get into the figures as well as the law. Great at taking clients through the salient issues in an easy to understand way.’

‘Nathan Sherlock is extremely competent and diligent.’

Key clients

ENRC

Real estate > Property finance Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP's real estate finance team is noted for its ability to act for a diverse range of lender and borrower clients, including private equity funds, banks, debt funds, family offices and entrepreneurs. It is active in completing restructurings, development finance and acquisition finance mandates in the UK and across Europe. The 'very practicalAndrew Flemming leads the practice, with expertise in handling UK-based and European transactions. The 'commercial, concise and clearJo Solomon is also skilled in advising both lenders and borrowers, including private equity firms and investment banks. Katie Gill has a particular focus on acquisition and cross-border finance.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Flemming

Other key lawyers:

Jo Solomon; Katie Gill

Testimonials

‘The team have a great understanding of real estate and the key points which are important to lenders.’

‘Very commercial. Strength in depth, with senior associates who are very strong as well as at partner level.’

‘Experienced team with strong capabilities across all real estate sectors. A cohesive team with appropriate staffing. Partner engagement throughout with strong support by senior associates.’

‘An experienced team that is well supported, able to meet timelines efficiently and looks to provide pragmatic and solution-oriented advice.’

‘Andrew Flemming is very practical and has a calm authority.’

‘Jo Solomon is commercial, concise and clear.’

Key clients

HSBC

Hines European Core Fund

Citi

JP Morgan

DRC Capital

Kingdom Holding Company

Kingdom Hotel Investments

Henderson Global Investors

U + I Group Plc

Cain International

Brent Cross South Limited Partnership

Argent Related

Macquarie

Columbia Threadneedle

Cheyne Capital

M&G

Investment fund formation and management > Real estate funds Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP advises high-profile fund managers on a variety of real estate funds matters, working with open and closed-ended funds, both listed and private. In addition to undertaking fund formation work, the team also handles corporate and financing matters by working in collaboration with other practitioners across the wider firm, as well as managing other complex regulatory arrangements, such as for fund mergers and joint ventures. The practice is led by Nicholas Holman, who is a regular adviser to institutional managers on fund formation and management arrangements. Sian Owles specialises in indirect investments, including club deals and joint ventures, alongside downstream investments.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Holman

Other key lawyers:

Sian Owles

Testimonials

The team take the time to get to know their clients well and understand the client’s needs, pressures, ways of working. Hogan Lovells are very commercial in their approach to drafting and fee discussions.

Nicholas Holman is great to work with – very experienced and knowledgeable, personable, enjoyable to work with and to have a general chat with. He is commercial in his approach, understands our business and way of working extremely well.

Key clients

M&G Real Estate

Columbia Threadneedle

Nippon Life International

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Russell Investments

British Land

Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP ‘boasts incredible bench strength’. Its team includes a number of lawyers with past experience within the UK’s key regulators – in particular, Claire Lipworth is a former Chief Criminal Counsel at the FCA. The group is excellent at assisting companies and boards in managing regulatory risks and exposures across multiple jurisdictions; it has particularly deep sector-specific expertise in the life sciences and financial services industries. In addition to department head Crispin Rapinet’s own extensive bribery-related experience, the team’s cross-border firepower is further enhanced by the firm’s global footprint, particularly when it comes to matters in CIS and Middle Eastern countries. Recently promoted partner Liam Naidoo focuses on compliance issues involving corruption allegations.

Practice head(s):

Crispin Rapinet

Other key lawyers:

Claire Lipworth; Liam Naidoo; Michael Roberts; Maggie Christiansen; Reuben Vandercruyssen

Testimonials

‘Hogan Lovells boasts incredible bench strength and a result-oriented team. They have deep expertise in understanding the global impact of business crimes risks for companies and ensure that they weave strategies to address the same. The team is particularly good for cross-border internal investigations.’

‘Always at the cutting edge of difficult litigation, often with clients from CIS countries.’

‘Excellent responsiveness, politeness, knowledge and pragmatism.’

‘Claire Lipworth is enormously experienced, with a really rounded ability to advise, having been both a prosecutor and defence lawyer. She is excellent at leading a team and working with other lawyers and has an enviable ability to explain difficult concepts clearly to clients.’

‘Claire Lipworth is straightforward and great at delivering difficult advice.’

‘Liam Naidoo is very enthusiastic. Stands out as a highly skilled practitioner, with phenomenal advocacy skills and a solid understanding of global business crimes.’

‘Crispin Rapinet is experienced and provides a safe pair of hands.’

‘Crispin Rapinet totally inspired confidence in me from my very first discussion with him on a completely complex international situation. His advice was instrumental at our board-level recommendations.’

Key clients

Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation

FM Capital Partners

AmerisourceBergen Corporation

Finance > Securitisation Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP 'presents a deep knowledge of trade receivables or auto securitisation which relies on outstanding individuals', remarks one client. Another notes that the practice, led by Julian Craughan, who focuses on deals involving consumer assets including residential, automotive and lease receivable securitisation, and Tauhid Ijaz, whose broad practice spans portfolio sales, restructurings and mortgage-backed deals, is 'extraordinarily collaborative'. The firm has established itself as a market leader in automotive and lease transactions, though it has continued to expand its presence in other areas, notably RMBS transactions. Craughan recently acted for UK mortgage lender Enra Specialist Finance in its £268m debut RMBS backed by second-lien mortgages and first-lien buy-to-let mortgages. Kit Johnson advises corporate finance trustees across the range of structured finance products. US-qualified partner Dennis Dillon 'takes the time to explain very clearly the issues and drives the discussions by proposing different options'. He primarily handles trade receivables securitisations and commercial paper conduits.

Practice head(s):

Julian Craughan; Tauhid Ijaz

Other key lawyers:

Kit Johnson; Dennis Dillon

Testimonials

‘The team is very strong, presenting a deep knowledge of trade receivables or auto securitisation which relies on outstanding individuals. The philosophy of the team is to make deals happen in an orderly manner. This is possible by avoiding extreme positions and rather proposing fair compromises, whether they are advising the corporates or the banks.’

‘Dennis Dillon is certainly one of the most appreciated securitisation partners on the market. He takes the time to explain very clearly the issues and drives the discussions by proposing the different options available, giving fair thoughts about the market practice (based on an extensive track record) and always making clear his recommendations.’

‘We work across multiple practices and for any given transaction we engage four different practices. Hogan Lovells displays a very professional and efficient way to collaborate internally over the practices with a shared goal of solving any issues and getting the transaction across the finishing line.’

‘The partners and associates are all very motivated, engaged and knowledgeable. They are also solutions-oriented.’

‘There is strong partner involvement in transactions and good strength of associates beneath partner level. A consistent team – the same individuals have worked on our securitisation arrangements since 2015. They offer to discuss innovative fee solutions.’

‘Julian Craughan stands out for his knowledge and understanding of our business, his approachable manner and excellent drafting skills, and the feeling that he is an extended part of the team.’

‘An extraordinarily collaborative team. Despite the thorough knowledge and strong competencies of individuals, lawyers at Hogan Lovells don’t hesitate to bring colleagues / other partners into the deal team to maximise both capabilities and availability for their client. As a result, the Hogan Lovells team stands out as one global team and go-to firm, rather than a list of individual partners.’

‘There are two qualities that makes Hogan Lovells stand out from the competition. Firstly, experience. In the trade receivables securitisation space, for instance, I haven’t come across any partner with as much as experience and broad based knowledge as Dennis Dillon, who is not only able to speak to the law that he is qualified in, but also has a very deep knowledge of practices in many other jurisdictions. Secondly, respect. Working with Hogan Lovells is genuinely a pleasant experience. Every time we work with Hogan Lovells, the teams demonstrate the highest ethics and the utmost respect to all parties involved. Whilst they would frequently have reasons to, they never look down on others or show any arrogance.’

Key clients

Volkswagen Financial Services (UK) Limited

Zopa Limited

HSBC Bank PLC

Banco Santander S.A

Citigroup Global Markets Limited

BNP Paribas

Merrill Lynch International

Standard Chartered Bank

Brookfield

Enra Group Limited

Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP displays extensive tax litigation and investigations experience, particularly in cases that involve HMRC enquiries. The firm advises a range of US groups in the real estate, insurance and technology sectors. Key areas of focus for the practice include corporation tax, VAT, customs duty, excise duties, personal tax and stamp duties. Rupert Shiers leads the UK and European tax litigation practice.

Practice head(s):

Rupert Shiers

Other key lawyers:

Katharine Crossman; Katie Price; Suzanne Hill

Finance > Transport finance and leasing Tier 2

Led from London by Robert Fugard and able to tap into broader firmwide resources spread across Europe and the US, Hogan Lovells International LLP's 'dynamic' three-partner team provides a 'thoughtful and flexible approach' to clients implementing a myriad of commercial debt, ECA-backed and capital markets funded solutions to facilitate the acquisition, financing and disposal of aircraft. The scope of the client base, which includes lessors, lenders and airlines, ensures that the firm has an excellent perspective of client needs and a broader knowledge of the anatomy of a deal, in both a restructuring and new money context. Fugard continues to handle a considerable amount of work for Norwegian Air Shuttle, including in the context of its use of Irish examinership, US Chapter 7 and UK insolvency proceedings in order to restructure its business. 'Highly experienced and knowledgeable but attentive to the day-to-day needs of his clients', Richard Goss has built up a strong reputation among lessors, which have appreciated his work on portfolio transactions and new operating leases, as well as more recently helping to guide them through the economic travails imposed on them by the pandemicAlexander Premont, who splits his time between the firm's Paris and London offices, advises lenders and borrowers on ship financing mandates and is also a key member of the overarching asset finance team that includes rail expert Charles Ford.

Practice head(s):

Robert Fugard

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Premont; Richard Goss; Shalini Bhuchar; Russell Green; Faraz Naqvi; Charles Ford; Stephanie Saunders

Testimonials

This is a hands-on, relationship based and dynamic practice. The team offers a thoughtful and flexible approach with a great ability to meet the bespoke needs of their clients and tailor their work accordingly.’

Richard Goss is a great embodiment of Hogan Lovells’ approach, in being highly experienced and knowledgeable but attentive to the day-to-day needs of his clients and always available for direct contact and consistent but tailored service with a refreshing approachability.’

Richard Goss displays excellent client care.’

Faraz Naqvi is the very essence of a rising star. He clearly loves his work and has an uncommon depth of knowledge to match. He anticipates client needs and offers practical solutions without ever needing to be chased. He also understands how to appropriately match his style on individual deals to the stance of the business partners of his clients.’

Stephanie Saunders – rising star, calm and collected manner, commercial advice and very likeable.’

Key clients

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA/Arctic Aviation Assets DAC

Standard Chartered Bank/Pembroke Capital

Rolls Royce & Partners Finance

Icelandair ehf.

Babcock Mission Critical Services

UBS AG

AMCK Aviation (formerly Accipiter and MCAP)

Minsheng Commercial Aviation

Société Générale

Natixis

Bank of China Aviation (BOCA)

African Export-Import Bank

Volotea

Rail Baltica

Cross London Trains Limited

Corporate and commercial > VAT and indirect tax Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP's indirect tax team is 'highly efficient' and has a 'broad range of expertise', particularly in relation to VAT and SDLT issues on investment funds, financing and real estate transactions. Indirect tax litigation is another key area of work and the team has handled cases which have reached the Court of Appeal and CJEU. Each individual in the team has a sector of strength; Karen Hughes has a strong biotech background, Phillip Harle focuses on the financial services sector, and practice head Rupert Shiers, who is a 'strategic thinker' and has 'good knowledge of HMRC', specialises in advising clients in the technology sector.

Practice head(s):

Rupert Shiers

Other key lawyers:

Karen Hughes; Phillip Harle

Testimonials

A very high-quality team with a broad range of expertise. Highly efficient and effective in the context of litigation.’

Rupert Shiers has a huge amount of knowledge and experience and is a great strategic thinker in litigation.’

The team are responsive, helpful and clear about VAT law and processes, and have been very supportive and proactive in progressing our appeals through the judicial process. Turnaround time on formal documents needed for our appeals has been exceptionally good.’

Rupert Shiers offers clear and concise explanations and has very good knowledge of HMRC and the courts’ practice and outcomes in cases similar to ours. He provides very pragmatic advice.’

Projects, energy and natural resources > Water Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s water and utilities practice group in London leads and works with other offices across the network on global projects. It combines sector expertise with strengths in disciplines such as finance, corporate, litigation and regulation. The group handles utility regulation matters, procurement work and competition investigations for large national water companies. Counsel Charles Ford, who leads the team, advises on corporate and finance transactions, as well as regulatory issues. Mark Jones and Julian Craughan focus on competition matters and capital markets transactions respectively. Philip Robb is another key individual.

Practice head(s):

Charles Ford

Other key lawyers:

Mark Jones; Julian Craughan; Philip Robb

Finance > Acquisition finance Tier 3

Benefiting from longstanding core banking relationships and also at the vanguard of the flourishing European direct lending market, Hogan Lovells International LLP is seen with great regularity as lender's counsel on leveraged finance deals within the upper to mid-market, in particular. Team head Paul Mullen and Jo Robinson have been instrumental to the firm's success in the non-bank lending space and are both extremely well-versed across the principal financing products deployed by these funds, including in relation to unitranche, second lien and PIK facilities. The team's core banking ties also enable it to effectively provide advice on the accompanying super senior bank debt (often in the form of working capital facilities) which sits alongisde the principal debt provided by the funds. As part of his wide-ranging finance offering, Matthew Cottis regularly advises banks and borrowers on cross-border acquisition financing mandates. Although she has more managerial duties to attend to following her appointment to Managing Partner of the UK offices, Penny Angell remains active on the fee-earning front, including as it relates to work for borrowers and lenders on insurance-related acquisition finance mandates.

Practice head(s):

Paul Mullen

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Cottis; Penny Angell; Jo Robinson; Francis Booth

Testimonials

The team has good quality people, who are approachable and display a  commercial approach.’

Paul Mullen, Francis Booth and Penny Angell are stand-out partners to me. All always available and helpful, strong technical abilities.’

Key clients

HSBC

Ares Management

BNP Paribas

Société Générale

Intermediate Capital Group

Five Arrows

Standard Chartered Bank

Tikehau Investment Managers

Park Square

Pemberton Asset Management

Transport > Aviation Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP's team advises on the full range of regulatory, development, infrastructure, and finance matters, with specific expertise in airport acquisitions and financing. Niche expertise includes competition matters involving take-off and landing slot allocations. Practice head and finance partner Andrew Gallagher specialises in infrastructure acquisitions and refinancing, as well as project finance, while counsel Charles Ford focuses on European airport acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Gallagher; Charles Ford

Key clients

Aeroports de Paris

St Helena Government

Finance > Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 3

While on the leveraged finance front Hogan Lovells International LLP has pivoted away from its traditional lending client base to focus more on the credit funds that are increasingly dominating the mid-market, the firm's core deeply-rooted commercial bank relationships continue to inform a considerable volume of corporate lending work. Although she is now also balancing her duties as newly appointed UK managing partner, the 'proactive' Penny Angell remains very visible in the syndicated lending market, with both lenders and borrowers appreciative of her ability to structure mandates utilising the most effective financing product. Angell is also noted for her niche expertise advising on insurance-related financings. Matthew Cottis is also particuarly well-versed at handling corporate syndicated lending mandates for both creditors and debtors, work which he combines with his broader acquisition finance and niche fund finance offering.

Practice head(s):

Paul Mullen

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Cottis; Penny Angell; Jo Robinson; Francis Booth; Katie Gill

Testimonials

The team is pragmatic, gets deals done and has excellent deal experience/management.’

Penny Angell is the stand out; she is proactive, whilst also managing risk.’

Key clients

Lloyds Banking Group

HSBC

Natixis

BNP Paribas

Société Générale

Standard Chartered Bank

ING Bank

Deutsche Bank

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s construction practice acts for employers, contractors and consultants in a range of project disputes. It advises across asset classes but has particular expertise in matters in the energy, transport and process plant sectors. Rupert Sydenham is well regarded for his expertise in procurement-related matters, and in conducting formal and informal disputes. Former practice head Roberta Downey and fellow partner Angus Rankin left to join Vinson & Elkins RLLP in mid-2021.

Practice head(s):

Rupert Sydenham

Other key lawyers:

Tom Smith

Testimonials

‘Rupert Sydenham is absolutely first class, very experienced and knowledgeable about procurement litigation, immensely thorough and has great tactical expertise.’

‘Rupert Sydenham is a genius, especially in public procurement disputes. Gigantic brain. Calm, measured approach but deadly – and a true fighter (think James Bond but with a legal brain instead of a gun).’

Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 3

As comfortable advising on distressed investment work as it is utilising the full range of insolvency tools to deliver on big-ticket formal processes, Hogan Lovells International LLP's 'proactive and commercial' six-partner team is a popular choice for its well-established roster of  traditional banking clients, as well as a diverse array of funds. Led in London by the 'technically strong and user-friendly' Tom Astle and regularly aided by colleagues throughout the firm's extensive network of European offices, much of the work has a multi-jurisdictional slant, including a significant amount within the emerging markets - an area in which the 'results-oriented and extremely client-friendly' Alex Kay is particularly adept. The 'highly experienced' Stephen Foster 'combines deep legal insight with commercial acumen' for a range of creditor stakeholders across the spectrum of restructuring work, be it in a formal insolvency setting or a more transactional context. The 'astute and highly experienced' Deborah Gregory is also an invaluable member of the team, particularly in the context of bank-led mandates.

Practice head(s):

Tom Astle

Other key lawyers:

Alex Kay; Deborah Gregory; Stephen Foster; Joe Bannister; James Maltby; Celine Buttanshaw; Naomi Parmar

Testimonials

The team is thorough and helpful in dealing with strategic matters.’

‘The restructuring team at Hogan Lovells is very pro-active and commercial. They will undertake work and advise on a legal basis that takes the relevant commercial considerations into account.’

The team combines in-depth legal analysis and insight, integrated with the commerciality of what we are seeking to achieve.’

Tom Astle is a strong technical lawyer, user friendly and utterly dedicated to his clients.’

Joe Bannister provides clear and commercial advice.’

Stephen Foster is a highly experienced and well-rounded advisor, who combines deep legal insight with commercial acumen, and a focus on what really matters.’

Alex Kay is experienced, results-oriented and extremely client-friendly.’

‘The very responsive and engaged James Maltby is on top of the issues and works pragmatically to solve any challenges that arise. Deborah Gregory is an astute and highly experienced insolvency and restructuring lawyer.’

Key clients

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Santander

HPS

KPMG

Deloitte

EY

PwC

Alvarez

Argentem Creek

Gramercy

Norwegian Air Shuttle

Knighthead Capital Management

Finance > Debt capital markets Tier 3

From London, Hogan Lovells International LLP is active in capital markets across the world, and emerging markets transactions form a key pillar of its DCM work. Its recent work has focused increasingly on impact investment transactions, many involving ESG factors, such as social and development bonds, and green bonds, as well as large EMTN programmes. James Doyle, who leads the firm's corporate and finance group, and Andrew Carey, who is co-head of the impact financing and investing practice, oversee the DCM practice, with Carey playing an active role in international debt offerings, including securities programmes, corporate, and sovereign bonds. In the firm's dedicated trustee practice, Kit Johnson is the lead partner and he advises corporate trustees across the full spectrum of capital markets transactions, including new issuance and post-issuance matters, distressed debt situations and inter-creditor disputes. Raj Panasar left the firm to start a new venture promoting access to pro bono legal advice.

Practice head(s):

James Doyle; Andrew Carey

Other key lawyers:

Kit Johnson

Key clients

Autoliv Inc.

Citibank, N.A., London Branch

Swissport Group S.à r.l.

Affinity Water

HPS Investment Partners

Mediobanca International (Luxembourg) S.A

M&G

Bank of New York Mellon

Brookfield Capital LLP

African Export-Import Bank

Employment > Employee share schemes Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP has an advantageous international focus, whose recent workload has entailed advising on over 30 jurisdictions. Fiona Bantock oversees the team and is known for advising on tax and structuring issues for businesses, particularly in relation to corporate transactions. The team also draws upon the expertise of Paul Randall, who has 30 years of experience and is chairman of the Corporate and Regulatory Committee of the Share Plan Lawyers Organisation. The group has particular strengths in the technology, life sciences and consumer sectors.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Bantock

Other key lawyers:

Paul Randall

Testimonials

‘We worked with Paul Randall at Hogan Lovells in regards to the impact on employee share schemes following a capital raise. Paul was knowledgeable on the impact of a capital raise on the three different share schemes offered to employees and spent the time to ensure we also understood the calculations. Paul was mindful of the tight deadlines and responded on a timely basis to any queries raised.’

Employment > Employers Tier 3

Working ‘well across relevant disciplines’ with ‘good support from regulatory and corporate law’ departments, Hogan Lovells International LLP’s employment team is particularly dynamic in the financial services and life science sectors, where it excels in complex multi-jurisdictional project work for multinational corporates. The employment aspects of major transactions and complex disputes arising from white-collar crime, whistleblowing and discrimination are among its other core areas of focus. Stefan Martin, the 'clever and tactical' group lead, also has considerable expertise in matters concerning senior executives, chiefly high-level appointments and terminations. Another name to note is Ed Bowyer, who ‘has handled a range of non-contentious, potentially contentious and contentious matters over the years, and provides no-nonsense, practical advice based on a deep understanding of the law’.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Martin

Other key lawyers:

Ed Bowyer

Testimonials

Strong team that can handle most employment aspects relevant to our business. The firm works well across relevant disciplines, and we have had good support from regulatory and corporate law teams, whilst maintaining a single point of contact through the employment partner.’

Ed Bowyer is exceptional, and has a very broad practice in areas relevant to our company, a FTSE100 firm operating in multiple countries. Ed has handled a range of non-contentious, potentially contentious and contentious matters over the years, and provides no nonsense, practical advice based on a deep understanding of the law and how Courts/Tribunals are applying it.’

Stefan Martin is our main contact at Hogan Lovells for employment law matters. He has been flexible in his approach with us and both his written and verbal advice has always been good.’

Hogan Lovells’ employment practice stands out for its practical approach and trusted expertise.’

Excellent technical skills. Very client-friendly. Trusted advisor providing commercial advice. Excellent teamwork. Keen to develop juniors and expose them to clients.’

Stefan Martin and Ed Bowyer are very skilled – particularly in City cases. A great team with real depth and experience – lots of engagement with clients and really good at keeping city organisations out of hot water when a dispute comes.’

Great partner involvement. Stefan Martin is a clever and tactical lawyer.

The team always give very clear, practical, easy to follow employment law advice. This also applies on complex cases too.

Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP's wide international coverage and in-house US securities law expertise ensures that it attracts a strong flow of work from global and mid-market investment banks, as well as issuers. Maegen Morrison, Daniel Simons and Jonathan Baird are the key contacts in London. They handle a varied workload, including IPOs, secondary offerings, private placements and privatisations. In 2020, highlights included advising Mail.ru Group Limited on its issuance of $200m of global depositary receipts and its $400m unsecured convertible bond offering. In another matter, Simons led advice to Numis as sole bookrunner on a £10m equity placing by Nexus Infrastructure Plc. Baird has a specialism in investment fund and asset management matters. Raj Panasar left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Maegen Morrison; Daniel Simons; Jonathan Baird

Testimonials

Hogan Lovells’ corporate/equity capital markets team not only went the extra mile to pull together a long prospectus, which required a huge effort given the timetable, but provided advice and pragmatic solutions along the way. There were some extremely unusual aspects to the transaction, particularly towards the end, where Hogan Lovells rose to the challenge, dealing with multiple parties’ demands.’

Key clients

Numis Securities Limited

Liberum Capital Limited

PetroTal Corp.

Life Settlement Assets plc

Goldman Sachs

Berenberg

Jefferies

Panmure

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s ‘extremely broad and versatile competition law practice‘ has a strong reputation for handling complex transactional and investigation work. In 2021, Angus Coulter stepped down from his role as head of the London competition team to become global head of the firm’s telecoms sector group. and continues to advise on a range of issues in the TMT, life sciences and retail sectors. The London competition practice is now led by Christopher Hutton, who also leads the Dublin office. Global co-head of competition, Suyong Kim , advises on the complete spectrum of competition issues and recently assisted Bottomline Technologies (DE) Inc in obtaining unconditional phase II merger clearance for its acquisition of assets from Experian Limited.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Hutton; Suyong Kim

Other key lawyers:

Angus Coulter; Susan Bright; Ciara Kennedy Loest; Mark Jones; Paul Castlo; Alice Wallace Wright

Testimonials

‘Hogan Lovells have an extremely broad and versatile competition law practice. They are at home in the biggest global mergers as they are in complex regulatory matters in the financial or aviation areas. The quality of their competition law and competition litigation practices are of great mutual benefit.’

‘Christopher Hutton is a wonderfully reassuring lawyer with great experience. He is someone who chooses his words very carefully and is always worth listening to.’

‘The team applies their encyclopaedic knowledge of competition law matters very practically to the issues that arise in deal processes. Although they have a wealth of experience, they are careful not to over-complicate simple issues. Sometimes their strength comes in the simplicity of the solutions they suggest.’

‘Both Suyong Kim and Paul Castlo demonstrate a blend of relevant industry sector knowledge and technical competition process acumen. This enables them to provide strategic advice at all stages of a transaction to ensure the best results for the client in a process.’

‘Angus Coulter and Alice Wallace Wright are exceptional in providing clear, commercial and pragmatic advice both to lawyers and non-lawyers. They are always available, a pleasure to deal with and provide advice quickly.’

‘Both the Commercial and Competition practices are very pragmatic with their advice and work in a business friendly way’

‘Mark Jones provides very pragmatic and clear advice and provides quick turnaround times. He and his team are happy to provide a quick view or more detailed advice as required and have also supported in preparing guidance notes for me to use with my stakeholders.’

Key clients

Dell Technologies

AmerisourceBergen Corporation

Bottomline Technologies (DE) Inc

Novartis

The Crown Estate

Ingredion Incorporated

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP's broad practice spans export control issues, investigations, sanctions and trade negotiations. The group is particularly active in national security issues, assisting clients with navigating complex regulatory regimes (particularly in relation to China), as well as FDI screening issues. Aline Doussin leads the team; praised as 'a highly recognised expert in the field of international trade regulations', Doussin is a key member of the firm's Brexit strategy group and advises on post-Brexit EU-UK free trade agreement negotiations.

Practice head(s):

Aline Doussin

Other key lawyers:

Jamie Rogers

Testimonials

Excellent professionals, high quality team.’

Aline Doussin is a highly recognised expert in the field of International Trade Regulations. She is extremely knowledgeable and a very appreciated partner, client-focused and dedicated to always helping find the right approach, resources and solution for the business. Aline is absolutely brilliant to work with and I cannot recommend her enough.’

Key clients

ZTE

Dell Technologies

AmerisourceBergen Corporation

Society of Lloyd’s

mail.ru

Department for International Trade

Lockheed Martin

Honeywell

Pfizer

Bemis

Berry Global

The Circle

Lotus Flower

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

The investments and markets department at Hogan Lovells International LLP has a wide-ranging regulatory practice that spans commercial, retail and investment banking, asset management and market infrastructure issues. The group, which has developed strong relationships with the UK regulators, also handles fintech work. Michael Thomas leads the team, specialising in UK and EU regulations affecting firms in the wholesale financial markets. Rachel Kent stands out for her expertise in market infrastructure issues, and leads on the firm's work for the treasury, most recently in its fintech strategic review. Senior associate Rita Hunter is developing an impressive practice involving sustainability and ESG regulation.

Practice head(s):

Michael Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Kent; Rita Hunter

Testimonials

HL is a powerhouse in Financial services, complete client focus and all round service.’

Rachel Kent continues to out perform in driving the firm’s financial services practice. She has commercial clout, is always client focused and commercially no nonsense. If you are doing a deal you want her, if you can get her. She also has the greatest fintech know how and connections in The City.’

Excellent global reach with in-depth knowledge of exchange and clearinghouse regulation, which is a specialized and rare expertise.’

Michael Thomas is very responsive and client-oriented. Gives practical advice and delegates wherever possible. Very thoughtful in his approach to billing; gives detailed estimates and at the end always proposes the amount to be invoiced with explanations as to why (and often indicates where time is being written off on his own initiative).’

I appreciate the annual senior in-house counsel training day Hogan Lovells offers. The firm has deep insight into industry sectors, particularly the financial services sector.

Key clients

AXA

BlackRock

BNP Paribas

BNY Mellon

Citigroup

Goldman Sachs

Invesco

Prudential

The London Metal Exchange / LME Clear

The Montreal Exchange

TheCityUK

UBS AG

Finance > High yield Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP has a small high yield practice that nevertheless finds itself involved in high-value deals, among them complex refinancings for long-standing clients such as Swissport and Jaguar Land Rover. Liability management and restructurings are, in fact, as important to the practice as the origination of new high yield bonds, yet the practice is also involved in ground-breaking new issuance, including the emerging area of ESG-related bonds. Practice head Sylvain Dhennin 'excels in his responsiveness and technical knowledge'. He recently acted for the underwriters of a €600m high yield bond offering by CMA CGM as part of a complex refinancing to provide liquidity during the pandemic.

Practice head(s):

Sylvain Dhennin

Testimonials

‘A proactive team with full understanding of our business.’

‘Sylvain Dhennin excels in his responsiveness and technical knowledge.’

Key clients

Swissport

Radisson Hospitality AB

Various Financial Institutions including: HSBC, CACIB, BNP Paribas, Société Générale, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays

Jaguar Land Rover Automotive Plc

Faurecia

Debt fund/Lazard

PetroDiamonds

Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 3

The practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP handles insurance disputes ranging from property damage claims to business interruption cases, often involving an international element. The team acts for clients in court, as well as in arbitration proceedings. Nick Atkins jointly leads the team alongside Jamie Rogers, who is praised for bringing ‘a combination of considerable intellectual rigour and commercial awareness’ to insurance matters.

Practice head(s):

Nick Atkins; Jamie Rogers

Testimonials

‘Jamie Rogers brings a combination of considerable intellectual rigour and commercial awareness, which, together with responsiveness and timely delivery, makes him our go-to lawyer.’

‘Breadth of expertise, bench strength, responsiveness. A diverse, expert, and business-minded team. Online seminars also very welcome and insightful.’

Key clients

Willis Towers Watson

Society of Lloyd’s

Securis

Real estate > Planning Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP acts for a broad range of clients (including FTSE100 and FTSE250 companies) on a variety of planning law-related matters. The team has expertise in urban and residential redevelopment work, in addition to having experience of the energy and infrastructure sector. Practice head Hannah Quarterman is 'efficient, flexible and astute'; she is the lead lawyer on compulsory purchase, acting for claimants and acquiring authorities. Caroline Stares is also recommended, handling complex heritage issues and Green Belt inquiries. On the energy and infrastructure side, David Wood is recommended for his expertise in DCO.

Practice head(s):

Hannah Quarterman

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Stares; David Wood

Testimonials

‘Efficient, commercial, astute to the client’s interest.’

‘Hannah Quarterman is efficient, flexible and astute. Instructions are always clear and well-presented and her support is second to none.’

‘Very quick with replying to emails and queries. Very personable and always making themselves available – have worked closely with Hannah Quarterman and Caroline Stares, who always go above and beyond.’

‘Strong commercial awareness, competent and sound advice.’

‘David Wood. He is very competent, excellent planning knowledge and delivers – on time and on point.’

Key clients

Landsec

Argent PLC and Argent Related

BBC

BentallGreenOak

Berkeley Central London & Berkeley East Thames

British Land

City of London

Hammerson

M&G Real Estate

Rookery South Limited (a partnership between Covanta Energy, Veolia and Green Energy Group)

St Edward

St George

St William

Avanton Limited

The Ballymore Group

The Church Commissioners

Minerva (Stores) Limited

Dispute resolution > Public international law Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s team handles a broad scope of work, which sees it act for states, state-owned entities and investors. It advises on claims arising from bilateral investment treaties, and has a notable strength in energy and TMT sector disputes. In addition, the firm assists clients with Brexit-related issues. Markus Burgstaller is an international disputes specialist, while Charles Brasted heads up the public law and policy practice.

Practice head(s):

Markus Burgstaller

Other key lawyers:

Charles Brasted; Scott Macpherson

Key clients

Government of the Slovak Republic

Government of the Republic of India

Cascade Investments

Penwell

Cunico

NATS (formerly National Air Traffic Services)

Transport > Rail Tier 3

The multidisciplinary rail team at Hogan Lovells International LLP is noted for its expertise advising clients on transitioning to green energy and long-term sustainability, as well as major acquisitions. The team is able to draw on talent from the international firm's network of offices to provide true global coverage, including strong capabilities across Europe and the US. Practice head Charles Ford is an expert on the sale and leasing of rolling stock, while Andrew Gallagher advises lenders and sponsors on major finance and refinancing matters, especially regarding light metro rail PPPs.

Practice head(s):

Charles Ford

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Gallagher

Key clients

Rail Baltica

Cross London Trains

Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – mid-large cap Tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP's wide international coverage and in-house US securities law expertise ensure that it attracts a strong flow of work from global and mid-market investment banks, as well as issuers. Maegen Morrison, Daniel Simons and Jonathan Baird are the key contacts in London. They handle a varied workload, including IPOs, secondary offerings, private placements and privatisations. In 2020, highlights included advising Mail.ru Group Limited on its issuance of $200m of global depositary receipts and its $400m unsecured convertible bond offering. In another matter, Simons led advice to Numis as sole bookrunner on a £10m equity placing by Nexus Infrastructure Plc. Baird has expertise in investment fund and asset management matters. Raj Panasar left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Maegen Morrison; Daniel Simons; Jonathan Baird

Testimonials

Hogan Lovells corporate/equity capital markets team not only went the extra mile to pull together a long prospectus, which required a huge effort given the timetable, but provided advice and pragmatic solutions along the way. There were some extremely unusual aspects to the transaction, particularly towards the end, where Hogan Lovells rose to the challenge, dealing with multiple parties’ demands.’

Key clients

Shaftesbury PLC

Jefferies International Limited Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited

Mail.ru Group Limited

Numis Securities Limited

Liberum Capital Limited

3i Infrastructure plc

J.P. Morgan Cazenove

UBS AG, London branch

Just Group

Goldman Sachs

CPI Property Group

TUI AG

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 4

In a notable addition to the IP, media and technology team at Hogan Lovells International LLP, the firm recently recruited Herbert Smith Freehills LLP UK IP head Joel Smith, adding significant litigation and transactional IP expertise to the practice. Impressive instructions include high-value acquisitions in the media, fashion, life sciences and FMCG sectors. Practice head Sahira Khwaja and counsel Alastair Shaw are strong on contentious matters, including cross-border enforcement actions, trade mark infringement and passing off and parallel import disputes. Clients are typically multijurisdictional, household-name consumer brands.

Practice head(s):

Sahira Khwaja

Other key lawyers:

Joel Smith; Alastair Shaw

Key clients

Asahi International

Yum! Brands

Lucozade Ribena Suntory

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s global team advises on a range of commercial and contentious technology matters, and is also active in the telecoms sector. Peter Watts is known for handling strategic IT projects involving software, rights and data issues.

Practice head(s):

Peter Watts

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP made a statement of intent for its London M&A practice with the hire of former White & Case LLP partner Patrick Sarch  in February 2021. The transatlantic firm is able to offer a comprehensive service to clients on both sides of the atlantic, making it an attractive proposition for UK and US-listed companies seeking assistance on major M&A deals. Sarch jointly leads the UK M&A team with Ben Higson, and the team is particularly noted for its experience in highly regulated sectors including TMT, life sciences, healthcare, energy, and financial services. Global co-head of energy and natural resources Sarah Shaw is another partner active in the M&A practice.

Practice head(s):

Ben Higson; Patrick Sarch

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Shaw

Testimonials

‘Ben Higson brings valuable experience with the nooks and crannies of foreign/cross-border M&A transactions and seamlessly merges overall advice with fine attention to detail. Able to reply quickly and pragmatically on any kind of issue or problem.’

‘The Hogan Lovells team feels like an extension of our internal legal team.  They take the time to really understand our strategy and work along side us to get there. Also a super responsive team; partners answer their phones, and the team has spent many late nights with us. They are also high quality lawyers who know their stuff. I would also call out their fee “dashboards” that provide in-depth analysis of the spend on any given deal monthly as you go.  Its a rich data set and has won over my CFO.’

‘The Hogan Lovells teams that I have had the pleasure to work with have served us very well with first class legal advice that meets our needs.’

‘All of our recent matters with Hogan Lovells are international and cross-border. The firm was able to rapidly scale up and scale down advice and support from EU-wide to country-specific level, including arranging and integrating comprehensive input from local counsel in each jurisdiction into the overall project direction and handling. The level of support and diligent integration of country-specific advice into fast-moving, region-wide project handling was incredible and far beyond any expectation we could have had. Hogan Lovells is a clear leader in cross-border projects and advice.’

‘Excellent subject matter expertise. The firm is responsive to requests.’

‘Responsive and reliable.’

Key clients

AmerisourceBergen Corporation

PerkinElmer, Inc.

CPI Property Group

Ingredion Incorporated

Grafton Capital

Numis Securities

Qatar Insurance Company

Dell Technologies

Monument Re

Argo Group

Investment fund formation and management > Private funds Tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP offers standout expertise in infrastructure funds work, with the firm regularly working on funds focused on concessionary infrastructure and PFI/PPP assets. The team advises major international fund managers and investment banks on primary formations and operational matters, co-investments, and secondaries, including GP-led transactions and restructurings. The firm works with its international offices in key jurisdictions including the US, Luxembourg and the Asia-Pacific. Nicholas Holman leads the team, advising private equity and infrastructure funds on international investments, with Jeremy Pickles also a key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Holman

Testimonials

Hogan Lovells provides excellent service from a team that understands the clients’ needs and requirements.

Nicholas Holman consistently provides timely and practical advice in technical areas (while maintaining a good sense of humour).

Nicholas Holman and his team are highly valued partners. Nicholas is extremely client focused and will make himself available as required. Supporting Nicholas is an extremely experienced team of senior associates.

Hogan Lovells provided high level services, comes with in-depth knowledge of the industry and offered well thought through tailored advice and recommendation for a very bespoke mandate.

Key clients

FMO

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Fengate Capital Management

Foundation Investment Partners

European Investment Bank

British Business Bank

Ares Management

Industry focus > Retail and consumer Tier 4

Assisting retailers with new store acquistions, insolvency-related issues, lease agreements and portfolio management, Hogan Lovells International LLP is particularly active on the landlord side, where it acts for a wide range of REITS and fund managers in both litigation and non-contentious projects. UK real estate lead Oliver Chamberlain deals with a broad range of real estate matters in the space, while Sahira Khwaja - co-head of the firm's fashion and luxury brands offshoot - specialises in IP matters.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Chamberlain; Sahira Khwaja

Other key lawyers:

Mathew Ditchburn

Key clients

Argent/King’s Cross Central LP

Bally Shoes

British Land

B&Q

Disney Stores

Intu

Landsec

LaSalle Investment Management (Coal Pension Properties)

Mars Pension Fund

Majestic Wine

M&G Real Estate

OKA

Russell and Bromley

Shaftesbury

Uniqlo

Real estate > Environment Tier 5

With a client portfolio that includes high-profile investment banks, household-name brands and public sector bodies, Hogan Lovells International LLP covers a variety of matters, from advising on the environmental aspects of corporate M&A transactions to product compliance, corporate reporting and emissions allowances. Senior associates Helen Boniface and Kevin O’Connor are core members of the practice and benefit from the expertise of partners in the wider London team.

Other key lawyers:

Helen Boniface; Kevin O’Connor

Key clients

BASF

Crown Estate

Brookfield Infrastructure

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 5

According to clients, Hogan Lovells International LLP's 'superbly resourced outfit' stands out for its combination of civil, criminal and regulatory expertise. The team’s recent work demonstrates its strength in handling bribery and corruption allegations for senior executives and employees; it often deals with the SFO, the FCA and the NCA, as well as foreign authorities. Formerly a chief criminal counsel at the FCA, Claire Lipworth is a vital resource to clients in the investigations space, particularly garnering praise for being ‘enormously experienced, with a really rounded ability to advise, having been both a prosecutor and defence lawyer’. Practice head Crispin Rapinet and Philip Parish are also key figures in the team.

Practice head(s):

Crispin Rapinet

Other key lawyers:

Claire Lipworth; Philip Parish

Testimonials

‘A huge team with global reach and clout. All those corporate resources are now available to individuals facing investigation from a superbly resourced outfit led by an exceptional individual in the face of Claire Lipworth.’

‘Interesting team made up of civil, criminal and regulatory lawyers.’

‘The strong commercial background give weight to their individual white-collar work.’

‘Claire Lipworth is enormously experienced, with a really rounded ability to advise, having been both a prosecutor and defence lawyer. She is excellent at leading a team and working with other lawyers and has an enviable ability to explain difficult concepts clearly to clients.’

‘Claire Lipworth has prosecuted and defended at the highest level in every sort of white-collar investigation – she knows everyone who matters on both sides of the game and is universally respected. When Claire speaks, everyone listens. If any lawyer can avoid charge for their client, it is Claire.’

‘Claire Lipworth is unflappable, incisive and sheer quality. Everyone respects her in the industry and clients love her.’

‘Claire Lipworth is outstandingly talented.’

Change is happening faster than ever. To stay ahead, you need to anticipate what’s next. Legal challenges come from all directions. Hogan Lovells understands and works with clients to solve the toughest and most complex legal issues. The firm’s 2,600 lawyers on six continents provide practical legal solutions wherever you are working in the world. Whether you’re expanding into new markets, considering capital from new sources, or dealing with increasingly complex regulations or disputes, Hogan Lovells can help. Whether change brings opportunity, risk, or disruption, be ready by working with Hogan Lovells.

Consistently ranked among the most innovative law firms in Europe, understanding and solving the problem before it becomes one. Delivering clear and practical advice that demonstrates strong collaboration and co-operation. Through the firm’s industry sector approach, Hogan Lovells’ lawyers offer extensive experience and insights, delivering advice and solutions that are underpinned by a deep understanding of the clients’ business and the industry in which they operate. The firm plays a significant role in advising on matters in highly regulated sectors, operating at the intersection of business and government. Hogan Lovells is here to help clients understand, engage, and act to meet the challenges and opportunities of the next decade, centred around economic recovery and global competitiveness, ESG, and, digitalisation.

A fast-changing and inter-connected world requires fresh thinking combined with proven experience. That’s what Hogan Lovells provides. Progress starts with ideas. And while imagination helps at every level, the firm’s legal solutions are aligned with your business strategy. The firm’s experience in cross-border and emerging economies gives it the market perspective to be your global partner. Hogan Lovells believes that when knowledge travels, opportunities arise.

Delivering on its commitments to Diversity & Inclusion and Responsible Business is one of Hogan Lovells’ five strategic priorities, on par with putting clients at the centre of everything it does.

Putting people at the heart of everything it does, the firm fosters collaboration and innovation to deliver successful results for clients, progress talent, and work towards a sustainable future where people and the planet prosper.

Hogan Lovells is committed to playing a leadership role in driving inclusive and sustainable growth, supporting the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The firm scales impact through developing strategic partnerships, and collaborating with clients on many levels, above and beyond legal work. Pro bono work and skilled volunteering are in our DNA.  Everyone at the firm is expected to dedicate at least 25 hours each year to driving positive change through pro bono and community investment activity.

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Change is happening faster than ever. To stay ahead, you need to anticipate what’s next. Legal challenges come from all directions. Hogan Lovells understands and works with clients to solve the toughest and most complex legal issues. The firm’s 2,600 lawyers on six continents provide practical legal solutions wherever you are working in the world. Whether you’re expanding into new markets, considering capital from new sources, or dealing with increasingly complex regulations or disputes, Hogan Lovells can help. Whether change brings opportunity, risk, or disruption, be ready by working with Hogan Lovells.

Consistently ranked among the most innovative law firms in Europe, understanding and solving the problem before it becomes one. Delivering clear and practical advice that demonstrates strong collaboration and co-operation. Through the firm’s industry sector approach, Hogan Lovells’ lawyers offer extensive experience and insights, delivering advice and solutions that are underpinned by a deep understanding of the clients’ business and the industry in which they operate. The firm plays a significant role in advising on matters in highly regulated sectors, operating at the intersection of business and government. Hogan Lovells is here to help clients understand, engage, and act to meet the challenges and opportunities of the next decade, centred around economic recovery and global competitiveness, ESG, and, digitalisation.

A fast-changing and inter-connected world requires fresh thinking combined with proven experience. That’s what Hogan Lovells provides. Progress starts with ideas. And while imagination helps at every level, the firm’s legal solutions are aligned with your business strategy. The firm’s experience in cross-border and emerging economies gives it the market perspective to be your global partner. Hogan Lovells believes that when knowledge travels, opportunities arise.

Delivering on its commitments to Diversity & Inclusion and Responsible Business is one of Hogan Lovells’ five strategic priorities, on par with putting clients at the centre of everything it does.

Putting people at the heart of everything it does, the firm fosters collaboration and innovation to deliver successful results for clients, progress talent, and work towards a sustainable future where people and the planet prosper.

Hogan Lovells is committed to playing a leadership role in driving inclusive and sustainable growth, supporting the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The firm scales impact through developing strategic partnerships, and collaborating with clients on many levels, above and beyond legal work. Pro bono work and skilled volunteering are in our DNA.  Everyone at the firm is expected to dedicate at least 25 hours each year to driving positive change through pro bono and community investment activity.

The firm: Change is happening faster than ever. To stay ahead, you need to anticipate what’s next. Legal challenges come from all directions. Hogan Lovells understands and works with clients to solve the toughest and most complex legal issues. The firm’s 2,600 lawyers on six continents provide practical legal solutions wherever you are working in the world. Whether you’re expanding into new markets, considering capital from new sources, or dealing with increasingly complex regulations or disputes, Hogan Lovells can help. Whether change brings opportunity, risk, or disruption, be ready by working with Hogan Lovells.

Consistently ranked among the most innovative law firms in Europe, understanding and solving the problem before it becomes one. Delivering clear and practical advice that demonstrates strong collaboration and co-operation. Through the firm’s industry sector approach, Hogan Lovells’ lawyers offer extensive experience and insights, delivering advice and solutions that are underpinned by a deep understanding of the clients’ business and the industry in which they operate. The firm plays a significant role in advising on matters in highly regulated sectors, operating at the intersection of business and government. Hogan Lovells is here to help clients understand, engage, and act to meet the challenges and opportunities of the next decade, centred around economic recovery and global competitiveness, ESG, and digitalisation.

A fast-changing and inter-connected world requires fresh thinking combined with proven experience. That’s what Hogan Lovells provides. Progress starts with ideas. And while imagination helps at every level, the firm’s legal solutions are aligned with your business strategy. The firm’s experience in cross-border and emerging economies gives it the market perspective to be your global partner. Hogan Lovells believes that when knowledge travels, opportunities arise.

Delivering on its commitments to Diversity and Inclusion and Responsible Business is one of Hogan Lovells’ five strategic priorities, on par with putting clients at the centre of everything it does.

Putting people at the heart of everything it does, the firm fosters collaboration and innovation to deliver successful results for clients, progress talent, and work towards a sustainable future where people and planet prosper.

Hogan Lovells is committed to playing a leadership role in driving inclusive and sustainable growth, supporting the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The firm scales impact through developing strategic partnerships, and collaborating with clients on many levels, above and beyond legal work. Pro bono work and skilled volunteering are in our DNA.  Everyone at the firm is expected to dedicate at least 25 hours each year to driving positive change through pro bono and community investment activity.

The Lex 100 Verdict

Getting 'the ‘benefit of working for a top law firm whilst it being a friendly and approachable place to train’ is common refrain among trainees at Hogan Lovells International. Known for being a ‘solid all-rounder’ and a top firm across many different sectors, it provides a ‘good balance between practice areas makes it a great option for someone who isn't sure where they want to qualify’. One trainee highlights that this variety is more important than ever, saying ‘it was also important to work at a firm that had consistent strength across all their practice areas, so that in times of economic hardship, I would have confidence in the firm's ability to continuing attracting work flow. This has definitely proven to be the case during the pandemic’. Hogan Lovells provides excellent ‘exposure to the US without the US culture’ and the training is described as ‘‘much more organised and well structured’.  There is a focus on ‘mentoring’ throughout the training and the ‘support teams are in constant dialogue with us’ plus there is ‘lots of client interface and responsibility’. One trainee adds, ‘we have a non-legal buddy as well as a partner buddy and so are well supported, whereas my peers elsewhere tell me they have very little interaction with others bar their designated supervisor’. Negatives mentioned include ‘NQ opportunities’ . A trainee comments that the firm ‘appears to be a lot more human. There is an attitude of gratitude and appreciation for putting in the work, especially considering the late hours we sometimes do’. Hogan Lovells International is a Lex 100 winner in an amazing eight categories – job satisfaction, firm living up to expectations, quality of work, vacation scheme, remuneration, inclusivity, international secondments and approachable supervisors.