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Hogan Lovells International LLP

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ATLANTIC HOUSE, HOLBORN VIADUCT, LONDON, EC1A 2FG, ENGLAND
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Fax 020 7296 2001
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57 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Other key lawyers:Peter Watts

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Elliot Weston

Other key lawyers:Karen Hughes; Philip Harle

Testimonials

'They are serious and competent from day one'

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

Key Clients

The Department of Education

Infracapital

Prologis Inc.

Grainger PLC

LabCorp

Retail banks

Work highlights

  • Advised Prologis on the tax aspects of the sale of 46 industrial properties located across Europe.
  • Advising Asahi on the tax aspects of its £250m acquisition of Fuller's  entire premium beer business.
  • Acted as UK tax advisers to The Department of Education, advising on the securitisation of £4bn income contingent repayment student loans
  • Acted as tax advisers for Affinity Water
Leading individuals

Elliot Weston - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Karen Hughes - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Angus Coulter; Suyong Kim

Other key lawyers:Mark Jones; Susan Bright

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

Reach

Arris International

News Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised leading newspaper publisher Reach on significant consolidation in the UK newspaper sector, which involved the £200m acquisition of the publishing assets of Northern & Shell: newspapers The Daily Express, Sunday Express, Daily Star, Sunday Star, and magazines Star, New! and OK!.
  • Advising Arris International on its $7.4 bn acquisition by CommScope Vision. Work includes advising on all aspects of the multi-jurisdictional merger control filing and review process.
  • Represented News Corporation on a Phase II merger investigation by the CMA regarding the takeover of Sky.
Leading individuals

Angus Coulter - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Susan Bright - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Suyong Kim - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Aline Doussin

Other key lawyers:Jamie Rogers

Testimonials

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

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

'Aline Doussin is very efficient and responsive'

Key Clients

Berry Global

Bemis Company

Pfizer

Honeywell

Zhongxing Telecommunication Equipment (ZTE)

Society of Lloyd’s

Work highlights

  • Advised ZTE on one of the largest settlements in the history of US export control and sanctions enforcement.
  • Represented Pfizer before the First-tier Tribunal in proceedings regarding the customs classification of Pfizer’s products.
Leading individuals

Aline Doussin - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Maegen Morrison

Other key lawyers:Daniel Simons; Jonathan Baird; Bryan Stephens

Testimonials

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

'Friendly and responsive; a very nice team.'

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

Key Clients

Shaftesbury plc

Numis Securities Limited

Just Group plc

Cenkos Securities plc

Jefferies International

Urban Exposure plc

Grainger plc

Berenberg

Liberum Capital

Canaccord Genuity

JP Morgan Cazenove

Work highlights

  • Advised Grainger plc on its £345m rights issue to fund the £396m acquisition of GRIP REIT.
  • Advised Just Group plc on its £75m cash box placing.
  • Advised Jefferies International as sponsor, global co-ordinator, bookrunner, and financial adviser on the £100m London Main Market IPO of Mobius Investment Trust plc (MIT plc).
  • Advised Numis Securities, Berenberg, and Macquarie on the placing of £192.5m of new equity in AIM-listed Burford Capital Limited to institutional investors.
  • Advised Urban Exposure plc, a specialist residential development finance and asset management company, on its successful £150m institutional placing and AIM IPO.

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Equity capital markets ‚Äď small-mid cap
Equity capital markets ‚Äď small-mid cap - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Maegen Morrison

Other key lawyers:Daniel Simons; Jonathan Baird; Bryan Stephens

Testimonials

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

'Friendly and responsive; a very nice team.'

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

Key Clients

Shaftesbury plc

Numis Securities Limited

Just Group plc

Cenkos Securities plc

Jefferies International

Urban Exposure plc

Grainger plc

Berenberg

Liberum Capital

Canaccord Genuity

JP Morgan Cazenove

Work highlights

  • Advised Grainger plc on its £345m rights issue to fund the £396m acquisition of GRIP REIT.
  • Advised Just Group plc on its £75m cash box placing.
  • Advised Jefferies International as sponsor, global co-ordinator, bookrunner, and financial adviser on the £100m London Main Market IPO of Mobius Investment Trust plc (MIT plc).
  • Advised Numis Securities, Berenberg, and Macquarie on the placing of £192.5m of new equity in AIM-listed Burford Capital Limited to institutional investors.
  • Advised Urban Exposure plc, a specialist residential development finance and asset management company, on its successful £150m institutional placing and AIM IPO.

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Financial services: contentious
Financial services: contentious - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Philip Parish

Other key lawyers:Elaine Penrose; Michael Roberts

Testimonials

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

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

'Very pragmatic and easy to work with'

'Friendly, knowledgeable and highly skilled'

Leading individuals

Philip Parish - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next Generation Partners

Elaine Penrose - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory
Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Rachel Kent

Key Clients

Allianz Global Investors GmbH

AXA

BlackRock

Citigroup

HSBC

Innovate Finance

Invesco

TheCityUK

The London Metal Exchange / LME Clear

Open Banking Limited

Prudential

Lloyds Banking Group

UBS AG

Work highlights

  • Engaged by the City of London Corporation's International Regulatory Strategy Group (IRSG) to chair the Working Group considering the City's proposal for the future deal with the EU on financial services.
  • Regulatory legal adviser to a UK commodities exchange and its clearing house on preparations for Brexit.
  • Provided an outsourced negotiation service for BNP Paribas to facilitate the repapering of its key clients for MiFID II.
  • Appointed to review the legal and regulatory framework for legal entities in the Astana International Financial Centre in Kazakhstan.
  • Undertook two simultaneous review exercises of 800 outsourcing agreements for a global institutional banking group.
Leading individuals

Rachel Kent - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Ben Higson; Charles Rix

Other key lawyers:Sarah Shaw

Testimonials

'Top shelf public company M&A practice'

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

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

'We have been particularly impressed with Nicola Evans'

Key Clients

Brookfield

Anschutz Corporation

Asahi

Mitsubishi Corporation

News Corporation

Ford Motor Company

AXA

Prologis, Inc.

Smiths Group plc

LabCorp

Work highlights

  • Advised Asahi Europe Ltd. (Asahi Europe), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. (Asahi), on the acquisition of the beer and cider business of Fuller, Smith & Turner plc (Fuller's)
  • Advised Prologis on the sale of a high-quality portfolio of buildings and land in Europe and the United States to the real estate investment arm of Singaporean sovereign investor Temasek for $1.1bn.
  • Advised Canada Life Limited on the sale of a £2.7 billion life insurance business to Scottish Friendly.
  • Advised Aries Management in relation to the acquisition of VetPartners and its subsequent sale to BC Partners.
  • Acting forThe Anschutz Corporation as majority shareholder in Regal Entertainment Group on the $5.9bn acquisition of Regal by Cineworld Group plc.

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Private equity: transactions ‚Äď high-value deals (¬£250m+)
Private equity: transactions ‚Äď high-value deals (¬£250m+) - ranked: tier 5

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Tom Whelan

Other key lawyers:John Connell

Testimonials

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

Key Clients

Pamplona

Investindustrial

Actis

Brookfield Business Partners

Pantheon Ventures

Ventiga Capital Partners

Terra Firma

Fortress

Rothschild (Five Arrows Principal Investments)

Patron Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Ares Management in relation to the acquisition of VetPartners, one of the UK's largest veterinary practice operators.
  • Advised property-focused pan-European institutional investor Patron Capital on the sale of its portfolio company Optimum Credit to Pepper Money.
  • Advised CarVal Investors on its co-investment on an acquisition of Italian NPLs with a gross book value of €10.8bn.
  • Advised 21 Investimenti on its proposed joint venture with Aberdeen Asset Management investment fund.

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Private equity: transactions ‚Äď mid-tier ‚Äď up to ¬£250m
Private equity: transactions ‚Äď mid-tier ‚Äď up to ¬£250m - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Tom Whelan

Other key lawyers:John Connell

Testimonials

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

Key Clients

Pamplona

Investindustrial

Actis

Brookfield Business Partners

Pantheon Ventures

Ventiga Capital Partners

Terra Firma

Fortress

Rothschild (Five Arrows Principal Investments)

Patron Capital

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VAT and indirect tax
VAT and indirect tax - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Rupert Shiers

Other key lawyers:Ellior Weston; Rupert Shiers; Karen Hughes; Phillip Harle

Testimonials

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

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

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

Key Clients

ITV

Prudential/M&G

Ford

Volkswagen

eBay

TripAdvisor

Work highlights

  • Acted for eBay UK throughout 2018 in relation to a wide range of VAT issues.
  • Acted for a major tech company, analysing a sensitive issue on the tax implications of the supply of high-value services, under EU law and also the law/practice of multiple EU jurisdictions.
  • Acted for Pfizer in tax tribunal litigation relating to its Thermacare range of products
  • Tax tribunal litigation concerning the VAT treatment of building services provided to Eynsham Cricket Club, considering the fundamental principles of the scope of charitable VAT exemptions.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Crispin Rapinet

Other key lawyers:Chris Hardman; Claire Lipworth; Michael Roberts; Liam Naidoo; Oliver Humphrey

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

ENRC/ERG

Russian Deposit InsuranceAgency

Sergiy Taruta

BTA Bank

Stephen Mullens

Cunico

PrivatBank

National Express

Libyan Sovereign WealthFund

Standard Chartered

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of ENRC, the team secured one of the most significant Court of Appeal decisions for many years, which re-established the importance, and applicability, of legal professional privilege, including in the context of internal investigations.
  • Continuing to act for the DIA in its groundbreaking litigation against former oligarch Sergei Pugachev.
  • Advising on allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation, dishonest assistance, knowing receipt and conspiracy in connection with a shareholder dispute between four Ukrainian oligarchs who were longstanding partners in one of Europe's largest metals producers, Industrial Union of Donbass.
  • Acting for JSC BTA Bank in the largest fraud dispute before the English courts in recent years. BTA alleges that the former chairman of its board of directors, Mukhtar Ablyazov, assisted by various associates (some of whom are also defendants), effectively stole over $6bn from BTA.
  • Advising on claims by companies within the international ferroalloys conglomerate, the Cunico Group, against its former management for mismanagement and deliberate siphoning of funds.
Leading individuals

Chris Hardman - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Fraud: white-collar crime
Fraud: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Crispin Rapinet

Other key lawyers:Chris Hardman; Claire Lipworth; Liam Naidoo

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

ENRC

Stephen Mullens

Borelli Walsh

Isha Johansen

Work highlights

  • The team is advising Isha Johansen, president of the Sierra Leone Football Association, in relation to an investigation by the Anti-Corruption Commission of Sierra Leone into allegations of improper use of FIFA funds.
  • The team has achieved a successful settlement in defending Stephen Mullens, a former lawyer to Bernie Ecclestone, in a  high-profile claim by a New York investment company, Bluewaters Communications, alleging bribery in relation to the 2006 sale of the Formula 1 business. Fellow defendants included Bernie Ecclestone (long-time head of Formula 1), Bambino, one of the Ecclestone family trusts, and German bank Bayern Landesbank (BLB).

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Louise Lamb

Other key lawyers:Philip Parish; Whiston Bristow; John Tillman; Jennifer Dickey

Testimonials

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

'The team is very client friendly and responsive.'

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

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

Key Clients

Lehman Brothers Holdings Plc

Work highlights

  • Acting for the joint administrators of Lehman Brothers Holdings Plc.
Leading individuals

Louise Lamb - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Philip Parish - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Rising stars

Jennifer Dickey - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Michael Davison

Other key lawyers:Chris Hardman; Richard Lewis; Michael Roberts; Neil Mirchandani; Rebecca Wales; Alex Sciannaca; Ivan Shiu; Daniel Armstrong; Hannah Piper

Testimonials

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

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

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

'Alex Sciannaca is an outstanding litigator '.

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

'Richard Lewis is a superb strategist - not a litigator you want to be up against'.

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

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

Key Clients

National Express

ASTOR Management

BTA Bank

British American Tobacco

Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation

Ugo Benettolo, Zilmet and Zilmet UK

Cunico Resources

JSC CB PrivatBank

Work highlights

  • Achieved a successful settlement for Zilmet, an Italian manufacturer of pressure tanks and expansion vessels for use in central heating systems (and its UK subsidiary )in a high-value claim brought against them in the Commercial Court by Zilmet's former UK partner and distributor, which included allegations of breaches of fiduciary duty by individual directors.
Leading individuals

Chris Hardman - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Richard Lewis - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next Generation Partners

Rebecca Wales - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Rising stars

Daniel Armstrong - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Competition litigation
Competition litigation - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Nicholas Heaton

Other key lawyers:Christopher Hutton; Paul Chaplin

Testimonials

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

Excellent experience in contentious competition work

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

Air Canada

Korean Air

Safran

British American Tobacco

Work highlights

  • Advising airlines Air Canada and Korean Air on multiple cross-border damages claims arising as a result of the European Commission's air cargo decisions.
  • Acting for Safran on a series of High Court damages actions, brought as a result of the European Commission’s cartel investigation into the power cables cartel and the subsequent imposition of over €300m-worth of fines on 11 producers of power cables (including Safran).
  • Representing longstanding client British American Tobacco in bringing damages claims, counterclaims, criminal actions and constitutional claims; the client's claims stem from damages claims brought by local producers Tbilisi Tobacco and Omega Tobacco in Georgia.
Leading individuals

Nicholas Heaton - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next Generation Partners

Paul Chaplin - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Kieron O'Callaghan

Other key lawyers:Michael Davison; Julianne Hughes-Jennett; Nathan Searle; Jerome Finnis; Robert Shoesmith; Ben Hornan; Matthew Knowles

Testimonials

'Hogan Lovells has a very strong international arbitration practice'.

'Kieron O'Callaghan and Ben Hornan are both excellent'.

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

Key Clients

The AES Corporation

Work highlights

  • Acted for subsidiaries of The AES Corporation, a global power company, in an ICC arbitration in London against the Republic of Kazakhstan (ROK), which relates to the approximately $75m payment by ROK for the return of two hydropower plants.
Leading individuals

Kieron O’Callaghan - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Michael Davison - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next Generation Partners

Nathan Searle - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Rising stars

Jerome Finnis - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Public international law
Public international law - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Markus Burgstaller

Other key lawyers:Charles Brasted

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

Government of the Slovak Republic

Government of Ukraine

Lundin Petroleum

Penwell

The Crown Estate

Work highlights

  • Represented the government of the Slovak Republic in a dispute with Achmea, a financial services company. Upon a request from the German Supreme Court on the question of compatibility of intra-EU BITs with EU law, and following the significant earlier decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union stating that arbitration clauses in intra-EU investment treaties are incompatible with EU law, the German Supreme Court annulled the award.
  • Continuing to be actively engaged in policy development and Brexit discussions with senior policymakers in the Commission, including Michel Barnier, HM Treasury, and the Department for Exiting the EU, on the status of the UK as a member of the EEA Agreement in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • Serve as lead outside counsel for Lundin Petroleum, a European-based multinational energy company, in defending executives against a state government investigation and possible prosecution for complicit liability for war crimes and human rights violations allegedly committed by the Government of Sudan.
  • Acting for the Government of Ukraine in the defence of an investment treaty claim brought under the Energy Charter Treaty by three investors and subject to the SCC Rules.
  • Acting for Penwell, a former stakeholder in MegaCom, the Kyrgyz state-owned mobile operator, in an investment claim against the Kyrgyz Republic under the Kyrgyz Foreign Investment Law by investors in BiMoCom, in relation to an alleged expropriation in the Kyrgyz telecom sector.
Leading individuals

Charles Brasted - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Markus Burgstaller - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Tax litigation and investigations
Tax litigation and investigations - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Rupert Shiers

Other key lawyers:Graham Poole

Testimonials

'Focused and determined, seasoned litigators'

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

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

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

Key Clients

Aspen Insurance

Ball Corporation

eBay Inc

General Reinsurance Corporation

Johnson Matthey PLC

M&G Investments

Prologis Inc

Royal Bank of Canada

Work highlights

  • Helped eBay resolve HMRC's investigation into its UK transfer pricing
  • Advised Ball Corporation in two pieces of tax tribunal litigation
Leading individuals

Rupert Shiers - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Penny Angell; Matthew Cottis

Other key lawyers:Jo Robinson; Paul Mullen; Alexander Premont

Testimonials

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

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

'Their advice combines technical knowledge with a commercial outlook.'

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

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

Key Clients

Lloyds Banking Group

HSBC

Citibank

Ares Management

BNP Paribas

Société Générale

Intermediate Capital Group

African Export-Import Bank

Standard Chartered Bank

HNA Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Radisson Hospitality on its €20m super senior secured revolving credit facility. In addition, the high yield bond team advised on the inaugural issuance of €250m in high-yield bonds.
  • Advising Pemberton and Lloyds in connection with a unitranche facility and super senior facility granted to Vitruvian Partners for the purposes of acquiring the Travel Counsellors' group.
  • Advised new client Trilantic Europe, the European private equity firm, on the debt finance for the acquisition of talent management company James Grant Group (rebranded as YM&U alongside the sale) from Metric Capital.
  • Advised Bank of Ireland, Guggenheim Partners Europe Limited, HSBC Bank, Lloyds Bank and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe Limited (as arrangers) on the senior financing to fund the acquisition of SLR Consulting by Charterhouse Capital Partners.
  • Advised EQT Credit and Lloyds Bank on the unitranche/stretched super senior financing of the acquisition of Hydro International by Agilitas.
Leading individuals

Matthew Cottis - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Penny Angell - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next Generation Partners

Jo Robinson - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Penny Angell

Other key lawyers:Matthew Cottis; Paul Mullen; Jo Robinson; Alexander Premont; David Leggott; Aimee Sharman

Testimonials

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

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

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

Key Clients

Lloyds Banking Group

HSBC

Citibank

Ares Management

BNP Paribas

Société Générale

Intermediate Capital Group

African Export-Import Bank

Standard Chartered Bank

HNA Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Goldman Sachs on the provision of a £100m bank facility to Five Guys UK.
  • Acted for Shaftesbury plc in relation to a £100m revolving credit facility.
  • Acted for RBS/NatWest and its direct lending partners AIG, M&G and Hermes in connection with the £115m senior facilities made available to fund Francisco Partner's acquisition of ByBox, the software and supply chain management company from LDC.
  • Advised a syndicate of lenders on a subscription financing to a leading European private equity fund. The team worked seamlessly on this transaction which involved multiple different jurisdictions and complex fund structures.
Leading individuals

Matthew Cottis - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Corporate restructuring & insolvency
Corporate restructuring & insolvency - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Tom Astle

Other key lawyers:Stephen Foster; Deborah Gregory; Alex Kay; James Maltby

Testimonials

'The team provides pragmatic and commercial advice.'

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

'Hard working, focused and flexible in their operation.'

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

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

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

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

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

 

Key Clients

Knighthead Capital Management

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Ford

Citi

Santander

Lloyds Banking Group

PwC

EY

Deloitte

KPMG

Work highlights

  • Advised the agent and the lenders under the bespoke English law €1.06bn super senior DIP facilities provided to the Agrokor group.
  • Advised the lending syndicate during the run-up to the administration, the administrators on the rescue and the CVA, and the JV partners who acquired the Gaucho group from administration.
  • Advised the ad hoc committee of senior noteholders on the successful restructuring of troubled Ukraine-based farming conglomerate Mriya Group.
  • Acted for the Government of St Helena in relation to its exposure to Basil Read Pty Limited in relation to the construction and operation of St Helena Airport.
Leading individuals

Deborah Gregory - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Stephen Foster - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Tom Astle - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Debt capital markets
Debt capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):James Doyle

Other key lawyers:Andrew Carey; Kit Johnson; Philip Schuster; Sylvain Dhennin; Megan James

Testimonials

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

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

Work highlights

  • Advised Afreximbank on the annual update of its Irish-listed $5bn EMTN programme and a $500m fixed rate drawdown off the programme.
  • Advised M&G as purchaser of a £50m private placement of bonds to fund a UK NHS Foundation Trustee funding for Northumberland.
  • Advising Affinity Water on the substitution of the issuer under its £1.1bn whole business debt structure that Affinity uses to finance its regulated activities.
  • Assisted with the update of Mediobanca’s Euro commercial papers programme and with respect to the granting of the Short-Term European Paper (STEP) label from STEP Market as to English, Luxembourg and Italian law.
  • Advised the committee of holders of senior notes issued by Mriya Agro Holding Public Limited (and its subsidiaries), a large farming conglomerate based in Western Ukraine that is in liquidation.
Leading individuals

Andrew Carey - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Derivatives (including commodities)
Derivatives (including commodities) - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):James Doyle

Other key lawyers:David Hudd; Jennifer O’Connell; Kit Johnson

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

"Jennifer O'Connell is very responsive and pragmatic."

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

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

Work highlights

  • Advised long standing client Crédit Agricole CIB (who worked in partnership with International Finance Corporation) on an innovative transaction that will allow the Bank to expand its trade finance activities, and lend an additional $510 million to support health, education and other key services, as well as infrastructure projects, in emerging markets.
Leading individuals

James Doyle - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Andrew Carey

Other key lawyers:Andrew Taylor; David Leggott; Arun Velusami; Adrian Walker; Charles Ford

Key Clients

Deutsche Bank

Afreximbank

Standard Chartered Bank

Natixis

Credit Agricole

International Finance Corporation

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

European Commission

BP

Work highlights

  • Appointed to advise on the multibillion-euro High Speed Rail Baltica project - the largest Baltic-region infrastructure project in the last 100 years.
  • Acting as sole Project Counsel for the entire Consortium, led by BP, on the $45bn Shah Deniz 2 Gas Project.
  • Advising International Finance Corporation in relation to a senior revolving loan to be made available to a SPV fund managed by Barak Fund SPC Limited to provide trade and commodity finance to enterprises operating in Africa.
  • Advising the European Commission on the European Sustainable Development Fund (ESDF), part of the EU's external Investment Plan (EIP) for sub-Saharan Africa and the European Neighbourhood.
  • Advised long-standing client Crédit Agricole CIB on an innovative transaction that will allow the bank to expand its trade finance activities, and lend an additional $510m to support health, education and other key services, as well as infrastructure projects, in emerging markets.
Leading individuals

Andrew Carey - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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High yield
High yield - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):James Doyle

Other key lawyers:Sylvain Dhennin

Key Clients

Radisson Hospitality AB

Faurecia

HSBC

CACIB

BNP Paribas

Société Générale

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Barclays

Jaguar Land Rover Automotive Plc

Agrokor

Mryia

Swissport

Frigoglass

Work highlights

  • Advising Radisson Hospitality AB, a leading international hotel management company operating a portfolio of over 370 hotels across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, on the issuance of €250m of 6.875 percent senior secured notes.
  • Advised automotive equipment supplier Faurecia on the redemption of its existing €700,000,000 3.125% Senior Notes.
  • Advised Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, HSBC Bank plc and Société Générale (as Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Lead Bookrunners) in relation to the issuance, delivery, settlement and the listing of Rexel's €500,000,000 2.125% senior notes on the Euro MTF market of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.
  • Advised Jaguar Land Rover Automotive Plc on its €500,000,000 4.500% Senior Notes due 2026, which will be guaranteed on a senior unsecured basis by Jaguar Land Rover Limited and Jaguar Land Rover Holdings Limited.
  • Acted for an ad hoc committee of bondholders, and providers of a c€1bn super senior DIP facility to the Agrokor Group.
Leading individuals

Sylvain Dhennin - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Islamic finance
Islamic finance - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Robert Fugard

Other key lawyers:Faraz Naqvi

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Structured products and securitisation
Structured products and securitisation - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):James Doyle

Other key lawyers:David Hudd; Julian Craughan; Tauhid Ijaz; Dennis Dillon; David Palmer

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

Work highlights

  • Advised the Department of Education on the second sale and securitisation of a £3.8bn portfolio of income contingent student loans.
  • Advised Volkswagen Financial Services (UK) Limited in the first STS verifications by Prime Collateralised Securities (UK) Limited (PCS) of UK automotive deals in respect of its £10,000,000,000 Driver UK Master C2 Programme and its £2,000,000 Driver UK Master C3 Programme.
  • Represented De Lage Landen Leasing Limited in its first European securitisation; the issuance by DLL UK Equipment Finance 2019-1 plc deal was one of the first transactions to come to market out of the UK in 2019 and is in an asset class (equipment leases) that is not typically represented in the public European securitisation market.
  • Acted for the arranger and the originator in respect of a £2.85bn securitisation of hire purchase agreements and personal contract plan auto loan agreements made to borrowers in England & Wales and Scotland.
  • Acted for HSBC Bank plc on a warehouse facility plc made by Regency Assets DAC (an Irish commercial paper issuing conduit sponsored by the bank) as senior lender to a start-up residential mortgage lender (Lendco) established by SPF Private Clients in which Cabot Square Capital bought a majority stake in early 2018.
Leading individuals

David Hudd - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Julian Craughan - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Tauhid Ijaz - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Trade finance
Trade finance - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Andrew Taylor; David Leggott

Testimonials

"A joy to work with!"

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

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

Key Clients

Afreximbank

ING Bank

International Finance Corporation

Deutsche Bank

UK Export Finance

Proparco

Natixis

Société Générale

BNP Paribas

HSBC

Work highlights

  • Advising International Finance Corporation in relation to a senior revolving loan to be made available to a SPV fund managed by Barak Fund SPC Limited to provide trade and commodity finance to enterprises operating in Africa.
  • Providing advisory support to a major UK bank on its investments in trade receivables generated from supplies by UK pharmacists to the NHS.
Leading individuals

Andrew Taylor - Hogan Lovells International LLP

David Leggott - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Transport finance & leasing
Transport finance & leasing - ranked: tier 5

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Weakened by the departure of experienced rail finance expert Simon Gwynne to Norton Rose Fulbright in June 2019, Hogan Lovells International LLP is now primarily focused on cross-border work within the aviation sector. Robert Fugard remains one of the firm's principal contacts in this space and benefits from strong ties with a varied array of stakeholders including airlines, banks and leasing companies.

Other key lawyers:Robert Fugard

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Paul Randall

Other key lawyers:Fiona Bantock

Work highlights

  • Provided global advice to PVH Corp, Inc. on the grant and settlement of RSUs, options and restricted stock awards under the company's share plans in over 30 jurisdictions.
  • Advising on the acquisition of the entire Fuller’s beer business to Asahi Europe Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd.
  • Advised The Craftory, a newly incorporated UK company, on its incorporation and capitalisation by management and investors.
  • Advised Ares Management in relation to the acquisition of VetPartners, one of the UK's largest veterinary practice operators, and its subsequent sale to BC Partners and management incentivisation post-transaction.
  • Acted as international counsel to Sedgwick in relation to its sale by KKR to private equity group Carlyle.
Leading individuals

Paul Randall - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Employment: employers
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Stefan Martin

Other key lawyers:Ed Bowyer

Testimonials

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

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

Work highlights

  • Serving as primary adviser to software as a service company Diligent Corporation on all aspects of employment law in the UK.

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Pensions (non-contentious)
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Katie Banks; Angela Dimsdale Gill

Other key lawyers:Nathan Sherlock; Claire Southern; Duncan Buchanan; Katie Banks; Edward Brown

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

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

'Edward Brown is exceptional'

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

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

'Beth Sheehan is one to watch for the future'

Key Clients

Kier Pensions Group

Kodak Pension Plan

Trustee of the Pilots National Pension Fund

Kingfisher plc

Rolls-Royce plc

Trustee of the Royal Mail Defined Contribution Scheme

Trustee of the Pilkington Superannuation Scheme

ITV plc

Centrica plc

Trinity Mirror plc

Trustee of the Audit Commission Pension Scheme

ITV plc

Trustee of the Nortel Networks UK Pension Plan

Representative beneficiary of the Airways Pension Scheme

Halcrow Group Limited

Dalriada Trustees Ltd.

Board of the Pension Protection Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised the trustees of the SEGRO Pension Scheme on the purchase of a bulk insurance policy to fully secure all members' benefits.
  • Advising the Former Registered Dock Workers Pension Fund on putting the scheme into winding-up and methods for distributing surplus funds.
  • Advised RPC Containers Pension Trustees on the bids by Apollo and Berry for the purchase of the entire issued share capital of RPC Group plc.
Leading individuals

Duncan Buchanan - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Katie Banks - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next Generation Partners

Claire Southern - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Pensions: dispute resolution
Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Angela Dimsdale Gill

Other key lawyers:Nathan Sherlock

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

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

'Edward Brown is exceptional'

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

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

'Beth Sheehan is one to watch for the future'

Key Clients

ITV

Trustee of the Nortel Networks UK Pension Plan

Representative beneficiary of the Airways Pension Scheme

Halcrow Group Limited

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

Work highlights

  • Advising ITV on pension regulatory proceedings in the Upper Tribubal.
  • Representing the Trustee of the Nortel Networks UK Pension Plan and the Board of the Pension Protection Fund in long-running litigation which has produced a number of legal landmarks.
Leading individuals

Angela Dimsdale Gill - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Rising stars

Nathan Sherlock - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation
Insurance and reinsurance litigation - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Nick Atkins

Other key lawyers:Jamie Rogers

Key Clients

Phoenix Group

Willis Towers Watson

Work highlights

  • Acting for PA (GI) in relation to liability for misselling claims made by customers of mail order retailers such as Next and Grattan.
Leading individuals

Nick Atkins - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next Generation Partners

Jamie Rogers - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Charles Rix

Other key lawyers:Steven McEwan; Jamie Rogers

Testimonials

'Extensive experience in insurance/reinsurance - dynamic, forward thinking and extremely knowledgeable.'

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

'Steven McEwan and Charles Rix are leaders in their field.'

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

Key Clients

AXA

Prudential

Royal London

Standard Life

Canada Life

Phoenix

Sompo

SCOR

Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc.

Enstar and its subsidiaries, including StarStone

Work highlights

  • Advised The Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Limited on an offer to its policyholders to adapt their pension policies to the more flexible 'pension freedoms' environment.
  • Advising Canada Life, the UK insurance business of the Canadian financial conglomerate Great-West Lifeco, on the sale of a £2.7bn life insurance business to Scottish Friendly, a UK friendly society.
  • Advised Sedgwick on its acquisition of Cunningham Lindsey from a consortium of Sellers led by private equity firm CVC.
  • Advised Standard Life Assurance Limited on its acquisition by Phoenix.
  • Handled Brexit reorganisation for Tokio Marine including the transfers of EU branch businesses of two insurers to a new Luxembourg insurer, under one Part VII scheme.
Leading individuals

Charles Rix - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Steven McEwan - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next Generation Partners

Jamie Rogers - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Insurance: insolvency and restructuring
Insurance: insolvency and restructuring - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Joe Bannister

Key Clients

KPMG

Deloitte LLP

Scottish Re Group

Royal London

PwC

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

Work highlights

  • Advised The Scheme Administrators of OIC Run-Off Limited and The London and Overseas Insurance Company Limited (OIC) on all legal matters relating to the implementation of closure schemes of arrangement.
  • Continued to advise The Scottish Re Group on the English law aspects of the recently filed Chapter 11 cases and Bermuda and Cayman liquidation cases.
  • Advised The Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Limited on its offer to its policyholders to adapt their pension policies to the more flexible 'pension freedoms' environment.
Leading individuals

Joe Bannister - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Product liability: defendant
Product liability: defendant - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):John Meltzer; Valerie Kenyon; Matthew Felwick

Other key lawyers:Richard Welfare; Caroline Moore

Testimonials

'Hogan Lovells has strong knowledge in the life sciences space.'

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

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

Key Clients

Zimmer Biomet

Ford

Novartis

Google

Bristow Helicopters

Mylan

Nike

Guardian (part of Koch)

Oculus

Vodafone

Cardiorentis

Toshiba

British American Tobacco

Merck

Nest

NTT Data

Jimmy Choo

Mitsubishi Heavy Industry

Kingfisher

Fresenius

Work highlights

  • Defended Zimmer Biomet in a personal injury group action concerning the client's metal-on-metal prosthetic hip replacements, which was decided favourably for the client.
  • Acting for new client Ford in individual legal actions and a threatened High Court group action by owners of vehicles with EcoBoost engines regarding its allegedly defective cooling system.
  • Handling the whole product safety portfolio for Vodafone, which includes advising on regulatory compliance, scientific research, the development of industry standards, labelling, and product testing.
  • Acting for MSD regarding a threatened UK group action and in individual claims for compensation for conditions allegedly resulting from the administration of Gardasil, a preventive cervical cancer vaccine.
  • Advising Nike on product regulatory and compliance issues, as well as  pre-litigation and risk management matters concerning product marketing and product safety for the EU and international markets.
Leading individuals

John Meltzer - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next Generation Partners

Matthew Felwick - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Valerie Kenyon - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Nicholas Heaton

Other key lawyers:Angela Dimsdale Gill; Nathan Sherlock

Testimonials

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

Key Clients

Willis Towers Watson

Libyan Investment Authority

Eurasian Natural Resources Corp. (ENRC)

Work highlights

  • The team is acting for Eurasian Natural Resources Corp Ltd (ENRC) on its landmark appeal related to legal professional privilege.  
Leading individuals

Angela Dimsdale Gill - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Nicholas Heaton - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Rising stars

Nathan Sherlock - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Listed funds
Listed funds - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Erik Jamieson

Other key lawyers:Jeremy Pickles

Key Clients

Acheron Portfolio Company

Amber Infrastructure

BBGI Global Infrastructure Ltd

BH Global

BH Macro

Blackrock/iShares

Blue Capital

Caledonia

Canaccord Genuity Limited

CATCo Reinsurance Opportunities Fund

Clipstone Logistics REIT Plc

Greensphere Capital

HICL Infrastructure Company Limited

IFM

International Public Partnerships Limited

INVESCO

IRF European Finance Investments Ltd

Jefferies International

John Laing Capital Management

John Laing Environmental Assets Group

John Laing Infrastructure Fund Ltd

JPMorgan Cazenove

Life Settlement Assets

Macquarie Capital Partners (Europe) Ltd

Numis Securities

Pantheon Ventures

Pershing Square

Riverstone Energy

Sherborne Investors

Stifel

Urban Exposure

3i Infrastructure

Work highlights

  • Advised HICL Infrastructure Company Limited on moving the domicile of its investment business to the United Kingdom and its subsequent winding up.
  • Represented Jefferies International Limited acted as Sponsor, Global Co-ordinator, Bookrunner and Financial Adviser on the IPO of Mobius Investment Trust plc.
  • Acted fro Life Settlement Assets plc on its IPOon the Specialist Fund Segment following the restructuring of its predecessor fund, Acheron Portfolio Corporation SA.
  • Acted as legal advisor to Liberum Capital in relation to major listings in 2018.
  • Represented Numis Securities on the introduction of Stenprop Limited to the Specialist Fund Segment.
Next Generation Partners

Jeremy Pickles - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Private funds
Private funds - ranked: tier 5

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Nicholas Holman

Other key lawyers:Erik Jamieson; Jeremy Pickles; Amran Hanif

Key Clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Amber Infrastructure

Argent Related

Barts Charity

Cambridge Associates

CDC (UK development bank)

Dalmore Capital

DEG (German development bank)

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

Fengate Capital Management

Foundation Investment Partners

FMO (Dutch development bank)

GELF Management (Lux) S.à r.l.

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

IFC (Part of the World Bank)

InfraRed Capital Partners

International Fund Management Limited

John Laing Capital Management

M&G Investment Management

Nippon Life International Inc

The Prudential Assurance Company

Ventiga Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised UBS Asset Management on the launch of its second infrastructure debt fund, Archmore Infrastructure Debt Platform II (IDP II).
  • Advised Infracapital, the infrastructure equity investment arm of M&G Prudential, on the establishment of a new £1.85bn Europe-focused infrastructure fund, which is the largest fund raised to date by Infracapital.

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Real estate funds
Real estate funds - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Nicholas Holman

Key Clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

BlackRock Investment Management

Barclays Bank UK Retirement Fund

British Land

Cannacord Genuity

Columbia Threadneedle

Crosslane

Fortress Investment Group

Future Fund of the Commonwealth of Australia

ICG Longbow

Land Securities

M&G Real Estate

NAREIT

NTM Capital

PMM Partners

QIC

The Crown Estate

TPG

Shore Capital

SunSuper

UBS Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Advised Clipstone Logistics REIT plc on (i) approval of the sale of 5 warehouses for £85.4 million, (ii) its acquisition of Clipstone Industrial Unit Trust for £86.5 million via a units-for-shares exchange offer and (iii) and a £5 million share buyback.
  • Assisted on the disposal by an NTM managed fund of two sub-fund vehicles to new offshore partnership investment vehicles established between NTM and an investor/developer with experience in the Irish student accommodation sector and negotiation of new management arrangements.
  • Legal adviser to British Land on its proposed acquisition of a 50% interest in a tiered limited liability partnership investment structure and negotiation of new investor and management agreements.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)
Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Philip Robb

Other key lawyers:Andrew Gallagher; Philip Brown; Adrian Walker; Alex Harrison; Charles Ford

Testimonials

'Hogan Lovells is a visible competitor in the market.'

'Andrew Gallagher is a very good practitioner in the field.'

Key Clients

Department for Transport

Fluor

IFC

FMO

BP

Bechtel

Société Générale

Lockheed Martin

EDF

EIB

Work highlights

  • Advised EIB on the £900m capital markets bond refinancing of the M25 motorway PPP project owned by the Connect Plus consortium, which included the refinancing of a large tranche of senior commercial bank debt and interest rate swaps alongside the provision by EIB of £380m of fixed rate long term debt.
  • Assisted Senior Lenders to the project company developing the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, a major PPP project under construction by Carillion at the time of its insolvency and one of the largest distressed PPP assets arising out of the Carillion collapse.
  • Advised the owners of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, which is the company operating the ferry service between the Isle of Man and five ports in the UK and Ireland, on its sale to the Isle of Man Government.
Leading individuals

Adrian Walker - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Andrew Gallagher - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next Generation Partners

Alex Harrison - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Mining and minerals
Mining and minerals - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Adrian Walker

Other key lawyers:Kieron O'Callaghan

Testimonials

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

Work highlights

  • On behalf of ENRC, the team recently secured a significant Court of Appeal decision which has re-established the importance, and applicability, of legal professional privilege, including in the context of internal investigations.
  • Acting for Cunico Resources in an investment claim against the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia before ICSID.
  • Representing a Russian high-net worth individual and businessman, who was served with an English Claim Form at Heathrow Airport for payment of moneys alleged to be owed under a partnership agreement in respect of mining investments in Russia.
  • The firm cemented at appeal the victory it obtained at trial for Astor in the Commercial Court trial in a €60m dispute that examined, amongst other issues, the extent of a duty of good faith between contracting parties and the ambit of reasonable endeavours clauses.

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Ben Sulaiman

Other key lawyers:Arun Velusami; Ben Hornan; Kieran O'Callaghan

Work highlights

  • The firm continues to act as sole project counsel for the entire consortium, led by BP, on the $45bn Shah Deniz 2 Gas Project.
Next Generation Partners

Ben Sulaiman - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Alex Harrison

Other key lawyers:Arun Velusami

Testimonials

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

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

Key Clients

The Crown Estate

Flour

Evermore Energy

EDF

European Investment Bank

Exelon Corporation

GE

Iberdrola

International Finance Corporation

Infracapital Partners

John Laing Environmental Limited

Macquarie

Mars

Work highlights

  • Serving as sole legal adviser to the Crown Estate in relation to its wind, tidal and gas storage portfolios in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Advised Fluor on the sale to SSE of Fluor's 50% stake in the Seagreen offshore wind farm projects under development by Seagreen Wind Energy.

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Water
Water - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Philip Robb

Other key lawyers:Charles Ford; Julian Craughan

Key Clients

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners

EIB

Northumbrian Water

Infracapital

Affinity Water

UBS

Morgan Stanley

JGC

Work highlights

  • Advising Affinity Water (the largest water-only utility in England) on the substitution of the issuer under its £1.1bn whole business securitisation structure that Affinity use to finance its regulated activities.
Next Generation Partners

Charles Ford - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Charles Brasted

Key Clients

Uber

The Crown Estate

National Air Traffic Services

British American Tobacco

Pension Protection Fund

Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry

ExxonMobil

Hollister

Biggin Hill Airport

Whirlpool

Work highlights

  • Advised Uber on a string of judicial review challenges to Transport for London's regulatory burdens including the English language requirement and the complaints line requirement.
  • Acted for The Crown Estate in process of devolution of the management of its Scottish assets to the Scottish government.
  • Acted in a Supreme Court judicial review against HMRC concerning its governing powers, where significant public interest was cited.
  • Advised the Secretary of State for Education on the public law issues of the part-sale of its student loan book.
  • Advised air traffic control provider NATS on a range of contentious and non-contentious public law issues, including a claim in the High Court  regarding the calculation of terminal air navigation charges in London pursuant to the EU Charging Regulation.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: corporate occupiers
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Jackie Newstead; Daniel Norris

Other key lawyers:Dion Panambalana; Gill McGreevy

Testimonials

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

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

'Dion Panambalana is very focused, pragmatic and user friendly.'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'Daniel Norris has very strong business skills, good interpersonal skills - he is an excellent negotiator and good communicator.'

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

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

Key Clients

American Express

British Land

BBC

BMW

CCLA Investment Management

Land Securities

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

M&G Real Estate (Prudential)

News Corp

Shaftesbury

The Crown Estate

Work highlights

  • Acting for the BBC on its pre-let to take, and enable, the development of the cultural and educational district at Stratford.
  • Advising Shaftesbury on the letting of the redeveloped Thomas Neal’s Warehouse to KERB for a new food hall concept.

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Commercial property: development
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Jackie Newstead; Daniel Norris

Other key lawyers:Dion Panambalana

Testimonials

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

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

'Dion Panambalana is very focused, pragmatic and user friendly.'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'Daniel Norris has very strong business skills, good interpersonal skills - he is an excellent negotiator and good communicator.'

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

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

Key Clients

Aberdeen Standard

Argent (and Argent Related)

British Land

Calthorpe Estates

Landsec

LaSalle Investment Management

M&G Real Estate/Prudential

Shaftesbury

The Ballymore Group

The Crown Estate

U+I Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Calthorpe Estates on an agreement with U+I on one of the estate's landmark deals of the last century.
  • Advised Berkeley Homes (East Thames) Limited in connection with the proposed development of the West Thamesmead Gateway development site.
  • Acted for AFC Wimbledon on the historic acquisition of a new stadium site, and the subsequent construction of the new stadium, at Plough Lane in the London Borough of Merton.
  • Advised IQ Student Accommodation on a number of forward fundings and the development of various large student schemes.
  • Acted for the BBC on its pre-let to take, and enable, the development of the cultural and educational district at Stratford.
Leading individuals

Daniel Norris - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Dion Panambalana - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Gill McGreevy - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Jackie Newstead - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Commercial property: hotels and leisure
Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Jackie Newstead

Other key lawyers:Dion Panambalana

Testimonials

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

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

'Dion Panambalana is very focused, pragmatic and user friendly.'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'Daniel Norris has very strong business skills, good interpersonal skills - he is an excellent negotiator and good communicator.'

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

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

Key Clients

Landsec

William Pears Group

Novum

Millennium & Copthorne

AFC Wimbledon

British Land

Valor Hospitality Partners

Jury's  Inns

Fattal Group

M&G Real Estate

Kennedy Wilson

Shiva Hotels

Work highlights

  • Advised Fattal Hotel Group on its UK hotel acquisitions.
  • Acting for AFC Wimbledon on the historic acquisition of a new stadium site, and the subsequent construction of the new stadium, at Plough Lane in the London Borough of Merton.
Leading individuals

Jackie Newstead - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Commercial property: investment
Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Jackie Newstead; Daniel Norris

Other key lawyers:John Condliffe; Sian Owles

Testimonials

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

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

'Dion Panambalana is very focused, pragmatic and user friendly.'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'Daniel Norris has very strong business skills, good interpersonal skills - he is an excellent negotiator and good communicator.'

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

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

Key Clients

Aberdeen Standard

British Land

CCLA Investment Management

Landsec

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

M&G Real Estate (Prudential)

Shaftesbury

TH Real Estate

The Crown Estate

U+I Group Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Prologis on the $1.1bn sale of a high-quality portfolio of buildings and land in Europe and the US to the real estate investment arm of Singaporean sovereign investor Temasek.
  • Advised Pontegadea on the £544m acquisition of the iconic Adelphi Building in London from Blackstone.
  • Acted on the acquisition of Lionel House in Birmingham, Queen Street Apartments Leicester and the forward purchase of a new scheme at Kirkstall Road Leeds.
  • Advised on the new Heatherwick redesigned Coal Drop's Yard experiential retail and leisure destination at King's Cross Central.
  • Acted for a Japanese Bank on the acquisition of a 49.95% interest in the Highcross Leicester Limited Partnership from Hammerson.
Leading individuals

Daniel Norris - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Rising stars

Christopher Somorjay - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Commercial property: retail
Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Jackie Newstead; Daniel Norris;

Testimonials

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

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

'Dion Panambalana is very focused, pragmatic and user friendly.'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'Daniel Norris has very strong business skills, good interpersonal skills - he is an excellent negotiator and good communicator.'

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

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

Key Clients

Argent/King's Cross Central LP

British Land

B&Q

Intu

Landsec

LaSalle Investment Management  (Coal Pension Properties)

Mars Pension Fund

M&G Real Estate

Russell and Bromley

Shaftesbury

Uniqlo

Work highlights

  • Continuing to act on all English properties in the Russell & Bromley portfolio.
  • Advised on strategic lease and sale programme for B&Q.

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Construction: contentious
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Roberta Downey

Other key lawyers:Rupert Sydenham

Testimonials

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

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

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

Key Clients

Argent

Leading individuals

Roberta Downey - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Contruction: non-contentious
Contruction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Gillian Thomas

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

BP

Department for Transport

Kier Group

Rio Tinto Group

RWE

Work highlights

  • Advising King's Cross Central LP on all construction aspects of the £2bn, 8 million sq ft King's Cross Central development.
  • Advising Argent Related as development partner in the £3bn Brent Cross South regeneration scheme.
Leading individuals

Gillian Thomas - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Other key lawyers:Helen Boniface; Kevin O'Connor

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Claire Dutch

Other key lawyers:Michael Gallimore; Hannah Quarterman

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

'Claire Dutch is a leader in the field of planning.'

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

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

'Michael Gallimore provides sage advice on government policy.'

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

Key Clients

AECOM

AirbnB

Argent PLC and Argent Related

British Land

Carbon 8 Aggregates Limited

Covanta and Veolia JV

Dacorum Borough Council

Grafton Advisors (part of GreenOak Real Estate)

L&Q

Land Securities

Londonewcastle

M&G Real Estate

Mount Anvil

Peabody (housing association)

Providence Land

Real Estate Investment Management Limited

Royal London

The Ballymore Group

The Berkeley Group

The Church Commissioners

The Crown Estate

The Historic Royal Palaces Commission

Uniper UK

Mars Pension Fund

KNM

Homes England

Grundon

Eastern Oriental

LLDC

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for GreenOak Real Estate on a controversial public inquiry appeal regarding a central London site.
  • Advised the London Legacy Development Corporation on planning strategy to secure a suite of planning permissions for the new Cultural and Educational District.
  • Advised Hammerson and Ballymore on their joint venture to develop Bishopsgate Goodsyard (central London's largest available brownfield site).
  • Advising the Crown Estate on the 2,500 home urban extension to Hemel Hempstead.
  • Advising on the planning aspects of British Land's development and investment activity throughout London and the UK.
Leading individuals

Claire Dutch - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Andrew Flemming

Other key lawyers:Andrew Welbourn; Jo Solomon

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

HSBC

Colony Capital

Hines European Core Fund

ICG Longbow

Barclays Bank

DRC Capital 

Kingdom Holding Company and Kingdom Hotel Investments

Henderson Global Investors 

U + I Group Plc

Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Cheyne Capital Management 

Wainbridge

Work highlights

  • Advised Wainbridge on the refinancing of the Belgravia Gate luxury apartment development on Grosvenor Crescent, with Apollo Global Management acting as the new senior lender.
  • Advising Colony Capital in connection with a large structured debt and equity investment with joint venture partner John Ronan in a Dublin real estate development.
  • Advising Colony Capital on a structured investment in a docklands real estate development in Dublin.
  • Advising Hines European Core Fund on the refinancing of a portfolio of properties situated in Berlin, Dusseldorf, London and Edinburgh, and the refinancing of a French property.
  • Advising M&G Limited on the refinancing of its revolving credit facilities with The Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited (RBSI) in respect of two of its real estate funds.
Leading individuals

Andrew Flemming - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Andrew Welbourn - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Jo Solomon - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Nicholas Cheffings; Mathew Ditchburn

Other key lawyers:Paul Tonkin; Katie Dunn

Testimonials

'Very creative - plenty of lateral thinking.'

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

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

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

Key Clients

British Land

Landsec

The Crown Estate

Argent (King's Cross Central Limited Partnership)

M&G Real Estate

Hammerson

Ballymore

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Criterion Capital

Berkeley Homes

Work highlights

  • Assisted longstanding developer client Ballymore Group and its Malaysian joint venture partner EcoWorld with obtaining an urgent injunction to prevent urban explorers from trespassing upon its development site at Wardian, Docklands.
  • Acted for the landlord, the Prudential Assurance Company and Intu, in court proceedings concerning the forfeiture of a valuable long-lease following the insolvency of the tenant, BHS, and its breach of the keep-open covenant concerning BHS' anchor unit at the Cribbs Causeway shopping centre in Bristol.
  • Acting for Criterion Capital, the landlord of London's Trocadero, in High Court proceedings pertaining to the interpretation and application of a rent deposit deed following the insolvency of a major tenant.
  • Advising a consortium of landlords, including the Prudential Assurance Company, British Land, Aberdeen Standard Investments and Hammerson, in bringing a High Court challenge to the company voluntary arrangement (CVA) proposed by Regis UK.
Leading individuals

Mathew Ditchburn - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Nicholas Cheffings - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next Generation Partners

Paul Tonkin - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Rising stars

Katie Dunn - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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London: Risk advisory

Brexit
Brexit - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Susan Bright

Other key lawyers:Charles Brasted; Peter Watts; Rachel Kent; Aline Doussin

Leading individuals

Charles Brasted - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Susan Bright - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Corporate governance
Corporate governance - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Jonathan Baird; Maegan Morrison; Richard Ufland

Other key lawyers:Crispin Rapinet; Liam Naidoo

Key Clients

British Paralympic Association

Caisse des Depots et Placement du Quebec (CDPQ)

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

International Public Partnerships

ITV plc

Mail.Ru Group Limited

Mars

Millennium & Copthorne plc

MP Evans Group PLC

NATS

Paysafe Group

Shaftesbury plc

The Crown Estate

Uber

Zopa

Work highlights

  • Advising Uber on its governance model in the UK to demonstrate it is 'fit and proper' to hold a London private-hire operator licence following the decision by TfL to revoke its licence in 2017. This included reviewing its corporate governance arrangements, considering issues relating to Uber's app and implementing new policies.
  • Assisting the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport with its dormant assets project.
  • Acting for Paysafe Group on all its governance work including market abuse compliance, annual report reviews and employee share plan issues.
  • Advising Millennium & Copthorne on its corporate governance work including compliance with the Corporate Governance Code, constitutional matters and AGM issues.
  • Acting for CDPQ in several investigations into alleged bribery at a Bombardier subsidiary.

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Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity
Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Eduardo Ustaran

Other key lawyers:Nicola Fulford; Sian Rudgard

Key Clients

Cigna

Walmart

Verizon

Salesforce

Work highlights

  • Assisted Cigna with its GDPR compliance and data transfer strategy.
  • Advised Walmart on its GDPR compliance programme.
  • Acting for Verizon on securing approval for its set of binding corporate rules.
  • Advising Salesforce on its successful controller and processor binding corporate rules applications.
Leading individuals

Eduardo Ustaran - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next Generation Partners

Nicola Fulford - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Crispin Rapinet

Other key lawyers:Liam Naidoo; Claire Lipworth 

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation

CDPQ

Russian Deposit Insurance Agency

Borelli Walsh

Virunga Foundation

Maersk Oil

FMCP

Leading international organisations across a number of industry sectors

Work highlights

  • On behalf of ENRC, the team has secured one of the most significant and widely acclaimed Court of Appeal decisions for many years, which has re-established the importance, and applicability, of legal professional privilege.
  • Lead counsel to an overseas pension fund that is a major shareholder in a multinational transportation company, in relation to investigations into alleged bribery at a company subsidiary.
  • Advising a radiation therapy client in relation to a number of internal investigations focusing on allegations of corruption and other financial and corporate crime in the Czech Republic, Russia, Turkey, Korea, Italy, China, Sri Lanka, and Hong Kong.
  • Conducted a major investigation and asset recovery for FM Capital Partners Ltd (FMCP) and its client Libya Africa Investment Portfolio (LAP), an FCA-regulated asset management company in relation to a large-scale fraud by its former CEO, Frédéric Marino.
Leading individuals

Crispin Rapinet - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Sahira Khwaja

Work highlights

  • Acting for a drinks manufacturer in High Court trade mark litigation regarding a market-leading brand
  • Acting for Walkers in High Court trade mark litigation concerning the packaging of its market-leading crisps products.
  • Advising on franchising arrangements for retail clients, including Post Office Limited.
Rising stars

Anneka Dalton - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Emily Reid

Other key lawyers:John Salmon; Rachel Kent

Key Clients

Accion International

Barclays

Brolly

Curve 1 Limited

CV Starr & Co Inc. (Starr Insurance Companies)

Duality Banx

Habito

Innovate Finance

Monzo Bank

Open Banking Limited

PayPal

Paysafe

Refineryy Limited

Santander Innoventures

SteelEye

Steps

Thincats

Trōv International UK Limited

Zopa

Work highlights

  • Appointed by Open Banking as exclusive legal adviser on all regulatory matters.
  • Advising Curve on regulatory and competition law issues.
  • Advised Globacap on its issuance of tokenised equity, which was the first time an English company had issued shares recorded onto a blockchain.
  • We advised Goldman Sachs on its Series E investment in online asset manager Nutmeg.
  • Advised Dr Timo Schlaefer and other key shareholders of Crypto Research Limited on its sale to Kraken.
Leading individuals

Emily Reid - Hogan Lovells International LLP

John Salmon - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Peter Watts

Other key lawyers:Don McGown; John Salmon

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Paul Brown

Other key lawyers:Daniel Brook; Stephen Bennett; Emma Fulton; Sahira Khwaja

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

'Stephen Bennett is sensible, pragmatic and experienced.'

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

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

Leading individuals

Stephen Bennett - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Stephen Bennett; Matthew Felwick

Other key lawyers:John Meltzer; Jane Summerfield

Testimonials

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

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

Key Clients

Eli Lilly

Merck Sharp & Dohme

Novartis

LabCorp

Bristol-Myers Squibb

The Association of BritishPharmaceutical Industry

Amgen

Akevia

Mylan

Zimmer Biom

Work highlights

  • The team has won a landmark UK Supreme Court decision for Eli Lilly in relation to the generic attacks on its oncology product, Alimta.
  • Advising the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry and a number of international pharmaceutical companies on the implications of Brexit for the entire UK pharmaceutical industry. This has included advising on the process from both a UK and EU perspective, and helping to identify the key issues that will need to be addressed in the withdrawal agreement.
  • Assisted an international pharmaceutical company negotiate an acceptable price with the Department for Health and Social Care for an innovative cancer drug.
  • Acting for Zimmer Biomet and various European subsidiaries in relation to personal injury claims concerning Biomet's metal-on-metal prosthetic hip replacements. The team is coordinating the defence of claims across Europe.
  • Routinely advises clients in the medical devices sector on their engagement with the accreditation and conformity assessment regulators, in connection with questions raised about transfers of medical devices certificates. Also advises on data protection and privacy matters.
Leading individuals

John Meltzer - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next Generation Partners

Matthew Felwick - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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London: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):Andrew Gallagher; Charles Ford

Key Clients

Aéroports de Paris

TAV

Belfast City Airport

Macquarie

Regional Airports

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Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Other key lawyers:Charles Ford; Andrew Gallagher; Rupert Sydenham

Testimonials

The team is knowledgeable, approachable, pragmatic, commercial and efficient.

Charles Ford is very knowledgeable about the sector; he makes sure that he understands the client brief fully and provides pragmatic advice in a timely manner.

Charles Ford has in-depth client knowledge and is responsive.

Key Clients

Alstom

Equitix

SMBC

Cross London Trains (consortium consisting of Innisfree, 3i, and Siemens) Department for Transport

Macquarie

European Investment Bank (EIB)

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS)

QW Rail

Hellenic Republic

Work highlights

  • The team advised SMBC and Equitix on the £1bn financing, acquisition and leasing of a fleet of Bombardier class 345 units, for use on the Elizabeth Line (Crossrail).
Rising stars

Charles Ford  - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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