Firm Profile > Memery Crystal LLP > London, England

Memery Crystal LLP
165 Fleet Street
EC4A 2DY
England

Gaming and betting Tier 2

Memery Crystal LLP advises clients from the gambling and lotteries industries on market entry regulations and provides comparative regulatory advice regarding the applicable licensing regime across different jurisdictions. The firm is also experienced in advising on disputes in the gambling sector. The ‘charismatic and helpfulCarl Rohsler heads the practice and has expertise in M&A transactions in the gambling industry.

Practice head(s):

Carl Rohsler

Testimonials

The firm provides the very best advice

Carl Rohsler has a charismatic personality with an encyclopaedic knowledge of gambling law and regulations

Key clients

Health Lottery

888.com

Scottish TV Group

Telegraph Media Group

Gaming Realms

Fulham FC

BetBull

Union Jaxx

Arm Candy

Initial Rewards Limited

Project 11

Avantage Entertainment

Roland de Wolfe

Goldchip Gaming

Metric Gaming

West Bromwich Albion FC

Aston Villa FC

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 2

Memery Crystal LLP advises UK and international companies on cross-border mandates across a range of sectors, including corporate real estate, hotels and leisure and technology. Matter highlights include management buyouts, disposals and takeovers, acting for public and private clients as well as private equity-backed companies. The firm has made a number of hires, including Zarko Iankov from Dentons, who brings M&A experience, particularly in Eastern Europe. Corporate head Nick Alfillé is active across the firm's core sectors, and is proficient in advising clients ranging in size from start-ups to multinationals. Highly recommended is the 'very experienced'  Lesley Gregory, who is rated for her AIM-related transactional work and corporate M&A for both domestic and overseas companies.

Practice head(s):

Nick Alfillé

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Experts in their field but what makes them stand out is their commercial understanding of what we need as clients. They are also extremely approachable

Key clients

Gaming Realms

RSK Group

Gemserv

Foodfellas

KMI Brands

Royal Properties

Lombard Risk Management

Brooklyn Travel Limited

Kropz

Commercial property: retail Tier 3

At Memery Crystal LLP, the team possesses an ‘uncanny ability to overcome items that other lawyers see as problems’. Daniel Abrahams is acclaimed for his ‘excellent all-round real estate knowledge’ and heads the practice alongside Alastair Moss. High-value transactions and portfolio work are key strengths in the hospitality and leisure industries with the group representing pubs, hotels and restaurants, among others. Instructions in the retail space include lease renewals, property disputes and store developments, while on the investment front, the team represents banks, wealth managers and family offices on both cross-border and domestic matters. Also forming the commercial property workload are site acquisitions and disposals, developments, construction, planning and disputes along with landlord and tenant affairs. Sukina Dhilon recently joined from Collyer Bristow LLP.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Moss; Daniel Abrahams

Testimonials

‘Direct partner involvement in transactions, even when the day to day drafting is being dealt with by a junior lawyer. Their main strengths are in knowing their clients so being able to deal with issues expeditiously without needing client involvement for all the minutiae of the transaction; that and an uncanny ability of overcoming items that other lawyers see as problems. They are a firm who simply get the deal done in the best interests of their clients.’

‘Daniel Abrahams has excellent all-round real estate knowledge with the ability to overcome issues that arise during transactions that other lawyers seem unable to resolve.’

Key clients

Metro Bank

Travis Perkins

Steinhoff UK

Wyevale Garden Centres

Big Yellow Construction Company Limited

Asda

PPR Streatham

The Mall Corporation

A.S.K Partners

Janoir LLP/Ocubis

Charterhouse Group

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 3

Memery Crystal LLP is one of the leading firms for listing foreign and dual-listed mining companies on AIM, particularly those from Australia and Africa. In addition, the team has experience advising brokers and corporate issuers in the technology, software and fintech sectors, and is becoming increasingly interested in acting for Canadian cannabis-related companies despite current regulatory hurdles for listing such companies. Key contacts in the team include Nick Davis and Lesley Gregory, a very well-known name in the London AIM space.

Practice head(s):

Lesley Gregory

Other key lawyers:

Michael Dawes; Nick Davis; Kieran Stone

Testimonials

‘Exceptionally competent and hardworking; nothing is ever too much for them.’

‘The team’s key capabilities are closely aligned with the equity capital markets, so they are able to advise us to the best possible outcome.’

‘One of the few firms in the City where their output far exceeds their billing.’

‘Lesley Gregory provided very useful advice – a very experienced partner.’

‘Lesley Gregory is highly experienced and offers excellent advice. Very professional and approachable and us helped our business a great deal.’

Key clients

Danakali Ltd

MOD Resources plc

Petra Diamonds

Ananda Developments plc

Shanta Gold

Rainbow Rare Earths

Gulf Keystone Petroleum

Maestrano Group Ltd

Pelatro

Kropz

Litigation Capital Management Ltd

Odey Asset Management

Tharisa

Commercial property: hotels and leisure Tier 4

At Memery Crystal LLP, the team possesses an ‘uncanny ability to overcome items that other lawyers see as problems’. Daniel Abrahams is acclaimed for his ‘excellent all-round real estate knowledge’ and heads the practice alongside Alastair Moss. High-value transactions and portfolio work are key strengths in the hospitality and leisure industries with the group representing pubs, hotels and restaurants, among others. Instructions in the retail space include lease renewals, property disputes and store developments, while on the investment front, the team represents banks, wealth managers and family offices on both cross-border and domestic matters. Also forming the commercial property workload are site acquisitions and disposals, developments, construction, planning and disputes along with landlord and tenant affairs. Sukina Dhilon recently joined from Collyer Bristow LLP.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Abrahams; Alastair Moss

Other key lawyers:

David O’Dwyer

Testimonials

‘Direct partner involvement in transactions, even when the day to day drafting is being dealt with by a junior lawyer. Their main strengths are in knowing their clients so being able to deal with issues expeditiously without needing client involvement for all the minutiae of the transaction; that and an uncanny ability of overcoming items that other lawyers see as problems. They are a firm who simply get the deal done in the best interests of their clients.’

‘Daniel Abrahams has excellent all-round real estate knowledge with the ability to overcome issues that arise during transactions that other lawyers seem unable to resolve.’

Key clients

David Moore and Tony Bennett

Shiva Hotels

Vastint Hospitality B.V. (part of the IKEA Group)

Z Hotels

Blackfinch Investments

Sean Martin

Kicking Horse, Freshwater Pub Co Limited, Golden Brick Pubs Limited

Wolfpack Craft Beer

Allied Irish Bank (GB)

Contruction: non-contentious Tier 4

Memery Crystal LLP's practice, which acts for developers, global corporations and retailers, is led by Joanne Kelly, who specialises in renewable energy contracts, primarily wind projects. Kelly - described as 'a star of the Memery Crystal offering' - was lead partner advising Telford Homes on its £500m London building programme which included developments at Nine Elms, Battersea and work at Walthamstow.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Kelly

Testimonials

‘The team has a commercial and pragmatic approach, as well as the ability to deliver advice on complex issues in a straightforward accessible way.

‘Very bright and strong team. Depth of knowledge on industry matters is excellent.’

‘Joanne Kelly’s wide ranging experience and expertise means that clients have the benefit of commercial and astute advice across a range of project types. The team is really friendly and approachable, very on the ball, enthusiastic and talented.’

‘Joanne Kelly is a star of the Memery Crystal offering. She has a strong team around her.’

‘James Ashwin is a rising star and punches above his weight for his experience.’

‘Nikola Lowry Lee is also strong on disputes and strategic advice.’

‘Joanne Kelly is excellent. She has a very firm grasp of legal issues, gives clear advice but at the same time is very practical, which clients really appreciate.’

Key clients

Big Yellow Construction Company Limited

Shiva Hotels

Telford Homes

Vastint Hospitality B.V.

Saracens Rugby Club

Asda

Global Holdings Management (UK) Limited

Oil and gas Tier 4

The practice at Memery Crystal LLP has a strong international focus, significant cross-border transactional experience and a strong reputation for equity capital markets work, particularly in the natural resources and technology sectors. A particular recent focus of the firm has been on the secondary UK Main Market listing for overseas resource companies, providing them with a platform to access London’s liquidity and deep capital markets. This has led to several client gains such as MOD Resources, Danakali, Pure Gold and Alio. Firm CEO Nick Davis leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Nick Davis

Other key lawyers:

Michael Dawes

Key clients

Columbus Energy Resources

Tlou Energy

Sterling Energy

Chariot Oil and Gas Ltd

Gulf Keystone Petroleum

Rose Petroleum

Green Dragon Gas

Property litigation Tier 4

Frequently acting for leading retailers and major landlords, Memery Crystal LLP's 'responsive and well organised' team is routinely called upon to assist with disputes arising from property portfolios and property developments. It provides 'sensible and practical advice' on lease renewal proceedings, restrictive covenants, dilapidation claims, rent arrears and insolvency-related matters, among other commercial and residential property issues. The 'efficient and helpfulRichard Evans heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Richard Evans

Other key lawyers:

Adam Gross

Testimonials

They understand that it is important to view matters in a commercial way and deal with them pragmatically.

They fully explain the options and possible consequences in simple language.

‘Splendid attention to detail.

Provides an excellent service.’

Key clients

Freshwater Group of Companies

St. Modwen Properties

Wyevale Garden Centres

Steinhoff UK

Travis Perkins

Samba London t/a SushiSamba

Castrum Estates

Chailey Homes

Asda

Charterhouse Group

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 5

The commercial, media and technology team at Memery Crystal LLP handles digital media, cyber security, financial technology, IP, data protection and commercial contract instructions. It also advises on digital strategies, technology finance and matters in the gambling sector.

Mining and minerals Tier 5

Memery Crystal LLP's team is focused on equity capital markets transactions for mining companies, particularly those with projects in Africa, and maintains a strong reputation in advising on listings on AIM and the Main Market, as well as secondary fundraisings and dual listings. The group also advises on M&A, debt finance and private equity investments in the mining sector.

Practice head(s):

Michael Dawes; Nick Davis

Testimonials

‘The Memery Crystal team is exceptionally competent and hard working, with nothing ever being ‘too much’. What really makes this team stand out is its strategic commercial approach to many legal situations and the open, friendly, family manner in which it interacts with clients.’

‘The team always conducts itself in a professional manner and its strengths lie across all elements of work streams as part of their mandate. The practice’s key capabilities are closely aligned with minerals and mining which means it is perfectly poised to assist clients in getting the best outcome possible.’

‘It is their individual levels of competence, their willingness and ability to work long hard hours whenever the situation demands, and the open and friendly way in which they continue to interact with their clients, no matter how large the challenge, that sets the Memery Crystal attorneys apart from the rest.’

‘This group engages in proactive thinking as opposed to reactive actions. Clients should value its transparency, efficiency and quality of work as well as its attention to detail.’

Key clients

Danakali Ltd

MOD Resources Ltd

Petra Diamonds

Kropz

Rainbow Rare Earths

Tethyan Resources

Shanta Gold Ltd

Commercial litigation Tier 6

Memery Crystal LLP 'delivers an excellent partner-led service and regularly seems to outperform its competition'. The practice has particular disputes expertise in relation to financial services, tax, insolvency, commercial fraud, shareholder disputes, natural resources, and international trade. Dispute resolution head Mark Whelan, Harvey Rands and Iain MacWhannell are the key contacts. In 2018, Jenni Jenkins was made partner and Joel Seager was hired from Enyo Law LLP, while in 2019, Dean Nicholls joined from Gordon Dadds LLP. Jane Marsden has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Mark Whelan

Testimonials

A first-class financial services litigation practice’.

Mark Whelan takes a very hands-on role, making sure that he fully understands the desired commercial outcome from the outset‘.

Iain MacWhannell is excellent – he is commercial, pragmatic and astute‘.

Key clients

Marex Financial

Medsted Associates

Flowgroup

Petricca & Co Capital

Jersey Oil & Gas

Brotherton Real Estate

STM Group

International Goldfields

Grant Thornton

Employment: employers Tier 6

With a particularly strong focus on the financial services sector, Memery Crystal LLP’s employment practice distinguishes itself through its work advising clients on the employment aspects of AIM listings, as well as its expertise in litigation and restructuring matters, such as advising Karen Millen on the employment aspects of its acquisition of parts of the business of Coast out of pre-pack administration. In early 2018 Stephen Ravenscroft joined the team from White & Case LLP; he has since succeeded Merrill April as head of the practice following her departure to CM Murray LLP. The team also advises senior executives, senior employees and board members on a broad range of issues

Practice head(s):

Stephen Ravenscroft

Key clients

Karen Millen

Hambro Perks

Aramco Overseas Company

Digital Realty

CyberArk Software

The Rethink Group

J O Hambro

NAMSA

Petropavlovsk

Atlas Air

Tungsten Corporation

Ashtrom Properties

Arlington

Marex Spectron

Gottex Fund Management

NORD/LB

LG & DE

Horatio Risk Consultancy

Gaming Realms

Radcliffe Group

MeetingZone

Gresham House

MotorK

Kropz Plc

Opera Gallery Ltd

Kyma Capital Ltd

Juergen Teller

Real Estate Management (UK) Ltd

Property finance Tier 6

Matthew Lindsay leads the practice at Memery Crystal LLP, which is increasingly active in development and acquisition finance (including the acquisition of asset portfolios); the team also handles refinancing; leveraged, syndicated and high-yield finance; and alternative finance products. It has particular strength in advising private capital clients. Recently, the firm has expanded its practice to handle transactions involving student accommodation assets and a number of multi-jurisdictional matters.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Lindsay

Testimonials

The team shows good attention to the details; it is knowledgeable and available, with good structuring experience of complex transactions and commercial understanding of property-related matters‘.

The individuals in the team are always available and willing to got the extra mile to close deals‘.

Key clients

London Relay Ltd

A.S.K Partners

Z Hotels

OakNorth Bank

Zorin Finance

ASH8 Group (part of Arlington Asset Managers)

ZenProp

EFG Bank

Beckman Group

The firm: Memery Crystal is an international law firm based in London. We are commercially aware, entrepreneurial in spirit, international in outlook, and pragmatic in approach. The firm has a strong international focus, with considerable cross-border transactional and dispute resolution experience and a strong relationship with other independent law firms around the world. The firm is a recognised leader in a number of sectors, including natural resources, real estate, commercial, IP, and technology (CIPT), banking and finance, and retail and leisure.

Types of work undertaken: Banking & Finance: the banking and finance team includes leading experts from the fields of finance and real estate. It acts for some of the most active challenger banks and acquisitive investors and developers nationally and internationally. The team handles a variety of debt finance transactions for both borrowers and lenders, often involving cross-border security structures. Expertise covers acquisition finance, convertible debt, general corporate lending, retail corporate bonds, and property finance.

Corporate: the corporate team advises on all aspects of equity capital markets, M&A, and debt and private equity for UK and international companies, institutions, investors, and entrepreneurs. They carry out market-leading work advising on IPOs and secondary fundraisings, with a strong reputation for advising on AIM, Main Market, and dual listings. The team advises on all aspects of public and private mergers, acquisitions, and disposals, with expertise in handling international M&A transactions.

Commercial, IP & Technology (CIPT): the CIPT team handles the full range of commercial contracts, with particular expertise in technology contracts (including outsourcing), market channel arrangements (sales, distribution, franchising), and the enforcement and exploitation of intellectual property rights. Advisory strengths include contract drafting and negotiation, IP protection and infringement, data protection and privacy, and the law relating to gambling. Sector specialisms include fin-tech, health-tech, gambling and gaming, software licensing, digital media, and industrial manufacture and energy. Clients range from entrepreneurial SMEs through to global corporates.

Dispute Resolution: the team handles substantial and complex multi-jurisdictional commercial disputes. It has sector expertise in financial services, insolvency, fraud, natural resources, and international trade. With its market-leading reputation, the team has been involved in several significant disputes in recent years, achieving successful outcomes for its clients.

Employment: the team acts for a number of fully and AIM listed companies, providing for all their employment needs and facilitating advice on share incentives, pensions, and immigration. They are recognised for their excellent work for board directors and senior employees across a number of sectors including financial services and insurance, natural resources, and asset management. Expertise covers contentious and non-contentious matters, including contract and policy drafting, discrimination issues, managing discipline and performance, and redundancy and restructurings, including at a board level. The team represents clients in the high court and the employment tribunal. It offers a highly tailored service and has a successful track record.

Real Estate: the firm has a full-service real estate practice which has a reputation for providing clients with clear and practical advice. The close-knit and highly efficient team is known for its expertise in handling all aspects of property investment, financing, development, landlord and tenant issues, construction, planning, and all manner of disputes in the commercial and residential space. Clients include overseas companies and investors actively involved in the UK market as well as major developers, retailers, financial institutions and property owners. The team works extensively with other specialists in the firm in related practice areas such as corporate, banking and finance, tax, and wealth structuring.

The Real Estate Private Client (REPC) team specialises in acting for private property companies as well as high net worth individuals on the acquisition, letting, and disposal of high-end developments.

Tax: the tax department advises on a wide range of real estate and corporate matters in both domestic and cross border transactions. It has significant expertise in advising occupiers, investors and developers on a variety of taxes, and regularly provides advice to corporate clients and entrepreneurs on restructuring, demergers, joint ventures and tax efficient investments and exits. The team also regularly advises on the design and implementation of share options and incentives.

Wealth Structuring: the team acts for high net worth individuals, their families, businesses and trustees in the structuring of personal and business interests held both in and outside of the UK. It handles a range of both tax and succession planning-focused instructions in what are increasingly transaction-driven circumstances. Expertise includes acquisition, structuring, and investment into UK real estate, both residential and commercial.

Other offices: Belfast, Dublin

Department Name Email Telephone
Chief Executive, Natural Resources Nick Davis Nick.Davis@memerycrystal.com +44 (0) 207 400 3215
Corporate Nick Alfille Nick.Alfille@memerycrystal.com +44 (0) 207 400 3223
Dispute Resolution Mark Whelan Mark.Whelan@memerycrystal.com +44 (0) 207 400 3265
Employment Stephen Ravenscroft Stephen.Ravenscroft@memerycrystal.com +44 (0) 207 400 5796
Commercial, IP & Technology Carl Rohsler Carl.Rohsler@memerycrystal.com +44 (0) 207 400 5823
Co-Head of Real Estate Alastair Moss Alastair.Moss@memerycrystal.com +44 (0) 207 400 3222
Co-Head of Real Estate Daniel Abrahams Daniel.Abrahams@memerycrystal.com +44 (0) 207 400 3266
Tax Alex Barnes Alex.Barnes@memerycrystal.com +44 (0) 207 400 5794
Real Estate Private Client Nicola Kravitz Nicola.Kravitz@memerycrystal.com +44 (0) 207 400 5832
Wealth Structuring Hed Amitai Hed.Amitai@memerycrystal.com +44 (0) 207 400 5816
Number of UK partners : 32
Number of other UK fee-earners : 46

The Lex 100 Verdict

Memery Crystal hires a 'small trainee intake', meaning new recruits 'are given a lot of responsibility from day one and are not just one of many'. The firm appealed to applicants for having 'many international clients' and placing an 'emphasis on work/life balance'. The size of the firm attracted trainees because 'it meant there was no competition for seats', which creates 'camaraderie among the current cohort'. Respondents complimented the 'supportive working environment' commending in particular the 'approachability of colleagues at all levels'. The social side was also highly praised, and one trainee was particularly pleased by the events and 'firm-wide drinks each month'. This makes Memery Crystal 'small enough to still feel inclusive, yet large enough to attract good-quality work'. However, being a small firm can lead to a 'high-intensity workload' and 'occasionally picking up administrative tasks'. Moreover, 'a lack of resources to make trainees lives easier' and 'working late to finish bundles' were causes of concern. On the flip side, being given responsibility was appreciated by all respondents and many trainees' best moments refer to instances where they ran their own matters and completed cases they were working on from day one. 'Receiving recognition from a senior associate for working above and beyond during a stressful period' was also recounted as rewarding and memorable. If a firm with a friendly culture where 'trainees and paralegals all support each other and socialise together' sounds appealing to you, then consider applying to Memery Crystal.