Firm Profile > Memery Crystal LLP > London, England

Memery Crystal LLP
165 Fleet Street
EC4A 2DY
England

Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 2

Specialising in commercial fraud, shareholder disputes, and insolvency, Memery Crystal LLP's team is 'hands-on, practical, efficient and experienced'. It is particularly effective in obtaining interim relief, such as third party disclosure orders and injunctions to freeze assets. The practice also has sector expertise in financial services, natural resources and international trade. Mark Whelan, who acts for brokers, hedge funds, financial institutions and practitioners, heads the dispute resolution practice; Russia and CIS specialist Dean Nicholls’ cases regularly involve serious allegations of fraud; while Harvey Rands is a highly rated financial services disputes specialist. Also key to the group are experienced partners Joel Seager, Iain MacWhannell (also a barrister) and Jenni Jenkins.

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Testimonials

‘Great value for money. As hard hitting as the silver circle but without the terrifying hourly rates.’

‘Iain MacWhannall is excellent. He has keen eye for detail and is an excellent negotiator and litigator. Clients are in the safest of hands with Iain. Mark Whelan is also a class act.’

‘They are hands-on, practical, efficient and experienced.’

‘Harvey Rands has enormous experience and a very skilful problem-solver and litigator.’

‘Strong team – approachable, sensible and commercial. Very astute strategically.’

‘Joel Seager – excellent advice – aggressive at the right points and gave us confidence to take the steps we needed to. Very cost conscious also.’

‘We have had to use Memery Crystal across a range of jurisdictions and forms of dispute – they have risen to the challenges on each occasion.’

‘Incredibly user friendly and very savvy litigators. Their partners give sound practical commercial advice, giving overall consideration to the commercial reality and not just the balks letter law. Tactically sound but pragmatic at the same time.’

‘Mark Whelan – one of the leading commercial litigators in the mid-size firms. Frequently boxing above his weight, he has carved out a formidable reputation for himself with banks and financial institutions.’

‘Iain MacWhannell – charming and forensically bright. He has fantastic judgment and instinctively knows the right decisions to make in complex, high value commercial litigation. As a former barrister, Iain’s tactics are at the heart of what he does and why he is so very much in demand. Revered for his knowledge and experience of FS, tax, civil fraud and injunctions work, he has a proven track record in heavy weight litigation.’

‘Carl Rohsler – somebody who goes out of his way to achieve the best results for his clients. Highly regarded in the IP and Gaming/Gambling sector, he is somebody that you want on your side. A real thinker, Carl will go over and over various different scenarios in order to arrive at the right decision. It is that diligence and pride in his work that set him apart from others.’

‘Focused with an eye on the a good outcome from a lengthy process, emphasising the cost-benefits in analysing the pursuit of a claim.’

‘Joel Seager (partner) and Nick Mitchell (associate) make a good team and provide a blend of experience and quick comprehension of complex commercial issues.’

Key clients

Marex Financial Limited

Medsted Associates Limited

Flowgroup PLC

Petricca & Co Capital Limited

Berlin Hyp AG

Grant Thornton

Kezen Trade Israel Limited

JJ Management LLP

Ocean Partners USA Inc

Konstantinos Paterakis

Iain Barker

Yayla Agro Gida Sanayi Ve Nakliyat A.S

Gaming and betting Tier 2

Memery Crystal LLP utilises its ‘excellent gaming expertise’ to advise media groups, sports clubs and multinational companies on both corporate transactions and regulatory compliance issues. The firm's range of advice extends to fraud, anti-money laundering, tax, restructuring and litigation. Practice head Carl Rohsler, who joined from Squire Patton Boggs in 2018, is a ‘leader in his field’ and frequently advises lottery operators on commercial disputes and partnership arrangements. Lesley Gregory uses her expertise in corporate law to advise on M&A, capital markets and financing issues as they relate to the sector, while also serving as chairman of the firm.

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‘Exceptionally commercial approach with a deep understanding of all gambling products and the workings of the industry.’

‘Carl Rohsler is very smart, quick to grasp problems and advise on sensible approaches to commercial solutions, Government consultations and conflict resolution. He is a true “one stop shop” for all gaming related matters.’

‘Carl Rohsler is a leader in his field and is very bright. He is able to give practical advice on complex issues, weighing the benefits against the risks.’

‘Carl Rohsler is a lottery and gaming specialist, working with us on the development of new gaming products; providing legal counsel on both legislative and regulatory matters and drafting and negotiating supplier agreements. As well as providing detailed and clear responses to our requests, Carl is extremely personable, engaging and accommodating.’

‘Carl Rohsler is extremely experienced and knowledgeable in his respective fields, and where needed he makes the extra effort to learn and research the necessary. He is straightforward, and focuses on what is best for the client and not just what the client thinks it needs. Available around the clock and works tirelessly.’

 

Key clients

Health Lottery

888.com

Scottish TV Group

FremantleMedia

Telegraph Media Group

Gaming Realms (Slingo.com/Pocket Fruity/X Factor Games)

Fulham FC

Arm Candy/Gear Digital

Union Jaxx

Avantage Entertainment LLC

Buzz Bingo Limited

Goldchip Gaming

Metric Gaming

West Bromwich Albion FC

Aston Villa FC

Breast Cancer Care

2N Gaming

DS Virtual Gaming

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 2

Memery Crystal LLP's team advises on a wide range of M&A and private equity deals for UK and international companies, institutions, investors and entrepreneurs. The group has particular bench strength in the tech, mining, oil and gas, financial services, retail, sport, gaming and gambling sectors. Greg Scott is noted for his work in tech, manufacturing and sports. Nick Alfillé leads the corporate department, advising clients in a broad range of industries including IT, real estate, financial services, leisure and manufacturing while Andrew Titmas' broad practice encompasses work for both public and private companies.

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Key clients

Gaming Realms

BDO

SmartSpace Software Plc

Songtradr

Bowling Green Asset Management

Filtered Technologies

RSK Group

Thomas Goode

Ziz Properties Limited

Autorama (Trading as Vanarama)

Convent Capital

Equity capital markets - low-mid cap Tier 3

Memery Crystal LLP has excellent credentials in cross-border equity capital markets transactions, with a particular strength in matters involving the technology and natural resources sectors; it undertakes a particularly significant amount of work for oil and gas and mining companies. In 2019, Michael Dawes advised TSX-listed oil and gas exploration company Valeura Energy Inc (which focuses on the development of its flagship Thrace Basin project in Turkey) on its admission to the Main Market. The team is jointly led by Lesley Gregory and Nick Davis.

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Testimonials

The MC team took a commercial approach and was very results-oriented – we didn’t get bogged down in minutia and technical/legal issues. I would describe them as young and entrepreneurial, and not as conservative or bureaucratic as other firms we have worked with. We were happy with the results of their work.

Key clients

Pure Gold Mining Inc

Taseko Mines

MOD Resources

Valeura Energy Inc

VAALCO

Tethyan

TNG

Rainbow Rare Earth

Danakali

Petra Diamonds

Gulf Keystone Petroleum

Shanta Gold

G3Exploration

Kropz

MGC Pharma

88 Energy

Cenkos Securities

Litigation Capital Management

Smartspace Software

Intelligent Ultrasound

Commercial property: investment Tier 4

Memery Crystal LLP is routinely engaged for the full array of domestic and cross-border investment-related acquisitions and disposals, with the capacity to support on resulting finance, development, planning and construction issues. The real estate team has a strong reputation for its work for retailers and hotels, though also counts high-net-worth individuals, family offices, property owners, banks and asset managers among its client roster. The practice is co-headed by Alastair Moss and Daniel Abrahams; they work in tandem with head of real estate private client Nicola Kravitz .

Testimonials

‘Whichever division of practice you engage, the firm brings in all experts from all areas of law – I dealt with real estate but also had specialist advice from commercial, employment and tax. All very helpful and all very relevant.’

‘Daniel Abrahams is a hugely capable and highly approachable partner – he steps in at just the right time.’

‘Nicola Kravitz is enthusiastic, always available and if there is a rush to transact on something, she makes sure it happens. She is strong in negotiations and is prepared to provide advice rather than sit on the fence (an all-too-common attribute of many other lawyers).’

‘They were professional, reassuring, pragmatic, knowledgeable and responsive – everything we wanted and needed.’

‘Nicola Kravitz is always approachable and available and if not, I had full access to the commercial team. The work was sound and very effective.’

‘Work was very professionally and sensibly split between a paralegal, an associate and a partner – there was never any sense to me that I needed to explain something twice or waste any of my time in that way as the communication between the three individuals was excellent. I also felt in extremely safe hands with all three – there was never a sense of waiting for the partner’s input.’

Key clients

Ashtrom Properties UK

ODC Management

DAO Estate

PPR Estates

Ziz Properties

David Moore & Tony Bennett

Bowling Green Asset Management

Wyevale Garden Centres

MBU Capital

Z. C. Ronogil

United Green

Aprirose Investments

Construction: non-contentious Tier 4

Memery Crystal LLP offers a 'proactive and client-friendly' service on non contentious construction work, handling EPC procurement, design and build matters and traditional construction issues. Team head Joanne Kelly is 'professional and commercial'  and has advised contractors and developers on renewable energy contracts with a focus on wind projects and procurement matters.  

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‘Proactive and client-friendly.’

‘Joanne Kelly is at the top of the list as our go-to construction lawyer. Her standard of work and advice is always extremely well thought-out, professional and commercial. Her understanding of the construction process and not just contracts is a terrific benefit in agreeing contracts and appointments and leads to a very good team spirit and understanding from day one of the project.’

‘The team contains people who are experienced in both contentious and non-contentious work, so they bring both astute commercial knowledge but also an understanding of what happens when things go wrong.’

‘Jo Kelly is excellent. She has a clear understanding of the issues and is very focused on commercial and practical realities.’

Key clients

Telford Homes

Nordex Energy

Global Holdings Management (UK)

Shiva Hotels

Big Yellow Construction Company

Saracens Rugby Club

OakNorth Bank

Mining and minerals Tier 4

Memery Crystal LLP has a strong reputation in handling mid-cap mining work and frequently advises on equity capital markets transactions for mining companies. The team regularly assists clients with assets in foreign jurisdictions, particularly projects in Africa; notable examples include Pure Gold and Tethyan Resources. Nick Davis and Michael Dawes jointly lead the practice.

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‘They have a strong brand in mining and particularly dual listings. They staff each deal well and provide excellent advice across a number of markets. You know that the client will receive great advice.’

‘Michael Dawes is excellent at client relationships and provides outstanding advice. He is focused on mining but shows a strong commercial knowledge that translates to strong advice. Amongst the handful of lawyers that can be depended on to provide good advice on both listing rules and AIM matters in the junior sector.’

Key clients

Pure Gold

Taseko Mines

TNG

Tethyan Resources

Kropz

MOD Resources

Rainbow Rare Earths

Shanta Gold Ltd

Keras

Danakali

Numis

Petra Diamonds

Peel Hunt

Caledonia Mining Corporation plc

Ocean Partners USA

Oil and gas Tier 4

Memery Crystal LLP draws on its extensive cross-departmental expertise to handle corporate and equity capital markets transactions, with particular expertise in listings on AIM and the Main Market, secondary fundraisings and dual listings. Nick Davis and Michael Dawes are both highly regarded natural resources ECM lawyers with experience working in complex emerging markets.

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Key clients

VAALCO

Valeura Energy

88 Energy

Aramco Overseas Company

Tlou Energy

Range Resources

Bahamas Petroleum

Rose Petroleum

Gulf Keystone Petroleum

Property litigation Tier 4

Memery Crystal LLP covers a broad spectrum of residential and commercial property disputes for property management and investment companies, retailers and landlords. Many of its clients receive regular assistance with property insolvency matters and the management of their portfolios, including issues such as dilapidation claims, commercial leases and service charges. In addition, the team also handles development-related matters and various landlord and tenant disputes. Practice head Richard Evans is knowledgeable about all the contentious aspects of the purchase, development and subsequent management of commercial real estate.

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Testimonials

Approachable and highly commercial, but also on top of the law and recent developments. Understand the clients’ objectives and have the expertise to take the most cost-effective steps to achieve them.

Richard Evans – diligent, savvy and a pleasure to work with

Liam Bell – keeps on top of recent developments and detailed specialist knowledge of property litigation.’

‘I find that this firm is unique because the members of the team work together and there is always a member of the team available to help at any given time.’

Top-notch London property litigation firm. I always recommend them when clients approach me directly.

Richard Evans is great with clients. Adam Gross is a brilliant lawyer.’

Wide knowledge of all sectors of the property industry, punches well above its weight in the sector owing to high quality of lawyers throughout the team

Richard Evans – leads an excellent team. Brilliant strategist. Adam Gross – great technical lawyer, thoughtful and measured. Liam Bell – great client skills and superb understanding of the law.

Key clients

Freshwater Group of Companies

St Modwen Properties

Wyevale Garden Centres

Steinhoff UK

Travis Perkins Plc

Samba London Limited (SushiSamba)

Blue Diamond UK/British Garden Centres/The Wooldridge Partnership

Chailey Homes

ASDA Stores Limited

Charterhouse Group

Employers Tier 6

Memery Crystal LLP has a strong reputation advising on hires and terminations of senior board members, with capabilities in acting for both employers and senior executives. The department also has expertise serving financial services clients, especially in the context of the new regulatory environment. Employer-led mandates for natural resources companies are another source of work for the firm. Stephen Ravenscroft heads up the practice.

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Testimonials

‘Stephen Ravenscroft is an excellent tactician and master of his craft.’

‘They provide great commercial legal advice for potentially sensitive situations.’

‘Stephen Ravenscroft is the main partner that we work with in the team. He provides excellent commercial legal advice in often very sensitive situations, and has a wealth of relevant knowledge and experience in the area.’

 

Key clients

Pembridge Resources

STM Group

Norwex

BDO

Sellar Design

Sana Life Science

KXC Limited

Eurox Limited/Integro Limited

Young Living

ToughBuilt Industries

Nitro Software

Kore Potash PLC

Gousto

Sterling (EMEA) Limited

Ashtrom Properties

Karen Millen

Aramco Overseas Company

CyberArk

Digital Realty

Hambro Perks

J O Hambro Capital Management

Gresham House

Petropavlovsk

MotorK

Atlas Air

MeetingZone

Windward

Tungsten Corporation

Arlington

Chariot Oil & Gas

Paced Group

NORD/LB

The Rethink Group

Gaming Realms

Petra Diamonds

Corney & Barrow

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 6

City firm Memery Crystal LLP continues to expand its commercial, intellectual property and technology (CIPT) practice, which covers contentious and commercial IP, working with a broad client base. Niche instructions include trade mark and software licensing in the online gambling sector, media and marketing collaborations, and comparative advertising advice for FMCG clients. Recent contentious work has seen practice head Carl Rohsler handle successful trade mark oppositions against global online retail and high street corporations.

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Testimonials

Complete understanding of our business and our needs.

The team has a wide spread of clients and applies a personal touch, combined with rigorous legal and commercial analysis. This is often lacking in larger law firms.

A small but effective team, led by experts in their fields and advice delivered in a clear, friendly way. You can tell it is personal for them and they care about what they do.

Robin Fry has the ability to find ways to give us the answers we want. He is able to clearly explain and simplify complicated legal points. He is always available and always responds very quickly.

Carl Rohsler has always gone the extra mile, and knows when to reach out to others to complement his encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and practice. He is reliable, amenable, amicable, approachable and has a very robust but nuanced approach. My impression is that he always wants to do the best for a client and will apply a commercial gloss so that the end result is what the client wants. He is also very charming and has a good sense of humour. You can’t say that about many lawyers!

Carl Rohsler leads the group, and has been involved in a number of significant pieces of IP litigation over the years. He always has a unique viewpoint on problems and is a strong legal brain but is also tactically tough.

Jonathan Riley has helped on data protection issues, on which he is practical and pragmatic, cutting through to the key points.

Key clients

Telegraph Media Group

Aramco Overseas Company

Carabao

Manolo Blahnik

Gaming Realms Plc

Hanx

PURE VPN

Good Skin Days Limited

Krow Communications

Nutraformis Limited

Mile High Laboratories

Imperial Pharma

CP Management

Ingenta

Halo Group

Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales

Rush Athletics

The Office of Qualifications and Examination Regulations

Avantage Entertainment LLC

Immerse Learning

Kite Power System

Sustainable Marine Energy

Property finance Tier 6

Acting for both international and domestic clients, Memery Crystal LLP has particular strength in handling mid-market deals for private investors, most notably in the hotel space. 'Knowledgeable and with an extensive range of expertise', the team advises on development and acquisition finance, as well as leveraged, syndicated and high-yield structurings. Matthew Lindsay leads the practice.

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‘They are very knowledgeable, with an extensive range of expertise. They are able to turn around excellent work within short timeframes, which is invaluable. One can rely on their advice and, moreover, they are a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

MBU Capital

Bowling Green Asset Management (BGAM)

Ashtrom Properties UK

A.S.K. Partners

CPI Property Group

Zorin Finance

OakNorth Bank

Ziz Properties

Zenprop

EFG Bank

Z Hotels

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 and 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 and 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.

Real estate private client (REPC): the 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 offers 'high-quality work, especially in corporate and disputes; lean teams; a supportive environment and a non-hierarchical structure'. To top it all off, the London firm 'encourages all staff to exercise their individuality'. A 'close-knit group', Memery Crystal trainees 'get along and support each other' and, thanks in part to a 'clear and straightforward qualification process', feel that there is little competition between them. The small intake also means that there are 'good opportunities to get stuck into more advanced legal work as opposed to just admin tasks'. These include 'working with a partner on a redundancy exercise that was a national news story' and 'preparing advice for clients and seeing it sent off with very few amendments'. Formal training is 'not as frequent' and 'the onus is on the trainee to lobby the firm to provide some', however, because the 'exposure to work and clients is higher than at larger firms', this is less of an issue. The social life has 'greatly improved since we moved to our current offices' on Fleet Street, thanks in part to 'Stella's (the canteen area with a beer tap)'. Indeed MC is a Lex 100 Winner award for job satisfaction and social life. Several trainees thought that the 'support infrastructure (print room, secretaries etc) could be bolstered'. Worst moments included 'document review – which is often very interesting – but usually is very time-consuming' and a few instances of long hours, such as 'working late for several weeks on a deal that collapsed' and 'leaving the office around 9.30pm on a Friday night', but nothing too bad. For a firm with interesting clients where all 'senior employees are approachable and discuss every element of the transaction with you', research Memery Crystal.