Firm Profile > Norton Rose Fulbright > London, England

Norton Rose Fulbright
3 MORE LONDON RIVERSIDE
LONDON
SE1 2AQ
England

Aviation Tier 1

The team at Norton Rose Fulbright has 'unparalleled expertise in aviation' and handles a variety of instructions in the sector including matters that arise in the commercial, corporate, competition, antitrust, regulatory spaces, with particular expertise in aviation disputes. Airline business and operations expert Simon Chamberlain covers advice on matters including engineering and maintenance agreements, slot exchange arrangements, route rights and airline distribution arrangements. Elsewhere, Patrick Farrell spearheads the contentious aviation practice, which includes 'tough litigator' Robin Springthorpe, who is acting for Jet2.com in a judicial review claim against the UK Civil Aviation Authority. Charlotte Winter deals primarily with High Court actions and international arbitration proceedings as well as advising airlines, lessors and financiers on a range of contractual issues. Another name to note is senior associate Annabelle Wheeler, who is a dispute resolution specialist. Duncan Batchelor is global head of the firm's aviation practice. The team's 'international reach in the industry' also allows it to advise on Brexit, cyber-risk management, data protection and passenger claims.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Batchelor; Patrick Farrell

Other key lawyers:

Robin Springthorpe; Simon Chamberlain; Ian Giles; Tim Ingham; Chris Randall; Charlotte Winter

Testimonials

‘Robin Springthorpe – very tough litigator, pushes for the best results.’

‘Ian Giles – very clear and prepared to articulate his views.’

‘Norton Rose Fulbright have unparalleled expertise in Aviation, as well as international reach in the industry.’

‘Apart from their expertise, the team at Norton Rose Fulbright provide invaluable pragmatic and prompt support which is always appreciated.’

Key clients

Amedeo + Voyager Aviation

AirTanker

The Carlyle Group (formerly Apollo Aviation)

British Airways

Delta Air Lines, Inc.

easyJet

Gama Aviation PLC

Jet2.com

NAS Holding

Standard Chartered Aviation Finance

SAS

Tui

Virgin Atlantic

Volga Dnepr Group

WOW Air

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 1

The team at Norton Rose Fulbright is praised for its ‘outstanding reactivity, expertise and client orientation’, and is particularly highly rated for inward investment, financing and long-term development and infrastructure projects. Its core real estate expertise is enhanced by close integration with the conveyancing, planning, corporate and fund structuring, construction, tax and financing departments, drawing on the firm’s expansive global footprint. David Hawkins, recommended for his ‘excellent teamwork’, represents numerous international investors whereas David Sinclair thrives in relation to office, hotel and shopping centre projects. Practice head Wasim Khan has a focus on representing tenants moving office; his team supports landlords and tenants at each stage of the letting process including occupational requirements, pre-letting negotiations and refurbishment contracts. Counsel Louisa Roe is particularly active in the letting space.

Practice head(s):

Wasim Khan

Other key lawyers:

David Hawkins; David Sinclair; Louisa Roe; Dan Wagerfield; Charlie Pinkerton

Testimonials

‘NRF have been efficient and good value, giving pragmatic advice on some unique issues.’

‘Dan Wagerfield is approachable and user friendly. He communicates the issues succinctly and ensures as a client that we understand the pros and cons of different approaches.’

‘NRF’s commercial property team is top ranked and well respected in the market. The team work seamlessly and efficiently together and provide robust and commercial advice. They have strong industry experience to draw on and go above and beyond to provide an exceptional level of service to their clients.’

‘Charlie Pinkerton is extremely commercial and very easy to work with and get along with. Charlie has not only been able to provide first class legal advice on the transactional side but was also able to engineer an extremely clever and very creative solution to a problem that we were facing in respect of the cross-border merger that resulted in a large saving to the firm, as well as countless hours of work.’

‘David Stevens clearly has extensive experience in the industry and is a real font of knowledge. David was instrumental in putting forward the technical rationale for our proposed treatment of the merger to the other side, which he did both brilliantly and eloquently, leaving the other side no choice but to accept our position.’

Key clients

Bank of Montreal

VF International

McLaren Group

Korn/Ferry International

WELPUT

Schroder Real Estate Investment Management

SOFAZ

Olympia London

EasyJet Airline Company Ltd

Ivanhoé Cambridge

Prime London Ventures

Genel Energy plc

SAAB Technologies UK Limited

Ashby Capital

Barnard’s Inn Unit Trust

Prudential Plc

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Khoo Teck Puat Charitable Foundation

Total

Europa Capital/Hobart Partners

Resolution Property Holdings

McGill & Partners

OGCI Climate Investments

Emerging markets Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright works in tandem with a global network of offices to assist major corporates, borrowers, sponsors, investment banks, government bodies, ECAs, and multi-laterals and off-takers in major projects in emerging markets. Working on transactions across Africa, Central and South East Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America, the firm leverages its in-depth expertise in key sectors such as agriculture, mining, oil and gas, power and infrastructure. The practice is led by global head of business Martin McCann. It has a deep bench of talent in London, including EMEA energy practice head Charles Whitney, who handles project financings involving ECAs and multi-lateral financial institutions; corporate partner Raj Karia, who focuses on the mining and minerals sector; finance partner Daniel Metcalfe, who acts for lenders and borrowers in the energy, infrastructure and natural resources sectors; construction and projects specialist Mark Berry; Andrew Buisson, who deals with non-contentious matters in the infrastructure, construction and engineering sectors; and newly promoted partner Daniel Giemajner, who leads the EMEA mining group.

Practice head(s):

Martin McCann

Key clients

Africa Finance Corporation

AIG

Al Rayan Bank

AT&T

Bank of America

Bank of China

Bankmed, Sal

Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi

Balfour Beatty

Barrick Gold

BHP

BMW

Bombardier

BP

Brookfield

Cell C

Citi

Crédit Agricole

Danaos

DBS Bank

Deutsche Bank

Ministry of Finance of Angola

Domino’s Pizza

ExxonMobil

GSK

Guarantco

HSBC

ICBC

IMI Group

International Finance Corporation

ING

JP Morgan

Marubeni

Mercuria Energy

Macquarie

McLaren

Rio Tinto

Rosneft Oil

Royal Bank of Canada

Proparco

Shell

SNC Lavalin

TowerShare

Trafigura

Tullow

Turk Telekomünikasyon

Wells Fargo

United Overseas Bank

Energy and infrastructure Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright is a highly reputable name in the energy and infrastructure space, with 'excellent industry know-how' and 'ability to quickly adjust and adapt to new countries and markets'. Andrew Buisson's practice specialises in PFI/PPP concession arrangements, project-financed and conventionally-funded construction contracts, and is currently active in first on the market PPP transportation transformation projects in Africa. Other key figures include head of energy, Charles Whitney and project finance specialists Martin McCann and Daniel Metcalfe. The department is headed by Robert Marsh, who is a well respected figure for alternative energy and development and the financing of renewable energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Robert Marsh

Testimonials

‘Excellent industry know-how, efficient and great deliverables. They have the ability to quickly adjust and adapt to new countries and markets.’

‘The NRF  team is very knowledgeable on energy infrastructure contracting and adapts itself to meet the needs and preferences of the client. They are flexible in their approach but ensure that the client’s position is protected.’

‘Professional, knowledgeable and commercial. Pragmatic advice which is delivered on time and enables decision making’

Key clients

Bank of Tokyo MUFG

BP Plc

Brookfield Renewable Power

Eni

ExxonMobil

Greencoat UK Wind plc

IFC

Macquarie

Marubeni

Ministry of Finance of Angola

Mubadala

Neoen

Shell

Absa Bank Limited

AMG Pension Fund

Armstrong Energy Limited

Balfour Beatty

BP

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

European Investment Bank

Hellenic Republic Development Fund

Hermes Investment Management

John Laing Infrastructure

JP Morgan

Lloyds Banking Group

Octopus Investments

Orange SA

Sacturino Limited

Standard Bank

Standard Chartered Bank

The Renewable Infrastructure Group Limited

Baltic Connector Oy

Laing O’Rourke

INA-INDUSTRIJA NAFTE, d.d. (INA) and Spain’s Tecnicas Reunidas, S.A.

TAV Havalimanlari and Al-Rajhi Group

Ministry of Finance

Eurasian Resources Group

Stanbic Bank Kenya

Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinee

Marubeni Corporation and Techint Chile S.A.

Equity capital markets - low-mid cap Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright's practice features prominently in the financial and professional services, technology, real estate, energy, commodities and resources sectors. Raj Karia leads the team, which is sought out by corporate issuers, bulge-bracket investment banks, nominated advisers and investors on the largest and most complex transactions. It covers the full spectrum of UK (AIM and Main Market) and cross-border transactions. Listed funds and special purpose acquisition vehicles (SPACS) are a notable strength of the practice. Clementine Hogarth  and Fiona Millington are among a number of highly regarded individuals in the group, which includes US securities law expert Thomas VitaKit McCarthy made partner in early 2020, and Richard Sheen is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Raj Karia

Other key lawyers:

Richard Sheen; Nick Adams; Stephen Rigby; Clementine Hogarth; Fiona Millington; Thomas Vita; Kit McCarthy; Alexander Green

Testimonials

Fiona Millington – responsive, commercial and very knowledgeable!

Key clients

eve Sleep plc

Purplebricks Group plc

Investec Bank plc

Panmure Gordon

Canaccord Genuity Limited

Mortgage Advice Bureau (Holdings) Plc

Crystal Amber Fund Limited

Egdon Resources plc

Good Energy Group plc

Numis Securities Limited

Peel Hunt

Fintech Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright's 'extremely knowledgeable' practice group is instructed by clearing banks and other financial institutions, start-ups, cryptocurrency platforms, payment institutions and investors. The range of work the firm that the team takes on is equally as diverse as the client roster, spanning consortia projects, corporate transactions, regulatory compliance and product development in key areas such as blockchain, insurtech and AI. Sean Murphy advises clients on investments, acquisitions, joint ventures and the development and deployment of fintech products. Imogen Garner advises a diverse range of clients on the regulatory challenges and authorisations related to their fintech products. Hannah Meakin specialises in the regulation of cryptocurrencies and ICOs, and the use of DLT in relation to market infrastructure and commodity derivatives. Nicholas Berry leads the firm's insurtech practice, which focuses on advising insurance clients, start-ups and regulators involved in cutting edge developments in the sector. Associate Charlotte Rowlandson has a strong track record advising fintech clients on M&A and other corporate transactions. In a recent highlight, the firm advised longstanding client Starling Bank on its £75m fundraising round and a follow-on £30m fundraising.

Practice head(s):

Sean Murphy; Imogen Garner; Hannah Meakin

Testimonials

‘Strong grasp of both the commercial and technical issues at play. Pragmatic, experienced. Able to easily leverage experience elsewhere in the firm at a consistently high standard.’

Key clients

AIG

Anacap Financial Partners

Aquiline

Arch

Primary Group

HSBC Investment Bank

Global Parametrics

Global Blockchain Business Council

IG Markets

InsurWave

Northern Trust

Pay.UK – the UK’s New Payment System Operator

Paxos (formerly itBit)

Stable Group

Standard Chartered

Starling Bank

Riskbook

Paypal

Post Trade Distributed Ledger Group

Upstream Ventures (Lendingblock)

Web 3.0 Technologies Foundation

Zurich

Infrastructure (PFI and PPP) Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright offers clients a full-service  global infrastructure practice acting for major corporates, borrowers, sponsors, investment banks, and government bodies. Key clients include The Asian Development Bank, Balfour Beatty, Equitix, and National Grid. The practice has in-depth industry expertise as well as experience in PPP work around the world. Particular sectors of strength include the transport, waste to energy, and renewable energy sectors. The practice is led by Martin McCann , with other key individuals including senior finance lawyer Madhavi Gosavi and Charles Whitney.

Practice head(s):

Martin McCann

Other key lawyers:

Madhavi Gosavi; Charles Whitney; Matthew Hardwick

Key clients

Asian Development Bank

Balfour Beatty

BNP Paribas

Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi

Commerzreal

Export Import Bank of Korea

Ecobank

European Investment Bank (EIB)

Equitix

First Rand Bank

Full Circle Generation Limited

International Financial Corporation (IFC)

Jingko Solar

M&G Investments

Marubeni Corporation

Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN)

Ministry of Finance Angola

National Commercial Bank of Jamaica

National Grid

Nedbank

nogaholding

Octopus Investments

Petropavlosk

Seplat

Standard Bank

Standard Chartered Bank

Societe Generale

Toyota Tsusho

Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright handles a broad range of insurance matters, including M&A, restructurings and regulatory issues as well as those related to insurtech. The team also advises on Lloyds’ market matters including transactions and start-up issues. The practice is led by James Bateson, who has over 30 years’ experience in this area. David Whear has expertise in handling M&A and restructurings, while Nicholas Berry leads the London insurtech team, and Bob Haken advises on the implementation of the Solvency II directive. Matthew Foster, Maria Ross and Noleen John are the other key partners in the team.

Practice head(s):

James Bateson

Testimonials

‘Our primary contact is Bob Haken, who strikes a great balance between being highly competent technically, instilling great confidence that he will provide legally robust advice, whilst also being very pragmatic and working hard and creatively to find feasible and defensible positions to commercially difficult issues.’

‘Deep insurance and risk knowledge, combined with a flair for innovation makes the team the best in the business.’

‘Nicholas Berry is a pragmatic, thoughtful expert on all things insurtech and risk management. He’s become an essential part of our business as we roll out internationally.’

‘The team is a diverse team with a number outstanding individuals,’

‘Maria Ross is superb. Maria provides sound advice all the time in an efficient and effective manner. I always feel that we are pulling in the same direction.’

Key clients

AIG

Aquiline Capital Partners

Arch Insurance

AXA LG

Axis

Bain Capital

Berkshire Hathaway

Chubb

Generali

Liberty

Pioneer Underwriting

Primary Group

Stable Group

Travelers

Islamic finance Tier 1

Led by European Islamic finance head Farmida Bi, who is English and New York qualified, Norton Rose Fulbright's team caters to all the requirements of Middle Eastern financial institutions, global investment banks and corporates among other clients. The group's expertise spans a wide range of areas, including investment funds, project finance work and real estate finance matters. Bi is particularly experienced in international sukuk transactions. Illustrative of her excellent reputation, she has previously joined Department of International Trade missions to Pakistan to promote the UK Islamic finance industry.

Practice head(s):

Farmida Bi

Other key lawyers:

Davide Barzilai; Mark Brighouse; Andrew Coote

Key clients

ABC International Bank plc

Al Rayan Bank

Asian Development Bank

Citi

Credit Suisse AG

Government of Pakistan, Ministry of Finance

HSBC / HSBC Saudi Arabia Limited

Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector

Qatar National Bank

Islamic Development Bank

Mining and minerals Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright has broad ranging industry knowledge and provides clients with particular expertise in Latin American and African mining jurisdictions. The practice advises on M&A, private equity deals, disputes and regulatory matters; it has also seen notable growth in battery storage metals and gold-related mandates. In a recent highlight, the team advised on the $18.3bn merger between Randgold Resources Limited and Barrick Gold Corporation. Martin McCann heads up the practice and has a wealth of knowledge in the financing and restructuring of mining projects. Raj Karia and Holly Stebbing are also key points of contact, and clients praise senior associate Felicity Brown's 'attention to detail'. Daniel Giemajner was recently promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Martin McCann

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very responsive and great at getting through heavy detail to give clever answers/solutions to problems.’

‘Mark Berry is always good to have on your side – a great lawyer.’

‘Excellent team focused on mining finance.’

‘Felicity Brown is undoubtedly the best associate I have ever worked with. Her ability to quickly grasp complex situations and negotiate positions for her clients is exceptional and her attention to detail and work ethic are second to none.’

Key clients

Alufer

Appian Natural Resources Fund

Aureus Mining

Banro

Bellzone Mining Rio Tinto

BHP

Caterpillar Finance

Centerra Gold Inc

Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinee

EIB

Endeavour Mining

ERG

FMO

KfW

First Rand Bank (RMB)

La Mancha

Lundin Gold Inc

Nedbank

Red Kite Mine Finance

Roxgold

Shalina Resources

Standard Bank

Standard Chartered Bank

Societe Generale

Taurus Mining Fund

Tizir Limited

Trafigura

TrueGold

Yara International

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 1

Rob Marsh chairs the energy, infrastructure and natural resources team at Norton Rose Fulbright and has a substantial reputation in renewable energy financing transactions, particularly those involving offshore wind assets. Marsh is regularly sought out by lenders, sponsors and investors to advise on their participation in global alternative energy projects including wind, solar, biomass, tidal, bio-fuel, energy storage, energy efficiency and EV charging projects. Project financing specialist Christopher Down has recently handled the first developments in several countries including the first utility scale renewable energy project in Lebanon with the financing of two wind farms. Other key practitioners include Charles Whitney, Madhavi Gosavi and Charez Golvala.

Practice head(s):

Rob Marsh

Key clients

Bank of Tokyo MUFG

BP Plc

Brookfield Renewable Power

Eni

ExxonMobil

Greencoat UK Wind plc

IFC

Macquarie

Marubeni

Ministry of Finance of Angola

Mubadala

Neoen

Shell

Rail Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright is 'well-versed in all the various aspects of the rail industry', providing the full spectrum of advice for both domestic and international clients in the sector. The London team, which draws on support from the wider firm's vast network of international lawyers, is known for advising on matters including rolling stock procurement, construction and finance, for both high speed and light rail. The team also has strong credentials on contentious matters, and is a member of the Crown Commercial Service's rail panel. Practice leader Tom Johnson specialises in rail financing transactions, while Simon Gwynne is known for his work on rolling stock and depot transactions. Susanna Rogers advises on competition and regulatory matters, and of counsel Louise Auty focuses on asset finance, including rail procurement and leasing, franchising and cross-border financing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Tom Johnson

Other key lawyers:

Simon Gwynne; Susanna Rogers; Louise Auty; Andrew Williams; Andrew Buisson; Simon Lew; Donald Warnock

Testimonials

It is so refreshing to find a team that is well-versed in all the various aspects of the industry, rather than saying “I don’t know anything about that – you should talk to x.” This means that a client gets an opinion that is based on all aspects of the business, rather than through the myopia of a subject specialist. Best of all, documentation is turned around very quickly.

Tom Johnson stands fulgent above an already exceptional team.

Norton Rose has a longstanding knowledge of the rail sector, dating back to privatisation of the industry. It is clear that the rail team keeps itself abreast of all current issues in the rail sector, which is beneficial to rail clients.’

Tom Johnson and Louise Auty have an in-depth knowledge of the rail sector, as do the firm’s competition law and dispute resolution teams. The synergies between these teams mean that all aspects of a transaction can be considered effectively.’

Key clients

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

The City of Ottawa

Crown Commercial Services Rail Panel

Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank (panel)

The Department for Transport (DfT)

DVB Bank SE and DZ Bank AG

Eversholt Rail

The Go-Ahead Group Plc

Joint venture between Ferrovial Agroman (UK) Limited and Fluor Limited (the JV)

Lloyds Banking Group plc

Metrolinx (Greater Toronto Transportation Authority)

Stadler Rail

Thales Ground Transportation Systems UK Limited

SMBC Leasing (UK)

Equitix

TMT Tier 1

The multidisciplinary practice at Norton Rose Fulbright has broad experience in TMT industry work. The firm has particular expertise in disruptive tech and innovation, including Fintech and Insurtech, as well as regulatory advice in the area.  Sean Murphy, who is head of the technology practice in EMEA and head of the global Fintech practice, leads the group,  alongside  Oliver Stacey, who specialises in corporate and commercial transactions; and James Russell, who focuses on outsourcing, information technology and intellectual property law. Also notable are competition law expert Caroline Thomas; gaming and IP specialist Paul Joseph, who joined from RPC in 2020; and Zayed Al Jamil, who was promoted to counsel in 2019 and advises on outsourcing and technology projects.

Practice head(s):

Sean Murphy; Oliver Stacey; James Russell

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Vodafone

Econet Wireless

Etisalat

IFC

Orange

PTCL

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du)

Veon

Telenor

TeliaSonera

Vodacom

Cell C

TowerShare

Mubadala Investment Company

Helios Investment Partners

Standard Bank of South Africa

Orange Liberia

PayPal Inc.

De Beers

CGI

VAKT Global Limited

Shell Ventures BV

Bolt

Newegg

Starling Bank

Unily

Trade finance Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright is praised for its 'deep and broad market knowledge'.  The firm is a recognised leader in trade and commodity finance, bringing together extensive expertise in international trade, trade finance, commodity physical supply contracts, shipping, commodity futures, regulation, fintech and dispute resolution. Its work covers pre-export and pre-payment financings, committed and uncommitted transactional trade finance facilities, borrowing base facilities, warehouse, stock and consignment financing, commodity repos and a host of other structures. Global head of trade finance Nicholas (Nick) Grandage is one of the market's grandees and, along with key partner Andrew Wood, is part of one of the market's most experienced senior teams in London. They are backed up by a strong team of senior associates, among them Tudor Plapcianu (who is 'very thorough with strong commercial sense') and Richard Wilkes who advises banks, DFIs, traders, producers, exporters and alternative financiers on complex and innovative cross-border structured financings.

Practice head(s):

Nick Grandage; Andrew Wood

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The trade finance team under Andrew Wood is very good. It is able to handle a good number of agreements and templates and provides good quality of work in tight timelines.’

‘Andrew Wood and Richard Wilkes stand out as a great team.’

‘The lawyer I have worked with is not only very thorough and provides excellent legal advice but also has a strong commercial sense which helps him guide his client on the commercial and risk implications of legal issues. He has also on numerous occasions shown an ability to propose innovative solutions to allow negotiations to progress.’

‘Tudor Plapcianu is very thorough with strong commercial sense and he proposes innovative solutions to problems encountered during negotiations.’

‘The firm has deep and broad market knowledge.’

‘Tudor Plapcianu is wonderfully bright and responsive.’

‘We appreciate their exceptional knowledge and readiness to engage in discussions and explore different approaches to solving problems. They have an exceptional personal touch when communicating with clients and genuine interest in clients’ work, strategies and challenges. Amazing! The best external law firm I have worked with during my ten years in my current organisation.’

‘Richard Wilkes is an excellent associate, and Andrew Wood is an exceptional partner! The whole team is very, very good! They are very responsive, excellent at communicating and adhering to deadlines, which can be tough in a fast-paced environment. Also their positive team spirit and camaraderie comes through when communicating with us – it must be an excellent team to work in as they are all seem happy and are genuinely a very nice bunch of lawyers!’

Key clients

AIG

BP

BNP Paribas

The Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi Ltd

Citibank

Coal India Limited (CIL)

Commodities Markets Council

Demica

Erste Group Bank AG

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Eurasian Resources Group

FBN Bank

Gazprom Neft

HSBC

JP Morgan

Louis Dreyfus

Lloyds Bank

Low Carbon

Macquarie

Mercuria

Natixis

NEXIM

Rosneft

RWE

Santander

Societe Generale

Standard Chartered Bank

Trafigura

Trailstone

VTB

ICBC Standard Bank

Raiffeisen Bank International AG

Mizuho Bank, Ltd

UK Export Finance

Transport finance and leasing Tier 1

Transport is a core industry focus for Norton Rose Fulbright and accounts for a significant proportion of finance work handled from its London office. Consequently, the 'client-oriented' team, which is overseen by Harry Theochari and Duncan Batchelor, is well positioned to provide 'high-quality' advice to myriad stakeholders across the shipping, aviation and rail sectors. The 'solution-driven, pragmatic and smartSimon Hartley is able to 'manage particularly complex transactions' for both borrowers and lenders in the shipping sector, and has been active of late in the cruise market.  Eleanor Martin is also a key figure for shipping finance. She advises on the deployment of capital to fund offshore equipment, including floating production storage and offloading units and drilling rigs. Rail remains a key area of strength for the team and the arrival of the 'fantasticSimon Gwynne from Hogan Lovells International LLP in mid-2019, underscored the firm's commitment to the sector and bolsters an already strong offering that includes the 'very knowledgeableTom Johnson. On the aviation front, the firm assists significant banks, and a growing roster of airline clients that includes easyJet and LATAM Airways. Counsel Will Alete recently completed a six-month secondment at an airline and is developing a practice which is equally well suited to operator and lender representations.

Practice head(s):

Harry Theochari (Global Head of Transport); Duncan Batchelor (EMEA Co-Head of Transport)

Other key lawyers:

Owen Mulholland; Giles Brand; Tom Johnson; Simon Gwynne; Simon Hartley; Simon Lew; Richard Howley; Eleanor Martin; Will Alete

Testimonials

‘Tom Johnson, with assistance from Louise Auty, provides in-depth advice on longstanding and complex transactions. Their depth of knowledge of the rail sector assists with their focus on key issues of concern.’

‘Tom Johnson and Louise Auty, with assistance from Chris Bates and Judith Harrison (Tax), provide comprehensive advice on longstanding, complex transactions.’

‘The Norton Rose Fulbright shipping team is incredibly competent and well staffed. The experience in the industry is unparalleled and the geographic coverage enables clients to rely on the firm for global businesses with consistent high-quality advice.’

‘The head of transportation (Harry Theochari) is one of the most recognised figures in shipping. Absolutely great in managing business, legal issues and the global team. He is the pillar of the firm. In many occasions his input has made the difference between getting a deal done or not. His relationships and reputation are outstanding.’

‘We are used to working with Simon Hartley’s team. This team has a very strong franchise, and a very good knowledge of the cruise sector. The team is ultra efficient, client oriented, always available for all the aspects of a transaction (from the negotiation until the fulfillment of CPs). They produce high-quality advice and documents. It is a pleasure to work with them.’

‘Simon Hartley is our absolute reference partner. He has a very strong experience, he is solution driven, pragmatic, smart, remains calm even in the toughest circumstances. His advice is always brilliant and appropriate. He follows closely all the aspects of the transaction and is always available. He is really hands on and working hard. He is able to manage particularly complex transactions. He is our trusted adviser. On top of that his ethic is particularly appreciated. We do absolutely trust him. The quality of advice is outstanding. He has an excellent team with associates (Michelle Tsui, Matthew Bambury) sharing his values of commitment, hard work, efficiency and transparency. In addition, this is a team with whom it is a pleasure to work with humanly speaking. This is a great team.’

Key clients

Amedeo + Voyager Aviation

Gener8 Maritime Inc.

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

Carnival Corp.

Citigroup

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Crown Commercial Services Rail panel

DNB Markets, Inc.

DVB

easyJet

Eversholt

Global Ship Lease

The Go-Ahead Group

InterGlobe Aviation Limited (IndiGo)

John Laing Infrastructure Fund

JP Morgan

LATAM Airlines

Polskie Linie Lotnicze LOT S.A.

Macquarie

NORD/LB

ORIX Corporation

P&O Ferries

Clover Aviation Capital (formerly Ping An Aircraft Leasing Company Limited)

Prime Capital AG

Qatar National Bank

Qatar Reinsurance

SACE S.p.A.

Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS)

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (SEB)

Stadler Rail

Stena

Société Générale

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

UniCredit S.p.A.

Volga Dnepr Airlines (Ireland) Limited

Asset based lending Tier 2

Led by the ‘personable and effectiveMichael Black, the 'knowledgeable and commercially pragmatic’ team at Norton Rose Fulbright has a strong track record in the market for lenders engaged in new money mandates and refinancings. Although the team does handle some more commoditised domestic mandates (including as it relates to bilateral domestic working capital facilities), it is best-known for its work on behalf of North American lenders on large complex cross-border transactions, where it is able to tap into expertise across the firm’s extensive international footprint, as well as the broader banking and capital markets teams.

Practice head(s):

Michael Black

Other key lawyers:

Alex Dunn; Charlotte Davies

Testimonials

‘Senior members of the team stay close to transactions througout. Work isn’t handed to juniors and forgotten about.’

‘Very knowledgeable and commercially pragmatic.’

Key clients

Wells Fargo

Bank of America

RBS Invoice Finance

Lloyds bank Commercial Finance

Toronto-Dominion Bank

Citibank

Sun Trust Bank

Credit Suisse AG

DG3 Group

Bank of Montreal

JP Morgan Chase Bank

HSBC Invoice Finance

Cortland Capital Market Services LLC

Pathlight Capital

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright's dispute resolution team is 'excellent' for domestic and cross-border banking litigation and contentious regulatory matters. It has experience handling disputes arising from complex financial products, including derivatives and Islamic finance structures, and counts banking litigation involving fraud and asset tracing, competition and antitrust issues, fintech and cybersecurity among its areas of growth. Practice head Michael Godden handles a range of wholesale, commercial and retail banking disputes, while Matthew Waudby specialises in derivatives, structured finance and debt capital markets litigation, and Radford Goodman has expertise in default, enforcement, insolvency and fraud issues. Other names to note include 'superstar' Harriet Jones-Fenleigh ,  David Harris for transnational regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings and counsel Dominic Hennessy.

Practice head(s):

Michael Godden

Testimonials

‘Norton Rose’s work in this area is excellent, and rapidly expanding’

‘Harriet Jones-Fenleigh is exceptionally bright (perhaps one of the brightest associates in the City). She’s enormously knowledgeable in her specialist area of banking, she drafts superb documents, and she’s terrifyingly hard-working. A superstar associate.’

‘Clear view on tactics and strategy at each twist, clarity of explanation and swift turnaround’

Key clients

HSBC

Citibank, N.A.

Citigroup Global Markets Limited

Citicorp Trustee Company Ltd

BNP Paribas

Société Générale

Republic of Angola

The Law Debenture Trust Corporation p.l.c.

Goldman Sachs

Standard Chartered Bank

Barclays

Lloyds Banking Group(including Bank of Scotland)

Deutsche Bank

The Bank of New York Mellon

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Commercial property: development Tier 2

The team at Norton Rose Fulbright is praised for its ‘outstanding reactivity, expertise and client orientation’, and is particularly highly rated for inward investment, financing and long-term development and infrastructure projects. Its core real estate expertise is enhanced by close integration with the conveyancing, planning, corporate and fund structuring, construction, tax and financing departments, drawing on the firm’s expansive global footprint. David Hawkins, recommended for his ‘excellent teamwork’, represents numerous international investors whereas David Sinclair thrives in relation to office, hotel and shopping centre projects. Practice head Wasim Khan has a focus on representing tenants moving office; his team supports landlords and tenants at each stage of the letting process including occupational requirements, pre-letting negotiations and refurbishment contracts. Counsel Louisa Roe is particularly active in the letting space.

Practice head(s):

Wasim Khan

Other key lawyers:

David Hawkins; Dan Wagerfield; David Sinclair

Testimonials

‘Charlie Pinkerton and Claire Younger are excellent to work with. They keep an eye on the detail but also on the bigger picture. Very commercial and pragmatic.’

‘The team offers legal expertise and attention to detail.’

Key clients

Resolution Property IM LLP (UK)

Europa Capital (UK)

Ask Real Estate (UK)

Commerz Real (Germany)

Prudential plc (UK)

Olympia London

57 Whitehall S.à.r.l. (Old War Office) (India and Spain)

Bank ABC (Middle East)

Schroder Real Estate Investment Management (UK)

Tristan Capital Partners (UK)

HSBC Alternative Investments (UK)

Bank of Montréal (Canada)

Employees Provident Fund (Malaysia)

Orstead Energy (formerly Dong Energy) (Denmark)

Argo Group (USA)

WELPUT (Jersey)

Ashby Capital (UK)

State General Reserve Fund (Oman)

SOFAZ (Azerbaijan)

Hobart Partners (UK)

Sidra Capital (Dubai)

Ivanhoé Cambridge (Canada)

Commercial property: investment Tier 2

The team at Norton Rose Fulbright is praised for its ‘outstanding reactivity, expertise and client orientation’, and is particularly highly rated for inward investment, financing and long-term development and infrastructure projects. Its core real estate expertise is enhanced by close integration with the conveyancing, planning, corporate and fund structuring, construction, tax and financing departments, drawing on the firm’s expansive global footprint. David Hawkins, recommended for his ‘excellent teamwork’, represents numerous international investors whereas David Sinclair thrives in relation to office, hotel and shopping centre projects. Practice head Wasim Khan has a focus on representing tenants moving office; his team supports landlords and tenants at each stage of the letting process including occupational requirements, pre-letting negotiations and refurbishment contracts. Counsel Louisa Roe is particularly active in the letting space.

Practice head(s):

Wasim Khan

Other key lawyers:

David Hawkins; Dan Wagerfield; David Sinclair

Testimonials

‘Outstanding reactivity, expertise and client orientation.’

‘Excellent team work from David Hawkins, David Stevens and Claire Younger.’

Key clients

Resolution Property IM LLP (UK)

Europa Capital (UK)

Civitas plc (UK)

Commerz Real (Germany)

Prudential plc (UK)

Olympia London

57 Whitehall S.à.r.l. (Old War Office) (India and Spain)

Bank ABC (Middle East)

Schroder Real Estate Investment Management (UK)

Tristan Capital Partners (UK)

HSBC Alternative Investments (UK)

Bank of Montréal (Canada)

Employees Provident Fund (Malaysia)

Orstead Energy (formerly Dong Energy) (Denmark)

Argo Group (USA)

WELPUT (Jersey)

Ashby Capital (UK)

State General Reserve Fund (Oman)

SOFAZ (Azerbaijan)

Hobart Partners (UK)

Sidra Capital (Dubai)

Ivanhoé Cambridge (Canada)

Funding Affordable Homes Plc (UK)

Commodities disputes Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright is 'a top-end disputes firm with the capability to handle a difficult case', according to one client. It is a key adviser to clients across the commodities supply chain, among which are financial institutions, commodity trading houses, and both national and international mining and energy companies. The firm advises on the production, shipping, transportation and warehousing of commodities, alongside physical supply contracts, collateral management and insurance, trade and commodity financing, hedging, derivatives and futures documentation. Peter Scott leads the EMEA litigation group, Michael Godden is head of banking and finance disputes and Neil Miller leads the energy, infrastructure, trade and transport disputes team. Miller, who has 30 years' experience in disputes in the energy sector, and Holly Stebbing, who frequently handles energy and natural resources disputes in Africa, are recommended.

Practice head(s):

Peter Scott; Michael Godden; Neil Miller

Other key lawyers:

Holly Stebbing; Antony Corsi; Rachel McDonnell; Radford Goodman; Tal Geron

Testimonials

‘Norton Rose Fulbright LLP’s commodities disputes practice is very strong. They have been involved in some of the highest profile cases in this area and have excellent lawyers at every level. They are extremely nice people to work with.’

‘Antony Corsi is also extremely well respected in this field and has a very good sense of strategy.’

‘Rachel McDonnell is an excellent associate – she is technically very capable and also has lots of commercial common sense.’

‘A top-end disputes firm with the capability to handle a difficult case.’

‘Radford Goodman is a very shrewd and able litigation partner.’

‘Tal Geron is a heavy-hitting senior associate.’

‘Senior associate Alex Shattock is a very strong technical lawyer with excellent ability to grip a case.’

‘The firm has an excellent all-round practice with high-quality individuals who are well organised, hardworking, very clever and a pleasure to work with.’

‘It is a top-drawer firm for dispute resolution. Top marks go to Ruth Cowley who is tough, realistic and has a natural aptitude for what she does. The partners are supported by a highly motivated, very hardworking, highly able team of younger associates. They are a formidable package.’

‘The team acts for high-profile players in the sector, due to its high level of commercial knowledge and experience of litigating tough and complicated disputes.’

Key clients

Citibank N.A. and Citigroup Global Markets Limited

Mercuria Energy Group

Barrick Gold Corporation

Construction: contentious Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright's contentious construction practice is active across sectors including real estate, rail, roads, ports and airport infrastructure, waste and water. The London team is led by Donald Warnock , whose expertise lies in energy and infrastructure disputes. Simon Ramsden is known for a two-fold disputes practice, first in relation to major infrastructure projects and second in relation to PFI/PPP work. James Rogers is an international arbitration practitioner with a specialist knowledge of infrastructure matters. He has advised in regard to gas power projects and offshore facilities. The practice supports a wide client base of utility companies, developers, contractors and sub-contractors, financiers, consultants, and suppliers.

Practice head(s):

Donald Warnock

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘All members are very knowledgeable, both from a theoretical and a practical standpoint.’

‘Very good lawyers – they know the law and the practice. Indeed, they have absolute availability for the client.’

‘The NRF team serving our company combines the extensive resources of London office with on-the-ground team in the United Arab Emirates. They provide clear, sound and commercially pragmatic legal advice in a responsive and timely manner. We have found them very cost effective/efficient for our needs compared to other firms.’

Donald Warnock is very knowledgeable, both from a theoretical and a practical standpoint.’

‘James Rogers is really sensible with the important issues.’

‘Donald Warnock is a valued business partner who always makes himself available and is a pleasure to work with. We appreciate his experience and insights and ability to tap into extensive network and of leading experts and arbitrators.’

Key clients

BAM Nuttall

Thales

Ferrovial Agroman UK Limited

UBB Waste (Essex) Limited

Sacyr

Sumitomo Mitsubishi Banking Corporation Europe Limited

Husky Energy

Construction: non-contentious Tier 2

The team at Norton Rose Fulbright is praised for being 'proactive and always looking to give sensible solutions to problems.' Mark Berry, who heads up the practice group, demonstrates an expert knowledge of EPC and EPCM contracts in relation to infrastructure, energy and mining sectors. He also has a track record of work on PPP projects. Peter Hall has decades of experience in construction law and has recently played a key role in the firm's Sustainable Cities initiative. Andrew Buisson is also recommended and is active in the accommodation, telecoms, mining and nuclear sectors.

Practice head(s):

Mark Berry

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Proactive and always looking to give sensible solutions to problems.’

‘Mark Berry is excellent and always does a great job.’

Key clients

ACWA Power

Assured Guaranty

Balfour Beatty

Bechtel

Bouygues UK

Chevron

Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinee

DP World

Ecobank Ghana Limited

Eco World

European Investment Bank (EIB)

Eurasian Resources Group

Full Circle Generation Limited

GuarantCo

Hochtief

INA-Industrija nafte (INA)

Iridium

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

JG Pears Power Limited

KS GOK LLC

Marubeni Corporation

Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy

National Grid

Ofwat

Orsted

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

TAV HAVALIMANLARI Holdings A.S.

Thales

Tolaram

TOTAL

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi

Urbaser

Corporate governance Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright advises a variety of global and multinational corporates on the full range of corporate governance issues, including listing and annual reporting obligations, regulatory compliance, shareholder issues, and management accountability. Alongside advisory work, the team has a strong contentious element, working with clients on complex regulatory investigations, white-collar crime proceedings, and litigation. Jon Perry heads up the practice, advising on governance issues arising from transactions, with particular expertise in the mining, commodities, and financial services industries in Africa and South America, Christopher Pearson is recognised in the market for his role in complex multijurisdictional takeover and regulatory matters, while Jonathan Herbst heads up the firm's global financial services regulatory practice. Neil O’May is a specialist criminal law practitioner who represents and defends a number of major corporate clients in investigations and prosecutions.

Practice head(s):

Jon Perry

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

This is a superb team with strength at all levels and the ability to draw on the expertise of the firm as a whole. Of particular note is the team’s experience in dealing with cross border issues. They have great strategic vision and provide an outstanding service in all cases.

Neil O’May is an outstanding lawyer with vast experience in dealing with individuals and corporate entities.’

Key clients

Anglo Pacific

Barrick Gold Corporation

Coca Cola HBC

Crest Nicholson

F&C Investment Trust

Greencoat

HSBC

IMI

Lloyds Banking Group

Petropavlovsk

PPHE

Randgold Resources

Terra Firma

Reach

ValueAct

TeliaSonera AB

Victor Dahdaleh and associated companies

Civitas Social Housing

Debt capital markets Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright continues to broaden the scope of its debt capital markets work, maintaining its strong presence in bond issuances in emerging markets whilst also increasing its volume of investment grade work. It is recognised for its strong track record in sovereign debt transactions, having recently acted for the Republic of Angola and the government of Pakistan. For investment grade deals, its work for large corporate issuers is increasingly balanced with underwriter work for the likes of Deutsche Bank. The practice is led by Peter Young, who has extensive experience of US federal securities laws. The firm has cornered the market acting for Canadian financial institutions on European DCM deals, thanks to the 'exceptional, responsive and thorough' Peter NobleFarmida Bi handles corporate trustee advice, sovereign debt, project bonds and restructurings. She is also the head of Islamic finance. Versatile partner Jacqueline Heng has a particular focus on green bonds. Another key individual is emerging talent Kirstin Russell, who acts for corporate trustees and agents in the UK, US and Asia. Counsel Vishal Mawkin is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Peter Young

Testimonials

The Norton Rose team is responsive, knowledgeable, thorough, with an in-depth understanding of the financial services industry and clients’ needs.’

Peter Noble is an exceptional lawyer, who provides our team with the needed support on our European securities issuance programs and global covered bond programme, among other things. He stands out from his competitors having taken the time to understand our business and needs, with a high level of institutional and industry knowledge, by being responsive and thorough.’

The firm is very good and has up-to-date knowledge of the European market, and the ability to design practical business solutions for various transactional and regulatory issues.’

Peter Young is dedicated and client-focused, and has in-depth knowledge of the market and the pulse on the client requirements.’

Counsel Vishal Mawkin is diligent with an eye for details and a client-centric approach, as well as the ability to understand clients’ requirements.’

It delivers excellent response times, answers that are to the point and a willingness to adapt to the local requirements without sacrificing quality.’

Peter Young and Vishal Mawkin have superb know-how and response times. They have solutions to all issues without “ifs” and “buts”. The team understood the local requirements of the deal, adapted and delivered the job. Usually, international legal firms find excuses about “international practice” and refuse to comply with local requirements.’

Key clients

Republic of Angola – Ministry of Finance

Ecobank Transnational Incorporated

Citi

Piraeus Bank

Eurobank

Deutsche Bank

Government of Pakistan, Ministry of Finance

Telenor ASA

Royal Bank of Canada

Scotiabank

Toronto-Dominion Bank

Unicredit

MUFG Securities

US Bank

Republic of Kazakhstan

Schlumberger

Coca-Cola HBC

BNP Paribas

Law Debenture

BNY Mellon

Intertrust

Derivatives and structured products Tier 2

'The firm is very pragmatic and technically capable with a high degree of commerciality and common sense', say clients of Norton Rose Fulbright. Heavily focused on transactional derivatives work, though also adept in the structured products space, the firm frequently handles new products and new markets, with work on new securities lending pledge documents just one example. It is also involved in highly innovative areas such as fintech, having advised banks on a new securities lending platform based on distributed lending technology (DLT). Peter Young leads the banking and capital markets group though the lead structured finance partners are Daniel Franks and Nigel Dickinson. Franks advises investment banks on derivatives, repos, stocklending, collateral, set-off, netting, structured products and regulatory capital and funding transactions. Dickinson is an OTC derivatives and structured products specialist known for swap bifurcations, TRS and repo financings, and repackaging transactions. Also recommended are Jonathan Herbst and Hannah Meakin for derivatives, as well as Sandrine Sauvel, David Shearer, Farmida Bi, Nicholas (Nick) Grandage and Peter Noble for structured finance.

Practice head(s):

Peter Young

Testimonials

‘The firm is very pragmatic and technically capable with a high degree of commerciality and common sense. It is very easy to deal with.’

‘Daniel Franks is technically very good, with the ability to explain very technical points in language that non-lawyers can understand. He is very good with the business.’

‘The firm has a great structured finance and derivatives practice that provides top-quality advice without the Magic Circle premium.’

‘Nigel Dickinson is a true all-rounder in the derivatives and structured finance space.’

‘Daniel Franks is a top practitioner with the ability to see issues that others would not.’

‘The firm has excellent technical expertise.’

‘Daniel Franks is keen to get into the detail in the documents and has excellent technical expertise.’

‘It provides Magic Circle quality product but is less expensive. It is of similar calibre to Linklaters and Allen & Overy, which are the other firms I chiefly instruct for complex derivatives and structured finance work. Nigel Dickinson is the best asset repack lawyer in the market, and has assembled an excellent team – I trust him with my most critical matters.’

‘Nigel Dickinson is fantastic – highly responsive, technically excellent, and we really enjoy working with him. He is very popular with my business as he grasps structural and economic complexities very quickly and proposes innovative commercial solutions, and he is always available. Sean Bruns is a talented and hardworking senior associate with great client skills.’

‘The team is comprised of personable, capable individuals who understand the needs of their clients and apply commercial sense to their exceptional legal analysis.’

‘Nigel Dickinson is an incredibly knowledgeable but pragmatic partner. I appreciate his ability to see straight to the heart of the issues that affect us without getting weighed down in intellectual grandstanding. Every single matter I have worked on with him has received his personal attention, backed by his team of exceptional associates.’

‘Daniel Franks and his team are able to find a good balance and weighting of partner/associate time spent on matters which has meant that we get the benefit of associate hourly rates without diluting partner-level expertise and experience.’

‘Their expertise in the securities financing space is second to none and they continuously demonstrate their ability to find creative and commercial solutions to legally complex issues which might otherwise have impeded progress in negotiations.’

‘Daniel Franks has a rare appreciation and understanding of how his advice will be used by internal in-house functions and is thus able to refine and contextualise his work accordingly, whether this be in a negotiation or opinion setting.’

Key clients

AIG

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Bank of Ireland

BNP Paribas

Commerzbank

JPMorgan

Natixis

Piraeus Bank

Société Générale

Prime Capital

Compagnie de Saint-Gobain

Financial services: contentious Tier 2

The multidisciplinary team at Norton Rose Fulbright has broad experience covering regulatory investigations, the senior managers and certification regime (SMCR), financial crime and market abuse matters. The practice is also known for its cross border expertise. The ‘outstandingKatie Stephen is ‘superb with clients and a first-rate tactician’, acting for regulated firms and individuals on a range of contentious matters. She co-leads the team with David Harris, who represents financial institutions, corporates and senior executives in cross-border internal investigations, regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings. Also notable is counsel Sonya Zywko, who specialises in financial services investigations, regulatory enforcement and related litigation.

Practice head(s):

Katie Stephen; David Harris

Other key lawyers:

Sonya Zywko; Chloe Fryer; James Lockwood

Testimonials

‘This is one of the top contentious FS teams in the UK, and rightly so’

‘One real advantage of this team is the quality of the associates’

‘Katie Stephen is absolutely top quality: she knows the FS industry backwards in that she knows FSMA and the Handbook like the back of her hands. She knows how the FCA and PRA work, and is superb at dealing with them when they’re on the other side’

‘Chloe Fryer is quite outstanding – extremely clever, an excellent lawyer, and massively hard working. A star of the future’

‘James Lockwood is an excellent associate who drafts documents beautifully, is very bright, and a brilliant team player’

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 2

Specialising in cross-border work and innovation, Norton Rose Fulbright’s broad experience covers payments, Fintech, Brexit, sustainable finance, market infrastructure and post-trading matters. The firm also has expertise in conduct, culture and accountability issues, as well as the retail sector. The team is co-led by Jonathan Herbst, who is known for regulatory advice relating to bank structuring, markets, commodity derivatives, custody and clearing; Imogen Garner, who advises a range of domestic and international clients on the UK and EU financial services regimes; Hannah Meakin, who focuses on market infrastructure, commodities derivatives and Fintech; contentious regulatory expert Katie Stephen; and Simon Lovegrove, who has experience in knowledge management, financial services and market regulation. Also notable is senior associate Matthew Gregory, who has multi-jurisdictional banking expertise.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Herbst; Imogen Garner; Hannah Meakin; Katie Stephen; Simon Lovegrove

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

HSBC

KKR

Investment Association

CME Group

Lendingblock

Government of Malta

Goldman Sachs

River & Mercantile

New Payments Systems Operator

UK Finance

Fraud: civil Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright's team of 'highly motivated and experienced litigators' acts for sovereign entities, corporates and financial institutions. Its work covers cross-border and domestic fraud disputes and asset tracing matters, including those involving cyber-fraud, bribery and corruption. Solicitor-advocate Ruth Cowley, who is dual-qualified in the UK and Hong Kong, focuses on fraud and corruption investigations and litigation, often involving parties in Africa. Michael Godden and Matthew Waudby specialise in civil fraud, asset tracing and banking and finance disputes. Harriet Jones-Fenleigh handles cross-border fraud disputes and arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Peter Scott; Michael Godden

Other key lawyers:

Ruth Cowley; Matthew Waudby; Harriety Jones-Fenleigh

Testimonials

‘Ruth Cowley is a standout individual with considerable experience of high-profile and substantial fraud litigation.’ 

‘Harriet Jones-Fenleigh is a new partner who is clearly going places. She is phenomenally hard working, thorough and very bright. A delight to work with.’

‘Michael Godden knows his stuff, given his mixed banking and fraud practice.’

‘Matthew Waudby is a very sharp litigator.’

Key clients

The Republic of Angola

Banco Nacional de Angola (the Angolan Central Bank)

Citibank N.A.

Citigroup Global Markets Limited

Citicorp Trustee Company Ltd

Orange Liberia, Inc.

Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright advises individuals on financial and white collar crime issues. It often deals with domestic and international enforcement agencies, including the SFO, FCA, NCA, HMRC and CPS. Areas of focus include internal investigations, regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings, criminal investigations, prosecutions and related civil litigation. The team handles all stages of the criminal process from the outset of investigations, to interviews by prosecuting authorities, through to trial and beyond. Head of practice Neil O’May is experienced in defending prosecutions alleging bribery and corruption, international fraud and market abuse. Pamela Reddy handles cross-border internal investigations and financial services investigations.

Practice head(s):

Neil O’ May

Other key lawyers:

Jeff Cottle; Ruth Cowley; Amy Shaffron; Lista M. Cannon; Pamela Reddy

Testimonials

‘The team acts for an impressive array of senior high-profile individuals and corporates facing all aspects of criminal and regulatory difficulties’. 

‘They consistently pop up in all of the major, high-profile investigations and trials’.

‘Pamela Reddy has many years of experience advising on and defending individuals and corporates involved in an array of fraud and regulatory matters’.

‘Pamela Reddy’s previous experience working as a partner in a criminal boutique gives her invaluable insight into all aspects of criminal/regulatory investigations and prosecutions’.

‘Neil O’May is one of the very few partners in a silver circle firm with extensive experience of white-collar crime’.

‘Pamela’s approach is clear, calm and pragmatic and she has a reassuring no-nonsense air about her when co-defending with her’.

‘Neil O’May is an effective leader who has made himself, over the past few years, a leading name in the financial crime market’.

‘Pamela Reddy is a partner who has great range to her talents and is immensely personable and good to deal with’.

Key clients

Former Finance Director- Tesco plc

Victor Dahdaleh

Senior executive at Petrofac

Rajni Mehta

Former Senior Executive of Barclays – LIBOR Lowballing investigation

IT and telecoms Tier 2

The multi-disciplinary team at Norton Rose Fulbright has experience in fintech, insurtech and payments, as well as expertise in data privacy, outsourcing and regulatory mandates. The firm also provides NRF Transform, a change and innovation program for the delivery of legal services through the use of technology. The group is co-led by Sean Murphy, who focuses on international corporate matters in the technology sector; Oliver Stacey, who specialises in corporate and commercial transactions; and James Russell, who is an expert in outsourcing, information technology and IP law. Other key names include Zayed Al Jamil, who was promoted to counsel in 2019 an advises on outsourcing and technology projects, particularly related to emerging technologies; and Paul Joseph, who arrived from RPC in 2020 and brings expertise in technology, data and IP disputes.

Practice head(s):

Sean Murphy; Oliver Stacey; James Russell

Other key lawyers:

Lai-Lynn Choong; Zayed Al Jamil; Paul Joseph

Testimonials

‘Lai-Lynn Choong is an absolute pleasure to work with – she is very knowledgeable in her field of expertise and I find very commercial in negotiations. I wouldn’t hesitate recommending her.’

Key clients

Bolt

Cell C

Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank (CACIB)

De Beers

Econet Wireless

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du)

Etisalat

Gemcorp Capital

Helios Investment Partners

JP Morgan Chase Bank

Mubadala Investment Company

Newegg

Orange

Paxos Trust Company, LLC

PayPal Inc.

PTCL

Shell Ventures BV

Starling Bank

Telenor

TeliaSonera

TowerShare

Unily

VAKT Global Limited

Veon

Vodacom

Vodafone

Listed funds Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright advises institutional investors and a growing portfolio of fund and asset managers on the full spectrum of issues relating to closed-ended listed funds encompassing fund formations, IPOs, secondary raisings and regulatory compliance issues. The team has particular expertise in working with infrastructure and renewable energy-related funds, and is led by Richard Sheen - a highly experienced practitioner who advises JP Morgan Elect and Starwood on fund launches, structurings and fund raising matters. Ian Fox is highly active in launch, structuring, and management work for a number of asset managers and investors, while Mark Lloyd-Williams has a notable focus on fund acquisitions and transactions. Senior associate Margaret Simcock advises on a variety of structuring, establishment and restructuring matters for asset managers, investors and funds.

Practice head(s):

Richard Sheen

Testimonials

‘Great access to partners at all times and the best fee earners allocated to the job. They are an absolute pleasure to deal with.’

‘The consistency of the team and the quality of the individuals is a constant. What’s not to like? Ian Fox and Richard Sheen in particular are a cut above.’

‘Ian Fox always provides hands on advice, fully committed and dedicated to his clients. A background of many years in the sector and technically very strong.’

‘Highly experienced at partner level with clients directly benefiting.’

‘Ian Fox – accomplished funds practitioner. Richard Sheen – combines deep funds experience with broader corporate insight.’

Key clients

JP Morgan Cazenove

Starwood European Real Estate Finance

Schroder Real Estate Investment Management

JPMorgan Income & Growth Investment Trust

JPMorgan Elect

Numis Securities

The Renewables Infrastructure Group Limited (TRIG)

Macau Property Opportunities Fund

Trian Investors

Jefferies International

Crystal Amber Fund

Oil and gas Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright is well regarded for its 'extensive experience in various jurisdictions' and 'commercial acumen' in the oil and gas sector. The team demonstrates particular depth in the LNG arena, and is regularly involved in the construction and operation of LPG infrastructure, LNG terminals and LNG-to-power plants. Nick Prowse focuses on upstream and downstream matters, while group head Rob Marsh and Madhavi Gosavi are project finance specialists.

Practice head(s):

Rob Marsh

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Extensive experience in various jurisdictions. Resourcing appropriately and proactively. Strength in depth from partner to associate level. Commercial acumen and understanding of client sector and market practices.’

Key clients

Bank of Tokyo MUFG

BP Plc

Brookfield Renewable Power

Eni

ExxonMobil

Greencoat UK Wind plc

IFC

Macquarie

Marubeni

Ministry of Finance of Angola

Mubadala

Neoen

Shell

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

Norton Rose Fulbright advises PE houses and portfolio companies across the lifecycle of investments, including buyouts, portfolio company M&A and restructuring, and exits. As well as traditional private equity, the practice also advises alternative private capital providers such as banks, family offices, and asset managers. The team advises on a number of cross-border transactions, thanks to a global platform across Europe, Asia, and the US. Sector specialisms include technology and innovation, including fintech and non-tech investments in technology companies. David Marshall leads the team, advising on domestic and cross-border buyouts, joint ventures, and bolt-on transactions. Bayo Odubeko focuses on private equity and venture capital investments in emerging markets, particularly Africa. Sophie O’Connor made partner in 2019, and specialises in technology and financial services transactions.

Practice head(s):

David Marshall

Other key lawyers:

Bayo Odubeko; Sophie O’Connor

Key clients

Aquiline Capital Partners

Carlyle

AfricInvest Capital Partners

ValueAct Capital

Denham Capital Management

Scottish Equity Partners

XPV Water Partners

Mobeus

Abris Capital

Champ Ventures

Shell Ventures

Development Partners International

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

Norton Rose Fulbright’s extensive international presence makes it well suited to handle multi-jurisdictional investigations and financial crime matters. The firm has corporate crime and regulatory investigations teams in the UK and US handling  litigation, data privacy, cyber, employment and e-disclosure matters. It regularly receives instructions on significant cybercrime issues and provides advice in relation to crisis management, investigations and reporting to authorities such as the NCA, FCA and ICO. Other areas of focus include sanctions, anti-bribery compliance, export controls and financial crime advice in relation to legalised cannabis companies. Head of team Neil O’May specialises in advising prominent organisations and individuals on high profile investigations and prosecutions. Katie Stephen, who co-heads the team, is noted for her expertise in market abuse and anti-money laundering matters. David Harris also co-heads the team and is well regarded for transnational regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Neil O’May; Katie Stephen; David Harris

Other key lawyers:

Pamela Reddy; Ruth Cowley; Jeffrey Cottle; Andrew Reeves; Stuart Neely; Patrick Bourke; Lista M. Cannon

Testimonials

‘A superb all-round team’.

‘It has an enviable depth of experience and a brilliant track record’.

‘The team is a delight to work with – professional and committed to the client’s best interests’.

‘They are imaginative and determined to achieve the best possible results in the most efficient manner’.

‘Neil O’May is superb, as his track record demonstrates’.

‘Andrew Reeves is outstandingly able and immensely practical’.

‘David Harris is exceptionally talented and provides superb advice’.

Key clients

Victor Dahdaleh and associated companies

Securitisation Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright 'goes beyond doing the standard review of documentation and makes sure it provides real advice throughout the transaction journey'. The firm is active in both public and private securitisations across a range of asset classes, including small business lending, trade receivables deals and equity release mortgages. It is also a key adviser on the new regulatory regime and shari'ah-compliant transactions. Transport and infrastructure are key areas of expertise for the firm, leading it to handle transactions in those sectors, though it is also active in larger markets such as UK and international RMBS for issuers, cash managers and trustees. The firm has a growing originator client base for funding programmes and highly complex transactions. David Shearer (who 'provides the trust, confidence and subject matter expertise that a first-time issuer needs') leads the practice and specialises in securitisation, structured finance and covered bond transactions in asset classes including residential mortgages, commercial real estate, small business and consumer receivables. Sandrine Sauvel frequently advises arrangers, originators, trustees, rating agencies and monoline guarantors. Farmida Bi is recommended for her corporate trustee and service provider expertise, notably in restructuring and ABS transactions.

Practice head(s):

David ShearerPartner

Other key lawyers:

Sandrine Sauvel; Farmida Bi; Rae Parsons; Tudor Plapcianu

Testimonials

‘The team goes beyond doing the standard review of documentation but makes sure they provide real advice throughout the transaction journey. This is exactly what a first time issuer needs in the complex universe of securitisation.’

‘David Shearer provides the trust, confidence and subject matter expertise that a first-time issuer needs in the complex universe of securitisation. Senior associate Rae Parsons always provides timely and to-the-point feedback, making sure our interests are fairly represented.’

‘The firm has uniquely strong trade finance knowledge combined with insurance, regulatory and securitisation expertise.’

‘Tudor Plapcianu is a very strong and cost-effective associate who works closely and efficiently with partners Nick Grandage and David Shearer who are great.’

‘Senior associate Rae Parsons is a very good professional, always very responsive to any kind of queries that might come up, eager to propose solutions and to examine the most efficient way to proceed within the projects she undertakes. She has very strong communication skills, which makes the people around her want to work together again.’

Key clients

AIG

Piraeus Bank

Barclays

Eurobank

Attica Bank

Toronto Dominion Bank

National Bank of Canada

Bank of Montreal

Bank of Nova Scotia

Fédération des casisses Desjardins du Québec

Province of Quebec

Province of British Columbia

Province of Alberta

VAT and indirect tax Tier 2

At Norton Rose Fulbright, the team assists with indirect tax issues arising from corporate and finance transactions, in addition to handling standalone work such as VAT recovery, and contentious issues. Drawing on the firm's wider specialisms, the group is particularly well-versed in insurance premium tax issues, as well as real estate matters. Dominic Stuttaford is the overall head of the tax practice, with Chris Bates leading the European VAT group. Matthew Hodkin is noted for his niche expertise in VAT relating to the energy generation, supply and transport sectors. In April 2019, Michael Alliston joined from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Stuttaford

Other key lawyers:

Chris Bates; Matthew Hodkin; Michael Alliston; Judy Harrison;Julia Lloyd

Key clients

Barclays Bank Plc

Bibby Financial Services

Bombardier

Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners

Centrica

Civitas Social Housing PLC

Commerz Real Investmentgesellschaft mb

Credit Agricole

France Telecom

Gatehouse Bank

Goldman Sachs

HSBC

Lloyds Banking Group

London Gateway Port Limited

Mubadala Investment Company PJSC

Santander

Statoil

UBM

Vodacom Group

Welput (the West End of London Property Unit Trust – operated by Schroders plc)

Oxford Industries

Al Rayan Bank PLC

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 3

Headed by Chris Brown, the 'very strong' team at Norton Rose Fulbright has an excellent reputation for handling multi-jurisdictional financings for banks and borrowers in core firm-wide sector specialisms, including infrastructure, technology and mining commodities. Recent work has included several large syndicated borrowing base facilities within the energy/commodities sector, mandates which required significant co-ordination across the firm's international network of offices. As well as the firm's work for commercial banks, it also has experience advising on ECA-backed financings and on behalf of development finance institutions, particularly on deals with an African nexus. The firm also benefits from access to ancillary areas of expertise, including asset-based lending (ABL) and Islamic finance, ensuring that it is able to handle the more bespoke transactions in the market.

Practice head(s):

Chris Brown

Other key lawyers:

Michael Black; Farmida Bi; Daniel Metcalfe; Michael Ings; Neha Khosla; Alex Zekkos

Testimonials

‘We have always used Michael Ings and his team. Michael is hugely knowledgeable in this area with extensive experience of banking documentation. He has also attracted around him a very strong team.’

 

Key clients

CocaCola

Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Macquarie

Shell

JP Morgan Chase

Wells Fargo

Citibank

BAML

Mizuho Bank

Sumitomo Mitsui

Mercuria Energy

Ecobank

AIRRO

Carnival Plc

Cross Ocean

Bank of China

Barclays Bank

Bayerische LB

Cannaway Investments

HSBC Bank

ICBC

Kozani Limited

MUFG

QBE

Raiffeisen Bank

Stanbic

Standard Bank

Islamic Bank of Asia

Citizens Bank

Shawbrook Bank

Western Alliance bank

RBS

TCW Asset Management

Standard Chartered Bank

AIG Europe

Reach Plc

Carlsberg Breweries

Commercial litigation: premium Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright is praised for its 'increasing presence in a number of market-leading cases'. It has particular experience in the energy, financial services, infrastructure, transport, technology and life sciences sectors and counts cybersecurity and regulatory-related litigation and competition class action among its areas of growth. Managing partner Peter Scott and Patrick Bourke jointly lead the practice and focus on competition and corporate disputes respectively. Ruth Cowley is 'experienced at managing heavyweight litigation' particularly in the financial institutions and energy sectors, Antony Corsi has an impressive breadth of expertise and 'the uncanny ability to demystify very complex issues' while Ffion Flockhart and Neil Miller are noted for cybersecurity and energy sector disputes respectively. Jane Park-Weir joined Osborne Clarke LLP.

Practice head(s):

Peter Scott; Patrick Bourke

Other key lawyers:

Ruth Cowley; Ffion Flockhart; Antony Corsi; Neil Miller; Charlotte Winter; Patrick Farrell; Zayba Drabu; Annabelle Wheeler; Robin Springthorpe

Testimonials

Norton Rose Fulbright offers professional excellence and bespoke personal attention across the spectrum of multidisciplinary business legal services. . They provide an end -to-end perspective on dispute resolution management and work closely with in-house counsel in developing strategies for dispute management.

Excellent roster of clients and increasing presence in a number of market-leading cases.

Highly responsive and effective team who achieve tangible results for their clients. They demonstrate a profound understanding of their clients’ needs and combine this with great legal and litigation skills.’

Antony Corsi is our go-to partner for dispute resolution. He has keen listening skills and the uncanny ability to demystify very complex issues. His drafting and communication skills are top notch. He is above all very client-focused.

Patrick Bourke and Ruth Cowley are standout individuals: excellent technical lawyers, experienced at managing heavyweight litigation, and a joy to work with.

Charlotte Winter is a great intellect, who combines tenacity with focused ability to understand the client’s needs and achieve outcomes.’

‘Patrick Farrell has considerable strategic insight, and exceptional team leadership. Robin Springthorpe: a tenacious litigator who invariably resolves difficult problems with efficiency’

‘Zayba Drabu a superb litigator, who masters the most difficult problems to gain optimal results for clients. A rising star. Annabelle Wheeler: Exceptional talent who is able to assimilate and resolve difficult legal problems: another rising star.

Key clients

The World LLC

HSBC

Orange

UBB Waste (Essex) Ltd

Greengate S.A.R.L.

Gwynt-y-Mor Offshore Windfarm Limited

Competition litigation Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright's competition litigation department, which is a key part of the wider antitrust group, consists of ‘hardworking and dedicated’ lawyers trained in both commercial litigation and competition law. Regularly instructed by both claimants and defendants, the group is adept at handling follow-on damages claims, regulatory appeals and litigation strategy issues. It has considerable experience of the energy and financial services sectors. Peter Scott and Mark Simpson jointly lead the practice. Counsel Helen Fairhead is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Peter Scott; Mark Simpson

Other key lawyers:

Susanna Rogers; Helen Fairhead; Jason Logendra; James Flett

Testimonials

A great combination of competition law knowledge, litigation awareness and sensitivity to client needs

A well-established team that has a number of high-profile cases under its belt.

The team is great to work with. The lawyers are hardworking and dedicated, and clearly enjoy what they do.’

The team is extremely thorough and impressively organised in thinking about what needs to be done in what order and how to do it as efficiently as possible. It also seems very functional – the team members work well together and all feel valued – which is hugely important in long, complex and stressful litigation.

Mark Simpson is adept at navigating tricky disputes, managing an efficient team of associates and dealing with the complexities of cross-border litigation.

Peter Scott is a very experienced litigator with a strong track record in delivering good outcomes for clients.

I have been working with counsel Helen Fairhead. She is hardworking and strategic, and has a strong ability to see issues from a range of perspectives to identify the best way forward.

Key clients

HSBC

Vodafone

BP

Shell

Delta Air Lines

Reckitt Benckiser

Carlsberg

Stena

Bombardier

Orange

Schneider Electric

PayPal

Easyjet

Centrica

The Law Society

EirGrid

Thales

Coca Cola

Liverpool Victoria

Standard Chartered Bank

Electricity North West

IFPI

Paypoint

Laing O’Rouke

RWE

Soni

National Grid

Northern Gas Networks

Stark

Bristol Water

Energy Networks Association

Corporate tax Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright's tax team is a powerhouse for corporate and financial transactions. It works closely with the firm's international office network, advising on cross-border M&A, refinancings and restructurings. Dominic Stuttaford, who leads the EMEA and Brazil tax group, specialises in M&A and corporate reorganisations. Matthew Hodkin stands out for his expertise in transport and renewable energy taxation. Property, funds and retail tax are particular areas of focus for Julia Lloyd and Michael Alliston (an arrival from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in April 2019). Counsel Judy Harrison is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Stuttaford

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Hodkin; Matthew Findley; Chris Bates; Michael Alliston; Judy Harrison; Julia Lloyd

Testimonials

Clear and concise advice.’

Excellent energy industry knowledge and extensive M&A experience .’

I have used Dominic Stuttaford on many occasions for ad hoc tax advice. He is someone whose in depth understanding of tax law and wide experience of dealing with tax issues during his career means he is ideally suited to discussing tax issues in a practical way.’

Key clients

EasyJet

Commerz Real Investmentgesellschaft mb

Schroder Real Estate Investment Management Limited

Civitas Social Housing PLC

Residential Secure Income REIT Group

Deutsche Finance International

London Gateway Port Limited

Royal Bank of Scotland PLC

Stena AB

Credit Agricole

Lloyds Banking Group

Societe Generale

Yoo Capital

Barclays Bank Plc

Bibby Financial Services

Bombardier

Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners

Centrica

Orange SA

Gatehouse Bank

Goldman Sachs

HSBC

Santander

Vodafone/Vodacom Group

the West End of London Property Unit Trust

Oxford Industries Inc

CitiGroup

Toronto-Dominion Bank

Trian Fund Management, L.P.

Terra Firma

Roofoods Ltd (Deliveroo).

AIG

Liberty Insurance

Euclid Transactional

AXA XL

Chubb

PGGM Vermogensbeheer B.V.

Glennmont Partners

Greencoat UK Wind

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright fields a broad practice, which handles data breaches, data subject requests, export solutions and data storage mandates. Marcus Evans heads up the team and displays expertise in cross-border data matters including compliance and regulatory issues. In addition, he advises on software licensing and e-commerce work. Evans is supported in the practice by Lara White, who acts on media and retail-related data protection and privacy matters. The team gained data protection specialist Janine Regan from Bristows LLP in late 2019 .

Practice head(s):

Marcus Evans

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

AIG

Bank of Montreal

BMW

Cathay Pacific

Chicago Metal Exchange

CNA Hardy

Deliveroo

Guy Carpenter

IMI

Indigo

Informa

Legal Utopia

Lucozade Ribena Suntory

Marsh McLennan

Mitsubishi Electric

NAE

Newegg

PayPal

Pfizer

Qantas Airways

Riverstone

T Rowe Price

Vocalink

Employee share schemes Tier 3

The employee benefits and executive compensation team at Norton Rose Fulbright has a focus on advising listed multinationals, but also has expertise in designing and implementing bespoke incentive plans for unlisted companies, particularly fintech businesses and those with private equity backing. The team is headed by Matthew Findley, who has particular experience in both executive plans and all-employee arrangements as well as dealing with employee benefits in the context of mergers and acquisitions, IPOs and demergers. He also sits on the corporate and regulatory committee of the Share Plan Lawyers Group.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Findley

Testimonials

‘Matt Findley is excellent – efficient, knowledgeable and pragmatic.’

‘Commercial thinking, sound judgement and good recommendations.’

‘Matthew Findley is a great source of advice, knowledge and pragmatism.’

‘Advice is always practical and with the realities of the commercial world in mind.’

Key clients

HSBC Holdings plc

Deliveroo

Delta Airlines, Inc.

Centamin

CGI Group

Crest Nicholson

Barrick Gold Corporation

Orange S.A.

Jane’s Information Group Limited

Vakt Holdings Limited

IMI plc

Unily

Environment Tier 3

Caroline May leads the 'technically good' team at Norton Rose Fulbright, which frequently advises on the environmental aspects of some of the largest development, infrastructure and waste-to-energy projects in the UK. May has particular expertise in urban regeneration and brownfield site projects, and has been involved in two of the largest pieces of toxic tort litigation in the UK. The emergence of ESG reporting obligations issues in the financial sector is a new area of focus for the team, where it advises banks and institutions on environmental and social governance impacts, reporting and compliance obligations. Counsel Lucy Bruce Jones is also highly regarded.

Practice head(s):

Caroline May

Other key lawyers:

Lucy Bruce Jone

Testimonials

‘They are very practical, and once you give them direction they take that information run with it.’

‘Lucy and Caroline are great to work with, and are very diligent and detailed.’

‘The two individuals I have worked with the most (and will continue to do for the foreseeable future) is Caroline May and Lucy Bruce Jones (of Counsel) who I would highly recommend because they offer practical, not just legal, solutions; they work hard to understand our business objectives; they are approachable, friendly and always available; and we trust them to come up with answers that add value to our business.’

‘Norton Rose Fulbright has a strong track-record built up over many years supporting players in the carbon market.’

Key clients

Equator Principles Association

LyondellBasell

Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell)

Bombardier Inc

Crest Nicholson Plc

DP World/London Gateway Port Limited

Europa Capital LLP

Balfour Beatty / Urbaser (as a joint venture) (UBB Waste (Essex) Limited

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

AGR 13

FMO – Green Climate Fund

Calumet Specialty Products Partners

Yara International ASA

Coca Cola European Partners

Carlsberg

BMW (UK) Limited

Brookfield Asset Management

Vodafone

57 Whitehall S.a.r.l (a joint venture between the Hinduja Group and OHL conglomerates)

Energizer Brands LLC

Tokyo Electron Europe Limited

Thales

IMI Plc

Equity capital markets - mid-high cap Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright's practice features prominently in the financial and professional services, technology, real estate, energy, commodities and resources sectors. Raj Karia leads the team, which is sought out by corporate issuers, bulge-bracket investment banks, nominated advisers and investors on large and complex transactions; it covers the full spectrum of UK (AIM and Main Market) and cross-border transactions. Listed funds and special purpose acquisition vehicles (SPACS) are a notable strength of the practice. Clementine Hogarth  and Fiona Millington are among a number of highly regarded individuals in the group, which includes US securities law expert Thomas VitaKit McCarthy made partner in early 2020, and Richard Sheen is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Raj Karia

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Vita; Fiona Millington; Richard Sheen; Mark Lloyd Williams; Clementine Hogarth; Kit McCarthy; Alexander Green

Testimonials

Fiona Millington — responsive, commercial and very knowledgeable!

Key clients

JTC PLC

Trian Investors 1 Limited

Numis Securities Limited

Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co.

J.P. Morgan Securities plc.

Goldman Sachs International

Canaccord Genuity Limited

Citigroup, J.P. Morgan, Berenberg and Societe Generale

CI Capital Holdings S.A.E.

Picton Property Income Limited

Rameda S.A.E.

Management Consulting Group PLC (MCG)

Purplebricks Group Plc

Warehouses De Pauw NV

Xior Student Housing NV

Akazoo S.A.

Credit Suisse

EU and competition Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright offers a wide range of services relating to merger control issues, cartel investigations, state aid work and market investigations. The department focuses on multi-jurisdictional work and acts for an enviable roster of global corporations; its efficiency is further enhanced through its access to the firm’s global network comprising over 200 competition lawyers worldwide. Other areas of focus are Brexit- and national security-related mandates. Peter Scott chairs the global antitrust group, while Ian Giles heads up the UK-based department. Mark Tricker is recommended.

Practice head(s):

Peter Scott; Ian Giles

Other key lawyers:

Mark Tricker; Caroline Thomas; Mark Simpson; Susanna Rogers

Testimonials

Ian Giles is the most service oriented and customer-centric lawyer I have worked with.

It goes without saying that NRF knows the law, but one of its strengths includes its ability to explain nuances of competition law in terms that lay-persons understand and appreciate.

Mark Tricker – I would not go to anyone else for an EU / UK issue. He is always available, will turn work quickly, is commercially pragmatic, approachable and an incredibly smart and astute lawyer.

One of the best teams you can find on the London legal market. Outstanding subject matter expertise supported by in-depth industry and market knowledge and tailored business-partnering approach. Not your usual legal services provider but a true business partner.

While the London legal market is quite crowded, NRF’s competition team (and Ian Giles specifically) stands out for their out of the box/ complex, but at the same time business-friendly, solutions.

Ian Giles, exceptional professionalism, subject matter expertise, practical, customer-focused, outstanding interpersonal skills

Mark Simpson – strong antitrust lawyer with extensive knowledge of the Telco sector. Easy to work with.

Key clients

PayPal

HSBC

Vodafone

Delta Air Lines

PwC

BP

Shell

Coca-Cola European Partners

Orange

Mercer

National Grid

Carlsberg

Soni

Bombardier

Stena

Bristol Water

Wyelands Capital / Liberty House

Health and safety Tier 3

The team at Norton Rose Fulbright handles major accidents, incidents and occupational health and safety matters. The practice has a strong offering for clients in the energy, utilities, transport and construction sectors. Other key areas of work regulatory compliance advice, crisis response for the energy industry and a growing area of product safety and chemical safety. Caroline May has extensive experience with asbestos cases and industrial accidents.

Practice head(s):

Caroline May

Other key lawyers:

Neil O’May; Neil Q Miller; Holly Stebbing; Lucy Bruce Jones

Testimonials

‘Caroline May is very thorough and has an excellent tactical perspective. She is a pleasure to work with as well’

‘Excellent. Very knowledgeable in all areas and a good pragmatic approach’

‘The team is very personal, offering a relaxed atmosphere to discuss cases, whilst remaining focused on the detail. I find them excellent at removing stress and delivering outcomes over quick timeframes’

‘Lucy Bruce-Jones develops long-term professional relationships so understands one’s personal and corporate goals. Technical project leadership and delivery with a very human understanding’

 

Key clients

Urbaser Balfour Beatty (UBB)

Tokyo Electron Europe Limited

DP World, London Gateway

Crest Nicholson Plc

Gildan’s Inc

Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright is active in insurance litigation across traditional policies including financial lines, property and D&O insurance, as well as growing areas including cyber insurance. The team is led by Adrian Mecz, who has broad contentious experience; other key contacts include Ffion Flockhart, Jonathan Ogle and Michelle George.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Mecz

Testimonials

‘NRF have leading insurance and disputes experts with Michelle George and Adrian Mecz. Michelle and Adrian have an outstanding grasp of insurance and reinsurance law and how it is best deployed to effectively resolve matters.’

‘The breadth of experience within the team is very useful to my business. It ensures that time and costs are not wasted tilting at windmills and we focus on resolving the real issues.’

‘I have worked predominantly with Adrian Mecz in the London team. Adrian is the Father of the House as far as London Insurance lawyers go. His dual qualifications and experience means that he is a very safe pair of hands for highly contentious claims.’

Key clients

AIG

AmTrust

AXA XL

Barbican

Brit

Canopius

Chubb

Enstar

ERGO

Marsh

MS Amlin

Munich Re

QBE

Resolute

Riverstone

Talbot/AIG

Vitality

WR Berkley

International arbitration Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright's team is part of the firm's global international arbitration practice, and clients regularly benefit from its ability to work in cross-office teams. The practice acts across the firm’s key sectors, namely the financial, energy, infrastructure, mining and commodities, transport, technology and innovation, and life sciences and healthcare industries. Sherina Petit leads the international arbitration practice across Asia, Europe and Middle East, and heads up the firm’s India practice globally; James Rogers is an experienced international arbitration practitioner; and Patrick Bourke is a leading name for dispute resolution across the Middle East. Other recommended advisers are Africa specialist Ruth Cowley and senior associate Matthew Buckle.

Practice head(s):

Sherina Petit

Testimonials

‘The Firm has a great international arbitration practice, specially with its focus on India.’

‘Sherina Petit. She is always on the ball and available 24×7. Has a great team which supports her very well.’

‘Strong relationships in India with clients and local counsel and a far better understanding of the Indian legal market than any other law firm I have worked with in London. The credit for this goes to Sherina Petit and her ability to work in India.’

‘Sherina Petit provides excellent strategic advice. Works comfortably with international counsel on cross border disputes. Helps clients navigate the international arbitration space with clear headed advice.’

‘They have a tremendous capacity to simplify to the very essence even the most complex and intricate matters and they have great oral advocacy skills.’

‘James Rogers – great advocacy skills. Matthew Buckle – very analytical and hands on.’

Key clients

Sacyr

BP

Total

Shell

Reckitt Benckiser

OMV

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 3

The team at Norton Rose Fulbright is led by Peter Ford, who has decades of experience of all aspects of pensions law. He works in tandem with the 'stand-outLesley Browning , who has spent the last 20 years at the firm after joining with Ford, during which time she has 'skilfully steered some of the biggest industry-wide schemes through all legislative changes.' Recent work highlights have included acting for the Trustee of the Invensys Pension Scheme on the implementation of its GMP reconciliation and rectification programme; the wider team also advises on longevity swaps, fiduciary management arrangements, pooled/insured investment vehicles and custody arrangements. Clients can also benefit from the firm's strong track record on international matters, drawing on its huge global reach.

Practice head(s):

Peter Ford

Other key lawyers:

Lesley Browning; Shane O’Reilly; Philip Jelley; Giannis Waymouth;

Testimonials

Norton Rose Fulbright has one of the strongest pensions teams in the country, but quietly goes about delivering excellence. It has vast experience across all sectors and industries, its strengths and key capabilities being its people; in particular Peter Ford and Lesley Browning‘.

Responsive, commercial and user-friendly. I have found most other firms’ pension teams are not commercial and often raise issues which are not commercial and waste a lot of time of the clients on points which are not worth raising. This is really not the case with Norton Rose, who have helped cut through some of those points in a pragmatic way‘.

Peter Ford is one of the most experienced pensions lawyers in the country. There is almost no transaction, no restructuring, no investment product that he won’t have seen and know how to handle. He knows why the pensions legislation and so many current deeds and rules are drafted the way they are. That sort of insight and experience is invaluable in the management of the biggest, longest-lived pension schemes.’

‘Lesley Browning has extensive experience and knowledge. She has skilfully steered some of the biggest industry-wide schemes through all of the legislative and other changes of the last decade‘.

Lesley Browning stands out for us‘.

Key clients

Accolade Wines Ltd

AES Corporation

Arthur J Gallagher & Co

A. Schulman Inc. Limited

Aspen Insurance UK Limited

AXA UK plc

Barclays Bank plc

Bombardier Inc.

The Boston Consulting Group Limited

Canada Life Limited

Capital Cranfield Pension Trustees Limited

Carlsberg UK Limited

Carrier Pension Trustee Limited

CEMEX UK Pension Trust Limited

Cheviot Trustees Limited

Chubb Services UK Limited

Civil Aviation Authority

Colgate-Palmolive

Commonwealth Bank of Australia (UK) Staff Benefits Scheme Trustee Company Limited

Cooper Tyre & Rubber Co. Europe Limited

Crest Nicolson plc

Energizer Brands LLC

Hayward Tyler Pension Plan Trustees

HSBC Global Asset Management (UK) Ltd

HSBC Master Trust Trustee Limited

Hydro Aluminium Deeside Ltd

Hyperion Insurance Group Limited

IMI plc

Invensys Pension Scheme Trustee Limited

Irish Pensions Trust Limited

John Menzies

Lancaster Landmark Hotel Company Limited

Lyondell Chemical Europe Inc.

Maersk Line UK Limited

McLaren Technology Group Limited

Mercer Limited

MS Amlin

Nordea Bank

Norsk Hydro

NPSO Limited (now Pay.UK Ltd)

Olympus Management Limited

P&H Pensions Trustee Limited

P&O Ferries Limited

Punter Southall Aspire Ltd

QBE

Renishaw plc

Rothesay Life

Royal Bank of Canada

Stena AB

Stena Drilling Limited

Stena Line Limited

Sun Life of Canada

Tokyo Electron Group Limited

Trustee of the IPT Group Pension Plan

Trustee of the Oxford Instruments Pension Scheme

Trustee of the Steel Construction Institute Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Bayerische Landesbank Retirement Benefits Scheme

Trustees of the BBVA London Pension Plan

Trustees of the Crown Agents Superannuation Scheme

Trustees of the Dover Harbour Board Pension and Life Assurance Scheme

Trustees of the J.J. Churchill Ltd Executive Pension Plan

Trustees of the M.C.C. Pension and Assurance Scheme

Trustees of the National Bank of Abu Dhabi Pension and Life Assurance Scheme

Trustees of the Shaw Group UK 1997 Pension Scheme

Trustees of the SITA Defined Benefit Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Stena Drilling Ltd Money Purchase Scheme

Trustees of the Thomson Pension Fund

Trustees of the West of England Ship Owners Insurance

Services Ltd Retirement Benefits Scheme

V. Ships UK Ltd

Vitality Life Limited

Vroon Offshore UK Limited

Professional negligence Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright has a ‘first-rate team with a large amount of experience’, and is best known for its work in the financial services and insurance sectors. The group advises on a range of high value claims involving financial institutions, asset managers, solicitors, accountants, actuaries, insolvency practitioners and insurance brokers. Michelle George ‘demonstrates excellence in her field’ in advising on cross-border disputes; in recent years, George has increasingly focused her practice on claims against solicitors. Katie Stephen specialises in contentious regulatory matters and handles professional negligence disputes relating to regulatory matters. Kirsty Hick and Liam O’Connell departed in 2019 to join DAC Beachcroft LLP .

Practice head(s):

Peter Scott

Other key lawyers:

Ffion Flockhart; Michelle George; Paul Morris; David Stevens; Lesley Browning; Dominic Stuttaford; Adrian Mecz; Katie Stephen; Helen Fairhead; Charlie Weston-Simons

Testimonials

‘A first rate team with a large amount of experience, especially handling professional negligence claims on behalf of insurers.’

‘Michelle George is unflappable, clever, strategic and diligent.’

‘Adrian Mecz is an experienced market professional.’

‘Michelle George is very good at high value complex solicitor negligence claims.’

‘Michelle George is an excellent professional negligence lawyer.’

‘One of London’s best professional negligence teams, with especial experience in the financial services sector.’

‘Paul Morris is a well-respected and experienced financial services sector litigator with great understanding of professional negligence matters, for both insurers/defendants and claimants. He is well supported by associates who are really empowered by their firm.’

‘I like their robust approach. They are very client friendly, approachable and are always very quick to come back. They are well organised and normally one step ahead of the game.’

‘Michelle George demonstrates excellence in her field and is very knowledgeable generally. Always listens to our views and balances legal views with commercial tactics.’

Key clients

Hyperion

Lloyds Banking Group

Marsh & McLennan Companies

XL Catlin

PwC

Neon

Barbican

M S Amlin

Markel International Limited

Brit Insurance

Property finance Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright’s global reach has resulted in the team handling a number of cross-border mandates, particularly involving countries in Africa and Asia Pacific. Practice co-head Dan Kennedy has a strong track record in advising on regeneration projects, such as the £1.583bn redevelopment of Battersea Power Station. He is also highly skilled in development finance work. Fellow practice head Sarah Cullen advises on senior and mezzanine financings, with a particular emphasis on residential and hospitality-related projects. Daniel Metcalfe is uniquely focused on properties in the African market, particularly hotels, offices and residential buildings.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Cullen; Dan Kennedy

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great partner engagement and appropriate staffing at all levels made the process cost efficient. The advice received was pragmatic and commercial. Exceptionally responsive. Sarah Cullen stands out.’

‘Strong real estate finance knowledge and practice. Trusted and efficient in time-sensitive deals and have exceeded expectations.’

‘Sarah Cullen is highly involved as a partner in the transactions, providing client support and deal oversight. She is very approachable and available to address issues, and she works quickly to advise on the best solutions. She has client strategy at the forefront of her thinking.’

‘Sarah Cullen and her team are excellent. Sarah is very calm, pragmatic and extremely knowledgable.’

Key clients

L1 UK Property 2AT Pty Ltd

Battersea Project Holding Company

Battersea Power Station

United Overseas Bank

Bangkok Bank

Natwest

First Rand Bank

The Standard Bank of South Africa

HSBC

Commerzbank

Tax litigation and investigations Tier 3

At Norton Rose Fulbright, the group is engaged in a broad range of contentious tax issues, including tax authority investigations and negotiations and litigation before UK courts and tribunals, the European Court of Justice, as well as judicial reviews. Dominic Stuttaford is the head of tax for Europe, Middle East, Asia and Brazil. He leads the litigation group and is a veteran litigator with experience of major SDRT and VAT grouping cases. Michael Alliston, who joined from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in 2019, is an expert in HMRC enquiries and investigations, and also often works with Stuttaford in cases involving warranty and indemnity insurance. Chris Bates assists with HMRC investigations, risk reviews and tax governance and compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Stuttaford

Other key lawyers:

Chris Bates; Matthew Hodkin; Ruth Cowley; Michael Alliston

Testimonials

Very good at client care during the dispute, the team makes sure the client understands and is comfortable with the process.’

An absolutely superb team.’

A good team of experienced litigators.’

Dominic Stuttaford is absolutely brilliant, has a depth of knowledge and understanding that is truly breathtaking, and perhaps most important of all is able to communicate arcane and complex issues with remarkable and elegant simplicity.’

Julia Lloyd is a pleasure to work with. Very good at working through reams of complex detail, takes the complexities out and gives clear and well-structured advice.’

Key clients

BMW

G4S plc

HSBC

Lloyds Banking Group

NDS Group Limited (formerly NDS Group plc)

Takeda (formerly Shire Pharmaceuticals Group)

Property litigation Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright works with various other departments to act for a diverse client roster, including investors, developers, landlords, financial institutions, joint venture partners and corporate occupiers. Its practice has two main areas of focus; portfolio management (including landlord and tenant issues) and development disputes, with particular emphasis on development constraints. Team head and solicitor advocate David Stevens is active in both areas.

Practice head(s):

David Stevens

Testimonials

An international firm with the substantial resources needed for heavyweight litigation.’

David Stevens has been handling some very difficult litigation. Knowledge of the documents is astonishing sometimes

David Stevens – highly experienced in all property litigation matters. Excellent strategic thinker.’

Key clients

57 Whitehall S.A.R.L.

BMO Asset Management

BNP Paribas Real Estate

Civitas Social Housing plc

Commerz Real

Deliveroo

HB Reavis

IMI plc

Ivanhoe Cambridge

L1 Capital

Park Plaza Hotel Group

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Schroder Real Estate

Shell UK plc

Thales Properties Limited

WELPUT (a Schroders property fund)

Shipping Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright's London team acts in tandem with the firm's lawyers around the world to effectively handle cross-border mandates including contractual disputes, casualty and admiralty disputes, and shipbuilding and financing. The practice is led by Philip Roche, who has broad experience of marine disputes in the High Court and Court of Appeal, as well as in arbitration. Charlotte Winter specialises in asset finance-related litigation, such as mortgage enforcement and ship financing disputes. Robert Driver joined the London team from the Singapore office as a consultant in August 2019.

Practice head(s):

Philip Roche

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Winter; Robert Driver; Matthew Plaistowe; Giles Brand

Testimonials

‘The litigation team has strong capabilities in the global transaportation and shipping sector.’

‘Charlotte Winter is knowledgeable, experienced and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Giles Brand is a “go to” shipping finance partner, highly knowledgeable and practical and thoroughly pleasant and polite.’

 

Key clients

Carnival Corporation

Dubai Ports World

DVB (Shipping panel appointment)

Japan P&I Club

P&O Ferries

P&O Maritime Services Ltd

RBS

Rio Tinto

Standard Chartered Bank

Stena

Trinity House

Acquisition finance Tier 5

The 'exceptionally responsive' team at Norton Rose Fulbright provides 'pragmatic and commercial advice' to banks, funds and corporates across a range of acquisition finance mandates, often with a multi-jurisdictional complexion. As well as its ability to partner up with practitioners in situ across a range of global jurisdictions (including Africa), the team adds particular value on mandates in core areas of sector focus for the firm as a whole, including energy, transport, financial services and life sciences. Michael Black has a strong reputation in the market, and has niche expertise advising lenders on acquisition finance mandates incorporating ABL techniques. Chris Brown  heads up the overarching banking and finance group.

Practice head(s):

Chris Brown

Other key lawyers:

Michael Ings; Michael Black; James Dunnett; Neha Khosla

Testimonials

‘The exceptionally responsive team provides pragmatic and commercial advice.’

Key clients

Coca Cola

CACIB

Macquarie

Shell

JP Morgan Chase

Wells Fargo

Citibank

BAMIL

Mizuho Bank

Sumitomo Mitsui

Mercuria Energy

Ecobank

AIRRO

Carnival Plc

Cross Ocean

Bank of China

Barclays Bank

Bayerische LB

Cannaway Investments

HSBC Bank

ICBC

Kozani Limited

MUFG

QBE

Raiffeisen Bank

Stanbic

Standard Bank

Islamic Bank of Asia

Citizens Bank

Shawbrook Bank

Western Alliance bank

RBS

TCW Asset Management

Standard Chartered Bank

AIG Europe

Reach Plc

Carlsberg Breweries

Gemcorp Capital

IFC

The Tsotsorkov Family

L1 UK Property Fund

Battersea Project Holding Company

National Westminster Bank

First Rand Bank

Employers Tier 5

Norton Rose Fulbright effectively deals with both contentious employment matters and transactional support work, offering strong cross-border capabilities due to its huge global footprint. The labour and employment department regularly advises on severance issues and boardroom disputes, as well as corporate governance matters and more standard disciplinary and grievance issues. Trade union disputes and Employment Tribunal work are other areas of strength. Team head Paul Griffin has notable experience in the tech, financial services and transport sectors.

Practice head(s):

Paul Griffin

Other key lawyers:

Catrina Smith

Testimonials

‘The team are exceptional – their expertise, their strong engaging personalities and willingness to understand the issues you are trying to solve. They listen, they learn about the business challenges and provide sound advice to you remain compliant with all legislation, but equally understand the need for pragmatic solutions.’

Key clients

BMW

GFG Alliance

Starr International

Lyondel Basell

Pfizer

Royal Bank of Canada

Bombardier

IMI plc

Battersea Power Station

Boston Consulting Group

Societe Generale

Dolce Gabbana

Saab

FBN (UK) Limited

Credit Agricole

Standard Chartered

Wyelands Capital

Bechtel Corporation

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 5

Norton Rose Fulbright’s IP practice is headed up by Mike Knapper, who focuses on transactional, trade mark, copyright and design exploitation, and strategic IP matters for a clients across a diverse range of sectors, most notably financial services. Recent work highlights for Knapper have included large-scale trade mark licensing and ownership projects across various EMEA jurisdictions. In a boost for the firm's contentious offering, Paul Joseph – a recommended litigation and arbitration expert across the full spectrum of IP types – recently joined from RPC.

Practice head(s):

Mike Knapper

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Mike Knapper is professional, skilled, pleasant and easygoing.

Key clients

Saab Seaeye Limited

Arla Foods Amba

Esso Petroleum Company Limited (Esso)

Delta Airlines

Renishaw plc

Lucozade Ribena Suntory Limited / Schweppes International

Honda Motor Europe Ltd

Accolade Wines

Vispring

Schweppes International Limited

M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+ Tier 5

Norton Rose Fulbright has established corporate capabilities across North America, Europe, Africa and  Asia Pacific. Its strong sector expertise includes energy, infrastructure, mining, commodities, transport, tech, life sciences and healthcare. Raj Karia leads the department and specialises in public and cross-border M&A transactions, with a client list made up of international corporates and investment banks. Elsewhere in the practice, Paul Whitelock advises on public M&A and capital markets transactions focusing on the LSE and AIM.

Practice head(s):

Raj Karia

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

AIG

Bank of Montreal

Barrick Gold

BHP Billiton

BMW

BP plc

Brookfield

CME Group

Delta Air Lines

HSBC

Lloyds Banking Group

Centamin

Orange SA

Rio Tinto

Santander

SNC-Lavalin Group

Teliasonera AB

Terra Firma Capital Partners

Reach plc

Vodafone

3M

Bombardier

Planning Tier 5

Barrister Sarah Fitzpatrick now heads the planning practice at Norton Rose Fulbright, having joined from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP in January 2020. The team is now in a period of re-establishment and growth, with the 'thought-leading and thorough' Fitzpatrick handling key mandates including large-scale housing and leisure redevelopments across the country.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Fitzpatrick

Other key lawyers:

Carina Wentzel

Testimonials

‘Sarah Fitzpatrick and team have been looking after my affairs for some years; her reputation precedes her so much so when other consultants hear of her involvement they are reassured.’

‘Not afraid to stand firm to external stakeholders when putting forward the case for their client’s agreed strategy.’

‘I have worked with Sarah Fitzpatrick for some time; the qualities that have made our partnership successful is the virtually constant success rate in planning terms of the projects we have worked on together.’

‘Sarah Fitzpatrick is thought-leading and thorough in getting the best for clients in the ever evolving planning arena.’

‘The marvellous Sarah Fitzpatrick is the pre-eminent planning lawyer based on my wide experience of working with multiple practices. The quality of her advice is quite exceptional.’

‘Sarah Fitzpatrick’s advice is outstanding. Her ability to cut through a maze of issues and provide practical, on-point advice is the best in the business.’

‘The knowledge, depth of experience and accessibility of the planning team is exceptional.’

‘Sarah Fitzpatrick stands out, her knowledge and ability to find practical solutions to difficult situations is refreshing and welcome.’

Key clients

Ocubis

15 CC

PPR Estates

Crystal Palace Football Club

DB Cargo (UK)

Atlas Property Services

Setha Group

Builder Depot

SMAA Developments

Funding Affordable Homes

Civitas Social Healthcare Advisors

ABC International Bank

National Westminster Bank

ICBC (London)

Balfour Beatty Investments

Tees Eco Energy

Total Renewables SAS

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 6

Co-headed by Sarah Coucher and James Stonebridge, the 'knowledgeable' nine-partner team at Norton Rose Fulbright provides 'thorough and pragmatic advice' to lenders, IPs, investors, corporates and directors across a wide range of contentious and non-contentious insolvency/restructuring issues. The team is particularly effective at handling cross-border mandates within the transport and energy sectors, where it is able to leverage the knowledge of industry experts from across complementary practice areas, including finance and corporate. It also benefits from an extensive international network. The 'thoughtful and commercial' Mark Craggs has a flourishing reputation in relation to cross-border mandates, including the consideration of EU insolvency law and the laws of other jurisdictions. The team was strengthened in February 2020 by the arrival of Alison Goldthorp from Addleshaw Goddard.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Coucher; James Stonebridge

Other key lawyers:

Mark Craggs; Radford Goodman; Hamish Anderson; Alison Goldthorp; Matthew Thorn; Simon Jerrum

Testimonials

The team is thorough and provides pragmatic advice which cuts through the legalease.

Detailed knowledge and very practical advice without overlooking attention to the small, but nevertheless important, points. They created an environment in which our boards across the various jurisdictions could make decisions and take actions with confidence.

Mark Craggs has a thoughtful and commercial approach. He is easy to work with and understands our business context and pressure points. This sense of pragmatism comes through into his advice.

Mark Craggs provides timely, client-focused insolvency related advice on complex issues.

Mark Craggs is always approachable and helpful in providing effective and prompt support.

 

 

 

Key clients

The Bank of New York Mellon

Wells Fargo

DIF Infra 4 Limited

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Credit Suisse

RBS

Mercuria Energy

Citibank

Concordia Maritime

E&Y

HSBC

Standard Chartered Bank

Standard Bank

Societe Generale

First Rand Bank

MUFG

Coca-Cola

DNB Bank

Bank Leumi

Commerzbank

Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 6

Norton Rose Fulbright provides commercial IP advice, including in respect of patents, to a client portfolio of multinationals in the pharmaceutical, telecoms, FMCG and manufacturing sectors. Practice head Michael (Mike) Knapper recently assisted with licensing, R&D and rights acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

Michael (Mike) Knapper

Testimonials

A good quality team

Seiko Hidaka is one of the nicest, most inquisitive solicitors working in IP in the UK. She has a sharp mind and a candid openness that is refreshing. Nothing is too hard, too obscure or too odd for her to research or investigate.

Lots of drive and energy: they are friendly, enthusiastic, professional and knowledgeable about the subject matter. Have the ability to put themselves in the client’s shoes.

 

Key clients

Schweppes International Limited

Sport Tier 6

Norton Rose Fulbright has a strong corporate and commercial offering in the sports arena, acting for well-known entities such as Southampton FC, Harlequins and the British Racing Drivers Club. The team is led by Stephen Rigby, an expert in M&A and equity capital markets, and is supported by corporate finance specialist Claire O’Donnell.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Rigby

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Envision Virgin Racing

British Racing Drivers Club Limited

Crusaders Cricket Australia Inc.

Barclays Bank Plc

Southampton FC

Harlequins

London Development Agency

Iconix Brand Group

Sportsworld Media Group Plc

Société Générale

Royal Bank of Canada

France > Aviation finance Tier 1

The 'world-class' team at Norton Rose Fulbright, which is led by the 'client-focused' George Paterson, advises prominent banks and financial institutions on matters including high-value aircraft financing and leasing, regulatory elements and financing structures. The team acts for clients including BNP Paribas and Société Générale and its work frequently has a cross-border element. Sébastien Allain is also recommended for his work with banks and airlines on cross-border financing and leasing, aircraft sale, and pre-delivery financing. Marc Hamilton is also noted.

Practice head(s):

George Paterson

Testimonials

Client focused and driven; excellent service and always available.

Well staffed, excellent knowledge of the aviation finance industry.

The aviation team at NRF are world-class.

George Paterson is world-class: he has a solution for everything.

Always finding solutions to problems.

Key clients

Bank of China

BNP Paribas

Bpifrance Assurance Export

Crédit Agricole

CIC

Crédit Suisse

Euler Hermes Deutschland AG

Export Development Canada

HSBC

Natixis

Société Générale

UK Export Finance

UniCredit Bank

Tunisia > Foreign firms Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright's North Africa offering is largely based out of the firm's Paris and Casablanca offices where group head Alain Malek is based. Makek is a key name for M&A and cross-border transactions and is experienced in infrastructure and natural resources projects. Counsels Godefroy Le Mintier, who is experienced in financial services sector work, and Anne-Laure Bernard-Bouissieres, who is a  corporate and banking specialist, are also noted.

India > Foreign firms Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright is particularly experienced in advising major banks, finance providers, corporate and sovereign entities. It handles a range of India-related transactions, pertaining to sectors such as energy, infrastructure, transport, technology, life sciences and healthcare. Stephen Begley leads on this work from Singapore. With particular expertise acting for Indian corporates in the oil and gas, power and construction industries, the firm's ‘pragmatic and knowledgeable’ arbitration practice, based in London and Singapore, handles international proceedings in a variety of arbitral forums, such as UNCITRAL and the ICC, relating to unpaid project fees, breach of settlement and share purchase agreements, claims for damages and disputes between companies and investors. From London, qualified arbitrator and practice head Sherina Petit heads the India group and brings considerable expertise to the team through her diverse experience in international arbitrations in sectors including infrastructure, trade, pharmaceuticals and technology.

Practice head(s):

Sherina Petit

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Begley; Aditi Aparajita; Selene Tan

Testimonials

Selene Tan is a solution provider and strives hard to find acceptable solutions.’

‘The firm’s partner availability and market awareness are unmatched.’

‘Selene Tan and Aditi Aparajita  have vast experience and are able to provide commercial insights to legal matters.’

‘Selene Tan and Aditi Aparajita are excellent.’

‘Norton Rose is a very knowledgeable, efficient and cost-effective law firm and this is what makes them a good option for India originated transactions. The team is very familiar with the Indian market, Indian legal counsel and the Indian legal practice.’

‘The partners at Norton Rose Fulbright demonstrate good commercial acumen and have a personal approach when dealing with legal issues faced by clients in and from India.’

‘Ms Sherina Petit, Partner and Head of India Practice and Raj Karia, Partner Head of Corporate Group, both demonstrate a keen understanding of the client matters and cultural issues in India and are able to articulate these well so as to provide precise advice to clients.’

Key clients

Asian Development Bank

Axis Bank

Bank of Nova Scotia

The Bank of New York Mellon

DBS Bank

ICICI Bank

International Finance Corporation

Mitsui & Co

Société Generalé

Standard Chartered Bank

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

 

Japan > Corporate and M&A: International firms and joint ventures Tier 4

Chris Viner splits his time between London and Tokyo and is the main name to note within Norton Rose Fulbright's Japan-based corporate offering. Viner has a strong track record acting for clients in the energy, power, infrastructure, and financial services sectors, and previously advised Mitsui on its acquisition of a participation in the Maersk Tankers fleet of refined oil tankers.

The firm

Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm. We provide the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 4000 lawyers and other legal staff based in more than 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa.

Areas of Practice

Recognized for our industry focus, we are strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare. Through our global risk advisory group, we leverage our industry experience with our knowledge of legal, regulatory, compliance and governance issues to provide our clients with practical solutions to the legal and regulatory risks facing their businesses.

Wherever we are, we operate in accordance with our global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. We aim to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of our offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.

Norton Rose Fulbright Verein, a Swiss verein, helps coordinate the activities of Norton Rose Fulbright members but does not itself provide legal services to clients. Norton Rose Fulbright has offices in more than 50 cities worldwide, including London, Houston, New York, Toronto, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Sydney and Johannesburg. For more information, see nortonrosefulbright.com

Offices

We have offices in the world’s most important business, financial and regulatory centres and are active in strategically important growth markets. Our offices are located in Amsterdam, Athens, Austin, Bahrain, Bangkok, Beijing, Brisbane, Brussels, Calgary, Canberra, Cape Town, Casablanca, Dallas, Denver, Dubai, Durban, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Houston, Istanbul, Jakarta (in association with Norton Rose Fulbright Australia), Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Melbourne, Mexico City, Milan, Minneapolis, Monaco, Montréal, Moscow, Munich, New York, Ottawa, Paris, Perth, Piraeus, Port Moresby, Québec, Rio de Janeiro, Riyadh (in association with Mohammed Al-Ghamdi Law Firm), San Antonio, San Francisco, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore, St Louis, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver, Warsaw and Washington, DC. In Africa, we have alliances with firms in Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Zimbabwe

Number of partners (worldwide): 1,000+
Number of other fee-earners (worldwide): 2,000+

Total staff: 7,500+

Global Key Contacts

Financial institutions: James Bateson
Energy: Anne Lapierre and John Mauel
Infrastructure, mining and commodities: Nick Merritt
Transport: Harry Theochari
Technology: Nick Abrahams
Life sciences and healthcare: Stacey Martinez and Randy Sutton

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Global chief executive Peter Martyr
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Dispute resolution and litigation Gerard Pecht
Energy Simon Currie
Financial institutions James Bateson
Infrastructure, mining and commodities Nick Merritt
Life sciences and healthcare Patrick Kierans
Life sciences and healthcare Rick Robinson
Technology and innovation Mike Rebeiro
Transport Harry Theochari
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The Lex 100 Verdict

A unique 'sector insight', including a 'big focus on energy and shipping' and 'the approachability of senior staff, including partners, during the vacation scheme' were some of the reasons trainees applied to Norton Rose Fulbright. 'The international opportunities on offer – both to work on international deals/cases and to go on international secondment – are excellent', so it comes as no surprise that NRF has earned a Lex 100 Winner award in this category. Many respondents referred to the 'fantastic location' of the 'beautiful office', which boasts an 'amazing view' over Tower Bridge and the Thames. On-the-job training was praised: 'fee earners know how to deal with trainees and you can get a very good quality of work as you earn your stripes'. However, some recruits expressed concern about the degree to which trainee development is formally overseen from above. Other complaints included the seat allocation process where it was sometimes felt that 'trainee choice is not really taken into account'. NRF is a firm which is often compared to the Magic Circle but trainees were keen to point out that 'the hours are nowhere near as punishing and the culture is much more supportive and friendly'. Indeed, 'the nice people that work here' are described as 'sociable and always up for a chat'. Best moments included 'closing my first (large, exhausting) deal. My blood, sweat and tears was in it', whilst 'mundane post-completion tasks' were less gratifying. If the combination of an 'excellent vacation scheme; inclusive culture; global footprint; secondment opportunities; reputation; and approachability of the people who work at the firm', appeals, research Norton Rose Fulbright.