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

Aviation Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright has 'extensive experience in acting for all participants in the aviation industry' and the team, which benefits from the firm's international footprint, 'really understands the issues faced by airlines'. It is active across a spectrum of aviation instructions and has in-depth expertise in aircraft transaction disputes, antitrust, competition work and regulatory matters. The team is also adept at handling commercial contracts and disputes, cyber risk management, data protection, insurance, M&A, passenger claims and slot trading issues. Flight delay compensation claims, brought under EU Regulation 261/2004, are a key focus for the team where it acts for leading airlines such as British Airways, easyJet, Jet2.com, TUI and Wizz Air; Robin Springthorpe, who is deemed 'one of the best litigators in the field', represented easyJet on a second appeal to the Court of Appeal concerning a delayed flight. Elsewhere, Simon Chamberlain handles regulatory and commercial matters; he 'knows when to 'push' a point and when not to', and Patrick Farrell heads the contentious aviation practice.  Charlotte Winter handles transactional disputes for operators, banks and lessors and senior associate Annabelle Wheeler, who is based across the firm's London and Munich offices, handles contentious matters in the sector.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Batchelor; Patrick Farrell

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

It is a leading firm for aviation work.

It provides a first-class service.

The team is highly respected by other players in the aviation sector.

The team is pro-active and delivers on quick turnaround times.

The team provides pragmatic and commercial advice.

Robin Springthorpe has sound knowledge and experience in aviation litigation.

The team has an excellent approach to customer service.

Simon Chamberlain is extremely capable because he manages to combine the sheer practicality of doing business in the airline industry with the legal perspective.

Key clients

Amedeo + Voyager Aviation (formerly Intrepid)

AirTanker

Apollo Aviation/ The Carlyle Group

British Airways

CargoLogicAir

Delta Air Lines, Inc.

easyJet

Flybe

Gama Aviation PLC

Jet2.com

NAS Holding

ORIX

Polskie Linie Lotnicze LOT S. A.

SAS

Tui

Virgin Atlantic

Volga Dnepr Group

WOW Air

Brexit Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright fields a dedicated multi-disciplinary Brexit team, which draws from the firm’s expertise acting for financial institutions, insurance companies, transport clients and energy sector companies, assisting with the full range of Brexit work including technology mandates, tax issues, employment and immigration matters and trade treaties. Structured and asset finance specialist Emma Giddings leads the firm’s approach to Brexit and also contributes to the firm’s aviation expertise. The team recently advised Delta Air Lines on the Brexit-related aspects of its joint venture with Virgin Atlantic Airways and Air France-KLM, and advised easyJet on its Brexit restructuring project. Financial services global head Jonathan Herbst and corporate partner Glenn Hall, who also leads the firm’s government relations and public policy practice, are also highly regarded. Other key practitioners include financial services regulatory partner Hannah Meakin, corporate finance experts Bob Haken and Maria Ross, and competition specialist Ian Giles. Mark Simpson also heads up the firm’s recently established WTO and international trade practice and Harry Theochari is global head of the transport group.

Practice head(s):

Emma Giddings

Testimonials

‘Professional and extremely hardworking individuals who work as a team. They work hard to understand the background of clients and the subtle nuances that have materialised over time to ensure a forward-looking approach and that clients are implementing change that is compliant but workable. This takes a lot of dedication and commitment to resolve, which it does every time.

NRF put together a team to provide specific advice in relation to the impact of Brexit on the aviation sector. The team provides commercial and pragmatic advice on an area which has not been easy to provide clear guidance on.. Because of its in-depth understanding of the aviation sector (having acted for many years for all types of players in the market – manufactures, airlines, lessors, financiers), the Brexit issue and how it affects the industry has not been dealt with anywhere as well as it has at NRF.

The experience and depth of knowledge within the team is exceptional. A completely trusted adviser that works collaboratively with the business and understands the commercial and practical challenges facing in-house lawyers.

Maria Ross always demonstrates a client-centric approach. Her technical knowledge and ability is outstanding.

Simon Baker is a rising star, his knowledge is exceptional and he has great industry experience.’

Hannah Meakin stands out for her detailed technical knowledge, ability to cut through the noise and get to a bespoke solution that works for the client’s business.

The personalities are great – Hannah Meakin, Rachel Smith, Georgia Karamani and Jonathan Herbst seem part of the in-house legal team as they work through the nitty gritty together; this is all credit to their professionalism and customer service.’

‘The team is very big on customer service which shines through. The individuals involved also take ownership if they are on the hook to deliver -they are a credit to NRF.

Key clients

Delta Air Lines

easyJet

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 1

Clients recommend the lawyers at Norton Rose Fulbright for their ‘tenacity and attention to detail’, ‘technical ability’ and ‘commercial acumen’. The team is reputed on the investment and development fronts for global inward investment, infrastructure projects, financing and long-term projects, including an increasing number of mixed-use and residential-led schemes. The firm’s hotel and leisure practice, led by the highly recommended Nick Clayson, handles a broad range of work on cross-border branding, construction and development, data protection, IP, franchising and financing matters, among others, while high-profile corporate occupier clients engage the group for pre-letting negotiations, construction and refurbishment contracts, IT procurement and strategic lease advice. Recent work highlights include advising on the £700m redevelopment of the Olympia London exhibition centre. David Hawkins is a go-to name in the development space while David Sinclair possesses ‘an incredible grip on the minute details of each project’ and is active on a broad range of investment and development projects, including hotels, infrastructure, offices and shopping centres. Louisa Roe was recently promoted to counsel and is a specialist on complex leasing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Wasim Khan

Testimonials

‘The team make a concerted effort to understand the exact requirements of the client, as well as appreciating what the client cannot accept before entering into any negotiations. They also take time to understand the corporate structure of the client to appreciate the nuances behind decision making requirements. This makes the deal process much easier and significantly more manageable from a client perspective.’

‘Louisa Roe is pragmatic, commercial, has a can-do ethic, understands the requirements of the client and translates these into manageable obligations and requirements.’

‘Dan Wagerfield has fantastic knowledge and ability to apply legal expertise to the issue at hand to ensure pragmatic workable solutions are achieved.’

‘The turnaround time on advice is very quick, which is hugely valuable, but the advice is always clear, concise and well explained. They have a great understanding on what the client’s needs are and what they want to achieve and are always on hand to offer advice to help bring matters to a conclusion.’

‘Very pragmatic and commercial, not points scoring solicitors. They get the deals done with the minimum of fuss.’

‘Tenacity and attention to detail. Commercial acumen. Speed and efficiency’.

‘Friendly and helpful, willing to support even when other members may be on leave’.

‘Alex Parry is very helpful, competent and supportive’.

‘Very good technical ability and excellent customer communication’.

‘David Sinclair has an incredible grip on the minute details on each project and provides an excellent level of service.’

Key clients

VF International

McLaren Group

Korn/Ferry International

WELPUT

SNIPUT

SOFAZ

BMO Real Estate Partners

Olympia London

Ivanhoé Cambridge

Prime London Ventures

Ashby Capital

Barnard’s Inn Unit Trust

Prudential Plc

Conning Asset Management Limited

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Argo Group

Khoo Teck

Total

FDR Limited

Europa Capital/Hobart Partners

Resolution Property Holdings

Commercial property: development Tier 1

Clients recommend the lawyers at Norton Rose Fulbright for their ‘tenacity and attention to detail’, ‘technical ability’ and ‘commercial acumen’. The team is reputed on the investment and development fronts for global inward investment, infrastructure projects, financing and long-term projects, including an increasing number of mixed-use and residential-led schemes. The firm’s hotel and leisure practice, led by the highly recommended Nick Clayson, handles a broad range of work on cross-border branding, construction and development, data protection, IP, franchising and financing matters, among others, while high-profile corporate occupier clients engage the group for pre-letting negotiations, construction and refurbishment contracts, IT procurement and strategic lease advice. Recent work highlights include advising on the £700m redevelopment of the Olympia London exhibition centre. David Hawkins is a go-to name in the development space while David Sinclair possesses ‘an incredible grip on the minute details of each project’ and is active on a broad range of investment and development projects, including hotels, infrastructure, offices and shopping centres. Louisa Roe was recently promoted to counsel and is a specialist on complex leasing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Wasim Khan;

Other key lawyers:

Dan Wagerfield; David Hawkins

Testimonials

‘The team make a concerted effort to understand the exact requirements of the client, as well as appreciating what the client cannot accept before entering into any negotiations. They also take time to understand the corporate structure of the client to appreciate the nuances behind decision making requirements. This makes the deal process much easier and significantly more manageable from a client perspective.’

‘Louisa Roe is pragmatic, commercial, has a can-do ethic, understands the requirements of the client and translates these into manageable obligations and requirements.’

‘Dan Wagerfield has fantastic knowledge and ability to apply legal expertise to the issue at hand to ensure pragmatic workable solutions are achieved.’

‘The turnaround time on advice is very quick, which is hugely valuable, but the advice is always clear, concise and well explained. They have a great understanding on what the client’s needs are and what they want to achieve and are always on hand to offer advice to help bring matters to a conclusion.’

‘Very pragmatic and commercial, not points scoring solicitors. They get the deals done with the minimum of fuss.’

‘Tenacity and attention to detail. Commercial acumen. Speed and efficiency’.

‘Friendly and helpful, willing to support even when other members may be on leave’.

‘Alex Parry is very helpful, competent and supportive’.

‘Very good technical ability and excellent customer communication’.

‘David Sinclair has an incredible grip on the minute details on each project and provides an excellent level of service.’

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)

DP World London Gateway (Middle East)

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

Commercial property: hotels and leisure Tier 1

Clients recommend the lawyers at Norton Rose Fulbright for their ‘tenacity and attention to detail’, ‘technical ability’ and ‘commercial acumen’. The team is reputed on the investment and development fronts for global inward investment, infrastructure projects, financing and long-term projects, including an increasing number of mixed-use and residential-led schemes. The firm’s hotel and leisure practice, led by the highly recommended Nick Clayson, handles a broad range of work on cross-border branding, construction and development, data protection, IP, franchising and financing matters, among others, while high-profile corporate occupier clients engage the group for pre-letting negotiations, construction and refurbishment contracts, IT procurement and strategic lease advice. Recent work highlights include advising on the £700m redevelopment of the Olympia London exhibition centre. David Hawkins is a go-to name in the development space while David Sinclair possesses ‘an incredible grip on the minute details of each project’ and is active on a broad range of investment and development projects, including hotels, infrastructure, offices and shopping centres. Louisa Roe was recently promoted to counsel and is a specialist on complex leasing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Nick Clayson;

Other key lawyers:

Richard Hughes;

Testimonials

‘The team make a concerted effort to understand the exact requirements of the client, as well as appreciating what the client cannot accept before entering into any negotiations. They also take time to understand the corporate structure of the client to appreciate the nuances behind decision making requirements. This makes the deal process much easier and significantly more manageable from a client perspective.’

‘Louisa Roe is pragmatic, commercial, has a can-do ethic, understands the requirements of the client and translates these into manageable obligations and requirements.’

‘Dan Wagerfield has fantastic knowledge and ability to apply legal expertise to the issue at hand to ensure pragmatic workable solutions are achieved.’

‘The turnaround time on advice is very quick, which is hugely valuable, but the advice is always clear, concise and well explained. They have a great understanding on what the client’s needs are and what they want to achieve and are always on hand to offer advice to help bring matters to a conclusion.’

‘Very pragmatic and commercial, not points scoring solicitors. They get the deals done with the minimum of fuss.’

‘Tenacity and attention to detail. Commercial acumen. Speed and efficiency’.

‘Friendly and helpful, willing to support even when other members may be on leave’.

‘Alex Parry is very helpful, competent and supportive’.

‘Very good technical ability and excellent customer communication’.

‘David Sinclair has an incredible grip on the minute details on each project and provides an excellent level of service.’

Key clients

British Racing Drivers Club Limited

PPHE Hotel Group (Park Plaza)

57 Whitehall S.à.r.l.

Mandeville Hotel Limited

Danby Investments Limited

Marlin Apartments Limited

HSBC Bank plc

Nakheel PJSC

Harlequins Football Club Limited

DBS Bank Ltd

BNP Paribas

London City Airport

Emerging markets Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright is a recognised leader in emerging market finance and its deep bench of lawyers in London is backed up by a huge global team with in-depth knowledge of the most important jurisdictions and specialist industry sector expertise in agriculture, mining, oil and gas, power, infrastructure development and commodity trading. The practice, led by Martin McCann , handles project finance, acquisition finance, asset finance, asset-based lending, corporate lending, Islamic finance, real estate finance and restructuring. Charles Whitney is head of the energy practice for EMEA and he specialises in large project financing transactions involving export credit agencies and multilateral financial institutions, notably in Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East. Trade finance expert Nicholas (Nick) Grandage, banking partner Christopher (Chris) Brown, capital markets and Islamic finance specialist Farmida Bi and infrastructure finance partner Daniel Metcalfe are among the many lawyers who devote much of their time to emerging markets deals. Counsel Daniel Giemajner is a rising star in cross-border project and structured finance transactions in the infrastructure, mining and commodities sectors, on which he advises banks, funds, listed and private sponsors, and traders.

Practice head(s):

Martin McCann

Other key lawyers:

Charles Whitney; Nick Grandage; Chris Brown; Mark Berry; Madhavi Gosavi; Andrew Hart; Chris Down; Daniel Metcalfe; Michael Ings; Neha Khosla; Andrew Wood; Daniel Giemajner; Felicity Brown; James Rennard; Alexandra Jeffreys; Jared Franicevic; Richard Wilkes

Testimonials

“The practice has extensive knowledge and is well able to handle and resolve all legal matters that we faced, including the US sanctions imposed on certain Russian companies.”

“The best proof of our satisfaction with the team’s work is that it will be implicated in the second phase of the renewal and expansion project.”

“Martin McCann and very experienced counsel Daniel Giemajner work fast and deliver quality at the same time.”

“Daniel Giemajner has extensive knowledge and added great value to making the project a success. I would highly recommend him if finance is needed in emerging markets.”

Key clients

Africa Finance Corporation

AIG

Al Rayan Bank

AT&T

Bank of America

Bank of China

Bankmed, Sal

Balfour Beatty

BHP

BMW

Bombardier

BP

Brookfield

Cell C

Citi

Crédit Agricole

DBS Bank

Deutsche Bank

Ministry of Finance of Angola

Domino’s Pizza

ExxonMobil

GSK

HSBC

ICBC

IMI Group

International Finance Corporation

ING

JP Morgan

Marubeni

Macquarie

McLaren

Mizuho

Rio Tinto

Rosneft Oil

Royal Bank of Canada

Proparco

Shell

SNC Lavalin

Standard Bank

Standard Chartered Bank

Trinity Mirror

Tullow

Turk Telekomünikasyon

Wells Fargo

United Overseas Bank

Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi

Guarantco

TowerShare

Danaos

Mercuria Energy

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 1

Though Norton Rose Fulbright is often recognised for its strength in many of the world's emerging markets, the ECM team has been especially busy with London fundraising deals involving companies in Canada and Australia. Acting for nearly 90 London-listed clients, the practice group handles a solid base of issuer mandates, but also has strong relationships with international investment banks and nomads. REITs and other listed funds work has been another source of the group's recent activity. Raj Karia leads the firm's corporate, M&A, and securities group across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Other recommended contacts include Thomas Vita, who advises on US securities matters for ECM transactions across EMEA, and newly made partner Clementine Hogarth, 'a robust negotiator and a doggedly determined legal adviser'.

Practice head(s):

Raj Karia

Other key lawyers:

Richard Sheen; Thomas Vita; Clementine Hogarth; Fiona Millington

Testimonials

Great commercially astute senior associates, who were really able to drive the transaction along.

High level of partner involvement with a very strong bench.

The international network is very important, not just in emerging markets but also in Australia and Canada.

Very approachable from partner to associate level.

Key clients

JTC plc

Trian Investors 1 Limited

Numis Securities Limited

Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co.

JP Morgan Securities plc

Goldman Sachs International

Canaccord Genuity Limited

Citigroup

JP Morgan

Berenberg

Société Générale

CI Capital Holdings S.A.E.

Picton Property Income Limited

Madinet NASR For Housing And Development S.A.E.

Management ConsultingGroup plc (MCG)

Purplebricks Group plc

Republic of Angola – Ministry of Finance

Nordex

Ecobank

Cell C (Pty) Ltd

AK Lease

Citi

Deutsche Bank

Government of Pakistan – Ministry of Finance

Telenor ASA

Royal Bank of Canada

Scotiabank

Toronto-Dominion Bank

Unicredit

US Bank

Wells Fargo

Fintech Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright's 'pragmatic and experienced' fintech group advises clearing banks, financial institutions, challenger banks, start-ups, p2p platforms, payment institutions, investors and foreign governments on all areas of their operations, including AI, smart contracts, blockchain, cryptocurrencies, ICOs and insurtech. The team stands out for its work with fintech companies on the establishment of different platforms including trade, regulatory compliance and blockchain platforms. It also advises on investments and ICOs on behalf of major banks and cryptocurrency platforms. On the regulatory side, the team uses its global reach to advise foreign governments on updating their legislative frameworks in relation to technology developments such as blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Sean Murphy, whose practice covers the development of fintech and corporate transactions in the sector, recently advised The Web 3.0 Technologies Foundation on its 'Polkadot' initial coin offering. In another significant mandate, Nicholas Berry, who handles financial services regulatory work for insurance clients in the sector, advised Arch Insurance on insuring cryptocurrencies through the use of cold storage custody arrangements. Corporate associate Charlotte Rowlandson recently advised Lendingblock on its seed fundraising round.

Practice head(s):

Sean Murphy; Imogen Garner; Hannah Meakin

Testimonials

“The team at Norton Rose Fulbright have a strong grasp of both the commercial and technical issues at play.”

Key clients

AIG

Anacap Financial Partners

Flock

Primary Group

HSBC Investment Bank

IG Markets

Lendingblock

Lloyd’s of London

McKenzie Intelligence Systems

Nexus Mutual

New Payment System Operator

Northern Trust

Paxos (formerly itBit)

Standard Chartered

Starling Bank

Pluto

Post Trade Distributed Ledger Group

Web 3.0 Technologies  Foundation

Zurich

Fraud: white-collar crime Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright handles matters such as  investigations, enforcement, allegations of bribery and corruption, international complex fraud, money laundering, market abuse, insider trading, extradition and corporate manslaughter. The firm deals with domestic and multijurisdictional cases brought by agencies including the SFO, FCA, NCA, HMRC and the CPS. It represents clients from interview to trial and beyond. Co-head of team Neil O’May focuses on corporate, business and white-collar crime. Patrick Bourke also heads the team. Jeff Cottle joined as partner from Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP.

Practice head(s):

Neil O’May; Patrick Bourke

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘Very professional and transparent’

‘This team comes with a huge amount of experience in crime and fraud’.

‘The team are fantastically well-resourced and bring an imaginative approach to defence ’.

‘Neil O’May has a wonderful combination of legal judgement and courage  -taking on the hardest cases and producing wonderful results’.         

‘Pamela Reddy is absolutely brilliant – a calm, assured presence. Personable and exercising sound judgement, she is highly versatile and very ambitious’.

‘Amy Shaffron has a background in defending all manner of serious crimes, beyond simply the white-collar variety. Clients love her for her pragmatic approach and her ability to reduce complex allegations into a digestible and comprehensible format’

Key clients

Former Finance Director- Tesco plc

Victor Dahdaleh

Senior executive at Petrofac

Rajni Mehta

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright has considerable experience in providing advice around PPP projects in both emerging and developed markets. The team is regularly involved in significant deals, where it acts for banks, funds and public entities, among others. Martin McCann heads up the global business practice, while finance specialist Rob Marsh leads the London energy, infrastructure and natural resources team. Chris Brown is another expert in the banking and finance area, who knows a variety of industries well. Madhavi Gosavi is particularly well versed in financings in emerging markets. Charles Whitney is a key contact in energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Martin McCann; Rob Marsh

Other key lawyers:

Mark Berry; Chris Brown; Madhavi Gosavi; Charles Whitney; Matthew Hardwick; Daniel Metcalfe; Chris Down

Testimonials

The team combines competence with solid experience managing complex processes’

NRF go back a long way in infrastructure. One certainly gets a serious assurance of quality from a practice that can draw on experience that spans from having done the legals for the Greater Northern railway in the 1840s, right up to complex PPPs for the megaprojects of today.

Chris Brown has exceptional insight and a great network in the infrastructure field. He gives quiet assurance in communicating his very considerable wisdom.

Matthew Hardwick and his team step up to meet challenges where certain other City firms shy away. He shows real commitment to understanding business objectives and helping to realise these.’

Key clients

Absa Bank Limited

AMG Pension Fund

Armstrong Energy Limited

Balfour Beatty

BP

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

European Investment Bank

Greencoat UK Wind plc

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, 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.

Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 1

The corporate and regulatory insurance practice at Norton Rose Fulbright exclusively represents insurance clients, handling matters including M&A, Part VII transfers, insurance joint ventures and corporate reorganisations. The department - which is led by global head of financial institutions and insurance James Bateson - also comprises a warranty and indemnity insurance practice, led by newly promoted partner Matthew Foster, which provides advice on the underwriting review process. David Whear is a key contact for Lloyds, while Nicholas Berry leads on the regulatory aspects of insurtech. Other key partners include Maria Ross, Robert (Bob) Haken and Noleen John.

Practice head(s):

James Bateson

Testimonials

‘Very deep industry experience; technically very strong, trusted advisers.’

Key clients

AIG

Aquiline Capital Partners

Arch Insurance

AXA XL

Axis

Bain Capital

Berkshire Hathaway

Chubb

Generali

Liberty

Pioneer Underwriting

Primary Group

Stable Group

Travelers

Insurance: insolvency and restructuring Tier 1

The insurance restructuring practice at Norton Rose Fulbright handles some of the most high-profile Part VII transfers in the market, working with a premium roster of top insurer clients including Travelers, which it recently advised on the transfer of the entirety of the business of Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of Europe. The hugely experienced James Bateson leads the team, supported by partners including Robert (Bob) Haken and David Whear, both of who have a track record of restructuring work, and Maria Ross, who has expertise in Part VIIs. Nicholas Berry, who leads the firm's London insurtech practice, is also well-regarded.

Practice head(s):

James Bateson

Key clients

AIG

Aquiline

Aquiline Capital Partners

Arch Insurance

Asta

AXA XL

Axis

Bain Capital

Berkshire Hathaway

Cardif Pinnacle

Charles Taylor plc

Chubb

Electrical Contractors Association

Flock

Generali

Liberty

LV=

Markel

Nexus Mutual

North of England

Pioneer Underwriting

Prudential

Saga

Société Générale

Stable Group

Towergate Insurance Group

Travelers

Islamic finance Tier 1

The Islamic finance offering at Norton Rose Fulbright cuts across the firm's practices in project finance, ABS and capital markets, investment funds, and real estate finance. Although the team has noted a drop in sukuk redemption, it has picked up steady streams of work in real estate finance throughout Europe and the UK, and has reported increased activity in project and trade finance emanating from Indonesia and various African jurisdictions. Also of note, the team has recently been involved in the development of certain Islamic blockchain products. The Islamic finance practice is headed by Farmida Bi, who chairs the firm's EMEA group and specialises in shari'ah-compliant capital markets transactions.

Practice head(s):

Farmida Bi

Other key lawyers:

Davide Barzilai; Mark Brighouse

Key clients

ABC International Bank

Al Rayan Bank

Albaraka Türk Katılım Bankası

Asian Development Bank

Citi

Credit Suisse

Government of Pakistan, Ministry of Finance

HSBC / HSBC Saudi Arabia

Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector

Islamic Development Bank

Macquarie Bank Limited

Qatar National Bank

Mining and minerals Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright has a thriving dedicated mining practice, acting on major deals across jurisdictions including Latin America and Africa. It has recently advised on some of the most innovative, challenging and high-profile transactions in the market, such as Randgold's multibillion-dollar merger with Barrick. The group also played a key role in the Bacanora lithium project in Mexico, Cupric’s Khoemacau copper and silver project in Botswana, and the Yara potash project in Ethiopia, among others. 'Excellent' global head of business Martin McCann leads the team, working with EMEA corporate chief Raj Karia, energy disputes specialist Holly Stebbing, 'stand-out' counsel Daniel Giemajner and well-regarded senior associate Felicity Brown, cited as a potential 'future leader'.

Practice head(s):

Martin McCann

Testimonials

‘The team has a deep knowledge and expertise in the project and mining sectors in Africa and Mark Berry is excellent when advising on legal issues, technical issues but also on strategy.’

‘My view is that this is the team to work with when it comes to complicated and complex deals as they have a unique expertise in structuring and adapting to any changes in the project needs.’

‘The mining experts at Norton Rose Fulbright are well connected and they have seen and done it all before.’

‘Martin McCann is excellent, especially in relation to the structuring of complex deals. Mark Berry combines excellent legal and technical expertise. Poupak Bahamin has extensive knowledge of Africa deals and the local legal regimes.’

‘Daniel Giemajner stands out. He shows an excellent handling of issues with the lender’s legal counsel.’ 

‘Felicity Brown is undoubtedly the best associate in London. 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. She will be a future leader of her field without doubt.’

Key clients

Allied Gold

Alufer

Appian Natural Resources Fund

Aureus Mining

Banro

Bellzone Mining Rio Tinto

BHP Billiton

BNP Paribas

Caterpillar Finance

Centamin plc

Centerra Gold Inc

Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinee

EIB

Endeavour Mining

ERG

FMO

First Rand Bank (RMB)

KfW

La Mancha

Lundin Gold Inc

Nedbank

Petropavlovsk Plc

Red Kite Mine Finance

Roxgold

Shalina Resources

Standard Bank

Standard Chartered Bank

Societe Generale

Taurus Mining Fund

Tizir Limited

TrueGold

Yara International

Oil and gas Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright has been advising on five different financings in connection with the Southern Gas Corridor project, including three financings for the Shah Deniz gas field and a financing in connection with the pipeline for a total of approximately $2.5bn. Other highlights for Rob Marsh's multi-disciplinary oil and gas team pertain to its enviable work in the fields of energy disputes, LNG-to-power and strategic M&A. The team also includes Nick Prowse, who has extensive upstream and downstream experience.

Practice head(s):

Rob Marsh

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Its experience in a multitude of diverse cases gives Norton Rose Fulbright the upper hand and its clients the comfort that they are in the right hands. The fact that its practitioners are very thorough and have an excellent grasp of substantial legal issues is a huge plus.’

‘James Rogers and Mathew Buckle are true professionals with solid knowledge of international arbitration practice and a good sense of the business.’

Key clients

BP Plc

Brookfield Renewable Power

Deutsche Bank

Eni

ExxonMobil

Greencoat UK Wind plc

IFC

Macquarie

Marubeni

Ministry of Finance of Angola

National Commercial Bank of Jamaica

Shell

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 1

The full-service power practice at Norton Rose Fulbright covers the full spectrum of energy matters, both in the UK and internationally. Recently, the team has been particularly active in the area of thermal power projects across a wide range of emerging markets, as well as the development of gas-fired plants such as, in Ghana, the 400MW Bridge gas-fired project and the 192MW Amandi gas-fired project. On the nuclear front, the group continued to advise on the set-up of uranium trading activities and in relation to the nuclear defence sector, in particular, in relation to third party nuclear liability. Rob Marsh co-chairs the firm's renewable energy practice, while Charles Whitney heads the EMEA energy team. Long-serving partner Richard Hill recently left to join White & Case LLP.

Practice head(s):

Rob Marsh

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Hart; Charles Whitney; Chris Down

Testimonials

‘Norton Rose Fulbright is developing a broad and deep expertise in developing markets.”

‘This team is defined by the depth of its knowledge accompanied by its very strong commercial understanding of the deal. This equips it to help find efficient and elegant solutions to challenges in negotiation.’

‘Andrew Hart is calm in a crisis and able to manage multiple parties to bring complex issues to a successful resolution. He listens carefully to the client and will step in to ensure the client’s needs are met.’

‘The individuals within the team are approachable, flexible and very collaborative in their approach. Both Andrew Hedges and Suncica Miletic are so easy to work with. They are always willing to work through positions together, never belittling the client’s lack of legal understanding and proactive in solving the negotiation in a way that works for both parties.’

Key clients

Brookfield RenewablePower

Confidential No

Deutsche Bank

Greencoat UK Wind plc

IFC

Jinkon

Macquarie

Marubeni

Ministry of Finance ofAngola

National CommercialBank of Jamaica

Neoen S.A.

Rail Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright houses a 'market-leading team with core strengths in the rail sector' and it is commended for its 'broad industry expertise'. The London practice, which is supported by an international network of experts, handles an extensive range of work, including franchising and concessions, rolling stock, projects, infrastructure and finance mandates; and it also offers expertise across environmental, health and safety, intellectual property, technology, dispute resolution, competition, regulation, tax and real estate matters. Clients include financiers, manufacturers, government entities and infrastructure developers. Tom Johnson, who is 'first-rate', led advice for Stadler Rail on its bid to supply rolling stock for the West Coast Partnership franchise. Of counsel Louise Auty is an asset finance lawyer with in-depth rail sector expertise and recently promoted partner Susanna Rogers handles competition and regulatory matters. Esteemed practitioner Simon Gwynne joined the practice in 2019 from Hogan Lovells International LLP.

Practice head(s):

Tom Johnson

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘The team impresses with the quality of service provided’.

‘Tom Johnson and Louise Auty are highly experienced and commercial lawyers, with deep knowledge and expertise of key issues faced in complex asset financing transactions’.

Key clients

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

The City of Ottawa

Crown Commercial Services/The Department for Transport

Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank (panel)

DVB Bank SE and DZ Bank

Eversholt Rail

The Go-Ahead Group

John Laing Infrastructure Fund

Joint venture between Ferrovial Agroman (UK) and Fluor

Lloyds Banking Group

Metrolinx (Greater Toronto Transportation Authority)

Stadler Rail

Thales Ground Transportation Systems UK

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright advises clients on multi-jurisdictional investigations, enforcement, criminal prosecutions and civil litigation through its global network of offices. It often advises clients facing investigations by the bodies such as the SFO, FCA, HMRC, NCA and CPS, advising on matters in fields such as cybercrime, bribery, money laundering, compliance and export controls. Clients include corporates, financial institutions and senior individuals. Patrick Bourke co–heads the team alongside Neil O’May , who handles international fraud, market abuse and investigations. Lista Cannon focuses on transnational regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings. David Harris is recommended for his cross-sector experience and deals with clients in the financial services, banking, energy and defence sectors. Jeffrey Cottle, who splits his time between Washington and London, joined as partner from Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP. Sam Eastwood and Jason Hungerford both left the firm for Mayer Brown International LLP.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Bourke; Neil O’May

Other key lawyers:

David Harris; Pamela Reddy; Ruth Cowley; Jeffrey Cottle; Andrew Reeves; Stuart Neely

Testimonials

‘An outstanding team of talented individuals’.

‘Neil O’May is one of the leaders in this field.’     

‘Significant practical experience in handling regulatory investigations, particularly in the area of corruption’.

‘Demonstrate a practical response to assisting companies with compliance challenges’.

‘Ruth Cowley is extremely knowledgeable, professional and extremely practical’.

 

Key clients

Victor Dahdaleh and associated companies

Trade finance Tier 1

The practice at Norton Rose Fulbright is 'dedicated and incredibly knowledgeable with a positive attitude and approach towards its clients'. The trade finance practice sits alongside a respected commodities transactional and advisory service, with complementary expertise in shipping, insurance, derivatives, regulation, regulatory investigations, fintech and dispute resolution. The scope of its work covers the full spectrum of trade finance structures including pre-export and prepayment financings, committed and uncommitted transactional trade finance facilities, borrowing base facilities, commodity repos, invoice discounting structured Letters of Credit transactions. Global head of trade finance Nicholas (Nick) Grandage, who works from both the London and New York offices, key partner Andrew Wood and senior associate Richard Wilkes are 'very knowledgeable in the area of trade finance and provide exactly the support needed - they make a great team but equally the associates working are very good'. Davide Barzilai returned to London from the firm's Hong Kong office to add expertise in ECA financing, supply chain financing, and structured trade and commodity finance. Conor Foley, who is co-head of the firm's global government relations and public policy practice, and derivatives partner Nigel Dickinson also play key roles.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas (Nick) Grandage

Testimonials

“The team has been consistently excellent – available, easy-going, very professional and simply a pleasure to work with.”

“The firm delivers on time and to a very good standard.”

“It is pleasure working with such a professional team of lawyers and advisers.”

“Conor Foley is an outstanding, professional and responsive adviser. He stands out from is peers consistently and is a pleasure to work with.”

“Professional and responsive with good experience in trade finance.”

“Andrew Woods and Davide Barzilai are pragmatic, dedicated, goal-oriented.”

“Conor Foley is knowledgeable and responsive.”

Key clients

ABN AMRO

BP

The Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi Ltd

Citibank

Coal India Limited (CIL)

Commodities Markets Council

Erste Group Bank AG

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

FBN Bank

Gazprom Neft

HSBC

JP Morgan

Louis Dreyfus

Lloyds Bank

Macquarie

NEXIM

Rosneft

RWE

Societe Generale

Standard Chartered Bank

Trafigura

Trailstone

VTB

Natixis

AIG

Santander

Demica

Low Carbon

Transport finance & leasing Tier 1

Benefiting from an 'unquestionably deep sector knowledge, coupled with a down-to-earth and practical approach', Norton Rose Fulbright's 11-partner team has the critical mass to handle a tremendous volume and range of mandates across all transportation asset classes. Aided by offices in key strategic locations, including Singapore and Greece, the firm remains a 'powerhousein the maritime sector, where the 'brilliantSimon Hartley has an excellent practice; particularly within the cruise ship space (for both owners and lenders) as exemplified by his recent work for Société Générale on the €2.6bn French ECA-supported receivable purchase and post-delivery financings to acquire three cruise vessels for MSC Cruises. Team head Harry Theochari has vast knowledge and experience of financings within the maritime sector (he has been particularly focused of late on acting for new fund entrants into the market), and Eleanor Martin excels at work in the offshore sector. Duncan Batchelor and Simon Chamberlain are two of the primary practitioners within the aviation finance sub-group, which is noted for its 'business-oriented approach and knowledge of market standards'. On the rail front, Tom Johnson is a 'very fine practitioner' whose broad client base encompasses train operating companies, government entities, financiers and rolling stock owning companies, while the team recently secure a major boost with the hire of highly rated rail finance specialist Simon Gwynne from Hogan Lovells International LLP. At an associate level, Will Alete and the 'business-orientedJames Collins are particularly noteworthy.

Practice head(s):

Harry Theochari

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

All members of the team work across jurisdictions and in different time zones; their availability for transactions is really commendable‘.

The experienced and qualified team has unique skills and approach in relation to handling aircraft leasing transactions‘.

The experienced Simon Chamberlain and Will Alete are safe pairs of hands‘.

James Collins is extremely hands-on and a strong negotiator‘.

Key clients

Amedeo + Voyager Aviation (formerly Intrepid)

Gener8 Maritime

ABN AMRO Bank

Citigroup

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

DNB Bank

DVB/DZ Bank

easyJet

Global Ship Lease

InterGlobe Aviation Limited (IndiGo)

JP Morgan

LATAM Airlines

Polskie Linie Lotnicze LOT

Macquarie

NORD/LB

P&O Ferries

Qatar Reinsurance

Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS)

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (SEB)

Stadler Rail Management

Société Générale

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

UniCredit

Volga Dnepr Airlines (Ireland)

WOW air

Asset based lending Tier 2

Led by the ‘superbMichael Black out of London and also able to tap into the firm’s vast international network, Norton Rose Fulbright’s seven-strong team’s particular sweet-spot is in advising lender clients on big-ticket, cross-border financings involving the ABL product, either on its own or sitting alongside other more conventional financing. The firm has strong ties with Wells Fargo and regularly advises it on some very significant ABL mandates, including in its role as one of a syndicate of banks on a $250m revolving ABL facility to Masonite International Corporation. Although it is perhaps best known for its work on mandates with a transatlantic nexus, the group continues to establish stronger ties with domestic and European entrants in the market and picks up a significant amount of more commoditised work, including on deals utilising the ABL product for domestic working capital facilities purposes.

Practice head(s):

Michael Black

Other key lawyers:

Alex Dunn; Helen Masri

Key clients

Wells Fargo

Bank of America

RBS Invoice Finance

Lloyds bank Commercial Finance

Toronto-Dominion Bank

Sun Trust Bank

Credit Suisse

DG3 Group

Bank of Montreal

JP Morgan Chase Bank

HSBC Invoice Finance

Pathlight Capital

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright is highly rated for its experience in significant, high-value banking and finance disputes, including complex cases in the Financial List. The practice is well known for disputes involving derivatives, bonds and structured finance, commodities and trade finance, and Islamic finance. It acted for The Law Debenture Trust Corporation, as corporate trustee, in its high-profile Commercial Court dispute against Ukraine. The matter was brought on behalf of note holders to enforce payment of notes issued by Ukraine, which it failed to repay on maturity. Michael Godden has considerable experience of wholesale, commercial and retail banking disputes, senior consultant Lista Cannon co-heads the global regulatory and investigations group, and Paul Morris focuses on disputes arising from structured finance products, civil fraud and asset tracing, and trade and commodity finance litigation. Also highly rated are Matthew Waudby, Radford Goodman and David Harris, while of counsel Dominic Hennessy and senior associate Alex Shattock are also experienced litigators. Growth in the team saw cross-border banking and finance disputes expert Harriet Jones-Fenleigh promoted to partner in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Michael Godden

Key clients

The Law Debenture Trust Corporation

Republic of Angola

Citibank and Citigroup Global Markets

Citicorp Trustee Company

Bank of Scotland

Agate Assets

Commercial contracts Tier 2

The international Norton Rose Fulbright practice has industry expertise ranging from energy, mining and infrastructure to finance, healthcare and life sciences. As well as providing a technology consulting practice, the firm has experience in niche areas, including insurance distribution agreements. The ‘extremely knowledgeableMichael (Mike) Knapper focuses on commercial contracts, particularly those involving intellectual property, data and technology. He co-leads the practice with M&A and securities expert Raj Karia. Notable in their team is James Russell, who specialises in outsourcing, information technology and intellectual property law. The group is advising Esso on its exclusive fuel sponsorship agreement with Nectar. Ian Lopez left for Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP in 2018.

Practice head(s):

Raj Karia; Michael (Mike) Knapper

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team have excellent knowledge of their area and are very commercially focused, making them easy to work with

‘Incredibly quick to understand the key drivers and challenges in complex transactions and find suitable solutions’

‘Able to get up to speed, collect input and turn around documents at an amazing pace while still catching all relevant details and providing business-minded advice’

‘Mike Knapper is responsive and to the point in his advice’

‘James Russell provides an excellent mix of technical ability and commercial understanding’

Key clients

Accolade Wines

Barclays

Carlsberg

Coca Cola Hellenic

De Beers

Exxon / Esso

Harlequins Football Club

HSBC

IMI plc

McLaren Applied Technologies

Ocado

Pfizer

Prudential

Vakt Global

Commercial property: investment Tier 2

Clients recommend the lawyers at Norton Rose Fulbright for their ‘tenacity and attention to detail’, ‘technical ability’ and ‘commercial acumen’. The team is reputed on the investment and development fronts for global inward investment, infrastructure projects, financing and long-term projects, including an increasing number of mixed-use and residential-led schemes. The firm’s hotel and leisure practice, led by the highly recommended Nick Clayson, handles a broad range of work on cross-border branding, construction and development, data protection, IP, franchising and financing matters, among others, while high-profile corporate occupier clients engage the group for pre-letting negotiations, construction and refurbishment contracts, IT procurement and strategic lease advice. Recent work highlights include advising on the £700m redevelopment of the Olympia London exhibition centre. David Hawkins is a go-to name in the development space while David Sinclair possesses ‘an incredible grip on the minute details of each project’ and is active on a broad range of investment and development projects, including hotels, infrastructure, offices and shopping centres. Louisa Roe was recently promoted to counsel and is a specialist on complex leasing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Wasim Khan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team make a concerted effort to understand the exact requirements of the client, as well as appreciating what the client cannot accept before entering into any negotiations. They also take time to understand the corporate structure of the client to appreciate the nuances behind decision making requirements. This makes the deal process much easier and significantly more manageable from a client perspective.’

‘Louisa Roe is pragmatic, commercial, has a can-do ethic, understands the requirements of the client and translates these into manageable obligations and requirements.’

‘Dan Wagerfield has fantastic knowledge and ability to apply legal expertise to the issue at hand to ensure pragmatic workable solutions are achieved.’

‘The turnaround time on advice is very quick, which is hugely valuable, but the advice is always clear, concise and well explained. They have a great understanding on what the client’s needs are and what they want to achieve and are always on hand to offer advice to help bring matters to a conclusion.’

‘Very pragmatic and commercial, not points scoring solicitors. They get the deals done with the minimum of fuss.’

‘Tenacity and attention to detail. Commercial acumen. Speed and efficiency’.

‘Friendly and helpful, willing to support even when other members may be on leave’.

‘Alex Parry is very helpful, competent and supportive’.

‘Very good technical ability and excellent customer communication’.

‘David Sinclair has an incredible grip on the minute details on each project and provides an excellent level of service.’

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)

DP World London Gateway

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)

Commodities disputes Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright handles the full range of matters arising from the production, shipping,  transportation, warehousing, collateral management, financing and hedging of physical commodities, and it frequently has a role in complex trading and regulatory disputes. Among its clients are banks, national and international development finance institutions, traders, producers and exporters in both emerging and developed markets. Global head of trade finance Nicholas (Nick) Grandage is now based in New York, but the London office retains significant expertise and a diverse client base comprising international commodity and agricultural producers, traders, banks and financial institutions. Andrew Wood, who specialises in structured finance transactions in the commodities sector, is now the key contact in London. Litigators Neil Miller, whose practice focuses on the energy, trading and shipping industries, Holly Stebbing, and regulatory specialist Jonathan Herbst, who is global head of financial services, are highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Nick Grandage

Other key lawyers:

Construction: contentious Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright's contentious team offers a comprehensive service to a range of clients including developers, contractors, employers, lenders and owners. EMEA construction and energy disputes head Donald Warnock leads the team, while Simon Ramsden and James Rogers are other notable figures. Sectors covered include commercial and industrial real estate, transport infrastructure, waste, power, oil and gas and mining. The firm has received plaudits for its N-Accelerate technology initiative, an automation process developed by the firm to large volumes of complex documents quickly and cost efficiently.

Practice head(s):

Donald Warnock

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Laing O’Rourke

Fusion For Energy

Coca Cola European Partners

BAM Nuttall

Thales

Ferrovial Agroman UK

UBB Waste

Beckton Energy

Contruction: non-contentious Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright provides a full service non-contentious offering to a big-name client roster including developers, investors, sponsors, contractors and financiers. The team is headed up by Mark Berry, who has advised on many of the major waste-to-energy projects in the UK. He also has particular expertise in mining and associated infrastructure development and advised the Eurasian Resources Group and its subsidiary Metalkol on the £511m construction and financing of its copper and cobalt project in the Kolwezi region of China. Andrew Buisson has particular experience of advising on major infrastructure transactions in the transport and social accommodation sectors, while Matthew Hardwick has a track record of working with government institutions.

Practice head(s):

Mark Berry

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

ACWA Power

Balfour Beatty

Chevron

Full Circle Generation

European Investment Bank

Hitachi

Ofwat

Iridium

Corporate governance Tier 2

With a client base of FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies, Norton Rose Fulbright handles the full range of corporate governance issues leveraging standalone corporate, investigations, criminal defence and compliance practices. The group leans heavily on partners in the firm's corporate department, with significant contributors including Alan BainbridgeRichard CrosbyCharlotte Henry and Claire O’DonnellJonathan Herbst and Neil O’May are also key names to note; Herbst is global head of the financial services regulatory practice and O'May leads the criminal law practice. In a recent highlight, O'May represented the former director of Tesco in a high-profile investigation and prosecution into Tesco's accounting practices.

Debt capital markets Tier 2

At Norton Rose Fulbright, 'the team has excellent knowhow, is quick to respond and has proven able to adapt to local requirements', according to one client, while another remarks that 'the team is responsive, independent and offers first-class legal advice'. The London capital markets practice is highly regarded for its work in emerging markets debt, sovereign and supranational issuance, debt restructuring, corporate trust and Islamic finance, as well as having the leading Canadian debt practice in London. It is also expanding its portfolio of work into new areas and, in 2018, it handled a project bond to fund hospital construction in Brescia, Italy, and also took the lead role in the world’s first Humanitarian Impact Bond. Farmida Bi is a leading light for corporate trustee advice, sovereign debt, project bonds and restructurings; Peter Young handles cross-border transactions under English and New York law; and Peter Noble leads on Canadian debt capital markets work.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Carmichael

Other key lawyers:

Farmida Bi; Peter Young; Peter Noble; Vishal Mawkin; Andrew Coote; Jacqueline Heng

Testimonials

The firm has a very robust team‘.

The support was continuous. No question was too stupid‘.

Each individual delivers to high standards‘.

Farmida Bi is an expert in the field of Islamic finance and she has exceptional all-round knowledge on legal matters‘.

Senior associate Vishal Mawkin and partner Peter Young are easily accessible, proficient and quick to respond‘.

Key clients

Cell C (Pty) Ltd

Citi

Deutsche Bank

Goldman Sachs International

Government of Pakistan, Ministry of Finance

Intertrust

J.P. Morgan Securities plc.

Nordex

Republic of Angola, Ministry of Finance

Royal Bank of Canada

Scotiabank

Telenor ASA

Toronto-Dominion Bank

Unicredit

US Bank

Wells Fargo

Derivatives (including commodities) Tier 2

Part of the broader capital markets group, the derivatives and structured products practice at Norton Rose Fulbright handles a broad portfolio of transactional work across numerous asset classes, including commodities, and is a leading practice for regulatory advice. Leading light Daniel Franks is 'outstanding - technically excellent but also commercial and pragmatic'. He specialises in assisting investment banks including Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan with derivatives, repos, stock lending, collateral, netting, structured products and regulatory capital and funding transactions. Key partner Nigel Dickinson focuses on OTC derivatives, structured products and structured finance transactions for investment banks. Jonathan Herbst and Hannah Meakin are highly recommended for advice on derivatives regulation. In the structured trade and commodity finance market, which requires significant expertise in commodity derivatives, the firm advises banks, development finance institutions, traders, producers and exporters. The firm's capacity for complex and innovative transactions was evidenced in 2018 by its work for HSBC, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank AG in a $3.8bn syndicated repurchase transaction with the Central Bank of Egypt.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Carmichael; Daniel Franks; Nigel Dickinson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

“A very knowledgeable and capable team that is technically excellent and very easy to deal with. It has the ability to present technical legal issues in a way that makes it easy for non-lawyers to understand.”

“Daniel Franks talks in plain English and is very client-friendly. He is a nice guy to boot! ”

“Norton Rose Fulbright is materially superior. Hannah Meakin has encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and, crucially, good knowledge of regulator and peer attitudes. She is also quick to respond to enquiries.”

Key clients

AIG

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Bank of Ireland

BNP Paribas

Commerzbank

Goldman Sachs

JP Morgan

Natixis

Piraeus Bank

Royal Bank of Canada

Société Générale

Financial services: contentious Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright's work covers wholesale and retail financial services, with notable strengths in areas including banking, asset and wealth management and market infrastructure. In addition, the 'clear, pragmatic and extremely responsive' firm has an experienced fintech regulatory practice and assists several regulatory working groups and market associations focusing on developing regulatory standards around Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), smart contracts, virtual currencies and the blockchain. Imogen Garner and Hannah Meakin lead the practice in this area and are also co-heads of the overall non-contentious team, with the 'hard working, personable and, most importantly, extremely knowledgeableJonathan Herbst. On the contentious side, the practice specialises in market conduct, cyber-security and internal investigations. Led by transnational regulatory investigations expert Lista Cannon, the team includes Katie Stephen, who acts on a wide range of contentious regulatory matters, as well as advising clients in relation to Skilled Persons reviews and internal investigations; and David Harris, who has particular experience representing financial institutions, corporates and senior executives in connection with various cross-border matters. Also notable in this area is counsel Sonya Zywko.

Practice head(s):

Lista Cannon

Testimonials

‘Norton Rose Fulbright is a major player in the London litigation and arbitration marketplace, with strength and depth in all the main areas of commercial dispute resolution’

In the financial services sector, the firm is particularly striking for its command of regulatory material and its knowledge of forthcoming regulatory developments’

‘At all levels, the lawyers are extremely well-informed in law and procedure’

‘For major pieces of litigation and arbitration, the firm can be relied upon to assemble well-structured teams and dedicate impressive resources to the dispute’

‘A superb group of lawyers who are experts in this field’

‘Sonya Zywko focuses on banks, fund managers and other financial institutions. Her attention to detail and legal acumen are superb’

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright's work covers wholesale and retail financial services, with notable strengths in areas including banking, asset and wealth management and market infrastructure. In addition, the 'clear, pragmatic and extremely responsive' firm has an experienced fintech regulatory practice and assists several regulatory working groups and market associations focusing on developing regulatory standards around Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), smart contracts, virtual currencies and blockchain. Imogen Garner and Hannah Meakin lead the practice in this area and are also co-heads of the wider non-contentious team alongside the 'hard working, personable and, most importantly, extremely knowledgeableJonathan Herbst. The latter led in advising on regulatory aspects of leading derivatives market CME Group’s acquisition of the NEX group of companies. On the contentious side, the practice specialises in market conduct, cyber-security and internal investigations. Led by transnational regulatory investigations expert Lista Cannon, the team includes Katie Stephen, who acts on a wide range of contentious regulatory, as well as advising clients in relation to Skilled Persons reviews and internal investigations; and David Harris, who has particular experience representing financial institutions, corporates and senior executives in connection with various cross-border matters.

Practice head(s):

Imogen Garner; Hannah Meakin; Jonathan Herbst

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Henry

Testimonials

‘The team is highly technical but also very commercial – which is an unusual combination’

‘Strong industry knowledge and insight’

‘Norton Rose provides big picture analysis combined with detailed technical advice’

‘Great team with broad strength in depth’

‘Practical and pragmatic and not afraid to take a position or express a view’

‘The team has good broad experience and is easily able to apply their views’

‘Jonathan Herbst has great understanding of the market. He provides excellent technical understanding with pragmatic solutions’

‘Hannah Meakin is very technical but also pragmatic, she thinks through questions to the next stage.’

‘Imogen Garner is very strong, unfailingly practical and commercial’

‘Charlotte Henry is technically skilled, thorough, and deals equally well with business colleagues and legal colleagues’

Key clients

HSBC

KKR

Investment Association

CME Group

Lendingblock

Government of Malta

River & Mercantile

NPSO

UK Finance

The Institutional Money Market Funds Association

Fraud: civil Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright's practice, which is led by Peter Scott, has seen an increase in instructions involving sovereign and state entities, as emerging markets crack down on corruption. The team advises on cross-border disputes, asset tracing, insolvency, cyber-fraud, bribery, money laundering, economic sanctions and corruption. Clients include corporates, financial institutions, insolvency practitioners and senior executives. Other areas of expertise include worldwide freezing orders, proprietary injunctions, Norwich Pharmacal Orders and search orders. Key partners include the 'hugely impressive' Ruth Cowley and 'very sharp litigator' Matthew Waudby; recently promoted partner Harriet Jones-Fenleigh is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Peter Scott

Other key lawyers:

Harriet Jones-Fenleigh; Ruth Cowley; Matthew Waudby; Pamela Reddy; Michael Godden; Radford Goodman; David Harris; Dominic Hennessy; Katharine Young

Testimonials

‘A great team of highly motivated and experienced litigators.’

‘Patrick Bourke and Ruth Cowley are standout individuals with considerable experience of high-profile and substantial fraud litigation. They are hugely impressive: excellent lawyers but also very good at tactics and popular with clients.’

‘Maria Sandler is an associate to watch.’

‘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.’

‘Matthew Waudby is a very sharp litigator.’

‘Michael Godden knows his stuff, with a mixed banking and fraud practice, and is very personable.’

Key clients

The Republic of Angola

Banco Nacional de Angola (the Angolan Central Bank)

Citibank

Javier Martin-Artajo, Former senior executive at the Chief Investment Office of JP Morgan

Agate Assets SA

Carl Rogberg, former Tesco executive

Listed funds Tier 2

With a reputation for 'strong investment fund knowledge built up over many years', Norton Rose Fulbright's asset and wealth management team sits within the firm's broader corporate, M&A and securities practice. The group has a strong history advising on IPOs, with mattes including its representation of Trian Investors 1 in the client's £270m offering. 'Reliable, experienced and committed' partner Ian Fox led on this mandate. The firm is also noted for adopting and maintaining close relationships with major regulatory and trade bodies. Senior associate Margaret Simcock boasts both international experience (having spent six months at the firm's Bahrain office) and in-house experience (through a secondment at  Fenchurch Advisory Partners). Head of team Richard Sheen is a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Richard Sheen

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

One of the leading firms in listed funds‘.

The high quality of work is a given with this firm, as are the range of resources it can offer. The big bonus is that the team is pleasure to deal with‘.

Ian Fox is highly valued for his deep expertise in listed funds‘.

Ian Fox and Richard Sheen both bring high energy and expertise of the highest order. They are a pleasure to deal with‘.

Key clients

Civitas Social Housing PLC

JP Morgan Cazenove Limited

Starwood European Real Estate Finance Limited

Schroder Real Estate Investment Management

JPMorgan Income & Growth Investment Trust plc and JPMorgan Elect plc

Numis Securities Limited

The Renewables Infrastructure Group Limited (TRIG)

Macau Property Opportunities Fund

Trian Investors 1 Limited

Private equity: transactions – mid-tier – up to £250m Tier 2

With practitioners reputed for their 'brilliant market knowledge and commercial and pragmatic approach to advice-giving', the PE practice group at Norton Rose Fulbright represents investors, portfolio companies and management teams on buyouts, co-investments, bolt-on acquisitions, refinancings and exits. While the group can handle transactions across a range of different sectors, it boasts high levels of integrated expertise in the fields of financial services and technology specifically. One widely-reported highlight involving fifteen jurisdictions saw Jon Perry, along with partners in the firm's Amsterdam and Brussels offices, advise Louis Dreyfus Company on the sale of its African fertilizers and inputs operations and global metals business. In the technology space, practice head David Marshall represented Commify on a series of bolt-on acquisitions. Richard Bull departed for Proskauer Rose LLP in February 2018.

Practice head(s):

David Marshall

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

AfricInvest Capital Partners

Carlyle Sub-Saharan Africa Fund

Control Circle Limited

ValueAct Capital

Denham Capital Management LP

Scottish Equity Partners

XPV Water Partners

Aquiline Capital Partners LLC

Abris Capital

Champ Ventures

Structured products and securitisation Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright has a deep bench of talent handling a range of cash and synthetic securitisations. As well as a strong position in the trade receivables market, the firm also has a prominent role in the RMBS and mortgage covered bonds market, in which it advises issuers, cash managers and trustees on a range of post-issue restructurings, defaults and litigation. The firm is also expanding its reach into the rapidly developing areas of fintech and SME financing. It has handled innovative RMBS deals including a groundbreaking shari'ah-compliant transaction, and a first-of-kind securitisation of shipping loans. The firm's Canadian structured bond and covered bond practice led by Peter Noble is unique in the market. David Shearer co-leads the securitisation practice alongside structured bonds, securitisation and regulatory capital specialist Sandrine Sauvel. Farmida Bi has a particular focus on corporate trustee advice. Associate Merel van der Mersch-Klinkers is a rising star.

Practice head(s):

David Shearer; Sandrine Sauvel

Other key lawyers:

Farmida Bi; Richard Hughes, Peter Noble, Nikolai Mikhailov; Nigel Dickinson; Merel van der Mersch-Klinkers; Simon Thompson; Andrew Coote; Jacqueline Heng; Tudor Plapcianu; Nick Grandage

Testimonials

“The firm has a very strong ability to mix the insurance, securitisation and trade finance worlds cross-practice.”

“David Shearer is a great partner who lets associates get on with work, but behind the scenes provides senior support. ”

“The firm seems uniquely well-balanced between bank-side securitisation and work for corporate clients.”

“The firm has enthusiastic, knowledgeable, great transactions counsellors in addition to merely providing legal advice, and at a personal level they are a pleasure to work with.”

Key clients

AIG

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Citibank

Commerzbank

Eurobank Ergasias S.A.

Goldman Sachs

Intertrust Management Limited

JP Morgan

Piraeus Bank

Royal Bank of Canada

Société Générale

VAT and indirect tax Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright's European VAT group is led by Chris Bates, and is part of the firm's broader tax team which is led by Dominic Stuttaford. In addition to supporting the transactional practice groups, it also has an active standalone practice, which includes VAT treatment disputes with HMRC. Other areas of expertise include advising on the importation of high-value assets, including private jets, yachts, commercial aircraft and supply chain inventories.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Stuttaford; Chris Bates

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Hodkin

Key clients

Barclays Bank plc

Bibby Financial Services

Bombardier

Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners

Centrica

Civitas Social Housing plc

Commerz Real Investmentgesellschaft mb

Crédit Agricole

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 3

The 'responsive and well-organised' team at Norton Rose Fulbright provides a 'commercial and thoughtful service' to lenders and investment grade corporates across a broad spectrum of syndicated and bilateral lending work, particularly in relation to transactions which occur within sector areas of focus for the firm – including energy, infrastructure, media and transportation. The team regularly advises on financing deals within emerging markets and has a strong track record in handling Africa-related matters – often backed by a mix of development finance institutions and commercial lenders. The firm also benefits from access to ancillary areas of expertise, including asset-based lending and Islamic finance, ensuring that it is able to handle the more bespoke transactions in the market. Michael Ings has vast experience handling financing work within the telecoms and media sectors throughout EMEA.

Practice head(s):

Chris Brown; Michael Ings

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

The team is very responsive and well-organised.

Key clients

Africa Finance Corporation

AIG

Al Rayan Bank

AT&T

Bank of America

Bank of China

Bankmed, Sal

Balfour Beatty

BHP

BMW

Bombardier

BP

Brookfield

Cell C

Citi

Crédit Agricole

DBS Bank

Deutsche Bank

Ministry of Finance of Angola

Domino’s Pizza

ExxonMobil

GSK

HSBC

ICBC

IMI Group

International Finance Corporation

ING

JP Morgan

Marubeni

Macquarie

McLaren

Mizuho

Rio Tinto

Rosneft Oil

Royal Bank of Canada

Proparco

Shell

SNC Lavalin

Standard Bank

Standard Chartered Bank

Trinity Mirror

Tullow

Turk Telekomünikasyon

Wells Fargo

United Overseas Bank

Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi

Guarantco

TowerShare

Danaos

Mercuria Energy

Commercial litigation Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright 'provides in-depth sector knowledge and real identification with clients' issues and priorities; it is also one of the easiest teams around to work with'. The firm's disputes lawyers advise multinational and domestic corporate clients on the full spectrum of complex contentious corporate and commercial matters. It acts for public and private companies operating across the financial institutions, energy, infrastructure, mining and commodities, transport, technology, and life sciences and healthcare sectors. Recommended advisers are Ruth Cowley, Antony Corsi, Ffion FlockhartNeil Miller and Patrick Bourke, along with EMEA head of litigation and  disputes and global head of antitrust Peter Scott . Of counsels Jane Park-Weir and Charlie Weston-Simons, who was promoted in 2018, are also recommended. Harriet Jones-Fenleigh was made partner in 2019. Veteran litigator and white collar specialist Sam Eastwood left for Mayer  Brown in 2018.

Practice head(s):

Peter Scott; Patrick Bourke

Testimonials

Creative and effective litigators, who achieve outstanding results for their clients with great strategic thinking that outflanks many opponents‘.

Ffion Lockhart and of counsel Charlie Weston-Simons are outstanding‘.

Key clients

Shell

HSBC

UBB Waste (Essex)

McLaren Technology Group

Competition litigation Tier 3

At Norton Rose Fulbright, the antitrust and competition team assists both claimants and defendants with proceedings before multiple courts and regulatory bodies at the UK and EU level. The group advises on follow-on damages claims, complex litigation strategy, and contentious regulatory matters. The department’s work in the energy sector is of particular note - it is handling multiple appeals before the CMA and is increasingly attracting new mandates in the same space. Team members have expertise in the mobile telecoms sector as well. Led by practice co-heads Peter Scott and Mark Simpson, a team is representing a large telecoms company in bringing damages claims against smart-chip producers before the High Court.

Practice head(s):

Peter Scott; Mark Simpson

Testimonials

The team has a brilliant work ethic and is also friendly and easy to work with

Leaders in regulatory litigation in the energy sector

Norton Rose Fulbright’s strength lies in its profound commitment to clients and in adequately responding to their needs

The combination of Peter Scott and Mark Simpson, who are true experts and experienced competition lawyers, is exceptional

Peter Scott has vast experience of competition law, coupled with fantastic soft skills.  He is focused on getting the right result for the client, but also tries to take the long view rather than pursuing short-term advantage over long-term gain

Key clients

Soni

Carlsberg

Shell

PayPal

Corporate tax Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright's tax expertise encompasses the range of corporate and finance transactions, drawing on strong and wide-ranging sector expertise, including in the niche areas of new technology and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), renewable energy and Islamic Finance.  Dominic Stuttaford is head of tax for Europe, Middle East, Asia and Brazil, and is focused on M&A transactions and corporate re-organisations, with a particular emphasis on the insurance, banking and technology sectors. Associate Judy Harrison has expertise in tax matters for financial institutions and clients in the transport, technology and energy sectors. In 2019, Angela Savin left the department to join KPMG United Kingdom, however the group gained Michael Alliston as a partner from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Stuttaford

Other key lawyers:

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

Key clients

EasyJet

Deutsche Finance International

London Gateway Port

Royal Bank of Scotland plc

Bombardier

Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners

Centrica

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 3

Marcus Evans leads the group at Norton Rose Fulbright, which regularly assists with export solutions, data audits, data product advice, regulatory issues, data breaches and data subject access requests. Evans and newly promoted partner Lara White are the key contacts for non-contentious matters, while Ffion Flockhart handles contentious data work; IP practice head Mike Knapper also contributes to the practice. The department has notable expertise in the financial services, healthcare, life sciences, telecoms and technology sectors; key clients include PayPal, Deliveroo, BMW and the Bank of Montreal. Recent highlights include Evans, Ball and Flockhart advised AIG on its global data breach response service; and Evans assisting Mitsubishi Electric with multiple global personal data export projects.

Practice head(s):

Marcus Evans

Testimonials

Every law firm will say they will add value and look at things from the client’s perspective – very few do. With Norton Rose, clients have a partner on their side that can be trusted, and that is a rare thing in business.

It fields a team of true subject-matter experts, while still being able to take a pragmatic risk-based approach.

Marcus Evans is phenomenal; a leading expert among leading experts. He truly adds value in the tangible sense, commercially, practically and from a legal perspective; he gets the bigger picture and is great to work with.

Lara White is simply awesome with excellent expertise, commercial acumen and a practical approach, making her easy to work with.

Key clients

AIG

Bank of Montreal

Bioventus

BMW

Chicago Metal Exchange

Deliveroo

NetScout

Guy Carpenter

IMI

Mitsubishi Electric

New Relic

Pfizer

PayPal

Riverstone

Employee share schemes Tier 3

The ‘creative, dynamic and client-centricNorton Rose Fulbright is known for its strategic and international advice to listed multinationals, as well as providing expertise in designing and implementing bespoke incentive plans in unlisted companies. The firm also has expertise in cross-border work, notably in the US. The ‘incredibly responsiveMatthew Findley leads the practice and has experience in executive plans and all-employee arrangements, as well as dealing with employee benefits in the context of mergers and acquisitions, IPOs and demergers.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Findley

Testimonials

‘The advice is always practical, knowledgeable and designed to deliver the business outcome desired’

‘The team at Norton Rose Fulbright operate at the top of their game’

‘Incredibly reliable, responsive and thorough’

‘The team is very helpful in providing advice and guidance in a format that requires very little rework for the various audiences that it needs to be shared with’

‘Matthew Findley is smart, client-centered, responsive, and proactively identifies novel, creative solutions’

‘Matthew Findley provides an outstanding employee share plan service’

‘Matthew Findley’s support and guidance is always incredibly rounded with all facets of share plan operations’

‘Ann Moseley always explains in plain English and not legalease, and will respond quickly as necessary’

Key clients

HSBC Holdings plc

Deliveroo

Centamin

CGI Group

Crest Nicholson

ITE Group plc

Denholm Oilfield Services Limited

Renishaw plc

Environment Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright advises on the environmental aspects of real estate transactions, office redevelopments, and the financing of renewable energy projects. Practice head Caroline May has both contentious and non-contentious experience and specialises in renewable energy and infrastructure projects, as well as in providing regulatory advice regarding health and safety standards. Other areas of expertise include offshore oil and gas plant decommissioning.

Practice head(s):

Caroline May

Key clients

StitchFix

Althelia Sustainable Ocean Fund

Olympus Luxembourg Holding SCSP

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

DP World/London Gateway Port Limited

Crest Nicholson Plc

EirGrid PLC

Europa Capital LLP

Accolade Wines Limited

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Tokyo Electron Europe Limited

Thales

Balfour Beatty / Urbaser (as a joint venture)

IMI  PLc

Arcadia Holdings

Equity capital markets – mid-large cap Tier 3

Though Norton Rose Fulbright is often recognised for its strength in many of the world's emerging markets, the ECM team has been especially busy with London fundraising deals involving companies in Canada and Australia. Acting for nearly 90 London-listed clients, the practice group handles a solid base of issuer mandates, but also has strong relationships with international investment banks and nomads. REITs and other listed funds work has been another source of the group's recent activity. Raj Karia leads the firm's corporate, M&A, and securities group across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Other recommended contacts include Thomas Vita, who advises on US securities matters for ECM transactions across EMEA, and newly made partner Clementine Hogarth, 'a robust negotiator and a doggedly determined legal adviser'.

Practice head(s):

Raj Karia

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Vita; Clementine Hogarth; Mark Lloyd Williams; Fiona Millington

Testimonials

Great commercially astute senior associates, who were really able to drive the transaction along.

High level of partner involvement with a very strong bench.

The international network is very important, not just in emerging markets but also in Australia and Canada.

Very approachable from partner to associate level.

Key clients

JTC plc

Trian Investors 1 Limited

Numis Securities Limited

Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co.

JP Morgan Securities plc

Goldman Sachs International

Canaccord Genuity Limited

Citigroup

JP Morgan

Berenberg

Société Générale

CI Capital Holdings S.A.E.

Picton Property Income Limited

Madinet NASR For Housing And Development S.A.E.

Management ConsultingGroup plc (MCG)

Purplebricks Group plc

Republic of Angola – Ministry of Finance

Nordex

Ecobank

Cell C (Pty) Ltd

AK Lease

Citi

Deutsche Bank

Government of Pakistan – Ministry of Finance

Telenor ASA

Royal Bank of Canada

Scotiabank

Toronto-Dominion Bank

Unicredit

US Bank

Wells Fargo

EU and competition Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright’s antitrust and competition department has an abundance of experience handling investigations by the CMA. Of particular note, department co-head Peter Scott, supported by recently promoted partner Caroline Thomas, is representing PwC in the CMA’s high-profile market study into the statutory audit market. The team is strong in the merger control space, where Mark Tricker took the lead advising PayPal on the CMA’s Phase II-investigation of PayPal’s $2.2bn acquisition of financial technology company iZettle. Adjusting to recent market trends and the regulator's areas of focus, other growing streams of work for the group involve instructions regarding competition law concerns resulting from Brexit, digital markets and blockchain. Practice co-head Ian Giles is highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Peter Scott; Ian Giles

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

One of the strongest teams on the London market, particularly due to its team members’ strength in communication and in-depth industry knowledge

Impressive quality assurance across the firm’s international offices

Keen to use new and innovative solutions

Ian Giles stands out for his deep industry expertise, commercial acumen, and the ability to nurture relationships with clients

Ian Giles is particularly impressive – always follows up with clients, addresses issues proactively, and delivers results even before the agreed deadlines. Working with him is simply a very positive experience

Key clients

PwC

PayPal

Coca-Cola European Partners

Delta Air Lines

HSBC UK

Vodafone

Guardian News and Media

Health and safety Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright's health and safety team leverages the wider firm's international platform to secure work on a variety of cross-border matters, advising on public inquiries, coroner's inquests and corporate manslaughter cases. The 'superbCaroline May leads the team and represents large corporates on both contentious and non-contentious issues.

Practice head(s):

Caroline May

Other key lawyers:

Lucy Bruce Jones; George Sismey-Durrant

Testimonials

‘The team is strong, with good knowledge of European jurisdictions.’

‘Caroline May is extremely client-focused and determined to achieve the best possible outcome for her clients.’

‘Caroline May is very good with communication in London and across Europe – she shows great interest in the business and sector.’

‘Caroline May is superb.’

Key clients

Urbaser Balfour Beatty

Carter’s, Inc.

Tokyo Electron Europe Limited

DP World, London Gateway

Crest Nicholson Plc

Techtronic Industries Co Ltd.

Gildan’s Inc

IMI Plc

Macquarie Bank Limited

Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright has strength in advising on reinsurance, trade finance, aviation, and professional negligence work, and increasingly handles D&O and W&I indemnity claims. The firm recently saw the departures of former practice head Liam O’Connell, who joined DAC Beachcroft LLP, as well as a group of 12 lawyers to Kennedys, including marine and energy partners Patrick Foss, Chris Zavos. The team is now led by Adrian Mecz, who has broad expertise acting for insurers and reinsurers. The 'excellentMichelle George focuses on professional liability claims and global data protection, while 'very impressive' privacy and cybersecurity co-head Ffion Flockhart specialises in W&I litigation, as well as cyber risk issues.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Mecz

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team knows the details of our business well and provide work product of a high quality to often tight deadlines

Michelle George brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience to the table as well as good commerciality. She is excellent at recommending the right counsel for the job as well

Jonathan Ogle is accurate, knowledgeable and very hard working. He has an excellent rapport with key sets of chambers and is a whizz at getting a good deal out of the clerks

Key clients

AIG

Aspen

Axis

AXA XL

Barbican

Beazley

Blenheim

Brit

Canopius

Cathedral

Chubb

Ellis Clowes

Enstar

Guy Carpenter

Hyperion

Liberty Specialty Markets

Marsh

MS Amlin

Novae

Pembroke

QBE

Resolute

Talbot/AIG

WR Berkley

Zurich

International arbitration Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright's 'experience in a multitude of matters makes it the team to have by a client's side in any dispute'. The London team has particular experience in growth markets such as Hong Kong, mainland China and greater Asia, India, the Middle East and the CIS. It also acts across the firm’s key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare. Sherina Petit leads the international arbitration practice across Asia, Europe and the Middle East and heads the firm’s India practice globally. James Rogers currently has the busiest arbitration case load in the London office. Also highly regarded are Patrick Farrell, Neil Miller, Donald WarnockPhilip Roche and Patrick BourkeMatthew Buckle is an experienced senior associate. Irina Tymczyszyn left to become a full-time international arbitrator.

Practice head(s):

Sherina Petit

Testimonials

Having handled so many diverse cases, clients have the comfort that the team has the answer for any situation – not to mention that it is very thorough, keen on procedure and proficient when it comes to substantial law issues‘.

James Rogers and senior associate Mathew Buckle are true professionals, with solid knowledge of international arbitration practice and a good sense of the business‘.

Key clients

Sacyr

Shell

Alfasi Steel Constructions

IT and telecoms Tier 3

The 'client-oriented and highly commercial' technology and innovation practice at Norton Rose Fulbright combines 'strong telecoms expertise and credentials, and robust M&A skills' with substantial expertise advising clients on technology development and commercialisation issues, particularly relating to emerging technology and the financial services and insurance sectors. Practice head Sean Murphy handles a range of international corporate matters in the technology sector, while Oliver Stacey has particular experience in the communications, media and telecoms industries. Other names to note include consultant and outsourcing expert Peter McBurney, telecoms regulatory specialist James Russell, Mark Simpson and litigator Ruth Cowley.

Practice head(s):

Sean Murphy

Testimonials

Oliver Stacey offers strong telecoms experience, robust M&A credentials, and is highly commercial.

Key clients

Cell C

De Beers

Econet Wireless

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company

Etisalat

Helios Investment Partners

McLaren Racing and McLaren Applied Technologies Limited

Mubadala Investment Company

Orange

Paxos Trust Company, LLC

PTCL

Purplebricks Group

Shell Ventures BV

Telenor

TeliaSonera

TowerShare

VAKT Global Limited

Veon

Vodacom

Vodafone

Web 3.0 Technologies Foundation

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 3

Focusing primarily on non-contentious issues, Norton Rose Fulbright’s pensions team advises a host of trustees and corporate clients on the full range of matters including GMP equalisation, funding negotiations with the Pensions Regulator, liability management, scheme buy-outs and master trust implementation. Peter Ford also has a leading practice advising on the investment side of pensions such as significant longevity swap transactions and fiduciary management arrangements. The team often assists the corporate practice on the pensions specific aspects of sales and acquisitions. Fellow London partner Lesley Browning is praised for her 'exceptional experience of solving novel problems'.

Practice head(s):

Peter Ford; Lesley Browning

Testimonials

‘A rare combination of strong technical knowledge combined with a recognition of the need to balance legal considerations against commercial and practical considerations’

‘The whole team is approachable and delivers advice in a way that is unambiguous and clear to understand’

‘Peter Ford is utterly unflappable, has great vision about how to structure a project and is thoroughly charming.’

‘Lesley Browning has really strong technical pensions knowledge and exceptional experience of solving novel problems in the very biggest industry-wide schemes.’

‘Shane O’Reilly is very switched on and technically knowledgeable, but wears his learning lightly – he is effortlessly reassuring to clients.’

‘Giannis Waymouth knows as much about GMP equalization as anyone else in the country.’

Key clients

Accolade Wines Ltd

Arthur J Gallagher & Co

AXA UK plc

Barclays Bank plc

Bombardier

Boston Consulting Group

Canada Life

Carlsberg UK Limited

Carrier Trustees Limited

CEMEX UK Pension Trust Limited

Cheviot Trustees Limited (as trustee of the Cheviot Trust)

Chubb Services UK Limited

Civil Aviation Authority

Colgate-Palmolive

Cooper Tyre & Rubber Co. Europe Limited

Crest Nicolson plc

G4S plc

Hayward Tyler Pension Plan Trustees

HSBC Bank Plc

Hydro Aluminium Deeside Ltd

Hyperion Insurance Group Limited

IMI plc

ING Bank NV

Invensys Pension Scheme Trustee Limited (as trustee of the Invensys Pension Plan)

Irish Pensions Trust Limited

John Menzies

Lancaster Landmark Hotel Company Limited

Lyondell Chemical Europe inc.

McLaren Technology Group Limited

Mercer

MS Amlin plc

Nordea Bank

Norsk Hydro/SAPA

NPSO Limited (now Pay.UK Ltd)

Olympus Management Limited

Orange SA

P&H Pensions Trustee Limited

Punter Southall Aspire Ltd

QBE

Renishaw plc

Rothesay Life

Royal Bank of Canada

Stena AB

Stena Drilling Limited (company, previously have advised the trustees)

Stena Line Ltd

Sun Life of Canada

Terra Firma

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 Commonwealth Bank of Australia (UK) Staff Benefits Scheme

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

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology Tier 3

The practice at Norton Rose Fulbright includes Ian Giles, who handles anti-trust/competition matters for life sciences clients, and Milana Chamberlain, a corporate finance lawyer who brings 'huge knowledge and passion' to her specialism in business ethics and anti-corruption. She advises clients on areas such as the UK Modern Slavery Act and  human rights in supply chains. The team's varied skills assist clients ranging from big pharma to biotech startups.

Other key lawyers:

Ian Giles; Jonathan Ball; Milana Chamberlain

Testimonials

Norton Rose Fulbright have a strong life science team with a good blend of functional expertise and they are all nice people to deal with – lawyers with a human touch.’

Milana Chamberlin has provided excellent advice and guidance with huge knowledge and passion for her subject.’

Key clients

BSN Medical

GlaxoSmithKline

Malin Corporation Plc

Oxford Nanopore Technologies

Pfizer

Reckitt Benckiser

Professional negligence Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright's 'strong team' stands out for its financial services sector expertise; it handles high-value claims involving financial institutions, asset managers, solicitors, accountants, actuaries, insolvency practitioners, stockbrokers and insurance brokers, as well as claims involving pensions and property professionals. The team also offers contentious regulatory experience and handles professional negligence disputes relating to regulatory matters. The London team utilises the firm's global network of offices to advise clients across various jurisdictions and the team is instructed by a raft of leading insurers. It represented five directors of Asa Resource Group (in administration) in an unfair prejudice petition brought by two shareholders of the company. Of counsel Helen Fairhead is 'very bright and tenacious, with great attention-to-detail'. Liam O’Connell has joined DAC Beachcroft LLP and Angela Savin has joined KPMG United Kingdom.

Practice head(s):

Peter Scott

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

Kirsty Hick is a great partner; as well as being highly knowledgeable about the black letter law issues, she is great with clients and defence counsel, and she is pragmatic and diplomatic, but not afraid to stand her ground when required.

Michelle George is thoughtful, analytical and strategic in her approach to cases, always commercially minded, and delivers outstanding results for her clients.

Paul Morris is unflappable and very easy to deal with.

 

Key clients

Beazley

Brit

Hyperion

Liberty Specialty Markets

Lloyds Banking Group

Marsh & McLennan Companies

Ironshore  Europe Limited /Pembroke Managing Agency Limited

QBE

Axa XL (XL Catlin)

AJ Gallagher

PwC

Swiss Re

Neon

Aspen

Barbican

Property finance Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright is known for its CMBS and residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) expertise, as well as for its strength in sharia-compliant investment and development finance, senior and mezzanine lending, and loan portfolio sales. Clients include lenders and borrowers, among them banks, real estate investment managers and property developers. The team is jointly led by Sarah Cullen, who regularly advises on domestic and cross-border debt financing and commercial and residential development financing, and Dan Kennedy, who handles complex new money and restructuring deals for borrowers and lenders.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Cullen; Dan Kennedy

Other key lawyers:

Richard Hughes

Testimonials

It’s the combination of being the trusted adviser and enjoyable to work with which makes this team so special. You want to be on their side.

Sarah Cullen is a standout. She’s a pleasure to deal with and the go-to person for real estate finance work.

Norton Rose Fulbright has done a lot of high-profile financing work where scale, speed and institutional counterparties are all key factors. That complexity requires a firm with resources and leadership that knows how to lead to ensure efficiency and targeted delivery.

Sarah Cullen is succinct, decisive and commercial.  Her guidance and leadership have been excellent.

Norton Rose Fulbright provides a good service for real estate finance, with strong partners and associates.

Dan Kennedy is very thorough, detail oriented and able to explain in a clear and concise way what the key issues are, distilling complex issues into simple commercial points for his clients. He is client friendly, commercial and also able to defuse tense negotiations with his calm manner. He makes great efforts to be available for his clients and is very hands on.

Key clients

AEW Europe

Al Rayan Bank

The Arora family

Bank of China

Civitas Social Housing

Crest Nicholson plc

Deutsche Finance

DBS Bank

Eco World

GLL Real Estate Partners

HB Reavis

HSBC

Invesco

Ivanhoé Cambridge

Lloyds Bank plc

Münchener Hypothekenbank

The Northview Group

PPHE Group

RBS

Santander

SNIPUT

Stanbic IBTC Bank

The Standard Bank of South Africa

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Yoo Capital

Bank ABC

Danby Investments

Harlequins RFC

Standard Chartered Bank

First Rand Bank

Tax litigation and investigations Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright's active practice includes tax investigations. negotiations with authorities, tax tribunals, public law remedies, as well as tax governance and risk management issues, particularly in relation to new corporate criminal offences of failing to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion. The team is led by tax all-rounder Dominic Stuttaford, who is a highly experienced litigator. Angela Savin left the team for KPMG United Kingdom in December 2018.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Stuttaford

Other key lawyers:

Chris Bates; Matthew Hodkin; Ruth Cowley; Katie Stephen; Michael Alliston

Key clients

BMW

G4S plc

HSBC

Lloyds Banking Group

NDS Group Limited (formerly NDS Group plc)

Shire Pharmaceuticals Group

Hudson Contract Services

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright is active on transactional work and disputes in the media and entertainment space. It advises on M&A, joint ventures, network sharing and outsourcing matters, while IP, regulatory, financing, brand management and investment matters are also key areas of activity for the team. Its global footprint means it is well-placed to advise on cross-border mandates. The telecoms, sports, publishing, advertising and broadcasting sectors are notable areas of expertise.

PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright stands out through its dual expertise in trade mark prosecution, including portfolio management, enforcement, registration strategies and commercialisation, and reputation management through the use of defamation, advertising and media law. As part of the firm's global network, the group is very well versed in cross-border work and often acts for major international corporations. The financial services, life sciences and healthcare, mining and commodities, and technology sectors are particularly busy areas of work. Clare Jackman directs the practice.

Practice head(s):

Clare Jackman

Key clients

Aardman Animations Limited

Barclays Plc

BNP Paribas SA

Energizer

Koch Industries

Lumira DX

McLaren Applied Technologies

McLaren Racing Limited

Pancho Music

Vispring Limited

Property litigation Tier 4

Working in close conjunction with its real estate transactional and various other departments, Norton Rose Fulbright's workload frequently pertains to contentious matters arising from property portfolios, property developments and corporate insolvency scenarios as well as landlord and tenant relationships. Clients include investors, developers, landlords, financial institutions, joint venture partners and corporate occupiers. David Stevens heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

David Stevens

Key clients

57 Whitehall Sarl

BMO Global Asset Management

BNP Paribas Real Estate

Civitas Social Housing

Commerz Real

Deliveroo

WELPUT

HB Reavis

IMI

Ivanhoe Cambridge

McLaren

Park Plaza Hotel Group

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Schroder Real Estate

Thales Properties

Shipping Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright's London team is 'highly professional and is quick to take action'. Aided by its global footprint, the team handles a range of complex and cross-border shipping mandates including contractual, shipbuilding and dry shipping disputes; and marine casualty and admiralty disputes. It is also active across marine insurance, regulatory matters, insolvency, mortgage enforcement, sanctions work and accident investigations. The team continues to act for Empire Bulkers on claims relating to the collision between MV Eleni and a container vessel outside Vietnam. Department head Philip Roche handles marine insurance and general commercial disputes. The team has recently lost several key figures to Kennedys, namely; Patrick Foss, Chris Zavos and Jo Ward.

Practice head(s):

Philip Roche

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Winter; Marie Kelly; Matthew Plaistowe; Emma Burrage

Testimonials

‘Good communication between team members keeps everybody in the loop.’

‘There is a good network within the firm to get input from specialised colleagues if needed.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable, professional, pragmatic and fast acting.’

Charlotte Winter is a very practical and knowledgeable shipping litigator.

Key clients

AIG

Beazley

Carnival Corporation

Dubai Ports World

Japan P&I Club

Markel

Munich Re

Pembroke

P&O Ferries

QBE

Rio Tinto

RBS

Standard Chartered Bank

Stena

Axa XL (XL Catlin)

Brit Global Specialty

Canopius

Marsh

Swiss Re

Global Ship Lease

Trinity House

Acquisition finance Tier 5

Frequently teaming up with practitioners from across the firm's vast network of offices, Norton Rose Fulbright's expertise lies in handling multi-jurisdictional acquisition finance mandates for banks, funds and corporates. Team head, Michael Ings, has a particularly strong reputation in handling corporate lending and acquisition finance mandates within the telecoms/media sector, and is also often involved in transactions with a nexus to Africa.  Michael Black is also a key member of the team and adds a unique perspective by virtue of his asset based lending prowess.

Practice head(s):

Michael Ings

Other key lawyers:

Michael Black; James Dunnett; Tom Meredith

Key clients

Africa Finance Corporation

AIG

Al Rayan Bank

AT&T

Bank of America

Bank of China

Bankmed

Balfour Beatty

BHP

BMW

Bombardier

BP

Brookfield

Cell C

Citi

Crédit Agricole

DBS Bank

Deutsche Bank

Ministry of Finance of Angola

Domino’s Pizza

ExxonMobil

GSK

HSBC

ICBC

IMI Group

International Finance Corporation

ING

JP Morgan

Marubeni

Macquarie

McLaren

Mizuho

Rio Tinto

Rosneft Oil

Royal Bank of Canada

Proparco

Shell

SNC Lavalin

Standard Bank

Standard Chartered Bank

Trinity Mirror

Tullow

Turk Telekomünikasyon

Wells Fargo

United Overseas Bank

Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi

Guarantco

TowerShare

Danaos

Mercuria Energy

Employment: employers Tier 5

Paul Griffin leads the London employment and labour department at Norton Rose Fulbright, which is adept at handling non-contentious and contentious employment mandates, including data protection and privacy law issues, TUPE, disputes and cross-border work. Griffin is very experienced in international employment matters, and is well known for handling instructions from the transport, financial services and technology sectors. Catrina Smith is noted for her experience in assisting clients from the life sciences, infrastructure and energy sectors, while of counsel Nick Howard is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Paul Griffin

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

BMW

Pfizer

Starr International

Crédit Agricole

Bombardier

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

Norton Rose Fulbright handles cross-border M&A matters through an interconnected network of international offices, including North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Key sector expertise includes energy, infrastructure, mining and commodities, transport, technology and life sciences, with work coordinated by the team in London. The team is led by Raj Karia, who specialises in public and private multi-jurisdictional M&A, with clients including international corporations and investment banks. Glenn Hall has rejoined the firm having spent time as Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and the team was also boosted by four new promotions to the partnership during 2019. Chris Pearson, who was part of the firm's team which advised the Takeover Panel Executive on the competitive bids for Sky by Fox, Disney and Comcast, recently relocated to the firm's New York office.

Practice head(s):

Raj Karia

Other key lawyers:

Paul Whitelock; Alan Bainbridge; Kimberley Wood; Stephen Rigby; Chris Viner

Testimonials

A strong practice, with the global nature of the firm giving it good links across the world

Paul Whitelock is a very commercial lawyer with great Takeover Code knowledge

Key clients

AIG

Bank of Montreal

Barrick Gold

BHP Billiton

BMW

BP plc

Brookfield

CME Group

Delta Air Lines

HSBC

Lloyds Banking Group

Magnatu Capital

Orange SA

Rio Tinto

Santander

SNC-Lavalin Group

Teliasonera AB

Terra Firma Capital Partners

Trinity Mirror

Vodafone

3M

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 6

Co-headed by Sarah Coucher and James StonebridgeNorton Rose Fulbright's 'effective and impressive' eight-partner team provides a compelling blend of 'strong legal analysis and practical business-focused insights' to banks, funds, and corporates engaged in contentious and non-contentious insolvency matters. The team is particularly active in core sector areas of strength for the firm as a whole, including transport and energy-related restructurings and insolvencies. Praised for his 'measured and sensible approach', Mark Craggs is developing a strong reputation for a range of stakeholders, particularly in relation to cross-border matters.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Coucher; James Stonebridge

Other key lawyers:

Hamish Anderson; John Verrill; Mark Craggs; Simon Jerrum; Helen Fairhead

Testimonials

‘Not only is their knowledge of insolvency law – both domestic and international – second to none, but also their tactical capabilities and judgement are spot on.’

‘Mark Craggs is very practical and commercial in his approach.’

‘John Verrill’s knowledge on insolvency litigation – law and practice – is simply breathtaking.’

‘Simon Jerrum is very impressive.’

Key clients

Administrators to Maxwell Communications

Assured Guaranty

AG Trustee of Lehman Brothers

BDO

Credit Suisse

Daiichi Chuo KK and Star Bulk Carrier Co

Nordea

Grant Thornton UK LLP

KPMG

Lloyds Banking Group

Royal Bank of Canada

Wells Fargo

Standard Bank of South Africa

Nederlandse Financierings – Maatschappijvoor Ontwikkelingslanden

Commerzbank

Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund

EXIAR Global Panel

Rand Merchant Bank

Danaos

Mercuria Energy

Intellectual property Tier 6

Norton Rose Fulbright leverages its position as 'a high-quality international law firm with global reach' with a 'technically strong' intellectual property team. Michael (Mike) Knapper is a key name to note, particularly for commercial arrangements involving intellectual property elements, while Clare Jackman, who is qualified as a lawyer and a chartered trade mark attorney, specialises in brand and trade mark portfolio management. Jonathan Ball and Huw Evans left to Gowling WLG.

Practice head(s):

Michael Knapper

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Delta Airlines

Anatoly Efes

Bloomberg

Hitachi Nuclear Engineering

LumiraX

UBS

Sport Tier 6

Norton Rose Fulbright's global platform hands the London team an edge over smaller domestic firms on cross-border and global matters, and the firm's team primarily focuses on international transactions, disputes and regulatory work with a UK aspect. The team is led by corporate specialist Stephen Rigby, who has built a niche area of specialism in advising overseas investors into UK football clubs. He works alongside corporate finance specialist Claire O’Donnell.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Rigby

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

McLaren

Envision Virgin Racing

British Racing Drivers Club Limited

Crusaders Cricket Australia Inc.

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

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

 

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.

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

Department Name Email Telephone
Global chief executive Peter Martyr
Global chair Stephen Parish
Banking and finance Nick Grandage
Corporate, M&A and securities Ava Yaskiel
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

Norton Rose Fulbright impressed applicants with its 'global presence and solid reputation' and 'niche high-end practices, such as shipping and aviation'. 'International secondment opportunities are second to none', scoring NRF a well-deserved Lex 100 Winner medal in this category. Many were also lured by the 'office views and location' although it was agreed that the 'canteen food could be better'. 'The culture is healthy' at NRF, as the firm boasts a 'flexible modern approach to work' with 'generally friendlier hours' than similar-sized global firms. Some respondents were not so happy with the seat allocation process, which they felt was 'not always transparent and often quite delayed and stressful'. One new recruit commented that 'supervision can be weak at times' and on some occasions trainees worked 'until 4am every night for a week' on particular deals, resulting in some 'tough months'. But this isn't always the case; work highlights included 'being involved in an £18bn merger', 'being selected for a diversity roundtable with the Prime Minister' and 'reading about my first IPO in the Financial Times the next day'. No wonder that NRF has collected two more Lex 100 Winner medals for a brilliant vacation scheme and confidence of being kept on, with trainees also commending the 'approachability of partners and supervisors'. Recruits appreciate that the firm encourages pro bono opportunities; they are 'required to do two sessions per seat at a Croydon law clinic' which many found extremely interesting and satisfying. If a firm with a 'focus on innovation' which offers applicants 'high-quality training and international exposure' attracts you, take a closer look at Norton Rose Fulbright.