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Raj Karia

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Corporate, M&A and securities; Energy; Infrastructure, mining and commodities

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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Norton Rose Fulbright's blue-chip client base includes GlaxoSmithKline, Carlsberg and HSBC. Raj Karia leads the team, which assists clients with negotiating manufacturing and supply agreements, collaboration arrangements and services agreements. It also advises on matters such as contract process management (including contracts involving complex procurement and tendering processes), brand exploitation (through franchising and sponsorship) and smart contracts. In 2017, Christopher (Chris) Grieves advised Harlequin Football Club (Harlequins) on an agreement to become a strategic partner and minority shareholder in Rugby International Marketing (RIM), the commercial subsidiary of USA Rugby, as well as in digital video platform The Rugby Channel. Another notable individual is Oliver Stacey, who was the lead adviser to Vodafone in a high-profile partnership with CityFibre to deliver a full-fibre internet service to one million homes by 2021. Also recommended are James Russell, Michael (Mike) Knapper, Marcus Evans and senior associate Zayed Al Jamil.

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Flotations: small and mid-cap

Within: Flotations: small and mid-cap

Norton Rose Fulbright has an excellent track record at the upper end of the AIM market, where it advisers issuers and NOMADs on transactions involving sectors such as financial services, technology, and real estate. Stephen Rigby, who has acted for AIM clients for more than 15 years, is particularly active in the energy, oil and gas and renewable power sectors. The group includes Fiona Millington, Thomas Vita, of counsel Kevin Connolly and senior associate Christopher McCarthy, who acted for Citigroup Global Markets, finnCap, Liberum Capital and Macquarie Capital (Europe) as joint underwriters and bookrunners in a £215m equity fundraising by CityFibre Infrastructure. In another high-end mandate, Richard Sheen and senior associate Clementine Hogarth and others advised eve Sleep Plc on its £140m AIM IPO. Nicholas (Nick) Adams and recently promoted senior associate Matthew O’Shea are other key figures in the group, which is led by Raj Karia.

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M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+

Within: Leading individuals

Raj Karia - Norton Rose Fulbright

Within: M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+

Norton Rose Fulbright¬†'s practice, which is headed by¬†Raj Karia¬†,¬†¬†demonstrates ‚Äėfirst class client responsiveness and availability‚Äô, with an increasingly consolidated cross-border M&A offering.¬†The practice is strong for financial services, FinTech and distressed transactions. Representative clients include Delta Airlines, BMW, Rio Tinto and 3M. Oil and gas transactions have been significant, with¬†Kimberley Wood¬†assisting Shell with its disposal of a 45% in the Corrib gas venture to Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and¬†Stephen Rigby¬†acting for Hermes Investment Management on the acquisition of a substantial shareholding in a gas distribution network from National Grid, as part of a consortium. Other highlights included¬†Chris Viner¬†advising Mitsui group companies on the formation of a Norwegian joint venture company with AKOFS Offshore and Christopher Pearson¬†advising Trinity Mirror on its acquisition of Northern & Shell for ¬£127m.¬†Alan Bainbridge¬†is ‚Äėexcellent in terms of commerciality, board room interaction and credibility‚Äô, specialising in strategic M&A and corporate advisory work for financial institutions. Claire O‚ÄôDonnell,¬†Nicholas Berry, Victoria Birch¬†and Charlotte Henry¬†were all promoted to partner level.

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London: Finance

Emerging markets

Within: Emerging markets

Norton Rose Fulbright excels in handling a broad range of practice areas that put in a prominent position to handle high-value emerging markets transactions from London. Its strengths in trade finance, Islamic finance, infrastructure, mining, commodities, agribusiness and energy, and its in-depth local knowledge in developing markets sees it involved in transactions in Africa, Central and South East Asia and Eastern Europe. Since its merger with Chadbourne & Parke, the London office has also been increasingly involved in deals in Latin America. Charles Whitney specialises in oil and gas, power and renewable energy project financings involving export credit agencies and multilateral financial institutions, notably in Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East. He advised the lenders on combined financings of $2.5bn for the the Southern Corridor Gas project, which includes the Shah Deniz gas field and TANAsP and TAP pipelines. Martin McCann is the firm’s global head of business and his finance practice is exclusively focused on emerging markets. Trade finance expert Nicholas (Nick) Grandage acted for trading house Louis Dreyfus in a financing package provided by Société Générale and Standard Chartered Bank as part of its disposal of businesses in nine African countries. Head of the firm's financial institution international business group Christopher (Chris) Brown, projects partner Mark Berry, who specialises in EPC and EPCM contracts, structured finance specialist Andrew Wood, finance partners Daniel Metcalfe and Madhavi Gosavi, mining and minerals specialist Raj Karia and Middle East and EMEA power projects specialist Chris Down all play key roles in the practice. Senior associate Daniel Giemajner, who handles cross-border project financings and other structured finance transactions in Africa, is a rising star.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Mining and minerals

Within: Leading individuals

Raj Karia - Norton Rose Fulbright

Within: Mining and minerals

Described simply as 'the best' by one client, the 'excellent' mining and minerals team at Norton Rose Fulbright advised CBG on the expansion of its Sangaredi bauxite mine in western Guinea which involves the construction of additional rail and port infrastructure. Global practice head Martin McCann acted for Yara in the financing and development of their new potash mine in Ethiopia and the associated port terminal in Djibouti. On the banking side, the client-recommended Simon FT Cox handled the issuance of guaranteed notes on behalf of longstanding client Petropavlosk to raise funds for the refinancing of loans provided pursuant to its banking facilities. Holly Stebbing is also a key name to note alongside corporate practice head Raj Karia , projects specialist Mark Berry and dispute resolution expert Neil O’May.

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