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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Osborne Clarke LLP leverages its UK and international network to handle all types of commercially-sensitive and high-value domestic and cross-border agreements. One of the sweet spots of the practice is in digital business, media and advertising, where members of the team advise on outsourcing, general commercial contracts (including supply, agency, advertising and cooperation agreements) and IT contracts. The team, which is jointly led by John Buyers and Lara Burch, also has a wealth of experience of agreements connected with highly regulated industries, such as energy, healthcare/life sciences, financial services and transport (particularly rail). Burch, Will Robertson and others advise Western Power Distribution on all of its procurement contracts, including those for key equipment and assets, such as switchgear and IT contractcs. Another client is medical products supplier GAMA Healthcare, for whom Burch, and senior associates Zoe Hodgins and Jane Whitcombe have developed a suite of contracts to facilitate the distribution of its products by distributors across multiple jurisdictions, as well as distribution agreements where the client is the distributor for another manufacturer's products. Simon Spooner, Mark Taylor, Nick Johnson and Ian McKenzie are among other recommended individuals. In 2017, Tamara Quinn and Nina Cummins joined from Berwin Leighton Paisner and Facebook respectively.

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South West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Bristol

Within: Corporate and commercial: Bristol

Osborne Clarke¬†is noted for its ‚Äėexcellent strength in depth‚Äô and has continued to expand its team through a number of promotions and junior-level hires, in part to keep pace with its rapidly increasing work flows in 2017-2018. The practice's sector expertise spans digital business, corporate real estate, infrastructure, and investment funds; one of the team‚Äôs most unique features is its capability across the spectrum of funds-related mandates, from fund-backed M&A to fund formation. Alisdair Livingstone¬†advised Lloyds Development Capital and the senior management of A-Gas on the sale of A-Gas International to KKR, while the team assisted Deutsche Alternative Asset Management with the structuring and establishment of the Europe II Fund, which achieved ‚ā¨588m at its first close. Helen Parsonage¬†is another key contact in the funds team.¬†The practice is also able to devise flexible payment schemes for promising start-ups and early-stage businesses.¬†The ‚Äėprofessional and reliable‚Äô Simon Jones¬†acted for Prodigy Finance, a fintech start-up, in a financing round involving venture capital funders Index Ventures, Balderton Capital, and AlphaCode. Mark Wesker¬†assisted Actual Experience with a bookbuilding exercise through a new ordinary share placement, and Matthew Lewis¬†has been involved in high-value cross-border disposals in the energy industry. Conrad Davies, Simon Spooner¬†and David Ferris¬†are additional contacts.

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South West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Osborne Clarke¬†¬†provides ‚Äėpragmatic solutions‚Äô and is noted for its strength the digital business sector. Will Robertson¬†heads the team and has a particular focus on technology and privacy law; he advised Bunnings in relation to a variety of business-critical IT projects for its newly acquired company Homebase. Tom Harding¬†heads the interactive entertainment practice and advises Microsoft in relation to multi-jurisdictional content acquisition and licensing deals. Senior Associate Eleanor Locke¬†specialises in commercial contracts, software arrangements and IP issues. Charlie Wedin¬†focuses on litigation and acted for Dell in a dispute against Lebanese company Systems Equipment Telecommunications Service, which claims to have exclusive rights to sell Dell products in Lebanon. Mark Wesker¬†, Simon Spooner¬†and Peter Clough¬†are also recommended.

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