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RPC

TOWER BRIDGE HOUSE, ST KATHARINE'S WAY, LONDON, E1W 1AA, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 3060 6000
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Fax 020 3060 7000
DX:
600 LONDON CITY
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Web:
www.rpc.co.uk
Banking litigation – investment and retail Commercial contracts M&A – lower mid-market Regulatory investigations and corporate crime IT and telecoms Insurance and reinsurance litigation Professional negligence

Banking litigation – investment and retail

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RPC's conflict-free banking and finance litigation practice is a recognised market leader.

The team handles complex and high profile investment banking and fund management disputes, drawing on a rich understanding of the banking sector and the issues it faces. We have extensive experience acting for institutional investors, borrowers, and market counterparties. And, unlike most City firms, we are free to take on instructions against the major investment banks and other leading financial institutions.

What's more, as a firm steeped in litigation we have strength in depth at all levels. Among our dedicated team of specialist lawyers, a large number have joined RPC from Magic and Silver Circle firms. This strength in depth means we can provide you with whatever resources you need to pursue your litigation strategy and to go “toe to toe” with your opponents.

We are global. We regularly work with law firms in local jurisdictions as well as with our litigation colleagues in Hong Kong and Singapore. We are part of the TerraLex global network of 155 leading independent law firms and have strong connections with like-minded, high quality banking litigators in a wide variety of jurisdictions.

And we have great litigation pedigree throughout RPC.

Litigation is at the heart of our business and we know it inside out. At any one time more than half our lawyers are handling complex large scale global disputes. With over 160 litigation lawyers we build the right team for each piece of litigation. A team which is capable of handling the most complex cases in any type of dispute, whether in the High Court, the appeal courts or in arbitration.

Commercial contracts

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RPC's specialist Commercial Contracts team handles all types of commercial agreements across multiple industries, from the largest outsourcing and other projects (including joint ventures) to smaller, bespoke contracts for entrepreneurial start-ups. This gives us a vast amount of experience across different contracting models, and has helped us build a track record of delivering the most effective commercial solutions. This experience has gained us a market-leading reputation and helped us attract some of the world's biggest international brands and tech companies, and some of the best lawyers in the field.

We have excellent strength in depth. With more than 30 lawyers, we are one of the largest commercial teams in London.

We have what we consider to be an almost unique mix of specialisms, covering technology, digital, data, IP, consumer, advertising and marketing, outsourcing, licensing, sponsorship and more. This enables us to advise on some of the most cutting-edge deals for a wide range of stellar companies, and means we are perfectly placed to react to what is a quickly transforming world.

The breadth and depth of our experience means that we know what is important to each type of contract and what the current trends are. This means we bring added value to the drafting and negotiation process – by anticipating and covering off the key risks, often on tight deadlines and within fixed budgets.

In addition to advising clients on ad hoc or individual contracts, we provide a dedicated contract overflow service (much like a virtual in-house team) for some of the biggest brands in the market, many of whom are household names.

M&A – lower mid-market

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Our corporate team handles deals of all types (public, private, share sales, asset sales, joint ventures etc) and sizes. We advise across many sectors, but are best known for our strength in transactions in retail, insurance/reinsurance and technology.

We are recognised for our technical capabilities and expertise as much as our commerciality, investing significantly in getting under the skin of our clients' business.

For us, having the right people is key. RPC has consistently recruited from Magic Circle and top US firms – people who are attracted to our distinctive culture and progressive way of working, as well as the quality of the mandates we handle.

We understand the level of service which a sophisticated client expects, and we deliver. And we are able to provide that service in a far more cost-effective manner than many of our larger competitors, focusing always on being Partner-led.

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

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RPC's financial crime team has significant experience conducting complex, multi-jurisdictional internal investigations into allegations of financial crime within corporate clients, covering corruption, sanctions and money-laundering issues. We regularly defend financial crime actions by a range of regulators and prosecutors, including the SFO, FCA and National Crime Agency (NCA), including representing corporate clients at interviews under caution.

The team conducts and advises on corporate compliance programmes, particularly in the area of anti-bribery and corruption, including global risk assessments, procedures, third-party management workflows, appropriate technology configuration and risk mitigation plans.

We offer training to corporate clients on financial crime laws and compliance best practices and advise corporates on the financial crime risks associated with business decisions, including entering new jurisdictions, M&A, and engaging new third parties.

The arrival of Sam Tate positions RPC at the forefront of the business crime field. Sam is a recognised expert in this area who has a history of working on significant investigations and compliance projects with FTSE 100/250 companies, and has already led numerous major matters since joining RPC. He is to our knowledge the only partner in London with significant recent anti-corruption in-house experience at a major FTSE 100 company and experience of US/UK monitorship teams. This experience gives clients access to a holistic and practical approach to complex cross-border corruption issues.

IT and telecoms

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Technology is one of the key areas of focus for RPC. We are continuing to invest heavily in developing the services we can offer our clients. Our large team is now widely recognised by our competitors for its strength and depth of experience.

We are well known for the impressive range of clients we support, from global tech suppliers to digital and new media companies, financial services giants to retail and media household names.

We provide an integrated and full range of services. We have the expertise to advise on technology M&A, major technology procurement, start-up high tech businesses, technology-related insurance issues (particularly cyber risk insurance) and both customers and suppliers on major technology disputes. Our portfolio of tech related clients and the work we do for them has grown rapidly. In many cases those clients now instruct us on their most significant deals and disputes.

Whilst we cover a range of FinTech work, our particular focus is on InsurTech. We are uniquely placed to be able to provide technology advice both to InsurTech suppliers and to established insurance players, by bringing together our wider technology capability with our market-leading insurance practice. We also provide legal support to RPC's own InsurTech start up business, which licenses its "Tyche" software to insurance and reinsurance companies.

Insurance and reinsurance litigation

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A powerhouse in the insurance market, RPC has supported the sector in handling litigation throughout the world for over 70 years.

Our service goes beyond simply advising on the law. Our innate understanding of the commercial context in which insurance companies operate, means we help our insurance clients navigate complex business issues, as well as purely legal ones.

We offer the complete legal package covering claims, coverage and recoveries across all commercial lines of business to insurers, reinsurers, brokers, financiers and other intermediaries across the globe.

Over a third of our practice involves working on international claims, handling global disputes work from our UK, Hong Kong and Singapore offices. We also call upon our international best friend network of law firms to provide local expertise where necessary. This helps us ensure we find the right local lawyer for the job thereby keeping cost and indemnity spend down.

Professional negligence

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RPC has one of the largest and most well-respected professional indemnity practices, with extensive experience defending many professions including lawyers, accountants, brokers, financial advisors, construction professionals and others.

The firm has for many years advised on some of the highest profile and complex claims, whether based on negligence, misrepresentations or breach of contract or involving regulatory/disciplinary issues. Our client list includes global, national and London Market insurers, brokers, Lloyd’s syndicates and the insureds themselves, be they construction companies, law firms or asset managers. We have specialist teams focusing on the core professions, enabling us to understand the unique industries and regulations that professionals operate within, and gain their trust to solve their most complex business problems.

Our core areas of expertise cover:

  • Accountants, pensions and actuaries
  • Brokers E&O
  • Construction professionals
  • Lawyers
  • Surveyors and property professionals
  • Technology and media

Legal Developments by:
RPC

  • Cancelling insurance: insolvency and downgrade clauses

    One of the most common concerns for both parties to an insurance contract (including reinsurance) is that the other party might become insolvent and unable to perform its obligations under the contract. Both insurer and insured will therefore wish to have the right to cancel the insurance mid-term in the event of the other party’s insolvency, or a change in its financial circumstances that makes its insolvency a more likely prospect in the near future.
    - Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP

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