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Shepherd and Wedderburn

CONDOR HOUSE, 10 ST PAUL'S CHURCHYARD, LONDON, EC4M 8AL, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7429 4900
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Fax 020 7329 5939
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98945 CHEAPSIDE-2
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www.shepwedd.com

London: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 7

Shepherd and Wedderburn

The ‚Äėdown-to-earth‚Äô practice at¬†Shepherd and Wedderburn¬†delivers ‚Äėhigh quality specialist advice‚Äô and ‚Äėhands-on attention from partners‚Äô, with a client roster which includes Teva, BT, Skyscanner and Heineken.¬† The firm‚Äôs competition team is now led by¬†Gordon Moir¬†following¬†John Schmidt's departure to¬†Arnold & Porter. Moir and solicitor advocate¬†John MacKenzie¬†continued to act for the European Competitive Telecoms Association on its intervention on behalf of the EC in the case of Orange Polska v EC. Consultant¬†Annemaree McDonough¬†is noted for her experience in regulatory matters in the telecoms sector, while¬†Guy Harvey¬†and¬†Claire Stockford¬†are important team members on the contentious competition side.

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Flotations: small and mid-cap
Flotations: small and mid-cap - ranked: tier 4

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Walter Blake heads up the practice at Shepherd and Wedderburn, where 'the transaction proceeds in an easier and more efficient manner'. In addition to having a team in London, the firm also counts on the experience of practitioners based in Scotland, including Stephen Trombala and George Frier. In 2017, Blake and Frier advised Collagen Solutions on its £8m placing and open offer. The two practitioners also assisted Satellite Solutions with a number of transactions, including its £8m share placing on AIM, and various related strategic acquisitions. European Assets Trust NV, Cairn Energy Plc, Cenkos Securities, Bowleven Plc and Numis Securities are among other clients.

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M&A: smaller deals up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals up to £50m - ranked: tier 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Real estate, technology, energy and natural resources are particular sector strengths for the team at Shepherd and Wedderburn, which has clients ranging from large corporates to fast-growing businesses. Carl Powlson leads the practice; alongside Philip Knowles, he advised Accrue Capital on its £43m acquisition of 100% of the share capital of seven Isle of Man incorporated companies from Harwood Real Estate, and acted for ICG-Longbow on various acquisitions, including two for £51.4m, made through a joint venture vehicle. Walter Blake assisted Satellite Solutions Worldwide Group with its equity fundraising in connection with the acquisition of wireless broadband provider Quickline Communications, as well as other acquisitions in Norway and Australia. The team has also acted for a number of overseas corporates: Andrew Blain, who splits his time between London and Edinburgh, advised Austria-based Andritz on the acquisition of a majority shareholding in key supplier Powerlase Photonics. Senior associate Tom Swan is also noted.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 8

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn  is 'excellent on every level'. The team acted for a financial services client on two significant claims, including contractual damages allegations against a Ghanaian company. Claire Stockford is a commercial disputes barrister; and senior associate Ben Pilbrow is 'very calm and analytical'. Philip Sewell joined from Maclay Murray & Spens, while former commercial disputes head Guy Harvey retired from the firm but remains a disputes funding consultant, and Jane Wessel joined Arnold & Porter.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 4

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn represents British independent exploration and production companies in cross-border M&A and capital market transactions, and is described as 'the best oil and gas outfit in Scotland and one of the best in the UK' by one client. Practice head Stephen Trombala 'has strong business acumen and provides a dedicated team' which 'is plugged into the oil and gas market'. Petrolneos appointed the group to develop a suite of procurement suites for its relationships with third party supplier and contractors, while Trombala advised Celtique Energie on the sale of two of interests in two French permits to Investaq Energie. The 'thorough, knowledgeable' and recently promoted partner Ben Pilbrow  'is a rising star'; he has vast experience representing clients across all forms of dispute resolution including international arbitration and mediation. Also recently made partner is Tom Swan who acts in regulatory and corporate matters.

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Water
Water - ranked: tier 3

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn 'is without peer in its understanding of the water industry, its governance and competition framework', according to one client. Clients are especially impressed by Edinburgh's 'remarkably responsive and outstanding competition lawyer' Gordon Downie who is known as 'the thinking man or woman's lawyer', and Glasgow-based Liz McRobb who 'is supportive beyond any expectation, ploughs through the most detailed documents and produces succinct informative analyses'. Water Plus, a new commercial water retailer created by Severn Trent and United Utilities, appointed the team to draft and negotiate its ITaaS outsourcing arrangements with Crimson, and infrastructure partner Gareth Parry continues to advise a water company on the contractual changes to the operation of a waste water treatment facility. Other highlights include providing regulatory advice to clients such as the Water Industry Commission for Scotland with regards to the retail market framework. Technology and media expert Joanna Boag-Thomson and regulation and competition partner John Grady are also key names to note.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 4

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 5

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 4

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Working across its London, Glasgow and Edinburgh offices, the team at Shepherd and Wedderburn is regularly instructed in residential and commercial development projects across the UK and has experience in the hotel sector. Investment highlights have included Jonathan Rickard advising Accrue Capital on the £48.2m acquisition of a portfolio of 18 properties, and Sally Morris-Smith assisting Safestay with the sale and leaseback of three operating hostels in York and London. In the development space, Morris-Smith is acting for a property group in relation to two significant residential developments, and Stephen Hubner has been involved in a number of land transactions for house builder clients. The team has also handled letting transactions for clients including EPIC Games UK and Instant Managed Offices, and provides ongoing branch management advice to Clydesdale Bank in connection with its Yorkshire premises.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 5

Shepherd and Wedderburn

The 'excellent' team at Shepherd and Wedderburn has continued to strengthen its borrower client base, handling transactions for Accrue Capital and Scarborough Group; practice head Jonathan Rickard, who 'can be relied upon to provide insightful and effective advice', acted for the former in relation to its £42m acquisition of eight Isle of Man-incorporated SPVs, and Patrick Bell advised the latter on a senior development facility from a syndicate of lenders in relation to the development of the Middlewood Locks site in Manchester. The firm also boasts an established lender-side practice; the team recently acted for key client ICG-Longbow Debt Investments on the £50m refinancing of the Cornbow Shopping Centre near Birmingham. Banking clients include Santander and Deutsche Hypothekenbank, which Philip Knowles advised on the £43.5m financing of the acquisition of the Capella Building in Glasgow. Stephen Hubner, Sally Morris-Smith, newly promoted partner Lauren McLeod and 'highly effective' senior associate Lucy Hall are also noted.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn is highlighted for its 'actionable advice, balanced with business acumen and industry knowledge'. Head of telecommunications, Gordon Moir, is leading a team representing BT Global Services in high value follow-on damages claim against Orange in France. In another highlight Joanna Boag-Thomson  advised Satellite Solutions Worldwide on the negotiations of its distributor arrangements with Euro Broadband Retail to expand its operations in the retail market for residential broadband across Europe. Paul Carlyle heads the group's media and technology team which regularly assists financial services sector on ICT procurement projects. Vodafone, Expereo and Sainsbury's Bank are all clients.

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