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Simmons & Simmons
CITYPOINT
ONE ROPEMAKER STREET
LONDON
EC2Y 9SS
London

Derivatives (including commodities) Tier 1

Simmons & Simmons has a large team of experts and senior partners advising across the full range of commodities and derivatives transactions, and it continues to expand its range of expertise. The firm stands out for having great depth of expertise on both the buy-side and the sell-side of the derivatives market. It is a key adviser to the hedge fund and institutional asset manager community, as well as acting for numerous international investment banks across the full range of asset classes including credit, equity, commodity, rates and FX, and funding wrappers including OTC, cleared and exchange-traded derivatives. Head of derivatives Allan Yip acts primarily for buy-side firms and advises asset managers on all aspects of their trading relationships with market counterparties. Sean Bulmer handles securitised and OTC derivatives transactions as well as SPV structured finance transactions. Matthew Hebburn joined from Allen & Overy LLP to spearhead the firm's sell-side OTC derivatives practice. Regulatory expert Rosali Pretorius has more than 20 years’ experience in advising on broker-dealer, asset management and bank regulation as well as derivatives and funds. Associate Oliver West is a rising star. On the commodity derivatives side, Jonathan Melrose leads the practice and specialises in UK and European regulation. Counsel Joanna Williams is also recommended, while managing associate Marcin Perzanowski joined from Mayer Brown International LLP.

Employment: employers Tier 1

Simmons & Simmons’ employment practice is highly regarded for its work on complex and reputationally sensitive matters, including #MeToo investigations, whistleblowing issues and senior misconduct, and recently led on a high-profile investigation for Baker McKenzie into the firm's handling of sexual assault allegations against a senior partner. The practice also stands out for its expertise in big-ticket litigation, particularly for financial services sector clients, and in multijurisdictional work which requires a deep understanding of domestic, European and international regulations. Several professionals in the team have significant in-house experience. Another recent highlight saw the firm act in the Supreme Court for headhunter Mary Caroline Tillman on a closely watched restrictive covenant dispute. Julian Taylor heads the practice, while Mark Hewland is another name to note.

Fraud: civil Tier 1

The team at Simmons & Simmons has recently been involved in what has been dubbed "the UK's biggest fraud trial", advising former Autonomy CFO Sushovan Hussain on the multibillion-dollar claim brought by Hewlett-Packard over alleged fraudulent misrepresentations made about the financial state of the company. The top-end City firm, which has expertise in civil, criminal, and parallel regulatory parallel proceedings, also handles cross-border asset tracing and international enforcement of judgments, and is seeing an increase in work from high-net-worth individuals in Central and Eastern Europe and Russia. Other clients include FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies. Team co-head Nick Benwell handles large-scale, multijurisdictional and sensitive fraud investigations, working with the 'fabulous' Patrick Boylan, who has a focus on fraud disputes emanating from the CIS, Asia and various offshore jurisdictions. Stephen Gentle is also recommended.

Hedge funds Tier 1

Simmons & Simmons' market-leading reputation sees it act for more than three quarters of the largest UK and European hedge fund managers, over half of the largest US managers and over a third of the largest Asian hedge fund managers. At the other end of the spectrum, the firm also has a standout capability acting for start-up managers. Practice head Richard Perry, who has been a partner since 1999, is at the forefront of regulatory issues impacting the hedge funds industry and was a key player in the launch of the firm's Irish funds practice in 2018. Iain Cullen led a team advising Brevan Howard on the launch of the Brevan Howard Alpha Strategies Fund; this has a two-legged Cayman master feeder structure with feeders domiciled in the Cayman Islands and Delaware managed by Brevan Howard Capital Management LP in Jersey ,with the portfolio management being carried out from Geneva and London. Other mandates from clients have also involved issues connected with Brexit, the Senior Managers & Certification Regime (SMCR) and European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) Initial Margin. Dale Gabbert has more than 20 years of hedge funds experience. Devarshi SaksenaLucian Firth and managing associate Sarah Crabb are also names to note.

M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m Tier 1

Simmons & Simmons handles corporate transactional and advisory work for financial institutions and asset management clients, as well as corporates in the TMT, healthcare and life sciences sectors. The firm has also developed a Brexit specialism in relation to M&A activity, and has offered the UK Government transactional advice. A further area of interest has been shareholder activism, where Simmons has worked with clients including Elliott Advisors on structuring transactions and guidance on methods of both public and private engagement with directors and shareholders of listed companies. Examples include the firm's advice to Elliott Advisors in relation to its holding in Sky and the two competing offers by 21st Century Fox and Comcast, as well as the implications of the merger between 21 Century Fox and Walt Disney. The firm operates from both London and Bristol, with Giles Dennison heading the practice in the City.

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology Tier 1

The Simmons & Simmons healthcare and life sciences group is headed by Michael Gavey (together with Alexandre Regniault  in Paris). Its client roster ranges from major pharmaceutical and medical device and biotech companies to healthcare operators and charities such as the Institute of Cancer Research. Gavey also heads the IP team and digital health group and assists clients with IP-related transactions, regulatory regimes and compliance. Michael Burdon and Scott Parker deal with patent litigation, often involving multiple jurisdictions. Charles Mayo is a corporate partner who advises on a wide range of commercial and finance matters. Associate Lydia Torne is noted for her IP transactional and regulatory compliance work involving a range of healthcare products.

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime Tier 1

Simmons & Simmons advises clients on international investigations involving corporate crime and contentious regulatory matters in sectors including financial services, TMT, healthcare and energy. With a cross-practice team of experts from areas including litigation, competition, employment and tax, the firm has experience dealing with claims including corruption, fraud, money laundering and sanction matters. The firms handles investigations by a wide range of organisations including the  deals with investigations by the National Crime Agency, The Serious Fraud Office, the Financial Conduct Authority, the CMA and HMRC. Nick Benwell co-heads the team and advises corporates and individuals on corruption, money laundering and fraud-related matters. Stephen Gentle, who leads the team alongside Benwell, focuses on fraud, money laundering, sanctions and bribery matters, with clients describing the pair as 'an all-star combination'.  Of counsel Cherie Spinks is recommended for her criminal law expertise. Satyen Dhana joined as partner from CMS.

Tax litigation and investigations Tier 1

The dedicated contentious tax department at Simmons & Simmons handles the spectrum of civil and criminal tax disputes and contentious matters and, following the arrival of Monique Van Herksen from Ernst & Young Global Limited in 2018, has a dedicated transfer pricing specialist. The group, which is led by experienced tax litigator Nick Skerrett, is particularly strong in the investment management space, but also regularly advises clients on contentious VAT and environmental tax matters. Darren Oswick is another name to note, specialising in transfer pricing, corporate avoidance matters, financial instruments, dividend claims and employment taxes. Managing associate Heather Rowlands has experience in judicial reviews and appeals before the courts in the UK, India and the Cayman Islands.

VAT and indirect tax Tier 1

Simmons & Simmons has a truly full-service VAT and indirect tax offering, which covers transactional, advisory and contentious matters, predominantly for asset managers and funds; a capability boosted by the arrival of Jo Crookshank and Bryn Reynolds from Ernst & Young Global Limited in 2018. The group is also noted for its expertise in issues traditionally handled by accountancy firms, such as VAT partial exemptions and capital goods scheme accounting. Other areas of expertise include minimising VAT costs in outsourcing transactions, stamp duty issues relating to equity and debt capital markets and handling the variety of real estate taxes. Darren Oswick leads the team, which includes Martin Shah and Hatice Ismail, while Nick Skerrett leads on contentious matters.

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 2

Simmons & Simmons' practice 'has excellent industry-leading knowledge'. It is focused exclusively on contentious work for financial institutions, asset managers and hedge funds, and combines expertise in financial markets litigation, investigations, and financial crime. Representative work includes LIBOR, EURIBOR, FX benchmarking, and major product mis-selling claims. Tim Boyce is financial markets litigation practice head, Richard Bunce is 'able to see the big picture and advise on strategy', Ed Crosse is a 'tremendous commercial litigator', and Alexander Thavenot is 'responsive to client demands and has an impressive strategic handle on matters'. Other widely respected partners include senior partner Colin Passmore, as well as Robert TurnerCaroline Hunter-Yeats, Robert Allen and Paul BakerJoanna Pearson relocated to the London office from Singapore, and Adam Brown and Elizabeth Williams were promoted to the partnership.

Commercial litigation Tier 2

Simmons & Simmons' 'clients get an all-round service from committed lawyers who know their business'. The commercial litigation team has expertise in complex contractual, boardroom and joint venture disputes that are often cross-border. UK dispute resolution practice head Ian Hammond  defended a £1.5bn claim against Grant Thornton, brought by Robert Tchenguiz, which alleged conspiracy with the Serious Fraud Office in relation to an investigation into the Tchenguiz brothers and their roles in Kaupthing Bank's collapse.  Senior partner Colin Passmore is a privilege expert  who has maintained a litigation practice alongside his management role and Patrick Boylan specialises in high-value commercial and fraud disputes. Other key advisers are Ed Crosse, Robert Turner, and managing associates Paolo Caldato and Kirsten Kitt. Chris Owen was promoted to partner.

Commercial property: investment Tier 2

The practice at Simmons & Simmons, which is led by John Kelsey, advises on a broad array of development and investment projects including skyscrapers, offices, industrial and logistic premises, mixed-use, residential and retail centres. Specific expertise encompasses forward funding, taxation and financing as well as renewable and clean tech development matters, namely wind, hydro, solar and energy from waste projects. Its hospitality practice operates on an international scale, routinely assisting on cross-border investment, construction finance and the full gamut of real estate matters.

Debt capital markets Tier 2

Simmons & Simmons is recommended for the 'enthusiasm and accessibility of its partners', and one client remarks that it has 'a strong team of individuals with deep experience and expertise'. The debt capital markets practice is best known for advising on high-end issuer-side work for large corporates such as British Land and Rentokil, and handling underwriter work for major investment banks. One client notes that the firm is 'really very good at what it does, with a small and quietly efficient team focused on high-end and complex standalone deals'. From London, the firm advises on both US and English law debt transactions, including complex matters such as the $500m non-dilutive exchangeable bond issue by Swiss Re. Practice head Simon Ovenden and key partner Jonathan Mellor each have more than 30 years’ experience  in the market. Piers Summerfield is 'a real star' in equity-linked transactions.

Emerging markets Tier 2

Simmons & Simmons acts for banks, multi-laterals, funds and corporates and is known for its sector expertise in asset management, financial services, TMT and life sciences sectors as counsel to both lenders and borrowers. The firm's project finance work encompasses power, LNG projects, mining and international cross-border pipeline projects. The banking practice is also highly active and it regularly advises the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on lending transactions in Eastern Europe. Practice head John Sayers handles structured trade, commodity and export finance. His stellar group of partners includes Adam Cooper who focuses on the oil and gas sector, particularly in North Africa and the Middle East. Adrian Nizzola, who has 33 years’ experience in the energy and infrastructure sector and has in-house experience as General Counsel to Qatar Petroleum returned to London after six years in the firm's Abu Dhabi office. Iain Duncan specialises in equity and debt financings in the mining and power sectors, particularly in emerging markets. Managing associate Simon Kenolty is one to watch.

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 2

Simmons & Simmons is active across London's AIM and Main Market, and has strong relationships with some of the most prominent investment banks and nominated advisers. Headed by Chris Horton ('a seasoned operator with excellent technical skills'), the ECM group's sector specialisms fall in line with the wider firm's focuses, which include financial institutions and asset management, TMT, and healthcare and life sciences.

Financial services: contentious Tier 2

Simmons & Simmons’ broad expertise includes advice on Brexit, the Senior Manager and Certification Regime (SMRC) and Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II, for a range of clients including asset management companies, investment banks, brokerage houses, general insurance and life assurance companies. The non-contentious regulatory team is led by Charlotte Stalin, who focuses on UK and European financial services regulation; and SMRC specialist Penny Miller. Their team includes regulatory expert Jonathan Melrose, who is experienced in the structure and operation of financial services businesses and market conduct issues. The contentious practice is best known for its experience in contentious regulatory investigations, including potential misconduct, systems and controls breaches and individual accountability, as well as advising on internal investigations and rule-based breaches. Richard Sims leads on this side and specialises in large scale matters, conduct risk and internal investigations. He can call on the expertise of Emma Sutcliffe, who is notable in financial regulatory investigations, enforcement actions and whistleblowing.

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 2

Simmons & Simmons’ broad expertise includes advice on Brexit, the Senior Manager and Certification Regime (SMRC) and Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II, for a range of clients including asset management companies, investment banks, brokerage houses, general insurance and life assurance companies. The non-contentious regulatory team is led by Charlotte Stalin, who focuses on UK and European financial services regulation; and SMRC specialist Penny Miller. Their team includes regulatory expert Jonathan Melrose, who is experienced in the structure and operation of financial services businesses and market conduct issues. The contentious practice is best known for its experience in contentious regulatory investigations, including potential misconduct, systems and controls breaches and individual accountability, as well as advising on internal investigations and rule-based breaches. Richard Sims leads on this side and specialises in large scale matters, conduct risk and internal investigations. He can call on the expertise of Emma Sutcliffe, who is notable in financial regulatory investigations, enforcement actions and whistleblowing.

Fintech Tier 2

Simmons & Simmons' fintech clients include major banks, financial institutions, investors and start-ups, which it advises on employment issues, investments and M&A, supply contracts, and repackaging platforms. On the regulatory side the group handles applications to the FCA for banking licenses and authorisations, ad also advises on cryptocurrency regulatory matters, ICOs and trade mark protection. Practice Head Angus McLean, whose clients include investment banks, software developers and start-ups, advises on technology issues in the financial services sector and has notable expertise in intellectual property law. Penny Miller specialises in UK and EU regulatory matters, where she advises clients on all aspects of financial services regulation; she is acting for the British Business Bank in relation to its designation of Alternative Finance Platforms. Associate Sophie Lessar focuses on payments, regulated lending and consumer protection, and frequently assists financial institutions with product developments.

Fraud: white-collar crime Tier 2

Simmons & Simmons advises corporates and individuals on a broad range of white-collar matters. Areas of expertise include preventative advice, internal investigations, search and seizure, police and regulator interviews, trials and asset recovery. The firm also handles international matters, tax issues, financial sanctions, extradition, mutual legal assistance and Interpol-related matters. Client sectors include financial services, mining, engineering, aviation and technology. Stephen Gentle heads the team and is recommended for cases involving fraud, bribery, money laundering, sanctions, criminal cartel matters, and internal and law enforcement investigations. Nick Benwell focuses on corporate crime, corruption, money laundering and fraud matters.

IT and telecoms Tier 2

Simmons & Simmons benefits from 'user-friendly and approachable lawyers' and provides 'an exceptionally good partner-led service'. The team regularly assists clients with a range of IT outsourcing matters, global IT procurement issues, business critical software licensings and transformative technology solutions, with particular experience handling cloud solutions, cryptocurrencies, blockchain and other aspects of fintech work. Practice leader Tom Wheadon leverages his legal, regulatory and policy expertise across the telecoms, satellite, media and technology sectors. Alexander Brown, who has data protection and privacy expertise, financial regulatory expert Hinal Patel, James Cotter, Lawrence Brown and recently promoted partner George Morris are also key practitioners.

Oil and gas Tier 2

Iain Duncan's team at Simmons & Simmons is particularly known for its experience in the midstream sector, where it regularly advises on the development and financing of LNG projects, bulk storage terminals and international pipeline projects. Clients include international energy companies, developers, governments and financial institutions. Adrian Nizzola has particular expertise in matters in the Middle East, while Patrick Wallace regularly advises on high-profile, politically sensitive matters, and has extensive experience in Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, and Asia.

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 2

Simmons & Simmons regularly advises on acquisitions, development and financing of renewables projects, often as part of major platforms for developing large numbers of projects on similar terms. The group is particularly known for its experience in the African, European and UK renewables markets. Iain Duncan heads the UK energy, natural resources and infrastructure group; other key partners include 'strong deal leader' Andrew Petry and Patrick Wallace.

Professional negligence Tier 2

Simmons & Simmons has an 'exceptionally talented team for professional negligence work', which is based across its London and Bristol offices. It handles cases for insurers and insured clients, in cases involving accountants, lawyers, actuaries, construction professionals, financial advisers, brokers, IT consultants, surveyors and valuers. The team utilises its global footprint to advise on cross-border disputes; it is regularly engaged on claims across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. International insurance and construction head James Pollock successfully defended CMS and its insurer, QBE, in two professional negligence claims in the Commercial Court. UK head of insurance and construction Emily Monastiriotis handles a range of complex construction claims and is involved in a number of post-Grenfell instructions involving cladding.  Felix Zimmermann is instructed on claims against insurance brokers, construction professionals, accountants and solicitors, and has particular experience in claims against lawyers arising out of complex conveyancing transactions.

Retail funds Tier 2

Simmons & Simmons' team has vast expertise in regulatory and commercial issues impacting the retail funds sphere. It generates work from a broad client base, including investment banks, funds and fund managers, brokers and insurance companies. Neil Simmonds leads the group, which has been advising clients on matters such as the implementation of the Senior Managers and Certification  Regime and Brexit planning. In addition to assisting with the establishment of funds, the team also advises on regulatory requirements across multiple jurisdictions, licensing, registration and setting up commercial arrangements with distributors. Simmonds works closely with Mahrie Webb and Catherine Weeks. Associate John Dooley, managing associate Tristram Lawton and Ursula Goniszewska are other key practitioners in the team, as is supervising associate Andrew Desmond.

Structured products and securitisation Tier 2

Simmons & Simmons is a structured products powerhouse and has significantly enhanced its securitisation offering in recent years. The firm acts for nine of the world's ten world’s largest investment banks, as well as advising a host of major buy-side clients. It assists many hedge fund and institutional asset manager clients with structured products and regulatory matters. It also has a specialist practice advising government and supra-national clients, including the British Business Bank and the European Investment Fund. Key strengths of the practice are complex asset repackaging transactions and advice to corporate trustees. Head of structured finance and derivatives Paul Browne is a standout partner for structured debt products, notably structured equity-linked and structured fund-linked transactions. Up-and-coming partner Eucharia Bragg is recommended for structured credit products. The firm has boosted its presence in the securitisation market and is handling a growing number of public deals. It is also a market leader in synthetic securitisations. Michael Lorraine is the standout securitisation partner. Newly promoted partner Kathryn James is recommended for CMBS, RMBS and credit card transactions. Vastly experienced partner James Grand joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.

Trade finance Tier 2

Simmons & Simmons is active in all of the key sub-sectors of the trade finance market including structured trade and commodity finance, account receivables and supply chain finance, and ECA-backed transactions, as well as handling Islamic finance and providing regulatory advice. Among its clients are banks, trading companies, niche trade finance providers and trade-focussed funds, and the firm continued to grow its roster of clients in 2018. the firm's highly regarded securitisation practice is key to its offering in structured transactions, and the firm also brings its expertise in commodities, energy and emerging markets to bear on its trade finance work. Omar Al-Ali moved to Reed Smith LLP but structured trade and commodity finance specialist Matthew Cox recently returned to London from Singapore. Head of asset-backed finance and securitisation Michael Lorraine and managing associate Rose-Anna Burnett, who focuses mainly on energy and developing markets finance transactions, are also active in the trade finance market.

Brand management Tier 3

Simmons & Simmons advises on the full range of trade mark and design law matters, with in-house capabilities in filing, portfolio management and IP litigation. Adrian Smith specialises in the clearance, protection and enforcement of rights and commercial brand exploitation arrangements, while Darren Meale focuses on the management of international IP portfolios, particularly in the fintech sector, and contentious matters.

Commercial property: development Tier 3

The practice at Simmons & Simmons, which is led by John Kelsey, advises on a broad array of development and investment projects including skyscrapers, offices, industrial and logistic premises, mixed-use, residential and retail centres. Specific expertise encompasses forward funding, taxation and financing as well as renewable and clean tech development matters, namely wind, hydro, solar and energy from waste projects. Its hospitality practice operates on an international scale, routinely assisting on cross-border investment, construction finance and the full gamut of real estate matters.

Commercial property: hotels and leisure Tier 3

The practice at Simmons & Simmons, which is led by John Kelsey, advises on a broad array of development and investment projects including skyscrapers, offices, industrial and logistic premises, mixed-use, residential and retail centres. Specific expertise encompasses forward funding, taxation and financing as well as renewable and clean tech development matters, namely wind, hydro, solar and energy from waste projects. Its hospitality practice operates on an international scale, routinely assisting on cross-border investment, construction finance and the full gamut of real estate matters.

Competition litigation Tier 3

Simmons & Simmons’s 'excellent' dispute resolution team has significant antitrust litigation experience in acting for both claimants and defendants. Led by Charles Bankes, the London-based department operates seamlessly as a part of the wider European antitrust litigation group. One key highlight is the team’s defence of LG Electronics against a €660m cartel damages claim in relation to cathode ray tubes, brought by iiyama. Team members also have expertise in the financial services, energy and pharmaceutical sectors.

Corporate tax Tier 3

Simmons & Simmons' tax group handles transactional, advisory and contentious matters, as well as transfer pricing for a broad client base of equity investors, asset managers and financial institutions. The London and international tax groups are led by Darren Oswick, who is supported by M&A tax expert Nick Cronkshaw and Martin Shah, who leads the financial services tax practice.

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 3

Simmons & Simmons’ sector-focused approach to data protection spans the financial services, TMT, healthcare and life sciences sectors with HSBC, O2 and Monzo Bank as notable example clients. The cross-departmental group is led by TMT partner Alexander Brown and includes individuals from the ICT, employment and dispute resolution practices; key names include Lawrence Brown, who focuses on data protection compliance for financial institutions; and litigator Robert Allen, who handles contentious subject access requests, right-to-be-forgotten issues, breach responses and data incident notifications. The practice also leverages the firm’s international reach to handle cross-border mandates. George Morris was also recently promoted to the partnership.

Equity capital markets – mid-large cap Tier 3

Simmons & Simmons is active across London's AIM and Main Market, and has strong relationships with some of the most prominent investment banks and nominated advisers. Colin Bole leads the firm's UK corporate public markets group, which includes the equity capital markets offering. The practice's sector specialisms fall in line with the wider firm's focuses, which include financial institutions and asset management, TMT, and healthcare and life sciences.

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) Tier 3

Simmons & Simmons covers an impressive range of matters in the infrastructure space. It provides counsel on matters such as M&A transactions and secondary trading; project finance and refinancing; and international PPPs. The team regularly acts as trusted adviser to governments and infrastructure funds, and it has noteworthy expertise in sectors such as rail and transport, defence and waste. Andrew Petry has particular experience in banking and project finance, while Juliet Reingold is a key contact for PPP-related issues. Patrick Wallace has longstanding experience, which also expands to assisting clients in privatisations, commercial contracts and trading, and regulatory matters. Iain Duncan is head of the department.

Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 3

The practice at Simmons & Simmons has a strong regulatory offering under the leadership of the 'highly experienced and well connected' Pollyanna Deane. She and her team advise on reorganisations, distribution agreements, risk management and new products and innovative risk structures, with a particular focus on insurtech start-ups. Insurtech is a key area of focus for the firm - Deane sits on the UK Government’s Insurtech Board - while the team has recently developed and innovative Senior Managers and Certification Regime online tool aimed at the insurance industry.

Intellectual property Tier 3

The 'excellent' and 'commercially astute' practice at Simmons & Simmons attracts praise for its 'fantastic legal and technical knowledge' and capabilities in national and international disputes and transactions, particularly in the healthcare, life sciences and technology, media and telecoms sectors. Practice head Michael Gavey is a healthcare and life sciences sector expert, while Angus McLean focuses on the fintech industry. Other names to note include patent litigators Michael Burdon, Richard Binns and Andrew HutchinsonScott Parker, who frequently acts for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and Darren Meale, who 'is well-versed in UK and EU trade mark law'.

International arbitration Tier 3

Simmons & Simmons' team 'works seamlessly internationally using partners and staff from across the firm's offices'. It regularly acts in arbitration proceedings that involve complex points of law that have industry-wide interest in key sectors such as TMT, financial institutions, energy and infrastructure. The international arbitration group is led by Stuart Dutson, and Jayne Bentham acts in large and complex multi-jurisdictional arbitrations, particularly in the telecoms and energy sectors. Other key advisers are managing associates Basil Woodd-Walker and Minesh Tanna. Simon Morgan retired from the practice in 2018; and Philip Norman, who worked in the firm's Dubai and Doha offices for several years, recently returned to the London office but left for Covington & Burling LLP in Dubai in 2019.

Mining and minerals Tier 3

Simmons & Simmons' mining team is adept at advising on complex projects in emerging countries, as demonstrated by its work for De Beers on its new operations and purchasing arrangements in Sierra Leone. The practice's stellar client base also includes banks, alternative lenders, private equity investors and major mining companies, which Iain Duncan and his team advise on the full spectrum of matters. Key lawyers include 'exceptional' Paris-based partner Yves Baratte and the well-regarded Paul Baker in London.

Property finance Tier 3

Simmons & Simmons acts for lenders and borrowers, with a strong client base of leading investment banks and debt funds, as well as retail banks, insurance lenders, investors and developers. The team advises on investment and development finance, senior and mezzanine lending, real estate restructuring, and portfolio deals, and is noted for its ability to handle sharia-compliant financings and pan-European transactions. Following the retirement of Simon Kildahl, the team, which is led by Mark Waghorn, was bolstered at partner level with the promotion of Paula Macnamara and the arrival of James Taylor from Paul Hastings LLP.

Public international law Tier 3

Focusing on investment-state disputes, Simmons & Simmons continues to be actively involved in arbitration proceedings in the telecoms, financial services, energy and infrastructure sectors across Europe, the CIS, Asia and Africa. Stuart Dutson chairs the international arbitration group and has 'very good specialist knowledge of public international law'. Jayne Bentham specialises in international arbitration in the telecoms and energy sectors.

Rail Tier 3

Simmons & Simmons is engaged on complex infrastructure projects and rail PPPs, as well as operation and maintenance matters, M&A, property and track access arrangements and regulatory issues. The team is advising Cubic Transportation, a major supplier of automatic ticket gates, on The Office of Rail and Road's market study into automatic ticket gate and ticket machine supply in the UK. Able to leverage its extensive global network of offices, the London team is regularly instructed on cross-border projects in the sector.

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 4

Simmons & Simmons provides a 'pragmatic and commercial service' to banks and corporates across a range of mandates, including as it relates to general corporate lending, acquisition financing and refinancing mandates. Praised for her 'calm and considered manner', Jen Yee Chan has successfully cultivated a strong funds finance practice at the firm since her arrival in 2017 which – allied to the firm's overarching asset management strength – is appreciated by both lenders and sponsors for its 'thorough levels of diligence'. The firm also maintains its strong position among the leading lenders and arrangers in the Nordic market.

Construction: contentious Tier 4

Simmons & Simmons has a broad construction practice with a key focus on transport infrastructure such as rail, roads, seaports and airports, advising clients including architects and consultants. The practice is led by the 'dedicated and commercially astute'  Emily Monastiriotis who advises insurers on construction disputes and handles claims for delays and associated costs, alongside her expertise in cladding claims. James Pollock is another key member of the team, and focuses on defending construction professionals.

Contruction: non-contentious Tier 4

Simmons & Simmons acts on infrastructure projects, both domestically and internationally, for a mix of multinational clients. The team is led by Richard Dyton who advises clients in the defence, transportation and waste to energy sectors, as well as specialising in public-private partnerships (PPPs). Dyton was lead partner in the team advising infrastructure company Dragados on its contract with HS2, while the team also has notable experience in Africa and Saudi Arabia, where it has been advising on adopting the PPP model in jurisdictions where such public procurement has not been conducted before.

Employee share schemes Tier 4

The employee incentives group at Simmons & Simmons sits as a part of the firm’s wider employment practice. The team advises on a broad range of matters regarding employee incentives; recent work includes advice on tax, corporate governance, employment issues, and the employee incentives-related aspects of corporate transactions. The department has expertise across multiple sectors, but places additional emphasis on the financial services industry. Managing associate Tair Hussain is a key name to note on the team, and has experience of assisting clients with share-option schemes, long-term incentive plans, and bespoke tailed arrangements, among other matters. Former practice head Ian Fraser departed to PwC LLP in April 2018.

EU and competition Tier 4

Simmons & Simmons’ EU competition, antitrust and trade department demonstrates a depth of competition law expertise in the field of merger control; Peter Broadhurst is particularly prominent in this space. Led by practice head Charles Bankes, the team is also very active in relation to antitrust investigations by competition law regulators as well as by sectoral regulators such as the FCA and the Office of Rail and Road. The group has a strength in sectors such as TMT, technology, financial services, life sciences, and transport. The department has strengthened its offering in recent years adding Satyen Dhana from CMS as well as supervising associate Ian Hastings from TNT.

Healthcare Tier 4

Simmons & Simmons predominantly focuses on advising private healthcare providers and investors on mid-market private M&A, joint ventures and private equity transactions. The team also has a strong offering in digital health, particularly in relation to complex IT infrastructure arrangements, market access, product liability, cross-departmental collaborations and investments. Charles Mayo specialises in public/private partnerships.

Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 4

Simmons & Simmons has 'excellent' capabilities in the product liability space, notably representing Munich Re in global claims relating to 'metal on metal' prostheses. The 'very capableJason Bright specialises in this area and advises primary and excess layer insurers on product liability and product recall losses. Another key member of the practice is the 'exceptionally intelligentJames Pollock, who focuses on professional liability, coverage, reinsurance and construction matters.

Partnership Tier 4

Simmons & Simmons excels in advising clients in the financial services industry on partnership matters, with a particular strength in advising alternative investment fund managers on complex and often international structures. The core partnership group is supported by the firm's tax, financial markets litigation, employment, regulatory and funds departments, allowing it to provide a full partnership service. Colin Leaver heads the team, which includes asset management expert Ania Rontaler.

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 4

De-risking exercises make up a significant proportion of work for the Simmons & Simmons team, which also handles complex enhanced transfer offers, buy-ins, buy-outs and defined benefit accrual restructuring exercises. The team, which is by Danny Tsang with support from Bristol-based James Dean, also advises on asset-backed funding strategy, regulatory compliance and the pensions aspects of cross-border M&A transactions. The client base comprises a large number of household-name financial institutions as well as public bodies, consumer goods companies and trustees across various sectors.

Private funds Tier 4

Simmons & Simmons has extensive experience across the whole asset management sector, with private funds forming part of its practice alongside its particularly well-known strength in hedge funds. The firm frequently advises clients, including large fund managers, fund service providers and large institutional investors, on complex matters and is willing to tailor advice and challenge clients. Key lawyers include private funds head David Williams, as well as Dale Gabbert, Matthew Pitman and Cindy Valentine . The London team benefits from an international network including a Dublin office launched in 2018 by funds partner Fionán Breathnach.

Product liability: defendant Tier 4

Simmons & Simmons' practice is noted for its expertise in the pharmaceutical, and food and beverage sectors but has also noted an increase in work in the automotive, tobacco/ e-cigarette and life sciences space. The group acts for insurers and companies in product liability matters. Key contact and practice head Jason Bright has more than 20 years of experience in product liability  and intellectual property liability.

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 5

The 'very user-friendly' three-partner team at Simmons & Simmons handles a mix of contentious and non-contentious matters for a varied array of stakeholders, including insolvency practitioners, banks, funds, and corporates. Formerly in-house within Deutsche Bank's distressed products business, team head Ross Miller has successfully grown the firm's workflow on behalf of distressed investors, and is a key member of the team that also includes the 'able, accessible and approachablePeter Manning. Noted by one client as 'probably the best insolvency lawyer in the world', Manning picks up a considerable amount of work on behalf of boards of directors in distressed corporates.

Property litigation Tier 5

Frequently acting for real estate fund managers, sovereign wealth funds and corporate occupiers alongside landlords and developers, the 'commercial' team at Simmons & Simmons is experienced in handling commercial landlord and tenant disputes, including dilapidation and breach of covenant claims and contentious lease renewals, as well as various property development issues such as rights to light and vacant possession actions. 'Exceptional' team head Carol Hewson is 'a true relationship partner who really knows and supports her clients'.

Reputation management Tier 5

Simmons & Simmons advise high-profile corporate clients, providing them with pre-publication and social media advice. When assisting large institutions or their senior individuals, the firm often handles reputation issues across multiple jurisdictions. In addition to its banking clientele, the 'intelligent' team headed by Robert Allen and the 'sensible and commercially minded' Paul Baker receives instructions from hedge funds, asset managers, FinTech companies and challenger banks. Allen's practice is focused on remedial steps required following a data breach; Baker is experienced at leading and managing High Court defamation proceedings.

Venture capital Tier 5

Leveraging the firm's overarching IP, regulatory and asset management strengths, Simmons & Simmons is well-placed to advise investors and investees in funding throughout the investment continuum, particularly in relation to deals within the fintech, life sciences and TMT sectors. The firm's prowess and focus on fintech-related matters is underscored by its own FinTech fund, which was established in 2016 and provides free legal advice to start-up fintech businesses which are chosen by the firm as worthy recipients.

Simmons & Simmons is an international law firm with 22 offices across Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Firmwide, it has around 280 partners and 1,500 staff, of which half are based outside the UK.

It has a long-standing focus on the asset management and investment funds, healthcare and life sciences, financial institutions and TMT sectors. The firm also advises a wide range of clients across the FinTech industry, including several FinTech 50 businesses, banks and asset managers.

The firm has a strong culture of corporate responsibility which governs how it operates, interacts with clients and employees, and participates in local communities. The firm also supports the UN Standards of Conduct for Business on tackling discrimination against LGBTI people.

Main Areas of Practice: Sector teams are drawn from the core practice areas of: corporate, dispute resolution, competition, employment, pensions, employee benefits, financial markets, information, communications and technology, intellectual property, projects, real estate and tax.

The firm advises on the regulatory, enforcement and litigation requirements arising from changing market conditions, and is known for its work on landmark financial litigation matters and appeals.

Its market-leading investigations group has substantial experience in handling legal, regulatory and strategic issues to which sensitive, cross-border investigations can give rise.

Simmons & Simmons has one of the largest full-service dispute resolution practices of any firm headquartered in the City of London, covering financial markets litigation, contentious regulatory and risk, corporate crime, professional and product liability, and international arbitration, as well as insurance, IP and employment disputes.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Colin Passmore
Managing partner Jeremy Hoyland
Asset management and investment funds Colin Leaver
Financial institutions Charlotte Stalin
Healthcare & life sciences Alexandre Regniault
TMT Alexander Brown
Corporate and commercial Mark Curtis
Information, communications and technology Tom Wheadon
Corporate Arthur Stewart
Projects Iain Duncan
International dispute resolution Hans-Hermann Aldenhoff
UK dispute resolution Paul Baker
Commercial litigation Patrick Boylan
Competition, antitrust and trade Satyen Dhana
Financial markets litigation Tim Boyce
Insurance and construction Emily Monastiriotis
Intellectual property Michael Gavey
Employment Julian Taylor
Financial markets Jonathan Hammond
Banking Peter Manning
Debt capital markets Piers Summerfield
Financial services Richard Perry
Real estate John Kelsey
Structured finance and derivitives Paul Browne
Tax Darren Oswick
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