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Simmons & Simmons

CITYPOINT, ONE ROPEMAKER STREET, LONDON, EC2Y 9SS, ENGLAND
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Work +44 20 7628 2020
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Fax +44 20 7628 2070
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12 LONDON CHANCERY
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www.simmons-simmons.com

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London: Corporate and commercial

Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

The 'outstanding' team at Simmons & Simmons is both 'technically very good' and 'accessible', noted for its ability to 'work seamlessly with other departments within the firm'. 'Responsive and helpful' Darren Oswick leads the International and London Tax Groups and recently assisted the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority with amendments to and subsequent terminations of a set of procurement contracts. 'One of the smartest and most commercially astute tax lawyers in London', Nick Cronkshaw also stands out for his 'user-friendly approach'. His highlights included advising Orion Mine Finance and Fusion Capital on their joint venture and $402.5m acquisition of Lynx Resources from Solway Industries, in a transaction with a sizeable Macedonian tax component. Martin Shah advised Principal Financial Group on M&A tax and structuring, as well as warranty and indemnity (W&I) insurance tax matters in relation to the proposed acquisition of INTERNOS. Managing associate Candice Nichol is recommended for her work with financial institutions and asset management clients.

Leading individuals

Nick Cronkshaw - Simmons & Simmons

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 4

Simmons & Simmons

The practice at¬†Simmons & Simmons¬†has particular strengths in the financial, energy, and TMT sectors.¬†Charles Bankes¬†now heads the team, following the retirement of previous co-head Tony Woodgate in October 2017; Bankes is noted for his strength in utilities sector advice. The team recruited¬†Satyen Dhana¬†from¬†CMS, adding his experience and expertise in the area of the application of competition law to financial services. Dhana ‚Äėcombines considerable knowledge with sound commercial acumen and a keen regard for detail‚Äô. Highlights included advising on the competition law aspects of a ten-year $1bn collaborative investment fund to tackle climate change for the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative and assisting SEI with the CMA‚Äôs market investigation into investment consultancy and fiduciary management services.

Next generation lawyers

Satyen Dhana - Simmons & Simmons

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Equity capital markets
Equity capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

Particularly strong on the underwriter side, the team at Simmons & Simmons has particular expertise in the financial institutions, TMT and life sciences sectors. It often advises on sophisticated matters: group head Chris Horton acted for Cenkos Securities and Stifel Nicolaus as joint bookrunners on Hurricane Energy's $520m placing and convertible bond offering, and assisted J.P. Morgan Securities and Stifel Nicolaus as bookrunner and sole sponsor respectively with a £330m equity fundraising by Assura. On the issuer side, Patrick Graves advised Funding Circle SME Income Fund on a £140m share issuance. Other clients include Numis Securities and Jefferies. Simon Ovenden and US securities expert Chris Walton joined in 2017 from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and Clifford Chance respectively.

Leading individuals

Chris Horton - Simmons & Simmons

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Financial services
Financial services (non-contentious/ regulatory) - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

Financial services contentious - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

Praised for its 'very collaborative and proactive approach',¬†Simmons & Simmons displays 'great market knowledge' on behalf of both sell and buy-side participants and therefore has an excellent perspective of the market. The firm has been highly active on behalf of its hedge fund manager and asset manager client base on issues arising from MiFID ii implementation and Brexit. The team also stands out for its ability and willingness to innovate and this has been exemplified by the firm's MiFID ii Manager product, which socialises the costs and experience of MiFID ii implementation across the firm's client base. The 'superb' Charlotte Stalin was integral to establishing the product and has an excellent reputation on behalf of investment banks and global asset managers.¬†Penny Miller 'is excellent at explaining even the most cerebral and dry areas of law'. One of the City's leading experts on product governance and intervention, Miller has developed an excellent reputation in relation to Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products Regulation (PRIIPs) as well as in relation to advising on Senior Manager‚Äôs Regime implementation and risk management. Jonathan Melrose has ‚Äėgreat market knowledge‚Äô of commodities/derivatives matters and is a key member of the team that also includes 'superb' hedge fund expert Darren Fox and¬†Rosali Pretorius.¬†On the contentious front, ‚Äėthe very approachable and bright'¬†Richard Sims leverages off his former in-house expertise at the regulator to provide a 'high-quality service' to clients facing scrutiny from the FCA.¬†Emma Sutcliffe is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Charlotte Stalin - Simmons & Simmons

Penny Miler - Simmons & Simmons

Next generation lawyers

Emma Sutcliffe - Simmons & Simmons

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Flotations: small and mid-cap
Flotations: small and mid-cap - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons' AIM work has been on the increase since the arrivals in 2014 of Patrick Graves and Jocelyn Ormond from Osborne Clarke and DAC Beachcroft LLP respectively. Although the firm is particularly well-known for its work in the Main Market arena, it is equally as active in AIM transactions. Chris Horton leads the team, which has a strong focus on acting for companies, NOMADs and brokers in matters connected with the TMT (including fintech) and healthcare/life sciences  sectors. In 2017, Ormond, supervising associate Dan Whitewood and others acted for the shareholders of Intelligent Ultrasound in the disposal of the company to AIM-listed entity MedaPhor Group Plc. Charles Mayo advised Stifel Nicolaus Europe (as NOMAD and joint broker) and WG Partners (as joint broker) on the dual-listing on AIM of international diagnostics company Novacyt (which was already listed on the Euronext Growth Market). Other clients include 1PM, Rex Bionics Plc, Numis Securities and Petards Group. Managing associate Stephanie Featherstone is recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Tim Wass - Simmons & Simmons

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M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+
M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+ - ranked: tier 5

Simmons & Simmons

The ‚Äėoverall level of service is excellent‚Äô at¬†Simmons & Simmons;¬†¬†‚Äėthere is a quick turn-around and fee earners are always prepared to make themselves available at short notice‚Äô. The team is primarily known for servicing transactions for financial institutions and investment funds; the major headline matter in this regard saw¬†Jason Daniel¬†advise Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation as the largest shareholder and strategic partner of Aberdeen Asset management in respect of the latter‚Äôs ¬£11bn merger with Standard Life via scheme of arrangement. Daniel also advised Sumitomo Rubber Industries on its ¬£215m acquisition of Micheldever.¬†Giles Dennison¬†heads the team and has recently worked with big name corporates including Halfords, Virgin Media and PageGroup.¬†Edward Baker¬†advises many corporates, investment banks and asset managers on their acquisitions and disposals and is singled out for his ‚Äėgreat attention to detail‚Äô and ‚Äėprompt assistance and advice‚Äô. David Parkes¬†joined from¬†KWM Europe LLP, while¬†Mark Carroll¬†rejoined the firm from¬†Clifford Chance LLP.

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Partnership
Partnership - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons is 'absolutely superb' in the hedge fund, private equity and fund manager arena, particularly in terms of drafting, structuring and partnership disputes. The team is led by 'hugely experienced' and 'authoritative' Colin Leaver who stands out for his drafting skills. Gideon Sharp advised APG Asset Management on the merger of the Elephant & Castle and "East Village" residential projects to create a £1.4bn joint venture, the partnership of which is structured as a series of separate but interconnected LLPs. 'Excellent tactician' Robert Turner, who is situated within the dispute resolution team, is often instructed on partnership disputes. Predominantly advising clients in the asset management sector on structural partnership issues, 'attentive' and 'business aware' managing associate Tom Fricke is another key practitioner.

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Private equity: transactions
Private equity: transactions ‚Äď high-value deals - ranked: tier 5

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons undertakes complex mid-cap and large-cap transactions that are connected with the firm's key business sectors, particularly TMT, life sciences, asset management and investment funds, and financial institutions. There has also been an increase in activity in infrastructure and real estate deals. In 2017, Arthur Stewart, who heads up the team in London, was the lead adviser to Veolia on its £735m sale (alongside MF Infrastructure and Morgan Stanley Infrastructure) of shares in Affinity Water Limited to a consortium consisting of Allianz Capital Partners, HICL Infrastructure Company Limited and DIF. Jocelyn Ormond is another notable individual in the group, whose other clients include Brookfield Asset Management, AnaCap Financial Partners and Augmentum Capital. Gideon Sharp heads up the international private equity practice. 

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VAT and indirect tax
VAT and indirect tax - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons' expertise covers the full spectrum of indirect tax matters, including VAT, SDLT, SDRT, insurance and premium tax and environmental taxes. The department is led by Darren Oswick who is noted for his expertise in asset management and investment funds related matters. Highlights for Nick Cronkshaw included advising Deka Immobilien on the VAT and SDLT aspects of its £435m acquisition from Great Portland Estates of a mixed-use development at Rathbone Square. Martin Shah continues to advise British Land on a range of tax and structuring matters pertaining to VAT and SDLT, including in relation to the disposal of seven superstores from its joint venture with Sainsbury's. 'Shrewd operator' Nick Skerrett leads on contentious matters.

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 5

Simmons & Simmons

Able to leverage very strong regulatory and IP support, Simmons & Simmons is becoming more visible within the venture capital space on behalf of investors and investees which are appreciative of its 'excellent industry knowledge' and 'commerciality', particularly in relation to fintech and digital health matters. Patrick Graves recently advised the German retailer Metro Group on its equity investment in Yoyo Wallet, the fast-growing British mobile payments app, as part of a £12m series B funding round. The 'responsive and solutions-oriented' Jocelyn Ormond regularly handles private equity and venture capital work in the life sciences space and recently advised the shareholders of Intelligent Ultrasound (an Oxford University spin-out) on the company's sale to MedaPhor Group plc. Other clients include Augmentum Capital, Oak Investment Partners and Catterton Partners.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 1

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons¬†fields that is noted for its ‚Äėsensible strategic judgement and¬†ability to scale up resources when necessary to meet tight deadlines‚Äô. It deals with cross-border asset tracing and international enforcement of judgments, with a focus on the financial sector. Nick Benwell¬†heads the team, he is adept at securing search orders and freezing orders and liaising with regulatory authorities around the world. Tim Boyce¬†heads the financial markets litigation practice and deals with disputes and fraud claims. Patrick Boylan¬†led on advising Capco in a dispute worth over $100m that arose out of an alleged fraudulent conspiracy in a FinTech arm of the company. The firm continues to act for HRH Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei in a multi-jurisdictional fraud case worth $40bn. Managing Associate Adam Brown¬†is also recommended.

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Fraud: white-collar crime
Fraud: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons¬†advises on a broad range of criminal fraud matters including preventative advice and internal investigations, search and seizure, police and regulator interviews, trials and asset recovery, financial sanctions, extradition, mutual legal assistance and INTERPOL related matters. The firm continues to act for the former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Autonomy plc who was charged with multiple counts of wire fraud. He is also under investigation by the SEC, US Air Force and the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) in a multi-billion dollar accounting fraud case. Nick Benwell¬†heads the team, supported by Stephen Gentle. The team is ‚Äėgreat in all aspects, always available and always gives precise advice‚Äô.

Leading individuals

Nick Benwell - Simmons & Simmons

Stephen Gentle - Simmons & Simmons

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons’ international financial markets litigation group is 'simply outstanding, responsive, thorough, detailed and creative'. It focuses on contentious work for financial institutions, asset managers and hedge funds; and the practice combines expertise in financial markets litigation, investigations and contentious regulatory matters, and financial crime. Tim Boyce, who heads the financial markets litigation practice, acts for financial institutions in regulatory investigations, disputes and fraud claims; and Robert Turner’s experience includes acting for Icelandic bank Kaupthing in Commercial Court proceedings, relating to a multi-currency debt of over £300m and high-value assets provided as security for the debt; the proceedings in London raised complex factual and legal issues relating to fraud, market abuse, insider dealing and the enforceability of contracts for an illegal purpose, among others; Turner is 'simply excellent; clients appreciate his calm demeanour and his incisive and clinical approach'. Other highly regarded practitioners include Richard Bunce, whose practice is based exclusively on financial markets disputes and has a strong international focus and Caroline Hunter-Yeats, who has a particular focus on wealth management firms and complex products sold to high-net-worth investors as well as senior partner Colin Passmore, Ed Crosse, Robert Allen, Paul Baker and Alexander Thavenot.

Leading individuals

Richard Bunce - Simmons & Simmons

Robert Turner - Simmons & Simmons

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons' 'good-value team is responsive and thoughtful in its advice and the practice's strength in depth, including the more junior lawyers, is impressive'. The firm has particular sector strength in TMT, energy and infrastructure and life sciences disputes; in recent multi-jurisdictional matters, the group acted for Toronto Stock Exchange-listed NYX Gaming Group, a supplier of digital gaming products that was the target of a potential acquisition by Scientific Games; the litigation involved bookmaker William Hill, which brought proceedings in multiple jurisdictions in an attempt to disrupt the acquisition, including by seeking injunctions in Guernsey and London. It also advised The Capital Markets Company (UK), a global finance and technology consultancy, on a dispute arising out of an alleged conspiracy in the FinTech sector. UK dispute resolution practice head Ian Hammond and Paul Baker 'have a tremendous capacity for absorbing information and attention to detail'; Patrick Boylan is a specialist in international disputes; Ed Crosse specialises in handling complex financial and regulatory disputes for financial institutions; and Colin Passmore is an expert on privilege. Robert Turner is also a widely respected adviser and Paolo Caldato and Kirsten Kitt are the managing associates to note.

Leading individuals

Robert Turner - Simmons & Simmons

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Competition litigation
Competition litigation - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

The team at Simmons & Simmons specialises in antitrust litigation, and regularly advises clients on bringing and defending significant actions, both at the EU and national UK level. In a major victory for the client, 'immensely experienced' department head Charles Bankes led a team that successfully defended LG Electronics against a High Court Damages claim brought by iiyama following the European Commission's cartel findings in relation to the markets for cathode ray tubes. Bankes, alongside 'solutions-focused' Patrick Boylan and 'excellent litigator' Stephen Moses, is currently acting for BP in its High Court proceedings against Visa in a high value competition damages claim relating to cross-border and domestic multilateral interchange fees in Europe and the UK. In February 2018, the group was joined from CMS by Satyen Dhana, who has experience in UK and EU competition litigation. Former head, Tony Woodgate retired in October 2017.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons 'has a fantastic arbitration practice that is very responsive'. It has particular expertise in disputes involving emerging markets in Africa, the Middle East, China and the Far East and the firm's lawyers are strong industry experts in TMT (particularly telecoms), financial institutions, and energy and infrastructure. The team acted for the Indonesian Government in a bilateral treaty arbitration brought by Indian Metals & Ferro Alloys, which concerned an investment in a coal mining project. Simon Morgan 'has massive experience in this field', Jayne Bentham is 'a total star who is very tactically aware and has an excellent eye for a good point', and Stuart Dutson has extensive experience of arbitrations in Africa. Other names to note are David Sandy, managing associate Basil Woodd-Walker  and managing associate Minesh Tanna. Rob Horne joined Osborne Clarke LLP.

Leading individuals

Stuart Dutson - Simmons & Simmons

Next generation lawyers

Basil Woodd-Walker - Simmons & Simmons

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Public international law
Public international law - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons fields lawyers who are industry experts in the firm's key sectors, particularly TMT, financial institutions, and energy and infrastructure. The team acted for the Indonesian Government in a bilateral treaty (BIT) arbitration brought by Indian Metals & Ferro Alloys Limited under the India-Indonesia BIT; the subject of the dispute concerns an investment in a coal mining project. Stuart Dutson and Jayne Bentham have extensive experience of arbitrations in Africa, while Simon Morgan specialises in disputes involving China and the Far East. David Sandy is also experienced in public international law issues.

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Tax litigation and investigations
Tax litigation and investigations - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons has a dedicated contentious tax practice which spans civil and criminal tax disputes and other contentious issues, including liability and quantum advice, disputes with revenue authorities and regulatory investigations. 'A shrewd operator', Nick Skerrett, who leads the team, is noted as 'an excellent tactician and strategist'; and  successfully represented BPP Holdings in HMRC's appeal to the supreme court against a non-compliance bar, a precedent-setting decision. Skerret is ably supported by Darren Oswick, who is currently representing a large institutional asset manager in multiple tax disputes relating to loan relationships, transfer pricing, VAT and the corporate tax treatment of dividends under EU law. Martin Shah is another key practitioner and leads the firm's financial services tax practice. Senior associate Heather Rowlands is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Nick Skerrett - Simmons & Simmons

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 5

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons ' banking and finance group regularly undertakes corporate-related acquisition finance deals and sponsor-driven mandates for both lender and borrower clients. Praised for his 'superb business acumen', Alistair Hill recently advised GoCompare.com Group plc on the financing for its acquisition of The Global Voucher Group. Simon Middleton handles syndicated and bilateral financings for banks both in the context of general corporate lending as well as for acquisition finance purposes. Middleton is particularly noted for his financing work in the Nordic region.

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Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans - ranked: tier 4

Simmons & Simmons

The 'strong and well-resourced' team at¬†Simmons & Simmons¬†provides 'responsive and accurate advice' to banks and corporates across a range of financings including general corporate lending, and acquisition financing and refinancing mandates. The team has a number of niche strengths including its Nordic finance practice which, led by¬†Simon Middleton,¬†regularly acts for the leading lenders and arrangers in the region on significant investment grade syndicated financings. Middleton recently acted for Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken and the other mandated lead arrangers on the ‚ā¨490m and ‚ā¨500m multicurrency revolving credit facilities to Getinge and Arjo, respectively. Praised for his 'business acumen and very apt advice',¬†Alistair Hill¬†has recently handled several high-profile borrower mandates including for GoCompare.com Group plc on the financing for its acquisition of The Global Voucher Group. The firm is also known for its fund finance offering, where¬†Jen Yee Chan¬†and managing associate¬†Cameron Roper¬†are praised for their 'commercial approach and problem solving skills'.

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Commodities: derivatives
Commodities: derivatives - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons has a global presence in the commodities market and a highly rated derivatives practice based in London, which combine to give it a strong flow of mandates from both buy-side and sell-side clients, as well as market infrastructure providers. It is a frequent advisor to many of the world's leading banks and commodity traders, as well as prominent players in the European hedge fund industry. Its work encompasses trading in metals, bullion and energy alongside other commodities. The key names in the practice are Rosali Pretorius, who is an expert in regulatory matters, and Jonathan Melrose, who commodities and energy trading and finance practice group, and who specialises in European regulation on trading, clearing and settlement, asset management and market conduct. Darren Fox is also recommended for his knowledge of hedge fund manager regulation, exchange-traded derivatives and banking regulation.

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Corporate restructuring and insolvency
Corporate restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 6

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons handles a wide range of restructuring and insolvency work for a varied array of stakeholders, including IPs, banks and corporates. Leveraging its excellent overall fund credentials, the team particularly stands out for its ability to provide 'commercial advice' on matters at the more transactional end of the restructuring continuum. Ross Miller and Alyson Lockett are particularly accomplished in relation to distressed M&A and debt trading, and are key members of the team that also includes Peter Manning, whose expertise includes both contentious and non-contentious matters.

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Debt capital markets
Debt capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons is known as a key adviser on high-end debt capital markets transactions for large corporates such as British Land, Rentokil, Pearson and fintech company LendInvest. It also acts for many of the world's leading investment banks. The 'knowledgeable, calm' Piers Summerfield is 'a very commercial and pragmatic lawyer'; he acted alongside the 'commercial, business-oriented' Jonathan Mellor for Stifel on a $250m convertible bond offering by UK-based oil and gas company Hurricane Energy. Summerfield also acted for LendInvest in the establishment of its £500m EMTN programme. The other key partners in the practice are Simon Ovenden, who has 30 years' experience in corporate and sovereign bond issuances, and Charles Hawes, who frequently advises arrangers and institutional investors. Ovenden's highlights included assisting Wal-Mart Stores with two cash tender offers, one valued at $5bn and the other $2.5bn. US securities partner Christopher Walton, who joined from Clifford Chance LLP, focuses on equity and debt capital markets transactions across the EMEA region.

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Derivatives and structured products
Derivatives and structured products - ranked: tier 1

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons' practice is 'flexible, hungry, willing and able to work to tight deadline, and they are a pleasure to do business with'. Another client notes that 'the lawyers are consistently responsive, engaging and proactive, the firm provides good value for money and the team has good strength in depth'. The firm advises buy-side and sell-side counterparties on derivatives matters, acting for leading investment banks, hedge funds and institutional asset managers. In an illustration of its market-leading position for complex repackaging work the team assisted Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, Nomura, Société Générale and BBVA with an initiative to standardise repackaging documentation. Head of the firm's retail structured products group Sean Bulmer handled that matter and he frequently advises on securitised and OTC derivatives, as well as SPV structured finance transactions. Rising star David Toole, who handles OTC and securitised derivatives and structured capital markets products for financial institutions and public-sector organisations, also played a significant role.  He is 'very approachable and personable and has a deep understanding not only of our business but also of the market more generally'. Alan Davies acted for the joint lead managers on the issuance of $750m perpetual fixed spread callable notes by Demeter Investments, which were secured by a facility agreement with Swiss Re. 'Experienced, responsive, flexible and solid' practice head Paul Browne 'has led the firm to the top of the market'. Craig Bisson acts for some of the world’s top institutional asset managers in derivatives, securities financing and regulatory matters. Rising star associate Oliver West 'has established himself in the market and has a solid knowledge base, a great work ethic and is very much one to look out for'. David Roylance retired from the firm.

Leading individuals

Allan Yip - Simmons & Simmons

Paul Browne - Simmons & Simmons

Sean Bulmer - Simmons & Simmons

Next generation lawyers

David Toole - Simmons & Simmons

Oliver West - Simmons & Simmons

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Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons' presence in emerging markets deals is due in part to its sector focus, which sees it act for asset managers, investment funds, financial institutions and companies in the TMT and life sciences industries. It has a long track record of complex and high-value project finance transactions, notably in the power, LNG, mining and pipeline sectors. For lenders International Finance Corporation, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Commercial International Bank (Egypt), the practice handled the project financing of a bulk liquids terminal at Sokhna Port in Egypt. Another highlight saw it act for the government of Kenya in the commercialisation of oil reserves in the Lokichar basin, which involved two projects with a combined value of $5bn. Leading light John Sayers 'is able to advise lenders on a number of different financing aspects and share insight into international best practices', says a client who comments that 'I have worked with a fair number of London-based lawyers and John stands out as one of the most talented amongst them'. Other key lawyers are banking partner Omar Al-Ali; energy and infrastructure partner Adam Cooper; Adrian Nizzola, who has 33 years’ experience in the energy and infrastructure sector; LNG projects partner Andrew Petry; emerging markets funds finance specialists Jen Yee Chan and Cindy Valentine; structured capital markets specialist David Toole; and Iain Duncan for equity and debt financings. Managing associate Simon Kenolty, who handles energy, water and mining projects, is a rising star.

Leading individuals

John Sayers - Simmons & Simmons

Next generation lawyers

Simon Kenolty - Simmons & Simmons

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Securitisation
Securitisation - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons is praised for providing 'a commercial approach that is always perfectly aligned with clients' needs'. The firm has an impressive list of buy-side and sell-side clients that includes leading investment banks, asset managers, governments, supranational clients and emerging fintech companies. Among these are ABN AMRO Bank, Banca IMI, Lloyds, Macquarie Group, Deutsche Bank, the European Investment Fund and Morgan Stanley. Its recent work includes a number of market firsts, such as Greensill Capital's establishment of a $20bn secured note programme backed by payment obligations. Michael Lorraine led the development of this bespoke repackaging platform and 'combines detailed understanding of complex legal issues with an ability to develop bespoke legal structures'. Partner Amer Siddiqui has quickly become a standout name in the practice; one client notes that he is 'involved and up-to-speed at all times and is able to offer valuable advice when needed'. He acted for Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Citigroup as joint arrangers and lead managers on a £1.6bn securitisation of non-conforming residential mortgage loans by The Co-operative Bank. Structured capital markets partner David Toole, banking partner James Bresslaw and financial regulatory expert Penny Miller are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Michael Lorraine - Simmons & Simmons

Next generation lawyers

Amer Siddiqui - Simmons & Simmons

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Trade finance
Trade finance - ranked: tier 1

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons has 'strong experience and a deep level of knowledge across the firm that is invaluable'. The London office has a full-service offering in this practice area and its work includes structured trade and commodity finance, accounts receivables and supply chain finance, ECA finance, regulatory matters and Islamic finance structures. Its ability to handle groundbreaking transactions was highlighted in 2017 by its work for Greensill Capital, which included the establishment of a $20bn secured note programme. This bespoke platform serves to facilitate the repackaging of financial assets and receivables. Securitisation partner Michael Lorraine and banking partner Omar Al-Ali led the transaction and acted for Castleton Commodities in a $3.6bn borrowing base facility. Practice head John Sayers  'has sound market knowledge and is recognised as a leader in trade and structured trade finance'; he advises on a broad range of bilateral, syndicated and structured lending in both developed and developing markets. Mainstream Renewable Power is among his clients.

Leading individuals

John Sayers - Simmons & Simmons

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons' 'extremely good' department is led by Ian Fraser and specialises in the financial services sector; clients include Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Marex Financial. Fraser recently acted for Invesco on the incentive aspects of its $500m acquisition of Source; he also assisted Principal Global Investors with the share scheme elements of its acquisition of Internos Global Investors and advised NM Rothschild & Sons on the structuring and implementation of a global partner and employee profit share arrangement. Managing associate Tair Hussain is also recommended; he is active in structuring remuneration arrangements and remuneration reporting and disclosure issues.

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Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers and senior executives - ranked: tier 1

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons 'continues to be one of the pre-eminent employment law teams in London with a strong team of partners reinforced by talented associates at all levels'. Department head Julian Taylor 'makes clients feel fearless when he is on their side' and 'provides elegant tactical solutions'; he recently advised Moody's on the employment elements of its acquisition of Bureau van Dijk and acted for an executive headhunter who was injuncted by a previous employer to restrain her move to a rival firm. Other key names include the 'energetic and combative' Andrea Finn, who advises financial services clients; Mark Hewland, who regularly handles senior executive terminations; Philip Bartlett and Vicky Wickremeratne, who assists clients in the financial services and life sciences sectors. In 2018, Fiona Bolton joined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP and barrister Jonathan Newman joined from 42 Bedford Row.

Leading individuals

Julian Taylor - Simmons & Simmons

Mark Hewland - Simmons & Simmons

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Pensions
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 4

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons has 'truly exceptional expertise across pensions law' and 'a talented team' led by the 'knowledgeable and wise' Danny Tsang, who handles pensions scheme restructurings and mergers for corporate clients. Tsang's recent work includes advising XL Catlin Services on the pensions aspects of the international merger between XL and Catlin. Clients also single out James Dean, who provides 'sound advice and has good client awareness' and the 'brilliant' Michael Wyman; Wyman assisted Zurich UK Pension Scheme with the appointment of a new investment manager, acted for the trustees of the SmithKline Beecham pension plan in member disputes and investment matters, and advised the Gallaher Group on the proposed closure of its DB pension schemes to future accrual.

Leading individuals

Michael Wyman (non-contentious) - Simmons & Simmons

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London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation
Insurance and reinsurance litigation - ranked: tier 4

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons¬†provides ‚Äėexcellent service, quick responses and very technical individuals who will go above and beyond to assist the client, whatever the query‚Äô. One of the clear stand-outs is Jason Bright, who is ‚Äėan excellent and extremely approachable lawyer, with an immense understanding of the needs of the insurance market and the difficulties it faces‚Äô. Focused on product liability and product recall losses, ‚Äėhis advice is always clear and concise and he has the intelligence to find solutions where others wouldn‚Äôt‚Äô. Overall, the firm specialises in five key sectors: financial institutions, asset management, life sciences and technology, media, and telecoms. The insurance team focuses on practice areas that complement these sectors, such as cyber liability, fine art claims, intellectual property liability and media professional liability claims. Headed by James Pollock,¬†the practice spans Europe, the Middle East and Asia, and includes experts in other jurisdictions such as Latin America. This allows for a crucial cross-border capacity.

Leading individuals

Jason Bright - Simmons & Simmons

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Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons¬†provides ‚Äėconsistently high service levels as well as depth of industry knowledge‚Äô, and offers ‚Äėa stand-out insurance and regulatory team with a wealth of experience‚Äô. This experience comes in a range of areas, from re-organisations, insurance business transfers and building innovative risk structures to regulation of general insurers and M&A; in these sectors the practice can ‚Äėprovide spot-on advice and has the ability to come up with creative ideas where required to remove roadblocks‚Äô. In an example of the innovative work the team specialises in, practice head¬†Pollyanna Deane¬†assisted unconventional insurance start-up Laka with the Financial Conduct Authority authorisation process and its negotiations with its insurance provider, assisted by associate Laura Allen.¬†However, the area where the practice most sets itself apart is FinTech; it has set up a fund to help early-stage FinTech and InsurTech businesses solve some of the legal problems they often encounter at the outset. The first recipient was Cuvva, which was supported in its negotiations with its insurance provider.

Leading individuals

Pollyanna Deane - Simmons & Simmons

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Product liability: defendant
Product liability: defendant - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons  acts for a number of insurers and reinsurers that underwrite product liability policy covers. practice head Jason Bright specialises in highly complex insurance and reinsurance claims, with a primary focus on large-scale product liability losses, as well as significant commercial property claims and intellectual property liability. Managing associate Sherry Goodman-Smith specialises in complex policy coverage disputes within the product liability and recall, commercial property, media and construction sectors. She also has experience in defence work and class actions involving various jurisdictions predominantly across the life sciences sector, with a focus on medical devices and consumer products. Ironshore, Lockton Companies and AIG are key clients.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons¬†provides the ‚Äėhighest level of technical knowledge in professional negligence matters‚Äô and is regularly instructed in cases against accountants, lawyers, actuaries, construction professionals, financial advisers, brokers, IT consultants, surveyors and valuers. Team head James Pollock¬†‚Äėgives superlative tactical guidance to ensure minimal wasted time or effort and ensures appropriate and speedy responses to any questions; you want him on your side‚Äô. Pollock is defending CMS¬†in a ¬£65m claim brought by a former client of the firm, Mr Alexander Mayr, and two of his companies in relation to a French investment undertaken in 2011. AIG, Starstone, KPF, Lockton Companies and MS Amlin are also clients. Colin Passmore¬†is experienced in claims relating to accountancy professionals; Simon Hilditch¬†is ‚Äėfirst-rate‚Äô and is noted for his expertise in finance-related mandates; and Felix Zimmermann¬†specialises in defending professional negligence claims against insurance brokers, construction professionals, accountants and solicitors. Emily Monastiriotis¬†is ‚Äėpractical, legally astute‚Äô and ‚Äėthoroughly understands the construction industry‚Äô, and Bristol-based managing associate Jonathan Spencer¬†is also active in construction disputes. Managing associate Sherry Goodman-Smith¬†is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Colin Passmore - Simmons & Simmons

Emily Monastiriotis - Simmons & Simmons

James Pollock - Simmons & Simmons

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Hedge funds
Hedge funds - ranked: tier 1

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons handles a range of heavyweight hedge fund work for a large number of Europe's leading names in the sector. Iain Cullen  is 'a go-to individual in the UK hedge fund space; he is a formidable lawyer who always brings a strong analytical process to novel problems, and backs it up with huge experience and document knowledge'. Cullen advised Brevan Howard Capital Management on the launch of a fund with Cayman and Delaware feeders to be managed in Jersey, using both an ERISA hard-wired structure and a 1-or-30 fee structure. Lucian Firth and Richard Perry advised longstanding client Schroder Investment Managemen on creating Schroder Securitized Credit Fund, which has one of its feeder funds domiciled in Bermuda. Devarshi Saksena  advises AHL Partners, which is part of Man Group, on MiFID 2 research unbundling issues. In the fund-of-funds space, Dale Gabbert advised UBS on creating an Irish umbrella fund to provide its clients access to various hedge funds. Perry advised Janus-Henderson on a restructuring of numerous funds to ensure MiFID compliance. Other clients include GSA Capital, which Perry advised on structuring a fund-of-one for an Australian retirement plan.

Leading individuals

Iain Cullen - Simmons & Simmons

Richard Perry - Simmons & Simmons

Next generation lawyers

Devarshi Saksena - Simmons & Simmons

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Listed funds
Listed funds - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

At Simmons & Simmons, David Williams, Patrick Graves  and Chris Horton all have a track record of work for listed fund sponsors and investment banks on both fund IPOs and work for existing funds.

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Private funds
Private funds - ranked: tier 4

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons has 'excellent depth of knowledge across all areas of the discipline, and always presents its advice in a realistic commercial context'. David Williams  is 'a credit to the profession - responsive, accurate and with a breadth of experience and commercial acumen', with  Matthew Pitman and Dale Gabbert also key contacts. In Africa, the team advised Investec on forming Investec Africa Private Equity Fund 3; Cindy Valentine  is a key contact for emerging markets work. Other asset classes include shipping funds. Institutional investor clients include the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, as well as the British Business Bank and the BT pension scheme.

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Retail funds
Retail funds - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

At Simmons & Simmons, Neil Simmonds  advised M&G investments on creating over 35 new sub-funds for its Luxembourg UCITS fleet to ensure that it can manage money for non-EU clients post-Brexit. Mahrie Webb  advised Legg Mason on updates across its ICVC fleet in the UK. Other clients include MAN Group, which Webb advised on launching two new sub-funds, and AQR Capital Management, which Simmonds advised on a roll-out of its Luxembourg UCITS platform into twelve EU jurisdictions. Catherine Weeks, a new partner promotion, acts for a number of heavyweight American names in the sector.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)
Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons is an experienced adviser to the central government on transport, waste, energy and defence infrastructure mandates, but also has international PPP and PFI capabilities. Practice head Richard Dyton is currently acting for Momentum Infrastructure - a joint venture of three leading contractors - in its bid for enabling and civil work contracts on the HS2 network, while Adrian Nizzola and Patrick Wallace are leading to advice to the government of Kenya with regards to the commercialisation of the large oil discovery in the Lokichar basin. On the financing side, Adam Cooper assisted a group of lenders including the IFC with the financing of a bulk liquids terminal for the import and storage of gasoil, LPG and LNG. Andrew Petry , Juliet Reingold and managing associate Simon Kenolty are also key names. Other notable clients include the MoD, the EBRD and TfL.

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Mining and minerals
Mining and minerals - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

Clients describe the 'utterly reliable' mining offering at Simmons & Simmons as 'extraordinarily well suited to handle the most complex and difficult assignments' especially for 'Francophone countries where they are simply the best'. Orion and Fusion Capital instructed the group to handle the sale of Lynx Resources - the owner of the Sasa zinc, lead and silver mine in Macedonia - to Central Asia Metals, and the client-recommended Yves Baratte teamed up with Iain Duncan , Adam Cooper and Andrew Petry to oversee a major equity and debt investment into a major bulk commodity mining project on behalf of two private equity funds. The arrival of Stuart Dutson from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP significantly bolstered the firm's international arbitration capacities namely for cases pertaining to Africa, China and the Middle East; he is currently acting for the government of Indonesia in a bilateral treaty arbitration brought by Indian Metals & Ferro Alloys in the context of an investment in a coal mine in Kalimantan.

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons 's Adam Cooper advised the lenders on the project financing of a bulk liquids terminal for the import and storage of gas oil, LPG and LNG in Egypt alongside Adrian Nizzola . Also notable on the projects front is Patrick Wallace 's work for the Bulgarian state gas company with regards to the Greece-Bulgaria international pipeline as well as its participation in the Alexandroupolis LNG project in Greece, and the commercialisation of the Lokichar Basin oil discovery through two separate infrastructure projects on behalf of the government of Kenya. Michael Gavey oversaw the formation of a $1bn collaborative investment fund designed to tackle climate change on a global level on behalf of the World Economic Forum, and Jayne Bentham is currently representing a Turkish state entity in ICC arbitration proceedings pertaining to the construction of a pipeline as well as in enforcement proceedings in Jersey.

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Power (including electricity and renewables)
Power (including electricity and renewables) - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons holds a strong track record in the power sector, especially for the financing and development of solar projects in the UK and abroad, and large-scale power projects in the Middle East and Africa. In recent highlights, practice head Patrick Wallace and Andrew Petry advised the lender consortium on the debt financing of the Markbygden wind farm in Sweden, and Iain Duncan continued to assist Mainstream with its renewable energy joint ventures with private equity investor Actis pertaining to its generation plants in Africa and Chile. Also notable are Steven McNab and Adrian Nizzola who handled substantial mandates in the renewables space. The team recently welcomed finance expert Jen Yee Chan and corporate partner David Parkes from King & Wood Mallesons, and real estate and professional indemnity specialist Emily Monastiriotis arrived from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP .

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London: Public sector

Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 4

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons¬† handles complex corporate healthcare transactions and advisory work for asset management and private healthcare providers. The team has a ‚Äėhuge depth of experience‚Äô whole and practice head Jocelyn Ormond¬†is noted for his ‚Äėexcellent knowledge of the healthcare market and the legal and contractual frameworks‚Äô, his recent instructions include advising Intelligent Ultrasound and Weight Partners Capital on complex M&A matters. Corporate partner Charles Mayo¬† is highly recommended for public/private partnership arrangements.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons‚Äô property team has ‚Äėgreat strength in depth‚Äô and provides ‚Äėconsistently prompt and responsive service without sacrificing quality‚Äô. The department is particularly focused on large asset management, private capital and funds investment, and property finance. In one of the first major investment deals following the Brexit referendum, Matthew Hooton¬†advised Deka Immoilien on the acquisition of a 420,000 ft development site at Rathborne Square. Similarly, John Kelsey¬†assisted Deka Immobilien with the ¬£485m acquisition of Cannon Place, which was among the largest single-asset deals in 2017. Kelsey also advised London Properties on its ¬£100m+ sale of one of the market‚Äôs first large-scale co-living developments. Ali Crosthwaite¬†has acted for various development partners in matters including a joint venture data centre development and an office-led development in Central London. Further, the ‚Äėresponsive and practical‚Äô Richard Hopkinson-Woolley¬†is advising Tishman Speyer on the refurbishment of Economist Plaza at London St James‚Äôs. Additional contacts include Deian Rhys¬†and Nick Jones. Simon Gardiner¬†joined the team from¬†Pinsent Masons LLP, and Caroline Turner-Inskip¬†was promoted to partner.

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Construction
Construction (contentious) - ranked: tier 4

Simmons & Simmons

Contruction (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 4

Simmons & Simmons

The 'very responsive and commercial' Richard Dyton¬†heads the transnational team at Simmons & Simmons, specialising in PPP/PFI concessions, with a particular focus on the energy and infrastructure sectors. Recent work includes advising Momentum Infrastructure, a JV of three leading contractors bidding for enabling and civil works on the HS2 project, on their bid documents and risk analysis. The team have also provided English law advice to Russian law firm Ivanyan & Partners for their purchaser client, who are under an¬†‚ā¨85m contract for the supply and installation of coal handling equipment at Vanino Port. The 'extremely knowledgeable' Emily Monastiriotis¬†heads the disputes team. James Pollock¬†is recommended. Rob Horne¬†departed in October 2017 for Osborne Clarke.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

The team at¬†Simmons & Simmons¬†is mainly known for its work in¬†contaminated site development, renewables, and waste and water. Team head¬†Steven McNab¬†is highly recommended for his understanding of Ofgem, and his energy-related advice for developer clients. Senior associate Sarah-Jane Denton¬†specialises in products, including chemicals, hazardous substances and REACH, producer responsibility, waste and energy efficiency, particularly their impact on the electronics industry. Recent work includes advising on transactions, construction, environmental risk issues, ecology, nature conservation, planning and regulatory aspects upon the purchase of seven solar farms by Pfalzsolar; advising on the renewable regime rules for SIMEC (Energy & Infrastructure) and three innovative ‚Äúfeeder developers‚ÄĚ on gaining government support after government subsidy schemes closed; and advising Japanese corporate Tepco on their development arrangement with a UK partner for the development of UK-based energy storage projects.

Leading individuals

Steven McNab - Simmons & Simmons

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

The 'calm, responsive and knowledgeable' Mark Waghorn heads the practice at Simmons & Simmons, which is noted for its traditionally strong relationships with UK retail banks, as well as its growing client base of investment banks, insurance lenders and debt funds; new clients include a major investment bank, ING and Starwood. The team is also experienced at handling complex cross-border transactions; Waghorn and Helen Hagan, who joined from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in February 2017 and is 'excellent at managing transactions and taking responsibility', recently advised Deutsche Asset Management on mezzanine facilities totalling £64m to two major European investment and asset managers, which were secured on real estate in the UK and France. The practice also advises borrower clients, such as logistics fund Valor Real Estate Partners. Simon Kildahl, William Greig and newly promoted partner Paula Macnamara are also key members of the 'well-connected, pragmatic and commercial' team; John Davies retired in late 2017.

Leading individuals

Mark Waghorn - Simmons & Simmons

Simon Kildahl - Simmons & Simmons

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 5

Simmons & Simmons

Carol Hewson leads the practice at Simmons & Simmons. She primarily focuses on commercial landlord & tenant disputes, professional liability, telecoms issues and property insolvency matters. Asset management work, rights of light and latent defects are also key strengths for the firm. Clients include Telefonica UK, Deka Immobilien Investment, Office Holdings and Columbia Threadneedle. Jeremy Roberts is another name to note and specialises on property related professional liability.

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London: Risk advisory

Data protection privacy and cybersecurity
Data protection privacy and cybersecurity - ranked: tier 4

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons data protection and privacy group is headed up by the 'intuitive and astute' Alexander Brown. The department is noted for its expertise in the financial sector and is instructed by HSBC on data protection and digital matters. It is also acting for Telefónica UK on all data protection compliance matters and advised on its project preparing for the GDPR. Beyond advising financial institutions and telecoms clients, the team has particular expertise acting for investment funds, technology and life sciences companies. Recently promoted partner Lawrence Brown is highlighted for his 'methodical approach'.

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Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 1

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons¬†¬†advises on corruption, fraud, money laundering, sanctions, mutual legal assistance and criminal tax investigations. It is also adept at handling the criminal side of investigations, advising clients on search and seizures, interviews, internal corporate investigations and cross-border criminal matters. Another area of expertise is contentious regulatory investigations including misconduct, systems and controls breaches and individual accountability. It has particular experience of dealing with investigations by the FCA and SFO. The firm‚Äôs key client sector is financial services including including retail and wholesale banks, asset managers, brokers and other major financial institutions. Nick Benwell¬†and Stephen Gentle, who ‚Äėbrings a calm reassurance to problem areas‚Äô head the team. Tim Boyce, Richard Sims¬†and Emma Sutcliffe¬†are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Nick Benwell - Simmons & Simmons

Stephen Gentle - Simmons & Simmons

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Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 5

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons’ client list includes major international financial institutions, insurers, asset managers and professional services firms. Paul Baker and Robert Allen handle reputation management issues arising from all forms of published material including social media commentary.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons¬† has won praise from its clients for its ‚Äėpragmatic, strategic and sound‚Äô advice and expertise within the fintech, media and retail sectors.¬† Recently promoted partner¬†Darren Meale¬† has been highlighted as a ‚Äėrising star‚Äô with a ‚Äėvery impressive level of legal expertise‚Äô.¬† Recent cases¬†include advising MonzoBank in its branding expansions and portfolio management. Adrian Smith¬† specialises in brand protection enforcement, clearance and is recommended for commercial transactions; work¬† highlights include acting for Theravance Biopharma on its global trademark portfolio. Trademark attorney Jessica Harris, Vikki Leitch¬†and Jonathan Sharples¬†are also names to note.

Next generation lawyers

Darren Meale - Simmons & Simmons

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Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

The 'extremely professional, thorough and prompt' team at Simmons & Simmons has 'great strength in depth' and leaves clients 'delighted with the quality of its service'; it leverages the firm's strengths in asset management, investment funds, financial services and technology to provide excellent fintech advice across the board, though peer-to-peer lending is an area of particular strength. 'Outstanding' group head Angus McLean advised the British Business Bank on regulatory matters, mostly involving assessing the suitability of finance platforms to which small and medium-sized enterprises would be referred. Other areas of fintech experience include AI, payments, regtech, insurtech, blockchain, cryptocurrencies and robo-advice. On the transactional side, Piers Summerfield assisted LendInvest with establishing its £500m EMTN programme, Isabella Roberts advised Fidante Partners Europe as bookrunner on Augmentum Fintech's £125m IPO, and Patrick Graves acted for Metro Group on its £12m investment in Yoyo Wallet. In dispute resolution, Patrick Boylan represented Capco as plaintiff in commercial litigation; the £100m case accused numerous defendants of economic torts, copyright infringement and corporate wrongdoing. Other recommended partners include financial services regulatory experts Penny Miller and Mahrie Webb, and asset-backed finance and securitisation specialist Michael Lorraine. Technology expert George Morris made partner in 2018.

Leading individuals

Angus McLean - Simmons & Simmons

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons

The information and communications technology team at Simmons & Simmons provides 'speedy, relevant and timely advice that is always succinct and commercially focused' to clients such as Samsung, Telefónica UK, Virgin Media and BT plc. The team is also instructed by OneWeb on complex TMT regulatory issues concerning satellite broadband, in numerous jurisdictions across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. In another work highlight James Cotter led a team acting for VEON on a project for the transformation of the clients supply chain, including drafting and renegotiating terms of procurement as well as automating certain contract templates. Tom Wheadon attracts praise for 'his tireless and selfless ability to be there whenever needed to provide  measured legal advice'. He heads the practice, which includes head of TMT Alexander Brown, and Hinal Patel, who advises  buyers and suppliers in the technology and telecoms sectors. Changes to the team includes Lawrence Brown's promotion to the partnership and Tony Woodgate's retirement.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

Attracting praise as 'excellent on quality of service, responsiveness and the value', Simmons & Simmons intellectual property team offers 'pragmatic, timely, strategic and business sound advice'. The practice is headed up by Michael Gavey , who led a team and is acting for GlaxoSmithKline Research and Development on three projects, which has required IP advice and negotiation and drafting of agreements, ownership and cross-licensing provisions.  The team has also been engaged to handle trade mark disputes and patent revocation claims. Kevin Cordina joined from CMS and heads the patent prosecution team, which includes Michael Burdon who joined from Olswang.  Other names to note include recently promoted partner Darren Meale, who is recommended as being 'excellent on trade mark matters'.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 1

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons is 'jam-packed full of the highest-calibre individuals' in the areas of transactions, patent litigation and regulations. Michael Gavey leads the team and is particularly prominent in handling the IP aspects of transactions. Charles Mayo is also a key figure and highly experienced in M&A and capital markets transactions. Other key members of the team include Scott Parker, who is an expert in patent litigation, and transactions specialist Lydia Torne. Rowan Freeland has retired.

Next generation lawyers

Lydia Torne - Simmons & Simmons

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London: Transport

Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons is noted for its experience in advising on UK and international rail projects. Railway PPPs, M&A, freight railway projects, operation and maintenance arrangements, property arrangements, track access and railway regulation are key areas of expertise. The team is advising Momentum Infrastructure is on its bid for work on HS2. Real estate partner Matthew Hooton and projects partner Andrew Petry are key members of the team, which is led by Juliet Reingold. Rob Horne has joined Osborne Clarke LLP.

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Legal Developments by:
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  • Failure to counter financial crime: Norwich Union Life

    In December 2007, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) imposed a fine of £1.26m on Norwich Union Life (part of the Aviva Group), one of the largest life insurance businesses in the UK with around seven million customers. The fine related to failures to take reasonable care to establish and maintain effective systems and controls for countering the risks of financial crime. The fine is the latest confirmation of the emphasis being placed on protecting clients and customers from the threat of financial crime.
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