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Taylor Wessing LLP
5 NEW STREET SQUARE
LONDON
EC4A 3TW
London

Brand management Tier 1

Taylor Wessing LLP's team continues to be at the forefront of the brand management sector, with 'top-tier expertise' in trade marks, advertising, designs, technology and the commercialisation of IP rights. The 'outstanding' team includes France Delord, who focuses on th management of large international trade mark portfolios; 'all-round IP specialist' Charles Lloyd; and head of brands Roland Mallinson, who handles contentious and transactional IP matters. Adam Rendle, who made partner in May 2019, specialises in parallel trade mark litigation and in commercialisation through advertising, sponsorship and endorsements. Others to note are practice co-head Mark Owen, Jason Rawkins and 'talented associate' Simon Jupp.

Commercial property: hotels and leisure Tier 1

Taylor Wessing LLP’s commercial property practice has ‘consistently demonstrated exceptional service over a number of years’, and excels in the hotels and leisure space, particularly on the M&A front, recently advising Vivion Capital on the acquisition of almost 60 UK hotels via three separate portfolio deals totalling in excess of £1.25bn. Additional core strengths include investment sales and purchases, major portfolio sales, urban regeneration projects and property portfolio management. International and institutional investors, funds and REITs are among the key investment clients while corporate occupiers regularly engage the department for acquisitions and leasehold negotiations. In addition, the practice demonstrates experience in advising owners, developers and occupiers in the retail space on the full range of related real estate issues and is also well-regarded within the student accommodation, co-living, residential and logistics sectors.

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Taylor Wessing LLP advises trustees, executors and beneficiaries on resolving trust and estate disputes with a focus on multi-jurisdictional matters, particularly in an offshore context. Emma Jordan is an English barrister and Jersey advocate and also has extensive experience in other offshore locations including Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands. Jordan has been appointed to a legislative working committee in Jersey to consider the first ever statute for insolvent trusts. Kirstie McGuigan specialises in the resolution of disputes relating to the formation and administration of trusts and estates. Andrew Hine is another key figure. Hine is hugely experienced in probate, succession and wills and has advised on many substantial multi-jurisdictional matters involving complex conflict of law issues.

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 1

Taylor Wessing LLP 'stands out for its industry expertise' and for its 'international reach'. The media and entertainment team is able to advise on a range of matters across publishing, advertising, marketing, gaming, social media, interactive content, TV, broadcasting and music mandates. The cross-practice team offers expertise across M&A, corporate venturing, copyright, trade marks, content licensing, tech transactions, defamation, litigation, media regulation, advertising regulation and transactions, data and employment matters. Corporate partner Mike Turner is experienced in corporate deals in the gaming sector; Turner led advice for Wooga, a Berlin-based casual games developer, on its sale to Israeli mobile games company, Playtika. Media litigator Niri Shanmuganathan advises publishing, advertising, sport, film and TV clients on defamation, contempt, obscenity and privacy issues. Adam Rendle, who was recently promoted to partner, advises on projects, licensing, disputes and corporate transactions.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Andrew Hine heads the heavyweight international practice at Taylor Wessing LLP. It advises on the full range of complex tax, trusts, succession and estate planning matters as well as on the creation and maintenance of multi-jurisdictional asset holding structures. It has a strong international client base with a mix of 'old' and new money. Clients range from ‘Middle England’ families with an asset value running into £5-10m all the way to international billionaires and the team acts for eight Royal Families. In addition the department provides trust, tax and succession planning advice to around 40 hedge fund principals and around 40 principals in the private equity sector. Ryan Myint is now at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP.

Venture capital Tier 1

With ten partners focused on corporate technology matters out of London and Cambridge, as well as its ability to tap into the expertise of the firm's notable IP offering, Taylor Wessing LLP maintains its position as 'one of the pre-eminent venture capital firms'. Strong on both investee and investor-side mandates (from early-stage financing rounds through to later stage fundings) and also able to handle exits (either through IPOs or trade sales), the firm has an 'excellent perspective' on trends in the market. It has been particularly active of late in relation to artificial intelligence (AI), fintech and gaming matters and continues to act for high-profile challenger bank Monzo on all of its fundraisings to date, including its recent Series E financing round. Team head Adrian Rainey  led on the aforementioned matter and is a key member of the team that also includes several other high-profile practitioners, including Angus MilnJosef Fuss  is gaining a strong reputation in the market, in particular for digital health and AI matters with an international dimension, while at associate level, Cambridge-based Adam Thatcher is also noted.

Commercial property: investment Tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP’s commercial property practice has ‘consistently demonstrated exceptional service over a number of years’, and excels in the hotels and leisure space, particularly on the M&A front, recently advising Vivion Capital on the acquisition of almost 60 UK hotels via three separate portfolio deals totalling in excess of £1.25bn. Additional core strengths include investment sales and purchases, major portfolio sales, urban regeneration projects and property portfolio management. International and institutional investors, funds and REITs are among the key investment clients while corporate occupiers regularly engage the department for acquisitions and leasehold negotiations. In addition, the practice demonstrates experience in advising owners, developers and occupiers in the retail space on the full range of related real estate issues and is also well-regarded within the student accommodation, co-living, residential and logistics sectors.

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP excels in the technology sector and has substantial regulatory and corporate expertise. The practice also leverages the firm’s global network to advise on multijurisdictional projects including international data privacy compliance programmes and enforcement actions. Department head Vinod Bange acts for clients across a range of sectors including the technology, financial services, life sciences and healthcare industries; he recently advised Callidus Software on the data privacy aspects of its $2.4bn acquisition by SAP. Litigator Paul Glass heads up the cybersecurity practice and regularly handles cyber-attacks, crisis management issues and regulatory investigations.

Gaming and betting Tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP is experienced in advising domestic and cross-border clients in the spread betting industry and has expertise in binary bets, as well as in their interface with financial services regulatory issues. The practice also advises gambling start-ups on the obtainment of licences and provides regulatory advice on their business models, and advises unregulated clients in the gambling industry on regulatory issues, digital media, promotional activities and licensing projects. Other aspects of the team’s work include contractual advice and assistance with data privacy and intellectual property. Practice head Graham Hann has extensive experience in eGaming.

Intellectual property Tier 2

The 'highly knowledgeable' practice at Taylor Wessing LLP 'provides practical business solutions and advice' across trade mark and design, patent and copyright matters, with particular experience in the consumer goods, fashion and luxury brands, life sciences and pharmaceuticals, technology and media sectors. Niri Shanmuganathan heads up the group and has particular experience assisting media and entertainment sector clients, while Nigel Stoate leads the patents practice, Mark Owen heads up the trade mark, copyright and designs team and Graham Hann leads the transactional IP team. Other names to note include Simon Cohen and Matthew Royle for life sciences sector patents disputes, 'formidable strategist' Charles Lloyd and Roland Mallinson, who specialises in soft IP.

IT and telecoms Tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP is instructed by a range of customers and suppliers of IT including financial services clients, telecoms companies and start-ups on commercial, regulatory and contentious matters. The team has expertise in handling infrastructure projects and assisting manufacturers and communications providers with the regulatory issues and commercial arrangements associated with internet of things applications, and also advises mobile service operators and providers of new communication services. Graham Hann and Angus Finnegan head up the commercial technology and telecoms teams respectively. Other key contacts include Sian Skelton, who has a particular focus on advising US businesses setting up in Europe and UK-based technology clients; outsourcing specialist Martin Cotterill; Glyn Morgan, who assists with regulatory and digital transactions; and Chris Jeffery, who advises on enterprise software, adtech and e-commerce issues, as well as the EU privacy aspects of online and SaaS models.

M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m Tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP's corporate M&A team combines the firm's private equity, corporate finance and corporate technology practice, working with large international clients on the full range of corporate work. Over the past twelve months, this has included public and private mergers, acquisitions and disposals, leveraged buyouts and public-to-private transactions. The corporate technology practice focuses exclusively on transactions within the TMT sector, and the London office works closely with international offices in tech hubs on these cross-border matters, including Silicon Valley, Paris and Singapore. Also of note is the firm's activity in the hotels and leisure sector, which has seen significant year-on-year growth. David Mardle co-heads the international corporate group, as well as leading the UK corporate practice from the Cambridge office, and predominantly focuses on M&A transactions in the technology and life sciences sectors.

Private equity: transactions – mid-tier – up to £250m Tier 2

Private equity work makes up a significant part of Taylor Wessing LLP's corporate practice. Leveraged-buyouts across a range of different sectors are handled by the team, which, given the firm's sector focus, has significant experience of technology sector-related transactions. Venture capital is another key area of activity. In a widely-reported recent highlight, Emma Danks led in advising investor Rutland Partners on its sale of Pizza Hut restaurants to the company's existing management team; the deal was made complex by the involvement of multiple key stakeholders, all of whom had to be negotiated with. Danks regularly represents both PE firms and management teams and comes highly recommended by her peers and competitors. Also of note is James Goold, who acts as relationship partner to many of the firm's long-standing PE clients.

Professional negligence Tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP focuses on complex, high-profile claims and regulatory investigations, and the professional services disputes team is 'outstanding' on claims involving auditors and accountants. The team is experienced at managing the interaction between large and complex civil claims, disciplinary processes and regulatory enquiries. It also handles claims involving valuers, architects, surveyors, solicitors and other professionals, and it is instructed by claimants and defendants. Team head Andrew Howell is involved in complex professional negligence claims and regulatory investigations, and has been involved in cases against eight of the ten largest accounting firms in the UK. Julian Randall is 'exceptionally talented' and is experienced in cross-border disputes. Senior associates James Bryden and Stuart Broom are noted for accountancy claims.

Property finance Tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP‘s ‘solid‘ team is noted for its sector expertise in hotels (including handling several high-profile portfolio acquisitions), student accommodation, PRS and logistics. Other areas of strength include acquisition and development finance, loan sales and acquisitions, and restructuring. The team’s client base covers lenders and borrowers, including banks, insurance companies, REITs and real estate investors. Jonathan Marks specialises in debt finance; Heather Buttle, who ‘is really good at what she does‘, counts alternative and established lenders among her clients; and Gareth Lawson has experience in senior, mezzanine and preferred equity structures.

Reputation management Tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP is active in both claimant and media defence cases, often advising on non-traditional challenges such as digital and non-media related threats to high-net-worth clients' reputation and privacy. Among the firms' areas of expertise are social media liability issues, cyber security and data breaches, "right to be forgotten" cases and GDPR removal requests. Leading media litigator and 'true master' Niri Shanmuganathan heads the 'adaptable' department, which also consists of key individuals Paul Glass and 'hugely knowledgeable' senior associate Michael Yates, who specialises in photo leaks, revenge porn and social media work. In addition to assisting claimant individuals and companies, as well as media defendants in the UK and US, team leader Shanmuganathan also covers a number of other areas. These include IPSO complaints, reporting restrictions in the Family Division and reputation issues arising from Coroners Court proceedings.

Trade finance Tier 2

In the last five years, Taylor Wessing LLP has established and grown a dedicated trade finance team in the UK, which now advises on a broad range of trade finance products. Its work encompasses receivables financing, supply chain financing, commodity-related guarantees and discounting structures, pre-export financing, private placements, Letter of Credit facilities, and asset-based lending. Its practice covers a diverse range of industries but has particular experience in the oil and gas, telecoms and automobile sectors. Among its clients are banks including Santander and Deutsche Bank, funds, corporates and export credit agencies, who call on both the trade finance hub in London and the firm's network of offices in 20 countries. The practice, which is led by banking and finance partner Elizabeth Gaunt, frequently applies its expertise in areas such as structured finance and private equity to create bespoke trade finance transactions. Lerika Joubert uses her wide knowledge of corporate finance, trade and receivables finance, leveraged and acquisition finance, derivatives, asset-based lending and litigation funding to advise clients on trade finance structures.

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP’s commercial property practice has ‘consistently demonstrated exceptional service over a number of years’, and excels in the hotels and leisure space, particularly on the M&A front, recently advising Vivion Capital on the acquisition of almost 60 UK hotels via three separate portfolio deals totalling in excess of £1.25bn. Additional core strengths include investment sales and purchases, major portfolio sales, urban regeneration projects and property portfolio management. International and institutional investors, funds and REITs are among the key investment clients while corporate occupiers regularly engage the department for acquisitions and leasehold negotiations. In addition, the practice demonstrates experience in advising owners, developers and occupiers in the retail space on the full range of related real estate issues and is also well-regarded within the student accommodation, co-living, residential and logistics sectors.

Commercial property: development Tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP’s commercial property practice has ‘consistently demonstrated exceptional service over a number of years’, and excels in the hotels and leisure space, particularly on the M&A front, recently advising Vivion Capital on the acquisition of almost 60 UK hotels via three separate portfolio deals totalling in excess of £1.25bn. Additional core strengths include investment sales and purchases, major portfolio sales, urban regeneration projects and property portfolio management. International and institutional investors, funds and REITs are among the key investment clients while corporate occupiers regularly engage the department for acquisitions and leasehold negotiations. In addition, the practice demonstrates experience in advising owners, developers and occupiers in the retail space on the full range of related real estate issues and is also well-regarded within the student accommodation, co-living, residential and logistics sectors.

Contruction: non-contentious Tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP's non-contentious practice is led by Matthew Jones, who advises on all aspects of construction legal matters, particularly procurement and the drafting and negotiation of building and engineering contracts. Jones was the lead partner advising R&F on the construction documentation and procurement structure for its £1bn developments at Nine Elms Square and Queen's Square. The practice's client roster includes funders, investors, agents and contractors. The 'impressive' David Quinlan specialises in domestic and international infrastructure projects and project finance.

Employment: employers Tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP's employment practice has a particular focus on the tech and life sciences sectors, and generates much work as a result of its efforts to build connections with US and Canadian-headquartered clients of the companies the firm advises across Europe. Other areas of specialism include providing tech-focused solutions for clients looking to address issues relating to governance, compliance and data protection. The team is led by Paul Callaghan, whose practice focuses on US and Canadian companies in the tech, life sciences and retail sectors. Fellow partner Sean Nesbitt has an increasing focus on governance and risk management work, while senior counsel Anna McCaffrey is also well-regarded.

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP has experience advising REITs and trading companies on domestic equity markets spanning AIM and the Main Market, including the Specialist Funds Segment. The team has experience in the technology, life sciences and real estate sectors. Russell Holden is a key contact.

Fintech Tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP acts for financial institutions, software companies, investors, and e-commerce companies, as well as a number of clients in the payments space, ranging from well-known challenger banks to thriving start-ups. The group's strong corporate offering sees it advising clients on early and late stage funding rounds, private equity investments, shareholding sales and dispositions. On the regulatory side the team has strengths in advising payments service companies on PSD2 compliance and a range of other regulatory matters. Corporate partner Adrian Rainey handles M&A and venture capital work for clients ranging from institutional investors to start-ups, whereas associate Chris Ratcliffe assists payment providers, cryptocurrency platforms and challenger banks with regulatory applications, product terms and outsourcing arrangements. In 2019, Charlotte Hill joined the firm from Covington & Burling LLP, and now serves as head of the financial services and competition group.

Fraud: civil Tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP is adept at handling asset tracing, multijurisdictional corruption investigations, sanctions, anti-bribery compliance, fraud disputes and corporate crime. It has a particular focus on the financial services sector and advises on FX investigations, fraud disputes involving accountancy firms, allegations of fraudulent mismarking in hedge fund valuation disputes and disputes over alleged fraudulent misappropriation of assets provided as security for large-scale lending. The firm is particularly experienced in handling such financial matters in Russia and the CIS. Team co-head David De Ferrars focuses on commercial litigation and commercial disputes for global companies, banks, individuals and family estates. Corporate crime and fraud co-head Tim Strong focuses on corporate wrongdoing in the financial and energy sectors.

Fraud: white-collar crime Tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP is adept at defending individuals and representing them at interviews conducted by various regulators including the FCA, FRC, SFO and SEC. Financial regulatory investigations are a particular area of focus and the firm also advises on data protection, cybercrime, corruption, asset tracing and parallel criminal, civil and regulatory proceedings. The team is headed by corporate investigation and commercial litigation specialist David De Ferrars and corporate wrongdoing and regulatory investigation specialist Tim Strong.

Islamic finance Tier 3

The banking group at Taylor Wessing LLP has experience of handling shari'ah-compliant components of larger real estate finance and commercial lending deals. The firm also has lawyers based in the Middle East with expertise across a range of Islamic products including Islamic bonds. Jonathan Marks is a key figure in the debt finance group.

Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 3

Alongside a regular flow of work relating to scheme restructurings, master trust strategy and funding and investment, Taylor Wessing LLP’s pensions team also has significant expertise in the field of pensions liberation fraud; work in this area involves the recovery of assets, data protection and tax issues. 'Extremely diligent' practice head Mark Smith covers all other areas of general advisory support to a client list comprising a healthy roster of scheme sponsors and trustees.

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology Tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP's life sciences team includes Nigel Stoate, who heads up the patents practice and specialises in contentious work in a variety of industries in addition to life sciences. Simon Cohen also handles patent litigation together with pharma regulatory work and James Marshall is a patent litigator with a focus on the pharmaceuticals and telecommunications sectors. The firm can offer its life sciences clients an impressive range of expertise in areas including competition and capital markets. Malcolm Bates, David Mardle, Tim Worden and David Rainey have left the practice to join Goodwin. Alison Dennis has joined the team from Fieldfisher.

Planning Tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP’s planning team advises on all aspects of planning and environmental law to a client base of developers, investors, local authorities and landowners. Practice head Alistair Watson has expertise in CPO applications, environmental impact assessments, highways agreements, urban extensions and redevelopments within conservation areas. The team, which also comprises three associates including senior associate Emma Tait, has a strong track record of advising on the redevelopment of major sporting stadiums.

Property litigation Tier 3

At Taylor Wessing LLP, the 'charming and commercially savvySaleem Fazal, who divides his time between Liverpool and London, leads a 'very good team of property litigators, who can turn their hands to any property dispute'. Its wide-ranging expertise includes vacant possession strategies, rights of light matters, dilapidation claims, service charge disputes and injunctions and leads to a steady flow of instructions from institutional, residential and private clients.

Residential property Tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP's 'personal and dedicated' residential property group acts for high-net-worth individuals, including foreign nationals, as well as investors, trustees and estates. The team, which predominantly advises buyers and owners has expertise in transactional matters spanning refinancing, SDLT and corporate tax structuring, lease agreements and planning applications. 'Leading lightElaine Dobson has niche enfranchisement expertise and advises investors on residential landlord and tenant matters within mixed used sites, with many of her clients based in the Middle East, the Far East, Africa and Europe.

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP is experienced in disputes involving derivatives, mis-selling, CDOs, funds and fraud, and the team frequently assists with cross-border matters. Andrew Howell is head of disputes and investigations, and Laurence Lieberman is contentious financial services head. Tim Strong co-heads the corporate crime and fraud unit, and former co-head of the international disputes and investigations group Shane Gleghorn is managing partner in the UK. The senior associate to note is Emma Allen. Stephen Flaherty left for Nautilus Indemnity Holdings.

Commercial litigation Tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP manages a broad range of commercial and corporate disputes, primarily in the professional services, financial services, technology and life sciences sectors. It is also well known for its experience in disputes involving  corporate crime, fraud and investigations, product liability, restructuring and corporate recovery, Cybersecurity, technology, finance and professional negligence. Andrew Howell is disputes and investigations head and Shane Gleghorn is UK managing partner. David De Ferrars, Tim Strong and Laurence Lieberman are also highly regarded, while Katie Chandler was made partner in 2018 and senior counsel Boris Telyatnikov is the contentious lead for the Russia and CIS desk.

Commercial property: retail Tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP’s commercial property practice has ‘consistently demonstrated exceptional service over a number of years’, and excels in the hotels and leisure space, particularly on the M&A front, recently advising Vivion Capital on the acquisition of almost 60 UK hotels via three separate portfolio deals totalling in excess of £1.25bn. Additional core strengths include investment sales and purchases, major portfolio sales, urban regeneration projects and property portfolio management. International and institutional investors, funds and REITs are among the key investment clients while corporate occupiers regularly engage the department for acquisitions and leasehold negotiations. In addition, the practice demonstrates experience in advising owners, developers and occupiers in the retail space on the full range of related real estate issues and is also well-regarded within the student accommodation, co-living, residential and logistics sectors.

Employee share schemes Tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP’s tax and incentives department handles matters regarding the share scheme aspects of complex transactions; of recent note, the team is advising the shareholders of materials information technology company Granta Design on the sale of its share capital to ANSYS. The group is very active internationally, particularly in relation to foreign investment, and stands out for its work for a number of US-based clients. Another area of focus for the team is employment tax. Practice head Ann Casey is adept at handling all aspects of share schemes and incentive matters, and has specialist experience in advising technology start-ups. Also noted is Anna Humphrey.

Financial services: contentious Tier 4

With a focus on technology Taylor Wessing LLP is best known in the wealth management, funds, private banking, fintech and consumer lending sectors. Senior counsel Christopher Ratcliffe is notable in this area. On the contentious side the firm has experience in high profile regulatory investigations and is called on by major banks to represent senior executives in relation to LIBOR/FX and other market and product investigations. The team also works closely with the firm’s corporate crime and fraud unit in a financial services context. Andrew Howell advises on commercial and corporate disputes in the financial services and professional services sectors, specialising in claims and regulatory investigations involving the financial services and accountancy professions. He co-leads the practice with Laurence Lieberman, who has particular expertise in the resolution of financial disputes and regulatory investigations. The department is acting for professor Russel Griggs, an independent reviewer appointed by Lloyds Banking Group, in consultation with the FCA, in the review and redress programme for SME customers impacted by the multimillion pound fraud that took place at the bank. Former non-contentious head Jonathan Rogers left the firm in 2019 for White & Case LLP.

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP's energy, infrastructure and projects team is spearheaded by Dominic FitzPatrick, who also leads the corporate group. The firm also has substantial capabilities in the construction and engineering space, as well as in private equity, where James Goold is renowned for his expertise. On the contentious front, Paul Glass is the name to note.

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime Tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP handles a host of corporate and financial crime matters , advising clients on compliance and investigations, as well as matters such as whistleblowing, data protection, cybercrime and corruption. The firm regularly deals with regulators and organisations including the FCA, FRC, SFO and SEC. Co-head of team David De Ferrars focuses on commercial litigation, corporate investigations, fraud, asset tracing, corruption and white-collar matters. Tim Strong, who co-heads the team alongside De Ferrars, handles investigations, dealings with regulators and related disputes.

Commercial contracts Tier 5

Technology specialist Taylor Wessing LLP combines commercial contracts experience with expertise in areas including data protection and competition law. A key name for the firm is Christopher Jeffery, who focuses on advising technology companies on complex contractual negotiations, data protection governance and compliance.

Construction: contentious Tier 5

Taylor Wessing LLP applies a 'commercial approach' to contentious construction matters and has experience of a range of disputes across the real estate development, energy and infrastructure sectors. Matthew Jones leads the construction and engineering group, which was strengthened by Jonathan Hutt's arrival from RPC in October 2018. Senior counsel Natalie Pilagos covers matters in the hotels, student accommodation, infrastructure and energy sectors.

Corporate tax Tier 5

The team at Taylor Wessing LLP has a strong transactional and advisory offering, with experience in the private wealth sector, real estate funds and inward investment structuring and financing. The tax group also works closely with the firm's corporate technology team, advising both start-ups and venture capital investors. The department is jointly-led by international tax expert Peter Jackson and Robert Young, who focuses on incentives.

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 5

Alongside a regular flow of work relating to scheme restructurings, master trust strategy and funding and investment, Taylor Wessing LLP’s pensions team also has significant expertise in the field of pensions liberation fraud; work in this area involves the recovery of assets, data protection and tax issues. 'Extremely diligent' practice head Mark Smith covers all other areas of general advisory support to a client list comprising a healthy roster of scheme sponsors and trustees.

Acquisition finance Tier 6

Headed by the 'excellentMartin YellsTaylor Wessing LLP provides a 'high-quality service' to a core roster of banks, as well as an increasing number of private equity sponsors, which it has advised on new money leveraged financings as well as on refinancings of acquisition facilities. The team also regularly works alongside its European network of offices on cross-border deals and often handles work within the TMT sector, where it is able to tap into significant deal flow from the firm's market-leading venture capital team.

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 6

With a focus on technology Taylor Wessing LLP is best known in the wealth management, funds, private banking, fintech and consumer lending sectors. Senior counsel Christopher Ratcliffe is notable in this area. On the contentious side the firm has experience in high profile regulatory investigations and is called on by major banks to represent senior executives in relation to LIBOR/FX and other market and product investigations. The team also works closely with the firm’s corporate crime and fraud unit in a financial services context. Andrew Howell advises on commercial and corporate disputes in the financial services and professional services sectors, specialising in claims and regulatory investigations involving the financial services and accountancy professions. He co-leads the practice with Laurence Lieberman, who has particular expertise in the resolution of financial disputes and regulatory investigations. The department is acting for professor Russel Griggs, an independent reviewer appointed by Lloyds Banking Group, in consultation with the FCA, in the review and redress programme for SME customers impacted by the multimillion pound fraud that took place at the bank. Former non-contentious head Jonathan Rogers left the firm in 2019 for White & Case LLP.

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 7

Led by Nick MoserTaylor Wessing LLP's restructuring team receives a significant flow of domestic and cross-border work from insolvency practitioners on formal insolvency procedures, as well as from a growing roster of funds clients seeking to realise value in the distressed debt market. As well as recently securing significant roles in some high-profile retail collapses (including work for the management team on insolvency and restructuring matters prior to LK Bennett going into administration), the firm also picks up a sizeable flow of work relating to IP-rich entities from the firm's market-leading venture capital practice. Other niches include pensions restructurings, and fraud and complex real estate restructuring and recovery.

EU and competition Tier 7

Taylor Wessing LLP’s financial services and competition department advises on a broad range of issues including investigations and sector inquires, merger control, public procurement, as well as state aid. Senior counsel Louisa Penny has experience across a number of sectors such as pharmaceuticals, media and entertainment, sport, telecoms, real estate, and life sciences. May 2019 saw the departure of department head Robert Vidal, who joined Pinsent Masons LLP.

Immigration

The immigration team at Taylor Wessing LLP operates closely with the firm's employment, private wealth and tax experts to advise corporate clients and high-net-worth individuals on a range of immigration issues. The team is also well-placed to advise on the immigration aspects of corporate transactions and restructuring mandates; it is able to utilise the firm's international presence to advise on complex immigration instructions for multinational clients.

Taylor Wessing LLP is a leading international law firm, working with clients in the world’s most dynamic industries and helping them succeed by advising on their business throughout their life cycle. Specialising in technology, media and communications, life sciences and private wealth, the firm acts for 32 of the world’s top 50 brands; some the world’s most exciting start-ups; and some of the world’s wealthiest families. A diverse client base allows the firm to advise on more than just the law. Experts play an essential role in advising clients on business growth and protection, while introducing them to new people, new markets and fresh perspectives that will help their business flourish. Collaboration is key to Taylor Wessing’s success. It has over 400 partners and 1,100 lawyers, spanning 32 offices in 19 jurisdictions around the world.

Types of work undertaken: Technology, media and communications: Taylor Wessing’s technology, media and communications group is a leader in its field. The firm acts for clients throughout the eco-system, from start-ups through to global giants, often acting internationally. The firm’s full-service intellectual property offering provides clients with deep sector knowledge and experience, while its reputation management offering is recognised as being market leading. The firm is well positioned to advise on media and technology convergence issues due to the strengths of its technology and IT practices and its well-regarded corporate expertise in this sector. The firm also has a dedicated Tech City office at Second Home, London’s most high-profile community of entrepreneurs and creative businesses, focusing on UK and international tech start-ups and more established tech companies.

Life sciences: The firm’s life sciences group is renowned for patent litigation, licensing work, corporate, venture capital, research and development and regulatory. Taylor Wessing acts for clients across the entire industry, from technology to medical device companies, and is able to spot emerging trends and see the bigger picture. The group consists of one of the strongest and best-known patent litigation teams in Europe as well as experts in regulatory, EU law, competition and corporate, all working hand-in-hand to provide tailor-made solutions for complex tasks and problems. The firm’s extensive experience of coordinating highly technical parallel actions in multiple jurisdictions enables it to develop innovative strategies, to manage not only complex litigation but to help clients in other complex business transactions.

Private wealth: The cross-departmental private wealth group has been recognised as a market leader for many years. Taylor Wessing is exceptional for a large international law firm in having a substantial private wealth capability, serving a large number of major families and their offices. The firm offers a fully integrated service for the ultra-wealthy who need expert and joined-up advice on personal wealth structures, international tax planning, commercial and real estate investments, reputation management and immigration issues. It acts for many of the world’s wealthiest families, providing independent and sound advice based on insight, knowledge and technical expertise. It is one of few international firms providing an integrated service covering both private client and corporate needs.

Energy: Taylor Wessing has a strong track record of advising companies, investors and developers in both the traditional and renewable energy sectors. Taylor Wessing is clear on the issues and opportunities throughout the value chain and advises a full range of industry participants, from the early-stage cleantech investor to full commercialisation of technologies, to the development and financing of renewable energy projects. The firm has deep experience of advising on cleantech, renewable energy, water, waste, utilities, and developers and investors in the traditional energy sector. The firm’s renewable energy practice was involved in some of Europe’s earliest windfarms and continues to play an active role in the renewables field, while the firm’s internationally recognised capability in venture capital and IP provides for unrivalled experience in cleantech. The firm is also experienced in water privatisation and acting for clients directly involved with waste management, disposal and treatment, as well as waste-to-energy. The firm advises utilities, developers and investors in the traditional energy sector, appreciating the issues they face as energy demand continues to rise and environmental issues come to the fore.

International: the firm has offices in Amsterdam, Beijing, Berlin, Bratislava, Brno, Brussels, Budapest, Cambridge, Dubai,Düsseldorf, Eindhoven, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Jeddah, Kiev, Klagenfurt, London, London Tech City, Liverpool, Menlo Park/Silicon Valley, Munich, New York City, Paris, Prague, Riyadh, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Vienna and Warsaw.

Department Name Email Telephone
UK managing partner Shane Gleghorn
UK senior partner Dominic FitzPatrick
Real estate, planning and environment Keith Barnett
Construction and engineering Matthew Jones
Restructuring and corporate recovery Nick Moser
Banking and finance Martin Yells
Employment and pensions Paul Callaghan
Financial services regulatory Jonathan Rogers
Tax and incentives Rob Young
Private client Andrew Hine
Private capital and corporate finance Russell Holden
Corporate technology Mike Turner
Private equity Emma Danks
Disputes and investigations Andrew Howell
Commercial technology and data Graham Hann
IP and media Mark Owen
Patents Nigel Stoate
Number of lawyers firm-wide : 1,100
Number of UK partners : 98
Number of other UK fee-earners : 350