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Taylor Wessing LLP

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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP¬†'s team is recommended for its strengths in complex and cutting-edge agreements, particularly those related to technology, where its commercial contracts knowledge is complemented by ancillary areas, such as data protection and competition law. Its team head¬†Christopher Jeffery, who undertakes a significant amount of work for North America-headquartered technology and digital media companies, has expertise in enterprise software, adtech and e-commerce. Members of the group also advise on technology project and service contracts, outsourcing, and technology-related joint ventures and strategic alliances, among other matters. Further illustrative of the broad spread of the work, clients ranging from SMEs and start-up companies to multinational corporates.¬†Si√Ęn Skelton¬†is assisting online fashion marketplace SilkFred with all aspects of its commercial arrangements, including manufacturing, warehousing and logistics, and agreements with brands that use the platform to sell their products. The firm also has a niche strength in acting for gaming providers;¬†Graham Hann¬†assisted Improbable Worlds (which makes distributed simulation software for video games and corporate use) with drafting and negotiating games development and publishing agreements with start-up games developers. Other clients of the firm include US make-up brand Glossier, Barclays Bank, Activision Publishing and Globetouch.¬†¬†Martin Cotterill¬†has a strong profile in the financial services (including fintech) sector.¬†Glyn Morgan¬†is another key figure in the group.

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 6

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP is most known for its real estate tax work, particularly in relation to REIT structuring. It also has expertise in the technology and private equity spaces. Head of Tax and Incentives Robert Young advised Supercell on the UK tax aspects of its $90m acquisition of a majority interested in SpaceApe Games; while he also advised, alongside Head of International Tax Peter Jackson, Canada Life on the tax implications and structuring of a number of complex income strip transactions, including the acquisition of a long-term income interest in and re-development funding for Kings Walk Shopping Centre in Gloucester. Graham Samuel-Gibbon is another practitioner of note.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 5

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP¬†‚Äėprovides great advice in a timely manner‚Äô with ‚Äėexcellent service‚Äô, and ‚Äėis particularly good at ensuring focus is kept on a client‚Äôs priorities‚Äô. The ‚Äėstrategically excellent‚Äô¬†Robert Vidal¬†heads the team, which is particularly strong in the pharmaceuticals and technology sectors. Vidal is assisted by senior counsel¬†Louisa Penny,¬†who is recommended as ‚Äėproactive and strategic in finding solutions in a heavily regulated area‚Äô. Vidal and Penny advised financial comparison website operator money.co.uk on its ¬£140m sale to ZPG and handled the competition concerns relating to pharmaceutical company Teva‚Äôs sale of assets to Accord.¬†Richard Craig¬†departed in January 2018 to join¬†Latham & Watkins.

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Financial services
Financial services (non-contentious/ regulatory) - ranked: tier 5

Taylor Wessing LLP

Financial services contentious - ranked: tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP

'Approachable, practical and easy to get along with', the five-partner team at Taylor Wessing LLP provides a 'very high level of technical expertise and knowledge' to an eclectic roster of clients including wealth management entities, fintech companies, banks and consumer finance companies. 'Very user-friendly' team head Jonathan Rogers provides 'succinct and practical advice' to asset managers, broker-dealers and private banks on ongoing regulatory compliance issues as well as bespoke advice relating to product launches. Rogers regularly handles work for the Just Retirement Group including recently advising it on compliance issues relating to Solvency II. He also provided the regulatory input on the firm's representation of Interactive Investor on its acquisition of TD Direct Investment. David McCluskey is 'excellent' on the contentious front, particularly as it pertains to the criminal aspects of financial investigations and litigation. Other clients include Nutmeg, Index Ventures, Investec and London Stock Exchange Group.

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Flotations: small and mid-cap
Flotations: small and mid-cap - ranked: tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP has a strong specialism in the technology, life sciences and real estate sectors, but it also generates work connected with various other industries. The team, which is led by Russell Holden, advises on AIM and Main Market listings, secondary issues, step-ups and public M&A, among other matters. In addition, it advises on regulatory issues, such as those related to the UK Listing Rules and Disclosure and Transparency Rules, the AIM Rules and the Takeover Code. In 2017, Jeremy Landau led a cross-practice team, which advised Boku on its institutional placing and AIM IPO, which raised £45m. Another key figure in the team is William Belcher, who was the lead adviser to Triple Point Social Housing REIT Plc on its £200m Specialist Fund Segment listing. Other clients include Netcall Plc, Verona Pharma Plc and Creo Medical Group Plc. Tandeep Minhas and senior associate Katie Fellows are recommended.

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M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m
M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m - ranked: tier 1

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP¬†has ‚Äėvery good strength in depth‚Äô, and is active in a variety of sectors, which includes corporate real estate, consumer and retail, hotels and leisure and private wealth. The team has carved out a niche in handling international corporate gaming transactions, with¬†Mike Jones¬†assisting Altigi with its acquisition by Swedish gaming company Stillfront Group for ‚ā¨270m and¬†Mike Turner¬†advising Supercell on its $90m acquisition of a majority interest in SpaceApe Games. On the hotels and leisure side,¬†Richard Bursby¬†advised YOTEL on its $250m strategic partnership with private investment firm Starwood Capital Group, while in consumer and retail¬†William Belcher¬†acted for Hilton Food Group on the ¬£84m conditional acquisition of Icelandic Group. Fintech is another area of strength, with one landmark transaction seeing Turner advise money.co.uk on its sale to Zoopla for a potential consideration of ¬£140m. The ‚Äėpractical, reliable‚Äô¬†David Mardle¬†heads the corporate practice; corporate finance head¬†Russell Holden¬†and technology head¬†Adrian Rainey¬†are also recommended.

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Private equity: transactions
Private equity: transactions ‚Äď mid-market deals - ranked: tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP acted for management teams and private equity midmarket investors in a number of significant UK and cross-border deals in 2017. UK private equity team head Emma Danks advised Bridgepoint on the MBO of maternity clothes brand Séraphine; this was one of the client's first investments from its newly raised growth equity fund.  James Goold and senior associate Jonny Bethell assisted Inflexion with its investment in K2 Partnering Solutions, while Edward Waldron and senior associate Suzy Penney acted for the management team of Sequel Business Solutions in the sale of the business by HG Capital to Verisk Analytics for £250m. Waldron was also the lead adviser to Caledonia Investments Plc on the £80.6m sale of The Sloane Club to a special purpose vehicle jointly owned by Queensway Group Limited and Clearbell Property Partners III LP. Clients such as Livingbridge, Bridges Fund Management and Baird Capital also instruct the firm on private equity deals. Duncan McDonald's transactional experience spans sectors such as hotels and leisure, technology and aerospace, among others.

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 1

Taylor Wessing LLP

The 'superb' practice at Taylor Wessing LLP regularly handles the most noteworthy mandates in the market for a balanced roster of investees and investors including Sky, Index Ventures, Partech Ventures and Sequoia Capital. Able to leverage the firm's superb intellectual property capabilities, as well as having strong corporate credentials, the team is able to provide a holistic service throughout the funding lifecycle, from early stage fundraisings through to later stage investments and exit strategies. Life sciences and the technology sectors are particular strengths of the team and the Cambridge office is particularly important in servicing work emanating as a result of spin-outs from Cambridge University. In this regard, the 'fantastic' Adrian Rainey leads on the firm's work for Cambridge Innovation Capital, the preferred investor for Cambridge University, including advising it on a £40m Series B financing round into Bicycle Therapeutics. Rainey has also handled numerous venture capital mandates in the fintech space, including his ongoing work for 'mobile first' challenger bank - Monzo - on its recent fundraisings including a £71m funding round led by a syndicate of investors including new US investors Goodwater, Stripe and Michael Moritz. Angus Miln is also a 'very well-known figure in the industry' and continues to handle numerous matters for Index Ventures including advising it as the lead investor on a $66m Series B round into Revolut, a digital bank challenger. Mike Turner has significant expertise advising on international transactions including his recent work for online fashion retail platform, Farfetch, on its $397m Series G fundraising by new investor, and e-commerce giant, JD.com. Other recommended practitioners include the 'vastly experienced' David Mardle; Howard Palmer, who acts for investors and investees engaged in mandates within the  technology, media and life sciences sectors; and Josef Fuss, who excels at handling healthtech-related matters often involving a nexus to the Israeli market.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP¬†fields a team of ‚Äėthoughtful and professional partners and associates‚Äô. It is adept at handling international fraud, and asset tracing and corruption investigations. The firm recently acted for the Joint Official Liquidators of Saad Investment Company in cross-border banking litigation against JPMorgan Chase worth $200m. Andrew Howell¬†heads the team, supported by David De Ferrars¬†and Shane Gleghorn. Tim Strong¬†‚Äėunderstands the detail of the cases and makes good tactical decisions‚Äô. Boris Telyatnikov¬†joined as senior counsel and Susannah Wakefield¬†left the firm.

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Gaming and betting
Gaming and betting - ranked: tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP¬† acts for a range of major gaming and betting brands and has notable expertise in the social gaming sector, advising on licensed ‚Äėreal money‚Äô products and financial and regulatory issues. eSports is also a key area of focus, and the team is increasingly involved in assisting companies who have not historically fallen under the remit of UK gambling legislation. Recent work includes continuing to advise bwin.party digital entertainment plc on its online gaming services in the US through a major tie up with Boyd Gaming and Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. We advise on gambling platform licence agreements, in addition to issues around its mobile apps in the US. Key figures in the team are practice heads Graham Hann, Mark Owen¬† and partners Chris Jeffery¬†and Glyn Morgan.  

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Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP's licensing practice is focused on the gaming and betting sector and counts bwin.party digital entertainment plc, Amaya, Cashcade Limited and PokerStrategy.com as major industry clients. Led by Graham Hann, head of IT, Telecoms and Competition, Mark Owen, head of IP and Media and partners Glyn Morgan and Chris Jeffery. The firm’s highlight include continuing to advise bwin.party digital entertainment plc on its online gaming services in the US  through a major tie up with Boyd Gaming and Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa and handling the trade mark and copyright/design disputes for Amaya’s brands which include PokerStars, Full Tilt, BetStars, StarsDraft.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP's banking litigation practice covers derivatives, collateralised debt obligations, funds and structured products; has extensive expertise in mis-selling disputes; and the firm fields lawyers with experience in complex, cross-border financial frauds. Shane Gleghorn’s experience includes acting for the liquidators of Cayman Islands’ company, Saad Investments Company, in high-value transatlantic banking litigation involving syndicated facilities and synthetic notes; Gleghorn is 'very bright, very professional and very good with clients'. Other key advisers are Laurence Lieberman, Tim Strong, Stephen Flaherty and David McCluskey.

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP 'provides an excellent service, including high levels of attention to detail and good response times'. The practice assists with a broad range of commercial and corporate disputes for professional services firms, financial institutions, technology-rich companies and those in the energy and mining sectors; it is also noted for insolvency litigation, fraud-related matters, and hotel and hospitality disputes. It acted for Shell Technology Ventures Fund 1 in relation to a significant dispute arising from its historical investment in GO Science (now in liquidation); the case raised interesting legal issues about the breadth and scope of economic torts. Shane Gleghorn specialises in dispute resolution and investigations in the banking and finance sector; and Andrew Howell heads the disputes and investigations team in London. Other key contacts include Julian Randall, David De Ferrars, Tim Strong and Laurence Lieberman, while Katie Chandler is a notable senior counsel.

Leading individuals

Shane Gleghorn - Taylor Wessing LLP

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Competition litigation
Competition litigation - ranked: tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP's team is noted for its ability to provide 'strategic solutions' to contentious competition matters, including defending clients in national and European cartel investigations, bringing damages actions, dispute resolution and advocacy before European and UK courts. The group has particular expertise in the intersection between competition law and IP rights. Group leader Robert Vidal continues to represent Ranbaxy Laboratories and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries in an appeal against the European Commission's decision to fine the client for entering into anti-competitive settlement agreements relating to Citalopram. 'Extremely knowledgeable' senior counsel Louisa Penny has significant court experience on both the defence and claimant side and stands out for her 'incisive' approach.

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 6

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP advises borrowers and lenders - including an increasing number of private equity sponsors - on mid-market acquisition finance mandates. Team head Martin Yells is regularly involved in the most significant mandates handled by the team including his representation of Hilton Food Group plc on the complex financing arrangements to facilitate its £84m acquisition of Icelandic Group UK. Yells also acted for Rutland Partners on the £34.5m secured debt financing for its acquisition of the Armitage Pet Care group. The team also excels at handling the financing of M&A matters within the technology sector. Other clients include Santander, HSBC and Investec.

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Corporate restructuring and insolvency
Corporate restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 7

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP provides 'thoughtful and practical advice' to creditors and debtors across  the full range of corporate restructuring work and personal insolvency. 'Particularly strong at handling matters slightly out of the ordinary', team head Nick Moser 'always provides sensible advice'; he was recently re-instructed by the payment agents to advise on the mechanics of the distribution of the funds as a result of certain events being triggered through the CVA relating to the Federal Mogul restructuring. Neil Smyth joined Mills & Reeve LLP in April 2018.

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Islamic finance
Islamic finance - ranked: tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP

The team at Taylor Wessing LLP¬†is led by Jonathan Marks, whose practice covers the full spectrum of available structures and sectors including real estate and project financing, sukuk, and also more obscure engineered products, such as salaam (futures arrangements) and arboun (an options arrangement). Recent work includes advising Kuwait Finance House on the ¬£23m acquisition of a Luxembourg incorporated entity, where the equity portion of the consideration was funded by a murahabah agreement. The firm has also been involved in a number of default and distressed Islamic financed transactions. Other clients include Gatehouse Bank; Fortress Investment Group; Edinburgh House; Zain Capital Investments; Lloyds Banking Group; Bank of Tokyo ‚Äď Mitsubishi; and Helaba Bank Amlak Finance.

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Trade finance
Trade finance - ranked: tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP's trade finance practice advises on the full range of transactions including receivables and supply chain financing, commodity-related guarantees, pre-export financing, Letters of Credit and asset-based lending. Elisabeth Gaunt leads the practice and has more than 20 years' experience advising banks, funds, sponsors, corporates and export credit agencies on trade and project finance structures. She recently acted for Deutsche Bank in the restructuring of a PXF and other trade facilities for members of the MTC group. Gaunt also acted For Lloyds Bank on a $200m Letter of Credit facility with Trafigura. Newly promoted partner Lerika Joubert  is dual-qualified in England and South Africa and frequently advises financial institutions and corporates on receivables financing and securitisation. Senior associate Fiona Coady advises lenders and borrowers on deals in the energy, commodities and infrastructure sectors, notably in Africa. Emirates NBD and Santander Bank are among the practice's key clients.

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP 'stands out for its excellent response times, clear, concise and direct advice and brilliant commerciality'. The department regularly advises on the share scheme aspects of complex transactions; examples include acting for Supercell on its acquisition of a majority stake in Space Ape Games, assisting Money.co.uk with its sale to ZPG, and advising Inflexion Private Equity Partners on its buyout of Alston Elliott. Ann Casey heads up the team and provides 'consistently good quality advice in a reliable and personable way'; she is particularly knowledgeable on international tax issues. Other key practitioners include newly promoted partner Anna Humphrey, who focuses on the technology and media sectors; and senior associate Samantha Lenox.

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Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers and senior executives - ranked: tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP

With 'encyclopedic knowledge and focused management skills', department head Paul Callaghan has taken Taylor Wessing LLP's practice 'to new heights' with 'a clear commitment to truly understanding its clients and a real sense that the service levels, responsiveness and industry knowledge are always being pushed to the highest level possible'. The department has 'a strong focus on acting for US tech and telecoms companies' with notable clients including Fujifilm Sonosite, Medidata Solutions and Callidus Software. The team's recent work also includes representing Charles River Associates in the High Court in a dispute relating to the protection of confidential information and post-termination restrictions, acting for AlixPartners as administrators of Afren in a whistleblowing dispute, and defending easyJet in litigation brought by its cabin crew over holiday pay. Other key areas of expertise include compliance work and gig economy issues. The 'highly dedicated' Sean Nesbitt, Andrew Granger and 'brilliant' senior associate Anna McCaffrey are also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Anna McCaffrey - Taylor Wessing LLP

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Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP's immigration department benefits from the firm’s European, Middle East, US and Asian presence, working closely with its employment, private wealth and tax specialists. The team regularly advises corporate clients and high-net-worth individuals on their inward investment into the UK and Europe, particularly from North America and China; and the team also advises on the immigration implications of international M&A deals and restructuring projects. ROLI, Askonas Holt, Tele Tracking Technologies, Dahua Technology UK, Touch Surgery and Applied Predictive Technologies are clients. Senior counsel Charlie Pring advises a number of North American companies across the technology, digital media, financial services and energy sectors on their operations in the UK, and also acts for a number of UK headquartered clients in the technology space on immigration issues. Senior counsel Vikki Wiberg advises corporate clients based in the Middle East and Asia, as well as high-net-worth clients. Sean Nesbitt heads the team.

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Pensions
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 5

Taylor Wessing LLP

Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP stands out for its 'first-rate service' in pension fraud and fields 'an outstanding team with deep experience and an ability to provide practical solutions'. The department is led by 'go-to person' Mark Smith , who 'has a rare ability to find a path through the most complex situations' and is noted for his expertise acting for professional trustees in litigation and restructuring disputes. The group's recent non-contentious mandates include advising Pi trustees on an investigation for pensions liberation fraud, assisting Rutland Partners on the pensions element of its acquisition of Armitage Pet Care, and handling a proposed bulk transfer of assets and liabilites to a master trust and related scheme wind up for the trustees of Lynx Technology Limited Pension and Life Assurance Scheme. Independent Trustee Services, the trustees of the Royal British Legion Staff Pension Fund and the trustees of the Visa UK Pension Plan are also clients.

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London: Insurance

Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP provides extensive, in-depth knowledge of the commercial insurance and reinsurance markets globally. The market-focused practice has expertise in key areas including insurance acquisitions and transfers, new structures and alternative capital arrangements, claims and disputes, policy wordings, and regulatory issues. It also boasts a dedicated team that specialises in cyber and related IT risk, and offers targeted data breach security coaching for the insured on behalf of insurers. The team of regulatory specialists advises clients in each key insurance sector on all aspects of regulation, particularly market entry, transactions, and cross-border issues; the international team is well known in the Lloyd’s market. Jonathan Rogers heads the practice.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP¬†boasts a ‚Äėhighly regarded and experienced team with real strength in depth, particularly for claims involving auditors and accountants‚Äô; it focuses on complex, high-profile claims and regulatory investigations, and acts for both claimants and defendants. Team head¬†Andrew Howell¬†and Julian Randall¬†are ‚Äėoutstanding litigators‚Äô; Howell is ‚Äėgood with clients and managing large teams on the most complex cases‚Äô and Randall has ‚Äėa brilliant mind and an eye for the killer point‚Äô.¬†Stephen Flaherty¬†is ‚Äėquiet, measured and meticulous‚Äô. Howell and Flaherty led advice for PwC and one of its retired partners in relation to disciplinary complaints brought by the Financial Reporting Council following its investigation into the audit of Connaught; Randall is advising PwC on Irish litigation brought against the firm by the administrators of Quinn Insurance.¬†Laurence Lieberman¬†is experienced in claims against financial institutions, and senior associates Stuart Broom, James Bryden¬†and Stephanie High¬†are also key members of the team.

Leading individuals

Andrew Howell - Taylor Wessing LLP

Julian Randall - Taylor Wessing LLP

Next generation lawyers

James Bryden - Taylor Wessing LLP

Stuart Broom - Taylor Wessing LLP

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London: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP

Luke Callaghan¬†(senior counsel) is a key contact at Taylor Wessing LLP¬†and provides specialist advice on a myriad of property issues that affect the firm‚Äôs landed estates clients. The ‚Äėvery commercial and very impressive‚Äô Andrew Hine¬†is¬† experienced in the areas of probate, succession and wills particularly where there are multi-jurisdictional assets and heritage property. Recent highlights include advising an ultra-high-net-worth individual on the acquisition of a traditional sporting estate that surrounds its property.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP¬†has a team of ‚Äėexcellent lawyers who are very conscientious and extremely thorough‚Äô. The ‚Äėvery commercial‚Äô Andrew Hine¬† ‚Äėfinds solutions‚Äô and Emma Jordan,¬†who is also a Jersey advocate, is ‚Äėhighly knowledgeable and experienced‚Äô. Kirstie McGuigan¬†has an ‚Äėexcellent intuitive grasp of complex legal problems and litigation strategy‚Äô. Caroline Tayler¬† is ‚Äėwell-organised‚Äô and Kate Silbermann¬† has ‚Äėexcellent people skills‚Äô - both are senior associates. Recent work includes acting for the corporate trustee of a Bahamian trust in proceedings brought by a beneficiary for breach of trust, which involved¬†careful consideration of disclosure obligations across a number¬†of jurisdictions over a period of more than twenty years in the context of complex waiver of¬†privilege arguments.

Leading individuals

Andrew Hine - Taylor Wessing LLP

Emma Jordan - Taylor Wessing LLP

Kirstie McGuigan - Taylor Wessing LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Taylor Wessing LLP

The ‚Äėhugely knowledgeable‚Äô Andrew Hine¬†heads the team at Taylor Wessing LLP¬†and has a ‚Äėparticularly great knowledge of trusts‚Äô. The department fields ‚Äėpractitioners who are not only technically excellent but just as importantly pragmatic and solution-driven‚Äô. Sanjvee Shah¬†'embodies everything a private client lawyer should be; she is empathetic, approachable, easy to work with, technically strong and is never afraid to tackle a complex matter‚Äô. Nick Warr¬†has an ‚Äėencyclopaedic knowledge‚Äô of fiscal and succession planning and ‚Äėallied with this he has superb client skills. Nick has a wide and diverse client base amongst high-net-worth families in the Middle East and the Far East‚Äô. Antoaneta Proctor¬†is ‚Äėvery skilled‚Äô at advising on international estate planning. Ryan Myint¬†‚Äėguides his clients in a way that is second to none‚Äô. Mark Buzzoni¬†is another key member of the team and regularly acts for individuals and families as well as professional trustees in Bermuda, Liechtenstein, Jersey and Guernsey.

Leading individuals

Andrew Hine - Taylor Wessing LLP

Mark Buzzoni - Taylor Wessing LLP

Nick Warr - Taylor Wessing LLP

Sanjvee Shah - Taylor Wessing LLP

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Power (including electricity and renewables)
Power (including electricity and renewables) - ranked: tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP

Dominic FitzPatrick  - who was recently elected UK senior partner -spearheads the energy, infrastructure and projects team as well as the corporate practice at Taylor Wessing LLP while Paul Glass sits in the dispute resolution and investigations department. Matthew Jones and David Quinlan are among the main names to note for construction and engineering matters, particularly with regards to procurement structures for domestic and international energy and infrastructure projects. For private equity mandates, clients can rely on James Goold and Robert Vidal is the firm's EU, competition and trade group.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP

Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 1

Taylor Wessing LLP

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėexceptional‚Äô real estate group is perhaps best known for its property investment work and its hotel and leisure sector subgroup, which was strengthened by the arrival of Mark Rajbenbach¬†from Paul Hastings LLP.¬†Edward Story¬†advised Virgin Hotels on the management agreements for an Edinburgh hotel, which was the group‚Äôs first hotel outside of the US. Also in the hotel space, Richard Bursby¬†counselled Redefine BDL Hotels UK on its appointment to manage 26 four-star QHotels on behalf of Aprirose, and also acted for Yotel in relation to Starwood Capital‚Äôs $250m investment into and partnership with the client. In other investment highlights, Alan Evans¬†advised Tritax Big Box REIT on property acquisitions totalling over ¬£550m in 2017, and Keith Barnett¬†provides strategic acquisition advice to Meadow Partners. Christopher Turley¬†is another key contact for investment work. The team is also involved in place-making and alternative asset development projects. John Whitfield¬†is advising St George on its ¬£750m mixed-use development at Blackfriars, comprising a 50-storey residential tower, a five-star hotel and a retail development. Similarly, Paul Leamy¬†is acting for McLaren Property in relation to the development of six forward-funded student housing projects, and is also instructed by a joint venture urban regeneration vehicle. The team including senior associate Lauren Fendick¬†has also handled significant letting transactions for well-known technology and financial services companies.

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Construction
Construction (contentious) - ranked: tier 5

Taylor Wessing LLP

Contruction (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP¬†provides an ‚Äėincredibly high level of service with focus on quality and detail whilst maintaining accuracy.‚Äô Matthew Jones¬†heads the construction team and is acting for Cushman & Wakefield on its role delivering construction projects for a third-party client pursuant to a global master services agreement, and in relation to the roll-out of their design and build business in Europe. David Quinlan¬†acts for clients including City Pride Limited, Canada Life Limited and Wainbridge.¬† Alan Evans¬†and counsel Jane Hilton¬†have ‚Äėan exceptional level of technical understanding and apply that in a commercial manner.‚Äô Kristian¬† Perussich¬†departed for the Dubai¬†office of¬†Norton Rose Fulbright.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP

Alistair Watson heads the team at Taylor Wessing LLP, which specialises in regeneration sites and sports facilities for clients including Bristol Rovers FC, Saracens RC and Southend United FC. Watson is advising on a £450m mixed-use scheme for Brentford FC in West London, including the construction of the new 20,000-seater stadium, and a residential scheme of 910 residential units; he is also advising McLaren Property on its £250m nationwide development programme for high-end residential development, mixed-use, and student accommodation blocks. Société Generale is a new panel appointment; other new clients include Westminster Real Estate, Southampton FC, and Global Gate Capital.

Next generation lawyers

Emma Tait - Taylor Wessing LLP

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP

'Strength in depth is the key' to¬†Taylor Wessing LLP's 'first class' service; its partners and associates are of 'the highest quality'. The team is known for its lender-side capabilities, acting for clearing banks, investment banks, German banks and alternative lenders, among others. 'Key contact'¬†Jonathan Marks¬†acted for Cain International on its ¬£290m loan facility to Lodha Developers 48CS for the development of a luxury apartment building in Carey Street, and¬†Amar Ali¬†advised Lloyds on the provision of two facilities worth ¬£132m to Anthology Group to finance the development of residential buildings in Deptford and Hoxton. The team has also handled cross-border matters;¬†Heather Buttle, who 'provides excellent practical advice', advised Deutsche Bank on the ‚ā¨52m financing of the acquisition and refurbishment of the Los Cubos office building in Madrid. The¬†'extremely capable, calm and concise'¬†Gareth Lawson,¬†Emma Oakley¬†and¬†Mark Bennett¬†¬†are also noted members of the 'very commercial and client-focused' team. Mark Rajbenbach¬†joined from Paul Hastings LLP¬†in September 2017, and Rodney Dukes retired in April 2018.

Next generation lawyers

Gareth Lawson - Taylor Wessing LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP

Saleem Fazal ‚Äėskillfully manages a team of property litigators‚Äô at Taylor Wessing LLP. The practice 'handles a wide variety of property-related disputes‚Äô including vacant possession strategies, rights of light, dilapidations claims, service charge disputes and injunctions. Instructions from major real estate occupiers are frequent and new clients included Societe Generale and Great Portland Estate. Fazal is ‚Äėa thoroughly nice man‚Äô who is ‚Äėcool, calm and forever collected‚Äô. The firm is advising on a vacant possession strategy and rights of light issues arising from the redevelopment of the St. John‚Äôs Wood Barracks. In a further highlight, Fazal acted for McLaren Property to recover payments owed pursuant to a conditional share sale and purchase agreement. Stephen Burke has joined the firm from VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards).

Leading individuals

Saleem Fazal - Taylor Wessing LLP

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Residential property
Residential property - ranked: tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP

The ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô team at Taylor Wessing LLP¬†boasts a client base spanning wealthy families, individuals, banks, trustees, and fiduciaries, both from the UK and overseas. Areas of expertise for the group include transactional work, landlord and tenant matters and enfranchisement, the latter of which is a core focus for ‚Äėfantastic‚Äô practice head, Elaine Dobson. The department works in close collaboration with the firm‚Äôs corporate, planning and development and investment teams to provide clients with a one-stop service. In a recent highlight, the team acted for an ultra-high-net-worth individual on the purchase of a ¬£14m listed property. Rachel George¬†joined the firm from Bircham Dyson Bell.

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London: Risk advisory

Data protection privacy and cybersecurity
Data protection privacy and cybersecurity - ranked: tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP's 'very business focused' data privacy team boasts significant technology sector expertise and client care that is described as being 'second to none'. Practice head Vinod Bange led a team acting for Just Eat on its GDPR compliance project, which included complex advice on the implementation of cloud software, technical solutions and mobile marketing. The team is also instructed by Sega, Emirates NBD, and KPMG on GDPR compliance preparation. The team has supported the firm's private equity team advising Inflexion on data protection elements arising from the buyout of Virgin Experience Days. Changes to the team include the arrivals of senior counsel Jane Reeves from Thompson Reuters and associates Tamara Mackay-Temesy from CMS and Anna McGowan from Amec Foster Wheeler.

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Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP's¬†clients include high-net-worth individuals, corporates and global publishers. In addition to more traditional claimant work, the reputation management department advises on liability issues arising from use of social media, cyber-security and data breaches, online harassment and data protection law.¬†Niri Shanmuganathan¬† leads on a range of matters including blackmail threats, an application to reduce reporting restrictions and pre-publication advisory work. Other names to note include the ‚Äėsmart and assertive‚Äô Michael Yates¬† and ‚Äėvery responsive‚Äô Timothy Pinto¬†. Simon Jupp¬† joined from Shoosmiths LLP.

Leading individuals

Niri Shanmuganathan - Taylor Wessing LLP

Next generation lawyers

Michael Yates - Taylor Wessing LLP

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 1

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP¬†‚Äôs ‚Äėtop-notch team‚Äô continues to make its mark in brand management with Roland Mallinson¬†‚Äôs team advising clients in telecommunication, fashion and media industries on all brand management aspects including trademarks portfolio management, brand protection and enforcement, advertising and sponsorship. Practice head Mallinson is a soft-IP specialist and leads on global portfolio management and trademark and designs litigation; he and France Delord¬†continue to advise Orange with its global trade mark portfolio and the launch of new banking offer in France, as well as for Holfeld Plastics in defending against a passing off claim brought by a competitor. Head of IP and media Mark Owen¬† assists Global Media & Entertainment in relation to IP protection, advertising and branding issues and brand protection and commercial exploitation by franchising for the Casual Dining Group. Other key figures include¬†Jason Rawkins¬†advises fashion and retail clients on¬†trademark and design, and¬†Charles Lloyd¬†advises across a broad range of matters including trademarks, filing and protection strategies and advertising; he counts Cisco, Omnicom and Ferrero as clients.¬†Also recommended are senior counsel¬†Christopher Benson, who¬†has a ‚Äėmeasured approach which results in astute practical advice',¬†and the¬†‚Äėhighly experienced‚Äô Tom Carl.

Next generation lawyers

Adam Rendle - Taylor Wessing LLP

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Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP

Especially strong in the IT and commercial aspects of fintech work, the team at Taylor Wessing LLP also has corporate and regulatory capabilities. Financial services regulatory specialist Jonathan Rogers and technology expert Graham Hann advised one Fintech 50 payments company on all regulatory and commercial matters; Rogers also assisted a merchant acquirer fintech company and a leading robo-advice company with various regulatory issues, and advised an online consumer credit lender on obtaining regulatory approval to operate in the UK. The team is also active in the cryptocurrency space: Rogers advised European cryptocurrency exchange BitPanda on all aspects of establishing itself in the UK, and has experience in handling cross-border ICOs. Monzo Bank instructed Adrian Rainey on its £71m financing by investors including Goodwater, Stripe and Michael Moritz; Rainey and Rogers also assisted Index Ventures with its $66m investment in Revolut. Insurtech and financial authentication are also areas handled by the department's regulatory experts.

Leading individuals

Jonathan Rogers - Taylor Wessing LLP

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP

The IT practice at Taylor Wessing LLP is praised particularly for 'investing in understanding its client's business and the issues they encounter' across technology, telecoms, outsourcing and data protection matters. The department provided strategic and compliance advice on the launch of the online beauty brand Glossier in the UK. This project included consideration of online terms of use and privacy policy, negotiation of licensing and access to payment processing technologies. Demonstrating the groups capabilities in contentious matters, it successfully represented  InterTrader, an online spread betting company, in a contract dispute with London Capital Group Limited. In another work highlight, the team leveraged its knowledge of gaming providers market to advice Improbable Worlds on several issues including games development and publishing agreements with start-up games developers. Chris Jeffery heads up the practice and is frequently instructed by large US corporate, with particular expertise advising on enterprise software, ad tech and ecommerce. The 'exceptional' Glyn Morgan is a key name for regulatory issues, IT and digital-related projects, and the'sensible, reasonable and pragmatic' Martin Cotterill is singled out for his 'exceptional industry knowledge', particularly in relation to fintech and outsourcing matters.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP's 'outstanding' intellectual property department is praised for its¬†'in-depth knowledge' and 'ability to quickly and commercially resolve matters'. The team is headed by¬†Niri Shanmuganathan¬†and includes head of patents¬†Nigel Stoate,¬†Chris Jeffery¬†(who¬†leads the¬†transactional IP group),¬†and¬†IP and media sector head,¬†Mark Owen. A team led by Stoate¬†successfully represented Hospira,¬†a global pharmaceutical and medical device company owner by Pfizer, on the¬†revocation¬†of Cubist's patents¬†‚ÄĒ covering methods of dosing and purifying daptomycin in¬†‚ÄĒ both at the High Court, at the Court of Appeal, as well as at the¬†European Patent Office. With strong tech and telecoms expertise, the team is instructed by ASUS to both defend against and coordinate complex patent litigation across several European jurisdictions. Other key names to note for brand management and trade mark advice include¬†Simon Cohen¬†for patent litigation, and¬†Jason Rawkins,¬†Roland Mallinson¬†and senior counsel Tom Carl. The team has been bolstered with the arrivals of senior associate Michael Yates, associate Simon Jupp¬†and trade mark attorney Tom Hooper who joined the team from Lee & Thompson LLP,¬†Shoosmiths LLP¬†and¬†Baker McKenzie¬†respectively. Paul Mitchell retired.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 1

Taylor Wessing LLP

The team at Taylor Wessing LLP¬†handles a range of music, publishing and social and news media, interactive content, gaming, gambling, advertising and adtech, TV and broadcast instructions, and is particularly active in M&A and financing transactions as well as to licensing and IP litigation.¬† Corporate partner Mike Turner, who heads the firm‚Äôs international technology, media and communications sector group, advised Outfit7 Investments, on its $1bn sale to a consortium of investors from Asia, represented by United Luck Group Holdings; advised marketing firm MOBKOI on its acquisition by You & Mr Jones, which has taken a majority stake in the company; advised Supercell on its $90m acquisition of a majority interest in SpaceApe Games; and advised Altigi, the holding company of the Hamburg-based game developer, Goodgame Studios, on its acquisition by the Swedish gaming company Stillfront Group for ‚ā¨270m. Corporate partner Andrew Davis¬†advises Sky on a range of matters and advised on its participation in a $133m funding round into iflix, a subscription video-on-demand business based in SE Asia and focused on emerging markets; and advised Sky Ventures on the completion of its option exercise in Dial Square 86 (the holding company for The RightsXchange) for ¬£1m. Graham Hann¬†leads the technology sector team in addition to the firm's video games and gambling practices; litigator Niri Shanmuganathan¬†is ‚Äėfirst-rate‚Äô; Charles Lloyd¬†handles IP and regulatory matters; senior associate Adam Rendle¬†specialises in copyright law; and department head Mark Owen¬†is ‚Äėbrilliant‚Äô. Senior counsel Timothy Pinto¬†is also recommended. Neil Hawley has joined BNP Paribas.

Leading individuals

Niri Shanmuganathan (Publishing; litigation) - Taylor Wessing LLP

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP's core ares of expertise include corporate, M&A, patent litigation, general disputes and regulatory matters. Malcolm Bates heads the life sciences team and recently assisted TxCell with its manufacturing agreement with Lentigen Technology. Tim Worden leads the regulatory group and is 'an excellent lawyer', 'very approachable and pragmatic', with 'a great working knowledge of the healthcare sector'. On the corporate side David Mardle is at the fore and is supported by Adrian Rainey, who advised Cambridge Innovation Capital on its £8m equity investment into the clinical genomics company Congenica. Nigel Stoate runs the patents team and represented the Pfizer subsidiary Hospira in its revocation against Cubist's patents involving the methods behind dosing and purifying daptomycin, which can be used to treat MRSA. Fellow patent litigator Matthew Royle is also recommended.

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