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Travers Smith LLP
10 Snow hill
London
EC1A 2AL
London

Commercial contracts Tier 1

Travers Smith LLP specialises in cross-border advice on a range of commercial contract issues, notably in highly regulated sectors including financial services, energy, retail and leisure. Dan Reavill leads the practice and can call on the expertise of Tom Purton, who is experienced in strategic alliances and IP work. Also recommended are Ben Chivers, whose areas of expertise include Brexit, joint ventures and outsourcing, and senior associate Sonny Mallet, who focuses on complex commercial arrangements, strategic partnership arrangements, outsourcing and joint ventures. The team advised Gist on numerous matters relating to its £3.5bn, 12-year outsourcing agreement with Marks & Spencer Group.

Employee share schemes Tier 1

Travers Smith LLP provides its clients with in-depth analysis of the technical tax aspects of employee incentives in addition to relevant governance, trust, employment, corporate and securities law considerations. The practice is well versed in the designing, drafting and implementation of a broad array of incentive arrangements and is increasingly advising on corporate governance matters including remuneration policies. Mahesh Varia heads the department, which represents publicly traded and private equity-backed companies from a range of industry sectors on both a domestic and international scale. Other key names in the team include Elissavet Grout, a specialist in the employee incentive aspects of corporate transactions, and Kevin Donegan, who is a share schemes practitioner.

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 1

Travers Smith LLP has historically been recognised for its AIM work on both the manager and issuer side, though the practice group works seamlessly across London's AIM and main markets, providing English law and US securities law advice. The firm is consistently instructed by corporate issuers in notable mid and upper-mid market IPOs, and also has strong relationships with prominent nomads and financial advisers in addition to larger investment banks. The group also has expertise in the listed funds market. Clients have recognised the partner-level expertise provided by individuals such as Spencer Summerfield, Philip Cheveley and Andrew Gillen, as well as the deep bench of senior associates, which includes the highly recommended Tom Coulter.

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 1

The ‘consistently outstanding‘ Travers Smith LLP covers both contentious and non-contentious financial services matters. Its  non-contentious practice has particular expertise in Senior Manager and Certification Regime (SMCR) and asset management issues, as well as experience in financial market infrastructure and payments. In addition, the group is ‘extremely commercially focused and in touch with the latest regulatory developments‘. In a recent highlight, practice head Tim Lewis advised a trustee of the British Steel Pension Scheme on the separation of the scheme from Tata Steel and obtained a determination notice and clearance statement for the regulated apportionment arrangement from the pensions regulator. Also notable in the team are: financial products and payments expert Mark Evans; complex structuring issues and novel regulatory specialist Phil Bartram; and Stephanie Biggs, who has particular expertise advising European, US and global private fund sponsors in relation to all aspects of UK and European financial services regulation and compliance. The contentious arm of the practice is known for handling complex and multijurisdictional litigation related to anti-trust and competition. Rob Fell leads the department, which also includes Stephanie Lee, who represents financial institutions and individuals in regulatory investigations. Also noteworthy are senior associate Natalie Lewis and senior counsels Michael Raymond and Sam Cottman.

Private equity: transactions – mid-tier – up to £250m Tier 1

Acting for management teams forms a key part of the PE and financial sponsors department at Travers Smith LLP 's focus. One notable highlight saw the team advise Bridgepoint and the management team of Pret a Manger on the sale of Pret to JAB. Ian Shawyer and head of team Paul Dolman led on this high value and high profile transaction, which  involved France, the US, China and Scotland. The team also advises on investment matters and exits. The 'very strong and partner-led' group boasts many reputable sponsor clients on its roster, including American PE firm Hellman & Friedman and London-headquartered Livingbridge. Adam Orr is strongly recommended for management representation and has particular expertise in equity incentivisation terms. Senior partner Chris Hale is also highly recommended.

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 2

Travers Smith LLP's 'banking litigation practice has really strengthened in the last few years'. Its disputes work involves share and money transfers, breaches of mandate, the CHAPS system, allegations of fraudulent activity, and instructions involving trades in derivatives and CDOs. The team acted for Macquarie Capital (Europe) in its Commercial Court claim to recover success fees that should have been paid to it for debt advisory and equity raising services. Rob Fell heads the dispute resolution group, which includes Stephen Paget-Brown, Andrew King, Caroline Edwards, Jan-Jaap Baer, Huw JenkinToby Robinson and Heather GagenStephanie Lee was made partner and Sam Cottman is the senior counsel to note.

Commercial litigation Tier 2

Travers Smith LLP is 'populated by extremely capable and dedicated partners and associates; each of them is at the top of their game.' The firm's full-service dispute resolution department acts in all types of complex commercial and corporate litigation for both UK entities and international clients. Examples of the team's work include Toby RobinsonAndrew King, Jan-Jaap Baer and Stephanie Lee  representing various Hewlett-Packard group companies (HP) in high-value proceedings in the Chancery Division, which arose out of HP's $11bn acquisition of Autonomy. Rob Fell is dispute resolution department head; Stephen Paget-Brown is experienced in a wide range of domestic and international commercial disputes; and Caroline Edwards  works on substantial commercial and corporate disputes, and is also developing a reputation in competition litigation. The other key contacts are Huw Jenkin and Heather GagenAlexa Day was elected to the partnership.

Commercial property: development Tier 2

Noted for its ‘efficiency, commerciality and approachability’, the team at Travers Smith LLP is active on the full spectrum of commercial property matters. It recently handled a number of investment transactions relating to care homes, infrastructure, hotels and retail centres and counts a number of real estate funds and private equity entities among its client roster. The alternative asset classes, particularly healthcare, student housing, build to rent and the private sector, are particular strengths, as are purchases, finance transactions, lettings, developments and CVAs. Additional industry expertise of extends to the logistics, leisure, retail, energy and infrastructure sectors. Simon Rutman heads the department which was recently bolstered by the lateral hire of Alex Millar from Jones Day. He tailors his practice towards development and regeneration projects.

Commercial property: hotels and leisure Tier 2

Noted for its ‘efficiency, commerciality and approachability’, the team at Travers Smith LLP is active on the full spectrum of commercial property matters. It recently handled a number of investment transactions relating to care homes, infrastructure, hotels and retail centres and counts a number of real estate funds and private equity entities among its client roster. The alternative asset classes, particularly healthcare, student housing, build to rent and the private sector, are particular strengths, as are purchases, finance transactions, lettings, developments and CVAs. Additional industry expertise of extends to the logistics, leisure, retail, energy and infrastructure sectors. Simon Rutman heads the department which was recently bolstered by the lateral hire of Alex Millar from Jones Day. He tailors his practice towards development and regeneration projects.

Corporate governance Tier 2

The governance group at Travers Smith LLP encompasses multiple dedicated teams including the governance and trade risk group, listed company advisory team, anti-corruption team and the firm's boardroom risk initiative. The firm's blue-chip client base benefits from the team's knowledge of the interactions between governance, risk management and compliance, as well as substantial expertise in transactional matters. Doug Bryden, who leads both the governance and trade risk group and the environment and regulatory group, handles policies, processes and procedures relating to governance risks including bribery, corporate crime and human rights, among others. Laura Summerfield heads up the listed company advisory team, which assists publicly quoted corporates with best practice and corporate culture matters. Other key individuals include employment partner Adam Wyman and senior associate Aisling Arthur, who handles shareholder activism matters, market abuse regulation advice, board policies and best practice compliance for listed companies.

Employment: employers Tier 2

As an independent firm, Travers Smith LLP's employment practice prides itself on its ability to provide a more focused UK service, advising premium clients across a range of sectors including financial services, insurance, leisure, travel, sport, retail, tech and pharma. For matters with a cross-border component, the firm has well-established relationships with a number of overseas firms, allowing it to select the most suitable lawyers to work with when foreign advice is required. The practice has been led since the beginning of 2018 by Ed Mills, who handles the full range of contentious, non-contentious and transactional employment law matters. He draws on strong support from Sian Keall, former practice head Tim Gilbert and newly qualified partner Adam Wyman.

Environment Tier 2

Travers Smith LLP is especially active in advising on environmental transactions, environmental regulations regarding manufacturing and chemicals, and governance and risk management processes. The firm also handles environmental product compliance work and product liability disputes, and assists with claims alleging cross-jurisdictional parent company liability for the breach of environmental regulations. Practice head Doug Bryden is 'a star in his field' and a specialist in carbon reporting, renewable energy and contaminated land cases.

Financial services: contentious Tier 2

The 'consistently outstanding' Travers Smith LLP covers both contentious and non-contentious financial services matters. Its  non-contentious practice has particular expertise in Senior Manager and Certification Regime (SMCR) and asset management issues, as well as experience in financial market infrastructure and payments. In addition, the group is 'extremely commercially focused and in touch with the latest regulatory developments'. In a recent highlight, practice head Tim Lewis advised a trustee of the British Steel Pension Scheme on the separation of the scheme from Tata Steel and obtained a determination notice and clearance statement for the regulated apportionment arrangement from the pensions regulator. Also notable in the team are: financial products and payments expert Mark Evans; complex structuring issues and novel regulatory specialist Phil Bartram; and Stephanie Biggs, who has particular expertise advising European, US and global private fund sponsors in relation to all aspects of UK and European financial services regulation and compliance. The contentious arm of the practice is known for handling complex and multijurisdictional litigation related to anti-trust and competition. Rob Fell leads the department, which also includes Stephanie Lee, who represents financial institutions and individuals in regulatory investigations. Also noteworthy are senior associate Natalie Lewis and senior counsels Michael Raymond and Sam Cottman.

Fraud: civil Tier 2

Travers Smith LLP's team has been busy in recent years advising various Hewlett-Packard group companies in relation to the high-profile fraud proceedings resulting from HP's $11bn acquisition of Autonomy in 2011. The firm advises premium clients on matters relating to bribery and corruption, while also handling investigations, asset tracing and proprietary or restitutionary claims. Clients include major corporations and banks, hedge funds, private equity funds, brokers, asset managers, directors and other professionals. Disputes chief Rob Fell, who leads the team, has a strong track record of handling investigations at major financial institutions.

Listed funds Tier 2

'Niche expertise in specific areas balanced by sound commercial advice' is a unique feature of the investment funds group at Travers Smith LLP, according to one client. The team is led by Sam Kay, with core practitioners Aaron Stocks and Will Normand highlighted as being 'highly engaged and motivated partners'. Besides working for high-profile funds on the London market, the firm also represents managers with global investor bases and leading investment banks. Recent years have been marked by an increase in the number of US-based managers who choose to instruct the firm, in part due to the ancillary expertise of the firm's in-house US securities law group led by Dan McNamee. Advising Smithson Investment Trust on what was at the time the UK's largest ever investment trust launch was a major recent highlight.

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 2

The pensions team at Travers Smith LLP works seamlessly with the firm’s wider offering to provide a multidisciplinary approach on sophisticated restructuring mandates, corporate transactions, employer covenant issues and pensions disputes. The practice, which includes established names such as Daniel Gerring, Paul Stannard, Susie Daykin and senior counsel Karen Sahota, recently welcomed Sebastian Reger from Sacker & Partners LLP, who has expanded the derisking offering; insurer buy-ins and buy-outs are a particular strength for the team.

Brexit Tier 3

Travers Smith LLP’s Brexit working group is led by senior partner Chris Hale and takes a cross-departmental approach to assisting clients, involving lawyers from the employment, financial products, environment, trade and commercial departments. The group has particular expertise in the financial services sector, with notable clients including Euroclear and Bain Capital; assisting the latter with its business immigration issues and the implications of Brexit for its EU national staff based in the UK. Ben Chivers focuses on commercial and trade issues and also leads the leisure and hospitality group, Mark Evans heads up the financial products and payments practice, Doug Bryden is the key contact for EU regulatory advice, and Ed Mills leads the employment group and also handles immigration mandates.

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

Noted for its ‘efficiency, commerciality and approachability’, the team at Travers Smith LLP is active on the full spectrum of commercial property matters. It recently handled a number of investment transactions relating to care homes, infrastructure, hotels and retail centres and counts a number of real estate funds and private equity entities among its client roster. The alternative asset classes, particularly healthcare, student housing, build to rent and the private sector, are particular strengths, as are purchases, finance transactions, lettings, developments and CVAs. Additional industry expertise of extends to the logistics, leisure, retail, energy and infrastructure sectors. Simon Rutman heads the department which was recently bolstered by the lateral hire of Alex Millar from Jones Day. He tailors his practice towards development and regeneration projects.

Commercial property: investment Tier 3

Noted for its ‘efficiency, commerciality and approachability’, the team at Travers Smith LLP is active on the full spectrum of commercial property matters. It recently handled a number of investment transactions relating to care homes, infrastructure, hotels and retail centres and counts a number of real estate funds and private equity entities among its client roster. The alternative asset classes, particularly healthcare, student housing, build to rent and the private sector, are particular strengths, as are purchases, finance transactions, lettings, developments and CVAs. Additional industry expertise of extends to the logistics, leisure, retail, energy and infrastructure sectors. Simon Rutman heads the department which was recently bolstered by the lateral hire of Alex Millar from Jones Day. He tailors his practice towards development and regeneration projects.

Commercial property: retail Tier 3

Noted for its ‘efficiency, commerciality and approachability’, the team at Travers Smith LLP is active on the full spectrum of commercial property matters. It recently handled a number of investment transactions relating to care homes, infrastructure, hotels and retail centres and counts a number of real estate funds and private equity entities among its client roster. The alternative asset classes, particularly healthcare, student housing, build to rent and the private sector, are particular strengths, as are purchases, finance transactions, lettings, developments and CVAs. Additional industry expertise of extends to the logistics, leisure, retail, energy and infrastructure sectors. Simon Rutman heads the department which was recently bolstered by the lateral hire of Alex Millar from Jones Day. He tailors his practice towards development and regeneration projects.

Competition litigation Tier 3

Travers Smith LLP’s 'formidable' cross-departmental competition litigation department has assisted clients with high-profile follow-on cartel litigation concerning smart card chips, automotive bearings, CRT glass, and trucks. One notable representation for the team includes an instruction by Japanese smart-chip manufacturer Renesas Electronics Corporation in relation to a high-value cartel damages claim brought against the client by Vodafone. The team is also very active in other industries such as shipping, financial services and the automotive sector. Practice co-heads Nigel Seay and Caroline Edwards are highly recommended.

Corporate tax Tier 3

Core strengths for the team at Travers Smith LLP include the tax aspects of private equity, asset management and investment funds, as well as corporate finance, M&A, real estate and employee incentives. Department head Simon Skinner has an active transactional and advisory practice; Russell Warren specialises in advising private equity houses, as does Kathleen RussJessica Kemp is noted for her expertise in M&A-related taxation in both the public and private sectors.

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 3

Travers Smith LLP handles a range of complex data protection issues including data protection audit and policy work, data collection and consent issues, e-marketing work, security breaches and international data transfers. The group also has substantial GDPR expertise; it recently advised Caffé Nero, Muzinich & Co, Fortress Investment Group and Office Retail on their GDPR compliance programmes. Group head Dan Reavill regularly assists on data protection, information security and confidentiality issues and Louisa Chambers focuses on the retail, pensions, leisure and financial services sectors. James Longster was promoted to the partnership in 2019; he has significant expertise advising on the data protection aspects of IT and outsourcing transactions, cross-border deals and the exploitation of data obtained by consumer-facing businesses.

Derivatives (including commodities) Tier 3

'Commercial, fast, accurate - best-in-class', says a client of Travers Smith LLP, which advises investment managers, private equity funds, challenger and foreign-headquartered banks, blue-chip pension schemes, funds, corporates and financial institutions on derivatives, repo, securities lending and investment products, and associated regulation. Head of derivatives and structured products Jonathan Gilmour is 'a terrific attorney - responsive, commercial and efficient'. He handles transactional and advisory work and is regarded as a key adviser to buy-side clients. Sebastian Reger is an expert in longevity transactions, with which he assists insurance companies, pension schemes and collateral managers. Peter Hughes handles investment and structured products, focusing on the derivatives aspects, as well as collateral and credit support and bespoke transactions to hedge exposures. Vanessa Kalijnikoff Battaglia and the 'very personable' Joseph Wren are rising star senior associates.

Equity capital markets – mid-large cap Tier 3

Travers Smith LLP has historically been recognised for its AIM work on both the manager and issuer side, though the practice group works seamlessly across London's AIM and main markets, providing English law and US securities law advice. The firm is consistently instructed by corporate issuers in notable mid and upper-mid market IPOs, and also has strong relationships with prominent nomads and financial advisers in addition to larger investment banks. The group also has expertise in the listed funds market. Of particular note, the firm was recently involved in the main market IPO of Smithson Investment Trust, which marked the UK's largest-ever launch of an investment trust. Philip Cheveley heads up the corporate M&A and ECM practice, while Spencer Summerfield leads the wider corporate team.

Fintech Tier 3

Travers Smith LLP's fintech practice has particular expertise advising payments systems on setting up and running technology-based financial systems infrastructure, advising on the development of major fintech products, software and outsourcing arrangements, and assisting clients with the IP and data protection aspects of their projects. Dan Reavill, who specialises in IT and IP law, recently acted for eFront during its roll-out of an investment platform that enables investment vehicles to swap data and obtain information, involving the consideration of data and IP ownership and the preparation of contracts with third party data providers. Mark Evans is the firm's go-to international payments expert; his recent work includes helping Pay.UK to implement a legislative model enabling non-bank payment service providers to gain access to central bank settlement accounts.

IT and telecoms Tier 3

Travers Smith LLP's practice acts for IT suppliers and companies acquiring technology on transactions and contentious mandates. The team attracts praise for its 'exceptional expertise in multiple sectors' including the financial services, pensions, leisure and retail industries. Dan Reavill heads up the practice and regularly advises on IT matters relating to software, data, the internet and branding issues. Other names to note for large IP projects include Louisa Chambers and newly promoted partner James Longster, who 'understands complex technical aspects and ensures the client has a strong contractual position'.

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 3

Travers Smith LLP's cross-disciplinary media team handles a range of dispute resolution, regulatory, IP, M&A, corporate and commercial matters for major household brands, as well as more niche media entities. The team is also instructed by private equity and other investors in the media and entertainment sector. Its expertise spans the publishing, advertising, film, TV, broadcasting, theatre, new media and media infrastructure industries. The team is also noted for its ability to handle cross-border instructions; it advised private equity firm Exponent on the £166m acquisition of publishing heavyweight Dennis Publishing and advised TES Global and THE World Universities Insights on various matters such as collaboration and international sponsorship agreements in various territories.

Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 3

The pensions team at Travers Smith LLP works seamlessly with the firm’s wider offering to provide a multidisciplinary approach on sophisticated restructuring mandates, corporate transactions, employer covenant issues and pensions disputes. The practice, which includes established names such as Daniel Gerring, Paul Stannard, Susie Daykin and senior counsel Karen Sahota, recently welcomed Sebastian Reger from Sacker & Partners LLP, who has expanded the derisking offering; insurer buy-ins and buy-outs are a particular strength for the team.

Private equity: transactions – high-value deals (£250m+) Tier 3

Acting for management teams forms a key part of the PE and financial sponsors department at Travers Smith LLP 's focus. One notable highlight saw the team advise Bridgepoint and the management team of Pret a Manger on the sale of Pret to JAB. Ian Shawyer and head of team Paul Dolman led on this high value and high profile transaction, which  involved France, the US, China and Scotland. The team also advises on investment matters and exits. The 'very strong and partner-led' group boasts many reputable sponsor clients on its roster, including American PE firm Hellman & Friedman and London-headquartered Livingbridge. Adam Orr is strongly recommended for management representation and has particular expertise in equity incentivisation terms. Senior partner Chris Hale is also highly recommended.

Private funds Tier 3

The investment funds department at Travers Smith LLP possesses 'excellent insight into industry standards and has a great understanding of private equity strategies, including venture', according to one client. Another comments that 'we cannot rate them highly enough'. While private equity fund formation is a core area of operation, the group also handles a regular flow of secondaries transactions and some work relating to the infrastructure and private debt asset classes. Head of practice Sam Kay is a key contact, while Jeremy Elmore is the name to note for institutional investor representation. Also recommended is senior associate Edward Ford, who advises GP clients on fundraisings in the private equity, infrastructure and debt spaces.

Real estate funds Tier 3

Fund formation work is supplemented by specialist funds tax and regulatory capabilities in Travers Smith LLP's investment funds department, which is led by key contact Sam Kay. The firm is able to handle a wide range of fund structures including REITs, offshore investment entities, limited partnerships and unit trusts. Listed funds are another key focus point for the team, which has a strong record of assisting clients with healthcare real estate funds across both fundraisings and Initial Public Offerings (IPOs). Aaron Stocks is noted for his expertise in this area.

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime Tier 3

Travers Smith LLP combines lawyers from its financial services & markets and dispute resolution teams to advise on regulatory investigations, enforcement action and disciplinary proceedings. It is experienced in dealing with investigations brought by the FCA, the SFO, the London Stock Exchange, the Environment Agency, the Health and Safety Executive and the US DoJ. Areas of expertise include bribery, money laundering and fraud. Head of team Rob Fell focuses on dispute resolution, regulatory investigations and internal investigations. Stephanie Lee was promoted to partner.

Acquisition finance Tier 4

The team at Travers Smith LLP is 'best in class' at advising on mid-market private equity-backed acquisition finance mandates, and leverages the firm's deeply entrenched sponsor ties with the likes of Bridgepoint and TA Associates. Although it is best-known for its borrower practice, under the guidance of 'intellectually top-drawer and commercial' team head, Matthew Ayre, the team continues to generate a significant volume of lender work for clients including HSBC. The team has developed particular expertise advising on mandates within the media, leisure, technology, retail and infrastructure spaces.

EU and competition Tier 4

The ‘exceptional’ team at Travers Smith LLP acts across a full spectrum of competition law matters nationally and internationally,  providing merger control advice, handling behavioural investigations and assisting clients with contentious issues. Demonstrating the group’s strength on the merger control side, one notable highlight involved the team acting for longstanding client Bridgepoint on the EU merger control aspects of the sale of leading food chain Pret to JAB Holdings; the transaction was cleared unconditionally by the European Commission at Phase I. The department works primarily with clients in the private equity and the regulated sectors, but has also recently handled work in sectors such as investment banking and retail. Nigel Seay heads the department, where Stephen Whitfield is also a key figure.

Franchising Tier 4

With substantial expertise in the restaurant, hospitality, leisure, retail and fashion sectors, Travers Smith LLP regularly advises clients on issues beyond purely franchising work including brand licensing, IT arrangements and supply and logistics contracts. Recent work includes handling day-to-day franchising issues for BKUK, assisting Caffe Nero with a franchising agreement, and acting for Pret on its domestic and international franchising needs. Key contacts include newly promoted partner James Longster, Tom Purton and Ben Chivers. Dan Reavill heads up the group.

Healthcare Tier 4

Travers Smith LLP's healthcare clients include investors and start-up companies in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and medical devices sectors. The firm specialises in healthcare M&A and also offers complementary expertise in regulatory matters, employment, tax and contentious work. Doug Bryden, Simon Rutman and Edmund Reed are the key partners for regulatory, real estate and private equity, respectively.

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) Tier 4

The infrastructure sector group at Travers Smith LLP brings together specialists from a number of the City firm's teams, with M&A and private equity lawyers joined by commercial, competition, employment, finance, real estate, environment and tax experts to provide a cross-practice transactional team. The firm's client portfolio includes listed companies as well as infrastructure funds, and the group is particularly active in the renewables, water, construction and airports sectors. Practice head Spencer Summerfield also leads the corporate department at the firm, while newly promoted partners Mohammed Senouci and Jonathan Walters are also an integral parts of the team.

M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+ Tier 4

Travers Smith LLP handles M&A work for corporates, private equity houses and sponsors, including real estate and infrastructure funds. Across both the public and private markets, the firm manages cross-border mandates through a network of international partner firms, and has recently acted for numerous FTSE100 and FTSE250 firms. Philip Cheveley leads the corporate M&A and ECM practice, while Spencer Summerfield heads the corporate department; Summerfield's broad practice covers cross-border corporate financing, including M&A and joint ventures, with a particular nod to the infrastructure sector in which he holds a number of key client relationships. Recent headline matters include acting for Bridgepoint on the sale of Pret A Manger to JAB Holding Company..

Product liability: defendant Tier 4

Travers Smith LLP has particular strength advising clients on chemical and industrial product compliance as well as in product liability disputes. The client portfolio comprises of a mix of sectors, including consumer products, electronics, toys, cosmetics, automotive, pharmaceutical and medical devices, and tobacco. Practice head Doug Bryden specialises in product compliance, safety and recalls, and regulatory defence, and he has also experience in chemical and hazardous substances controls. Heather Gagen is the key contact for dispute resolution matters for individual and group actions.

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 5

While it is best known for its mid-market leveraged finance expertise for private equity sponsors, Travers Smith LLP also handles a significant amount of corporate lending and corporate acquisition finance matters. The team has also successfully secured an increased volume of lender work, both in relation to core acquisition finance and corporate lending work, as well as for funds finance and speciality finance – where it is acknowledged for its 'excellent knowledge of the market'. Danny Peel has an excellent reputation among lenders in the funds finance space and recently advised a syndicate of banks on a subscription facility made available to a fund.

Property finance Tier 5

Travers Smith LLP is noted for its growing lender-side client base, although it also acts for a number of borrowers; the team has particular expertise in acting for real estate funds. The practice advises on investment and development finance and regularly handles opco/propco matters, particularly in the care home sector. Practice head Danny Peel counts numerous funds and real estate-backed corporates among his clients, while Paul Kenny specialises in hotel, healthcare, infrastructure and renewable energy assets.

Property litigation Tier 5

Travers Smith LLP is particularly active in development-related disputes such as rights of light, rights of way and restrictive covenants but the 'hard-working, available and responsive' team led by 'calm and measured' senior counsel Andrew Ross also handles disputed lease renewals and CVA-related property claims.

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 6

Headed by the 'proactive, focused and calmEdward Smith ,  Travers Smith LLP's 'small but perfectly formed' two-partner team has 'excellent technical knowledge and understanding' of insolvency and restructuring procedures. The firm has been particularly active of late handling mandates within the high street/retail space, and has advised numerous debtors, including Carpetright and Carluccio's, on their CVAs. The team also picks up a significant amount of work for troubled portfolio companies from the firm's 'top-notch' roster of mid-market private equity sponsors.

Immigration

Travers Smith LLP's business immigration team works closely with the firm's employment team to advise on a rage of matters for clients in sectors including financial services, media, leisure, pharma, manufacturing and retail. The practice's expertise includes advising on immigration sponsorship licences and related compliance issues, and the full spectrum of work visas. The team also handles immigration issues relating to restructurings and other corporate transactions. The banking and financial services sector is a key focus for the team, which advises Metro Bank on all business immigration issues.

The firm: Travers Smith is an international law firm which acts for publicly listed and private companies, financial institutions and private equity clients, as well as other business enterprises involved in large and complex UK and cross-border matters, transactions, and disputes.

Over the years, the firm has nurtured a confident and collaborative approach to delivering excellence in an ever-changing legal landscape. As a result, it has carved out a reputation for enterprising thinking and uncompromising quality.

Technical excellence underpins everything Travers Smith does and the firm strives to provide user-friendly legal advice that is relevant to clients’ needs. The firm does not seek to provide clients with a master class in the finer points of law, but cuts through the legalese to deliver clear guidance. This approach has attracted a long list of loyal clients to the firm.

The firm is entrepreneurial in its approach and exceptionally efficient. The key to its reputation is a partner-led service and uncompromising focus on quality control. Clients value the fact that teams assisting them are not in a constant state of flux, reflecting the fact that Travers Smith has one of the lowest attrition rates in the City.

Types of work undertaken: Travers Smith is a full-service law firm. The firm’s business comprises the following main practice areas: commercial, IP and technology, competition, corporate M&A and equity capital markets, dispute resolution, employment, environment and operational regulatory, finance and restructuring, financial services and markets, incentives & remuneration, investment funds, pensions, private equity, real estate, regulatory investigations, US securities law and tax.

International: for its international and cross-border work, Travers Smith has always favoured close relationships with other premium-quality independent law firms, deliberately avoiding formal networks and exclusive relationships. Instead, the firm has invested heavily in forming close ties with a number of carefully chosen preferred firms, ensuring that its clients have the very best experience and expertise at their disposal.

Recruiting talent: Travers Smith is always looking to recruit people from all backgrounds, with academic excellence and sound judgement who take their careers, but not themselves, seriously. The firm’s training philosophy is that skill and expertise are best acquired through practical experience, complemented by carefully targeted formal instruction. Great emphasis is placed on ensuring that trainees are actively involved in a broad range of work and the firm regularly wins awards for its training programmes. More information on Travers Smith’s graduate recruitment process can be found at www.traverssmith.com/graduaterecruitment.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner David Patient
Senior Partner Kathleen Russ
Commercial, IP & Technology Dan Reavill
Corporate Spencer Summerfield
Corporate M&A and ECM Philip Cheveley
Dispute Resolution Rob Fell
EU/Competition Nigel Seay
Employee Incentives Mahesh Varia
Employment Ed Mills
Environment & Operational Risk Douglas Bryden
Finance Matthew Ayre
Financial Services & Markets Tim Lewis
Funds Aaron Stocks
Pensions Daniel Gerring
Private Equity & Financial Sponsors Paul Dolman
Real estate Simon Rutman
Tax Simon Skinner
International contact: Paris William Howard +33 1 43 12 53 03 E-mail william.howard@traverssmith.com
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Mr Mark Evans  photo Mr Mark Evans
Mr Chris Hale  photo Mr Chris Hale
Mr Spencer Summerfield  photo Mr Spencer Summerfield
Number of partners : 84
Number of associate solicitors : 260

Diversity and Inclusion

Creating a diverse and inclusive culture is a key priority for Travers Smith. Not only is this the right thing to do, we are also convinced that only the highest-performing teams, which maximise the power of different opinions, perspectives and cultural references, will succeed in the marketplace. Our focus on diversity and inclusiveness is integral to how we serve our clients, develop our people and play a leadership role in our communities.

Our approach to diversity and creating an inclusive workplace goes beyond just ticking a box. We want everyone to be themselves at Travers Smith. We value everything that makes us unique and we recognise that celebrating our differences helps make the firm a special place to work.

Diversity is much more than how we look. It also includes how we think, our experiences, our views and our values. We believe that true inclusion can only be achieved if we look at diversity in a broader and more holistic way, which breaks down silos and recognises the multiple identities we each carry.

From initiatives aimed at reducing biases and tackling micro-aggressions, to the wide-ranging and exciting work of our diversity network groups, we have an extensive D&I programme aimed at creating a workplace where people can thrive and reach their full potential.

Employee resource groups

We currently have five fully inclusive professional networks: LGBT+, Gender Balance, BAME, Accessibility and Faith Resources, each led by a Partner to provide high level strategic input, connectivity and support.

Staff Engagement

We have a rich and varied series of events throughout the year, which involve our people, clients and external organisations, aimed at raising awareness of diversity matters across the firm. Some of our previous sessions include: mental health and wellbeing, faith and religion in the workplace and engaging with LGBT+ clients and customers.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

From working with emerging artists to supporting refugees and asylum seekers, our award winning CSR Programme is diverse, exciting and ever expanding. Our programme covers an unusually diverse range of areas and touches the lives of many thousands of people from all over the country and beyond. We engage with diverse audiences and communities, which in turn helps encourage all our people to be individual, and to recognize their position not only within the business world, but also within wider society.

Working with local communities

We are committed to working with our local communities: developing meaningful ties with schools, universities and community groups, and using our own influence and legal expertise to help give people better opportunities to access the legal profession.

Pro bono – Access to justice

We work with a number of pro bono initiatives designed to give individuals and organisations, both at home and abroad, the opportunity to access levels of legal advice that would not normally be obtainable.

Charities Programme

Our partnership provides substantial financial support to a major charity partner over a two year period. The Travers Smith Foundation also enables us to support even more charities, local communities, and not-for-profit-organisations by issuing small grants and donations.

CSR Art Programme

The CSR Art Programme, and our relationship with the University of Westminster and the Royal College of Art, is an important part of our CSR objective to engage, support and nurture our local communities. As well as showcasing and facilitating the sales of students’ work, we also provide pro bono advice and training to assist with the transition from student life to professional practice.

More information available: http://www.traverssmith.com/csr-and-diversity/