Firm Profile > Travers Smith LLP > London, England

Travers Smith LLP
10 SNOW HILL
London
EC1A 2AL
England

Employee share schemes Tier 1

As part of the Travers Smith LLP tax department, the incentives and remuneration group - headed by the 'excellent' Mahesh Varia - provides a full service to clients encompassing in-depth advice on the technical tax aspects of employee incentive arrangements, as well as the corporate, governance, securities, trusts and employment considerations. Clients include publicly traded companies as well as private equity backed companies from a range of industry sectors, on both a domestic and international level. The team drafts, designs and implements a wide variety of incentive arrangements from tax-advantaged share plans to bespoke share ownership, option and cash-based schemes; the practice also provides transactional support on major M&A deals. Elissavet Grout's work focuses on corporate governance and regulatory frameworks for listed companies; senior associate Kevin Donegan is also recommended.

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Testimonials

‘A very talented team, particularly in relation to PE and PE portfolio companies work but also for listed companies. The team is supportive, technically excellent but also commercial. They provide pragmatic and legally precise advice and the quality of their drafting is excellent. The team is well resourced and responsive and in my experience over the many years that I have worked with them, their service is first class.’

‘Mahesh Varia is very well respected in his field, thorough, approachable, commercial and technically excellent, Mahesh can always be depended upon to get the job done.’

‘Elissavet Grout is technically excellent, user friendly and commercial.’

‘Kevin Donegan is technically very sound, pragmatic and commercial.

‘Exceptionally strong share scheme and incentives practice for private equity portfolio companies.’

‘Mahesh Varia is a stand-out partner. Well known in the legal community. Brings keen judgement and business acumen to the table to resolve legal matters with commercial common sense.’

Key clients

Worldpay, Inc

Distribution Finance Capital Limited

Lovell Minnick Partners LLC

Aggregated Micro Power Energy plc

Carpetright plc

Bank of London and the Middle East

S4 Capital PLC

Trufin plc

Auto Trader Group plc

Micro Focus International plc

Equity capital markets - low-mid cap Tier 1

Travers Smith LLP's team acts for more than 60 publicly listed companies, a significant number of which are on the FTSE 350 index. It also has a strong profile among London-based investment banks and nominated advisers, as well as investment funds (and their managers and financial sponsors). The firm's ability to deliver English and US law advice makes it a strong choice for IPOs, cash placings, open offers, reverse takeovers and block trades, among other transactions. Richard Spedding advised Investec and Peel Hunt as joint bookrunners on a £160m placing of new ordinary shares for GB Group Plc. Spencer SummerfieldAndrew Gillen, and recently promoted partners Jonathan Walters and Tom Coulter, are among other key figures. Adrian West is also another name to note.

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Practical and experienced team.

Richard Spedding is experienced and capable.

Key clients

Distribution Finance Capital

Staffline Group plc

MySale Group plc

Maxcyte Inc

TruFin plc

Zegona Communications

Irish National Treasury Management Agency

S4 Capital

Benchmark Holdings

RBC Europe

Liberum Capital Limited

Peel Hunt LLP

GCA Altium Limited

Investec

Numis Securities

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 1

Specialising in wholesale alternative asset management, Travers Smith LLP's 'knowledgeable, responsive and efficient’ practice also offers expertise in electronic payments, Brexit issues and advice to new businesses. The team has a ‘wealth of experience across industries’ and is led by Tim Lewis, who is an expert in financial services law and regulation. Also notable are Jane Tuckley, who covers the spectrum of financial regulatory issues; Stephanie Biggs, whose ‘knowledge of all things regulatory is unsurpassed’; senior consultant Mark Evans; Phil Bartram, who focuses on private equity, debt funds, hedge funds, real estate and infrastructure; senior counsel Natalie Lewis, who is active in the Fintech, market infrastructures and payments group; and Michael Raymond, who advises global alternative credit and debt-fund managers on regulatory issues. The firm hired senior consultant Simon Witney, who has experience of regulatory, transactional and fund formation private equity work in September 2020. 

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Testimonials

‘Stephanie Biggs was fantastic to have on our side during MiFID II pre and post implementation’

‘Michael Raymond managed timelines really well and communicated so clearly and sensitively to stakeholders in highly complex multi-jurisdictional scenarios. I can’t praise Michael enough. He is a compliance team’s right hand in the most delicate situations and a delight to work with’

‘Our go-to UK regulatory advisers. The most responsive and commercial I have come across’

‘The team is very experienced in PE regulation in the UK, with a great depth of experience among the partners in their Financial Service Regulatory Team’

‘Tim Lewis and Stephanie Biggs are the partners we deal with and both have a wealth of experience in PE regulatory requirements. They are both very responsive and practical with their advice and guidance and in additional are very friendly, approachable and good to work with’

‘Led by an outstanding group of partners – they are commercial and quick to respond’

‘Phil Bartram is technically excellent and has a very rare ability to explain incredibly complex issues in a clear, concise and easily digestible way’

‘Stephanie Biggs is brilliant at coming up with creative solutions, explaining complex rules clearly and identifying what we actually need to do in practice to comply’

Key clients

Bain Capital Group

Cinven Partners LLP

Apax Partners

Alternative Investment Management Association, Alternative Credit Council, Managed Funds Association, Invest Europe, British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association

CLS Bank International

Goodbody Stockbrokers UC

Trustee of the British Steel Pension Scheme

Ares

Euroclear Group

Pay.UK Limited

Listed funds Tier 1

Travers Smith LLP handles complex fund life cycle matters for a variety of major investment funds, managers and financial sponsors, with work including fund launches and IPOs, secondary issues, restructurings and fund governance issues. The practice also works with clients on regulatory mandates including Brexit considerations and cross-jurisdictional compliance work. Of particular note is the team's relationships with institutional bank sponsors, and its growing portfolio of US-based fund managers seeking to launch in the UK. Practice head Aaron Stocks is an established authority on listed funds, advising major clients on the full spectrum of issues, with a particular specialism in IPOs and high-value placings. Will Normand focuses on closed-ended funds, advising funds and their sponsors on fundraisings, placings and secondary transactions.

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‘In depth knowledge of this specialist area, The advice has always been pragmatic, practical and timely.’

‘Aaron Stocks provides a highly pragmatic approach and practical advice, whilst clearly having an excellent understanding of the law relating to the Funds sector and drawing on a depth of experience.’

‘Very strong on technical insight and client management.’

‘Travers Smith has a vast amount of experience in the listed funds space – they work extraordinarily hard to get the deal done. They are also thought leaders putting put a lot of content and engaging with stakeholders more than some other firms.’

‘Will Normand – dynamic, no nonsense, commercial and refreshingly honest.’

‘Aaron Stocks – very commercial, knows the rules inside-out and builds strong relationships with clients.’

Key clients

Smithson Investment Trust

Fundsmith Emerging Equities Trust

LMS Capital

Numis Securities

Merian Chrysalis Investment Company

Cantor Fitzgerald

FlowStream Royalties

Irish National Treasury Management Agency

RBC

Impact Healthcare REIT

Franklin Templeton

Alternative Income REIT

Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m) Tier 1

Travers Smith LLP 's strong PE team has grown its client base with names such as Arlington Capital Partners and Exact Group, adding to its longstanding relationships with buyout houses including Bridgepoint, 3i, and TA Associates. As well as advising on both premium and mid-market transactions for leading PE houses the practice also has a distinct  management advisory team, working with major target corporates. Practice head Ian Shawyer works with institutional investors and target companies, while Lucie Cawood has strong cross-border capabilities. Adam Orr works on a variety of transactions alongside heading up the management advisory team.

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‘Exceptional capabilities and reliable advice. Very strong people. A genuine client-centric approach; hard, firm but commercial and pragmatic when required.’

‘Jim Renahan is calm, pragmatic and focused on the key points.’

‘Lucie Cawood is exceptionally bright and super-strong technically.’

Key clients

3i Group

August Equity

Arlington Capital Partners

Bridgepoint

Equistone Partners Europe

Exponent

Management team of Exact Group

Horizon Capital

ICG

Inflexion

Kester Capital

Livingbridge

Marlin Equity Partners

Phoenix Equity Partners

Silverfleet Capital

TA Associates

The Access Group

The Carlyle Group

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 2

Travers Smith LLP is 'a polished litigation machine' with 'first-class lawyers' and 'good banking expertise'. The team frequently acts for banks, investment managers and private equity houses in a range of disputes and contentious regulatory issues and benefits from the expertise of a strong non-contentious financial services practice. Key contacts include the 'brilliant' practice head Rob Fell, who 'knows the field inside out'; 'superb litigator' Caroline Edwards, the 'incredibly intelligent' Huw Jenkin, 'great tactician' Jan-Jaap BaerAndrew King  and Toby Robinson.  With lawyers that are 'exceptional at every level', its depth of experience spans from senior consultant Stephen Paget-Brown (who 'has enormous experience' and attracts praise for his 'straightforward and no-nonsense approach'), to junior partner Stephanie Lee, recently promoted partner Alexa Day and 'stand-out associate' Lucy Jay.

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More than holds its own in disputes due to an excellent partner team.

A polished litigation machine, good at dealing with the demands of litigation on the largest scale. A consistently good and enthusiastic team and the necessary resources to deal with the busy stages in a case. Good banking expertise

Excellent team of first-class lawyers, a top choice for banking litigation – committed to getting on top of the detail, always looking after clients well and a pleasure to work with.

Travers Smith’s banking litigation practice is superb. They are involved in some of the highest-profile cases in this area and have risen from strength to strength. Their lawyers are exceptional at every level.

Caroline Edwards is a superb litigator, fantastic grasp of her cases and will leave no stone unturned on behalf of her clients.

Huw Jenkin is a stand out partner: he is a reassuring presence, calming for clients and technically very impressive. Alexa Day is another name to note – always on top of the material and a pleasure to work with.

Stephen Paget-Brown has enormous experience and is highly respected among his colleagues, both within the firm and in the market in general. His valuable advice and straightforward and no-nonsense approach are highly appreciated. Huw Jenkin is incredibly intelligent and always on top of the details.

Robert Fell is a brilliant lawyer. He knows the field inside out, has very sound judgement, is extremely sensible and has a great sense of strategy. Lucy Jay is a stand-out associate. She is such a strong lawyer, her technical abilities are superb, and she communicates very clearly and effectively to clients. Jan-Jaap Baer is also an extremely strong partner who is a great tactician and is very knowledgeable.

Key clients

Bank of England

Kaupthing Bank

Jóhannes Rúnar Jóhannsson

Nomura

Taberna Europe Capital Management LLC

Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (in administration)

Macquarie Capital (Europe) Limited

Commercial litigation: premium Tier 2

Travers Smith LLP's dispute resolution team is 'a polished litigation machine' that 'has the talent and scale to take on some of the biggest cases in the English courts'. The 'superb' Rob Fell, who has expertise in both litigation and regulatory investigations, heads a practice in  which 'truly first-rate litigatorCaroline Edwards is a key member, particularly for financial services sector disputes and follow-on damages competition claims. For fraud and banking disputes, Toby Robinson and Huw Jenkin are names to note, while Andrew King also has particular contentious insolvency expertise. The 'consistently good and enthusiastic team' includes senior consultant Stephen Paget-Brown ; 'first-class litigator' Jan-Jaap Baer ; 'rising star' Heather Gagen ;  Stephanie Lee (who is 'very much someone you want on your side'); and the recently promoted Polly Richard, who is 'an excellent new addition to the partner roster'.

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A polished litigation machine, good at dealing with the demands of litigation on the largest scale’

Travers is a unique player in the commercial dispute resolution space: a City firm that has stayed as such, but has the talent and scale to take on some of the biggest cases in the English courts, and a track record of doing just that. Travers invests properly in its people, and it pays off: they are a superb team who work very well together, with little churn. International aspects are well covered through Travers’ network of close relationships with the best overseas firms.

Travers Smith’s commercial litigation practice is superb. They are involved in some of the highest-profile cases in this area and have risen from strength to strength. Their lawyers are exceptional at every level.

Andrew King is legendary – vast experience, very hands-on. Toby Robinson is meticulous and hard-working; Stephanie Lee is a star in the making, dynamic and energetic; Polly Richard is a new partner, future star, having been one of the best DR associates out there.

Jan-Jaap Baer is an absolutely first-class litigator who goes beyond the last mile for his clients. Strategic, dauntingly smart, relentlessly hard-working, and all over the detail. Huw Jenkin is a highly accomplished lawyer, passionately devoted to his clients’ cause, and extremely charming. Stephanie Lee really excels in everything she does; smart, strategic and very much someone you want on your side. Andrew King has a wealth of experience in large and complex litigation, which comes through clearly in his robust, commercial guidance. Emma Reynolds, senior associate: a really superb lawyer, with star potential.

Rob Fell is a superb leader of, and ambassador for, his team: an incisive thinker and superb communicator. Absolutely superb, and runs a team on a big case beautifully. He’s extremely clever and a top quality lawyer, he’s tactically outstanding, he’s always on top of the detail, and clients adore him.’

Caroline Edwards is a truly first-rate litigator by any standards. Heather Gagen is a rising star.  Both are a real pleasure to work with, as well as being exceptional commercial litigators.

Ed Hardman is a terrific associate on whom one can depend entirely. He’s a brilliant and invaluable team member. Top quality.’

Key clients

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Kaupthing hf and Jóhannes Jóhannsson

Renesas Electronics Corporation

Macquarie Capital (Europe) Limited

Scion Films

Micro Focus International Plc

A Prominent British Retailer

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean AS

Commercial property: development Tier 2

The team at Travers Smith LLP, which is known for ‘understanding the commercial imperatives of transactions’, is well regarded for representing real estate funds and private equity real estate clients on a broad range of developments, investments and lettings. In particular, the knowledgebase of asset classes is a real standout, with the firm's recent workload spanning marinas, care homes, hotels, shopping centres, mines, restaurant chains and cinemas. Practice head Simon Rutman supports on joint ventures with specialist knowledge of the healthcare and private rented sectors. When it comes to development and regeneration work, Alex Millar is the key name, working with the firm's corporate M&A, finance, funds and tax lawyers to support at all stages of individual projects.

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‘The Travers team are responsive, knowledgeable but are also very good at understanding the commercial imperatives of transactions, which enables them to remove obstacles from a transaction rather than create them.’

‘Emma Pereira is an exceptionally capable partner, who has strong commercial understanding of what is required of a deal. She is also extremely loyal to her clients and is always available when you need her.’

Competition litigation Tier 2

Travers Smith LLP’s competition litigation group operates as ‘a well-oiled machine’.  It has a forte in EU and UK competition law investigations and it also excels in high-value follow-on damages actions. The practice includes members of the competition and dispute resolution teams. Caroline Edwards and Nigel Seay jointly lead the group, which includes Stephen Whitfield.

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The team shows incredible commitment to the cause and will go the extra mile to get to the right answers.

Travers Smith’s competition litigation practice operates as a well-oiled machine. It is an integrated group with plenty of competence at all levels of seniority. It is a real pleasure to work with.

A very strong team including very pleasant and capable professionals. Caroline Edwards is an exceptional lawyer.

Travers Smith fields an excellent competition litigation team consisting of very experienced partners leading an incredibly meticulous and diligent team of associates. They are one of the medium-sized firms that has picked up a good deal of work in this area, assisting clients with multiple cartel damages claims.

Caroline Edwards demonstrates terrific analytical skills. She is also excellent with clients and is a fabulous team leader.

Nigel Seay is a star with exceptional talent.

Key clients

Renesas

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean AS

JTEKT Corporation

Wireless Group

Corporate governance Tier 2

Travers Smith LLP advises corporate clients across a variety of issues, with dedicated teams handling listed company advice, corporate governance risk, anti-corruption, and contentious regulatory matters. Particular areas of expertise include environmental and social governance (ESG), corporate culture, board management and compensation, reputational protection, and regulatory compliance. Doug Bryden heads up the governance risk, environmental, and regulatory groups, advising blue-chip corporates and an increasing number of private equity funds on governance risk, sustainability, and corporate responsibility. Senior counsel Laura Summerfield heads up the listed company advisory team, working on issues such as board composition, reporting, shareholder activism, and corporate culture. Also of note are the firm's capabilities in employment-related issues, with Adam Wyman active in whistleblower complaints, sensitive harassment and cultural issues, and corporate investigations.

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Highly specialist team

We have built strong working relationships with many of the Travers Smith team as they have performed a key service during the development of our Corporate Governance programme. We have been able to leverage their breadth of capability and expertise in order to amplify the effect on the ground of our own compact team.’

Responsive and approachable.

The partner Doug Bryden is very knowledgeable, always happy to step in if required and has a pragmatic and business-friendly approach.’

Market-leading team that keeps its clients current.

Doug Bryden mixes great technical expertise with deep industry knowledge and understanding.’

The core strength of the team at Travers Smith is their expertise in the understanding of corporate structures when undertaking risk advisory mandates in particular corporate governance and decision making procedures. Their experience is such that they know to focus on the key importance of having a clear and efficient system within the client’s organisation for identifying and addressing risk. It is this ability to focus on what is important in this context which has won them praise from their peers and clients.’

Key clients

Micro Focus International

Advent

Nomura

SSP Group

Hostelworld Group

Noble Corporation

Camellia

S4 Capital

Brewin Dolphin Holdings

Porvair

Smithson Investment Trust

Safestore Holdings

Mears Group

McColl’s Retail Group

Corporate tax Tier 2

The group at Travers Smith LLP is 'approachable, knowledgeable and practical', according to one client. It is well-known for advising management teams on the tax aspects of private equity transactions. In addition, since consultant Cathryn Vanderspar joined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in October 2019, the group has been increasingly active in real estate tax matters. Since January 2020, the department has been led by Emily Clark, whose recent experience includes advising local authority pension funds on the establishment of credit strategies and real estate platforms. Former practice head Simon Skinner continues to offer tax structuring advice, including cross-border tax planning. Kathleen Russ is a big name in the private equity transactional tax world, while Jessica Kemp is recommended for M&A-related taxation for public and private companies.

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Approachable, knowledgeable and practical.’

Easy to get hold of, good working relationship, helpful.’

Deep expertise coupled with personal touch and not constantly deploying junior lawyers. Feels like a personal service all the time.’

Expertise, accessibility and dedication to the output.’

Key clients

Premier Rugby Limited

TruFin plc

Benson Elliot Capital Management

Exact Group

The Access Group

Shareholders of the EAT group

Bridgepoint

BMS Insurance Group

Caledonia Investments plc

Medicxi

Melrose Industries plc

The Carlyle Group

Inflexion

FatFace

finnCap plc

TA Associates

Micro Focus plc

Phoenix Equity Partners

Horizon Capital

Pret a Manger

Employers Tier 2

Travers Smith LLP provides a full range of services in employment law, including support on major corporate transactions, and is increasingly involved in sensitive internal investigations for City clients alongside its litigation work in the Employment Tribunal and High Court. The team is also experienced in cross-border mandates. Ed Mills heads up the London team and is an expert on whistleblowing, investigations and compliance programmes. Other key lawyers include Siân Keall, who has extensive experience of investigations and a particular focus on discrimination law, and Tim Gilbert, whose expertise includes TUPE transfers and litigation.

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‘The team are friendly, helpful, considered, concise and available. They understand our business and the way in which we work. The advice given fits with our culture.’

‘Adam Wyman understands our business and our business leaders. He ensures that the advice he gives fits with our culture. He is always considered and gives us sensible options and ways to approach different objectives/goals.’

‘They are experts and have a deep knowledge of their subject area. They really understand our business and tailor solutions to fit what we need. Their partners are highly credible and I’m always confident introducing them to members of our senior leadership team. They focused on building a long-term partnership with us, by understanding how we operate, what we need and offering value-add activities such as training seminars.’

‘Adam Wyman is highly credible and commercially focused. He always comes up with a relevant solution that works for the way we operate. Calm and effective during complex or pressurised situations. We rely on him for his advice and support because he knows our business inside out and gets us to the outcomes we need.’

‘Siân Keall, whilst very professional (as you would expect) has a very personable approach. She is always empathetic to some of our most challenging situations whilst providing advice and feedback that is honest, to the point and considered – that is quite a skill. In the short time we have worked together, I feel I have formed a friendship and receive a personal service. When interacting with any of the team at Travers it feels as though you are in it together.’

‘Travers Smith are responsive, understand our business and give us pragmatic and commercial guidance.’

‘Siân Keall’s knowledge of the law is incredible and that, mixed with her great sense of humour, makes her a delight to work with. Her commercial and pragmatic approach ensures we have the right level of guidance and helps us develop our own learning along the way.’

‘Tim Gilbert is extremely knowledgeable, friendly and approachable. He always responds quickly to any employment law query, however small, with practical and legal advice that can be implemented in the workplace.’

Key clients

AIG

Bidvest

Brewin Dolphin

Canaccord Genuity

Checkout Limited

DF Capital

Elan Capital

ETF Securities

Environmental Resources Management

Estee Lauder

Euroclear

Foxtons

Groupon

Kongsberg Automotive

LVMH

Metro Bank

Micro Focus International plc

Navex Global

Office

Raytheon

Robert Walters

SSP plc

Tangle Teezer

Teva Pharmaceuticals

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE)

Virgin Active

Western Union

Youview

Environment Tier 2

Headed up by environmental and regulatory specialist Doug Bryden, 'one of the most forward-looking partners in the environmental sector', Travers Smith LLP’s team is particularly active in private equity transactions with environmental aspects, and also has experience advising clients on environmental regulations concerning chemicals and governance and risk management processes (ESG). Regularly instructed by US firms, carbon reporting, renewable energy and contaminated land cases are other areas of focus for the 'dynamic, energetic' practice, which also includes senior associate John Buttanshaw, an expert in the fields of energy, infrastructure and planning.

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‘Strongly positioned niche practice.’

‘Doug Bryden – a class act, superb on transactions, venture capital issues.’

‘The ability of the team to adapt to changing circumstances, changing legislation and detailed understanding of individual client requirements within their individual markets. Keen eye for timely delivery and value for money.’

‘Douglas Bryden and John Buttanshaw have a quiet and subtle commercial legal approach, pay sufficient attention to detail and underlying issues without loosing focus on the matter at hand. Knowledgeable, attentive to detail and aligning what they do with what their clients actually require. Both are excellent team players.’

‘Doug Bryden has grown a strong regulatory practice at Travers Smith. He is responsive, makes time to understand the issue at hand and is solutions-focused. He is one of the most forward-looking partners in the environmental sector, always anticipating the next challenges for his clients.’

Key clients

Bluegreen Energy

Nomura

Bridgepoint

Oaktree Capital

Ancala Partners LLP

Greatbatch, Inc.

Palletways

Arjun Infrastructure Partners

Patron Capital

Shepherd Neame

Breedon Group plc

Amgen Inc.

Fraud: civil Tier 2

Travers Smith LLP's team acts for clients in the commercial and financial sectors in civil fraud cases, asset tracing and recovery claims. Also of note is the firm's anti-bribery and corruption group, which provides corporates with advice on the Bribery Act and related legislation. Rob Fell is known for handling complex commercial cases, sensitive internal and regulatory investigations, which often involve allegations of fraud. Toby Robinson's standout work included advising Hewlett Packard Enterprise on its high-profile fraud claim against Autonomy Corporation's former CEO and CFO, seeking approximately $5bn in damages. Caroline Edwards and Huw Jenkin are also recommended.

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‘Travers’ civil fraud practice is at the top of its game. It recently represented Hewlett-Packard in one of the largest fraud claims – and longest and civil trials – ever to have come before the English courts. The partners in charge navigated their clients through this huge, complex matter with clarity and assurance, supported by a superb team of in-house litigators.’

‘Exceptional levels of partner commitment.’

‘Very deep bench of associate talent with impressive gender diversity.’

‘They are a polished litigation machine. From my experience, they have a consistently good and enthusiastic team, and they are always able to access the necessary resources to deal with the busy stages in a case.’

‘The team are a group of high quality general commercial litigators who are experienced across a range of contentious disciplines and are real experts in the art of litigation, whether that is commercial litigation, banking litigation or competition litigation.’

‘Toby Robinson deserves recognition for his work on the HP case.’

‘Caroline Edwards is a fraud expert and has worked on some impressive matters over the years.’

‘Very good in-depth team. Very responsive and hard working.’

Key clients

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Kaupthing hf and Jóhannes Jóhannsson

Pathfinder Minerals plc

Scion Films (acting through Scion Financial Partners Limited)

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 2

Working for many of the UK's largest DC and DB schemes, the pensions team at Travers Smith LLP is led by the 'incredibly sensible, pragmatic and commercial' Daniel Gerring. The practice covers key pensions issues related to investment, liability management, funding structures, security and tax. Paul Stannard recently advised the trustees of the Arcadia pension schemes on funding and security arrangements with reference to Arcadia's CVAs, while Susie Daykin assisted the Sony UK scheme on the implications of a cross-border merger. Sebastian Reger is an expert in longevity transactions and has a significant track record in de-risking matters, while Karen Sahota is another name to note; she was promoted to senior counsel in July 2019.

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They have an excellent, strong team with in-depth knowledge of the pensions sector and a commercial approach to finding solutions to issues. The pensions team dovetail exceptionally well with other teams within Travers Smith and also with the trustees’ investment advisers, actuary etc to provide trustees with a full and clear picture of all the factors to consider to facilitate effective decision taking‘.

Excellent technical expertise. Smart partners. Responsive and great client service‘.

The key strength of this team is their dedication to clear and concise advice. There is no waste of excess presentation in their legal knowledge‘.

Travers Smith provide an excellent service, managing expectations well around turnaround times and scope/fees, and having depth and quality of resource to ensure delivery at busy times‘.

Good, down to earth team. Generally very responsive and always on things that matter‘.

Daniel Gerring is a standout lawyer: he is an expert in his field whilst importantly being incredibly sensible, pragmatic, commercial and overall strategic. Just what a Trustee Board needs in a legal adviser‘.

Key clients

Associated British Foods Pension Scheme

AXA UK Group Pension Scheme

C&J Clark Pension Fund and the Clarks Flexible Pension Scheme (sponsored by Clarks shoes)

Capgemini UK Pension Plan and Capgemini UK (2004) Pension Plan

Clara Pensions

Microsoft Corporation

NEST

Rothesay Life

Unilever UK Pension Scheme

Vodafone Group Pension Scheme

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

The team at Travers Smith LLP, which is known for ‘understanding the commercial imperatives of transactions’, is well regarded for representing real estate funds and private equity real estate clients on a broad range of developments, investments and lettings. In particular, the knowledgebase of asset classes is a real standout, with the firm's recent workload spanning marinas, care homes, hotels, shopping centres, mines, restaurant chains and cinemas. Practice head Simon Rutman supports on joint ventures with specialist knowledge of the healthcare and private rented sectors. When it comes to development and regeneration work, Alex Millar is the key name, working with the firm's corporate M&A, finance, funds and tax lawyers to support at all stages of individual projects.

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‘The Travers team are responsive, knowledgeable but are also very good at understanding the commercial imperatives of transactions, which enables them to remove obstacles from a transaction rather than create them.’

‘Emma Pereira is an exceptionally capable partner, who has strong commercial understanding of what is required of a deal. She is also extremely loyal to her clients and is always available when you need her.’

Key clients

AJ Capital Partners

Ancala Partners LLP

Ashby Capital

Azzurri Group

Beazley

Bridgepoint Advisers Limited

BS Pension Fund Trustee Limited

Carluccio’s Ltd

Carpetright plc

Chemonics International

Clearbell

Dockley Limited

Foster & Partners

Giraffe Concepts Limited

Impact Healthcare REIT plc

London Metric

Lothbury Investment Management

Lyceum Capital

Mansford LLP

Merian Global Investors (UK) Limited

Micro Focus

Numis Securities

Office Space in Town

Patron Capital

Pemberton Capital

STA Travel Ltd

TA Associates

The London Clinic

The World Universities Insights Limited

Tullett Prebon

Commercial property: investment Tier 3

The team at Travers Smith LLP, which is known for ‘understanding the commercial imperatives of transactions’, is well regarded for representing real estate funds and private equity real estate clients on a broad range of developments, investments and lettings. In particular, the knowledgebase of asset classes is a real standout, with the firm's recent workload spanning marinas, care homes, hotels, shopping centres, mines, restaurant chains and cinemas. Practice head Simon Rutman supports on joint ventures with specialist knowledge of the healthcare and private rented sectors. When it comes to development and regeneration work, Alex Millar is the key name, working with the firm's corporate M&A, finance, funds and tax lawyers to support at all stages of individual projects.

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Testimonials

‘The Travers team are responsive, knowledgeable but are also very good at understanding the commercial imperatives of transactions, which enables them to remove obstacles from a transaction rather than create them.’

‘Emma Pereira is an exceptionally capable partner, who has strong commercial understanding of what is required of a deal. She is also extremely loyal to her clients and is always available when you need her.’

Key clients

AJ Capital Partners

Ancala Partners LLP

Ashby Capital

Azzurri Group

Beazley

Bridgepoint Advisers Limited

BS Pension Fund Trustee Limited

Carluccio’s Ltd

Carpetright plc

Chemonics International

Clearbell

Dockley Limited

Foster & Partners

Giraffe Concepts Limited

Impact Healthcare REIT plc

London Metric

Lothbury Investment Management

Lyceum Capital

Mansford LLP

Merian Global Investors (UK) Limited

Micro Focus

Numis Securities

Office Space in Town

Patron Capital

Pemberton Capital

STA Travel Ltd

TA Associates

The London Clinic

The World Universities Insights Limited

Tullett Prebon

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 3

Travers Smith LLP 'excels at keeping up to date with developments' and Dan Reavill focuses on data protection and cyber security issues, which includes matters relating to information security and confidentiality. Louisa Chambers is also notable in the practice, working on data protection, privacy and marketing issues, while James Longster is an expert in IP and data protection work including mandates involving cross-border data transfers.

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‘Up to date on latest trends and developments, pro-active, coupling deep understanding of legal side with understanding of business needs.’

‘While data privacy is a constantly moving landscape, the Travers team excel at keeping up to date with developments and market approach and delivering practical, and usable, advice to clients.’

‘Great team with agile and pragmatic lawyers that are ready to find practical and business friendly solutions. The advice is succinct and to the point, no unnecessary fluff. Good industry knowledge and incredibly responsive. They will jump on a call on very short notice and provide spot on advice.’

‘James Longster: Approachable, intellectually curious, always a fast response, genuinely interested in the business, industry and always eager to learn.’

‘Dan Reavill is our relationship partner and he stays on top of the account, not just managing the relationship but making sure he stays in the front line. Amazing response times and very aware of business needs of clients as well as the practical implementation of legal matters.’

‘Louisa Chambers – calm considerate advice given, great understanding of commercial needs of clients.’

Key clients

Selfridges

Micro Focus

Sportlight

Pret

Love Holidays

Brewin Dolphin

TP ICAP

STA Travel

M&G Prudential

Reed & Mackay Travel Limited

Ambassador Theatre Group

OFFICE Retail

Equity capital markets - mid-high cap Tier 3

Travers Smith LLP's team acts for more than 60 publicly listed companies, a significant number of which are on the FTSE 350 index. It also has a strong profile among London-based investment banks and nominated advisers, as well as investment funds (and their managers and financial sponsors). The firm's ability to deliver English and US law advice makes it a strong choice for IPOs, cash placings, open offers, reverse takeovers and block trades, among other transactions. US securities law expert Dan McNamee and recently promoted partner Tom Coulter advised RBC Europe (a subsidiary of the Royal Bank of Canada) as bookrunner on a placing programme by renewable infrastructure fund Greencoat UK Wind Plc, and a £375m placing and offer for subscription. Spencer SummerfieldAndrew Gillen and recently promoted partner Jonathan Walters are among other key figures. Adrian West is another name to note.

Testimonials

Practical and experienced.

Richard Spedding is knowledgeable and experienced.

Key clients

Distribution Finance Capital

Staffline Group plc

MySale Group plc

Maxcyte Inc

TruFin plc

Zegona Communications

Irish National Treasury Management Agency

S4 Capital

Benchmark Holdings

RBC Europe

Liberum Capital Limited

Peel Hunt LLP

GCA Altium Limited

Investec

Numis Securities

Financial services: contentious Tier 3

The 'superb' Travers Smith LLP combines regulatory knowledge with dispute resolution expertise. The firm is particularly known for multijurisdictional matters, commercial court cases and anti-trust investigations. The practice has experience with a broad range of regulatory investigations, including those conducted by the FCA, SFO, HMRC, Department of Justice and EU Commission. Rob Fell leads the team and specialises in complex commercial cases in the Commercial Court and Chancery Division, as well as sensitive internal and regulatory investigations. Also notable is Stephanie Lee, who focuses on banking and financial services litigation and regulatory investigations.

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‘Experts in the art of litigation, whether that is commercial litigation, banking litigation or competition litigation’

‘Rob Fell has an established reputation in contentious regulatory matters’

‘Stephanie Lee has done extensive work in this area’

‘Stephen Paget-Brown is a very experienced practitioner’

‘Top quality work’

‘Rob Fell is absolutely superb, and runs a team on a big case beautifully. He’s an incredibly experienced FS litigator, and has a detailed knowledge of both the market and the law in this area’

‘Ed Hardman is a terrific associate on whom one can depend entirely. He’s an excellent lawyer, he’s terrifically clever, he’s got an in-depth knowledge of FSMA and the FCA Handbook, and he’s a brilliant and invaluable team member’

Key clients

Nomura

Fintech Tier 3

Travers Smith LLP's fintech team has particular strengths in technology product development and payments systems infrastructure projects, utilizing the firm's broader expertise in financial services, technology and corporate transactions. Dan Reavill is known for advising clients on the technology aspects and regulatory challenges of developing and setting up new payment services, trading platforms and other fintech products in the UK market. Louisa Chambers specialises in technology, IP and data protection law, however her experience also includes advising clients on PSD2 requirements and payments infrastructure. Also recommended are James Longster and senior consultant Mark Evans, who specialises in payments law.

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‘Dan Reavill is flexible, commercial in his approach and always extremely helpful.’ 

Key clients

Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG)

Request to Pay (managed by Pay.UK)

Paymentsense

Pirum Systems

Legl

Access

Faster Payment Services

Bacs Payment System

WorldRemit

Auto Trader Group plc

Peak Business Insight Limited

Infrastructure (PFI and PPP) Tier 3

Travers Smith LLP has expertise in cross-border and high value transactions for infrastructure funds as well as having experience of geo-thermal energy and infrastructure matters and renewable energy such as solar and wind.  'Trusted adviser' Spencer Summerfield heads the infrastructure team as well as co-heading the corporate team. Jonathan Walters was recently promoted to partner last year and focuses on advising infrastructure funds. The team is described by clients as having 'first rate lawyers' and offeing 'creative, commercial solutions'.

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‘Commercially astute and excellent turnaround times.’

‘Spencer Summerfield and Jonathan Walters  are first rate lawyers. Commercial, knowledgeable and with excellent response times.’

‘Exceptional commerciality. Transparent communication. Gets to the crux of the matter quickly and generate creative, commercial solutions.’

‘Spencer Summerfield is a trusted adviser on any transaction. He thoroughly understands your requirements and those of the other side to generate creative and commercial solutions. He is the best partner I have worked with.Jonathan Walters has strong tenacity to get complex deals over the line.’

Key clients

Arjun Infrastructure

Basalt Infrastructure Partners LP

Ancala Partners LLP

Leep Utilities

Challenger UK

IT and telecoms Tier 3

The broad practice at Travers Smith LLP advises buy and supplier-side clients on a range of pure technology and commercial contracts work. The firm has expertise in outsourcing and digital transformation projects for retailers, Brexit preparation work and data protection matters, as well as advising on emerging technology including AI and IoT. Dan Reavill leads the team and specialises in software, data, internet and branding-related work. Another key name is Louisa Chambers, who advises on technology, IP and IT projects.

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‘They really get what the client wants and needs and understand how to apply the advice to fit those needs.’

‘The team have taken the time to build a strong knowledge of the business which places them in a unique position to be able to give best advice and support.’

‘Dan Reavill provides strong leadership and provides pragmatic advice with skill and assuredness that inspires confidence.’

Key clients

Micro Focus International plc (“Micro Focus”)

The Access Group (“Access”)

Ambassador Theatre Group

Pret a Manger (“Pret”)

STA Travel International Limited (“STA Travel”)

Hobbycraft

Pirum Systems (“Pirum”)

Flashtalking

Eggplant

Legl

Peak Business Insight Limited

Hewlett Packard

Bridgepoint

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 3

Travers Smith LLP's 'commercially savvy' practice acts for international media and entertainment sector clients on a range of corporate and commercial transactions as well as IP, regulatory and contentious issues. It benefits from the ability to collaborate with practices across the firm's full service offering 'to provide excellent solutions to multifaceted problems', and has recently been particularly active assisting clients with M&A, entertainment theme park deals and media infrastructure agreements. Richard Brown specialises in contractual, joint venture and outsourcing arrangements and leads the team alongside commercial, IP and technology practice head Dan Reavill.

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Excellent knowledge and not just in terms of pure technical knowledge (which is second to none). Travers Smith go above and beyond for us in terms of delivery – they understand that business decisions need to be made quickly and efficiently and their advice is always tailored to our business. It’s more than just legal advice, it’s commercial advice that helps our business to deliver its objectives.

The team at Travers are really an extension of our in-house legal team. They make a concerted effort to understand our business and the way we work and the issues we are dealing with. They are all super responsive and the advice they give is not just pure legal advice but commercial advice which really helps us to help the business. Standout individuals for us include Louisa Chambers and Ashley Avery – both of whom are smart and savvy operators.

Travers have been super responsive to our needs on a long and drawn-out project. They are commercial, to the point and understand the needs of our business and priorities. They also use the time of the team working on the project well with no unnecessary doubling up. Even with big gaps in contact, they pick up from where we left off and immediately understand any issues. I was particularly impressed with the speed at which they dealt with the impact of Covid-19 on the project – it was very reassuring to know that we could rely on them.

Richard Brown is personable and smart – he understands our needs and is quick to offer practical solutions. The team he leads have been responsive and flexible in their approach.

They are a cohesive, engaged, technically highly capable team, who are able to provide excellent solutions to multifaceted problems. They are all very responsive and available to help whenever needed.

Richard Brown, a partner in the TMT team, offers a cool head with an extensive knowledgebase, and is a thoughtful and engaged adviser. It is clear that he cares deeply about understanding our business, and works hard to be able to have such an understanding. He is always responsive and makes time for us whenever we need him.’

The team is consistently quick to come to an understanding of the issues facing our business and particularly impressive in outlining in jargon-free language the points to be considered and the different options available in any situation. They are commercially savvy as well as pragmatic and work towards resolving problems rather than getting list in legal minutiae or arguments.

Richard Brown is both measured and creative. He works to solve problems, to understand what we need and what might be of concern to the other side. He is adept at bridging the gap in our favour by finding solutions and navigating a way through what otherwise seems like complex issues.

Key clients

Ambassador Theatre Group

HB Leisure

Racing Post

BUUK Infrastructure

Channel 4

Premier Rugby

News UK

Basalt Infrastructure

London Resort

Virgin Media

Wireless Group

Immediate Media

S4 Capital

Exponent Private Equity

Talk Sport

Ericsson

Pinewood

TES Global

Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 3

The pensions team at Travers Smith LLP provides clients with assistance on key sector issues such as: investment funds, derivatives, structured products,  tax, employment and dispute resolution. Team lead Daniel Gerring is supported by Paul Stannard, Susie Daykin, Sebastian Reger and senior counsel Karen Sahota.

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

Travers Smith LLP has a growing practice advising on high value transactions for clients such as Arlington Capital Partners and Exact Group on top of its longstanding strength in the mid-market, where it works with buyout houses including Bridgepoint, 3i, and TA Associates. Alongside its cross-border buyout work, the practice also offers a bespoke management advice team, working with major target corporates. Practice head Ian Shawyer works with institutional investors and target companies, while Lucie Cawood has strong cross-border capabilities. Adam Orr works on a variety of transactions alongside heading up the management advisory team.

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3i Group

August Equity

Arlington Capital Partners

Bridgepoint

Equistone Partners Europe

Exponent

Management team of Exact Group

Horizon Capital

ICG

Inflexion

Kester Capital

Livingbridge

Marlin Equity Partners

Phoenix Equity Partners

Silverfleet Capital

TA Associates

The Access Group

The Carlyle Group

Private funds (including infrastructure funds) Tier 3

Travers Smith LLP offers significant technical expertise to a range of sponsor clients, including private equity, venture capital, and alternative investment funds. The team has advised on the formation of a number of healthcare technology and social investment funds, reflecting broader trends within the private funds space, alongside a consistent record in mid-market private equity fundraisings. Jeremy Elmore advises a variety of sponsor clients and institutional investors on complex fund formation and structuring issues, while Sam Kay is noted for his role in forming private equity, infrastructure, and alternative investment funds, including a number of social impact and sector-specific investment vehicles.

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The Travers Smith funds practice has the strongest team I know for fund formation, fundraising and secondaries work. The team takes a very pragmatic, commercially focused approach, they are all on the ball, switched on and consistently provide top quality advice.

On the GP side, they have an incredibly strong team in primary fundraising and complex GP-led structured secondary transactions. Likewise, on the LP side, they demonstrate great expertise when advising on fund investment and co-investment deployment programmes. I cannot recommend them highly enough

Sam Kay is an excellent lawyer who has advised us for over 10 years

Jeremy Elmore – sound understanding of the market and what makes LPs tick

Very strong technical capability; excellent service level; strong commercial understanding to complement legal knowledge

The Travers funds team is multi disciplinary, super responsive, client focused and in touch with market developments.

 

Key clients

Njord Partners

Medicxi

Benson Elliot Capital Management

CGE Partners

Hermes GPE

Abris Capital Partners

Franklin Templeton

Element Ventures

Litigation Capital Management Limited

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Bluegem Capital Partners

Elysian Capital

M&G Investments

Index Ventures

LPPI

Spire Partners

ADM Capital

Ansor

Kester Capital

Real estate funds Tier 3

Travers Smith LLP demonstrates strong capabilities in matters connected with REITs and private real estate funds, under the leadership of practice head Aaron Stocks. On the listed funds side, the firm has made a name for itself in healthcare sector IPOs and fundraisings. The practice draws upon the firm's strengths in fund formation, regulatory and tax matters to provide a full service to clients. In a notable development, Cathryn Vanderspar joined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in 2019 to head up the firm's real estate tax offering.

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Always feels as if they are waiting for my phone call. Excellent availability and advice.’

From my experience, they have been extremely organised and on top of ongoing matters with a great attitude and enthusiasm to give knowledgeable and practical advice.’

‘On an individual level, all of the team members I have worked with have been well-versed in the ongoing matters their firm has been engaged with by us, showing good communication across the team and allowing them to utilise their resources appropriately to address any pertinent issues in an efficient manner.’

Key clients

Impact Healthcare REIT Plc

Assura plc

Benson Elliot Real Estate Partners V

JPMorgan Cazenove

Peel Holdings

Alternative Income REIT plc

Numis Securities

Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited

Lothbury

Cantor Fitzgerald Europe and BDO LLP

Retail and consumer Tier 3

At Travers Smith LLP, the retail sector group is led by corporate and equity capital markets specialist Adrian West, and also includes Dan Reavill, who leads the commercial, IP and technology department; Louisa Chambers, who handles IP and technology work; Ben Chivers, who focuses on commercial contract issues; and restructuring and insolvency expert Edward Smith . The cross-departmental approach covers national and international mandates for a client roster that includes food retailers, luxury brands, consumer goods companies, online retail businesses and retail investors; notable examples include Pret, Carpetright, Selfridges Retail and Trainline.

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Pret

Carpetright plc

Selfridges Retail Limited

STA Travel

Le Chameau

Gist

Trainline

Boparan Restaurant Group

Azzurri Group

Ann Summers

BKUK Group

Acquisition finance Tier 4

Travers Smith LLP provides a 'very efficient service' to the firm's large and loyal roster of  private equity sponsor clients, including Bridgepoint Advisors and Equistone. The team's sheer deal flow in this segment of the market across myriad industry sectors, ensures that it is well-versed in current market trends, and is thereby able to efficiently reflect clients' requirements in the documentation. Team head Matthew Ayre  regularly advises private equity sponsors and infrastructure funds, as well as a growing number of banks, on acquisition finance mandates.

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The team provides a very efficient service.

Barry Newman is a very capable lawyer, who is well regarded and trusted.

 

Key clients

Bridgepoint Advisers

Equistone

Inflexion

Graphite Capital

Horizon Capital

Intermediate Capital Group

Ancala Partners

Basalt Infrastructure

AJ Capital Partners

Mansford LLP

HSBC

Shawbrook Bank

Silicon Valley Bank

AutoTrader Plc

Safestore

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 4

Praised for its 'incredible work ethic and helpfulness', Travers Smith LLP's ten-partner finance team's reputation is growing in areas beyond its core sponsor driven mid-market heartland. Under the guidance of Matthew Ayre , it has continued to develop its lender practice, both in relation to core acquisition and corporate lending work, as well as in niche areas including funds finance. On the borrower front, the firm regularly assists portfolio companies in new money financings/refinancings and also advises a significant number of listed corporates.

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‘Responsiveness has been a key attribute.’

‘Incredible work ethic and helpfulness.’

Key clients

Royal Bank of Scotland International

Investec

HSBC

Silicon Valley Bank

Shawbrook Bank

Paragon Bank

Safestore

Volex Plc

National Westminster Bank

Benchmark Holdings Plc

Derivatives and structured products Tier 4

Travers Smith LLP 'offers exceptional knowledge of the issues faced by institutional investors and asset managers in all matters relating to derivatives structuring and regulation, securities lending, finance and risk transfer'. The firm is particularly well known for advising large and sophisticated private equity and private credit funds and blue-chip pension schemes. Its work covers complex liability-driven investment mandates using the full spectrum of derivatives transactions. Recent work includes fund-level hedging, deal-contingent derivatives transactions and other treasury hedging arrangements for private equity and corporate clients. Practice head Jonathan Gilmour is a highly respected adviser to buy-side clients. Structured finance and debt capital markets partner Sebastian Reger  joined from specialist pensions law firm Sackers to focus on longevity transactions, collateralised buy-ins and other synthetic risk transfer arrangements. Senior associates Vanessa Kalijnikoff Battaglia and Joseph Wren are recommended for transactional derivatives and regulatory matters.

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‘In my experience the Travers Smith DSP team offers exceptional knowledge of the issues faced by institutional investors and asset managers in all matters relating to derivatives structuring and regulation, securities lending, finance and risk transfer. I have found them to deliver very practical and commercial legal advice relating to difficult and fast-evolving areas and able to advise on the details of current market best practice and cutting edge structuring. Although the team may not be as well known as those firms with large and dedicated asset management departments, Travers is my go-to firm and recommendation for UK and EU work of this kind.’

‘The entire team is excellent but of those partners I have dealt with most often Jonathan Gilmour is an exceptional lawyer – creative, thorough and detail-oriented – he provides practical solutions to complex problems, quickly and with confidence.’

‘The senior associates, Joseph Wren and Vanessa Kalijnikoff Battaglia are enormously capable and can be relied upon to deliver responsive, accurate and commercially sensitive advice. I feel that they always get to the crux of the problem and provide guidance we can have confidence in.’

‘The firm has a very personable team who make every effort to not only be available to help, but also to ensure that you feel like they want to help. They have both breadth and depth in their knowledge and are not afraid at looking into new areas with which they had not previously been familiar.’

‘I have worked principally with Jonathan Gilmour and Joe Wren. Jonathan is very diligent, hardworking and details-focussed whilst also being hugely personable and a pleasure to spend time with. He has a very patient manner with clients and gives an air of gentle reassurance. Joe is a very keen and enthusiastic lawyer. His passion for his subject area and the firm are both clearly evident as is his willingness to understand the particular demands and legal challenges of our business.’

‘We have worked with Travers Smith in a number of transaction and we have always been impressed by their ability to be fully engaged and responsive.’

‘Jonathan Gilmour and Vanessa Kalijnikoff Battaglia are very capable and commercially minded lawyers, both careful with details without ever missing the big picture.’

Key clients

Rothesay Life

Investec Bank plc

A.C.N Europe B.V.

Stobart Group plc

Serabi Gold plc

The British Steel Pension Scheme

Allianz Global Investors GmbH

Trustee of the Willis Pension Scheme

Italian Legal Services

British American Tobacco

Pay.UK

BAE Systems Pension Fund

Nomura

Montagu Private Equity

Energy and infrastructure Tier 4

Travers Smith LLP's energy and infrastructure team comprises a cross-practice group of lawyers led by  Spencer Summerfield . The transaction-focused team includes specialists in corporate, regulatory, private equity and banking. 'Very efficient' Richard Brown specialises in joint venture and corporate transactions in the infrastructure and utilities sectors. Summerfield is noted for his M&A capabilities.

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‘Outstanding commerciality in understanding key issues on both sides of the table and translating this insight into commercial solutions’

‘The team provides pragmatic support to meet with client requirements whilst maintaining a commercial focus on seeking to get the deal done’

‘Spencer Summerfield is a trusted partner who buys into and thoroughly understands your transactions and requirements. Top draw commerciality’

‘Richard Brown is very efficient, instantly getting to the key points and possible options. He then brings the team in to deal with the specific points, who maintain the same efficient approach and standard of work.’

Key clients

Arjun Infrastructure

Basalt Infrastructure Partners LP

Ancala Partners LLP

Leep Utilities

Challenger UK

BUUK Infrastructure

SAGE North Sea Limited

OVO Energy

Belltown Power

Oikos Storage

EU and competition Tier 4

At Travers Smith LLP, the ‘very detail-orientated and thorough’ team has a solid track record assisting clients with complex competition investigations, merger control procedures before the CMA, and strategic competition issues. The department’s workload attests to its ability to act across a wide range of sectors, including financial services, private equity, media, technology and manufacturing, among others. Practice head Nigel Seay ‘stands out as a great force in the competition field’ and is noted for his experience spanning both contentious and non-contentious work. Stephen Whitfield is ‘a calm, sensible and experienced lead’.

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‘Personable, responsive and pragmatic. A very detail-orientated, thorough team who seek to balance technical detail with providing pragmatic and commercially focused advice, where possible.They are a safe haven to turn to for complex matters.’

‘Claire Shepherd is very knowledgeable, and takes time to research and understand the industry your business operates in. She is very hard working, always making herself available to discuss matters at short notice, and has a good eye for detail.’

‘Richard Brown is a creative problem solver with deep knowledge, a great work ethic and a very easy personal style.’

‘The team is very capable, very much available and importantly, pragmatic and practical in their advice. A big plus is that they are not pompous and overly strategic in their attitude but, on the contrary, a pleasure to work with.’

‘Stephen Whitfield is very pragmatic and very accessible. He really listens to his counterparties and is capable of adapting his legal strategy to changes in circumstances.’

‘Nigel Seay stands out as a great force in the competition field. He is very experienced, knowledgeable and client-oriented. He offers solutions no one else has thought of.’

‘Travers Smith is an exceptional firm that is populated by extremely bright and personable professionals who are genuinely interested in understanding our business so that they can provide extremely high quality advice, that is razor sharp, and timely. Once established as a client of Travers Smith, the account management is impeccable’

Key clients

Bridgepoint

Breedon Group

The Linde Group

Micro Focus International

Wireless Group

Charlesbank Capital Partners

Ancala Partners

Wallenius Wilhelmsen

TA Associates

Brookfield Utilities

Franchising Tier 4

At Travers Smith LLP, the team, under Dan Reavill’s leadership, advises high-profile brands on franchising matters in the restaurant, hospitality, leisure, retail and fashion sectors. The department draws from the firm’s international network, allowing it to assist clients with the cross-border components of transactions and agreements related to franchising issues including brand licensings, IT arrangements, and supply and logistics contracts.

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Laura Ashley

BKUK (master franchisee of the Burger King brand)

Pret

Manolo Blahnik

Caffe Nero

London Resort

Gong Cha

HB Leisure

M&L Investments

Safestore

Pinewood

AJ Capital

Gaucho

Immediate Media

Cath Kidston

Nails Inc.

Jack Wills

SSP

Healthcare Tier 4

The team at Travers Smith LLP is strong in corporate, regulatory, and private equity work for healthcare sector clients, with a renowned track record of work on M&A deals. Practice head Doug Bryden frequently advises pharmaceutical and medical product manufacturers on liability issues and regulatory compliance. Edmund Reed can draw on his previous experience as an investment manager focusing on the healthcare sector, while Simon Rutman handles real estate investment and development-related work.

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Impact Acquisitions

Cinnamon Care Capital

Edgbaston Care Home Limited

The Access Group

Bracco Imaging

Mears Group PLC

Graphnet Health Limited

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

Travers Smith LLP 's well regarded  City team carries out M&A transactions for a range of corporates, private equity houses and sponsors, including infrastructure and real estate funds. The team has significant experience acting on public and private M&A deals, both domestically and internationally. Spencer Summerfield leads the corporate department.

Product liability: defendant Tier 4

Travers Smith LLP has substantial knowledge of regulatory and civil liability issues, areas of expertise for practice head Doug Bryden and Heather Gagen respectively. The team is also well versed in defending national and international companies against claims, as well as advising on compliance, product recall and crisis management matters; the group also has expertise is Brexit-related advisory work.

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‘Highly regarded small, lean dispute resolution team. Though capable of dealing with some big group actions including those with an international angle.’

‘Heather Gagen’s rise has been noted in the market as she has quickly took partnership in lighting speed. Very good at handling complex litigation including international mass tort group actions.’

‘A good combination of an active partner and a very competent colleague with the back-up of experienced part time former partners. Open and honest.’

‘Doug Bryden has clear expertise in the relevant areas and kept deadlines well.’

Key clients

Integer

Greatbatch

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 4

Travers Smith LLP’s cross-departmental team corporate crime team is able to draw on strength from its broader operational risk and environment, competition, financial services and markets, employment and dispute resolution practices to advise on regulatory investigations and corporate crime. Under the leadership of Rob Fell, the firm acts for individuals and institutions caught up in investigations brought by multiple domestic and international enforcement agencies. Internal investigations are another area of focus, where the team advises on bribery, money-laundering and fraud issues. Alexa Day was promoted to partner.

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‘There is no one I would rather have in my corner than Rob Fell and Huw Jenkin’.

‘Genuine understanding of educational establishments and individuals subject to action by them’.

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 6

Travers Smith LLP's two-partner team punches above its weight and is able to effectively leverage the firm's private equity prowess to secure work relating to their distressed investments, as well as on behalf of investee companies experiencing financial distress. Led by Edward Smith , much of the firm's recent work has been in the beleaguered retail/casual dining space and the firm has developed a strong reputation in relation to the implementation of CVAs in the sector. Peter Hughes is the other partner in the team and has niche expertise advising pension scheme trustees on restructuring work.

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Key clients

The supervisors of the Debenhams CVA

The Administrators of Laura Ashley

Trustees of the Arcadia Pension Schemes

Boparan Restaurant Group

Azzurri Group

Ann Summers

MySale Group plc

Marwyn Value Investors

The Administrators of Toys R Us

Carpetright plc

Immigration

The immigration team at Travers Smith LLP has of late been providing clients with strategic advice on Brexit contingency planning and on the EU Settlement Scheme. The practice advises clients in the media, manufacturing, health, leisure and retail sectors, but has especially strong expertise in financial services. As such, practice head Ed Mills has a great deal of experience in acting for the London offices of global asset management firms, particularly those originating in the US.

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‘We have been using Travers Smith since 2017. Our overall impression of the continues to be very positive and has never faltered. Knowledgeable, great customer service, value for money.’

‘Moji Oyediran is always marvellous. She replies promptly to queries, giving clear, comprehensive and considered advice. It is very heartening to know she is at the end of the phone.’

Key clients

Metro Bank

Bidfood

Bain Capital

STA Travel

Groupon

The Access Group

Brewin Dolphin

Marathon Asset Management

Bakkavor plc

BigHand

The firm : It is not just law at Travers Smith. Travers Smith treats its clients’ business and challenges as its own. The firm’s clients know that wherever in the world they or their ambitions lie, the firm will work as one of their team to get things done. Travers Smith acts for publicly listed and private companies, financial services institutions and private equity clients, as well as other business enterprises involved in large and complex UK and cross-border matters, transactions and disputes.

Diversity and independence of thought are key to the firm’s success. The firm believes that true inclusion can only be achieved if diversity is considered in a broader and more holistic way, which breaks down silos and recognises the multiple identities we each carry.

Principal areas of work: Travers Smith is a full-service firm. The firm’s business comprises the following main practice areas: commercial, IP and technology, competition, corporate M&A and ECM, derivatives and structured products, dispute resolution, incentives and remuneration, employment, environment and operational risk, finance and restructuring, financial services and markets, funds, pensions, private equity and financial sponsors, real estate, regulatory investigations and tax.

International: For its international and cross-border work, Travers Smith has focused on building carefully cultivated relationships with independent law firms all over the world, sharing quality standards and strengths. This enables the firm to provide a first-class, seamless service for clients around the globe. The firm has chosen this route because it gives it the ability to pick the best firm for every piece of work, providing a one-firm approach wherever the firm’s clients conduct their business. Travers Smith regularly coordinates the provision of overseas advice for particular matters, as well as recommends law firms for its clients to instruct directly. What distinguishes Travers Smith’s model is the investment the firm makes into developing its relationships with the best independent law firms in the world.

Recruitment: 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 continuous learning and development towards personal and professional growth.

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Managing Partner David Patient
Senior Partner Kathleen Russ
Commercial, IP & Technology Dan Reavill
Corporate Spencer Summerfield/Paul Dolman
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 Emily Clark
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Diversity and Inclusion

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.

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. Below is a selection of projects we delivered in 2019-20

1. BAME Allyship Initiative

Allies, or people who are proactive and understanding of the challenges affecting diverse groups of people, can be instrumental in driving positive cultural change. It is not the responsibility of people from minority groups to create a fairer society but rather that task sits on the shoulders of allies and people in positions of influence. Building upon this framework of engaging with the majority to help drive positive change for the minority and/or underrepresented, we have developed an innovative booklet outlining how people can be better allies for members of the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community.

2. Anti-racism and Allyship training

It is no longer enough for individuals to say they are not racist; we all need to be proactively anti-racist. With this principle in mind, in August 2020 we held a series of compulsory training events for all partners and members of staff entitled ‘Empowering our Allies: How do we be Anti-Racist?’. These interactive sessions discussed the importance of being anti-racist, how we can all be anti-racist, and what this looks like in our day-to-day and working lives.

3. Intersectionality: celebrating difference

By looking at our D&I initiatives through an intersectional lens, we are able to better examine the role people’s multiple identities have in compounding inequality and discrimination, and to develop mechanisms to better promote inclusion. Some ways we have achieved this are:

  • D&I Seminar programme: We programmed a series of seminars involving speakers from as diverse backgrounds as possible. For example, as part of Pride 2020, we invited BAME and LGBT+ speakers to participate in a panel discussion to discuss mental health of people from minority groups.
  • D&I book club: We have recently launched a quarterly D&I-themed book club that is open to anyone across the firm. this book club will provide people with an opportunity to discuss the chosen text, as well as explore its associated themes.

More information: https://www.traverssmith.com/difference/being-inclusive/

The Lex 100 Verdict

'Having met a number of trainees and the graduate recruitment team at events, it was clear to me that Travers Smith had a great balance of interesting work whilst also valuing your social life'. The workplace environment is 'positive' and trainees 'feel very supported, especially given that they share an office with a partner and at least one associate who 'want to make sure that you actually understand what you're doing and why you're doing it'. The London firm is a deserving recipient of four Lex 100 Winner awards for job satisfaction, living up to expectations, vacation scheme and approachability of supervisors. Opinions differed on the work/life balance – some trainees appreciate working shorter hours than those of US firms, without having to compromise on work quality, whilst others consider the hours 'longer than other City firms'. 'Only realising after signing that I was missing some signatures' and 'two all-nighters in a row to complete a deal' were not pleasurable experiences. Travers' medium size means that 'you feel like you have an identity and can get to know the faces around you'. Another major plus point is the 'lack of pressure on billable hours targets and more focus on outcome performance indicators'. On the other hand, 'the corporate department acting as a separate kingdom with very different fee-earner behaviour and hours expectations as compared with other departments' was commented upon. It was also noted that 'qualification options are corporate-heavy'. Whilst the 'styles of working can vary hugely by department, what doesn't change is the friendly and collegiate environment'. In terms of best moments, 'prepping former CEOs of major companies for appearance in the High Court' and 'getting to complete work which is headline news!' were hard to beat. For a 'career which tends to be longer than at the average City firm', look into Travers Smith.