Watson Farley & Williams LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

Watson Farley & Williams LLP
15 APPOLD STREET
LONDON
EC2A 2HB
England

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 1

Watson Farley & Williams LLP‘s ‘very effective team‘ is constantly involved in some of the English Courts’ highest profile commercial litigation; and the fielding of dispute resolution teams from Europe, Asia, the US and the Middle East (in addition to London) facilitates the coordination of complex cross-jurisdictional cases. The practice also stands out for its expertise in large-scale, commercial and corporate litigation in the transport, energy and real estate sectors. The team is jointly led by transport sector expert Andrew Ward; and construction, engineering, petrochemical and energy disputes specialist Rebecca Williams. Also integral to the group are Charles Buss, who focuses on maritime litigation, as well as general commercial and banking disputes; Rob Fidoe, who is ‘building a very strong commercial litigation practice‘; and commercial and financial disputes expert Andrew Hutcheon. At senior associate level Mark McAllister-Jones and Jemma Dhillon both have extensive commercial litigation practices.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Ward; Rebecca Williams

Testimonials

‘Very creative and knowledgeable about the law, especially in the shipping sphere, with some deep thinkers who can find their way around even the most challenging legal obstacle, as well as some practical problem solvers. It makes for a very effective team.’

‘Andrew Ward – outstanding combination of command of details and overall strategic vision.’

‘Andrew Ward is a very strong and highly knowledgeable shipping/commodities litigator, with a clear and strong sense of what works and does not work in litigation.’

‘Andrew Hutcheon is a conscientious, diligent, intellectually strong and commercially-savvy lawyer.’

‘Andrew Hutcheon – sees every angle and out-thinks the opposition.’

‘Charles Buss – deep legal knowledge and a canny feel for litigation tactics.

‘Rob Fidoe is an excellent practitioner, who is building a very strong commercial litigation practice across a number of technical areas, including renewables, oil and gas, shipping/commodities and IT.’

‘Rob Fidoe is well liked by clients who appreciate his focused but easy manner. He has particular strength in Asian work.

Key clients

PTT Public Company

YieldStreet Management

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented PTT Public Company (PTT) in its UK court proceedings against US counterparty Triple Point Technology, which related to PTT’s global petrochemicals trading, hedging and charterparty management risk systems.
  • Successfully representing YieldStreet Management in a case before the UK Commercial Court, which provided clarification on a number of aspects of the law of undue influence.
  • Representing an aviation lessor in High Court proceedings against an airline, obtaining summary judgment on part of the claim, and pursuing a complex claim in respect of the redelivery condition of an aircraft.

Finance > Transport finance and leasing Tier 1

‘Very well-resourced, experienced and efficient’ across the panoply of transportation asset classes, both out of London and globally, Watson Farley & Williams LLP has the underlying sector knowledge and the financing expertise to be able to provide ‘commercially pragmatic’ advice to stakeholders across a tremendous range and volume of deals. Unsurprisingly in light of recent market headwinds, a good deal of the recent work has been in the context of restructuring matters, where the firm has not only been at the forefront of transactional work but also provided a useful and well-received online tool – Global Aviation Restructuring Index – which delivers a comparative index of restructuring processes, enabling creditors and debtors to view in advance of instructing a law firm which restructuring procedure/jurisdiction would be most beneficial. The ‘bright, very commercial and pragmatic’ Jim Bell continues to succesfully guide the firm’s aviation finance team, picking up work for lenders and lessors who are impressed by his ability to provide ‘creative and sui generis solutions’. ‘Experienced, very practical and easy to deal with’, Chris Mitchell is also a key resource in the aviation sector, particularly in relation to complex, structured cross-border deals, including asset-backed securitisations, warehouse financings and portfolio transactions. George Macheras now heads the shipping group, following Lindsey Keeble‘s recent appointment as managing partner, and continues to successfully guide banking and operator clients through a challenging market. Other recommended practitioners include the ‘responsive and efficient’ Louise Mor, who is the firm’s primary contact for rail finance matters; ‘very pragmatic and solutions-oriented’ Patrick Moore, who excels in drafting complex, often bespoke structures to facilitate financings in the aviation and maritime sectors; and Kavita Shah, who ‘provides sound legal advice, while keeping commercial considerations in mind’ on international, structured, asset and project finance and leasing transactions in the maritime sector.

Practice head(s):

Jim Bell; George Macheras

Other key lawyers:

Louise Mor; Kavita Shah; Patrick Moore; Dominic Pearson; Chris Mitchell; Gary Walsh; Kate Silverstein; Richard Smith; Philip Chope; Jane Keith; Natasha Seel; Emily Widdrington

Testimonials

Very well-resourced, experienced and efficient.’

They combine a huge global footprint and offering, a highly-skilled and intelligent team with a deep bench, real market knowledge and expertise, and a commercially pragmatic and friendly approach.’

The responsive and efficient Louise Mor has tremendous industry credibility.’

Jim Bell is a very smart deal-maker; if there is a problem that requires an innovative solution then he is the one to turn to. For me, Jim represents the ideal lawyer in that he is exceptionally bright, very commercial and pragmatic, and hugely personable.’

Chris Mitchell is very experienced and very practical and easy to deal with.’

Patrick Moore – very pragmatic and solutions oriented across stakeholders. Despite a number of unexpected hurdles, he kept calm and carried on to the finishing line!’

‘Kavita Shah provides sound legal advice, while keeping commercial considerations in mind.’

Gary Walsh is very knowledgeable and dedicated.’

Key clients

Airbus Bank

Avolon

Buss Global

Castlelake

Citibank

HSBC

Engine Lease Finance Corporation

En Trust Global (Blue Ocean Division)

Hanwha Investment and Securities Co Ltd and KTB Investment Management

Investec

JP Morgan

KfW Bank

NatWest

New Fortress Energy Inc.

Nexrail

Nordea Bank

OHA (UK) LLP

Standard Chartered Bank

Societe Generale

Work highlights

  • Advising NordLB (and other creditors) on both the proposed second restructuring of Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) and the restructuring of HNA Group.
  • Advising Citibank and HSBC Bank respectively on two separate ECA-backed JOLCOs (Japanese Operating Lease with Call Options) arranged for Seaspan Corporation.
  • Advised Nexrail, a new rolling stock lessor operating in Western Europe, on the acquisition and financing of its rolling stock portfolio.

Dispute resolution > Commodities disputes Tier 2

Watson Farley & Williams LLP ‘provides the most practical solutions‘ and clients praise its ability to take on ‘high-value, serious work, based all over the world‘. Andrew Ward and Rebecca Williams lead the dispute resolution practice, which is ‘very well resourced and able to take on the biggest opponents‘. Andrew Hutcheon is the key partner for contentious matters in the commodities, mining, oil & gas, shipping and aviation sectors. Rob Fidoe specialises in international commercial dispute resolution, particularly arbitration, and advises corporates and multinationals in industry sector such as energy, infrastructure and international trade.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Ward; Rebecca Williams

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Watson Farley and Williams’ dispute resolution group stands out by providing the most practical solutions to the dispute.’

‘All the law firms should provide such solutions like Watson Farley, but it’s surprising how many law firms are either incapable of, or afraid of providing the sharp analysis.’

‘Watson Farley gave some tough advice when other law firms were timid in doing so. Such advice was not easy to swallow at first, but it eventually saved my company from getting into the dispute only to lose later, so I did appreciate.’

‘High-value, serious work, based all over the world, very well resourced, able to take on the biggest opponents.’

‘Robert Fidoe – strategically confident, very good with clients, knows when to be robust, and when to be flexible.’

Key clients

JE Energy Ltd

PTT Public Company Limited

Sequoia Economic Infrastructure Income Fund

Work highlights

  • Successfully representing PTT Public Company Limited at all stages of its UK court proceedings against its US counterparty, Triple Point Technology, in respect of claims and counterclaims arising in relation to PTT’s global petrochemicals trading, hedging and charterparty management risk systems.  
  • Advising Sequoia Economic Infrastructure Income Fund in relation to its rights as the secured creditor regarding the energy administration of Bulb Energy Limited in the first ever use of the energy supply company administration regime.  
  • Advised JE Energy Ltd in respect of a multi-million dollar oil trading dispute against one of the world’s leading energy and commodity trading companies.  

Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 2

Watson Farley & Williams LLP has an extensive client base consisting of banks, funds, asset managers, utilities and energy companies who approach the firm for advice. The practice has a cross-border focus with mandates in Africa, Middle East, USA and South East Asia. Henry Stewart leads the team with particular experience in solar PV and wind matters. Daisy East specialises in advising sponsors and lenders on all aspects of project-related finance transactions while Martin Lucas is well-versed in matters relating to offshore wind farms. Julian Nichol is experienced in legal issues surrounding conventional power assets.

Practice head(s):

Henry Stewart

Testimonials

‘Attention to the client market knowledge.’

‘Very responsive team that cooperate well internally. For the client that means there are fewer dropped balls and loose ends. They tend to think alongside their clients and facilitate introductions, innovations and suggestions appropriately and finally they are all pleasant people to deal with. All of this makes for a good working relationship.’

‘Partners are typically much more involved on the deal and remain coordinated throughout when working with other partner colleagues for subject matter expertise. Joined-up thinking between senior colleagues provides a lot of confidence.’

‘Daisy East is typically on-point and provides clear and well thought-out advice. Daisy has also been a pragmatic problem-solver on number of occasions to overcome legal complexities (that always arise) without adversely impacting the deal. Specialist focus in the energy sector means up to date knowledge on market precedents and market practices.’

‘Watson Farley & Williams has incredibly deep knowledge about offshore wind power projects in UK. Their advice was always comprehensive and they always heeded to client’s intention, which enables us to proceed our internal approval procedure effectively.’

‘Martin Lucas is one of the excellent lawyers among lawyers we have ever worked with. He has rich knowledge about market practice in offshore wind power projects in the UK. He is also familiar with the relationships between project companies and the government, which enables clients to analyze projects more effectively. In addition, he was a skillful negotiator.’

‘WFW are unique in their knowledge of the UK offshore wind industry. They never fail to provide timely clear advice.’

‘Unlike many competitors in the projects business, this practice has an extraordinary broad offering in-house. It offers top teams, with very strong experience and knowledge and a strong network of key players in its industry areas. It is also apparent that it has a very positive and strong culture and this manifests itself in the way it conducts its business.’

Key clients

Lightsource bp

Dogger Bank Offshore Wind Farm

Equinor

Vattenfall

Orsted

InfraRed Capital Partners

Macquarie / GIG

Sequoia Economic Infrastructure Fund

BlueFloat Energy

North Star Renewables

Société Générale

Investec

NatWest

Nord/LB

Palestine Power Generating Company

Wentworth Clean Power

Shams Ma’an Power

Work highlights

  • Advised Sequoia Economic Infrastructure Income Fund as secured creditor regarding the energy administration of Bulb Energy Limited in the first ever use of the UK’s energy supply company administration regime.
  • Advised long-standing client LSbp in relation to a US$1.8bn revolving credit facility to be used for its global growth strategy of developing 25 GW of solar energy by 2025.
  • Advised the special purpose vehicles set-up by SSE plc and Equinor that are developing three offshore windfarms.

Corporate and commercial > M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m Tier 3

Noted for the depth of its international expertise in the transport and renewable energy sectors, Watson Farley & Williams LLP fields a strong team of dedicated sector specialists who increasingly advise on transactions for clients in real estate, telecoms, social infrastructure, and emerging market banking. London M&A chair Chris Kilburn, who also serves as the firm’s global oil and gas sector head, is highly recommended for the depth of his expertise in offshore wind, mining, and commodities deals. Christina Howard is regularly engaged by the firm’s maritime clientele – including a number of ports and terminals – for assistance in multi-jurisdictional transactions. Senior associate Sarah Williamson focuses on cross-border oil and gas M&A, while fellow senior associate Nerina Erasmus is recommended for renewable energy matters.

Practice head(s):

Chris Kilburn

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very solid and professional in approach. Pragmatic advice and good availability.’

‘Andy Savage has advised on a number of matters in the renewable energy sector. He has a very good knowledge of his sector and is able to leverage the firm’s expertise here.’

‘I have worked with Nerina Erasmus on a number of occasions. She is very dependable and efficient.’

‘Strong industry expertise, the firm works hard in finding solutions for their clients and go above and beyond in terms of hard work to achieve this.’

‘Solid industry expertise, great collaboration and trust, committed and engaged, has provided solutions and advice when negotiations are at critical/difficult point. Provides the comfort that quality of work will be delivered and in a quick manner. Hard work both from partners and associates.’

Key clients

Maas Capital Shipping

EnTrust Global

Leapfrog Investments

Advencap

Navigator Holdings

Lightsource bp

BlueFloat Energy

PointState Capital

InfraRed Capital Partners

Clean Sea Transport

Work highlights

  • Advising BlueFloat Energy on the formation of its new partnership with Falck Renewables and Ørsted to participate in the upcoming ScotWind leasing round.
  • Advising the Blue Ocean division of EnTrust Global on its acquisition of Maas Capital Shipping B.V.
  • Advising Advencap Limited on a number of fibre internet transactions, including in relation to its £25m investment in the Netomnia group.

Finance > Trade finance Tier 3

Watson Farley & Williams LLP has ‘a friendly team with the ability to advise on a range of trade finance matters across different commodity areas, providing consistently strong service levels‘. The firm frequently advises banks, trading houses and independent companies on transactions in the commodity and upstream finance space. It is particularly strong in the energy sector, due to its experience in mining, metals, soft commodities, oil and gas and other relevant markets. Lead partner Joe Levin is ‘a solution-focused and adaptable finance partner with trade finance expertise across numerous jurisdictions, and he takes a commercial approach to help ensure deals close‘. Senior associate Jordan Joannides is another name to note. Head of the mining and commodities group Jan Mellmann and head of the global oil and gas practice Chris Kilburn are heavily involved in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Joe Levin; Jan Mellmann

Other key lawyers:

Jordan Joaniddes; Chris Kilburn

Testimonials

‘Friendly team with the ability to advise on a range of trade finance matters across different commodity areas.’

‘Consistently strong service levels whether they are advising on a small transaction or one that is globally significant.’

‘Joe Levin is a solution focused and adaptable finance partner with trade finance expertise across numerous jurisdictions. Joe’s ‘can do’ attitude ensures he supports his clients, working through any challenges that arise, and takes a commercial approach to help ensure deals close.’

‘Jordan Joaniddes is an approachable, helpful, and knowledgeable senior associate who delivers in trustworthy fashion. A background in private practice as well as various financial institutions has given him a commercially-driven approach.’

Key clients

FBN Bank (UK) Ltd

Pala Investments Limited

VSA Capital Limited

DNB Bank, Bank of Montreal, BNP Paribas and ING Bank as arrangers and a syndicate of 20+ lenders

OMV Gas Marketing & Trading GmbH

CalEnergy Resources

Black Sea Trade and Development Bank

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Chaarat Gold Holdings Ltd

Chesterfield Resources Plc

Sandfire Resources Limited

PTT Public Company Limited

Advance Energy

Coastline Exploration

Work highlights

  • Advising FBN Bank (UK) Ltd (“FBN”) on US$185m worth of commodities mandates for FBN.
  • Advising Lenders to Cheiron Petroleum Corporation and Cairn Energy PLC in relation to a junior financing for a consortium of affiliates of Cheiron Petroleum Corporation and Cairn Energy PLC.
  • Successfully representing PTT Public Company Limited at all stages of its UK court proceedings against its US counterparty, Triple Point Technology.

Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure Tier 3

Watson Farley & Williams LLP's broad expertise encompasses acquisitions, investments, franchise agreements and the development of hotel and leisure projects. Felicity Jones, an expert in corporate and commercial matters, heads the team. Richard Hughes  often advises on financing matters pertaining to hotels, luxury city centre resorts and budget chains. Rohan Inamdar has experience handling sales and acquisitions of individual and hotel portfolios within the UK and in Europe.

Practice head(s):

Felicity Jones

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I would describe the team as very ‘user-friendly’, not interested in scoring legal points, but rather on securing your objectives in the most effective manner possible.’

‘They are sensible on fees, and ‘stopping the clock’ when situations drag out, which is s sure way to create a long-term relationship.’

‘You can contact them 24/7 without feeling that you’re burning billable hours. They feel like one of the home team, not just an advisor. Felicity Jones exemplifies this in all our dealings with her.’

‘Dedication; responsiveness; professionalism; real customer care.’

‘WFW is very responsive and creative in non-traditional projects, but provides commercial and timely advice on more traditional projects.’

‘Richard Hughes – knowledgeable and commercial in RE financing matters. Very responsive and efficient.’

‘Rohan Inamdar – Flexible and creative in tight schedules. Detail oriented and thorough.’

‘Felicity Jones – commercial and practical counsel, with big picture understanding.’

Key clients

Norlake Hospitality Limited (Hoxton)

BP Pension Fund

Chandris Hotels Group

Grivalia Hospitality

Millennium Hotels and Resorts

Khanna Enterprises Limited t/a KE Hotels

Xenia Leisure Group Limited

Entain plc (formerly Ladbrokes Betting and Gaming Limited)

Zaha Hadid Architects (“ZHA”)

Grupo Inversor Hesperia SA (Hesperia Hotels & Resorts)

Aprirose

Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 3

Watson Farley & Williams LLP has ‘a number of partners with diverse experience across the different elements of the oil and gas sector and different countries’ legal and regulatory systems’. It is well versed in large multi-jurisdictional transactions and disputes, and acts for banks, funds, utilities, oil majors and energy companies. Chris Kilburn leads the global oil and gas practice and is experienced in handling deals in Africa, Latin America and South and Southeast Asia. Heike Trischmann is a key name for commercial matters and has recently been advising on a number of LNG to power projects. Julian Nichol joined from Akin Gump LLP in September 2021 and Ryan Ayrton joined from Linklaters LLP in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Chris Kilburn

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Deal and relationship oriented’.

‘In addition to providing good quality legal advice, they take into consideration the context of the relationship and are really trying to find solutions to make the deal happen’.

‘Compact but full service oil and gas offering; partners with real expertise in the areas it’s needed, who work on the matters and engage directly with the client’.

‘Always practical and working towards the big picture outcome and the client’s goals’.

‘Joe Levin is a solution focused and adaptable finance partner with a breadth of oil and gas expertise who wants to work with and support his clients, taking a commercial approach to help ensure deals close’.

‘Chris Kilburn is an experienced and practical corporate partner’.

‘Whether leading on an M&A transaction or acting in a supporting capacity on wider matter, Chris Kilburn understands clients’ needs and delivers clear, digestible advice’.

‘Heike Trischmann is a highly knowledgeable and determined partner who is a valuable asset for commercial O&G contracts’.

Key clients

DNB Bank, Bank of Montreal, BNP Paribas and ING Bank as arrangers and a syndicate of 20+ lenders

CalEnergy Resources

PTT Public Company Limited

Black Sea Trade and Development Bank

Advance Energy

Junior Lenders to a consortium of affiliates of Cheiron Petroleum Corporation and Cairn Energy PLC

Coastline Exploration

OMV Gas Marketing & Trading GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising DNB Bank, Bank of Montreal, BNP Paribas and ING Bank as arrangers and a syndicate of 20+ lenders on increasing Chrysaor’s debt facility from $3bn to a $4.5bn reserve-based lending facility (“RBL”).
  • Advising the junior lenders and arrangers in relation to a junior financing for a consortium of affiliates of Cheiron Petroleum Corporation and Cairn Energy PLC to support their acquisition of Shell’s onshore upstream assets in Egypt’s Western Desert for a base consideration of $646m and additional payments of up to $280m (i.e. a total value of $926m).
  • Successfully representing PTT Public Company Limited, the Thai state-owned SET-listed oil and gas company and the only company from Thailand listed in the Fortune Global 500 (140th) at all stages of its UK court proceedings (Technology and Construction Court, Court of Appeal and subsequently Supreme Court) against its US counterparty, Triple Point Technology, in respect of claims and counterclaims arising in relation to PTT’s global petrochemicals trading, hedging and charterparty management risk systems.

Transport > Shipping Tier 3

‘Recognised for the depth and breadth of the practice’, the shipping team at Watson Farley & Williams LLP provides full-service support to clients in the maritime sector, with strong expertise regarding insolvency and restructuring matters as well as the enforcement of ship mortgages. George Macheras took over the role of co-practice head in February 2022 and now leads the team alongside Athens-based George Paleokrasses. Mike Phillips fields strength in a wide range of shipping matters, including contentious ship finance work, carriage of goods, and offshore vessel construction issues. Commercial contracts and dispute resolution are areas of focus for Robert Platt, and contentious dry shipping matters are handled by Charles Buss.

Practice head(s):

George Macheras; George Paleokrassas

Other key lawyers:

Mike Phillips; Robert Platt; Charles Buss; Daniel Saunders; Marcus Dodds; Andrew Ward

Testimonials

‘WFW shipping team is recognised for the depth and breadth of their practice, on both wet and dry, contentious and non-contentious matters.’

‘The partners have a lifetime of experience of shipping and shipbuilding disputes; they know every aspect of the industry.’

‘Charles Buss excels at deep thinking – the grandmaster of litigation tactics.’

‘Marcus Dodds stands out for his technical expertise and business acumen. He is a safe pair of hands.’

‘There are a number of capabilities of this firm that makes it outstanding: their capacity to listen to the clients and find solutions to their worries and queries, their personal treat with the client, and their capacity to collaborate not only with their clients, but also with the counterpart, in order to arrive to a feasible solution to problems.’

Key clients

Genco Shipping & Trading Limited

EnTrust Global

Maas Capital Shipping BV

Navigator Holdings

Clean Sea Transport LLC

PointState Capital LP

YieldStreet Management, LLC

Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale

Work highlights

  • Representing YieldStreet Management, LLC in a mortgagees’ interest insurance claim.
  • Advising the Blue Ocean strategy managed by EnTrust Global on its acquisition of Maas Capital Shipping B.V.
  • Advising Navigator Holdings Ltd on its agreement with Naviera Ultranav Limitada to merge the business and fleet of the latter’s subsidiary Ultragas ApS with Navigator.

Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 4

Advising listed companies, investment banks, nomads and brokers, Watson Farley & Williams LLP has a track record in AIM-related matters, notably IPOs and related pre-IPO financing, secondary placings, rights issuances, takeovers, private placements and M&A, as well as corporate governance matters. The firm’s sector expertise lies in the transport, energy and natural resources industries. Practice head Chris Kilburn has particular experience in AIM transactions while corporate specialist Jan Mellmann covers the spectrum of capital markets advice.

Practice head(s):

Chris Kilburn

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Watson Farley has a number of partners with diverse experience across the different elements of the oil and gas sector and different countries’ legal and regulatory systems.’

‘Jan Mellmann gets directly involved and understands the needs of smaller companies as well as large ones.’

Key clients

88Energy Limited

Aminex plc

Chaarat Gold Holdings Ltd

Chesterfield Resources Plc

Coro Energy plc

Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas

Pala Investments Limited

Sandfire Resources Limited

Tianqi Lithium Corporation

TORM plc

Tower Resources

United Oil & Gas plc

VSA Capital Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas Ltd. on its successful oversubscribed $25m equity fundraising via a placing to institutional investors, a retail offer on the PrimaryBid platform and a subscription by way of a private placement.
  • Advised Advance Energy plc on the acquisition (via its subsidiary Advance Energy TL Limited) of a 50% interest in Carnarvon Petroleum Timor, Unipessoal Lda for a consideration of $20m and on raising $30m from the AIM market to fund the acquisition.
  • Advised TORM plc on its agreement to purchase eight 2007-2012 MR product tankers with chemical trading capabilities from TEAM Tankers Deep Sea Ltd., for a total cash consideration of $82.5m and the issuance of TORM shares.

Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m) Tier 4

Watson Farley & Williams LLP focuses on infrastructure real estate, advising on deals in sectors including telecoms, offshore wind and solar, and is also noted for its work in the shipping sector. Much of the firm’s work is cross-border and it is especially active in emerging markets such as Nigeria and Ghana. Chris Kilburn leads the overall London corporate group and is active in both PE and traditional M&A. Andy Savage is the key name to note on transactions in the African market.

Practice head(s):

Chris Kilburn

Other key lawyers:

Andy Savage; Tom Jarvis

Testimonials

‘They offer attention to the client and market knowledge.’

 

Key clients

InfraRed Capital Partners

LeapFrog Investments

Advencap Limited

Point State Capital LP

Bio Capital

African Capital Alliance

African Infrastructure Investment Managers

Clean Sea Transport

Work highlights

  • Advising InfraRed Capital Partners, as fund manager to The Renewables Infrastructure Group (“TRIG”), in relation to TRIG’s acquisition of a 17.5% equity interest in the Beatrice offshore wind farm.
  • Advising the Blue Ocean division of EnTrust Global (“EnTrust”) on its acquisition of Maas Capital Shipping B.V. (“Maas Capital Shipping”), the private equity platform of ABN AMRO Bank N.V.
  • Acting as international counsel advising LeapFrog Investments on its acquisition of a 16.94% stake in Fidelity Bank Ghana Limited, Ghana’s largest privately owned bank, from Amethis and Edmond de Rothschild Equity Strategies.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 4

Known for its shipping, energy, oil and gas, construction and commodities sector expertise, Watson Farley & Williams LLP‘s ‘combines extensive and deep experience with a modern and nimble approach to disputes‘. The London dispute resolution group is jointly led by Rebecca Williams, who ‘gives her all to cases‘; and big-ticket international arbitration specialist Andrew Ward. Mike Phillips leads the maritime disputes team; Rob Fidoe is ‘an outstanding lawyer‘; and Alexander Creswick, Mark McAllister-Jones and Archit Dhir are experienced senior associates.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Ward; Rebecca Williams

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The WFW international arbitration team combines extensive and deep experience with a modern and nimble approach to disputes.’

‘Rebecca Williams is a powerhouse, fully committed, strategically talented and inventive, and gives her all to cases.’

Andrew Ward has an excellent mixed shipping and international arbitration practice – extremely clever and pays close attention to detail.

‘Marcus Dodds has unrivalled legal and technical knowledge in the LNG sector, along with a wealth of knowledge and experience of the shipping industry – valued for the quality of his advice and commercial focus.’

Rob Fidoe is an outstanding lawyer, adept at managing complex technical disputes, and with a good eye for the issues that are important in a dispute. Rob’s easygoing manner is very popular with clients and other team members.

‘Mike Phillips is true maritime law expert, and is reachable and hands-on with clients.’

‘Mike Phillips and senior associate Archit Dhir deliver clear and detailed legal analysis and advice very swiftly; and Alexander Creswick is a senior associate with maturity and judgement well beyond what is expected from someone his age.’

‘Senior associate Mark McAllister Jones is committed, good on the law, and shows good judgement on difficult points. No doubt a partner of the future.’

Work highlights

  • Representing the owners of a fleet of vessels in respect of highly complex claims and counterclaims, arising out of disputes between the administrators of a shipping pool.
  • Representing a project developer and EPC contractor in two LCIA arbitrations against one of the world’s largest solar panel manufacturers, in relation to alleged breaches of a framework purchase agreement.
  • Representing an independent E&P company in expedited LCIA proceedings, which relate to the late abandonment of an SPA for the acquisition of assets in North Africa.

Employment > Immigration Tier 4

Jointly led by partners Devan Khagram and Anna Robinson, Watson Farley & Williams LLP‘s immigration practice is well regarded for its broad capabilities, including handling sponsor licence and skilled worker applications and providing training and advice on the new points-based system. In addition to its work for clients in the digital and technology industry, the firm has niche expertise in the maritime sector, as well as handling the immigration elements of large-scale leisure events. The team also has experience in personal immigration.

Practice head(s):

Devan Khagram; Anna Robinson

Other key lawyers:

Elliott Marsh

Testimonials

‘Excellent communication throughout – clear instructions and information from all of the team. Positive and friendly, always on hand to address queries and questions.’

‘Elliott Marsh – so helpful and personable, especially helping with last minute queries, even at the last hours of the working day. Genuinely a nice person with a customer-first approach that I respect and admire.’

‘The team listens to the needs of their clients and consistently comes up with pragmatic solutions to problems.’

‘We have received excellent support and understanding from the team, especially from Elliott Marsh.’

‘Individuals are personable, helpful and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

North of England P&I Association Limited

DDM Entertainment & Events Inc.

Royal Zoological Society of Scotland

Frasers Management (UK) Ltd

Golar Management Limited

PGS Exploration (UK) Limited

Teekay Shipping (Glasgow) Ltd

Founders for Good Ltd

Wayve Technologies Ltd

Tufton Investment Management Limited

Projects, energy and natural resources > Mining and minerals Tier 4

Watson Farley & Williams LLP handles a range of cross-border deals utilising its international network for support. Its key areas of focus include M&A, equity capital markets, debt and project finance, and dispute resolution. Jan Mellmann heads the team which was recently bolstered by the arrival of  Julian Nichol and Ryan Ayrton from Akin Gump LLP and Linklaters LLP respectively.

Practice head(s):

Jan Mellmann

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Chaarat Gold Holdings Ltd

VSA Capital Limited

Sandfire Resources Limited

Chesterfield Resources PLC

Pala Investments Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Chaarat Gold Holding Ltd on its investment agreement with Turkish construction firm Ciftay Insaat Taahhut ve Ticaret AS. Under the agreement Ciftay will become a strategic investor in Chaarat and receive up to $25m in cash and up $17.3m in new Chaarat shares for mining construction services.
  • Advised Sandfire Resources Limited on the AUS$97m sale of its stake in Adriatic Metals plc (“Adriatic”).
  • Advised VSA Capital Limited in its capacity as sole financial adviser and broker in connection with the proposed admission of the shares of Pyx Resources Limited (“Pyx”) to the standard listing segment of the Official List of the Financial Conduct Authority and to trading on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange through a secondary listing.

Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 4

Watson Farley & Williams LLP advises on a broad range of energy, transport, and real estate disputes, acting for a number of blue-chip and international clients. Rebecca Williams leads the team, and is well-regarded for her work for owners, developers and EPC contractors on infrastructure and energy projects, both domestically and internationally. Ryland Ash primarily advises on contractual and common law issues, and is experienced in all forms of dispute resolution. Barry Hembling specialises in hotel, leisure and healthcare disputes, whilst Alexander Creswick focuses on renewable energy matters.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Williams

Testimonials

‘The contentious construction team at WFW combines extensive and deep experience with a modern and nimble approach to disputes.’

‘The team is impressive in the commitment and energy that they devote to their cases. They have a proactive approach to their cases and are extremely tactically astute.’

‘The practice offers exceptional expertise in construction. It has the resources to successfully handle heavy TCC litigation. It is flexible and can handle adjudication business efficiently too.’

‘Rebecca Williams is an expert in dealing with construction disputes. She is committed and has excellent judgment. She puts the client first at every stage.’

‘Ryland Ash has a wonderful ability to see things quickly and provide a range of options to consider. He genuinely cares and is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Barry Hembling is a very capable lawyer. He gives clear instructions for expert appointments and clear guidance over timescales.’

‘Mark McCallister-Jones is highly able and experienced. He is always calm under pressure and finds detailed, practical solutions for his clients.’

‘Alexander Creswick is extremely bright and shows maturity and ability beyond his years. He is dependable and unflappable; a real star.’

Key clients

Perenco UK Limited

PTT Public Company Limited

Abbey Healthcare

Zaha Hadid Architects

Entain

Ørsted

Millennium Hotels & Resorts

Amazon Properties

Colas Limited

Energy Developments Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented PTT Public Company Limited at all stages of its UK court proceedings against its US counterparty, Triple Point Technology. The matter is a leading judgment on the issue of liquidated damages.
  • Acting for Abbey Healthcare in proceedings before the Court of Appeal to determine the legal issue of whether statutory adjudication rights apply to collateral warranty claims.

Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 4

Watson Farley & Williams LLP offers broad sector focused advice, with the non-contentious construction team acting across real estate, infrastructure, and energy matters. The team is co-led by Martin Lucas, who has particular expertise in offshore wind farm projects both in the UK and internationally, and Rebecca Williams, who advises on front-end dispute avoidance elements of project documents. Barry Hembling is also noted for his experience in real estate matters, particularly in the healthcare, hotel, and leisure sectors.

Practice head(s):

Martin Lucas; Rebecca Williams

Other key lawyers:

Barry Hembling; Alexander Mulroney

Testimonials

‘The team’s strength is their their dedication and level of knowledge of relevant case law.’

‘Barry Hembling is a stand-out partner. He is a highly capable lawyer who possess detailed experience and knowledge of the construction sector.’

‘The team possess good communication skills and are very polite. They are attentive and highly responsive.’

‘Alexander Mulroney provides solid and capable support, and displays good communication skills and strong legal knowledge of the construction sector.’

‘Watson Farley & Williams has incredibly deep knowledge about offshore wind power projects in UK. Their advice is always comprehensive and they always heed to client’s intention.’

‘Martin Lucas has rich knowledge about market practice in offshore wind power projects in the UK. He is also familiar with the relationships between project companies and the government, which enables clients to analyse projects more effectively. In addition, he is a skilful negotiator.’

‘Barry Hembling adopts a pragmatic approach and provides incisive analytical and concise advice that is clear to follow and implement thereafter.’

‘The team are aware of emerging technologies and their potential legal impact within the construction sector.’

Key clients

Dogger Bank Offshore Wind Farm

BP Pension Fund

Zaha Hadid Architects

Vattenfall

Equinor

Scira Offshore Wind Energy

Entain

Ørsted

Millennium Hotels & Resorts

Hitachi Zosen Innova

Colas Limited

WSP (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising the special purpose vehicles set-up by SSE plc and Equinor that are developing the three offshore windfarms known as Dogger Bank A, Dogger Bank B and Dogger Bank C in the North Sea on all the construction elements for the development of those wind farms.
  • Advising on a portfolio of real estate development projects for the BP Pension Fund (Ropemaker Properties), one of the UK’s largest pension funds.
  • Advising Vattenfall as Projects Counsel in relation to the development of the Norfolk Projects, Norfolk Boreas and Norfolk Vanguard, off the east coast of England, which will be one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms.

Real estate > Planning Tier 4

The ‘very reliable, spontaneous and knowledgeable’ Nick Walker leads Watson Farley & Williams LLP’s planning, environment, and health and safety team. The firm’s work focuses on planning matters relating to real estate developments, renewable energy projects, and infrastructure mandates. Senior associate Hetty Tombs is ‘able to cut through to the heart of the issue’ and has broad experience in advising developers on compliance regulations, and highway and statutory undertaker regimes.

Practice head(s):

Nick Walker

Other key lawyers:

Hetty Tombs; Valentina Keys

Testimonials

‘Planning legal services (Nick Walker and Hetty Tombs) able to cut through to the heart of the issue and provide clear, concise advice.’

‘Nick Walker and Hetty Tombs. Approachable and willing to discuss and advise on an informal basis. Understand commercial realities in providing professional advice which is very useful.’

‘Nick Walker was very reliable, spontaneous and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Ropemaker Properties – property arm of BP Pension Fund

InfraRed Capital Partners

Lightsource BP

Work highlights

  • Advising InfraRed Capital Partners Limited, investment manager to The Renewables Infrastructure Group (“TRIG”), on TRIG’s acquisition of a 17.5% equity interest in the Beatrice offshore wind farm from Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners.
  • Advising Lightsource bp on its disposal of its 20.627MWP solar PV project in the UK to Greencoat Solar Assets II Limited, including ensuring the planning permission incorporated the latest technological changes for solar farms.
  • Advising Ropemaker Properties (BP Pension Fund) on a number of multi-million pound developments, including planning and EHS matters.

Transport > Aviation Tier 4

Watson Farley & Williams LLP's aviation sector group is led frm London by co-head Jim Bell, an 'excellent problem solver' who works in tandem with fellow co-head Charles Viggers in Singapore. The team has strong track record of work on high-stakes restructuring work, routinely advising creditor groups, lenders and lessors. The team also has notable expertise on the contentious side, with London disputes co-head Andrew Ward a key name.

Practice head(s):

Jim Bell; Charles Viggers

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Ward; Simon Ovenden; Patrick Moore; Dominic Pearson; Mark Tooke

Testimonials

‘The team, and in particular Jim Bell, assisted on some particularly involved and convoluted negotiations in which creative solutions needed to be developed in order to break several impasses.’

‘Our interaction and levels of service from WFW has always been excellent and we enjoy the service we receive from them on all the transactions we have worked on.’

‘Particularly strong in terms of diversity of skills they bring. We were working on aircraft leasing simultaneously with administration and it was useful having the same firm doing both.’

‘Jim Bell stands out as an excellent problem solver – he approaches problems with a commercial perspective, which greatly facilitates resolving complex issues.’

‘The partners and lawyers we have working with are excellent and are a valuable part of our transactions. The entire aviation team (both partners and associates) have been excellent.’

‘They respond very rapidly and always have good suggestions for very difficult problems and provide us a lot of confidence in their direction they suggest.’

Key clients

Aviation Working Group

Air Seychelles

Ryanair

Castlelake

HSBC

Genesis

Minsheng Financial Leasing

NordLB

Work highlights

  • Advised, amongst other creditor groups, the bondholders in relation to Virgin Atlantic Airways’ £1.2bn restructuring and recapitalisation plan.
  • Advising NordLB (and other creditors) on both the proposed second restructuring of Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) and the restructuring of HNA Group.
  • Advising Air Seychelles’ on its restructuring negotiations (pre and post creditors’ insolvency petition) relating to its ongoing participation and obligations under a securitisation of loans to various Etihad Alliance partner airlines (including Air Seychelles) with an aggregate value of $1.2bn.

Transport > Rail Tier 4

Watson Farley & Williams LLP has a large asset finance practice. It routinely handles domestic and cross-border projects for rolling stock lessors, financial institutions, investors, train operators and other clients including manufacturers and public bodies. Louise Mor leads the practice and has considerable experience in the rail sector. Ryland Ash is another known name and is a skilled construction lawyer.

Practice head(s):

Louise Mor

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘What I like the most is that Louise Mor is available for us anytime, she is responsive, efficient, competent!’.

Key clients

Nexrail

KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH

Alpha Trains

InfraVia Capital Partners

Ermewa

Work highlights

  • Advising Nexrail, a new rolling stock lessor operating in Western Europe, on the acquisition and financing of its rolling stock portfolio.
  • Advising KfW as lender in respect of a £47m secured loan to Wascosa UK, financing the purchase of 570 new Greenbrier freight wagons, to be leased to Network Rail in the UK.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 5

Watson Farley & Williams LLP‘s tax practice focuses on the energy, real estate, and transport sectors, with a particularly strong reputation for tonnage tax and shipping. Richard Stephens has more than 20 years’ experience with the firm, and has significant expertise in maritime tax, while Tom Jarvis has significant experience in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Chris Kilburn leads the wider corporate services team.

Practice head(s):

Chris Kilburn

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Richard Stephens is responsive and practical.’

‘Richard Stephens offers a consistently high level of advice and counsel.’

‘Responsive and professional.’

‘Watson Farley has a strong reputation and is exceptional when offering the perfect balance between tax technical advice and commerciality.’

‘Tom Jarvis is a tax partner with Watson Farley. We were seeking a combination of a strong technical tax partner with an innate commercial sensibility, and Tom is the perfect combination.’

‘Great expertise in the shipping industry – unrivalled against any of its peers.’

‘They are able to quickly pick up complexities and provide constructive advice.’

Key clients

Lightsource bp

Virgin Cruises

EnTrust Global

Maas Capital Shipping BV

Navigator Holdings

Ropemaker Properties – property arm of BP Pension Fund

InfraRed Capital Partners

Blue Float Energy

North Star Renewables

Oak Hill Advisers

Work highlights

  • Advised the Blue Ocean strategy division managed by EnTrust Global (“EnTrust”) on its acquisition of Maas Capital Shipping B.V..
  • Advising Virgin Cruises with regards to its first ship, the Scarlet Lady.
  • Advising Lightsource bp in relation to its role as the development services provider in relation to bp’s US$220m acquisition of a 9 GW pipeline of US solar PV projects from independent US solar developer 7X Energy.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 5

Watson Farley & Williams LLP's practice oversees contentious insolvency matters, cladding and fire safety disputes and high-end residential disputes. Dev Desai heads the team. His expertise extends across landlord and tenant disputes and professional negligence claims.

Practice head(s):

Dev Desai

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Mulroney

Testimonials

‘WFW provide sound and prompt advice. They communicate at a senior level and provide a fantastic litigation service.’

‘Alex Mulroney is a rising star whom I expect to climb the ranks swiftly. Excellent advice and clear communicator.’

‘I find the team very knowledgeable and on top of current issues as they arise. They are quick to issue guidance notes and papers on current topics and changes to legislation and regulatory guidance.’

‘Great people who are extremely knowledgeable and helpful. I have full faith in their advice and execution.’

‘The team are well resourced & their considerable depth of expertise is always readily available.’

‘Dev Desai & Alexander Mulroney – both are excellent communicators & present their advice on complex issues in a clear & concise manner.’

‘Despite being a small team, they punch above their weight and give their clients a full-scale service.’

‘Dev Desai is a great tactician; he thinks carefully about how litigation can be used effectively to achieve the client’s ultimate goals.’

Key clients

BP Investment Management Limited/Ropemaker Properties Limited

The Advertising Association

Eastern Pyramid Group Corporation SA

The Guide Association (AKA the Girl Guides)

Nordea Bank

Optimus Wind Limited (a subsidiary of Ørsted)

Collier Contracts Limited

Austringer Group of Companies

South Coast Furnishing Company Limited

De Villiers South West Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for Eastern Pyramid in the Court of Appeal concerning the leaseholders’ statutory claim for the right-to-manage Spire House, Lancaster Gate, London.
  • Advised and represented The Guide Association in respect of a multimillion pound arrears of rents from tenant The Resident hotel in Victoria, central London, including litigation in the High Court.
  • Acted for Austringer in relation to its mixed-use development projects in London and Preston.

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 7

Noted for its ‘unique expertise in the aviation and maritime sectors’, Watson Farley & Williams LLP advises its roster of clients on matters pertaining to merger control regulations, abuse of dominant position and agreements with third party suppliers. Practice leader Solange Leandrohas strong international experience’ and provides ‘commercial and succinct advice’ on EU and UK competition compliance matters. Senior advisor Philippe Ruttley is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Solange Leandro

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘WFW is excellent in cross-border deals.’

‘Solange Leandro has strong international experience, especially in the EU and UK market, and is highly skilled in cross-border deals.’

‘A unique expertise in the the aviation and maritime sectors. Top-notch expertise, responsiveness, clear advice and very nice to work with.’

‘Solange Leandro is an exceptional lawyer.’

‘Great strength in depth.’

‘Solange Leandro and the whole team at WFW provided us with excellent support in getting our change of control notification approved by competition authorities smoothly and within a very short timeframe.’

‘Excellent international experience. Hands on, practical advice across numerous jurisdictions.’

‘Solange Leandro works tirelessly to ensure that clients’ queries and needs are fulfilled. She provides commercial and succinct advice.’

Employment > Employers Tier 7

Known in the market for its specialisation in the maritime, transportation, infrastructure and energy sectors, Watson Farley & Williams LLP combines full service capabilities with an international reach. Devan Khagram leads a busy maritime/shipping employment practice, advising on vaccination of seafarers, cross-border redundancies, repatriation and collective bargaining agreements. Anna Robinson is the go-to lawyer for aviation, financial services, gambling and retail clients, and is recommended for discrimination claims.

Practice head(s):

Devan Khagram; Anna Robinson

Testimonials

‘WF&W’s team is very knowledgeable in the field of employment law, but also in labour immigration and maritime employment.’

‘Their services are of a very high service level and with a very short response time and the people are very friendly.’

‘The diversity within the firm seems to be good.’

‘Devan Khagram is very experienced with in large cross-border restructurings and redundancy proceedings. He is very practical and hands-on an has outstanding coordination skills when it comes to directing an international team of lawyers.’

‘Experienced employment team with particular experience of maritime law.’

‘Devan Khagram is a highly experienced lawyer, skilled in dealing with international employment issues particularly with a maritime element.’

‘Anna Robinson is an excellent lawyer – she understands the pros and cons of litigation and obtains excellent results for her clients. Anna will thrive in partnership.’

‘The webinars that were conducted are useful especially for people who are not UK based and may not be familiar with UK laws and legislations. The newsletters are also insightful.’

Key clients

Tufton Investment Management Limited

Frasers Management (UK) Limited

Golar Management Limited

Euronext London Limited

Advance Energy plc

Fletcher Group

Make Real Ltd

PGS Exploration (UK) Ltd

JX Nippon Exploration and Production (UK) Limited (name change imminent)

Holland America Group/Princess Cruises (part of the Carnival Corporation)

Real estate > Property finance Tier 7

Real estate > Environment

United Arab Emirates > Shipping

Watson Farley & WilliamsAndrew Baird leads a ‘terrifically cohesive‘ full-service shipping practice. Andrew also acts as managing partner and has particular expertise in cross-border financings and advises on loans and leasing transactions. Michael Savva is a go-to contact at the firm for ship financing and restructuring. Charlotte Bijlani is a key point of contact in the dispute resolution team, and Charlotte Knight provides support at the associate level.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Baird

Testimonials

‘Terrifically cohesive team, led well by very competent management. Appropriate billing and commercial advice.’

‘Direct and to the point, proactive advice. Solid attention to detail whilst getting to the answer quickly.’

‘Experienced and very commercial.’

‘Andrew Baird has a wealth of experience. Always makes himself available and is very practical in his approach.’

Key clients

Viken Aurum Shipowners Holdings Limited

Maritime Equity Management LLC

Bahri Chemicals

Work highlights

  • Advised Viken Aurum Shipowners Holdings Limited in respect of the pre-delivery financing of two Aframax-type LR2 vessels equipped with Liquified Natural Gas propulsion currently under construction at Guangzhou Shipyard International.
  • Advised United Overseas Groupon the acquisition of United Arab Chemical Carriers, a shipping company specialising in the international transportation of refined products and chemicals based out of the Dubai International Financial Centre.
  • Acted for Bahri Chemicals on their ten ship newbuilding programme at Hyundai Mipo.

United Arab Emirates > Banking and finance: Corporate finance (including Islamic lending)

Watson Farley & Williams advises on a range of secured and unsecured debt financing transactions for banks and financial institutions. Practice head Andrew Baird focuses on cross-border asset and project finance and is praised for his ‘commercial and solutions driven attitude‘. Other key names to note include Michael Savva and associate Charlotte Knight, who is ‘results driven‘ and ‘intelligent‘.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Baird

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very impressed by the firm in all aspects, main strengths include: broad and deep knowledge of the renewable energy sector; very strong on financing documentation and portfolio financing in particular; legal advice – never loses sight of the commercial realities; very patient, flexible and supportive when encountering delays and unforeseen events; access to expertise from more mature markets, in particular their London team.’

‘Andrew Baird – extremely knowledgeable, easy to deal with, commercially minded, strong network, patient.’

Without doubt the best experience we have had with any lawyers in the UAE, hence the reason we have returned to them for multiple work streams. The main differentiator has been the clear and unambiguous advice they give, their commercial mindset, their market expertise and sector knowledge, and the patience and support they provide at all steps of the way without constantly trying to increase fees like most other lawyers.

‘Andrew Baird: Long-standing experience in maritime sector, both with banking or other finance parties and industry clients. Extensive knowledge of international maritime corporate finance related issues and transactions. Deep knowledge of shipping industries, its problems and practices. Problem solver and bridge builder never losing sight of client’s interest. Commercial and solution driven attitude based on his experience and understanding of the sector. Hard worker, delivering on promises.’

Charlotte Knight: Results-driven, intelligent, knowledgeable and hard-working lawyer who knows her way in the maritime sector. Delivers as promised, never loses overview in complicated transactions, bringing all parts of a transaction successfully together. Strong with people, whether client or not always focusing on delivering high quality work within agreed time frames.

Key clients

Viken Aurum Shipowners Holdings Limited

Maritime Equity Management LLC

Siraj Power Holding Limited

Various clients

Work highlights

  • Acted as counsel to VASHL in respect of the pre-delivery financing of two Aframax-type LR2 vessels equipped with Liquified Natural Gas propulsion currently under construction at Guangzhou Shipyard International.
  • Advised Maritime Equity Management LLC on the DIFC law aspects of a wider restructuring transaction in relation to United Arab Chemical Carriers Limited.
  • Acted for Siraj as the borrower under a groundbreaking $50m secured portfolio project financing of rooftop solar PV assets.

Dedicated to client care, industry focus and investment in our people
We are a sector specialist international law firm in the energy, transport and infrastructure sectors advising on complex transactions and disputes through local knowledge and an integrated international network.

Our business exists to help our clients achieve their goals, partnering with them to meet the challenges they face today and will face tomorrow.

Our values rest on developing deep and long-lasting relationships externally and internally through respect, sharing, communication and integrity.

We strive for excellence in all that we do and view investment in our people as key to achieving our business goals and values.

Our teams are integrated across legal disciplines and offices delivering consistently high levels of service locally and in combination across borders.

History: Sector focus has been at the heart of our strategy since we opened for business in 1982.  Having started life as an asset finance boutique focussing on the maritime and aviation industries, our transport focus quickly expanded to other supply-chain led industries, most notably, renewable and conventional energy and infrastructure across these industries.

Through our offices around the world, we provide a full suite of services within our core sectors enabling us to deliver exceptional value to our clients.

Facts

  • Founded 1982
  • 175+ partners
  • 580+ lawyers
  • 17 offices

Senior Partner: George Paleokrassas
Managing Partner: Lindsey Keeble

Global Sector Heads:
Aviation: 
Jim Bell, Charles Viggers
Energy: Malte Jordan, Henry Stewart
Infrastructure: Florian Kutzbach and Jose Maria Anarte
Maritime: George Macheras, George Paleokrassas
Mining & Commodities: Jan Mellmann
Oil & Gas: Chris Kilburn

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Jim Bell photo Jim BellJim has significant experience in advising financiers, lessors and operators on structured…
Charles Buss photo Charles BussHe specialises in commercial, banking and maritime litigation and arbitration. In the…
Nicola Davies photo Nicola DaviesNicola’s practice focuses on shipping and aviation finance, with particular emphasis on…
Jemma Dhillon photo Jemma DhillonJemma focuses on commercial litigation and international arbitration, acting on cases before…
Richard Dibble photo Richard DibbleRichard specialises in international finance and commercial contract work and in particular…
Frank Dunne photo Frank DunneFrank’s practice involves a broad range of ship finance work for major…
Daisy East photo Daisy EastDaisy specialises in advising sponsors and lenders on all aspects of project-related…
Christina Howard photo Christina HowardChristina specialises in international, cross-border and domestic M&A, joint ventures, corporate restructurings,…
Andrew Hutcheon photo Andrew HutcheonAndrew has experience in a broad range of commercial and financial disputes…
Felicity Jones photo Felicity JonesFelicity acts primarily for clients with real estate assets or trading activities…
Simon Kavanagh photo Simon KavanaghSimon specialises in asset, project and structured finance, including debt capital markets…
Lindsey Keeble photo Lindsey KeebleLindsey specialises in structured finance and leasing within the maritime space, with…
Patrick Kirkby photo Patrick KirkbyPatrick has over 21 years’ experience advising on a wide range of…
Joe Levin photo Joe LevinJoe advises lenders and sponsors on a number of project finance, acquisition…
Martin Lucas photo Martin LucasMartin has over 15 years’ experience of advising on projects in the…
Jan Mellmann photo Jan MellmannJan specialises in corporate finance and M&A work, with an emphasis on…
Louise Mor photo Louise MorLouise has significant expertise in the rail and aviation sectors. Her transactional…
Michael O Michael O"DonnellMichael specialises in international financial transactions with a particular emphasis on advising…
David Osborne photo David OsborneDavid’s practice concentrates on asset and project finance, with a particular emphasis…
James Penn photo James PennJames specialises in commercial, banking and property disputes. He has over 30…
Mike Phillips photo Mike PhillipsMike specialises in shipping, contentious ship finance and ship and offshore vessel…
Robert Platt photo Robert PlattA commercial contracts and dispute resolution specialist, Robert’s expertise spans a broad…
Gary Ritter photo Gary RitterGary has extensive experience in all aspects of commercial real estate, including…
Toby Royal photo Toby RoyalToby has a wealth of experience in the maritime sector advising shipowners,…
Kavita Shah photo Kavita ShahKavita specialises in international, structured, asset and project finance and leasing transactions…
Richard Stephens photo Richard StephensRichard advises UK and multi-national companies on all aspects of UK corporation…
Henry Stewart photo Henry StewartHenry has extensive finance, commercial and corporate experience in the energy and…
Nigel Thomas photo Nigel ThomasNigel has been a Partner at Watson Farley & Williams since 1988.…
Mark Tooke photo Mark TookeMark’s practice encompasses mergers, acquisitions, domestic and international joint ventures, venture capital…
Heike Trischmann photo Heike TrischmannHeike specialises in all aspects of oil and gas law, and also…
Charles Walford photo Charles WalfordCharles’ areas of practice include cross-border and domestic acquisitions and disposals of…
Andrew Ward photo Andrew WardAndrew specialises in international arbitration, commercial litigation and resolving disputes outside the…
Rebecca Williams photo Rebecca WilliamsPartner, Co-Head Dispute Resolution
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