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Watson Farley & Williams LLP
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Jan specialises in corporate finance and M&A work, with an emphasis on businesses operating in the Mining and Commodities, Oil and Gas, energy and transport sectors, including cross-border and domestic acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, equity and debt issues for public and private companies, private equity transactions, corporate restructurings and commercial agreements.

Jan is recognised as a leading lawyer by The Legal 500 UK noting Jan as “thoughtful, painstaking and committed to being a trusted adviser.” 


Articled Watson, Farley & Williams; qualified 1989; assistant solicitor 1989-96; partner 1996.


Speaks fluent German and reasonable French.


German-British Chamber of Industry & Commerce.


London School of Economics (1985 LLB Hons); College of Law, London.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas

Watson Farley & Williams LLP’s multidisciplinary practice is led by global head of oil and gas Chris Kilburn in London and has a proven track record acting in large corporate transactions and cross-border projects across emerging economies. The team comprises head of the upstream finance group Joe Levin , who handles high-value financing mandates, and standout practitioner Heike Trischmann , who is noted for LNG sector work and international petroleum negotiations. Jan Mellmann (who heads the firms global mining and commodities practice) is recommended for his corporate finance expertise. The team was also recently boosted by the addition of highly experienced transactional specialist Julian Nichol from Akin Gump LLP. On the commercial litigation side; Rob Fidoe and Andrew Hutcheon advise corporates and state-owned entities on energy, infrastructure, and international trade disputes. The team can leverage its international offering across Paris and Singapore on multi-jurisdictional deals.

London > Projects, energy and natural resources > Mining and minerals

Watson Farley & Williams LLP handles an array of corporate mining and minerals-related work for major companies including Chesterfield Resources plc. Jan Mellmann, the global head of the firm’s mining and commodities group, oversees the team and advises on financing work and capital markets transactions. Daisy East advises sponsors and lenders on financing transactions. The team handles cross-border work across Africa and Australia.

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

Watson Farley & Williams LLP‘s cross-sector expertise in energy, transport, natural resources and real estate ensures that the firm is routinely sought out by domestic and international entities on all manner of corporate transactions. Practice head Chris Kilburn also serves as the firm’s global oil & gas sector head, but is increasingly active in the renewables sphere – leading on multi-jurisdictional deals in emerging markets. Jan Mellmann and Daniel Saunders specialise in natural resources transactions, while Christina Howard leads on a range of cross-border mandates in technology, financial services, and the transport sector, most notably in the maritime arena.

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

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Jan MellmannWatson Farley & Williams LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP‘s capital markets practice is aligned with the firm’s strengths in the transport, energy and natural resources sectors. Led by Chris Kilburn, the team handles the full spread of work for corporate issuers, investment banks, NOMADs and brokers. A recent highlight involved Jan Mellmann advising Coro Energy Plc on its acquisition of Global Energy Partnership Limited, as well as a £4.5m placing. Kilburn is experienced in advising overseas-listed companies on accessing the UK markets, including many ASX-listed companies.