Jan Mellmann > Watson Farley & Williams LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile
Watson Farley & Williams LLP Offices
15 APPOLD STREET
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GLOBAL MINING & COMMODITIES SECTOR HEAD AND PARTNER IN THE CORPORATE AND M&A GROUP
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(Hall of Fame)
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.
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.
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.
- Hall of Fame - London > Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap
- Trade finance - London > Finance
- Equity capital markets – small-mid cap - London > Corporate and commercial
- Mining and minerals - London > Projects, energy and natural resources
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market
- Real estate > Environment
- Finance > Transport finance and leasing
- Dispute resolution > Commodities disputes
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
- Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure
- Corporate and commercial > M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas
- Transport > Shipping
- Finance > Trade finance
- Transport > Aviation
- Real estate > Construction: contentious
- Real estate > Construction: non-contentious
- Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap
- Employment > Immigration
- Dispute resolution > International arbitration
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Mining and minerals
- Real estate > Planning
- Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m)
- Transport > Rail
- Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax
- Real estate > Property litigation
- Employment > Employers
- Corporate and commercial > EU and competition
- Real estate > Property finance