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Akin Gump LLP
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Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 1

Headed by James Roome and Barry RussellAkin Gump LLP's 13-partner team dominates the public bondholder and private placement space. It is consequently involved in many of the biggest-ticket global mandates, leveraging the expertise of practitioners in key international locations including New York, Frankfurt, and Hong Kong. The team is appreciated by clients for its willingness and ability to 'make a deal, even between disparate and different types of stakeholders', and while the team may be more limited in scope than some of ranked firms, it has 'unrivalled experience in representing bondholder committees in distressed situations'. Although the practice is sector agnostic it has particular strength in the energy space, where James Terry has provided an 'outstanding service' to Norwegian Trustee and across high yield restructurings in the oil and gas industry. 'A very safe pair of hands for all complex restructuring work', Liz Osborne has an 'excellent profile in the market' and recently led the firm's work as independent international counsel in connection with the negotiation, agreement, and implementation of the settlement plan for Croatia-based conglomerate Agrokor on its high-profile restructuring. Emma Simmonds 'consistently provides pragmatic advice in complex situations' and is also recommended.


‘The team effectively represents the interests of its clients in complex restructurings.’

‘The partners know all the players in the investment community and are well-positioned to understand points of leverage and effective negotiating strategies.’

‘The firm understands the motivations of its US-based clients, is commercial in its approach, and works tirelessly and effectively to drive the highest value outcome.’

‘James Roome is the best in the business.’

‘James Terry is a rare commodity – a lawyer who thinks like an investor.’

‘Barry Russell and Tom Bannister are highly effective at building consensus to drive optimal results.’

‘Liz Osborne prioritises her clients and fights for them tooth and nail.’

‘Emma Simmonds provides an outstanding service.’

Key clients

Ad Hoc Group of Senior Unsecured Creditors of Noble Group


Ad Hoc Group of Senior Secured Noteholders of Norske Skog

Ad Hoc Group of Bondholders of the Seadrill Group

Secured Bondholders of Avanti Communications Group Plc

Private Placement Noteholders of Carillion Plc

Ad Hoc Committee of Noteholders of Digicel Group

A Bondholder of G3 Exploration Limited

Nordic Trustee

The largest secured lender to Dolphin Drilling ASA (formerly Fred. Olsen Energy)

Hedge funds Tier 2

Akin Gump LLP provides the full scope of hedge funds advice to clients ranging in size from start-ups and small/mid-sized managers to global institutions. Its 13-strong London team comprises of UK and US-qualified practitioners, and is part of a larger international group servicing alternative investment management clients worldwide. Tim Pearce and Ian Meade are the main partners in the London group, which is frequently sought-out for some of the largest hedge fund launches in the market. In addition, it assists clients with regulatory compliance and other ongoing fund management issues. It also handles matters specific to alternative asset managers themselves, such as business structuring and M&A. The firm's strong tax capabilities are another value-add, with seven tax lawyers primarily advising funds clients. A separate restructuring team also provides support. Hamish Annandale made counsel.

Oil and gas Tier 2

Akin Gump LLP has a full-service oil and gas practice which includes a leading restructuring team. The contentious facet was recently strengthened by the arrival of Julian Nichol from Bracewell (UK) LLP and is currently acting in a number of high-stakes disputes, such as defending Russian energy conglomerate Renova in $1bn BVI litigation concerning the ownership of Russia’s largest power generation business. Justin Williams has particular expertise in complex, high-value international arbitrations. Marc Hammerson recently moved to Stephenson Harwood.


‘Akin Gump is an excellent law firm – one of the best in the industry.’

‘John LaMaster’s strengths include breath of knowledge, responsiveness, clarity of arguments and efficiency.’

Key clients

Perella Weinberg UK Partners LLP

Coastline Exploration

SDX Energy


Bridas Corporation

Private placement noteholders of Premier Oil

Xcite Energy

Ad hoc committee of lenders to Endeavour International Corp

The bondholders of Afren plc; and, separately, the administrators of Afren plc


GAIL (India) Ltd

Dommo Energia

Ad Hoc Bondholders of the Seadrill Group


Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 3

Akin Gump LLP 'has great litigators and client skills'. The firm has a widely respected cross-border creditor litigation practice and regularly works alongside its highly regarded restructuring colleagues. It also benefits from a robust investment funds litigation practice. Mark Dawkins acts in complex, high-value disputes and investigations, often of a multi-jurisdictional nature. Richard Hornshaw is 'clever, hardworking and assembles great teams around him', Kambiz Larizadeh is a civil fraud specialist, and senior counsel Sheena Buddhdev has particular expertise in insolvency and restructuring.


The premier bond litigation team in London, standing head, shoulders and torso above the rest.

Richard Hornshaw is a legend in the making.

Key clients

Oak Finance creditors

Ad Hoc Group of Creditors of Noble Group

Deloitte as administrators of African Minerals

Cornwall Luxembourg

Principal Global Investors

Prudential Insurance Company of America


Fairhold Securitisation

Debt capital markets Tier 3

The debt finance practice at Akin Gump LLP in London advises issuers, institutional investors and hedge funds based in, or with primary assets in, the US, the UK, Europe, Russia and the CIS, the Middle East and Asia. The firm is one of the most prominent in the City for cross-border private placement financing transactions, in which it has more than 20 years' experience. 'A combination of deep market knowledge and pragmatism sets the firm apart', remarks one client, who describes key partner Barry Russell as 'the kingpin, set apart by his experience'. Also recommended is Robert Aulsebrook, who advises on Eurobonds, loan notes, convertible debt securities and commercial paper. The firm hired partner Thomas O’Connor and senior counsel Tori Weir from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP to add expertise in the acquisition of privately placed debt and equity securities and other secured and unsecured financing transactions.


The firm has a strong team; it is approachable and available, with a commercial approach‘.

It has the ability to respond quickly and creatively to changing environments, and there is excellent cooperation between units within the firm under the focused leadership of a deal team leader‘.

The firm has deep understanding of our company and the way it operates and, as a result, is always able to provide a highly customised service and advice‘.

The team brings 24/7 focus and attention to our processes and requests, with the ability to cooperate efficiently with our various team members‘.

Barry Russell is thorough in establishing the facts of the matter before establishing a framework for the key parties to operate within, and then for driving the process. It is reassuring to have him on your side‘.

Stephen Peppiatt and Thomas O’Connor are strong lawyers with a commercial and pragmatic approach‘.

Key clients



CEVA Group Plc

JSC RusHydro

Global Telecom Holding SAE

Banglalink Digital Communications Limited

Volga Gas plc

Emerging markets Tier 3

'The team shows dedication at both partner and associate level', remarks a client of Akin Gump LLP’s emerging markets finance practice. The firm acts primarily for borrowers in cross-border transactions and it has a very prominent role in deals involving Russia and the CIS. The practice led by Robert Aulsebrook advises corporate borrowers on fundraising in the international debt markets, as well as working closely with the firm’s funds and derivatives lawyers on hedging transactions, and with the energy practice on corporate and project finance transactions in the oil and gas, mining and power industries. The firm hired Julian Nichol from Bracewell (UK) LLP who acts for investors in the EMEA region. Inderveer Hothi has experience in advising leading Russian and emerging market companies including PJSC LUKOIL.


“The firm has exceptional knowledge of our company and the products we use to raise finance. It has the ability to work out documentation templates fully tailored to the company’s needs.”

“It provides seamless execution and excellent cooperation between the team members to ensure Russian and English law coverage of finance transactions.”

“The team is extremely efficient and provides bespoke service.”

Key clients


Lukinter Finance BV

VEON (formerly VimpelCom)

Tennenbaum Capital Partners, Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs BDC

VTB Bank

EU and competition: trade, WTO anti-dumping and customs Tier 3

Focusing on work in the transactional and investigatory space, the international trade department at Akin Gump LLP advises on the financial crime and compliance aspects of trade. The team has an established presence in sectors such as industrial manufacturing, energy, shipping and offshore construction. A standout development is the team’s recent increase in instructions concerning multi-jurisdictional internal investigations and voluntary self-disclosures. Jasper Helder heads the department and advises on issues concerning economic sanctions, EU export controls, and anti-corruption and anti-money laundering compliance. Senior counsel Chiara Klaui is also recommended for trade compliance work involving the EU and the US.


A truly special team – always prepared to answer complex regulatory inquiries in a concise but comprehensive manner

The team delivers positive results every time

Chiara Klaui is incredibly diligent, quick and thorough in her responses to clients

Key clients

United Technologies Corporation

Space Exploration Technologies


United Parcel Service

Esterline Technologies Corporation

Textron I

Volkswagen Group of America

Johnson & Johnson

Fluor Corporation

Archer Daniels Midland Company

Embassy of the United Arab Emirates (Washington, D.C.)

Government of British Columbia

Ministry of Trade

Advanced Drainage Systems

Bain Capital


Consumer Technology Association


International Data Group

International Shipholding Corproation

Organization for International Investment

Information Technology Industry Council

Northleaf Capital Partners

BBI Detection

Financial services: contentious Tier 3

Akin Gump LLP specialises in cross-border matters for a range of clients including hedge fund managers, retail banks, brokerages and insurance intermediaries. Helen Marshall leads the overall practice and has particular expertise in regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings. Her contentious team is experienced in dealing with the The Financial Conduct Authority and the  Prudential Regulation Authority in relation to investigations, information requests, product intervention queries and broader supervisory enquiries. It also works closely with the firm’s non-contentious practice, which advises the financial services industry on regulatory developments and the impact of EU legislation. This side of the practice is led by Ezra Zahabi, who was promoted to partner in 2019. Her group is notable for advice on Brexit, MiFiD II and market abuse issues. Partner Rosemarie Paul , who previously worked at FCA precursor the FSA, left in 2018 for Ropes & Gray LLP.


‘Insightful, pragmatic, commercial and responsive. I have worked with the team for many years now and have never had anything but good feedback from my own internal team about them.’

‘Helen Marshall is quite simply excellent. A detailed knowledge of the law and regulation; no mean feat in the continuously changing environment, not only of rules but also of the regulators’ application of them, as well as always striking the right chord in her dealings with us.’

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 3

Akin Gump LLP recently secured a coup with the hire of Bracewell (UK) LLP project finance expert Julian Nichol, whose practice focuses on the acquisition, disposal, development and financing of independent power generation projects and electricity transmission and distribution assets. The London practice operates in tandem with the US firm's offices around the world; Nichol works alongside John C. LaMaster, who has decades of experience of a wide range of international energy transactions.

Key clients

Palestine Power Generation Company

Shams Ma’an Power Company

Wentworth Clean Power

AMEA Power

Private equity: transactions – mid-tier – up to £250m Tier 3

Backed by robust firm-wide expertise in energy and natural resources, Akin Gump LLP's City private equity team has made inroads into deals involving energy target companies. The TMT sector is another strategic focus area, with the group further boasting a strong track record of representing Russian clients and handling work originating from this jurisdiction. The team received a significant boost in late 2019 with the hires of public and private M&A partner Gavin Weir  from White & Case LLP , two energy-focused transactional corporate and private equity partners, Shaun Lascelles  and Simon Rootsey , from Vinson & Elkins RLLP , as well as Africa-focused Weyinmi Popo  from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP .  Sebastian Rice  heads up the practice; David Sewell is also of note.


“We work with Weyinmi Popo, who is really a one man shop on our deals. We have the confidence of having worked with him in the past – he knows the space and our requirements and is very relaxed and efficient in delivery.”

Key clients

USM Holdings

UFG Private Equity

Ahren Innovation Capital


The Carlyle Group/Carlyle International Energy Partners Group

PlayAGS (portfolio company of Apollo Global Management)

Discover Exploration

The Blackstone Group No

Lansdowne Partners (UK) LLP

Commercial litigation Tier 4

Akin Gump LLP's London group 'has grown up fighting complex, multi-jurisdictional cases and conducted some of the highest value and most complex litigation for some of the savviest and most sophisticated clients'. It specialises in complex cross-border litigation, including acting for hedge funds and other investment firms on international creditor disputes.These include restructuring matters, debt disputes and shareholder activism issues.Other key areas are energy disputes and Russia and CIS-related litigation. Mark DawkinsRichard HornshawKambiz Larizadeh and Justin Williams are all experienced advisers; senior counsel Sheena Buddhdev and counsel Jenny Arlington are also names to note.


Its tactical skills are exceptional‘.

Richard Hornshaw is a phenomenal lawyer, who is hardworking, bright, client focused, and possessed of sound judgement‘.

Key clients



The joint administrators of Afren


Partners of Deloitte, as joint administrators of African Minerals


Construction: contentious Tier 4

Akin Gump LLP advises on complex construction disputes in the real estate, oil and gas, power and projects sectors, while it is also know for its work on international arbitration. Hamish Lal, who leads the team, has an expertise in delay, disruption and cumulative impact claims, and recently acted for construction giant Kier in a series of disputes with a FTSE 100 competitor.

Key clients

China State Construction Engineering Corporation



HSM Offshore BV

EU and competition Tier 4

Akin Gump LLP’s competition department acts for an enviable spread of clients including multiple financial institutions, large hedge funds and institutional asset managers. Apart from its strong presence in the banking and the financial services sectors, the group stands out for its in-depth expertise in regulated markets such as TMT, energy and utilities. The team advises on behavioural competition issues, state aid, and cross-border merger control matters. Certainly noteworthy, the team’s global network and its strong position in the London market allow it to take the lead on multi-jurisdictional matters involving teams based in the US, across Europe, and Asia. Davina Garrod heads the practice, where counsel Scott Pettifor is also a key figure.


‘Very responsive and always produces high-quality results

A very dedicated, smart and business-minded team – this applies from partner down to junior associates

Davina and her team are very safe hands for clients’ competition law referrals

Counsel Scott Pettifor has very detailed knowledge of competition law in both the UK and across Europe

Davina Garrod has in-depth understanding of the law beyond her home jurisdiction an deals well with external pressures

Key clients

Singapore Airlines

Goldman Sachs


Kingston Technology

Wil. Wilhelmsen Holding ASA

Apollo Global Management

Baker Hughes


Strategic Value Partners


Fraud: civil Tier 4

The London team at US firm Akin Gump LLP , which is led by the 'extremely bright and hands-on' Kambiz Larizadeh, has a track record of work on international disputes, with areas of expertise including mandatory and prohibitive injunctions, international and domestic freezing injunctions, and anti-suit proceedings. Clients include international corporates, major financial institutions, media and technology companies, airlines and high-net-worth individuals. The firm has particular strength in the energy sector and strong experience in the Russian and CIS markets. Other key partners include 'real leader' Justin Williams, the hugely experienced Mark Dawkins and the 'astute' Richard Hornshaw.


‘Akin Gump has considerable strength in depth, with a large team of partners and associates with significant experience in this area’.

‘They are hardworking and fight the client’s corner, whilst being pragmatic and exercising sound judgment, a key asset in the rough and tumble of fraud litigation’.           

‘Richard Hornshaw is astute, able to rally and organise a team effectively whilst still being on top of the detail’.

‘Kambiz Larizadeh is extremely bright and hands-on, always considering the case from all angles and with an eye on strategy at every turn’.

‘Aimee Smart is a relatively junior associate who punches well above her weight; she has a mastery of the detail, is efficient and very hard working’.

‘Justin Williams is a real leader; he engages exceptionally well with the clients and proactively addresses their concerns and proposes commercially advantageous dispute resolution suggestions’.

Key clients

PJSC Tatneft

Renova Industries Ltd

Partners of Deloitte LLP as Joint Administrators of African Minerals Limited

The Joint Administrators of Afren PLC (in administration)

International arbitration Tier 4

Akin Gump LLP 'has an excellent all-round arbitration practice that is very adept at making London-seated arbitrations under English law intelligible to international clients'. It handles complex, high-stakes international commercial arbitrations and BIT disputes for multinational corporations and sovereign governments around the world. The practice has particular experience in oil and gas, power generation and telecoms. Justin Williams leads the worldwide international arbitration practice from the London office, which also includes Hamish Lal, Kambiz Larizadeh, Richard Hornshaw and counsel Jenny Arlington.


The team manages to attract high-quality arbitration work year after year; it shows excellent commercial awareness and in-depth understanding of clients’ needs and priorities’.

Justin Williams is a great strategic thinker, who is very experienced and has a superb grasp of the big picture; he is also calmness personified when under heavy fire‘.

Key clients



China State Construction Engineering

Bridgestone Licensing Services and Bridgestone Americas

Wesley International

The Liquidators of OWBBunkers (South Africa)

The Government of Ras Al Khaimah

SPX Flow

Private funds Tier 4

An influx of private equity fund specialists from O'Melveny has significantly enhanced the investment management offering at  Akin Gump LLP. Daniel Quinn and Aleksander Bakic, who joined in April 2019, both focus on private equity fundraisings, secondary transactions and LP representation. The following month saw the team welcome John Daghlian and Mary Lavelle, now boasting a total of eight London-based fund partners. Besides private equity mandates, the group is also able to handle work related to distressed debt and credit, real estate and infrastructure.

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 5

At Akin Gump LLP, Russian-speaking team head Robert Aulsebrook has a particular niche advising on financing work with a Russia nexus and continues to handle a significant amount of work for multinational oil and gas company PJSC Lukoil. The arrival in November 2018 of Tom O’Connor from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP broadens the scope of the firm's offering and provides front-end private placement expertise for institutional investors,   which supplements the firm's preeminent bondholder restructuring practice.


Robert Aulsebrook has the ability to provide tailor-made solutions and to provide a strong defence of the client’s position.

Key clients


Lukinter Finance

CEVA Group plc

VEON (formerly VimpelCom)

Tennenbaum Capital Partners, Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs BDC

Affinion Group Holdings, Inc.

VTB Bank

Corporate tax Tier 5

Akin Gump LLP's main focuses are restructurings and investment fund taxation, drawing on the firm's wider expertise in financial services. Department head Stuart Sinclair handles a variety of structuring and transactional work. Sophie Donnithorne-Tait is noted for experience in major restructurings and reorganisations, and also leads on pro bono support provided to the National Revenue Authority of Sierra Leone, alongside counsel Serena Lee, who is experienced in investment funds and restructurings.


This team has all-round expertise on corporate tax issues combined with a depth of expertise which is rarely found in the City of London

Stuart Sinclair is a highly trusted adviser who is in the top tier of corporate tax lawyers in London

Serena Lee is highly knowledgeable, thoughtful and responsive; truly excellent

Key clients

Ad hoc committee of unsecured creditors to the Noble Group

Agrokor d.d.

Ahren LLP

National Revenue Authority, Sierra Leone

BrightSphere Investment Group plc (previously known as OM Asset Management plc)

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 6

Akin Gump LLP specialises in cross-border matters for a range of clients including hedge fund managers, retail banks, brokerages and insurance intermediaries. Helen Marshall leads the overall practice and has particular expertise in regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings. Her contentious team is experienced in dealing with the The Financial Conduct Authority and the  Prudential Regulation Authority in relation to investigations, information requests, product intervention queries and broader supervisory enquiries. It also works closely with the firm’s non-contentious practice, which advises the financial services industry on regulatory developments and the impact of EU legislation. This side of the practice is led by Ezra Zahabi, who was promoted to partner in 2019. Her group is notable for advice on Brexit, MiFiD II and market abuse issues. Partner Rosemarie Paul, who previously worked at FCA precursor the FSA, left in 2018 for Ropes & Gray LLP.


‘Insightful, pragmatic, commercial and responsive. I have worked with the team for many years now and have never had anything but good feedback from my own internal team about them.’

‘Helen Marshall is quite simply excellent. A detailed knowledge of the law and regulation; no mean feat in the continuously changing environment, not only of rules but also of the regulators’ application of them, as well as always striking the right chord in her dealings with us.’

M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+ Tier 6

Akin Gump LLP 's London corporate team focuses on matters in Europe, Russia and the CIS, the Middle East, Asia and emerging markets. With its US heritage, the firm is also well poised to advise on UK-US inbound and outbound investments, and the London team often collaborates with the US offices on transatlantic M&A work. The team, co-led by Sebastian Rice and Daniel Walsh, handles negotiated transfers, auction processes, hostile takeovers, leveraged buyouts and joint ventures, involving both public and private companies. Key industry sectors include oil and gas, telecommunications and financial services. Gavin Weir joined from White & Case.


Truly exceptional in terms of client service, commerciality, legal innovation and ability to deliver deals. Always get partner attention on every detailed aspect of the deal; the more complex the better

Excellent team  with a strong focus on customer relationships and end to end customer service, Dan Walsh, Sebastian Rice and David Sewell are all great on high value and complex emerging markets deals

Incredibly proactive and commercial – their attention to detail is incomparable. 

‘Sebastian Rice and Daniel Walsh are standout performers

Gavin Weir is absolutely first class

Key clients


USM Holdings Group

Xcite Energy

Outrider Master Fund LP



Oaktree Capital

Bridas Corporation

Brunswick Rail Limited

Recognised for its sophisticated clients and capabilities as well as its outstanding team of legal professionals, Akin Gump is a global law firm, with 21 offices and more than 900 lawyers, advising across a wide range of practices and industries. The firm is well known for its commercial approach and its commitment to client service. With its innovative leadership, the firm has made a swift rise to the top of the profession. Akin Gump’s London office is the hub for the firm’s international practice.

The firm: The firm’s strategy is to grow practices that complement core strengths of the firm. This has resulted in the growth of the London office with particular strength in the practice areas noted below. The fully integrated nature of the practice means that the firm’s London lawyers work closely with their counterparts around the globe. Clients of the London office include investment funds, insurance companies and market-leading energy and telecommunication companies.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is the practising name of Akin Gump LLP. Akin Gump LLP is a New York limited liability partnership and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Types of work undertaken: 

Banking litigation: a market leader in cross-border creditor litigation, having worked on some of the most significant creditor cases of the last decade, the firm has deep knowledge and experience in acting on the full range of international creditor disputes.

Capital markets (debt and equity): the team advises issuers and hedge funds and has a leading practice representing institutional investors in cross-border private placement financing transactions.

Competition/EU: known for its robust international transactional antitrust capabilities and for leading merger control investigations, the London team is supported by a network of competition lawyers located in key business centres.

Construction: the practice offers high-value, highly technical international construction and engineering arbitration advice in the oil, gas, power and major projects sectors.

Corporate: Akin Gump advises on every type of M&A transaction and tender offer, including some of the largest acquisitions and dispositions of shares and assets involving public and private businesses worldwide.

Debt finance: the firm advises clients on precedent-setting new financings (including special situations financings), workouts and restructurings in the United Kingdom and throughout Europe. Representing institutional investors, investment funds, borrowers and other stakeholders in relation to direct lending, distressed and “rescue” financings, debt capital markets – including private placement debt issuance – securitisation, structured finance and project financings.

Dispute resolution: the practice’s work includes handling finance litigation, energy and telecoms disputes and advising on major international arbitration matters.

Energy: a market leader advising on all aspects of the energy and renewables industries with a renowned full-service practice encompassing transactional, dispute and regulatory matters.

Financial restructuring: widely recognised as the leading creditor practice in Europe and, combined with the firm’s renowned US restructuring team, the team houses a top-tier global financial restructuring practice handling many of the most significant matters in the market.

Financial services regulatory (contentious and non-contentious): fielding a team with years of experience working at the FCA and for regulated businesses, Akin Gump is among the top firms in this focused area.

International trade: Akin Gump is well known for its WTO and trade policy, customs and trade remedies, as well as export controls and sanctions practices.

Investment management: Akin Gump is among the few elite international firms to have market-leading practices in both the hedge fund and private equity fund industries in all the world’s prominent centres for alternative investment management.

Private equity: the firm advises on high-value, complex private equity transactions, with a particular focus on investments in the energy sector and in emerging markets.

Project finance: the firm advises on power generation projects, waste-to-energy projects, embedded generation projects, energy storage, and transmission and distribution projects. The team also advises on oil and gas, process plant and petrochemical projects as well as infrastructure project financings.

Tax: Akin Gump’s award-winning tax practice focuses on advising financial sector clients in highly complex, cross-border restructurings and the tax structuring of investment fund transactions.

Other offices: Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Dallas, Dubai, Fort Worth, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hartford, Hong Kong, Houston, Irvine, Longview, Los Angeles, Moscow, New York, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Francisco, Singapore, Washington, DC.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Sebastian Rice
Senior partner James Roome
Capital markets Barry Russell (debt)
Capital markets Robert Aulsebrook (debt)
Capital markets Vance Chapman (equity)
Capital markets Harry Keegan (equity)
Construction (arbitration) Hamish Lal
Corporate/M&A Sebastian Rice
Corporate/M&A Daniel Walsh
Corporate/M&A Gavin Weir
EU/UK competition Davina Garrod
Energy John LaMaster
Finance Robert Aulsebrook
Finance Barry Russell
Financial restructuring James Roome
Financial restructuring Barry Russell
Financial restructuring James Terry
Financial services Helen Marshall (contentious)
Financial services Ezra Zahabi (non-contentious)
International Trade Jasper Helder
Investment management (hedge funds) Ian Meade
Investment management (hedge funds) Tim Pearce
Investment management (private equity funds) John Daghlian
Investment management (private equity funds) John Holton
Litigation/international arbitration Justin Williams
Commercial litigation/banking litigation Mark Dawkins
Project finance Julian Nichol
Private equity Sebastian Rice
Tax Stuart Sinclair
US securities Daniel Walsh
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Firmwide lawyers : 900+
London lawyers : 129

Diversity and Inclusion

At Akin Gump, we believe that the various perspectives and experiences of our lawyers and staff help us achieve exceptional results for our clients and bring important insights into all aspects of the firm.

Firmwide Resource Groups

Our firm sponsors seven firmwide resource groups (FRG) for lawyers focused on Abilities, Asian, Black, Latinx, LGBTQ+, Parents/Caregivers, and Women. These FRGs compliment the firm’s efforts related to recruiting, professional development, and fostering inclusive workplaces. They are voluntary and open to all attorneys.

Local Inclusion Councils

Akin Gump has a firmwide Inclusion Council to guide the execution of the firm’s diversity and inclusion strategy. We also have local inclusion councils in each U.S. office, as well as in London. Inclusion councils offer a forum for lawyers and personnel to proactively communicate ideas to firm management and to recommend additional initiatives to enhance diversity and inclusion at the firm.

Family Friendly Policies

Akin Gump recognizes the importance of supporting our lawyers through policies and programs that enable them to effectively manage and integrate work, family, and other responsibilities. The firm has a Reduced Work Schedule Policy, which allows all lawyers to work reduced schedules and remain on partnership track. In particular, we have a significant track record of promotions of women who have availed themselves of the policy.

We also have an Agile Work Program that recognizes that agile work arrangements play an important role in providing excellent client service at the highest levels while also providing flexibility for our lawyers.

The firm has partnered with Bright Horizon’s Family Solutions to offer our employees care for children and dependent adults.

Pro bono

Our lawyers defend human rights by representing asylum seekers, victims of trafficking and the nongovernmental organizations that assist them. Our pro bono matters include significant public interest litigation, legislative counseling, poverty law and transactions, both large and small, in every one of Akin Gump’s offices.


The London office of Akin Gump is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment where all members of the Akin Gump community can thrive and grow. We maintain a culture that sees differences as strength. Local chapters of our firmwide resource groups support our LGBTQ+, BAME and women lawyers, and also support family and caregivers.

During our recruiting process, we utilize blind screening by removing the name and gender from student applications to reduce the opportunity for bias. Applicants are asked to take a critical thinking assessment and those who receive top scores are invited to interview ensuring that a broad range of candidates reach the interview and selection process.

We maintain strategic external partnerships with a number of professional, social and cultural organizations to foster diversity and inclusion. These include a Bridge Builder program with leading youth and education charity City Year, an internship program with the Social Mobility Foundation and a school backpack project for the families’ division of homeless charity Shelter. We also work with leading women’s organizations including Solace Women’s Aid and Vital Voices.

The Lex 100 Verdict

Akin Gump's 'international transactional focus', as well as its work in taxation, insolvency and the energy sector excited trainees. A smaller intake ensures that recruits get 'a great deal more responsibility' and are 'required to use more initiative' than some of their peers at comparable firms. Training is described as 'more tailored and flexible' and 'monitoring by HR is definitely one of the best aspects of training at Akin Gump – your development is discussed in depth at monthly meetings, based on feedback from your supervisors'. It therefore comes as no surprise that the firm is a Lex 100 Winner in the job satisfaction and living up to expectations categories. 'The excellent pay' has also earned the firm a Lex 100 Winner gong. Occasionally, the firm's 'laissez-faire approach' can mean that 'procedures seem a bit too relaxed'. There is also a perceived 'lack of structure to the training contract' and trainees would like a bit more clarity regarding the seat rotation process. 'Managing the closing packs for a massive international transaction and seeing it close' and 'assisting exceptional lawyers on multi-billion dollar restructurings' stood out as best moments. The flip side of working on such high-profile work is long hours. 'Being given a mountain of documents to summarise on a Friday afternoon and having to work through the weekend to finish the task' was etched on one trainee's mind as their worst moment. However, pro bono is 'heavily encouraged' and there is a 'wide variety of opportunities with which to get involved'. If a sector-focused, internationally-oriented firm with an 'excellent reputation and quality of work' appeals to you, take a closer look at Akin Gump.