Akin > London, England > Firm Profile

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Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 1

Leveraging the expertise of ‘a very deep bench of outstanding lawyers’, the ‘highly commercial team’ at Akin has vast experience in the market and is ‘genuinely first-class in terms of highly complex restructuring situations‘. The team is recognised as ‘one of the leading creditor-side firms’, a reputation that it has been cemented over the years as a result of a key involvement for bondholder clients (both primary and secondary buy credit investors) in many of the largest global restructuring/insolvency situations. In this context, as well as having tremendous transactional restructuring knowledge and expertise of key insolvency tools, the firm’s industry knowledge in the energy and aviation sectors has also been key particularly in light of a rash of workouts in those industries in recent years. Barry Russell, who is now sole head of the practice following James Roome’s recent retirement, has ‘an impressive ability to broker compromises even in the most heated situations’, and consequently excels in acting for large noteholder groups attempting to extract value in major multi-jurisdictional matters. Combining ‘top level strategic nous with excellent legal advice’, James Terry  is an ‘effective operator for fund clients’, particularly as it relates to matters with a Scandinavian nexus, as well as restructurings in the offshore, oil and gas and shipping sectors. The ‘very hard working and super organised’ Liz Osborne is also a key member of the team and has been particularly active of late advising on situations involving Russia sanctions issues. Other key members of the team include Emma Simmonds, who ‘has great technical skills’; Tom Bannister, whose client base includes a broad range of institutional and distressed investors; and Sam Brodie, who returned to the firm in September 2022 following a brief period at Shearman & Sterling LLP.

Practice head(s):

Barry Russell

Other key lawyers:

Tom Bannister; Sam Brodie; Liz Osborne; Emma Simmonds; James Terry; Hermione Allen; Jakeob Brown; Emma Butler; Caoimhe Kennedy; Jessica Ling; Carone Huang


The highly commercial team is genuinely first-class in terms of highly complex restructuring situations.’

‘It is one of the leading creditor side firms with great bandwidth and a huge depth of European deal experience.’

‘The team is one step ahead of the rest of the market. They are very commercial and strategic. They have a very deep bench of outstanding lawyers.’

‘Barry Russell has an impressive ability to broker compromises even in the most heated situations.’

‘James Terry is an effective operator for fund clients.’

‘James Terry combines top level strategic nous with excellent legal advice.’

Emma Simmonds has great technical skills and is incredibly pleasant to work with.’

‘Liz Osborne is very hard working and super organised.’

Work highlights

  • Advising the private placement noteholders in relation to a waiver and deferral arrangement implemented through an Irish scheme of arrangement, and on the restructuring of more than $6bn of the group’s debt through a Chapter 11 plan.
  • Advising the ad hoc group of noteholders on the financial restructuring of Nostrum Oil & Gas Plc, an oil and gas exploration and production company operating in Kazakhstan.
  • Advising an ad hoc group of unaffiliated lenders on a potential restructuring or recapitalisation of GenesisCare, a global healthcare provider specialising in cancer treatment.

Investment fund formation and management > Hedge funds Tier 2

Both established players and new entrants to the hedge fund manager market come to Akin for support with the launching of new funds, and the firm is also able to advise on regulatory and tax regimes in the UK, EU and US. The practice advises fund managers on seed capital arrangements, hybrid fund structures and the drafting of key documentation. Leading the team are private equity specialist Daniel Quinn, Ian Meade and Tim Pearce, who assist hedge fund managers with the foundation and structuring of funds in addition to regulatory obligations. Hamish Annandale, made partner in January 2023, and counsel Melissa Kinsmore-Ward advises on the establishment of alternative investment structures.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Quinn; Ian Meade; Tim Pearce


‘Very little in the legal world is unique – Akin are just very, very good!’

‘We recently launched a Cayman fund with US and Cayman feeders plus a few extra complications. The process was smooth, turnaround quick and advice was always sound.’

‘I think what may set Akin apart is the preparedness to express a clear view on issues – and the strong commerciality they have.’

‘The partners at Akin are super smart with strong commercial acumen.’

‘A great source of advice on legal and non-legal issues.’

‘Hamish Annandale is one of London’s most talented hedge fund lawyers.’

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

The international trade group at Akin has developed a strong reputation across a wide range of trade matters - from compliance advice and internal investigations, to representation before customs, export controls and sanctions regulators across the UK, EU, US and other jurisdictions. Practice co-chair Jasper Helder is a vastly experienced partner whose transactional work focuses on strategies to mitigate sanctions, corruption and AML risks in emerging markets and Russia. Fellow co-head Chiara Klaui has over 15 years of compliance experience, with a broad focus which spans anti-corruption, anti-money laundering and national security-related investment reviews.

Practice head(s):

Jasper Helder; Chiara Klaui


‘The team is very efficient and is staffed to handle cross-border issues well.’

‘Chiara Klaui is very sharp, efficient, and practical in her advice.’

‘Exceptional knowledge of sanctions.’

‘Jasper Heldar and Chiara Klaui are both very strong on EU trade controls matters. We consider them to be our principal peers in those areas, and they are among the first firms we would reach out to if we have a conflict in a given matter and our client requires support from a different firm.’

Key clients



Ad hoc Group of Ozon bondholders

Ad Hoc Committee of Noteholders of Nostrum Oil & Gas Plc



Intel Corporation

Juniper Networks

NIKE, Inc.

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V.

Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors

The Coca Cola Company


United Parcel Service (UPS)

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting as global advisor to VEON on its compliance with Russia sanctions regimes adopted by multiple countries as well as counter-sanctions imposed by Russia and its divestment from the Russian market.
  • Advising Nexperia on UK, EU and US international trade and national security investment regulations relating to its acquisition of Newport Wafer Fab and representing Nexperia in its judicial review application of the UK government’s divestment decision regarding Newport Wafer Fab.
  • Acting as global sanctions compliance counsel to a major Middle Eastern oil company and its trading operations in the UK, EU, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Singapore.

Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m) Tier 3

Noted for its broad coverage of emerging markets, Akin is engaged on a diverse range of both upper and middle-market work – particularly for clients (both sponsors and portfolio companies) involved in tech and natural resources. The practice is jointly chaired by a several partners: Shaun Lascelles, a prolific adviser who regularly handles PE transactions in the oil and gas sectors; Gavin Weir, whose focus includes tech and life sciences;  Stephen Brown, experienced in PE employment law and management equity matters; and Sebastian Rice, who oversees both the London and Hong Kong offices. Other names to note include David Sewell, whose recent engagements include acquisitions for sponsors engaged in the financial services sector. Weyinmi Popo left the firm to join Asafo & Co. in March 2023.

Practice head(s):

Shaun Lascelles; Gavin Weir; Stephen Brown; Sebastian Rice

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Vitol (via subsidiary VIP II Blue B.V.)

British International Investment, Norfund and Finnfund

VIP II Blue B.V./Vitol

Admaius Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised a subsidiary of Vitol on the $2.3 billion takeover of African downstream oil business Vivo Energy Plc.
  • Advised British International Investment, Norfund and Finnfund on the subscription agreements for their $200 million investment in The African Forestry Impact Platform (AFIP).

Finance > Debt capital markets Tier 3

Akin is 'proactive in approach, giving clear concise advice but with an eye on commercialism', particularly in the niche area of US private placements. Tom O’Connor leads the London finance group and is 'one of the top lawyers in this sector', frequently advising institutional investors on the acquisition of privately placed debt and equity securities. He recently assisted institutional debt investors MetLife and PGIM with the purchase of €200m of senior unsecured notes in the debut private placement by Tritax Eurobox plc. Robert Aulsebrook leads the issuer practice and focuses predominantly on emerging markets debt. Barry Russell  focuses on financial restructuring and Mark Mansell frequently represents insurance companies and other financial institutions in cross-border private placements. Michael Gustafson handles debt finance work for non-bank lender clients, which included acting for PGIM Private Capital on the £350m debut private placement issuance by Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc.

Practice head(s):

Thomas (Tom) O’Connor


‘Superbly knowledgeable in our market niche, proactive in approach giving clear concise advice but with an eye on commercialism.’

‘Proactive in approach (and quick to respond even if to say they are investigating and will answer in detail later), reaching out directly to discuss specific situations, good at supporting divided groups towards a consensus. Regular interaction with Tom O’Connor, one of the top lawyers I work with in this sector.’

‘Very smart lawyers, very responsive, overall excellent experiences with multiple partners on many different matters.’

‘Tom O’Connor, Mike Gustafson, Barry Russell in London. All excellent lawyers.’

Work highlights

  • Represented institutional debt investors MetLife and PGIM on their purchase of €200m senior unsecured notes in the debut private placement by Tritax Eurobox plc.
  • Advised a UK institutional investor on its provision of delayed-draw private placement financing to real estate management company Cadogan Estates.
  • Advised PGIM Private Capital as the sole provider of financing on a £350m debut private placement issuance by Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc, supporting plans to invest in its electricity transmission infrastructure, clearing the way to deliver cleaner, UK-generated energy.

Investment fund formation and management > Private funds Tier 3

Akin provides a diverse offering covering a range of funds, including buyout, growth, venture, credit, infrastructure and real estate. The practice is particularly recommended for its expertise in advising sovereign wealth funds and debt credit funds. The team is headed by buyout and green energy funds specialist Daniel Quinn. John Daghlian is an expert in private equity funds, and Mary Lavelle  has broad knowledge spanning fund formations and secondary transactions. Associate Qasam Mahmood has deep expertise in ongoing fund management, as well as formation and structuring.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Quinn

Other key lawyers:

John Daghlian; Daniel Quinn; Mary Lavelle; Chris Jeanes; Simon Ellis; Qasam Mahmood; Felicity Stansfield


‘Qasam Mahmood is a dedicated and talented senior legal counsel who has provided thoughtful advice and who has proven time and time again that he can come up with creative and out of the box solutions to highly complex legal issues.’

‘Danny Quinn is an exceptional lawyer with deep market knowledge of the private funds industry.’

‘Mary Lavelle, is actively engaged in all of our work which we highly appreciate. She is a hard-working and commercial lawyer that has supported us through numerous projects.’

‘Mary Lavelle – good commercial approach, thorough and thinking through the angles, responsive.’

‘Felicity Stansfield – responsive, highly proactive. Taking ownership of the transaction.’

‘Large team with deep and wide ranging experience.’

‘John Daghlian – in legal valhalla for PE funds and secondaries, a wealth of knowledge and experience.’

‘Simon Ellis – good knowledge and responsive.’

Key clients

Acumen Capital Partners

Adelis Equity Partners

Admaius Capital

Ahren Innovation Capital

Aliph Capital

Aliter Capital

Apollo Global Management

Coller Capital

EchoVC Partners

eEquity AB


Expedition Growth Capital

Glendower Capital

Government of Singapore Investment Corporation

Harbour Litigation Funding

Intermediate Capital Group

KawiSafi Ventures

Key Capital

MVOF Management Limited

National Trust of Scotland

Oakfield Capital Partners

Ocean Fund LP


Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners

RIT Capital

Rubicon Partners

Stratus Group

Sunridge Partners

Turkven Private Equity

Varsity Capital

Wren House Infrastructure Management Limited

Zetland Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Adelis Equity Partners on the formation of a Fund Continuation Vehicle to acquire SSI Diagnostica Group, a portfolio company of Adelis Equity Partners Fund I, alongside the company’s management and board, Adelis Equity Partners Fund III and the Adelis team.
  • Advised the European development finance institutions British International Investment, Norfund and Finnfund on their investment, as the cornerstone investors, in The African Forestry Impact Platform for $200m and their indirect investment in AFIP’s seed investment.
  • Advised Turkven in the raising of its fourth fund, which is focused on growth opportunities in Turkey.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure: Project finance and development Tier 3

In the wake of an impressive run which has seen the firm bolster its ranks through the addition of Matthew Hardwick and Daniel Giemajner from Norton Rose Fulbright and Alex Harrison from Hogan Lovells International LLP, Akin is geared up to act on a wide range of financing initiatives for large scale energy and transport projects nationally and globally. The team are a good port-of-call for independent infrastructure fund managers, banks and construction companies seeking advice on capital investment, design, and construction plans, as well as counsel regarding novel funding methods such as the government’s regulated asset base model. Hardwick, who leads the team, helms the firm’s most complex cross-border mandates, while also being noted for his proficiency handling the restructuring of finances. Giemajner has expanded the team’s understanding of the renewable and alternative energy sectors, with noteworthy activity in onshore windfarm, mineral extraction, and biofuel projects, while Harrison has close connections to large regulatory and governing energy bodies.

Practice head(s):

Matt Hardwick

Other key lawyers:


‘Commercial and clear communicators, leaving no stone unturned to provide the best service for their clients.’

‘I have worked with Matt Hardwick for over a decade and he consistently delivers clear unequivocal advice that is invaluable in driving projects forward.

‘Dan Giemajner an expert in his field, Dan is extremely focused with an attention to detail that is second to none.’


Key clients




Balfour Beatty

Assured Guaranty


Associated British Ports

Urbaser SA


Crown Estate


Work highlights

  • Advised PGIM Private Capital as the sole provider of financing on a £350m debut private placement issuance by Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc, supporting plans to invest in its electricity transmission infrastructure, clearing the way to deliver cleaner, UK-generated energy.
  • Represented investors in the debut US Private Placement by EnBW, an integrated German utility company.
  • Advised investors and noteholders in connection with an issuance by Peel Ports using its common debt issuance platform of £350mm-equivalent of listed notes issued in 4 tranches.

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

Akin handles a broad range of work in the oil & gas industries, including major corporate transactions and joint ventures, restructurings, project financings, litigation, arbitration and disputes, and international trade, sanctions and public policy matters. The team is headed up by Shaun Lascelles , Alex Harrison, Justin Williams and Simon Rootsey.

Practice head(s):

Shaun Lascelles; Alex Harrison; Justin Williams; Simon Rootsey

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Carwood Barron


‘The team has considerable in-depth experience in all traditional upstream oil and gas areas as well as in the more transactional areas (farm-outs, corporate deals etc.). The team is strong and capable and is prepared will give a commercial view along with legal advice. Drafting is excellent. Where this team is a cut above the rest of the field is in its responsiveness and availability: always available and always quick to respond.’

‘Alex Harrison stands out as a fine example of constant availability and rapid response. He has considerable experience in the field, is commercially minded and is both efficient and an effective responder.’

‘Akin Gump’s services are well known for being very client-oriented, prioritizing client attention and agility of responses.’

‘Our firm has worked closely with Akin who have consistently demonstrated incredible response time for client requests and an in-depth knowledge of the oil & gas industry’s particularities.’

Key clients

Vitol (via subsidiary VIP II Blue B.V)

Aspect Holdings LLC

Hokchi Energy

The Ad Hoc Committee of Noteholders of Nostrum Oil & Gas Plc

Ad hoc group of new secured noteholders of Seadrill New Finance Limited

Dommo Energia S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised Vitol subsidiary VIP II Blue on its acquisition of the outstanding shares in $2.3 billion London-based African oil business Vivo Energy Plc.
  • Advised  in relation to the financial restructuring of Nostrum and its outstanding debt liabilities. The restructuring involves a deleveraging debt for equity swap, corporate reorganisation and cross-border recognition.
  • Advised the unsecured bondholders of Seadrill Ltd in the company’s 2017 bankruptcy having filed for Chapter 11 in September 2017 with a debt load of $10.9 billion. The company emerged from Chapter 11 in 2018 and a deal was reached that recapitalised the company with in excess of $1 billion of cash, equitized $2.3 billion in debt and re-profiled an additional $5 billion of debt.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 3

Akin‘s practice has experience handling projects involving conventional and renewable generation of energy, namely involving offshore wind, carbon capture and EV charging matters in both cross-border and domestic contexts. The offering has also advised The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on matters surrounding the ongoing UK cost of living crisis. The team was bolstered in 2022 with the arrival of multiple partners, being Alex Harrison, who joined the energy and renewables team from Hogan Lovells International LLP in July and now leads it, followed by the September arrival from Norton Rose Fulbright of Matthew Hardwick and Daniel Giemajner, who offer extensive experience in the financing and delivering of international energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Alex Harrison

Other key lawyers:


‘We go to Akin for the high value complex matters where there is a novel aspect requiring innovation. in particular hydrogen and CCUS.’

‘We go to Matt Hardwick who leads the team and manages all aspects of advice. The advice is partner led and managed unlike other US and Magic circle firms. When we are moving into new areas that are business critical this is important. Matt is a problem solver and an innovator.’

Key clients

The Carlyle Group Inc.

Elliott Management


Helios Investment Partners

Edison Energy LLC

Vivo Energy

Letter One

Work highlights

  • Advised Edison Energy LLC in relation to its acquisition of Alfa Energy, which will allow Edison to further expand its reach.
  • Advised PGIM Private Capital as the sole provider of financing on a £350m debut private placement issuance by Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 4

Investigations conducted, and disciplinary action proposed by the FCA are the primary focus at Akin, which is instructed by a core client base of investment and hedge funds, as well as C-suite individuals. Helen Marshall leads the team with a ‘very strong track record‘, supported by seasoned practitioner Ezra Zahabi.

Practice head(s):

Ezra Zahabi; Helen Marshall

Other key lawyers:

Joe Hewton


‘They are just top of the tree for big ticket financial services work.’

‘Helen Marshall – extremely knowledgable and experienced, excellent at managing a team and tricky clients.’

‘Joe Hewton – super bright, calm, on top of everything.’

‘Helen Marshall: very strong track record; aggressive but reasonable; regulators respect her.’

‘Excellent team – strong on contentious cases in RDC and in Upper Tribunal, with much more experience than most City firms.’

Key clients

BlueCrest Capital Management (UK) LLP

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 4

Regarded as ‘premium quality’, Akin’s civil fraud practice represents a diverse roster of high-profile clients in a broad spectrum of matters, ranging from investment disputes on behalf of investment funds to international asset recovery and enforcement proceedings. The team’s deep strength in the energy sector is additionally bolstered by the expertise of finance lawyers spread across the firm’s vast international network. Practice head Kambiz Larizadeh  is a widely regarded litigator and arbitrator, praised for his ‘brilliant tactical mind’, particularly in regard to Russia and Middle East-related cases. Other names to note for civil fraud disputes include newly hired Graham Lovett  and Ing Loong Yang, who joined in March and April 2022 respectively.

Practice head(s):

Kambiz Larizadeh

Other key lawyers:


‘This is a premium-quality civil fraud practice.’

‘Kambiz Larizadeh – excellent for big ticket fraud work.’

‘Real strength in depth and an ability to handle the biggest and most high-profile cases.’

‘Kambiz Larizadeh – possesses a searing insight yet is unassuming with it. Can communicate with ease with clients, other solicitors and counsel alike.’

‘The Akin Gump team has significant experience of dealing with big ticket, commercial disputes including those with serious allegations of wrongdoing, both for claimants and defendants.’

‘Kambiz Larizadeh is an excellent lawyer, highly experienced in commercial fraud cases.’

‘The fraud team at Akin Gump is first-rate. They are experienced litigators who are both efficient and effective, as well as being a pleasure to work with.’

‘Kambiz Larizadeh is a real star in the civil fraud field, with a host of experience, a brilliant tactical mind and a wonderful manner with clients.’

Key clients

The administrators of African Minerals Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for the joint administrators of African Minerals Limited (AML). AML was an AIM-listed company that went into administration in 2015 with debts of approximately US$1 billion. At around the same time as entering administration, Shandong Iron and Steel Group, AML’s former joint venture (JV) partner, effected a security enforcement sale process through which the mine and associated infrastructure was sold to a Shandong affiliate for nominal consideration.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 4

The London team at Akin is described as ‘extremely adept for big-ticket litigation’. The group has significant experience in disputes in the energy, tech, and financial sectors, having acted on high-profile energy disputes, investment disputes on behalf of banks, and crypto-related disputes. ‘No-nonsense, pragmatic and commercially mindedRichard Hornshaw leads the London disputes team as well as the firm’s wider international disputes practice, acting frequently for financial institutions. Other noted practitioners include ‘stand-out partner’ Justin Williams, and Kambiz Larizadeh, commended for his ‘searing insight combined with an unassuming manner’ 

Practice head(s):

Richard Hornshaw

Other key lawyers:


‘An extremely adept team that handles big-ticket litigation and makes smart tactical decisions.’

‘Justin Williams is right down in the detail. He is not a partner that takes a step back. He knows the case like the back of his hand.’

‘Strength in depth, and an ability to manage the largest and most high profile cases in this area.’

‘Kambiz Larizadeh – searing insight combined with an unassuming manner. An ability to communicate clearly and effectively in all situations.

Richard Hornshaw – no-nonsense, pragmatic and commercially minded; gets things done.’

‘Kambiz Larizadeh and the team have displayed very considerable skills as commercial litigators in addressing the complex issues raised. I am very impressed by their abilities and would rate them highly in these categories.’

‘Justin Williams is a stand out partner. He combines excellent client skills with a deep knowledge of law and procedure.’

Key clients

Elliott Associates and Elliot International

The administrators of African Minerals Limited


Goldman Sachs and other Senior Secured Noteholders of Galapagos

Endava PLC


Work highlights

  • Advising Elliott on its judicial review against the London Metal Exchange (LME) for the almost half-billion-dollar loss Elliott suffered by virtue of the LME’s  decision retrospectively to cancel nickel trades entered into in the early hours of 8 March 2022.
  • Acting for the claimants in high-profile $60m English litigation proceedings against Nexo, a crypto issuer and platform.
  • Advising Nexperia in connection with an order issued by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which required Nexperia to divest its majority shareholding in Nexperia Newport Limited.

Finance > Securitisation Tier 4

Akin joins the ranking this year having built up a presence in the European CLO market as part of a broader structured finance and securitisation practice. To leverage the vast experience of the partners based in the US, the firm hired Dasha Sobornova from Mayer Brown International LLP in 2022, who brings extensive knowledge of the EU and UK securitisation regulation, on which she advises arrangers, investment managers, investors and corporate services providers. Her prime focus is on CLO transactions, though she has experience in RMBS, derivatives, and credit funds transactions. She is a key adviser to anchor clients, among them KKR Credit Advisors, on European transactions.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

HalseyPoint Asset Management, LLC

KKR Credit Advisors (US) LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented the CLO co-issuers and KKR Credit Advisors (US) LLC, as portfolio manager, and acted as deal counsel responsible for drafting all disclosure and transaction documents in connection with a $509 million CLO transaction issued by KKR CLO 41 Ltd. for which Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC served as arranger, and related warehouse financing arrangements.
  • Represented the CLO co-issuers and KKR Credit Advisors (US) LLC, as portfolio manager, and acted as deal counsel responsible for drafting all disclosure and transaction documents in connection with a $505.7 million CLO transaction issued by KKR CLO 37 Ltd. for which Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. served as arranger, and related warehouse financing arrangements.
  • Represented the CLO co-issuers and HalseyPoint Asset Management, LLC (US), as portfolio manager, and acted as deal counsel responsible for drafting all disclosure and transaction documents in connection with a $492.7 million CLO transaction issued by HalseyPoint CLO 6, Ltd., for which Goldman Sachs & Co. served as arranger, and related warehouse financing arrangements.

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 5

Boasting a client base that includes large multinationals, investment funds and top financial institutions, the ‘highly collaborative, effective and pragmatic’ team at Akin is renowned for its extensive expertise advising on multi-jurisdictional merger control, behavioural investigations, state aid, and complex litigation matters. Praised for her ‘attention to detail’, practice head Davina Garrod advises numerous corporates and financial institutions on M&A, joint ventures, strategic alliances, restructuring and other forms of equity and debt investments. The ‘exceptional’ Scott Pettifor advises clients across a broad range of sectors, including telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, food, retail, media and insurance, on merger control matters and behavioural issues. Pettifor has also played an instrumental role in driving further growth within the London team.

Practice head(s):

Davina Garrod

Other key lawyers:

Scott Pettifor; Marianna Meriani


‘The Akin team stands out for being highly collaborative, effective and pragmatic. The team has a thorough understanding of commercial issues and the regulatory landscape. They’re great to work with – super smart, collegial and respectful, and determined.’

‘Scott Pettifor is an exceptional lawyer. He’s strategic, sees the long game and is excellent at planning for highly challenging circumstances and scenarios. Highly committed to his clients. He’s also easy to work with.’

‘The team is very attentive and always eager to try to see around corners; all to see and foresee what next step may benefit the client.’

‘Davina Garrod always has a positive mindset and attention to detail.’

‘A close-knit, high-energy team that always delivers and has a wealth of experience with regard to EU and UK procedures in particular. They are very pragmatic and nice to work with.’

‘Davina Garrod is a stand-out practitioner, whose enthusiasm and pragmatism are very infectious.’

Key clients

Singapore Airlines

Bank of America

Dropbox Inc.

Kingston Technology

GIC Singapore Sovereign Wealth Fund

Vitol Group

SLB (formerly Schlumberger)

PIMCO Inc. (part of the Allianz Group)

Apollo Global Management

Olin Chemicals


Fortenova grupa

Work highlights

  • Representing global chemical powerhouse Olin Corporation on the corporate and competition aspects of its joint venture with Mitsui & Co., Ltd., the BWA JV.
  • Represented Vitol on its $2.3 billion public takeover of Vivo Energy, which was a transaction that required antitrust approval in 12 jurisdictions.
  • Represented a major fund manager in relation to the competition and regulatory approvals processes in multiple jurisdictions for the high-profile and controversial acquisition of Twitter by Elon Musk.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 5

Praised for its ‘stellar all-round service’, Akin advises investment managers on regulatory commitments and requirements, including the full spectrum of related UK and EU financial services legislation, with demonstrable experience in handling ESG initiatives. Practice leader Ezra Zahabi has ‘impeccable knowledge’ in matters concerning regulatory compliance, fund structuring, market abuse and market conduct, in addition to structuring investment management and advisory platforms.

Practice head(s):

Ezra Zahabi; Helen Marshall

Other key lawyers:

Suley Siddiqui; Philip Woodruff


‘The team provided stellar all-round service; responsive, commercial and technically excellent. They have an impressive breadth of practice and are simply fantastic for explaining very complicated things very clearly.’

‘Ezra Zahabi is very bright and knowledgeable, helpful and solution-oriented but does not shy away from making us aware of risks. She has impeccable judgment and I trust her thoroughly.’

‘The Akin Gump regulatory team comprises a personable yet technically-strong group of lawyers, who demonstrate a meaningful commitment to forging lasting advisory client partnerships. They collaborate very well and on a seamless basis, equally amongst other practice groups within their firm, with other law firms as well as in-house client stakeholders.’

‘The team is dependable, results-orientated and committed to professional excellence, with a flourishing contentious and non-contentious/regulatory advisory practice.’

Key clients

British International Investment (formerly CDC)

Elliott Advisors

Work highlights

  • Advising British International Investment on the creation of a co-branded ESG SFDR Toolkit for the investment managers with whom BII invests.
  • Advising Elliott Advisors on all aspects of UK/EU regulatory compliance including general FCA compliance, transaction-related compliance, SMCR and AIFMD.

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 5

Akin has ‘exceptional breadth and the ability to work across practice areas’, excelling at disputes in the financial services sector. Investment disputes are a mainstay of the practice, with particular expertise relating to the distressed debt space, sovereign debt disputes, and intra-creditor disputes. Richard Hornshawleads an effective and responsive team‘. He is well versed in securities law matters, insolvency, and restructuring.

Practice head(s):

Richard Hornshaw

Other key lawyers:

James Terry


‘ The team has exceptional breadth and the ability to work across practice areas.’

‘Richard Hornshaw is a star player who leads an effective and responsive team.’

‘Richard Hornshaw is well known in the London litigation market as an experienced litigator in high-value, complex disputes with cross-border aspects.’

‘Top-of-the-bill team who go the extra mile.’

‘Richard Hornshaw has an unflappable, calm, strategic legal and commercial mind. A true gentleman who is great to work with – technically superb, and with excellent client and counsel-handling skills.’

‘James Terry is a super-savvy operator in the restructuring space – super-focused on how to get the best result for the client – often devising creative and successful strategies, and pushing others in the team to think outside of the box.’

‘Technically excellent, commercially savvy, and a great team to work with at all levels – quality throughout. I could not recommend them more highly.’

Key clients

Goldman Sachs

Barings Asset Management

Senior Secured Noteholders of Galapagos

The administrators of African Minerals Limited


Elliott Associates and Elliot International

Ad Hoc Group of Noteholders to Imtech

Ad Hoc Committee of Noteholders of Noble Trading

Work highlights

  • Representing Elliott is its landmark judicial review against the London Metal Exchange (LME) for the loss Elliott suffered by virtue of the LME’s decision to retrospectively cancel nickel trades.
  • Advising Veon Holdings BV on a scheme of arrangement in respect of US$1bn+ of debt, including resisting a challenge to the scheme brought by certain creditors.
  • Advising some of the world’s largest asset managers as holders of senior secured notes issued by Galapagos SA, a business which went through a complex restructuring in 2019.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 5

Fielding 'a team that delivers great results', Akin‘s international arbitration practice in London routinely draws upon the firm's sector specialisms in energy, construction and technology. The 'terrific' commercial and treaty disputes expert Justin Williams, who leads the firm's worldwide international arbitration practice from the London office, acts in international arbitrations all over the world (and under most of the major arbitral rules). At counsel level, Jenny Arlington represents a range of clients in high-stakes international arbitrations.

Practice head(s):

Justin Williams

Other key lawyers:

Jenny Arlington; Kambiz Larizadeh


‘Really astute feel for the arbitral process and its nuances – a team that delivers great results.’

‘Justin Williams stands out for his experience in international arbitration, and oil and gas disputes.’

‘Besides his deep technical knowledge of both English law and the oil and gas industry, Justin Williams is a quick thinker, who is able to understand the relevant foreign legal issues swiftly, and skilfully apply that understanding to defend the client’s interests in a dispute.’

‘Justin Williams is terrific. He consistently demonstrates in-depth knowledge of his client’s industries and the different rules involved in multi-jurisdictional matters, such as those involved in arbitration proceedings.’

‘Justin Williams is extremely smart and sensitive to the challenges of cross-border matters.’

‘Profound capabilities in complex cross-border disputes.’

‘Kambiz Larizadeh is a magician and excellent at handling clients, courts and arbitrators in diffcult situations.’

‘Akin Gump’s services are well known for being very client oriented, prioritising client attention and agile responses.’

Key clients

Dommo Energia


Bridgestone Licensing Services

Bridgestone Americas

Vitol Group




Neste Oil

Work highlights

  • Acting for a South American oil company in a $1.3bn ICC arbitration concerning a disputed farm-out.
  • Acting for a European oil and gas company in bringing a $1bn ICC arbitration against an EU member state.
  • Acting for a US oil company in a $3bn UNCITRAL arbitration, relating to a series of disputes arising out of a CIS production sharing contract.

Finance > Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 5

While it has limited traction among conventional banking clients, Akin continues to grow its private credit-focused new money and special situations expertise, an area that was further enhanced by the arrival in January 2023 of Fergus Wheeler  from White & Case LLP. Other niche areas areas of focus include team head Tom O’Connor's representation to institutional investors on privately placed debt and equity securities, and on cross-border financing transactions. Robert Aulsebrook  has a focus on emerging markets work.

Practice head(s):

Tom O’Connor

Other key lawyers:

Michael Gustafson; Amy Kennedy; Fergus Wheeler; Mark Mansell; Robert Aulsebrook; Clare Cottle; Inderveer Hothi

Work highlights

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 6

Akin fields an ‘exceptional’ team with key strength in the financial services sector. Team lead Stephen Brown has expertise in the private equity sector, and works with both domestic and international clients. Serena Lee covers a broad range of corporate and finance transactions, including reorganisations and restructurings. Matthew Durward-Thomas made partner in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Brown

Other key lawyers:


‘Very personable yet very technical – not always a given for tax practitioners!’

‘Matthew Durwand-Thomas stands out as extremely easy to work with, reliably technical and with a curious mind able to debate issues such that you have full confidence in the end advice.’

‘Stephen Brown is exceptional. Stephen is the best in the business for, among other things, Long Term Incentive Plans/Management Incentive Plans’

‘The Akin Gump tax team is exceptional. It has a good mix of knowledge from lawyers having worked with HMRC and from advising corporates. The team has masses of energy as well as knowledge of the subject matter, and are really great people to work with.’

‘Serena Lee is excellent. She knows the law inside out and is able to see things so clearly when giving advice. Her experience means she can see things from all sides, and can spot things with other people don’t. She is also such a hard worker and is prepared to do whatever it takes to deliver for her clients.’

Key clients

Palliser Capital

Royalty Pharma

The private placement noteholders of NAC Aviation 29 DAC

Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners

Ad Hoc Committee of Noteholders of intu Metrocentre Finance PLC

Fortenova Grupa d. d.

VPI Holding Ltd

Ad hoc committee of noteholders of Nostrum Oil & Gas PLC

Ad Hoc Group of Noteholders of Avanti Communications

Ad Hoc Group of Noteholders of Seadrill New Finance Limited

Expedition Holdings and Expedition Growth

Nordic Aviation Capital

Edison Energy LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised the private placement noteholders of NAC 29, a subsidiary of Nordic Aviation Capital, in connection with a lender-led restructuring of the group’s existing c.$6bn debt.
  • Advising Royalty Pharma on a range of complex multi-jurisdictional tax issues in relation to its novel, multi-billion dollar “Up-C” structure, headed by a NASDAQ listed UK PLC, as well as structuring new and existing investments to optimise the investment structure.
  • Advised Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners on fundraising for its UK fund, financing arrangements, structuring carry and incentive arrangements, and with ad hoc investment advice.

Corporate and commercial > M&A: Upper Mid-Market And Premium Deals, £750m+ Tier 6

The ‘professional, responsive and business orientated’ team at Akin has a client roster that features global corporates and financial institutions. Known for its presence in emerging markets, the team is well-versed in advising on investment portfolio matters for fund clients including complex and high-value multi-jurisdictional transactions. Leading the team are a trio of lawyers including Sebastian Rice, whose practice involves M&A, equity capital markets and private equity, the ‘very commercial’ Shaun Lascelles, also co-head of the firm’s project and energy transition practice, and the ‘excellent’ Gavin Weir, who has ‘deep knowledge of the market’ particularly in relation to financial services, technology and life sciences M&A. Focusing on both private equity and M&A transactions is Simon Rootsey, particularly across the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, while public and private M&A practitioner Harry Keegan, who is an expert in takeovers, is highly knowledgeable about corporate transactions from a financial advisor’s perspective. Weyinmi Popo left the firm in March 2023 to join ASAFO & Co.

Practice head(s):

Sebastian Rice; Shaun Lascelles; Gavin Weir

Other key lawyers:


‘Very professional, responsive and business orientated.’

‘Gavin Weir is an excellent professional, with deep knowledge of the market, very responsive and with business sense.’

‘I have worked with Akin Gump on M&A transactions for many years and find their work of very high quality. The M&A teams are always very well staffed with a combination of partners and associates.’

‘ Shaun Lascelles is very commercial in his approach and always looks for solutions rather than highlighting legal issues. His team of associates at Akin Gump is very capable and pragmatic. Jing Ng, who is counsel, is exceptional.’

Key clients

Vitol/VIP Blue

Alpha Bank

Piraeus Bank

Olin Corporation



Online Payments Group

Southbridge Advisers


Polus Capital Management

Work highlights

  • Advised VIP II Blue B.V, a wholly owned subsidiary of Vitol Investment Partnership II Ltd (VIP II), in its $2.3 billion takeover of Vivo Energy Plc.
  • Advised Olin Corporation on its global strategic alliance with Mitsui & Co., Ltd known as the Blue Water Alliance with a deal enterprise value of over $1 billion.
  • Advised Piraeus Bank on the first of its kind sale of its Merchant Acquiring Unit to the global payments specialist Euronet Worldwide and the formation of a long-term strategic partnership between Piraeus Bank and Euronet Worldwide.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Mining and minerals

Finance > Acquisition finance

The arrival of private credit expert Fergus Wheeler  from White & Case LLP in March 2023 has hugely enhanced Akin‘s potential in the leveraged finance space as well as on the special situations front, where he can effectively leverage the firm’s market-leading restructuring practice.

India > Foreign firms Tier 5

Switzerland > WTO

Akin regularly provide advice to governments and private sector clients on leveraging WTO rules to overcome market access barriers as well as providing support in designing frameworks that are WTO-compliant. The team not only handles WTO dispute settlement and trade policy and trade negotiations, but also has expertise in trade remedies, trade compliance, and national security and investment screening, Alan Yanovich, who heads the practice, is an ‘experienced lawyer’ with extensive knowledge of international trade and investment matters at the multilateral, regional, and bilateral levels. Jasper Helder’s clients rely on him to assist with developing and executing mitigation strategies for trade compliance. Other key team members include Stephen Kho, who handles matters related to trade policy and international dispute resolution, and Chiara Klaui, who advises clients on EU, Swiss and UK trade compliance and drafts and supports the implementation of policies and procedures.

Practice head(s):

Alan Yanovich

Other key lawyers:


‘Akin Gump’s presence in Geneva gives them a particular advantage in comparison to other firms that have an international trade law practice. Having a presence facilitates the coordination with WTO members missions in Geneva.’

‘Akin Gump’s practice in Geneva comprises lawyers with WTO law experience, including WTO dispute settlement procedures. Alan Yanovich’s expertise in WTO law and practice gives them an additional advantage. He is an experienced lawyer, having even worked in the WTO appelate body and represented clients in several WTO cases.’

‘Alan Yanovich has a in-depth knowledge and quite high ability in understanding the client’s needs. He comes up with innovative and useful ideas to help the clients.’

‘The practice is swift and greatly accessible. They are always responsive to any request and questions.’

‘Very strong WTO dispute and legal practices. Strong economic matter insights as well.’

‘Steve Kho and Alan Yanovich are the strongest in this field.’

Key clients

Eastman Chemical Company

Government of Costa Rica

Government of Japan

Government of Korea, Ministry of Trade, Economy and Industry (MOTIE)

Government of the United Arab Emirates

Johnson & Johnson

Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (MOFCOM)

Ministry of Economy of the UAE

Mitsui & Co


Raytheon Technologies Corporation

United Parcel Service (UPS)

Work highlights

  • Advising Costa Rica regarding antidumping duties imposed on exports of steel bars to the Dominican Republic.
  • Retained by the UAE Ministry of Economy to provide legal and strategic advice as it embarked on a series of negotiations of free trade agreements with key trading partners.
  • Advising a company on trade compliance with EU, US and other sanctions, export controls and international trade regulations, including in relation to the Russia sanctions impact on global shipping operations and vessel chartering.

United Arab Emirates > Commercial, corporate and M&A

Akin acts for an impressive array of sovereign wealth funds, financial institutions and the market's most active investors on premium, multibillion-dollar M&A, joint venture and commercial mandates. The firm has an 'excellent team that works seamlessly across various jurisdictions’, leveraging vast expertise across the Middle East and abroad to handle complex transactions in the energy and infrastructure, healthcare, defence, hospitality and retail sectors - among others. On the ground in the UAE, Wael Jabsheh heads the group and handles the practice's most consequential transactions, utilising his leading expertise in digital assets and cryptocurrency to competently advise on tech-related aspects of deals. Simon Rootsey - who relocated from London in 2023 - largely focuses on cross-border M&A and private equity, with extensive experience in joint ventures and public takeovers. Associate Mazen Baddar is quickly building an impressive portfolio of deals due to high levels of activity across a range of sectors.

Practice head(s):

Wael Jabsheh

Other key lawyers:


‘Excellent Team that works seamlessly across various jurisdictions’

‘Wael Jabsheh provides excellent counsel ’

‘Professional and outstanding.’

‘Team with proper global reach, experience in emerging markets and developed markets along with deep experience in the UAE domestic market means they can offer full service in the region. Very client service focused, responsive and highly professional team covering all practice areas. Especially strong on corporate and transactional work and of great assistance to us with our operations in the region in Telecoms, Tech and media.’

‘Wael Jabsheh has been our leading advisor in the region for a decade now – he has deep experience in the market and the entire region, provides excellent advice on complex transactions, M&A and all our corporate issues in the UAE and the region (including ME, NA and further afield). His ability to provide solutions and focus on customer service is unparalleled.’

Latin America: International firms > Capital markets

Akin has a niche practice driven by its institutional-investor debt finance practice, which represents a variety of insurance companies and other institutional investors in private placements and other debt financings. The firm has worked on a range of deals in the region, both in major markets such as Brazil, Mexico, Chile and Colombia, alnd smaller markets including El Salvador and Costa Rica. More recently, much of the practice group's activity has centred on Mexico, including its representation of The Prudential Insurance Company of America, as lenders and investors, in the financing of Medios Cattri. London partner Thomas O’Connor has represented institutional investors and institutional lenders in connection with private placement transactions over many years, often along with Margaret Parker-Yavuz in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Thomas O’Connor


Professionals with great knowledge of their product, always looking to find a way to reach an agreement that works for both sides, excellent management of relationships with third parties, they do not seek to create conflicts or create unnecessary complications, always seeking to execute things in the simplest way possible.

Margaret Parker-Yavuz – a pleasure to work with on behalf of investors. We have never had any material difference with her.

Work highlights

  • Represented The Prudential Insurance Company of America and its affiliates as the lenders and investors in a “one-stop” financing of Medios Cattri.
  • Represented an affiliate of a client as the investor in a private placement of $100m of senior notes issued by Xignux.
  • Represented The Prudential Insurance Company of America and its affiliates as the investors in a private placement of $150m of senior notes issued by Bafar Alimentos.

Partner in Charge: Sebastian Rice
Number of Partners: 48
Number of Other Fee-earners: 98


Akin is a global law firm with more than 900 lawyers and advisors who pride themselves on dedication to their clients and their communities. With 17 offices worldwide, they are renowned for numerous market-leading practices; their strengths are in complex transactions, financings and restructurings, high-stakes litigation, and public policy and regulatory matters; and the unyielding pro bono commitment. The firm partners with clients from both established industries and cutting-edge markets to deliver creative solutions to business-critical issues, helping them seize opportunities and anticipate challenges. Driven by a forward-thinking leadership, Akin has built a strong culture of innovation and collaboration as well as a talented and diverse workforce committed to the success of clients and each other. Fostering a workplace focused on diversity and inclusion, all employees are supported and given the tools to succeed. The organisation is focused on recruiting and nurturing the next generation of exceptional legal talent and is proud that its recruitment and professional development efforts are recognised as among the best in the industry. Akin’s London office is the hub of the firm’s international practice.


The London office is the hub of Akin’s international practice and is the firm’s third largest office. The firm’s strategy in London is to focus on the practices that are core strengths of the firm globally. This has resulted in a fully integrated office working closely with colleagues around the globe while advising on complex, high-value matters, with particular depth in financial restructuring, mergers & acquisitions, private equity, special situations & private credit, international trade, international disputes, litigation, investment management, tax and projects & energy transition. The fully integrated nature of the office within the broader firm means that the firm’s London lawyers work closely with their counterparts around the globe. Akin’s London office clients include private equity, hedge and other investment funds, insurance companies and market-leading telecommunications and technology companies.


With more than a third of its offices outside the United States, Akin has a global reach and its lawyers are fluent in over 40 languages. The firm has offices in Abu Dhabi, Boston, Dallas, Dubai, Fort Worth, Geneva, Hong Kong, Houston, Irvine, London, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Francisco, Singapore and Washington, DC.

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 under number 267321

Department Name Email Telephone
Partner in Charge Sebastian Rice
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Hamish Annandale photo Mr Hamish Annandale Hamish Annandale is a counsel in Akin’s investment funds group. He focuses…
Jenny Arlington photo Ms Jenny Arlington Jenny Arlington has more than 10 years’ experience in representing a wide…
Robert Aulsebrook photo Mr Robert Aulsebrook Robert Aulsebrook’s practice focuses on international debt finance, project finance, capital markets…
Tom Bannister photo Mr Tom Bannister Tom Bannister is a partner in Akin’s financial restructuring group. He focuses…
Sam Brodie photo Sam Brodie
Stephen Brown photo Mr Stephen Brown Stephen has substantial experience advising private equity sponsors and public companies on…
Vance Chapman photo Mr Vance Chapman Vance Chapman focuses his practice on special situations, equity offerings and equity…
John Daghlian photo Mr John Daghlian John Daghlian is a partner in Akin’s investment funds group. He has…
Matthew Durward-Thomas photo Mr Matthew Durward-Thomas Matthew Durward-Thomas represents investment funds as well as private and multinational public…
Davina Garrod photo Ms Davina Garrod Davina Garrod is co-head of Akin’s global antitrust & competition practice and…
Daniel Giemajner photo Mr Daniel Giemajner Dan Giemajner advises on the cross-border financing of energy, infrastructure and natural…
Michael Gustafson photo Mr Michael Gustafson Michael Gustafson is a finance lawyer with significant experience leading complex debt…
Matthew Hardwick photo Mr Matthew Hardwick Matt Hardwick advises on complex, high value and often first-of-their-kind energy and…
Alex Harrison photo Mr Alex Harrison Represents clients in relation to energy generation and production, project development, financing…
Jasper Helder photo Mr Jasper Helder Jasper Helder’s practice focuses on international trade and corporate compliance matters addressing…
Joe Hewton photo Mr Joe Hewton Joe Hewton is counsel in Akin’s financial regulatory group. He advises financial…
John Holton photo Mr John Holton John Holton represents asset managers on the launch and restructuring of private…
Richard Hornshaw photo Mr Richard Hornshaw Richard Hornshaw leads Akin’s London litigation group and the Firm’s international disputes…
Inderveer Hothi photo Miss Inderveer Hothi Inderveer Hothi’s practice focuses on finance and corporate transactions covering a wide…
Sophie Jermine photo Ms Sophie Jermine Sophie Jermine is a partner in Akin’s corporate group. For nearly 20…
Harry Keegan photo Mr Harry Keegan Harry Keegan’s practice focuses on international mergers and acquisitions and equity capital…
Amy Kennedy photo Ms Amy Kennedy Focuses on acquisition finance transactions, representing private equity sponsors in leveraged buyouts.…
Melissa Kinsmore-Ward photo Melissa Kinsmore-Ward
Chiara Klaui photo Ms Chiara Klaui Chiara Klaui is known for her pragmatic and to the point advice…
Kambiz Larizadeh photo Mr Kambiz Larizadeh Kambiz Larizadeh is a partner in Akin’s litigation group. He focuses on…
Shaun Lascelles photo Mr Shaun Lascelles Shaun Lascelles has more than 20 years of experience advising on cross-border…
Mary Lavelle photo Ms Mary Lavelle Mary Lavelle is a partner in Akin’s investment funds group. She has…
Serena Lee photo Ms Serena Lee Serena Lee is a partner in Akin’s tax group. She advises on…
Qasam Mahmood photo Mr Qasam Mahmood
Mark Mansell photo Mr Mark Mansell Mark Mansell has represented noteholders, bondholders and other investors in numerous cross-border…
Helen Marshall photo Ms Helen Marshall Helen Marshall is a partner in Akin’s financial regulatory group. She has…
Ian Meade photo Mr Ian Meade Ian Meade is a partner in Akin’s investment funds group. He advises…
Thomas O'Connor photo Mr Thomas O'Connor Tom O’Connor is a partner in Akin’s finance group. He represents institutional…
Liz Osborne photo Ms Liz Osborne Liz Osborne is a partner in Akin’s financial restructuring group. She concentrates…
Tim Pearce photo Mr Tim Pearce Tim Pearce is a partner in Akin’s investment funds group. He works…
Stephen Peppiatt photo Mr Stephen Peppiatt Stephen Peppiatt is a finance lawyer with significant experience advising lenders in…
Scott Pettifor photo Mr Scott Pettifor Scott Pettifor advises on merger cases (at an EU, U.K. and multijurisdictional…
Daniel Quinn photo Mr Daniel Quinn Daniel Quinn is a partner in Akin’s investment funds group. He has…
Sebastian Rice photo Mr Sebastian Rice Sebastian Rice is the partner in charge of Akin’s London, Geneva and…
James Roome photo Mr James Roome James Roome is the senior partner of the London office and a…
Simon Rootsey photo Mr Simon Rootsey Simon Rootsey works with private equity firms, infrastructure investors and corporates on…
Barry Russell photo Mr Barry Russell Barry Russell is a partner in Akin’s financial restructuring group. Representing noteholders,…
David Sewell photo Mr David Sewell David Sewell is an English lawyer who concentrates on cross-border corporate transactions.…
Emma Simmonds photo Ms Emma Simmonds Emma Simmonds is a partner in Akin ’s financial restructuring group. She…
Aimee Smart photo Ms Aimee Smart Aimee Smart is counsel in Akin’s litigation group. She has experience conducting…
Dasha Sobornova photo Ms Dasha Sobornova Represents arrangers, investment managers, investors (including collateralised loan obligation (CLO) lenders) and…
James Terry photo Mr James Terry James Terry is a partner in Akin’s financial restructuring group. He practices…
Daniel G. Walsh photo Mr Daniel G. Walsh Daniel Walsh represents both acquirors/investors and their targets/investees in acquisitions and investments…
Gavin Weir photo Mr Gavin Weir Gavin Weir leads domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions and corporate transactions under…
Fergus Wheeler photo Fergus Wheeler Fergus Wheeler focuses on private credit and other debt finance transactions in…
Justin Williams photo Mr Justin Williams Justin Williams is an English qualified solicitor with 25 years’ experience of…
Ezra Zahabi photo Ms Ezra Zahabi Ezra Zahabi is a partner in Akin’s financial regulatory group. She advises…
Firmwide lawyers and advisers : 900+
London lawyers : 140+

The Legal 500 Future Lawyers Verdict

‘Beyond the appeal of a smaller trainee intake and quality of work undertaken by the firm, the vacation scheme highlighted the fantastically friendly and supportive work culture at Akin’, said one survey respondent. ‘Money, culture and training’ were some of the other reasons trainees applied to the London Spitalfields-based US firm. When it comes to the people, ‘everyone is generally friendly and unique in their own ways, and there certainly does not seem to be any kind of Akin cookie-cutter'. Elaborating on their colleagues, another recruit waxes lyrical: ‘they are not only some of the best in the industry, who I am privileged to learn from every single day, but also the kindest, friendliest people who have a vested interest in making sure you're being trained to be the best you can possibly be’. Trainees were impressed with ‘the level of early responsibility the work offers, and just how complex and unique that work is’. Akin is a Future Lawyers winner for job satisfaction, confidence of being kept on post qualification and salary (the firm currently offers the highest NQ salary in the UK). Despite all the positives, trainees feel like there isn’t enough of a social life at Akin, something which could be ‘in part to do with the fact that the trainee cohorts are small, and lawyers are obviously very busy people’. The ‘low office attendance’ is also a downside for new recruits trying to get to know their colleagues better. ‘Having to cancel weekend plans to work’ and ‘not being communicated with properly and going through a period of very limited supervision’ were worst moments.  On the plus side, highlights included ‘being an integral part of a deal’s scheme passing’, ‘working directly with partners’ and ‘being personally asked for advice by the CEO of a listed company’. For ‘excellent remuneration, exciting work and the chance to get stuck in’, take a closer look at Akin.