Firm Profile > Baker McKenzie > London, England

Baker McKenzie
100 NEW BRIDGE STREET
LONDON
EC4V 6JA
England

Commercial contracts Tier 1

Specialising in complex, high-value contracts, Baker McKenzie has experience of advising on alternative fee arrangements, agency distributions and consumer practice, among other areas. The practice has global reach; examples of its international work include advising technology giant Google on numerous consumer contractual matters. Duncan Reid-Thomas advises on and negotiates a wide range of commercial agreements, with notable expertise in the healthcare sector. Key names in his team are Steve Holmes, who particularly focuses on the technology, communications and media industries, and Sue McLean, who advises clients on technology, sourcing and digital media business models, as well as the legal issues relating to the implementation of new technologies. Also recommended are experienced counsels Helen Brown and Julia Hemmings and senior associate Nick Wloch, who is ‘smart, commercial and focused on providing excellent support'.

Testimonials

‘The firm are extremely responsive and able to pull together and continue to resource a team for a complex set of transactions, with changing requirements, across various countries in the tightest of timeframes’

‘Excellent experience and knowledgebase to help find solutions to new challenges’

‘Willing to integrate with the clients’ practices strategically’

‘Nick Wloch helped navigate through an extremely complex matter with much-needed calmness and assurance’

‘Constant availability to help, based on a broad range of expertise available across jurisdictions’

‘Prompt responsiveness’

Key clients

L’Oréal

Google

Enterprise

Tapestry

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Baker McKenzie regularly acts in significant international trust disputes. Such disputes are frequently high-value and involve multiple-parties. Recently the team has been working with key lawyers, private banks and trust companies that operate in the major offshore jurisdictions. Head of the department Anthony Poulton  is described by clients as an 'exceptional strategist, motivator and lawyer, whose ability to connect with the client and instil confidence is unrivalled'. Poulton has extensive experience of advising clients on managing the risks associated with wealth-related controversy as well as dealing with corporate governance, family governance and at resolving ‘private’ family disputes.  The 'hardworking and bright' Gemma Willingham and associate Yindi Gesinde are ones to watch.

Testimonials

What makes this practice unique is that the Baker’s team has the skill and expertise of the very best trust litigators in the world but bring to the very largest cases a truly global practice. There is virtually no area of law and no jurisdiction in which the team lacks expertise‘.

The lawyers are true specialists with a justifiably excellent reputation. There is real quality throughout the team – from partner through associates. They have experience of handling the very largest contentious trust disputes, yet you always feel that you receive the team’s full attention‘.

‘From the head of the team and throughout, it has real quality. Combined with its vast experience acquired in dealing with some of the most significant contentious trust cases throughout the world, this makes it a formidable outfit‘.

First-class reputation for its involvement in some of the largest and highest profile contentious trusts matters globally‘.

Anthony Poulton – reputedly one of the best, if not the best, trust litigator in London. An exceptional strategist, motivator and lawyer, whose ability to connect with the client and instil confidence in him or her is unrivalled‘.

Anthony Poulton – clever, charming and extremely likeable, but appropriately robust when that is the approach that is called for’.

Anthony Poulton – very experienced, calm, authoritative and knowledgeable‘.

Charles Thomson and Anthony Poulton are great to deal with‘.

Luke Richardson – highly capable and great to deal with‘.

Gemma Willingham – hardworking, bright, good to deal with‘.

Emerging markets Tier 1

Baker McKenzie has an extensive network or more than 70 offices in emerging markets around the world, and its core finance teams in London remain highly active in a broad range of transactions in Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and North America. It frequently acts for financial institutions, sponsors and borrowers in syndicated financings, and it has a proven track record in advising banks, multi-lateral institutions, export credit agencies, commodity traders, exporters, producers and corporate borrowers on trade, export and commodity financings in developing markets. Head of banking and finance Nick Tostivin focusing on syndicated lending transactions including in relation to acquisitions. Lynn Rosell Rowley specialises in cross-border and multi-jurisdictional leveraged finance. Head of the global project finance practice group Calvin Walker has more than 20 years' experience in the market. Finance partner Chris Hogan has a particular focus of African banking and debt capital markets work. Marc Fèvre's highlights from 2018 include acting for sponsors in the development of a coal-fired power generation plant in Botswana.

Key clients

Suez

Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC)

Itochu

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Marguerite Fund

Liontaine Holdings Ltd /Alliance Altyn

Office Nationale D’Electricite et de I’Eau Potable (ONEE)

POSCO

KEPCO

Macquarie

Marubeni Corporation

Anaklia Development Consortium (ADC)

Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden)

ACCIONA Energia

Swicorp

TBEA

Ellomay Capital

Weatherford International

InfraCo Africa

Employment: employers Tier 1

Baker McKenzie has a strong reputation for highly strategic and complex employment matters, including global workforce restructuring and cross-border deals, large transactions, global compliance and risk management, equal pay and data privacy matters. The practice, which also has expertise in innovative staffing models, model slavery issues, is well versed in complex disputes and investigations, financial services and regulatory advice and industrial relations work. Recent highlights include advising the BBC on equal pay issues. John Evason heads the practice. Monica Kurnatowska, Christine O’Brien, the 'exceptionally professional' Carl Richards and of counsel Lily Collyer are also recommended. Senior associate Annabel Mackay joined from Addleshaw Goddard in April 2019.

Testimonials

Good network across the globe, generally very responsive, understanding our company’s culture and needs, being proactive and pragmatic. Good collaboration model through central point of contact (London office) that is collecting input from various country offices or partner firms. Very good client relationship management, very friendly attitude‘.

Great partners, very responsive, providing practical advice, following through and bringing things to pragmatic conclusions. Perfect cultural fit in terms of attitude and friendliness‘.

Bake McKenzie’s team is exceptionally professional, providing high quality and timely advice. They anticipate any potential issues/risks and make sure they are dealt with in time. They are very good in explaining the subject also to non-lawyers‘.

Carl Richards is an exceptionally professional lawyer, very reliable and very nice to work with. He is always ready to help, extremely good in anticipating any potential issues, communicating them to the team and making sure he proposes potential solutions. He is very friendly and creates an atmosphere of trustworthy business relationship‘.

Key clients

BBC

Addison Lee

Accenture

Emerson

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)

IAG/ British Airways

Lloyds of London

Prudential PLC

Tapestry Inc (formerly known as Coach Inc)

Alliance Boots PLC

Rio Tinto PLC

Guardian Media Group

UBM PLC

GlaxoSmithKline PLC

British Land

EU and competition: trade, WTO anti-dumping and customs Tier 1

Standing out for its historically strong trade-focused presence on the London market, the ‘highly competent’ international trade and WTO team at Baker McKenzie advises on the full scope of matters, including export controls, sanctions, customs, WTO law and trade remedies. The group has specific expertise in sectors such as aerospace and defence, energy, financial services, media, consumer goods, industry and pharmaceuticals. Notably, the team has also experienced an increase in Brexit-related instructions. While the team primarily acts for UK-based exporters and large multinational companies, it has also been advising governmental bodies during the past year. Sunny Mann heads the team and focuses on UK, EU and US export control, sanctions and anti-bribery work. Ross Denton handles matters concerning the public regulation of international trade; this is also an area of specialism for Jennifer Revis, who is adept at handling customs compliance issues. Senior associates Sven Bates and Ben Smith are also recommended.

Testimonials

Team members remain calm under pressure and instil great confidence in their clients

The team has high-level expertise in acting for corporates on sensitive and complex investigations

This is the go-to team for issues arising in the EU and the UK in relation to international trade

A team of highly qualified and very knowledgeable professionals with global reach due to the firm’s strong position internationally. This makes the group a valuable business partner in various types of complex international trade matters

Sunny Mann has very good instincts in advising on his clients’ strategy

Sunny Mann and Ross Denton are the two people to call if one needs quick and commercially sound advice regarding urgent issues

Fraud: civil Tier 1

Baker McKenzie draws on its huge global network of offices to handle multijurisdictional matters; areas of expertise include cross-border fraud investigations, litigation, economic torts, fraudulent misrepresentation, asset tracing, and preservation and disclosure orders. The firm continues to act as a global legal coordinator for the Kuwaiti Government-owned Grupo Torras on the recovery of stolen assets, following the groundbreaking $800m judgment the firm obtained in its favour in England. Charles Thomson and Hugh Lyons head the team.

Testimonials

‘Highly competent lawyers at all levels’.

‘Committed and user friendly’. 

‘Anthony Poulton is a very skilled negotiator’.

Key clients

Dubai Islamic Bank

Narongdej

Tradition Financial Services

Bidcorp

The Official Receiver of the Bangkok Bank of Commerce

Kuwait Investment Office

Consolidated Contractors Company

Edwardian Hotels Group

Prandicle

Abdullah Bin Obaid

Landesbank Baden-Wurttemberg (LBBW)

IT and telecoms Tier 1

Baker McKenzie's technology practice has impressive capabilities spanning the IT and telecoms sectors; the group has experience assisting telecoms companies and communication service providers with network transformation and commercial advice, and also advises IT users and providers on the full range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Practice head Steve Holmes specialises in complex commercial telecoms transactions, while Ben Allgrove focuses on telecoms regulatory issues, particularly in the digital media space. Names to note for technology transactions include outsourcing specialists Harry Small and Duncan Reid-Thomas, and Sue McLean, who has experience spanning outsourcing, data privacy, technology procurement, development and licensing work, with particular fintech, blockchain and AI expertise. David Halliday is a key contact for contentious matters. Senior associate Charlotte Harrington is also recommended.

Testimonials

The big unique selling point is the knowledge that Baker McKenzie has of the industry from the perspective of not only the client’s business but also the wider industry.

David Halliday is a star and has a wide ranging understanding of IT issues and how they are best dealt with.

Key clients

3 (Hutchison 3G UK Limited)

Tesco Mobile

ViaSat

Refinitiv (formerly Thomson Reuters)

Google

Alfa Laval

Harley Davidson

Product liability: defendant Tier 1

Baker McKenzie's product and operational risk team provides its clients, which are predominantly international manufacturers, distributors and retailers, with comprehensive advice on the whole life cycle of a product. The team has core expertise in product liability litigation, recalls and regulation. Practice head John Leadley also regularly assists clients with media and communications issues concerning crisis management. Kate Corby is another key contact; she is well versed in regulatory compliance. Graham Stuart is noted for matters related to the management of environmental risk.

Testimonials

Baker McKenzie is justifiably seen as a top team in the market.’

John Leadley is among the leaders in the field.’

Baker McKenzie’s team head John Leadley does a very good job.’

 

Key clients

CR Bard

Stryker Corporation

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime Tier 1

Baker McKenzie's tier one corporate crime practice handles a full range of matters ranging from internal and regulatory investigations through to bribery prevention, compliance and advisory work. The firm's broad geographic spread means the 'extremely knowledgeable' team has extensive experience with both UK Bribery Act and US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matters. The team is multi-disciplinary and includes experts in criminal and civil litigation as well as practices such as employment, IP, financial services, EU and competition. Key practitioner Charles Thomson advises corporates in relation to fraud, asset tracing, money laundering, health and safety, environmental infringements, tax violations, bribery and corruption.  The practice also benefits from the in-house experience of  disputes partner Jonathan Peddie , who joined in 2015 from Barclays , where he held roles including global head of financial crime, legal. The firm often deals with regulators including the FCA, SFO, Europol and HMRC.

Testimonials

The team are very knowledgable and extremely responsive’.

‘Jonathan Peddie provides assured case management, deep expertise and strategic insight’.

‘Baker McKenzie is a very capable, international law firm with a very strong London presence’.

‘Charles Thomson displays tremendous judgement and easily balances his significant legal and commercial knowledge’.

‘Jonathan Peddie has a lifetime of experience at the top end of regulatory law’.

‘Well resourced, extremely knowledgeable, client driven and great to work with’.

‘Charles Thomson is one of the few original thought leaders in white-collar and regulatory investigations; terrific judgement and leadership’.

Key clients

Bidvest

Tradition Financial Services

VAT and indirect tax Tier 1

Baker McKenzie's department is jointly led by head of tax Mark Delaney, head of VAT Mark Agnew and David Jamieson, who leads on contentious VAT. The group is able to provide VAT advice and planning strategies, along with a strong disputes practice, assisting clients with preparations for Brexit and representing them in complex investigations and disputes with HMRC. The firm's international office network also enables the team to provide cross-border advice to clients across the EMEA region; an area enhanced by customs and excise specialists Ross Denton and Jenny Revis.

Key clients

Hutchison 3G

Marriott

Baker Hughes

Autoglass

Administrative and public law Tier 2

Baker McKenzie advises corporate clients and public bodies on high-profile public law litigation, independent inquiries, public procurement matters and judicial review applications. Sector specialisms include the media, technology, utilities and human rights. Ongoing contentious work involves applications against HMRC, judicial review challenges to regulatory decisions and a suite of interventions on behalf of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees challenging actions by the Secretary of State for the Home Department. Regular public procurement work consists of proceedings against the Foreign and Commonwealth Office challenging the provision of contracts and other contentious decisions, and challenges to NHS procurement processes. The team also takes on pro bono work, including recently representing an LGBT charity in an intervention concerning transgender rights. Practice head Joanna Ludlam specialises in administrative and public law, procurement law, litigation and investigations.

Testimonials

Baker McKenzie’s administrative and public law team provides an excellent and responsive service at the cutting edge of the industry

The team has a pragmatic and engaging approach, and is well attuned to clients’ commercial priorities. The breadth of expertise and skills is unique and a powerful asset to any client

Joanna Ludlum is a stellar litigator, with excellent commercial judgement and an engaging manner

Francesca Richmond has an excellent mix of commercial, public law and competition law expertise

Key clients

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

L’Oréal

Stonewall Equality Limited

Associated Newspapers Limited

Government of Scotland

Financial Conduct Authority

The Walt Disney Company

British Airways

Biogen

Spotify

UK Power Networks

Kwik Fit

Brand management Tier 2

Baker McKenzie has notable strengths in trade mark portfolio management and enforcement, and is often sought after by recognised international brands in the consumer goods, media, retail, technology and financial services sectors; L'Oreal, Google and Hitachi are among its recent clients. Jessica Le Gros heads the trade mark registration and disputes team, where she is  supported by Ben Allgrove, Michael Hart and Paul Rawlinson, who advise on the full range of contentious and non-contentious IP matters, including trade secrets and copyright. Michelle Blunt focuses on commercial transactions in IP.

Testimonials

Baker McKenzie are efficient and on the ball at all times

Key clients

Christie’s

Google

Hitachi

L’Oreal

Brexit Tier 2

For Baker McKenzie, its Brexit expertise is particularly prevalent in the work of its international trade and WTO practice, which has extensive knowledge of export controls, sanctions, customs, WTO law, trade remedies and other EU trade law. Ross Denton leads the trade group, which also includes Jennifer Revis, who heads up the customs and excise team. The cross-departmental group also benefits from the firm’s substantial global network and the strength of the firm’s tax, regulatory, immigration, financial services, commercial contracts, IP, data protection and competition teams. Kate Alexander focuses on UK and international tax mandates, Emily Carlisle is the key contact for structuring, implementing and managing cross-border reorganisations, Graham Stuart handles product regulation issues, while senior associate Tony Haque leads the firm’s global immigration and mobility department.

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 2

Clients recommend Baker McKenzie for its ‘global coverage’, ‘extremely responsive team’ and ‘commercial advice’. The team is particularly well-regarded for investment matters, handling finance, structuring, documenting, development and divestment matters in addition to the negotiation of joint ventures. Overseas inbound investment is also a strength with the highly recommended Stephen Turner recently advising Asian investor Far East Consortium on the acquisition of a £200m development site in Manchester. Specific expertise is also held in relation to the European rollout of US and other international retail groups, while the practice also supports corporate occupiers on leasing, transactions, developments, planning and dispute resolution matters, among others. Justin Salkeld is another standout name and heads the hotels and leisure offering. He is an expert on the acquisition, development, operation and disposal of hotel assets. His team is also engaged for employment, IP, tax, environment, franchise and construction-related instructions.

Testimonials

‘The best for the level of services they provide, the competence, the assistance in each European country and the sense of urgency they put in each deal’.

‘Stefanie Price is great and makes the client feel as though they are getting the best service’. 

‘Global coverage, extremely responsive, ability to provide support and guidance across all business functions for completely different platforms and models. Excellent teamwork and resources within the organization to provide the best outcome in cross functional situations.’

‘Very responsive – the team offers advice that is straightforward, pragmatic and commercial’.

‘Stefanie Price is highly organised and ensures that momentum is maintained on all matters. She involves Stephen Turner whenever appropriate to get a second point of view or additional seniority.’

Key clients

Tapestry, Inc.

Cobelfret

Cancer Research UK

FedEx

Motorola

Emerson

Hitachi

Hutchison Whampoa

Michael Kors

Inter Terminals

Suez Group

Regeneron

Airline Tariff Publishing Company

Riverbed Technology

Global Blue

HP

Intuitive Surgical

Commercial property: hotels and leisure Tier 2

Clients recommend Baker McKenzie for its ‘global coverage’, ‘extremely responsive team’ and ‘commercial advice’. The team is particularly well-regarded for investment matters, handling finance, structuring, documenting, development and divestment matters in addition to the negotiation of joint ventures. Overseas inbound investment is also a strength with the highly recommended Stephen Turner recently advising Asian investor Far East Consortium on the acquisition of a £200m development site in Manchester. Specific expertise is also held in relation to the European rollout of US and other international retail groups, while the practice also supports corporate occupiers on leasing, transactions, developments, planning and dispute resolution matters, among others. Justin Salkeld is another standout name and heads the hotels and leisure offering. He is an expert on the acquisition, development, operation and disposal of hotel assets. His team is also engaged for employment, IP, tax, environment, franchise and construction-related instructions.

Testimonials

‘The best for the level of services they provide, the competence, the assistance in each European country and the sense of urgency they put in each deal’.

‘Stefanie Price is great and makes the client feel as though they are getting the best service’. 

‘Global coverage, extremely responsive, ability to provide support and guidance across all business functions for completely different platforms and models. Excellent teamwork and resources within the organization to provide the best outcome in cross functional situations.’

‘Very responsive – the team offers advice that is straightforward, pragmatic and commercial’.

‘Stefanie Price is highly organised and ensures that momentum is maintained on all matters. She involves Stephen Turner whenever appropriate to get a second point of view or additional seniority.’

Key clients

Edwardian Group

Cockpit Hotel (London) Ltd

Britannia Hospitality (The Stafford)

Marriott Hotels

FS JV Co (owners of the ‘Planet’ portfolio)

Commercial property: investment Tier 2

Clients recommend Baker McKenzie for its ‘global coverage’, ‘extremely responsive team’ and ‘commercial advice’. The team is particularly well-regarded for investment matters, handling finance, structuring, documenting, development and divestment matters in addition to the negotiation of joint ventures. Overseas inbound investment is also a strength with the highly recommended Stephen Turner recently advising Asian investor Far East Consortium on the acquisition of a £200m development site in Manchester. Specific expertise is also held in relation to the European rollout of US and other international retail groups, while the practice also supports corporate occupiers on leasing, transactions, developments, planning and dispute resolution matters, among others. Justin Salkeld is another standout name and heads the hotels and leisure offering. He is an expert on the acquisition, development, operation and disposal of hotel assets. His team is also engaged for employment, IP, tax, environment, franchise and construction-related instructions.

Testimonials

‘The best for the level of services they provide, the competence, the assistance in each European country and the sense of urgency they put in each deal’.

‘Stefanie Price is great and makes the client feel as though they are getting the best service’. 

‘Global coverage, extremely responsive, ability to provide support and guidance across all business functions for completely different platforms and models. Excellent teamwork and resources within the organization to provide the best outcome in cross functional situations.’

‘Very responsive – the team offers advice that is straightforward, pragmatic and commercial’.

‘Stefanie Price is highly organised and ensures that momentum is maintained on all matters. She involves Stephen Turner whenever appropriate to get a second point of view or additional seniority.’

Key clients

CLdN Cobelfret

Mapletree Investments

Employees Provident Fund

Far East Consortium

Corporate governance Tier 2

Beatriz Pessoa de Araujo leads the corporate governance practice at Baker McKenzie, which also fields corporate finance practice head Helen Bradley, chair of the EMEA compliance and investigations group Joanna Ludlam, corporate finance partner Robert Adam and Jeremy Edwards, who heads up the employee benefits group. The cross-departmental group acts for a range of FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 clients; examples include Barclays, BP and Unilever. The group's expertise encompasses corporate advisory work, compliance and risk governance issues, crisis management, investigations, executive remuneration matters and tax governance mandates. The firm also has a dedicated public company advisory service line, led by Bradley.

Testimonials

The Baker McKenzie governance practice distinguishes itself as being well networked and up to date on how its clients are responding in practice to new regulatory developments.

Helen Bradley is a go-to lawyer on corporate governance queries due to her responsiveness and pragmatic advice. In addition, she has the rare ability to empathise with her clients, which makes taking bad news from her much more palatable.

Helen Bradley and her team’s governance and regulatory advice is extremely sharp, responsive and wise. In addition, liaising with Helen is easy and pleasant as she always acts in a pragmatic, resolute and user-friendly manner. She comes up with out-of-the-box solutions to achieve the client’s strategic goals. All in all, she is a precious and outstanding trusted adviser.

Baker McKenzie is impressive on many levels: the attention to detail, the pragmatic, commercially astute advice; and the ability to see the wider picture and frame its advice accordingly. In other words, it can see both the individual trees and the wood. Also, its advice is not framed as a theoretical thesis but is to the point and incisive.

Key clients

AMEX

Astellas

ARM

Barclays

BAT PLC

Bank of Georgia Group PLC

BP

The Body Shop

Cadogan Petroleum PLC

Disney

IP Group plc

Deutsche

DMGT

De La Rue PLC

EDF

Georgia Capital PLC

GHG PLC

Global Ports Holding plc

Photo-Me International plc

IP Group plc

Management Consulting Group PLC

RAK Petroleum PLC

Rio Tinto PLC

Rowan PLC

Takeda

Rotork plc

Shell

Sound Energy PLC

Spirax-Sarco Engineering PLC

TBC Bank PLC

Unilever

Weir Group PLC

Westinghouse

Corporate tax Tier 2

Baker McKenzie's tax practice stands out for its strong cross-border offering due to the firm's extensive  international presence. In addition to its traditional corporate transactional tax practice, the firm  offers  tax planning and transfer pricing capabilities, as well as VAT and indirect tax expertise. The department's strength is evidenced by a stellar client list, including Body Shop, Hitachi and Unilever. The group is led by Mark Delaney and includes London office managing partner and international tax planning expert Alex ChadwickRichard Fletcher, who co-leads the UK transfer pricing group alongside Nigel Dolman and James Smith who takes the lead on transactional tax matters.

Testimonials

Excellent team with genuine industry knowledge and depth of experience across all levels of seniority

James Smith is exceptional, always available and helpful with prompt and valuable feedback as needed

The team’s depth of knowledge is amazing and they offer a personal service, providing innovative and robust solutions to complex business issues

Key clients

Body Shop

Hitachi

Inter Pipeline Ltd

LVMH

Novo Nordisk

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 2

Baker McKenzie's data protection team leverages the firm’s global network to provide international clients with multijurisdictional advice. Recent areas of expertise for the practice include substantial GDPR compliance projects, breaches and incident response assistance including investigations, notifications and regulated sector issues; and advising third-party providers on the practical implementation of data protection compliance programmes. IT and commercial partner Harry Small heads up the department and assists with contentious and non-contentious mandates including major data protection programmes and data security breaches; other key individuals include Julia Wilson , who leads the employment data protection group; David Halliday, who leads on data security breaches; and Ben Allgrove, who regularly acts for digital media clients. Dyann Heward-Mills left to set up her own DPO company.

Debt capital markets Tier 2

Baker McKenzie has an extensive global network and its presence in many of the world's emerging markets draws complex cross-border debt transactions to the practice in London. US securities specialist Adam Farlow leads a practice that not only continues to handle groundbreaking emerging markets deals for issuers, but also acts for a growing roster of underwriters in challenging deals. The firm's deep bench of talent includes Roy Pearce, who represents issuers and investment banks in capital markets transactions, primarily Eurobonds and debt restructurings; corporate trustee expert Simon Porter; New York-qualified partner Megan Schellinger, who advises corporate and investment banking clients on Rule 144A and SEC-registered offerings and private placements of international debt; and Michael Doran, formerly of White & Case LLP, who handles both investment grade deals and more complex, disclosure-heavy emerging markets transactions.

Testimonials

‘Exemplary support, understanding of the Client’s needs and availability and high endurance in the pressing deals’.

‘Roy Pearce and Maxim Xrapov apart from providing exceptional added value to the deals, amaze with their availability and willingness to commit through difficult timescales’.

 

Key clients

BGEO Group PLC (Georgia)

Turkven (Turkey)

Türk Telekomünikasyon A.Ş.

Akbank T.A.Ş.  (Turkey)

Bankia  (Spain)

CPI Property Group  (Czech Republic)

JSC Georgia Capital  (Georgia)

Cosmo Pharmaceuticals  (Switzerland)

Employee share schemes Tier 2

Known for its ‘understanding of UK schemes and the law surrounding them’, Baker McKenzie is also active on cross-border transactions, international share plans, and senior executive remunerations, in addition to providing commercial and tax advice. Practice head Jeremy Edwards advises on all aspects of employee share plans and executive compensation, and has a strong reputation for advising London Stock Exchange-listed companies on the structure and disclosure of remuneration for directors and senior executives. His team includes associate Gillian Murdoch, who assists UK and multinational companies with the design, implementation and administration of their share plans.

Testimonials

‘They have a really good understanding of UK schemes and the law surrounding them, but more importantly they understand the client’s business’.

‘The team are knowledgeable and up to date but share that knowledge in a professional but clear way, in language a non-lawyer can understand’.

Key clients

Prudential plc

DS Smith plc

Accenture

Bank of Georgia plc

DXC

Thermo Fisher

Smith & Nephew plc

Philip Morris

TBC Bank plc

Environment Tier 2

Baker McKenzie has expertise in EU environmental law, including contaminated land, waste regulation and water pollution, as well as environmental liability in transactions and projects. The firm is also experienced in handling matters regarding climate change law, emissions trading and product-related environmental compliance work. Practice head Graham Stuart focuses on operational environmental, health and safety matters for industrial and manufacturing facilities.

Key clients

Dyson

Hitachi

EU and competition Tier 2

Due to its team members’ extensive experience handling investigations conducted by the CMA and the EU Commission, Baker McKenzie’s ‘efficient and practical’ competition department continues to gain new mandates in this space. A team led by recently appointed practice co-head Keith Jones represented Willis Towers Watson on the regulator’s investigation into the market for investment consultancy and fiduciary management services. In another highlight, fellow department co-head Luis Gomez advised Jones Lang LaSalle on the CMA's cartel investigation into the building and fit-out sector. On the merger control side, the London-based team’s proven ability to act alongside colleagues across multiple foreign jurisdictions allows it to represent clients in a number of significant cross-border matters. One example is the advice provided to Unilever by a team led by Samantha Mobley in relation to the client’s acquisition of Quala, a leading Latin American consumer goods company. Nicola Northway is highly recommended for investigatory work, as well as for her expertise in the financial services sector. The department's sector-specific focus also includes professional services, technology, telecoms, and healthcare.

Testimonials

Smart, efficient, client-focused, and commercially minded

A very internationally focused practice, which is able to draw on the expertise of specialist teams across the globe

The team offers invaluable project management support in handling large and often complex cases and transactions

Everyone works hard at presenting advice in the most client-friendly manner; the presentation is also tailored to the particular audience within the client’s corporate structure

Luis Gomez is an intellectual heavyweight who is also very experienced in matters before the CMA. He is a real pleasure to work with – he makes his points clearly and succinctly and is good at building relationships with clients’’

Keith Jones has a very deep industry understanding, a great legal brain, and a highly practical approach to legal issues

Samantha Mobley goes the extra mile – she is always quick, responsive and available

Nicola Northway leverages her prior in-house experience to advise in a way that resonates with clients

Key clients

Unilever

Shell

British American Tobacco

Willis Towers Watson

GE

Rio Tinto

British Airways

Accenture

Bain Capital

High yield Tier 2

The high yield practice at Baker McKenzie underwent a transformation in 2018 and early 2019, significantly boosting its capability with a number of key hires. Lead partner Adam Farlow now works with partners Rob Mathews and David Becker, who both joined from White & Case LLP along with senior associate Ben Bierwirth, Haden Henderson from Ropes & Gray LLP, and Megan Schellinger from Linklaters LLP. The firm, which climbs the ranking, has integrated US and UK capital markets capability, enabling it to advise on European high yield debt offerings, whether English law Eurobonds or New York law bonds, for underwriters, private equity funds and issuers. Its work encompasses debut issuance, follow-on issuances, taps, on-going covenant compliance, reporting, liability management and restructuring. The firm's vast international network, which includes offices in many emerging markets, is a boon to the practice as private equity sponsors look to expand their coverage into into new and developing jurisdictions.

Testimonials

“Ther are very exciting developments at the firm with the arrival of Rob Mathews, David Becker and Ben Bierwirth. It should be the start of a great platform for high yield bonds and we look forward to seeing them make inroads into the market.”

“The standout partner for me is Rob Mathews, who brings a wealth of experience and approaches issues with a commercial and balanced perspective.”

“Ben Bierwirth is definitely one to watch – a very capable, client-focused and knowledgeable lawyer.”

“The high yield team has high-calibre attorneys who are very experienced in the leveraged finance space. They are commercial, yet show the required attention to detail that is required for complex cross-border securities offerings.”

“The lawyers are approachable, willing to answer any question no matter the complexity or time of day or night, and give answers in an efficient, easy to digest format. I would highly recommend the team.”

“Rob Mathews is an excellent attorney with many years of experience in the European high yield market. He understands the complexities of the European market and is able to easily navigate around local issues when and if they arose on a cross-border transaction.”

“Rob Mathews is always available and is very client-focused. His advice is of an excellent quality – always to the point, efficient and precise.”

“Ben Bierwirth is a great associate – very client-focused, he always delivers an excellent service and gets to grips with complex issues in a very efficient and meticulous manner. He has also had excellent in-house experience at a leading bank in the European market, so understands what is important to clients.”

“David Becker is an excellent attorney. He is able to work on many diverse and complex transactions, no matter the format. He is an excellent negotiator, always getting the best deal for his clients.”

Key clients

SCHMOLZ+BICKENBACH AG

Deutsche Trustee Company Limited

The Law Debenture Trust Corporation p.l.c.

Bondholders, S.L.

JSC Georgia Capital

Türk Telekomünikasyon A.Ş.

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 2

Baker McKenzie's cross-practice team consists of technology, IP, M&A, tax, compliance, competition and dispute resolution experts. The team is instructed by a range of media clients across the gaming, social media, interactive content, film, TV, music, publishing and events sectors on corporate, commercial, regulatory and contentious matters. Advising Sovereign Films, and its associated companies, on a series of major motion pictures, including Cradle of Champions, Being a Best, Tunnels of Chu Chi, The Cooks Sisters and We Love You Charlie Freeman is a key example of the team's film sector expertise.

Testimonials

The team has a strong commercial and strategic sense combined with excellent technical detail, and excellent client service.

The team is very professional, and very patient; particularly with client team members who did not have a strong grasp on media.

Key clients

Google (includes Youtube)

Warner Bros

Take Two Interactive

Pinterest

Reddit

Shuttershock

IMG / Endeavor

Netflix

Sovereign Films

Accenture

Mining and minerals Tier 2

Baker McKenzie's London mining team operates as part of the wider firm's global offering, and has historic strength in advising on international exploration and mining projects across the world. The practice's stellar client list also includes investors, traders, financiers and other key stakeholders, covering the full life cycle of mining projects. Recently, the group has been advising clients on the increasing demand for new battery materials and the impact of the ongoing energy transition. The practice added significant regulatory expertise during 2018 with the hire of Christopher Jones from the European Commission, where he had served as deputy director for energy, while former Clifford Chance LLP corporate partner Kathy Honeywood has also joined the team.

Key clients

Rio Tinto

Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden)

Nyrstar

Anglo Pacific Group

Anglo American

Vitol

Vale

Capital International

Talis Capital

Arcelor Mittal

BCM International Group

Liontaine Holdings Ltd

Arrium

MILPO

LafargeHolcim

Alamos Gold

Rio Tinto

Oil and gas Tier 2

The multi-disciplinary energy, mining and infrastructure team at Baker McKenzie covers corporate M&A, project development, project finance and dispute resolution, but also complementary areas such as tax and structuring, trade and compliance, cyber security, and regulatory and environmental law, among others. In recent highlights, the group advised Shell's New Energies division on its agreements to acquire 100% of sonnen, the German battery manufacturer and leader in smart energy storage systems for households. Key contacts include Richard Blunt, who specialises in M&A, joint ventures, private equity and project development, and Susannah DaviesKathy Honeywood and Christopher Jones joined the team from Clifford Chance LLP and the European Commission respectively.

Key clients

Vitol

Capital International

LafargeHolcim

Lightsource BP

Marubeni

Shawcor

ACCIONA Energía

Itochu

Shell

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 2

Baker McKenzie advises a diverse client list of pension trustees and sponsors on the full range of issues relating to their schemes. Practice head Jeanette Holland and senior counsel Robert West are leading figures in the non-contentious space, leading the team on matters including high-value buy-ins and buy-outs, longevity swap transactions, complex funding arrangements, corporate acquisitions and scheme closures. The firm’s litigation team, meanwhile, covers the full range of pensions-related disputes, including regulatory investigations, Pensions Ombudsman complaints (including resolving member disputes), breach of contract claims, professional negligence cases and GMP equalisation issues.

Testimonials

A timely, commercial firm that knows the sector well

The team has excellent strength and depth and is able to provide genuine expertise in all areas of pensions litigation

The team at Baker McKenzie demonstrates excellent client service while always meeting deadlines

‘A very strong team with excellent communication skills’

Arron Slocombe is an excellent all-round lawyer, an extremely safe pair of hands and is excellent with clients

Robert West has exceptional knowledge and experience of a wide range of legal matters and always seeks to find a sensible solution to any issues that may occur

Robert West has years of experience and a practiced eye for the art of the possible

Tom McNaughton is quickly becoming a key player in the practice

Tom McNaughton is a keen team leader with good legal and strategic judgment

Key clients

Merchant Navy Officers Pension

Atos

Facebook

British American Tobacco

Panasonic

Dow Chemical

Alphabet (Google’s parent company)

Dr. Martens

Accenture

Lloyd’s of London

Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 2

Baker McKenzie advises a diverse client list of pension trustees and sponsors on the full range of issues relating to their schemes. Practice head Jeanette Holland and senior counsel Robert West are leading figures in the non-contentious space, leading the team on matters including high-value buy-ins and buy-outs, longevity swap transactions, complex funding arrangements, corporate acquisitions and scheme closures. The firm’s litigation team, meanwhile, covers the full range of pensions-related disputes, including regulatory investigations, Pensions Ombudsman complaints (including resolving member disputes), breach of contract claims, professional negligence cases and GMP equalisation issues.

Testimonials

A timely, commercial firm that knows the sector well

The team has excellent strength and depth and is able to provide genuine expertise in all areas of pensions litigation

The team at Baker McKenzie demonstrates excellent client service while always meeting deadlines

‘A very strong team with excellent communication skills

Arron Slocombe is an excellent all-round lawyer, an extremely safe pair of hands and is excellent with clients

Robert West has exceptional knowledge and experience of a wide range of legal matters and always seeks to find a sensible solution to any issues that may occur

Robert West has years of experience and a practiced eye for the art of the possible

Tom McNaughton is quickly becoming a key player in the practice

Tom McNaughton is a keen team leader with good legal and strategic judgment

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Ashley Crossley heads the team at Baker McKenzie that specialises in complex cross-border structuring, asset protection and advice, particularly for major Middle Eastern clients and their family offices. It is advising on some of the latest developments in the holding and taxation of cryptocurrencies and in Bitcoin. The group has also seen a large increase in international taxation disputes, and work stemming from business and real-estate tax investigations and the cross-border exchange of information. Senior associate Phyllis Townsend is also recommended.

Testimonials

‘The team is extremely strong and very proactive. Its breadth of knowledge particularly in respect of the interaction of legal and tax issues and also the important cross-border aspects is second-to-none‘.

‘The team is always available to meet our deadlines and solves our issues and provides clear advice‘.

This practice is unique because the team responds very fast, right to the point, and provides clear and helpful advice‘.

‘Ashley Crossley is an experienced practitioner and heads an extremely capable team with every member contributing to the incredibly professional service‘.

Phyllis Townsend is a very knowledgeable lawyer and an impressive member of this team‘.

David Whittaker provides clear and timely advice. He is very approachable and proactive‘.

David Whittaker has a very strong grasp of the issues in complex trust, tax and cross-border matters and his attention to detail, approachability and commitment to resolving issues make him a very impressive practitioner‘.

Strong team that is well able to deal with very complex trust and beneficiary tax issues. Stand-out partner – Ashley Crossley. Stand-out associate – David Whittaker‘.

The team always looks for solutions to our problems’.

 

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology Tier 2

The Baker McKenzie team provides a blend of corporate, commercial and regulatory expertise to its healthcare clients backed by its extensive global network. Hiroshi Sheraton, who heads the sector group, provides deep experience of IP and regulatory regimes to global life sciences and pharma companies, and Jane Hobson focuses on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and other commercial transactions such as licensing and joint ventures. Duncan Reid-Thomas handles tech and IT-related commercial work including healthtech.

Key clients

GSK

IQVIA

Zimmer Biomet

CSL

Cochlear

Novo Nordisk

Shionogi

Deepmind (part of Alphabet Group)

AstraZeneca UK Ltd

Takeda

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 2

The energy, mining and infrastructure offering at Baker McKenzie covers all fuels and technologies from coal, electricity, and oil and gas-fired to nuclear, with particular recent activity in the solar, wind and biofuels fields. The firm also covers traditional long-term PPA-backed, PWPA-backed, tolling and merchant power models, base-load, mid-merit and peaking plants, cogeneration and captive plants. In recent highlights, the group advised Lightsource BP on the sale of seven solar farms to Blackrock Real Assets, and represented Japanese conglomerate Hitachi on its $11bn acquisition of Swiss engineering group ABB. Richard Blunt leads the London energy, mining and infrastructure group, Neil Donoghue heads up the global nuclear practice, and Marc Fèvre leads the global renewables group. Christopher Jones and Kathy Honeywood recently joined the team from the European Commission and Clifford Chance LLP respectively.

Key clients

Fiera Infrastructure

Lightsource BP

Marubeni

Kepco

EDF

Suez

Westinghouse

General Electric

ACCIONA Energía

Itochu

Marguerite Fund

Hitachi

Shell

Ellomay Capital

InfraRed Capital Partners

Engie

POSCO

Tax litigation and investigations Tier 2

Baker McKenzie fields a multi-disciplinary team of lawyers, economists and accountants who advise on a range of tax disputes matters, often for well-known international corporates.   Nigel Dolman leads the transfer pricing disputes offering in London, with Jessica Eden taking the lead for corporate tax disputes and David Jamieson heading the VAT disputes practice. Both Eden and Jamieson were promoted to partner in June 2018. The team is well placed to advise clients on cross-border and multi-jurisdictional tax disputes, drawing on Bakers' strong global office network.

Testimonials

Approachable and knowledgeable, the team are very hands on and responsive

Jessica Eden is extremely hard-working and efficient; Mark Delaney is very smooth and calm in a crisis; David Jamieson is very knowledgeable and down to earth

The firm can get a team together at very short notice and deliver high quality, commercially realistic advice, while managing clients and tight deadlines

Key clients

Accenture

Baker Hughes

Belron Autoglass

Core Media

Electronic Arts

Hutchison 3G

Trade finance Tier 2

The trade and export finance practice at Baker McKenzie, which sits in the firm's banking group, climbs the rankings. It acts for financial institutions, corporates and government entities in financings throughout the EMEA and CIS Regions, as well as Latin America. It focuses predominantly on commodities and infrastructure financings, including transactions in the transport and telecoms sectors. It regularly handles multi-sourced financings, including ECA-backed facilities, in which it acts for both ECAs and arrangers. In the current climate, the firm's highly-rated sanctions practice is closely involved with the activities of the trade finance team. 'It is able to leverage its wide network of international offices to provide expert local law advice on issues as they arise, which is particularly beneficial in the inherently cross-border area of trade finance', remarks one client. Practice head Nicholas Tostivin and rising star senior associate Luka Lightfoot are the standout practitioners in London.

Testimonials

‘Nicholas Tostivin is recommended for his strong support in difficult negotiations, his understanding of the wider commercial context and his willingness to go the extra mile when needed.’

‘Luka Lightfoot is an excellent senior associate. His combination of technical ability across trade finance products, general market knowledge and understanding of our place within that market makes him stand out amongst other senior associates I have worked with.’

‘Senior associate James Clarke is very responsive to client demands, and has a very in-depth knowledge of supply chain finance and receivables products.’

‘The firm provides good continuity to help us manage the documentation of successive transactions. It also shows good responsiveness and meets demanding timescales when needed, with a flexible approach in difficult negotiations.’

‘Luka Lightfoot stands out for his work ethic, grasp of detail, and his ability to keep calm and produce high-quality work under pressure.’

‘The practice demonstrates a very personal and practical approach, keeping us updated on legal matters which affect our business and always being willing to meet and discuss points of interest.’

‘The firm took a very pragmatic and “hands-on” approach, ensuring that the deal was concluded within a reasonable time frame.’

‘Luka Lightfoot always demonstrates a very professional attitude and is extremely knowledgeable and is very “hands-on”; his expertise and willingness to get involved was most appreciated and it is doubtful that the transaction would have closed in such good time without the involvement of someone with his calibre.’

‘Associate Adam Gardener is very knowledgeable and  practical in offering helpful advice when needed.’

‘Baker McKenzie has a lot of experienced lawyers, a worldwide presence and a wide range of expertise in various sectors.’

‘The practice is really proactive, solution-oriented and very friendly; it is nice to work with them and Luka Lightfoot was instrumental in closing a recent large landmark transaction in Africa with us in a record time.’

‘Excellent attention to detail and the availability of the team is consistent and reliable.’

Key clients

Macquarie

Bayerische Landesbank

ING

UK Export Finance

Water Tier 2

Baker McKenzie has a long history of involvement in the development of water and waste projects. The firm regularly advises bid leaders, construction companies, consortium partners or their lenders in many large P3 projects, including resolving disputes in the sector. Also notable is the group's extensive experience with structuring outsourcing and public private partnership contract arrangements and experience with water and wastewater outsourcing contracts, including involvement with municipal water outsourcing projects. The wider group was recently strengthened by the hire of Kathy Honeywood from Clifford Chance LLP and regulatory expert Christopher Jones from the European Commission.

Key clients

Suez

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 3

Led by Nicholas TostivinBaker McKenzie's banking and finance team has increased bandwidth and critical mass with which to serve a balanced roster of corporates, lenders and sponsors by virtue of a number of hires in 2018, including leveraged finance expert Matthew Cox from Ropes & Gray LLP. The team is particularly accomplished at handling multi-jurisdictional mandates where it is able to tap into expertise across its broad-ranging international network. Particular areas of strength include work within the emerging markets, including Turkey and Sub-Saharan Africa where, in addition to work for commercial banks, it also benefits from a strong relationship with UK Export Finance.

Testimonials

The team is quick to understand commercial priorities whilst providing full information of legal implications of commercial decisions.

The practice is keen to get to know its clients and to build expertise very quickly.

Key clients

Macquarie

Bayerische Landesbank

ING

UK Export Finance

Investec

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 3

Baker McKenzie acts for large financial institutions and has a highly rated investigations practice. The firm's well-known administrative and public law team also assists the practice when acting for significant public and regulatory bodies in the banking sector. Co-head of the global financial institutions disputes group, Hugh Lyons, has extensive experience of high-profile and high-value banking and finance disputes, and much of his work arises from disputed financing transactions, restructuring and insolvency, fraud, and financial misconduct. Jonathan Peddie was recently appointed as the firm's global head of financial institutions. Other names to note are the 'top-qualityEdward Poulton and Francesca Richmond, while Marc Florent, who specialises in all contentious aspects of structured finance and insolvency, recently joined from Allen & Overy LLP.

Testimonials

Hugh Lyons is appreciated for his willingness to be consulted for strategic advice on an ad hoc basis.

Ed Poulton is extremely bright – an absolute delight to work with. Clients love him and he knows how to run a big case as well as anyone.

Key clients

AFEX Markets and Associated Foreign Exchange Limited

Standard Chartered Bank

JP Morgan Suisse

TMF Structured Finance

Dubai Islamic Bank

Landesbank Baden-Wurttemberg

Debussy DTC

ICICI Bank (Singapore Branch)

Construction: contentious Tier 3

Baker McKenzie's contentious team represents employers, consortium partners, contractors and subcontractors domestically and internationally. The team is led by Steve Abraham who acts across for mining companies, power utilities and oil and gas companies, displaying a breadth of practice; he works alongside Kate Corby, who specialises international arbitration relating to construction and engineering. Abraham also serves on the firm's global dispute resolution steering committee.

Key clients

Suez

Itochu Corporation

Marguerite Fund

Anaklia Development Consortium

Edwardian Group

Maybank

Marubeni Corporation

Global Port Holdings

First State Investments

Contruction: non-contentious Tier 3

Baker McKenzie's non-contentious team has two key areas of focus: acting for employers/owners on heavy engineering and process plant projects; and working on the development of commercial, residential and industrial buildings. The team is led by Steve Webster who specialises in project development and construction law with decades of experience advising contractors, owners and lenders. A recent highlight involving advising CIMB Bank, Maybank and a consortium of lenders on the financing and redevelopment of Battersea Power Station.

Testimonials

‘Experience, skills in communication and the ability to quickly understand issues.’

‘Immediate responses and action given when required. Able to appreciate and adapt to differing cultures.’

Key clients

Porsche Cars Great Britain Limited

Maybank

Marubeni Corporation

Global Ports Holdings

First State Investments

Fiera Infrastructure

Posco

KEPCO

AlTaaqa Alternative Investments

Liontaine Holdings Ltd / Alliance Altyn

Derivatives (including commodities) Tier 3

Baker McKenzie's structured capital markets group has a strong reputation in complex cross-border transactions in the areas of securitisation, structured finance and derivatives. It is also a leading adviser on corporate trust matters in securitisation and other structured transactions. Its diverse client base includes international financial institutions and multinational corporates seeking to fund assets originated in multiple jurisdictions, as well as individual counterparties, among which are leading buy-side market participants. Its derivatives work includes highly complex transactions and esoteric and bespoke structured deals. Corporate trust partner Simon Porter leads the group but leading light Matthew Dening, who joined in 2018 from Sidley Austin LLP, is global chair of the firm's derivatives practice. Dening focuses his practice primarily on the structuring and regulation of cross-border structured finance transactions involving derivatives, repos and securities lending. Phung Pham , who sits on the firm's global derivatives steering committee, handles a broad range of transactional and regulatory matters.

Testimonials

‘The team delivers a very quick turnaround with excellent communication between team members, practical advice and a focus on keeping the costs down.’

‘Matthew Dening and associate Iolie Calochristos are hands on in the service they provide. They have an exceptional level of knowledge and the suggestions they provide are truly very commercially-oriented.’

Key clients

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

BNP Paribas

Bondholders

Citi

Deutsche Trustee Company Limited

Finalbion

First Rand

GLAS

HSBC

ING

Intertrust

Law Debenture

Link Asset Services

Lucid

Natixis

Natwest Markets

The Bank of New York Mellon

The Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi

TMF

US Bank

Equity capital markets – mid-large cap Tier 3

Baker McKenzie's ECM team is defined in part by its ability to assist the firm's expansive international network, which acts alongside the London office to service clients throughout the EMEA region. Headed by Adam Farlow, the EMEA capital markets group has a particular focus on issuer clients, where it has experience of high-profile equity deals in various emerging markets and fundraisings for biotech companies in the Nordic and Benelux markets. Moreover, the team has shown signs of growth and investment over the past couple of years; it has started acting for more and more underwriter clients, and, in terms of personnel, has brought on multiple new lawyers, including US securities practitioner Megan Schellinger from Linklaters LLP.

Testimonials

Seamless cross-border collaboration.

The team is accommodative and friendly, and very well versed in the content matter.

Key clients

BGEO Group plc

Turkven

Port of Tallinn

Navya

Bygghemma Group

Carnegie Investment Bank

JSC Georgia Capital

Fintech Tier 3

Baker McKenzie's fintech team act for banks, financial services companies, fast-growth companies and technology companies, advising on corporate matters, product and platform launches in the UK and EU, regulatory compliance in relation to instruments such as MiFID 2 and PSD2, all aspects of blockchain related projects, and other key issues such as IP, data protection and tax. The firm's blockchain expertise is considerable, spanning payments, banking, insurance and wealth management, crypto-assets and tokenization. Practice head Sue McLean is the group's primary blockchain expert and regularly advises clients on outsourcing, technology procurement, development and licensing, cloud computing, AI, data privacy and cyber security. Caitlin McErlane and Philip Annett joined the firm's partner roster in 2019, bringing to the team expertise in trading platforms and regulatory enforcement, respectively.

Key clients

Ebury

Bitfury

Deposit Solutions

HSBC

Veridium

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) Tier 3

Baker McKenzie impresses with its broad and international practice, which covers various industry sectors. The team, which is led by Mike Webster, regularly advises on transactions, the commercial aspects of projects and portfolio management. It is particularly experienced in financing matters, as well as in equity structuring, capital raisings and foreign investments. Marc Fèvre specialises in project development, financing and secondary market transactions. Another area of expertise is the resolution of infrastructure-related disputes; Steve Abraham and Kate Corby are the highlighted key contacts in such contentious matters. Tim Sheddick left for Shearman & Sterling LLP in December 2018.

Key clients

First State Investments

Fiera Infrastructure

Suez

Itochu Corporation

Marguerite Fund

Anaklia Development Corporation

Inter Terminals Ltd

UK Export Finance

Standard Chartered Bank

Macquarie

BBGI

Bayern CN

ACCIONA

AMP Capital

Antin

CDPQ

Edwardian Hotels

Bayern CN

Intellectual property Tier 3

The 'knowledgeable, personable and efficient' team at Baker McKenzie has a breadth of expertise across brand protection matters, patent litigation and transactional advice, with particular experience in the consumer goods and retail, TMT, healthcare and industrials sectors. The team also benefits from a strong media and technology practice, led by Ben Allgrove, which handles copyright and online provider liability issues. Practice head Michelle Blunt assists clients with a range of IP transactions, while recently promoted partner Jessica Le Gros leads the trade mark team. Other names to note include Michael Hart , who handles soft IP matters, and patent litigator Hiroshi Sheraton, who focuses on the healthcare and life sciences sectors.

Testimonials

The  team is knowledgeable, personable and efficient’

Key clients

Abbott

Christie’s

Cochlear

Google

Hitachi

HSBC

JCB (J. C. Bamford Excavators Ltd)

L’Oreal

Swarovski

PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 3

Baker McKenzie fields a highly international caseload and manages the extensive global trade mark portfolios of several major corporations from its London office. Expertise includes representation in registry disputes, an area of particular growth for the practice, and strategic advice on rebranding projects and product roll-outs. Michelle Blunt directs the intellectual property practice and Jessica Le Gros is the head of the trade marks team.

Testimonials

Fast, efficient and pleasant to deal with.

Key clients

Abbott

Christie’s

Cochlear

Google

Hitachi

HSBC

JCB (J. C. Bamford Excavators Ltd)

L’Oréal

Swarovski

Real estate funds Tier 3

Fund sponsors, institutional investors and financial institutions all feature on Baker McKenzie's varied client roster, which has seen significant expansion in the last year. On the institutional investor side, the firm boasts some particularly strong relationships with sovereign wealth funds. The investment funds department assists clients with a range of fund structures, such as blind pool funds, club deals, co-investments, consortium arrangements and managed accounts. Work highlights have been marked by a  recent resurgence of acquisitions and disposals of fund and asset management firms. James Burdett, who acts as team head, was especially active this year on consortium and co-investment instructions. Mark Simpson is the name to note for fund regulatory issues.

Key clients

Edmond de Rothschild/Orox Europe

Government Pension Fund of Thailand

Employees Provident Fund of Malaysia

GIC

The Townsend Group

Invesco

Harwood Capital

Oddysean Capital

Temasek

Structured products and securitisation Tier 3

At Baker McKenzie, 'the team is excellent - its advice is practical and its level of service is superb'. The firm climbs the ranking having built up its capability with senior hires in 2018. Simon Porter leads the structured capital markets practice and the firm's market-leading corporate trust group. Matthew Dening joined from Sidley Austin LLP to chair the firm's derivatives group, which handles a significant flow of structured products work. Michael Doran, who acts for private equity and credit funds, sovereign governments, investment banks, state-owned entities, supranational banks and multinational corporations, joined from White & Case LLP. Newly promoted partner Jeremy Levy and associate Sarah Porter are ones to watch. The firm regularly handles complex cross-border transactions and bespoke structured deals for corporates, financial institutions, funds, trustees, corporate service providers, rating agencies and platform providers involving auto loans, residential mortgages, real estate, SME loans, consumer loans, trade receivables and payment obligations.

Testimonials

“Simon Porter and his team consistently offer excellent, practical advice and I particularly value the long-term view they take of our relationship.”

Key clients

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

BNP Paribas

Bondholders

Citi

Deutsche Trustee Company Limited

Finalbion

First Rand

GLAS

HSBC

ING

Intertrust

Law Debenture

Link Asset Services

Lucid

Natixis

Natwest Markets

The Bank of New York Mellon

The Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi

TMF

US Bank

Acquisition finance Tier 4

Increasingly well-hedged across both creditor and debtor-side mandates – particularly in light of the arrival at the beginning of 2018 of high-quality sponsor-side leveraged finance practitioner Matthew Cox from Ropes & Gray LLP – Baker McKenzie advises on a range of cross-border matters. The 'technically capable and commercialMatthew Smith's broad-ranging expertise includes direct lending work, and he recently advised new client Ares on the financing to facilitate Macquarie and MML Capital Partner's successful bid for ParkingEye from Capita.

Testimonials

The firm has wide-ranging expertise, which means that you are always able to obtain quality advice irrespective of the transaction sector.’

The exceptionally strong Matthew Smith is commercial and technically strong.

Key clients

Macquarie

Bayerische Landesbank

ING

UK Export Finance

UBS

Ares Management

Adient Plc

Commercial litigation Tier 4

Baker McKenzie is 'a truly international law firm with its international offices working closely together to provide a seamless litigation service for clients'. It regularly advises on high-stakes disputes, particularly in multi-jurisdictional contexts; and the commercial litigation practice is supported by niche expertise in fraud, and corporate, shareholder and post-M&A disputes. John Leadley leads the global dispute resolution practice group, which also fields Hugh Lyons, Francesca Richmond and Charles Thomson.

Testimonials

The team is very well resourced, with top partners supported by very able associates‘.

One highly noticeable trait is that this seems to be a very happy place to work‘.

John Leadley is a senior litigation partner, who is right at the top of his game; his judgement is always right on the money and he commands great loyalty from his team and peers at other law firms‘.

Hugh Lyons continues to stand out in this area; he is tactically astute, commercial and realistic‘.

Charles Thomson is dynamic and technically excellent‘.

Key clients

Bidcorp

Dubai Islamic Bank

Edwardian Hotels Group

Fedex

ICICI Bank

L’Oréal

Mitsubishi Electric

Standard Chartered Bank

The Walt Disney Company

Commercial property: retail Tier 4

Clients recommend Baker McKenzie for its ‘global coverage’, ‘extremely responsive team’ and ‘commercial advice’. The team is particularly well-regarded for investment matters, handling finance, structuring, documenting, development and divestment matters in addition to the negotiation of joint ventures. Overseas inbound investment is also a strength with the highly recommended Stephen Turner recently advising Asian investor Far East Consortium on the acquisition of a £200m development site in Manchester. Specific expertise is also held in relation to the European rollout of US and other international retail groups, while the practice also supports corporate occupiers on leasing, transactions, developments, planning and dispute resolution matters, among others. Justin Salkeld is another standout name and heads the hotels and leisure offering. He is an expert on the acquisition, development, operation and disposal of hotel assets. His team is also engaged for employment, IP, tax, environment, franchise and construction-related instructions.

Testimonials

‘The best for the level of services they provide, the competence, the assistance in each European country and the sense of urgency they put in each deal’.

‘Stefanie Price is great and makes the client feel as though they are getting the best service’. 

‘Global coverage, extremely responsive, ability to provide support and guidance across all business functions for completely different platforms and models. Excellent teamwork and resources within the organization to provide the best outcome in cross functional situations.’

‘Very responsive – the team offers advice that is straightforward, pragmatic and commercial’.

‘Stefanie Price is highly organised and ensures that momentum is maintained on all matters. She involves Stephen Turner whenever appropriate to get a second point of view or additional seniority.’

Key clients

Tapestry, Inc.

Michael Kors

Motorola

De Grisogono

Competition litigation Tier 4

Led by global competition litigation head Francesca Richmond, the team at Baker McKenzie draws upon the expertise of the firm’s economics department. This additionally expands the scope of the department's offering in criminal and civil cartel matters, individual and class action litigation, predatory pricing matters, and contentious competition issues arising from corporate transactions. Assisting both claimants and defendants, the group is increasingly receiving instructions concerning cross-border matters. Keith Jones is also a key figure on the team.

Key clients

Unichem Laboratories

Niche Generics

International arbitration Tier 4

Baker McKenzie is known for handling complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes. Its areas of expertise include financial, M&A and construction arbitrations; the firm has expanding energy, mining and infrastructure dispute practices, and its regional experience includes the Middle East, the CIS and Africa. Steve Abraham leads the EMEA dispute resolution practice, and Edward Poulton is particularly noted for financial services and M&A-related disputes. Andy Moody and Kate Corby are also highly regarded, while Judith Mulholland and Richard Molesworth are experienced associates.

Key clients

Shell

Kaztransgas

Standard Chartered Bank

Bidcorp

Dubai Islamic Bank

Mitsubishi Electric

Ultra Electronics

Taiwan Business Bank

Daily Mail General Trust

Edwardian Hotels Group

M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+ Tier 4

Baker McKenzie advises clients on public and private M&A, as well as private equity investment into portfolio companies. The global reach of the firm allows it to manage complex multi-jurisdictional transactions, with offices in the US assisting in transatlantic matters and European and Asian offices also regularly involved in work coordinated from the London office. The firm is highly noted for its capabilities in emerging markets transactions, channelled along core sector lines of consumer, industrials, pharmaceuticals and TMT. The corporate practice is headed by Mike Webster, while Helen Bradley and Jane Hobson oversee the public and private M&A groups respectively. Bradley, who heads the corporate finance group, has a strong focus on FIG-related matters, while. Hobson is noted for her extensive healthcare sector experience. Jannan Crozier is especially experienced in cross-border M&A, and complex carve-outs in particular, having. The firm hired Kathy Honeywood from Clifford Chance LLP, whose expertise lies in the energy, mining and infrastructure, and Peter Lu from White & Case LLP, who leads the firm's China group from London.

Testimonials

‘Global reach with a broad spectrum of expertise; a one-stop shop. Fantastic’

‘Baker McKenzie has an unrivalled geographic reach which it has now succeeded in pairing with a consistent service level between offices.’

‘The firm is commercial, pragmatic and solution orientated. I am also impressed by the diversity of the work force in London, which is a strength and a differentiator.’

‘Great technical and commercial skills – I would rely on these individuals over many I have worked with in the magic circle’

‘Helen Bradley is excellent at looking at the bigger picture. She has a strong work ethic and is responsive and patient.’

‘Helen Bradley  is passionate, easy to work with, pragmatic and highly responsive. She understands the commercial drivers of the transaction and has an extraordinary ability to spot potential de-railers in advance.’

‘Jannan Crozier thinks outside the box to ensure that our business needs are met. She is best in class’

Key clients

GSK

Unilever

LafargeHolcim

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets Europe

Cargill, Inc.

Emerson Electric Co.

Fedex

BP

Rio Tinto

Walgreens Boots Alliance

Accenture

Platinum Equity

S&P

Westinghouse

Bitfury

Zayo Inc.

Private equity: transactions – high-value deals (£250m+) Tier 4

Deal teams at Baker McKenzie are focused around the firm's key industry verticals such as life sciences, TMT, infrastructure, energy and resources, industrials and financial services. This sector focus means partners are able to provide full insight into specific business-critical issues relating  to the relevant industry. Carve-outs constitute a significant source of work for the team, which counts Bluegem and Core Equity among new clients. In a key $2.1bn deal, Karen Guch advised long-standing client Platinum Equity on its acquisition of the diabetic devices business LifeScan from Johnson & Johnson. Head of team David Allen is recommended, as is CVC and KKR relationship partner Charles Whitefoord.

Key clients

Platinum Equity

Bain Capital

Macquarie

APAX

CVC

The Rohatyn Group (formerly called CVCI)

Whitehelm

Investcorp

Nordic Capital

KKR

Bluegem Capital

Core Equity

Property finance Tier 4

Baker McKenzie is noted for its strength in cross-border property finance transactions, particularly involving pan-European portfolios. The firm acts for a number of banks and alternative lenders, and has seen an increase in work from Asian investors into the UK. The team also advises on restructuring issues, mezzanine structures, acquisition and development finance, and CMBS and RMBS matters, and has a specialism in hotel financing, both in the UK and abroad. Practice head Sebastien Marcelin-Rice has particular expertise in advising on UK deals involving foreign assets.

Testimonials

Baker McKenzie has a very proactive team with good internal communication.  It is a well-stacked team – there is never any shortage of capable lawyers.

Sebastien Marcelin-Rice takes the initiative and is particularly knowledgeable in respect to France and Italy.

The team members are all very approachable, capable and active in building a strong REF practice.

Sebastien Marcelin-Rice excels at navigating through complex legal issues and coming up with effective and creative solutions to challenging problems, all whilst keeping a cool head. He is very accessible and a good communicator. His language skills are also very impressive and are extremely useful when dealing with complicated cross-border European issues.

Key clients

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg

CIMB Bank Berhad

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Public international law Tier 4

Baker McKenzie has significant experience acting for corporations and investors in disputes against states and state-owned entities in investment treaty arbitration under UNCITRAL and ICSID rules. The practice has a notable focus on disputes involving oil and gas, acting for oil majors, service providers, and sovereign states and entities. Edward Poulton focuses on investment-related arbitration and also advises on public international law issues arising from financial crises, regulatory changes or international instruments.

Testimonials

Edward Poulton is a high-quality, truly professional arbitration specialist, based in London and capable of handling all types of commercial and PIL disputes‘.

Edward Poulton – brilliant lawyer with a practical, business-oriented approach.

Key clients

United Nations Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

KazTransGas

Scottish Government

Financial services: contentious Tier 5

Baker McKenzie 's financial services team is part of the firm's wider banking & finance practice, which also covers work including acquisition finance and project finance matters, in addition to regulatory and financial disputes work.  In the payment area the firm acts for a range of clients including banks, card issuers and acquirers, as well as payment institutions and e-money issuers, notably in relation to cross-border issues. Mark Simpson leads the team and specialises in multijurisdictional matters related to new product offerings, conduct of business issues, prudential requirements and regulatory reform. The contentious practice is integrated with the non-contentious regulatory department and works across a range of banking and financial services disputes, FCA enforcement cases and internal and external investigations; Jonathan Peddie is well regarded in this area. The  overall finance team has been strengthened by the arrivals of structured finance transactions expert Matthew Dening, who joined the firm from Sidley Austin LLP; Philip Annett, who joined from Allen & Overy LLP and has notable regulatory experience, including stints at the SFO and FCA; and Caitlin McErlane, who arrived from Sidley Austin LLP and specialises in advising fund managers. Arun Srivastava left for Paul Hastings LLP in 2018.

Testimonials

‘Mark Simpson is a standout’

Key clients

Landesbank Baden-Wurttemberg

Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 5

Baker McKenzie 's financial services team is part of the firm's wider banking & finance practice, which also covers work including acquisition finance and project finance matters, in addition to regulatory and financial disputes work.  In the payment area the firm acts for a range of clients including banks, card issuers and acquirers, as well as payment institutions and e-money issuers, notably in relation to cross-border issues. Mark Simpson leads the team and specialises in multijurisdictional matters related to new product offerings, conduct of business issues, prudential requirements and regulatory reform. The contentious practice is integrated with the non-contentious regulatory department and works across a range of banking and financial services disputes, FCA enforcement cases and internal and external investigations; Jonathan Peddie is well regarded in this area. The  overall finance team has been strengthened by the arrivals of structured finance transactions expert Matthew Dening, who joined the firm from Sidley Austin LLP; Philip Annett, who joined from Allen & Overy LLP and has notable regulatory experience, including stints at the SFO and FCA; and Caitlin McErlane, who arrived from Sidley Austin LLP and specialises in advising fund managers. Arun Srivastava left for Paul Hastings LLP in 2018.

Key clients

JCB

Private funds Tier 5

Strong relationships with key sovereign wealth funds are the hallmark of the investment funds practice at Baker McKenzie, which has a well-balanced approach to GP and LP representation. The firm has added a number of new clients to its roster and handled a number of matters, including acquisitions and disposals of funds and asset management firms. Highlights include James Burdett and his team  advising Mitsubishi UFJ Trust & Banking Corporation on its acquisition of Colonial First State Global Asset Management from Commonwealth Bank of Australia for $2.9bn with the help of the firm's Tokyo and Hong Kong offices. Mark Simpson is the name to note for funds regulatory work.

Key clients

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Government Pension Fund of Thailand

Employees Provident Fund of Malaysia

GIC

Arcus Infrastructure Partners

Mitsubishi UFJ Trust & Banking Corporation

Harwood Capital

Oddysean Capital

Japan Bank for International Cooperation

Allianz Capital Partners

Immigration

Baker McKenzie's global immigration and mobility team is regularly engaged by multinational companies on a broad range of issues, and is well-versed in advising on the cross-border movement of talent at all levels. The practice handles complex matters such as the movement of board directors, specialist staff, other senior executives, and their dependants. It is also instructed by high-net-worth individuals, well-known musicians, actors, sports personalities and leading businesspeople. The London team is able to draw on the wider firm's global network of offices, and its wider employment team, to support clients on cross-border strategies. 'Impressive' senior associate Tony Haque is the key member of the London team.

Testimonials

‘The team is very experienced.’

‘It is capable, responsive and approachable.’

Tony Haque is impressive; he is very knowledgeable and responsive.’

Bahrain > Banking and finance (including Islamic finance) Tier 1

Baker McKenzie's skillset in this space covers project finance, Islamic finance, capital markets and securities. Practice head Ian Siddell is particularly strong in project finance mandates. Another key figure is Julie Alexander, who is notable for project, Islamic and corporate finance. Also recommended are Nick Church and Mohsin Iqbal, who both have broad expertise in project and Islamic finance. Fatima Alhasan was recently promoted to partner and is very experienced in project finance. Senior associate Nadeem Kunwar, who is experienced in project and Islamic finance is another name to note. Bilal Kahlon left the firm.

Key clients

The Oil and Gas Holding Company

Bahrain National Gas Company

Arab Banking Corporation

ABC Islamic Bank

Gulf International Bank B.S.C

Al Rajhi Banking & Investment Corporation

Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C (Alba)

Bahrain Islamic Bank B.S.C

Arab Bank plc

Ahli United Bank B.S.C

The Saudi National Commercial Bank

United Steel Company

The Bahrain Petroleum Company B.S.C

National Bank of Bahrain

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The Lex 100 Verdict

Baker McKenzie's 'recent growth in transactional practices' in particular excited many respondents. In addition to the 'international capabilities, exciting clients and high-quality transactional work', the global firm's feedback was littered with praise for its commitment to diversity and inclusion. These are 'not just buzzwords but a cultural ethos that everyone believes in', which explains the firm's Lex 100 Winner medal in the inclusiveness category. Impressively, Baker McKenzie has earned a further two Lex 100 Winner gongs in the vacation scheme and international secondments arenas. Indeed, 'a three-month secondment to Hong Kong' was singled out as a best moment, with the experience described as 'great exposure to top-class clients and work'. Back in the London office, thanks to a relatively small trainee intake, recruits are 'recognised as individuals' and are granted 'more responsibility and ownership of work' from an early stage. Moreover, 'people give honest feedback and help you develop as a lawyer and member of the firm'. Baker McKenzie 'stands out in terms of collegiality' and trainees appreciate the 'respect for work/life balance', where colleagues 'understand that you want to have a life in the evening and at weekends'. This does, however, vary according to department, with instances of 'working until 3am on a Friday having worked late for two weeks straight' not unheard of. A few respondents mentioned that the office building 'needs a revamp', but it is our understanding this is already underway. If a 'truly global firm' which boasts an 'excellent client list' but which also has a 'genuine commitment to making a career in law more accessible' appeals to you, research Baker McKenzie.