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Brown Rudnick LLP

8 CLIFFORD STREET, LONDON, W1S 2LQ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7851 6000
Fax:
Fax 020 7851 6100
Web:
www.brownrudnick.com

London: Corporate and commercial

Financial services
Financial services contentious - ranked: tier 3

Brown Rudnick LLP

Brown Rudnick LLP continues to 'be on the up' as a result of a growing team which most notably recently welcomed the arrival of the 'excellent' Jamie Symington  from the FCA. Now with four partners at its disposal, the team has the strength-in-depth to handle a significant volume and variety of regulatory enforcement action/investigations for both individuals and institutions. 'Very experienced and tenacious' team head Peter Bibby recently secured a favourable settlement for a UK asset management firm in an FCA investigation into alleged front office failings which made the firm vulnerable to an attempted fraud worth around $120m. 'A pleasure to work with', junior partner Chloe Pawson Pounds is also gaining an excellent reputation in the market and is advising a former senior executive of a major UK bank in relation to an FCA investigation into the bank’s treatment of customers and the associated conduct of the executive and certain other members of the bank's senior management.

Leading individuals

Peter Bibby - Brown Rudnick LLP

Next generation lawyers

Chloe Pawson-Pounds - Brown Rudnick LLP

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M&A: smaller deals up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals up to £50m - ranked: tier 1

Brown Rudnick LLP

The team at Brown Rudnick LLP¬†is led by Mark Dorff, who specialises in complex cross-border transactions. Lena Hodge¬†is experienced in advising public and private companies and US sponsors on IPOs and secondary fundraisings and M&A, among other matters; she recently acted for Victoria plc, an international designer, manufacturer and distributor of floor coverings, on its ‚ā¨274m acquisition of Keraben Grupo, a ceramic tile manufacturer based in Spain, as well as its ‚ā¨56.5m acquisition of Italian company Ceramiche Serra. Sophie McGrath, who focuses particularly on the venture capital and private equity sector, and Nicholas Vasquez, who regularly handles M&A transactions for real estate and private equity funds, particularly in the hospitality industry, are also noted members of the team.

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 3

Brown Rudnick LLP

Headed by Mark Dorff, Brown Rudnick LLP 's 'excellent' venture capital team handles work across the investment lifecycle for investors and investees in the life sciences, technology and impact investment sectors. Leveraging its significant US presence, the firm excels at advising on cross-border mandates, be it on behalf of foreign investors investing into a UK structure or where UK or European companies are looking to raise funds, commercialise or exit abroad. Led out of London by Sophie McGrath and also including significant corporate and tax input out of New York, the team recently advised big data tech start-up, Knowhere Limited, on its successful move to the West Coast of the US to further expand its company (having previously raised funds in the UK). McGrath has also developed a particular niche in relation to impact investment matters including her recent work for   LGT Venture Philanthropy on its Series F-2 investment into M-KOPA, a renewables energy company providing solar energy in Kenya as an alternative to kerosene. Nicholas Vasquez also regularly handles venture capital work as part of his broader corporate and private equity offering; he recently acted for Gilo Industries Group and its founder on the issue of shares and investment into the company by Kuang-Chi Group, a Chinese disruptive technology group and secondary purchases of shares by Kuang-Chi and current shareholder, Abu Dhabi-based Emirates Advanced Investments Group. Other clients include FLOWERBX, Gilde Healthcare Partners, Impact Ventures and VideoDoc.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 4

Brown Rudnick LLP

Brown Rudnick LLP's 'truly inspirational‚Äô general crime team consists of ‚Äėformidable practitioners‚Äô headed by the ‚Äėcompletely brilliant‚Äô Mark Beardsworth. The firm represents professionals, high-net-worth families and celebrities in a range of crime matters including historic child sex abuse, sexual assault and data protection offences. Recent cases include evasion of value-added tax (VAT), tax fraud and money laundering.

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Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 3

Brown Rudnick LLP

‚ÄėSolid, unflappable, with wonderful international reach‚Äô Brown Rudnick LLP¬†is ‚Äėhighly client¬†focused‚Äô. It is adept at handling cases of complex fraud and regulatory disputes spanning multiple jurisdictions. The firm recently acted for Threadneedle in defence of a $125m claim in the High Court brought to companies within the Otkritie Group relating to fraud and deceit and vicarious liability. ‚ÄėVery highly regarded‚Äô Neil Micklethwaite¬†heads the team, supported by Jane Colston¬†who is ‚Äėfierce, super-efficient, indefatigable and a winner‚Äô. Jamie Symington¬†joined as partner from the FCA where he was head of investigations. Anupreet Amole¬†joined as counsel from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Chloe Pawson-Pounds, Ravinder Thukral¬†and Olga Bischof¬†were all promoted to partner. Jean-Fran√ßois Le Gal¬†left the firm.

Leading individuals

Jane Colston - Brown Rudnick LLP

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Fraud: white-collar crime
Fraud: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 1

Brown Rudnick LLP

‚ÄėVery supportive, responsive and technically competent‚Äô Brown Rudnick LLP¬†offers ‚Äėpractical, no nonsense, easy to understand advice‚Äô. Key active clients include a trader charged in the¬†Euro Interbank Offered Rate (EURIBOR) investigation, Rolls Royce senior individuals, a senior individual at Tesco, a senior Partner for Unaoil, a senior individual from Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) and senior individuals at Barclays in relation to the Barclays Qatar investigation. Head of team Mark Beardsworth¬†is ‚Äėan outstanding strategist and very well connected‚Äô. ‚ÄėPersonable, engaged, knowledgeable¬†and effective‚Äô Tom Epps¬†‚Äėpours his heart and soul into his cases and achieves fantastic results‚Äô. Anupreet Amole¬†joined as counsel from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP¬†and Chloe Pawson Pounds¬†was promoted to partner.

Leading individuals

Mark Beardsworth - Brown Rudnick LLP

Tom Epps - Brown Rudnick LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 4

Brown Rudnick LLP

Brown Rudnick LLP 'delivers impressive response times and very accurate and straightforward answers to all queries; the team is also analytical in research and business oriented, and has a good understanding of clients' needs'. The conflict-free team regularly acts in complex, global disputes against major financial institutions, multinationals and sovereigns. It acted for a wealthy Kuwaiti family in proceedings in the Commercial Court against Credit Suisse (UK) and Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) in relation to mis-sold structured capital-at-risk products.  Neil Micklethwaite is head of international disputes Europe; and Jane Colston is 'to the point, calm and aggressive when needed, and always has very good knowledge of the case she is in charge of - she makes clients feel safe'. Other recommended names are Neill Shrimpton, Christian Toms and Nicholas Tse, who divides his time between London and Paris. Ravinder Thukral, Chloe Pawson-Pounds  and Olga Bischof were made partners; counsel Anupreet Amole was hired from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Gerald Byrne is a key associate. Jean-François Le Gal left for Pinsent Masons LLP.

Leading individuals

Jane Colston - Brown Rudnick LLP

Next generation lawyers

Gerald Byrne - Brown Rudnick LLP

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 5

Brown Rudnick LLP

Brown Rudnick LLP's 'solid, unflappable practice has wonderful international reach and deep inter-disciplinary resources to back the front-line litigation team'. It is experienced in commercial litigation and arbitration as well as criminal and regulatory investigations. It successfully acted for VR Global Partners, a Cayman-based investment fund and claimant in a tripartite dispute with Exotix Partners and CVI EMCVF Lux Securities Trading; the dispute arose out of a back-to-back trade of Ukrainian debt. Neil Micklethwaite is head of international disputes Europe; Jane Colston is 'everybody’s favourite litigator owing to her genuine care and loyalty, whilst in action she is fierce, super-efficient, indefatigable and a winner'; and Neill Shrimpton has extensive experience of litigating in offshore jurisdictions such as the BVI, Cyprus and Dubai. Other key names include Christian Toms, Chloe Pawson-Pounds, Ravinder Thukral and recently promoted Olga Bischof.

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London: Real estate

Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 4

Brown Rudnick LLP

The team at¬†Brown Rudnick LLP¬†has been bolstered by the arrivals of¬†Louisa Watt, who joined from¬†Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP¬†in February 2018 and now co-heads the practice with¬†Tuvi Keinan, and¬†Agnes Abosi, who joined from¬†King & Wood Mallesons¬†in March 2017. Among other highlights, the team acted for Queensgate Investments on its¬†‚ā¨215m multiple facility refinancing in relation to the acquisition of youth hostel chain Generator Hostels from Patron Capital, and advised private equity investment firm Catalyst on its disposal of commercial real estate company Geneba Properties to Singaporean property company Frasers Centrepoint for¬†‚ā¨364m.¬†Omega Poole,¬†Elena Rey-Sabinina¬†and¬†Nicholas Vasquez¬†are also key members of the team.

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 2

Brown Rudnick LLP

The ‚Äėhighly regarded‚Äô practice at¬†Brown Rudnick LLP¬†is adept at handling joint US/UK investigations with a particular focus on the financial services sector. The firm continues to act for a top-tier UK university on various issues such as data protection breaches and mis-use of confidential data and intellectual property (IP) rights by a former employee. It is also advising a firm of accountants on anti-money laundering rules. Head of team Mark Beardsworth¬†is ‚Äėa highly experienced adviser¬†to senior industry directors‚Äô. Tom Epps¬†is ‚Äėnot one to follow the pack and considers carefully his decisions before delivering creative solutions‚Äô. Peter Bibby¬†is also recommended. Anupreet Amole, who is ‚Äėparticularly impressive and has excellent industry awareness‚Äô, joined as counsel from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 5

Brown Rudnick LLP

Brown Rudnick LLP's intellectual property group acts for a client roster that includes Dean & DeLuca and Novaerus Patents.  Alexander Carter-Silk heads the practice alongside Thomas Meyers, who specialises in the life sciences sector.  Steven James has particular expertise handling matters relating to new and innovative technologies. The team was strengthened with the arrival of commercial technology and privacy specialist Mark Lubbock from Ashurst.

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