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Brown Rudnick LLP
8 CLIFFORD STREET
LONDON
W1S 2LQ
England

Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 2

Brown Rudnick LLP has a focus on M&A within the technology sector and related innovative areas, such as advanced life sciences and climate tech. The team acts on a range of complex cross-border matters, involving both private and public companies. Practice head Mark Dorff , a dual-qualified practitioner in Massachusetts and England and Wales, supports banks, fiduciary businesses and other financial service providers. Tim Davison and Lena Hodge are further important members of the team, with the latter also taking up the position as lead of the firm’s equity capital markets group. Neil Foster, also chair of the global technology group, is renowned for his work within the TMT corporate space. Philip Watkins departed for Withers LLP in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Mark Dorff

Other key lawyers:

Lena Hodge; Neil Foster; Tim Davison; Tom Braiden

Testimonials

‘I particularly like their ability to focus on what matters and not make a meal of peripheral issues.’

‘Neil Foster is a very reassuring presence who deals calmly with difficult situations and people.’

‘Tim Davison is a very careful and thorough corporate lawyer who does not miss a trick.’

Key clients

RealVNC

BioGaia

Victoria Plc

Summit Trust Holdings Limited

Green Steam Holdings Ltd

Channel 4

Deepbridge Capital LLP

Iceotope Technologies Ltd

Coinfirm Ltd

Aviva

Work highlights

  • Advised RealVNC, a leading provider of remote access software, on its sale to Livingbridge.
  • Represented BioGaia in the acquisition of its St. Louis-based distributor in a move that strengthens the Swedish biotech company’s market position in the US.
  • Advised on the acquisition by Victoria Plc of all of the issued and outstanding stock of Cali Bamboo Holdings, Inc.(in the US).

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 2

The ‘legally and strategically astute‘ team at Brown Rudnick LLP has a comprehensive offering which spans civil fraud, criminal and regulatory mandates. Acting for both claimants and defendants, the cases often involve Russian and other CIS countries. It deals with pursuing domestic and international freezing and search orders and asset tracing issues. Neil Micklethwaite is often sought out by financial institutions and funds while Jane Colston is considered a ‘superb litigator‘. Olga Bischoff has experience with offshore jurisdictions and associate Jessica Lee is often involved in financial services litigation. Neill Shrimpton leads the dispute resolution practice.

Practice head(s):

Neill Shrimpton

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘One of the best commercial, financial and fraud litigation teams in London. With all the weight and resource of an American/international law firm behind them, BR’s litigators are regularly instructed in the most important cases of the day and achieve stellar results for their clients, often against the might of much larger outfits. Incredibly nice to work with, too, which gives them a distinctive edge over many of their rivals.’

‘Great engagement.’

‘A formidable team who work their cases really well.’

‘Neil Micklethwaite – inspires confidence in his clients and understands the tactics of his cases.’

‘Legally and strategically astute. User-friendly and collaborative. Very commercial.’

‘Jane Colston. One of the best fraud lawyers in the London market. Superb litigator.’

‘Olga Bischoff – a thoughtful and thorough lawyer who has particular expertise in dealing with foreign clients.’

‘Neill Shrimpton immerses himself in the detail of his cases and is excellent at spotting the point that may win a case.’

Work highlights

  • Representing the defendant, a Russian businessman and deputy chairman of OJSC PhosAgro, against a former business associate alleging he is entitled to a shareholding in PhosAgro based on a series of arrangements in Russia in the 1990s and various alleged oral representations.
  • Representing the Fifth Defendant in a claim brought by a Russian individual who formerly advised the First Defendant and various companies associated with the Fourth Defendant on Russian tax issues, and a company of which he is the sole shareholder.
  • Representing the 7th Defendant in proceedings in the Commercial Court brought by two Russian banks.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 3

The ‘exceptional’ team at Brown Rudnick LLP is led by Peter Bibby, a market veteran with over 30 years of experience under his belt; he routinely caters to banks, asset managers, mortgage businesses and insurance brokers, in addition to a plethora of individuals, and is supported by Chloe Pawson-Pounds, an up-and-coming partner with an extensive track record in FCA investigations.

Practice head(s):

Peter Bibby

Other key lawyers:

Chloe Pawson-Pounds; Ian Weinstein

Testimonials

‘My experience with the team at Brown Rudnick has been exceptional. Their in-depth knowledge in the law surrounding the financial services is nothing short of stellar. The team’s collaborative knowledge, network and skill sets make Brown Rudnick the only choice for anyone looking to resolve their legal issues with the peace of mind knowing they have a powerful legal team behind them.’

‘Ian Weinstein worked tirelessly to help me with a legal issue from a regulator. His knowledge of the law in the financial services combined with the direct access to the team at Brown Rudnick and their valuable input and advice helped address all issues with crystal clarity breaking down each and every point that had been raised. The time Ian spent with me to understand my business model in detail felt like he cared more than other firms I had previously engaged with.’

‘Brown Rudnick are really really good in financial services cases. They put their clients at ease and work really hard and carefully for their clients.’

‘Peter Bibby – a financial services and banking guru. Chloe Pawson-Pounds – a hardworking, thoughtful and astute financial services litigator. Ian Weinstein – assesses his cases with care and is excellent at working out strategic angles.’

‘Strong practice in Peter Bibby.’

‘Peter Bibby is knowledgeable and forensic, and fights for his clients.’

Corporate and commercial > Venture capital Tier 3

Maintaining strong transactional traction within the life sciences space (one of the firm’s core overarching areas of sector strength) but also increasingly active for investors and investees on tech and energy transition matters, Brown Rudnick LLP has significant visibility in the market throughout the funding life-cycle (where it is able to add value by virtue of its concomitant IP and licensing expertise). Neil Foster has been one of the chief architects of broadening the firm’s offering (following his relatively recent move from Baker Botts (UK) LLP) in light of his company side expertise on cleantech matters, and on the investor front, for his corporate venturing knowledge. Foster co-heads the team alongside Mark Dorff, whose dual UK and US qualification (and ability to leverage the firm’s broader US network of offices) is a value add to his life sciences client base on transatlantic deals.

Practice head(s):

Mark Dorff; Neil Foster

Other key lawyers:

Tom Braiden; Tim Davison; Sage Revell; Nick Davies; Tobias Plowman

Testimonials

‘Sage Revell is particularly good – she is diligent, which gives reassurance as a client that one is in very good hands.’

Key clients

Ananda Impact Fund IV GMBH & Co KG and BGF Investments LP

Bio-Rad Laboratories

Clustermarket

Coinfirm

Energy Innovation Capital

Green Steam

Hoxton Ventures

mOm Incubators

Novaliq

Innovation World Limited

Foundation Capital

Recycling Technologies Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Coinfirm, an industry-leading blockchain analytics and anti-money laundering solutions platform, on an $8m Series A funding round with investment from five venture capital funds.
  • Represented Bio-Rad Laboratories, an American developer and manufacturer of specialized technological products, in connection with its $8m investment into ODx Innovations Limited by way of convertible loan split into two tranches.
  • Advsed the co-lead investors (and other participating investors) on a Series A investment round for Closed Loop Medicine Ltd.

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 4

Brown Rudnick LLP‘s banking litigation team is described by one client as ‘one of the best commercial, financial and fraud litigation teams in London’. The team is led by Neill Shrimpton and draws on the expertise of Neil Micklethwaite, who is active in complex commercial disputes and fraud cases, and Jane Colston, who often acts for international companies and national governments. The team is a conflict free, dispute resolution group and has acted against banks including Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank.

Practice head(s):

Neill Shrimpton

Other key lawyers:

Neil Micklethwaite; Jane Colston; Peter Bibby; Jessica Lee

Testimonials

‘One of the best commercial, financial and fraud litigation teams in London. With all the weight and resource of an American/international law firm behind them, Brown Rudnick’s litigators are regularly instructed in the most important cases of the day and achieve stellar results for their clients, often against the might of much larger outfits. Incredibly nice to work with, too, which gives them a distinctive edge over many of their rivals’

‘Jane Colston  – brings a laser-focus to strategy and tactics in the most complex cases. Very highly experienced. The most committed solicitor I have had the pleasure to work with, her drive is always to achieve the very best result for her client. I have seen her go back to an opponent time after time, month after month, to ensure that the client’s goal is achieved. Jess Lee – a rising star. A keen eye for detail, superb litigation knowledge and experience, and always the brightest attitude and mode of communication’

‘Brown Rudnick are excellent litigators who understand the technicalities of the Banking and Financial Services World.’

‘Peter Bibby – a financial services and banking guru.’

‘Neill Shrimpton is very good, pragmatic, sensible.’

Key clients

Investors in Barclays Shares v Barclays PLC

Various Investors v RSA Insurance Group Limited

Group of Shareholders v Standard Chartered Plc

Mikail Shishkhanov

Work highlights

  • Acting for a group of around 200 institutional investors against Barclays Plc (“Barclays”) in claims under sections 90 and 90A of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. The group claims damages in excess of GBP 110 million arising from their reliance on alleged untrue and misleading statements and omissions in the Defendant’s published information, alternatively alleged dishonest delay in publishing relevant information.
  • Acting for a group of institutional shareholders against RSA Insurance Group plc, in claims under section 90A of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. The claims relate to untrue or misleading statements and omissions in the Defendant’s published information and/or dishonest delay in publishing relevant information.
  • Acting for a group of around 230 institutional investors against Standard Chartered Plc (“SCB”) in claims under sections 90 and 90A of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. The group claims damages in excess of GBP 450 million.

Industry focus > TMT Tier 4

Neil Foster heads up Brown Rudnick LLP‘s technology and innovation team, which advises clients in a range of sectors including the IT, energy transition, digital and mobile health, fintech, data analytics, and life sciences industries. Corporate expert Tim Davison is a key contact for clients seeking advice on complex cross-border transactions and investment, while Steven James is a key contact on IP issues.

Practice head(s):

Neil Foster

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

RealVNC

Libertine Holdings PLC

Coinfirm

WANdisco Plc

Green Steam Holdings Ltd

Excalibur Healthcare Services Limited

Timecode Systems

Clustermarket

Hoxton Ventures

Foundation Capital

Lyst

Wirex

Work highlights

  • Advised RealVNC, a leading provider of remote access software, on its sale to Livingbridge, mid-market private equity investors.
  • Advised Libertine, a developer of Linear Generator technology, on its £9m IPO.
  • Advised Coinfirm, an industry-leading blockchain analytics and anti-money laundering solutions platform, on a $8m Series A funding round with investment from five venture capital funds.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 6

Brown Rudnick LLP fields a ‘formidable team‘ of ‘legally and strategically astute‘ litigators. The group’s cross-border expertise is illustrated by practice head Neill Shrimpton ‘s regular activity in Caribbean offshore jurisdictions, and by Neil Micklethwaite ‘s stellar track record of CIS-related work. For civil fraud cases, Jane Colston  is the name to note.

Practice head(s):

Neill Shrimpton

Other key lawyers:

Neil Micklethwaite; Jane Colston; Olga Bischof; Jessica Lee

Testimonials

‘One of the best commercial, financial and fraud litigation teams in London. With all the weight and resource of an American/international law firm behind them, BR’s litigators are regularly instructed in the most important cases of the day and achieve stellar results for their clients, often against the might of much larger outfits. Incredibly nice to work with, too, which gives them a distinctive edge over many of their rivals.’

‘Jane Colston brings a laser-focus to strategy and tactics in the most complex cases. Very highly experienced. The most committed solicitor I have had the pleasure to work with, her drive is always to achieve the very best result for her client. I have seen her go back to an opponent time after time, month after month, to ensure that the client’s goal is achieved.’

‘Jessica Lee has a keen eye for detail, superb litigation knowledge and experience, and always the brightest attitude and mode of communication.’

‘First class US firm. In depth knowledge of commercial litigation.’

‘Neil Micklethwaite is the man you want on your side.’

‘A formidable team who work their cases really well.’

‘Neil Micklethwaite – inspires confidence in his clients and understands the tactics of his cases. Olga Bischof – a thoughtful and thorough lawyer who has particular expertise in dealing with overseas clients. Neill Shrimpton – immerses himself in the detail of his cases and is excellent at spotting the point that may win a case.’

‘Superb team of professionals. Legally and strategically astute and very team-orientated/collaborative and commercial.’

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 7

Brown Rudnick LLP advises clients in the creative, luxury, hospitality and leisure sectors on a range of issues including brand strategies, licensing and commercial agreements, franchising work and collaborative ventures. The team is led by Steven James, who maintains a focus on new and emerging technologies. Ruth Arkley also focuses on innovative technologies as well as data protection work; she made partner in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Steven James

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Team is very reliable – Always available to answer questions and take calls as short notice. Partner engagement/involvement. Steven James is particularly excellent.’

‘Steven James has been a reliable adviser for us for many years, and he continues to go above and beyond what is needed to deliver clear and accurate advice.’

Key clients

Crombie

Excalibur Healthcare

Wirex

Lyre’s

The Design Museum

Small Luxury Hotels of the World

Lyst

Victoria PLC

Bitrise

Clearcast

Midatech Pharma PLC

Work highlights

  • Acting for Excalibur Medicines Limited and Excalibur Vaccines Limited, advising on a series of commercial, R&D/collaboration, investment and licensing agreements relating to the development and testing of a therapeutic and vaccine cocktail to tackle Covid-19.
  • Represented Wirex in its High Court trade mark infringement claim against Cryptocarbon Global Ltd, Cryptocarbon UK Ltd and Bee-One UK Ltd, in respect of the unauthorised use of Wirex’s registered trade mark, CRYPTOBACK.

Brown Rudnick is an international law firm that serves clients around the world from offices in key financial centers across the United States and Europe. We combine ingenuity with experience to achieve great outcomes for our clients in high-stakes litigation and complex business transactions. We deliver partner-driven service; we incentivize our lawyers to collaborate in the client’s best interest; and we put excellence before scale, focusing on industry-driven, client-facing practices where we are recognized leaders.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
CEO & Chairman Vincent Guglielmottivguglielmotti@brownrudnick.com212.209.4880
Managing Director, Corporate & Capital Markets Department Mark Dorffmdorff@brownrudnick.com44.20.7851.6005
Managing Director, Dispute Resolution & Restructuring Department Sunni Bevillesbeville@brownrudnick.com617.856.8475
Managing Partner, Europe Neil Micklethwaitenmicklethwaite@brownrudnick.com44.20.7851.6086
Chief Marketing Officer Julia Bennettjbennett@brownrudnick.com202.536.1784

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