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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Governor’s House
5 Laurence Pountney Hill
EC4R 0BR
England

Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing Tier 1

The team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP acts for a range of household name clients and high-profile operators seeking licensing advisory services, including national supermarkets, hotel groups, and restaurants. The team also offers licensing advice to large developments in the residential, leisure, and retirement accommodation spaces, such as obtaining shadow licences. The broad practice handles alcohol and gambling licensing, as well as any commercial and IP issues that may arise alongside. Solicitor advocate Jeremy Bark heads up the practice following Craig Baylis's departure to Kingsley Napley LLP. With over 20 years' experience, Bark regularly works with key clients such as Tesco and Marriott Hotels on a range of matters.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Bark

Key clients

Marriott Hotels

Bvlgari Hotels

Cottons Restaurants

Tesco

Avant Restaurants

Inamo

Old Fountain

ITV

Cottons

Darbys

Projects, energy and natural resources > Water Tier 1

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP‘s energy, environment and infrastructure team has a track record of advising clients on key water-related issues, ranging from project development to regulatory issues. The firm advises both domestic and international clients on a variety of complex matters and counts a number of major water companies among its clients, including Thames Water and Northumbrian Water. The team is led by Andrew Hockley, a regulation specialist who is primarily based in Sydney, and London partner Aidan Thomson, who provides advice to stakeholders in regulatory and contentious water matters. James Good is recommended for clients seeking to undertake major water infrastructure developments. James Parker specialises in regulatory and planning issues.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Hockley; Aidan Thomson

Other key lawyers:

James Good; Roger Cohen; James Parker; Alan Gutteridge

Testimonials

“Nice people who are easy to work with. They take time to understand your team and business, which means they can provide a better service.”

“James Good is always there when you need him and he has a good team under him.”

“Roger Cohen offers the best full solicitor service to major ratepayers concerned with their rateable values.”

“Roger Cohen has an excellent commercial, practical mind. He has considerable strategic and tactical acumen. His questions are usually the most penetrating.”

“The team is extremely knowledgeable and respected in this field. The lawyers have a wealth of experience and give confident and clear legal advice. I find BCLP lawyers really approachable and quick to respond too, which is appreciated with busy and fast moving projects.”

“James Parker is approachable and pragmatic, he provides clear and commercial legal advice and knows the industry extremely well. As a client he’s a pleasure to work with – he is always quick to respond and make my life easier, ensuring clear cost visibility and control.”

Key clients

Thames Water

Tideway

Port of London Authority

Northumbrian Water

Equitix Infrastructure Investments Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advising Tideway on the development of the £4.2 billion Thames Tideway Tunnel.
  • Advising on the on the £800m bid for the United Utilities project HARP (The Haweswater Aqueduct Resilience Programme).

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 1

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP‘s impressive and diverse real estate offering ranges from day-to-day asset management to complex high-value regeneration projects. Its client base consists of domestic and international clients and covers both traditional and alternative asset classes. In the residential investment and development market, the group remains at the forefront of the BTR sector, with Andrew Yates continuing to lead in this area. Practice co-head Chris de Pury, Chris Rowe, and Liana Hewson have been heavily involved in advising on sustainable developments while Matthew Peel focuses on transactions in the healthcare and senior living sectors. Elsewhere, Claire Milton advises on lettings and corporate real estate deals. Co-head Sam Narula's experience includes investment work for private equity funds and HNWIs while Celia Berg has a strong student accommodation practice. Alan Wight, Robert MacGregor, Emma La Wita and Juliet Thomas are part of the corporate occupier team that is known for handling high-value pre-letting transactions.

Practice head(s):

Chris de Pury; Sam Narula

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Yates; Robert MacGregor; Chris Rowe; Liana Hewson; Matthew Peel; Ruth Miller; Celia Berg; Claire Milton; Alan Wight; Juliet Thomas; Chris Rowe; Emma Le Wita

Testimonials

‘Chris Rowe is accessible and provides sensible advice.’

‘Juliet Thomas has the ability to consider and support non-standard structures.’

Key clients

Landsec

GHS Limited Partnership (JV between GPE and HKMA)

WR Berkley Group

Delancey

Canary Wharf

Argent/Kings Cross Central Limited Partnership

JP Morgan Asset Management

Axioma Inc

Lothbury Investment Management

Derwent

Work highlights

  • Acting for longstanding client, Landsec, on its London portfolio. Having acted on the first phase of Nova, which is 897,000 sq ft mixed use scheme, the firm was instructed on the subsequent phases and, in particular, the delivery and pre-letting of n2 which will provide a further 162,000 sq ft of office space to the Nova scheme. The firm acted on all aspects of the redevelopment project Lucent, 144,000 sq ft, mixed used scheme located behind the iconic Piccadilly Lights, and are now instructed in relation to the pre-letting of the scheme.
  • Advised the GHS Limited Partnership, a 50:50 joint venture between Great Portland Estates (GPE) and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), on a pre-let of approximately 60,000 square feet of space on their Hanover Square Estate to international investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co Partners (KKR) and Glencore. The building will provide a total 127,600 sq ft of office space and 2,300 sq ft of retail space and incorporate the eastern entrance to the new Bond Street Crossrail station.
  • The team, led by partner Chris Rowe have advised Argent and KCCLP on all of the office developments at King’s Cross, comprising more than 15 new office buildings totaling in excess of 2m square feet. Deals have included pre-lets of 3 whole buildings to Facebook which completed in 2021 (totaling over 611,000 square feet of office space), pre-lets of building S1 to Nike and Sony which completed in 2021 and pre-lets of whole buildings to Google, Universal Music and Havas Media. The firm continues to act on the ongoing development of Google’s new flagship headquarters which is under construction, having acted on this since 2012. In 2021 the firm advised on the development and financing of Argent’s new 170,000 sq ft flexible working space at King’s Cross Central.

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 1

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP‘s impressive and diverse real estate offering ranges from day-to-day asset management to complex high-value regeneration projects. Its client base consists of domestic and international clients and covers both traditional and alternative asset classes. In the residential investment and development market, the group remains at the forefront of the BTR sector, with Andrew Yates continuing to lead in this area. Practice co-head Chris de Pury, Chris Rowe, and Liana Hewson have been heavily involved in advising on sustainable developments while Matthew Peel focuses on transactions in the healthcare and senior living sectors. Elsewhere, Claire Milton advises on lettings and corporate real estate deals. Co-head Sam Narula's experience includes investment work for private equity funds and HNWIs while Celia Berg has a strong student accommodation practice. Alan Wight, Robert MacGregor, Emma La Wita and Juliet Thomas are part of the corporate occupier team that is known for handling high-value pre-letting transactions.

Practice head(s):

Chris de Pury; Sam Narula

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Chris Rowe provides pragmatic commercial advice.’

‘Proactive, thoughtful; they push beyond standard legal services by creating unique networking opportunities. Active within industry lobbying initiatives. Personable and creative.’

‘I’d like to highlight Andrew Yates as being particularly insightful and creative. He is also an person with many outside interests which adds to the richness of his perspective.’

‘This team’s grip and understanding of complex transactions with multiple counterparties and multiple issues to be managed is quite exceptional. The capability of the associates has meant that they have achieved this while keeping the cost within manageable limits.’

‘The team has a good breadth of speciality knowledge – covering a broad range of areas. They collaborate well which is helpful to us as client as it ensures we get well rounded advice.’

‘Consistently excellent. Great depth in team capability – junior associates are as impressive as senior associates or partners providing confidence and helping to manage costs.’

‘This is a team which has strength across the board and a commitment to real estate beyond any other firm.’

‘Claire Milton is very good, she always gets involved and is really keen to ensure that the outcome for you as a client is as good as it possibly can be.’

Key clients

Landsec

Federated Hermes

Oxford Properties

R&F Properties

CC Land

Transport for London

Ballymore

Argent/Kings Cross Central Limited Partnership

University of Cambridge

Get Living

Quintain

Hines

AGR Renewables

Gent Fairhead

GPE

Riverstone

Elwood IM and Schroder’s Special Situation Fund

TFL – Connected Living

Work highlights

  • Advising Excel Winner, a joint venture between R&F and CC Land, in relation to its development at One Thames City in Nine Elms, one of the largest residential schemes in the UK.
  • Advised Ballymore on the £1.7bn development of Ladbroke Grove.
  • Advising King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP) led by Argent (as the development/asset manager for the King’s Cross estate) in relation to the ongoing regeneration of the 67 acre King’s Cross scheme, one of the largest regeneration schemes in Europe.

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 1

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP ‘s impressive and diverse real estate offering ranges from day-to-day asset management to complex high-value regeneration projects. Its client base consists of domestic and international clients and covers both traditional and alternative asset classes. In the residential investment and development market, the group remains at the forefront of the BTR sector, with Andrew Yates continuing to lead in this area. Practice co-head Chris de Pury, Chris Rowe, and Liana Hewson have been heavily involved in advising on sustainable developments while Matthew Peel focuses on transactions in the healthcare and senior living sectors. Elsewhere, Claire Milton advises on lettings and corporate real estate deals. Co-head Sam Narula‘s experience includes investment work for private equity funds and HNWIs while Celia Berg has a strong student accommodation practice. Alan Wight, Robert MacGregor, Emma La Wita and Juliet Thomas are part of the corporate occupier team that is known for handling high-value pre-letting transactions.

Practice head(s):

Chris de Pury; Sam Narula

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Exceptional market knowledge from a legal perspective but also from an investor’s position is unsurpassed. Innovations include excellent networking initiatives and a willingness to role sleeves up on industry lobbying initiatives which has helped to establish the build to rent asset class.’

‘Innovative, creative, thoughtful, one step ahead of others, industry leader, personable, approachable.’

‘Fully engaging, “in the market”, informed and well-connected. BCLP provides an innovative approach to market collaboration through regular sector – specific events of varying nature and scales. One example of which is the annual BtR dinner hosted by Andrew Yates and his team. The event is always well-attended by the most influential client organisations across the industry.’

‘Andrew Yates is stand-out, prolific in his field, widely respected, and an excellent lawyer. Most importantly, Andrew is passionate about his subject; the Build to Rent sector. Andrew goes above and beyond to navigate this significant yet still relatively nascent market in the UK. He does so in a way that is engaging, fun and entirely unique.  Andrew should be recognised as a stand-out expert in his field.’

‘Enthusiastic and more commercially aware than most lawyers.’

‘Know where to focus their time, don’t clock up hours on topics that have no impact on value.’

‘Technical knowledge is a given, coupled with unrivalled understanding of the client and principles and processes that matter to the client. Able to resource client requirements more than adequately for significant transactions be they complex or high value urgent or larger longer term projects’

Key clients

Northwood Investors

Magdalen College, Oxford University

KKR

Unite

Landsec

Federated Hermes

Oxford Properties

Ares

Tristan Capital Partners

Edge Technologies

Henderson Park

WR Berkeley

Ballymore

Investcorp

Capital Industrial

BlackRock

LaSalle Investment Management

Brydell Partners

KWAP

Crosstree Real Estate Partners

Zetland Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised WR Berkley Insurance on the indirect sale of the Scalpel building for c£720m to Ho Bee Land Limited, a Singaporean property investment company.
  • Advised leading global investment firm KKR on four major transactions in 2021, across a range of sectors: the £291 million sale of five major student housing developments across the UK to Greystar Real Estate Partners LLC; their first investment in a new, £1.7 billion build-to-rent joint venture platform with Apache Capital. Moda Living will develop and operate the sites across the UK which, in time, are expected to deliver up to 4,000 homes; their subsequent investment into a further joint venture with Moda aimed at building up to 5,000 homes using an innovative “condensed amenity” private rental sector development model; and their acquisition of the iconic Heal’s store on Tottenham Court Road, London.
  • Advised European PERE group, Tristan Capital Partners, on the acquisition, joint venture and management arrangements in relation to the Point A hotel portfolio from Wellcome Trust and Queensway for circa. £420 million. The portfolio comprises 1,521 rooms across ten operational hotels together.

Real estate > Planning Tier 1

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP’s pre-eminent planning practice has a strong track record in handling NSIPs as well as major development schemes. The firm acts for prominent developers, investors and major infrastructure providers. Tim Hellier and Christian Drage, who have vast experience in major public and private infrastructure, lead the planning and zoning practice. Other highly experienced partners include Tim Smith, who is a former chair of the Law Society’s Planning and Environment Committee, and James Good, whose expertise includes projects in the water and waste-water field; Good also sits on the National Infrastructure Planning Association national legislation committee. The team also includes Giles Pink, whose focus is on planning in relation to highways and compulsory purchases in complex mixed-use regeneration and infrastructure schemes.

Practice head(s):

Tim Hellier; Christian Drage

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Heathrow Airport Limited

Lendlease

National Grid

Landsec

Bazalgette Tunnel Limited (t/a Tideway)

Grosvenor

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Precis Holdings

Tenacity

C.GEN Killingholme

Deliveroo

Work highlights

  • Advising Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield on its Stratford site as part of a £670m scheme that will be one of London’s largest single-site built to rent and a site in White City (Westfield London) development which is now moving into the residential phases.
  • Advising Lendlease on its £5.8bn redevelopment around Euston Station.
  • Advising National Grid on its electricity transmission project to connect power along the UK’s eastern coast which will require some 170km of new powerlines and associated assets running through sensitive geographies.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

The practice at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP has a sizeable team, with expertise in complex lease disputes, restrictive covenant cases and landlord and tenant matters. Akhil Markanday, an expert in joint venture and sale and purchase related disputes, leads the practice. Roger Cohen is well versed representing clients before the Supreme Court. Michael Metliss regularly advises institutional landlords such as Hermes, BlackRock and Tesco Pensions. Rebecca Campbell is noted for representing high profile clients before both the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

Practice head(s):

Akhil Markanday

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The advice is practical, commercial and honest. They respond very quickly and are very attentive.’

‘Akhil Markanday is simply the best. He is hardworking, focused, resolute when necessary and a great negotiator. He always understands the client’s position, even when there is emotion involved.’

‘Extremely responsive team who make you feel you are an important client. Very professional and a well balanced team with a high level of experience and expertise.’

‘The individuals I work with here are specialists in the field of Rights of Light. They also understand not only how to provide the correct interpretation of the law in this niche subject matter, but are also able to assist, advise clients and their advisors on how best to manage these risks.’

‘Other than their own skills set and specialist subject matter knowledge, they are are approachable, organised, pragmatic, realistic, attainable and most of all they are complete professionals.’

‘Akhil Markanday is brilliant, really great guy and brilliant lawyer.’

‘Rebecca Campbell is a real rising star. Very intelligent and really gets to the heart of the matter.’

‘An excellent understanding of the law enables this team to contribute to appeal strategy. They also conduct effectively appeals involving a number of different disciplines.’

Key clients

National Grid

Ballymore

Landsec

Aviva

Tesco

BlackRock

Lodha

Grosvenor

BDO Stoy Hayward

Hermes

Nike Inc

Derwent London

Work highlights

  • Acted for Lodha Developers 1GSQ Ltd in a dispute concerning the termination of a £100m+ penthouse sale contract in its new luxury 1 Grosvenor Square development.
  • Acted for St Martins Property Investments Limited in a dispute heard by the Upper Tribunal, concerning the imposition of a telecoms access agreement.
  • Acted for US fashion brand Eileen Fisher on its exit from the UK property market as a result of the impact of Covid-19 restrictions and forced closures of its UK business.

Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts Tier 2

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP’s commercial transaction department handles the full breadth of strategic commercial arrangements, technology deals, sourcing matters and supplier arrangements for a roster of household names clients including Estee Lauder and the Clorox Company. The group specialises in the firm’s wider sector focus areas, which span the technology, financial services, sport, media, retail and hospitality industries. Richard Shaw leads the technology and commercial transactions team, while Marcus Pearl heads up the technology and commercial team and Carol Osborne focuses on the luxury retail sector and leads the technology, commercial and government affair practice group.

Practice head(s):

Richard Shaw; Marcus Pearl

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Estee Lauder

The Clorox Company

Ultra-MTS

Tnuva Central Cooperative for the Marketing of Agricultural Produce in Israel

Carrefour

Work highlights

  • Advised Carrefour in relation to its long-term franchise arrangement with Electra Consumer Products and its subsidiary Yenot Bitan, which currently operates over 150 supermarkets in Israel.
  • Advised on a highly significant deal between The Clorox Company and e-commerce giant The Hut Group prior to the latter’s IPO.
  • Advised Ultra-MTS, a technology transport company, in connection with its development of a transport hub at the new International Airport at Chengdu, Sichuan, China

Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 2

Particularly dedicated partnerAlexander Keepin leads the Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP team and specialises in IPOs and secondary issuances on the Main Market and AIM. The ‘efficient, technically on point and very commercial’ practice is known for advising AIM listed clients and those looking to list on AIM. The firm provides global reach and notable expertise in the energy and natural resources sectors. Benjamin Lee is also recommended as ‘an extremely versatile adviser with the full range of skills across public markets and private M&A’.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Keepin

Other key lawyers:

Benjamin Lee; Nick Myatt; Kurt Ma; Marie Johnson

Testimonials

‘We consistently use the Corporate Finance team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner and they consistently provide an excellent service. The team are efficient, technically on point and very commercial. They are very much our trusted legal advisers. Work aside, they are also a personable team who we enjoy working with very much.’

‘We rate Ben Lee at BCLP very highly. He is commercial and an excellent lawyer. He is an extremely versatile adviser with the full range of skills across public markets and private M&A as well as private equity. We also work very closely with three other corporate partners, Nick Myatt, Kurt Ma and Marie Johnson who are all very good too.’

‘Very knowledgeable and experience team. Dedicated and highly available.’

‘Great human skills, pleasant to work with.’

‘We work regularly with Alexander Keepin on UK small cap energy & natural resources ECM transactions. They have a thorough grasp of the key issues and market practice, both issuer and bank side. Their client board portal is notably intuitive and user-friendly.’

‘Alexander Keepin is particularly dedicated partner in the space and can be relied upon to maintain a high level of partner involvement at all phases of a transaction.’

Key clients

Wheaton Precious Metals

Peel Hunt

Vision Blue Resources Ltd

Alkemy Capital Investments plc

Pensana Plc

Pantheon Resources

Ncondezi Energy

Trident Royalties

finnCap Ltd

i (x) Net Zero Plc

BMO Capital Markets Limited

Alkemy Capital Investments plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Trident Royalties Plc, the growth-focused mining royalty and streaming company, on four deals including the transformational acquisition of Gold Offtakes for $68m.
  • Advised Vision Blue Resources Ltd, a newly created battery commodity/resource-focused investment company, on its up to $12.6m investment in Ferro-Alloy Resources Limited.
  • Advised i(x) Net Zero PLC, the investing company which focusses on Energy Transition and Sustainability in the Built Environment, on its initial public offering on AIM.

Corporate and commercial > M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m Tier 2

A diverse roster of bluechip corporates turn to the ‘excellent‘ and ‘truly collaborative’ Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP for its capabilities in multi-jurisdictional transactions. The ‘astute and robust‘ practice head Benjamin Lee is particularly well-versed in financial services, real estate, and retail M&A, as well as high-profile takeover bids and strategic acquisitions in the online gaming sector. The scope of John Bennett’s mid-market expertise ensures that he is regularly engaged by a litany of European corporates, financial sponsors, and institutional investors, most recently for major property developers. Following his arrival from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP in June 2021, Jinal Shah has drawn significant praise from clients on account of the calibre of his infrastructure and TMT-focused practice, while Simon Beddow is European head of corporate and finance transactions. Marie Johnson is well regarded for her expertise in retail and online regulated sectors, while the dual-qualified (English and Australian) Andrew Hart is regarded as an ‘exceptional’ advisor in financial services transactions. Associate Indi Heire is also noted for her capabilities in infrastructure and renewable energy deals, while fellow associate Scarlett Evans is recommended for her experience in retail-driven matters.

Practice head(s):

Benjamin Lee

Testimonials

‘BCLP were excellent. Their M&A team understood us very quickly and were a joy to work with. The principal partner, Jinal Shah, was critical to the success of our transaction. He guided us through the transaction, was a source of a great deal of market knowledge and practice, as well as giving us unparalleled independent advice and ensuring we were well placed to make decisions etc, all within an extremely compressed time frame.’

‘Jinal Shah understood us and felt like part of our team very quickly. One of his strengths was his ability to co-ordinate many different specialisms and understand what we might need to know in order to inform our bid and positions. Ultimately we felt very supported and we could not have done it without him!’

‘The BCLP team are approachable and truly collaborative with their clients, but are also technical experts in their field. They offer a good value for money option for legal services, with a good understanding of their clients style and approach, complimented with real people that you want to work hard with and then celebrate the close of a deal with afterwards.’

‘BCLP have a diverse work force and are always willing to accommodate client requests to balance gender and diversity in the teams providing services to clients. It is refreshing to work with a law firm that enables its work force to have a work life balance and has understanding partners that appreciate their staff and clients have personal responsibilities outside of work.’

‘Andrew Hart is an exceptional corporate partner who really understands his clients and is always is available when needed. He has a very approachable and considerate manner, and becomes fully integrated into the client’s world as a key legal and business adviser. Andrew is a commercially astute and practical lawyer that offers good solutions to legal issues. He is true to his word on fee quotes and offers great value to the client.

‘Marie Johnson is an up and coming partner, who builds great rapport with her clients. She is sensible and practical in her negotiation and works well with the client team.’

‘Scarlett Evans is a very technical associate who provides sound advice to her clients. She works well with the client team and build strong relationships with different departments. She understand client concerns and provides practical solutions.’

‘Ben Lee is a very astute and robust corporate partner, who is also approachable and practical.’

Key clients

Kape Technologies plc

Playtech plc

BoxPark

Downing LLP

BGC Partners

Agilitas Private Equity LLP

KKR

ironSource

U+I Group PLC

STEF SA

Work highlights

  • Advised longstanding client Kape Technologies plc on its $936m acquisition of premium consumer VPN business ExpressVPN and on Kape’s associated $354m underwritten equity offering and $475m loan facilities.
  • Advised Playtech plc on the proposed sale of its financial trading division, Finalto; and on its agreed takeover by Australian company Aristocrat Leisure.
  • Advised the founder of BOXPARK on the recent investment by mid-market private equity firm Lloyds Development Capital.

Corporate and commercial > VAT and indirect tax Tier 2

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP handles contentious and non-contentious VAT and indirect tax work for both domestic and international clients, primarily in the real estate and construction sectors. The global tax practice is led by Elizabeth Bradley, who works with a mix of new and longstanding clients and sovereign wealth funds, while the 'masterfulAlan Sinyor is the firm's head of VAT - he has decades-long experience in VAT and indirect tax and has dual qualifications as a chartered accountant and barrister and solicitor. Kate Ison works exclusively in contentious tax.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Bradley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘We dealt with Alan Sinyor on a particular VAT matter. The whole matter went very smoothly from first contact until the end. He always responded in good time, we had a few phone calls with him where he heard our views and he was clear with his responses.’

‘Alan Sinyor stands out as a truly outstanding VAT advisor. He is always available to help us with our VAT issues. His technical skills are first rate and he is very client-friendly. I would recommend him to anyone and everyone.’

‘The team are very efficient and forthcoming and quick to respond.’

‘Alan Sinyor has been our adviser on various VAT issues. I found that Alan grasped the situation and came up with clear decisive and well thought through advise. Alan is forwarding thinking and outstanding in his clarity.’

‘Alan Sinyor leads the VAT team. He is exceptionally good – a real VAT veteran who looks at all problems from a creative perspective. The VAT team works well with the litigation team, deferring to them at appropriate statues in any dispute.’

‘Kate Ison is fiercely practical and not afraid to change tack if that is what the case requires. Many lack the courage to do so.’

‘Alan Sinyor has distinguished himself with extraordinary talents & decades-long experience in VAT & Indirect tax specialism. He has dual qualifications as a chartered accountant and barrister/solicitor. That certainly shine through the high confidence and sharp precision with which he delivers legal advice and technical expertise.’

‘Alan Sinyor is an expert VAT advisor whose advice is always practical, precise, timely and honest. His consistent professionalism, good judgement and collaborative nature have earned him the trust and admiration of our entire team.’

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 2

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP demonstrates strong capabilities in representing clients in cases of dishonesty, fraud or corruption. The firm can offer its own in-house forensic services team, forensic accountants and IT specialists, and is also actively incorporating legal technology. Practice head Segun Osuntokun is a key contact for state entities, international conglomerates, financial services institutions and high-net-worth individuals, and further specialises in advising issues involving Africa and developing nations. Andrew Tuson advises regulated clients in pursuing claims in connection with investment frauds. Graham Shear and senior associate Andrew Street are further integral team members.

Practice head(s):

Segun Osuntokun

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Down to earth, commercial good sense, attention to detail.’

‘An excellent all round team with great strength in depth.’

‘Segun Osuntokun – a master in everything he does. Peerless.’

‘Andrew Tuson – excellent technically, hardworking, great commercial acumen and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Rachel Ziegler is a great lawyer. She is good at drafting, has a strong knowledge of the law, and a strong sense for what will and will not work in Court.’

‘Andrew Tuson – very calm, incisive, decisive. Responsive to advice but applies independent judgment. Fights hard for the client.’

‘Rachel Ziegler – a brilliant lawyer who has great client handling skills.’

Key clients

BGC Partners

Asturion Fondation

Work highlights

  • Successfully advised an individual on their battle with two Lebanese banks who have been ordered by the court to transfer personal funds out of Lebanon.
  • Representing BGC Partners in respect of large-scale frauds perpetrated on BGC Partners by rogue employees.
  • Representing the Asturion Fondation in highly contested proceedings for the recovery of an ultra-high value property portfolio including property in London.

Dispute resolution > Competition litigation Tier 2

Representing clients in a range of contentious issues, from regulatory investigations to damages claims before the Competition Appeal Tribunal, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP has a team of ‘exceptional quality’. With a strong defence practice, acting for major clients including BT and Royal Mail, the team has also created a dawn raid preparation package and offers in-house forensic accounting services. ‘Excellent strategist’ and solicitor advocate Edward Coulson, who regularly appears before the High Court, heads up the London competition litigation team, which sits within the wider global competition practice, led by Andrew Hockley , who is primarily based in Sydney. Associate Andrew Leitch is developing a strong reputation, particularly in cartel investigation work.

Practice head(s):

Edward Coulson; Andrew Hockley

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Leitch; Benjamin Blacklock; Alexandra Hildyard; India Fahy

Testimonials

‘Excellent case management, knowledge and advice. All aspects are absolutely first class. A great team of people to work with.’

‘Edward Coulson – charming, cool, an excellent strategist and a lovely team leader.’

‘The quality of this team is exceptional. All of the team members show tremendous devotion to the case, grip on the detail and collaborative approach.’

‘Ed Coulson, Ben Blacklock and Alexandra Hildyard stand out for their ability to cut through the detail and see the big picture.’

‘Alexandra Hildyard is a total stand-out. She is a master of the complex detail of a case.’

‘Andy Hockley – extremely tactically aware, and sophisticated industry knowledge. Ed Coulson – on top of all the detail and a committed fighter for his clients. Ben Blacklock – very thorough, very bright lawyer destined for the top. Andrew Leitch – a pugnacious litigator.’

‘Andy Hockley: great judgment and client handling. Ed Coulson: tough litigator not afraid of a fight. Ben Blacklock – Intellectually brilliant and highly dedicated. Destined for great things.’

‘This is a fantastic competition law team to work with. They are knowledgeable and hardworking and they always fight hard in their client’s best interest. There is a great sense of camaraderie amongst the team which makes them more efficient and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

easyJet

Royal Mail Group Ltd

Morgan Stanley

National Grid

Scottish Power

BT

Tesco

Heathrow Airport Limited

Dawsongroup

Associated British Foods

BFS

Enterprise

Flex

Work highlights

  • Defending Morgan Stanley in a stand-alone high-value damages action brought in the English High Court by 175 institutional investors, led by Allianz, in relation to its alleged participation in a foreign exchange cartel.
  • Advising Royal Mail plc, BT Group plc, Dawsongroup plc, ABF, BFS and Enterprise in landmark High Court claims against DAF, Volvo/Renault, Daimler/Mercedes, Iveco and Scania for their participation in the EC truck cartel, for which the participants were fined €3bn – the highest fine ever awarded.
  • Defending Royal Mail in a damages claim issued by Whistl UK Ltd in the High Court. The claim alleges abuse of dominance against Royal Mail in respect of pricing to the supply of bulk mail delivery services in the UK.

Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations Tier 2

The contentious tax practice at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, overseen by global head Elizabeth Bradley, covers the full spectrum of matters with increased focus on corporation tax and employment tax disputes as well as tax fraud issues. Kate Ison specialises in contentious tax with expertise in marketing and technology sectors. Alan Sinyor is a VAT practitioner and deals with high value and cross border VAT disputes with HMRC.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Bradley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very efficient and responsive. Practical and down to earth, whilst being very reassuring to the clients.’

‘Kate Ison is terrific – clever, sensible, hard working and very efficient. She has absolutely no edge or ego.’

‘There is a very good synergy between the commercial litigators and the VAT team. Each play to their strengths which significantly improves their offering to the client.’

‘Alan Synor and Kate Ison are standout. Both technically very sound and work well together as a team, Kate focusing on litigation strategy and Alan on VAT technical issues.’

Work highlights

    Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure Tier 2

    The team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is well equipped to advise clients across the full spectrum of hotel and leisure related matters. Particular emphasis is given to its hotel management, franchise agreement and hotel operational expertise. The multi-jurisdictional team is spread across the UK, Europe, the US, the Middle East and Asia, and is led in London by Laura Wild. She has a focus on hotel acquisitions, developments, financing and leasing. Commercial property heavyweight Chris de Pury is noted for his expertise in structured investments and disposals and joint ventures.

    Practice head(s):

    Laura Wild; Chris de Pury

    Other key lawyers:

    Nazir Dewji

    Testimonials

    BCLP is considered to be one of our go-to firms for complex transactions in the hospitality and leisure sphere.’

    ‘The breadth of experience and range of specialists within the firm makes it stand out as a preferred advisor for more challenging deals.’

    ‘Laura Wild is very commercial and dedicated with excellent knowledge and expertise in the hospitality sector.’

    ‘Chris de Pury stands out in the industry for his ability to structure complex transactions.’

    ‘Laura Wild is knowledgeable and capable.’

    ‘An outstanding team of experienced lawyers with very deep insight into the real estate and hospitality industry. BCLP’s market insight and experience were invaluable, the team was nimble and assisted us greatly, especially in light of rapidly evolving market conditions during the coronavirus pandemic.’

    ‘Nazir Dewji is superbly experienced with a tremendous wealth of experience. Instrumental in assisting us to navigate and overcome the difficult and complex issues arising from our mixed-used development project in London. Precisely the type of lawyer you would want on your side.’

    ‘Laura Wild is a fantastic lawyer with a great depth of experience and industry insight. Provided tailored advice based on her reserves of experience that assisted us to see our mixed-used development (which includes a 5-star hotel component) in London to completion.’

    Key clients

    UOL Group

    Oak View Group

    Deliveroo

    Henderson Park

    Founder of BOXPARK

    Corbin & King Restaurant Group – owners of The Wolseley, The Delaunay, and Colbert restaurants, amongst others.

    BlackRock

    Cerberus Capital Management

    PPHE Hotel Group

    Tristan Capital Partners

    Work highlights

    • Advised Cerberus Capital Management on the sale of its UK hotel portfolio for over £180m.
    • Advised Tristan Capital Partnerson the acquisition, joint venture and management arrangements in relation to the Point A hotel portfolio for c £420m.
    • Advised Cerberus / Qbic Hotelson on the sale, hotel management agreement and branding arrangements of a new, innovative 215-key hotel in Manchester.

    Industry focus > Retail and consumer Tier 2

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP‘s practice advises on the full spectrum of retail and consumer related matters, from transactions and exit strategies to day-to-day issues and compliance work. The sizeable team is led by Carol Osborne, who has over 25 years’ worth of experience and mainly advises clients within the luxury goods space. Her long-standing experience enables sound advice to retail clients’ boards of directors and special board committees on matters concerning corporate governance, corporate transactions and fiduciary duties. Benjamin Lee is a key contact for transactional advice, including M&A and private equity mandates, while Richard Shaw is the go-to individual for commercial and outsourcing contracts.

    Practice head(s):

    Carol Osborne

    Other key lawyers:

    Key clients

    City Chic Collective Limited

    Manzanita Capital

    Clorox (Burt’s Bees)

    FARFETCH Limited

    Koniver Wellness

    Tesco

    Travelex

    Investment fund formation and management > Real estate funds Tier 2

    The funds and investment management offering at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is headed by Kieran Saunders, specialising in advising on the structuring, operation, formation and restructuring of high-value private investment real estate funds and other real estate investment vehicles, including onshore and offshore limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, unit trusts and authorised open-ended funds. In addition to its strength with traditional asset classes, it also handles office and retail, real estate debt, build-to-rents and student accommodation matters, and also has a reputation for advising pan-European investors on the impacts of Brexit, as well as advising on ESG principles. Kate Binedell, described as ‘commercial, responsive and technically strong’, has a particular speciality advising global investors on their equity investments and joint ventures.

    Practice head(s):

    Kieran Saunders

    Other key lawyers:

    Kate Binedell; Antony Grossman; Nileena Premchand; Sam Narula

    Testimonials

    ‘The BCLP real estate funds team  are extremely knowledgeable across the full spectrum of onshore and offshore investment vehicles including limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, unit trusts and authorised open-ended funds. They effectively leverage the firm’s multidisciplinary real estate expertise to deliver great results for clients. I view them as a top-tier real estate funds practice.’

    ‘Kate Binedell is always a pleasure to deal with – she is commercial, responsive and technically strong. Kate delivers complex funds transactions with energy and enthusiasm.’

    Nileena Premchand is a senior associate in the team and a pleasure to work with; she is an effective communicator and excellent project manager. She is enthusiastic, responsive and also strong on the regulatory side.’

    ‘A great multi-disciplinary team on the real estate and corporate real estate side. Excellent communication and always available.’

    ‘Excellent commerciality, particularly Sam Narula and Kieran Saunders.’

    ‘Our relationship partner is smart and responsive to our real estate fund needs. We have a collaborative relationship, from the conceptual discussions regarding new fund opportunities through to the detailed drafting and negotiation of documentation with multiple investors.’

    ‘A bright, quick and attentive team.’

    Key clients

    Long Harbour

    Pluto Partners

    Northwood Investment

    Edge Technology

    Kayne Anderson Real Estate Advisors

    Security Benefit Life Insurance Company

    CBRE Investment Management

    LaSalle Global Partners Solutions (GPS)

    BlackRock Investment Management

    Ares

    Henderson Park

    Tristan Capital

    Ballymore

    Work highlights

    • Advised on the sale of 49% of the Long Harbour fund management platform, new joint venture arrangements in respect of such platform and the simultaneous establishment of a £750m club fund for investment into UK build-to-rent.
    • Advised U.S. private equity real estate firm Kayne Anderson Real Estate Advisors  on a significant joint venture with GSA/Kinetic to create a new $1 billion debt funding platform for the European student housing financing market.
    • Advised a joint venture between Oxford Properties and DV4, a fund advised by Delancey, on raising external funds from a number of significant investors for investment into Get Living.

    Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure Tier 2

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is ‘incredibly client focussed and really takes the time to understand what’s important on the transaction’. Well known for advising on greenfield and brownfield infrastructure assets, the team handles M&A, and financing work for sponsors, investors and developers and has recently been breaking into the digital infrastructure sector, advising on a number of data centre projects. Mark Richards heads the energy, environment and infrastructure group and acts for both public and private sector clients on high-value and high-profile infrastructure projects. Jinal Shah, who joined from Orrick in June 2021, is a key name for cross-border M&A, private equity matters, joint ventures and strategic investments.

    Practice head(s):

    Mark Richards

    Other key lawyers:

    Barry Gross; Jinal Shah

    Testimonials

    ‘The level of involvement in the transactions from experienced partners is exceptional’.

    ‘They are not just involved in the supervision of the transaction, but actively involved throughout’.

    ‘Incredibly client focussed and really takes the time to understand what’s important on the transaction’.

    ‘Mark Richards, as well as being a very experienced and capable infrastructure lawyer, is everything that you could want in a client relationship partner’.

    ‘Mark Richards is very attentive and nothing is too much trouble’.

    ‘I think the firm compares very well with similar firms due to the approachability of its staff, breadth of practice areas and technical strength’.

    ‘They tend to retain key associates for a long period of time and so there is a real opportunity to build relationships with a team which is always helps with work’.

    ‘Great availability and responsiveness from Mark Richards and the team’.

    Key clients

    National Grid

    Heathrow

    Macquarie

    Equitix Infrastructure Investments Limited

    Nord/LB

    Downing LLP

    Guildmore Limited

    AGR Renewables

    Amber Infrastructure

    Octopus Energy Hydrogen Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advised Downing LLP on its investment in Broadway partners and £145m funding deal to bring full fibre broadband to rural communities in Scotland and Wales
    • Advising National Grid on a number of nationally significant infrastructure projects including the delivery of the second phase of a tunnelled 32km “electricity cable super-highway” in south London and the delivery of several new onshore and offshore cross country power lines in the South East of England
    • Advising AGR Renewables on a market-leading £86m project for the development, sale and construction of one of the world’s most advanced greenhouses.

    Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 2

    With strong ties in the real estate sector, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP‘s non-contentious construction practice offers holistic advice across broad variety of sub-sectors, including real estate development, utilities, transport, sport and leisure, energy, nuclear, oil and gas, and renewables. In particular, it has strong expertise in mixed-use, build-to-rent, retirement living, and hotel projects. Gareth Stringer, who heads the team, is well regarded for his involvement on large scale development projects. Nazir Dewji‘s practice focuses on mixed-use regeneration projects, as well as on engineering and facilities management projects in the UK and the Middle East. Senior associate Kimberly Roberts is experienced in major industry standard forms as well as bespoke contracts, acting for both national and international clients.

    Practice head(s):

    Gareth Stringer

    Other key lawyers:

    Nazir Dewji; Kimberly Roberts; Emily Dickson; Richard Benn

    Testimonials

    ‘The BCLP team have a deep understanding of the real estate sector, which means that they are always able to respond to challenges and issues.’

    ‘BCLP provide straightforward solutions to complex issues with no fuss and a commercial attitude towards the resolution of problem.’

    ‘Nazir Dewji is an excellent, client-orientated lawyer. Close to the detail, but pragmatic.’

    ‘Pragmatic, practical and highly responsive.’

    ‘A powerful teamKimberly Roberts and Emily Dickson are the eyes and ears for an in-house team with no construction expertise, picking up on key risks and seamlessly managing the internal client.’

    ‘Nazir Dewji’s knowledge and ability to cut through issues makes him an invaluable asset to our business and he is the first port of call on any complex construction issues.’

    ‘Richard Benn has become a key asset to our team. His responsiveness, advice, and ability makes him a go-to for construction related advice.’

    ‘Kimberly Roberts is excellent; she is very knowledgeable in her field and combines this with a friendly and professional approach on the client-side.

    Key clients

    Great Portland Estates

    Crosstree Real Estate Partners

    Great Western Developments

    Landsec

    Pembroke

    Colt Technology Services

    The Crown Estate

    NorthwoodInvestors International Limited

    Edge Technologies

    Elephant & Castle Development UK Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advising Colt Technology Services, one of the world’s leading data centre developers and operators, on its series of hyper-scale data centre development.
    • Advising The Crown Estate as sole legal advisor on the construction aspects of its Central London Portfolio.
    • Advising the world-class investment company, Pembroke/Fidelity, on many of its highest profile construction projects.

    Real estate > Property finance Tier 2

    The real estate finance group at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP handles high-profile and complex work, and is aided by the firm’s strong planning and construction departments, as well as its Manchester and Southampton offices. At the helm of the department is ‘stand-out partner‘ Naveen Vijh, who is highly adept at acting for a wide range of clients, including banks, financial institutions, and corporate and public borrowers on acquisition, development and structured finance mandates. Claire Watson acts across the credit spectrum, handling senior and mezzanine debt, investment and development finance, and restructuring and distressed debt transactions. She also has particular strengths in the student accommodation arena. Other notable names include Gordon McMillan, who has a strong focus on debt financings secured on real estate in the UK and Europe, advising both lenders and sponsors, and Payam Yoseflavi, who is experienced in handling the financing of a range of assets, including offices, residential developments, hotels, logistics, retirement living and retail, as well as conducting islamic finance transactions. Daniyal Ansari joined Greenberg Traurig, LLP in March 2022.

    Practice head(s):

    Testimonials

    ‘BCLP’s technical knowledge and speed of execution is second to none.’

    ‘Great team who are pleasant to work with and always go the extra mile to get the job done.’

    ‘The team is phenomenal: it has been exceptionally responsive, capable, commercial minded and provided value-add services.’

    ‘Payam Yoseflavi and his team’s are always on hand to deal with queries and every financing secured has felt like a team collaboration rather than a contractual obligation.’

    ‘Naveen Vijh is a stand-out partner. Market leading in his experience and technical knowledge, but also it terms of the personality and tenacity he brings to all transactions.’

    ‘Payam Yoseflavi has been a great resource for intel and market knowledge. His subtle yet simple approach to problems allows us as the client to feel that he is always on top of any issues.’

    ‘Payam Yoseflavi is knowledgeable, professional, super-attentive, happy to provide his opinion and guidance, pragmatic and calm – a pleasure to work with.’

    ‘Claire Watson is a very experienced, capable, approachable and responsible finance lawyer. She is trust-worthy, always provides valuable advise, she drives the deal, and is always committed to getting the deal down in an organised fashion. Her response has always been accurate, concise and spot-on.’

    Key clients

    National Westminster Bank

    Tristan Capital Partners

    The Carlyle Group

    Northwood Investors

    Argent

    Cheyne Capital Management

    Regent’s Crescent Property Group

    LaSalle Investment Management

    Barclays Bank

    Ares Management Corporation

    Work highlights

    • Advising King’s Cross Central on all financings across the King’s Cross Estate.
    • Advising the Carlyle Group on the formation of its UK logistics platform and the £158m of the JV’s acquisition of three portfolios of UK logistics assets.
    • Advising Tristan Capital Partners on the £86.8m refinancing of its acquisition of Reading International Business Park, the financing of a £140m development project in Bristol and the £44m acquisition financing of The Fort Shopping Park in Birmingham.

    Transport > Rail Tier 2

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP fields an excellent team that works for leading financiers, operating lessors, investors and developers on a range of significant mandates. It has considerable experience in regulatory and litigation matters and is adept at handling rail financing and leasing work as well as handling disputes in the sector. Jason Chamberlain is vastly experienced in railway infrastructure projects and rail regulatory issues. Head of department Russell Clifford specialises in structured asset finance and leasing on the domestic and cross-border markets. Jamie Wiseman-Clarke is particularly skilled in rolling stock-related work.

    Practice head(s):

    Russell Clifford

    Testimonials

    ‘They have amazing experience in leasing and franchising matters, as well as being able to assist on more commercial aspects of rail, and general advice relevant to a company operating in the rail sector’.

    ‘The BCLP team knows the Rail Leasing business very well, both leasing and procurement activities. Work is invariably carried out to a very high standard. Overall I find BCLP very easy to work with and to a person willing and able to explain detail points to me’.

    ‘I find that Jamie Wiseman-Clarke and his team really understand our business and so are able to produce accurate documents and amendments with relatively little explanation from us’.

    ‘Jamie Wiseman Clarke – a technically excellent lawyer, easily the best in the rail industry in terms of technical knowledge. Russell Clifford – outstanding UK Rail expert with unrivalled experience of market changes’.

    ‘Consistently I have found the team has a warm, can-do approach that I find to be engaging. Making myself and colleagues feel comfortable and not only recognising but helping us overcome any weaknesses and supporting us through the required processes’.

    ‘The knowledge within the BCLP team is broad and deep, with the team dynamic set such that the most appropriate team member, working within the team ethos of being open, warm and engaging, generally takes the lead’.

    ‘Jason Chamberlain is dry, patient and understanding. Great strategically and on detail’.

    ‘Great knowledge, very thorough. Jason Chamberlain is a true enthusiast and a pleasure to work with’.

    Key clients

    Angel Trains

    Beacon Rail

    Heathrow Airport

    National Westminster Bank

    Magway Limited

    Lendlease

    Landsec

    Alstom Transport

    Great Western Developments

    Work highlights

    • Advised Angel Trains in connection with its first major corporate acquisition – its acquisition of Readypower, which completed at the end of January 2022.
    • Advised both Angel Trains and Beacon Rail on the impact on their rolling stock leasing arrangements of passenger operators’ existing franchise agreements expiring early and being replaced by direct award franchise agreements.
    • Advised Magway Limited in relation to the establishment of a ground-breaking, sustainable parcel delivery system.

    Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 3

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP fields a full-service team, with experience in corporate, commercial, and finance taxation. The group has particular expertise in tax elements of real estate, with notable clients in this sector including Magdalen College of Oxford University, Hines Global REIT, and Northwood Investors. Team leader Elizabeth Bradley is the global head of tax, and has experience encompassing all areas of tax. Mark Brailsford advises companies, financial institutions and funds on complex transactions, while Alan Sinyor acts as head of VAT. Matthew Poole and Richard Harbot work on real estate matters for domestic and international clients, and Paul Shaw has particular expertise in investment funds.

    Practice head(s):

    Elizabeth Bradley

    Testimonials

    ‘BCLP covers the full spectrum of services we need – fund, transactions and tax. The tax team work seamlessly with their colleagues to get us results.’

    ‘Paul Shaw is our go to person for complex funds advice and structuring, always providing quality, innovative and commercial advice that helps us to make transactions happen.’

    Key clients

    Magdalen College, Oxford University

    Agilitas Private Equity

    LaSalle Investment Management (“LIM”) and Axis Capital Partners

    Hines Global REIT

    King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership / Argent

    Ares Management Corporation

    Northwood Investors

    Kape Technologies plc

    Lemonaid Health Ltd

    KKR

    Suncor Energy UK Limited

    Fidelidade

    Work highlights

    • Advised Magdalen College, Oxford University on the creation and tax structuring of its 60/40 joint venture in relation to the £400m Oxford Science Park.
    • Acted for 3 UK pension fund clients of LIM and Axis Capital Partners on their joint purchase and financing of St George’s Shopping Centre in Harrow in excess of £40m.
    • Advised Hines on its acquisition and tax structuring of 18 Blackfriars Road, a 1.8-acre development site in a prime Central London location.

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

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP’s cross-disciplinary practice regularly advises on high-profile, cross-border matters, encompassing sanctions, export controls, customs, and WTO rules. Practice head Chris Bryant is engaged by major corporations and financial institutions alike for his ‘highly intelligent and extremely practical’ approach, and has recently served as a key port of call for clients owing to his expertise in EU/Russia sanctions programmes. Kate Ison specialises chiefly in international tax disputes and associated investigations initiated by HMRC. Associate director Ursula Johnston, who joined the team in June 2021 from Gowling WLG, focuses on supply chain agreements and trade compliance issues. Senior associate Sonja Hainsworth is also noted.

    Practice head(s):

    Chris Bryant

    Testimonials

    ‘Highly skilled and very focused on the client’s needs. They have an ability to get to what needs to be done very quickly. They are lean and very efficient.’

    ‘Chris Bryant is highly intelligent, extremely practical – he gets to the point straight away, and extremely personable with clients and other professionals.’

    Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 3

    At Silver Circle firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, Polly James was recently elected to practice head, an acknowledgement of her first-rate reputation in handling internal investigations and whistleblower complaints in addition to FCA and PRA-led interactions; she is supported by Oran Gelb who co-heads the overall banking practice, leveraging a track record in UK, Europe, US and Asia-based investigations, as well as an intimate knowledge of wholesale financial markets.

    Practice head(s):

    Polly James

    Other key lawyers:

    Oran Gelb; Joe Ninan

    Testimonials

    ‘Polly James: A steady and calming influence when cases hit crisis point.’

    ‘The key strength of BCLP is its ability to bring together top quality employment and regulatory specialists to help us navigate issues as a client in FS. The relationship management we receive is first-class.’

    ‘Oran Gelb – gives very good, practical, advice. Not afraid to say what he would do if he were the client.’

    ‘A financial services team with long standing experience and renowned in the field.’

    ‘Polly James – is one in a million. Modest, smart, cool and collected. A joy to work with. Breathes life into every case and goes the extra mile at every stage.’

    ‘A very capable team and a pleasure to work with. They have a number of team members who have spent time on secondment at financial regulatory authorities (e.g. FCA and PRA), which provides valuable insights to dealing with regulators on enforcement matters.’

    ‘We have been working with Oran Gelb and the team for well over ten years and we consider them as part of our team, fully knowing that they will fight our corner and protect us as best they can. They always go out of their way to assist and support and put us in touch with the relevant individual in the event they cannot assist directly. They have a large team behind them.’

    ‘Oran Gelb and the team are very approachable and very knowledgeable and always provide a speedy response. They always have our best interests at heart and in the past have provided us with very helpful legal advice which has proved invaluable.’

    Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 3

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is hailed for its ‘very strong regulatory understanding’ of everything from ad hoc compliance through to sizeable regulatory change endeavours. Polly James fronts the practice which is home to Matthew Baker, a specialist in transactions relating to regulated businesses, as well as Daniel Csefalvay, a lawyer with a prominent track record in advising on regulatory risk matters, including those with a cross-border component. Further key strengths include ESG matters within the investment management sector, EU and UK-related compliance issues and the representation of senior management in respect of personal regulatory responsibilities.

    Practice head(s):

    Polly James

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘The team is extremely responsive and versatile. BCLP is able to help us navigate uncertainties from regulatory reporting to outsourcing to regulatory horizon scanning. The team is willing to go above and beyond to better understand our business model and provide bespoke advice.’

    ‘Daniel Csefalvay and Joanna Munro work very hard to meet our high expectations and are generous with their time. Their high-quality work is much appreciated.’

    ‘Matthew Baker – Matt has the ability to provide detailed technical regulatory analysis to non specialists in a way that provides confidence and is easily accessible.’

    ‘On matters that cross various disciplines, BCLP partners from different areas work together to ensure complete advice and coverage.’

    ‘Daniel Csefalvay provides practical advice which is essential in the regulatory environment.’

    ‘Very strong regulatory understanding in terms of the FCA. I have worked with Polly James and her team over many years in the insurance sector. They are extremely responsive, and the work is always of a high quality. They have access to a wide range of specialisms within the firm which has been a great help on several occasions. Overall they are a pleasure to work with in addition to the above.’

    ‘Highly responsive. Organised and proactive. Succinct.’

    ‘Polly James and Joanna Munro both stand out.’

    Key clients

    AIG

    BCA Market Place (BCA)

    Playtech

    Work highlights

    • Advising Playtech on: (i) the proposed sale of its financial trading division, Finalto; and (ii) its agreed takeover by Australian company Aristocrat Leisure.

    Crime, fraud and licensing > Gaming and betting Tier 3

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP provides regulatory and commercial advice to a diverse client base including gambling and betting operators, gaming platforms, and financial institutions. Additionally, the practice provides licensing expertise to leisure centres, online providers, and land-based casinos. Associate director Jeremy Bark has taken over as practice head following the departure of former post-holder Craig Baylis. Bark is a licensing specialist with considerable experience dealing with regulatory enforcement activity by the Gambling Commission, and has appeared before numerous tribunals as a solicitor advocate with higher rights of audience.

    Practice head(s):

    Jeremy Bark

    Other key lawyers:

    Graham Shear; Nick Myatt; Benjamin Lee

    Testimonials

    ‘They are efficient and very capable of holding small, medium and big projects with wide experience among staff.’

    ‘In all great businesses you need leaders, Graham Shear is just that. He is able to make quick decisions.’

    Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 3

    With ‘great strength and depth‘, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP‘s recent track record includes major matters in the energy, natural resources, construction, engineering, financial services, insurance, reinsurance and technology sectors. Co-head of the global arbitration group, George Burn is experienced in appearing for investors bringing claims under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties; Roman Khodykin is ‘a first-rate lawyer‘; and Claire Morel de Westgaver practises international commercial arbitration as counsel, advocate and arbitrator. The group additionally features senior associate Nadia Hubbuck, who regularly acts in international commercial arbitrations administered under the major international arbitral rules.

    Practice head(s):

    George Burn

    Testimonials

    ‘Great strength and depth.

    ‘A very professional team that is very dedicated to the work and very pleasant to work with. Allocates responsibilities among the team in an efficient and seamless way.’

    ‘Extremely effective advocacy, courteous but firm correspondence, and a collaborative attitude generally. Full marks.’

    ‘George Burn is head and shoulders above most other practitioners in London. Calm, focused, measured and effective. Cool head in the hottest temperatures and a very able opponent indeed.’

    ‘George Burns leads the team very professionally. George is very knowledgeable on the law, practice, and the facts of the matter; and he has built a team of associates who work well together to support the overall management of the case.’

    George Burn stands out as a global leader in international arbitration.

    George Burn has a clear and concise approach, and is not afraid to look outside the box when required. George is very client friendly and provides incredible value for the money spent – always a first call in this field.

    ‘Roman Khodykin is a first rate lawyer.’

    Employment > Employers Tier 3

    Adam Lambert chairs the UK wide employment department at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, which is a reputable choice for complex litigation, internal investigations and day-to-day employment advice. Owing to its global footprint, it is also well-equipped to handle multijurisdictional restructuring and corporate mandates. In TUPE matters, Lambert takes the lead, and is supported by Rebecca Harding-Hill on the contentious side. She specialises in sensitive and reputational litigation in the financial sector, such as injunctions, team moves, discrimination and whistleblowing. Catherine Turner made partner in early 2022 and is also a top litigator. Regulatory partner Lisa Mayhew is noted for gender discrimination cases. Senior associate Jackie Thomas is another name recommended for global restructuring exercises and disciplinary, grievance and data protection issues.

    Practice head(s):

    Adam Lambert

    Testimonials

    ‘Working with BCLP is very effective.’

    ‘The fact that they are able to use their employment and regulatory specialists to help us navigate complex issues with both employment legislation and regulation in mind is invaluable.’

    ‘I find BCLP to be clear in their advice, very practical and pragmatic.’

    ‘I appreciate that BCLP have a partner dedicated to diversity and we have benefited from her insights as a client through the provision of complimentary Board training.’

    ‘Very approachable, helpful and friendly. Very experienced in their field.’

    ‘Adam Lambert is always available when I call. His knowledge of employment law is excellent.’

    Key clients

    Mueller Water Products Inc

    Agilitas Private Equity LLP

    City Chic Collective UK Limited

    Fiserv, Inc

    Playtech PLC and U and I PLC

    Work highlights

    • Advised Agilitas Private Equity LLP on the buyout of Prodieco Advanced Engineering Solutions. The deal involved a large cross-disciplinary team throughout the firm, as well as local counsel, both in Ireland (where Prodieco was based) and 7 other jurisdictions.
    • Advised Fiserv, Inc on co-ordinating a global report throughout 2021 on COVID-19 orders and mandates in 33 jurisdictions in EMEA, APAC and LATAM.
    • Advising the Australia parent company of City Chic Collective UK Limited on the post-completion employment issues following its purchase of UK-based women’s plus-sized Evans brand, eCommerce and wholesale business from Arcadia’s administrators.

    Finance > Transport finance and leasing Tier 3

    Led by the ‘excellent’ Russell Clifford, the ‘proactive’ team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP has ‘broad and deep knowledge’ within the rail sector, in particular. Within this asset class, the team is best known for its rolling stock work, with rolling stock lessors, Angel Trains and Beacon Rail both core clients of the firm. Jamie Wiseman-Clarke ‘delivers a first-class service’ and recently advised the aforementioned lessors on the impact on rolling stock leases of new franchise arrangements flowing from the Department for Transport’s Covid-19-related Emergency Recovery Measures Agreements.

    Practice head(s):

    Russell Clifford

    Other key lawyers:

    Jamie Wiseman-Clarke; Anton Chambers

    Testimonials

    Consistently I have found the team to have a warm, can-do approach that I find to be engaging.’

    The knowledge within the team is broad and deep, with the team dynamic set such that the most appropriate team member, working within the team ethos of being open, warm and engaging, generally takes the lead.’

    Very proactive and easy to work with.’

    Russell Clifford is excellent.’

    Jamie Wiseman-Clarke delivers a first-class service.’

    Anton Chambers always made himself available, clearly set out issues in an easy to understand matter, was prepared to lead and do the grunt work.’

    ‘They know our business well, they support in-house legal and the wider commercial business. They are respectful and make you feel supported. They are go-to people.’

    Key clients

    Angel Trains

    Beacon Rail

    Heathrow Airport

    National Westminster Bank

    EY

    Falko Regional Aircraft Limited

    ICBCIL Aviation Company Limited

    Seraph Aviation

    Work highlights

    • Advised Angel Trains on re-leasing arrangements relating to a fleet of Class 165 units operated on the Chiltern franchise (operated by Arriva) in anticipation of the replacement of this franchise at its scheduled expiry by a new National Rail Contract.
    • Advised both Angel Trains and Beacon Rail on the impact on their rolling stock leasing arrangements of passenger operators’ existing franchise agreements expiring early and being replaced by direct award franchise agreements (in the form of National Rail Contracts) as part of the DfT’s on-going programme to transition passenger rail operators from franchise agreements to its long-term rail concession solution.
    • Advised Seraph Aviation on all aspects of the operating lease transaction for one B737-800 aircraft with Joy Air of China.

    Insurance > Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 3

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP provides a full-service corporate and regulatory insurance offering; the team advises on M&A, reinsurance, restructuring by means of cross-border mergers and portfolio transfers, regulatory and governance work as well as with-profits life insurance issues. The firm also offers M&A warranty and indemnity insurance capabilities. Practice head Geraldine Quirk is supported by Adam Bogdanor, who supports leading insurers on M&A, Part VII business transfer schemes, reinsurance, schemes of arrangement, conduct of business and management of with-profits funds. Andrew Hart works closely with US clients in connection with their international transactions and on-going EU operations.

    Practice head(s):

    Geraldine Quirk

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘The team is approachable and collaborative with clients, but also technical experts in the field.’

    ‘Clients can expect a sharp and smart service provider with a human touch.’

    ‘Andrew Hart is an exceptional corporate partner who really understands his clients and is always is available when needed.’

     

    Key clients

    Aspen

    Aegon

    AIG

    Amlin

    Liberty (formerly named Ironshore)

    Aviva

    AXA Insurance (UK) plc

    RiskPoint

    Berkshire Hathaway

    Chubb/Ace European Group

    Clal Insurance

    CNA Hardy

    Enstar

    Hampden Plc

    Euler Hermes

    Lancashire

    Randall & Quilter

    Sun Life of Canada

    AmTrust

    Collinson

    Work highlights

    • Advised RiskPoint A/S as the warranty and indemnity insurer in connection with the acquisition by GIC Private Markets Pte Ltd (Singapore Sovereign Wealth Fund) of a pan-European logistics portfolio from a fund managed by EQT Exeter, which supplies the chains of major corporations, including “big box” distribution centres and e-commerce fulfilment, representing almost 24 million square feet of land.
    • Advised R&Q Gamma on the acquisition by means of a Part VII transfer of the occupational disease liabilities of UK P&I Club, a leading provider of P&I insurance and other services to the international shipping community.
    • Advised long-term client BGC Partners on the proposed sale of its insurance brokerage division to The Ardonagh Group Limited for $500 million in cash.

    Projects, energy and natural resources > Mining and minerals Tier 3

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP offers broad expertise to clients in the mining sector, including M&A/equity finance and mining debt finance. The team stands out for its experience in capital markets work and acts for major publicly traded mining companies, mining funds and investment banks, as well as a number of governments, particularly in Africa. Alexander Keepin heads the team and is a name to note for IPOs and secondary issues on the Main Market and AIM, while former practice co-head Tom Eldridge left for FASKEN in April 2022.

    Practice head(s):

    Alexander Keepin

    Testimonials

    ‘BCLP has a very strong mid-cap metals and mining franchise, notably covering dua- listed clients in the sector’.

    ‘Alexander Keepin is the lead partner on the M&M work we conduct, both issuer and bank side; We particularly value his availability and involvement in day-to-day transactional work’.

    ‘BCLP, and in particular, Alexander Keepin (and his team), are a critical resource to the two firms I run’.

    ‘I have used BCLP, Alexander Keepin, and his team extensively over the last 15 years and rely on this resource for all legal oversight’.

    ‘The team is responsive, always available, turns around documents with urgency when required, and provides very high quality work’.

    ‘Alexander Keepin’s specialist regulatory/listing knowledge, as well as deep sector knowledge is a unique resource in the industry’.

    Key clients

    Peel Hunt LLP

    Wheaton Precious Metals

    Vision Blue Resources

    Ncondezi Energy Limited

    Pensana Metals Limited

    Trident Royalties

    Alkemy Capital Investments Plc

    ING Bank N.V

    Société Générale S.A

    BNP Paribas S.A

    Work highlights

    • Advised Vision Blue Resources Ltd, a newly created battery commodity/resource-focused investment company founded by Sir Mick Davis (former CEO of Xstrata Plc), on its $29.5m investment in NextSource Materials (TSX:NEXT).
    • Advised Trident Royalties Plc (AIM:TRR, FSX:5KV), the growth-focused mining royalty and streaming company, on its largest acquisition to date, the ‘Thacker Pass Lithium Project’.
    • Advised Peel Hunt LLP and BMO Capital Markets Limited as joint global coordinators and joint bookrunners and H&P Advisory Limited as joint bookrunner in connection with Horizonte Minerals plc’s placing as part of the equity fundraise of £147.2m, which formed part of the company’s wider funding package of $633m.

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

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP acts for regulated electricity suppliers and power purchasers on innovative PPA structures and supply arrangements. Sustainable energy expert Kiran Arora co-heads the team with Mark Richards who provides multi-disciplinary advice to public and private sector clients. Kenneth Addly is well-versed in negotiating and drafting infrastructure and service contracts while Helen Miller focuses on natural resources.

    Practice head(s):

    Mark Richards; Kiran Arora

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘I think they are excellent in all facets of the energy transition/renewables and working with a sophisticated team, whether its near-term power markets or standard M&A, we expect them to “keep-up” and they do so.’

    ‘Kiran Arora is an absolutely excellent lawyer who has a brilliant demeanor in both positive circumstances and more difficult negotiations.’

    Key clients

    Amber Infrastructure Limited

    Downing LLP

    AGR Renewables

    Gent Fairhead & Co

    Ancala Partners

    BT Group

    National Grid Group

    EDF Energy

    Macquarie

    NNB Generation Company (HPC) Limited

    NNB Generation Company (SZC) Limited

    Raynham Farm Company (AD) Limited

    Corbiere Renewables Limited

    Nithio Holdings Inc.

    Schneider Electric Industries SAS

    Work highlights

    • Advised AGR Renewables on a market-leading £86 million project for the development, sale and construction of one of the world’s most advanced greenhouses, located in Cambridgeshire.
    • Advised Amber Infrastructure Limited on the development and management of a utility scale 49.9MW lithium-ion battery energy storage project.
    • Advised National Grid on the delivery of the second phase of a tunnelled 32km “electricity cable super-highway” across south London.

    Public sector > Local government Tier 3

    Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 3

    The construction disputes team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP offers advice across a full range of sectors, with a particular focus on real estate and infrastructure disputes in the UK. It also has a growing international practice, advising owners and contractors on large-scale projects. Richard Davies heads the global construction disputes team from Abu Dhabi. Shy Jackson is known for his expertise in relation to large-scale infrastructure projects, and is experienced in the full range of dispute resolution, including litigation, arbitration, adjudication and ADR. Alexandra Clough specialises in development-related disputes, whilst James Clarke focuses on his international practice.

    Practice head(s):

    Richard Davies

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘The team brings a good mix of legal expertise and pragmatism, is responsive, and is able to engage in practical discussions to resolve matters, understanding the balance of risks to the parties.’

    ‘Great industry knowledge and client understanding.’

    ‘Alex Clough and Jennifer Varley are trusted advisors.’

    ‘There is a consistent benchmark of excellent service.’

    Key clients

    Tesco

    Work highlights

    • Advising a developer of high end apartments in relation to disputes arising out of its flagship central London project, acting on six adjudications and a Part 8 claim.
    • Advising one of the UK’s largest landowners in relation to fire safety defects arising out of a large mixed used scheme, which included advising on two TCC claims and entering into numerous settlement agreements with the relevant contractors.
    • Advising the employer on one of the largest tunnelling projects in the UK and has acted successfully in a high value complex adjudication.

    Real estate > Environment Tier 3

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP stands out for its work with blue chip UK real estate and infrastructure clients, working across a variety of real estate and planning contexts, from civil and criminal to transactional. In 2021 the firm has gained a good reputation on thought leadership, having published several articles and hosted no fewer than 13 webinars on environmental legal developments. It benefits from Aidan Thomson’s expertise on several areas of environmental liability and compliance, including the statutory liability regimes relating to environmental damage, nuisance and contaminated land. Thomson co-heads the group alongside Tim Hellier, who serves as head of planning. Isabelle Laborde left for Ashurst.

    Practice head(s):

    Aidan Thomson; Tim Hellier

    Testimonials

    ‘Experienced in this field.’

    ‘Good experience of the underlying Environmental law. Ability to suggest suitable compromising positions to meet business / commercial intent – Aiden Thomson (Partner).’

    ‘Robust understanding of environmental matters. Straightforward to work with.’

    ‘Aidan Thomson – straightforward practical legal advice, helpful, insightful.’

    ‘Aidan Thomson is a pleasure to work with and provides clear and concise advice to our business.’

    ‘Aidan Thomson – really well known in the market and always approachable. A deep knowledge bank.

     

    Key clients

    AIG

    International Underwriting Association

    EasyJet

    Thames Water

    National Grid

    Angel Trains

    BlackRock UK Property Fund

    Unite UK Student Accommodation

    Tesco

    Chancerygate

    Work highlights

    • Acting for Elanco, the US Animal Health company, in its sale of assets to TriRx Pharmaceutical Services LLC, including its manufacturing site in the UK.
    • Advising the leading industrial property and warehousing specialist on a number of transactions for the acquisition of former historic gasworks, including the setting up of a joint venture with the former operator.
    • Advising in respect of its proposals for a new power station on the south bank of the Humber Estuary, North Lincolnshire.

    Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 3

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP combines criminal defence expertise, regularly representing businesses and senior executives in SFO and FCA investigations into bribery, corporate malfeasance, and money laundering, with a global investigations capability, handling internal and regulatory investigations for a global client base and regularly collaborating with the firm’s European and US offices. The practice is led by Sarah Klein, an experienced investigations practitioner who acts for an array of multinationals and financial institutions on internal and external investigations, both relating to regulatory compliance as well as white-collar criminal issues. Polly James is particularly strong in criminal defence work, acting for a combination of corporate and individual clients, while Mukul Chawla, an experienced barrister, remains active as a consultant. Senior associate Naomi Miles is noted for her standout financial services regulatory expertise, including in-house experience, and leading role in a number of key client relationships.

    Practice head(s):

    Sarah Klein

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    They are very responsive and very analytical and detailed in their advice.

    Key clients

    IHS (Nigeria) Limited

     

    Work highlights

    • Engaged by IHS to deliver bespoke and practical compliance training to all IHS senior executives that comprehensively covered

    TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 3

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP‘s technology and commercial practice handles technology deals, strategic commercial agreements, and sourcing, outsourcing and supplier agreements for a variety of clients. The team also advises companies on new and emerging technology, including blockchain and cryptocurrency, payments and fintech, and digital and e-commerce matters. Marcus Pearl heads up the group with expertise in technology and outsourcing mandates. Senior associate Helen Armstrong is notable for her contentious work in outsourcing, management and agency disputes and associate director Ben Wheeler is skilled in the payment and transport sectors.

    Practice head(s):

    Testimonials

    ‘Very good at providing pragmatic, commercial advice covering US and European markets.’

    ‘Competent and technically able team who work effectively together to provide a comprehensive and trusted legal service to meet the client needs and sometimes unpredictable situations.’

    ‘Marcus Pearl is very responsive and knows all the right people to bring in from the firm.’

    ‘Geraldine Scali is highly knowledgeable on privacy regulations and commercial nuance.’

    Key clients

    BT

    Tesco

    LVMH

    Estee Lauder

    Technicolor SA

    eBay

    The Clorox Company

    Schroders Investment Management

    BCA

    Comcarde Limited

    MarketCast

    Farfetch

    Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 4

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP 's London competition team offer substantial and varied competition advice on matters including merger control and investigations. Practice Andrew Hockley - who has of late been primarily based in Sydney - is well regarded in the competition law arena and provides a ‘comprehensive service‘. His clients have included Tesco, BT, AIG and Royal Mail and he has direct experience from the energy sector as former competition counsel for BP. Chris Bryant, with extensive experience in EU competition and trade law, leads the firm’s cross-practice Brexit team.

    Practice head(s):

    Andrew Hockley

    Other key lawyers:

    Chris Bryant; Victoria Newbold; Clare Reeve Curatola

    Testimonials

    ‘The BCLP EU and Competition Law team combines a diligent and astute technical practice with a very personable service. The firm has worked hard to forge a meangingful and collaborative relationship with us, and have demonstrated a keen interest in our commercial priorities and strategic direction. BCLP also offer exceptional value, even when confronted with uncertain or changing instructions.’

    ‘The Reg & Competition team within BCLP is excellent. The team have broad and demonstrable experience across a variety of regulated industries. Their advice is always strategic and commercial.’

    ‘Andrew Hockley has provided a very comprehensive competition law service to us, in connection with a substantial and particularly exigent restructuring project, a global internal policy review, together with some discrete training. Andrew is very well-regarded by us and is recognised as a ‘go-to’ expert for competition-related matters. He has developed a thorough understanding of our business model and strategy, and hence also collaborates very well with our business stakeholders.’

    ‘Good broad strength, helpful and engaged.’

    ‘Clare Reeve Curatola is savvy and makes sense to the business.’

    ‘Victoria Newbold is excellent. She is friendly, accessible and hardworking, as well as being a standout lawyer. The team provide much needed support to a stretched in house team.’

    Key clients

    easyJet

    Royal Mail Group Ltd

    Morgan Stanley

    National Grid

    Scottish Power

    Technicolor SA

    BT

    Tesco

    Evolution Gaming Group

    Heathrow Airport Limited

    Thames Water

    Enterprise Rent-a-car

    Farfetch

    Carrefour

    Work highlights

    • The firm advised longstanding client Kape Technologies plc on its US$936 million agreement to acquire premium consumer VPN business ExpressVPN. BCLP’s UK Antitrust & Competition team led the global merger control and foreign direct investment review for the transaction.

    Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m) Tier 4

    At Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, the ‘exceptionally responsive’ Ian Ivory leads a team that handles private equity deals across sectors ranging from financial services to manufacturing to retail. In addition to its work in mainstream private equity, the practice has a notable presence in the real estate PE space, where Chris de Pury advises on transactions across a variety of real estate asset classes.

    Practice head(s):

    Ian Ivory

    Other key lawyers:

    Chris de Pury; Carol Osborne

    Testimonials

    ‘Ian Ivory is exceptionally responsive and understands our concerns. Whilst an expert in his field, he appreciates the bigger picture which means he is able to deliver solutions-orientated advice. He goes over and above to provide the best possible service.’

    ‘Carol Osborne is a standout individual. She always delivers and provides commercial advice in an efficient manner. She is very impressive and great to work with.’

    Key clients

    Agilitas Private Equity LLP

    Founder of BOXPARK

    Viva Wallet

    Capital Alliance Private Equity

    Farfetch

    Mubadala Investment Company

    Macquarie Capital

    Vision Blue Resources Ltd

    Ares

    KKR

    Sixth Street/Henley Investments

    Oakbridge Private Equity

    Work highlights

    • Advised Capital Alliance Private Equity Fund IV on its investment in Food Concepts PLC.
    • Advised Agilitas Private Equity LLP on the buyout of Prodieco Advanced Engineering Solutions.
    • Advised the founder of BOXPARK, the retail, hospitality and leisure company, on the recent investment by mid-market private equity firm Lloyds Development Capital, the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group.

    Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 4

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP’s banking litigation group benefits from its close collaboration with the firm’s financial regulatory, antitrust and white-collar groups. This approach enables it to act for a client base including prominent banks. It also leverages the firm’s global network to handle cross-border disputes. The team is led by Oran Gelb – who was recently appointed global co-head of the firm’s banking sector – and Graham Shear, who co-heads the commercial litigation team. The group also benefits from the expertise of its head of civil fraud Lltigation, Segun Osuntokun, who specialises in fraud claims and disputes, and ‘top tier legal adviser’ Andrew Tuson.

    Practice head(s):

    Oran Gelb; Graham Shear

    Other key lawyers:

    Segun Osuntokun; Andrew Tuson; Sarah McAtominey; Alexandra Kirby

    Testimonials

    ‘Great joined up service with good collaboration within teams and across the firm to ensure the best outcome for the client. High quality advice tailored to the client needs which is refreshing.’

    ‘Andrew Tuson is a top tier legal adviser. Highly intelligent, strategic thinker, with a considered approach and razor sharp instincts. Financial Services litigation adviser of choice and highly recommended.’

    ‘Alex Kirby is a talented senior associate who stands out from the crowd.’

     

    Key clients

    Vatche Manoukian

    BGC Partners

    Morgan Stanley

    Intertrust Management Limited

    London Stock Exchange

    Trade Capital Markets Ltd

    Settle Safe Ltd

    Work highlights

    • Advising Vatche Manoukian on his battle with two Lebanese banks who have been ordered by the court to transfer Mr Manoukian’s personal funds out of Lebanon.
    • Representing BGC Partners – in respect of large-scale frauds perpetrated on BGC Partners by rogue employees.
    • Advising Morgan Stanley in defending a stand-alone high value damages action brought in the English High Court by 175 institutional investors, comprising some of the largest hedge funds and asset managers in the world.

    Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 4

    'Fantastic tactician and excellent negotiator' Graham Shear helms the team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, overseeing a range of high-stakes, complex contractual litigation matters on which the group is instructed. Other recommended partners include Oran Gelb and Sarah McAtominey; the latter is a key name to note for the firm's roster of high-net-worth-individuals. At senior associate level, Helen Armstrong - who has a particular focus on technology and outsourcing disputes - is singled out.

    Practice head(s):

    Graham Shear

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Joby Davies is a calm and thoughtful litigator, with an excellent client manner and very good at making a team work well together.’

    ‘Their level of support is second to none, they are part of our team, they work with us in a collaborative way to support us through the life of a deal, rather than stepping in only at the point litigation might be relevant. They are efficient, succinct and understand our needs very well.’

    ‘Alexandra Kirby is a stand out lawyer. She is friendly but professional, gets to grips with nuances and complexities and presents issues in an easy to digest way. Oran Gelb is a hands-on partner.’

    ‘Sarah McAtominey is particularly user friendly and able.’

    ‘Graham Shear is a fantastic tactician and excellent negotiator. I have seen him extract concessions from the other side that no one thought would be possible.’

    ‘The team has fantastic strength in depth. All of them are great on the law, and the practical implications of the law.’

    ‘Graham Shear – a wealth of experience which he draws upon to recognise, and fix issues with the case.’

    ‘Experienced commercial partners that can value add to the litigation approach. Also personable, easy to deal with and a wide support team in place.’

    Key clients

    BT

    Kazakhstan Kagazy JSC

    BGC Partners

    Asturion Fondation

    Vatche Manoukian

    Tata Consultancy Services

    Wood Holdings Investment Limited

    George Kerr

    Work highlights

    • Successfully represented Vatche Manoukian in his battle with two Lebanese banks who have been ordered by the court to transfer Mr Manoukian’s personal funds out of Lebanon.

    Employment > Health and safety Tier 4

    Fielding a broad health and safety practice, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP also has a distinct dedicated regulatory practice, which has notable experience in fire safety and asbestos-related mandates. The team’s client roster encompasses banks and insolvency practitioners, energy companies, property developers and clients in the hotel, leisure and construction sectors. Jeremy Bark heads up the practice and is active across issues pertaining to fatal accidents, inquests and inquiries.

    Practice head(s):

    Jeremy Bark

    Finance > Asset based lending Tier 4

    With numerous practitioners based in London who are well versed in non-contentious commercial finance matters and also able to leverage the firm’s broader finance capabilities, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is well equipped to advise both lenders and borrowers seeking funding utilising ABL techniques, including on matters where it forms part of a broader debt package alongside other debt within the capital structure. Emma Howdle-Fuller heads the overarching commercial lending practice, which also includes dual UK and New York-qualified partner Shanan Dunstan, who is the main contact for work in the space, including in relation to specialist hybrid ABL/cash-flow lending structures. The firm’s global network also enhances the team’s ability to advise on multi-jurisdictional mandates.

    Practice head(s):

    Emma Howdle-Fuller

    Other key lawyers:

    Shanan Dunstan; Daniel Finch

    Key clients

    Bank of China

    Barclays Bank

    Constellation Automotive Group

    Factofrance

    Flybe Limited

    Gardner Denver Inc

    GettTaxi

    Hardinge Inc

    HSBC Bank

    Kape Technologies PLC

    Kids2, Inc.

    Knight Dragon

    Long Harbour

    Macquarie Capital

    Malin + Goetz

    Mount Street

    MUFG Bank, Ltd., London Branch

    NatWest

    Norddeutsche Landesbank

    PCF Bank Limited

    Playtech plc

    Rabobank

    Redde plc

    Romulus

    Sage Publications Inc

    Scotiabank

    ServerFarm Global Holdings Limited

    Social and Sustainable Capital

    TC Global Finance UK

    Tesco

    True Talent Inc

    Uniqmind

    Voneus

    Wells Fargo Bank International Unlimited Company

    Wireless Telecommunications Group, Inc.

    Work highlights

    • Advised World Wide Technology on a $400m receivables financing facility provided by Wells Fargo Bank.
    • Advised Wells Fargo on its global channel financing facilities, which it provides to multi-national tech companies such as Cisco Systems, Dell EMC, Dimension Data and Tech Data throughout EMEA, APAC and North America.
    • Advised Factofrance, a leading provider of financial services headquartered in France, on various amendments and accessions under a non-recourse receivables purchase facility provided by it to the KME Group, a global copper processing business.

    Finance > Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 4

    ‘Extremely knowledgeable while also being very practical and commercially minded’, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is a popular choice among a balanced roster of lender and borrower clients (including many PLC clients) across a range of financing transactions, from small business loans to large cross-border syndicated credit facilities. As well as transactional finance work, including a considerable amount within the real estate sector, Emma Howdle-Fuller, who heads up the firm’s EMEA commercial lending practice, has also recently handled a number of major IBOR transition projects for some key lender clients. The ‘technically excellent’ Derek Hrydziuszko has a strong reputation among lenders and borrowers and is appreciated for his ability to provide ‘efficient, pragmatic and bespoke advice’. 

    Practice head(s):

    Emma Howdle-Fuller

    Other key lawyers:

    Derek Hrydziuszko; Kyle Johnson

    Testimonials

    The team is extremely knowledgeable while also being very practical and commercially minded.’

    Exemplary market knowledge and team bench strength means we are always covered no matter how busy it gets.’

    ‘The team is great at providing not only technically brilliant but also commercial advice tailored specifically to our business.’ 

    Emma Howdle-Fuller has a good understanding of our business and financing requirements.’

    ‘Derek Hrydziuszko is a technically excellent lawyer who also provides efficient, pragmatic and bespoke advice required for our business. He goes above and beyond to deliver and is one of our most trusted advisers.’

    Key clients

    Bank of China

    Barclays Bank PLC

    Constellation Automotive Group

    Factofrance

    Flybe Limited

    Gardner Denver Inc

    GettTaxi

    Hardinge Inc

    HSBC Bank plc

    Kape Technologies PLC

    Kids2, Inc.

    Knight Dragon

    Long Harbour

    Macquarie Capital

    Malin + Goetz

    Mount Street

    MUFG Bank, Ltd., London Branch

    NatWest

    Norddeutsche Landesbank

    PCF Bank Limited

    Playtech plc

    Rabobank

    Redde plc

    Romulus

    Sage Publications Inc

    Scotiabank

    ServerFarm Global Holdings Limited

    Social and Sustainable Capital

    TC Global Finance UK

    Tesco

    True Talent Inc

    Uniqmind

    Voneus

    Wells Fargo Bank International Unlimited Company

    Wireless Telecommunications Group, Inc.

    Work highlights

    • Advised Scotiabank on multiple multicurrency and cross-border finance transactions in the investment trust space.
    • Advised Constellation Automotive Group Limited on credit facilities totalling in excess of £1.3bn and a bond issue on The International Stock Exchange (Channel Islands) of up to £900m.
    • Advised Bank of China in transitioning the UK loan book from LIBOR to new risk-free rates.

    Finance > Derivatives and structured products Tier 4

    Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 4

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is routinely instructed on complex reinsurance and coverage disputes involving an international element. With 35 years experience covering all aspects in the insurance sector, Jonathan Sacher is one of London’s senior practitioners, and co-leads the ‘technically strong, commercially minded’ team alongside reinsurance expert, Anthony Lennox. Kelly Jones is another sought after reinsurance specialist.

    Practice head(s):

    Jonathan Sacher; Anthony Lennox

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘A technically strong, commercially minded, client focused and professional but friendly team. Very good at working with the client to find a practical solution.’

    ‘Jonathan Sacher – very strong technical reinsurance expertise which is mirrored in his team.’

    ‘We cannot recommend the team more highly. We have used them for very different tasks, from wording updates to comply with new English new laws, to dispute resolution and litigation. Their advice is imaginative and often very effective.’

    ‘Jonathan Sacher is outstanding. He has produced tactics on two separate occasions that produced speedy agreement and avoided a dispute.’

    Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 4

    The oil and gas team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP focuses on M&A, and transactional matters and fields a team which includes former in-house. As well as corporate work, the team advises on financing and disputes matters in the upstream and downstream sectors. Adam Dann and George Burn head the team, and senior associate Helen Miller is a key practitioner, who is dual-qualified in Australia, and England and Wales. Former practice head John Conlin and Rod Chooramun left the firm, as did senior associate Simon Buchler, who left for an in-house role at Octopus Energy.

    Practice head(s):

    Adam Dann; George Burn

    Other key lawyers:

    Alexander Keepin; Helen Miller

    Key clients

    Pantheon Resources Inc.

    Eni S.P.A.

    Hellenic Petroleum S.A.

    Ancala Partners

    Odfjell Drilling

    EDF Energy

    Jadestone Energy

    SDX Energy Inc

    TOTAL SE

    Work highlights

    • Advised Hellenic Petroleum in relation to is exploration program under the West Patraikos Lease as operator and joint venture partner.
    • Advised Pantheon Resources Plc on a $96m fundraise, consisting of a $55m convertible bond issue and a $41m equity fundraise.
    • Advised San Leon Energy PLC on its proposed reorganisation to consolidate Midwestern Oil and Gas Company Limited’s shareholdings in San Leon Energy and Midwestern Leon Petroleum Limited into a single shareholding in the Company.

    Real estate > Social housing: finance Tier 4

    Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 4

    Under the leadership of GDPR specialist Kate BrimstedBryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP's team offers 'practical and sensible solutions' to data protection, privacy and cybersecurity issues. Frequently acting for Fortune 500 and FTSE 250 companies as well as household names such as Tesco, Royal Mail and Deliveroo, the group excels in data subject access requests, cross-border compliance projects, cyber incidents and regulatory investigations.

    Practice head(s):

    Kate Brimsted

    Other key lawyers:

    Jack Dunn

    Testimonials

    ‘The firm’s international presence allows risk assessments in other jurisdictions to be done quickly and efficiently. The advice is always clear and proportionate.’

    ‘Kate Brimsted is able to offer sensible advice even when a matter is not clear cut. This is particularly important when the the client is not technical and may not be able to articulate all relevant technical details that may be relevant to data protection. Kate is also helpful in terms of guiding the in-house lawyers on how to communicate with technical specialists and other internal stakeholders to deliver a solution.’

    ‘We usually go to the firm with thorny problems which we cannot resolve ourselves. The team provides practical and sensible solutions to the problems that we face.’

    ‘Sensible and practical interpretation of rules which are at times opaque.’

    ‘They have performed various data protection and privacy projects to a very high professional standard. They remain our go-to adviser for data protection, privacy and cybersecurity requirements. The firm is always willing to assist with our enquiries no matter how small, and we feel the advice offered can be relied on which is always in the clients’ best interest.’

    ‘Kate Brimsted and Jack Dunn have been our two main contacts over a number of years. Their first class advice has enabled a strong bond of trust between us and the firm.’

    ‘Geraldine Scali is a great lawyer and has a world class knowledge of privacy laws. Her understanding of the issues allows her to provide practical advice to resolve issues quickly.’

    ‘In-depth legal technical knowledge across a variety of contracts and situations. Able to respond rapidly on urgent matters and manage an extensive caseload to ever changing deadlines. Effective reporting communication reflecting a strong understanding of client particular needs.’

    Key clients

    Apto Payments

    Deliveroo

    eToro

    Heathrow Airport

    London Stock Exchange

    MarketCast

    Royal Mail

    Stifel Financial

    Tesco

    URW (owners of Westfield)

    Work highlights

    • Advised a developer and operator of luxury accommodation for seniors with built-in domiciliary care, including collection and management of health information in conjunction with the third party regulated care provider.
    • Assisted various multinational organisations with the data protection implications of the design and launch of diversity and inclusion initiatives, including multi-jurisdictional employee surveys.
    • Acted on GDPR compliance assessment exercises for overseas-headquartered financial institutions, including in the Far East, with a particular focus on the recent EU and UK developments regarding regulation of international data flows.

    TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management Tier 4

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP acts for both corporate clients and private individuals seeking to maintain and protect their reputations in the public eye. The practice is jointly led by Graham Shear and Joby Davies, and regularly advises clients on ESG and greenwashing, data protection, and media strategy. Shear and Davies are supported by Sarah McAtominey, who has a particular focus on advising HNW individuals and institutions.

    Practice head(s):

    Graham Shear; Joby Davies

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘In all great businesses you need leaders – Graham Shear is just that.’

    ‘They are efficient and very capable of holding small, medium and big projects with a wide experience in staff.’

    ‘Grahams Shear is the main lawyer in the practice – he is able to make quick decisions.’

    TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 4

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is commended for its work in relation to sports financing, litigation and arbitration. The practice also advises on sports commercial agreements, player transfers and changes to the FIFA and FA regulations. Graham Shear - 'one of the best sports lawyers around' - leads the team; he is known for dealing with players rights, third party financing and a broad spectrum of sports-related disputes. Marc Trottier handles financing deals within the sports sector. Marcus Pearl and senior associate Andrew Street are further key names to note.

    Practice head(s):

    Graham Shear

    Testimonials

    ‘Excellent sports law team’

    ‘Graham Shear is one of the most experienced solicitors acting in sport, with an unparalleled knowledge of the commercial/financial side of football.’

    ‘Andrew Street and Sarah McAtominey are both exceptional’

    ‘Graham Shear – one of the best sports lawyers around.’

    ‘Graham Shear is top notch, committed and hugely experienced.’

    ‘Graham Shear and Andrew Street are the best lawyers I have worked with in any field.’

    Key clients

    Rights & Media Funding Limited

    Ingesport UK Ltd

    The FA

    Work highlights

    • Advised Rights & Media Funding Limited as the sole lender of €67 million to 11 La Liga football clubs, in one of the largest transactions in European football.
    • Advised Ingesport UK Ltd in relation to its expansion into the UK. Ingesport is the sports centre management leader in Spain and Portugal, having conceived and developed GO fit, a chain of sports centres that operates under an administrative concession regime on public property.

    Transport > Aviation Tier 4

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP‘s aviation team draws on multi-disciplinary expertise from across its aviation finance, corporate, regulatory, planning and restructuring practices. Among the clients which the team represents are easyJet, Heathrow Airport and EY. Solicitor advocate Clare Reeve Curatola specialises in commercial litigation, regulatory investigations and corporate risk. Andrew Hockley, the firm's practice group leader for white collar, antitrust and international trade, is a key name for competition matters; he is now primarily based in Sydney.

    Testimonials

    ‘Very efficient and client focused, but pragmatic and good value for money.’

    ‘Patient, practical, pragmatic and great performance.’

    ‘Able to provide a full breadth of service in my experiences with them, including cross border (Europe and US). Very proactive when operating under tight and stressful deadlines.’

    ‘Incredibly personable team who have the appropriate balance between commerciality and legal detail. Were prepared to not sit on the fence and give a proper opinion whilst still clearly outlining risks.’

    ‘Dedicated, focused and flexible team, hardworking, delivering each time.’

    Key clients

    EY

    Falko Regional Aircraft Limited

    ICBCIL Aviation Company Limited

    Seraph Aviation

    Heathrow

    easyJet

    Work highlights

    • Advised Seraph Aviation on all aspects of the operating lease transaction for one B737-800 aircraft with Joy Air of China.
    • Advised Heathrow Airport Limited regarding its Expansion Project since 2013 and defending the challenges brought against the Government’s Airports National Policy Statement (ANPS).
    • Advised Heathrow Airport in relation to Crossrail.

    Employment > Employee share schemes Tier 5

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is frequently sought after to advise on the incentive aspects of IPOs and M&A. Another area of expertise for the practice is EMI schemes, where it advises a number of start-ups. David Dennison overseas the team and draws on extensive experience in advising trustees and employers on pension plans and incentive arrangements, including tax-advantageous schemes and executive remuneration.

    Practice head(s):

    David Dennison

    Testimonials

    ‘David Dennison is recommended.’

    ‘Responsive, friendly, deep domain expertise’

    Key clients

    U and I Group

    Playtech

    Industrials REIT

    FRP Advisory Group

    Redde Northgate

    Pensana

    Raven Property Group

    Jadestone Energy

    Trident Royalties

    I(X) Investments

    Work highlights

    • Advised U and I Group , a company with a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange, in connection with its recommended all cash takeover by Land Securities.
    • Acted for Industrials REIT , a Guernsey company quoted on the premium segment of the London Stock Exchange, on the adoption of a new savings-related share option plan.
    • Assisted Playtech, a premium listed company, with an all cash offer by Aristocrat Leisure, an Australian company.

    Finance > Acquisition finance Tier 5

    Led by Emma Howdle-FullerBryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP provides ‘hugely commercial’ advice to a balanced array of banks, sponsors and corporates, both on domestic and cross-border acquisition finance mandates. The balanced nature of the client base is matched by the firm’s breadth of product expertise.

    Practice head(s):

    Emma Howdle-Fuller

    Other key lawyers:

    Derek Hrydziuszko; Kyle Johnson

    Testimonials

    ‘The team is hugely commercial and focused on getting a deal done for the client. The lawyers have the ability to cover the full range of issues that may arise.’

    Key clients

    Bank of China

    Barclays Bank PLC

    Constellation Automotive Group

    Factofrance

    Flybe Limited

    Gardner Denver Inc

    GettTaxi

    Hardinge Inc

    HSBC Bank plc

    Kape Technologies PLC

    Kids2, Inc.

    Knight Dragon

    Long Harbour

    Macquarie Capital

    Malin + Goetz

    Mount Street

    MUFG Bank, Ltd

    NatWest

    Norddeutsche Landesbank

    PCF Bank Limited

    Playtech plc

    Rabobank

    Redde plc

    Romulus

    Sage Publications Inc

    Scotiabank

    ServerFarm Global Holdings Limited

    Social and Sustainable Capital

    TC Global Finance UK

    Tesco

    True Talent Inc

    Uniqmind

    Voneus

    Wells Fargo Bank International Unlimited Company

    Wireless Telecommunications Group, Inc.

    Work highlights

    • Advised Coöperatieve Rabobank on a $77.3m term facility provided by it to a global berry growing and supply business for the purposes of a business acquisition in the berry sector.  
    • Advised Agilitas as sponsor in relation to a €151.3m syndicated and secured debt financing arranged by Barings Asset Management Limited in respect of Agilitas’ acquisition of Prodieco Advanced Engineering Solutions.
    • Advised Kape Technologies plc, an AIM-traded digital privacy and security software business, on two major transformative transactions with facilities totalling in excess of $400m.

    Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 5

    Led by the ‘commercial and approachable’ Marc Trottier , Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP provides ‘cost conscious’ advice that makes effective use of technology and leverages expertise across other complementary practice areas to good effect for IPs, boards of directors and funds engaged in the mid-market. Real estate-related work is a particular area of strength, including on cross-border transactions involving a North American nexus. The firm hired Richard Obank  and Colin Ashford from Brown Rudnick LLP  in summer 2022.  

    Practice head(s):

    Marc Trottier

    Testimonials

    They are extremely flexible and able to act on a board range of insolvency, M&A, restructuring and financing situations and would be my first choice for any mid-market deal. They are adept at calling on other areas of the firm where necessary and leverage particularly well off their strong real estate offering.’

    Their key attribute is that they are all very commercially minded – they have a great ability to see the bigger picture and provide constructive advice that accounts for that.’

    Marc Trottier is a first-rate lawyer demonstrating outstanding legal and commercial aptitude and has excelled on a number of matters for us, including acting for administrators, acting on complex financing and M&A transactions and also solvent sale processes. He is very commercial and approachable.’

    Marc Trottier and his team will move hell or high-water to join calls with any number of participants, and are frequently the ones to find a solution where we have an impasse. They are willing to think laterally on problems and will flex their solutions to cater to any blockers we have, whether legal or personal!’

    Public sector > Infrastructure (parliamentary)

    The firm: Formed by the April 2018 merger of Berwin Leighton Paisner and Bryan Cave, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) is purposely structured in a way few other law firms are — as a fully financially integrated international team of 1,400 lawyers in 32 offices across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

    Built from the start to be ‘one firm’ with high connectivity and client facing culture, the firm is already known for its relationship-driven and collaborative spirit. It also capitalises on the heritage of both legacy firm’s reputation for industry-shaping innovation. Now structured around a series of enhanced and global capabilities, the firm offers clients one of the most active M&A, real estate, financial services, litigation and corporate risk practices in the world.

    BCLP’s expertise covers all aspects of commercial law; antitrust and competition; construction, engineering and procurement; corporate finance; dispute resolution; employment; pensions and incentives; finance; intellectual property; private client; real estate and infrastructure; regulatory and compliance; re structuring and insolvency; and tax.

    BCLP’s client base includes publicly held multinational corporations, large and mid-sized privately held companies, emerging companies, not-for-profit organisations, government entities and individuals. 40% of the Fortune 500 rely on the firm to protect their interests and support their critical business needs and 30 of the world’s top 50 banks have relied on BCLP. The cumulative deal value of real estate projects the firm has advised on in the last two years exceeds $75bn.

    BCLP is renowned for responding creatively to the challenges clients face, evidenced by being four times winners for Legal innovation: Leader in Law Firm Innovation (Law.com, 2018); Number 1 Most Innovative Law Firm (Legal Business, 2017); ‘World’s Most Innovative Law firm’ (ILTA, 2014); ‘World’s Most Innovative Law firm’ (ILTA, 2011).

    It has a series of innovative new products and services in the pipeline. BCLP is also investing in client technology solutions, such as case management and workflow platform ‘Sharedo’, which are delivering significant efficiency improvements for clients. The firm will launch new products throughout 2018 and into 2019, including new automated contract negotiation software and a unique technology-driven case analysis product, to help clients mitigate litigation risk. The combined firm additionally will show a demonstrable commitment to fostering innovative ideas among employees on new legal technology, via its TechX initiative and Business Academy, to empower its teams to continuously improve services.

    Diversity and inclusivity: BCLP brings diversity and inclusivity into every aspect of its work and culture, fostering an environment where everybody feels valued, motivated and able to be themselves. In 2018 BLP was recognised as one of the top ten most LGBT* inclusive places to work in the UK in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index (WEI), an annual audit of workplace culture for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff. In 2017, and for the 11th year running, Bryan Cave achieved a perfect score on the Human Right’s Campaign Equality Index reflecting their best practice approach to diversity and policies for LGBT lawyers.

    Further details are available via www.bclplaw.com, LinkedIn or via Twitter: @BCLPLaw.

    Principal areas of work: The firm focuses on the following areas:
    Corporate

    • M&A and corporate finance
    • Employee benefits
    • International trade
    • Investment management
    • Private client
    • Public policy and government affairs
    • Securities
    • Tax advice and controversy
    • Technology and commercial

    Finance

    • Asset finance
    • Banking
    • Energy, environmental and infrastructure
    • Energy finance
    • Structured debt
    • Restructuring and insolvency

    Litigation and corporate risk

    • Antitrust and competition
    • Class actions
    • Commercial disputes
    • Intellectual property
    • International arbitration and construction disputes
    • Investigations, financial regulation and white-collar
    • Labour and employment
    • Product liability

    Real estate

    • Commercial construction
    • Commercial real estate
    • Disputes
    • Finance
    • Planning and zoning

    Offices
    UK: London, Manchester, Southampton

    US: Atlanta, Boulder, Charlotte, Chicago, Colorado Springs, Dallas, Denver, Irvine, Jefferson City, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Phoenix, San Francisco, St. Louis, Washington

    Europe: Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Moscow, Paris

    Asia: Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore

    Middle East: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Tel Aviv

    DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
    Co-Chair Lisa Mayhew
    Co-Chair Therese Pritchard
    Senior Partner, EMEA Robert MacGregor
    Senior Partner, Americas Bill Seaburgh
    Antitrust and Competition Andrew Hockley
    Asset Finance Russell Clifford
    Aviation Jamie Wiseman-Clarke
    Banking and Capital Markets Emma Howdle-Fuller
    Banking and Capital Markets Prashanth Satyadeva
    Betting and Gaming Benjamin Lee
    Charities Martin Paisner CBE
    Commercial & Corporate Litigation Oliver Glynn-Jones
    Construction & Engineering Marc Hanson
    Construction & Engineering Bob Maynard
    Employment & Labour Rebecca Harding-Hill
    Energy & Infrastructure Adam Dann
    Environment Aidan Thomson
    Financial services Nathan Willmott
    Food, Health & Safety Craig Baylis
    Hotels Laura Wild
    Insolvency & Corporate Recovery Ben Jones
    Insurance/Reinsurance Jonathan Sacher
    Insurance/Reinsurance Anthony Lennox
    Insurance Corporate Regulatory Adam Bogdanor
    Intellectual Property Ash von Schwan
    International Arbitration George Burn
    Investigations & White Collar Nathan Willmott
    Investment funds Justin Cornelius
    Leisure Craig Baylis
    Licensing Craig Baylis
    Litigation and corporate risk Nathan Willmott
    M&A and Corporate Risk Benjamin Lee
    M&A and Corporate Risk Carol Osborne
    Outsourcing Richard Shaw
    PFI/PPP Mark Richards
    Pensions & Incentives David Dennison
    Planning Tim Hellier
    Private Equity Benjamin Lee
    Pro Bono Michael Goldmeier
    Pro Bono Alison Klarfeld
    Project finance Mark Richards
    Public Sector Alan Aisbett
    Real Estate & Infrastructure Chris de Pury
    Real Estate Disputes Akhil Markanday
    Real Estate Finance Naveen Vijh
    Retail John Bennett
    Restructuring Ben Jones
    Sport Graham Shear
    Tax – Corporate, International, Contentious Elizabeth Bradley
    Technology & Commercial Richard Shaw
    Technology & Media Marcus Pearl
    Transport Mark Richards
    Transport Russell Clifford
    Trusts & Personal Tax, Private Client Damian Bloom
    Water Andrew Hockley
    Number of UK partners : 156
    Number of other UK fee-earners : 473

    Formed by the April 2018 merger of Berwin Leighton Paisner and Bryan Cave, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) is purposely structured in a way few other law firms are — as a fully financially integrated international team of over 1,200 lawyers in 30 offices across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

    Built from the start to be ‘one firm’ with high connectivity and client facing culture, the new firm is known for its relationship-driven and collaborative spirit. It also capitalises on the heritage of both legacy firms’ reputation for industry-shaping innovation. Now structured around a series of enhanced and global capabilities, the firm offers clients one of the most active M&A, real estate, financial services, litigation and corporate risk practices in the world.

    BCLP’s expertise covers all aspects of commercial law; antitrust and competition; construction, engineering and procurement; corporate finance; dispute resolution; employment; pensions and incentives; finance; intellectual property; private client; real estate and infrastructure; regulatory and compliance; restructuring and insolvency; and tax.

    BCLP’s client base includes publicly held multinational corporations, large and mid-sized privately held companies, emerging companies, not-for-profit organisations, government entities and individuals. 35% of Fortune 500 companies rely on the firm to protect their interests and support their critical business needs and 30 of the world’s top 50 banks have relied on BCLP. The cumulative deal value of real estate projects the firm has advised on in the last two years exceeds $75bn.

    BCLP is renowned for responding creatively and innovatively to client challenges, evidenced by a catalogue of innovation awards including Best Client Solution and Best in Theme (MPF 2021); Best Legal Service Innovation and Best in Business (2020); AI Innovation Award (Legal Week 2019 and 2018); Stand Out Award (FT Innovative Lawyers 2018) as well as winning multiple awards for World’s Most Innovative Law Firm in both the UK and US.

    As the legal market continues to evolve, and client needs change with it, BCLP continues to invest in equipping our lawyers the innovation skills and behaviours needed to provide peerless client service.  This includes dedicated trainee and associate secondment programmes; training in innovation skills including service design, process improvement, change management, and innovation strategy; and more.  Additionally, BCLP invests significantly in trialling and adopting innovative new commercial LegalTech that materially improves the quality and cost effectiveness of our legal service delivery, including (in 2022 alone) Orbital Witness, StructureFlow, LitiGate, and Legatics, along with a pipeline of several others under evaluation.

    Diversity & Inclusivity: BCLP brings diversity and inclusivity into every aspect of its work and culture, fostering an environment where everybody feels valued, motivated and able to be themselves. In 2018 BLP was recognised as one of the top ten most LGBT* inclusive places to work in the UK in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index (WEI), an annual audit of workplace culture for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff. In 2017, and for the 11th year running, Bryan Cave achieved a perfect score on the Human Right’s Campaign Equality Index reflecting their best practice approach to diversity and policies for LGBT lawyers. This year, BCLP was recognised with the McDonald’s EMPOWER award for the firm’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. BCLP’s UK Office Managing Partner, Segun Osuntokun, was named ‘Inspirational Leader of the Year’ at UK Ethnicity Awards 2021 and UK’s Black Powerlist 2021, as well as Business Person of the Year in the Black British Business Awards 2020.

    Principal Areas of Work:

    CORPORATE

    • Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
    • Funds and Investment Management
    • International Trade
    • M&A and Corporate Finance
    • Finance
    • Outsourcing and Business Services
    • Private Equity
    • Public Policy and Government Affairs
    • Securities and Corporate Governance
    • Tax Advice and Controversy
    • Technology and Commercial

    FINANCE

    • Banking
    • Financial Regulation
    • Fintech
    • Restructuring and Insolvency
    • Structured Finance
    • Transport and Asset Finance

    LITIGATION AND CORPORATE RISK

    • Antitrust and Competition
    • Class Actions
    • Commercial Disputes
    • Construction Disputes
    • Cyber Security and Data Protection
    • Employment and Labour
    • Financial Regulation
    • Intellectual Property
    • International Arbitration
    • Investigations and White Collar
    • Product Liability

    REAL ESTATE

    • Commercial Construction & Engineering
    • Commercial Real Estate
    • Leasing and Corporate Services
    • Planning and Environment
    • Real Estate Private Equity and Investments
    • Real Estate Finance
    • Real Estate Tax
    • Real Estate Development
    • Real Estate and Construction Disputes
    • Real Estate Structuring & Insolvency
    • Real Estate Funds

    UK OFFICES: London, Manchester, Southampton

    US OFFICES: Atlanta, Boulder, Charlotte, Chicago, Colorado Springs, Dallas, Denver, Irvine, Jefferson City, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Phoenix, San Francisco, St. Louis, Washington

    EUROPE OFFICES: Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Paris

    ASIA OFFICES: Hong Kong, Singapore

    MIDDLE EAST OFFICES: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Tel Aviv

    DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
    Co-Chair Lisa Mahew
    Co-Chair Steven Baumer
    Managing Partner, London Segun Osuntokun
    Antitrust and Competition Andrew Hockley, Edward Coulson
    Asset Finance Russell Clifford
    Banking and Capital Markets Emma Howdle-Fuller
    Banking Litigation Oran Gelb
    Betting and Gaming Jeremy Bark
    Commercial Construction Gareth Stringer
    Commercial Contracts Richard Shaw
    Contentious Construction Shy Jackson
    Data Privacy and Security Kate Brimsted, Geraldine Scali
    Debt Capital Markets Prashanth Satyadeva
    Defamation/Reputation Management Graham Shear
    Employment and Labour Adam Lambert
    Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation David Dennison
    Energy and Infrastructure Adam Dann, James Clarke, Mark Richards
    Environment Aidan Thomson
    Financial Crime Andrew Tuson
    Financial Services Polly James
    Food, Health and Safety Law Jeremy Bark
    Fraud Segun Osuntokun
    Hotels, Hospitality and Leisure Laura Wild
    Insurance/Reinsurance Jonathan Sacher, Anthony Lennox
    Insurance Corporate Regulation Adam Bogdanor, Geraldine Quirk
    Intellectual Property Marcus Pearl
    International Arbitration George Burn
    Investment Management Kieran Saunders
    Licensing Jeremy Bark
    M&A and Corporate Finance Benjamin Lee
    Mining and Metals Alexander Keepin
    Outsourcing Marcus Pearl
    Projects- PFI/PPP Mark Richards
    Planning and Zoning Tim Hellier
    Private Equity Ian Ivory, Simon Beddow
    Pro Bono Simon Beddow
    Real Estate Chris de Pury, Samant Narula
    Real Estate Disputes Akhil Markanday
    Real Estate Finance Naveen Vijh
    Retail and Consumer Products Carol Osborne
    Restructuring and Insolvency Colin Ashford, Richard Obank, Mark Trottier
    IT and Telecoms Marcus Pearl
    Sport Graham Shear, Marcus Pearl
    Structured Finance Prashanth Satyadeva
    Tax Corporate Elizabeth Bradley
    Tax Contentious Kate Ison
    Technology and Commercial Transactions Carol Osborne, Marcus Pearl, Richard Shaw
    Transport Russell Clifford
    VAT Alan Sinyor
    Water Aidan Thomson, Andrew Hockely
    Number of UK Partners : 126
    Number of other UK Fee-earners : 426

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    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner acted as a lead counsel for a consortium including Mubadala Investment Company and Sberbank Investments on its investment in IXcellerate Group

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    Mergermarket Names Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Russia among the Russian Market’s Top-3 Law Firms

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    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has successfully advised Avito on a USD 1.2 m investment in HR Messenger, an automated staff recruitment and integration platform. This is the first deal of this magnitude involving chatbot design companies. HR Messenger will use the investment to develop its business and take on more staff.

    BCLP advises Sberbank on rub 161 billion sale of Eurocement Group

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP (formerly – Goltsblat BLP LLP) advised Sberbank on the recently completed sale of debt and equity in Eurocement Group, following electronic auction, to the winning bidder – Mikhaylovsky Construction Materials Plant – for an aggregate consideration of RUB 161 bn (circa $2.16 bn) – positively viewed by Sberbank:

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner retains its leading M&A counsel position in Russia and is ranked #1 in the Mergers.ru research for three quarters of 2021

    As per the results of the first nine months of 2021, the BCLP Corporate / M&A practice was ranked #1 in the overall ranking, including #1 by deal volume and #3 by deal value (in excess of USD 2.6 bn) in the study of best M&A legal advisors in Russia according to the Mergers.ru information and analytical project.

    BCLP advises Irrico Limited, a VTB Capital and CEECAT Capital joint venture, on selling its agricultural business

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP is advising Irrico Limited on sale of an agricultural holding company engaged in intensive crop and vegetable farming in the south of Russia.

    BCLP advises Mubadala Investment Company on investing in Dostavista Group (New Brand – Borzo)

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP advised Mubadala Investment Company and its co-investor, a large investment fund, on their USD 21 m venture investment in Dostavista Group.

    BCLP Competition Lawyers Ranked in ‘Who’s Who Legal’ 2021

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    BCLP Russia advises Sberbank Asset Management on acquiring logistics property portfolios from major developers

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    Vitaly Mozharowski Named a Key Russian Commercial Real Estate Market Maker by CRE-100 2021

    Vitaly Mozharowski, Real Estate and Construction Partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Russia (formerly Goltsblat BLP in Russia), has been named first among the top legal advisers in CRE-100, which ranks the most influential people on the commercial real estate market.

    BCLP Russia advises Sberbank Investments and the Russia-China Investment Fund on a RUB 1.6 bn investment in Eruditor Group holding

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    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner advises GetCourse Founder/CEO on private equity deal with Goldman Sachs, Winter Capital Partners and Baring Vostok

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner team is advising Sergey Mikhaylov, a founder and the CEO of the GetCourse online educational platform, on a USD 50 m private equity deal with Goldman Sachs, Winter Capital Partners and Baring Vostok Capital Partners funds. 

    BCLP Russia Ranks High in the Chambers 2021 Rating for Private Wealth Law

    Chambers & Partners, a pre-eminent international legal rating, has released its 2021 ranking once again recognising Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Russia as a top-ranked Private Wealth Law firm.

    BCLP advises Sberbank on selling Akhangarancement

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP (formerly Goltsblat BLP LLP), together with co-counsel in Uzbekistan Kosta Legal (kostalegal.com), advised Sberbank on selling 84.2% of the shares in JSC Akhangarancement, which were pledged to Sberbank, as part of a global arrangement for settling the debts of Eurocement Group.

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner acts for 12 STOREEZ and its Founders in a private equity deal with Baring Vostok Capital Partners

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner advises 12 STOREEZ and the founders of this Russian apparel brand on the private equity deal with Baring Vostok Capital Partners Fund.

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner represented MTT Group in the sale to PJSC MTS of 100% of the shares in leading provider of telecom and it solutions MTT

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) lawyers advised MTT Group on selling 100% of the shares in MTT, one of the top-10 biggest telecom companies in Russia and a leading provider of intelligent connectivity solutions for businesses, to Mobile TeleSystems PJSC.

    BCLP Russia Antitrust & Competition team wins “Matter of the Year” Award in Global Competition Review’s 2021 GCR Awards for its involvement in the Fiat Chrysler/Peugeot deal, advising PSA Group on obtaining Russian antitrust clearance for the merger

    The Fiat Chrysler (MI:FCHA) Automobiles N.V. (FCA) / Peugeot S.A. (PSA) merger has won the GCR award for Matter of the Year. The award in this category covers merger control, cartels, unilateral conduct, litigation or any other competition matter worldwide and praises creative, strategic and innovative work by teams of in-house and external lawyers and economists.

    Firm Highly Ranked by IsraelDesks 2021

    International law firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP (BCLP) is recognised for the third consecutive year by IsraelDesks as having one of the most active and well-recognised Israel Practices of any international law firm.

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    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner top-ranked by The Legal 500 2021 across 17 practice areas in Russia. 36 lawyers recommended

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Russia is once again named one of the best law firms on the Russian legal market by the recently released The Legal 500 2021.

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner advises Gazprom Neft on launching JV with Zyfra

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    BCLP advises Mubadala Investment Company on a venture investment in MEL Science

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has advised Mubadala Investment Company on an investment in MEL Science. This London-based company has raised USD 14 m in Series B funding from investors to support expansion of its subscription-based science education business.

    BCLP Russia advised Algorithmics on raising investment from Winter Capital Partners and RCIF

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has advised Algorithmics, a well-known international maths and programming school, on raising USD 10 m in investment from Winter Capital Partners and the Russia-China Technological Investment Fund (RCIF, set up by the Russian Direct Investment Fund and the China Investment Corporation), and on acquisition by Winter Capital Partners of the stakes held by a number of the company’s minority shareholders.

    BCLP Russia takes top positions in the Chambers Europe 2021 rating

    On 18 March 2021, Chambers Europe, a pre-eminent international legal rating, released its 2021 ranking according to which Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Russia is once again recognised as a top-ranked law firm in the following key areas: Real Estate & Construction (Band 1), Competition/Antitrust (Band 1), Corporate/M&A (Band 3), Dispute Resolution (Band 4), Intellectual Property (Band 3), Tax (Band 3), Employment (Band 2), ТМТ (Band 3), Banking and Finance (Band 4), Restructuring/Insolvency (Band 4), Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals (Band 4).

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner defends Double Data in a precedent-setting dispute with VKontakte over use of public web data

    After the 12 February 2021 hearing in a case brought by the owner of the VKontakte social network against Skolkovo resident OOO Double (Double Data), developer of Double Data software, over lawfulness of processing open data on the VKontakte social network, the Moscow Commercial Court awarded the case to Double Data, represented by Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner. The full judgement was produced on 22 March 2021 and may be found here.

    BCLP Russia advised Algorithmics on raising investment from Winter Capital Partners and RCIF

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has advised Algorithmics, a well-known international maths and programming school, on raising USD 10 m in investment from Winter Capital Partners and the Russia-China Technological Investment Fund (RCIF, set up by the Russian Direct Investment Fund and the China Investment Corporation), and on acquisition by Winter Capital Partners of the stakes held by a number of the company’s minority shareholders.

    BCLP Russia retains leading positions in the Chambers Global 2021 rating

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Russia is once again a top-ranked law firm according to Chambers Global 2021, one of the pre-eminent international legal ratings.

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner appoints Yury Babichev as Dispute Resolution Partner

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is delighted to announce that Yury Babichev has been appointed Dispute Resolution Partner effective 1 January 2021.

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Russia Advises Hms Group 
on Restructuring

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Russia (formerly Goltsblat BLP in Russia) has successfully advised H.M.S. Technologies Limited (HMST), the major shareholder in HMS Group, on restructuring its 71.51% shareholding in HMS Hydraulic Machines & Systems Group Plc (LSE: HMSG) (HMS Group Plc), the Cyprus-based parent of HMS Group.


    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (russia) Llp Top-ranked By The Legal 500 2019

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP (formerly Goltsblat BLP in Russia) is once again named one of the best law firms on the Russian legal market by the recently released The Legal 500.


    BCLP Russia advised Far East & Baikal Region Development Fund on finance transaction

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP advised the Far East and Baikal Region Development Fund on a finance transaction for construction of a new terminal in the Far East and development of airport infrastructure


    Celebrating 10 Years!

    Today is a big day for Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP, formerly Goltsblat BLP in Russia: the firm is celebrating ten years since merging with international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner. Since then, Goltsblat BLP has evolved into a leader on the Russian legal market and, following one of the biggest ever transatlantic mergers, also globally, under the new brand Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP.


    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (russia) Representing Rushydro In Arbitration Against Kyrgyzstan

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP (formerly Goltsblat BLP in Russia) is representing RusHydro, a Russian energy major, in an international arbitration brought against the Kyrgyz Republic over the termination of the intergovernmental agreement dated 20 September 2012 for construction and operation of the Upper-Naryn hydroelectric power plants. 


    BCLP Russia advises Da Vinci Capital on investments in global technology company DataArt

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP has advised Da Vinci Capital, a leading emerging markets private equity firm, on investing in DataArt, a leading global technology consultancy that designs and develops unique software solutions for supporting company growth momentum in key industries. 


    International Tax Review again names BCLP (Russia) LLP’s tax lawyers among leading experts in Russ

    International Tax Review has recently released its prestigious series of tax leaders guides, putting Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP’s lawyers among the leading individuals in Russia.


    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner appointed Sberbank’s sole legal counsel on US and EU sanctions

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has been appointed by Sberbank of Russia, from among top Russian and international law firms, as its sole legal counsel on US and EU sanctions until 31 May 2019.


    BCLP Russia advises Intl Investment Bank on USD 96.5m financing to State Transport Leasing Company

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP has successfully acted for the International Investment Bank (IIB), a multilateral development bank mainly operating in Eastern Europe, Russia and Asia, on a RUB 6bn (USD 96.5m) revolving multi-asset secured facility for financing and refinancing the acquisition of a number of passenger and special purposes aviation and mining assets with one of the biggest Russian lessors, State Transport Leasing Company (GTLK). The financing terms permit the funds to be used for the acquisition of Let L-410 Turbolet regional passenger jets, helicopters Ansats and Mi-8s with medical modules and BELAZ mining trucks.

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP advises Rusklimat Group on a restructuring project

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP is providing comprehensive legal and tax advisory support to Rusklimat Group, the biggest Russian manufacturer and importer of climate control equipment, in relation to its programme for restructuring the Group’s business units and divisions. This programme is designed to optimise the distribution network structure and raise the Group’s attractiveness to investors.


    BCLP (Russia) represents Samsung C&T Corporation vc REMZ for recovery of $1,840,000 in debt & damage

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP has brought yet another victory for its client,  Samsung C&T Corporation, in the proceeding against REMZ (Rostovskiy ElectroMetallurgicheskiy Zavod) caused by the breach by the latter of a supply contract.  The court ordered REMZ to pay USD 1,050,000 of principal debt and USD 790,000 in damages. The decision of the court of first instance was appealed by REMZ, but the court of appeals reaffirmed it without modification.


    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP advises Verno and Kazakhstan Infrastructure Fund

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP provides legal support to Verno, an international investment company, managing the PE fund Kazakhstan Infrastructure Fund C.V., in a project to develop and let around 25,000 sq m of warehouse premises as the first phase of a bigger plan to construct up to 100,000 sq m of Class A warehouses in Kazakhstan. The warehouse infrastructure affording perfect conditions for storing all types of freight will be located on the Kazakhstan-China border, in the Khorgos Eastern Gates special economic zone, which is a key transit point on the New Silk Road.


    BCLP (Russia) advised MasterCard Member Association on Russia’s first Cash-Out service

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP has advised MasterCard Member Association on launching an innovative service on the Russian market: simultaneous cash-out with POS payment by bank card at shop tills (tentatively named “Cash-Out” or “Purchase with Cash Back”). 


    IPC Puts off Double Data vs. Vkontakte Hearings until 17 July

    On 22 May 2018, after hearing both parties, the Intellectual Property Court (IPC) adjourned until 17 July 2018 the hearing of the dispute between Skolkovo resident OOO Double (Double Data) and VKontakte over use of public data from the social network in a search engine manner.


    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Russia Defends Prosveshcheniye Publishers in Major Book Industry Case

    The Arbitrazh (Commercial) Court of the City of Moscow has heard a trade mark dispute between Prosveshcheniye Publishing House and another Russian publisher, Ventana-Graf. The court has satisfied all the claims by Prosveshcheniye Publishing House, the claimant, recovering RUB 3.7 bn in compensation for breach of trade mark rights.


    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (russia) Acted For Vimpelcom Vs Fas Of Russia Over Sms Service Tariffs

    Acting for PAO VimpelCom, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP has triumphed in the first instance, appeal and cassation arbitrazh (commercial) courts in a dispute between mobile operators and the FAS of Russia over changes to B2B SMS service tariffs.


    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP top-ranked by The Legal 500 2018

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP is a market-leading law firm in Russia according to the recent release of the prestigious international ranking The Legal 500, which top-ranks the firm in its key practice areas: Real Estate and Construction, Competition, Intellectual Property, Corporate/M&A, Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation, Tax, Employment, Banking and Finance, etc.


    Goltsblat BLP advises on sale of Sailfish OS developer

    Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), which will operate as Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP from April 2018, advises Open Mobile Platform-DC LLC and RUSINTECH LLC on sale of 75% in Open Mobile Platform-DC and 75% in Votron LLC to Rostelecom PJSC. 


    Merger Creates Global Law Firm, ‘bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’ Llp, New Name On Russian Market

    Following a vote by the Partnerships of both Bryan Cave LLP, one of the leading US law firms, and Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) LLP, including its Russian practice Goltsblat BLP, the two firms have announced they will merge, officially launching in April 2018. The new firm will be called Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner with combined revenues of over US$900 million. As the result of the merger Goltsblat BLP will continue to operate in Russia under the new name Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP. The merger brings together two organisations widely recognised for their innovative approaches to client service, into one global, fully financially integrated law firm. Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner will provide clients with access to international practice and sector teams in 32 offices across 11 countries and a platform of approximately 1600 lawyers.


    Goltsblat BLP advises Alfa-Bank on the acquisition of a stake in fin-tech company Pay-Me

    Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), has advised Alfa-Bank on its acquisition of shares in a mobile acquiring operator working under the Pay-Me brand. The deal contemplated the early-stage investor shareholding transferred in its entirety to the bank.


    Goltsblat BLP advised AFG National on its JV with Volga Group

    Goltsblat BLP advised AFG National on sale of a 35% stake in its subsidiary OOO Yuzhniye Zemli to Volga Group Agro (a company consolidating Volga Group’s agricultural projects). The deal was signed on 26 December 2017. Yuzhniye Zemli produces top quality apples by a super intensive technology. The company currently manages 400 ha of orchards. In 2018, it intends to launch an additional 300 ha, build the second stage of its fruit storage facility and ramp up apple production to 10 thousand tonnes. 


    GBLP has advised EDB and IIB on a RUB 8.15 bn syndicated facility

    Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of the international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), has advised a syndicate of the Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) and International Investment Bank (IIB) on a project finance transaction for construction of two hydro-power plants with a total capacity of 49.8 MW in the Republic of Karelia (Russia). The RUB 8.15 bn facility will be repaid in 12 years. This is also a pilot project in Russia for the New Development Bank set up by the BRICS countries, as the creditors have used its resources for funding.


    Goltsblat Blp Advises Ferronordic Machines On Its Nasdaq Stockholm Ipo

    Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of the international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), has acted as the Russian legal counsel for Ferronordic Machines AB on the offering and listing of its ordinary shares on Nasdaq Stockholm.


    Julia Romanova Joins Goltsblat Blp As Head Of Group, Reinforcing Its Dispute Resolution Practice

    Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of the international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), announces that Julia Romanova has joined the team as Head of Group, International Arbitration, White Collar Criminal Defence, to strengthen further the firm’s Dispute Resolution Practice. Before joining Goltsblat BLP, Julia Romanova was Head of the Litigation/Arbitration Practice of Moscow Office of Chadbourne & Parke LLP.


    Goltsblat Blp Advises Mts On Acquisition Of A Controlling Stake In Start-up Litebox

    Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of the international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), has advised PJSC MTS, the leading telecommunications provider in Russia, on its acquisition of a controlling stake (50.82%) in the Russian retail software developer Oblachny Retail LLC operating under the LiteBox brand.


    Goltsblat Blp Advises Sberbank Investments As Restructuring Agent On Genser’s Debt Restructuring

    Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of the international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), has advised Sberbank Investments as restructuring agent on debt portfolio restructuring for the Genser group of companies, one of Russia’s biggest car dealers. Sberbank, VTB, Sviaz-Bank, Bank SOYUZ, Credit Bank of Moscow, and Bank ROSSIYSKY CAPITAL were involved in the restructuring, with Sberbank Investments as the advisor.


    Goltsblat Blp Proves To The Supreme Court That Adjustment Of Import Vat Deductions Is Unlawful

    Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of the international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), won a landmark dispute in the Supreme Court of Russia for Wine Brandy Plant Alliance-1892 LLC against Russia’s Federal Tax Service’s Inter-district Office for Major Taxpayers No. 3.


    Goltsblat Blp Advises On Merger Of Two Major Taxi Aggregators In Russia

    Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of the international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), has advised Fasten (owner of Saturn and RedTaxi brands), a major player on the taxi aggregator market in Russia, on its merger with RuTaxi (Vezyet / Везет and Leader / Лидер brands). 


    Vitaly Dianov Appointed Goltsblat Blp Competition & Antitrust Partner

    Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of the international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), announces appointment of Vitaly Dianov, PhD in law, as Competition & Antitrust Partner with effect from 1 May 2017.


    Goltsblat Blp Advised On The Sale Of Drinking Water Production And Distribution Business In Russia T

    Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of the international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), advised on the sale of a drinking water production and distribution business in Russia (Noringa and Clear Water brand names) to Borjomi.


    Goltsblat Blp Advises Icbc On Leasing Six A321-211 To Aeroflot

    Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), has advised ICBC International Leasing, the leasing subsidiary of the world’s biggest financial group, on delivery of six Airbus A321-211 aircraft to Aeroflot.


    Goltsblat Blp Advises Gett On Its Usd 100 M Financing From Sberbank

    Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), has advised Gett, a global on-demand mobility company, on its USD 100 m financing from Sberbank.


    Goltsblat Blp Advises On Acquisition Of A 90.99% Stake In Onexim’s Opin

    Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of the international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), advised on the acquisition by Rossium group of companies of a 90.99% stake in ONEXIM's PJSС OPIN. The purchaser’s beneficiary is Credit Bank of Moscow majority shareholder Roman Avdeev.


    Goltslat Blp Advises On Sale Of A 100% Share In Metcombank To Pao Sovcombank

    Acting for Severgroup, Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), advised on sale to PAO Sovcombank of a 100% shareholding in AO Metcombank, the biggest commercial bank in the Volgograd Region and a leader on the Russian car lending market.