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Crowell & Moring

Finance > Asset based lending Tier 3

Led by 'industry specialist' Andrew KnightCrowell & Moring has forged a strong offering for a lender-focused client base in the ABL market since he established the firm's "greenfield" offering in 2019. Much of this success can be attributed to Knight's robust ties with a number of well-established independent ABL lenders, most notable of which is PNC Bank. As well as advice on transactional work, which includes the use of ABL for working capital purposes and to facilitate event-driven mandates including M&A, Knight also regularly advises on product development and restructuring matters. Clients also benefit from the expertise of a number of strong insolvency practitioners with deep ABL product knowledge, including Cathryn Williams and Paul Muscutt, in the event of formal processes.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Knight

Other key lawyers:

Paul Muscutt; Robert Weekes; Cathryn Williams; Laurence Winston; Seye Olufunwa; Mark Forster; Bethany Bradley; Phillipa Lai


Andrew Knight has a comprehensive understanding of our business and has been advising us for well over a decade.’

‘Andrew Knight is an industry specialist.’

Key clients

PNC Financial Services UK Ltd


BZ Commercial Finance DAC

Leumi UK Group Limited

Secure Trust Bank PLC

FGI Worldwide, LLC

Cubitt Trade Holdings – includes financial subsidiaries Upstream Working Capital, Pulse Cashflow Finance and Regency Trade Finance



Work highlights

  • Advised PNC Business Credit on the provision of a £70m super senior term loan and revolver to Phenna Group, a portfolio company of Oakley Capital.
  • Advised BZ Commercial Finance on the provision of an $AUS 97m multi-jurisdictional acquisition and working capital ABL facility to Minova and its subsidiaries in the context of their acquisition by Aurelius.
  • Advised Secure Trust Bank on the provision of a £25m ABL facility to Butcher’s Pet Care Limited.

Finance > Derivatives and structured products Tier 4

Crowell & Moring joins the ranking having built its presence in the structured finance space since hiring a team from McGuireWoods London LLP in 2021. Partners Jennifer Kafcas and Charles Wakiwaka have become key advisers to investment banks, commercial banks, alternative capital providers, corporates, and private equity funds on a range of instruments, among them deal-contingent transactions, finance-linked swaps, and private equity fund and holdco structured hedging transactions. Since arriving at the firm, they have handled more than 225 structured derivatives products for clients, among them Goldman Sachs and Citibank, in an aggregate notional amount of approximately £12bn.

Practice head(s):

Jennifer Kafcas; Charles Wakiwaka

Key clients

Banco Santander S.A.

Bank of America


Goldman Sachs

Investec Bank plc

JS Capital LLC


Nomura International Plc

Work highlights

  • Handled over 225 structured derivatives products for Banco Santander S.A., Bank of America, Citibank, Goldman Sachs, Investec Bank plc, JS Capital LLC, MUFG Bank, Nomura International Plc in with an aggregate notional amount of approximately £12 billion.

Corporate and commercial > Venture capital Tier 6

The arrival in June 2022 of David Ramm from Baker Botts (UK) LLP has significantly enhanced Crowell & Moring‘s venture capital credentials in light of his longstanding investee-side expertise throughout the investment life cycle. Ramm combines transactional prowess with deep tech-related industry knowledge, enhanced by his credentials as a former scientist and engineer. He co-heads the firm’s overarching corporate and transactional team alongside Simon Evers .

Practice head(s):

David Ramm; Simon Evers

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Bowman

Key clients

Electric Aviation Group



Health Medical Bank



Lockdown Liquor

My Wealth Cloud


Swing Fitness

Work highlights

  • Advised Glint Pay on its equity financing by Seedrs and Sibanye-Stillwater.
  • Advised Jellagen on its equity financing by Cardiff County Council, Development Bank of Wales and Thai Union.
  • Advised Serac Life Sciences on its equity financing by various high net worth individuals.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 7

'A star performer in this arena', Crowell & Moring's international dispute resolution group is jointly headed by Laurence Winston, whose recent experience includes a high-value ICC arbitration matter involving the construction of an airport; and Robert Weekes, who has extensive experience in acting for clients based in the Middle East.

Practice head(s):

Laurence Winston; Robert Weekes

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Phillips


‘This firm is staffed by a high-quality team whose powers of communication, planning and thinking are superior to other firms.’

‘Robert Weekes – remarkable ability to read, retain and comprehend facts, and to develop his facts into a strategy for the case.’

Robert Weekes is a superb strategist.’

‘Nicola Phillips is a mastermind in her co-ordination of a case.’

‘Strong expertise and a flexible commercial attitude. A star performer in this arena.’

‘They think beyond legal technicalities and give sound strategic advice.’

‘Clients always have a very good experience with Laurence Winston and Robert Weekes.’

‘Gordon McAllister has brilliant insight and Lauren Blanchard is an invaluable asset for any case.’

Key clients



Don’t Look Media

Advertise Purple

Goldman Sachs

Katoen Natie

Giant Group

Rasmala Trade Finance Fund

Work highlights

  • Represented Broadsheet, an Isle of Man LLC, against the Government of Pakistan in a breach of contract-related international commercial arbitration.

Established in 1991, our vibrant London office supports leading individuals and companies and advises on a range of matters, including dispute resolution, competition matters, corporate, finance, energy and infrastructure, restructuring and insolvency, regulatory issues and international trade.

A significant amount of the work that we do has an international flavour, which is reflective of the broad range of clients for whom we act and our office network. Our aim is to work with our clients to understand the nature of their business interests and how we can best assist to achieve their aims to enable us to provide the bespoke and cost-effective advice they require. The London lawyers work closely with colleagues in mainland Europe, MENA and the U.S., offering seamless, cross-border service.  We are constantly evolving our London offering to ensure that we can provide our clients with the very best, commercial and solutions-driven legal advice across a wide range of practice areas, wherever our clients are located.

Crowell & Moring U.K. LLP is a firm of solicitors and registered foreign lawyers which is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (“SRA”) under SRA ID number 8003476.

Department Name Email Telephone
London Office Managing Partner; Global Litigation and Financial Services Robert Weekes, Managing Partner, London +44.20.7413.1320
Photo Name Position Profile
Lauren Blaber photo Lauren Blaber Counsel
Alvino Van Schalkwyk photo Alvino Van Schalkwyk Counsel
Number of UK partners : 14
Number of other UK fee-earners : 27
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)

At Crowell & Moring, diversity is about creating a culture of inclusion. We are a multinational firm that embraces different backgrounds, ideas, traditions, and perspectives, where people are recognized for who they are—for their unique talents and perspectives.

Demonstrating the firm’s willingness to commit significant resources to this effort, we:

· Achieved Mansfield 2.0 Certification status in 2019. The Mansfield Rule measures whether law firms have affirmatively considered women, lawyers of color, and LGBTQ+ lawyers — at least 30 percent of the candidate pool — for significant leadership and governance roles in the firm (for example, practice group leaders and management board) as well as promotions to equity partner and senior-level lateral hiring.

· Launched Sponsorship 2.0—Yearly Cohort. Building on our foundation of sponsorship, we collaborated with an external consultant to create an opportunity for 36 lawyers—associates, counsel, and partners—to participate in sponsorship circles, with workshops and informal gatherings. The purpose of the program is to: 1) build and maintain a strong pipeline of talent; 2) promote access to critical relationships across the business; 3) broaden diverse talent visibility; 4) accelerate key development opportunities; and 5) encourage application of intangible leadership success.

· Hosted our second bi-annual Diversity Retreat in 2019. We brought together the firm’s LGBTQ+ attorneys and attorneys of color for two days of networking and professional development opportunities. Topics discussed have included building your personal brand; cultivating communications skills; increasing cultural competency in order to acknowledge, discuss, and use to our collective advantage ours and others’ differences; defining your own path to success; bringing your authentic self to work; and the ways in which our diverse attorneys feel that the firm can increase our resources in all of these areas. We have also hosted a panel of diverse, in-house counsel that underscored many of these themes. Our next retreat will take place in 2021.

Other items of note:

· We continue to foster community-building within the firm. The firm has affinity and inclusion networks for African American attorneys, Asian American and Pacific Islander attorneys, Hispanic and Latino attorneys, LGBTQ+ attorneys, women-identifying attorneys, Caregivers (for both attorneys and staff), and balanced-hours attorneys.

· We are actively engaged with organizations dedicated to furthering diversity in the profession, including the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, the Center for Talent Innovation’s Task Force for Talent Innovation, Minority Corporate Counsel Association, Diversity & Flexibility Alliance, and California Minority Counsel Program. Firm lawyers are not just active but leaders in bars including the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Hispanic National Bar Association, National LGBT Bar Association, and local affiliates of these organizations.

· We have ranked among Working Mother’s “Best Law Firms for Women” for the past eight years.

· We have received a 100% score on the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index for eight consecutive years and were listed among the top law firms for minority attorneys in Law360’s Diversity Snapshot.