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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

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London: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 7

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Ali Nikpay heads the team at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, which includes Patrick Doris and of counsel Deirdre Taylor. Doris advised an industrial client on the polyurethane foam cartel investigation and secured immunity from fines by the European Commission, and represented a global banking entity in relation to a global investigation into the manipulation of currency exchange rates. Taylor has provided antitrust advice to clients across such sectors as telecommunications, aviation, financial services, and pharmaceuticals. The practice’s other clients have included UBS, Gala Coral, Schlumberger, Facebook, and Debenhams.

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Equity capital markets
Leading individuals

Christopher Haynes - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Stephen Thierbach - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+
M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+ - ranked: tier 5

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is noted for its combination of ‘strong M&A capabilities’ with ‘very strong financing skills’. Jonathan Earle, who is especially strong in public M&A, acted for William Hill on its proposed £4.6bn merger with Amaya, and on its $385m investment in NYX Gaming. Nigel Stacey assisted Avnet with its £691m offer for Premier Farnell, and advised UPS on its €525m acquisition of Marken. The ‘pragmatic, thoughtful and responsiveNick Tomlinsonpulls everything together quickly and cost-effectively’; he acted for Investcorp on its $271m purchase of 3i’s debt management business. Also recommended are Charlie Geffen who heads the practice, and Mark Sperotto.

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Private equity: transactions
Private equity: transactions – Large-cap deal capability - ranked: tier 4

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP handles a mix of buy-side and sell-side mandates, many of which have a cross-border dimension, for private equity funds, their portfolio companies and financial sponsors. In 2016, Nigel Stacey and practice head Charlie Geffen acted for Terra Firma Capital Partners on its £921m sale of Odeon & UCI Cinemas to AMC Theatres, and advised Pomona Capital and Pantheon Ventures on their proposed £379m ‘white knight’ acquisition of a portfolio of assets from SVG. Elsewhere, Mark Sperotto assisted StepStone Group with its acquisition of Swiss Capital Alternative Investments. LBO expert James Howe recently joined from Proskauer Rose LLP, while Chris Haynes and Steve Thierbach joined from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, strengthening the firm’s ability to support private equity deals with UK and US equity capital markets expertise. Stephen Gillespie and Nick Tomlinson are also recommended.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 5

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s ‘very good practice is hard working, efficient and inventive with large-scale litigation’. The team’s litigation expertise extends to complex internal and regulatory investigations, with particular experience in cross-border investigations in the financial services sector, as well as antitrust, administrative law, and labour and employment litigation.Philip Rocher is ‘an incredibly experienced litigator, who has excellent judgement and tactical skills’; former UK Lord Chancellor Charles Falconer QC is ‘tactically excellent and a superb advocate’; Allan Neil’s recent work involved large-scale, multi-jurisdictional disputes, and regulatory and internal investigations in the financial institutions sector; and Patrick Doris specialises in global white-collar investigations and commercial litigation.

Leading individuals

Philip Rocher - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is particularly strong in the energy, telecoms, insurance, construction, pharmaceutical and banking sectors. Cyrus Benson’s recent representations include advising a major oil company in a high-value ICC arbitration, which arose from the sale of a refinery, pipeline and export company; and Penny Madden QC acted for a telecoms corporation in its mega-value UNCITRAL investment treaty arbitration against a North African state. Osma Hudda is ‘a very skilled, focused, organised lawyer, with a strong eye for both the big picture and detail’, and Doug Watson is a key name. Jeffrey Sullivan, who recently joined from Allen & Overy LLP, is described as ‘an excellent lawyer with outstanding ECT and investment treaty disputes experience’.

Leading individuals

Cyrus Benson - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Jeffrey Sullivan - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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Public international law
Leading individuals

Jeffrey Sullivan - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 5

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Leveraging its strong US brand, in particular for advising major corporates and private equity sponsors on their financing needs, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s London finance team represents US funds with operations in the UK, where it is able to offer expertise across the spectrum of funding products at their disposal. As well as picking up work with a US nexus, the London team has also handled matters for blue-chip FTSE 100 corporates including William Hill, which the ‘excellentStephen Gillespie advised on its investment and related financing in NYX Gaming, a digital gaming supplier, as part of a consortium to acquire OpenBet. In a deal which involved significant input from the firm’s New York office, Gillespie also advised satellite services company, SES, on the $730m financing to secure the remaining shares in the O3b Networks. The ‘very dedicated and experiencedThomas Budd handles acquisition finance mandates as part of his broad-ranging finance practice. Other clients include Sankaty Advisors, Anchorage Capital Group and Highbridge Capital Management.

Leading individuals

Stephen Gillespie - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans - ranked: tier 5

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Praised for its ‘excellent service levels’, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s seven-partner global finance group is picking up an increased number of mandates for investment grade borrowers on their financings. Although best known for his leveraged finance expertise, the ‘excellentStephen Gillespie has handled numerous matters for William Hill, including the financing of its failed merger with Canadian online gambling company, Amaya, and on its investment and related financing in NYX Gaming, a digital gaming supplier, as part of a consortium to acquire OpenBet. Gillespie also acted for satellite services company, SES, on the equity and debt financing of its $710m acquisition of the remaining stake in O3b Networks it did not already own. Thomas Budd is praised for his ‘supreme dedication to client service’.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 7

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s ‘highly responsive, practical and knowledgeable’ group acts for clients on the employment aspects of cross-border transactions, as well as on claims brought by senior executives. Clients single out group head James Cox, who advised Terra Firma Capital Partners on all employment issues arising from the client’s sale of Odeon and UCI Cinemas to AMC Theatres. Cox also acted for Investcorp on employment issues arising from its acquisition of 3iDM from 3i Group. Other recent highlights include assisting AECOM and 20th Century Fox with the employment aspects of two separate international outsourcing transactions with Capgemini, including TUPE issues. Berkeley Group, StepStone and Walmart are also clients.

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 6

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Patrick Doris is the main contact at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he handles public international law, commercial human rights matters and challenges against government decisions in UK and European courts. New Zealand qualified associate Steve Melrose has experience in judicial reviews and other areas of administrative law.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 4

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 2

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 2

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s ‘extremely detail-oriented team is able to quickly synthesize complex issues, explain them clearly, and propose solutions’. The team continues to be involved in a high volume of corporate transactions for foreign investors, often with real estate located outside the UK; recent examples include advising Terra Firma Capital Partners on its sale of Odeon and UCI Cinemas to AMC Theatres, and assisting Oaktree Capital with its joint venture with Valad for the acquisition of Wisniowy Business Park in Poland. Key figures include ‘great lawyerAlan Samson, senior partner Wayne McArdle (who focuses on M&A in the real estate sector), and associate Claibourne Harrison, who is ‘differentiated by his quick thinking and ability to dissect certain concepts accurately and exhaustively’. The team is also noted for its strong hotel-sector offering, which advises clients such as Hyatt and Marriott International.

Leading individuals

Alan Samson - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Next generation lawyers

Claibourne Harrison - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 4

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Sponsor-side and borrower-side work is what Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s team is best known for, though it also counts US funds and high-profile sovereign wealth funds among its client roster. Practice head Alan Samson acted for Oaktree Capital on its joint venture with Valad for the acquisition and financing of Wiśniowy Business Park in Warsaw, Poland. He also advised Meadow Partners on its acquisition (and the associated financing) of a group of entities owning property in Glengall Bridge, in London’s Docklands. Other clients include Ares Management, Deutsche Bank, Investcorp, MUFG and Welltower. Tom Budd is recommended, as is Wayne McArdle for corporate real estate matters.

Leading individuals

Alan Samson - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 3

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is adept at handling cross-border investigations spanning the US and the UK, and is particularly strong in the fields of bribery, sanctions, cartels and financial manipulation. Highlights included representing UBS in investigations initiated by several government authorities into allegations of foreign exchange benchmark rate manipulation, with fines of over $4.3bn having been levied against banks worldwide. The team acted for the same client in an investigation into alleged wrongdoing in connection with a financial product known as the V10 Index. Philip Rocher specialises in high-profile commercial disputes, and Allan Neil has a strong track record in major pan-European investigations.

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