Jones Day > London, England > Firm Profile

Jones Day
21 TUDOR STREET
LONDON
EC4Y 0DJ
England

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 1

The cross-border litigation, asset recovery and international enforcement practice of Jones Day combines fraud, investigations and white-collar expertise with a well earned reputation for international and multijurisdictional work. Asset-tracing, corruption and enforcement mandates are all areas of strength for the ‘high performing civil fraud practice’. The firm also provides ‘excellent strategic insight in relation to litigation generally and how particular applications fit in, and effectively manage clients'. Head of global disputes Sion Richards co-leads the team with Barnaby Stueck, who is head of offshore disputes and ‘has a genuine feel for how litigation will play out'.

Practice head(s):

Sion Richards; Barnaby Stueck

Other key lawyers:

Lizzy Callaghan; Karl Moussalli

Testimonials

‘Jones Day is a high performing civil fraud practice. They are efficient, are aware of and keep focus on the most important issues in the case and applications, have excellent strategic insight in relation to litigation generally and how particular applications fit in, and effectively manage clients’.

‘The associates with whom I have worked are from a number of countries and helpfully can fluently speak multiple languages. This team has also shown particular strength in detailed asset tracing exercises, which has required pulling together a large number of documents from different sources. Their own legal and factual analysis is strong, and they are very hardworking’.

‘In all cases, the team’s analysis was strong, their ability to prioritise and keep sight of key issues was helpful, and their willingness to go the extra mile to ensure our client’s case was put as well as it could be was striking’.

‘The litigation is well run and efficient and, from a client’s point of view, the team will pursue the client’s interests aggressively which, at the same time, giving the client clear advice and options’.

‘Barney Stueck is fantastic. He’s litigated in the UK and offshore for years and has a genuine feel for how litigation will play out’.

‘Lizzy Callaghan is great. She’s very experienced and adds value to the legal case as well as managing the litigation day to day’.

‘A truly brilliant team for civil fraud disputes; they have excellent experience, particularly in relation to the private equity sphere and hedge funds, and make especially intuitive use of technology to assist in managing case’.

‘Sion Richards is responsive, flexible, accurate and is able to shift and deliver quickly between macro matters and micro matters in complex cross-border legal disputes related to fraud, anti-money laundering and insolvency/restructuring’.

Key clients

Essilor International SAS, Essidev SASU & Essilor Manufacturing (Thailand) Co. Limited

Commercial Bank of Dubai PSC

Abdulhameed Dhia Jafar, Founder and Chairman of the Crescent Group of Companies

Jonathan Faiman and Project Today Holdings Limited (“T0day”)

Alta Trading UK Limited

ENRC Ltd

Nicholas Guy Edwards and Matthew David Smith of Deloitte LLP in their capacity as Joint Liquidators of Angel Group Limited & Others

Khalid Abdullah Al-Hezaimi

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Essilor Group in asset-tracing, recovery and enforcement actions in more than 30 jurisdictions to recover USD 213 million worth of misappropriated funds.
  • Acting for Commercial Bank of Dubai in multi-jurisdictional proceedings against high-profile individuals to recover c. AED 950 million owed in the context of various loan facilities.
  • Acting for Mr Abdulhameed Dhia Jafar with respect to his USD 300+ million fraud claims against certain Abraaj Group entities following the much publicised collapse of the group.

Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m) Tier 2

Jones Day has a proven track record advising private equity clients on acquisitions and disposals, drawing on its offices around the world to advise on cross-border transactions involving the United States, Europe, and Asia. The practice is particularly active in the real estate sector, particularly on transactions involving student accommodation and data centres. Patrick Stafford leads the team and co-chairs the firm's global PE practice; elsewhere, Giles Elliott handles high-value transactions for a range of clients, and Julian Runnicles has more than 20 years' experience in this sector. Laura Pembridge was promoted to partner in December 2020 and is another name to note. Ben Shribman  left for Cooley (UK) LLP in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Patrick G. Stafford

Other key lawyers:

Giles Elliott; Julian Runnicles; Anna Cartwright; Liam Bonamy; Laura Pembridge

Testimonials

‘Collaboration is exemplary – they really are like an outsourced extension of our investment team.’

‘All partners – both junior and senior – know the firm exceptionally well. We would particularly call out Laura Pembridge, Liam Bonamy, and Pat Stafford.’

‘Julian Runnicles is a stand out guy. Very pragmatic and commercial.’

‘They have the willingness to help facilitate the deal getting gone rather than over lawyering.’

‘They have a very long term view on client relationships. Willing to invest time and provide ad hoc advice to create a trusted relationship.’

‘Liam Bonamy is highly commercial and understands what matters to a private equity sponsor. He is very good at simplifying complex issues down to focus on the key commercial implications. Likewise Pat Stafford is very commercial. Hugely experienced and a calm and reassuring presence on a deal.’

Key clients

AGIC Capital

Aermont Capital

ARA Asset Management Limited

Arsenal Capital Partners

CBRE Group, Inc.

DataBank

Delancey

Greystar Real Estate Partners

Goldman Sachs

Inflexion Private Equity Partners LLP

J.F. Lehman & Company

Koch Equity Development LLC

Allrise Capital Inc.

Pantheon Ventures

True Capital Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Koch Equity Development LLC (“KED”), the acquisition and investment subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc., on its investment into AIM listed Victoria plc (“Victoria”), a UK-based global designer, manufacturer, and distributor of flooring products.
  • Advised the management team of Ki, the first fully digital and algorithmically-driven Lloyd’s syndicate, in the USD 500 million investment in Ki by funds managed by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities and Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited.
  • Advised True Capital on its investment in Hush Homewear Limited, a digital fashion and lifestyle brand.

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 2

Clients of Jones Day benefit from its capacity to ‘make unimaginably complex portfolio transactions feel simple’. The US firm's London team is active on disposals and acquisitions across the entirety of Europe and is co-led by Anna Cartwright who is proficient in a range of transaction types including joint ventures, public and private M&A, fund formation and private equity funds. David Smith is a figure of prominence owing to his student accommodation and build-to-rent expertise and is integral to the firm’s development and regeneration offering, often working in close tangent with counsel Kirsty Rogerson who has carved out a reputation for her work on City of London developments. The firm commands a longstanding reputation in the retail and logistics sectors and has made strides within the senior living and care home sectors of late.

Practice head(s):

David Smith

Other key lawyers:

John Crowley; Kirsty Rogerson

Testimonials

‘The team works well together and interacts with other disciplines both internally and externally very easily. The individual members are thoughtful and listen to the client’s concerns and are very good at coming up with alternative strategies.’

‘Great overall coverage, deep bench of solid lawyers.’

‘Alistair Grant, Simon Kiff and Ryan Hill are recommended.’

‘Jones Day is fast, authoritative and user-friendly – they make often unimaginably complex portfolio transactions feel simple for the client. They have enormous strength in depth, with experienced partners and talented hardworking associates across every field for real estate including litigation, environmental and banking. They have actually taken the time to understand their clients’ decision-making processes and resourcing issues and engineer a tailormade process in a way to make our lives as easy as possible. It is only when using other solicitors that one realises quite what exceptionally high standards of service we have become accustomed to.’

‘Simon Kiff has the ability to understand every single commercial component of a deal, and think strategically in a clients interest across the whole of a large transaction. This is a rare skill indeed!’

Key clients

Greystar Real Estate Partners LLC

Delancey

DataBank

CBRE

Goldman Sachs

LondonMetric Property Plc

The British Land Company PLC

Aermont Capital

Pictet Alternative Advisors SA

Get Living plc

Oxenwood Real Estate LLP

Work highlights

  • Advising Earls Court Partnership Limited in connection with the development of Earls Court, London’s largest cleared Zone 1 development site and one of its most important mixed-use developments.
  • Represents Get Living plc on the redevelopment of Elephant and Castle, which will deliver a new town centre for one of Central London’s largest regeneration projects.
  • Advises Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC in relation to its 20-acre development mixed use scheme on the banks of the Grand Union Canal, which is one of the largest Build to Rent schemes in the UK.

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 2

Clients of Jones Day benefit from its capacity to ‘make unimaginably complex portfolio transactions feel simple’. The US firm's London team is active on disposals and acquisitions across the entirety of Europe and is co-led by Anna Cartwright who is proficient in a range of transaction types including joint ventures, public and private M&A, fund formation and private equity funds. David Smith is a figure of prominence owing to his student accommodation and build-to-rent expertise and is integral to the firm’s development and regeneration offering, often working in close tangent with counsel Kirsty Rogerson who has carved out a reputation for her work on City of London developments. The firm commands a longstanding reputation in the retail and logistics sectors and has made strides within the senior living and care home sectors of late.

Practice head(s):

Anna Cartwright; David Smith

Other key lawyers:

Alistair Grant; Simon Kiff; Mark Emerson

Testimonials

‘The team works well together and interacts with other disciplines both internally and externally very easily. The individual members are thoughtful and listen to the client’s concerns and are very good at coming up with alternative strategies.’

‘Great overall coverage, deep bench of solid lawyers.’

‘Alistair Grant, Simon Kiff and Ryan Hill are recommended.’

‘Jones Day is fast, authoritative and user-friendly – they make often unimaginably complex portfolio transactions feel simple for the client. They have enormous strength in depth, with experienced partners and talented hardworking associates across every field for real estate including litigation, environmental and banking. They have actually taken the time to understand their clients’ decision-making processes and resourcing issues and engineer a tailormade process in a way to make our lives as easy as possible. It is only when using other solicitors that one realises quite what exceptionally high standards of service we have become accustomed to.’

‘Simon Kiff has the ability to understand every single commercial component of a deal, and think strategically in a clients interest across the whole of a large transaction. This is a rare skill indeed!’

Key clients

Greystar Real Estate Partners LLC

Delancey

DataBank

CBRE

Goldman Sachs

LondonMetric Property Plc

The British Land Company PLC

Aermont Capital

Pictet Alternative Advisors SA

Get Living plc

Oxenwood Real Estate LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division and the Wellcome Trust in connection with the sale of iQ Student Accommodation to Blackstone for £4.66bn.
  • Represented an affiliate of The British Land Company PLC on its £102m sale of a 25.5% stake in a UK supermarket portfolio to a 50:50 joint venture between Supermarket Income REIT PLC and British Airways pension fund.
  • Advised DataBank in connection with the acquisition and financing of zColo, including certain U.S. and European data center assets, from Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. for $1.4bn.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 3

Praised for providing a ‘highly personalised and committed service‘, Jones Day‘s litigation team is strong for cross-border disputes and has been increasingly busy in Middle East-related matters. Sion Richards leads the global disputes team, while Barnaby Stueck leads the offshore disputes practice. Other key contacts include Rhys Thomas and Lee Coffey (who both have broad disputes practices) and Adam Brown, who has experience in asset tracing, insolvency, theft of confidential information and corruption disputes. Daniel Travers counts contentious insolvency and corporate matters, including joint venture disputes, among his specialisms; Annabel Treadgold is noted for civil fraud and asset tracing, while of counsel Sarah Batley‘s wide-ranging practice includes commercial, corporate and civil fraud-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Sion Richards; Barnaby Stueck

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The London litigation team has an excellent mentality. They are something like a crack unit, within a massive army. You get a highly personalised and committed service, with a great deal of partner attention. If needed they have huge resources and truly global reach.

Sion Richards: Unparalleled experience and superb judgement. Annabel Treadgold: A rising star partner, great tactician. Tom Besant:  another future star.’

Rhys Thomas – startlingly bright, hard working but thoroughly down to earth. Adam Brown – a star of the future. Greg Barden, calm and considered. Never panics.

Lee Coffey has exceptional strategic judgement, and has a great sense of which points are important, which points are not and what will land with a tribunal. He is unflappable and a great team leader. He will quickly gain the confidence of a client, for good reason. Daniel Travers has superb technical and analytical skills, and enormous capacity for managing the complex moving parts of complex litigation and arbitration. He does so with a quick wit and good sense of humour. Goes the extra mile for clients.’

Sion Richards is a tour de force. Annabel Treadgold is amazing. Rhys Thomas is super hard working. Barnaby Stueck has real flair.

Adam Brown and Ben Larkin – excellent legal knowledge in their field. They are very adept at dealing with the tactical demands of litigation, but without losing sight of that importance of properly analysing and advising on the underlying legal points, especially where they are complex. Even when specialist counsel’s advice is sought, there is always very valuable insight and analysis on complex points of law from the solicitor team.

Key clients

Mastercard

HRH Prince Abdullah bin Mosa’ad bin Abdulaziz Al Sa’ud and UTB, LLC

Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Limited

Geoff Rowley and Tony Wright of FRP Advisory LLP as Joint Liquidators of BHS Limited, BHS Group Limited, Davenbush Limited and Lowland Homes Limited (each in liquidation)

Geoffrey Carton-Kelly (as additional liquidator to CGL Realisations Limited (formerly Comet Group Limited) (in liquidation)

Nicholas Guy Edwards and Matthew David Smith of Deloitte LLP in their capacity as Joint Liquidators of Angel Group Limited & Others

Bombardier Inc

IBM

Total Fluides SAS

Work highlights

  • Acting as lead counsel for Mastercard in two ground-breaking cases related to claims by retailers across the UK and EU and by Euronet over the legality of interchange and ATM fees.
  • Successfully represented HRH Prince Abdullah Bin Mosa’ad and his company, UTB, in the high-profile shareholder dispute with Sheffield United Limited over the control of Sheffield United Football Club, and acted for the club in a dispute over the purchase of certain properties from Sheffield United Limited and related companies, including the club’s stadium, Bramall Lane.
  • Defending Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation against claims brought by Dechert’s former global co-head of white-collar and securities litigation, Neil Gerrard, and his wife, for misuse of private information, trespass, harassment and data protection breaches arising from alleged unlawful surveillance activities.

Dispute resolution > Public international law Tier 3

In February 2021, Jones Day recruited Michelle Bradfield as London PIL head from Dechert LLP, where she had led the international arbitration practice. Bradfield has significant PIL expertise, including maritime and land delimitation and demarcation issues. The firm also has an established investor-state arbitration practice that dates back to the early 2000s. Also integral to the group is Sylvia Tonova, who represents both investors and states in investment treaty arbitration cases. Lee Coffey is another key individual, as are Philip Devenish (‘one of the standout associates in the City‘) and solicitor Anatoly Matveev.

Practice head(s):

Michelle Bradfield

Testimonials

Jones Day has an established reputation across the globe and across practice areas; indeed, its global/local reach is one of its unique features.

Ability to combine professionals from a number of offices across geographical areas in different time zones to provide an integrated and dynamic team offering a seamless service.

They are a very integrated team – all the offices work closely together, which means they offer a bespoke team for any given case; and they boast expertise in all areas of public international law and have the resources to fully deliver on every aspect of a case.

The firm has recently recruited Michelle Bradfield to this area, and has thus taken a step up.

Michelle Bradfield has immense pedigree in PIL – a very sure hand in the area.

Michelle Bradfield is a well-established expert in public international law. She has worked in the field for many years and has fantastic litigation experience. The skill which sets her apart as a litigation lawyer is her excellent understanding of the law, combined with top-notch tactical and strategic skills, and the ability to assemble and organise a great team when running a case.

Sylvia Tonova has a very good understanding of technically challenging concepts.

Philip Devenish is a very effective communicator and great to work with – one of the standout associates in the City. His dedication to work, detail orientation and client management are absolutely second to none.

Key clients

Visor Group (Vladislav Kim and others)

World Wide Minerals

Omega Engineering

Alhambra Resources

Windoor AS

Gold Pool JV

Work highlights

  • Defended a major Gulf Cooperation Council State in a $2bn-plus investment treaty arbitration, which related to an alleged politically-motivated expropriation.
  • Successfully represented Kazakhstani claimants, Vladislav Kim and others, in a $835m ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Uzbekistan, which related to investments made in the Uzbek cement industry.
  • Representing engineering company Omega Engineering, and its CEO Oscar Rivera, in an ongoing $100m ICSID claim against the Republic of Panama, which relates to the expropriation of a construction investment.

Finance > Trade finance Tier 3

Investment fund formation and management > Real estate funds Tier 3

Jones Day advises private equity and real estate sponsors on multijurisdictional fund formation mandates, with its practice being bolstered by integrated tax and regulatory expertise, alongside an active secondaries practice. The team is jointly led by John MacGarty (an experienced funds practitioner with a wealth of fundraising expertise) and Alistair Grant, who advises on real estate transactions and finance, alongside funds-specific mandates.

Practice head(s):

John MacGarty; Alistair Grant

Testimonials

Teams are excellent at working across discliplines within a transaction process. All aspects of a complex transaction are dovetailed including across corporate, real estate, finance, tax and regulatory elements.

Key clients

Albion Capital

AGIC

Pantheon Ventures (UK) LLP

Greystar Real Estate Partners LLC

CBRE Group, Inc.

True Capital Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised various clients on their investments into funds raised by leading managers in Europe, Asia and the US, and in 2020 alone, closed approximately 22 primary transactions representing invested capital approaching $1bn.
  • Advised Albion Capital on the reorganisation of Albion Community Power and the formation of a new fund vehicle which raised additional capital for Albion Community Power’s existing, and new, investments within the renewable assets sector.

Real estate > Property finance Tier 3

Jones Day handles high-value London-based development projects and large-scale disposals and acquisitions, with particular expertise in fund finances and mezzanine financings. The 'excellent' team is adept at advising global financial institutions, issuers, borrowers, funds and asset managers, including major lenders such as Goldman Sachs, Blackstone, Greystar and Wells Fargo. Practice head Andrew Barker is skilled in advising on acquisition finance, investment facilities, construction loans, loan portfolio acquisitions and recapitalisations. Emily Stew is experienced in both domestic and cross-border work, representing private equity funds, alternative capital providers and corporate borrowers. Luke Johnson and associates Matt Trafford and Alice Reynolds are also notable team members.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Barker

Testimonials

‘Excellent financing team that really feels like an extension of our own execution capability. Extensive knowledge of the applicable areas and a full service from start to finish of each transaction. An invaluable resource.’

‘Andy Barker provides exceptional client coverage and really excels in ensuring every aspect of the relationship is covered.’

‘Luke Johnson and Matt Trafford are both fantastic resources to have involved in closing financings – extremely diligent and knowledgeable, and generally great to work with.’

Key clients

Goldman Sachs

Blackstone

Wells Fargo

Delancey

Greystar

Work highlights

  • Advised Goldman Sachs on the acquisition and recapitalisation of the Blanchardstown Centre in Dublin from Blackstone.

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 4

Jones Day's financial markets disputes team acts for banks and financial institutions with particular expertise in cross-border litigation. It counts defending group actings in the banking space among its areas of experience. Sion Richards, Adam Brown, Nicholas Cotter and Rhys Thomas are key contacts.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 4

In February 2021, Jones Day hired international arbitration specialist and practice head Michelle Bradfield from Dechert LLP, where she was London international arbitration team head. The practice has strong investor-state arbitration expertise, and is active in CIS and Middle East matters. Other key practitioners are investment treaty and commercial arbitration expert Sylvia Tonova; multi-jurisdictional disputes practitioner Lee CoffeyJames Pickavance, who is an international construction arbitration expert; ‘exceptionally dedicated, business-oriented partnerRhys Thomas; and ‘outstanding‘ associate Philip Devenish, whose experience includes acting in over 20 investor-state arbitrations.

Practice head(s):

Michelle Bradfield

Testimonials

Full service and lots of depth, with solid teamwork and leadership.

The team is highly organised and works smoothly. During the pandemic they were able to manage a dynamic and changing case effectively through remote working, without anything falling between the cracks.

Their team has a great range of diversity, and they have acquired and understood a range of knowledge tools necessary for cross-examining experts.

Michelle Bradfield is one of the most committed lawyers you could find – superb judgement, never afraid to take responsibility, incredibly hardworking, across all of the detail on every issue, and a delight to work with.

Sylvia Tonova is a standout figure at Jones Day in London – she has now established herself as a leader of the younger generation.

Rhys Thomas is an exceptionally dedicated, business-oriented partner, who has a quick business instinct that allows him to see multiple angles of a case, both legal and commercial. Rhys is also always available for a call, and likes to ensure all members of the team have what they need to function effectively.

James Pickavance is an absolute star, and a first rate litigator and lawyer in every way; he is an obvious pick for the big cases because he is just brilliant – the kind of solicitor that you would walk through fire for.

Associate Philip Devenish is outstanding; he has the gravitas of a partner and is thorough and unflappable – destined to do great things in the field.

Key clients

Visor Group

World Wide Minerals

Omega Engineering

Alhambra Resources

Windoor

Gold Pool JV

Work highlights

  • Representing one of the world’s largest construction companies in parallel arbitrations, which concern a power project in the Middle East.
  • Defending a major Gulf Cooperation Council state in a $2bn+ investment treaty arbitration that relates to an alleged politically-motivated expropriation.
  • Representing a multinational hotel developer in four linked arbitrations, which have given rise to significant issues of contractual interpretation and construction.

Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 4

With a sizeable team in London and also able to tap into significant resources across its global network, Jones Day is well-positioned to advise banks, alternative lenders, debtors, funds and IPs across a range of domestic and cross-border restructurings, distressed investing and insolvency mandates. Team head Ben Larkin is an 'excellent operator' who regularly advises clients on  restructurings and distressed M&A matters, including those occuring within the infrastructure sector. Sion Richards has particular expertise advising on asset tracing, fraud and corruption in the context of insolvencies. Kay Morley  joined  Dechert LLP in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

Ben Larkin

Other key lawyers:

David Harding; Sion Richards; Barnaby Stueck; Alexandra Lofthouse; Hannah Plumb

Testimonials

Ben Larkin is an excellent operator.’

Key clients

HNA Group

Lucid Agency Services Limited and Lucid Trustee Services Limited

Smith & Williamson

KPMG

FRP

Deloitte

Work highlights

  • Advised sponsor, HNA, on the cross-border restructuring of the air freight and logistics business, Swissport, via an English law scheme of arrangement and pre-packaged administration.
  • Continuing to advise the insolvency officeholders of UK high street retailer British Homes Stores, following the company’s high-profile collapse in 2016.
  • Acting for the additional liquidator of high street retailer Comet in respect of the investigation and prosecution of substantial claims relating to the group’s collapse in 2012.

Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 4

The team at Jones Day offers a 'deep knowledge of construction matters', with substantial experience in all forms of dispute resolution. While it has sector expertise in a broad range of matters, it is particularly strong in infrastructure, energy and student accommodation matters. Team head James Pickavance is known as a 'ferocious litigator' and also has notable strength in international arbitration. The 'excellentAnnabel Treadgold is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

James Pickavance

Other key lawyers:

John Crowley; Annabel Treadgold

Testimonials

‘A first-rate choice for any large client looking for Premier League representation. You can see why the big institutional clients, in particular, use them across the board. A firm that makes the other side nervous when they see the letterhead – and rightly so.’

‘James Pickavance is a ferocious litigator and strikes the right balance between running his team with precision and efficiency whilst on the other hand being capable of switching things up to focus on the detail when required. Someone you want in your corner when the case is a difficult one.’

‘The team has a very strong practice. Unlike a lot of other firms, with the set-up at Jones Day seems to me that the partners work just as hard as the associates, which means that the partners are into the detail of their cases. The integration of the London office with other offices seemed to me to be effortless and meant that the right people were on the case. It is clear that they have very deep relationships with their clients.’

James Pickavance is a standout partner. His passion for the cases that he works on is unrivalled. He takes his work seriously but at the same time he builds a hugely motivating environment for the whole team. Annabel Treadgold is another excellent partner. She dealt with a factually and legally difficult case with seemingly no trouble. Her organisation on that file was most impressive. Very popular with the team.’

‘Excellent response times and deep knowledge of construction matters. Partners understand the need to build relationships with clients and others in the industry.’

‘James Pickavance knows how to work with and get the best out of his experts. His light touch encourages creativity.’

‘There is an intensity to construction litigation which demands breadth and depth of knowledge, which Jones Day have in spades. Getting the balance between strategy and spend is important and can be difficult. Jones Day get it.’

‘James Pickavance puts a lot of time and effort into maintaining strong client relationships and stands out from many others in the industry in this respect.’

Key clients

Windoor AS

Work highlights

  • Representing one of the world’s largest construction companies in parallel arbitrations relating to a power project in the Middle East.

Real estate > Environment Tier 4

The team at Jones Day is able to draw on its network of offices across the globe when it comes to cross-jurisdictional issues. The practice is particularly active advising on the environmental, health and safety questions surrounding large corporate and real estate transactions. Additional areas of focus include product regulatory matters, such as recalls, and brownfield remediation. Of counsel Chris Papanicolaou is at the head of the team and is praised for applying ‘viable commercial solutions’.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Papanicolaou

Testimonials

‘A key advantage of the Jones Day team is its ability to render curated legal advice taking into account the requirements or peculiarities of a deal. The diverse portfolio of specialised lawyers is one of the strengths of the firm in adapting to global deals.’

‘I had the pleasure of interacting with Christopher Papanicolaou from the JD environmental section and Chris’ advice proved to be invaluable to the team. Chris not only considered the risks from a legal perspective but also applied viable commercial solutions, enabling a more holistic review of the task.’

‘Expertise in complex historical land and environmental issues including overage agreements, remediation provision and so on.’

‘Responsive, knowledgeable, and good at thinking outside the box.’

Key clients

Sanofi

Solvay

International Automotive Components Group Limited

Greystar Real Estate Partners LLC

Delancey

Aermont Capital

LondonMetric Property Plc

Oxenwood Real Estate LLP

The British Land Company PLC

Get Living plc

Framatome

Helios Technologies

APPLiA Europe

Petronas

Omnimax International

The Timken Company

Work highlights

  • Advising the joint venture between Henderson Park and Greystar Real Estate Partners in relation to the development of three sites in South London.
  • Advised Greystar Real Estate Partners on the £291 million acquisition of five purpose-built student accommodation assets from the Nido portfolio.
  • Advised nuclear energy leader Framatome in connection with its acquisition of the Rolls-Royce Civil Nuclear Instrumentation and Control business in France and China.

Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 4

Jones Day is capable of providing comprehensive support to corporate clients in sprawling internal investigations and cross-border criminal matters. Recent highlights include a multi-jurisdictional criminal fraud investigation, numerous matters concerning potentially false financial statements, and a novel harassment claim handled for a multinational company. Sion Richards heads up the London global disputes practice, where Adam Brown and of counsel Glyn Powell are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Sion Richards

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Essilor Group in relation to international criminal investigations and civil proceedings arising out of a significant fraud in which $213m worth of funds were misappropriated.
  • Advising Geoff Rowley and Tony Wright of FRP Advisory LLP as joint liquidators of BHS on investigations and litigation arising out of the high-profile corporate collapse with creditor losses of over £1bn.
  • Assisting a pharmaceutical company with an internal investigation into whistleblower allegations of misconduct in a regulated business.

Corporate and commercial > M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+ Tier 5

Jones Day's London practice regularly handles large mandates for clients in the corporate real estate, financial services, private equity, TMT, engineering, life sciences, and retail sectors. Joint practice heads Giles Elliott and Leon Ferera steer a team which is especially renowned for its public takeover work, where the 'technically brilliant' William McDonald is a key contact. Vica Irani is praised by clients for 'exceptional attentiveness and very effective negotiating' in high-value transactions. Anna Cartwright is recommended for her expertise in multi-jurisdictional transactions.

Practice head(s):

Giles P. Elliott; Leon N. Ferera

Testimonials

‘The Jones Day Corporate Team punch above their weight in terms of responsiveness, providing a creative and tailored solution based approach to issues and having a core team of individuals at all times across the detail.’

‘Vica Irani is exceptionally attentive to clients’ needs, is balanced in her approach to contentious issues and a very effective negotiator. Will McDonald is a technically brilliant lawyer with particularly impressive expertise on Public M&A matters. He is a pleasure to work with’

‘Strong, partner-led service offering – both technically excellent and commercially focused. Stronger international network than other international firms.’

Key clients

Inflexion Private Equity Partners LLP

Greystar Real Estate Partners

STERIS Plc

J.F. Lehman & Company

L Brands, Inc.

GCA Altium

General Electric

Work highlights

  • Advised Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division and the Wellcome Trust in connection with the sale of iQ Student Accommodation to Blackstone.
  • Represented L Brands, Inc. in its partnership with Next PLC for its company-owned Victoria’s Secret business in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
  • Advised Hansteen Holdings PLC in the recommended cash acquisition of Hansteen by Potter UK Bidco Limited.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 5

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 7

Jones Day advises across a range of issues, and is consulted by multinational clients from various sectors. Associate Jason Beer advises on  multijurisdictional merger controls, cartel and conduct issues, and market investigations. Former practice head Matt Evans departed in June 2021 to join DLA Piper.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Smith & Nephew Plc

TransDigm Group Incorporated

IBM

The Procter & Gamble Company

Mastercard

SAP

Macquarie Capital

Sanofi

Goldman Sachs

Koch Industries, Inc

Work highlights

  • Advised Freudenberg on its £107m acquisition of  Low & Bonar plc.
  • Advised Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division and the Wellcome Trust on the sale of iQ Student Accommodation to Blackstone for £4.66bn
  • Advised TransDigm on the antitrust aspects of its successful bid to acquire Cobham Aero Connectivity, from Advent.

Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance

Jones Day's sizeable Latin America practice, which includes a large presence in Mexico City, Sao Paulo, New York and Miami, has leveraged its extensive expertise in a growing number of refinancings and restructurings. Much of the practice has centred on real estate, energy and infrastructure, while the firm has developed its standing in ESG and sustainability-linked loans. It advised Millicom International Cellular on a $600m senior unsecured sustainability-linked revolving credit facility in 2020. It remains at the forefront of oil and gas financings, representing some of the biggest international oil majors and a number of lenders in midstream oil and gas financings. Miami partners Fradyn Suárez and Richard Puttré are key names in energy and infrastructure financings and refinancings. Mexico City's Alberto de la Parra has an outstanding reputation in infrastructure and renewable energy finance, as is fellow Mexico City partner Manuel Romano. Sao Paulo's Marcello Hallake covers both corporate and finance transactions, including numerous big-ticket deals. Miami of counsel Marie Elena Angulo is another prominent individual.

Practice head(s):

Brett Barragate

Key clients

Engie

Wells Fargo

Bank of America

Citibank

Banco Santander

BBVA/ Bancomer

Millicom International Cellular

Grupo Kuo

Banco Sabadell

The firm: Jones Day is a global law firm with more than 2,500 lawyers in 42 offices across five continents. The firm is distinguished by: a singular tradition of client service; the mutual commitment to, and the seamless collaboration of, a true partnership; formidable legal talent across multiple disciplines and jurisdictions; and shared professional values that focus on client needs.

Jones Day is an institutional partner for clients who seek counsel that seeks to understand them and their needs; that communicates with clients about their needs and the different tactics available for addressing those needs; that works seamlessly and impressively across offices and practices and with the client; that provides talent and expertise across subject areas and geographies; and that brings commitment and courage to the relationship and its engagements. We are formidable because every partner and every client has the entire global institution at their command and is a high priority of the Firm as a whole. We are true partners, with each other and, even more importantly, with our clients.

Regions of practice
Europe and Middle East:
Jones Day provides a significant presence in Europe that offers clients more than 500 lawyers from its European offices in Amsterdam, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, Munich, and Paris. The firm’s lawyers counsel clients in administrative and public law, banking and finance, capital markets, competition law and regulatory, derivatives, market infrastructures, dispute resolution, and investigations.

In the Middle East, more than 20 lawyers are based in the firm’s offices in Dubai and Saudi Arabia. They have accumulated significant experience in most of the region’s key industries and jurisdictions, advising on mergers and acquisitions and corporate transactions, projects and infrastructure, commercial transactions, real estate and construction matters, regulatory compliance, and dispute resolution.

United States: Surveys repeatedly list Jones Day as one of the most frequently engaged law firms by US corporations for both transactional and disputes matters, and among the leaders in client service. Jones Day’s more than 1,600 lawyers across its 18 US offices collaborate to serve clients across practices and geographies on all major matters that span time-honored practices (antitrust, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, and government regulation) to more recently established and expanded areas (cybersecurity, life sciences, energy, and technology) that specifically address the contemporary challenges of an increasingly complex global business and legal environment.

Asia-Pacific: Jones Day has committed substantial resources and capacity to serve each of Asia’s distinct markets, including China, Japan, Singapore and Southeast Asia, as well as Australia. Spread throughout ten offices in the region, the firm’s 250+ lawyers represent clients in practice areas including antitrust, banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and commercial, energy, global disputes, intellectual property, labor and employment, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, real estate, and several others.

The majority of Jones Day’s Asia-based lawyers are admitted to practice local law in their home jurisdictions. Most have practiced in more than one country, enabling Jones Day’s Asia team to render multijurisdictional legal services. Jones Day has been granted a Qualifying Foreign Law Practice license (QFLP) in Singapore.

Latin America: Jones Day is one of the leading global law firms serving the Latin American region through its offices in Mexico City and São Paulo, along with attorneys based in key business and legal centers such as New York, Houston, Dallas, Miami, and Madrid. Jones Day’s Latin American experience extends to mergers and acquisitions, investigations and anti-corruption, projects and infrastructure, banking and finance, energy, dispute resolution, business restructuring, private equity and capital markets.

Managing partner: Stephen J Brogan
Europe and Middle East offices: Amsterdam, Brussels, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Paris, Saudi Arabia
US offices: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Irvine, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Pittsburgh,
San Diego, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Washington
Asia-Pacific offices: Beijing, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Perth, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, Tokyo
Latin America offices: Mexico City, São Paulo

Main areas of practice:

  • Antitrust and competition law
  • Business and tort litigation
  • Business restructuring and reorganization
  • Cybersecurity, privacy and data protection
  • Employee benefits and executive compensation
  • Energy
  • Financial markets
  • Global disputes
  • Government regulation
  • Health care and life sciences
  • Insurance recovery
  • Intellectual property
  • Investigations and white-collar defense
  • Issues and appeals
  • Labor and employment
  • M&A
  • Private equity
  • Real estate
  • Securities litigation and SEC enforcement
  • State Attorney General enforcement, investigations and litigation
  • Tax
  • Technology
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Managing Partner Stephen J Brogan

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US-founded, internationally-regarded Jones Day has made a name for itself on the UK training contract scene with its non-rotational system, an aspect that is widely enjoyed by its trainees. This allows trainees to collect work from different departments gaining experience across the firm without designated seats. As one trainee puts it, ‘the collegiate culture of the firm, its reputation, its remuneration’ really sell the firm, as well as its ‘less structured training and more learning on the job’. One trainee felt that they ‘greatly valued the culture during my vacation scheme and found the work, clients and the firm itself really exciting'. Another comments 'I felt like it balanced being a global law firm with the intimacy of a smaller London office very well and I admired the non-rotational training contract’. Trainees mention that there is a lot of responsibility which is described as ‘a great way to develop as a young solicitor’. As one trainee adds, ‘I can count on one hand the number of emails I have received from trainees at other firms, for example, whereas I have sent hundreds to clients and lawyers on the other side'. With responsibility comes pressure that can be ‘intense’ at times, particularly aggravated by home working during the pandemic. However, trainees applaud the firm’s pro-bono work with the MacMillan Cancer charity and the Waterloo law clinic, as well as the vacation scheme and remuneration. If you don’t fancy strict seat rotations and aspire to top-tier work with international exposure, then Jones Day is worth a closer look.