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McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP > The Legal 500 RankingsMcDermott Will & Emery UK LLP‘s Nicholas Azis is highly active in the energy, life sciences, and manufacturing sectors, while also handling work for new clients in leisure and sanitation. He recently stepped into a new role as general counsel, with private equity specialist Tom Whelan succeeding him as head of corporate and commercial. Underpinning the firm’s focus on cross-border corporate work, Stuart Mathews is regularly engaged by a mix of high-net-worth individuals, corporates, and public-sector entities on various strategic transactions. Eleanor West‘s healthcare sector expertise sees her leading on high-profile acquisitions for both domestic and international companies. Counsel Calum Thom and associate Matthew Chen are other key members of the team.
‘Stuart Mathews is a superb lawyer. I cannot recall any counter-party finding fault with documentation he has drafted or the logic he has used. His clear-thinking and constructive manner has usually led to him becoming the driving force in getting issues resolved and transactions documented regardless of how many other lawyers are involved. Stuart’s responsiveness, clear drafting, meticulous attention to detail and quick turnaround of documentation are a significant benefit to us in achieving our commercial goals.’
‘Ellie West and Heloise Waudby led our team from their London office. They were thoughtful, timely and efficient. They understood and anticipated our needs at every step of the transaction. To boot, they were a delight to work with. I wouldn’t hesitate to hire them again.’
‘Quick, precise and helpful answers; solution-oriented; straightforward and no theoretical treatises; reasonable billing.’
‘McDermott has advised us on a wide range of commercial matters over many years. They have a good understanding of our business and are very responsive to our needs.’
‘Our team was truly a cross-border practice in the sense that they were able to bring resources from many jurisdictions across multiple specialties to a single team to help complete our transaction.’
ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc
Multigate Medical Products Pty Ltd
Akari Therapeutics Plc
Ziva Robertson (Private Wealth Disputes); Simon Goldring (Private Wealth Law)
Other key lawyers:
Lynsey McIntrye; Anita Shah
‘This is one of the best private client teams in London and is involved in the highest profile cases. Ziva Robertson combines a wealth of private client experience with a very tough approach and is a real hit with clients. Anita Shah is one of the best private client associates I’ve worked with.’
‘Powerful force in trust litigation. Ziva Robertson – lands the big cases. Nicholas Holland – brings a North American take to a case.’
‘Unlike most top-tier firms, the private client team is very small, with a strong emphasis on quality rather than quantity. The result is that clients can expect far more partner contact than they might find at other firms.’
‘Unlike any top-tier firm with which I am familiar, MWE integrates its contentious and non-contentious private client offices. The result is that the advisory work benefits from fully holistic analysis. Nick Holland is clever, energetic and a real pleasure to work with.’
‘Ziva Robertson – she has worked absolutely everywhere (Public Trustee’s office, offshore law firms, international law firms) and it shows in the depth of her experience and knowledge. She is also very good at managing egos and building effective teams which is a particular challenge in international litigation where there might be eight silks instructed across multiple jurisdictions.’
‘Its status as being the biggest private client firm in the USA means that it brings something to the London market which is rarely found elsewhere. Nick Holland – a seriously big name in the London market. He is co-chairman of the industry’s favourite contentious trusts event, the Trusts & Estates Litigation Forum, which has thrived under his tenure. You find Nick in the biggest cases – a very creative lawyer who often brings a new perspective to the analysis of a case.’
‘MWE has a strong contentious trust team doing some very high-profile work. Ziva Robertson in the London office has a breadth of knowledge, particularly on cross-border disputes, and is a tenacious advocate for her client’s cause.’
‘Very accomplished internationally focused offering with good reach (in terms of contacts) to all relevant jurisdictions. Nick Holland is at the top of his game and embraces a matter from start to finish. He is very methodical in his approach and clients benefit from his time offshore and onshore in the way he is able to develop strategy.’
‘Excellent multinational firm with superb US and South African client base, and a team of top-class partners. Nick Holland – an engaging, highly knowledgeable, vastly experienced litigator who can solve problems but fight hard when needed.’
‘Big hitting presence in trusts and probate disputes. Ziva Robertson – sought after hands on litigator. Nicholas Holland – brings the depth of north American experience to a team.’
Hill Street Trustees
Royal Bank of Canada
McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP represents multibillion-dollar-net-worth families, structures and fiduciaries from around the world. The team specialises in complex cross-border matters. Its London team includes US-qualified lawyers who have expertise in US trusts, estate planning and tax. It acts for ultra-high-net-worth individuals and families, some of them in the Top 20 on the Sunday Times rich list, and some of the wealthiest people on the Forbes 100 billionaires list. Simon Goldring attracts a diverse client base of very wealthy individuals, family offices, entrepreneurs and multinational corporates both in the UK and internationally. Astrid Owen has immense cross-border expertise. Andrew Vergunst is another key figure and he continues to attract clients with significant financial interests in Africa.
Simon Goldring (Private Wealth Law); Ziva Robertson (Private Wealth Disputes)
‘Good technical skills and client engagement. Simon Goldring is an excellent client partner – very steady and thoughtful. Clever‘.
‘Very strong technically and great strength in depth. Simon Goldring, Simon Gibb and Astrid Owen‘.
‘Global reach in tax and trust structuring is invaluable in family HNW cases. Astrid Owen – phenomenal experience in UK, US and French tax. Diligent and pragmatic. Fun to work with‘.
‘Team is technically good. Simon Goldring is a stand-out’.
‘The access to cross-border advice makes the team a one-stop solution for clients with multiple jurisdictions to consider. The main quality which I value is the ability to manage a fairly large team of advisors from different jurisdictions and to pick up on issues which could arise in one jurisdiction as a result of advice received from another jurisdiction. Stand-out individuals: Andrew Vergunst (private client); Simon Gibbs (trusts)‘.
‘Readily available – pragmatic – international planning / multi-jurisdictional / cross-border skills. Partners directly involved in work. Astrid Owen – technically strong, commercial, pragmatic, proactive‘.
DLA Piper is highly active in the mid-market private equity space, handling buyouts, exits and investments for PE houses and management teams. The practice handles a significant volume of cross-border transactions, with its team significantly boosted by the September 2020 addition of Piero Carbone from McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP. Tim Wright leads the practice and is praised by clients as 'commercial, pragmatic and very experienced'; frequently acting for the firm's well-known roster of buyout clients. Ed Griffiths specialises in the technology sector, while John Pryor acts for both buy-side clients and management teams.
In addition to acting for a number of private equity houses on transactions, Squire Patton Boggs is also frequently instructed by management teams to handle sales to private equity. The practice has a broad geographic reach; led by Paul Mann in Leeds, it also has teams in Manchester, Birmingham and London, in addition to lawyers across the US. Besides Mann, who acts on the full range of corporate transactions, key contacts in the team include Jonathan Jones, who also serves as European managing partner. The firm has made a number of partner-level additions to the PE team since the start of 2020 including: Ben Squires , Charles Leeming , Stephen Ball ,Fergus Gallagher and Julian Thatcher.McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP draws on its US links to advise US private equity sponsors on transactions in Europe, including acquisitions, investments, and public-to-privates. The team has a specialism in the healthcare and technology sectors, and is also capable of providing advice on the financing of deals as well as restructurings. Tom Whelan leads the team, with Eleanor West another key contact with experience of acting for both sponsors and portfolio companies. Piero Carbone departed in September 2020, joining DLA Piper.
Other key lawyers:
‘The depth of expertise within the team is pretty much unrivalled . Clearly rising up amongst their most serious of competitors, and rightly so.’
‘Extremely experienced in commercial law and PE-backed M & A.’
‘Deep expertise, experience and resources in the sector linked with an engaging and rapid service.’
‘Tim Wright – excellent. Commercial, pragmatic and very experienced. Clearly one of the best; an excellent negotiator. Philip Allenby – up and coming. Technically excellent; clear, precise, always calm – even in the most tense of situations.’
‘Ed Griffiths is very committed and switched on and gives informed advice.’
‘David Raff is a corporate lawyer who is outstanding in negotiating and focussing on getting deals done. He’s a titanium fist in a velvet glove.’
Beech Tree Private Equity
Duke Street Capital
H.I.G. European Capital Partners
Inflexion Private Equity Partners
Lloyds Development Capital
Ascot Lloyd management
Intermediate Capital Group
AcolinHolding AG management team
Other key lawyers:
Jonathan Jones; Mae Salem
‘Very good technically. Very sensible pragmatic advice. Always looked for solutions. Calm approach. Worked well with lawyers on the other side, non-adversarial.’
‘Highly commercial lawyers who understand their clients and their market as well as providing excellent legal advice.’
‘Collaboration amongst various service lines is incredibly strong i.e. corporate, banking, restructuring, property.’
‘The core team were excellent, all very pro-active, good allocation of work between them, technically very strong. Calm sensible approach to any issues, excellent planning of work streams to ensure efficient delivery of services.’
‘Paul Mann & Mae Salem – Paul as relationship partner and Mae as lead always have a considered, commercial and pragmatic view.’
Growth Capital Partners
Business Growth Fund
Inflexion Private Equity
H2 Equity Partners
Other key lawyers:
Eleanor West; Arvin Abraham
Great Point Partners
Ampersand Capital Partners
Tana Africa Capital
IK Investment Partners
Searchlight Capital Partners
Ranajoy Basu; Hamid Yunis; Andrew Savage; Nick Azis
Other key lawyers:
‘Ranajoy Basu’s induction has been a very good positive factor.’
‘The team has deep understanding and experience of Indian markets. They have been working on several mandates of value and importance.’
‘Ranajoy Basu has been working on India deals for many years and has a fantastic understanding of the laws of India. He brings his business and commercial sense to every transaction and that helps clients and co-counsels to find effective and workable solutions. He is great to work with and has a solution-driven attitude.’
‘The emerging markets practice of McDermott is known for advising on a broad range of capital markets and complex structured finance transactions including FCCBs and QIPs relating to India. With the recent announcement of their Singapore office they will broaden their capabilities in the Asia Pacific region and further complement their offerings for clients in India.’
‘Ranajoy Basu is our key contact and known name from their firm in this area. Ranajoy joined the firm as head of their India practice and expanded the firm’s emerging markets practice. He understands the requirements of the clients well and helps in delivering strategic approach.’
‘The firm has a great understanding of our business context and issues, giving accurate counselling, very quick reactivity to turn documents and, overall, is great value for the cost.’
‘The practice is constantly evolving, and remained steadfast in keeping pace with the changing times. The team is technologically adept and their quick turnaround whether it relates to minor queries or documentation is praiseworthy.’
‘The team is affable and approachable at all levels, and proficient in their legal advice. The commercial insight of the team coupled with their negotiation and drafting expertise makes the firm a pleasure to deal with.’
Legal Action Worldwide (LAW)
Petrochemical Holdings GmbH
McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP’s 'exceptionally strong' commercial litigation department excels in high-stakes, cross-border disputes. In addition to handling arbitration cases, Andrew Savage acts for clients in commercial and financial litigation. According to a client, Kimberley Smith is 'clearly developing into an exceptional lawyer'; she is experienced in handling contractual disputes before the High Court. Ben Lamble is active in contentious matters that are connected to the financial services, commodities and energy sectors.
‘They have an exceptionally strong team of very experienced individuals, who provide advice that is always aimed at providing the client with the best commercial options, and they benefit from great global coverage.‘
‘From my experience, they always do their utmost to secure a win for their clients.‘
‘The practice is unique in terms of understanding clients’ needs and serving in the best manner.‘
‘The partners of the practice are highly dedicated, results oriented, always reachable, and easy to work with.‘
‘This team, headed by Andrew Savage, is a growing force that is continuing to go from strength to strength in terms of recruits and cases that they are attracting.‘
‘Andrew Savage has done a great job of building up a team of very impressive associates – he is exceptional and equally comfortable in court or arbitration. Clients get a total investment to their cause when they instruct him.‘
‘Andrew Savage is absolutely dedicated to his clients, a superb tactician and a fantastic lawyer overall.‘
‘Associate Kimberley Smith stands out for praise, and is clearly developing into an exceptional lawyer.’
Obregon Aviation Designated Activity Company
Conapro Dena-BMS SAL
H I G Capital
Panasonic Industry Europe
Panasonic Automotive Systems Europe
Legal Action Worldwide
Finance > High yield Tier 4
McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP joins that ranking this year having recruited in 2020 to create a new high yield practice. Lead partner Ranajoy Basu and counsel Priya Taneja, who joined from Reed Smith LLP, are the key practitioners and clients describe 'a very professional firm that has taken on some very talented individuals who are fully up to speed with very complex and demanding transactions'. Though it is less involved in new issuance on behalf of banks or corporate issuers, the firm has a strong presence on the trustee side, acting for clients such as Wilmington Trust and U.S. Bank Trustees.
Other key lawyers:
Priya Taneja; Marta Wrobel
‘Very professional firm that has taken on some very talented individuals that are fully up to speed with very complex and demanding transactions. MWE has a can do attitude and remain readily available when required. MWE always bill for time spent and do not exceed agreed caps. Clients like this and provide repeated business.’
‘Ranajoy Basu runs the team. They don’t do core HY representing investment banks or issuers, however they have a nice niche representing trustees. MWE is our go to firm for appointing trustee counsel.’
‘Partner Ranajoy Basu and his team, being Priya Taneja and Marta Wrobel, are fully committed to providing a solution that will benefit the agent without compromises. The team understands the risks involved.’
‘Ranajoy Basu is user-friendly and easy to deal with.’
Wilmington Trust (London) Limited
Wilmington Trust National Association
The Bank of New York Mellon
Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch
U.S. Bank Trustees Limited
Lucid Agency and Trustee Services Ltd
Citibank, N.A., London Branch
The healthcare and life sciences team at McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP primarily advises on joint ventures, M&A and corporate and clinical governance. Additionally, it provides niche regulatory advice in digital health and diagnostic technologies, as well as genetic testing and cancer care. Lead partner Hamid Yunis deals primarily in healthcare transactions, including PPPs and joint ventures, while Gary Howes is noted for his work in patent licensing agreements and IP and regulatory matters. Partner Sharon Lamb focuses on M&A and complex digital health and data privacy issues. Associate David Gibson is noted for his work in commercial healthcare.
Hamid Yunis; Gary Howes; Sharon Lamb
Other key lawyers:
‘Sharon Lamb has her finger on the pulse – she leaves no stone unturned on behalf of clients.’
‘Sharon Lamb knows everything there is to know about healthcare law.’
‘Their approach and knowledge sets them apart from their competitors.’
‘Good practical approach to operating commercial contracts with non public entities while operating in a public environment.’
‘We have a great personal relationship and understanding with the lead partner.’
‘Phenomenally determined. Knowledgeable, creative, thorough, relentlessly energetic.’
‘The team works together extremely well, and has a depth of knowledge about the industry.’
‘The team are very knowledgeable and responsive.’
Schoen Clinic London
Emirates Medical Group
Eight Roads Holdings Limited
Cleveland Clinic London
Other key lawyers:
‘James Ross and his team are experts for international tax and are particularly responsive and on point. Even complex questions in the context of transfer pricing or VAT are in the best hands with them. For us a swift response to our inquiries is often key.’
‘I have found them to be rigorous, responsive and highly expert in all my dealings with the firm.’
‘Sarah Gabbai stands out for her all round tax law expertise and exceptional level of client care. This equally applies to her pro bono work which epitomises what pro bono work should be about. She has provided invaluable support to our charity over several years, and is unfailingly diligent and responsive in providing highly expert advice on a wide range of tax law and related issues. I cannot recommend her highly enough.’
Great Point Partners
Employment > Employers Tier 5
At McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP, the employment practice has experience representing employers across a diverse range of industries but is developing particularly strong links in the healthcare sector. It routinely handles employment litigation, the employment aspects of corporate transactions and restructurings, HR-related data privacy matters, and has a busy employment competition practice, spanning trade secrets, non-competes, and restrictive covenants. Practice head Katie Clark and standout partner Paul McGrath attract plaudits as ‘very commercially focused lawyers’.
Other key lawyers:
‘Pragmatic and no-nonsense approach.’
‘The team I work with, regardless of which area of expertise, are always diligent, professional, available and thorough.’
‘I always find that Paul McGrath offers great advice, but is also pragmatic.’
‘The team are professional and relate to business. The advice they provide is practical and they take the pain out of any difficult negotiation.’
‘Katie Clarke is an inspiration. Katie is thorough in her questioning and provides a practical solution to any complex ER case. She has somehow a magical ingredient that supports the client to feel safe and able to progress. I have worked with Katie on a number of cases and continuously learn from her.’
‘The key attribute of this team is their understanding of our business, our culture, our objectives for our people issues and our need for trust in dealing with these on our behalf to secure better outcomes than we could have achieved alone. MWE are great at establishing rapport and keeping a momentum with that.’
‘Katie Clark and Paul McGrath stand out as very commercially focused lawyers, always keen to deliver a great outcome for us as their clients and secure a pragmatic outcome within the ambitious timeframes that we generally like to work towards.’
Callaway Golf Company
D. E. Shaw & Co
Acting in high-value, commercially critical and multi-jurisdictional international arbitrations, McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP's recent work spans Europe, Australia, the Middle East, Asia, the US, Africa and the Cayman Islands. Leading the team, Andrew Savage's sector experience covers the finance, insolvency, energy, insurance, fraud, commodities, shipping and construction industries, among others.
Other key lawyers:
Romilly Holland; Kimberley Smith; Ben Lamble
‘Very good team.‘
‘Andrew Savage is experienced and a good lawyer.‘
Obregon Aviation Designated Activity Company
Conapro Dena-BMS SAL
Panasonic Industry Europe
Panasonic Automotive Systems Europe
Legal Action Worldwide
The arrival of a team of lawyers, led by the 'pragmatic and highly commercial' Mark Fennessy from Proskauer Rose LLP in January 2021, provides McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP with a platform to develop a strong offering for Fennessy's loyal roster of clients, as well as to exploit new opportunities for the firm's existing private equity and finance clients. Fennessy 'brings a wealth of experience, including on international matters, that allows him to handle the unusual and complex without fuss'.
Other key lawyers:
Sunay Radia; Alexander Andronikou
‘The team has vast experience in all aspects of restructuring and contested insolvency litigation.’
‘The team is very responsive and very solution-oriented.’
‘Mark Fennessy brings a wealth of experience, including on international matters, that allows him to handle the unusual and complex without fuss.’
‘Mark Fennessy is an incredible team leader with vast experience and technical knowledge and second to none instincts about how cases should be run.’
‘Mark Fennessy is a leading expert in his field, as well as an outstanding lawyer and advisor. He has a unique quality of being a pragmatic and highly commercial lawyer, who is also incredibly thoughtful and analytical in his approach to resolving complex matters for clients.’
‘Sunay Radia is one of the nicest and most knowledgeable partners I have had the pleasure of working with. He really knows his stuff and is so personable at the same time.’
BRG Asset Management
Ralph & Russo Limited
Camm & Hooper Limited
GLAS (Global Loan Agency Services Limited)
'Aside from their level of knowledge, both practical and technical, the team is very user-friendly', says a client of Addleshaw Goddard. The firm has built up its structured finance capability to cover secured bonds, structured products and derivatives, portfolio sales and purchases and public and private securitisations covering all asset classes. Rachel Kelly, who joined from McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP in 2020 along with legal director Kerry Pettigrew, focuses predominantly on securitisation and CLOs, but also handles a range of structured products. Legal director Carl Baker, who joined from Simmons & Simmons, frequently acts for buy-side, sell-side and financial market infrastructure clients on regulatory and transactional matters. Baker is 'an excellent lawyer in the field of OTC Derivatives, very sharp and experienced in negotiating Master Agreements'.
‘The team is particularly strong in the areas of securitisation, and structured finance in general. Also, the wider practice is well versed in property which provides good support to the debt team.’
‘Aside from their level of knowledge, both practical and technical, the team is very user-friendly, which makes is much easier with clients who are new to more structured forms of finance.’
‘Carl Baker is an excellent lawyer in the field of OTC Derivatives. Very sharp and experienced in negotiating Master Agreements (ISDA, GMSLA, GMRA) and drafting complex confirmations. When working with him, his long experience as an in-house lawyer shows. He is very thorough and has in-depth knowledge of derivatives products and regulatory developments. He has quick response times and is very pleasant to work with. I can highly recommend him.’
‘Rachel Kelly is an exceptionally good solicitor. She has the mental agility to grasp challenging subject matter. She is extremely personable and a pleasure to deal with.’
‘I have known Carl Baker for many years. He is an excellent lawyer specialising in the derivatives and structured products areas and providing outstanding advice on the legal documents taking into account operational set ups and market practice as well as showing supreme level of the cross-border regulatory expertise. His advice is very practice-oriented and client-focused. To be highlighted is further his availability and timely advice. His ability to give sound legal advice under pressure is admirable.’
‘A super team of industry-savvy lawyers, who know what they are doing, and are pleasant to work with.’
‘Rachel Kelly is knowledgeable and experienced.’
Sainsbury’s Bank plc
Metro Bank PLC
Barclays Bank PLC
HSBC Bank plc
NatWest Markets plc
Prudential Trustee Company Limited
DLA Piper’s high-value private equity team has a particular focus on advising management teams on exits, buy-outs, investments, and mergers, frequently advising on large, high profile deals. The team also has a significant mid-market practice, acting on mandates from PE houses as well as portfolio companies. Tim Wright leads the London team and the broader European practice, while Ed Griffiths has over 25 years experience in this sector, with a particular focus on the technology sector. The firm has recently strengthened its practice with the addition of the well-regarded Piero Carbone from McDermott.
‘The team are very pro-active in their approach. The DLA team spent time with us to ensure we had the right knowledge to ensure that when the time came, we made the right decision.’
‘They really delivered. The team was always available and working in perfect coordination.’
‘The team invested significant time and effort to deeply understand our personal needs and build strong professional relationships to provide a foundation for the engagement. They were flexible and practical about what we needed in terms of coaching and reassurance to put us in a position as a team get what we needed. They responded quickly and efficiently whenever we needed them.’
‘Tim Wright is passionate, commercial, and intelligent. Always determined to get to the nub of any issue and resolve it pragmatically. A super strong negotiator.’
‘The involvement of senior partners really made a difference. Rest of the team very professional and delivering over expectations.’
‘Tim Wright led a great team through a very complex transaction with each team member leading their workstream while never losing touch of the bigger picture.’
IFS Group management team
Neuraxpharm management team
CPA Global management team
Ascot Lloyd management team
According to one client, the strength of DQ is its ‘diversity in knowledge and experience’. Practice head Annemarie Hughes is an expert in trust and private client work, and is also highly skilled in handling international tax investigations. Donna Matthews has a similarly broad skillset with expertise in advising on wills, powers of attorney, general administration issues and trust restructurings. The team also benefits from the experience of tax consultant Greg Jones, who is notably adept in capital tax planning work, offshore trusts, and tax domicile issues. Mark Emery is a key contact for trust litigation.
Annemarie Hughes; Donna Matthews
‘The strength of the team is its diversity in knowledge and experience. In addition its ability to act cohesively and support each other for the benefit of the firm as a whole.’
‘I work closely with Annemarie Hughes on various matters. She is very responsive and pragmatic in her advice and approach to dealing with matters.’
‘Annemarie Hughes is excellent. Her knowledge of her subject matter is second to none and she always delivers her services efficiently and cost effectively.’
‘The team is very knowledgeable. Their approach to solutions are practical and commentarial. The team is very helpful in their guidance about solutions and are not afraid to say if a proposed solution is not the best option. The wide exposure to team had to issues and problems means they are able to advise on a very wide rage of topics.’
‘Annemarie Hughes: An exemplary individual in terms of her knowledge, insight and ability to interpret cases and apply the circumstance to the issue/solution/question at hand. Her wide experience of private client issues means that her advice is well rounded. Annemarie’s solutions will take into account not only the set of circumstances she was presented with but also the wider knowledge she has of the client/situation.’
‘The firm’s diversity in terms of service offering is notable. Key hires in the tax and compliance sectors set them aside from local competitors.’
McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP considerably expanded its expertise in the gaming and betting space in early 2021 with the arrivals of Simon Airey, a specialist in fraud and money laundering investigations and regulatory compliance, and associate Joshua Domb from Paul Hastings LLP.
The arrival in May 2020 of both Mark Fine and Aymen Mahmoud from Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP was a big boost for the finance practice of McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP, particularly in light of their strong ties with US asset managers as lenders in the mid-market. The firm also handles borrower-side work and has the capability to provide integrated US and UK-governed debt products.
McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP > Firm Profile
The firm: McDermott Will & Emery partners with leaders around the world to fuel missions, knock down barriers and shape markets. Our team works seamlessly across practices, industries and more than 20 locations to deliver highly effective—and often unexpected—solutions that propel success. More than 1,200+ lawyers strong, we bring our personal passion and legal prowess to bear in every matter for our clients and the people they serve.
Main areas of practice
Corporate and Transactional: Our seasoned lawyers represent the full spectrum of corporate interests around the world, from global corporations to family-owned businesses to privately held companies. Our lawyers thrive on solving the most complex business problems facing their clients today and mapping out strategies to drive clients’ success tomorrow. Broad capabilities include seamless transactional services, such as negotiating cross-border acquisitions or outsourcing deals, representing issuers in public offerings, securing preferred financial credit arrangements for borrowers or navigating a business restructuring. Of particular note is our geographical reach; international clients regularly turn to the London team to advise on transactions across Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, the team is renowned for the ability to effectively manage transactions on a global scale.
Dispute Resolution, International Arbitration, White-Collar: Our lawyers focus on commercial and finance disputes and international arbitration, offering a wealth of experience across all sectors and industries, including finance, insolvency, energy, insurance (for policy holders), fraud, commodities, shipping, construction, IT and art theft. Our white-collar lawyers focus on global, cross-border and internal investigations, financial and regulatory crime, bribery and corruption, money laundering, tax and fraud inquiries, data breaches, dawn raids, asset tracing, international enforcement and corporate compliance issues. The team represents both companies and individuals in criminal and regulatory proceedings and in associated litigation and has conducted a wide range of investigations and corporate defence assignments in different sectors, including construction, defence, financial services, gambling, oil and gas, logistics, pharmaceuticals and telecommunications.
Employment: Our lawyers help clients attract and retain workers at every level, enter and exit markets as business conditions warrant, develop and implement effective employment policies, identify and protect trade secrets and other confidential information, and negotiate and enforce employment contracts. We advise clients on the full range of UK and EU employment issues, including wrongful and unfair dismissal, executive severance, confidentiality and restrictive covenants, employee fraud, discrimination, union recognition, TUPE, pensions and employment, employee benefits and data protection aspects of acquisitions.
Finance: Our finance practice lawyers offer top-level banking, finance and securities advice including in acquisition finance; corporate and fund finance; high yield; Islamic finance; projects and project finance; real estate finance and business restructuring. The team also covers all aspects of capital markets and securities issuance, with extensive experience in advising on a variety of complex transactional and regulatory matters.
Healthcare and Life Sciences: Our team provides unparalleled legal acumen rooted in decades of experience and forward growth powered by unconventional thinking. We partner with clients on the full range of healthcare-related issues, helping to navigate the issues that matter when it comes to achieving missions and solidifying positions in the market. Leveraging on the firm’s market leading reputation in healthcare, our lawyers in the UK practice advise on M&A, investments, and corporate finance, and have substantial experience in innovative structures for complex joint-ventures, public-private partnerships and funding arrangements across EMEA. The team also provides comprehensive healthcare regulatory advice, counselling a number of entities in relation to engagements with the NHS, including the provision of operational services, digital health and data privacy, medtech and life sciences matters.
Private Equity: Our team delivers strategic advice on private equity transactions at all stages of the investment life cycle, including control, non-control and minority investments, public-to-private transactions, buyouts and recapitalisations, mergers and acquisitions, growth capital investments and buy-and-build strategies, acquisition finance/refinance, and on all manner of exit strategies. We represent clients across a wide range of different industries and jurisdictions, providing market leading international deal structuring advice.
Private Client and Wealth Management: From the global to the personal, the firm brings its full-service network to bear in helping closely held business owners and high-net-worth individuals effectively structure their assets, meet their wealth transfer and planning goals, and make their mark philanthropically. As clients make the critical decisions that shape their personal, business, tax, civic and charitable concerns around the world, we will be at their side with creative, customized solutions. Our lawyers advise clients across the globe on all aspects of cross-border wealth management, trust and estate planning, and wealth transfer issues, with particular experience in UK, US and South African legal, tax and compliance matters.
Restructuring and Insolvency: Our restructuring team offers leading expertise in complex bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring issues, advising on the market’s most high-profile, high-stakes, legally pioneering and financially significant matters. The practice maintains a variety of insolvency-related engagements, which provides the firm with a unique insight into how the other side is thinking, giving it a competitive advantage. The firm is best-known for its collaborative, deal-oriented approach to insolvency transactions and litigation.
Real Estate: Our real estate team provides a comprehensive, high quality service for clients’ real estate acquisition, operation, leasing, financing and development needs. The team covers the full range of real estate mandates, from the structuring of large, complex acquisitions through to development and ultimate disposition. Backed by the world’s leading health care practice, the team also has extensive experience handling real estate matters for companies in the health industry.
Tax: Our lawyers provide multi-disciplinary service on all UK and international tax issues concerning corporate and commercial business matters, including mergers, acquisitions, spinoffs, flotations, corporate structuring, asset and structured finance, treasury management, cross-border transactions, transfer pricing and mediation.
|Managing Partner (London)||Hamid Yunis|
|Corporate & Transactional||Tom Whelan|
|Corporate & Transactional||Nicholas Azis|
|Corporate Finance||Mark Fine|
|Corporate Finance||Aymen Mahmoud|
|Dispute Resolution & International Arbitration||Andrew Savage|
|Employment||Katie Clark, Paul McGrath|
|Emerging Markets, Corporate Finance, Capital Markets||Ranajoy Basu|
|Heatlhcare||Sharon Lamb, Hamid Yunis|
|Private Equity||Tom Whelan|
|Private Wealth||Simon Goldring|
|Private Wealth Disputes||Ziva Robertson, Nicholas Holland|
|Restructuring & Insolvency||Mark Fennessy|
|White Collar||Simon Airey|
|Simon Airey||Partner Simon Airey focuses his practice on global, cross-border and internal investigations,…||View Profile|
|Nicholas Azis||Nick is a partner in the corporate department, where his practice focuses…||View Profile|
|Mr Ranajoy Basu||Partner Ranajoy Basu focuses his practice on structured finance with key experience…||View Profile|
|David Birchall||David is counsel, he advises clients on the full range of energy…||View Profile|
|Matthew Chen||Associate Matthew Chen focuses his practice on UK and international private equity…||View Profile|
|Katie Clark||Katie is a partner Katie Clark has significant experience advising on all…||View Profile|
|Joshua Domb||Associate Joshua Domb focuses his practice on a wide range of domestic…||View Profile|
|Mr Mark Fennessy||Partner Mark Fennessy focuses his practice on contentious and non-contentious restructuring and…||View Profile|
|Mark Fine||Partner Mark Fine focuses his practice on complex debt financing transactions for…||View Profile|
|Sarah Gabbai||Sarah is an associate, she focuses her practice on corporate tax and…||View Profile|
|David Gibson||David is an associate, he focuses his practice on commercial health care,…||View Profile|
|Simon Goldring||Simon is a partner, he advises clients on a wide range of…||View Profile|
|Romilly Holland||Associate Romilly Holland focuses her practice on international commercial and investment arbitration…||View Profile|
|Nicholas Holland||Nick is a partner, he focuses his practice on international contentious trusts and…||View Profile|
|Ms Sharon Lamb||Sharon is a partner, she focuses her practice on health care transactions,…||View Profile|
|Ben Lamble||Associate Ben Lamble focuses his practice on commercial litigation and arbitration with…||View Profile|
|Aymen Mahmoud||Partner Aymen Mahmoud focuses his practice on complex debt financing transactions for…||View Profile|
|Stuart Mathews||Stuart’s practice focuses on cross-border acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, banking and…||View Profile|
|Paul McGrath||Paul is a partner, he advises clients across a broad range of…||View Profile|
|Lynsey McIntyre||Lynsey is a partner, she focuses her practice on litigation, including contentious…||View Profile|
|Elisabeth Moseley||Elisabeth is a counsel, she focuses on cross-border mergers and acquisitions in…||View Profile|
|Astrid Owen||Astrid is a partner, she advises internationally based clients and their family…||View Profile|
|Sunay Radia||Partner Sunay Radia focuses his practice on financial restructuring transactions, including high…||View Profile|
|Ziva Robertson||Ziva is a partner, she specialises in dispute resolution including complex trust…||View Profile|
|James Ross||Partner in the London tax group, specialising in international taxation including cross-border…||View Profile|
|Andrew Savage||Andrew is a partner, he focuses his practice on commercial and finance…||View Profile|
|Kimberley Smith||Associate, Kimberley Smith focuses her practice on commercial litigation and arbitration. She…||View Profile|
|Priya Taneja||Priya is a counsel, her practice includes a broad range of structured…||View Profile|
|Calum Thom||Counsel Calum Thom represents clients on private equity, cross-border and domestic buy-outs…||View Profile|
|Andrew Vergunst||Andrew Vergunst is a partner in the London office of law firm…||View Profile|
|Rupert Weber||Rupert has experience of public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures,…||View Profile|
|Eleanor West||Eleanor advises clients on UK and international private equity investments and buy-out…||View Profile|
|Tom Whelan||Partner Tom Whelan focuses his practice on private equity, advising private equity…||View Profile|
|Hamid Yunis||Hamid is a managing partner for our London office and partner-in-charge of…||View Profile|
|Linda Zeman||Linda is a partner, she advises clients on corporate law with a…||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 30 Number of other UK fee-earners : 45
United States: Cartels
Published: April 2021
Authors: Paul M. Thompson Nicole L. Castle Justin P. Murphy Lisa P. Rumin Anthony S. Ferrara
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Cartels laws and regulations that may occur in United States.
Germany: Force Majeure
Published: July 2021
Authors: Dr. Thomas Hauss Lisa Nassi Matthias Distler
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Force Majeure laws and regulations that may occur in Germany.
Belgium: Merger Control
Published: October 2021
Authors: Hendrik Viaene Karolien Van der Putten
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Merger Control laws and regulations that may occur in Belgium.
EC Shines Spotlight on Nascent Competitor Transactions: New Art. 22 EUMR Guidance
Published: October 2021
Authors: Hendrik Viaene David Henry Karolien Van der Putten
- Corporate and commercial > M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m
- Private client > Contentious trusts and probate
- Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate
- Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m)
- Industry focus > Emerging markets
- Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market
- Finance > High yield
- Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare
- Finance > Derivatives and structured products
- Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions – high-value deals (£250m+)
- Private client, trusts and tax