McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP
110 BISHOPSGATE
LONDON
EC2N 4AY
England

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

McDermott 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.

Practice head(s):

Tom Whelan

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Palamon Capital

Irving Oil

ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc

ManpowerGroup Inc

Multigate Medical Products Pty Ltd

Akari Therapeutics Plc

Work highlights

  • Representing an American multinational healthcare company on its acquisition of the elements which combined constitute a drug.
  • Representing a German multinational sports company on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of an online sporting goods company.
  • Representing Akari Therapeutics on various placings, redenominations, and a Securities Purchase Agreement.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP has particular expertise in cross-jurisdictional work, offshore trusts and the laws of the Cayman and British Virgin Islands. It also boasts considerable experience in traditional contentious trusts matters. Ziva Robertson previously practised in the Cayman Islands and BVI. Her practice covers the Caribbean, Bermuda, Israel, Switzerland and the Channel Islands. Nicholas Holland is also qualified in a number of jurisdictions and is well-equipped to handle all types of international trusts and estate disputes. Lynsey McIntyre is in demand for her cross-border offshore trusts experience and is skilled at advising on the interplay between trust and commercial disputes. Clients include multibillion dollar net-worth clients, structures and fiduciaries both nationally and globally. ‘It’s a truly international firm with a transatlantic perspective.’

Practice head(s):

Ziva Robertson (Private Wealth Disputes); Simon Goldring (Private Wealth Law)

Other key lawyers:

Lynsey McIntrye; Anita Shah

Testimonials

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.’

Key clients

Dawson-Damer family

Hill Street Trustees

Royal Bank of Canada

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

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.

Practice head(s):

Simon Goldring (Private Wealth Law); Ziva Robertson (Private Wealth Disputes)

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘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‘.

Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m) Tier 3

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.

Practice head(s):

Tom Whelan

Other key lawyers:

Eleanor West; Arvin Abraham

Key clients

H.I.G. Capital

Great Point Partners

Covis Pharma

Eight Roads

Ampersand Capital Partners

Group Winncare

Tana Africa Capital

Five Arrows

IK Investment Partners

Searchlight Capital Partners

SilverTree Equity

Work highlights

  • Advised Eight Roads in relation to the sale of the Optegra Group to H2 Equity Partners
  • Advised the management team of Covis Pharma on the re-investment into the new buying group, following the sale of Covis Pharma by Cerberus Capital Management (Cerberus) to Apollo Global Management, Inc, (Apollo).
  • Advising on the restructuring of the UK equity held by Groupe Winncare SAS and the Managers in Mangar Healthcare Limited and the sale of such UK equity as part of the IDI sale of Groupe Winncare SAS to new owner Siparex.

Industry focus > Emerging markets Tier 3

The team is affable and approachable at all levels, and proficient in its legal advice‘, says a client of McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP, adding that ‘the commercial insight of the team coupled with its negotiation and drafting expertise makes the firm a pleasure to deal with‘. Ranajoy Basu and counsel Priya Taneja joined from Reed Smith LLP to form the firm’s India group, bringing extensive experience in high yield and other capital markets transactions. Andrew Savage‘s practice covers commercial and finance disputes and international arbitration proceedings, frequently in emerging markets. Hamid Yunis handles cross-border M&A, investment issues and private equity transactions, predominantly within the health and infrastructure sectors. Nick Azis is also a key adviser on M&A deals.

Practice head(s):

Ranajoy Basu; Hamid Yunis; Andrew Savage; Nick Azis

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Everzinc

AIC Limited

Legal Action Worldwide (LAW)

ConaproDena-BMS SAL

Petrochemical Holdings GmbH

Work highlights

  • Representing Petrochemical Holdings GmbH in ICSID arbitration proceedings against Romania, brought under the Energy Charter Treaty.
  • Representing AIC Limited, a Nigerian construction company,  in proceedings in the Court of Appeal relating to the enforcement of a $160m arbitration award secured by AIC Limited against the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
  • Represented Conapro in relation to its Commercial Court claim against The Ministry of Petroleum, The Republic of The Gambia, for loss of profit under an oil sales contract.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 4

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.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Savage

Other key lawyers:

Kimberley Smith; Ben Lamble; Edward Perkins

Testimonials

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.’

Key clients

Obregon Aviation Designated Activity Company

Petrochemical Holdings

Conapro Dena-BMS SAL

H I G Capital

Panasonic Industry Europe

Panasonic Automotive Systems Europe

AIC

Legal Action Worldwide

Work highlights

  • Representing AIC, a Nigerian construction company, in proceedings in the Court of Appeal that relate to the enforcement of a $160m arbitration award secured by AIC against the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria.
  • Successfully represented a fund, managed by HIG Capital, in a Commercial Court claim against the Maltese arm of a multinational insurance company.
  • Represented two European entities in the Panasonic group in a High Court claim brought against it by TRW (now ZF Automotive UK).

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.

Practice head(s):

Ranajoy Basu

Other key lawyers:

Priya Taneja; Marta Wrobel

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Wilmington Trust (London) Limited

Wilmington Trust National Association

The Bank of New York Mellon

Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch

HSBC

U.S. Bank Trustees Limited

Lucid Agency and Trustee Services Ltd

GLAS

Citibank, N.A., London Branch

Work highlights

  • Acted for U.S. Bank in its capacity as trustee in relation to Swissport Financing S.à r.l.’s financial restructuring and recapitalisation. Swissport is the world’s leading provider of airport ground services and air cargo handling.
  • Acted for Wilmington Trust (London) Limited as Security Agent, Wilmington Trust National Association as existing Trustee and Citibank, N.A., London Branch as new Trustee with respect to Verisure Holding AB and Verisure Midholding AB (the Issuers) high yield offering. This is a multi-jurisdictional matter concerning a value of €2,420,000,000.
  • Advised Citibank, N.A., London Branch in its capacity as Trustee, Security Agent, Principal Paying Agent, Registrar and Transfer Agent with respect to Adevinta ASA’s high yield offering. The Company announced the issuance of its senior secured notes due 2025 for an aggregate principal amount of €660m and its senior secured notes due 2027 for an aggregate principal amount of €400m.

Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare Tier 4

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.

Practice head(s):

Hamid Yunis; Gary Howes; Sharon Lamb

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Schoen Clinic London

Lifeways

Invitae Corporation

Babylon Healthcare

Eurofins

Emirates Medical Group

Alliance Medical

Eight Roads Holdings Limited

Cleveland Clinic London

Guildhouse UK

Work highlights

  • Represented an American multinational healthcare company on their acquisition of the elements, which when combined, constitute a drug.
  • Instructed by Lifeways to support on a judicial review challenge with respect to funding provided to Lifeways by local authorities in the UK during the pandemic.
  • Advised Eight Roads, a global proprietary investment firm backed by Fidelity, in relation to the sale of the Optegra Group to H2 Equity Partners.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 5

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP‘s key areas of focus include M&A transactions, fund formations, banking issues and real estate tax. Practice head James Ross handles a broad range of work that covers restructurings, transfer pricing issues, thin capitalisation work and double tax treaty issues. Associate Sarah Gabbai is also noted for her ‘all-round tax law expertise and exceptional level of client care’; she handles tax advisory work for technology and healthcare clients.

Practice head(s):

James Ross

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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.’

Key clients

Ampersand Capital

Great Point Partners

Barilla

Work highlights

  • Represented Ampersand Capital Partners in its purchase of Tjoapack Netherlands B.V., a pharmaceuticals packaging and supply chain management service provider.
  • Advising SilverTree on the financing of its inaugural UK deal, the acquisition of Orbus Software from certain investors and the founders.

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’.

Practice head(s):

Katie Clark

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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.’

Key clients

Callaway Golf Company

D. E. Shaw & Co

Galliard Homes

Philharmonia Orchestra

WSP

Marken

Real estate > Property finance Tier 5

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 7

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.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Savage

Other key lawyers:

Romilly Holland; Kimberley Smith; Ben Lamble

Testimonials

Very good team.

Andrew Savage is experienced and a good lawyer.

Key clients

Obregon Aviation Designated Activity Company

Petrochemical Holdings

Conapro Dena-BMS SAL

HIG Capital

Panasonic Industry Europe

Panasonic Automotive Systems Europe

Legal Action Worldwide

Work highlights

  • Represents Petrochemical Holdings in ICSID arbitration proceedings against Romania, brought under the Energy Charter Treaty and concerning a strategic investment in Romania’s oil and petrochemical sectors.
  • Successfully represented AIC, a Nigerian construction company, in proceedings in the Court of Appeal, which related to the enforcement of a $160m arbitration award secured by AIC against the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria.

Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 7

The arrival of a team of lawyers, led by the 'pragmatic and highly commercialMark 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'. 

Practice head(s):

Mark Fennessy

Other key lawyers:

Sunay Radia; Alexander Andronikou

Testimonials

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.’

Key clients

BRG Asset Management

Ralph & Russo Limited

Camm & Hooper Limited

Lecta

GLAS (Global Loan Agency Services Limited)

Work highlights

  • Represents GLAS in various trustee and agent capacities of circa $1.2bn of notes and €400m of bank debt issues by the Ukrainian DTEK energy group.
  • Representing GLAS as the trustee, security agent and settlement agent in the restructuring of €1bn of bonds issued by Codere SA.
  • Representing GLAS as security agent in the restructuring of bank and bond issued by the Four Seasons Health Care Group.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Gaming and betting

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.

Finance > Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

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.

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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Chairman Ira Coleman
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
Tax James Ross
White Collar Simon Airey
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Simon Airey photo Simon AireyPartner Simon Airey focuses his practice on global, cross-border and internal investigations,…
Nicholas Azis  photo Nicholas Azis Nick is a partner in the corporate department, where his practice focuses…
Ranajoy Basu photo Ranajoy BasuPartner Ranajoy Basu focuses his practice on structured finance with key experience…
David Birchall  photo David Birchall David is counsel, he advises clients on the full range of energy…
Matthew Chen  photo Matthew Chen Associate Matthew Chen focuses his practice on UK and international private equity…
Katie Clark  photo Katie Clark Katie is a partner Katie Clark has significant experience advising on all…
Joshua Domb photo Joshua DombAssociate Joshua Domb focuses his practice on a wide range of domestic…
Mark Fennessy photo Mark FennessyPartner Mark Fennessy focuses his practice on contentious and non-contentious restructuring and…
Mark Fine photo Mark FinePartner Mark Fine focuses his practice on complex debt financing transactions for…
Sarah Gabbai  photo Sarah Gabbai Sarah is an associate, she focuses her practice on corporate tax and…
David Gibson  photo David Gibson David is an associate, he focuses his practice on commercial health care,…
Simon Goldring  photo Simon Goldring Simon is a partner, he advises clients on a wide range of…
Romilly Holland photo Romilly HollandAssociate Romilly Holland focuses her practice on international commercial and investment arbitration…
Nicholas Holland  photo Nicholas Holland Nick is a partner, he focuses his practice on international contentious trusts and…
Ms Sharon Lamb  photo Ms Sharon Lamb Sharon is a partner, she focuses her practice on health care transactions,…
Ben Lamble photo Ben LambleAssociate Ben Lamble focuses his practice on commercial litigation and arbitration with…
Aymen Mahmoud photo Aymen MahmoudPartner Aymen Mahmoud focuses his practice on complex debt financing transactions for…
Stuart Mathews  photo Stuart Mathews Stuart’s practice focuses on cross-border acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, banking and…
Paul McGrath  photo Paul McGrath Paul is a partner, he advises clients across a broad range of…
Lynsey McIntyre  photo Lynsey McIntyre Lynsey is a partner, she focuses her practice on litigation, including contentious…
Elisabeth Moseley  photo Elisabeth Moseley Elisabeth is a counsel, she focuses on cross-border mergers and acquisitions in…
Astrid Owen  photo Astrid Owen Astrid is a partner, she advises internationally based clients and their family…
Sunay Radia  photo Sunay Radia Partner Sunay Radia focuses his practice on financial restructuring transactions, including high…
Ziva Robertson  photo Ziva Robertson Ziva is a partner, she specialises in dispute resolution including complex trust…
James Ross  photo James Ross Partner in the London tax group, specialising in international taxation including cross-border…
Andrew Savage  photo Andrew Savage Andrew is a partner, he focuses his practice on commercial and finance…
Kimberley Smith photo Kimberley SmithAssociate, Kimberley Smith focuses her practice on commercial litigation and arbitration. She…
Priya Taneja photo Priya TanejaPriya is a counsel, her practice includes a broad range of structured…
Calum Thom photo Calum ThomCounsel Calum Thom represents clients on private equity, cross-border and domestic buy-outs…
Andrew Vergunst  photo Andrew Vergunst Andrew Vergunst is a partner in the London office of law firm…
Rupert Weber  photo Rupert Weber Rupert has experience of public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures,…
Eleanor West  photo Eleanor West Eleanor advises clients on UK and international private equity investments and buy-out…
Tom Whelan photo Tom WhelanPartner Tom Whelan focuses his practice on private equity, advising private equity…
Hamid Yunis  photo Hamid Yunis Hamid is a managing partner for our London office and partner-in-charge of…
Linda Zeman  photo Linda Zeman Linda is a partner, she advises clients on corporate law with a…
Number of UK partners : 30
Number of other UK fee-earners : 45