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

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP
22 Bishopsgate
London
EC2N 4BQ
England

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

Able to leverage its significant global footprint on multi-jurisdictional transactions, McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP quite frequently drives major deals for a range of significant operators in the worlds of life science, healthcare, energy, retail, and technology. Practice head Tom Whelan consistently handles matters across the aforementioned sectors, as well as in hospitality, consumer goods, and manufacturing. Nicholas Azis acts for a myriad of privately owned and publicly listed entities, with recent highlights including transatlantic deals in the leisure and biopharmaceutical industries. Stuart Mathews ‘ extensive cross-border capabilities see him advising a mix of British, European, African, and American-based clients on a host of international transactions. Eleanor West focuses on private equity buy-out transactions and direct investments, while Calum Thom is noted for his knowledge of the chemical and medical devices sectors.

Practice head(s):

Tom Whelan

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Azis; Stuart Mathews; Eleanor West; Calum Thom

Key clients

Akari Therapeutics, Plc

Ampersand Capital Partners

Apposite Capital LLP

Auctus Capital Partners AG

CoachHub GmbH

Eight Roads Holdings Limited

Flair Impact

Great Point Partners

I.Q. Endoscope Limited

KHP MedTech Innovations

Maitland International Holdings plc

Net 1 UEPS Technologies Inc.

Oxford Investment Consultants LLP

PharmaLex Group

PX Group

Puttshack Ltd

Pritzker/baratellas

Senior managers of Unilabs Holding AB

SIGNA Sports United

Sirius Petroleum

Wellspring Capital Management LLC

WEP Clinical

WestCap Group (Venture Capital) Crypto

Work highlights

  • Advised the Aksiom Services Group on the financing and acquisition of PX Group from Bluewater Private Equity.
  • Represented TA Associates in its £1.7bn acquisition of Smiths Medical, the medical devices and technologies business of the Smiths Group plc.
  • Advised SIGNA Sports United on its acquisition of online sports retailer WiggleCRC from funds managed by Bridgepoint Advisers.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Gaming and betting Tier 2

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP acts for numerous leading names in the industry including betting companies, gaming operators, and payment services providers. The team regularly handles high-profile gambling regulatory and enforcement work, as well as anti-money laundering and compliance issues. Practice head Simon Airey specialises in global investigations as well as financial and regulatory crime, often working with major providers including Entain and bet365.

Practice head(s):

Simon Airey

Testimonials

‘The team understand the betting and gaming industry and apply their knowledge to a very specific area that affects the industry and is often underlooked, being bribery, corruption and criminal finance.’

‘They are organised and efficient and on hand at the drop of an email and take the time to learn about the business function in order to provide focused and sensible advice.’

‘Simon Airey always lends his considerable weight and experience when necessary.’

Key clients

Entain plc

Entain Operations limited

William Hill

888

bet365

Playtech plc

Skywind

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

The ‘service level and client care are exceptional’ at McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP. It covers the full spectrum of traditional contentious trusts and estates planning work and has particular expertise in cross-jurisdictional work, offshore trusts and the laws of the Cayman Islands and the BVI. Ziva Robertson previously practised in the Cayman Islands and the BVI and represents trustees, beneficiaries and protectors as well as companies and board members when involved in fiduciary disputes. Nicholas Holland has qualified in a number of jurisdictions and is recognised for his work on international trusts and estates disputes. The ‘first rate’ team has the ‘talent and resources to deal with major trusts litigation’.

Practice head(s):

Ziva Robertson; Andrew Vergunst

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Holland; Jannika Glendon; Anita Shah

Testimonials

‘McDermotts’ enormous US presence gives them a perspective on trans-Atlantic private client litigation with which almost all firms cannot compete. They have a global presence in the market. Nicholas Holland – ebullient and energetic lawyer who is fascinated by the detail and runs a case with aplomb’.

‘Nick Holland is an experienced litigator who has particular experience of Cayman and Canada’.

‘MWE has a small private client department that punches far above its weight due to the enormous depth of experience possessed by its partners (particularly Ziva Robertson and Nick, Holland). MWE one of the few top private client departments which blends its contentious and non-contentious offering. The result is that there is a lot of joined-up thinking and points do not go unnoticed’.

‘Ziva Robertson is extremely able and has an extraordinary amount of experience across virtually all common law jurisdictions. She is particularly good at managing teams of lawyers across jurisdictions and being able to keep sight of the overall strategy of a case’.

‘The things that struck me was the diversity in the team (how refreshing), how they were all extremely calm, about all matters, and the emotional intelligence that the team demonstrated. They had a unique insight into the stress that we were feeling and were able to provide the technical and legal support, but in a way that made me feel both safe and informed’.

‘Ziva Robertson – exceptional legal memory and analytical skills. Excellent in thinking outside of the box. She will always try and creatively think how to get things done even if everyone else will say it is impossible (and she will!). Full of charisma and makes for a wonderful team leader. Anita Shah – extremely smart, thorough, amazing researcher of fact and law. Extremely organised and talented’.

‘Great international team with strength in depth across the board in US, England and South Africa. Nick Holland – a charming, highly knowledgeable and canny operator who achieves great results for his clients’.

Key clients

Foreign Client with a BVI Trust and various South American Elements

Dawson-Damer (Offshore Proceedings)

Trust Beneficiary

Hill Street Trustees Ltd, Pavilion Trustees Ltd, and various individual trustees

Royal Bank of Canada

Wealthy French sibling/UHNWI (1 of 3 siblings)

Royal Trust of Canada

Estate of Patrick Kelly

Work highlights

  • Continues to act for the beneficiaries of a series of Bahamian trusts, in connection with allegations that a number of high-profile professionals distributed approximately $400m in breach of trust.
  • Advised Royal Trust and negotiated with HMRC and the French tax authorities an agreement as to whether a large number of trusts, related to historic mistreatment of the First Nations peoples and their lands, would need to report under the TRS in either the UK or France.
  • Assisted by Anita Shah, acts for a sole beneficiary of a BVI trust in which the former protector has committed fraud and conspired with the trustee to divert assets away from the trust for the benefit of non-beneficiaries.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP acts for UHNW individuals and families including some who are in the Top 20 of the Sunday Times rich list.  In addition it also has some wealthy clients who are on the Forbes 100 billionaires list. The group has considerable cross-border strength and international tax capabilities. Andrew Vergunst  ( who is particularly recognised for his South African expertise) and Ziva Robertson  co-lead the department. Simon Goldring  attracts a diverse client roster including ultra and high-net- worth individuals, family offices, entrepreneurs and multi-national corporations both in the UK and internationally. Astrid Owen  has substantial cross-border experience and is adept at handling complex multi-jurisdictional matters. Simon Gibb is also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Vergunst; Ziva Robertson

Other key lawyers:

Simon Goldring; Astrid Owen; Simon Gibb

Testimonials

‘Focus on US connected private clients – a unique service offering backed up by experienced and technical professionals.Simon Goldring – one of the most determined professionals I have worked with and provides first class service to all of his clients’.

‘Simon Goldring- exceptional and proactive service’.

‘One of the best Anglo US private client teams in London. Their breadth of experience is rarely beaten in London. Simon Goldring and Astrid Owen are powerful forces, delivering clear advice to clients’.

Simon Gibb – great knowledge matched with a brilliant client manner‘.

‘Simon Goldring is excellent – very persistent with HMRC and getting the right result.’

‘International approach – strong US technical know-how. Very responsive. Astrid Owen: responsive, pragmatic, solution-based, strong technical knowledge. Simon Gibb: responsive, strong technical knowledge, considered and precise’.

‘In the context of my liaisons with this practice, their knowledge about UK, US and South African tax laws and private client matters is unmatched – for individuals with interests in those three jurisdictions, they provide a comprehensive service (with good contacts in jurisdictions where they are not)’.

‘Andrew Vergunst has a very good general knowledge about the tax and private client matters relating to US, UK and South Africa – he is a fantastic “project manager” of more technical advisors on matters spanning those jurisdictions. Simon Gibb is a very good and detailed advisor and draftsman in relation to UK private client matters’.

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

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP stands out in the market for its strong presence in the healthcare sector, where it acts for a range of sponsors on investments and acquisitions; the group also advises life sciences and healthcare companies on exits to PE funds. In this work, the team benefits from its healthcare regulatory expertise. It is also well-placed to handle cross-border deals, where it draws on its network of offices across Europe and the United States. Eleanor West  is noted for her focus on healthcare deals, while practice head Tom Whelan is active across energy, technology and leisure.

Practice head(s):

Tom Whelan

Other key lawyers:

Eleanor West; Arvin Abraham

Key clients

Aksiom Services Group and Ara Partners

Ampersand Capital Partners

Apposite Capital LLP

Eaton Capital Limited

Eight Roads

Five Arrows Principal Investment

Great Point Partners

H.I.G. Capital

PharmaLex Group and Auctus Capital Partners AG

SIGNA Sports

TA Associates

Wellspring Capital Management LLC

WestCap Group (Venture Capital)

Work highlights

  • Advised the Aksiom Services Group, a partnership between Ara Partners and Aksiom Group, on the financing and acquisition of PX Group (PX) from Bluewater Private Equity, a specialist international private equity firm focused on the mid-market energy sector.
  • Represented TA Associates, a Boston-based private equity firm focused on the technology and healthcare sectors, in its acquisition of Smiths Medical, the medical devices and technologies business of the Smiths Group plc.
  • Represented SIGNA Sports United, a multinational sports retail platform owned by SIGNA Group on its acquisition of online sports retailer, WiggleCRC, from funds managed by Bridgepoint Advisers.

Industry focus > Emerging markets Tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP continues to build a strong presence in emerging markets work from its London office, having hired Ranajoy Basu and Priya Taneja two years ago. Both are experienced in finance transactions, including structured finance, complex securitisations, debt capital markets and high yield related deals, and they have at their disposal a range of talent in capital markets, corporate and M&A, banking and finance, commodities and derivatives matters. Corporate partner Mark Fine assisted Africa-focused oil and gas production and development company Sirius Petroleum PLC with the acquisition of a stake in COPDC Petroleum Development Company Limited, which has executed agreements with Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation to develop onshore projects. The firm is also active in cross-border disputes with litigator Andrew Savage and associate Romilly Holland  key members of a team representing Amnesty International in various disputes with the Government of India, including advice on a potential investment treaty arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Ranajoy Basu

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Amnesty International

Citibank, N.A., London Branch

Crescent Petroleum

Eaton Capital Limited and other members of the DK Consortium

Intertrust Trustee (Jersey) Limited

Lucid Trustee Services Limited

Net 1 UEPS Technologies Inc.

Sirius Petroleum

Wilmington Trust (London) Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Crescent Petroleum in commercial arbitration against the National Iranian Oil Company arising under a gas supply agreement.
  • Advising Wilmington Trust (London) Limited in its capacity as a Collateral Agent in relation to a US$2 billion senior secured term loan facility entered into by Grab Holdings Inc, the largest term loan B facility in Asia’s technology sector.
  • Advised Sirius Petroleum PLC, an Africa focused oil and gas production and development company, in relation to obtaining a senior loan facility from Trafigura Pte Ltd, along with the acquisition of a shareholding in the joint venture company COPDC Petroleum Development Company Limited, which has executed agreements with NNPC (Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation) regarding the development of the OML 65 licence, onshore Nigeria.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 4

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP’s litigation department is well known for high-value disputes that are frequently internationally focused; and its experience covers contract disputes, security enforcement and insolvency, along with whistleblower claims, economic torts, and privacy and data breach. Andrew Savage focuses on commercial and finance disputes, along with international arbitration; recently promoted counsel Armando Neris is a former Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP lawyer; and senior associate Kimberley Smith is experienced in energy, commodities and construction-related contractual disputes.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Savage

Other key lawyers:

Armando Neris; Kimberley Smith; Romilly Holland; Edward Perkins

Testimonials

‘A strong US presence in our sector which is very useful for cross-border matters. It allowed us to use one firm for all issues no matter the jurisdiction.’

‘The team operates at the intersection of litigation, restructuring and transactional law. It is therefore the perfect team for difficult restructuring and enforcement scenarios, and it is equally at home acting for all sorts of financial institutions.’

‘Small, focused team with innovative thinking, good team relationships and sensible advice.’

‘On top of the detail, with very clear, good and commercial advice and excellent support to the counsel team.’

‘Andrew Savage is good at thinking outside the box.’

‘Andrew Savage was excellent to work with.’

‘Associate Kimberley Smith is very focused and hardworking, and has excellent drafting skills.’

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

BDO USA

BDO Cayman

Work highlights

  • Representing (alongside the firm’s New York office) BDO USA and another BDO member firm in a series of matters relating to the failed Platinum family of hedge funds.
  • Representing Obregon (a vehicle set up by O’Brien-Staley Partners to own and lease aircraft) in a claim against Spanish airline Volotea.
  • Representing two Europe entities in the Panasonic group in a High Court (TCC) claim brought by TRW, which involved successfully challenging jurisdiction at first instance and on appeal.

Finance > High yield Tier 4

At McDermott Will & Emery UK LLPthe team concentrates on representing trustees, and you really need some pragmatic and commercial advice after the deal is done in the event of a restructuring or liability management exercise‘, notes one market source, adding that head of finance Ranajoy Basu is ‘the best at helping to facilitate and manage trustee-related issues‘. Counsel Priya Taneja has significant experience in highly complex cross-border transactions in emerging markets and she is ‘always available and finds a pragmatic solution‘.

Practice head(s):

Ranajoy Basu

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The MWE team is very personable, it is an absolute pleasure to work with Ranajoy Basu and Priya Taneja. They are very good at simplifying a complex problem and suggesting different solutions, which can be invaluable for us and our clients.’

‘Priya Taneja is always available and finds a pragmatic solution, a brilliant lawyer.’

‘Ranajoy Basu and Priya Taneja are very personable, they put a lot of effort in to build relationships with their clients and the relationship makes them great to work with.’

‘A unique element of McDermott’s practice is their deep commitment to the client that appears to go above and beyond their firm engagement letter. When you have McDermott advising you, you feel that they truly partner with your business. Potential clients will enjoy the outstanding responsivity, reactivity and proactiveness towards their clients.’

‘The individuals at McDermott stand about because they are extremely approachable. Emails are answered energetically and enthusiastically and you get the feeling that the lawyers are always one step ahead of you, which is very comforting from the clients perspectives. This is markedly different from other firms who are often less responsive and seem less consistent with response times.’

‘I have a great working relationship with Priya Taneja, she has become (over the many years I have worked with her now) my go-to person for any questions I have whether or not she is working on the transaction with me. She is an expert in her field and always adds a personal touch to everything she does.’

‘The team concentrates on representing trustees, so unlike other market participants they do not work for issuers or underwriters. While the trustee role is not high-profile and usually an afterthought, you really need some pragmatic and commercial advice after the deal is done in the event of a restructuring or liability management exercise and I think Ranajoy Basu is the best at helping to facilitate and manage trustee-related issues.’

‘Ranajoy Basu is my favorite attorney in Europe for trustee’s counsel. He is easy to deal with, commercially pragmatic and always makes the time to engage.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas

The Bank of New York Mellon

Citibank, N.A., London Branch and Citibank Europe plc

CSC Trustees Limited

DenizBank A.S.

Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch, Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas and Deutsche Trustee Company Limited

Global Loan Agency Services

HSBC

Intertrust Trustee (Jersey) Limited

The Law Debenture Trust Corporation p.l.c.

Lucid Agency and Trustee Services Ltd

U.S. Bank Trustees Limited

Wilmington Trust (London) Limited and Wilmington Trust National Association

Work highlights

  • Advised Lucid Trustee Services Limited as Trustee and Citibank, N.A., London Branch as Paying Agent, Transfer Agent and Registrar with respect to IHS Holding Limited’s (IHS) high yield offering of its dual tranche senior notes due 2026 for an aggregate principal amount of US$500 million and its senior notes due 2028 for an aggregate principal amount US$500 million.
  • Advised U.S. Bank Trustees Limited as Trustee and Security Agent in connection with the issuance by Biogroup of €800 million 3.375% Senior Secured Notes due 2028 and €250 million 5.000% Senior Notes due 2029.
  • Advised Deutsche Trustee Company Limited in its capacity as Note Trustee with respect to Chrome Group’s high yield offering of its senior secured notes due 2028 for an aggregate principal amount of €420 million and the issuance of its senior notes due 2029 for an aggregate principal amount of €325 million.

Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare Tier 4

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP’s team of ‘innovators who think outside the box’ is led by transactional specialist Sharon Lamb, whose ‘knowledge of the sector and commercial awareness is unparalleled’. The group’s client roster spans global pharmaceuticals, biotech start-ups and businesses at the intersection of healthcare and technology. The practice excels in the corporate arena, handling M&A transactions at a national and international level. UK office managing partner Hamid Yunis also contributes to the team and associate David Gibson has experience in proton beam therapy and radiotherapy projects.

Practice head(s):

Sharon Lamb

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Extensive experience across the private health sector. Innovative approach to negotiation and litigation.’

‘Sharon Lamb – bright, determined, leaves no stone unturned on behalf of her clients.’

‘The team is extremely knowledgeable about the sector.’

‘Sharon Lamb’s knowledge of the sector, and commercial awareness, is unparalleled.’

‘Strong healthcare team with access to MDE US clients. Innovative thinkers who think outside the box.’

‘Hamid Yunis leads the team and has an impressive range of knowledge. He has a reassuring client manner and knows his stuff.’

‘A very can do firm, always seeking to find solutions rather than problems.’

‘David Gibson and Hamid Yunis have both been very professional and are quick responders and go the extra mile. Sage advice and clear guidance, often working long hours to deliver.’

Key clients

Antion Biosciences SA

Apposite Capital LLP

Clermont Group

Cleveland Clinic

Elite Body Sculpture

Invitae Corporation

Nanomerics Limited

PharmaLex Group and Auctus Capital Partners AG

Specsavers

WEP Clinical

Work highlights

  • Represented PharmaLex Group and Auctus Capital Partners AG on their leveraged acquisition of Phlexglobal from international private equity sponsor, Vitruvian Partners.
  • Advised Nanomerics Limited on its expansion and renegotiation of commercial terms in its license and collaboration agreement with Virpax Inc for anti-viral AnQlar, providing Virpax with the worldwide rights for development and commercialisation.
  • Representing Cleveland Clinic in connection with its opening of Cleveland Clinic London Hospital, a 184-bed hospital.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 5

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP handles advisory, transactional and structuring work, and are experienced on complex matters involving cross-border elements. Practice head Kevin Cummings joined the firm in October 2021 from Deloitte, and brings expertise in banking, private equity, and M&A matters. Senior associate Sarah Gabbai has significant experience in the practice area, which she utilises to advise on tax elements of transactions and restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Cummings

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Highly diligent, responsive and possessing a strong pro bono ethos.’

‘Sarah Gabbai stands out in terms of her exceptional diligence, responsiveness and breadth of tax law expertise – equally apparent in her highly committed pro bono work.’

‘Very knowledgeable team, responsive, client focused with a broad understanding of the asset management business.’

‘Kevin Cummings is not only a extremely knowledgeable tax advisor but also able to find pragmatic, client-focused solutions.’

‘Sarah Gabbai is an excellent lawyer – combines intelligence with empathy.’

Key clients

TA Associates

Puttshack Ltd

Great Point Partners

Maitland International Partners

WEP Clinical

High profile pro-bono project

Ampersand

British Asian Trust

SilverTree Equity

BT Pension Scheme

CFA Institute

Cygnet Healthcare

Centene Corporation

Management of Unilabs

Eight Roads Holdings

Signa Sports United

Management of Winncare

Work highlights

  • Represented TA Associates, a leading Boston-based private equity firm focused on the technology and healthcare sectors, in its acquisition of Smiths Medical.
  • Provided WEP Clinical with strategic advice relating to its sale to The Jordan Company.
  • Acted for Puttshack Ltd in connection with a $60 million growth capital investment round.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 5

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP‘s international arbitration team represents states and private entities in proceedings under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties and free trade agreements. It is also active in commercial arbitrations. Team head Andrew Savage is ‘a fantastic lawyer‘, while associates Romilly Holland, Kimberley Smith and Edward Perkins are also active practitioners. In 2021, the London office recruited partner Michael Darowski and ‘superstar‘ counsel Armando Neris from Gowling WLG and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Savage

Testimonials

McDermott Will & Emery has an exceptionally strong team of very experienced individuals, who provide advice that is always incisive and exactly on point.

‘The firm benefits from great global coverage and the lawyers always do the utmost to secure a win for clients.

‘Andrew Savage is very sensible, and takes only the good points.’

Andrew Savage is absolutely dedicated to his clients, a superb tactician and a fantastic lawyer overall. Andrew has an attention to detail that is unrivalled, and he is unrelenting in his desire to serve his client and the case.

‘One of the main achievements of Andrew Savage is that he has built up a team of very impressive associates. These include Edward Perkins and Kimberley Smith, each of whom is a future star – very impressive.’

‘Michael Darowksi is brilliant. He is highly professional, easy to work with, and in control of deadlines, procedural and substantive issues at all stages. He displays effective case management, and has an open and collaborative way of working.’

‘Michael Darowski is tremendously responsive, retains detailed case knowledge over a long period of time, and displays excellent industry and sector knowledge.’

‘Counsel Armando Neris is a superstar, whose intellectual capabilities are no short of extraordinary.’

Key clients

Obregon Aviation Designated Activity Company

Petrochemical Holdings

Conapro Dena-BMS SAL

H.I.G. Capital

Panasonic Industry Europe

Panasonic Automotive Systems Europe

Legal Action Worldwide

Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of the Republic of Albania

Crescent Petroleum

AIC

FQX

Work highlights

  • Acting for Albania in ICC proceedings, which relate to a concession contract for the Kalivac Hydropower Plant.
  • Acting for Crescent Petroleum in a commercial arbitration against National Iranian Oil Company.
  • Acting for Crescent Petroleum in an ad hoc arbitration against National Iranian Oil Company, in relation to a gas supply agreement.

Employment > Employers Tier 5

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLPpragmatic' and ‘collaborative' duo Paul McGrath and practice head, Katie Clark are skilled in TUPE, employment status and worker classification issues, HR-related data privacy matters, complex investigations and employment litigation. The firm is a favourite with corporates from from the healthcare, financial and professional services, manufacturing, sports and TMT sectors.

Practice head(s):

Katie Clark

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A range of legal services with a particular understanding of US/UK client matters.’

‘Very collaborative and easy to work with.’

‘Paul McGrath and Katie Clark are hands on and very collaborative partners, who get into the detail rather than throwing work over their shoulder.’

‘Really enjoyable to work with and quick to mobilise and effective at advising on what matters.’

‘Pragmatic, common sense approach to matters.’

‘Honest and upfront about their advice.’

‘Paul McGrath is personable, approachable, knowledgeable and almost always available. He assimilates information quickly, understands the business and its drivers and makes recommendations based on this.’

Finance > Acquisition finance Tier 6

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP ‘s London practice continues to gain momentum following the arrival in May 2020 of the ‘savvy and knowledgeable’ Aymen Mahmoud (who now heads the two-partner offering) and the ‘very user-friendly’ Mark Fine from Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP. Generating a substantial amount of their own work and also able to tap into the firm’s existing corporate private equity relationships, the team has already made a big impact in the mid-market, with sponsors appreciative of their knowledge across a wide range of products including unitranche, TLB, holdco PIKs and recurring revenue financings. On the lender front, the team has good traction among credit funds, including in the context of special situations lending.

Practice head(s):

Aymen Mahmoud

Other key lawyers:

Mark Fine; Giulia Venanzoni; Nicholas Jupp

Testimonials

An exceptionally strong mid-market and special situations debt team, covering products such as unitranche, growth company financings such as recurring revenue financings, holdco financings and the like. The team gets a range of types of deals and number of deals that is astounding given its size.’

‘Very knowledgeable, hardworking, and well-resourced.’

Aymen Mahmoud is a uniquely commercial and creative transaction leader. Savvy and knowledgeable. A safe pair of hands.’

The superb Mark Fine has a wealth of experience across all financing disciplines. He is very user-friendly and highly recommended.’

Giulia Venanzoni and Nicholas Jupp both perform at a level substantially beyond their years.’

 

Key clients

SilverTree Equity Partners

Perwyn Advisors UK Limited

CoachHub GmbH

Golub Capital LLC

Five Arrows

Intriva Capital

Blue Owl (formerly Owl Rock)

Guggenheim Partners

Partners Group

Ares Management Limited

Royal Bank of Canada

Mercuria Energy Trading Pte Ltd

Alcentra Limited

FQX

GLAS Specialist Services Limited

Caura Ltd

OpenGate Capital Management Europe

Parent Cloud Limited

MessageBird B.V.

bd Capital Partners Limited

Aksiom Services Group

PX Group

Blue Water Private Equity LLP

Sirius Petroleum PLC

Orbus Group

CVC Credit

Palamon Capital Partners

Excellence Logging Limited

Sanne

Alter Domus

Pemberton Capital Advisors LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised a consortium of lenders including Blue Owl, Golub Capital, Guggenheim  Partners and Partners Group, as first and second lien lenders, on their financing of various items, including the acquisition of Allocate Software (together with a holdco financing and equity investment by CVC Credit Partners and Guggenheim Partners) as well as an equity co-investment.
  • Advised Golub Capital, as lender, on the cross-border financing of the acquisition by Pamplona Equity Partners of the Pelsis Group.
  • Advised the MessageBird group on the financing of the $600m financing involving the acquisition of SparkPost.

Finance > Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 6

Although it is undoubtedly more geared up to service its private equity and credit fund clients on leveraged finance mandates, McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP‘s knowledge across a wide array of finance products, including as it relates to TLB, revenue-based lending, direct lending and special situations work, ensures that has the flexibility and overarching financing capability to also advise on more general new money and distressed work. Team head Aymen Mahmoudis savvy, knowledgeable, always available and always on the ball’. 

Practice head(s):

Aymen Mahmoud

Other key lawyers:

Mark Fine; Giulia Venanzoni

Testimonials

Strong team with good bench of associates.’

A safe pair of hands, Aymen Mahmoud is savvy, knowledgeable, always available and always on the ball.’

Key clients

Ares Management Limited

Mercuria Energy Trading Pte Ltd

Alcentra Limited

FQX

GLAS Specialist Services Limited

Caura Ltd

OpenGate Capital Management Europe Sarl (and itsportfolio companies Kongsberg Precision Cutting Systems and EverZinc)

Parent Cloud Limited

Sirius Petroleum Plc

Orbus Group

CVC Credit

Excellence Logging Limited

Alter Domus

Sona Asset Management

Cairn Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Ares Management on a £425m refinancing of the Charles Taylor Group (and its affiliates), as lender, arranger, agent and security agent, through a unitranche facility.
  • Advised Sirius Petroleum Plc, an Africa-focused oil and gas production and development company, in relation to obtaining a senior loan facility from Trafigura Pte Ltd of up to $200m.

Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 6

Effectively leveraging the firm's existing private equity and finance practices, as well as bringing over a considerable amount of his own work for clients including GLAS, since his arrival at the beginning of 2021 from Proskauer Rose LLP Mark Fennessy has galvanised McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP's nascent restructuring practice. 'Incredibly knowledgeable about global restructuring issues' - often involving the unwinding of complex financing structures - Fennessy is noted for his 'strong ability to command teams in various jurisdictions to achieve desired outcomes'. Sunay Radia  has an 'impressive pedigree in corporate finance', and is noted for his ability to remain 'unflappable in high pressure scenarios', particularly in the context of high yield bond and LBO workouts.

Practice head(s):

Mark Fennessy

Other key lawyers:

Sunay Radia; Aymen Mahmoud; Mark Fine; Alexander Andronikou; Marcia Shekerdemian, KC

Testimonials

Due to the calibre of the team they are frequently brought into the most high- profile and complex cross-border restructuring matters which often have a contentious element. They lead and project manage market leading multi-jurisdictional matters such that the underlying client gets a top-notch service.’

This is a highly accomplished, exceptionally reliable and consistently user-friendly team.’

Excellent, slick, proactive and knowledgeable team with extensive funds and private equity experience, impressive cross-border restructuring expertise and a loyal client base.’

‘ Very hands on, very responsive and hugely efficient.’

Mark Fennessy is one of the most experienced insolvency and restructuring practitioners in London who is adept at leading large scale cross-border matters. He had a strong ability to command teams in various jurisdictions to achieve desired outcomes.’ 

Mark Fennessy is brilliant with clients, a fantastic lateral thinker coming up with workable and effective solutions. Very loved by his team – a caring and perceptive leader. Incredibly knowledgeable about global restructuring issues, straddling Europe and the US.’

Sunay Radia – is a pleasure to work with and unflappable in high pressure scenarios. An impressive pedigree in corporate finance.’

 

Key clients

GLAS Specialist Services Limited

BRG NOAL GP SARL and BRG Asset Management LLC (together “BRG”)

GLAS Trustees Limited

BRG Asset Management LLC (“BRG”)

Global Loan Agency Services Limited (“GLAS”)

Kroll Advisory Ltd

Cairn Capital

H & P Advisory Ltd

Begbies Traynor

Work highlights

  • Advised GLAS, which was appointed to act as Lock-Up, Information and Tabulation Agent in connection with the restructuring of DTEK Group’s financial indebtedness of approximately $2bn.
  • The firm is representing BRG in its capacity as the general partner and investment manager of NOAL SCSp Fund (formerly known as the Novalpina Fund), in relation to all aspects of its role relating to the fund assets.
  • Advised GLAS, which was appointed to act as Lock-Up, Information and Tabulation Agent and Trustee in connection with the restructuring of over €550m of bonds issued by WiZink Bank.

Real estate > Property finance Tier 6

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

Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP recently designated fintech as a formal practice area sector, appointing Arvin Abraham, formerly of HSBC and Morgan Stanley, to lead the UK offering. The ‘approachable and competent‘ Abraham, who was promoted to partner in January 2022, is praised for his ‘excellent US/UK expertise‘.

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
Healthcare Sharon Lamb, Hamid Yunis
Private Equity Tom Whelan
Private Wealth Simon Goldring
Private Wealth Disputes Ziva Robertson, Nicholas Holland
Restructuring & Insolvency Mark Fennessy
Tax Kevin Cummings
White Collar Simon Airey
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Arvin  Abraham photoMr Arvin AbrahamArvin Abraham focuses his practice on transactions for private equity sponsors, venture…
Simon Airey photo Simon AireyPartner Simon Airey focuses his practice on global, cross-border and internal investigations,…
Nicholas Azis photo Nicholas AzisNick 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…
Andrea  Best photoMs Andrea BestAndrea T. Best advises clients on insurance regulatory compliance throughout the United…
David Birchall photo David BirchallDavid is counsel, he advises clients on the full range of energy…
Matthew Chen photo Matthew ChenAssociate Matthew Chen focuses his practice on UK and international private equity…
Katie Clark photo Katie ClarkKatie is a partner Katie Clark has significant experience advising on all…
Philip Corser photoMr Philip CorserPhilip Corser focuses his practice on global and UK corporate transactions. He…
Kevin  Cummings photoMr Kevin CummingsKevin Cummings is the partner-in-charge of the Firm’s UK Tax Practice. Kevin…
Michael  Darowski photoMr Michael DarowskiMichael Darowski focuses his practice on international commercial and investment disputes resolved…
Elisa  De Carolis photoMs Elisa De CarolisElisa De Carolis focuses her practice on complex corporate transactional mandates for…
Raminta  Dereskeviciute photoMs Raminta DereskeviciuteRaminta Dereskeviciute focuses her practice on product compliance, trade regulation (sanctions and…
James Dobias photoMr James DobiasJames Dobias focuses his practice on a wide range of domestic and…
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 GabbaiSarah is an associate, she focuses her practice on corporate tax and…
Simon  Gibb photoMr Simon GibbSimon Gibb focuses his practice on tax advice, trust and estate planning…
David Gibson photo David GibsonDavid is an associate, he focuses his practice on commercial health care,…
Simon Goldring photo Simon GoldringSimon 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 HollandNick is a partner, he focuses his practice on international contentious trusts and…
Gary Howes photoMr Gary HowesGary Howes has nearly 25 years of experience advising clients in the…
Nicholas  Jupp photoMr Nicholas JuppNicholas Jupp focuses his practice on complex cross-border and domestic debt financing…
Beth Kuhn photoMs Beth KuhnBeth Kuhn focuses her practice on capital markets, with particular experience in…
Sharon Lamb photoMs Sharon LambSharon is a partner, she focuses her practice on health care transactions,…
Aymen Mahmoud photo Aymen MahmoudPartner Aymen Mahmoud focuses his practice on complex debt financing transactions for…
Stuart Mathews photo Stuart MathewsStuart’s practice focuses on cross-border acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, banking and…
Paul McGrath photo Paul McGrathPaul is a partner, he advises clients across a broad range of…
Elisabeth Moseley photo Elisabeth MoseleyElisabeth is a counsel, she focuses on cross-border mergers and acquisitions in…
Armando  Neris  photoMr Armando Neris Armando Neris focuses his practice on commercial litigation and arbitration, together with…
Bella North photoMs Bella NorthBella North focuses her practice on advising clients in the healthcare and…
Abigail  Nott photoMs Abigail NottAbigial Nott advises clients on various international and onshore private client matters.…
Astrid Owen photo Astrid OwenAstrid is a partner, she advises internationally based clients and their family…
Edward Perkins  photoMr Edward Perkins Edward Perkins focuses his practice on disputes arising from cross-border investments and…
Ludovica  Rabitti photoMs Ludovica RabittiLudovica Rabitti focuses her practice on regulatory and corporate advisory matters, with…
Sunay Radia photo Sunay RadiaPartner Sunay Radia focuses his practice on financial restructuring transactions, including high…
Ziva Robertson photo Ziva RobertsonZiva is a partner, she specialises in dispute resolution including complex trust…
Jennifer Ronz photoMs Jennifer RonzJennifer Ronz focuses her practice on large-scale commercial dispute resolution as well…
Andrew Savage photo Andrew SavageAndrew 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…
Giulia  Venanzoni photoMs Giulia VenanzoniGiulia Venanzoni focuses her practice on corporate and financial services advising private…
Andrew Vergunst photo Andrew VergunstAndrew Vergunst is a partner in the London office of law firm…
Heloise  Waudby photoMs Heloise WaudbyHeloise Waudby advises clients on various matters of corporate law including mergers…
Eleanor West photo Eleanor WestEleanor 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 YunisHamid is a managing partner for our London office and partner-in-charge of…
Linda Zeman photo Linda ZemanLinda is a partner, she advises clients on corporate law with a…
Number of UK partners : 30
Number of other UK fee-earners : 45