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McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

110 BISHOPSGATE, LONDON, EC2N 4AY, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7577 6900
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London: Corporate and commercial

Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 4

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP has a stand-alone tax practice that provides transactional support in addition to offering tax advisory services to multinational corporates, financial services institutions and ultra high-net-worth individuals. The department was joined by Russell Hampshire in 2016, who had previously served 16 years as a tax partner at KPMG. He provides ongoing advice to multiple US multinationals concerning the impact of various action items of the base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) initiative. James Ross assisted Irving Oil with the tax aspects of its acquisition of the Whitegate oil refinery in Ireland through a competitive auction process. Ross was also instructed by Praxair in relation to its acquisitions of Yara International and NOxBOX. Matthew Herrington is the team’s transfer pricing specialist and Tom Scott is another key contact in the practice group. Olam International, Universal Health Services and Electronic Arts are clients.

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M&A: mid-market, £50m-£250m
M&A: mid-market, £50m-£250m - ranked: tier 1

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP’s practice has significant experience in high-value cross-border M&A; it counts energy, healthcare, life sciences and asset management as sector strengths. Nick Azis acted for Irving Oil on its purchase of the Whitegate oil refinery in Ireland, while Lisa O’Neill advised Praxair on its £330m acquisition of Yara International’s European CO2 business. Practice head Mark Davis assisted Polymer Additives with its purchase of speciality chemicals company Akcros Holdings; he also advised on the $160m acquisition financing. In the asset management sector, Davis and Stuart Mathews advised Sanne Group on its $66m purchase of FLSV Fund Administration Services. In an illustration of the firm’s strong emerging markets credentials, Rupert Weber acted for Tana Africa Capital and Plexus Investments on the $530m sale of a 33% stake in Promasidor Holdings to Ajinomoto. On the real estate side, Weber and Eleanor West advised Prime Kapital on a joint venture with MAS Real Estate to create a €260m Central and Eastern European commercial property business, which will engage in mixed-use redevelopments in the region. Other clients of the department include Olam and Cygnet Healthcare; recent client wins include Hague and London Oil, Varian Medical Systems and Circle Health. In 2016, aviation, internet and e-commerce expert Michael Holter joined from WilmerHale, healthcare specialist arrived from Taylor Wessing LLP, and life sciences expert and senior counsel Gary Howes arrived from Fasken Martineau LLP.

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Private equity: transactions
Private equity: transactions – Mid-cap deal capability - ranked: tier 2

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP’s team, which is ‘exceptional on many fronts’, includes Rupert Weber, who combines ‘deep experience’ with ‘a very strong intellect’. Mid-market transactions are the cornerstone of the practice, which covers investments made into the UK and continental Europe, as well as the Middle East and Africa. The firm generates work across a wide range of sectors, with particular strengths in healthcare and life sciences; it further bolstered its offering in these areas recently by hiring life sciences expert Gary Howes, as a senior counsel, from Fasken Martineau LLP and healthcare industry specialist Hamid Yunis from Taylor Wessing LLP. In a recent highlight, Eleanor West acted for Partners Group on the European healthcare/life sciences aspects of its acquisition of PCI Pharma. Mark Davis leads the London private equity team, which was joined by Piero Carbone from Duane Morris.

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London: Finance

Commodities: derivatives
Commodities: derivatives - ranked: tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

At McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP energy trading specialist David Birchall is recommended for his ‘in-depth knowledge of the physical energy market, which he can flawlessly translate into financial derivatives with sharp insight and pragmatic business acumen’. He is also a key adviser to agribusinesses on trading matters. Key clients include JPMorgan, which Birchall advised on numerous regulatory and trading matters, including master netting terms. Birchall also advised Statkraft on its US carbon trading activities, which included a full audit of all trading arrangements.

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Commodities: physicals
Commodities: physicals - ranked: tier 2

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

At McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP, team head David Birchall is known for his ‘in-depth knowledge of the physical energy market’. He advises major investment banks on their physical trading activities, and serves as counsel to numerous energy trading houses and agribusiness groups. Highlights included advising Intergen on its structured off-take arrangements with Citibank for unhedged power from UK assets, acting For Morgan Stanley on uncollateralised arrangements with UK power and gas suppliers First Utility and Spark Energy, as well as assisting the same client’s energy management services business with cross-border green trading matters. In the carbon trading area he helped Statkraft with a review of its US trading book and conducted an audit of its trading arrangements. Other key commodities clients include Addax Energy and JP Morgan Chase.

Leading individuals

David Birchall - McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 6

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP’s ‘knowledgeable and pragmatic’ practice has significant experience handling employment matters arising from restructurings and M&A transactions, as well as disputes. Practice head Katie Clark (who is praised for her ‘direct, business-focused, sensible and realistic’ advice) advised Evonik Industries on the employment aspects of the company’s acquisition of Air Products & Chemicals’ performance-materials division. Paul McGrath assisted Valtris Specialty Chemicals with the employment and data privacy issues concerning its acquisition of Akcros Holdings. Other clients include Formula One Group, WSP Environmental and Cygnet Health Care.

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London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP’s ‘very thorough team is really well known in this area, and is often involved in the most substantial and large cases’ both domestically and internationally, with particular expertise in offshore trusts and the laws of the Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands. Ziva Robertson is ‘just brilliant’, and attracts particular praise for her expertise in hostile trust litigation: she is ‘a very clever lateral thinker who fights for her clients like a tigress but always within the rules’. Nicholas Hollandis very good at setting out the key issues, and always seems to be further ahead than the other side’. Simon Goldring is another key partner, while at associate level Catrin Hughes is ‘a very safe pair of hands’ and the ‘bright’ Simon Gibb is ‘very quick at absorbing complex facts and then providing practical solutions’. The team is acting for the beneficiary of a Bahamian trust and her adult children in the landmark Court of Appeal case Dawson-Damer v Taylor Wessing, which looks likely to transform not only the rights of individuals under the Data Protection Act, but also the rights of trust beneficiaries to documents and personal data held by a trustee and the trustee’s lawyers. The firm also advised the Canadian executors of an estate on various matters including a potential application to vary a Canadian will in England.

Leading individuals

Nicholas Holland - McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

Ziva Robertson - McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP has a ‘very talented’ group of ‘excellent team players who provide a prompt and efficient service with a good international network to call upon. Astrid Owen is ‘very strong with European/US clients’, and the ‘very experienced’ Charles Lubar ‘is able to advise on a wide range of complex tax matters’. Andrew Vergunst is highly rated as a trusted adviser on tax structuring matters; Dhana Sabanathan is ‘extremely responsive’; and Simon Goldring, who joined the team from Trowers & Hamlins LLP, is ‘on the ball and very knowledgeable’. Jean-Marc Tirard has considerable expertise in French law and French trusts. Clients include ultra-high-net-worth individuals and families, including five of the Top 20 individuals on the Sunday Times Rich List.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) - ranked: tier 4

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

Experienced and pragmatic’ senior associate Shashank Krishna, who ‘has a strong understanding of the nexus between public and commercial interests’ and substantial experience in emerging markets, recently joined McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP’s ‘hugely professional’ team from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. Department head and ‘very intelligent lawyerDavid Birchall is advising on the proposed construction of a solar module factory in Lebanon and acted for clients such as Sycamore, Quercus and Clere in the reviewing and drafting of English law security documents relating to funding provided to companies investing in UK solar farms. The group is also involved in the waste to energy sphere, with Birchall and counsel Tori MacLeod acting for ENER-G on the restructuring and proposed sale of its cogeneration business. Associate Marta Wrobel supported a team assisting EDL with contractual offtake arrangements for its portofilio of landfill generation facilities. On the transactional side, the practice acted for SmartestEnergy on the proposed cross-border acquisition of a power and gas supply business in the Netherlands to be funded by parent company Marubeni.

Next generation lawyers

Shashank Krishna - McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

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