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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

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London: Corporate and commercial

Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 6

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP stands out for its service to investment trusts, funds and private equity houses, and the tax department works closely with the firm's UK structured finance and private investment funds groups. In cross-border mandates, the team is able to draw on the firm's international presence. Practice head Kate Habershon advised Pantheon International plc on a share capital reorganisation which consolidated its ordinary and redeemable share capital into a single class of ordinary shares, requiring detailed tax analysis to produce a tax efficient structure. 

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 6

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

The 'outstanding' team at¬†Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP¬†has ‚Äėa depth of skills and commitment and an exceptionally professional approach to every element‚Äô, and ‚Äėit is a thoroughly enjoyable experience to work with the firm‚Äô. Head of department and London office managing partner¬†Frances Murphy¬†is ‚Äėa truly outstanding lawyer‚Äô, who ‚Äėcombines a steely resolve with fine judgement‚Äô. Murphy has been leading Concordia‚Äôs defence of eight separate investigation by the CMA, including one into an alleged market-sharing arrangement with Auden McKenzie for the supply of hydrocortisone. Murphy is assisted on the advice to Concordia by a large team including¬†Omar Shah, Joanna Christoforou¬†and 'very bright and able' litigation associate¬†Owen Hammond¬†.¬†Other team highlights include Shah advising The London Metal Exchange on competition and public law issues arising out of a decision to impose charge capping and Murphy advising AstraZeneca on a range of complex competition issues.

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M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m
M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m - ranked: tier 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP¬†‚Äėstands apart due to its relentless and consistent focus on the customer‚Äô. Financial services, technology, life sciences and energy and natural resources are sector strengths:¬†Stephen Walters¬†acted for Smiths Group on the sale of its power business to DunesPoint Capital for ¬£162m and advised Lime Rock Partners on the sale of UK oil field services company TWMA to Buckthorn partners. The practice is noted for its experience in Russia and Asia; practice head¬†Timothy Corbett¬†has been representing Yandex in a transaction with Sberbank to form an ecommerce joint venture based on the Yandex. Market business, with a likely post-completion value of $1bn, and also advising Yandex on a transaction with Uber to combine their ridesharing businesses in Russia and other Asian and Eastern European jurisdictions, with a combined value of approximately $3.7bn. Tom Cartwright¬†and¬†Lee Harding¬†are ‚Äėboth exceptional lawyers in their field; their responsiveness, knowledge, engaging, collaborative working style and sheer work rate is phenomenal‚Äô; they both assisted NSM Insurance Group on the acquisition by its subsidiary, Vantage Holdings, of Maybury James.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 6

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP hired Chris Warren-Smith and Melanie Ryan from Norton Rose Fulbright in 2017. The London team’s banking litigation practice is experienced in advising banks and financial institutions in disputes, litigation and investigations arising out of complex financial instruments, lending and retail products. In addition, it advises banks and senior executives in relation to investigations and enforcement issues, including financial regulation, insider trading and market abuse, fraud and corruption, sanctions, and other financial crime issues involving UK, US and international regulators and prosecuting agencies. Other recommended advisers include Peter Sharp.

Leading individuals

Chris Warren-Smith - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 5

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP is 'a good alternative to other big US firms; it is able to handle delicate and sensitive matters in a professional way'. The London team has particular expertise in sectors such as energy, insurance, and financial services; it acted for Manning & Napier in a headline claim under Section 90A Financial Services & Markets Act,  regarding admitted misleading accounting information published by Tesco. Nicholas Greenwood is 'responsive, knowledgeable and honest'; Peter Sharp has 'a stellar intellect and great strategic acumen'; David Waldron is 'an excellent all-round performer'; and associate Paul Mesquitta is 'a first-rate lawyer'. Chris Warren-Smith, who assumed a global leadership role in the firm’s international white-collar, corporate investigations and sanctions practice, and Melanie Ryan  were hired from Norton Rose Fulbright , while former partner Kevin Robinson joined Howard Kennedy LLP.

Leading individuals

Peter Sharp - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 7

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP is 'a firm that knows what it is doing'. It advises on complex, high-value arbitrations involving insurance, finance, technology, and energy sector clients; it also assists with arbitration proceedings relating to Bermuda Form policies. The names to note are 'standout partner' David Waldron and Nicholas Greenwood.

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London: Finance

Asset based lending
Asset based lending - ranked: tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Headed by the 'excellent' Georgia Quenby, following her arrival in January 2018 from Reed Smith LLP, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP 's nascent ABL London offering is well-placed to leverage not only Quenby's own strong ties with lenders including Wells Fargo but also the firm's deeply entrenched ties to the US ABL market. Since her arrival, Quenby has already handled some impressive matters including advising Wells Fargo throughout their financing of Maplin and its subsequent administration, and representing Bank of America Business Capital on the financing of Mood Media and Bantry Bay Capital on its provision of a $70m debt facility to a global market leader in the aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul market. Of counsel Victoria Thompson is also recommended.

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Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans - ranked: tier 6

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

At Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP, Bruce Johnston regularly acts for lenders on emerging markets-related financing mandates. The firm's overall finance offering was strengthened by the arrival in January 2018 from Reed Smith LLP of asset based lending expert Georgia Quenby. Able to tap into the firm's strong finance heritage in the US, Quenby has already been able to leverage her strong ties with major US asset based lending providers including Wells Fargo which she has represented in both new money and restructuring contexts.

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Debt capital markets
Debt capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP fields a strong private placement practice and has a growing workload of emerging markets debt deals. The firm is known for handling innovative and technically challenging deals, notably in the CIS region, and it has a prominent role in the sovereign bond market. A prime example from 2017 was its work for the Republic of Tajikistan on its $500m Rule 144a/Regulation S notes offering to finance the construction of the Rogun hydropower plant. Carter Brod, who led that deal, is dual-qualified in US and English capital markets law and has more than 20 years' experience in London. He specialises in advising issuers on the full range of debt transactions including Eurobonds, MTN programmes, sovereign bonds, liability management and convertible bonds. His other highlights included acting for Bank of America Merrill Lynch as lead manager in Energoatom's $250m bond offering. The firm also advised Prudential Insurance Company of America as purchaser in more than 20 private placements last year, with a combined value of more than £2.3bn. Thomas O’Connor moved to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

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Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

The international finance practice at¬†Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP¬†in London handles¬†complex, cross-border deals for both borrowers and lenders in emerging markets, notably in Russia, the CIS, the Middle East and Africa. Its work encompasses¬†private placements, structured finance, funds finance and restructurings. Its work for banks last year included advising¬†Bank of America Merrill Lynch as the sole lead manager on a $250m bond offering by state-owned Ukrainian nuclear energy company Energoatom. It also acted for VTB Bank as guarantor of¬†‚ā¨4.9bn¬†of¬†a ‚ā¨5.2bn loan by Intesa Sanpaolo to Glencore and Qatar Holding. The loan financed the purchase of shares in Rosneft and was one of the largest energy financings in 2017. The firm's work in Russia and the CIS included handling a $60m pre-payment facility by alumina producer RUSAL Marketing on behalf of Sberbank. The firm is also on the panel of¬†New Development Bank, which exists to further projects in BRICS countries. The practice also advises sovereigns, and its work included acting for the Republic of Tajikistan in its $500m Rule 144a/Regulation S bond issuance, the proceeds of which went towards financing¬†the construction of the Rogun hydropower plant. Head of international finance¬†Bruce Johnston¬†and capital markets expert¬†Carter Brod¬†are the key partners.¬† Also recommended are¬†Paul Denham, who recently joined from¬†Dorsey & Whitney¬†and has experience in leveraged finance, banking, and restructuring matters, and¬†consultant¬†Amanda Jennings.

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Securitisation
Securitisation - ranked: tier 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP established its UK securitisation and structured finance team three years ago; since then it has quickly grown in size with the addition of highly experienced partners, including US and dual-qualified lawyers who manage cross-border transactions for US and UK clients, and who advise global clients on the issuance of securities in the US. London practice head Matthew Duncan has more than 25 years' experience in the European securitisation market; he acted for UniCredit Bank as sole parent shareholder, funder, and guarantor of UK residential mortgage securitisation company Redstone Mortgages on the sale of $1.25bn in subprime UK residential mortgages to Goldman Sachs International Bank. Duncan and Paul Matthews acted for BlackRock Investment Management on a £400m issuance under the London Wall RMBS programme. Duncan and Lisa Cargill, who handles asset-backed securitisation and structured finance, advised Pepper UK on the establishment of a £720m UK residential mortgage whole loan sale programme. Theresa Kradjian has a broad practice that includes UK RMBS, covered bonds, ABCP, and complex cross-border structured transactions.

Leading individuals

Matthew Duncan - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers and senior executives - ranked: tier 5

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP's 'excellent' department is led by Matthew Howse, who recently defended Guvera in a claim brought by over 80 former employees relating to TUPE issues and advised Integra Life Sciences on the employment elements of its cross-border acquisition of the Codman business from Johnson & Johnson. Allergan, Simon & Schuster, Munich Re, Amnesty International and Amazon are also clients. Pulina Whitaker is a key name for issues covering employment and data privacy work and Louise Skinner is recommended for regulatory mandates including international investigations and is also active in the financial services sector; Skinner joined from Allen & Overy LLP in 2017.

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Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėpro-active but practical‚Äô department advises clients operating in the UK and globally in the entertainment, media, technology, investment funds and financial services sectors on of UK, US and global immigration programmes, with expertise on immigration issues arising from a major corporate transactions or reorganisations. The team also acts for a number of entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals. The team advised Cameron Mackintosh on the immigration strategy and visa requirements for the entire US-based creative team of the musical Hamilton in its recent transfer from Broadway to London's West End, also secured a UK visa for leading theatre actress Rachelle Ahn Goh, and obtained visas for a number of the cast of the UK tour of Miss Saigon. Matthew Howse¬†and Nick Hobson¬†head the team, which also features associates Jennifer Connolly¬†and Yvette Allen. Former practice head Tracy Evlogidis¬†recently left the firm to join Withers LLP.

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London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation
Insurance and reinsurance litigation - ranked: tier 6

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

The London team of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP forms part of a global insurance practice advising on insurance coverage issues, dispute resolution and sophisticated restructurings using insurance recoveries. In 2017 the team continued to expand its litigation capabilities with the recruitment of Chris Warren-Smith and Melanie Ryan. The multi-jurisdictional set-up of the firm translates to a particular expertise in representing clients on cross-border matters involving Bermuda Form policies. Peter Sharp and Nick Greenwood lead a team experienced in a variety of insurance recovery, insurance and reinsurance matters, as well as emerging markets.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP's team represents sponsors, lenders, government and private equity investors across the downstream, midstream and upstream oil and gas sectors in a wide range of corporate matters. In recent highlights, the firm acted for High Power Petroleum in its acquisition of a majority stake in Cabot Energy. Lime Rock appointed a team led by Stephen Walters to oversee the sale of oil field services company TWMA to Buckthorn, while Bruce Johnston assisted VTB Bank as a partial guarantor of a $5.5bn loan by Interesa Sanpaolo to Glencore and Qatar Holding. Other key contacts include capital markets expert Carter Brod. Lewis Jones moved to Baker Botts (UK) LLP.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP's skill set in this space is primarily in transactional and regulatory matters, with Tom Cartwright and Tim Corbett at the fore. Cartwright is particularly known for his work on M&A and private equity transactions, and Corbett is an expert in capital raising. Corbett recently advised  uniQure N.V. on its public offering of ordinary shares and Nasdaq listing as well as assisted Replimune with its corporate reorganisation and Series B preferred stock financing. Consultant Paul Ranson specialises in regulatory issues pertaining to the fields of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and medical devices. Frances Murphy defended Concordia against investigations by the CMA in relation to alleged market-sharing and unfair pricing, and also advised Sanofi-Aventis on competition issues. Matthew Howse worked with Integra on the employment law elements on its acquisition of Codman from Johnson & Johnson. Omar Shah, Paulina Whitaker and Stephen Walters are also highly recommended.

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