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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Asset based lending Tier 2

Leveraging the firm’s established ABL brand in the US, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP’s 'highly intelligent and technically strong' nascent offering in London has thrived in the market - particularly in relation to cross-border mandates - since Georgia Quenby established the team at the beginning of 2018. Able to ‘understand the nuances of both the UK and US markets’, the dual-qualified Quenby excels at handling deals involving complex intercreditor arrangements and is also appreciated for her knowledge of the ABL product in a distressed context. Recently promoted partner Victoria Thompson demonstrates ‘outstanding commercial and legal insights’ to banks and funds on new money ABL financings and restructurings.

Emerging markets Tier 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP's London office is a central hub for the flow of emerging markets finance work, and it works closely with teams based in Frankfurt, Moscow, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Almaty, Astana, Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo. It acts for lenders and borrowers, though it is best known for advising major banks on high-profile cross-border transactions in Russia, the CIS, the Middle East and Africa. It is a prominent player in debt capital markets and its recent work includes landmark debut sovereign bond offerings by Tajikistan and Suriname. Leveraged finance and restructurings are also key pillars of its emerging markets offering. Practice head Bruce Johnston handles a wide range of transactions including workouts and restructurings, acquisition finance and leveraged finance. Carter Brod is a leading light in the DCM space.

Structured products and securitisation Tier 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP's London structured finance group is a key part of the firm's global powerhouse practice, which is among the market leaders in the US. Each of its London securitisation partners has more than 20 years' experience in the market, and many are US- or dual-qualified lawyers who manage cross-border transactions for US, UK, Middle East and Asian clients. They regularly advise on deals involving residential mortgages, marketplace loans, trade receivables, credit cards, asset-backed commercial paper, credit cards, auto loans, student accommodation receivables, commercial mortgages, commercial real estate, ground rents and consumer loans. Through Paul Matthews, it also handles warehouses, cash and synthetic CLOs and CDOs and CAT bonds. Landmark transactions include establishing a $20bn collateralised commercial paper programme utilising covered bond, repo and traditional asset-backed commercial paper technologies, for JPMorgan Securities. BlackRock, BNP Paribas and Citigroup Global Markets are also among its key clients. Matthew Duncan is a leader in the market with a number of first-of-kind transactions to his name.

Debt capital markets Tier 3

The London office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP handles the full range of debt capital markets transactions in the EMEA region, including deals listed in the US. It advises on UK, US and EU securities laws and regulations across all industry sectors, and is known for its strength in innovative and technically challenging deals, including the first ever blue bond, as opposed to commoditised capital markets work. The firm also has a major presence in emerging markets debt issuance, and Carter Brod is a key adviser to sovereign entities. Brod is qualified in both US and English law capital and he specialises in advising issuers on DCM transactions including Eurobonds, MTN programmes, sovereign bonds, liability management and convertible bonds. Head of the capital markets and public companies practice Bruce Johnston also plays a key role in large debt transactions.

M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m Tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP focuses on the life sciences, technology and energy sectors, regulatory acting for such clients from the emerging markets as well as the UK. Despite a slowdown of Chinese investment into the emerging markets, the volume of transactions in the energy and natural resources sector has remained high; with the London office collaborating with colleagues in Kazakhstan and Europe on emerging markets work. In the life sciences and technology sectors, the firm advises both blue-chip clients and early-stage growth companies on strategic transactions and divestments. This is aided through a strong US presence, facilitating transatlantic M&A work. Practice head Thomas Cartwright is active across the firm's focus sectors, working closely with private equity firms, sovereign wealth funds and family offices. The firm made a number of hires from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP to further boost its international scope, adding a partner trio, including private equity specialist Mark Geday  and  Tom Wozniak, who is experienced in Russian corporate matters.

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology Tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP offers global expertise to life sciences clients, including in the biotech arena, especially on transactions, fund raisings and regulatory regimes. It can also bring in extensive competition/anti-trust expertise (Frances Murphy) while Timothy Corbet specialises in advising early stage biotechnology companies on capital raisings, listings and commercial matters. Thomas Cartwright assists on a range of corporate matters and 'trusted and extremely knowledgeable' consultant Paul Ranson  enhances the team with his wealth of regulatory and commercial know-how relating to the life sciences sector.

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime Tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP handles investigations, civil litigation, criminal trials, enforcement actions, regulatory inquiries, and internal investigations globally. Areas of expertise include enforcement, compliance, anti-corruption, bribery, securities fraud, market abuse and insider trading. It also deals with employment issues, data privacy and tax investigations. It often deals with  UK and US regulatory agencies including the DoJ, SFO, SEC and CFTC. Co-head of team Chris Warren-Smith focuses on financial crime and regulatory enforcement matters. Melanie Ryan specialises in securities and regulatory investigations, fraud, corruption and tax issues.

Competition litigation Tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP acts for both claimants and defendants. The group secured a victory for Sainsbury’s supermarkets against Visa at the Court of Appeal; the case concerns interchange fees and is currently pending before the Supreme Court. The team's representation of Concordia marked yet another success, with the High Court ruling in favour of the client's challenge to the CMA’s dawn raid warrant. The practice is adept at handling behavioural matters in the follow-on litigation space, in which it is advising 22 railway companies on bringing claims against Visa and MasterCard for the defendants' anti-competitive practices relating to their debit and credit cards. Frances Murphy heads the department, where Omar Shah and recently promoted partner Joanna Christoforou are also key figures.

Oil and gas Tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP's team represents sponsors, lenders, governments and private equity investors across the downstream, midstream and upstream oil and gas sectors in a wide range of corporate matters. Stephen Walters advises on public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity and other equity financing transactions, while Bruce Johnston handles energy and infrastructure transactions, workouts and restructurings.

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 5

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP advises banks and financial institutions on disputes that arise from complex financial instruments, lending and retail products. The practice also assists banks and senior executives with investigations and enforcement issues, including financial regulation, insider trading and market abuse, fraud, corruption and sanctions, as well as other financial crime issues involving international regulators and prosecuting agencies. Chris Warren-Smith and Melanie Ryan head the team, and Peter Sharp is also highly rated.

Employment: employers Tier 5

Led by Matthew Howse, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP 's London employment team has a strong focus on clients in the life sciences, retail and financial services sectors, which it advises on high-value discrimination claims, team moves and restrictive covenant issues. Howse is an 'all-round employment law expert' who advises on strategic planning across a spectrum of contentious and non-contentious employment, benefits, and immigration issues. Pulina Whitaker's practice focuses on data privacy and transactional matters; she also regularly acts on of behalf of corporations and multinationals in defending claims for unfair dismissal, discrimination and breach of contract claims. Louise Skinner and Lee Harding are of note for life sciences and cybersecurity matters in the financial services and technology industries.

Financial services: contentious Tier 5

The London practice of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP has experience in a range of contentious regulatory issues, including dealing with Section 166 investigations under the UK Financial Services & Markets Act, past business reviews and FCA investigations arising out of alleged miss-selling, insider dealing and corruption. In addition, the firm has significant expertise handling issues involving the US regulators, notably the SEC and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Chris Warren-Smith represents banks and financial services clients in internal and regulatory investigations and litigation. He co-leads the team with Melanie Ryan, who specialises in corporate and regulatory investigations, as well as enforcement and litigation proceedings.

Commercial litigation Tier 6

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP's London office stands out for its expertise in the energy, insurance, and financial services sectors. Nick Greenwood's clients include private equity, banking and financial services entities; Peter Sharp has a broad litigation practice that spans the oil and gas, financial services, insurance, aviation, and engineering sectors; and David Waldron advises on international commercial, oil, gas, energy, and antitrust disputes. Paul Mesquitta is a notable associate.

Corporate tax Tier 6

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP's team draws on the firm's global reach to advise multi-national clients on the spectrum of transactional and tax structuring work. Department head Kate Habershon focuses on M&A, international structuring, corporate finance, private equity and executive compensation. In 2018, real estate tax expert Paul Beausang left the team to join Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

EU and competition Tier 6

Acting as a central hub for the firm’s global antitrust and competition law practice, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP’s team in London advises on contentious matters, investigations by the competition authorities, merger control, and state aid issues at national and international level. The group is advising a number of high-profile clients in the healthcare sector. It also has a strong presence in the financial services market, where its work has included advice regarding derivatives and other sophisticated security and debt products, exchange and clearing platforms, and other market infrastructure, and payment schemes. Other sector-specific expertise include construction, consumer, electronic communications, energy, financial services, retail, and aviation. Practice head Frances Murphy is highly recommended for both contentious and non-contentious work. Omar Shah's practice focuses on merger control work. Recently promoted partner Joanna Christoforou is also a key figure in the department.

International arbitration Tier 6

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP's arbitration group is 'relatively small but it very much competes with the big firms'. The practice is led from London by David Waldron and advises on major arbitrations across Russia and the CIS, the Middle East, the Far East, the US, Europe and Africa; the other key advisers are Nick GreenwoodPeter Sharp and Chris Warren-Smith.


The London team at US firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP delivers a 'very personalised service', advising on global immigration strategies, relocations and visa applications. The practice focuses on UK and EMEA matters for clients in the media, technology and entertainment sectors, and is also engaged by financial services sector clients such as banks, asset managers, hedge funds and insurance brokers. It regularly manages UK, US and global immigration programmes and advises on immigration issues relating to corporate transactions and reorganisations. Its UK immigration experience includes sponsorship applications, Tier 2 and Tier 5 applications, visitor visas, employers’ duties and compliance under the PBS. It is also able to handle personal applications where it acts for entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals. In an example of its media sector expertise, the team advised Cameron Mackintosh Limited on the immigration strategy for the European tour of Miss Saigon, which required advising on UK immigration law and exit permits for Filipino nationals. The team also secured a number of German work permits for the tour’s performances in Cologne. The team is led by the 'outstanding' Nicholas Hobson, who is admitted as both a solicitor in England and Wales and as a legal consultant in New York.

The firm: With 30* offices in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, Morgan Lewis provides litigation, corporate, finance, restructuring, employment and intellectual property advice to clients in all major industries. Founded in 1873, Morgan Lewis comprises more than 2,000 legal professionals.

An English law practice offering business and commercial services, the London office works with the firm’s offices in Europe, Asia, the United States and the Middle East. The Brexit team provides guidance on the legal and business implications of the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

Types of work undertaken: Antitrust/competition: Morgan Lewis lawyers regularly appear before antitrust enforcement agencies and courts around the world, on the strategic handling of complex transactions and litigation, and a full spectrum of services in EU and competition law.

Banking and finance: the London finance team advises on complex domestic and cross-border finance transactions. Clients include financial institutions, funds, corporations, sponsors and governments. The team has been involved in new structures, products, and asset classes as well as the financing of public and private M&A transactions, leveraged buyouts, conventional and alternative bank financings, debt capital markets and highly structured finance transactions.

Corporate and business transactions: the team is instructed on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, fund formation, finance, restructuring, securities, emerging business and technology, outsourcing, energy transactions and tax. The corporate practice has worked on some of the largest and most innovative transactions in Europe, often acting as lead deal counsel on transactions in Russia, Asia and Africa.

Energy transactions: the London office advises public utilities, oil and gas companies, financial institutions, private equity firms, independent power producers and generators, and project developers in relation to their corporate, finance, transactional, regulatory and litigation needs.

Immigration/labour and employment: Morgan Lewis guides organisations and individuals through the UK immigration system and collaborates with colleagues in the firm’s larger employment, tax and US immigration practices to provide clients with integrated global legal advice and carefully tailored solutions. The labour and employment team advises European and US companies with operations overseas, on workforce expansions or reductions, and litigation ranging from hiring and dismissal practices to unions and regulatory or compliance matters.

Investment management: the London investment management team advises sponsors and investors on international private equity, private investments and hedge funds. It counsels clients on European and international taxation, UK and EU financial services regulation and compliance, executive compensation, corporate governance, and litigation.

Life sciences: the firm’s global life sciences practice covers the complete product life cycle. Services include transactions and litigation; regulatory strategies, approvals and compliance; protection of intellectual property; labour and employment matters; immigration; and antitrust.

Litigation, regulation and investigations: the London team handles sophisticated international commercial dispute, arbitration, insurance recovery and white-collar matters. With a particularly strong command of the energy and financial services industries – and of matters involving fraud investigations and the UK Bribery Act – lawyers represent clients around the world, in most courts and arbitration venues.

Structured finance: the London structured finance team advises institutions and entities that operate, invest in or deal with businesses that provide financial services and products to the consumer, financial, commercial and public sectors in the UK and other jurisdictions.

Tax: the London team provides UK tax law advice on transactions such as mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, disposals and reorganisations, private investment fund formation and investor representation, and structured finance transactions, working with the corporate, finance and international tax practices to structure transactions so as to maximise tax efficiencies.

*The Beijing office operates as a representative office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. In Shanghai, it operates as a branch of Morgan Lewis Consulting (Beijing) Company Limited, and an application to establish a representative office of the firm is pending before the Ministry of Justice. In Hong Kong, Morgan Lewis operates through Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, which is a separate Hong Kong general partnership registered with The Law Society of Hong Kong as a registered foreign law firm operating in association with Luk & Partners.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Frances Murphy
Antitrust/competition Frances Murphy
Antitrust/competition Izzet Sinan
Antitrust/competition Omar Shah
Banking and finance Amanda Jennings
Banking and finance Bruce Johnston
Banking and finance Thomas F O'Connor
Capital markets Carter Brod
Corporate and business transactions Tom Cartwright
Corporate and business transactions Amy Comer
Corporate and business transactions Timothy J Corbett
Corporate and business transactions David Ramm
Corporate and business transactions Stephen Walters
Corporate and business transactions Iain Wright
Energy transactions Olivier Chambord
Energy transactions Lewis Jones
Immigration Tracy Evlogidis
Labour and employment Matthew Howse
Labour and employment Pulina Whitaker
Investment management Noel Ainsworth
Investment management Simon Currie
Investment management Gawain Hughes
Investment management William Yonge
Life sciences Amy Comer
Life sciences Paul Ranson
Life sciences Tim Corbett
Life sciences Tom Cartwright
Litigation, regulatory and investigations Nicholas Greenwood
Litigation, regulatory and investigations Peter Sharp
Litigation, regulatory and investigations David Waldron
Litigation, regulatory and investigations Chris Warren-Smith
Litigation, regulatory and investigations Melanie Ryan
Structured finance Lisa Cargill
Structured finance Matthew Duncan
Structured finance Julian Goodman
Structured finance Theresa Kradjian
Structured finance Paul Matthews
Tax Paul Beausang
Tax Kate Habershon
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Number of UK partners : 35
Number of other UK fee-earners : 49
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP
Morgan Lewis & Bockius boasts strength in 'finance and litigation' and is a firm 'where partners and associates are genuinely friendly'. With 'an ambition for growth', the US firm attracted recruits with the offer of 'international opportunities' and 'high-quality work'. The firm's 'commitment to its people' also impressed applicants and they respect 'partners' sincere passion for their fields' which makes even 'tedious tasks more enjoyable'. Many recruits work directly with partners due to the small intake, but this means that 'sometimes trainees are overstretched', leading them to perceive the culture as 'more intense' than at some similar-sized firms. Another disadvantage felt by recruits is that 'limited formal training is given', and instead, individuals adapt to 'learning through practical experience'. Newbies didn't enjoy working 'long hours' and 'the expectation to cancel weekday plans for work'. However, one recruit notes that 'although trainees seem to have a worse work/life balance, we are remunerated accordingly'. This compromise has earned Morgan Lewis & Bockius a Lex 100 medal for salary. Moreover, the pro bono work has been described as 'excellent and exemplary', with trainees 'encouraged to take part in all opportunities', which many feel is an 'important part of the firm's identity'. Many respondents also enjoyed 'international travel' and 'working on deals that were in the news headlines'. If you want to work for a firm with a 'strong reputation' and have 'greater exposure to high-quality work and clients', then consider applying to Morgan Lewis & Bockius.