Firm Profile > Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP > London, England

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP
CONDOR HOUSE
5-10 ST PAUL'S CHURCHYARD
LONDON
EC4M 8AL
England

Asset based lending Tier 2

Despite having a smaller core UK-based team than some of the firms in the ranking, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP's two-partner offering punches above its weight and is particularly visible for lenders (including core client Wells Fargo) on transatlantic deals often involving complex intercreditor arrangements. 'Highly experienced' dual UK and US-qualified team head Georgia Quenby has 'deep expertise in the ABL sector' on new money deals as well as in a restructuring context; she recently advised Wells Fargo on a $475m syndicated ABL facility to fund KPS Capital Partners' acquisition of the Briggs & Stratton group out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Victoria Thompson is also dual qualified and as well as providing invaluable support to Quenby on transatlantic mandates, has also been particularly active of late on ABL-related workout/refinancing mandates within the aviation and retail sectors.

Practice head(s):

Georgia Quenby

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Thompson; James Mead

Testimonials

Georgia Quenby is highly experienced and has deep expertise in the ABL sector.’

Key clients

Wells Fargo Capital Finance (UK) Limited

Wells Fargo Bank, NA, London Branch

Cyrus Capital Partners, LP and DLP Holdings S.à r.l. (a Cyrus Capital Partners controlled company)

Bank of America, NA

JP Morgan Chase

Investec Bank plc

Westcon Group

Aurelius Finance Company

Bantry Bay

Callodine

Tenax Capital

Tosca Debt Capital Fund

M and G

Emerging markets Tier 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP is known for its ‘promptness with high-quality, and is always ahead of the question needing to be answered or resolved‘. The firm handles a broad spectrum of complex transactions and disputes across emerging markets and the London office is the central hub for this work. It is highly involved in cross-border financings, acting for major financial services clients, including EBRD, as well as governments and large corporates. US and English-qualified Carter Brod has advised on capital markets transactions in the London market for more than 20 years, including debut bond offerings in many emerging markets, while Bruce Johnston recently advised Turkey’s Calik Holding on an $85m offering of floating rate notes. Paul Denham handles leveraged finance, banking, insolvency and restructuring matters in the emerging markets, and Ayesha Waheed is a projects expert who has worked on numerous billion-dollar energy and infrastructure transactions.

Other key lawyers:

Carter Brod; Bruce Johnston; Paul Denham; Ayesha Waheed; Jonathan Hines;  Seyfi Can Kandemir

Testimonials

‘The firm and its staff have been working with us for a long time. They are already our “family legal office” being aware of our business specific, vital needs, advisory scope. Promptness with high-quality, always ahead of the question you need to be answered or resolved.’

‘Great staff on all levels.’

‘The team is highly knowledgeable about Turkmenistan and other Caspian countries. It is the only firm that represented the largest investors on various PSA matters in Turkmenistan, such as advising on cost-recovery matters, serious tax challenges, introducing amendments to the PSAs.’

‘We worked closely with Jonathan Hines over the last year and prior to that, my predecessors, over the last 5-7 years. He is distinguished by his deep knowledge of the oil and gas industry and the PSA regime in the CIS countries, as well as the understanding of intricacies of the logic of regulators. Expertise and readiness to understand the grey areas of legislation.’

‘Seyfi Can Kandemir is an individual who is always available for providing swift responses to any queries his client would have. He is incredibly knowledgeable and has phenomenal social skills which enables him to manage complicated situations very well. His responses to client queries are always to the point and clear which saves a lot of time and effort for everyone.’

Key clients

EBRD

Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT)

Republic of Suriname

Yandex

PT Well Harvest Winning Alumina Refinery

Euro-Asian Oil SA

Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD)

Avocet Mining plc

Frigorífico Concepción

HSBC Bank PLC

Patriotic Energies and Technologies Limited

WE Soda plc

Shuaa Capital

Axis Strategic Partners (Dubai)

Calik Holding

Aktif Bank

EPH European Property Holdings

Yildirim Holding

Kalyon Group

Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m) Tier 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP acts on private equity transactions across a broad range of sectors, including technology, healthcare, and professional services. The practice draws on its US heritage to advise on cross-border transactions involving American clients; in 2020, this included advising on one of the first acquisitions of a European company by a US SPAC. Tom Cartwright and Mark Geday jointly lead the London office; Cartwright has a specialism in the life sciences sector, while Geday frequently advises on investments and acquisitions involving investment management businesses. Tomasz Wozniak is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Tom Cartwright; Mark Geday

Other key lawyers:

Tomasz Wozniak; Tim Corbett

Testimonials

‘Very dynamic, commercial and happy to stand up for their clients and not take the nonsense of the profession – a breath of fresh air.’

‘Tom Cartwright is bright, energetic, full of good ideas and works very hard but without aloofness  –  he is the model of a City partner.’

Key clients

Far Point Acquisition Corp

MSP Sports Capital

NSM Insurance Group

Channel 3 Consulting Ltd

Winter Capital Partners

Caltius Capital

Lincoln Peak Capital

Duff & Phelps

TRS Global

Digital Colony

Competition litigation Tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP has a commendably broad contentious competition offering, which spans challenges to CMA decisions, investigations, follow-on damages actions and standalone claims. In a recent highlight, the group represented Sainsbury's in its claim in the Supreme Court against Mastercard regarding interchange fees. Frances Murphy leads the team, which works closely with its European office network. Murphy has recently been assisting pharmaceutical companies with 'pay for delay' issues alongside Joanna Christoforou.

Practice head(s):

Frances Murphy

Other key lawyers:

Omar Shah; Joanna Christoforou; Emma Walsh

Testimonials

A fine sense of judgment and resilience under pressure. Excellence in delivering a first rate product and in managing the vagaries of long running litigation.’

Frances Murphy – an astute and incisive mind coupled with a personable sense of humour necessary to make large-scale and high-pressure litigation enjoyable.’

Key clients

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Limited

Advanz Pharma Corp. (ex Concordia Inc.)

Focus Pharma

AMCo Pharma

McDonalds Restaurants Limited

Abellio East Anglia Limited and Others

Rexnord Corporation

Debt capital markets Tier 3

The team at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP is 'extremely responsible, proactive, friendly and open-minded'. The firm advises on UK, US and EU securities laws and regulations, focusing on complex and innovative bond transactions rather than high-volume commoditised work. In 2020, it handled investment grade programmes and offerings by FTSE 100 UK plcs, debut bond transactions by emerging markets issuers, debt private placements, convertible bonds, high-yield notes and a range of structured DCM transactions. Head of debt capital markets Carter Brod and head of international finance Bruce Johnston are the key partners. Brod acted for Yandex, one of Europe's largest internet companies and the leading search provider in Russia, on a $1.25bn convertible bond offering and assisted London-based financial service group Prudential plc on the issuance of $1bn in notes.

Practice head(s):

Carter Brod; Bruce Johnston

Testimonials

‘The M&L team is always proactive, they do not just answer your precise and specified questions but try to look further to prevent potential negative consequences, to find an optimal and the shortest way, to avoid delays and excessive costs.’

‘Extremely responsible, proactive, friendly and open-minded.’

Key clients

Yandex NV

Prudential plc

Frigorífico Concepción

M&G plc

WE Soda plc

Republic of Suriname

Calik Holding

Financial Guaranty UK

Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT)

Employers Tier 3

Leveraging the firm’s global labour and employment footprint, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP’s London team, which is overseen by Matthew Howse, is noted for defending high-value discrimination claims and pursuing restrictive covenant cases in High Court. Aside from this, the department routinely supports clients in complex disciplinary, culture and conduct, whistleblowing and regulatory investigations, with particular expertise in SMCR issues. Louise Skinner, for her part, is particularly active in the financial services and life sciences sectors, while Lee Harding excels in trade union law issues as well as FinTech-related mandates.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Howse

Other key lawyers:

Lee Harding; Louise Skinner; Pulina Whitaker

Testimonials

Very responsive and commercial. Understand our business. Good quality service.’

Louise Skinner is very responsive and commercial – always available, delivers commercial advice and is great fun to work with! She and her team are like an extension of our in-house function.’

Key clients

MSP Sports Capital

UNICEF

Amazon

McDonald’s

Wells Fargo

AbbVie Allergan

Pfizer

Novartis

Bristol-Myers Squibb

AstraZeneca

Munich Re

Fujitsu

Financial services: contentious Tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP's contentious financial regulatory team is well-integrated into the firm's global offering, allowing it to act in high-profile cross-border investigations, particularly involving US and UK elements. Lawyers regularly handle past business reviews, large-scale customer redress exercises and remediation programmes, alongside proceedings arising from alleged mis-selling, fraud and insider dealing. Melanie Ryan, who leads the dispute resolution and investigations department in London, has a solid client-base of financial institutions, financial service firms and executives, which she represents in the gamut of contentious regulatory issues. Chris Warren-Smith is a veteran of cross-border financial services investigations.

Practice head(s):

Melanie Ryan

Other key lawyers:

Chris Warren-Smith

IT and telecoms Tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP specialises in outsourcing transactions across the technology sector. In addition, the team has notable expertise in data protection law. Mike Pierides leads the firm's outsourcing work for such major clients as Fujitsu, Deutsche Bank and Royal Bank of Canada; he is also experienced in hardware and software implementation projects. Timothy Corbett stands out for his role in corporate transactions involving technology companies.

Practice head(s):

Mike Pierides

Other key lawyers:

Timothy Corbett

Testimonials

‘The team have an extensive knowledge and capability to provide timely and relevant support. They are a team of high performing individuals and I have always appreciated their support.’

‘Mike Pierides runs a tight ship and you want him on your side of the table. He is well-respected in the industry as driving a good deal for his clients. I’m happy to have Mike in my corner.’

Key clients

Fujitsu

Equiniti

Royal Bank of Canada

Allvue Systems

Bullhorn, Inc.

Deutsche Bank

Mitsubishi Union First Group (MUFG)

BrightPearl

Oracle Corporation

State Street Corporation

BresMed Health Solutions

Edusoft

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

The fast-growing London practice at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP is noted for its work on emerging market transactions, representing a range of clients in energy, life sciences, tech, and financial services. Under the leadership of EMEA head Timothy Corbett, the team has significantly strengthened its bench of partner-level practitioners. Tom Cartwright regularly advises an array of private wealth clients from around the world, while Olivier Chambord – who splits his time between London and Paris – focuses chiefly on energy transactions, especially in oil & gas. Jayne McGlynn is especially strong on emerging market M&A in Russia and the CIS, and has recently led on deals in media and tech. Mark Geday specialises in private-equity backed deals and asset management work.

Practice head(s):

Tim Corbett

Other key lawyers:

Tom Cartwright; Olivier Chambord; Jane McGlynn; Mark Geday; Nick Moore

Key clients

Far Point Acquisition Corp

MSP Sports Capital

NSM Insurance Group

Talent Systems

Heritage Cruise Holding Ltd. and Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio

Nasdaq Inc

CSS Industries Inc.

Octopus Energy Holdings Ltd

Advanz Pharma Corp

Duff & Phelps

Winter Capital Partners

TRS Global

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP utilises its ‘great strategic vision’ to represent a mix of financial institutions and multinational companies across a wide range of issues arising in the banking and financial services sectors, including money laundering, fraud, economic sanctions violations and corruption. The team is noted for its successful track record in FCA investigations, for which practice chair Melanie Ryan is regularly retained. The group is also highly experienced in undertaking internal investigations, often leveraging the firm’s global network for cross-border instructions; deputy practice chair Chris Warren-Smith is noted for his standout multi-jurisdictional work in the retail sector.

Practice head(s):

Melanie Ryan; Chris Warren-Smith

Testimonials

‘This is a superb team with vast experience and the support of a large international firm. They have strength across all areas and can address any problem with great strategic vision.’                                              

‘Chris Warren-Smith and Melanie Ryan are outstandingly able and bring to bear wonderful judgment in any case they touch. They are also wonderful to work with.’

Key clients

Unicef

Securitisation Tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP has 'a very client-centric team with a pragmatic approach that provides business-oriented solutions'. The London office is a key hub for the firm's global securitisation and structured transactions, and handles a wide variety of transactions across the US, UK, Middle East and Asia. Lisa Cargill handles transactions involving trade receivables, consumer and corporate loans, residential mortgages, auto loans and leases, dealer floorplans and more. She recently acted for Banco Santander, Wells Fargo and ING as joint lead managers on the securitisation of Finnish auto hire purchase contracts. Key partners Theresa Kradjian and Paul Matthews each have more than 20 years' experience in securitisation and debt capital markets, between them handling UK RMBS, covered bonds, ABCP deals, CLOs and securitisations covering a broad range of assets. Real estate finance specialist Julian Goodman is a key adviser on RMBS and CMBS deals.

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Cargill; Theresa Kradjian; Paul Matthews; Julian Goodman

Testimonials

‘A very client-centric team with a pragmatic approach. Business-oriented solutions. Very reactive. A pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Banco Santander

BNP Paribas, London Branch

Cerberus Capital Management/Cerberus European Investments/Capital Home Loans Limited (CHL)

Citigroup Global Markets

Clydesdale Bank/Virgin Money

EFG International/EFG Private Bank

GE Capital

Intriva Capital

J.P. Morgan Securities

Merrill Lynch International

M&G Investment Management

NewDay Cards

Pepper Money UK

RBC Capital Markets

Société Générale

TradeRisks Limited

Wells Fargo Securities

Immigration Tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP's immigration team in London has a strong profile among UK and international blue-chip clients, particularly those operating in the media, technology, entertainment and investment funds industries. It also acts for entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals. As part of a larger practice that spans multiple offices globally, the group coordinates global immigration strategies, relocations and assignments, and also handles visa applications for clients with sophisticated global immigration programmes. Associates Jennifer Connolly and Yvette Allen are key contacts for immigration advice. Matthew Howse heads up the labour and employment practice.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Howse

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Connolly; Yvette Allen

Testimonials

Specialists. Easy access. Responsive.’

Excellent team with a can-do attitude. They help you understand what is possible, not what is not. Very responsive. They are fantastic partners and a very important part of our global immigration programme.’

Yvette Allen is fantastic – she’s always available for any questions, no matter how big or small and so great at responding quickly and providing really amazing support for our employees. Especially since Brexit, there have been a lot more complexities and we have a large volume of cases and Yvette has always been so helpful.’

Always efficient and helpful with providing relevant advice, easy to work with.’

Our point person was Yvette Allen. She understands the details of the visa process very well and was insightful, very responsive and professional. We always felt we are in safe hands with someone who will be honest, clear and committed to guide us all the way through the process.’

Key clients

Cameron Mackintosh Limited

Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP’s London IP team is helmed by the well-regarded Nicholas Bolter, who provides 'broad and deep' expertise to impressive line of IP-rich media, entertainment, fashion and retail businesses. Recent highlights have seen the team advising global brands on trade mark and design enforcement actions, notably for Ferrari, Abercrombie & Fitch and Tripadvisor. With assistance from associate Martin Henshall, Bolter leads on cross-border opposition proceedings for movie production and media distribution clients.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Bolter

Other key lawyers:

Martin Henshall

Testimonials

Nicholas Bolter’s expertise in the law and regulation of intellectual property is both broad and deep, and he communicates his expert guidance in an accessible and efficient manner. His unique skill set makes him an ideal one-stop partner for in-house counsel.

Nicholas Bolter is great to deal with, always very responsive and helpful.

Key clients

Vans, Inc.

Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited

Abercrombie & Fitch sagl

Kontoor Brands

Netflix Studios

Ferrari S.p.A.

TGI Fridays

Wayfair

Tripadvisor

Twitter, Inc.

Diageo plc

Pilot.com

Starz Entertainment

Timberland Licensing LLC

Life sciences and healthcare Tier 4

US firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP's London office advises big-name pharma and life sciences clients on a range of matters - recent work has focused on capital raising for early stage and growth biotech companies, led by corporate partner Timothy Corbett, and complex competition issues, led by London managing partner Frances Murphy. Employment specialist Louse Skinner is another key member of the London team, while regulatory and commercial consultant Paul Ranson is praised for his 'knowledge, experience and understanding'.

Practice head(s):

Tim Corbett

Other key lawyers:

Frances Murphy; Omar Shah; Tom Cartwright; Paul Ranson; Louise Skinner

Testimonials

‘They are knowledgeable, reliable and highly competent. Any queries are dealt with quickly and efficiently.’

‘Customer service is outstanding and everything they do feels like they are prepared to go the extra mile’.

‘Paul Ranson is an excellent lawyer and a consummate professional. Paul’s knowledge, experience and understanding in the pharmaceutical/healthcare sector really is second to none. He delivers everything with excellence, on time and on budget. Paul is a great communicator and always conducts all his business in a calm and friendly manner.’

Key clients

Advanz Pharma

Replimune Group

Curium

Sanofi-Aventis

AstraZeneca

uniQure NV

Oil and gas Tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP's London team is a core part of the fast-growing global practice, which is active in emerging markets throughout the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia. Projects lawyer Ayesha Waheed has a strong track record in international oil and gas financings and privatisations, and is particularly familiar with Turkish deals. Also of note is Olivier Chambord who is active in oil and gas transactions in Africa, in addition to undertaking upstream E&P work. Bruce Johnston leads the team in London.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Johnston

Other key lawyers:

Ayesha Waheed; Olivier Chambord

Testimonials

Knowledgeable, very commercial, easy to work with.’

Superb in response time and the quality of work. Their market knowledge is so extensive that we are always one step ahead.’

Ayesha Waheed is outstanding.

Key clients

Humania North Africa Holding Ltd

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Patriotic Energies and Technologies Limited

Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD)

Yildirim Holding

Kalyon Holding

Akfen Holding

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 5

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP's 'excellent' litigation, regulatory and investigations practice has a breadth of experience in cross-border banking and investment fund disputes. Melanie Ryan has an impressive breadth of cross-border banking litigation experience and complementary financial services regulatory and investigations expertise. Ryan leads the team alongside Chris Warren-Smith whose experience includes advising financial institutions, wealth managers and stockbrokers in disputes arising from regulatory challenges.

Practice head(s):

Melanie Ryan; Chris Warren-Smith

Other key lawyers:

Peter Sharp; David Waldron; Paul Mesquitta

Testimonials

‘Excellent team of professionals, allowing to count on them in difficult cases. Knowledge, experience in cross-border banking disputes is beyond doubt.’

Peter Sharp – stand out intellect. David Waldron – great strategist and team leader.

Associate Paul Mesquitta is making a name as a first rate banking litigator. Very assiduous and a strong legal brain. A charming and natural leader.

Well-placed and growing banking team.

The London litigators have handled more securities litigation that many of their competitors.

A great all round operation with access to offices around the world.

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 5

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP handles a range of international data protection matters, including data transfers for large multinational corporates. It also handles cybersecurity matters, including data breach incidents, and works closely with its counterparts in the employment department to provide a joined up service in relation to employee data. Pulina Whitaker and Matthew Howse lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Pulina Whitaker; Matthew Howse

Testimonials

‘Morgan Lewis has the rare ability to combine data protection & privacy expertise with deep commercial application expertise in financial technology and regulation’. 

‘Pulina Whitaker of Morgan Lewis is head and shoulders above the data protection and privacy pack on her command of law, requirements and implementation’.

Key clients

Mitek Systems

Urban Outfitters

Total System Services (TSYS)

Bullhorn

Kraft Group

Nuveen

Haas

Casting Networks

Richemont

EU and competition Tier 5

Under the leadership of Frances Murphy - 'the epitome of a highly effective and value-adding lawyer' - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP's competition practice is especially strong in investigations by the CMA, cartels and abuse of dominance issues, in addition to representing companies in contentious issues. The pharmaceutical sector is one of the firm's niches; AstraZeneca, AMCo Pharma and Focus Pharma are all clients of the team.

Practice head(s):

Frances Murphy

Other key lawyers:

Omar Shah; Joanna Christoforou

Testimonials

‘The best heavyweight competition team in London: experienced, bold and assertive.  I would not go to anyone else!’

‘A very high quality firm with expertise in dealing with long-running large and high-profile litigation and delivering an excellent product.’

‘Frances Murphy is a real doyenne in her field – she is the epitome of a highly effective and value-adding lawyer. Deeply experienced, knowledgeable, tactical and assertive, she can switch effortlessly from overview to detail and back, seeing every angle and being several steps ahead of her adversaries.  I would not use anyone else in the UK.’

‘Frances Murphy – an astute and sharp insight coupled with fine judgement and a personable sense of humour which makes the vagaries of long-running litigation not just efficient but also enjoyable.’

Key clients

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Limited

Advanz Pharma Corp. (ex Concordia Inc.)

Focus Pharma

AMCo Pharma

McDonalds Restaurants Limited

Abellio East Anglia Limited and Others

Sanofi Aventis

AstraZeneca UK Limited

Connect Airways

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 5

Clients praise the team at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP for being 'very knowledgeable in investment funds management on a global basis with great experience in cross-border transactions involving Luxembourg funds'. The group as a whole works closely with the firm's experts in investment management, securities and financial crime issues. An area of growing activity for lawyers is the interface between UK and EU financial services regulation. The practice is jointly led by Simon Currie, an expert in asset management regulation, and William Yonge who has growing expertise in the fintech and payments space.

Practice head(s):

Simon Currie; William Yonge

Other key lawyers:

Steven Lightstone

Testimonials

The financial services team is very knowledgeable in investment funds management on a global basis and has great experience with cross border transactions involving Luxembourg funds. They have outstanding technical skills and understand the way of thinking of a Luxembourg regulatory lawyer which makes the cooperation and project management for the client extremely smooth.’

Simon Currie and William Yonge have deep knowledge and technical understanding of EU regulatory matters.’

Key clients

MSP Sports Capital

Digital Colony

Mitsui Fudosan Logistics Park Inc. (MFLP)

Underwriters—led by SMBC Nikko, Morgan Stanley, and Daiwa

Private funds Tier 5

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP has a strong focus on advising global financial institutions as sponsors, investors, and co-investors into funds, also advising alternative asset managers and sovereign wealth funds. The team, led by Simon Currie, advises on complex international formations, funds of funds, and secondaries transactions. Robert Mailer focuses on new technology investments, advising growth and venture capital clients.

Practice head(s):

Simon Currie

Other key lawyers:

Robert Mailer

Testimonials

It is among the best teams in London on regulatory questions.

Simon Currie is an impressive practitioner with unlimited experience and deep knowledge in regulatory questions.

The partners rely on a solid team of senior and junior associates, with strong legal capabilities but also with a general good knowledge of the industry and the practices.

Key clients

Seedcamp

Air Street Capital

Pantheon Ventures

JP Morgan Asset Management

Credit Suisse Group

Ada Ventures

Commercial litigation: premium Tier 6

With 'deep-rooted experience in a wide variety of international cases and jurisdictions', Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP's litigation and regulation and investigations team is noted for cross-border disputes, particularly involving investment funds. Banking litigation specialist Melanie Ryan leads the team, which includes litigation and cross-border regulatory enforcement expert Chris Warren-Smith, Peter Sharp (who counts financial services, insurance, aviation, and oil and gas among his sector specialisms) and 'experienced international litigator and arbitrator' David Waldron.

Practice head(s):

Melanie Ryan

Other key lawyers:

Chris Warren-Smith; Peter Sharp; David Waldron; Paul Mesquitta

Testimonials

Deep-rooted experience in a wide variety of international cases and jurisdictions.’

The London litigators have handled more securities litigation than many of their competitors.’

A great all-round operation with access to offices around the world.’

Morgan Lewis’ London office has a really top-end, experienced partner team, with years of experience in complex international disputes (together with all the know-how and judgement which comes with that).

‘Paul Mesquitta is an up-and-coming star litigator. Real natural instinct for the best points. Incredibly fast in difficult situations. Certainly will be a strong partner. ‘

Peter Sharp – a  veteran partner who has been litigating at the highest level for many years, and brings a commanding presence (as well as excellent judgement) to any litigation. David Waldron –  a very experienced international litigator and arbitrator, with sound judgement, a strong client service ethos and a very level head.

Corporate tax Tier 6

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP displays expertise in handling a broad spectrum of tax issues for corporates and investment funds. The team also advises on senior executive remunerations and incentives. Practice head Kate Habershon has a broad corporate tax practice that includes handling M&A, international structuring, private investment fund and tax planning matters. Neil McKnight was promoted to partner in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Kate Habershon

Other key lawyers:

Neil McKnight

Testimonials

MLB Tax have an in depth knowledge of our global structure and funds and therefore are excellently placed to provide constructive knowledgeable advice on a pro-active basis.’

The team very quickly get up to speed with complex technical issues and provide speedy and clear advice and ways forward. They make themselves available at whatever time suits the client dealing with multiple time zones and potentially unsociable times.’

The team we work with (Kate Habershon and Neil McKnight) display a great level of expertise, they are very friendly and amenable but always demonstrate the highest level of professional standards. They make our company feel confident that we have the best team fighting our corner!

The team are very pro-active and want to understand your business so they can give the best possible advice.’

Kate Habershon is a superstar partner, delivering highly technical advice in an easy to understand way.’

Key clients

Lincoln Peak Capital

Duff & Phelps

Heritage Cruise Holding Ltd

TradingScreen Inc

OIM, Equitix

Virtus Partners

MSP Sports Capital, LLC

International arbitration Tier 6

'Extremely well resourced internationally', Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP's London team consistently handles major disputes involving Russia and the CIS, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, Far East and US; it is experienced in representing clients under all principal international arbitration rules. David Waldron is particularly experienced in arbitrations concerning financial services and oil and gas clients; and the track record of Peter Sharp, one of the firm's most senior arbitration lawyers, features numerous LCIA and ICC arbitrations.

Practice head(s):

David Waldron; Peter Sharp

Other key lawyers:

Chris Warren-Smith; Melanie Ryan

Testimonials

A go-to firm for major infrastructure disputes, with a very diverse team that has the size and expertise to handle major international arbitrations.

The firm is extremely well resourced internationally, with offices able to manage all aspects of international arbitration, including related local litigation.

An excellent professional team with experienced professionals at both partner and associate levels, and deeply aware of cross-border arbitration in the banking sector.

They have a highly capable team of individuals who provide advice that is always considered, commercial, appropriately nuanced and on point. Although the group may be (relatively) small, it is very much competing with the big firms and benefits from great global coverage. It also has great experience and knowledge in acting for CIS/ex-Soviet based clients.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has a very strong practice, with the superb and extremely experienced David Waldron at the helm.

David Waldron is a lawyer at the top of his game and possesses a wealth of experience. He has great command of the commercial realities and issues that arise for clients, and provides fantastic advice – clients love him.

Peter Sharp has vast experience in putting together large teams of experts and counsel; and his supervision skills are exemplary, particularly with difficult joint ventures.

Peter Sharp is a highly experienced partner with skills that ensure the effective and efficient running of international arbitration. He clearly knows his stuff and is a fighter for his clients interests.

The firm: With 31* 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.

*Our Beijing and Shanghai offices operate as representative offices of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. In Hong Kong, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius is a separate Hong Kong general partnership registered with The Law Society of Hong Kong. Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC is a Singapore law corporation affiliated with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Frances Murphy
Antitrust/competition Frances Murphy
Antitrust/competition Izzet Sinan
Antitrust/competition Omar Shah
Banking and finance Bruce Johnston
Capital markets Carter Brod
Corporate and business transactions Tom Cartwright
Corporate and business transactions Timothy J Corbett
Corporate and business transactions Iain Wright
Energy transactions Olivier Chambord
Labour and employment Matthew Howse
Labour and employment Pulina Whitaker
Investment management Simon Currie
Investment management Gawain Hughes
Investment management William Yonge
Life sciences Paul Ranson
Life sciences Tim Corbett
Life sciences Tom Cartwright
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 Julian Goodman
Structured finance Theresa Kradjian
Structured finance Paul Matthews
Tax Kate Habershon
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Yvette Allen  photo Ms Yvette Allen Yvette Allen is a member of the firm’s immigration and global mobility…
 Nick Bolter  photo Nick Bolter Nick Bolter, a partner in the intellectual property practice at Morgan Lewis,…
 Carter Brod  photo Carter Brod Carter Brod counsels corporations, banks, sovereign governments, investment banks and investors on…
Ms Lisa Cargill  photo Ms Lisa Cargill A partner in the structured transactions practice at Morgan Lewis, Lisa Cargill…
 Thomas Cartwright  photo Thomas Cartwright Tom is a partner in the London office who focuses on private…
Ms Joanna Christoforou  photo Ms Joanna Christoforou Joanna Christoforou is a partner in the antitrust practice at Morgan Lewis.…
Miss Jennifer Connolly  photo Miss Jennifer Connolly Jennifer is an associate in Morgan Lewis’s London office who advises businesses…
 Timothy Corbett  photo Timothy Corbett Tim is a partner in Morgan Lewis’s London office, he concentrates his…
 Simon Currie photo Simon Currie Simon Currie, a partner in the investment management practice at Morgan Lewis,…
Mr Paul Denham  photo Mr Paul Denham A partner in the finance practice at Morgan Lewis, Paul Denham advises…
Mr Mark Geday  photo Mr Mark Geday Mark Geday, a partner in the corporate practice at Morgan Lewis, has…
 Kate Habershon  photo Kate Habershon Kate Habershon is a partner who advises corporations and funds on corporate…
Mr Lee Harding  photo Mr Lee Harding Lee is a partner in Morgan Lewis’s London office who brings advisory,…
 Karl Horvath  photo Karl Horvath Karl Horvath, of counsel in the structured transactions practice at Morgan Lewis,…
 Matthew Howse  photo Matthew Howse As labor and employment practice group leader in London, Matthew Howse represents…
 Bruce Johnston  photo Bruce Johnston Bruce is head of the firm’s international finance practice. He advises both…
 Jennifer Josefson photo Jennifer Josefson Jennifer Josefson, a partner in the energy practice at Morgan Lewis, represents…
Ms Theresa Kradjian  photo Ms Theresa Kradjian A partner at Morgan Lewis, Theresa focuses her practice on a broad…
 Robert Mailer  photo Robert Mailer Robert Mailer, a partner in the investment management practice at Morgan Lewis,…
 Paul Matthews photo Paul Matthews Paul Matthews, a partner in the structured transactions practice at Morgan Lewis,…
Ms Jayne McGlynn  photo Ms Jayne McGlynn Jayne is an associate in the firm’s London office whose corporate business…
 Neil McKnight photo Neil McKnight Neil McKnight, a partner in the tax practice at Morgan Lewis, advises…
Mr Paul Mesquitta  photo Mr Paul Mesquitta Paul Mesquitta advises clients on complex commercial disputes in the English courts…
Mr Nick Moore  photo Mr Nick Moore A partner in the corporate practice at Morgan Lewis, Nick Moore focuses…
 Frances Murphy photo Frances Murphy Frances Murphy, a partner in the antitrust practice at Morgan Lewis, focuses…
 Mike Pierides photo Mike Pierides Mike Pierides, a partner in the corporate business transactions practice at Morgan…
Ms Georgia Quenby  photo Ms Georgia Quenby A partner in the finance practice at Morgan Lewis, Georgia Quenby advises…
Mr Paul Ranson  photo Mr Paul Ranson Paul Ranson is a consultant who focuses on the regulatory and commercial…
 Oliver Rochman photo Oliver Rochman Oliver Rochman, a partner in the investment management practice at Morgan Lewis,…
Ms Melanie Ryan  photo Ms Melanie Ryan Melanie Ryan, a partner in the litigation practice at Morgan Lewis, represents…
Mr Omar Shah  photo Mr Omar Shah Omar Shah is a partner in Morgan Lewis’s London office who represents clients…
 Peter Sharp  photo Peter Sharp Peter maintains a broad litigation practice that spans the oil and gas,…
 Louise Skinner  photo Louise Skinner Louise Skinner is a partner in Morgan Lewis’s London office who provides…
 Benjamin Stein photo Benjamin Stein An associate in the corporate business transactions practice at Morgan Lewis, Benjamin…
Ms Sarah Stock  photo Ms Sarah Stock Sarah is an associate in the firm’s labour and employment practice. She…
Ms Victoria Thompson  photo Ms Victoria Thompson A partner at Morgan Lewis, Victoria Thompson assists clients in a variety…
 Ayesha Waheed photo Ayesha Waheed Ayesha Waheed, a partner in the corporate business transactions practice at Morgan…
 David Waldron  photo David Waldron David is a partner in Morgan Lewis’s London office. David counsels clients…
 Emma Walsh photo Emma Walsh Emma Walsh, an associate in the antitrust practice at Morgan Lewis, focuses…
Mr Chris Warren-Smith  photo Mr Chris Warren-Smith Deputy Chair of Morgan Lewis’s white collar and corporate investigations practice, Chris…
Ms Pulina Whitaker  photo Ms Pulina Whitaker A partner at Morgan Lewis, Pulina focuses her practice on a variety…
Mr Tomasz Wozniak  photo Mr Tomasz Wozniak A partner at Morgan Lewis, Tomasz Woźniak advises public and private companies…
 Iain Wright  photo Iain Wright Iain is a partner in the corporate business transactions team in London.…
 William Yonge  photo William Yonge William Yonge is a partner in the firm’s London office who specializes…
Number of UK partners : 41
Number of other UK fee-earners : 23

The Lex 100 Verdict

Much more than a US firm outpost, Morgan Lewis & Bockius UK LLP has a longstanding connection to the UK legal market with an ‘emphasis on the culture of collaboration’. The firm has a ‘commitment to pro bono and supports inclusion of women in senior management’. The firm's international scope lets trainees work ‘alongside highly intelligent and friendly lawyers’ doing ‘top-quality work’. Trainees highlight the firm’s culture as ‘very inclusive and non-hierarchal’ and commend ‘the strength of the non-corporate and finance practice areas - which is unique for US firms’, plus its notable reputation in employment matters. The firm boasts a ‘small intake' who receive 'interesting work’ and can achieve an ‘amazing NQ salary’. In terms of training, the approach is to focus on experience with ‘trainees really getting a lot of responsibility’ and some of the partners provide 'incredible learning opportunities’. One trainee adds that ‘everyone is able to be themselves; as long as you do your work, there do not seem to be any unreasonable expectations made of you’. Negatives identified include slow ‘information flow’, vague qualification process, and the hours; ‘the hours can be long, you need to be constantly on and available’ with ‘3am finishes’ sometimes on the cards. But this is hardly unusual for a US firm with the level of responsibility afforded. Pro-bono activity is highly encouraged and counted as billable work. If you are interested in a US firm, but want a broad range of work outside of financial and corporate seats, Morgan Lewis & Bockius could be right for you.