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

Leveraging the firm’s strong and longstanding ABL pedigree in the US and also able to tap into the expertise of lawyers spread across the firm’s broader international network, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP’s sweet spot lies in advising lenders on cross-border finance transactions, often involving split collateral structures with complex intercreditor arrangements. UK and US-qualified team head Georgia Quenby has a 'superb command of her practice area and market developments', ensuring that she is able to 'bring great clarity and reassurance' to clients on new money deals, as well as in a restructuring/insolvency context. The 'incredibly diligent and insightfulVictoria Thompson is also recommended.

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Testimonials

‘A very well balanced, dynamic team which can adapt to circumstances – bringing a great mix of experience and market knowledge as well as responsiveness, client service and attention to detail.’

‘Victoria Thompson is incredibly diligent, insightful and is always one step ahead of the pace of the deal.’

‘Georgia Quenby has a superb command of her practice area and market developments and brings great clarity and reassurance to complex issues.’

Key clients

HSBC

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

Investec Bank

Westcon Group

Aurelius Finance Company

Bantry Bay

Tenax Capital

Emerging markets Tier 2

The London office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP serves as a vital hub for the firm's global emerging markets practice, integrating workflow across its offices in Europe, Central, Western and East Asia, and the US. The practice handles complex financing matters across a wide range of emerging markets, alongside corporate transactions and litigation. The firm's debt capital markets practice has a long track record in groundbreaking transactions in developing markets, with Carter Brod a leading adviser on both US and English law debt issuance, including Eurobonds, medium-term note programmes, sovereign bonds, liability management and convertible bonds. The acquisition finance, leveraged finance, project finance, structured finance, trade finance and asset finance skills of practice head Bruce Johnston are also called upon for landmark deals in emerging markets. Olivier Chambord is also recommended for M&A deals in Europe and Africa. Ayesha Waheed joined from Latham & Watkins, bolstering the firm's presence in investments, joint ventures and leveraged buyouts in Turkey.

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Key clients

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT)

Republic of Suriname

Yandex

New Development Bank

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

Securitisation Tier 2

Working closely with its market-leading securitisation practice in the US, the London office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP includes both US- and dual-qualified lawyers who manage cross-border transactions for US and UK clients, as well as advising global clients issuing securities in the US. The firm frequently handles deals involving a diverse array of asset classes, with ABCP and trade receivables among the growing areas of interest. It also handles RMBS, residential portfolio sales, marketplace lending, credit cards, CLOs, auto and dealer floorplan financings, and commercial property/lease financings. It acts predominantly as arranger counsel, though it is also called upon by originators. 'The practice is innovative, very responsive and has a "can do" attitude', clients note. Paul Matthews bring his extensive experience to bear on both traditional asset classes and innovative structures, notably in the fintech arena. Lisa Cargill represents financial institutions, funds, asset managers and corporates in a diverse range of securitisations and Theresa Kradjian's work includes UK RMBS, covered bonds, and both US and European ABCP. Counsel Karl Horvath, who joined in 2020 from Sidley Austin LLP, added experience in CLOs and CMBS.

Testimonials

‘The practice is innovative, very responsive and has a ‘can do’ attitude.’

‘Paul Matthews is responsive, solutions-driven and always available.’

Key clients

Atom Bank plc

Automotive Rentals Inc./ARI Fleet Leasing Germany

Banco Santander

Barclays Bank

Bayerische Landesbank

BlackRock

BNP Paribas, London Branch

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

Citigroup Global Markets

Clydesdale Bank

DWPF Limited

EFG International/EFG Private Bank

InCol Funding Limited

Intriva Capital

J.P. Morgan Securities

Lloyds Bank

Merrill Lynch International

M&G Investment Management

MUFG

NewDay Cards

NIBC Bank

Pepper Money UK

Pollen Street Capital/PSC Credit Holdings

RBC Capital Markets

Société Générale

TradeRisks Limited

UniCredit Bank AG, London Branch

Waterfall Asset Management

Wells Fargo Securities

Competition litigation Tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP represents claimants and defendants in standalone and follow-on litigation. The group is noted for its involvement in high-profile and precedent-setting cases; of recent note, the team was successful in the UK Supreme Court when it acted for Sainsbury’s in litigation against Visa over multilateral interchange fees. London managing partner Frances Murphy heads up the practice. Joanna Christoforou and associate Emma Walsh are also key names to note.

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Testimonials

The team is highly knowledgeable about the pharmaceutical sector. Very attentive, responsive and proactive.

This is a highly effective, client-facing team that benefits from a depth of knowledge and a commitment to excellence. The team provides services that are quick, friendly and efficient.

The team is friendly, efficient and hardworking. The lawyers advance the client’s objectives and are unfailingly pleasant to deal with.

Frances Murphy has a wealth of experience and a formidable sense of determination and judgement. Charming and responsive to clients and counsel, she has a steely determination to advance her clients’ case and to hold her nerve through the ups and downs of substantial pieces of litigation. A valuable ally and a formidable opponent.

Associate Emma Walsh is fast developing into an astute litigator. She has dedication and practical common sense. Her work is detail-driven.

Key clients

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets

AstraZeneca

Sanofi Aventis

Advanz Pharma Corp.

Tata Steel

Procter & Gamble

SES Astra

Varian Inc.

The London Metal Exchange

Shiseido Group

Yandex

Court Square Capital

Ciner Group

Sumitomo Corporation of Americas

Can-Pack S.A.

NEX Group

JUUL Labs

GMP-Orphan SAS

Tadano

Debt capital markets Tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP has 'great expertise as international counsel in a debt capital markets transaction'. The firm handles many types of debt transactions and can advise on UK, US and EU securities laws and regulations across a diverse range of industries. It also sees a significant flow of emerging markets debt issuances. In 2019, the practice closed five major bond offerings and began work on high-value matters including a $1bn Rule 144A/Reg S offering from Turkey. 'Very knowledgeable, experienced and responsive' practice head Carter Brod is 'always prepared to think creatively'. He is dual-qualified in English and US law and has more than 20 years' experience in the DCM space. Capital markets associate Benjamin Stein relocated from the US to the London office in 2020 and now plays a key role in debt transactions.

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Testimonials

We found the team to be timely and responsive to tight deadlines and working across time differences between London New York and Port of Spain. It has great expertise as international counsel in a debt capital markets transaction.’

Our main contact was Carter Brod. We developed a great working relationship with him and he added enormous value to the debt capital markets transaction. He is very knowledgeable, experienced and responsive to our requirements.’

Carter Brod is always prepared to think creatively.’

Key clients

Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago

Yandex

Republic of Laos

Prudential plc

M&G plc

Republic of Suriname

NewDay

TradeRisks

Frigorífico Concepción

Financial services: contentious Tier 3

The broad practice of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP provides experience in regulation, financial crime, insider trading and cross-border matters, particularly involving the US. The firm can also draw on expertise in fund management, wealth management and retail banking, as well as civil, tax and employment litigation. Melanie Ryan acts for financial institutions, financial services firms, and executives in a range of matters, including regulatory investigations, enforcement, fraud, corruption and tax issues. She co-leads the team with Chris Warren-Smith, who specialises in cross-border financial services sector investigations and disputes.

Testimonials

‘Morgan Lewis & Bockius well deserves its top flight reputation for commercial and financial services’

‘The legal analysis is excellent, they are all over the detail and most importantly they have very good judgement’

‘Melanie Ryan is totally focused on asking the right questions, appraising the nuance of the answer and advising the client without sugar-coating it. She really tests the arguments’

‘Chris Warren-Smith is at the top of his game professionally. He has a great intellect, a great sense of what will play in court, a wealth of experience and good judgement’

Key clients

Vanguard Asset Management

Ghana International Bank

Tenaron Capital Management UK LLP

Central Markets

Mizuho Bank

Sabre

Bitfinex/Tether

Manning & Napier Fund Inc. and Exeter Trust Co.

Charles Stanley & Company

Charles Taylor plc

Hewlett Packard Enterprises

Amazon

GSK

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP counsels sellers and buyers, investors and owners, boards of directors, and sources of financing and intermediaries, including private equity and venture capital funds. The team works across the tech, life sciences, energy and investment management sectors. Within tech, the team is increasingly known for its telecoms work and is also especially experienced advising biotech companies in the life sciences sector.  Olivier Chambord is the name to note for energy, while Thomas Cartwright regularly advises sovereign wealth funds, hedge funds, high-net-worth individuals, and family offices. Practice head Timothy Corbett focuses on public and private equity, debt offerings, international securities law compliance, and disclosure requirements.

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Testimonials

‘When you find good people and have a trusting relationship you go back to them. Trust and knowing each other makes things quicker’

‘Nick Moore offers great customer service  – he’s very, very trustworthy, reliable and flexible in his approach’

Key clients

Abercrombie & Kent

Lincoln Peak Capital

Yandex

We Soda

General Motors

Grosvenor Capital Management

CNPC

Digital Colony

BrightSphere

Norilsk Nickel

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP has increased its profile in London following its 2018 hire of a team from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and now offers transactional PE expertise across a number of focus sectors including life sciences, technology, energy, and investment management. The team acts on mandates ranging in value from lower-mid market to bulge bracket, but works primarily in the mid market. Of particular note is the firm's cross-border focus, advising clients in the US and Asia on multi-jurisdictional transactions. Thomas Cartwright leads the London practice alongside Mark Geday, focusing on private equity buyouts and investment management work. Timothy Corbett specialises in technology and life sciences transactions, and Tomasz Wozniak has a a strong niche in deals involving Russia.

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Morgan Lewis & Bockius are unique because of the way in which they engage with their clients. They are proactive, knowledgeable and thorough in every interaction that I have had with them. They listen to me to the extent that I genuinely feel heard and this is a real differentiator. I also value the fact that they are not siloed to the disadvantage of their clients and will leverage on the full extent of the knowledge, skills and experience that they have across the firm.

Key clients

MML Capital Partners

Alcuin Capital Partners

Cyrus Capital Partners

Digital Colony

StoneCalibre

Third Point

Heritage Group

Winter Capital

Cabot Square Capital

Tuckerman Capital

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP 's City practice covers a range of financial crime matters, including financial regulation, insider trading and market abuse, fraud, corruption, sanctions and tax. The London team works closely with its counterparts in Chicago, New York and Singapore to provide a holistic cross-border service that handles international disputes and investigations by regulators. Melanie Ryan co-heads the team and acts for corporations, financial institutions and professionals in investigations, enforcement activity and related litigation. Chris Warren-Smith, who also co-heads the team, has more than 25 years’ experience in regulatory enforcement matters.

Testimonials

‘This is a superb firm with the ability to deal with any problem no matter how difficult and no matter how international’.

‘There is an unrivalled depth of expertise and talent’.

‘The partners have a cosmopolitan mix of experience and have the support of offices throughout the world’.

‘They are dedicated to their clients and provide an outstanding service’.

‘Chris Warren-Smith is outstanding, he has a wealth of international experience and is a delight to work with’.

‘Chris Warren-Smith is thoughtful, imaginative and practical’.

‘Melanie Ryan is also outstanding, she has great insight and is extremely practical’.

Employers Tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP demonstrates strong capabilities in defending high-value and complex discrimination claims and in pursuing restrictive covenant cases in High Court. Another area of expertise is in cross-border regulatory work, which it can offer across its international network of offices. The team also regularly advises on culture and conduct in the financial services sector and on trade union campaigns. The life sciences sector is another area of strength. Matthew Howse heads up the London department.

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‘The co-ordination between this firm’s UK and US teams is excellent and their knowledge of post-termination restraint matters is commendable. Highly recommended if you have a cross-border post-termination restraint matter, but also excellent for general employment law advice on trickier areas.’

‘Louise Skinner is a real asset to this team. She is extremely knowledgeable and pragmatic, and is by far the most responsive lawyer I have instructed. She is also incredibly down-to-earth and is a breath of fresh air to work with. I couldn’t recommend her highly enough.’

‘Highly responsive, very capable team. Approachable and very knowledgeable. Up to speed not only with the law but also the market.’

‘Matt Howse and Lee Harding are very personable and knowledgeable. They clearly know their area and can talk clearly about it whilst making the advice relevant.’

‘Lee Harding is consistently exceptional in the quality of his advice, responsiveness, thoroughness and diligence.‘

Key clients

Wells Fargo

McDonald’s

Astra Zeneca

Deutsche Bank

Allergan

Amazon

Bristol Myers-Squibb

Endeavour

Oxfam

Burberry

IT and telecoms Tier 4

Acting for service providers and customers, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP has a ‘depth and breadth of knowledge’. As well as leveraging its global reach, the firm has particular experience in the areas of outsourcing, automation, robotics, digital banking and regulation. Mike Pierides covers the spectrum of technology-related transactions, including IT service agreements and licensing work. He co-leads the team with Philadelphia-based Barbara Melby, who focuses on outsourcing and technology transactions.

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Testimonials

‘The team has an exceptional knowledge of trends in the IT and telecoms sector and has worked on some significant early adopters of new and emerging technologies such as cloud, AI and blockchain.’

‘They keep abreast of changes in the sector and they are able to bring insights into the transactions they work on with their clients.’

‘In all the transactions I have worked on with the team they have acted professionally, been committed and enabled the outcome I have needed.’

‘I have always felt I had the right team on my side vs. the counter party.’

‘Mike Pierides has been our go to lawyer for complex or technical transactions as he has a very quick grasp of the challenges and proposes both legal and a commercial wrap as to how we might work through.’

‘Mike Pierides always thinks beyond the page into the operational reality of the outcome of a contract and is able to play that back into the transactional drafting to bring the outcome we need.’

Key clients

Fujitsu

Moody’s

Yandex N.V.

Deutsche Bank

Digital Colony

DLG

Reliance Worldwide Corporation (RWC)

Equiniti

Mitsubishi Union First Group (MUFG)

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Genpact

Theta

Life sciences and healthcare Tier 4

The Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP team handles a range of transactional, regulatory and competition matters in the UK and globally. Team head Timothy Corbett advises emerging biotechnology companies on capital raisings from seed investment onwards, as well as acquisitions and collaborations. Frances Murphy and Omar Shah handle competition issues such as unfair pricing. Tom Cartwright handles private equity investments in the pharma sector and consultant Paul Ranson provides a wealth of sector-specific corporate and regulatory experience.

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Testimonials

‘Morgan Lewis have an excellent client-focused approach. The advice and guidance they provide is of the highest quality and always tailored to outlined objectives.’

‘I have worked successfully with Paul Ranson for many years. Paul consistently demonstrates a high level of competency and expertise in all legal work related to life sciences, healthcare and pharmaceuticals. Paul conducts himself with the highest levels of integrity, ethics, empathy and professionalism. He is an excellent lawyer and a true credit to his profession.’

Key clients

Advanz Pharma

Replimune Group

Curium

Sanofi-Aventis

AstraZeneca

uniQure NV

Oil and gas Tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP has notable expertise in advising developers and lenders on oil and gas projects, corporate transactions and international financings. The group was recently bolstered by the arrival of Ayesha Waheed and Jennifer Josefson, who joined from Latham & Watkins and King & Spalding LLP respectively. Practice head Bruce Johnston and Olivier Chambord make up the core team.

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Testimonials

‘Ayesha Waheed is recommended – commercial and pragmatic in approach and always a pleasure to work with. Strong on large multi-source project financings – with a focus on lender side work.’

Key clients

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Republic of Suriname

Akfen Holding

PT Well Harvest Winning Alumina Refinery

New Development Bank

Vitol

Abu Dhabi Fund for Development

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 5

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP's litigation, regulation and investigations practice has a 'depth of experience in banking disputes with a big cross-referral network from the US'. It is distinguished by its international reach and 'ability to draw on the strengths of all the partners in its worldwide operation'. Melanie Ryan — who combines experience acting for global financial institutions in claims arising from investments with contentious financial services regulatory and investigations expertise — leads the practice alongside Chris Warren-Smith (who is praised for his 'wealth of experience and good judgement') and Peter Sharp who is 'a very reassuring presence in hard and challenging litigation'. 'Top drawer' senior associate Paul Mesquitta also 'has a lot of banking experience'.

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Testimonials

The team has the ability to draw on the strengths of all the partners in the firm’s worldwide operation.

Morgan Lewis & Bockius well deserves its very high reputation for banking and services and dispute resolution. The legal analysis is excellent, they are all over the detail and most importantly they have very good judgment.

Lots of depth of experience in banking disputes with a big cross-referral network from the US.

Peter Sharp is a strategic and tactical genius.’

Melanie Ryan is totally focused on asking the right questions, appraising the nuance of the answer and advising the client without sugar-coating it. She really tests the arguments.

Chris Warren-Smith is at the top of his game professionally – he has a great intellect, a great sense of what will play in court and a wealth of experience and good judgement.

Peter Sharp is a doyen of banking litigation. Has seen it all before. Real gravitas and prescient judgment of a case. A very reassuring presence in hard and challenging litigation.

Paul Mesquitta is a senior associate and top drawer. He is an excellent all-rounder; extremely efficient in organising a team, a very thorough lawyer not afraid of difficult technical points and very responsive (he never forgets an email). An ambitious guy who has a lot of banking experience.

Key clients

Investor Group in Serco Group plc

Investor Group in G4S plc

LGT Vestra LLP

Mallow 3 Limited

Aircastle

East-West United Bank S.A.

Constant Capital Markets & Securities Ltd

Linear Investments

Bank of China Aviation

Sberbank

The Infrastructure Growth & Capital Fund

Central Markets

Mizuho Bank

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 5

The 'first class financial services team' at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP has expertise in Fintech, hedge funds, investment management and MiFid II matters.  Simon Currie focuses on the investment industry, particularly the asset management sector and the formation, management and operation of private investment funds. He co-leads the practice with William Yonge, who is experienced in advising global clients on regulation and related commercial issues arising in the financial services, investment management, securities and derivatives sectors. The team was boosted in 2020 by the arrival of investment fund experts Oliver Rochman and Rob Mailer from Morrison & Foerster LLP.

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‘The team is excellent from a technical perspective but they are also able to deliver advice in a pragmatic/plain English manner’

‘William Yonge is technically very proficient and always has us in mind in respect of legal development/training opportunities’

‘Simon Currie is an exceptional financial services lawyer who combines excellent analytical and communication skills with a deep understanding of his clients’ businesses’

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 5

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP's recruitment of Nick Bolter from Cooley (UK) LLP, along with a team of associates, has handed the firm a greatly enhanced presence in the IP field. The team’s strength lies in trade mark and design protection and enforcement for brands in brands in retail, luxury, and apparel, as well online retailers and technology and automotive companies.

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Private funds (including infrastructure funds) Tier 5

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP  has significantly grown its London funds team  with the hire of a four-lawyer team from fellow US firm Morrison & Foerster. Partners Oliver Rochman  and Rob Mailer  have joined the team alongside two associates. Rochman advises sponsors and investors on private investment fund matters including fund restructuring work and secondary transactions. Mailer focuses on fund formation and fundraising.  Morgan Lewis's funds team operates from offices across the US, Asia, Europe and the Middle East and advises funds, managers, financial services firms and institutional investors on a host of work. In London the team also includes partner Simon Currie , who advises clients on securities and financial services regulatory issues in relation to the investment industry, with a particular focus on fund managers and private investment funds and

Testimonials

‘Rob Mailer is knowledgeable, experienced, has good market insights, is practical and commercial in his approach and is all round a pleasure to deal with. Always makes himself available, often at short notice. I am confident he represents our firm as best-in-class

Commercial litigation: premium Tier 6

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP's litigation, regulation and investigations group is a 'compact team with immense skill and the support of a truly international network of offices'. The 'strategic and tactical genius' Peter Sharp jointly leads the team alongside Melanie Ryan, David Waldron and Chris Warren-Smith. The group is frequently instructed in cross-border disputes and is particularly well-known for banking and financial services sector disputes, while Sharp also counts insurance, aviation, and oil and gas sectors among his areas of focus and Waldron has experience in disputes arising from industrial and infrastructure projects.

Corporate tax Tier 6

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP's London-based group is embedded into the firm's global tax practice, and it plays a key role in cross-border tax matters involving financial services and investment funds. Other areas of expertise include senior executive remuneration and incentives, as well as tax advisory work for corporates and investment funds. Practice head Kate Habershon has substantial experience of public and private M&A and international tax structuring. Associate Neil McKnight has a specialism in cross-border transactions in the TMT sector.

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Lincoln Peak Capital

Alpha Energy

Cyrus Capital Partners

TradeRisks

QxBranch

MetLife

Sandvik AB

TAIT LLC

Digital Colony

EU and competition Tier 6

Led by London managing partner Frances Murphy ('a valuable ally and formidable opponent'), Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP’s City team is known for handling complex regulatory investigations; in this space, its pharmaceutical sector work is particularly prominent. Other areas of focus include enforcement matters, merger filings and state aid. The London group is part of the US-based firm’s global network, which comprises 150 lawyers split across Europe, Asia and the Americas. Omar Shah and Joanna Christoforou are also noted.

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‘Omar Shah is readily available and has become intimately involved with our business so that advice is practical, timely and what we are looking for. He has really turned some things around quickly for us and has become a trusted advisor to the business.’

‘This is a highly effective, client-facing team that benefits from a depth of knowledge and an outstanding sense of institutional judgement as well as a commitment to excellence and service that is quick, friendly but very determined, and efficient.’

‘Frances Murphy has a wealth of experience and a formidable sense of determination and judgement. Charming and responsive to clients and counsel, she has a steely determination to advance her clients’ cases and to hold her nerve through the ups and downs of substantial pieces of litigation. A valuable ally and a formidable opponent.’

‘Frances Murphy deserves every praise – she is quietly spoken and very considered in what she says, but she is absolutely on the ball. She is always ready to engage regardless of her massive workload.’

‘Frances Murphy has led our case and has been fantastic in terms of her knowledge, support and guidance throughout.’

‘Omar Shah is a great business partner. His expertise and pragmatism makes him a great counsel to the business.’

Key clients

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets

AstraZeneca

Sanofi Aventis

Advanz Pharma

Tata Steel

Procter & Gamble

SES Astra

Varian Inc.

The London Metal Exchange

Shiseido Group

Yandex

Court Square Capital

Ciner Group

Sumitomo Corporation of Americas

Can-Pack S.A.

NEX Group

Juul Labs

GMP-Orphan SAS

Tadano

International arbitration Tier 6

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP's London team has 'a strong commercial focus and no-nonsense approach'. It is active in arbitrations involving Russia and the CIS, Asia, and the Middle East, and the practice's caseload features mandates in the energy, finance, insurance and technology sectors. David Waldron is particularly seasoned in matters featuring Russia, the CIS region and China; and Peter Sharp is one of the firm’s most senior arbitration practitioners. Other notable advisers include Chris Warren-Smith .

Testimonials

‘Peter Sharp is a highly experienced senior partner, shows formidable leadership and client relationship skills.’

‘The main person is David Waldron. He is a lawyer at the top of his game and possesses a wealth of experience. He has a great command of the commercial realities and issues which arise for clients and provides fantastic advice to them. Clients love him.’

‘A group of truly heavyweight partners able to dominate the most taxing international disputes, supported by a lean and able associate team.’

‘David Waldron is a heavyweight practitioner, distinguished by his good judgement and deft touch in handling the most difficult situations. He has a real willingness to roll up his sleeves and drive a case forward.’

‘Peter Sharp has been operating at the top end of the disputes market for a long time; someone to take very seriously in any setting.’

‘Strong commercial focus and no nonsense approach. Appropriate delegation where costs savings can be made.’

‘Strong, experienced and cohesive team with great international capability.’

Immigration

The immigration offering at US firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP is particularly strong with regards to the media and entertainment and financial services industries, where clients include banks, asset managers, hedge funds and insurance brokers. The team has significant experience in the transfer of list productions from Broadway to the West End. The practice provides a full range of immigration services and has a particularly strong UK/US offering. Shannon Donnelly heads the group from Washington DC; associate Jennifer Connolly is a key contact in London.

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Testimonials

‘As clients of Morgan Lewis we have been very pleased and grateful for the quality of their service.’

‘Great service and great advice that feels premium and is delivered at such, but that is fairly priced.’

‘Jennifer Connolly is hardworking, diligent and precise. All the things you need in employment and immigration where the advice tends to be time-sensitive and where a detail can make all the difference.’

Key clients

Cameron Mackintosh Limited

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 Bruce Johnston
Capital markets Carter Brod
Corporate and business transactions Tom Cartwright
Corporate and business transactions Timothy J Corbett
Corporate and business transactions Stephen Walters
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
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 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.…
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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,…
Ms Meryem Hassan  photo Ms Meryem Hassan Meryem Hassan is a finance lawyer who advises clients on a wide…
 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 represents clients across the spectrum of energy industries including oil, gas,…
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…
 Xun Ning Choong photo Xun Ning Choong Xun Ning Choong, an associate in the investment funds practice at Morgan…
 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…
Maitre Stephen Walters photo Maitre Stephen Walters Stephen Walters is a partner in the firm’s corporate business transaction team…
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 : 35
Number of other UK fee-earners : 49

The Lex 100 Verdict

At Morgan Lewis, a small trainee intake combined with a small London office means that recruits 'end up being involved quite centrally in a lot of the work and have a great awareness of what everyone else is working on'. The work, which some deem to be of the 'same quality as that of the Magic Circle', is 'hugely diverse in terms of clients, industries, and deals themselves, and often involves a cross-border element'. There are also international secondments on offer and the firm has a Lex 100 Winner award in this category. Partners and associates 'seem to be a lot more approachable' than at some other firms and 'are always willing to take the time to answer questions and explain anything you don't understand'. Moreover, there is very little face-time culture: 'once you have asked everyone else in your team if there's anything you can help with, you aren't expected to hang around for the sake of it'. All this while still receiving a salary worthy of a Lex 100 Winner award. The downside of being part of small teams is that 'you're likely to be the only trainee with knowledge of the matter and can sometimes be required to work long days'. Some recruits would like to see a busier social calendar too, although we are assured nonetheless that 'the people are fun'! Recruits particularly enjoyed 'working on a time-sensitive settlement agreement to a case being argued across multiple courts and jurisdictions' and 'attending an arbitration hearing'. Worst moments were few and far between but most centred on 'the feeling of confusion when you change seats and are back to square one in terms of not knowing the inner-workings of a new department'. For 'good pay, good hours and good people', research Morgan Lewis.