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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

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London: Corporate and commercial

Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 6

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP'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.

Practice head(s):Kate Habershon

Key Clients

Yandex

Oracle Corporation

Blackrock

Pepper UK

Work highlights

  • Advised Oracle in its acquisition of Grapeshot Limited, a provider of brand safety and pre-bid contextual solutions to more than 5,000 of the world's leading marketers
  • Advised BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Ltd. in the issuance of £325 million listed residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) - the third under the London Wall RMBS program established by Morgan Lewis
  • Advised Pepper (UK) Ltd. as originator, seller, subordinated noteholder, and servicer in the establishment of a $290m UK residential mortgage warehouse securitisation vehicle.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 6

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Frances Murphy

Other key lawyers:Omar Shah; Joanna Christoforou

Testimonials

'The competition team is highly responsive and produces high-quality work, even with regard to complex and urgent tasks'

'The team is particularly good for competition litigation, where the stakes are high and the demands are intense'

'Frances Murphy is great— her advice is always simple, direct and practical'

'Frances Murphy sees the bigger picture and works with resilience and dedication; she retains her good sense of humour even during stressful trial situations'

Key Clients

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets

AstraZeneca

Sanofi-Aventis

Concordia

Procter & Gamble

SES Astra

Varian Inc.

The London Metal Exchange

Shiseido Group

Yandex

Court Square Capital Partners

Ciner Group

Sumitomo Corporation of Americas

Can-Pack S.A.

NEX Group

JUUL Labs UK

GMP-Orphan SAS

Work highlights

  • Assisted Google's subsidiary Verily with all antitrust aspects regarding its proposed joint venture with ResMed, including obtaining an approval from the European Commission.
  • Advising The London Metal Exchange on competition and public law issues arising out of its decision to impose charge-capping in respect of metal stored in its worldwide warehouse network.
  • Advised Yandex on the competition law-related aspects of its joint venture with Uber, aiming at combining the companies' ridesharing businesses in a number of jurisdictions.
  • Advising Sanofi-Aventis on a range of complex competition issues, including its supply arrangements in Europe.
  • Advising AstraZeneca UK on a range of complex competition issues, including new and novel means of supplying and pricing medicines for use in hospitals and GP surgeries and for dispensing by pharmacies.

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Financial services: contentious
Financial services: contentious - ranked: tier 5

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Chris Warren-Smith; Melanie Ryan

Testimonials

'The team has a good knowledge of its subject matters and is always open and honest' 

'The value for money and return on investment is exceptional'

'The two stand out partners are Melanie Ryan and Chris Warren Smith. They are always there for you and willing to help'

'The willingness to talk matters through is exceptional and unrivalled'

'Ben Page is an exceptional associate as he has a good eye for detail and is always willing to assist'

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

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Tom Cartwright

Other key lawyers:Tim Corbett; Nick Moore

Key Clients

WE Soda Limited

Digital Colony

Merck

Oracle

SK Capital

Smiths Group

Yandex

Sabre Inc.

Sumitomo Corporation

OM Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Represented Digital Colony on the dual acquisition of Stratto Limited and Opencell.
  • Represented Yandex in a transaction with Russian commercial bank Sberbank to form an e-commerce joint venture.
  • Advised Silversea Cruises on the sale of 66.67% of the business to Royal Caribbean Cruises.
  • Represented events and business-to-business media and marketing company Pennwell on its sale to Clarion Events, a portfolio holding of Blackstone.
  • Advised CarGurus in its acquisition of motoring website PistonHeads, for an undisclosed sum.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 5

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Melanie Ryan; Chris Warren-Smith

Other key lawyers:Peter Sharp

Leading individuals

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

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 6

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP's London office stands out for its expertise in the energy, insurance, and financial services sectors. Nicholas 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.

Other key lawyers:Nicholas Greenwood; Peter Sharp; David Waldron; Paul Mesquitta

Leading individuals

Peter Sharp - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

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Competition litigation
Competition litigation - ranked: tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Frances Murphy

Other key lawyers:Omar Shah; Joanna Christoforou

Testimonials

'The team is particularly good for competition litigation, where the stakes are high and the demands are intense'

'Frances Murphy is great— her advice is always simple, direct and practical'

'Frances Murphy sees the bigger picture and works with resilience and dedication; she retains her good sense of humour even during stressful trial situations'

 

Key Clients

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets

AstraZeneca

Sanofi-Aventis

Concordia

Procter & Gamble

SES Astra

Varian Inc.

The London Metal Exchange

Shiseido Group

Yandex

Court Square Capital Partners

Ciner Group

Sumitomo Corporation of Americas

Can-Pack S.A.

NEX Group

JUUL Labs UK

GMP-Orphan SAS

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented British retailer Sainsbury’s in securing a reversal of a High Court ruling. The Court of Appeal ruled that the imposition by Visa and MasterCard of multilateral interchange fees was an unlawful restriction of competition that infringed EU antitrust rules.
  • Leading Concordia's defence on eight separate investigations by the CMA.
  • Representing McDonald’s Restaurants in bringing claims regarding payment schemes against Visa and MasterCard before the High Court.
  • Representing 22 railway companies in bringing claims regarding payment schemes against Visa and MasterCard before the High Court.
  • Acting for General Cable Corporation and Silec Cable SAS as third-party defendants in two follow-on actions in the High Court relating to high-voltage power cables.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 6

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

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 Nicholas Greenwood, Peter Sharp and Chris Warren-Smith.

Practice head(s):David Waldron; Peter Sharp; Chris Warren-Smith

Other key lawyers:Nicholas Greenwood

Testimonials

'The team is involved in a large number of very substantial and high-profile cases, and the service it provides, the commitment to winning cases and the willingness to go the extra mile are all exceptional'.

'David Waldron is a superb lawyer and excellent strategist'.

'Peter Sharp is a very experienced disputes lawyer'.

'Nicholas Greenwood has a very sharp legal mind'.

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London: Finance

Asset based lending
Asset based lending - ranked: tier 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Leveraging the firm‚Äôs established ABL brand in the US,¬†Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP‚Äôs '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 ‚Äėunderstand the nuances of both the UK and US markets‚Äô, 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 ‚Äėoutstanding commercial and legal insights‚Äô to banks and funds on new money ABL financings and restructurings.

Practice head(s): Georgia Quenby 

Other key lawyers:Victoria Thompson; Meryem Hassan

Testimonials

'The team has a deep track record in executing ABL facilities, from simple domestic ones through to complex cross-border multi-country deals'.

'The team is a leader in ABL legal structuring, where few peers can offer comparable experience'.

'The lawyers are good at thinking ahead about possible consequences and scenarios given the extensive experience within the banking team of both restructuring and insolvency across UK and US'.

'Georgia Quenby is a lawyer you want on your side'.

'The very knowledgeable Victoria Thompson is a strong communicator and has a big future in banking law'.

Key Clients

Alopex Gold

Bank of America Business Capital

Cyrus Capital Partners

FBC Mining (BA) Limited

EXL Service

Hitachi Capital (UK) Plc

Wells Fargo Capital Finance (UK) Limited

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., London Branch

Westcon Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Wells Fargo, as senior lender, in relation to the administration of L.K. Bennett.
Leading individuals

Georgia Quenby - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Next Generation Partners

Victoria Thompson - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

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Debt capital markets
Debt capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Bruce Johnston

Other key lawyers:Carter Brod

Key Clients

Calvert Impact Capital

Tengri Bank

Republic of Suriname

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Cox & Kings

Chagala Group

Paladin Energy Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch, as the sole lead manager, on a $250m bond offering by Energoatom, a state-owned nuclear energy company in Ukraine.
  • Represented the investors in a $15m sovereign bond offering by the Republic of Seychelles, which was the world's first-ever blue bond transaction.
  • Acted as English, US and Kazakhstan counsel to Tengri Bank, a privately-owned commercial bank in Kazakhstan, in a planned $175m Rule 144A/Regulation S Eurobond offering.
  • Represented Global Ports in a multi-jurisdictional self-tender offer in relation to its $700m of outstanding Eurobonds.
  • Advised Paladin Energy, the world's eighth-largest uranium producer with two mines in Africa and projects in Australia and Canada, as US counsel on a consent solicitation in respect of $274m of existing convertible bonds as well as a new $115m offering.
Leading individuals

Carter Brod - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

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Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Bruce Johnston

Other key lawyers:Carter Brod; Paul Denham

Key Clients

VTB Bank

ING Bank

Avocet Mining Plc

Gazprombank

Sberbank

GSR Go Scale

Work highlights

  • Advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch, as the sole lead manager on a $250m bond offering by Energoatom, a state-owned nuclear energy company in Ukraine.
  • Represented the investors in a $15m sovereign bond offering by the Republic of Seychelles—the world's first-ever "blue bond" transaction.
  • Represented Global Ports in a multi-jurisdictional self-tender offer in relation to its $700m of outstanding Eurobonds.
  • Represented the Republic of Suriname in a $47m private placement of 9% senior notes.
  • Acted as English, US and Kazakhstan counsel to Tengri Bank, a privately-owned commercial bank in Kazakhstan, in a planned $175m Rule 144A/Regulation S Eurobond offering.
Leading individuals

Carter Brod - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

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Structured products and securitisation
Structured products and securitisation - ranked: tier 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Matthew Duncan

Other key lawyers:Theresa Kradjian; Lisa Cargill; Paul Matthews

Testimonials

"The practice is technically excellent with a very coherent team approach to transactions. They are solutions-driven, very innovative and client-friendly. The practice is always responsive right up to senior partner level. They pay equal attention to clients big or small and make it their business to be very knowledgeable as to the strategy and objectives of clients."

"Paul Matthews is an excellent lawyer, very strong technically, and his knowledge of the practical application of what he is documenting is second to none."

"Matthew Duncan has superb knowledge of structured finance and debt capital markets. He is innovative, commercial and very user-friendly. He is superb with our clients and ourselves in terms of rendering the complex simple."

"Lisa Cargill is a superb lawyer who gets transactions done."

Key Clients

Automotive Rentals Inc./ARI Fleet Leasing Germany

Atom Bank plc

Banco Santander

Barclays Bank

Bayerische Landesbank

BlackRock

BNP Paribas, London Branch

Bradford & Bingley/UKAR

Cerberus Capital Management/Capital Home Loans Limited (CHL)

Citigroup Global Markets

Clydesdale Bank

EFG International/EFG Private Bank

GE Capital

Intriva Capital

J.P. Morgan Securities

Lloyds Bank

Merrill Lynch International

M&G Investment Management

MUFG

NewDay Cards

NIBC Bank

Pepper UK

Pollen Street Capital/PSC Credit Holdings

Société Générale

Waterfall Asset Management

Wells Fargo Securities

DWPF Limited

UniCredit Bank AG, London Branch

TradeRisks Limited

InCol Funding Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented JPMorgan Securities in the establishment of $20bn Commercial Paper Programme.
  • Acted for asset manager Waterfall Asset Management LLC on a warehouse transaction involving UK small-and-medium-enterprise corporate loans originated through the Funding Circle marketplace lending platform.
  • Represented arrangers and dealers in £1.7bn multiple issuances under the Clydesdale/Lanark RMBS Programme.
  • Acted as English law counsel to the joint lead managers (Santander Corporate & Investment Banking, Barclays Bank and Citigroup Global Markets) in connection with the seventh securitisation of Finnish auto hire purchase contracts originated by Santander Consumer Finance Oy.
  • Acted as US counsel to NewDay Cards in connection with the 2018-2 issuance under its ‘own-brands’ credit cards securitisation programme.
Leading individuals

Matthew Duncan - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Paul Matthews - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 5

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Matthew Howse

Other key lawyers:Pulina Whitaker; Louise Skinner; Lee Harding

Testimonials

'The team is responsive and provides pragmatic advice.'

'Available, responsive and nice to work with.'

'Louise Skinner understands our business and this enables her to tailor her advice so it is a workable solution that acts as a gateway through a problem, rather than a barrier.'

Key Clients

Simon & Schuster

Munich Re

Amazon

Plantronics

Wells Fargo

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Work highlights

  • Acted for Arthrex in a claim brought against it by an former senior employee who claimed that he was automatically unfairly dismissed for whistleblowing and was not provided with his full notice pay.
  • Advised a leading financial services firm in connection with several regulatory compliance issues, including the application of the Remuneration Code and implementation of the Senior Managers & Certification Regime.
  • Continuing to advise Plantronics on global employment law issues arising from its acquisition of Polycom in 2018.
  • Representing ThreatMetrix and several of its former executives in the defence of a claim in the Employment Tribunal by a former senior executive in relation to whistleblowing and allegations of sex discrimination.
  • Advising Bristol-Myers-Squibb in relation to a global policy review and implementation exercise.

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Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Nicholas Hobson

Testimonials

The team is very, very responsive

The level of service is always first-class; no query is too trivial, and the team are all personable and provide pragmatic advice.

The team is patient and pragmatic and guides the client through every step of the process.

Nicholas Hobson has an ability to deliver professional support in often challenging environments.

Nicholas Hobson and his team give pragmatic advice in a business context.

The team is hands-on and effective.

The team is extremely focused and user-friendly.

Nicholas Hobson and Yvette Allen are outstanding.

Key Clients

Cameron Mackintosh

Leading individuals

Nicholas Hobson - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP's team represents sponsors, lenders, 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.

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Chris Warren-Smith; Melanie Ryan

Testimonials

‘An excellent team of dedicated and practical lawyers with all round expertise’.

‘The team have a good knowledge of their subject matter and are always open and honest’.

‘The two stand out partners are Melanie Ryan and Chris Warren-Smith; they are always there for you and willing to help’. 

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 3

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Thomas Cartwright; Timothy Corbett

Other key lawyers:Frances Murphy; Paul Ranson

Testimonials

'A trusted, credible team with great wealth of knowledge and experience. The work is always well communicated and delivered in a timely manner. Paul Ranson is a trusted, experienced and extremely knowledgeable partner.  His work ethic, engagement and commitment in delivering agreed work are exceptional.'

Key Clients

Replimune Group Inc

Perrigo Company plc

Astellas Pharma Inc

Sanofi SA

SK Capital Partners

AstraZeneca plc

Shire Pharma (now Takeda)

uniQure NV

Merck

Clovis Oncology

GMP Orphan

Advanz Pharma (formerly Concordia)

Work highlights

  • The team worked with  uniQure NV, a Nasdaq-listed Dutch biotech company, in its registered $147m follow-on public offering of ordinary shares, which include the full exercise of the underwriter’s option to purchase additional shares.
  • Advised biotechnology company Replimune Group Inc in connection with its initial public offering of  common stock and listing on the Nasdaq Global Select Market.
  • Handled all antitrust aspects for Alphabet/Google and Google's sister subsidiary, Verily, in its proposed joint venture with ResMed, including approval from the European Commission after several months of scrutiny.
  • Advise AstraZeneca on a range of complex competition issues, including new and novel means of supplying and pricing medicines for use in hospitals and in GP surgeries and for dispensing by pharmacies, all following the restructuring of the NHS’s buying practices by the government and following the establishment of Monitor, the new regulatory authority.
  • Advising Bristol Myers Squibb in relation to a global policy review and implementation exercise.

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