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Morrison & Foerster LLP

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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 5

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Morrison & Foerster LLP’s outsourcing practice covers a range of sectors, with a particular focus on technology. The team acts for established technology services providers, tech start-ups seeking advice on their technology roll-outs, and technology-enabled companies needing multi-jurisdictional expertise. Practice head Alistair Maughan is co-chair of the firm’s global technology transactions group and leads the European TMT practice. He focuses on commercial contracts and technology-based projects for major companies and public sector organisations.

Practice head(s):Alistair Maughan

Key Clients

NNIT

MSA Security

Olympus

Novartis

UPS

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M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+
M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+ - ranked: tier 6

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Morrison & Foerster LLP has  a particular focus on the technology sector, as well as pharmaceuticals, healthcare and energy. With dual strengths in both the UK and US, the firm is able to advise on transatlantic matters, and also has notable experience acting for Japan-headquartered clients, as well as continental European companies. Graeme Sloan co-chairs the global M&A practice in addition to heading the London corporate offering. He has a strong track record advising public and private companies on M&A transactions and joint ventures, in addition to sovereign wealth funds and private equity houses. The firm has been continuing to build up its City presence, adding Dan Coppel from Jones Day , whose practice focuses on cross-border private M&A, with sector-specific experience in technology, manufacturing and natural resources.

Practice head(s):Graeme Sloan

Other key lawyers:Andrew Boyd; Gary Brown; Dan Coppel

Key Clients

SoftBank Group Corp.

VISA

Tate & Lyle PLC

Vonage Holdings Corp.

Meininger Hotels

Sonora Mills Foods Inc.

Zenios LLP

ON Semiconductor

Work highlights

  • Advised the sellers of EnerMech Group Limited and the EnerMech management team, on the sale of the company to global alternative asset manager Carlyle Group for £450m.
  • Represented SoftBank in its $7.7bn primary and secondary investment as part of a $9.3bn sale of stock by Uber.
  • Advised cloud communications services provider Vonage Holdings Corp. on the dual acquisitions of NewVoiceMedia and Telefonica Digital, for $350m and $35m respectively.
  • Represented Sonora Mills Foods and Popchips Inc. on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Popchips to KP Snacks.
  • Acted for Tate and Lyle on its acquisition of a 15% equity holding in Sweet Green Fields, a US-headquartered stevia company.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 3

Morrison & Foerster LLP

The London team at Morrison & Foerster LLP has expertise in cross-border fraud investigations and disputes, as well as asset tracing, fraud claims with trust elements and enforcement actions brought in by the Serious Fraud Office. Other areas of focus include compliance, money laundering and tax investigations; clients include senior executives, financial institutions, funds, trustees, and multinational public companies. The 'exceptional' Jonathan Wheeler, co-managing partner of the US firm's City base, focuses on cross-border disputes, contentious insolvency and international fraud matters. During 2018 the team was boosted by the addition of Saqib Alam, who joined from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP as of counsel.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Wheeler

Other key lawyers:Saqib Alam; Kevin Roberts; Richard Jerman

Testimonials

‘They have some real star players’.         

‘Jonathan Wheeler is exceptional’.

Key Clients

Grant Thornton LLP as trustees in the bankruptcy of Muhamad Al-Ansari

Liquidators of Saad Investments Company Limited

Landsbanki (leading Icelandic financial institution)

Benedikt Sobotka, CEO of Eurasian Resources Group

Work highlights

  • Continuing to act for the liquidators in connection with the $9.2bn liquidation of Saad Investments Company Limited, a case which has raised a number of jurisdictional issues.
  • Acting for the trustees in bankruptcy of Muhamad Al-Ansari in a large fraud/insolvency matter.
  • Advising in respect of a claim against former directors and officers brought by the Winding Up Board.

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Fraud: white-collar crime
Fraud: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 3

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Morrison & Foerster LLP advises on financial crime, corruption, bribery and money laundering investigations and high-profile white-collar investigations. Other areas of expertise include compliance, tax investigations, commercial disputes, international fraud and asset tracing. It often deals with investigations from the FCA and SFO, and also handles cross-border contentious insolvency matters. Clients include senior executives, financial institutions, funds, trustees, and multinational public companies. Head of team Jonathan Wheeler is experienced in court proceedings, arbitrations, and mediations. Saqib Alam joined as of counsel from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Wheeler

Other key lawyers:Saqib Alam; Kevin Roberts; Paul Friedman; Shawna Pasquale

Key Clients

Benedikt Sobotka, CEO of Eurasian Resources Group

Work highlights

  • Acted in connection with one of the decade’s highest profile Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigations, the probe into Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) for alleged fraud, bribery and corruption.
  • Acting for the trustees in the bankruptcy of Muhamad Al-Ansari in a large fraud/insolvency matter.

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London: Dispute resolution

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

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Morrison & Foerster LLP is well known for complex, international disputes and investigations involving banking and finance components. Jonathan Wheeler's expertise includes international fraud and asset tracing, investigations, international trust litigation, and contentious insolvency. Other key advisers are Kevin Roberts, Gemma Anderson and Paul Friedman. Shawna Pasquale is the associate to note, and of counsel Saqib Alam, who specialises in regulatory compliance and investigations, joined from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Wheeler

Other key lawyers:Kevin Roberts; Gemma Anderson; Paul Friedman; Shawna Pasquale; Saqib Alam

Key Clients

Landsbanki

Liquidators of Saad Investments Company

Work highlights

  • Acted for the liquidators in the highly complex $9.2bn liquidation of Saad Investments Company, which raised a number of jurisdictional issues.

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 5

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Morrison & Foerster LLP's London Litigation team is best known for handling complex cross-border disputes that often have finance, insolvency or antitrust components. A significant number of the team's disputes' clients  are in the technology and finance sectors, but it has also advised on litigation involving the manufacturing, retail and media sectors, among others. Practice head Jonathan Wheeler, Kevin Roberts and Gemma Anderson are all highly rated practitioners, and Richard Jerman is a well-regarded associate.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Wheeler

Other key lawyers:Kevin Roberts; Gemma Anderson; Richard Jerman

Testimonials

'Stable staffing on long-running cases with the benefits of being a large global player that can attract high-quality individuals'.

'Jonathan Wheeler is a user-friendly, highly capable litigator who is always measured in his approach to litigation, rejecting the histrionics of some of his opponents'.

Key Clients

Grant Thornton, as trustees in the bankruptcy of Muhamad Al-Ansari

Liquidators of Saad Investments Company

Landsbanki

Benedikt Sobotka, CEO of Eurasian Resources Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for the liquidators in the highly complex $9.2bn liquidation of Saad Investments Company, which has raised several jurisdictional issues.
Leading individuals

Jonathan Wheeler - Morrison & Foerster LLP

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Leading individuals

Christopher Kandel - Morrison & Foerster LLP

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Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans - ranked: tier 5

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Morrison & Foerster LLP continues to grow its finance offering in London, with the vastly experienced Christopher Kandel as the latest to join the team in February 2019 from Latham & Watkins. Although Kandel's focus is on leveraged finance, he also adds further depth to the team's ability across public M&A, as well as general corporate lending where he is able to provide expertise across the capital structure and across both UK and US law-governed products.

Other key lawyers:Christopher Kandel; Benoit Lavigne; Caroline Jury

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Debt capital markets
Debt capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Globally, Morrison & Foerster LLP is a leading securities and capital markets firm that advises issuers, underwriters and agents in domestic and international, private and public financings. The small London team focuses predominantly on private placements, in which it has 'strong market credentials, knowledge and experience, and is very responsive to agents, issuers and all parties they engage with'. Key partner Brian Bates focuses on advising non-US issuers on cross-border private placements of securities to US financial institutions and one client remarks that he is 'not your conventional lawyer - he brings his own style and personality to his work along with vast experience in the private placement market'. Key partner Scott Ashton and structured finance partner and banking regulation expert Jeremy Jennings-Mares also play key roles in the practice.

Other key lawyers:Brian Bates; Scott Ashton; Jeremy Jennings-Mares; Thomas Drake

Testimonials

'The team's biggest strengths are its responsiveness and market knowledge. The practice knows what needs to be done to get the best deal for its clients, pushing the barriers sufficiently, but not too far so as to upset the entire transaction'.

'The team delivered excellent quality work in short time frames and was a valued source of advice and counsel throughout'.

'We valued Brian Bates' honesty throughout and found his approach refreshing. He was supported by a very committed team, with a special mention for Thomas Drake'.

Key Clients

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Royal Bank of Canada

Royal Bank of Scotland

VTTI B.V.

Coats Group Finance Company Limited

Vesuvius Holdings Limited

Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust plc

Informa plc

University of Edinburgh

Alliance Trust plc

Britvic plc

Newlon Housing Trust

NSI N.V.

Ferguson plc

Work highlights

  • Represented McKesson Corporation in its public offering of $250m aggregate principal amount of floating rate notes due 2020 and $500m aggregate principal amount of 1.625% notes due 2026.
  • Acted as US and English counsel to SoftBank Group in connection with its approximately $2.5bn offering of senior notes.
  • Counsel to issuer JPMorgan Japanese Investment Trust in the private placement of senior notes.
  • Acted as US and English counsel to Merrill Lynch International and the other dealers in relation to the issuance by Bank of America Corporation of €2bn floating rate senior notes due 2024 and €1.25bn fixed/floating rate senior notes due 2028.
  • Counsel to issuer Alliance Trust in the private placement of senior notes.

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Derivatives (including commodities)
Derivatives (including commodities) - ranked: tier 4

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Morrison & Foerster LLP has a strong transactional practice that works closely with the firm's banking, regulatory, ERISA, tax and capital markets teams to assist clients with ongoing regulatory change in the market. Its key strengths lie in equity derivatives as part of large cross-border capital markets and M&A transactions; regulatory advice; and risk mitigation for non-cleared derivative products. Vladimir Maly  leads the derivatives group and handles a wide range of derivatives and structured products in the context of corporate finance, capital markets and M&A activity. Partner Jeremy Jennings-Mares  has a transactional practice focused on securities, structured products, derivatives and structured financings. His areas of specialism include credit-linked, fund-linked and equity-linked OTC derivatives. Senior of counsel Peter Green focuses primarily on structured credit, structured products and derivatives transactions, often for investment banks and corporate issuers.

Practice head(s):Vladimir Maly

Other key lawyers:Jeremy Jennings-Mares; Peter Green

Key Clients

Adara GmbH

Ally Bridge

Arrowgrass

AXA

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Blackrock

CIBC

Citigroup

Credit Suisse

CVC Capital Partners

Deutsche Bank

Farallon Capital

Fortress

Goldman Sachs

ING

HSBC

JPMorgan

Lending Club

Moonshot Capital

Morgan Stanley

MUFG

Natixis

Nomura

Oxygen

PIMCO

Royal Bank of Canada

Royal Bank of Scotland

RWE

Tiberius Asset Management

Toronto Dominion

UBS

Work highlights

  • Advising a number of investment banks on derivatives matters relating to financial regulatory reform, including MiFID 2/MiFIR and Basel III.
  • Advising Oxygen on its regulatory set up and obtaining all required licences, as well as their compliance programme.
  • Representing Adara GmBH, a security and utility token exchange, in connection with obtaining various regulatory licences required in connection with the launch of a trading platform allowing for trading of various assets.

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Private funds
Private funds - ranked: tier 5

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Morrison & Foerster LLP's London funds team is led by partners Oliver Rochman and Rob Mailer. Sitting within a wider global offering, the team advise sponsors and institutional investors on a cross section of funds work including real estate, infrastructure and private equity. The firm has particular experience within the startup, venture capital and tech funds sectors in the UK, acting on a number of high profile matters in these markets.

Practice head(s):Oliver Rochman; Rob Mailer

Testimonials

'A knowledgeable and experienced team able to understand and cater to a client's individual needs.'

'I had a very positive experience working with Rob Mailer. Rob scored highly on all of my criteria for choosing a lawyer to set up my first venture fund. He is a pleasant person, trustworthy, has a strong professional manner and is always reachable on very short notice. He understands my business and has experience working with similar clients. He is commercial and realistic. He really helped me understand what was going on at each step of the process and helped coach me throughout. I felt that I could confide and ask for advice anytime. That was important to me.'

'Oliver Rochman is an outstanding lawyer who understands his clients well and is able to provide high quality and pragmatic advice and solutions.'

'Rob Mailer provides hands on support and, notwithstanding other client demands, is always available. He is personable, professional, and combines good legal knowledge with a very practical approach and good commercial awareness.'

Key Clients

SoftBank Group Corp.

Newgate Private Equity

Apis Partners

STAR Capital

Seedcamp

Global Logistic Properties (GLP)

Hoxton Ventures

Oxx

Force Over Mass Capital

Social Finance Ltd

Next Gen Capital

Connect Ventures

Outlier Capital

Brookstreet Equity Partners

Air Street Capital

Fabric Ventures

Blockhead AB

Concrete VC

Creolus Ltd

Eos Venture Partners

Edge Investments Ltd

Hermes GPE LLP

Impact X Capital Partners LLP

Playfair Capital

Voulez Capital

Ada Partners

Eka Ventures

Collective Equity Ownership

Work highlights

  • Advising Oxx on the formation and fundraising of its growth fund focused on B2B SAAS companies in Nordics and UK.
  • Advising Hermes GPE on multiple investments into private equity funds in Europe and the US as well as advising on multiple co-investments alongside private equity fund managers.

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 4

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Morrison & Foerster LLP handles cross-border financial crime, corruption, bribery and money laundering investigations from its London office. It is experienced in dealing with investigations by organisations including the FCA and SFO. Other areas of expertise include contentious insolvency, disputes, antitrust and compliance. Clients include senior executives, financial institutions, funds, trustees, and multinational companies. Head of team Jonathan Wheeler focuses on cross-border disputes. Saqib Alam joined as of counsel from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Wheeler

Other key lawyers:Saqib Alam; Kevin Roberts; Paul Friedman; Shawna Pasquale

Key Clients

Grant Thornton as trustees in bankruptcy of Muhamad Al-Ansari

Landsbanki

Work highlights

  • Advising Landsbanki in respect of a claim against former directors and officers brought by the Winding Up Board.
  • Acting for the trustees in the bankruptcy of Muhamad Al-Ansari in a large fraud/insolvency matter.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Morrison & Foerster LLP is frequently instructed on cross-border IT projects by its impressive client roster, which includes technology service suppliers, technology-focused start-ups and companies investing in a range of technologies including AI, machine learning projects and payment processing solutions. Alistair Maughan assists major companies and public sector organisations with commercial contracts and technology-based projects, while of counsel Greg Joynson has particular experience handling corporate and financing transactions for technology companies.

Practice head(s):Alistair Maughan

Other key lawyers:Greg Joynson

Testimonials

'Andrew Boyd, Alistair Maughan and associate Mercedes Samavi are all commercial and practical with a sound understanding of the relevant issues, and proactive in their approach.'

Key Clients

SoftBank

UPS

Vonage Holdings Corp.

Novartis

Cellpoint Mobile

Ubitricity

Seagate

Smart Communications

Combat Stress

SoftBank

Work highlights

  • Instructed by UPS to advise on a variety of issues and projects including commercial and compliance issues in the UK and across Europe relating to its customised declared value product, and drafting and negotiating bespoke commercial package agreements for enterprise customers.
  • Advising blockchain ventures company, Outlier, on its website and e-mail disclaimers.
  • Assisting Cellpoint Mobile, an IT provider, with its regulatory status and providing ongoing commercial assistance with the negotiation of its commercial partnering agreements.
  • Advised Ubitricity, a provider of mobile electricity charging solutions, on its contracts with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and the installation of electric vehicle charging points.
  • Advised Vonage Holdings, a leading provider of cloud communications services for businesses, on its acquisitions of NewVoiceMedia and Telefonica Digital.

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