Firm Profile > Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP > London, England

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP
107 CHEAPSIDE
LONDON
EC2V 6DN
England

Venture capital Tier 1

Led by the 'exceptionalChris GrewOrrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP has 'great knowledge and contacts in the sector', garnered from many years' experience advising tech-focused investee companies seeking to raise finance, as well as for a growing roster of investor funders. 'User-friendly and easy to work with', the team is active throughout the investment lifecycle, with 'flexibility on billing when working with truly early stage start-ups'. Able to leverage the expertise of lawyers based out of the firm's Silicon Valley office and also benefiting from US-qualified lawyers on the ground in London, the team is noted for the 'US mindset it brings to doing deals', which includes the ability to re-incorporate investee clients in the US. Praised for his 'versatility and ability to advise on deals of different kinds throughout Europe', Shawn Atkinson has been particularly prolific advising investors on late stage fintech transactions. The 'friendly and sharpYlan Steiner is a 'joy to work with', particularly for later stage investors. Recently promoted to partner, the 'focused and responsiveJamie Moore  has developed a particularly strong reputation in advising on investments into fintech and AI. Ali Ramadan joined Goodwin in mid-2019.

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Testimonials

‘Great client service. Service is consistent and timely. Friendly and available. Great experience and knowledge.’

‘Ylan Steiner is a friendly, sharp, patience and experience leading corporate lawyer who we highly recommend. We have worked with him for many years and have been always impressed by his high quality service and work.’

‘Strong team with significant expertise and a deep bench of lawyers at all levels, and across all practice areas, meaning there is always an answer.’

‘Chris Grew – incredible experience and a great partner and adviser on transactions when is is engaged.’

‘Jamie Moore is focused, responsive and straight forward to deal with. He clearly knows his stuff.’

‘We were impressed with Shawn Atkinson and his team’s knowledge and experience of venture capital fund raisings and how highly they were rated by other VC investors. They were on top of the legal process and worked really hard to hit the various deadlines.’

‘The Orrick team brings a very US style mindset to doing deals – fast, practical, and not bogged down with formality. As a US VC, we value this a lot. This is on top of the normal stuff we’d expect, like responsiveness, quality execution, and market knowledge.’

‘Shawn Atikinson has been a great partner to us. He has a solid team, and is able to advise on deals of different kinds throughout Europe. We really value this versatility. He also always makes himself available, both to the lawyers on our team and our investment professionals. We view Shawn as one of our most trusted outside partners.’

‘We work primarily with Ylan Steiner (a partner), who has been a joy to work with. From our first conversation I felt complete confidence that Ylan would be able to get done what we needed in a quick time.’

Key clients

Prowler.io

LabGenius

Signal Media Ltd

Lilium

Lori Systems

Graphcore

Fidel

Ometria

Codility

Egress Software

Revolut

Cerebrum Tech

Omers Ventures

Piper PE

Atlantic Bridge IV GP Limited

Amadeus Capital Partners

Vostok Emerging Finance

Sprints Capital

EQT Ventures

Vitruvian Partners

Millimetric

Griffin Financial

Vyne Technologies

Evrythng

Marcel for Art

Amiqa.io

Local Globe

WaveCrest Growth Partners

Fnatic Ltd

Property Finder

Bought By Many

Splyt Technologies

ABN AMRO Digital Impact Fund

Coatue

Dogmates

Oil and gas Tier 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP has recently expanded its oil and gas and energy infrastructure offering with the recruitment of project finance specialist Evan Stergoulis and his core team from Watson Farley & Williams LLP as well as transactional partners Simon Alsey and Ravinder Sandhu. The arrival of Ed  Lukins from Cooley (UK) LLP also further bolstered the team's capabilities in M&A and capital markets activities in the oil and gas sector. Global practice head James Atkin regularly acts for Asia-based clients on substantial projects, LNG sales arrangements and corporate transactions. Edward Humphries, Mark Beeley and associate Rebecca Downes are also of note.

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Testimonials

‘Mark Beeley has a fantastic insight into the industry and quickly gets to grips with the issues we’ve consulted him on.’

Key clients

Axpo Trading AG

Azito Energie S.A.

BW Offshore

Conrad Energy Limited

DNO ASA

ENGIE Global Markets

ExxonMobil

Falcon Oil & Gas

H-Energy Mideast DMCC

MET International AG

Petroineos Trading

Petrolera El Trebol S.A.

SOCAR Trading S.A.

Storengy

Vedanta Ltd

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP has significantly bolstered its energy capabilities with the recruitment of global renewables co-head Evan Stergoulis and his experienced colleagues Ravinder Sandhu and Simon Alsey from Watson Farley & Williams LLP. The team regularly acts for lenders, ECAs, institutional investors and renewable energy companies on financings, M&A and joint ventures, with notable expertise in wind power projects. Group head John Deacon has a varied practice, which encompasses corporate and development work in the onshore and offshore wind, biomass, hydro power and energy-from-waste sectors. Hannah Roscoe focuses on commercial and regulatory matters in the nuclear, conventional power and renewables industries, while managing associate Matthew Stott focuses on cross-border energy infrastructure development work.

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Testimonials

‘The team has always been a pleasure to deal with, with a focused, pragmatic and friendly approach. Access to key people when needed is very good. They have been fair at all times in respect to fees.’

Key clients

Azito Energie S.A.

BlackRock Renewable Power Group

Bluefield Solar Income Fund (Bluefield)

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

NextEnergy Solar Fund

EP UK Investments Limited

Conrad Energy Limited

Infracapital

EnergieKontor

ENGIE Global Markets

IPM Energy Trading Limited

Future Earth Energy

Hudson Clean Energy Partners

Canadian Solar

Seacrest Capital Group Ltd

AMEA Power LLC

Microsoft

Bioenergy Infrastructure Limited

BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Limited

Trailstone

Mercuria

JP Morgan

Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP is 'well set up to conduct heavy, complex, high-value litigation, with experienced lawyer teams'. The London litigation team acts across the firm's core sectors of technology, energy and infrastructure, and finance; and handles large, high-stakes domestic disputes in the English Courts, as well as  complex, high-end, cross-border cases. London litigation practice head Simon Willis was also recently appointed London office leader; Maria Frangeskides has an extensive track record in both commercial litigation and international arbitration; and although focused on international arbitration, Mark Beeley maintains a cross-border disputes practice in the English courts. Amanda VossAdam Rizzo and Marcus Holmstroem are experienced senior associates.

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Testimonials

An exceptionally hard-working team, with a particularly sophisticated approach to the law and the issues. Very good at understanding the client’s objectives and concerns and putting these at the centre of its strategy.

Simon Willis (partner) – very bright; excellent grasp of relevant areas of law; authoritative leader of teams on large-scale litigation.

Adam Rizzo (associate) – diligent and intelligent approach; liaises well with client and with counsel team.

An excellent team, picking up top quality big-ticket litigation.

Maria Frangeskides is a force to be reckoned with, and any client would be well advised to instruct her – not least to ensure she doesn’t appear on the other side. She’s tremendously bright, she’s always on top of the detail of the case but doesn’t allow this to distract her from the big-picture tactical considerations, she’s got a fantastic feel for how a court will perceive an argument, she’s a first-rate lawyer, and she’s wonderful to work with. Top quality.

Amanda Vos (associate): a fabulous senior associate! She’ll stop at nothing to produce an excellent document, and her contributions on every aspect of a case are invaluable. She someone you can depend upon with total confidence. terrific.

Very strong team. Know us and our sector. Supportive and responsive.

Simon Willis – Winning combination of legal knowledge and practicality. Very sound judgment. Amanda Voss – Clever and tenacious.

I rate Simon Willis as one of the best lawyers operating in the Accountant’s liability space, and he is a joy to work with as well!

The individuals we have worked with are outstanding in their field and a pleasure to work with. Maria Frangeskides and Adam Rizzo deserve a special mention for the dedication they have shown in handling our litigation.

Great attention to detail, hard working, practical, excellent with clients.

A wide ranging practice – and excellent at everything.

Maria Frangeskides – deserves her reputation as a wonderful lawyer and leader.

This firm is well set up to conduct heavy and complex high-value litigation, with experienced teams of lawyers. It has particular expertise in corporate litigation, especially with an international aspect.

Simon Willis is highly experienced in conducting heavy litigation, often with a corporate element. He is tactically astute and painstaking, and develops strong relationships with his clients (who are often longstanding clients of his).

Simon Willis runs a hard working team and, importantly, his oversight is close and effective.

Simon Willis is simply an outstanding litigation solicitor. He is tough, hard working, well informed and highly tactical in his thinking. Yet he is easy to work with.

 

Key clients

Ernst & Young

KPMG LLP

Jasminder Singh (Edwardian Hotels)

Langston Group Corporation

Samir-Georges Hammam

Sunset Financials Limited

Gianluigi Torzi

Connexin Limited

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP has an 'outstanding' practice which 'can always be relied on to provide timely, pragmatic and commercial advice' across contentious and non-contentious data protection mandates. Keily Blair heads up the team and handles litigation matters, with expertise in pre and post-data breach investigations conducted by the ICO. The 'exceptional' James Lloyd acts on cybersecurity issues, privacy investigations and enforcement work.

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Testimonials

‘I am aware of them because James Lloyd. He is a very respected and able data protection lawyer and I understand he is building a dedicated team at Orrick.’

‘The Data Protection, Privacy & Cybersecurity team at Orrick are outstanding. The team are extremely knowledgeable and can always be relied on to provide timely, pragmatic and commercial advice. They act as strategic business partners supporting our Legal, Privacy and Executive teams on a regular basis, working collaboratively to resolve problems in a way which minimises risk whilst also supporting the business to grow sustainably in an ever increasingly complex world.’

‘Subject matter expertise and ability to understand and interact with companies’ culture and capabilities, recognising a one size fits all approach doesn’t work.’

‘We work most closely with Keily Blair and James Lloyd and find both advisers to be exceptional. They work well together, each providing their own perspective and individual skills to the work they do for us. Under Keily’s leadership they have built an excellent practice at Orrick and we look forward to continuing to work with them both in future years.’

Key clients

Microsoft Corporation

W.W. Grainger Inc.

Michelin

FujiFilm

Juniper Networks

NVIDIA Corporation

Superawesome Limited

iRobot

Go Pro

Fidel Limited

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

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP is able to call on the firm's full service offering to expand its service to clients beyond M&A to associated disciplines including tax, acquisition finance, structured finance, employment, competition law and cybersecurity & data privacy. Jinal Shah, who is recognised as a leading individual in this area, has an established  client following across the firm's core sectors of energy, infrastructure, tech and finance. A key area of growth for the team is transactions in the sustainable energy space, with a focus on health tech, bio tech and life sciences. Practice head Shawn Atkinson focuses on advising private equity, venture capital and growth funds, as well as high growth technology companies.

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Testimonials

‘Highly responsive team. Good quality of work – very difficult to find fault with their service.’

‘Katie Cotton is an outstanding lawyer. She is technically excellent, versatile and a pleasure to work with. She gets what we are trying to do very quickly with very little explanation’

‘The Orrick team is a leader in their field in growth equity investments.’

Key clients

Marlin Equity Partners

Bioenergy Infrastructure Limited

Canal+ Group

CVC Capital

Infracapital

Michelin

Sigfox

Aptean

Vostok Emerging Finance

Cloudpipes Group

Katacoda

Boostcom Group AS

Vitruvian Partners LLP

Derivatives and structured products Tier 4

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP has a standout commodity derivatives and energy trading practice, in which many of the firm's finance, energy and infrastructure partners play key roles. Its work focuses predominantly on energy derivatives for major trading houses, though the focus of the practice has expanded to include metals as a key element. The team works as part of the wider energy and infrastructure group, which is a key pillar for the firm along with technology and finance. Lead partner Edward Humphries is an expert in trading, structured trading, financing, regulation and M&A in relation to energy and other commodities. Clients note that he 'has a very good insight into the industry which renders his pragmatism very valuable'. The 'reliable and responsive' James Atkin is global head of the oil and gas practice. Hannah Roscoe joined from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and handles a range of commodities work including derivatives. Managing associate Matthew Stott is also recommended.

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Testimonials

‘The team is pragmatic, commercially savvy and shows a strong desire to support and enable the business activity. I always feel they are on your side and eager to see the bigger picture.’

‘Edward Humphries has a very good insight into the industry which renders his pragmatism very valuable.’

‘They have bent over backwards to make themselves available, to participate in wider group discussions and to provide clarity on complex matters that is appropriate for wider stakeholders who may be less up the curve on technicalities. This is especially helpful in an area such as environmental finance and carbon trading, where the regulatory framework is evolving.’

‘Ed Humphries is an exceptional partner and trusted advisor to our business. Ed’s effectiveness on complex transactional and regulatory matters is unique in the market, and he has become an indispensable part of our deal team on key transactions. Ed’s approach is outcome-focused and commercial. He is at home with complexity and is eminently trustworthy under pressure and in difficult negotiations, where his emotional intelligence and professionalism shines. Ed has an extremely bright future and we are fortunate to have him as our trusted advisor.’

‘They are very experienced and highly qualified specialists in their field.’

‘Edward Humphries presents a very elegant and highly effective negotiation method. He is very reliable and careful analyst of the legal texts.’

‘An incredibly reactive team with a deep understanding of the trading and energy business, allowing to render advice that is to the point, creative and sharp.’

‘Edward Humphries is by far the reference lawyer for derivatives and structured products in Europe. He has a profound knowledge of the derivatives market, is a true business partner to make complex structured transactions possible and stands out when it comes to closeouts.’

‘Our counsel James Atkin is the premier expert in the drafting and execution of commercial LNG infrastructure and supply transactions. I first met James when he was on the opposite side of the table and was impressed by his knowledge and skill. Having the opportunity to work with James again was great for the company and myself.’

‘James Atkin provides advice based on detailed reasonable and persuasive research.’

‘Mark Beeley has a fantastic insight into the industry and quickly gets to the issues we’ve consulted him on.’

‘We basically work with James Atkin in London office. He has long experience in the Asian LNG industry and has always been reliable and responsive to our request.’

Key clients

Axpo Trading AG

MET International AG

SOCAR Trading SA (client for 10 years)

ENGIE Global Markets (client for 13 years)

JP Morgan (client for 6 years)

Mercuria Energy Group (client for 6 years)

Trailstone UK Limited (client for 3 years)

Microsoft

Petroineos Trading

Conrad Energy

IPM Energy Trading Limited (client for 16 years)

Mitsui Bussan Commodities Ltd (client for 7 years)

British Gas Trading Limited (Centrica)

H-Energy Mideast DMCC

Commercial Metals Company (CMC)

Emerging markets Tier 4

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP stands out for its advice to DFIs, investment banks, private equity and venture funds, strategic investors, and issuers and underwriters doing business in Africa, CEE, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. The firm handles corporate and finance matters in emerging markets, advising on inbound and outbound investments, and M&A, project finance and capital markets transactions. M&A and private equity partner Shawn Atkinson and energy and infrastructure specialist John Deacon are among the key practitioners in London.

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Employee share schemes Tier 4

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP offers a full service to businesses wishing to either create an equity incentives plan or build on existing arrangements. The employee share schemes and incentives practice, led by London by Ian Shaw, has particular expertise in both advisory and transactional matters, including cross-border issues, and specialises in advising high-growth companies. The team advises a range of UK and international corporate and private clients across the firm’s core sectors - technology, innovation, finance, energy and infrastructure.

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Testimonials

‘The Orrick team are experts in venture-backed firms and we trust them to know what they’re doing when it comes to industry best practices around employee share schemes.’

‘Ian Shaw’s expertise on share schemes and his responsiveness and speed of execution are exceptional. We’ve brought up emergency issues with him and had him turn them around late at night – really exceptional service.’

‘Orrick are a super firm, we really enjoy working with them, in particular on share incentive work.’

‘Ian Shaw is very knowledgeable and someone who we have known for a long time and with whom we have a strong relationship.’

‘Ian Shaw’s knowledge, enthusiasm and practical approach to solutions shine through. A trusted and experienced adviser.’

Key clients

Aptean Inc.

Atomico Management Ltd

Splyt Technologies Ltd

Codility Limited

Venafi

Canal + International

SHIPFIX SAS

Coatue Management LLC

Revolut

Peloton Interactive, Inc.

Energy and infrastructure Tier 4

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP offers full-service advice on complex, innovative and transformational energy and social infrastructure projects, advising on M&A transactions, capital markets work as well as  developments in the energy and tech sector, such as its work in telecoms, fibre roll-out and electric vehicle charging networks. John Deacon and James Atkin head the renewable energy and oil and gas offering. Edward Humphries is 'eminently trustworthy under pressure and in difficult negotiations', focusing on commodities and the development, financing acquisition and disposal of domestic and international projects in the energy sector. 'Exceptional lawyer' Hannah Roscoe 's experience spans nuclear, conventional power, renewables, transport, fibre and social infrastructure. Former Watson Farley & Williams LLP renewables specialists Adam Smith and senior associate Nicholas Connell joined the expanding team in July 2020.

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Testimonials

‘Orrick offers a great deal of experience in the energy sector, whilst remaining reasonably priced compared to other firms operating in this sector.’

‘Fantastic in-depth knowledge across all sectors of the industry and the ability to field specialists (at very short notice) to cover every aspect of the (M&A) transaction.’

‘Orrick has a great knowledge of the energy and infrastructure industry and has the unique ability to reach and connect the people that matter in the sector. Understanding the general trends of the market but also having the ability to efficiently lead commercial contracts to completion differentiates them for other firms.’

‘Edward Humphries is hotly in demand by leading institutions. He has extensive knowledge of both trading and M&A, allowing him to advise and draft to a standard and at a speed that is unmatched by his competitors.He is an exceptional partner and a trusted adviser to our business and his effectiveness on complex transactional and regulatory matters is unique in the market’

‘John Deacon is always willing to help and advise on any matter. He has a great pragmatic and calm approach to complex problems and negotiations.’

‘Hannah Roscoe is an exceptional lawyer and has grown further since joining Orrick. Her commitment to her clients sets her apart. She brings very wide experience across all areas of energy (including M&A, financing and dealmaking) and is a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Azito Energie S.A.

Microsoft

BlackRock Renewable Power Group

Bluefield Solar Income Fund (Bluefield)

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

ExxonMobil

NextEnergy Solar Fund

EP UK Investments Limited

Conrad Energy Limited

Infracapital

EnergieKontor

ENGIE Global Markets

IPM Energy Trading Limited

Future Earth Energy

Hudson Clean Energy Partners

Canadian Solar

Seacrest Capital Group Ltd

AMEA Power LLC

Telenor

Millicom International Cellular S.A.

BW Offshore

Tullow Ghana Limited

Petrolera El Trebol S.A.

Cobra Resources

Panther Metals

Petroineos Trading Limited

Bioenergy Infrastructure Limited

BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Limited

Trailstone

Mercuria Energy Group

JP Morgan

Bio Collectors Holding Limited

Fintech Tier 4

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP's 'incredibly knowledgeable and experienced team' excels in corporate transactions involving unicorns and major fintech clients, such as Revolut. In support of its busy transactional work, the team has additional expertise in financial services regulation, cyber security, data privacy and blockchain projects. Jacqui Hatfield specialises in advising fintech companies on regulatory issues, particularly in the areas of blockchain and crypto-assets. Shawn Atkinson focuses on M&A and corporate finance, including PE and VC investments into fintech companies. Chris Grew advises technology companies on the commercial and regulatory sides of their operations.

Testimonials

‘Easily the best team for advising on venture capital investments in technology companies in Europe.’

‘Jacqui Hatfield has a very special quality as a regulatory lawyer of being commercial and a good communicator. I would recommend her to anyone seeking regulatory advice in the fintech sector.’

‘Chris Grew is just incredible, and is so knowledgeable in this space.’

‘Shawn Atkinson is extremely commercial and is particularly good for M&A deals.’

Key clients

9fin

ABN Amro Ventures

Bought By Many

Cathay Capital Private Equity

Currency Cloud Group Limited

Ebury Partners UK Ltd

Ecurrency

Fidel Limited

Finverity Ltd

Flatfair Ltd

Griffin Financial Technology Limited

Kennet Capital Partners

Kinnevik

Microsoft Corporation

Moneybox

MoneyFarm

Nivaura Limited

OakNorth Bank Limited

Oval Money Ltd

Propcoin

Property Partner

Revolut

Satispay S.p.A.

Skew

Sweatcoin

The Reserve

TransferGo

Vostok Emerging Finance Ltd.

WIREX

International arbitration Tier 4

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP's London international arbitration  team has 'a very professional approach, combined with an understanding of different business cultures'. The practice handles both investment treaty and commercial arbitrations in the firm's core sectors, which include the technology and innovation, finance, and energy and infrastructure industries. Mark Beeley and Maria Frangeskides are energy disputes specialists, while Amanda Voss and Sarah Stockley are notable senior associates.

Testimonials

‘A highly motivated and effective arbitration team, with a real understanding of how arbitrators think. They stand out because they ensure their case strategy is carefully tailored to the client’s desired outcome, not to maximising revenue or based on following a formula for all international arbitrations.’

‘Mark Beeley is the standout performer: a highly skilled advocate who is a match for any heavyweight silk in a hearing, but also sees the wider commercial context. He is able to fix the strategy and deliver it, giving clients the confidence that the man at the front really understands and cares about their case.’

‘Maria Frangeskides is excellent – really thinks through problems, and develops creative solutions for the client.’

‘Maria Frangeskides – a top lawyer – brilliant at dealing with the most difficult clients.’

Key clients

ExxonMobil

Gaztransport & Technigaz

DNO ASA

Vedanta Ltd

Marubeni

BNP Paribas

Khaitan Holding (Mauritius) Limited

Lukoil

EU and competition Tier 5

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP prides itself on its reputation for cross-border work concerning merger control, behavioural investigations and contentious issues. The team’s core sectors of focus include technology, financial services, energy and infrastructure. 'Very experienced and trustworthy' practice head Douglas Lahnborg has a strong track record of experience before the CMA as well as the European Commission. Of counsel Matthew Rose and senior associate Saira Henry also receive plaudits for their technical and analytical skills.

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‘Very responsive, strong background in practising in front of the UK CMA, and individuals with very recent experience with the CMA. The latter is particularly important given the rise in the CMA’s activity and importance as a global competition regulator in the last few years.’

‘Saira Henry is a true standout. She does excellent work and has incredibly relevant recent experience with the CMA. She, along with her partner Douglas Lahnborg, who is also excellent, are our go-to people for complex matters before the CMA.’

‘Douglas Lahnborg is client focused in the sense of keeping abreast of issues that might interest or impact us, making sure advice is customised.’

‘Matthew Rose has an excellent handle of the issues that are relevant for us.’

‘Matthew Rose is very responsive and provides pragmatic, tailor-made solutions.’

‘A highly experienced competition law team with excellent in-depth legal skills with significant commercial understanding and deep sector specific knowledge. Good internal cooperation as well as good coordination. Superb service and  timely deliveries.’

‘Douglas Lahnborg combines excellence in in-depth legal skills and how to deal with relevant authorities with a cooperative, positive and hands-on dealing with the client. Very experienced and good at finding strategic and practical solutions. Trustworthy, proactive and always seek to find the best solution for the client.’

‘Matthew Rose combines in-depth legal and technical skills in an excellent way and has an unique oversight and stays on top of the issues at hand. He combines the mosaic of skills needed to complete competition law analyses. Friendly and easy to collaborate with.’

‘Saira Henry excels in her command of legal analyses. Very good at handling complex and difficult legal issues and has a good oversight of all aspects of a case. Combines analytical skills and creativity with significant industry knowledge and is very solution oriented.’

 

Key clients

Telenor

Crane Co.

Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile

Intu Properties

eBay

Microsoft

Haier

AXA Investment Managers

Michelin

Schlumberger

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 5

The ‘very focused and experiencedOrrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP has particular expertise in Fintech and e-money regulatory work, including blockchain, crypto currency and cybersecurity matters. The firm also has experience in payment law, as well as providing global coverage across a range of other regulatory issues. The ‘incredibly pragmatic and calmJacqui Hatfield leads the practice and advises across the spectrum of the financial services regulated space. Also notable in the team is associate Rebecca Kellner, whose work includes security token offerings, stablecoin offerings and initial exchange offerings.

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Testimonials

‘Jacqui Hatfield has an amazing ability to see new concepts and quickly place these within today’s framework. She is also a pleasure to work with’

‘This practice has extraordinary experience’

‘There’s a personal touch involved with getting to know your business, and outside the box thinking to different regulatory approaches tailored to your business’

Key clients

PNC Bank

Bank of Kuwait

Sberbank

Vitruvian Partners LLP

Revolut

Microsoft Corporation

MFM Investments Ltd

Property Partners

Propcoin

The Reserve

True Potential

Zipper

Skew Ltd.

Finverity Ltd

BTON Financial Limited

TokenCard

Wirex Limited

Greenspring Associates

Vostok Emerging Finance

Employers Tier 6

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP has an excellent reputation for its work acting for big-name clients in the tech industry. The practice's other core sectors are energy,  infrastructure and finance. Recent areas of focus have included handling work relating to post-termination restrictions, discrimination and whistleblowing claims, as well as providing transactional support. The all-female practice is headed up by Nicola Whiteley, described as 'a joy to work with and a reassuring adviser to in-house counsel and management alike'.

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Testimonials

‘Strong technical expertise, highly responsive, pragmatic, commercial.’

‘Great transatlantic experience, and a terrific team lead by the ever-fabulous Nicola Whitely and Mandy Perry. Nicola and Mandy are incredibly knowledgeable and dedicated, they truly understand the needs and dynamics of US employers with UK and European operations.’

‘Clear and concise advice readily available. Always willing to explore the options to develop the most appropriate solution for a situation.’

‘Mandy Perry is highly pragmatic, offering direct and timely advice on a variety of issues affecting a number of our businesses across the UK.’

‘Highly experienced in all matters of employment law, and a very reassuring presence for fraught employment litigation in particular. Quick to provide practical advice for dealing with employment law issues as they arise, as well as all the stages of employment tribunal litigation from subject access requests through to the hearing and then appeal.’

‘Nicola Whiteley is a joy to work with and a reassuring adviser to in-house counsel and management alike. Mandy Perry is also worthy of note for her approach to taking witness statements from busy management, as well as managing difficult disclosure processes.’

Key clients

Facebook

Atomico

NVIDIA

ABN AMRO

Intuit

Western Union Company

Warburg Pincus

Trident Energy

ADM Investor Services International

SEB

Verisign

Revolut

Sabre Corporation

Ted Baker

Cisco International

Rathbone Brothers plc

GFT Financial Ltd

The firm: Founded in San Francisco 150 years ago, Orrick is a leading global law firm with a particular focus on serving companies in the technology & innovation, energy & infrastructure and finance sectors. The firm is recognised worldwide for delivering the highest quality, commercially oriented legal advice.

Orrick in London is an established and highly regarded presence in one of the world’s leading financial centres. Clients include leading banks and other financial institutions, private equity funds, FTSE 100 and energy & infrastructure companies, professional services, real estate and venture-backed technology companies. The firm’s integrated team of transactional, regulatory and litigation lawyers, qualified in English and US law, is experienced in meeting the evolving needs of clients. It offers expertise in banking and corporate finance, venture capital, cross-border M&A, IPOs and other corporate fundraising, joint ventures and strategic alliances, competition, employment, real estate, restructuring, private equity, tax, cybersecurity and data privacy, litigation, investigations and international arbitration.

Much of the firm’s work in London involves cross-border transactions, disputes and projects that span Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas. The London office has extensive experience in emerging markets – particularly in Eastern Europe and Africa. With a ‘one-firm’ culture, Orrick’s lawyers collaborate as part of unified teams to meet the global needs of our clients.

Types of work undertaken: Technology & Innovation: Orrick provides advice on tactical approaches to companies and investors, from incubation to strategic exit and future growth opportunities. Leveraging our global resources, as well as deep-rooted relationships in Silicon Valley, we provide critical insight into this rapidly evolving and increasingly competitive marketplace. Orrick represents leading venture capital and private equity firms and successfully advises on M&A exits and IPOs. The team represents technology companies in complex merger control investigations before the European Commission and advises on issues at the nexus of antitrust and intellectual property. Our dominant presence in London and Silicon Valley as well as other leading technology markets such as Los Angeles, New York, Paris, San Francisco and the Far East, sets us apart from our peer firms.

Energy & infrastructure: The energy team brings broad experience in M&A, trading, project development, financing and cross-border projects. Its experience covers every fuel source and technology across oil and gas, power and renewable energy, and it acts for all market segments including independent power producers, governments, sponsors, trading houses, private equity funds, emerging companies, investors, utilities, developers, lenders and underwriters. In oil and gas, Orrick acts on upstream, midstream and downstream trading projects, working for companies, lenders and governments.  Our team has experience advising on large scale, long term infrastructure projects, offering innovative financing and tailored-made contractual structures across the Europe, Africa and the US.  We specialise in innovative, market-leading projects globally, covering airports, roads and bridges, ports, stadia, telecoms, water and waste and rail-related transactions as well as infrastructure relating to both energy and mining projects. We advise on all of the development specialties for energy and infrastructure projects, including major project agreements, such as PPAs (including energy hedges), interconnection agreements, O&M agreements, EPC and BOP contracts, equipment supply agreements and other key project documents and contracts.

Finance: The London finance team represents leading credit providers and borrowers (including private equity sponsors) in a wide range of UK, international and cross-border transactions, including leveraged and acquisition financings, greenfield and brownfield real estate and project financings, and high-yield and structured financings. It has an active practice representing alternative credit providers, and advises private credit and direct lending providers, investment funds, hedge funds, real estate investors and other alternative lenders on acquisition financings, single-asset project and real estate financings, asset-based loans, mezzanine financings, unitranche facilities and venture capital loans.

Offices: Austin, Beijing, Boston, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Geneva, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Milan, Munich, New York, Orange County, Paris, Portland, Rome, Sacramento, San Francisco, Santa Monica, Seattle, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Taipei, Tokyo, Washington, D.C. and Wheeling, W.V.

Department Name Email Telephone
Office Leader Simon Willis swillis@orrick.com +44 20 7862 4682
Photo Name Position Profile
 Simon Alsey  photo Simon Alsey Partner
 James Atkin  photo James Atkin Partner
Mr Shawn Atkinson  photo Mr Shawn Atkinson Partner
Mr Mark Beeley  photo Mr Mark Beeley Partner
Ms Keily Blair photo Ms Keily Blair Partner
 Nicholas Connell  photo Nicholas Connell Senior Associate
 Katie Cotton  photo Katie Cotton Partner
Mr John Deacon  photo Mr John Deacon Partner
Ms Rebecca Downes  photo Ms Rebecca Downes Senior Associate
Ms Maria Frangeskides  photo Ms Maria Frangeskides Partner
Mr Chris Grew  photo Mr Chris Grew Partner
Ms Jacqui Hatfield  photo Ms Jacqui Hatfield Partner
Ms Saira Henry  photo Ms Saira Henry Senior Associate
 Marcus Holmstroem photo Marcus Holmstroem Senior Associate
Mr Edward Humphries  photo Mr Edward Humphries Partner
 Rebecca Kellner  photo Rebecca Kellner Associate
Mr Douglas Lahnborg  photo Mr Douglas Lahnborg Partner
Mr James Lloyd photo Mr James Lloyd Partner
 Ed Lukins  photo Ed Lukins Partner
 Jamie Moore photo Jamie Moore Partner
Mr Scott Morrison  photo Mr Scott Morrison Partner
Ms Mandy Perry  photo Ms Mandy Perry Partner
 Adam Rizzo photo Adam Rizzo Senior Associate
 Hannah Roscoe photo Hannah Roscoe Partner
Mr Matthew Rose  photo Mr Matthew Rose Of Counsel
 Ravinder Sandhu  photo Ravinder Sandhu Partner
Ms Nell Scott  photo Ms Nell Scott Partner
Mr Jinal Shah  photo Mr Jinal Shah Partner
 Ian Shaw  photo Ian Shaw Partner
 Adam Smith  photo Adam Smith Partner
Mr Ylan Steiner  photo Mr Ylan Steiner Partner
 Evan Stergoulis  photo Evan Stergoulis Partner
 Sarah Stockley photo Sarah Stockley Senior Associate
 Matthew Stott photo Matthew Stott Managing Associate
 Janine Suttie  photo Janine Suttie Senior Associate
Ms Amanda Voss  photo Ms Amanda Voss Senior Associate
 Daniel Wayte photo Daniel Wayte Partner
Ms Nicola Whiteley  photo Ms Nicola Whiteley Partner
Mr Simon Willis  photo Mr Simon Willis Partner
 Yolanda Yong photo Yolanda Yong Senior Associate
Number of UK partners : 31
Number of other UK fee-earners : 76

The Lex 100 Verdict

Orrick focuses on three key sectors: technology, energy/infrastructure and finance which are 'pervasive throughout the firm's departments'. A small trainee intake and the 'international flavour of the work' are also enviable selling points. The training contract is divided into six seats, which recruits love because 'it gives you a much broader view of the work of a commercial law firm and gives you more options in terms of where to qualify'. Being one of not too many means that trainees get 'more client contact and attention from senior colleagues' and 'generally feel more involved' so that they 'never feel like a small cog in a big machine'. 'Sitting in on an international call with colleagues from Washington DC and Brussels, and contributing my findings' and 'delivering a presentation to a client with my supervisor' are examples of some high-responsibility tasks given to trainees. The downside of being part of a small intake, however, is that there is some 'uncertainty about qualification positions as it is all based on business need'. Orrick's people were unanimously praised: 'associates and partners consistently give their time and support to trainees'. Some recruits think that the 'firm-organised social life could be improved' to facilitate 'better integration between departments'. And, perhaps predictably, 'the hours in certain teams can be tough', which can mean 'one or two late nights alone in the office', but 'people are understanding and supportive in those situations and try to help out where they can'. For an inclusive firm where 'trainees are given a lot of responsibility and high-quality work', consider Orrick.