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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

107 CHEAPSIDE, LONDON, EC2V 6DN, ENGLAND
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London: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 5

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Douglas Lahnborg¬†heads the department at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP, which provides merger control and compliance advice to a well-balanced client roster of longstanding and newly-won clients. Another strength of the team lies in its ability to handle complex cross-border work. Of recent note in the multi-jurisdictional merger control space, a team led by Lahnborg handled the merger control and competition aspects of client Haier‚Äôs ‚ā¨475m acquisition of Candy.

Practice head(s):Douglas Lahnborg

Key Clients

Crane Co.

Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA)

Intu Properties

eBay

PayPal

Sony

Haier

AXA Investment Managers

Wrike

Work highlights

  • Advised Haier, the world's largest manufacturer of domestic appliances, on its €475m acquisition of Candy.
  • Advised Wrike on merger control aspects regarding the majority investment received by Vista Equity Partners; work included filing in a non-EU jurisdiction.
  • Advising a longstanding multinational telecom client on multiple competition law matters.

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Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory
Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory - ranked: tier 6

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP is known for advising on the niche area of fintech regulation, including the regulation of crowd funding platforms, payment firms, wealth management platforms, blockchain applications and crypto assets. Financial innovation and fintech specialist Jacqui Hatfield leads a practice that also has expertise in the area of transatlantic payments law. In a recent highlight, the firm advised Revolut on a financing round.

Practice head(s):Jacqui Hatfield

Key Clients

Bank of Kuwait

Sberbank

Vitruvian Partners LLP

Revolut

Microsoft Corporation

MFM Investments Ltd

Property Partner

Propcoin

OakNorth Bank

The Reserve

Moneybox

Zipper

Ehabitation Ltd

Finverity Ltd

True Potential Wealth Management LLP

BTON Financial Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Barking Dog Ventures Limited (t/a DogBuddy) on its acquisition by Rover.This included providing specialist regulatory support on the transaction, including change of control, regulatory due diligence and drafts of regulatory warranties and indemnity.
  • Advised Stripe, Inc and Goodwater Capital, on participating in a Series E financing, led by General Catalyst in UK-based challenger bank Monzo, developer of a banking application designed to make a bank as smart as a phone.
  • Advised Vitruvian Partners LLP on its investment in German credit comparison portal Smava GmbH.
  • Advised ShapeShift, a leading US crypto asset exchange that supports dozens of blockchain tokens, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Monero and Zcash, on regulatory compliance related to AML/BSA and securities laws.
  • Advised Swedish investment firm Kinnevik as lead investor in the Series B financing round of Monese.

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

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP's corporate M&A practice handles work across a broad range of sectors. In particular, the team has been active in the technology and media sectors, in the UK, US and continental Europe; where it collaborates closely with Paris. In addition to working with the firm's US offices the London M&A team,  headed by Shawn Atkinson, also has US qualified lawyers. Recommended lawyers include Jinal Shah, whose corporate M&A and private equity practice spans the energy and infrastructure, technology and financial services sectors. The 'oustanding' Yolanda Yong, a senior associate in the team, advises on predominantly cross-border transactions, with a strong focus on energy and infrastructure matters. There has been some movement in the team, with a couple of departures offset by recent arrivals such as  Daniel Wayte  and James Connor, from Milbank and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP respectively, who have experience in M&A for client including buyout houses.

Practice head(s):Shawn Atkinson

Other key lawyers:Jinal Shah; Chris Grew; Yolanda Yong

Testimonials

'The team offers exceptional insight into mid-market deals and have consistently delivered high-quality advice cost-efficiently'

'First in class legal team with very experienced lawyers'

'Deep experience in the European venture ecosystem with very high quality staff.'

'Shawn is very affable, friendly and steely.  I'm glad he is in our corner and is everything I'd look for in a partner for this type of work'

'Jinal Shah is a great corporate lawyer, who provides high standards of work and good availability'

'Yolanda Yong defines what it is to be an outstanding M&A corporate & commercial lawyer. Her understanding, availability and quality is top notch and I haven't found anyone else with this level of professionalism and knowledge.'

Key Clients

Barking Dog Ventures

Bioenergy Infrastructure Limited

BlackRock

Bluefield Partners

Canal+ Group

CDC Group plc

CVC Capital

DogBuddy

HQ Mobile Limited

Infracapital

NextEnergy Capital

Qingdao Haier

Stratto

Tails.com

TerVia Invest Verwaltungs GmbH

Vitruvian Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Germany-based tech provider GFT Technologies SE on its entry into the Canadian insurance market via its acquisition of V-NEO Inc.
  • Acted for pet nutrition service Tails.com in its sale of a minority interest to Nestlé Purina PetCare
  • Advised Precitox Holdings, Oratosio Holdings and Humberto Finance as sellers of 100% of the share capital of H.E.C. Europe Limited to  Aegean Marine Petroleum Network, for $367m.
  • Advised Soya Concept, the Danish fashion manufacturer and retailer, on its acquisition of Shoe the Bear, a Danish footwear company.
  • Represented Infracapital Greenfield Partners in a joint venture with Deutsche Asset Management to fund the rolling stock and associated infrastructure for the West Midlands rail franchise won by Abellio, to a value of ca. £700m.
Leading individuals

Jinal Shah - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Rising stars

Yolanda Yong - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 1

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Benefiting from 'vast market experience and knowledge across a wide range of investment sizes' by dint of its prolific activity in the venture capital space, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP's five-partner London team provides 'tremendous insight and commerciality' to tech-focused investee companies seeking to raise finance. Headed by the 'exceptional' Chris Grew, one of four US-qualified lawyers in situ in London, and also able to leverage the firm's market-leading Silicon Valley office, the team is well-positioned to provide a very flexible service which is conversant with both UK and US market norms and trends. Although he is stage agnostic, Grew has recently handled numerous later stage mandates for 'unicorn' tech-based companies, including fintech company Revolut on its $250m Series C financing round. Although it remains best known for company-side work, the team continues to grow its investor client base, helped in no small part by the efforts of Ylan Steiner, who regularly handles work for clients including Vitruvian Partners. Associate Jamie Moore has a burgeoning reputation in the market, particularly in relation to fintech and AI.

Practice head(s):Chris Grew

Other key lawyers:Ylan Steiner; Shawn Atkinson; Jamie Moore

Testimonials

'Through its market knowledge they are able to bring a wealth of insight to discussions and negotiations, and this really helps to drive solutions during a fund raise.'

'Unique due to specific focus and deep domain knowledge around venture capital (all stages from early to very late stage).'

'Chris Grew and Jamie Moore are both exceptional lawyers, who are able to  translate complex concepts into simple, easy to understand language.'

'Shawn Atkinson is brilliant.'

Key Clients

Anterra Capital

Atomico

Battery Ventures

Bench Walk

Bessemer Venture Partners

BMW i Ventures

Coatue Management

Currency Cloud

Eastnine Studios Limited

Egress Software Technologies

Eight Roads Ventures

EQT Ventures

Fat Lama Inc.

Goodwater Capital

Graphcore

Kennet Capital

Kinnevik Under

Permutive Inc.

Piton Capital

Property Finder International

Property Partner

Quortus Limited

Revolut

Salesforce Ventures

Sprints Capital

Stripe

Tractable

TransferGo

Tray.io Inc.

Unifonic

United Ventures SGR

Vitruvian Partners

Vostok Emerging Finance

Weaveworks Inc.

WorldRemit

Work highlights

  • Advised Revolut on its $250m Series C financing round, bringing its post-money valuation to more than $1.7bn.
  • Advised leading AI chipmaker Graphcore on its $200m Series D funding round, bringing its post-money valuation to $1.7bn.
  • Advised Stripe and Goodwater Capital on an £85m Series E financing, led by General Catalyst, into UK-based challenger bank Monzo.
  • Advised London-based Tray.io, a cloud-based software integration platform, on its $14.3m Series A1 financing round led by GGV Capital.
  • Advised Vitruvian Partners as the lead investor on Darktrace’s $50m Series E financing round at a pre-money valuation of $1.6bn.
Leading individuals

Chris Grew - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Ylan Steiner - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Rising stars

Jamie Moore - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 6

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP 'provides excellent legal knowledge and analysis, coupled with a sensible, common-sense approach'. The team handles complex, cross-border disputes as well as significant domestic litigation, and it is particularly active in the firm’s core practice areas of finance, energy and technology. Simon Willis' work often involves financial and professional services institutions, contentious regulatory work and professional negligence; and Maria Frangeskides' practice includes international trade, energy, commercial fraud, finance, and shareholder and joint venture disputes. Amanda Voss, Adam Rizzo and Wayne Hofer are notable senior associates. Matthew Lawson retired from the practice.

Practice head(s):Simon Willis 

Other key lawyers:Maria Frangeskides; Amanda Voss; Adam Rizzo; Wayne Hofer

Testimonials

'Simon Willis is very clever and gives straightforward, clear advice to clients'.

'Adam Rizzo is an efficient and highly personable senior associate, who is excellent at running cases on a day-to-day basis'.

Key Clients

KPMG

Ernst & Young

CDR Creances

Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile

Langston Corporation

Andrew Wright

Work highlights

  • Acted for KPMG in relation to the collapse of Carillion, one of the largest corporate insolvencies in UK history.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP 'knows what clients want and works hard to deliver'. The practice has experience across ad hoc and institutional arbitration proceedings in multiple languages and under a variety of arbitral rules and governing laws, and is particularly focused on the energy, infrastructure, finance and technology sectors. Mark Beeley is an energy disputes specialist and Maria Frangeskides is noted for commercial fraud and energy-related disputes. James Hargrove is also a key contact, along with senior associates Amanda Voss, Sarah Stockley and Marcus Holmstroem.

Other key lawyers:Mark Beeley; Maria Frangeskides; James Hargrove; Amanda Voss; Sarah Stockley; Marcus Holmstroem

Testimonials

'The team has a high degree of expertise in energy disputes'.

'Mark Beeley is an exceptional lawyer who is also commercially savvy'.

'Maria Frangeskides is clever, energetic, experienced and very good at helping clients identify and consider the financial, commercial and other consequences of disputes'.

'Senior associate Amanda Voss has excellent knowledge of this area and superb commitment'.

Key Clients

ExxonMobil

Jeremy Hosking

Vivendi

Gaztransport & Technigaz

Vedanta

Marubeni

BNP Paribas

Lukoil

Work highlights

  • Acted for joint venture parties in their dispute with the Government of India over the allocation of profits from an oil and gas field.
Rising stars

Amanda Voss - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

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London: Finance

Corporate restructuring & insolvency
Corporate restructuring & insolvency - ranked: tier 8

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Led by the 'commercial and creative'Stephen Phillips, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP's two-partner team 'has a deep understanding of cross-border matters' and frequently works alongside colleagues from the US on complex matters involving debt from throughout the capital structure including bank and bond products. The team has handled some impressively high-profile mandates of late within the energy sector, including its work for offshore drilling contractor Ocean Rig in its comprehensive $3.7bn financial restructuring.

Practice head(s):Stephen Phillips

Other key lawyers:Scott Morrison

Testimonials

'The knowledgeable and responsive team provided excellent business guidance in addition to legal advice and walked us through the ins and outs of the local law nuances in an easy to understand manner.'

'The team is able to drive an outcome that reaches the desired commercial result.'

'The very approachable Stephen Phillips provides clear insight into complex issues and is very methodical with his work to ensure all outcomes are assessed.'

Key Clients

Adbrain

Duff & Phelps

GLAS Trust Corporation

Ocean Rig UDW Inc

Seadrill Partners

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Conflicts Committee of Seadrill Partners in relation to the restructuring of its $2.8bn Term Loan B credit agreement and its other security facilities of $440m, $1.45bn and $420m.
  • Acting for the administrators of Dunwilco (1848) (in administration) in connection with Dunwilco’s sale of three UK subsidiary companies.
  • Advised Cayman Islands-based offshore drilling contractor Ocean Rig UDW Inc. in its comprehensive $3.7bn financial restructuring.
  • Advising technology company Blippar on restructurings, debt and equity injections, and negotiations with its investors.

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

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

The energy sector is a core focus for Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP, which is adept in energy-related commodities and derivatives work, and also has a presence in the metals trading market. Practice head Edward Humphries is not only an expert in trading, structured trading, financing, regulation and M&A in the energy sector, but is also active in other commodities markets. He is the relationship partner for some of the firm's key energy clients including ENGIE Global Markets, JPMorgan, Mercuria and Trailstone UK Limited. James Atkin, who works in both London and Tokyo, recently joined from Vinson & Elkins RLLP to help expand the firm's oil and gas and commodities presence in Asia, with a focus on Japanese trading houses. Managing associate Matthew Stott also plays a central role in the London practice.

Practice head(s):Edward Humphries

Other key lawyers:James Atkin; James Hargrove; Mark Beeley; Joanna Kay; Matthew Stott

Testimonials

"Our experience has been good, without exception. A strengths is its network, so that the right partners for a particular task are contacted quickly."

"We have had nothing but courteous, knowledgeable and fair dealings with the firm."

"Edward Humphries has gone the extra mile for us on a number of deals and has been a pleasure to work with."

Key Clients

Axpo Trading AG

Castleton Commodities Inc.

SOCAR Trading SA

ENGIE Global Markets

JP Morgan

BB Energy

Trailstone UK Limited

Microsoft

Petroineos Trading

Litasco

IPM Energy Trading Limited

EnergieKontor

Mitsui Bussan Commodities Ltd

Mercuria

Work highlights

  • Advised Blackrock in the drafting and negotiation of a 197.4 MW 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Alcoa, the Norwegian aluminium producer.
  • Advising Axpo Trading on multiple LNG purchase and sale arrangements, gas sales agreements and LNG charter parties with various confidential counterparties.
  • Advised IPM Energy on a full re-negotiation of the trading and hedging service arrangements with Energy Capital Partners as the latter sought to refinance its Saltend thermal power plant.
  • Continues to advise ENGIE Global Markets (EGM) as lead external counsel on the negotiation of all power, gas and carbon trading agreements.
  • Advising Storengy on matters associated with its Stublach underground gas storage facility, including the development of physical storage services contract terms and gas transfer arrangements relating to product repurchase agreements.
Next Generation Partners

Joanna Kay - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Rising stars

Matthew Stott - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

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Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP stands out for its work on behalf of development finance institutions, investment banks, private equity funds and strategic investors doing business throughout Africa, the CEE, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. It has a strong corporate and project finance offering, which includes both inbound and outbound investments. Its recent work in venture capital investments included acting for Millicom in connection with its $1bn bridge loan facility to finance the acquisition of Panamanian broadband internet and telecoms provider Cable Onda. Weyinmi Popo has extensive experience in Anglophone Africa and he frequently acts for private equity sponsors. Shawn Atkinson, whose principal focus is on the TMT sector, and Nell Scott play central roles in the firm's work in the CEE region.

Other key lawyers:Weyinmi Popo; Shawn Atkinson; Nell Scott

Testimonials

"We work with Weyinmi Popo, who is really a one man shop on our deals. We have the confidence of having worked with him in the past - he knows the space and our requirements and is very relaxed and efficient in delivery."

Key Clients

Adlevo Capital

Canal+

Black Pearls VC

Maersk Oil & Gas

Telenor ASA

Tullow Ghana Limited

Coatue Management

Property Finder

Vanso Nigeria Ltd

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Unifonic

Silvair

Vostok Emerging Finance

European Investment Bank (EIB)

CVC Capital

Millicom International Cellular, S.A.

Exxaro Resources

Global Group of Mozambique Bondholders

Work highlights

  • Advising Azito Energie S.A. and its joint venture shareholders, Globeleq and IPS, on commercial and financing aspects of the Phase 4 expansion of the Azito gas-fired power project in Cote d’Ivoire.
  • Represented Millicom in connection with its $1bn bridge loan facility to finance the acquisition of Panamanian broadband internet and telecoms provider Cable Onda.
  • Orrick advised Property Finder on its $120m Series B financing, led by General Atlantic with co-investment from Vostok and Endeavor.
  • Advised TPG Growth’s Rise Fund on its $47.5m investment in Cellulant Technology, a digital payments platform operating across 11 African countries.
  • Advising Russian bank Sberbank on its market abuse regulatory safeguard implementation and aspects of its MiFID2 implementation, client assets and on the structuring of its trading relationships

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 6

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP's London team handles both contentious and non-contentious employment matters, and has extensive experience in cross-border mandates. Clients include major corporations, especially from the technology, energy and financial services sectors. Practice head Nicola Whiteley has particular expertise in complex and executive-level disputes and restructuring matters, while newly promoted partner Mandy Perry specialises in employment litigation and has been active in sexual harassment and whistleblowing cases. The team also advises on matters relating to trade secrets, post-termination restrictions, and complex TUPE issues arising from cross-border M&A and outsourcing programmes.

Practice head(s):Nicola Whiteley

Other key lawyers:Mandy Perry

Testimonials

'A highly responsive and vastly experienced employment team.'

'Nicola Whiteley has a huge amount of practical experience managing employment disputes. Having a feel for the way employment tribunals will approach issues is crucial when aiming for successful outcomes and Nicola's instincts on numerous tricky issues have been proven right time and again.'

Key Clients

Rattay Group

Dogbuddy

Verisign

Atomico

Heritage of London Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising Barking Dog Ventures Limited on all employment aspects of its acquisition by Rover.
  • Advising Verisign Inc on the TUPE aspects of the sale of its security services business to Neustar.
  • Advising Atomico on due diligence and employment warranties during the client's involvement as lead investor in a Series A funding round for Streetbees.com.
  • Advising Heritage of London Trust on recruitment strategy, contractual arrangements, onboarding new employees and two dismissals during an expansion process.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP's London-based energy and infrastructure team has recently made several significant hires, including private equity specialist Paul Doris from Watson Farley & Williams LLP and international arbitration expert Mark Beeley from Vinson & Elkins RLLP; practice head James Atkin also joined the firm's Tokyo office in 2018 before relocating to London in 2019. The firm has also added some notable new clients, such as ExxonMobil and BW Offshore, to its already diverse roster. Other key contacts in the team are of counsel Joanna Kay, who specialises in international transactions, and senior associate Rebecca Downes. Matthew Williams departed to Fieldfisher and Peter Roberts retired from the profession.

Practice head(s):James Atkin

Other key lawyers:Paul Doris; Mark Beeley; Joanna Kay; Rebecca Downes

Testimonials

'Orrick offers excellent service and has never failed to provide good work even on very tight timescales.'

'Joanna Kay is a very experienced lawyer who provides a good commercial sounding board and is able to grasp complex ideas and translate them into well-drafted agreements. Rebecca Downes is an extremely thorough and diligent lawyer who leaves no stone unturned in her consideration of legal drafting.'

'Rebecca Downes has extensive knowledge in the oil and gas industry and is a valuable asset in assisting in-house counsel with navigating through the complexities of manufacturing and selling equipment.'

Key Clients

Axpo Trading AG

Azito Energie S.A.

BW Offshore

DNO ASA

EP UK Investments Limited

ExxonMobil

InfraCapital

Next Decade LNG

OKEA Holdings Limited

Petroineos/PetroChina

RAK Gas LLC

Seacrest Capital Group Ltd

Storengy

Tullow Ghana Limited )

Vedanta Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Tullow Ghana on arrangements for the $200m-plus sale and subsequent transportation of associated and non-associated gas from a number of offshore fields in Ghana.
  • Advised Seacrest Capital, as the majority shareholder of Norwegian E&P company OKEA AS, in connection with OKEA’s $526m acquisition of Royal Dutch Shell’s interests in the Draugenand Gjøa fields offshore Norway.
  • Acting for Storengy in matters associated with its Stublach underground gas storage facility, including the development of physical storage services contract terms and gas transfer arrangements relating to product repurchase agreements.
  • Advising Axpo Trading on multiple LNG purchase and sale arrangements, gas sales agreements and LNG charter parties.
  • Representing Vedanta and Marubeni in their 14-year dispute with the government of India over the allocation of profits from the Ravva oil and gas field, offshore India.
Rising stars

Joanna Kay - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Rebecca Downes - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

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Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) - ranked: tier 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

The 'incredibly committed' energy group at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP, which is led by John Deacon, was recently strengthened by the arrival of arbitration expert Mark Beeley from Vinson & Elkins RLLP and well-regarded Herbert Smith Freehills LLP lawyer Hannah Roscoe, who joined as a partner. Managing associate Matthew Stott is also recommended. In recent highlights, the group advised on the £150m Drakelow energy-from-waste facility development, and represented NextEnergy Solar Fund on its £125m acquisition of over 110MW of solar power projects in the UK. Anthony Riley left to join Winston & Strawn London LLP and Peter Roberts retired from the profession.

Practice head(s):John Deacon

Other key lawyers:Edward Humphries; Mark Beeley; Matthew Stott

Testimonials

'The team at Orrick has excellent knowledge of the market and lots of experience within the renewable space.'

'The team is incredibly committed and goes the extra mile to get deals done. It is excellent at driving a process and seeing it through to completion efficiently and effectively.'

'Yolanda Yong deserves a special mention as she's an extremely talented and prepared professional. The quality of her counsel is top-notch!'

Key Clients

Azito Energie S.A.

BlackRock Renewable Power Group

Bluefield Solar Income Fund (Bluefield)

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Capital Dynamics

BW Offshore

Next Decade LNG

NextEnergy Solar Fund

EP UK Investments Limited

Axpo Trading AG

InfraCapital

EnergieKontor

ENGIE Global Markets

IPM Energy Trading Limited

Future Earth Energy

Hudson Clean Energy Partners

Canadian Solar

Work highlights

  • Acted for Future Earth Energy, the developers of the 15MW Drakelow Renewable Energy Centre, on a £150m energy-from-waste facility in Derbyshire.
  • Advised NextEnergy on the acquisition of two large operational solar portfolios and an operational rooftop portfolio of combined commercial and residential properties.
  • Advising Azito Energie S.A. and its joint venture shareholders, Globeleq and IPS, on the Phase 4 expansion project of the Azito gas-fired power project in Azito, Cote d’Ivoire.
  • Advised BlackRock on the drafting and negotiation of a 197.4MW 15-year corporate power purchase agreement with Alcoa, an international aluminium producer with significant plants in Norway at approximately €200m.
  • Advising ENGIE Global Markets as lead external counsel on the negotiation of all power, gas and carbon trading agreements.
Next Generation Partners

Hannah Roscoe - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Rising stars

Matthew Stott - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: corporate occupiers
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP’s development expertise encompasses mixed use sites, energy projects and mixed tenure private and affordable residential schemes. The practice is particularly active in the shopping centre space, handling not only developments but corporate occupier work such as leasing, construction and strategic asset management for industry clients. Other areas of expertise include the technology, industrial and logistics and hotels and healthcare sectors, as well as retail where the team delivers transaction, acquisition and finance, commercial leasing, strategic management and regulatory advice. UK real estate head Anne O’Neill is regarded as a 'go-to solicitor' who 'leads her team with the utmost professionalism.'

Practice head(s):Anne O’Neill; Andrew Denye

Testimonials

'Reliable and experienced team offering first class expert knowledge in all areas of retail property'.

'Anne O'Neill leads her team with the utmost professionalism, providing excellent advice.'

'Very responsive, quick, good commercial advice. Resourcing is managed carefully across our portfolio. Everybody is accessible.'

'Fiona Stone is hugely knowledgeable and offers good commercial advice.'

'Andrew Denye is very commercial, approachable. A good leader.'

'The members of the practice go beyond providing legal advice; they become members of the project team working towards creative solutions and achieving the most beneficial outcome. The legal advice is excellent, accurate, reliable and robust - it is the authority with which it is delivered in commercial negotiations which makes the practice unique.'

'Anne O'Neill is a go-to solicitor. Sara Branch is excellent and a first choice to negotiate complex contracts and development agreements.'

Key Clients

Chobham Farm North LLP

intu Properties Group

Notting Hill Genesis

NVIDIA Technology UK

Stripe

Rubicon West PLC

CAB International

Work highlights

  • Advising intu Properties Group (intu) on its joint venture with LaSalle Investment Management to jointly own the intu Chapelfield Shopping Centre in Norwich, England.
  • Acting for CAB International in the sale of land in Oxfordshire in order to fund the development of a new UK headquarters building.

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Commercial property: development
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 5

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP’s development expertise encompasses mixed use sites, energy projects and mixed tenure private and affordable residential schemes. The practice is particularly active in the shopping centre space, handling not only developments but corporate occupier work such as leasing, construction and strategic asset management for industry clients. Other areas of expertise include the technology, industrial and logistics and hotels and healthcare sectors, as well as retail where the team delivers transaction, acquisition and finance, commercial leasing, strategic management and regulatory advice. UK real estate head Anne O’Neill is regarded as a 'go-to solicitor' who 'leads her team with the utmost professionalism.'

Practice head(s):Anne O’Neill; Andrew Denye; Fiona Stone

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Preece; Sara Branch

Testimonials

'Reliable and experienced team offering first class expert knowledge in all areas of retail property'.

'Anne O'Neill leads her team with the utmost professionalism, providing excellent advice.'

'Very responsive, quick, good commercial advice. Resourcing is managed carefully across our portfolio. Everybody is accessible.'

'Fiona Stone is hugely knowledgeable and offers good commercial advice.'

'Andrew Denye is very commercial, approachable. A good leader.'

'The members of the practice go beyond providing legal advice; they become members of the project team working towards creative solutions and achieving the most beneficial outcome. The legal advice is excellent, accurate, reliable and robust - it is the authority with which it is delivered in commercial negotiations which makes the practice unique.'

'Anne O'Neill is a go-to solicitor. Sara Branch is excellent and a first choice to negotiate complex contracts and development agreements.'

Key Clients

Bioenergy Infrastructure Group

BlackRock Renewable UK Income Fund

Bluefield Solar Income Fund

CAB International

Chobham Farm North LLP

intu Properties Group

NextEnergy Solar Fund

NVIDIA Technology UK

Notting Hill Housing Group/ Notting Hill Genesis

Project Light Development

Rubicon West plc

TLD Kidbrooke LLP

Work highlights

  • Advising WRP Management Limited on deals with key tenants ahead of the opening of a £178m shopping centre development in Watford.
  • Providing pro bono advice to CAB International on development documentation and the sale of land in Oxfordshire in order to fund the development of a new UK headquarters building.
  • Acting for longstanding client intu Watford Limited, introducing a new rock-climbing concept by Rock Up into a traditional shopping centre setting through an extension of the site.
  • Acted for intu Lakeside Limited in respect of a £73m development of new leisure facilities spanning 200,000 sq ft at Lakeside Shopping Centre.

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Commercial property: retail
Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP’s development expertise encompasses mixed use sites, energy projects and mixed tenure private and affordable residential schemes. The practice is particularly active in the shopping centre space, handling not only developments but corporate occupier work such as leasing, construction and strategic asset management for industry clients. Other areas of expertise include the technology, industrial and logistics and hotels and healthcare sectors, as well as retail where the team delivers transaction, acquisition and finance, commercial leasing, strategic management and regulatory advice. UK real estate head Anne O’Neill is regarded as a 'go-to solicitor' who 'leads her team with the utmost professionalism.'

Practice head(s):Anne O’Neill; Andrew Denye; Fiona Stone

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Preece; Sara Branch

Testimonials

'Reliable and experienced team offering first class expert knowledge in all areas of retail property'.

'Anne O'Neill leads her team with the utmost professionalism, providing excellent advice.'

'Very responsive, quick, good commercial advice. Resourcing is managed carefully across our portfolio. Everybody is accessible.'

'Fiona Stone is hugely knowledgeable and offers good commercial advice.'

'Andrew Denye is very commercial, approachable. A good leader.'

'The members of the practice go beyond providing legal advice; they become members of the project team working towards creative solutions and achieving the most beneficial outcome. The legal advice is excellent, accurate, reliable and robust - it is the authority with which it is delivered in commercial negotiations which makes the practice unique.'

'Anne O'Neill is a go-to solicitor. Sara Branch is excellent and a first choice to negotiate complex contracts and development agreements.'

Key Clients

intu Properties Group

Rubicon West PLC

WRP Management Limited

Intu Potteries Limited

Intu Watford Limited

Intu Eldon Square Limited

Chapelfield GP Limited

Intu Lakeside Limited

Metropolitan Uxbridge Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised intu Properties Group (intu) on its £148m joint venture with LaSalle Investment Management to co-own the intu Chapelfield Shopping Centre in Norwich.
  • Advising WRP Management Limited on deals with key tenants ahead of the opening of a £178m shopping centre development in Watford.

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Social housing: local authorities and registered providers
Social housing: local authorities and registered providers - ranked: tier 5

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP - which had acted for Notting Hill Housing Group (NHHG) for over 35 years prior to its merger with Genesis Housing Association in 2018 - has been retained to advise the amalgamated entity (which is now known as Notting Hill Genesis). Of counsel Sara Branch acted for NHHG on the merger. Anne O’Neill heads up the team, which is active in all aspects of public and private sector regeneration projects and development schemes. Of counsel Jonathan Preece has particular experience assisting registered providers with acquiring land for development purposes, as well as its subsequent disposal. In addition to undertaking development matters, of counsel Nichola Padget has expertise in real estate disputes involving dilapidation, service charge and rent review issues, among others.

Practice head(s):Anne O'Neill

Other key lawyers:Sara Branch; Jonathan Preece; Nichola Padget

Key Clients

Armada 1 South Development LLP

Chobham Farm North LLP

Gallions 2A Development LLP

Gallions 2B Development LLP

Hastoe Housing Association

Project Light Development 1 Limited

Project Light Development 2 Limited

Notting Hill Genesis

TLD Kidbrooke LLP

Work highlights

  • Acted for Notting Hill Housing Group on its merger with Genesis Housing Association.
Leading individuals

Anne O'Neill - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

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London: Risk advisory

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity
Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity - ranked: tier 4

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Kolvin Stone leads the practice at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP, which stands out for its technology sector focus and high-profile technology clients; the firm’s client roster includes Microsoft, Fujifilm and Go Pro. Stone is singled out for his cross-border expertise; he recently advised Zoosk on a range of privacy and data protection issues relating to its operations and users across the EU including its GDPR compliance. The group also has a track record in high-profile investigations including advising on privacy investigations by the ICO, the UK Federal Trade Commission and the French CNIL. Managing associate Colin Hinds also has experience in online profiling issues, cookies and marketing work, and international data transfers.

Practice head(s):Kolvin Stone

Other key lawyers:Colin Hinds

Testimonials

'The Orrick team has a deep knowledge, depth of experience and practical solutions to address all the intertwined factors that need to be considered in cybersecurity and privacy solutions.'

'The Orrick team not only offers top-notch legal expertise, it also brings a practical business perspective to the table. In addition, its network of third-party service providers is an invaluable asset to help navigate a variety of issues.'

'The group is very responsive, diligent and knowledgeable. It thinks outside the box and provides sound and business-friendly advice.'

'Kolvin Stone is great to work with. He makes a point of understanding the nature of the client's business before providing advice. He is highly responsive, pragmatic and cost-conscious.'

Key Clients

Microsoft Corporation

W.W. Grainger Inc.

Carnival Corporation & PLC

FujiFilm

Zoosk, Inc.

NVIDIA Corporation

Superawesome Limited

iRobot

Go Pro

Work highlights

  • Advising Zoosk on the data issues relating to its operations and users in the EU including GDPR compliance.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 5

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

With clients ranging from payment service providers and crypto asset exchanges, to traditional financial institutions and asset managers, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP's fintech group stands out for its advice across all aspects of early, mid and late stage financing rounds, security token offerings and initial coin offerings, including the inherent regulatory issues at stake. Jacqui Hatfield acts for a diverse set of clients including challenger banks, robo advisers, wealth management platforms and p2p platforms, and has particular experience in the areas of crypto assets, smart contracts and STOs.

Practice head(s):Jacqui Hatfield

Testimonials

"The team have a deep understanding of how fintech organisations operate; the challenges and risks that they need to overcome and on occasion, the personal dynamics that underlie small, high growth companies."

Key Clients

Microsoft

Kinnevik

Vitruvian Partners LLP

Sweatco Ltd.

Elliptic Enterprises Limited

MoneyFarm

OakNorth Bank

Vostok Emerging Finance

True Potential Wealth Management LLP

Finverity Ltd

Propcoin

The Reserve

Moneybox

Revolut

Work highlights

  • Advised Revolut on its $250m Series C financing round, bringing its post-money valuation to more than $1.7bn.
  • Advised Stripe and Goodwater Capital on participating in an £85m ($110m) Series E financing in UK-based challenger bank Monzo.
  • Advised Vitruvian Partners LLP on its investment in German credit comparison portal Smava GmbH.
  • Advising ShapeShift, a leading US crypto asset exchange that supports dozens of blockchain tokens, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Monero and Zcash, on regulatory compliance related to AML/BSA and securities laws.
  • Advised Propcoin on regulatory aspects of their asset backed token raise and the setting up of a property crowd funding platform on the Blockchain.

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