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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) 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

The 'responsive'¬†Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP¬†has ‚Äėgreat industry knowledge‚Äô and provides ‚Äėconcise, strategic advice‚Äô. The team is particularly strong for technology matters, counting Crane Co, Sony, IronPlanet, Telenor and Paypal among its clients.¬†Douglas Lahnborg¬†and senior associate¬†Matthew Rose¬†are ‚Äėtechnically excellent‚Äô, with ‚Äėin-depth industry knowledge, a strategic approach and encyclopaedic knowledge‚Äô. Lahnborg and Rose handled the merger control aspects of Infracapital‚Äôs joint venture with Nokia to build, own and operate a fibre optic broadband network across Poland. Other highlights included advising Marubeni Corporation on its acquisition of Creekstone Farms Premium Beef and advising on the EU merger control aspects of intu properties‚Äô joint venture with LaSalle to jointly own the intu Chapelfield Shopping Centre. Managing asociate¬†Saira Henry¬†is also recommended.

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M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m
M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m - ranked: tier 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

The 'excellent'¬†Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP¬†offers ‚Äėpractical, commercial advice‚Äô; ‚Äėthey switch comfortably between strategy and detail and are thorough and diligent‚Äô. Practice head¬†Anthony Riley¬†focuses his work on M&A transactions in the renewable energy sector; he has been advising NextEnergy Solar Fund on more than ¬£150m worth of solar power project acquisitions.¬†Jinal Shah¬†(‚Äėvery good under pressure and putting people at ease‚Äô) acted for the F√©d√©ration Internationale de l‚ÄôAutomobile in connection with Liberty Media‚Äôs $8bn acquisition of Formula 1.¬†Ylan Steiner¬†‚Äėis balanced without losing sight of his clients‚Äô objectives, and has impressive interpersonal skills‚Äô; he acted for Vitruvian Partners in the acquisition of a 30% stake in cybersecurity technology company BitDefender, at a valuation of more than $600m. The team has seen a number of significant recent recruits. In September 2018, Orrick hired Daniel Wayte¬†as a partner from Milbank and James Connor¬† from Simpson Thacher. Both have a focus on private equity. The previous year the firm hired financial services advisory expert¬†Jacqui Hatfield¬†from¬†Reed Smith LLP¬†in September 2017, while¬†Ali Ramadan¬†and¬†Paul Doris¬†joined the team in early 2018 from¬†Bird & Bird LLP¬†and¬†Watson Farley & Williams LLP¬†respectively.

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

The 'very efficient' team at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP is 'extremely good at what it does', which primarily involves acting for investee technology clients as they execute their growth strategies. Under the leadership of the 'excellent' Christopher Grew, the team is also able to leverage the firm's market-leading Silicon Valley office, of particular benefit for clients seeking an exit strategy. Grew is noted for his expertise advising hi-tech companies from early stage funding rounds through to later stage investment cycles. Throughout his career he has also handled numerous mandates for "unicorn" tech companies, most recently advising personal money cloud Revolut on its $250m Series C financing round. The team also continues to grow the investor side of its practice, with Ylan Steiner regularly handling work for fund clients including Vitruvian Partners which he has recently advised on numerous investments generated out of its £2.4bn fund III, including on its $65m primary and secondary Series G financing of German online lending platform Smava. Shawn Atkinson has 'extensive knowledge of the venture capital world' and applies this to good effect to provide 'efficient and commercial advice' in late stage venture transactions and in early stage private equity transactions throughout Europe and the emerging markets. Atkinson assisted Vostok with a number of investments including acting for its emerging finance arm on a $15m Series C round investment into Turkey-based payments company Iyzico. The team was further strengthened by the arrival of Ali Ramadan from Bird & Bird LLP in January 2018.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 6

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP 'has first-class litigators, blending detailed legal analysis and strategic advice with commercial acumen and a very approachable style of working'. The team's caseload includes disputes involving contracts, corporate partnerships, financial services, executive liability and negligence, and trade mark infringements; it also has specific expertise in representing accounting firms. The practice represented the chairman and majority shareholder of the Edwardian Hotels Group in opposing an unfair prejudice petition brought by the minority shareholding. Matthew Lawson is 'a great lawyer and litigation strategist'; and Simon Willis 'really gets stuck into a case'. Maria Frangeskides is also a key contact.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP 'has an excellent team, is very thorough and pays great attention to detail'. The team has experience across ad hoc and institutional arbitration proceedings under a variety of arbitral rules and governing laws, including ICC, LCIA and bi-lateral investment treaties.Maria Frangeskides, who is 'superb at seeing the client’s needs and requirements as a whole, and not merely the litigation', has particular expertise in energy-related disputes, including gas and oil supply and transit matters; and senior associate Amanda Voss is 'very thorough, and fights hard for the client'. Energy disputes specialist Mark Beeley was hired from Vinson & Elkins RLLP.

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London: Finance

Commodities: derivatives
Commodities: derivatives - ranked: tier 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

The commodities practice at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP focuses mainly on the energy sector, in which is has built a strong team in London during the last three years that has simultaneously grown its client base of major trading houses, financial institutions and energy companies. Among these are Axpo Trading, Trailstone, ENGIE Global Markets, Castleton Commodities and SOCAR Trading. Its work for these clients encompasses the establishment of trading platforms, trade documentation, dispute resolution, structured trading, trade finance and regulatory advice. The practice is 'very responsive, has very good industry knowledge and knows the LNG market', remarks one client. Matthew Williams, who 'has an ability to untangle complex matters into easily understandable topics', and Edward Humphries co-lead the practice. Humphries advised JPMorgan on its acquisition of Barclays Bank's European and US energy trading portfolio. Oil and energy trading specialist Peter Roberts 'has long experience,  having been general counsel in a utility before, and he understands the demands of clients'. Of counsel Joanna Kay  and regulatory partner Elisabeth Blunsdon are also recommended.

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

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

The 'very responsive' two-partner team at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP is effectively able to leverage a very strong network of European and US offices to provide a 'high quality service' on complex international restructurings. 'Extremely practical' team head Stephen Phillips is 'knowledgeable about different insolvency jurisdictions and the practical implications for corporates'. Working closely with practitioners out of the firm's New York office, Phillips continues to represent Ocean Rig on its comprehensive $3.7bn financial restructuring. 'Technically very strong' newly promoted partner Scott Morrison  is also recommended.

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Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP has continued to  grow its work in high-profile financing and investment matters across the emerging markets in Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. The practice in London frequently acts for investment banks, emerging market private equity funds and strategic investors and is known for its knowledge of international banking law. Its recent work included acting for lenders, including European Investment Bank and EBRD, in a $120m debt and equity financing for a 54MW wind farm in the Sainshand region of Mongolia. Peter O’Driscoll leads the firm’s emerging markets group and last year he acted for Norwegian mobile operator Telenor two public offerings of shares in Russian telecom company VEON, formerly known as VimpelCom, with a combined value of $650m. Nell Scott, who has extensive experience in corporate finance and capital markets transactions in Russia, acted for Millicom International Cellular in a $500m bond issue and a $600m tender offer for existing bonds. Also recommended are Weyinmi Popo, who focuses on infrastructure and energy transactions in Africa;  Shawn Atkinson, who assists US and Canadian investors with emerging markets transactions; and oil and gas expert Peter Roberts, who counts Tullow Ghana among his clients.

Leading individuals

Peter O’Driscoll - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers and senior executives - ranked: tier 6

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP has 'a strong international employment team across a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters' regularly handling cross-border mandates and employment litigation. Department head Nicola Whiteley is praised as 'an exceptional lawyer who is dedicated, diligent and focused'; she is active in the technology and financial services sectors and recently advised Stripe and Goodwater Capital on the employment aspects of a financing round. The 'very robust' newly promoted partner Mandy Perry is a key name for litigation including trade secret matters and post-termination restrictions.

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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¬†'never fails to provide an excellent service even on a tight timescale'. The 'very pragmatic and solution-focused'¬†Peter Roberts¬†'is a true expert in his field'. The team is currently advising Tullow on complex arrangements for the sale and transportation of gas from a number of offshore fields in Ghana, and¬†Joanna Kay¬†and¬†Rebecca Downes¬†supported Roberts to assist Maersk Oil with the development of the crude oil export pipeline from¬†Lokichar to Lamu in Kenya. Also notable is¬†Matthew Williams¬†who is currently acting for Azito Energie and its joint venture shareholders on the phase 4 expansion of its gas-fired power project in C√īte d'Ivoire.¬†James Atkin¬†recently joined the firm's Tokyo office as co-head of its global oil and gas practice from¬†Vinson & Elkins LLP. Other key clients include the European Investment Bank, Orion Energy and Powell Industries.

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

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP recently gained several new high-profile clients such as Trailstone and BB Energy and bolstered its power offering with the hire of Paul Doris from Watson Farley & Williams LLP . The firm has a strong presence in the renewables space; Anthony Riley advised BlackRock and NextEnergy on their respective acquisitions of operational solar assets in the UK. Bioenergy Infrastructure Group benefited from practice head Matthew Williams ' advice on its acquisition of biomass and energy-from-waste facilities from Macquarie, while Alexander Janes assisted Canadian Solar as borrower with its £41.85m financing from Bayerische Landesbank of a series of solar projects. Edward Humphries represented an investment fund in the purchase of senior notes to refinance several project finance loans and is also a key contact alongside senior associate Rebecca Downes , of counsel Elisabeth Blunsdon and John Deacon .

Leading individuals

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

Next generation lawyers

Elisabeth Blundson - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

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London: Real estate

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

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 5

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 4

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP¬†has ‚Äėa strong specialist team with a good reputation in the market‚Äô for ‚Äėpioneering new ways of documenting commercial retail leases as the sector adapts‚Äô. The team including Andrew Denye¬†is particularly noted for advising prominent retail landlords including Intu and WRP Management. Further, Anne O‚ÄôNeill¬†advised Intu Property on its joint venture with LaSalle Investment Management for joint ownership of the Intu Chapelfield Shopping Centre in Norwich. Another key client is Notting Hill Housing Trust, which O‚ÄôNeill is advising on the acquisition and development of affordable and shared-ownership residential units at Chobham Farm North as part of London‚Äôs Olympic Legacy scheme. The department also handles investment transactions in the renewable energy space. Also recommended are Fiona Stone¬†and of counsel Sara Branch, who have experience with development letting and commercial landlord and tenant matters, and of counsel Jonathan Preece, who focuses on planning, construction and development issues.

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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

Headed by Anne O’Neill, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP provides comprehensive advice to Notting Hill Housing Trust, which includes advice on land and real estate acquisitions, development agreements and lease arrangements. In one stand-out matter O’Neill advised Notting Hill Housing Trust on the acquisition of a brownfield site in the Royal Docks Basin and an agreement with Mayor of London for the creation of thousands of affordable homes. She is also advising Notting Hill Housing Trust on the acquisition of affordable and shared ownership units at Chobham Farm North. Of counsel Sara Branch is also recommended.

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

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP's 'extremely knowledgeable' cybersecurity and data protection practice is known its representation of clients in the technology sector on privacy matters. It has been handling several compliance projects ahead of implementation of the GDPR, including for Zoosk, and is highlighted for both its expertise on the GDPR and privacy matters and thorough understanding of product features and technology'. Practice head  Kolvin Stone is experienced advising on cross-border issues and attracts praise for 'managing his team to maximize the value of services'. Microsoft Corporation, GoPro and Lucozade Ribena Suntory are all clients.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 5

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP's 'very responsive, proactive' practice is led by 'extremely knowledgeable', 'truly outstanding' financial services regulatory expert Jacqui Hatfield, who arrived from Reed Smith LLP in September 2017; she has 'in-depth understanding of an emerging, evolving market', and is 'a straight talker' with 'a clear understanding of blockchain and cryptocurrencies'. She assisted Revolut with its EMI re-registration and with compliance issues relating to Payment Services Directive 2 (PSD2), acted for Property Partner on regulatory matters, and advised four clients on establishing crowdfunding platforms. The 'flexible, deadline-driven, highly knowledgeable' Christopher Grew and venture capital expert Ylan Steiner are strong on the corporate and finance side: Grew acted for WorldRemit on a $40m investment by LeapFrog Investments, advised Revolut on a $66m investment by Index Ventures and assisted Stripe and Goodwater Capital with their $93m investment in Monzo, while Steiner advised Railsbank Technology on its £820,000 seed financing. Other clients of the department include Azimo, Currencycloud, MoneyFarm and True Potential Wealth Management. Technology-focused corporate partner Ali Ramadan arrived from Bird & Bird LLP  in January 2018.

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