Firm Profile > Paul Hastings LLP > London, England

Paul Hastings LLP
100 Bishopsgate
LONDON
EC2N 4AG
England

Commercial property: investment Tier 2

The team at Paul Hastings LLP serves as a one-stop-shop for investment matters with clients noting its ‘particular expertise for corporate-based real estate transactions’. Supported by strong finance and tax expertise, the group represents a number of leading international investment firms, management companies and private equity businesses, often in relation to their big-ticket transactions. Practice head Michael James, hailed for his ‘dogged focus on optimising his clients’ interests’, is a specialist in structured transactions, joint ventures, fund investments and hotel operations. Below partner level, the firm boasts a number of well regarded associates, including Matthew Peters, who is ‘extremely diligent and technically very strong’.

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Testimonials

‘A personal service and responsive. Ideally suited to fast-tracked and complex deal structures.’

‘Matthew Peters has a detailed understanding of the legal documentation on complex overseas deals, making the decision-making process easier for clients and other consultants working on projects.’

‘The Paul Hastings team is very motivated, energetic and capable. The team fosters close collaboration with their clients and client service is clearly something the practice focuses on. I believe that Paul Hastings is as energetic and motivated to do a good job for their clients as any other legal firm in the UK.’

‘Matthew Peters is a extremely diligent associate, managing processes well.’

‘Michael James has a dogged focus on protecting and optimising his clients position.’

 

‘We have worked with Paul Hastings on a number of deals over the past year and in every case the team have been a pleasure to work with. Paul Hastings have been extremely user-friendly, answering queries and recommending us well. The Paul Hastings team are diligent, hard working and communicate well, keeping us up to date with where we are with documents and deadlines.’

‘Matthew Peters has worked with us on a number of deals including refinance, acquisition and sales as our main point of contact. Matt is extremely hardworking and knowledgeable allowing him to provide high quality advice. This enables us to respond quickly and take the initiative in the transaction which has been key.’

‘Best-in-class real estate lawyers. Unrivalled for quality of work in terms of any legal real estate practice in Europe. Technically in a different league to other law firms we work with.’

‘Michael James is in my opinion the best real estate lawyer in Europe. Technically excellent, and tactically very strong in negotiations.’

‘Matthew Peters is great to work with, technically very strong, very level headed when it comes to negotiations.’

‘Stephen Nicolas is very strong tactically in negotiations.’

‘Very commercial and knowledgeable about the market. Very committed team.’

‘Stephen Nicolas is incredibly hardworking and tenacious in accomplishing tasks to an excellent standard. He also exhorts all members of the wider teams (buyer and seller and advisers) to progress projects to completion in a timely manner.’

Key clients

Starwood Capital

Evans Randall Investors

Benson Elliot

Walton Street

Goldman Sachs

TPG

Highgate Hotels

Omnam Group

RB Capital

Activum

LRC

Fora

Fintech Tier 2

With a strong transatlantic presence, Paul Hastings LLP 's fintech team combines financial service regulatory and transactional experience with specific expertise across areas including IP and technology. It advises a broad spectrum of clients on matters including payments, blockchain, data privacy, cybersecurity and compliance. The London practice's expertise in the cryptocurrency field is particularly strong and includes assisting clients with expansion into new markets, product development and AML issues. Team head Arun Srivastava  often advises fintech clients on cross-border product offerings within the EU and the US. In addition, he is very experienced in financial services litigation and investigations. Sarah Pearce  heads the firm's EMEA privacy and cyber security practice and advises clients on matters such as investigations and data breaches, as well as complex transactions.

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Testimonials

‘Good knowledge of fintech regulation both in US and across the EU’

‘Expert technical knowledge combined with an extremely practical hands-on approach and an extremely strong client base. In depth knowledge of new developments and fintech models.’

‘Nina Moffatt is approachable, friendly and has an excellent pragmatic approach to dealing with client queries’

‘Arun Srivastava has a well deserved reputation in the market for excellence’

‘Konstantin Burkov provides detailed advice and has an extremely strong grasp of detail’

‘Sarah Pearce is very impressive, responsive and easy to deal with

High yield Tier 2

Paul Hastings LLP advises sophisticated clients, including global banks, private credit funds and issuers, on complex cross-border high-yield transactions. Among its clients are Morgan Stanley, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs and Blackstone. With high yield being an integral part of the wider banking and finance group, the firm is able to advise on the full range of bonds and leveraged loans. One client remarks that it has 'a great team that is efficient, knowledgeable and always on top of everything’. Corporate partner Peter Schwartz leads the firm's European high-yield practice. He has more than 20 years' experience and is a key adviser to major investment banks. Leveraged finance partner Edward Holmes handles leveraged loan and capital markets transactions for underwriters and arrangers, notably in acquisition financing and high-yield debt offerings. Associate Carlos Ruiz also plays a key role in the firm's largest mandates.

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The firm has a great team, efficient, knowledgeable, always on top of everything andhands on”. I love to work with them and to brainstorm.’

‘Edward Holmes is extremely smart, efficient, easy-going and great to work with.’

‘The advocacy, advice and careful compliance with securities laws set Paul Hastings apart.’

‘The high-yield team at Paul Hastings are strong advocates. I know when an issue is brought to me for consideration they have already fought hard for me, whereas some other firms seem to spend more time trying to talk me into the opposing party’s position than fighting for my own.’

‘The Paul Hastings team is happy to provide specific and actionable advice, and to put that advice on email. Their willingness to take a position and stand behind it is a great help in documenting my efforts to comply with the law and achieve favourable outcomes. Too many other firms equivocate and provide advice only by phone.’

‘The Paul Hastings high-yield team is very careful to ensure compliance with securities laws. This is particularly important on emerging markets transactions and helps me get comfortable with difficult issues on challenging transactions.’

‘Peter Schwartz excels in complex emerging markets transactions. He makes even the most difficult deals happen through a combination of legal acumen, tenacity, creativity and years of experience shepherding challenging transactions to market.’

‘Edward Holmes has an excellent understanding of both US and European markets and practice. He is skilled at getting all sides to a reasonable position without undue stress.’

‘Associate Carlos Ruiz is always organised and on top of issues. Having him on point in transactions provides peace of mind that nothing is slipping through the cracks.’

‘Maximilian Kirchner is a great lawyer, very commercial and responsive, technically excellent and literally available 24/7. He has a deep understanding of the high yield market. In addition, he is really personable. It is a pleasure to work with him.’

‘Maximilian Kirchner has advised us on various pan-European and transatlantic high yield transactions. He has a very deep understanding of the high yield market and is exceptionally responsive.’

‘The quality of Maximilian Kirchner’s work is outstanding, and he is very efficient when it comes to cost control. In addition to his excellent skillset in executing complex high yield bond deals, Maximilian provides invaluable guidance during the structuring of deals.’

Key clients

Blackstone

Goldman Sachs

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Citigroup

Credit Suisse

Barclays

Royal Bank of Canada

NatWest

JP Morgan

Morgan Stanley

TD Securities

BNP Paribas

HSBC

Deutsche Bank

Mizuho

GCX Limited

Standard Chartered Bank

Standard Bank

Nomura

EA Partners I B.V.

EA Partners II B.V.

Oakley Capital

KKR

Brookfield

York Capital

Hospitality and leisure Tier 2

Paul Hastings LLP has considerable strength in the transactional space, handling high-value merger and acquisition matters for key clients nationally and internationally. Highlighted for its 'seamless service', the practice is skilled in managing large hotel portfolios including asset management matters, acquisitions, disposals, and joint ventures. Practice head Michael James focuses on corporate real estate matters and has more than a decade of expertise in the hotels sector. He acts across the EMEA region in structured transactions and acquisitions.

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‘Very commercial and knowledgeable about the market. Very committed team.’

‘Michael James is exceptional. Very responsive. Good at collaborating with other advisers to provide a seamless service.’

Key clients

Starwood Capital

LRC

Benson Elliot

Walton Street

Goldman Sachs

TPG

Highgate Hotels

Omnam Group

RB Capital

Property finance Tier 2

Paul Hastings LLP's property finance practice primarily handles work concerning debt origination, complex structured joint ventures and funds, and CMBS loans. Practice head Justin Jowitt regularly advises on senior and mezzanine arrangements, especially where several jurisdictions are involved. Miles Flynn is active on the CMBS side of the practice, most recently advising on a matter involving the Intu shopping centre in Derby. Associate Usman Khan is a promising name at junior level.

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‘Partners are always available. Associates are also always in a position to assist.’

‘All staff I have encountered have good technical knowledge and are happy to engage with lawyers on the other side in a sensible, practical way.’

‘Justin Jowitt and Usman Khan both have a detailed understanding of what I want in the way of assistance and guidance. Because of this, they are able and willing to liaise directly with the other side’s lawyers, which saves time and delivers positive outcomes for all parties.’

‘They provide advice to me which is always considered and commercial.’

‘The Paul Hastings real estate finance team are a very strong group. They are attentive, commercial and extremely efficient in running financing processes from start to finish.’

‘They work with their industry peers in a very collaborative manner which more often than not results in a good experience for both lender and borrower.’

‘Justin Jowitt is a very astute, hardworking and well-liked individual within his partner peer group in the industry.’

‘Justin is fair and commercial. He takes a hands-on role on all his deals, which gives us the benefit of having dedicated and consistent partner oversight on all transactions.’

Key clients

Starwood European Finance Partners

Bank of America Merrill Lynch International

Investec Bank Plc

Aareal Bank AG

JP Morgan

Morgan Stanley

AIG

Deutsche Bank

Evans Randall

Och-Ziff

Link Mortgage Servicing

Situs

Freehold Corporation

DRC Capital

Oaktree Capital

Fairfield Real Estate Finance

Securitisation Tier 2

Paul Hastings LLP is still best known for its market-leading arranger-side CMBS practice but it has significantly broadened its scope in recent years. As well as a growing volume of servicer-side CMBS instructions, the firm is handling RMBS deals, loan-on-loan transactions for debt funds and CLOs for arranger banks. Among its major clients are Kensington Mortgage Company, Bluestone Mortgages, Deutsche Bank and Consensus Business Group. Commercial real estate specialist Miles Flynn and the 'extremely reliable, resourceful and pragmaticPaul Severs, who has more than 25 years’ experience in deals involving residential and commercial mortgages, consumer loans, revolving credits and whole business structures, jointly lead the practice. Charles Roberts, who also focuses on commercial real estate transactions, is a prominent figure in the market. Cameron Saylor's practice focuses on CLOs, on which he frequently advises leading banks including Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank. Clients appreciate 'the speed and quality of initial responses, as well as the breadth and strength of the team'.

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‘We appreciate the speed and quality of initial responses, as well as the breadth and strength of the team. It has the ability to call upon additional expertise swiftly to complement the team. It shows commerciality in addition to the legal advice.’

‘Miles Flynn shows quality, commerciality and his advice and input, both orally and in writing, have a straightforward nature.’

‘It is a very solid firm with very strong partners and highly capable teams of supporting lawyers.’

‘Paul Severs is an extremely reliable, resourceful and pragmatic partner. We have benefited from knowing Paul for many years now and in a range of different business relationships. He has great depth of experience and versatility on structured finance matters and makes use of his colleagues for other matters where others can add their relevant expertise better than he can.’

‘We appreciated the firm’s expertise in the non-bank residential UK mortgage sector and in RMBS. The main partner has great expertise and he totally understands the sector we are involved in.’

‘Paul Severs is the reason for utilising this firm. He is an expert in his field, very thorough and diligent, and he listens to clients’ issues and queries and is thoughtful and creative in his solutions.’

‘Paul Severs stands out for his excellent knowledge of the securitisation markets. He also combines his years experience with being commercially pragmatic.’

‘The firm has detailed knowledge of the specific way non-bank lending companies are set up commercially and from a regulatory and tax-efficient perspective. It is happy to give advice on other topics or to put me in touch with people with specific knowledge.’

‘The team is very experienced, particularly in the needs of originators, as well as being very supportive and responsive. It is very understanding of our business needs.’

Key clients

Kensington Mortgage Company Limited

Bluestone Mortgages Limited

The Mortgage Lender

Deutsche Bank

Fairfield

Mount Street

Market Mortgage Limited

LiveMore Capital Limited

Balbec Capital LP

Consensus Business Group

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP has 'vast experience in the field and acts with great determination and conviction'. The practice is led by the 'impressive' Sarah Pearce, who advises start-ups and public sector organisations on a variety of data protection and cyber security issues. Recent highlights include handling data breaches and compliance issues and advising on the risks related to data collection and use.

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‘The Paul Hastings team is the equal of any data protection, privacy and cybersecurity practice I have seen.’

‘Sarah Pearce’s team appears to hold vast experience in the field and acts with great determination and conviction, and always with the client’s business in focus.’

‘Sarah Pearce is a true expert within the field. Like her team, she acts fast, effectively and is a great communicator to the benefit of both clients and cooperation partners. Her experience as well as her business acumen make her stand out.’

‘Sarah Pearce in particular is very impressive, responsive and easy to deal with.’

Key clients

American Express

Fund finance Tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP advises lenders and sponsors on a range of fund financing and leveraging matters, including subscription, NAV and hybrid loan facilities; the group also handles leveraged loans and other financing structures for funds in a range of asset classes and domiciles. The team acts for fund sponsors, institutional lenders and investors, collaborating with its US funds practice as well as regulatory and funds teams. The practice is jointly led by Cameron Saylor, who specialises in structured credit and risk retention in the UK, EU, and US; Diala Minott, who works with debt and credit funds on financing and regulatory issues; Justin Jowitt, who is a real estate finance specialist with experience in a number of structured loan facilities; and Christian Parker, who advises on structured bond and fund products for credit fund managers.

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The PH team is strong across the board – true one-stop shop for fund formation, fund finance, asset finance and tax practices.’

‘Highly responsive and demonstrates good commercial understanding.’

‘Justin Jowitt and Sierra Taylor are my go to counsel for financing secured by fund assets.’

‘I have only had positive feedback internally and externally when we have appointed PH. Their background knowledge and connected history of a niche offering such as financing alternatives is essential and I’m not sure the partners/associates have come across a structure they did not know how to opine and make workable from all angles. Their attention to detail and follow-up, keeping momentum from all parties, being able to engage counsel opposite of them directly, and most of all to get the trade across the line is where they shine.’

Key clients

Credit Suisse AG, London Branch

Raiffeisen Bank International

Deutsche Bank

MacKay Shields Europe Investment Management

Citigroup

Ostrum Asset Management

PGIM

Goldman Sachs

MeDirect Bank

Barclays Bank

Northwoods European CLO Management

PineBridge Investments

Morgan Stanley & Co.

JP Morgan

Och Ziff

ICG

BAML

Albacore

Ares

CVC

Angelo Gordon

Activum SG

MML Capital Partners

Pantheon Ventures

MVM Partners

Blackrock Real Assets

Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m) Tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP' City practice is headed by Anu Balasubramanian , who remains highly active internationally, advising on a number of transactions and securing several new clients. The team continues to benefit from the arrival of former Hogan Lovells International LLP corporate partner Steven Bryan , who advises on buyouts, exits and investment deals, with a particular focus on infrastructure. However a three-partner private equity team including London partners Leanne Moezi and Ed Harris returned to Hogan Lovells. Other key names in the London practice at Paul Hastings include Garrett Hayes , who is notable for his work in the telecommunications field, and Matthew Poxon , whose transatlantic mandates include advising City Football Group on a $500m investment by Silver Lake.

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Dedicated team which proactively learns and institutionalises the client’s house styles and needs. Understands the need to be very responsive.

‘Anu Balasubramanian is very responsive, proactive and easy to deal with on a personal level.’

Key clients

Abry Partners

Link Mobility Group

Oakley Capital

North Technology Group

Vector Capital

Saba Software

SICP Investments

Goldman Sachs

Citigroup

Barclays

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Nomura

HSBC

Credit Suisse

Rabobank

ING

Deutsche Bank

Brookfield

Real estate funds Tier 3

Paul Hastings LLP provides full service support to many of the world's largest fund managers, as well as institutional investors. Its real estate funds offering is part of a broader practice, which encompasses private equity funds, secondaries transactions, fund financings and credit funds. With support from tax and regulatory experts on both sides of the Atlantic, the team is particularly adept at forming heavily regulated and complex fund structures, including hybrid funds. In a recent highlight, Diala Minott and senior associate Steven Ward advised Cheyne Capital on the launch of its second impact real estate fund, the Cheyne Impact Real Estate Trust. Minott co-heads the practice with Christian Parker and Duncan Woollard.

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Testimonials

Very good partners. Excellent real estate and fund tax capabilities. Very responsive and highly value the relationship with us.

Diala Minott – Excellent lawyer who consistently performs and delivers for you as a client. Always wanting to provide the best service possible.

Duncan Woollard is a pleasure to work with. He really goes the extra mile and you get the impression he has seen everything as he always has a solution! I really value his openness and sense of humour, even when under pressure. He is genuinely unflappable!

Key clients

Octopus Healthcare

LaSalle

Activum

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 3

The investigations and white-collar team at Paul Hastings LLP advises on all aspects of anti-corruption law, including compliance, due diligence on M&A, negotiating with government enforcement authorities and civil litigation. It often takes leading roles in global investigations for major corporates.

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‘Exceptionally talented litigation and investigation team which is very knowledgeable, covering the whole spectrum of regulatory, tax compliance and corporate criminal law.’

‘Highly regarded by regulators for their professionalism and abilities.’

‘Paul Hastings is a well-resourced firm with good international connections and a high degree of professional expertise’.

‘Paul Hastings are the ‘go-to’ firm for boutique, corporate criminal fraud investigations and defence’.

‘Very clear advice, friendly and very supportive and a real sense of being here to help you with expert leadership’.

‘Joanna Dimmock is an up–and-coming star with extraordinary commitment to her clients’ cases; she can achieve the impossible more often than not’.

‘Jonathan Pickworth is a superb leader’.

‘Joanna Dimmock has unrivalled knowledge and experience of her field which comes from conducting the most high profile cases from beginning to end’.

‘Joanna Dimmock devotes a laser-like focus and unceasing energy to fighting every case’.

‘Jonathan Pickworth is superb and one of the most sophisticated thinkers in this area’.

Acquisition finance Tier 4

Paul Hastings LLP's 'focused and solutions-driven' team continues to gain market share in London and is seen with increasing regularity on complex deals for lenders and sponsors. Key to this success is the 'knowledgeable and sharpLuke McDougall , whose commerciality is consistently evidenced on deals implementing complex debt arrangements throughout the capital structure. Richard Kitchen is another important member of the team, particularly in light of his 'very good knowledge of the direct lending market'. The team was recently boosted by the hire of Shearman & Sterling LLP EMEA finance head Peter Hayes.

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The client-focused and solution-driven team has a very good knowledge of the market.

As a team, they are knowledgeable about the more arcane areas of leveraged finance, including PIK debt and preferred shares.

The team is very easy to form long lasting relationships with. The lawyers are always very approachable and focused on their client.

The knowledgeable and sharp Luke McDougall is client driven and pleasant to work with.

The very bright Richard Kitchen has very good knowledge of the direct lending market.

Richard Kitchen and Luke McDougall are technically excellent and commercial lawyers; Richard has an additional arrow to his bow, which is that he is particularly good at organising a lender process for the borrower to support a bid.

Key clients

Goldman Sachs

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Morgan Stanley

HSBC

Barclays

RBC

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Mizuho

Natwest

Nomura

Citibank

Boparan Group

Blackrock

TPG Specialty Lending

Abry Partners

NJJ

Oakley Capital

Barings

Albacore

MV Credit

Credit Agricole

KKR

Brookfield Asset Management

SilverTree Equity

EQT Credit

Abry Senior Equity Fund

JP Morgan

ETIHAD airline group financing vehicle

Ares

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 4

Paul Hastings LLP's restructuring offering in London may be smaller than some of its rivals but the team works effectively alongside practitioners from complementary firmwide practice groups - including corporate, banking, real estate and structured finance - and is consequently able to advise debtors and creditors on both domestic and cross-border formal insolvency mandates, as well as matters involving a more transactional approach. 'A real name in the market', team head David Ereira takes the lead on the most significant mandates handled by the office, including work on behalf of funds, corporates and IPs, in both domestic and cross-border contexts. During 2020, the team was boosted by the arrivals of restructuring and finance specialists Mei Lian and Peter Hayes from Shearman & Sterling LLP.

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‘Exceptional restructuring, insolvency and finance practice. Very much in front of the market on technology and implementation.’

‘Razor sharp team, go-to choice for boards and creditor groups facing into complex corporate finance situations. Robust advisers who apply themselves situations with energy and impact to get the best for their clients.’

‘David Ereira is a real name in the market.’

‘Crispin Daly is well versed in complex and international insolvency issues.’

‘Crispin Daly has great intellect, exceptional attention to detail and wonderful client skills. He really is one to watch. A future star, if not already one!’

Key clients

Government of Jamaica

Global Cloud Exchange

Abraaj

EA Partners

QuickQuid

Pizza Express

Park First

Derivatives and structured products Tier 4

'It is unique insofar as it always seems to be at the forefront of a changing industry, faced with regulatory challenges all the time', remarks one client of the role Paul Hastings LLP plays in the CLO market, noting that 'you just know the firm is on it and shaping the market'. In the CLO space, the firm is known for its innovative approach to transactions and its ability to design novel structures to deal with regulatory issues and address investor concerns. The London practice is also known for assisting new entrants to the market, as well as for advising established market participants such as Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs. Cameron Saylor and Diala Minott are the lead partners.

Testimonials

‘It is unique insofar as it always seems to be at the forefront of a changing industry, faced with regulatory challenges all the time. You just know Paul Hastings are on it and shaping the market.’

‘Cameron Saylor is a reliable, senior person in the market. He is highly respected but, importantly, extremely accessible. Working with an industry expert like Cameron gives you confidence.’

‘My experience with Cameron Saylor has always been excellent. He is very responsive, has a clear grasp of all relevant issues and is prepared to give a view rather than just setting out legal analysis. He is also very much focused on collaborative working – even when he has been on the other side of a trade, he is still helpful in getting all the parties to where they need to be.’

‘Strong capabilities in representing arrangers on CLOs. Our experience working with them has been excellent, owing to continued focus from the partner, Cameron Saylor, so as to ensure that any issues are quickly resolved. They have a strong practice on the manager-side as well, which gives them the ability to look at issues from both angles and propose solutions which work for all parties.’

‘Cameron Saylor, head of team on the arranger-side has seen many CLO transactions and built a strong practice. We understand he represents some managers, so combined with arranger side practice has good knowledge of the market. He is able to take the time to explain the concepts and rationale behind various deal features and guide us to the right outcome. Despite their widening practice, he takes a hands-on approach and is on top of all the deals his team works on and his approachable to talk through any of the points.’

Chris Georgakis is a great lawyer to work with. He manages the transaction well as he is very thorough with docs and is proactive in making sure that all loose ends are tied up, and keeps us up to date with progress so that we know how to manage the deal on our side.’

Corporate tax Tier 5

Paul Hastings LLP's tax group focuses on investment funds, private equity ad structured finance work, which often has a transatlantic flavour. The department is led by Arun Birla, who has 'strong analytical and negotiation skills'. Associate Jiten Tank focuses on the tax aspects of corporate M&A, funds and real estate transactions. Associate Hannah Gray is recommended for advice on the structuring of financial products.

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One of the few teams in the market, that combines in depth tax know how with business acumen. I like in particular their strength in project management and their goal oriented collaboration with other advisors on international projects.’

Paul Hastings have a brilliant reputation in the corporate restructuring, tax and credit fund space, as a result of being able to foster strong personal relationships whilst maintaining excellent advisory quality. What makes them unique is their diversity, efficiency and above all else, their kindness when working with other advisors.’

Arun Birla has strong analytical and negotiation skills. He and his team, in particular Hannah Gray, deliver spot on advise, which enables their clients to digest the message and ultimately take an assessment or a decision.’

Key clients

Societe Generale

Activum

BaseCamp

Benson Elliot

Intel

Alcentra

Credit Suisse

LaSalle Investment Management

Mizuho Bank

Oakley

Octopus Healthcare

Starwood Capital

Intermediate Capital Group

Kensington Mortgage Company

Abry Partners II, LLC

Mayfair Capital

Monaco Telecom SAM

Energy and infrastructure Tier 5

Paul Hastings LLP offers 'excellent market and sector knowledge' in infrastructure-related matters, including infrastructure funds, high-end M&A transactions, and financings.  The group added significant bench strength with the 2019 additions of well regarded corporate infrastructure and energy partner Steven Bryan and senior associate Tamsin Doran from Hogan Lovells International LLP. It is instructed on large infrastructure, transportation and telecoms projects, and often acts alongside the firm's broader projects, PPP and PFI department.  

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‘Excellent market and sector knowledge. Technically very able’

‘Steven Bryan  has very good sector knowledge and is technically excellent’

Key clients

Brookfield Infrastructure

Brookfield Private Equity

Arcus Infrastructure Partners LLP

Hermes Infrastructure

Salt Mobile SA

Global Cloud Exchange

Financial services: contentious Tier 5

Paul Hastings LLP advises banks and financial services providers on high-stakes investigations and corporate compliance, including cases involving the FCA, PRA and foreign regulatory authorities, particularly the US. Arun Srivastava leads the team and assists regulated firms comply with evolving regulatory obligations, particularly in relation to innovation in the Fintech space and cross-border matters. Also notable is senior associate Nina Moffatt, who joined in 2019 and focuses on advising a range of clients on regulatory requirements across Europe.

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‘The firm has one of the best financial services teams in the sector and Arun Srivastava has encyclopaedic knowledge of financial services regulation. He is capable of dealing with regulators to sort of clients issues. He is very hands on and good with clients.’

 

Key clients

QuickQuid (CashEuroNet)

Park First

Landesbank Baden Württemberg (LBBW)

American Express

Accenture

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 5

The 'great team of highly-experienced lawyers' at Paul Hastings LLP advises on a range of contentious and non-contentious issues, with a particular focus on the asset management industry. The firm has experience advising financial services providers and fund managers on innovative products as well as matters such as licensing, international expansion, and compliance. Arun Srivastava is known for finance, Fintech, payments, funds and transactional work, specialising in assisting regulated firms comply with evolving regulatory obligations.

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‘They analyse each issue thoroughly and provide comprehensive, prompt, detailed (and yet concise) replies to all our queries’

‘Their expertise in practical questions is impressive’

‘Besides the knowledge base, they really know how to apply this knowledge. They understand the details of our queries; they are concise and don’t go into unnecessary explanations; they provide specific and comprehensive, clear replies’

‘A standout associate is Nina Moffatt’

‘Konstantin Burkov is a great individual to work with and provides support in a clear, business friendly manner. He is very responsive and quick’

Key clients

American Express

Bangkok Bank

CashEuroNet

JP Morgan

Waverton Investment Management

M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+ Tier 5

Paul Hastings LLP 's City M&A team has expanded through a number of high profile additions in recent years. Energy and infrastructure M&A partner Steven Bryan  joined the London arm in 2019, after heavyweight partner Roger Barron joined from Linklaters the previous year. The team is now able to advise across the full spectrum of deals including public and private M&A, private equity, strategic affiliations and joint ventures. Its client base includes companies in the tech, telecoms and digital infrastructure sectors, in addition to energy.

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Paul Hastings is without doubt the best law firm that we have worked with.

Paul Hastings has always made a commitment to work at our pace (whatever that might be). As a serial acquirer, we hold ourselves to tight deadlines and we expect the same of our advisers.

High capabilities in M&A

Advice is balanced and commercially oriented.

 

 

Key clients

Monaco Telecom

NJJ Telecom Europe

Saba Software

SICP Investments

Abry Partners II, LLC

Teleperformance SE

Madison Energy

Brookfield Infrastructure

Brookfield Private Equity

Arcus Infrastructure Partners LLP

Hermes Infrastructure

Aqua Comms

Salt Mobile SA

Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd

Jacobs Engineering Group

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Private funds (including infrastructure funds) Tier 5

Paul Hastings LLP's practice is highlighted for its strengths in credit funds, buyout funds, fund finance, restructurings and secondaries transactions. It is noted for particular strength in heavily-regulated and hybrid fund vehicles where funds law has an interface with capital markets law. The firm's high-calibre clients include names such as CVC Credit Partners, JP Morgan Asset Management and Pantheon Ventures. Diala MinottChristian Parker and Duncan Woollard are the co-heads of the practice.

Testimonials

Team has the right balance of experience in GP/LP work, complex transactions and most of all background in M&A which makes a big difference in their understanding of key issues. They have good coverage across Europe/US and key practices (tax, finance, etc).

Diala and her team are really impressive. For each issue I encountered, they quickly found a solution. It is such a pleasure working with them.

Diala Minott: she perfectly knows the debt fund sector, and proposes innovative solutions. She is very open-minded and ready to accept any new challenge.’

Knowledgable, well resourced and responsive team.

Diala Minott is up to speed with latest market developments, engaging and always available for discussion and provides commercial solutions to issues.’

Key clients

CVC Credit Partners

JP Morgan Asset Management

Wells Fargo Asset Management

Oak Hill Advisors

PGIM

Alcentra

Investindustrial

Anthemis

Pemberton

Pantheon Ventures

Employers Tier 6

Suzanne Horne heads up Paul Hastings LLP's international employment practice from London. The team advises large employers on significant disputes, as well as handling multi-jurisdictional projects, day-to-day advisory work and transactional support. Horne is described as a 'top-notch' lawyer', with 'a very down-to-earth approach both with clients and colleagues' and 'an extraordinary amount of law in her head.'

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Paul Hastings are able to call on a huge US firm resource, but without the sometimes overbearing quality of a US firm. Compared to other US firms, they are more nimble and creative than some.’

‘Suzanne Horne is an utterly hands-on and dedicated solicitor.’

‘Suzanne Horne delivers on-time practical and sound elements. She is willing to think together with the client.’

‘This practice has a very firm grasp of al the issues and an in-depth knowledge of their client’s business. They give practical, commercial advice in plain English and find solutions to complex problems.’

‘Suzanne Horne has an easy manner which makes working with her a delight. She is a top-notch employment lawyer and has a very down-to-earth approach both with clients and colleagues. She is also very enterprising in promoting the firm and has developed a wonderful global employment law guide covering around 40 jurisdictions.’

Suzanne Horne is, in my humble opinion, the best employment lawyer in London. She has an extraordinary amount of law in her head, and is able to quickly provide actionable advice when you call. Suzanne is the attorney you want in your corner.’

‘Suzanne Horne leads a talented group of associates who she entrusts with direct client contact (yet always is behind the scenes guiding the advice and instruction). We have been extremely pleased with a series of solicitors on her team under her direction and find anyone she has trained and recommended fully capable of handling our matters. Suzanne also knows when to step in and does so in the most economically conservative way possible.’

Key clients

AIG Inc., AIG Financial Products Corp. and AIG Management France, S.A.

Cheetah Digital.com

Chevron USA Inc. & Others

World Vision International

GE Corporation

Strategic Value Partners (UK) LLP

G W Pharma plc

Trico Group

David Linsley

Principal Hotel Company

Jacobs Engineering Group

Nude By Nature

Xerium Technologies, Inc.

The Walt Disney Company

ClearlySo

Our lawyers provide the legal solutions and business insights necessary to help our clients navigate new paths to growth. We have advised on numerous complex domestic and cross-border deals and financings, as well as helping clients manage compliance risks and resolve sensitive disputes.

Over the past five years our London team has more than doubled in size, and we continue to significantly strengthen our global practices to better serve our clients’ evolving needs.

Our City office continues to positively contribute to the firm’s financial trajectory. We continue to build our reputation in London and strengthen our existing global practices with a series of strategic and prominent London hires, who have already delivered outstanding successes for our clients.

Critical to our success has been the strong fabric of our culture. We attract, retain and promote extraordinary talent; preeminent partners in their fields who are energetic, dynamic, and who share our commitment to our clients. We strive to excel in specialist areas and have concentrated our growth in London in practice specialisms that are accretive to our overall global strategy; these key practice areas include finance/structured credit, corporate M&A/real estate, restructuring, private/credit funds and private equity. Our dynamic and entrepreneurial work environment encourages our focus on building close client relationships and developing our talent in a diverse and inclusive way so we are seen as trusted advisors.

The London office plans to build on the blocks of success set down in recent years, continue growth in size, revenue, and per partner profits, and expand our reach in our core business areas with the strategic hire of exceptional partner talent. Our confidence in our London offering is reflected in the firm’s much-discussed move to the top floors on the elite new 100 Bishopsgate development in 2019, sharing the building with Jeffries, Royal Bank of Canada, and Freshfields.

Department Name Email Telephone
London Office Chair Arun Birla arunbirla@paulhastings.com +44 (0) 20 3023 5176
Managing Partner Ronan O'Sullivan ronanosullivan@paulhastings.com +44 (0) 20 3023 5127
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