Sidley Austin LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

Sidley Austin LLP
70 St Mary Axe

Finance > Debt capital markets Tier 2

The DCM team at Sidley Austin LLP is ‘very focused in understanding the overall business of the client and it offers services based on their general understanding of their needs‘. The practice is ‘always thoughtful and arguably one of the most personable firms in the legal world‘. David Howe, who leads the English law practice in London, frequently acts leading European corporate and bank issuers, such as GlaxoSmithKline and Bank of Cyprus. His recent work for GSK includes the offering of notes with a combined value in excess of £3.5bn. US partner Alan Grinceri also plays a pivotal role in the practice, particularly following the retirement of London head of US law Mark Walsh at the end of 2022. Nigel Wilson (who is ‘always in the detail‘) is dual-qualified in US and English law, and he handles both investment and non-investment grade debt as part of a broad capital markets practice. Counsel Omar Shafi also play pivotal roles in DCM deals.

Practice head(s):

David Howe

Other key lawyers:


‘Always thoughtful and arguably one of the most personable firm/individuals I come across in the legal world. Excellent global connectivity, particularly between US and Europe.’

‘Nigel Wilson one of my go-to lawyers, always in the detail, leverages the firms full capabilities.’

‘Sidley is very unique in the sense that it builds strong and long-lasting relations with the clients. Sidley team is very focused in understanding the overall business of the client and it offers services based on their general understanding of their clientele needs.’

‘David Howe, the partner responsible for the company I work for, is very well informed about our operations overall and provides unique solutions to accommodate our needs. The Sidley team is overall very easy to reach, and they provide very clear analysis of the legal matters under their review.’

Key clients

Barclays Asia Capital Limited, BNP Paribas, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Société Générale

GSK plc, GlaxoSmithKline Capital plc and GSK Capital B.V.

Haleon plc

Merrill Lynch International, Mizuho International plc, SMBC Nikko Capital Markets Limited, Société Générale, Bank of China, HSBC, J.P. Morgan, Wells Fargo Securities


DBS Bank Ltd., Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited, Standard Chartered Bank, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, Singapore Branch, United Overseas Bank Limited and Westpac Banking Corporation

Bank of Cyprus Public Limited Company

GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK)

Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

Worley Group

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

BMO Capital Markets Corp.

Work highlights

  • Represented GSK on the establishment of US$1.4 billion and £1 billion syndicated revolving credit facilities and the issuance of c £3.5 billion of notes in sterling and euro.
  • Represented the underwriters in connection with a €500 million SEC-registered offering by Smith & Nephew plc, a leading London- and NYSE-listed portfolio medical technology company headquartered in the UK.
  • Acted for the Joint Lead Managers in connection with Westpac Banking Corporation’s September 2022 issue of S$450,000,000 Fixed Rate Reset Subordinated Instruments due 2032 issued under Westpac Banking Corporation’s US$70 billion Euro Medium Term Note Programme.

Finance > Securitisation Tier 2

Sidley Austin LLP 'consistently delivers an extremely professional and rigorous service reflective of the vast knowledge and expertise they have in the field of securitisation'. 'Extremely intelligent, commercially savvy' head of global finance Rupert Wall is widely regarded as a leading expert on securitisation and the team he leads 'provides a tailored approach and understands deeply the intricacies of transactions'. He worked with senior managing associate Azeem Sulemanji and managing associate Rebecca Chambers to assist CVC Credit as collateral manager with more than €1.2bn in new issuance of public European CLOs, including the €400m Cordatus 25 deal. Beyond the CLO space, he also acted for Finland's leading auto leasing business, Lahi Tapiola, on two STS auto loan securitisations with a total value in excess of €1bn. Senior counsel Nick Brittain is particularly active in asset-backed commercial paper conduits, his recent work including the establishment of a platform for Barclays Bank. Up-and-coming partner Emilie Stewart focuses on structured real estate transactions and NPL financings. One client remarks that 'there is a low turnover, so you really get to know the people giving you advice and trust that they know the ins and outs of your business'.

Practice head(s):

Rupert Wall

Other key lawyers:


‘We consider Sidley to be one of the leading securitisation legal teams and have utilised their services over a significant number of years. The team consistently delivers an extremely professional and rigorous service reflective of the vast knowledge and expertise they have in the field of securitisation.’

‘Sidley have acted for us as lender counsel on several bilateral securitisation financings. They are unique in that they are a relatively small team with highly qualified and diverse expertise. The team act for both sponsors and lenders, and in a variety of asset classes. Therefore we find they provide a tailored approach and understand deeply the intricacies of the transaction of the transaction and are able to approach issues from first principles.’

‘Rupert Wall has thoroughly impressed us with his exceptional qualities – responsiveness, extensive knowledge and cross-practice expertise. He has always sought to achieve the best position for us on transactions, and is very eloquent in defending our position which leads to the best outcome.’

‘The team has extensive experience and an in depth knowledge of the nuances of the securitisation industry. They are very approachable, quickly responsive to queries and requests for viewpoints, opinion and consultation. They go beyond expectations on the work they do.’

‘Rupert Wall is extremely intelligent, commercially savvy, has great experience in the securitisation market and can provide compelling advice at a moment’s notice.’

‘In my opinion, this practice stands out by the quality of both its partners and associates and by the availability of its partners. It should also be commended for a significant improvement to the diversity of the team in recent years.’

‘Rebecca Chambers is fantastic. She’s quick to provide feedback, draws on the practice’s resources when required and is proactive and ensuring a successful close to each transaction. Rupert Wall, is very experienced and rounded but most importantly is always available and ready to help out when needed.’

‘Rupert Wall is friendly, commercial and solutions-oriented, without sacrificing on the highest level of knowledge and expertise. Ellina Zinatullina is starting to rise above the pack with her drive and dedication.’

Key clients

CVC Credit

Permira Credit

Spire Partners

Oaktree Capital Management

Polar Asset Management

Zurich Insurance

Investec Bank PLC


Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM)

Jaja Finance


Barclays Bank PLC

Intermediate Capital Group PLC (ICG)

1Sharpe Capital

Work highlights

  • Represented CVC Credit as collateral manager counsel on over EUR1.2bn in issuance of public European CLOs in 2022.
  • Acting for ICG on all of its asset-backed securitised fund lending transactions in Europe.
  • Advised Lahi Tapiola, a large Finnish insurance company and auto finance originator on each of their public, STS auto securitisations to come to market.

Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare Tier 2

Sidley Austin LLP‘s team is noted for its ‘deep bench strength‘ and its experience in acting for companies developing gene therapy products and digital health tools. Praised by clients for her ‘confidence and ability‘, Maria Isabel Manley heads up the practice with her vast expertise in damages actions concerning generics, regularly appearing before the CJEU and the Committee of Orphan Medicinal Products. The ‘exceptionalRobert Darwin maintains a transactional practice, frequently assisting clients with strategic collaborations, private equity buyouts, and investment deals. Noted for his ‘in-depth and practical‘ expertise, senior managing associate Chris Boyle is adept at handling both contentious and non-contentious issues surrounding paediatric regulations and supplementary protection certificates, while managing associate Zina Chatzidimitriadou is noted for her broad knowledge of product life cycle management, with an emphasis on pricing and reimbursement issues.

Practice head(s):

Maria Isabel Manley


‘Robert Darwin is an exceptional lawyer with a thorough understanding of his client’s commercial requirements. Tough and determined but realistic and deft at getting the deal done in the end.’

‘The team excels at dealing with novel regulatory challenges, they have holistic treatment of product life cycle issues including market access, pricing and reimbursement, while maximising IP and data protection rights. Deep understanding of digital, data and the convergence of drug and medical devices.’

‘Sidley boasts deep bench strength headed by Marie Isabel Manley, with associates Zina Chatzidimitriadou and Chris Boyle. Marie is a leading figure, and Zina and Chris have in-depth and practical subject matter expertise, enabling them to navigate pharma regulations and provide pragmatic solutions.’

‘A deep understanding of the regulatory systems at UK and EU levels, with broad experience in the way companies operate. The team has a very engaging approach in its interactions with other, non-legal, functions in the business and this makes it much easier for advice to be explained and accepted.’

‘Marie Isabel Manley exudes confidence and ability, and this comes across in a very persuasive way. I value her ability to focus in on the key questions and to always have a solution that provides a successful outcome for the company.’

‘Chris Boyle has a very reassuring presence, and is calm and reflective, and always appreciates the priority of the client. His advice is concise and always provided with the realities of the business environment in mind.’

‘The Sidley Life Sciences team is great to work with and has a wonderful network of colleagues across the globe who are always ready to support their clients in their needs. They are knowledgeable while always providing “plain English” and clear advice. They are also not afraid to take a view and position when providing advice.’

‘Zina Chatzidimitriadou provides practical, pragmatic, and commercially aware legal advice, always listening to the client. She is approachable and reactive which demonstrates fantastic customer care.’

Key clients

Arat Health, Inc.

Juniper Life Sciences

Perspectum Group Ltd.

Les Laboratoires Servier

Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe

Huma Therapeutics Limited


Aperion Capital Limited


Work highlights

  • Representing Servier in three cases before the High Court and the Supreme Court. This concerns parallel proceedings brought by the health authorities in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland seeking damages for an alleged breach of competition rules in relation to Servier’s drug Perindopril.
  • Advising Juniper Life Sciences on the negotiation of the licensing and acquisition of the Middle East, African, Asian, and Australasian rights to a number of pharmaceutical products.
  • Represented Immunocore before the EMA’s Committee of Orphan Medicinal Products against its refusal to recommend Immunocore’s product for an orphan designation.

Investment fund formation and management > Hedge funds Tier 2

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

Lauded as a ‘strong, deep team with cross-border capabilities, commercial knowledge, and excellent client service‘, Sidley Austin LLP handles a steady volume of sponsor-side deals, both domestic and cross-border. A flurry of lateral hiring activity saw Ramy Wahbeh join as co-head of the global PE practice, arriving from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in June 2023. Wahbeh came from the firm along with Kaisa Kuusk, noted for capabilities in pan-European transactions. Adam Runcorn‘s transactional pedigree sees him working on high-profile deals in the sports, tech, and professional services sectors. Other names to note include Paul Dunbar, whose broad focus encompasses infrastructure, transportation, and healthcare, and Robert Darwin, who specialises in life sciences work. Tony Downes – who joined the team from Proskauer Rose LLP in July 2022 – is also recommended. Fatema Orjela left the firm in April 2024.

Practice head(s):

Ramy Wahbeh


‘Enjoyable team to work with. Highly engaged and committed to projects, but also good-humoured and a great interface to work with, even when facing challenges on a deal. Same breadth and depth of capabilities as other top-tier firms but with a down-to-earth team. Highly recommended.’

‘Exceptionally experienced team on mid-market private equity transactions across multiple strategies, which makes Sidley the ideal one-stop shop for the type of multi-strategy mid-market offering we provide to our investors.’

‘The long-term client-attorney relationship is key for Sidley which means that the relationship partners treat us an extremely valued client in ways that goes above and beyond what we receive from other firms in the market. Adam Runcorn is a standout partner.’

‘Strong, deep team with cross-border capabilities, commercial knowledge, and excellent client service.’

Key clients

Clearlake Capital Group

H.I.G. Europe Capital

EQT Private Equity

Arsenal Capital Partners

Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe


Achieve Capital Partners

Great Hill Partners

One Equity Partners

Buckthorn Partners

Macquarie Capital Principal Finance

Housatonic Partners



Siris Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (WCAS) in conjunction with Hg Capital on the US$5 billion merger of Norstella with Citeline.|
  • Advised Clearlake Capital Group in its acquisition of Chelsea Football Club and related affiliates in a consortium co-led with Todd Boehly, Chairman and CEO of Eldridge.
  • Advised funds managed by Apollo affiliates on their agreement to acquire Miller Homes Group Limited (Miller Homes) from Bridgepoint Group plc.

Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 3

The ‘entrepreneurial, commercial and highly personable’ team at Sidley Austin LLP has continued to gain market share for a range of stakeholders throughout the capital structure, from lead lenders, private equity sponsors engaged in distressed investments and for portfolio companies requiring liability management advice.  Under the leadership of the ‘young, energetic and commercial’ Jifree Cader and Mark Knight, the firm has, however, been particularly successful in scoring debtor-side roles, both in Europe and Asia. Most notably, the team has successfully worked alongside its Hong Kong restructuring and capital markets colleagues on the spate of offshore Chinese real estate company restructurings which have ensued since the firm acted as issuer counsel on their bond raisings.

Practice head(s):

Jifree Cader; Mark Knight

Other key lawyers:

Kieran Sharma; Dhevine Chandrapala; Raveena Channa; Molly Dyas; Luke Mason


‘An entrepreneurial, commercial and highly personable team.’

‘Mark Knight and Jifree Cader are both young, energetic and commercial, and are a joy to work with.’

‘Mark Knight’s ability to see the big picture, apply a strong commercial mindset and back it up with deep legal skills and hard work means premium results are achieved and the journey to them is as smooth and enjoyable as possible.’

‘The Sidley team really understands the commercial issues for our business. They are solution driven and always want to find a solution. A joy to work with!’

‘Mark Knight and Jifree Cader stand out amongst their peers. Both are hands-on when working on complex deals.’

‘Partners are available around the clock for clients and are hands-on with mandates, providing senior led complex advice using low levered teams, creating cost efficiencies.’

‘The individual strength of the team members at each level is highly visible and it is clear the team both likes and greatly respects one another. The working environment created by the Sidley approach results in a sense of being ‘in this together’ across client and counsel and that drives better outcomes and clearer communication between us.’

Key clients

Scale Facilitation Partners LLC (BritishVolt)

Merced Capital (Telford Offshore)

Schur Flexibles Group

The Learning Network

Global Loan Agency Services Limited (Galapagos)

Global Loan Agency Services Limited (Moby)

Travelex Topco Limited

CFLD (Cayman) Investment Limited

Modern Land (China) Co. Limited

RiseSun Real Estate Development Co., Limited

China Evergrande

Fantasia Holdings Group

Sunac China Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Merced Capital on its acquisition of the Telford Offshore group, by way of enforcement of Cayman security over shares held in the holding company of the operational group.
  • Advised China Fortune Land Development Co. on the restructuring of its $4.96bn offshore debt by way of English scheme of arrangement.
  • The Learning Network on the completion of its sale to Dutch investment company (Intersaction) and its associated restructuring.

Finance > Derivatives and structured products Tier 3

At Sidley Austin LLP, ‘the service provided is excellent, extremely responsive and proactive‘. ‘A crucial factor is their ability to handle complex and sophisticated matters, their pragmatic approach to getting the job done, and commercial awareness‘, says a client of the practice led by structured products partner Rupert Wall. He recently acted for Bank of America in two separate structured financings involving underlying middle market/direct-lending loans held within two separate and complicated fund structures. The deals had a cumulative value in excess of £1bn. Senior counsel Nick Brittain is a recognised derivatives specialist and senior associate Netanya Clixby is a key adviser to both buy-side and sell-side clients on derivatives and trading documentation.

Practice head(s):

Rupert Wall

Other key lawyers:

Nick Brittain; Netanya Clixby; Ellina Zinatullina


‘We predominantly work with Rupert Wall and Ellina Zinatullina at Sidley on our structured products. The service provided is excellent, extremely responsive and proactive, leading with the way on our behalf with our counterparty’s counsel.  A crucial factor is their ability to handle complex and sophisticated matters, their pragmatic approach to getting the job done, and commercial awareness, singles them out as a top-tier firm in this space.’

‘We have worked with Netanya Clixby to execute a series of ISDAs and master schedules over multiple rounds of financing and I have her to be professional, well versed in the substance and technical details, and very responsive.  Netanya was quite adept at working with multiple parties on a tight timeline to execute the necessary documents required.’

Key clients

Bank of America

Deutsche Bank

HIG Capital

Jaja Finance

Intermediate Capital Group

Investec Bank PLC



Spire Management / Spire Partners

Work highlights

  • Advising Bank of America (“BofA”) on structured products relating to middle market / direct-lending loans managed by a large global asset manager with funds provided by very large global sovereign wealth funds.
  • Advised Deutsche Bank as sole transaction and structuring counsel on a series of structured repack transactions involving the issuance of structured notes repackaging long-dated inflation linked CRE leases (so called triple-net leases).
  • Advising Spire Partners on all of its fund-related derivatives and repos.

Insurance > Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 3

Sidley Austin LLP is closely integrated with the wider firm’s US insurance team and is consequently well-equipped to handle complex cross-border M&A through its global footprint. The team has particular depth in insurance derivatives and structured finance, and has been active in the private equity entry into the insurance market. Martin Membery leads the London team and is also co-head of the firm’s global insurance practice, being noted for the international scope of his practice alongside James Phythian-Adams, who is similarly expert in resolving complex, cross-border mandates in this space. Fatema Orjela left the firm in April 2024.

Practice head(s):

Martin Membery

Other key lawyers:


‘Outstanding professionals. Partners with true thought leadership and recognised as leading edge in their sector.’

‘Martin Membery and James Phythian-Adams are both true trusted advisors.

‘Industry knowledge, legal acumen, timeliness and billing flexibility.’

‘Martin Membery is very accessible and provides keen insights on business as well as legal matters.’

Key clients

Altamont Capital








Munich Re


Work highlights

  • Advising Westfield on its acquisition of the Lloyd’s operations of Argo Group, including Argo’s Lloyd’s managing agency and Argo’s members supporting Syndicate 1200.
  • Advising various private equity firms in connection with the acquisition of Lloyd’s managing agents and syndicates/corporate members and other forms of investment in Lloyd’s.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 4

Sidley Austin LLP fields a tax team who ‘go the extra mile’  in key areas such as M&A, private equity, global finance and real estate. Oliver Currall leads the London department, and co-heads the firm’s wider European tax practice. Currall, who is qualified as a UK Chartered Tax Adviser, has particular expertise in private equity transactions. Jason Menzies is a key contact for M&A transactions, and Steve Quinn has notable expertise in finance and capital markets tax. Associate Avi Kaye joined from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Currall

Other key lawyers:


‘They go the extra mile and are very intelligent in what they do. They understand commercial reality and are there to help their clients.’

‘Oliver Currall and Avi Kaye. They are timely, accurate, commercial with a clear intent to help our clients.’

‘Strong tax practice on UK funds taxation.’

‘Oliver Currall is smart, commercial and works alongside you to get to the right place.’

Key clients

Apollo Global Management

Clearlake Capital


Buckthorn Partners

GlaxoSmithKline Plc

CVC Credit

Colliers Global Investors

Discovery Education

TowerBrook Capital Partners

Commonwealth Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Advised Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. in its acquisition of Chelsea Football Club and related affiliates in a consortium co-led with Todd Boehly, Chairman and CEO of Eldridge.
  • Advised Apollo affiliates on their agreement to acquire Miller Homes Group Limited (Miller Homes) from Bridgepoint Group plc.
  • Advised One Equity Partners and Buckthorn Partners in connection with their acquisition of Amey UK plc from Ferrovial.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 4

The ‘responsive and commercially aware’ team at Sidley Austin LLP covers a broad scope of mandates concerning investment funds, payment services and UK/EU securitisation regulation, in addition to anti-money laundering and financial sanctions compliance programmes. Praised for his ‘deep knowledge of payments regulation’, John Casanova leads the practice alongside ‘client-focusedLeonard Ng, who has demonstrable expertise in regulation relating to Brexit, crypto-assets, sustainable finance and ESG. Rachpal Thind advises on the regulatory aspects of structured finance transactions, while Max Savoie ‘possesses excellent technical knowledge of payments regulation and delivers advice in a pragmatic and commercially sensitive manner’.

Practice head(s):

John Casanova; Leonard Ng

Other key lawyers:


‘Great team of payments lawyers. They are very responsive and commercially aware.’

‘Leonard Ng has deep financial services expertise, delivers practical solutions, client-focused, constantly looking out for clients and provides regular updates on developments.’

‘Max Savoie possesses excellent technical knowledge of payments regulation and delivers advice in a pragmatic and commercially sensitive manner. He is one of the best payments practitioners in the market.’

‘John Casanova has a deep knowledge of payments regulation and really understands the market. He’s great at translating complicated legal requirements into actionable advice and guidance.’

‘Rachpal Thind is very knowledgeable on consumer credit matters.’

‘The team takes a greater role in not just advising alternative investment firms individually, but also in representative bodies such as MFA or AIMA, which differentiates themselves from other law firms in terms of their pro-active approach in pushing forward practical and appropriate legislation.’

‘I feel confident that the guidance I am receiving from Leonard Ng ensures we comply with the relevant regulatory requirements, and given his involvement in the industry bodies such as AIMA and MFA, he has a unique perspective on how other firms operate within the industry.’

‘The team has both broad and deep expertise which translates into useful, practical guidance and counsel.’

Key clients

Galvanize Climate Solutions LLC

William Blair International Limited

Athora Holding Ltd.

Clearlake Capital Group LP

Citadel Group

Deutsche Bank (New York)

King Street Capital

D.E. Shaw Group

B-Flexion Group

Managed Funds Association

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 4

Praised by clients for its ‘network of contacts and resources’, Sidley Austin LLP has in-depth expertise in complex money laundering, market abuse, and serious fraud matters, acting on behalf of various c-suite executives, senior board members, and bankers across the finance and media sectors. Sara George is an ‘exceptional individual’ who leads the firm’s London-based offering, specialising in issues surrounding criminal misconduct, market abuse, and insider dealing.

Practice head(s):

Sara George

Other key lawyers:

Alastair Hopwood


‘Case experience, knowledge of the law, network of contacts and resources to lean on.’

‘Sara George; truly an exceptional individual who truly goes all out to do the very best for her client. Not only does she have extensive experience but she also works tirelessly to achieve the optimal outcome.’

‘A very experienced small team with excellent international reach.’

‘Sara George is a preeminent regulatory lawyer and a tenacious fighter when it comes to litigation, criminal or civil.’

‘The team at Sidley in London in this area is greatly staffed, with excellent professionals but also great individuals. They coordinate among them really well and bring great added value with expertise both in local as well as in international matters, including in cross-border projects and coordinating international matters and bringing additional practical and commercial insights.’

‘I have very much enjoyed working with the team in this area at Sidley in London due to them being not only excellent professionals, but also being great persons and team players among them and with external teams involved, such as our team or the clients’ team. They also bring expertise from different areas and sectors, including from public services and drawing on the experience of former prosecutors.’

Key clients

Lars Mørch

Tom Hayes

BeIn Media Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Lars Mørch, former Danske Bank Executive Board Member and former Head of International Banking of Danske Bank, in connection with the largest money laundering case by value of sums laundered (US$230 billion).
  • Represented the former UBS and Citigroup trader Tom Hayes, who was convicted of interest-rate rigging following a Serious Fraud Office-led trial on a pro bono basis in the Financial Services and Markets Tribunal in a successful challenge to a proposed prohibition order following his conviction for manipulation of LIBOR whilst the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
  • Helped beIN Media Group to successfully manage an international dispute with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 4

The banking litigation practice at Sidley Austin LLP is ‘hugely experienced and technically brilliant‘, with the international capabilities of the team allowing it to undertake high-profile, multi-jurisdictional matters. Matthew Shankland leads the unit, notably representing major insurance firm Genworth in a high-value PPI mis-selling claim. Andrew Fox is a further key contact, with extensive experience in complex financial derivative products. Also of note are Alastair Hopwood and the ‘very hard-working and reliable senior associateSarah Lainchbury.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Shankland


‘Excellent teams with right level of seniority allocated to matters.’

‘Matt Shankland  is a senior partner and hugely experienced Sarah Lainchbury is a very hard-working and reliable senior associate.’

‘The team is hugely experienced and technically brilliant their experience within the industry and connections internationally allow them to provide a comprehensive all-round service to an incredibly high standard.’

‘Sarah Lainchbury’s responsiveness and knowledge of the specific field (contentious disputes and litigation) make you feel completely at ease.’

Key clients

Genworth Financial, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing leading U.S. insurance firm Genworth in a major PPI mis-selling-related litigation worth over £600m.

Investment fund formation and management > Private funds Tier 4

Sidley Austin LLP‘s investment funds practice dispenses advice on a wide range of private equity and credit strategies, including distressed debt, funding solutions, speciality lending, and litigation funding. The team is led by James Oussedik, who has vast knowledge of private fund formation issues concerning hedge funds and infrastructure funds.  Mateja Maher and Adrian Grocock left the firm to join Latham & Watkins in July 2023.

Practice head(s):

James Oussedik

Key clients


North Wall Capital

PineBridge Investments

Lodbrok Capital



Roundshield Partners LLP

Synthesis Capital

Queen’s Park Equity

Allianz Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advisng AllianceBernstein on the creation of its European commercial real estate debt platform, including complex areas of regulation affecting both investors and fund structures.
  • Advising North Wall Capital on the full suite of funds, regulatory, and tax matters, in relation to an array of private credit assets, including multiple fundraisings covering a second vintage flagship fundraise, co-investment structures and litigation financing vehicles.
  • Acts for Pinebridge in matters across primary fund and secondary transactions, including buy-side representations in structured secondary and continuation fund transactions.

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 4

Praised for its ‘proactive approach’, Sidley Austin LLP has demonstrable experience across the full range of real estate assets, including hotels, logistics, and student accommodations. Lyndsey Laverack, who is knowledgeable of forward purchase and funding transactions, in addition to asset management and operating agreements, jointly leads the team alongside Jade Williams-Adedeji, who has considerable experience advising on the full life cycle of real estate investments. Emilie Stewart is seasoned in bespoke and heavily structured investments in debt and equity products. Jack Mayall is also noted for his expertise in real estate finance matters.

Practice head(s):

Lyndsey Laverack; Jade Williams-Adedeji

Other key lawyers:


‘Proactive approach, professionalism, and dedication. They are also supportive of diversity and female empowerment.’

‘Their personal approach, empathy and willingness makes them stand out.’

Key clients

Scale Facilitation Partners LLC (BritishVolt)


HIG Realty

Women’s Inclusive Team Ltd

Northwood Advisors

Work highlights

  • Advising Scale Facilitation on their acquisition of business and assets.
  • Assisted funds managed by Apollo affiliates on their agreement to acquire Miller Homes Group Limited (Miller Homes) from Bridgepoint Group plc.
  • Advised WIT on their occupation of premises in Tower Hamlets.

Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 4

Highly rated for its expertise across the healthcare, pharma, and life sciences sectors, the privacy and cybersecurity team at Sidley Austin LLP acts for large pharmaceutical firms as well as global tech companies. William Long, singled out for his industry experience, leads the team and advises clients on GDPR compliance, e-commerce, and information security issues. Recently promoted partner Francesca Blythe is ‘extremely commercially minded and pragmatic‘ and has a particular focus on data privacy and protection issues in the life sciences sector.

Practice head(s):

William Long

Other key lawyers:


‘An exceptional data protection team that provides prompt, practical data privacy legal advice. Instead of being overly conservative, they adopt a risk-based approach that makes their advice stand out from others.’

‘Francesca Blythe is extremely commercially minded and pragmatic. Her advice is already ‘ready to use’ and I don’t need to spend more time digesting what she says.’

‘Subject Matter experts with a strong focus and understanding of life sciences. Able to see the big picture and the interplay between different rules and regulations.’

‘Client focused. Accommodating. Well-connected within industry groups – particularly William Long.’

Key clients

Bristol Myers Squibb


Jazz Pharmaceuticals


DaVita Inc.

Magnetar Capital


Nurix Pharmaceuticals

Monument Group


Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 4

Covering the whole spectrum of financial crime matters, Sidley Austin LLP’s white-collar practice routinely represents domestic and global corporations in cross-border investigations. The firm shows particular strength in high-profile money laundering cases, as well as ensuring that its clients have robust internal compliance procedures to tackle corruption. London-based Sara George leads the practice, drawing on her experience as a former prosecutor for the Financial Services Authority to expertly advise on matters concerning allegations of criminal misconduct and market abuse.

Practice head(s):

Sara George

Key clients

Lars Mørch

BeIn Media Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Lars Mørch, former Danske Bank Executive Board Member and former Head of International Banking of Danske Bank, in connection with the largest money laundering case by value of sums laundered (US$230 billion).
  • Helped beIN Media Group to successfully manage a high-profile crisis and politically charged international dispute with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 5

‘Increasingly visible in the market‘, Sidley Austin LLP‘s London-based group is buttressed by the firm’s well established US practice. Former FSA prosecutor Sara George brings a ‘tenacious‘ approach to her representation of corporations in crisis situations and in matters involving allegations of criminal misconduct, including market abuse, insider dealing, money laundering, cybersecurity breaches, fraud, corruption and bribery.

Practice head(s):

Sara George


‘The industry knowledge, network of contacts and experience.’

‘Strong team, increasingly visible in the market. Good on FCA defence.’

‘Sara George: vastly experienced and tenacious.’

‘The team at Sidley in London in this area is greatly staffed, with excellent professionals but also great individuals. They coordinate among themselves really well and bring great added value with expertise both in local and in international matters, including in cross-border projects and coordinating international projects.’

‘I have very much enjoyed working with the team. They bring expertise from different areas and sectors. I would highlight Sara George.’

Work highlights

  • Representing Lars Mørch, former Danske Bank executive board member and former head of international banking, in a $230bn money laundering case.
  • Represented the former UBS and Citigroup trader Tom Hayes, who was convicted of interest-rate rigging following an SFO-led trial, in the Financial Services and Markets Tribunal in a successful challenge to a proposed prohibition order following his conviction for manipulation of LIBOR.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 5

The London practice at Sidley Austin LLP acts across a wide range of sectors, advising high-profile clients in industries including media and events, retail, pharma and insurance. Sanctions related work is a mainstay of the team led by Matthew Shankland; a solicitor advocate who handles a steady stream of complex high-profile litigation, with experience in the High Court as well as international arbitration tribunals worldwide. Andrew Fox is key to the team, with particular knowledge of commodities brokerage, oil and gas logistics, and branding and licensing.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Shankland

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Fox; Alastair Hopwood; Sarah Lainchbury

Key clients

Darty Holdings SAS

Brightline Holdings LLC

SRS Acquiom


Work highlights

  • Representing Fnac Darty in relation to an application issued in the High Court under the Insolvency Act 1986 by the additional liquidator of Comet.
  • Defending Brightline Holdings LLC (formerly Virgin Trains USA LLC) against a damages claim commenced before the English High Court by Virgin Enterprises Limited.
  • Acted for SRS Acquiom on behalf of a consortium of venture capital shareholders who disposed of their equity in Arvelle Therapeutics. Shortly after completion, the buyer, Angelini Pharma, sought to withhold consideration on the basis that the management of former management of Arvelle had misled Angelini about the status of certain clinical trials.

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 6

Sidley Austin LLP provides ‘high-quality advice’ to clients, leveraging its integrated European offering that combines English and Belgian law experience. The practice excels in handling multi-billion dollar, cross border deals, as well as providing strategic guidance in cartel investigations and market studies. The practice is led from the Brussels office by Ken Daly. The dual-qualified (English and Belgian) Patrick Harrison covers UK and EU matters, across merger control, advisory and investigations work. Vincent Brophy‘s recent engagements include big-ticket transactions in insurance and employment sectors. The team has been strengthened by the arrival of counsel Murray Reeve from Slaughter and May.

Practice head(s):

Ken Daly

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Harrison; Vincent Brophy; Rosanna Connolly; Murray Reeve; Monika Zdzieborska


‘High quality advice and client service. Subject matter experts. Consistently great to work with.’

‘Patrick Harrison – impressive, commercial and pragmatic.’

‘Monika Zdzieborska is a strong senior managing associate.’

‘Patrick Harrison is a pleasure to deal with, both professionally and personally. He works well with the clients and runs the meetings with a sure hand.’

Key clients

Mastercard, Inc.

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Magna International Inc.

Regal Rexnord Corporation

Viterra Limited

AT&T, Inc.

IDEX Corporation

Myovant Sciences, Inc.

WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.

Prefere Resins

OMERS Infrastructure Management, Inc. and Wren House

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. Partners LLP

TowerBrook Capital Partners L.P.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Mastercard in relation to the first ever Competition Act investigation by the UK’s Payment Systems Regulator (“PSR”); and two ongoing parallel market reviews by the PSR in relation to: (a) Mastercard and Visa’s Scheme and Processing Fees; and (b) post-Brexit Interregional Interchange Fees for UK-EU transactions.
  • Advised Regal Rexnord Corporation on merger control and foreign direct investment filings, as well as other antitrust-related aspects, in its $4.95bn acquisition of Altra Industrial Motion Systems (Altra).
  • Acted for Magna in relation to a number of deals, including its $1.5bn acquisition of camera and radar rival, Veoneer.

Corporate and commercial > M&A: Upper Mid-Market And Premium Deals, £750m+ Tier 6

Sidley Austin LLP‘s City corporate team regularly advises on cross-border transactions in the insurance, energy and infrastructure sectors. The team benefits from the wider firm’s ‘global expertise’  and has been strengthened with several partner hires, including the addition of Philip Cheveley, former head of Shearman & Sterling LLP’s M&A practice for EMEA and Asia in February 2023. Cheveley, who was previously at Travers Smith, brings significant experience in public company takeovers, mergers, acquisitions and disposals. Practice head Thomas Thesing is a name to note in the team, which also includes James Wood, who handles international transactions and strategic initiatives. Robert Darwin is known for his transactional work with life sciences and healthcare corporations. Also noted in the market is Lyndsey Laverack, who is described by one client as ‘one of the best M&A and private equity lawyers.’ Counsel Ed Perry  has  a broad skillset, handling public takeovers, investments and private equity buyouts in highly regulated industries. Fatema Orjela departed the practice in April 2024.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Thesing

Other key lawyers:


‘Top tier corporate practice that have all the strings to their bow that any financial sponsor client requires from their trusted legal advisors. The talent amongst the Sidley team speaks for itself.’

‘Lyndsey Laverack is one of the best M&A and private equity lawyers with whom I have ever worked. While her current practice has a focus on corporate real estate, the breadth of her wider experience ensures she is well placed to advise on a wide range of complex corporate and private equity transactions.’

‘Subject matter experts who offer global expertise and can support in a wide range of areas.’

‘Strong industry experience across broad range of areas. The team can stand up to counterparty’s counsel and argue points effectively.’

‘The team has sharp and incisive judgment. The lawyers produce a high-quality work product by always bringing the best of the firm forward for a given matter.’

Key clients


Huma Therapeutics

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Colliers International Group

Judges Scientific

Perspectum Group Ltd.

Bank of Cyprus Holdings plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Westfield on the completion of its acquisition of the Lloyd’s of London operations of Argo Group International Holdings Ltd.
  • Assisted Bank of Cyprus Holdings plc with its response to unsolicited takeover proposals submitted by an affiliate of a fund advised by Lone Star.
  • Advised Huma Therapeutics on its acquisition of digital health platform AMAZE from AstraZeneca.

Finance > Acquisition finance Tier 6

Work highlights

Real estate > Property finance Tier 6

Sidley Austin LLP is known for its work on private loans, bespoke hybrid investments, and repo and repack transactions, as well as CMBS, including both public and privately placed deals. It also advises on asset-based finance, REITs, and leverage financing for real estate businesses. Rupert Wall chairs the finance group in Europe, and works alongside London partners, Nick Brittain, Jade Williams-Adedeji and Emilie Stewart.

Practice head(s):

Rupert Wall

Key clients

Starwood Capital


Work highlights

  • Represented certain funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management on the successful launch of a 50:50 joint venture with illimity Bank S.p.A., aimed at investing up to €500 million in NPL and UTP loans secured by real estate assets in Italy.
  • Representation of Starwood Capital in connection with a US$250 million commercial real estate loan repurchase facility with Goldman Sachs Bank USA, in particular, reviewing issues arising from inclusion of English and European loans into the portfolio and advising on related local security aspects, risk retention issues, and risk free rate replacement of LIBOR.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Gaming and betting

Led by M&A expert Tony Downes , who joined from Proskauer Rose LLP  in 2022, Sidley Austin LLP specialises in corporate and commercial matters in the betting and gaming sector.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure: M&A and acquisition financing

Sidley Austin LLP significantly invested in its London infrastructure practice in 2023 through the addition of partners  James MacArthur and Ed Freeman from Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP .

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport

Following the arrival of private equity and M&A specialist Tony Downes from Proskauer Rose LLP in July 2022, Sidley Austin LLP‘s entertainment, sport and media team notably advises investment funds on the acquisition and sale of football clubs.

Hong Kong > Restructuring and insolvency

The Sidley Austin restructuring team operates across both debtor and creditor sides, and has recently played a key role in some of the largest restructurings within the Chinese real estate sector. The firm’s advisory reach extends across diverse industries, encompassing domains as varied as cryptocurrency, medical, and dental facilities. Alongside involvement in sizeable debtor-side mandates, the team has recently also expanded its creditor-side practice, now encompassing acting for White Knights and rescue financing providers. Leading the helm is Gordon Davidson, whose offshore background enhances the firm’s offerings in the Asia region. Davidson’s adept representation spans high-profile restructurings in addition to diverse debt restructuring cases concerning various Chinese developers.

Practice head(s):

Gordon Davidson

Other key lawyers:

Mark Knight; Jifree Cader; Joshua T. Oeij; Ibrahim Babiker


‘Sidley Austin has a strong relationship with corporate clients and has been the legal advisor in many schemes of arrangement during the recent PRC real estate industry collapse. It is not exaggerated to say that Sidley Austin has dominated the schemes of arrangement matters.’

‘Rich field experience based on successful deals.’

‘Definitely a standout team in terms of being involved in almost all of the material offshore debt restructurings of recent times.’

‘Gordon Davidson is an excellent practitioner who has a deep knowledge of the intricacies that inevitably attach to complex multi-jurisdictional debt restructurings. He is incredibly responsive and also has a good eye for a commercial outcome for his clients.’

‘The team takes the lead in the restructuring of Chinese real estate bonds and is far ahead. The team has led the legal work on some of the industry’s largest restructuring transactions and completed them as quickly as possible.’

‘The team works closely and efficiently across disciplines and regions, providing timely feedback to clients and proposing creative solutions.’

Key clients

China Fortune Land Development

Modern Land (China) Co., Limited

Rise Sun Real Estate Development Co., Ltd

China Evergrande Group

Kaisa Group Holdings Ltd

Fantasia Holding Group Company Limited

Sunac China Holdings Limited

Guangzhou R&F Properties Co., Ltd.

Logan Property Group

Zhenro Properties Group Limited

Ting Chuan (Cayman Islands) Holding Corporation

Kien Huat

Zhongliang Holdings Group Company Limited

Dafa Properties Group Limited

Shunsun Holdings Group

Work highlights

  • Advising China Evergrande Group on the highly complex potential restructuring of US$20bn of offshore debt.
  • Advised Chinese real estate developer Modern Land (China) Co., Limited on the restructuring of its US$1.34bn offshore dollar-denominated notes.
  • Advised Chinese property developer China Fortune Land Development on its restructuring of US$4.56bn in offshore debt by way of an English scheme of arrangement.

The firm: Sidley Austin LLP has built a reputation for successfully representing clients on complex transactional, regulatory and litigation matters. More than 150 years after the founding of the firm, Sidley today comprises a diverse group of more than 2,300 lawyers in 21 offices around the world.

The strategic establishment of Sidley’s offices in the key commercial, financial, and regulatory centers of the world enables the firm to harness its knowledge to represent a broad range of clients across many industries including banking and financial services, insurance, life sciences, healthcare, energy, technology, and transportation.

Chair of Executive Committee: Michael J. Schmidtberger
Chair of the Management Committee: Yvette Ostolaza
Number of partners worldwide: Over 650
Number of lawyers worldwide: Over 2,300

Offices: Beijing, Boston, Brussels, Century City, Chicago, Dallas, Geneva, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo and Washington, DC

Photo Name Position Profile
Francesca Blythe photo Francesca Blythe Partner
Chris Boyle photo Dr Chris Boyle Senior Managing Associate
Nick Brittain photo Nick Brittain Senior Counsel
Vincent Brophy photo Vincent Brophy Partner
Jifree Cader photo Jifree Cader Partner
John Casanova photo John Casanova Partner
Dhevine Chandrapala photo Dhevine Chandrapala Senior Managing Associate
Rosanna Connolly photo Rosanna Connolly Counsel
James Crooks photo James Crooks Partner
Samantha Cumming photo Samantha Cumming Senior Managing Associate
Oliver Currall photo Oliver Currall Partner
Robert Darwin photo Robert Darwin Partner
Gordon Davidson photo Gordon Davidson Partner
Eleanor Dodding photo Eleanor Dodding Managing Associate
Paul Dunbar photo Paul Dunbar Partner
Andrew Fox photo Andrew Fox Partner
Sara George photo Sara George Partner
Dan Graham photo Dan Graham Partner
Patrick Harrison photo Patrick Harrison Partner
Alastair Hopwood photo Alastair Hopwood Partner
David Howe photo David Howe Partner
Mark Knight photo Mark Knight Partner
Sarah Lainchbury photo Sarah Lainchbury Senior Managing Associate
Lyndsey Laverack photo Lyndsey Laverack Partner
William Long photo William Long Partner
James MacArthur photo James MacArthur Partner
Maria Isabel  Manley photo Maria Isabel Manley Partner
Martin Membery photo Martin Membery Partner
Jason Menzies photo Jason Menzies Partner
Leonard Ng photo Leonard Ng Partner
Ed Perry photo Ed Perry Senior Managing Associate
James Phythian-Adams photo James Phythian-Adams Partner
Steve Quinn photo Steve Quinn Counsel
Bryan Robson photo Bryan Robson Partner
Adam Runcorn photo Adam Runcorn Partner
Matthew Shankland photo Matthew Shankland Partner
David Smith photo David Smith Senior Managing Associate
Emilie Stewart photo Emilie Stewart Partner
Thomas M. Thesing photo Thomas M. Thesing Partner
Rachpal K. Thind photo Rachpal K. Thind Partner
Rupert Wall photo Rupert Wall Partner
Jade Williams-Adedeji photo Jade Williams-Adedeji Partner
Nigel D.J. Wilson photo Nigel D.J. Wilson Partner
James Wood photo James Wood Partner

Chair of Executive Committee: Michael J. Schmidtberger

Chair of Management Committee: Yvette Ostolaza

London Managing Partner: Thomas Thesing

Number of partners worldwide: Over 650

Number of lawyers worldwide: Over 2,300

THE FIRM Sidley Austin LLP has built a reputation for successfully representing clients on complex transactional, regulatory and litigation matters. More than 150 years after the founding of the firm, Sidley today comprises a diverse group of more than 2,000 lawyers in 21 offices around the world.

Sidley’s office in London, its largest in Europe, was founded in 1974. The firm’s culture of teamwork and collaboration helps the London office to assist clients across a myriad of legal disciplines and to harness the talents of Sidley’s lawyers worldwide. With lawyers qualified to practice in both the UK and the U.S., the London office coordinates cross-border projects spanning Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Sidley’s clients in London include the world’s leading financial institutions, funds, private equity sponsors, and multinational companies spanning a wide range of industries.


  • Banking & Financial Services Regulatory
  • Capital Markets
  • Competition/Antitrust
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Finance
  • Insurance
  • Investment Funds
  • Life Sciences
  • M&A & Private Equity
  • Privacy & Cybersecurity
  • Restructuring
  • Tax

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