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Squire Patton Boggs

7 DEVONSHIRE SQUARE, LONDON, EC2M 4YH, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7655 1000
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Fax 020 7655 1001
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136546 Bishopgate 2
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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 5

Squire Patton Boggs

The ‚Äėresponsive, prepared and commercial‚Äô Squire Patton Boggs¬†provides ‚Äėdepth and breadth of legal and commercial knowledge‚Äô. The practice specialises in cross-border work, particularly in the advertising and media, technology and telecoms sectors. Andrew Wilkinson¬†heads the firm‚Äôs commercial, intellectual property and information technology group and ‚Äėhis commercial awareness is second to none‚Äô. He co-leads the team with the firm's global head of intellectual property and technology,¬†David Elkins.

Practice head(s):David Elkins; Andrew Wilkinson

Testimonials

'They understand the client's business and industry and so can provide tailored advice'

'Squire Patton Boggs is a well-rounded and multi-faceted firm'

'They have strong core practices and excellent relationships in areas and countries where they do not have a presence'

'They are well able to manage matters across departments and have a wide range of offices and lawyers available to deal with any matter'

'Their extensive office base, excellent partners and well-trained associates make them the perfect fit for an organisation which requires swift and concise advice on a broad range of matters'

'Andrew Wilkinson's knowledge and advice is exceptional. His availability, in-depth knowledge of a vast array of matters, and calm and collected demeanour make him very easy to instruct and work with'

'Andrew Wilkinson has a very reassuring and confident approach to anything thrown his way'

Key Clients

MiQ (formerly Media iQ)

Sony Corporation

Work highlights

  • Acted for a UK news organisation on the formation of The Ozone Project, a collaboration between various newspapers to offer premium digital advertising space.
  • Acted for a university in its strategic partnership with the Nanjing Municipal Government.
  • Advised a leading international programmatic digital advertising agency on a variety of issues.
  • Acted for a UK electric truck manufacturer on an investment from and technology licensing arrangement with an Indian multinational auto-parts manufacturer.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 6

Squire Patton Boggs

At Squire Patton Boggs, the London-based department operates seamlessly as  part of the firm’s fully integrated global practice. The group provides legal assistance with merger control matters, contentious issues, behavioural and market investigations by the UK authorities and the European Commission, state aid, and public procurement. The team has expertise in all types of competition dispute resolution work, including arbitration. Martin Rees focuses on behavioural work and merger control advice; the same applies to Diarmuid Ryan’s practice, which also encompasses state aid law. Francesco Liberatore specialises in technology-driven sectors and has developed a niche in communications law.

Other key lawyers:Martin Rees; Francesco Liberatore; Diarmuid Ryan

Testimonials

'Francesco Liberatore really stands out as a brilliant lawyer, who is always dedicated to his client's cause'

'Diarmuid Ryan gives very clear and understandable advice without wrapping it up in technical jargon, so that clients can understand the risks associated with a certain course of action. He is also prepared to express his views rather than sitting on the fence'

Key Clients

Ashtead Group

Bathroom Brands

Crosswater Holdings

Bayer AG

Bemis Company

BritNed

The Brewers of Europe

British Beer and Pub Association

Cathay Pacific

Cott Corporation

Cranswick

Decision Technologies

Lane Clark and Peacock

Live Nation

Low & Bonar

Magnox

MAG

Marston Holdings

Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association

Nielsen Holdings

Neptune Networks

Peninsula Business Services

S.A. Industrias Celulosa Aragonesa CIF

SRCL

Synthomer

VP

World Sailing

Work highlights

  • Advised Cott Corporation on the EU and UK merger control aspects of the proposed US$1.25bn sale of its traditional beverages manufacturing business to Refresco Group.
  • Advised Nielsen on the CMA’s Phase I and Phase II review of Nielsen’s acquisition of Ebiquity’s Ad Intel division.
  • Advising Lane Clark & Peacock on its involvement in the CMA’s market investigation into the supply and acquisition of investment consultancy and fiduciary management services in the UK.
  • Advising Decision Technologies on the UK merger control aspects of its £40m sale to the Moneysupermarket.com Group.
  • Assisting World Sailing with antitrust inquiries by the Italian Antitrust Authority and the European Commission in connection with the selection of sailing equipment for the Olympic Games of 2024.

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M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m
M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs offers a national corporate M&A practice, with its London team part of an offering that also includes Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham. This allows effective handling of complex domestic mandates, while the firm's extensive international network means that multi-jurisdictional work is equally well facilitated. Cross border work is on the increase, with the firm taking on outbound investment work, often with a private equity angle. Key sectors include media, energy and utilities, recruitment, sport, healthcare and financial services. Robert Bray heads the corporate practice as well as the financial services team. The firm's international scope was further strengthened with the hire of Nimi Patel from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, whose role is to help develop the India practice in the London office.

Practice head(s):Robert Bray

Other key lawyers:Trevor Ingle; James McKay; Nick Allen

Testimonials

'A very impressive and responsive team focused on the real commercial issues and how to get a deal across the line'

'Practical, pragmatic, highly commercial and responsive'

'Paul Mann is a very impressive lawyer, approachable and personable'

'We would recommend Nick Allen, Trevor Ingle, Patrick Ford and associate Will Buchanan'

Key Clients

Grafton Group Plc

Live Nation Entertainment

Coats Group Plc

Luceco Plc

Synthomer Plc

EDF Energy Renewables

Homeserve Plc

Low & Bonar Plc

Citysprint

Polypipe Group Plc

Lucite International

Ashland

Work highlights

  • Represented EDF Energy Renewables in the disposal through competitive auction process of a 49% stake in the business, for £701m.
  • Advised Lucite International on the sale of its European acrylic sheet and composites business and the entire issued share capital of Perspex Distribution Ltd to Schweiter Technologies, for £92m.
  • Acted for the shareholders of PEI Media Group on the sale of the entire issued share capital of PEI Media Topco to Bridgepoint Development Capital.
  • Advised Tony Xia on the sale of shares in Aston Villa Football Club to investors Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens.
  • Acted for the employee shareholders of QM Advisory Limited, parent company of Quayle Munro Limited, on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Quayle Munro to Houlihan Lokey.

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Private equity: transactions ‚Äď mid-tier ‚Äď up to ¬£250m
Private equity: transactions ‚Äď mid-tier ‚Äď up to ¬£250m - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

The London private equity team at Squire Patton Boggs operates as part of an integrated national practice in conjunction with the firm's other UK offices in Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham, with 'hardworking' UK practice head Paul Mann dividing his time between Leeds and the capital. The practice has a dedicated focus on mid-market transactions, holding longstanding relationships with a wide range of houses including ECI Partners, Inflexion Private Equity and LDC. Mann leads on much of the team's biggest deals, as does fellow Leeds partner Jonathan Jones. Manchester corporate head Giles Chesher is another key member of the team, while Tim Stead and James McKay are names to note in London.

Practice head(s):Paul Mann

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Jones; Giles Chesher; Tim Stead; James McKay

Testimonials

'A good team, personable and always willing to help.'

'Paul Mann is hardworking and always happy to help.'

Key Clients

ECI Partners

Growth Capital Partners

Tenzing Private Equity

NorthEdge Capital

Inflexion Private Equity

H2 Equity Partners

Cairngorm Capital

Endless

LDC

Perwyn LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised the management team of Deep Sea Electronics on the acquisition by Caledonia Investments of 98.9% of the company.
  • Advised ECI Partners on the acquisition of TDKP Limited (Moneypenny) and its subsidiaries.
  • Acting for management on the £142m tertiary buy-out by Phoenix of the entire issued share capital of Axis Topco Limited.
  • Advised the shareholders of Power Topco Limited on the sale of the entire issued share capital of the company.
  • Advised management on the sale and subsequent rollover of equity in Ultium Business Outsourcing Group to an entity backed by Bain Capital.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs advises on a range of fraud claims, including multinational matters, with areas of expertise including investigations, freezing injunctions, search and seizure orders, banker’s trust orders, delivery up orders and tracing claims. On the financial side, the firm acts for banks and financial institutions in relation to international fraud and asset tracing claims, banking litigation, asset finance and asset based lending. The London team, which is led by Stephen Sampson works closely with the wider firm's network of offices across the US, the Middle East, the CIS and the Far East to provide a truly international offering.

Practice head(s):Stephen Sampson

Other key lawyers:Nicola Phillips; Gareth Timms; Chris Webber; Kate Wakeham; Victoria Drury; Nicola Phillips 

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Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs' licensing team is 'straight to the point', working to advise clients on a range of issues in the retail, transportation, hospitality and leisure sectors. The firm has a particular expertise advising on hotel licenses, where it acts for key players in the market. Stephanie Perraton heads the team; her recent highlights include advising Etc Venues on the opening up of a new venue in Houndsditch and the redevelopment of an existing venue in Eastcheap. Director Nicola Smith, who specialises in the hospitality and leisure sector, has had recent success representing clients in a number of contested hearings.

Practice head(s):Stephanie Perraton

Other key lawyers:Nicola Smith

Testimonials

'Sometimes firms make things more complicated with the wrong approach, Squire Patton Boggs is completely the opposite.'

'Straight to the point.'

'Being in Westminster, we do have challenges related to applications for variations but they are able to make the entire process less stressful.'

'Worked with the firm for many years and in that time have had excellent results. The team is efficient, knowledgeable and personable.'

'Nicola Smith is our main contact and is very through when dealing with a case.'

'The attention to detail when dealing with a contentious case has been vital in our outcomes.' 

Key Clients

Select Service Partner/SSP Air

One Stop Stares

Jurys Inn

Roadchef

RBH Management

InterContinental Hotels Group

Dalata Hotel Group

Work highlights

  • Advised on the management of various licenses nationally for Select Service Partner/ SSP Air, including new ones for Grind and Urban Express at London Bridge.
  • Assisted Roadchef with all of its licence applications.
  • Advising Etc Venues on the opening of a new London venue and the redevelopment of an existing venue in Eastcheap.
  • Handled various licence applications for Intercontinental Hotels Group's managed estate and advising on Project Dragon, the acquisition of 13 Principal and De Vere hotels in the UK by Convivio.
  • Advising Custard Factory on the redevelopment of its site on the outskirts of Birmingham, including re-opening the old market all as the factory works.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 5

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs¬†has significant expertise in litigation involving structured finance, often involving multiple jurisdictions, international fraud and asset tracing claims¬†‚Äď particularly issues arising from Russia and other CIS countries¬†‚Äď asset finance, and crypto-asset disputes. Anthony Taylor¬†, who splits his time between the London and Manchester offices,¬†heads the UK litigation team.¬†Gareth Timms¬†is noted for multi-jurisdictional banking disputes and has extensive experience in obtaining injunctive and ancillary relief, and Chris Webber¬†is a specialist in financial services disputes and regulatory investigations.¬†Nicola Phillips¬†was made partner, while the associates to note are Victoria Drury¬†and Katherine Wakeham. Former UK head of litigation Laurence Winston¬†and former¬†London managing partner Robert Weekes¬†both left for Crowell & Moring.

Practice head(s):Anthony Taylor

Other key lawyers:Gareth Timms; Chris Webber; Nicola Phillips; Victoria Drury; Katherine Wakeham

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 6

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs' 'team stands out with its great level of client communication and understanding'. The London litigation practice acts in complex, often multi-jurisdictional cases, working particularly closely with offices in the US, the Middle East, CIS, and the Far East. Stephen Sampson is head of London litigation, Gareth Timms is particularly focused on banking disputes, including Islamic finance, asset tracing and fraud related work, and Chris Webber is also highly regarded. Nicola Phillips was made partner in 2018 and Stephen Cole  is an experienced director. Former London managing partner Robert Weekes and Laurence Winston, who was previously UK litigation head, both joined Crowell & Moring.

Practice head(s):Stephen Sampson

Other key lawyers:Gareth Timms; Chris Webber; Nicola Phillips; Stephen Cole

Testimonials

'Clear expertise in financial and contractual disputes with a strong teamwork ethos that delivers excellent value for clients'.

'Chris Webber is a very focused specialist, with in-depth experience in negotiations.'

Key Clients

Chelsea Football Club

Rembrandt Enterprises

Overgas

LAN Cargo and LATAM Airlines Group

Fawaz Al-Hasawi

Work highlights

  • Defended Rembrandt Enterprises, a US producer of egg products, against a claim before the Commercial Court, which was brought by a Dutch entity over the supply of egg products in the US.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs is 'very good for both strategic and technical issues as well as financial matters'. The practice has a significant track record in investor treaty disputes and energy arbitration, including acting for buyers in natural gas price review disputes. Ben Holland is an energy arbitration specialist; James Barratt acts for governments, international organisations and multinationals; Peter Crossley is London international dispute resolution practice head; and global co-international dispute resolution chair George von Mehren divides his time between London and Cleveland. Alexis Martinez is also a key contact, and Max Rockall and senior associate Bernhard Maier were recently promoted.

Practice head(s):George von Mehren; Peter Crossley

Other key lawyers:Ben Holland; James Barratt; Alexis Martinez; Max Rockall; Bernhard Maier

Testimonials

'The team is highly supportive of its clients'.

'Ben Holland is exceptionally open and attentive to details; he explains the reasons behind the options on the table, each consequence and the reasoning of proposed actions'.

'George von Mehren is hugely experienced and manages his team brilliantly and with a light touch'.

'James Barratt is very experienced, knowledgeable and has a great intellect'.

'Max Rockall is heavily dedicated and clearly on top of all aspects of cases - he will go far'.

Key Clients

Naturgy

Overgas

Work highlights

  • Acted for Overgas, a Bulgarian gas supplier, in a number of disputes with Russia's Gazprom Export over the supply of natural gas.

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London: Finance

Asset based lending
Asset based lending - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

Although the team recently witnessed a number of departures, including¬†Andrew Knight¬†to¬†Crowell & Moring,¬†Squire Patton Boggs¬†remains active in the space and is appreciated by both bank-owned asset-based lenders as well as independents for its ‚Äėstrong track record in large, syndicated, multi-jurisdictional ABL facilities‚Äô. The ‚Äėhighly commercial and knowledgeable‚Äô¬†Paula Laird¬†heads the team, which includes¬†senior associate¬†Tom Dell‚ÄôAvvocato, who¬†regularly works alongside Laird on many of the department's most significant domestic and cross-border ABL mandates.

Practice head(s):Paula Laird

Other key lawyers:Tom Telford; Tom Dell’Avvocato

Testimonials

'The team is client focused and always able to provide support on short notice'.

'Paula Laird's particular strengths are her industry knowledge, commercial approach and ability to coordinate cross-jurisdictional matters'.

Key Clients

Barclays Bank

Lloyds Banking Group

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Bank Leumi (UK)

Leumi ABL

HSBC

ABN AMRO

The PNC Financial Services Group

Gordon Brothers

Apollo Global Management

Aurelius

Work highlights

  • Advised on ABN AMRO’s pan-European €160m financing of The Staples Group.
  • Acting for Go Plant Limited (backed by Endless) on a £13.5m ABL refinance with Secure Trust Bank.
Leading individuals

Paula Laird - Squire Patton Boggs

Rising stars

Tom Dell’Avvocato - Squire Patton Boggs

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Structured products and securitisation
Structured products and securitisation - ranked: tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs

The securitisation practice at Squire Patton Boggs acts for a broad range of borrowers, issuers, note investors, funders, arrangers, trustees, facility and paying agents, and primary and special servicers. Working predominantly for clients in the UK and continental Europe, it counts OneSavings Bank and the Richmond Group among them. The practice works closely with the firm's tax, employment, corporate, pensions, commercial and restructuring groups, and it is known for the close involvement of partners and senior associates in all transactions. Mark Thomas leads the practice and he led a variety of securitisation and structured finance transactions for clients such as Findel plc and Ashland Group. Asset-based lending specialist Paula Laird also plays a key role in the practice, notably for ABN AMRO, in financing solutions with significant securitisation elements. Jeremy Ladyman handles derivatives, structured products work and securitisation.

Practice head(s):Mark Thomas

Other key lawyers:Paula Laird; Stephen Downey; Jeremy Ladyman

Key Clients

OneSavings Bank Plc

Silverstream Finance Limited

Brydg Capital Limited

1st Stop Group Limited

Richmond Group Limited

MUFG

Ashland Group LLC

Findel PLC

Coface

Assetz Capital Trust Company Limited

Perch Capital Limited

Sterndale Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Represented Ashland Group in its EUR180m Pan-European Trade Receivables Securitisation.
  • Represented Findel PLC and Express Gifts Limited in its £185m Trade Receivables Securitisation.
  • Represented OneSavings Bank Plc in various financings of specialist non-financial institution lenders using highly innovative, quasi-securitisation, risk weighted capital efficient structures.
  • Represented Brydg Capital Limited in its financing of a bridging and development loan portfolio.
  • Represented ABN AMRO in its development of a pan-European securitisation structure for cross-border investment in trade receivables.

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs is noted for its services for mid-market listed companies, larger private companies, private equity houses and management teams on all aspects of incentives. The team leverages the firm's international presence for a particular specialism in international incentives-related matters, including global companies offering share plans to employees worldwide, and non-UK companies which grant awards to selected employees in the EU and UK. The UK team is led by Liz Pierson, who also has significant experience in advising on incentives for private equity portfolio companies, and is highly recommended. Bern Gilbey retired.

Practice head(s):Liz Pierson

Testimonials

'Liz Pierson is highly knowledgeable, thoughtful and smart'

'Liz Pierson provided timely and effective support when requested. She was able to guide us through resolving complicated issues step by step.'

Key Clients

LivaNova plc

GB Group plc

Kallanish Ltd

Animalcare Group plc

Memgraph Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented LivaNova, a pharmaceutical company, in setting up a global employee share purchase plan across 25 jurisdictions.
  • Advised Kallanish Limited, a media company, on an incentive plan for employees.
  • Advised AnimalCare Group on the first operation of its incentive plan following its listing on AIM.
  • Advising a FTSE 100 listed company on a bespoke incentive plan for executives of a subsidiary company.
  • Advised an advertising industry business on the disposal of a controlling stake to a third party.
Next Generation Partners

Liz Pierson - Squire Patton Boggs

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Employment: employers
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

The London practice at Squire Patton Boggs, which is led by global practice co-chair Caroline Noblet, has enjoyed double-digit revenue increases over each of the past three years, driven by its work on a mix of UK and cross-border matters across a wide range of industries, including retail, life sciences, media and entertainment, manufacturing and financial services. The hugely experienced Noblett works alongside fellow partners David Whincup, Janette Lucas, Miriam Lampert and Natalie Bellwood, who together advise on matters ranging from equal pay to the gig economy and the application of the national minimum wage.

Practice head(s):Caroline Noblet

Other key lawyers:David Whincup; Janette Lucas; Miriam Lampert; Natalie Bellwood

Testimonials

'Squire Patton Boggs has experience in advancing demanding and often unusual cases for their clients. They are very strong and thinking through cases in order to come up with powerful ideas for their clients.  They have a great breadth of knowledge, beyond the traditional statutory employment law. That width of learning enables them to achieve best outcomes for their clients.'

'The team has the ability to be able to provide legal advice, options and solutions in terms which our senior management can feel comfortable in making decisions on relevant actions pertaining to employment issues.'

'Caroline Noblett and Natalie Bellwood are strong lawyers and have an ability to 'think outside the box' and come up with less obvious ideas.'

'David Whincup and Supinder Sian have a mixture of expert legal knowledge, experience based know-how and sense of humour, which means the advice they provide and the way in which it is provided make them stand out.'

Key Clients

Starkey

PGIM

Turner Broadcasting

JWT

Marriott

Nordson

WPP

Boeing

Coats plc

Tishman Speyer

Fortnum & Mason

CBRE

PNC Bank

Boston Consulting Group

Daily Mail & General Trust

Leading individuals

Caroline Noblet - Squire Patton Boggs

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs represents an impressive roster of multinational companies, with a particular focus on the entertainment, food and beverage, retail, construction and industrial sectors. Manchester-based Rob Elvin leads the team and is known for his corporate defence work. Other names of note include Dave Gordon, who is particularly active in the chemicals industry, and Birmingham-based Robert Biddlecombe who focuses on real estate and facilities management.

Practice head(s):Rob Elvin 

Other key lawyers:Dave Gordon

Testimonials

'The team is extremely good - they provide advice on many obscure issues. The main strength is the quality of the advice.'

'Rob Elvin's advice is precise and useful.'

'Gary Lewis is highly knowledgeable and involves himself fully with his clients in a way that is not typical of other lawyers. He is highly practical and pragmatic, forward looking and able to adjust his approach to clients taking account of their culture. I have seen in several cases how senior executives of his clients adopt immediate and full confidence in his advice, often across areas beyond just straight legal advice. He is always available and will put 'on the ground' work in with his clients, thus providing a level of support that is far more wide ranging than a typical lawyer.'

Key Clients

Ei Group Plc (formerly known as Enterprise Inns)

EDF Energy

Live Nation

Showsec International Limited

Suez Plc (and subsidiary)

Bayer Crop Science

Mamas & Papas

Homebase

International Tennis Federation

Work highlights

  • Advising EDF Energy in relation to a prosecution following work at height accident.
  • Advising Mamas and Papas on its prosecution by the HSE for breaches of health and safety regulation involving one of its products.
  • Represented Homebase Limited in relation to its appeal against a prohibition notice imposed as a result of work practices.
  • Advised First 2 Print Limited on its investigation by the Health and Safety Executive following a fatal accident involving an employee.
  • Represented Vale Park Demolition Limited at its prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive following a serious injury of an employee.
Next Generation Partners

Robert Biddlecombe  - Squire Patton Boggs

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Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

The team at Squire Patton Boggs, which is led by UK business immigration head Annabel Mace, works with global businesses and ultra-high net worth individuals on a range of complex immigration mandates, covering sectors including sports, media, retail, food, construction, pharma, manufacturing and financial services. The practice is able to draw on the wider firm's international network of offices, as well as its strengths in employment, to advise on global transfers, global mobility issues and cross-border instructions. In particular, the team has seen an increase in work from China-based entities and it is also well-placed to handle immigration matters for Indian and US clients.

Practice head(s):Annabel Mace

Other key lawyers:Supinder Sian; Rebecca Bridges

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Pensions (non-contentious)
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs is known for its strong pensions expertise in the public sector (including advising on Local Government Pension Scheme issues), trade union and not-for-profit sectors, as well as its work for trustee and commercial clients across a broad spectrum of industries. Regular contentious mandates include equalisation issues, regulatory investigations, scheme transferral disputes and mis-selling claims. The well-regarded Clifford Sims and Wendy Hunter handle non-contentious mandates including scheme mergers, master trust implementation, governance support, investment support, GDPR compliance and public procurement law advice.

Practice head(s):Wendy Hunter; Clifford Sims; Victoria Leigh

Testimonials

'Squire Patton Boggs has the ability to deliver clear advice and guidance within required timescales that are frequently very tight'

'This firm manages to take complex areas of the law and make them simple and easy to understand'

'Wendy Hunter has the perfect analytical mind for the intricacies of pensions legislation and documentation, and provides a superb client service'

'Clifford Sims is thoughtful, considerate, kind and hardworking'

'Chris Harper is a promising up-and-coming associate'

Key Clients

Southern Water Pension Scheme

South Yorkshire Pension Authority

West Midlands Pension Fund

Allianz Retirement and Death Benefits Fund

Action For Children Pension Fund

Combined Nuclear Pension Plan Trustees Limited

ACCESS Pool

GDPR General

Combined Nuclear Pension Plan Trustees Limited

Panasonic UK Pension Plan

20-20 Trustee Limited

Trustee of the Jaguar Land Rover Pension Scheme

ICI Pension Schemes

Trustees of the Homestyle 2007 Pension Scheme

Bespoke Pensions Ltd

Thames Water Pension Trustees

Southern Water Pension Trustees

CNH Industrial

IMI Pension Scheme

Work highlights

  • Advised on strategic investment arrangement for the South Yorkshire Pensions Authority's £8bn scheme.
  • Providing scheme merger advice including cross border and insolvency issues for Allianz Pension Fund Trustees Limited.
  • Advising on the establishment of a defined contribution master trust for Combined Nuclear Pension Plan Trustees Limited.
Leading individuals

Clifford Sims - Squire Patton Boggs

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Pensions: dispute resolution
Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs is known for its strong pensions expertise in the public sector (including advising on Local Government Pension Scheme issues), trade union and not-for-profit sectors, as well as its work for trustee and commercial clients across a broad spectrum of industries. Regular contentious mandates include equalisation issues, regulatory investigations, scheme transferral disputes and mis-selling claims. The well-regarded Clifford Sims and Wendy Hunter handle non-contentious mandates including scheme mergers, master trust implementation, governance support, investment support, GDPR compliance and public procurement law advice.

Practice head(s):Wendy Hunter; Clifford Sims; Victoria Leigh

Testimonials

'Squire Patton Boggs has the ability to deliver clear advice and guidance within required timescales that are frequently very tight'

'This firm manages to take complex areas of the law and make them simple and easy to understand'

'Wendy Hunter has the perfect analytical mind for the intricacies of pensions legislation and documentation, and provides a superb client service'

'Clifford Sims is thoughtful, considerate, kind and hardworking'

'Chris Harper is a promising up-and-coming associate'

Key Clients

20-20 Trustee Limited

Trustee of the Jaguar Land Rover Pension Scheme

ICI Pension Schemes

Trustees of the Homestyle 2007 Pension Scheme

Bespoke Pensions Ltd

Thames Water Pension Trustees

Southern Water Pension Trustees

CNH Industrial

IMI Pension Scheme

Work highlights

  • Acting for a representative member of the Europe Arab Bank Pension Scheme in an application for the rectification of pension scheme deeds.
  • Advised the trustee of the Southern Water Pension Scheme on an investigation by the Pensions Regulator into three successive triennial actuarial valuations.

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London: Insurance

Product liability: defendant
Product liability: defendant - ranked: tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs' areas of expertise include handling the criminal and regulatory aspects of product liability matters as well as civil claims, contractual protection and product recalls. The team has a particularly strong track record in the industrial and consumer products industries, as well as the food and beverage sector; it also works closely with the firm's US group, which is regularly involved in pharmaceutical cases. Rob Elvin, who is based in Manchester, heads the environment, safety and health group. Birmingham-based Simon Garbett and director Nicola Smith are also noted.

Practice head(s):Rob Elvin

Other key lawyers:Simon Garbett; Nicola Smith

Key Clients

Mamas and Papas

Molson Coors

Acorn Mobility Services

Morgan Advanced Materials

Luceco Plc/Nexus Industries Limited

Mayborn Group

Clipper Logistics

Makita

American Greetings/ Clintons Cards

MacDermid Performance Solutions

Elior

Gate Group

EI Group plc

Halewood International

Selecta TMP AG

Marstons

Navitas Organics

Work highlights

  • Acted for Mamas and Papas on the recall of child car seats and in subsequent prosecution and confiscation proceedings.
  • Ongoing advice to Gate Group on legislation updates covering EU level and national food and drink liability laws.
  • Advised an equipment provider on product safety issues, regulatory obligations and a potential dispute.
  • Advised a global business on liabilities for food labelling, particularly in relation to allergens.
  • Assisted a blue-chip client with a dispute relating to allegedly defective components.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)
Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs' practice specialises in transportation, general infrastructure and social programs. The team is experienced in advising on developing greenfield projects, acquiring assets, financing matters and risk management. It cooperates closely with other departments within the firm, such as tax, construction and regulatory, adding value for clients. Leeds-based James Duckworth is well versed in assisting with public procurement matters, advising on government and real estate development projects. Nick Helm in Manchester has expertise in project finance and PFI/PPP contracts. Andrew Herring knows the rail and metro sector well, while Rachel Orton focuses on real estate. Robin Baillie left forCrowell & Moring in February 2019.

Practice head(s):Ian Wood; Trevor Ingle

Other key lawyers:James Duckworth; Nick Helm; Andrew Herring; Rachel Orton

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs has primarily been active on the contentious front under the leadership of Ben Holland, who recently represented Overgas Inc. AD of Bulgaria in its claim against Gazprom Export of Russia in relation to EU competition law violations caused by the cutting off of gas. However, the team also regularly advises on M&A, regulatory and infrastructure matters. The firm recently welcomed Sub-Saharan Africa infrastructure partner Peter Wright from Simmons & Simmons to its broader energy team.

Practice head(s):Ian Wood; Trevor Ingle

Other key lawyers:Ben Holland

Key Clients

Mytrah Energy

DDI Holdings

Overgas

Regulatory Authority of Bermuda

Calon Energy

Ener-G

Ineos

EDF

Work highlights

  • Acted for DDI and four other co-defendants in a High Court claim brought by Gazprom Export LLC.
  • Advising Ineos on planning and property matters relating to the development of wells for the production of shale gas in England.

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Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

The full-service practice at Squire Patton Boggs frequently advises on renewable energy projects, including large offshore wind and clean technology projects and matters relating to the UK capacity market. The team also has a track record of work on major international energy and infrastructure projects in markets including Africa and the Middle East, as well as privatisation work in Asia. Key members of the team include Ian Wood, Rinku Bhadoria, the 'outstandingly good' Neil Upton, and legal director Henry Davey, who joined from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in 2017.

Practice head(s):Ian Wood; Trevor Ingle

Other key lawyers:Rinku Bhadoria; Neil Upton; Henry Davey

Testimonials

'The Squire Patton Boggs team has a real willingness to make sure everything gets done. Its practitioners provide very sound advice and seriously good team work. They put a real emphasis on the structuring and commercial context which are the two most essential parts of the project.'

'Neil Upton is outstandingly good. Even after thirty years in the City there is no-one better for the job.'

'Robert Broom is a real standout.'

Key Clients

EDF Energy Renewables

Myrtah Energy

Airvolution Energy

Regulatory Authority of Bermuda

Calon Energy Ltd

Fiji Electricity Authority

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind

Magnox Ltd

Volta Energy Group Ltd

Vestas Wind Systems

Ener.G

RES UK & Ireland Limited

Sumitomo Corporation IJ Systems

Greencoat Capital

Frontier Investment Management A/S

Equitix

Lewis Windpower

Social Energy

Green Running

North British Windpower

Peel Developments

Work highlights

  • Acting for EDF Energy Renewables in relation to the £701m sale in 2018 of a 49% minority stake in 24 of its UK wind farms to Dalmore Capital and the Pension Infrastructure Platform.
  • Advising Raksha Energy Holdings Limited on its successful offer to acquire the issued ordinary share capital of AIM-listed Mytrah Energy Limited.
  • Advising MHI Vestas Offshore Wind as wind turbine manufacturer and installer on the drafting and negotiation of the contract for the supply and installation of wind turbines for the 950MW Moray East Offshore Wind Farm, Scotland.
  • Advising the Regulatory Authority of Bermuda on legislative and regulatory regime required to establish an independent electricity regulator.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: development
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs is adept on both the investment and development fronts, specialising in acquisitions and disposals, structuring, fund formation, property management and forward funding agreements, among other areas. Michael Shaw heads the department, which is routinely instructed for residential, office, mixed use and build to rent projects and is also active on occupier and financing matters. Sector specialisms include energy and infrastructure, healthcare, hotels, retail and leisure. The highly rated Rachel Orton is an expert in real estate in the healthcare sector.

Practice head(s):Michael Shaw

Other key lawyers:John Danahy; Rachel Orton

Testimonials

'Provides a practical and pragmatic approach, finding solutions that work in the real world and not just taking a black and white stance.'

'Gary Paddison and Rachel Orton are recommended'. 

Key Clients

Quintain

FORE Partnership

Equitix Ltd

Close Brothers Limited

EDF

One Healthcare Limited

Bank Leumi (UK) Plc

Retail Employees Superannuation Trust

Apsley House Capital Plc

VTP Global Holdings Ltd and VTP London Limited

Henley Investment Management

Work highlights

  • Acted for FORE Partnership (a grouping of family offices) in relation to the £51m purchase of Tower Bridge Court, London SE1 as a strategic investment and development opportunity.
  • Advising Close Brothers on its second development finance facility in Salford Quays.
  • Representing Bank Leumi on the refinance of four build to rent assets comprising on excess of 400 units.
  • Acquisition of a portfolio of 13 sites for battery storage development and subsequent re-purposing for gas peaking plants.
  • Advising VTP Global on the acquisition and development of a London based vertical theme park.

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Commercial property: investment
Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs is adept on both the investment and development fronts, specialising in acquisitions and disposals, structuring, fund formation, property management and forward funding agreements, among other areas. Michael Shaw heads the department, which is routinely instructed for residential, office, mixed use and build to rent projects and is also active on occupier and financing matters. Sector specialisms include energy and infrastructure, healthcare, hotels, retail and leisure. The highly rated Rachel Orton is an expert in real estate in the healthcare sector.

Practice head(s):Michael Shaw

Other key lawyers:John Danahy; Rachel Orton

Testimonials

‘The firm provides a practical and pragmatic approach; finding solutions that work in the real world and not just taking a black and white stance.’

‘Gary Paddison and Rachel Orton are recommended’. 

Key Clients

Quintain

FORE Partnership

Equitix Ltd

Close Brothers Limited

EDF

One Healthcare Limited

Bank Leumi (UK) Plc

Retail Employees Superannuation Trust

Apsley House Capital Plc

VTP Global Holdings Ltd and VTP London Limited

Henley Investment Management

Work highlights

  • Acted for FORE Partnership (a grouping of family offices) in relation to the £51m purchase of Tower Bridge Court, London SE1 as a strategic investment and development opportunity.
  • Represented Aviva Investors UK Property Fund in its £46.9m sale of Broadway Plaza, a major leisure scheme in central Birmingham.
  • Representing Bank Leumi on the refinance of four build to rent assets comprising on excess of 400 units.
  • Advised EDF Renewables in relation to the sale of a 49% minority stake in 24 of its UK wind farms.
  • Advising Magnox on a notable nuclear transaction involving the disposal of land and facilities on a nuclear site designated under the Energy Act 2004, for new nuclear decommissioning operations.
Next Generation Partners

Rachel Orton - Squire Patton Boggs

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs provides non-contentious environmental advice and is also experienced in regulatory defence work. The firm has particular expertise in waste, producer responsibility, environmental permitting, fracking and the contaminated land regime, and also assists with nuisance claims and environmental matters regarding the nuclear, electricity and wind farm industries. The firm has also expertise in real estate development and environmental regeneration. Manchester-based Rob Elvin leads the practice, while, in Birmingham, Dave Gordon specialises in contaminated land, chemical regulation and environmental permitting.

Practice head(s):Rob Elvin

Other key lawyers:Dave Gordon

Key Clients

Olin Corporation

Lucite

EDF

Veolia

Essity

ITV

National Oilwell Varco

ZF TRW

McBride

Carpenter

Orbit Homes

Gavilon

Taylor Wimpey

International Entertainment Corporation

Polypipe

Stericycle

Work highlights

  • Advising Gavilon on the registration requirements for the import of products into the EU under the EU's REACH chemical regulations
  • Advising Olin Corporation on regulatory and supply chain issues associated with Brexit arising from REACH
  • Advised International Entertainment Corporation on the environmental aspects of the £22m acquisition of Wigan Athletic Football Club, which involves advising on the ground conditions and energy monitoring obligations
  • Advised Lucite on the environmental aspects of a £92m business sale, which involved advice on asbestos issues and climate change agreements
  • Advised shareholders of Lyndon Scaffolding on the environmental, safety and health aspects of the sale of Lyndon Scaffolding to Brand Industrial Services, including the consideration of environmental permitting and waste transfer aspects

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London: Risk advisory

Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs offers the traditional range of reputation management services and regularly applies a cross-practice, cross-border approach to its cases. The firm's client roster includes corporations from a wide variety of industry sectors such as sport, telecom, media and energy. Stephen Sampson and Carlton Daniel head the team. Associate Peter Lees is a name to note, especially when it comes to assisting suppliers with defamation disputes. In addition, the practice benefits from international affairs adviser Matthew Kirk's expertise in risk strategy, cyber security and political risk.

Practice head(s):Stephen Sampson; Carlton Daniel

Other key lawyers:Peter Lees

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs has notable expertise in the programmatic advertising field, and enjoys a close relationship with regulating bodies such as the ASA, Trading Standards and the Competition and Markets Authority. In the adtech space, the practice regularly advises media owners, buyers and consumers on developing technology across the marketing sector, digital campaigns and data protection legislation. Robert Wegenek primarily advises on non-contentious IP and monetisation through licensing programmes, sponsorships and branded content agreements, while Carlton Daniel handles sponsorship, product placement, advertising clearance and litigation.

Practice head(s):Robert Wegenek

Other key lawyers:Robert Wegenek

Testimonials

'The team at Squire Patton Boggs are experienced, proactive and commercially minded. Robert Wegenek leads a very responsive, efficient and creative team'.

'The  Squire Patton Boggs team provides technically first-rate advice with pragmatism and commerciality.'

'Carlton Daniel has impeccable organisation and is commercially focused.'

Key Clients

Google

Hobbs

KP Snacks

MiQ (formerly Media iQ)

Prize Logic

Process Components

Sony Corporation

Scott Dunn Limited

Telegraph Media Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Telegraph in the formation of The Ozone Project, a collaboration between various newspapers to offer premium digital advertising space.
  • Acting for Scott Dunn Ltd, a luxury tour operator, in defending a copyright claim in the High Court, alleging copyright infringement in relation to photographs taken for marketing purposes.
  • Advised the University of Cambridge on its strategic partnership with the Nanjing Municipal Government, creating the Cambridge University-Nanjing Centre of Technology and Innovation, a joint research centre.
  • Advised Butterfly London on setting up a new targeted market research platform based on certain demographics.
Leading individuals

Robert Wegenek - Squire Patton Boggs

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Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 5

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs is instructed by clients ranging from financial institutions to start-ups in relation to corporate transactions including fundraising and investments, joint ventures, M&A and equity structuring. In addition, the team has complementary expertise in employment law, procurement, cloud arrangements and intellectual property. Practice head Robert Bray's corporate expertise spans private equity and venture capital, M&A and joint ventures. Recently promoted partner Julian Ciecierski-Burns advised Wonga on its VC fundraising, and also acted for TransUnion in the sale of Noddle to CreditKarma.

Practice head(s):Robert Bray

Other key lawyers:Julian Ciecierski-Burns

Key Clients

BRAC

Mega

Safety Net Credit

Shareholders of Business Insight

JP Morgan

Citigroup

iSwap

Broadridge

Contis Group

Euronet Worldwide, Inc.

Wonga Group

FireDrake Consulting

Monex Europe

Centtrip

Aldridge EDC Specialty Finance

Omnio Group

Work highlights

  • Advised long-standing client, Citigroup, on its investment in TransFicc.
  • Represented Register in the acquisition of Nettitude Limited.
  • Represented Omnio Group in the acquisition of cloud-based banking and payment services provider, Payment Cloud Technologies.
  • Represented Aldridge EDC Specialty Finance in the establishment of the Omnio Group.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

The 'commercial and responsive' team at Squire Patton Boggs 'makes a real effort to understand the client's business and industry to provide tailored advice'. Andrew Wilkinson, who 'offers exceptional knowledge and advice' and Francesco Liberatore, who 'provides timely advice in a practical and risk-based manner', head up the technology transactions and communications teams respectively. The team also benefitted from the arrivals of international affairs adviser Matthew Kirk from Vodafone, and data protection and privacy specialist Rosa Barcelo from DG Connect in the European Commission; Barcelo splits her time between London and Brussels.

Practice head(s):Francesco Liberatore; Andrew Wilkinson

Other key lawyers:Matthew Kirk; Rosa Barcelo

Testimonials

'Squire Patton Bogg's technology team provides practical, risk-based advice that balances legal requirements, best practices and business needs.'

'The firm's extensive office base, excellent partners and well trained associates makes it the perfect fit for an organisation, which requires swift and concise advice on a broad range of matters.'

'Squire Patton Boggs is a well-rounded and multi-faceted firm with strong core practices and excellent relationships in areas and countries where it does not have a presence.'

'Francesco Liberatore provides timely advise in a practical and risk-based manner that is organised and easy to understand.'

'Elliot Golding provides forward-looking advice that takes into account trends and best practices to enable the business to be competitive and compliant in a rapidly evolving environment.'

'Andrew Wilkinson has the ability to make matters move swiftly and feel effortless and his commercial awareness is second to none.'

'Francesco Liberatore really stands out as a brilliant lawyer and a charming man, he is always on the ball and dedicated to his client's cause.'

Key Clients

Arqiva

Avaya

Communications Regulatory Authority of Qatar

CityFibre

ClearChannel

GSMA

Inmarsat

Vodafone

Regulatory Authority of Bermuda

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Bahrain

Work highlights

  • Advised the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Bahrain on amendments to the current telecoms licensing regime, universal service licensing conditions and merger control regulation.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 6

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs is highlighted for its expertise in commercial and contentious soft IP matters. Names to note include Carlton Daniel, who handles advertising, marketing and media sector instructions, and Robert Wegenek, who assists with commercial IP and licensing matters.

Other key lawyers:Carlton Daniel; Robert Wegenek

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs

The Squire Patton Boggs team, led by Andrew Wilkinson, handles commercial and regulatory work as core specialisms and is known for its advertising, promotional clearance and product labelling know-how. Consultant Adrian Spooner, who is also a qualified pharmacist, acts for life sciences clients in respect of regulatory, IP and commercial matters and Paul Jinks' expertise includes commercial work relating to R&D, supply arrangements and product recall cases.

Practice head(s):Andrew Wilkinson

Other key lawyers:Adrian Spooner; Paul Jinks

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs' international sports group advises football clubs, players and governing bodies, handling significant corporate, commercial and regulatory matters, as well as employment disputes. Stephen Sampson, who heads both the London litigation practice and the sports and entertainment industry group, advises Chelsea Football Club on its major transfers and contract negotiations, while sports arbitrator Stuart McInnes recently worked alongside Sampson to successfully defend Saudi Arabian team Al Shabab FC against a series of claims brought by FIFA. Corporate partner David Hull, who has a track record of advising on major football club takeovers, assisted International Entertainment Corporation on its acquisition of Wigan Athletic FC. Lloyd Thomas and Alastair Pursell both left the practice in 2018 to work in-house.

Practice head(s):Stephen Sampson

Other key lawyers:Stuart McInees; David Hull

Key Clients

AIA Company Limited

Aston Villa FC

Blackburn Rovers

Chelsea FC

Fulham FC

The International Tennis Federation

Mesut Özil

Parkour Earth

P 11 media rights agency

Renault Sport Racing Limited

Ticket Master

United States Olympic Committee

West Bromwich Albion FC

World Sailing

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Saudi football club Al Shabab FC to resolve multiple claims before FIFA and CAS without the imposition of any sporting sanctions.
  • Represented International Entertainment Corporation on its £15m acquisition of Wigan Athletic FC.
  • Ongoing advice to Chelsea FC in relation to football transfers including the world record transfer of Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao, and the sale and loan back of Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund.
  • Advising P11 on numerous agreements for digital advertising with La Liga clubs Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid and Premier League clubs Crystal Palace, Leicester City and Burnley.
  • Acting for NFFC Group Holdings Limited and Fawaz Al Hasawi in suing Nottingham Forest Football Club Limited and NF Football Investments Limited in High Court proceedings.

Leading individuals

Stephen Sampson - Squire Patton Boggs

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