White & Case LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

White & Case LLP
5 Old Broad Street
London
EC2N 1DW
England

Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – mid-large cap Tier 1

White & Case LLP has a stand out reputation across the myriad of complex equity capital markets transactions seen in London, as well as those covering other markets across EMEA. The EMEA capital markets practice is led by US-qualified partner Laura Sizemore, who is experienced in US-registered public offerings, Rule 144A offerings, Regulation S offerings and private placements. Other key figures include Inigo Esteve and Darina Kogan-Bellamy, who recently advised Citigroup Global Markets Limited, JP Morgan Securities Plc, Merrill Lynch International, Morgan Stanley and VTB Capital Plc (as joint global coordinators and joint bookrunners) on the IPO of Fix Price Group Ltd on the London Stock Exchange and the Moscow Exchange; at the time of listing, this was the second largest IPO on the London Stock Exchange in 2021 and the largest LSE IPO of a Russian company since 2012. In 2020, Esteve and Kogan-Bellamy acted for PJSC Aeroflot on a $1bn equity fundraise. Jonathan Parry is another key individual.

Practice head(s):

Laura Sizemore; Jonathan Parry; Inigo Esteve; Darina Kogan-Bellamy

Other key lawyers:

Bob Lehner; Andrew Scott

Testimonials

‘White & Case’s Equity Capital Markets team is a go-to team for city ECM practitioners. With a first-class team, good bench of associates and excellent partners their work for banks and issuers alike is always excellent.’

‘Jon Parry and Inigo Esteve are top partners that always give their clients first-class service. They stand out for their commerciality and their ability to produce tailored but efficient solutions for their clients.’

Key clients

Kaspi.kz

Energean Oil & Gas

J.P. Morgan

Barclays

Jefferies

Goldman Sachs

Morgan Stanley

HSBC

Qatar Investment Authority

Rothschild

Work highlights

  • Advised Joint Stock Company Kaspi.kz (Kaspi.kz), the largest payments, marketplace and fintech ecosystem in Kazakhstan, on its $1bn IPO of global depositary receipts on the London Stock Exchange.
  • Acted for Jefferies and J.P. Morgan as joint bookrunners and joint global coordinators, and Barclays and Banco Santander S.A as joint bookrunners, on the £204m rights issuance by Mitie Group Plc.
  • Advised Morgan Stanley & Co International plc, as sole global co-ordinator and sole bookrunner, on Mail.ru’s $243m equity fundraise and the simultaneous offering of $400m in aggregate principal amount senior unsecured convertible bonds due 2025.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 1

'Quite outstanding in international arbitration', White & Case LLP's UK-based international arbitration lawyers appear as counsel in some of the largest and most significant cases in the world; and the group's representative expertise covers arbitrations involving complex mega infrastructure projects, as well as numerous investor-state arbitrations. Among the firm's highly rated partners are the 'extremely eloquent' Aloke Ray QC, who regularly acts as lead counsel in high-profile commercial arbitrations; London oil and gas disputes head Mark Clarke, who is 'very sharp and client oriented'; Dipen Sabharwal QC, who heads up the firm's EMEA international arbitration practice; 'superb' arbitration advocate Phillip Capper; construction and engineering disputes specialist Clare Connellan; David Goldberg, who divides his time between London and Moscow and has a track record in successfully representing sovereign states in high-profile and high-value investor-state disputes; and global public international law head Andrea Menaker.

Practice head(s):

Phillip Capper; Aloke Ray QC; David Goldberg; Andrea Menaker

Testimonials

The firm continues to be quite outstanding in international arbitration; it has highly available partners with wide-ranging expertise, who are truly dedicated to the cases; and the practice has a good team spirit, with all members driving towards an efficient, client-friendly resolution of issues.

This practice is unique because it combines outstanding English law expertise with deep understanding of our needs as a Russian client.

All our cases run very smoothly with W&C.

W&C has a very strong and influential team that includes very effective advocacy.

Mark Clarke is very sharp and client oriented.

Phillip Capper is superb.

Aloke Ray QC has strong capacity in arbitration cases, especially those related to construction claims; and he is fast, efficient and a quick thinker, who is truly dedicated to cases and always available. He is also an extremely eloquent and impressive presenter with an ability to spot and emphasise the winning arguments.’

David Goldberg is well-known in Russia and abroad as one of the best arbitration practitioners around. He is available 24/7, and always ready to answer our most complicated questions.

Key clients

Inpex Operations Australia Pty

Total

ENGIE

WeBuild

Jan De Nul

Grupo Unidos por el Canal

Cruz City 1 Mauritius Holdings

United Energy Group

Uniper Global Commodities

Russian Federation

TECO Guatemala Holding

Kappes, Cassiday & Associates

JSC Tashkent Mechanical Plant

JSC National Bank for Foreign Economic Activity of the Republic of Uzbekistan

JSCB Asaka,

JSCB Uzbek Industrial and Construction Bank

Republic of Uzbekistan

Kornikom EOOD

WorleyParsons International

Republic of Belarus

Republic of Peru

OTMTI

Work highlights

  • Representing Inpex in disputes regarding the pricing of works for an onshore LNG processing facility that is part of a mega LNG project.
  • Representing Grupo Unidos por el Canal (Panama) and its shareholders, WeBuild and Jan De Nul, in a dispute with the Panama Canal Authority, which relates to the $5.5bn Panama Canal expansion project.
  • Defended the Russian Federation against a claim by Russian oligarch, Sergei Pugachev, who commenced arbitration proceedings under the 1976 UNCITRAL rules (pursuant to the French-Russian BIT on the basis that he had acquired French nationality).

Finance > Debt capital markets Tier 1

White & Case LLP is perhaps best known for its work on emerging markets and sovereign debt issuance, though the London capital markets group is increasingly involved in European and US debt issuance for both underwriting banks and corporate issuers. The firm has the deepest bench of US and English law partners in London, many of whom are involved in complex and innovative cross-border transactions, including inaugural bond offerings. It is also involved in emerging areas of the markets, notably green and sustainability-linked bonds. It also has one of the busiest convertible bond practice in the City. Melissa Butler and Stuart Matty are 'very hands-on partners who always find a satisfactory solution for all stakeholders'. They lead the practice along with Richard Pogrel, who recently advised Co-operative Bank Finance plc on its £200m debut senior MREL offering. In 2020, US securities partner Ian Clark advised on  numerous sovereign debt restructuring transactions, including the Republic of Argentina restructuring of $64bn of external debt. 'Capable, proactive, reliable and efficient' senior associate Anna Soroka is increasingly involved in key mandates.

Practice head(s):

Melissa Butler; Stuart Matty; Richard Pogrel

Other key lawyers:

Anna Soroka; Neha Saran

Testimonials

‘Always very professional and high standard of work. Also available any time and going the extra mile to help.’

‘W&C has great people and solid institutional knowledge. Having led many of the relevant transactions in EM Capital Markets, W&C are well positioned to hand-hold clients and hep them successfully navigate market access attempts.’

‘Stuart Matty and Mellissa Butler are very hands-on partners who always find a satisfactory solution for all stakeholders. They are also very swift to turn around docs to support opportunistic market timing for clients.’

‘We have used W&C for a long time and they know us and our company very well, we do not need to explain procedures or our reasoning, they understand and anticipate our needs. We find that the team has a lot of respect for us and each other which shows in their work and in how they approach problems that come up. Their billing system has evolved over the last couple of years and it has been very helpful to see the break down of costs in projects etc. During the pandemic we have not once felt that they have been less professional or on top of new projects. We are all in all very happy with the set-up we have with W&C, both in London, NY and the support we sometimes receive from Stockholm.’

‘Since a couple of years back our main point of contact has been Richard Pogrel, he has been a great asset in our work and takes on all aspects of our business in a very professional manner. Richard has a very good understanding of our business and have the ability to anticipate our needs, which is greatly appreciated. Senior associate Neha Saran has been assisting Richard and been a great asset to the W&C team and in helping us with our programme updates as well as more complicated projects.’

‘The staff are very professional and on top of their knowledge level. They also engaged the sovereign and supported capacity building of our institutions.’

‘Stuart Matty is my best Individual professional who not only gives great legal service, but also provide recommendations on related areas and in what I call early warning recommendations. Very creative and innovative support.’

‘I lead our DCM advisory practice and worked with Anna Soroka earlier this year. I found her to be very capable, proactive, reliable and efficient and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

The Bank of England

The Co-operative Bank

Citi

Credit Suisse

CTP B.V.

E.ON

Ipoteka Bank

Jefferies

JP Morgan

Metso Outotec Oyj

Morgan Stanley

Ukraine

Republic of Ghana

Republic of Serbia

Republic of Suriname

Republic of Uzbekistan

Republic of Zambia

Saudi Aramco

Svenska Handelsbanken

The State of Israel

The State of Qatar

Work highlights

  • Advised The Bank of England on the update of its Debt Issuance Programme and issuance thereunder of $2bn 0.250%. Notes due 2024 pursuant to Regulation S and Rule 144A.
  • Advised the Ad Hoc Argentine Bondholder Group, the largest group of the Republic of Argentina bondholders, on the successful restructuring of the country’s $64bn of external debt.
  • Advised Saudi Aramco as issuer on its $8bn five-tranche offering of global notes.

Finance > Trade finance Tier 1

White & Case LLP maintains a busy workload in high-end structured trade and commodity finance transactions. Its work spans the full range of structures for both creditors and borrowers, with commodity pre-payments and upstream project financing in the commodities sector particularly active. It is a leading firm for West African forward sale structures and sophisticated multi-source hybrid financings in the mining and metals sector. Calling on the firm’s renowned debt finance and structured finance practices, the trade finance group also handles structured transactions, as well as export credit deals, receivables purchases and hybrid financing structures. Christopher Czarnocki, who advised Ghana National Petroleum Corporation as seller in relation to a $280m pre-payment facility agreement provided by an international commodity trading house, and James Hardy are the lead partners. Associate Catherine West is also a key practitioner, bringing her experience in debt finance to a range of trade finance structures.

Practice head(s):

Chris Czarnocki; James Hardy

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They are quite detailed and identify all material issues key to the deal, which makes the decision-making process for a client super-easy. James Hardy is recommended.’

Key clients

Petrobras

Standard Chartered Bank

The Ministry of Finance Ukraine

Goldman Sachs (J. Aron & Company LLC).

Afreximbank

Puma Energy International

Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC)

Helios Investment Partners

Energean

Trafigura

Global Palladium Fund, an affiliate of the Norilsk Nickel group

Mauritius Commercial Bank

Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC)

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Energy Ghana

Ministry of Finance Equatorial Guinea

Gemcorp Capital

Deutsche Bank

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Gracelake Partners Limited

Oi S.A.

Work highlights

  • Representation of Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) as seller in relation to a $280m pre-payment facility agreement provided by an international commodity trading house relating to crude oil to be lifted from certain oil fields in Ghana.
  • Representation of Helios Investment Partners and Tema LNG Terminal Company Limited, a Ghanaian entity established and controlled by Helios Investment Partners, in respect of the financing and project development of a liquefied natural gas terminal in Tema, Ghana, and related floating infrastructure vessels required to perform the services of liquefied natural gas vessel berthing, unloading, storage, regasification and transportation of natural gas.
  • Representation of Puma Energy International on a $225m hybrid off balance sheet trade receivables purchase programme arranged by Societe Generale.

Industry focus > Emerging markets Tier 1

White & Case LLP fields ‘a strong practice with a Magic Circle work ethic‘, according to one client. Advising financial institutions, corporates, governments and supranational organisations on capital markets, project development and finance mandates across the globe, the firm has one of the largest and most active emerging markets practices in London. Capital markets expert Stuart Matty frequently handles bond issuances and restructurings for sovereign issuers, while global head of project development and finance Mark Castillo-Bernaus ‘knows how to find balance between borrower and lender interests in the most efficient manner‘; he recently worked with capital markets specialist Jason Kerr on advising commercial lenders and ECAs on the $20bn project financing of Mozambique’s first onshore LNG development. Banking partner Christopher Czarnocki  is an expert in trade and pre-export finance work; head of the Africa group Mukund Dhar is highly active in oil and gas and power projects across the continent; and Philip Stopford is a key partner in project and international finance, while Melissa Butler and Ian Clark are prominent in capital markets deals.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Matty; Mark Castillo-Bernaus; Christopher Czarnocki; Mukund Dhar

Testimonials

‘Mukund Dhar has great knowledge and understanding of the emerging markets, the energy sector and interactions with the banks, and has an overall market view.’

‘Stuart Matty and Mellissa Butler are very hands-on partners and always find a workable solution that satisfies all stakeholders.’

‘During the past year I’ve been working with Mark Castillo-Bernaus. Mark has very wide experience in different markets, knows project and corporate finance market practices and always provides very pragmatic and practical solutions. Mark knows how to find balance between borrower and lender interests in the most efficient manner. I noted that he tends to avoid confrontations during the negotiations, even though he is always involved in the process. I can say that Mark is one of the most professional people I met in the market.’

‘We work with Mukund Dhar and Chris Czarnocki as two main partners on the assignment. Mukund is leading the team and is a person you can always rely on for all commercial matters. He is someone that can always step in and close a matter the team has been struggling with. Whenever in doubt, we always tend to resort to Mukund for advice. On the other hand, Chris is someone that is very knowledgeable on financing matters and we have used his knowledge and experience in quickly drafting and executing some of the most complex financing agreements on the project.’

‘Good bench strength with significant experience of emerging markets in the energy sector.’

‘A strong practice with a Magic Circle work ethic.’

‘The team is highly professional and experienced whose advice and solutions are always valuable and viable from the perspective of business practice. The team always provides the instant opinions and support especially when clients underwent the intensive negotiations. The team takes a higher standard of care to the matters being consulted  on even than the clients, not only from a legal and professional perspective, but also a commercial and practical perspective. The team actively trace any feedback and further issues, if there are, after the consultancy.’

 

Key clients

Afreximbank

Africa Finance Corporation

African Development Bank

Citi

Credit Suisse

CTP

Deutsche Bank

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Gemcorp Capital

Ghana National Gas Company

Ghana National Petroleum Corporation

Global Palladium Fund

Goldman Sachs

Helios Investment Partners

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Ipoteka Bank

J.P. Morgan

Jefferies

Mauritius Commercial Bank

Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Energy Ghana

Ministry of Finance Equatorial Guinea

Morgan Stanley

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation

Oi S.A.

Petrobras

Puma Energy International

Republic of Ghana

Republic of Serbia

Republic of Uzbekistan

Republic of Zambia

Saudi Aramco

Standard Chartered Bank

State of Qatar

The Ministry of Finance Ukraine

Trafigura

Ukraine

Work highlights

  • Advised the Ad Hoc Argentine Bondholder Group, the largest group of the Republic of Argentina bondholders, on the successful restructuring of the country’s $64bn of external debt.
  • Advising the financiers on a landmark $20bn project financing of Mozambique’s first onshore LNG development, Mozambique LNG. This is the largest ever foreign direct investment into Africa.
  • Advised Afreximbank and Credit Suisse as co-ordinators on a €1bn and a $1bn term loan facility for Bank of Industry Limited, Nigeria.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure Tier 1

Known for advising on complex M&A, project development and infrastructure financing deals, White & Case LLP acts for a range of clients in the field, including financial sponsors, banks, utilities, corporates and government entities. The firm handles transactions across the spectrum of the infrastructure sector, from regulated and core utilities through to core plus infrastructure assets. Caroline Sherrell advises infrastructure fund and private equity clients on infrastructure transactions, particularly transport, energy and digital infrastructure matters. Her team continues its recent expansion and was further strengthened in 2021 by the arrivals from Shearman & Sterling LLP of Katie Hicks, who specialises in infrastructure acquisition financings and refinancings, and Tim Sheddick, who focuses on M&A and corporate advice. Their hires followed the 2020 addition from CMS, of Sandra Rafferty , who has experience in European infrastructure M&A. The team was further strengthened in summer 2021 by the addition of George Kazakov from Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners, where he was global investment counsel.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Sherrell

Key clients

Allianz Capital Partners

Ancala Partners

Antin Infrastructure Partners

Arjun Infrastructure Partners

Dutch Infrastructure Fund

First Sentier Investments

Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners

Infravia

I Squared Capital

JPMorgan Asset Management

Octopus Investments Ltd

Projects, energy and natural resources > Mining and minerals Tier 1

White & Case LLP‘s mining and minerals practice group is singled out for its ‘excellent knowledge‘ and is led by global head of mining and metals Rebecca Campbell in London. The team expanded its senior ranks in 2021: Andrzej Omietański, who advises on an assortment of cross-border project financing matters, capital markets transactions and development projects, was promoted to counsel, and Kamran Ahmad, who is a key name for complex financings in the natural resources sector, made partner. The department advises leading industry names, including SolGold Plc, as well as major banks on financing deals. It also draws on the firm’s global offering across New York, Miami and Sydney to handle large international mandates with a multi-disciplinary team across corporate, litigation and capital markets.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Campbell

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge of the legal framework within which the industry operates and secondly of the commercial aspects of the business and the ESG environment.’

‘Excellent legal knowledge and drafting. Prompt attention to the client’s needs.’

‘Rebecca Campbell really gets to know our business, understands our needs and works to help us meet them in the most practical way. She is like one of our team.’

‘Rebecca Campbell’s combination of technical knowledge of the sector and legal experience proved to be extremely beneficial. Andrzej Omietański also worked hard for us and deserves a mention.’

‘We were hugely impressed by the team’s depth of knowledge, willingness to go above and beyond and strong appreciation of ESG issues in the sector. The team helped to co-ordinate an expert technical report which proved extremely valuable to the project. They brought balanced advice and helpful context from other parts of the industry.’

‘The team has deep knowledge of the mining industry, including of royalties and streaming agreements. Very organised and focused.’

Key clients

SolGold Plc

High Power Exploration Inc. (HPX)

Lenders to Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinée (CBG)

An ad hoc committee of noteholders in respect of the Notes issued by the Petra Diamonds Group

Ivanhoe Mines

Global Palladium Fund, an affiliate of the Norilsk Nickel group

Petropavlovsk PLC

Triton Partners

Future Global Resources Limited

Ivanhoe Capital Acquisition Corp.

Emirates Global Aluminium PJSC (EGA)

MMG

Lenders to Tri-K (Banque Centrale Populaire, Société Générale and Attijariwafa Bank)

Daniel W. Kappes and Kappes, Cassiday & Associates

Work highlights

  • Advising SolGold Plc on ongoing corporate, governance, project development and financing work, most notably a $150m net smelter returns royalty financing agreement with Franco-Nevada Corporation.
  • Advising an ad hoc committee of noteholders in respect of the $650m 7.25% senior secured second lien notes due 2022 in the anticipated financial restructuring of the London-listed diamond mining group Petra Diamonds.
  • Advising Ivanhoe Mines on an array of project and financing matters, in particular an EKN-supported export credit facility of €176m and a down payment facility of $24m for Kamoa Copper SA (a joint venture between Ivanhoe Mines and Zijin Mining) and in the sale of $575m in aggregate principal amount of 2.50% convertible senior notes due 2026.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 1

White & Case LLP is ‘simply outstanding in oil & gas related works’ and remains a market leader in cutting-edge transactions for major energy companies. The multidisciplinary practice in London is led by co-head of the energy industry group Philip Stopford, and in a recent highlight is advising Saudi Aramco on the Amiral Project, an expansion project to the existing SATORP refinery project, a joint venture with TOTAL in Saudi Arabia. The group has a deep bench of experts including; Jason Kerr , whose practices includes project and international finance matters across emerging markets in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, and co-head of the upstream group David Baker , who regularly advises on high-value LNG sector matters. On the sponsor side, Mukund Dhar is the key name to note, with Mark Castillo-Bernaus leading on some of the largest project financing deals. Top-end oil and gas commercial arbitrations are led by Mark ClarkeAllan Taylor is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Philip Stopford

Testimonials

‘Deep understanding of key transaction structures in Oil & Gas . James Hardy is articulate, clear, very responsive, attentive to details, protecting the interest of the client and the transaction.’

‘White & Case has been simply outstanding in oil and gas related work for us. They delivered first class advice. They dive into the very deep end and proffer very innovative/bespoke solutions to resolve knotty issues. They anticipate the issues well in advance, almost as if they are in your shoes.’

‘The team I’ve been working with demonstrated very high level of expertise, and good knowledge of the Russian (and other relevant emerging market) market practices and standard terms of the loan documentation. W&C addresses its clients requests in very efficient manner, and demonstrates high managerial skills even during the pandemic period.’

‘ Mark Castillo-Bernaus always provides very pragmatic and practical sollutions. He knows how to find the balance between borrower’s and lenders interests in the most efficient manner.’

‘Very proactive, very knowledgeable, good setup combining different experience of different partners to provide optimal coverage of the issues at hand. Lawyers are proactive, driving process and engaging. Have great knowledge of precedent deals, rhetorically strong, able to explain issues and stand firm on critical points.’

‘Mukund Dhar is brilliant at what he does. He has a great personality that makes the most complex matters seem easy to comprehend.’

‘Allan Taylor has deep experience on working on transactions in the oil & gas sector in Kazakhstan. Excellent knowledge of the industry and geography. Jason Kerr – excellent attorney and very strong in managing transactions and client relationships.’

‘Philip Stopford is very diligent, available, open and straight-forward in communicating on key issues/development, which has been very helpful.’

Key clients

Saudi Aramco

Eni

Total

Chevron / Noble Energy

Qatar Petroleum

QatarGAs

Energean

EIG / Harbour Energy / Chrysaor

ElectroGas Malta

Carbon Holdings

Ghana National Petroleum Corporation

NNPC

Blue Water Energy

Nostrum

Seplat

PUMA Energy

HESS

MOL

KazMunaiGas

ADES International

Uzbekneftegas

Vitol

INPEX

Work highlights

  • Advised the financiers on a landmark $20+ billion project financing of Mozambique’s first onshore LNG development, Mozambique LNG. It is the largest ever foreign direct investment into Africa.

Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 1

The ‘world-leading construction dispute practice‘ at White & Case LLP is known for advising its clients on the full lifecycle of a project’s disputes, both before and after the dispute resolution phase. It acts on matters involving large-scale builds, including energy, infrastructure, mining and resource extraction projects. Most notable is its international clientele, and it has particular strength in advising Middle Eastern and African clients. Ellis Baker leads the practice, with experience in advising developers, contractors, consultants and lenders on a wide variety of matters. The ‘highly experiencedDavid Robertson is known for representing leading EPC contractors in Asia. Daniel Garton acts on noteworthy arbitration and ADR cases, while Phillip Capper is known for his work on critical, high-value infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Ellis Baker

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team provides a highly tailored service able to deal with unique commercial and legal circumstances, rather than a generic template to try to force into all situations. The key strength is that you will receive a lot of partner attention and all the processes will be genuinely partner-led.’

‘David Robertson is a highly exprienced construction specialist who gives high-quality, practical advice. He is compassionate and understands what is important.’

‘W&C has a world-leading construction dispute practice that is able to mobilise large teams for complex construction dispute matters. The lawyers are first class.’

‘Daniel Garton in London is a standout, with the ability and depth of experience to understand the client’s perspective and clearly communicate complex legal issues to clients.’

‘White & Case is highly knowledgeable in diverse international projects and practices and sympathetic to business needs. It has a wealth of back-room experience and has never failed to respond to our needs in a timely manner. The service has been outstanding.’

‘I find the White & Case team unique insofar as this team is able to collaborate easily and effectively with its clients and is composed of highly qualified professionals.’

‘W&C are, as you would expect, a very competent and professional outfit that support our dispute resolution with solid advice.’

Key clients

Webuild, Jan De Nul N.V., Grupo Unidos por el Canal, S.A.

INPEX

Work highlights

  • Representing Grupo Unidos por el Canal S.A. and its shareholders, WeBuild and Jan De Nul N.V., in a dispute with the Panama Canal Authority.
  • Representing INPEX in disputes regarding the pricing of works for an onshore LNG processing facility that is part of a mega LNG project.

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 2

White & Case LLP‘s ‘highly skilled‘ banking litigation team is popular among major investment banks in a range of high-value and cross-border disputes. It is able to draw upon expertise, highly regarded non-contentious finance practices and counts representing fintech companies and other non-traditional financial services among its growth areas. Key contacts include Charles Balmain, ‘a sophisticated litigator with a wealth of experience at his fingertips‘, whose experience includes domestic and offshore banking litigation and contentious sovereign and corporate debt restructurin; recently promoted Swati Tripathi; and senior associate Adam Wallin. Former practice head John Reynolds left to join Avonhurst in mid-2021, while Steven Baker joined Proskauer Rose LLP.

Testimonials

Charles Balmain and Swati Tripathi both embody the firm’s commitment to client needs. An outstanding team and a real pleasure to work with.

Strong legal knowledge, relentless client focus.

Viktor Braun is fully committed to providing a solution that will benefit the agent without compromises. He understands the risks involved in litigation matters ensuring Wilmington is well protected and the documentation works well from an agents perspective.

The team is highly skilled, with terrific client care, strategic insight and hands-on litigation experience at the highest levels. One of the best litigation outfits in the City.

A strong team with excellent sector and industry knowledge.

Very professional firm that has taken on some very talented individuals that are fully up to speed with very complex and demanding transaction. W&C has a can do attitude and remain readily available when required. W&C always bill for time spent and do not exceed agreed caps. Clients like this and provide repeated business.’

Charles Balmain is an urbane, sophisticated litigator with a wealth of experience at his fingertips.

Swati Tripathi has amazing connections with the Indian market, which is one of the fastest-growing sectors for the London litigation market.

Key clients

VTB Capital

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited (ICBC)

Goldman Sachs International

Deutsche Bank

Amigo Loans

Oi S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advising on the long-running, complex, multi-jurisdictional €1.2bn fraud dispute arising from the sale of Vivacom, Bulgaria’s largest telecoms group.
  • Acting for a syndicate of Chinese banks in respect of litigation proceedings and the restructuring of a $925m facility advanced to Reliance Communications Limited (RCom).
  • Representing Goldman Sachs in its defence of proceedings in the High Court brought by Kodak, alleging breaches of UK and European competition law arising from the warehousing of aluminium.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 2

White & Case LLP‘s ‘bright and efficient‘ City disputes team is well-regarded for cross-border corporate and commercial litigation. The practice has a breadth of expertise and has recently been active in shareholder disputes, financial restructuring and insolvency cases, broken deal litigation and disputes with a civil fraud element. The practice includes the ‘exceptionalCharles Balmain, who handles a range of litigation for clients including global corporations, financial institutions and funds, and Rory Hishon, who has experience in the TMT sector. Lawson Caisley (who specialises in cybersecurity disputes) joined from Allen & Overy LLP , while technology disputes expert Jenna Rennie and Swati Tripathi (who has experience in financial services, oil & gas and hospitality) were promoted to the partnership. Long-serving partner John Reynolds left in mid-2021 to join new firm Avonhurst.

Other key lawyers:

Charles Balmain; Rory Hishon; Swati Tripathi; Jenna Rennie; James Hart; Ethan Wang; Adam Wallin; John Willems

Testimonials

Charles Balmain is exceptional – quick and considered and effective.’

Amongst the partners, I would pick out: Charles Balmain (very smooth and in control); and Rory Hishon (king of the detail and one of the hardest workers you are likely ever to meet). Look out for James Hart (seriously clever ); and Ethan Wang (excellent drafting and research).

White & Case is a very well-known firm but it is unusual amongst large international firms in that it has many partners who are also used to working as advocates, particularly in arbitration. This gives them a real understanding of the whole breadth of the legal profession and the different elements of a case. Its lawyers are bright and efficient and are highly effective litigators.’

A high-quality commercial litigation practice with a stellar client base and huge experience of difficult and complex domestic and international litigation.

White & Case are a top name in commercial litigation and deservedly so. They have a wide range of abilities and skills within the team and work is properly delegated. Clever, hardworking and user friendly partners lead a tight ship.

Rory Hishon – very good client manner, thoughtful, tireless.’

 

Key clients

PT Ventures

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited (ICBC)

MMG

Lush

Petropavlovsk

Amigo Loans

The Swissport Group

Goldman Sachs

NTN

Cukurova

Salamanca Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Çukurova, the well-known Turkish conglomerate, since 2007 in its dispute with Russia’s Alfa Group and Sweden’s TeliaSonera concerning the ownership of a controlling shareholding in Turkcell Iletisim A.S., Turkey’s largest mobile phone company.
  • Represented PT Ventures, a telecommunications company and shareholder in Angola’s leading telecommunications company, Unitel, in a complex, high value, multi-fronted litigation/arbitration involving no fewer than five jurisdictions including related proceedings in the BVI and the Netherlands. The underlying dispute is between PT Ventures and its three co-shareholders in Unitel.
  • Represented Amigo Holdings Plc, recently FTSE-250 listed and the UK’s largest guarantor loan company, in its highly publicised and ultimately successful defence of a takeover by its founder and majority shareholder.

Finance > Acquisition finance Tier 2

Combining ‘senior, experienced legal advice you would expect from a large firm with the more relationship based, personal service you would get from a regional or niche practice’, White & Case LLP provides very effective advice to lenders and borrowers on the financing requirements associated with event-driven and leveraged acquisitions. Able to tap into wide-ranging resources across the firm’s extensive international footprint, the team’s particular sweet-spot lies in its ability to advise on multi-jurisdictional mandates (including within the emerging markets), often involving complex inter-creditor arrangements. Jeremy Duffy, who is appreciated for his ability and willingness to ‘think about issues rather than rolling out standard solutions for all‘, has an excellent reputation among many leading global investment banks on acquisition finance deals throughout EMEA. The firm also has excellent visibility in the private credit fund market, due in no small part to the efforts of Gareth Eagles and the strong relationships which he has developed with some of its most active participants, including Blackstone Credit (the successor to GSO Capital Partners). Colin Harley also has strong relationships within the private capital space, acting for financial sponsors as borrowers on their leveraged finance mandates, as well as for credit funds on the lending front.

Practice head(s):

Colin Harley (EMEA Head of Banking); Jeremy Duffy (EMEA Head of Bank Lending); Gareth Eagles (Global Head of Direct Lending)

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Czarnocki; Martin Forbes; Fergus Wheeler; Emma Foster; Richard Lloyd; Shane McDonald; James Hardy; Nicola Chapman; Man Hay Yip; Paul Yin

Testimonials

It is genuinely partner-led, not simply a marketing claim.’

The firm combines senior, experienced legal advice you would expect from a large firm, with the more relationship based, personal service you would get from a regional or niche practice.’

Jeremy Duffy is genuinely nice and thinks about issues rather than rolling out standard solutions for all.’

Richard Lloyd is a nice guy who is available and willing to think through issues and propose alternatives rather than simply rejecting ideas/comments without consideration.’

Key clients

Ahlstrom-Munksjo Oyj

Alvogen

Apollo

Barclays Bank

BC Partners

Blackstone Alternative Credit Advisors LP (formerly known as GSO Capital Partners)

Blue Water Energy LLP

BNP Paribas

Bridgepoint

Cabot Credit Management

Castik Capital

Credit Suisse

CVC

Deutsche Bank

Diaverum

Encore Capital

Fat Face

Goldman Sachs

HPS

Inflexion Private Equity Partners

Jefferies

JPMorgan

Mehiläinen Oy

Natixis

Nordea Bank

Oatly

Play

Royal Bank of Canada

SEB

Société Générale

Swissport

Work highlights

  • Advised Blackstone Credit on a three tier-financing package to support Advent International’s approximately £4bn acquisition of leading global technology and services innovator, Cobham Plc.
  • Advised BC Partners and SOFIMA on the €1.25bn high yield bond and €400m debt facilities for the acquisition of Italian publicly traded company IMA S.p.A.
  • Advised the senior lenders in connection with the provision of financing to be made available to Kersia International, an entity backed by IK Investment, for the acquisition of Kersia SAS.

Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 2

Effectively able to leverage the firm's huge global network and to draw upon the expertise of lawyers in complementary areas, including banking and capital markets, White & Case LLP's 'commercial and pragmatic' team excels in handling cross-border restructurings, distressed investment and insolvency matters, often involving complex capital structures. Under the leadership of 'excellent strategist' Christian Pilkington, although the team remains best-known for its creditor side engagements -  including for fund clients on their distressed investment opportunities and restructurings - it has also recently picked up some notable debtor mandates, including for Swissport on its high-profile debt-for-equity restructuring. Recently promoted to partner, the 'approachable and very responsive' Morvyn Radlow has had a pivotal role on many of the recent debtor-side mandates, and is noted for her 'deep technical knowledge around Schemes of Arrangement'.  Other recommended partners include Ben Davies, who is lauded for his 'tireless work ethic' for debtors and creditors, and Ian Wallace, who is praised for his 'commerciality and understanding of the distressed investment market'. 

Practice head(s):

Christian Pilkington

Other key lawyers:

Ian Wallace; Ben Davies; Morvyn Radlow; Will Stoner; Suzanne Thomson

Testimonials

‘The team is very well connected and provides very technical advice, framed in a commercial context.’

Excellent knowledge of the sector and good grasp of the market, combined with exceptional technical and strategic capabilities.’

A strong transatlantic team – able to cover European restructurings but really understand the US angles and Chapter 11 – great for multinationals.’

Christian Pilkington is commercial and pragmatic.’

Christian Pilkington is an excellent strategist and a market leader in European restructuring and related matters.’

Ben Davies – ludicrous work rate and ensured a very complex deal was delivered on time.’

The commercial Ian Wallace has an excellent understanding of the distressed investment market.’

‘I worked closely with Morvyn Radlow on our recent project and was really impressed with her approach and also her technical knowledge. Morvyn was always approachable, contactable and very responsive, even when working late into the evening, which really helped us to keep our work on target and focused in the right areas. Morvyn was very personable, easy to work with and managed the process of the complex Scheme of Arrange seamlessly despite a vast number of stakeholders, advisors and different perspectives.’

Key clients

Hertz Global Holdings, Inc.

Swissport International

The ad-hoc committee of noteholders of the Petra Diamonds Group

The CMBS noteholders of the Trafford Centre (owned by the Intu group)

The coordinating committee of agent banks and export credit agencies of Seadrill Ltd. and its affiliates

Strategic Value Partners, LLC

Blackstone Alternative Credit Advisors LP

Nostrum Oil & Gas plc

Work highlights

  • Representation of Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. and certain affiliates in their ongoing Chapter 11 cases.
  • Representation of Swissport, the world’s leading provider of airport ground services and air cargo handling, on its comprehensive restructuring and recapitalization.
  • Representation of the ad hoc committee of noteholders of the $650m high yield bonds in the financial restructuring of the diamond mining group, Petra Diamonds, with mines in South Africa and Tanzania.

Finance > Derivatives and structured products Tier 2

White & Case LLP provides ‘excellent, practical and clear derivatives advice‘ and clients remark that ‘attention to detail is first-rate with a thorough understanding of derivatives products and regulatory issues‘. The firm handles derivatives transactions for both investment and hedging purposes, as well as synthetic investments and Islamic derivatives. It has a long track record in acting for sovereign, corporate and financial institution clients in developed, emerging and frontier markets. It is also highly regarded for sustainable finance work and advice on financial services regulation. ‘Extremely sharp‘ practice head Ingrid Yorkprovides sensible, straightforward and good market practice solutions‘. Her broad focus encompasses OTC derivatives, structured products, Islamic finance hedging and regulatory capital transactions. Debashis Dey, who works in both the London and Dubai offices, has more than 20 years’ experience in advising banks, corporates and governments on structured finance. Newly promoted counsel Nathaniel Crowley, who is active in both London and Hong Kong, and associate Phillan Amin, who is ‘a technical and flexible lawyer who provides considered commercial advice on repackagings‘, play pivotal roles in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Ingrid York

Testimonials

‘Excellent, practical and clear derivatives advice. Always responsive and commercial on transaction work.’

‘Ingrid York, Nate Crowley and Phillan Amin provide consistently outstanding legal support. Attention to detail is first-rate with a thorough understanding of derivatives products and regulatory issues as well as always being mindful of client requirements.’

‘The practice has excellent technical knowledge, but what sets it apart are the people and the commercial knowledge of the industry. Partners are available and the quality of associates is outstanding. What is probably the most important, the team is very efficient in delivering legal product and the communication with them is outstanding. The team is always available to provide an explanation, to discuss matters and provides helpful and pragmatic advice.’

‘Ingrid York is always available and up to date on the project and her strategic advice is invaluable. Nathaniel Crowley is extremely knowledgeable, always responsive and very pleasant to work with. In addition to his knowledge of in the area of derivatives documentation and transacting, he has an excellent grasp on the commercial side of derivatives business and has good relationships and an established profile with all major banks, which is very important in the negotiation process. Phillan Amin, is very efficient, knowledgeable and pleasant to work with. I always felt that the project is managed well and in timely manner.’

‘Phillan Amin is a technical and flexible lawyer who provides considered commercial advice on our repackaging queries in particular and helps to manage the update of our repackaging programme in an organised and practical way.’

‘Nate Crowley has very good technical skills and the development of his experience and expertise on the Asian market and Asian jurisdictions has been particularly helpful to us.’

‘Excellent in complex derivatives, synthetic securitisations and sensible market practice solutions. Very reliable core capital markets legal firm providing consistent, responsive and good-value services.’

‘Ingrid York is an excellent complex derivatives lawyer. She provides sensible, straight-forward and good-market practice solutions. She is extremely sharp and straight-forward, and avoids theoretical uncommercial discussions. Phillan Amin – great capital markets associate. Great energy.’

Key clients

Alpha Bank

BNP Paribas

Citibank

Centerbridge

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Elliott Advisors

Eurobank

European Investment Fund

Investec

National Bank of Greece

Piraeus Bank

Societe Generale

Finance > High yield Tier 2

'The team has really deep knowledge of the high yield space, absolutely on top of the latest developments in the market', says a client of White & Case LLP. The firm is frequently involved in acquisition financing bridge-to-bond transactions, high-profile restructuring transactions in the European high yield markets, as well as liability management transactions. The firm has a deep bench of US-qualified lawyers who handle leveraged finance products for private equity, private credit, emerging markets and corporate clients. Jill Concannon leads the practice and with James Greene acted for Chilean mobile telecoms operator WOM S.A. on a $60m high yield bond tap following its inaugural $450m bond issue. Key partner Gilles Teerlinck is praised for 'his strong commitment to the good execution of the deal'. New York and Israel-qualified senior associate Anna Soroka is 'a standout performer - smart, hardworking and dedicated'.

Practice head(s):

Jill Concannon

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team has really deep knowledge of the high yield space, absolutely on top of the latest developments in the market. Delivers great commercial advice and is super responsive.’

‘James Greene is very, very responsive and reliable advisor. Very smart and all over detail. Great broad finance lawyer as well with particularly good experience in restructurings.’

‘The W&C team specialised in High Yield and led by Jill Concannon and Gilles Teerlink is highly knowledgeable. The partners are regularly involved in landmark transactions, which ensure that you get the latest market developments and technologies when mandating them. They are assisted by motivated and talented associates.’

‘Apart from his solid knowledge of high yield bond features, Gilles Teerlinck can differ from competition thanks to his constant availability and his strong commitment to the good execution of the deal. It is not unsual to get positive comments on Gilles’ contribution to the deal from the issuer’s side too. There is also a good level of interaction inside the firm that can be helpful on joint loan / bond deals.’

‘A market-leading high yield practice, and particularly helpful on both primary issuance for our portfolio companies and advice in restructuring and distressed investing. Partners have an unmatched sense of the market and latest developments in high yield (as well as in restructuring and derivatives matters relating to high yield issuers).’

‘Anna Soroka is a standout performer of the W&C HY team. She is an expert in complex international leveraged finance/HY offerings, and she is smart, hardworking and dedicated professional lawyer who provides outstanding legal and commercial advice. Anna provides first-class service with clear yet creative solutions to intricate multi-jurisdictional problems. Anna is a pleasure to work with. She has a pro-business and pro client approach and she is creating long lasting relationships.’

‘Monica Holden is always available and provides truly commercial advice,  she gets the numbers as well as the law!’

‘Jill Concannon is very capable, proactive and responsive.’

Key clients

Encore Capital Group

BC Partners

JP Morgan

CVC Capital Partners

International Game Technology

Goldman Sachs International

Barclays

I.M.A Sp.A

Novator

doValue

Deutsche Bank

Work highlights

  • Represented doValue S.p.A., as issuer ( Altamira Asset Management S.A. and doValue Greece Holding Single Member SA as guarantors) on the offering of €265m 5.00% Senior Secured Notes due 2025 in connection with the refinancing of the bridge facility which was drawn on June 5, 2020 to finance the acquisition of 80% of the share capital of FPS, to pay fees and expenses and for general corporate purposes.
  • Advised a syndicate of banks with Barclays Bank PLC and Jefferies International Limited acting as joint global coordinators and joint physical bookrunners and RBC Europe Limited, Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited, Danske Bank A/S and ING Bank N.V., London Branch acting as joint bookrunners on Pure Gym’s €445m bridge facility to facilitate the acquisition by Pure Gym of Danish and Swiss gym operator Fitness World and the subsequent refinancing via €445m 5.500% Senior Secured Notes due 2025 issuance.
  • Represented Encore Capital Group, Inc., in connection with their new $1.5bn global funding structure that included the offering of €350m 4.875% Senior Secured Notes due 2025; a consent solicitation of the holders of Cabot’s existing £512.918m 7.5% senior secured notes due 2023 and €400m senior secured floating rate notes due 2024; an amended multi-currency revolving credit facility with an increased total commitment of $1.05bn; and the amendment and restatement of Encore’s private placement notes purchase agreement.

Finance > Islamic finance Tier 2

White & Case LLP‘s team benefits strongly from the firm’s presence across the Middle East and Asia, enabling it to handle shari’ah-compliant transactions for global lenders and borrowers, sovereign governments and state-owned companies. The key contacts in London are the global head of Islamic finance Debashis Dey, who an expert in capital markets, and Ingrid York, whose specialisms include derivatives and structured finance transactions.

Practice head(s):

Debashis Dey; Ingrid York

Key clients

Fawaz Abdulaziz Al Hokair Co.

Saudi Real Estate Refinance Company

Republic of Indonesia

Gargash Enterprises group

BNY Mellon Corporate Trustee Services Limited

Citi

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Deutsche Bank

HSBC

Goldman Sachs

Standard Chartered Bank

National Commercial Bank

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

First Abu Dhabi Bank

Arabian Centers Company

Work highlights

  • Advised Fawaz Abdulaziz Al Hokair Co., a leading diversified fashion, beauty, and food retailer in Saudi Arabia, with international operations across 13 countries, in connection with its $800m refinancing.
  • Advised Saudi Real Estate Refinance Company (SRC) on the establishment of SAR 10 billion domestic Sukuk issuance programme and issuance of SAR 1 billion guaranteed Sukuk due 2028 and SAR 3 billion guaranteed Sukuk due 2031.
  • Advised Republic of Indonesia (RoI) and its special-purpose vehicle on the update of the RoI’s Rule 144A/Reg S $25bn trust certificate issuance program and the subsequent $2.5 bn dual tranche Sukuk offering thereunder. The offering involved the issuance of a tranche of US$750 million Sukuk due 2025, a tranche of US$1 billion Sukuk due 2030 and a tranche of US$750 million green Sukuk due 2050.

Finance > Securitisation Tier 2

The team covers a very broad range of products and as such, is incredibly innovative with transactions that don’t fit into traditional buckets‘, says a client of White & Case LLP. The firm has deep expertise in advising banks, financial institutions and mortgage originators with CMBS, RMBS, leveraged loans, SME loans, auto loans and leases, consumer loans, credit card and whole business deals. It also has a sizeable role in the CLO market, having advised on more than 50 European CLO transactions since 2018. Lead partner Chris McGarryhas exceptional knowledge of the market, identifies key commercial, legal or regulatory issues early on‘. He recently advised BNP Paribas as the arranger of the innovative Accunia Euro CLO IV, which includes ESG negative screening provisions. Experienced structured finance partner Tom Falkus handles CLOs and fund financing, as well as securitisations, while Debashis Dey focuses on NPL and RMBS transactions.

Practice head(s):

Chris McGarry

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The CLO team is very focused on its clients and delivers high-quality work, benefiting from its strong knowledge and understanding of the sector and the CLO market.’

‘The lead partner, Chris McGarry, has exceptional knowledge of the market, identifies key commercial, legal or regulatory issues early on and is able to effectively lead the team to deliver under tight deadlines.’

‘The team covers a very broad range of products and as such, is incredibly innovative with transactions that don’t fit into traditional buckets. Smart, quick, collaborative and great fun to work with – this team has it all.’

‘Commercially savvy and technically excellent – a powerful and effective combination.’

‘Chris McGarry is technically superb, commercially astute and a thoroughly nice person to work with.’

Key clients

Amigo

Bank of America

Barclays

BNP Paribas

Citigroup

Credit Suisse

European Investment Fund

Goldman Sachs

GreensLedge

Habito

Hertz

Morgan Stanley

NatWest

Sixth Street

Trafigura

Work highlights

  • Advising Morgan Stanley as the arranger of Neuberger Berman’s first Euro CLO since the global financial crisis. This was a historic transaction: the first ESG positive CLO whose objectively measured ESG features include provisions to encourage corporate borrowers to help advance the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, adopting the model first proposed by White & Case in a client alert in 2019.
  • Representation of Morgan Stanley as arranger of the €405.2m CLO with CELF Advisors LLP as the collateral manager of a portfolio of leveraged loans and high-yield bonds. It was the first securitisation of any asset class to close post-Brexit and as such was structured to comply with both the UK Securitisation Regulation and the EU Securitisation Regulation. This transaction includes ESG negative screening provisions.
  • Representing Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. and certain affiliates in their ongoing chapter 11 cases and restructuring discussions in Europe, Australasia and Asia-Pacific. Hertz is one of the largest providers of vehicle rental services worldwide and operates the vehicle rental business through its franchise and corporate operations under the Hertz, Dollar, Thrifty and Firefly brands. It has car rental locations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, the Middle East and New Zealand.

Finance > Transport finance and leasing Tier 2

Benefiting from an ‘an extensive knowledge of the aviation industry and its best practice’, White & Case LLP provides ‘responsive and knowledgeable‘ advice to a varied array of stakeholders including banks, ECAs, lessors and airlines. Led out of London by the ‘quick thinking, calm and reasonableJustin Benson and also able to leverage the expertise of lawyers based across the Americas and Asia, the team is partcularly well-positioned to advise on cross-border mandates, including heavily structured financings for operating lessors.

Practice head(s):

Justin Benson

Other key lawyers:

David Wright; Andrew Harper; Zahra Knapper

Testimonials

White & Case understand both the bank lending and operating lease markets inside out and successfully combine this “know-how” for our benefit as a client.’

Not only are they responsive, engaging and knowledgeable but they are great people to catch-up with and talk to on the phone. This is something I love to see in people I am working with.’

They have an extensive knowledge of the aviation industry and its best practice.’

Any aviation financier without Justin Benson’s number on speed dial enters the market woefully underprepared.’

Justin stands out from partners at other firms on account of (i) his extensive commercial knowledge and market awareness; (ii) his measured, concise and always invaluable guidance on commercial as well as legal issues and his ability to tailor that advice for everyone from the most junior team member to the CEO; and (iii) his calm, reasonable but firm approach to negotiations combined with an apparent sixth sense and quick thinking.’

Zahra Knapper is one of the best associates I have had the pleasure of working with. She is knowledgeable in her field and quick in her response times.’

Key clients

AMCK Aviation

CDB Aviation Lease Finance

Bpifrance

Euler Hermes

UK Export Finance

KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH

Carlyle Aviation

BNDES

Banco Santander

Nordea Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised the mandated lead arrangers on a term loan facility for Eurocontrol.
  • Representation of CDB Leasing in connection with the sale and leaseback of three A320 aircraft on lease to Frontier Airlines.
  • Advised the financiers on a landmark $3bn first in class hybrid corporate financing to Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG), a joint venture owned by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Shell, Total and Eni to develop the NLNG Train 7 Project.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 2

White & Case LLP has a strong power practice with 'extensive experience of projects in both developed and emerging economies', advising large energy companies and sovereign states on project financing and development. Led by Carina Radford, the group has an impressive geographical footprint across the Middle East and Africa, acting for sponsors and operators on renewable assets. 'Excellent negotiator' Mukund Dhar heads the Africa group and is recommended for transactional work for State entities, recently advising the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Ghana. On the construction side, Richard Hill is a key name, while Jason Kerr advises banks and other financial institutions on international financing work. The team has made a number of internal partner promotions as well as the lateral hire Sandra Rafferty, who joined from CMS in mid-2020 and specialises in the infrastructure and energy sectors, in particular cross-border M&A. The partnership has also been strengthened with the addition of infrastructure duo Katie Hicks and Tim Sheddick, who joined from Shearman & Sterling LLP.

Practice head(s):

Carina Radford

Testimonials

‘Whenever in doubt, we would go to Mukund Dhar for advice. He has shown excellent knowledge of the power sector and is very efficient in turning around any documents, memos, opinions etc we might need. Mukund is definitely a legal practitioner one would want to have on his team for any energy and resources projects. Mukund is always available and ready to close out a matter others have been struggling with.’

‘Jason Kerr has a very commercial, solution oriented approach.’

‘Carina Radford offers comprehensive advice.’

‘Mukund Dhar is an excellent negotiator.’

‘White & Case is definitely a firm that tops the table of legal advisors in the power sector. They have extensive experience of projects in both developed and emerging economies and always have a good case study to support any decision or view they take. If one needs a reliable and experienced legal advisor in the power sector, White & Case is definitely the first pick for the job.’

‘A very responsive team who are able to consider commercial factors swiftly in order to achieve intended goals.’

‘Their approach is tailored to us with an experienced team. They provide focused, practical and comprehensive advice.’

Key clients

EIG Global Energy Partners (EIG)

AfDB, TDB and Finnfund

Emirates Water and Electricity Company

Octopus Investments Limited

Gridserve

TagEnergy

ENGIE

EnerjiSA Enerji Uretim A.S

Ministry of Energy of Azerbaijan

JSC Technoleasing

Work highlights

  • Advised EIG Global Energy Partners (EIG), a US-based investor in the global energy and infrastructure sectors, on the commitment from EIG managed funds of €135m for ib vogt GmbH’s global solar pv portfolio.
  • Representation of Octopus Renewables, the clean energy investor arm of Octopus Group, on the acquisition of 50% of Yorkshire Windpower Limited, a portfolio of two wind farms located up on the Yorkshire Moors..
  • Advised an international energy fund in relation to the structured financing of the £3bn Seagreen offshore windfarm in Scotland. With a capacity of 1,140MW, Seagreen will be Scotland’s largest wind farm once complete and will generate enough electricity to power 1 million homes, furthering the UK’s ambition to deliver 40GW of offshore wind by 2030.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 3

White & Case LLP‘s contentious financial services regulatory practice is most noted for its work around market conduct issues, particularly in relation to senior executives and financial institutions.

Other key lawyers:

Jonah Anderson

Testimonials

Seem often to punch above their weight.’

Key clients

UK Finance

Work highlights

  • Instructed to assist UK Finance with a review of the current arrangements for alternative dispute resolution in relation to customer claims. The analysis will form part of UK Finance’s response to HM Treasury’s consultation on the financial service future regulatory framework.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 3

White & Case LLP has expertise in high-value civil fraud disputes, acting for claimants and defendants in multijurisdictional matters. The practice is experienced in bringing and defending applications for interim relief, including freezing orders, orders relating to asset recovery and disclosure, and court orders in support of arbitration. The firm can draw from strengths in commercial and banking litigation, international arbitration, financial crime, investigations and contentious regulatory work, to advise a roster of clients that includes states, financial institutions, companies and individuals.  John Rogerson leads the team, acting in a range of cross-border fraud related disputes, representing global financial institutions, funds and corporates.

Practice head(s):

John Rogerson

Key clients

VTB Capital

The Russian Federation

PT Ventures SGPS

Deutsche Bank

Salamanca Capital Limited

System Capital Management

Mikhail Goryainov

Work highlights

  • Advised VTB Capital plc on the long-running, complex, multi-jurisdictional EUR1.2 billion fraud dispute arising from the sale of Vivacom, Bulgaria’s largest telecoms group.
  • Advised PTV, on a US$1 billion complex, multi-fronted dispute between PTV and its three co- shareholders in Unitel, which involved allegations of fraud across no fewer than five jurisdictions.
  • Advised Deutsche Bank in relation to investigations by multiple regulators (in the UK and the US) arising from suspicious trading on Deutsche Bank’s Moscow Equities desk, which resulted in substantial penalties.

Dispute resolution > Competition litigation Tier 3

White & Case LLP is frequently instructed in high profile global investigations, state aid disputes and follow-on damages claims. The firm stands out for its global outlook; the London team works closely with the Brussels office on major disputes, and it has also formed relationships with local counsel in numerous other European jurisdictions. Group head Marc Israel has recently been advising on claims arising from the power cables cartel decision. Charles Balmain is another name to note, having worked on global investigations into the setting of LIBOR.

Practice head(s):

Marc Israel

Other key lawyers:

Charles Balmain; James Killick

Testimonials

Highly experienced and knowledgeable team.’

James Killick – experienced heavyweight lawyer, who has invaluable insight into developing trends.’

They provide very practical advice and make useful recommendations. Good strategic advice, thinking ahead. They have excellent cross-border capabilities, including EU.’

Marc Israel provides a responsive, partner-led service, offering useful and practical advice.

Key clients

Nexans

Toshiba

NTN

Ioan Micula

Pfizer

SAS

Credit Agricole

Bulgarian Energy Holding EAD

Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA)

Work highlights

  • Representing a Swedish private investor and three major Romanian food & drink companies in a case relating to the boundaries of State aid law.
  • Advised Pfizer before the CMA in the context of an investigation into alleged excessive pricing.
  • Representing the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) in supporting Google before the General Court.

Employment > Employee share schemes Tier 3

White & Case LLP’s share scheme team has a notable presence within the financial services sector, but is also highly skilled in the energy, aviation, technology and pharmaceuticals industries. The team’s recent workload has entailed transactions, regulatory compliance, as well as restructuring with regard to the Covid 19 pandemic. Nicholas Greenacre leads the firm’s share scheme team for the EMEA region and is highly experienced in handling M&A deals, IPOs as well as share schemes within a private equity context. Alongside EMEA, the team has also advised on insurance issues within the US.  Helen Joseph, a generalist employment lawyer who regularly advises on share schemes, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Greenacre

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Nicholas Greenacre is excellent technically in both share schemes and pensions. He provides commercial, clear, constructive advice which balances technical requirements with a strategic business approach. Very accessible and great to deal with.’

‘Extremely knowledgeable on all the options when setting up a scheme and able to explain concisely and clearly.’

‘International reach; cross-disciplinary team members straddle employee benefits – they take a commercial approach.’

Key clients

Pollinate International Limited

Franklin Templeton Investments

ADVANZ PHARMA

Global Compute Infrastructure LP

Swissport Group

Kobalt Music Group

Avast

Avon Rubber p.l.c.

Inflexion Private Equity Partners and its portfolio company Ocorian

Qatalyst Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Pollinate International Limited on its series C round.
  • Advised Franklin Templeton Investments in relation to its employee share plans.
  • Advised ADVANZ PHARMA on incentives aspects of its $846m sale to Nordic Capital.

Finance > Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 3

Although leveraged finance continues to inform a considerable volume of  White & Case LLP‘s banking and finance workload – driven principally by its lender side ties with traditional commercial/investment banks and credit funds – the team’s versatility and strength across the capital structure (from both a UK and US-governed law perspective) also ensures it picks up a fairly significant volume of broader corporate-led acquisition finance and investment grade corporate lending work. Head of bank lending across EMEA, Jeremy Duffy has an excellent perspective of ‘what is market’ throughout the region, including in the context of ESG-related provisions, both in an acquisition as well as general corporate lending context. Christopher Czarnocki has a market-leading reputation for emerging markets-related financing work for a diverse creditor and debtor client base that includes commercial banks, corporates and sovereign governments.

Practice head(s):

Colin Harley (EMEA Head of Banking); Jeremy Duffy (EMEA Head of Bank Lending); Gareth Eagles (Global Head of Direct Lending)

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Czarnocki; Martin Forbes; Fergus Wheeler; Emma Foster; Richard Lloyd; Shane McDonald; James Hardy; Nicola Chapman; Man Hay Yip; Paul Yin

Testimonials

Very proactive. Good market awareness and development alerts. Strong team performances across deals with good partner engagement and input.’

Jeremy Duffy is extremely responsive and knows the market inside out.’

 

 

Key clients

Ahlstrom-Munksjo Oyj

Alvogen

Apollo

Barclays Bank

BC Partners

Blackstone Alternative Credit Advisors LP (formerly known as GSO Capital Partners)

Blue Water Energy LLP

BNP Paribas

Bridgepoint

Cabot Credit Management

Castik Capital

Credit Suisse

CVC

Deutsche Bank

Diaverum

Encore Capital

Fat Face

Goldman Sachs

HPS

Inflexion Private Equity Partners

Jefferies

JPMorgan

Mehiläinen Oy

Natixis

Nordea Bank

Oatly

Play

Royal Bank of Canada

SEB

Société Générale

Swissport

Work highlights

  • Advised Encore Capital Group, Inc. on its new $1.5bn global funding structure.
  • Advised Oatly, a Swedish vegan food brand, in connection with its SEK1.92bn sustainability-linked financing provided by a club consisting of several banks and other credit providers
  • Advised Afreximbank and Credit Suisse as co-ordinators, Afreximbank, Credit Suisse, FirstRand Bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and Africa Finance Corporation as mandated lead arrangers and bookrunners, and The Export-Import Bank of China as mandated lead arranger, on a $1bn term loan facility.

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 3

With a vast international network across Europe, the US and Asia-Pac, White & Case LLP has an ‘extremely accomplished, highly technical’ London team, which is principally acclaimed for its investment expertise, an offering bolstered by the firm’s broader proficiency in real estate M&A and related finance. One key distinguisher is the firm's ‘market leading knowledge in relation to data centres’, provided by practice head James Dodsworth. James Pullen, whose core strengths include joint ventures and restructurings, recently made partner and continues to front the firm’s private equity real estate offering.

Practice head(s):

James Dodsworth

Other key lawyers:

James Pullen; Victoria Landsbert; James Johnson; Jane McQuillan

Testimonials

‘The team has exceptional skills and experience. They are very good at drawing upon resources from multiple offices. Communication is very efficient, and they have a good commercial mind.’

‘Extremely accomplished, highly technical and diligent.’

‘They have market leading sector knowledge in relation to data centres working within a multi-disciplinary but fully integrated team.’

‘James Johnson is very astute, patient and personable. Excellent negotiator and technically very strong. Jane McQuillan is also a very strong and highly capable transactional lawyer.’

‘Extremely knowledgeable on data centre assets. Very thorough on all aspects.’

‘James Dodsworth is highly professional and a complete advisor.’

Key clients

Digital Realty

Global Compute Infrastructure LP

LabTech Investments Limited

Oaktree Capital Management L.P.

Westmont Hospitality

Archer Hotel Capital

SPIE

Inflexion Private Equity Partners and its portfolio company Ocorian

Work highlights

  • Advised Digital Realty on the sale of a European data centre portfolio for $680m.
  • Advised Global Compute Infrastructure LP (Global Compute) on its acquisition of ATM, the Polish data center and communications infrastructure business, from a consortium of funds managed by MCI Capital, one of Poland’s leading venture capital and private equity companies, and Mezzanine Management, an independent investment advisory firm.
  • Advised Archer Hotel Capital on its  €380m cross-collateralised financing package by Aareal Bank AG of a pan-European portfolio of seven hotels in five different European countries, including the UK.

Real estate > Property finance Tier 3

White & Case LLP has a global team, with its expertise spanning across Europe, Asia and America, and in recent months it has become particularly adept at advising on data centre financings. Practice head Jeffrey Rubinoff has extensive expertise in acting for sponsors and lenders on domestic and pan-European mandates, especially regarding non-performing loan (NPL) financing transactions. The ‘very responsive and highly technical‘ Victoria Landsbert is skilled in advising traditional and alternative lenders as well as family offices, whilst Sudhir Nair has strengths in mandates involving distressed investments and restructurings. The firm’s experience in cross-border real estate finance transactions was further boosted by the arrival of Justin Jowitt from Paul Hastings LLP in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Rubinoff

Testimonials

‘Very responsive and very client focused.’

‘Extensive knowledge and experience across the sector and throughout the capital stack. Detail-oriented but highly commercial and pragmatic. Jeffrey Rubinoff and his team were essential partners in helping us close a large hospitality financing on a tight timetable.’

‘Great and consistent advice and service.’

‘Jeffrey Rubinoff speaks fluent real estate finance. He brings a sense of calm and composure to deal negotiations and is a thoroughly likeable person to do business with.’

‘Victoria Landsbert is very responsive and highly technical. She has good communication and she takes a pragmatic, commercial approach. She goes the extra mile for clients.’

Key clients

JP Morgan

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Royal Bank of Canada

LabTech Investments Limited

Ad-hoc committee of Notes

Aviva Investors Global Services Limited

Archer Hotel Capital

Westmont Hospitality

Global Compute Infrastructure LP

Sequoia Investment Management Co. Ltd

ING Bank N.V.

Global Invest

KSL Capital Partners International

Oaktree Capital Partners

Deutsche Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Archer Hotel Capital B.V. on the financing of a €400m pan-European portfolio of hotels, including one in the UK.
  • Advised a major data centre developer on a multi-phase development financing for a new hyper-scale data centre in London.
  • Advising Canada Pension Plan Investment Board on the potential restructuring and ultimate disposal of its participation in a mezzanine loan facility extended to London Exec offices.

Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 3

The London-based White & Case LLP team works closely with offices in other jurisdictions to provide a joined up service in relation to contentious and non-contentious data protection and cybersecurity matters. Tim Hickman, who is dual-qualified in England and Wales and the Republic of Ireland, handles a broad range of compliance matters for large multinationals.

Practice head(s):

Tim Hickman

Testimonials

‘The White and Case practice is exceptionally knowledgeable about the laws in this area and seem to be on the forefront of how to interpret the laws’.

‘They help us remain complaint with the law while implementing appropriate safeguards for our users and clients’.

‘Tim Hickman has a strong grasp of the relevant laws’.

‘The team provides a breadth of knowledge and skill set across all areas of data privacy’.   

‘Tim Hickman knows everything about data privacy’. 

‘The White & Case LLP team is very responsive and pragmatic in relation to their advice’.

‘They have a business orientated mind-set and always tried to find the best solution for their client, taking into account the applicable laws’.

Key clients

Facebook

Nestlé

Deutsche Bank AG (London Branch)

Boeing

MSI

Argus Media

AGCO

Centerbridge Partners

LINE Corporation

Piper Jaffray

Getac

Inflexion Private Equity

Softbank Vision Fund II

ION Acquisition Corp. 1 Ltd

Novator Partners

Pollinate

Kobalt Music Group Limited

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and Allen & Company LLC

Work highlights

  • Representing Facebook in major international litigation matters and class actions on privacy and data protection matters.
  • Advising Nestlé on a global scale, including on specific GDPR compliance, e-Privacy compliance, and related regulatory matters and in direct interactions with EU Data Protection Authorities.
  • Providing Deutsche Bank AG (London Branch) with extensive legal support to ensure that data protection compliance priorities can be addressed with minimal business disruption.

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 4

White & Case LLP‘s client base is multinational, and the London team is able to collaborate with the US firm’s offices in major cities around the world to offer truly global coverage. In addition to supporting the corporate team on high value international M&A transactions, the group is instructed directly by clients to advise on complex investigations by regulators including the CMA, FCA and European commission. Marc Israel and Mark Powell co-lead the team; both split their practice between the London and Brussels offices.

Practice head(s):

Marc Israel; Mark Powell

Other key lawyers:

Jacquelyn MacLennan

Testimonials

The team at White & Case were very quick in understanding our business, despite it being different to anything else in the market. They were also able to bring in expertise from around their business as necessary.’

Marc Israel is our lead contact and is simply great to work with: knowledgeable, dependable, curious and helpful.’

Key clients

Alvogen

Avast

Brookfield

Bulgarian Energy Holding EAD

Columbia Threadneedle

Brittany Ferries

Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA)

Eco-Bat

Ioan Micula

JLA

Karo Pharma

Nexans

NTN

Pfizer

SAS

Servier

Toshiba

Virgin Active

Work highlights

  • Handling the antitrust aspects of Brookfield’s $9bn acquisition of Genese & Wyoming.
  • Advising Alvogen on the antitrust elements of its divestment of its Central and Eastern European business to Zentiva Group.
  • Advising CTI and BF on their joint acquisition of Condor Ferries.

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

White & Case LLP has a full-service regulatory practice that advises a wide variety of financial institutions and sovereign funds, leveraging the firm’s international office network to assist with international and cross-border regulatory issues. The group is often instructed to advise on the financial regulatory aspects of M&A and capital markets transactions, as well as anti-financial crime compliance. Jonathan Rogers heads the group, with experience in licensing and the establishment of new financial products and services, as well as in relation to corporate governance and compliance arrangements. Associate Laura Kitchen is increasingly known for matters where UK and EU financial regulations intersect.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Rogers

Other key lawyers:

Laura Kitchen; Kristen DiLemmo

Testimonials

Cross-functional strength and sophistication makes the firm well-situated to provide business-oriented solutions across regulatory challenges.’

Many firms are overly specialized which prevents them from providing full-stack support; not so with White and Case.’

Key clients

Clearstream London Limited

The Co-Operative Bank Plc.

Bank of America

Pollinate International

Jefferies Finance

Unicredit

Facebook

Brewin Dolphin

Amigo Holding

Novator Partners

Work highlights

  • Advising The Co-Operative Bank, the leading UK-based retail and commercial bank, on a range of regulatory matters.
  • Advised Bank of America on environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) related developments.
  • Advised Pollinate International on the establishment and launch of NatWest Tyl, a new, innovative approach to merchant acquiring, designed to make it easier for SME customers to run their businesses.

Corporate and commercial > M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+ Tier 4

White & Case LLP 's City M&A practice has seen a number of changes in 2021, with the firm adding Ferdinand Mason from Jones Day and infrastructure specialist Tim Sheddick  from Shearman & Sterling LLP, following the departure of former practice head Patrick Sarch to Hogan Lovells International LLP  early in the year. The team works with a  number of FTSE-listed companies, investment banks, and private equity funds on high value deals and has particular expertise in energy and highly regulated industries. Practice head Allan Taylor is noted for his natural resources expertise, regularly advising on metals and mining transactions, while  Alan Burke's track record in oil and gas matters have seen him leading on some of the biggest cross-border deals of the year. Hyder Jumabhoy co-heads the EMEA financial services M&A practice and regularly represents an array of blue-chip banks and fintech companies. Sonica Tolani's has advised on a number of European SPAC transactions, with Mason's arrival further boosting the firm's expertise in this field.

Practice head(s):

Allan Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Broad corporate team with specialists in equities and capital markets.’

‘Really care about the client.’

‘Full service team with broad experience working on cross-border transactions in the oil & gas sector in Central Asia.’

‘Allan Taylor is pragmatic and resourceful in helping to overcome obstacles and get transactions done.’

‘Dan Turgel is always prepared to go the extra mile for the client.’

Key clients

ADVANZ Pharma

Amigo Holdings Plc

Avon Rubber p.l.c.

The Co-operative Bank Plc

Deutsche Bank

Energean Plc

Multiple clients with the Future Fund

Kobalt Music Group

Inflexion Private Equity Partners and its portfolio company Ocorian

Petropavlovsk Plc

Royal Bank of Canada

TIER Mobility

Uni Credit SpA

MOL Hungarian Oil & Gas Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Avon Rubber p.l.c. on aggregate of approximately US$500 million in cross-border deals.
  • Advised ADVANZ PHARMA on its sale to Nordic Capital.
  • Advised Alpha Bank on 4 M&A transactions in the last 18 months in connection with the implementation of its balance sheet re-calibration exercise.

Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions – high-value deals (£250m+) Tier 4

White & Case LLP ‘s London private equity practice has seen a change in leadership following the departure of high profile former practice head Ian Bagshaw after eight years at the firm.  Kenneth Barry has taken over leadership of the team, which remains active on cross-border deals, advising sponsors and management teams on acquisitions and disposals as well as investments. Barry receives mandates from a range of European PE houses with a particular focus on transactions involving Eastern Europe and Africa. The firm moved to rebuild its practice after the current rankings were published, announcing the hire of former partner Ross AllardiceMark Evans and Tony Brown as partners in the City PE team in autumn 2021.

Practice head(s):

Kenneth Barry

Other key lawyers:

Lucy Bullock; Richard Jones; Mike Weir; Caroline Sherrell; Sandra Rafferty; John Cunningham; Emmie Jones; Will Summers

Testimonials

‘Ken Barry and William Summers are outstanding in terms of level of advice and service.’

‘Strong deal flow and experience in the team. High quality advice. Extremely experienced in addressing key issues as they arise. Ability to structure and execute very complex cross border transactions.’

‘Kenneth Barry is all-round excellent. Highly commercial and pragmatic, incredibly responsive and a pleasure to work with. His fine negotiation skills and ability to mobilize resources to steer complex transactions across the line on tight timelines are invaluable to our business.’

‘Will Summers is a rising star. A safe pair of hands with excellent technical skills and a commercial mind.’

‘Richard Jones is a very calm head who can be relied on to smoothly drive transactions over the finish line.’

‘Will Summers is an excellent associate.’

‘Richard Jones is second to none.’

‘Richard Jones has supported us for a few years now and he knows both our business, our industry and our internal team very well. He is highly skilled, a top professional and extremely pleasant to work with.’

Key clients

Metric Capital

Mid-Europa Partners

CVC Capital Partners

Goldman Sachs

The Carlyle Group

Nordic Capital

HillHouse / Care Capital Ltd.

Inflexion Private Equity Partners

Oaktree Capital Management

Bybrook Capital

Strategic Value Partners

Novator

PPF Group

Blackstone Credit

Triton Partners

Octopus Investment Ltd

Dutch Infrastructure Fund

Blue Water Energy

Antin Infrastructure Partners

Arjun Infrastructure Partners

Basalt Infrastructure Partners

Ancala Partners LLP

Summit Partners

SoftBank Vision Fund

Hellman & Friedman Portfolio Company – NETS Holding A/S

Work highlights

  • Represented Novator Partners as lead investor in a series G follow-on investment into Monzo as part of a £250 million round.
  • Advised The Carlyle Group on its acquisition of a majority stake in Memsource a.s., a leading Czech translation technology provider that assists global corporations and the language services industry in the automation of localisation relating to large volumes of multilingual content.
  • Represented funds advised by Triton Investment Management Limited on the acquisition of ACRE Operating Group, LLC, a leading end-to-end security solutions provider.

Dispute resolution > Public international law Tier 4

White & Case LLP's London practice has longstanding experience in matters involving PIL issues. Andrea Menaker has experience of acting as counsel in over 30 investor-state arbitrations. David Goldberg, who divides his time between the firm's London and Moscow offices, is highly rated for investment disputes and claims involving states.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Menaker

Other key lawyers:

David Goldberg; Agnieszka Zarówna

Key clients

Government of the United Kingdom

Daniel Kappes

Kappes, Cassiday & Associates

Republic of Belarus

Belarus state entities

Belgorkhimprom

Republic of Uzbekistan

JSC Tashkent Mechanical Plant

JSC National Bank for Foreign Economic Activity of the Republic of Uzbekistan

JSCB Asaka

JSCB Uzbek Industrial and Construction Bank

Russian Federation

TECO Guatemala Holdings

Kornikom EOOD

WorleyParsons International

Republic of Peru

Work highlights

  • Advised the UK government (in the context of a WTO dispute) on the post-Brexit scenario, with the UK a member of the WTO but no longer a European Union member.
  • Represented the Russian Federation in its defence of a claim by Russian oligarch Sergei Pugachev, who commenced arbitration proceedings pursuant to the French-Russian bilateral investment treaty (on the basis that he had acquired French nationality.)
  • Representing Daniel W Kappes and Kappes, Cassiday & Associates, as claimants, in an ICSID arbitration against Guatemala (under the The Dominican Republic-Central America free trade agreement), which concerned the suspension of operations at a mine.

Employment > Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 4

White & Case LLP‘s London pensions offering offers clients a multi-disciplinary team, with wide-ranging experience in the pensions market. Led by Nicholas Greenacre, the team specialises in employer issues, with a specific focus on corporate transactions, restructuring deals, and advice for high-value schemes. The practice works with the US firm’s wider employment, compensation, and benefits team to offer clients flexible and bespoke solutions. Kate Russell  is a key name at a non-partner level.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Greenacre

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Swissport

Baker Hughes

Avon Rubber p.l.c.

VISA Inc.

Real estate > Environment Tier 4

With a focus on green finance solutions, green Islamic finance and green bond transactions, the team at White & Case LLP is led by counsel Tallat Hussain, a sustainable development and environmental expert, together with Caroline Miller Smith, who heads the EMEA energy, infrastructure, project and asset finance group. The team assists a number of large international banking, corporate finance and infrastructure groups, and has experience advising on major oil and gas pipeline projects across Africa, exemplifying its strengths in the international finance and development space.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Miller Smith; Tallat Hussain

Key clients

KEXIM

KSURE

SACE

JBIC

African Export-Import Bank

Africa Finance Corporation

Carbon Holdings

Atradius

Calpine Corporation

IFC

Work highlights

  • Advised commercial lenders and ECAs – including Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM), Korea Trade Insurance Corporation (KSURE), SACE, African Export-Import Bank and Africa Finance Corporation – on a $3 billion first-in-class hybrid corporate financing to develop the NLNG Train 7 Project, including representing the ECAs in the E&S due diligence.
  • Advised an international energy fund in relation to the structured financing of the £3 billion Seagreen offshore windfarm, which included due diligence on regulatory requirements and permitting, as well as compliance with applicable environmental laws.
  • Advising a China-based mining company in connection with its compliance programme, which included undertaking an environmental and social review of the company’s polices for the parent and subsidiaries, including compliance obligations for operations in multiple jurisdictions.

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

Clients appreciate White & Case LLP’s ‘seamless collaboration and incredible flexibility’, which the team utilises to conduct multi-jurisdictional internal investigations for multinational companies. It is well-versed in handling issues relating to fraud, bribery and corruption, and money laundering. The group’s recent workload demonstrates its excellence in cross-border collaboration with its colleagues in the US and across Europe, often in sectors such as financial services, technology, and mining and metals. Jonah Anderson and Anneka Randhawa took over leadership of the department, following the departures of former practice head Jonathan Pickworth and Joanna Dimmock to Paul Hastings LLP in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Jonah Anderson; Anneka Randhawa

Other key lawyers:

Joseph Carroll

Testimonials

‘The team has been very effective in combining the global investigation capabilities with the local expertise that was particularly important in this investigation. They demonstrated seamless collaboration and incredible flexibility.’

‘Anneka Randhawa conducted the investigation very effectively. She was very diligent and never missed a detail throughout the investigation; she always remained calm and composed even when under pressure. Very well done.’ 

‘Jonah Anderson is a standout. He is considered, strategic and provides financial crime and investigations advice with commercial nuance. He leads the team deftly with years of experience behind him.’

‘The team has deep anti-money laundering knowledge as well as a very strong investigations practice, which is able to handle cross-border investigations skilfully owing to its global reach.’

‘A superb team with the ability to draw on the in-depth strength of a major firm. Committed and dedicated individuals.’

‘Jonah Anderson lives for his cases and give his all. He provides leadership and insight to a case. The client is at the centre of everything he does. He is knowledgeable and thoughtful and a market leader in relation to money laundering and other proceeds of crime issues.’

‘Anneka Randhawa is incredibly clever and a great strategist.’

Key clients

ElectroGas Malta

Work highlights

  • Conducting an internal investigation into highly-publicised allegations of corruption and organised crime activity surrounding a significant national infrastructure project.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech Tier 4

White & Case LLP is able to cover all the legal, regulatory and commercial issues facing its clients, which is underpinned by its strengths across a multitude of disciplines, as well as its international reach. The team's work spans areas such as payment services and e-money, crypto assets and data usage. Fintech-related corporate and finance transactions are among the drivers of activity, as are regulatory matters, IP, cybersecurity and dispute resolution. The practice is jointly led by Jonathan Rogers and Guy Potel.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Rogers; Guy Potel

Testimonials

‘They are remarkably personable for a massive firm.’

‘To have a global leader both in size and expertise, whilst knowing you’re speaking to people with empathy and understanding of a business’ needs is very impressive.’

‘Knowing that we are getting truly the best legal advice but also in a time-efficient manner allows us to continue focusing on running our business at pace.’

‘Guy Potel has been invaluable in helping to take us from a small 9-person start up to a 150-person company on two continents with a number of strategic investors on our cap table.’

‘Guy Potel can be thrown into any situation and be incredibly tactical.’

‘Guy Potel manages to become the linchpin bringing everything together in multi-party negotiations.’

‘Guy Potel has built a stellar team, as people obviously want to work with him.’

‘Guy Potel seems like he can turn his hand to anything, he is able to marshal specialist resources from around the firm at a drop of a hat.’

Key clients

Tink

Stripe

PingPong

Klarna Bank Ab

TPay Mobile

Nets

Pollinate

DB/Google Cloud

Work highlights

  • Advised Deutsche Bank AG on a strategic, multi-year partnership with Google Cloud aimed at accelerating the bank’s transition to cloud services and the co-innovation of new products and services.
  • Advised fast-growing fintech company Pollinate on its series C round and global expansion.
  • Continuing to advise Klarna throughout 2020 on a range of matters, most recently on a UK/EU wide compliance review of regulations impacting its business.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 5

White & Case LLP advises on corporate and employment tax, corporate structuring issues, and national and international transactions for a range of clients in the financial services, energy and mining, pharmaceuticals and real estate sectors. Laura Hoyland is a key name to note and is 'valued for her technical excellence'; she has a growing practice in renewable energy tax mandates. Former Sidley Austin LLP partner Will Smith joined the team in early 2020, although practice head Peita Menon left to join Vinson & Elkins RLLP in mid-2021.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Laura Hoyland is extraordinarily able and is proving to be an essential member of the team – valued for her technical excellence as well as her approachable style.’

Always available, approachable and very responsive. They meet all my deadlines and I feel confident in their advice.’

Key clients

Accelerant Holdings

Angelini Pharma

The Carlyle Group

EIG Global Energy Partners

Energean Plc

Farallon Capital Management

GFH Financial Group

Kobalt Music Group

Nestlé

Global Palladium Fund, associated with the Norilsk Nickel group

Qatar Investment Authority

Swissport International AG

Work highlights

  • Advised the Carlyle Group on the tax aspects of cross-border deals across the private equity and technology industries.
  • Advised Global Palladium Fund on the tax, regulatory, and mining/metals considerations applicable to a metals-backed ETC programme establishment.
  • Advised Swissport Group, the market leader in ground handling for the aviation industry, on the tax implications of its financial restructuring and balance sheet recapitalisation.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 5

White & Case LLP is adept at advising clients with respect to investigations conducted by the SFO and the FCA. The team’s recent workload demonstrates a strength in handling allegations of corruption, market manipulation and insider dealing. The firm also maintains a very active practice representing high-net-worth individuals in matters regarding the source of their wealth. Jonah Anderson ‘fights his client’s corner in a persuasive way’ and jointly heads up the practice with Anneka Randhawa. Jonathan Pickworth and Joanna Dimmock departed to Paul Hastings LLP in February 2021.White & Case LLP is adept at advising clients with respect to investigations conducted by the SFO and the FCA. The team’s recent workload demonstrates a strength in handling allegations of corruption, market manipulation and insider dealing. The firm also maintains a very active practice representing high-net-worth individuals in matters regarding the source of their wealth. Jonah Andersonfights his client’s corner in a persuasive way’ and jointly heads up the practice with Anneka Randhawa. Jonathan Pickworth and Joanna Dimmock departed to Paul Hastings LLP in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Jonah Anderson; Anneka Randhawa

Other key lawyers:

Chris Brennan

Testimonials

‘White and Case have an impressive track record in white collar crime.’

‘A superb team with the ability to draw on the resources of a major law firm.’

‘Jonah Anderson is a standout partner. Technically very able, thoughtful and responsive, his judgment is always clear and thought-through. He is a real pleasure to work with. He has impressive leadership qualities and fights his client’s corner in a persuasive way.’

‘Jonah Anderson is a superb lawyer and practical thinker. He provides sure footed advice to individuals and corporates. The ethos among the team is to strive for the best possible outcome.’

Practice head(s):

Jonah Anderson; Anneka Randhawa

Testimonials

‘White & Case have an impressive track record in white collar crime.’

‘A superb team with the ability to draw on the resources of a major law firm.’

‘Jonah Anderson is a standout partner. Technically very able, thoughtful and responsive, his judgement is always clear and thought-through. He is a real pleasure to work with. He has impressive leadership qualities and fights his client’s corner in a persuasive way.’

‘Jonah Anderson is a superb lawyer and practical thinker. He provides sure footed advice to individuals and corporates. The ethos among the team is to strive for the best possible outcome.’

Employment > Employers Tier 6

White & Case LLP’s employment, compensation and benefits team primaily assists clients with the employment aspects of large corporate transactions, such as TUPE and collective consultation processes, executive compensation arrangements, employee transfers and restructurings. The names to note are EMEA lead Nicholas Greenacre and Helen Joseph, the latter of whom is also comfortable handling senior exits, grievances issues and redundancies.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Greenacre

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘An excellent team. They have been a true partner to us, and have been invaluable in helping to take us from a small start-up to a 150-person company on two continents with a number of strategic investors.’

‘The team have been very professional and down to earth to work with, with a pragmatic approach.’

‘They are remarkably personable for a massive firm. To have a global leader both in size and expertise, whilst knowing you’re speaking to people with empathy and understanding of a business’ (and founders’) needs is very impressive. The combination of those two elements allows us to sleep easy at night, even at peak times of an intense fundraise or negotiation. With that understanding of business’ needs comes incredibly practical advice, even when it relates to complex issues. Knowing that we are getting truly the best legal advice but also in a time-efficient manner allows us to continue focusing on running our business at pace.’

‘Very efficient service with people who really take time to understand the client business needs.’

Key clients

Swissport

Kobalt

Avon Rubber p.l.c

Takeda Pharmaceuticals International AG

Avast

Inflexion Private Equity Partners and its portfolio company Ocorian

Work highlights

  • Advised Kobalt Music Group Limited on an agreement to divest its recorded music operations, including AWAL, a leading provider of services to independent recording artists, and Kobalt Neighbouring Rights, its global neighbouring rights agent, to Sony Music Entertainment.
  • Advised Avon Rubber p.l.c. on the employment, compensation and benefits aspects of the £180m sale of its dairy division, milkrite.
  • Advised Swissport Group on its restructuring and recapitalisation.

Real estate > Construction: non-contentious

Known for its international scope, White & Case LLP is well regarded for its advice to multinational energy companies, governments, lenders and contractors on infrastructure, engineering and energy projects. This is spearheaded by practice leader Ellis Baker, who is noted for his drafting skills on large-scale international developments, with particular expertise in the Middle East and Africa. The team's international offering is supported by Daniel Garton, whose work focuses on South America, and Richard Hill, who focuses on Central Asia. Julian Bailey is another notable contact.

Practice head(s):

Ellis Baker

Testimonials

‘Working with Julian Bailey is a pleasure: he is always available and very efficient with timelines and our needs.’

Key clients

Western Power Corporation

Russian petrochemical plant

Amur Gas processing plant

Neoen

Carbon Holdings

Work highlights

  • Advising Western Power Corporation, a project company backed by InfraCo Africa, on the development of the Ngonye Falls hydropower project in Zambia.
  • Advising Neoen, a leading French renewable energy company, on the construction of the Mutkalampi onshore wind farm in Finland.
  • Advising the owner on a major project involving the construction of a new-build nuclear power station in Europe.

India > Foreign firms Tier 1

White & Case Pte. Ltd. is rated highly not only for its India market expertise but also for its client service; ‘its use of research tools along with legal innovation makes them a premier law firm‘. It also demonstrates a commitment to diversity; it meets the criteria for Diversity Lab’s Mansfield Rule Certification in respect of its drive to employ females, lawyers of colour and LGBTQ+ lawyers. The core teams are located in Singapore, Hong Kong, London and New York from where it serves multinationals, private equity houses, commercial and investment banks, alternative investment and sovereign funds and government entities. It advises clients on pursuing opportunities in India and Indian companies on their international activities and investments. It has leading cross-border M&A and private equity offerings and impressive disputes and arbitration practices. Nandan Nelivigi heads the India team and focuses on mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures involving India, with particular experience of the energy and infrastructure sectors. Dipen Sabharwal QC in London has an impressive international arbitration practice (he is New York, India and England and Wales qualified). Aloke Ray QC, also based in London, undertakes high-value arbitrations and disputes. Rahul Guptan (joined from Clifford Chance in mid 2021) has more than 20 years of experience advising on complex cross-border India-related transactions and specialises in securities and corporate law with a special focus on capital markets transactions. Daniel Abercromby in Hong Kong, joined the banking and finance team in 2020 and further bolsters the India sponsor finance practice, and counsel Aditya Singh specialises in international arbitration and has noteworthy experience handling corruption investigations.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Dipen Sabharwal, QC is an excellent lawyer, thorough, always well prepared. Calm and conveys reassurance.’

Dan Abercromby at W&C HK is an excellent addition. He leads the sponsor side of the banking practice for India.’

White & Case is one the reputed firms which offers exceptional services to the client. They have sector specific experts. They have good knowledge of Indian market and have been involved in various legal issues relating to the Indian market. Their use of research tools along with legal innovation makes them a premier law firm. I have always found their manner of analysing law as a mean to find commercial solution to the legal problem very helpful and always appreciated by the client.’

‘Very strong ability to present international and local law expertise and market insights. Very strong senior associate team led by Peiwen Chen.’

Key clients

Facebook, Inc.

The Carlyle Group

TPG Capital

Citigroup Global Markets

Legris Industries

Sun Chemical

Clariant Plastics & Coatings AG

Advent International

Cruz City 1 Mauritius Holdings

Republic of India

China Development Bank, the Export and Import Bank of China (China Exim Bank), and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited

Work highlights

  • Representation of Schneider Electric on its ₹14,000 crore (approx. US$1.89 billion) acquisition of Larsen & Toubro Electrical & Automation business and the subsequent consortium between Schneider Electrics partnership with Temasek Holdings Private Limited, Singapore’s Sovereign Wealth Fund. The transaction won “Cross Border Deal of the Year (over US$1 billion)” at the M&A Advisor’s Awards 2020 and “India Deal of the Year” by India Business Law Journal 2020.
  • Representation of Carlyle Group on its US$490 million acquisition of Piramal Pharma, a deal shortlisted as “Asia Private Equity Deal of the Year” in the Asia Legal Awards 2021.
  • Representation of the Republic of India in enforcement proceedings initiated worldwide by Cairn Energy plc and Cairn UK Holdings Limited – including in the USA, UK, Singapore and France – to enforce a US$ 1.2 billion investment arbitration award obtained purportedly under the UK-India Bilateral Investment Treaty (“BIT”) in December 2020.

Ghana > Foreign firms Tier 2

White & Case LLP has a wealth of experience in the power, oil and gas and infrastructure sectors; the group also has expertise in the mining and metals, water and wastewater treatment, technology and telecoms industries. The heads of department are Mukund DharCaroline Miller Smith and Christophe von Krause, all of whom are seasoned and highly-regarded practitioners.

Key clients

Future Global Resources Limited

Helios Investment Partners

Republic of Ghana

Chedid Capital

Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC)

Deutsche Bank

United States > Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate

The practice at White & Case LLP advises across the full spectrum of restructuring matters, with areas of expertise including sponsor and company side mandates and Chapter 11 restructurings. Thomas Lauria, who leads the global team, led the representation of Hertz Global Holdings which faced $19bn of outstanding debt and claims. He splits his time between the New York and Miami office. The team’s  representation of Boy Scouts of America in its Chapter 11 proceedings was also of note, demonstrated by Jessica Lauria (formerly Boelter), who led on the matter and practices from the New York office. The practice also saw the arrival of Gregory Pesce from Kirkland & Ellis LLP in May 2021, now residing in the Chicago office, and the partner promotions of Charles Koster and Aaron Colodny in Houston and Los Angeles respectively. John Cunningham is well versed in the handling of domestic and cross-border restructurings, and divides his time between Miami and New York. In addition, Boston-based Mark Franke is noted due to his specialism in aviation mandates.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Lauria

Other key lawyers:

Scott Greissman; Jessica Lauria; John Cunningham; Chris Shore; Brian Pfeiffer; Bojan Guzina; Richard Kebrdle; Harrison Denman; Gregory Pesce; Andrew O’Neill; Matthew Linder; Mark Franke; Aaron Colodny; Charles Koster

Testimonials

‘White & Case’s restructuring lawyers are incredibly thoughtful, commercial and creative. They know how to execute on ideas that others don’t even dream of.’

‘Harrison Denman; one of the most commercial lawyers I know. He is not an agitator and ultimately does what he can to get to a deal.’

Key clients

Hertz

Boy Scouts of America

Swissport Group

Seadrill

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Garrett Motion

The Ad hoc Lebanon Bondholder Group

Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A., New York Branch (“Rabobank”)

Elliott Investment Management L.P.

Joseph J. Farnan, Jr., in his capacity as independent director to the Zohar Funds

Maxus Liquidating Trust

Ad Hoc Bondholder Group of Province of Buenos Aires

Lenders to Odeon Cinemas Group

Ares Management LLC

Aerovias de Mexico, S.A.

Ad Hoc Bondholder Group of Córdoba

Ad Hoc Group of LATAM Bondholders

Ad Hoc Group of China Fishery Senior Creditors

PWM Property Management LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. and certain affiliates in its chapter 11 cases and global restructuring matters, including with respect to US, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Asia-Pacific; Hertz completed its successful chapter 11 restructuring, and its plan of reorganization went effective on June 30, 2021.
  • Represented Boy Scouts of America in its ongoing chapter 11 proceedings to resolve claims related to acts of historical sexual abuse.
  • Represented Swissport Group, the world’s leading provider of ground and cargo handling services to the aviation industry, in its successful financial restructuring that closed in December 2020.

Qatar > Commercial, corporate and M&A

White & Case LLP has been a key fixture in the Qatari market for over 25 years. Its corporate team has extensive experience of handling large cross-border M&A for Qatari and regional clients. Also notable is that the practice is complemented by the firm’s strengths in ancillary disciplines, such as banking and finance, debt and equity capital markets, and real estate and construction. The practice in Doha is led by Charbel Abou Charaf, who has over 14 years of experience handling matters in the local market. New York-based partner Michiel Visser has a wealth of experience acting on high-profile M&A and restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Michiel Visser; Charbel Abou Charaf

Testimonials

‘In dealing with the White & Case team, we had the benefit of getting a wide spectrum of partners across the firm with extensive expertise in the various products, services and regulations we need to address.’

Key clients

Qatar Investment Authority

Qatar Petroleum

Qatari Diar

United Arab Chemical Carriers Limited

Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy

Barwa Real Estate

Katara Hospitality

Amwal LLC

Qatar Free Zone Authority

Work highlights

  • Advised United Arab Chemical Carriers Limited (UACC), the Dubai-headquartered international shipping company, on entering into a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by United Overseas Group Ltd (UOG), a company controlled by Peter Georgiopoulos and Leonidas Vrondissis. Qatari shareholders of UACC included Qatar Holding LLC (largest shareholder), Milaha (Qatar Navigation) and Qatar Insurance Company.
  • Advised the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) on its $200m acquisition of a ten percent stake in Borsa İstanbul A.Ş., the primary stock exchange operator in Turkey, from the Turkey Wealth Fund (TWF), the sovereign wealth fund of the Republic of Turkey.
  • Advised the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) on its cornerstone investment in the Hut Group, as part of the Hut Group’s initial public offering and standard listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE).

Egypt > Banking and finance

MHR & Partners in association with White & Case LLP advises domestic companies on overseas investments and multinational corporates in their endeavours on the Egyptian market. Financial institutions, government-related enterprises, and government bodies are also part of the firm’s client roster. The department handles matters under English, Egytpian and US law and can leverage a global network for complex cross-border matters. Philip Stopford, Ziad Gadalla, Tarek Mohanna and Sherief Rashed jointly lead the practice and are involved in project finance and Islamic finance, amongst others.

Practice head(s):

Philip Stopford; Ziad Gadalla; Tarek Mohanna; Sherief Rashed

Testimonials

‘W&C has a group of extremely knowledgeable and professional calibers. we work with them on various very complicated deals, including syndications and other equity projects.’

‘Sherief Rashed and his team, they delivered everything we requested from them. they are extremely professional. they worked on very complicated transactions and very tight timelines and never let us down. they provide us with reasonable fees compared to the scope of work.’

Key clients

National Authority for Tunnels (NAT)

Carbon Holdings

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

ADES International Holding Ltd.

CI Capital

NI Capital

EFG Hermes

Tahrir Petrochemicals Company

Egypt Hydrocarbon Corporation (EHC)

Sixth of October for Real Estate and Development (Sodic)

Egyptian Ethylene and Derivatives Company (Ethydco)

HSBC

Commercial International Bank

Banque Misr

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

African Export Import Bank (Afreximbank)

Arab Petroleum Investments Cooperation

Egypt Propylene and Polypropylene

Work highlights

  • Represented the National Authority for Tunnels (NAT), an entity affiliated to the Ministry of Transportation of Egypt, on the €1.886 billion financing for the development of the Cairo Monorail project in Egypt.
  • Advising on all aspects of the proposed US$multi-billion Tahrir petrochemical complex in Egypt.
  • Advised Bank of Baroda, London Branch as global facility agent and other lenders in connection with the restructuring of their existing indebtedness of the chemical plant of TCI Sanmar Chemicals S.A.E.

Egypt > Energy

MHR & Partners in association with White & Case LLP is a key player in the energy sector having advised on large-scale and landmark energy project for both domestic clients and global companies acting in Egypt. The team is ‘exceptional in its client engagement and advocacy’ and has strengths in areas such as offshore gas fields, petrochemicals, and renewable energy, where it particularly excels in cross-border matters. The practice is led by a team of five partners consisting of Philip Stopford, Ziad Gadalla, Tarek Mohanna, Sherief Rashed and Bryan Cory; the latter joined the Cairo office from White & Case’s Houston location in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

Philip Stopford; Ziad Gadalla; Tarek Mohanna; Sherief Rashed; Bryan Cory

Testimonials

‘The White & Case team is exceptional in its client engagement and advocacy. They are consistently able to provide excellent guidance and support to any subject matter thrown their way. The leverage internal expertise and global partners to ensure the client is provided the most holistic and comprehensive legal support possible.’

‘Bryan Cory is an exceptional lawyer who has worked on myriad projects and agreements. He is knowledgeable, thinks strategically, leverages connections throughout the firm to provide the most current and best information. Bryan really delves into the situation and topic to ensure he is fully informed and can thus provide the best guidance. As projects have progressed, he has proven to be extremely agile in pivoting focus as the needs change.’

Key clients

Carbon Holdings

Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar)

Tahrir Petrochemicals Company

Egypt Hydrocarbon Corporation (EHC)

Egyptian Ethylene and Derivatives Company (Ethydco)

Energean Oil & Gas plc

Arab Petroleum Investments Cooperation

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

ADES International Holding Ltd.

Angola LNG

Egypt Propylene and Polypropylene

Work highlights

  • We are advising on all aspects of the proposed USD multi-billion Tahrir petrochemical complex in Egypt.
  • We advised Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC – Masdar, a subsidiary of Mubadala Investment Company, in its acquisition from ib vogt GmbH of a fifty percent interest in Infinity 50 for Renewable Energy SAE, an Egyptian company that develops, constructs and operates.

Egypt > Projects and infrastructure

MHR & Partners in association with White & Case LLP’s practice in projects and infrastructure is characterised by the firm’s ability to advise both Egyptian players in overseas matters, and local as well as global companies in national projects. Recent highlights include advising the National Authority for Tunnels in the financing of its Cairo Monorail project. Bryan Cory joined the Cairo office in June 2021 from White & Case Houston and has extensive experience in advising on transactions in the energy industry. The team is led jointly by all partners, consisting of Cory, Ziad Gadalla, Philip Stopford, Tarek Mohanna, and Islamic finance expert Sherief Rashed.

Practice head(s):

Philip Stopford; Ziad Gadalla; Tarek Mohanna; Sherief Rashed; Bryan Cory

Key clients

National Authority for Tunnels (NAT)

Carbon Holdings

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

ADES International Holding Ltd.

CI Capital

NI Capital

EFG Hermes

Tahrir Petrochemicals Company

Egypt Hydrocarbon Corporation (EHC)

Sixth of October for Real Estate and Development (Sodic)

Egyptian Ethylene and Derivatives Company (Ethydco)

HSBC

Commercial International Bank

Banque Misr

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

African Export Import Bank (Afreximbank)

Arab Petroleum Investments Cooperation

Arab African International Bank

Egypt Gulf Bank

United Real Estate Company

Canal Sugar Company

Angola LNG

Egypt Propylene and Polypropylene

Work highlights

  • Represented the National Authority for Tunnels (NAT), an entity affiliated to the Ministry of Transportation of Egypt, on the €1.886 billion financing for the development of the Cairo Monorail project in Egypt.
  • Advising on all aspects of the proposed USD multi-billion Tahrir petrochemical complex in Egypt.
  • Advised Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC – Masdar (Masdar), a subsidiary of Mubadala Investment Company, in its acquisition from ib vogt GmbH (ib vogt) of a fifty percent interest in Infinity 50 for Renewable Energy SAE, an Egyptian company that develops, constructs and operates

France > Dispute resolution: International arbitration

White & Case LLP‘s powerhouse practice is one of the largest in the country and handles a substantial and varied caseload. The team is an established reference for arbitration concerning the world’s largest construction projects, assisting private constructors and state entities with landmark dam, port and hydropower construction projects in many parts of the world, including Panama, Chile and Georgia. Additionally, the practice is involved in several road and plant infrastructure projects, notably in Africa and the Middle East, and acts in a number of high-stakes LNG disputes concerning price adjustment issues. The high-profile team also manages commercial arbitration proceedings across a wide range of industries and issues, including disputes arisen from joint venture agreements and, in recent work, several billion-dollar disputes in the telecoms sector. The practice is co-headed by  Michael Polkinghorne and Christophe von Krause and includes the excellent Charles Nairac, Andrew de Lotbinière McDougall QCJohn WillemsNicolas BouchardieKirsten OdynskiElizabeth Oger-GrossNoor DaviesLucas De Ferrari and Rebecca Shorter. Samy Markbaoui made partner in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Michael Polkinghorne; Christophe von Krause

Testimonials

‘One of the stand-out features of their work is the teamwork and knowledge within the teams. Whatever system it is they have, it just works, whoever is on the team and whatever the subject, you simply get first rate output every time. I have not experienced such cohesive teamwork with any other attorneys to date.’

‘Charles Nairac has the ability to retain information and recall it at exactly the right moment, a joy to watch when cross-examining witnesses. Elizabeth Oger-Gross’ New York law knowledge is exceptional, and her ability to address the audience in different ways to suit their legal knowledge is very persuasive.’

‘Very assuring and guiding. It has been our first arbitration experience and the team has been always very spot on.’

‘In-depth expertise. I was also impressed with their ability to understand technical issues, and their deep knowledge of FIDIC issues and of witness preparation.’

‘During the cooperation with the team, we received maximum service despite the restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which prevented us from direct physical communication. From my personal experience by working together on the case, I am grateful for the dedication of the whole team. I would highlight the impressive presentation and examination of witnesses and experts and the coordination of the case investigation and the selection of associates.’

‘Simply put; this is the best arbitration team I have ever worked with.’

‘Nicolas Bouchardie is a great construction specialist. He knows the industry extremely well, he is always up to date on any news in the construction field. He is creative in his way of providing alternative solutions and case management. Elizabeth Oger-Gross is the most efficient and effective partner I work with. She keeps billing under control, provides drafts in advance, and is always on top of everything.’

Key clients

PT Ventures

Lightbridge Corporation

The Republic of Georgia

Grupo Unidos por el Canal, S.A.

Inpex Operations Australia Pty Ltd

Government of Nigeria

Italy > Capital markets: Debt

Fielding a large US, English and Italian capital markets practice, White & Case LLP Italy consistently works on complex and large DCM and high-yield transactions across all debt products. The broad practices of Giuseppe Barra Caracciolo and Gianluca Fanti include complex securitisation transactions; Ferigo Foscari has longstanding securities experience; and Michael Immordino works across the Milan and London offices. The second line of experienced practitioners includes Francesco Scebba, who was made partner in 2020; Tommaso Tosi, who has notable high-yield capital markets experience; as well as associates Robert BeckerPietro Magnaghi and Alessandro Picchi.

Testimonials

The firm is characterised by very high levels of expertise in the Italian and international markets.

‘Deep technical knowledge gained in the context of significant and complex transactions.

Expertise and international components that allow 360-degree assistance.

The team is very present and proactive, and made up of experienced and competent professionals.

Ferigo Foscari is a strong reference point for corporate and banking issuers.

Key clients

Acea

Adler Pelzer

Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur

Aeroporti di Roma

AMA

Amplifon

Astaldi

ASTM

Atlantia

Atlas Capital Markets

Autogrill

Autostrade per l’Italia

Azimut

Banca Akros

Banca IMI

BC Partners

BFF Bank

Banca Popolare di Vicenza

Banco BPM

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Barclays

Biverbanca

BNP Paribas

Cassa di Risparmio di Asti

Cassa di Risparmio di Biella e Vercelli – Biverbanca S.p.A.

Cedacri

Citigroup

Corporation America Italia

Crédit Agricole

Credit Suisse

Credito Fondiario

CVC Capital Partners

De’Longhi

Deutsche Bank

doBank

doValue

Enel

Enel X

Esselunga

E.S.TR.A.

Fire

Gamenet

Glennmont Partners

Goldman Sachs

GSO Capital Partners

GVS

Hoist Finance

HP Pelzer Group

HSBC

Ion Analytics

Ion Corporates

Ion Markets

Intercos

International Game Technology

IMA

Intesa Sanpaolo

Jefferies International

JP Morgan

Kedrion

Lone Star Funds

Mediobanca

Morgan Stanley

MPS Capital Services

Natixis

NatWest Markets

Oaktree Capital Management

Philogen

Piaggio

Pemberton Asset Management

Pininfarina

Pitagora

Pro-Gest

Recordati

SECO

Standard Chartered Bank

Ruffini Partecipazioni

SIA

SICIT

Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking

Società di Progetto Brebemi

TCP Lux Eurinvest

Toscana Aeroporti

UBI Banca

UniCredit

UniCredit Leasing

Wind Tre

York Capital Management

Work highlights

  • Advised Sofima, the holding company that controls IMA, on a high-yield bond issuance of senior secured notes (issued in two tranches).
  • Advised Autostrade per l’Italia on its issuance of high-yield notes.
  • Advised Credito Fondiario, Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan (as co-arrangers and senior investors) on a securitisation of secured and unsecured claims (classified as non-performing).

Italy > Capital markets: Equity

Showcasing a large on-the-ground US, English and Italian team, White & Case LLP Italy‘s practice consistently works on the market’s most complex and largest ECM transactions. The team covers the full range of ECM instruments, such as IPOs, rights issues, secondary offerings, accelerated book Buildings (ABBs), private investments in public equity (PIPEs), and equity-linked products (including exchangeable and convertible bonds). The principal ECM partners are Ferigo Foscari, London and Milan-based Michael Immordino, and Piero de Mattia. Robert Becker (a US-qualified lawyer) and Alessandro Picchi are the associates to note.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Professionalism and accuracy of responses.

Great global network with deep connections.

Ferigo Foscari shows flexibility and a constant interest in satisfying the client’s needs.

Michael Immordino is a great professional who is always available.

Key clients

Acea

Adler Pelzer

Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur

Aeroporti di Roma

AMA

Amplifon

Astaldi

ASTM

Atlantia

Atlas Capital Markets

Autogrill

Autostrade per l’Italia

Azimut

Banca Akros

Banca IMI

BC Partners

BFF Bank

Banca Popolare di Vicenza

Banco BPM

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Barclays

Biverbanca

BNP Paribas

Cassa di Risparmio di Asti

Cassa di Risparmio di Biella e Vercelli – Biverbanca

Cedacri

Citigroup

Corporation America Italia

Crédit Agricole

Credit Suisse

Credito Fondiario

CVC Capital Partners

De’Longhi

Deutsche Bank

doBank

doValue

Enel Enel X

Esselunga

E.S.TR.A

Fire

Gamenet

Glennmont Partners

Goldman Sachs

GSO Capital Partners

GVS

Hoist Finance

HP Pelzer Group

HSBC

Ion Analytics

Ion Corporates

Ion Markets

Intercos

International Game Technology

IMA

Intesa Sanpaolo

Jefferies International

JP Morgan

Kedrion

Lone Star Funds

Mediobanca

Morgan Stanley

MPS Capital Services

Natixis

NatWest Markets

Oaktree Capital Management

Philogen

Piaggio

Pemberton Asset Management

Pininfarina

Pitagora

Pro-Gest

Recordati

SECO

Standard Chartered Bank

Ruffini Partecipazioni

SIA

SICIT

Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking

Società di Progetto Brebemi

TCP Lux Eurinvest

Toscana Aeroporti

UBI Banca

UniCredit

UniCredit Leasing

Wind Tre

York Capital Management

Work highlights

  • Advised Philogen on its IPO on the Mercato Telematico Azionario.
  • Advised Goldman Sachs International and Mediobanca – Banca di Credito Finanziario (as joint global co-ordinators and joint bookrunners) and Mediobanca – Banca di Credito Finanziario (as sponsor) on the IPO of SECO on the STAR segment of the Milan Stock Exchange.
  • Advised BC Partners on the mandatory tender offer for the remaining publicly outstanding shares of IMA.

Qatar > Projects, real estate and construction

White & Case LLP is widely-hailed as leading name for high-profile construction projects in Qatar, where it acts for the government or for developers. It has a longstanding reputation handling the development and financing aspects of projects, and in addition, is also sought after for advice on construction disputes. Anne Wicks (née Lowe), who is a key name in the project development and finance practice, is prominent in large international projects, particularly those involving the oil and gas, LNG, petrochemical and electricity sectors. Another key individual in Doha is Payvand Vahdat, who handles construction-related disputes for contractor clients. Counsel Verena Gross specialises in international construction and commercial arbitrations. The team in Doha also works with Michael Turrini in Dubai and Philip Stopford in London.

Practice head(s):

Philip Stopford; Michael Turrini; Payvand Vahdat; Anne Wicks (née Lowe)

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘W&C’s team is exceptional all around. We’ve worked with their industry team, as well as their finance and arbitration teams. All of which have provided exceptional service.’

‘Philip Stopford is the relationship partner. He is always engaged, available and willing to offer support whenever we need it. He has been a true friend and an ally to our organization. Sets the standard in relationship management.’

‘Anne Marie Wicks has also provided support to us on finance and corporate matters. She is dedicated, professional and takes complex commercial issues in her stride. A pleasure to work with.’

‘Very strong knowledge of Qatar market for projects, especially in Philip Stopford’s team, with Anne-Marie Wicks being a bright spot on the ground in the Middle East with lots of experience.’

‘Anne-Marie Wicks has a good grasp of the local circumstances in Qatar and the broader Gulf, and also has strong projects experience.’

Key clients

Qatar Petroleum

Qatargas Operating Company

Qatar Aluminium Limited (Qatalum)

Qatar Investment Authority

Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy

Qatari Diar

Work highlights

  • Advised Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), the sovereign wealth fund of the State of Qatar, onits acquisition of a significant stake in Oryx Midstream Services (Oryx), the largest privately held midstream crude operator in the Permian Basin, from an affiliate of Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners (Stonepeak).
  • Providing ongoing advice to Qatalum, a joint venture of Qatar Petroleum and Norsk Hydro, in connection with the financing and operations of its 585,000 MTPA aluminium project in the Mesaieed Industrial City in Qatar.
  • Advised Qatar Petroleum as issuer on its $12.5bn multi-tranche bond offering.

United Arab Emirates > Oil, gas and natural resources

White & Case LLP has a broad offering and operates particularly closely in the Saudi Arabian oil, gas and natural resources markets. Michael Watson has relocated to London but remains active in the market and is an expert in all downstream-related transactions. The firm has a sizeable practice that includes project finance specialists Antoine Cousin and Adam Pierson.

Practice head(s):

Antoine Cousin; Alexander Malahias; Adam Pierson; Yasser Riad; Michael Turrini; Michael Watson

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Riddle; Claire Janvier

Testimonials

‘White & Case’s oil and gas team in UAE is the preeminent team in the market. Their ability to seamlessly weave together the deal structure for major projects is unmatched.’

‘When your counterparty looks past their attorneys and across the table and to ask your lawyers to develop a solution, you know you’ve chosen wisely. In complicated petrochemical joint ventures, this W&C team is able to cut through the fog and see the commercial target and obstacles.’

‘Michael Watson and Claire Janvier stand head and shoulders above all other attorneys when it comes to petrochemical projects. The maxim “a chain is only as strong as its weakest link” does not apply to this duo, for if they have a weakness, it is unknown to me. Claire and Michael seamlessly work together to develop a work product that far exceeds expectations, but do so in a manner that meets all timetables and keeps bills low.’

Key clients

Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco)

Ma’aden

United Arab Chemical Carriers Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Saudi Aramco in its $12.4bn sale of a 49% equity stake in Aramco Oil Pipelines Company to a consortium led by EIG Global Energy Partners.
  • Represented Saudi Arabian Oil Company in its $69.1bn acquisition of a 70% stake in Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), from the Public Investment Fund, the sovereign wealth fund of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Represented United Arab Chemical Carriers Limited (UACC) in the sale and reverse triangular merger of UACC with United Overseas Group.

Algeria > Foreign firms

Operating from the firm’s London and Paris office, White & Case LLP‘s team has been very active in mandates concerning the oil and gas, construction and TMT sectors. The team is particularly strong in major arbitrations, both in a domestic and international context. The group has also worked on project finance, capital markets and restructurings. The team is led by Paris-based Christophe von Krause, who heads the firm’s EMEA Africa disputes group, and London-based Mukund Dhar, who oversees the firm’s Africa group.

Testimonials

‘W&C team’s vast experience in this country is second to none. You can rely on them in finding the right business partners in Algeria to resolve your disputes especially if you are a foreign firm.’

‘Christophe von Krause is an expert in the field. He knows the way things should be handled in Algeria and he proves to be right almost every time. He is the guy if you would like to do your legal arrangements right in Algeria.’

‘From my experiences, I am sure that White & Case LLP, as an international law firm, has great advantages of establishing an excellent team which can deal with international disputes involving many complicated issues among multiple jurisdictions. The team is composed of various excellent experts across the world who have deep knowledge on any specific field.’

‘Mr. Christophe von Krause has an outstanding ability to give his clients great confidence with his sharp insight and articulation. He is also so responsive and communicative that he is very good at quickly understanding what his client needs and getting to the point in a straightforward way. He is a highly reliable attorney who can give rays of hope to his clients.’

Key clients

ADES International Holding

Orascom TMT Investments S.à r.l (OTMTI)

Work highlights

  • Advised ADES International Holding PLC in connection with the issuance of a $325m high-yield bond.
  • Represented OTMTI, a Luxembourgish company, in its $4b claim against Algeria in relation to the unlawful expropriation of its significant investments in the Algerian telecoms sector.

Italy > Private equity

White & Case LLP Italy’s practice is spread across three core pillars, namely assisting with inbound investments from financial sponsors and funds, supporting portfolio companies in respect of their growth strategies and guiding corporates through their company or asset-related sales to private equity players. The Milan-based team often operates in close tangent with the firm’s global private equity practice and is equipped to offer on-site Italian, English and US legal advice. Alessandro Seganfreddo, Ferigo Foscari, Michael Immordino  and Leonardo Graffi jointly head the practice and have considerable experience in high-end M&A and private equity deals, both domestic and multinational.

Practice head(s):

Ferigo Foscari; Leonardo Graffi; Michael Immordino; Alessandro Seganfreddo

Testimonials

‘Very strong team. Strong and extremely competent lawyers’

‘Individuals are extremely high-caliber people.’

‘Leonardo Graffi is a lawyer truly to be noted for his competence, professionalism and availability towards the client.’

Key clients

Accelero Capital

Ambienta SGR

Antin Infrastructure Partners

Arjun Infrastructure Partners

BC Partners

Blackstone Tactical Opportunities Advisors

Capvis Equity V

Centerbridge

CEE Equity Partners

Cobepa

CVC Capital Partners

Elliott Capital

Evolution Equity Partners

First Sentier Investors

FSI SGR

Goldman Sachs International

IK Investment Partners

Infracapital

InfraVia Capital Partners

Megg Invest

Muzinich

Peninsula Capital

PFH Palladio Holding

Summit Partners

Tengram Capital Partners

Trilantic Capital Partners

Verlinvest

VGO Capital Partners

South Korea > International arbitration

Construction arbitration is a mainstay for White & Case LLP’s disputes practice. It has extensive experience in handling construction disputes arising out of global energy and infrastructure projects, including in downstream oil & gas, LNG and power. Based in London, David Robertson actively advises South Korean clients on disputes within and outside of the region and is the key practitioner for international arbitrations relating to construction and infrastructure. Matthew Secomb heads up the Asia-Pacific team and is an expert in the highly specialised LNG gas supply field. In August 2020, Mark Goodrich left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Ministry of Justice, Republic of Korea

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Work highlights

  • Rpresenting the Republic of Korea in two investment arbitrations: as respondent in a UNCITRAL arbitration under the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement, administered by the PCA and seated in Singapore; and as respondent in an investor-state dispute under UNCITRAL rules arising out of the investment by Schindler, the Switzerland-based manufacturer of escalators, moving walkways and elevators, in Hyundai Elevators, one of the largest elevator manufacturers in South Korea.
  • Representing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in an ICSID arbitration brought against the Kingdom by Samsung Engineering, a major Korean contractor. The claim arose under the bilateral investment treaty between the Republic of Korea and the Kingdom.

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Briefing
A cultural shift – has the fallout from the financial crisis changed corporate culture in financial services or is there still work to be done? (https://www.legalbusiness.co.uk/analysis/disputes-yearbook-2020/sponsored-briefing-a-cultural-shift-has-the-fallout-from-the-financial-crisis-changed-corporate-culture-in-financial-services-or-is-there-still-work-to-be-done/)
Zeena Saleh, associate, and Chris Brennan, partner, at White & Case on corporate culture

The Lex 100 Verdict

A City office described as a ‘hybrid between a US elite and traditional London law firm’ sums up White & Case as offering the best aspects of a London firm combined with enviable international reach. A Lex 100 Winner for international secondments, White & Case is well known for training opportunities abroad and lauded for its ‘reputation, market position and international opportunities’. One trainee describes the appeal: ‘the firm's people and work clearly proved its claims of being a truly international firm that settles for nothing short of excellence in every area. I was excited to be a part of that’. White & Case’s profile is strong in financial and transactional work and offers exciting big-ticket deals. One trainee compares the training experience: ‘I think I have more responsibility and opportunities for practical on-the-job growth and learning compared to my peers at Magic/Silver Circle law firms’. Asked about the firm’s best quality, feedback relates ‘the client exposure from day one. I have felt trusted to deal with clients and matters which I didn't think I would be handling so early on’. With all the responsibility, access to high quality work and international clientele comes ‘long hours and demanding work’ which at times can result in ‘high stress’. Yet, as one trainee comments, ‘I certainly think during the pandemic the firm has compared favourably to others in terms of providing support for its staff, whether that be the twice-renewed tech budget, wellness sessions or bringing in outside speakers. It has helped demonstrate the firm's commitment to its people’.