Firm Profile > White & Case LLP > London, England

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

Construction: contentious Tier 1

White & Case LLP is recognised for its international capabilities, handling infrastructure disputes for clients in the power, metals, mining and petrochemicals sectors. The team is led by Ellis Baker who has substantial experience of major arbitrations, including appearances in the ICC. Phillip Capper is noted for his breadth of experience, and is active on disputes concerning rail infrastructure, oil and gas and water plants. His strength lies in international arbitration. Also recommended is David Robertson, a 'strong litigator' with a 'wealth of experience.' His practice has focus on Asia, representing marine engineering and shipbuilding companies in high-profile arbitrations. Mark Goodrich, who has 'strong, in-depth knowledge' has spent time working in Seoul and Tokyo and is noted for his knowledge of construction matters in Asia.

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Testimonials

‘Very deep team with exceptional skills and experience. They are very good at drawing upon resources in multiple offices/regions in order to handle the demands of complex disputes efficiently. Communication was very efficient even when working across multiple time zones.’

‘White & Case provides a higher quality of services than most firms. In-house peers learn from the best and White & Case has some of the largest commissions on which to learn.’

‘Mark Goodrich and Rebecca Shorter have a strong in-depth knowledge of construction.’

‘Other firms tend to get bogged down in theoretical issues and lose sight of the matter at hand. White & Case, however, was excellent, from the beginning, at understanding their client’s goals, learning about the history of what had happened and developing a practical strategy for attaining their client’s goals. ‘

‘David Robertson is a strong litigator. He has a wealth of experience and is very good at finding practical solutions.’

Key clients

Salini Impregilo S.p.A., Jan De Nul N.V., Grupo Unidos por el Canal, S.A

Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO)

Inpex

HOCHTIEF

Carbon Holdings

Senior lenders to Sirius Phase 2

Western Power Corporation

FAST Consortium

Debt capital markets Tier 1

At White & Case LLP, 'the level of technical expertise is second to none'. The team is 'proactive and creative, often providing useful input and advice beyond what was expected'. The firm is active in every part of the DCM market and has a prominent role in standalone and MTN programmes, sovereign, investment grade and emerging markets bonds issuances, bank regulatory capital and corporate hybrids, private placements, project and green bonds, liability management and equity-linked notes. It continues to be involved in some of the largest debt issues in emerging markets, and it is building its market share of investment grade issuances in Europe. Richard Pogrel is 'very experienced, technically skilled and cuts through all issues'. Also recommended are sovereign debt expert Melissa Butler and the highly experienced and 'dedicated' Stuart Matty. US-qualified partner Ian Clark is strong in sovereign debt deals. Senior associates James Clarke and Neha Saran are names to watch.

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Testimonials

A very broad and capable team that is very experienced. The partners are “hands-on”.’

Richard Pogrel is very experienced and technically skilled and he cuts through all issues.’

The firm is very responsive and very commercial. It is well versed in the concerns driving in-house counsel and provides pragmatic, thoughtful advice.’

Richard Pogrel is technically outstanding and terrifically pragmatic and commercial.’

The capital markets team of White & Case has advised us for several years now on all legal and regulatory aspects of our MTN programme and in respect of other ancillary capital markets matters. Generally, the level of technical expertise is second to none and we have always experienced a highly responsive and efficient service. We have always found them to be proactive and creative, often providing useful input and advice beyond what was expected, and generally adding value.’

Richard Pogrel, our contact partner, is a highly experienced and knowledgeable lawyer in respect of capital markets and he is also very pleasant to deal with, attaching great importance to the client relationship.’

The team was very professional. Their strength lies in how they make complex legal issues look so simple. Their communication is extremely effective. Their support for the sovereign is professional and complete.’

I want to mention Stuart Matty as my standout partner. He is very dedicated and gives 24/7 attention to details and the job ahead. He championed a capacity building across five institutions in the country with his deep understanding of the subject matter.’

Key clients

Saudi Aramco

J. P. Morgan

Citi

BNP Paribas

Deutsche Bank

Morgan Stanley

The Co-operative Bank

Republic of Mozambique

IHS Towers

Svenska Handelsbanken

Emerging markets Tier 1

White & Case LLP has 'outstanding strength in emerging market legal issues, especially in frontier markets in Africa'. Across CEE, the CIS, the Middle East and Africa, the firm has become one of the leading advisers on finance transactions and projects, with a vast client roster consisting of financial institutions, corporates, governments and supranational organisations. From London, it brings to bear both English and US law expertise on sovereign debt deals, liability management, bank regulatory capital and corporate hybrid capital solutions, equity-linked bond transactions, infrastructure and green bonds, high-yield deals and IPOs. Global head of capital markets Stuart Matty, global head of energy, infrastructure, project and asset finance Mark Castillo-Bernaus, banking partner Christopher Czarnocki and Africa group head Mukund Dhar are the lead partners. Also highly recommended are debt specialist Melissa Butler, US-qualified Ian Clark, project and international finance partner Jason Kerr, and Philip Stopford, who is an expert in the delivery of high-value projects in Egypt and other North African jurisdictions.

Testimonials

‘We appreciate that they not only provided advice on legal and contractual matters, but also tried to understand the commercial issues as well as the points which would be important to the client’s interests in the project, and that they provided practical solutions, including ways to mitigate the risks.’

‘Caroline Miller Smith is very experienced with much knowledge on PPP and project finance, providing straightforward and logical advice. She catches the issues very quickly and knows how to balance the different positions of the stakeholders. She is a great thinker with a gentle attitude.’

‘Sebastian Buss is diligent and very experienced. He has great capability in reviewing and commenting on contracts, providing logical counter-arguments. He is smart-thinking when discussing with the counterparties.’

‘Senior associate Seyfi Can Kandemir is diligent and a good listener, giving timely advice and thorough reviews of contracts.’

‘The firm has extensive experience, knowledge of the business and a positive approach to solving problems. Jason Kerr and Seyfi Can Kandemir stand out.’

‘The team’s strength in emerging market legal issues is outstanding. There is an enormous amount of understanding of the emerging market space especially in frontier markets in Africa which are still growing and, therefore, are more complex than other markets.’

‘Stuart Matty stood out for us. He is available for our team. He also would provide support based on our context and give all sides of the narrative for effective decision-making. He is also an extremely efficient communicator and that makes him very professional for the emerging markets space.’

‘White & Case is the most international of the US law firms.’

‘The firm has comprehensive experience across the emerging markets, which allows it to offer tailored solutions both for commercial and concessional transactions.’

‘Ian Clark is a partner with deep knowledge of the emerging markets. The team under his management is able to deliver results in a tense time frame without compromising on quality.’

Key clients

Saudi Aramco

J. P. Morgan

Citi

BNP Paribas

Deutsche Bank

Morgan Stanley

Republic of Ghana

Helios Investment Partners

Republic of Mozambique

Afreximbank

Ghana National Petroleum Corporation

Equity capital markets - mid-high cap Tier 1

White & Case LLP has an excellent record in premium listings on the London Stock Exchange, and exchanges across EMEA and in the US. It also operates at the top end of the market in relation to rights issues, private placements and block trades. Showcasing its top-tier credentials, the firm has acted on a third of transactions on the LSE involving emerging markets companies since 2012. Elsewhere, highlights in 2019 included Inigo Esteve leading the advice to Saudi Aramco on the world's largest IPO to date, and US-qualified partner Laura SizemoreAllan Taylor, Esteve and others acted for Energean Oil & Gas on a £211m equity placing to institutional investors through an accelerated bookbuilding process to fund its acquisition of the exploration & production assets of Edison. Jonathan Parry is another well-known name.

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Testimonials

Laura Sizemore is by far my favourite law partner to work with in capital markets across all of the law firms. She has deep experience and you get her focus on all aspects of a deal despite her seniority, which is extremely valuable. She is a pleasure to work with and always most helpful. Her emerging markets expertise is particularly useful, given there are so many complexities that emerge on those deals.

The ECM W&C team is able to drive clients, banks or issuers through very lengthy and complex projects, always being on top of every issue and always adopting a can do attitude. The team is second to none in terms of problem solving and thanks to their extensive experience across geographies, they remain a trusted adviser. Proactiveness and ability to be hands-on on projects, make the W&C partners a notch above their peers.

Laura Sizemore is an excellent leader, who is able to navigate through issues thanks to her extensive knowledge and ability to bond with clients. People listen to her and they completely trust their judgement, on both sides of the table. Inigo Esteve is the UK partner we work the most with and his can do attitude and ability to deal with tricky clients/transactions does not go unnoticed. Excellent team members, with superior experience.

Strong legal knowledge coupled with unique local connections and business acumen.

Laura Sizemore is an exceptional partner. Always available, incredibly solid knowledge and unparalleled experience. Also her ability to connect the right people promptly is tremendously important for us.

Highly experienced capital markets team with deep expertise. Very good level of service and focus from partners.

Jon Parry is a top partner, who provides first-class support to clients with a holistic and client-friendly approach. His strong experience and ability to find solutions and get involved in the day-to-day mark him out as excellent for smooth execution. Similarly, Inigo Esteve and Laura Sizemore on the US side are market leaders with excellent pedigree. Appoint White & Case on an ECM deal and you can be sure of attention and expert advice that will cover all bases.

‘Inigo Esteve has great experience of the MENA region; he also impresses with his knowledge of the current norms and practices of the London capital markets. One of his greatest strengths is that he is very organized, structured and is able to deploy a taskforce and ask for key and precise deliverables from his clients – always in a very kind way.’

‘Inigo Esteve and Jonathan Parry are standout partners. They are both highly experienced and are very hands-on in their transactions, always making themselves available when needed. They are very pragmatic and efficient in their approach, with a focus on achieving the best outcome for their clients. They are able to think creatively when required to solve issues.’  

Key clients

Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco)

Barclays

J.P. Morgan

Goldman Sachs

Kaspi.kz

Afreximbank

Energean Oil & Gas

CVC/Avast

Morgan Stanley

Credit Suisse

VTB Capital

BofA

Sberbank

En+ Group

Polymetal International plc

RBC Capital Markets

Jefferies/Premier Oil

International arbitration Tier 1

White & Case LLP's 'highly skilled, efficient and dedicated' international arbitration lawyers regularly act in the world's largest cases, and are particularly strong in relation to disputes concerning complex and large infrastructure projects. The practice is also frequently involved in high levels of significant investment treaty cases; and almost all its partners, as well as several associates, appear as advocates in hearings. Phillip Capper and Aloke Ray QC co-head the practice, which includes oil and gas disputes head Mark ClarkeDipen Sabharwal QC, who serves as head of the EMEA disputes section for international arbitration; co-head of the London investment arbitration practice, Andrea Menaker; and construction and engineering specialist Clare Connellan. Other experienced partners include Paul Brumpton, as well as David Goldberg and Julia Zagonek, who both divide their time between the London and Moscow offices.

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Testimonials

‘Unparalleled drafting skills and ability to convert complicated economical analysis into compelling legal writing. Efficient cooperation across the different national offices within White & Case.’

‘Partner Mark Clarke shows outstanding commitment regarding availability and also regarding the quality of his work. Always comes excellently prepared.’

‘We appreciate very much the team working on our case, which proved to be highly skilled, with a strong expertise in both investment arbitration and EU law, efficient and dedicated throughout a long period of time.’

‘David Goldberg is a truly strategic thinker and has a sixth sense for making right choices and finding excellent solutions. He is also a person of unmatched integrity.’

‘I found Phillip Capper and Dipen Sabharwal QC to be outstanding oral advocates.’

Key clients

The Russian Federation

Inpex Operations Australia Pty Ltd

Uniper Global Commodities

Grupo Unidos por el Canal (Panama Canal)

McDonald’s India Private Limited

United Energy Group

Cruz City 1 Mauritius Holdings

Daniel Kappes and Kappes, Cassiday & Associates

TECO Guatemala Holding, LLC

Republic of Uzbekistan

Republic of Peru

Republic of Belarus

Mining and minerals Tier 1

White & Case LLP advises on the full spectrum of mining-related matters and is recommended for its 'strategic thinking' and 'pragmatic advice', thanks to a team, which is 'well organised, responsive and attuned to the task at hand'. The firm advises key industry names including Rio Tinto, Newmont-Goldcorp and Concord Resources as well as the leading financial institutions involved in mining. The practice has a global presence and handles matters across the banking and capital markets, M&A, dispute resolution and private equity arenas. Global mining and minerals head Rebecca Campbell is highly recommended and attracts praise as an 'industry leader'.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Strategic thinking, clients interest at heart, pragmatic advice, availability.’

Rebecca Campbell – industry leader, engaged, broad interest, great strategic thinker and adviser, strong ethics.’

Great team, well organised, responsive and attuned to the task at hand.’

Deep knowledge of the sector combined with practical advice.’

Rebecca Campbell provides practical solutions to problems not just regurgitating the law.’

Key clients

Newmont Mining Corporation / Newmont Goldcorp

Rio Tinto plc

Concord Resources Limited

High Power Exploration

Vale S.A.

Mineros S.A.

Petropavlovsk

EN+ Group

Ivanhoe Mines

Trafigura S.A.

Eurofer

European Metals Holdings Limited

Emirates Global Aluminium

Oil and gas Tier 1

White & Case LLP has impressive expertise across all major legal disciplines in the oil and gas sector. The group, under the leadership of Philip Stopford, is also involved in the largest multijurisdictional transactions and projects, including the first-ever reserve-based lending transaction in respect of Trident Energy’s $1bn acquisition of the Pampo and Enchova oil fields in Brazil. Jason Kerr, Mark Castillo-Bernaus and Mukund Dhar are highly regarded project finance lawyers, representing commercial banks, export credit agencies, sponsors and developers in emerging markets. Other standout partners include David Baker in the upstream sector, Allan Taylor for M&A and equity capital markets deals, and Mark Clarke for high-end energy disputes.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Strong firm with broad knowledge throughout sector. Able to call upon resources in multiple practice areas.’

‘Jason Kerr – top notch knowledge in oil and gas with broad projects knowledge.’

‘David Baker is a consummate professional who combines in-depth knowledge of oil and gas law with deep commercial understanding and builds great rapport with clients.’

‘David Baker – dogged common sense, pushes for best interests of client in a manner that even impresses the opposition.’

‘Mukund Dhar – quality practitioner who is personable and available.’

‘Tom Bartlett is very professional, solid and well qualified.’

Key clients

Saudi Aramco

Eni

Total

Noble Energy

Qatar Petroleum

Energean

Trade finance Tier 1

Clients describe the trade and commodity finance practice at White & Case LLP as 'exceptional in its delivery', particularly in complex and innovative transactions. Working with banks and trading houses, among them Deutsche Bank and African Development Bank, the group leverages its in-depth knowledge of global commodities markets, its experience in emerging markets and its skills in structured finance, physical commodities off-take agreements, commodity derivatives, shipping and litigation to handle transactions in Africa, Eastern Mediterranean, Russia/CIS and Latin America. Besides structured finance, the practice also handles traditional trade finance instruments such as letters of credit. Practice head Christopher Czarnocki is a key adviser to leading banks, ECAs, corporates and sovereigns. James Hardy has 15 years' experience in structured trade and commodity finance in emerging markets, acting for both lenders and borrowers. Tom Bartlett is recommended for reserve-based lending transactions.

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Testimonials

‘The team has been very exceptional in its delivery.’

‘James Hardy and Juanita Derex-Briggs have been exceptional.’

Key clients

Ithaca – BP

African Development Bank

Ministry of Finance (Ghana) and Ministry of Energy (Ghana)

Helios Investment Partners

Deutsche Bank

Acquisition finance Tier 2

With a sizeable and longstanding presence in London, as well as across Europe, Asia and the US, White & Case LLP is able to provide a 'responsive, adaptable and commercial service' to borrowers and lenders on the financing requirements associated with event-driven and leveraged acquisitions, irrespective of geographical location or whether the deal needs to be structured implementing UK or US-governed financing products. While the firm regularly retains mandates from major commercial/investment banks, it has perhaps been most active of late in relation to the thriving alternative lending market. The ‘very knowledgeable’ Gareth Eagles has been pivotal to the firm’s success in this segment of the market, particularly off the back of his strong relationship with leading credit fund GSO Capital Partners. The arrival of Fergus Wheeler  in April 2019 from King & Spalding LLP further enhanced the firm’s credentials in the direct lending space in light of his strong track record advising credit funds on mandates implementing financial products throughout the capital structure. Jeremy Duffy heads the firm’s EMEA bank lending practice and is a popular choice for banking clients on leveraged finance transactions.

Testimonials

The team is technically very strong, approachable and able to explain complex issues in layman’s terms. Always available at short notice to help out! Well-respected by issuers and underwriters alike.

The team combines strong technical knowledge and responsiveness with good commercial sense.

Gareth Eagles is highly knowledgeable and very responsive.

Emma Foster – very competent and responsive; thinks matters through thoroughly and is proactive at providing commercial and practical solutions to problems that may arise.

 

 

Key clients

GSO Capital Partners

Credit Suisse

JP Morgan

Deutsche Bank

Nordea Bank

Goldman Sachs

Bridgepoint

Castik Capital

Inflexion

CVC

PSP Investments

SEB Group

Goldman Sachs PIA

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 2

With 'skilled and market-leading litigators in the banking sphere' White & Case LLP's disputes practice 'does not shy away from complex situations'. It has an impressive reputation for representing global financial institutions in high‑end investment banking disputes and investigations and is particularly strong on cross-border matters where it leverages its international footprint.  The group's 'depth of talent' includes John Reynolds, who is highlighted for his 'wealth of experience'; Charles Balmain (who has broad experience in banking litigation and contentious regulatory and insolvency and restructuring matters), Chris Brennan and Rory Hishon, who focus on contentious regulatory matters and banking litigation respectively, and commercial litigator Amanda Cowell.

Testimonials

The firm does not shy away from complex situations and will without a doubt stand its ground, ensuring full protection for the agent at all times.

Skilled and market-leading litigators in the banking sphere.

The team’s key strength is the depth of talent and the fact that even the more junior associates are capable of working largely independently. This was especially important in a complex trial, with multiple satellite issues. They are also a pleasure for counsel to deal with, and handled a challenging client with great diplomacy.

Viktor Braun and Amanda Cowell are both very knowledgeable, with specific attention to detail when representing us. Able to explain situations with recommendations and assess the risk and reward element.

John Reynolds has a wealth of experience in the field of banking litigation; Charles Balmain is a smooth operator, with consummate client skills.’

Rory Hishon stands out as a partner who is not afraid to get into the detail when necessary while retaining a good strategic overview; he always thinks about a case from all angles to get the best outcome. Raif Hassan is the sort of associate who can handle most aspects of a heavy commercial case with minimal direct partner supervision: he is careful, confident and very bright.

Key clients

OJSC International Bank of Azerbaijan

Goldman Sachs International (GSI)

VTB Capital

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited (ICBC)

Deutsche Bank

SRM Global Fund

Salamanca Capital Limited

Oi S.A.

Commercial litigation: premium Tier 2

White & Case LLP's disputes practice 'does not shy away from complex situations' and combines 'immense depth of experience' and 'an international presence that enables effective handling of cross-border disputes'. It has experience of disputes involving parallel proceedings in different jurisdictions, as well as arbitration and has particular expertise in matters in the oil and gas and technology sectors, areas in which Mark Clarke is among the key contacts. Amanda Cowell, who is frequently instructed by corporate, telecoms and banking clients, leads the practice,  which includes 'strategic thinker' Charles Balmain and John Reynolds , who is highlighted as 'a titan of the London litigation landscape'. John Rogerson and Rory Hishon are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

One of the many highly-rated law firms in the litigation workspace. The firm does not shy away from complex situations and will without doubt stand its ground, ensuring full protections for the agent at all times.

White & Case LLP is simply amazing. Very well resourced to cater for the need of their clients.

Immense depth of experience in all forms of commercial litigation and an international presence that enables effective handling of cross-border disputes.

The team’s key strength is the depth of talent and the fact that even the more junior associates are capable of working largely independently’

Charles Balmain is a smooth operator, with consummate client skills. He is a strategic thinker with an excellent manner’

Rory Hishon stands out. He is fully committed and totally on top of all his cases. Amanda Cowell is excellent too.’

‘John Reynolds is a titan of the London litigation landscape. A colossus who inspires great loyalty in his clients.’

Key clients

Goldman Sachs International

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited

Ingenious Media Investments Limited and Ingenious Capital Management Limited

System Capital Management

Salini-Impregilo SpA

Jan De Nul NV

Sofidra SA

MMG

Toshiba

Salamanca Group

Construction: non-contentious Tier 2

White & Case LLP has a broad client base including governments, energy and utility companies and lenders. The firm's sector expertise includes all transport projects, oil, gas and mining. Ellis Baker heads the construction practice, which was joined in early 2019 by Richard Hill from Norton Rose Fulbright; he brings significant experience of projects in Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Daniel Garton handles both contentious and non-contentious work; while counsel Chris Duncan is another important member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The quality of work is excellent. They know what the issues are and the best approach to solve the problem from an in-house attorney perspective.’

‘I would describe the team to have extensive experience, good expertise, effective time management and communication skills.’

‘White & Case provides a higher quality of services than most firms. In-house peers learn from the best and White & Case has some of the largest commissions on which to learn.’

Key clients

Salini Impregilo S.p.A., Jan De Nul N.V., Grupo Unidos por el Canal, S.A.

Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO)

Inpex

HOCHTIEF

Carbon Holdings

Senior lenders to Sirius Phase 2

Western Power Corporation

FAST Consortium

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 2

White & Case LLP provides 'commercial and solution-driven advice' to a creditor-focused client base on cross-border restructurings and special situations. Led by the 'user-friendlyChristian Pilkington, the team has built significant traction among funds clients, which appreciate not only the firm's core insolvency/restructuring capabilities but also its ability to draw upon the wider expertise within the capital markets/banking and private equity groups, and its familiarity with UK and New York-law governed debt products. Ian Wallace is 'responsive and calm under pressure', and in addition to his work for the firm's bedrock of sophisticated investor clients, is also noted for his company side expertise, particularly in the context of energy-related emerging markets mandates. Ben Davies has an 'incredible breadth of knowledge across restructuring and formal insolvencies' and is a key member of a  team that also includes senior associate Morvyn Radlow .        

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

White & Case operates a seamless, cross-border restructuring practice – which is unique in the market. The White & Case team seems to genuinely operate as one group, regardless of jurisdiction, allowing them to deliver more creative solutions to their international clients.

As experts in their field, the team are able to identify issues quickly and provide commercially focused, solution-driven advice.

The highly commercial and user-friendly Christian Pilkington is without a doubt one of the leading restructuring lawyers in the European market, with an enormous grasp of all aspects of European restructuring, in particular Schemes of Arrangement.

Responsive and calm under pressure, Ian Wallace quickly cuts to the issues and provide commercially focused advice.

 

Key clients

Anchorage

GSO Capital Partners

Centerbridge

York Capital

Oak Hill Advisors

CVC Credit Partners

Bybrook Capital

Strategic Value Partners

Deutsche Bank Distressed Products Group

Cross Ocean Partners

VR Capital

Nordea

Ernst & Young

Derivatives and structured products Tier 2

The capital markets practice at White & Case LLP, in which the derivatives and structured products group sits, is 'knowledgeable, pragmatic and commercial', with one client remarking that it has 'excellent technical knowledge and expertise and is supremely capable at handling complex matters'. The practice, which climbs the ranking, handles derivatives for both investment and hedging purposes, interest rate, credit, equity, currency and commodity derivatives, regulatory capital transactions, repurchase agreements, securities lending, synthetic investments and Islamic derivatives. It frequently acts for sovereign, corporate and financial institution clients in developed and emerging markets, both in transactional and regulatory matters. Alongside innovative synthetic regulatory capital trades, it also advises investors, arrangers and issuers on repackaged and structured note issuance and structured note programmes. Practice head Ingrid York is, according to one client, 'absolutely the best derivatives lawyer I have come across in my time'. She is qualified in English, US and Australian law, and she handles the full range of OTC derivatives and structured finance. Debashis Dey, who works in both London and Dubai, has a busy practice in non-performing loans and Islamic financial products. The 'proactive, knowledgeable and efficient' Nathaniel Crowley is among the firm's many strong associates.

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Testimonials

‘The team is very knowledgeable, pragmatic and commercial.’

‘Ingrid York as the lead partner is absolutely the best derivatives lawyer I have come across in my time. She not only is a pleasure to work with but has a very good grip or the legal and commercial concerns in the market and applies this to the matter at hand.’

‘Nathaniel Crowley is not like any associate at a Magic Circle law firm that I have come across. He is proactive, knowledgeable and efficient.’

‘The team has a good understanding of our structured note issuance platforms and the ability to deal with transactions quickly and cost-effectively.’

‘Ingrid York has a commercial approach and friendly demeanour.’

‘A very experienced team, with significant focus and attention to detail. It is aware of client needs, particularly in an ever-evolving regulatory environment, and is able to provide best-in-class service.’

‘The firm is able to provide significant focus to its clients, even at the partner level, and believes in a more focused model of legal service.’

‘The lawyers, particularly Ingrid York, are very proactive and will not hesitate to call me up to tell me about legal and market issues that could interest me. So I receive very tailored service. The firm provides consistently high-quality, broad scope capital markets advice and transaction management.’

‘Ingrid York is a fantastic specialist in complex derivatives and synthetic securitisations. She is extremely proactive and results-oriented, very on-top of market practice and the newest innovations. She is very pragmatic.’

‘Laura Kitchen, associate, is a great regulatory lawyer. Very results-oriented.’

‘The firm has excellent technical knowledge and expertise and is supremely capable at handling complex matters. They are also very commercial and offer practical sensible advice.’

‘Ingrid York is exceptionally knowledgeable and has an impressive technical ability. She is also very “hands on” and engaged in complex matters and she gives very commercial practical advice and input. She has a good team including the very good Phillan Amin who has proved himself very good at managing difficult matters on challenging timeframes.’

‘It is a responsive and expert team with excellent market and product knowledge and attention to detail.’

‘Ingrid York provides impressive legal advice which is reliably accurate and clear. The White & Case team is diligent and understands the derivatives market well. Complex transactions are managed with a fantastic attention to detail.’

‘The firm stands out in terms of reactiveness and the ability to find pragmatic solutions.’

‘Ingrid York has great client relationship skills and is an excellent technician. She is able to go above and beyond for her clients.’

‘I found the team extremely knowledgeable in the area of derivatives – both from a technical and a commercial standpoint – organised and always providing optimal and pragmatic advice.’

‘I have worked with Ingrid York and associates Nathaniel Crowley and Phillan Amin. Ingrid was very responsive each time we needed her help and at they key points of the negotiations with our banking counterparties she provided some crucial guidance. She indicated to us potential risks we are taking and guided us in the right direction. Nathaniel and Phillan handled superbly the day-to-day work of negotiating with banks and providing us with explanations, negotiating strategy and market experience. We felt that the our position as the client was well represented and are happy with the negotiated documents. Communication was always regular and transparent.’

‘I think the team is unique. I feel like I’m working with the whole team at the same time and that everyone is able to help in the given circumstances. Also, the team is very professional and, at the same time, relaxed so it makes the job easier with the other side, which is the most important thing in the business.’

‘Nathaniel Crowley is very professional, always ahead of the competition, direct and fair.’

‘The White & Case team has good strength in depth and, in Ingrid York, has a very strong leader across all aspects of derivatives and structured products.’

‘Ingrid York always keeps abreast of current market and regulatory issues and is a good sounding board on all aspects of derivatives and structured products. She also provides good advice and insight in less obvious areas  such as sustainable finance, leadership and innovation. Ingrid gives practical advice, based on a deep knowledge of the underlying law.’

‘They are proactive, extremely knowledgeable and helpful in assessing and mitigating legal risk even on a cross jurisdictional basis.’

‘Nathaniel Crowley and Ingrid York are brilliant lawyers who have deep expertise in the financial markets and structured products legal universe. There was nothing that I asked that they were not able to furnish me with comprehensive legal advice.’

‘They provide excellent technical knowledge of the CDS product and great connectivity within market and industry bodies to allow effective application.’

‘Ingrid York shows ready availability and strong commercial skills.’

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

Energy and infrastructure Tier 2

White & Case LLP is particularly strong in infrastructure M&A, advising a broad range of clients from corporates and private equity funds through to regulators and governments. Caroline Miller Smith leads the EMEA energy, infrastructure, project and asset finance group, while Caroline Sherrell heads up the firm's European infrastructure M&A practice. On the energy side, Rebecca Campbell leads the global mining and metals industry group and Philip Stopford is global co-head of oil and gas.

Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 2

White & Case LLP is particularly strong in the financial sphere, acting for individuals caught up in national and international investigations. The team advises on matters such as tax evasion, sanctions busting, money laundering, insider dealing, fraud, false accounting and financial services offences. Anneka Randhawa and Jonah Anderson are the key partners.

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Testimonials

‘The fact they are a multinational law firm that represents both corporates and individuals is increasingly rare’.

‘They are all bright and competent but they also are grounded in good business sense; they are committed and they work as a team’.

‘Jonah Anderson is tactically astute, pragmatic and forward thinking’

‘This is simply a top-class outfit with excellent legal and market knowledge’.

Key clients

Richard Usher

Ziad Akle

High yield Tier 2

White & Case LLP has a large team of US-qualified lawyers in its London office, many of whom handle high-yield debt and loan transactions under US law. The firm advises banks and sponsors on complex cross-border deals, and it has integrated bank/bond capability that few firms in the City can claim. Barclays, Citibank, Deutsche Bank and Nordea are among the practice's key clients. US-qualified practice head Jill Concannon has spent her entire career in the European high-yield market and is currently co-chair of the AFME High Yield Board. Up-and-coming partner James Greene frequently works with hedge funds and private credit investors on a wide variety of capital raising, restructuring and liability management transactions. Monica Holden has extensive experience advising issuers, sponsors and underwriters on corporate high-yield bond transactions, and Gilles Teerlinck handles high-yield issuances in connection with sponsor-led buyouts. Clients note that the firm has 'a very impressive and sophisticated team, especially for distressed high-yield and restructurings of high yield bonds’.

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Testimonials

‘A very impressive and sophisticated team, especially for distressed high-yield and restructurings of high-yield bonds. Partners are very responsive and have an excellent grasp of the market and of the dynamics of bond restructurings, as well as the latest developments on covenants and transaction structuring across the European market.’

‘James Greene is exceptionally bright and is great at breaking down complex concepts and explaining them clearly. His advice is practical and he is extremely diligent and always available.’

‘Gilles Teerlinck offers very commercial advice – he has a real grasp of the background and goes the extra mile in producing practical solutions, which is enhanced by his excellent knowledge of the market.’

‘The firm has a growing high-yield practice that contains partners with a broad depth of experience who are a pleasure to work with.’

‘Monica Holden is an excellent and committed high-yield lawyer, who also brings a depth of M&A experience and expertise to the table. She is a pleasure to work with. Gilles Teerlinck – one of the newer additions to the firm – has built a relationship with my firm and also brings a wealth of experience from his former firm.’

‘White & Case has an excellent high-yield team made up of experienced, highly effective, client-focused and knowledgeable individuals. They act for both issuers and banks including in restructurings and are able to advice on all aspects of high yield no matter the industry of the issuer. I would highly recommend the team!’

‘James Greene is one of the best solicitors that I have worked with. He is always available and provides excellent advice. He always has time for clients.’

‘Gilles Teerlinck is an excellent attorney who advises on all aspects of high yield. He is very commercial, provides client-focused advice and is always a pleasure to work with.’

‘Jill Concannon and Monica Holden are solution-driven and highly effective lawyers. All of the partners are a pleasure to work with.’

‘James Greene and Jill Concannon are both very experienced and knowledgeable lawyers. Additionally, they are extremely approachable, making working with them a delight.’

‘Jill Concannon is very responsive, both while in the midst of a deal and when bouncing ideas off her for potential transactions. She usually knows the answer to my questions, and if she doesn’t, she finds the answer and gets back to me in short order.’

‘Gilles Teerlinck is very commercial in addition to having strong technical knowledge. He combines deal experience with strong technical skills and good commercial acumen, which is helpful in the context of negotiations.’

‘The team has excellent market knowledge and insight and they are extremely proficient transaction managers, as well as serving as excellent corporate partners to banks throughout the life of a bond issuance and beyond.’

‘The key individuals we work with are Jill Concannon and James Greene. Their technical skills, up-to-date market understanding and their highly responsive and diligent nature render their advice and assistance invaluable, but what sets them apart is the lengths they to go to understand their client’s needs and tailor their work product accordingly.’

‘Gilles Teerlinck and James Greene show incredible proactivity with respect to actively managing deadlines. They have strong negotiation skills and get an understanding of complex issues in very limited amount of time. The whole team performs well under pressure.’

‘The team is completely devoted to servicing the client. Moreover, they are able to do so with the most extensive local experience. Deals are followed very closely by several partners with different angles of expertise, which makes the firm able to cover virtually every aspect of the corporate world. The team is always available 24/7 and has often resolved difficult deadlocks in important transactions.’

‘The team differentiates itself from others by the proficiency of its lawyers and by the level of attention to detail. It is a very meticulous team and it is always a pleasure to interact with the very friendly team. Moreover, they are commercially savvy like few on the street.’

‘I am at a European bank, so I appreciate not only their depth in London, but also in their other European offices as well. Their offices are well coordinated and their jurisdictional coverage of transactions make for a smooth process.’

‘Jill Concannon is a particularly strong lawyer with great legal knowledge combined with a commercial approach and a strong team of associates.’

Key clients

Cabot Credit Management

ADES International Holding PLC

CVC Capital Partners

International Game Technology

Goldman Sachs International

Barclays

Citigroup

Nordea

Arabian Centres Company

Deutsche Bank

Infrastructure (PFI and PPP) Tier 2

White & Case LLP is particularly strong in infrastructure M&A, advising a broad range of clients from corporates and private equity funds through to regulators and governments. The established PPP practice benefits from the firm's international presence across locations such as the Czech Republic and Kazakhstan. Practice head Caroline Miller Smith leads the group in EMEA and has a strong background in greenfield and brownfield infrastructure projects, as well as complex financings. Caroline Sherrell leads the firm's European infrastructure M&A practice. Simon Caridia is also noted for his focus on European infrastructure M&A.

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‘Responsive and with good ‘deal doing’ capabilities’

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 2

White & Case LLP acts for sponsors, operators and financiers on the entire life cycle of renewables assets, from early stage developments, regulations, commercial contracts and project financing mandates to structuring and executing M&A. Mark Castillo-Bernaus heads up the project development team and is particularly active throughout the Middle East and Africa, supported by Jason Kerr, who leads on project and international finance work in emerging markets. David Baker has extensive experience in the UK upstream and energy industries and in the international gas market. Project finance partners Kirsti Massie and Meredith Campanale departed to Mayer Brown International LLP in early 2020.

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 2

'Super firmWhite & Case LLP handles all stages of criminal and regulatory investigations, from dawn raid to settlement or disposal. It is well placed to provide corporate entities with a global defence strategy, leveraging support from its international network of offices. The practice is noted for its expertise in money laundering, regulatory issues, tax evasion, insider dealing and compliance. Anneka Randhawa was promoted to partner in January 2020.

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‘They have a wonderful track record and enjoy a reputation for excellence’.

‘Jonah Anderson is a brilliant lawyer’.

‘A well-regarded team with sound knowledge and a client-friendly manner’.

‘Every single one of the partners I have met at White and Case is bright, on top of their field, and committed’.

‘The team is very well set up for investigations and has considerable experience’.

Securitisation Tier 2

White & Case LLP climbs the ranking this year having further built out the range of work handled by the securitisation team that joined three years ago. Clients report that the securitisation practice is 'technically excellent, with great knowledge of the market and it is always quick to find pragmatic, workable solutions.' The most active for the practice is CLOs, which constitute a major part of the public securitisation market globally. Since 2018, the firm has advised on 24 European CLOs and it is counsel to eight of the twelve most active arranger banks. In addition, the practice advised on the second public transaction of any asset class to close under the new EU Securitisation Regulation. It also has a good track record in innovation in new asset classes, such as commodities securitisation, and in renovating asset classes such as CMBS under new securitisation rules. The firm also handles a broad range of asset classes, including non-performing loans, UK consumer credit and whole business deals. Chris McGarry leads the practice, in which Debashis Dey is busy with NPL and RMBS transactions.

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‘Technically excellent, with great knowledge of the market, it is always quick to find pragmatic, workable solutions.’

‘Chris McGarry and Tom Falkus are excellent – always there to support and provide helpful thought partnership.’

‘The White & Case team is both extremely proficient and always lovely to deal with. The associates and partners are all very knowledgeable.’

‘Chris McGarry is always contactable, always helpful and puts new ideas in front of us.’

‘They have a lot of experience in the sector and are totally committed to the success of their clients.’

‘They compare very well against their peers that also have significant experience in the particular sector and outperform most.’

‘I would highlight Chris McGarry, who is very commercial and solutions-driven. He is a very good partner to have on your side.’

Key clients

Amigo Loans Ltd.

Bank of America

BNP Paribas

Centerbridge

Credit Suisse

Elliott Advisors

Goldman Sachs

GreensLedge

J.P. Morgan

Morgan Stanley

NatWest Markets

TPG Sixth Street Partners

Trafigura

Transport finance and leasing Tier 2

Led from London by the 'very thoroughJustin Benson and able to leverage the expertise of lawyers based across the Americas and Asia, in particular, White & Case LLP's eight-strong team has strong traction among lenders and lessors across the bandwidth of activity in the aviation sector, including on debt financing, portfolio sales and trading. The 'knowledgeable and business-orientedAdrian Beasley is the other partner in the team and has vast experience in the market across myriad commercial debt and export credit-backed mandates. Although the departure of Alison Weal to Winston & Strawn LLP in July 2019 has undoubtedly diminished the firm's shipping finance credentials, particularly on the origination front, the team remains a compelling proposition for debtors and creditors as stakeholders in large-scale cross-border restructurings in the sector, by virtue of its ability to draw from broader firmwide finance competences and knowledge across the capital structure.

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‘What was unique in our eyes was that most of the time we talked to the partner. There were more people involved on the W&C side, but these were managed internally by the partner himself without our involvement.’

‘Our primary business partner Adrian Beasley was very helpful. Knowledgeable of the business and its needs, always available, very much business oriented.’

‘Also very skillful in the negotiation phase, able to manage in a decent way both the opponent and his client and help them find acceptable solutions in areas of disagreement. I definitely recommend him. Without his involvement we would not be able to successfully close the transaction.’

‘We have worked with the White & Case London transport finance and leasing practice team on aviation finance transactions which have been mainly operating lessor financings. We have worked primarily with Justin Benson (partner) and David Wright (associate) and a few other associates in their aviation finance team. Our experience has been very positive. As a team, they have a strong attention to detail, provide thorough analysis of legal issues, and carefully draft. We have been particularly impressed at their ability to handle the complexity of transactional restructurings and the related amendments to existing documentation. They have a polite humourful way of managing and negotiating cross-border transactions and follow through on post-closing matters. For complex aviation finance matters, they are a very good address.’

Key clients

AMCK Aviation

CDB Aviation Lease Finance

Bpifrance

Euler Hermes

UK Export Finance

Sky Leasing

Czech Airlines Technics

Carlyle Aviation

Waypoint Leasing

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 3

While a significant proportion of White & Case LLP's banking and finance workload falls squarely within the leveraged finance space - driven by its strong private credit fund and banking ties, in particular - 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 large share of broader corporate-led acquisition finance and investment grade corporate lending work. Head of EMEA bank lending, Jeremy Duffy has excellent ties with numerous major investment banks which he regularly advises on corporate lending work, in addition to leveraged finance mandates. Christopher Czarnocki has an excellent reputation in relation to emerging markets matters for corporates, lenders and sovereign borrowers.

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‘The W&C team combines strong technical knowledge and responsiveness with good commercial sense. What I think differentiates them from the rest is that they are also aware of what are the key considerations of their clients and what they are willing to adapt to the market. Having that focus on providing a tailored offering is what I believe sets them apart from their peers.’

Key clients

GSO Capital Partners

Credit Suisse

JP Morgan

Deutsche Bank

Nordea Bank

Goldman Sachs

Bridgepoint

Castik Capital

Inflexion

CVC

PSP Investments

SEB Group

Goldman Sachs PIA

Commercial property: investment Tier 3

White & Case LLP runs a specialised, sector-specific practice which focuses on data centre, logistics, hospitality, leisure and logistics assets. Led by James Dodsworth, the team represents investors, financial institutions, family offices, private equity funds and retailers on a broad array of activities; examples include investment-related sales and acquisitions, joint ventures, leasing matters and portfolio management.

Competition litigation Tier 3

White & Case LLP has ‘a strong track record of delivering excellent results’ in follow-on damages claims and regulatory investigations, as well as threatened follow-on claims. The team works closely with members of the Brussels office and also counts on the expertise of other practitioners in the wider global network. Marc Israel and Charles Balmain jointly lead the team.

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White & Case are increasingly instructed in the leading competition damages actions in both the High Court and the Competition Appeal Tribunal. They have a strong track record of delivering excellent results for their impressive roster of clients.

Charles Balmain is head of EMEA disputes. His practice spans both competition and commercial litigation. He is excellent at delivering strategic advice to clients, managing large teams in heavyweight litigation, and a strong technical lawyer. A star of the future.

Jacquelyn Maclennan is one of the star EU competition lawyers based in Brussels

Practical, commercial-oriented advice. Worked extremely well and efficiently as a team.

Extremely practical and helpful from a business standpoint. Does not get caught in the weeds.’

A responsive and highly skilled team, led by a partner who brings the necessary hindsight when it comes to defining strategy.

Aqeel Kadri is a technically strong and astute associate lawyer.

Charles Balmain is a brilliant partner, with a large degree of pragmatism and an ability to synthesize complex matters.

Key clients

Alvogen

Brookfield

Bulgarian Energy Holding

Columbia Threadneedle & Brittany Ferries

Computer and Communications Industry Association

Ioan Micula

JLA

Karo Pharma

Nexans

NTN

Pfizer

SAS

Servier

Toshiba

Employee share schemes Tier 3

The 'highly skilledNicholas Greenacre heads the employment, compensation and benefits team at White & Case LLP. The team advises across multiple industries, but with particular depth in the financial services sector, fintech, oil and gas, technology and private equity. The team complements the firm’s public company advisory offering, which delivers board and public company advice to UK corporates, covering employee share plans, corporate advisory matters and corporate governance. The team provides an integrated offering with its tax and regulatory teams, enabling to deliver advice on complex tax and regulatory aspects of transactions in connection with share plan considerations.

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‘High quality legal advice overlaid with commercial acumen — business and solution driven.’

‘Nicholas Greenacre is highly skilled in pensions and incentives. He is very sound technically, but also frames his advice to provide a business solution. He is always accessible and a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Nicholas Greenacre consistently provides creative and commercial advice. He is always the first person I call when I have to think through a thorny issue.’

‘They are able to draw on a great depth of experience within their own team and have accurate knowledge of where to go if outside expertise is needed.’

Financial services: contentious Tier 3

The multi-disciplinary global financial institutions practice of White & Case LLP can draw on contentious regulatory teams in Europe, the US and Asia to provide clients with a global offering. The firm has particular expertise advising on multijurisdictional market abuse cases. The team includes ‘strong and effective advocateChris Brennan, who specialises in regulatory enquiries, investigations and enforcement actions; and associate Zeena Saleh, who acts for financial institutions, other corporates and individuals in a range of contentious regulatory matters.

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‘Chris Brennan has excellent practical knowledge. Totally responsive. Understands and addresses client concerns. Willing to undertake challenging issues’

Islamic finance Tier 3

White & Case LLP's Islamic finance practice is led by global head Debashis Dey, who divides his time between the firm's Dubai and London offices. Dey is one of a number of Islamic finance experts at the firm, who advise on shari'ah-compliant structures in the context of asset and project finance mandates, hedging and derivatives issues, funds work and sukuk issuances, among other transactions.

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Private equity: transactions – high-value deals (£250m+) Tier 3

White & Case LLP leverages its global platform, advising on deals across the UK, US, Middle East, and Europe for a number of major private equity sponsors such as Nordic Capital, EQT, and Bluewater. Global private equity co-head Ian Bagshaw continues to work regularly on behalf of major sponsor and fund clients. Ken Barry focuses on central and eastern Europe and Africa, working with funds in both regions on acquisitions, joint ventures, and investments. Caroline Sherrell takes the lead on infrastructure investments across Europe, while John Cunningham combines infrastructure work with regular advice to global sovereign wealth investors. Other key lawyers include Lucy Bullock.

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Key clients

CVC Portfolio Company – Alvogen Lux

Mid Europa Partners

SoftBank Vision Fund

Blue Water Energy

Bud Financial

GSO Partners

Goldman Sachs Special Situations Group

PPF Group

Antin Infrastructure Partners

Inflexion Private Equity Partners

Karen Millen Holdco

Allianz Capital Partners

Hellman & Friedman Portfolio Company – NETS Holding

Oaktree Capital Management

Columbia Threadneedle European Infrastructure Fund

Basalt Infrastructure Partners

Property finance Tier 3

White & Case LLP often utilises its international network of offices to handle pan-European and sharia-compliant deals, and is particularly prominent in advising on NPL portfolio financings. Jeffrey Rubinoff leads the practice and is a key name in the market for NPL financing, with broad experience acting for sponsors and lenders on local and European deals. Other key team members include the 'extremely accomplishedVictoria Landsbert, who advises alternative investors and family offices, and the 'diligent, detail-orientedSudhir Nair, who is notably strong in handling distressed assets.

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‘No-nonsense approach to servicing the needs of the client.’

‘Vicky Landsbert is extremely accomplished, highly technical and user friendly.’

‘Sudhir Nair and Victora Landsbert are very diligent, detail-oriented and prompt at meeting all deadlines.’

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 4

White & Case LLP runs a specialised, sector-specific practice which focuses on data centre, logistics, hospitality, leisure and logistics assets. Led by James Dodsworth, the team represents investors, financial institutions, family offices, private equity funds and retailers on a broad array of activities; examples include investment-related sales and acquisitions, joint ventures, leasing matters and portfolio management.

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‘Unparalleled data centre sector expertise, with the personal touch.’

‘They provide a high level of partner contact, and have good commercial acumen.’

Key clients

Oaktree Capital Management

Digital Realty

Selfridges

Credit Suisse

London Stock Exchange

Westmont Hospitality

Swiss Israeli Family Office

Telereal Trillium

Nomura

Middle Eastern Family Office

Oaktree Capital Management

Digital Realty

Corporate tax Tier 4

At White & Case LLPPeita Menon's team handles transactional and advisory tax issues for a wide range of clients, including funds and multinational corporates, as well as the tax aspects of corporate reorganisations.

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Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 4

White & Case LLP has 'an excellent team of data privacy experts especially with regards to new technologies such as AI or blockchain.' The team is led by the highly regarded Tim Hickman, who has 'great expertise' in the field of data protection and acts on the full range of matters; he is also dual qualified in England and Wales and the Republic of Ireland.

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‘Tim Hickman’s excellent knowledge, fantastic for a global business.’

‘White & Case LLP London has proven to be an excellent team of data privacy experts especially with regards to new technologies such as AI or blockchain. They deliver first-class work in a timely fashion.’

‘White & Case is always responsive to any question we have during the time we are preparing the data protection training for our colleagues, they keep us informed, understand what we need and deliver us a great data protection training!’

‘Tim Hickman: great expertise but pragmatic, able to give guidance which is feasible and practicable.’

‘Tim Hickman of White & Case is always responsive to any question we have during the time we are preparing the data protection training for our colleagues, he keeps us informed, understands what we need and delivers great data protection training.’

Key clients

Facebook

Nestlé

Deutsche Bank AG (London Branch)

Oasis and Warehouse

Boeing

MSI

Argus Media

AGCO

The Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants

Centerbridge Partners

LINE Corporation

Piper Jaffray

Softbank Vision Fund

Inflexion Private Equity

Getac

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 4

White & Case LLP offers advice across Brexit, governance and compliance matters, as well as providing transactional support. The ‘very experienced’ practice head Jonathan Rogers joined from Taylor Wessing LLP in 2019 and brings strengths with the asset management industry, private banks, broker/dealers, Fintech and payment companies. Also notable are Julia Smithers Excell, who has particular experience advising stakeholders in banking, derivatives and capital markets regulatory areas; and Stuart Willey, who has substantial Financial Services Authority expertise.

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‘Jonathan Rogers and the team are able to very quickly understand our needs and provide advice in a timely and easily digestible manner’

‘They are very responsive and quite competitive on fees ‘

‘Jonathan Rogers really gets what we need and, where necessary, is able to come up with creative solutions’

Key clients

Daimler

Amigo Holdings

Klarna Bank

Itau Group

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

With the benefits of a global platform including transatlantic capabilities, White & Case LLP's UK M&A team has bench strength in the oil and gas, metals, mining, pharmaceutical, tech and infrastructure sectors, where it advises across  the full range of public and private M&A. Another key area for the practice is financial institutions work, where it has a particular focus on fintech and the emerging challenger work. The practice, which is led by private equity heavyweight Ian Bagshaw, was boosted in 2020 with the addition of infrastructure focused M&A partner Sandra Rafferty  from CMS.

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‘The practice is very strong and is effectively fronted by a UK team which is put together from top tier UK firms’

‘UK listed company practice with international M&A capability’

‘Coherent, partner led international practice which has come in particularly useful for a listed UK parent doing M&A in the US/globally’

Key clients

Avon Rubber plc

Barclays Bank plc

discoverIE Group plc

Energean Oil & Gas Plc

FleetCor Technologies

Rio Tinto

Smiths Group

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company

The Co-operative Bank plc

Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc

Public international law Tier 4

White & Case LLP's London PIL practice is particularly focused on investor-state arbitration proceedings. David Goldberg is an investment arbitration specialist with a focus on CIS jurisdictions, who divides his time between the firm's London and Moscow offices; and Andrea Menaker's experience includes representing respondent states and claimant investors in significant investment arbitration cases. Menaker has also served as an expert witness on investor-state issues.

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Rail Tier 4

White & Case LLP is known for its work on international rail and infrastructure projects, with particular expertise in construction law. The team, which advises states, lenders, developers, and contractors, has strong credentials on disputes, projects and financing. EMEA energy, infrastructure, project and asset finance head Caroline Miller Smith is the name to note.

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Employers Tier 5

The employment, compensation and benefits practice at White & Case LLP is known in particular for its work for clients in the retail, tech and financial services sectors. EMEA team head Nicholas Greenacre has experience across a range of areas including executive compensation, incentives and pensions. Junior partner Helen Levendi has recently been active in the collective redundancy and TUPE space.

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‘The team members work hand-in-hand, thus very efficiently. Vast experience, profound knowledge, specialists per subject within the team. Great communication, pro-activity and immense dedication.’

‘I can truly say that I have never experienced such dedication, commitment and service from any other law firm I have worked with in my career.’

‘Helen Levendi goes above and beyond for her clients. She comes across as highly knowledgeable and deeply experienced. Templates and paperwork provided are flawless and extremely helpful.’

‘Excellent employment knowledge and very client focused.’

‘Global support from the whole practice, given our different jurisdictions. This is done in a seamless way.’

Key clients

Avast plc

Amigo Holdings plc

Saudi Aramco

Pollinate International Limited

Karen Millen

Lightsource BP Renewable Energy Investments Ltd

Environment Tier 5

White & Case LLP advises on green finance structures, green Islamic banking issues and green bond transactions, as well as the due diligence and environmental aspects of large M&A transactions. Many of the firm’s sustainable finance offerings have been developed in emerging market jurisdictions, namely in the oil and gas and infrastructure sectors. Sustainable development and climate policy expert Tallat Hussain is the environmental specialist to note.

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‘Overall a very positive impression of the firm. They are always available to discuss/assist and have been very good at keeping the team informed on issues and potential issues as they are raised with the lender group. W&C are very practical and take the time to give due consideration to the main issues raised in this transaction, and demonstrate a level of experience and awareness of the key environmental and social financing aspects that other firms which we have dealt with do not.’

‘The primary lawyer we deal with is Tallat Hussain. My opinion, and that of the team, is that Tallat is a very professional and competent person, well organised and brings extensive experience to facilitate the coordination and liaison required for this type of transaction. She is very focused and diplomatic in her dealings with the various players involved in this Project, and has provided a level of guidance and insight to the lender groups which we rarely see on other Projects. Tallat is also a very likeable person who appears to give her all and is dedicated to her role. Our experience with W&C has always been positive.’

Key clients

Nestlé Waters

Natixis

OPIC

Saudi Aramco

Goldman Sachs

UKEF

IFC

K-Exim

Atradius

Carbon Holdings

EU and competition Tier 5

White & Case LLP’s competition team is well-versed in handling multi-jurisdictional merger clearances for bluechip clients; the US-based firm’s strong presence across Europe is a key factor behind the team’s impressive capabilities. The group is also noted for its work on the investigations front. Marc Israel ‘has a strong understanding of CMA procedures’ and shares leadership of the practice with Mark Powell, who splits his time between London and Brussels.

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‘Excellent at cutting through the myriad of rules and technicalities to give practical advice.’

‘Very practical, well-spoken and understanding of the nature of our business. Made instructions and guidelines easy to follow.’

‘We went to White and Case’s competition practice because of various recommendations and have not been disappointed. A key strength was the team getting to know us as a client and our unique proposition, rather than offering a ‘cookie-cutter’, one-size-fits-all solution. They have been very flexible with our requirements and delivered what we needed cost effectively.

‘We have worked with Marc Israel primarily on competition issues. He has developed a thorough understanding of our requirements quickly, developed a cost effective solution tailored to our needs and kept the process fun.’

‘Marc Israel has a strong understanding of CMA process and is a pleasure to work with.’

 

Key clients

Alvogen

Avast

Brookfield

Bulgarian Energy Holding

Columbia Threadneedle

Brittany Ferries

Computer and Communications Industry Association

Eco-Bat

Ioan Micula

JLA

Karo Pharma

Nexans

NTN

Pfizer

SAS

Servier

Toshiba

Virgin Active

China > Banking and finance: foreign firms Tier 2

White & Case LLP regularly advises on some of the largest bank finance deals coming out of Asia, including significant regional cross-border deals that involve major international brands. In addition to the 'efficient and commercial' practice's widely respected lender-side work, it is also increasingly active in relation to private equity sponsor and borrower-side financings, and particularly stands out for asset, project and real estate finance work. Executive partner of the Beijing office, David Li focuses primarily on China inbound and outbound financing transactions, while Shanghai-based senior legal consultant Frank Shu has substantial experience in acquisition, structured and real estate finance. Eugene Man leads the Asia Pacific banking and restructuring practices from Hong Kong, where experienced Baldwin Cheng advises on major pan-Asian financings.

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The efficient and commercial team is highly responsive and has great integrity. It is very good at the law side but also very commercial.

An accommodating team that provides excellent service through great partners and A-grade associates – a superb team!

Extremely responsive and provides commercial and practical solutions, with very efficient management of time and resources.

A leading finance team with high-calibre practitioners and a wide breadth of experience in both domestic and overseas markets.

David Li and each of his team members provide high levels of service above and beyond what would typically be expected. They make themselves available and provide timely responses and attention to matters, with a quality work product that is often delivered ahead of schedule.

David Li is an outstanding individual in his advisory role on financing projects overseas.

Eugene Man is an excellent partner, who has strong legal skills, is very commercial and very responsive.

Key clients

Greentown China Holdings Limited

China Molybdenum Co., Ltd.

EQT Partners AB, GPA Global

Deutsche Bank

Credit Suisse

Morgan Stanley

JPMorgan

China Merchants Bank

China Minsheng Banking Corp., Ltd.

Bank of China Limited

China > Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 2

With offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, global law firm White & Case LLP has a strong foothold in China. The practice is highly regarded for its structuring and execution of complex, high-profile inbound and outbound M&A transactions that involve China; clients also benefit from the practice's foreign investment review group, which covers Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States advice. The team's recent deals involved the energy, mining and metals, automotive, financial services, manufacturing, packaging and consumer goods sectors; it has also experienced notable growth in technology, media, online gaming and education industry-related transactions. Both working across the Shanghai and Beijing offices, Alex Zhang is the highly rated China corporate and M&A head, and Vivian Tsoi's key clients include global corporations and Chinese state-owned and private enterprises. In Hong Kong, Christopher Kelly is Asia M&A practice head.

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An excellent firm that combines local knowledge with world-class international expertise and capabilities.

The team, led by Alex Zhang, is well-trained, supervised and works well together. Furthermore, Zhang and the team members he assigns to projects are conscientious and efficient.

Alex Zhang is absolutely one of the best deal lawyers on this planet, with a tremendous sense of the commercial aspects of a transaction, in addition to superb legal advice. He is a fantastic deal lawyer, who is an invaluable external asset that integrates with us on all transactions.

Vivian Tsoi is the absolute gold standard for M&A in China – extremely hardworking and fights to the end to preserve clients’ interests. A true deal maker!

Key clients

Sempra Energy

Bright Scholar Education Holding

Sony Corporation of America

Magna Steyr AG & Co KG

EQT

GPA Global

CAA China, LLC

Groupe Legris Industries

Holmbergs Safety System Co., Ltd.

Salcomp Holdings

IFS AB

Fusion Capital

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White & Case LLP provides India-related services in the fields of high value M&A, private equity and corporate law. The group offers advice to a diverse roster of clients, which includes investment banks, multinational corporations and sovereign funds in connection with their business endeavors in India, as well as domestic companies and financial institutions in relation to their offshore lending activities and outbound investments. High-stakes disputes, particularly international arbitration proceedings, are another area of specialty for the practice. M&A and financing transactions are some of New York-based Nandan Nelivigi's legal specialisms. Dipen Sabharwal QC and Aloke Ray QC are solid performers in precedent-setting contentious matters; both practitioners are based in the London office. Aditya Singh in Singapore is noteworthy for international arbitration, particularly corruption investigations.

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Testimonials

‘The firm has a good insight and grip on the Indian legal landscape. They are an excellent and well coordinated team who always pool in best resources to give outstanding services to the client.’

‘I have been working with Dipen Sabharwal, QC and I find him to be an exceptional lawyer. Consistently thinking of solution oriented approach which is always well received by the client.’

‘White & Case is absolutely a global law firm. As a firm, we have been working with them on several projects (including corporate transactions, corporate advisory, advisory work in media and entertainment industry). We also have several common clients. Being an international arbitration practitioner, my personal interaction has been with the International Arbitration team based in London. They are exceptionally good with an amazing turnaround time. The international arbitration team is highly recommended as a practice by the global nature of their work, by the wins they have managed over the years.’

‘I would like to mention Mr Dipen Sabharwal, QC. He is qualified in India as well as in the UK. He was designated as a QC last year. Dipen is fantastic, both in terms of strategy and commercial mind. I would highly recommend him.’

Key clients

Facebook, Inc.

The Carlyle Group

Citigroup Global Markets

Legris Industries

Sun Chemical

Clariant Plastics & Coatings AG

Cruz City 1 Mauritius Holdings

McDonald’s India Private Limited

China Development Bank

China Exim Bank, the Export and Import Bank of China

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited

White & Case is an international law firm that serves companies, governments and financial institutions. Our long history as a global firm means we are uniquely placed to help our clients resolve their most complex legal challenges wherever they are.

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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

White & Case is 'genuinely diverse and international'. The global firm boasts a 'great reputation in arbitration and project finance' and offers trainees 'a guaranteed overseas secondment, prestige and a good salary'. Beyond the training contract, 'there seems to be a definite desire to help junior lawyers grow through their careers to partnership'. Numerous respondents had been impressed by the 'collegiate, open-door culture that the firm very evidently displayed during the vacation scheme'. Recruits appreciate the impressive 'amount of formal training and learning opportunities available' and love 'being treated as a valued member of the team even though you are at trainee level'. It comes as no surprise that White & Case is a Lex 100 Winner for international secondments: a 'fabulous opportunity' and an 'invaluable experience', made even more enjoyable by a 'smooth transition' thanks to the firm's organisation. Not only are the staff friendly, they are also 'very entrepreneurial. They think like business people, not just like lawyers. They position themselves ahead of the competition and are very alert to what's going on in the market'. The main drawbacks are the 'lack of natural light in the office', the 'NQ pay compared to some other US-headquartered firms' and the 'long hours' and sometimes 'unrealistic expectations' in this respect. Particularly bad memories were 'having to work while on annual leave', 'staying at work on Friday night waiting for signature pages that never arrived' and 'having to re-do an entire document collation'. Thankfully, these were counteracted with stimulating moments such as 'working on a really interesting and high-profile case with a fantastic supervisor' and 'going on a business trip to Colombia'. For a firm whose 'thinking is global' throughout, consider White & Case.