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

The White & Case LLP ECM team ‘continues to be at the forefront of UK and European ECM transactions, providing first-class advice and commercial acumen in abundance’. Core strengths of the broad practice include SPACs, IPOs and rights issuances. The firm can also leverage its multi-jurisdictional strength, particularly in the US, which it combines with a range of industry expertise, notably in the life sciences and technology sectors. Spearheading the team are Inigo Esteve, who focuses on IPOs and secondary share issuances; Jonathan Parry, whose expertise lies in LSE IPOs and share issuances by listed companies; and the US-qualified Laura Sizemore, who heads up the firm’s capital markets section in EMEA.

Practice head(s):

Inigo Esteve; Jonathan Parry; Laura Sizemore

Other key lawyers:

Allan Taylor; Josh Hirschowitz; Marcus Dashper; Johanna Wagner

Testimonials

‘Quick to react and make themselves available at short notice.’

‘Highly knowledgeable and guided us through our IPO in a helpful and practical way. Helped us through some relatively complex restructuring prior to IPO process.’

‘Helped us reach our critical deadlines at each point in the process. Particular mention to Jon Parry, Allan Taylor and Josh Hirschowitz, Marcus Dashper and Johanna Wagner.’

‘White & Case ECM team continue to be at the forefront of UK and European ECM transactions, providing first-class advice and commercial acumen in abundance.’

‘Jon Parry is at the top of his field, cutting through problems to get to the heart of issues and provide outstanding service to his clients on a wide range of ECM matters – extremely user friendly.’

Key clients

Ashtead Technology

Barclays, J&E Davy, HSBC and Numis (C&C Group)

Alpha Bank

Islandsbanki

Hepsiburada

CTP

Work highlights

  • Advised SPAC sponsors on all LSE-listed SPAC IPOs to date since changes to the FCA rules in 2021 (Hambro Perks Acquisition Company, Hiro Metaverse Acquisitions I and New Energy One Acquisition Corporation).
  • Advised Citigroup and Morgan Stanley as joint sponsors, joint global co-ordinators and joint bookrunners, Jefferies as joint global co-ordinator and joint bookrunner, and Numis and UBS as joint bookrunners, on Eurowag’s £186m premium LSE IPO.
  • Advised Barclays, J & E Davy and HSBC acting as joint global co-ordinators, joint bookrunners and underwriters, and Numis acting as joint bookrunner and underwriter on C&C Group’s £152m rights issuance to bolster its balance sheet.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 1

One of the best law firms around for international arbitration’, White & Case LLP‘s experience includes high volumes of heavyweight investor-state arbitrations, as well as mega infrastructure project-related disputes. The UK international arbitration practice is co-led by Aloke Ray KC, whose ‘advocacy takes on a whole new level’; and engineering and construction industry expert Phillip Capper. Within the department, David Goldberg co-heads the London investment arbitration practice, alongside Andrea Menaker; Edward Attenborough‘s experience includes energy, financial services and defence-related disputes; Paul Brumpton acts for both sovereign and corporate clients; Mark Clarke is energy disputes head; Clare Connellan is regularly involved in arbitrations under the ICC, LCIA, LMAA and CRCICA rules; and Dipen Sabharwal KC is one of the youngest solicitor advocates to take silk. Other experienced partners include Robert WhealJulia Zagonek and Stephanie Stocker, while Tessa Crosby and Emiko Singh are experienced senior associates.

Practice head(s):

Philip Capper; Aloke Ray KC

Testimonials

‘One of the best law firms around for international arbitration.’

‘The W&C team, co-led by Aloke Ray KC, has extensive experience and top-notch capability in managing international arbitration. Aloke fully understands  cases and grasps the whole picture.

David Goldberg is not only extremely well connected in the CIS legal world, but is also extremely able and has good judgement – a strong advocate with a wealth of experience.’

‘The team led by Andrea Menekar, with her past experience in the US State Department, understands the requirements of a state and how to work with states.’

‘Andrea Menekar’s past experience, eye for detail, and her comprehensive suggestions/opinions make it easy to plan and strategise – a highly regarded professional with a very impressive record in investor-state arbitration.’

‘Ed Attenborough is an exceptional lawyer – excellent on paper and an equally good advocate.’

Robert Wheal is a very experienced litigator and has superb judgement.

Senior associate Tessa Crosby demonstrates an extraordinary ability to listen when dealing with complex issues, and provides feedback with very deep analyses and accurate syntheses.

Key clients

Inpex

WeBuild

Jan De Nul

Grupo Unidos por el Canal (Panama Canal)

Republic of Mozambique

Government of Nigeria

MMG

MOL Hungarian Oil & Gas

The Islamic Republic of Pakistan

The Republic of India

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

The Republic of Peru

JSC Tashkent Mechanical Plant

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

JSCB Asaka

JSCB Uzbek Industrial and Construction Bank

TECO Guatemala Holdings

Kappes, Cassiday & Associates

Kornikom EOOD

Worley Parsons International

Work highlights

  • Representing the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in a rare ICSID post-award remedy, seeking to revise the largest damages award ever issued by an ICSID tribunal.
  • Representing MOL in a complex joint venture dispute, which relates to oil and gas assets in the Middle East.
  • Defended India across multiple jurisdictions against Cairn Energy and Cairn UK Holdings’ attempt to enforce a $1.4bn arbitral award obtained from the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

Finance > Debt capital markets Tier 1

White & Case LLP has 'hardworking partners and associates who make a very experienced and solution-driven team'. The firm is a leading player in emerging markets debt issuances, and also has a market-leading sovereign debt practice. Its combination of US and English law capability in London has helped it to extend the scope of its work in recent years, giving it a strong presence in key areas including regulatory capital trades, green and ESG-related bonds, inaugural investment grade debt issues, and liability management transactions. The standout practitioners are Melissa Butler, whose recent work includes $3.25bn of issuance by the Republic of Ghana under its GMTN programme; Ian Clark, who assisted Qatar Energy with a $12.5bn offering of notes, which was the largest emerging markets debt transaction of 2021; Stuart Matty, who is 'a fine operator' and who advised Ukrenergo on its $825m sustainability-linked bond; Richard Pogrel (who has 'a pragmatic approach to solving any issues arising and a wealth of experience in complex situations') and newly promoted partner Neha Saran. Associate Anna Soroka also plays a key role in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Melissa Butler; Ian Clark; Stuart Matty; Richard Pogrel; Neha Saran

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very experienced team – hardworking partners along with associates who make a very experienced and solution-driven team.’

‘Richard Pogrel – very hardworking and has a pragmatic approach to solving any issues arising. A wealth of experience in complex situations. Very client-friendly.’

Key clients

Bank Hapoalim

Barclays

Citi Group

Danske Bank

Eskom

Jefferies

JP Morgan

Morgan Stanley

Qatar Energy (previously Qatar Petroleum)

Republic of Ghana

Republic of Nigeria

Republic of Rwanda

Republic of Serbia

Republic of Zambia

Republik of Srpska

Svenska Handelsbanken

UBS

Ukraine

Ukravtodor

Ukrenergo

United Bank for Africa

Uzbekneftegaz

Work highlights

  • Represented the Sole Bookrunner on the offering by Mondelez International of €300m Guaranteed Zero Coupon Exchangeable Bonds.
  • Represented Sweihan PV Power Company PJSC, the owner and operator of the Noor Abu Dhabi solar PV plant, in connection with the refinancing in full of the Noor Abu Dhabi project through the issuance of US$700.8 million 3.625% green senior secured green bonds due January 31, 2049.
  • Advised Ukrenergo in connection with its offering of US$ 825 million Guaranteed Sustainability-Linked Green notes issue.

Finance > Trade finance Tier 1

White & Case LLP has deep practices in debt finance, capital markets, mining and metals, and project finance, all of which combine to bring in large trade finance mandates. Clients praise its ‘good work overall in getting support on issues related to trade finance‘ and note that key partner Christopher Czarnocki has ‘impressive commercial knowledge, is responsive to request and issues, and always comes across really well‘. The firm has a prominent role in high-end structured trade and commodity finance transactions, frequently acting for bank creditors, traders and offtakers, exporters and sellers, sovereigns, and state-owned entities such as national oil companies. Czarnocki advises Ghana’s Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Energy in a project to monetise royalties payable to the state by companies operating in the gold commodity sector. Emerging markets debt finance partner James Hardy and leading derivatives specialist Ingrid York also play pivotal roles in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Chris Czarnocki; James Hardy; Ingrid York

Testimonials

‘Good work overall in getting support on issues related to trade finance.’

‘Christopher Czarnocki – impressive commercial knowledge, responsive to request and issues. comes across really well.’

Key clients

Afreximbank

Standard Chartered Bank

The Ministry of Finance Ukraine

Petrobras

Global Palladium Fund, an affiliate of the Norilsk Nickel Group

Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Energy Ghana

Puma Energy

Gemcorp Capital

Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC)

Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC)

Goldman Sachs

Helios Investment Partners

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Mauritius Commercial Bank

Ministry of Finance Equatorial Guinea

Deutsche Bank

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Gracelake Partners Limited

Trafigura

Work highlights

  • Ongoing representation of the Ministries of Finance and Energy of Ghana in connection with the monetisation of royalties payable to the state by companies operating in the gold commodity sector.
  • Representation of Puma International Financing S.A. in respect of their 2021 US$586.5 million revolving credit facilities, used to refinance the company’s existing credit facilities and for general corporate purposes.
  • Representation of Helios Investment Partners and Tema LNG Terminal Company Limited in respect of the financing and project development of a liquefied natural gas terminal in Tema, Ghana.

Industry focus > Emerging markets Tier 1

At White & Case LLP, 'the team is well experienced, diverse and highly professional, and it has a clear understanding of the requirements in handling clients' needs'. The London office is a key hub in the firm's vast international network, and is highly regarded for its long track record in pioneering work across the Americas, Africa, CEE, CIS and the Middle East. The office has extensive English and US-law capabilities, and frequently handles complex and innovative cross-border transactions, including many inaugural bond offerings for issuers in developing and growth markets. Capital markets partner Stuart Matty, global head of project development and finance Mark Castillo-Bernaus, banking partner Christopher Czarnocki and head of the Africa group Mukund Dhar oversee the firm's emerging markets work, which draws on a vast bench of experienced partners. Among them are co-head of the global energy group Philip Stopford, US-qualified debt specialists Melissa Butler and Ian Clark, and international finance partner Jason Kerr. Dhar, who is 'extremely hardworking and always willing to walk the extra mile', advised the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan on a $300m 240MW wind power project and a 230MW utility-scale solar photovoltaic project. Senior associate Judith Olloh is described by one client as 'proactive, knowledgeable and committed to the success of clients' projects - a rising star'.

Practice head(s):

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

Testimonials

‘The team is well experienced, diverse and highly professional with the business. They have a clear understanding of the requirements in handling business needs in our market.’

‘Chris Czarnocki – the go-to partner for banking and finance needs. Very experienced with a strong team of associates.’

‘Judith Olloh is an outstanding senior associate who is proactive, knowledgeable, provides feedback in a timely manner, committed to the success of our projects and great to work with –  a rising star.’

‘Joshua Siaw has exceptional connectivity across Africa; Ken Barry – Go to partner for corporate M&A needs. Exceptional availability. Commercial thinking.

‘Jason Kerr is an excellent lawyer to work with, particularly around simplifying complicated issues for everyone to understand. Jason’s ability to put himself in the client’s shoes was also very evident in our financing transaction. I particularly valued his empathetic skills in managing sometimes very hard and tough negotiations, where things did not go our way. Jason is a delight to work with and very professional in all dealings we had with him and his team.’

‘They have a team which has got excellent solicitors with deep knowledge of the domain as well as the geography. Since they have several clients in the emerging markets, their understanding of the nature of transactions taking place, commercial aspects of those transactions and the market landscape is excellent.’

‘ Mukund Dhar is the main partner in W&C London office we work with. He is an exceptionally brilliant lawyer. He not only has deep understanding of the legal and regulatory aspects as well as legal and contractual risks associated with contracts, but his commercial knowledge and deep domain knowledge is of extraordinary level. He is extremely hardworking and is always willing to walk the extra mile and burn midnight oil to meet the deadlines requested by the client. It is always a pleasure and a thoroughly enriching experience to work with him.’

‘A pioneering practice that brings international standards and policy papers for use by the Government.’

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

  • Ongoing representation of the Ministries of Finance and Energy of Ghana in connection with the monetisation of royalties payable to the state by companies operating in the gold commodity sector.
  • Advised Ukrenergo in connection with its offering of US$ 825 million Guaranteed Sustainability-Linked Green notes issue.
  • Advised the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan on a US$300 million 240 MW wind power project and on a 230-megawatt utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) project, which will be developed by ACWA Power and Masdar respectively. The projects are Azerbaijan’s first foreign-investment-based independent power projects.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure Tier 1

White & Case LLP is well known in the market for handling high-profile and high-value M&A, financing and project development work in the infrastructure sector. The firm advises across the whole spectrum, from regulated and core utilities through to core plus assets such as pharmaceutical parks, medical facilities and inflight equipment. Caroline Sherrell heads the EMEA infrastructure practice and counts private equity houses, infrastructure funds and other financial sponsors among her clients. Katie Hicks handles infrastructure acquisition financings and refinancings and acts for several top-tier infrastructure sponsors, while Tim Sheddick is experienced in cross-border public and private M&A. Sandra Rafferty is a name to note for renewable energy and energy transition projects; Simon Caridia is a notable name for debt financing work; and Caroline Miller Smith handles transactional work, including structured mezzanine financings and refinancings.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Sherrell

Testimonials

‘Knowledgeable and incredibly responsive’.

‘First class and always got a solution’.

‘Outstanding – you get what you pay for – a first-class service’.

‘Katie Hicks is cool, calm and collected; a master at what she does and a real pleasure to work with’.

‘Katie Hicks is bright, driven and always there to support her clients when they need a solution’.

‘Sandra Rafferty – deep experience across power and infrastructure. Fights hard for her clients.’

‘Simon Caridia – gives thoughtful, practical advice to move transactions forward, focusing energy on the bigger issues’

Key clients

JP Morgan’s Infrastructure Investment Fund

Macquarie Asset Management

Investor consortium led by APG Asset Management N.V.

CityFibre

PPF Group

The funders for NorthC

The lenders to 3i

The lenders on the Evos refinancing

Basalt Infrastructure Partners

Funders to LBC

The Infrastructure Fund (TIF), Utilities of Australia (UTA) and the NatWest Group Pension Fund (NWGPF)

Funders to Cross London Trains

Funders to DWS

Funders to VTG

Arjun Infrastructure Partners and Blackstone Infrastructure Partners

Ministry of Transport of the Czech Republic (“MTCR”) and State Fund for Transport Infrastructure

Gridserve

EIG

Antin Infrastructure Partners

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

White & Case LLP is well versed in cross-border projects and is able to cater to large international clients with ease by virtue of its global network of offices. Strong in corporate and financing matters, the firm also handles contentious issues in the form of arbitrations and disputes. Rebecca Campbell heads the team and has recently been assisting clients with ESG matters and sustainability issues, in addition to corporate, restructuring and project development work. David Lewis joined from Clifford Chance LLP in January 2022 and brings corporate M&A and equity investments expertise to the team; he has strong experience in international deals and acts for public and private corporations, governments and banks.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Campbell

Other key lawyers:

Andrzej Omietański; Kamran Ahmad; David Lewis; Andrea Menaker

Testimonials

‘Experienced around the world, extremely well connected, and knowledgeable about the industry’. 

‘They know what is going on in mining’.  

‘Rebecca Campbell is second to none. Her in-house and law firm experience combined make her a formidable ally in negotiating the most sophisticated of transactions’.  

Key clients

Ivanhoe Mines Ltd

Vale

Ivanhoe Capital Acquisition Corp.

SolGold Plc

High Power Exploration Inc. (HPX)

Nouveau Monde Graphite Inc.

An ad hoc committee of noteholders of Petra Diamonds Group

Islamic Republic of Pakistan

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

Daniel W. Kappes and Kappes, Cassiday & Associates

Kornikom EOOD

Work highlights

  • Representation of Ivanhoe Mines in connection with the project financing of the Platreef project in South Africa.
  • Representation of Vale on a joint venture with, among others, ENGIE and Mining3, on a renewable hydrogen project for mining vehicles with the aim of commercial implementation of hydrogen-powered mobile equipment in mining.
  • Representation of the Government of Pakistan and the Provincial Government of Balochistan in negotiations with Barrick Gold for the concession over Reko Diq gold copper mine in Balochistan.

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

White & Case LLP ensures ‘that the client understands not only the legal but the commercial aspects of a transaction’. Fielding a team of practitioners who offer in-depth knowledge of the global energy industry and the regulatory environment, the team is well placed to handle both transactional matters and disputes. Philip Stopford and Mark Clarke co-head the practice; Stopford has over 40 years’ experience in high-profile oil and gas deals; and Clarke handles disputes, with a focus on large international commercial arbitrations. David Baker is a name for upstream transactions, while Jason Kerr handles international project finance mandates, and has particular experience of emerging markets. Katie Hicks joined from Shearman & Sterling LLP in April 2021 and George Kazakov joined from an in-house role at Morgan Stangley in August 2021; the team was further bolstered by the arrival of David Lewis from Clifford Chance LLP in January 2022. Tom Bartlett left for Latham & Watkins in August 2021.

Practice head(s):

Philip Stopford; Mark Clarke

Testimonials

‘My company’s primary focus is Egypt and White & Case has a shared passion for the country and the African region as a whole with an ability to provide pragmatic solutions for challenges that are particular to the continent’.

‘Diligence: rigorous attention to detail and the highest standards of professional conduct’.

‘Philip Stopford is a pleasure to work with and offers outstanding knowledge of project finance, and the oil & gas and mining & metals sectors’.

‘Mark Castillo-Bernaus is able to combined a strong understanding of the commercial context with highly detailed legal analysis to provide very effective guidance and recommendations to clients’.

‘Mukund Dhar is a brilliant and thoughtful partner who is very tuned in and engaged in the delivery of services to his clients’.

‘David Baker is personable and approachable with practical solutions and clever approaches to issues’.

‘Allan Taylor is an exceptional subject matter expert on capital markets and project development’.

‘Value for money: efficient staffing and organisation of resources to ensure our legal budget is spent wisely’.

Key clients

Saudi Aramco

Noble Energy / Chevron

Inpex

Energean

MOL Group

Qatar Energy

Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority

Seplat

Republic of Azerbaijan

EIG

Neoen

Republic of Uzbekistan

VALOREM S.A.S.

Work highlights

    Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 1

    White & Case LLP has a strong international reputation, and is known for effectively advising clients on the full lifecycle of construction projects. It advises on a broad range of construction disputes, including in relation to defects, delays, disruption, variations, non-performance, payment, bond calls and regulatory issues. The practice is led by Ellis Baker, who has extensive experience in advising developers, contractors, consultants and lenders on major projects. Phillip Capper holds an excellent reputation in international arbitration for the construction and engineering sectors. Daniel Garton is noteworthy for his involvement in ADR and arbitration on large projects, whilst David Robertson has a particular focus on representing EPC contractors and marine engineering and shipbuilding companies in Asia. Julian Bailey is also of note, with experience in advising on large infrastructure projects across the globe.

    Practice head(s):

    Ellis Baker

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘The White & Case contentious construction team has an ability to deal with large-scale complex disputes very effectively and efficiently. They work together as a team, fluidly managing large teams comprised of lawyers with the right levels of expertise.’

    ‘Julian Bailey has proven time and again to be a reliable expert on all matters of construction law, and communicates his thoughts promptly, in a careful and considered manner, and without understatement of risk.’

    ‘Daniel Garton is particularly worthy of mention. His level of understanding of complex construction matters, and ability to translate these into a legal strategy that clients can understand, is very impressive.’

    ‘James Holden works well with the client team and experts, bringing focus.’

    ‘Ellis Baker has an uncanny ability to identify clients interests and positions early, which enables him to offer client-focused services at all times.’

    ‘The team is staffed by qualified, very experienced lawyers who are always focused on protecting the interests of the client and can give qualified, correct and adequate advice.’

    ‘White & Case has an exceptionally responsible, qualified, and motivated team, whose aim always is to protect the client’s best interest.’

    Work highlights

    • Represented Grupo Unidos por el Canal S.A. (Panama) and its shareholders WeBuild (Italy), Sacyr S.A. (Spain), and Jan De Nul N.V. (Belgium) in a dispute with the Panama Canal Authority relating to the US$5.5 billion Panama Canal expansion project.
    • Represented Inpex in an ICC arbitration arising out of the construction of its onshore LNG processing facility in Western Australia.

    Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 2

    Noted for the global nature of its practice, White & Case LLP acts for investment banks, central banks, sovereign states and individual traders in both court proceedings and arbitration. The group has significant expertise in fraud claims and is also engaged to handle litigation related to loan facilities, distressed debt and market manipulation. Mark Clarke leads the overall commercial disputes team, while Charles Balmain serves as head of banking litigation. Swati Tripathi offers expertise in handling High Court proceedings, while Stephanie Stocker , who was made up to partner in January 2022, has a focus on financial disputes in the CIS region. The team has recently experienced some turnover, with John Reynolds, Chris Brennan and Amanda Cowell departing the firm and the well-regarded  Lawson Caisley joining from Allen & Overy LLP.

    Practice head(s):

    Mark Clarke; Charles Balmain

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘White & Case have a strong market presence with a number of standout individuals in the banking litigation field.’

    ‘Swati Tripathi is a force to be reckoned with – bright, client-aware and strong on the law, she is everything a client hopes for in a lawyer.’

    ‘Easily one of the top litigation practices in London.’

    ‘Charles Balmain is a superb banking litigator. He is a brilliant strategist, a brilliant lawyer and immensely calm under pressure. he has exceptional client skills, including in the challenging Chinese and Indian markets. A huge asset for the firm. Swati Tripathi is a fantastic new partner, with unparalleled sector knowledge, especially in the Indian market: a rising star.’

    Key clients

    Syndicate of Chinese banks

    Republic of Mozambique

    Work highlights

    • Continuing to act for a syndicate of Chinese banks in respect of litigation proceedings and the restructuring of a US$925 million facility advanced to Reliance Communications Limited (RCom). RCom was formerly India’s second largest telecoms operator, and is now undergoing insolvency proceedings in India. RCom is part of the Reliance group owned and promoted by Anil Ambani, who was previously one of the richest people in Asia.
    • Continuing to act for the Republic of Mozambique in a US$2 billion multi-forum dispute with Abu Dhabi-based shipbuilder Privinvest, which the state accuses of paying bribes to secure infrastructure projects financed by loans from Credit Suisse.

    Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 2

    The London litigation team forms a key part of White & Case LLP‘s global disputes offering, and spans private and public company litigation, with cases ranging from shareholder and M&A disputes through to contentious corporate and sovereign debt restructurings. Mark Clarke – who also co-chairs the firm’s global energy industry group – has recently been appointed team lead. Other noteworthy names include Charles Balmain, who has demonstrable cross-border expertise; Jenna Rennie, who brings her experience as co-head of the London technology disputes group to bear on her work; and highly regarded litigator Lawson Caisley, whose arrival from Allen & Overy LLP in October 2021 strengthened the capabilities and bench strength of the department further.

    Practice head(s):

    Mark Clarke

    Other key lawyers:

    Lawson Caisley; Charles Balmain; Rory Hishon; Swati Tripathi; Jenna Rennie; Adam Wallin; John Rogerson

    Key clients

    Graham Tuckwell (founder of ETFS Capital)

    Lush

    Bertha UK Limited (“Bertha”)

    INPEX

    Ingenious Media

    Angelini Pharma

    Work highlights

    • Representing Graham Tuckwell – founder, chairman and majority shareholder of ETFS Capital – in a claim for the just and equitable winding up of the company, and an unfair prejudice petition against the client.
    • Representing Lush US, Lush Canada and Mark Wolverton in a multi-party, multi-jurisdictional license and shareholder dispute against both Lush UK – the licensor and holding company of the wider ‘Lush’ group (and substantial shareholder in both Lush US and Lush Canada) – and Cosmetic Warriors – Lush UK’s sister company and owner of the ‘Lush’ brand and IP.
    • Acted for a client in a multi-jurisdictional dispute with its contractor and a multilateral, relating to a US$2.7 billion contract for the construction of a hydrocarbon central processing facility offshore of Western Australia, and an English law bank guarantee of approximately US$136 million in favour of the client, provided by the multilateral in support of the contractor’s obligations under that contract.

    Finance > Acquisition finance Tier 2

    'Well-staffed and incredibly hard working', White & Case LLP handles a tremendous range and volume of acquisition finance mandates for banks, credit funds, corporates and financial sponsors. The firm's integrated bank loan and high yield capabilities are a strong selling point, particularly on large-cap leveraged finance transactions, as is its familiarity with the full range of financing techniques and its ability to work in tandem with New York and European colleagues. As well as the firm's ongoing work for longstanding investment/commercial bank clients including Deutsche Bank, under the guidance of the 'superb' Gareth Eagles , it has gained a  strong foothold in the flourishing direct lending market for well-resourced funds including CVC Credit and Bridgepoint Credit. Head of EMEA bank lending, Jeremy Duffy , has vast experience advising lenders on mandates and is appreciated for his 'extremely hard working and commercial' approach. Martin Forbes  takes the lead on much of the most significant borrower-side work, primarily on behalf of private equity sponsors. The arrival in May 2022 of dual English and French-law qualified partner Monica Barton  from Winston & Strawn LLP adds further ballast to the team, particularly in light of her private credit experience and her expertise advising on deals with a French nexus.

    Practice head(s):

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

    Other key lawyers:

    Chris Czarnocki; Monica Barton; Emma Foster; Fergus Wheeler; Richard Lloyd; Shane McDonald; Nicola Chapman; James Hardy; Man Hay Yip; Catherine West; Oliver Trotman

    Testimonials

    ‘An exceptional team, well staffed and incredibly hard working.’

    ‘Great problem solvers.’

    The terrific Jeremy Duffy is extremely hard working and commercial.’

    ‘Gareth Eagles is superb.’

    Key clients

    Apollo Global Management

    Afreximbank

    ASK Chemicals Group

    Ali Group

    Bridgepoint Credit

    Credit Suisse

    CVC Credit

    Deutsche Bank

    DNB Bank ASA

    Goldman Sachs

    Jefferies

    JP Morgan

    Nordea Bank

    Puma Energy International

    Royal Bank of Canada

    Santander

    SEB

    Societe Generale

    Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

    Natixis

    UBS

    N+P Beheer B.V.

    Ocorian Limited

    Triton Investment Management Limited

    The Carlyle Group

    Inflexion Private Equity Partners

    CVC Capital Partners

    Puma Energy

    Oaktree Capital Management

    Work highlights

    • Advised the mandated lead arrangers including Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Natixis, UBS and JP Morgan in connection with the loan and bond financing for the acquisition by EQT and PSP Investments of Cerba HealthCare and the subsequent acquisition of Lifebrain by Cerba HealthCare. The financing included €1.875bn term loan B facilities, €720m senior secured notes, €525m senior unsecured notes and €400m revolving credit facilities.
    • Advised foodservice equipment company Ali Group in connection with its $4.8bn acquisition of Welbilt, Inc, a US public company.
    • Advised Triton Investment Management Limited on the financing aspects of its £1.2bn recommended takeover offer for Clinigen Group plc.

    Finance > Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 2

    The ‘hardworking and knowledgeable’ team at White & Case LLP is a popular choice among investment/commercial banks and investment grade borrowers across a range of corporate lending, refinancing and corporate-led acquisition financing transactions. The team is well-versed at structuring transactions utilising products throughout the capital structure, governed by both UK law and New York law, and therefore offers a degree of flexibility which is particularly appealing. Head of banking across the EMEA region, Jeremy Duffy is frequently at the forefront of the most significant lender-side mandates, including advice on super senior revolving credit and bridge facilities, as well as event-driven financings. Christopher Czarnocki has a particular focus on emerging markets mandates, including work for borrowers and lenders on work with an Africa nexus. The arrival of Monica Barton from Winston & Strawn LLP in May 2022 strengthens the team, in light of her wide-ranging cross-border financing expertise across both bank loan and private credit matters.

    Practice head(s):

    Colin Harley; Jeremy Duffy; Gareth Eagles; Martin Forbes

    Other key lawyers:

    Chris Czarnocki; Monica Barton; Emma Foster; Fergus Wheeler; Richard Lloyd; Shane McDonald; Nicola Chapman; James Hardy; Man Hay Yip; Catherine West; Oliver Trotman

    Testimonials

    The team stands out compared to other firms that we have engaged with due to big picture thinking and an understanding of customer needs.’

    The lawyers are hardworking and knowledgeable.’

    ‘Very quick to determine the issues and propose practical solutions in a clear way.’

    Key clients

    Apollo Global Management

    Afreximbank

    ASK Chemicals Group

    Ali Group

    Bridgepoint Credit

    Credit Suisse

    CVC Credit

    Deutsche Bank

    DNB Bank ASA

    Goldman Sachs

    Jefferies

    JP Morgan

    Nordea Bank

    Puma Energy International

    Royal Bank of Canada

    Santander

    SEB

    Societe Generale

    Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

    Natixis

    UBS

    N+P Beheer B.V.

    Ocorian Limited

    Triton Investment Management Limited

    The Carlyle Group

    Inflexion Private Equity Partners

    CVC Capital Partners

    Puma Energy

    Oaktree Capital Management

    Work highlights

    • Advised Triton Investment Management Limited on the financing aspects of its £1.2bn recommended takeover offer for Clinigen Group Plc.
    • Advised the mandated lead arrangers on the loan and bond financing for the acquisition by EQT and PSP Investments of Cerba HealthCare and the subsequent acquisition of Lifebrain by Cerba HealthCare.
    • Advised Ali Group on its $4.8bn acquisition of Welbilt, Inc., a US public company.

    Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 2

    Although it has a relatively small core restructuring team in London, White & Case LLP punches above its weight and picks up more than its fair share of complex financial restructurings for creditors and debtors. This is in part  due to its ability to leverage its strong US capabilities, as well as to effectively draw on expertise in complementary practice areas including banking, capital markets and project finance, and subject matter knowledge in firmwide sectoral areas of strength (including energy and transport). 'Entrepreneurial and client focused' team head Christian Pilkington  'provides a client service that is second-to-none' for lenders, corporates and IPs engaged in cross-border mandates. Ian Wallace 'strikes a good balance between the technical legal aspects of a matter and the practical/commercial considerations', ensuring that he is very effective at handling work for debtors, as well as lenders and funds on the creditor front. Morvyn Radlow has developed particular expertise advising debtors, as well as acting for credit funds investing into distressed finance structures within the aviation sector.  

    Practice head(s):

    Christian Pilkington

    Other key lawyers:

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

    Testimonials

    ‘Highly knowledgeable on complex financial restructurings.’

    ‘The team provides practical and user-friendly advice to creditors in complex restructuring and insolvency matters.’

    ‘Very knowledgeable, innovative in their approach and quick to think on their feet. They are available on short notice, have a collaborative approach with the wider adviser group and work well as one team.’

    ‘The impressive Ian Wallace provides very clear advice that strikes a good balance between the technical legal aspects of a matter and the practical/commercial considerations.’

    ‘Christian Pilkington is a leading light in the European restructuring world. He is extremely user friendly and provides a client service that is second to none. A trusted adviser in any complex restructuring matter with an exceptional understanding of the commercial drivers and of client priorities.’

    Christian Pilkington is well informed, entrepreneurial and client focused.’

    Ben Davies is technically on point and he marries that very well with  complex practical issues. This is a great quality! His turnaround time is quick and you can always expect excellent quality work.’

    Will Stoner – definitely a rising star in the restructuring space. Strong commercial mindset and unparalleled work ethic.’

    Key clients

    Hertz Global Holdings, Inc.

    The coordinating committee of agent banks and export credit agencies of Seadrill Ltd (the “CoCom”)

    Nostrum Oil & Gas plc

    An ad-hoc committee of noteholders (the “AHG”) in respect of the Notes (as defined below) issued by the Petra Diamonds Group (the “Group”)

    Oaktree Capital Management, L.P., Centerbridge Partners, Cross Ocean Partners, Barings LLC and Canyon Partners, LLC

    Work highlights

    • Advised Hertz Global Holdings, Inc on its restructuring, involving almost $19bn of debt and a list of hundreds of financial creditors in a variety of complex and inter-related financings.
    • Represented the AHG in respect of the $650m senior secured second lien notes in the financial restructuring of London-listed diamond mining group, Petra Diamonds.
    • Advising Nostrum Oil & Gas plc, a premium listed company with oil and gas assets in Kazakhstan, on its proposed restructuring of $1.1bn of notes due in 2022 and 2025.

    Finance > Derivatives and structured products Tier 2

    White & Case LLP has ‘excellent technical expertise and is very responsive and efficient‘. The firm works on derivatives for both investment and hedging purposes, covering all asset classes, and is highly regarded for synthetic securitisation and Islamic derivatives. Practice head Ingrid York is ‘the best at structured products and complex derivatives‘, according to one client, and another notes that she has ‘great commercial awareness and market insight‘. Anthony Colegrave, who joined from Allen & Overy LLP in 2022 and is is dual-qualified in England & Wales and South Africa, focuses primarily on equity derivatives and hedging solutions, and frequently handles South African financial regulatory work including exchange control, derivatives and securities lending. Counsel Nathaniel Crowley is ‘a good technical lawyer with a practical and commercial approach‘. Crowley and ‘very responsive and organised‘ associate Phillan Amin worked with York to assist The Ministry of Finance of Montenegro with a suite of ISDA Master Agreements entered into with a select group of international banks in connection with FX and Interest rate derivative transactions. Debashis Dey advises banks, corporates and governments on structured finance.

    Practice head(s):

    Ingrid York

    Testimonials

    ‘Result-oriented solutions. We use W&C Structured Products & Derivatives as our core law firm for capital markets generally.’

    ‘Very responsive and creative. Good value for money.’

    ‘Ingrid York is the best at structured products and complex derivatives. Phillan Amin is a great associate. Very responsive and organised.’

    ‘The team has excellent technical expertise, they are very responsive and efficient.’

    ‘Their approach to feedback is very refreshing – they are very transparent and receptive to feedback as well as providing useful suggestions.’

    ‘Ingrid York is an excellent lawyer, with great commercial awareness and market insight. She is very hands-on, always providing excellent input.’

    ‘Nate Crowley is a good technical lawyer with a practical and commercial approach and always very responsive.’

    Key clients

    Alpha Bank

    Bank of America Merrill Lynch

    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

    Qatar National Bank

    Societe Generale

    United Arab Emirates Central Bank

    Work highlights

    • Acting for the European Investment Fund on synthetic securitisations for regulatory capital purposes.
    • Represented Stargems DMCC, a diamond trading company established in the Dubai Multi Commodity Centre, on a diamond receivables securitisation notes issuance by SG Receivables Finance LP which consisted of three classes of notes.

    Finance > High yield Tier 2

    White & Case LLP has ‘deep knowledge and experience of high yield bonds‘ and one client remarks that ‘the team is client-focused and always provides an excellent service, and is readily available to answer questions under pressure and in a quick timeframe‘. US-qualified partner Jill Christie, formerly Concannon, leads the practice; her work focuses on advising private equity sponsors and their finance providers. With Gilles Teerlinck, she acted for Energean Israel Finance Ltd., a finance subsidiary of London-based independent oil and gas company Energean PLC, on its $2.5bn offering of Rule 144A/Reg S high yield senior secured notes. ‘Outstanding practitioner’ James Greene advised International Game Technology PLC (Issuer) in connection with its issuance of $750m in Senior Secured Notes. Monica Holden has extensive experience advising issuers, sponsors and underwriters on corporate high yield bond transactions across multiple sectors. Senior associate Anna Soroka also plays a key role in the practice.

    Practice head(s):

    Jill Christie

    Testimonials

    ‘Deep knowledge and experience of high yield bonds and insight into our sector. Monica Holden stands out.’

    ‘The team is client-focused and always provide an excellent service.’

    ‘They are readily available to answer questions under pressure and in a quick timeframe.’

    ‘The HY deals are often very demanding and are executed in a quick timeframe that often require cross-border expertise which W&C are well versed to help execute.’

    ‘James Greene is an outstanding HY practitioner. He always makes himself available to answer questions, no matter how complex. He is my go-to lawyer for any questions related to US Securities laws or any general questions related to HY. He also gives clear and concise advice that clients find easy to understand.’

    ‘Jill Concannon and Gilles Teerlinck are both excellent partners that provide a great client-oriented service.’

    ‘Gilles Teerlinck is reliable, easy to work with, professional and knowledgeable.’

    ‘I enjoy working with Gilles Teerlinck who has really changed the White & Case practice by making it more solution-oriented and even more professional.’

    Key clients

    Encore Capital Group

    Energean

    JP Morgan

    CVC Capital Partners

    International Game Technology

    BNP Paribas

    Barclays

    Ideal Standard

    Novator

    doValue

    Deutsche Bank

    Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited

    Work highlights

    • Representation of Faurecia S.E. (Faurecia), one of the world’s largest automotive equipment suppliers, on its inaugural sustainability-linked high yield bond issuance of EUR1.2 billion 2.750% sustainability-linked senior notes due 2027.
    • Advised Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs Bank Europe SE, Natixis and UBS Investment Bank, as Joint Lead Bookrunners and BNP Paribas, Credit Agricole, HSBC, J.P. Morgan, Mizuho Securities, Nomura and UniCredit as Joint Bookrunners on the Rule 144A/Regulation S offering of EUR420 million senior secured notes due 2028 and EUR325 million senior notes due 2029.
    • Represented Energean Israel Finance Ltd., a finance subsidiary of Energean PLC on its US$2.5 billion offering of Rule 144A/Reg S high yield senior secured notes.

    Finance > Islamic finance Tier 2

    Benefitting from a ‘depth of experience and knowledge in Islamic finance’ gained from its London, Middle East and Asia offices, White & Case LLP is a ‘trusted partner’ for a varied client base including lenders, corporates, funds and sovereign governments engaged in complex multi-jurisdictional transactions. Splitting his time between London and Dubai, Debashis Dey is global head of the practice and ‘provides a lot of helpful technical and market practice advice’, particularly in the context of Sharia-compliant capital markets transactions for both issuers and underwriters. Ingrid York is also an integral member of the team, who as part of her overarching structured finance and derivatives experience regularly handles Sharia-compliant work for banks, sponsors and corporates requiring trading and hedging documentation.

    Practice head(s):

    Debashis Dey

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    The team has a depth of experience and knowledge in Islamic finance. A safe pair of hands and a trusted partner.’

    Debashis Dey has years of experience of GCC sukuk and provides a lot of helpful technical and market practice advice.’

    ‘Agility in communication and quick turnarounds. Delivering under very tight timelines.’

     

    Key clients

    The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

    Saudi Aramco

    SNB Capital Company

    HSBC

    BNY Mellon Corporate Trustee Services Limited

    Arabian Centres Company

    Al Rajhi Capital Company

    Saudi Real Estate Refinance Company

    Work highlights

    • Advised Al Rajhi Capital Company, as sole lead manager and bookrunner, on the issuance of $1.7bn  3.5% fixed rate resettable additional tier 1 capital sukuk by Al Rajhi Banking and Investment Corporation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
    • Advised Saudi Aramco on the establishment of a Rule 144A/Reg S Trust Certificate Issuance Programme relating to certificates to be listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange, and a triple tranche issuance of trust certificates in the total principal amount of $6bn.
    • Advised SNB Capital Company on the establishment of its debut $1.3bn Short-Term Certificate Issuance Programme and the inaugural Saudi Riyal denominated issuance thereunder.

    Finance > Securitisation Tier 2

    White & Case LLP is ‘one of the best law firms in the field‘, according to one client, while another notes that the lawyers are ‘very focused, with legal and technical knowledge, and very business-oriented'. The firm has a long track record in innovative securitisations across many asset classes on behalf of banks, sponsors, issuers, investors and service providers. Its work spans CLOs, RMBS, covered bonds, CMBS, whole business deals and transactions backed by fleets, auto loans, receivables, inventory and esoteric assets. Practice head Chris McGarry is ‘a top expert in the market and always provides valuable advice‘. He advised Credit Suisse as arranger on the reset of Dryden Euro CLO 79 for PGIM, which included ESG-negative screening provisions. Debashis Dey, who works from both London and Dubai, focuses on advising funds on private securitisation transactions. Up-and-coming partner Tom Falkus ‘deserves a special mention as a go-to expert on English law-related securitisation matters‘. He advised TIER Mobility, Europe’s leading shared micro-mobility provider, on its asset-backed financing from Goldman Sachs.

    Practice head(s):

    Chris McGarry

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘They are very focused, with legal and technical knowledge and very business-oriented.’

    ‘One of the best law firms in the field.’

    ‘Chris McGarry is a top expert in the market and always provides valuable advice.’

    ‘The partner who is working on our deals with W&C is always very engaging, proactive and helpful to answer questions, which is not what we see from other law firms and it is very appreciative’

    ‘My go-to law firm for European securitisation assignments. Use them myself and recommend to clients.’

    ‘Excellent partner coverage and availability, deep expertise in the subject matter, creative and commercial.’

    ‘Tom Falkus deserves a special mention and is my go-to expert on English law related securitization matters.’

    Key clients

    Bank of America

    BNP Paribas

    Citigroup

    Credit Suisse

    CVC Credit

    European Investment Fund

    Goldman Sachs

    GreensLedge

    Guggenheim Partners

    Habito

    Hertz

    J.P. Morgan

    Morgan Stanley

    NatWest

    PGIM

    Work highlights

    • Advised Credit Suisse as arranger on the reset of Dryden Euro CLO 79 for PGIM. This transaction includes ESG negative screening provisions.
    • Represented Stargems DMCC, a diamond trading company established in the Dubai Multi Commodity Centre (DMCC), on a diamond receivables securitisation notes issuance by SG Receivables Finance LP which consisted of three classes of notes.
    • Handled the Hertz restructuring, which was was arguably the single most complex and high-profile restructuring carried out during 2020 and 2021, involving almost $19bn of debt and a list of hundreds of financial creditors in a variety of complex and inter-related financings.

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

    White & Case LLP is at the forefront of the energy transition advising governments, state-owned companies, sponsors, power purchasers, operators, investors and financiers on the entire lifecycle of power and renewable projects. The London team has significant experience in monetisation projects, corporate venturing, green bonds and finance with ESG requirements. The practice is headed by Carina Radford with support from Sandra Rafferty and David Baker who cover the full spectrum of issues. Richard Hill is experienced in construction-related contracts while Lis Blunsdon specialises in the regulation, operation and optimisation of energy assets. Jason Kerr focuses on emerging markets across the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

    Practice head(s):

    Carina Radford

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Very solid team where the skill actually matches the reputation. They are well staffed with expertise across all areas of the transaction, allowing them to provide an excellent one-stop-shop solution to clients. Their support was invaluable across not just the SPA negotiations, but also other key aspects such as W&I insurance, transitional services agreements, real estate, labour matters and energy management services agreements.’

    Key clients

    Republic of Azerbaijan

    EIG

    EIG

    Saudi Aramco

    Neoen S.A.

    Neom Green Hydrogen Project Company

    Republic of Uzbekistan – Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade

    VALOREM S.A.S.

    Sweihan PV Power Company PJSC

    PKN Orlen SA

    Ukrenergo

    Zorlu Renewable Energy

    TECO Guatemala Holdings, LLC

    Work highlights

    • Advised funds managed by EIG on the agreement to acquire the 1332 MW Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) power station and 49 MW battery at West Burton B in Nottinghamshire, England from EDF Energy.
    • Advised Neoen, a leading French renewable energy company, on the construction and project financing of the Mutkalampi onshore wind farm in Finland.

    Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 2

    White & Case LLP has a strong international presence, working on a full range of industry sectors, including energy, infrastructure, and real estate developments across multiple jurisdictions. The team is co-headed by Ellis Baker and Richard Hill. Baker has broad experience advising developers, contractors, consultants and lenders on construction and engineering projects across the globe, meanwhile, Hill specialises in energy and infrastructure matters, as well as commercial property developments. Also recommended are Julian Bailey, whose practice is focused on large international infrastructure projects, and Daniel Garton, who is active on projects in the energy, oil and gas, petrochemical, transportation, and mining sectors. Paddy Mohen is also notable, specialising in energy transition projects, including renewable energy, energy storage and green metal projects.

    Practice head(s):

    Ellis Baker; Richard Hill

    Testimonials

    ‘The firm provides an excellent service covering the full range of construction contracts and more general projects work, the work product is to a very high quality.’

    ‘The firm has been innovative in their offering of hourly rates to remain competitive with the market, our organisation has achieved good value for money.’

    ‘Ellis Baker is excellent in terms of drafting and advising on the key issues and risks within contracts, whilst always offering solutions.’

    ‘White & Case is a very reputable law firm and well-known. It also has strong presence in big merger and acquisition works.’

    ‘Julian Bailey is very customer-focused and very responsive with all queries. He is very personable and easy to work with – he always listens and understands first with clarifying questions and provides practical solutions.’

    Key clients

    Neoen S.A.

    VALOREM S.A.S.

    Republic of Uzbekistan – Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade

    Work highlights

    • Advised Neoen, a leading French renewable energy company, on the construction of the Mutkalampi onshore wind farm in Finland. When completed, the 404MW wind farm will be one of the largest onshore wind farms in Europe.
    • Advised growing French vertically-integrated green energy operator VALOREM S.A.S. on the development of two adjacent major onshore wind farms. The ‘Viiatti Project’ will collectively have a nameplate capacity of just over 300MW, making it one of the largest wind farm developments in Scandinavia.
    • Advised the Republic of Uzbekistan (Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade) in relation to the ongoing process for the privatisation and expansion of the Talimarjan power plant in Uzbekistan.

    Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 3

    White & Case LLP fields a ‘high calibre‘ team which acts for financial institutions, companies, states and individuals on the claimant and defendant side. Besides its high involvement in cross-border civil fraud disputes, it also regularly supports clients in bringing and defending applications for interim relief, including freezing orders, other orders relating to asset recovery and disclosure, and court orders in support of arbitration proceedings. John Rogerson is sought out by corporates from emerging markets and EMEA-based financial institutions; he is the key UK civil fraud contact, while Mark Clarke leads the wider commercial litigation group. Charles Balmain is ‘very considered and logical‘.

    Practice head(s):

    John Rogerson; Mark Clarke

    Other key lawyers:

    Charles Balmain; Stephanie Stocker

    Testimonials

    ‘A dedicated and innovative litigation team, able to draw on the firm’s inter-disciplinary skills at short notice to provide comprehensive solutions for their clients.’

    ‘John Rogerson is an excellent litigation partner, who works tirelessly and round the clock to achieve results for his clients.’

    ‘White & Case is a well-established firm in the commercial litigation sector. Their Partners and Associates are all of a very high calibre.’

    ‘Ability to grasp a very complex multi jurisdiction case in a very short time.’

    ‘Charles Balmain is very considered and logical with razor sharp strategic thinking.’

    Key clients

    The Russian Federation

    Deutsche Bank

    VTB Capital

    Republic of Mozambique

    Work highlights

    • Advising Deutsche Bank in relation to investigations by multiple regulators (in the UK and the US) arising from suspicious trading on its Moscow Equities desk, which resulted in substantial penalties.

    Dispute resolution > Competition litigation Tier 3

    Working in close collaboration with its various European colleagues, White & Case LLP‘s London office enjoys a strong reputation among a varied roster of manufacturers, consumer goods companies, technology multinationals, and pharmaceutical conglomerates. The team is particularly active in follow-on litigation arising from cartel investigations, routinely appearing before the CAT, the Court of Appeal, and the High Court. The practice is jointly chaired by ‘extraordinary litigator’ Charles Balmain and the ‘gifted’ Marc Israel, a specialist in multi-jurisdictional proceedings. Working between the firm’s Brussels and London offices, Genevra Forwood is noted for her capabilities in state aid litigation, while Alexandra Rogers‘ ‘encyclopaedic knowledge‘ encompasses cross-border cartel defences in areas such as power cables, ball bearings, and Euribor derivatives. Counsel Raif Hassan is praised as an ‘ascendant figure‘ in damages actions.

    Practice head(s):

    Charles Balmain; Marc Israel

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Charles Balmain is an extraordinary litigator who can turn his hand to any litigation subject matter. His vast experience in general commercial litigation gives him an enormous advantage in competition litigation. Wonderful strategic and tactical awareness and a real nose for the pressure points in the case.’

    ‘Raif Hassan is an ascendant figure in competition litigation. He mixes deep litigation experience with a level of technical excellence across a very diverse range of English and international law topics. One to watch for sure.’

    ‘Their team comprises both true competition law specialists and litigators with outstanding strategic skills and great knowledge of civil (antitrust) damages proceedings. Very dedicated with a wide international network, hands-on, and easy and enjoyable to work with.’

    ‘Marc Israel is a very smart, strategic thinker and litigator who is able to quickly and thoroughly understand the relevant issues at stake, even when such issues are governed by foreign law systems. Marc has a pragmatic approach and is a great pleasure to work with. He is always clear and concise.’

    ‘Alexandra Rogers, Genevra Forewood and Mark Powell all have outstanding knowledge of EU and UK competition law. A fantastic team!’

    ‘White & Case’s Competition team is a true one-stop-shop: whether based in London, Brussels, DC or Düsseldorf, the team is very flexible, always available, extremely talented and their internal communication is smooth, ensuring consistency in our litigation strategy. The team’s helpful and proactive attitude is a lifesaver.’

    ‘Alexandra Rogers has an encyclopedic knowledge of our industry and her thoughtful legal analysis, coupled with a great positive attitude, makes her an indispensable pillar of our legal strategy.’

    ‘Raif Hassan, under the leadership of the gifted Marc Israel, is a very promising litigator.’

    Key clients

    NTN

    Nexans

    Autoliv

    Ioan Micula, S.C. European Food S.A., S.C. Starmill S.R.L. S.C. Multipack S.R.L, Scandic Distilleries S.A

    Google

    Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA)

    Pfizer

    Merck KGaA

    Lenovo

    Servier

    Work highlights

    • Advised NTN in High Court, Competition Appeal Tribunal and Court of Appeal in relation to €100m damages claim by Stellantis N.V.
    • Acting for Nexans in contribution proceedings brought by Prysmian in relation to the National Grid and Scottish Power claims against Prysmian and others.
    • Advising Autoliv in a standalone competition claim brought by PSA in the High Court and subsequently transferred to the Competition Appeal Tribunal.

    Employment > Employee share schemes Tier 3

    The share schemes team at White & Case LLP is recognised for its strong presence in the the financial services, fintech and technology sectors, most recently advising Klarna, the global retail bank and online services provider, on the acquisition of Hero, a social shopping platform. Nicholas Greenacre  heads the firm's EMEA employment, compensation and benefits group and is well versed in corporate transactions, including takeovers, M&A and IPOs. Working alongside him is employment expert Helen Joseph, whose expertise spans executive compensation and private equity transactions.

    Practice head(s):

    Nicholas Greenacre

    Other key lawyers:

    Helen Joseph; Kate Russell

    Testimonials

    ‘Very good technically, easy to engage with and very down to earth. Responsive and flexible too.’ 

    Nicholas Greenacre is very strong on all fronts and a pleasure to work with.’

    ‘The team is technically strong on the subject matter and delivers exceptional service. Advice is delivered in a commercial context and in a way that is easy to understand and apply to our business.’ 

    ‘Nicholas Greenacre  – assisted by Kate Russell – deliver clear and concise advice tailored to our particular needs. They are attentive and readily available to help navigate through a technical area of law across multiple jurisdictions.’ 

    Key clients

    Avast

    Arqit

    discoverIE

    Klarna Bank

    Alpha Bank

    Kobalt Music Group

    DP World

    Oaktree Capital Management

    SoftBank Vision Fund II

    The Co-Operative Bank

    Aroundtown

    Work highlights

    • Advised SoftBank Vision Fund II, a leading venture capital investor, on its $130m investment in the Series B round of Envelop Risk Analytics, a data driven cyber insurance business.
    • Acted for Klarna, a leading global retail bank, payments and shopping service, on the acquisition of HERO, a social shopping platform based in London and New York.
    • Assisted Avast with a variety of complex international employment and executive compensation matters on an on-going basis in addition to substantial transactional advice.

    Finance > Transport finance and leasing Tier 3

    Headed by Justin Benson - who is now the sole partner based in London with a core focus on asset finance following the recent departure of Adrian Beasley to Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP - White & Case LLP punches above its weight, in part due to its ability to leverage broader finance and restructuring competences, as well as to work with its large international network. ‘Super user-friendly and commercial’, Benson leads from the front, with clients including banks, ECAs, lessors and airlines appreciative of his ability to provide ‘pragmatic and commercial solutions’ on complex cross-border leasing structures and transactional restructurings.

    Practice head(s):

    Justin Benson

    Other key lawyers:

    David Wright; Gemma Patterson; Zahra Knapper

    Testimonials

    They have a strong attention to detail, provide a thorough analysis of legal issues, and draft carefully.’

    Their particular strength is with cross-border complicated leasing structures and transactional restructurings and the related amendments to existing documentation.’

    The team provides an exceptional service with an emphasis on pragmatic and commercial solutions.’

    Justin Benson is super user friendly – the aviation finance lawyer for all seasons. Justin is very much our “go-to” lawyer for anything requiring commercial nous.’

    ‘A diligent team; empathetic to both the client and other side.’

    ‘The core transactional team has deep expertise to match its peers at the fore of the sector and has the support of litigation and restructuring specialists within the firm, when required.’

    ‘Justin Benson provides clear and decisive advice, taking account of legal issues which not all competitors would spot.’

    ‘The firm works on a problem solving culture where rather than simply churn out documents there is genuine thought, concern and insight applied.’

    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

    DNB Bank

    HSBC

    Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

    Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 3

    White & Case LLP’s multifaceted team handles high-value investment transactions, in addition to real estate M&A and finance mandates, most of which often involve cross-border elements on account of the firm’s international footprint. The practice also acts for private equity clients and sovereign wealth funds on digital real estate matters, an area in which team leader James Dodsworth ‘brings exceptional experience’ too. Victoria Landsbert advises on acquisitions and disposals, as well as real estate finance mandates; other key members of the team include James Johnson and James Pullen.

    Practice head(s):

    James Dodsworth

    Testimonials

    ‘Their legal expertise is excellent. Added to this, they bring excellent commercial and operational understanding of our business.’

    ‘James Dodsworth brings exceptional experience to our business.’

    Key clients

    Colf Technology

    Digital Realty

    LabTech

    Arjun Infrastructure Partners Limited

    Oaktree Capital Managemnet

    Neighbourly Brands Limited

    LRC Group

    Scala Family Office

    Aroundtown S.A.

    Work highlights

    • Advising Colt Technology Services on the carve-out and subsequent sale of twelve data centers across its Europe portfolio to AtlasEdge, the recently formed joint venture between Liberty Global and DigitalBridge.
    • Advised Oaktree on its acquisition of Tide Construction’s co-living modular tower project in Croydon and associated building contract, development agreement, joint venture and asset and development management agreements.

    Real estate > Property finance Tier 3

    White & Case LLP‘s ‘technically excellent‘ real estate finance practice advises clients across a range of mandates, from loan origination and syndications, to acquisitions, loan-on-loan financings and CMBS matters. March 2022 saw the opening of a new office in Luxembourg, which will continue to bolster the group’s European offering. Co-practice head Jeffrey Rubinoff is praised as ‘indomitable and hugely experienced’ and has a thriving and broad ranging practice, advising private equity houses, sovereign wealth funds, private property investors, banks and mezzanine debt funds. Justin Jowitt also co-leads the department having joined the firm in June 2021 from Paul Hastings LLP alongside associate Paul Oumade-Singh in October 2021. Other notable names include Victoria Landsbert, who handles acquisition and disposals, and Sudhir Nair, who has strengths in distressed investments and restructurings.

    Practice head(s):

    Testimonials

    ‘The team are not only technically excellent, but are also very commercial, and this runs through both partners and associates. They make you feel valued as a client, not only through very good communication and proactive updates on transactions, but also with general check-ins in between transactions.’

    ‘Victoria Landsbert is a hard-working, ambitious and competent lawyer.’

    ‘Jeffrey and Lisa are an understated powerhouse of technical real estate finance excellence – knowledgeable, experienced and straight forward, they have amassed an approachable and technical team, an impressive list of clients and a well deserved reputation.’

    ‘Very strong team across the board with good strength in depth led by the indomitable and hugely experienced Jeffrey Rubinoff, who remains actively engaged and accessible.’

    ‘Victoria Landsbert stands out through her deep expertise in both real estate and real estate finance, which allows her to add real technical and commercial value to transactions. She makes herself available whenever needed and she runs her transactions in a way which is cost effective whilst maintaining quality.’

    ‘Both Justin Jowitt and Paul Oumade-Singh work hard to deliver exceptional service and advice. Very fast response times, clear details, advice and explanations. They really help to streamline a transaction.’

    ‘Jeffrey is the elder statesman of real estate finance and can always be counted on to round out the discussion on a tense point, provide objective feedback on tough issues and corral an annoyed client to a reasonable compromise. He is technically excellent and his experience is freely imparted in an honest but never judgmental way.’

    ‘Lisa is an established lawyer and her client facing skills are second to none – she’s approachable, proactive and productive.’

    Key clients

    Starwood Capital Group

    J.P. Morgan

    Investec

    Deutsche Bank

    Blackstone

    KSL Credit Management, LLC

    GFH Capital Partners

    Oaktree Capital Management

    Royal Bank of Canada

    Aareal Bank

    ING Bank

    Westmont Hospitality

    Oaknorth Bank plc

    Work highlights

    • Advised Starwood European Finance Partners in connection with the real estate financing of the acquisition of Macdonald Manchester Hotel and the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel by Zetland Capital Partners.
    • Advised J.P Morgan on the senior and mezzanine financing and inter-creditor arrangements of a block of luxury residential apartments in Grosvenor Square, Mayfair.
    • Advised Investec and GIC on their financing of a newly completed PRS scheme at 2 Millharbour near Canary Wharf.

    Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 3

    With ‘a wide expertise in data protection, privacy and cybersecurity’, White & Case LLP is geared to handle transactional, advisory and contentious work, including compliance matters, international data transfers, privacy class actions, and the data protection aspects of PE and corporate transactions. GDPR expert Tim Hickman heads up the practice and is qualified in both England and Ireland. Hickman works alongside Lawson Caisley and Rory Hishon, who together have extensive experience in acting on contentious issues involving cybersecurity and data protection matters.

    Practice head(s):

    Tim Hickman

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Tim Hickman is excellent and knows the law inside out.’

    ‘Tim Hickman. Would not use anyone else for data privacy.’

    ‘White & Case has a wide expertise in data protection, privacy and cybersecurity.’

    ‘The team’s strength is collaboration and flexibility.’

    ‘Tim Hickman has a great ability to explain a legal matter and provide legal advice in a clear way. His expertise in data protection and privacy, availability and engagement bring benefits for our collaboration.’

    Key clients

    Meta (Facebook, Instagram, and Whatsapp )

    Nestlé

    Deutsche Bank

    Boeing

    MSI

    Avast

    AGCO

    Centerbridge Partners

    Tink AB

    Piper Sandler

    Getac

    The Carlyle Group

    Softbank Vision Fund II

    ION Acquisition Corp. 2

    Vox Media

    Nordic Capital

    Kobalt Music Group

    Work highlights

    • Represented Meta, including Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Oculus, in major international litigation and class actions on privacy and data protection matters.
    • Advised Nestlé on a global scale, including specific GDPR compliance, e-Privacy compliance, regulatory matters and direct interactions with EU data protection authorities.
    • Assisted Deutsche Bank  (London Branch) with extensive legal support to ensure that data protection compliance priorities can be addressed with minimal business disruption.

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

    White & Case LLP has a strong record in corporate financial crime work, most notably that of its UK and EU international sanctions team. The practice co-ordinates defence for clients facing investigations by the FCA, SFO, HM Revenue and Customs, and other enforcement agencies, and also conducts internal investigations for clients facing allegations of money laundering, tax evasion, trade-based malfeasance, and fraud. Alongside its European expertise, the firm also benefits from its global platform, allowing it to handle cross-border investigations for both domestic and international clients. The practice is led by the up-and-coming pair of Jonah Anderson and Anneka Randhawa, both specialist financial crime lawyers with strong records in cross-border proceedings.

    Practice head(s):

    Jonah Anderson; Anneka Randhawa

    Testimonials

    ‘Jonah Anderson – He works very hard for his clients. Gives pragmatic and sensible advice.’

    ‘Very qualified and professional individuals.’

    ‘White & Case have experience across many areas of white collar and financial crime. It is one of the hardest working teams I have come across. They also work extremely well with their colleagues in other departments to provide a rounded service across various fields to their clients – because the problems they solve for clients are rarely single faceted. You might expect that sort of cross-fertilisation and multi-disciplinary approach in a full-service law firm but in my experience it is not always the case and at W&C it works particularly well. The communication skills are not just inter-departmental, they also translate to communications with clients, opponents and regulators.’

    ‘Jonah identifies the best outcome for his clients and works 24/7 to get there. A smart tactician, able to apply nuanced judgment he is a calming but forceful presence that clients and opponents listen to. On all aspects of money laundering there is no one with more expertise than Jonah but he is extremely bright and achieves excellent results for his clients across all areas of financial crime.’

    ‘Anneka is hugely knowledgeable in relation to the industries that she services. Clever, and quick, she is a force to have on your side.

    ‘I have been working with White & Case for many years now in different jurisdictions, in various disciplines of law. I have always been extremely happy with their work and the latest internal investigation was no exception. The team handled a complex and difficult internal investigation extremely well. In addition to their strong competence and skills, they were also very responsive, very flexible, remarkably transparent and clear in their billing and they managed to work very smoothly with different internal and external stakeholders. They always made us feel their crown-jewel client and that is priceless.’

    ‘I was particularly impressed with Anneka when, at the last moment, she showed great flexibility and professionalism when she made a difficult decision to ensure the integrity of the investigation.’

    ‘One of the top teams operating in this area, especially re advice to corporates on money laundering.’

    Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 4

    Commended by clients for its ‘impressive cross-jurisdictional expertise‘, White & Case LLP is well-versed in the full gamut of UK and EU competition matters. Practice chair Marc Israel is a highly experienced antitrust lawyer, lauded by blue-chip corporates for his ‘responsive and pragmatic’ advocacy in multi-jurisdictional merger control proceedings. Alexandra Rogers is praised for the breadth of her domestic and international expertise, encompassing Phase I and II merger control reviews, cartel investigations, and e-Discovery issues in competition cases. Associate Kate Keilliher notably focuses on competition, regulatory, and state aid concerns in the energy sector. All named lawyers work between Brussels and London.

    Practice head(s):

    Marc Israel

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Very responsive and coherent team that are across the details and also very experienced in dealing with the regulator. Able to take commercial views and focus on the important points.’

    ‘The counterparty was quite challenging but the team’s approach was pragmatic, commercial, and above all, with a lot of good humour – which was invaluable on a long and challenging transaction!’

    ‘Marc Israel was really helpful, responsive and pragmatic. Very good at pushing back politely but firmly, and helping us to get through some tricky moments with the other side.’

    ‘White & Case typically ask the questions others don’t. They are unwilling to just “go with the flow”. They drive the regulatory engagement process forward rather than being passive or reactive.’

    ‘I have worked extensively with Alex Rogers on complex merger control matters. She has an inquiring mind and a strong grasp of the interaction between the merger control process, data protection issues and other areas of law in which she is an expert. She delivers positive, holistic outcomes for her clients.’

    ‘Marc Israel struck the appropriate balance between understanding our situation whilst also highlighting the likely path the project would take, given his deep experience in dealing with the external agencies concerned. Calm and diligent throughout.’

    ‘The team’s cross-jurisdictional expertise is particularly impressive.’

    Key clients

    Kobalt Music Group / AWAL

    Autoliv

    Cobepa

    Avast

    Alvogen

    Colt Technology Services

    Aroundtown SA

    Blue Water Energy

    Neighborly

    Macquarie Asset Management

    Smiths Group plc

    NTN

    Nexans

    Triton Investment Management

    Lenovo

    Pfizer Inc.

    Servier

    CVC Capital Partners

    Work highlights

    • Advising Kobalt Music Group Limited and AWAL on the CMA’s Phase II investigation into the sale of its recorded music operations, including AWAL and Kobalt Neighbouring Rights, to Sony Music Entertainment.
    • Advising Avast in connection with the CMA’s investigation into alleged breaches of consumer law in the anti-virus software market.

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

    Leveraging its reputation as a ‘powerhouse global firm’, White & Case LLP‘s corporate practice possesses a deep bench of advisors who routinely helm high-stakes cross-border deals. Steered by healthcare and infrastructure specialist Philip Broke, the practice is additionally well regarded for its capabilities in the energy and financial services sectors. Allan Taylor, who co-chairs the EMEA corporate practice, anchors the practice’s natural resources offering – working with a mix of oil, gas, and mining companies on acquisitions, divestitures, and IPOs. Margot Lindsay is similarly recommended for her oil and gas sector acumen, as well as her capabilities in infrastructure and healthcare deals. Variously praised by clients, the ‘first-class’ Guy Potel heads up the global fintech practice group, while Tom Matthews spearheads the firm’s EMEA shareholder activism practice. A litany of domestic and international banks routinely turn to Hyder Jumabhoy for representation in the full scope of corporate transactions, ranging from M&A to joint ventures and multi-jurisdictional restructurings. Associate Sonica Tolani also comes recommended. Mining and metals specialist David Lewis joined in January 2022 from Clifford Chance LLP.

    Practice head(s):

    Philip Broke

    Testimonials

    ‘A powerhouse global firm that can capably and perceptively advise on any M&A transaction, of any size, anywhere in the world, using global resources to work 24/7 if necessary. They cut straight to the chase, facilitate positive results, and are extremely experienced and client-focused.’

    ‘James Turner is a rising star, running multi-jurisdictional M&A with a responsiveness and professionalism that is beyond his years.’

    ‘Hyder Jumabhoy is very diligent and helpful, with a strong commitment and able to deliver at short notice.’

    ‘Excellent knowledge of the market, long experience, technical legal knowledge and exceptional business approach.’

    ‘It is a very international firm – more so than their magic circle peers – and the London office appears to reflect this in terms of diversity.’

    ‘Guy Potel epitomises White & Case and has been excellent. He is pragmatic, commercial and solution-driven. The sheer spectrum of expertise he covers is unusual nowadays, and his varied client base gives him a market insight that my business colleagues and I genuinely appreciate.’

    ‘Excellent technical skills, combined with good commercial awareness and a very down to earth manner.’

    ‘Guy Potel is simply a first-class operator. Engages at the right level, very bright but personable, and ensures he has the right team around him.’

    Key clients

    Amigo Holdings Plc

    CatRock Capital

    Coast Capital

    The Co-operative Bank Plc

    discoverIE

    Deutsche Bank

    Gatemore Capital

    Kobalt Music Group

    MOL Hungarian Oil & Gas Plc

    Narrative Capital

    Neste Oyj

    Pollinate

    Royal Bank of Canada

    Third Point

    Triton Investment Management Limited

    TT Bond Partners

    Union Bank of Nigeria

    Zegona Communications Plc

    Work highlights

    • Advised Avast on its $8.6bn merger with NortonLifeLock Inc.
    • Advised Smiths Group on the sale of its largest division – Smiths Medical – to ICU Medical, Inc. for an enterprise value of $2.7bn.
    • Advising Triton Investment Management Limited on its £1.3bn recommended takeover offer for Clinigen Group plc through funds managed by Triton Investment Management.

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

    White & Case LLP stands out in the market for its European reach, with the firm’s London team collaborating with offices including Frankfurt, Paris and Stockholm to handle acquisitions, exits and portfolio company M&A. Healthcare and technology are two particular sectors of focus for the team. Richard Jones took over as practice head from Ken Barry in May 2022, with Barry remaining highly active in the practice. In November 2021, Ross Allardice and Tony Brown both rejoined from Dechert LLP, strengthening the team’s relationship with key client Nordic Capital. Lucy Bullock is another name to note in the practice and leads their specialised portfolio company management team; her work in 2021 was particularly focused on transactions in the public markets.

    Practice head(s):

    Richard Jones

    Other key lawyers:

    Ken Barry; Ross Allardice; Tony Brown; Lucy Bullock; Mike Weir; James Turner

    Testimonials

    ‘Very solid team where the skill actually matches the reputation. They are well staffed with expertise across all areas of the transaction, allowing them to provide an excellent one-stop-shop solution to clients. Not only were they able to support and advise, but in many cases they led the transaction and helped move things forward, which is not something I’ve seen elsewhere.’

    ‘They provide exceptional execution, are highly proactive, quick and efficient in delivering high quality product and service.’

    ‘They provide impeccable service and trusted advice on legal as well as deal related matters. Ken Barry is a stand out.’

    ‘Richard Jones is second to none!’

    Key clients

    Advanz Pharma

    Blackstone

    Blue Water Energy

    CVC Capital Partners

    EQT

    Goldman Sachs

    HillHouse/Care Capital Ltd.

    Inflexion Private Equity Partners

    Metric Capital

    MidEuropa

    Macquarie

    Nordic Capital

    Novator

    NETS Holding A/S (Nexi)

    Oaktree Capital Management

    One Equity Partners

    QIA

    SoftBank Vision Fund

    The Carlyle Group

    Triton Investment Management

    Work highlights

    • Advised Triton Investment Management Limited (Triton) on its £1.3 billion recommended takeover offer for Clinigen Group plc (Clinigen), through funds managed by Triton.
    • Advised Nordic Capital on its acquisition of CARE Fertility from Silverfleet Capital.
    • Advised Goldman Sachs (Merchant Banking Division) on its acquisition of a majority stake in Advania AB, alongside management, VIA Equity and other reinvesting shareholders.

    Dispute resolution > Public international law Tier 4

    The track record of White & Case LLP‘s London team includes representing large numbers of sovereign states, state-owned entities, and private and commercial parties in matters involving PIL issues. Global PIL head Andrea Menaker is an investment treaty arbitration specialist, while David Goldberg represents sovereign states in high-value investor-state disputes.

    Practice head(s):

    Andrea Menaker

    Other key lawyers:

    David Goldberg; Agnieszka Zarówna

    Testimonials

    ‘Great experience and expertise.’

    ‘Andrea Menaker’s vast experience includes her time with the US State Department, as well as her experience in working with states.’

    Key clients

    The Islamic Republic of Pakistan

    The Republic of India

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

    The Republic of Peru

    Kappes, Cassiday & Associates

    TECO Guatemala Holdings

    Kornikom EOOD

    JSC Tashkent Mechanical Plant

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

    JSCB Asaka

    JSCB Uzbek Industrial and Construction Bank

    WorleyParsons International

    Work highlights

    • Representing the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in a rare ICSID post-award remedy, seeking to revise the largest damages award ever issued by an ICSID tribunal.
    • Defended India across multiple jurisdictions, which concerned Cairn Energy and Cairn UK Holdings seeking to enforce a $1.4bn arbitral award obtained from the Permanent Court of Arbitration.
    • Representing the claimants, Daniel Kappes and Kappes, Cassiday & Associates, in an ICSID arbitration against Guatemala under the DR-CAFTA, which concerns the suspension of operations at one of the claimant’s mines.

    Employment > Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 4

    US firm White & Case LLP has a multi-disciplinary pensions practice in London, focusing on employer issues and the pensions aspects of corporate transactions and restructuring deals. The practice is led by Nicholas Greenacre, who also heads the EMEA employment, compensation and benefits group. Associate Kate Russell is increasingly active in the pensions space.

    Practice head(s):

    Nicholas Greenacre

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Nicholas Greenacre provides pragmatic advice coupled with an excellent technical knowledge of the UK pensions and benefits landscape. Written and verbal communications are always very clear and concise. Utilises a broad range of associates within the practice all of which are very capable.’

    ‘Nicholas Greenacre always makes himself available, even at short notice and provides measured and practical responses to often complex situations.’

    Key clients

    EIG Global Energy Partners

    Kentech

    Faurecia

    Diamond S Shipping Inc

    Anchorage + Ideal Standard International S.A.

    Basalt Infrastructure Partners LLP

    VISA Inc

    Work highlights

    • Advised EIG Global Energy Partners on the pensions aspects relating to the agreement to acquire the 1332 MW Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) power station and 49 MW battery at West Burton B in Nottinghamshire, England from EDF Energy, and on related commercial and financing documentation. The transaction creates West Burton Energy as a leading supplier of electricity in the United Kingdom.
    • Advised Kentech, an energy & industrial services support company based in the UAE, and a portfolio company of Blue Water Energy, on the pensions aspects of its acquisition of the oil & gas and engineering & consulting business of SNC-Lavalin, the Canadian listed services company.
    • Advised Faurecia, a top ten worldwide automotive supplier, on the sale of its Acoustics and Soft Trim (AST) division to the Adler Pelzer Group (APG), a worldwide leader in automotive acoustic and thermal components and systems.

    Real estate > Environment Tier 4

    White & Case LLP’s environment & climate change practice team is led by Tallat Hussain, who practices in the areas of regulatory compliance, permitting and disputes, and Caroline Miller Smith, who focuses on project development. The teams’ work includes working with green finance structures, monetising green credits and carbon allowances and developing terms for green Islamic finance.

    Practice head(s):

    Caroline Miller Smith; Tallat Hussain

    Testimonials

    ‘Individuals I work with are very responsive (to me and others even outside of normal working hours) and proactive in driving forward the interests of their clients. I work with an environmental specialist who is great at meeting deadlines (and ensuring others meet deadlines)/driving environmental and social matters forward and identifying mutual acceptable solutions where disagreements between parties occur.’

    Key clients

    EIG

    JOST Werke

    Carbon Holdings

    Financiers – including JBIC, NEXI, China Exim, US Exim, ECIC, Atradius and SACE

    Red Sea Development Company

    CVC Advisors

    Saudi Aramco

    Work highlights

    • Advised funds managed by EIG on the agreement to acquire the 1332 MW Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (“CCGT”) power station and 49 MW battery at West Burton B in Nottinghamshire, England – one of the Europe’s largest battery storage assets. West Burton B CCGT generates enough electricity for approximately 1.5 million UK homes.
    • Advised The Red Sea Development Company on the green financing for Phase One of The Red Sea Project. The E&S advisory work included ensuring that the commitment to sustainability included packaging the financing as sustainable, including by assisting TRSDC in developing a green finance strategy, developing the Green Financing Framework for the Project and ensuring its integrity through external verification in order to align the strategy and the intention to facilitate Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 goals.
    • Advised JOST Werke AG, a leading global producer and supplier of safety-critical systems for the commercial vehicle industry, on the sale of its UK-based Edbro hydraulic cylinders business to Enact and its fund manager Endless LLP. The transaction involved complex environmental, health and safety (EHS) issues mostly around management of risks and protection of both workers and the environment.

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

    White & Case LLP covers a myriad of fintech issues spanning M&A, technology transactions, financial institution regulatory and advisory matters, data management, privacy and cybersecurity work, IP issues, financings and IPOs. The cross-practice team is instructed by global financial institutions, investors and payment companies. Global head Guy Potel oversees the practice alongside UK lead Jonathan Rogers, who has expertise in payments, regulated projects and fintech-based M&A. Financial crime lawyer Jonah Anderson acts for fintech companies on law enforcement issues and internal investigations, as well as compliance work.

    Practice head(s):

    Jonathan Rogers; Guy Potel

    Other key lawyers:

    Key clients

    Tink

    Amazon

    Meta

    Klarna

    Pollinate

    Bank of America

    Softbank

    SAMA

    Paysafe

    Global Fintech Investments Holding

    Work highlights

    • Advised Tink on its sale to Visa for €1.7bn.
    • Advised a G20 central bank on the recasting of its payment services/systems and open banking legislative framework.
    • Advised Klarna on regulatory matters across Europe.

    Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 5

    White & Case LLP serves as the go-to for a breadth of clients including commercial and investment banks, broker-dealers, investment advisers, fintechs and payment companies. Jonathan Rogers fronts the offering and is reputed within the market for his knowledge of bank regulations, technology transaction projects, business licences, fund structurings and product/service establishments. The wider team is also acclaimed for its banking M&A, market disclosure, ESG, anti-money laundering and capital markets regulation capabilities.

    Practice head(s):

    Jonathan Rogers

    Key clients

    Crédit Agricole

    Société Générale

    Klarna

    Softbank

    Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA)

    Oaktree Capital

    Amazon

    Meta (f/k/a Facebook)

    Brewin Dolphin

    BFC Bank

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

    White & Case LLP represents clients in complex investigations relating to financial crime, money laundering, cross-border data issues, and compliance, supporting senior executives throughout regulatory proceedings from initial contact through to trial. The team has notable cross-border expertise, coordinating defence proceedings throughout the Middle East, Europe, and Africa, among others, and regularly collaborates with its international teams, particularly in the US, on international investigations by bodies such as the CMA, US DOJ, and police forces globally. Bribery Act specialist Anneka Randhawa leads the team alongside the ‘astute, incisive’ Jonah Anderson, who provides international corruption and compliance support.

    Practice head(s):

    Jonah Anderson; Anneka Randhawa

    Testimonials

    ‘It’s always an absolute pleasure to collaborate with this team; they are the last word in professionalism, and unfailingly pleasant and courteous to work with.’

    ‘A good team under new internal leadership – going great.’

    ‘Jonah Anderson leads the White Collar team and is an excellent lawyer. He rolls his sleeves up and really gest into the detail which allows him to provide the right advice. Jonah is a joy to work with.

    ‘The other very good partner at W&C is Anneka Randhawa. A very diligent white collar lawyer who gives practical advice.’

    ‘The team combines indepth knowledge about their field, with attention to detail and excellent judgment.’

    ‘This is a team fully committed to their clients with the funding to service any type of investigation whether internal or external.’

    ‘Jonah identifies the best outcome for his clients and works 24/7 to get there. A smart tactician, able to apply nuanced judgment he is a calming but forceful presence that clients and opponents listen to. On all aspects of money laundering there is no one with more expertise than Jonah.

    ‘Anneka is hugely knowledgeable in relation to the industries that she services. Clever, and quick, she is a force to have on your side.’

    Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 6

    Employment > Employers Tier 6

    Nicholas Greenacre heads the EMEA employment, compensation and benefits team at White & Case LLP focusing on corporate transactions, reorganisations and the establishment of management incentive plans in a private equity context. Helen Joseph is the lead lawyer for cross-border employment exercises and restructuring, outsourcing and HR issues.

    Practice head(s):

    Nicholas Greenacre

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘The quality of the partners with whom I work distinguishes the team.’

    ‘They are excellent.’

    ‘Nicholas Greenacre and Helen Joseph are superb lawyers who quietly reassure as to the resolution of an issue in an efficient, soft manner, showcasing both their knowledge and their professionalism.’

    ‘They have demonstrated to me an appreciation for the corporate context where we seek to fix problems in the least dramatic way.’

    ‘I have come to rely on their advice and good judgment, and happily would introduce them to others.’

    ‘Very hands on and commercial.’

    ‘Individually very knowledgeable but also make good use of others/team.’

    ‘They have a good understanding of the culture of my organisation, what we are trying to achieve and the personalities who work for us.’

    Key clients

    Neighbourly Brands Limited

    Kobalt Ltd.

    SoftBank

    Faurecia

    Neste Oyj

    EIG Global Energy Partners

    Klarna

    DiscoverIE

    Kentech Corporate Holdings

    DP World

    Work highlights

    • Advised on employment issues of Neighbourly Brands’ acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Pimlico Group Limited and Sail Street Holdings.
    • Advised Faurecia, on employment aspects in connection to the sale of its Acoustics and Soft Trim (AST) division to the Adler Pelzer Group.
    • Advised Softbank Vision Fund on its US$130m investment in the Series B round of Envelop Risk Analytics Limited’s $130m Series B round at a pre-money valuation of $330m.

    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.

    China > Banking and finance: foreign firms Tier 2

    White & Case is often retained by lenders, sponsors, and borrowers to advise on cross-border deals, with a further specialisation in debt finance. Hong Kong-based Eugene Man, head of the firm’s Asia-Pacific banking and restructuring practices, leads the team, showcasing nearly 20 years of experience handling leveraged financing and structuring private debt/credit financing matters. Beijing-based David Li focuses on complex financing mandates, particularly long-term subordinated convertible and bridge liquidity financing. Also noted are Baldwin Cheng, adding 20 years to the team’s experience in pan-Asian financings, and Shanghai-based senior consultant Frank Shu, who is noted for advising Chinese companies in privatisation financing.

    Practice head(s):

    Testimonials

    ‘David Li is exceptional. He is professional, practical and has a deep knowledge of the market. He provided solutions and is trustworthy.’

    Key clients

    Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

    Bank of America

    Bank of China

    China Merchants Bank

    China Molybdenum

    DBS

    DigitalBridge Group

    HSBC

    Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited

    Morgan Stanley

    RRJ Capital

    Standard Chartered Bank

    Work highlights

    • Advised twelve banks as the mandated lead arrangers and bookrunners on the amendment and extension of the 2017 facilities and concurrent upsize to an aggregate $6.5 billion senior secured revolving credit facilities for Alibaba Group Holding.
    • Advised RRJ Capital in connection with the bridge financing and long-term new money refinancing of its buyout acquisition financing of gategroup Holding AG.
    • Advised China Molybdenum on a $600 million bridge and five year pre-export financing (PXF) arranged by China Construction Bank.

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

    With offices in Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong, White & Case is well-placed to handle cross-border M&A transactions in the Greater China region. The China-based team also works closely with offices around the world to advise on both inbound and outbound investment, including in sectors that are rapidly growing, such as mobile gaming, and politically sensitive, such as semiconductors. Alex Zhang works between Shanghai and Beijing, advising on outbound M&A and private equity investment into China, while Vivian Tsoi focuses on advising multinationals on strategic deals.

    Practice head(s):

    Alex Zhang; Vivian Tsoi

    Testimonials

    ‘The team is well versed with both China law and foreign law, excellent drafting and negotiation skills, hold positively collaborative attitude, and can mobilize resources worldwide.’

    ‘The team can extend down-to-earth and practical legal opinion, be very responsive, can step into the shoes of client, and provide high-level and comprehensive legal support.’

    Key clients

    Alvogen

    BBPOS Limited

    CAA

    Celestica

    Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP)

    CS Agriculture Pty Ltd.

    CVC Capital Partners

    GVS S.p.A

    Huhtamaki Oyj

    Medcaptain Medical Technology (Hong Kong) Limited

    Minerva SA

    Zynga Inc.

    Work highlights

    • Advised Zynga on its US$525 million complex and strategic acquisition of Chinese mobile game developer StarLark, from Betta Games.
    • Advised Celestica Inc. on its US$306 million acquisition in cash of PCI Limited, from Platinum Equity.
    • Advised Minerva on its JV with G-Hub, the service platform for imported commodities of China’s state-owned real estate developer Greenland Holdings.

    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.

    Practice head(s):

    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.

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    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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