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London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+

Within: M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+

White & Case LLP¬†has an ‚Äėexceptional standard of service‚Äô; the firm is ‚Äėalways on top of industry trends and at the forefront of thought leadership‚Äô. The team handles significant international deals, particularly those requiring US and European advice, with particular focus in servicing public companies, financial institutions and sponsors, oil and gas, energy and infrastructure clients, and technology and telecoms companies.¬†Patrick Sarch¬†and¬†Ian Bagshaw¬†co-head the London corporate practice. Sarch has particular experience acting for financial institutions, notably representing the directors of The Co-operative Bank on the bank‚Äôs formal sales process under the Takeover Code and subsequent rescue restructuring and ¬£700m capital raising. Bagshaw notably acted alongside co-lead of infrastructure project M&A¬†John Cunningham¬†on Bupa‚Äôs ¬£835m acquisition of Oasis Healthcare.¬†Alan Burke¬†and¬†Allan Taylor¬†are key figures on the oil & gas and energy side of the practice, working with big name clients including Saudi Aramco, Rosneft, PetroSaudi and Nostrum Oil & Gas.¬†Gavin Weir¬†is recommended for his ‚Äėcommitted, business-minded approach with a clear understanding of the expected commercial goals‚Äô.¬†Daniel Turgel¬†joined in January 2018 from Linklaters LLP¬†and¬†Dominic Ross¬†joined from¬†Ashurst¬†in May 2018.

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Private equity: transactions

Within: Private equity: transactions

White & Case LLP¬†'consistently delivers high-quality output' in large UK and cross-border deals, and has reinforced the reputation of its London office as the hub of the global private equity practice by investing in its team. In recent developments,¬†Michael Weir¬†joined from¬†Jones Day, while¬†Emmie Jones joined from¬†Macfarlanes LLP. Peggy Wang¬†(who is the head of Asia private equity M&A) has relocated to the London office from Hong Kong. In addition,¬†Steven Worthington¬†made partner.¬†Ian Bagshaw¬†leads the group, which acts for UK and international private equity investors and corporates in their most sophisticated deals. In 2017, a team co-led by Bagshaw and Richard Jones, which included associates¬†Nicole Vella¬†and Linford Coates, acted for Harbour Energy Limited (the energy investment vehicle managed by EIG Global Energy Partners) in its agreement to lead the $3bn acquisition by Chrysaor of a diversified portfolio of North Sea oil and natural gas assets from Shell UK and its affiliates. In another deal,¬†Marcus Booth, Gavin Weir and other members of a multi-disciplinary team advised GSO Capital Partners and the other shareholders (including Coller Capital and Lloyds Bank) on the sale of UK housebuilder Miller Homes to Bridgepoint for ¬£655m. Also recommended is¬†Jarlath McGurran, who¬†was one of the lead partners advising Anchorage Capital, GIC and Davidson Kempner on the ‚ā¨3.5bn sale of Irish telecom company Eir to a subsidiary of NJJ and France-based Iliad. Kenneth Barry¬†has experience of assisting clients with investments in Central and Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia, among other regions. Other key figures are John Cunningham, Caroline Sherrell, and associates¬†Michael Mountain and¬†Lucy Bullock.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Power (including electricity and renewables)

Within: Power (including electricity and renewables)

White & Case LLP 's energy practice recently saw the promotion to partner of Kamilla Azamat and Meredith Campanale 's promotion to counsel. On the project development side, Philip Stopford and Kirsti Massie are currently acting as counsel to the project company and Al Nowais as sponsor with regards to a 2.640 MW coal-fired power plant in Egypt's Ayoun Moussa area, and Caroline Miller Smith and Ellis Baker are advising Star Capital and Eurotunnel on their proposed power 75km-long interconnector project between the UK and France. The team is also representing a contractor in the negotiation of its EPC contract for the construction of a new nuclear plant in Eastern Europe. In terms of brown field M&A, John Cunningham was part of the team which assisted the UK subsidiary of an international energy group with its acquisition of two combined cycle gas turbine stations from a leading energy company. Mark Castillo-Bernaus co-heads the London power offering with global head Massie and recently oversaw the granting of a project finance facility for the development of an independent power plant with Jason Kerr and counsel Chris Duncan . Other notable clients include HSBC, Enerjisa and Acergy.

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