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Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP

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Willkie Farr & Gallagher is an elite international law firm with approximately 700 attorneys in ten offices throughout the United States and Europe.

The firm: Opened in 1988, the London office comprises approximately 70 attorneys providing asset management, competition, compliance, investigations and enforcement, corporate, finance, insurance, M&A, private equity, restructuring and tax advice to UK, US and international clients. Collaborating with Willkie colleagues internationally, the team advises private equity sponsors, public and private companies, investors and financial services institutions on a variety of high-profile matters.

Types of work undertaken:

Antitrust & Competition: Willkie advises on a broad range of EU and UK competition matters, including cross-border mergers, cartels, dominance cases and competition litigation.

Asset Management: The London asset management team represents sponsors in the formation of, and institutional investors investing in, private equity, hedge, debt, mezzanine, infrastructure, real estate, energy and venture capital funds covering a variety of sectors, and has extensive experience on a broad range of secondary transactions, secondary directs, co-investment deals, management spinouts and managed accounts.

Business Reorganisation & Restructuring: Willkie’s London restructuring team is part of the firm’s highly regarded international restructuring practices in New York, Houston, Paris and Frankfurt, with experience in all aspects of business and financial restructurings and insolvency matters. It advises companies, creditors and other stakeholders, with a focus on complex cross-border mandates.

Capital Markets/Finance: Willkie London represents issuers and other financial institutions in sophisticated capital-raising transactions, including IPOs, Rule 144A offerings, secondary equity offerings, high yield and other debt issuances, rescue financings, PIPEs, private placements, block and other securities trades, leveraged finance, bank/senior credit financings and mezzanine financings.

Compliance, Investigations & Enforcement: Willkie represents public companies, financial institutions and their executives in all aspects of compliance, investigations and enforcement, and in particular high-stakes matters and all types of financial crimes. The team is distinguished as an elite international practice, joining up the experience of litigators in the US, UK and Continental Europe to provide an integrated platform of legal services covering multiple jurisdictions and geographies.

Financial Services Regulatory: The financial services team in London acts for corporates and financial institutions on a wide range of regulatory and compliance matters and UK and EU regulatory developments. The team has significant experience across a wide range of financial products including securities, funds, derivatives and structured products and advises on strategic transactions in connection with M&A, capital markets and restructurings, and governance and conduct matters.

Insurance & Reinsurance: The London insurance team is part of Willkie’s firmwide interdisciplinary practice, which includes corporate, tax, regulatory and litigation capabilities. The team’s insurance industry attorneys have received significant recognition for advising general insurers, life insurers, reinsurers, investment banks, brokers, private equity funds and hedge funds in insurance-related transactions.

Litigation: Willkie London's litigation team frequently advises clients from across the broad spectrum of industry, in particular financial institutions and corporates. Acting for both claimants and defendants, the team has extensive experience of a wide range of complex and frequently multi-jurisdictional civil disputes and proceedings, including High Court litigation, international and national arbitrations, mediation and regulatory and statutory proceedings.

Private Equity/M&A: Willkie is recognised as having one of the leading private equity transactional practices in Europe and the United States. It is one of few international law firms with extensive experience in virtually every type of private equity transaction, from early-stage venture capital financings to complex cross-border, multi-billion dollar leveraged buyouts and going-private transactions.

Tax: Willkie London advises on corporate and international tax matters, including structures for UK and international business investments, and the tax aspects of public and private M&A, private equity investments, joint ventures/partnerships, fund formation, reorganisations and demergers, insolvency and restructurings, capital markets issues, structured finance, property developments and investments, and employee share plans.

Other offices: New York, Washington, Houston, Palo Alto, Paris, London, Frankfurt, Brussels, Milan, Rome.


  • Number of resident partners: 22
  • Number of resident fee-earners: 50+

Above material supplied by Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP.

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