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Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP > The Legal 500 Rankings
US firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP has a well-established presence in the London insurance scene, advising major insurers, investors, brokers and intermediaries on big-ticket M&A, regulatory issues and insurance-linked securities matters. Joseph Ferraro's 'highly recommended' team includes the highly regarded Andrew Tromans, who is described as having 'more in-depth knowledge of insurance actuarial and business M&A matters than some actuaries or M&A advisory firms have.' The London team regularly works with their US counterparts on cross-border matters such as advising Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited on its $2.6bn acquisition by Apollo Global Management.
‘The team consistently provides prompt, pragmatic advice.’
‘Speed of response and knowledge of the practice area makes Willkie stand out.’
‘Willkie Farr & Gallagher have worked with all insurance M&A players and insurance M&A advisers. Hence they know the market, the players, the market standards and terms. Given their constant exposure to insurance M&A, they can properly estimate costs and offer alternative fee arrangements and deliver against it. Legal issues are identified easily by this team and addressed as required in lean legal documentation. Highly recommended – my insurance M&A go to team.’
‘Andrew Tromans is extremely knowledgeable, practical and solution focused – an ideal combination for in-house clients.’
‘Andrew Tromans is not only an expert in insurance M&A – he is more than just a legal adviser and has more in-depth knowledge of insurance actuarial and business M&A matters than some actuaries or M&A advisory firms have.’
‘Andy Tromans provides consistently high quality, commercially focused advice and service on the most difficult of insurance law specific issues.’
‘Andy Tromans is my most trusted adviser and, without question, one of the finest lawyers in the London market.’
Andrew Tromans is very responsive, very smart and most importantly commercially savvy – one of our go-to lawyers.’
Aspen Insurance Holdings
OSG / Aquiline
Lancashire Insurance Holdings
Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP's London PE practice was greatly strengthened by the arrival of key practitioners Gavin Gordon and David Arnold from Kirkland & Ellis International LLP in May 2019. The pair add weight to a team that already included highly regarded partner Claire McDaid. The 'highly commercial' team has won new clients including Opengate Capital Management, JC Flowers and Oak Hill Capital Partners. Key partners in the practice in addition to Gordon and Arnold include François Feuillat. New-York based partners Jeffrey Poss and Neil Townsend are joint heads of the global offering.
‘The team is never righteous and always helps the client find a solution. It doesn’t gold-plate its services unless the client asks it to, so the value for money is excellent as well.’
IK Investment Partners
Opengate Capital Management
Blue Water Energy LLP
Insight Venture Partners
Bregal Freshstream LLP
Genstar Capital Partners
Oak Hill Capital Partners
Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP is adept at handling compliance, investigations and enforcement matters. Areas of expertise include advising clients on anti-money laundering, sanctions and fraud matters relating to the UK Bribery Act and the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. It is experienced in dealing with investigations by the SFO, FCA, CMA, HMRC in the UK and, in the US, the DoJ, SEC, and Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Head of team Peter Burrell is recommended for his experience in compliance and internal corporate investigations as well as defence work. Simon Osborn-King joined as partner from Slaughter and May.
Private funds Tier 5
Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP's asset management group is viewed by some clients as a 'trusted long-term partner'. The practice covers the full scope of fund formation work, from assistance with fund structuring and investment management arrangements to ancillary tax and regulatory advice. The team handles a number of innovative energy-related and emerging markets fund instructions, with practice head Solomon Wifa leading a team advising CardinalStone Capital Advisors on the establishment of its first private equity fund dedicated to investing in Nigeria. Henrietta de Salis is the name to note for funds regulatory work.
‘Practical advice informed by up-to-date market knowledge‘.
‘Solomon Wifa has excellent market knowledge and a pragmatic approach; he is happy to get stuck into the detail himself‘.
Impax Group plc
Uhuru Investment Partners
Blue Water Energy LLP
Synergy Capital Managers Ltd
CapVest Partners LLP
CERN Pension Fund
Banque Cantonale de Geneva
Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP > Firm Profile
Willkie Farr & Gallagher is an elite international law firm with approximately 700 attorneys in twelve offices throughout the United States and Europe.
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.
Willkie offices: New York, Washington, Houston, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Chicago, Paris, London, Frankfurt, Brussels, Milan, Rome
|Chairman||Thomas M Cerabino|
|Chairman||Steven J Gartner|
|London managing partner||Peter Burrell|
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|Mr Nicholas Bugler||View Profile|
|Mr Peter Burrell||View Profile|
|Mr Philip Coletto||View Profile|
|Mr Joseph Ferraro||View Profile|
|Mr François Feuillat||View Profile|
|Mark Fine||View Profile|
|Sebastian FitzGerald||View Profile|
|Philipp Girardet||View Profile|
|Mr Gavin Gordon||View Profile|
|Ms Judith Harger||View Profile|
|Mr Graham Lane||View Profile|
|Iben Madsen||View Profile|
|Mr Aymen Mahmoud||View Profile|
|Ms Claire McDaid||View Profile|
|Ms Rita Mitchell||View Profile|
|Jane Scobie||View Profile|
|Jennifer Tait||View Profile|
|Mr Andrew Tromans||View Profile|
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