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Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP
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Insurance > Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 1

Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP‘s London team works closely with practitioners in the US on inbound and outbound insurance M&A that flows in both directions. It also has notable expertise in insurance-linked structures with a nexus to jurisdictions such as Bermuda, the US, UK and Guernsey. Elsewhere, debt and equity capital markets transactions are also key pillars of the practice, and the team is particularly highlighted for its knowledge of complex insurance industry financing structures involving Solvency II and BMA regulatory capital requirements. Elsewhere, the firm stands out for its leading presence in the longevity risk transfer market. Practice head Joseph Ferraro has over 25 years of experience in the insurance industry. His team includes Andrew Tromans, whose varied workload includes advice on M&A, joint ventures, outsourcings, insurance policy wordings and FSA/EU regulatory matters. Nicholas Bugler is knowledgeable about the interface between reinsurance and capital markets. Jennifer Tait and Kirsty MacLean are also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Ferraro

Other key lawyers:

Nichlas Bugler; Andrew Tromans; Jennifer Tait; Kirsty MacLean; Melanie James; Tim Baumgartner

Testimonials

Pragmatic solutions to, at times, complex matters, communicated in a very clear and understandable fashion. The team that has supported us over a number of years is very responsive, supportive and extremely knowledgeable.’

Andy Tromans is my most trusted external legal adviser.’

Andy Tromans was superb and seemed even more motivated to get the right answer than us! Knowledgeable, professional and client focused. A joy to work with.

Their extensive experience, built up over many years working with re/insurance groups that have a presence in Bermuda/London/US is arguably unique and certainly peerless.

Very responsive and always commercial – keeps the bigger picture in mind above ego trips and point-scoring vs the other side.’

Broad experience base that covered all topics of corporate restructuring and capital raise. Listens to the client and discusses and adjusts documents where required, but on a collaborative basis that is really helpful.

Nick Bugler is a subject matter expert within the insurance industry and Lloyd’s and delivers quality advice to required timescales. His calm demeanour and thorough approach make him a pleasure to work with.

Key clients

Fidelis Insurance Holding Limited

Conduit Holdings Limited

Herbie Re Limited

Willis Towers Watson Securities

Lancashire Holdings Limited

MS Amlin Asia

Renaissance Re

QIC Europe Limited

Syndicate Holding Corp

Ark Insurance Holdings Limited

Apollo Partners LLP

Stone Point Capital LLC

MetLife Tower Life Insurance Company

Sixth Street Partners

Nephila Syndicate Management Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Fidelis on capital raises aggregating $1.3 billion in the form of pre-emptive rights offerings, private equity placements and Tier 2 and 3 regulatory debt capital offerings.
  • Advised Ark Insurance at Lloyd’s on one of the most notable scale up fund raisings in the Lloyd’s sector of 2020, involving $605m of equity capital.
  • Advised London-listed Lancashire Insurance on the placing of new common shares to investors raising gross proceeds of approximately £277m.

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

The ‘outstanding team’ at Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP has a wealth of experience in investigations involving allegations of bribery and corruption, money laundering and sanctions-related breaches, among others. The practice is adept at assisting large public companies with regulatory reporting issues and carrying out extensive internal investigations; it offers significant depth in the financial services and energy sectors. It often manages clients’ dealings with UK authorities such as the SFO and the FCA, but also relies on the firm’s US-based capabilities for cross-border mandates. Rita Mitchell is a go-to adviser in this space due to her dual qualifications in the US and the UK. Department head and London office managing partner Peter Burrell garners praise for being ‘a remarkable litigator’, particularly in the area of financial fraud and reporting. Simon Osborn-King and associate Michael Thorne are also key team members.

Practice head(s):

Peter Burrell

Testimonials

‘Hands-on support to help us deliver.’

‘They are an outstanding team. US-headquartered, they have built a very serious London team in this area in a short space of time by very astute lateral hire and rapid promotion. They have the capacity and skillsets to go toe-to-toe with the best and they never fail to impress.’

‘Peter Burrell is a very experienced adviser.’

‘Mike Thorne is very knowledgeable and practical.’

‘Peter Burrell is a remarkable litigator and leads his team from the front. He has a prodigious appetite for work, displays first-class judgement and draws heavily from the very talented team behind him. Mike Thorne, Andrew Turnbull and Cristina Caggiano [litigation] are all standout solicitors.’

Key clients

Essentra plc

TP Icap

GE Alstom Power Limited

Citgo Petroleum Corporation

Nopporn Suppipat

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Essentra’s subsidiary in Dubai, Essentra FZE, in its deferred prosecution agreement with the DOJ for conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act in connection with evading sanctions imposed on North Korea.
  • Defending Citgo Petroleum Corp. in response to a DOJ investigation under various federal criminal statutes.
  • Acting for the claimants, an individual and three Hong Kong-incorporated companies, in ongoing criminal fraud proceedings in Thailand, as well as in associated civil proceedings in the English Commercial Court and other proceedings in Hong Kong, Belize, and the BVI.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 4

Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP is known for litigation, investigations, corporate crime and compliance expertise, with experience in civil litigation, regulatory enforcement action and criminal prosecution related to fraud. The team has particular skills in the private equity, financial service, asset management and insurance sectors, acting for claimants and defendants in multijurisdictional fraud cases. Peter Burrell is head of the firm’s litigation and compliance, investigations and enforcement practice in London and is recommended as a ‘strategic genius who goes above and beyond to do the best for his clients‘.

Practice head(s):

Peter Burrell

Other key lawyers:

Simon Osborn-King; Andrew Turnbull; Dan Pront; Cristina Caggiano; Mike Thorne

Testimonials

‘Peter Burrell is a leader in his field. He is a strategic genius who goes above and beyond to do the best for his clients’.  

‘Peter Burrell, Andrew Turnbull and Dan Pront make a fantastic team ensuring that every single aspect of a case is superbly managed. From the smallest detail in the documents to broad strategic overview, the team has it covered’.

‘Andrew Turnbull is the associate of dreams – an absolute powerhouse who leaves no stone unturned in getting the best results for clients. He works supremely well with counsel’.

‘Team with huge energy and drive allied to great tactical awareness, all harnessed on behalf of the client’.

‘Peter Burrell examines potential actions and tactical decisions from all angles, so that all possible outcomes and routes are explored. Combines that breadth of analysis with great judgment of what matters in the case’.    

‘They are an outstanding alternative to the magic circle firms in London. US headquartered, they have built a very serious London team in this area in a short space of time by very astute lateral hire and rapid promotion. They have the capacity and skill sets to go toe-to-toe with the best and they never fail to impress’.

‘Peter Burrell is a remarkable litigator and leads his team from the front. He has a prodigious appetite for work displays first class judgement and draws heavily from the very talented team behind him’.

‘Very strong team that is always challenging your arguments and the cases by playing devil’s advocate and ensuring your case is rock solid’.

Key clients

Man Group Plc

Man Asset Management (Ireland) Limited

Montlake QIAIF Platform ICAV

Nopporn Suppipat and Ors

Work highlights

  • Secured a successful judgment for MontLake QIAIF Platform ICAV, an Irish investment fund, in proceedings it brought in the English High Court against Kidman Asset Management Limited, Mr Massimo Bochicchio, and Tiber Capital LLP (in administration).
  • Act for Man Group Plc in the Public Institution for Social Security of Kuwait v Man Group Plc (and 37 other defendants). The case will be one of the largest disputes ever heard in the Commercial Court and was listed as one of The Lawyer’s ‘Top 20 Cases to Watch in 2020’.
  • Acting for Nopporn Suppipat and three Hong Kong incorporated companies, in ongoing conspiracy proceedings against 17 defendants before the Commercial Court. The claim relates to allegations of a fraud perpetrated on the Claimants in connection with their majority stake in a holding company of a prominent energy company in Asia.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 4

Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP's 'hard-working and committed' London team is frequently instructed in complex litigation that involves concurrent, parallel civil, criminal, regulatory or arbitration proceedings. Leading the group is Peter Burrell, whose 'technical ability is second to none'. Simon Osborn-King has a varied practice that covers domestic and cross-border commercial litigation and investigations; he is particularly strong in cases involving fraud and other wrongdoing, as well as shareholder disputes and contentious matters arising from corporate transactions. Jerry Healy is 'an exceptional senior associate'.

Practice head(s):

Peter Burrell

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team has good depth of experience in complex commercial litigation, and a great work ethic.

The senior members are entirely hands-on, deliver top-quality advice, and more so than any other firm I’ve worked with, are genuinely lovely people to have on your matter.

Really terrific and clever lawyers.

Hard-working and committed – good to work with.

Fantastic team that works together seamlessly.

Even the most senior partner (Peter Burrell) stays directly involved in his cases, both strategically and in the day-to-day. His technical ability is second to none and his accessibility is hugely valued by us as clients.

Peter Burrell is an excellent, tough litigator with very good strategic oversight, and a nice style in settlement discussions.

Jerry Healy is an exceptional senior associate, who is very clever, all over the detail and has an extraordinary work ethic.

Key clients

Dr Tetiana Bersheda

Man Asset Management (Ireland)

Man Group

MontLake QIAIF Platform ICAV

Nopporn Suppipat

Symphony Partners

Next Global Investments

Dynamic Link Ventures

QIC Europe

Work highlights

  • Acted for QIC Europe in applying to join the market-leading, high-profile, FCA Business Interruption Test Case as a party, and seek a leapfrog certificate for appeal to the Supreme Court.
  • Acting for Nopporn Suppipat and three Hong Kong-incorporated companies (Symphony Partners, Next Global Investments and Dynamic Link Ventures) in ongoing conspiracy proceedings against 17 defendants before the Commercial Court.
  • Representing Dr Tetiana Bersheda in High Court proceedings connected with an upcoming trial in the Southern District of New York against Sotheby’s, one of the world’s largest art brokers and auction houses.

Finance > Debt capital markets Tier 4

Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP has 'unrivalled experience and perspective across insurance-linked financings' and clients remark that the firm has 'a winning team for any difficult, time-sensitive, important debt issue'. Its capital markets practice in London frequently advises private equity sponsors, corporate issuers and financial institutions on the full spectrum of capital markets transactions in the UK, Europe and the US. Led by dual-qualified partner Jennifer Tait, who works closely with lead corporate insurance capital markets partner Joseph Ferraro, the practice handles insurance-linked securities, investment grade bond issuance and innovative transactions, notably sustainability-linked notes. Tait and Ferraro worked together to assist Willis Securities, Inc. as sole structuring agent and bookrunner, with Windmill II Re DAC’s issuance of €100m issuance of principal at-risk variable rate notes.

Practice head(s):

Jennifer Tait; Joseph Ferraro

Testimonials

‘Jennifer Tait and her team at Wilkie took ownership of a complex process and ensured the many stakeholders and inputting parties were held to timetable – they really quarterbacked the thing and didn’t just “stay in lane”. It was a complex transatlantic deal (combining our UK-headquartered asset with the much larger US-headquartered target) that required a lot of transatlantic collaboration and Wilkie were seamless in facilitating this collaboration and being a single joined up team. These guys put in the late nights/all-nighters and held the hand particularly of a target management team which was unfamiliar with the process of bond issuance.’

‘They helped find creative and pragmatic solutions to various problems that cropped up along the way due to the idiosyncrasies of the deal. It wasn’t the first time we worked with these guys, but it was certainly the most intense project we worked together on so far out of our London office, and I am sure it won’t be our last.’

‘Unrivalled experience and perspective across insurance-linked financings. A go-to team for new and innovative structures within the sector. The highest level of professionalism, commerciality and congeniality.’

‘As a first in our long history, we did a lot of debt work over this last extraordinary year.  Willkie, who are our go-to firm on many subjects, but whose debt team we were obviously less familiar with, did an outstanding job for us both with our more standard credit facilities as well as with our very innovative, sustainability-linked notes that we issued at the Luxembourg stock exchange.’

‘I would like to express how fantastic the Willkie team is.  Jennifer Tait and her team work like real extensions of our team, are a pleasure to work with, efficient, good at negotiating win-win situations with opposing counsel and just generally have deep exercise in the sector and are super-reactive. A winning team I would go to for any difficult, time-sensitive, important debt issue anytime.’

Key clients

Fidelis Insurance Holdings Limited

Willis Towers Watson Securities

MS Amlin

Herbie Re Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Fidelis on its inaugural offering of $330m aggregate principal amount of 4.875% Senior Notes due 2030. The Notes were structured to receive Tier 3 capital treatment under the Bermuda Monetary Authority’s Group Supervision Rules, and similar capital credit under the models of the rating agencies.
  • Advised Willis Securities, Inc. as sole structuring agent and bookrunner in connection with Windmill II Re DAC’s issuance of €100m aggregate principal amount of principal at-risk variable rate notes.
  • Represented Phoenix 1 Re Pte. Ltd. and MS Amlin Asia Pacific as deal counsel in connection with the issuance of $42,135,000 aggregate principal amount of participating notes issued under the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s ILS initiative.

Finance > High yield Tier 4

The London capital markets practice at Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP acts for private equity sponsors, corporate issuers and financial institutions on high yield deals. Though not a volume shop, it handles key deals along with the firm's leveraged finance, private equity and restructuring practices, as well as the well-established high yield group in New York. Key partner Jennifer Tait acted for bondholders on the recapitalisation that followed the balance sheet restructuring of the Lecta Group of companies, which included the issuance of new senior secured notes. Corporate finance partner Joseph Ferraro also plays a pivotal role in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Jennifer Tait; Joseph Ferraro

Key clients

Ad Hoc Bondholder Group in Follow-On Recapitalisation by Lecta (High Yield)

Platinum Equity (High Yield)

Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. (Equity)

Lancashire Holdings Limited (Equity)

Fidelis Insurance Holdings Limited (Equity)

Sixth Street Partners (Equity)

Baillie Gifford European Growth Trust plc (formerly European Investment Trust plc (Equity)

Peel Hunt LLP (Equity)

Conduit Holdings Limited (Equity)

Fidelis Insurance Holdings Limited (Debt)

Willis Towers Watson Securities (Debt)

MS Amlin (Debt)

Herbie Re Ltd. (Debt)

Work highlights

  • Advised the Ad Hoc Bondholder Group in the July 2020 recapitalisation that followed the balance sheet restructuring of the Lecta Group of companies completed in February 2020.
  • Acted as financing legal counsel for Platinum Equity on its completed acquisition of Cision Ltd. (NYSE: CISN), a leading global provider of cloud-based software, media intelligence and distribution services, and other related professional services to the marketing and PR industry, in a transaction valued at approximately $2.74bn.
  • Advised Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO) as lead counsel on UK and US law matters in connection with its proposed $994m acquisition of Codemasters Group Holdings plc, a London-listed publisher and developer of racing games.

Investment fund formation and management > Private funds Tier 4

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 5

Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP's London practice has developed significantly since its establishment in 2016, and now offers more than just support to the corporate team on M&A transactions. The group is now consulted by clients on selective distribution agreements, investigations and litigation. Philipp Girardet  continues to lead the European competition group; as well as developing the UK team. In recent years he has overseen the development of the firm's European network with key lateral hires in Frankfurt and Brussels.

Practice head(s):

Philipp Girardet

Other key lawyers:

Rahul Saha; Kyle Le Croy

Testimonials

 ‘Philipp Girardet is sharp and gets what is important to our organisation and risk profile quickly. He is pragmatic but thorough, and cuts through the noise efficiently.’

‘Extremely responsive and commercial. They know the business and the market well and have a very pragmatic reasoned approach to compliance. Reassuringly fuss-free and a solid safe pair of hands in complex compliance scenarios. Very Board friendly as well – translate legal risk into business speak very smoothly.’

‘Philipp Girardet – is our go-to adviser for difficult compliance scenarios. He is accessible, measured, calm under pressure and highly technically proficient.’

Key clients

Franklin Resources Inc.

Genstar Capital / Institutional Shareholder Services

Eight Fifty Food Group Limited

Atlas Holdings LLC

CMA CGM

Match Group

Kraft Heinz Company

Telefónica UK (O2)

Expedia Group

The LEGO Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Franklin Templeton on its $4.5bn acquisition of Legg Mason.
  • Advised ISS and Genstar Capital on the sale of ISS to Deutsche Börse.
  • Advised Eight Fifty Food Group Limited on its acquisition of Greenland Seafood.

Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions – high-value deals (£250m+) Tier 5

Since Gavin Gordon and David Arnold joined the practice in 2019 from Kirkland & Ellis, Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP has expanded its private equity presence in London to handle acqusitions, investments and exits for PE houses and their portfolio companies. The London office draws on the firm’s capable French and German PE practices to advise on cross-border deals. In addition to Gordon and Arnold, Claire McDaid is another key figure with experience acting for sponsors and family offices across a range of transactions. Andrew Gray was promoted to partner in January 2021 and is praised by clients.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Gordon

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I think Willkie have provided a very complete private equity service which carefully integrates deal, fund and LP matters. I have not seen that approach as well worked as it is in the European office of WF&G.’

‘Fantastic client service, willing to take a commercial view to help solve problems without compromising your legal position.’

‘David Arnold and Andy Gray are a formidable team. David provides enormous experience and is available seemingly 24/7 to discuss issues and Andy is able to make things happen very quickly and very precisely. We’re extremely happy with the service.’

‘Extremely commercially oriented. The Willkie team is very adept at giving the bottom line and commercial impact (i.e., not just the problems – but also the solutions and tradeoffs). This is invaluable.’

‘David Arnold demonstrated strong dealmaking skills and  got a challenging multi-jurisdictional transaction over the line in circumstances where many buy-side lawyers would have struggled.’

‘Philip Coletto is professional, reliable, reactive, moulds around our process, risk appetite and timing.’

‘Dedicated to the private equity sector. Always up to date on current trends and developments.’

Key clients

Aquiline Capital Partners

Atlas Holdings

CapVest Partners

Dubin Clark

FFP

Freshstream Investment Partners LLP

FTV Capital

Genstar Capital

IK Investment Partners

Insight Partners

Levine Leichtman Capital Partners (LLCP)

PAI Partners

Searchlight Capital Partners

Stanley Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Levine Leichtman Capital Partners (LLCP) on a number of significant transactions over the past 12 months, including on its acquisitions of Creditinfo Group, BigHand and SiPM.
  • Advised Searchlight Capital Partners on a number of significant transactions over the past 12 months, including the take private of Swedish listed company Opus Group AB and in its agreement to acquire a majority stake in Global Risk Partners (“GRP”).
  • Advised Atlas Holdings on its acquisition of global contractor Permasteelisa from LIXIL Group Corporation.

Finance > Acquisition finance Tier 5

The ‘knowledgeable, professional and client-focused‘ team at Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP continues to gain market share with a private equity-focused client base, appreciative of the team’s ability to undertake complex financing structures involving debt throughout the capital structure. The ‘bright and commercial‘.  Sebastian FitzGerald  has an excellent perspective of mid to upper-mid market sponsor-led debt financing mandates, work which he also regularly undertakes in collaboration with the firm’s Paris and Frankfurt offices.

Other key lawyers:

Sebastian FitzGerald; Ashley Young; Komal Raina

Testimonials

I was very impressed by the work that the team delivered on a very complex financing structuring with a number of last minute iterations.’

Knowledgeable, professional and client focused partners and associates.’

Very commercial and focused on getting the best outcome for their client. Clearly very experienced in the banking sector and able to call on that experience to great use.’

Sebastian FitzGerald is a commanding banking partner in charge of the execution process of very complex transactions.’

Sebastian FitzGerald is extremely professional, bright and commercial.’

Key clients

Ardian

Bregal Freshstream

CVC Capital

Insight Partners

Levine Leichtman Capital Partners

PAI Partners

Platinum Equity

Searchlight Capital Partners

Stanley Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising CVC Capital Partners, through its CVC Capital Partners Fund VII, in its exclusive negotiations with Charterhouse Capital Partners for the acquisition of a majority stake in Cooper Consumer Health.
  • Advised Levine Leichtman Capital Partners on the financing aspects of its acquisition of BigHand (in partnership with management) from Bridgepoint Development Capital and minority co-investor LDC.
  • Represented Atlas Holdings on the financing aspects of its acquisition of Permasteelisa from LIXIL Group.

Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 5

Under the guidance of the 'user-friendly' Graham Lane, Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP's three-partner team continues to gain traction among funds clients as stakeholders in complex cross-border situations, including in the context of secondary distressed and high-yield debt transactions. Praised for her ability to provide 'creative solutions to commercial barriers', Iben Madsen is also a favourite among fund clients and regularly works alongside Lane for ad-hoc bondholder groups in complex cross-border restructuring mandates. Senior associate Alexander Roy is also recommended for his ability to provide 'excellent commercial and legal advice'. 

Practice head(s):

Graham Lane

Other key lawyers:

Iben Madsen; Edward Downer; Alexander Roy; Jason Taylor

Testimonials

The practice offers a full-service approach so can deal with all aspects of a deal, particularly when it comes foreign law matters.’

It is a close knit, agile, hardworking and committed team. Very commercial and technically top notch.’

It is a broad practice with a very engaged approach to advising creditors, taking a consistently commercial approach which adds a lot of value.’

The team is exceptionally diligent, incredibly knowledgeable and highly dependable.’

It is a very commercial and collaborative restructuring practice. The lawyers understand the needs of investors

Graham Lane is one of the most user-friendly senior restructuring lawyers in London, and offers very broad perspectives on the path through complex situations.’

Iben Madsen brings very thorough knowledge of any situation where she is advising, and offers creative solutions to commercial barriers.’

Iben Madsen is technically excellent and very proactive; she consistently provides well-considered commercial advice. She’s definitely a tactical-thinker, all over the detail and very well connected in the market.’

Key clients

BlueBay Asset Management

Global Loan Agency Services

Man GLG

AlixPartners

Apollo Management International

Cheyne Capital

Credit Suisse Asset Management

CVC Credit Partners, LLC

GoldenTree Asset Management

Monarch Alternative Capital

Work highlights

  • Represented the underwriters on the successful recapitalization of the Lecta Group, one of the largest paper manufacturers in Europe.
  • Represented a group of bondholders on negotiations relating to the complex financial restructuring of the Intu Group.
  • Advised GLAS, one of the largest independent providers of finance administration services, on the successful crossborder restructuring of the major Dutch-headquartered retail chain, Hema, prior to its sale in early 2021.

Dispute resolution > Competition litigation

Dispute resolution > International arbitration

Willkie Farr & Gallagher is an elite international law firm of approximately 1,000 lawyers located in 13 offices in six countries. Willkie’s London office was established in 1988 and provides English and US legal advice to UK, US and international market-leading public and private companies, investors and financial services institutions. Our London team is fully integrated and works closely with Willkie’s offices in the US and Europe on many complex international matters and transactions. Willkie’s core areas of practice in London are: antitrust and competition, asset management, business reorganization and restructuring, capital markets, compliance, investigations and enforcement, corporate insurance, finance, financial services regulatory, litigation, private equity/M&A and tax.

Types of work undertaken
Antitrust and competition: The team in London advises on a broad range of EU and UK competition matters, including challenging merger control/antitrust cases as well as some of the most high-profile litigation cases in the UK.

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 reorganization and restructuring: Willkie’s London restructuring team is part of the firm’s highly regarded international restructuring practice in New York, Houston, Chicago, Paris, Frankfurt and Milan, 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.

nd finance teams in 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, special situations, bank/senior credit financings and mezzanine financings.

Compliance, investigations and enforcement: Willkie’s internationally recognised compliance, investigations and enforcement practice is a market leader in both the UK and US. The team represents public companies, financial institutions and their executives in all aspects of compliance, investigations and enforcement and has significant experience in high-stakes matters and all types of financial crime.

Corporate insurance: The London insurance team is part of Willkie’s firm wide 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.

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.

Litigation: Willkie’s London 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. The team is frequently instructed on high stakes fraud litigation.

Private equity/M&A: Willkie is recognised as having one of the leading private equity transactional practices in Europe and the US. 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’s tax team in 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: Brussels, Chicago, Frankfurt, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Milan, New York, Palo Alto, Paris, Rome, San Francisco and Washington

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Chairman Thomas M Cerabino
Chairman Matthew A. Feldman
London Managing Partner Peter Burrell
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Number of resident partners : 25
Number of resident fee-earners : 65+

Willkie’s most valuable asset is its people. We believe everyone benefits from a diverse and inclusive workplace, and the confluence of people of different races, cultures, religions, gender identities, beliefs and sexual orientations makes for a stronger team that is more adept at creative problem-solving on behalf of our clients, and most importantly creates an environment where our people feel welcomed and valued.

We are committed to building an inclusive environment that recognises and leverages the unique experiences and differences each individual brings to the table. As such, it is our policy to employ and to recognise the talents of our present and future personnel at all levels based solely on merit. We do not discriminate or tolerate discrimination in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, colour, disability, gender, gender identity and expression, gender reassignment, pregnancy or maternity, paternity, marital or civil partnership status, caregiver status, nationality, national origin, citizenship, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or preference, veteran’s status or any other classification protected by law. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including hiring, training, nature of assignments, transfers, promotion, compensation, discipline, termination, and access to benefits.

Willkie is proud to partner with Rare Recruitment on two initiatives; Rare’s Contextual Recruitment System and Vantage. Partnering with Rare means social mobility measures and educational data are embedded into our recruitment process. This means we will better understand applicants’ academic achievements. Additionally, interviews for our vacation scheme are conducted on a CV blind basis.

In London, we are proud to have an active LGBTQ+ Affinity Group as well as the London Chapter of the Women’s Professional Development Committee (WPDC). The WPDC was established more than a decade ago to offer professional development programs and guidance to ensure Willkie provides a rewarding and empowering experience to women at the firm. Our lawyers are also members of Willkie’s firm-wide Diversity and Inclusion Committee, established approximately thirty years ago.