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London: Corporate and commercial

Private equity: transactions ‚Äď mid-tier ‚Äď up to ¬£250m
Private equity: transactions ‚Äď mid-tier ‚Äď up to ¬£250m - ranked: tier 2

Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP

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 paid 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.

Practice head(s):Jeffrey Poss; Neil Townsend

Other key lawyers:Gavin Gordon; David Arnold; François Feuillat


'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.'


Key Clients

TA Associates

PAI Partners

Warburg Pincus

IK Investment Partners

Opengate Capital Management

Blue Water Energy LLP

Insight Venture Partners

Bregal Freshstream LLP

Genstar Capital Partners

JC Flowers

Oak Hill Capital Partners

Riverstone LLC

Work highlights

  • Acted for a consortium of private equity sponsors in connection with their investment in Hafnia Tankers and its merger with BW Group to create one of the world’s largest product tanker carriers.
  • Represented PAI Partners on its acquisition of World Freight International from Greenbriar Private Equity alongside its consortium partner Baring Private Equity Asia
  • Advised Genstar Capital and its portfolio company Apex Fund Services on the acquisition of IPES from Silverfleet Capital.
  • Advised Genstar Capital and its portfolio company Apex Fund Services on the carve-out and acquisition of the corporate and private clients business of Link Asset Services, a division of the Australian listed Link Group.

  • Advising Aquiline and its portfolio company, OSG Billing, on the recommended public takeover of Communisis PLC, a company listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange, by way of a scheme of arrangement.  
Leading individuals

Claire McDaid - Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP

Gavin Gordon - Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP

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London: Insurance

Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 2

Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Joseph Ferraro

Other key lawyers:Andrew Tromans


'The team consistently provides prompt, pragmatic advice.'

'Speed of response and knowledge of the practice area makes Wilkie 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.'

Key Clients

Aspen Insurance Holdings

OSG / Aquiline




MS Amlin



RenRe Ventures

Lancashire Insurance Holdings

Work highlights

  • Represented Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited in its agreement to be acquired by certain investment funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management LLC.
  • Advised OSG Group, an Aquiline portfolio company, in relation to its UK takeover offer to acquire Communisis PLC.
  • Acted for a major, US-headquartered international insurer on one of the most significant personal lines insurance transactions of the year, creating created an international lifestyle insurance provider with leading positions in insurance warranty and vehicle protection businesses.
  • Represented long-time client RenaissanceRe Holdings in its deal to acquire Tokio Marine Holdings’ international reinsurance platform, which includes Tokio Millennium Re and Tokio Millennium Re (UK) - collectively, TMR.
  • Represented MS Amlin, the specialist global (re)insurer, in the creation and establishment of a new Bermuda-domiciled special purpose reinsurer.
Leading individuals

Andrew Tromans - Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP

Joseph Ferraro - Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Private funds
Private funds - ranked: tier 5

Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP

Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP' 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.

Practice head(s):Solomon Wifa

Other key lawyers:Henrietta de Salis


'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'.

Key Clients

Impax Group plc

NTR plc

Uhuru Investment Partners

Blue Water Energy LLP

Synergy Capital Managers Ltd

CardinalStone Capital

CapVest Partners LLP

CERN Pension Fund

Accor Hotels

Banque Cantonale de Geneva

Work highlights

  • Advised Impax on final closing of its third renewable infrastructure fund.
  • Advised NTR on the organisation and first closing of its second renewable energy income fund.
  • Advising Uhuru Investment Partners on the establishment of its first private equity fund focused on investing in Western Africa.
  • Announced the final closing of Blue Water Energy Fund II with total commitments in excess of $1.1 billion, surpassing its target of $1 billion.
  • Advised Synergy Capital on the establishment of its second private equity fund focused on investing in Western Africa.

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 2

Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Peter Burrell

Other key lawyers:Simon Osborn-King; Rita Mitchell; Michael Thorne

Key Clients

Anthony Allen

Alstom Power Limited


Afren plc

Work highlights

  • Instructed to assist a FTSE 250 firm in respect of a complex FCA investigation relating to LIBOR related trades
Leading individuals

Peter Burrell - Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP

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