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Winston & Strawn LLP
CITYPOINT
ONE ROPEMAKER STREET
LONDON
EC2Y 9AW
England

EU and competition: trade, WTO anti-dumping and customs Tier 3

Recent highlights at Winston & Strawn LLP include advising leading multinational companies and global insurance companies on the sanctions regime applicable internationally. The team is also highly experienced in providing complex regulatory advice and compliance analysis in sectors including petrochemicals, retail and publishing. Also of note is the team’s strength in the Japanese and Russian markets. Peter Crowther heads the department and has expertise in sanctions work.

Key clients

Hitachi Metals

XL Catlin

Sberbank of Russia

Liberty Specialty Markets

Silgan Holdings

InterChem Pte

Apollo Syndicate Management

Argand Partners

Oil and gas Tier 3

Winston & Strawn LLP is especially strong in the corporate, financing and project development matters, and recently expanded its presence in the petrochemical space. The team has continued to be particularly active in the LNG field, where it acts for sponsors and other entities across the world. The practice is jointly led by James Simpson, who has extensive experience advising on international transactions in the oil and gas sector, and Zoë Ashcroft, who is noted for her expertise in transactions in emerging markets (particularly Sub-Saharan Africa). Jason Parker was recently promoted to the partnership.

Testimonials

‘Winston’s practice stands out in that it can truly deliver and manage a global transaction with multiple jurisdictions involved. It delivers a seamless and practical service.’

‘Stewart Worthy and Nicholas Usher are both great – excellent deal captains!’

Key clients

Electrogas Malta Limited

Emirates Water and Electric Company (formerly ADWEA)

SEPLAT Petroleum Development Company Plc

Shebah Exploration and Production Company Limited

Rabigh Refining & Petrochemical Company

Energy Capital Vietnam

Water Tier 3

Winston & Strawn LLP's James Simpson advises project sponsors, developers, investors, contractors, operating companies, service companies, and governments on large-scale water and wastewater projects and related financings around the world, including Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Turkey.

Key clients

Electrogas Malta Limited

Emirates Water and Electric Company (formerly ADWEA)

Aviation Tier 4

Winston & Strawn LLP stands out for its aviation finance expertise, but it also handles a range of regulatory issues, infrastructure mandates, tax, fleet management and environmental matters in the sector.

Key clients

Finnair

Aviation Capital Group

AerCap

European Export Credit Agencies (UK Export Finance, Bpifrance, Euler Hermes)

BNP Paribas

Deutsche Bank

Helaba Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale

Natixis

MUFG Bank

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 4

Well hedged by virtue of its expertise handling deals in both developed and emerging markets, Winston & Strawn LLP has solid deal flow on behalf of traditional and development financing institutions, often involving syndicated lender structuring. Able to provide UK and US law advice on financing mandates, the team has expertise across the capital structure, including on senior, subordinated, secured and unsecured debt and hybrid structures. One of the founding partners of the London office, Zoë Ashcroft,  has a particular niche advising on cross-border financings in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Testimonials

Ian Borman is a master of his brief and a match for a roomful of opposing counsel.

Key clients

BMO Harris Bank

Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical Co

Argand Partners

Barings Finance

Hiscox Insurance plc

Citizens, NA

Deutsche Bank

Guggenheim Securities

AM Castle

Metric Capital

Competition litigation Tier 4

Winston & Strawn LLP represents defendants in proceedings relating to cartels and merger control issues. Practice head Peter Crowther splits his time between the firm’s offices in London and Brussels. In one notable work highlight, the team is advising Hitachi Metals on its appeal to the General Court against the European Commission’s power cables cartel decision. Other sectors of focus for the group include broadcasting, pharmaceuticals, commodity products, petrochemicals, and telecoms.

Key clients

Hitachi Metals

XL Catlin

Sberbank

Liberty Specialty Markets

Silgan Holdings

InterChem

Apollo Syndicate Management

Argand Partners

Emerging markets Tier 4

Winston & Strawn LLP advises on transactional and contentious matters in emerging markets, particularly in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. London head of corporate and finance Zoë Ashcroft handled groundbreaking transactions in 2018, which included representing a Nigerian oil and gas exploration company as a joint venture partner in connection with a high-value reserves based lending facility. She continues to focus on emerging markets matters and concentrates principally on matters in Nigeria. Global co-chair of project finance James Simpson has a prominent role in power development and financing in the CEE and the former Soviet Union. He acted for Electrogas Malta in the Delimara 4 LNG-to-Power project. The firm hired Anthony Riley from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP, who has expertise in finance in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Key clients

AM Castle

Barings Finance, LLC

BMO Harris Bank

Citizens, NA

Deutsche Bank

Guggenheim Securities

Metalloinvest

Prudential

Superior Industries International, Inc.

MetLife

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) Tier 4

Winston & Strawn LLP has a particularly strong standing with governments all over the world, which it advises on matters ranging from PPP projects, project development and financing, to regulatory issues, privatisations and commercialisation programs. The team is also regularly instructed by other parties such as investors and contractors to handle transactions and financings. James Simpson leads the practice and has more than 30 years' experience in the area, enabling him to advise across a broad spectrum of matters.  Newly made-up partner Jason Parker is active in the Middle East as well as in Africa. Stephen Jurgenson  left for Clyde & Co LLP  in summer 2019.

Testimonials

A well-briefed team, with good knowledge of the particular requirements and difficulties associated with a range of  situations.’

Jason Parker is hands-on, knowledgeable and proactive with his advice. An extremely capable transactional and project development lawyer whose Middle East and sector experience brings much added value.’

 

Key clients

Electrogas Malta Limited

Emirates Water and Electric Company (formerly ADWEA)

SEPLAT Petroleum Development Company Plc

Rabigh Refining & Petrochemical Company

Energy Capital Vietnam

Transport finance & leasing Tier 4

Headed by Mark MoodyWinston & Strawn LLP's two-partner team is able to provide UK and US law capability to a primarily creditor-focused aviation sector client base, including banks, leasing companies and export credit agencies. Moody continues to advise European ECAs on an "off-panel" basis on selected ECA-supported aircraft finance portfolios, particularly for Latin American-based airlines, where he 'demonstrates exceptional familiarity with local law peculiarities and how those impact on ECA-supported aircraft financings'. The team was bolstered in August 2019 by the arrival of Alison Weal from White & Case LLP.

Next Generation Partners

Testimonials

The team provides a high level of attention to detail and responsiveness, resulting in exceptional standards of delivery‘.

Mark Moody continues to provide high-level guidance on ongoing ECA-supported aircraft financings‘.

Key clients

Finnair

Aviation Capital Group

AerCap

European Export Credit Agencies (UK Export Finance, Bpifrance, Euler Hermes)

BNP Paribas

Deutsche Bank

Helaba LandesbankHessen-Thüringen Girozentrale

Natixis

MUFG Bank

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Financial services: contentious Tier 5

With offices in the UK and US, Winston & Strawn LLP provides expertise in investigations conducted by European regulatory bodies as well as US regulators and prosecutors, including the DOJ and the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission.  Notable in the area is associate Bibinaz Sarraf-Yazdi. Former practice head Justin McClelland left for Stephenson Harwood in 2019.

International arbitration Tier 5

A substantial part of Winston & Strawn LLP's docket includes large-scale infrastructure disputes, including energy, power and transportation projects. The firm 'has an outstanding arbitration practice' that fields Michael Stepek, who is highly rated for international commercial and investment treaty arbitration; also key to the group are Matthew Bate and international arbitration practice chair Ricardo Ugarte, who divides his time between Chicago and London. Daniel Meagher made partner in 2018.

Testimonials

This is a really good arbitration team‘.

Michael Stepek is an excellent lawyer, who is very well prepared, quick on his feet when necessary, but also reasonable and measured in arguments‘.

Matthew Bate is extremely good and writes excellent briefs‘.

Key clients

Super-Max Mauritius

Maritech International

Century Bridge Capital

Dominion Minerals Corp

Eskosol

The Republic of Ecuador

Commercial litigation Tier 6

Winston & Strawn LLP's 'specialised litigation team in London' frequently acts as the co-ordinating hub for major international disputes across Europe, Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Michael Madden leads the firm’s commercial litigation team in London and regularly assists with disputes involving corporate acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures; Daniel Meagher, who is experienced in disputes involving energy, aviation, financial services, telecoms, construction, and shareholders, was made partner, while Justin McClelland left for Stephenson Harwood.

Testimonials

‘A niche practice in the UK but the team does punch above its weight‘.

Michael Madden does outstanding work and deploys a range of skills necessary to be successful in this area, not least tenacity and a thorough grasp of the issues‘.

Key clients

Shebah Exploration and Production Company

Telereal

EU and competition Tier 6

At Winston & Strawn LLP, the competition law department advises high-profile clients on competition aspects of corporate transactions, as well as on contentious matters before the European Commission and national authorities. Led by practice head Peter Crowther, the team is also very active in the regulatory space. Due to its expertise in international trade law, the group is adept at handling cross-border matters as well, and has particular experience in matters with  Japan and Russia. Sector-specific expertise include petrochemicals, insurance, pharmaceuticals, retail, and publishing.

Key clients

Hitachi Metals

XL Catlin

Sberbank of Russia

Liberty Specialty Markets

Silgan Holdings

InterChem

Apollo Syndicate Management Ltd.

Argand Partners

Sport Tier 6

Winston & Strawn LLP's sports team acts for the British Athletes Commission (BAC) and associated athletes and governing bodies in a wide range of mandates that includes defending misconduct allegations, investigating duty of care issues, carrying out selection policy reviews, and representing individuals in anti-doping claims levied against them by regulators. Peter Crowther represents athletes and the BAC in relation to complaints and investigations concerning athlete welfare, performance development, funding, doping and athlete agreements.

Key clients

Professional Football Club CSKA-Sofia JSC

Substantial shareholder in Swansea City Football Club

British Athletes Commission

 

The firm: Founded in 1853, Winston & Strawn LLP is an international law firm with more than 900 attorneys among 17 offices across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America.

In the UK, Winston focuses on capital markets and securitisation, cross-border M&A and finance, project and transportation finance, privacy and data security, private equity and venture capital, tax, litigation, international arbitration, contentious regulatory, and antitrust/competition services.

Types of work undertaken:  Corporate and finance: Winston’s corporate practice provides securities and M&A services to multinational companies and investment banks. The firm’s private equity work encompasses capital raising, investment and divestiture, and operational activities. It represents clients in capital markets, corporate lending, project finance, transportation finance, securitisation, lease finance, and derivatives transactions and provides restructuring and insolvency advice.

The firm advises public and private companies, leading financial institutions, private equity and investment funds, funding sources, investors, and emerging companies on a broad range of high-profile cross-border transactions. Its lawyers in the financial services practice assist clients in bank regulatory and compliance, investment management, private funds, broker-dealer, initial public offerings, futures/exchange matters, and transportation/aviation finance.

Project finance: Winston has advised public and private lenders, project sponsors and developers, host governments, off-takers, and other project counter-parties and participants on a broad range of non-recourse and limited recourse financings. With broad country and industry experience, its team has structured, negotiated and closed complex ‘first of their kind’ projects and related financings across a wide range of sectors and jurisdictions.

Litigation: Winston is a dispute resolution powerhouse, routinely handling some of the most critical disputes faced by companies, governments and individuals. The London litigation team focuses on complex commercial litigation, contentious regulatory and investigations, and arbitration and mediation in a variety of practice areas, including fraud and white-collar crime, antitrust/competition, commercial, securities, trade and insolvency matters, as well as regulatory investigations and disciplinary proceedings.

Winston’s lawyers have been involved in some of the most innovative litigation before the English courts across the commercial spectrum. Cases have ranged from injunctions to protect confidential information, to innovative litigation to protect brands, complex tax litigation, real estate litigation and accounting disputes. The breadth of the firm’s contentious experience ideally positions it to handle multi-disciplinary and large-scale cross-border issues.

EU antitrust/competition: Winston’s experienced EU antitrust/competition team has a distinguished reputation for successfully advising high-profile clients on a full range of competition and regulatory issues. The team regularly assists companies, industry associations and governments in navigating applicable laws and regulations to achieve their strategic business goals – often via the development of creative strategies. Winston’s EU competition lawyers also represent clients on a variety of EU high-stakes competition matters before the European Commission, EU member state authorities, and the European community courts.

International arbitration: the firm’s international arbitration practice is well-known for both commercial and investor-state arbitration. Winston acts for a broad range of companies, governments, and individuals, representing them on some of the largest and most complex multi-jurisdictional disputes in the world. The firm also excels in mid-sized, commercial arbitration, and a variety of mediation proceedings, as well as court actions enforcing or challenging arbitral awards.

Other offices: Brussels, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Dubai, Hong Kong, Houston, Los Angeles, Moscow, New York, Newark, Paris, San Francisco, Shanghai, Silicon Valley and Washington, DC.

Department Name Email Telephone
Firm chairman Tom Fitzgerald
Vice-chairman Michael Elkin
Co-executive chairmen Jeffrey Kessler
Co-executive chairmen Dan Webb
Managing partner Peter Crowther
Capital markets and securitisation Angus Duncan
Corporate and finance Zoë Ashcroft
Commercial litigation Michael Madden
Contentious, regulatory Justin McClelland
EU antitrust/competition Peter Crowther
International arbitration Ricardo Ugarte
Privacy and data security Liisa Thomas
Private equity Paul Amiss
Private equity Nicholas Usher
Project finance James Simpson
Transportation finance Chris Boresjo
Transportation finance Mark Moody
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Paul Amiss  photo Mr Paul Amiss
Ms Zoë Ashcroft  photo Ms Zoë Ashcroft
Mr Matthew Bate  photo Mr Matthew Bate
Mr Ian Borman  photo Mr Ian Borman
Mr Conor Boyle  photo Mr Conor Boyle
Ms Daniela Cohen  photo Ms Daniela Cohen
Mr Peter Crowther  photo Mr Peter Crowther
Ms Suzanne Labi  photo Ms Suzanne Labi
Ms Stephanie Levy  photo Ms Stephanie Levy
Mr Michael Madden  photo Mr Michael Madden
Mr Daniel Meagher  photo Mr Daniel Meagher
Mr Mark Moody  photo Mr Mark Moody
Mr Jason Parker  photo Mr Jason Parker
Mr Rishi Raheja  photo Mr Rishi Raheja
Ms Bibi Sarraf-Yazdi  photo Ms Bibi Sarraf-Yazdi
Mr James D. Simpson, Jr.  photo Mr James D. Simpson, Jr.
Mr Michael Stepek  photo Mr Michael Stepek
Mr James Tannock  photo Mr James Tannock
Mr Nicholas Usher  photo Mr Nicholas Usher
Number of resident fee-earners : 39