Winston & Strawn LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

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

Corporate and commercial > M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m Tier 3

Winston & Strawn LLP is highly rated by clients for its ‘excellent partner-driven service‘ and ‘depth of experience‘ in transatlantic and other multi-jurisdictional mid-market transactions. Practice co-chair Zoë Ashcroft is reputed for her international expertise, regularly working with a mix of US, European, and Asian clients on inbound investment transactions, as well as on cross-border deals in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean. With relevant experience on both sides of the Atlantic, Paul Amiss anchors the team’s SPAC and business combination offering, while practice co-chair Nicholas Usher is a key port of call for a number of US-based corporations and private equity firms seeking assistance on cross-border M&A. Associate Matthew Williams is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Usher; Zoë Ashcroft

Other key lawyers:

Paul Amiss; Matthew Williams

Testimonials

‘Excellent partner-driven service. Responsive and user-friendly.’

‘Paul Amiss is a safe pair of hands in a tricky situation. Easy to deal with, results-oriented, and good at bringing parties to the table.’

‘Depth of experience in cross-border transactions, often coordinating multiple jurisdictions.’

‘Seasoned practitioner and team leader. Calm, pragmatic and commercial.’

‘They do a great job because they apply the same level of care and attention to all deals. Smaller deals receive partner-level attention and are not viewed primarily as learning opportunities for younger lawyers, which is the unfortunate case at many of their competitors.’

‘Nick Usher is an experienced and superb M&A lawyer capable of handling deals of any size and degree of sophistication.’

Key clients

AGI Global Holdings Cooperatief U.A.

Broadstone Acquisition Corp

SunCap Ltd

DHI Group

Frontenac Company

Morningstar, Inc.

Motorola Solutions, Inc.

ProAmpac Holdings

SPX Flow, Inc.

Storskogen Schweiz AG

Treliant LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Broadstone Acquisition Corp, a SPAC, in its $300m initial public offering on the NYSE.
  • Represented Motorola Solutions, Inc. in connection with the acquisition of Ava Security Limited and its subsidiaries.
  • Represented Storskogen Group AB and its subsidiary Storskogen Schweiz AG in connection with the acquisition of LNS Holding SA, a global market leader within automation peripherals and services based in Switzerland.

Finance > Transport finance and leasing Tier 3

Led by ‘maestro’ Mark Moody, the small but highly focused team of industry experts’ at Winston & Strawn LLP provides ‘knowledgeable and responsive’ advice to ECAs, banks and lessors, across a range of complex new financing structures and as creditors in large cross-border restructurings. Moody ‘knows the industry inside out‘ and is at the heart of the team’s highest profile work which it handles on its own, as well as alongside colleagues in the US. Recent highlights include acting for ECAs and banks as creditors on numerous Latin American airline restructurings which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the US.

Practice head(s):

Mark Moody

Other key lawyers:

Rishi Raheja; James Turner; Eliana Torrado Franco

Testimonials

The team is a small but highly focused team of industry experts with detailed and specific knowledge of aviation finance.’

‘The team is strong and on point. They know the aviation market very well and what issues are important to us.’

Maestro Mark Moody is very experienced and always focused on his deals. He always gets us the best result possible.’

Mark Moody is the stand-out individual. Mark knows the industry inside out and we like bouncing commercial ideas off him as much as legal issues.’

Rishi Raheja – an experienced associate who takes a pragmatic approach to aviation-related issues.’

‘People at Winston are experienced and very helpful.’

‘The team is very consistent, responsive and reliable, always demonstrating a great ability to adjust to new variants and late time changes in the transaction.’

‘Rishi Raheja is certainly someone who stands out and is always available to make the deal work and close timely.’

Key clients

Aviation Capital Group LLC

BNP Paribas

CIAF Leasing

Deutsche Bank

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

Pratt & Whitney

Sky Airline S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised Aviation Capital Group on the leasing of two Boeing 737-800 aircraft to Transavia France.
  • Representing the European Export Credit Agencies in the ongoing Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of LATAM Airlines Group.
  • Advised Deutsche Bank on the financing of three Airbus A320 NEO aircraft for Bleriot Aviation Leasing DAC to be leased to Frontier Airlines.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 4

Delivering ‘responsive, smart and strategic advice‘, Winston & Strawn LLP’s London office is consistently instructed on high-stakes shareholder disputes, including in the tech sector. The team also acts in large-scale infrastructure disputes. International arbitration chair Michael Stepek is ‘an extraordinary advocate‘; Matthew Bate focuses on disputes involving infrastructure projects, foreign direct investment, joint ventures, and cross-border transactions; and Ben Bruton and Daniel Meagher both act in high-profile international arbitrations. Suzanne Labi and Oriane Cannac are the associates to note.

Practice head(s):

Michael Stepek

Testimonials

‘Responsive, smart and strategic advice.’

‘Very dedicated team – fair billing vs the value delivered.’

‘Deep subject matter expertise in oil and gas.’

‘Michael Stepek is an extraordinary advocate for his clients. He has the ability to break down the most intricate of corporate transactions to understand them properly, and then craft arguments based on that understanding of the economics of the deal.

Michael Stepek is phenomenal in providing sharp analysis of claims and defence strategies. He is business minded and solution-oriented.

‘Michael Stepek is extraordinarily focused and understands the arbitration world intimately.’

‘Daniel Meagher is user friendly, collaborative and has good subject matter knowledge.’

‘Matthew Bate and associate Oriane Cannac are an excellent double act.’

Key clients

Dominion Minerals Corp

Food Delivery Holding 12

Work highlights

  • Acted for Dominion Minerals Corp in its ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Panama.
  • Represented Food Delivery Holding 12 in US court actions concerning a DIFC-LCIA arbitration.

Finance > Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 4

Winston & Strawn LLP regularly advises international lenders and corporates on bespoke multi-jurisdictional financings. ‘Class act’ Ian Borman is appreciated by banks and non-bank lenders for his ability to provide innovative solutions, rooted in his experience across a range of debt products, including asset backed, structured and super senior financings. Zoë Ashcroft co-heads the five-partner finance team alongside Borman and is noted for her niche specialism advising sub-Saharan corporate borrowers.

Practice head(s):

Zoë Ashcroft; Ian Borman

Other key lawyers:

Daniela Cohen

Testimonials

The first-class team handles projects really well and we have been thoroughly impressed with them.’

‘Ian Borman is a class act.’

Rising star Daniela Cohen is excellent.’

Key clients

Apollo Capital Management

Ardian Private Debt

Bank of Ireland

Barings Finance LLC

BMO Harris Bank, N.A.

BNP Paribas

JPMorgan Chase

Kartesia Management and Kass Unlevered Sarl

Mizuho Bank Limited

Upper90 Capital Management

Work highlights

  • Advised JPMorgan Chase Bank, Barings and Apollo in connection with a senior secured multi-draw term loan and a private placement of senior secured notes to be used to finance the construction and operation of the Co-op Live entertainment arena in Manchester, UK by Oak View Group.
  • Continued to represent Bank of Ireland, acting as super senior revolving facility lender, in connection with its financing for Solvias AG, a global pharmaceutical laboratory services company based in Switzerland, which is owned by Water Street Healthcare Partners and JLL Partners.
  • Advised Mizuho Bank, Ltd. in relation to a revolving loan facility made available to ETC Group, a Dubai-based agricultural conglomerate with operations across Africa and Asia.

Transport > Aviation Tier 4

The aviation team at Winston & Strawn LLP focuses on high-profile and high-margin disputes in addition to regulatory and commercial matters. The firm advises on key developments impacting the industry including the Russian sanctions, grounded fleet and the LIBOR transition. International aviation disputes expert Mark Moody leads the practice with support from Ben Bruton.

Practice head(s):

Mark Moody

Other key lawyers:

Ben Bruton; Dan Meagher

Testimonials

‘The team is skilled in all commercial aviation disputes particularly involving finance, manufacturing and maintenance, and particularly in multi-jurisdictional disputes.’

‘Dan Meagher stands out in a team which can also draw on huge US expertise. Dan is quietly brilliant. Understated but also incisive and on the ball.’

Key clients

Aviation Capital Group

Broadstone Acquisition Corp.

Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m) Tier 5

Winston & Strawn LLP‘s London office frequently acts alongside the firm’s offices across the Atlantic to advise US PE houses on investments into the UK. The practice also handles a steady stream of deals on behalf of UK-based houses. Paul Amiss and Nicholas Usher lead the team, which offers additional expertise in advising funds and portfolio companies on financings; Ian Borman is the key name to note in this area.

Practice head(s):

Paul Amiss; Nicholas Usher

Other key lawyers:

Zoë Ashcroft; Ian Borman

Testimonials

‘Excellent industry knowledge and top rate partners who are responsive and keen to understand the commercial drivers.’

‘Paul Amiss is a safe pair of hands in a tricky situation. Both Paul and Ian Borman are easy to deal with, results oriented and good at bringing parties to the table.’

‘Depth of experience in cross border transactions, often coordinating multiple jurisdictions. Partner level attention assured throughout.’

‘Solutions orientated, with the ability to maintain a sense of humour.’

‘Highly experienced and knowledgable professionals, great availability and capable of adjusting quickly to changing deal dynamics.  Capable of sourcing know-how from wide range of practices, as needed. We were particularly impressed by Paul Amiss.’

Key clients

AGI Global Holdings Cooperatief U.A.

Ardian Private Debt

Argand Partners

Beck & Pollitzer Engineering Ltd.

Broadstone Acquisition Corp. (SunCap Limited is Sponsor)

Capdesia Group Limited (2 work highlights)

Frontenac Company

Industrial Opportunity Partners

ProAmpac Holdings

Treliant LLC

Upper90 Capital

Work highlights

  • Represented Frontenac Company in connection with the acquisition of EFC International, Inc., a value-added distributor of highly engineered fasteners.
  • Represented Treliant, LLC, a strategic advisory firm, in connection with the acquisition of Vox Financial Partners Limited and Vox Financial Partners, Inc. (and their subsidiaries).
  • Represented Upper90 Capital Management, a private equity and venture capital fund, as a lender in a loan facility financing for Stryze Group, a specialist group formed to consolidate Amazon retail businesses.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 5

Winston & Strawn LLP advises sports-related entities on matters of finance, corporate and competition law. The US-based firm has seen increasing instructions on athlete right matters, bolstered by the department’s close ties with the British Athletes’ Commission and PFA. Peter Crowther , also managing partner of the Brussels office, focuses on complaints and investigations relating to athlete welfare, performance development, funding, selection, classification, doping, and athlete agreements.

Practice head(s):

Peter Crowther

Key clients

British Athletes’ Commission

General American Capital Partners (GACP) / Bordeaux Football Club

Blake Leeper

Professional Footballers’ Association

Work highlights

  • Advised the Professional Footballers’ Association on the restructuring of its organisational and governance structures, further to an independent review into the organisation.
  • Advised the British Athletes Commission on the proposed arrangements that were to be put in place for the inquiry into historic abuse.
  • Advised American double-amputee track-and-field athlete Blake Leeper in his application seeking approval to compete in World Athletics-sanctioned events, including the Olympic Games, while using his prosthetics, and to have his results listed alongside those of able-bodied athletes.

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 6

Winston & Strawn LLP regularly handles highly technical competition matters – both behavioural and transactional – for a diverse roster of blue-chip corporations. Hailed by clients as ‘an excellent lawyer with a sharp, analytical mind‘, practice chair Peter Crowther possesses wide-ranging expertise in EU and CMA investigations, particularly in the sports, telecoms, and electronics sectors. Associate Freya MacCormack is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Peter Crowther

Other key lawyers:

Freya MacCormack

Testimonials

‘Peter Crowther is an excellent lawyer with a sharp, analytical mind.’

‘The Winston team in the UK has been very strong, reliable and responsive. They have a deep bench of talented associates to assist, and the partner leadership is excellent, and very attentive to our needs as a client.’

‘Peter Crowther has assisted us in extremely complex, sensitive and challenging issues. He always brings practical, business-focused advice while also understanding the very complicated legal issues that are involved. He is always available and responsive.’

Key clients

Hitachi Metals Ltd.

XL Catlin

Professional Footballers’ Association

Liberty Specialty Markets

Silgan Holdings, Inc.

Motorola Solutions

Work highlights

  • Advising the PFA on the legality of salary caps under competition law.
  • Advising Motorola Solutions on the CMA market investigation into the supply of land mobile radio services.
  • Advising LSM in relation to the application of international trade sanctions to LSM’s business.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 6

The London office of Winston & Strawn LLP is particularly well regarded for its representation of major US clients in English courts, utilising the firm’s significant American client base and reputation to do so. The team’s ‘extremely capable and dynamic litigators‘ most commonly act in the aviation, energy, technology and health care sectors. ‘Master of international litigationBen Bruton heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Ben Bruton

Other key lawyers:

Michael Stepek; Daniel Meagher

Testimonials

‘The firm is held in very high regard and gives its clients great confidence. They are good at setting out clear strategies designed to advance clients’ interests.’

‘Daniel Meagher is very efficient and capable. I am struck by how effective he is at keeping up-to-date and understanding the detail of cases.’

‘Extremely capable and dynamic litigators.’

‘Ben Bruton is a stand-out. A master of international litigation and almost unrivalled in expertise.’

‘Extensive experience combined with considerable strategic insight makes this a formidable team that achieves effective results for its clients.’

‘Ben Bruton: a dynamic litigator who combines intellectual rigour with strong organisational skills. Ben uses these qualities to secure positive solutions for his clients.

‘Daniel Meagher: an efficient operator, who identifies successful strategies for his clients and is able to adapt to changing circumstances. A real asset to any client with a difficult dispute to resolve.’

‘Ben Bruton is a true gentleman who will always put the client’s interests first. He is exceptionally clever when devising strategy, a gifted communicator and someone who always delivers.’

United States > Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices Tier 3

Drawing upon its overarching litigation credentials, which includes several high-profile trial lawyers, including Chicago-based duo Dan Webb and George Lombardi, as well as increasingly developing a more specialized offering throughout the life cycle of product work in the healthcare and life sciences sector, Winston & Strawn LLP is well-placed to advise clients seeking robust defense from the discovery phase, dispositive motions, through to trial. Clients also benefit from access to appellate experts from an early stage, enabling them to lay the groundwork for future appeals by drafting motions in limine, proposed jury instructions, and motions for judgment as a matter of law. Based out of San Francisco,  Sandra Edwards heads the product liability and mass tort group; while Matthew Campbell in Washington DC is particularly visible in the pharmaceutical space and continues to serve as lead national counsel for OAPI in its Abilify®-related product liability litigation.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Hikma Pharmaceuticals

Otsuka America Pharmaceutical

Abbott Laboratories

Work highlights

  • Representing Hikma in the national opiate litigation – totaling more than 700 separate cases, which includes a sprawling multi-district proceeding consolidated in Ohio federal court and various state court actions and are active in joint defence groups for In re National Prescriptions Opiate Litigation. Claims include negligence, fraud, and violations of consumer protection laws, among others.    
  • Representing OAPI and OPC in an MDL in the Northern District of Florida and various state court actions, involving allegations by more than 4,000 plaintiffs that Abilify®, an atypical antipsychotic medication, causes impulse-control disorders.
  • Representing Abbott Laboratories in a series of more than 36 product liability lawsuits, filed by over 100 plaintiffs and spanning more than ten jurisdictions, alleging that cow milk-based preterm infant formula products cause a naturally occurring gastrointestinal disorder in premature infants.

The firm: Founded in 1853, Winston & Strawn LLP is an international law firm with more than 900 attorneys among 16 offices across three continents. In the UK, we provide high-quality legal services in a diverse range of areas including corporate, finance, antitrust/competition and disputes, representing international clients conducting business around the world.

Types of work undertaken
Corporate: Our award-winning corporate team advises public and private companies, professional partnerships, leading financial institutions, private equity and investment funds, investors and emerging companies on a broad range of substantial, high-profile matters from cross-border transactions and initial public offerings (IPOs) to joint ventures, M&A and distressed acquisitions.

Finance: We represent lenders and borrowers in transactions covering all segments of the debt market. Our UK practice focuses on complex cross-border corporate and finance deals and international restructurings, as well as and creative “first-of-their-kind” financings. We represent international commercial banks and investment banks, debt funds, private equity sponsors, public and private companies. We also work with private equity portfolio companies on their investment grade, leveraged, and structured financings, and often seek to introduce those needing funding with sources of capital. We further advise on asset-based lending, transportation and aviation finance, leveraged lending and acquisition finance, and tax matters.

Commercial litigation: Our practice extends across general commercial and financial disputes from cross-jurisdictional litigation to multi-party actions, judicial reviews, appeal proceedings and follow-on actions from regulatory investigations. Mindful of the costs and burdens of litigation, our lawyers strive to resolve disputes in advance of litigation itself, or at least avoid having to take the case all the way to trial where possible. Where disputes cannot be resolved at an early stage, our experience both within the London office and internationally means that we are well placed to litigate successfully. Our team is adept at managing large-scale cross-border matters, and we have been involved in some of the most innovative litigation before English and international Courts across the commercial spectrum.

International arbitration: Our international arbitration practice is a stand-alone, globally integrated group with extensive experience of conducting both commercial and investor-state arbitrations (as well as ad hoc arbitrations) under the rules of all the main international arbitral institutions. Our lawyers also provide advice on investment strategy for investment treaty protection. Winston regularly assists oil and energy companies, financial institutions, telecom concerns, pharmaceutical companies, construction companies, and manufacturers on a broad range of their international disputes.

Antitrust/EU competition: Winston’s experienced antitrust/EU 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.

Regulatory investigations: Winston represents commercial organisations and individuals on all aspects of regulatory and other investigations by bodies including the Financial Conduct Authority and the Serious Fraud Office. This is often in conjunction with investigations by overseas regulators, notably the US Department of Justice, US Securities and Exchange Commission, US Commodity Futures Exchange Commission, US Office of Foreign Assets Control, and the European Commission. We have extensive experience conducting sensitive corporate internal investigations, both nationally and globally, working with our colleagues in our international offices.

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

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Chairman Tom Fitzgerald
Vice Chairman Michael Elkin
Co-executive Chairman Jeffrey Kessler
Co-executive Chairman Dan Webb
Managing Partner (London )/M&A Nicholas Usher
Antitrust & EU Competition Peter Crowther
Corporate & Finance Zoë Ashcroft
Litigation Ben Bruton
International Arbitration Michael Stepek
Private Equity Paul Amiss
Finance Ian Borman
Transportation Finance Mark Moody
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Paul Amiss photoMr Paul Amiss
Zoë Ashcroft photoMs Zoë AshcroftZoë Ashcroft is one of the founding partners of Winston & Strawn…
Matthew Bate photoMr Matthew BateMatthew Bate is an experienced trial lawyer who acts for multinational corporations,…
Ian Borman photoMr Ian BormanPartner Ian Borman has been advising on all aspects of cross-border lending…
Daniela Cohen photoMs Daniela CohenAssociate Daniela Cohen represents domestic and international financial institutions and publicly and…
Peter Crowther photoMr Peter CrowtherPeter Crowther is widely recognised as a leading competition and trade lawyer, a…
Ed Denny photoMr Ed DennyPartner Ed Denny is head of Winston’s London tax department and supports…
Eliana Torrado Franco photoMs Eliana Torrado FrancoAssociate Eliana advises on cross-border transportation finance, with a particular focus on…
Juliette Huard-Bourgois photo Juliette Huard-BourgoisJuliette is an English solicitor and French advocate who focuses her practice…
Suzanne Labi photoMs Suzanne LabiAssociate Suzanne Labi advises on international disputes with a focus on high-vallue,…
Freya MacCormack photoMs Freya MacCormackAssociate Freya has represented clients in a wide range of international disputes, spanning…
Daniel Meagher photoMr Daniel MeagherPartner Daniel Meagher focuses his practice on international commercial disputes with particular…
Mark Moody photoMr Mark MoodyMark Moody is a partner in the firm’s finance practice. He focuses…
Rishi Raheja photoMr Rishi RahejaRishi Raheja is an associate in Winston’s finance practice. His practice focuses…
Michael Stepek photoMr Michael StepekMichael Stepek is an international arbitration partner with more than 30 years…
Nicholas Usher photoMr Nicholas UsherPartner Nicholas Usher serves as Managing Partner of the London office and…
Jake White photoMr Jake WhiteAssociate Jake focuses his practice on a wide range of international arbitration and…
Matthew Williams photoMr Matthew WilliamsAssociate Matthew represents clients on a wide range of transactional and corporate advisory…
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