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Winston & Strawn LLP
Level 33, 100 Bishopsgate

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 3

Winston & Strawn LLP’s 'international arbitration team is absolutely first-rate'. The firm's London office acts as the coordinating hub for major international disputes across Europe and the Middle East, as well as the US, Latin America and Asia. International arbitration chair Michael Stepek is ‘the standout partner without a doubt‘; Matthew Bate is a US-trained trial lawyer with longstanding experience as counsel in international arbitration proceedings; Ben Bruton is 'a first-class lawyer'; and Daniel Meagher acts in both commercial and investor-state arbitrations. Suzanne Labi, Jake White, Freya MacCormack, Juliette Huard-Bourgois and Agustin Spotorno are the associates to note.

Practice head(s):

Michael Stepek


‘The international arbitration team is absolutely first rate. It provides a high-quality service with strong depth.’

‘A deep bench of talent with great resources.’

‘The standout partner without a doubt is Michael Stepek. He has over three decades of experience in international arbitration and it shows. He is able to understand the essence of any dispute very early on, and to come up with a strategy that will get the best result for his client.’

‘Michael Stepek’s work is always timely and his bills are fair. He is one of the most persuasive lawyers around.’

‘Ben Bruton is a first-class lawyer. He is highly respected and sought after for international commercial arbitrations.’

‘Ben Bruton is completely committed to his clients, all of whom trust him completely and have complete confidence in his advice and strategy. He is a fantastic team player, provides commercial and sound advice, and is able to cut through the issues to get to the heart of the dispute.’

Jake White is a great asset to every case. He is exceptionally bright, and able to provide comprehensive, but commercial, advice. His written work is brilliant, and he is very friendly and approachable.

‘This team’s core strength is getting results. They think creatively and understand the commercial aspects of any dispute completely. They come up with strategies that other firms, which think less creatively, miss.’

Key clients

Food Delivery Holding 12

Dominion Minerals Corp

Work highlights

  • Achieved a victory for Delivery Hero in a €3bn bet-the-company shareholder dispute to determine ownership and control of Hungerstation, an online food delivery operator in the Middle East.
  • Achieved victory for Dominion Minerals Corp in its claims, brought pursuant to the Treaty between the US and the Republic of Panama, concerning the Treatment and Protection of Investments (arising out of an investment in a copper and gold concession).
  • Representing two scions of the oldest private banking family in Geneva, in an arbitration proceeding  against all the former partners of the private bank.

Corporate and commercial > M&A: Lower Mid-Market Deals, £100m-£750m Tier 4

Regularly instructed by large international and US corporations, the M&A team at Winston & Strawn LLP is well-regarded for its role in M&A transactions, including reverse takeovers, SPACs and business combinations. The team's broad sector reach spans the technology, healthcare, aviation, media and gaming and financial services sectors. A go-to lawyer for transatlantic and European M&A deals, Nicholas Usher heads up the team. Paul Amiss is instructed by US and UK companies, family offices and private equity firms, and is well-known for his experience in SPAC IPOs and their mergers. The practice has recently grown its offering with the hire of Paul Fleming, formerly of Addleshaw Goddard until January 2023, who offers significant capabilities in distressed M&A. Zoë Ashcroft is no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Usher

Other key lawyers:

Paul Amiss; Paul Fleming; James Boulton

Key clients

Abercross Holdings Ltd.

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc.

Bregal Investments

Chart Industries, Inc.

Financial Acquisitions Corp.

Heads Up Technologies

Luby Capital Management

Mark R. Walter

May River Capital, LLC

Morningstar, Inc.

Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Multi-Color Corporation

Safeguard Medical

SunCap Limited


Water Street Healthcare Partners

Work highlights

  • Represented Mark Walter in connection with the multi-billion-dollar acquisition of Fordstam Limited, the owner of Chelsea Football Club.
  • Represented Chart Industries in connection with its multi-billion-dollar acquisition of UK-based fan manufacturer Howden from KPS Capital Partners.
  • Represented Motorola Solutions, Inc. in connection with its acquisition of Ava Security Limited and its subsidiaries.

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

At Winston & Strawn LLP, team head Ian Borman and Daniela Cohen are 'fantastic and always up to date on market trends', ensuring that they are popular choices among international lenders and corporates on bespoke multi-jurisdictional financing, including on deals within the emerging markets. A considerable amount of this work is structured utilising banking syndicates, with Borman noted in particular for his acquisition, ABL and bid financing expertise.  

Practice head(s):

Ian Borman

Other key lawyers:


‘Ian Borman and Daniela Cohen are fantastic and always up to date on market trends and able to advise on how a proposed deal is being priced compared to other peers.’

‘Knowledgeable, transparent, available.’

Key clients

BMO Harris Bank, N.A.

BNP Paribas

Capdesia Group Ltd.

East West Bank

JPMorgan Chase

Work highlights

  • Continuing to advise Capdesia Group Limited’s on the investment in Wasabi Sushi & Bento including £30m secured loan notes, and intercreditor arrangement with HSBC.

Transport > Aviation Tier 4

Winston & Strawn LLP‘s aviation practice specialises in litigation in the aviation sector, while also offering advice on commercial and regulatory matters, covering restructuring and insolvency, including Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings and M&A. Mark Moody leads the team, representing airlines, lessors and financial institutions in disputes and also providing asset financing assistance. Ben Bruton and Daniel Meagher are noted for their international disputes and arbitration work.

Practice head(s):

Mark Moody

Other key lawyers:


‘The team has a strong presence in the aviation market.’

‘They are familiar with the way the market operates.’

‘Daniel Meagher is a great aviation lawyer with tons of litigation experience.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas

European Export Agencies

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

Drawing on close working ties with the firm’s US offices, Winston & Strawn LLP works with various sponsors on a range of lower mid-market acquisitions, disposals, and financing mandates. Practice co-chair Paul Amiss is noted for his cross-border expertise, with recent engagements including a number of transatlantic acquisitions in the leisure sector. Fellow co-chair and London managing partner Nicholas Usher is an especially active figure within the practice, working on a number of portfolio investments and buyouts – particularly in the manufacturing and healthcare sectors. Chelsea Thompson regularly supports the team in PE transactions.

Practice head(s):

Paul Amiss; Nicholas Usher

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Abercross GP Limited

Argand Partners

Biotex Medical Device Fund I LP

Bregal Investments Inc.

Capdesia Group Limited

Financial Acquisitions Corp

JLL Partners LLC

May River Capital LLC

SunCap Limited

Tiger Infrastructure Partners, LP

Work highlights

  • Represented Sentry Centers Holdings (dba Convene) in connection with its acquisition of UK-based peer venues.
  • Represented UK PE group SunCap Limited on its acquisition of Adventure Forest LLC for an approximate enterprise value of $38 million.
  • Represented Bregal Investments, Inc. in its acquisition and financing of portfolio company, State of Play.

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 6

Winston & Strawn LLP boasts a capable competition group that possesses the capabilities to advise on complex competition matters for clients spanning the technology, life sciences, manufacturing, insurance, and telecommunications sectors. Praised for his ‘excellent analytic mind’ practice head Peter Crowther is regularly engaged by a number household names who turn to him for his wide-ranging expertise in EU and CMA investigations. Crowther also devises and implements compliance programmes covering areas such as competition, trade, bribery and corruption.

Practice head(s):

Peter Crowther


‘Peter Crowther is one of the best competition lawyers we have worked with. He has an excellent analytical mind and great communication skills to make the most complex legal issues sound easy and manageable in practice.’

‘Peter Crowther is extremely hard working and a creative thinker. He is very experienced in handling challenging CMA investigations.’

‘The team is proactive, thoughtful, attentive and available. Always ready and willing to help, always bringing creative solutions to our legal/competition issues in the EU and UK.’

‘Peter Crowther has been an outstanding advisor and partner to our company. His ability to think creatively, but still through the lens of solutions that make practical and economic sense, is outstanding. He also consistently makes you feel like you are his most important client.’

Key clients

Hitachi Metals Ltd.

XL Catlin

Professional Footballers’ Association

Liberty Specialty Markets

Silgan Holdings, Inc.

Motorola Solutions

Chart Industries

Work highlights

  • Advising Motorola Solutions, Inc. in connection with the CMA’s market investigation of the Airwave network.
  • Advising a worldwide leader in consumer electronics in relation to a complex cartel investigation relating to electronic commodity products.
  • Advising Chart Industries on the merger control aspects of its USD 4.4 billion acquisition of Howden Industries.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 6

Winston & Strawn LLP has a 'outstanding team of international litigators' that has a 'depth of experience and judgement that sets them apart', with experience representing major clients on complex international litigation. The practice is particularly skilled in the aviation, shipping, energy, and technology sectors. 'Extremely knowledgeable and sharp' Ben Bruton heads the team; he works alongside Daniel Meagher, who 'brings a deep understanding of litigation to his clients', and 'extremely promising associate' Jake White.

Practice head(s):

Ben Bruton

Other key lawyers:


‘Ben Bruton is an exceptional lawyer in this area. Extremely knowledgeable and sharp’

‘Ben Bruton has a fighting spirit, and a cool, calm demeanor. Ben will evaluate a claim from every angle, understand all its strengths and weaknesses, and will then leave no stone unturned in preparing work product for such claim that is head and shoulders above the competition.

‘Dan Meagher is the most level-headed lawyer with gets to grips with his cases and brings a deep understanding of litigation to his clients.’

‘An outstanding team of international litigators with particular US and Dubai experience, have a depth of experience and judgment that sets them apart. Also very good at coordinating and working collaboratively with lawyers in multiple jurisdictions.’

‘Ben Bruton is a class act, very astute, very good under pressure, very easy to deal with.

‘Jake White is an extremely promising associate.’

‘Ben Bruton is the main partner we work with and someone I value very much as a trusted advisor. I have also worked closely with Jake White. Jake is a really hands-on and dedicated associate who really works well with Ben.’

Finance > Transport finance and leasing Tier 6

The departure in July 2023 of former team head Mark Moody  and a number of associates to White & Case LLP has dented Winston & Strawn LLP's credentials in the aviation finance field. Associate Eliana Torrado Franco  remains; she has a considerable amount of cross-border financing and leasing expertise.

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

  • Represented the European Export Credit Agencies on the long-term restructuring of the financing of their entire fleet of aircraft with LATAM Airlines Group S.A.
  • Represented CIAF Leasing on the financing and leasing of three Embraer E190-00-LR aircraft, leased to EgyptAir and subleased to Air Cairo.
  • Represented Aviation Capital Group, as servicer of the MACH 1 securitisation portfolio – a high complex asset-backed securitisation financing structure involving numerous aircraft, in connection with an engine exchange transaction with Rolls-Royce & Partners Financing involving several aircraft engines.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 6

Work highlights

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

With strong core product liability expertise and also able to provide enhanced resources by virtue of its accomplished commercial litigation team, Winston & Strawn LLP has the strength-in-depth to handle large-scale MDLs and class actions for life sciences clients throughout the litigation process. The firm has a successful record both at first instance and at an appellate level, an approach that has elicited excellent results at an early stage through effective dispositive motions and in trials before juries. Although he is best-known for his work on patent-related disputes, esteemed trial lawyer George Lombardi has also had numerous victories in jury trials in product liability matters, as has San Francisco-based team head Sandra Edwards .

Practice head(s):

Sandra Edwards

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Tauber; Matthew Campbell; George Lombardi; Christopher Essig; Scott Ahmad; Matt Saxon; Bryce Cooper; Sharon Desh; Rand Brothers; Reid Smith; Francie Berger

Key clients

Hikma Pharmaceuticals

Otsuka America Pharmaceutical

Abbott Laboratories

Monsanto Company

Albertsons Companies

Work highlights

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

United States > Transport > Aviation and air travel: finance

Winston & Strawn LLP‘s New York-based aviation finance team consistently acts for highly active finance and leasing companies on substantial capital markets, finance and restructuring work. Several of the group’s matters involve team members from both the firm’s US and European offices, and its advice covers aviation-secured loans and leases, from origination stages to bankruptcy, restructuring and enforcement phases. It also assists with complex asset and portfolio transactions and capital markets-structured financings. Clients additionally benefit from the team’s expertise in the regulatory aspects of transactions, as well as high-stakes aviation finance-related disputes. The practice is co-led by leasing, lending, structured finance, private equity and fund formation expert Peter Morgan and London-based transportation finance specialist Mark Moody. The group is further supported by fellow partners David Gillespie, Carrie Hardman and David Neier, along with Washington DC’s Cari Stinebower.

Practice head(s):

Mark Moody; Peter Morgan

Key clients

Aviation Capital Group

BNP Paribas

UK Export Finance

Euler Hermes Aktiengesellschaft

Bpifrance Assurance Export

Pratt & Whitney

Fore Machine

Photo Name Position Profile
Paul Amiss photo Paul Amiss Partner
Matthew Bate photo Matthew Bate Partner
Ian Borman photo Ian Borman Partner
Ben Bruton photo Ben Bruton Partner
Daniela Cohen photo Daniela Cohen Partner
Peter Crowther photo Peter Crowther Partner
Ed Denny photo Ed Denny Partner
Paul Fleming photo Paul Fleming Partner
Daniel Meagher photo Daniel Meagher Partner
Michael Stepek photo Michael Stepek Partner (Chair of International Arbitration)
Nicholas Usher photo Nicholas Usher London Office Managing Partner