Firm Profile > Winston & Strawn LLP > London, England
Winston & Strawn LLP Offices
ONE ROPEMAKER STREET
Winston & Strawn LLP > The Legal 500 Rankings
Sanctions advice forms the bedrock of Winston & Strawn LLP’s international trade work. The team is adept at handling issues for Japan- and Russia-based clients, among other multinational companies. Peter Crowther, who heads up the department, has significant experience of providing regulatory advice.
Winston & Strawn LLP's 'commercial and practical' team excels in advising lenders and corporates on complex/bespoke cross-border financings, which require a partner-led service and knowledge across a wide variety of debt products, including more abstruse structured financing techniques. Praised for her 'wide breadth of experience' and 'tireless commitment to results', corporate and finance head Zoë Ashcroft has developed a particularly strong track record advising borrowers on the UK-law governed financing associated with emerging markets-related work (including in relation to sub-Saharan African deals).
‘Partner level involvement and attention throughout. Cross-border financings, often coordinating input and advice from local counsel in multiple jurisdictions. Responsive and results oriented. Commercial, practical, client solutions focused. Highly collaborative, personal approach: Winston & Strawn get the results and make working with them an enjoyable experience.’
‘Winston & Strawn stand out for their efficiency, delivering top-flight advice without padding the team, and without sacrificing quality.’
‘We’ve worked closely with Ian Borman and Daniela Cohen. They both know their financing documents inside and out. Ian’s ability to think on his feet and muster the right arguments in a fast-moving negotiation is truly remarkable. You want Ian and Daniela on your side of the table.’
Bank of Ireland
Corrum Capital Management LLC
General American Capital Partners
Argand Partners, LLC
Competition litigation Tier 4
Winston & Strawn LLP assists clients with cartel-related issues and also provides regulatory advice. It is also adept at handling potential claims arising from competition law violations. The team has particular expertise in sectors such as insurance, pharmaceuticals, energy and telecoms. The ‘technically excellent’ Peter Crowther, who heads up the department, splits his time between London and Brussels.
International arbitration Tier 4
Winston & Strawn LLP’s 'well-led' London office is known for large-scale infrastructure arbitrations, including the related energy, power and transportation projects. The practice also acts in shareholder disputes and arbitrations arising under investment treaties. Chicago and London-based Ricardo Ugarte is global international arbitration practice chair; Michael Stepek, is a widely respected international commercial and investment treaty arbitration specialist; and Matthew Bate has approximately two decades' international arbitration experience. Daniel Meagher is also an experienced practitioner, and Ben Bruton returned to London from the Dubai office.
Other key lawyers:
‘Hardworking, client focused, committed firm with international reach For smaller team in London, impressive in oil and gas expertise.’
‘Daniel Meagher (Partner) – an impressive grasp of concepts and ability to pin point quickly the key issues. Would recommend him. Suzanne Labi (Associate) – rising star, very impressive and great attention to detail.’
‘Matthew Bate – strategic thinker who understands to navigate efficiently through multi-layered disputes with cross-functional implications.’
‘I would like to single out and applaud Salah Mattoo for his commercial understanding of settlement mechanisms at play in the course of arbitration and mediation, especially when there are cultural barriers that are affecting outcomes.’
‘Winston’s Dispute resolution and international arbitration team is fully dedicated to defending your interests. I am fully confident no stone will be left unturned.’
‘Michael Stepek is an exceptionally efficient Partner. His ability to give practical advice and deliver heavy workload in very short time periods is quite impressive.’
Maritech Int’l Ltd.
Century Bridge Capital
SKAZZI3 Capital Limited
Dominion Minerals Corp.
‘The team has a very organised approach to transactions and doesn’t miss any commercial or important points‘
‘Zoe Ashcroft has a very proactive can-do attitude and keeps a cool head even when time frames and closing issues are stacked up against her‘
Shore Capital Partners
Water Street Healthcare Partners
CSL Capital Management
Stephens Capital Partners
General American Capital Partners
Winston & Strawn LLP's 'proactive' two-partner team is 'excellent at managing large complex transactions', either acting on its own, or alongside lawyers based out of the US. It has a loyal creditor-focused aviation-sector client base, including banks, leasing companies and ECAs. As well as handling a significant amount work for leasing companies on the financing, sale and purchase of aircraft portfolios, 'very hands on and practical' team head Mark Moody also has a particular niche advising commercial banks and ECAs engaged in financings for Latin America-based airlines. Partner Alison Weal handles core aviation work and also has experience handling new money and restructuring mandates in the shipping sector.
‘In addition to their level and quality of work, W&S team is very proactive and problem solvers. They search for ways to meet their client’s goals and are able to recommend anywhere from the conservative to more aggressive approaches. Their team is excellent in managing large complex transactions or a simple one off.’
‘Mark Moody is irreplaceable. He understands his clients and what is important to each. This results in his team providing a tailored approach and a high quality service based on his clients’ goals.
‘The team is diversified and the partners have a breadth and depth of expertise on which they can draw to support a client on cross border transactions. This includes regular financings as well as more complex restructuring work.’
‘Mark Moody is very hands on and comes up with practical solutions to complex problems. He has high attention to detail yet does not lose sight of the big picture. Deep aviation expertise in cross border transactions.’
Aviation Capital Group
European Export Credit Agencies (UK Export Finance, Bpifrance, Euler Hermes)
Development Bank of Japan
Wings Capital Partners
Aviation Tier 5
Winston & Strawn LLP advises on aviation finance and regulatory issues, and has experience in handling acquisition, financing and leasing transactions. The team also deals with complex commercial transactions involving all types of aircraft, engines and spare parts. Mark Moody is the name to note.
Winston & Strawn LLP applies ‘multijurisdictional strength and effective management of litigation’ to representing organisations and individuals, as well as conducting internal investigations. The firm also provides international regulatory expertise, particularly in the US. Practice head Ben Bruton joined the London team in 2019 from the firm’s Middle East dispute resolution and investigations practice. He brings public and private sector litigation experience. Also notable is senior associate Bibi Sarraf-Yazdi, who focuses on contentious regulatory matters, white collar crime and complex litigation and arbitration.
Other key lawyers:
‘A team that remains extremely focused and is quite compact compared to peers’
‘The standout feature for me is that this is a firm who ensure that their matter teams remain of a size where you do not have the feeling of emailing a large community forum. Part of the secret of that lies in lawyers who make themselves available at short notice and guide matters effectively even when tied up elsewhere’
‘Ben Bruton is without question a premier international litigator and should be ranked in this field. He has outstanding judgement and works to achieve strong results through outstanding attention to detail and strategy’
‘Bibi Sarraf-Yazdi will be a star of the future. Exceptional ability to understand and analyse the breadth and depth of a case on both a technical and human level’
‘The team have been personable, great at communicating, supportive and a pleasure to work with’
Sport Tier 5
US firm Winston & Strawn LLP is particularly strong in the application of competition law to sport, most notably involving rights to commercialise as well as rights to compete. Peter Crowther is managing partner of the firm’s London and Brussels offices and is known for his strengths in EU competition law. In a sporting context, this has involved enabling athletes to commercialise their performance in major sporting events as well as advising Paralympians on their rights to be involved in conventional athletics competitions.
‘Peter Crowther and his team produced (pro bono) the best appeal I could have asked for. Within 24 hours of hearing about my case, they were in touch and asking all the right questions. They communicated well, kept me involved throughout, worked efficiently and to a very high standard. ‘
‘Peter Crowther shows unwavering support for athletes in their legal matters, providing first class advice.’
Professional Football Club CSKA-Sofia JSC
Substantial shareholder in Swansea City Football Club
British Athletes’ Commission
General American Capital Partners (GACP) / Bordeaux Football Club
Winston & Strawn LLP's 'unique, international and extremely commercial practice' is well-placed to act for US-based clients in multijurisdictional disputes. Practice head Ben Bruton, who splits his time between London and Dubai, attracts praise for his 'international experience and sensitivity to cultural and regional nuances' which 'adds tremendous value to his clients'. Following Michael Madden's departure, Bruton leads the team, in which Daniel Meagher (who is 'extremely efficient' in energy, natural resources, financial services, telecoms sector and shareholder disputes) is a key member.
Other key lawyers:
‘Unique international and extremely commercial practice.‘
‘Strong understanding of the industry combined with very effective dispute resolution skills. Very responsive to client needs achieving successful outcomes.‘
‘Ben Bruton is one of the best practitioners in the field of dispute resolution and litigation. Ben has an unassuming style that prevents deadlocks and helps resolve deadlocks if they occur. He is formidable as a strategist as well as a negotiator to help resolve complex matters. His international experience and sensitivity to cultural and regional nuances adds tremendous value to his clients.‘
‘Daniel Meagher extremely efficient and effective in approaching complex legal problems. Very responsive to client requirements.‘
EU and competition Tier 6Winston & Strawn LLP undertakes work relating to merger clearances, cross-border defence in cartel investigations, distribution arrangements and competition compliance. The team has significant experience providing regulatory advice in the regulated sectors including pharmaceuticals, energy, insurance and electronic communications. Peter Crowther (‘excellent lawyer, extremely bright’) leads the group.
Peter Crowther is an excellent lawyer. Extremely bright, strong in developing a cross border defence strategy for international clients and a pleasure to work with.
‘They know the rules well and have experts in multiple EU member states but teamed up well to serve our needs.’
‘Peter Crowther is a seasoned competition law expert who not only handles EU but also UK specific competition legal issues and is able to think ahead in corporate clients’ shoes to manage such risks’
‘I found Peter Crowther and his team to be incredibly caring about our situation and extremely knowledgeable about the issue we were encountering. He remains in touch with us even now to see how we are getting on and he seemed to very much make our problem his problem.’
‘Excellent local experience with various regulatory and government entities in the UK and Europe. Measured, business-focused legal counsel that keys in on the practical impacts on our business. Always responsive.’
‘Excellent, pragmatic and practical legal advice that doesn’t need “translating” before going to business stakeholders. What else can in-house counsel ask for?’
Liberty Specialty Markets
Apollo Syndicate Management
United States > Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices Tier 3
Winston & Strawn LLP continues to demonstrate its ability to take on a leading role in mass torts with its defence of pharmaceutical companies in opioid litigation as well as in the Abilify litigation, an MDL related to antipsychotic medication. The team, which is notable for its trial expertise, includes acclaimed product liability lawyer Dan Webb and is co-chaired by Washington DC-based Matthew Campbell and Sandra Edwards, who is located in San Francisco.
Winston & Strawn LLP > Firm Profile
The firm: Founded in 1853, Winston & Strawn LLP is an international law firm with more than 950 attorneys among 15 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, Moscow, New York, Newark, Paris, San Francisco, Shanghai, Silicon Valley and Washington, DC.
|Vice Chairman||Michael Elkin|
|Co-executive Chairman||Jeffrey Kessler|
|Co-executive Chairman||Dan Webb|
|Managing Partner (London and Brussels) / Antitrust & EU Competition||Peter Crowther|
|Corporate & Finance||Zoë Ashcroft|
|International Arbitration||Michael Stepek|
|Private Equity||Paul Amiss|
|Transportation Finance||Mark Moody|
|Ms Shreyansi Agarwal||View Profile|
|Mr Paul Amiss||View Profile|
|Ms Zoë Ashcroft||Zoë Ashcroft is one of the founding partners of Winston & Strawn…||View Profile|
|Ms Monica Barton||Partner Monica Barton focuses her practice on acquisition and leveraged finance. She…||View Profile|
|Mr Matthew Bate||Partner Matthew Bate is an experienced trial lawyer who represents multinational corporations,…||View Profile|
|Ms Deborah Benyamine||Associate Deborah Benyamine focuses her practice on cross-border and domestic corporate and…||View Profile|
|Mr Ian Borman||Partner Ian Borman has been advising on all aspects of cross-border lending…||View Profile|
|Mr Conor Boyle||Associate Conor Boyle has experience advising project sponsors, infrastructure funds, lenders (including…||View Profile|
|Ms Oriane Cannac||Associate Oriane Cannac focuses her practice on international arbitration and commercial litigation.…||View Profile|
|Ms Andrea Castillo||Associate Andrea Castillo focuses her practice on corporate and finance transactions, including…||View Profile|
|Ms Caitlin Chan||Associate Caitlin Chan advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, restructuring…||View Profile|
|Ms Daniela Cohen||Associate Daniela Cohen represents domestic and international financial institutions and publicly and…||View Profile|
|Mr Peter Crowther||Peter Crowther serves as managing partner of Winston & Strawn LLP’s London…||View Profile|
|Mr Ed Denny||Partner Ed Denny is head of Winston’s London tax department and supports…||View Profile|
|Ms Eliana Torrado Franco||Associate Eliana advises on cross-border transportation finance, with a particular focus on…||View Profile|
|Ms Lisa Hatfield||Associate Lisa Hatfield focuses her practice on global cartel defence, merger control,…||View Profile|
|Ms Suzanne Labi||Associate Suzanne Labi advises on international disputes with a focus on high-vallue,…||View Profile|
|Mr Salah Mattoo||Associate Salah Mattoo focuses his practice on international arbitration, public international law,…||View Profile|
|Mr Daniel Meagher||Partner Daniel Meagher focuses his practice on international commercial disputes with particular…||View Profile|
|Mr Mark Moody||Mark Moody is a partner in the firm’s finance practice. He focuses…||View Profile|
|Mr Rishi Raheja||Rishi Raheja is an associate in Winston’s finance practice. His practice focuses…||View Profile|
|Mr Siddharth Rajkhowa||Siddharth Rajkhowa is an associate in Winston’s corporate and finance practice. He…||View Profile|
|Mr Anthony Riley||Partner Anthony Riley focuses his practice on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions…||View Profile|
|Ms Lorène Sani||Associate Lorène Sani advises financial institutions, debt funds and corporate clients on…||View Profile|
|Ms Bibi Sarraf-Yazdi||Bibi Sarraf-Yazdi is an associate in the litigation department. She focuses her…||View Profile|
|Mr Michael Stepek||Michael Stepek is an international arbitration partner with more than 30 years…||View Profile|
|Mr James Turner||Associate James Turner focuses on international asset finance transactions with a focus…||View Profile|
|Mr Nicholas Usher||Partner Nicholas Usher concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions (both public…||View Profile|
|Ms Alison Weal||Partner Alison Weal focuses her practice on asset finance transactions and advises…||View Profile|
|Ms Delphine Zhuang||Associate Delphine Zhuang focuses her practice on acquisition finance, leveraged finance and…||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of resident fee-earners : 35
LanguagesEnglish Spanish French Chinese Malay German
Top Tier Firm Rankings
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- EU and competition: trade, WTO anti-dumping and customs
- Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
- Competition litigation
- International arbitration
- Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m)
- Transport finance and leasing
- Financial services: contentious
- Commercial litigation: premium
- EU and competition