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Winston & Strawn London LLP

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London: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 6

Winston & Strawn London LLP

The practice at¬†Winston & Strawn London LLP¬†continues to be active in cartel and competition investigations, state aid, and merger control work, in addition to providing strategic competition law advice. Managing partner¬†Peter Crowther¬†is the key figure for competition matters and is ‚Äėvery responsive and has a good sense of business/commercial considerations‚Äô. Crowther is supported by associate¬†Jade-Alexandra Fearns¬†,¬†who splits her time between London and Brussels. The pair have been advising reinsurance conglomerate XL Catlin on its significant competition and EU sanctions concerns. The team was also instructed by Sberbank on its application to the General Court to remove EU capital market access restrictions.

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

Winston & Strawn London LLP

London and Brussels-based managing partner Peter Crowther heads the practice at Winston & Strawn London LLP. Primarily an EU and competition lawyer, his experience includes advising on trade and sanctions laws and devising and implementing appropriate compliance programmes. Crowther and associate Jade-Alexandra Fearns provide ongoing advice to big name corporates including XL Catlin, Liberty Specialty Markets and InterChem on the impact of EU and international and EU trade sanctions legislation on their businesses.

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Financial services
Financial services contentious - ranked: tier 4

Winston & Strawn London LLP

Often working in concert with lawyers in the US, Winston & Strawn London LLP's small one-partner team excels at handling multi-jurisdictional regulatory investigations and follow-on private litigation. 'Very knowledgeable, experienced and extremely approachable' team head Justin McClelland has an excellent perspective of the market gleaned through his previous work as a prosecutor as well as his many years' experience in private practice on the defence front.

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M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m
M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m - ranked: tier 4

Winston & Strawn London LLP

The ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô team at¬†Winston & Strawn London LLP¬†¬†is noted for its ‚Äėreal time responsiveness and proactive approach‚Äô, which ‚Äėshows superb business acumen and industry knowledge‚Äô. Practice head¬†Zo√ę Ashcroft¬†‚Äėstands out in her passion and extraordinary dedication, commitment and speedy response to client‚Äôs needs‚Äô; she has strong involvement with cross-border transactions in emerging markets, particularly Sub-Saharan Africa.¬†Nicholas Usher¬†and 'rising star'¬†Stewart Worthy¬†are recommended as ‚Äėreally great to work with and always seem to be in control‚Äô. Usher represented Superior Industries International in its $715m acquisition of Uniwheels, while Worthy led on Yioula Glassworks‚Äô ‚ā¨500m sale of its glass manufacturing operation in Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania.¬†Paul Amiss¬†is also recommended.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 5

Winston & Strawn London LLP

Winston & Strawn London LLP is highly regarded for multi-jurisdictional disputes and the team has specific expertise in banking, finance and securities litigation, particularly actions surrounding both the LIBOR and insurance mis-selling scandals. Examples of multifaceted, cross-border contentious matters include the team representing Shebah Exploration and Production Company in a Commercial Court dispute with a syndicate of Egyptian and Nigerian banks, which arose from a £150m facility agreement. Michael Madden leads the firm’s commercial litigation team in London; Justin McClelland's practice includes general commercial and financial disputes, cross-jurisdictional litigation, multi-party actions, appellate proceedings, and follow-on actions arising from regulatory investigations. Daniel Meagher is a key associate.

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Competition litigation
Competition litigation - ranked: tier 4

Winston & Strawn London LLP

Winston & Strawn London LLP's team predominantly represents defendants involved in follow-on completion claims, leveraging the firm's acumen in European Commission cases. It provides the spectrum of competition litigation services, including cartel defence, trade and sanctions advice and regulatory advice. 'Responsive' department head Peter Crowther is noted for having 'a good sense of the commercial considerations of a case'; he is currently advising Sberbank in relation to its application to the General Court to remove EU capital market access restrictions imposed by the Council of the European Union against a number of Russian banks.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Winston & Strawn London LLP

Winston & Strawn London LLP's 'established team is first-rate in sometimes difficult circumstances'. A substantial part of the London's group includes the representation of clients in large-scale infrastructure disputes as well as cases involving traditional and renewable energy power, and transportation projects. The London team is led by Michael Stepek and Matthew Bate; Stepek led advice to Rolling Vista Ventures  in an arbitration proceeding under the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre arbitration rules, which arose out of a master investment and shareholder agreement. Ricardo Ugarte divides time between Chicago and London; and senior associate Daniel Meagher is 'a standout arbitration lawyer and a very strong operator'. Other key advisers are of counsel Kseniya Elfimova, who divides her time between London and Brussels, and associate Shayan Farhad.

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London: Finance

Asset finance and leasing
Asset finance and leasing - ranked: tier 4

Winston & Strawn London LLP

Winston & Strawn London LLP recruited Mark Moody and Christopher Boresjo from Simmons & Simmons in April 2016; since their arrival the firm are picking up an increasingly high quality of work for a range of lessors, banks and airlines. As well as regularly handling work financed through commercial debt, including his ongoing representation of major leasing companies Aviation Capital Group, Moody is also noted for his 'outstanding' work on ECA-supported deals relating to South America, a region with which he has a 'very thorough knowledge'. Boresjo is advising Finnair on its fleet renewal and expansion programme involving more than 12 Airbus A320/A321 aircraft. Other clients include BNP Paribas, Natixis and AerCap.

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Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans - ranked: tier 4

Winston & Strawn London LLP

Recognised for its 'collegiate and co-operative ethos',¬†Winston & Strawn London LLP¬†'s nine-partner finance practice specialises in handling complex cross-border mandates¬†(often involving syndicated lender structuring) where it is able to add value to clients by virtue of its ability to provide seamless UK and US law advice on bigger ticket mandates.¬†Rebecca Finn¬†regularly provides the English law input on emerging markets financings on behalf of lenders and borrowers; she recently advised Cathay United Bank on a¬†$35m syndicated loan to the Bank for Investment and Development of Cambodia. The 'client friendly and pragmatic'¬†Zo√ę Ashcroft¬†is recommended in particular for her work on behalf of borrowers in Sub-Saharan African financings. Although he is primarily focused on sponsor-led leveraged deals,¬†Ian Borman¬†also handles corporate lending work and corporate acquisition financings.

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Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 4

Winston & Strawn London LLP

Winston & Strawn London LLP¬†is 'an¬†excellent firm with top-level practitioners', according to one client. Another remarks that it is 'a very high-quality firm that seems to have retained its partnership collegiality and cooperative ethos'. The firm has a track record of transactional work in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.¬†Zo√ę Ashcroft¬†is 'primarily¬†a corporate lawyer but with her finance background she is able to provide the full range of services you need on a leveraged deal; she is client-friendly and pragmatic'. Ashcroft, capital markets partner¬†Stewart Worthy¬†and export finance specialist¬†Rebecca Finn¬†'have excellent African expertise in particular'.¬†James Simpson¬†is recommended for¬†infrastructure and power development and financing in Central and Eastern Europe. Finn acted for Taiwan's Cathay United Bank in a¬†$35m syndicated loan to the Bank for Investment and Development of Cambodia, and for the same client handled a $350m loan for the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)
Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) - ranked: tier 4

Winston & Strawn London LLP

The infrastructure team at Winston & Strawn London LLP handles 'first-of-its-kind' international projects across a range of jurisdictions under the leadership of James Simpson who co-heads the firm's global project finance outfit. Stephen Jurgenson recently transferred to London from the Dubai office and is part of the team advising Electrogas Malta on all aspects of its LNG-to-power project. Several institutional investors engaged a team spearheaded by Rebecca Finn and supported by the New York office and associate Conor Boyle to handle a private placement of non-recourse senior secured bonds with a 2.73% coupon. Also notable is of counsel Jason Parker who continues to assist a joint venture company with the development and financing of a recently-expanded petrochemical and petroleum refining complex in the Middle East.

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 3

Winston & Strawn London LLP

Global co-head of project finance¬†James Simpson¬†jointly leads the oil and gas at¬†Winston & Strawn London LLP¬†with¬†Zo√ę Ashcroft¬†who also leads the London corporate and finance department. Recently bolstered by the transfer of¬†Stephen Jurgenson¬†from the firm's Dubai office, the practice advised Electrogas on all aspects of the innovative LNG-to-power project in Malta; of counsel¬†Jason Parker¬†also collaborated on this mandate. Parker and Simpson also teamed up as project counsel to a joint venture planning to build an LNG terminal and distribution facility in Southern Europe.

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Water
Water - ranked: tier 3

Winston & Strawn London LLP

Winston & Strawn London LLP represents governments, project sponsors, developers, equity investors, contractors and service companies across a wide array of industry sectors. Practice head James Simpson is currently assisting a government-owned company with a number of high-profile infrastructure projects with a range of developers, including a significant port project. The firm's advice covers regulatory, financing, contractual, project implementation and dispute resolution issues.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 6

Winston & Strawn London LLP

With excellent cross-border capabilities, the team at Winston & Strawn London LLP regularly handles corporate work, regulatory matters and litigation in numerous sports. Michael Stepek acted for Bulgarian football club CSKA Sofia in an appeal against UEFA before the CAS, regarding the team's eligibility to play in the 2017-'18 and 2018-'19 Europa League tournaments despite its insolvency in 2016. On the transactional side, Nicholas Usher advised one of the main shareholders in Swansea City FC on the club's sale to a group of US private equity investors. Department head Peter Crowther, who splits his time between London and Brussels, continued to advise the British Athletes Commission (BAC) on issues affecting elite athletes, such as duty of care, selection matters, anti-doping, and communications with governing bodies. Competition expert Jade-Alexandra Fearns is an associate recommended for regulatory and disciplinary matters.

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London: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 4

Winston & Strawn London LLP

Winston & Strawn London LLP is best known for its experience in advising on aviation transactional and finance matters. It is also active on regulatory, environmental, tax, fleet management and infrastructure mandates. Christopher Boresjo and Mark Moody lead the department, and associate Rishi Raheja is also a key member of the team.

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