Firm Profile > Greenberg Traurig, LLP > London, England

Greenberg Traurig, LLP
THE SHARD, LEVEL 8
32 LONDON BRIDGE STREET
LONDON
SE1 9SG
England

Real estate funds Tier 1

Greenberg Traurig, LLP's sponsor clients range in size from emerging managers raising first-time funds to global behemoths. Other clients include financial institutions, family offices and investors. The firm has an integrated funds tax capability, which is a particular value-add for fund establishments and the structuring of investment holding vehicles below the fund. In addition to advising on fund formations, the group also advises on fundraises and capital deployments, as well as issues specific to fund managers themselves. Practice head Steven Cowins and senior associate Kate Phillips are advising Tristan and Edmond de Rothschild Group (formerly Cording Real Estate Group) on the establishment of a club vehicle to invest in a London estate known as Holborn Links; while Cowins and Marc Snell acted for Digital Colony on the formation of its Luxembourg-based Aviator Fund.

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Greenberg Traurig London is very client-oriented. They invest in getting a true understanding of our business and are thus able to provide very insightful and valuable advice. Most firms say they put the client in the centre but few truly do. Greenberg Traurig has succeeded on that very important point.

The funds team adopts a refreshing commercial approach and is always aware of standard market terms/competing products in the market. This is helpful in raising not only successive fund products but also when looking to launch into different markets. Although the team is external to our firm, it approaches funds work as an extended team to the business and its dedication to investor negotiations is one that I have not been able to better with other law firms.

Steven Cowins’ team is market aware, technically excellent, always available and one that finds solutions rather than problems. Steven has a winning personality which enables him to overcome bumps in the transactions which can prove problematic with more dogmatic lawyers. The team has a very significant presence in the market and tends to be aware of market norms and indeed know the lawyers on all sides of the transaction. Whilst technical competence is important, it is the ability to get things done which may involve a compromise and perhaps contextualising a risk which is so important.

Steven Cowins – commercial, always makes himself available, simplifies technical points and resolves them quickly. Kate Phillips – very hard working, ensuring all phases of the process move forward efficiently. Consistently positive and willing to go the extra mile to make sure the project is a success.

Highly commercial, as well as technical, great market knowledge and penetration. Seem to be more in the market than competitors – great breadth of client base and client focus, not just on legal issues but on wider issues.

Hugely knowledgeable and experienced team that have all worked together for a long time. Little senior turnover.

Key clients

Chancerygate

Cording Real Estate Group

Digital Colony

Europa Capital

FREO

General Projects

JR Capital

King Street Capital

M3 Capital

Mitheridge Capital Management

NBK Capital

Paloma Capital

Patrizia

Revcap

Rialto Capital

The Collective

Tristan

Valor Real Estate Partners

Vengrove

Zenprop

Commercial property: investment Tier 2

Greenberg Traurig, LLP is home to a ‘wide breadth of experience and great leadership’. Danielle Martin gears her practice towards investment-related transactions, the private equity sector, portfolio sales and restructuring; she heads the practice together with Matthew James Priday whose experience spans a range of sectors though centres around industrial, logistics, hotels, the private rented sector and build to rent. Mixed-use developments and real estate finance are additional strengths for the practice which of late has seen an influx of multijurisdictional instructions from European clients in addition to instruction pertaining to the education and co-living sectors. Tim Webb departed to K&L Gates LLP.

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‘The practice has a very high standard of partners who offer great commercial advice and run transactions to get the best value for us as a large PLC client. Their attention to detail is fantastic.’

‘Carol Hopper has a tremendous amount of experience and together with expertise is ideal to run large and complex transactions for best value for the client.’

‘The team has a wide breadth of experience and great leadership.’

Key clients

MEININGER Hotels

The Collective

Cromwell European Real Estate Investment Trust

Nuveen

Stars REI

BA General

Valor Real Estate Partners

Scape Student Living

Pacifica 360

Peel Logistics Partnership

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 2

Greenberg Traurig, LLP's London practice benefits from the firm's broader presence across the US, as well as Asia and elsewhere in Europe. 'Stalwart of the London corporate crime communityBarry Vitou co-chairs the white-collar and special investigations practice and is experienced in FCA, HMRC, CPS and SFO investigations. Anne-Marie Ottaway focuses on economic crime matters including allegations relating to fraud, bribery and corruption, insider dealing, market abuse and money laundering. The team handles both criminal investigations as well as regulatory risk matters. Other names in the practice include Mohammed Khamisa QC, who specialises in commercial fraud and compliance matters, and who joined as partner from Mishcon de Reya LLP. Lisa Navarro left to form Navarro Law Consultancy.

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 ‘The team’s experience makes it perfectly positioned to advise on the most complex cross-jurisdictional internal investigations and prosecutions’.

‘Barry Vitou continues to fearlessly go out to bat for his corporate clients, never shying away from seeking to hold prosecutors to account in novel and compelling ways’.

‘Barry Vitou has many years of first-hand experience, particularly in the sphere of bribery and corruption’.

‘Barry Vitou and Anne-Marie Ottaway are excellent advisers and understand business judgement considerations, as well as the practical workings of the relevant regulators’.

‘A standout international firm with an excellent global white-collar defence practice’.

‘Anne-Marie Ottaway is a great complement to the team – with her experience of working at the SFO really adding a depth of first-hand experience to the team’.

‘Barry Vitou and Anne Marie Ottaway have an impeccable pedigree in this field and have built up the firm’s Regulatory Investigations and Corporate Crime practice to an enviable position in the market place’.

‘The team of Barry Vitou, Anne-Marie Ottaway and Gareth Hall are all, not only very knowledgeable, excellent lawyers, but really lovely and good people to have in your corner’.

Key clients

KBR, Inc. and KBR, Inc.’s UK subsidiaries

Equity capital markets - mid-high cap Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig, LLP's international reach sees it act for issuers and major investment banks on a broad cross-section of UK and cross-border (developed, frontier and emerging market) ECM transactions. Its team has vast experience of SEC-registered and Rule 144A IPOs, accelerated bookbuild offerings and rights issues, among other matters. In one work example, in 2019, James MountainAndrew Caunt and Dorothee Fischer-Appelt (who is dual New York/England & Wales-qualified) acted for Ocean Outdoor on its £420m LSE listing, following its reverse takeover by Ocelot Partners. The team also advised Ocean on its £25m share buy-back programme. Caunt, who heads up the practice, has 20 years of experience of large capital markets transactions.

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They have a really good bench of partners. Dorothee Fischer-Appelt is fantastic for German-speaking clients, enthusiastic and energetic. James Mountain and Andrew Caunt: both are standout names, providing the right balance of commercial pragmatism and legal requirements

The firm may not have the profile of the magic circle, but you have top notch experienced specialists who are able to be very involved in the execution of transactions. At other firms, you simply do not have the same level of access to partner level knowledge and experience. We have been very impressed. Andrew Caunt is an experienced, thoughtful and analytical lawyer. He is a capital markets expert with a keen sense of what is ‘market’. He is ‘hands on’ in his approach and supportive between transactions as well.

Very partner led, extensive international reach, pragmatic advice with a willingness to take a view

Andrew Caunt remains my go-to lawyer at Greenberg and in the City of London. On any topic he will give a thoughtful and concise response. I like the way he doesn’t mince his words and speaks his mind. It’s refreshing and saves us a lot of time and procrastination debating legal points. He is an outstanding all-rounder. James Mountain is an excellent counterpart to Andrew Caunt. He is calm and measured. Technically strong. Both are very personable and I enjoy talking to them

Extremely accessible partners, excellent and joined-up working model, very competitive pricing

Greenberg brings a wealth of ECM experience on the UK and US side. They are commercial and diligent and offer a genuine partner-led service. Andrew Caunt is a very capable operator in the ECM space. He is responsive and diligent and can speak the client’s language. Andrew works closely with James Mountain who is reliable, very knowledgeable and has a good rapport with clients. They make a potent duo!

Key clients

Deutsche Bank

UBS

Ocean Outdoor Limited

Digital Landscape Group Inc (formerly Landscape Acquisition Limited )

APi Group (formerly J2 Acquisition)

Aroundtown SA

Morgan Stanley

EverArc Holdings Limited

Peel Hunt

Liberum

Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig, LLP is described by one client as a 'standout international firm' for its white-collar defence practice. The firm’s international network of offices means it is able advise on cross-border financial crime matters and investigations. 'Stalwart of the London corporate crime communityBarry Vitou is global co-chair of the white-collar and special investigations practice and heads the team in London, which also includes the 'excellent' Anne-Marie Ottaway. Mohammed Khamisa QC joined as partner from Mishcon de Reya LLP. Lisa Navarro left to form Navarro Law Consultancy.

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‘Good understanding of the regulatory environment and the practicalities of dealing with the relevant regulators’.

‘Barry Vitou and Anne-Marie Ottaway are extremely good advisers and have in-depth knowledge in this area’.

‘A standout international firm it has an excellent global white-collar defence practice led by Barry Vitou’.

‘Barry Vitou has an impressive client list and sought out by corporates and senior executives in complex cross-border high-profile investigations’.

‘Barry Vitou has been involved in landmark cases and is an extremely astute lawyer and an excellent strategist’.

‘They have an impeccable pedigree in this field and have built up the firm’s white-collar fraud practice to an enviable position in the market place’.

‘Anne-Marie spent a significant period of time at the SFO and understands its workings’.

‘They have extensive experience in dealing with the relevant regulators’.

Key clients

Roger Jenkins

Commercial property: development Tier 4

Greenberg Traurig, LLP is home to a ‘wide breadth of experience and great leadership’. Danielle Martin gears her practice towards investment-related transactions, the private equity sector, portfolio sales and restructuring; she heads the practice together with Matthew James Priday whose experience spans a range of sectors, with a focus on industrial, logistics, hotels, the private rented sector and build to rent. Mixed-use developments and real estate finance are additional strengths for the practice which of late has seen an influx of multijurisdictional instructions from European clients in addition to instruction pertaining to the education and co-living sectors. Tim Webb left to join K&L Gates LLP.

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‘The practice has a very high standard of partners who offer great commercial advice and run transactions to get the best value for us as a large PLC client. Their attention to detail is fantastic.’

‘Carol Hopper has a tremendous amount of experience and together with expertise is ideal to run large and complex transactions for best value for the client.’

‘The team has a wide breadth of experience and great leadership.’

Key clients

MEININGER Hotels

The Collective

Cromwell European Real Estate Investment Trust

Nuveen

Stars REI

BA General

Valor Real Estate Partners

Scape Student Living

Pacifica 360

Peel Logistics Partnership

Rail Tier 4

Greenberg Traurig, LLP significantly boosted its visibility in the rail sector with the hire of well respected practice leader Graeme McLellan and senior associate Richard Hughes from Stephenson Harwood in 2019. The US firm's London team primarily focuses on rail infrastructure and asset finance, but has more recently expanded into advising on rolling stock, as evidenced in 2019 in a 'first of its kind' finance deal in Wales for Equitix. The team, which also boasts debt capital finance markets expertise, has a track record of advising on complex cross-border transactions, leveraging the wider firm's global network of offices.

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Equitix Limited

Macquarie Bank / Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA)

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)

US, Swiss and Canadian institutional investors – Porterbrook Samurai Loan and Private Placement

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 5

Led by Emma MenziesGreenberg Traurig, LLP's five-partner banking and finance team has broad-ranging bandwidth on behalf of both lenders and corporates, either acting on its own or in collaboration with lawyers from across the firm's network of offices on multi-jurisdictional mandates. The team continues to develop a particular niche relating to digital music financings and recently advised the mandated lead arranger on a £65m syndicated senior secured revolving term facility granted to a music publishing group.

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Bracco Imaging S.p.A

Nomad

JP Morgan

Suntrust

DRC Capital

Rentas Hay

Westchester

Transom Capital Group

Swingers

Gravis

Corporate tax Tier 5

Graham Iversen leads the team at Greenberg Traurig, LLP, which has notable expertise in the tax aspects of corporate transactions, as well as investment funds and real estate deals. Ben Eaton is an expert in the tax aspects of real estate transactions and investment funds. Charles Case is a funds tax expert with additional expertise in complex joint ventures with carried interest arrangements.

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Incredibly integrated and commercially-minded team allowing them to work efficiently on complex projects with other team in both Greenberg Traurig but also externally.’

Charles Case has deep technical knowledge combined with commercial insight allows him to give practical advice which is helpful to demystify complex/unclear areas of the law.’

Ben Eaton directs his boundless tenacity at all projects he undertakes and is excellent at driving projects forward and achieving the best possible result.

Key clients

Angelo Gordon

Bracco Imaging

British Airways Pension Fund

Enchanting Travels AG

Europa Capital

Lincoln Property Group

M3/Atrium Finance

Paloma Capital

Quickbase

Rentokil Initial

Revcap

Stars REI

The Collective

Valor Real Estate Partners

EU and competition Tier 5

Greenberg Traurig, LLP is adept at handling cross-border merger control matters; practice head Gillian Sproul is well-regarded for her client care skills and efficient coordination of multi-jurisdictional matters. The team has recently seen an uptick in instructions concerning cartel investigations, regulatory issues and general competition consultancy.

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‘The practice is very ably led by Gillian Sproul, who is excellent. She is a careful and thoughtful lawyer, who gives clients clear and direct advice. Very good partner focus, and early consideration given of risk factors and mitigation strategies.’

‘A strong competition team, with an industry leading niche in hold separate arrangements (an important and growing niche).’

‘Gillian Sproul has a very pleasant demeanour so it never feels like you are approaching a law firm; instead it feels like you have a specialist coach to help and guide you when needed. It adds up to a pleasant experience and one that leads to positive outcomes.’

‘Gillian Sproul. Calm, extremely pragmatic but underpinned with real knowledge and experience. Gill genuinely is interested in your challenges and wants to help you solve them.’

‘Gill Sproul is our go-to partner for all complex competition law matters. Gill gives clear, concise, and incisive advice that is deeply thought through and practical.’

‘Gillian Sproul is a great professional, has an in depth knowledge of antitrust law and coordinates multijurisdictional matters very efficiently.’

 

Key clients

Acrow Bridge

Vista Equity Partners

Bracco Imaging S.p.A

SJL Partners

M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+ Tier 5

Greenberg Traurig, LLP's broad corporate practice regularly undertakes transactions in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors and also acts for industrial and manufacturing clients. Managing partner Fiona Adams co-chairs the global corporate practice, while Paul Maher acts as global vice chair. Both have considerable experience in cross-border public and private M&A, advising a wide range of domestic and international clients. Sarah F. Moyles is another key name to note in the practice and advises on a wide range of corporate, corporate finance and commercial matters.

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‘Highly capable corporate practice for major transactions, including cross-border and complex structures. Strong partner involvement and contact, highly experienced and pragmatic.’

‘Paul Maher has deep experience, is a hard-nosed negotiator, highly responsive and client-focused’

‘Fiona Adams is a highly sophisticated and capable M&A lawyer who is also an extremely effective manager of teams and transactions. A pleasure to work with‘

‘Key strengths are the availability of the team, its capability to negotiate with counterparty legal teams and the quality of its contractual arrangements.‘

‘Paul Maher is a strong negotiator with a big experience in M&A’

‘Graeme McLellan is outstanding. He has extensive technical expertise and a strong understanding of the commercial risks and drivers of our business. He is highly effective in representing us with these attributes. He is our go-to legal adviser for M&A transactions in the rail space.’

‘Paul Maher, Henrietta Walker and Fiona Adams are all excellent and highly appreciated professionals. They are much more engaged than the standard M&A London partner, and they always bring a proactive service.’

Key clients

AstraZeneca PLC

Rentokil Initial PLC

Smiths Group PLC

Intercontinental Hotels Group PLC

Cromwell European Real Estate Fund

Bracco Imaging SpA

Blue Earth Diagnostics Limited

Vista Equity Partners

Landscape Acquisition

Platform Specialty Products Corporation

Outsourcing Inc.

Amistat

Galliard Group

Cain International

Brockton Capital

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Property finance Tier 5

Greenberg Traurig, LLP is growing its presence in the London market and is very active in cross-border financings. Partha Pal is a key name whose recent work includes the financing and refinancing of properties in London and Germany, as well as acting for lenders based in North America. Gary Bellingham is also noted; he advises on a range of asset classes, including student accommodation, senior living properties and science parks.

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‘Personal attention from a partner is always very good and they are always very considered in their thoughts.’

‘Partha Pal is very responsive and has a great work ethic to find solutions to problems that may arise.’

‘They are approachable and will go out of their way to provide the requested advice and counsel.’

‘Partha Pal is honestly like no one I have ever worked with – he has a brilliantly logical and commercial mind, and his previous experience as a barrister really shines through from an analytical perspective. He is always personally available and although his team are extremely experienced and fantastic, it is nice to know you can always pick up the phone to him.’

Key clients

Nuveen

Europa Capital

Cain International

Competitive Socialising Limited

Oxford Technology Park Limited

HIG

Fabrix Capital

Peel Logistic Partnership

Angelo Gordon

Transport finance and leasing Tier 6

The 'commercial and flexibleGraeme McLellan heads up Greenberg Traurig, LLP's nascent asset finance group, following his arrival from Stephenson Harwood in August 2019. McLellan is 'knowledgeable about all things rail' and is well positioned to develop a strong practice at the firm given his expertise across the spectrum of procurement, financing and leasing matters within the industry.

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Graeme McLellan is knowledgeable about all things rail and has a very commercial outlook which help to get the job done.’

Graeme McLellan is very flexible and commercial.

 

Key clients

Equitix Limited

Macquarie Bank / Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Firm overview: Greenberg Traurig, LLP has more than 2,200 attorneys in 40 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The firm’s lawyers help clients bridge diverse legal systems and cultures, with a focus on efficient, effective strategic advice and legal services.

GT in the United Kingdom:  GT’s London office provides high calibre legal services to a broad range of clients in the UK and across the globe. The team’s core practices are M&A, real estate, and equity and debt capital markets, supported by their strength and wide-ranging experience in complementary areas such as bankruptcy, tax, fund structuring, finance, EU and competition, anti-corruption, employment, dispute resolution, environment, health and safety, intellectual property, litigation and white-collar defence and special investigations.

Areas of practice: GT London’s core practices are M&A, real estate, and equity & debt capital markets, supported by our strength and wide-ranging experience in complimentary areas such as bankruptcy, tax, fund structuring, finance, EU and competition, anti-corruption, employment, dispute resolution, environment, health and safety, intellectual property and litigation.

Department Name Email Telephone
Vice-Chairman Paul Maher maherp@gtlaw.com +44 (0) 203 349 8888
Managing Shareholder Fiona Adams adamsf@gtlaw.com +44 (0) 203 349 8878
Photo Name Position Profile
 Fiona Adams  photo Fiona Adams Chair, Global Corporate Practice
 Sarah Atkinson  photo Sarah Atkinson Shareholder
 Gary Bellingham  photo Gary Bellingham Shareholder
 Charles Case  photo Charles Case Shareholder
 Andrew Caunt  photo Andrew Caunt Shareholder
 Steven Cowins  photo Steven Cowins Shareholder
 Ben Eaton  photo Ben Eaton Shareholder
 Naomi Feinstein  photo Naomi Feinstein Shareholder
 Dorothee Fischer-Appelt  photo Dorothee Fischer-Appelt Shareholder
 David Fitzgerald  photo David Fitzgerald Shareholder
 Michael Goldberg  photo Michael Goldberg Shareholder
 Gareth R. Hall  photo Gareth R. Hall Associate
 Carol Hopper  photo Carol Hopper Shareholder
 Stephen Horvath  photo Stephen Horvath Shareholder
Mr Richard Hughes photo Mr Richard Hughes Senior Associate
 Graham Iversen  photo Graham Iversen Co-Chair, Global Tax Practice
 Paul Maher  photo Paul Maher Vice-Chairman
 Dani Martin  photo Dani Martin Shareholder
 Graeme McLellan photo Graeme McLellan Shareholder
 Emma Menzies  photo Emma Menzies Shareholder
 James Mountain  photo James Mountain Shareholder
 Sarah Moyles  photo Sarah Moyles Shareholder
 Anne-Marie Ottaway  photo Anne-Marie Ottaway Shareholder
 Partha Pal  photo Partha Pal Shareholder
 Kate Phillips photo Kate Phillips Senior Associate
 Matthew Priday  photo Matthew Priday Shareholder
 Marc Snell  photo Marc Snell Shareholder
 Gillian Sproul  photo Gillian Sproul Shareholder
 Barry Vitou  photo Barry Vitou Shareholder
 Henrietta Walker  photo Henrietta Walker Shareholder
 Daniel Woolston  photo Daniel Woolston Shareholder
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