Greenberg Traurig, LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

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

Corporate and commercial > M&A: Lower Mid-Market Deals, £100m-£750m Tier 2

The ‘highly skilled and diverse’ Greenberg Traurig, LLP is praised for its ability to manage and negotiate a range of transactions, including M&A, joint ventures and reorganisations. Drawing on a robust global network, the team also offers experience in a multitude of sectors including industrials, insurance, real estate, digital payments finance and life sciences. The group is co-headed by Paul Maher, global vice chair, who draws superlative praise for his capabilities in public and private M&A; the ‘great M&A lawyer’ Fiona Adams, who is noted as ‘extremely hardworking and responsive’; and whose work spans the financial institutions, media, retail and pharmaceuticals industries, and the ‘incredibly bright’ Henrietta Walker, who offers transactional and commercial advice. Other names to note include Sarah Moyles, who is described by one client as a ‘stellar legal partner and insightful business partner,’ working with her domestic and international client base on public and private M&A, joint ventures and corporate finance.

Practice head(s):

Paul Maher; Fiona Adams; Henrietta Walker

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Moyles; Joel Wheeler

Testimonials

‘We work extensively with the GT M&A team in London. The team is very responsive, highly skilled, have extensive experience and are very efficient. They always have the client’s best in front. The project management of M&A project are also very good and efficient, which is very helpful when you don’t have an extensive in-house M&A team. Lastly GT are great negotiators.’

‘Paul Maher is the best negotiator I have ever met, very smart and solutions oriented. Fiona Adams is a great M&A lawyer, both holistic and with an eye on all the details, she would never miss anything. Henrietta Walker is a great M&A lawyer, that is efficient and with extremely high capacity, only spending time on relevant topics.’

‘A highly skilled and diverse team that is always good value and makes use of different levels of seniority as appropriate.’

‘Very experienced professionals with deep knowledge of our business/needs, adapting their work accordingly. Overall balanced and reasonable approach with fit for purpose advice even in highly complex matters.’

‘GT’s team, led by Sarah Moyles, provided answers that were thoughtful and sought to solve the problem at hand. We were very impressed at the white glove service, and were pleasantly surprised at the value we received for the work. It is people like Sarah Moyles who keep us with GT. It is her leadership, intelligence, and collegial demeanor that make working with this law firm beneficial for us.’

‘Sarah Moyles is a stellar legal partner and insightful business partner. She is very attuned with the global fintech ecosystem and provided us with world class advice on a wide breadth of novel legal issues. She is extremely thoughtful, diligent, and astute in her legal commentary, providing practical advice for the real-world business applications.’

‘The GT M&A team are the most responsive external lawyers I have experienced. They relay technical advice but in a very commercial manner. They know how we want our advice and provide us with calm and considered views without caveat. We have always seen a very diverse team, especially with the number of females, even at the senior level. In terms of added value, I regularly ask about various specialist areas and GT is quick to work with us collaboratively.’

‘Paul Maher is simply the person who gives you a workable answer to any legal issues that have arisen. He can distill facts very quickly and get to the core of the matter. He is always available and responsive and can read a room to determine the most effective negotiation technique/approach. Fiona Adams is extremely hard working and responsive. She calmly manages significant transactions, whatever the pace, moving it along despite what roadblocks hit. She has a vast amount of experience to tap into and does so quickly and succinctly. She is also fun to work with. Henrietta Walker is also incredibly bright and responsive. She is very good at public company matters in particular.’

Key clients

Cartesian Growth Corporation

Crosstree Partners

AstraZeneca PLC

Rentokil Initial PLC

Smiths Group PLC

Intercontinental Hotels Group PLC

Bracco Imaging SpA

Vista Equity Partners

Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB

Api Group Corporation

SBA Telecommunications

Stubben Edge Group Limited

Stemcor

Papaya Global

Work highlights

  • Advised on Papaya Global’s acquisition of the Azimo Group of companies.
  • Assisted with Cartesian Growth Corporation’s business combination with UK-based Alvarium Investments and Tiedemann Group.
  • Advised on Crosstree’s acquisition of The Collective, Canary Wharf.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 2

US headquartered with a broad international scope, Greenberg Traurig, LLP boasts a full-service fraud offering, spanning business disputes, sanctions, injunctive relief, investigations and preserve assets. The team is co-helmed by the considerable expertise of Kathryn Garbett, along with Claire Broadbelt who has represented several high value civil fraud cases representing clients from a wide range of sectors including banking, commodities trading and retail; they are joined by Annabel Thomas, a specialist in complex corporate disputes, and Martin Shobbrook , who has considerable experience in multi-jurisdictional asset tracing. Meanwhile, Hannah Blom-Cooper, an expert in contentious insolvency practice, advises on disputes arising from business failures.

Practice head(s):

Kathryn Garbett; Claire Broadbelt

Other key lawyers:

Masoud Zabeti; Mohammed Khamisa

Testimonials

‘Greenberg Traurig have a fantastic civil fraud team, who can handle the most complex and high profile matters.’

‘Claire Broadbelt is a stand-out partner who is a pleasure to work with. She has great judgment and experience, and is brilliant at leading a team.

‘Strong, personable lawyers with a practical view on resolving issues. Always looking for the solution rather than the problem.’

‘Proper team that play well together and clearly have a strong bond – helps to deliver standout output

‘The team does exceptional work and a strong experience in the civil fraud area. They are on top of the law, quickly get to grips with the facts, and are excel in managing litigation for their clients.’

Key clients

Georgy Bedzhamov

The Estate of Fahad Al Rajaan

Kingdom of Sweden

Bank Frick

The Administrators of Festicket

BTA Bank

Tradition Financial Services Limited

Crane Bank Limited

Work highlights

  • Defending Mr Bedzhamov, a HNW Russian businessman now located in the UK, in a dispute where Mr Bedzhamov alleges he is the victim of a corporate raid in a GBP 1.34 billion civil fraud proceedings brought by Vneshprombank LLC, a now-insolvent Russian bank where he was an investor.
  • Defending the estate of the late Mr Al Rajaan (the anchor defendant) in a fraud claim valued at USD 870 million brought by Kuwait’s pension fund (the Public Institution for Social Security (PIFSS)) against the client, its former Director-General, plus a number of banks and intermediaries, alleging bribery and corruption over a 30-year period, and claiming that Mr Al Rajaan worked in concert with the other 40+ defendants to procure secret commissions.
  • Instructed by the Kingdom of Sweden through the Swedish Pensions Agency (Pensionsmyndigheten) in relation to one of the biggest frauds uncovered in Sweden, including in seeking recovery of EUR 120 million in losses suffered by the Swedish pension savers. This claim involves a complex web of defendants around the world, some of which were based in the UK.

Investment fund formation and management > Real estate funds Tier 2

Led by Steven Cowins, Greenberg Traurig, LLP stands out in the market for its large and dedicated real estate investment funds team which acts for top fund managers on the full gamut of investment strategies. As a US-headquartered firm, it is able to provide clients with strong links to North American capital sources and draws on support from the firm’s tax and regulatory practitioners as it advises on funds matters. Cowins handles fund establishments, joint ventures, structured acquisitions and dispositions, and other investment matters. He is supported by Marc Snell, who is recommended for co-investment structures, segregated mandates and club arrangements. Tom Dear acts for fund managers, investors and financial institutions on fund formations and structuring issues, while Tim Dolan - who joined from Reed Smith LLP in January 2023 - brings regulatory expertise to the team.

Practice head(s):

Steven Cowins

Other key lawyers:

Tom Dear; Marc Snell; Chris Coyle; Charles Case; Tim Dolan

Testimonials

The team are well respected in the real estate funds industry and know pretty much all the main players – which is very helpful for introductions.’

Very good understanding of client goals and quick to respond with solutions.’

Key clients

Europa Capital

Precede Capital Partners (formerly Précis Capital Partners)

Valor Real Estate Partners

BlackRock

Macquarie / PLP

Revcap

Heitman

Westwind Capital

QSix Real Estate Finance

Paloma Capital

NREP

Vengrove Real Estate Management

EDGE

Stories

Mitheridge

PATRIZIA (formerly Rockspring)

JR Capital

M3 Capital Partners

Greater Manchester Pension Fund

Lifestyle Hospitality Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising BlackRock on the establishment of a life sciences vehicle valued at over £1bn.
  • Advising Precede Capital Partners on the establishment of, and investment by QuadReal Property Group into, their new debt platform. The platform will target the deployment of circa £1bn in real estate debt investments in the United Kingdom over the coming years.
  • Advising Valor Real Estate Partners on the establishment of a new separate account with large North American capital source focused on the European logistics sector.

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 2

Routinely sought out by investment fund clients, Greenberg Traurig, LLP is noted for its expertise in mainstream and operational real estate. Matthew Priday co-leads the team and is knowledgeable of development projects, investment sales and purchases, in addition to letting issues. Practice co-head Danielle Martin is focused on private equity real estate, while Carol Hopper has experience in the data centre sector. Steven Cowins co-heads the real estate funds group and Sarah Atkinson left the practice to join Addleshaw Goddard in March 2023.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Priday; Danielle Martin

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Absolute Return for Kids (ARK)

Angelo Gordon

The Ardent Companies

BC Partners

Berkeley Homes

BlackRock

CBRE Investment Management

Crosstree Real Estate Partners

Goodman

MGT Limited

Oaktree Capital

Oxford Properties

Paloma Capital

Macquarie / PLP

Trinity Investment Management / We are Pioneer Group

Schroders Capital

Valor Real Estate Partners

Vantage Data Centers

Vengrove Real Estate Management

Westbrook Partners

Zenprop

Work highlights

  • Advising Crosstree Real Estate Partners on the corporate acquisition of an asset operating under The Collective brand in Canary Wharf.
  • Acting for Zenprop on the sale of a majority stake in the Auriens platform to Oaktree Capital Management.
  • Advising a joint venture between Oxford Properties and Trinity Investment Management / Pioneer Group on their acquisition of the corporate structure which owns Victoria House, Holborn.

Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 3

Representing clients from within the aerospace, construction, extractives, and energy industries, the ‘superb’ team at Greenberg Traurig, LLP provides bespoke advice on anti-bribery, corruption, and money laundering matters. The firm demonstrates strong international capabilities, consistently defending corporations and financial institutions in complex multi-jurisdictional investigations, along with assisting with sanctions and ESG-related compliance. Following Jo Rickards’ departure in January 2023, the ‘outstandingly good’ Rebecca Meads leads the practice, bringing vast expertise on complex fraud and regulatory matters to the department. Senior associate Gavin Costelloe focuses on financial and trade related sanctions since his arrival in April 2022 from the SFO, whilst of counsel Alex Swan’s work encompasses proceedings involving allegations of fraud and money laundering.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Meads

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A superb team, – they are dynamic and young with strength at all levels.’

‘Rebecca Meads is outstandingly good. A tireless worker with a superb eye for what is practical. She inspires confidence and achieves remarkably successful outcomes for her clients.’

‘Rebecca Meads is undoubtedly a leading individual in the field of advising individuals on white collar/business crime matters – calm under pressure, she combines her undoubted approachability with a keen legal mind and years of high-level experience.’

‘Alex Swan knows his cases backwards, has an almost encyclopaedic recollection of the law, and has excellent client handling skills.’

‘This is a team which has been created by bringing in star practitioners from a number of different firms and backgrounds. It has created an offering which combines deep knowledge and experience with a dynamic and pro-active approach to cases. They are great fun to work with too.’

‘Rebecca Meads is a joy to work with: she is an inspiring leader to her team, with great legal skills, market knowledge, and commercial savvy.’

‘Alex Swan is both thoughtful and dynamic.’

Work highlights

  • Advising several corporate entities in relation to matters arising out of an Indian tax and money laundering investigation.
  • Advising companies in relation to an HMRC tax investigation.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media: Music Tier 3

US firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP focuses on music licensing arrangements for major social media and streaming platforms, including Meta, where practice head Neil Miller was formerly head of the international music licensing legal team. He is also well-placed to handle the exploitation of user-uploaded content, compliance matters, and corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Neil Miller

Testimonials

‘The team is highly knowledgeable in all matters related to the use of music in digital service.’

‘They are responsive, pragmatic and business-minded, all of which make them valuable partners.’

Work highlights

  • Advised Meta on the renewal of several licensing arrangements, including agreements with Sony Music Publishing and Merlin.

Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – mid-large cap Tier 4

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 4

Sitting within Greenberg Traurig, LLP‘s wider litigation and white-collar team, the financial regulatory and compliance practice benefits from the firm’s considerable contentious prowess. Since the arrival of ‘go-to individualMatt Hancock in November 2021, the group has been going from strength to strength, with the recruitment of Tim Dolan from Reed Smith LLP in January 2023 marking the latest notable development in the composition of the department.

Practice head(s):

Matt Hancock

Other key lawyers:

Katharine Bond; Tim Dolan

Testimonials

‘Greenberg’s recent hires have catapulted them into a leading position in this field.’

‘Matt Hancock is one of the most savvy, charismatic and strategically effective practitioners around.’

‘The GT team specialise in enforcement issues and are a pleasure to deal with. They know how to get to the heart of an issue with minimum fuss, and their client care is first-rate. They are very personable and easy to deal with, without compromising on intellectual firepower.’

‘For contentious regulation, enforcement and supervision matters, Matt Hancock is the go-to individual. He is exceptionally bright and commercial, with a charming and calm manner.’

‘Superb financial services disciplinary practice. A comforting presence for clients in extremely stressful situations.’

‘Matt Hancock is always engaged, has excellent judgment and strikes the perfect tone with the regulator. And he is a delight to work with.’

‘The team is super strong in their knowledge but more importantly very passionate about their client’s success. Their people are their biggest asset.’

‘Matt Hancock is the best regulatory and financial services lawyer in the industry. He provides great value for money, is very responsive and always does the right thing for the client, even if it means doing less work for them. I cannot rate him highly enough.’

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 4

With a client-base spanning the extractive, aerospace, and technology industries, the ‘committed and dedicated’ team at Greenberg Traurig, LLP is highly regarded for its expertise in money laundering, tax, and extradition proceedings. Practice head Rebecca Meads specialises in complex financial crime investigations and bribery matters, while Gavin Costelloe draws upon his experience as a former employee of the SFO to advise clients on investigations brought by the SFO, CPS, and HMRC. Of counsel Alex Swan is noted for his knowledge of market abuse and insider dealing issues. Jo Rickards left the firm in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Meads

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘An excellent, committed and dedicated team with strength at all levels.’

‘Rebecca Meads is outstanding. A tireless worker who has a keen appreciation of what is possible and how to achieve it.’

‘Gavin Costelloe is outstanding. Highly intelligent, vastly experienced, a walking law book and calm under pressure. Rebecca Meads is a charismatic leader capable of penetrating analysis. Alex Swan leaves no stone unturned and is also an impressive advocate.’

‘Rebecca Meads – a wonderful force of nature with a zest for clients, cases and winning. Fabulous lawyer to have on your side.’

‘Alex Swan – a huge presence and as enthusiastic a solicitor as you could ever wish for. Bright, energetic and able to cut through the rubbish to get to the meat of the case.’

‘The white-collar crime practice at GT is very professional, efficient and informative, with a complete grasp of the client and its needs. The team is attentive and exact in their legal advice, proactive in their proposed solutions and next steps, and always strives to deliver optimal results. The team is complementary, responsive and solution-oriented. It is always a real pleasure to work with them, in particular with the latest amazing women lawyers that recently joined the team.’

‘Rebecca Meads work with an enthusiasm which makes me want to work in their team. Their deep knowledge of other jurisdictions facilitates the comprehension of what can be done in the UK without adversely impacting elsewhere. They are both very shrewd, always available, easy and lovely to work with.’

‘Rebecca and Alex are absolutely amazing to work with.’

Key clients

A former trader of Glencore

A former non-executive director of Patisserie Valerie

Various individuals in criminal investigation into Grenfell Tower

Work highlights

  • Advising a former Glencore trader in respect of the SFO’s investigation into the relationship between Glencore and intermediary in Africa.
  • Advising a former non-executive director in relation to the SFO’s investigation into Patisserie Holdings plc.
  • Advising potential witnesses in connection with the Metropolitan Police’s investigation into the Grenfell Tower fire.

Finance > Debt capital markets Tier 4

Greenberg Traurig, LLP continues to grow its presence in DCM deals, which the capital markets practice handles alongside equity and high yield transactions. Dorothee Fischer-Appelt, who is dual-qualified in English and US law, is the lead partner and her recent work includes advising The Scottish Investment Trust plc on a consent solicitation for its outstanding English law  bonds and new issuance of those bonds upon its merger with JPMorgan Global Growth & Income plc. Key partner Helena Nathanson focuses mainly on structured finance but has a key role on the trustee side of DCM transactions. She counts The Law Debenture Trust Corporation plc among her clients.

Practice head(s):

Dorothee Fischer-Appelt

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team’s biggest strength is its ability to draw on its global resources – much of the work that they do for us is cross-border in nature and requires expertise in a number of jurisdictions to which the team are able to tap into seamlessly. This helps to keep costs down and, more importantly for the transaction, to stay on track timing-wise, as there is no need to search for a firm in the unexpected jurisdiction.’

‘Helena Nathanson is very pragmatic and cuts right through the legal jargon. She doesn’t hide behind legal caveats and provides plain, straightforward legal advice. She’s a safe pair of hands.’

Work highlights

  • Acted as sole English and U.S. legal counsel to The Scottish Investment Trust plc in relation to a consent solicitation in respect of its outstanding English law governed bonds and new issuance of those bonds upon its merger with JPMorgan Global Growth & Income plc as successor issuer (September 2022).
  • Representation of The Law Debenture Trust Corporation plc in its capacity as trustee and security agent in connection with a first of its kind exchange traded fund where the underlying collateral is carbon credit allowances.
  • Representation of UBS AG as sole lead arranger in a Regulation S offering of CHF 100 million of 2.150% notes by Korea National Oil Corporation (KNOC) under its US$ 10 billion Global Medium Term Note Programme, listed on the Swiss Exchange. The offering was governed by English law. KNOC is the national oil and gas company of Korea and is wholly owned by the Korean government.

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 4

Routinely sought out by investment fund clients, Greenberg Traurig, LLP is noted for its expertise in mainstream and operational real estate. Matthew Priday co-leads the team and is knowledgeable of development projects, investment sales and purchases, in addition to letting issues. Practice co-head Danielle Martin is focused on private equity real estate, while Carol Hopper has experience in the data centre sector. Steven Cowins co-heads the real estate funds group and Sarah Atkinson left the practice to join Addleshaw Goddard in March 2023.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Priday; Danielle Martin

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Absolute Return for Kids (ARK)

Angelo Gordon

The Ardent Companies

BC Partners

Berkeley Homes

BlackRock

CBRE Investment Management

Crosstree Capital Partners

Goodman

MGT Limited

Oaktree Capital

Oxford Properties

Paloma Capital

PLP

Trinity Investment Management / We are Pioneer Group

Schroders Capital

Valor Real Estate Partners

Vantage Data Centers

Vengrove Real Estate Management

Westbrook Partners

Zenprop

Work highlights

  • Advised on the proposed 63 storey tower redevelopment of 55 Bishopsgate for Schroders.
  • Assisted Vantage Data Centers on the development of a 48 MW campus across two data centre facilities in North Acton, London.
  • Advising PLP in connection with the purchase of land outside Milton Keynes with a consented 2 million square foot major logistics development.

Real estate > Property finance Tier 4

With extensive experience acting on behalf of lenders and borrowers in UK and European real estate finance transactions across all mainstream asset classes, Partha Pal, Daniyal Ansari and Sierra Taylor - the latter having joined from Paul Hastings LLP in April 2023 - are the lead partners at Greenberg Traurig, LLP‘s ‘well resourced’ finance practice. The group is especially active in the financing of student accommodation, private rental, industrial and retail properties.

Practice head(s):

Partha Pal; Daniyal Ansari; Sierra Taylor

Testimonials

‘Excellent ability to execute cross-border loan executions in an effective manner, with good co-ordination.’

‘Very good technical ability and fight for our position well.’

‘The GT Team are well resourced, which results in a high level of attention and coverage throughout the transaction. They are able to bring in experienced subject-matter experts as necessary to address concerns which may arise on any deal, and will work to tight deadlines when needed. We have a great amount of trust in their ability to be pragmatic and deliver commercial solutions to get a deal over the line.’

‘Partha Pal is a highly attentive and diligent partner that leads all parties through a transaction. He will find solutions to commercial problems and ensures lender’s interests are protected.’

‘Partha Pal is undoubtedly one of the best banking/structured finance lawyers in London. Excellent qualifications, industry knowledge, commercial, efficient and superior client service.’

Key clients

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank

Berlin Hyp AG

DWS

Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America/Nuveen Real Estate

Peel Logistics Partnership

H.I.G Capital

Ares Capital

MGT/Oaktree Capital

Azora Capital

The Ardent Companies

Henderson Park

Cain International

Westbrook Partners

RFR

Work highlights

  • Advised Westbrook Partners on financing granted by PGIM for the forward-purchase of two highly sustainable urban multi-unit logistics portfolios and a further site in Coventry, from Chancerygate and Bridges Fund Management.
  • Acted for Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America as lender in respect of a £150,000,000 credit facility provided to Sigma Capital, a private equity backed investor in and developer of single family private rented sector assets (PRS) in the UK.
  • Advised Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America as lender in respect of a Euro 100,000,000 credit facility provided to BlackRock to finance the acquisition of a Build to Rent asset in Dublin, Ireland.

Transport > Rail Tier 4

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 5

Greenberg Traurig, LLP‘s tax team specialises in high profile corporate transactions, including M&A, investment fund structuring, and real estate matters. Graham Iversen leads the department, and has experience in M&A, restructurings, and financing transactions. Charles Case has key expertise in funds tax, and Ben Eaton is highly experienced in real estate tax. Clive Jones advises on a broad range of domestic and international transactions. Jessica Ganagasegaran made shareholder in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Graham Iversen

Key clients

Precede Capital Partners

Blackrock Real Assets

Revcap

The Ardent Companies

PATRIZIA SE

Trinity Investment Management

Valor Real Estate Partners

Paloma Capital

Oxford Technology Park Limited

BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Limited

Crosstree Real Estate Partners

Auriens/Zenprop

Zenprop

Nostrum Oil & Gas plc

Cartesian Growth Corporation

Westwind Capital

JR Capital

Work highlights

  • Acting as lead global tax counsel for Revcap, advising on the structuring of various joint ventures and investment platforms with a number of capital partners and on acquisitions made by those joint ventures and platforms.
  • Advising BlackRock on the establishment of a life sciences investment fund vehicle valued at over GBP 1 billion together with associated carried interest arrangements.
  • Advising Cartesian Growth Corporation on its business combination with UK-based Alvarium Investments and Tiedemann Group, with the transaction valuing the combined company at a post-transaction equity value of approximately USD 1.4 billion.

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 5

The ‘hardworking, tenacious, and immediately responsive’ department at Greenberg Traurig, LLP boasts a diverse breadth of experience in finance and banking disputes, advising private equity houses, hedge funds, asset managers, and banks.  Corporate acquisition finance disputes and trade finance disputes are strengths of the firm. Masoud Zabeti is a ‘master of strategy’ and leads a team that includes Mohammed Khamisa KC, a practitioner with experience in multi-jurisdictional cases with a fraud element.

Practice head(s):

Masoud Zabeti

Other key lawyers:

Mohammed Khamisa KC; Matt Hancock Claire Broadbelt; Elizabeth Fox; Struan Clark; Harvey Rees; Irina Morozova; Katharine Bond

Testimonials

‘I have worked with the GT team for several years. The team is hardworking, tenacious and immediately responsive.’

‘Masoud Zabeti is a master of strategy and able to explain complex issues in simple terms making it easy to report internally and make decisions. Masoud together with Mohammed Khamisa KC have shown themselves to have an extraordinary understanding of the legal armoury available.’

Claire Broadbelt and Elizabeth Fox are experts in the field of asset recovery. They are extremely responsive, always display an excellent understanding of our legal options, are relentless at driving workstreams forward.’

 ‘Key members of the team are Struan Clark, Harvey Rees and Irina Morozova.’

‘Amazing client base and more high profile litigation than one can shake a stick at.’

‘Masoud Zabeti is a great team leader. Katharine Bond is excellent at following up on things that need to be done.’

‘The team are very intelligent, proactive, commercially minded litigators. They stand out because they are always seeking to identify new ways of helping their client achieve their ends, not just going through the motions and waiting for something to happen.’

‘Masoud Zabeti is a force of nature – an intelligent, innovative, tenacious litigator. Would be one of my first choices if I were a client.’

Key clients

Tradition Financial Services Limited

Crane Bank Limited

Bank Frick & Co A.G.

JSC BTA Bank

Work highlights

  • Acting for TFS in defending a multi-million-pound claim alleging dishonest assistance and fraudulent trading (under s.213 of the Insolvency Act 1986).
  • Representing Ugandan bank, Crane Bank, and its shareholders, following special measures taken against our clients by the Central Bank of Uganda.
  • Defending Bank Frick in a claim made by the Deposit Guarantee Fund for Individuals (DGF), as liquidator of National Credit Bank (NCB), (under s.423 of the Insolvency Act 1986).

Finance > Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 5

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 6

The litigation practice at Greenberg Traurig, LLP has expertise across financial services, civil fraud, asset recovery, and contentious regulatory work. The team, which is headed by European litigation chair Masoud Zabeti , regularly advises on multijurisdictional matters.

Practice head(s):

Masoud Zabeti

Other key lawyers:

Kathryn Garbett; Claire Broadbelt; Annabel Thomas; Hannah Blom-Cooper; Mohammed Khamisa KC;

Testimonials

‘They listened to us and, rather than trying to sound smart and score points, they really understood our position. Not typical with other legal professionals. 

‘Greenberg Traurig has a very strong team with real strength in depth across the department. They are able to take on the biggest cases and most complex cases with which other firms would struggle. They are also very down to earth. They are particularly known for their civil fraud work, both for claimants and defendants, where they have a market leading team.’

‘Annabel Thomas is excellent. She’s very sensible, has excellent judgement and really knows the law. She’s also very commercial and sensitive to client’s needs.’

Key clients

Crane Bank (and its shareholders)

Bank Frick & Co A.G

Tradition Financial Services

Work highlights

  • Advising Ugandan bank, Crane Bank, and its shareholders, as claimants in respect of a claim issued against 15 defendants following special measures taken by the Central Bank of Uganda as part of a corrupt scheme to take control of Crane Bank and misappropriate its assets.
  • Defending Bank Frick in a claim made by the Deposit Guarantee Fund for Individuals (DGF), as liquidator of National Credit Bank (NCB), due to alleged transactions defrauding creditors as part of a money laundering scheme devised by senior managers at NCB to extract assets from NCB.

Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 6

Greenberg Traurig, LLP provides ‘clear and concise advice’ to stakeholders across a broad mix of matters, ranging from contingency planning and consensual workouts through to formal insolvency proceedings. Vastly experienced team head John Houghton exemplifies this versatility, being as accomplished at advising on distressed M&A and special situations, as he is effecting restructurings through schemes of arrangement and the nascent Restructuring Plan. On the contentious front, the ‘solutions-oriented’ Hannah Blom-Cooper is a ‘very effective insolvency litigator’. 

Practice head(s):

John Houghton

Other key lawyers:

Hannah Blom-Cooper; Rupert Cheetham; Kevin Mulligan

Testimonials

‘The team provides clear and concise advice and is great to deal with.’

‘Hannah Blom-Cooper and Rupert Cheetham are both very experienced and solutions-oriented.’

‘Hannah Blom-Cooper is a very effective insolvency litigator.’

‘John Houghton is a calm lateral thinker with very good experience of complex restructuring and insolvency assignments.’

‘Rupert Cheetham – hard working, diligent and thorough.’

‘John Houghton – experienced, great contacts and great problem solver.’

‘Hannah Blom-Cooper and Rupert Cheetham are both very experienced. They are good leaders to their team; Kevin Mulligan is a credit to work with too.’

Key clients

ReSolve Advisory

966 Co. S.à r.l. (super senior lender in the Smile Telecoms restructuring)

FRP Advisory

Global Loan Agency Services

Ad Hoc Group of holders bonds in by Folli Follie

Toys “R” Us (TRU (UK) Asia Ltd)

Bank Frick & Co AG

Ad Hoc Group of holders of bonds in Atlas Mara Limited

R&H Restructuring Cayman

Tradition Financial Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised 966 Co S.a.r.l. in the Part 26A Restructuring Plan of Smile Telecoms.
  • Advised the Part A1 monitors and subsequent administrators of Festicket, a live music/festivals event ticketing business.
  • Acting for the Ad Hoc Group of holders of €249m Eurobonds of Folli Follie who are participating in a debt for equity restructuring approved by the Greek courts through their ratification of a Rehabilitation Agreement under the Greek Bankruptcy Code.

Finance > Transport finance and leasing Tier 6

Work highlights

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 7

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory

Greenberg Traurig, LLP bulked up is London capabilities with the hire of experienced financial regulation lawyer Tim Dolan at the start of 2023 - Dolan is known for 'his ability to combine explanations of highly technical regulatory guidance with pragmatic advice.'

Dispute resolution > International arbitration

Greenberg Traurig, LLP's London’s international commercial arbitration practice is led by Mohammed Khamisa KC, who has extensive experience in multi-jurisdictional disputes, particularly within the banking, financial services and hospitality sectors.

Poland > Commercial, corporate and M&A

Under the dual leadership of seasoned specialists Lejb Fogelman and Rafał Baranowski, the 40-strong team at Greenberg Traurig Nowakowska-Zimoch Wysokiński Sp. k continues to advise on the most complex M&A deals, corporate and project financings, and privatisation transactions. Since 2019, the firm has also been developing its venture capital expertise, and now fields a dedicated sub-group, headed up by Aleksander Janiszewski. The department is also well known for its international capabilities; US-qualified shareholder Stephen Horvath is a key name in this space, as are local partners Michał Bobrzyński and Maciej Pietrzak, who are qualified in New York, and England and Wales, respectively, as well as in Poland. Filip Kijowski completes the roster of recommended practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Lejb Fogelman; Rafał Baranowski

Testimonials

‘High quality delivery in unmatched time.’

‘Rafał Baranowski and Filip Kijowski – ability to deliver under extreme time pressure, great advice and guidance provided along the way.’

‘The practice is a clear number one choice in the market for corporate projects.’

‘It’s a one-stop-shop; they operate very efficiently due to their expertise, excellent communication, responsiveness and professionalism – they have exceeded my expectations in this area.’

‘Their broad knowledge and experience is clearly visible in all phases of the transaction and they operated hand-in-hand with my in-house team, which was crucial for the successful execution of the transaction.’

‘Rafał Baranowski has been a pleasure to work with, he is business savvy and due to his experience he is able to get a client out of a tough spot quickly. He not only solves problems, but anticipates them and provides advice on how to avoid them at all.’

‘Michał Bobrzyński – proactive and responsive, with great knowledge. He is always available and keeps the right tempo of the transaction and makes sure we stick to the agreed timeframe.’

Key clients

Agora S.A.

Allianz SE

Abris Capital Partners

Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego

Bricks Acquisitions Limited

CCC Group

Centerbridge

Goldman Sachs Asset Management

HDI International AG

Meji Yasuda Life Insurance Company

New Beginnings Acquisitions Corp.

PAK-Polska Czysta Energia

Polsat Plus Group

Rentokil Plc

Roust Corporation

Stock Spirits Group

Volumetric Building Companies

ZE PAK

Work highlights

  • Advised Allianz on the purchase of Polish life and non-life insurance operations, as well as a pension and asset management business, from Aviva, and on the acquisition of a 51% stake in Aviva’s life and non-life bancassurance joint ventures with Santander, and on the completion of a merger of Allianz Group and Aviva Group in Poland.
  • Advised Bricks Acquisitions on the sale of Robyg to a wholly owned subsidiary of TAG Immobilien.
  • Advised Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego on the sale of its stake in two funds – the Rental Housing Fund (Fundusz Mieszkań na Wynajem) and the Housing Sector Development Fund (Fundusz Mieszkań dla Rozwoju) – to Polski Fundusz Rozwoju.

Firm overview: Greenberg Traurig, LLP has more than 2650 attorneys in 47 locations in the United States, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East. The firm is a 2022 BTI “Highly Recommended Law Firm” for superior client service and is consistently among the top firms on the Am Law Global 100 and NLJ 250. Greenberg Traurig is Mansfield Rule 5.0 Certified Plus by The Diversity Lab and is recognized for powering its U.S. offices with 100% renewable energy as certified by the Center for Resource Solutions Green-e® Energy as a member of the U.S. EPA’s Green Partnership Program. The firm is known for its philanthropic giving, innovation, diversity, and pro bono. Web: www.gtlaw.com.

GT in the United Kingdom: Greenberg Traurig’s London office has established itself as a multidisciplinary law firm with over 130 lawyers who are well placed to provide high calibre legal services to a broad range of clients in the UK and across the globe.

Areas of practice: GT London’s core practices are M&A, Real Estate, and Dispute Resolution, supported by our strength and wide-ranging experience in complimentary areas such as Equity & Debt Capital Markets, Tax, Fund Structuring, Finance, EU & Competition, Anti-Corruption, Employment, Environment, Health & Safety, and Intellectual Property.

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Managing Shareholder Fiona Adams fiona.adams@gtlaw.com +44 (0) 203 349 8878
Vice-Chairman Paul Maher paul.maher@gtlaw.com +44 (0) 203 349 8888
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