Greenberg Traurig, LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

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

Investment fund formation and management > Real estate funds Tier 1

Greenberg Traurig, LLP is a first port of call for many major real estate fund managers, including international asset managers, investment banks and institutions such as pension funds. Its team has extensive expertise in the entire lifecycle of funds, including formation and fundraising, downstream investments and sales of stakes in funds. The funds team works closely with its specialist funds tax practice, enabling it to handle complex issues relating to the structuring of investment vehicles and transactions. Practice head Steven Cowins regularly advises on fundraisings, joint ventures and M&A across the real estate sector, with a particular focus on private equity real estate. Marc Snell has expertise in joint ventures and club deals, while senior associate Kate Phillips is heavily involved in real estate investment management. Fellow associate Tom Dear is also a key member of the team, while Ben Eaton contributes heavily to the practice's tax expertise.

Practice head(s):

Steven Cowins

Testimonials

GT are extremely commercial by comparison to other law firms which is hugely needed to get the investments across the line and closed. They take a collaborative approach with the counterparties involved to get a head of issues early so that there are no surprises in at a more crucial time in execution.’

Knowledge backed up with examples. Innovative solutions. Practical advice.

Steve Cowins has been a pleasure to work with over the years, he will go out of his way to ensure all parties are on the same page. Steve does a great job building relationships and trust across the firm at all levels.

A well rounded team that provide clear and high quality structuring advice.

Steven Cowins is remarkably well-connected, technically sound and user-friendly individual. He is vital to the successful outcome of our projects.

A highly skilled and dedicated team that focuses on momentum and solutions. Also a pleasure to work with.

Key clients

AEW Europe

British Airways Pension Fund

Crosstree Real Estate Partners

Edmond de Rothschild

Europa Capital

Hines Europe

M&G

M3 Capital Partners

MGT

Paloma Capital

Patrizia

Précis Capital

Revcap

Rialto Capital

Tristan Capital

Valor Real Estate Partners

Vengrove

Work highlights

  • Advising AEW Europe on its second pan-European value add fund targeting €500m of commitments.
  • Advising Europa Capital on its first institutionally open-ended core fund targeting €2bn.
  • Advised Paloma Capital on its £500m GP-led secondary with a cornerstone investor.

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

Greenberg Traurig, LLP prides itself on its reputation in multi-jurisdictional investigations. The white collar crime and investigations group is now led by Jo Rickards, who joined from Mishcon de Reya LLP in late 2021. The department had previously bolstered its ability to handle issues arising at the junction of commercial litigation and regulatory investigations with the May 2020 hire of Mohammed Khamisa QC, also from Mishcon de Reya LLP.

Practice head(s):

Jo Rickards

Other key lawyers:

Mohammed Khamisa QC; Katharine Bond

Testimonials

‘GT in the UK has a fabulous working knowledge of the Serious Fraud Office. They have great insight into how the SFO thinks and how they will handle a matter.’

‘Very clear and accessible communication style.’

‘The corporate crime team has a unique blend of talent garnered from combining the key members’ relevant experience as prosecutors with prerequisites of robust defence litigators. It provides the team with the opportunity to understand why, and, in some instances when, certain investigative lines of enquiry are being undertaken, decisions are being made or actions taken. Combine these skills with an ability to work as a team and the result is a formidable unit.’

‘Jo Rickards is a stellar leader who knows her stuff.’

‘Jo Rickards rightly enjoys a reputation as a leading solicitor in this field – and has done so for many years.’

‘Jo Rickards is intelligent, articulate and knows how to work pragmatically with clients.’

Key clients

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

Work highlights

  • Represented KBR Inc.’s UK subsidiaries in connection with the SFO’s Unaoil investigation.

Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – mid-large cap Tier 3

At Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Andrew Caunt leads the experienced capital markets team in London, which includes Dorothee Fischer-Appelt and James Mountain. With the group integrated into a wider global practice, it is highly active in advising issuers and financial institutions on domestic and cross-border transactions that are governed by English and New York law. The varied workload includes AIM and Main Market IPOs, secondary offerings and private placements.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Caunt

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig, LLPUS firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP's London team is active on a wealth of investment mandates including cross-border portfolio transactions, asset and share deals, joint ventures and partnerships. Also busy on the development front, the group has been engaged on a range of schemes of late including redevelopment, mixed-use, co-living, logistics and residential projects. Danielle Martin provides the practice with distinguished expertise in the private equity real estate sector and leads the offering together with Matthew James Priday whose broad asset expertise encompasses office, business park, industrial and life sciences properties.

Practice head(s):

Danielle Martin; Matthew Priday

Other key lawyers:

Steven Cowins; Sarah Atkinson; Carol Hopper

Testimonials

‘Carol Hopper is a real pleasure to work with. She is thorough, detailed, wicked-smart and has a great sense of humour. She is a force to be reckoned with at the negotiating table, I am glad she is on our team! She is diligent, accessible at all hours of day or night and always in good humour. Her breadth and depth of knowledge with UK real estate law is impressive. She is by far the best real estate counsel I have worked with in the UK.’

‘Matthew Priday is an extremely diligent and focused adviser.’

‘Steven Cowins is great to deal with and totally understands our business and goals. Dani Martin is highly responsive and very hard working.’

‘Matthew Priday is outstanding – he is backed up by a good team of associates who are all high calibre individuals.’

‘The Greenberg Traurig UK team goes well above and beyond just legal duties to help support real estate acquisitions, insures that other legal disciplines which are needed to support aspects of transactional work are identified and recommends best-in-class experts, even outside of the firm.’

‘The negotiating skills of this team are paramount, with expert advice, calm and professional demeanor and the ability to navigate complex, difficult and large transactions.’

Key clients

British Airways Pension Fund

Berkeley (SQP) Limited

Valor Real Estate Partners

Edmond de Rothschild Real Estate Investment Management

The Collective

Oaktree Capital and MGT Limited

Weerts Group N.V.

Hines Europe

Revcap Capital Advisors

Kernel Court Limited

Westway JV Limited

Trinova Real Estate

Crosstree Real Estate Partners

Work highlights

  • Acted for British Airways in the establishment of a joint venture with Supermarket Income REIT and the subsequent acquisition from British Land of a c.25% interest in an investment property portfolio, alongside Sainsbury’s and Aviva, subject to a securitisation structure and comprising 26 supermarket stores leased to Sainsbury’s based in England (deal value in excess of £1bn).
  • Advising Berkeley (SQP) Limited in relation to real estate aspects of its development of South Quay Plaza with a £600m build cost.
  • Advised Weerts Group N.V on the acquisition of 42 acres at Suffolk Park in Bury St Edmunds for the purpose of developing a 870,000 sq ft logistics unit in 2021, with acquisition and development finance from Blackstone and multiple pre-lettings of the logistics space at the property.

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

Greenberg Traurig, LLP has developed a notable reputation in the UK and internationally, partially due to its collaboration with colleagues overseas. The London white collar crime and investigations group is now led by Jo Rickards, who joined from Mishcon de Reya LLP in late 2021. The practice also leverages strong working relationships with enforcement agencies. The team is highly experienced in assisting clients with issues relating to corruption, tax evasion, account freezing and money laundering, among others.

Practice head(s):

Jo Rickards

Testimonials

‘They treats individuals with the same professional, effective and efficient response that practices normally reserve for large scale corporate clients. Individuals, when clients, are not assigned a response based on potential billing value and this shines through.’

‘Jo Rickards is a real heavyweight in white-collar crime, you cannot go wrong by turning to her.’

‘Jo Rickards has a wonderful feel for the art of the possible and gives well-considered, insightful and strategic advice.’

‘Jo Rickards is excellent in this area of law. She has a great ability to pick up on nuances to help guide clients to a correct resolution. She also stands firm when she believes that other lawyers are wrong in their position. She is a great choice if someone needs an attorney in the UK.’

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented a client who was subject to an account freezing order which had been obtained by a regional UK police force under part 5 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
  • Successfully represented a high-profile client who was the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation into suspected fraud.
  • Represented a senior politician from a Middle Eastern country as a subject of corruption allegations; ensured no action was taken by the law enforcement agency.

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 4

US firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP's London team is active on a wealth of investment mandates including cross-border portfolio transactions, asset and share deals, joint ventures and partnerships. Also busy on the development front, the group has been engaged on a range of schemes of late including redevelopment, mixed-use, co-living, logistics and residential projects. Danielle Martin provides the practice with distinguished expertise in the private equity real estate sector and leads the offering together with Matthew James Priday whose broad asset expertise encompasses office, business park, industrial and life sciences properties.

Practice head(s):

Danielle Martin; Matthew Priday

Other key lawyers:

Steven Cowins; Sarah Atkinson; Carol Hopper; Steven Cowins

Testimonials

‘Carol Hopper is a real pleasure to work with. She is thorough, detailed, wicked-smart and has a great sense of humour. She is a force to be reckoned with at the negotiating table, I am glad she is on our team! She is diligent, accessible at all hours of day or night and always in good humour. Her breadth and depth of knowledge with UK real estate law is impressive. She is by far the best real estate counsel I have worked with in the UK.’

‘Matthew Priday is an extremely diligent and focused adviser.’

‘Steven Cowins is great to deal with and totally understands our business and goals. Dani Martin is highly responsive and very hard working.’

‘Matthew Priday is outstanding – he is backed up by a good team of associates who are all high calibre individuals.’

‘The Greenberg Traurig UK team goes well above and beyond just legal duties to help support real estate acquisitions, insures that other legal disciplines which are needed to support aspects of transactional work are identified and recommends best-in-class experts, even outside of the firm.’

‘The negotiating skills of this team are paramount, with expert advice, calm and professional demeanor and the ability to navigate complex, difficult and large transactions.’

Key clients

British Airways Pension Fund

Berkeley (SQP) Limited

Valor Real Estate Partners

Edmond de Rothschild Real Estate Investment Management

The Collective

Oaktree Capital and MGT Limited

Weerts Group N.V.

Hines Europe

Revcap Capital Advisors

Kernel Court Limited

Westway JV Limited

Trinova Real Estate

Crosstree Real Estate Partners

Work highlights

  • Acted for British Airways in the establishment of a joint venture with Supermarket Income REIT and the subsequent acquisition from British Land of a c.25% interest in an investment property portfolio, alongside Sainsbury’s and Aviva, subject to a securitisation structure and comprising 26 supermarket stores leased to Sainsbury’s based in England (deal value in excess of £1bn).
  • Advising Berkeley (SQP) Limited in relation to real estate aspects of its development of South Quay Plaza with a £600m build cost.
  • Advised Weerts Group N.V on the acquisition of 42 acres at Suffolk Park in Bury St Edmunds for the purpose of developing a 870,000 sq ft logistics unit in 2021, with acquisition and development finance from Blackstone and multiple pre-lettings of the logistics space at the property.

Transport > Rail Tier 4

Greenberg Traurig, LLP advises major rail clients on rolling stock procurement, financing, and leasing, handling a range of complex, cross-border transactions. Practice head Graeme McLellan has an 'excellent knowledge of rail' and specialises in asset finance regarding rail rolling stock, while senior associate Richard Hughes is a key resource for rolling stock procurement and financing.

Practice head(s):

Graeme McLellan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Graeme Mclellan has an excellent knowledge of rail. He is one of the best lawyers you could instruct.’

Key clients

Equitix Limited

Eversholt Rail

Macquarie Bank / Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation / SMBC Leasing

Work highlights

  • Represented Macquarie on all matters in relation to the sale of three European passenger and freight rolling stock portfolios operating across Europe.
  • Advising Equitix Limited (the equity investor) in relation to the financing of the development of the Norwich Crown Point Light Maintenance Depot.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 5

Greenberg Traurig, LLP displays 'in-depth knowledge' of the tax aspects of M&A transactions, real estate transactions and real estate fund structuring work. Graham Iversen leads the practice and advises on the tax aspects and structuring of high-end M&A transactions, co-investment arrangements and other corporate transactions. Charles Case is 'deeply insightful' on all aspects of fund taxation, and Ben Eaton is 'highly experienced' in the real estate tax space. Clients praise the team for their 'extremely commercial' approach.

Practice head(s):

Graham Iversen

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Ben and his team are high calibre. What set’s them apart from other law practices in this field is their in-depth knowledge of the business and strong technical competence. Their attitude to their clients is positive and they are on hand to solve problematic issues with practical solutions. They are extremely commercial in their approach and in my view they are some of the best in the market currently.’

Ben Eaton, Partner, is highly experienced in all areas of real estate tax. He is always on hand with very commercial solutions and you can have complete confidence in his advice. He is a pleasure to work with.’

Charles is deeply insightful on the international market’s approach to fund formation.’

Key clients

Oval Real Estate Limited

Revcap Advisors Limited

Black Dragon Capital LLC

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA), a division of the Macquarie Group

Landscape Acquisition Holdings Limited (now named Radius Global Infrastructure, Inc.)

British Airways Pension Fund

Crosstree Real Estate Partners

Edmond de Rothschild Real Estate Investment Management

Hines Europe

Kernel Court Limited

Westway JV Limited

The Collective

Trinova Real Estate and Stars REI

Mitheridge Capital Management LLP

Valor Real Estate Partners

Paloma Capital

Rentokil Group plc

Stemcor Global Holdings Limited

GlobalLogic

Ark Data Centres

Precis Capital

Ardent

Work highlights

  • Advised Oval Real Estate Limited on all tax aspects of the investment and acquisition structures in establishing a series of parallel partnerships to invest in UK real estate, including the landmark Birmingham office building 1 Colmore Square.
  • Acted for MIRA on the disposal of its rolling stock leasing business, Macquarie European Rail.
  • Advised Paloma Capital on the sale of a portfolio of 27 industrial properties across the UK.

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 5

Gillian Sproul leads Greenberg Traurig, LLP's UK competition practice, which is equally capable providing support on corporate transactions as it is advising on complex cartel immunity and leniency applications. Sproul is assisted by senior associate Simon Harms, who aids clients with managing and co-ordinating merger filings in multijurisdictional transactions, as well as a number of partners from the white-collar team.

Practice head(s):

Gillian Sproul

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very solid advice, good knowledge of competition law in several jurisdictions’

‘Gillian Sproul has great experience; she’s sharp, understands clients’ needs and provides clear instructions when coordinating international projects

Key clients

Macquarie Group

Associated Foreign Exchange Inc

EverCommerce

MessageBird Holdings BV

Work highlights

  • Advising Macquarie Group on the sale of its rail rolling stock leasing business, Macquarie European Rail.
  • Advised Associated Foreign Exchange Inc its sale to Fleetcor Technologies, Inc.
  • Advised an international real estate fund on the establishment of a joint venture with another international fund.

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

A concerted sector-specific growth effort has seen the 'highly commercial' Greenberg Traurig, LLP markedly expand its life sciences offering over the past year, working with a number of  new and existing clients on M&A transactions. London practice head Fiona Adams is praised for her 'sophisticated operating style and deep expertise' in deals, leading on mandates for some of the firm's most high profile clients in pharmaceuticals as well as automotive manufacturing. Sarah F. Moyles is one of the most prolific deal lawyers in the team, handling transactions for a broad swathe of its TMT client base. Emma Bosworth is recommended for her automotive sector expertise.

Practice head(s):

Paul Maher; Fiona Adams

Other key lawyers:

Joel Wheeler; Sarah Moyles; Emma Bosworth; Henrietta Walker

Testimonials

‘Joel Wheeler is extremely knowledgeable about the practice area, and did a lot to keep the acquisition on track by riding herd on the opposing counsel as often as needed (and that was fairly often). A great example of an international M&A practitioner.’

‘Responsive, commercial and pragmatic.’

‘Paul Maher, Henrietta Walker and Fiona Adams:all excellent.’

‘Top talent availability and willingness to work with client to create long-term relationship and fair pricing methods. Highly commercial mindset and focus on delivering results for the client. Superb negotiating and strategic skills in architecting transactions. Every deal is staffed with senior experienced practitioners.’

‘Paul Maher is the best legal dealmaker I have ever met. Joel Wheeler is a strong negotiator and sound counsel. The entire team delivers exceptional results in record times.’

‘Paul Maher is a fierce negotiator, marshals the team really well, very client-friendly.’

‘Fiona Adams is a sophisticated operator with deep expertise, at ease in the most complex transactions, excellent negotiating style.’

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

Led by Emma Menzies, Greenberg Traurig, LLP's 'exceptionally commercial and hardworking' seven-partner banking and finance team provides a 'very supportive and friendly' service to a borrower-focused client base, including on transactions implementing UK and US debt capital markets debt. As well as some general corporate lending work, including advice on term and revolving facilities for listed companies, the firm also excels in advising on complex real estate financing mandates. Much of the work is of a multi-jurisdictional nature and regularly requires a collaborative approach with lawyers from across the firm's extensive European, Asian and US-based network of offices. 

Practice head(s):

Emma Menzies

Other key lawyers:

Gary Bellingham; Dorothee Fischer-Appelt

Testimonials

The exceptionally commercial and hardworking team is very supportive and friendly.’

Key clients

Ocean Outdoor Limited

Nomad Foods Limited

Institutional investors

Rentas Hay

Black Dragon Capital Investment Management LLC

William Davis

Oxford Technology Park

Scape

Crosstree Real Estate Partners

Zenprop

Work highlights

  • Representing Ocean Outdoor, a BVI company listed on the London Stock Exchange, on a number of banking and capital markets mandates.
  • Representation of Stars REI in connection with the financing in respect of 103 Mount Street which was also being acquired by Stars REI.
  • Representation of Zenprop in connection with an £87.5m facility agreement provided by OakNorth Bank plc.

Real estate > Property finance Tier 5

Emma Menzies leads Greenberg Traurig, LLP's 'highly commercial' real estate finance team, which has grown considerably over the past two years from two to six partners. Partha Pal and Gary Bellingham are the team's core partners, handling mandates for real estate investors and debt funds. Pal has experience in acting for UK-based and European lenders and borrowers, while Bellingham focuses his practice on borrowers and asset classes such as office, retail, logistics, industrial and residential properties.

Practice head(s):

Emma Menzies

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Highly commercial and personable team.’

Key clients

Nuveen Real Estate

Europa Capital

Peel Logistics Partnership

Big City Holdings LLC

Fabrix Capital

Weerts Group

Oxford Technology Park

Proseed Capital

William Davies

Scape

Zenprop

Paloma

Work highlights

  • Advised Nuveen Real Estate on the acquisition of CMBS issued to finance a portfolio of purpose-built student accommodation assets owned by Brookfield Investment Management.
  • Represented the borrowers, Edmond de Rothschild Real Estate Investment Management and Tristan Capital Partners, in the financing of a £245m acquisition of a rarely available freehold Central London estate of 2.5 acres from Teddy Sagi’s LabTech.
  • Advised Paloma on the corporate sale to Partners Group of a portfolio of 27 light industrial properties for £253m.

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 6

Greenberg Traurig, LLP launched its London banking litigation practice with the arrival of Masoud Zabet and Mohammed Khamisa QC from Mishcon de Reya LLP in March 2020. It attracts praise for offering 'the advantages of a boutique London litigation combined with the global reach of a top tier US firm' and counts corporate and real estate acquisition finance disputes and trade finance disputes and acting for investment fund clients in litigation among its areas of expertise. Of counsel Ian Bean is another key contact to note.

Practice head(s):

Masoud Zabeti

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The advantages of a boutique London litigation combined with the global reach of a top tier US firm.’

Masoud Zabeti – with the resources of Greenberg Traurig behind him, he is going to be one of London’s leading litigators.

I can say without hesitation that the team at Greenberg Traurig are the best litigation team I have used. With them leading the case, you have absolute confidence all of the time, which is extremely important in litigation. Their attention to detail is phenomenal and strategically they are always outsmarting the lawyers for our opponents.

Key clients

JSC BTA Bank

Tradition Financial Services Limited/Tradition (UK) Limited

Crane Bank Limited (a Ugandan Bank) and its shareholders

Shareholder of Somap International PTE Limited

Astir Maritime Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for JSC BTA Bank in the recovery of assetsas part of the multi-billion USD fraud perpetrated by Mukhtar Ablyazov and his associates.
  • Acting for Tradition Financial Services Limited (one of the world’s largest inter-dealer brokers) in its defence of a claim for dishonest assistance and fraudulent trading (under s.213 of the Insolvency Act) brought by the liquidators of various companies in liquidation relating to Tradition’s alleged involvement in a VAT carousel fraud involving the sale of carbon credits in 2009.
  • Acting for the shareholder of a Singapore based shipping company in a series of related disputes (amounting to approximately US$130m) in the London Commercial Court brought by a number of financial institutions alleging breaches of various lending facilities.

Finance > Transport finance and leasing Tier 6

Since Graeme McLellan and Richard Hughes‘ arrival from Stephenson Harwood in August 2019, Greenberg Traurig, LLP has made huge inroads into the UK rail market, as well as effectively adding ballast to an already strong presence out of Berlin for European work. McLellan, in particular, is noted for his ‘vast experience in the UK and European asset based/rail finance sector‘ and has hit the ground running on behalf of a financier-focused client base across the gamut of procurement, financing, leasing and operational issues related to infrastructure and rolling stock projects.

Practice head(s):

Emma Menzies

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Excellent London based and international team which covers all relevant areas that materialise in different types of rail financing transactions.’

Graeme McLellan is one of the best all-round commercial lawyers with a vast experience in the UK and European asset based/rail finance sector.’

Key clients

Centrus Asset Management

Deutsche Bank

Equitix Limited

Eversholt Rail

HSBC

Macquarie Bank / Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation / SMBC Leasing

Various joint ventures between Equitix and SMBC Leasing

Work highlights

  • Represented Macquarie on all matters in relation to the sale of three European passenger and freight rolling stock portfolios operating across Europe.
  • Advising Equitix Limited, as equity investor, in relation to the ongoing financing of the development of the Norwich Crown Point Light Maintenance Depot (NCP).

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil

The small but growing team at Greenberg Traurig, LLP combines expertise in commercial litigation, arbitration and regulation, and is increasing its presence in the fraud space, with Kathryn Garbett and Claire Broadbelt both recently joining from Mishcon de Reya LLP.

Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency

Poland > Commercial, corporate and M&A

At Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k., former practice head Jarosław Grzesiak left the firm in 2021 to take up a board position at Polsat. Notwithstanding this development, the firm still remains a heavyweight name in the Polish legal market and its team continues to stand out in major transactions in Poland and further afield across the CEE region. Lejb Fogelman now co-chairs the team with Rafal Baranowski, who has a strong track-record in domestic and cross-border M&A and private equity deals. Stephen Horvath is a well-established specialist in regional acquisitions. Łukasz Pawlak and Michał Bobrzyński are considered by clients to be 'true specialists in their field'.

Practice head(s):

Lejb Fogelman; Rafał Baranowski

Testimonials

‘Commitment and in-depth problem analysis go hand in hand with efficient and professional customer service. This is complemented by a truly high level of expertise.’

‘ Łukasz Pawlak and Michał Bobrzyński are true specialists in their field. Impressive knowledge goes hand in hand with professionalism.’

‘This is a truly global team that works as one.’

Key clients

Cyfrowy Polsat Group

CVC Capital Partners

Allianz

Innova Capital

CCC Group

Abris Capital Partners

Agora

Oanda Global Corporation

Partners Group

WING Group

Madison International Realty

GLP

Adecco Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Allianz S.E. in connection with the ongoing purchase of the Polish life and non-life insurance operations, as well as pension and asset management business, from Aviva and acquisition of 51% stakes in Aviva’s life and non-life bancassurance joint ventures with Santander. The value of the transaction exceeds €2.5bn.
  • Advised Cyfrowy Polsat S.A. and Polkomtel sp. z o.o. (“Polsat Group”) on the sale of a 99.99% stake in Polkomtel Infrastruktura sp. z o.o., a subsidiary of Polsat Group, with Cellnex Poland sp. z o.o., a subsidiary of Cellnex Telecom S.A., Europe’s leading operator of telecommunications infrastructure. The value of the transaction exceeds PLN 7.1 billion.
  • Advising the CCC Group in connection with a pre-IPO M&A transaction that will result in two new minority investors becoming shareholders of eobuwie.pl S.A. – the leader in the e commerce footwear market in Central and Eastern Europe.  Negotiations were successfully concluded with the two selected investors – Cyfrowy Polsat S.A. and A&R Investments Limited, one of the shareholders of InPost S.A. The total value of the pre-IPO transaction amounts to PLN 1 billion.

Poland > Private equity

Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k. is known for prestige private equity transactions; in 2021 it advised Cinven, Permira and Mid Europa Partners on their exit from Allegro, leading to one of the year's most notable IPOs. In addition to private equity, the firm has built an impressive venture capital offering, led by Aleksander Janiszewski, handling equity rounds and convertible debt matters. Lejb Fogelman heads the group. Stephen Horvath  is another transactional veteran with cross-border investment and exit experience. Jarosław Grzesiak left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Lejb Fogelman

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Horvath; Rafał Baranowski; Aleksander Janiszewski; Paweł Piotrowski; Paulina Kimla-Kaczorowska

Testimonials

‘This is a truly global team that works as one. We have recently had a few cases that required work with multiple countries and we always had a feeling like we’d be working with one team in one office. Moreover, there is the same top quality of people regardless of the location.’

‘Aleksander Janiszewski is an absolute star performer – knowledgeable, friendly, committed – real pleasure to work with!’

Key clients

CVC Capital Partners

Innova Capital

Abris Capital Partners

Oanda Global

Partners Group

GLP

Blackstone

Mid Europa Partners

Penta Investments

Agora

Work highlights

  • Acted as legal counsel to the investment banks in the initial public offering of shares in Allegro.eu (“Allegro”) and the admission of Allegro shares to listing on the Warsaw Stock Exchange.
  • Advised Innova Capital on the acquisition of a majority stake in Bielenda Kosmetyki Naturalne from its current owners (Bielenda Family).
  • Advised OANDA Global Corporation, a CVC Capital Partners portfolio company, on the acquisition of Dom Maklerski TMS Brokers S.A.

Firm overview: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT) has approximately 2300 attorneys in 40 locations in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, diversity, and innovation, and is consistently among the largest firms in the U.S. on the Law360 400 and among the Top 20 on the Am Law Global 100. The firm is net carbon neutral with respect to its office energy usage and Mansfield Rule 4.0 Plus Certified. Web: www.gtlaw.com

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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Vice-Chairman Paul Mahermaherp@gtlaw.com+44 (0) 203 349 8888
Managing Shareholder Fiona Adamsadamsf@gtlaw.com+44 (0) 203 349 8878
PhotoNamePositionProfile
 Fiona Adams  photo Fiona AdamsManaging Shareholder of the London Office and Co-Chair of Global Corporate Practice
 Sarah Atkinson  photo Sarah AtkinsonShareholder
 Gary Bellingham  photo Gary BellinghamShareholder
 Claire Broadbelt photo Claire BroadbeltShareholder
 Charles Case  photo Charles CaseShareholder
 Andrew Caunt  photo Andrew CauntShareholder
 Steven Cowins  photo Steven CowinsShareholder; Co-Chair of Global Real Estate Fund Practice
 Tom Dear photo Tom DearSenior Associate
 Benjamin Eaton  photo Benjamin EatonShareholder
 Naomi Feinstein  photo Naomi FeinsteinShareholder
 Dorothee M. Fischer-Appelt  photo Dorothee M. Fischer-AppeltShareholder
 Kathryn Garbett photo Kathryn GarbettShareholder
 Matt Hancock  photo Matt HancockShareholder
 Carol J. Hopper  photo Carol J. HopperShareholder
 Stephen J. Horvath III  photo Stephen J. Horvath IIIShareholder
 Richard Hughes photo Richard HughesSenior Associate
 Graham Iversen  photo Graham IversenShareholder
 Mohammed Khamisa photo Mohammed KhamisaShareholder
 Paul Maher  photo Paul MaherVice-Chairman
 Danielle Martin photo Danielle MartinShareholder
 Graeme McLellan photo Graeme McLellanShareholder
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