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 2

‘Top-notch real estate funds lawyer’ Steven Cowins leads the investment funds team at Greenberg Traurig, LLP, which has a strong reputation for its knowledge of the wider market and its ability therein to advise on it. Notably, the team has a fully-integrated funds tax capability, which gives it in-built expertise in this area. Its recent workload has involved advising some of the leading clients in the market on complex funds of high and ultra-high-value. In addition, the team has been advising on several continuation funds and GP-led secondaries, complex, cross-jurisdictional end of life funds, and providing guidance on the addition of real estate units in order to improve funds such that they align with ESG criteria. Marc Snell and the ‘fantastic’ Tom Dear have notably been advising on Europa Capital‘s first institutionally open-ended core fund.

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Testimonials

‘The team is very attuned to what is happening in the market and understanding the commercial side of transactions and they can speak about the commercials at a level no other law firm is capable of.’

‘Steve Cowins is a top-notch real estate funds lawyer. Practical, commercial and personable. He understands the industry extremely well. Much more than “just a lawyer”.’

‘The team at Greenberg Traurig fulfil much more than the standard legal advisor role in my opinion. They are a great sounding board when it comes to the market position on a variety of commercial terms and arrangements. The whole team act as an extension of our in-house team and I feel a genuine drive to get the transaction completed successfully.’

‘The team has been involved in structuring a number of private funds, coming up with new structures aligning operators to capital and enabling growth in a sustainable fashion.’

‘The Greenberg Traurig Real Estate practice is one of the most commercial, forward thinking teams in the City. They are always willing to find practical solutions for their clients, and have great depth of market knowledge.’

‘Steven Cowins is an exceptionally talented partner, who is a valuable asset to all of his clients. Steven’s is flexible and adaptable to his clients’ needs, and is always able to navigate them through the various challenges they face.’

‘Steven Cowins and Tom Dear are fantastic.’

‘Steven Cowins, Marc Snell and Chris Coyle all go the extra mile to really understand what we are seeking to achieve.’

Key clients

Ardent

Europa Capital

Paloma Capital

Patrizia

Work highlights

  • Advising Europa Capital in relation to its sixth pan-European value-add fund. The fund raised approximately €700m of commitments and advising the client in relation to its first institutionally open-ended core fund targeting €2b.
  • Advising Patrizia on various ongoing fund initiatives, including in relation to end-of-fund-life issues relating to its long life German retail box fund, a potential GP-led secondary.
  • Advising Ardent in relation to various fund strategies, including its strategic acquisition fund-targeting $230m of commitments, its UK debt fund targeting $300m of commitments.

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

Greenberg Traurig, LLP‘s team is now led by the deeply experienced and highly regarded Jo Rickards, who joined alongside Hannah Blom-Cooper from Mishcon de Reya LLP in October 2021, and continues to act for major international corporates in a combination of high-stakes regulatory and criminal investigations, as well as internal compliance audits relating to issues such as money laundering, modern slavery, and greenwashing, among others. The practice was further bolstered by Rebecca Meads‘ arrival from Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP in April 2022, and offers specialist criminal defence expertise, alongside international regularly capabilities, and is able to represent clients before the SFO, FCA, and US DOJ, among other global enforcement agencies.

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Testimonials

‘An exceptional team with top quality lawyers from partner to junior associate level.’

‘Jo Rickards is a dedicated hard working lawyer. We worked together on a particularly difficult case where the client was himself a lawyer. She stood out as both impressive in dealing with the legal issues and the pastoral care clients so often need. She brooked no nonsense from the client (not easy) whilst being able to reassure him that she was on top of all the issues -and she was. If only all my solicitors had the same level of care and expertise.’

Key clients

BTA Bank

Swedish Pension Agency/Kingdom of Sweden

XXP – Professional Trustees

Work highlights

  • Advising an international firm of Professional Trustees, about their obligations in the UK under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) about a multi-jurisdictional settlement between the ultimate beneficial owners (UBOs) of the trusts and the DoJ.
  • Assisting BTA Bank, and its French lawyer in respect of the criminal fraud prosecution by the French authorities of the Bank’s former CEO.
  • Acting for JSC BTA Bank in the recovery of assets as part of the multi-billion USD fraud perpetrated by a former CEO.

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

The Greenberg Traurig, LLP team ‘has very in-depth knowledge of equity capital markets, both from a regulations perspective and market practice’. The firm provides ‘innovative solutions to difficult issues’, particularly in US securities matters, including Rule 144A offerings, cross-border tender offers, and high-yield and mainstream debt capital markets. Well regarded for its expertise working across markets and jurisdictions, the practice also has experience in SPACs and de-SPACs. Andrew Caunt leads the team and advises issuers and underwriters on capital markets transactions, notably on equity offerings across developed and emerging markets. A key name in the area is Dorothee Fischer-Appelt, whose forte is securities work, advising on cross-border European and US deals.

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Testimonials

‘Helpful and responsive, especially Patrick Lilly.’

‘Patrick Lilly was a great help on our most recent deal with GT. Great client service!’

‘The team has a very in-depth knowledge of Equity Capital Markets, both from a regulations perspective and market practice. It always gave good advice as well as providing innovative solutions to difficult issues that arose in the transaction. One of the most knowledgeable teams in ECM that I have worked with.’

‘The individuals I have worked with are incredibly hard working and diligent. During the transaction, they were always available and able to help on a myriad of issues. They also communicated incredibly well to all parties involved to make sure the work streams proceeded smoothly. Specific stand-out partners and associates are: Andrew Caunt, James Mountain and Patrick Lilly.’

Key clients

UBS

Numis Securities Limited

Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG

Peel Hunt

EverArc Holdings

Nomad Foods Limited

Citigroup Global Markets

Goldman Sachs

Jefferies GmbH and Jefferies International Limited

EarlyBird Capital, Inc.

ABN AMRO

HSBC

mBank

Erste Group Bank AG and Erste Securities Polska S.A.,

HORNBACH Holding AG & Co. KGaA

Work highlights

  • Represented London listed EverArc on its $1.2bn international equity private placement (PIPE) to fund its $2bn reverse takeover of Perimeter Solutions as well as advising on the acquisition and the combined entity’s subsequent re-listing on the New York Stock Exchange and all associated FCA and LSE matters.
  • Represented Goldman Sachs and UBS as Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners, and mBank and PKO BP Biuro Maklerskie, as Joint Bookrunners on STS Holding S.A.’s $1.8bn IPO on the Warsaw Stock Exchange, including a Rule 144A placement into the US.
  • Represented Goldman Sachs, Citi and Trigon Dom Maklerski, acting as Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners, Numis Securities Limited as a Joint Bookrunner and mBank as a Co-Manager on Grupa Pracuj S.A.’s $1.2bn IPO on the Warsaw Stock Exchange, including a Rule 144A placement, and acquisition of shares from TCV.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 3

The civil fraud team at Greenberg Traurig, LLP acts for claimants and defendants, representing corporations and individuals across a diverse range of industries, including the retail, finance and investment, energy, and real estate sectors. Kathryn Garbett is considered to be a ‘doyenne of the civil fraud world’; she leads the practice together with the ‘excellent, hardworking and astuteClaire Broadbelt. Masoud Zabeti and Annabel Thomas are involved in several cross-border matters.

Testimonials

‘An exceptional team with top quality lawyers from partner to junior associate level.’

‘A brilliant fraud defence team who fight to the last to defend their clients.’

‘Kathryn Garbett – a seasoned player who is excellent at identifying an opponent’s weak spot.’

‘Claire Broadbelt – excellent, hard-working and astute.’

‘Annabel Thomas is a calm presence when a fraud case becomes difficult.’

‘Kathryn Garbett is a doyenne of the Civil Fraud world.’

‘Elizabeth Fox is a strong and effective presence on any team.’

‘Hannah Blom-Cooper is a reassuring presence for clients and provides good guidance.’

Key clients

Kingdom of Sweden (through the Swedish Pensions Agency)

JSC BTA BANK

Crane Bank Ltd and its shareholders

Shareholder of Somap International PTE Limited

Tradition Financial Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Defending an individual in a dispute before the Commercial Court against Kuwait’s pension fund which is alleging bribery and corruption over a thirty-year period.
  • Acting for a HNW Russian businessman who has fled to the UK, who alleges he is the victim of a corporate raid in civil fraud proceedings brought by a now-insolvent Russian bank.
  • Instructed by the Kingdom of Sweden through the Swedish Pensions Agency (Pensionsmyndigheten) in relation to a significant fraud uncovered in Sweden.

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 3

The London real estate team at US firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP provides a one-stop shop for investment fund clients in addition to developers and charities. Danielle Martin has extensive experience in the private equity real estate space, with an emphasis on restructurings, investment sales, and purchases. Martin co-heads the practice with Matthew James Priday, whose expertise covers the breadth of commerical real estate, and includes investments sales and purchases as well as development projects. The firm also works on a variety of schemes which include redevelopment and logistics, and joint ventures. Daniyal Ansari joined the team from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP in March 2022.

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Key clients

Berkeley (SQP) Limited

Westbrook Partners

Paloma Capital

Absolute Return for Kids

Hillside Holdings

Goodman

PLP

The Ardent Companies

Oaktree Capital and MGT Limited

Valor Real Estate Partners

BlackRock

Work highlights

  • Advising Berkeley (SQP) Limited in relation to real estate aspects of its GBP600 million development of South Quay Plaza.
  • Represented longstanding client, Westbrook Partners, on its disposal of two large logistics portfolios to Blackstone.
  • Represented Goodman in connection with the purchase of Mowlem Trading Estate, Tottenham together with the subsequent financing and the transfer of the purchasing vehicle into a newly formed joint venture.

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

Greenberg Traurig, LLP has established a new white-collar offering, recruiting Jo Rickards and Hannah Blom-Cooper from Mishcon de Reya LLP in October 2021 and Rebecca Meads from Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP in April 2022. The practice combines strong international expertise thanks to the firm’s global platform with specialist criminal defence and commercial litigation capabilities, and acts for an array of high-profile individuals in major financial crime and fraud proceedings, including allegations of market manipulation, bribery, and corruption. Rickards, praised as ‘dedicated and hard working‘, has particular strength in SFO, FCA, HMRC, and CMA cases relating to bribery, environmental crime, and greenwashing.

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Testimonials

‘An exceptional team with top quality lawyers from partner to junior associate level.’

‘A brilliant fraud defence team who fight to the last to defend their clients.’

‘Jo Rickards is a dedicated hard working lawyer. We worked together on a particularly difficult case where the client was himself a lawyer.’

‘Jo Rickards stood out as both impressive in dealing with the legal issues and the pastoral care clients so often need.’

‘Jo Rickards brooked no nonsense, whilst being able to reassure the client that she was on top of all the issues – and she was. If only all my solicitors had the same level of care and expertise.’

‘Very good team, persistent in defending the interests of the clients.’

Key clients

A former trader of Glencore

A former non-executive director of Patisserie Valerie

Work highlights

  • Advising in relation to a wide-ranging multi-jurisdictional corruption case.
  • Advising a former NED of Patisserie Valerie in respect of the SFO’s investigation into the collapse of the cake chain in 2019.

Finance > Debt capital markets Tier 4

Greenberg Traurig, LLP joins the ranking this year having become more active in debt capital markets transactions. Andrew Caunt leads the securities practice, which covers both ECM and DCM transactions. Dorothee Fischer-Appelt, who is dual-qualified in English and US law, is a key adviser on DCM transactions. The firm has an active debt private placement practice and is also a key adviser on social housing bonds. Helena Nathanson, who focuses predominantly on structured finance, is a key adviser on trustee matters in the DCM space.

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UBS

Numis Securities Limited

Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG

Peel Hunt

EverArc Holdings

Nomad Foods Limited

Citigroup Global Markets

Goldman Sachs

Jefferies GmbH and Jefferies International Limited

EarlyBird Capital, Inc.

ABN AMRO

HSBC

mBank

Erste Group Bank AG and Erste Securities Polska S.A.,

HORNBACH Holding AG & Co. KGaA

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 4

The London real estate team at US firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP provides a one-stop shop for investment fund clients in addition to developers and charities. Danielle Martin has extensive experience in the private equity real estate space, with an emphasis on restructurings, investment sales, and purchases. Martin co-heads the practice with Matthew James Priday, whose expertise covers the breadth of commerical real estate, and includes investments sales and purchases as well as development projects. The firm also works on a variety of schemes which include redevelopment and logistics, and joint ventures. Daniyal Ansari joined the team from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP in March 2022.

Key clients

Berkeley (SQP) Limited

Westbrook Partners

Paloma Capital

Absolute Return for Kids

Hillside Holdings

Goodman

PLP

The Ardent Companies

Oaktree Capital and MGT Limited

Valor Real Estate Partners

BlackRock

Work highlights

  • Advising Berkeley (SQP) Limited in relation to real estate aspects of its GBP600 million development of South Quay Plaza.
  • Represented longstanding client, Westbrook Partners, on its disposal of two large logistics portfolios to Blackstone.
  • Represented Goodman in connection with the purchase of Mowlem Trading Estate, Tottenham together with the subsequent financing and the transfer of the purchasing vehicle into a newly formed joint venture.

Real estate > Property finance Tier 4

Greenberg Traurig, LLP has an increasing focus on acting for alternative lenders, and has strong real estate finance capabilities across the UK and Europe. Emma Menzies leads the team, which also includes the ‘exceptionally strong‘ Partha Pal, who acts for both lenders and borrowers across the entire spectrum of property finance mandates, especially securitisation and structured finance transactions in the commercial real estate space. Gary Bellingham has experience in leveraged finance transaction, and Daniyal Ansari joined the firm in March 2022 from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, bolstering the team’s pan-European offering.

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Testimonials

‘The practice has a strong team that is willing to go above and beyond client’s specific requests and provide comprehensive support throughout the process.’

‘Highly responsive and focused on client goals.’

‘Excellent knowledge, commercial and practical disposition, and superb and timely execution.’

‘Partha Pal is probably the best structured finance lawyer in London.’

‘Partha Pal leads by example and defends his clients position very well.’

‘Partha Pal very engaged and willing to go the extra mile to meet client goals.’

‘Partha Pal is not only exceptionally strong from a technical perspective, but also outstanding when it comes to supporting the client during the transaction. His ability to guide and coordinate multiple teams to deliver high quality results is remarkable.’

‘Monica Miranda is a highly talented professional.’

Key clients

Nuveen Real Estate

Europa Capital

Peel Logistics Partnership

Big City Holdings LLC

Fabrix Capital

Weerts Group

Oxford Technology Park

William Davies

Scape

Zenprop

Paloma

H.I.G Capital

Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America

MGT

Oaktree

Linus Capital

Henderson Park

Ares Capital

EQT

Azora Capital

The Ardent Companies

Boundary Real Estate Partners

Work highlights

  • Represented Paloma Unit Trusts in connection with loan facilities up to £300m provided by Wells Fargo Bank in connection with the refinancing of a portfolio of logistic assets.
  • Acted for EQT in a EUR400m financing provided to it by Morgan Stanley.
  • Represented Scape in the £157m refinancing of three student accommodation and co-living assets, with the financing provided by Aareal Bank AG.

Transport > Rail Tier 4

Greenberg Traurig, LLP has considerable global capabilities in the rail sector and regularly advises on complex matters spanning rail infrastructure to rolling stock work. Its broad client base includes government authorities, operators and developers as well as leasing companies, financial institutions and other rail related businesses. Graeme McLellan leads the practice and focuses on asset financing in the rail sector. In addition McLellan regularly works on some key international transactions and continues to advise on some major rolling stock deals.

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Equitix Limited

Eversholt Rail

Work highlights

  • Advising Equitix Limited in relation to the on-going financing of the development of the Norwich Crown Point Light Maintenance Depot (NCP).
  • Advising Equitix Limited in respect of the financing of the construction of a new stabling facility for the overnight storage of certain new “fixed formation” rolling stock with no doors at the ends of individual carriages.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 5

Greenberg Traurig, LLP specialises in tax elements of corporate transactions, investment funds and real estate. The department is led by Graham Iversen, who has more than 30 years’ experience in the practice area, and advises on M&A transactions. Charles Case focuses on investment funds and complex joint ventures. Ben Eaton advises on tax aspects of real estate transactions and investments, while ‘tax guru’ Clive Jones covers structuring and tax elements of domestic and international transactions.

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Ben Eaton; Charles Case; Clive Jones; Jessica Ganagasegaran

Testimonials

‘The partners at GT are exceptional – the best I have worked with due to their commercial mindedness and technical expertise.’

‘Clive Jones – An absolute tax guru who we can pull into any tax-related matter to resolve an issue. Ben Eaton – A pragmatic problem solver who is adept at managing large scale cross-border projects with multiple stakeholders.’

‘The team is quite simply top class. What sets them apart from other law practices is this field is their in-depth knowledge of the business and strong technical competence.’

‘Their attitude to their clients is remarkably positive, they care passionately about developing relationships, and they are always on hand to solve problematic issues with practical solutions.’

Key clients

Allianz

Api Group Corporation

Dream Industrial REIT

Blackrock Real Assets

Revcap Advisors Limited

Linus Digital Finance AG

Rentokil Group plc

Ark Data Centres

Oval Real Estate Limited

Atlas Copco North America LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Allianz on the completion of the acquisition of Aviva’s operations in Poland and Lithuania for over EUR 2.5 billion.
  • Represented APi Group in respect of its USD3.1bn acquisition of the fire and safety solutions business of Chubb.
  • Advised Canadian Dream Industrial REIT on the acquisition from Clarion Europe of a corporate group holding a portfolio of 31 logistics properties for €882m.

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 5

Greenberg Traurig, LLP‘s London competition and regulatory group has been through a period of change following a several departures. However, the addition of several senior litigators from Mishcon de Reya LLP , whose practices overlap with the competition and regulatory group’s work, has nonetheless bolstered the team. The group advises regularly on deal driven merger control cases and antitrust defence. It is also targeting growth in real estate competition matters. The team is led by Gillian Sproul, who has more than 30 years’ competition and regulatory experience.

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Testimonials

‘The team is led by Gill Sproul who has a quiet and confident manner which is appreciated in the area of competition law.’

‘Gill Sproul knows our industry well and ensures that the advice given is tailored and down to earth. Gill is practical, approachable and very easy to work with.’

Key clients

EverArc / Perimeter Solutions

APi Inc

03 Industries

Vengrove / Ark Charity

Work highlights

  • Advised Everarc on the merger control and foreign investment / national security aspects of its acquisition of Perimeter Solutions, a global manufacturer of firefighting products and lubricant additives. The matter is valued at US$2 billion.
  • Advising APi Corporation Inc. on the merger control and national security / foreign investment control aspects of its proposed acquisition of the Chubb security and fire safety business from Carrier Group. The acquisition is valued at US$3.1 billion
  • Advising 03 Industries, a US private investment company, on the UK merger control aspects of its acquisition, jointly with Novum Capital, of Gumtree UK and Motors.co.uk from Adevinta.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 5

Greenberg Traurig, LLP was recently bolstered by the October 2021 arrival of Matt Hancock from Mishcon de Reya LLP; he arrives with over 14 years of experience in regulatory enforcement actions, including before the PRA and FCA, and is supported by Katharine Bond, an of counsel with specialist knowledge of the payments space.

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

The ‘outstandingGreenberg Traurig, LLP draws considerable praise for the ‘impressive‘ quality of its partner-led London offering, particularly in the life sciences, financial services, and gaming sectors. The practice is jointly helmed by the firm’s vice chair Paul Maher and London managing shareholder Fiona Adams, both of whom are reputed for the breadth of their transactional expertise. Henrietta Walker routinely works with leading multinationals on cross-border deals, most recently for blue-chip car manufacturers and telecoms providers. Clients rate the ‘technically excellent’ Joel Wheeler for his extensive multi-jurisdictional capabilities, while Sarah Moyles is sought out by a litany of players from the worlds of telecoms, real estate, finance, and professional services.

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‘Sarah Moyles is commercial and responsive.’

‘An outstanding team of vastly experienced, highly commercial, client-focussed M&A experts. The team are highly pragmatic and focus on getting the deal done. They offer a full service across all M&A work streams and they work brilliantly with in house teams. Far better value than magic circle alternatives.’

‘Excellent quality of client service with partner-led support. The offering from GT is very good value for money with the quality of work product and service matching the top firms but at a significantly lower price. The team always work to find ways to offer cost efficient support and often stick close to any quotes, or flag changes in advance to avoid surprises.’

‘Paul Maher is market-leading and very commercial. Paul is always on hand to offer support and advice on complex matters.’

‘Sarah Moyles is an asset to the firm and has supported on another of our transactions. Sarah is always available and ensures a smooth process irrespective of whether it is a UK-based deal or through one of the GT international offices.’

‘An impressive team to work with. I think what makes this team unique is that you get real partner commitment rather than a revolving door of people dealing with matters. GT’s corporate team have an impressive reach to advise on cross jurisdictional aspects.

‘Joel Wheeler has the unique combination of being technically excellent / all over the detail whilst also being extremely commercial and strategic. Joel commits to a deal and does what is necessary to get it over the line, not an easy feat with multiple (and sometimes difficult) counter-parties.’

Key clients

AstraZeneca PLC

Rentokil Initial PLC

Smiths Group PLC

Intercontinental Hotels Group PLC

Cromwell European Real Estate Fund

Bracco Imaging SpA

Vista Equity Partners

Landscape Acquisition

Platform Specialty Products Corporation

Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB

Api Group Corporation

SBA Communications

Consortium of Barenboim, Leumi Partners

Dream Industrial REIT

Westbrook Partners

Atlas Copco

Tuscan Holdings Corp.

Tyson Foods

Andlinger

Work highlights

  • Advised Rentokil on the acquisition of the Boecker Group, a leading environmental health services provider headquartered in Lebanon and operational throughout the Middle East and in Africa.
  • Represented APi Group in respect of its acquisition of the fire and safety solutions business of Chubb, owned by Carrier Corporation.
  • Acted as counsel to SBA Communications Corp in relation to the establishment of a joint venture between SBA as majority owner, and Paradigm Infrastructure Limited.

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 5

Greenberg Traurig, LLP‘s London litigation team advises banks, private equity houses, hedge funds and assets managers. ‘Born strategist and litigatorMasoud Zabeti, who specialises in handling multijurisdictional matters, leads the team. It also counts on the expertise of Mohammed Khamisa KC and Ian Bean. The group was significantly bolstered in October 2021 when it brought on a team of fraud specialists from Mishcon de Reya LLP, including Kathryn Garbett, Claire Broadbelt, Annabel Thomas, Martin Shobbrook, Hannah Blom-Cooper and of counsel Jo Rickards.

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Testimonials

‘Masoud Zabeti is a force of nature – a born strategist and litigator.’

‘Excellent communicators. Very practical lawyers. Legal advice that makes business sense. They are on top of their game.’

‘Masoud Zabeti, Katharine Bond. Excellent lawyers. They are great strategists, communicate effectively with their clients, deliver on their promises and find practical solutions to client problems. They work very fast and their advice is spot on.’

‘Masoud Zabeti – deservedly one of London’s leading litigators.’

‘Masoud Zabeti – hard to over-state how good Masoud is. He is highly intelligent, has excellent judgment and great understanding of his clients. He is always looking for new angles on a case and for new ways to improve his client’s position. He also has great judgement in how he works with his own team: he has a real knack for bringing out the best in counsel.’

‘Ian Bean – excellent senior lawyer: intelligent, mentally active, hard-working and across the detail. A strong member of any team.’

Key clients

JSC BTA Bank

Tradition Financial Services Limited/Tradition (UK) Limited/TFS Derivatives Limited

Crane Bank Limited (a Ugandan Bank) and its shareholders

Shareholder of Somap International PTE Limited

Astir Maritime Limited

Benjamin Churchill, Oumar Diallo and Zaki Nuseibeh (investment advisers)

Bank Frick & Co A.G.

Work highlights

  • Acting for JSC BTA Bank in the recovery of assets as part of the multi-billion USD fraud perpetrated by Mukhtar Ablyazov and his associates.
  • Advising  Ugandan bank Crane Bank and its shareholders in relation to special measures taken against the bank by the Central Bank of Uganda as part of a corrupt scheme to take control of the bank and misappropriate its assets.
  • Acting for the shareholder of a Singapore based shipping company in a series of related disputes (amounting to approximately USD130m) in the London Commercial Court brought by a number of financial institutions alleging fraud and breaches of various lending facilities.

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

Led by the ‘responsive, straight talking and commercialEmma Menzies, Greenberg Traurig, LLP has earned the status of ‘very trusted advisers‘ to many borrower clients, including investment grade corporates. In this context, the team is adept at advising on cross-border mandates, where it can leverage its international network of offices. Gary Bellingham handles corporate lending work as part of his broad financing offering that also includes real estate-related fundings.

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Gary Bellingham; Samantha DeSouza

Testimonials

Top tier blue chip – superb and very trusted advisers.’

Responsive, forward thinking in innovative circumstances and commercial.’

‘The vastly experienced Emma Menzies is phenomenal.’

‘Emma Menzies is responsive, straight-talking and commercial.’

Key clients

Nomad Foods Limited

APi

SBA Communications

Oxford Technology Park

Northumbrian Water

Truist Bank

Oxford Finance

Work highlights

  • Advising the Nomad Foods Group in connection with the refinancing of its senior secured facilities and issuance of €750m senior secured notes.
  • Advising APi Group on the $3.1bn acquisition of Chubb Fire & Safety, creating the world’s leading life safety services provider.
  • Advising SBA Communications on the financing for $175m acquisition, through a joint venture, of 1.4k communication towers from Airtel Tanzania.

Finance > Transport finance and leasing Tier 6

Greenberg Traurig, LLP has a particularly strong reputation in the rail sector, both in the context of domestic and international projects, where it also benefits from strong expertise out of its Berlin office. Graeme McLellan is the figurehead of the team, and combines vast industry sector knowledge with expertise across a range of financing structures to provide a very credible service across the gamut of procurement, financing, leasing and operational issues related to infrastructure and rolling stock projects.

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Key clients

Equitix Limited

Eversholt Rail

Work highlights

  • Advising equity investor Equitix on the ongoing financing of the development of the Norwich Crown Point Light Maintenance Depot.
  • Advising equity investor Equitix on the financing of the construction of a new stabling facility for the overnight storage of certain new “fixed formation” rolling stock with no doors at the ends of individual carriages.

Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 7

The recruitment in September 2021 of the ‘highly commercial and proactive’ John Houghton from Latham & Watkins was a statement of intent from Greenberg Traurig, LLP , which has reinforced this with further hires, most notably that of the ‘tough and commercial’ insolvency litigator Hannah Blom-Cooper from Mishcon de Reya LLP in December 2021. Houghton now heads a ‘flexible and strategically minded’ team that provides ‘very-business minded’ advice to creditors, investors, insolvent companies, directors, and IPs across the full suite of their restructuring and insolvency needs.

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Ian Jack; Hannah Blom-Cooper; Rupert Cheetham

Testimonials

‘The team is very business minded and focused on finding workable solutions.’

Expertise and experience across the corporate restructuring practice and sectors, with a flexible and strategically minded team that is always highly responsive and dedicated.’

‘John Houghton is highly commercial and proactive in getting transactions completed. He has a brilliant can-do attitude and has demonstrated great innovation in getting deals across the line.’

Hannah Blom-Cooper is very experienced, tough, commercial, and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

The Collective

966 CO. S. à r.l.

Oasis Management Company Limited

Mercier Vanderlinden Asset Management NV

Arena Investors LP

Cain International

Invesco

Fabrix Capital

FRP

FTI

Deutsche Bank Trustee Company Limited

Global Loan Asset Services (GLAS)

HSBC Corporate Trust Services (CTAS)

The Law Debenture Trust Corporation p.l.c.

Lucid Agency and Trustee Services Limited

M&G Prudential

US Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Cain – an international investment firm – on its acquisition of the secured debt and equity issued by Prezzo Holdings Limited, the holding company of the Prezzo casual dining business.
  • Advising 966 CO. S.à r.l., the investment vehicle of the Saudi shareholders of Smile Telecoms.
  • Advised The Collective Group, a real estate company focused on co-living and co-working facilities, on options for a financial restructuring, including equity raise, M&A disposal, the possibility of new money financing and/or a restructuring process and corporate governance.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Neil Miller, the former head of Facebook’s international music licensing team, has recently joined Greenberg Traurig, LLP to build up the US firm’s London presence in the entertainment and media sphere. His practice focuses on music licensing schemes in the context of social media and online platforms.

Poland > Commercial, corporate and M&A

At GREENBERG TRAURIG Nowakowska-Zimoch Wysokiński 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 Rafał 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 Nowakowska-Zimoch Wysokiński 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 2,300 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 US 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 and 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.

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