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McGuireWoods London LLP

Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 2

The team at McGuireWoods London LLP advises a broad roster of domestic and international clients on mid-market and cross-border transactions. Recent highlights for the team include handling major multi-jurisdictional deals in the manufacturing and engineering space, as well as a number of strategic acquisitions and partnerships for consumer goods companies operating in emerging markets. The team is jointly led by Mehboob Dossa and former cross-border group chair Patrick De Ridder, who specialises in food and drink, life sciences, and manufacturing mandates. Karl Hemingway is also noted for his cross-sector, international focus.

Practice head(s):

Mehboob Dosa; Patrick De Ridder

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Essentra PLC

SPX Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advising Essentra PLC on the sale of its Duraco specialty tapes business to OpenGate Capital Partners.
  • Advised SPX Corporation on its acquisition of ULC Robotics.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 4

Almost all of McGuireWoods London LLP's disputes work has international aspects, which includes the firm coordinating litigation across multiple jurisdictions, such as parallel claims and overseas enforcement matters. Much of the practice's workload also comprises of regulatory or arbitration elements. Hardeep Nahal has experience of handling some of the market's largest and highest profile cases. William Boddy is noted for complex, multijurisdictional disputes that often involve fraud allegations. Another notable individual is Chloe Steele, who is 'an exceptionally hard-working associate'. Energy litigation partner Simon Hems was hired from Ince in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Hardeep Nahal 


MGW is a quality litigation outfit. They have significant legal talent within their team and considerable commercial experience.

McGuire Woods are an outstanding law firm that is highly professional. They are also bullish and inspire confidence at every step, while being realistic in respect of overall outcomes. The firm is far more professional than other firms we have dealt with.

I can’t imagine using a different firm in London. With McGuireWoods, we have a true international legal team at our disposal.

They operate a high level of client care and transparency with their billing.

Hardeep Nahal is very bright and demonstrates considerable skill in navigating clients through the maze of litigation risk.

Simon Hems and the team are outstanding solicitors. Since moving from Ince, Simon’s practice scope has expanded, and his team provides additional support on both sides of the Atlantic.

Simon Hems is a top-notch disputes lawyer with a practical understanding of energy clients. He is our go-to English lawyer for contracts disputes and other contentious matters.

Chloe Steele is an exceptionally hard-working associate with a bright legal mind. She has incredible attention to detail and works well with clients.

Key clients

Vincent Tchenguiz

Rawlinson & Hunter Trustees (in its capacity as trustee of the Tchenguiz Family Trust)


Select Vantage

Tindall Hotels

Roger Fripp

Noreen Fripp

Alistair Wagstaff

MedImmune (a subsidiary of AstraZeneca)

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

Led by Lee Cullinane, who is particularly adept at structuring deals combining European bank finance with high yield and US institutional debt, McGuireWoods London LLP‘s growing London-based finance team is carving out a strong reputation in the market for its ability to advise both corporates and banks on cross-border mandates. The ‘technically strong‘ Marc Naidoo is ‘able to come up with innovative solutions’, including in the context of  sustainable financing matters in Africa.

Practice head(s):

Lee Cullinane

Other key lawyers:

Linn Mayhew; Marc Naidoo


This practice is very close-knit with a good blend of very knowledgeable associates and extremely competent partners.’

They have a very good understanding of the commercial space and are very proactive.’

‘Marc Naidoo is a thoroughbred professional. He is very patient and smart, as well as being technically strong and able to come up with innovative solutions to issues all the time.’

Key clients

Investec Bank

Bank of America

Wells Fargo Bank

African Development Bank

Barings Finance

Bank of Montreal

Instituto de Crédito Oficial

Drake & Morgan

PNC Bank

Allied Irish Bank

Svenska Handelsbanken

Enstar Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised African Development Bank on a  €100m term facility to a major Kenyan bank – a liquidity injection into the borrower for onward lending to regional subsidiaries which was crucial for the Kenyan market at the time.

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers

Led by Martin Barrett, McGuireWoods London LLP has notably handled a number of corporate occupier matters for AstraZeneca, developers of the Oxford Covid-19 vaccine, over the past year.

The firm: McGuireWoods is an international law firm known for quality, innovation, responsiveness and diversity. It has 1100 lawyers in 21 locations including London, New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles and Chicago. The firm has a reputation among clients and peers as one of the most client service centric law firms in the world. McGuireWoods London LLP distinguishes itself by offering partner-led service as well as strong cross-border relationships.

Types of work undertaken
Banking and finance: The firm acts for financial institutions and borrowers on a broad range of debt finance transactions with particular expertise in syndicated and bilateral credit facilities, real estate finance (both investment and development), leveraged and acquisition finance, asset finance, trade finance and infrastructure and project finance. The team advises on all aspects of structuring, documenting and closing credit facilities. The team also advises lenders, hedge counterparties, borrowers and alternative debt funds on leveraged finance and derivatives transactions in Europe and the United States, including unitranche, super senior, term loan B, second lien, subscription finance and mezzanine finance.

Corporate: The firm is known for providing high-quality counsel on complex domestic and cross-border transactions as a result of its cross-functional, client-focused and collaborative approach to providing legal services. Clients praise the team for its ability to staff transactions appropriately, ensuring timely and swift completions that benefit its clients’ budgets and business needs. The firm has a cross-border corporate practice that supports a range of clients in multiple jurisdictions, including emerging startup companies, industry-leading enterprises and financial institutions. The areas in which the corporate team practices are M&A (public and private), joint ventures, commercial contracts, general corporate, supply chain and corporate reorganisations. It also has a thriving private equity practice assisting private equity firms, management teams, sponsors and portfolio companies alike. The sectors in which the corporate team is particularly active include healthcare, regulated senior living facilities, hospitality, retail and technology.

Data privacy and security: The team advises and assists with general GDPR compliance; determining extraterritorial applicability; data mapping; drafting policies and notices; information management systems; determining the optimal method for cross-border data transfers; drafting and negotiating data processing agreements; data subject access requests; and managing data incidents and reporting.

Employment: The London office advises UK and global corporate clients on contentious and non-contentious complex and strategic employment legal issues. UK advice covers most aspects of employment law – contractual, statutory and regulatory – with particular emphasis on sensitive restrictive covenant and confidential information disputes, whistle blowing and discrimination cases, corporate reorganisations and restructures and boardroom terminations. The practice has a growing reputation internationally advising on complex, cross-border employment issues.

Equity capital markets: The firm’s equity capital markets practice represents sponsors, nominated advisers (NOMADS), brokers and issuers and they represent these clients on a variety of work including IPOs (main market and AIM), secondary placings, reverse takeovers, general advice on Listing Rules and AIM Rules compliance, corporate governance, disclosure and transparency requirements, market abuse regulations, prospectus rules and financial promotions.

Litigation and dispute resolution: The firm has extensive experience handling a broad range of complex, big-ticket, commercial disputes, especially in the High Court and international arbitration forums. The team is particularly adept at handling large-scale high-profile cases, including those involving allegations of fraud and those requiring urgent interim relief. McGuireWoods also has notable experience in contractual, joint-venture disputes, banking, swaps and derivatives, energy, insolvency, intellectual property and trade secrets, and shareholder disputes.

Real estate: Working on both contentious and non-contentious matters, the team provides full legal service to a range of clients encompassing institutional investors, large multinationals, growing corporates, developers and financial institutions. Areas of expertise include corporate real estate, investment, funds, development and regeneration, finance and hotels and leisure. The team advises clients on all aspects of acquisition, development, management, assets and disposal.

EU & UK competition law: The team handles all aspects of EU and UK competition law including merger control, state aid, cartels, licensing, distribution, IP aspects, abuse of dominance and compliance (including providing compliance programmes/training and undertaking audits). The firm also deals with all litigation aspects of competition law before the EU and UK courts and regulators.

Financial crime: The London office represents corporates and executives in the full range of financial criminal investigations, compliance and enforcement matters, both nationally and internationally. The firm represents clients in complex, high-value, multijurisdictional white collar crime litigation. The firm assists clients in enforcement action led by the Serious Fraud Office, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, the Financial Conduct Authority, City of London Police and the National Crime Agency and in US DOJ and SEC investigations. The firm guides clients through the entire investigative process and, where necessary, represents them at trial. McGuireWoods is known for its meticulous internal investigations work covering bribery, corruption, money laundering, insider dealing and the full spectrum of financial criminal conduct. The London team has undertaken work for leading financial institutions, pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers.

Corporate & M&A Patrick De Ridder
Corporate & M&A Mehboob Dossa
Banking and Finance Lee Cullinane
Banking and Finance Marc Isaacs
Banking and Finance Marc Naidoo
Banking and Finance Linn Mayhew
Corporate Investigations Matthew Hall
Corporate Investigations William Boddy
Corporate Investigations Francesca Titus
Data Privacy Mehboob Dossa
Capital Markets: Derivatives Jennifer Kafcas
Capital Markets: Derivatives Charles Wakiwaka
Employment Dan Peyton
Capital Markets: Equity Mehboob Dossa
EU and UK Competition Law and Procurement Matthew Hall
Litigation and Dispute resolution William Boddy
Litigation and Dispute resolution Simon Hems
International Arbitration William Boddy
International Arbitration Simon Hems
Real Estate Martin Barrett
Real Estate Callum Hassall
Financial Crime: Corporates & Individuals Francesca Titus
Number of UK partners : 15
Number of attorneys worldwide : 1,100

Our Inclusive Community

McGuireWoods has a history of hiring, developing, promoting and retaining lawyers of color, women and LGBTQ lawyers, and veterans. Continually establishing new initiatives and enhancing existing efforts, we focus on meaningful support for our diverse lawyers in their careers. The firm’s lawyer networks are an example of how we support our attorneys in building communities within the firm.

Leading the Way

Two very active groups are charged with focusing on diversity and inclusion: the Diversity & Inclusion Committee and the Diversity Action Council.

Established in 2006, the Diversity & Inclusion Committee — chaired by Baltimore partner and accomplished trial lawyer Ava Lias-Booker — focuses on identifying, attracting, and retaining diverse talent. The D&I Committee also helps incorporate inclusiveness in our professional development, supports retention through lawyer networks, strengthens our marketing and business development opportunities, mentors diverse lawyers, and ensures the firm is well represented at elite events and conferences.

Our Diversity Action Council, led by Managing Partner J. Tracy Walker IV, is the second leadership committee dedicated to advancing the firm’s strategic D&I goals. Formed in 2013, the DAC holds firm leadership accountable for promotion and development of our diverse attorneys by ensuring all firm resources are effectively deployed to further their careers. Every month, DAC members get together for a rigorous assessment of each department’s progress in advancing the firm’s diversity goals.

Such engagement and accountability, buttressed by tailored programs and training, has resulted in steady progress.

D&I Advances

A key focus of the firm’s strategic plan, diversity and inclusion are essential to how we do business, informing how we recruit, retain, and promote lawyers to serve our clients. Our efforts are also supported by partnerships with clients and community members committed to advancing diversity in the legal profession. Working together, we can build a synergistic whole greater than the sum of its parts. That’s diversity in action.