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McGuireWoods London LLP

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 2

With a dual presence in both the US and UK, McGuireWoods London LLP is adept at handling cross-border mandates, particularly transatlantic matters, on which the London office works closely with the firm's heritage office in Virginia. A significant component of the firm's regular work involves private equity, with notable clients across Hong Kong, the US and the UK. The integrated corporate team is headed from the US, however Patrick De Ridder, Mehboob Dossa  and Jeremy Davis  are the key names to note in London.

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 5

Led by Marc Isaacs on the corporate lending front and Jennifer Kafcas for derivatives, McGuireWoods London LLP's eight-strong debt finance team demonstrates 'considerable market knowledge' and provides a 'commercial service' to a primarily lender-focused client base across a range of work which includes cross-border syndicated lending and public takeover financings. As well as regularly acting on its own, the team also works alongside lawyers from its US offices, as demonstrated by its recent work for PNC Bank where it advised on the English law aspects of a revolving loan facility provided to Marsh & McLennan Companies.


The firm performs strongly in delivering documentation and demonstrates a strong commercial understanding in acting for banks’ interests.

Key clients

Enstar Group Limited

Investec Bank plc

Deutsche Bank

Bank of America

Wells Fargo Bank

Barings Finance

PNC Bank

Bank of Montreal

Clydesdale Bank

Allied Irish Bank

Fifth Third Bank


Svenska Handelsbanken

Orix Corporation

Commercial litigation Tier 6

Almost all of McGuireWoods London LLP's matters involve co-ordinating litigation in multiple jurisdictions, whether relating to parallel claims or overseas enforcement.The practice's litigation frequently involves regulatory and arbitration elements. Hardeep Nahal handles high-profile cases in the market, Michael Tackley is focused on cross-border issues, and William Boddy acts in complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes that often involve fraud allegations.

Leading individuals

Key clients

Vincent Tchenguiz


Teoco UK


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

Select Vantage

West End Homes and Les Residence Falcon Wharf

McGuireWoods is an international law firm known for quality, innovation, responsiveness and diversity.

The firm: McGuireWoods LLP and McGuireWoods London LLP combined have 1,100 lawyers in 22 locations and a reputation among clients as being peerless in its client-focused approach. McGuireWoods London LLP is City-based and distinguishes itself by offering partner-led services as well as strong cross-border relationships.

Types of work undertaken: Banking & 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 worldwide complex 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 an active cross-border corporate practice that represents clients in many jurisdictions in M&A (public and private), joint ventures, commercial contracts, general corporate, supply chain, securities and listing rules, and reorganisations.

Data Privacy & Security: The team advises on compliance with GDPR including determining the optimal method for cross-border data transfers (safe harbor, standard contractual clauses, binding corporate rules).

Employment: The London office gives both contentious and non-contentious complex and strategic employment advice to UK and global corporate clients. UK advice covers most aspects of employment law being contractual, statutory and regulatory in nature 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 both sponsors, nominated advisors (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 & Dispute Resolution: Litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution services include commercial disputes, shareholder and complex high-value cross-border matters, freezing order remedies and global asset trace and seizure, international trade, IP, product liability, insurance and reinsurance, property, landlord and tenant, building and construction, professional negligence, employment and private client. The firm also advises on anticorruption and government investigations in the UK and US and handles audits, compliance, investigation and defence work.

Real Estate: Working on both contentious and non-contentious matters, the team provides a 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: 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.


Department Name Email Telephone
Cross-border mergers and acquisitions Patrick De Ridder
Banking and finance Marc Isaacs
Employment Dan Peyton
Cross-border mergers and acquisitions Mehboob Dossa
EU and UK competition law and procurement Matthew Hall
Banking and finance Marc Naidoo
Litigation and dispute resolution Hardeep Nahal
Private equity Mehboob Dossa
Real estate Martin Barrett
Banking and finance Jennifer Kafcas
Litigation and dispute resolution William Boddy
Cross-border mergers and acquisitions Jeremy Davis
Banking and finance Lee Cullinane
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Martin Barrett  photo Mr Martin Barrett
Mr William Boddy  photo Mr William Boddy
Mr Lee Cullinane  photo Mr Lee Cullinane
Mr Jeremy Davis  photo Mr Jeremy Davis
Mr Mehboob Dossa  photo Mr Mehboob Dossa
Mr Marc Isaacs  photo Mr Marc Isaacs
Ms Jennifer Kafcas  photo Ms Jennifer Kafcas
Mr Hardeep Nahal  photo Mr Hardeep Nahal
Mr Marc Naidoo  photo Mr Marc Naidoo
Mr Daniel Peyton  photo Mr Daniel Peyton
Mr Michael Tackley  photo Mr Michael Tackley
Number of UK partners : 13
Number of attorneys worldwide : 1,100