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McGuireWoods London LLP

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 2

McGuireWoods London LLP has strong experience in sectors including food and beverage, hotels, leisure, student accommodation, care home, manufacturing and retail. The team often handles cross-border deals and has recently covered work within jurisdictions spanning Asia, Africa, Canada, Europe and North America. Joint practice head Mehboob Dossa specialises in advising multinationals, capital providers, independent sponsors, family offices, private equity portfolio companies and executives on a variety of transactions. Patrick De Ridder assists public and private companies with their transactional activities on a global basis, with a predominance in manufacturing, life sciences, and food and beverage.

Key clients

Essentra PLC

Mayfly Group LLC

Teledyne Technologies Incorporated

Brightstar Corporation

Allegheny Technologies Incorporated

Energizer Holdings, Inc.

Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 4

McGuireWoods London LLP is well known for its successful handling of complex, big-ticket commercial litigation. Almost all of the team's matters involve international elements, coordinating litigation in multiple jurisdictions, whether in relation to parallel claims or enforcements overseas. Much of the practice's work also includes regulatory or arbitration features. Hardeep Nahal regularly acts in high-profile matters, and William Boddy acts in complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes that frequently involve fraud allegations. Former partner Michael Tackley retired from the practice.

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Highly motivated, efficient and well organised team led by Hardeep Nahal. They get on with delivering first-rate advice in commercial matters.

I have worked closely with Hardeep Nahal. He is a stand-out lawyer who connects extremely well with clients. He brings extensive experience to ‘heavy’ commercial matters and gives well-thought-through and reliable (and usually successful) strategic advice. He is comfortable in most sector areas and has good contacts with the leading chambers and the magic circle firms. His leadership skills ensure his team provide an optimum service.

Excellent commercial team led by Hardeep Nahal. They have an excellent manner in dealing with complex issues and getting to grips with the case. The team have a user-friendly approach and are able to extract the best from the clients under pressure. Unlike many firms they have excellent team approach, providing legal advice and we as able to “think outside the box”. Leadership and team work is superb.

They are a quality and intelligent team. They work well with us as a client in that they know what advice we are looking for and how to deliver it with the right tone and with minimal fuss. They are also not afraid to disagree and gently steer us back on course in difficult matters. I also find them to be very lateral and commercial in their thinking. They are always looking to find clever solutions to our issues and the results have been good for us. They know our business well and as such they have become trusted advisers.

Hardeep Nahal is intelligent and very well connected. He has excellent case strategy and is a good leader in difficult situations. Chloe Steele (associate) has excellent attention to detail and turns around work product very quickly. She is very impressive.


Key clients

Tindall Hotels Limited Partnership

Landlet Limited

Roger Fripp

Noreen Fripp

Alistair Wagstaff

Rawlinson & Hunter Trustees SA

Select Vantage Inc.

West End Homes Limited

Les Residence Falcon Wharf Limited

Estate of Arne Glucksman

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 5

Considerably strengthened by the arrival of Lee Cullinane from White & Case LLP in September 2019, McGuireWoods London LLP's London debt finance team is increasingly visible in the market. Now led by Cullinane, the team is better-positioned to handle big-ticket syndicated finance deals throughout EMEA, in light of his connections with many large investment banks and expertise at structuring deals implementing both UK and US-governed financing techniques. The 'highly commercial and practical' Marc Isaacs is a key member of the team and has developed niche expertise advising lenders on sports-related financings.

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‘Jennifer Kafcas makes this firm unique. The calibre of her own work as well as the excellent standard of her hires (particularly Alvino van Schalwyk and Lauren Blaber) is the best on the Street by far. Always timely, proactive, insightful and commercial.’

‘Jennifer Kafcas is the best external counsel I have had the privilege of working with over the course of my 20 years in banking.’

‘Excellent client service’

‘Marc Isaacs is a highly responsive, trusted adviser and provides highly commercial and practical advice to enable the transaction to be completed efficiently and to all parties’ satisfaction.’


Key clients

Goldman Sachs International

Investec Bank Plc

Bank of America

Wells Fargo Bank

Bankia S.A.

Barings Finance

Bank of Montreal

Instituto de Credito Oficial

Drake & Morgan

PNC Bank

Allied Irish Bank

Fifth Third Bank

Svenska Handelsbanken

Enstar Group Limited

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 21 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 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 internal 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.

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
Banking and finance Lee Cullinane
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Martin Barrett  photo Mr Martin Barrett Partner
Mr William Boddy  photo Mr William Boddy Partner
Mr Lee Cullinane  photo Mr Lee Cullinane Partner
Mr Jeremy Davis  photo Mr Jeremy Davis Partner
Mr Mehboob Dossa  photo Mr Mehboob Dossa Partner
Mr Marc Isaacs  photo Mr Marc Isaacs Partner
Ms Jennifer Kafcas  photo Ms Jennifer Kafcas Partner
Mr Hardeep Nahal  photo Mr Hardeep Nahal Partner
Mr Marc Naidoo  photo Mr Marc Naidoo Partner
Mr Daniel Peyton  photo Mr Daniel Peyton Partner
Mr Michael Tackley  photo Mr Michael Tackley Partner
Number of UK partners : 14
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.