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McGuireWoods London LLP

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

McGuireWoods London LLP offers considerable experience in handling M&A within the food and beverage, hotels and leisure, student accommodation, care home, manufacturing and retail sectors. The firm has a specific focus on cross-border deals. Practice head Mehboob Dossa advises multinationals, capital providers, independent sponsors, family offices, private equity portfolio companies and executives on a variety of transactions. Co-head Patrick De Ridder assists public and private companies with their transactional activities, concentrating on the manufacturing, life sciences, and food and beverage industries. Karl Hemingway was promoted to the partnership in January 2022 and is recognised as a further key member of the department.

Practice head(s):

Mehboob Dosa; Patrick De Ridder

Other key lawyers:


‘Detailed sector knowledge.’

‘Mehboob Dossa is professional, detailed and diligent.’

‘Great at weighing commercial matters with legal ones.’

‘Mehboob Dossa is always aware of market trends and transactions.’

Key clients

RGK Group/Angstrom Acquisitions, Inc./Asgard

Carpenter Co.

Work highlights

  • Advised Carpenter Co in its  acquisition of the Engineered Foams Business of Recticel SA/NV (ENXTBR:REC), a Belgium-based manufacturer of polyurethane foam.
  • Handled all aspects of the acquisition of Connect 2 Cleanrooms Ltd, including the PE/M&A, real estate, employment, tax and UK debt finance work.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 4

'Populated by highly talented, committed lawyers', McGuireWoods London LLP's litigation team advises on a broad range of English and cross-border litigation matters. Simon Hems has longstanding experience in representing US and European oil and gas industry clients in litigation, arbitration and ADR; and William Boddy has substantial experience in acting in complex, fraud-related multi-jurisdictional disputes. In January 2022, the 'absolutely great' Chloe Steele was made partner, while in late 2021, former partner Hardeep Nahal departed for Constantine Cannon LLP

Practice head(s):

William Boddy; Simon Hems

Other key lawyers:


‘Work was completed within the timeframe specified, and there was an eagerness to help us resolve a potentially messy scenario as quickly and efficiently as possible.

‘When first engaging the firm, partners were available to have initial discussions so as to find potential solutions. We had to go away and think about moving forwards, but we did not find McGuireWoods to be pushy when doing so. When we did decide to move forwards some time later, the process was painless and quick, in terms of onboarding us as clients and figuring out a plan of action.’

‘We received excellent client service from the entire team, and would not hesitate to return to McGuireWoods or indeed recommend them.’

‘This is a department that is populated by highly talented, committed lawyers, who behave with the utmost skill and professionalism.’

‘The proactiveness of the associates was truly exceptional.

‘William Boddy was extremely helpful and knowledgeable.’

‘Chloe Steele remained our point of contact and was excellent.

‘Chloe Steele, who recently made partner, is absolutely great.’

Key clients

Tanner Pharma UK



14th Street Capital


Work highlights

  • Defending Tanner Pharma UK and TannerGAP against complex $46m-plus multi-jurisdictional proceedings, being pursued by FS Medical Services in relation to the sale of Coronavirus testing kits.
  • Acting for Landlet in its claim in the Commercial Court against Lloyds Bank, seeking to recover consequential losses flowing from the entry into two LIBOR interest rate swaps in March 2008.

Finance > Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 4

Under the guidance of Lee Cullinane, McGuireWoods London LLP‘s London-based EMEA finance group continues to grow its lender side offering within the leveraged space as well as in relation to more general syndicated/bilateral facilities, where it draws upon knowledge across a range of European and US style financing products. The ‘terrific’ Marc Naidoo has ‘a knack for simplifying knotty issues and finding practical solutions’ for lenders funding emerging markets borrowers, including in relation to sustainable finance matters. In this context, Naidoo not only handles work for commercial banks but also multilateral finance institutions, including the African Development Bank.

Practice head(s):

Lee Cullinane

Other key lawyers:

Linn Mayhew; Marc Naidoo


The team is simply awesome! They know their onions.’

Marc Naidoo is a terrific lawyer with a knack for simplifying knotty issues and finding practical solutions.’

Key clients

Investec Bank Plc

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.
  • Advised African Development Bank on a $4m partial credit guarantee with OCP Africa, which was a first-of-its-kind deal in Ivory Coast and Ghana.

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers

Senior partner Martin Barrett leads McGuireWoods London LLP’s real estate ‘dream team’, which includes key contact Callum Hassall and continues to advise its roster of clients, such as AstraZeneca and Revera, on matters ranging from office lettings to development projects.

The firm: McGuireWoods is an international law firm known for quality, innovation, responsiveness and diversity. It has 1,100 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), private equity, joint ventures, commercial contracts, general corporate, supply chain and corporate reorganisations. It 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 data protection compliance (in particular GDPR and e-privacy requirements); information governance, 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 and 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 Mehboob Dossa
Corporate & M&A Karl Hemingway
Capital Markets: Equity Mehboob Dossa
Banking and Finance Linn Mayhew
Banking and Finance Marc Naidoo
Corporate Investigations Matthew Hall
Corporate Investigations William Boddy
Corporate Investigations Francesca Titus
Data Privacy Mehboob Dossa
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
Litigation and Dispute resolution Chloe Steele
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.