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McGuireWoods London LLP

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London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m - ranked: tier 1

McGuireWoods London LLP

Counting real estate, food and beverages, manufacturing, retail and leisure among its key sector strengths, McGuireWoods London LLP’s practice is headed by Mehboob Dossa and Patrick De Ridder. Dossa has been busy in the care homes space, assisting one care provider for seniors with establishing two joint ventures to acquire and develop care homes; De Ridder acted for the Dallas-based Highlander Partners, a recently won client, on its purchase of Fuerst Day Lawson Holdings. Hed Amitai acted for Arlington Investors on its £124m purchase of two student accommodation portfolios, and Jura Junnila assisted Tantalus Rare Earths with the sale of its subsidiary Tantalum Holding (Mauritius) to the Singapore-based Apphia Minerals. Other clients include Sloane Investments, Corporate Finance House, Capital Trust, Highgate Hotels and new client Segulah Advisor. Philip Newhouse, emerging markets expert Walter White Jr and counsel Robert Rakison are also recommended. Jeremy Davis joined from K&L Gates LLP in June 2017.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 6

McGuireWoods London LLP

McGuireWoods London LLP is ‘always on top of litigation procedures and timelines’. The practice acted for Vincent Tchenguiz (and his interests) in a high-profile £2.2bn claim against Grant Thornton and Icelandic bank Kaupthing, arising out of Kaupthing’s collapse and subsequent SFO investigation. Michael Tackley is ‘a very experienced lawyer’, and Hardeep Nahal is ‘a first-rate lawyer with good strategic vision’.

Leading individuals

Hardeep Nahal - McGuireWoods London LLP

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London: Finance

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans - ranked: tier 5

McGuireWoods London LLP

Regularly working on deals in collaboration with its US colleagues, McGuireWoods London LLP’s increasingly active three-partner London practice has broad ranging expertise, for a predominantly lender side client base, including on cross-border syndicated lending and public takeover financings. Team head Marc Isaacs recently worked alongside colleagues from the firm’s Charlotte office to provide advice on the English law aspects of Bank of America’s revolving credit facility provided to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. In another matter that involved significant input from practitioners from the firm’s US offices, Isaacs also acted for Fifth Third on its role as lender and arranger under the amendment and restatement by a five-bank club of the £125m multi-currency facility agreement with Vitec Group. The arrival in February 2017 of Jennifer Kafcas from O'Melveny enhances the team’s capability advising lenders and borrowers in complex structured and cross-border transactions in Europe and the US. Other clients include Wells Fargo Bank, Goldman Sachs and Enstar Group.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 7

McGuireWoods London LLP

McGuireWoods London LLP’s team regularly handles high-profile contentious matters for clients in the financial services sector. Daniel Peyton represents employers and senior executives before the Employment Tribunal and High Court; he leads the team, which includes senior associates Andrea Ward, who primarily acts for multinational clients in the US and Europe, and Sarah Thompson, who often advises on transactional matters.

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London: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 5

McGuireWoods London LLP

Head of department Hed Amitai at McGuireWoods London LLP is well regarded. The team attracts a steady flow of high-level work from US clients with interests in the UK as well as individuals relocating to the UK or investing money in the UK. It also counts a significant number of high-net-worth individuals from the Nordic region among its clients, and has strong links with other regions such as Israel, the Middle East, the CIS and Southeast Asia as well as Latin America and Africa. The team regularly advises private banks and family offices on UK and international tax and structuring issues, and has increasingly been reviewing the structures of high-net-worth individuals and their businesses not only from a tax and estate planning perspective but also to assist clients in maintaining their positive reputations in the market. Clients include Arlington Investors Limited, Capital Trust Limited, and Soderberg & Partners. Associate Oliver Sharp is another key contact.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 6

McGuireWoods London LLP

McGuireWoods London LLP noted an uptick in foreign investor work during 2016, and the practice was active across a range of asset types for international investors, including student accommodation and care homes; in one key deal the team advised Arlington Investors on the acquisition of a Jersey SPV, holding a long leasehold interest in student accommodation premises in Ipswich. Another area of strength is advising corporate occupiers: Martin Barrett assisted Blackberry with the establishment of a new UK head office at the Pearce Building in Maidenhead, and also handled a number of matters for key client Astra Zeneca. In addition, Barrett was active in the residential development sub-sector, where he represented an investment company on the proposed development and sale of two residential towers.

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 3

McGuireWoods London LLP

McGuireWoods London LLP has extensive expertise in white-collar crime litigation, and is best known for advising corporates on a range of financial crime issues including competition, fraud, money laundering and market abuse. Vivian Robinson QC acts for both corporate and individual clients on regulatory compliance matters, and is involved in the training of senior corporate staff on bribery and corruption risk. David Kirk is the other key figure along with associate Andrew Thornton-Dibb, who has substantial experience in engaging with negotiators in respect of UK and EU legislative proposals.

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