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Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP

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Beijing, Brussels, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, Los Angeles and 4 more

The firm: Steptoe & Johnson UK LLP and Steptoe & Johnson LLP, its US affiliate, has over 450 lawyers Worldwide. The firm has gained an international reputation for vigorous representation of clients before governmental agencies, successful advocacy in litigation and arbitrations, and creative and practical advice in guiding business transactions. The London office provides large City firm expertise in a smaller environment. The firm has a strong international emphasis and provides a wide range of legal services to market leading businesses throughout the world.

Clients range in size from the largest international conglomerates to owner-managed businesses.

Types of work undertaken: Steptoe & Johnson UK LLP is a leader in providing legal services to clients in the following areas:

Arbitration: The firm is engaged in complex and cutting edge international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations.

Commercial Litigation: Representing major businesses in commercial litigation in the English courts and internationally. The firm has a well-established Russian litigation practice in the United Kingdom with

some of the most prominent lawyers in this field. It handles high-value complex international arbitrations and litigation arising from corporate and banking transactions and investigations connected to Russia and

the CIS.

Commercial Property: Steptoe’s London real estate team advises on a full range of property matters. Its experience includes large-scale development and regeneration projects (including offices, hotels, data centres, residential, industrial, warehousing and retail, commonly with a mix of a number of these uses), investment acquisitions and disposals, property finance, portfolio management, and complex property joint ventures.

Construction: Working closely with its property, infrastructure and finance teams, representing owners, engineering and construction firms on projects such as power plants, pipelines, roads, airports, seaports, telecommunications and offshore drilling, as well as residential and commercial property developments.

Corporate/Commercial: Takeovers and mergers, joint ventures (UK and cross-border), shareholder agreements and venture capital finance, public flotations including AIM listings, internet start-ups, EU law and international corporate structures, agency, distribution and finance.

Employment: Employee/employer relations, employment documentation, redundancy, termination packages, maternity, discrimination, TUPE and advocacy at trials.

EU Law: Anti-dumping and anti-subsidy proceedings, EU trade barriers regulation, and EU competition law with representations before the European Commission and the European courts.

Insurance & Reinsurance: Contentious and transactional insurance matters, including arbitration and litigation, policy drafting and negotiation, insurance regulatory issues, coverage investigations and alternative risk transfer (ART).

International Regulation & Compliance: Anti-corruption compliance and investigations (including issues arising under the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the UK Bribery Act and related US and

European anti-corruption laws), and export control and economic sanctions regulations.

International Trade: Regional and multilateral trade negotiations and disputes, and EU trade policy, customs matters and regulatory requirements.

White-Collar Criminal Defence: Guidance to companies and individuals on the interpretation and application of the UK statutory and common law dealing with fraud and corruption including the UK Bribery Act 2010, along with the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and related international

treaties and conventions. The team is able to offer integrated advice, under numerous legal regimes, on issues that go hand-in-hand with international fraud and corruption counselling and internal investigations, including multi-jurisdiction governmental enforcement risks and voluntary self-disclosure

strategies, maintaining compliance with European data protection and employment laws in the course of internal investigations.

Other offices: Beijing, Brussels, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, San Francisco, Washington DC

  • Number of UK partners: 16
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 17

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