Firm Profile > Allen & Overy LLP > London, England

Allen & Overy LLP
ONE BISHOPS SQUARE
LONDON
E1 6AD
England

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Acquisition finance Tier 1

The 'client friendly and responsive' team at Allen & Overy LLP provides 'very commercial' advice to borrowers and lenders on their acquisition finance needs, utilising financial products throughout the capital structure. The firm's longstanding and deeply entrenched relationships with many leading global commercial banks continue to generate a significant volume of high-value and complex sponsor and investment grade-led cross-border transactions, mandates that the firm is particularly well-positioned to advise on due to the depth of its finance practice around the world. Philip Bowden regularly advises banks on their most sophisticated acquisition finance mandates and draws on his deep well of knowledge across myriad financing products, including Term Loan B and hybrid leveraged and infrastructure finance techniques. Telecoms-related financings are also a key strength for Bowden, and this was recently underscored by his representation, alongside Matt Moore, of the arranger banks on the senior secured loan financings to facilitate the proposed merger of Virgin Media and O2 UK. On the borrower front, Robin Harvey has deep insight in to "what is market" within the private equity space and continues to handle a raft of mandates sourcing debt from the private credit and commercial bank space, including for Charterhouse Capital Partners and HG Capital. Denise Gibson  and Nicholas Clark  co-head the global leveraged finance offering which was recently strengthened by the arrival in May 2021 of Annette Kurdian  and Robert Burt  from Linklaters LLP. Their recruitment followed a number of departures, with former leveraged finance head Jonathan Brownson  and high yield specialist Jake Keaveny quitting for Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP in summer 2020,  with junior leveraged finance partner Joydeep Choudhuri following a few months later. Despite the exits, the team remains strong.

Practice head(s):

Denise Gibson; Nicholas Clark

Other key lawyers:

Robin Harvey; Philip Bowden; Simon Roberts; David Campbell; Annette Kurdian; Robert Burt; Greg Brown; Melissa Samuel; Cathy Bell-Walker; James Graham; Neil Sinha; Vanessa Xu; Matt Moore; Darren Hanwell; Jane Glancy

Testimonials

The most attentive and detail orientated partners I have ever worked with. They always put clients first.’

Communication, speed of delivery, proactiveness and knowledge of the market.’

The client-friendly and repsonsive team provides very commercial advice.’

‘Neil Sinha and Adam Zecharia – both excellent – stay across the detail, great market knowledge and very practical advice.’

‘Communication, speed of delivery, proactiveness, knowledge of the market’

Key clients

Bridgepoint

PAI Partners

HG Capital

H.I.G Capital

Providence Equity Partners/ Providence Strategic Growth

CVC Capital Partners

Charterhouse Capital Partners

Ardian

Exponent Private Equity

OMERS Private Equity

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 1

Co-headed from London by Simon Roberts and Philip Bowden, and also 'well placed to cater for all cross-border transactions' by dint of the firm's extensive international network of offices, Allen & Overy LLP's corporate lending team continues to be at the apex of the syndicated global loans market on behalf of the majority of major commercial and investment banks. Although the firm is well-placed to effectively resource much of the more commoditised investment grade lending work, in part due to the huge ranks of very capable and well-trained associates, clients also benefit from the reassurance that the 'clever and personable' team is also at the very cutting-edge of changes in the loans market. As well as the firm's work structuring some very complex and innovative ESG-related financings, this has also manifested itself in relation to the firm's work helping clients transition from LIBOR to new risk free rates. Greg Brown and senior associate Dominique Crowley have been central to the firm's work in this area and as well as effectively educating the market on this complex and dynamic subject, they have also been very active handling deals in the market and have advised on many of the first risk free rate syndicated loan transactions. Balancing 'superb technical skills with a high degree of practicality', David Campbell remains a favourite among banks lending to investment grade corporates due to his vast knowledge of the syndicated loan market, including on deals within the Nordic region. Melissa Samuel and newly promoted partner Jane Glancy are also recommended and 'help get deals over the line by seeing issues from both sides and coming up with solutions.'

Practice head(s):

Simon Roberts; Philip Bowden

Other key lawyers:

Greg Brown; David Campbell; Melissa Samuel; Jane Glancy; Oleg Khomenko; Catherine Lang-Anderson; Rebecca Noble; Dominique Crowley

Testimonials

The team is extremely client-friendly and easy to deal with. They are very responsive, clever and personable.’

‘The firm has an international spectrum of offices and is well placed to cater for all cross-border transactions. I am always impressed with the continuity of quality between offices that Allen & Overy manages to achieve.’

David Campbell is great. I really enjoy working with him. He has a great balance between having superb technical skills and being practical in his approach.’

‘Melissa Samuel and Jane Glancy show leadership on transactions… help get deals over the line by seeing issues from both sides and coming up with solutions.’

Dominique Crowley and Greg Brown were very much the first lawyers to get to grips with LIBOR discontinuation in the context of live transactions, advising upon and documenting many of the first risk free rate syndicated loan transactions. Dominique and Greg became the early experts on this complex and dynamic subject and their involvement in transactions was and remains invaluable.’

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 1

With an impressive roster of financial institutions among its clients, Allen & Overy LLP's litigation and investigations practice benefits from 'litigators who understand the pitfalls in banking litigation'. Calum Burnett leads the team which includes Andrew Denny who is noted for his 'strong track record in banking disputes' and is actively advising clients on the litigation risk associated with the IBOR transition. Other names to note include the 'fantastic' Mahmood Lone who acts for financial institutions in a range of disputes including those with allegations of fraud or mis-selling, and Arnondo Chakrabarti who combines banking litigation, contentious regulatory matters and corporate crime expertise. The arrival of the 'outstanding' Susanna Charlwood from Shearman & Sterling LLP boosts the group's contentious insolvency and restructuring practice which includes counsel Oliver Rule. The team counts aircraft finance disputes among its niche areas of expertise for which consultant Peter Watson and recently promoted counsel Helen Biggin are names to note.

Practice head(s):

Calum Burnett

Other key lawyers:

Mahmood Lone; Arnondo Chakrabarti; Andrew Denny; Susanna Charlwood; Jonathan Hitchin; Mahmood Lone; Oliver Troen; Oliver Rule

Testimonials

A&O are probably the best banking litigation outfit. The banking clients trust and rely on the litigators who understand the pitfalls in banking litigation.

A super team to whom the top clients turn to handle their most important banking matters.

Highly specialist. Very good knowledge of law and financial markets.’

Mahmood Lone: careful, diligent and effective in ensuring optimum results for clients. Arnondo Chakrabarti: effective team leader.’

Andrew Denny – an excellent lawyer with a strong track record in banking disputes. Jonathan Hitchin – an absolute delight to work with and a great strategist.

Mahmood Lone – he’s a fantastic partner. He’s cerebral and good humour and has the confidence of his clients. Oliver Troen – he’s a committed and clever associate. I enjoy working with him, as do the banking clients.

Mahmood Lone is a brilliant litigator. Andrew Denny is a very experienced and clever lawyer. Susanna Charlwood is outstanding, Clever, savvy and a delight to work with.’

Key clients

Citi

Banco San Juan Internacional Inc.

BNP Paribas

Deutsche Trustee Company Limited

Corporate governance Tier 1

Allen & Overy LLP leverages its global corporate practice, advising a growing number of FTSE 250 and FTSE 100 companies on governance and broader strategic issues. The firm combines a dedicated AGM and annual reporting practice with strong activist shareholder and ESG capabilities, alongside representing clients in contentious litigation relating to board-level disputes. The firm also provides strategic advice on issues such as board effective reviews, in collaboration with A&O Consulting. The team is jointly led by global corporate head Richard Cranfield, a trusted adviser to a number of listed companies and financial institutions; Richard Browne, who specialises in transactional work, including hostile takeovers; and Paul McCarthy, who heads up the incentives and executive remuneration practice. Matthew Townsend leads on ESG mandates, advising clients on the emerging regulatory landscape and compliance issues, while counsels Victoria Rankmore and Kate Astley play a key role in the firm's AGM and annual reporting offering.

Practice head(s):

Richard Cranfield; Richard Browne; Paul McCarthy

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Townsend; Victoria Rankmore; Kate Astley; David Broadley

Testimonials

David Broadley handles challenging board level issues with humour and patience whilst providing calm reassurance to occasionally nervous Directors. A welcome voice of reason, he is pragmatic and clear.

Kate Astley and Victoria Rankmore offer a very personal and friendly service. They have a deep knowledge of corporate governance issues and can be trusted to give pragmatic and timely advice. It is a pleasure to work with them.

A&O’s Corporate Governance practice is consistently impressive in balancing leading edge legal advice with unswerving pragmatism. The advice and reviews of public disclosures received in the unusual circumstances created by the Covid-19 pandemic have been extraordinarily helpful.

The team combines in-depth experience of M&A and corporate/governance transactions generally with a specialist knowledge of the financial services sector and building societies law specifically at a level which sets it apart from competitor firms. They are also able to combine and apply their knowledge with an approach that is unfailingly commercial in outlook which is particularly valuable where seeking advice on matters of strategic importance to the organisation.

Kate and Victoria were extremely helpful and efficient in assisting with advice relating to our Notice of Meeting/AGM/Annual Report. Their responsiveness is impressive given the amount of Notices/Annual Reports they are no doubt advising on simultaneously.

Well-organised as a team, work carried out at appropriate levels of experience and all staff approachable and helpful.

Key clients

Aviva

Direct Line

Great Portland Estates

Sage Group

TUI

Quilter (formerly Old Mutual Wealth)

Man Group

Pennon

SMBC

Apollo

W.L. Gore

Google

Rio Tinto

Pandora

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 1

Led from London by the ‘creative and solutions-orientedIan Field and Earl Griffith , and also able to deploy experts in complementary practice areas, including banking, litigation and corporate, Allen & Overy LLP‘s ‘practical and pragmatic‘ 12-partner restructuring team has the level of resources and expertise necessary to handle the largest and most complex mandates in the market. The firm’s engagement at the ‘cutting-edge of insolvency and restructuring‘ make it a natural choice for creditors and debtors on first-in-kind mandates, as was recently exemplified by Griffith’s representation of Virgin Atlantic on what was the UK’s first ever court sanctioned restructuring plan under the newly enacted Part 26A of the Companies Act. On the creditor front, as well as generating a significant flow of work by dint of its strong institutional banking ties, the team is also well-versed in advising funds  utilising an array of strategies to realise value from distressed scenarios. Randal Weeks  is pivotal to much of the firm’s bank-led restructuring work and also has niche expertise advising security agents and trustees on restructuring and insolvency matters. Other recommended practitioners include the ‘practical and pragmaticJennifer Marshall, who is ‘renowned across the industry as a go-to partner especially with unusual, complex situations’; Joel Ferguson, who as part of his diverse offering regularly advises administrators on enforcement and realisation strategies in formal insolvency contexts; and Tim Watson , ‘who thinks like an investor‘ (having previously worked in-house at a leading global investment management firm) and is thereby particularly well-suited to advising funds on distressed investments and restructuring.

Practice head(s):

Ian Field (Head of Global Restructuring Group); Earl Griffith (Managing Partner Restructuring Group)

Other key lawyers:

Randal Weeks; Jennifer Marshall; Tim Watson; Nick Lister; Hannah Valintine; Kathleen Wong; Joel Ferguson; Nick Charlwood; Lucy Aconley

Testimonials

Excellent and prompt service, the team goes the extra mile for the client.’

The practice is a senior, experienced team at the cutting-edge of insolvency and restructuring.’

Practical and pragmatic; hard-working and capable team; good bench-strength in the junior lawyers; collaborative; well connected to the market; innovative solutions for clients.’

Ian Field remains one of the most experienced restructuring partners in the market. He is creative and solutions-oriented.’

Jennifer Marshall – excellent leading lawyer; very easy to work with; thinks through the issues and comes up with practical and pragmatic solutions.’

Jennifer Marshall – deep commitment, strong technical skills and renowned across the industry as a go-to partner especially with unusual, complex situations.’ 

Tim Watson is very straightforward and easy to deal with. He thinks like an investor so knows the what we are looking out for and has usually pre-empted questions/concerns we might have.’

Nick Charlwood is very strong. He’s great at managing and driving work product for the client as well as negotiating solutions to difficult issues.’

Key clients

Virgin Atlantic Airways

KCA Deutag Group

INTU: Wells Fargo & Others

Co-ordinating group of bank creditors to Premier Oil

NMC Health

RCF Lenders to Technicolour

Enermech

Nynas AB

RCF Lenders New Look

ING

Debt capital markets Tier 1

Allen & Overy LLP is 'the best firm in the market, definitely in a league of its own over other Magic Circle firms'. Whether under English or US law, the firm is a leader in all aspects of the DCM space, from regulatory capital deals to hybrid bonds. Practice head Jonathan Melton leads 'a very strong team in breadth and depth, with some exceptional partners and associates'. Among them are Theo Trayhurn (who is 'an excellent sparring partner and is very good at drafting technical provisions') for regulatory capital issuance by financial institutions and high-profile blue chip corporate bond issues; Jamie Durham, who excels in equity-linked transactions and liability management; standout US securities partner Sachin Davé; key advisers to lead managers and issuers Tom Grant and Peter Crossan; head of the international capital markets knowhow and training team Amanda Thomas; and Daniel Fletcher, who focuses on raising and restructuring regulatory capital for banks, mutuals and insurance companies. Grant recently led a team advising BNP Paribas on the €4.75bn and £1.25bn dual-tranche issuance of hybrid bonds by BP plc.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Melton

Other key lawyers:

Theo Trayhurn; Jamie Durham; Sachin Davé; Tom Grant; Peter Crossan; Daniel Fletcher; Amanda Thomas

Testimonials

‘Allen & Overy is the best firm in the market for debt capital markets, definitely in a league of its own over other Magic Circle firms. The team are consistently strong across all product areas from US securities laws, liability management, bank capital and straight debt. They are a law firm that I trust 100% to do a good job on any transaction and it is always a pleasure to work with them. Outside of deal work they are very strong on know how as well as diversity.’

‘The standout individuals are as follows: Sachin Davé – US securities partner – Sach is very commercially minded as well as practical and responsive. He is my go-to partner for US law advice, particularly on emerging markets 144A deals. I have worked with Sach for over a decade and trust him and his team 100% to deliver a high-quality work product on time. Jonathan Melton – a very reliable and consistent UK partner who is not afraid to pick up the phone and give candid advice which is always appreciated. He has an excellent team including Tom Wilson and Stephanie Dee (both counsel, and both excellent lawyers) and he would be my first choice for any debt capital markets deal governed by English law. Jonathan is also very hands-on and unlike other partners is does not delegate and disappear.’

‘A&O still remains the number 1 DCM team. A very strong team in breadth and depth, with some exceptional partners and associates. Their professional support team is also worth highlighting for their participation in and driving forward of market standards.’

‘Tom Grant, Theo Trayhurn and Jamie Durham are all partners worthy of special mention. Amanda Thomas provides exceptional legal advice and market knowledge. All of them are go-to lawyers who are also a pleasure to work with.’

‘The pre-eminent of the UK Magic Circle firms when it comes to capital markets. Excellent team of partners who make a point of staying involved in their deals, very ably assisted by quality assistants who are clearly well trained. I always feel I am getting the best advice when I have instructed A&O.’

‘Jonathan Melton and his entire team of associates/consultants for investment grade ad EMK transactions and in particular liability management. Tom Grant and Dan Fletcher for bank capital and hybrid capital issues. Jamie Durham on EMK deals. All provide a sterling service.’

‘The team we work with is incredibly professional, knowledgeable, agile, pragmatic and solution driven. They strive to find a solution satisfactory to all parties in a timely manner. They understand the business and have a fantastic helicopter view of the market, able to tell us what financial institutions are doing in geographically comparable markets as well as across Europe, as the breadth of their business is amazing. The team works incredibly well together, making transition from one associate to the other virtually seamless. We have worked with many (if not all) of the other Magic Circle law firms, and A&O consistently comes out on top with the quality of the partner and overview, down to the senior associate, junior associate and trainee.’

‘Theo Trayhurn is our main partner contact, and he is amazing. He is always available if we need him, otherwise he is very good at delegating to members of his exceptional team. Theo is an excellent sparring partner and is very good at drafting technical provisions.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas

Nationwide Building Society

International Investment Bank (IIB)

Derivatives and structured products Tier 1

Allen & Overy LLP has 'a very deep bench and wide-ranging practice that is able to execute complex transactions'. The firm is involved in every area of the market, from regulatory and transactional matters to the development of innovative technology solutions to help clients navigate a rapidly changing trading environments. It also has one of the largest structured finance practices in London, with many leading experts in their fields. Emma Dwyer  leads the practice and is an expert on OTC derivatives regulation. Guy Antrobus is leading numerous matters relating to banks’ implementation of Initial Margin rules. Parya Badie is a leading adviser on credit risk-sharing transactions, bespoke OTC funding trades and structured credit and equity derivatives. David Benton is an renowned expert on credit derivatives. Paul Cluley is known for his derivatives transactional, contentious and advisory experience. Tony Drake-Brockman specialises in on and off balance sheet structured products and funded derivatives. Daniel Shurman is known for equity financings, particularly strategic corporate equity derivative, margin loan and structured repo and stock lending transactions. Richard Tredgett is a senior adviser on interest rate and currency hedging.

Practice head(s):

Emma Dwyer

Other key lawyers:

Guy Antrobus; Parya Badie; David Benton; Paul Cluley; Tony Drake-Brockman; Daniel Shurman

Testimonials

‘A very deep bench and wide-ranging practice that is able to execute complex transactions due to ability to add additional resource when necessary.’

‘Parya Badie and her team are one of our go-to teams for structured credit work. She has helped us close many flow (e.g. CLO asset swaps) and highly bespoke transactions successfully this year. The ease with which A&O can draw in specialists from other fields and colleagues in their overseas offices is sine qua non as the majority of our transactions now have some cross-product and cross-jurisdictional element.’

‘Parya Badie is highly competent and excellent at finding workable solutions to complex structuring problems, particularly for our TRS work. It has also been great to work with an intelligent lawyer with such a calm and patient telephone manner during the stress of lockdown!’

Key clients

AXA Bank Belgium S.A./N.V.

Banco de Sabadell S.A.

Credit Derivatives Determinations Committees (the DC)

Emerging markets Tier 1

Clients of Allen & Overy LLP praise the firm's 'precision, attention to detail and brilliant ability to protect lenders’ interests in every legal and commercial negotiation'. Emerging markets is a critical component in the firm's global strategy and, from London, the firm is heavily involved in many aspects of finance, corporate and projects work, notably in Africa, India and Central and Eastern Europe. Sanjeev Dhuna, who is chair of the India group, and Greg Brown, who handles commodities and asset financing matters, oversee the firm's emerging market work. The group calls upon the specific talents of partners from across the firm, including US-qualified international capital markets expert Sachin Davé, head of the export credit agency practice Lorraine Bayliss, co-head of the global projects group Tim Scales and upstream oil and gas expert Andrew Castle. Banking partner Kathleen Wong, debt specialist Jonathan Melton, Catherine Lang-Anderson, who handles trade and commodity finance work, and cross-border finance specialist Oleg Khomenko are also key to the practice.

Practice head(s):

Sanjeev Dhuna; Greg Brown

Other key lawyers:

Sachin Davé; Lorraine Bayliss; Tim Scales; Andrew Castle; Kathleen Wong; Jonathan Melton; Catherine Lang-Anderson; Oleg Khomenko

Testimonials

‘We were very happy with the services that they provided, their precision, attention to detail and a brilliant ability to protect lenders’ interests in every legal and commercial negotiation with our client. As an arranger and coordinator of syndicated transactions, one would look for certain key aspects in the lawyer’s services. Most importantly it is the ability to perform everything in accordance with the pre-defined timetable – irrespective of how voluminous the work may be. On the same page I should mention responsiveness, since the documentation process does not have clear working hours and (however wrong this may be) the ability of your lawyer to respond promptly and precisely is of high value.’

‘A key contact for our CIS transactions has been Oleg Khomenko, but the entire team has worked without any regard to the time of day and delivered every documentation unit in a timely manner. They were as responsive as one may expect on an urgent transaction and provided advice beyond what has been required of them. Often lawyers do not look beyond legal aspects of the documentation makeup, but A&O colleagues were quick to point out some gaps and irregularities in the commercial sphere too.’

‘Oleg Khomenko is always friendly and extremely knowledgeable, able to draw on from his experience working on other facilities of similar nature. His advice was highly regarded by all lenders in every discussion, where A&O took part. A&O’s trade mark comes with a sort of a guarantee of quality work, attention to every aspect of the deal and vast experience. Therefore it is fair to say that any person from this firm with whom we have worked always leaves a great impression.’

‘A strong practice with industry and geographical knowledge, particularly Andrew Castle and Kathleen Wong.’

Key clients

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

State Bank of India

Servizi Assicurativi del Commercio Estero (SACE)

Standard Chartered Bank

Citibank N.A.

ING Bank N.V.

Metinvest

The African Development Bank

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank (SMTB)

Employee share schemes Tier 1

Allen & Overy LLP, as a firm, is renowned for its expertise in handling big ticket transactions, and also has a particularly strong background in the financial services sector. Technology, industrials and retail are other areas of interest. The group has a substantive international reach and has advised WPP on its share plans which spanned over 90 jurisdictions. Another differentiator is its expertise in implementing equity incentive arrangements for senior executives. Practice head Paul McCarthy advises both public and private companies, with expertise in corporate transactions such as M&A and IPO.

Employers Tier 1

Offering clients ‘an exceptional level of service’, Allen & Overy LLP's employment practice has particular strength in the TMT and financial services sectors, in which it acts for myriad household names. Led by Sarah Henchoz, who is renowned for her knowledge of complex whistleblowing and discrimination disputes and investigations, the department handles the full suite of employer-related litigation, strategic advisory projects and transactional support. It has continued to see a rise in investigations work relating to sexual harassment, race and other cultural issues. ‘Extraordinary in terms of solution-finding', Karen Seward stars in contentious arises arising in the financial services space, not least in delicate boardroom issues, sensitive management challenges, and senior executive exits. Also crucial to this lively employment practice are the 'incisive' employment specalist Vicky Wickremeratne and Robbie Sinclair, who 'never sits on the fence and takes a firm view to guide clients through difficult matters'.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Henchoz

Other key lawyers:

Karen Seward; Robbie Sinclair; Vicky Wickremeratne; Sarah Hitchins

Testimonials

I have had the pleasure to work with the A&O team on a few matters and I honestly can’t think of anything on which they can improve. They are extremely responsive and provide advice that is pragmatic and tailored to the business’s needs. They are proactive and think of creative solutions when issues arise. A&O Employment provides an exceptional level of service and are now my preferred firm for legal matters.’

Robbie Sinclair is very straightforward and does not beat around the bush – he tells it like it is and that is very much appreciated. He never sits on the fence and takes a firm view to guide clients through difficult matters. I feel very safe in his hands. I find him to be the most responsive lawyer I have ever worked with which is pretty exceptional given his partner status.’

The team is notable for its breadth of knowledge, commercial approach and speed of attention.’

Karen Seward is extraordinary in terms of solution-finding, communication, knowing our business. Sarah Hitchin has been excellent in relation to regulatory issues.’

Excellent leadership from Vicky Wickremeratne, which remains in place even when the matter has been passed to her colleagues. She is incisive and available and sees the problem from the point of view of the employer/client. I have worked with a number of magic circle firms but Vicky stands out with her qualities.’

Of course, they know the law, but their breadth of knowledge of similar businesses and situations is outstanding. The speed of response is very good and the advice – which stretches beyond the merely legal – is of a high intellectual caliber.’

Key clients

Over 100 banks, building societies, insurers, asset managers, funds and benchmark administrators

Google

Sensyne Health

Liberty Global

Pennon

Apollo

Man Group

Swansea University

Environment Tier 1

Providing a wide range of regulatory advice as well as acting on major transactions, the team at Allen & Overy LLP is ‘very knowledgeable about the latest trends and developments’ in environmental law, with particular expertise in ESG and sustainable finance work. The team regularly acts for multinational clients on complex cross-border matters and collaborates with specialists in the firm’s global environmental, climate and regulatory law group. Matthew Townsend heads the team; he is a leading regulatory compliance lawyer, advising on issues that include carbon trading and climate change as well as chemicals and waste requirements. Senior associate Tom d’Ardenne handles different facets of environmental law, with particular expertise in REACH and producer responsibility. The growing team was strengthened at partner level with the promotion of Maeve Hanna in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Townsend

Other key lawyers:

Tom d’Ardenne; Sophie Davis; Maeve Hanna

Testimonials

‘Attentive, personable and resourceful.’

‘Matt Townsend leads an experienced team of environmental legal experts.’

‘Extremely generous with their time and support. Very knowledgeable about the latest trends and developments. Able to provide solid and commercial advice.’

‘REACH is a unique topic that not many firms have knowledge or expertise in. During times of uncertainty, the team is able to provide various options for consideration and recommend the most cost-effective and compliant options to us, which has added great value to our decision-making process.’

‘Matthew Townsend and Sophie Davis are both very patient in understanding the overall situation and provided prompt follow-up on issues that are unclear.’

‘They are knowledgeable and dependable. We particularly value Matthew Townsend, whose guidance has been invaluable.’

‘Matt Townsend and Maeve Hanna have in-depth knowledge and are commercial and pragmatic.’

Key clients

Equator Principles Association (EPA)

Pennon Group plc

Seagate Technology

Ramboll

Uniper

RNG Joint Stock Company

CLH

Sage

Quilter

TP ICAP

Direct Line

John Fisher & Sons

A10 Networks

Allnex

Seabank Power

Rio Tinto

Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG

Orsted Wind Power A/A

W. L. Gore & Associates

Green Investment Group Limited (GIG)

Macquarie Bank

Equity capital markets – mid-large cap Tier 1

Allen & Overy LLP has an outstanding track record in high-profile and complex IPOs and other equity fundraisings seen in the UK and EMEA. The London team has a mix of English and US securities law expertise, putting it on a strong footing to handle transactions of the utmost complexity and significance for corporate issuers, banks and financial advisers. The first-rate group includes US corporate finance partner Adam Wells and James Roe, who were among the advisers to the global coordinators and joint bookrunners, together with other syndicate members, on the IPO and listing on the Warsaw Stock Exchange of Allegro.eu in 2020; at the time of listing, this was the largest-ever IPO in Poland. In a more recent highlight, Michael Bloch and others acted for the underwriters (led by the joint global coordinators) on the offer of Global Depository Receipts by China Yangtze Power Co., Ltd and admission to trading on the Shanghai London Stock Connect Segment of the London Stock Exchange. David Broadley is the firm’s head of UK equity capital markets; Jeff Hendrickson and senior associate Eimear Coady are also recommended, as is recently promoted counsel Harsha Kumar.

Practice head(s):

David Broadley; Adam Wells

Other key lawyers:

James Roe; Jeff Hendrickson; Michael Bloch; Eimear Coady

Testimonials

They have the resources to deploy on large-scale equity fundraisings.’

James Roe acts as a “true adviser” – going above and beyond remit where required to enable the success of the transaction (in particular, being willing to lean in where other advisers are weak to hold their hand or keep them in check).’

Key clients

Moonpig

Exponent Private Equity

JDE Peet’s

JAB

Ninety One (formerly Investec Asset Management)

TP ICAP

SIG

Network International

Pennon Group

Premier Oil

The Gym Group

Hiscox

WH Smith

Euronext

Rolls Royce

TUI

TT Electronics

Sumo Group

Saudi British Bank (NatWest and Banco Santander S.A.)

Financial services: contentious Tier 1

Allen & Overy LLP's team is situated in the litigation and investigations department, representing global financial institutions in bet-the-company regulatory investigations and disputes. The group also has a strength in criminal issues, with experts in cases involving allegations of bribery, corruption, money-laundering antitrust and sanctions violations - areas of expertise for Eve Giles. Calum Burnett heads the group and is often called upon in cross-border regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings. Promoted to partner in May 2020, Sarah Hitchins is increasingly known for matters involving whistleblowing and non-financial misconduct. Mahmood Lone is an expert in benchmark rate manipulation cases.

Practice head(s):

Calum Burnett

Other key lawyers:

Eve Giles; Sarah Hitchins; Mahmood Lone; Arnondo Chakrabarti; Brandon O’Neil

Testimonials

Excellent technical expertise and industry knowledge. Go to firm for contentious financial services.’

Commercial and collaborative. Excellent team work.’

Great availability, go the extra mile, trusted advisors.’

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 1

According to clients, Allen & Overy LLP's team is 'very plugged into the financial services market and industry bodies', which gives it the edge across the area of financial regulation; handling issues relating to financial market infrastructure, prudential regulation, recovery and resolution planning, payment, fintech and consumer finance. Practice head Damian Carolan ('who always brings new perspectives or ideas to technical issues') is known for his work on derivatives and securities regulation and financial market infrastructure. 'Market leader' Bob Penn has developed a name for himself in work related to European financial services reform. 'Pro-active' Kate Sumpter is an expert in regulatory-driven structural change projects for international banks. Ben Regnard-Weinrabe has played an integral role in developing the firm's fintech regulatory offering. Senior associate Kelesi Blundell is building a broad, well-respected practice which includes advising on recovery and resolution planning and Brexit-related issues, while counsel Joanne Owens, who sits in the consumer finance group where she is an expert on retail financial services regulation. In May 2021, Nikki Johnstone, who is another key name in the fintech regulatory practice, was promoted to partner; while the group lost Etay Katz to Ashurst.

Practice head(s):

Damian Carolan

Other key lawyers:

Bob Penn; Kate Sumpter; Ben Regnard-Weinrabe; Nick Bradbury; Knox McIlwain; Nikki Johnstone; Joanne Owens; Kelesi Blundell

Testimonials

The team is very plugged into the financial services market and industry bodies, as well as having a strong network across Europe in respect of cross-border regulatory issues. They take a practical and pragmatic view within the scope of the regulatory landscape and generally have a client-friendly and approachable manner.’

I work a lot with Kate Sumpter who I find very approachable and pro-active in bringing issues to our attention. Kate has very good knowledge of financial regulation, as well as of the market and how regulation is applied in practice. Bob Penn is very plugged into industry bodies and I would regard as a market leader in this space. He is also a very engaging personally. Kelesi Blundell is a very strong associate in the team.’

They have a vast technical knowledge of all areas of EU and UK regulation and are always on the cutting edge of regulatory change.’

Damian Carolan is a good leader who always brings new perspectives or ideas to technical issues.’

The team has a combination of experts that work as one. Very well briefed and aligned with the task at hand with seamless execution. Guides management through issues well, looking at alternative solution to achieve the best outcome.’

Nick Bradbury has deep expertise in prime brokerage matters from a sell-side perspective. Highly technical yet very commercial at the same time and can arrive at creative and workable solutions to complex problems.’

Kate Sumpter was outstanding in ensuring the extremely tight schedule we had to operate within, to ensure continuity of operations, was adhered to.’

Key clients

SMBC

Standard Chartered Bank

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Pay.UK (formerly Bacs Payment Systems Limited)

Clearstream

Blackstone

LCH Clearnet

Nomura

BNP Paribas

MUFG

Man Group

Societe Generale

The Depository Trust And Clearing Corporation

Bank of China (UK) Limited

ICAP

Virgin Atlantic Group

Facebook

Paysafe & Skrill

Uber

eBay

Bofin

Edenred group (including Prepay solutions)

PagoFX

Fintech Tier 1

Allen & Overy LLP's strong connections with financial services authorities see it remain at the forefront of regulatory issues shaping the fintech arena. In addition, its regular involvement in major fintech projects ensures that the firm maintains a strong profile among traditional and emerging technology platforms. Ben Regnard-Weinrabe, who heads up the practice, focuses on payments, retail banking and consumer finance matters. Etay Katz left for Ashurst in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Ben Regnard-Weinrabe

Other key lawyers:

Jane Finlayson-Brown; Nikki Johnstone; William Samengo-Turner; Daniel Fletcher

Testimonials

‘Will Samengo-Turner has been a staunch supporter for us during a frantically busy year.’

‘Will Samengo-Turner remains extremely calm under pressure and has often made himself available on short notice where required.’

‘Working with Will Samengo-Turner feels like working with a colleague rather than an external adviser; he is very much an extension of the in-house team and is as aligned with our goals as we are.’

‘Will Samengo-Turner resources work very effectively, ensuring that the associates that work with us are well briefed and not stretched too thin across other client work.’

Key clients

Nomura

Four Seasons Hotels

Axis Bank

Mubadala

The Co-operative Group

Nokia

Sage

Nikon

News UK

HP

Photobox / Moonpig

Rimini Street

Royal Bank of Canada

Royal Mail

IMI Precision Engineering

Ness

Incomm Payments

Columbia Threadneedle

Fraud: civil Tier 1

Known for its multijurisdictional expertise, Allen & Overy LLP is well regarded for its 'strength in depth, and the ability to field a team with capacity to analyse and handle the largest, most difficult and complex matters'. Drawing from the firm’s strength in white-collar crime and commercial litigation, the practice handles a range of fraud issues notably asset tracing, bribery, embezzlement, deceit and corruption, as well as being active in interlocutory matters, including freezing, disclosure, search and seizure orders. Jonathan Hitchin is a senior litigator with experience handling fraud matters. He leads the team that includes counsel Helen Biggin, who advises on complex, multijurisdictional fraud claims for claimants and defendants, as well as assisting corporates on internal fraud investigations. Another key name in the area is senior associate Juliet de Pencier, who focuses on cross-border dispute resolution and enforcement, with a specialisation in civil fraud.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Hitchin

Other key lawyers:

Juliet de Pencier; Helen Biggin; Lawson Caisley

Testimonials

‘I have frequently worked with the A&O Civil Fraud litigation team on complex commercial fraud claims. They are an outstanding team, of consistent first class talent. They have strength in depth, and the ability to field a team with capacity to analyse and handle the largest, most difficult and complex matters.’

‘I have particularly worked recently with Lawson Caisley and Juliet de Pencier, and they are outstanding.’

Key clients

Deutsche Trustee Company Limited

Eni SpA

Infrastructure Tier 1

The broad infrastructure practice at Allen & Overy LLP covers infrastructure fundraising for greenfield and brownfield, PPP, acquisitions, refinancing and sales. The firm advises on all infrastructure asset classes including airports, roads and tunnels, rail, ports, social, utilities, renewables and digital infrastructure. A distinguishing factor of the practice is its ‘incredible ability to work to tight time frames and still provide extremely high quality advice’. David Lee specialises in infrastructure and energy related matters, acting for sponsors, funders and the public sector. He co-leads the team with Sara Pickersgill, who handles  domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, auction sale processes and consortium arrangements across the spectrum of infrastructure, energy, utilities, telecoms and digital infrastructure asset classes.

Practice head(s):

David Lee; Sara Pickersgill

Other key lawyers:

Fatima Shawaf; Richard Browne; Claire Coppel; Tim Conduit

Testimonials

‘Tim Conduit is an exceptional lawyer and is very astute. Tim understands the needs of his clients and strives to find the simplest and most effective solutions to any structural issue a transaction may face’.

‘The team have built up a very good relationship with the business on a number of levels over a short period of time and working remotely’.

‘The team was a combination of Richard Browne Claire Coppel and I thought they worked extremely well together.  Richard was able to give our PLC Board the comfort of senior knowledge and experience when needed and Claire was able to actively manage the transaction’.

‘They are very in touch, sensible and highly commercial. They have an incredible ability to work to tight timeframes and still provide extremely high quality advice. They are also a lovely, friendly team who are a pleasure to work with’.

‘Sara Pickerskill always seems to know the right answer or the right approach. You want her on your team’.

‘Fatima Shawaf  – very thorough, co-operative, hard-working, top rate’.

Key clients

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (Europe) Limited (MIRA)

Ventient Energy s.a.r.l

Ardian

AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets

AIP Management

Hitachi Rail

First Sentier Investors

Equitix

Green Investment Group (GIG)

3i Infrastructure plc

Insurance litigation: for policyholders Tier 1

Praised for its ‘strength and diversity of experience in all aspects of contentious insurance’, Allen & Overy LLP acts for policyholders in insurance litigation matters involving directors and officers (D&O), professional indemnity, business interruption claims and fraud cases. The team is well-placed to draw on the firm’s capital markets, finance, tax and regulatory expertise, and acts for clients in arbitration proceedings, as well as court cases. ‘Highly experiencedJoanna Page, who works across a broad range of insurance matters, jointly heads the practice with ‘razor sharpRichard Farnhill, who has expertise in the overlap between insurance and financial services disputes. Counsel Russell Butland is also a key contact in the team.

Practice head(s):

Richard Farnhill; Joanna Page

Other key lawyers:

Russell Butland

Testimonials

‘A cohesive team with talent throughout. Partners who manage well but also understand the detail and associates who are brilliant lawyers and magnificently committed to their client’s cause.’

‘Richard Farnhill has a razor sharp intellect and an ability to grasp complex issues at lightning speed. His calm and professional demeanour in stressful times qualifies him as our go-to lawyer for exceptionally difficult contractual issues.’

‘Strength and diversity of experience in all aspects of contentious insurance, unusual in my experience in magic circle firms for whom insurance is often a blind spot.’

‘Joanna Page – a highly experienced, calm and effective team leader.’

‘This team, being very coherent and collaborative in its approach and engagement at all levels, operate at a level cut above the rest. Their approach to problem solving is highly commendable, and contains a hard-to-come-by composition of legal knowledge with practical commercial considerations. Richard Farnhill’s strategic approach is perpetually out of the box. The team deploys technology successfully in running matters over a geographically diverse area, which has been invaluable in responding to travel and communications limitations during the pandemic.’

‘Russell Butland – Strikingly able and tests every angle of an issue, with great results.’

Key clients

The Prudential Assurance Company Limited

Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 1

Allen & Overy LLP, which is equally strong undertaking life and non-life insurance mandates, is prominent in some of the largest UK and international M&A deals in the industry. The firm also has a stand out reputation advising clients on longevity swap and longevity risk transfer transactions; Kate McInerney is a key contact in this space. In addition, advice on regulatory issues (including on Solvency II matters) is another driver of activity. Philip Jarvis, who is the global head of the insurance practice, advises clients on insurance derivatives, outsourcing of insurance services and distribution agreements, among other matters. Parya Badie, Tom Grant and Daniel Fletcher are other key individuals.

Practice head(s):

Philip Jarvis

Other key lawyers:

Kate McInerney; Parya Badie; Tom Grant; Daniel Fletcher

Testimonials

Remarkable ‘can do’ attitude and problem solving abilities. Honest about fees; no attempt at undue renegotiations.’

Philip has an excellent commercial understanding of key insurance matters, from a technical, commercial and regulatory perspective, in part due to his past experience in the insurance industry. He has a calm and thoughtful (rather cerebral) approach to problem solving, which was particularly helpful in coordinating our interactions with multiple regulators.

Motivated and proactive. The team was appropriately leanly staffed, which ensured the transaction was managed and progressed very efficiently.’

Philip Jarvis was heavily involved, in the detail and was readily available. His advice was thoughtful and pragmatic.

Deep knowledge of the transactional insurance space.’

Philip Jarvis brings a thoughtful and well-rounded point of view, weighing up the legal position against commercial imperatives and always seeking to enable us to strike the appropriate balance.’

Strong in corporate insurance work with a regulatory backdrop. Commercial and pragmatic approach. Good at listening to client requirements and adapting their approach as needed in terms of how we work together, resourcing, fees.’

Key clients

Aviva

Prudential

Aegon/Scottish Equitable

Allianz

MS&AD Insurance Group

Reinsurance Group of America

Hiscox

Rothesay Life

Sampo and Rand Merchant Investments

Cinven

CPDQ

Athene

Lloyds Banking Group Pensions Trustees Limited

The Trustee of the UBS (UK) Pension and Life Assurance Scheme

Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 1

Leveraging its significant global footprint, Allen & Overy LLP’s London IP litigation practice has been making an impact in expansive, multijurisdictional patent litigation for global telecoms and technology clients. Neville Cordell ('an extremely sophisticated and astute lawyer'), Mark Heaney ('a ferocious appetite to ensure the best outcome for his clients'), 'class act' Mark Ridgway and the 'bright, extraordinarily charming and tactically astute' senior associate James Fox continue to be instructed on big-ticket FRAND and SEP litigation for household-name companies. Marjan Noor and senior associate Rafi Allos have secured numerous wins in the life sciences sector relating to UK patent revocation actions. The firm's dedicated transactional IP offering includes co-head Jim Ford, who acts for cutting-edge AI companies, and Nigel Parker, who is noted for handling strategic collaborations and M&A deals for pharmaceuticals and biotechnology clients. Bespoke in-house technology tools such as the A&O Collaborate platform — which senior associate Zoe Grant advised on the development of — assist with multijurisdictional patent coordination projects. Marc Döring has retired from the firm.

Practice head(s):

David Stone; Jim Ford

Other key lawyers:

Neville Cordell; Mark Heaney; Mark Ridgway; James Fox; Marjan Noor; Rafi Allos; Nigel Parker; Zoe Grant

Testimonials

I can say without hesitation that Allen & Overy should undoubtedly be listed amongst the top three firms in this category. They have a whole suite of young, hard-working and strategically astute partners who have lifted the firm to the summit of IP litigation in this country.

Mark Ridgway – A class act from start to finish and everything in between. From initial advice through to conclusion of the trial, Mark should be your first port of call for any patent litigation.

Neville Cordell – An extremely sophisticated and astute lawyer.

Mark Heaney – Combines his incredible technical knowledge with a ferocious appetite to ensure the best outcome for his clients. You want Mark on your side for any high-tech litigation, you definitely don’t want him against you.

James Fox – Bright, extraordinarily charming and tactically astute. An outstanding associate who is destined not to be one for much longer!

The outstanding features of Allen & Overy are its multidisciplinary capabilities on an international scale.  A&O really do have direct access to specialists in all areas of the law on an international scale. This makes the firm outstanding in handling cases which have an international dimension and/or those which engage a range of legal issues outside of TMT/IP.

Marjan Noor is a stand out partner. She gets very involved in the case and manages at the right level. She is also very good at providing realistic budgets, which is refreshing and helpful for in-house counsel.

Key clients

Airbus

Bayer

Eli Lilly

GlaxoSmithKline

Huawei

Liberty Global

Regeneron

Samsung

Zimmer Biomet

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 1

Leading a hugely successful global IP practice at Allen & Overy LLP, the 'incredibly bright and engaging' David Stone represents an impressive roster of sports clubs, entertainment companies and electronics multinationals in high-profile trade mark infringement and passing off litigation. The team has a notable trade secrets offering, having recently defended medical devices manufacturers in complex litigation, with the 'incredibly bright and charming' Neville Cordell a key figure. The commercial IP element is equally as broad under Jim Ford and Nigel Parker, whose client portfolio comprises impressive names in technology, pharmaceuticals and automotives. Stone also leads on design rights litigation. Financial services is also a strong sector, with new client wins continually being added to the roster. Impressive senior associate Adrian Dykes directly assists prestigious clients including Coca-Cola, Warner Media and Samsung. The practice is heavily invested in Allen & Overy’s Fuse platform, which assists innovative tech startups with legal and regulatory guidance.

Practice head(s):

David Stone; Jim Ford

Other key lawyers:

Neville Cordell; Jim Ford; Nigel Parker; Adrian Dykes

Testimonials

Experienced team with great knowledge and calm approach to complexity.

Jim Ford leads the team with a calm confidence.’

Led by the high-profile David Stone and supported by the incredibly bright and charming Neville Cordell, Allen & Overy are streets ahead of their peers in this area. This is evidenced by the quality of their clients.

David Stone combines every skill a client could wish for – and more. An incredibly bright and engaging partner who is very much at the top of his game and should be a first choice when it comes to heavyweight soft IP litigation.

Very experienced, knowledgeable lawyers who take great care in the way in which they manage a case and ensure that their clients’ needs are met. They are all very pleasant to work with and I would say that they are one of the leading firms in IP.

I have worked with David Stone and Adrian Dykes from Allen & Overy for many years, both whom I respect greatly. They are both very pleasant people to work with in terms of their personalities but also their abilities. They are both very intelligent, knowledgeable lawyers who take great care and pride in the work they do. Their work product is done to a high standard and you feel that the attention that is required on any particular task has been carried out properly.

Key clients

McDonald’s

Coca-Cola

Samsung

GlaxoSmithKline

Manchester United

Tesco

Warner Media

Gibson Brands

Marks & Spencer

Imperial Brands

PayPal

Virgin Media

Islamic finance Tier 1

Allen & Overy LLP's first-rate team in London is a core part of the firm's global Islamic finance practice, which advises Islamic banks, export credit agencies and corporate borrowers on a wide range of innovative transactions. Jamie DurhamSajjad Khoshroo and Sajjad Juma are key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Jamie Durham; Sajjad Juma; Sajjad Khoshroo

Life sciences and healthcare Tier 1

Allen & Overy LLP has 'a Rolls-Royce team for the very biggest and most important disputes', while also expertly handling substantial transactional mandates. London commercial IP head Jim Ford is co-chair of the global life sciences group, working in tandem with Laëtitia Bénard in Paris. IP litigator Marjan Noor is highly regarded for her 'unparalleled experience combined with warmth and tenacity'; she is one of a number of key names in a team which is able to handle the full spectrum of matters for life sciences clients, covering corporate, commercial, IP, finance, capital markets and disputes. Notable recent work has included advising GlaxoSmithKline on a €1bn deal with German biotech company CureVac to co-develop mRNA-based vaccines for infectious diseases - for that, Noor, corporate partner Matthew Appleton and IP specialist Nigel Parker led a large team which also included highly regarded senior associate Rafi Allos (described as 'a partner of the future'). Mark Ridgway and Neville Cordell are key names for patents and trade secrets litigation

Practice head(s):

Jim Ford

Other key lawyers:

Marjan Noor; Matthew Appleton; Mark Ridgway; Neville Cordell; Nigel Parker; Rafi Allos

Testimonials

‘Marjan Noor is treated as royalty in this field, and rightly so. She is technically exceptional, strategically thoughtful, and a warm, considerate client partner: the full suite of skills one could ask for.’

‘Rafi Allos is a superb associate with extraordinary technical ability who is destined to be a quite exceptional figure in this field before very long at all.’

‘Mark Ridgway is an incredibly engaging personality, whose strategic prowess and can-do attitude make him the first port of call for heavyweight patent litigation in this jurisdiction.’

‘Marjan Noor is one of the country’s leading pharmaceutical specialists. Her experience, calming manner, tactical awareness and industry knowledge ensure that she retains her position as one of the highest-profile lawyers in the sector. Not just here, but globally.’

‘Marjan Noor is a standout partner.  She has great experience and provides excellent client service making time for the clients and understands client’s commercial end goal.

‘Stand out partner – Marjan Noor. Nobody understands the needs of the client more and gives 125% to every one.’

‘Jim Ford is great to work with. He is very knowledgeable in the life sciences space, not only on the laws themselves but on the market practice in the sector. He is able to draw on that to provide well-reasoned and pragmatic advice.’

‘Marjan Noor  – one of the unsung heroes of the life sciences IP litigation field. Such a nice person to work with, she holds the whole litigation team together making the whole process so easy. Rafi Allos is a partner of the future. He has all the client service skills combined with a real understanding of the litigation process. He is the crucial link between client, solicitor team and barrister team. I can’t think of anyone who holds that role better in any firm.’

Key clients

GlaxoSmithKline

Eli Lilly

Regeneron

Grünenthal

Johnson & Johnson

Merck Sharpe & Dohme

Exscientia

BTG

Circassia

Pfizer

Oil and gas Tier 1

Allen & Overy LLP's team has extensive expertise in the full lifecycle of oil and gas assets. The practice handles significant international financing transactions across upstream and midstream oil works, and continues to be strong in greenfield development work. Widely considered a market leader in this space, Troy Edwards now leads the group alongside energy disputes lawyer Mark Levy, with the team advising governments, lenders and developers on large-scale energy projects. Lorraine Bayliss is the name to note for ECA financings, and has a broad practice handling international project finance matters and secured lending transactions for both borrowers and lenders in the power, infrastructure and oil and gas markets. Other key members of the practice include Andrew CastleJohn Geraghty and global managing partner Gareth Price. Associate Cathy Gilmartin is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Troy Edwards; Mark Levy

Other key lawyers:

John Geraghty, Lorraine Bayliss; Tom Betts; Cathy Gilmartin

Testimonials

‘John Geraghty, Tom Betts and Cathy Gilmartin were a unified team who delivered us a great outcome on the realisation of our investment in a very tight timeline. they were highly engaged, creative in drafting, worked seamlessly with other advisers and across timezeones. All three were outstanding – creative, engaged, diligent, thorough and measured.’

Key clients

TAPI Pipeline Company Limited

Noble Energy Mediterranean Ltd

GemCorp Capital LLP

Nigeria LNG Limited

Kerogen Capital

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 1

Allen & Overy LLP's pensions teams offers 'technically excellent' practitioners that have advised on a number of industry significant matters in recent times. The firm's non-contentious practice offers a 50/50 split between employer and trustee clients, with the team advising on areas of pensions law such as liability management, board-level strategic advice, and rectification projects with significant financial risk. Andy Cork is a key player in the practice and advises some of the UK's largest pensions funds. The wider practice is led by Neil Bowden and the team was recently involved (in both a contentious and non-contentious capacity) in the industry test case regarding Guaranteed Minimum Pension (GMP) equalisation, representing Lloyds Banking Group Pensions Trustees. Bowden and Jane Higgins, boast significant experience in both non-contentious and dispute resolution work and 'personify the best attributes of a partner.' Jason Shaw's extensive pensions litigation experience continues to support the centious part of the practice. 'Reliable'  technical expert Jessica Kerslake was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

Neil Bowden

Other key lawyers:

Andy Cork; Jane Higgins; Jessica Kerslake

Testimonials

‘I have always found the Allen & Overy team to be very pragmatic in their approach’

‘The A&O team are truly collaborative with a great depth of talent and expertise.’

 

Key clients

Lloyds Banking Group Pensions Trustees Limited

The Trustee of the BT Pension Scheme

The Trustee of the ICI Pension Fund

The Trustee of the Pfizer Group Pension Scheme

The Trustee of the Thomson Corporation Pension Scheme (Thomson Reuters)

RSA Insurance Group plc

Prudential Plc

ASDA Stores Limited

Co-operative Group Limited

News UK

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 1

Allen & Overy LLP's practice group is singled out for its strength in greenfield developments, and advises clients on the full lifecycle of energy assets, including financings, international transactions, and construction matters. The team handles a wide range of matters across emerging markets, particularly in the Middle East, and has been advising UAE client Masdar on the £466m refinancing of its equity stake in London Array. The practice is co-led by Troy EdwardsMark Levy and Judith Kim, and includes industry expert Chris Andrew, oil and gas lawyer Andrew Castle, and Sheila Connell. Thermal power and renewables work is led by Mark Walker. Former energy co-head Gareth Price is now the magic circle firm's global managing partner, but maintains a busy practice. The team also recently bolstered its global project finance and renewables offering with the hire of a six-partner team from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in the US.

Practice head(s):

Troy Edwards; Mark Levy; Judith Kim

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Castle; Chris Andrew; Gareth Price; Sheila Connell; Mark Walker

Testimonials

‘A professional set of lawyers dedicated to quality service delivery to the clients.’

‘Knowledgeable in the relevant areas and extremely professional in their approach towards managing the sponsors and the lenders.’

Key clients

Ørsted

Masdar Energy

GIG / Macquarie

NNB Generation

Property finance Tier 1

The sizeable real estate finance team at 'top-tier firmAllen & Overy LLP is 'by far and away the best in terms of expertise, client service and commercial advice' and its 'ability to project manage multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional matters is key'. The team handles senior, mezzanine and development financing, the sale and acquisition of real estate loan portfolios, and complex financings and restructurings across Europe. Following the retirement of Arthur Dyson, the team is led by the 'truly exceptionalMark Manson-Bahr, who is adept in transactions in the pan-European arena, and Simon Roberts, who acts for both banks and borrowers, with expertise in advising banks on large-scale real estate loan portfolio transactions. Among other key contacts, David Oppenheimer has a broad client base and wide-reaching expertise in complex transactions, and Peter Mailer, who was promoted to partner in May 2020, is active in national and cross-border mandates.

Practice head(s):

Simon Roberts; Mark Manson-Bahr

Other key lawyers:

David Oppenheimer; Peter Mailer; Lucy Oddy; David Varne

Testimonials

‘Top-tier firm. Excellent technical knowledge and very deep market knowledge. They operate very efficiently but without any reduction in the quality of service or responsiveness.’

‘They have great depth in practice and the right balance in terms of strong experienced partners and dynamic hardworking young partners and associates. There are only a few firms that can genuinely deliver large pan-European complicated deals and A&O lead the pack. Their strength in Europe is standout and their ability to project manage multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional matters is key. The team also benefits from experience not only in property finance but leverage, corporate and restructuring matters, with multiple partners experienced in more than one of these areas. If a deal has a hybrid element – which is becoming more and more common – this team is very well placed to do this work and well. In addition to having the knowledge and market experience to assist clients at all levels, they are also very commercial, approachable and good at relationships.’

‘I have known the team a long time but they consistently perform at a high standard. I have the utmost confidence in their expertise, knowledge and capacity to get a transaction done within a tight timescale.’

‘What stands out is the breadth and depth of the team. By far and away the best in terms of expertise, client service and commercial advice.’

‘David Oppenheimer’s star continues to rise. He is simply a great lawyer. He has the right balance of technical excellence, commercial acumen and approachability. Both the commercial teams and the in-house lawyers love working with him. Peter Mailer is one of the best lawyers we have worked with technically and one of the most approachable. He makes complex matters understandable for clients. Peter has a strong future ahead of him. David Varne is a very impressive lawyer. His presence leading on some of the largest pan-European commercial real estate financings over the last few years makes him stand out.’

‘David Oppenheimer and Simon Roberts have been the lead partners for all our transactions so far. They have always provided top-quality advice when required.’

‘Mark Manson-Bahr is truly exceptional. He reads every word, sweats the detail but is commercial and gets the job done with minimum fuss and drama. Always comes in on cost. Best value in the City.’

‘Peter Mailer is very commercial. He provides pragmatic solutions, has excellent technical knowledge, and is very responsive.’

Public international law Tier 1

Allen & Overy LLP's 'uniquely varied practice' covers the full range of public international law (PIL) matters for states and international organisations, including financial institutions. In addition to representing clients in litigation and investment treaty arbitration cases, the team is highly rated for its expertise in international business-related human rights law, sanctions regimes, sovereign immunity and state succession issues, along with trade and WTO matters. 'Excellent advocate' Mark Levy QC leads the PIL practice in London, which includes Suzanne Spears, who co-heads the firm's global business and human rights group with Andrew DennyJames Freeman acts for clients in high-profile investment treaty arbitration cases. Matthew Townsend is a co-head of the global sanctions practice and also has notable expertise in export controls, customs law and trade agreements, among other matters. Kate Davies and counsel Sarah Garvey are other names to note. In 2020, Naomi Briercliffe and Guled Yusuf were promoted to counsel.

Practice head(s):

Mark Levy QC

Other key lawyers:

Suzanne Spears; Andrew Denny; James Freeman; Matthew Townsend; Kate Davies; Sarah Garvey; Katrina Limond; Naomi Briercliffe; Guled Yusuf

Testimonials

The team has a uniquely varied practice in public international law, including human rights, international trade and investment treaty arbitration.

The best corporate law firm in London on business and human rights.

Their team is broad and any specialist knowledge can be easily found within the firm. Furthermore, I got the impression of excellent teamwork within the firm.

Mark Levy QC is an excellent advocate and very client friendly. He’s a great strategic thinker and always one step ahead of his opponents.

Andrew Denny – very strong across all areas, and thoughtful and knowledgeable.

Suzanne Spears is the best corporate lawyer on business and human rights – exceptionally talented and engaging; she is also highly efficient and has relevant legal knowledge based on her involvement in other cases of a similar nature.

I would specifically cite counsel Naomi Briercliffe for her outstanding service and work.

Counsel Guled Yusuf is a future leader in the field, standing out for his expertise in international law and international arbitration – an outstanding lawyer and a pleasure to work with!

Key clients

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

UniCredit

Genossenschaft Elektra Baselland

United Arab Emirates

Bridgepoint Capital

Republic of Korea

The Kingdom of Morocco

Federal Republic of Somalia

RWE Innogy

Real estate funds Tier 1

Allen & Overy LLP maintains an active practice on behalf of major institutional fund managers, for whom it advises on operational issues and secondary investments of existing funds. It has also advised on launches of new distressed asset funds during the Covid-19 pandemic. Elsewhere, the firm has an active investor-side practice, and it advises international financial institutions on capital commitments and fund strategies. The team is led by Matthew Huggett, who acts for fund clients on high-value capital raisings and investments. Nick Williams works with major institutional managers on capital raisings and major joint ventures. Paul Sampson undertakes a mix of sponsor and investor-side mandates. Dominic Von Wulffen has notable regulatory expertise, including AIMFD structuring, while senior associate Emma Danforth has a growing practice handling club deals, joint ventures and fund-of-fund arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Huggett

Other key lawyers:

Paul Sampson; Nick Williams; Dominic von Wulffen; Emma Danforth

Testimonials

I really enjoy working with the A&O team – they are professional but friendly and ultimately the standard of work is always high.

Dominic and Matt have provided top-drawer client service and engagement.

Dominic Von Wulffen – always on top of matters, quick off the mark and truly reliable.

Key clients

Nuveen Real Estate

Hines

Aviva Investors

CQS

Cairn Capital

International Finance Corporation

Electra Private Equity

Macquarie

Meyer Bergman

Schroders

Goodman

M&G

Cain International

Corestate

Securitisation Tier 1

'The securitisation team is top-notch, with an excellent grasp of legal issues but also of the commercial and soft transactional issues', says a client of Allen & Overy LLP. The firm excels in all areas of the securitisation market across all asset classes, though it has particular expertise in whole business securitisations and corporate structured funding, including infrastructure and project bond-related work, and it is a leading legal advisor in the covered bonds market. Salim Nathoo leads the global securitisation group, which has a very deep bench of partner talent in London. Tim Conduit is particularly skilled in financing in the project and infrastructure sector, while Lucy Oddy frequently advises financial institutions, funds, private equity firms and corporates on asset-backed transactions. Sally Onions acts across the securitisation space, her work spanning covered bonds, consumer loans, RMBS, CMBS and auto-financings. Tom Constance advises on both term and conduit financings, while Franz Ranero and Suril Patel focus on CLOs. Newly promoted partner Iona Misheva, who is 'client-focused, very thorough and collaborative', handles commercial real estate, whole business, receivables and residential mortgage transactions.

Practice head(s):

Salim Nathoo

Other key lawyers:

Tim Conduit; Lucy Oddy; Sally Onions; Tom Constance; Franz Ranero; Suril Patel; Iona Misheva; Poppy Latham; Alex Moezi; Josephine Suen

Testimonials

‘The team is extremely knowledgeable but also commercially minded. They are hardworking and available to their clients.’

‘Lucy Oddy is a standout partner who is well respected in her field. A&O associates Poppy Latham, Josephine Suen are also great.’

‘A&O’s securitisation team is top-notch. Excellent grasp of legal issues but also of the commercial and soft transactional issues which enables them to add great value to a transaction beyond drafting of documentation and providing legal advice. Great partner in structuring deals and helping make sure they get done!’

‘Great credit goes to Alex Moezi who has led the A&O team and is always there to get stuck in, no matter how complex the problems is! Great attention to detail and excellent at running a smooth and efficient process while helping to think through commercial and strategic issues along the way.’

‘Strong intellectual capability, thorough and good market knowledge across different sectors. Flexible on fees.’

‘Iona Misheva is client-focused, very thorough and collaborative. She is pleasant to work with, is across all the documentation from top to bottom, and provides a great service. She is also happy to give free advice, and always has time to have a chat to pick her brains, which is useful in the current environment.’

‘The team we use is extremely client-focused. They make themselves available, and make us feel like we are their only client and they have our best interests at heart.’

‘Iona Misheva makes us feel like we are her only, most important and favourite client. She makes herself available, and will always work with us for a solution. She represents our interests with a brand that we want. Poppy Latham – associate. She is client friendly, knowledgeable, thoughtful and responsive. She is also a delight to work with.’

Key clients

JP Morgan

One Savings Bank

Goldman Sachs

NatWest Markets

Coventry Building Society

PIMCO

HSBC

Liberty Global

Eurobank

TwentyFour Asset Management

Trade finance Tier 1

Allen & Overy LLP is known worldwide for its expertise in banking and finance, and its work in trade, commodities and export finance is of the highest calibre, due to its involvement in the most high-profile and innovative deals in the market. In 2020, the firm acted for DnB ASA, Norway's largest financial services group, in a $5bn revolving credit facility for Lundin Energy AB, and assisted IFC with a $2bn working capital facility programme to provide funding to emerging banking clients for on-lending to small to medium-sized businesses. Catherine Lang-Anderson, who is 'an incredible lawyer, very commercial and good with people' and Greg Brown, who 'goes above and beyond to close out a deal', are the lead practitioners, with support from derivatives specialists Richard Tredgett and Daniel Shurman. 'The team is dedicated and focused - the market leader', remarks one client.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Lang-Anderson; Greg Brown; Richard Tredgett; Daniel Shurman

Testimonials

‘The team combines in-depth technical legal expertise with a keen understanding of the market and commercial realities. They are therefore able to consistently provide top-notch value-add advice.’

‘The team is dedicated and focused – the market leader.’

‘A very experienced and pragmatic team.’

‘We work closely with Greg Brown and Catherine Lang-Anderson, both at the top of their game. We work with several of their competitors, none of which come close. Both partners have an excellent understanding of client objectives; go above and beyond to close out a deal even against challenging time-frames and often difficult counterparties.’

‘Catherine Lang-Anderson is an incredible lawyer, very commercial and good with people. She is brilliant at coming up with innovative solutions to issues that crop up in deals.’

Key clients

ING Bank

SMTB

Metinvest B.V.

Trafigura

IXM S.A.

SMBC

Trade and Development Bank (TDB)

VTB Bank

Gunvor International B.V.

Natixis

Stemcor

Transport finance and leasing Tier 1

Benefiting from vast industry knowledge and also able to draw upon the firm's strength in various complementary practice areas, including capital markets and restructuring, Allen & Overy LLP's five-partner team is well-positioned to advise a varied mix of stakeholders across the full range of transportation assets, from a new money as well as a distressed perspective. Paul Nelson heads an aviation sub-group that is emblematic of the eclectic nature of the firm's workflow, including as it does work for lessors, export credit agencies (ECAs), commercial banks and funds, throughout the full life cycle of aviation finance. Nelson is frequently involved in the most complex, often heavily structured finance mandates undertaken by the team, including his recent work for a Dubai-based lessor on the establishment of a Reg S/Rule 144A Sukuk programme and the subsequent debut issuance of $750m trust certificates. Harry Upcott is also a pivotal member of the team, particularly in light of his ability to effectively represent a vibrant lessor client base across a range of portfolio deals and leasing transactions. The 'excellent' Kevin Young  has a strong reputation advising both bank and non-bank lenders on the financing/refinancing of vessels, including cruise ships, while for rail work Jonathan Bevan is the main contact. Mario Jacovides heads up the firm's overarching structured and asset finance offering that regularly draws from the expertise of lawyers based across the wide international network of offices on cross-border mandates.

Practice head(s):

Mario Jacovides

Other key lawyers:

Paul Nelson; Jon Bevan; Kevin Young; Harry Upcott; Linda Roxburgh

Testimonials

Kevin Young is excellent.’

Key clients

BoComm Aviation Leasing Ireland

Bpifrance

UK Export Finance

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE)

Falko

Vistara

AFIC

IAG Group Airlines

Integrated Finance Linked Insurance (IFLI) (division of Piiq Risk Partners)

Cargolux

Stonepeak

Arctic Transshipment

Arctic LNG 2

De Poli Tankers

ING Bank

Varde Partners

VTB Leasing Group

3i Infrastructure

Angel Trains

Alpha Trains/Arcus

Beacon Rail

Equitix

Eversholt Rail

Hitachi

EIB

Commercial litigation: premium Tier 2

Allen & Overy LLP's 'superb' litigation and investigations team has 'an excellent reputation for high-quality work'. Praised for its 'integrated ability to offer advice across multiple specialties' it draws on its strong transactional practices and global network in complex and cross-border issues. It benefits from partners with a breadth of commercial litigation experience including Alice Englehart and Jonathan Hitchin , while Richard Farnhill specialises in complex contractual disputes in the energy, utilities and financial services spaces. Among its counsel ranks, Helen Biggin counts aircraft detention and repossession and fraud disputes among her areas of specialism and Sarah Garvey has particular expertise in conflict of laws, state immunity issues and EU laws. The practice was bolstered by the arrival of 'superstar' Susanna Charlwood from Shearman & Sterling LLP, who has particular experience in the aviation, mining and private capital sectors, and the promotion of Maeve Hanna who has a breadth of experience in cross-border corporate disputes. Lawson Caisley joined White & Case LLP.

Practice head(s):

Calum Burnett

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Hitchin; Susanna Charlwood; Alice Englehart; Helen Biggin; Maeve Hanna; Richard Farnhill; Sarah Garvey; Hugo Flaux; Sophie Orwell

Testimonials

Not a single person working there, from partners to postroom, is less than excellent.’

Jonathan Hitchin: unparalleled ability to see the ‘big picture’ and direct the case accordingly. Sarah Garvey: manages the day-to-day operation of the case with great skill, in particular knowing the right balance of pressure to place on the team to get work done and to allocate the right people to the right jobs. Sophie Orwell: colossal work ethic and tireless even in the face of significant time challenges.

Hugo Flaux is brilliant. He performs well beyond his level of qualification and has a great sense of humour. He is extremely clever, and was on top of all the legal arguments in our case, as well as the evidential aspects. His ability to get to grips with the technical aspects of the case was impressive. He was also super-organised on the procedural front. All in all, a dream to work with!

This is a superb all round outfit with an excellent reputation for high quality work at the very top end of commercial practice.

Jonathan Hitchin and Sarah Garvey are both highly experienced, hard working, capable litigators, with Jonathan having particular expertise in corporate disputes. They are a delight to work with.

What impresses me most is their integrated ability to offer advice across multiple specialties. It’s clear that the partners genuinely enjoy practicing together and bring out the best in one another.

Susanna Charlwood. It was an extraordinary coup for Allen & Overy to entice Susanna to come across from Shearman & Sterling. Make no mistake Susanna is a complete superstar as her splendid work highlights. She has her eye on every detail whilst managing to maintain a thoroughly positive energy in the entire team. Truly excellent.

Alice Englehart and Maeve Hanna were exceptional.’

Key clients

Hiscox

The Prudential Assurance Company Limited

Eni

Scania

Rangers Football Club

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 2

Magic circle firm Allen & Overy LLP is home to real estate lawyers with notable expertise in corporate structuring and are equipped to advise on holding company transactions in addition to asset-only deals. The team is headed by Christopher Woolf, who has succeeded the recently retired Imogen Moss, and leverages a track record consisting of over £12bn worth of investment deals throughout the UK and Europe. In addition to cross-border transactions, the group is also home to a dedicated headquarters department which represents financial institutions and corporates alike, as well as a development projects practice which has supported a number of private equity firms on major London-based redevelopment and refurbishment projects. Nick Saner delivers niche expertise in transactions relating to offshore property holding structures and is one of the key junior partners within the group; so too is the recently promoted Emma Willoughby who supports landlords and tenants in the leasing and management of their real estate investments and is well-versed in student, senior living and hospitality sectors, among others.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Woolf

Other key lawyers:

Jane Fox-Edwards; Daniel McKimm; Emma Willoughby; Nick Saner

Key clients

Blackstone

C C Land

China Vanke

Evans Randall

Kennedy Wilson

Mapletree

Nuveen

Orion Capital Managers

Oxford Properties

Westbrook

Commercial property: investment Tier 2

Allen & Overy LLPMagic circle firm Allen & Overy LLP is home to real estate lawyers with notable expertise in corporate structuring and are equipped to advise on holding company transactions in addition to asset-only deals. The team is headed by Christopher Woolf, who has succeeded the recently retired Imogen Moss, and leverages a track record consisting of over £12bn worth of investment deals throughout the UK and Europe. In addition to cross-border transactions, the group is also home to a dedicated headquarters department which represents financial institutions and corporates alike, as well as a development projects practice which has supported a number of private equity firms on major London-based redevelopment and refurbishment projects. Nick Saner delivers niche expertise in transactions relating to offshore property holding structures and is one of the key junior partners within the group; so too is the recently promoted Emma Willoughby who supports landlords and tenants in the leasing and management of their real estate investments and is well-versed in student, senior living and hospitality sectors, among others.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Woolf

Other key lawyers:

Jane Fox-Edwards; Daniel McKimm; Emma Willoughby; Nick Saner

Key clients

Blackstone

C C Land

China Vanke

Evans Randall

Kennedy Wilson

Mapletree

Nuveen

Orion Capital Managers

Oxford Properties

Westbrook

Corporate tax Tier 2

Allen & Overy LLP‘s tax department is ‘solutions driven‘ and specialises in corporate, financial, and real estate tax work and advises clients on the tax aspects of M&A, capital markets, structured finance and real estate transactions. Vimal Tilakapala heads up the UK tax practice and advises clients on corporate tax issues with an emphasis on domestic and international finance-related tax. Senior partner and corporate tax specialist Lydia Challen has a broad practice that covers M&A, corporate reorganisations and private equity tax. Christopher Harrison leads the global tax practice has deep financial services expertise and advises clients on bank taxation and tax-related financing transactions. Clients praise the team for its ‘good-humoured, calm and measured‘ approach.

Practice head(s):

Vimal Tilakapala

Other key lawyers:

Lydia Challen; Christopher Harrison; James Burton; Tim Harrop; Gareth Banfield

Testimonials

Solutions driven and able to identify and focus on the key commercial points, they provide practical and efficient advice that is not overcomplicated.’

Highly intelligent and succinct. Good availability and always a pleasure to speak to.’

A solid awareness of all potential issues. Calm and measured. Responsive. Personable and good-humoured.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas

Quilter Plc

Royal Bank of Scotland

Société Générale

UBS A.G..

Coventry Building Society

Marks & Spencer

Worldpay

WPP

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 2

The Allen & Overy LLP team has ‘fantastic expertise in privacy and data protection’, and is recommended for data breach and cybersecurity matters, regulatory investigations and litigation. Its client roster includes a host of multinational, data-rich companies in the technology, telecoms, media and sport, financial services and travel sectors, among others. Through its online legal subscription business aosphere, the firm recently launched Rulefinder Data Privacy, a tool that provides analysis of global data privacy obligations across key jurisdictions. Jane Finlayson-Brown co-heads the team alongside Nigel Parker; Finlayson-Brown handles all aspects of data protection and digitalisation work and issues around emerging technologies, while Parker deals with cybersecurity issues.

Practice head(s):

Jane Finlayson-Brown; Nigel Parker

Testimonials

‘They are highly knowledgeable and able to steer us in the best way to achieve compliance’. 

‘Jane Finlayson-Brown is superb and leads a formidable team’.                     

‘In particular, I want to commend them on their weekly data protection briefing which is my “go-to” update – it covers a good range of countries and regions and related topics in bite-size form’.

‘Jane Finlayson-Brown is responsive and a great relationship manager’.     

‘Nigel Parker was supportive and responsive, and the quality of work produced under pressure was excellent’.  

‘The risk advisory team is very knowledgeable’.

‘In addition to bringing a legal perspective, they also included on the team a former head of the regulatory body who understands best practices’.  

‘Most importantly, they are willing to provide advice on complex decisions based on their business judgment’.

Key clients

Nomura

Four Seasons Hotels

Axis Bank

Mubadala

The Co-operative Group

Nokia

Sage

Nikon

News UK

HP

Photobox / Moonpig

Rimini Street

Royal Bank of Canada

Royal Mail

IMI Precision Engineering

Ness

Incomm Payments

Columbia Threadneedle

EU and competition Tier 2

Allen & Overy LLP has a deep pool of experienced competition practitioners, allowing it to advise a broad range of high-profile international companies on corporate transactions and behavioural issues. The London practice is lead by Mark Friend;  who is described by one client as 'one of the standout competition and regulatory lawyers in the UK', Friend's expertise spans all areas of competition law, from merger control through to state aid, cartel investigations and litigation. Philip Mansfield splits his practice between Brussels and London, and is particularly experienced in the  tech sector, having obtained regulatory approval for complex mergers and joint ventures before both the UK and EU regulators. Other key team members include Dominic Long and counsel Thomas Masterman. January 2021 saw the departure of global co-head of antitrust Antonio Bavasso, who has joined Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

Practice head(s):

Mark Friend; Philip Mansfield

Other key lawyers:

Alasdair Balfour; Dominic Long; Thomas Masterman

Testimonials

The team provides a great combination of comprehensive yet extremely practical advice.’

Mark Friend is one of the standout competition and regulatory lawyers in the UK and Dominic Long is also very strong.

Excellent team with excellent knowledge

Philip Mansfield is a true legal/business partner who takes the time to understand the company and business. As a team, they partner well with counsel in other regions to ensure that the practice is global. They look around corners and understand both the business perspective and the regulatory perspective – they do well in translating the narrative and managing strategy.’

Excellent concentration of talent. Depth of knowledge of competition law and superb client and communication skills.

Mark Friend is both brilliant and immensely experienced. He is able to bring his great knowledge of competition law to bear on regulatory disputes. Without being at all heavy-handed he manages to spot the key points and push them home.

Allen & Overy went above and beyond what was required when we engaged with them. In depth knowledge of their area of expertise partnered with exceptional client care created a first class client experience.

Mark Friend is the right mix of being incredibly clever but being able to explain things to clients. If you want excellent advice go to Mark.

Key clients

Refinitiv

Hitachi Ltd

Liberty Global

Scottish Power

Qatar Petroleum

Marks and Spencer

News Corp / News UK

Direct Line Group

WPP

Citibank

Virgin Atlantic

Lloyds

TVS Europe Distribution

Kuehne + Nagel

Reckitt

BT

American Tower Corporation

The Brink’s Company

AP Moller Maersk

High yield Tier 2

'The firm has global coverage and strength in the high yield space', remark clients of Allen & Overy LLP. It is the leading European firm advising on high yield transactions and in 2020 it handled 83 deals with a total transaction value of €54bn. In addition, it frequently handles Term Loan B deals, which feature high yield covenants. 'Top-tier lawyer' Kevin Muzilla leads the practice and is recommended for his 'legal expertise, out-of the box thinking, very good knowledge of the market'. Matthias Baudisch is a key adviser to underwriters on high yield bond offerings and he has extensive experience in the financing of public and private acquisitions. Key partner Jeanette Cruz has 17 years' experience in advising issuers, financial sponsors and underwriters on Rule 144A/Regulation S high yield bond offerings. The 'very engaged and commercial' John Kicken recently advised the underwriters of Altice France’s offering of €500m million senior secured notes due 2025.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Muzilla

Other key lawyers:

Matthias Baudisch; Jeanette Cruz; John Kicken

Testimonials

‘The firm has global coverage and strength in the high yield space.’

‘They are near the client and have means and capacity to deliver.’

‘Kevin Muzilla is exceptionally knowledgeable of the technicals, as well as the broader details of the deal. He has also been very commercially strategic, which has helped navigate very challenging negotiations. Kevin is definitely a top-tier lawyer in his space.’

‘Kevin Muzilla is a standout partner for legal expertise, out-of the box thinking, very good knowledge of the market and personal integrity.’

‘They are able to build confidence in their abilities and professionalism fast and in durable way.’

Key clients

Biogroup

Bité Lietuva

KCA Deutag

Metinvest

House of HR

Sarens

Intralot

IHO Holdings

Perstorp

International arbitration Tier 2

Allen & Overy LLP's long-established London-based arbitration team is constantly sought out for commercial arbitrations, as well as investor-state matters, and the group particularly stands out for its premier energy disputes practice, including gas price arbitrations. It is also active in arbitrations concerning banking, finance and complex financial products, as well as infrastructure and construction projects, TMT matters and IP issues. Energy disputes specialist Mark Levy QC leads the international arbitration group, which showcases Kate Davies McGill, who has extensive expertise in both international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations; Suzanne Spears, who acts under all the major arbitration rules; and James Freeman, who is 'on top of all the detail of cases'. Notable growth includes the elevation of commercial and investment treaty arbitration experts Naomi Briercliffe and Guled Yusuf to counsel in 2020, while construction arbitration specialist Sunil Mawkin was promoted to counsel in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Mark Levy QC

Other key lawyers:

Kate Davies McGill; Suzanne Spears; James Freeman; Naomi Briercliffe; Guled Yusuf; Sunil Mawkin

Testimonials

A strong team that is very co-operative and always available – sees the big picture without losing focus on the small details.

Great for understanding clients’ needs and priorities.

Able to offer innovative solutions aimed at containing costs.

Personable, business-minded and pragmatic approach.

Mark Levy is convincing – tough but nice; and he has in-depth experience of gas price reviews, as well as a very savvy, commercial sense of the issues.

James Freeman is engaging and always very calm and measured, as well as being fun to work with – responsive and on top of all the detail of cases.

James Freeman is at the top of my list. The advice was carefully crafted so that it was receiver-friendly for non-legal, non-English native people. When considering the magnitude of our matter, James was indeed a key lawyer.

Counsel Naomi Briercliffe is very smart and hardworking.

Key clients

International Finance Corporation

BG

Reliance Industries

Qatargas

International Swaps & Derivatives Association

Kempinski Hotels

Government of Pakistan

Manchester United

International business reorganisations Tier 2

At Allen & Overy LLP, the global reorganisations group focuses on multi-jurisdictional, complex M&A including carve outs, spin offs, post-acquisition integrations, joint ventures, redomiciliations and international reorganisations. The cross-departmental practice draws on expertise from across the firm and benefits from A&O's wider global network when advising on cross-border mandates; it recently assisted WPP with a pre-sale reorganisation covering 90 jurisdictions. Gillian Holgate and counsel Rakesh Rathod jointly lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Gillian Holgate; Rakesh Rathod

Testimonials

‘Great focus and reliability – excellent knowledge of particular issues.’

‘At the risk of sounding like flattery, I must admit that working with Rakesh Rathod and his team was one of the best legal experiences I ever had. I worked with Rakesh on what was probably the most complicated project during my in-house career and it was simply great working with this team. It was smooth sailing along: proactive, on top of things, exceedingly well managed and potential issues were raised in advance. All of this in circumstances that were challenging to say the least.’

‘Excellent lawyers, down to earth, pragmatic and efficient.’

‘They work 24/7, their knowledge and ability to collaborate with all departments in a company is very helpful. I’ve worked with Gillian Holgate and her team in the past. I have peace of mind knowing that Gillian and her team are leading the transaction. There is no doubt or worry that anything in the process will be missed when we work with Gillian and her team.’

‘Rakesh Rathod is an excellent lawyer. He is quick, pragmatic and business oriented. He is very adaptable and extremely efficient. Our company has been working with him for 10 years and we have been always very pleased with his work and advice.’

‘They have done many 60+ jurisdiction reorgs and so even the team in London have a good sense of where issues might crop up globally. Really good network of foreign offices and partner firms – much better than some of their competitors.’

Key clients

WPP

Pennon

Eurobank

TP ICAP

Exponent Private Equity and Moonpig/Photobox

Quintet Private Bank

OLX Group

TE Connectivity

nVent

CBRE

M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+ Tier 2

Boasting a deep bench of experienced lawyers and a sizeable global footprint, Allen & Overy LLP is regularly drafted in by an impressive roster of FTSE-listed multinationals and major overseas companies on high profile mandates. Since 2015, A&O’s corporate/M&A practice has advised on more than 1,770 deals worth more than £1.3trn and it has significantly grown its share of FTSE 100 and 250 clients over the last 10 years as it is moved to strengthen its corporate team. Over the course of the past 12 months, Dominic Morris' team has handled a flurry of high profile M&A and other strategically significant transactions, including advising Liberty Global on its deal with Telefónica SA to merge Virgin Media and O2. Morris has a particular focus on outbound work for US corporates, while global corporate head David Broadley routinely advises clients on high-profile acquisitions and disposals. Seth Jones is a key contact for public takeovers and public M&A more broadly, leading the team on many of the firm's biggest instructions of the year. Claire Coppel advises clients on a range of public and private M&A, with recent highlights including multi-jurisdictional deals for energy companies and business services providers.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Morris

Other key lawyers:

David Broadley; Seth Jones; Claire Coppel; Richard Hough; Jeremy Parr; Richard Browne; Gillian Holgate; Annabelle Croker

Testimonials

‘Their innate knowledge and skills are the best I have encountered. They are so much more than just a legal advisor.  They know how to strategically work through the most difficult challenges and have unique solutions that go beyond just knowing the law.’

‘Dominic Morris has been a terrific asset to us. As the leader of our deal team, he has provided valuable insight on market practices and put together a team of subject-matter experts who have really added value to our transaction.  He is mindful of business objectives and deadlines and works tirelessly to make sure that we are satisfied’

‘Ash Tiwari was the leader of our diligence team and did a masterful job of managing that process for a very complicated business.  She easily grasped business concepts and details and was able to simplify complicated concepts.  She made my job easier by coordinating various workstreams and meeting tight deadlines.  She is a true professional, and I look forward to working with her on future transactions.’

‘David Broadley and Ash Tiwari are among the best lawyers I have ever worked with anywhere – truly world class. Sharp, commercial, attentive, super committed and, on a personal level, an absolute joy to deal with. Trusted advisors for sure.’

‘Seth Jones’ experience is something that money can’t buy. No one else could have guided us through the transaction the way he did.’

‘Richard Hough is an outstanding lawyer and easy to work with.’

‘Richard Browne is a top notch professional who gives 150% all the time – to all his clients, I am sure – while making it seem easy and effortless. At his level, there is usually a considerable ego that goes along with ability. In Richard’s case, this is notably – and refreshingly – absent.

‘Annabelle Croker is a top notch professional who is unflappable under pressure and always warm and a pleasure to deal with.’

Key clients

WPP plc

Refinitiv

Marks & Spencer plc

Imperial Brands plc

BT plc

Quilter plc

Man Group plc

NatWest Group plc

Tesco plc

Prudential plc

GSK plc

Aviva plc

SIG plc

Sage Group plc

TT Electronics plc

Associated British Foods plc

TP ICAP plc

Reckitt Benckiser plc

Royal Dutch Shell plc

21st Century Fox

Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 2

Allen & Overy LLP‘s pensions teams offers ‘technically excellent’ practitioners that have advised on a number of industry significant matters in recent times. The firm’s non-contentious practice offers a 50/50 split between employer and trustee clients, with the team advising on areas of pensions law such as liability management, board-level strategic advice, and rectification projects with significant financial risk. Andy Cork is a key player in the practice and advises some of the UK’s largest pensions funds. The wider practice is led by Neil Bowden and the team was recently involved (in both a contentious and non-contentious capacity) in the industry test case regarding Guaranteed Minimum Pension (GMP) equalisation, representing Lloyds Banking Group Pensions Trustees. Bowden and Jane Higgins, boast significant experience in both non-contentious and dispute resolution work and ‘personify the best attributes of a partner.’ Jason Shaw‘s extensive pensions litigation experience continues to support the contentious part of the practice. ‘Reliable’  technical expert Jessica Kerslake was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

Neil Bowden

Other key lawyers:

Andy Cork; Jane Higgins; Jessica Kerslake

Testimonials

‘The team generally give a real sense of reassurance that the particular matter will be dealt with, and then deliver. Technically excellent.’

‘Jason Shaw is exceptionally responsive and thoughtful, with no unnecessary drama.’

‘Practical, down to earth and highly professional, inspiring great confidence and the knowledge that one is in very safe and capable hands.’

Key clients

Lloyds Banking Group Pensions Trustees Limited

The Trustee of the BT Pension Scheme

The Trustee of the ICI Pension Fund

The Trustee of the Pfizer Group Pension Scheme

The Trustee of the Thomson Corporation Pension Scheme (Thomson Reuters)

RSA Insurance Group plc

Prudential Plc

The Trustee of the IHG UK Defined Contribution Pension Plan

Co-operative Group Limited

News UK

Rail Tier 2

Allen & Overy LLP is a key resource for clients seeking advice on complex rail transactions; the firm also has notable expertise in infrastructure, concessions and rolling stock. Practice leader Jonathan Bevan focuses primarily on infrastructure matters, also covering major transactions and financing. Tim Conduit is a capital markets specialist, including the financing of PPPs. Global infrastructure co-head Sara Pickersgill is 'a trusted advisor with commercial approach.'

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Bevan

Other key lawyers:

Tim Conduit; Sara Pickersgill; Richard Evans; Tom Lindley; Lizzi Evans; Troy Edwards

Testimonials

‘A&O are able to advise on anything we need – no matter how niche the legal area. They have a commercial approach and they really understand the rail market.’

‘A great team with good availability and insight.’

‘The team has a deep and detailed knowledge of the rail market which provides great confidence to financiers. Their work is thorough and coupled with a positive approach.’

‘Jon Bevan has an excellent knowledge of the industry and seems able to solve any problem.’

‘Sara Pickersgill is a trusted advisor with commercial approach.’

‘Sara Pickersgill and her team have provided an excellent service – providing ad hoc ideas on a highly complex transaction and within the pre-determined budget.’

‘The team are familiar with all of the financiers and have excellent sector knowledge. They are able to get to the key issues quickly; they are highly competent in managing complex transactions and bringing solutions to the table.’

Key clients

3i Infrastructure

Angel Trains

Alpha Trains/Arcus

Beacon Rail

Equitix

Eversholt Rail

JP Morgan Infrastructure Investment Funds

Hitachi

EIB

CACIB

AIG

APG

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 2

Allen & Overy LLP has built ‘a good track record over a number of years’ and stands out for its ability to handle both civil and criminal issues arising in domestic and cross-border investigations into money laundering, corruption and sanctions violations. The team is well-equipped to handle multi-jurisdictional mandates thanks to the firm’s growing presence in the US and Asia; at the beginning of 2021, it also expanded its offering with the hire of Susanna Charlwood from Shearman & Sterling LLP. Clients facing more significant investigations benefit from access to the firm’s dedicated team of in-house document and media reviewers in Belfast. The department is spearheaded by former criminal and public law barrister Arnondo Chakrabarti, cartel investigations expert Jonathan Hitchin, and Eve Giles , who is praised for her ‘strength in depth’.

Practice head(s):

Arnondo Chakrabarti; Eve Giles; Jonathan Hitchin

Other key lawyers:

Brandon O’Neil; Susanna Charlwood

Testimonials

‘Good track record over a number of years.’   

‘Eve Giles is a standout partner. She has strength in depth, is enormously experienced, hardworking, thoughtful and a delight to work with.’

Tax litigation and investigations Tier 2

Allen & Overy LLP‘s tax team has ‘high quality individuals‘ with ‘considerable experience of complex tax issues. Its work covers all aspects of tax disputes, including pre-litigation advice and negotiations with HMRC, and court proceedings and investigations. The practice is notably active in sectors such as financial services, consumer, retail, energy and transport. Vimal Tilakapala, who heads up the UK tax practice, has extensive experience of handling finance-related tax issues. Chris Harrison, who also has a strong background in finance, assists clients with structured finance transactions. Another key individual is corporate tax lawyer Lydia Challen, who advises on M&A, corporate reorganisations and private equity tax. The ‘hardworking‘ Charles Yorke is highlighted for his expertise in the financial services, oil and infrastructure sectors.

Practice head(s):

Vimal Tilakapala

Other key lawyers:

Charles Yorke; Lydia Challen; Chris Harrison

Testimonials

The A&O team are good lawyers, with considerable experience of complex tax issues and their resolution, either by negotiation and settlement or through litigation. At all times when I have dealt with them they have shown sound technical knowledge and a strong sense of their clients.’

They are a formidable team, both technically and tactically.’

The team has high quality individuals and works very hard for their clients. Charles Yorke is very bright with a good grasp of the detail.’

Key clients

Investec

PwC

Competition litigation Tier 3

Allen & Overy LLP's competition litigation team, which sits within the firm's wider antitrust practice, is involved in many of the largest cases in the market, including those relating to the foreign exchange markets the heavy trucks industry and interchange fees. Mark Friend leads the London competition practice; his practice spans all areas of contentious and non-contentious competition law. Philip Mansfield is a co-head of the global group. Among the firm's 'fine roster of associates', Rachel Donelan stands out as 'a future star'. Antonio Bavasso departed to join Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Mark Friend; Philip Mansfield

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Hitchin; Rachel Donelan

Testimonials

Although slightly smaller than the other Magic Circle competition disputes teams, Allen & Overy have some brilliant partners in their ranks and a fine roster of associates.’

Jonathan Hitchin is a fantastic commercial litigator with great experience in competition disputes. Mark Friend is a competition and regulatory lawyer with enormous knowledge and experience of regulatory disputes. Wise and brilliant, definitely one to have on your team for a regulatory dispute. The  brilliant Rachel Donelan is a future star.’

Key clients

Scania

Citibank

BNY Mellon

Micron

441 Trust Company

Recticel

Construction: non-contentious Tier 3

Allen & Overy LLP's non-contentious construction team offers significant expertise in energy, real estate and infrastructure projects, and can draw on the support of other teams at the firm to provide a one-stop shop for clients in need of development transactions. Beyond this, it is also well regarded for its strong international clientele. Troy Edwards heads up the team, advising on a number of large-scale public and private infrastructure projects. Mark Walker is also a noted construction specialist, particularly for energy-related projects.

Practice head(s):

Troy Edwards

Other key lawyers:

Mark Walker

Testimonials

‘They have a strong understanding of how a construction contract will be applied in the practical sense.’

‘Responsive and always looking at the big picture. Document control is very good as is collaboration with different departments.’

‘Open to discussing the options and opportunities to approach a task in the way which will best suit the project.’

Key clients

NNB Generation Company Limited

TAPI Pipeline Company Limited

Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG

GemCorp Capital LLP

Korea Water Resources Corporation / JSC Nenskra Hydro

Green Investment Group Limited

Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 3

Allen & Overy LLP represents both companies and individuals in complex fraud investigations, which often raise significant multi-jurisdictional issues. The team is ‘exceptionally able to advise clients who are witnesses’; its recent work demonstrates an excellent ability to represent key witnesses in SFO investigations. The group also places a special emphasis on acting for clients in Section 2 interviews conducted by the SFO and extradition matters. The department can also rely upon the firm's capabilities in Belfast, where a team specialises in carrying out document reviews. Practice head Eve Giles was a key arrival at the firm in 2018 and remains the firm's primary specialist in this space; she is recommended for being ‘a very experienced, calm and considerate lawyer’.

Practice head(s):

Eve Giles

Testimonials

‘Exceptionally high levels of knowledge of the current state of anti-bribery and corruption regulation, legislation and enforcement in the UK and US, combined with a high level of understanding of the UK criminal justice system. Exceptionally able to advise clients who are witnesses or involved in investigations in both jurisdictions.’

‘A&O have a top-quality criminal law leader. Eve Giles is excellent.’

‘Eve Giles provided concise, relevant, timely and constructive advice. She did not allow any professional frustrations, or comparable frustrating experience from other cases, in dealing with investigating organisations to affect her advice; rather she built on this to provide a wider view of the situation.’

‘With the arrival of Eve Giles at the practice, A&O now has a depth of expertise in the representation of individuals to allow it to hold itself out in this area. Eve has been recognised as someone able to provide advice to individuals across a range of white-collar areas, including fraud, bribery and corruption, and competition. She has a deep expertise built up over many years of practice. She is extremely conscientious in ensuring that consideration is given to every aspect of her clients’ cases with the aim of ensuring that the very best outcome possible is achieved.’

‘Eve Giles is a very experienced, calm and considerate lawyer.’

Key clients

Individual in the SFO’s investigation into G4S

IT and telecoms Tier 3

Allen & Overy LLP has strength in depth across the spectrum of technology and telecoms law. On the telecoms side, the firm handles corporate transactions, financing arrangements and commercial agreements. On the technology side, the team is well-placed to assist companies with procurement, licensing and outsourcing matters. Tom Levine leads the team, regularly working alongside counsel Andrew Kenning.

Practice head(s):

Tom Levine

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Kenning

Testimonials

‘Encyclopaedic knowledge of the towers/telecoms sector, frequently knowing more than even the business/technical teams but blending this with commercial nous and the ability to explain to those with little or no background knowledge in the sector.’

‘Tom Levine literally knows what will happen and positions that parties will take before they do.’

‘Andrew Kenning – head and shoulders ahead (in terms of knowledge, negotiation and approachability) of every partner in every other firm in this sector.’

‘Great team with superb full TMT capabilities (both on the M&A and very technical/commercial contacts side.’

‘Tom Levine and Andrew Kenning are extremely knowledgeable (including on the technical front) and commercial which facilitates all the deals. Having worked a lot with them, they totally understand the priorities of our business which means they are almost an extension of our team.’

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 3

Allen & Overy LLP fields a cross-departmental TMT team, which handles high-profile M&A and antitrust work in the media and entertainment sector, as well as contentious and regulatory matters. It also acts for clients on commercial mandates, including those concerning content production, distribution and licensing, and IP. David Stone and Neville Cordell are key contacts.

Mining and minerals Tier 3

Allen & Overy LLP's global mining group advises on M&A and financial transactions in the sector, in addition to tax and regulatory matters, covering a wide range of jurisdictions. Dominic Morris is a key contact.

Private equity: transactions – high-value deals (£250m+) Tier 3

The 'hard-working, diligent, attentive and diverse' team at Allen & Overy LLP act for British, American, and European buyout houses on deals, leveraging the firm's global network to handle cross-border transactions. The team additionally draws on its corporate and banking expertise to advise on complex transactions, such as those  dual track exit structures, refinancings and reorganisations. Stephen Lloyd offers clients almost three decades of experience across the full spectrum of transactions. Gordon Milne is valued by clients for his 'very commercial approach' and acts for both sponsors and portfolio companies; meanwhile, Karan Dinamani is noted for his 'incredible ability to adapt to a deal in any sector and in any geography'.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Lloyd; Gordon Milne; Karan Dinamani; Peter Banks

Testimonials

‘Hard working, diligent, attentive and diverse team.’

‘Karan Dinamani is quite possibly the best corporate lawyer in London. Karan has an incredible ability to adapt to a deal in any sector and in any geography almost immediately. He has a fantastic way of working with both his clients, selling shareholders and the management teams of our companies. He is the reason we use A&O for all our M&A legal work in London. I know he is in demand by lots of the top PE funds but I always feel like he is accessible (even when on several deals) and there is no professional I work with who puts his clients first like Karan.’

‘Top quality firm with broad experience spanning multiple jurisdictions. Pragmatic and commercial approach. Great understanding of the PE market.’

‘Gordon Milne has a very commercial approach. He identifies the issues that are really important to the transaction and finds solutions to work through them. The entire team goes above and beyond in terms of availability, ensuring things get done on clients’ timelines, no matter how demanding the ask.’

‘Our interactions with the team have always been positive on account of the quality of advice, breadth of expertise in the team or available in the wider firm and a very responsive approach.’

‘We’ve mainly worked with Peter Banks and senior associate Chris Sabine. Both are easy to work with and are constructive, commercial and feel part of the deal team in solving problems and developing solutions.’

Key clients

Bridgepoint

AIMCo

Apax Partners

Apollo

Ardian

Blackstone

CDPQ

Charterhouse Capital Partners

Cinven

EQT

Exponent Private Equity

PAI Partners

HIG Capital

OMERS Private Equity

Private funds Tier 3

Allen & Overy LLP is active in the public and private credit space, advising on fundraising, funds of one structures, and downstream investments, and also maintains an active institutional investor practice, advising major international sovereign wealth and pension funds. Matthew Huggett leads the team, advising alternative investment fund managers on fund formation matters across the full range of private fund strategies, alongside joint ventures and investments. MaameYaa Kwafo-Akoto was promoted to partner in mid-2021, in recognition of her leading institutional investor practice. Dominic Von Wulffen handles fund structuring and regulatory matters, while Paul Sampson advises funds and investors on large-scale fundraisings.

Practice head(s):

Matt Huggett

Other key lawyers:

MaameYaa Kwafo-Akoto; Paul Sampson; Dominic von Wulffen

Testimonials

The Allen & Overy Team is highly responsive and willing to show flexibility around our needs. They have proven helpful in providing resources to support our in-house legal team requirements. They have also worked alongside us to respond to innovative matters, showing great capacity to think outside the box and bringing their international experience to bear on the documentation and other aspects of the work.

Deep knowledge and experience, availability and flexibility, creativity and a result-oriented approach. MaameYaa has been consistently supportive to our legal and investment teams. She was at the forefront to the capacity building session organised by A&O for us.

Matt Huggett – always on top of his game.

Paul Sampson – excellent in negotiations.

Very responsive partners; heavy partner involvement; deep bench of associates; v quick turnaround times; regular and relevant know-how / legal development updates.

MaameYaa Kwafo-Akoto and Pavel Shevtsov are both excellent.

Key clients

Aviva Investors

Electra Private Equity

Macquarie

Corestate

Administrative and public law Tier 4

With a particular focus on the energy, financial services and TMT sectors, Allen & Overy LLP's team primarily advises private sector clients in relation to complex regulatory matters, such as the impact of Brexit on their operations, and judicial reviews. Furthermore, the team is known for advising multinational clients on the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act and its impact on cross-border trade. Team head Andrew Denny frequently assists clients with judicial reviews and public law issues arising during the course of major projects, including procurement litigation. Associate Maeve Hanna stands out for her pro bono work, including public law interventions before the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and the High Court.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Denny

Other key lawyers:

Maeve Hanna

Testimonials

‘I am particularly familiar with Andrew Denny and Maeve Hanna. Andrew is a brilliant mind, creative and fantastically knowledgeable on public law, great on tactics and has built a superb team around him. Maeve is stellar and her very fast rise to partnership reflects this. She is knowledgeable, thoughtful, ultra hard working and organised and detail oriented, and has superb judgment. I have seen her always go the extra mile for her clients also. She is a joy to work with.’

‘A responsive, efficient team that constantly seeks to meet the highest standards of service.’

‘Andrew Denny is a partner with excellent knowledge of public law. He has first rate tactical understanding and is able to explain complex public law issues in a straightforward manner.’

‘Maeve Hanna is a rising star in the legal world. She is comprehensive with her advice, making complex issues clear and making herself available to clients to ensure a good understanding of the issues they face. She is thorough in her approach to her work and her analysis of the law is consistently excellent.’

‘They are absolutely fantastic- this team towers above other magic circle firms doing pro bono intervention work. They are legally astute, ultra hard working, ultra committed, brilliant on tactics. Just a delight to work with.’

Commercial property: development Tier 4

Allen & Overy LLPMagic circle firm Allen & Overy LLP is home to real estate lawyers with notable expertise in corporate structuring and are equipped to advise on holding company transactions in addition to asset-only deals. The team is headed by Christopher Woolf, who has succeeded the recently retired Imogen Moss, and leverages a track record consisting of over £12bn worth of investment deals throughout the UK and Europe. In addition to cross-border transactions, the group is also home to a dedicated headquarters department which represents financial institutions and corporates alike, as well as a development projects practice which has supported a number of private equity firms on major London-based redevelopment and refurbishment projects. Nick Saner delivers niche expertise in transactions relating to offshore property holding structures and is one of the key junior partners within the group; so too is the recently promoted Emma Willoughby who supports landlords and tenants in the leasing and management of their real estate investments and is well-versed in student, senior living and hospitality sectors, among others.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Woolf

Other key lawyers:

Jane Fox-Edwards; Daniel McKimm; Emma Willoughby; Nick Saner

Key clients

Blackstone

C C Land

China Vanke

Evans Randall

Kennedy Wilson

Mapletree

Nuveen

Orion Capital Managers

Oxford Properties

Westbrook

Property litigation Tier 5

Allen & Overy LLP's property litigation team works in close co-operation with the non-contentious real estate practice, as well as other departments, which translates into multi-disciplinary capabilities, most notably in the transactional and insolvency space. Following the departure of former team head Imogen Moss in April 2020 for an in-house role, Christopher Woolf took over as head of the firm's global real estate practice, while consultant Jane Fox-Edwards is the primary contact for property litigation. Her recent work includes dilapidations matters, vacant possession strategies and right to light issues.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Woolf

Other key lawyers:

Jane Fox-Edwards

Testimonials

In-depth expertise and a wealth of experience.

Jane Fox-Edwards is a fantastic lawyer who is incredibly knowledgeable and very client-focused. It is a complete pleasure to be lucky enough to work with Jane.

I enjoyed working with the Allen & Overy team pro bono and found them incredibly helpful and knowledgeable. Their support greatly enhanced the quality of my work and the resources I took part in producing. It is very hard to access pro bono support, even harder to maintain long-term collaboration. Working with Allen & Overy is a complete exception in this sense. I cannot stress enough how important and valuable their support has been throughout the years, especially after legal aid cuts and the impact of pandemic on access to legal support and advice.

They are thorough, able and a strong property litigation team.’

Jane Fox-Edwards is a good lawyer, with a good commercial head and very balanced judgement.

Jane Fox-Edwards is always very pragmatic and gives us fantastic advice. Options are always presented with her recommendation. She thoughtfully analyses the situation and is effective in putting her views and advice forward.

Key clients

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Arax Properties Limited

Liberty Global plc

Singapore > Projects: foreign firms Tier 1

Allen & Overy LLP's sizeable projects team has decades of experience in advising on complex projects throughout South East Asia. While the core focus of the team remains the energy sector, including oil and gas, renewables, and waste-to-power facitilies, it is also involved in telecoms and infrastructure projects. In addition to advising on the development of projects, the team advises on financing and re-financings. Practice head Jason Humphreys has broad experience across this area, and also has general experience in banking and finance work. Scott Lovell focuses on energy, particularly LNG and gas, while Bimal Desai transferred from A&O's Dubai office in May 2019, bringing with him strong links to the oil industry.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The team is made up of fantastic individuals with solid caliber, deep experience in the region who are dedicated and most importantly, pleasant to work with even under the harshest of conditions. The team can work round the clock for days on complex legal analysis and yet stay positive and inspire others to carry on and do the best. Unlike many large international firms, their team does not have the imposing “know it all” attitude that really makes working with them a lot of fun.’

Key clients

Standard Chartered

Marubeni Corporation

Edra Power

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)

Pertamina

Sembcorp

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG)

Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

Sumitomo Corporation

Asian Development Bank

Allen & Overy is an international legal practice comprising Allen & Overy LLP and its affliated undertakings (collectively described below as ‘Allen & Overy’).

The firm: Allen & Overy is an international law firm providing legal services for global business and industry, with approximately 5,500 staff, including some 550 partners, working in more than 40 offices across 31 countries serving businesses, financial institutions and governments where there is a need for decisive legal advice on complex transactions. Allen & Overy is one of the few firms that can truly claim to have integrated international law, local law and U.S. law capabilities within the firm.

Allen & Overy’s legal expertise and knowledge of key players and authorities provide a tangible competitive edge for its clients, whether they are raising capital, buying or selling businesses, or restructuring for competitive reasons.

Types of work undertaken: Allen & Overy provides a full range of legal services in the following areas: banking; business reconstruction and insolvency; telecommunications; media and technology; corporate and commercial; derivative products; EC and competition law; employment, pensions and incentives law; environmental; financial services; insurance; intellectual property; international capital markets; litigation; MBOs; mergers, acquisitions and takeovers; PFI/PPP; projects and project finance; real estate (commercial); securitisation; and land tax (corporate).

Through its network of offices, Allen & Overy advises private companies, international conglomerates, governmental agencies, banks, and other financial and commercial institutions, wherever there is a need for legal advice from experienced international practitioners.

Allen & Overy has lawyers qualified in more than 30 countries, speaking 56 languages. The combination of local expertise and experience in major international transactions ensures clients receive consistent quality. Deals can be controlled around the clock if necessary and each overseas office has a support group in London comprising lawyers with experience in that particular country, able to provide backup when required.

Other offices: Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Bangkok, Barcelona, Beijing, Belfast, Bratislava, Brussels, Budapest, Casablanca, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Istanbul, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Paris, Perth, Prague, Rome, São  Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Warsaw, Washington, D.C., Yangon

Associated offices: Bucharest, Jakarta

Cooperation office: Riyadh

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Wim Dejonghe
Partner Andrew Ballheimer
Asset finance Mario Jacovides
Leveraged finance Jonathan Brownson
Banking Philip Bowden
Banking Andrew Thomas
Business reconstruction and insolvency Ian Field
Derivative products David Benton
EC and competition law Mark Friend
Employment Mark Mansell
Managing Partner Gareth Price
Energy Jeremy Parr
Environmental law Matthew Townsend
Financial services Nick Bradbury
Incentives Paul McCarthy
Insurance Philip Jarvis
Intellectual property David Stone
International capital markets David Benton
International capital markets Simon Hill
Litigation Tim House
MBOs Stephen Lloyd
Mergers, acquisitions and takeovers Richard Browne
Pensions Neil Bowden
PPP/PFI David Lee
Real estate Imogen Moss
Securitisation Salim Nathoo
Tax (corporate) Vimal Tilakapala
Telecommunications, media and technology Tom Levine
Number of UK partners : 181
Number of other UK fee-earners : 783