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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 1

Dentons

Known for its UK-wide and global resources, Dentons acts for big corporates as well as disruptive businesses entering the market, particularly in the area of new technologies. The firm has experience in advising on complex commercial matters in a range of sectors, including retail, energy, financial services and manufacturing. TMT specialist Martin Fanning advises on sourcing matters, commercial transactions, mobile projects, and large-scale IT and business process procurements. He co-leads the practice with Andy Lucas, who has expertise in large public sector outsourcing projects, as well as cyber security and cryptology. Their team includes Babette Märzheuser-Wood, who focuses on franchise and distribution agreements and IP-driven joint ventures; Scott Singer, whose work covers the breadth of commercial contracts; Henrietta Baker, who advises on a diverse range of commercial arrangements; and associate Sarah Lima, who has experience in major technology and telecoms projects in the financial services and public sectors.

Practice head(s):Andy Lucas; Martin Fanning

Other key lawyers:Babette Märzheuser-Wood; Sarah Lima; Scott Singer; Henrietta Baker

Testimonials

'The team is approachable, friendly and more than happy to take the time to talk through questions and issues' 

'They make themselves available at short notice and provide invaluable support'

'Great business sense and innovative legal solutions'

'Dedicated and with a drive to find a win-win solution'

'A great team who are familiar with the challenges of working in house so are able to provide timely and pragmatic legal advice'

'Martin Fanning understands the business and the commercial drivers for a project's success'

'Martin Fanning has great communication - he is clear, concise and to the point'

'The team has extensive experience and can provide excellent advice with industry expertise'

Key Clients

HM Government

Upfield

John Lewis Partnership

Sainsbury's

Jaguar Land Rover

Home Office

The Restaurant Group plc

Ministry of Defence

EDF Energy

The Edrington Group plc

Airwair Doc Martens

LG

Tesla

Raytheon

UltraElectronics

Argos

Ministry of Defence

SkyKick

KKR

Work highlights

  • Advised John Lewis on a new car insurance offering for its customers.
  • Advising Jaguar Land Rover on its high-value global outsourcing arrangements for a number of business functions.
  • Advising Upfield on putting in place its international distribution network programme.
  • Advised Virgin Atlantic (VAA) on its launch of a new Virgin loyalty programme.
  • Advising Salt Exchange on setting up and operating an electronic trading system based on blockchain technology.
Leading individuals

Martin Fanning - Dentons

Scott Singer - Dentons

Next Generation Partners

Henrietta Baker - Dentons

Rising stars

Sarah Lima - Dentons

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

The group at Dentons is able to draw on a substantial global office network to advise on tax matters with an international element across the private equity, corporate, real estate, and structured finance sectors. In addition, it has developed a niche in FinTech, advising clients on the tax consequences of blockchain technologies, anti-hybrid rules, corporate interest rate restrictions and compliance with the Criminal Finances Act 2017. Alex Thomas is head of the UK team and co-chair of the global tax practice. He specialises in corporate and real estate tax issues. Tax generalist James Meakin joined from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP in March 2018.

Practice head(s):Alex Thomas

Other key lawyers:James Meakin; Cristiano Bortolotti; Alex Tostevin; Alastair MacLeod

Key Clients

KKR

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners

Lloyds

Virgin

Avis

Tenaga Nasional Berhad

Her Majesty's Government

Qatar Airways

John Lewis

Work highlights

  • Advising Atom bank PLC on tax  aspects of  its first residential mortgage-backed securitisation transaction
  • Advising Aprirose on the acquisition of the QHotels group
  • Advised KKR on tax aspects of its bid to acquire the spreads business of Unilever plc.
  • Advised Volkswagen Financial Services on the £2 billion asset backed notes program of one of its securitisations

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

Due to its wide-reaching international network, the work of Dentons‚Äô competition department certainly demonstrates a cross-border element. The group has particular strength in handling multi-jurisdictional merger control issues. On one such occasion, a team advised Total Marketing SA on the global merger control aspects of its acquisition of the Sahel petrol station business in Saudi Arabia. In another highlight, the team demonstrated its ability to handle complex work at an EU level as well, by advising Avis Budget Group on its ¬£80m acquisition of Olympic Commercial and Tourist Enterprises ‚ÄĒ a transaction which necessitated a notification to the European Commission. The group acts across a wide range of sectors such as transport, TMT, financial services, energy, and real estate. Recently promoted partner Christopher Graf¬†and counsel Rebecca Owen-Howes¬†are key figures in the practice, which is led by department head Adrian Magnus.

Practice head(s):Adrian Magnus

Other key lawyers:Christopher Graf; Rebecca Owen-Howes

Testimonials

'The team provides clear and well-reasoned, yet concise advice on complex legal issues in a very efficient manner'

'Adrian Magnus is an expert in this complex field and displays a clarity of vision when it comes to advising and guiding clients through the specifics of competition law'

Key Clients

Avis Budget Group

Eleven Sports

Royal Mail Group

John Lewis & Partners/ Waitrose

Sainsbury's

World Fuel Services

Total Marketing Services

Sita Information Networking Computing

Mizuho Bank

Enbridge

HM Government

Transport for London

Work highlights

  • Handled the competition aspects of Total Marketing Services' acquisition (executed jointly with Saudi Aramco) of the Sahel petrol station business in Saudi Arabia; also, advising on the formation of a joint venture to operate the newly acquired business.
  • Advising Avis Budget Group and Koç Holding on the merger clearance of their joint venture's acquisition of Olympic Commercial and Tourist Enterprises.
  • Handling competition law issues for a telecom infrastructure-sharing joint venture.
  • Advising Amalgamated Metal Corporation on the merger of Ausurus Group and Metal & Waste Recycling.
  • Advised Avis Budget Group on the merger control aspects of its acquisition of Turiscar Group.

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Equity capital markets ‚Äď mid-large cap
Equity capital markets ‚Äď mid-large cap - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

Dentons' London ECM group is characterised by a strong presence in upper AIM deals, and an active emerging markets practice, which is more geared toward the main market. The AIM side of the practice is partly fuelled by corporate issuers in the energy, real estate and natural resources sectors, though the team also has relationships with a number of prominent nomads and investment banks. On the main market, the team was recently involved in a high-profile privatisation by way of IPO. Key figures in the practice group include Neil Nicholson and David Collins , who heads the UK corporate department.

Practice head(s):David Collins; Neil Nicholson

Other key lawyers:Nikolas Colbridge; Cameron Half

Testimonials

'A fantastic international practice that is able to pull in other specialists as necessary.'

'Working with Dentons, a client knows that every base will be covered; there's nothing the firm can't do.'

'A joined up and pragmatic approach to problems.'

'Neil Nicholson is diligent, dedicated and an effective delegator, and Nikolas Colbridge has huge success in international capital markets transactions.'

'Innovative and effective services at a very attractive price.'

 

Key Clients

Science in Sport plc

Bonhill Group plc

Stifel Nicolaus Europe

RM2 International S.A.

Rosenblatt plc

RA International plc

Peel Hunt

Bilby plc

Cenkos Securities plc

Cantor Fitzgerald Europe

FreeAgent Holdings Limited

Hurricane Energy plc

Quiz plc

Marshall Motor Holdings plc

Work highlights

  • Acted for the bookrunners as sole international counsel on a INR1.9bn (approx. $291.4m) share offering by Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited.
  • Advised the Republic of Slovenia on the privatisation by way of IPO of one of the largest State-owned banks, Nova Ljubljanska Banka DD. The GDRs will be listed on both the London Main Market and Ljubljana Stock Exchange.
  • Advised PRS REIT, the UK-based developer of homes for rent, on a £250m follow on issue.
  • Advised Stifel Nicolaus Europe and BMO Capital Markets, as bookrunners, on the $110m fundraising and AIM listing of Jadestone Energy Inc.
  • Advised Alro S.A. in connection with a proposed Rule 144A/Regulation S marketed equity offering by its shareholders.

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Equity capital markets ‚Äď small-mid cap
Equity capital markets ‚Äď small-mid cap - ranked: tier 2

Dentons

Dentons' London ECM group is characterised by a strong presence in upper AIM deals, and an active emerging markets practice which is more geared toward the main market. The AIM side of the practice is partly fuelled by corporate issuers in the energy, real estate and natural resources sectors, though the team also has relationships with a number of prominent nomads and investment banks. On the main market, the team was recently involved in a high-profile privatisation by way of IPO. Key figures in the practice group include Neil Nicholson and David Collins who heads up the UK corporate department.

Practice head(s):David Collins; Neil Nicholson

Other key lawyers:Nikolas Colbridge; Cameron Half

Testimonials

'A fantastic international practice that is able to pull in other specialists as necessary.'

'Working with Dentons, a client knows that every base will be covered; there's nothing the firm can't do.'

'A joined up and pragmatic approach to problems.'

'Neil Nicholson is diligent, dedicated and an effective delegator. Nikolas Colbridge has huge success in international capital markets transactions.'

'Innovative and effective services at a very attractive price.'

Key Clients

Science in Sport plc

Bonhill Group plc

Stifel Nicolaus Europe

RM2 International S.A.

Rosenblatt plc

RA International plc

Peel Hunt

Bilby plc

Cenkos Securities plc

Cantor Fitzgerald Europe

FreeAgent Holdings Limited

Hurricane Energy plc

Quiz plc

Marshall Motor Holdings plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Science in Sport, a market leading endurance sports nutrition company, on its £32 million acquisition of PhD Nutrition Ltd, a premium, innovation-led protein brand, and its equity placing of shares to raise £29m on AIM.
  • Advised Stifel Nicolaus Europe and BMO Capital Markets, as bookrunners, on the $110m fundraising and AIM listing of Jadestone Energy Inc.
  • Advised RA International Group plc on its successful IPO and admission to London's AIM Market.
  • Advised AIM-listed RM2 International S.A. on its £26m placing and open offer.
  • Advised Rosenblatt plc on its £43m AIM IPO and placing sale.
Leading individuals

David Collins - Dentons

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Financial services: contentious
Financial services: contentious - ranked: tier 5

Dentons

Cross-border specialist Dentons is 'responsive, practical' and particularly experienced in transactional regulatory advice, as well as assisting financial institutions from around the globe in relation to Brexit. Michael Wainwright leads the non-contentious practice and has expertise in retail distribution platforms, capital resources requirements, asset protection and insurance. He led in advising Cofunds on the regulatory aspects of a contract with Nationwide Building Society to provide a new investment platform to administer an existing book of retail investments and to support new business. Also notable is the 'excellent and incisive' Jonathan Garforth, who specialises in fintech. The contentious arm of the financial services team acts on a range of issues including investigations, product misselling, whistleblowing and complaints handling. Celyn Armstrong leads the department, which is instructed by regulators as well as banks, asset managers and securities brokers.

Practice head(s):Celyn Armstrong

Testimonials

'Celyn Armstrong leads a team of financial services experts who provide first class service in a timely manner'

'Dentons have a highly skilled financial services offering that benefits from both the large corporate clients it has as an international firm and the personal attention it is able to give individuals as a result of their working methods'

'The team is very responsive, with the individuals making themselves fully available in order to allow an effective negotiation when a contentious matter arises'

'An immensely impressive team with great strength in depth. The core financial markets disputes group is particularly impressive at all levels, and capable of handling the most complex and high value disputes'

'Celyn Armstrong is a valuable adviser. The legal and regulatory analysis he provides shows a high level of technical and industry knowledge and a great ability to address business issues and provide practical solutions within a given legal and regulatory framework'

Key Clients

Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA")

Financial Services Compensation Scheme Limited ("FSCS")

Interactive Brokers

Work highlights

  • Successfully defending a high-profile, high value misfeasance claim against the FCA
  • Carrying out a past business review of a large retail bank's distressed SME unit.
  • Carrying out an internal investigation into possible misconduct within a US securities broker's London office.
  • Advising FSCS in relation to the default of various overseas insurers.
  • Assisting with an extensive internal whistleblowing and culture review.

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Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory
Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory - ranked: tier 5

Dentons

Cross-border specialist Dentons is 'responsive, practical' and particularly experienced in transactional regulatory advice, as well as assisting financial institutions from around the globe in relation to Brexit. Michael Wainwright leads the non-contentious practice and has expertise in retail distribution platforms, capital resources requirements, asset protection and insurance. He led in advising Cofunds on the regulatory aspects of a contract with Nationwide Building Society to provide a new investment platform to administer an existing book of retail investments and to support new business. Also notable is the 'excellent and incisive' Jonathan Garforth, who specialises in fintech. The contentious arm of the financial services team acts on a range of issues including investigations, product misselling, whistleblowing and complaints handling. Celyn Armstrong leads the department, which is instructed by regulators as well as banks, asset managers and securities brokers.

Practice head(s):Michael Wainwright

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Garforth

Testimonials

'The team is fresh, capable and hungry, nothing is too much and their stamina is amazing'

'Their knowledge of consumer law, payment services and new cutting edge law is excellent'

'Take the time to understand goals and objectives'

'One of the qualities that really stand out is their ability to understand new concepts quickly. They are also fun to work with'

'Jonathan Garforth is very responsive and conveys complex legal advice in layman's terms, identifying issues which had not been  considered. He is bright, full of energy and light on his feet.'

Key Clients

Cofunds Limited

M&G Real Estate

WM Partners

Mobius Life Limited

Natixis

Vitality Life Limited

Target Global Advisors Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising M&G Real Estate in connection with it's joint venture with British Land to acquire Fort Kinnaird Retail Park, Edinburgh.
  • Advising WM Partners in connection with the launch of a new fund.
  • Advising Mobius Life on an arrangement to transfer a book of around 13,000 individual pension policies to Scottish Friendly, by means of a court scheme.
  • Advising Natixis Investment Managers on its acquisition of MV Credit Partners LLP.
  • Advising Vitality Life on the launch of its investment proposition.

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M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+
M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+ - ranked: tier 6

Dentons

Dentons' geographic scope covers jurisdictions including the Middle East, Africa, CIS, Europe and North America, acting on transactions governed under English Law from the London office. Key sectors over the past twelve months have included gaming and entertainment, hospitality, energy and financial services. Following the firm's Scottish expansion through its 2017 merger with Maclay Murray & Spens, Dentons has played a more active role in M&A transactions in the food and beverages sector. David Collins co-chairs the global M&A group, as well as leading the UK corporate department. He advises on both domestic and cross-border transactions across a range of sectors.

Practice head(s):David Collins

Other key lawyers:Stephen Levy

Key Clients

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co Partners LLP (KKR)

CK Holdings Co., Ltd

Natixis Investment Managers

Lactalis Group S.A.

Bonhill Group plc

Tenaga Nasional Berhad

Science in Sport plc

Hurricane Energy plc

Autonomous Research LLP

Stonepeak Partners LP

C&C Group plc

Ho Bee Land Limited

Aprirose Limited

Esta Investments Pte Ltd

Verod Industries

Work highlights

  • Advised CK Holdings, the holding company of Calsonic Kansei, on the agreement to acquire Magneti Marelli S.p.A, the automotive components business of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., for €6.2bn.
  • Acted for Natixis Investment Managers on its acquisition of UK-based European credit firm MV Credit.
  • Advised Lactalis on its €740m acquisition of the nutritionals business of African drugmaker Aspen Pharmacare, encompassing over twenty jurisdictions.
  • Advised Bonhill Group plc, on its reverse acquisition of the trade and assets of InvestmentNews from Crain Communications.
  • Represented Tenaga Nasional Berhad in its acquisition of an 80% stake in two UK renewables companies, GVO Wind Limited and Bluemerang Capital Limited.

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Private equity: transactions ‚Äď mid-tier ‚Äď up to ¬£250m
Private equity: transactions ‚Äď mid-tier ‚Äď up to ¬£250m - ranked: tier 2

Dentons

At Dentons, 'Nicholas Plant¬†and the team are extremely knowledgeable and versatile'. Plant frequently acts for key clients Apax and Blackstone; advising the latter in its auction sale of the international operations of RGIS, an inventory business.. The team¬†is most often instructed by buyout funds, venture capitalists and secondary funds, as well as entrepreneurs and institutional investors. Energy, industry and infrastructure are key areas of sector specialism for the firm. In a major consumer goods highlight, Stephen Levy¬†and Joseph Altendorff¬†advised¬†KKR on its ‚ā¨6.83bn acquisition of Unilever‚Äôs global spreads business. The deal involved the acquisition of business operations in over 100 countries. David Collins¬†is head of the team.

Practice head(s):David Collins

Other key lawyers:Nicholas Plant; Stephen Levy; Joseph Altendorff

Testimonials

'I have worked with other top tier firms but I am extremely impressed with Dentons and Nicholas Plant in particular'.

'Nicholas Plant's unique approach to matters and the level of detail and dedication he puts into a transaction certainly makes a difference. During negotiations we always felt like we were ahead of the game because of him.  He is extremely sharp and his knowledge of the practice and industry is outstanding. I would not hesitate to recommend him'.

Key Clients

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co Partners LLP (KKR)

CK Holdings Co., Ltd, the holding company of Calsonic Kansei

Scottish Equity Partners

Apax

Blackstone

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners

Martin Moller (founder of Nordic Aviation Capital)

Target Hero Limited

Leapfrog Investments limited

Graphite

Rutland Partners

Waterland Private Equity

Temasek

Verod

Work highlights

  • Advised global investment firm KKR on the €6.83bn acquisition of Unilever’s spreads business.
  • Advised KKR backed CK Holdings Co., Ltd, the holding company of Calsonic Kansei, on the agreement to acquire Magneti Marelli S.p.A
  • Advised Apax on a vendor legal due diligence report on its sale of the chemicals business Azelis to EQT.
  • Acted as lead counsel to Blackstone on the auction sale of the international operations of inventory business RGIS.
  • Acted for Stonepeak on its acquisition of euNetworks, which owns the largest network of fibre-optic cables in European cities.
Leading individuals

Nicholas Plant - Dentons

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 5

Dentons

Dentons, which has a growing focus on venture capital work in London, is now also better placed to handle matters outside the capital on the back of of its 2017 merger with Scots firm Maclay Murray & Spens, and the team is gaining increased market traction for a balanced mix of investor and investee clients. Afforded significant bandwidth by virtue of being able to key into complementary practice areas including IP, tax and corporate, and also able to leverage the expertise of venture capital practitioners in key locations globally (including the US, Singapore, France and Germany), the team has the capacity to provide a comprehensive and holistic service, irrespective of location. London-based team head Joseph Altendorff is a key name for founder-led and management-owned businesses throughout their growth cycle to IPO or exit.

Practice head(s):Joseph Altendorff

Other key lawyers:David McGrory; Joseph Collingwood; Justin Hill

Testimonials

'The overall team is extremely forward-thinking with its approach to venture capital.'

'It is active in the ecosystem, knows all the key players, adds tremendous insights from Silicon Valley and, overall, is very pragmatic on fee arrangements for earlier stage companies or situations.'

'Joseph Altendorff is a young partner but clearly marked out for the very top of the profession.'

'Justin Hill's ability to absorb large quantities of highly technical information and then to distill it into something manageable is second-to-none.'

Key Clients

Scottish Equity Partners

Yellow Brand Protection

Atom Bank

Altec, Inc

Oculis

MTGx Investments

Jaja Finance

Waldo

Naked Energy

Stepsize

Hybrid Air Vehicles

Display Data

Goldwind

Work highlights

  • Advised Beijing-headquartered Goldwind, one of the world's largest wind turbine manufacturers and corporate venture investors, on its subscription for shares in the capital of Oxford Photovoltaics Limited.
  • Advised Yellow Brand Protection, the legaltech company that has developed a software that systematically scans the internet for suspected counterfeit sales, on US, UK, Italian and Chinese law in relation to venture advice on its acquisition by Corsearch.
  • Advised Alec Inc. on the terms of its proposed Series B investment in IH Holdings International Limited.
  • Advised Oculis, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, on its Series B fundraising.
  • Advised on challenger bank Jaja Finance's £5m crowd funding investment.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Dentons 'deals with important litigation and has done so for several years'. The financial disputes and investigations group's areas of expertise include wholesale banking disputes involving derivatives, letters of credit, fraud, and professional negligence. It is also experienced in investment banking disputes surrounding structured products, credit default swaps, and financial services regulation. Daren Allen is widely respected for contentious money laundering and bribery and corruption matters. Also key to the team are Richard Caird, Felicity Ewing, and Thomas Leyland. Natalia Fludra is a notable senior associate.

Practice head(s):Daren Allen

Other key lawyers:Richard Caird; Felicity Ewing; Thomas Leyland; Natalia Fludra

Testimonials

'Excellent knowledge of the law.'

'Dentons is a first port of call for banking litigation, as it is knowledgeable, efficient and friendly. Its advice is always clear and helpful, and the lawyers are quick to respond to any enquiry.'

'Thomas Leyland and Felicity Ewing are responsive and pleasant to work with.'

'Natalia Fludra is prepared to immerse herself in cases and makes efforts to understand the client's perspective.'

Key Clients

Bank of London and The Middle East

Citibank

Commerzbank

DEPFA Bank

Santander UK

Société Générale

Work highlights

  • Acted for The Royal Bank of Scotland in a £500m LIBOR claim brought by London Bridge Holdings.
  • Assisted Société Générale with a summary judgement application that clarified the law of unjust enrichment.
Leading individuals

Daren Allen - Dentons

Next Generation Partners

Thomas Leyland - Dentons

Rising stars

Natalia Fludra - Dentons

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

Dentons' London team 'gives fast, reliable and clear advice on difficult questions that also have cross-border strategic implications'. It advises corporate clients on a range of litigation, including post-M&A issues, corporate control, joint ventures and shareholder matters. Liz Tout heads the litigation and dispute resolution practice in London and Daren Allen is head of the financial markets and commercial disputes team. Other key lawyers include Craig Neilson, Simon Colledge, Adrian Giles, Dan Bodle and Thomas Leyland, while Tara Boateng is an experienced senior associate.

Practice head(s):Daren Allen; Liz Tout

Other key lawyers:Craig Neilson; Simon Colledge; Adrian Giles; Dan Bodle; Thomas Leyland; Tara Boateng

Testimonials

'Top-notch service to clients at a competitive pricing level'.

'Adrian Giles is always available on very short notice'.

'Daniel Bodle is an extremely calm litigator who never loses sight of the clients' objectives'.

Key Clients

Government of the Lao People's Democratic Republic

Government of India

EDF Energy Customers

Cathay Investments 2

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Government of India in Commercial Court proceedings, which involved pursuing and defending challenges and appeals (under the Arbitration Act 1996) in relation to a United Nations Commission on International Trade Law award.
Leading individuals

Liz Tout - Dentons

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Dentons

Dentons is 'vastly experienced, has strength in depth and always fights for clients' interests'. The firm's international arbitration specialists are recognised for their particular expertise in emerging markets such as Africa, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, central and eastern Europe and the CIS. Liz Tout heads the dispute resolution team in London; London and Moscow-based Dominic Pellew is noted for matters involving Russian and CIS parties; and Dan Bodle has helped develop the firm's growing African disputes practice. Other key advisers are counsel Matthew Vinall and senior associate Catherine Gilfedder. James Langley was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):Liz Tout

Other key lawyers:Dominic Pellew; Dan Bodle; Matthew Vinall; Catherine Gilfedder; James Langley

Testimonials

'The team gets to grips with all the issues, including non-legal ones'.

'Liz Tout is very experienced, has an excellent reputation and gets to the nub of issues'.

'New partner James Langley is very good'.

'Senior associate Catherine Gilfedder deserves special mention'.

Key Clients

Government of India

Government of the Lao People's Democratic Republic

Posco Daewoo

Deutsche Bank

ONGC Campos

Total

Low Carbon Contracts Company

Work highlights

  • Acted in five separate arbitrations for Posco Daewoo for the recovery of debts that were due under claim assignment agreements.

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Public international law
Public international law - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

Dentons leverages strong combined expertise from its network of international offices in investor-state arbitration, particularly under ICSID rules as well as in UNCITRAL proceedings, and also advises on broader public international law issues such as treaty interpretation, sovereign immunity, state succession, sanctions and human rights law. Liz Tout has particular expertise in disputes relating to energy and natural resources. Senior associate Catherine Gilfedder 'is a very strong practitioner in the field'.

Practice head(s):Liz Tout

Testimonials

'Dentons has a growing public international law practice, and is increasingly taking on larger and more important briefs.'

'Liz Tout is increasing her involvement in this area of law'.

Key Clients

GPF GP S.à.r.l

Government of the Lao People's Democratic Republic

Work highlights

  • Acting for GPF GP S.à.r.l ("Griffin"), an investor, in its bilateral treaty claim against the People's Republic of Poland under the Belgium-Luxembourg-European Union-Poland BIT.  Acted for the investor in a successful s. 67 challenge in the English Courts to an award issued in the arbitration, which is believed to be the first set aside of an investor-state award by an English court under s.67.
  • Defending the government of Lao in English High Court proceedings brought by Thai Lao Lignite Co. to enforce a Malaysian arbitral award and to freeze the government's assets.

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 6

Dentons

Led by Catherine Astruc, Dentons' 11-strong team handles acquisition finance work for international banks, alternative lenders and private equity sponsors. Following the departure in November 2018 of Lee Federman to Jones Day the  team only has one partner in its ranks, but despite its relatively small size on the ground in London it is able to effectively leverage the firm's wide-ranging international network of offices and consequently generates a significant flow of mid-market cross-border mandates, particularly in emerging markets.

Practice head(s):Catherine Astruc

Other key lawyers:Joe Byron Evans; Olivia Ashurst

Key Clients

Standard Bank

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Work highlights

  • Advising Standard Bank, IFC and a leading global bank the $140m secured syndicated facilities provided to Westfalia Fruit International to finance the acquisition of an interest in a joint venture in Chile.
  • Advising a fund managed by Credit Suisse on a mezzanine loan to Chimcomplex to acquire the assets of a large chemicals business in Romania which has been in insolvency for several years.

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Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Aided by its extensive network of international offices, the 'experienced and knowledgeable' team at¬†Dentons¬†is very accomplished at advising international banks on syndicated facilities in the EMEA region, including on transactions guaranteed by development banks/export credit agencies. The 'outstanding'¬†Isaac Felberbaum¬†has 'many years of experience in the syndicated loan market' and excels at representing lending syndicates providing liquidity to other financial institutions in the emerging markets. Felberbaum is particularly well attuned to the Turkish market and, working alongside colleagues from the firm's Istanbul office, regularly acts for banking syndicates lending to Turkish banks. He recently advised a leading global bank and a syndicate of banks on a $980m one-year syndicated loan to Akbank T√ľrk Anonim Ňěirketi.

Practice head(s):Isaac Felberbaum; Catherine Astruc

Other key lawyers:Robert Spedding; James Ingham; Joe Byron Evans

Testimonials

'Experience and know-how are two key ingredients and Dentons has this in abundance.'

'The team is personable, reactive and efficient.'

'Isaac Felberbaum is always attentive and responsive and ready to deal with any issue in a timely manner.'

Key Clients

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC)

Mizuho Bank

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Bank of Communications

Wells Fargo

Arab Banking Corporation (Bank ABC)

Commerzbank

Emirates NBD

Standard Bank

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Bayerische Landesbank

Mashreqbank psc

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC

ING Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising Standard Bank, IFC and a leading global bank the $140m secured syndicated facilities provided to Westfalia Fruit International Limited to finance the acquisition of an interest in a joint venture in Chile.
  • Advising a leading global bank and a syndicate of lenders on a $770m Dual Currency Syndicated Term Loan Facility Agreement for Türkiye İhracat Kredi Bankası A.Ş. (Türk Eximbank), the Turkish export credit agency.
  • Advising a leading global bank and a syndicate of 20 other lenders, on a $1.3bn receivables backed pre-export finance facility in favour of the Ghana Cocoa Marketing Board in respect of the 2018–2019 cocoa crop.
  • Advised a leading global bank and a syndicate of banks on a $980m one-year syndicated loan to Akbank Türk Anonim Şirketi.
  • Advising Mizuho Bank and a syndicate of lenders on a $1.2bn dual currency loan facility agreement to Türkiye Vakıflar Bankası T.A.O (Vakıf Bank).
Leading individuals

Isaac Felberbaum - Dentons

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Corporate restructuring & insolvency
Corporate restructuring & insolvency - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

Benefiting from a 'can-do approach and practical attitude', Dentons' 'technical and commercial' six-partner team has 'broad and deep coverage', enabling it to effectively handle the gamut of contentious and non-contentious matters for longstanding banking clients, insolvency practitioners, funds, and corporates. The team regularly draws upon the expertise of practitioners from across its corporate, finance, real estate and litigation practice groups, and has successfully done so on many high-profile mandates, including its recent work for the Official Receiver and Special Managers of Carillion. Contentious insolvency expert Neil Griffiths spearheaded the aforementioned mandate and is noted for his 'immense experience', enabling him to 'benefit from having dealt with many issues before'. Counsel Luci Mitchell-Fry  provides 'clear, concise and direct advice' to a range of stakeholders, including financial institutions, distressed corporate debtors and their management, across both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):Neil Griffiths; Byron Nurse

Other key lawyers:Ian Fox; Celia Hayward; Tessa Blank; Luci Mitchell-Fry; Helen Anderson; Robert Spedding

Testimonials

'It is a friendly, approachable team which takes a collaborative approach to its clients.'

'Strong and experienced across the board, especially in advising large banking syndicates.'

'The quality of its members is excellent, from the newly qualified to the very experienced partners, and it interacts well with other teams where a particular case demands different but overlapping expertise.'

'The team members are very experienced and knowledgeable in restructuring and insolvency and are able to advise on complex matters with ease.'

'Byron Nurse has the ability to focus on the issues that really matter.'

'Ian Fox is friendly, experienced, sensible, accessible, determined and results-oriented.'

'Ian Fox is building up a reputation for himself as an excellent technical expert on domestic and international insolvency law.'

'Tessa Blank combines pragmatism with legal ability.'

'Luci Mitchell-Fry is very responsive and has the ability to quickly get to the heart of the issue.'

'The excellent Luci Mitchell-Fry and Helen Anderson have excellent technical knowledge and both demonstrate an exceptional level of engagement and commitment.'

Key Clients

AlixPartners

BDO

C&C Group plc

Carillion plc

Cerberus European Servicing

CRI Group Limited

Deloitte

Department of Health and Social Care

Ernst & Young

FRP Advisory

Grant Thornton

HMRC

Jackie Stephenson

John Lewis

KPMG

Kraft Heinz

Official Receiver

PDVSA

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Department for International Development

Wolf Minerals Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Official Receiver and Special Managers of Carillion in one of the largest and most high-profile corporate collapses for ten years in the UK.
  • Advising the Cypriot liquidators of the holding company of major Ukrainian agricultural business, Mriya Agro, on its complex restructuring which reduced the group debt from $1.1bn to $309.5m.
  • Acting for the senior lenders to Wolf (a formerly listed quoted specialty metals producer) in relation to the restructuring of the financing of Drakelands (a major tungsten mine in Hemerdon, Devon and one of the few outside China) and its ultimate insolvency.
  • Advised C&C Group Plc in relation to its acquisition of the wholesale drinks business of Conviviality Plc (in administration).
Leading individuals

Neil Griffiths - Dentons

Rising stars

Luci-Mitchell Fry - Dentons

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Debt capital markets
Debt capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Dentons is well known for the strength of its emerging markets debt practice, which relies on the firm's extensive global network to provide local law, English law and US securities law advice across more than 70 jurisdictions. The firm has a long track record of advising on transactions in Africa, the Middle East, Turkey, Central and Eastern Europe and the CIS on behalf of sovereign, financial institution and energy-sector clients. One client remarks that the practice, led by David Cohen is a 'very dedicated team and pleasant to work with'; Cohen and key partner Nick Hayday are 'very experienced'. Among the firm's other 'pragmatic, user-friendly and hands-on partners' are US securities specialist Cameron Half and key advisor to trustees, security agents and other agency service providers Catriona Lloyd. Matthew Sapte is also recommended for Sharia-compliant and structured debt transactions.

Practice head(s):David Cohen

Other key lawyers:Nick Hayday; Cameron Half; Catriona Lloyd; Matthew Sapte; Nikolas Colbridge; Nicholas Yao

Testimonials

'The team has hands-on partners with very good market experience; they are pragmatic and user-friendly'.

'David Cohen and Nick Hayday are both very experienced and provide very good client coverage'.

Key Clients

JSC Silknet

CPI Property Group

Coventry Building Society

Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited

Faurecia

Lietuvos Energija, UAB

FirstRand Bank

Chris Iacovides and Andri Antoniou (of CRI Group) – liquidators of Mriya Agro Holding Public Limited

Ryanair

Morgan Stanley

ABN AMRO

RBC Capital Markets

SMBC Nikko

Goldman Sachs International

The Toronto-Dominion Bank

E.P. Energy

Maire Tecnimont

The Standard Bank of South Africa

Work highlights

  • Advised one of the leading convergent telecommunications operators in Georgia, JSC Silknet, on its debut $200m Reg S bond issue.
  • Advising the CPI Property Group, one of the largest real estate companies in the CEE region, on its €3bn EMTN programme.
  • Advising Coventry Building Society in relation to its €5bn EMTN programme.
  • Acted as international counsel in HDFC's $2.8bn Regulation S EMTN programme and the issue of INR10bn Masala bonds under the programme.
  • Advising E.P. Energy on an offer to purchase up to €41m aggregate principal amount of its €498m 5.875% senior secured notes due 2019.
Leading individuals

David Cohen - Dentons

Nick Hayday - Dentons

Rising stars

Moeen Qayum - Dentons

Nicholas Yao - Dentons

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Derivatives (including commodities)
Derivatives (including commodities) - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

The derivatives, commodities, trade and upstream finance group at Dentons has extended its capability with the addition of two new partners.  Yusuf Battiwala, who is is a recognised expert in derivatives, joined from Allen & Overy LLP. He handles OTC derivatives, repos and securities lending. Luke Whitmore, previously at Fieldfisher, has a similar practice but with a particular focus on the prime brokerage and futures market. The practice group led by Matthew Sapte handles all aspects of derivatives across the full range of asset classes, including interest rate, FX, credit, equity and commodity derivatives. Its work includes master documentation negotiations, clearing, hedging on financings and securitisations, and a range of highly structured derivatives transactions. It also assists clients with innovative funding structures utilising derivatives and has a prominent role in emerging market derivatives transactions.

Practice head(s):Matthew Sapte

Other key lawyers:Yusuf Battiwala; Luke Whitmore

Testimonials

"Matthew Sapte and Yusuf Battiwala are very knowledgeable and helpful."

Key Clients

Emirates NBD

Emirates Islamic Bank

Dubai Islamic Bank

Arab Banking Corporation (Bank ABC)

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

Emirates NBD Capital

First Abu Dhabi Bank

Noor Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising Emirates NBD on around 10 shari'ah-compliant derivatives transactions.
  • Advising Emirates Islamic Bank on 4 shari'ah-compliant derivatives transactions.
Leading individuals

Matthew Sapte - Dentons

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Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 1

Dentons

Dentons has 'a strong partner-led team with very good emerging market experience, which is capable in both Reg S and 144A transactions'. The firm has a vast global network of offices, which enables its London finance practice to be involved in a large number of emerging markets. Its long-standing presence in Africa was enhanced by its combination with Kenyan law firm Hamilton, Harrison & Mathews, and the firm continues to be involved in syndicated lending, project and infrastructure finance, export credit finance, debt capital markets, trade and commodities finance, and energy finance across the continent. Howard Barrie who advises on project and infrastructure finance projects in Africa, as well as on structured trade and commodity financings, rejoined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP. The firm has a similar portfolio of work in the Middle East and, increasingly, in the CEE,  Russia and the CIS. The firm is also growing its portfolio of work from China, having merged with a local law firm.  Head of banking and finance Paul Holland and trade finance specialist Celia Gardiner are highly recommended.

Practice head(s):Paul Holland

Other key lawyers:Howard Barrie; Celia Gardner; David Cohen; Nick Hayday; Cameron Half; Nik Colbridge

Testimonials

"Nick Hayday and Cameron Half are both experienced and 'hands-on' partners."

Key Clients

HSBC

Standard Chartered

Lietuvos Energija, UAB

Emirates NBD PJSC

Standard Bank

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

FirstRand Bank

Gulf Energy Limited

Bugesera Airport Company Limited

Arab Banking Corporation (Bank ABC)

Mashreqbank psc

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC

Koç Holding

JSC Silknet

CRI Group

E.P. Energy

CPI Property Group

The Standard Bank of South Africa

Work highlights

  • Advising Standard Chartered Bank on the financing to the Ministry of Finance of Angola for the design, construction and equipping of three hospitals in Angola worth approximately €380m.
  • Advising Lietuvos Energija, UAB, the energy company that is 100 per cent owned by the government of Lithuania, on its second Reg S €300m green bond issue.
  • Advising Standard Bank, IFC and a leading global bank the $140m secured syndicated facilities provided to Westfalia Fruit International Limited to finance the acquisition of an interest in a joint venture in Chile.
  • Advising a leading global bank and a syndicate of lenders on a $770m Dual Currency Syndicated Term Loan Facility Agreement for Türkiye İhracat Kredi Bankası A.Ş. (Türk Eximbank), the Turkish export credit agency.
  • Documenting the $1.3bn receivables backed pre-export finance facility for a leading global bank in favour of the Ghana Cocoa Marketing Board in respect of the 2018-1019 cocoa crop.
Leading individuals

Celia Gardiner - Dentons

Paul Holland - Dentons

Rising stars

Lee McLernon - Dentons

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Islamic finance
Islamic finance - ranked: tier 1

Dentons

Acting in conjunction with its extensive global network, which includes a strong presence throughout the GCC, Dentons is instructed by a litany of Islamic and conventional banks, which it advises on real estate finance transactions and a range of capital markets mandates. In particular, the team has noted expertise in Islamic structured finance, an aspect of the practice that was further strengthened in 2019 by the arrival of Yusuf Battiwala, who joined the firm from Allen & Overy LLP. The London-based team works especially closely with its colleagues in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Matthew Sapte heads the wider banking and finance practice.

Practice head(s):Matthew Sapte

Other key lawyers:Yusuf Battiwala; Paul Holland

Testimonials

'A very professional team that is always prepared to go the extra mile.'

'Extraordinarily professional, but at the same time approachable.'

Key Clients

Emirates NBD

Emirates Islamic Bank

Dubai Islamic Bank

Arab Banking Corporation (Bank ABC)

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

Emirates NBD Capital

First Abu Dhabi Bank

Noor Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising multiple financial institutions on the update of, and issues under, Sharjah Islamic Bank's trust certificate issuance programme.
  • Advising a financial institution on multiple shari'ah-compliant derivatives transactions.
  • Advising a bank on the shari'ah-compliant refinancing of a London property.
  • Acting for a European bank in the documentation of a shari'ah-compliant master murabaha facility.

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Structured products and securitisation
Structured products and securitisation - ranked: tier 2

Dentons

'The practice is really commercial, practical and focused on driving the deal ahead', remarks a client of Dentons. The structured products and securitisation practice covers a wide range of transactions including new and innovative areas of the market. It has worked on numerous challenger bank structured financings including Atom Bank's inaugural RMBS deal. It frequently acts in cross-border trade receivables securitisations, which in 2018 involved 20 sellers from 13 jurisdictions, and is a key adviser on EU risk retention requirements in US securitisations. Residential mortgage finance is another key pillar of the practice and encompasses RMBS, covered bonds and warehousing transactions. Leading partner Peter Voisey advises some of the most active originators and arrangers in that market. Led by up-and-coming partner Martin Sharkey, the European CLO practice goes from strength to strength, advising on warehousing, new issuance and refinancing transactions. Consumer loan securitisations, trade receivables transactions and, through Catriona ’Kitty’ Lloyd, advice to trustees are also key focal points for the firm. Edward Hickman, who co-leads the group with Voisey, has broad-ranging expertise in expertise securitisation, loan portfolio sales and structured utility bonds.

Practice head(s):Edward Hickman; Peter Voisey

Other key lawyers:Catriona Lloyd; Martin Sharkey; Celia Gardiner; David Cohen; Matthew Sapte

Testimonials

"We found the Dentons team to be well-balanced between being experts in their area but also being friendly and approachable. They understood the importance of the transaction to us and worked to resolve any issues as quickly and painlessly as possible. They are extremely dedicated and seem to genuinely like each other too."

"Martin Sharkey has very good cashflow CLO product knowledge and a good network of supporting lawyers. He is engaged, available and very pleasant to work with."

"Peter Voisey is hugely experienced but always available."

"Dentons has the ability to provide sound and efficient securitisation advice for structured finance capital markets transactions."

"Peter Voisey provided outstanding service from the very beginning of his engagement. His ability to synthesise the various transactions and provide sound advice to analysts is key for the legal department. In addition, he provides continued outstanding legal services."

"The firm has very long and valuable experience in its field and covers several geographical areas in Europe, which is hard to find in other firms."

" Edward Hickman  is an excellent negotiator and immediately gained the trust of all parties involved. He has outstanding knowledge of the sector."

Key Clients

Volkswagen Financial Services (UK) Limited

Atom Bank

Barings (UK) Limited

Oaktree Capital Management

APS Investments

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Five Arrows

Citicorp Trustee Company Limited

Leading individuals

Edward Hickman - Dentons

Peter Voisey - Dentons

Next Generation Partners

Martin Sharkey - Dentons

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Trade finance
Trade finance - ranked: tier 1

Dentons

'It is known as a top law firm in the market and has a great position in the market', remarks a client of Dentons. The firm's depth of expertise in banking and finance, energy and natural resources, as well as its presence in emerging markets gives its London team a strong standing in the market. Head of banking and finance Paul Holland leads the commodities, trade and upstream finance group  and deals with export credit financing and asset financing. In his team, Celia Gardiner has a long-standing reputation as one of the leading lawyers in the market and she frequently advises lenders and borrowers on financing transactions in the production, transportation and sale of commodities and in receivables financing and invoice discounting transactions. She also handles pre-export financing facilities, structured prepayment arrangements, borrowing base facilities and other working capital facilities for  traders, receivables financing, and restructuring and workouts in the natural resources sector. Howard Barrie rejoined the firm from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in 2018, and clients describe him as 'among the top lawyers in his field with enormous talent and experience'. Tim Pipe, who handles financings in the energy sector and in emerging markets, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Paul Holland

Other key lawyers:Celia Gardiner; Howard Barrie; Tim Pipe; Ian Clements; Lee McLernon

Testimonials

"Howard Barrie is an excellent and very experienced lawyer. Negotiations even against very tough clients and very good lawyers are very comfortable, as he is able to be on par or exceed them with arguments and counterarguments."

"Dentons has top professionals like Howard Barrie in trade finance. I would keep working with him notwithstanding the firm he is affiliated to."

"Howard Barrie is one of the best lawyers in his category but he remains humble and he genuinely listens to the concerns of his clients. It has been a real pleasure to team up with him and I highly recommend his support."

"Having Howard Barrie by your side in negotiations is really an advantage as he  is an outstanding lawyer and has tremendous knowledge and experience. Even against the industry's top lawyers, he comes out on top."

Key Clients

Duferco SA

Work highlights

  • Advising a leading global bank in respect of an Islamic finance compliant reserve-based lending facility in favour of exploration and production companies with assets onshore in Pakistan.
  • Documenting the US$1.3bn receivables backed pre-export finance facility for a leading global bank in favour of the Ghana Cocoa Marketing Board in respect of the 2018-1019 cocoa crop.
  • Advising a global bank on a financing for the Ministry of Finance of Angola for the design, construction and equipping of three hospitals in Angola worth approximately €380m.
  • Advising the African Export-Import Bank in respect of a $100,000,000 unsecured, bilateral term loan facility made available to The Ministry of Finance in Angola in respect of working capital requirements in connection with the development of the Laúca Hydroelectric Dam project.
  • Advising a bank on a series of transactions for the distribution of the bank's trade finance receivables and assets under supply chain finance and receivables purchase programmes.
Leading individuals

Celia Gardiner - Dentons

Howard Barrie - Dentons

Rising stars

Ian Clements - Dentons

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Transport finance & leasing
Transport finance & leasing - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Although it is active in other asset classes, Dentons' five-partner practice is particularly accomplished at handling financings and leasing transactions for lessors, airlines, manufacturers and lenders in the aviation sector. An enviable roster of airlines, including Emirates and Qatar Airways, continue to provide a significant volume of instructions to the team, with the 'excellent' Serge Sergiou recently advising the former on its ECA-supported financings of two A380s - the first ECA financing for Airbus Aircraft since 2016. Nick Chandler heads the team, which also includes the 'vastly experienced' Greg Kahn and Sarah Dyke, who is 'very knowledgeable in the corporate jet sector'.

Practice head(s):Nick Chandler

Other key lawyers:Serge Sergiou; Paul Holland; Sarah Dyke; Lee McLernon; Stephen Temple

Testimonials

'The team is very responsive'.

'Sarah Dyke is very thorough and customer friendly'.

'Nick Chandler has a deep understanding and knowledge of the sector'.

Key Clients

Emirates

Qatar Airways

Goshawk Aviation

Azul Brazilian Airlines

Chorus Aviation

Airbourne Capital

ALAFCO Aviation Lease & Finance

Wizz Air

Virgin Atlantic

TUI

Orix

Air Nostrum

Work highlights

  • Acting for Airborne Capital in its co-investment arrangements with Letter 1 in a diversified portfolio of in-production narrow body and wide body commercial aircraft leased to airlines across the world.
  • Acted for Emirates in a number of recent deals, including the JOLCO financing of five Boeing 777 and the ECA-supported financing of two A380 aircraft.
  • Advising Azul Brazilian Airlines on the negotiation of the operating lease of 31 new Embraer E195-E2 aircraft on lease to Azul from AerCap.
  • Advising Chorus Aviation on an aircraft warehouse facility and the portfolio acquisition of ten aircraft.
  • Acting for Virgin Atlantic on a secured syndicated revolving credit facility.
Leading individuals

Greg Kahn - Dentons

Serge Sergiou - Dentons

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 5

Dentons

Dentons' UK employment practice is led by Virginia Allen, who has a track record of work with clients in the technology, media and professional services sectors, with expertise in conducting investigations for clients. The London team benefits from the wider firm's huge global reach, handling cross-border matters for clients in conjunction with colleagues in offices as far afield as South Korea, the Philipines and Taiwan. Ryan Carthew, who 'fights hard and delivers excellent service for his clients', advises on both contentious and non-contentious matters, with a particular focus on litigation. Long-serving partner Michael Bronstein left at the end of 2018 to take up a new role in the Government Legal Department.

Practice head(s):Virginia Allen

Other key lawyers:Ryan Carthew

Testimonials

'The whole team at Dentons are ferociously bright and will leave no stone unturned in pursuit of their client's best interests.'

'The team offer practical advice that is easily understood.'

'Good previous experience of difficult situations.'

'Approachable and willing to explain the advice provided.'

'Ryan Carthew's greatest gift is his ability to achieve fantastic outcomes for his client.'

'Ryan Carthew fights hard and delivers excellent service for his clients every time.'

'The team have a wealth of experience and the ability to analyse complex situations.'

Key Clients

Dyson Technology

Spotify

Double Negative

YourCash

LGT Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Assisted Dyson with a global review of its international employee handbook.
  • Advising Spotify on all of its UK employment law issues including matters relating to recruitment, employee exits and employee relations.
  • Advised YourCash on a £4m claim by the company's former CEO Jennifer Campbell in relation to allegations of unfair dismissal and sex discrimination.
  • Advise MarkLogic on all matters requiring external employment law support in the UK.
  • Assist LGT Capital Partners with all day to day HR support including contract drafting, employee exits and general queries.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Dentons is highly skilled in investigations and health and safety issues surrounding transactions. Stephen Shergold co-heads the practice and is particularly strong in handling issues relating to the Control of Major Accident Hazards regulations involving chemical and equipment safety. Aberdeen based Malcolm Gunnyeon also leads the team and has a strong emphasis on the food and beverage, infrastructure, and oil and gas sectors.  Other notable names include Sam Boileau, who focuses on the oil and gas an retail sectors, and Helen Bowdren, who works on investigations and transactional support.

Practice head(s):Stephen Shergold; Malcolm Gunnyeon 

Other key lawyers:Sam Boileau; Helen Bowdren

Key Clients

Official Receiver / PwC - in connection with the insolvency of Carillion

Group One Automotive

Aprirose

The Edrington Group Limited

John Lewis & Partners

Baxters Food Group Limited

Avis Budget Group

The Action Group

Aggreko plc

Menzies Distribution Limited

Zenith Bank (UK) Limited

Holland & Barrett Retail Limited

Auria

Work highlights

  • Advising the Official Receiver and PwC in connection with the insolvency of Carillion.
  • Advising Partners for Improvement of Camden Ltd on fire safety law in connection with a contractual dispute over building refurbishment and fire safety issues at a number of large residential buildings in the Camden area.

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Pensions (non-contentious)
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

Dentons’ pensions team leverages the firm’s corporate credentials to provide pensions-related transactional advice to household-name clients. Insolvency is also a strong point for the practice, with Elmer Doonan having worked on significant recent cases in this field. Regular standalone mandates include master trust implementation, deed restructuring, liability management including bulk transfers and restructuring exercises. Common contentious mandates include GMP equalisation disputes, indexing disputes and rectification claims.

Practice head(s):Elmer Doonan

Other key lawyers:David Knox, Eleanor Hart

Testimonials

'The team has a wealth of experience with the ability to deal with new issues as they arise'

'Elmer Doonan is hugely experienced, thoughtful and extremely driven to produce the best he can for the client. His dedication makes him a lot of fans'

Key Clients

Official Receiver/Cabinet Office on Carillion liquidation

Barnardo's Pension Scheme Representative Beneficiaries

Bishopsgate Investments & Hartwell Group

Delta Airlines (UK) Ltd Pension Scheme Trustees

KKR

EQT

Institute of Chartered Accountants for England & Wales

JCB Finance Pension Scheme

Bank of China

Virgin Atlantic Airways

Work highlights

  • Advised the Cabinet Office and the Official Receiver on all pension issues in the Carillion liquidation. This included 13 large defined benefit pensions schemes and three defined contribution pension schemes and all issues in their transfer to the Pension Protection Fund.
  • Ongoing advice to the trustees of the Delta (UK) Pension Scheme including advising on the impact of GDPR, putting in place changes to the Trustee Board and amendments to the scheme to reflect the requirement for partial transfers out.
  • Advising KKR on pensions aspects of a number of purchases over the year including its acquisition of the Unilever Spreads business for £6bn and Magneti Marelli for $7.1bn.

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Pensions: dispute resolution
Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Dentons’ pensions team leverages the firm’s corporate credentials to provide pensions-related transactional advice to household-name clients. Insolvency is also a strong point for the practice, with Elmer Doonan having worked on significant recent cases in this field. Regular standalone mandates include master trust implementation, deed restructuring, liability management including bulk transfers and restructuring exercises. Common contentious mandates include GMP equalisation disputes, indexing disputes and rectification claims.

Practice head(s):Elmer Doonan

Other key lawyers:David Knox, Eleanor Hart

Testimonials

'The team has a wealth of experience with the ability to deal with new issues as they arise'

'Elmer Doonan is hugely experienced, thoughtful and extremely driven to produce the best he can for the client. His dedication makes him a lot of fans'

Key Clients

Official Receiver/Cabinet Office on Carillion liquidation

Barnardo's Pension Scheme Representative Beneficiaries

Bishopsgate Investments & Hartwell Group

Delta Airlines (UK) Ltd Pension Scheme Trustees

KKR re acquisition of Unilever Spreads and Magnetti Marelli

EQT re acquisition of Azelis holdings SA

Institute of Chartered Accountants for England & Wales

JCB Finance Pension Scheme

Bank of China

Virgin Atlantic Airways

Work highlights

  • Advised on a successful appeal by Barnardo's to the Supreme Court in which it sought to overturn a judgment that held that it could not change the basis of annual pension increases from RPI to CPI.
  • Advising Bishopsgate Investments Ltd & Hartwell Group in a dispute over pension increases and  the funding of the scheme deficit.

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London: Insurance

Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

Global mega-firm Dentons describes its UK insurance offering as a "boutique practice with a focus on cross-border matters". Under the leadership of 'very safe pair of hands' Martin Mankabady, theteam provides 'concise but comprehensive' advice to Lloyd's insurers, global brokers and start-ups on commercial arrangements and cutting-edge matters involving insurtech. Mankabady, who was recently appointed as global chair of the firm's insurance practice, works in tandem with recently promoted partner Katharine Harle, who is an expert on regulatory matters and previously worked at the Financial Conduct Authority. Adriana Cotter joined the team as a partner from Sidley Austin LLP in mid-2019.

Practice head(s):Martin Mankabady

Other key lawyers:Katharine Harle

Testimonials

'Martin Mankababdy remains an expert on W&I, wordings and regulatory aspects. More broadly he is well regarded as a very safe pair of hands and extremely knowledgeable.'

'We work very closely with Katharine Harle and Martin Mankabady and find them both to have exceptional understanding of our needs and demands; advising concisely but comprehensively.'

Key Clients

AIG

Virgin

Ambridge

Work highlights

  • Advising Mobius Life Limited on the disposal of a block of individual businesses.
  • Advising Vitality Life on the launch of its investment proposition.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)
Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) - ranked: tier 2

Dentons

Dentons has considerable experience in the secondary projects market, as well as advising on operational change and asset management matters in the infrastructure sector. Beyond its national practice, the group is also involved in rail, roads and airport projects on an international level, particularly in Africa. The team is jointly led by Dominic Spacie, Matthew Hanslip-Ward and the Edinburgh-based Euan Wilson. Mark MacAulay in Glasgow is a key contact in procurement matters. Stewart Maciver, also in Edinburgh, has significant experience of infrastructure transactions.

Practice head(s):Dominic Spacie; Matthew Hanslip-Ward; Euan Wilson

Other key lawyers:Mark Macaulay; Stewart Maciver; Claire Armstrong

Testimonials

'This practice has excellent internal coordination of resources to provide support, and is able to respond quickly and effectively to all challenges.'

'Dentons has a strong knowledge and practical problem solving skills.'

 

Key Clients

BWP Issuer, BWP Project Services Limited and BWP Services

Her Majesty's Government and the Official Receiver to Carillion plc

Semperian

Sir Robert McAlpine

Morgan Sindall Investments

3i Infrastructure

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Transport for London

Infrastructure Managers Limited

Dalmore Capital

Gulf Energy

Mota Engil/ Bugesera Airport Company Limited

Aviva Public Private Finance Limited

BASF/Wintershall

Ministério dos Recursos Mineirais (MIREM) – Mozambique's Ministry of Mineral Resources

Gulf Energy Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted on the refinancing of the Thameside PPP Prison Project, which included advising BWP on negotiations with the Ministry of Justice.
  • Appointed by Her Majesty's Government to advise in respect of contingency planning regarding Carillion's financial difficulties, as well as being retained by the Official Receiver acting  as liquidator of several Carillion companies.
  • Providing Network Rail with procurement and contract advice on the Crewe Area Works Project, a infrastructure project primarily facilitating the connection between HS2  and the West Coast Main Line.
  • Advising TfL on its £250m delivery partner contract for its program of track renewals and maintenance works.
  • Advising Bugesera Airport Company Limited, a joint venture between the Mota-Engil, Aviation Travel and Logistics Holdings Limited, on the development of a new $418m international airport in Rwanda.

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Mining and minerals
Mining and minerals - ranked: tier 5

Dentons

At Dentons, the mining offering covers corporate and M&A matters including share and business transactions, fund matters and equity capital markets under the leadership of Neil Nicholson. Other key names include Will Gunston  and Evgenia Laurson, who focus on insolvency and restructuring and project financing matters respectively.

Practice head(s):Neil Nicholson

Other key lawyers:Evgenia Laurson; Will Gunston

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 1

Dentons

Dentons' oil and gas offering covers the full value chain both at home and abroad under the joint leadership of Danielle Beggs and David Tennant. The firm's recent caseload includes, in particular, big-ticket corporate transactions and major project development matters in challenging jurisdictions. In Aberdeen, the firm recently welcomed counsel Kenny Paton from Webber Wentzel, who now leads the oil and gas team. Charles Wood, whose areas of expertise include LNG and gas projects and sales, is also a key contact.

Practice head(s):Danielle Beggs; David Tennant

Other key lawyers:Charles Wood; Humphrey Douglas; Liz Tout; Alistair Black; Kenny Paton

Testimonials

'The depth of experience at Dentons is almost unique in this sector. All areas of projects, energy and natural resources are covered by this team. The DNA of the firm could be reasonably said to be rooted in the "energy sector" and the firm has only gone from strength to strength.'

'The key members of the team have stayed together over many years which is a positive sign in a profession which often sees movement of senior lawyers between firms.'

'The Dentons team is highly skilled with a broad spectrum of experience which allows it to tailor the service to provide for our requirements. The group really makes an effort to get to know our business, which has resulted in it being recognised as a go-to firm within the industry.'

'The team shows in-depth knowledge of the gas agreements structure and was able to bridge the gap for any commercial matters as well.'

'Dentons is known for its human engagement, simplicity in communications, and reassuringly professional and capable approach.'

'Liz Tout, Danielle Beggs, Charles Wood and David Tennant are the core of this group.'

'Danielle Beggs consistently goes above and beyond to support clients when requested.'

'Torquil Law makes a real effort to understand his clients and their requirements. He is a very impressive individual.'

Key Clients

BASF/Wintershall

Centrica Storage Limited

Energy Networks Association

Government of India

Hurricane Energy Plc

National Grid Gas

Noble Energy

Oman Gas Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Centrica Storage Limited on its entry into a construction and tie-in agreement and a processing and operating services agreement for the tie-in of the Tolmount field to the Easington terminal and for the terminal to be used as the host facility for Tolmount gas.
  • Advised Noble Energy on pipeline solution for Leviathan and Tamar gas exports to Egypt.
  • Advised Hurricane Energy Plc on the farm-out of 50% of its interests in the Lincoln and Warwick assets to Spirit Energy Limited.
  • Advising Wintershall Holding GmbH on its acquisition of a 10% stake in the Ghasha concession, located offshore Abu Dhabi.
  • Advising Indonesian state-owned oil and natural gas company Pertamina on its first joint venture agreement with Rosneft, the Russian state-owned oil company, to jointly develop the new Tuban refining and petrochemical complex in East Java.
Leading individuals

Charles Wood - Dentons

Danielle Beggs - Dentons

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Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) - ranked: tier 2

Dentons

Dentons' energy, transport and infrastructure team has a strong reputation for its work on high-value corporate M&A and financing matters. Lucille De Silva is a renowned expert in the field of solar PV and has advised on a number of key transactions such as Hanwha Q Cells' Yeka project in Turkey. The group is led by Charles July, who is adept at handling project development work, project and acquisition finance, private M&A and regulation in the energy sector.

Practice head(s):Charles July

Other key lawyers:Lucille De Silva; Mark Cheney

Testimonials

'The team at Dentons is well connected and has a great understanding of precedent matters and industry standards.'

'The team is very responsive and has proved to be agile in its thinking. It combines strong M&A knowledge with strong commercial advice. Its experts liaise easily with their colleagues from other jurisdictions when needed, which is very helpful to provide a full picture of the overall matter. The relationship partner is always involved, which ensures that the client always has a senior representative to efficiently manage the relationship.'

'Lucille De Silva is very hands-on and responsive.'

'Charles July and his team act with high integrity, efficiency and a 'can-do' attitude with practical solutions to complex issues.'

'Lucille De Silva has a very longstanding track record in M&A transactions. She has a very strong understanding of the main features of renewable energy projects, which has proved invaluable when shaping the negotiation contracts with counterparties.'

Key Clients

Authority for Electricity Regulation , Oman

Centrica

Hanwha

International Finance Corporation

LCCC (Low Carbon Contracts Company)

Lightsource BP

OFGEM

Oman Power and Water Procurement Company

Sports Direct

Tenaga Nasional Berhad

UK Government BEIS

Work highlights

  • Advising Equinor on a major South American solar PV project, having advised on its first solar development project in Brazil last year.
  • Advising International Finance Corporation on the implementation of its Scaling Solar Program in Ethiopia.
  • Advising a 50:50 joint venture established between Hanwha Solar and Kalyon in relation to the design and construction of Turkey's largest solar farm.
  • Advised the lenders (Lloyds Bank and Scottish Widows) in relation to the £24m institutional investor financing of a 25MW portfolio of solar assets in the UK.
  • Advised Sports Direct on an on-site PPA and lease for a new build gas turbine generation project on land owned by Sports Direct, near one of its industrial sites.
Leading individuals

Lucille De Silva - Dentons

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London: Public sector

Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Dentons has some long-established local authority clients such as the Greater London Authority, Essex County Council and Transport for London, and has a focus on large-scale regeneration projects. Stephen Ashworth is valued for providing 'a comprehensive service' and other key team members specialise in real estate (Virginia Glastonbury) and strategic acquisitions and disposals as part of redevelopment projects (Roland Gray). Bryan Johnstone handles real estate disputes and counsel Mark Bassett is a lead on public procurement work.

Practice head(s):Stephen Ashworth; Virginia Glastonbury; Roland Gray

Other key lawyers:Bryan Johnstone; Mark Bassett

Testimonials

'Dentons make every effort to understand the Council's issues and provide a cost-effective solution. They invariably provide timely and helpful advice, and give an impression of wanting to help as opposed to simply providing a service'.

'Stephen Ashworth in particular makes every effort to provide a comprehensive service.'

'Bryan Johnstone has undertaken some highly complex property litigation and is extremely highly rated by our surveyors. Overall they do come across as sympathetic to the Council's aspirations.'

Key Clients

Essex County Council

Colchester Borough Council

Northamptonshire County Council

Greater London Authority

Southampton City Council

Huntingdonshire District Council

Basingstoke & Dean Borough Council

South Cambridgeshire District Council

London Borough of Greenwich Council

Transport for London

The London Borough of Southwark

Braintree District Council

Southend On Sea Borough Council

London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

Hounslow Borough Council

Uttlesford District Council

Mid Sussex District Council

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

Slough Urban Renewal LLP

Work highlights

  • Advising Braintree District Council, Colchester Borough Council and Tendring District Council (together the North Essex Authorities) on their proposals for three garden communities, which will together provide between 29,000 and 43,000 homes. The development value is in the region of £8-10bn.
  • Advised Northamptonshire County Council on the sale and leaseback of its One Angel Square new HQ building in Northampton to Canada Life.
  • Advising Southampton City Council on the development of Southampton Royal Pier, a multi-phase mixed use scheme with developer Morgan Sindall and fellow landowners Associated British Ports and the Crown Estate.
  • Advising the London Borough of Southwark and City of London Corporation in Supreme Court litigation relating to the extent of land which vests in Transport for London as the body responsible for strategic roads in London.
  • Continuing to advise the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham on a major regeneration scheme, the Barking Riverside Gateways Housing Zone Project.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: corporate occupiers
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

At Dentons, Simon Masri¬†and senior associate¬†Laura Gowing¬†are standout names in the firm's acclaimed hotels and leisure team, which handles high-value transactions and projects across the EMEA region. The firm's caseload includes mixed-use hotel projects, day-to-day operational work and franchising matters with a standout instruction recently coming from Topland on the sale of a portfolio of 26 hotels for ¬£220m. The firm also hosts a full-service development offering which has recently been boosted by the arrival of former¬†Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP¬†partner¬†Deepa Deb, a specialist in residential-led mixed used schemes and the alternative assets sector. Investment clients include family offices and sovereign wealth funds based in China, the Middle East and South East Asia while corporate occupier clients rely on the team for leasing, construction, planning, dispute, joint venture, fund management and finance matters. Richard Budge¬†is a standout in the retail space where the team's¬†construction, structuring, planning, funding advice, competition, franchising and GDPR issues complement its core real estate offering. Real estate head¬†Rob Thompson¬†‚Äėgoes the extra mile‚Äô for clients and is a specialist in complex corporate real estate and real estate finance transactions on both a domestic and international scale.

Practice head(s):Rob Thompson; Virginia Glastonbury

Other key lawyers:Simon Masri

Testimonials

'Clients receive a high quality and a very professional service from Dentons. They have high skilled staff coupled with great industry exposure. The value Dentons render is immense and they have a unique approach to professional attend each and every query with high importance.'

'The real estate team at Dentons have a complete commercial awareness that means even the most complex deals can be negotiated with confidence.'

'Rob Thompson, Lewis Myers and Carla Revelo bring a wealth of experience and valuable mix of skills from due diligence to complex structuring. They are always willing to explore options and go the extra mile.'

'Andrew Henderson has a very detailed knowledge of the market and provides very commercial advice in order to help get deals done.'

'A client-focused practice with experts in their field.'

'Emma Frost displays unrivalled dedication to her clients and goes the extra step to find creative solutions. She has a strong ability to anticipate and deal with the arguments of the opposite side at the negotiating table.'

'Rob Thompson leads the team with quiet authority. He is responsive, available and goes the extra mile for the benefit of the client.'

'Harleen Kandola shows great diligence and takes a commercial approach to negotiating leases and other documents appreciating which points can be conceded to achieve gains elsewhere.'

'Dentons have demonstrated on numerous occasions their commercial awareness and ability to think out of the box to present solutions to clients and lead on complicated property transactions.'

'Commercially minded, good problem solving.'

'Richard Budge is a high quality lawyer. Creative and focused on getting things done.'

'There is an excellent balance to the team in terms of individual qualities and characteristics, not to mention diversity, which helps to maintain the high quality of advice received'.

'They never drop the ball. Their attention to detail and quality of advice is superb. Their extensive market coverage across skill-lines is very important'.

'Sarah Rowlands and Emma Frost are always available for advice and work tirelessly to execute deals'.

'Pragmatic approach to problem solving. Good communication between the lawyers and litigators. Partner level involvement.'

Key Clients

Aprirose

KanAm Grund

Karlin Real Estate

Greyhound Investing Corp

Helical

Vengrove

John Lewis

Sainsbury's

Virdis Properties 5 Limited

Ho Bee Land Limited

Karlin Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Advising Upfield on the occupation of its manufacturing and office premises across the globe.
  • Acting for Argos on all aspects of estate management, including lease renewals and re-gears.

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Commercial property: development
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 2

Dentons

At Dentons, Simon Masri¬†and senior associate¬†Laura Gowing¬†are standout names in the firm's acclaimed hotels and leisure team, which handles high-value transactions and projects across the EMEA region. The firm's caseload includes mixed-use hotel projects, day-to-day operational work and franchising matters with a standout instruction recently coming from Topland on the sale of a portfolio of 26 hotels for ¬£220m. The firm also hosts a full-service development offering which has recently been boosted by the arrival of former¬†Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP¬†partner¬†Deepa Deb, a specialist in residential-led mixed used schemes and the alternative assets sector. Investment clients include family offices and sovereign wealth funds based in China, the Middle East and South East Asia while corporate occupier clients rely on the team for leasing, construction, planning, dispute, joint venture, fund management and finance matters. Richard Budge¬†is a standout in the retail space where the team's¬†construction, structuring, planning, funding advice, competition, franchising and GDPR issues complement its core real estate offering. Real estate head¬†Rob Thompson¬†‚Äėgoes the extra mile‚Äô for clients and is a specialist in complex corporate real estate and real estate finance transactions on both a domestic and international scale.

Practice head(s):Richard Budge; Virginia Glastonbury; Rob Thompson

Other key lawyers:Lewis Myers

Testimonials

'Clients receive a high quality and a very professional service from Dentons. They have high skilled staff coupled with great industry exposure. The value Dentons render is immense and they have a unique approach to professional attend each and every query with high importance.'

'The real estate team at Dentons have a complete commercial awareness that means even the most complex deals can be negotiated with confidence.'

'Rob Thompson, Lewis Myers and Carla Revelo bring a wealth of experience and valuable mix of skills from due diligence to complex structuring. They are always willing to explore options and go the extra mile.'

'Andrew Henderson has a very detailed knowledge of the market and provides very commercial advice in order to help get deals done.'

'A client-focused practice with experts in their field.'

'Emma Frost displays unrivalled dedication to her clients and goes the extra step to find creative solutions. She has a strong ability to anticipate and deal with the arguments of the opposite side at the negotiating table.'

'Rob Thompson leads the team with quiet authority. He is responsive, available and goes the extra mile for the benefit of the client.'

'Harleen Kandola shows great diligence and takes a commercial approach to negotiating leases and other documents appreciating which points can be conceded to achieve gains elsewhere.'

'Dentons have demonstrated on numerous occasions their commercial awareness and ability to think out of the box to present solutions to clients and lead on complicated property transactions.'

'Commercially minded, good problem solving.'

'Richard Budge is a high quality lawyer. Creative and focused on getting things done.'

'There is an excellent balance to the team in terms of individual qualities and characteristics, not to mention diversity, which helps to maintain the high quality of advice received'.

'They never drop the ball. Their attention to detail and quality of advice is superb. Their extensive market coverage across skill-lines is very important'.

'Sarah Rowlands and Emma Frost are always available for advice and work tirelessly to execute deals'.

'Pragmatic approach to problem solving. Good communication between the lawyers and litigators. Partner level involvement.'

Key Clients

Taylor Wimpey

Slough Urban Renewal

Stoke Wharf / Muse

That Group

HOOPP / Verdion

Sports Direct

Fraser Group

Transport for London (TfL)

Greater London Authority (GLA)

Work highlights

  • Instructed to act for Taylor Wimpey on the acquisition of a new site for housing development on the outskirts of Reading.
  • Advising on a proposed, residential development of circa 240 new homes, situated adjacent to the Grand Union Canal.
  • Advising SUR on the Thames Valley University development project in Slough.
  • Advising That Group on various mixed-use development projects in UK cities.
  • Acting for Greater London Authority in relation to the re-development of Beam Park, an industrial site located on the boundary between the London Boroughs of Barking and Havering.
Leading individuals

Rob Thompson - Dentons

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Commercial property: hotels and leisure
Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 1

Dentons

At Dentons, Simon Masri¬†and senior associate¬†Laura Gowing¬†are standout names in the firm's acclaimed hotels and leisure team, which handles high-value transactions and projects across the EMEA region. The firm's caseload includes mixed-use hotel projects, day-to-day operational work and franchising matters with a standout instruction recently coming from Topland on the sale of a portfolio of 26 hotels for ¬£220m. The firm also hosts a full-service development offering which has recently been boosted by the arrival of former¬†Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP¬†partner¬†Deepa Deb, a specialist in residential-led mixed used schemes and the alternative assets sector. Investment clients include family offices and sovereign wealth funds based in China, the Middle East and South East Asia while corporate occupier clients rely on the team for leasing, construction, planning, dispute, joint venture, fund management and finance matters. Richard Budge¬†is a standout in the retail space where the team's¬†construction, structuring, planning, funding advice, competition, franchising and GDPR issues complement its core real estate offering. Real estate head¬†Rob Thompson¬†‚Äėgoes the extra mile‚Äô for clients and is a specialist in complex corporate real estate and real estate finance transactions on both a domestic and international scale.

Practice head(s):Simon Masri; Matthew Tinger; Mark Daliere; Rick Ross; Meghan Cocci

Other key lawyers:Laura Gowing

Testimonials

'Clients receive a high quality and a very professional service from Dentons. They have high skilled staff coupled with great industry exposure. The value Dentons render is immense and they have a unique approach to professional attend each and every query with high importance.'

'The real estate team at Dentons have a complete commercial awareness that means even the most complex deals can be negotiated with confidence.'

'Rob Thompson, Lewis Myers and Carla Revelo bring a wealth of experience and valuable mix of skills from due diligence to complex structuring. They are always willing to explore options and go the extra mile.'

'Andrew Henderson has a very detailed knowledge of the market and provides very commercial advice in order to help get deals done.'

'A client-focused practice with experts in their field.'

'Emma Frost displays unrivalled dedication to her clients and goes the extra step to find creative solutions. She has a strong ability to anticipate and deal with the arguments of the opposite side at the negotiating table.'

'Rob Thompson leads the team with quiet authority. He is responsive, available and goes the extra mile for the benefit of the client.'

'Harleen Kandola shows great diligence and takes a commercial approach to negotiating leases and other documents appreciating which points can be conceded to achieve gains elsewhere.'

'Dentons have demonstrated on numerous occasions their commercial awareness and ability to think out of the box to present solutions to clients and lead on complicated property transactions.'

'Commercially minded, good problem solving.'

'Richard Budge is a high quality lawyer. Creative and focused on getting things done.'

'There is an excellent balance to the team in terms of individual qualities and characteristics, not to mention diversity, which helps to maintain the high quality of advice received'.

'They never drop the ball. Their attention to detail and quality of advice is superb. Their extensive market coverage across skill-lines is very important'.

'Sarah Rowlands and Emma Frost are always available for advice and work tirelessly to execute deals'.

'Pragmatic approach to problem solving. Good communication between the lawyers and litigators. Partner level involvement.'

Key Clients

Aprirose

Apollo Global Real Estate

Park Hotels & Resorts

Topland

KSL Capital Partners

LGH UK Management Limited

Secure Income REIT

Malmaison and Hotel du Vin

Toyoko Inns

HPL (UK) Ltd

Realstar

Société Generale

Metro Bank PLC

HSBC Bank plc

Lloyds Banking Group

Santander

OCBC Bank

That Bournemouth Company

Work highlights

  • Acted on the important strategic sale of a significant hotel portfolio for the Topland Group, which consisted of 26 hotels, for over £220m.
  • Acted for Secure Income REIT on the hotels element of a purchase, placing and financing of two property portfolios totalling £436m.
Leading individuals

Simon Masri - Dentons

Rising stars

Laura Gowing - Dentons

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Commercial property: investment
Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 2

Dentons

At Dentons, Simon Masri¬†and senior associate¬†Laura Gowing¬†are standout names in the firm's acclaimed hotels and leisure team, which handles high-value transactions and projects across the EMEA region. The firm's caseload includes mixed-use hotel projects, day-to-day operational work and franchising matters with a standout instruction recently coming from Topland on the sale of a portfolio of 26 hotels for ¬£220m. The firm also hosts a full-service development offering which has recently been boosted by the arrival of former¬†Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP¬†partner¬†Deepa Deb, a specialist in residential-led mixed used schemes and the alternative assets sector. Investment clients include family offices and sovereign wealth funds based in China, the Middle East and South East Asia while corporate occupier clients rely on the team for leasing, construction, planning, dispute, joint venture, fund management and finance matters. Richard Budge¬†is a standout in the retail space where the team's¬†construction, structuring, planning, funding advice, competition, franchising and GDPR issues complement its core real estate offering. Real estate head¬†Rob Thompson¬†‚Äėgoes the extra mile‚Äô for clients and is a specialist in complex corporate real estate and real estate finance transactions on both a domestic and international scale.

Practice head(s):Rob Thompson; Andrew Henderson

Other key lawyers:Simon Masri; Nichola West

Testimonials

'Clients receive a high quality and a very professional service from Dentons. They have high skilled staff coupled with great industry exposure. The value Dentons render is immense and they have a unique approach to professional attend each and every query with high importance.'

'The real estate team at Dentons have a complete commercial awareness that means even the most complex deals can be negotiated with confidence.'

'Rob Thompson, Lewis Myers and Carla Revelo bring a wealth of experience and valuable mix of skills from due diligence to complex structuring. They are always willing to explore options and go the extra mile.'

'Andrew Henderson has a very detailed knowledge of the market and provides very commercial advice in order to help get deals done.'

'A client-focused practice with experts in their field.'

'Emma Frost displays unrivalled dedication to her clients and goes the extra step to find creative solutions. She has a strong ability to anticipate and deal with the arguments of the opposite side at the negotiating table.'

'Rob Thompson leads the team with quiet authority. He is responsive, available and goes the extra mile for the benefit of the client.'

'Harleen Kandola shows great diligence and takes a commercial approach to negotiating leases and other documents appreciating which points can be conceded to achieve gains elsewhere.'

'Dentons have demonstrated on numerous occasions their commercial awareness and ability to think out of the box to present solutions to clients and lead on complicated property transactions.'

'Commercially minded, good problem solving.'

'Richard Budge is a high quality lawyer. Creative and focused on getting things done.'

'There is an excellent balance to the team in terms of individual qualities and characteristics, not to mention diversity, which helps to maintain the high quality of advice received'.

'They never drop the ball. Their attention to detail and quality of advice is superb. Their extensive market coverage across skill-lines is very important'.

'Sarah Rowlands and Emma Frost are always available for advice and work tirelessly to execute deals'.

'Pragmatic approach to problem solving. Good communication between the lawyers and litigators. Partner level involvement.'

Key Clients

Aberdeen Standard

Al Habtoor Group

Aprirose Real Estate Investment

Castleforge Partners

Caudwell Properties

CBRE GI

Cerberus

E&Y

GE Pension Investment Fund

Greyhound Investing Corp

HSBC

Inhabit

KanAm Grund

Karlin Real Estate

Mayfair Capital's The Property Income Trust for Charities (PITCH)

M&G real estate

Prestbury

Quintain

Rockspring

Secure Income REIT

Sigma Capital

Sports Direct

Tishman Speyer

Topland

Viridis Properties  Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Ho Bee Land Limited, the Singaporean real estate development and investment company, on the acquisition of Ropemaker Place, a multi-let trophy office building in London.
  • Acted for Secure Income REIT on the hotels element of a purchase, placing and financing of two property portfolios totalling £436m.
  • Advised Lloyds Bank plc as agent, arranger, bookrunner, senior lender, original hedge counterparty and security agent on the senior real estate finance investment facilities to a special purpose vehicle within the Chen group of companies to acquire 5 Churchill Place in London's Canary Wharf from Saïd Holdings.
  • Acting for Secure Income REIT in connection with the purchase of 17 properties let to Travelodge Hotels.
  • Acted for Park Hotels on the sale of a portfolio of Hilton Hotels for £135m to an affiliate of Starwood Capital Group's Starwood Global Opportunity Fund XI.
Leading individuals

Rob Thompson - Dentons

Rising stars

Carla Revelo - Dentons

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Commercial property: retail
Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 1

Dentons

At Dentons, Simon Masri¬†and senior associate¬†Laura Gowing¬†are standout names in the firm's acclaimed hotels and leisure team, which handles high-value transactions and projects across the EMEA region. The firm's caseload includes mixed-use hotel projects, day-to-day operational work and franchising matters with a standout instruction recently coming from Topland on the sale of a portfolio of 26 hotels for ¬£220m. The firm also hosts a full-service development offering which has recently been boosted by the arrival of former¬†Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP¬†partner¬†Deepa Deb, a specialist in residential-led mixed used schemes and the alternative assets sector. Investment clients include family offices and sovereign wealth funds based in China, the Middle East and South East Asia while corporate occupier clients rely on the team for leasing, construction, planning, dispute, joint venture, fund management and finance matters. Richard Budge¬†is a standout in the retail space where the team's¬†construction, structuring, planning, funding advice, competition, franchising and GDPR issues complement its core real estate offering. Real estate head¬†Rob Thompson¬†‚Äėgoes the extra mile‚Äô for clients and is a specialist in complex corporate real estate and real estate finance transactions on both a domestic and international scale.

Practice head(s):Richard Budge; Alex Coulter; Miriam Best; Roland Gray

Testimonials

'Clients receive a high quality and a very professional service from Dentons. They have high skilled staff coupled with great industry exposure. The value Dentons render is immense and they have a unique approach to professional attend each and every query with high importance.'

'The real estate team at Dentons have a complete commercial awareness that means even the most complex deals can be negotiated with confidence.'

'Rob Thompson, Lewis Myers and Carla Revelo bring a wealth of experience and valuable mix of skills from due diligence to complex structuring. They are always willing to explore options and go the extra mile.'

'Andrew Henderson has a very detailed knowledge of the market and provides very commercial advice in order to help get deals done.'

'A client-focused practice with experts in their field.'

'Emma Frost displays unrivalled dedication to her clients and goes the extra step to find creative solutions. She has a strong ability to anticipate and deal with the arguments of the opposite side at the negotiating table.'

'Rob Thompson leads the team with quiet authority. He is responsive, available and goes the extra mile for the benefit of the client.'

'Harleen Kandola shows great diligence and takes a commercial approach to negotiating leases and other documents appreciating which points can be conceded to achieve gains elsewhere.'

'Dentons have demonstrated on numerous occasions their commercial awareness and ability to think out of the box to present solutions to clients and lead on complicated property transactions.'

'Commercially minded, good problem solving.'

'Richard Budge is a high quality lawyer. Creative and focused on getting things done.'

'There is an excellent balance to the team in terms of individual qualities and characteristics, not to mention diversity, which helps to maintain the high quality of advice received'.

'They never drop the ball. Their attention to detail and quality of advice is superb. Their extensive market coverage across skill-lines is very important'.

'Sarah Rowlands and Emma Frost are always available for advice and work tirelessly to execute deals'.

'Pragmatic approach to problem solving. Good communication between the lawyers and litigators. Partner level involvement.'

Key Clients

Abercrombie & Fitch

Argos (panel)

Avis

Bunnings (Part of Wesfarmers Group)

Charlotte Tilbury

Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group

F Hinds

Godiva

Hertz Europe

Home Retail Group

JB Global Limited (t/a Oak Furniture Land)

John Lewis Partnership

Pret A Manger

Sainsbury's

Sports Direct

The Dune Group

The Entertainer

Upfield

Victoria's Secret

Virgin Active

Whittard

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Argos on all aspects of estate management, including lease renewals and re-gears.
  • Acted for longstanding client Sports Direct in relation to its very high profile acquisition of House of Fraser.
Leading individuals

Richard Budge - Dentons

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Construction: contentious
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Dentons' contentious construction team, which is co-led by the 'technically superb' Akin Akinbode and Gurbinder Grewal, acts for UK and international developers, contractors and funders, with experience in the development, energy and infrastructure sectors. The firm's huge global footprint enables the London practice to act on disputes relating to jurisdictions as far afield as Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and the Middle East. Grewal, who is well-regarded for his 'sharp legal brain' was lead partner advising Morgan Sindall on a dispute arising from the defective design and construction of steel work for a stadium redevelopment in Manchester. Newly promoted partner Esther McDermott is another 'stand out' member of the team, acting for employers, developers and contractors.

Practice head(s):Akin Akinbode; Gurbinder Grewal

Other key lawyers:Esther McDermott

Testimonials

'High profile clientele in the construction industry''

'The team has a fantastic work ethic and are effectively managed at all levels.'

'The quality of their written output is very high indeed.'

'The team is commercial and technically brilliant; some of the best partners around.'

'A well balanced team which combines legal expertise with a good understanding of the issues at hand.'

'Akin Akinbode is pragmatic, sensible and has a commercial approach.'

'Gurbinder Grewal is a great leader who is liked and respected by his team and his clients.'

'Gurbinder has a sharp legal brain and is a shrewd tactician.'

'Akin Akinbode has a fantastic domestic and international client base.'

'Michael Wright is an absolutely tireless associate who is able to cope with a dozen competing demands at once.'

'Akin Akinbode is technically superb.'

'Natasha Manning and Michael Wright are excellent.'

'Esther McDermott is a stand out member of the team. She combines a thorough understanding of relevant legal issues with a her superb organisational skills.'

Key Clients

Official Receiver of England and Wales (liquidation of Carillion group)

Morgan Sindall Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Morgan Sindall in relation to a dispute arising from the defective design and construction of steel work for a major stadium redevelopment in Manchester.

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Contruction: non-contentious
Contruction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Dentons' client roster includes major contractors, developers, housebuilders and retailers, while the firm also acts on energy projects relating to both conventional and renewable power. The team is led by Mark Macaulay, an expert in employer-led development, especially in the real estate, regeneration and transport sectors. Macaulay was lead partner advising Network Rail on the Crewe area work project, an infrastructure project facilitating the connection between HS2 and the West Coast Main Line. Another major role for the firm saw it act for the official receiver to Carillion following the construction giant's collapse. Long-serving partner John Woolley left for Pinsent Masons LLP in September 2018.

Practice head(s):Mark Macaulay

Testimonials

'Mark Macaulay offers clear advice and provides an innovative approach.'

'Quality of listening and taking into account client needs.'

'Pragmatism and experience in the field.'

'Senior associate Anna Tostevin has provided quality work and shows the mental agility to adjust to changes in situation and/or orientations.'

 

Key Clients

Kier Group

HM Government

Transport for London

London Luton Airport

Envac

Network Rail Infrastructure

Sainsburys

Work highlights

  • Advising Her Majesty's Government and the Official Receiver to Carillion plc in respect of placing additional companies into insolvency processes in the UK and Scotland.
  • Advising Kenyan developer Gulf Energy Limited on its role in delivering Kenya's first coal power plant.
  • Advising Network Rail on the Crewe Area Works Project, a significant infrastructure project primarily facilitating the connection between HS2 and the West Coast Main Line and increasing capacity and connectivity.
  • Advising Transport for London on its £250m delivery partner contract for its programme of track renewals and maintenance works.
  • Advising Bugesera Airport Company Limited on the development of a new $418m international airport in Rwanda, known as the Bugesera International Airport.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Dentons

Dentons¬†handles environment-related transactions and provides regulatory advice. The firm is also experienced in defending allegations of environmental breaches. Practice head Stephen Shergold¬†is ‚Äėrelentless in his evaluation and formulation of key strategies‚Äô and specialises¬†in the environmental regulations concerning oil and gas extraction, waste, and food production. The practice also advises on the sale and purchase of contaminated land and sites, and handles the environmental aspects of M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):Stephen Shergold

Testimonials

Dentons has the ability to identify and build a cohesive argument associated with key areas of vulnerabilities or ambiguity which has allowed them to highlight their technical knowledge and keen ability to bring strong arguments to address key stakeholders and their environmental responsibilities

A dynamic and energetic team that works well individually and collectively

Key Clients

Sainsbury's

PWC

AIG

Royal Mail Group

Renewi

Group 1 Automotive UK Limited

Avis Budget Group

Flex Ltd

Network Rail

GB Railfreight

World Fuel Services

Hills Waste Management Solutions

Aprirose Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised CK Holdings on the environmental aspects of the €6.2bn agreement to acquire Magneti Marelli
  • Advising Aprirose on environmental liability and operational risk issues concerning the client’s share purchase of OHotels
  • Provided Solera with cross-jurisdictional advice regarding new European emissions data requirements
  • Advising manufacturer Terex on exit strategies for a contaminated site with a £20m clean up exposure 
  • Advised insurance company Channel Syndicate on regulatory and land liability risks associates with insuring an exploration and production business in Gabon
Leading individuals

Stephen Shergold - Dentons

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 2

Dentons

Dentons’ diverse roster of public and private clients instructs the planning team on large-scale projects covering a full range of matters. Housing-led regeneration schemes are a strong point for the team, with practice heads Stephen Ashworth and Roy Pinnock handling a number of major projects across the country. Other strengths include advising local authorities on their urban extension plans, garden community proposals, CPO applications and mixed-use development schemes. The team’s engagement with policy and legislation enables it to provide strategic advice regarding CIL, the emerging new town legislative framework and the evolving build-to-rent sector. The practice has a solid team of associates who handle complex work, including Michele Vas’ expertise with strategic residential urban extensions and Rachael Herbert’s involvement with the big-ticket 8,500 home Gilston Park Estate project.

Practice head(s):Stephen Ashworth; Roy Pinnock

Other key lawyers:Michele Vas; Rachael Herbert

Testimonials

'Dentons has a long standing and distinguished presence in the planning area and offers exceptional experience and acumen.'

'The team has an excellent reputation and is well respected in the industry.'

'Michele Vas is first class.'

'Roy Pinnock is technically astute and a good negotiator with a human approach.'

'Roy Pinnock combines high intelligence and boundless enthusiasm with acute commercial judgement.'

'Melanie Blanchard, who is adored by clients, can always be relied on to provide immaculate organisation and support, delivered with unfailing grace and calm.'

'The Dentons team provides a great combination of technical knowledge, ability and individual personality. A team of excellent team players who are approachable and easy to get along with.'

Key Clients

Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd

Lands Improvement Holdings

Great Western Developments Limited

Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

Mid Sussex District Council

North Essex Authorities

Uttlesford District Council

Network Rail

Rockwell

Work highlights

  • Handling a suite of matters for Taylor Wimpey Central London, including an estate regeneration project in Clapham Junction and scheme changes to the Mount Pleasant development.
  • Advising Uttlesford District Council on the new communities proposed at North Uttlesford and Easton Park, providing 15,000+ new homes.
  • Advising the Greater London Authority on a number of projects including the Beam Park redevelopment and a build-to-rent scheme in Barnet.
  • Advised Tide Construction on negotiations to secure permission for the 550-apartment build-to-rent development at 101 George Street, Croydon.
  • Advising Mid Sussex District Council on applications for a significant new community at the Northern Arc, Burgess Hill.
Leading individuals

Stephen Ashworth - Dentons

Rising stars

Michele Vas - Dentons

Rachael Herbert - Dentons

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Dentons has extensive experience advising on acquisition and development finance, particularly in relation to offices and high-end residential build-to-rent (BTR) properties. On the lender side, the firm acts for a number of major financial institutions, including several Asian banks, and it is also expanding its borrower and debt fund client base. Cross-border European financings are another area of strength. Practice head James Irvine's expertise includes hotel financing and restructuring; Simon Tweedle and Simon Masri, who focuses on property and hotel investment finance and mixed-use development projects, are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):James Irvine

Other key lawyers:Simon Tweedle; Simon Masri

Testimonials

'Dentons has a strong, professional and commercial team providing reliable output.'

'Simon Masri is accessible, helpful, professional and highly competent.'

'Dentons has a presence in a large number of European countries and this makes the firm unique when advising on pan-European deals.'

'James Irvine is a strong partner, who has the patience and the expertise to explain the key points to his clients and find a solution in a timely manner.'

'The firm has a strong panel of solicitors and provides excellent advice on property and banking-related matters.'

'Simon Masri has excellent knowledge and good availability to discuss matters  (we have spoken several times out of office hours). He is committed to getting deals completed and supported well by a strong team.'

Key Clients

Lloyds Bank

HSBC Bank

Metro Bank

DBS Bank

Société Générale

Chenavari Investment Managers and its funding entity (AREO II Sarl)

Ho Bee Land

Aprirose

McArthurGlen

Harrison Street Real Estate Capital

United Overseas Bank

OCBC

Work highlights

  • Advising Lloyds Bank plc as lead arranger on the senior real estate finance investment facilities provided to an SPV within the Chen group of companies to acquire 5 Churchill Place in Canary Wharf.
  • Advising HSBC on an acquisition facility provided to SPV subsidiaries of Secure Income REIT Plc to purchase the Manchester Arena, the Brewery in Chiswell Street, London, and a portfolio of pubs in England and Scotland.
  • Advising Scottish Widows Limited on the refinancing of Empiric Student Property plc’s existing debt with a new ten-year, fixed rate term loan facility.
  • Advising the Hong Kong branch of DBS Bank on a loan facility to a joint venture vehicle owned by Wing Tai Properties and Manhattan Garments to acquire 30 Gresham Street, London.
  • Advising Metro Bank on providing funding to real estate investment company Aprirose to facilitate the acquisition of Wear Inns Limited, a pub group specialising in the acquisition and management of pub premises in Yorkshire and the North East.
Leading individuals

Simon Tweedle - Dentons

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Dentons

The 'technically superb' team at Dentons is 'well integrated with other disciplines within the firm' and draws on a wealth of experience in representing its large blue-chip client base, including major retailers and banks, as well as public sector bodies and local authorities, in a wide range of property litigation. Recent instructions include business rate matters, vacant possessions, rights of light and other development-related issues as well as property issues arising from insolvency situations and landlord and tenant relationships. The 'exceptionally knowledgeable and experienced' Bryan Johnston heads the team; he 'is able to seize short-game gains while playing the long game, has a great strategic mind and knows when different or additional resources are needed'. Handling all areas of property litigation, he is also experienced in rating and valuation issues.

Practice head(s):Bryan Johnston

Other key lawyers:David Payton

Testimonials

'Bryan Johnston is always up-to-date on important decisions and movements in the market and has the client's commercial needs at the forefront of his mind. He cuts through jargon to provide clear, tactical and commercial advice.'

'The team has a very good manner in dealing with clients and provides commercially sound advice.'

'Very professional, responsive and thorough.'

'Very strong on issues affecting mixed-use developments.'

'David Payton is very decisive.'

'Strong property litigation team with expertise at every level.'

'Provides practical advice after careful analysis.'

Key Clients

Argos

Sainsbury's

Sports Direct

Taylor Wimpey

City of London Corporation

Network Rail Infrastructure

BNP Paribas

Petronas

UBS

London Borough of Southwark

Official Receiver

Avis

Work highlights

  • Acted for The City of London and the London Borough of Southwark in Supreme Court appeal proceedings pertaining to highway ownership.
  • Successfully acted for  Sainsbury's and Sainsbury's Bank in Court of Appeal proceedings pertaining to contested business rates appeals. The case concerns the rateable value of ATMs in Sainsbury's stores nationwide.  
  • Defending Sainsbury's against a multi-million pound claim arising from an Option Agreement concerning the development of land earmarked for the site of one of its supermarkets.
  • Assisted the London Borough of Southwark with seeking possession of a large area of land from Dulwich Hamlets FC.
  • Instructed by the developer of Doughty House, K10 Properties, to deal with a trespass and easement dispute with a neighbouring hotel.
Leading individuals

Bryan Johnston - Dentons

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London: Risk advisory

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity
Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity - ranked: tier 2

Dentons

Dentons’ data protection and privacy expertise encompasses GDPR implementation mandates, governance issues and global compliance projects including privacy compliance programmes and complex international data transfer projects. The dedicated team acts for a high-profile client roster, which counts John Lewis, Royal Mail, Virgin Atlantic, Aviva and First Data as key examples; it also regularly advises digital media companies on profiling, data analytics, social media, apps and location-based services as well as e-privacy regulations. The group also has experience in cyber risk management and regularly partners with cybersecurity experts to deliver both legal and forensic advice. Newly promoted partner Simon Elliott and Nick Graham jointly lead the department; Elliott has particular expertise in GDPR implementation projects and Graham is also global chair of the firm’s privacy and cybersecurity group. Martin Fanning, Scott Singer and Glasgow-based Ross Nicol are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Simon Elliott; Nick Graham

Other key lawyers:Martin Flanning; Scott Singer; Ross Nicol

Testimonials

'Dentons really takes its time to understand the client, its concerns and key focus and strategy.'

'The team has fast reaction times to queries and understands the time pressure in-house counsel can be under. It is very commercial and will not just give black letter law advice, but will ensure that it is practical for the circumstances.'

'Simon Elliott's work is great, he is very flexible with his time and always available, and the advice provided is incredibly commercial and operational.'

'Nick Graham is a great partner and provides exceptional advice; he is very focused and mindful of the overall operational requirements of the client.'

'Martin Fanning and Simon Elliott are always on hand to answer queries and provide practical and user-friendly advice. They also have a good handle of what is happening in the industry.'

Key Clients

John Lewis

First Data

Virgin Management

Royal Mail

Intralinks

Toronto Dominion Bank (TD Bank)

Aviva

Worldwide Clinical Trials

Carbonite

Virgin Atlantic

Avis Budget Group

Work highlights

  • Advising John Lewis on its GDPR implementation project.
  • Assisting First Data with its data protection compliance following the approval of its binding corporate rules.
  • Handling all data privacy work for Virgin Management including the implementation of its GDPR programme.
  • Acting for Royal Mail on its GDPR compliance programme and cybersecurity mandates.
  • Assisting Intralinks across EMEA with its data protection issues including its applications for binding corporate rules, cybersecurity issues and EU-US privacy shield strategies.
Leading individuals

Nick Graham - Dentons

Next Generation Partners

Simon Elliott - Dentons

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Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 4

Dentons

Dentons handles criminal and civil proceedings and regulatory investigations, as well as dealing with internal investigations, compliance, confiscation and civil recovery matters. The firm often deals with investigations by the FCA, the SFO, local law enforcement and overseas regulators. Clients include the UK government, regulators, various compensation schemes and regulated firms. Daren Allen  heads the team and focuses on fraud, corruption, asset recovery, compliance investigations, litigation and dispute resolution. Roger Matthews joined as partner from Dechert LLP.

Practice head(s):Daren Allen

Other key lawyers:Celyn Armstrong; Craig Neilson

Testimonials

‘Celyn Armstrong gives strong and pragmatic advice - his experience as head of enforcement at the FCA gives considerable weight to his advice’.          

‘Daren Allen is the undoubted go-to individual in the city for contentious financial crime matters’.

Work highlights

  • Acting for a bank in a highly publicised case involving allegations of money laundering.
  • Acting for the London branch of a foreign bank undertaking an extensive audit, following an FCA visit to the branch.
  • Advising a bank on a highly sensitive matter where the bank decided to close the accounts of a well known customer because of financial crime concerns.
  • Assisting a client in the recovery of multi-million dollar sums across several jurisdictions following a cyberfraud.
  • Advising five individuals, who were formally employed by a bank, in relation to the bank's carbon emissions trading business.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Dentons' fintech practice primarily acts for banks, payment service providers, trading platforms, insurance companies and corporations invested in the sector. The group has strengths handling commercial and regulatory matters spanning PSD2 compliance and implementation, product and platform launches, partnership agreements, procurements, outsourcing, acquisitions and ICOs. Outside of these areas the team has further expertise assessing contractual arrangements between parties, reviewing the regulatory status of clients and, more broadly, in handling specific regulatory challenges that clients may face. Practice head Jonathan Garforth has particular expertise in open banking, payments and peer to peer lending, while recently promoted partner Tristan Jonckheer specialises in financial services outsourcing and advises clients on agreements for the development of digital payment services and financial products.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Garforth; Martin Fanning; Scott Singer

Other key lawyers:Tristan Jonckheer; Henrietta Baker

Key Clients

Dyson Technologies Ltd

MUFG Bank Ltd/MUFG Securities EMEA plc ("MUFG")

Salt Exchange

Work highlights

  • Advising Dyson on the regulatory, contractual and data protection aspects of its appointment of a global payments provider.
  • Advising Salt Exchange on setting up and operating an electronic trading system based on blockchain technology as well as in respect of its commercial relationships with third party promoters for bespoke blockchain based tokens, primarily optimised for use by consumers in a retail environment.
  • Advising the in house legal team of MUFG Bank with the review and negotiation of their business IT contracts.
  • Advising NatWest on the acquisition of a digital payments/electronic money business.
  • Advising a Canadian business payments platform (partly owned by Goldman Sachs) on its launch in the UK.

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Franchising
Franchising - ranked: tier 2

Dentons

Dentons’ practice is led by Babette Märzheuser-Wood, with Tim Constable leading the firm's franchise disputes group. The team is highly regarded for its retail sector expertise and also regularly handles matters in the restaurants, hotel, leisure, education and healthcare industries. Notable clients include Cath Kidston and Avis; the group also advised Debenhams on its new franchise strategy, and acted for Godiva on the restructuring of its franchise and distribution agreements in Vietnam, Korea, China and Indonesia. Märzheuser-Wood specialises in international franchise and concession agreements and IP-driven joint ventures, and is particularly active in hotel and leisure franchising.

Practice head(s):Babette Märzheuser-Wood

Other key lawyers:Tim Constable

Testimonials

'Dentons is a truly global practice with a very strong presence in London. It has a strong record in the telecoms sector and is across the latest developments in the field, as well as taking a forward-looking approach to future challenges.'

'The group is very much hands-on with a great business sense leading to innovative legal solutions. It is dedicated with a drive to find a win-win solution.'

Key Clients

Aldar Properties

Avis

The Entourage Group, The Butcher (Hamburgers)

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

Hema BV

Cath Kidston

Manolo Blahnik

EasyGym Africa

Kwik Fit

Debenhams

North Island Company

Godiva

The Entertainer

Anya Hindmarsh

Work highlights

  • Assisting Debenhams with its new franchise strategy including reviewing its existing franchise agreements and the creation of a new suite of documents.
  • Advising Dollar Rent a Car on the expansion of its franchising network in South America.
  • Handling the restructuring of Godiva's franchise agreements and franchise and distribution agreements in Vietnam, Korea, China and Indonesia.
  • Acting for Zleep Hotels on the negotiation of a franchise agreement for a new Moxy branded hotel in Scandinavia.
  • Acting as lead franchise counsel to Avis outside the Americas, handling international franchising work and franchise disputes.
Leading individuals

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Dentons

The technology, media and telecommunications practice at Dentons handles a range of transactional, regulatory, compliance and contentious matters, with an impressive client roster spanning UK government departments, high-profile corporates, high-growth disruptive technology companies and telecoms businesses. Martin Fanning and Andy Lucas jointly lead the group. Fanning has particular experience assisting clients in the financial services, manufacturing and retail sectors, while Lucas is frequently instructed on public sector IT projects; he recently handled the procurement of Transport for London's emergency services 4G LTE mobile communications programme. The team also includes head of the firm's global telecoms group Jan Willem van den Bos and IT specialist Dan Burge, who handles a range of major technology projects. Henrietta Baker and Tristan Jonckheer were recently promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):Andy Lucas; Martin Fanning

Other key lawyers:Dan Burge; Jan Willem van den Bos; Henrietta Baker; Tristan Jonckheer

Key Clients

Virgin Atlantic

Upfield

Jaguar Land Rover

LG

Tesla

Raytheon

UltraElectronics

John Lewis Partnership

Sainsbury's

MBNL (Mobile Broadband Network Limited)

Africa Mobile Networks (AMN)

Eleven Sports

Equiis Technologies

Stream Technologies

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners

Transport for London (TfL)

Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques (SITA)

West Indian Ocean Cable Company (WIOCC)

Virgin Mobile

Work highlights

  • Acting for Jaguar Land Rover on its high-value global outsourcing arrangements.
  • Advising Mobile Broadband Network on a range of regulatory, corporate and compliance matters.
  • Assisting Transport for London with the procurement of its emergency services 4G LTE mobile communications programme to replace the existing TETRA radio communications infrastructure provided by Airwave.
  • Instructed by Upfield on several matters including a global project for the procurement of IT infrastructure.
  • Advised Secure Meters on the UK's £11bn smart meter programme.
Leading individuals: Telecoms

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 5

Dentons

The practice at Dentons handles the full range of litigation, advisory, transactional and prosecution matters, and benefits from the ability to leverage the firm's extensive global network in international matters. Patent litigator Campbell Forsyth heads up the team, which also includes separate patent and trade mark prosecution teams led by patent attorney Justin Hill and Anna Copeman respectively. Other key names include associate James Marsden, who focuses on patent and trade mark litigation.

Practice head(s):Campbell Forsyth; Justin Hill; Anna Copeman

Other key lawyers:James Marsden

Testimonials

'Although they are working within the largest law firm in the world, there is never any feeling that Campbell Forsuth, James Marsden and the team are unavailable or distracted from the individual cases.'

'Campbell Forsyth is an enthusiastic leader but never gets carried away or ruffled by events.'

'Associate James Marsden provides an excellent point of contact and source of guidance as a right hand to Campbell.'

Key Clients

Emtelle Ltd

Positec

Sumitomo Corporation

Lottoland Limited

Virgin

Twentieth Century Fox (National Geographic)

Hasbro

Nokia

Virtual IP Assets ("888" gaming company)

A&E Television Networks

Sainsbury's

Work highlights

  • Representing Emtelle UK in infringement and validity patent claims against Hexatronic UK, Hexatronic Cables & Interconnect Systems and Hexatronic Group relating to fibre optic-related technology.
  • Acting for Lottoland in a High Court trade mark infringement action brought by Camelot.
  • Advising Twentieth Century Fox on the use of its brand by various expedition and tour operators, which are using the National Geographic name.
  • Acting for Hasbro on international IP licensing matters including the use of its brand on merchandising and games.
  • Instructed to manage Virtual IP Assets' European trade mark portfolio and the enforcement of its rights relating to its 888 brand.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Dentons' media and entertainment practice is well-placed to handle cross-border commercial, regulatory and corporate matters, due to its international reach. The firm acts for well-known brands across the film, TV, advertising, marketing, sports, esports, music, publishing, gaming, social media and interactive content sectors. In an example of its transactional expertise, the team advised digital media and events business, Bonhill Group, on its $27.1m reverse acquisition of the trade and assets of InvestmentNews from Crain Communications.

Practice head(s):Darren Acres; Andy Lucas

Other key lawyers:Anna Copeman; Joseph Alterndorff; Jeremy Cohen

Testimonials

The team is strong on cross-border and complex transactions.

Key Clients

A&E Networks

Ascential

Essence Digital

Legendary Pictures

Lions Gate Entertainment

MTG

ole! Media

Discovery/ Scripps Networks Interactive

Turner Broadcasting System

Work highlights

  • Advised Nordic Entertainment Group (formerly MTG) on the the exit of founder and CEO, Jeremy Fox, from distribution group DRG and drama commission club Atrium TV.
  • Advied Troika on its merger with media management and professional services agency, the James Grant Group (JGG).
  • The team is advising Eleven Sports in connection with its challenge of UEFA's so-called 'black-out' rule.
  • Advised Science in Sport  on its £32m acquisition of PhD Nutrition  and its related equity placing of shares to raise £29m.

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PATMA: Patent attorneys
PATMA: Patent attorneys - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Dentons continues to attract prestigious clients which it regularly advises on the management and development of their European patent portfolios. The technology and medical device sectors account for a significant portion of the caseload, but the group also regularly acts for automotive, semiconductor, life sciences and manufacturing clients. Given the firm's global footprint, the team boasts a strong track record of highly international cases. Clients also profit from the firm's patent litigation offering. Justin Hill is the head of the practice.

Practice head(s):Justin Hill

Testimonials

'Excellent patent expertise in London as well as great international connectivity with good quality lawyers of all types to allow efficient transfer of other legal work types needing international expertise.'

Key Clients

ARM

Dexcom

Hasbro

LG

Nokia

Raytheon

Starkey Labs

Tesla

Virgin

Work highlights

  • Management of the Raytheon's European patent portfolio, consisting of several cutting-edge technologies, including radar, communications, materials and aerospace inventions.
  • Represented Dexcom in several EPO opposition proceedings.
  • Assisted Tesla with the prosecution of patents and registered design rights.
  • Assisted Starkey Labs with the prosecution of a large strategic patent portfolio, including advice on the optimisation of global patent filing strategies, in addition to representing the client in multiple opposition proceedings against competitors.
  • Advised Positec Power Tools on the strategic positioning of global patent portfolios in relation to competitor portfolios covering power tools and robotic lawn mowers.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 5

Dentons

Dentons’ sports law group primarily handles corporate work, including acquisitions and sales of football clubs and companies, financings and insolvencies, and commercial work, covering licensing rights agreements, hosting agreements and competition launches. In the contentious space the team represents players, clubs and private companies, typically in contractual disputes. Practice head Richard Barham specialises in M&A, financing, league structures and event bidding. Associate Nick Harrison handles the majority of the team’s commercial contracts work for a broad spectrum of clients.

Practice head(s):Richard Barham

Other key lawyers:Nick Harrison

Key Clients

Eventica Communications re World Football Forum

Kevin Magnussen (Formula 1 Driver) and Jack Jones/Bestseller regarding Renault F1 team

Willmott Dixon Regen (re Brentford FC)

Woodstock Partners (sale of Oxford United FC)

Morgan Sindell (dispute regarding Lancashire Cricket Club)

Saracens RFC

Silverstone Circuits Limited

Science in Sport plc

Work highlights

  • Advising Science in Sport plc on its £32m acquisition of PhD Nutrition Ltd, a premium, innovation-led protein brand, and its related placing of shares to raise £29m.
  • Advising Mash on the prospective sale of 100% of the share capital of St James' Holdings Limited, the owner of Newcastle United Football Club.
  • Advising Eleven Sports challenge of UEFA's so-called 'black-out' rule.
  • Advised Saracens Limited on all commercial contract and corporate matters.

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London: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 3

Dentons

Dentons is noted for its acclaimed aircraft leasing and finance practice, however the team also handles a gamut of instructions across the aviation sector with expertise spanning corporate, real estate, competition, employment, TMT and dispute resolution. Leveraging its broad network of international offices, the team has a strong airline following and it handles major international projects; it is advising Bugesera Airport Company on the development of the new $418m Bugesera International Airport in Rwanda.

Practice head(s):Nick Chandler

Other key lawyers:Richard Barham; Sarah Beeby; Martin Fanning; Christopher Graf; Adrian Magnus; Dominic Spacie; Rebecca Owen-Howes; Sophie Albrighton

Key Clients

Emirates

Qatar Airways

TUI Travel Group

Wizz Air

Etihad Airways

LATAM

Azul Brazilian Airlines

flydubai

Airbus

London Luton Airport Operations

Mota Engil / Bugesera Airport Company

SITA

Work highlights

  • The team is advising Wizz Air on the employment aspects of the establishment of its business in the UK.
  • The team is advising a leading British airline on its GDPR obligations.
  • The team is advising Luton Airport on procurement issues and construction documentation related to  its expansion.
  • The team advises SITA on competition and merger control aspects of various potential transactions.

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Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 1

Dentons

With 'in-depth knowledge of the rail sector', Dentons is 'strong across franchising, rolling stock and regulatory work'. The UK team, which operates across its London, Glasgow and Edinburgh offices, has a broad practice covering passenger and freight work, infrastructure development and operational issues, light rail, franchising and concessions, access and regulation, rolling stock procurement and maintenance issues. Health and safety, environment, technology, finance work and disputes are also key focuses of the team. Matthew Hanslip Ward continues to lead advice for MTR on its joint venture bid for the West Coast Partnership with Guangshen Railway Corporation (part of China High Speed Rail) and Renfe, the Spanish high-speed operator. Esteemed practitioner Christopher McGee-Osborne has a 'wealth of experience in the rail sector', while counsel Martin Watt provides 'outstanding analysis and commercially oriented creative thinking' and senior associate Jonathan Smith has 'excellent industry knowledge'. David Moore joined CMS in 2018.

Practice head(s):Matthew Hanslip Ward

Other key lawyers:Christopher McGee-Osborne; Virginia Glastonbury; Mark Macaulay; Martin Watt; Sandra Hartley; Jonathan Smith; Rhiannon Elias; Abbie Pokorny

Testimonials

'Top-notch regulatory and franchising knowledge within the team'.

'Matthew Hanslip Ward has a peerless breadth of experience within the market, offering a very considered approach'.

'Clients receive an attentive service and relevant advice from Jonathan Smith and Matthew Hanslip Ward '.

'The team is fully aware of the rail industry practice and provides helpful advice on current trends in the sector'.

 

Key Clients

MTR Corporation

Deutsche Bahn

Virgin (including Virgin East Coast)

Stagecoach

Network Rail

Alstom

Transport for London

Mitsui

Rail Delivery Group

MTR Corporation (Crossrail)

GB Railfreight

DB Schenker

CAF

Transnet

DB International Operations

Arriva

Transdev

Work highlights

  • Advised MTR on its participation in the joint venture with First Group and operation of the new South Western Railway franchise.
  • The team advised MTR on all aspects of its bid for the new Wales and Borders franchise, being let by the Welsh Government in association with Transport for Wales.
  • The team continued to advise Alstom on a proposed joint venture arrangement with Stagecoach Group in relation to Stagecoach's bid for the South Eastern franchise.
  • The team continues to advise Virgin and Stagecoach on the tenure of the East Coast Main Line passenger rail franchise, and the negotiations with government and eventual transfer to OLR.
  • It is advising MTR on the £1.4bn concession to operate Crossrail.
Leading individuals

Matthew Hanslip Ward - Dentons

Rising stars

Jonathan Smith - Dentons

Martin Watt - Dentons

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Legal Developments by:
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  • Legal aspects of documenting shipping finance transactions in the United Arab Emirates

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is strategically placed between Europe and the Far East. The UAE has been ranked among the top 15 maritime nations by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the UAE Government is working on plans to transform the shipping industry into one of the country’s major economic sectors.
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  • Court of Justice rules on source of income for Derivative Residence applications

    On 2 October 2019, the Court of Justice delivered its judgment in Bajratari v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Directive 2004/38/EC) Case C-93/18 which concerns Chen applications and the source of funds for self-sufficiency. 
  • End of the ‚Äėcentre of life test‚Äô in Surinder Singh cases?

    In the recent case of¬† ZA (Reg 9. EEA Regs; abuse of rights) Afghanistan ¬† [2019] UKUT 281 (IAC ), the Upper Tribunal found that there is no basis in EU law for the centre of life test, as set out in Regulation 9(3)(a) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (the ‚ÄúRegulations‚ÄĚ). It further found that it is not to be applied when Judges assess ¬†Surinder Singh ¬†cases that appear before them.
  • Terms of employment as a sole representative

    In this article we examine the working arrangements of sole representatives, looking at the terms and conditions of employment that the Home Office will expect a sole representative to have in order to qualify as a representative of an overseas business.  
  • Can Sole Representatives Be Shareholders?

    The Immigration Rules require that an applicant for a¬† sole representative visa ¬†is not ‚Äúa¬† majority shareholder in the overseas business‚ÄĚ.
  • Immigration Skills Charge - A Guide for Employers

    As a Sponsor, you may be required to pay the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) each time you sponsor a migrant in the  Tier 2 General  or  Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Long-term Staff  subcategory.
  • 5 FAQS about paragraph 320(11)

    In applications for entry clearance where the applicant has a negative immigration history in the UK, the application may be refused under the general grounds for refusal, which are found in part 9 of the Immigration Rules. Where an applicant has ¬†‚Äėpreviously contrived in a significant way to frustrate the intentions of the Immigration Rules‚Äô,¬† the application could be refused under paragraph 320(11). In this post we look at five frequently asked questions about paragraph 320(11).¬†
  • Multiple nationality and multiple citizenship (including dual nationality and dual citizenship)

    British nationality law permits multiple nationality and multiple citizenship, including dual nationality and dual citizenship.
  • Applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the Exceptional Talent or Promise Category

    The  Exceptional Talent  and Exceptional Promise categories are for individuals who are recognised leaders or emerging leaders in their field of expertise. There are a number of endorsing bodies for lots of different fields of work, including  artists and musicians ,  architects ,  digital experts ,  scientists  and  academics . While there isn’t an endorsing body for every expert, the growing list means that many individuals could enjoy the flexibility that this category has to offer. 
  • PARALLEL PROCEEDINGS ‚Äď CIVIL AND CRIMINAL

    Syedur Rahmanconsiders the factors that determine when civil proceedings can go ahead before,or at the same time as, criminal proceedings relating to the same circumstances.
  • Rights of appeal after the Immigration Act 2014

    The Immigration Act 2014 (‚Äúthe 2014 Act‚ÄĚ) reduced the circumstances in which the refusal of an immigration application will give rise to a right of appeal.¬†The¬† explanatory notes ¬†to the 2014 Act state that the Act was intended to restructure rights of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal. Previously, a right of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal existed against any of the 14 different immigration decisions listed in s.82 of the¬† Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 ¬†(‚Äúthe 2002 Act‚ÄĚ). As explained below, whether or not the refusal of an immigration application currently generates a right of appeal depends on the subject matter of the application rather than its categorisation.