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London: Corporate and commercial

Flotations: small and mid-cap
Flotations: small and mid-cap - ranked: tier 4

Kerman & Co LLP

Kerman & Co LLP, whose practice was strengthened in 2016 by the arrivals of practice head Peter Kohl (from Hogan Lovells International LLP) and Simon Holden (from Lester Aldridge LLP), has seen its market profile grow; the firm has won a string of new clients recently, including InfraStrata Plc and Columbus Energy Resources Plc. Simon Holden acted for another new client Panthera Resources Plc in its AIM admission, which also involved advice on the English law aspects of a group restructuring. Holden also assisted United Oil & Gas Plc with its Main Market IPO. Emmerson Plc, Rurelec Plc and Applegreen Plc are among other clients. Kohl, who is dual-qualified in England & Wales and the United States, is experienced in advising AIM-listed companies on US securities law matters. Joan Yu is another notable practitioner.

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M&A: smaller deals up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals up to £50m - ranked: tier 2

Kerman & Co LLP

Kerman & Co LLP¬†specialises in acting for small and medium-sized entrepreneurial companies and business owners, with a particular focus on the energy and natural resources, and more recently technology and growth company, sectors. The team has handled numerous cross-border M&A transactions: practice head Peter Kohl¬†advised the founding shareholder of Lithuanian grocery chain UAB Palink on the ‚ā¨213m sale of the company to ICA Gruppen, a Swedish grocery business, as well as acting for a privately held US media company, Media Link, on its $207m sale to Ascential. Other highlights included Una Deretic¬†advising service station operator Applegreen on its ¬£21m acquisition of seven sites and related businesses from Carsley Group, andMartin O‚ÄôDonoghue¬†acting for the shareholders of The Future Customer on the company‚Äôs sale to IFC. Paul Gilks, Yvonne Costello, Simon Holden¬†and senior associates Coral Yu¬†and Jack Kemmish¬†are also noted members of the team.

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London: Private client

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

Kerman & Co LLP

Jane Molyneaux  is the head of private client at Kerman & Co LLP . The team regularly advises on cross-border estate and succession planning matters as well as on trusts, asset structuring, will drafting, powers of attorney and probate. Its national and international client base includes high-net-worth individuals, globally wealthy families, trustees and charities as well as family offices. It frequently carries out global asset-structuring for clients particularly from Russia, Asia and Africa. Other areas of expertise include managing complex international probate matters typically valued at approximately £15m. It also helps clients to put in place tax-efficient structures and such advice includes assisting on international transactions in relation to fine art, antiques and decorative arts.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Mining and minerals
Mining and minerals - ranked: tier 5

Kerman & Co LLP

Kerman & Co LLP recently acted for new client Panthera on its restructuring as part of its listing on the AIM and assisted longstanding client Metals Exploration with certain transactional issues arising from its $21m mezzanine debt facility. Una Deretic handled the acquisition of a limited partnership, a third-party investment and a number of joint venture arrangements on behalf of Jade Resources. On the contentious side, consultant Sean Nolan advised Norgold on a dispute with the lead contractor on an open pit mine in Africa; he also oversaw the internal reorganisation and restructuring of the business and a series of loan facilities. Other key names include equity capital markets expert Simon Holden and head of the Asia Pacific region Joan Yu who regularly represents clients in complex cross-border transactions. Peter Kohl heads the firm's corporate department and leads the mining sector offering.

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 4

Kerman & Co LLP

The oil and gas lawyers at the 'truly excellent' Kerman & Co LLP 'respond with alacrity, give excellent advice and have an all-encompassing knowledge of the market'. Praised as a 'tour de force', Simon Holden is recommended by clients alongside Una Deretic who 'provides excellent commercial and pragmatic advice'. In parallel with substantial capital markets mandates including share offers and fundraisings, the group handled Petrogas' $21m acquisition of seven sites and associated businesses from the Carsley Group under the supervision of Deretic and associate Coral Yu .  Corporate practice head Peter Kohl and solicitor Jack Kemmish are also key contacts.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 4

Kerman & Co LLP

Praised for its 'very strong niche in sports law' and 'great strength in depth', Kerman & Co LLP's practice 'works extremely well at very short notice and in high-pressure scenarios'; it is 'a leading outfit for event management, including ticketing matters and related commercial disputes', and has 'a very impressive client portfolio'. It regularly acts for rights-holders on large transactions: Zane Shihab acted for Abbott World Marathon Majors on its ten-year partnership with Wanda Group to develop racing events internationally. With 'encyclopaedic knowledge of sports cases over the years', department head Nick Bitel 'looms large in the sector'; senior associate James Thorndyke 'fights his clients' corner hard', and is 'impressive on ticketing work'. Both lawyers assisted UEFA with enforcing its ticketing terms and conditions at the Champions League Final in 2017. Tennis and horseracing are also areas of particular activity. 'Hardworking, committed' associate Emma Shaw is 'wise beyond her years'.

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