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Corporate/M&A


Due to the number of tables in this section, the editorial is in alphabetical order by firm name.

Corporate/M&A - London (Firms)

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Basic facts about the department
-21 partners
-34 other lawyers

What the team is known for Advises on joint ventures and M&A transactions on behalf of substantial clients including FTSE 100 companies. Has notable strength in advising clients in the financial services, real estate and professional practices sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Strategic planning: "They gave us strategic direction."

Client service: "It's not something that I do everyday, and we got good advice."

What's new? New clients include Clinigen, Sirius Minerals and Valmont. M&A panel renewal and wins include Admiral Taverns, IAG/British Airways and High Speed 1.

Work highlights Advised Associated British Foods on its £34 million acquisition from Premier Foods of the Elephant Atta Chapatti flour business.

Advised Diageo on its £225 million acquisition of Meta Abo Brewery, part of the privatisation programme of the Ethiopian government.

Notable practitioners  

Charles Penney is a "highly capable, user-friendly and strong" lawyer, market sources report. His clients include Rathbone Partners.

William James attracts the respect of the business community for his technically strong and commercial approach to advising clients on a range of transactions. His areas of particular expertise include providing clients in the retail finance and transport sectors with strategic advice.

Andrew Rosling is "incredibly client-focused and highly knowledgeable, and really takes the time to understand your business," enthusiastic clients say. He heads the team.

Significant clients BAT, Barclays, Britvic, GVC, Sainsbury's, The Co-operative Group.

Basic facts about the department
-10 partners
-12 other lawyers

What the team is known for Stands out for cross-border M&A and joint venture transactions, with particular expertise in emerging markets. Frequently represents clients based in Russia.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The people who work for us are knowledgeable, proactive and committed."

Technical ability: "The work product is good and they take the job seriously."

What's new? New clients include Palestine Power Generating, Neste Oil and Fortum Power & Heat.

Work highlights Advised AF Telecom on the USD8.5 billion shareholder restructuring of OAO Megafon.

Represented ExxonMobil in its USD3.2 billion joint venture with Rosneft in the Russian Arctic.

Notable practitioners  

The "highly knowledgeable" Daniel Walsh "has a good business sense" and "quickly figures out what is important and what is not," market sources say. He focuses on emerging markets work.

Significant clients VimpelCom, Lukoil, UFG Private Equity, Max Petroleum, Volga Gas.

Basic facts about the department
-42 partners
-124 other lawyers

What the team is known for Advises financial institutions, multinational companies and state-owned enterprises on complex, high-value and innovative transactions. Offers a seamless and full service on multi-jurisdictional transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Breadth of services: "They have good coverage in all key aspects of M&A work and good international coverage in key jurisdictions."

Client service: "They know us very well and are attuned to what our concerns are."

Market knowledge: "However unusual the situation they have probably seen it before."

What's new? New clients include GlaxoSmithKline, Old Mutual and Sirius Minerals.

Work highlights Advising DS Smith on its acquisition of SCA Packaging for EUR1.7 billion.

Advising Cobham on its hostile public tender offer for Danish satellite telecommunications manufacturer Thrane & Thrane.

Notable practitioners  

Jeremy Parr maintains a strong profile for his advice to clients on a range of domestic and international transactions. He receives particular plaudits for his work in the energy sector.

Mark Wippell recently advised Rexam on the £459 million disposition of its global personal care plastics business. Sources say he is a "star" who "keeps his finger on the pulse."

Richard Hough advises financial institutions and companies on matters such as restructurings, joint ventures and public takeovers. He is a frequent choice to advise clients on acquisitions and disposals.

David Broadley is commended by clients for his "highly practical and approachable" manner. He is recommended by sources for his expertise on a range of transactions.

Richard Cranfield is "bright and practical" and "has a very good way of settling the nerves of the board," clients enthuse. His recent highlights include advising Mid Europa Partners on the sale of its 65% interest in Orange Austria for EUR1.3 billion.

"Quality act" Edward Barnett is praised by clients for his highly practical advice. He has notable expertise on cross-border transactions.

Stephen Lloyd is roundly commended by sources for the strength of his expertise in M&A transactions. He recently advised GlobeOp Financial Services and the independent board on a £572 million recommended cash offer by SS&C Technologies. He recently joined the team from Ashurst.

Significant clients GE, Thomson Reuters, Virgin, Novartis, Shell.

Basic facts about the department
-22 partners
-45 other lawyers

What the team is known for Advises an enviable list of domestic and international clients on high-end M&A transactions. Sectors of expertise include infrastructure and transport, financial institutions and gaming.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "Ashurst provides fast, consistent and relevant business and legal advice."

Efficiency: "The team was extremely tight and there wasn't a moment at which one didn't know what the other was doing."

Responsiveness: "They are highly responsive." 

What's new? New clients include Vedanta, Hitachi, Mizkan and Xchanging.

Work highlights Represented Nomura in the sale of Annington Homes to Terra Firma for £3.2 billion.

Advised Vedanta Resources on the acquisition of Sterlite Industries by Sesa Goa for USD10.3 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Adrian Clark is a "strong operator" who is highly respected by market sources. He has notable expertise in public company takeover bids.

Charlie Geffen is highly praised by market sources for the strength of his technical expertise.

Richard Gubbins is a "proactive, disciplined and organised" lawyer, clients enthuse. He focuses on transactions with an international element.

"Clever operator" Anthony Clare is "highly charismatic and pragmatic," sources say. He advises clients on a range of M&A and corporate finance matters.

Significant clients AMP, Babcock, Hikma, National Express, Morrisons. 

Basic facts about the department
-17 partners
-53 associates

What the team is known for Well-established London team frequently works with colleagues throughout the world on cross-border transactions. Expertise in emerging markets and in key sectors such as energy, mining and utilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They gave us excellent service, and were highly attentive and very well informed."

Client service: "They made the whole experience comparatively pleasant."

Efficiency: "They are well organised and efficient." 

Commercial awareness: "They are sensible people who are good to do business with."

Work highlights Advised the management of Global Blue on the sale of Global Blue to Silver Lake Partners and Partners Group for EUR1 billion.

Represented a consortium led by Access Capital Advisers on the acquisition of 70% of LBC Terminals for an aggregate value of approximately USD300 million.

Notable practitioners  

Timothy Gee is "reassuring" and "pleasant to deal with," and "has a wise head," clients say. He recently advised Carlsberg on a public offer to buy shares in Baltika Breweries for approximately USD1.2 billion.

Significant clients Siemens, GM, Best Buy, Alliance Oil, Rio Tinto.

Basic facts about the department
-5 partners
-9 other lawyers

What the team is known for A growing client list instructs this firm on a range of transactions, including M&A and corporate venturing. A strong presence in the energy, financial services, TMT and life sciences sectors. A good reputation for Russia-related transactions.

What's new? New clients include Cambridge Cognition, Evo Electric and Mercury Media Science.

Work highlights Represented Creative Technology on the sale of ZiiLabs and the licensing of IP to Intel for USD50 million in aggregate.

Represented Sasol New Energy on a £15 million investment in OXIS Energy.

Notable practitioners  

Neil Foster is a "seriously delivery-focused lawyer" and "a real deal closer," sources report. He acted for Acorn Media on the acquisition of a majority stake in Agatha Christie's literary estate.

David Brangam is "highly capable" and "proactive," and "works hard," clients say. He has notable expertise in the energy sector.

Significant clients Gazprombank, IFC, Liberty Media, Merlin Equipment, Summit Trust International.

Since publication, David Brangam has joined A&L Goodbody

Basic facts about the department
-23 partners
-39 other lawyers

What the team is known for Represents an impressive list of substantial clients in a range of complex and high-profile transactions. A growing presence in emerging markets.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They are responsive, have stamina and expertise, and were very good at keeping the momentum going in the transaction."

Commercial awareness: "They are diligent, smart and commercial."

Efficiency: "The advice was highly pragmatic."  

What's new? Catherine Shirley joins from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Julian Stanier from Norton Rose, and Michael Weir was made up to partner internally.

Work highlights Advised Kumpulan Wang Amanah Pencen on the £200 million acquisition of the corporate entities that owned 10 Gresham Street in London.

Represented the management team of Mercury Pharma on the USD465 million secondary buyout of the company by Cinven.

Notable practitioners  

"Incredibly hard-working lawyer" John Bennett is "highly competent" and "good on strategy," market sources say. He heads the firm's corporate team and is the relationship partner for a number of key clients.

David Collins is a "terrifically bright and commercial lawyer" who is "a pleasure to deal with," impressed sources say. He heads the firm's corporate department.

Keith Stella is "good at managing his team" and "giving sound advice," clients say. He is an experienced M&A practitioner with particular expertise in the hotels and leisure sector.

Significant clients Tesco, Balfour Beatty, Raven Russia, Playtech, Roundhill Capital.

Basic facts about the department
-11 partners
-14 other lawyers

What the team is known for Has a good reputation for representing clients in mid-market deals of all sizes, with a focus on the TMT and energy sectors. Many transactions have a cross-border element.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They drove the transactions through brilliantly and helped us to finish it off very well."

Market standing: "They are a standout firm in the technology sector."

What's new? New client and panel wins include Coca-Cola Hellenic and Reliance.

Work highlights Advised Just Eat on the EUR20 million acquisition of the French online food provider Alloresto.

Represented Asterand on the USD9 million sale of a human tissue business to Stemgent.

Notable practitioners  

The "highly sound" Neil Blundell is commended by clients for his highly effective management of his team on transactions. His recent highlights include representing Coca-Cola Hellenic in the transfer of all the assets and liabilities of a subsidiary in Northern Ireland to its Dutch parent.

Simon Allport is "fantastic and intelligent" and was described by one source as a "takeover guru." He advises clients on an array of public and private M&A transactions.

Matthew Bonass is an energy sector specialist. He is a frequent choice of clients in the UK, Europe, Asia, the USA and the Middle East.

Matt Dennis represented Hangar 8 in its acquisition of International JetClub, including a fund-raising of £4.2 million through an institutional placing.

Significant clients Bluefield Partners, ETC, Mood Media, Elder Pharmaceuticals, Gas Turbine Efficiency.

Basic facts about the department
-4 partners
-4 other lawyers

What the team is known for A focus on international transactions, particularly the Anglo-German market. Particular expertise in the commodities and mining sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Boodle Hatfield is a very professional firm with commendable levels of service."

Responsiveness: "Beyond everything else, it is a personal service."

Commercial awareness: "I get pragmatic and useful advice."

Work highlights Represented AAC Capital's management team in its £163 million sale of Volution to Towerbrook Capital.

Notable practitioners  

The "highly pragmatic" Ute Mueller is "service-oriented" and "gets us results," impressed clients say. She has a particular focus on transactions with a German aspect and is qualified in Germany and England.

Significant clients Telegraph Media, Capital Drilling, Group NBT, Threadneedle Communications, Thermovolt.

Basic facts about the department
-28 partners
-40 other lawyers

What the team is known for A highly active transactional practice with an emphasis on the TMT, energy and biotechnology sectors. Growing expertise in the emerging markets of Africa.

What's new? New clients and panel wins include Spidersat Communications, NYK International, Kemin Industries and Cider of Sweden.

Work highlights Advised CIC Energy on the English law aspects of its CAD116 million merger with Jindal Steel & Power.

Represented Travelzest in three transactions as part of its UK asset disposal programme.

Notable practitioners  

Simon Gilbert is a frequent choice for acquisition and disposal transactions. He heads the firm's corporate finance team.

Keir Gordon specialises in representing clients in the sports, leisure and media sectors in a wide variety of transactions. Market sources say he is "driven to find commercial solutions for clients."

Significant clients ITV, Arqiva, Actis, Centamin, Randstad.

Basic facts about the department
-8 partners
-Approximately 45 other lawyers

What the team is known for Advises public and private companies on a range of deals. A respected choice on high-profile, multi-jurisdictional transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
International capability: "They are highly commercial and able to run with issues independently in a complex multi-jurisdictional context."

Bench strength: "They exhibit excellent coordination which goes right across the firm."

Professionalism: "On a fraught and difficult transaction and they were highly talented and professional."

What's new? Gabriele Antonazzo was made up to Partner.

Work highlights Represented Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the sale of its non-US wealth management business to Julius Baer for approximately USD1 billion. 

Represented Amgen in the acquisition of Mustafa Nevzat Ilac Sanayi for USD700 million.

Represented Rosneft in its acquisition of TNK-BP from BP and AAR for USD55 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Simon Jay is "highly effective and technically highly strong," impressed market sources report. He recently represented Sony in its acquisition of Ericsson's 50% stake in Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications.

Michael McDonald is a "highly competent" and "extremely responsive" lawyer, clients say. His highlights include advising Agilent Technologies on its USD2.2 billion acquisition of Dako from EQT.

Tihir Sarkar is "highly pragmatic and gets the job done for the client," market sources say. He is recommended for his work in emerging markets.

Significant clients TPG, BHP Billiton, Renaissance Capital, Vale, Lafarge.

Basic facts about the department
-39 partners
-75 other lawyers

What the team is known for Advises multinational clients on substantial and complex transactions. Expertise on cross-border and high-profile deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "They were working hard 24 hours a day and I could always reach them and they gave good and clear advice."

Responsiveness: "They are highly responsive and a great team."

Client service: "They give an excellent service." 

Work highlights Represented International Power in a £6.4 billion recommended cash offer by Electrabel to acquire shares in International Power not owned by GDF SUEZ.

Advised Co-operative Banking on its acquisition of 632 branches of Lloyds TSB and Cheltenham & Gloucester.

Represented Cinven in the parallel acquisitions of Mercury Pharma and Amdipharm for £465 million and £367 million respectively.

Notable practitioners  

David Pudge "is super-responsive and helps us sort out problems," impressed clients report. He represented Santander in the sale of its stake in Thames Water to China Investment.  

Tim Lewis represented Shell in its proposed offer of £992.4 million for Cove Energy. Clients say he is "impressive and helpful" and "a really hard-working guy."

David Pearson is a highly respected lawyer whom sources particularly recommend for his representation of public companies. He advises an array of clients on domestic and cross-border M&A transactions.

Spencer Baylin is "highly client-focused," "clear thinking" and "commercially sound," clients say. He has recently advised TeliaSonera on several transactions involving Kcell, including the acquisition of the remaining 49% of Kcell for USD1.5 billion.

The "highly interactive" Lee Coney advised EADS on the proposed combination of BAE Systems and EADS using a dual-listed company structure. His areas of expertise include M&A, corporate finance and takeovers.

New partner Nicholas Hughes is "highly thorough," "thinks through issues very carefully" and "comes up with good practical solutions," clients say. He has particular expertise in the energy sector.

Matthew Layton is "smart" and "pragmatic" and "gets things done," impressed sources say. He is the firm's global head of corporate.

Significant clients Barclays, Motorola, McGraw-Hill, HSBC, Permira.

Basic facts about the department
-14 partners
-30 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Has a substantial footprint in the insurance, transport, energy and natural resources sectors. Increasingly acting for clients on transactions relating to emerging markets.

What's new? New client and panel wins include Jersey Telecom and British Midland Regional.

Work highlights Represented Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration in its USD500 million investment in EnQuest in return for a 35% interest in Alma and Galia oil field developments in the North Sea.

Represented Jersey Telecom on the acquisition of Worldstone.

Continued to advise Deutsche Bahn on the Qatar Integrated Rail Project.

Notable practitioners  

Philip Rogers represented Sector Aviation in its £10 million acquisition of bmi Regional from IAG. He has a good reputation for his representation of a range of clients on M&A transactions.

Significant clients G4S, Ivanplats, Internetq, Alpari, Tesco.

Basic facts about the department
-27 partners
-50 other lawyers

What the team is known for Active M&A practice, advising a range of clients on significant transactions. Notably stands out for work in the energy sector, and strong in the retail, leisure and technology areas. Central and Eastern Europe remains a key focus.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Efficiency: "They are straightforward and professional, and did a good job."

Professionalism: "They are professional and approachable." 

Client service: "The service is very good." 

What's new? New clients and panel wins include Alcimed, Diageo, GG Hospitality, Sodexo, Tempur.

Work highlights Represented RWE npower in the sale of Horizon Nuclear Power to Hitachi for £696 million.

Represented Nautical Petroleum on its £414 million acquisition by Cairn Energy.

Represented LGV Capital and Hutton Collins on their £100 million acquisition of Novus Leisure.

Notable practitioners  

Sean Watson is praised by sources for his expertise on a wide range of corporate finance transactions. His areas of expertise include M&A, public takeovers and corporate reconstructions.

Louise Wallace has "excellent analytic skills," is "incredibly commercial," "cares about her clients and is deeply committed," market sources report.  She heads the firm's consumer products group.

Charles Currier is "extremely commercial" and "a deal-maker," clients say. He represented Statoil and Statkraft in the acquisition of Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm Project.

Gary Green advised Corin on a recommended takeover of Corin by 2IL Orthopaedics. He advises clients on a wide range of domestic and cross-border M&A transactions.

Significant clients BP, MetLife, Royal Mail, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, National Australia Bank.

Basic facts about the department
-15 partners
-26 other lawyers

What the team is known for A US firm offering a ful lservice to clients on domestic and cross-border M&A transactions. Sector expertise includes luxury brands, technology and life sciences.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "Any time we had a question of a legal nature they did not sit on the fence but told us what the answer was."

Pragmatic advice: "They are very responsive, have people who are very friendly to deal with and are highly pragmatic in their advice."

Client service: "They are highly competent, highly commercial and they are there for you day and night."

Work highlights Advising Giorgio Armani on the acquisition from Club 21 of its retail and wholesale business.

Representing Merck and Schering-Plough in post-merger integration matters.

Representing IMS Consulting in the acquisition of HedgeOp Compliance.

Notable practitioners  

Paul Claydon is praised for his "commercial sense and willingness to own his clients' problems." He recently advised Sea Change International on the sale of On Demand Group to Avail-TVN.

Kristian Wiggert is "good at handling novel problems quickly and efficiently" and tailoring his advice to the needs of individual clients, sources say. He represented The Foundry in its acquisition of Luxology.

Significant clients Meda, Resource America, SeaChange International, Giorgio Armani, The Foundry.

Basic facts about the department
-12 partners
-17 other lawyers

What the team is known for Good reputation for representing clients in the insurance industry. Includes specialist corporate real estate team.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They are thorough, professional and highly motivated to achieve the best outcomes for their client."

Strategic advice: "They are highly effective and good strategists."

Professionalism: "They are highly polished and professional."

Work highlights Represented Host in the acquisitions of Couture and Ensemble.

Advised the shareholders of LB Bentley on the sale of LB Bentley to Severn Glocon.

Advised Probability on the acquisition of Playyoo.

Notable practitioners

Martin Cannon is the key contact.

Significant clients AXA, TLA Worldwide, Redstone, Accumuli, Zurich.

Basic facts about the department
-12 partners
-18 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong on high-quality, mid-market transactions. Expertise in transactions in the Middle East and North Africa, Central Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "I think the service they deliver has been consistently excellent."

Client service: "We are very happy with the services rendered by Dechert LLP and we look forward to a long and mutually rewarding relationship."

What's new? New clients include AGC Equity, Cambria Africa and Global Leisure.

Work highlights Represented High Grade Minerals on the sale of approximately 25% of Samref Overseas to Glencore International for USD480 million.

Represented Kerry Group on the acquisition of Cargill Flavor Systems for USD230 million.

Represented Cellzome on its sale to Glaxosmithkline for £61 million.

Notable practitioners

Douglas Getter is the key contact.

Significant clients Crown Holdings, El Tejar, Kofax, CBS, PepsiCo International.

What the team is known for Has an enviable international reach. The enlarged London corporate team advises an array of clients on the full range of corporate transactions.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "The responsiveness and response time were very good."

Bench strength: "They are quality lawyers who work as part of a team and make a difference."

Efficiency: "They are able to cope with the frankly unrealistic demands we put on them."

What's new? SNR Denton merged with Salans and Canadian-based firm Fraser Milner Casgrain in March 2013.

Work highlights Represented Nokia in the sale of Vertu to EQT VI.

Represented Agriterra in the sale of its 20% interest in South Omo Oil Block to Marathon Ethiopia.

Advised Sony Pictures on its acquisition of a majority stake in Left Bank Pictures.

Notable practitioners  

Jeremy Cohen is "very straight-talking and highly knowledgeable" and "pleasant to work with," impressed clients say. He advised ONGC on its potential takeover of Cove Energy.

Paul Salmon is highly experienced in representing private and public companies on a range of transactions. One client said: "He takes a commercial business approach rather than a just legal approach."

Significant clients JCDecaux, Sumitomo, Bacardi, Next Fifteen Communications, Sistema.

Basic facts about the department
-13 partners
-32 other lawyers

What the team is known for Recommended for complex domestic and multi-jurisdictional transactions. A leading firm in the mid-market.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "At every stage they were the calm voice of reason and protection of the board."

Strategic planning: "They really played a critical role." 

Client service: "We received a very good service and the team was good."

What's new? New clients include CAE, Christies, Imagination Technologies, NTT Data, Tawa.

Work highlights Represented The Hain Celestial Group in its acquisition of the spreads business of Premier Foods for a cash and equity value of £200 million.

Represented Melrose on its £350 million merger with Petroceltic International.

Represented CAE on its £197 million acquisition of Oxford Aviation Academy.

Notable practitioners  

"First-class lawyer" Charles Severs "gives advice which is truly helpful to the members of the board in understanding the situation in which they find themselves," impressed sources say. He represented Invista Real Estate Investment Management in its takeover by Palmer Capital Investors for £39.7 million.

Rob Salter recently joined the firm from Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP. He provides "tailored advice" and "doesn't just give us the law but also gives us advice on how it will affect our business," impressed clients say. At his previous firm he advised Quintain Estates and Development on the £300 million acquisition of Lend Lease's interests in the Greewich Peninsula joint venture and on the establishment of a new joint venture.

Significant clients AXA UK, Etihad Airways, Samsung Venture Investment, WW Grainger, Mothercare.

Basic facts about the department
-7 partners
-4 associates

What the team is known for Has a good reputation for advising clients on the full range of corporate transactions. A frequent choice for international clients on cross-border M&A transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Breadth of service: "They are really impressive on all corporate work."

Work highlights Advised AceCad Software on the £12.5 million sale of one of its software divisions to Tekla/Trimble.

Advised Quindell Portfolio on its acquisition of Metaskil Group.

Advised Product Madness on its acquisition by Aristocrat Leisure.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Taylor is praised for his "no-nonsense" approach, with one source saying: "He doesn't take silly points." He represented Quindell Portfolio in its acquisition of Pinto Potts.

Significant clients First Service, Triton Systems of Delaware, Affinia Group, Jazz FM Investments, ClearSpeed Technology.

Basic facts about the department
-8 partners
-8 associates

What the team is known for Represents a variety of banks, insurance companies, private equity and venture capital funds and corporations in cross-border M&A transactions. Notable strengths in transactions in Europe, the UAE, the USA and Bermuda.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Problem solving: Clients praise the team's problem-solving abilities.

Work highlights Represented Citibank International in the sale of its UK and Ireland Diners Club card business.

Advised Textron on the acquisition of Kinch Aviation Services.

Advised Battery Ventures on the acquisition of Swedish public company Jeeves Information Systems.

Notable practitioners  

David Ramm is the main point of contact.

Significant clients Amwins, MVC Capital, United Technologies, Greenspring Associates, Goal.com.

Basic facts about the department
-15 partners
-30 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A highly active M&A practice at all levels of the market. Strength in representing US-based clients and household names.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "I like the consistency of service."

Client service: "They were sensible, down to earth and did a good job."

What's new? New clients and panel wins include Lloyds Banking Group, Daiwa Securities and Tech Data.

Work highlights Represented Landkorn International in its takeover by Alpcot Agro.

Represented Alimentation Couche-Tard on the USD2.8 billion acquisition of Statoil Fuel & Retail.

Represented Parker Hannifin ACD Europe on the acquisition of Olaer Group.

Notable practitioners  

Chris Halliday represented Mitsubishi in its acquisition of a strategic stake in TES Aviation. He represents clients in an array of corporate transactions.

Robert Pitcher is "easy to deal with" and "calm under pressure," clients say. He advised Lend Lease on a conditional sale of its stake in Greenwich Peninsula Regeneration to Quintain Estates and Developments for £100 million.

The "exceptionally good" Robin Johnson is "hard-working and diligent," and "highly commercial and approachable," impressed clients say. He co-chairs the firm's cross-border M&A team.

Significant clients DuPont, Parker Hannifin, Anglo American, Tech Data, Heinz.

Basic facts about the department
-7 partners
-10 other lawyers

What the team is known for Advises a range of public and private companies, and private individuals, family firms and entrepreneurs. Sector strengths include financial services, healthcare and media.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "They are very down to earth, highly commercial and highly pragmatic."

Client service: "They are always in touch and always give us updates and briefings."

What's new? New clients include the directors of Smith & Williamson IM and James Hambro & Partners.  

Work highlights Represented Sage Publications in the acquisitions of Adam Matthew Digital and of 25 society journals from the Royal Society of Medicine.

Advised Wycombe Wanderers Trust on its acquisition of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club and on the restructuring of the football club.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Lane is "highly sound and steady, and gives good advice," clients say. He heads the firm's entrepreneur and family business group.

Significant clients Serabi Gold, Arbuthnot Banking, Helperby Therapeutics, 5th Tier, Bauer Media. 

Basic facts about the department
-16 partners
-21 other lawyers

What the team is known for Strength and emphasis on TMT and the energy and natural resources sectors. Team includes a dedicated CIS group.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "They are highly commercially focused but still with good attention to detail."

Pragmatic advice: "They provide me with pragmatic and realistic assessment of situations."

Market standing: "I have been impressed with them; they present themselves very well."

Work highlights Represented Adeptra in the USD115 million sale of the company to FICO.

Advised the Charles Green Consortium on the £5.5 million acquisition of the business and assets of Rangers Football Club.

Represented Infrastrata on a joint venture with BP Gas Marketing and Moyle Energy Investments relating to a gas storage project in County Antrim.

Notable practitioners  

Anthony Brockbank is "on the ball," "negotiates sensibly" and is "technically very good," market sources report. He focuses on representing clients in the energy sector on a wide range of corporate transactions.

The "upbeat and positive" Andrew Blankfield "grasps a situation from a business and legal point of view very quickly," impressed clients say. He advised BBC Worldwide on its acquisition of the balance of the shares in Bedder 6, which owns the commercial rights to Top Gear.

Significant clients FFastFill, Viacom/MTV, YouView, Gazprom, KazMunaiGas Exploration Production.

Basic facts about the department
-14 partners
-9 other lawyers

What the team is known for Has a good reputation on cross-border M&A transactions and expertise in the hotel and leisure, energy and publishing sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Clarity: "The advice is clear, accurate and dynamic." 

Client service: "In one word: excellent!" 

Work highlights Represented the shareholders of Cryptocard in the sale of the company to SafeNet.

Represented Touchstone Gold on its business combination with Atlantis Gold Mines and on its re-domiciliation from the British Virgin Islands to Ontario, Canada.

Advised publisher Taylor and Francis on the acquisition of the Health Science and Higher Education portfolios of Hackette UK.  

Notable practitioners  

Anthony Vaughan has "an amazing commercial brain," is "highly passionate about what he does" and is "highly supportive," impressed clients say. He focuses on advising clients in the leisure industry on matters including M&A transactions and restructuring.

Significant clients Downing Corporate Finance, Hamilton Bradshaw, Informa, Splendid Hotel Group, Toumaz.

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
-10 other lawyers

What the team is known for Highly respected for representing clients in the technology, natural resources and financial services sectors. Frequently advises listed companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The service was very good; they are highly responsive, thorough and good on negotiations."

Efficiency: "The job is executed without prompting or chasing and in a professional and timely manner."

Work highlights Advised the sellers on the sale of Tomorrow Communications to CACI.

Represented Constellation Homebuilder Systems on the acquisition of Ibcos by CHS Software Solutions UK.

Represented Mediafed on its acquisition of Taptu.

Notable practitioners  

Paul Osborne is "highly sensible" and "works extremely effectively to get the deal done," sources say. He represented the shareholders of Xmbrace in the sale of the entire issued share capital to Kirona.

Significant clients SuperGroup, Tennants Consolidated, New College of the Humanities, Global Tea and Commodities, Lallemand.

Basic facts about the department
-48 partners
-229 other lawyers

What the team is known for Represents clients in market-leading transactions of the highest profile, including those of the utmost sophistication and intricacy. Maintains its outstanding reputation on worldwide cross-border transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Excellent quality at all levels, flexible and commercial, and innovative in its service offering."

Responsiveness: "They gear up and respond very quickly and are multi-disciplinary."

Partner involvement: "One of the things that struck me is they make their senior people and top-drawer talent available."

What's new? New clients include the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO).

Work highlights Represented Xstrata in its USD70 billion all-share merger with Glencore International.

Advised Pearson on its agreement with German multinational media company Bertelsmann to combine Penguin and Random House.

Advised Logica on the £1.7 billion recommended cash acquisition of Logica by CGI.  

Notable practitioners  

Mark Rawlinson is "extremely intelligent," and "cuts through processes to achieve business objectives," clients say. He is the managing partner of the London office.

Edward Braham recently advised UGL on its £78 million acquisition of the trading operations of DTZ from its administrators. He heads the worldwide corporate practice.

Will Lawes is "really first rate" and "has the confidence of the board," impressed sources report. He is the firm's senior partner.

Barry O'Brien recently advised Invensys on the proposed £1.7 billion disposal of its rail division to Siemens together with a proposed £625 million return of capital to shareholders of Invesys. He is highly respected by market sources for his experienced and commercial approach on transactions.

The "excellent" Julian Long is praised by market sources for his abilities on a range of complex cross-border transactions. He acted for Aon on its redomiciliation from the US to the UK.

Claire Wills has a good and growing reputation for her advice to financial institutions and retail companies on high-profile deals. Her recent highlights include advising ING on its disposal of the UK branch of ING Direct to Barclays.

Ben Spiers is "highly commercial and highly sensible," and one client said: "His corporate law knowledge is just excellent." He advises clients on public and private M&A transactions, restructurings and securities matters, with a focus on the TMT sector.

Lauren Honeyben is "calm and resourceful," "gives you a real sense of confidence and comfort," and her "early preparation is impressive," clients say. She is a senior associate.

Significant clients BAE Systems, Barclays Bank, E.ON, Deutsche Bank, Tesco.

Since publication, Barry O'Brien has moved in-house.

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises a loyal and growing roster of clients on a range of transactions. Key sector expertise in pharmaceuticals and biotech, telecommunications and entertainment and chemicals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They provide an extremely good service, and are highly personal, highly responsive and highly business savvy."

Strategic relationships: "Excellent service; high-quality representation and amazing responsiveness and they understand what strategic relationships with clients really means."

Quality advice: "They played both roles: the creation and negotiation of the documents but also advising the client on how to handle the situation."

What's new? New clients include Forward Market Media, Quantum Power Operations, Yucaipa and TRC Family Entertainment.

Work highlights Represented AB Volvo in the competitive auction sale to GKN of Volvo Aero for £633 million.

Represented Justice on its USD 5 billion cash and share acquisition of Burger King Worldwide.

Advised Wencor on its purchase of a division of AmSafe.

Notable practitioners  

The "superb" Paul Maher is a "highly practical, highly commercial and highly user-friendly deal lawyer," impressed clients say. He co-chairs the firm's global M&A group.

Fiona Adams is "extremely responsive, commercial and pragmatic," clients say. She advised Rentokil Initial on its acquisition of Modus FM from Modus Group.

Significant clients AstraZenecca, Smiths, Horizonte Minerals, Vion Food, Alegro Capital.

Basic facts about the department
-12 partners
-9 other lawyers

What the team is known for A good and growing reputation for advising clients in the media, technology and entertainment sectors on lower mid-market transactions. Has particular expertise in advising online businesses.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "They provided sound commercial advice as well as sound legal advice - from my point of view that makes them very attractive."

Client service: "They were able to work at odd hours on a global transaction."

Bench strength: "It is a very good, young and hardworking team."  

What's new? New clients and panel wins include MAMA, Rara and Omnifone.

Work highlights Represented Forward Internet in the acquisition of Factory Media.

Represented the shareholders of iLUKA in the sale of the company's share capital to Chime Communications.

Represented Zattikka on its acquisition of Hattrick for an initial consideration of EUR15 million with deferred consideration of up to a further EUR7.5 million.

Notable practitioners  

Colin Howes is rated by sources for his calm and measured approach. His highlights include advising Hilary Bevan Jones on the sale of 51% of Endor Productions.

Significant clients Penguin Books, shareholders of Intent Media, Atomico Investments, shareholders of Fashion Lab, shareholders of Redkite Financial Markets.

Basic facts about the department
-52 partners
-170 other lawyers

What the team is known for Handles high-value and complex public and private M&A transactions for substantial international clients. An emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "They are highly dedicated and highly innovative in their thinking."

Bench strength: "As a team they are a class act."  

Client service: "Herbert Smith Freehills make it their business to understand what makes their clients tick."

What's new? New clients and panel wins include Bodycote, Chemring, Weir, UCC.  

Work highlights Represented Cable & Wireless in its £1.04 billion takeover by Vodafone.

Advised Morgan Stanley as financial adviser and sponsor to the London Stock Exchange on its initial and revised recommended offer for a majority stake in LCH Clearnet.

Advised Precision Capital on its EUR1 billion acquisition of KBL European Private Bankers.

Notable practitioners  

"Heavy hitter" James Palmer is rated by clients for his "impressive mind" and his "overall grasp of the commercial drivers for clients." He is further praised by sources for his ability to provide strategic advice to boards.

David Paterson advises several FTSE companies on matters such as governance, regulation and transactions. He has notable expertise on public takeover transactions.

Malcolm Lombers advised Morgan Stanley as financial adviser to Shell on its £1.1 billion recommended cash bid for Cove Energy. He specialises in international partnerships and cross-border private and public M&A.

Stephen Wilkinson has "relentless drive and stamina," "very strong legal skills" and "strong commercial acumen," impressed clients say. He represented BSkyB in several transactions, including the £18 million acquisition of Parthenon Media.

Gavin Davies gives "very clear and categorical advice" and is "highly impressive technically and highly experienced and down to earth," clients say. His highlights include advising Godrej Consumer Products on its acquisition of 51% of the Darling Group's manufacturing and distribution business in Kenya.

Gareth Roberts advised Virgin Atlantic on the sale of Singapore Airlines' 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic to Delta Air Lines for USD360 million, and on a new joint venture between Virgin Atlantic and Delta. Clients say he "knows his stuff and is able to anticipate challenges in advance," and "is able to effortlessly energise his team."

Alan Montgomery recently advised United Breweries on the sale of a 19.3% stake in United Spirits to Diageo. Sources speak with approval of his rising profile in the market.

Significant clients BAT, easyJet, Lonmin, Moneysupermarket.com, Stagecoach.

Basic facts about the department
-25 partners
-126 other lawyers

What the team is known for Commended for its ability to advise clients on transactions in highly regulated markets. An admirable transatlantic and global reach.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They provide us with a rapid and thorough service."

Responsiveness: "They are highly attentive and responsive to our needs and the quality of the work is consistently very good."

Industry knowledge: "They understand the regulatory context in which we operate."

What's new? New panel appointments include Lloyds Banking Group and Kingfisher.

Work highlights Represented Phoenix in the sale of a £5 billion annuity business to Guardian Assurance.

Represented Rift Acquisitions on the £1.2 billion acquisition of Veolia Water Capital Funds.

Advised Mitsubishi Motors on the sale of NedCar.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Pearson represented SABMiller in its USD1.9 billion strategic alliance with Anadolu Efes. He heads the London corporate finance team.

Richard Ufland is recommended by sources for his technical expertise. His recent highlights include advising Lloyds Banking on the £200 million sale of Admiral Taverns to Cerberus Capital.  

Charles Rix receives positive feedback from sources for his commercially astute advice. He has notable expertise in advising clients on transactions in the financial services sector.

Steven Bryan is "highly thorough" and "negotiates very well," clients say. His clients include Brookfield Infrastructure.

Jonathan Russell is "really smart" and "performs way in excess of his level of qualification," impressed clients say. He focuses on advising clients on transactions in the financial services sector.

Guy Potel recently advised AEA Technology on its restructuring and on the sale of certain of its businesses. He advises clients on public and private M&A, joint ventures and equity investments, among other matters.

Significant clients Barclays, ExxonMobil, Honeywell, Labelux, News Corporation.

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 9 other lawyers

What the team is known for Increased bench strength post-merger. Sectors of focus include restaurants, leisure and technology.

What's new? Howard Kennedy and Finers Stephens Innocent merged in January 2013 to create the firm HowardKennedyFsi.

Work highlights Represented Spectrum Interactive in its £23.4 million acquisition of Arqiva Broadcast.

Represented Pizza Hut (UK) on ten concurrent business sales to franchise operators.

Advised Totally on the sale of The Jewish News and Totallyjewish.com.

Notable practitioners  

Ashley Reeback is commended by sources for his no-nonsense approach to transactions. His highlights include advising Tangent Communications on its acquisition of the entire issues share capital of Goodprint UK.

Significant clients Euroffice, Jelf, City and Docklands, Mansion Capital, PaymentSense.

Basic facts about the department
-18 partners
-24 other lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded for its broad practice expertise and cross-border strength. Clients include substantial corporates and funds.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "We are highly pleased with the pragmatic and solution-oriented advice." 

Industry knowledge: "They were very hands-on and knowledgeable on all of the topics which arose."

Efficiency: "They were really highly efficient in handling our complex transaction."

What's new? New clients and panel wins include Société Générale, Lloyds Banking, Multi and Mabey.

Work highlights Represented The British Land Company in a £1.525 billion joint venture with Norges Bank Investment Management relating to Meadowhall Shopping Centre.

Advised Ryder System of the Euroway group of companies.

Advised an international consortium, including Aviva Life and Pensions UK, on the USD125 million sale of IPD Group.

Notable practitioners  

The "very bright" Vica Irani recently represented Eurasian Natural Resources on its USD550 million acquisition of Camrose Resources. She is a respected choice among clients in a variety of sectors for public and private M&A transactions.

Giles Elliott advised J F Lehman on the USD70 million acquisition of ACR Electronics. His clients include companies and financial institutions.

Leon Ferera has particular expertise in advising clients on takeovers. His highlights include advising Zertus on the takeover of Zetar by way of a scheme of arrangement.

John Phillips advised Standard Bank on the proposed sale of Standard Bank Argentina for USD600 million. He is an experienced operator in cross-border M&A transactions.

Significant clients WL Ross, London & Stamford Property, Hansteen Holdings, SAP, Eurasian Natural Resources.

Basic facts about the department
-19 partners

What the team is known for Strong reputation for advising international clients on cross-border M&A transactions. Notable expertise in sectors such as sports and gaming, real estate and energy.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "They certainly gave me an advantage on my last transaction; they came up with highly creative drafting language and worked around the clock."

Commercial awareness: "K&L Gates really understood our business and our objectives and offered a point of view which was very helpful."

Technical ability: "They are highly bright and capable folks." 

What's new? New client and panel wins include Apator Metrix, Hawkley Oil & Gas, Cluff Natural Resources and Valiant Petroleum.

Work highlights Representing Arena Leisure in the acquisition for approximately £200 million of its entire issued share capital by Aldersgate Investments by scheme of arrangement.

Advising Brightstar on the £106 million disposal of a 50% interest in Brightstar Europe to Tech Data.

Advising Hitachi Consulting on the acquisition of Celerant Consulting Investments.

Notable practitioners  

Kevin Dean is "calm," "highly commercial," "a good negotiator" and "a fantastic draftsman," impressed clients say. He is the head of UK public M&A at the firm.

Significant clients Henderson Global Investors, Halliburton, Brady, CapGemini, Amara Mining.

Basic facts about the department
-18 partners
-35 other lawyers

What the team is known for Particularly praised by sources for its expertise on transactions in the real estate, private equity and banking sectors. A well-respected option on both high-end and mid-market deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "They are very commercial and focused on protecting our position but also on getting things done in a flexible and pragmatic manner."

Client service: "They understand us and anticipate; they know what we want and they deliver it."

Market standing: "They are strong, good people." 

What's new New client wins include Terra Firma, Acteon, Watson Pharmaceuticals.

Work highlights Represented Terra Firma in its £276 million acquisition of The Garden Centre.

Advised Duke Street on the £296 million sale of Deloro Stellite.

Advised Investcorp on its £86 million acquisition of Georg Jenson from Axcel Capital.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Goldberg has a particularly good reputation for his advice to clients on real estate-related deals. He recently advised Westfield on the sale of three UK shopping centres for an aggregate value of £159 million.

Steven Davis is praised by market sources for his results-driven approach. He heads the team.

Significant clients Landsbanki, Lion Capital, Amcor, British Land, One Savings Bank.

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- Over 30 other lawyers

What the team is known for Advises a strong and growing list of international clients on substantial cross-border transactions. Strength in the consumer, energy and industrial sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "They are creative and it is a fantastic firm to work with."

Commercial awareness: "They are excellent; highly commercial and responsive."

International capability: "The quality internationally has been excellent."

What's new? Richard Brown joined from Hogan Lovells at the beginning of 2012.

Work highlights Represented Qatar Holding in the acquisition of a significant shareholding in Xstrata.

Represented Leonard Green & Partners on the £500 million acquisition of a minority stake in Topshop and Topman.

Advised Watson Pharmaceuticals on its EUR4.25 billion acquisition of Actavis.  

Notable practitioners  

Richard Brown is experienced in representing clients in both private and public M&A transactions.

Managing partner of the London office, Nicholas Cline advised Mattel on the USD680 million acquisition of HIT Entertainment. He is "approachable and highly client-focused," and "really listens to you," clients say.

Significant clients Ericsson, Novus Leisure, Rio Tinto, Zipcar, Volga Resources.

Basic facts about the department
-10 partners
-13 other lawyers

What the team is known for A market-leading reputation for advising clients in the advertising sector. An enviable roster of clients in the TMT, financial services and healthcare sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "They are very responsive and proactive."

Commercial awareness: "They are business-oriented in approach."

Client service: "They provide us with a very good service."

Work highlights Representing Publicis in the acquisition of Bartle Bogle Hegarty by way of acquiring BBH Holdings for £100 million.

Representing talent and literary agency United Agents on its acquisition of AP Watt.

Advised Havas on its acquisition of Creative Lynx.

Notable practitioners  

The "excellent" Jo Evans is "highly entrepreneurial" and "gets the commercial stuff," impressed clients say. She focuses on representing clients in the marketing and communications and healthcare sectors.

Significant clients Integrated Dental, Ebiquity, Solomon Capital, Vision 7 International, East African Gold.

Basic facts about the department
-44 partners
-142 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Provides high-quality advice to clients on market-leading transactions of the highest profile, value and complexity. Natural resources, financial services and private equity continue to be key sectors of expertise and focus.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
International capability: "The offices are well interconnected and the advice is seamless."

Client service: "We have been extremely happy and satisfied with the quality and service we have received from the firm."

Market standing: "Very impressive - Linklaters knew their client's business inside out."

What's new New client and panel wins include BP's US panel, Arcadia, Maersk and Aditya Birla.

Work highlights Represented Glencore International in its USD70 billion merger of equals with Xstrata by scheme of arrangement of Xstrata.

Represented BP on the sale of its interest in TNK-BP to Rosneft including the acquisition by BP of a stake in Rosneft.

Advised Siemens on its £1.742 billion acquisition of the rail business of Invensys.

Notable practitioners  

"Leading light" Charles Jacobs is a "charismatic lawyer with a knack for negotiation," whose "clarity of thought and methodical approach to deals transcends talent and is more of a gift," sources enthuse. He has represented clients in many of the highest-profile deals of the year. His practice has a particular focus on Africa and recent highlights include advising Absa on the strategic combination of Barclays African operations with Absa, valued at USD2.1 billion.

Richard Godden is "an incredibly smart and capable lawyer," market sources say. He has notable expertise in takeover transactions.

The "good and strong" Owen Clay recently advised long-standing Linklaters client Britvic on its £1.4 billion merger with AG Barr. He receives particular praise from sources for his work in the oil and gas sector.

Jeremy Parr is "calm and considered," "easy to get on with" and "technically very good," sources say. He is the global head of M&A.  

David Cheyne is a highly respected senior corporate lawyer, and a consultant at the firm.

Stephen Griffin gives clients "a good commercial view on things" and is a "sensible negotiator," clients say. He is rated for his expertise on a range of cross-border and domestic transactions.

David Holdsworth has "deep legal knowledge" and is "highly solution-minded and entrepreneurial," clients say. His recent highlights include advising Dentsu on its £3.2 billion recommended cash offer for Aegis.  

Significant clients RBS, Anglo American, Lloyds Banking Group, Cookson, Rio Tinto.

Basic facts about the department
- 14 partners
- 35 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Maintains its excellent reputation for advising clients on high-end and mid-market transactions. Particular strength in acting for clients on private equity sponsored transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Excellent service; they were responsive, creative and highly practical."

Commercial awareness: "They are detail oriented and understand the commercial elements."

Dedication: "The team did not waver in their efforts to get our deal across the finish line."

What's new? New clients and panel wins include Shell, Game Retail, Comet, Heineken and National Accident Helpline.

Work highlights Represented Four Seasons Healthcare in its £825 million acquisition by Terra Firma.

Advised Puma Energy on its acquisition of Kenolkobil.

Advised August Equity on the sale of Lifeways to OMERS Private Equity for approximately £210 million.

Notable practitioners  

Charles Martin has "very good judgement," and is "extremely commercially savvy" and an "extremely good negotiator," market sources report. He is senior partner at the firm.

Graham Gibb receives praise in equal measure for his "high-level, strategic thinking" and for his "extremely diligent and detail-oriented" approach. He advises clients on public takeovers and private acquisitions and disposals.

Significant clients Trafigura, Omnicom, ICAP, Virgin, Bumi.

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 6 other lawyers

What the team is known for Advises clients in the media, technology, IT and domiciliary care sectors on a range of corporate transactions. Also highly active in the education and retail sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They were all extremely good."

Market standing: "They are a firm of strong practitioners."

What's new? New clients include Coolabi, powerPerfector, Brasher Leisure, Volvere.

Work highlights Represented Matrix Private Equity (now Mobeus Private Equity) in the sale of the DiGiCo consoles and mixing desk business for £50 million.

Represented domiciliary care provider City & County Healthcare on several transactions as part of its buy and build strategy.

Advised Stagecoach Theatre Arts on a public offer by Encore Capital.

Notable practitioners  

Jon Sweet has a "great mind" and is "really responsive" and "a fantastic problem solver," clients say. He recently represented Sterling Financial Print in the sale of its manufactured print division to DG3.

Significant clients Eagle Rock Entertainment, Cello, Entertainment and Media Group, Sovereign Capital, Coolabi.

Basic facts about the department
- 15 partners
- 24 other lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded for substantial cross-border transactions. Key expertise includes the telecommunications, corporate real estate and energy sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Efficiency: "They are very well resourced, efficient and very focused on a prompt service delivery."

Client service: "They are what you would expect from a really top firm."

Work highlights Represented Mittal Investments in the £272 million acquisition of a portfolio of construction materials operations in the UK from Tarmac and Lafarge.

Advised Groupe Ludendo on its £60 million acquisition of Hamley's.

Represented Ecofin Energy Resources on its AUS180 million merger with Amadeus Energy.

Notable practitioners  

Peter Dickinson "thinks about the answer both legally and commercially" and is "highly proactive and responsive," impressed clients say. He heads the firm's corporate group in the UK.  

Richard Page is an "accomplished lawyer who always seems to impress," clients say. He has particular expertise in representing clients in the TMT, life sciences and corporate real estate sectors.

Significant clients Oxford Catalysts, Numis Securities, Bodycote, Moody's, Thomson Reuters.

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 14 other lawyers

What the team is known for Punches above its weight to advise a range of public, private and entrepreneurial clients on domestic and cross-border M&A transactions. A loyal and growing client base.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "What we particularly like about them is their ability to react fast and use commercial decisions to drive the process forward."

Commercial awareness: "The advice was always very commercially based, practical and pragmatic."

Client service: "The whole team were very easy to work with and partners were available to give advice as and when needed."

What's new? New clients include C-QUADRAT and Grant Thornton UK.

Work highlights Advised MDM Engineering on its sale to Sedgman.

Advised the founder shareholders of Edge IPK on its sale to Temenos.

Advised Spirited Wines on the acquisition of Nicolas UK.

Notable practitioners  

Lesley Gregory is "a deal doer" who is further described by sources as "highly commercial, competent and nice to deal with." His highlights include representing Grant Thornton in the approximately £7 million acquisition of RSM Tenon's Individual Voluntary Arrangement business.  

Significant clients Bisichi Mining, Electric Word, IDOX, MSQ, Wyndeham Press.

Basic facts about the department
- 14 partners, 1 legal director
- 24 other lawyers

What the team is known for Excellent and growing reputation for advising business owners on corporate transactions at all stages of growth. Increasing emphasis on retail and a continued focus on private capital and property-related deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Pragmatic advice: "They give us very practical, hands-on advice and they are always available."

Client service: "They are proactive in assessing what our needs are."

Technical ability: "They exhibit great attention to detail."  

Work highlights Represented Limited Brands in the acquisition of La Senza.

Represented Scottish Equity on the £25 million acquisition of Workshare.

Advised Pentland on the £22.7 million acquisition of Canterbury.

Notable practitioners  

Nick Davis is the main contact.

Significant clients Prestige Finance, Quotient Bioscience, Salkeld Investments, D2 Private, Kistefos International Equity.

Basic facts about the department
-4 partners
-2 of counsel
-4 associates

What the team is known for Advising clients on a wide array of corporate transactions. Highly regarded for its expertise in life sciences, technology and natural resources.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They genuinely care about their clients' businesses."

What's new? David Bresnick joined the team from CMS Cameron McKenna.

Work highlights Represented Microgaming in a joint venture with Hippodrome for the creation of an online casino brand.  

Advised Local World on the strategic agreement leading to the launch of a media business using the websites of Northcliffe Media and IIiffe News & Media.

Advised NEK Acquisition on the USD36 million acquisition of Eastern Research, the US trading subsidiary of AEA Technology.  

Notable practitioners

Ed Lukins is the key contact.

Significant clients Autodesk, China Africa Resources, IS Pharma, Qatalyst, IGas Energy

Basic facts about the department
- 15 partners
- 28 other lawyers

What the team is known for Strong in advising clients on mid-market takeover situations. Highly active in the real estate and healthcare sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "They are highly responsive; it doesn't matter what time of the day or night it is, you will get your question answered."

Client service: "It is a very good service and they are a pleasure to work with."

Industry knowledge: "The firm is very good - they are highly knowledgeable and experienced."

What's new? New clients and panel wins include Fixnetix, Insurance Dialogue, Larsen & Toubro, The Investment Dar and Sovereign Capital.

Work highlights Represented Sportingbet in a recommended offer by William Hill and GCV.

Represented OTwelve Estates in a £34 million recommended offer from Westbrook Partners Fund.

Advised Care UK on its £48 million acquisition of Harmoni.

Notable practitioners  

Iain Newman is praised by sources for his excellent technical skills. He recently represented long-standing client WSP in a recommended merger with GENIVAR.

Graham Stedman advised London & Stamford on its £209 million recommended acquisition of Metric Property Investments. He is senior partner at the firm.

Warren Taylor is described by sources as a "good, effective practitioner" who is "highly commercial and sensible." He advised Health Care REIT on the acquisition of Sunrise Senior Living and on the acquisition of two separate portfolios of five residential care homes.

Significant clients Primary Health Properties, Quintain Estates and Development, Enteq Upstream, Rugby Estates, Care UK.

Basic facts about the department
-46 partners
-79 other lawyers

What the team is known for A good international network provides an appealing setting for a respected and growing London M&A practice. Key expertise and activity in the oil and gas, infrastructure and mining and commodities sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "They understood the business side of our transaction."

Industry knowledge: "They have a local presence in all the key natural resources markets."

Breadth of services: Clients praise the integrated nature of the advice across multiple legal practice areas.

Work highlights Represented BP in the sale of its LPG bottle and tank filling businesses to various purchasers.

Advised Barclays on the £1.3 billion combination of the majority of its African operations with Absa. 

Advised Royal Bank of Canada on the USD2 billion acquisition by RBC Wealth Management of the Caribbean, Latin American and African private banking businesses of Coutts.  

Notable practitioners  

Chris Pearson is "thoughtful" and "highly pragmatic," and "gets the deal done," impressed sources say. He represented Delta Air Lines in its proposed acquisition of a 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic from Singapore Airlines for USD360 million.

Robin Brooks focuses on transactions in emerging markets. He "understands our needs," said one satisfied client.

Significant clients Allied Gold Mining, Brit Insurance, HSBC, Lloyds Banking, OMV.

Basic facts about the department
- 24 partners
- 41 other lawyers

What the team is known for Widely respected for its considerable expertise in media industry corporate transactions. The team continues to be active on high-profile technology, leisure and retail sector deals.

What's new? New clients and panel wins include Angle Energy, Merlin Entertainments, Orchard Street Investment Management and Parity.

Work highlights Represented Reed Business Information in the £110 million sale of Totaljobs to Stepstone.

Advised Martin Lewis and MoneySavingExpert.com on the sale of MoneySavingExpert.com to MoneySupermarket for up to £87 million.

Advised the shareholders of Capital & Regional on its joint venture with Oaktree Capital and its related acquisition of the Kingfisher Shopping Centre in Redditch for £130 million.

Notable practitioners  

Simon Morgan advised Vodafone UK on its network-sharing joint venture with O2, which involved the transfer of £438 million of assets by Vodafone to Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure.

Stephen Hermer represented ITV in its acquisition of So Television.

Paul Blackmore's highlights include advising DV4 on the corporate sale of 40 Holborn Viaduct.

Stephen Rosen specialises in advising clients on private equity-related transactions.

Significant clients BBC Worldwide, Shine, Sony Pictures Television, Warner Bros., BDO.

Basic facts about the department
- 25 partners
- 41 other lawyers

What the team is known for Strong reputation for advising clients on public M&A transactions. Deep expertise in the advertising and marketing services sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "They are very commercial and considered; they are not aggressive but stand their ground."

Client service: "They are straightforward and easy to deal with."

Strategic planning: "They are very proactive and deal with issues before clients spot things."

Work highlights Advised Kewill on its £103 million takeover by Kinetic Bidco by way of a scheme of arrangement.

Represented MITIE on the £111 million acquisition of domiciliary care business Enara.

Represented College Group on its acquisition of Merlin Financial Communications.

Notable practitioners  

Tim Birt gives clients "wise counsel" and has a "good sense of what is happening in the market," impressed sources say. He advised the shareholders of BBH on the £200 million sale of the company to Publicis.

Jonathan King is "fully engaged and on the ball" and "his advice is thought through and considered," satisfied clients say. He represents Carphone Warehouse in the £838 million disposal of its interest in Best Buy Mobile.

Ray Berg is "a skilled negotiator," who is "really commercial" and "incredibly knowledgeable," clients say. He advised UBM on the £30 million acquisition of a 50% stake in Canada Newswire.

Paul Cooper advised Scott Davidson, Samantha Oliphant and others on the £200 million sale of shares in Invitation Digital to Vodafone. He is a highly regarded corporate lawyer.

The "excellent" Adrian Bott is "highly commercial" and a "terrific lawyer," market sources say. He heads the firm's digital business group.

Mark Spinner joins the team from Eversheds. He advises clients on a range of M&A transactions, with a focus on private equity-related transactions.

Kalpesh Tanna is "highly client-focused" and "highly responsive," and "gives you commercial solutions that work," impressed clients say. He advises clients on a range of corporate transactions.

Mathias Loertscher has a good reputation for advising clients in the digital business sector. Sources speak highly of his responsive approach.

Significant clients Carphone Warehouse, Talk Talk, United Business Media, Digital Barriers, Iris Nation.

Basic facts about the department
- 23 partners/legal directors
- 32 other lawyers

What the team is known for Highly respected for advising clients on M&A transactions and takeovers. Particular focus on Asian transactions with a key focus on the Chinese market.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "They are excellent and very commercial."

Industry knowledge: "They are a switched-on bunch." 

Client service: "They are highly responsive." 

What's new? New clients and panel wins include China ChainTek, Naibu Global International, Wishbone Gold, Lupus Capital and Retroscreen Virology.

Work highlights Represented IP Group in a recommended takeover offer by USL Pharma International UK for £356.8 million.

Advised Medicx Fund on its £91.9 million acquisition of the entire issued share capital of CSPC 3PD and its subsidiaries. 

Notable practitioners  

Jon Harris is "highly sensible" and "knows the points to pick up on," clients say. He has a focus on transactions relating to China.

Gareth Edwards has a "good understanding of our industry and what we need in corporate transactions," clients say. He counts a number of entrepreneurs among his clients.

Significant clients APR Energy, Falkland Oil & Gas, Jagal, Regal Petroleum, Sirius Minerals.

Basic facts about the department
- 22 partners
- 32 other lawyers

What the team is known for Advises an array of substantial clients on public and private transactions both domestically and internationally. Focus on sectors such as media and technology, private equity and energy and natural resources.

What's new? New clients include Global Business Coalition for Education (GBCEd).

Work highlights Represented Proximagen in its sale to Upsher-Smith Laboratories for £356 million.

Advised The Ascott Group on its acquisition of The Cavendish Hotel (London) for £158.8 million.

Advised Gemfields on its acquisition by way of merger of Fabergé with a value of USD142 million.

Notable practitioners  

James Wilkinson is the key contact here.

Significant clients Microsoft, Channel 4, Curtiss-Wright, Virgin Media, Glencore Grain.

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 14 other lawyers

What the team is known for A good reputation for representing an impressive roster of domestic and international clients in a range of transactions. A respected choice of FTSE 250 and FTSE 100 companies to advise on mid-market deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The service was absolutely excellent."

Market standing: "I have a lot of respect for them."  

Client service: "They are friendly, approachable and understanding."

What's new? New clients and panel wins include Euromoney Institutional Investors and Ofcom.

Work highlights Represented SCA Hygiene Products in its acquisition of Georgia-Pacific's European tissue businesses in 22 countries.

Represented ANV on its USD250 million acquisition of Flagstone Reinsurance's Lloyd's of London business.

Advising Windsor on its sale to Hyperion Insurance.  

Notable practitioners  

"Good operator" Tim Anderson advised Daily Mail and General Trust on its EUR30 million acquisition of Jobrapido, the Italian search engine. He heads the team.

Significant clients Dialog Semiconductor, Sports Direct International, Fox News, HMV, RSA.

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 30 other lawyers

What the team is known for Market sources speak highly of the London team's commercial and effective approach on substantial cross-border transactions. A highly respected option for complex and strategically important transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
International capability: "They are really good and consistent on cross-border deals."

Client service: "They are highly responsive, understand the commercial issues and are therefore super-helpful in getting a deal done."

Efficiency: "They are very good at running transactions and turning documents around; they know how to get things done."

What's new? New clients and panel wins include Barry Callebaut and Vivendi.

Work highlights Represented GE in the USD4.3 billion acquisition of Avio.

Advised Argon Management (the management of Actavis) on the disposal of Actavis to Watson Pharmaceuticals for approximately EUR4.5 billion.

Represented ArcelorMittal on the USD1.1 billion sale of a 15% interest in ArcelorMittal Mines Canada to a consortium led by POSCO and China Steel.

Notable practitioners  

The "practical" Laurence Levy is acclaimed by clients for "not losing sight of the forest for the trees." He recently advised African Barrick Gold on a potential takeover offer.

Jeremy Kutner is "super sharp," "highly measured" and "highly commercial," and "really understands what the client wants," impressed clients say. His areas of expertise include cross-border M&A deals, strategic alliances and joint ventures.

Significant clients Intercontinental Exchange, GDF SUEZ, Tata, Citi, Viacom.

Basic facts about the department
- 18 partners
- 29 associates

What the team is known for A good reputation for advising clients in the financial services, asset management and investment funds, energy and infrastructure, and TMT sectors on a range of transactions. Strong in representing clients on deals in emerging markets, particularly in Africa and Asia.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "We are very satisfied with their services on M&A transactions."

What's new? New client and panel wins include Amey, Comcast, SunEdison and TfL.

Work highlights Advised Veoila on the EUR1.45 billion sale of its UK regulated water business to Rift Acquisitions.

Advised Kuroda Precision Industries on the £13 million acquisition of the Jena Tec division of Avingtrans.

Advised Sealed Air on the JPY30 billion sale of Japanese company Diversity to funds advised by The Carlyle Group.

Notable practitioners  

Edward Baker recently advised the UK government on the proposed merger of BAE Systems and EADS, worth £28 billion. He has particular expertise on public company M&A.

Significant clients Anacap Financial Partners, PCCW, Nova Capital Management, Telefonica, NBCUniversal.

What the team is known for Provides expert and high-level M&A advice to clients on high-value and complex global transactions. Clients include substantial private equity houses.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "They work with you in thinking through the aggregate risk."

Client service: "The service they provide is outstanding." 

Efficiency: "They really take ownership of the deal and drive things to their conclusion."

What's new? Derek Baird joined the firm from Allen & Overy.  

Work highlights Represented Teleflex in its acquisition of assets of LMA International for SGD343.5 million.

Advised Expro International on a USD630 million sale of its connectors and measurements business to Siemens.

Represented KKR on its acquisition of A2A Coriance and on related financing matters.

Notable practitioners  

Adam Signy is "terrific" and "highly accomplished," and "drives things through," impressed market sources say. His highlights include advising Melrose on its £1.5 billion acquisition of Elster.

The "highly diligent" Gregory Conway is an "excellent negotiator," "highly commercial" and his "advice and judgement are excellent." He represented the independent directors of Tetragon Financial in its acquisition of Polygon Management.

Alvaro Gomez de Membrillera Galiana is "excellent" and "highly detail-oriented," sources say. He remains a frequent choice of private equity firms.

Significant clients Apax, GSO Capital, The Blackstone Group, Silver Lake Partners, Arle Capital Partners.

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 3 counsel
- 40 other lawyers

What the team is known for Represents corporate, governmental and banking clients in complex top-tier M&A transactions. Has an excellent reputation for transactions that include significant regulatory components and multiple jurisdictions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Skadden has been exceptional for us; they are exceptionally attentive."

International capability: "They have a good international network and they have experience in complex multi-national M&A transactions."

Market standing: "A global powerhouse." 

Work highlights Represented BlackRock in its acquisition of Credit Suisse's Exchange Traded Funds division.

Represented Outokumpu, a Finnish stainless steel manufacturer, on the approximately EUR2.8 billion acquisition of the Inoxum business from ThyssenKrupp.

Represented Altimo Holdings & Investments on the USD5.2 billion sale of a 25% stake in MegaFon.

Notable practitioners  

"Legend" Michael Hatchard is "smooth, urbane, and also technically very strong," enthusiastic sources say. His highlights include advising NDS and its owners on its sale to Cisco Systems for approximately USD5 billion.

The "terrific" Scott Simpson is "smart, effective and practical," and is "highly experienced and skilful in multinational M&A matters," impressed clients report. He advised Central European Distribution on a USD310 million investment in the company by Russian Standard.

Adrian Knight advised Shionogi on its sale and licensing of the rights to HIV treatment developed together with ViiV Healthcare; the joint venture is valued at approximately USD4 billion. Market sources speak highly of his efficient and effective approach.

Shaun Lascelles has expertise on cross-border M&A, private equity and joint venture transactions. He advised Cosan S.A. Industria e Comercio on its acquisition of a 60% stake in Comgas.

Lorenzo Corte advised Lucid Markets Trading on the sale of a 51% stake in the company to FXCM for USD176 million. He has notable expertise on cross-border M&A deals.

Michal Berkner is "fantastic on the details" and "negotiates from an understanding of the fundamentals of what we are doing and not just from the legal side," impressed clients say. She represented AAR in the sale of its 50% stake in TNK-BP with a value of USD28 billion.

Significant clients China Three Gorges, CJSC Sibur, Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Nike, Nokia Siemens Network.

Since publication, Adrian Knight has left this practice.

Basic facts about the department
- 50 partners
- 105 other lawyers

What the team is known for Provides highly commercial and effective advice to UK-listed companies including a significant number of FTSE 100, FTSE 250 and FTSE Small Cap companies. It is the choice of an array of domestic and international clients on complex, high-value deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "They are all highly intelligent and highly thorough, and make it their business to understand your business so that the advice is tailored."

Responsiveness: "They are very quick to respond, always get it right and their drafting is impeccable first time."

Client service: "They really are very client oriented and focused."

What's new? New clients include Drax, LMS Capital and Morgan Crucible.

Work highlights Represented PTT Exploration and Production Public Company in its takeover of AIM-listed Cove Energy for £1.22 billion.

Represented Diageo on its £2.4 billion acquisition of up to 53.4% of Indian company United Spirits.

Advised Old Mutual on the sale of its Nordic business for £2.1 billion in cash to Skandia Liv.

Notable practitioners  

Andy Ryde "knows the issues," "is on top of it" and "has done some very good work on deals for us," impressed clients say. He advises clients on a wide range of corporate transactions.

The "terrific" Nigel Boardman is a "fantastic tactician" and "highly commercial," sources say. He is an experienced and highly regarded corporate lawyer and sources praise his ability to anticipate and his strategic planning.

Stephen Cooke is "extremely creative," and "technically first rate but also incredibly commercial," impressed sources say. He heads the M&A team.

The "thorough, professional and diligent" Frances Murphy "knows all the issues" and "takes all the stress out of the process," satisfied clients say. She advises clients on matters including M&A and corporate finance transactions.

William Underhill is described by sources as "a good operator," "a brainbox," and "a truly brilliant lawyer." He recently advised CSR (formerly Cambridge Silicon Radio) on an agreement with Samsung which includes the transfer of CSR's development operations in handset connectivity and location.

Jeffrey Twentyman recently advised Terra Firma on the £825 million acquisition of Four Seasons Health Care. Clients say he is "incredibly intelligent," "cuts very quickly to the answer," and "gives you good, direct legal advice."

Christopher Saul is praised by sources for his highly pragmatic style. He is senior partner.

David Johnson is "unflappable under pressure," clients say. He is an experienced adviser to clients on private and public M&A.

Clients say Robert Stern is "highly astute and commercial." He advises a range of clients on corporate transactions.

Gary Eaborn is a respected choice to advise clients on cross-border M&A deals. One source said: "If you've got him in your corner you know you'll get a result."

Kathy Hughes is a respected corporate practitioner. She advises clients on an array of transactions, including private and public M&A transactions and private equity matters.

The "tenacious and passionate" Simon Nicholls "understands our business well and knows what our requirements are in terms of both legal risks and the management of those legal risks," impressed clients say.

Oliver Wareham has notable expertise in advising clients in the insurance and building society sectors. One client said: "There is nothing so difficult I can throw his way that he will not get to grips with really quickly."

Roland Turnill is "extremely bright," "unflappable" and "absolutely tenacious on the points that matter," clients say. He advised Aegis on a recommended cash offer by Dentsu.

Significant clients Aegis, ARM, GlaxoSmithKline, Psion, Richard Schlagman.

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 19 other lawyers

What the team is known for Advises a loyal and growing roster of clients on domestic and international transactions, including French, German and US clients. Key sectors of expertise include financial services, natural resources and private wealth.

What's new? New clients include AFG International, CreditCall, Prince Global and Small Companies Dividend Trust.

Work highlights Advised Izurium Capital Advisers Europe on a USD30 million equity investment in Emailvision.

Advised Bouygues Bâtiment International on its purchase of Leadbitter for approximately £14 million.

Representing PA Consulting in the return of £76 million to shareholders and on a reorganisation of the group.

Notable practitioners  

Tom Shaw is the main point of contact.

Significant clients Autobar, WS Atkins, Dassault Systèmes, Ecclesiastical Insurance Office, Execution Noble.

Basic facts about the department
- 13 partner
- 16 other lawyers

What the team is known for Particular expertise in advising clients in the media, sports, energy and utilities sectors on a range of transactions. Recommended for mid-market public company takeover transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
International capability: "The communication between the overseas guys and the UK is fantastic."

Client services: "They provide us with lots of value-added services."

What's new New clients include Shred-it International.

Work highlights Represented Cytec Industries in the £274 million takeover of Umeco.

Advised Raleigh Cycle on its sale to Accell for USD100 million.

Advised UFG Private Equity and co-investors on the £23.6 million acquisition of shares in Krondel Investments.

Notable practitioners  

Nick Allen focuses on advising clients in the media sector on M&A transactions. He recently advised the shareholders of Blue Rubicon on the ��30 million sale of shares to Blue Rubicon (Holdings) Limited, a company backed by LDC.

Significant clients Live Nation Entertainment, Parabis Law, Polypipe, CitySprint, Clear Channel.

Basic facts about the department
- 13 partners
- 19 associates

What the team is known for Good reputation for advising domestic and international clients on a range of corporate transactions. Particular strength in the transportation, energy consumer and financial services sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They provide strong, good-quality legal work which is well managed."

Technical ability: "I just thought they were all-round excellent."

International capability: "They can bring an international perspective to the negotiations."

What's new? New clients include Cathay International, Drax and Meggitt.

Work highlights Advised Eland Oil & Gas on its USD154 million acquisition from Shell, Total and Agip of a Nigerian oil mining lease.

Represented Mannington Mills in its acquisition of Amtico International.

Advised Kernel on its 50-50 joint venture with a subsidiary of Glencore International to acquire a deep water grain export terminal in Taman port in Russia.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Edge is "technically highly sound, calm under pressure and good to deal with," market sources say. His recent highlights include advising Macquarie Investment Bank on the acquisition of a European rolling stock leasing business from Lloyds Banking.

Ben Mercer "adds an unusually strong commercial bent to his handling of our legal matters," satisfied clients say. His clients include private and public companies, private equity houses and management teams.

Significant clients Affinion International, BTG Group, Duff & Phelps, GDF SUEZ, Lavendon.

What the team is known for Advises substantial international corporations on high-value and complex transactions. Highly regarded for cross-border deals worldwide.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "We had a good experience with them."

Bench strength: "The team is very very high quality."  

Market standing: "They have a very strong team there and do a lot of work."

Notable practitioners  

Tim Emmerson is "highly impressive" and "a really bright guy," sources say. He heads the firm's European M&A practice.

Richard Morrissey is "a class act" who has "deep experience in Europe," clients say. He is experienced in acting for private equity houses and corporates.

Basic facts about the department
-28 partners
-43 other lawyers

What the team is known for A broad M&A practice with notable strength in the corporate real estate, technology and private capital sectors. Acts on a significant number of deals relating to Asia, the Middle East and Russia.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They tailor their advice to how we see things." 

Bench strength: "They are fun people to work with, there is a human side to them and they are good under pressure."

Commercial awareness: "They are proactive and commercial and are not afraid to tell you want they think."

What's new? New clients and panel wins include Acal Energy, Salmon, Blue Gnome and MML Capital Partners. 

Work highlights Represented Rutland in its £20 million acquisition of Pizza Hut's UK dine-in restaurants from Yum! Brands.

Advised Workshare and its shareholders on its sale to Skydox.

Advised Vertu on its sale by Nokia to EQT.

Notable practitioners  

Peter Kempe is a "high-profile" and "technically strong" lawyer, sources say. He advised Hyperion Insurance on the £95 million acquisition of Windsor.

Martin Winter is rated by market sources for his skills on M&A and private equity transactions. His clients include a number of large private and public companies.

Significant clients Rutland, Google, Highland Spring, Esterline, PKF.

Basic facts about the department
- 20 partners
- 60 other lawyers

What the team is known for Praised for its high-quality service to new and repeat clients on high-end and mid-market M&A transactions. Mining, infrastructure and IT-related deals are particular strengths.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The Travers Smith team handled our transaction with great skill, patience and dedication."

Responsiveness: "They are prompt with their responses and inspire confidence with the quality of advice they give."

Pragmatic advice: "They are very professional, provide excellent service and are very much aimed at getting the job done."

What's new? New clients or panel wins include Steribottle, ZM Capital Advisors, Pathfinder Minerals, API Technologies.

Work highlights Advised NDS Group on the position of its senior management on the sale of the company for USD5 billion to Cisco Systems.

Represented Metric Property Investments on its £811 million merger with London & Stamford Property by way of a scheme of arrangement.

Represented GlobeOp Financial Services and its management team on a £566.48 million recommended offer for its share capital by a company backed by Texas Pacific and subsequently by SS&C Technologies.

Notable practitioners  

Chris Hale is "terrific" and "highly practical," and "returns my calls very quickly," impressed sources say. He advised CPA Global on its sale to Cinven.

Philip Cheveley is "available, responsive and practical, but with a firm grasp of the underlying legal issues and we get accurate, competent advice from him," clients say. He recently advised Canaccord Financial on the £253.3 million takeover of Collins Stewart Hawkpoint.

Andrew Gillen "explains matters very comprehensively" and is "able to provide solutions," clients say. He represented Force India Formula 1 in Sahara India Pariwara's USD100 million investment in the team.

Richard Spedding is "highly proactive," "highly attentive" and "competent and capable." His clients include a number of quoted companies, hedge funds and investment banks.

Spencer Summerfield is "highly experienced, commercially focused and very helpful during at times heated negotiations," enthusiastic clients say. He advised India Hospitality on its acquisition of Adelie Food for INR18 billion.

Significant clients Macquarie Bank, London Mining, Challenger, API Technologies, Marwyn. 

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 10 other lawyers

What the team is known for A strong presence in the Gulf and a growing practice in Malaysia and other ASEAN countries. Works on an array of transactions including deals in the hotels and leisure, social care and real estate sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They give us exceptional service; they are highly commercial and highly understanding."

Bench strength: "They are good quality and highly collaborative."

Technical ability: "We value the high level of thoroughness and rigour."

Work highlights Advised Permodalan Nasional Berhad on the acquisition of One Silk Street Property from Beacon Capital Partners for approximately £318 million.

Advised Palmer & Harvey McLane on the acquisition of the Van Sales Division of Walkers Crisps.

Advised Gatehouse Bank on the Shari'a compliant sale of two corporate vehicles which own student accommodation buildings in Liverpool and Loughborough.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Pattinson is the main contact.

Significant clients GI Partners, Norbert Dentressangle, Xtract Energy, Kennedy Wilson Europe, London International Exhibition Centre.

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 30 associates

What the team is known for High-profile and strong London team works with the firm's international networks on big-ticket, cross-border M&A transactions. A frequent choice of large multinational corporations for high-quality deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They provide a consistent and high standard of service."

Strategic planning: "They give great advice from a strategic point of view."

Efficiency: "They are efficient, responsive and very knowledgeable."

What's new? New clients and panel wins include Staples, Vision Capital and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan.

Work highlights Represented Access Industries and Renova, as part of the AAR consortium, in the sale of their stake in TNK-BP to Rosneft.

Advised GDF Suez on the £6.84 billion acquisition of the remaining 30% stake in International Power.

Advised General Motors on its USD4.2 billion acquisition from Ally Financial of auto finance and other operations and interests in several countries.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Francies is "extremely commercial," "incredibly hard-working" and "highly level-headed and solution-oriented," market sources say. His highlights include advising Lion Capital on the sale of a majority stake in The Weetabix Food Company to China's Bright Food.

Peter King is "able to talk about technical stuff in a highly practical and simple manner," impressed clients say. He is an experienced and highly respected transactional lawyer.

Ian Hamilton advises clients on cross-border M&A deals. Sources praise his strong technical skills.

Significant clients GE, C.R. Bard, Mubadala Development, Avista Capital, Willis.

Basic facts about the department
- 18 partners
- 30 associates

What the team is known for A respected option on cross-border M&A deals. The firm has a well-regarded footprint in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
International capability: "They are very international in their perspective and wide ranging in their skill sets." 

Client service: "I have full confidence in their technical ability and they also very quickly got to grips with how we work."

Problem solving: "They are highly practical in trying to get to a result which matters."

Work highlights Represented Morgan Stanley as financial adviser to Dentsu in the company's £3.2 billion offer for Aegis.

Advised Saudi Aramco on the proposed USD1.3 billion merger of the fleet and operations of Vela International Marine with the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri).

Advised Dexia on the sale of DenizBank to Sberbank for EUR2.8 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Philip Broke is "technically very good, highly personable and very much on top of things," clients say. He advised Deutsche Bank as financial adviser to SS&C on its recommended offer for GlobeOp Financial Services which valued the company at £567 million.

Gavin Weir is "highly practical and user-friendly" and "highly customer service-oriented," clients say. He advised GSO Capital on its investment in The Miller Group.

Significant clients Afren, Boeing, PetroSaudi International, Verny Capital, Zolfo Cooper.

Basic facts about the department
-14 partners
-14 other lawyers

What the team is known for Advising clients including international entrepreneurs, private and listed companies on a variety of M&A transactions. A notable reputation for representing clients in the natural resources sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Efficiency: "They adopt a proactive and efficient attitude to our queries and needs."

Client service: "We appreciate their responsiveness and excellent quality."

Industry knowledge: "They really know their stuff."  

Work highlights Represented Cove Energy in its £1.22 billion AIM takeover by PTTEP Africa Investment.

Represented Kalahari Minerals on its £650 million takeover by Taurus Mineral.

Notable practitioners  

Nick Heather is "highly responsive" and "knows his way around financial services," market sources say. He has a good reputation for his expertise on M&A, corporate finance and stock exchange matters.

Significant clients Cape, Brewin Dolphin, Wilmington, Firestone Diamonds, St Martins Healthcare.

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Jeremy Willcocks of Arnold & Porter (UK) LLP is rated by market sources for his broad transactional skills. He advised Buckingham Trading on its purchase of Veolia Transport UK.

Mark Tasker of Bates Wells & Braithwaite focuses on private company transactions, both domestic and cross-border. He advised Element Materials Technology on its acquisition of MERL Technology.

John Turnbull of Bircham Dyson Bell advised Sinav on its £32 million takeover by way of a scheme of arrangement of GTL Resources. He advises public and private companies on a wide range of corporate transactions.

Jonathan Earle of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP recently joined the team from Ashurst. While at his previous firm he advised William Hill on its public bid for Sportingbet. Clients say he is "highly diligent" and "highly pragmatic," and "can be a street fighter when you need a street fighter."

William Charnley of King & Spalding International LLP is "highly proactive" and an "excellent lateral-thinking legal adviser," clients say. He is highly regarded for his advice to clients on a range of corporate transactions including M&A.

"Clever lawyer" Mark Stamp of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP counts a number of FTSE 100 companies and banks among his clients. He is an experienced and highly regarded corporate lawyer.

Ronan O'Sullivan of Paul Hastings (Europe) LLP is "exceptionally responsive" and "sensible, pragmatic and helpful," clients say. His areas of expertise include M&A, joint ventures and restructurings.

John Newton of Ropes & Gray is "highly pragmatic" but is also "exceptionally thorough" and a "good technical lawyer," impressed clients say. He joined the firm in January 2013 from Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

Thomas Thesing of Sidley Austin LLP is a US-qualified partner and co-head of the London corporate group. His clients include Teva Pharmaceuticals.

Ben Simpson of Withers LLP is "technically very good indeed" and is further acclaimed by sources for his experienced manner. He heads the corporate team.

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