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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
- 27 partners
- 33 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Broad-based corporate practice which regularly acts for well-known domestic and international names. Developing a practice in emerging markets, with a particular focus on Africa. Sector strengths include energy, real estate and retail.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a real proactive desire to understand the business and get under its skin."

"One of the best firms I've seen at anticipating the sort of thing you'll need before you need it."

Work highlights Represented Hikma Pharmaceuticals in a joint venture with MIDROC Group in Ethiopia.

Acted for GVC Holdings in collaboration with William Hill on its £485 million purchase of Sportingbet.

Notable practitioners  

Charles Penney is "one of the pre-eminent public company lawyers," according to sources, who are quick to point out his prior experience with the Takeover Panel. He is a seasoned practitioner, with some 30 years as a solicitor.

Andrew Rosling is an "absolutely excellent" practitioner who is "particularly good at emerging markets." He advised Sainsbury's on its joint venture with Vodafone to create Mobile by Sainsbury's.

William James is noted for his "very practical mindset," according to sources, who also note his knowledge of the corporate area. He assisted Barclays in its purchase of 20% equity in RS2.

Significant clients Associated British Foods, Barclays, Britvic, Diageo, Sainsbury's.

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

What the team is known for Undertakes transactional work on a global scale, with a large proportion of international clients. Particularly noted for its work in the energy and natural resources space.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The best thing is that they do things very quickly, very professionally and with good analysis."

"Very responsive and easy to deal with." 

"Very strong in energy." 

Work highlights Acted for IG Seismic Services on a proposed USD1 billion unsolicited takeover by the company's management.

Represented Chariot Oil & Gas in relation to its corporate strategy in a number of countries.

Notable practitioners  

Daniel Walsh is an "excellent, very hands-on lawyer" who is "very commercial and practical." He is experienced in the energy sector.

Significant clients VimpelCom, LUKOIL, Volga Gas, Riverstone, Apollo Management.

Basic facts about the department
- 39 partners
- 115 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Remains among the foremost names in M&A, undertaking all manner of work across a plethora of sectors, including financial services and pharmaceuticals. Regularly instructed by some of the world's biggest brands.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They really went the extra mile, are very well resourced and expert in a number of areas."

"They're very focused on getting the transaction through - you don't see them caught up in the machinations of how things are done. Very action-focused."

"Always available - real 24/7 stuff." 

What's new? Experienced corporate and private equity partner Stephen Lloyd joined the firm from Ashurst in December 2013.

Work highlights Acted for GlaxoSmithKline on its disposal of Lucozade and Ribena to Suntory for £1.35 billion.

Represented News Corporation in a restructuring involving a demerger into two groups, News Corporation and 21st Century Fox.

Notable practitioners  

David Broadley is described by commentators as a "very, very accomplished practitioner" who is "very user-friendly and responsive." He was part of the team acting for The Co-operative Group and The Co-operative Bank on their £1.5 billion recapitalisation.

Richard Hough is a "very strong lawyer" who is well respected by sources for his capability in this area. He is particularly experienced in the financial services sector.

Mark Wippell is a seasoned corporate partner who is "great on client service," according to peers. He is dual-qualified in the UK and USA.

Jeremy Parr is "a senior partner with lots of experience" who is noted as being "very easy to work with." Clients point out his expertise in areas such as energy and natural resources.

Richard Cranfield chairs the firm's global corporate group and is a highly experienced practitioner. He co-led ING's disposal of its South Korean life insurance operation to private equity for approximately USD1.7 billion.

Edward Barnett is variously described as a "very commercial" and "very innovative" rising star by clients. He led the representation of GlaxoSmithKline in its disposal of its Lucozade and Ribena brands to Suntory.

Richard Evans is noted as a "smart, constructive and thoughtful" practitioner who impresses sources with his "very understated style." He co-led the firm's representation of ING in the sale of its South Korean life insurance arm.

The "very smart" Stephen Lloyd is a new addition at the firm, having joined from Ashurst in December 2013. He undertakes work for corporations and private equity houses.

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

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

What the team is known for Capable transactional practice that is notable for its strength in the life sciences sector, acting for pharmaceutical and biotech companies. Also developing expertise in retail matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"Our relationship with Arnold & Porter is based on the fundamentals of first-class professional advice and trust."

"The availability and response time were very good and the advice was sensible and reliable."

Work highlights Acted for McArthurGlen Group on a joint venture with Simon Property Group worth EUR435 million.

Assisted Recordati in its purchase of Laboratorios Casen Fleet in a EUR93 million deal.

Notable practitioners  

Jeremy Willcocks is noted by sources as a "first-class corporate adviser who is commercially aware of a client's needs." He acted for Auven Therapeutics on the sale of Spirogen to AstraZeneca.

Significant clients Halifax, Auven Therapeutics, Manzanita Capital, Space NK, diptyque SAS.

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

What the team is known for A highly respected and experienced team with capability across public and private M&A and private equity. Particularly noted as a leading player in infrastructure and financial services.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They provide advice that is as good as anyone else in the City."

"Their work ethic is unbelievable. They're always available and are complete workaholics."

Work highlights Represented William Hill in its purchase of Playtech's shares in William Hill Online for £424 million.

Advised Morrisons on an arrangement with Ocado relating to the delivery of Morrisons groceries. The deal was worth £300 million.

Notable practitioners  

Adrian Clark is described as a "good operator" who is "always available and responsive" to clients. He was co-lead for Morrisons in its £300 million agreement with Ocado to deliver Morrisons goods.

Anthony Clare is highly rated by peers for his capability in corporate matters. He was lead lawyer for William Hill in its joint purchase with GVC of Sportingbet for £485 million.

Richard Gubbins impresses as "excellent at general client relationship matters." He is highly experienced and acts across a variety of M&A transactions.

Significant clients 

Merlin Entertainments, Oxford Instruments, Vedanta Resources, Apollo Global Management, RBS.

Since publication, Charlie Geffen has joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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

What the team is known for Acts for top clients in a variety of international transactions across a wide range of industry sectors. Noted for strengths in energy and natural resources, pharmaceuticals and consumer brands.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They were really accessible and very available. I can't think of a time they didn't make themselves available out of hours. They're troopers."

"They are really easy to work with and understand our business." 

Work highlights Acted for Best Buy in the sale of its interest in a joint venture with Carphone Warehouse for around £500 million.

Represented Emerson Electric in the disposal of the controlling stake in its power and embedded computing business to Platinum Equity.

Notable practitioners  

Global head of M&A Timothy Gee "has a strong reputation" in corporate work, according to sources. He was part of the team acting for Cargill in the acquisition of a stake in a shipping terminal in Novorossiysk.

Significant clients Siemens, Cargill, Bidvest, Alliance Oil, Unilever.

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

What the team is known for Specialists in the areas of energy, telecoms and technology transactions, joint ventures and IPOs. Possesses a small but well-regarded bench of practitioners.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're stellar in terms of energy work." 

"They put heart and soul into it. The team went above and beyond to make sure everything went smoothly."

"They really know our business and are able to provide advice tailored to what we need." 

Work highlights Advised Wood Group on a joint venture with Siemens for rotating equipment. The transaction was worth approximately USD1 billion.

Advised Parker Drilling on its acquisition of International Tubular Services for USD125 million.

Notable practitioners  

Neil Foster provides "a huge amount of added value" for clients, owing to his "commercial knowledge and professional insight." He acted for Cambridge Cognition in its IPO on AIM.

Significant clients IFC, Liberty Media, Acorn Media Group, Evo Electric, Sasol Group Services.

Basic facts about the department
- 17 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Able to undertake an array of transactions in the mid-market space, with sector expertise in areas such as real estate, healthcare and energy. Possesses an experienced bench of respected and proficient practitioners.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They spent the time and energy at the outset to understand our business and help us achieve our objectives."  

"They were just what we were looking for in an outside law firm."

Work highlights Represented Playtech in its sale of a minority stake in William Hill Online for £424 million to William Hill.

Advised Quintain Estates & Development in the disposal of a 40% stake in the Greenwich Peninsula site to Knight Dragon for £230 million.

Notable practitioners  

Sources are "very impressed" by David Collins, pointing out his strength in capital markets and M&A transactions. He is also known for his expertise in gaming and gambling matters.

Keith Stella is a highly experienced practitioner who primarily undertakes work in corporate finance.

John Bennett has over 30 years' experience in transactional matters. He regularly works with some of the practice's highest-profile clients, including Tesco.

Significant clients Tesco, Praxair, Long Haul Holdings, St Ives plc, Towers Watson. 

Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Remains a go-to firm in a number of industry sectors, including technology and telecommunications. Displays notable bench strength with a number of seasoned mid-market deal lawyers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are leaders in the technology space." 

Work highlights Advised Lorillard Tobacco in its purchase of SKYCIG for £30 million.

Advised Espresso Group in relation to its acquisition by Discovery Communications in a deal worth £20 million.

Notable practitioners  

Simon Allport is a "really good lawyer" who is "one of the best experts on the Takeover Panel in the UK." He recently led the firm's representation of Longships in its £18 million purchase of Proxama.

Neil Blundell is highly thought of for his sector expertise in media and telecommunications. Among his recent work was acting for Espresso Group in its £20 million sale to Discovery Communications.

Matthew Bonass is credited by peers as a strong lawyer in the energy sector. In the last year, he represented Bluefield Partners on multiple acquisitions relating to solar energy.

Matt Dennis is a "very competent, capable and practical lawyer," according to sources, who point out his ability in TMT matters. Of late, he acted for Omnicell in its purchase of SurgiChem from Bupa Care Homes.

Significant clients BT, Alternative Networks, blinkx, Moser Bayer, Wilhelmsen.

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

What the team is known for A compact but capable practice focusing on small to medium-sized transactions. Particularly noted for its links to Germany and other international markets. Growing presence in the mining and minerals sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are direct, there's no unnecessary explanation and they get to the point straight away."

Work highlights Represented RK Mine Finance Trust I in a combined financing and offtake deal relating to gold mining in Ghana, worth around USD150 million.

Notable practitioners  

Ute Mueller is described as "professional and pleasant to work with" by clients. She regularly acts in cross-border transactions, with a particular emphasis on the German market. She advised on the RK Mine Finance Trust I matter above.

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

Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Broad-based transactional practice featuring experience in a number of sector areas, including renewable energy, telecommunications and technology. Represents a variety of public market clients, including AIM and FTSE-listed companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They're strong technically and they worked extremely hard. They're very committed in terms of the hours they put in."

"They did an excellent job - all the documentation was first-class and all in order. Without any question I would recommend them."

Work highlights Advised Leyshon Resources on its demerger from Zijinshan Gas Project and admission to the AIM.

Assisted Energy Technologies Institute in its investment in Blade Dynamics, worth a potential USD4.1 million.

Notable practitioners

Clive Hopewell is head of the corporate department.

Significant clients Arqiva, Industrial & Financial Systems, Randstad Group, Travelzest, Meredith Corporation.

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

What the team is known for Often sighted in high-value deals involving the UK, Europe and the USA, particularly in matters related to debt and equity capital markets. Clients include financial institutions and private equity houses as well as major global corporations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They unequivocally do a good job. I'm very pleased with the support they've been providing." 

"The most important things are responsiveness and that they are hard-working and diligent."

"They are extremely focused, responsive, creative, commercial and pragmatic."

Work highlights Represented Google in the USD2.35 billion disposal of Motorola Home Business to ARRIS Group.

Acted for TPG in its £400 million purchase of TSL Education Group from Charterhouse Capital Partners. 

Notable practitioners  

Michael McDonald is noted by sources for providing good client service in the area. He is dual-qualified in the UK and Canada, and among his recent work is representing Google in its sale of Motorola Home Business to ARRIS Group for a total USD2.35 billion.

Tihir Sarkar "has a lot of presence" in negotiation settings, say clients, who also highlight his initiative. He acted for the Assaubayev family in a £40 million sale of Kazakh-Russian Mining to GMA Resources.

The "excellent" Simon Jay is an experienced hand who is sighted by peers in high-value M&A transactions. He recently represented Warburg Pincus and General Atlantic in a USD1 billion transaction concerning the acquisition of a 50% stake in Santander's global asset management arm.

Significant clients Bank of America Merrill Lynch, American Express, Rosneft, CVC Capital Partners, ArcelorMittal.

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

What the team is known for A superb transactional practice offering high-level service to clients on a truly worldwide basis. Noted for its particular strength on the financing side and for its sector expertise in insurance and TMT.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It's the fact that you deal with the senior partner on the job, who has a complete overview of everything. Nothing falls through the cracks. The quality of people across the board is exceptional."

Work highlights Advised Eurasian Resources Group on its offer of around £3 billion to purchase the remaining shares in ENRC.

Worked with Electra Partners on its sale of animal identification tag maker Allflex to BC Partners for USD1.35 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Newly elected global corporate head Guy Norman is highly thought of by sources for his M&A expertise. He returned to the London office in August 2013 following a two-year stint in Dubai.

David Pearson is "an amazing lawyer" who gives clients the impression of being "totally dedicated to us." He has returned to full-time client work after his time heading up the corporate department, and acted for Electra Partners on its disposal of Allflex to BC Partners.

David Pudge is described as a "very commercial" practitioner who commands respect from leading figures in the market. He has spent over 25 years at Clifford Chance.

Tim Lewis is an "excellent" corporate lawyer, according to sources, who comment on his experience in a variety of situations. He was co-lead for the firm in its work for Eurasian Natural Resources concerning its £3 billion offer for ENRC.

Spencer Baylin is a "very strong" deal lawyer with a wide-ranging corporate practice encompassing joint ventures and takeovers. He represented Warburg Pincus on its disposal of Ideal Stelrad Group to Bregal Capital for £225 million.

The "tremendous" Mark Carroll is described by peers as a "very constructive" practitioner who is very experienced in corporate matters. Along with Tim Lewis, he co-led the advising of Eurasian Natural Resources in its offer for ENRC.

Lee Coney has experience in a range of corporate matters, including private equity and takeovers. He advised Babcock International Group on the purchase of Avincis Mission Critical Services and a related rights issue.

Nicholas Hughes represents clients in a wide range of corporate matters, with a reputation for his work in energy and natural resources matters. He assisted Actis with its investment in Aela Energia worth USD290 million.

Significant clients Suntory, Barclays, LCH.Clearnet, Bridgepoint, AMC Networks.

Basic facts about the department
- 33 partners
- 82 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-known firm operating in a range of sectors involving corporate matters. Features particular expertise in core areas such as shipping, insurance, and energy and natural resources.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"One of our go-to firms for oil and gas work." 

Work highlights Acted for Enstar Group on its USD692 million acquisition of Torus Insurance Holdings. 

Advised the government of Guinea on the Simandou South iron ore mining project worth around USD20 billion.

Represented Pension Infrastructure Platform in an infrastructure fund creation of £2 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Philip Rogers is a "brilliant" and "phenomenally sound" lawyer, according to clients. He represented Westhouse Holdings in relation to a takeover offer brought by Bermuda National Limited, a shareholder in Westhouse.

Significant clients G4S, Ivanplats, Hatchette, Alpari, Pacorini.  

Basic facts about the department
- 37 partners
- 72 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A large firm which straddles high-end and mid-market M&A work very effectively and features a strengthened bench following its merger with Dundas & Wilson. Notable for its abilities in energy and financial services work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Excellent - very professional and reactive." 

"The client service is exceptional and the corporate team's commercial awareness is also second to none."

What's new? The firm merged with Dundas & Wilson in May 2014. The new firm will continue to be known as CMS.

Work highlights Advised Ithaca Energy in the purchase of Valiant Petroleum by Ithaca's UK subsidiary, in a deal worth USD459 million.

Worked with SBG Holding in its cross-border acquisition of Suckling Transport.

Acted for RWE npower on the disposal of stakes in four wind farms with an aggregate value of £235.8 million.

Notable practitioners  

Louise Wallace has a "very good reputation" for corporate work and M&A transactions. Among her recent work she advised Finsbury Food Group in its £21 million disposal of United Central Bakeries.

Charles Currier is noted by one client as "exceptional" in "his ability to work to very short timeframes on very large deals." He recently worked with Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings (CKI) in relation to the purchase by a consortium led by CKI of AVR Afvalverwerking for HKD9.7 billion.

Gary Green is a "very commercial and pragmatic" practitioner who provides "excellent service at all hours of the day or night." He is experienced in capital markets matters and worked with Ithaca Energy in its USD459 million acquisition of Valiant Petroleum.

Significant clients BP, RBS, Telefónica, Hunting plc, MetLife.

Basic facts about the department
- 13 partners
- 27 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Features outstanding expertise in the life sciences and TMT sectors, building on its strength in IP-related matters. Acts for a number of top names in pharma on mid-market and upper mid-market deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very thorough and very quick to turn things around." 

"We really like the quality of their advice - they're fantastically able business lawyers who are accessible in a user-friendly way."

"Everything we do with them we're pleased with." 

Work highlights Advised AstraZeneca and MedImmune in the latter's acquisition of Spirogen, worth an initial USD200 million.

Worked with Merck Sharp & Dohme and Schering-Plough on integration issues following their merger.

Notable practitioners  

Paul Claydon works primarily in the life sciences arena, with a wealth of experience on transactions. He led the firm's representation of AstraZeneca and MedImmune in MedImmune's purchase of Spirogen.

Kristian Wiggert is a "very knowledgeable" transactional lawyer with "an eye for the legal as well as the commercial side of a transaction." He was part of the team working with Correvio on its sale to Cardiome Pharma.

Significant clients Ansan Wikfs Investments, Correvio, The Hut Group, Meda, Microsoft.

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

What the team is known for Proficient in corporate law matters with real estate, healthcare and insurance featuring among the firm's key areas of focus. Possesses practitioners with expertise in complex and regulated areas of law.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very professional and very efficient. Get the job done without too much bluster."

"If you wanted a good corporate lawyer and law firm, you should go to them."

Work highlights Advised Redcentric in its purchase of InTechnology Managed Services and subsequent readmission to AIM.

Advised an SPV backed by Arab Investments Limited on the sale of 40 Gracechurch Street, London, for £94 million.

Notable practitioners

The head of the corporate department is Laurence Markham.

Significant clients Ageas UK, Castleton Technology, Essential Living, Hamilton Bradshaw, Accumuli.

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

What the team is known for A broad-based US firm with a full-service capability in London. Advises on significant cross-border transactions, with key sectors including energy, life sciences and financial services.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They've been on the ball, well prepared and well coached."

"They understand the client's needs and have an excellent technical grasp of the requirements for a successful transaction."

"They provided a really good service - fast to respond and very good at dealing with the complex issues and the needs of the parties."

Work highlights Worked for the Mohamed Al Fayed family trust in the high-profile sale of Fulham FC to Shahid Khan in a deal reportedly worth as much as £200 million.

Advised ProFibrix in its USD240 million sale to The Medicines Company.

Notable practitioners  

Jonathan Angell is "rated very highly" for his M&A and private equity-based practice, with sources noting his pragmatism and engagement on projects. He recently represented GM UK and Adam Opel on the sale of the Millbrook Proving Ground to Rutland Partners.

Significant clients Altona Energy, BNY Mellon Asset Management, Crown Holdings, GM, Kingdom Holdings. 

Basic facts about the department
- 20 partners
- 26 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Developing corporate strength in telecoms, energy and real estate. Has an increasing focus on emerging markets including Eastern Europe and the Far East.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're so well oiled and the gears mesh so well. There is never any confusion or delays."

What's new? Five corporate partners joined the practice in mid-2013, including experienced practitioner Paul Salmon.

Work highlights Advised Dorchester Collection on the purchase of Hotel Eden in Rome for a reported EUR105 million.

Assisted Enel with its USD1.8 billion disposal of its 40% stake in Arctic Russia.

Notable practitioners  

The "excellent" Jeremy Cohen is "Dentons' M&A star," according to one peer, while clients comment that he is "always available." Of late he acted for HR Owen on a hostile takeover bid from Berjaya Philippines.

Paul Salmon is noted for his experience in the energy sector. He advised Enel on the sale of its USD1.8 billion stake in Arctic Russia.

Significant clients Bacardi, Nokia, Sumitomo, Total, Informa.

Basic facts about the department
- 38 partners
- 75 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Takes on a huge range of corporate transactional work in a volume that few firms can match. Combines a substantial global network of offices with a number of high-quality practitioners.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're really business-oriented. They don't just give simple legal advice - they offer you the options." 

"I find the responsiveness is very, very good." 

What's new? Highly regarded partner Rob Salter joined the firm from Berwin Leighton Paisner in August 2013.

Work highlights Acted for Discovery Communications in its USD1.7 billion purchase of SBS from ProSiebenSat.1.

Assisted David Lloyd Leisure Operations Holdings in its sale of David Lloyd Leisure Group to TDR Capital.

Notable practitioners

Charles Severs is a "class act" who leaves sources with "nothing but good things to say." His experience covers a broad swathe of private and public corporate matters.

New arrival Rob Salter is a respected corporate practitioner, according to peers. His strengths include public M&A and corporate finance in a UK and cross-border context.  

Significant clients Atos, Aviva, The Carlyle Group, Etihad Airways, Mondelez.  

Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Particularly notable in corporate finance matters as well as representing clients across a range of sectors including insurance and technology.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A very class act." 

Work highlights Advised Quindell on a number of transactions including its investment in PT Healthcare Solutions.

Represented Towergate Insurance in its purchase of Footman James from Aon.

Notable practitioners

Head of practice Mark Taylor is a "fabulous lead partner" and "big competitor" who sources pick out for his responsiveness, commitment and flexibility. He led the firm's work for Quindell in various recent corporate transactions.

Kate Francis is described as "incredibly intelligent" and "extremely commercial" by commentators who are also impressed by her straightforward approach. She recently acted for Corero Network Security in the £13 million disposal of its subsidiary, Corero Business Systems, to Civica UK.

Significant clients Quindell Portfolio, Towergate Insurance, Corero Network Security, Inland Homes, Opportunity International.

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

What the team is known for Mid-market practice which acts across a range of corporate and private equity transactions. Key sector strengths include financial services, technology and telecommunications.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They work 24 hours, weekends, Christmas with absolutely no issues. We would hate to see ourselves in a position where we don't have them on a deal."

Work highlights Represented Morgan Stanley and Viatel in Viatel Group's merger with Digiweb.

Acted for GECAD in its sale of software distributor Avangate Group to Francisco Partners.

Notable practitioners

The London practice group is led by partner David Ramm.  

Significant clients Citibank, GTS Central Europe, Bessemer Venture Partners, ABRY Partners, United Technologies.

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

What the team is known for A well-regarded national and international firm which undertakes a large number of cross-border deals. Features a number of key sector strengths, including energy and financial services.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They were quick to pick up the subtleties of our business and our key commercial drivers."

Work highlights Assisted SEGRO in the disposal of its IQ Winnersh development to Oaktree Capital Management and Patrizia's joint venture for £245 million.

Advised Cisco Systems in its purchase of technology firm Ubiquisys in a deal worth USD310 million.

Notable practitioners  

Robin Johnson has over 25 years' experience in the area and co-heads the firm's cross-border M&A group. He worked with FleetCor Technologies in its substantial purchase of Epyx.

Chris Halliday has a varied corporate practice and is noted by sources for his strength in negotiation situations. He acted for Transit Systems in its purchase of a large part of FirstGroup's bus business in London.

Robert Pitcher is particularly recognised for his abilities in energy-related M&A and corporate finance matters. He was lead lawyer for Cisco in its USD310 million acquisition of Ubiquisys.

Significant clients DuPont, Parker Hannifin, HJ Heinz, John Lewis, BAE Systems.

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

What the team is known for Proficient corporate M&A practice built on the foundation of the firm's excellence in private client and private wealth work. Features expertise in technology, financial services and natural resources among other areas.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Excellent expertise in the area in which we dealt with them."

"The advice has been very thoughtfully and sensitively given and with successful results."

Work highlights Advised Helperby Therapeutics Groups in its joint venture with Cadila Pharmaceuticals concerning antibiotic research.

Assisted Neale Provan with the sale of his majority shareholding and the remaining share capital in Application Services to Matchtech Group for £4 million.

Notable practitioners  

Sources comment on Richard Lane's "quality and experience" in corporate matters. He is an active presence in the space, including acting for Helperby Therapeutics Groups in a joint venture with Indian firm Cadila Pharmaceuticals.

Significant clients Serabi Gold, Arbuthnot Banking Group, Wycombe Wanderers, Sage Publications, BMJ Publishing Group.

Basic facts about the department
- 31 partners
- 23 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Continues to act for household names on a range of corporate and private equity work, making use of its experienced team. Sector focuses include energy and technology.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very professional, very thorough, and dealt with a number of complex issues very thoughtfully."

"They are very responsive to our requests and able to drive a transaction process forward."

Work highlights Assisted FFastFill in relation to a recommended takeover by Pattington for £106 million.

Represented BBC Worldwide and Ragdoll in relation to the sale of Ragdoll Worldwide to DHX Media for £17.4 million.

Notable practitioners

Anthony Brockbank has a "very good practice," according to sources, who are quick to highlight his credentials in capital markets matters. He is an experienced hand, with some 28 years working in the area.

The "excellent" Andrew Blankfield is a "very professional and very thorough" practitioner, say commentators. He recently acted for Elsevier in its purchase of Woodhead Publishing.

Significant clients Avocet Mining, Viacom, Infrastrata, Gazprom, Reed Elsevier.

Basic facts about the department
- 17 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A growing firm with a specialism in representing high net worth individuals. Acts across a broad swathe of corporate matters in the UK and internationally on both public and private deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very professional and they come up with the goods."

Work highlights Advised Flagship Food Group, a US entity, on its purchase of Atlantic Foods Group.

Worked with insurer and reinsurer Barbican Group on its purchase of Seacurus, a marine broker.

Notable practitioners  

Anthony Vaughan is highly thought of by peers for his corporate practice, which features expertise in hotel and leisure matters. He is a highly experienced figure, with some 35 years as a solicitor under his belt.

Significant clients Adventurous Journeys, Isle de France Group, LiteBulb Group, Random House, Sanguine Hospitality.

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Emerging as a highly proficient player in the lower mid-market. Features an interesting array of sector expertise, including technology, media, natural resources and professional partnership mergers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They're always available. We knew we could always get hold of them and we never felt unsupported." 

"We found them to be very helpful, professional and proactive. We were very pleased with their service."

What's new? New client wins include Anthesis Consulting Group, Vertigo Holidays and Cap Energy.

Work highlights Advised Fulbright & Jaworski on its high-profile merger with UK law firm Norton Rose.  

Assisted the shareholders of Plant & Site Services Holdings with its sale to Ashtead Plant Hire.

Notable practitioners

Paul Osborne is described by clients as being "extremely commercially astute and driven to succeed." He was recently appointed as the firm's senior partner.

Significant clients SuperGroup, City of London Group, Constellation Software, GFI Group, Charles Taylor plc.

Basic facts about the department
- 50 partners
- 169 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Regarded by sources as one of the pre-eminent firms in the market, working on some of the largest and most significant deals around. Features a stellar bench who are particularly noted for their influence and connections Europe-wide and worldwide.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They've made themselves an integral part of the legal team here - they understand the business, the market and environment."

"They have a fantastic commercial approach to matters. They don't simply look at the legal perspective without analysing the consequences. That's key when you're doing big deals."

"For big deals, we wouldn't hesitate to use them. You know you're going to get a very qualified, holistic approach."

What's new? In 2014, Julian Long was appointed London managing partner.

Work highlights Advised Invensys on Schneider Electric's recommended public takeover offer and subsequent acquisition of it, a deal worth around £3.4 billion.

Worked with MSC Mediterranean Shipping in the disposal of a 35% stake in Terminal Investment for £1.929 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Rawlinson has returned to full-time fee-earning work following three years as London managing partner. Sources call him a "highly experienced and astute player who has got huge credibility at the board level," and describe him as being in "a league of his own."

The "highly expert" Julian Long is described as "very effective with senior management." He recently acted for the Daily Mail & General Trust in a scheme of arrangement and share reorganisation with Rothermere Continuation. He was recently appointed the London managing partner.

Claire Wills is a "fantastic" corporate lawyer, say sources, who credit her abilities as a team co-ordinator. She regularly works with high-profile retail and consumer clients among others.

Ben Spiers is recognised as a "very down-to-earth and sensible" practitioner, with notable strength in telecoms and media deals. He led the work for Invensys in its £3.4 billion acquisition by Schneider Electric.

Sources "think very highly" of Simon Marchant, describing him as "very responsive and very commercial." He has experience in a wide range of corporate deals, including acting as co-lead in advising Pearson on its disposal of Mergermarket Group.

Laurie McFadden is noted for his "enormous experience and capability" in significant corporate and M&A matters. He was lead lawyer for Heathrow Airport Holdings in its forced sale of Stansted airport to Manchester Airports Group for £1.5 billion.

Edward Braham continues to act in a management role as the firm's global head of M&A. Sources call him a "class act" who is "very business-oriented and very strategic."

Senior partner Will Lawes is a highly respected figure in the market, with sources calling him "really, really good." He acts in a range of domestic and international corporate deals.

Oliver Lazenby is a "rising star in the City" who is "extremely pragmatic" and "inspires confidence." He was co-lead on Pearson's sale of Mergermarket Group for £382 million.

Piers Prichard Jones is a "stellar" younger partner at the firm, with sources noting him as "fantastic" and "very committed to the deal." He recently led in the advice to Aena Desarrollo and Ardian in the purchase of Luton airport for £394 million, from TBI Airport Holdings.

Significant clients UniCredit, Tesco, E.ON, LSE, Deutsche Bank.

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises on a number of significant deals for a range of major clients in the UK and the USA. Features expertise in a number of sectors including pharmaceuticals and life sciences.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I can't fault them - they've been excellent for us. Service has been first-class."

"It's the client-focused ethos. They're very easy to work with and very commercial."

"They have been proactive and taken a lot of responsibility in driving the projects."

Work highlights Worked with AstraZeneca on its purchase of Pearl Therapeutics for USD1.15 billion.

Advised InterContinental Hotels Group on its disposal of its hotel in Park Lane to Constellation Hotel UK. The deal was worth £301.5 million.

Notable practitioners  

Paul Maher is highly touted by clients as an "amazing" practitioner who is "very resourceful, very persistent and extraordinarily hard-working." He leads on many of the firm's major deals, including for AstraZeneca in its acquisition of Pearl Therapeutics for USD1.15 billion.

Fiona Adams is "terrific at co-ordinating the transaction," according to commentators, who also note her as "excellent and superbly organised." She assisted InterContinental Hotels Group in its sale of its InterContinental Park Lane site.

Up-and-comer Kate Eades is a "strong member of the team" who is "accessible, clear and really constructive." She was co-lead for Clive Humby and Edwina Dunn in their disposal of H&D Ventures in a deal with All The Worlds Entertainment.

Significant clients Rentokil Initial, Smiths Group, Volvo, Cyfrowy Polsat, Stemcor Holdings.

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

What the team is known for Known as a leading firm in its specialisms of media, entertainment and technology. Mostly undertakes transactions in the lower mid-market area, and has a solid bench of experienced solicitors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"From top to bottom, it's the quality of the work. Around the negotiating table, I'd much rather have them on my side."

"We've got a good relationship - they understand our business. They're proactive, responsive and helpful."

Work highlights Advised Forward Internet Group on the sale of its majority stake in uSwitch.com to an LDC SPV.

Assisted Mint Digital with various aspects of its disposal of Stickygram to Photobox.

Notable practitioners  

Colin Howes is described as an "extremely capable, thoughtful and pragmatic lawyer" who is well respected by peers in the media and entertainment sector. He is highly experienced, with 33 years as a solicitor.

Significant clients Atomico Investments, New Sparta, Omnifone, Penguin Books, Mama & Company.

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

What the team is known for Highly adept corporate practice which effectively undertakes deals, whether domestic or international, across the full spectrum of industry sectors. Features a strong global network to complement its substantial London presence.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A core and trusted adviser in relation to corporate matters. Very responsive and pragmatic."

"We like their style a lot. They don't make things complicated and don't take an aggressive stance where they don't need to."

"I have found them an extremely good and very user-friendly firm. In particular, they make a very good team and come across as credible and effective."

What's new? New client wins include Aberdeen Asset Management and CapVest. New panel appointments include Etisalat and Heathrow Airports Holdings.

Work highlights Worked with Lloyds Banking Group on its disposal of Scottish Widows Investment Partnership to Aberdeen Asset Management in a share deal worth £560 million.

Assisted Cazenove Capital with its recommended takeover by Schroders. The value of the deal was £424 million.  

Notable practitioners  

James Palmer is "one of the doyens in this space," say sources, who describe him as "a very astute technical lawyer" and a "supreme transactional partner." He advised Lloyds Banking Group on its deal with Aberdeen Asset Management to sell Scottish Widows Investment Partnership.

Malcolm Lombers "goes the extra mile" for clients, while other sources comment that he is "approachable and easy to deal with." He works for major clients in a range of cross-border and domestic transactions.

David Paterson is respected by peers for the strength of his corporate practice, particularly in the public space. Of late, he assisted Hanover Acceptances in the merger between Refresco and Hanover's subsidiary, Gerber Emig.

Stephen Wilkinson is noted for his "fantastic industry knowledge" and "incredible stamina." He advised Severn Trent on an approach from a consortium concerning a potential £5.3 billion takeover. He is the firm's global head of M&A.  

"You are in safe hands" with Gillian Fairfield, say sources, describing her as "very hard-working, smart and reliable." She acts across a range of corporate matters, including particular expertise in the consumer products area.

Alan Montgomery is a "responsive and very hard-working" lawyer who "gets the job done," say clients. He has expertise working with Indian clients, including advising Strides Arcolab on its disposal of Agila Specialities for USD1.6 billion.

Significant clients Ministry of Defence, Transport for London, Guinness Peat Group, Strides Arcolab, EDF.

Basic facts about the department
- 23 partners
- 60 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Able to adeptly undertake international deals thanks to its strong transatlantic practice. Possesses broad sector expertise, including regulated areas such as financial services.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are flexible and very responsive to the client's needs."

"I was really quite pleased with their level of attention and commercial understanding." 

Work highlights Assisted Liberty Global with the sale of Chellomedia to AMC Networks, in a deal worth USD1 billion.

Advised Lloyds Banking Group in the sale of its 50% stake in Sainsbury's Bank for £248 million to J Sainsbury.

Notable practitioners  

Steven Bryan is noted for his abilities in infrastructure and energy projects, with sources crediting his technical ability and negotiation skills. He acted for Brookfield Infrastructure on a joint venture with Abertis Infraestructuras in their USD490 million acquisition of the remaining unacquired 40% stake in Arteris.

Head of practice Andrew Pearson is well regarded by peers for his corporate practice. He has plentiful experience in a range of sectors including media and financial services.

Guy Potel is an "incredibly committed" partner who will "go the extra mile" for his clients, say commentators. His practice encompasses a variety of public and private transactions.

Charles Rix impresses clients and peers alike with his corporate expertise, which includes a focus on corporate insurance matters. He has over 25 years' experience in the area.

Richard Ufland is consistently credited by peers for being "technically very strong," while clients also note him as responsive. His sector strengths include life sciences, transportation and financial services.

Significant clients Barclays, Brookfield, ExxonMobil, Honeywell, Labelux.

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners

What the team is known for Focuses on international deals for an array of prominent clients, aided by its growing global network of offices. Acts across a range of transactions in transport, commodities and energy, among other areas.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are a very good and professional house. I have a very positive impression of the firm."

"They are quality people who are well respected in the marketplace."

Work highlights Represented ReCapital Investment Group in its sale of a minority stake in Bumi plc to three purchasers for a total value of over £90 million.

Advised Sagicor Financial on its sale of Sagicor Europe to AmTrust Financial Services in a deal worth £56 million.

Notable practitioners

Alistair Mackie leads up the corporate team in London.  

Significant clients Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund, Markerstudy Holdings, Conti Group, Niel Petroleum, Collinson Insurance Group.

What the team is known for A proficient practice for real estate-related transactional work in particular. Works closely with entrepreneurs and their businesses.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very commercial in their advice." 

"They were always responsive - very much on the case and very good at returning calls."

Work highlights Advised Gordon Brothers Europe on the purchase by a subsidiary of Blockbuster Entertainment.

Assisted Jeff Group with its acquisition of The Insurance Partnership Holdings, in a deal worth up to £17.5 million.

Notable practitioners  

Ashley Reeback is recognised by sources for his capabilities in M&A and AIM matters, among other corporate work. He worked with Tangent Communications on its buyout of Goodprint for £10.2 million.

Significant clients Baker Tilly, Galliard Homes, Innovise, Mansion Capital, Santander.

Basic facts about the department
- 20 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Very well-regarded firm which is able to undertake an exceptional deal volume and utilises to the full its pre-eminent US and global presence. Caters to a broad range of client needs in both the high-end and mid-market spaces.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their availability is 24/7, their responsiveness is immediate, and their commerciality is real and informed."

Work highlights Assisted Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation with its takeover by newco Eurasian Resources Group. The offer was for USD4.5 billion.

Worked on multiple transactions for property investor LondonMetric with a combined value of approximately £600 million.

Notable practitioners  

Leon Ferera is an "extremely knowledgeable and capable" corporate lawyer who one client calls a "super M&A attorney." Sources note his prior experience on the UK Takeover Panel as a particular plus.

Giles Elliott is described as "exceptional" by sources for his wide-ranging corporate and capital markets work. He was lead lawyer for J F Lehman in its disposals of Drew Marine and ACR Electronics.

Commentators call Vica Irani a "very bright and hard-working" lawyer. Her practice focuses in particular on IPOs and M&A transactions, including ENRC's takeover by Eurasian Resources Group for USD4.5 billion.

John Phillips is the firm's managing partner, though he is still involved in M&A transactional work. Among his recent deals was advising WL Ross & Co in its purchase of shares owned by NBNK Investments.

Significant clients British Land, London & Stamford Property, Standard Bank, Hansteen Holdings, Sherwin-Williams.

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

What the team is known for Works for a range of clients, including major US corporations, on a variety of M&A deals. Sector expertise includes infrastructure, energy and real estate.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We like the speed - they are incredibly commercial and they do not create a lot of work for nothing."

"Very slick and proactive as opposed to reactive." 

Work highlights Advised Allegheny Technologies on its share and asset disposal of its Tungsten Materials Business to Kennametal for USD605 million.

Worked with Brightstar Corp on its purchase of 20:20 Mobile, involving multiple European jurisdictions.

Notable practitioners  

Paul Tetlow is a "really good" corporate lawyer who is adept across a broad spectrum of transactional matters and industry sectors. He heads up the firm's London corporate group.

Significant clients Halliburton, TeliaSonera, Henderson Global Investors, Brady plc, Hitachi Consulting.  

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

What the team is known for Works with a broad spectrum of listed and private clients on a variety of corporate deals in its key sectors. Experienced on transactions in technology, publishing and IP.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The firm's always been very responsive and available. They're very pragmatic and they know when something is not so important."

"They have a wonderful understanding of smaller deals and they do them very efficiently and very well."

Work highlights Assisted Arrow Communications with its purchase of telecoms firm Inter-Group Communications.

Represented SQS Software Quality Systems in an investment in, and a merger with, two Indian software companies.

Notable practitioners  

Charles Claisse is a "client-focused" lawyer who "always brings an interesting perspective to things," particularly in his key areas such as technology, say sources. He recently advised Arrow Communications in its transaction to buy Inter-Group Communications for an undisclosed sum.

Significant clients African Medical Investments, AKQA, Trayport, IMS, Primesight.

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

What the team is known for Able to boast a truly worldwide coverage following its high-profile merger. Undertakes work in real estate finance and private equity as well as more general M&A work, and is adept at large and mid-sized dealwork.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They were pragmatic and very solution-oriented." 

What's new? In November 2013, King & Wood Mallesons and SJ Berwin merged to form the present firm.

Work highlights Advised Watson Pharmaceuticals on its purchase of Uteron Pharma in a deal worth a potential USD305 million.  

Assisted Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets as part of a consortium acquiring Severn Power Plant from DONG Energy for £370 million.

Notable practitioners  

The "superb" Michael Goldberg is an "intelligent and effective" practitioner who focuses on corporate real estate work. He acted for British Land in its £470 million purchase of Paddington Central.

Steven Davis has a broad-based corporate practice which includes expertise in corporate and private equity transactions. He recently worked with a consortium featuring client Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets on its acquisition of Severn Power Plant from DONG Energy for £370 million.

Significant clients Universal, British Land, Associated British Foods, Westfield Group, Lion Capital.

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

What the team is known for Emerging as a highly able M&A practice with a full-service capability in transactional matters. Works with a range of corporate and private equity clients with a particular focus on technology-related deals.

Work highlights 

Advised Actavis on its acquisition of Warner Chilcott for USD8.5 billion, involving a complex restructuring to redomicile the firm to Ireland from the USA.

Assisted Yahoo! with its purchase of mobile application Summly.

Notable practitioners  

Nicholas Cline is noted for being "super-smart" as well as for his "quick ability to understand the client's needs and make sure the deal works with them." He led the London aspects of the work for Yahoo! relating to its acquisition of Summly.

Richard Brown is respected by peers for his corporate practice, which includes work in equity capital markets matters. He has 20 years' experience in the area.

Significant clients ABN AMRO, The Carlyle Group, E.ON, Mattel, Virgin Media.

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

What the team is known for Remains a top-drawer practice in the creative services and media spaces, which form a large part of the firm's core sector focuses. Praised by clients and respected by peers for its transactional capability in this area.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very insightful, they've got a good overview of structure and are very good at implementation."

"A first-class service in all respects." 

Work highlights Assisted Lowcosttravelgroup with the disposal of its 90% stake in Intuitive Limited for £10.65 million.

Represented CPC Group in its purchase of the entirety of Logical Finance.

Notable practitioners  

Jo Evans is highly thought of for her pragmatism and commercial awareness, with sources also noting that she is "so good technically." Highlights include advising the management of Red Brick Road in its buyout of the company.

Significant clients Publicis Groupe, Integrated Dental Holdings, Ebiquity, Vision 7, Relendex.

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

What the team is known for A giant in the corporate world with capability across a vast range of matters, including public and private transactions and IPOs. Few sectors are beyond its scope, with standout expertise in financial services and natural resources, among others.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Extraordinarily client-focused and responsive." 

"The whole team is highly commercial and they understand our business."

Work highlights Advised Schneider Electric on its cash and equity bid for Invensys in a deal worth £3.4 billion.

Worked with Vodafone on its EUR7.7 billion public tender offer for the full share capital of German communication provider Kabel Deutschland Holding.

Notable practitioners  

The "incredibly smart and capable" Richard Godden is noted as one of London's leading corporate lawyers, with over 25 years in the Linklaters partnership. Among his recent work was for PwC in its conditional merger agreement with management consultants Booz & Co.

Charles Jacobs is a "quite outstanding" practitioner and "fantastic rainmaker," according to sources, with clients noting his commerciality and ability to instil confidence. He is particularly well regarded in mining matters and advised Kazakhmys in relation to Eurasian Resources Group's USD4.7 billion takeover of Eurasian Natural Resources.

Owen Clay is highly regarded by peers for his abilities in the corporate arena. In particular, he continues to be a notable name in energy and mining transactions.

David Holdsworth is described by sources as being "very responsive, decisive and very clear." His strong links with Japan were demonstrated with his work on LIXIL and Development Bank of Japan's purchase of Grohe for EUR3.059 billion from TPG Capital and Credit Suisse Private Equity.

Jeremy Parr continues to act as the firm's global M&A head. Sources credit him as being "very constructive and easy to work with."

The "excellent" Stephen Griffin is a "very sharp" partner who sources note as a "calm, effective negotiator." He receives plaudits from a number of big-name firms who make up his client base.

Commentators note Sarah Wiggins as a "very business-oriented, quick-thinking and practical" lawyer who works across a wide range of corporate matters. She recently advised PwC on its conditional merger deal with Booz & Company.

Managing associate James Wootton is a "fantastic" young lawyer who is "really, really able," according to the market. 

Significant clients Glencore, RBS, BP, Anglo American, Lloyds Banking Group.

Basic facts about the department
- 16 partners
- 38 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Consistently sighted on major M&A transactions with an ability to do mega-deals in both a domestic and international context. Also rated as a dominant force in mid-market corporate work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Nothing's too much trouble for them and they are quite good at thinking ahead. They're just a class outfit." 

"The quality, thoughtfulness and professionalism is always very good."

Work highlights Advised Verizon Communications on the UK aspects of its gargantuan USD130 billion purchase of Vodafone's stake in Verizon Wireless.

Assisted J.C. Flowers & Co in its acquisition of Cabot Credit Management, in a deal worth £525 million.

Notable practitioners  

Sources call Charles Martin "a class act" who is "very easy to deal with, down-to-earth and user-friendly." He undertakes both corporate and private equity transactions, including as co-lead advising Verizon Communications on the UK part of Vodafone's sale of its stake in Verizon Wireless for USD130 billion.

Graham Gibb is a wide-ranging corporate practitioner with a strong track record in the area. He co-led the team assisting Verizon Communications with its huge USD130 billion deal with Vodafone for the sale of the latter's interest in Verizon Wireless.

John Dodsworth is noted as a "really pragmatic, really sensible" lawyer who "gets straight in and gets his hands dirty" on a deal. He is particularly recognised for his abilities in media and advertising matters.

Significant clients Virgin Group, Omnicom Group, ICAP, Heineken, Slater & Gordon.

Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A strong outfit which successfully operates in the lower mid-market scene. Regularly undertakes a range of complex corporate and private equity deals in the lower mid-market.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I've always been hugely impressed by the way they can keep themselves up to speed with any one deal."

"They are very commercial, always available and turn things around quickly."

Work highlights Assisted Ingenious Media Active Capital with the sale of a large proportion of the shares and debt of Digital Rights Group to Viaset Broadcasting for £15.7 million.

Worked with Charles Dore on the demerger of Rice & Dore Group in November 2013.

Notable practitioners  

Jon Sweet is a "fiercely smart" individual who is also "very commercial and fun to work with," according to sources. He acts for a range of corporate clients in addition to his duties as head of the firm's practice group.

Significant clients Eagle Rock Entertainment Group, Brasher Leisure, Petrobras Europe, Tristan Capital Partners, Digico UK.

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

What the team is known for A highly capable corporate group which acts for a number of well-known clients. Features a particular focus on cross-border matters, with areas such as energy and commercial real estate among its broad expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Fantastic - I was really happy with them. They brought a good team across jurisdictions."

What's new? Reappointed to the Nomura panel.

Work highlights Advised GAW Capital on its purchase of the Waterside Building in London from D2 Private for EUR240 million.

Assisted the management of City Link with its disposal by Rentokil Initial to Better Capital for £1.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Peter Dickinson is well thought of by peers and clients alike for his varied corporate practice. Among his recent work he acted for Moody's Investor Services on its acquisition of Amba Research.

Richard Page impresses sources with his "constant availability, great advice and amazing commitment." He recently demonstrated his abilities in the corporate space in his advising of GAW Capital in its acquisition of the Waterside Building, Paddington for EUR240 million.

Significant clients Entertainment One, Bodycote, Caterpillar, Thomson Reuters, MWB Business Exchange.

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

What the team is known for Works with listed and private companies on a variety of corporate transactions. Especially well regarded for its work with AIM-listed clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They had to work nights and weekends and they did. An excellent result."

"Good coverage across a broad range of disciplines and a pragmatic approach to situations and solutions."

Work highlights Advised Steinhoff UK Retail on its purchases of parts of both Hilding Anders UK and Horatio Myers & Co, major players in the UK bed market.

Assisted Creditfix with its purchase of Simple Debt Solutions for an undisclosed amount.

Notable practitioners  

Lesley Gregory is highly thought of by sources for her corporate practice, which includes significant expertise and experience of working for AIM clients. She acted for Gaming Realms in its buyout and reverse acquisition of Quick Think Media.

Associate Nick Alfille gains plaudits from clients for his "pragmatic approach" and for making "the whole process very easy." He assisted the shareholders of Voicenet Solutions with its purchase by 8x8, Inc. in a deal worth USD18.4 million.

Significant clients Gaming Realms, Nyota Minerals, Rethink Group, Theo Fennell, Voicenet Solutions.

Basic facts about the department
- 17 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Developing a burgeoning reputation in the mid-market for its corporate work, which builds upon its established private capital foundations. Features specialist expertise in mining and real estate matters, among others.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're on the ball, appropriately focused and keen to please."

"They take a really commercial approach to problem solving and try not to get hung up on technical legal stuff."

"It's their commercial understanding and understanding of the business, as well as their ability to challenge and look at the issues from a number of different perspectives."

What's new? New client wins include Bauer Capital and Lab49 Consulting.

Work highlights Assisted Fleurette Properties with the sale of a 49.5% stake in Camrose Resources, worth USD550 million.

Advised Coveside on the purchase of Great Minster North, London by SPV, GMN No 2 Ltd, from Irish Banking Resolution Corporation for £97.5 million.

Notable practitioners

The corporate practice is headed up by London partner Nick Davis.

Significant clients Prestige Finance, Blackdown Resources, Pentland Group, Quotient Bioscience Group, DHX Media.

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

What the team is known for Maintains a strong reputation for its work in technology matters and deals involving energy and natural resources. Possesses a compact but capable bench of corporate practitioners.

Work highlights Assisted Autodesk with its acquisition of Delcam in a deal worth £172.5 million.

Advised Advanced Computer Software Group on its £110 million purchase of Computer Software Holdings from HgCapital.

Notable practitioners  

Justin Stock is the head of the London corporate practice.

Significant clients Apollo Global Management, Discovery Holdings, Ingenious Media, Microgaming, Motive Plc.

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

What the team is known for A firm with a strong UK practice, covering the full gamut of mid-market corporate work, including joint ventures and M&A. Features a strong bench of experienced practitioners.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The calibre of people at Nabarro is fantastic." 

"If you're looking for responsive, practical advice, with a team with a depth of resource, that's what they've got."

What's new? New client wins include The Investment Dar and McArthur Glen.

Work highlights Assisted Telecom Plus with its acquisitions of Electricity Plus Supply and Gas Plus Supply from npower for a combined £218 million.

Advised John Laing Infrastructure Fund on its purchase of a PPP portfolio from Mill Group, in a deal worth £239 million.

Notable practitioners  

Iain Newman is a highly experienced corporate practitioner who heads up the department. He advised Telecom Plus on its purchase of two companies from npower for a total £218 million.

Graham Stedman is noted as a "really good guy who understands the approach to deals rather than just the heavy legal stuff." He led the firm's work for Sportingbet in its buyout by William Hill and GVC Holdings for £485 million.

Warren Taylor is particularly known for his work in the healthcare sector, although his practice covers all manner of corporate work. He assisted four clients, including RBC Capital Markets, with the reverse takeover of Trinity Exploration & Production by Bayfield Energy Holdings.

Significant clients Primary Health Properties, Health Care REIT, Euromoney Institutional Investor, Care UK, Quintain Estates & Development.

Basic facts about the department
- 41 partners
- 77 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Maintains its reputation as a world leader in energy and natural resources matters, but also strong in corporate matters relating to financial institutions. Strengthened its global coverage with its merger with Fulbright & Jaworski in June 2013.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They were very diligent, very focused and very accessible." 

"They are technically very good and also commercially focused."

Work highlights Worked with Barclays on the merger of much of its African business with Absa Group in a deal worth approximately £1.3 billion.

Assisted Rio Tinto Group in the disposal of a majority stake in Palabora Mining for USD1.3 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Chris Pearson is a "really strong corporate lawyer," according to peers, with extensive experience across the sector. He advised Barrick on the disposal of part of its stake in African Barrick Gold for USD188 million by way of accelerated bookbuild.

Robin Brooks has a wealth of experience in domestic and international corporate matters. He is particularly noted for his work in emerging markets.

Martin Scott is widely recognised by sources for his capability in transactional work, with a particular focus on working for financial institutions. He is the firm's global head of M&A.

Alan Bainbridge receives plaudits from clients for his corporate practice, with financial institutions a core area of expertise. He is "standout in his dedication and commitment," while his "precision in drafting and formulating documentation is truly outstanding," say sources. 

Significant clients Delta Air Lines, Lloyds Banking Group, Rhône Capital, Santander, Trinity Mirror.

Basic facts about the department
- 16 partners
- 28 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A top-class mid-market practice which is highly proficient in a variety of corporate areas including, media, technology and telecoms, alongside emerging areas such as real estate and leisure. Puts the wider facets of the firm, including its strong IP department, to good use in its corporate offering.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They make us feel like we're the most important client to them. They're very accessible and very pragmatic in their approach. They're automatically the first people we call."

"Very pragmatic, proactive and down to earth. There's no posturing, they just get on with what needs to be done."

"Excellent client care. They spend a lot of time thinking how they can be helpful."

What's new? New client wins include BAE Systems, Quintain Estates & Development and TripAdvisor.

Work highlights Assisted Warner Music Group with its £487 million cash purchase of Parlophone Label Group from Universal Music Group.

Advised Vodafone on its joint venture agreement with Sainsbury's for the creation of Mobile by Sainsbury's.

Notable practitioners  

Stephen Hermer is a "technically excellent and very pragmatic" partner who is also noted as being "commercially savvy." He led the team assisting Warner Music Group with its acquisition of Parlophone Label Group from Universal Music Group for £487 million.

Simon Morgan is described as an "incredibly knowledgeable, diligent and commercial" lawyer who is "at least on a par with the very best lawyers I've worked with," according to one client. He acted for M&C Saatchi on the disposal of a 75.1% stake in Walker Media for £36 million.

Sources call Paul Blackmore "very robust and pragmatic" for his wide-reaching corporate practice, which features expertise in media and real estate. He represented Quintain Estates & Development in its £39 million sale of the SeQuel property portfolio to Palace Capital.

Stephen Rosen is a "switched-on" lawyer whose "service levels are off the chart" and is "very good commercially and technically." His practice encompasses corporate and private equity transactions.

Significant clients BBC Worldwide, ITV, Sofidel, Delancey, Cineworld Group.

Basic facts about the department
- 25 partners
- 40 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A highly respected firm which undertakes top-level work in its key sectors, with TMT, digital advertising and healthcare technology core areas of focus. Possesses an extremely deep bench, with high-quality practitioners at all levels of seniority.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have as good a grasp of the area as you could hope to get. They very quickly got to grips with the subtleties of our business."

"Very professional and very commercial." 

What's new? New clients include Siemens and News UK.

Work highlights Represented Carphone Warehouse Group in its £500 million purchase of Best Buy's remaining 50% stake in Best Buy Europe in the form of a reverse takeover of Carphone Warehouse.

Advised Caledonia Unquoted Investments on its acquisition of Choice Care Homes Group for £88 million.

Notable practitioners  

Head of practice Ray Berg is "clear, straightforward and very commercial," according to clients, although he also earns the respect of peers, with one saying: "If I were ever conflicted, I would go to Ray." He acted for the shareholders of Fjordnet in its sale to Accenture Interactive.

Tim Birt is regularly sighted by peers in corporate deals, particularly in deals involving media and marketing clients. He has almost 30 years' experience in the area.

Adrian Bott is "well known and respected" as a transactional lawyer, with sources commenting on his straightforward approach to deal making. He acted for Times Infotainment Media on its sale of TIML Golden Square to Bauer Media Group.

The "excellent" Jonathan King has a strong reputation in corporate finance matters, particularly in relation to public market transactions. He was the lead lawyer for the firm in its work for Carphone Warehouse Group in its purchase of a remaining stake in Best Buy Europe from Best Buy for £500 million.

Paul Cooper is active on private equity and corporate transactions for a range of clients. He is highly experienced, with over 30 years working in the area.

Chris King is described as a "very, very capable" M&A lawyer who has "great attention to detail." He is particularly proficient in matters involving advertising and media.

Sources describe Mark Spinner as a "very well-respected and seasoned practitioner" who is "focused on the end result." He acted for The Mace Group on an MBO of the companies.

Significant clients Talk Talk, MITIE, Everything Everywhere, Investec, Iris.

What the team is known for A large and capable team which undertakes a plethora of corporate matters. Key areas of expertise include real estate, technology, and energy and natural resources. Regularly brings to bear its plentiful experience acting in emerging markets.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Excellent - very good all-round depth." 

"The people are very professional and very good at what they do, as well as being pragmatic and very user-friendly."

Work highlights Worked with G:Res 1 Ltd on its £349 million disposal of a portfolio of more than 2,000 properties to GRIP.

Acted for Altana on the UK aspects of its USD645 million acquisition of the clay wood additives arm of Rockwood Specialities. 

Notable practitioners  

Jon Harris is "a rare combination of an extremely commercial as well as a very, very good lawyer," says one client, while peers describe him as "an absolute stalwart." He acts on a wide range of different transactional matters.

Significant clients Tyman, Redefine International, APR Energy, Shore Capital, EMIS Group.

Basic facts about the department
- 22 partners
- 36 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A firm with a strong global base, enabling it to act on significant domestic and cross-border deals. Among its many areas of expertise are energy, mining, media and technology.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very professional and willing to provide practical advice." 

Work highlights Advised the government of Kazakhstan on the takeover of Eurasian Natural Resources.

Assisted Fortune Oil with the USD400 million sale of its natural gas division to China Gas.

Notable practitioners

The team in London is led by James Wilkinson.

Significant clients Microsoft, Channel 4, Curtiss-Wright, Gemfields, World Fuel Services.

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

What the team is known for A high-quality team capable of acting in a broad range of corporate matters both domestic and international in nature. Best known for its abilities in corporate insurance deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are consummate professionals, thorough and smart guys." 

"They are fast-moving and respond quickly to our requests."

Work highlights Acted for HTC Corporation on its sale of Saffron Media Group to Cinram for USD47 million.

Assisted SCA with the sale of various UK and European parts of the business formerly known as Georgia-Pacific for around EUR100 million.

Notable practitioners  

Tim Anderson is head of the firm's corporate group and is described as a "business-minded and pragmatic" player in the market. He advised Dialog Semiconductor in its purchase of iWatt.

James Mee is described as a "consummate corporate lawyer" who "goes the extra mile for you around the clock." He acted for ANV Holding on its purchase of Jubilee Managing Agency.

Significant clients Daily Mail & General Trust, Dialog Semiconductor, ANV Holdings, Sports Direct International, Lyceum Capital.

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

What the team is known for An integrated global practice with significant presence in London. Covers corporate and private equity work and regularly acts for numerous blue-chip clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They're fantastic M&A lawyers. They certainly know their stuff and live and breathe M&A."

Work highlights Advised Liberty Global on its purchase of Virgin Media in a deal worth around USD23.3 billion. 

Assisted Nokia with its EUR1.7 billion buyout of Siemens' interest in Nokia Siemens Networks.

Notable practitioners  

Laurence Levy is noted as a "very sharp" lawyer who is "client service-oriented" and "a good sounding board" on corporate matters. He was co-lead lawyer on GE Aviation's acquisition of Avio Group for USD4.3 billion.

Jeremy Kutner is an "exceptionally intelligent" lawyer who is also "technically very good," according to sources. He led the UK side of Liberty Global's USD23 billion acquisition of Virgin Media.

Significant clients GE, ArcelorMittal, InterContinental Exchange, Citi, Barry Callebaut.  

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

What the team is known for Sizeable London corporate practice with a strong, sector-based focus acting on large deals for worldwide clients. Among the key areas of expertise are financial institutions, funds, TMT, life sciences and energy and infrastructure.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're very thorough and the attention to detail is high."

"They are very proactive and very good at distilling relevant issues."

What's new? Appointed to the Wayra legal panel.

Work highlights Advised Becton Dickinson on its disposal of parts of its Discovery Labware business to Corning for USD730 million.

Worked with CLC World Resorts & Hotels in relation to the creation of a joint venture with Interval Leisure Group.

Notable practitioners

Edward Baker is noted as a "very meticulous" partner who gains plaudits for the strength of his project management skills. He acted for Kentz in relation to a rejected takeover offer from Amec.

Significant clients AnaCap Financial Partners, Sealed Air, PCCW, NEC, Intertrust Group Holding.

What the team is known for One of the leading US practices in London, acting for major UK and international clients, with particular strength acting for private equity houses. Its transatlantic capabilities make it excellent at working with US clients on UK deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I'm a huge fan. They've got extraordinarily high-quality professionals who are very hard-working, extremely detail-oriented and responsive."

"The lawyers bring a logical and practical approach to solving problems. They've got great expertise and customer service. My number-one firm on transactions."

Work highlights Acted for CBRE Group in its purchase of Norland Managed Services for an initial £250 million.

Represented KKR in its EUR270 million acquisition of a significant minority stake in PortAventura from Investindustrial.

Notable practitioners  

Adam Signy is a "quality performer" who has "fantastic experience" coupled with "great charisma and gravitas." He undertakes a significant amount of private equity work as well as advising corporates, and recently acted for Polymer Group in its purchase of Fiberweb.

Alvaro Gomez de Membrillera Galiana elicits numerous positive remarks from clients, with one describing him as "super-responsive, knowledgeable, smart, creative and commercial." He acted for KKR on its acquisition of SBB/Telemach Group.

Significant clients Apax Partners, Blackstone, KKR, Melrose Industries, Pets at Home.   

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

What the team is known for Continues its reputation as one of the top US firms, with a global platform to match. Its high-class bench is able to muster decades of experience to take on some of the biggest deals in the market.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're particularly good at being able to synthesise a US and UK perspective."

"Very good for high-end cross-border work." 

Work highlights Acted for Alfa-Access-Renova on the USD28 billion disposal of its interest in the TNK-BP joint venture to Rosneft.

Represented Mylan in its purchase of Agila Specialities from Strides Arcolab for USD1.6 billion.

Notable practitioners  

The "outstanding" Michael Hatchard is a "great voice of reason and insight on deals," which makes it "hard to rate him any higher." He brought his extensive experience to bear for NASDAQ OMX in its purchase of an interest in LCH.Clearnet Group.

US-qualified Scott Simpson is a "phenomenal adviser" known for his "visionary strategic thinking." Recently, he advised Outokumpu in its divestment of two businesses to Acciai Speciali Terni.

Michal Berkner is a "very talented lawyer" who is "very intelligent, tireless and very diligent," and displays "absolute devotion to the client and the deal." She regularly leads on cross-border transactions, with a focus on the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region.

Lorenzo Corte is a "very attentive, very good negotiator" who acts on a range of transactional matters. Among his recent major deals was for Generali in its USD3.3 billion purchase of a 49% interest in Generali PPF Holding.

Shaun Lascelles is regularly sighted on corporate and private equity transactions. Among his client relationships is with BlackRock, for whom he acted on its acquisition of Credit Suisse's exchange-traded funds arm.

Scott Hopkins is recognised as a capable transactional lawyer, with sources calling him "very able and very conscientious." He was one of the key lawyers acting for Pfizer on its proposed £69.4 billion offer for AstraZeneca.

Significant clients Altimo Holdings & Investments, BlackRock, Central European Distribution Company, Nike, Outokumpu.

Basic facts about the department
- 39 partners
- 119 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Widely regarded as one of the pre-eminent firms for corporate work in the UK. Acts for more UK-listed companies than any other firm and is also active in global deals for international clients. Possesses one of the strongest benches in the M&A market.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They know the subject back to front, they're very knowledgeable and you know they're getting it right."

"Slaughters are outstanding - they have a strength in depth that is almost unmatched."

"With Slaughter & May you get their excellent standards and the all-encompassing gold-plated client service."

Work highlights Advised Vodafone on its USD130 billion disposal of its US group, including a 45% stake in Verizon Wireless, to Verizon Communications.

Assisted NYSE Euronext in its buyout by IntercontinentalExchange for USD11 billion.

Notable practitioners  

"Eminence grise" Nigel Boardman remains a "hugely impressive lawyer" who is "faultless" in his corporate work. He is one of the City's most experienced practitioners, and was part of the team acting for Vodafone on its sale of its interest in Verizon Wireless to Verizon.

The "superb" Andy Ryde heads up the firm's corporate group and is a highly respected figure in the market. One source says of Ryde: "He combines cutting-edge knowledge with being practical and user-friendly. He's a first-rate corporate M&A lawyer."

Stephen Cooke is an "extremely good" partner who has the respect of his leading peers in the market. He is highly experienced and is often sighted on major deals.

Frances Murphy is described as a "very commercial and very sensible" lawyer who is "particularly strong at project management." She co-led the firm's advice to NYSE Euronext with respect to its USD11 billion merger with IntercontinentalExchange.

Jeffrey Twentyman acts for corporate and private equity clients and is described as a "really good-quality" lawyer. He is particularly noted for his experience.

Sources praise William Underhill as "brilliant technically" for his work in corporate finance on a variety of transactions. He acted for Royal Mail on its high-profile IPO.

David Johnson is a "very strong" lawyer who clients say is "very bright and very focused on our interests." He is particularly noted for his work in corporate finance matters.

The "terrific" Kathy Hughes gains plaudits from clients and peers as a "very impressive" practitioner. She has plentiful experience in a host of corporate transactions.

Roland Turnill leaves clients "running out of superlatives" with his proficiency as a corporate practitioner. His ability to "pick up the biggest deals and make them look easy" was demonstrated by his role as co-lead in Vodafone's disposal of its US group to Verizon for USD130 billion.

Gary Eaborn is a "very technically astute and tough" transactional lawyer who acts for a range of domestic and international companies. 

Simon Nicholls is credited by sources as an "incredibly intelligent and very quick lawyer" who gains plaudits for his ability to anticipate issues. He co-led the firm's work for Diageo in relation to its purchase of a stake in United Spirits.

Robert Stern is noted as a "very smart operator" for his wide-ranging corporate and capital markets practice.

Senior partner Christopher Saul is one of the most experienced lawyers in the market and remains the "big name" in the London market. 

The "excellent" Mark Zerdin is a "commercial, smart guy" who is an experienced hand at corporate and private equity work. He recently assisted FS Africa in its acquisition of Lonrho for around £174.5 million.

Significant clients Bupa, Centrica, Diageo, GlaxoSmithKline, Vodafone.

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

What the team is known for Highly competent team with practitioners able to undertake a wide range of corporate and private equity work. Key sector strengths include natural resources and financial services.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're always available, approachable and amenable. The quality is a given."

"They always seem to go that extra mile." 

Work highlights Worked with Peppercoast Petroleum on the disposal of its stake in Block LB-13 in Liberia for USD83.5 million.

Advised Copthorn Holdings on its significant purchase of Countrywide Properties.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Collins is credited for his "excellent technical level" and as a "totally straightforward" practitioner. He advised Kryso Resources on a scheme of arrangement and subsequent forming of a holding company.

Associate David Coates gains plaudits from clients, with one saying: "I thought his knowledge of the area was fantastic and his energy level was brilliant." He assisted with Peppercoast Petroleum's disposal of Block LB-13 to a subsidiary company of Canadian Overseas Petroleum.

Significant clients Caring Homes Healthcare, Sisu Capital, Bouygues Bâtiment, Ecclesiastical Insurance Office, Crest Nicholson.

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

What the team is known for A mid-market practice which features strong capability in diverse areas including media, sport and energy. The firm is able to make use of its global network to bolster its international M&A offering.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're always very good at telling you what you can do, what the grey areas are and at balancing risk-reward. Practical and pragmatic." 

"They are very thorough and know how to really focus on deal milestones. In terms of personality they are aggressive when they need to be but not overly aggressive. A pleasure to work with."

What's new? Squire Patton Boggs was formed by the merger of Squire Sanders and Patton Boggs in June 2014.

Work highlights Advised Cardtronics Europe on its acquisition of Cardpoint Services from Payzone Ventures for £100 million.

Represented Zulu Ventures in its sale of various assets including RMUGURU to Lorillard for £60 million.

Notable practitioners  

Nick Allen is a highly experienced practitioner who undertakes work across a wide spectrum of corporate areas. Of late, he advised Veronis Suhler Stevenson on a complex investment in TBX Acquisition and the subsequent purchase by TBX of The Benefit Express.

Significant clients Live Nation Entertainment, Parabis Law, Grafton Group, Citysprint, Shred-it International.  

Basic facts about the department
- 13 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Adept mid-market practice with a strengthening reputation in transportation and energy-related work. Proficient at cross-border deals and developing expertise in emerging markets including Africa.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"Their depth of knowledge is second to none and on corporate deals I would not use any other firm."

Work highlights Assisted GDF SUEZ Energy Services with its purchase of Balfour Beatty WorkPlace from Balfour Beatty for £190 million.

Advised pharmaceutical company BTG on its USD220 million acquisition of EKOS Corporation.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Edge is "rated very highly" by peers for his abilities in corporate and M&A work, with credit given for his work in the life sciences sector among others. He advised Baker Tilly on its purchase of RSM Tenon Group.

Significant clients Baker Tilly, Drax, London Capital Group, Peterson Group, Traderight.

What the team is known for High-quality corporate practice with a top-class offering in a number of areas including financial services. It counts a number of leading global names among its strong client base.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Sullivan & Cromwell has an amazing team." 

Work highlights Assisted Goldman Sachs with the sale of 64% of its stake in Rothesay Life to GIC Private, Blackstone and MassMutual.

Advised Rhône Capital on its purchase of the bakery supplies arm of CSM for USD1.35 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Tim Emmerson is noted as a "first-class lawyer" by sources, who point out the quality of his corporate expertise. He recently worked with APR Energy on its purchase of the power generation business of GE Capital for USD314 million.

The "excellent" Richard Morrissey is highly thought of by the market for his transactional capability. Of late, he advised Credit Suisse in its acquisition of Morgan Stanley's European wealth management businesses.

Basic facts about the department
- 27 partners
- 42 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A well-regarded firm in the market in its core areas of technology, media and telecommunications, and other sectors involving a significant IP aspect. Acts for a range of private wealth clients in the UK and worldwide.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They've got a very strong industry focus - they have the reputation for supporting the technology industries."

Work highlights Assisted Shutl's shareholders with the disposal of its entire share capital to eBay.

Advised OB10 on its sale to Tungsten Corporation in a deal worth £100 million.

Notable practitioners  

Peter Kempe possesses expertise in a wide range of transactional and corporate finance matters. He is singled out for his wealth of experience.

Martin Winter is described as a "quality act" who is highly respected by peers in the market. He acted for Electra Partners on its £43 million purchase of Allen & Heath from D&M Holdings.  

Significant clients Rutland Partners, Google, Highland Spring, Esterline, Hyperion Insurance Group.

Basic facts about the department
- 22 partners
- 82 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for High-quality UK firm with strong offerings in corporate and private equity matters. Particularly gains plaudits for its mid-market capability, where it is one of the leading practices in the country.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a house style that goes from top to bottom - they're non-fussy and very clear. Under duress and in negotiations they are non-combative but up to anyone else in intellectual power."

"I like the partner access I get - they're very commercial and don't bother me with endless detail."

"The team worked very hard, were diligent, and the partner was commercially astute and readily available to assist."

Work highlights Advised Metric Property Investments on its merger with London & Stamford in a deal worth a total of £811 million.

Assisted Noble Corporation with its complex USD9.9 billion merger with Noble Switzerland and subsequent NYSE relisting.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Gillen is a "great lawyer" who sources "have a lot of confidence in." His particular strengths are in corporate finance and transactional matters, where he is credited for the pragmatism of his approach.

Richard Spedding is a highly regarded practitioner who sources note as one of the leaders in the Travers Smith corporate team. He advised Noble Corporation on its significant merger with Noble Switzerland for a consideration of USD9.9 billion.

Peers highlight Philip Cheveley as a "really standout guy" who is "very practical" in his approach. He led the firm's representation for Canaccord Genuity in the aborted transaction for RBS's 'Rainbow' branches, worth up to £1.5 billion.

Senior partner Chris Hale has over 30 years' experience at the firm and is a very well-respected practitioner, particularly in relation to private equity transactions. Sources call him a "standout individual."

Spencer Summerfield is noted as a "very strong" corporate practitioner who gives "pragmatic advice" to sources. He acted for Pace plc on its purchase of Aurora Networks for USD323 million.

Significant clients Enterprise plc, Ashtead Group, Hellman & Friedman, Metric Property Investments, Pace plc.

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Active on a range of transactions, with recognised experience and expertise on real estate deals. Also noted for capabilities in the Middle East and South-East Asia.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"I was very impressed. The work is always of a good standard, and they deliver on the timeline and with thoroughness and responsiveness."

Work highlights Assisted Apache Capital Partners and Tadhamon Capital with a joint venture investment with McLaren Property Holdings, worth around £100 million.

Represented Mirfield 1964 in its takeover of Theo Fennell, involving a scheme of arrangement. The value of the deal was £2.9 million.

Notable practitioners

Michael Pattinson is head of the corporate department.  

Significant clients GI Partners, Palmer & Harvey McLane, Vossloh Kiepe, ThyssenKrupp, Kennedy Wilson Europe.

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

What the team is known for An emerging practice featuring an emphasis on corporate real estate matters, hospitality and leisure at the mid-market level. Possesses the ability to act for both domestic and international clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very good personal service, very pleased." 

"Highly impressive, as good as any firm I've worked with."

Work highlights Represented a joint venture between Residential Land and Fort Knight Group in the sale of a Mayfair hotel for £98 million.

Acted for Illumina in an internal restructuring worth £36 million.

Notable practitioners  

Edward Craft is an "invaluable adviser" who is "particularly proactive and very commercially astute," say commentators. Of late, he assisted Illumina in its £36 million corporate restructuring.

Significant clients Reed Exhibitions, Telereal Trillium, Chemoil, Care UK, Vestey Foods.

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

What the team is known for An impressive firm on a global scale, with the UK office utilising exceptional strength in the US and its wider global network. Recognised for its abilities on complex, large M&A and private equity.

Work highlights Worked with Edwards Group on its merger with Swedish firm Atlas Copco, worth around USD1.6 billion.

A joint UK/US team advised eBay on its purchase of Shutl for an undisclosed value.

Notable practitioners  

Managing partner Michael Francies is variously described as a "brilliant" and "superb operator" who is credited for being "hugely experienced and super hard-working." He acted for Harsco on the disposal of its infrastructure arm to a joint venture between it and Clayton, Dubilier & Rice.

Peter King is a highly experienced member of the team who sources call "an expert in his field" who is "highly responsive and delivers results." He was the lead lawyer assisting Edwards Group with its USD1.6 billion takeover by Atlas Copco.

Senior consultant Ian Hamilton is described as a "very good technical lawyer." He is experienced in all manner of corporate matters, including representing ITI Group in its sale of Multikino.  

Significant clients GE, Mubadala Development, Yahoo!, Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures, Avista Capital Partners.

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

What the team is known for A skilful UK and international corporate practice, with an emphasis on working for financial institutions. Other core sector areas include TMT, healthcare, and energy and natural resources.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They were proactive and reactive. They signalled things well ahead and when we had problems they effectively explained things and how we should handle it. They are advisers we can rely on and count on."

"High-quality work - very forward-thinking and a lot of good ideas. We use them as strategic advisers."

"I would give very high praise to their responsiveness - they blow away their competitors at that."

Work highlights Acted for Bupa on its EUR400 million purchase of LUX MED Group.

Represented Hess Corporation in its sale of Samara-Nafta to LUKOIL in a deal worth a total of USD2.05 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Philip Broke is described by sources as a "very, very knowledgeable" individual who is "incredibly proactive." He advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank as financial advisers on Schneider Electric's offer for Invensys.

Sources credit Gavin Weir for his "outstanding attention to detail," as well as his ability to drive a transaction. He represented Sunseeker Yacht Holdings in its sale of a large majority of its shares in Sunseeker International to Dalian Wanda Group for £320 million.

Significant clients Boeing, International Personal Finance, Nordic Capital, Verny Capital, Zurich.

What the team is known for Advises clients on a wide range of corporate transactions with sector focuses including insurance and natural resources. Features an enlarged corporate group following the merger between Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're always striving to do the best for us. They're very proactive, open and honest. There's never any surprises with them."

"I'm not a legal person, so there was a lot of layman's language. They found where my level was and pitched it perfectly."

What's new? The firm was formed following Lawrence Graham's merger with Wragge & Co in May 2014.

Work highlights Advised Archipelago Resources on a takeover offer by Rajawali Corpora, worth £338 million.

Assisted CBPE Capital with its sale by auction of Rosemont Capital to Perrigo for £183 million.

Notable practitioners  

Nick Heather is known for his expertise in public takeovers as well as private corporate transactions. He acted for British Land on its £101 million acquisition of a majority stake in Bath's Southgate Shopping Centre.

Significant clients Mercedes-Benz, Smiths News, British Land, Cape plc, Tasker Ventures.

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Head of the corporate practice Mark Tasker of Bates Wells Braithwaite is rated by sources for his capability in the area. He represented Tim Scurry and other shareholders of iter8 in its disposal to Quindell Portfolio for around £20 million.

Sources describe John Turnbull of Bircham Dyson Bell as a "realistic and experienced lawyer" who is "very attentive and committed" to his clients' cause. He has acted on a variety of transactions, including mergers and takeovers, in a career lasting more than 35 years.

Will Pearce of Davis Polk & Wardwell London LLP is noted as a "very good technical lawyer" who provides "very professional, very high-quality advice." He represented J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley in their role as financial advisers in Verizon Communications' purchase of Vodafone's stake in Verizon Wireless for USD130 billion.

Catherine Moss of Fasken Martineau LLP is "extremely good at what she does," according to sources, who also comment that she "is always around at any time of the day or night." She recently advised Verdot in its purchase of Driven Worldwide Group.

Head of department Tom Rowley of Freeths LLP is a "very knowledgeable, sensible and personable legal adviser" who is "commercially and practically minded," according to sources. He assisted Swanke Hayden Connell Europe in its £1.58 million combination with Aukett Fitzroy Robinson Group.

Sources comment that Jonathan Earle of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is a "very commercial corporate lawyer" who has an emerging reputation for his transactional expertise. He joined the firm from Ashurst in May 2014.

Charlie Geffen joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in October 2014 from Ashurst. He is a highly experienced partner who sources call "fantastic" in the corporate arena. 

William Charnley of King & Spalding International LLP is recognised as a "very commercial" lawyer who "obviously has a great understanding of the law and interprets it really well from a client perspective." He represented Berjaya Philippines in its £43.2 million mandatory cash offer for HR Owen.

James Channo of Locke Lord (UK) LLP is a "very energetic" lawyer with "excellent all-round knowledge" of the corporate market. He advised Rialto Energy on its disposal to Vitol of a majority stake in Rialto Côte d'Ivoire for USD50 million.

Mark Stamp of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP is a "big-picture guy who knows the space, the market and the suite of options to offer the client." He advised Sainsbury's on the purchase of Lloyds Banking Group's remaining interest in Sainsbury's Bank for £248 million.

Hilary Winter of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP is a highly experienced practitioner described as a "class operator" who is "focused, diligent, but practical in her approach." She is the head of the firm's corporate team.

Ronan O'Sullivan of Paul Hastings (Europe) LLP gains plaudits from commentators for his creativity and work ethic and is described as "incredibly efficient." He recently represented Jacobs Engineering Group in its purchase of Sinclair Knight Merz for around AUD1.3 billion.

John Newton of Ropes & Gray is a "particularly bright" practitioner who undertakes corporate and private equity work. Sources also comment on his energy and ability to explain complex legal concepts.

The "excellent" Thomas Thesing of Sidley Austin LLP has a wide-ranging corporate and transactional practice. He represented FLIR Systems in its purchase of Traficon International in a deal worth USD46 million.

Sources highlight Ben Simpson of Withers LLP's "very calm attitude and very good communication" amongst his other attributes. He acts on a wide variety of corporate matters including advising Reply Ltd on its purchase of Solidsoft for £6.2 million.

Foreign Experts

Foreign Experts are individuals with expertise in a different jurisdiction to the one they are based in. These individuals are particularly highly regarded for international and cross-border work. Usually, they will be identified in the jurisdiction in which they are based and in their country of expertise.

Senior Statesman

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Eminent Practitioners

'Eminent Practitioners' are highly influential lawyers in a particular practice area who, due to managerial or client relationship commitments, are less active in day-to-day work but remain key players in the team.

Other Noted Practitioners

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Other Noted Firms

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