London (Firms)



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

Corporate/M&A - London (Firms)


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

What the team is known for Acting on behalf of a large number of FTSE 100 and 250 companies on a wide range of mid-market transactions. Notable representation in the retail and consumer, financial services and energy sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"You're made to feel like you're the only client. Because they know us well, they know our expectations in terms of advice and know our risk appetite; they can offer more tailored advice."

"They are very client-focused and very responsive to client requests."

"They're very helpful: they really understand the documentation and are very easy to work with."

Work highlights Represented Sainsbury's in its formation of a joint venture with Dansk Supermarked.

Assisted Seven Energy with a USD225 million equity investment by Temasek and IFC.

Notable practitioners  

Charles Penney is a "very solid lawyer" specialising in ECM and public takeovers. He is highly regarded by market commentators, who say he is an "extremely good partner who is very hands-on, but not overly so."

Peers enjoy working with William James, who is "great fun" and "really good with clients." He focuses on the financial services sector and is also active in the rail industry.

M&A practice head Andrew Rosling also leads the Africa group and retail/consumer group. Clients say: "He's absolutely excellent, very commercial, very practical, logical and organised in his thinking, and very easy to work with."

Significant clients Associated British Foods, Diageo, Co-operative Group, Barclays, British Airways.

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

What the team is known for Highly regarded corporate team with impressive experience across various sectors including media, energy and pharmaceuticals. Leverages its extensive global network to ably assist multinationals in cross-border M&A.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I've always been impressed by their ability to deal with geographic areas, their subject matter expertise and the charm and ease of working with their partners."

"Their co-ordination was extremely impressive, their commercial acumen was very impressive, they identified problems before they arose and identified commercial solutions very quickly."

What's new? Stephen Lloyd and Karan Dinamani joined the firm from Ashurst.

Work highlights Advised 21st Century Fox on its £7.4 billion sale of Sky Italia and 57.4% stake in Sky Deutschland to BSkyB.

Assisted Imperial Tobacco Group with its USD7.1 billion acquisition of Kool, Winston, Maverick and Salem.

Notable practitioners  

The "practical, pragmatic and friendly" David Broadley is singled out by peers as "a man you can do business with." His regular clients include Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and GE.

Richard Hough represents both companies and financial institutions in a range of corporate transactions. He recently advised De Persgroep on its recommended takeover offer for Mecom Group.

New recruit Stephen Lloyd has particular expertise advising private equity houses on their corporate transactions. He is singled out by peers for being "very constructive and very pleasant."

Sources report that Jeremy Parr is "just exceptional in terms of his commercially focused advice and willingness to go the extra mile for his client." He is well known for representing Imperial Tobacco, acting on a number of its strategic acquisitions over the years.

Edward Barnett focuses on cross-border matters, with experience in a range of M&A, joint venture and corporate finance transactions. He recently advised Facebook on its acquisition of LiveRail, a business specialising in online video commercials.

Global co-chair of corporate Richard Cranfield is described by market commentators as an "excellent relationship partner who continues to roll up his sleeves." This year, he advised Vale on its sale to Mitsui of its varying stake interests in Vale Moçambique and the Nacala Logistic Corridor.

Richard Evans focuses on M&A deals in the financial services and infrastructure sectors. Sources say: "He's very knowledgeable, commercial and pragmatic and helps to get a deal done, whilst also being thorough in his research and due diligence."

George Knighton is held in high regard by his clients, who note: "When you've got your back against the wall, he's a very good person to have as a trusted adviser."

The "commercially savvy and client-focused" Simon Toms is singled out for being "extremely hard-working, diligent and careful." He enjoys a broad corporate practice, handling cross-border public and private M&A transactions.

Significant clients Virgin, Aviva, Thomson Reuters, Novartis, Vale.

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

What the team is known for Nimble team advising on mid-market M&A, frequently with a cross-border element. Draws on the firm's expertise in life sciences and pharmaceuticals to handle transactions for sector clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The firm has an unparalleled breadth of service with deep domain knowledge in several pertinent areas and is extraordinarily responsive to our needs, some of which are demanding and time-sensitive."

"Impressive understanding and appreciation of the business and commercial issues facing their client. Their deep experience at managing complicated transactions and 24/7 work ethic made the process quite straightforward. They were integral to a successful completion of the deal."

Work highlights Advised Armour Group on the £10.9 million sale of its automotive division to AAMP of America.

Advised SpePharm on its sale of Savene, a detoxifying agent for anti-cancer treatment, to Clinigen Group.

Notable practitioners  

The "highly responsive" Jeremy Willcocks "marshals and manages team resources and deal dynamics with skill, and a smooth and effective touch." He receives strong endorsement from clients, who add that "he helps us to always stay out ahead of the deal so that we can forestall and avoid problems."

Significant clients McArthurGlen, York Capital, Auven Therapeutics, WorldStrides, Norgine. 

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

What the team is known for Significant experience in public and private M&A, advising a large number of FTSE 100, FTSE 250 and investment bank clients. Notable representation in infrastructure deals and supporting financial advisers on mega-deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are what you go to for big-ticket M&A. They have the necessary resources and are able to support difficult transactions."

"They're responsive, commercial, and seem very customer-focused."

Work highlights Represented New Britain Palm Oil in its £1.073 billion takeover offer for all shares by Sime Darby Plantation.

Advised J.P. Morgan and Bank of America Merrill Lynch as financial advisers to Pfizer in its proposed £69 billion takeover of AstraZeneca.

Notable practitioners  

Adrian Clark is held in high regard by market commentators. Clients say: "He's been around a long time and his value in the relationship is seeing the big picture, knowing the things you really need to worry about and giving you confidence and gravitas."

"The very user-friendly" Anthony Clare handles a range of M&A and ECM deals. His strong roster of clients includes Palmer & Harvey, William Hill and Fenner.  

Richard Gubbins handles a wide range of domestic and international corporate transactions. He heads the India business group and has experience in a range of jurisdictions across Europe and Asia.

Shaun Lascelles joined the firm in 2015. He handles a range of M&A, joint ventures and private equity transactions and is a well-known name in the market. He represents a range of prominent investment funds.

Significant clients Merlin Entertainments, RBS, Vedanta Resources, Morrison, Oxford Instruments.

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

What the team is known for Global M&A team with particular experience in emerging markets. Notable strengths in several sectors including pharmaceuticals, energy and infrastructure.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very proactive in their approach and always want to go the extra mile for us at all times."

"What's been really good about them is their ability to explain, in very simple words, a complex issue, and give a clear recommendation factoring in the relevant risks."

"It was brilliant. I really needed someone who could fill the gaps in my knowledge and hit the ground running and they did exactly that."

Work highlights Assisted Emerson Electric in the USD1.44 billion sale of its Power Transmission Solutions business to Regal Beloit.

Represented Nordic Capital in its acquisition of the Full Service business of the ABB Group.

Notable practitioners  

Timothy Gee heads the corporate department and "provides a veneer of calmness in the most frustrating and pressured of scenarios." He recently represented Unilever in a series of disposals, including the sale of its Langis crystal drinks business to Dr Oetker.

Significant clients Alliance Boots, GlaxoSmithKline, Macquarie Group, Rio Tinto, CareFusion.

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 1 special counsel
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Small but highly regarded team with notable expertise in energy transactions. Handles a number of mandates relating to Africa, Russia and the USA and increasing exposure in the TMT, life sciences and financial services sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They deliver results as well as advice. They are also very well networked and can introduce value-adding individuals in many disciplines." 

"They provide outstanding quality of service and our overall impression of the firm is excellent. The lawyers are responsible and reliable and junior staff are well supervised."

"They're very commercial and have very good client-handling skills. They focus on very big issues whilst not forgetting the smaller points as well."

Work highlights Advised Peerless Ventures in its sale of Approxy to Numecent.

Notable practitioners  

Neil Foster handles a range of TMT-flavoured work and is cited as being "very knowledgeable in his sector and market." Sources say: "He's a real deal closer. He's very versatile in his negotiating style."

Significant clients Acorn Media Group, Liberty Media, Merlin Equipment, Parker Drilling, Exclusive Media Holdings.

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

What the team is known for Robust corporate finance team with strength in a number of key sectors, such as oil and gas, hotels and leisure, and insurance. Outstanding expertise in real estate M&A, frequently handling large projects for prominent clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're very commercial and up to speed with where the market is at any one time, so your advice reflects the market."

"They have a very large team so you always feel like the instruction is appropriately resourced."

Work highlights Advised the Bakrie Group on its USD501 million acquisition of a 29.2% interest in Bumi Resources.

Represented MSA Acquisitions in the £153 million sale of all of its holdings in Roadchef to Antin Infrastructure Partners.

Notable practitioners  

Keith Stella heads the hotels and leisure team, acting for a number of household names in the sector. Clients say that he "has done a sterling job of being client relationship partner for our business."

John Bennett specialises in corporate finance and M&A and is "very well established in the market." His client roster includes the likes of Balfour Beatty, Travelex and Legal & General.

Significant clients Quintain Estates, Tesco, Praxair, Thames Water, St Ives.

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

What the team is known for Well versed in cross-border transactions in the TMT, healthcare, and energy and utilities sectors. Impressive client roster includes a number of highly active fast-growth companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It's always really commercially focused and they're very clear on what the maximum downside would be, which makes it easier for us to know where we are."

"They're very clear, very knowledgeable and always get us to the point when we've got issues. They're really easy to work with, they work very hard and they focus on your problem."

Work highlights Represented Apollo Endosurgery in its acquisition of the Lap-Band business from Allergan's Obesity Intervention Division.

Assisted Blinkx with its USD65 million acquisition of Rhythm NewMedia. 

Notable practitioners  

Simon Allport handles transactions in the financial services, life sciences and TMT sectors. He is highly regarded by market commentators, who observe that he is "excellent on takeovers."

Peers have "great confidence" in head of department Neil Blundell. He focuses on transactions involving communications and media and is singled out for being "very approachable" and "reliable."

Matthew Bonass jointly heads the international energy and utilities group, handling a range of public and private M&A and joint ventures.

The "superb" Ali Ramadan has particular experience in transactions involving high-growth and established technology companies. A client comments: "It was great to work with him. He is operationally very skilled, very responsive and truly collaborative."

Significant clients BT, Alternative Networks, ARM Holdings, Just Eat, Farfetch.

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

What the team is known for Works closely with complementary departments within the firm to advise entrepreneurs, private companies and large international businesses. Notable experience on corporate real estate transactions in the hotel and leisure sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They get the balance right between getting the job done and getting the right result for the client."

"You feel that you are dealing with real people that are on your side. You do not ever think that they are just trying to clock up hours to charge you. Very personable people."

Work highlights Represented Marriott International in its sale of the London Edition Hotel to the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority.

Notable practitioners

Nigel Stone heads the corporate department and is a key contact.

Significant clients IGB Corporation, Capital Drilling, Chiltern Farm Chemicals, Turner Duckworth.

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

What the team is known for Leading corporate practice focusing on private wealth in the lower mid-market. Established in the sports, retail and leisure sectors and particularly experienced in representing pharmacies and care homes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I am very favourably impressed by the firm. They were consistently responsive. The matters on which they advised us were quite complicated, but they always seemed to be very assured in their expertise." 

"They get the balance right between making sure everything is done properly and not being too lawyerly, focusing on commercial risks and running an efficient process."

"What stands out is their commercial legal help and an immense can-do attitude, which I like. They're great problem solvers."

Work highlights Advised L.A.B. International on the £19.5 million sale of 90% of Pfunda Tea Company to Borelli Tea Holdings.

Represented thinkFolio in its £62.5 million disposal of the entire share capital of the company to a subsidiary of Markit Group.

Notable practitioners  

Peers describe Mark Howard as a "very good public company lawyer" and "a class act." His clients range from early-stage growth to established listed companies and he is lauded for being "very responsive and able to lay things out in such a way that we could get to the bottom of things very quickly."

Andrew Collins is "a very calm, experienced and wise chap and very good at getting the deal safely across the line." He frequently acts on behalf of clients in the property and financial services sectors.

Associate David Coates handles corporate finance and transactional matters for private and public companies who "really appreciate his expertise." Clients regard him as a "rising star" and single out his "very practical approach."

Significant clients TTT Moneycorp, Countryside Properties, Arqiva, Advanced Energy Industries, Bellway Homes.

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

What the team is known for Multidisciplinary team handling both domestic and cross-border deals, with particular experience in emerging markets. Represents a number of financial institutions and private equity houses across various sectors, including pharmaceuticals and healthcare.

Work highlights Represented Lafarge in its EUR40 billion merger of equals with Holcim.

Advised HanesBrands on its USD550 million acquisition of DBApparel from Sun Capital Partners.

Notable practitioners  

Simon Jay is regarded as "one of the great lawyers" by market sources. One impressed client says: "He was excellent - very responsive, thoughtful and practical. I thought he did a great job."

Michael McDonald handles a range of M&A, joint ventures and restructurings. He recently advised Sabre Corporation on its sale of to Bravofly Rumbo Group.  

Peers speak highly of Tihir Sarkar, who has extensive experience in cross-border deals. He has handled a number of transactions involving India, the Middle East and emerging markets.

Samuel Bagot handles corporate and financial transactions and is "a very good, savvy M&A lawyer," according to market commentators. He recently led TPG's acquisition of Victoria Plum and MFI.

Significant clients American Express, Google, Medtronic, TPG, Warburg Pincus.

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

What the team is known for Full-service corporate group with impressive sector expertise in financial services, TMT and energy. Represents a diverse international client base, with particular experience in Africa.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It's a firm with a fantastic reputation and that's the service you get. We're picky about the people we use and they have some very good people who are very focused and very responsive."

"They make the effort to understand their clients and what the pressures are at your end. So they're not just giving legal advice but thinking about what will work practically."

"They're very professional, very commercial, have good insights and are willing to give advice and take a view."

Work highlights Represented GTECH in its USD6.4 billion acquisition of International Game Technology.

Advised Statoil on the USD2.25 billion sale of its interests in the Shah Deniz gas field to Petronas.

Notable practitioners  

David Pearson heads the private equity practice and is "very highly regarded" by market commentators. His recent experience includes representing The AA in its USD2.36 billion IPO.

The "exceptional" David Pudge represents a number of large corporates and financial institutions, including Legal & General, RBS and the Booker Group. He receives wide acclaim from peers, who describe him as "sensible and constructive."

Global head of corporate Guy Norman handles a range of transactional matters, including M&A, capital raising and stock exchange issues. Clients say: "He's the consummate relationship partner, incredibly commercial and very quick to get to the crux of matters."

The "highly regarded" Tim Lewis has ample experience working on mega-deals. He was one of the lead partners on Deutsche Telekom's £12.5 billion sale of EE to BT.

Mark Carroll acts for a number of prominent clients such as HSBC, UBS and Natixis. Sources say: "He's very level-headed, calm and collected."

The "incredibly well-experienced" Lee Coney receives particular endorsement for giving "very definitive advice." One client notes: "I think incredibly highly of Lee. He is a very good negotiator, very numerate and financially savvy, which makes him a valuable person in a deal situation."

The "very commercial" Spencer Baylin heads the emerging markets M&A team and co-heads the telecoms M&A practice. He is highly regarded by clients, who say he is "extremely responsive."

Significant clients Shell, Deutsche Bank, Mitsubishi, Citi, Permira.

Basic facts about the department
- 21 partners
- 85 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Large corporate practice aligned with the firm's key expertise in sectors such as energy and natural resources, insurance and transport. Particular experience in emerging markets and recent notable representation of clients in the aviation industry.

Work highlights Represented Gama Aviation Holdings in its £130 million merger with Hangar8.

Advised ETS Aviation Services on the USD15 million sale of its assets to Boeing.

Notable practitioners 

Simon Gamblin is a key contact.

Significant clients G4S, Ivanplats, Pacorini, Gama Group, New Age.

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

What the team is known for Strong sector specialisation coupled with an extensive global network. Acts on a number of cross-European deals with notable experience in energy and financial services.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are good value for money, but more importantly they take the time to find out about us and what is important to us as a business. This means they can do a better job for us."

"They're very responsive, highly commercial, and very good at providing an interface between our company and the company on the other side."

"One of the things that stands out is the quality of their senior associates. We have a good working relationship with the partner and excellent support from their senior associates."

What's new? The firm combined with Dundas & Wilson on 1 May 2014. 

Work highlights Represented BG Group in its £562 million sale to Antin Infrastructure Partners of its 62.78% stake in the North Sea CATS pipeline.

Assisted Telefónica Deutschland in its EUR3.62 billion capital raising, providing equity for its acquisition of E-Plus.

Notable practitioners  

Clients describe Louise Wallace as "very commercial, very client-focused and amenable." She heads the consumer products group and is "such a strong leader that she very much takes the lead."

Charles Currier handles a range of M&A and corporate finance transactions for European energy companies, private equity funds and infrastructure funds. Clients appreciate that he is "very upfront and commercial" and a "good negotiator."

Head of equity capital markets Gary Green handles a variety of corporate transactions for the likes of Savills, National Grid and Enterprise Inns. Sources say: "He's responsive, so when we need fast and accurate advice he delivers."

Significant clients BP, MetLife, Royal Mail, Lloyds, RBS.

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

What the team is known for Handles a variety of public and private transactions in the mid-market, with increasing representation in mega-deals. Active across a broad range of sectors, with particular expertise in pharmaceuticals, life sciences and technology, media and communications.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They were a standout because of a really good understanding of the business area, coupled with a very good advisory component and a pragmatic approach to completing transactions."

"They've got some fantastically experienced and skilled people and have great and broad experience. They're really good at all different parts of the M&A process and cycle and are also down-to-earth, very accessible people."

"I was impressed by their speed, co-ordination and organisation. We had so many moving parts and were up against the clock - and what we had was a very slick team that didn't seem to be fazed by it at all."

Work highlights Advised Consort Medical on its £230 million acquisition of Aesica Holdco and its operating subsidiaries.

Represented Rightster Group in its £50 million acquisition of Base79.

Notable practitioners  

Head of European corporate, Paul Claydon is identified as a "very wise practitioner, unflappable, creative and persuasive." Sources say he has a "good depth of knowledge and experience, combined with a commercial approach to resolving complex situations and negotiations."

Significant clients AstraZeneca, Horizon Discovery Group, Microsoft, Vectura Group, MedImmune.

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

What the team is known for Solid lower mid-market practice with notable experience in the financial services, TMT and real estate sectors. Recently been engaged on a number of Takeover Code transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We have found the Beachcroft team to be responsive, hard-working and commercial. They are generally able to deal with whatever issues we require assistance with and to deal with them to a high standard."

"I have been impressed by the high quality of all the staff I have dealt with. You always feel that they put clients first."

Work highlights Represented UBC Media in its £16.5 million acquisition of 7 Digital.

Advised Probability in its £18 million takeover by GTech.

Notable practitioners

Nick Gibbon heads the department and is a key contact.  

Significant clients Ageas UK, Crest Nicholson, Accumuli, Castleton Technology, TLA Worldwide.

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

What the team is known for Full-service corporate and securities group comprising a blend of UK and US-qualified lawyers. Particular strength in financial services, with a loyal and growing client base in the sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their legal expertise is excellent, of course, but what really stood out for me was that they pushed very hard to get the deal done."

"They're very technically able but also commercially pragmatic. They're very flexible and respect that we, in the business, have a view on how to play things tactically and commercially."

"The partners are first-rate. They've got an understanding of our requirements and therefore they know where we're coming from and as a result they contribute in the right areas."

Work highlights Represented ACM Shipping Services in its £150 million merger with Braemar Shipping Services.

Advised Momondo Group and its shareholders on the £133 million sale of a 60.2% interest in Momondo to Great Hill Partners.

Notable practitioners  

The "excellent" Jonathan Angell has a "broad range of industry experience," with notable expertise in energy and financial services. He frequently advises private equity firms and asset management firms in their acquisitions and disposals.

Significant clients AGC Equity Partners, CIT Group, Crown Holdings, Photobox Group, Legg Mason.

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

What the team is known for Strong practice in high-growth and emerging markets, acting on a substantial number of cross-border transactions. Expertise in key sectors including energy, financial services, TMT and real estate.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very accessible partners, clear responses and a good commercial view balanced with legal requirements."

"Fantastic! Always responsive and thorough in their analysis."

"They have a consistent level of service throughout." 

Work highlights Represented World Fuel Services in its £117 million acquisition of Watson Petroleum.

Advised the management team of Marlin Financial Group on the £295 million sale of Marlin to Cabot Credit Management.

Notable practitioners  

Jeremy Cohen is a "strong all-round corporate lawyer with a deep understanding of company law and transactional work." Clients say: "I have had some difficult legal questions to ask him and his advice has been top-drawer. He has a relaxed style and is incredibly polite, so it's an easy relationship."

The "strategic" and "proactive" Paul Salmon is singled out as a "very good negotiator." A client says: "We felt that Paul always took the position which gave us the most protection and then let us relax it once we had assessed the risks."

Significant clients Total, Virgin, Kier Property Developments, MTG Broadcasting.

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

What the team is known for Impressive corporate practice handling a large volume of domestic and international transactions, with particular experience in technology and manufacturing. Solid mid-market representation with increasing instructions on high-end deals.

Work highlights Represented Synergy Health in its USD5.2 billion merger with STERIS.

Assisted Vodafone with its EUR7.2 billion acquisition of Grupo Corporativo, a Spanish cable company.

Notable practitioners  

Charles Severs focuses his practice on the technology sector. He is frequently instructed on cross-border deals involving large multinational companies.

The "very user-friendly" Rob Salter has particular experience in the real estate and infrastructure sectors. His client roster includes the likes of Balfour Beatty, Tesco and Blackstone.

Robert Bishop has a healthy cross-border practice, acting for a number of Fortune 500 companies such as Pfizer and Discovery Communications. Clients say: "Robert is the epitome of the type of lawyer you want on your side - he's aggressive, very straightforward, very methodical and approaches things from a businessman's perspective."

Significant clients Compass, IHG, Safestyle UK, LSE,

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

What the team is known for Well known for representing AIM-listed clients in their M&A and financing transactions. Frequently engaged on deals in the TMT and insurance sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They just did a bang-up job. They are very responsive, smart people with good judgement."

"I thought it was excellent. They did a great job at a very reasonable cost."

Work highlights Advised Liberty Global on its acquisition of Puerto Rico Cable Acquisition Company (dba Choice Cable TV).

Represented Orbotech in its USD370 million acquisition of SPTS Technologies Group.

Notable practitioners  

The "excellent and responsive" Mark Taylor heads the transactions group and has particular experience in AIM transactions. He continues to represent AIM-listed Quindell in relation to its M&A, financing and litigious matters.

Kate Francis specialises in public and private M&A and ECM transactions. She frequently represents issuers on their secondary placings and IPOs.

Significant clients Cenkos Securities, Canaccord Genuity, Virgin Media, Numis Securities, Datatec.

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

What the team is known for Thriving corporate team handling a large number of multi-jurisdictional deals, with particular expertise in energy, real estate and diversified industrials. Impressive client roster includes a string of household names and US-based corporates.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are responsive, they know our business well and how we like to work and have a good breadth of regulatory expertise we have been able to tap into."

"Commercial, pragmatic, excellent project management and in control of multiple different work streams."

Work highlights Advised Chemtura on the USD950 million sale of its agrochemicals business, Chemtura AgroSolutions, to Platform Specialty Products.

Represented Tufnells Parcel Express in its £129 million sale to Connect Group.

Notable practitioners  

Co-chair of the cross-border M&A team Robin Johnson receives extensive praise from sources. Clients appreciate that he "makes you feel like a valued client" and does "a superb job marshalling resources, providing strategic advice and directing project management."

Chris Halliday is highly regarded by peers in the market, who recognise him for his work in the energy sector. He recently advised Qatar Electricity & Water Company and Mitsubishi MC on equity participation in the largest photovoltaic project in Jordan.

The "very commercial" Robert Pitcher specialises in corporate finance and focuses on transactions involving financial institutions and energy. Clients say: "He went over and above, guiding us through some difficult times."

Significant clients Daisy Group, HJ Heinz, Reckitt Benckiser, Dairy Crest, Next.

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

What the team is known for High-quality corporate practice with strong sector focus in technology, media and sport, charities and financial services. Well equipped to represent entrepreneurs and family offices in their corporate ventures.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are an excellent firm to represent the commercial interests of entrepreneurs. They have a good combination of an outstanding private client practice with a corporate team who are more than capable of representing my interests."

"I always find that their work is high-quality and they're responsive. They share our sense of urgency and are willing to work the hours depending on what the transaction requires."

"They're engaging individuals genuinely committed to doing the best for their clients. I find them all to have a very positive engaging attitude."

Work highlights Advising Bauer Digital Radio on its joint venture with Arqiva and UTV Media.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Lane heads the corporate department and is "a very seasoned practitioner on the M&A side." One client comments: "He was very patient and provided me with the confidence and understanding I needed to make the judgements I needed to make."

Significant clients Boden, Rugby Football Union, SAGE, BMJ Publishing Group, Prime Focus London.

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

What the team is known for Strong corporate and private equity group, handling both domestic and international cross-border matters, particularly in the CIS and increasingly in the USA. Acts for a number of household names in key sectors of TMT, energy and natural resources, and leisure. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very commercial in their approach and have an understanding of the risks we're prepared to take. It makes life a bit easier when it comes to negotiating contracts as they know where our boundaries are."

"I thought they were really good. Very commercially driven and very available for emergency calls, whether at weekend or night."

Work highlights Advised the BBC on its joint venture with YouView.

Assisted Olympus with the sale of its high-speed camera business and group restructuring involving two parallel cross-border mergers.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Blankfield is recommended as a "leading M&A practitioner in the mid-market" by peers. He heads the corporate group and focuses much of his practice on the TMT sector.

Significant clients Viacom, Reed Elsevier, Rangers FC, NBC, Interconnector. 

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

What the team is known for International-flavoured practice handling a wide range of transactions, with recent experience in the technology, financial services and real estate sectors. Notable representation of hotels and developers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Excellent and client-driven with senior partners leading from the front in the management and delivery of transaction advice."

"Outstanding value for the quality and depth of legal advice provided."

"What stands out is the interpersonal relationship and feeling that you are working with peers and friends but also professionals." 

Work highlights Represented various offshore groups in the acquisitions of Camden Lock Market and 50% of shares in Camden's Stables Market.

Advised AIM-listed Mentum on its £27 million acquisition of the gold and copper exploration and development operations of Robust Resources in the Kyrgyz Republic.

Notable practitioners

Grant Gordon is head of the corporate department and a key contact.

Significant clients Adventurous Journeys, LiteBulb Group, Audioboom, Handpicked, 4C Hotel Group.

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

What the team is known for Acts for a number of main market and AIM-listed companies, with an increasing reputation in shareholder activist situations. Industry experience includes technology, publishing and media, and natural resources.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very client-focused: they certainly understand international companies and how they operate, they understand our business very well and have morphed their practice in a way that suits the way that we do business."

"They did an excellent job and were very proactive, helping not only in the legal process but also in the commercial aspects and negotiations. They added a lot of value to the team in their legal aspects and experience of the process."

Work highlights Represented Aukett Swanke in its £2 million acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Swanke Hayden Connell Europe.

Advised the shareholders of Bridgehouse Marine in the USD160 million sale of the company to Global Marine Holdings.

Notable practitioners  

Senior partner Paul Osborne handles a range of M&A, private equity and joint venture transactions, with particular experience in the financial services and technology sectors.

Peter Faber heads the publishing, media and travel practice. Clients say he is "very pragmatic and commercial, as well as being very experienced," and appreciate that he "retains a real enthusiasm for things and a real hands-on involvement."

Associate Mary Elliott is "diligent, responsive" and a "really excellent corporate lawyer." She has particular experience in the technology, media and publishing sector.

Significant clients SuperGroup, City of London Group, Constellation Software, GFI Group, Typhoo Tea.

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

What the team is known for Maintains its position as a top-tier firm with substantial experience in big-ticket and cross-border M&A. Proficient across industry sectors, acting on behalf of an impressive and growing roster of FTSE clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have excellent lawyers across all the relevant competencies to do with M&A, including corporate finance, regulatory and tax, and the corporate team co-ordinate that exceptionally well."

"What really impresses me is, whether it's a multimillion-pound transaction or a very small corporate reorganisation, you get the same level of attention. It's just the Freshfields service you get: regardless of whether you're a big or small client, you still get the same service level."

"They still stand head and shoulders above everyone else as being both able to have a grasp of what the market is doing but also shaping the market. You don't get much closer to having your finger on the pulse than them."

Work highlights Advised AstraZeneca on its £69.4 billion proposed takeover by Pfizer.

Assisted Novartis with its three-part interconditional transactions with GlaxoSmithKline, totalling USD28.5 billion.

Notable practitioners  

The "outstanding" Mark Rawlinson receives wide acclaim from peers, who reinforce his stellar reputation. His recent experience includes advising the LSE on its USD2.7 billion acquisition of Russell Investments.  

Julian Long is singled out for his "technical expertise and lengthy and in-depth experience of takeovers in the UK." He provides expertise in sophisticated domestic and international M&A transactions.

Ben Spiers is the relationship partner to a number of the firm's blue-chip clients, including Hewlett-Packard, Smith & Nephew and BT. He is highly regarded by clients and peers, who call him an "experienced, sage voice."

The "fantastic" Claire Wills co-heads the global financial institutions group. Clients say: "She manages to combine legal technical skills, commercial judgement and the softer skills necessary to deliver deals in a way that deliver favourable outcomes for a client."

Head of London corporate Simon Marchant handles a range of public and private M&A, financings and corporate governance matters. He recently assisted Foster Wheeler in its USD3.2 billion merger with AMEC.

Laurie McFadden co-heads the global energy and natural resources group. He is particularly well known for infrastructure work, leading relationships with key clients such as BAA, Permira and AEA.

The "fantastic" Edward Braham is highly regarded by peers in the market. He represents a broad range of corporate clients, with particular experience in the infrastructure sector.

Esteemed practitioner Will Lawes is described as "very much a class act" by sources, who "value and trust his judgement." He increasingly represents distressed companies in relation to M&A, capital raisings and reorganisations.

Oliver Lazenby has particular experience representing clients in the leisure and retail sectors. He acts on behalf of listed companies and private equity houses in relation to both private and public M&A.

Piers Prichard Jones is building a reputation as "one of the better younger partners around in the City at the moment." His broad M&A practice encompasses corporates, financial institutions and sponsors across a range of industries.

Significant clients Columbus International, United Biscuits, MTN, Heathrow Airport, BMO.

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

What the team is known for Handles a range of corporate transactions and frequently engaged on cross-border M&A. Acts for large domestic and international clients with broad sector expertise including pharmaceuticals, hospitality and manufacturing.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very commercial, very client-focused and very practical. I want lawyers to feel as if they're part of the in-house team and that's what they've always done."

"They are good at finding a way that they can bring value whilst not overriding or undermining the in-house legal team. They'll work to make sure that we get the right level of service."

Work highlights Assisted Cyfrowy Polsat with its USD1.7 billion acquisition of Polkomtel, a leading mobile phone operator.

Represented Atlas Mara Co-Nvest in its USD265 million acquisition of ABC Holdings and ADC African Development Corporation.  

Notable practitioners  

Global co-chair of M&A Paul Maher receives extensive praise from clients, who say he provides "platinum treatment" in terms of client service. One source highlights his negotiating skills, commenting: "He's a real tour de force in the negotiating room and that's brilliant, as it enables me to focus on being the client and leave the heavy lifting to him."

The "completely reliable" Fiona Adams is singled out for being "very client-focused." Sources say: "She's very practical, very down-to-earth and quite steely, notwithstanding that she's a very pleasant person and very easy to get along with."

Kate Eades is a "very good project manager" and "keeps all the plates spinning extremely well." Clients appreciate that she is "very level-headed" and has "the right sort of critical faculties to take things apart."

Henrietta Walker is noted for her "top-notch" client skills. Clients say she is "very responsive and detail-oriented," with one commenting: "She really dug us out of a hole in a couple of areas and helped us to crack it."

Significant clients InterContinental Hotel Group, BNP Paribas, Rentokil, AstraZeneca, GKN.

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

What the team is known for Focuses on lower mid-market transactions in the technology, media and communications, and entertainment industries. Acts on behalf of a number of start-ups and owner-managed businesses.

Work highlights Advised the shareholders of Union Square Music Holdings on the sale of their shares in the company to BMG.

Assisted start-up Boomf with initial shareholder arrangements and later SEIS and EIS investments.

Notable practitioners  

Colin Howes is a "serious heavy hitter" who heads the corporate department. He represents a number of individuals in the television industry and is "extremely effective" and "very good with clients."

Significant clients No.1 Traveller, Sixth Music Group, Virgin Atlantic, New Sparta, Forward Internet Group.

Basic facts about the department
- 46 partners
- 197 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for High-quality practice advising leading UK and international corporates and investment banks across various industry sectors. Recent experience across Europe, India and Asia as part of a broad global reach.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It's a very personal service; they're very responsive and go out of their way to help you."

"They are all very able, very calm individuals who offer nice strategic advice."

Work highlights Advised AbbVie on its proposed £32 billion merger with Shire.

Represented Sky in its £6.8 billion acquisition of Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland from 21st Century Fox.

Notable practitioners  

James Palmer has "been around as a top-quality public M&A practitioner for a long time." Clients appreciate their ability to "just pick up the phone and exchange ideas and thoughts with James," adding that "he's incredibly knowledgeable on a whole raft of areas."

Stephen Wilkinson receives strong endorsement from market commentators, who describe him as "someone that everyone has trust in." Clients report that he is "very good at finding pragmatic, commercial solutions" and "his knowledge of corporate law and managing to mesh that into his knowledge of our company is phenomenal."

Malcolm Lombers has "enormous experience" in partnership matters, making him a "go-to person in the industry." He represents a number of clients in the Middle East, including Adia, Hassad Foods and Qatar Investment Authority.

The "excellent" David Paterson is "an incredibly reassuring and calm presence, who's seen it and done it all before." He handles transactions, governance and regulatory matters and recently represented TUI Travel in its USD5.2 billion merger with TUI AG.

Clients are "really impressed" with Gillian Fairfield, who is an "excellent lawyer for M&A." She heads the consumer products and retail sector group, frequently acting for clients in the sector.

Alan Montgomery heads the Indian M&A practice as well as leading the pharmaceuticals sector team. He is singled out for being "very committed, hard-working and quick in response, immaterial of the time of day."

The "very approachable" Mike Flockhart handles corporate finance transactions on behalf of a range of companies and investment banks. He recently represented Connect Group on its £129 million acquisition of Tuffnells Parcels Express.

Significant clients Coca-Cola, EDF, Johnson Matthey, TSB, BAT.

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

What the team is known for Focused on cross-border M&A transactions for corporates and financial institutions around the globe. Strong transatlantic capabilities and broad sector experience, with particular expertise in regulated industries. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The service is excellent. They know what they're talking about, they work hard and it's an excellent team."

"They added a phenomenal amount of value to the transaction and played their part in getting the transaction over the line. For every particular purpose, there was the appropriate lawyer."

Work highlights Assisted Johnson & Johnson with the EUR88 million sale of its Benecol business in the UK, Ireland and Belgium to Raisio Group.

Represented MAPFRE in its EUR550 million acquisition of Direct Line's Italian and German insurance businesses.

Notable practitioners  

Steven Bryan is dual-qualified in England and Wales and in Hong Kong. He has particular experience with transactions in the energy, natural resources and infrastructure sectors.

Andrew Pearson handles a range of public and private M&A, with particular experience in the media, consumer and financial services sectors.

The "absolutely amazing" Guy Potel acts for both private and listed companies on a wide range of corporate transactions. One client comments: "The way Guy handled himself at the negotiations was very impressive. His skills helped close the deal smoothly."

Charles Rix heads the financial institutions group and is highlighted as a "very good negotiator." He undertakes a variety of domestic and cross-border deals, with extensive experience in transactions in the financial services sector.

Richard Ufland is well known and well liked by market commentators. He leads the industrials and life sciences group and acts for clients in a range of sectors.

Tom Brassington is appreciated for being "commercial in his attitude, view and outlook." Sources continue: "He is a really perfect person to represent buyers who aren't based in the UK, because he has a good sense of the UK market and how US acquisitions are done, and does a good job of blending the two together."

Associate Richard Diffenthal is singled out by sources as "outstanding." One client comments: "He really stood out. He is really sharp and turns around documents quickly and accurately."

Significant clients Mitsubishi, Brookfield, News Corporation, Prudential, Vodafone.

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

What the team is known for Draws on the firm's expertise in energy, infrastructure, shipping and logistics to handle cross-border deals in the sectors. Additional strengths in financial services and insurance.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're extremely commercial in practice and have very strong industry knowledge." 

Work highlights Represented Bentley Resources in its successful bid for the Wilkie Creek coal mine in Queensland's Surat Basin.

Advised Markerstudy Holdings on its £100 million takeover battle for the Brightside Group.

Notable practitioners

Nick Hutton heads the department and is a key contact.  

Significant clients Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund SA, APM Terminals, Penn National, Conti Group, Collinson Insurance.

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

What the team is known for Handles a range of M&A, private equity and joint venture transactions for a broad client base. Long-standing experience in the real estate, hotels, restaurant and leisure sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Overall, it's fantastic. They are very professional and very thorough and have a good sense of humour. What I really like about it is that the partner is always there for me."

"They're very responsive, pragmatic and commercial." 

"They are commercially minded, good value and very good people to work with."

Work highlights Represented Jelf Group in its £10.1 million acquisition of Beaumonts Insurance Group.

Advised the shareholders of Models Own on the sale of the make-up retailer to Fawaz Alhokair & Co.

Notable practitioners  

Ashley Reeback heads the corporate team and is "very responsive, pragmatic and commercial." He represents both public and private clients, with a particular focus on AIM-related transactions.

Head of M&A Michael Harris is singled out for his responsiveness, with a client reporting: "I can phone or e-mail him and within minutes he gets back to me, regardless of the time, day or night." Other clients add that he "was totally committed to improving our position as far as possible."

Significant clients Galliard Homes, City & Docklands, Yum Group, Ballymore Properties, Stott and May.  

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

What the team is known for Global team handling a large volume of corporate transactions for a range of corporates, banks and funds. Strong transatlantic capabilities and frequently engaged on cross-border mandates.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The service that we get from them is very personable and very bespoke. We always have a single point of contact and they take ownership on that transaction to make sure that everything is consolidated and everyone knows what's going on." 

"Very commercial, very personable and solution-oriented."

"They have good-sized teams and always make sure we get good coverage."

Work highlights Represented STERIS in its USD1.9 billion merger with Synergy Health.

Advised Goldman Sachs on its £520 million joint venture vehicle established with funds managed by GoldenTree Asset Management.

Notable practitioners  

The "exceptionally talented" Giles Elliott heads the capital markets practice and leads the relationship for a number of corporate real estate clients. Clients say: "He carries a lot of weight in negotiations, and his depth of experience in working through transactional elements is obvious. He can quickly identify solutions and work through problems with us." 

Leon Ferera receives strong endorsement from his clients. He leads the M&A team and is widely regarded as "excellent" by market commentators.

Interviewees describe Vica Irani as "personable and good fun." She enjoys a broad corporate practice with particular experience handling IPOs and other equity offerings.

The "very capable" John Phillips is held in high regard by commentators for his "very friendly and commercial approach." His client roster includes the likes of Procter & Gamble and Delancey.

Significant clients BNP Paribas, Invesco, Standard Bank, Gucci, Coca-Cola.

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

What the team is known for Broad M&A practice with extensive experience handling inbound M&A for US corporates. Particularly active in biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, real estate, infrastructure and energy.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Our experience has been uniformly good with everyone we've dealt with and they very quickly developed an in-depth understanding of our business."

"Fantastic partner-led service. They are very responsive, prepare things in the format I want them and have been really instrumental in helping me create everything I need here."

"They understand the business very well and provide you with solutions and try to resolve issues."

Work highlights Represented Hitachi Consulting in its acquisition of Information Management Group.

Advised Berlanga Thailand on its USD58.2 million acquisition of Carnarvon Petroleum's Thai oil and gas production assets.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Paul Tetlow continues to be "highly regarded" by peers in the market. Clients say: "He is very business-oriented and not afraid to take a stand. Because he understands our business so well, he carries forward our view and is part of that negotiating team."

Significant clients Lucozade Ribena, Halliburton, Capita, Paragon Hotels, Brightstar.

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

What the team is known for Thriving technology and digital business-focused practice representing a range of listed and private companies. Growing client roster includes several fast-growth innovative businesses.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're very responsive, personable and they obviously know their stuff." 

Work highlights Represented Arrow in a number of transactions, including its competitive bid for subsidiaries of Actimax.

Advised the sellers of Upcast Social on its £10 million acquisition by MediaMath.

Notable practitioners  

Head of M&A Charles Claisse has particular experience representing large internet and technology businesses in their M&A and restructuring matters. Clients say: "He's responsive and understands our business so is a useful person to have at the end of the phone."

Significant clients SQS, Crimtan, MobileWebAdz, Primesight, Serco Group.

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

What the team is known for Broad corporate practice with experience in both mid-market and high-end deals. Notable strengths in private equity and real estate, with increasing instructions on cross-border mandates.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They offer a very solid, responsive service at very competitive rates."

"They know our business so well and know the individual personalities within our business very well, and how to handle and manage requests."

"Their prompt and thoughtful responses to deal documentation and structured approach to overall project management stood out."

Work highlights Advised Atlas Mara Co-Nvest on its privatisation of the commercial arm of the Development Bank of Rwanda.

Represented Investcorp Technology Partners in its £200 million sale of TDX to Equifax.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Goldberg has particular experience in M&A, corporate finance and capital markets work in the real estate sector. He is appreciated for keeping a "very cool head in very difficult circumstances."

Significant clients The AA, Intermediate Capital Group, Westfield, British Land, Amcor.

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 2 counsel
- 30 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded group advising a range of corporates, private equity sponsors and investment banks in all areas of M&A. Particular strength in US inbound transactions and distressed M&A.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are a very collegial group, so you go to them with a particular matter and they will very quickly bring into the fold real global experts on your various matters. I never have to worry about quality: they always have top people on all things."

"They know exactly what a general counsel needs and have a good commercial sense and incredible quality across the board."

"They have a really good relationship with our business and they know what our approach is to things better than we do. They're like an extension of our legal department."

Work highlights Represented Ares Management in its EUR3 billion joint venture with GE Capital.

Advised RS Platou ASA on its £281 million acquisition by Clarkson PLC. 

Notable practitioners  

Nicholas Cline is an "absolutely excellent, first-class lawyer" who co-chairs the corporate group. Clients say he is "a tremendous adviser in every kind of situation."

Significant clients Aviva, Ernst & Young, Expedia, Yahoo!, Nissan.

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

What the team is known for Focuses on acquisitions in the creative industries, such as advertising, marketing services and technology. Deep sector knowledge with increasing experience in the healthcare sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're our one-stop shop, which is why I like them. They have depth of quality in many areas."

"Lewis Silkin stays close to its client. They are proactive and reach out to us whenever something comes up in the law that could be of interest to us."

"They're proactive and businesslike. They were a pleasure to work with and we very much enjoyed working with them."

Work highlights Represented Publicis Groupe in its £50 million acquisition of 24.5% of the capital of Matomy Media Group.

Assisted Havas Media with its acquisition of GT Media, a leading independent media agency in Ireland.

Notable practitioners  

The "outstanding" Jo Evans heads the department. Clients say: "She's excellent, with a very good commercial and legal mind, and quite cost-conscious."

Significant clients Integrated Dental Holdings, Mother Holdings, Ebiquity, Sopra Group, Four Communications Group.

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

What the team is known for Widely regarded as a leader in public and private M&A. Adeptly handles multi-jurisdictional matters on behalf of a series of major clients, including a strong calibre of FTSE 100 companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Outstanding advice, great client support and significant consistency across a range of products and jurisdictions."

"The firm is very impressive: incredibly professional and knowledgeable and with a very deep bench."

"There's good clarity of thought and they don't make too much of a fuss about anything. They were very careful in selecting the team that they put forward for the transaction and really thought about us as a business."

Work highlights Represented Friends Life in its £5.6 billion proposed acquisition by Aviva.

Advised Dixons on its £4 billion merger with Carphone Warehouse, creating Dixons Carphone. 

Notable practitioners 

"Rainmaker extraordinaire" Charles Jacobs is widely recognised by peers as someone who "operates at a level above most others." One client comments: "The good thing about Charlie is that he really anticipates needs ahead of them arising, which is very helpful."

Richard Godden is described as a "guru of public law" and "one of the true experts." He is the senior relationship partner to a number of the firm's major clients, who describe him as "extremely bright and methodical and a pleasure to work with."

The "very accomplished" Owen Clay is singled out for his client service skills, with sources commenting: "He's a smart guy who really understands what clients want from their external lawyers." He has particular experience representing clients in the energy sector.

Nick Rumsby is a well-known name in the market, following his secondment to the Takeover Panel. Market commentators regard him as an "outstanding corporate lawyer" who is highly thought of in public takeover work.

The "very commercial" David Holdsworth has particular experience handling Japanese outbound transactions into the UK and Europe. Recent experience includes advising Rakuten in its USD900 million acquisition of Viber. 

James Wootton handles a range of corporate matters for corporates and financial institutions and is "exceptionally good." He recently supported Glencore International in its USD7 billion disposal of the Las Bambas copper mine project in Peru to a consortium of Chinese bidders.

James Inglis is highly rated by several market commentators who describe him as "very strong technically." He has handled a number of multibillion-pound deals for several of the firm's major clients, including Novartis, Rio Tinto and Jardine Matheson.

Significant clients BP, Vodafone, The Carlyle Group, Lloyds, Novartis.

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

What the team is known for Highly regarded corporate group representing a string of household names. Adeptly handles both mid-market and high-end deals on behalf of UK and overseas clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They became an invaluable partner to our business and an absolutely integral part of the deal. What stands out is their incredible sense of co-ordination internally. It didn't matter who we called, what time or when, everyone was all co-ordinated, updated and fully immersed in our issues."

"They are just extraordinarily intelligent people but also extremely practical and business-oriented. They really understand our business, help make our problems go away and get what we want to accomplish."

"It was very partner-led, they were very responsive and the quality of the advice was high. They represented very good value for money."

Work highlights Represented Hollyport Capital in the USD1.2 billion sale of its stake in Sauflon Pharmaceuticals to The Cooper Companies.

Advised Intu Properties on its £867 million acquisition of three shopping centres from Westfield.

Notable practitioners  

The "really impressive and very well-organised" Graham Gibb has a broad corporate practice, handling a range of M&A, joint ventures and private equity offerings. He has been the lead partner on a number of large deals for prominent clients such as Verizon and Brit Insurance.

Charles Martin receives extensive praise from market commentators, who agree that he is a "great lawyer." Clients say: "He's just the leader of the pack in terms of intellect and knowing the right people to call, not just on matters in the UK but on a worldwide basis."

The "incredibly intelligent" John Dodsworth has particular experience handling the formation of LLPs and chairs the firm's partnership and LLPs group. Sources say he is a "brilliant lawyer" and "well respected."

Significant clients Legal & General, Goldman Sachs, Royal Mail, Virgin, Omnicom.

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

What the team is known for Broad practice representing a growing roster of entrepreneurs and owner-managed businesses. Sector experience includes media, technology and IT, marketing services and healthcare.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Unbelievably brilliant. They make an effort to understand the business and we had a consistent relationship with the personnel there."

"Very constructive and very sound. They also have complementary expertise in other departments."

"They go out of their way to make things straightforward."

Work highlights Represented Nasstar in its £13 million acquisition of Denara Holdings.

Assisted Cello Group with its £6.7 million acquisition of IS Healthcare Dynamics.

Notable practitioners  

Long-standing head of corporate Jon Sweet is "a dedicated problem solver, capable of taking complex transactions and finding a clear route through." He handles a range of M&A, corporate finance and private equity transactions and is "very fast, very bright and practical."

Significant clients Balderton Capital, The Fulham Shore, powerPerfector Group, International Schools Partnership, Edge Performance VCT.  

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

What the team is known for Focused on transactions involving funds, energy and insurance, acting for a variety of public companies and private equity firms. Utilises its office network across Asia, America and Europe to advise global clients.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The service is really very good. They really couldn't have done any better. They are amazingly supportive, easy to reach, efficient and pretty speedy."

"I really value the fact there's a lot of partner contact and they're very involved. They clearly value the relationship."

Work highlights Advised the management team of City Link on the sale of the parcel delivery firm to Better Capital.

Assisted Guaranty Trust Bank with its £100 million acquisition of a 70% stake in Kenya's Fina Bank.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Peter Dickinson is highlighted by clients for providing "very good, commercial advice." He has particular experience handling large-scale cross-border outsourcing projects.

Richard Page handles a broad range of corporate finance and M&A transactions, with particular experience in the TMT sector. One client comments: "Richard was just incredible on the deal. He showed real breadth of knowledge and he worked all hours on it."

Significant clients Entertainment One, Moody’s, Unilever, Thomson Reuters, Bodycote.

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

What the team is known for Acts for a broad mix of domestic and overseas clients, with particular experience representing entrepreneurs. Active in a range of sectors including technology, retail and leisure and financial services.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I think they're very good - they're very reasonable and the advice is very practical." 

Work highlights Advised Mediterranean Oil & Gas on its £29.3 million takeover by Rockhopper Exploration.

Represented MPayMe in its acquisition by Powa Technologies.  

Notable practitioners  

The "fantastic" Lesley Gregory is very highly regarded by peers, who recognise her work for AIM-listed clients. She recently represented Gaming Realms in its £10.5 million acquisition of Blueburra Holdings and £2.2 million acquisition of Quick Think Media.

The "absolutely first-rate" Nick Alfille was recently promoted to partner. He enjoys a broad practice acting for a range of clients, from start-ups to multinationals.

Significant clients MDM Engineering Group, GAB Robins Holdings, Robust Resources.

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

What the team is known for Thriving corporate group focusing on private capital, acting for a variety of entrepreneurs, private equity houses and corporates. Sector expertise includes mining and natural resources, betting and gaming, and life sciences.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They were very effective for us. We wanted a firm to navigate the interesting waters of the process and they did that very well."

"It was important that we were perceived well and they were able to walk that balance between being firm and getting what we need but doing so in way that was tasteful."

"Their technical knowledge stood out. It was a very complex transaction and technically speaking, they were very good."

Work highlights Represented Electronic Cigarettes International Group in its USD50 million acquisition of Must Have and USD104 million acquisition of Ten Motives.

Advised the management team of Agencyport Software Europe on its £64.1 million disposal to Xchanging.

Notable practitioners

Nick Davis heads the corporate department and is a key contact.  

Significant clients Capman, Eleonora Sport, Staffing 360 Solutions, Tiziana Life Sciences, Al Mirqab Capital.

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

What the team is known for High-quality mid-market practice with notable expertise in corporate real estate transactions. Additionally active in deals involving healthcare, infrastructure and online gaming.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're excellent. The depth of the team is very good and well structured, so they're very efficient in using associates appropriately to minimise costs and achieve efficiencies."

"They have a very broad base of expertise, and are good at bringing the right people in to advise."

Work highlights Assisted Urban & Civic on its £325 million reverse acquisition by Terrace Hill.

Represented Braemar Shipping Services in its £180 million merger with ACM Shipping Group.

Notable practitioners  

Iain Newman heads the corporate group and receives extensive praise from sources. Clients say: "He's just so solid. He totally understood what needed to be done immediately, got on and did it, and was working through all the documentation in a way that gave us confidence."

Senior partner Graham Stedman is a "recognised force" and "well known in the market." He handles corporate transactions and IPOs and is singled out by sources as a "decent guy who pushes the deal through."

Warren Taylor enjoys a broad corporate practice and is highly regarded by peers in the market. He recently represented Oriel Securities in its sale to Stifel Financial.

Significant clients Health Care REIT, Primary Health Properties, Quintain Estates & Development, Telecom Plus, Brockton Capital.

Basic facts about the department
- 45 partners
- 85 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Broad practice with experience across various industry sectors, including energy, life sciences and transport. Extensive global network enables the group to adeptly handle multi-jurisdictional matters for international clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are the entire package of having someone that is like a partner, who helps very difficult processes to go smoothly." 

"They're very good value, always reasonably priced and come across as being enthusiastic to do the work."

Work highlights Advised F&C Asset Management on its £708 million acquisition by BMO Global Asset Management.

Assisted BP with its acquisition of the aviation fuel business of Statoil Fuel & Retail.

Notable practitioners  

The "fantastic" Chris Pearson comes highly recommended by peers and clients. His broad corporate practice encompasses a range of M&A, stock exchange transactions and corporate governance matters.

Paul Whitelock is noted for his public company expertise. Clients are impressed by his performance, with sources noting that he is "extremely knowledgeable of the Takeover Panel" and has a "very good grasp of the Takeover Code."

Robin Brooks focuses on corporate finance and has extensive experience in cross-border M&A. He has handled a number of transactions in emerging markets, with several recent matters involving the Czech Republic.

Alan Bainbridge specialises in representing financial institutions, particularly banks. He recently represented Lloyds in the sale of its ship finance loan portfolio.

Martin Scott is the global head of corporate, M&A and securities. A client reports: "He is incredibly accessible given his management responsibilities, and he is there when I really need him." 

Significant clients Barclays, Delta Air Lines, Santander, Bank of Montreal, Trinity Mirror.

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

What the team is known for Solid mid-market presence with particular expertise in the TMT, real estate and leisure sectors. Loyal and growing client base includes a number of top names in these sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They were extraordinarily professional, very well organised and, most importantly, they managed to negotiate a very satisfactory set of terms."

"It's always been excellent. They know our business very well and they're very good at cutting quickly to what's important and what's not." 

"I like especially their fast answering approach and that you get good legal advice which you can use in the business, as its always business-oriented."

Work highlights Advised Prezzo on its £300 million takeover from TPG.

Acted for QDD Athletes Village on its acquisition from the Olympic Delivery Authority of the entire issued share capital of SVDP.

Notable practitioners  

Stephen Hermer is highly regarded by market commentators, who describe him as a "phenomenal M&A lawyer." He regularly advises clients in the technology, media and communications  sector.

Simon Morgan is described by one client as "the best corporate lawyer outside the magic circle. He is outstanding and a jewel in Olswang's crown." He is well known for acting on behalf of business in the media sector and "is very wise and has very good judgement."

Peers "really have a lot of time for" Stephen Rosen, who heads the corporate department. He represents growth companies, entrepreneurs, investors and management teams and is an "excellent corporate lawyer."

Paul Blackmore has particular experience in joint ventures and partnerships in the real estate sector. Sources say: "He's a very straightforward lawyer and really understands our company," and appreciate that "he's very pragmatic and open to ideas." 

Significant clients BBC, CityFibre Infrastructure Holdings, Dunnhumby, Warner Music Group, ITV.

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

What the team is known for Deep bench of practitioners acting for a strong roster of listed and growth clients. Particular focus on digital business and very active on deals in the real estate, renewable energy and life sciences sectors.

Work highlights Represented Carphone Warehouse in its £3.6 billion merger with Dixons Retail.

Advised Cape, a critical support services provider to the energy and mineral resources sector, on its £37 million acquisition of Motherwell Bridge.

Notable practitioners  

Ray Berg heads the practice group and is "very practical" in his approach, according to commentators. He recently represented Corporate Travel Management in its acquisition of Chambers Travel Group.

Tim Birt focuses his practice on advising media and digital business clients and is "incredibly highly regarded." He has particular experience advising shareholders on the disposal of their assets. 

Adrian Bott heads the digital business sector group, handling a range of corporate finance, M&A and joint ventures. Peers cite him as a "good client minder" and appreciate his approach in "trying to find commercially sensible arrangements that work."

Jonathan King is singled out for his "very practical and deep understanding of what a dynamic business actually requires from its external legal advisers." He concentrates his practice on advising public companies and investment banks on capital markets and corporate finance transactions. 

Paul Cooper has particular experience representing private equity clients and portfolio companies in relation to disposals, investments and joint ventures. He recently represented Fleetcor Technologies in its joint venture with Summit Partners.

Chris King heads the advertising and marketing services team, with extensive experience in the sector. He is highly regarded by peers, who note that he is a "pleasure to deal with."

Significant clients News UK, Siemens, Iris, MITIE, Investec.

Basic facts about the department
- 49 partners
- 105 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Large corporate group focused on the firm's core expertise in energy, technology, life sciences and real estate. Particular experience in international transactions involving Asia, Russia and Ukraine.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The firm continues to go from strength to strength. They have a good range of individuals with expertise in all markets."

"It's been very good. We get partner engagement, practical advice and they seem to be cost-effective."

Work highlights Advised Concorde Pacific on its £250 million offshore joint venture concerning the Moxon Street redevelopment in Marylebone.

Represented Zoltav Resources in its USD180 million reverse takeover of Royal Atlantic Energy.

Notable practitioners  

Jon Harris has particular experience in capital markets transactions, working closely with the corporate finance team in Asia. He is regarded as a "practical guy" by peers, who recognise his experience on AIM and energy transactions.

Significant clients IP Group, Dart Energy, Adamas Finance Asia, Cordea Savills, IMI.

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

What the team is known for Versatile M&A group advising on domestic and international transactions for public and private clients. Particularly active in the TMT, energy, life sciences and financial services sectors. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They were everything that we were looking for. Most importantly, they were pragmatic and down-to-earth and listened on even the smallest things."

"They unlocked the deal and kept it moving. The legal issue was really a non-issue: they really made the deal happen."

The firm has a deep bench of talent that can serve to advise on all aspects of a complicated corporate and/or real estate deal, including those that have a complicated debt/capital structure aspect." 

Work highlights Advised on the UK aspects of Microsoft's USD7.5 billion acquisition of Nokia's devices and services business.

Represented Marathon Asset Management in its £137 million acquisition of 11 QMH Hotels.

Notable practitioners

Peter Teare leads the corporate practice in Europe and the Middle East and is a key contact.  

Significant clients Channel 4, World Fuel Services, Fortune Oil, Debenhams, Curtiss-Wright.

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

What the team is known for Standout corporate team acting on both domestic and cross-border deals. Active in a broad range of sectors with notable experience in technology and media, retail and insurance.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team were always focused on the job in hand, saw problems arising before they arose and dealt with all matters through a mix of commercial approach, tenacity and hard work."

"It was great. They were professional, responsive and accessible."

"They are able to respond very quickly when we have a new deal on the table:, they can be up and running and working on it almost immediately. They're also very responsive and recognise the way we work, fitting around us and working to our modus operandi."

Work highlights Assisted the Daily Mail & General Trust with its divestment of four online sister businesses which comprised its Evanbase Group.

Represented Triumph in its USD70 million acquisition of the hydraulic actuation business of GE Aviation, located in Washington, Cheltenham and the Isle of Man.

Notable practitioners  

The "incredibly diligent" David Marshall has particular experience advising private equity clients and management teams. Sources say: "He's very strong technically and his interpersonal skills are first-rate. He regularly kept the process on track when it was at a critical point."

James Mee heads the corporate insurance and financial insurance teams. He is known for handling insurance-based M&A, representing clients such as RSA and ANV.

Head of corporate Tim Anderson is "good with his clients and very courteous." Sources report he is "very commercial in terms of thinking about issues in a practical way rather than just giving us the legal view."

Significant clients Sports Direct, AIG, Dialog Semiconductor, Carillion, Alere.

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

What the team is known for High-quality corporate practice focusing on high-value, complex matters around the globe. Strong transatlantic capabilities and particular experience in the financial institutions group, TMT and energy sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Extremely client-focused. No matter where the partners were in the world, they were always available to talk through issues and provide advice. I truly felt like we were a priority for each deal."

"They're very strong on building client relationships across the firm and very focused on ensuring that the client coverage is consistent, so you have a central point of contact."

Work highlights Advised Credit Suisse, as lead financial adviser to GTECH, in its USD6.4 billion merger with Game Technology.

Represented GTIS Partners in its £1 billion takeover bid for Brazil Hospitality Group.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Laurence Levy is singled out for his ability to "easily, quickly and calmly explain and anticipate issues." Levy is highly regarded by market commentators, who say he is "very client-focused."

The "particularly impressive" Jeremy Kutner is "extremely pragmatic and focused on the fundamental business objectives." Clients note his cross-border capabilities: "He was extremely capable in working with local counsel in other jurisdictions and synthesising these local perspectives in a manner that made sense to the overall deal."

Significant clients GE, Qatar Investment Authority, Viacom, Acacia Mining, Liberty Global.

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

What the team is known for Strong sector alignment with the firm's core strengths in energy and infrastructure, financial institutions, investment funds, life sciences and TMT. Particularly adept at transactions with a regulatory component.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"What I like about them is their ability to grasp the situation quite quickly, their clarity of thought and the advice they give."

"It is an excellent service so far and they are very good on takeover panel matters." 

Work highlights Advised Kentz Corporation on its £1.2 billion acquisition by SNC Lavalin Group.

Represented Anite in the £45 million sale of its travel business to LDC.

Notable practitioners  

Edward Baker is singled out for his "great team approach, drawing on the wider team's combined skills and experience to cover all angles." He represents a range of public and private companies and investment banks in their M&A and ECM deals.

Significant clients Anacap Financial Partners, Qatar Petroleum, British Land Group, Telefónica, NBCUniversal.

What the team is known for Team of US and English-qualified lawyers representing an impressive client roster of major US and European private equity firms. Often seen in high-value deals involving debt financing and high-yield instruments.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are obviously terrific lawyers but also great business professionals. They truly take charge of very complex projects with short deadlines, in a way that takes a lot of load off the client, knowing they're on top of everything."

"They have very good commercial judgement. They know the law and can give you good, commercial advice, balancing both the law and commercial considerations. They're great in terms of being a sounding board and a partner in deciding those things."

"We've had excellent service. They've been surprisingly good value for money so we're really happy and are very keen to use them again."

Work highlights Represented Lorillard in its USD27.4 billion sale to Reynolds American.

Acted on behalf of Melrose Industries in the £365 million sale of its Bridon Division to Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board.

Notable practitioners  

Adam Signy comes highly regarded by market commentators, who agree that he is a "fantastic lawyer" who is appreciated for his "no-fuss approach." Sources describe him as "very smooth, very effective" and "very commercial."

Significant clients Apax Partners, Pets at Home, KKR, Silver Lake, The Carlyle Group.

Basic facts about the department
- 13 partners
- 2 counsel
- 38 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Expertly handles a substantial amount of multi-jurisdictional M&A, particularly in high-growth markets. Frequently engaged on some of the largest transactions in the market, with notable experience in the pharmaceuticals sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The service is phenomenal. We had tremendous responsiveness at all hours of the day or night and felt that they were really vigorously representing our interests."

"They're incredibly intelligent lawyers who handle high-stakes issues incredibly well. They're strategic and try to think 20 moves ahead to make sure you win."

Work highlights Advised Pfizer on its proposed £69.4 billion acquisition of AstraZeneca.

Acted on behalf of Merck KGaA, a German pharmaceutical and chemical company, in its EUR13.8 billion acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich.

Notable practitioners  

The "incredibly impressive" Michael Hatchard attracts extensive praise from market commentators, who appreciate that "he's always got the time to speak to people, no matter how busy he is." Peers agree that he "has a very strong public profile" and is "absolutely on a hot streak at the moment."

Scott Simpson has a strong reputation, with clients reporting on "negotiation skills that are really unsurpassed." He recently led the team representing Nokia in its EUR45 billion merger with Alcatel-Lucent.

Michal Berkner focuses her practice on cross-border M&A. Her recent experience includes representing Nokia in its acquisition of Panasonic's wireless business in Japan.

Clients "think highly of" Lorenzo Corte, describing him as a "real strategic thinker" and a "go-getter." He has a strong cross-border practice, handling a number of the firm's Italian transactions.

Scott Hopkins recently represented Ball Corporation in its USD8.4 billion acquisition of Rexam. He has plenty of experience acting on mega-deals, having acted on several multibillion-pound matters in recent years.

Significant clients United Capital Partners, AbbVie, Ares Life Sciences, The Vitol Group, Imerys.

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

What the team is known for Standout corporate practice representing a plethora of UK-listed companies. Widely admired for the strength and depth of its bench and adeptly co-ordinates multi-jurisdictional matters for international clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The service is excellent. You can't fault the intellectual rigour, the quality of the advice is good and there's great depth."

"They know us very well and know what our priorities are from a business and commercial perspective."

"They are very collaborative in their approach. They are true advisers in that they not only give you the technical answer but also a strong sense of what they think."

Work highlights Represented GlaxoSmithKline in its three-part interconditional transaction with Novartis, totalling USD28.5 billion.

Advised Shire in its proposed £32 billion combination with AbbVie.

Notable practitioners  

Nigel Boardman receives wide acclaim from market commentators, who declare that he is a star performer. Sources say he is "genuinely impressive," has a "fantastic practice" and is a "great lawyer and great relationship guy."

Head of M&A Stephen Cooke is well known and respected for his deep market experience. Clients appreciate his balanced demeanour, with one commenting: "He's got the right amount of gravitas and the right amount of humour."

Frances Murphy represents a range of corporates and investment banks in corporate finance and M&A deals. She is singled out for her "very good quality advice and very good process management."

Andy Ryde receives particular praise from peers, who say he is "very client-focused and constructive to deal with." He heads the corporate team and handles a variety of M&A, private equity and capital market transactions.

The "tenacious and impressive" Jeffrey Twentyman heads the private equity group and handles a range of transactions for corporate and private equity clients. Sources describe him as "resourceful, bright and entrepreneurial." 

William Underhill receives strong endorsement from peers, who say he is "one of the most brilliant lawyers in London" and "technically about as good as it gets." He acts for several major corporate clients in a range of M&A, corporate finance and securities matters.

The "outstanding" Simon Nicholls has a broad general corporate practice and "can turn his hand very effectively to pretty much everything." He is singled out by clients, who describe him as "very business-savvy."

David Johnson handles both private and public M&A and equity financings. Peers enjoy working with him, remarking that "he's very can-do and focused on getting the deal done."

The "phenomenal" Roland Turnill attracts wide praise from market commentators, who say: "He's a superstar of the future." A client notes: "His technical expertise is unrivalled and the way he integrates himself with the team is superb."

Kathy Hughes has a broad corporate practice with particular experience in private equity funds and transactions. Sources report: "She was very pleasant to work with and on top of complex processes."

Andrew Jolly is described as "very down-to-earth" and a "very good operator." He undertakes a range of domestic and international M&A and corporate finance transactions.

Gary Eaborn frequently handles cross-border transactions and matters on behalf of listed companies. He is well known for representing Unilever, having handled several of its acquisitions and disposals over the years. 

The "fiercely intelligent" Robert Stern is appreciated by clients for "coming back with a very business-focused response." He represents a wide range of listed and unlisted companies and investment banks in their commercial activities.

Senior partner Christopher Saul is described by one client as "one of the best M&A lawyers in the country." Sources continue: "He's a real statesman and a good guy to have on your side if you have a big problem."

Mark Zerdin garners several endorsements from peers, who say he is "really good to work across from - very commercial and always struck the right balance." He handles a variety of public and private M&A and joint ventures.

Significant clients Aviva, Bupa, Diageo, GE, Marks & Spencer.

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

What the team is known for Handles both domestic and cross-border deals with support from regional offices. Frequently engaged on transactions in the diversified industrial and manufacturing sectors, with additional experience in media, sports and financial services.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're absolutely fantastic. Responsive, quick and good across all the geographies."

"I have one senior contact there who is always on call, always available and is also proactive. The quality of people he's directed me to has been consistently high." 

Work highlights Represented Euronet Worldwide in its £145 million acquisition of HiFX.

Advised the shareholders of Boardman Bikes and Boardman International on the sale of the entire issued share capital of the companies to Halfords.

Notable practitioners  

Nick Allen handles a range of corporate transactions for both entrepreneurs and large corporates. He is global head of the media and brand group, acting for a number of leading retail groups such as Cath Kidston and Austin Reed.

Significant clients Live Nation Entertainment, Jabil Circuit, Grafton Group, Shred-It International, Ozon Holdings.

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

What the team is known for Robust corporate finance practice handling transactions in the pharmaceuticals, financial services and energy sectors. Frequently acts for international acquirers of UK-based businesses.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Every firm has its own culture: their culture is very good and very customer-focused. I just find it a pleasure to work with them."

"I am impressed by their turnaround and availability. Deadlines were always respected, no matter how uncivilised they were."

Work highlights Represented Acadia Healthcare in its USD662 million acquisition of Partnerships in Care.

Advised incadea on its EUR12.5 million acquisition of RC Real Business Solutions.

Notable practitioners  

Market commentators fully endorse Andrew Edge as a "first-rate performer." He heads the corporate group, handling a range of M&A, equity fund-raisings and joint ventures.  

Significant clients Baker Tilly, Affinion International, BTG Group, Parkmead, Eland Oil & Gas.

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

What the team is known for Highly regarded team with full-service UK and US law capabilities. Strong client roster includes a number of noteworthy corporates and financial institutions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I work with them in the US and London and they're really one of the top-tier firms. I work a lot of hours and they hang in there with me: they're always available."

"The London office was spectacular with a very complicated transaction."

Work highlights Represented Lazard, as financial adviser to STERIS, in connection with its USD1.9 billion acquisition of Synergy Health.

Advised Mecom Group in its £196 million takeover by De Persgroep. 

Notable practitioners  

Head of European M&A Tim Emmerson is a "superstar lawyer" who "always provides sagacious counsel." He regularly advises investment banks and private equity houses on capital markets and securities matters as well as M&A.

Richard Morrissey heads the London office and has extensive experience in cross-border M&A. Clients appreciate that "he is always there for the real critical points."

Significant clients Goldman Sachs, Fiat, Diageo, Apollo, PostNL.

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

What the team is known for Adeptly handles the full range of corporate matters, with the ability to undertake transactions in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Notable experience in technology, media and communications, with a dedicated corporate technology team assisting established and emerging companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're excellent: very commercial and proactive. They know what we look for, so we can just let them get on with it."

"They're very straightforward people, so they don't hide behind jargon but are very plain-speaking and able to break complicated things down simply."

"They all seem happy to help and the subject matter experts strike me as being very good."

Work highlights Represented the management team of United Biscuits in the sale of the group to Yıldız Holding.

Advised Montefiore Investment and Homair Vacances on the £89.2 million acquisition of Eurocamp.

Notable practitioners  

Martin Winter represents a range of private and listed companies and is appreciated for being "tough when he needs to be." Clients say: "He is one of the most pragmatic corporate lawyers in the City. He is really hands-on and takes a fantastic approach that really gets the job done."

Significant clients Highland Spring, Rutland Partners, Electra Partners, Universal Music, Macmillan Publishers.

Basic facts about the department
- 21 partners
- 74 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Leading corporate team with impressive capabilities in the high-end and mid-market. Broad sector experience, acting on behalf of a range of public and private companies and sponsor clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I really rate the M&A team and would have no hesitation in recommending them. They have been instrumental in our company's growth."

"The real added value is that they know our company inside out: the different nuances, the stakeholders, the strategy, and are adept at giving very shrewd tactical advice."

"They are an excellent deal house and we have a very strong working relationship. They make sure that I'm informed of things that are important and don't trouble me with stuff that isn't." 

Work highlights Advised Micro Focus on its USD2 billion merger with Attachmate Group.

Assisted Pace with its USD323 million acquisition of Aurora Networks.

Notable practitioners  

Head of corporate Spencer Summerfield represents a range of private and quoted clients in their UK and international transactions. One client comments: "He gets things done, has a good commercial view on the transaction and delivered the paperwork and the financing in a very short timetable."

The "amazingly responsive" Philip Cheveley is singled out for providing "really good-quality, solid, practical legal advice." He specialises in corporate finance, acting on behalf of listed companies and financial intermediaries.

Senior partner Chris Hale is "always on the pulse of what's going on and provides very sound commercial advice, which is incredibly reassuring in a tense deal situation." He specialises in M&A and buyout work for institutional investors and management teams.

Richard Spedding focuses on domestic and cross-border corporate finance and M&A. He recently led the team assisting Noble Corporation and Paragon Offshore in the creation of Paragon and its demerger from Noble.

Andrew Gillen is very highly regarded by market commentators, who describe him as a "seasoned and tough negotiator." Clients particularly appreciate and single out his "good understanding of the market."

Significant clients UTV, Pinewood Shepperton, Apollo, Breedon Aggregates, Peel.

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

What the team is known for Diverse corporate practice with particular experience in real estate, social care and hotels and leisure. Represents a number of overseas clients and focuses on transactions involving the Middle East.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're quick to attend to our needs and quick to respond when we send them queries."  

Work highlights Advised The Intertain Group on its £45 million acquisition of Mandalay Media and its subsidiaries incorporated in Gibraltar and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Represented Cambian Group in its £63 million acquisition of Woodleigh Community Care.

Notable practitioners

Michael Pattinson heads the corporate department and is a key contact.  

Significant clients Palmer & Harvey McLane, Gatehouse Bank, Kuwait Finance House KSCC, Currie & Brown Group, Kennedy Wilson Europe.

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

What the team is known for International practice with a number of industry specialisms including maritime, energy and natural resources, and hotels and leisure. Broad client base includes corporates and private equity clients based around the globe.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Amazing. They were extremely professional, highly responsive and it was a real pleasure working with them. We didn't think twice about using them again."

"WFW have always turned around the work we demanded without a problem. We think of them as part of our team."

"The team are extremely pragmatic and commercially minded. They communicate the pros and cons of various approaches and provide enough information to allow us to adequately calibrate risks and take appropriate action."

Work highlights Advised Aurelius Group on its acquisition from Reckitt Benckiser Group of Scholl's international footwear division.

Represented Velocita Energy Developments in the £53 million sale to Greencoat UK Wind of its 24 MW Maerdy Wind Farm.

Notable practitioners

Jan Mellmann heads the corporate group and is a key contact.  

Significant clients Marubeni, Tower Resources, Duedil, Juwi Renewable Energies, Tufton Oceani.

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

What the team is known for Broad practice with experience in a range of industries, including real estate, hospitality and leisure. Advises a number of USA, Asia and India-headquartered companies and benefits from corporate instructions via the private client group.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The firm itself sets high standards and seeks to over-deliver for its client base."

Work highlights Supported Honest Burgers in several rounds of debt and equity investment financing.

Advised the partners of Orchard Street Investment Management in the £22 million sale of its partnership interests in OSIM LLP.  

Notable practitioners  

Clients are impressed by Edward Craft, commenting that "with Edward’s highly personable and adaptable approach, Wedlake Bell are the 'go to' counsel of choice." He represents a number of smaller quoted companies and is "very strong on corporate governance."

Significant clients Reed Exhibitions, Care UK, Hurricane Energy, HSBC, Quoted Companies Alliance.  

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 1 senior consultant
- 30 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Integrated team of global advisers, working closely across its office network in Europe and Asia. Ably handles complex cross-border deals on behalf of a diverse client base.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The service is outstanding. We're extremely pleased with the way things worked out and they're really good value for money." 

"Their advice is very high-quality and the standard across the board is consistent in terms of its international offices."

Work highlights Advised Access Industries in its £702 million acquisition of the remaining shares it did not already own in Perform Group.  

Represented Providence Equity Partners, THL, CCMP and Quadrangle, as Ono's principal shareholders, on the EUR7.2 billion sale of Ono to Vodafone.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Francies comes highly regarded by several market sources, who agree that he is "terrific" and "well respected." He heads the corporate group, handling all types of corporate transactions for major corporates, financial advisers and private equity funds.

The "very calm and measured" Peter King has extensive experience handling corporate finance transactions. He recently advised RPC on its £255 million acquisition of ACE Corporation.

Significant clients Mubadala Development, Elementis, Tungsten.

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

What the team is known for Full-service corporate group drawing on its international network and US law capabilities. Increasingly sector-focused, with notable strengths in energy, oil and gas and infrastructure.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Just a quality law firm globally. They make sure the transaction works and the arrangement of processes is smooth, making sure you're missing nothing."

"They are very responsive, very commercial and come back with creative solutions."

"We get extremely good service from them. A whole series of associates there are excellent, they're always available and always work very hard to keep us very happy."

Work highlights Represented Industrial & Commercial Bank of China in its USD770 million acquisition of a majority stake in Standard Bank.

Assisted EPH on its acquisition of Eggborough Power, marking the group's entry into the UK market.

Notable practitioners  

Philip Broke advises several UK plcs on their corporate transactions and is "a great lawyer to work with." Clients say: "He knows his stuff and also helps with strategies that help our transaction progress, such as who can be advising the other side by way of legal and financial advisers and giving us views on the panel."

Gavin Weir has particular experience in the financial services industry, acting for a number of prominent banks in the UK and abroad. One client comments: "It was seamless. He operates as our conduit for everything and is extremely good at understanding all the different work streams involved in a complex transaction."

Significant clients Alpha Trains, Bupa, HSBC, DX Group, Royal Bank of Canada.

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

What the team is known for Undertakes mid-market M&A, capital markets and private equity transactions for domestic and international clients. Deep expertise in a host of sectors, including real estate, retail and leisure and financial services.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They did a great job, deployed a great team and were very cost-effective." 

Work highlights Assisted LiveRail on its USD500 million sale to Facebook.

Represented ProStrakan Group in its £227 million acquisition of Archimedes Pharma and its subsidiaries.

Notable practitioners  

The "absolutely first-rate" Nick Heather is recognised in the firm as "one of their big hitters." He has experience with public takeovers as well as handling a range of private transactions.

Significant clients Cape, Formation Group, GCP Student Living, Packaging Coordinators, dnata.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Mark Tasker is in charge of the corporate and commercial department at Bates Wells Braithwaite. Clients appreciate that he is "straightforward and plain speaking," and "takes responsibility for getting the job done, as opposed to just going through the motions."

John Turnbull of Bircham Dyson Bell is "commercial, practical and comes up with solutions." He heads the corporate and commercial group, handling M&A and corporate finance transactions for listed and private companies.

The "brilliant" Matt Dennis has recently moved to Bristows LLP. He focuses on representing clients in technology and IP-rich industries, handling a range of M&A, joint ventures and corporate finance.

Philip Rogers recently moved to Brown Rudnick LLP from Clyde & Co. He is a "very technical lawyer" focused on cross-border M&A and capital markets transactions in the transport, mining, and trade and commodities sectors. He is French-qualified, ably handling matters in francophone Africa.

Will Pearce of Davis Polk & Wardwell London LLP is very highly regarded by peers in the market. He has particular experience in corporate finance transactions and is "extremely pragmatic and practical in his approach, very to-the-point and effective."

Ute Mueller is a dual-qualified English solicitor and German Rechtsanwältin at Duane Morris LLP. She enjoys a "high reputation" in the market and impresses clients with her "absolute leadership" in driving transactions.

Edwin Coe LLP head of corporate Russel Shear is praised as a "very commercial lawyer." A client says: "I just find him easy-going and he always has a very professional approach to everything, but he's also very personable."

Catherine Moss handles all aspects of corporate finance at Fasken Martineau LLP. She focuses on transactions in the media and life science sectors and is "approachable, personable and knowledgeable."

Tom Rowley of Freeths LLP is singled out for his "significant skill in negotiation and corporate strategy." He heads the corporate finance department and enjoys a broad practice with particular experience in AIM transactions.

Jonathan Earle of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP handles a range of cross-border transactions, particularly public company M&A.  

Charlie Geffen is widely regarded as a "great hire" for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Clients say he is "the person you call when you need balance and checks on things at the very highest level of your organisation."

William Charnley heads the department at King & Spalding International LLP, focusing on representing private equity clients, hedge funds and financial institutions. Clients appreciate that "he will try to find solutions for us."

James Channo leads the Africa and Latin and South America practice groups at Locke Lord (UK) LLP. He has particular experience in energy transactions.

Mark Stamp jointly heads the corporate group at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, handling a variety of corporate and securities matters. Clients single out his negotiation skills, commenting that "he's commercial, speaks his mind and knows the points to negotiate hardest on."

The "very well-known and very well-liked" Hilary Winter heads the corporate team at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP. She acts on behalf of corporates, investment banks and financial institutions and is reputed for handling AIM-related matters.

The "extremely knowledgeable and very deal-oriented" Ronan O'Sullivan heads the corporate practice at Paul Hastings (Europe) LLP. Clients appreciate that "he's very personable" and has "taken the time to understand us and our business."

David Lakhdhir of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is held in high regard by clients, who appreciate that he is "very pragmatic and coherent" and "really hands-on in the transaction."

The "very client-friendly" Steven Davis handles a range of M&A and private equity transactions at Proskauer Rose LLP. A source notes: "He's extremely experienced, very commercial and understands numbers really well - so I can have a very good conversation with him for a business perspective."

Rex Nwakodo enjoys a broad transactional and advisory practice and heads the corporate group at Sheridans. One client reports: "He just gave very practical advice, was extremely speedy in delivering what we wanted and steered us through what was a painful process with patience."

The "extremely efficient" Thomas Thesing of Sidley Austin LLP is singled out for his "very effective negotiation style." One client comments: "He's seen it all, so he's always able to suggest alternatives to get the deal done because of his deep experience."

Ben Simpson heads the London corporate team at Withers LLP, handling a range of transactions in the real estate, luxury brands and financial services sectors. He recently represented Fratelli Investments in its £10 million acquisition of new shares and warrants in Serabi Gold.

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

A 'Senior Statesman' is a lawyer who no longer works hands-on with the same intensity but who, by virtue of close links with major clients, remains pivotal to the firm’s success.

Eminent Practitioners

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Other Noted Practitioners

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Other Noted Firms

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