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Linklaters - London
  • One Silk Street
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC2Y 8HQ
  • Tel:(020) 7456 2000
  • Fax:(020) 7456 2222
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  • Senior Partner Robert Elliott
  • Managing Partner Simon Davies
  • Global Head of Corporate Matthew Middleditch
  • Global Head of Finance & Projects Jim Rice
  • Global Head of Commercial Arnaud de La Cotardière
  • Worldwide Figures  
  • Number of partners 450
  • Number of lawyers 2200   

The Firm Linklaters LLP is a leading global law firm, supporting clients in achieving their strategies wherever they do business. The firm uses its expertise and resources to help clients pursue opportunities and manage risk across emerging and developed markets around the world.

Principal Areas of Work
Banking:
Comprehensive experience spanning the fields of banking and finance, including acquisition and leveraged finance, bilateral and syndicated credit facilities, financial structuring, high yield, real estate finance, trade and emerging markets finance, restructuring and insolvency and asset finance.
Capital Markets: Expertise across international capital markets, covering: debt, equity, equity-linked, regulatory capital, liability management, high yield, derivatives and structured financings.
Competition/Antitrust: Expertise in competition law, merger control, state aid, public procurement, utility regulation, market investigations, cartels, abuse of dominance and any related litigation. Specialist lawyers in key jurisdictions in Europe, the USA and Asia.
Corporate & M&A: Advice on finance and commercial transactions including complex cross-border M&A, major listings on stock exchanges around the world, joint ventures, restructuring and privatisations.
Corporate Tax: Expertise across all tax aspects of corporate transactional (including private equity), finance (including structured finance), international tax planning, contentious, real estate and investment funds work.
Employment & Incentives: Global advice on all employment and incentives matters, with a balanced practice combining advisory work, transactional involvement and contentious advice. Employment work includes regulatory investigations, restructurings and redundancies, governance, board/senior executive appointments, terminations and disputes. Global share plans expertise covers areas such as plan design and structure, corporate transactions, regulatory issues, governance, trusts and corporate/individual tax.
Environment & Climate Change: Advice on all aspects of environmental and climate change regulation, carbon trading, sustainability and governance, the allocation of environmental assets and risks in M&A, project finance, funds and real estate, and regulatory and environmental dispute resolution.
Financial Regulation: Advice on financial regulation, compliance risk management and regulatory investigations and enforcement for investment, commercial and retail banks, asset managers, private equity houses, insurers, exchanges, trading platforms, clearing houses and other financial institutions.
Insurance: Expertise across all aspects of the sector including M&A, JVs, rights issues, securitisations, demutualisations, complex capital markets transactions, reorganisations, portfolio transfers and regulatory.
Intellectual Property: Expertise in contentious and non-contentious aspects of intellectual property rights.
Investment Management: The firm advises sponsors and investors on the structuring, formation, taxation and regulation of all types of funds, clubs and joint ventures investing in all asset classes, and advises on the spin out, establishment and operation of asset managers as well as the latest regulatory, tax and market developments relevant to the asset management industry.
Litigation & Arbitration: Dispute resolution services in a wide range of areas including litigation, arbitration, mediation and other forms of ADR. Sectors of experience include litigation in banking, competition and antitrust, derivatives and structured products, fraud and white-collar crime, insolvency, contentious tax, energy and infrastructure disputes, regulatory investigations, pensions, property and finance.
Pensions: Advises both trustees and corporates on the full range of pensions issues, including tailored funding solutions, regulatory, governance and investment issues.
Private Equity: Expertise in all aspects of the industry, from establishing the fund and making investments, to ongoing portfolio assistance including restructuring advice, to exiting from those investments.
Projects: Advise on large scale, award winning and market-leading projects in the energy and infrastructure sectors across the world - covering oil and gas, petrochemicals, LNG, thermal power, renewables, nuclear, water and waste, mining, airports, roads and bridges, ports, stadia, telecoms, and rail related transactions.
Real Estate: Expertise in all aspects of real estate sector work including: premium real estate investment, M&A, development and distressed real estate; leasing advice; sale and leasebacks; joint ventures; real estate funds, financing and tax; real estate investment trusts; construction advice; planning/zoning law, policy and practice; rent review and real estate-related disputes.
Restructuring & Insolvency: Leading expertise across an exceptional spread of transactions covering a wide range of jurisdictions and complexities, including debt restructuring and rescheduling, equity capital raising and restructuring, distressed M&A activity, debtor advisory work, formal insolvency procedures and contingency planning and investigation, asset tracing and insolvency litigation.
Technology, Media & Telecommunications: Expertise in commercial and regulatory advice on outsourcing, data protection, IT, e-commerce, telecoms and media and broadcasting.

International Linklaters has 29 offices covering all the major jurisdictions and financial centres around the world. Work is handled in all commercial languages and local languages of countries in which Linklaters has offices.

Recruitment In order to maintain Linklaters’ premier position the firm actively recruits the highest calibre candidates from a wide range of backgrounds. Individuals interested in making an application can visit the firm’s website at www.linklaters.com/ukgrads or contact the firm at graduate.recruitment@linklaters.com.

    Contacts
  • Asset Finance Olga Petrovic
  • Banking Gideon Moore
  • Capital Markets Jim Rice
  • Competition/Antitrust Paula Riedel 
  • Corporate & M&A Shane Griffin
  • Corporate Tax Yash Rupal
  • Employment & Incentives Gillian Chapman
  • Environment & Climate 
  • Financial Regulation Michael Kent
  • Insurance Victoria Sander
  • Intellectual Property Ian Karet
  • Investment Management Jonathan de Lance-Holmes
  • Litigation & Arbitration Michael Bennett
  • Pensions Ruth Goldman
  • Private Equity Alex Woodward
  • Projects Bruce White
  • Real Estate Andy Bruce
  • Restructuring & Insolvency Tony Bugg
  • Technology, Media & Telecommunications John Crozier

Branches

  • One Silk Street,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC2Y 8HQ
  • Tel (020) 7456 2000
  • Fax (020) 7456 2222
  • DX 10 London City EC3
  • Website : www.linklaters.com

Banking & Finance - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Admired for the breadth of its offering, which covers the spectrum of finance transactions as well as related regulatory concerns. Weighted towards the representation of lenders but also consistently attracts high-profile borrower mandates. Recognised as a key international player thanks to its extensive global footprint.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Overall, they're the top for me. They've got very active partners with good structuring skill sets, in addition to capable associates who can run deals. They provide advice which is constructive." 

"They have a deep support team which allows them the resources to deal with the more complex end of overseas transactions."

Work highlights Represented the arrangers Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan in United Biscuits' major refinancing process.

Advised Tank & Rast on the refinancing of its existing facilities, which included EUR460 million of senior notes, EUR240 million of payment in kind facilities and EUR1.4 billion of senior facilities.

Notable practitioners  

The "reasonable and considered" Gideon Moore enjoys a pre-eminent reputation in the marketplace and is highly recommended by clients and peers. He is known for his in-depth knowledge of acquisition finance and corporate lending, having completed a multitude of high-profile transactions throughout his career.

Co-head of the firm's leveraged finance department, Nick Syson is rated for his comprehensive knowledge of acquisition finance and restructurings, and for his market know-how and ability "to distil key issues." 

Philip Spittal receives positive feedback from interviewees, one of whom describes him as "a fantastic lawyer" who "represents our interests well." He is respected for his experience and guidance on finance transactions, particularly those involving syndicated lending.

Peers consider David Ereira "to be a very strong practitioner," adding that "in terms of knowledge, he's way up there." He acts on a range of finance transactions and is also consistently noted for his restructuring and insolvency experience.

Toby Grimstone is commended for his "very strong structuring skill set," in addition to his burgeoning international banking practice. He continues to represent bank and borrower interests in the European and emerging markets, advising on a number of impressive transactions, including a £17 billion financing for Glencore Xstrata and Glencore International. 

Partner Jeremy Stokeld is a respected figure within the UK and international finance market, chiefly known for advising banks and borrowers on syndicated lending and secured and structured financing deals.

One peer describes Oliver Edwards as "probably the most pragmatic lawyer that I have ever worked with." Clients state that he is always "happy to help with the innocuous small stuff, as well as the more complex items."

The "very keen and thorough" Edward Aldred frequently strikes clients as someone who "seems to have unlimited energy." His energy and enthusiasm are complemented by his commercial acumen and knowledge of leveraged finance and bank and bond structures. 

Adam Freeman possesses considerable experience advising financial sponsors, arrangers and borrowers across a range of finance transactions, with a particular emphasis on acquisition and leveraged finance. He played a key advisory role in the College of Law acquisition refinancing.

Co-head of the leveraged finance department Brian Gray has developed a reputation for "finding answers" to difficult legal matters, according to peers. His practice encompasses the full spectrum of leveraged and acquisition financings and restructurings, including LBOs, distressed M&A and event-driven investment grade and crossover credit work. A recent key mandate includes assisting with Tank & Rast's refinancing.  

Co-head of banking Stuart Thomas is described by one impressed client as "very calm, very experienced, supportive, helpful and diligent." He has cultivated a broad general banking practice, acting for clients across a variety of financing contexts. He advised HSBC Bank Middle East on funding for the USD560 million acquisition of Valerus Field Solutions by Kentz.

Significant clients Alcentra, Citi, Glencore, Lloyds Bank, The Carlyle Group.

Banking Litigation - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Celebrated front runner in the sector, renowned for the complexity and significance of the cases it takes on. Frequently represents financial institutions in high-value, international disputes and investigations, often with relation to mis-selling claims.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're a strong litigation firm. They're how I think a market-leading firm ought to perform."

"They've got an enormous team - they're an efficient machine."

"I have a high regard for their litigation team."

Work highlights Represented J.P. Morgan in its claim of approximately £130 million against Berlin's public transport provider, BVG. The case relates to the spreading of risk through the purchase of CDOs.

Acted for defendant Goldman Sachs Asset Management against a claim brought by Vervoer alleging breach of fiduciary duty and professional negligence with regard to fixed-income investment structures and complex asset-backed securities.

Notable practitioners  

Sources say Christa Band is "brilliant, at the front for this kind of litigation and produces first-rate work." She is widely respected for her practice, which spans civil fraud and financial regulation, and is a key member of the team representing Goldman Sachs against Vervoer.

Andrew Hughes is recommended for his robust, sensible and commercial advice. He impresses peers, who report that he demonstrates "intellect and vigour in terms of dealing with client problems."

Clients admire James Gardner for his energy, attentiveness and the precision of his advice. He is described as "indefatigable, incredibly hard-working and calm in a crisis."

Patrick Robinson is seen as a "formidable opponent" and is widely regarded for his intellect and the quality of his written work. Sources say he "holds his nerve under pressure and is never baffled by technicalities."

Capital Markets: Debt & Equity - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Market-leading DCM and ECM practice handling innovative and high-profile transactions, often cross-border in nature, for the world's largest banks and companies. Strong high-yield practice acting for underwriters, financial sponsors and corporate issuers. The team offers wide-ranging expertise and a deep bench of talented partners and associates.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They've been excellent. They've got a lot of strength in depth, and they're very good at staffing their deals at appropriate levels. They get many deals as they're so good, so their experience increases."

"First-class. They always seem to prioritise our work and they have a strong junior bench." 

Work highlights Advised HSBC and UBS in their role as dealer managers on The Co-operative Bank’s recapitalisation plan, which generated £1.5 billion of common equity Tier 1 and enabled the bank to meet the Prudential Regulation Authority's capital requirement.

Advised bpost, the Belgian national postal service, on its IPO. 

Represented Credit Suisse, UBS Investment Bank, HSBC and BNP Paribas in the EUR275 million 9.25% senior secured notes, EUR40 million revolving credit facility and intercreditor agreement of S&B Industrial Minerals.

Notable practitioners  

Charles Jacobs, global head of the firm's mining and metals team, has an expansive practice which includes deep expertise in IPOs and M&A. Sources regard him to be "very strong in the mining space, particularly advising issuers."

ECM expert John Lane recently acted for the joint global co-ordinators, the sponsor, the joint bookrunners and the co-lead managers on the privatisation of Royal Mail. Sources state: "He's commercial, extremely quick and very good at analysing situations quickly."

Keith Thomson has extensive experience advising on DCM matters, particularly in relation to India, Pakistan and Thailand. Sources consider him to be "the mandarin of convertible bonds, and enjoyable to work with." 

Mark Hageman is co-head of the firm’s high-yield practice, and acts for underwriters, issuers and bridge lenders. He recently advised the initial purchasers on SMCP's EUR290 million high-yield issuance.

Jason Manketo's ECM practice recently involved advising on the £205 million IPO of Al Noor. Sources state: "He's experienced, with knowledge that really comes through."

Alexander Naidenov is admired for his expertise in high-yield transactions. Sources state: "He's a really good lawyer - he's smart and gets deals done."

Cecil Quillen has a wide-ranging capital markets practice that includes deep expertise in high-yield and DCM matters. According to a client, "he's excellent; one of the pre-eminent lawyers in this space. He's seen all the transactions and has been there forever."

Clients appreciate that Patrick Sheil "is very good at getting to the heart of a problem quickly and proposing solutions." He is notable for his ECM experience, and has particular knowledge of Africa and the Middle East.

Carson Welsh is an outstanding DCM lawyer who recently advised HSBC and UBS, in their role as dealer managers, on the recapitalisation of The Co-operative Bank. Sources regard him as "superb" and "innovative," with "an amazing reputation in his field."

Ben Dulieu has a broad capital markets practice, and is noted for his DCM expertise. "He is an excellent lawyer - I would recommend him," remarks a client.

Elaine Keats has DCM experience in matters such as convertible bonds, MTN programmes and international debt offerings. Sources state: "She's very good and experienced in her particular field."

Significant clients J.P. Morgan, Deutsche Bank, Citi, UBS, RBS.

Capital Markets: Structured Finance, Securitisation & Derivatives - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Leading group offering expertise in high-profile and complex structured finance, derivatives and securitisation matters. Securitisation knowledge spans the complete spectrum of asset classes, with RMBS, CMBS and CMBS restructuring being particular areas of strength. The derivatives team handles innovative and sophisticated work, and is singled out by sources for its skill in OTC clearing and regulatory matters. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Linklaters provides expert service across the range of capital markets we work on. There is very little scope for improvement."

"They are very professional, and the go-to firm for UK and pan-European structured finance work."

Work highlights Advised Intu Properties on a £5 billion multi-source debt programme, and the £500 million secured CMBS refinancing of the MetroCentre.

Represented Alcentra in its capacity as investment manager on a CLO note issuance by Jubilee CLO 2014-XI B.V.

Notable practitioners  

Simon Firth is regarded as a leading authority on derivatives, and is frequently called upon to advise on regulatory capital-driven structures and credit derivatives. According to one admiring source, "Simon bestrides the structured finance world like a colossus."

Pauline Ashall has far-reaching experience across derivatives, repos and collateral management. She is reputed for acting on high-profile and sophisticated matters.

Michael Canby has an expansive capital markets practice, which includes expertise in securitised and OTC derivative, synthetic CDOs and repackagings. A client considers him to be "friendly, incredibly knowledgeable and a consummate professional."

Julian Davies is held in high regard for his securitisation practice, which recently saw him advising RBS and others on the debt platform refinancing of Brussels airport. One client calls him "one of the most innovative and intelligent capital markets bankers in London."

Securitisation expert James Harbach recently advised Intu Properties on a £5 billion multi-source debt programme. Sources state: "He is a market authority with deep knowledge, especially in real estate-focused structured finance business."

Paul Lewis is widely admired for his structured finance and derivatives practice. His main areas of strength include repackaged notes, fund-linked products and collateral structures.

Vinay Samani occupies a prominent position in the market with his structured finance practice. He is described by one client as being a lawyer who "can do everything and anything. He's sensible, commercial, pragmatic and a trusted adviser."

Deepak Sitlani is known for his expertise across a broad range of OTC derivative asset classes. Clients regard him as a "fantastic" lawyer whose "grasp of the area is second to none."

Michael Voisin recently advised a consortium of many of the largest swaps dealers in the world on a variety of issues regarding client clearing of OTC derivatives and EMIR. A client states: "He's by far and away the most pre-eminent partner in London and in Europe when it comes to OTC clearing."

Mark Brown is an expert in derivatives and structured finance. He is particularly known for his skill in longevity derivatives work.

Mark Nuttall is a securitisation expert with particular knowledge of matters involving the infrastructure and utilities sectors. A source regards him as a "credible voice round the table."

Jim Rice is head of the firm's global capital markets team, and is widely respected for his structured finance and securitisation expertise.

Significant clients RBS, Citi, Barclays, Lloyds Bank, J.P. Morgan.

Competition/European Law - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Fields a much-praised team of highly regarded practitioners. Particular expertise within the utility and infrastructure sector. Strongly favoured by financial services clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The firm has a real strength in depth of expertise. The lawyers understand our business and have a great working knowledge of the market."

"They are pragmatic, decisive and clear." 

Work highlights Defended Dow Chemical against follow-on damages proceedings brought against it in relation to the synthetic rubber cartel.

Notable practitioners  

Christian Ahlborn has particular expertise in state aid, in addition to general competition law. Clients applaud his combined intellect and pragmatic approach: "He's outstanding. I can always expect a well-considered and creative answer to my problem."

Head of department Paula Riedel advises on merger control, antitrust and regulatory issues. Clients value her calm demeanour and approachable attitude.

Michael Cutting is the global head of the firm's competition practice. Clients appreciate his "vast experience and ability to tailor advice so that it makes perfect business sense."

Nicole Kar has particular expertise in the mining, retail, energy and utility sectors. Clients appreciate her ability to provide high-quality analyses which take into account their business structure and approach to risk.

Formerly senior director of mergers at the OFT, Simon Pritchard has a wealth of experience in the area.

Eamonn Doran advises clients on a broad range of competition matters including state aid. He has recently been working to develop Linklaters' offering in relation to Indian competition law.

Christopher Bellamy is the firm's global chairman of competition. He has an outstanding reputation in the market.

Michael Sanders is a well-regarded competition litigator with particular experience defending follow-on damages actions.

Significant clients Glencore, Anglo American, Barclays, KPMG, Sainsbury's.

Corporate/M&A - London (Firms)

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

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

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Extraordinarily client-focused and responsive." 

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

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

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

Notable practitioners  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Employment - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Standout work for global banks, alternative asset managers and FTSE 100 corporates. Covers the full range of employment law, with impressive capability on litigation and advisory as well as notable transactional strength.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They understand the law, they have an excellent service ethic and you walk away with a sense of confidence in the advice you have been given."

"They have high-quality people and the advice they give is credible and pragmatic." 

Work highlights Advised Julius Baer on the employment law consequences of its acquisition of Merill Lynch's International Wealth Management business from Bank of America.

Advised Deloitte on the cross-over of insolvency law and employment following the administration of HMV. The team also advised on HMV's sale to Hilco Group.

Notable practitioners  

Nicola Rabson is considered to be "practical, commercial and technically good" by impressed sources who also note her as being "very attentive to client needs." Her clients include Bain, Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank.

Jean Lovett regularly works for some of the best-known groups in the financial services sector. She is praised for her work on senior exits, with one source noting "we go to her for senior executive problems and she always comes up with solutions."

Significant clients Commerzbank, Anglo American, Deutsche Bank, Invesco Perpetual, Morgan Stanley.

Environment - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Excellent environmental law team providing clients with high-quality advice on a broad range of matters. Acts on M&A, projects and financing transactions in conjunction with other departments of the firm. Regularly handles standalone work including regulatory, policy and sustainability issues, and environmental litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They were very responsive, very alert to our needs and requirements and always there if you needed them."

"They are to the point, they are accessible, they understand what I need and address it and they customise to our needs and what we want." 

Work highlights Acted for the Green Deal Finance Company on the implementation of the UK government's Green Deal scheme.

Advised Glencore Xstrata on the disposal of the Las Bambas copper mining project in Peru.

Notable practitioners  

Vanessa Havard-Williams is an experienced environmental partner who is well regarded by peers and clients. Her practice includes advising on transactions, regulatory issues and environmental litigation. Additionally, she is recognised for her work advising clients from the extractive industries on sustainability issues. One client said: "She is very accessible, quick, understands what I need and addresses what I need in the deal."

Rachel Barrett is an associate in the environment practice. She advises clients on transactions and regulatory regimes such as REACH. Clients say: "She came up with good solutions and ideas for the problems at hand."

Chris Staples "understands the big picture, understands what we need and is able to provide advice on both business and legal elements," clients say. He has a mixed practice which involves advising on climate change and environmental law. Areas of expertise include carbon trading and Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects.

Melanie Shanker is an associate in the firm's environment and climate change practice. She has worked in-house within the climate change sector and has experience advising on carbon trading matters in the EU and USA. An impressed client described her as "particularly responsive," and praised her ability to "suggest solutions to any roadblocks we come across."  

Significant clients BNP Paribas, Repsol, Lend Lease Europe.

Information Technology - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Great depth of experience across the technology sector, representing high-profile clients in both the public and private sectors. Especially proficient in advising on key strategic matters and complex multiparty agreements.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They really help augment our team, and it's very reassuring that we have the best on our side; the best prepared, the best negotiators, the ones who work the hardest." 

"A strong practice with smart people and a big bench, and good to work with."

What's new? New panel appointments include William Hill and Amazon.

Work highlights Advised Intel on its supply of semiconductor chips to manufacturers involved in multiple smartphone technology disputes.

Assisted Siemens with technology aspects of its acquisition of automated rail control provider Invensys Rail.

Notable practitioners  

Practice head John Crozier is described by sources as a "very effective operator." He undertakes major IT transformation projects on behalf of both public and private entities, and has further expertise in compliance matters. 

Praised as "absolutely brilliant on outsourcing," Richard Cumbley has particular expertise in electronic privacy and e-commerce. Sources appreciate his "co-operative, collaborative manner."

Significant clients Pioneer Global Asset Management, Barclays Bank, Citigroup, Visa Europe, BP.

Intellectual Property - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 27 other qualified lawyers.

What the team is known for A firm with a stellar reputation for corporate transactions, its IP offering is not only a powerhouse for IP-led deals but is also renowned for its patent litigation work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"There are some great people there." 

Work highlights Advising Intel on the implications of the ongoing 'smartphone wars' for its business as its chips are used in many different handset models and the company has commercial relationships with numerous parties, in many cases at odds with each other.

Represented Janssen Biologics in a patent dispute with AbbVie concerning a monoclonal antibody used as a psoriasis treatment.

Notable practitioners 

Ian Karet heads the firm's IP practice and is regarded as one of the most formidable IP litigators in London. Clients admire his knack for cutting to the essence of a problem and his capacity for novel thinking.

Nigel Jones is an esteemed life sciences expert who undertakes a mix of contentious, commercial and corporate work in the sector. One source remarks on his ability to "grasp the fiendish issues arising in antibody technology."

Significant clients easyGroup, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Rio Tinto.

Litigation - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
-18 partners
-70 associates

What the team is known for Has a strong profile in the commercial litigation market, with particular experience in complex, cross-border disputes and regulatory issues. Continues to attract instructions from major corporates and institutions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“If we encounter a complex litigation, then Linklaters are the go-to firm.”

Work highlights Acted for Lend Lease on an approximately £120 million ownership dispute over a share in Bluewater shopping centre.

Advised Grant Thornton as liquidators on multi-jurisdictional contentious matters arising out of the winding up of Saad Investments Company.

Notable practitioners  

Christa Band is an experienced litigation partner whom sources praise as “really excellent and very, very approachable.” She has particular expertise in banking and finance, as well as in regulatory investigations.

John Turnbull enjoys a strong reputation with peers and clients alike for his work in corporate, finance and professional negligence litigation. Clients praise him as “very commercial and focused on the end result.”

Andrew Hughes has wide-ranging expertise in commercial litigation, with experience in banking, corporate, international trade, jurisdictional and contractual disputes. One source praised him for his ability to lead heavyweight litigation, saying: "It was quite a tense case and involved a lot of man-management skills. He was brilliant at managing things - absolutely exceptional.”

Michael Bennett is highly regarded by peers and clients, with a practice spanning commercial litigation and regulatory issues. Sources name him as “an extremely senior and very strong litigator,” and he is recommended by one client for his “judgement and realism.”

Satindar Dogra has wide-ranging litigation experience, covering cross-border fraud cases, professional negligence disputes and the financial and defence sectors. Sources appreciate his “particular strength in helping clients to see every aspect of their case.”

Nick Porter handles commercial litigation and international arbitration, and has particular experience in fraud investigations, contractual disputes and professional negligence cases. 

Pensions - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Well-renowned standalone pensions group, working across the full gamut of corporate transactions, funding and investment issues. Strong bench of practitioners offering support to both providers and trustees. Particular expertise in longevity swaps.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are high performers with a very good balance of commercial sensitivity." 

What's new? New clients include Eni, Barclays and Insurance Australia Group.

Work highlights Worked with Barclays on pensions matters resulting from the IPO of Royal Mail.

Notable practitioners  

Tim Cox draws a wealth of praise from commentators for his representation of employers and trustees. Other sources in the market note: "He is very logical, commercial, and there is an integrity to his intellect."

Ruth Goldman is described by sources as having been "a market leader in pensions for many years," adding: "Her contributions are always very well thought out, detailed and thorough." 

Isabel France "is a master of the subject" and "technically in a league of her own," according to commentators, who also mention: "She is very attentive to her clients." She has a broad practice, ranging from pensions regulatory issues to mergers and sales.

Claire Petheram took the lead in the firm's representation of Barclays on a variety of pensions matters resulting from Royal Mail's IPO. She regularly tackles a wide array of issues relating to benefit schemes, including mergers, transactions and investments.

Rosalind Knowles "is able to think on her feet, networks well, and is very clear in her advice," according to market observers. She advises clients on a broad range of transactional pensions issues and reorganisations.

Philip Goss is a managing associate at the firm and works across all areas of pensions law, including funding arrangements and corporate transactions.

"One to watch" Nicholas Laird already has significant experience in a broad range of pension matters, ranging from buyins to asset-backed funding arrangements.

Significant clients BP, Marks & Spencer, Tesco, Aviva, Diageo.

Planning - London (Firms)

What the team is known for Often represents developers in central London mixed-use development applications and urban regenerations. Also advises on CPO matters.

Notable practitioners  

David Watkins leads the planning team. He has expertise in town and country planning as well as environment law issues.

Real Estate Finance - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Widely acknowledged for its experience in acting for lender and investor clients. Offers broad multidisciplinary expertise in a range of domestic and cross-border transactions, including both structured and leveraged finance.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They were excellent, superb! We have a great relationship with them - they're so involved with what we do and they understand what is important to us. They are diligent and help us do our job as well." 

What's new? Gained Deutsche Bank as a client.

Work highlights Represented Cerberus European Investments in the acquisition of approximately EUR5 billion distressed real estate loans secured on assets across Europe. 

Acted for Lloyds Bank and Citi on the five-year, £325 million refinancing of MediaCityUK, owned by the Peel Group.

Notable practitioners  

"Exceptionally commercial, with a great work ethic," Steve Smith receives widespread praise for his specialist real estate finance expertise. He has a particular focus on distressed and structured transactions, with additional cross-border experience. Clients comment: "His approach is sensible and with a view to getting transactions closed." 

Significant clients Blackstone, Oaktree Capital Management, M&G, J.P. Morgan, Starwood Capital.

Real Estate Litigation - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Noted for handling high-value insolvency-led real estate disputes. Also tackles contentious issues for a number of the firm's developer and landowner clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"In terms of technical excellence and ability, the way they handle matters has always been very impressive." 

"They are a heavyweight firm that can cope with a massive litigation, and no stone is left unturned whatever the case." 

Work highlights Represented Lend Lease before the High Court and the Court of Appeal in a dispute surrounding the ownership of a share of the Bluewater shopping centre. The issue centres on an option for parties to increase their ownership of the shopping centre.

Notable practitioners  

Katie Bradford is characterised by sources as someone whose "oversight and experience come through in her advice and her ability to explain how other parties will react." She heads the property litigation unit and works extensively with the administrators of retailer Game Group.

Significant clients Thales Group, Apcoa Parking, Canary Wharf Group, Land Securities, KPMG.

Real Estate - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Acts for an impressive range of inward investors, banks and private equity funds on portfolio deals, single asset sales and corporate wrapper transactions. Tackles high-profile regeneration schemes for property companies. Additional capability in headquarters leasing matters for multinational corporates.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We've been very pleased with how they've worked with us. They are very responsive, always give good-quality advice, and are always straightforward to work with."

Work highlights Advised Lend Lease on the £1.5 billion Elephant & Castle regeneration project. The scheme will deliver over 300,000 sq m of mixed-use space.

Acted for Dubai World on the sale of international logistics sector property developer Gazeley.

Notable practitioners  

Development specialist Martin Elliott advises on a range of issues, with particular expertise in the retail sector. Clients say: "Martin bridges the boundaries between corporate and real estate. He totally gets all the underlying property issues and is very comfortable doing corporate work."

Peers have high regard for Patrick Plant, describing him as "practical and down to earth." He acts on sales, acquisitions and development matters for clients including banks and blue-chip corporates.

Andy Bruce heads the UK real estate department. He acts for clients including inward investors on trophy asset purchases and also advises on regeneration schemes.

Clients say Mark Burgess-Smith is "very bright and personable, clearly gets what we are aiming to achieve and is quite inventive in terms of helping out in different situations." He recently advised HSBC Alternative Investments on its acquisition with joint venture partner Hines Real Estate of a 72.8% share in the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, Dublin.

Significant clients Cerberus, Carillion, Barclays, Deutsche Bank, Blackstone.

Restructuring/Insolvency - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Houses the technical and commercial clout to manage the largest international and domestic restructurings and insolvencies. Provides significant expertise in financial, retail, industrial and infrastructure projects. Noted for its impressive strength in depth.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A high-quality practice with a first-class team; they have a seemingly unlimited quantity of excellent people to draw on!"

"A very good firm with a very effective team." 

Work highlights Represented the ad hoc committee of noteholders of Codere SA in a significant restructuring of the group and its subsidiaries.

Advised the creditors' committee for the partially secured and secured lenders in the multibillion-dollar restructuring of the Dubai Holdings subsidiary Dubai Group.

Notable practitioners  

Tony Bugg is praised for his "gravitas and nous" by clients who also value his ability to handle the most complex cross-border and domestic insolvency issues and restructurings. He recently acted in a successful appeal to the Supreme Court regarding administrators' liabilities under financial support directions.

Richard Bussell acts for investor companies, banks, shareholders and insolvency practitioners in a range of multi-jurisdictional and domestic restructurings and insolvencies. He is rated by his clients as a "very attentive" representative who "understands the technicalities of a case."

Bruce Bell specialises in advising banks, private equity groups and other lenders on restructuring matters, and is recognised as a "quality practitioner" in this sphere. He acted for the directors of Card Protection Plan in implementing a major solvent scheme of arrangement.

Robert Elliott is a highly experienced practitioner who specialises in corporate restructurings. He is the firm's senior partner, and is simply summarised by market sources as "a class act."

Yen Sum is recognised as an "impressive" adviser, particularly valued by her clients for her "very commercial" approach. She primarily advises banks, private equity sponsors and investment funds on restructuring issues.

Rebecca Jarvis is singled out as a practitioner who specialises in providing "strong, proactive common-sense leadership" to banks and other investment clients facing non-contentious restructuring and insolvency issues.

Richard Holden is extolled by his clients as a "very experienced, commercial and calm" figure who is highly focused on achieving the client's commercial goals. He specialises in the handling of major cross-jurisdictional restructurings and insolvencies.

David Ereira is widely recognised in the market as a "standout" member of the restructuring and insolvency team. He acts in major cross-border restructuring and insolvency projects, and has advised on trust issues arising from the Lehman Brothers insolvency.

Significant clients PwC, Royal Bank of Scotland, Cortefiel SA, eircom, AB Bankas Snoras.

Tax - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for A significant presence in the corporate tax market, advising and representing notable domestic and international clients across the board. Regularly acts on complex cross-border matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have excellent all-round technical tax knowledge, give clear advice and take a commercial view."

Work highlights Acted for Lloyds Banking Group on its EUR300 million disposal of Heidelberg Lebensversicherung to Cinven Partners and Hannover Re.

Advised Balfour Beatty on the £155 million sale of its facilities management arm to GDF SUEZ.

Notable practitioners  

Yash Rupal "is someone you are always comfortable having on the other side because he understands points and is sensible," say peers. He is head of UK tax at the firm. 

Martin Lynchehan "is technically very good, especially in indirect tax," say observers. He has a wide interest in corporate tax matters, but is particularly expert in issues relating to property and structured finance.

The "professionally excellent" Mark Kingstone is well known for his funds practice and is head of the firm's investment funds tax offering. 

Lynne Walkington has experience in acting on transactions across the corporate tax spectrum. She was recently involved in Premier Foods' purchase of Lil-Lets from Electra. 

Dominic Winter advises clients in both the contentious and non-contentious sides of the corporate tax practice area. He is co-chair of the contentious tax group at the firm. 

Elizabeth Conway "very much knows what she is doing, and is a lateral thinker," say interviewees. She recently advised Dubai World on the sale of its interest in Gazeley, a developer of warehouses and related facilities.

Tim Lowe "is very good at keeping contact so you feel like you're on top of his list," says a client. Lowe recently worked with TDR Capital on its purchase of the David Lloyd group.

Significant clients RBS, BP, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Rio Tinto, Cinven.

Asset Finance - UK-wide

What the team is known for Highlighted for its ship finance practice and its work in advising on complex restructuring and insolvency work in shipping. Also noted for its role in advising on the sale and purchase of shipping assets.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very client-oriented." 

"They are very efficient and offer a 24/7 service." 

Work highlights Advised CSAV on the acquisition and USD347 million financing of seven container vessels, purchased from Samsung Heavy Industries.

Advised China Development Bank on a term loan facility provided to Brightoil Gem Tanker, regarding four ship-backed financings. 

Notable practitioners  

Olga Petrovic leads the firm's UK asset finance team, regularly advising on complex structured ship financing and refinancing deals. Market sources describe her as a "very competent and technically strong lawyer." 

Significant clients UBS, BNP Paribas, Citibank, Schahin Engenharia, Vale.

Commodities - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Dominant presence in the commodities market. Represents notable investment banks in trade finance deals. Covers regulatory, transactional and litigious matters, drawing on the strength of the firm's other market-leading departments. Able to work seamlessly on an international basis.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The market leader is Linklaters, for its highly professional delivery and execution. It also has good coverage in the emerging markets." 

Work highlights Advised a number of entities, including Glencore International and Deutsche Bank, on English law provisions related to a USD10 billion pre-export financing for Rosneft.

Acted for Noble Group on negotiating a strategic agreement with Nyrstar, over the offtake and marketing of zinc in Europe.

Notable practitioners

Mirthe van Kesteren is a leading emerging markets banking and structured trade finance lawyer, and has a strong reputation in the area. Sources delight in her "faultless delivery" and "expert guidance" in matters such as bank structured finance facilities.

Significant clients Barclays Capital, Morgan Stanley, ING, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, BP.

Data Protection - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 27 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: London

What the team is known for Well-staffed group providing comprehensive data protection coverage. Offers particular expertise in confidentiality, privilege, litigation risk and professional secrecy. Also noted for big-ticket transactional data protection, including strategic expertise in BCRs.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Excellent, fun people to work with. They explain things in layman's terms and they're also extremely responsive, providing very timely strategic acumen." 

"Excellent subject matter expertise and commercial acumen. They are also quick to understand and respond to client requirements and needs."

"They're extremely client service-oriented, making themselves available for quick turnaround."

Work highlights Advised the News Corporation Management and Standards Committee on data protection issues connected with its inquiry into phone hacking at the News of the World newspaper.

Acted for AstraZeneca on developing its BCRs, which were subsequently approved by regulators in the UK, Sweden and Belgium.

Notable practitioners  

One enthusiastic client describes Richard Cumbley as "a great negotiator, calm and knowledgeable with very intuitive technical ability. Richard is one of the best." Another source praises his "outstanding technical ability and responsiveness to client needs."

Clients regard Julian Cunningham-Day as "impressive, diligent, hard-working and commercial." He has been involved in a number of global information governance projects within the financial sector. Another interviewee states: "Julian is able to get to the nub of an issue, especially with his clear, plain English written style." 

Significant clients KPMG, Live Nation, Deloitte, Sainsbury's, PwC.

Employee Share Schemes & Incentives - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acts for an impressive, diverse client base on complex remuneration issues. Particularly strong in the implementation of share plans for global employers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The way they draft incentive plans is so much more accessible than any other firm I have worked with: you read it and immediately understand it."

"It is the pragmatism that they bring. They have a can-do attitude – if you've got something that could be a problem, you get a solution from them."

Work highlights Acted on the privatisation of Royal Mail for Barclays in its role as IPO sponsor. The work included advising on company director remuneration and employee share plan arrangements.

Advised RSA on the drafting and implementation of a new long-term incentive plan for its senior management.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Gillian Chapman typically works for large multinationals. Her clients appreciate her energy and commerciality. One source stated that "she has an appreciation of what happens in the real world. She's incredibly approachable and easy to get hold of."

Graham Rowlands-Hempel has particular knowledge of remuneration issues, and is praised for his pragmatism and client care skills. One interviewee noted that "he is extremely pleasant and very personable. He's very easy to work with, which is important. You always feel, as a client, that he's giving you 100% attention." 

Associate Alexandra Beidas has experience in leading work for substantial clients, and is noted for her deep knowledge of financial services remuneration regulations. One client remarked that she is "doing a formidable job on keeping abreast of the regulatory changes."

Significant clients BAE Systems, BP, Citi, HSBC, Vodafone.

Energy & Natural Resources - UK-wide

What the team is known for Leading mining practice renowned for its corporate and capital markets strength. Acts for mining majors and financial institutions in a broad array of work including M&A, regulatory issues, disputes, and project finance and development.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We get a very well-organised and directed service and they have very intelligent and skilled lawyers."

"It is a very practical approach and also doesn't omit anything substantive; a very sound, pragmatic approach."

Work highlights Acted for Glencore in its USD70 billion merger with Xstrata.

Advised Rio Tinto in connection with a USD3 billion notes offering.

Notable practitioners

Charles Jacobs is a well-known figure in the mining sector and leads a team that has presided over some of the biggest corporate deals in the area. He advised Kazakhmys on Eurasian Resources Group's takeover of ENRC. One impressed source said: "He has a good understanding of clients and what they want, and is able to see a way through creatively to get a deal done."

David Avery-Gee is an M&A and capital markets lawyer with a good depth of experience in the mining sector. He led the team advising Glencore Xstrata on the merger of the Kansuki and Mutanda projects in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Sources describe him as a "hard-working, diligent and solution-minded guy."

Significant clients Goldfields, Fresnillo, MMG, Hochschild, Barrick.

Energy & Natural Resources - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Market-leading energy practice with the ability to handle complex high-value mandates. Excellent reputation for LNG development and financing. Advises on financing, development, acquisitions and regulatory matters in the power and renewable energy sector. Nuclear energy capability.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a really good, broad insight into the industry itself in terms of market precedents and how the industry is structured."

"The advantage of Linklaters is they have deep resources, they have a lot of readily available experience on those deals, they do a lot of them, therefore you can cut to the point of what is necessary."

"They are very commercial, they know the sector very well and understand the issues, they explain things clearly, they are proactive - which is useful - and they look for a solution."

"They were very useful, very reactive, very competent; they were very tough negotiators and we received very good timely assistance from them."

"Extremely commercial, a lot of precision in what they do, responsive, good judgement and good depth in the team."

Work highlights Acted for Ophir Energy on offshore gas transactional work and the development of an LNG export terminal in Tanzania.

Advised National Grid and Elia System Operator on the construction of an interconnector to connect the electricity networks of Belgium and the UK.

Advised Helius Energy on the development of the Avonmouth biomass project, a 100 MW biomass-fuelled electricity generating station, providing renewable low-carbon electricity.

Represented Marubeni in its purchase of a 50% stake in GDF SUEZ's Portuguese power portfolio.

Notable practitioners  

Matthew Hagopian is a well-respected energy solicitor who acts on project development, financing and transactional work in the oil and gas sector. Sources particularly note his knowledge of LNG issues. A client commented: "He understands the business situation we are in and the industry we are operating in, and he has a good business sense; he can anticipate and respond effectively to whatever is required."

Fiona Hobbs has a project finance practice which includes acting on oil and gas matters. Sources say: "She is very sensitive to client needs, good at relationship management and she is an exceptional lawyer."

Jeremy Gewirtz has significant experience in power and a commodities-focused oil and gas practice. He recently acted for ESBII in its disposal of 50% interest in Marchwood Power, a joint venture which owns a gas-fired power station near Southampton. Sources say: "He is a very good lawyer, very well connected and always on the shortlist of clients doing big deals."

John Pickett is recognised for his practice acting for lenders on large renewable energy deals and for his knowledge of the wider power market. One source said: "He has a true understanding of the risks of offshore wind, the regulatory side, the technical side, so he knows where the risks are and has a good idea of how you could go about solving some of those."

Richard Coar is a power and renewable energy solicitor who advises on transactions, project finance and regulatory work. He acted for the sponsor, Helius Energy, on the development of a 100 MW biomass plant at Avonmouth. Sources say: "He has a strong knowledge of the sector and he is very solution-oriented and seeks to build consensus." 

A finance lawyer and head of the water group, Julian Davies is praised by sources as "intellectually and technically very strong." He largely focuses on acting for water companies in corporate finance transactions.

Significant clients BP, Total, Eni, Rosneft, Genel. 

Financial Services - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 19 partners
- 45 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: London

What the team is known for Broad bench of regulatory practitioners with depth of experience in both contentious and non-contentious financial services. Strengthened by its significant international network. Ability to advise on financial regulatory matters across 70 jurisdictions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their regulatory group is extremely responsive, cognisant of regulatory initiatives and always gives practical advice."

"We have got superb help, service and counsel from Linklaters - their work was very successful and will prove to be very valuable."

"It's very much been a positive relationship, and with the addition of recent hires it makes them one of the strongest teams out there."

Notable practitioners  

Renowned regulatory expert Peter Bevan is a specialist in non-contentious matters, advising a broad range of clientele from broker-dealers to investment managers and private banks. Clients describe him as "absolutely first-class. He's intellectually very strong but has the ability to convey complex regulatory issues in a comprehensible way to the layman."

Having spent over nine years at the FSA, Martyn Hopper is widely considered to be "extremely experienced and very knowledgeable." A contentious regulatory specialist, he is highly regarded by both peers and clients. One source notes: "He's one of the very few lawyers who offers an overall package."

Clients describe Michael Kent as "the ultimate trusted adviser" and commend his "very quick intellectual grasp of a complex situation and superb client-handling skills." He is global head of the financial regulation group at the firm and has significant experience advising on regulatory enforcement matters.

Highly respected junior partner Nikunj Kiri has continued to build on his impressive following with a focus on contentious regulatory disputes and highly sensitive enforcement proceedings.

The "technically outstanding" Sarah Parkhouse garners praise for her strength in the non-contentious sphere, providing expert advice to asset management and institutional investor consultants. Clients praise her, reporting that "she has a way of crystallising very complex issues to really help you home in on what's important. I have faith in her and her knowledge and understanding on how we do our business - she's terrific."

The impressive Christa Band has a very strong reputation for banking litigation which she combines very effectively with her strength in contentious regulatory matters.

Carl Fernandes is noted by peers as someone they might refer clients to in a conflict as he is "very approachable, sound and technically able. He's held in high regard." He is also noted for his experience in both contentious and non-contentious regulatory work as well as his dual-qualification in Hong Kong, where he spent five years as head of the Asian financial regulation group.

James Gardner effectively straddles contentious regulatory disputes and banking litigation. Clients say he's "extremely bright, very articulate, and he takes his time to explain things. Very impressive."

Andrew Hughes offers significant experience in contentious regulatory matters and has litigation expertise. One source comments: "Clients have a lot of confidence in him and his ability to turn around a lot of work very quickly."

Harry Eddis demonstrates great ability in non-contentious matters, advising across an array of product types. He is also noted for his advice on the impact of EMIR and the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD).

The highly experienced Nadia Swann shows great strength in a wide range of non-contentious regulatory matters including structuring advice and documentation, broker-dealing and policy management. Clients describe her as "very responsive, easy to deal with, extremely knowledgeable and practical, with the ability to convey not only the changes but the impact of the legislation to our company."

Significant clients AXA, Lloyds Banking Group, MFS International, Barclays, Moody's.

Fraud - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 18 partners
- 70 associates

What the team is known for Capable of handling major civil fraud litigation, investigations and asset tracing. Frequently advises corporate clients on major fraud allegations.

Work highlights Advised Grant Thornton, as liquidator of Saad Investments, on a USD9.2 billion fraud alleged by the Saudi Arabian-based Algosaibi family.

Notable practitioners  

Alan Walls is a highly regarded fraud litigator with experience of working on major investigations involving financial institutions and public companies. Peers say: "He's a very experienced senior lawyer with immense experience in fraud."

Christa Band regularly acts for clients in the banking and financial services sector. Peers report that "she is really excellent and very approachable."

Insurance - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Largely known for big-ticket transactional and business transfer work that often includes significant cross-border elements. Also offers deep and insightful knowledge of the regulatory side of non-contentious insurance to facilitate complex acquisitions and disposals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"One great advantage they have is that they work in partnership with the in-house team and don't push the internal lawyers out."

"The deal involved a classic short timeframe and it was pulled together in short order with good support from the team, who were so consistent."

"They are very good at being responsive and understand our requirements and the pressures we are under. It makes a big difference that they understand the industry as well as being M&A lawyers."

Work highlights Retained by Lloyds Banking Group to assist with the £250 million sale of its German life insurance business Heidelberger Lebensversicherung to Cinven Partners and Hannover Re.

Advised Royal London on its acquisition of shares in both the Co-operative Asset Management and the Co-operative Banking Group.

Notable practitioners  

"Absolute star" Duncan Barber is highly experienced in the insurance field and is particularly adept at M&A transactions. He has "in-depth knowledge of the insurance industry. He is a lawyer who works well across borders, jurisdictions and cultural differences," say clients. 

Victoria Sander is "very good at grasping the commercial angle of negotiations and getting what the client wants." She has extensive experience in advising clients on Solvency II, Part VII transfers and international acquisitions. A client said: "She is a very bright and technically adept lawyer who inspires confidence."

Dan Schuster-Woldan continues to impress, particularly with his advice to large investment banks on sell-downs of shares in Direct Line Insurance Group. Clients laud him as a "quick-witted lawyer who offers good clarity of thought and straight-talking advice," with one adding: "I would also single him out for his unbelievable responsiveness."  

Madhu Jain is a counsel in the team and moves into the up-and-coming individuals category this year based on the strength of her independent practice. According to clients, she is "tenacious and a good negotiator to have on complex agreements."

Significant clients AXA, Rothesay Life/Goldman Sachs, Aviva, Prudential, Resolution Ltd.

Investment Funds - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Excellent track record in the real estate funds sector, with good showings in the private equity, closed-end listed and hedge funds areas. Firmly established as a leading adviser to alternative investment managers spinning off from banks. Enduring relationships with numerous marquee banks and financial institutions, spanning multiple jurisdictions. Also caters to leading institutional investor clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have always been very strong in this field." 

What's new? The team has gained Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Invesco and KKR as new clients.

Work highlights Advised the CEO and management of EMSO Partners, a subsidiary of White Park, on its purchase of the business from Citi.

Acted for Greenstone Resources on its first fund, concentrating on metals and mining.

Notable practitioners  

Jonathan de Lance-Holmes is picked out as a "knowledgeable, insightful and responsive" practitioner. He regularly offers significant clients guidance on AIFMD regulations.  

Significant clients Perella Weinberg, Macquarie, Lend Lease, Fortress, VTB Capital.

Life Sciences - UK-wide

What the team is known for A compact but highly experienced and effective patent litigation team. Significant expertise in corporate work makes it an ideal destination for strategic transactions in the life sciences sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Very good on pharmaceuticals litigation."

"Well equipped to handle big, complex transactions." 

Notable practitioners  

Nigel Jones is highly esteemed in life sciences patent litigation, and counts some of the leading clients in the market as loyal clients.

Ian Karet is well regarded by a number of senior sources working in the sector. His practice takes in the IP implications of large corporate transactions as well as patent litigation.

Outsourcing - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners 
- 26 other qualified lawyers 
- Office locations ranked: London

What the team is known for Provides comprehensive customer and supplier-side outsourcing coverage for public and private sector clients. Deep bench with experience in high-value and complex multi-jurisdictional sourcings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They provided outstanding experience and understanding in putting an outsourcing deal together that was more than challenging in terms of timescales. Their capacity, endurance and eye for details were real achievements."

Work highlights Advised the Post Office on two major strategic BPO agreements with Royal Mail, including a ten-year agreement to distribute mail.

Acted for BP on a USD500 million finance and accounting outsourcing project.

Notable practitioners  

John Crozier heads the firm's outsourcing group and led the team's work for the Post Office. His broad sourcing practice also includes advising on ITOs and offshore application development and management. 

The "top-notch" Richard Cumbley advises domestic and international businesses on contentious and non-contentious aspects of sourcing, with an emphasis on ITOs and related services.

The "commercially savvy" Julian Cunningham-Day enters the rankings having received strong market praise for the outsourcing component of his broader technology and data protection practice.

Significant clients BP, Barclays Bank, PwC, Citigroup, KPMG.

Pensions Litigation - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Heavyweight offering receiving regular instructions on high-profile work domestically and internationally. Acts for an enviable client roster with notable strength in dispute avoidance and risk management.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They take a pragmatic approach to their work. They stay firmly within the law, but they're aware that business can't take place in some kind of theoretical perfect bubble."

"They have a quality offering and they do bespoke work."

Work highlights Represented PwC in a major appeal, arguing that liability under Financial Support Directions ranked as a company's provable debt rather than an administration expense.

Represented British Airways in proceedings against the trustees of its Airways Pension Scheme based on their implementing annual pension increases above those provided by statute when the scheme in question is in deficit.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Mark Blyth enjoys an excellent reputation as a standout in the field, both for his deft handling of major litigation and his skill in mediation. Sources describe him as "outstanding. He has as good a grasp of the technical issues as any non-contentious lawyer, and he's as good a litigator as anyone." 

Significant clients Nortel Networks, Uniq Pension Scheme, Buck Consultants, Hewlett-Packard Pension Plan.

Projects - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Excellent profile representing lenders, sponsors and public sector clients in the transport, waste, healthcare and energy fields. Acts domestically and internationally, with an impressive reputation for secondary market deals and bond work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Legal expertise in project and infrastructure finance and a can-do problem-solving culture."

"They're probably one of the leading advisers in the PPP sector particularly from a financing perspective - positive across the board."

Work highlights Advised the lenders, comprising eight commercial banks and EIB, on the A1/A6 highway project in the Netherlands.

Represented a consortium comprising Borealis and Allianz in its EUR1.55 billion acquisition of NET4GAS, the sole owner and operator of the gas transmission system in the Czech Republic.

Notable practitioners  

Bruce White heads the team and is well known for his experience advising lenders and bidders in areas such as health and waste. Sources describe him as "one of the key people in the market - from the lender's point of view I'd go with him."

Ian Andrews' experience covers arenas such as energy and transport, frequently representing lender clients in the UK and Europe. He also acts on major infrastructure acquisitions, and sources appreciate how "he's always trying to find a novel solution."

Charlotte Morgan is regularly instructed on high-level infrastructure work in the UK, including significant transport and waste matters. Her practice incorporates significant experience acting for sponsors.

Stuart Rowson is experienced acting for lenders and sponsors in transport and waste matters. He also handles refinancings and infrastructure acquisitions in the UK and Europe. One client notes: "You get a very measured and detailed response from him, which helps to get everybody to focus on the real issue."

Simon Caridia has expertise in a variety of areas including transport and health. He represents bidders and lenders in the UK and Europe. Sources say: "He's a really good lawyer - very commercial and solution-oriented. He tries to get the deal done."

Significant clients 3i Group, AWE Management, Balfour Beatty, Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi, Carillion.

Private Equity - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Maintains strong presence in the market, housing an extensive bench backed by strong leveraged finance capability. Advises a number of prominent names in the market and continues to develop new relationships.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a very strong corporate private equity practice." 

Work highlights Assisted TDR Capital with its £750 million purchase of David Lloyd Leisure Group from London & Regional and Caird Capital.

Advised Rhône Capital on the purchase and financing of Eden Springs in a cross-border deal worth EUR240 million.

Notable practitioners  

Carlton Evans is a "very good partner" who is an experienced figure in corporate and private equity. He recently advised the shareholders of Burton's Holdings, including private equity owners, on the sale of the business.

Alex Woodward "really understands private equity," according to clients, who add that he offers "quick, pragmatic advice." He assisted HgCapital and Manx Telecom with the former's strategic exit through a £156 million IPO and subsequent AIM listing.

Significant clients Triton, Bridgepoint, Global Infrastructure Partners, Montagu Private Equity, EQT.

Projects - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Excellent international presence coupled with a formidable domestic practice. Acts for lenders and sponsors in power, infrastructure and oil and gas work. Impressive track record acting on high-level matters in Europe, Africa and Central Asia.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They take the initiative and they're creative in problem-solving, and there's no question of availability of resource or the effort they put into the work." 

"They're very knowledgeable; they know the market, the subject and the people, which is all useful, and they do a great job." 

Work highlights Acted as lenders' counsel for a commercial bank and ECA consortium including KEXIM and K-Sure in the financing of a USD2.5 billion polyethylene plant in Kazakhstan.

Acted for National Grid and Elia on the Nemo Interconnector project, a proposed HVDC electrical interconnector between the UK and Belgium.

Notable practitioners  

John Pickett is described as "excellent - a very strong performer," with sources highlighting his skill in negotiations. His practice includes experience acting for lenders on major power work in Africa.

Head of UK project finance, Jeremy Gewirtz maintains a strong profile in the power sector, advising on a broad array of complex projects both domestically and in Africa. He is also well regarded for his expertise in infrastructure.

Daniel Tyrer receives acclaim for his handling of high-level oil and gas work. He advises on projects in Africa, Russia and the CEE region. Sources comment that he is "always very well prepared and well ahead of everything."

Matthew Hagopian centres his practice on LNG work, impressing with his handling of complex financings and his representation of sponsor-side clients. He is recognised across the market for his work in Africa, Latin America and the USA.

Significant clients GDF Suez, Centrica, Glencore International, BP International, Repsol YPF.

Retail - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- Recommended office location: London

What the team is known for Strong team with a reputation for working on the most complex and high-value deals in the retail sector. The team has complementary expertise on competition issues.

Work highlights Advised Dixons on the £3.6 billion merger with Carphone Warehouse.

Advised House of Fraser on the acquisition, by Sanpower, of a majority stake in its business.

Notable practitioners 

Aedamar Comiskey is the key contact for the retail team.

Tax - UK-wide

What the team is known for Advises clients of national and international renown in respect of tax disputes arising out of a variety of contexts. Handles matters relating to direct and indirect taxation. 

Notable practitioners

Dominic Winter is a key contact.

Telecommunications - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Highly respected in the transactional space, with key regulatory expertise complementing the practice. Particularly acknowledged for work on international deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"I never came across anyone who seemed out of their depth and never felt like I was lacking support."

"Brilliant for M&A work!" 

Work highlights Represented Vodafone in its EUR7.7 billion bid for a 100% interest in German cable provider Kabel Deutschland Holding.

Advised Japanese group NTT Communications on its acquisition of a majority interest in Arkadin.

Notable practitioners  

Julian Cunningham-Day advises clients on commercial and regulatory matters in the TMT sector. Recent telecoms work includes advising NTT Communications on its acquisition of a majority stake in Arkadin International SAS from AXA Private Equity.

Significant clients Liberty Global, Bahrain Telecommunications, Emirates International Telecommunications, Orange, Megafon. 

Transport - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Advises on high-value, complex rail infrastructure projects, with notable expertise on PPP projects.

Work highlights Advised Cross London Trains on the £1.84 billion financing of rolling stock leased for the Thameslink project.

Notable practitioners  

Fiona Hobbs advises on a range of energy and infrastructure deals. Market sources note that "she is technically a very good lawyer and has good commercial sense."

Charlotte Morgan is a partner in the global energy and infrastructure group, and is noted for her experience of PPP work. Market sources note that "she knows the industry and is very thorough." 

Stuart Rowson is noted for his experience in project finance deals. He took a leading role in the Thameslink project and a market source notes that "he is well respected by people in the industry."

Significant clients Siemens, Department for Transport, Bouygues, Innesfree.