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Olswang - London
  • 90 High Holborn
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • WC1V 6XX
  • CEO Michael Burdon
  • Senior Partner Mark Devereux
  • Number of UK partners 80
  • Number of other UK fee-earners 220

THE FIRM Established over 30 years ago, Olswang has built an unparalleled Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice. As a full-service, international law firm, Olswang has also established a commanding reputation for changing the face of business in a wide range of other industries, from real estate to retail and life sciences to leisure.

Technology: 15 partners; 30 other qualified lawyers. Advised the shareholders of Context Information Security (ContextIS), a leading provider of specialist technical consultancy services in the cyber security market, on the sale of the company for £32m to Babcock International Group PLC, a leading UK engineering support services company.
Advised domestic Chinese B2B e-commerce operator JQW plc on its admission to trading on the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM). Key clients: Microsoft, BAE Systems, Marks & Spencer, Zynga, ZTE.
Media: 38 partners; 58 other qualified lawyers. Advised long-standing client Warner Music Group Corp. (WMG), an Access Industries company, on its acquisition of Parlophone Label Group from Universal Music Group, a subsidiary of Vivendi, for £487 million (around $765 million) in an all-cash transaction. Advised leading European film producer and distributor Studiocanal on the acquisition of its majority stake in one of the UK’s most successful independent producers, Red Production Company. Key clients: Dentsu Aegis, BBC Worldwide, BBC, ITV, Warner Music Group, News Corporation / News International.
Telecommunications: 12 partners; 25+ other qualified lawyers. Advised Vodafone UK on its agreement with Telefónica UK to strengthen their existing network partnership. Key clients: Vodafone, Belgacom, Telstra, Telefonica, Tata Communications.
Real Estate: 11 partners; 40 other qualified lawyers. Advised long-standing client F&C REIT in a transaction to acquire the Dollar shopping centre portfolio in a club deal from the Grosvenor Estate for a total consideration of approximately £250 million. Advised CCP III and EPISO on the sale of a €472 million portfolio of prime European logistics assets and development land in Germany, Poland and France to a Segro Joint Venture. Key clients: F&C REIT, Delancey, Aberdeen Asset Management, Benson Elliot. Corporate: 22 partners; 30 other fee earners. Acted for client Alpha Private Equity Fund 6 (APEF 6) on the acquisition of Redcats’ children and family division from world leader in apparel and accessories Kering / PPR for €119m. Advised long-standing client Warner Music Group Corp. (WMG), an Access Industries company, on its acquisition of Parlophone Label Group from Universal Music Group, a subsidiary of Vivendi, for £487 million (around $765 million) in an all-cash transaction. Key clients: BBC Worldwide, Warner Music Group, ITV plc, ISIS Equity Partners, Sodidel S.p.A.
Intellectual Property: 12 partners; 64 other fee earners. Acted for Stan James Plc, Stan James (Abingdon) Limited, Enetpulse Aps and Yahoo! UK Limited in a court case concerning intellectual property rights in football fixture lists prepared for the English and Scottish football leagues. Advised multi-award winning client Naked Energy, a solar technology company, on intellectual property, commercial agreements and funding rounds necessary for the success of its award-winning product, Virtu. Key clients: Microsoft, ZTE, Vodafone, Richemont Group, Sky.
Litigation: 13 partners; 32 other fee earners. Advised News International in relation to various matters arising from voicemail interception at the News of the World, including conducting a review into journalistic standards and practices at News International, establishing and running News International’s Compensation Scheme for victims of voicemail interception and acting for News Group Newspapers in relation to civil claims brought against it. Key clients: BBC, BBC Worldwide, ITV, Microsoft, Kaupthing.
Commercial Contracts, Sourcing, Procurement & Supply Chain: 27 partners; 59 other fee earners. Advised BP on the extension of its existing UK and US HR outsource with provider Aon Hewitt. Advised IMG Worldwide, the global sports, fashion, and media company on its strategic partnership with Livestream (Livestream.com), a market leader in live video streaming for online distribution. Key clients: BP, BAE Systems, T-Systems, Deutsche Post-DHL.
Finance: 8 partners; 21 other fee earners
Employment, Pensions & Benefits: 9 partner; 18 other fee earners

INTERNATIONAL: Headquartered in London, Olswang has an international presence spanning Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, the UK and Singapore. Languages: Dutch, English, French, German, Mandarin, Spanish

RECRUITMENT: The firm has seen a high number of lateral recruits this year in the UK. UK recruits include: Louise Bell; Bernard O’Sullivan; Andrew Quayle; Ron Burgess; Justin Hill and Andrew Besser.

  • Technology Clive Gringras, Anthony Waller
  • Media Mark Devereux
  • Telecommunications Purvi Parekh
  • Real Estate Jonathan Lewis
  • Corporate Fabrizio Carpanini
  • Intellectual Property Paul Stevens
  • Litigation Richard Bamforth
  • Commercial Contracts, Sourcing, Procurement & Supply Chain Iain Stansfield; Dominic Dryden
  • Finance Charles Kerrigan
  • Employment, Pensions and Benefits Catherine Taylor


  • 90 High Holborn,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • WC1V 6XX
  • Tel (020) 7067 3000
  • Fax (020) 7067 3999
  • DX 37972 London Kingsway
  • Email : london@olswang.com
  • Website : www.olswang.com