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The feedback from Accesskeys has been great! Special adviser Jackie Holland advised the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the state aid investigation of an investment contract granted to Drax Power Limited, and succeeded in securing unconditional clearance from the European Commission at phase II. Philip Mansfield led the team representing Hitachi in an investigation by the European Commission into suspected cartel conduct in the automotive parts sector.

Nigel Parr and Euan Burrows jointly head the practice, which is active across the range of competition law disciplines. The practice was appointed to the panel of Northern Ireland Electricity Networks in Former practice head James Quinney is now a consultant in the team.

Mark Jones led the advice to Foxconn on its acquisition of the Nokia phone manufacturing and distribution business from Microsoft. Julia Marlow was promoted to counsel. Nicola Northway joined the team from Barclays and Tristan Grimmer was promoted to partner. The team, which has particular strength in regulated sectors, is particular active in mandates related to utilities and financial institutions. The practice also advises on state aid, dawn raid, and competition law compliance matters.

Counsel Paul Gilbert advised Barclays on the sale of its index benchmarking and risk analytics business to Bloomberg, and acted for Amundi on the acquisition from Oddo et Cie of an Jenny Block joined Ofwat as general counsel.

Kilpatrick is defending NKT Cables in claims brought by National Grid and Scottish Power for alleged overcharges in relation to the high voltage cables infringement decision by the European Commission.

Senior associates Mark Gardner and Karoline Phillips are also recommended. Susan Hinchcliffe joined General Electric. Practice head Pat Treacy is advising longstanding client Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe on resisting a potential interim injunction application in relation to abuse of dominance allegations, while Stephen Smith who joined from RPC , is providing strategic advice to the British Brands Group in relation to the operation of the Groceries Supply Code of Practice.

Sarah Smith and Szlezinger advised Heineken on its acquisition of the partial Punch pub estate, which involved handling merger control issues before the CMA. The practice has experience in cartel and market investigations, merger control work, and in providing strategic behavioural and compliance advice.

The team also acted for Starbucks on a pan-European risk and compliance audit, and advised Sazerac on EU competition, IP, and regulatory issues associated with their branded spirits. Associate Lisa Hatfield is also recommended. Nick Cotter is part of the team advising CST Industries in relation to the ongoing civil cartel investigation into galvanised steel tanks.

Sally Southwell and Sarah Jordan advised Sithe Global, a Blackstone portfolio company, on merger control notifications in the Philippines in relation to the sale of its electricity generation assets to Aboitiz Power, securing unconditional clearance by the Philippines Competition Commission.

Southwell joined in from Linklaters LLP. Shaun Goodman has left the profession. John Kallaugher is also recommended. Other recent work for the team includes advising Jaguar Land Rover on state aid issues in relation to the development or redevelopment of manufacturing plants, and advising Intercontinental Exchange ICE on the competition law aspects of its contemplated bid for London Stock Exchange.

Supervising associate Ajit Kainth was part of the team advising a consortium of banks, including Morgan Stanley and Nomura, on competition law issues related to the projected creation of a standard repackaging documentation platform.

The team is also active in EU and UK market and cartel investigations, and provides strategic compliance advice. Richard Eccles advised Wilhelmsen Maritime Services on the merger control aspects of the sale of its maritime safety business to Survitec, which involved securing clearances in multiple jurisdictions including in the UK.

Eccles also provided competition law and state aid advice to the European Space Agency on proposals for new satellite-based commercial operations. Other key matters include providing compliance advice and dawn raid training to Kaspersky Lab UK, and assisting Fujifilm with the competition law aspects of an IP dispute with a competing business.

Associate Ariane Le Strat is also recommended. Dentons has a sector-focused practice with particular strengths in the energy, financial institutions, retail, transport, construction, and media areas. Other recent work includes advising John Lewis on competition aspects of its partnership with Clipper Logistics, and advising NYX Gaming Group on merger control aspects of its acquisition of OpenBet, which involved multiple jurisdictions.

The practice advises private equity houses, large corporate clients, and SMEs on merger control and behavioural antitrust matters. Notowicz acted for Compass Partners on its investment in a portfolio of assets owned by Bridgepoint and assisted BC Partners with the acquisition of 22 mental healthcare hospitals across the UK.

The practice continues to advise clients such as G-Form and Macmillan on the EU and UK competition law implications of their distribution strategies. Key sector strengths include sports, mining and metals, and automotive. The team is also acting as lead counsel to Concordia in relation to two investigations by the CMA. Miller advised Situs Group Holdings Corporation on the merger control aspects of its acquisition of Hatfield Philips International, and advised a well-known international consumer apparel group on competition law compliance issues.

Other clients include eBay, Bayer Cropscience, and Mastercard. Senior associate Rosanna Connolly is also recommended. Together with senior associate Richard Craig, Vidal also advised Esterline Technologies Corporation on the disposal of the air countermeasures and pyrotechnics business and certain assets of Wallop Defence Systems to Chemring, which was cleared by the CMA.

Claydon led the team advising Co-Operative Group on the acquisition of 15 Budgens stores from Booker, and the sale of of its smaller stores to McColls, both of which were cleared by the CMA in John Houlden continues to advise the University of Bristol on a range of state aid and procurement law matters.

Other recent work includes advising Lloyds Pharmacy on a leniency application to the CMA arising from its care home medicines cartel investigation. Associates Rory Ashmore and Elora Mukherjee are also recommended. Legal director David Harrison is part of the team advising British Business Bank on a number of state aid matters, including its Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme; he is also advising the Association of Independent Healthcare Organisations on competition law issues arising from horizontal co-operation between competitor groups in a policy initiative to bring more people into private healthcare.

Samuel Beighton and Birmingham-based Anna Cundall were promoted to director and associate, respectively. Associate Jeremy Kelly who splits his time between London and Brussels is also recommended. Managing associate Saira Henry is also recommended. The practice is active across a number of sectors, including energy and pharmaceuticals, and has particular strengths in the TMT sector thanks to Gordon Moir and consultant Annemaree McDonough. Francesco Liberatore is also recommended.

The team has strengths in a number of sectors, including transport, financial services, life sciences, and energy. European counsel Axel Beckmerhagen was part of the team acting for Iveco and its parent CNH Holding International on a settlement with the European Commission over fines for participation in a truck maker cartel.

The practice is active in merger control, strategic competition and compliance advice, and antitrust investigations, and counts Three, British Airways, Boots UK, and Brookfield Utilities UK No 2 Limited among its clients.

Doris advised an industrial client on the polyurethane foam cartel investigation and secured immunity from fines by the European Commission, and represented a global banking entity in relation to a global investigation into the manipulation of currency exchange rates. Taylor has provided antitrust advice to clients across such sectors as telecommunications, aviation, financial services, and pharmaceuticals. Practice head Philip Ruttley led the team acting for NYK in respect of the long-running European Commission investigation into alleged price signalling in the container shipping sector and, together with managing associate Solange Leandro , continues to provide compliance advice to Air New Zealand.

Litigation-specialist Sarah Houghton was promoted to partner. Associate director Katherine Kirrage is part of the team advising Nomad Foods on competition law compliance in all areas of the business across the EU.

Bristol-based senior associates Rebecca Malone and Zoë Hare are also recommended. With an even split of issuer and underwriter work and a deep specialism in the oil and gas sector, Ashurst is regularly involved in some of the largest London-market IPOs. Nicholas Holmes heads the equity capital markets practice and advised a syndicate of lenders, including Barclays and J.

Clifford Chance has continued to attract enviable bank-side and issuer-side work throughout the London and European equity capital markets. Mark Austin acts for corporates and investment banks on a range of public and private securities offerings and is a member of the Primary Markets Group, which advises the LSE on capital markets issues. Doug Smith has experience acting for sponsors, issuers and underwriters on a range of capital markets transactions, such as IPOs, secondary offerings and private placements.

Specialising in US-securities, Sarah Murphy acts for corporates seeking an opening to the US and international capital markets and Julian Makin is another key contact. Known particularly for its FTSE client-base, it is currently involved in two substantial and highly sensitive European equity transactions, and also has deep expertise in emerging market listings.

James Palmer is another key contact. Morgan and Nordea as underwriters on the part-privatisation and DKK It attracts instructions from issuer, sponsor and underwriter clients and has been involved in a number of recent UK main market IPOs. The department is consistently involved in some of the most valuable equity transactions throughout the whole of the European market.

Issuer clients include Tele2, Nokia, Sasol and Norrporten. Pawel Szaja was promoted to counsel and counsel Alejandro Gordano joined the firm from Credit Suisse in Richard Price joined Anglo American in Working in conjunction with its European and wider, international network, the London team is well-positioned to advise on high-value equity transactions across the globe.

Pranav Trivedi is another contact in the practice group. Acting for issuers and underwriters, the department has also been increasingly active in London main market transactions. In addition to its issuer-side practice, the team also has long-standing relationships with banks such as Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and J. Issuer clients have included Aena SA, Entertainment One and Adaptimmune Theraputics plc, while the department has also worked for bank-side clients such as J.

The equity capital markets team at Norton Rose Fulbright is instructed by issuers and investment banks and provides UK and US law advice in connection with a variety of equity transactions. Most notably, the group has been involved in multiple high-value share buy-backs and sell-downs in The department also has experience of emerging market listings and acted for Obour Land for Food Industries as transaction counsel on its IPO and listing on the Egyptian Stock Exchange.

Mark Lloyd Williams is also recommended. It acts for issuers and underwriters and has particular experience in main market transactions involving share offers to the US.

Chris Horton is highly recommended and advised J. The firm strengthened its US securities capabilities through its highly publicised three-way-merger in The team also has a strong Scotland-based practice, and Graeme Bruce is recommended in the Glasgow office.

DLA Piper has been instructed by underwriter and issuer clients and sees a steady flow of main market London IPO work and secondary offerings. Martin Penn was promoted to partner in In , the team, which is led by Camille Abousleiman , handled a variety of matters with cross-border implications in Lebanon, Ukraine, Egypt and Latin America. The department brought on a number of new partners in Fergus Gallagher is a recommended senior associate.

Bolstered by a strong overall corporate department, Macfarlanes LLP has extensive experience in acting for various deal-participants and is especially strong on dual track transactions. Robert Boyle has a broad corporate practice and leads the equity capital markets team. The department has acted for a litany of global investment banks, while issuer clients have included CVC Capital Partners and BlackRock.

The department regularly provides US-law support to leading City law firms in relation to offerings with US aspects, and has also handled international offerings on a stand-alone basis. Bergman jointly heads the department with David Lakhdhir.

Gregory Conway and Derek Baird are active partners in the capital markets and securities group. In addition to its London-facing work, the team also works closely with its Polish colleagues and has experience in a range of European capital markets.

Managing partner Michael Francies is another key contact in the department. The team has also developed numerous internet-based tools to assist clients navigate the vast range of regulatory issues they face, including "The Financial Markets Toolkit", which provides clients with easy online access to key legislation and know-how developed by the firm across a range of key regulatory topics.

The team has recently been particularly active on transactional work within the sector, and as well as advising London Stock Exchange LSE on its ultimately aborted merger with Deutsche Borse, also acted for it on its acquisition of US financial data business, Mergent. David Rouch is particularly active in the asset management space and is a key member of the team that also includes Mark Kalderon - who is noted for his regulatory expertise on behalf of commercial and investment banks.

Formerly in-house at a major investment bank, Harry Eddis has excellent insight into the industry and has been active across a wide variety of regulatory issues including those impacting on the clearing sector and Fintech. Eddis recently helped establish LMEprecious, an innovative new suite of exchange-traded, loco London precious metals products.

Sarah Parkhouse and Nadia Swann have left the firm. Arnondo Chakrabarti has vast experience across both contentious regulatory matters and corporate crime, frequently in the context of a cross-border scenario. Etay Katz has a strong reputation in the industry and as well as acting for individual financial institutions, is also frequently called upon to advise industry and trade bodies on regulatory issues of concern.

Damian Carolan has a focus on derivatives and securities regulation and the development of new markets and clearing settlement systems; he recently advised London Clearing House on a significant new product development, Swap Agent, for the delivery of centralised infrastructure for uncleared "Over the counter" OTC derivatives business. Perry recently provided guidance on the implications of the Brexit vote to two major financial institutions in the immediate aftermath of the referendum result.

Senior associate Tim Cant has developed a strong reputation for MiFID-related advice and was recently a key member of the team that advised numerous buy and sell-side clients on issues related to the implementation of MiFIDII. Tom Connor is also recommended across a range of financial services contentious matters including derivatives and structured product disputes, wealth management claims and general banking litigation. Michael Thomas is also recommended, in particular for his market infrastructure expertise.

The team also includes numerous former regulators in its ranks, affording it strong credibility before the FCA and a strong understanding of its approach.

Katie Stephen is also recommended. On the contentious front, Jo Rickard handles financial services litigation as part of her broad commercial litigation offering. Darren Fox provides market-leading regulatory advice, often at a pan-European level, to hedge funds and asset managers. Jonathan Melrose provides regulatory advice across the non-contentious regulatory aspects of commodities, futures and metal derivatives trading.

Formerly at the FSA, contentious team head Richard Sims has an excellent perspective of FCA procedures and is frequently involved in the highest-profile investigations handled by the firm on behalf of both institutions and senior executives.

Emma Sutcliffe has also recently completed a one year secondment at the FCA and is well regarded for her work on behalf of UK and foreign investment and retail banks, often in the context of a multi-jurisdictional investigation. Kingsley also has a burgeoning reputation in the fast moving Fintech space.

Deborah Finkler is also recommended. Mark Evans has a particular strength advising on clearing and settlement systems and recently advised CLS Bank on the development and implementation of a new service for the settlement of FX option trades and other FX contracts cleared by so-called "CCPs".

Jane Tuckley is also recommended. Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP contentious and non-contentious teams provide an integrated offering to clients, including banks, insurers and funds which require highly informed advice on the whole range of regulations and their options in response.

Maxine Cupitt is also recommended. In a combined effort with lawyers from within the competition group, Jenny Stainsby , Hywel Jenkins and Daniel Hudson continue to represent a leading global investment bank and an international financing group on the global reviews into alleged manipulation in the FX market.

Dan Lavender and Matt McCahearty are the primary contacts for financial services contentious matters. Although she is active across the spectrum of financial services regulatory issues including on behalf of banks, brokers and fund managers, Jacqui Hatfield is particularly noted for her Fintech expertise. The firm excels at strategic and bespoke advice to clients, often involving advice given with a view to ensuring compliance across numerous regulatory frameworks.

As part of his broad-ranging expertise, John Casanova regularly handles payments-related matters. William Garner has a focus on UK and EU regulations affecting the wholesale trading and markets work and is appreciated by clients, not only for his legal expertise, but also his former trading experience. He recently provided all the necessary regulatory input, as part of a multi-disciplinary group, to enable the successful establishment of new digital challenger bank Masthaven Bank.

Team head Kirstene Baillie has provided strategic advice to numerous alternative investment fund managers on the restructuring of their products in the aftermath of the implementation of AIFMD. Baillie advised Downing on reviewing one of its discretionary management portfolio products and restructuring it such that it can now be treated as separate portfolio arrangements rather than as an AIF and thereby avoid the extra onerous compliance issues associated with AIFMD. Able to combine regulatory enforcement expertise with criminal capabilities, the three-partner litigation offering is well-placed to represent individuals and institutions in FCA investigations which are increasingly using criminal powers as part of their toolkit.

Team head Duncan Black handles work for financial institutions and individuals; he is currently representing the CEO of a listed company on an FCA investigation into alleged market abuse and the criminal conduct of insider trading. Mark Compton has a strong grounding in UK and EU financial regulation and regularly acts for a range of investment bank, proprietary traders and funds as they seek to navigate the various directives and legislation impacting on their businesses.

Formerly at the FCA, Guy Wilkes has considerable experience of corporate financial crime particularly involving the financial services sector. He recently advised E. Elizabeth Budd has long standing regulatory expertise on behalf of general and life insurers and is a key member of the non-contentious team that also include products and payments expert Tony Anderson. The team has also been particularly active on data breaches and cyber-crime and is well-regarded for its work on redress schemes where the FCA has been unhappy about the customer experience.

At Baker McKenzie , team head Arun Srivastava has significant visibility in the market, from both a contentious and non-contentious perspective. Heffner also recently acted for T. Tim Simmonds is also recommended, in particular for his regulatory expertise surrounding fund formation within the alternative asset management space, as is Kate Johnson who has a particular niche advising on crowdfunding regulatory work.

Counsel Anna Lawry is also recommended for derivatives advice on behalf of asset management clients. As well as working with other practice groups, Willey also regularly handles discrete standalone regulatory work for clients and is recognised for his work relating to the risk retention rules associated with the CLO market.

Active for both individuals and financial institutions, and also able to tap into the expertise of practitioners based out of the US and Asia, the team is well-placed to handle cases involving multiple global regulators. On the non-contentious front, despite the recent departure of Christopher Leonard who has moved in-house, the firm still has significant capability at counsel level where its focus is on regulations impacting the investment management sector.

Team head Richard Humphreys has particular expertise in the Consumer Credit Act and has been advising consumer credit funders on FCA regulatory issues. Barber has recently been particularly active advising clients in the retail shopping sector on consumer credit issues including advising New Look Retailers on the regulatory issues linked to the outsourcing of credit services to customers together with the supply and operation of staff and VIP discount cards.

Baird recently undertook a review for a major private bank to ensure that its client money arrangements were in line with the current FCA regulations in this area. The recently promoted Andy Peterkin is also recommended. As part of his broad-ranging regulatory expertise, Brahams also has a particular focus on blockchain matters. Alongside Sharon Ayres and Penny Sanders , Ellis has been handling a significant amount of work for Ecclesiastical Insurance Office, including ensuring insurance products are compliant with regulation, structuring and presenting insurance products appropriately and assistance drafting delegated underwriting arrangements.

Other highlights included advising the Singapore Exchange on the regulatory aspects underpinning its acquisition of the Baltic Exchange. Tunkel regularly assists foreign clients establish regulated businesses in, or promote their investment products and services in the UK.

Nathaniel Lalone has been advising the Futures Industry Association on several cross-border initiatives including legal due diligence and analysis to facilitate US futures commission merchants in meeting the new "indirect clearing" requirements under MiFIR for exchange-traded derivatives. David Brennand has a particular focus advising asset managers on the structuring and ongoing operation of hedge and other alternative fund structures investing in a diverse range of asset classes.

Neil Robson is also recommended. Courtneidge has been advising Deutsche Bank on the creation of a virtual leger system using electronic money solutions. Siobhan Moore is the other key partner; she recently advised Sodexo Pass International on the migration of a pre-paid programme to a new e-money issuer. Counsel Patrick Brandt is well-placed to provide insightful advice, particularly in light of his former role at the FSA, and has been busy advising numerous asset managers on AIFMD compliance.

On the advisory front, Richard Small specializes in market abuse, custody and regulatory issues impacting on the private wealth sector. As well as discrete advisory work, Sean Jeffrey also regularly provides the regulatory input on transactional matters within the financial services sector. TLT has a focus on advisory and contentious work across the retail sector. Kelsall and Emily Benson, who was herself formerly at the FSA, have been involved in a considerable amount of advisory work for consumer credit sector clients following the transition of regulation from the OFT to the FCA.

Neil Micklethwaite is well-versed at representing hedge funds accused of insider trading and market abuse offences. Binning also has experience of handling some of the more esoteric cases around including his recent cold shouldering case on behalf of the respondent in what was only the third such case in the history of the Takeover Panel. The team was also enhanced by the arrival in October of Claire Cross from the criminal prosecution team within the FCA. In addition, the team continues to handle a growing amount of work on behalf of corporates in internal investigations involving potential criminal and regulatory breaches.

Wallace recently successfully persuaded the FCA to drop its investigation brought against a UK company which had been accused of providing advice and promotion of an unauthorised collective investment scheme. Senior associate Katie Byrne was also involved in the aforementioned matter, and like Wallace is particularly adept at handling matters where there is a significant interplay between civil and criminal proceedings. The team continues to be involved in many of the most high-profile scandals affecting the financial services industry, including numerous engagements relating to market manipulation.

Dorrington also has significant expertise in relation to fraud matters including money laundering cases. Although the firm is largely focused on contentious work, it also provides a considerable amount of advisory assistance to clients on matters relating to the implementation of the Senior Managers Regime. Find out which law firms are representing which Flotations: Led by Nick Pearey , it focuses on handling some of the most complex and high-value mandates in the AIM arena, and also features prominently in mid-cap Main Market matters.

Giles Distin joined from Squire Patton Boggs. The practice is marked by its broad sector coverage; Alexander Keepin is particularly knowledgeable about listings involving energy and natural resources companies.

Elsewhere, the group handles matters involving companies in the betting and gaming, healthcare and retail industries. Senior associate Brian Mulkerrins is also recommended. Alex Latner joined Playtech as general counsel. Raj Karia leads the team, which includes Simon FT Cox , who has particular expertise in the natural resources sector, and Stephen Rigby , who specialises in renewable energy, power and oil and gas. Fiona Millington is also recommended.

Reflective of the international footprint of the practice, Robert Moir acted for Warsaw Stock Exchange listed recruitment company Work Service on its listing on the London Stock Exchange. Tom Coulter is the lead associate in the team. Nick Williamson and Nick Bryans are also highly regarded. A hallmark of the practice is its strong US securities law offering; Jennifer Schneck, Eric Stuart and senior associate Jeffrey Johnson have expertise in this space.

Paul Blackmore is also highly regarded. The group has also recently been advising clients on the impact of the implementation of the Market Abuse Regulation. The practice draws work from a broad cross-section of industries, with particular strengths in areas such as TMT, financial services and investment trusts, and energy and natural resources.

Martin Penn , who made partner in , is also recommended. Other highly regarded practitioners include Mark Roe , who recently made legal director, Steven Hacking and Alistair Cree. Its team is particularly noted for cross-border transactions involving the energy and natural resources sectors. Neil Matthews leads the team, which also has a strong following in the CIS region.

Director Nicholas Heap and senior associate Edward Westhead are also highly regarded. Gowling WLG has been active in the AIM arena since the market first launched in ; the firm acts for companies located worldwide on their transactions in this space.

Sunil Kakkad , who jointly heads the practice with Jeffrey Elway , acts for Indian companies and financial institutions on cross-border matters. Sefton Collett handles equity capital markets transactions across a number of jurisdictions, particularly in Australia.

Dominic Prentis has experience acting for companies based in Russia and French-speaking parts of West Africa. Other key figures include Matthew Bodfield, who made partner, and Rebecca Gordon, a notable hire from Dentons. Outside of funds-related listings, the team also features in high-profile corporate AIM and Main Market admissions.

William Saunders is another key contact in the team, which was strengthened by the recruitment of Anthony Clare from Ashurst. Simon Allport is also recommended. Lyons also has extensive emerging markets expertise particularly in the Middle East and Africa , and handles matters ranging from IPOs and secondary offerings to rights issues and tender offers for sovereign and quasi-sovereign issuers and financial institutions.

It has a strong track record in mid-market IPOs; transactions span a wide range of sectors, with oil and gas, automotive and technology being particular areas of strength.

Its workload also covers secondary offerings, reverse takeovers, private placements and tender offers. The firm also advised the same client on two other separate fundraisings in Chris McFadzean departed the firm. Its notable sector specialisms are in technology and financial services including fintech , as well as natural resources. Led by Richie Clark , the team undertakes a significant amount of work for dual-listed companies from Australia, North America and South Africa, as well as companies with assets in Africa or the CIS region.

In another matter, Clark is working with Guy Morgan a recent hire from Stephenson Harwood and senior associate William Li on advice to SacOil concerning its proposed reverse takeover of a South Africa-focused petroleum product wholesaler, and its subsequeng re-admission to AIM. Nick Sayers joined Payne Hicks Beach. Paul Tetlow heads the practice.

In addition to undertaking transactional work, Boyle also provides ongoing corporate advice to listed issuers. Led by Kate Ball-Dodd , the team acts for clients across a range of sectors, including technology, insurance, media and entertainment, and life sciences.

The group has a wealth of experience in large AIM listings, and also advises on a significant number of overseas listings. Connor Cahalane is another active practitioner.

Memery Crystal LLP fields six partners who are active in Main Market and AIM-related matters, with particular expertise in sectors such as oil and gas, mining, property and technology. Squire Patton Boggs has a diverse offering, with its team which is spread across its four UK offices covering the gamut of public and private securities transactions for domestic and international clients.

Edward Dawes acts for mid-cap publicly-listed companies and brokers located in the North of England, the Midlands and London. Massimo Galli specialises in advising Italian companies on accessing international capital markets.

Adam Hastings combines sector expertise in mining, energy and natural resources, with experience of advising businesses in Australia and sub-Saharan Africa. Giles Distin departed for Addleshaw Goddard and Steven Glover left to become assistant company secretary at Cranswick.

Taylor Wessing LLP acts for a wide range of clients in public and private fundraisings, as well as transactional matters, with particular expertise in mandates connected with the technology, life sciences and real estate sectors. Dearbhla Quigley is also recommended. Grant Gordon leads the team, which includes Chris Chrysanthou. It is particularly active in the mining and natural resources arena, which was recently demonstrated when Joan Yu assisted Emmerson with its successful Main Market listing and placing.

In addition, the team also acts for listed companies and entities seeking admission to trade on the NEX Growth Market. It also has a strong following of corporate clients, including Fulham Shore, Imaginatik and Volvere. Simon Charles leads the team. Paul Johnson and Anthony McGurk are the other main partners in the team. Mishcon de Reya LLP leverages its industry expertise in areas such as real estate, betting and gaming, and IT, as well as private equity, with the firm often assisting private equity sponsors with exits from their investments via IPOs.

Ross Bryson is another active practitioner in the team, which acts for clients including fastjet, Arden Partners, Cenkos Securities and Cloudtag Inc. In addition to handling IPOs and equity fundraisings, the teams also advises AIM-listed clients on corporate transactions.

He also advised Hewlett Packard Enterprises on the spin-off and merger of its non-core software assets with Micro Focus International. Edward Braham, managing partner Julian Long and Alison Smith, who is especially strong in the retail, consumer and healthcare sectors, are also recommended. Financial services, high-end retail, technology and telecoms are key sector strengths; the department is also noted for its experience in the mining sector.

Iain Wagstaff and Richard Godden are also recommended. Though active in a wide variety of sectors, the team had a particularly good year in manufacturing and retail: Murray Cox and Paul Mudie also made partner in May Asahi is a major client of the practice in the consumer goods space: Robert Crothers is also recommended. It also has impressive regulatory expertise: Mike Flockhart and Gavin Davies are also recommended.

Richard Gubbins retired in Real estate-related corporate work is one area that has grown stronger for the department post-merger, particularly in the hotels space: Energy is an area in which the practice consistently performs impressively: Other sector strengths include financial services, healthcare and life sciences, infrastructure and consumer products.

Other clients of the department include Loxam and Amundi. Michael Preston is also recommended. Verizon Communications is another TMT client.

Charles Meek is also recommended. Financial services and media expert James Dawson left in August to go in-house at Roseland Services. It is well known for its excellent grasp of UK and US corporate law: Energy and infrastructure are strengths of the firm: Energy and construction were fertile areas of work in Scott made partner in July The practice was bolstered by several lateral hires in It is well known for its TMT expertise, though it also acts for high-profile clients in sectors including energy, financial services and transport.

Simon Tysoe is also recommended, especially for energy and infrastructure matters: Membrillera is also active on the buy-side for private equity clients including KKR, which he advised on various acquisitions in the TMT, leisure and energy sectors.

Michael Wolfson relocated to the New York office in October TMT and infrastructure are particular sector strengths: Francies also provided assistance with several large US-led matters for clients including Nortek and Ceridian.

Patrick Sarch, who arrived in January from Clifford Chance and who has particular experience acting for financial institutions, heads the practice jointly with Ian Bagshaw.

The department is increasingly active in the healthcare space: The practice also acts for financial advisers in high-profile transactions: Also recommended are Charlie Geffen who heads the practice, and Mark Sperotto. Pharmaceuticals, chemicals, industrials and telecoms are key sector strengths of the team, whose client base largely comprises public companies. Markus Bauman joined Goodwin in November It is strong in the life sciences, financial institutions, TMT, energy and natural resources sectors: Senior associate Matthew Poxon is also highly recommended.

Other clients of the team include Lion Capital and ghd. Senior associate Lyndsey Laverack is widely recommended. The practice is active in a wide variety of sectors, including energy, telecoms, life sciences and insurance. Retail is another area of activity for the practice: Angell acted for Wiggle Group on its purchase of Chain Reaction Cycles, while group head Douglas Getter assisted Adveo Group with the sale of its ink and toner distribution business and its electronic office supplies inventory in Spain, Italy and Germany to Westcoast.

Nash is also active in the TMT space: The practice counts high-profile energy companies among its client roster: Sebastian Orton joined from Jones Day in March Simon Smith, who heads the department jointly with the Reading-based Greg Leyshon, acted for ByBox Holdings on the auction process that led to its management buyout, which was backed by LDC.

In other media-related highlights, Chris King advised Time Inc. The group saw a number of significant changes to the team in Edward Persse and corporate real estate expert Paul Smith arrived from Irwin Mitchell , corporate finance specialist Rebecca Gordon joined from Dentons , associate director Tom Try joined from Slaughter and May , and senior associate Alexander Underwood, who is an energy specialist, arrived from in-house at Tempus.

Matthew Bodfield, a real estate, infrastructure and recruitment sector expert with significant experience in the digital business space, made partner in May Jon Harris and Nicole Livesey are also recommended. Additionally in the manufacturing and chemicals space, Robert Bray and Antonio Cañadas advised Coats Group on its acquisition of Gotex.

Following its merger with Hill Hofstetter, Fieldfisher saw David Cranfield join its London office; a Russia expert, he has particular experience in the healthcare, automotive, real estate and financial services sectors.

Life sciences and chemicals are areas of increasing activity for the practice: Brooks assisted Revolymer with its purchase of Itaconix. Energy and real estate are sector strengths: Sunil Kakkad leads the group. TMT, entertainment and real estate are particular areas of expertise: Simon Sale and corporate betting and gaming expert Susan Breen are also recommended.

Financial services, technology, life sciences and energy and natural resources are sector strengths: SUN Gold is another natural resources client. David Ramm and Stephen Walters are also recommended. It is well known for its strength in the insurance sector: Private equity, technology, media and retail are other sector strengths.

The practice has notable strength in depth across various sectors: Philip Taylor and Sakil Suleman are also recommended. Andrew Clark left to practise in Brisbane, Australia in April Life sciences is another strong area for the department; Davis acted for Phagenesis on its multi-stage acquisition by Nestlé Health Science. Robert Fenner and private equity expert James Goold are also recommended.

Russell Holden heads the corporate finance practice. Anna Buscall is also recommended. Justin Stock heads the group. He also regularly handles cross-border matters. Alistair Mackie is also recommended. Ports, terminals and logistics expert Matthew Gore made partner in May Practice head Carol Osborne advised Concierge Holding on the sale of a controlling stake in the company to Accor. Private equity is a strength of the practice: Marie-Caroline Frochot is also recommended.

Paul Amiss is also recommended. Alan Barr , hotels and transport expert Rupert Weston , private equity specialist Mark Shepherd and senior associate Tim Roberts are also recommended.

Louise Eldridge acted for King. Nicholas Vasquez made partner in February Financial services especially in the insurance space , technology and corporate real estate are sector strengths: In the insurance space, Jonathan Deverill advised Arthur J.

Gallagher on its purchase of Orb Financial Services. Recently promoted partner Marie Bates and senior associate Tom Bruce are also recommended. Amy Collins is strong in corporate real estate: Alex Kaufmann , who is fluent in French, German and Romanian as well as English, advised dbg on its sale to Merkle, and assisted Newson Gale with its sale to Hoerbiger.

The team at Forsters LLP is particularly active in advising family offices, entrepreneurs, high-net-worth individuals and start-ups.

Moseby also acted for MSCI on the sale of its global corporate occupiers benchmarking business — a business providing performance analytics of commercial buildings — to JLL, and assisted Technicolor with its acquisition of numerous assets from Munky. Senior associate Adam Kuan is also recommended. Dossa has been busy in the care homes space, assisting one care provider for seniors with establishing two joint ventures to acquire and develop care homes; De Ridder acted for the Dallas-based Highlander Partners, a recently won client, on its purchase of Fuerst Day Lawson Holdings.

Digital business expert James Klein is also recommended. Crofskey assisted Eurazeo with the due diligence aspects of its acquisition of several UK nursery groups. Nick McCarthy had a very busy year: Department head Philip Lamb advised Claranet on its purchases of Bashton, Ardenta and a cybersecurity company, and acted for the shareholders of Seven Seconds on their sale of a majority stake in the company to Publicis Groupe.

Senior associate Andrew McGlashan is also recommended. Toby Stroh leads the team at Druces LLP , which counts real estate as a key sector strength and has particular experience in the care homes space. Tim Parker , who has particular experience in the music, publishing and technology sectors, heads the group. Alongside practice head Stephen Jarvis , Mona Patel , who made partner in May , advised new client China Merchant Holdings on its formation of a joint venture with the Netherlands-based Overdulve Offshore Services International Group to handle the engineering and construction of two semi-submersibles.

She also acted for new client Advent International on the maritime aspects of its acquisition of V. It has strong cross-border capabilities: The team advised Aberdeen Asset Management on two acquisitions of fintech companies, and assisted McWane with its purchase of several UK assets.

Director Mark Stewart and associate Adam Lynch are also recommended. The six-partner practice at Sheridans is especially strong in media, leisure, entertainment and technology. Jolita Kajtazi, Mark Hodac and Andrew Tzialli are also recommended, as are music expert Charlotte Fox and Sara Wax, who has particular experience in hospitality, retail, media and leisure.

Charlotte Wheeldon assisted the administrators of The Hospital Group on their sale of its business and assets to companies controlled by European asset manager Aurelius. Richmond Golf Club and Hydrotec are recently won clients. Michael Brader and Adrian Jones head the group; Brader, who is especially strong in TV and sport, advised Primal Media on an investment from Lionsgate, while Jones assisted the shareholders of Achica on their sale of the company to Worldstores.

Luxury retail is a core sector focus: The team acts for corporates in other sectors too: Tim Taylor and family-owned-business expert Paul McGrath are also recommended. Additional technology clients include Gemalto and Sprue Aegis. Energy and natural resources, where Schlumberger, Pennon Group and Centrax are representative clients, is another area of expertise. Ute Mueller is also recommended. Alexandre Terrasse , who is dual qualified in England and France, is also recommended.

Joanna Higton and Simon McLeod are also recommended. She also acted for the shareholders of Brook Street Holdings on the sale of their interests in the company to Culver Holdings. Stephen Fuller assisted a high-net-worth individual with the sale of Professional Life Assurance to Prudential. Alon Domb , who has particular experience in corporate real estate, heads the group.

Jan Hoppe , who is dual qualified in England and Germany, is also recommended. He is also strong in equity capital markets. It is best known for acting for SMEs and entrepreneurs, and is active in a range of sectors, including TMT, healthcare and real estate. Department head Roger Fink assisted three technology investors with their acquisition of A Frame and their establishment and financing of Excession Technologies.

Joe Whitfield , an emerging markets expert with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa, is also recommended. Gatward, who is very active in the publishing and media space, advised Kings Road Publishing on its acquisition of John Blake Publishing, and assisted Legrand Electric with its purchase of Jontek. Richard Cowan retired in May Nick Atkins made partner in May Joe Bedford and Ken Woffenden are also recommended.