A Snapshot Of Supporting And Patron Law Firms' London Offices

Monday, January 1, 2007 - 01:00

Chadbourne & Parke LLP

The London practice of Chadbourne & Parke, a Multinational Partnership (MNP), supports clients in a wide range of project finance, corporate, corporate finance, insolvency and financial restructuring, securities, commercial law and regulatory issues, insurance and litigation matters, including multi-jurisdictional products liability litigation and related legislative issues. Lawyers work on matters throughout Eastern and Western Europe, as well as in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), the Middle East, India, Asia, Africa and Latin America. The practice advises on both U.S. and English law.

Chadbourne is a leader in the power, oil and gas, and infrastructure sectors, representing project developers, commercial banks, multilaterals and underwriters in a wide variety of financings and other transactions including mergers and acquisitions, privatizations, workouts and restructurings.

The firm represents purchasers and sellers, as well as commercial and investment banks, in connection with mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, both public and private, negotiated and hostile. The firm also represents issuers, underwriters and selling stockholders in connection with public and private securities offerings.

The London practice's insurance and reinsurance lawyers have a strong track record in handling high value and high profile insurance and reinsurance litigation and arbitration proceedings. The firm is a market leader in the fields of financial institutions and commercial crime insurance. Its specialist reinsurance lawyers handle a wide range of disputes, with technical expertise in relation to due diligence audits, commutations and right of inspection reviews.

The firm offers clients practical, effective legal strategies, whether through trial, negotiated settlement, alternative dispute resolution, arbitration or mediation. Chadbourne's UK lawyers handle a wide variety of business disputes, frequently with an international element, including joint venture disputes, business torts, insurance disputes and general commercial litigation.

For more information on Chadbourne & Parke's London office, contact Claude Serfilippi, cserfilippi@ chadbourne.com.

Eversheds LLP

International law firm Eversheds is one of the largest full service law firms in the world with over 4,000 people including more than 400 partners and over 2,100 legal advisers. Its London office, led by well-regarded real estate partner Cornelius Medvei, has over 600 staff and forms part of the 29 strong international office network, which enables the firm to deliver a seamless service to clients wherever they need it.

The firm has six main practice areas: commercial, corporate, human resources, legal systems, litigation and dispute management and real estate and in the most recent issue of the Legal 500 directory was ranked in 55 categories for the London office alone. Amongst the particular specialties of the London office are advice on investment management, private equity, infrastructure projects and central government.

The client portfolio includes major corporations, banks and financial institutions, intermediaries and public sector bodies across nine industry sectors: central government; education; energy; financial institutions; food; healthcare; local government; retail and telecoms. As an example of the market-leading quality of the client base, Eversheds acts for 30 of the 37 British-based Fortune 500 companies.

Eversheds has a strong service ethos at the heart of everything it does, building meaningful and accountable client relationships and delivering value at every stage of a transaction or project. Entrepreneurial and client centered, Eversheds is externally recognized by clients and the media as being innovative, unstuffy, straightforward, transparent, and dynamic.

For more information on the services offered by Eversheds, contact Cornelius Medvei, cornelius.medvei@eversheds.com.

Jones Day

Jones Day London provides clients with high-quality, full-service English law capacity in addition to the global reach of Jones Day's well-established practice in 30 offices throughout the world. The office in the City of London, with more than 200 lawyers, is an integral part of the 2,200-lawyer global law firm.

London is an important part of the Firm's significant European network, which now includes more than 400 lawyers in Brussels, Frankfurt, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich and Paris. Comprising primarily English solicitors with extensive UK and international practice experience, together with both U.S. and dual qualified lawyers, the London Office's local experience is enhanced by the Firm's state-of-the-art communication systems, with the result that London lawyers are able to draw on the huge reservoir of know-how and experience in the Firm as a whole.

Principal areas of practice include corporate finance and M&A transactions; investment funds, private equity, corporate tax planning, banking, capital markets, structured finance, litigation, intellectual property and real estate. In support of these practice areas, the office has teams of lawyers who are experienced in areas such as competition/antitrust, environmental, employment and pensions law, insurance, business restructuring and insolvency.

For more information on the services offered by Jones Day's London Office contact Russell T. Carmedy, rtcarmedy@jonesday.com.

King & Spalding LLP

Opening the firm's London office in 2003 demonstrated a commitment to the expansion of King & Spalding's international reach, providing an enhanced ability to serve clients effectively in the leading financial centers and across the world. This office specializes in commercial and financial transactions (with a particular focus on Islamic and acquisition finance, mergers and acquisitions and private equity) and a range of other practice areas, including tax, employment and international arbitration. The firm has recruited (and continues to recruit) highly experienced lawyers with a proven track record in the London market and has combined this with a first class American team originating from King & Spalding's U.S. offices, but now resident in the UK. The London office advises on English, EU and U.S. law.

The lawyers also work regularly with leading independent law firms in continental European and other jurisdictions to ensure that, where they are advising on transactions outside England and the U.S., the best local and international advice and service is available wherever required.

For more information about King & Spalding's London office, contact John L. Keffer, jkeffer@kslaw.com.

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

The firm is allied with Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, a full service, top 15 City of London law firm. It works with a broad range of clients, including major corporate organizations and financial institutions through to government, prominent public sector bodies and individuals.

Morgan Lewis & Bockius

Morgan Lewis' London office is made up of lawyers that practice both English and American law. The office was opened in 1981 and works closely with the firm's other offices to service the needs of international clients accessing the markets in the U.S., UK, Europe and around the globe.

Lawyers advise on the establishment, operation and financing of businesses in the UK covering mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and debt and equity financings in the public and private markets, including listing on the London Stock Exchange as well as a specialist pharmaceutical and biotech team. In addition, Morgan Lewis has a strong outsourcing team that is closely integrated with Morgan Lewis' U.S. and European offices.

The cross-border transactional practice includes the representation of large and medium-sized U.S., UK and other European companies in public and private debt and equities financings in the U.S., including SEC registered offerings and listings on the NYSE and NASDAQ.

The international tax practice provides UK and U.S. planning and structuring advice for companies and individuals involved in cross-border situations.

Morgan Lewis' highly ranked UK litigation team assists clients from around the world in commercial disputes including arbitration in the UK or under English law. It also includes specialists in insurance and reinsurance litigation, pensions litigation and professional negligence. The team has particular experience in banking litigation, fraud and asset tracing.

The London office expanded this year to include a new Labor and Employment Law Practice focusing on litigation, employment issues in corporate and sourcing transactions and data privacy issues.

The cross disciplinary securities industry practice in London draws on partners with experience from industry and who have represented the world's leading financial institutions in a wide range of significant commercial and regulatory, contentious and non-contentious, matters.

For more information on Morgan Lewis' London office contact Robert Goldspink, rgoldspink@morgan-lewis.com.

Thompson & Knight LLP

Thompson & Knight opened its London office in 2005, achieving focused strategic growth compatible with its existing culture and professional values. The London office supports the Firm's activities worldwide with its broad range of corporate, project finance, finance, and international energy experience.

The Firm's U.S. and foreign clients engaged in business in London will not only benefit from access to Thompson & Knight's expertise in such areas as energy, trial, and tax, but the Firm's international depth will provide powerful support for cross-border transactions.

For more information on Thompson & Knight's London office contact Anthony Golding, anthony.golding@tklaw.com.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Weil Gotshal is a leader in the marketplace for sophisticated, international legal services. The firm acts for many of the most successful companies and institutions in the world in their high-stakes matters and transactions. Weil Gotshal has more than 1,100 lawyers in 20 cities throughout the US, Europe and Asia.

The firm's practice in London encompasses the full range of services, including acquisition finance, business finance and restructuring, capital markets, litigation/regulatory, competition, consumer finance, corporate, environmental, mergers & acquisitions, pensions, private equity, real estate, structured finance and tax.

Since much of the work is international in nature, Weil's lawyers are experienced in working closely with their colleagues from other offices, on transactions with complex multi-jurisdictional or multidisciplinary issues, ensuring a coordinated approach to providing effective legal solutions. The Times noted, "Weil, Gotshal & Manges is part of a small New York-magic circle of elite firms which attract the lion's share of the top international transactions."

Private equity is the cornerstone of their practice. In 2006, the London office completed some 40 private equity deals and is now ranked among the UK's market-leading law firms for private equity and four London partners are recognized as leaders in that field. With over 200 private equity experts worldwide, Weil Gotshal believes that the strength and depth of its private equity bench sets the firm apart from its competitors. Chambers Global 2006 commented that the London office was a "firm for whom private equity is a trump card, its 'entrepreneurial stance' is combined with 'good service and high levels of skill on complex issues' to make waves in the market."

For more information on Weil Gotshal's London office contact Mike Francies, michael.francies@weil.com.

Winston & Strawn

Winston & Strawn's London office focuses on cross-border business and finance transactions and international commercial dispute resolution, and serves as the gateway for the firm's international practice in corporate and finance transactions outside of the United States. The London office represents major international financial institutions and corporate clients in corporate lending, securitization, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances and joint ventures, private equity and U.S. and UK private placements and public offerings of debt and equity, and other UK national and cross-border transactions.

The litigation attorneys in London assist clients with the resolution of complex domestic and international commercial disputes, civil and regulatory investigations, and international ad hoc arbitration proceedings or before the International Chamber of Commerce, London Court of International Arbitration, and other arbitral forums.

Winston's attorneys in London have extensive experience in dealing with issues of European and English law and procedure in a wide range of areas and business sectors acting for businesses of all types and sizes, financial institutions, and governmental entities. For example, litigators currently act in a series of interwoven international arbitration and litigation matters across several jurisdictions. Winston's resident New York lawyers supplement this knowledge with U.S. corporate and securities law experience that they bring to bear in cross-border transactions.

The London office is supported by Winston & Strawn's extensive resources and experience across the United States. Winston & Strawn's London office team is fully integrated with the firm's other offices in the United States and Europe, and can draw on a network of resources in dozens of other countries around the world.

For more information on Winston & Strawn's London office contact Thomas Benz, tbenz@winston.com.