Watson Farley & Williams LLP
Watson Farley & Williams LLP was founded in 1982 in the City of London. It has grown rapidly since then to 131 partners, a total staff of over 850 and 14 offices around the world. Broadly speaking, the firm is a leader in international finance and investment, energy and – most importantly – maritime work. At the same time it has seized opportunities to excel in related areas, such as natural resources, transport, real estate and technology. Underlying its sector expertise is a solid finance and investment practice, specialising in large capital assets, tax-efficient structures and cross-border transactions.
Ropes & Gray International LLP
Since opening its London office in January 2010, Ropes & Gray has assembled a fully integrated team built around bank/bond financing, financial services regulatory, funds, investment management, M&A, private equity (including real estate), restructuring and insolvency, tax and government enforcement. Its bespoke London office augments the firm’s traditional core strengths, such as private equity and funds, while retaining the flexibility to identify and react to any future market needs. Clients have access to high-level expert advice from lawyers with an in-depth understanding of global transactions and markets. With a focus on sophisticated investors, the firm’s work involves complex cross-border transactions, requiring an understanding of the legal and business requirements of multiple jurisdictions.
Kirkland & Ellis International LLP
Kirkland & Ellis International LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 2,500 lawyers representing global clients in complex high-value and high-profile corporate transactions. Based in the heart of the City in the iconic Gherkin building, its London office – comprising around 270 lawyers – is renowned for its private equity work, but also for its experience and capabilities in offering legal advice across the corporate spectrum, including debt finance, regulatory, restructuring, real estate finance, tax, antitrust and competition, international litigation and arbitration, IP litigation, IP and technology transactions and capital markets.
Cooley (UK) LLP
Cooley’s lawyers solve legal issues for entrepreneurs, investors, financial institutions and established companies. Clients partner with Cooley on transformative deals, complex IP and regulatory matters, and high-stakes litigation, often where innovation meets the law. In January 2015 Cooley established its first European office in London. Cooley’s UK practice has strengths across many of its core practice areas, among them corporate/M&A, venture capital, technology and life sciences transactions, IP, complex high-stakes litigation, insurance & reinsurance, financial services regulation, competition, employment, data protection and privacy. Cooley has 850 lawyers across 12 offices in the United States, China and Europe.
Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
Charles Russell Speechlys is one of a small number of law firms which provides personalised, considered advice to dynamic and entrepreneurial organisations, as well as astutely commercial advice to individuals and their families. It is uniquely positioned to provide comprehensive advice where these two sets of needs overlap, and as a result works with some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs, wealthy families and growth businesses. Its approach is to take both a long-term and broad view, helping clients to make the right decisions now and for the future.
RPC is known for its depth of knowledge and creativity, combined with high-quality training programmes. Headquartered in a state-of-the-art location in the City, the firm also has offices in Bristol, Hong Kong and Singapore. Its open plan, collaborative working environment is designed to bring out the best in its people and to ensure that the service it offers to clients is second to none. The firm provides legal services to global businesses across a wide range of industry sectors and practices, including insurance, commercial litigation, construction, engineering and projects, corporate/M&A, IP and technology.
Baker McKenzie defined the global law firm in the 20th century, and is redefining it to meet the challenges of the global economy in the 21st. It brings to matters the instinctively global perspective and deep market knowledge and insights of more than nearly 4,000 locally admitted lawyers in over 70 countries. It has a distinctive global way of thinking, working and behaving – ‘fluency’ – across borders, issues and practices. It understands the challenges of the global economy because it has been at the forefront of its evolution. Since 1949, it has advised leading corporations on the issues of today’s integrated world market. It has cultivated the culture, commercial pragmatism, and technical and interpersonal skills required to deliver world-class service tailored to the preferences of world-class clients worldwide.
Vinson & Elkins RLLP
Vinson & Elkins (V&E) is a leading US-based international law firm, with more than 650 lawyers located in 16 cities across the globe. Having established a base in London over three decades ago – one of the first US firms to do so – the firm has gone on to build a dynamic office, doing work that has gained the respect of clients around the world. V&E is consistently recognised as one of the world’s leading energy practices. Clients are predominantly in the energy, finance and infrastructure sectors and the London office specialises in M&A, private equity, project development and finance, international arbitration and litigation, corporate, structured finance, tax and construction.