Antitrust and competition
Competition and antitrust laws around the world are evolving rapidly. Authorities are increasingly using a wide range of powers to investigate mergers, markets, cartels and other behavior. Our competition practice offers unrivaled expertise in international, EU and national competition law matters. We have a large, highly integrated team of leading experts in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the US, who work together across multiple locations on a daily basis.
Construction and engineering
We advise investors, builders, owners, and public authorities on the construction of every type of development, from nuclear power stations to retail parks. Major projects require a legal adviser with a deep understanding of engineering and logistical issues. Our experience covers the entire construction and real estate lifecycle, from raising capital to advice on contracts, insurance and securities, development and procurement structures, and suitable warranties.
Corporate and M&A
Creative problem-solving and rapid decision-making are at the heart of what we do. Our integrated transactional capabilities cover all bases – from deal structuring to equity and debt financing – all the while keeping a close eye on tax, antitrust, employment and regulatory issues. We take on many of the biggest multijurisdictional mandates – and ensure that even the most complex cross-border deals succeed in every country involved.
As governments incentivise the switch to green energy, new investment opportunities emerge. Novel financial instruments are being developed that bring together responsible investors and companies. And at the same time, asset managers and activists are pressurizing boards to divest their high-carbon assets. We are advising our clients as they future-proof their businesses in the transition to a low-carbon economy.
Disputes, Litigation, and Arbitration
We are recognized as a market-leader in financial disputes, competition litigation, global investigations and risk management. Our own hard-won reputation for cross-border work means we regularly support organisations through complex multi-jurisdictional investigations. We draw on our extensive experience to find innovative solutions to the most challenging problems, wherever and whenever they occur.
Financing and Capital Markets
We offer our clients the flexibility to raise whatever finance they need, whether they’re a listed corporate tapping investment-grade credit or a private equity fund looking for a more complex, multisource solution. Our advice covers equity and debt capital markets transactions, including high yield, alongside banking, derivatives, structured products and securitisation, and project and asset finance.
Our team, which includes a number of former regulators and prosecutors, has successfully represented some of the largest banks, corporate and institutions on the highest-profile matters. Many investigations we handle involve alleged securities fraud, benchmark interest-rate manipulation, money-laundering, breaches of environment law and anti-competitive behavior.
On major transactions, you need lawyers that can resolve difficult IP, data and commercial issues quickly and globally. We’ve advised on many of the biggest and most IP-heavy deals worldwide – including in M&A, IPOs and re-structurings. And if you need to assert or defend your rights in court, we can help.
Investment Fund Services
We help on investment fund legal services across all asset classes – including formation and structuring, capital raising, investment management arrangements, regulation and taxation. We draw on unparalleled experience working with funds and asset managers throughout the world to provide tailored, innovative and valued-added advice.
People and Reward
To help clients address these issues, we advise on global HR legal strategies, design and roll out HR policies, review executive pay, co-ordinate redundancy procedures, handle workplace disputes and manage complex pensions matters. We do this for M&A transactions, internal re-organisations and everyday management.
Our offerings combine the know-how of our property, corporate, finance and tax lawyers, whose primary goal is to support our clients in achieving their commercial objectives. Our work includes advising on investment transactions, development projects, co-investment structures, such as joint ventures, and other real estate work-streams.
Our regulatory lawyers are spread across several practice groups, including antitrust, competition and trade, data and IP, people and reward, tax and financial regulatory, offering a pool of knowledge that is both wide and deep. We are market leaders in proactively identifying risk arising from legislative changes, helping multinational businesses to minimize it and working closely with regulatory authorities in multiple jurisdictions.
Restructuring and Insolvency
We have led on some of the biggest and most high-profile cross-border restructurings of recent years. Our team has a wealth of experience acting for stakeholders involved in corporate restructurings or experiencing financial stress. We help boards of directors to steer corporate through troubled waters, and advise global investment funds, asset managers, banks, bondholders and other lenders on debt and corporate restructurings.
We are known for delivering strategic advice that helps clients optimize their position, whether in relation to transactions, disputes, investigations or restructuring. Our international team of tax specialists works closely with our corporate, disputes, arbitration, antitrust, financing and IP lawyers to help our clients maximize opportunities, while minimizing risks.