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Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

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Edwards Wildman Palmer UK LLP - London
  • 111 Huntington Avenue
  • Boston
  • Massachusetts
  • USA
  • MA 02199-7613
  • Partner in Charge of the London office Nick Bolter
  • Number of Partners in London 29
  • Other fee-earners (excluding paralegals) 62
  • Total staff figures in London 152

THE FIRM Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP is an international law firm established October 1, 2011, upon the merger of Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP and Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon LLP. The firm has over 600 lawyers and 15 offices in London, Boston, Chicago, Hartford, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Madison (NJ), New York, Miami, Orange County, Providence, Stamford, Tokyo, Washington, DC and West Palm Beach.

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK
Antitrust/EU Competition: Edwards Wildman fields a transatlantic team of experienced antitrust and competition law practitioners. The firm advises on the full range of US antitrust law and EU and UK competition law, including antitrust/competition litigation, merger control, criminal and civil investigations, compliance and state aid.
Asset Recovery (Fraud): The firm advises on the full range of complex political, practical and legal issues associated with asset recovery. They act for governments seeking to trace and recover misappropriated public funds from dishonest public officials, their companies, trusts and associates, as well as assisting in planning and implementing effective international asset tracing and recovery programmes.
Banking & Financial Services: The firm advises on a wide range of transactional and other banking matters including asset-based lending, consumer credit, derivatives, debt restructuring, project and property finance. The firm also advises on financial regulatory issues including the impact of the Money Laundering Regulations, economic sanctions and other legislative initiatives.
Business Law, Private Equity & Venture Capital: Edwards Wildman’s corporate and finance lawyers handle billions of pounds of private equity, venture capital and debt finance transactions, mergers and acquisitions and public offerings for clients, with particular experience in life sciences and technology, telecoms, media and broadcasting, banking and financial services and insurance/reinsurance.
Commercial Litigation & Arbitration: Edwards Wildman have considerable experience advising corporates, multinationals and government organisations on the full range of commercial disputes. The firm’s litigators are experienced in antitrust, asset tracing, IP, IT, securities, employment, environment, construction, technology and product liability disputes.
Employment: The firm advises on a broad range of issues, from policy-related matters and outsourcing to disciplinary procedures. They help employers prevent employment-related disputes from arising and, where disputes cannot be avoided, defend employers who are sued by their employees before both the High Court and employment tribunals throughout the UK.
Insurance & Reinsurance: Edwards Wildman have one of the largest insurance and reinsurance departments in the world, with lawyers based across the US, UK and Hong Kong. Their clients include the world’s largest insurance and reinsurance companies, which they represent in insurance/reinsurance arbitrations and litigation and also in sophisticated claims and coverage matters, as well as advising on corporate, transactional and regulatory matters including Solvency II advice.
Intellectual Property: Edwards Wildman act for a wide range of companies including some of the world’s most high profile, global brands. The firm has one of the leading transatlantic trade mark practices, protecting many iconic brands. It is consistently ranked amongst the leading firms for number of patents prosecuted to issuance each year and have been recognised for achieving excellent results in patent litigation and interferences. Many of the firm’s IP lawyers and patent agents hold degrees in technology and scientific disciplines, many with PhD degrees in engineering, the life sciences and chemistry.
Public International Law: The firm provides governments and other clients with advice, assistance and research on a range of subjects that includes sovereign immunity, international boundaries, anti-corruption issues and state asset recovery.
Product Liability: The firm’s experience includes acting for manufacturers, suppliers, retailers, insurers and reinsurers in domestic and international matters in this area.
Restructuring & Insolvency: The firm has advised on a number of well known UK insolvencies. They have particular expertise in insurance insolvency and restructuring, as well as large-scale insolvencies involving international aspects where asset tracing, freezing and repatriation form a major component.
Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT): The firm’s expertise includes IT, ecommerce, outsourcing, digital and social media, data protection and privacy,Open Source Software,Cloud Computing and Data Protection, broadcasting and media-related issues, wireless and satellite communications. The firm also has a strong disputes practice, with a particular expertise in the technology field.

    Contacts
  • Antitrust/EU Competition Becket McGrath
  • Asset Recovery (Fraud) James Maton
  • Business Law David Ramm
  • Commercial Litigation & Arbitration Kevin Perry
  • Employment Neil Adams
  • Financial Services Chris Finney
  • Insurance & Reinsurance David Kendall
  • IP John Olsen
  • Public International Law Tim Daniel
  • Private Equity Shawn Atkinson
  • Product Liability Laurence Harris
  • Restructuring & Insolvency Jon Yorke
  • TMT Geoff Mendelsohn

Branches

Corporate/M&A - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
-8 partners
-8 associates

What the team is known for Represents a variety of banks, insurance companies, private equity and venture capital funds and corporations in cross-border M&A transactions. Notable strengths in transactions in Europe, the UAE, the USA and Bermuda.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Problem solving: Clients praise the team's problem-solving abilities.

Work highlights Represented Citibank International in the sale of its UK and Ireland Diners Club card business.

Advised Textron on the acquisition of Kinch Aviation Services.

Advised Battery Ventures on the acquisition of Swedish public company Jeeves Information Systems.

Notable practitioners  

David Ramm is the main point of contact.

Significant clients Amwins, MVC Capital, United Technologies, Greenspring Associates, Goal.com.

Intellectual Property - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Works with some of the world's largest companies on enforcement of their brands and trade marks. Also advises on licensing and marketing issues.

Work highlights Advises Warner Bros. Entertainment on its European Union design and trade mark issues.

Advised ASLAN Pharmaceuticals on a drug licensing agreement with Almirall.

Notable practitioners  

John Olsen is known for his strong advocacy skills and the "fantastic job" he does for clients. He is highly regarded for his trade mark practice.

Ben Goodger advises clients in a range of industries on their intellectual property assets. He recently acted for ASLAN Pharmaceuticals in relation to a drug licensing agreement.

Significant clients Amazon, MasterCard International, Xerox, Nikon Europe, Elizabeth Arden.

Litigation - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department 
- 16 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A high-calibre client roster comprising numerous recognisable names. Good track record acting on complex cross-border matters. Able to advise across a wide range of disputes, including financial services, global corruption and contract-related matters.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Problem solving: "I like the creative approach and problem-solving attitude as well as their utmost responsiveness and the very good and extensive communication." 

Strategic planning: "I value their global commercial awareness and their strategic mindfulness and approach." 

Work highlights Acted for B Plus Giocolegale in defence of a claim brought by WMS Gaming regarding supply contracts and negotiations and involving elements of Italian and Illinois law.

Representing Cosmex in a dispute with Toni & Guy brand owner Mascolo over the distribution of the haircare products in Australia and New Zealand.

Notable practitioners

Kevin Perry acted successfully on behalf of InHealth Group on long-running litigation against EY. The claim of some £10 million related to alleged professional negligence in the provision of tax advice.

Laurence Harris is a popular figure with clients, who describe him as "easy-going, efficient and hard-working." He is also noted as having excellent client focus.

Significant clients Tata Steel, Bambino Holdings, the government of Nigeria, Tullet Prebon, InHealth Group.

Public International Law - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 1 consultant
- 3 associates

What the team is known for Renowned for its expertise on boundary disputes (both land and maritime) and sovereign immunity matters. State asset recovery is another area of strength. Houses substantial experience advising governments and other clients in the developing world.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "We get real-time responses by phone and e-mail."

Technical ability: "The advice they gave was well received." 

Market standing: "A boutique outfit with a long history working on Public International Law matters. They are excellent in the field."

Work highlights Instructed by the Commonwealth Secretariat to draft the Anti-Corruption Commission Bill for The Gambia, which was subsequently enacted.

What's new? New client wins include the government of Malawi and the government of The Gambia.

Notable practitioners  

Timothy Daniel belongs to the "elite camp of PIL," with commentators describing him as "captivating and very profound in his legal opinion." He is also said to possess a "commitment to his clients and the issues that he deals with that goes above and beyond that of most lawyers." A "market leader for boundary disputes," he also handles state immunity, state asset recovery and international arbitration matters. He typically acts on behalf of governments and parastatals and offers particular experience in the developing world, especially Africa.

Significant clients Commonwealth Secretariat, the Nigerian National Boundary Commission, government of Nigeria, government of Kenya, government of Indonesia.

Insurance - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: London

What the team is known for Handles all types of complex insurance and reinsurance litigation, including political risk, disasters and disease claims. Represents major insurers, reinsurers, brokers and Lloyd's syndicates across the UK, Europe, the USA, Bermuda and South-East Asia.

What's new? James Crabtree joined the practice from Taylor Wessing, where he headed the international insurance group, in January 2014.

Work highlights Acted on litigation for Centre Re, European International Reinsurance and Munich Re, regarding T&N's £500 million asbestos liability policy.

Notable practitioners  

The "excellent" David Kendall gains widespread praise for his extensive insurance and reinsurance practice, which includes Bermuda Form arbitrations, marine and political risk. One admiring source notes: "He's a very good all-rounder, who's founded and runs a very sound practice."

Richard Hopley is well versed in both insurance and reinsurance matters, and is praised by clients for his strong knowledge in asbestos-related matters. One source describes him as "knowledgeable, accessible and client-focused.

James Crabtree joins from Taylor Wessing. He is renowned for his insurance and reinsurance expertise, which includes matters regarding shipping and financial institutions. He is described as a "slick, very tough opponent to have on the other side."

Significant clients XL Bermuda, Munich Re, Swiss Re, Enstar, Chubb Group.