Senior Partner: Colin Passmore
Managing Partner: Jeremy Hoyland
THE FIRM Simmons & Simmons is a leading international law firm with fully integrated teams working through offices in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The firm’s strategy is designed to ensure it provides its clients with high-quality advice and delivers value through new ways of working.
Simmons & Simmons applies considerable expertise to all business sectors but focuses on: asset management and investment funds, energy and infrastructure, financial institutions, life sciences and technology, media and telecommunications (TMT). Simmons & Simmons acts regularly on the most innovative cases, deals and transactions in its chosen areas of specialism and receives recognition for the quality of its work from clients and others within these industry sectors.
In 2011 and 2012, for example, Simmons & Simmons was named a top tier law firm in the ‘Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Report’ and was a winner in the Dispute Resolution and Anti-bribery and Corruption categories; winner of the Best European Law Firm Award at the Hedgeweek Global Awards 2013; named Leading Law Firm at the Hedge Fund Journal Awards 2012; winner of the Energy and Natural Resources Team of the Year at the Legal Business Awards 2012.
The firm’s commitment to corporate responsibility is well recognised. Simmons & Simmons was the highest ranked law firm in Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers 2013 in the UK for the fifth year running and named in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2013.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK Five sector teams are drawn from the core practice areas of: corporate, dispute resolution, EU, competition and regulatory, employment, pensions and employee benefits, financial markets, IP, projects, real estate, information, communications and technology, and tax.
Recent major transactions handled by the firm include advising: the UK government on the proposed BAE Systems and EADS NV merger; ONGC Videsh Ltd on a $1bn acquisition in Azerbaijan; Shenyang Jinbei Vehicle Manufacturing Co Ltd on an acquisition creating a joint venture in Russia; Truphone, the mobile telecoms company on a £70m investment by Roman Abramovich to fund its international expansion; Veolia on the sale of its UK-regulated water businesses; transactions for longstanding client Telefónica; Intertrust Group Holding SA on its acquisition of Walkers Management Services; CRC Credit Fund Limited on the Lehman Client Money Application Supreme Court win; Deutsche Bank and UBS on a £190m placing by Drax Group plc; Natixis Global Asset Management on the launch of the first UK OEIC managed by an EU UCITS management company; and SEDCO Capital on the launch of a unique Shariah-compliant funds platform. The firm has advised the Department for Communities and Local Government on the sale of the Fire Service College and Viridor on £200m South London Waste Project.Working with TMI Associates, its joint venture firm in Japan, the firm also advised Sealed Air Corporation on the sale of a Japanese subsidiary and associated cross-border advice.
Simmons & Simmons also advises on the effects on its clients of the regulatory, enforcement and litigation requirements arising from current market conditions, and is known for its work on landmark financial litigation matters and appeals.The firm has one of the largest full-service dispute resolution practices of any firm headquartered in the City of London, covering financial markets litigation, contentious regulatory, corporate crime, professional and product liability and international arbitration, as well as insurance, IP and employment disputes.
Firmwide, it has over 230 partners and a total staff of around 1,500 of whom more than half are based in its 20 offices outside the UK.
OTHER OFFICES Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Beijing, Bristol, Brussels, Doha, Dubai, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Funchal*, Hong Kong, Jeddah**, Lisbon*,Madrid,Milan,Munich, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo.
*Sociedade Rebelo de Sousa in association with Simmons & Simmons,
**Simmons & Simmons is in alliance with Hammad & Al-Mehdar
- Asset Management & Investment Funds: Colin Leaver
- Energy & Infrastructure: Juliet Reingold
- Financial Institutions: Jonathan Hammond
- Life Sciences: Jacques-Antoine Robert
- TMT: Andrew McMillan
- LEGAL PRACTICES
- Coporate & Commercial: Mark Curtis
- Corporate: Giles Dennison
- Information, Communications & Technology: Tom Wheadon
- Projects: Juliet Reingold
- Dispute Resolution: Hans-Hermann Aldenhoff, Ian Hammond
- EU, Competition & Regulatory: Tony Woodgate
- Intellectual Property: Marc Döring
- Employment: Simon Watson
- Financial Markets: Jonathan Hammond
- Banking: James Bresslaw
- Asset Finance: Christopher Boresjo
- Financial Services: Sarah Bowles
- Capital Markets: David Roylance
- Tax: Nick Cronkshaw
- Real Estate: Nick Jones