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Norton Rose Fulbright - London
  • 3 More London Riverside
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • SE1 2AQ
  • Tel:(020) 7283 6000
  • Fax:(020) 7283 6500
  • Web:Visit website
  • Global Chief Executive: Peter Martyr
  • GlobalChairman:   Adrian Ahern
  • Deputy Managing Partner (LLP): Tim Marsden
  • Norton Rose partners (worldwide): 1200+
  • Number of other fee-earners (worldwide): 3,800+
  • Total staff (worldwide): 7,500+
  • International Offices: Abu Dhabi, Almaty, Amsterdam, Athens, Austin, Bahrain, Bangkok, Beijing, Bogotá, Brisbane, Brussels, Calgary, Canberra, Cape Town, Caracas, Casablanca, Dallas, Dar es Salaam, Denver, Dubai, Durban, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Houston, Jakarta (in association with Norton Rose Fulbright Australia), Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Milan, Minneapolis, Montréal, Moscow, Munich, New York, Ottawa, Paris, Perth, Piraeus, Pittsburgh- Southpointe, Prague, Québec, Riyadh (in association with Mohammed Al-Ghamdi Law Firm), Rome, San Antonio, Shanghai, Singapore, St Louis, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Warsaw and Washington DC.

Firm Overview:
Norton Rose Fulbright is a global legal practice. The firm provides the world’s pre-eminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. It has more than 3,800 lawyers based in over 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. Recognized for its industry focus, the firm is strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare.
Wherever it is, the firm operates in accordance with its global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. The firm aims to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of its offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.
Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, Norton Rose Fulbright Australia, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa (incorporated as Deneys Reitz Inc) and Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, each of which is a separate legal entity, are members (‘the Norton Rose Fulbright members’) of Norton Rose Fulbright Verein, a Swiss Verein. Norton Rose Fulbright Verein helps coordinate the activities of the Norton Rose Fulbright members but does not itself provide legal services to clients.

Main Areas of Practice:
Acquisition finance; alternative dispute resolution; antitrust, competition and regulatory; asset based lending; asset finance; asset management; banking and finance; business ethics and anti-corruption; capital markets; corporate; debt finance; employee benefits; employment and labour; environment, safety and planning; financial services; insurance; intellectual property; international arbitration; investment funds; Islamic finance; litigation and dispute resolution; mergers and acquisitions; occupational health, safety and security; pensions; private equity; projects and project finance; public law; real estate; restructuring and insolvency; securities, regulation and enforcement; structured trade and commodity finance; tax; US corporate finance.

Financial Institutions:
Norton Rose has a leading financial institutions practice, with more than 1,000 specialists world-wide. The strength and depth of its practice across asset managers, banks, insurers and the financial services and markets sector is reflected in its panel memberships of over 50 major global financial institutions. Its work covers all aspects of corporate, regulatory and transactional work, significant strategic mandates, litigation and dispute resolution.
Contact: James Bateson
Email: james.bateson@nortonrosefulbright.com

Norton Rose has one of the largest global energy teams of any legal practice in the world. The firm’s work is conducted in all the major global energy markets and covers the full spectrum of industry sectors including: climate change, oil and gas, power, regulated utilities, renewables and water. Its breadth of experience is combined with strengths in multiple related disciplines, such as project finance, M&A, environmental safety and planning, litigation and dispute resolution and regulation.
Contact: Simon Currie
Email: simon.currie@nortonrosefulbright.com

Infrastructure, Mining & Commodities:
Norton Rose has a leading international infrastructure practice, which plays a role in almost every major project around the world, including those involving significant development finance. In mining, the firm has experience of acting on transactions in almost every country in the world and the specialist expertise gained by its lawyers through work on some of the largest and most innovative mining deals in recent years means that it is well known for the outstanding quality of its work. The firm also advises clients in every stage of the commodities cycle from financing through to distribution, and specialises in water, soft commodities, metals and oil and gas.
Contact: Martin McCann
Email: martin.mccann@nortonrosefulbright.com

Norton Rose has some 300 transport specialists covering all legal disciplines, and more asset finance experts than any other international legal practice. Its broad range of experience has earned it a world-class reputation in aviation, rail and shipping. In aviation, it advises on the full range of matters from insurance to regulation and enforcement. In rail, its experience has been gained from all sides of major transactions, encompassing regulatory, infrastructure and light rail work as well as rail finance, rolling stock acquisitions and leasing. In shipping, the firm covers all aspects of admiralty, shipping, marine insurance and transport and also benefits from a number of specialist advisors including qualified Master Mariners and former naval officers.
Contact: Harry Theochari
Email: harry.theochari@nortonrosefulbright.com

Technology & Innovation:
Norton Rose provides a full range of legal services to clients in industries where innovation and intellectual property are key, including the communications, media and technology and retail and brands sectors. The technology and innovation team bring together leading practitioners from the firm’s corporate, finance, competition, regulatory, intellectual property, employment, dispute resolution and tax practices. It advises on all aspects of technology and intellectual property development, protection, procurement and licensing and on all types of transactions where technology and innovation are important components such as licence agreements, joint ventures, outsourcing, financing (including project, leverage, vendor and acquisition financing), venture capital and private equity investments and buy-outs, and public and private mergers and acquisitions.
Contact: Mike Rebeiro
Email: mike.rebeiro@nortonrosefulbright.com

Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences:
Norton Rose advises major global pharmaceutical, bioscience and technology companies on all aspects of their business from innovation and corporate development, commercialisation and market exploitation through to the maintenance and enforcement of intellectual property rights. In contentious matters, it advises on all areas of litigation (including intellectual property and product liability in complex multi-jurisdictional matters), trade law, recall and crisis management, regulatory, patent counsel and patent prosecution. In corporate and commercial related work the firm advises on financing, developing and executing exit strategies, M&A, commercialised or pre-commercialisation assets and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities and commercial contracts for R&D. In regulatory matters, the firm advises on compliance, antitrust, marketing, pricing and distribution.
Contact: Patrick Kierans
Email: patrick.kierans@nortonrosefulbright.com
Contact: Rick Robinson
Email: rick.robinson@nortonrosefulbright.com


  • 3 More London Riverside,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • SE1 2AQ
  • Tel (020) 7283 6000
  • Fax (020) 7283 6500
  • DX 85 London
  • Website : www.nortonrosefulbright.com
  • Level 18,
  • Grosvenor Place,
  • 225 George Street ,
  • Sydney,
  • New South Wales
  • Australia
  • NSW 2000
  • Tel +61 2 9330 8000
  • Fax +61 2 9330 8111
  • DX 368 Sydney
  • Level 21,,
  • 111 Eagle Street,
  • Brisbane,
  • Queensland
  • Australia
  • QLD 4000
  • Tel +61 7 3414 2888
  • Fax +61 7 3414 2999
  • Level 6, 60 Marcus Clarke Street,
  • Canberra,
  • Australian Capital Territory
  • Australia
  • ACT 2601
  • Tel +61 2 6159 4400
  • Fax +61 2 6159 4425
  • RACV Tower, 485 Bourke Street,
  • Melbourne,
  • Victoria
  • Australia
  • VIC 3000
  • Tel +61 3 8686 6000
  • Fax +61 3 8686 6505
  • Level 39, BankWest Tower,
  • 108 St Georges Terrace,
  • Perth,
  • Western Australia
  • Australia
  • WA 6000
  • Tel +61 8 6212 3222
  • Fax +61 8 6212 3444
  • Suite 2500,
  • 1 Place Ville Marie,
  • Montréal,
  • Québec
  • Canada
  • QC H3B 1R1
  • Tel +1 514 847 4747
  • Fax +1 514 286 5474
  • Suite 3700, Devon Tower,
  • 400 3rd Avenue SW,
  • Québec,
  • Canada
  • AB T2P 4H2
  • Tel +1 403 267 8222
  • Fax +1 403 264 5973
  • Suite 3800,
  • Royal Bank Plaza, South Tower,
  • 200 Bay Street,
  • PO Box 84,
  • Toronto,
  • Ontario
  • Canada
  • ON M5J 2Z4
  • Tel +1 416 216 4000
  • Fax +1 416 216 3930
  • Toronto-Dominion Centre,
  • TD Waterhouse Tower,
  • 79 Wellington Street West, Suite 2300,
  • P.O. Box 128,
  • Toronto,
  • Ontario
  • Canada
  • ON M5K 1H1
  • Tel +1 416 360 8511
  • Fax +1 416 360 8277
  • Suite 1500,
  • 45 O'Connor Street,
  • Ottawa,
  • Ontario
  • Canada
  • ON K1P 1A4
  • Tel +1 613 780 8661
  • Fax +1 613 230 5459
  • Complexe Jules-Dallaire /Tour Norton Rose,
  • Suite 1500,
  • 2828 boulevard Laurier,
  • Québec,
  • Canada
  • QC G1V 2M1
  • Tel +1 418 640 5000
  • Fax +1 418 640 1500
  • 15 Alice Lane,
  • Sandton,
  • Johannesburg,
  • Gauteng
  • South Africa
  • 2196
  • Tel +27 11 685 8500
  • Fax +27 11 301 3200
  • 8 Riebeek Street,
  • 8th Floor Southern Life Centre,
  • Private Bag X10, Roggebaai, 8012,
  • Cape Town,
  • Western Cape
  • South Africa
  • 8001
  • Tel +27 21 405 1200
  • Fax +27 21 418 6900
  • 3 Pencarrow Crescent,,
  • Pencarrow Park, La Lucia Ridge,
  • PO Box 5003, Pencarrow Park 4019,
  • Durban,
  • Kwazulu Natal
  • South Africa
  • 4001
  • Tel +27 31 582 5600
  • Fax +27 31 582 5700

Corporate/Commercial - Africa-wide

What the team is known for Offices in South Africa, Morocco and Tanzania serve clients across the continent, in addition to representation from partners in London and an array of global offices. Corporate, banking and transactional work are all busy areas, and the team has also witnessed increased activity in private equity.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Bench strength: "They have extended a lot and they have built strong relations with us, which has made a difference."

Work highlights Advised Barclays on the combination of most of its Africa operations with the South African Absa Group.

Acted for the Danish owners of Fan Milk International (FMI), a food group operational across West Africa, on its sale to the Abraaj Group.

Notable practitioners  

Casablanca-based Alain Malek leads the firm's North Africa practice, where he is a respected figure known for his involvement in M&A activity in the region.

Steven Gamble is sought after in the South African market for his English law advice. He led the firm's representation of Transnet on a USD800 million combined structured DFI financing.

Significant clients Carlyle Sub-Saharan Africa Fund, Nedbank, Rio Tinto, Attijariwafa Bank.

Projects - Africa-wide

What the team is known for Multi-jurisdictional representation boosted by several significant mergers. Physically present via offices in South Africa, Morocco and Tanzania. The team's expertise is sought by borrowers and lenders, and it also advises developers and operators on a range of ongoing issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Regional capability: "Norton Rose Fulbright have impressive skill, teams and network." 

Market standing: "One of the firms we work with most - and most effectively." 

Work highlights Advised Barclays, Caterpillar Financial, Standard Bank and Société Générale as mandated lead arrangers on a USD260 million project financing to Platinum Group Metals for a mine development.

Represented a group of senior lenders, development finance institutions and export credit agencies on financing for the Lekki Port concession project in Nigeria.

Notable practitioners  

London-based Richard Metcalf leads on significant oil, gas and power-related instructions. His clients include African governments and state energy companies such as Zimbabwe Power.

Arun Velusami is a "very impressive lawyer" whose work on energy projects in Nigeria and Sierra Leone has earned him the respect of peers and clients alike.

Significant clients FMO, Standard Bank, Copperbelt Energy, Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy.

Arbitration (International) - Asia-Pacific Region

What the team is known for A global firm with prominent arbitration practices across the region, including particularly notable teams in Singapore and Hong Kong. Acts for a range of clients across Asia, including financial institutions and major construction companies. Singapore practice acts as a significant hub for Indian and Indonesian clients.

What's new? Norton Rose and Fulbright & Jaworski combined in June 2013 to form Norton Rose Fulbright, reinforcing both firms' international appeal.

Notable practitioners  

Sources recognise Guy Spooner as an outstanding practitioner, noted for his long-standing expertise in Indonesia-related cases. His substantial arbitration experience extends across industries such as shipbuilding, energy, infrastructure and commodities.

Aviation - Asia-Pacific Region

What the team is known for A broad aviation finance and leasing practice mainly run out of Singapore, with further expertise located in Hong Kong and Tokyo. Its client base includes financial institutions, airlines and lessors.

What's new? Leigh Borrello relocated from Singapore to Sydney in the third quarter of 2013.

Work highlights Acted for Air New Zealand on Japanese operating leases for four aircraft funded by a group of Japanese banks and leasing companies.

Acted for Brunei Airlines on the USD250 million restructuring and order of five B787 aircraft.

Notable practitioners  

Tokyo-based partner Jeremy Gibb is considered to have an "excellent reputation" in the Japanese market. His practice covers asset finance, energy and projects.

Significant clients Air New Zealand, AWAS, Standard Chartered Bank, BNP Paribas, BBAM.

Banking & Finance - Asia-Pacific Region

What the team is known for Offers a team of talented practitioners together with a strong global and Asia-wide network of resources. Has excellent capacity in China, Singapore, Japan and Australia and is highly regarded for its skills in project and asset finance, export credit finance and Islamic finance.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They are flexible to deal with on an ever-changing timeline of the matter."

Responsiveness: "They have been very responsive and consistent in sending the relevant information out to their clients."

Work highlights Acted for MGM China on its senior credit facilities valued at USD2 billion.

Represented the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Indonesia on the USD3 billion sukuk program with initial issuance of USD1 billion.

Notable practitioners 

Peter Haslam in Hong Kong is a key contact.

Significant clients China Construction Bank, Société Générale, Citi, Standard Chartered Bank, China Exim Bank.

Corporate/M&A - Asia-Pacific Region

Energy & Natural Resources - Asia-Pacific Region

Editorial for Norton Rose Fulbright, now merged with Norton Rose Fulbright

What the team is known for A powerhouse for oil and gas transactions particularly following the merger of Norton Rose and Fulbright & Jaworski. Involved in significant transactional and regulatory work across the Asia-Pacific region.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Solution-oriented: "Solution-focused, commercial and able to drive the deal forward."

International capabilities: "Well integrated into a fantastic global network so it really is like working with one global team."

Bench strength: "They've really beefed up when it comes to international energy."

What's new? Norton Rose and Fulbright & Jaworski merged in June 2013.

Work highlights Represented CNOOC Iraq on contractual and regulatory matters arising in connection with its work on the Missan oil field.

Acted for SK E&S on its acquisition of an interest in the Caldita and Barossa gas fields from ConocoPhillips and Santos, with a view to LNG project development.

Advised the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission on the merger clearance sought by APA Group in relation to its hostile takeover of Hastings Diversified Funds' interest in Epic Pipelines.

Notable practitioners  

Hong Kong-based Jeffrey Blount is considered to be a "very solid lawyer," and is highly respected for his long experience in oil and gas transactions. He has recently acted for a number of international companies on acquisitions and joint ventures with Chinese counterparties.

Singapore's Ashley Wright is noted for his work on upstream oil and gas transactions. Recent work highlights include acting for a state-owned enterprise on the acquisition of oil and gas assets from a major international energy company. Wright is particularly active in Indonesia.

Alex Cull was based in Perth before returning to Singapore in 2013. He has particular expertise in unconventional oil and gas matters, including working on coal seam gas and shale gas matters. Clients are impressed by his strong negotiation skills. According to one source, "his negotiating skills put him in a class of his own."

Significant clients CNOOC, Vale, BP, JX Nippon Oil & Energy.

Islamic Finance - Asia-Pacific Region

What the team is known for Outstanding expertise in a broad spectrum of Islamic finance transactions, including bank lending, project financings, real estate financing and funds. Merger with Fulbright & Jaworski in June 2013 has further bolstered the practice.

Work highlights Advised the Republic of Indonesia on the establishment of a USD3 billion sukuk issuance programme as well as the initial USD1 billion issuance under the programme.

Acted for Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, HSBC and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking on the USD185 million Islamic lease financing of an LNG carrier for Brunei Gas Carriers.

Notable practitioners

Davide Barzilai in the Hong Kong office spearheads the Islamic finance practice in the Asia-Pacific region. Singapore-based of counsel Ferzana Haq is also active in this field.

Significant clients Republic of Indonesia, HSBC. 

Life Sciences - Asia-Pacific Region

What the team is known for Maintains a strong focus on providing both contentious and non-contentious intellectual property advice. Regular co-operation across offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore. Acts for a mix of medical devices companies, laboratories and universities, among others.

Work highlights Advised Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation on numerous patents relating to disease treatment and laboratory research.

Provided patent advice to the US Department of Health and Human Sciences in relation to growth factor-deleted and thymidine-deleted vaccines.

Notable practitioners  

Gigi Cheah in Singapore is a key contact.

Significant clients GlaxoSmithKline, Boehringer Ingelheim, Cambridge Enterprise, AstraZeneca.

Projects - Asia-Pacific Region

What the team is known for Handles projects mandates across a broad range of sectors, with particular activity in the oil and gas and power sectors. Frequently acts for project developers, and also has significant experience in acting for major Asian lenders.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Sector expertise: "Their knowledge of industry is first-rate."

Market standing: "They continue to be market leaders." 

What's new? Norton Rose merged with Fulbright & Jaworski in 2013.

Work highlights Represents Indonesia Ports in the USD3.2 billion New Priok Port project in Jakarta.

Acted for a joint venture of regional power companies, Wampu Electric Power, on the development of the Wampu hydroelectric power project.

Acts on the financing of a gold processing facility at Mungari, near Kalgoorlie, for the Australian arm of La Mancha Resources, a global client of the firm.

Notable practitioners  

Singapore-based Jeff Smith continues to act on major projects, including advising the sponsors on the Wampu hydroelectric power project. Sources describe the team head as "very commercial" and say he is spearheading the firm's growing reputation for power projects in Indonesia. 

Tokyo-based Jeremy Gibb is noted for his work on LNG projects. He recently acted for JBIC and the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ on the USD1.17 billion financing of an ultra-deepwater FPSO project offshore Brazil. 

Respected practitioner George Gibson recently acted for a Japanese client on its bid for a major transport infrastructure project. He also has experience in asset finance.

Significant clients China Development Bank, Beijing Enterprises Water, Sumitomo, Standard Chartered Bank. 

Shipping - Asia-Pacific Region

What the team is known for Leading player for regional shipping finance matters, regularly acting for banks, financial institutions and owners on a variety of transactions and restructurings. Dispute resolution practice handling comprehensive range of shipbuilding, collision, cargo claim and other issues. Formidable international network, with 11 offices in the Asia-Pacific region and over 50 worldwide. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
International capability: "They provide worldwide coverage and act for our businesses wherever they are located."

Market standing: "They have a tremendous reputation for ship finance."

Work highlights Advised CMB Financial Leasing on the finance leasing of three dry bulk carriers. The carriers will be chartered by Shandong Shipping.

Acted for the owners and insurers of the container vessel 'Rena' with regard to its grounding and total loss off the coast of New Zealand in October 2011.

Notable practitioners  

Gervais Green is a "really well-respected" shipping finance specialist operating in the Singapore office. He is particularly skilled in the handling of matters in the oil and gas and offshore sectors and recently worked closely with Sumitomo Mitsui Banking on two major transactions in this space.

Jim James has extensive experience of shipping dispute litigation and arbitration. He works out of the Hong Kong office and is commended by sources as a "very good, very experienced litigator” who "always provides a professional service."

Singapore-based Ben Rose leaves clients “impressed with his excellent negotiation skills” and sources generally report him to be "well respected.” An asset and structured finance specialist, he also brings good knowledge of the offshore oil and gas industry to the table during shipping finance transactions.

Significant clients Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Export-Import Bank of China, Citi, Natixis, Standard Chartered Bank.

Banking & Finance - Australia

Nuncio D'Angelo heads the banking and finance team and has over two decades of experience in corporate finance, maintaining a specialist interest in trusts, managed investment schemes and insolvency. He recently represented National Australia Bank and ANZ on the funding of the USD500 million structured derivative sale of future oil condensate by Origin Energy.

Christopher Redden was formerly based in Hong Kong and sources testify to his continued prominence in that market: “Still coming up against him even though now based in Sydney.” He recently advised Bank of America with regard to its involvement in the refinancing of a USD230 million global borrowing base facility for the Quicksilver sportswear group, a complex transaction involving issues of Australian, Canadian, Japanese and US law.

Capital Markets - Australia

Recent recruit Iain Laughland brings considerable ECM experience to the team, having acted on a number of multi-jurisdictional placements. He acts for issuers, underwriters and managers on IPOs and secondary capital raisings.

Corporate/M&A - Australia

Practice head Shaun Clyne is reported by clients to shine at the "strategic level, where he is succinct and precise." He lately represented Sedgman during its AUD104 million acquisition of MDM Engineering Group, a cross-jurisdictional transaction involving work in Australia, South Africa, Tanzania and the UK.

Nigel Deed is seen by interviewees as a "real up-and-comer" with a "very client-focused and can-do" approach. He is experienced in international M&A transactions, especially in the infrastructure space, and has worked with a variety of international clients, including AMP Capital Investors, which he lately advised on the AUD1.75 billion restructuring of a major retail property portfolio.

Senior associate Ebony Keenan-Dunn was an important part of the team representing Industrea during its merger with General Electric. Clients especially value her "ability to manage a fairly fluid and demanding environment." 

Anthony Latimer handles corporate and commercial issues within the energy and mining sectors. He regularly advises major Chinese clients, particularly government-owned enterprises. He recently acted for Shandong RuYi Scientific & Technological Group in its acquisition of Cubbie Station, Australia's largest cotton farm.

Robert Milbourne is a mining and resources corporate lawyer who concentrates on cross-border transactions. He is particularly well-known for his Brazil and China-related expertise and was lately part of the team advising Shandong Energy subsidiary Linyi Mining Group on its takeover of Rocklands Richfield. 

Since publication, Robert Milbourne has joined K&L Gates.

Dispute Resolution - Australia

Following Norton Rose's merger with Fulbright & Jaworski in 2013, the firm has expanded its cross-border capabilities, particularly through the addition of offices in Canada, South Africa and the USA. The Sydney team recently represented the owners of the vessel 'B Oceania' and its insurer, The Swedish Club, in parallel proceedings arising from the ship's collision with Chinese-owned vessel 'Xin Tai Hai' off the coast of Malaysia. This matter involved close co-ordination between the Singapore, Athens and London offices, as well as input from lawyers based in Hong Kong and South Africa. Melbourne-based Tom Jarvis leads the Australian disputes practice and is the key contact.

Energy & Natural Resources - Australia

Sydney-based Michael Joyce recently returned from Tokyo after two years' involvement in advising Japanese trading companies on their investment and project development matters in the resources and infrastructure sectors. Clients praise him as a "one-stop service provider" who "understands our interests and has a great way of co-ordinating with the firm's offices in other jurisdictions." He counselled JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation on the setting up a USD435 million joint venture with Xstrata Coal to mine metallurgical coal in Western Canada.

Keira Brennan  specialises in M&A, commercial arrangements and infrastructure development in the mining sector. Clients enthuse: "She has excellent commercial understanding of transactions and helps us achieve commercial goals."

Intellectual Property - Australia

Of late Jackie O'Brien has been active in advising clients on their trade mark and copyright disputes, as well as on broader brand protection issues. In a recent case highlight she represented Pandora, the multinational jewellery manufacturer and retailer, in a case brought against an Australian retailer alleged to have engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct by selling products that are similar to Pandora's.

Corporate & Finance - Bahrain

This international firm is a well-known brand in Bahrain, having been established in the country for several decades. The compact team is strongly supported by the firm's regional practice in Dubai. Clients praise "their responsiveness, thoughtful approach and great grasp of the commercial implications." The firm has a diverse corporate practice, with experience ranging from real estate to telecoms, and a notable track record on local infrastructure projects. Key clients include Al Salam Bank, HSBC, the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority and Arab Banking Corporation. Joanne Emerson Taqi heads the Bahrain office and leads many of the firm's key mandates. She is widely respected for her significant experience on construction projects. Dubai-based partner Mohammed Paracha lends invaluable Islamic finance expertise. He led the team advising a syndicate of banks on the GBP400 million Shari'a-compliant financing for the redevelopment of South Bank Tower (formerly King's Reach Tower) in Southwark, London.

Dispute Resolution - Bahrain

Norton Rose Fulbright operates a well-respected dispute resolution practice out of its UAE office, and is active on litigation and arbitration mandates in Bahrain. The firm has significant expertise advising heavyweight international clients and state entities on disputes in the financial services and telecoms sectors. Clients praise the team's strong local knowledge and outreach, as well as the consistently high quality of its lawyers. Patrick Bourke heads the Middle East disputes team, and is based in Dubai.

Competition/European Law - Belgium

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

General Business Law - Brunei

This first-class firm has high visibility in the region and its Singapore-based team has a proven track record of success in the Brunei market. It recently acted for Royal Brunei Airlines on the restructuring of its order for five Boeing 787 aircraft. It also represented a consortium of Asian banks, including Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam, in relation to the USD185 million Islamic lease financing of a new LNG carrier for Brunei Gas Carriers. Leigh Borrello and Ben Rose are key contacts, and are based in the firm's Singapore office.

Native Title - Canada

Basic facts about the department

- 12 partners

- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Significant involvement in government mandates, with a focus on land claim negotiations, consultation and litigation. Notable work in mining and resource development.

What's new? The Norton Rose Group merged with US-based Fulbright & Jaworski LLP in June 2013 to form Norton Rose Fulbright.

Work highlights Acted for Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC) on two claims brought by Québec Innu communities concerning rights and title over IOC properties in Québec and Labrador.

Represented the Province of Alberta in relation to a claim brought by the Beaver Lake Cree Nation concerning an alleged breach of treaty rights.

Notable practitioners  

Key contacts include department head Pierre-Christian Labeau.

Significant clients ArcelorMittal Mines, Gaz Metro, the government of Canada, Alderon Iron Ore, First Solar Development.

Banking & Finance - Canada

Basic facts about the department

- 43 partners
- 41 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acclaimed for its expertise in asset-based lending, project finance, securitisation and aircraft finance. Also highly regarded for covered bonds and debt financing transactions. Extensive expertise in matters relating to the mining and energy industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

Technical ability: "They stand out with regard to their development of innovative and complex equity and debt raising transactions."

What's new? The Norton Rose Group merged with US-based Fulbright & Jaworski LLP in June 2013 to form Norton Rose Fulbright.

Work highlights Acted for ING Group on the CAD3.1 billion sale of ING Bank of Canada to Scotia Bank.

Acted for the region of Waterloo on the design, build, finance and maintain agreement for an estimated CAD820 million light rail system project.

Notable practitioners  

The "very talented" Richard Borden is renowned for his expertise in energy project finance, regularly assisting clients with oil sands, wind farm and pipeline projects.

James Rumball 's work encompasses structured finance, securitisations, derivatives and asset-based lending.

David Amato's expertise covers debt financing, leveraged buyouts and project finance.

Arnold Cohen earns praise for his work in project finance, real estate finance, insolvency and restructuring.

Significant clients ATB Financial, Bank of Nova Scotia, BMO, Caisse Desjardins, CIBC.

Competition/Antitrust - Canada

Basic facts about the department

- 10 partners

- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A strong presence in the financial services sector, with additional experience in transactions involving the agricultural products, transportation and energy sectors. Significant global-wide reach coupled with extensive expertise in matters involving foreign investment control and review.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Their client service is exceptional."

What's new? The Norton Rose Group merged with US-based Fulbright & Jaworski LLP in June 2013 to form Norton Rose Fulbright.

Work highlights Acted for the ING Group on the sale of its Canadian retail banking business to Scotiabank.

Notable practitioners  

Denis Gascon is a "fantastic lawyer" whose practice encompasses both competition and international trade law. Work highlights include representing Citibank Canada in the LIBOR investigation.

John Carleton is recognised for his work as foreign investment counsel to Petronas in its CAD6.1 billion acquisition of Progress Energy.

Significant clients ArcelorMittal, Mouvement Desjardins, Resolute Forest Products, RONA, Sharp.

Construction - Canada

Basic facts about the department

- 12 partners

- 28 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acts on all aspects of construction law, including financing and procurement, contract negotiation, and related disputes. Also advises on construction arbitration and mediation and is well known for its strength in Québec.

What's new? The Norton Rose Group merged with US-based Fulbright & Jaworski LLP in June 2013 to form Norton Rose Fulbright.

Work highlights Acted for the Times Group on a domestic three-panel arbitration concerning cost overruns and lost productivity related to the installation of a sanitary sewer.

Acted for SNC-Lavalin in defence of four claims totalling CAD7 million arising out of the collapse of a concrete structure in the Viger Tunnel in Montréal.

Notable practitioners  

Olivier Kott operates an extremely well-regarded construction litigation practice out of Montréal. One peer said: "He's a very perceptive gentleman and has razor-sharp litigation skills. I've seldom seen cross-examinations handled so effectively." Another source added: "He's a leading light in Québec."

Significant clients AECOM Consultants, Carillion, CFJ Nuclear Contractors, Hydro-Québec, Vollmer Group.

Corporate/M&A - Canada

Basic facts about the department
- 94 partners
- 49 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Stands out for cross-border M&A transactions, advising both domestic and  international clients. A strong global platform for mining and energy.

What's new? The Norton Rose Group merged with US-based Fulbright & Jaworski LLP in June 2013 to form Norton Rose Fulbright.

Work highlights Advised ArcelorMittal on its USD1.1 billion sale of a 15% interest in an iron ore mine in Labrador, together with associated rail and port infrastructure, to a consortium of investors led by Korea’s POSCO.

Acted for Malaysia's Petronas on its CAD5.8 billion acquisition of Progress Energy.

Notable practitioners  

Terence Dobbin has extensive international experience and regularly acts on cross-border matters. In highlights, he advised Pacific Rubiales Energy on its CAD668 million acquisition of C&C Energia and CAD230 million acquisition of PetroMagdalena Energy.

Robert Engbloom QC is described as "highly regarded" and a "great guy and adviser." Recent work highlights include representing a special committee of the trustees of Enbridge Commercial Trust in its CAD1.164 billion acquisition of assets from Enbridge.

Norman Steinberg, Ad E is the global co-chair of the firm and chairman of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada. He has broad experience in M&A, corporate finance and privatisation matters, in both Canada and the USA.

Andrew Fleming is the managing partner of the Toronto office. His expertise encompasses company, securities and banking law.

Peter Noble is based in London, from where he frequently acts for Canadian issuers on the international debt markets as well as for foreign clients in Canadian securities offerings.  

Significant clients Agrium, Barrick Gold, Crescent Point Energy, Royal Bank of Canada, Resolute Forest Products.

Dispute Resolution - Canada

Basic facts about the department

- 22 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Widely viewed as a leading team for litigation in Alberta, with an excellent track record in energy and oil and gas litigation. Also receives widespread praise for its expertise in intellectual property, securities, construction and insurance defence.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

Bench strength: "A strong firm of litigators." 

What's new? The Norton Rose Group merged with US-based Fulbright & Jaworski LLP in June 2013 to form Norton Rose Fulbright.

Work highlights Represented the government of Canada in defence of multibillion-dollar Aboriginal claims in connection with oil and gas production.

Notable practitioners  

Clarke Hunter QC recently represented Chevron in a case relating to a USD18 billion judgment made against the company in Ecuador. Sources say: "He is an outstanding counsel – he is smart, hard-working and a delight to work with."

The "extremely bright and hard-working" Mary Comeau is recognised for her strengths in securities, electricity, and oil and gas litigation. Her extensive experience also covers Aboriginal law.

Significant clients Nova Chemicals, Syncrude Group Canada, Taylor Processing, Merit Energy.

Dispute Resolution - Canada

Basic facts about the department

- 32 partners
- 24 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Active in consumer protection, product liability and pharmaceutical class actions. Represents clients across a number of industries, including the financial services, infrastructure, energy, technology and pharmaceutical sectors. Enjoys a strong reputation in Montréal.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

Pragmatic advice: "They are very pragmatic lawyers." 

Work highlights Represented Suncor Energy in a motion for certification of a class action brought by a group of oil companies concerning the calibration of gas pumps.

Acted for Pfizer Canada on class actions concerning the medications CHAMPIX and Premarin.

Notable practitioners  

Steve Tenai has considerable experience in securities class actions, and recently represented SNC-Lavalin in a class action involving allegations of misrepresentation.

Christine Carron, Ad E is noted for her expertise in banking and product liability class actions. 2013 highlights saw her act for Procter & Gamble on a consumer protection case concerning Fixodent denture cream.

Significant clients Archer Daniels Midland, Bell Mobility, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Mattel.

Dispute Resolution - Canada

Basic facts about the department

- 22 partners
- 27 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Highly regarded for restructuring and insolvency, construction, mining and product liability disputes. Extensive experience in securities cases, shareholder disputes and proxy battles. Also frequently defends clients in major class proceedings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

Commercial awareness: "The firm understands what issues and concerns are a priority for our business."

Efficiency: "The practice group has proven to be thorough and diligent."

What's new? The Norton Rose Group merged with US-based Fulbright & Jaworski LLP in June 2013 to form Norton Rose Fulbright.

Work highlights Represented TELUS in litigation brought by Mason Capital concerning the collapse of its dual-class share structure.

Acted for National Bank Financial on litigation arising from the collapse of the technology company Knowledge House.

Notable practitioners 

James Hodgson is "an excellent advocate with years of experience in all kinds of cases." His expertise includes securities, product liability and construction cases, representing the likes of National Bank of Canada and SNC-Lavalin.

Orestes Pasparakis is commended for his strengths in restructuring litigation, class actions and proxy contests. Clients value his "strategic thinking and judgement," as well as his advocacy skills, with one source noting: "He is an extremely gifted litigator."

Significant clients BMO Financial Group, Chevron, Carillion Canada, Kenaidan Construction, GlaxoSmithKline. 

Dispute Resolution - Canada

Basic facts about the department

- 38 partners
- 28 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Widely viewed as a top firm for litigation in Québec. With offices in Montréal and Québec City, the team advises on the gamut of disputes, including insurance, product liability and professional liability litigation. Also earns praise for its strength in class actions, insolvency, franchise-related disputes and maritime cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

Client service: "They are our first choice firm and we get great service from them – they are well aware of our needs and are very responsive."

What's new? The Norton Rose Group merged with US-based Fulbright & Jaworski LLP in June 2013 to form Norton Rose Fulbright.

Work highlights Represented GazMetro in National Energy Board hearings concerning TransCanada Pipelines' restructuring and mainline tolls.

Advised Resolute Forest Products on litigation relating to its purchase of Fibrek by way of an unsolicited takeover bid.

Notable practitioners  

The "very dynamic" Pierre Bienvenu, Ad E is widely viewed as a strong litigator with a broad practice encompassing commercial litigation, arbitration and constitutional law. One source said: "Pierre is one of the most outstanding litigators of his generation in Montréal and beyond."

Jean Bertrand, Ad E's practice covers competition, energy and trade matters, as well as class actions and arbitration.

Christine Carron, Ad E is recognised for her expertise in banking, product liability and class action litigation. Sources say: "She is like a surgeon in court and she gives a terrific service to her clients."

William Hesler QC is highly regarded for his extensive experience of securities litigation, contract disputes and class actions.

The up-and-coming Sophie Melchers is singled out for her work in the areas of securities and class action litigation. She acted for Resolute Forest on issues relating to its purchase of Fibrek.

Significant clients BCE, Bombardier, Hydro-Québec, Lloyd's of London, Pfizer.

Employment, Labour & Pensions - Canada

Basic facts about the department

Labour and employment - 41 partners, 36 other qualified lawyers

Pensions and benefits - 4 partners

What the team is known for A first-class labour and employment law group with a significant presence across Canada. Advises both private and public sector employers on matters including employment and labour litigation, collective bargaining, union avoidance, and health and safety. Also advises on business immigration and on the employment aspects of large transactions. On the pensions and benefits side, the firm is active in restructuring and insolvency-related matters. Enjoys a strong reputation in the construction, mining and resource industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

Pragmatic advice: “Their strengths are the quality of their lawyers and their ability to adapt and respond and to provide legal advice that is easy to understand.”

Expertise: "They are very knowledgeable in the area of pension plans and benefit programs."

What's new? The Norton Rose Group merged with US-based Fulbright & Jaworski LLP in June 2013 to form Norton Rose Fulbright. In March 2013, Alberta labour and employment boutique Armstrong Mitchell Lawyers joined Norton Rose, bolstering the firm's presence in Western Canada.

Work highlights Acted for the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) on its appeal against a decision of the Ontario Labour Relations Board concerning the termination of collective agreements further to the IESO's application for non-construction employer status.

Acted for ING on the compensation and benefits aspects of its CAD3.12 billion sale to Scotiabank.

Notable practitioners  

Martin Rochette is the chair of the firm's Canadian pensions and benefits practice. He has a strong reputation in Québec, and is described as "a very accommodating lawyer who always seeks a solution suitable to all."

John West advises on collective bargaining, union certification matters, labour board proceedings, arbitration, wrongful dismissal, human rights, and occupational health and safety matters.

Richard Charney is the global leader of the firm's employment and labour practice and the chair of the Canadian employment and labour group. He specialises in management labour relations and employment law. In recent highlights, he represented CN in litigation concerning employees' childcare concerns.

Significant clients Canada Post, Rio Tinto Alcan, Sun Media, Nortel, National Bank.

Energy & Natural Resources - Canada

Basic facts about the department

Power - 55 partners, 28 other qualified lawyers

Oil and gas - 20 partners, 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Significant participant in major Canadian oil and gas transactions, with a focus on LNG transactions both in Canada and worldwide, drawing upon the firm's substantial global platform and international resources. In the power sector, the firm stands out for its work in Alberta as well as its strong capacity to advise on renewable energy matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Bench strength: "They have some fantastic lawyers and stand out for their ability to bring together all of the necessary skill sets." 

What's new? The Norton Rose Group merged with US-based Fulbright & Jaworski LLP in June 2013 to form Norton Rose Fulbright.

Work highlights Acted for Petronas on its sale to Japan Petroleum Exploration of a 10% interest in natural gas assets in British Columbia and in the proposed Pacific Northwest LNG export facility at Prince Rupert, subsequent to the successful completion of the company's CAD5.8 billion acquisition of Progress Energy in December 2012.

Advised the Alberta Electric Systems Operator in connection with the competitive process for the first high-voltage transmission line to be undertaken in Alberta on a PPP basis.

Notable practitioners  

Don Davies is chair of the firm's Canadian regulatory practice group. One source stated: "He has a keen sense of the issues and the ability to communicate in very simple, straightforward terms - his candour and presence are top notch and his ability to argue your case is the best I've ever seen."

Chrysten Perry leads the firm's work for Petronas, and regularly features on high-end transactions across the oil and gas sector.

Eric Dunberry specialises in energy regulation in Québec. He also advises on alternative dispute resolution and is well known for his work on behalf of Hydro-Québec.

Elisabeth DeMarco is a well-known climate change expert with a focus on international carbon transactions.

Significant clients BP, CNOOC Canada, Sinopec Daylight, NextEra Energy, First Solar.

Environment - Canada

Basic facts about the department

- 10 partners

- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded for resource development work, including mining, oil and gas and renewable energy, and related litigation. The firm also advises on the environmental implications of commercial energy deals. It is especially highlighted for its prominence in Québec.

What's new? The Norton Rose Group merged with US-based Fulbright & Jaworski LLP in June 2013 to form Norton Rose Fulbright.

Work highlights Acted for ArcelorMittal on the CAD1.1 billion sale of a 15% joint venture interest in its flagship iron ore mine to a consortium of Korean and Taiwanese investors.

Represented Terminal Norcan in a lawsuit concerning soil contamination on the property of the Montréal Port Authority.

Notable practitioners  

Jean Piette is one of the foremost environmental lawyers in Québec. He regularly advises on provincial, federal and international matters, including permitting and compliance, environmental due diligence, mining and land use.

Alan Harvie has more than 20 years of experience advising on environmental law. Based in Calgary, he handles commercial, operational and regulatory matters, with a strong focus on the oil and gas industry. In one highlight, he acted for Enbridge Income Fund Holdings on the CAD1 billion purchase of oil storage facilities and solar projects.

Significant clients RONA, ConocoPhillips, Hydro-Québec, Holcim.

Information Technology - Canada

Basic facts about the department

- 24 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Extensive expertise in financial services sector IT work in Canada. Also acts for large private and public companies, start-ups and government clients. The firm advises on technology development, acquisition and procurement, with an increasing focus on cross-border work.

Work highlights Advised InterAct Management on the sale of its majority interest in EK3 Technologies to Cineplex Entertainment.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Percival is a key contact.

Significant clients Scotiabank, CGI Group, TransCanada Pipelines, Desjardins, Cogeco Cable.

Intellectual Property - Canada

Basic facts about the department

- 24 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Offers advice across the full spectrum of IP matters both in Canada and further afield. Represents clients in the acquisition, protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights worldwide. A significant profile in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

Strategic planning: "The strategy they chose was well devised and successful. We were impressed with their global vision and the way they handled the facts."

Pragmatic advice: "They provide very pragmatic and tailored advice."

Work highlights Advised Pfizer, Pfizer Canada and Pfizer Ireland on a Section 8 damages action commenced by Teva.

Acted for Merck and AstraZeneca on an action to recover damages arising from Apotex's infringement of the lisinopril patent.

Notable practitioners  

Patrick Kierans is highly rated for his experience in pharma patent litigation, and recently acted for GlaxoSmithKline on PM(NOC) litigation relating to the Canadian patent for the drug dutasteride. Sources say he is "a very, very good attorney - he definitely understands the law, but also policy issues that are important to the client."

Judith Robinson is the regional chair of the firm's Québec IP practice. She focuses on IP litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

Claude Brunet is renowned for his expertise in IP, copyright and communications law, with a focus on matters involving the entertainment industry, including infringement proceedings relating to the certification of royalty tariffs.

Global IP practice leader Jane Caskey stands out for her experience in matters involving the pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors. One source enthused: "She is an excellent leader of the team, with an exceptional commitment to service and quality of advice."

Brian Gray advises on copyright and entertainment law, trade mark and patent litigation.

Jason Markwell earns high marks for his experience in matters affecting the pharmaceutical industry, including those involving the PM(NOC) Regulations. He also advises on cases involving the financial services, telecommunications and technology sectors.

Significant clients Heinz, Bombardier, Royal Bank of Canada, Access Copyright.

International Trade - Canada

Basic facts about the department

- 4 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Extensive experience in trade litigation and arbitration, frequently appearing on CITT, NAFTA and CBSA cases. Also advises on procurement and anti-corruption law.

Work highlights Advised J Cheese on an appeal to the CBSA concerning the tariff classification of imported goods.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Wagner is praised for his CITT experience and courtroom presence. One client said of his performance: "He did a wonderful job - he brilliantly outmanoeuvred the other side." Wagner's experience encompasses international trade, procurement, competition law and anti-corruption.

Significant clients Skechers USA Canada, SMS Equipment.

Projects - Canada

Basic facts about the department

- 28 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises a diverse range of participants on projects across Canada and further afield, with a strong focus on the energy, mining, social infrastructure and transit sectors. Singled out for its strength in Montréal. 

What's new? The Norton Rose Group merged with US-based Fulbright & Jaworski LLP in June 2013 to form Norton Rose Fulbright.

Work highlights Acted for the Region of Waterloo in connection with its light rail transit PPP project.

Acted for the Bank of Nova Scotia and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking on the financing of several projects for the Pan-Am Games facilities. 

Notable practitioners 

Montréal-based Robert Borduas is the Canadian leader of the firm's infrastructure practice. He regularly acts as lenders' counsel on PPP transactions and acted for Vents du Kempt Wind Power in connection with a 100 MW wind farm project in Causapscal, Quebec.

Sandra Nissan advises on the financing aspects of PPP transactions and is described as a “technically strong lawyer who is very focused on detail." 

Significant clients Bombardier, Borealis Infrastructure, CIBC, Infrastructure Ontario, SNC-Lavalin Group. 

Public Procurement - Canada

Basic facts about the department

- 4 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Notable expertise in procurement dispute resolution, with a strong focus on matters arising out of alleged illegal practices. A strong profile in Québec as well as in the construction sector.

Work highlights Advised SNC Lavalin on new legislation adopted in Québec concerning the regulation of public contracting.

Notable practitioners  

Senior partner Richard Wagner operates a wide-ranging practice which includes a strong focus on government procurement and anti-corruption law. He is singled out by market sources for his experience in advising on defence procurement.

Significant clients Bombardier, Lockheed Martin, Royal Canadian Mint, TELUS, Magellen Aerospace.

Restructuring/Insolvency - Canada

Basic facts about the department
- 26 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Equally capable acting on any side of a transaction. Even more adept at handling multi-jurisdictional files following the firm's recent merger.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Service-oriented: "They're just great service providers. They understand the business side of things as well as understanding the law, and they don't over-lawyer a file."

What's new? The Norton Rose Group merged with US-based Fulbright & Jaworski LLP in June 2013 to form Norton Rose Fulbright.

Work highlights Acted for a group of funds led by Black Diamond Capital Management with regards to the acquisition of the assets of the White Birch Paper Group following the latter's restructuring.

Notable practitioners  

Howard Gorman is regarded as one of the go-to lawyers in Calgary for major mandates. One source said: "He has an uncanny ability to reduce a situation to its basic components and he doesn't get lost in details. His years of experience shine through." 

Tony Reyes is described as a "sound business adviser." He was one of the lead lawyers acting for The Bargain! Shop, a large consumer merchandise retailer, with regards to its restructuring.

Sylvain Rigaud draws praise from sources for his technical abilities and his cross-border capabilities. He has a wide-ranging practice and regularly represents clients in real estate, manufacturing, retail and transportation matters. 

Orestes Pasparakis is a litigator and regularly deals with financial restructurings and insolvency proceedings, representing financial institutions and clients in the infrastructure and natural resources sectors.

Significant clients Nortel Networks, OPTI Canada, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Royal Bank of Canada, Ernst & Young.

Tax - Canada

Basic facts about the department

- 11 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Recommended for both transactional tax advice and litigation. A solid profile in Montréal and in the resources sector, with increasing international exposure.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

Technical ability: "They demonstrate good experience and a high level of expertise."

What's new? The Norton Rose Group merged with US-based Fulbright & Jaworski LLP in June 2013 to form Norton Rose Fulbright.

Work highlights Advised the trustees of Enbridge Commercial Trust on the acquisition by Enbridge Income Fund of crude oil storage and renewable power generation assets from Enbridge for CAD1.164 billion.

Acted for Pacific Rubiales Energy in connection with its CAD230 million acquisition of PetroMagdalena Energy.

Notable practitioners

Wilfrid Lefebvre QC is the head of the firm's tax litigation team and is well respected for his long and extensive experience before the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. Sources say: "He is very professional, practical, and a pleasure to work with."  

Adrienne Oliver co-chairs the tax department, and is recommended for her expertise in international tax planning and public capital market transactions.

Darren Hueppelsheuser is well regarded for his work on financing and transaction planning, with a focus on the resource sector.

Significant clients ArcelorMittal, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, ING Bank of Canada, Bombardier, Petronas.

Transportation - Canada

Basic facts about the department

- 8 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A well-established practice in aviation, marine and rail sector law, advising on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Acts for banks, insurers, ship operators, railway operators, airlines, and aircraft and component manufacturers. A significant focus on cross-border work, including insurance matters in the London market.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

Expertise: "They provide a very good service, especially for their quality of work and record in litigation."

Work highlights Represented Porter Airlines and Porter FBO in a judicial review brought by the Toronto Island Pilots Association concerning the operation and purpose of the Toronto Island Airport.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Desgagnés has a strong commercial litigation practice with a focus on transportation. He is particularly active in shipping matters and is also noted for his work in the aviation sector. One source said: "He's very quick to respond. He gives very practical advice, tells us the strengths and weaknesses of our files and can analyse a matter very quickly."

New to the rankings, Wylie Spicer, QC is active on offshore matters, including casualty matters and the development of oil and gas fields.

Significant clients Bombardier, Canadian Pacific Railway, Bell Helicopter, Royal Bank of Canada, Lower Lakes Towing.  

Banking & Finance - China

Co-head of the Hong Kong banking and finance department Peter Haslam remains a reputed figure amongst peers. Over the past year he represented Standard Chartered Hong Kong as mandated lead arranger agent and HSBC as mandated lead arranger regarding a HKD2 billion credit facility for Vantage Dragon.

Banking and project finance specialist Christopher Redden recently led the team advising Bank of America on refinancing a global borrowing-based facility made to sportswear brand Quicksilver. He is admitted to practice in Australia, Hong Kong and the UK and has experience acting for clients headquartered in Mainland China.

Capital Markets - China

Jonathan Perry is admired by peers, who enthuse that "he has a good commercial mind; if you have him on the other side it'll be an enjoyable transaction." His recent highlights include advising HSBC and UBS as the underwriters on a USD671 million rights issuance by Esprit Holdings. 

Competition/Antitrust - China

Head of department Marc Waha is a leading name in the areas of merger filings and cartel investigations. Among recent highlights, he advised Life Technologies on the Asian aspects of its proposed USD13 billion merger with Thermo Fisher, working with colleagues based in London, Sydney and Montréal. Sources note: "He's very comprehensive and practical, and can also turn around his analysis in a very timely fashion."

Corporate/M&A (International Firms) - China

Legacy Fulbright partner Jeffrey Blount is known for his work on major cross-border M&A and investment transactions. The Hong Kong-based practitioner frequently advises companies from other jurisdictions on investment in China, and has particular knowledge of the oil and gas sector.

Jonathan Perry is experienced in cross-border M&A and equity capital markets. Peers describe him as having a “good commercial mind.”

Zhang Jie is highlighted for his work on acquisitions in Mainland China. He impresses clients with his efficiency: "When I've needed an answer quickly, he's never let me down." He has extensive experience on infrastructure and energy-related transactions.

Based in Sydney, Anthony Latimer heads the firm's China business group and works with both Chinese public and private corporations on international investments. Recently, he advised a consortium of Chinese investors on their acquisition of Australian cotton farm Cubbie Station.

Gigi Cheah is based in Singapore and has particular expertise in technology and IP licensing and outsourcing. She advises clients on the expansion of their products and services in a number of Asian jurisdictions, including China, India and Japan.

Dispute Resolution - China

Camille Jojo is a well-respected figure in the market, with a client list featuring the likes of Television Broadcasts, Fubon Bank (HK), Chinachem Financial Services and Digital China Holdings. One source described him as a "red-meat-eating litigator." He is also skilled in contentious insurance work, restructuring and regulatory compliance matters.

Jim James is praised as "a very good litigator" who "always provides a professional service." He is well versed in shipping litigation, and one peer commented that "very few people have his knowledge of the market." Sources say that he is easy to work with and highly responsive.

Dispute Resolution - China

James Rogers was promoted to the partnership in January 2013. Clients commend his ability to understand the technical side of such disputes, as well as his in-depth procedural knowledge and responsiveness. Dividing his time between Beijing and Hong Kong, he formerly practised law in New Zealand, Japan and the UK.

Energy & Natural Resources - China

Intellectual Property - China

Clients describe Justin Davidson as a "joy to work with." His broad workload mainly consists of managing the trade mark portfolios of international brands, including Prudential, TSL and Crabtree & Evelyn. He also advises on brand protection issues and handles trade mark and copyright infringement disputes. He is respected for his "technical ability, commercial awareness," as well as his responsiveness.

Sources say that Maggie Chong is "technically first class" and that she "understands the market." In a recent case highlight she advised US retailer Crabtree & Evelyn on domain name disputes and IP enforcement matters in connection with their high-profile brands. 

Projects - China

Tom Luckock's recent work highlights include acting for Beijing Enterprises Water Group on the acquisition of water infrastructure assets in the UK and for China Development Bank on the financing of a wind farm development in Chile. He is also noted for his work on climate change.

Shipping - China

Jim James has many years of experience and is adroit at dealing with dispute resolution matters regarding shipping, commodities and insurance. He is regarded as a litigator of "high standard" and sources also appreciate that he "always provides a professional service." 

Head of Islamic finance Davide Barzilai is widely recognised for his considerable experience of asset finance with a particular focus on shipping matters. He acts for clients from Asia, the Middle East and beyond on various Shari'a-compliant and conventional financing transactions.

Having worked in Hong Kong, Singapore, London and Shanghai, Fei Kwok is well versed in the complex financings of ships and other assets. She is rated as a "technically good" lawyer, who is also "hard-working, proactive and very accurate."  She was mandated by CMB Financial Leasing on the leasing of three dry bulk carriers.

Jonathan Silver handles ship finance and general banking transactions involving shipowners, financial institutions, leasing companies and Asia-based export credit agencies. Clients also appreciate his fluency in Mandarin.

Corporate/M&A - Colombia

Sources concur that experienced practitioner Luis Carlos Neira Mejía "is a very well-reputed lawyer when it comes to M&A."

Energy & Natural Resources - Colombia

Energy and mining specialist Glenn Faass is the managing partner of the Bogotá office of Norton Rose, of which he was a founding partner in 2010. Clients value his "professionalism and deep knowledge in different areas" which they say has "contributed to the success of our various projects." He was formerly the head of the Russian practice of Macleod Dixon, which joined the Norton Rose Group in 2012. He also co-founded the firm's practice in Kazakhstan and is still active assisting clients in that region.

Venezuelan-born mining expert Jorge Neher is highlighted by clients as "our go-to lawyer in Colombia and Venezuela." They deem him "an absolutely excellent technical lawyer with a fine commercial sensibility, and responsive to deadlines."

Oil and gas expert Pablo Mauricio Alvarado provides corporate and transactional advice to international clients in the energy sector, including exploration and privatisation projects in Latin America. He has worked extensively in the USA in both private practice at Vinson & Elkins and as in-house counsel to Amoco, both in Houston. 

Banking & Finance - Europe-wide

What the team is known for Known for experience in equipment, project and asset finance, with specific expertise in aviation and shipping finance. Advises on real estate and acquisition finance, as well as restructuring and refinancing. Strong Islamic finance capabilities within the London office. Other key offices for banking and finance include Paris, Rome, Milan and Warsaw.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
International capability: "The lawyers are very available and the firm has the added benefit of having a very good international network."

Work highlights Assisted the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy with securing financing for its Ouarzazate solar power plant programme.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Ings is head of syndicated and leveraged finance in London. Marc Hamilton heads the team in Paris while Ralf Springer leads the German banking practice from Munich. Milan-based Arturo Sferruzza and Moscow-based Alexander Tsakoev are respective team heads in Italy and Russia.

Significant clients China Development Bank, Citibank, Rosneft, Sberbank of Russia, Société Générale.

Projects - Europe-wide

What the team is known for Formidable energy and natural resources expertise, particularly in the mining and renewables sectors. Project finance and infrastructure projects are further key areas of activity. Highly rated teams across Europe with notable strength in the UK, France, Germany, Russia and Poland.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Breadth of services: "Everything you look for in a firm; strong advice, acts in our interests and takes the lead resolving complex issues."

Industry knowledge: "A very good renewables practice and infrastructure expertise."

Work highlights Acted for Rosneft in relation to crude oil export contracts with Glencore and Vitol, negotiating an up to USD10 billion prepayment facility.

Advised a consortium of banks, as lenders, on the EUR937 million financing of the 288 MW Butendiek offshore wind farm project in the North Sea.

Notable practitioners  

Simon Currie is the global head of energy, while Martin McCann heads the global mining, infrastructure and commodities practice. Both are based in London.

Significant clients Société Générale, Export-Import Bank of Korea, BNP Paribas, Chevron, Rosneft.

Banking & Finance - France

Head of the Paris office George Paterson receives positive comments from clients: "We work with him on new, complex and structured deals. He's available, very creative and pragmatic, and he knows all the main players so that if we're in a tough spot he can find a solution." Paterson is best known for his asset finance expertise.

Christine Ezcutari remains a key member of the banking and finance practice. A highlight of late was advising Crédit Agricole CIB as lead arranger on the financing of an investment programme of EUR150 million relating to the acquisition by Ermewa of new rolling stock for the rail and multimodal freight transport.

Projects - France

Alain Malek leads the North Africa practice, splitting his time between Casablanca and Paris. He advises on infrastructure and natural resources projects in the Middle East and Africa, notably North Africa. Recent mandates include advising CDG Capital, RATP and Transinvest on Casablanca's first tram line.

Anne Lapierre is responsible for the energy practice within the projects department, acting for wind and solar developers and major financial institutions. She divides her time between Paris and Casablanca and is noted for her activities in francophone Africa. Interviewees describe her as a lawyer who "really knows her stuff in this area."

Banking & Finance - Germany

Highly recommended for both aviation and rail asset finance transactions, German banking practice head Ralf Springer is described as "the number one lawyer for banks in aircraft financing" by market observers. One adds: "He is very likeable and people feel that he is an honest person. They know he will take care of them, and is also very pragmatic and open for business points." He recently advised Wealth Cap and East Merchant on the financing of two A380 aircraft for Singapore airlines.

Excellent client feedback sees Frankfurt partner Oliver Sutter move up the rankings this year: "He is a very experienced lawyer but a very hands-on kind of guy who provides pragmatic solutions instead of dogmatic lengthy discussions. We appreciate this very much and it makes him stand out from the crowd." His main areas of focus include acquisition finance and corporate loan transactions.

London-based Duncan Batchelor is an acknowledged asset finance expert. He spent five years in the firm's Munich office and regularly handles cross-border matters regarding aviation and shipping finance.

English-qualified lawyer Anthony Morton has practised in the German market for over a decade, and has nearly 15 years of experience in English-law transactions. He focuses on acquisition finance and syndicated lending, as well as financial restructurings and project finance.

Capital Markets - Germany

Frank Regelin heads the equity capital markets team and has over ten years' experience of advising investment banks and issuers on capital markets mandates. Commentators report: "He has an incredible industry knowledge base and is also very reachable, flexible and approachable. He seems to always have the answer to any question." Regelin advised Berenberg Bank on the IPO of Lotto24.

Sascha Grimm, who became a partner in 2013, focuses on equity and corporate bonds work, and recently co-led the group's work with Close Brothers Seydler Bank on Singulus Technologies' corporate bond issue. Clients appreciate his responsiveness and attention to detail, saying: "He is doing an absolutely excellent job - he's very knowledgeable, flexible and always available. He is very detail-oriented."

Arbitration (International) - Global-wide

What the team is known for Recently merged firm with an extensive global arbitration presence. Well-regarded practices in Asia-Pacific and the Americas. Recognised expertise working for energy and mining clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "They are very active and doing a large number of arbitrations."

Notable practitioners  

Mark Baker is highly regarded in the USA and Latin America. He successfully represents clients from the oil industry in various substantial cases, thanks to his "extraordinary knowledge and understanding of civil and common law."

Guy Spooner is recognised by clients for his long-standing prominence in Singapore. He enters this year's global-wide rankings as his wider international reputation continues to increase.

Significant clients AEI Energy, Baker Hughes, Total, HSBC, BNP Paribas.

Asset Finance - Global-wide

What the team is known for A diverse and wide-ranging practice with a strong offering in the aviation, offshore, rail and shipping sectors. Highly regarded teams in a number of offices, including London, Singapore and New York. Enjoys a strong track record in capital markets, as well as for traditional financing transactions and lessor-side aviation finance.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "In any kind of asset finance listing, you'd struggle not to have Norton Rose in the first tier."

What's new? The Norton Rose Group merged with US-based Fulbright & Jaworski LLP in June 2013 to form Norton Rose Fulbright.

Work highlights Acted for LOT Polish Airlines and Boeing Capital Aviation on a USD500 million US EX-IM backed financing for five new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

Advised HSM Products on its acquisition of a fleet of six tankers further to its acquisition of five subsidiaries of FR8 Singapore. 

Notable practitioners  

George Paterson leads the firm's aviation finance practice in Paris, and is highlighted for his experience of complex and tax-based finance structures. He is well liked by clients for his clear and pragmatic advice.

Munich-based Ralf Springer is an experienced aviation and rail finance partner. He was recently part of a team that advised China Aircraft Leasing on a review of its Airbus purchase agreement and associated engine contracts.  

In New York, James Tussing has a broad equipment financing practice with a wealth of experience in the aviation sector. He acts on behalf of financial institutions, leasing companies and borrowers.

Jeremy Gibb is highly regarded for his work on both ship and aircraft financing in Tokyo. His clients include Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Japan Bank for International Co-operation and Development Bank of Japan.

London-based Simon Lew focuses on shipping finance as part of a broader asset finance practice that also includes rolling stock and aviation assets.

Global head of transport Harry Theochari has more than 20 years of experience in shipping finance, and advises clients including major European banks and leasing companies.

Gervais Green is an experienced practitioner in the Asia-Pacific offshore and shipping markets. Based in Singapore, he acts for operators, leasing companies and financial institutions.

Significant clients Malaysian Airlines, easyJet, Standard Chartered/Pembroke, Gulf Energy Maritime, Crédit Agricole.

Banking & Finance - Global-wide

What the team is known for Highly regarded finance and capital markets practice with key offices in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Acting on transactions for Islamic banks, sukuk financing and fund formation. Diverse sector expertise includes real estate, mining, projects and energy. Increased focus on new markets for Islamic finance such as Central Asia, South-East Asia and Africa.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "Enthusiastically involved in Islamic finance, with very skilled lawyers." 

What's new? London-based Norton Rose merged with US firm Fulbright & Jaworski to create Norton Rose Fulbright.

Work highlights Advised the managers, including Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Emirates NBD Capital and RBS, on a USD1 billion sukuk issuance by Dubai Electricity & Water Authority.

Notable practitioners

Well-known capital markets expert Farmida Bi leads the European Islamic finance team from London. Dubai-based Mohammed Paracha heads the Islamic finance team covering the Middle East and Africa, and Davide Barzilai is the key contact within the Hong Kong office.

Significant clients Arab Banking Corporation, Citibank, Emaar Properties, Islamic Development Bank, Republic of Indonesia.

Climate Change - Global-wide

What the team is known for Dominant force in the global climate change market thanks to an excellent track record in carbon trading. Heavily involved in emission reduction and CDM projects as well as green energy financings. Offers an extensive network of offices, attracting major cross-border carbon finance transactions.

What's new? The Norton Rose Group merged with US-based Fulbright & Jaworski LLP in June 2013 to form Norton Rose Fulbright.

Work highlights Advised BP on emission investments, including into an emissions trading scheme in California.

Acted for Nedbank on purchase arrangements with regards to forest conservation projects in Africa.

Notable practitioners  

London-based Andrew Hedges leads the Europe climate change practice and stands out as a "pragmatic, approachable and very knowledgeable" lawyer. His practice has an emphasis on international carbon market transactions and clean energy projects.

Elisabeth DeMarco is based in Toronto and has established a solid reputation for her international carbon trading practice. She is also highly active in the clean energy sector, with leading energy clients seeking her "excellent strategic advice."

In London, Anthony Hobley is the firm's global head of the sustainable and climate change group. He has a well-regarded banking practice with an emphasis on climate change and clean energy law, including emissions trading schemes.

Tom Luckock is based in Beijing and regularly advises both inbound and outbound investors on renewable energy and water projects.

Significant clients Athelia, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, BNP Paribas, Gazprom Marketing & Trading, Citibank.

Corporate Investigations - Global-wide

What the team is known for Assists clients with internal and regulator-led investigations and compliance programmes in connection with corruption legislation. It acts for corporations as well as their boards and senior management on cross-border investigations internationally.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
Responsiveness: "They are an extremely talented team. They are very commercial and responsive."

Work highlights Acting for a client in an SFO investigation and subsequent criminal investigation, following self-reporting of bribery and corruption in its Asian operations.

Assisted Zimmer Holdings with FCPA investigations and reviews of its global operations by the SEC and DOJ.

Notable practitioners

Sam Eastwood is based in London and is head of the firm's business ethics and anti-corruption group.

Significant clients T.D. Williamson, Weatherford International, Transocean.

Corporate/M&A - Global-wide

What the team is known for Global firm formed from the merger of Norton Rose and Fulbright & Jaworski, with improved capability on cross-border M&A transactions. Fields teams in North America, Australia, South Africa, Asia and the Middle East, as well as Europe. Routinely sought out its sector expertise in energy, infrastructure, mining and commodities.

Work highlights Advised Allied Gold Mining on its GBP360 million recommended takeover by St Barbara Limited, with lawyers from the London, Toronto and Perth offices.

Acted for BP on the sale of its LPG bottle and tank filling businesses in the UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, South Africa, Poland, China, Turkey and Austria, and its non-refinery integrated wholesale business.

Notable practitioners

Martin Scott is the firm's global head of corporate, M&A and securities.

Significant clients ArcelorMittal, Barclays, BMW, France Telecom, McCain Foods.

Dispute Resolution - Global-wide

What the team is known for Excellent dispute resolution team in London, with additional strength in outposts including Shanghai, Singapore, Russia, Germany and the UAE. Noted for its expertise in regulatory disputes and corporate investigations. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Visibility: "We see them a lot and their strategies are impressive."

What's new? The Norton Rose Group merged with Fulbright & Jaworski in June 2013.

Work highlights Successfully defended Weatherford International in a dispute arising from the termination of a contract to provide drilling rigs for the Aceites Terciarios del Golfo project in Mexico.

The Sydney, Singapore, Athens and London offices advised the owners of the vessel 'B Oceania' in proceedings pertaining to a collision off the coast of Malaysia.

Notable practitioners

New York-based Linda Addison is the global head of dispute resolution and litigation. London's Deirdre Walker is the head of dispute resolution and litigation for Europe, the Middle East and Asia, and Otway Denny leads the US practice.

Significant clients Chevron, Citi, GlaxoSmithKline, HSBC, Santander.

Franchising - Global-wide

What the team is known for Maintains an enviable position in the Australian market, where it is a first choice for major brands and institutions. Regularly advises on expansion into the Asian markets, handling restructuring, distribution agreements and related litigation.

Work highlights Advised Tempur Sealy International on matters relating to distribution regulation across Asia, requiring close co-operation between the firm's Tokyo, Shanghai and Melbourne offices.

Acted for Nando’s Australia on litigation issued in the Federal Court of Australia relating to the termination of a franchise relationship.

Notable practitioners  

Stephen Giles is widely recognised for his wealth of experience in franchising, and wins strong recommendations from peers. He "delivers what he promises" and impresses market observers with his attention to detail. He is "top-notch," according to sources.

Significant clients BMW Group, Honda Motorcycles & Power Equipment, Luxottica Group, McDonald's, Pandora.

Insurance - Global-wide

What the team is known for An ever-expanding global operator, with insurance strongholds in the UK, Australia, Asia and South Africa. A popular choice with insurers for strategic corporate restructurings and regulatory advice, and for important disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "Norton Rose was very good at getting what we wanted. In all technical issues they were right there in the mix. The work was fantastic."

Industry knowledge: "They are proactive and keep abreast of industry developments."

International capability: "We use them because they have good insurance lawyers in most of the locations in which we do business around the world."

What's new? The merger between the Norton Rose Group and US firm Fulbright & Jaworski in June 2013 consolidated the firm's global offering.

Work highlights Advised AXA on the restructuring of its Asian businesses across Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia and India, including the management of related regulatory issues.

Advised QBE Re on its cross-border merger with Belgium-based reinsurer Secura.

Advised certain underwriters at Lloyd's in relation to a coverage dispute stemming from the cancellation of Michael Jackson's 'This Is It' tour.

Notable practitioners

London-based partner James Bateson is the head of the global insurance practice. Tricia Hobson and Bob Harrell are key partners for the Asia-Pacific and US practices respectively.

Significant clients ACE, Allianz, AIG, Munich Re, RSA. 

Projects - Global-wide

What the team is known for Firmly established as a major international force in energy and infrastructure work, with renowned expertise in mining and oil and gas. Key offerings in South Africa and Russia boost the firm's emerging markets practice, and several recent mergers extend the firm's global capacity.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Breadth of services: "They're clearly a serious firm in the projects and energy space and they have a diverse practice." 

Work highlights Advised the Indonesia Port Corporations on the USD3.2 billion development of New Priok Port.

Represented La Mancha Resources Australia on several matters, including the acquisitions of two gold mining projects.

Advised the lenders on the Lekki Port concession project in Nigeria.

Notable practitioners 

Based in London, Martin McCann is global head of the firm's infrastructure, mining and commodities group, while Simon Currie leads the energy team. Gregg Harris is a key contact in the USA and Sydney-based Vincent Dwyer is energy practice head in the Asia-Pacific.

Significant clients BP, SNC Lavalin, China Development Bank, Itochu, IFC.

Shipping - Global-wide

What the team is known for A global front runner for ship finance with offices in major shipping focal points worldwide. Often called upon by major shipowners, banks and other financial institutions for advice on complex loan facility transactions, private equity investments and loan restructurings. The litigation arm of the practice handles contentious issues emanating from financings, as well as broader disputes involving shipbuilding, collision and cargo claims.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
International capability: "They provide worldwide coverage and act for our businesses wherever they are located."

Breadth of services: “A market leader due to its all-round capability.”

Work highlights Represented HSM Products in its acquisition of six product tanker vessels further to its acquisition of five subsidiaries of FR8 Singapore. The team advised on HSM's assumption of debt and dealings with the syndicate of banks financing the transaction.

Acted for Talbot, Hiscox and other syndicates at Lloyd’s in defence of claims stemming from an alleged piracy attack directed at the crude oil tanker 'Brillante Virtuoso' in the Gulf of Aden.

Notable practitioners  

Based in London, global head of transport Harry Theochari is highly regarded for his expertise in international shipping finance. He has considerable experience of syndicated facilities, structured financings and capital market transactions.

London-based Simon Hartley co-heads the firm's global shipping group, advising on a wide range of shipping finance issues, with a focus on leasing and receivables financing in the cruise industry.

Dimitri Sofianopoulos is a new addition to the table, in recognition of his recent high-profile shipping finance work on behalf of major shipping companies. Based in Athens he has worked extensively in both the tanker and dry bulk sectors and receives extensive praise from clients.

Jim James is a "very good, experienced litigator” who "always provides a professional service." Working from Hong Kong, he handles a wide range of contentious shipping matters including issues arising from insurance, enforcement and compliance as well as shipbuilding disputes.

Ernest van Buuren is based in Brisbane, from where he deals with both wet and dry matters. A master mariner, clients see him as "a maritime law subject matter expert." He recently represented the Swedish Club following the 'B Oceania' and 'Xin Tai Hai' collision in the Malacca Strait.

Gervais Green operates from Singapore and is acclaimed for his experience in asset and project finance work. With a focus on shipping finance, he is also well respected by market sources for his expertise in the energy and offshore sectors.

John Shelton brings his nearly 30 years of experience of shipping finance to bear as a consultant in the London office. Areas of strength include ship lending and leasing, capital raising and sales and purchases of second-hand ships.

Significant clients Crédit Agricole, Citi, Cosco, ExxonMobil, Standard Chartered Bank.

Tax - Global-wide

What the team is known for Increasingly visible force on the global tax scene thanks to the recent merger of Norton Rose with US firm Fulbright & Jaworski. Clients benefit from additional hubs in London, Sydney, Johannesburg and Rome.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Expertise: "I like their high level of knowledge, the conciseness of their advice, their confident bearing and their poised professionalism." 

What's new? Norton Rose merged with Houston's Fulbright & Jaworski in June 2013, greatly expanding its global capabilities.

Work highlights London and Johannesburg lawyers acted for Barclays on its GBP1.3 billion combination of the majority of its African operations with Absa Group.

Represented BP in the sale of its LPG bottle and tank filling business in the UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, South Africa, Poland, Turkey, Austria and China and its non-refinery integrated wholesale business.

Notable practitioners  

Andrius Kontrimas in Houston is the head of global tax, while London-based Louise Higginbottom co-ordinates Europe, Middle East and Asia tax at the firm. Other contacts of note include Sydney-based Peter Norman and Johannesburg-based Andrew Wellsted.

Significant clients Axa, Barclays, HSBC, Petronas, National Oilwell Varco.

Banking & Finance - Greece

Yianni Cheilas is described as "fantastic" by enthusiastic clients. As well as advising on banking and finance matters, he is considered to be a leading practitioner in shipping finance.

Corporate/Commercial - Greece

Elena Tsohou acts on corporate and M&A mandates as part of a wide-ranging practice. "She is always available, up to speed, and gives clear advice," say sources.

Dispute Resolution - Greece

Department head Marie Kelly predominantly acts on shipping disputes, and has considerable experience in assisting with cross-border litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Shipping - Greece

Greece head and banking team leader Dimitri Sofianopoulos is "really accessible, and always happy to give advice when it's needed. He's very experienced, and you can trust him," say clients. He mainly advises on non-contentious shipping matters.

Yianni Cheilas is seen as one of the market's leading shipping finance lawyers. He handles such mandates as part of a broader banking and finance practice.

Marie Kelly heads the dispute resolution practice. Described as "responsive, attentive and knowledgeable," she is highlighted for her shipping litigation and arbitration work. She also regularly assists clients with shipping contracts.

John Liberopoulos is widely regarded as an up-and-coming name in shipping litigation. He covers a wide range of disputes, including those relating to charter party and cargo claims, marine casualties and contracts.

Banking & Finance - India

Jeff Smith heads the firm's South-East Asia practice. He recently advised HSBC and Société Générale on the provision of term loan facilities to Indian home appliance company Eureka Forbes, its subsidiary Aquamall Water Solutions and Forbes Lux International, a joint venture between Eureka Forbes and Lux International. Sources assert that he is "personable and practical, and gets the deal done." He is based in Singapore, and is also renowned for his projects work in Indonesia.

This team advises both Indian and international banks on their high-value facilities to Indian companies within the healthcare, education, consumer durables and other sectors. It is particularly well regarded for its project finance work. The Indian finance practice is based primarily in Singapore. Jeff Smith is the main contact.

Corporate/M&A - India

Rajesh Karia in London is a key corporate partner in the India team. India-related work includes restructurings, joint ventures and acquisitions. In a recent highlight the team advised Generali in the restructuring of its Indian joint venture with the Future Group.

Dispute Resolution - India

London-based international arbitration expert Sherina Petit offers "splendid advice, thoroughness and a quick turnaround." Sources comment on the experience she has amassed in dealing with Indian clients and her "whole-of-India focus."

This three-lawyer India disputes desk is based in London. The team is experienced acting on behalf of clients in the energy, shipping, technology and other sectors. It is particularly well versed in representing Indian clients in high-stakes disputes and in ICC, LCIA and DIFC-LCIA arbitrations.

Projects - India

Nick Merritt heads the firm's Asia-Pacific infrastructure, mining and commodities team from Singapore, and is an experienced handler of cross-border project finance mandates, including those inbound to or outbound from India. Sources report that he is "very effective at pushing the process forward and managing the transaction." 

Corporate & Finance - Indonesia

Guy Spooner is a highly respected arbitration expert who works in many areas including energy, infrastructure and insurance. He advised Arpeni Pratama Ocean Line on its USD700 million debt restructuring.  

Jeff Smith in Singapore is head of the firm's South-East Asia practice. He is a widely respected banking lawyer with considerable project finance experience. He advised a syndicate of Indonesian and Malaysian banks in the USD340 million refinancing of a hydropower project in Sumatra. He also represents his clients in acquisition finance, Islamic finance and debt restructuring matters.

Singapore-based Ashley Wright leads the firm's oil and gas team in the region and is particularly noted for his upstream expertise. He has advised on major restructurings and acquisitions in Indonesia. 

This Singapore-based team handles a variety of banking, M&A, projects and capital markets work. Its association with Susandarini & Partners further enhances its offering. Jeff Smith is a key contact for clients.

Banking & Finance - Italy

Mario Lisanti acts for banks, private equity funds, investors and sponsors on matters including real estate finance, acquisition finance and debt financing and restructuring. He is capable of handling complex cross-border work thanks to being dual-qualified in Italy and the UK.

Arturo Sferruzza is highly regarded for his work in the renewable energy sector. In a recent example, he acted for Banca IMI on a EUR22.08 million financing for the construction of four biogas-vegetable waste plants.

Stefano Maria Zappalà is highlighted for his long-standing project finance expertise. He recently advised Cassa Depositi e Prestiti on a EUR39.8 million loan agreement with Acsm-Agam Reti Gas Acqua for the development of gas distribution networks.

Capital Markets - Italy

Paolo Daviddi specialises in ECM and also brings substantial corporate expertise to his practice. Clients identify him as the go-to partner: "When you have him at the table you know that there is a person who will speak frankly and is keen to solve the problem."

Restructuring/Insolvency - Italy

Clients acknowledge the technical nous of Mario Lisanti. He is qualified in Italy and the UK, and is adept at handling domestic and cross-border pre-insolvency and insolvency proceedings.

Tax - Italy

A new addition to the rankings, Andrea Fiorelli specialises in international taxation and is described as "commercial, clever, calm and available." The practice combines domestic tax experts with the resources of a powerful global network. It has particular prowess in acting for multinational clients on changes to international tax legislation. 

Munich-based Klaus Bader heads the firm's Italian desk. He is fluent in Italian, German and English, and has previously handled a number of cross-border mandates between the two countries.  

Banking & Finance - Japan

Jeremy Gibb is co-head of the office's banking team, and peers note his prominence in the market for asset finance work. He recently advised JBIC and SMBC on a USD250 million funding for Petroleum Geo-Services. 

Projects - Japan

George Gibson specialises in the acquisition, financing, development and disposal of energy and infrastructural projects in emerging Asian markets and has more than 20 years' experience of this work. He recently played a key role, as a member of a large, international Norton Rose Fulbright team, advising a syndicate of mostly Asian sponsors on the USD4 billion project financing of an upstream gas and petrochemicals project in Uzbekistan.

Jeremy Gibb handles a wide range of asset finance matters, with a strong emphasis on transportation-related projects and a particular focus on those involving offshore vessels. He recently acted for the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and the Japan Bank for International Co-operation with regard to their USD1.17 billion financing of a Brazilian FPSO.

Michael Joyce relocated to the firm's Sydney office from Tokyo in 2013, having accumulated nearly 20 years' experience acting for Japanese clients in the energy, resources and infrastructure spaces. Clients especially value him as a partner who "understands our interests and has great way of co-ordinating with the firm's offices in other jurisdictions." He recently advised JX Nippon Oil & Energy on the creation of a metallurgical coal joint venture with Xstrata Coal (now part of Glencore Xstrata) in the Peace River coalfields in Canada.

Energy & Natural Resources - Kazakhstan

Yerzhan Kumarov is acclaimed as a "fine lawyer" who is particularly strong on finance and capital markets matters. He also has solid expertise in the natural resources sector. Kumarov recently acted for a group of investors on the acquisition of gold mining assets in Kazakhstan from Polyus Gold for USD350 million. His experience outside Kazakhstan includes advising major Kazakhstani and international mining companies and investors on transactions in the Kyrgyz Republic. For example, he acted for Kazakhmys Gold on various contractual matters pertaining to the design and construction of a metallurgical and processing plant in that country.

Emerging markets expert Simon Cox has substantial experience in advising on high-profile corporate transactions relating to Kazakhstan's natural resources and mining sector. For example, he recently assisted a consortium of investors with gold mining asset purchases from a major foreign mining company. He is based in London and is known to be a "good technical lawyer." 

Bogotá-based Glenn Faass is experienced on transactions in the energy and mining sector in both Kazakhstan and Russia. He co-founded the firm's practice in Kazakhstan.

Arbitration (International) - Latin America-wide

Mark Baker co-heads the international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution team. According to sources, "he is an exceptional advocate with an extraordinary understanding of civil and common law." They add: "His ability to quickly comprehend perplexing issues and situations far outside his realm of expertise is remarkable." Sources also acknowledge his immense experience in oil and gas disputes.

Aníbal Martin Sabater is based in New York and takes a lead role on a number of the group's major cases. Peers say: "He has an extraordinary arbitrator resume for someone who's still relatively young."

Projects - Latin America-wide

Sources describe working with Washington, DC-based partner Jeffrey Goodman on Latin America projects as a positive experience. He routinely advises on project finance matters.

George Crady wins praise from sources for his experience and acumen in the field.

Projects: Mining: Leading Canadian Firms - Latin America-wide

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

What the team is known for A huge presence in Latin America with a particularly active workload in Colombia and Venezuela.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry knowledge: "They have specific insight on how the business is evolving in the region, and know key people in the industry." 

What's new? Six new partners have joined the firm over the last year hailing from Gowlings and McCarthy Tétrault, among others.

Work highlights Advised Gran Colombia Gold regarding its USD100 million offering of gold-linked notes and common share purchase warrants.

Notable practitioners  

Jorge Neher is recognised by sources for his specialist knowledge in mining matters. Based in the firm's Caracas and Bogotá offices, he also handles matters pertaining to energy, resources and electricity.

Senior partner Marvin Singer is hailed by interviewees as a practitioner with excellent standing in the industry and an active practice. He handles the full gamut of matters relating to resource projects in a wide range of jurisdictions.

David McIntyre undertakes work on a broad range of M&A transactions for companies involved in the mining, mineral exploitation and natural resource industries. He is well placed to draw on expertise gained as senior officer at Vale, and sources consider him a key figure in the industry.

Significant clients Anglo American Colombia Exploration, Hudbay Minerals, B2Gold, Iamgold, Pacific Strategic Minerals.

Corporate/M&A - Mexico

This international full-service firm handles regional energy-related matters from its Caracas office headed by Elisabeth Eljuri. The firm has a Mexico energy desk which regularly assists PEMEX and other oil and gas companies in different regulatory aspects of the Mexican market. 

Corporate/Commercial - Middle East-wide

What the team is known for Has comprehensive experience in acting on M&A deals and a wide range of commercial agreements for high-calibre regional clients, most prominently banks and real estate developers. The firm's MENA practice is powered from strongholds in Bahrain and the UAE, with great traction in Qatar as well.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "We like dealing with Norton Rose Fulbright because of their high level of professionalism, knowledge, dedication and responsiveness."

What's new? Norton Rose merged with Fulbright & Jaworski in 2013. David Baylis relocated from London to head the Abu Dhabi office.

Work highlights Advised Mubadala on the structuring of a joint venture for the development of Sowwah Square.

Notable practitioners 

The key contacts are David Baylis and Jane Clayton in the Abu Dhabi and Dubai offices respectively.

Significant clients Abraaj Capital, Aldar Properties, Barclays, Fajr Capital, First Gulf Bank.

Dispute Resolution - Middle East-wide

What the team is known for Experienced team in the UAE, adept at handling contentious matters in courts and arbitration centres across the Middle East, particularly in Bahrain. Best known for representing banks and insurance companies, with additional expertise in aviation and construction.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Bench strength: "I like them because the calibre of both partners and assistants is very high - it's consistent. The other thing is they are not afraid to tell me what I don't want to hear."

Client service: "They work hard at client relationships and provide a very good service."

What's new? The Norton Rose Group merged with US law firm Fulbright & Jaworski in June 2013.

Notable practitioners  

Patrick Bourke heads the regional dispute resolution practice. He specialises in commercial disputes, notably fraud, insolvency and banking cases. Market commentators describe him as a "top of the league" practitioner.

Significant clients Limitless, Nakheel.

Investment Funds - Middle East-wide

What the team is known for Racks up an impressive list of Islamic and conventional fund formation deals for major regional and international clients. Has notable experience in acting for clients investing in the energy, infrastructure and agricultural sectors.

What's new? Global head of private equity David Baylis relocated to the Abu Dhabi office from London.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Jane Clayton offers strong regional capability on a wide range of corporate and investment funds matters.

Significant clients Abraaj Capital, HSBC.

Islamic Finance - Middle East-wide

What the team is known for Accomplished at conducting Islamic finance transactions in the Middle East. Provides legal services on the full spectrum of Shari'a-compliant products and facilities. Key areas of focus include investment funds, private equity and asset-based financings. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Pragmatic advice: "I think they are very commercially focused. They are interested in getting the transaction done and would not dwell on points that don't add much value: we are happy with their approach."

What's new? Norton Rose Fulbright was formed in June 2013, following the merger between legacy firms Norton Rose and Fulbright & Jaworski.

Work highlights Advised Islamic Development Bank on a USD1 billion trust certificate issuance under its USD6.5 billion sukuk programme. 

Represented the managers in Dubai Electricity & Water Authority's USD1 billion sukuk issuance due in 2018.  

Notable practitioners  

Head of the firm's Islamic finance practice in the Middle East and Africa, Mohammed Paracha is noted for his expertise in Shari'a-compliant acquisitions and disposals. A recent highlight includes his representation of the TIBAH consortium in the USD1.2 billion financing for its Madinah airport expansion project.

Significant clients ABC International Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Majid Al Futtaim, Emaar Properties.

Projects - Middle East-wide

What the team is known for Diverse experience in construction and infrastructure work, including instructions on waste water plants, district cooling facilities, airports and power projects. A long-standing presence in the Bahrain market, and the UAE and London offices also contribute significant firepower.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Efficiency: "They impressed me - they really turned it around very quickly and got the right balance between arguing the points and pushing the deal forward."

What's new? The Norton Rose Group merged with US-based Fulbright & Jaworski LLP in June 2013 to form Norton Rose Fulbright.

Work highlights Represented the sponsors in the financing and construction of the USD1.2 billion expansion of Madinah airport in Saudi Arabia on a PPP basis.

Advised Kuwait's Partnerships Technical Bureau on the design, financing, operation and maintenance of the Umm Al Hayman waste water distribution PPP.

Notable practitioners Paul Mansouri and Martin Preston are the key contacts in Abu Dhabi and Dubai respectively, while Joanne Emerson Taqi heads the team in Bahrain.

Significant clients Al Rajhi, HSBC, Qatar Electricity & Water, Saudi Oger.

General Business Law - Morocco

This firm is a key player in the country and advises on a wide range of matters, including M&A, joint ventures, banking and finance transactions, and real estate and regulatory law. It has been notably active in the renewable energy sector as well as on infrastructure, transport and technology projects. It recently acted for the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN) on all aspects of the Ouarzazate government solar project. "They have been very successful in Morocco - they deliver good, professional legal work," say interviewees. Alain Malek is head of the firm's Casablanca practice and is well known for his expertise in both projects and M&A. One source said: "He is helpful, professional and well integrated into the Moroccan market, and provides real added value in negotiations." 

General Business Law - Myanmar

Operating from Singapore, this firm has advised clients on a number of investments and transactions into Myanmar over the past few years. It was recently appointed lead international counsel in Ooredoo's deployment of a multibillion-dollar mobile telecoms network, one of the largest ongoing telecoms projects in the world. Gigi Cheah is a key contact for Myanmar matters.

Banking & Finance - Netherlands

Wouter Hertzberger is a project finance expert with a number of leading clients in the power and renewable energy sectors. He recently advised Fairstar on the USD247 million financing of the construction of two semi-submersible vehicles.

Corporate/Commercial - Nigeria

Norton Rose Fulbright has a dedicated practice that handles work in Nigeria, and highlights include energy sector transactions, infrastructure development projects and banking work. London-based partner Bayo Odubeko is particularly active developing the firm's involvement in this market. He works across a range of areas, including infrastructure, power and oil and gas. Clients include banks, private equity investors and international companies.

Banking & Finance - Poland

Practice head Grzegorz Dyczkowski is often involved in the team's most significant cases. He recently advised a syndicate of lenders on the EUR4.6 billion LBO of mobile operator Polkomtel.

Finance partner Agnieszka Stankiewicz is recommended for her real estate focus and endorsed as a "great lawyer." 

Capital Markets - Poland

Piotr Strawa is the main point of contact for this practice. The team has considerable experience in advising both buyers and sellers in equity capital markets transactions.

Corporate/M&A - Poland

Paweł Bajno has long-standing experience in the Polish market and is known as a "very strong lawyer," who is a pleasure to work with.

With an excellent reputation in the market, Piotr Strawa continues to take a leading role in the firm's major mandates.

Corporate/Commercial - Qatar

What the team is known for An outstanding reputation acting on projects in the oil and gas, power and water sectors for major corporations and state entities, led from the firm's London office. A steady involvement in high-end real estate, corporate and finance mandates supported by partners in Dubai.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Strategic planning: "They always provide value-oriented service with insightful partner input. They use their more junior lawyers in a sensible and commercial way, which delivers value on the file."

Commercial awareness: "They have a wealth of experience in handling the financial nature of very complex projects."

What's new? The firm added Al Khaliji Commercial Bank, JX Holdings and Citi to its clients.

Work highlights Advising the Muntajat Initiative technical committee established by the Qatari government on the formation of Qatar Chemical & Petrochemical Marketing & Distribution.

Notable practitioners  

London-based partner Erol Huseyin has a wealth of experience in the power sector and is described by clients as an "extremely impressive" projects lawyer.

Significant clients Al Faisal Holding, Barwa Group, Qatar Mining, Qatari Diar.

Banking & Finance - Russia

Alexander Tsakoev specialises in commodity finance, real estate finance, acquisition finance and asset finance. Clients praise his negotiation skills and comment that "he is clearly focused on closing the deal in the most efficient way possible - there is no point-scoring."

Corporate/M&A - Russia

Anatoly Andriash and Valentina Gluhovskaya are the key contacts for this practice and cover corporate and M&A transactions in the real estate, energy and natural resources sectors.

Dispute Resolution - Russia

Sources commend Yaroslav Klimov for his effective co-ordination and his ability to "react to the needs of clients." He heads the firm's CIS dispute resolution practice.

Energy & Natural Resources - Russia

Anatoly Andriash co-heads the Moscow practice, and stands out for his ability to advise clients from the energy sector on M&A and project finance mandates.

Mining expert Aydin Jebrailov "provides advice that is valuable to the success of our projects," say impressed clients. He also advises oil and gas clients on major project finance mandates.

Noted for his strong finance background, Nicholas Dingemans handles acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures, and general corporate and commercial mandates.

Levon Kocharyan "is one of the best mining lawyers in Russia," according to sources. He handles a variety of corporate and tax issues for clients from both the mining and the oil and gas sectors.

Banking & Finance - Singapore

Jeff Smith attracts special praise for his finance work in India, and project financing mandates in Indonesia. In a recent highlight, he acted for the sponsors on the development and financing of the Wampu hydroelectric plant, in a deal worth USD174 million. Sources highlight his calm demeanour, strong reputation in the market and commerciality. He leads the firm in South-East Asia.

Peers pick out Ong Yu-En as a lawyer they enjoy working with, describing him as "a sensible, pragmatic practitioner." He is well versed in the handling of a wide range of structured finance transactions, and has worked in both London and Hong Kong.

Nick Merritt is described by one client as "a very smart lawyer with excellent commercial sense." He is a finance and projects specialist and leads the firm's infrastructure, mining and commodities practice in the region. In a recent highlight he advised RBS on a USD213 million credit financing to semiconductor manufacturer Micron.

Corporate/M&A - Singapore

Gigi Cheah is a TMT specialist with a practice that spans multiple jurisdictions in the region. She is best known for e-commerce, IT procurement and outsourcing matters. Sources say that she is "probably the person we would most like to see on the other side because she really knows what she's doing."  

Foreign Desks The firm enjoys considerable market standing with regards to Brunei-related work. Key mandates include advising Royal Brunei Airlines on restructuring its major order for five Boeing 787 aircraft. Client contacts include Leigh Borrello and Ben Rose. 

The Singapore office also has experience in corporate matters in India. In the last year, this included advising on the Indian aspects of AXA's Asia-wide restructuring.  

The Indonesia desk has strength in a number of areas including banking, project finance, acquisition finance and asset finance. Significant clients include ANZ, Republic of Indonesia, Standard Chartered Bank and The Bank of New York Mellon.

Jeff Smith is head of the firm's South-East Asia practice, and has experience in Indian and Indonesian deals.

The firm is also noted for its work in Myanmar, where it has been active in the TMT space. It is currently advising Ooredoo Group on all aspects of its telecoms network roll-out in Myanmar, having won a tender license in 2013. Gigi Cheah is a key contact for the practice.

Sheela Moorthy 

Dispute Resolution - Singapore

Sources affirm that Guy Spooner is "certainly a respected practitioner" in the Singapore arbitration arena. As head of the firm's arbitration practice in Asia, his practice involves working extensively in other jurisdictions, including a number of recent matters in Cambodia and Indonesia. His key areas of focus are shipping, energy, infrastructure, trade and transportation.

KC Lye receives particular accolades for his advocacy skills, although he is also highly active in advisory work. His varied dispute resolution practice includes energy, aviation and commercial fraud cases. He is also increasingly noted for his India-related work.

Energy & Natural Resources - Singapore

Head of the firm in South-East Asia, Jeff Smith is noted for his work on major projects, particularly in Indonesia. Recent work highlights include involvement on noteworthy infrastructure matters. He is also noted for his experience handling India-related work.

Ashley Wright has a broad geographic footprint across Asia and is especially well known for his oil and gas work in Indonesia. Sources highlight his upstream capabilities and describe him as "a key industry name" in this area. Recent work highlights include advising a project developer on a geothermal power project in the Philippines.

"Approachable, available and prompt," Alex Cull recently returned to Singapore, having spent time in the firm's Perth office. Sources highlight his expertise in transactional shale gas, coal-seam gas and LNG matters. 

Lauded for his "excellent commercial sense," Nick Merritt continues to be rated for projects work in India and has also undertaken instructions in relation to a number of other jurisdictions in the region. He recently acted for 1Malaysia Development Board and Mitsui on bids for coal-fired power projects in Malaysia.

Shipping - Singapore

Guy Spooner heads the Asia international dispute resolution team. He is noted for his work in arbitration and litigation regarding shipbuilding and insurance. He is qualified in England & Wales, Hong Kong and Australia. 

Ben Rose specialises in asset and structured finance where he concentrates on ship finance as well as matters in the offshore oil and gas industry. In a recent highlight he advised a consortium of regional banks on the USD185 million lease financing of a new LNG carrier for Brunei Gas Carriers. Clients say they are “impressed with his excellent negotiation skills.”

Gervais Green recently advised Sumitomo Mitsui Banking on the finance arrangements for six new LNG tankers. He is a respected asset and project finance practitioner with expertise in the shipping and offshore oil and gas sectors.

Banking & Finance - South Africa

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

What the team is known for Has extensive experience in various types of financing, both in South Africa and as part of the firm's regional practice. Represents both long-standing clients and new entrants to the market in work such as asset and acquisition financing and debt restructuring.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "Highly regarded in the banking market, with a good balanced team approach."

Commerciality: "Consistent client service adapted to meet our commercial needs has resulted in a long-standing relationship."

Work highlights Advised the London branch of South African FirstRand Bank on a syndicated loan facility of up to USD150 million for PTA Bank.

Advised Standard Bank as arranger and lender on ZAR2.44 billion facilities provided to the ACED Cookhouse wind farm project.

Notable practitioners  

Jackie Midlane is "incredibly hard-working and a huge client draw." She is commended especially for her project finance experience, and commentators on the lender side are full of praise for her commitment and impressive turnaround times.

Lodewyk Meyer is recommended for his "intricate understanding of the business and the methodology of trade finance," and for his commercially oriented advice.

Riza Moosa leads the department and is praised for his management of the team, and for being "extremely efficient, commercial, pragmatic and easy to work with."

Significant clients Absa Bank, Transnet, Standard Bank, Nedbank, Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa.

Capital Markets - South Africa

What the team is known for Involvement in capital markets transactions both domestically and on matters with a cross-border element. Highlights include inward listings, securitisations, domestic medium term note programmes and advising on potential IPOs.

Work highlights Advised Absa Capital and the Johannesburg branch of Bank of China on the establishment of a ZAR3 billion domestic medium term note programme and the issue of the first tranche of short term notes.

Advised SacOil Holdings on the conclusion of its standby equity distribution agreement with YA Global Masters.

Notable practitioners  

Sources identify Pierre Swart as an up-and-coming figure for debt work. His previous experience in the debt capital markets team at Absa Capital is valued by clients, one of whom attests that he "has developed an excellent reputation" in this field.

Significant clients Global Credit Rating Company, Industrial Development Corporation, JPMorgan Securities, Cell C, Nedbank Capital.

Competition/Antitrust - South Africa

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

What the team is known for Strong experience assisting a range of clients with obtaining merger and joint venture transaction approval. Also known for its ability to advise on complex cartel investigations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "Their approach covers all legal and commercial aspects, which is commendable. They cover a wide range of nuances, effects and influences."

Client service: "They've given a lot of support - I can ring up and speak to someone who knows what they're talking about."

Work highlights Advised Chevron regarding an allegation of collusion for the supply of diesel by a number of major oil companies and the South African Petroleum Industry Association.

Represented Fastjet in successfully obtaining clearance for its acquisition of the entirety of the shares in 1Time Airline, which was in liquidation at the time of approval.

Notable practitioners  

Clients appreciate Heather Irvine's personal involvement in their matters, and comment that she is "one of the most knowledgeable lawyers around - she has a way of getting a point across in an articulate manner." She led the team advising Chevron on an alleged collusion.

Marianne Wagener receives strong recognition for her competition law practice, with clients noting her good communication skills and on-the-ball approach. She handles a range of merger control and cartel investigation work.

Significant clients Omnia Group, Steinhoff International Holdings, Bridgestone, AECI, FirstRand.

Construction - South Africa

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

What the team is known for Strong global presence reinforces a focused South African practice with specialist construction expertise in both transactional and litigation matters. Renowned for its handling of a range of contractual matters, including EPC and FIDIC, as well as its particular experience in renewables work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Expertise: "They're an exceptional team; they've got specialists in all the areas we require and they're good value for money."

Work highlights Acted for Bombela Civils Joint Venture on its arbitration with Gauteng Provincial Government concerning three disputes arising from the Gauteng Rapid Rail Transport System.

Advised Moyeng Energy on the financing, construction, operation and maintenance of the 94 MW West Coast One wind farm in the Western Cape, and the subsequent sale of electricity to Eskom.

Notable practitioners  

Key director Gary Rademeyer is a noted specialist in contractual work, receiving significant acclaim for his handling of EPC, O&M and FIDIC matters. Clients describe him as "excellent in that field."

Daniel Kaufman is a recent arrival from the firm's London office. He receives significant praise for his expertise in financing, transactions and contractual work, with sources noting: "He's smart - he picks up on the right issues and knows what he's talking about."

Significant clients Bombela Civils Joint Venture, Group Five, The Standard Bank of South Africa, Nedbank, Industrial Development Corporation.

Corporate/M&A - South Africa

Basic facts about the department
- 26 partners
- 60 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong local presence with access to a well-resourced global network. An attractive choice for international investors, with a healthy share of well-known clients in the banking and finance, insurance and energy sectors. Particularly well regarded for its experience on mining deals and excellent client service. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Bench strength: "My overall impression is that Norton Rose Fulbright is a top firm with the resources to handle any legal issue that we may face in South Africa."

Responsiveness: "They are definitely available and the turnaround time is good too." 

Technical ability: "They are extremely thorough - nothing gets past them. It's nice to have them as my safety net."

Work highlights Advised Barclays Bank on the combination of its African operations with Absa, through a ZAR18.3 billion acquisition by Absa in exchange for shares.

Assisted Absa Bank with its ZAR10 billion acquisition of Edcon's private label store card accounts business.

Acted for Rio Tinto on its acquisition of a 37% stake in Richards Bay Minerals from BHP Billiton.

Notable practitioners

Head of corporate Kevin Cron is a driving force of the practice and leads many of the firm's standout M&A deals. Sources regard him as "one of the most respected corporate attorneys in South Africa" and he is lauded for his excellent technical abilities and diligent approach.

Significant clients Rio Tinto, Barclays Bank, Old Mutual Life Assurance Company, JPMorgan.

Dispute Resolution - South Africa

Basic facts about the department
- 50 partners
- 31 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Unquestioned expertise and an impressively deep bench strengthened by the firm's clear global reach. A mainstay of the insurance and mining sectors and active in major work in banking and professional liability. The team is highly regarded for its strategic and commercial thinking.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "We always feel as though we're their only client - it's always immediate attention and they're very practical."

Strategic planning: "They have very experienced lawyers and they make sure we have the same view about strategy."

Work highlights Acted for the UN World Food Programme in an USD8 million civil recovery following a major internal fraud case, as well as in the associated criminal case.

Acted on behalf of several insurers, including Santam, Etana and Compass, to investigate the possibility of recovery action following a fire in Cape St Francis that damaged more than 60 homes.

Notable practitioners  

The "superb" Michael Hart is renowned throughout the market for his years of experience, with particular praise reserved for his expertise in professional liability matters.

Jeffrey Kron has a formidable track record in mining and class action matters. He is praised for his strategic thinking, and peers note that "he's a very measured and careful litigator."

"Go-to guy" Aslam Moosajee has extensive knowledge of banking and corporate matters, acting on some the most significant cases in the sector. Clients praise him as "exceptional - he's always available and he handles matters efficiently."

Donald Dinnie is praised across the board for his experience, practical and commercial advice, and accessibility. Clients feel at ease when working with him thanks to his meticulous expertise: "He keeps at the cutting edge of various areas of law and when you call him you can be sure that the answer you get is correct."

Insurance specialist John Neaves is acclaimed for his experience and his proven track record. Clients note that he is "widely recognised and achieves excellent resolutions."

Kathryn Gawith focuses on professional liability and regulatory work, and frequently acts for auditing and accountancy clients. She is praised for being "client-centric" in her approach.  

Marelise van der Westhuizen has an excellent practice in the corporate, commercial and mining sectors. Clients also note her expertise in finance matters and appreciate her experience with the Financial Intelligence Centre Act.

Significant clients Anglo American, Nedbank, Gold Fields, Standard Bank of South Africa, Bombela.

Employment - South Africa

Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A prominent employer-side disputes practice, with experience across a broad range of matters, including strike actions, pay disputes, retrenchments and transfers. Provides advice on the employment aspects of corporate transactions, with additional expertise on BEE matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "They've done a marvellous job - their advice was spot-on and well researched."

Communication: "Very analytical and good at explaining what the issue was. They put people at ease and guided them through the cases."

Work highlights Advised Pioneer Foods on a dispute arising from drivers having their status changed from employee to independent contractor.

Conducted an enquiry on behalf of the University of the Witwatersrand into the extent of incidences of sexual harassment at the university, following high-profile complaints by students.

Notable practitioners  

Hermann Nieuwoudt heads the practice and is identified as a standout lawyer by interviewees. He focuses on collective labour law, and work highlights include representing Cape Clothing Association in a holiday pay dispute.

Mohammed Chavoos greatly impresses as a litigator. Clients value his hands-on, analytical approach: "He's very meticulous, very good with detail and very up to date with what's going on."

Joe Mothibi makes a highly positive impression on clients, with one saying: "He's very accessible and I was impressed with delivery times." Mothibi led the enquiry for the University of Witwatersrand into the prevalence of sexual harassment on campus.

Significant clients South African Airways, BP, Anglo American, Development Bank of Southern Africa, LSG Sky Chefs.

Energy & Natural Resources - South Africa

Basic facts about the department
- 36 partners
- 45 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Full-service mining practice with formidable regulatory expertise, as well as activity in financing, M&A and disputes. Represents major international clients as well as key local players and is particularly known for its work on the development of legislation for the Chamber of Mines.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Expertise: "A good option for in-depth, detailed, comprehensive mining work."

Market standing: "One of the leading practices in the regulatory space."

Work highlights Advised Rio Tinto on its acquisition of a 37% interest in Richards Bay Minerals from BHP Billiton.

Assisted China Development Bank with USD200 million bridge loans to Wesizwe Platinum for the development of the Bakubung platinum mine.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Michael Dale is lauded for his standout regulatory knowledge and impressive turnaround times. Universally regarded as a "very important practitioner in the area," one source remarks: "I couldn't think of a better epitome of mining law in South Africa." 

Significant clients Chamber of Mines of South Africa, Anglo American, Rio Tinto, Exxaro Resources, Kumba Iron Ore.

Information Technology - South Africa

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

What the team is known for Has a committed focus on the technology sector that includes advising on matters such as IT outsourcing arrangements, negotiation of various agreements and procurement processes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "Their turnaround is very good, they're well equipped and you're getting high-level service."

Work highlights Representing Dimension Data in a technology outsourcing project for Nampak.

Advising First National Bank on the establishment of a cash management business with Cash Connect.

Notable practitioners  

Rohan Isaacs is a well-known figure in the market who attracts the respect of both peers and clients. Sources especially recommend his pragmatic outlook: "Rohan was an incredible negotiator, able to work around issues and find compromises."

Sources commend Bradley Scop for his regulatory expertise in the telecoms arena. Clients comment positively on his responsiveness as well as his sector knowledge.

Significant clients Standard Bank, Reunert, Hewlett-Packard, City of Johannesburg.

Projects - South Africa

What the team is known for Clear strength throughout the projects and energy arena, bolstered by the firm's international reach and depth of resources. Acts on major infrastructure, natural resources and power mandates for public and private sector players as well as financial institutions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "Their turnaround speaks to Norton Rose as a brand - they go the extra mile in responding to queries quickly."

Bench strength: "They're an exceptional team with specialists in all the subject areas we require."

Work highlights Advised Rand Merchant Bank, the Development Bank of Southern Africa and Old Mutual Specialised Finance as senior lenders on the structuring and financing of the Lesedi and Letsatsi solar power projects.

Advised Nedbank as mandated lead arranger and original lender on the financing for the development, construction and operation of the Tsitsikamma Eastern Cape wind farm.

Notable practitioners  

Gavin Noeth heads the firm's project finance team and has particular expertise in infrastructure work. Sources hold him in exceptionally high regard, with one commentator noting: "He's been in the game a long time and his experience shines through."  

Key partner Jackie Midlane is "very well known in the market" for her work on large project finance mandates. Interviewees praise her experience, dedication and impressive work ethic.

Significant clients FirstRand Bank, BP, Scatec Solar, GDF SUEZ, Grindrod.

Banking & Finance - Sweden

Tomas Gärdfors works from the London office and is an active presence on the Swedish market. He covers acquisition and project finance, advising both lenders and borrowers.

Foreign Desks Norton Rose Fulbright is an active player on project financings and acquisitions involving Swedish wind farms. The firm's Sweden desk is headed by Tomas Gärdfors.

General Business Law - Tanzania

The work of this two-partner team is split between corporate and M&A and banking and finance. Clients include Standard Chartered Bank and Barrick, and the firm represented Sanlam Capital Markets in its acquisition of a portfolio of commercial property in Tanzania. Sources appreciate both the quality of the local partners' work and the firm's international reach: "We've got a very good rapport. They appreciate where I'm coming from, and they have depth and expertise given that it's a global firm." Adam Lovett heads the practice. He is well respected by peers and lauded by clients as "knowledgeable, reliable, efficient and direct." Fellow partner Angela Mndolwa earns glowing reviews from satisfied clients: "She's a cut above in terms of sheer responsiveness." 

Banking & Finance - Thailand

Somboon Kitiyansub has a long-standing reputation in the market and is noted for his authoritative presence in deals. He advised CIMB Thai Bank on a THB1.8 billion loan to Tesco Lotus Retail Growth Freehold & Leasehold Property Fund for the acquisition of commercial property.

Tassanai Kiratisountorn has been busy over the past year in both the telecoms and energy sectors, drawing particular praise for his skill in technology projects. He was part of the team which advised the lenders on a THB9.8 billion facility to Ratchaburi World Cogeneration for the construction of two gas-fired cogeneration power plants.

Corporate/M&A - Thailand

In relation to cross-border work, the Norton Rose team remains busy with small and mid-sized strategic inward investments in the energy sector. The firm continues to work with significant domestic corporates. Somboon Kitiyansub is the key contact for clients and has significant expertise on corporate matters.

Corporate/M&A - Turkey

Foreign Desks Norton Rose Fulbright's Turkey desk advises on corporate/M&A, financing, and projects and energy matters. Thomas Vita and Charles Whitney are key names for the desk in London. 

Projects - Turkey

Foreign Desks As part of a comprehensive offering on business law matters in Turkey, Norton Rose Fulbright regularly acts on projects and energy matters. The firm counts major banks, international financial institutions and developers as clients. London-based Charles Whitney is the key contact for the desk.

Banking & Finance - UK

Michael Ings acted on behalf of Trinity Mirror as borrower on a forward start revolving credit facility of GBP110 million provided by a syndicate of banks. He is well regarded for his telecoms and media sectoral expertise.

Asset-based lending specialist Michael Black is commended for his handling of cross-border transactions, with one client noting that he "managed the foreign lawyers fantastically" and "made life as easy as possible."

Farmida Bi is a well-established presence in the field of Islamic finance. Her broad practice covers capital markets transactional work and she recently advised Gatehouse Bank on a GBP6.9 million real estate-based sukuk.

Duncan Batchelor is an acknowledged asset finance expert. He spent five years in the firm's Munich office and regularly handles cross-border matters regarding aviation and shipping finance.

Tomas Gärdfors is dual-qualified in England and Wales and in Sweden and heads up the firm's Nordic group. He acts on behalf of lenders and borrowers in structured cross-border transactions.  

Anthony Morton 

Capital Markets - UK

Tak Matsuda offers experience across the full spectrum of DCM transactions, including project bonds and equity linked products. He recently advised on the issuance of a GBP57.5 million retail bond by client Workspace Group. He has considerable experience in handling debt capital markets transactions with Japanese elements.

The "very pragmatic" Simon Cox is an ECM specialist who largely concentrates on emerging markets transactions, which often involve the energy and mining sectors. He has substantial experience in advising on high-profile transactions relating to Kazakhstan's natural resources and mining sector. 

Peter Noble frequently acts for Canadian issuers in the international debt markets, and for foreign clients in Canadian securities offerings.

Capital Markets: Structured Finance, Securitisation & Derivatives - UK

Farmida Bi has a breadth of securitisation expertise, particularly in the Islamic finance market, and regularly acts for corporate and sovereign issuers, as well as financial institutions. She is known for her particular expertise in matters concerning the USA.

Sandrine Sauvel advises trustees, arrangers and rating agencies across a broad range of structured finance transactions, both domestically and throughout Europe. Securitisation is a key area of focus, and her experience encompasses whole-business securitisations, commercial paper conduits and auto loans.

Competition/European Law - UK

"Solid adviser" Peter Scott is at the forefront of the firm's competition litigation. He regularly represents clients in complex contentious matters and is adept at litigating before domestic and European courts.

Martin Coleman has a reputation for being "very quick on his feet and able to get the answers you need as soon as possible." He has recently acted for PwC and Delta Air Lines.

Sources say the "meticulous" Michael Grenfell "knows how to control things so the process runs smoothly." He is also recognised as being "incredibly customer-focused." He frequently acts for regulatory bodies including Ofwat.

Since publication, Mark Jones has joined Hogan Lovells.

Corporate/M&A - UK

Chris Pearson is "thoughtful" and "highly pragmatic," and "gets the deal done," impressed sources say. He represented Delta Air Lines in its proposed acquisition of a 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic from Singapore Airlines for USD360 million.

Robin Brooks focuses on transactions in emerging markets. He "understands our needs," said one satisfied client.

Emerging-markets expert Simon Cox has substantial experience in advising on high-profile corporate transactions relating to Kazakhstan's natural resources and mining sector. He assisted a consortium of investors with gold mining asset purchases from a major foreign mining company.

Peter Noble frequently acts for Canadian issuers in the international debt markets as well as for foreign clients in Canadian securities offerings.

Bayo Odubeko is particularly active developing the firm's involvement in Nigeria. He works across a range of areas, including infrastructure, power and oil and gas. Clients include banks, private equity investors and international companies.

Foreign Desks Norton Rose Fulbright's broad international reach is exemplified by its significant office network. Jurisdictions of particular expertise include India, Nigeria, Qatar and Turkey. The firm also operates an enviable Africa practice.

Dispute Resolution - UK

Highly rated practitioner Lista Cannon concentrates her practice on regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings but also has a good track record in acting on disputes in the energy sector.

Deborah Ruff is a valuable member of the group who has been the key partner on numerous key mandates for the firm. She regularly handles high-value matters.

Chris Warren-Smith is popular with clients, who describe him as "very good strategically; he knows what's happening in the marketplace and he's very up to speed on the latest trends."

Sam Eastwood is well recognised for his bribery and anti-corruption practice, acting on behalf of global corporations on investigations and the development of compliance programmes.

Sherina Petit has a practice with a healthy focus on India-related cases. Sources say she is "a phenomenal talent" who "gives her all to every case" and "has great strategic and technical skills, as well as being incredibly hard-working and immensely personable."

Roger Heward is recognised for his experience of Greek shipping disputes, and practised from the firm's Piraeus office for a number of years.

Charlotte Bijlani joined the firm's UAE office in 2014. She is active on a range of UK-based real estate disputes. Sources note she is "very professional, very approachable and very proactive."

Energy & Natural Resources - UK

Neil Miller is leader of the energy dispute resolution group, and is proclaimed to be "very strategic, thoughtful and sensible - he is a good lawyer and litigator."

The "very talented" Richard Metcalf has been busy representing Zimbabwe Power on power development projects.

The "fantastic" Simon Currie is global head of energy and is singled out for his high profile in the renewables market. He is highly esteemed by sources as "one of the most well connected in the energy industry."

Insurance - UK

Susan Dingwall is described as a "first-class, very tough litigator." Her workload encompasses political risk, D&O, and trade and credit risks, and she also advises on takaful. She is widely recognised as a leading expert on matters involving the Middle East.

Michael Mendelowitz is expert across a vast array of insurance and reinsurance matters, including those pertaining to the maritime, professional indemnity and international casualty arenas.

Patrick Foss is a specialist in insurance and reinsurance related to the marine and energy spheres. Key areas of expertise include mortgagee's interest, cargo and war and political risks. He is complimented as a "superb academic lawyer."

Projects - UK

Simon Currie is a projects lawyer with a focus on the energy sector. Sources particularly note the strength of his ECA practice. He led the London team on a number of solar energy projects in South Africa. Sources say: "He knows his subject very well, he is pragmatic and is well connected – which is useful."

Jeffery Barratt is a partner focusing on infrastructure and energy projects. He advises sponsors and lenders, including multilaterals and ECAs.

Martin McCann is a finance lawyer with a practice that includes mining and infrastructure projects. He advised the lenders on the financing of the USD1.5 billion Lekki port project in Nigeria. Sources describe him as "one of the most experienced mining lawyers in London," and add that "he is very commercial and focused in terms of wanting to get a deal done."

Qatar expert Erol Huseyin has a wealth of experience in the power sector and is described by clients as an "extremely impressive" projects lawyer. 

Richard Metcalf is frequently mandated by African governments and energy companies to act on projects connected to the energy sector. He is well regarded for his expertise in oil and gas matters and power generation and transmission.   

Arun Velusami possesses a strong track record acting on energy-related projects across Africa, recently advising Kann Utility Company on its USD164 million acquisition of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company as part of the privatisation of Nigeria's power sector.   

Tax - UK

Global head of tax Louise Higginbottom frequently advises clients in the energy and transport sectors. She recently led the team advising BP on the disposal of its LPG bottling operations.

Dominic Stuttaford focuses on advising on the tax aspects of M&A and reorganisations. He frequently advises banking, insurance and technology clients.

John Challoner has a strong record on property tax matters as well as notable niche expertise in advising on the tax aspects of Islamic finance transactions.

Chris Bates is widely regarded as a "very strong tax adviser," especially in connection with financial transactions, such as derivatives and structured finance.

Banking & Finance - United Arab Emirates

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Full-service finance practice with an impressive array of clients with extensive experience acting for lenders. Also offers Islamic finance capabilities and is active in restructuring, projects and real estate.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

Sector expertise: "Very strong and very useful, with practical knowledge of Islamic finance."

Client satisfaction: "I really like the individuals: they are really professional and nice to work with."

What's new? Norton Rose recently announced its merger with Fulbright & Jaworski to form Norton Rose Fulbright. This new move adds to the firm's capacity and ability within the region, maximising its scope of instruction and bench strength advising clients at home and abroad.

Work highlights Advised Emaar Properties SC and Emaar Libadiye Gayrimenkul Gelistrime regarding a USD500 million syndicated loan facility to be utilised for the construction of Emaar Square.

Advising clients Banque Misr and the National Bank of Egypt on a EGP3 billion syndicated financing for the Mall of Egypt project, which is being undertaken by developer Majid Al Futtaim.

Notable practitioners  

Bahrain expert Mohammed Paracha focuses upon a range of Islamic and conventional services, specialising in cross-border transactions including Shari’a-compliant asset finance, real estate, projects and complex structured transactions. Clients remark he is a "great asset. He has a very intimate knowledge of Shari'a-compliant structuring and is very handy at the documentation stage."

Matthew Escritt is adept at handling all areas of structured cross-border finance, such as acquisition finance, projects and trade finance. Clients comment: "He is very commercially focused and client-oriented. He produces very good work technically."

Significant clients First Gulf Bank, Islamic Development Bank, Crédit Agricole, Majid Al Futtaim, HSBC.

Capital Markets - United Arab Emirates

Basic facts about the department 
- 3 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Predominantly notable for the number of high-profile clients the firm serves, including international financial institutions. Active in Shari'a-compliant debt, structured products-related and equity transactions.

Work highlights Advised Majid Al Futtaim Group on the update of its USD2 billion MTN programme and of its USD1 billion trust certificate issuance programme.

Advised Islamic Development Bank on the restructuring of its USD6.5 billion sukuk programme and an issuance of USD800 million trust certificates.

Notable practitioners  

Mohammed Paracha is the head of the Islamic finance practice for the Middle East and Africa and a key contact for the practice in the UAE.  

Significant clients Citibank, Standard Chartered Bank, HSBC, Emaar Properties, RBS.

Corporate/M&A - United Arab Emirates

Basic facts about the department

- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Lauded for its expertise in fund formation and private share placements, as well as general M&A experience across the MENA region. A strong presence in the real estate and infrastructure sectors, often advising on commercial aspects of development projects.

What's new? The Norton Rose Group merged with US-based Fulbright & Jaworski LLP in June 2013 to form Norton Rose Fulbright.

Work highlights Advised Mubadala on the structuring of a joint venture for the development of Sowwah Square.

Notable practitioners  

Jane Clayton has a broad swathe of experience of M&A and investment funds mandates, as well as DIFC and regulatory law matters.

Significant clients Abraaj Capital, Aldar Properties, Fajr Capital, HSBC, Standard Chartered Bank.

Dispute Resolution - United Arab Emirates

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Banking and financial services litigation form the cornerstones of this practice. Also wins notable mandates in the technology, real estate and construction sectors. Valuable expertise in ADR, and commercial disputes relating to transactions, joint ventures and bilateral investment treaties.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They work hard at client relationships and provide a very good service."

What's new? The Norton Rose Group merged with US law firm Fulbright & Jaworski in June 2013.

Work highlights Advised a number of international financial institutions on debt recovery proceedings and shareholder disputes. 

Notable practitioners  

Patrick Bourke heads the disputes practice and leads on top-level mandates. Clients highlight him as "one of the first-division litigators in town."

Significant clients Limitless, Nakheel.

Intellectual Property - United Arab Emirates

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners

What the team is known for Assists a vast array of local, regional and international clients with IP-related issues including the termination of agents and licensees, franchising agreements and trade mark acquisitions. Also specialises in contentious IP work for the pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors.

Notable practitioners  

Practice head Dino Wilkinson is the main contact.

Significant clients HSBC, Crabtree & Evelyn, McDonald’s, NewBridge Pharmaceuticals, Zahid Group.

Real Estate & Construction - United Arab Emirates

Basic facts about the department
Real estate - 5 partners, 7 other qualified lawyers
Construction - 2 partners, 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A leading real estate practice, advising banks and master developers on complex financings, as well as the acquisition and restructuring of their assets in the Gulf region. Recognised expertise in non-contentious construction work, with a strong track record of PPP projects in the energy and infrastructure sectors. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "We're just really happy - it's truly a world-class, leading commercial real estate service. It's a fantastic, responsive service; they keep me up to date on fees, which are always reasonable, with flexible billing structures. They provide great advice, and always work to deadlines."

Industry knowledge: "They are a pleasure to work with. They are very thorough, produce some good know-how on UAE law and are excellent on the real estate side."

Market standing: "On the non-contentious side, Norton Rose Fulbright would be very much part of the elite club."

Work highlights Advised Mubadala on the AED1 billion sale of plots to Gulf Related for the development of retail, residential and hotel facilities at Sowwah Central on Al Maryah Island.

Advised Legatum on the acquisition, leasing and management agreements for Building 6 in the DIFC.

Notable practitioners

Head of real estate Nick Clayson is widely praised for his pragmatic advice and in-depth knowledge of the real estate sector. One client described him as "very well informed, legally very astute and incredibly commercially aware."

Martin Preston heads the construction team and is acclaimed for the strength of his non-contentious practice. Peers regard him as "a very good, sensible lawyer with great technical skills." 

Significant clients Al Rajhi Holding, Mulitplex, Nakheel, Emaar, Istithmar World.

TMT - United Arab Emirates

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for International heavyweight with a strong regional presence. Clients include airlines, mobile broadband operators and telecommunications operators. Provides IT, outsourcing and telecoms contracts advice.

Work highlights Recently advised new client Tejuri on the launch of an e-shopping mall.

Notable practitioners

Sources praise practice head Dino Wilkinson for his solid activity in the sector, expertise and responsiveness. He is singled out for his experience representing both government and private sector clients.

Significant clients Bahrain Telecommunications, Qatar Telecommunications (Qtel), NewBridge Pharmaceuticals, Tech Access.

Banking & Finance - USA

Foreign Desks The newly-merged Norton Rose Fulbright comes particularly recommended for undertaking financings taking place in the Middle East, where the group is able to play to the firm's traditional strengths in the projects, and oil and gas sectors. The Houston-based Michael Irvin leads the firm's energy transactions practice.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - USA

Dallas-based Lou Strubeck leads the firm's practice group. He is frequently engaged in work taking place across the country. Interviewees note that "he is very accessible and gives good solid advice; he understands business issues without overwhelming clients and uses the legal information to inform business decisions."

Also based in Dallas, Toby Gerber has a tremendous amount of experience in the bankruptcy industry, advising creditor and lender clients across a full range of bankruptcy situations. He has particular expertise in the transport and airline sectors. Clients are impressed with his "decades of experience and excellent strategic thinking."

Energy & Natural Resources - USA

Michael Irvin is "very practical, pragmatic, and highly knowledgeable in different international arenas and business structures." He is currently the lead counsel acting for EOG Resources on its intended USD4 billion natural gas liquefaction plant and export terminal project.

Peggy Heeg has particular expertise in a variety of concerns including the development of regulatory compliance programmes, corporate malfeasance and market manipulation. Her clients typically include leading energy companies and special committees as well as individuals.

The "terrific" Lisa Tonery is highly experienced in appearing before FERC and the DOE, and has been busy in the past year advising parties on the big-ticket Sabine Pass LNG liquefaction project, which has included obtaining the required authorisations from both FERC and the DOE, as well as advising on the financing aspects.

The highly experienced Deborah Gitomer continues to provide clients with comprehensive advice on the purchase and sale of various energy assets including oil and gas exploration and producing properties and gas processing plants. Her recent workload has included acting for Sinopec on its USD2.5 billion acquisition of multiple shale plays.

Of counsel George Kutzschbach recently acted for Diamond Offshore Drilling on the amendment of various agreements and contracts. He has a substantial amount of experience acting on a broad array of transactions on both a domestic and international level.

Intellectual Property - USA

Norton Rose Fulbright boasts significant strength in the IP space, and houses practitioners skilled across a broad range of litigation and transactional matters. Jim Repass leads the firm's US-based IP operations, and is based in the Houston, Texas office.

International Arbitration - USA

Mark Baker is an undeniable force in the international arbitration arena, bringing a great depth of knowledge and expertise to his work as advocate and arbitrator. Sources single him out as "a very thoughtful, talented attorney who knows his business and provides precise legal and strategic advice."

Aníbal Sabater handles a wide range of investor-state and commercial arbitrations in his respected practice, and is equally adept at advocating in Spanish and English."He really takes an interest in matters which affect our company," say appreciative clients.

Kevin O'Gorman is praised as "one of the most client-focused lawyers out there," and "does a good job anticipating things that might arise in the future." His arbitration practice is enhanced by his expertise in the energy arena.  

Projects - USA

Peers attest to Gregg Harris and Michael Irvin's active practices and note their strong capabilities, particularly in relation to agency work. Harris serves as chair of the global structured and project finance group and co-chair of its global infrastructure group, and has a particular focus on the financing of power projects. Irvin is an oil and gas specialist, and has recently led the team's work on behalf of prominent clients, including EOG Resources, Noble Energy and Anadarko.

Clients laud Jeffrey Goodman as a "wise business adviser." He is heavily involved in international work, ranging from real estate and electric projects to water projects, with expertise involving both domestic and international work in Latin America.

Foreign Desks The firm has broad capability across Latin America for significant projects engagements on behalf of prominent clients in the region. Houston partners Laura McMahon and William Wood are key contacts for the firm's US-based Latin America practice. 

Tax - USA

This impressive firm maintains a strong foothold in the US tax market, and has notable experience of handling work with an international flavour to it. Its tax group is led by the Houston-based John Allender.

Banking & Finance - Venezuela

Head of department Rubén Eduardo Luján has an active finance workload and sources describe him as "an excellent lawyer." He recently led on an Islamic finance issuance for a Malaysian investment bank with local investments.

Corporate/M&A - Venezuela

Elisabeth Eljuri is global practice leader for the firm's Latin America regional practice and attracts client praise for "her New York-style counsel."

Sergio Casinelli is described by sources as a "talented corporate lawyer" with broad expertise in company reorganisations, particularly in the energy sector.

Ramón Andrade is an emerging name already noted for his distinguished client service.

Dispute Resolution - Venezuela

Ramón Alvins is the head of the litigation and arbitration department. Clients highlight the quality of his work, noting the reassurance they experience when working with him.

Energy & Natural Resources - Venezuela

This international full-service firm handles its regional energy-related matters from its Caracas office headed by Elisabeth Eljuri. The firm has a Mexico energy desk which regularly assists PEMEX and other oil and gas companies in different regulatory aspects of the Mexican market.

According to sources, Latin American head of energy Elisabeth Eljuri is a "top-class energy lawyer," with decades of experience in the sector. She is also a notable regional expert.

Sergio Casinelli is singled out by interviewees as a "visible and involved" lawyer in the sector.

Managing partner of the Bogotá office, Glenn Faass is recognised for his international expertise in the energy sector. He co-founded the Caracas and Kazakhstan offices and has extensive experience in the Brazilian market, where he worked for a decade.

Jorge Neher is regarded by sources as a mining expert and heads the regional mining practice from the Bogotá office.

Leopoldo Olavarría is admitted to practice in both Venezuela and Colombia and is highly regarded by market commentators for his energy expertise. He focuses on cross-border instructions in the oil and gas sector.