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Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP


  • 111 Huntington Avenue
  • Boston
  • Massachusetts
  • USA
  • MA 02199-7613
  • Partner in Charge of the London office Nick Bolter
  • Number of Partners in London 29
  • Other fee-earners (excluding paralegals) 52
  • Total staff figures in London 136

THE FIRM Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP is an international law firm established October 1, 2011, upon the merger of Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP and Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon LLP. The firm has over 600 lawyers and 16 offices in London, Boston, Chicago, Hartford, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Los Angeles, Miami, Morristown, New York, Orange County, Providence, Stamford, Tokyo, Washington, DC and West Palm Beach.

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

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


Corporate/M&A - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Mid-market practice which acts across a range of corporate and private equity transactions. Key sector strengths include financial services, technology and telecommunications.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They work 24 hours, weekends, Christmas with absolutely no issues. We would hate to see ourselves in a position where we don't have them on a deal."

Work highlights Represented Morgan Stanley and Viatel in Viatel Group's merger with Digiweb.

Acted for GECAD in its sale of software distributor Avangate Group to Francisco Partners.

Notable practitioners

The London practice group is led by partner David Ramm.  

Significant clients Citibank, GTS Central Europe, Bessemer Venture Partners, ABRY Partners, United Technologies.

Intellectual Property - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Acclaimed throughout the market as a top destination for trade mark, copyright, internet and related matters for media, entertainment, retail and digital media clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Always willing to go above and beyond."  

"They are not content to sit on the fence, which I appreciate." 

Work highlights Represented Amazon.com in an online trade mark infringement dispute with Lush concerning keyword searches.

Acting for IOR Limited in an appeal to French Supreme Court relating to the Visa trade mark.

Notable practitioners  

John Olsen is a seasoned trade mark practitioner who advises on the registration, commercialisation and protection of marks in the UK and internationally. The "fantastic" quality of his work and his "charming" manner ensure he has a loyal client following.

Nicholas Bolter is recommended for his expertise in trade mark and designs law. One source says he is "very business-minded and truly understands our needs - he constantly exceeds our expectations."

Ben Goodger has extensive experience handling commercial and contentious matters involving all core IP rights, and has a specialism in technology transfer and other IP deals with respect to China.

Significant clients Amazon.com, ASLAN Pharmaceuticals, Nikon Europe, Warner Bros., Xerox.

Litigation - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Notable cross-border expertise, handling work including IP litigation and asset recovery. Acts for clients across fields including manufacturing, retail and gaming, as well as individual and government clients.

Work highlights Acted for the Turks and Caicos Islands government in its civil recovery programme, subsequent to a Commission of Inquiry report establishing widespread corruption.

Acted for Dany Bahar in a £6.7 million wrongful dismissal claim against Group Lotus and its parent company DRB-HICOM. The defendant has subsequently launched a significant counterclaim.

Notable practitioners  

Kevin Perry is highly sought after for his depth of expertise in representing major clients across a range of work. His experience covers areas such as professional negligence and fraud.

Laurence Harris is frequently instructed on high-profile cross-border investigations and disputes. He is well versed in a range of civil and commercial work, including asset recovery and contract disputes.

Significant clients Tata Steel UK, Bambino Holdings, Amazon, PJSC Nadra Bank, Government of Nigeria.

Public International Law - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Extensively experienced in acting for sovereign states, particularly in Africa, on cases including disputes surrounding land and maritime limitations before the ICJ. Offers distinct strength in anti-corruption matters, and active for both government and private clients in the oil and gas sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are real stars." 

"Very efficient, speedy and on top of all the issues in the case."

Work highlights Advised the National Boundary Commission of Nigeria on matters including land boundaries and maritime determinations underpinned by oil deposits, and inter-state issues in the Delta region relating to offshore rights.

Engaged by Transparency International UK to draft a policy paper on the return of assets fraudulently laundered through the UK.

Notable practitioners  

Highly regarded practice head Timothy Daniel retains his "fantastic reputation" as "a true expert in state-to-state work." He is further highlighted for the depth of his "devoted" PIL practice and ability to handle diverse matters such as boundary disputes, bribery and consequent asset recovery and anti-corruption matters.

Significant clients Commonwealth Secretariat, government of Kenya, government of Turks & Caicos Islands, Indonesian government, Nigerian government.

Insurance - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Enjoys a very strong reputation in the market for assisting large insurer and reinsurer clients facing challenging claims and arbitrations. Has a strong international practice, especially in the USA. Noted Bermuda Form experts.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The value of the firm's work was good, especially in light of the withdrawal of the claim."

"Their conduct throughout the case was impeccable." 

Work highlights Acts for Centre Re, International Insurance Company and Munich Re as reinsurers of T&N's £500 million asbestos liability policy. The case has involved appeals to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, and the current litigation in the Commercial Court will be heard in 2014.  

Notable practitioners  

"Doyen of the market" David Kendall is a real heavyweight insurance and reinsurance lawyer, and a Bermuda Form arbitration expert. A highly placed source said: "In my view he is the best insurance solicitor in London by far." 

James Crabtree has a nicely balanced practice and is equally at home in insurance and reinsurance cases. Interviewees describe him as a "very bright lawyer," especially on the reinsurance side.   

Richard Hopley "acts for impressive reinsurance clients." He led on the Centre Re matter described above, demonstrating expertise on asbestos-related cases.  

Significant clients XL Bermuda, Swiss Re, Chubb Group, Solen, Lloyd's Market Association.

Insurance - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Assists clients with everything from regulatory issues to Part VII transfers and policy structuring.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"We liked that they agreed a good fee structure at the outset and they are not as expensive as other American firms."

"They are excellent and provide solid advice across a wide range of regulatory and transactional work that includes new start-ups." 

Work highlights Retained by Concerto Vita to assist with the development of a new insurance product.

Advised Ruxley Ventures on its response to two PRA consultation papers that would adversely effect Ruxley's business.

Notable practitioners

Richard Hopley is the key contact.

Significant clients Fairfax Financial Holdings, QBE Insurance & Reinsurance, Swiss Re, Hyperion Insurance Group, Transatlantic Reinsurance.