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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP - London
  • 333 South Grand Avenue
  • Los Angeles
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 90071-1512
  • Tel:+1 213 229 7000
  • Fax:+1 213 229 7520
  • Web:Visit website
  • Managing Partner Kenneth M Doran
  • Co-Partner in Charge(London)   Tom Budd
  • Co-Partner in Charge (London) James Cox
  • Number of partners 17
  • Associates 35

THE FIRM Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is one of the world’s leading law firms, with more than 1100 lawyers in 18 locations across the US, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and South America. The firm is consistently ranked as a leading law firm in corporate, M&A and securities transactions and has advised on some of the largest and most complex international corporate deals. It is also consistently ranked as one of the top litigation firms in the US and has advised on large cross-border disputes. The London Office: Gibson Dunn’s London office, founded more than 30 years ago, offers full-service capabilities in all aspects of corporate work, including M&A, private equity, debt and equity capital markets, finance, project finance, commercial real estate, real estate private equity, business restructuring and reorganization and taxation, as well as dispute resolution and international arbitration, competition and labour and employment.

Business Restructuring & Reorganisation: Gibson Dunn regularly advises private equity sponsors, portfolio companies, corporate groups and creditors on all aspects of restructuring, insolvency and financial distress. The firm advises borrowers and creditors in restructuring transactions involving highly complex,multitiered capital structures, both in the context of LBO transactions (complementing the strong acquisition finance practice) and in the CMBS market. The firm recently advised Almatis on its successful $1bn Chapter 11 balance sheet restructuring and $600m bankruptcy exit financing. In 2012, Gibson Dunn was lead adviser to Lorne Stewart plc on the acquisition by way of pre-pack sale and restructuring of Rotary Limited.
Corporate/M&A/Private Equity: Gibson Dunn has always been at the forefront of cross-border M&A, financing and joint venture transactions, including acting for clients seeking to access the US and European capital markets. The firm’s lawyers offer English law capabilities in all aspects of private and public M&A and have extensive experience in the City Code, which governs public takeovers in the UK, and the European Takeovers Directive. In the private equity sphere, the firm covers every type of investment and divestment activity, including early and later stage venture capital investments; MBOs, MBIs, IBOs and LBOs; re-engineered buyouts; public to privates; exits by sale to trade/financial buyers; equity and debt financings; rights offerings; and IPOs. The firm also advises on the establishment of private equity and venture capital funds, including funds established in offshore jurisdictions. In 2012, Gibson Dunn was the principal legal adviser on Investcorp’s acquisition of GL Education Group and Telesign’s acquisition of Routo Telecommunications. Transactions on the private equity front include Gibson Dunn’s representation of AGC Equity Partners on its investment in Amanda Wakeley, the leading UK designer brand.
Debt & Equity Capital Markets: Gibson Dunn has a wealth of experience in working with companies listed on the Official List of the London Stock Exchange, AIM and on other European exchanges, as well as US public companies. The firm has advised on some of the most significant recent IPOs, including Vallar plc on its £707.2m IPO, and the Founders of Vallares plc on its £1bn IPO.
Real Estate Private Equity: Gibson Dunn specialises in all aspects of commercial real estate, from corporate and investment property acquisitions and disposals, to financing, development, leasing and joint ventures. The firm’s success for the owners of Paris skyscraper Coeur Defense in Europe’s largest single-asset EUR2.1bn CMBS restructuring and related safeguard proceedings has been widely reported in the press.
Finance: Gibson Dunn focuses on acquisition finance, securitisation, real estate finance, senior and mezzanine debt, project finance, restructuring, loan notes, funds and Shari’a compliant financings. The firm recently advised Deutsche Bank on its $1.8b participation in a loan sale by the Bank of Ireland, and represented Barilla Holding in its ?1.75bn multicurrency term and revolving credit facilities.
Tax: Gibson Dunn advises UK, US and European clients on structuring transactions such as complex crossborder acquisitions, real estate investment, private equity, public offerings of debt and equity securities, joint ventures, executive compensation and share incentives.
Competition/Antitrust: Gibson Dunn’s UK and EU competition law experts handle cartels, merger control, state aid and the antitrust aspects of joint ventures, distribution and agency agreements. Gibson Dunn acts as global counsel to UBS in all issues relating to worldwide regulatory and antitrust enquiries regarding LIBOR.
Dispute Resolution: Gibson Dunn covers commercial litigation, international arbitration, mediation, investigations and regulatory proceedings, antitrust matters and employment issues. In 2012, the firm acted for Betfair, one of the world’s leading online gambling operators, in judicial review proceedings against a decision of the Horserace Betting Levy Board. Gibson Dunn continues to act as global counsel to UBS AG and its subsidiaries in relation to all matters arising from the Madoff fraud, and is currently representing the Government of Djibouti in High Court litigation seeking the recovery of corrupt payments and the proceeds of corruption on the part of a public official.
Labour & Employment: Gibson Dunn advises on the whole range of contentious and non-contentious employment law issues, from corporate governance, boardroom appointments and removals, whistle-blowing and discrimination claims, to cross-border employment issues, post-employment restrictive covenants, confidential information, employee consultation, collective labour and industrial disputes, redundancies and workforce restructurings, TUPE, the employment aspects of public and private M&A, and outsourcing arrangements.

Areas of Practice

  • Corporate (includes restructuring, M&A, private equity, finance, capital markets, tax, labour & employment, competition) 60%
  • Real Estate 20%
  • Dispute Resolution/International Arbitration 20%


  • Telephone House,
  • 2-4 Temple Avenue,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC4Y 0HB
  • Tel +44 207 071 4000
  • Fax +44 207 071 4244
  • DX 217 London/Chancery Lane
  • Website : www.gibsondunn.com

Litigation - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Principally active on large-scale international disputes, benefiting from a significant global footprint. Able to advise clients drawn from a range of industries, such as healthcare, financial services and telecoms.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "They have been commercially minded and highly responsive, as well as paying close attention to detail."  

International capability: "I am particularly impressed with the seamless way a matter is handled across different countries." 

What's new? Won new clients in the form of the Hillsborough Family Support Group and the government of Djibouti.

Work highlights Successfully defended Investcorp Bank against claims of fraud, conspiracy and breach of contract, totalling some £127 million. The proceedings took place in the Cayman Islands and involved witnesses from Bahrain, New York and London.

Advising Betfair as an interested party in defence of judicial review proceedings against a decision of the Horserace Betting Levy Board, brought by William Hill.  

Notable practitioners

Charles Falconer is highly rated by his peers, who are quick to point out his finely tuned advocacy skills. He acted for investment bank Arqaam Capital throughout regulatory proceedings brought by the Dubai Financial Services Authority. 

"A good, commercial, hard-hitting litigator" is how sources view Philip Rocher. He is praised for his ability to handle large multi-jurisdictional cases. GFH Capital instructed him to act on potential disputes arising from its purchase of Leeds FC.

Significant clients Chevron, Piers Morgan, Hillsborough Family Support Group, GFH Capital, Arqaam Capital.

Real Estate Finance - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Advises on distressed finance from loans to workouts. Carved out a niche advising fund clients on inward investment in the UK and Europe.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Efficiency: "Very good. They were very detail-oriented and always able to meet the deadlines. Very, very bright."

Industry knowledge: "They have complete and deep understanding of the law and the process, and have vast experience of operating in the sector."

Work highlights Acted for Deutsche Bank on the EUR361 million acquisition of a portfolio of commercial property loans from Lloyds.

Acted on the £64 million acquisition and financing of Lanes Shopping Centre, Carlisle for AREA Property Partners, which has a 50% stake in a joint venture undertaken with F&C Reit for this purpose.

Notable practitioners  

Alan Samson continues to be a leading lawyer in this field. Clients say he "works hard, is accommodating and smart, and has a good attitude."

Tom Budd is recommended by clients for his expertise, in addition to his excellent way with clients. "He's very, very knowledgeable and accessible, too. He's good at delivering his opinion and doesn’t complicate things."

Significant clients Colony Capital, Hercules Unit Trust, Lehman Brothers, Marriott International, Rockpoint Group.