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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 19
  • Associates 33

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.

Principal Areas of Work
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, multi-tiered 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 2013, Gibson Dunn was lead adviser to LB Dame S.á.r.l. & Partners S.C.A on its debt restructuring involving the novel opening of safeguard proceedings in respect of Europe’s largest office building.
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 2013, Gibson Dunn was the principal legal adviser on Investcorp’s acquisition of a controlling stake in Hydrasun and Stroz Friedberg’s acquisition of Billiter. 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 is experienced 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 singleasset €2.1bn 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 cross-border 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 lawyers 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 2013, 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, whistleblowing 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%

Branches

  • 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
- 6 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Notable strength in financial sector work with an impressive cross-border pedigree. Also well regarded for investigations, alongside significant expertise in regulatory matters, compliance and fraud.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're increasingly a powerhouse of litigation." 

What's new? New client wins, including Canaccord Genuity, Debenhams and Inppamet.

Work highlights Represented Betfair Group as an interested party in a judicial review claim brought by William Hill against the Horserace Betting Levy Board, relating to treatment of betting exchange customers.

Acted for UBS in litigation over Libor rate manipulation and other interest rate benchmarks, achieving a USD1.5 billion settlement with UK and US authorities.

Notable practitioners  

Philip Rocher heads the department and is well versed in major cross-border financial sector disputes. He is regularly instructed by high-profile clients, and sources comment that "he's enormously impressive - a really sensible guy and obviously a great litigator."

Key partner Charles Falconer is held in high esteem by sources throughout the market, who note that "he brings a wealth of experience and a perspective that others don't have." His practice includes significant experience in major financial and fraud work.

Significant clients Investcorp, Chevron Corporation, Government of Djibouti, Innospec, GFH Capital.

Real Estate Finance - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Experienced in distressed finance transactions ranging from restructurings and workouts to creating investment funds, regularly acting for blue-chip clients. Niche specialism in representing buyers of distressed loan portfolios.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We were highly impressed. It was an extremely complicated transaction and we were very impressed by the depth of their knowledge, the quality of their advice and the work they put in."

What's new? New client wins include Oaktree Capital Management and Prudential Capital.

Work highlights Represented Lehman Brothers in the sale of interest in 90 Long Acre, Covent Garden, to Northwood Investors.

Assisted AREA Property Partners in a joint venture with F&C Reit for the £64 million acquisition financing of Lanes Shopping Centre in Carlisle. 

Notable practitioners  

Dual-qualified in New York and the UK, Alan Samson co-chairs the firm's real estate group. His practice encompasses all aspects of property-related financings, including recapitalisations, and mezzanine loan origination. He has acted as lead partner for Meadow Partners on several matters, including the acquisition of Pentavia Retail Park with financing from ICG Longbow, and the restructuring of debt on 125 Kensington High Street.

Tom Budd acts for a variety of borrowers, sponsors, banks and other financial institutions on finance matters, including acquisitions, securitisations and debt restructurings. He is also experienced in the financing of real estate investment funds and other co-investment vehicles. 

Significant clients Marriott International, Deutsche Bank, Rockpoint Group, Westbrook Partners, Colony Capital.

International Arbitration - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 16 associates

What the team is known for Impressive group offering expertise in big-ticket commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. Increasingly recognised as a key player in the London market, whilst offering extensive global strength. Represents clients such as major energy entities and those in African and Middle Eastern jurisdictions.

Work highlights Successfully defended YUKOS International against claims brought by PKN Orlen in an M&A dispute in which PKN sought entitlement to USD250 million of a Lithuanian refinery sale. The challenge to the award rejecting this claim was dismissed in English courts.  

Successfully defended Belport Development against Chimichanga Corporation in arbitration enforcement proceedings in the British Virgin Islands related to a major ICC award previously granted to Belport. 

Notable practitioners

Cyrus Benson has an impressive reputation for his international arbitration expertise. He led the successful representation of YUKOS in its recent USD250 dispute with PKN, and has also handled matters related to African states of late. 

Penny Madden impresses sources with her international dispute resolution practice and is described as a "strong advocate" who clients consider to be "extremely hard-working." Her experience encompasses several major commercial and investment treaty arbitrations, and she recently led the successful defence of Belport Development before the British Virgin Islands (BVI) courts.

Significant clients The government of Djibouti, Chevron, Delta Partners, Global Telecom Holding, VimpelCom.