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Jones Day - London
  • 51 Louisiana Avenue, N.W.
  • Washington, DC
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20001-2113
  • Partner in charge, London Office John Phillips
  • Partners  63
  • Assistants 89
  • Other fee-earners 24

THE FIRM Jones Day is a truly global law firm. As a partnership with a rich heritage in M&A and litigation, their 2,400 lawyers across 41 locations worldwide have vast transactional and contentious experience and are at the forefront of globalisation and the advancement of the rule of law. Jones Day’s strengths in London reflect those of the firm: their 200 London lawyers have a sophisticated understanding of risk and draw on specialist insights and skills from across the globe to guide clients through their toughest challenges and most significant, corporate life events. Many of Jones Day’s lawyers are recognised leaders in their respective fields and are part of the firm’s cohesive environment that focuses on matching the right lawyers to staff client matters, regardless of practice or location. Over the course of the firm’s history, they have built a global law firm by consistently putting institutional values ahead of individual interests. The firm’s priorities are seamless client service, across practices and jurisdictions, and their own institutional stability. Their compensation system is aligned with the culture of the firm which promotes teamwork rather than competition and self interest. They do not use origination credits or other metrics with their lawyers used to working in cross-office teams to meet the specific needs of their clients. Jones Day is “One Firm” Worldwide – a single partnership, not a verein, franchise or referral system – and one of, if not the most, integrated law firms in the world. The London office is an integral part of the firm’s global network, perfectly placed to provide clients with a service fit for today. Jones Day believe that a law firm can only be classed as global if it has a significant presence in the US, the largest economy and legal market in the world. They are the largest law firm in that country and also operate in major centres in Continental Europe and Asia. In every market, Jones Day’s success is built on long-term relationships with clients. They are at the forefront of globalisation and the advancement of the rule of law.
Jones Day has ranked number one globally in M&A league tables for each quarter since 2000; and is a longstanding trusted adviser to around half of the Fortune 500, the Fortune Global 500 and the FT Global 500.
For more information, please visit www.jonesday.com.

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK In London’s critical financial centre, the firm’s lawyers are perfectly placed to address the most demanding and complex global matters; including cross-border M&A; real estate and finance transactions (including banking, capital markets, investment funds, private equity and structured finance); English law disputes; and regulatory matters involving the UK, US and other authorities. Additional specialist areas include business restructuring; competition/antitrust; corporate tax planning; employment and pensions; energy; intellectual property; and projects and infrastructure.

INTERNATIONAL The firm has lawyers in 41 locations worldwide in: Amsterdam, Atlanta, Beijing, Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Houston, Irvine, Los Angeles, Madrid, Mexico City, Miami, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Paris, Perth, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco, São Paulo, Saudi Arabia, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, Tokyo, Washington.

RECRUITMENT Jones Day look for people who want to work on global deals and be challenged on an international level and can become partners of the future. They operate a unique, non-rotational training system (whereby trainees receive work simultaneously from all departments) to provide flexibility, responsibility, faster development of potential and the opportunity to compare and contrast different disciplines alongside one another.

  • Banking Litigation, Regulatory Christopher Braithwaite
  • Business Restructuring & Reorganisation Sion Richards, Ben Larkin
  • Capital Markets Giles Elliott
  • Central & Eastern Europe Vladimir Lechtman
  • Competition Law Matt Evans
  • Projects & Infrastructure Hamish Lal
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation John Papadakis
  • Environment Christopher Papanicolaou
  • Intellectual Property Alastair McCulloch
  • International Litigation & Arbitration Craig Shuttleworth
  • Labour & Employment Jules Quinn
  • Banking & Finance Edward Nalbantian
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Leon Ferera
  • Outsourcing & IT Jonathon Little
  • Oil & Gas Paul Exley
  • Planning Richard Adams
  • Private Equity Adam Greaves
  • Real Estate Stephen Walter
  • Tax Blaise Marin-Curtoud


Banking & Finance - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Noted as a collaborative department, housing specialists with knowledge of various disciplines and jurisdictional focuses. Skill set includes structured finance, asset-based lending, acquisition finance and emerging markets finance.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“We’re always impressed with their advice, their professionalism and their availability.”

“They’re very responsive, they really put their clients first and try to come back with relevant advice quickly. They’re reliable, proactive and we believe they give good value for money.”  

Work highlights Acted as legal adviser for Base Resources on the alteration of its existing financing of the Kwale Mineral Sands Project in Kenya.

Represented a group of lenders, including Canyon Capital, in a debt restructuring and the provision of a new money issue financing worth EUR1.38 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Edwin Borrini is, according to clients, “very hands-on.” Sources find him “easy to deal with” because he is reportedly “very good at communication and very commercial.” He focuses on general banking matters such as syndicated, structured and acquisition financings.

Significant clients Goldman Sachs, Macquarie Bank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, BNP Paribas, RBS.

Banking Litigation - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Ability to handle technical cross-border litigation, supported by its international network. Maintains a broad client base of corporates, hedge funds and financial institutions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're impressive. They do a lot of commercial development work."

What's new? Gained BNP Paribas as a new client.

Work highlights Represented various subordinated bondholders in action against a decree by the Dutch Finance Minister concerning the nationalisation of SNS Reaal.

Advised Satyam Computer Services in defence against claims in the USA and UK by Aberdeen Asset Management, relating to false financial statements published by Satyam's former management.

Notable practitioners  

Peers describe Christopher Braithwaite as "a very experienced and well-regarded finance litigator." They add: "He has a lot of gravitas and he's very studious." He has strength in derivatives and equities-based disputes.

Significant clients Brigade Capital Management, Davidson Kempner Capital Management, RBS, Tetragon Financial Group, Canyon Partners.

Construction - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Global network of offices, particularly active in construction projects and disputes with an international element. Predominantly acts for developers in the nuclear, property and oil and gas sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Service quality, quality of advice and the knowledge are up there with the very best, and they provide top-tier representation." 

"Excellent - they are my go-to law firm for complex disputes."

Work highlights Advised China State Construction Engineering on its USD1 billion project financing of the Viceroy Hotel in Palm Jumeirah, Dubai.  

Notable practitioners  

Hamish Lal is well regarded by peers and leads the practice, specialising in high-value international disputes and project work. One client says: "I have been particularly impressed with the way he makes even the most complex point seem easy."  

Significant clients Chevron USA, Qatari Diar, Sanofi, SPX, UNAOIL.

Corporate/M&A - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Very well-regarded firm which is able to undertake an exceptional deal volume and utilises to the full its pre-eminent US and global presence. Caters to a broad range of client needs in both the high-end and mid-market spaces.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their availability is 24/7, their responsiveness is immediate, and their commerciality is real and informed."

Work highlights Assisted Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation with its takeover by newco Eurasian Resources Group. The offer was for USD4.5 billion.

Worked on multiple transactions for property investor LondonMetric with a combined value of approximately £600 million.

Notable practitioners  

Leon Ferera is an "extremely knowledgeable and capable" corporate lawyer who one client calls a "super M&A attorney." Sources note his prior experience on the UK Takeover Panel as a particular plus.

Giles Elliott is described as "exceptional" by sources for his wide-ranging corporate and capital markets work. He was lead lawyer for J F Lehman in its disposals of Drew Marine and ACR Electronics.

Commentators call Vica Irani a "very bright and hard-working" lawyer. Her practice focuses in particular on IPOs and M&A transactions, including ENRC's takeover by Eurasian Resources Group for USD4.5 billion.

John Phillips is the firm's managing partner, though he is still involved in M&A transactional work. Among his recent deals was advising WL Ross & Co in its purchase of shares owned by NBNK Investments.

Significant clients British Land, London & Stamford Property, Standard Bank, Hansteen Holdings, Sherwin-Williams.

Employment - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Broad range of employment work including significant litigation and non-contentious matters for PLCs and private equity clients. Regularly sought out to aid US-based companies with their UK employment needs.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We go to them for tactical advice and I have been delighted because they are really in tune with the way our business deals with disputes." 

Work highlights Advised One Equity Partners on a pre-sale TUPE transfer relating to its USD485 million sale of Systagenix.

Advised Hansteen Holdings on the TUPE aspects of its purchase of the asset management business of Warner Estate Holdings and on its acquisition of a stake in Ashtenne Industiral Fund Unit Trust.

Notable practitioners  

Jules Quinn regularly advises on employment law for domestic and international companies. Clients say: "She is very straightforward and she gets the commercial side. We have a point we want to get to but we have to comply with legislation and she helps us avoid the minefield."

Mark Taylor is noted for his "spot-on and succinct advice" as well as his "helpfulness on complex employee relations cases." His employment expertise is broad but he is particularly adept at advising on employment issues resulting from transactions.

Significant clients IBM, Cobham, Mastercard, Capital & Regional, SAS.

Environment - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 1 other qualified lawyer

What the team is known for Highly regarded for its advice on regulatory and transactional environment matters including corporate and real estate deals, energy development projects and EU laws such as WEEE and RoHS. Has a particularly good reputation in the waste sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"The things I like are the very quick response times and the way they make themselves available to support us."

Work highlights Acted for LondonMetric Property on its acquisition of a portfolio of retail warehouses.

Advised Sanofi on the remediation and regeneration of a former agrochemicals and pharmaceuticals site in Dagenham.

Notable practitioners

Chris Papanicolaou acts on corporate and real estate transactions and advises on regulatory matters. He is noted for his knowledge of the waste sector and contaminated land deals. Impressed clients say he is "creative, reliable and intelligent."

Significant clients Goldman Sachs Investment, Adiant Capital Partners, Breedon Aggregates, Arlington Business Parks, Chambers Waste Management.

Litigation - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for An impressive litigation team benefiting from the firm's extensive international footprint. Frequently instructed by major corporates, financial institutions and individuals on cross-border litigation, fraud proceedings and contentious insolvency matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“They have done a spectacular job on every case they have handled for us. They are very dedicated, intelligent, conscientious, thorough and hard-working, and have been able to narrow things down to the point of the matter. A very solid team.”

“They did an amazing job on the Gulf Keystone case.” 

Work highlights Acted for Texas Keystone on its successful defence of the USD1.6 billion claim brought by Excalibur Ventures for an interest in oil blocks in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Acted on a pro bono basis for 200 Cambodian villagers on a claim against Tate & Lyle Sugars and T&L Sugars for approximately USD10 million, or the same in raw sugar. The claim centres on sugar produced on land the claimants allege was wrongly expropriated by the government of Cambodia.

Notable practitioners  

Craig Shuttleworth is “a very seasoned, heavyweight operator” who “always fights extremely hard for his clients,” according to market commentators. He has a broad practice, spanning commercial litigation and arbitration, contractual and corporate disputes, fraud claims and construction cases.

Sion Richards is particularly known for his work in civil fraud and corruption cases, regulatory investigations and contentious insolvency and restructuring matters. One market commentator identifies him as “the biggest rainmaker I know,” adding that he is “absolutely superb with clients and an incredibly charming man.”

Stephen Pearson is dual-qualified in New York and England and Wales, with a practice focused on high-value and international disputes. Recent highlights include successfully defending Texas Keystone in respect of Excalibur Ventures' claim for an interest in oil blocks in Iraqi Kurdistan. Clients appreciate his transatlantic expertise, and praise him as being “extremely informative as well as very good at manoeuvring and coming up with a strategy.”

Significant clients MasterCard, Value Discovery Partners, Schneider, ESO Capital, Renova.

Real Estate Finance - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for A multidisciplinary firm with global expertise in a range of real estate finance matters, including investment, development and acquisition financings. Offers additional expertise in CMBS restructurings and loan book acquisitions.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The overall experience was very good. Their advice tends to be commercial in addition to being legal, which is really helpful." 

What's new? Brian Conway joins the firm from Latham & Watkins.

Work highlights Advised M Safra & Co on the refinancing of One Plantation Place, with a £283 million, ten-year facility being provided by Pacific Life and PRICOA Mortgage Capital Group.

Represented Hansteen in the EUR185 million acquisition of a distressed loan secured against a portfolio of industrial properties in the Netherlands.

Notable practitioners  

The "approachable" Andrew Barker acts for a diverse range of clients, including banks, private equity and real estate funds, and mezzanine lenders. Peers note: "He's a good guy to work with and he gets things done."

David Fricker continues to develop his reputation in this field, impressing peers on a range of financing transactions, both domestic and cross-border. He is also experienced on large acquisition financings.

Emily Firn is "very hard-working," according to clients, in addition to being responsive and commercial. She has broad debt and structured finance experience on both domestic and cross-border real estate finance transactions.

Significant clients Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, Macquarie Bank, Morgan Stanley, British Land.

Real Estate - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Represents domestic and international investors including REITs on trophy asset transactions and portfolio deals. Also acts for private equity and institutional funds on investment and developments.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're very technical and are doing a cracking job." 

"They're very commercial. You get some good rising talent because of the way they run their team."

What's new? Wells Fargo and Greystone Real Estate Partners are new clients.

Work highlights Acted for LondonMetric on its £112.5 million sale of the long leasehold interest in One Fleet Place to Takenaka Developments.

Represented DCD Holdings in its £163 million disposal of 90 Long Acre, structured through an SPV sale. The property was acquired by Northwood Investors.

Notable practitioners  

David Roberts is the firm's global co-head of real estate, and advises on portfolio transactions, joint ventures and development work. Clients commend his relationship management skills.

Iain Hindhaugh has a broad property practice covering high-value investments and development matters. "He's world-class," enthuses one client; "he's probably the most commercial person I've ever met. He's good at utilising client time and he has a good broader understanding so he is able to give you a view on wider issues."

Significant clients British Land, Hansteen Holdings, Macquarie Bank, CBRE Global Investors, Meyer Bergman.

Restructuring/Insolvency - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Strong links between the US and UK teams, creating a formidable offering for transatlantic restructuring and insolvency projects. Also well recognised as a leading practice representing investment funds. Provides significant litigation expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A very solid team, and very user-friendly." 

What's new? In 2014, the firm's business restructuring and reorganisation team was significantly strengthened by the arrival of Ben Larkin, formerly of Berwin Leighton Paisner.

Work highlights Acted for Canyon Capital Advisors in a number of significant extensions of the company's senior facility agreement.

Represented the joint liquidators of the Hadar Fund, a Cayman Islands-based investment company holding major assets, as well as providing advice relating to multi-party claims heard in the UK courts.

Notable practitioners  

Ben Larkin is regarded by one commentator as "one of the best" practitioners active in the London market. He is particularly well versed in handling real estate-related restructurings, and acts for clients on a wide range of restructuring and insolvency issues.

Sion Richards specialises in contentious insolvency and restructuring issues, and is praised by sources for his "very strong" expertise in the sphere. He advises extensively on fraud and corruption issues surrounding companies in distressed situations.

Michael Rutstein represents a range of banks, insolvency practitioners and corporate debtors in an array of domestic and cross-border restructurings and insolvencies. He is well regarded for his transactional specialism and collegiate approach.

Significant clients Goldman Sachs, Standard Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction & Redevelopment, Canyon Capital Partners, Krys Global.

Tax - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Operates across the tax spectrum, acting for clients on tax issues stemming from a range of corporate matters. Regularly acts on M&A transactions, reorganisations, banking, structured finance and real estate matters.

What's new? New clients include Sovcombank.

Work highlights Acted for Cubic (UK) on its USD70 million purchase of Intelligent Transport Management Systems from Serco.

Assisted London Metric and Pimco with tax issues arising from their purchase of a portfolio of DFS furniture stores. 

Notable practitioners  

A client says that Charlotte Sallabank "pushes my attention to only serious things. She doesn't waste time on minor issues."

Blaise Marin-Curtoud heads the firm's London tax department. His wide tax practice covers matters relating to M&A transactions, real estate deals and capital markets.

Significant clients British Land, Lloyds Banking Group, ENRC, London & Stamford Property, J.F. Lehman & Company.

Commodities - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Strong finance slant to the commodities practice. Acts for an impressive array of financial institutions as well as commodities traders. Regularly mandated on complex cross-border transactions thanks to the firm's emerging markets and mining experience.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We are always impressed with its advice, professionalism and availability."

"When we work with bigger firms it's very difficult to get a partner's time. This is not the case with Jones Day."

Work highlights Advised Eurasian Natural Resources on its USD4.5 billion financing from Sberbank and VTB.

Acted for Trafigura on the negotiation of its revolving credit facilities with a 30-strong bank syndicate.

Notable practitioners 

Edwin Borrini is a key partner in this practice area.

Significant clients Standard Bank, ICBC (London), British Arab Banking, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Société Générale.

Fraud - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Maintains a good reputation for handling fraud proceedings for corporate clients. Regularly handles disputes with an international flavour.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"There has been an excellent level of partner involvement and also a good mix of solicitors and trainees within the team to deal with appropriate aspects of the matter." 

Work highlights Advised Metro Baltic Horizons on a EUR26.6 million claim against its former directors and investment managers in relation to alleged undisclosed party transactions and misleading announcements made to the market.

Represented a number of defendants in a £100 million fraud concerning the collapse of Axiom Legal Financing Fund, a major Cayman-based litigation fund.

Notable practitioners  

The "determined and tenacious" Sion Richards is singled out as being "fantastically smooth with clients." He frequently advises on fraud and corruption matters.

Barnaby Stueck is a popular figure amongst peers and counsel. Sources report: "He has impressed with his deep knowledge of the law, his confident and easy manner with the client, and his ability to focus on broader tactical considerations beyond the immediate legal issues in dispute."

Head of global disputes Craig Shuttleworth is highly regarded by peers in the market. One source comments: "He's a brilliant tactician. He thinks of things that others just don't think about. He's rescued situations that others would have given up on."

Significant clients Hadar Fund, Standard Bank, Khalili Family Trust, Weavering Capital, Sibir Energy.

Private Equity - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Makes good use of its excellent US and international offering to provide a strong private equity capability for clients. Possesses a roster of partners with the skill and experience to act on top-end deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They give a nice blend of local knowledge and international expertise."

What's new? Raymond McKeeve joined the London office from Berwin Leighton Paisner in 2014, along with three other partners.

Work highlights Advised Goldman Sachs International and Greystar Real Estate Partners in their joint venture purchase, from the administrator of Opal Property Group, of 21 properties worth in excess of £300 million.

Worked with the management of Cabot Credit Management on its purchase by funds managed by JC Flowers & Co for a substantial sum.

Notable practitioners  

The "excellent" Adam Greaves is a highly experienced private equity lawyer highlighted by one source as "very commercial and very fast." He heads up the firm's practice group and advised the management of Cabot Credit Management on its buyout by private equity funds backed by JC Flowers & Co.

Raymond McKeeve is regarded as a "good operator" in the private equity market and possesses substantial transactional experience.

Up-and-comer Michael Weir has a broad corporate background, and extensive experience advising financial sponsors, including private equity sponsors, on major transactions. Sources are impressed with Weir, calling him a "bright, technical operator."

Significant clients JF Lehman & Company, The Riverside Company, WL Ross Co, Morgan Stanley Funds, Abu Dhabi Capital Management.

Retail - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office location: London

What the team is known for Strong offering on M&A work for retailers and investors in the sector. The team regularly works with middle-market and high-end clients who have notable international capabilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They deliver at a high level across the board. There is good understanding from lawyers in different areas about what the others are doing, which means you get a cohesive and joined-up approach."

Work highlights Advised Audio London on its acquisition of Blackstone Audio - a deal that required input from offices in London, Chicago and Dallas.

Advised Cinema City International on its £270 million sale of cinemas to the Cineworld Group.

Notable practitioners

Adam Greaves is the head of department, and he is a key contact for the team.

Significant clients Ted Baker, Kering, Lacoste, Abercrombie & Fitch, Shiseido.

Telecommunications - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Provides international expertise to key telecoms sector clients. Acts on transactional, financing and competition-related mandates.

What's new? Etisalat are among recent client wins for the firm.

Work highlights Acted for Premiere Global Services on the telecoms matters related to its acquisition of Via-Vox.

Provided regulatory and structuring advice to Amsterdam Internet Exchange in the expansion of its operating model into the USA. 

Notable practitioners 

William Saunders and Nicholas Cotter are key contacts for the practice.

Significant clients Orange, France Telecom, Avanti Communications, Colt.