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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 58
  • Assistants 99
  • Other fee-earners 44

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 40 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 is ranked among the Top 50 Most Innovative Law Firms in Europe Financial Times Law 50 Report (2012) and number one globally in M&A league tables for each quarter since 2000; and is a long-standing 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 40 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, 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 Corinne Ball
  • Capital Markets Giles Elliott
  • Central & Eastern Europe Vladimir Lechtman
  • Competition Law Frances Murphy
  • 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 Giles Elliott
  • Outsourcing & IT Jonathon Little
  • Oil & Gas Paul Exley
  • Planning Richard Adams
  • Private Equity Adam Greaves
  • Real Estate David Roberts
  • Tax Blaise Marin-Curtoud


Banking & Finance - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Displays notable strength in the emerging markets, recently building up its client roster in the commodities, mining and energy sectors. The team gives equal focus to borrower and lender-side representation.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
 Bench strength: "Very good – the partner we deal with is good and the associates are excellent."

What's new? Lloyds and BNP Paribas are new panel wins for the team.

Work highlights Acted for Sovco Capital Partners as borrower, with regard to USD60 million mezzanine facilities extended to it by Volga River Growth Fund.

Advised Wells Fargo as facility agent on the £55 million revolving facility agreement for Clinton Cards. 

Notable practitioners 

Edwin Borrini is commended for his broad finance practice and is particularly picked out by clients as showing "a lot of promise on the lending side." He has good depth of experience in emerging markets transactions and counts a number of high-profile financial institutions among his clients.   

Significant clients Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, M&G, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Macquarie Bank, Goldman Sachs International.  

Banking Litigation - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Significant international capabilities with its global network of offices. Regularly instructed on complex cross-border financial disputes for major banking clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The advice has been good, they have been thoughtful and gone above and beyond in several instances. I've been very happy with the service they have provided."

Work highlights Represented Standard Bank in a complex, high-value debt recovery matter with substantial multi-jurisdictional aspects.

Notable practitioners  

Recent addition to the team Christopher Braithwaite focuses his practice on complex banking and finance disputes and is described as "very intelligent and very hard-working."

Significant clients Lehman Estate, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Tradition.

Corporate/M&A - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
-18 partners
-24 other lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded for its broad practice expertise and cross-border strength. Clients include substantial corporates and funds.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "We are highly pleased with the pragmatic and solution-oriented advice." 

Industry knowledge: "They were very hands-on and knowledgeable on all of the topics which arose."

Efficiency: "They were really highly efficient in handling our complex transaction."

What's new? New clients and panel wins include Société Générale, Lloyds Banking, Multi and Mabey.

Work highlights Represented The British Land Company in a £1.525 billion joint venture with Norges Bank Investment Management relating to Meadowhall Shopping Centre.

Advised Ryder System of the Euroway group of companies.

Advised an international consortium, including Aviva Life and Pensions UK, on the USD125 million sale of IPD Group.

Notable practitioners  

The "very bright" Vica Irani recently represented Eurasian Natural Resources on its USD550 million acquisition of Camrose Resources. She is a respected choice among clients in a variety of sectors for public and private M&A transactions.

Giles Elliott advised J F Lehman on the USD70 million acquisition of ACR Electronics. His clients include companies and financial institutions.

Leon Ferera has particular expertise in advising clients on takeovers. His highlights include advising Zertus on the takeover of Zetar by way of a scheme of arrangement.

John Phillips advised Standard Bank on the proposed sale of Standard Bank Argentina for USD600 million. He is an experienced operator in cross-border M&A transactions.

Significant clients WL Ross, London & Stamford Property, Hansteen Holdings, SAP, Eurasian Natural Resources.

Employment - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department

- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Providing employers with cross-border employment advice, typically of a non-contentious nature, across the financial services, technology and defence sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "They're very commercial. Any employment lawyer can tell you what the law is. What I need is judgement and guidance based on experience and the realities of the commercial environment. The firm do that very well."

Client service: "They're personable and they offer a tailored approach, specific to us as a client." 

What's new? Jules Quinn has joined the team from Nabarro and now heads the firm's employment department.

Work highlights Advised TD Direct Investing on an unfair dismissal claim brought by a former employee.

Notable practitioners  

Lateral hire Jules Quinn earns approbation from sources for her "ability to see issues from a client's perspective." "She has commercial acumen and will balance out her advice in a pragmatic manner," say sources, many of whom praise her representation of employers in a diverse range of matters. She acted on behalf of TD Direct Investing in the above matter.

Mark Taylor wins tremendous praise for his expertise in the TUPE arena. Sources describe him as a "very thoughtful" lawyer, citing his adroitness in "coming up with a considered approach that is tailored to the client" as one of his core strengths.

Significant clients Mastercard, Cobham, SAS Institute, McArthur Glen, Olive Group.

Environment - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 1 full-time partner
- 1 part-time partner

What the team is known for Assists clients with transactions and regulatory matters. Particularly strong on waste and contaminated land.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The advice is very concise and to the point and it is put in layman's terms, which is very good for us."

Client service: "You can tell that their emphasis is on customer service."

Client service: "Whenever you speak to them you feel they are definitely representing your interests and operating in your best interests."

Work highlights Advised Sanofi on the remediation and disposal of an agrochemicals site in Dagenham.

Advised J F Lehman & Company, a private equity firm, on its acquisition of the maritime interests of Chemring Group. This involved due diligence at sites in the UK and overseas.

Notable practitioners  

Chris Papanicolaou is the firm's lead environment partner in London. Sources particularly note his expertise in contaminated land work, including sites caught under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Sources say: "He has a great deal of experience and truly knows what he is doing."

Significant clients The British Land Company, Rhodia UK, Metric Property Investment, London & Stamford, Chambers Waste Management. 

Fraud - London (Firms)

What the team is known for Regularly sought after to advise corporate clients on high-value fraud litigation. Notable track record of handling claims involving offshore and cross-jurisdictional elements.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Problem solving: "Jones Day is efficient and creative in the approaches it adopts. Members think clearly and try to come up with practical solutions."

Work highlights Obtained a USD450 million judgment in favour of the joint liquidators of Weavering Capital by successfully arguing that members of its senior management defrauded the hedge fund manager in the years preceding its collapse.

Advised property investment company Metro Baltic Horizons on fraud and professional negligence claims issued against former members of its management team in relation to a number of property investments.

Notable practitioners  

Sion Richards is singled out as a "very experienced" fraud practitioner and "excellent litigator," who manages cases with "determination and focus." He continues to advise on issues relating to complex fraud and asset recovery.

Craig Shuttleworth is a "hugely experienced" fraud lawyer with a good reputation in the market. He leads the firm's London litigation practice.

Barnaby Stueck is noted for his experience of handling cases involving offshore jurisdictions and is qualified in the Cayman Islands, in addition to England and Wales. Sources describe him as "super bright and very hands-on."

Significant clients Texas Keystone, Khalili Family Trust, Standard Bank, Sibir Energy, Langbar International.

Litigation - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Esteemed bench of well-established litigators. Scope of global practice makes it a go-to destination for cross-border disputes. Client base includes a host of highly active corporates and financial institutions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "Their advice is always commercial and gets straight to the point."

Bench strength: "They manage to attract great-quality associates, who are great to work with."  

What's new? The team gained new clients Evans Randall, May Gurney and Durkan Holdings.

Work highlights Represented Total as defendant in a series of paraffin wax damages claims brought by purchasers of paraffin wax between 1992 and 2005.

Acted on behalf of the Renova Group and Viktor Vekselberg against Mr Gilbertson in an USD85 million equitable compensation claim regarding the alleged misappropriation of the brand name Fabergé.  

Notable practitioners

Craig Shuttleworth "enjoys a very good reputation" in the market, according to observers. Bonhams 1793 instructed him to act on a debt claim of over £4.5 million against Sheikh Saud Al-Thani.  

Credited with "exceptional strategic and commercial acumen" by one interviewee, Sion Richards enjoys a strong reputation amongst clients for his general commercial litigation practice.

Significant clients Texas Keystone, Standard Bank, Bonhams, Unaoil, Procter & Gamble.

Since publication, Stephen Brown has joined 4-5 Gray's Inn Square

Real Estate Finance - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
-19 partners
-31 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Offers a range of real estate finance solutions in an international context, and has particular expertise in the acquisition of loan books.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry knowledge: "Their breadth of experience means they can draw from the other deals they do to give us the best possible advice."

Technical ability: "Their technical know-how is very impressive. I've always seen Jones Day as my go-to firm in terms of large transactions and anything complex."

Work highlights Acted for CIT on the senior and mezzanine finance facilities for the development of King's Reach Tower, using sophisticated Islamic finance techniques.

Advised on the £350 million refinancing of Hercules Unit Trust and the addition of a revolving credit facility.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Barker has particular expertise in advising on non-performing loans as well as senior and mezzanine debt. Clients praise him as "a perfectionist. He has very good industry knowledge and commercial sense."

David Fricker is building a strong reputation in this field and is known by commentators as "absolutely brilliant. His technical knowledge is outstanding. He's easy to deal with and able to give you advice on the spot without having to mull it over."

Significant clients Morgan Stanley, Macquarie, Wells Fargo, Delancey, Goodman.

Real Estate - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Represents REITs, property companies and funds in large-scale developments, acquisitions and disposals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "The advice is always commercial and gets straight to the point."

Client service: "They've never let us down. Their advice has always been sound. They're likeable, which is important in a stressful environment; likeable and capable."

What's new? Iain Hindhaugh promoted to partner.

New clients include Aviva Investors and LaSalle KAG.

Work highlights Acted on the £470 million acquisition of One Plantation Place in London and retained to advise on the asset management.

Advised Kings Reach Estates on the development of a mixed-use scheme on the South Bank, with a gross development value of £500 million.

Notable practitioners  

Global co-head of real estate David Roberts is an "outstanding" property lawyer with "a great, great roster of clients." He specialises in unit trusts, partnership arrangements and joint ventures.

Significant clients British Land, London & Stamford, Hansteen Holdings, CBRE Global Investors, Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund.

Restructuring/Insolvency - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department

- 9 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Excellent transatlantic capabilities. Capable of handling complex cross-border deals, especially those with a US element. Key strength in contentious insolvency matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Bench strength: "They have great lawyers who are all creative, commercial, practical and action-oriented."

What's new? New client wins include BNP and TPG.

Work highlights Advised American Greetings on various strategies related to the administration of Clinton Cards, in which a UK subsidiary of the US company was an unsecured creditor.

Advised Standard Bank on potential recovery strategies following Efad Real Estate Company's default on a murabaha.

Notable practitioners  

Sion Richards is recommended for his ability to advise on "complicated litigation with cross-border elements, as he can always see the bigger picture." Sources also highlight his "excellent investigative skills." Highlight clients include Standard Bank.

The "collaborative" Michael Rutstein is praised for his ability to "move the process forward and get the deal done." Singled out for his strength in non-contentious insolvency matters, he acted as lead partner on the Clinton Cards matter.

Ben Larkin recently joined the firm from Berwin Leighton Paisner. He is described as a "fantastic operator" and a "creative and commercial" practitioner. He is recognised for his superior knowledge of the real estate sector. He is a firm favourite amongst core banking clients.

Significant clients Liquidators of Weavering Capital, ESO Capital, Zolfo Cooper, MBIA, Duff & Phelps.

Tax - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Assists clients with a range of corporate transactions, as well as housing significant expertise in property tax, investment funds and structured finance.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "Their advice is always commercial and gets straight to the point."

Work highlights Assisted Lloyds with tax matters concerning its use of a loan portfolio to raise new finance, which involved the use of a special purpose vehicle to issue £1.5 billion of listed notes.

Provided tax advice to The British Land Company on its sale of an interest in the owners of Meadowhall Shopping Centre to Norges, as well as the creation of a joint venture between British Land and Norges Bank Investment Management.

Notable practitioners  

Charlotte Sallabank advises clients on a range of transactional matters, and also has the capacity to represent clients in tax disputes.

Department head Blaise Marin-Curtoud has recently been advising British Land on corporate taxation matters, as well as assisting clients with financial transactions.

Significant clients ENRC, London & Stamford Property, J.F. Lehman & Company, Langbar International, Ryder Systems.

Commodities - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 15 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: London

What the team is known for Acts for various financial institutions on pre-export, pre-payment and reserve-based lending structures and commodity trading facilities. Has particular expertise in oil, metals and agricultural commodities, and experience in handling transactions in Kazakhstan and Africa.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "The firm is very responsive and has a quick turnaround."

Client service: "It is a very good firm and we are very satisfied with the services it provides." 

What's new? Won first mandates from British Arab Banking Corporation and Trafigura.

Work highlights Advised Trafigura on negotiations with banking syndicates for its European and Asian revolving credit facilities.

Acted for Eurasion Natural Resources on the USD2 billion facility provided by Sberbank for the financing of commodity-related investment projects in Kazakhstan.

Notable practitioners  

Edwin Borrini is the key contact in this practice.

Significant clients Standard Bank, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Bank of America, Société Générale, Eurasian Natural Resources.

Construction - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Acts on large construction-related projects across the globe. Also handles litigation, arbitration and adjudication proceedings, particularly in the Middle East.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The client service and quality of advice from Jones Day is exceptional."  

What's new? The team has been appointed to the global panels of UNAOIL Group and China State Construction and Engineering. 

Work highlights Acted for Sanofi in a dispute relating to an NEC3 contract and how to determine Compensation Events.

Acted for Barwa Real Estate Company in major disputes connected to the Barwa City Project in Doha.

Notable practitioners  

Well-respected Hamish Lal "knows the market and how to unlock a case. He is the lawyer you want on your side," according to sources. He is most known for his disputes work arising out of major projects in the UK and abroad.

Significant clients Chevron Global Upstream and Gas, China State Construction and Engineering, SPX, Lehman Smith McLeish. 

Private Equity - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Good reputation acting for well-known clients on European and transatlantic buyouts. Expertise in real estate, special situations and emerging markets deals. Maintains a strong profile for advising venture capital investors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "They are commercial in approach and user-friendly."

Bench strength: "Jones Day certainly proved to have attracted excellent talent."

Work highlights Advised WL Ross on its acquisition of shares in NBNK Investments for approximately £8 million.

Advised a consortium of institutional investors including Aviva Investors on the sale of IPD Group to MSCI for USD125 million.

Notable practitioners  

Adam Greaves is a "good operator" and "incredibly intelligent and effective," enthusiastic sources report. He has recently advised Alcuin Capital on several transactions, including the secondary MBO of TileCo.

Dan Coppel focuses on advising clients on cross-border transactions in emerging markets, and has particular expertise in the Russian market. One client said: "He was able throughout to provide pragmatic advice and solutions to often complex and technical concerns."

Raymond McKeeve joined the firm in September 2013 from Berwin Leighton Paisner. At his previous firm, he advised the management team of Mercury Pharma on a secondary buyout of the company by Cinven for an enterprise value of £465 million.

Significant clients The Riverside Company, Goldman Sachs, J F Lehman, Inflexion Private Equity, Sovereign Capital.  

Telecommunications - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- 13 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Offers strong legal support on all aspects of telecoms financing and acquisitions. Strong litigation support. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Jones Day is very credible and they just inspire trust and confidence. They are very understated and classy, and they focus on the clients." 

What's new Dominic O'Brien, Matt Evans and Elizabeth Robertson were promoted to partner last year.

Work highlights Advised SAP on the UK aspects of its £4.3 billion acquisition of Ariba. 

Consulted by Goldman Sachs on the merger control provisions in the EC-reviewed EUR1.3 billion union between two Austrian mobile operators.

Notable practitioners  

Nicholas Cotter offers transactional support to clients, ranging from regulatory issues to litigation. "I have been very impressed by his work," said one peer. 

Significant clients Colt, Eaton Towers, France Telecom, Mondial Telecom.