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Firm Profile

Withers LLP

Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • 16 Old Bailey
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC4M 7EG

Firm profile submitted by Withers LLP

Withers is one of the world’s first international law firms dedicated to the business, personal and philanthropic interests of successful people, their businesses, families and advisers. With over 150 partners and more than 850 other staff members in 18 offices across Europe, US, Asia Pacific and the Caribbean , Withers has unparalleled expertise in the key legal issues facing individuals and their families. Its clients’ interests span 80 countries and the firm has acted for 46% of the top 100 UK ‘Sunday Times Rich List’, and a significant number of the US ‘Forbes List’ of Richest Americans and the Asian ‘Huron Rich List’.

Main Areas Of Practice:

Commercial :
7 partners and 29 fee-earners
■ Advised Christopher Kane on the acquisition by Global Luxury Brands Group Kering
■ Advised Anya Hindmarch on the investment by Mayhoola
■ Advised Jonathan Anderson and Nicholas Kirkwood on the acquisition by LVMH
■ Advised Natalie Massenet, the founder of online luxury fashion retailer Net-a-Porter on its £350m sale to Swiss luxury goods Richemont
■ Advised Jennifer Moores on her investment in Harry’s of London Limited alongside US Private Equity House, Palladin Consumer Retail Partners
Contact: Chris Priestley
Tel: +44 20 7597 6135
Email: [email protected]

9 partners and 16 fee-earners
■ BJ v MJ - Acted for the husband in a financial claim in which the award made by the Court reflected the fact that the wife had assented to the husband setting up a trust which ultimately benefited their son and future generations
■ Z v Z (No 2) - Acted for a husband in a case in which the court upheld a French marital agreement restricting the wife to her needs as opposed to an award based on sharing
■ MK v CK - Acted for the father in the Court of Appeal in successfully overturning the decision of the High Court and, in doing so, preventing the mother from taking the two children to live in Canada
Contact: Julian Lipson
Tel: +44 20 7597 6098
Email: [email protected]

Litigation & Arbitration:
18 partners and 42 fee-earners
■ Advised on a claim against a firm of solicitors arising from a contract to build a new 96m super yacht. After the project went tens of millions of pounds over budget, we are advising our client on remedies against the solicitors who drafted and negotiated the contract, and also the yacht consultants retained throughout the project
■ Acted for a CEO following his termination of contact, we are pursuing this claim on behalf of our client through arbitration
■ Acted for the owner of an art investment company in their dispute with their high profile PR advisers
■ Advised a high profile American songstress whose image has been used without permission online and in the UK
Contact: Roberto Moruzzi
Tel: +44 20 7597 6120
Email: [email protected]

Real Estate:
8 partners and 18 fee-earners
■ Acted on the acquisition of landmark residential real estate in the UK, Italy and New York, with values for single units of up to $100m
■ Advised the developer of a Knightsbridge apartment block on the acquisition, financing and sales. More than 200 units have been sold
■ Represented well-known international personalities buying and selling residential properties, where the preservation of their anonymity was a high priority
■ Acted for clients buying flats in new UK developments, and in the sale and purchase of houses and apartments at prices of up to £30m
■ Involvement in the purchase of residential property overseas, both for investment purposes and for personal use
Contact: Paul Brecknell
Tel: +44 207 597 6037
Email: [email protected]

Wealth Structuring:
19 partners and 42 fee-earners
■ Worked with a Wall Street entrepreneur to establish and structure his private equity fund
■ Advised a Greenwich fund manager on various employment packages for her small but growing Art Fund
■ Advised multinational family on tax efficient structuring of investments across multiple jurisdictions
■ Advised a renowned international athlete moving to the United States on his pre-immigration tax planning and the negotiation and structuring of licensing and advertising agreements
■ Designed and implemented a comprehensive wealth transfer strategy for a hedge fund principal, including private placement life insurance and a charitable trust among other elements
■ Counselled a UK resident but non UK-domiciled client on his offshore holding structure and its UK tax profile, which led to a significant restructuring
Contact: Patricia Milner
Tel: +44 207 597 6092
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Filippo Noseda
Tel: +44 207 597 6218
Email: [email protected]