Firm profile submitted by WilmerHale
Number of partners: 8
Number of counsel: 12
Number of associates: 26
Other fee-earners: 22
International Offices: Beijing, Berlin, Boston, Brussels, Denver, Frankfurt, Los Angeles, New York, Palo Alto and Washington DC.
Cartel Defence: Stephen Pollard
Financial Services Enforcement: Stephen Pollard
Intellectual Property Litigation: Anthony Trenton
International Arbitration & Litigation: Gary Born, Franz Schwarz
Investigations & Criminal Litigation: Stephen Pollard
THE FIRM Today, businesses face greater scrutiny and more ‘bet the company’ issues than ever before. Clients have access to 1,000 lawyers across 12 offices in the United States, Europe and Asia who anticipate obstacles, seize opportunities and get the case resolved or the deal done - and have the experience and know-how to prevent it from being undone. The firm serves its global client base from five departments: litigation/ controversy, securities, regulatory and government affairs, intellectual property, and transactional. WilmerHale’s London team is more than 60 strong and focuses specifically on international arbitration, investigations and criminal litigation, financial services enforcement and intellectual property litigation matters. With lawyers qualified in the UK, US and many of the major European and other jurisdictions, the office has a pronounced pan-European and transatlantic orientation that is reflected both in its work and its culture.
PRINCIPLE AREAS OF WORK
International Arbitration & Litigation: 80%
Investigations, Criminal Litigation & Financial Services Enforcement: 17%
Intellectual Property Litigation: 3%
International Arbitration: London is home to WilmerHale’s pre-eminent international arbitration practice, which is instructed in matters of exceptional size and importance by companies, States and individuals. The team is involved in disputes in all parts of the world, under all leading institutional rules. The practice is devoted exclusively to international arbitration and handles all its own advocacy. WilmerHale lawyers also serve as arbitrators, mediators and expert witnesses on issues of international dispute resolution. The team has particular experience in disputes involving energy and oil and gas, joint ventures and M&A, financial services, states or state-entities, intellectual property, construction and engineering, international trade, securities and competition law, insurance and reinsurance, and telecommunications.
Investigations & Criminal Litigation: The firm’s specialist investigation and criminal litigation lawyers advise on all aspects of criminal and regulatory investigations, working across jurisdictions on matters such as fraud, insider dealing, market abuse, bribery and corruption, money laundering and cartel defence. The team acts in corporate investigations for some of the largest companies in the world, as well as for senior individuals who are the subject of investigation by the Serious Fraud Office or Financial Conduct Authority. The team also provides specialist UK advice in matters emanating from the US and other jurisdictions in which WilmerHale has a strong presence.
Financial Services Enforcement: The firm’s UK financial services lawyers specialise in all aspects of FCA related enforcement action, with a particular expertise in representing senior executives facing regulatory exposure.
Intellectual Property Litigation: WilmerHale’s IP litigation practice is one of the leading IP litigation practices in the world. The firm’s highly regarded UK practitioners have tried some of Europe’s most highprofile cases, including cases in the House of Lords, the UK Supreme Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union. The practice advises clients across the full range of intellectual property disputes, including those relating to patents, breach of confidence and trade secrets, trademarks, passing off, domain names, copyright, registered designs and design right. Because WilmerHale’s UK and US lawyers are part of the same fully integrated team, they are able to provide seamless, efficient service to clients and deliver the same quality, depth and breadth of service across jurisdictions.