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Chambers Global Awards for Excellence 2014

The Chambers Global Awards 2014 recognises the achievements of the leading global law firms, based on the results of Chambers' research for the 2014 edition of the Chambers Global guide.

The Awards recognise notable cross-border achievements by firms, in particular their outstanding work, entrepreneurial spirit and expansion during the preceding year.

The International Law Firm of the Year award is awarded to the firm that has demonstrated its ability to advise on the highest profile matters across a broad range of practice areas all over the world. The firm is consistently recognised for its high quality legal advice by clients.

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Winners and shortlisted firms by category

   

International Law Firm of the Year

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP - Winner

This New York-headquartered heavyweight has enjoyed an outstanding year.  A strong global network allows it to advise on the leading matters in every region of the world.  Particularly fêted for their work in the M&A and Disputes spheres, cross-office teams regularly work on the highest profile matters.  On the disputes side, the firm represented The Republic of South Sudan in defence of a claim brought by national oil company Sudapet, in an ICSID matter, which is fundamental to the future of this fledgling nation.  Skadden fielded a multi-departmental team, involving lawyers in London, Moscow and Brussels, when it assisted the Alfa-Access-Renova consortium with the USD56 billion sale of its 50% stake in the TNK-BP joint venture to Rosneft.

These two matters are indicative of why our editors awarded the title of International Law Firm of the Year to Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

Banking & Finance Law Firm of the Year

Clifford Chance LLP - Winner
Clifford Chance excels through its strong focus on infrastructure finance and corporate lending, and is a regular feature on prominent multi-jurisdictional transactions. The firm is also singled out for its market-leading Islamic finance practice, and for its involvement in high-profile financings in emerging markets including Africa and CEE. Conventional and Islamic work highlights include advising a syndicate of lenders on a USD6 billion facility to finance CNOOC’s acquisition of Nexen, and advising the arrangers and dealers on Ooredoo’s USD2 billion sukuk programme.

The other shortlisted law firms in this category were:

Allen & Overy
Allen & Overy is acclaimed for its presence and commitment in key jurisdictions worldwide. With top-ranked banking practices across Europe, Asia and CEE complemented by a solid presence in Latin America, the Middle East, the UK and the USA, the firm is highly regarded for the extent of its expertise in this area. It is regularly singled out for its expertise in syndicated loan transactions, project finance, Shari'a-compliant structures and banking regulation.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Cleary Gottlieb stands out for its presence in Latin American banking and finance, and has a strong reputation for its coverage of the US and European financial services sectors. In the UK, the firm operates a highly regarded borrower-side practice. One notable work highlight was the firm’s advice to the Greek state on the restructuring of its private sector debt.

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
This New York-headquartered group operates an active banking practice across the Americas, with a strong emphasis on project finance and capital markets transactions. The firm continues to grow its European capabilities, and is recognised for its work across Asia, led primarily out of Hong Kong. It recently advised Merrill Lynch as adviser to Thomson Reuters in connection with the company's USD4.23 billion intra-group cross-border financing.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
This magic circle firm represents an enviable list of international financial institutions and multinational corporations, and maintains a solid presence across key markets in Europe and Asia. It has a strong profile for borrower-side work, as well as both debt and equity capital markets transactions and alternative financings.

Herbert Smith Freehills
This firm is increasingly recognised for its strong performance in the global finance sector. It has leveraged the October 2012 merger between Herbert Smiths and Freehills to boost its strengths in the Asia-Pacific region, where it operates a particularly strong India practice. The team is well placed to advise on energy finance and Islamic finance transactions in a range of locations, and maintains an active bank lending practice in several European jurisdictions, including Spain and France.

Latham & Watkins LLP
This global powerhouse is well placed to tackle international financings, with excellent teams based in the USA and across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The firm represents a wide range of market participants, and earns widespread praise for its extensive experience of cross-border high-yield bond work. Other notable areas of expertise include project finance, acquisition and leveraged finance, and real estate.

Linklaters
This firm stands out for its strength and depth in international finance. With top-tier teams spread across Europe, Asia and CEE / CIS, Linklaters is regularly instructed by both lender and borrower clients to advise on a range of matters, with a focus on syndicated loans and leveraged and acquisition finance. It also offers strong Islamic finance expertise and has extensive experience in the Middle East.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
This top American firm earns praise for the international scope of its banking practice, and can regularly be found representing leading private equity and investment firms in an array of high-value fund-raisings. It earns plaudits for its expertise in leveraged and acquisition finance in Asia and is a key player in the Latin American capital markets. Notable global clients include KKR and Silver Lake Partners.

White & Case LLP
White & Case offers excellent coverage, with banking groups firmly rooted across the UK and Europe, the Americas, and Asia. It is especially well regarded for its capabilities in emerging markets, including in South and South-East Asia, Latin America and CEE. Though best known for its role as lender's counsel, the firm also advises a range of other clients on cross-border deals.

Competition / Antitrust Law Firm of the Year

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Winner
This firm is widely viewed as having the most prominent and successful competition practice in London. Across its wider network it has developed market-leading teams in Brussels, and across Europe. Freshfields also stands out for its focus beyond Europe, notably finding success in China and other Asian markets. The team advises on both large transactions and complex investigations, and major clients include the likes of General Motors, EMI Group, Hewlett Packard and Rio Tinto Alcan.

The other shortlisted law firms in this category were:

Allen & Overy
This firm leverages its excellent European network to advise on significant global matters, including mergers, cartel work and antitrust damages cases. Its growing visibility in China and the USA also makes it well-placed to advise on multi-jurisdictional filings. Notable highlights include acting for Mubadala as part of a consortium acquiring the EMI music publishing business from Citigroup.

Arnold & Porter LLP
This firm is home to one of the strongest competition / antitrust practices in the USA. It is also well positioned to advise on a good range of cases in Brussels, and is recognised for its excellent track record in cartel work. In this area, the team continues to represent AREVA before the European Court of Justice in relation to the Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS) cartel case. The firm represents a number of large multinationals in other competition-related matters worldwide, including AT&T, Monsanto and Kraft Foods.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Cleary Gottlieb is a longstanding frontrunner for competition and antitrust work on a global-wide basis. Highly regarded for the strength of the connection between its Washington, DC and Brussels practices, the firm also houses top teams in Germany and Italy. It is best known for its involvement in high-profile, high-value multi-jurisdictional merger control cases, and acted for Rosneft on the EU antitrust aspects of its USD55 billion acquisition of TNK-BP.

Clifford Chance LLP
This firm has a strong profile for competition matters spanning Europe and China, where it advises prominent international clients on both conduct and mergers. Representative highlights include advising Shell on EC investigations into the price of oil and biofuels. In London, the firm has a strong offering in competition litigation, and is a regular feature on disputes and investigations in a range of sectors, including financial services.

Hogan Lovells
This firm maintains a consistent presence across key jurisdictions, including Brussels, London and Beijing. Its broad expertise in competition encompasses international investigations, cartel claims, and regulatory and public law. On the M&A side, a multi-office team recently advised Ariba on its USD4.3 billion acquisition by SAP. Other notable clients include Alstom, Air Canada and Liberty Global.

Jones Day
Jones Day is well represented in the competition law field across a wide range of jurisdictions. In addition to possessing good coverage across Europe and the USA, the firm is also acclaimed for its presence in growing markets such as China and Australia, and for its capacity to advise on concurrent actions or mergers across multiple markets. Notably, the firm is representing Mastercard in an investigation launched by the EC into inter-bank fees charged to cardholders outside the EU. It also acted for American Airlines on the US antitrust aspects of its merger with US Airways.

Latham & Watkins LLP
Latham & Watkins operates a strong transatlantic competition practice, and enjoys a solid profile in key centres such as London, Brussels and Washington, DC. The firm also earns recognition for its increasing presence in Germany, from where it has the capacity to advise on international mergers and cartel cases, as well as EU state aid law. Notable work firm-wide includes acting as global competition counsel for Omnicom in connection with its USD35.1 billion merger with Publicis.

Linklaters
This  giant continues to consolidate its reputation as a contender in competition and antitrust worldwide. The firm opened an office in Washington, DC, in late 2012, and is also highly regarded for its success in the Chinese market. It has extensive experience of state aid issues, in addition to merger control, cartel work and competition litigation.

Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher & Flom LLP
Skadden earns plaudits for its high-end corporate practice, which includes an array of complex merger control cases. The firm dominates in the US market, where recent highlights saw the team advise Sprint Nextel on its proposed USD20.1 billion sale of a 70% stake to Softbank. The partners in the USA work closely with the Brussels team on a range of cross-border matters, including advising Actavis on its USD8.5 billion acquisition of Warner Chilcott.

White & Case LLP
White & Case is acclaimed for its presence in emerging markets, including Mexico and CEE / CIS. It enjoys increasing prominence in Brussels and in Washington, DC, and is especially well regarded for its expertise in cartel defence. The firm also specialises in pharma antitrust, and recently represented Warner Chilcott in its sale to Actavis.

Corporate / M&A Law Firm of the Year

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP - Winner
This leading US firm has an impressive global footprint, with particular strength in Asia and Latin America. Commentators appreciate its global network and client base, which enables it to work on international transactions involving multiple offices. The New York and Sao Paulo teams acted for Cosan on its acquisition of a 60% stake in Companhia de Gas de Sao Paulo from BG Group. The firm also assisted Altimo with its USD3.6 billion acquisition of VimpelCom shares from Weather Investments II.

The other shortlisted law firms in this category were:

Allen & Overy
This magic circle firm has a significant global presence. It earns praise for its leading corporate teams in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, as well as its developing presence in Latin America.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
This firm shows great strength across Europe, particularly in France, as well as in the USA. Clients are impressed by its ability to seamlessly coordinate between different offices. The New York, Washington, DC, London and Brussels teams represented Google in its USD12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility.

Clifford Chance LLP
This internationally renowned corporate practice is proving particularly successful in emerging markets, including in Latin America and Asia, with top teams in Brazil and China. Notable case highlights include advising Carrefour on two significant disposals in Malaysia and Indonesia, worth EUR250 million and EUR525 million respectively. The firm also represented Eurasian Resources Group in its GBP3 billion offer for ENRC. Other clients include Shell, Pfizer and Volkswagen.

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
This international firm continues to play a leading role on major global corporate deals. With additional strength in Latin America and Asia, this corporate group is well poised to handle a variety of cross border deals. It represented Heinz in its USD28 billion acquisition by an investment consortium including Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital. The firm also advised CNOOC on its USD15 billion acquisition of Nexen.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
This major corporate player remains active on some of the biggest and most prominent deals across the globe. Noted for its strength in Europe and the UK, it also excels in Asia, with highly regarded practices in China and Japan. It acted for Invensys on a recommended offer by Schneider Electric and represented the Abraaj Group in its acquisition of a 100% stake in West African dairy producer, Fan Milk International.

Linklaters
International clients praise this global giant for the seamless nature of the cooperation between its offices. The firm is strong across the board, with market leading teams in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The London and Hong Kong offices advised Glencore on its USD70 billion merger with Xstrata, while other highlights include a combined UK and German team advising Vodafone on its EUR7.7 billion offer for Kabel Deutschland Holding.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
This thriving US firm has a strong domestic practice and a solid presence in the UK, Brazil, China and Japan. The firm handles a number of high-value deals, particularly in Latin America where it advised the Chilean fish oil producer Corpesca on its acquisition of a 60% stake in the Brazilian company Sementes Selecta. Other standout transactions include representing Yahoo! in its USD1.1 billion acquisition of Tumblr.

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
With a broad US presence and additional expertise in Latin America, Asia and, increasingly. in the UK, this firm is making inroads in the global corporate market. Clients value the group's expertise in public M&A and financial services. It represented IntercontinentalExchange in its USD8.2 billion acquisition of Euronext. It also advised Bancolombia on its USD2.1 billion acquisition of HSBC Panama and its subsidiaries.

Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year

Hogan Lovells - Winner
Hogan Lovells has an impressive array of Chambers rankings across dispute resolution sections in all guides, which is testament to the quality of its practitioners and the work that they handle.  The firm had a strong year in 2013 thanks to involvement in matters such as the Libor investigations and a raft of cross-border corporate issues. Other recent work highlights include advising BTA Bank on a fraud case against its former chairman Mukhtar Ablyazov.

The other shortlisted law firms in this category were: 

Allen & Overy
Allen & Overy fields exceptional practices across Europe and a UK team that earns the highest plaudits from commentators, and continues to be regarded as a leading dispute resolution choice worldwide. The firm is particularly well regarded for its work in the financial services sector, where recent highlights include assisting the Sage Group with a breach of contract claim brought by Archer Capital.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Cleary Gottlieb's pre-eminent US litigation practice leads teams across Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East in high-level cross-border disputes. The firm's impressive client roster includes governments, financial services groups and notable oil and gas companies. In arbitration matters, the firm represented Tomskneft in challenging the enforcement in France of an international arbitral award obtained in New York.

Clifford Chance LLP
The UK market is an especially strong field for Clifford Chance's dispute resolution practice, and this is demonstrated by its leading role in issues following the Libor rate setting investigations, advising both Barclays and RBS. Further afield, teams in the UAE, China and Singapore attract high praise, in addition to numerous European offices.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
This firm is frequently sought out for its expertise in commercial litigation and international arbitration. Significant footprints in Europe and Asia, in addition to its US stronghold, bring impressive bench strength to the firm's most significant global instructions. It regularly represents mining, insurance, financial services and energy sector clients in a variety of complex disputes.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Freshfields' international arbitration experience is renowned among commentators across the globe, and its litigation prowess is no less applauded. This dual expertise makes the firm well-positioned to handle some of the highest profile and most important disputes worldwide. It fields exceptional teams across Europe, the USA and Latin America, and sources note the firm's growing practice in Asia.

Herbert Smith Freehills
A long-standing reputation as a go-to group for litigation serves this firm well, as proven by its impressive list of engagements. A new office in Seoul, coming fast on the heels of its merger with Australia's Freehills, demonstrates the firm's impressive Asian capabilities. High-profile clients include Apple, BAT, BHP Billiton and UBS.

Linklaters
Linklaters is widely recognised as a force to be reckoned with, particularly in banking litigation. The London office and highly regarded teams in Belgium, Luxembourg and France provide excellent bench strength across Europe, and the firm also has a strong presence in China. Recent highlights saw both the London and Hong Kong offices represent the joint administrators of Lehman Brothers International.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Skadden Arps' defence of Roman Abramovich in his USD6 billion dispute with Boris Berezovsky demonstrates the profile of matters handled by the firm's litigation team. The firm also has significant expertise in international arbitration, under a number of treaties. A recognised US powerhouse, the firm's UK practice is also sought out by high-profile clients.

White & Case LLP
This firm earns plaudits from international commentators for its excellent geographic spread. Dual hubs in New York and London play a lead role, as do many offices across Europe and Asia. Litigation experience is complemented by a standout international arbitration practice, where the team successfully represented Commisimpex in an ICC arbitration against the Republic of Congo.

Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie - Winner
Baker & McKenzie's IP department earns plaudits for its stronghold in Asia, where the firm has market-leading practices in China, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines. The group also benefits from a distinctive Latin American IP presence and additional strength across North America and Europe. Notable highlights include advising Reynolds Consumer Products on its trade mark filing strategy and anti-counterfeiting programme in Asia.

The other shortlisted law firms in this category were:

Bird & Bird
Bird & Bird stands out for its involvement in some of the biggest cases in the global IP market. A leader across Europe, it is also very present in Asia, with excellent teams in Hong Kong and Singapore. The group has expertise in a range of IP matters including trade marks, copyright, patents and related dispute resolution. Notably, it represented Nokia in a number of European patent disputes with HTC, RIM and Viewsonic.

DLA Piper LLP
This firm has an impressive European presence, with well regarded teams in the UK, France and Russia, among other jurisdictions. It is also very active in the USA, China, Australia and the UAE. Representing financial services, energy and aviation clients, the group is best known for its work on global rights portfolios, trade marks, as well as copyright and database rights. Notably, it represented Football Dataco before a number of courts, including the European Court of Justice, in hearings regarding copyright and database rights for data gathered live during football matches.

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrettt & Dunner LLP
This US IP firm is a domestic market leader and has a large number of top practices across many states. The firm also has a presence in China, Japan, Taiwan and Israel. Best known for its ITC cases practice, the team handles both US and international IP matters. It advised HTC on several ITC patent cases against Apple.

Hogan Lovells
This major international firm wins high praise for the level of integration between the offices of its IP practice. It excels in Europe, particularly in Germany, France and Italy, and has developed highly regarded practices in China, Japan and the USA. It regularly handles patent cases in the hi-tech and pharma industries, as well as advising on international trade mark disputes and the IP aspects of corporate mandates. Key clients include Merck, HTC, Eli Lilly and Dell.

Jones Day
With a solid Asian practice and further expertise in Europe and the USA, this firm is considered one of the premier destinations for complex IP mandates including multi-jurisdictional patent disputes. It advises a swathe of clients in the IT, pharma and automotive industries, and recently represented Myriad Genetics in its multimillion-dollar DNA patentability case against the Association for Molecular Pathology.

Mayer Brown LLP
This IP group is well established in the USA, Europe and Asia, with particular strength in China and the UK. In Europe and Asia, the team has expertise in trade marks, copyright and media rights issues with additional expertise in ITC cases in the USA. Work highlights include assisting the Swire Group with the management and enforcement of its global trade mark rights.

Morrison & Foerster
Morrison & Foerster is acknowledged as a go-to firm for complex litigation involving multiple countries, as well as for global IP strategy. The firm's Japanese office remains extremely strong, handling patent litigation for major clients. Its US team is also very active representing clients such as Bayer and Nikon. Highlights include advising Novartis on worldwide patent and patent litigation matters.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
This firm operates a solid IP practice in the USA, as well as in China, Japan and Taiwan, and is praised for its combination of technical expertise and international capability. The group is also commended for its extensive experience working in the technology and pharma sectors. It represented Tekmira Pharmaceuticals in a multi-jurisdictional patent, licensing and trade secrets dispute against Alnylam Pharmaceuticals.

Ropes & Gray LLP
This US firm has offices in London and Asia, with highly regarded IP practices in its home state of Massachusetts, as well as in New York, Japan and South Korea. It has expertise in transactional and contentious matters, including US ITC cases. Notable clients include QVC, Alcatel Lucent and LG Electronics.

Projects & Energy Law Firm of the Year

Allen & Overy - Winner
Allen & Overy continues to be pre-eminent in the project finance market worldwide. The firm has an impressively global projects practice, with involvement in some of the largest matters from the Middle East to Russia, Africa and Asia. Beyond the firm's headline-grabbing work for lenders it has also acted as project counsel in major matters.

The other shortlisted law firms in this category were:

Clifford Chance LLP
This firm's appearance in the upper echelons of many of Chambers' regional projects and energy tables is testament to the quality and breadth of its practice in this area. Financing mandates are a clear strength, as is the firm's power and infrastructure work. Commitment to emerging markets in Asia, CEE and Africa is also paying dividends for the firm's deal sheet.

Herbert Smith Freehills
The oil and gas sector continues to furnish this firm with exciting deals, from advising CNOOC on its investment in the Queensland Curtis LNG project, to advising OGX Petróleo e Gás on the proposed disposal of a stake in the Tubarão Martelo oil field in Brazil. Mining and infrastructure teams in London, Paris and Sydney have also been busy throughout the year.

Latham & Watkins LLP
A strong projects firm that stands out particularly for the depth and quality of its work in the Asia-Pacific region. The firm also impressed with its roster of high-level LNG work, one example being its representation of the lenders on the USD20 billion Ichthys LNG project in Australia. Excellent work in Qatar, Mozambique and the USA further illustrates the firm’s geographic breadth.

Linklaters
Alliances with Allens in Australia and Webber Wentzel in South Africa have boosted Linklaters' Asian and African practices. This complements the firm's pre-existing strength in natural resources, leading to formidable global capability. Recent highlights include advising ENI on the proposed development and financing of an LNG project in Mozambique.

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
Standout strengths in the UK and USA form the dual pillars of Milbank's projects practice, and both of these teams have enjoyed involvement on high-level financings and mining mandates. Intense activity in the Middle East and Africa rounds out the firm's geographic offering, illustrated by deals such as the firm's representation of the lenders in the Oyu Tolgoi mining project in Mongolia.

Norton Rose Fulbright
Commentators are impressed by the market share that Norton Rose Fulbright commands across a wide spread of regions. A raft of mergers, culminating with Norton Rose's union with Fulbright & Jaworski in 2013, have augmented the firm’s global capacity, and it is engaged on matters in jurisdictions ranging from Indonesia to Nigeria and Venezuela.

Shearman & Sterling LLP
This firm is noted for the excellence of its deal sheet across the full spectrum of projects – from mining and infrastructure to power, renewables and LNG. Work highlights include impressive instructions on both the sponsor and lender sides. It is also feted for its growing Africa practice, while Middle East deals of note include involvement in the Sadara petrochemical project.

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
This firm's mining prowess remains undisputed in the market, and this year the team advised the project company on the financing for the Sierra Gorda project in Chile, among other impressive mandates. LNG work in Asia and the USA and involvement in projects in the Middle East and Latin America demonstrates the team's wider global capability.

White & Case LLP
White & Case's continued involvement on many of the highest profile deals cements its position at the top end of the projects market. CEE, Africa, Asia and Latin America are all strong regions, and the very highly regarded UK-based team is esteemed for the quality of its representation. Highlights of 2013 include large scale financings in the mining, power and renewables sectors.

Offshore Law Firm of the Year

Conyers Dill & Pearman - Winner
Conyers is acclaimed for its coverage of the Caribbean, Asia, the UK, Mauritius and the UAE. It is singled out for its exceptional strength in Bermuda, where the team acted for Textainer Group on its warehouse securitisation facility. Other notable clients include HSBC, Teck Resources and Digicel.

The other shortlisted law firms in this category were:

Appleby
With a large and prominent network of offices globally, Appleby upholds its formidable reputation as a leading offshore provider, particularly in relation to multi-jurisdictional mandates. Notably, it represented Alibaba.com in its privatisation through a scheme of arrangement, under Cayman Islands company law. The team is also well known for its strength in litigation and asset finance.

Bedell Cristin
This offshore provider's core strength lies in Jersey and Guernsey, where it has robust teams across the board. International expansion has been a relatively recent focus for the firm, with experts based in key offshore jurisdictions such as the BVI, Mauritius and Singapore. International trusts and estates work is a key strength of the group.

Carey Olsen
Carey Olsen has enjoyed a standout year, expanding its international offering with the recent opening of its office in the Cayman Islands and a merger with Clinton and Hempel in the BVI. The team also remains a dominant force in the Channel Islands, with prestigious deals that include the launch and close of a fund of ECM Equity Capital Management.

Harney Westwood & Riegels
Following the success of its litigation team in Hong Kong, Harneys continues to expand its substantial disputes offering with the launch of a litigation practice in London. It also strengthened its Cayman Islands practice, with numerous additions to its corporate and funds team, and strong support from its headquarters in the BVI.

Maples and Calder
The market is unanimous in its admiration of this firm's outstanding quality of lawyers and services. It is viewed as a stalwart in the investment funds space and also a force to be reckoned with in the corporate and litigation arena. Leading experts in its Hong Kong and Cayman Islands offices assisted Focus Media Holding with its USD3.7 billion going private transaction.

Mourant Ozannes
The opening of this firm's BVI office has strengthened its offering in the Caribbean, with peers already praising it strong commitment to the region. This comes on the back of the opening of its Hong Kong office, which continues to gain traction in the market. Banking and finance is a forte, with the team representing Doric Nimrod Air Finance Alpha in its acquisition and leasing of four Airbus aircraft.

Walkers
This offshore powerhouse enjoys a long-standing reputation for its corporate and investment funds prowess. It is widely recognised for its tremendous credentials in high-end acquisitions and financings, such as acting for the purchaser consortium, which included Sony and Mubadala Development Company, in the purchase of EMI Music Publishing. Its global presence is another asset, with offices in key jurisdictions across the Caribbean, Asia-Pacific and Europe.