Our London office, founded more than 30 years ago, offers in-depth capabilities in all aspects of corporate work, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, commercial real estate, real estate private equity, finance, business restructuring and reorganisation, project finance, capital markets and taxation, as well as dispute resolution and international arbitration, competition and labour and employment. Our lawyers provide legal advice on a wide range of business issues to internationally listed companies, large private companies, investment banks, private equity firms, start-up ventures, and many other organisations with international operations and ambitions.
For the past several years the UK Legal 500 has included Gibson Dunn's London office among its list of recommended law firms. The most recent, 2014 edition recommends our London office for a number of specialist areas, including M&A: Upper Mid-Market and Premium Deals (£250m+), Commercial Litigation, Real Estate (Commercial Property, Hotels and Leisure, Property Finance), Private Equity, International Arbitration, Employment, Corporate Crime (including fraud, bribery and corruption) and Public Sector: Administrative and Public Law. In addition, several of our London-based partners are recommended by Chambers UK, Europe & Global 2014 as “leaders” in their respective fields. Areas they are ranked in include Dispute Resolution, Litigation (Highly regarded), Restructuring/Insolvency, International Arbitration, Real Estate, Real Estate Finance and Employment.
Our London office has always been at the forefront of cross-border mergers and acquisitions, financing and joint venture transactions, including acting for clients seeking to access the US and European capital markets. Our lawyers offer English law capabilities in all aspects of private and public mergers and acquisitions and have extensive experience in the City Code governing public takeovers in the UK and the European Takeovers Directive. One of our partners was seconded for two years to the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers, the key regulatory body governing public company acquisitions in the UK.
Our private equity work covers every type of investment and divestment activity, including early and later stage venture capital investments; MBOs, MBIs, IBOs and LBOs; re-engineered buy-outs; public to privates; and exits by sale to trade/financial buyers; equity and debt financings; rights offerings and IPOs in the UK, elsewhere in Europe and in the US. We also advise on the establishment of private equity and venture capital funds, including funds established in offshore jurisdictions.
The global commercial dispute resolution group has more than 400 professionals, and the London team is a rapidly expanding part of that practice.
The UK dispute resolution practice covers commercial litigation, international arbitration, regulatory investigations and proceedings, mediation, internal corporate investigations, antitrust disputes, public law cases, government inquiries and cases before international courts, working closely with our pre-eminent US Litigation Group and with colleagues in Brussels, Munich, the Middle East and Asia on a range of major cross-border disputes. We are renowned for defending corporations in regulatory investigations as well as conducting sensitive internal investigations across a wide spectrum of industries, with particular capabilities in the fields of financial institutions, insurance and reinsurance and accountancy. We also handle a number of high-value international white collar criminal cases, in particular fraud, bribery & corruption and antitrust matters, and are currently defending clients in the UK, EU, US, Switzerland, Cayman, BVI, Japan, Canada and a range of other jurisdictions.
Finance/Real Estate, Acquisition and Project Finance
Our London office focuses on acquisition finance, securitisation, real estate, senior and mezzanine debt, refinancings and restructurings, loan notes, funds and Shari'ah-compliant financings. Much of our work in this area is cross-border, and we have particular strengths in complex financing transactions involving a variety of European jurisdictions. We also have considerable experience in relation to Islamic and Shari'ah-compliant transactions having completed the first Shari'ah compliant LBO in continental Europe. Our finance and real estate groups regularly work together on complex, high-end real estate private equity transactions.
Business Restructuring and Reorganisation
Our London restructuring team regularly advises private equity sponsors, portfolio companies, corporate groups and creditors on all aspects of restructuring, insolvency and financial distress. Our London team has wide cross-jurisdictional expertise and works seamlessly and creatively with our other offices to identify and realise our clients' objectives. The London team has particular expertise advising borrowers and creditors in restructuring transactions involving highly complex multi-tiered capital structures, both in the context of LBO transactions (complementing our strong acquisition finance practice), and in the CMBS market, in which we have market-leading expertise. We also advise purchasers in high-profile distressed mergers and acquisitions and real-estate transactions, including transactions in which businesses and assets are acquired out of formal insolvency proceedings, including English administration and under Chapter 11 in the US. In addition, we have been actively involved in recent major international restructuring cases involving the EC Regulation on Insolvency Proceedings and the UNCITRAL Model Law. Firmwide, our restructuring lawyers have participated in some of the most complex insolvency-related proceedings and transactions of the last decade and are recognised as leaders in their field. The 2014 edition of IFLR1000, a guide to the world's leading financial law firms, recommends Gibson Dunn in the field of Financial Restructuring.
Our partners have a wealth of experience in working with companies listed on the Official List of the London Stock Exchange, AIM, and on other European exchanges, as well as US public companies. Our London office also provides US and UK securities law advice, acting for underwriters and European issuers in high-yield and other debt securities offerings, as well as IPOs, block trades and rights offerings, including US public offerings, Rule 144A offerings, equity private placements and Regulation S offerings.
Real Estate Private Equity
Gibson Dunn is the law firm of choice for executing complex, high-end real estate private equity transactions. Our real estate team specialises in all aspects of commercial real estate, including corporate and investment property acquisitions and disposals, financing, development, leasing and joint ventures. As the credit crunch has taken hold, we have seen more activity and focus on restructurings, recapitalisations, loan portfolio acquisitions and distressed trading. A significant aspect of the real estate practice involves the representation of UK, US, European and other foreign-based investors, developers and lenders in establishing themselves and conducting business in the UK, mainland Europe and beyond.
Our London office tax practice, which includes both UK and US tax capabilities, advises UK, US and European clients on structuring transactions, such as complex cross-border acquisitions, real-estate investment, private equity, public offerings of debt and equity securities and joint ventures. The Tax group also advises on executive compensation and share incentive.
Our London office has competition law expertise at the UK and European Community law level, with a particular emphasis on cartels, merger control, state aid and the antitrust aspects of joint ventures, distribution and agency agreements.
Labour and Employment
Our London labour and employment practice is integrated into the Firm's international Labour and Employment law practice group and has experience in advising US, UK and European clients on both contentious and non-contentious UK labour and employment matters, as well as matters involving consultants and directors. In addition to advising clients on day-to-day employment issues, our London labour and employment practice has particular expertise in corporate governance matters, boardroom appointments and removals, employment issues facing private equity companies, cross-border employment issues, whistle-blowing and discrimination claims, enforcing and resisting post-employment restrictive covenants, protecting confidential information, employee consultation, collective labour and industrial disputes, redundancies and workforce restructurings, TUPE, the employment aspects of public and private mergers and acquisitions and outsourcing arrangements.
For more information, please contact the Partners-in-Charge of our London office, Tom Budd at +44 20 7071 4234 (email: email@example.com ) or James Cox at +44 20 7071 4250 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org ).
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