This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2013
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Founded in 1896, Simmons & Simmons now boasts an impressive roster of around 650 lawyers across 20 offices in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, serving high-profile corporate clients around the world. It is renowned as a full-service firm focusing on key industry sectors including investment funds and asset management, energy and infrastructure, finance, life sciences and technology, media and telecommunications, and clients praise the “immense skill and expertise” of its lawyers. This year, the firm achieves an outstanding 54 inclusions across 21 practice areas.
|SIMMONS & SIMMONS|
|TOTAL LISTINGS IN WHO’S WHO LEGAL: 54|
|Practice Area Breakdown|
|Asset Recovery||2||Life Sciences||15|
|Aviation||2||M & A||1|
|Business Crime||1||Oil & Gas||2|
|Corporate Governance||1||Private Funds||3|
|Corporate Tax||1||Product Liability Defence||1|
|Insolvency & Restructuring||1||Real Estate||1|
|Insurance & Reinsurance||1||Regulatory Communications||3|
|Internet & e-Commerce||2||Trademarks||2|
|Labour & Employment||5|
Simmons & Simmons prides itself on being “at the forefront” of intellectual property developments and boasts an extremely strong IP and life sciences team. In London, Marjan Noor focuses on patents and regulatory issues within the life sciences sector and is a “top-notch” adviser to high-profile clients including Eli Lilly and Bayer for both contentious and non-contentious IP matters. Rowan Freeland is “sought after” for his expertise in patent litigation for pharmaceutical companies, and colleague Marc Döring has a “stellar” reputation for patent cases with a multi-jurisdictional element. On the transactional side, Richard Binns is a “leader in the field”, providing advice to top life sciences companies as well as the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills regarding the formation of the Energy Technologies Institute. Mark Curtis’ “considerable experience” also sees him recommended as a life sciences transactional expert. Paris-based Jacques-Antoine Robert is selected as a “top” regulatory lawyer within the life sciences industry and is also recognised as a top product liability lawyer. John Slater and David Stone are “highly recommended” for their trademarks expertise – the latter uses his experience as an in-house lawyer to represent clients from a diverse range of industries and is regarded as “innovative and practical”.
The management labour and employment team makes a strong showing in our research, with five lawyers selected. Based in Asia, Fiona Loughrey handles a full range of employment issues for financial institutions and multinationals and is “very well informed”. Colleague Lesli Ligorner focuses on strategic counselling and, having acted for large multinational corporations, is able to offer clients a “unique market perspective”. International head of employment Simon Watson is a “superb” adviser and litigator and clients praise his “excellent knowledge”. London partners Philip Bartlett and Mark Hewland are recommended for their “significant expertise” on all aspects of the employment relationship, the latter having acted in several high-profile discrimination and whistleblowing cases.
The firm’s IT and regulatory communications practice fields an impressive number of lawyers in our research. Tom Wheadon heads the international ICT practice and his “brilliant commercial knowledge” is “second to none”. He acts for a huge range of prestigious clients in technology, internet and e-commerce and regulatory communications matters. Alexander Brown is also recommended as an internet and regulatory communications specialist, lauded for his “sensible and intelligent approach”. Head of the Middle East TMT practice Alexander Shepherd boasts “substantial experience” in a full range of telecommunications and IT matters and is highly recommended by clients and peers alike.
Superb lawyers from Simmons & Simmons also feature in our aviation, construction and real estate chapters. Jeremy Arscott has acted in a range of aviation financing deals, including acting for the ECAs financing Airbus aircraft. His banking expertise means that he has “impressive financing knowledge” and “always gets the best deal for the client”. Mark Moody also focuses on aircraft finance and clients, including financial institutions and credit sponsors, benefit from his “great eye for detail”. Construction expert Sjoerd Rutten is a “superb lawyer” with a “first-rate” practice in both contentious and non-contentious matters. In Paris, Patrick Gerry deals with real estate transactions and agreements and is described as “clever and dedicated”.
Simmons & Simmons boasts inclusions in an incredibly wide range of practice areas, demonstrating its extraordinary breadth of expertise.
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