This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2014
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November 2013 saw the full financial integration of Ashurst and Ashurst Australia to form one global team of more than 1,800 lawyers with a combined revenue of £550 million.
|Banking||6||Labour & Employment||4|
|Corporate Governance||3||Product Liability Defence||1|
|Corporate Tax||3||Project Finance||6|
|Information Technology||2||Sports & Entertainment||1|
|Insolvency & Restructuring||3||Trademarks||2|
|Insurance & Reinsurance||1|
Following the integration, the firm held elections for a new board selecting Ben Tidswell as chair for a five-year term, Mary Padbury as vice chair and James Collis as managing partner. The new board comprises 14 members in total.
|Total Listings in WWL||88||Established||1822|
|Home jurisdiction||UK||Total size of firm||1,700|
|Number of partners||Over 400||Number of offices||28|
PEOPLE AND PRACTICES
Ashurst’s energy practice is home to over 200 lawyers. Head of the global energy team Geoffrey Picton-Turbervill specialises in UK and international energy work. He is particularly knowledgeable on oil and gas matters. Nicolas Bonnefoy has a particular focus on upstream oil and gas activities in Africa. He is both French and English qualified. Judith Kim is located in the Middle East and specialises in energy and petrochemical project development and M&A. Prior to joining the firm she was senior legal counsel with Shell Gas & Power in Dubai and clients appreciate her “commercial acumen”. Rupert Burrows in Tokyo is noted for his work in overseas infrastructure projects. Peter Vaughan in Perth is a “trusted adviser” to Australia’s largest LNG operator. He is “very able” and “highly sought after”.
Public procurement is a further strength of the firm. Head of the Australian infrastructure practice Chris Mitchell is “first rate” on PPP projects and advises in relation to government development agreements. Kevin Arkwright in Sydney specialises in preparing and reviewing tender and contract documentation for private sector and government organisations. He has experience in PPP projects in all industry sectors. David Wadham’s experience includes advising sponsors Samsung Engineering, Invest AD and United Utilities in connection with the development and financing of the first wastewater treatment PPP in Bahrain.
The firm’s competition practice spans Europe and Australasia. Nigel Parr heads the competition and EU law practice in London. His expertise lies in merger control, utilities regulation, and the interplay between competition law and IP rights. Denis Waelbroeck in Brussels handles merger control, cartels and abuse of dominance cases before the Commission and courts. He is particularly knowledgeable on the life sciences industry. In Sydney, Peter Armitage leads the Australian competition and consumer protection team. He specialises in merger control and investigations.
Life sciences is an industry in which the firm possesses considerable expertise. Ashurst offers clients a full-service team covering transactions, commercial advice, product liability, regulatory and competition law, contentious IP, PPP and trademarks. Newly elected vice chairman Mary Padbury is a “phenomenal” patent litigator. Melbourne-based Grant Fisher focuses on commercial and litigious IP matters with industry expertise in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, animal health and chemical fields. Ben Miller in Sydney specialises in patent advice and infringement, and revocation cases. He practises across the pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and medical devices fields. Mark Lubbock heads the technology practice in London and specialises in IP, health care and commercial contracts.
The firm is “well known” for its finance expertise with specialists in transactions and financial services regulatory matters. Managing partner in Tokyo, John McClenahan specialises in banking, project finance and public procurement. Clients praise his “steadfast approach” to matters. Martin Coleman in Melbourne specialises in banking and finance, distressed investing and debt trading, debt capital markets and securitisation, leveraged and acquisition finance and property finance. Gonzalo Jiménez-Blanco is head of Spain and head of the finance department of the Madrid office. He is particularly well regarded for his project finance expertise. Mark Vickers in London specialises in UK and cross-border leveraged finance transactions. He is “renowned” for his experience in debt funding of public-to-private takeovers.
The pro bono practice acts for individuals and not-for-profit organisations in a wide range of matters providing legal opinions and advice, drafting contracts and other documents, research, negotiation, litigation, law and policy reform and community legal education. October is the firm’s “Make a Difference Month”, running since 2004, it serves to raise awareness and give staff an opportunity to get involved in initiatives. Activities in 2013 included a team from the Singapore office spending a day on the island of Batam in Indonesia with Habitat for Humanity digging out the foundations for a new home and a team from London spending a day at the Crisis warehouse sorting and tidying bedding.
Ashurst is a proud member of the 30 per cent club, where members commit to bringing more women onto UK corporate boards. It also supports Stonewall, the Social Mobility Foundation and the Business Disability Forum, among others. Ashurst is currently reviewing its objectives, governance and accountability and the board aims to agree a detailed diversity plan in early 2014.
With new leadership of the fully integrated firm, Ashurst is positioned to continue striving to become one of the global elite. Its expanded network has created business opportunities around the world enabling the firm to deliver on its ambitious objectives.
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