This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2013
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An “international powerhouse”, Ashurst has 24 offices in 14 countries, with a particularly strong Australian offering following its merger in 2012 with Blake Dawson. With 1,700 lawyers at its disposal, the firm provides quality, commercially relevant legal advice across its international network and is praised for its “seamless service”. The firm achieves a total of 77 listings in 23 chapters.
|TOTAL LISTINGS IN WHO’S WHO LEGAL: 77|
|Practice Area Breakdown|
|Aviation||1||Labour & Employment||3|
|Capital Markets||1||M & A||5|
|Competition||7||Oil & Gas||8|
|Corporate Governance||4||Private Funds||2|
|Corporate Tax||3||Project Finance||6|
|Insolvency & Restructuring||3||Trademarks||2|
|Internet & e-Commerce||1|
The firm has built up specialist expertise in the energy and resources sector and works closely with companies, financial institutions and governments on transactions, projects, financing, contracts and agreements and dispute resolution. Our research identifies eight “leading” oil and gas lawyers at the firm, including Geoffrey Picton-Turbervill, one of the most highly regarded individuals in our research overall. Based in London, Picton-Turbervill heads the firm’s global energy team and has over 20 years of experience working on M&A transactions, greenfield projects and commercial agreements in the oil and gas sector. He is a “distinguished lawyer” in the field whose counsel is “highly sought after”. Two further lawyers from the London office are selected for inclusion: Peter Roberts and Nicolas Bonnefoy. Roberts focuses his practice on upstream oil and gas activities and advises on project developments, structuring and financing, M&A and construction, procurement and operations contracting. The “superb” Bonnefoy is singled out for his expertise on the upstream oil and gas sector in Africa. Both the Perth and Singapore offices field two lawyers each. Rupert Lewi in Perth is “highly knowledgeable” on LNG projects while Philip Thomson in Singapore specialises in the development and financing of projects in the oil and gas sector. In the UAE, Judith Kim advises clients along the entire oil and gas value chain. Clients praise her “commercial insight” gained while working in-house at Shell Gas & Power in Dubai.
Seven lawyers are featured in the competition chapter, an area in which the firm has a strong track record for achieving successful outcomes for clients. Nigel Parr leads the competition and EU law practice in London and is “well versed” in all aspects of the practice particularly merger control, utilities regulation and the interface of IP and competition law. Two practitioners represent the firm’s Brussels office: Julian Ellison and Denis Waelbroeck. Head of the competition and EU law practice in Brussels, Ellison advises on merger control, cartels, state aid and public procurement, an area for which he earns recognition in our research. Waelbroeck represents a number of clients in the life sciences sector and is additionally recognised for his regulatory knowledge in the sector. The Sydney office is similarly well represented. Peter Armitage leads the competition and consumer protection team and is “internationally renowned” for his work on merger clearances and in investigations before the ACCC. Alongside him, Liza Carver is praised for providing “clear and concise advice” relating to merger control, investigations and market regulation.
Ashurst has a notable presence in the project finance sector and fields six lawyers to the corresponding chapter, three of whom also appear in the public procurement chapter. In London, Mark Elsey is global head of the firm’s energy, transport and infrastructure team and “well known” for his work on projects in Europe and the EMEA region. Tokyo-based John McClenahan is noted for his project finance and public procurement expertise and concentrates on projects in the power, petrochemicals and transportation sectors. He is “without equal” according to one client. David Wadham divides his time between the firm’s Abu Dhabi and London offices and “excels” in the financing of independent water and power projects as well as other infrastructure projects. He earns further recognition in the public procurement chapter for his work on PPP projects throughout the Middle East. In Singapore, Matthew Bubb earns “high praise” for his “practical advice” on major infrastructure projects. He is equally well regarded in the area of public private partnerships. Further recognition in the project finance chapter goes to Michel Lequien in Paris for his “sophisticated approach” to complex financings in the water and energy sectors, especially in emerging economies, and head of the firm’s Italian offices Franco Vigliano, who clients describe as “always a pleasure to work with”. John Clark joins colleagues in the public procurement chapter and is noted for his work with the Australian government on large competitive tendering and contracting projects including the outsourcing of the Defence Service home loans business. The firm recently advised Transport for London and Docklands Light Railway on the successful financial close for the £40 million Thames cable car project.
The life sciences chapter includes five Ashurst lawyers across the areas of IP, patents and transactional. The firm’s experience in the sector includes advising pharmaceutical companies such as STADA on the acquisition of Spirig Pharma’s generic business. Mark Lubbock in London is recognised in both the IP and transactional areas for his “significant experience” in the health-care sector. Grant Fisher in Melbourne has been practising in the field of IP for 20 years and represents clients in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and chemical fields in patent litigation. He achieves listings in both the life sciences: IP and patents chapters. Chairman of Ashurst Australia Mary Padbury is listed in the life sciences: IP and patents chapters and is considered a “great patent litigator”. Further recognition goes to Adrian Clark and Marie McDonald who both appear in the corporate governance and M&A chapters, as well as John Field for his listings in the aviation and banking chapters and Peter Chalk who is considered an “expert” in patents and trademarks.
Attracted to the firm by its strong industry expertise, Ashurst counts among its clients some of the world’s leading companies and financial institutions; its ability to provide practical and relevant legal advice ensures longstanding client relationships.
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