Herbert Smith Freehills

Corporate/M&A Department

UK
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What the team is known for Herbert Smith Freehills’ London office hosts an internationally-orientated team that is recognised for coordinating seamlessly across the firm’s integrated network of offices. It has developed a respectable full-service offering with particular expertise in cross-border contentious work. It equally enjoys a stellar reputation for handling multi-jurisdictional work, acting as co-counsel on inbound work and handling outbound matters for its impressive international client base.

The firm's London M&A team has a robust reputation for covering the Asia-Pacific region and links well with the firm's strong presence and expertise in Australia. It also features strongly pan-European work, utilising an extensive network of full-service offices across the continent to support clients in core M&A matters and secondary topics. The London practice demonstrates full-service capabilities and deep industry knowledge in the fields of energy, natural resources and infrastructure and is highly proficient advising clients in investments into global projects, including in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.

Strengths Clients are quick to point out the firm’s cross-border abilities across an array of corporate transactions and geographic regions. In relation to the sale of a global business, involving various cross-border issues, a client describes the firm as "top quality and very responsive to feedback," also appreciating "highly intellectual lawyers and excellent project management skills."

One client, regarding describes the London office as "responsive, with very strong teams, deep resources, and cross-border capabilities."

For cross-border joint venture and acquisition mandates involving Asia, a client in the life sciences industry says: "They provide strong coverage across the field and provide good advice in cross-border as well, so you know you will get good advice from the Shanghai office."

Notable practitioners

Alan Montgomery is highly regarded by clients for his experience in cross-border merger and acquisition mandates. Based in London, he frequently represents clients on high-value deals in the Indian market.

James Palmer retains a commanding market position due to his experience handling top-flight work on significant corporate transactions. He serves as the firm's chair and senior partner.

Malcolm Lombers counts a number of household-name corporates among his list of clients, in addition to well-known investment banks and sovereign wealth funds. He displays expertise in public and private M&A and international partnership matters.

Stephen Wilkinson is held in high esteem by all parts of the market for his corporate practice, which routinely sees him leading high-profile M&A, joint ventures and demergers. Clients praise his "depth of knowledge and experience," and report: "He is extremely strategic and has seen it all."