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Macfarlanes LLP

International & Cross-Border Capabilities

Band 4UKGlobal 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Highly regarded independent firm with a longstanding presence in the London market. It offers valued cross-border capabilities when representing clients' in their outbound and overseas interests through its dedicated team of competition lawyers in Brussels and its strong reputation for collaborative working with a closely maintained network of independent counsel in foreign jurisdictions. The firm also frequently acts on inbound referrals, aiding international clients with the UK aspects of global transactions and international issues governed by UK law.

The firm performs highly on complex, cross-border commercial litigation, adeptly advising on multi-jurisdictional disputes arising out of the financial services, construction, energy and hospitality sectors. The team stands out for its effective coordination of international matters, as well as the close ties it maintains with independent practices in foreign jurisdictions.

Strengths

The firm's ability to coordinate cross-border proceedings is highlighted by a number of sources. One client advises: "They coordinate with foreign firms behind the scenes so that it works seamlessly from our perspective. They make sure they stress-test the advice of foreign counsel and don't just pass on information."Another impressed source adds: "They had to coordinate some multi-jurisdictional matters across many countries and cases in various courts. They are very fluent and agile in managing complex, interrelated matters. They understand certain cultural differences in legal systems."

"They are our go-to firm for sophisticated, cross-border litigation. They are excellent at crafting sophisticated settlements on large-scale cases," a source says.

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