Macfarlanes LLP

International & Cross-Border Capabilities Department

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What the team is known for Highly rated independent UK firm which operates well internationally by amplifying its cross-border reach through close working relationships with high-quality partner firms overseas. Whilst the firm has chosen to keep its resources centred in London, sources often note the international nature of its work and its reliable skills in co-ordinating outbound work for UK corporates with global businesses, or providing sound English law advice on inbound matters when acting as co-counsel.

Internationally, the firm is regarded as a specialised independent firm focusing on transactional work, with corporate M&A at the heart of its cross-border strengths. The team is seen as a particularly strong choice for mid-market transactions with multi-jurisdictional elements, with its cross-practice team advising private companies and private equity firms on corporate, financing, tax and investment fund-related issues. Whilst the firm is most visible in the international sphere for its corporate expertise, its litigation practice is also experienced in cross-border matters, with civil fraud matters being a particular area of activity.

Strengths Sources recognise the value of the firm's independent approach to international work, noting its "excellent best-friend relationships with overseas firms." One client says in executing this way of working, the team are "very very good co-ordinators of all of our corporate activities, they are good at pulling it all together."

Another client notes the firm's "international capabilities regarding fund set-up and structuring. The team is always looking to provide the best possible service and providing value for money."

Sources single out the firm for its work in the Russia and CIS region across a range of practice areas, noting: "They've got very wide-ranging experience and a very good overview of the international aspects, particularly in the former Soviet Union, where they’re very strong."