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What the team is known for Offers an exceptional platform for transatlantic corporate deals, with recognised strength in cross-border M&A and US inbound work. Also demonstrates considerable strength in domestic and pan-European matters. Impressive bench covers numerous sectors including pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, insurance and financial services. Client base is composed of a number of household-name corporations and financial sponsors.

Strengths"The service is what sets them apart," one source highlights, adding: "They're responsive and user-friendly, and the results are excellent."

A client comments: "They're super practical, sophisticated and commercial. I go to them for answers to problems that other firms can't answer."

Another commentator notes: "They're great lawyers who provide an excellent service. They're very commercially driven and always reactive and available."

Work highlights Advised CME Group on its acquisition of NEX Group for GBP4.3 billion.

Notable practitioners

George Knighton
impresses commentators with his excellent knowledge of public and private M&A and corporate restructuring issues. Clients appreciate that "he always gets the job done and is fun to work with."

Lorenzo Corte
co-heads the London corporate group, and specialises in international M&A and joint ventures, particularly those that are transatlantic in nature. Sources say: "He's very responsive and a great lawyer, and his work product is excellent."

Scott Hopkins
heads the firm's UK public M&A practice and brings to bear great depth of experience in significant corporate transactions. Interviewees say: "Scott provides high-quality advice on complex issues and takes an international perspective."

Scott Simpson
is a foremost corporate lawyer whom impressed clients describe as being "a very strategic thinker and really strong negotiator with great skills in communication." He co-heads the firm's global transactions practice and has an impressive track record acting on landmark international M&A deals.