Travers Smith LLP

International & Cross-Border Capabilities Department

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What the team is known for A stand-out independent firm which is recognised for its impressive domestic strength as well as its capacity to act as a good-quality, effective international counsel in conjunction with relationship firms around the globe. The firm's base in London offers a broad scope of services; however, it is the corporate practice which is most visible internationally, with a mixture of high-end and mid-market M&A and private equity buyouts being the foundation of its cross-border work.

The geographic range of the firm's advice is also very broad, despite its entrenched position in the London market. The practice is frequently noted for its work on US/UK M&A transactions, carried out using the firm's strong relationships with several leading white-shoe US firms in New York. Its other main work-stream involves cross-border European transactions across numerous jurisdictions, and the firm has a Paris office which specifically caters for French and international clients in need of English law advice.

Strengths The firm's skill in co-ordinating work globally as an independent firm is highlighted by this source: "They help to co-ordinate things on a global basis, when appropriate using their international network, so they help to ensure that everything is consistent. They help to ensure smooth operations and seamless interactions with local counsel." Another interviewee adds that the firm is pivotal in making sure everyone "speaks with one voice" in representing clients.

One client says the firm does "such a good job. We had a crazy deal that went through in a month and was really condensed, but they jumped on a plane and took command of the situation."

The firm's general quality remains a key attraction to clients: "This team is notable for its overall excellence. It is very deep and has an uncommon culture of responsiveness. They are well co-ordinated and effective in achieving the objective."