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Locke Lord LLP

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Managing Partner: David Grant
Number of partners (UK): 15
Other fee-earners: 10 associates, 5 counsel, 1 consultants

Contacts:
Asset Finance, Leasing & Consumer Finance: Kevin Heath
Banking Litigation: Kevin Heath
Capital Markets: James Channo
Cards & Payments: Siobhan Moore
Commercial: Andrew Shindler
Corporate/M&A: James Channo
Dispute Resolution: David Herbert
Employment: Nicholas Dent
Energy: Kevin Atkins
Financial Services: Sean Page
Intellectual Property: John Olsen
Investment Funds: Sean Donovan-Smith
Real Estate: Ben Henry
Restructuring & Insolvency: David Grant

THE FIRMLocke Lord is a full-service law firm that has earned a solid reputation for complex litigation, regulatory and transactional work on behalf of clients in important and growing industry sectors around the world. The firm has a history that spans more than 130 years and is a worldwide leader in the middle market sector. Locke Lord focuses on providing the highest levels of commitment, quality and service to clients across its five Key Sectors: energy and infrastructure; finance and financial services; insurance and reinsurance; pharmaceutical; and private equity.

The firm’s London office is the gateway for international work across Europe, and its Brussels office was established to meet client needs on a variety of EU and US legal matters. As an integral part of the firm’s global platform, its lawyers in Europe collaborate daily with the network of colleagues across all of its offices. The firm’s proactive, barrier-free collaboration offers the resources to provide outstanding service to clients across Europe and beyond.

Principal Areas of Work
Asset Finance, Consumer Finance and Leasing:
Locke Lord advises financial services companies, including banks, mortgage companies, lenders, loan servicers, credit card issuers, asset finance and leasing companies and retail credit providers on contentious and non-contentious issues.

Aviation:
Locke Lord covers a range of issues affecting the industry, including corporate financing, litigation, leasing arrangements and commercial and regulatory matters.

Banking and Finance:
Locke Lord has long-standing experience in representing financial institutions in transactional and regulatory matters. The firm represents organisations in financing, regulatory, structuring and corporate matters and handle all borrowing requirements.

Capital Markets:
Locke Lord advises companies, boards of directors, nominated advisers, brokers, sponsors and underwriters on a range of transactions and cross-border deals. The team is experienced in main market and AIM market transactions on the London Stock Exchange, including premium and standard listings, secondary equity fundraisings, pre-IPO fundraisings, M&A transactions, corporate governance advice, ongoing regulatory requirements and shareholder disputes.

Cards and Payments:
Locke Lord leads clients through the financial and regulatory maze with clear and consistent advice, whether they are new to payment services issues, seeking regulatory advice or want to expand internationally.

Commercial:
Locke Lord supports clients in managing existing commercial relationships, forming alliances and expanding into new markets. The firm is experienced in outsourcing, franchising, licensing and multi-channel strategies, privacy and data protection, IT and communications.

Corporate and M&A:
Locke Lord advises on acquisitions and disposals of companies and businesses, private equity investments, MBOs/MBIs, joint ventures and shareholder agreements as well as general commercial contracts. The firm advises clients on corporate dispute resolution, corporate finance, corporate structures and strategies, director responsibilities and corporate governance, investment funds, strategic alliances, fundraising, listing and securities.

Data Centers:
 Locke Lord supports a range of clients, including multi-national telecommunications corporations, international insurance companies, investors, global banks and some of the world’s largest data center operators.

Dispute Resolution:
Locke Lord’s lawyers have extensive experience acting on behalf of domestic and international clients surrounding general commercial and banking litigation, arbitration and IP needs across many sectors, including energy, construction, corporate, insolvency, insurance and real estate.

Employment:
Locke Lord advises employers on all UK employment issues, contentious and non-contentious, focusing on provision of clear, pragmatic advice allowing employers to achieve commercial objectives whilst mitigating employment law risk.

Energy:
Locke Lord has considerable experience advising clients on mining, oil and gas, renewable and utilityrelated transactions in international jurisdictions, such as Africa, Latin America, Australia, Asia and the United States. The firm’s clients range from government bodies and agencies to issuers and corporate finance houses.

Financial Services:
Locke Lord advises clients to achieve strategic and commercial goals, while managing regulatory and legal risk. The firm focuses on key issues for banks, mutual and building societies, asset managers, stock exchanges and insurers, and provide tailored support for brokerage houses, hedge funds and global investment bodies.

Insurance:
For a century, Locke Lord has supported insurers and reinsurers in the London and European global insurance centers in regulatory compliance, strategic transactions, policy wording, claims analysis, contested claims disputes, litigation and arbitration.

Intellectual Property:
Locke Lord has a multifaceted proficiency in establishing, managing, asserting and defending intellectual property, handling all aspects of patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and related antitrust issues.

Real Estate:
The firm’s team offers a range of services, including acquisitions and disposals, pre-let building agreements, commercial lettings, and sale/leaseback and asset management.

Restructuring & Insolvency:
Locke Lord’s is experienced in cross-border restructurings, including Chapter 11 reorganisations, UK Schemes and Administrations, pre-packaged sales, debt for equity swaps and all aspects of insolvency and other litigation and arbitration.