Chairman: Ira Coleman
Managing Partner (London): Hamid Yunis
Number of UK partners: 26
Number of other UK fee-earners: 41
Global Offices: The firm also has offices in Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Cologne, Dallas, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Milan, Munich, New York, Orange County, Paris, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Washington, D.C., Wilmington.
Strategic Alliance: The firm has a strategic alliance with MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai.
Corporate & Transactional: Nicholas Azis
Dispute Resolution & International Arbitration: Andrew Savage
Employment: Katie Clark, Paul McGrath
Healthcare: Sharon Lamb, Hamid Yunis
Private Equity: Piero Carbone
Private Wealth: Simon Goldring
Private Wealth Disputes: Nick Holland, Ziva Robertson
Privacy & Cybersecurity: Ashley Winton
Real Estate: Tom Calnan, Laurence Rogers, Neville Wright
Structured Finance and Capital Markets: Rachel Kelly
Tax: James Ross
THE FIRM McDermott Will & Emery partners with leaders around the world to fuel missions, knock down barriers and shape markets. With more than 20 locations on three continents, the team works seamlessly across practices, industries and geographies to deliver highly effective — and often unexpected — solutions that propel success. More than 1,100 lawyers strong, the firm brings personal passion and legal prowess to bear in every matter for its clients and the people they serve.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK
Corporate & Transactional: The firm’s seasoned lawyers represent the full spectrum of corporate interests around the world, from global corporations to family-owned businesses to privately held companies. The firm’s lawyers thrive on solving the most complex business problems facing their clients today and mapping out strategies to drive clients’ success tomorrow. Broad capabilities include seamless transactional services, such as negotiating cross-border acquisitions or outsourcing deals, representing issuers in public offerings, securing preferred financial credit arrangements for borrowers or navigating a business restructuring. Of particular note is the firm’s geographical reach; international clients regularly turn to the London team to advise on transactions across Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, the team is renowned for the ability to effectively manage transactions on a global scale.
Dispute Resolution & International Arbitration: The firm’s lawyers focus on commercial and finance disputes and international arbitration, offering a wealth of experience across all sectors and industries, including finance, insolvency, energy, insurance (for policy holders), fraud, commodities, shipping, construction, IT and art theft.
Employment: The firm’s lawyers help clients attract and retain workers at every level, enter and exit markets as business conditions warrant, develop and implement effective employment policies, identify and protect trade secrets and other confidential information, and negotiate and enforce employment contracts. The firm advises clients on the full range of UK and EU employment issues, including wrongful and unfair dismissal, executive severance, confidentiality and restrictive covenants, employee fraud, discrimination, union recognition, TUPE, pensions and employment, employee benefits and data protection aspects of acquisitions.
Healthcare & Life Sciences: McDermott’s team provides unparalleled legal acumen rooted in decades of experience and forward growth powered by unconventional thinking. The firm partners with clients on the full range of healthcare-related issues, helping to navigate the issues that matter when it comes to achieving missions and solidifying positions in the market. Leveraging on the firm’s market leading reputation in healthcare, lawyers in the UK practice advise on M&A, investments, and corporate finance, and have substantial experience in innovative structures for complex joint-ventures, public-private partnerships and funding arrangements across EMEA. The team also provides comprehensive healthcare regulatory advice, counselling a number of entities in relation to engagements with the NHS, including the provision of operational services, digital health and data privacy, medtech and life sciences matters.
Private Equity: McDermott’s team delivers strategic advice on private equity transactions at all stages of the investment life cycle, including control, non-control and minority investments, public-to-private transactions, buyouts and recapitalisations, mergers and acquisitions, growth capital investments and buy-and-build strategies, acquisition finance/refinance, and on all manner of exit strategies. We represent clients across a wide range of different industries and jurisdictions, providing market leading international deal structuring advice.
Private Client & Wealth Management: From the global to the personal, the firm brings its full-service network to bear in helping closely held business owners and high-net-worth individuals effectively structure their assets, meet their wealth transfer and planning goals, and make their mark philanthropically. As clients make the critical decisions that shape their personal, business, tax, civic and charitable concerns around the world, McDermott will be at their side with creative, customized solutions. The firm advises clients across the globe on all aspects of cross-border wealth management, trust and estate planning, and wealth transfer issues, with particular experience in UK, US and South African legal, tax and compliance matters.
Privacy & Cybersecurity: The firm’s highly-skilled data protection lawyers have experience advising clients around the world on comprehensive data protection compliance programs, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) preparedness, the law of the individual EU Member States, international data transfers, as well as data and cybersecurity. The team assists clients in handling global data breaches, including compliance with data breach notification requirements, response to government investigations and litigation in various countries. The team enables clients to efficiently achieve and maintain compliance with respect to the most challenging privacy requirements.
Real Estate: The firm’s real estate team provides a comprehensive, high quality service for clients’ real estate acquisition, operation, leasing, financing and development needs. The team covers the full range of real estate mandates, from the structuring of large, complex acquisitions through to development and ultimate disposition. Advises a diverse group of clients, including developers, lenders, operators, private owners and real estate investment trusts (REITs), as well as leisure, retail, hospitality and themed-entertainment clients on all of their commercial matters. Backed by the world’s leading health care practice, the team also has extensive experience handling real estate matters for companies in the health industry.
Tax: The firm provides multi-disciplinary service on all UK and international tax issues concerning corporate and commercial business matters, including mergers, acquisitions, spinoffs, flotations, corporate structuring, asset and structured finance, treasury management, cross-border transactions, transfer pricing and mediation.