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Watson Farley & Williams

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Chairman: Nigel Thomas
Managing Partners: Chris Lowe, Lothar Wegener Heads of Office: Athens: George Paleokrassas; Bangkok: Steven Burkill; Dubai: Andrew Baird; Frankfurt: Torsten Rosenboom; Hanoi: Linh Doan; Hamburg: Marcus Bechtel; Hong Kong: Madeline Leong; Italy: Eugenio Tranchino; London: Chris Lowe, Lothar Wegener; Madrid: María Pilar García Guijarro; Milan: Eugenio Tranchino; Munich: Dirk Janssen; New York: Daniel Rodgers; Paris: Romain Girtanner; Singapore: Mei Lin Goh
Number of partners: 172
Number of other fee-earners: 492
Total staff: 1067
Languages: Arabic, Armenian, Cantonese, English, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Malay, Mandarin, Norwegian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Spanish, Swedish, Thai

Firm Overview:
Watson Farley & Williams is a leading international law firm with a presence in major financial centres in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the USA. The firm has offices in Athens, Bangkok, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanoi, Hong Kong, London, Madrid, Milan, Munich, New York, Paris, Rome and Singapore.

Main Areas of Practice:
Watson Farley & Williams is a specialist law firm providing expertise in the sectors it knows best: principally energy and infrastructure, maritime, natural resources, real estate and transport (aviation and rail). In these areas, the firm provides intergrated expertise and commercially focused advice across a broad range of corporate, finance, dispute resolution, tax, as well as employment and regulatory matters.

Watson Farley & Williams’ aviation practice acts for banks, export credit agencies, arrangers, investors, manufacturers, operators, airlines and leasing companies on a wide variety of investments and transactions in aviation, rail and transport logistics. The multidisciplinary team provides comprehensive advice on finance and leasing, corporate and commercial matters, regulatory issues, tax and dispute resolution.

Energy & Infrastructure:
Watson Farley & Williams’ dedicated energy and infrastructure lawyers advise on domestic and cross-border financings, project development, M&A and disputes. The firm is a market leader in the renewable energy sector and has advised on almost every fuel category – from conventional power, including coal- and gasfired power plants, to renewables, such as onshore and offshore wind, solar, biomass, waste to energy – as well as delivering effective advice in the transmission, distribution and supply subsectors. The firm has more than 25 years of experience advising financial institutions, institutional investors, energy companies, developers, governments and contractors.

Watson Farley & Williams is a heavyweight in the maritime legal sector. The firm has been serving clients in the maritime industry for more than 30 years and has long been recognised as its preeminent legal advisor, with the largest dedicated maritime legal practice of any law firm in the world. The team operates across the 14 office WFW international network, which includes offices in the world’s major ship finance centres. The team offers integrated advice on all aspects of domestic and international transactions, including newbuilding and second-hand acquisitions, domestic and cross-border finance, structured financing, sale and leasebacks, credit enhancement structures, offshore matters, commercial contracts, sale and purchase, workouts, restructuring and insolvency. As the industry has looked for other sources of capital in challenging market conditions, the firm has used its considerable depth of experience to act on a growing number of financings backed by export credit agencies and private equity and also advises port and terminal developers, investors, operators and managers.

Mining & Commodities:
Watson Farley & Williams has more than 20 years of experience advising on exploration and production, financing, servicing and trading in natural resources, including mining and minerals, oil and gas and soft commodities. This includes M&A and investment structures and transactions, equity finance, project, structured and export finance, operational and trading contracts and disputes. The firm has long-standing relationships with a diverse range of clients throughout the supply chain and has significant experience in the sector’s investment hotspots, including Africa, Latin America and Asia.

Real Estate:
Watson Farley & Williams’ real estate practice acts for sovereign wealth funds, substantial family offices, investment banks, international financial institutions, developers, domestic and overseas occupiers, landlords, funds, investors and lenders on the investment, development, finance and construction of all real estate assets, including hotels and leisure assets. It deals with all aspects of complex commercial property matters and challenges associated with operating in the global market and on many cross-border transactions, and often works closely with the firm’s tax and corporate lawyers.