Watson Farley & Williams

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Chairman: Nigel Thomas

Managing Partners: Chris Lowe, Lothar Wegener, Thorsten Volz

Number of partners: 170+

Number of other fee-earners: 550+

Total Staff: 1067

Languages: Armenian, Cantonese, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Mandarin, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese


Firm Overview

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


Main Areas of Practice

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


Aviation

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. The multi-disciplinary team provides comprehensive advice on finance and leasing, corporate and commercial matters, regulatory issues, tax and dispute resolution.


Energy

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-gas-fired 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.


Maritime

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 pre-eminent 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.

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This firm is also ranked in:

USA 2021 UK 2021 Europe 2021 Asia-Pacific 2021 High Net Worth 2020

Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

Total 61 Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

Press Release

WFW Secures Important Agency Disputes Win for BCP

Authors: Ratthakarn Boonnua, Rachapol Sirikulchit, Molthida Songcharoen

Press Release

WFW advises Storengy on acquisition of geoENERGIE Konzept

Authors: Torsten Rosenboom, Maximilian Boemke, Christine Bader, Andreas Wiegreffe, Verena Scheibe, Sebastian Baum, Gonzalo Aranzabal, Matthais Murr, Nora Fleischhauer, Verena Weider

Press Release

WFW advises on industry-changing AWG carbon calculator

Authors: Jim Bell, Patrick Moore, Alex Clark

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Jackson Chow
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William Ho
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Christoforos Bisbikos
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Madeline Leong
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Daniel Rodgers
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George PaleokrassasShipping: Finance (International Firms)
Band 1
Rodrigo BerasateguiProject Finance
Antonis LagadianosShipping (International Firms)
Mei Lin GohShipping: Finance
Nigel ThomasShipping: Finance
Andrew BairdShipping: Finance & Non-Contentious
Madeline LeongShipping: Finance (International Firms)
Mei Lin GohShipping: International: Finance
Band 2
María Pilar García GuijarroEnergy & Natural Resources
Daniel RodgersShipping: Finance
Lindsey KeebleShipping: Finance
Madeline LeongShipping: Finance
Michael SavvaShipping: Finance & Non-Contentious
Alexandros DamianidisShipping: Finance (International Firms)
Christoforos BisbikosShipping: Finance (International Firms)
Andrew NimmoShipping: International: Finance
Simon PetchShipping: International: Finance
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Nikolaos KostikasBanking & Finance

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15 Appold Street

London

Greater London

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