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Firm profile for Europe 2021

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About

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Chairman: Nigel Thomas

Managing Partners: Chris Lowe, Lothar Wegener

Number of partners: 170+

Number of other fee-earners: 550+

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 and the USA. The firm has offices in Athens, Bangkok, Dubai, Dusseldorf, 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: 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.

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 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-gas-fired power, 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 preeminent legal advisor, with the largest dedicated maritime legal practice of any law firm in the world. The team operates across the 17 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.

Europe

This firm is also ranked in:

Global 2021 USA 2021 UK 2021 Asia-Pacific 2021 High Net Worth 2021

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

Ranked Departments

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Projects & Energy
Band 4
France

Projects & Energy: Domestic
Band 3
Public Law: Public Contracts
Band 4
Transportation: Aviation: Finance
Band 2
Transportation: Shipping: Finance
Band 1
Germany

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Ranked Lawyers

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France

Projects & Energy: Domestic


Laurent Battoue
Band 3

Public Law: Public Contracts


Arnaud Troizier
Up and Coming

Transportation: Shipping: Finance


Alexia Russell
Band 3
Laurence Martinez-Bellet
Band 2
Germany

Energy: Transactional


Malte Jordan
Band 1
Thomas Hollenhorst
Band 4

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Top Ranked Lawyers

Eminent Practitioners
George PaleokrassasShipping: Finance (International Firms)
Band 1
Malte JordanEnergy: Transactional
Rodrigo BerasateguiProject Finance
Antonis LagadianosShipping (International Firms)
Alfredo CabellosShipping: Finance
Furio SamelaShipping: Finance
Band 2
María Pilar García GuijarroEnergy & Natural Resources
Alexandros DamianidisShipping: Finance (International Firms)
Clemens C HillmerTransportation: Shipping: Finance
Laurence Martinez-BelletTransportation: Shipping: Finance
Band 3
Nikolaos KostikasBanking & Finance
David DiezEnergy & Natural Resources
Eugenio TranchinoEnergy & Natural Resources
Laurent BattoueProjects & Energy: Domestic
Evangelos CatsambasShipping (International Firms)
George IatridisShipping (International Firms)

Ranked Offices

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Head Office

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Head Office

15 Appold Street

London

Greater London

UK

EC2A 2HB

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