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Watson Farley & Williams

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Watson Farley & Williams is an international law firm with 17 offices worldwide and a focus on energy, real estate and transport. Our 550+ lawyers work as integrated teams to provide practical, commercially focussed advice to clients around the world.
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Firm profile for UK 2022

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Global 2021 USA 2021 Europe 2021 Asia-Pacific 2022 Greater China Region 2022 High Net Worth 2021

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Chairman: Nigel Thomas

Managing Partner: Chris Lowe, Lothar Wegener

Number of partners: 170+

Number of other fee-earners: 550+

Total Staff: 1090+

Contacts:

Energy: Malte Jordan, Henry Stewart

Maritime: Lindsey Keeble, George Paleokrassas

Mining & Commodities: Jan Mellmann

Real Estate: Felicity Jones

Aviation: Jim Bell, Charles Viggers


The Firm

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.


Principal areas of work

Watson Farley & Williams is a specialist law firm providing expertise in the sectors it knows best: principally energy, maritime, mining and commodities, real estate, aviation and rail. In these areas, the firm provides integrated 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. 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 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 plant, 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 and Commodities

Watson Farley & Williams has more than 20 years of experience advising on exploration and production, financing, servicing and trading in minerals and commodities, including 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.

UK

This firm is also ranked in:

Global 2021 USA 2021 Europe 2021 Asia-Pacific 2022 Greater China Region 2022 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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London (Firms)

Construction: Contentious
Band 5
Construction: Non-contentious
Band 5
Corporate/M&A: Lower Mid-Market
Band 2
UK-wide

Asset Finance: Aviation Finance
Band 3
Asset Finance: Shipping Finance
Band 1
Capital Markets: AIM
Band 4

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Construction: Contentious


Rebecca Williams
Band 4

Construction: Non-contentious


Emmanuel Ninos
Up and Coming
Martin Lucas
Band 6

Environment


Valentina Keys
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UK-wide

Asset Finance: Aviation Finance


Asset Finance: Shipping Finance


David Osborne
Band 3

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Top Ranked Lawyers

Eminent Practitioners
Nigel ThomasAsset Finance: Shipping Finance
Band 2
Lindsey KeebleAsset Finance: Shipping Finance
Henry StewartEnergy & Natural Resources: Renewables & Alternative Energy
Felicity JonesHotels & Leisure
Band 3
Jim BellAsset Finance: Aviation Finance
David OsborneAsset Finance: Shipping Finance
Jan MellmannCapital Markets: AIM
Band 4
Rebecca WilliamsConstruction: Contentious
Daisy EastEnergy & Natural Resources: Renewables & Alternative Energy
Band 5
Band 6
Martin LucasConstruction: Non-contentious
Robert PlattShipping
Up and Coming
Emmanuel NinosConstruction: Non-contentious

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