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Watson Farley & Williams

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Chairman: Nigel Thomas
Managing Partners: Chris Lowe, Lothar Wegener
Heads of Office: London: Chris Lowe, Lothar Wegener; New York: Daniel Rodgers; Paris: Romain Girtanner; Hamburg: Marcus Bechtel; Munich: Dirk Janssen; Frankfurt: Torsten Rosenboom; Rome: Eugenio Tranchino; Milan: Eugenio Tranchino; Madrid: María Pilar García Guijarro; Athens: George Paleokrassas; Dubai: Andrew Baird; Singapore: Mei Lin Goh; Bangkok: Steven Burkill; Hong Kong: Madeline Leong
Number of partners 150
Number of other fee-earners 427
Total staff: 939
Languages: Afrikaans, Arabic, Cantonese, Danish, English, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Malay, Mandarin, Norwegian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tamil, Thai

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

Main Areas of Practice:
Watson Farley & Williams offers clients services of the highest quality by providing expertise in the sectors it knows best: principally energy and infrastructure, maritime, natural resources, real estate and transport. In these areas, the firm makes use of its specialist skills and experience to provide effective, commercially focused advice across a broad range of corporate, finance, dispute resolution and tax matters, as well as employment and regulatory issues.

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 & 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 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. It is renowned for its innovative use of financing on energy projects.

Maritime:
Watson Farley & Williams has been serving clients in the maritime sector for more than 30 years. The firm has long been recognized as the pre-eminent legal advisor in the industry with the largest dedicated maritime legal practices of any law firm. The team operates across 14 offices globally and offers integrated advice on all aspects of domestic and international maritime transactions, including newbuilding and second-hand acquisitions, domestic and cross-border finance, structured financing, 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 advise on a growing number of financings backed by export credit agencies and private equity. The firm also advises on port and terminal infrastructure, acting for lenders, investors, ship owners and managers.

Natural Resources:
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.