Co-Executive Chairmen: Jeffrey Kessler, Dan Webb
Chairman: Tom Fitzgerald
Vice Chairman: Michael Elkin
London Managing Partner: Peter Crowther
Corporate & Finance: Zoë Ashcroft
Project Finance: James Simpson
Aviation Finance: Mark Moody
Litigation: Michael Madden
International Arbitration: Ricardo Ugarte, Michael Stepek
Antitrust/Competition: Peter Crowther
THE FIRM Winston & Strawn LLP is an international law firm with nearly 1,000 lawyers among 16 offices across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the US. Winston’s London office focuses on corporate (including cross-border M&A, private equity, and venture capital), finance (including projects, aviation, and asset finance), dispute resolution (including litigation, international arbitration, and contentious regulatory), and antitrust/competition matters.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK
Winston’s corporate practice provides securities and cross-border M&A services to multinational companies and investment banks. The firm’s award-winning M&A team is adept in advising on transactions for initial public offerings and listed companies, including reverse takeovers. The firm’s private equity work encompasses capital-raising, investment and divestiture, and operational activities. Winston advises public and private companies, leading financial institutions, private equity and investment funds, funding sources, investors, and emerging companies on a broad range of high-profile cross-border transactions. Key clients include: Argand Partners, Beam Suntory, Brooks Brothers, Motorola Solutions, Inc., and Yioula Glassworks S.A.
The firm’s lawyers in the financial services practice assist clients in bank regulatory and compliance, investment management, private funds, broker-dealer, and futures/exchange matters. The finance team provides a wide range of legal services to public and private companies, leading financial institutions, multilateral and development finance institutions, investment funds, alternative funding sources, investors, and emerging companies. It also links to the firm’s project finance and aviation finance practice (see below). Key clients include: Barings Finance, BMO Harris Bank, Cathay United Bank, Deutsche Bank, EBRD, International Finance Corporation, and United Trust Bank.
Winston advises public and private lenders, tax equity investors, project sponsors and developers, host governments, offtakers, and other project counterparties, as well as participants on a broad range of non-recourse and limited recourse financings. With broad country and industry experience, the team has structured, negotiated, and closed complex award-winning first-of-their-kind global projects and related financings across a wide range of sectors and jurisdictions. Key clients include: Abu Dhabi Water and Electric Authority, Electrogas Malta, and Seplat Petroleum Development Company.
The firm’s aviation team is a leader in the field of structuring, negotiating, and closing both simple and complex commercial transactions involving all types of aircraft, aircraft engines, spare parts, and aviation-related assets. The team has the depth of experience to handle any type of financing of such assets and represents buyers and sellers in the acquisition of both individual aircraft assets, and large and small portfolios. Key clients include: AerCap, Aviation Capital Group, BNP Paribas, Citibank, Deutsche Bank, European Credit Agencies, Finnair, and Natixis.
Winston is a dispute resolution powerhouse, routinely handling some of the most critical disputes faced by companies, governments, and individuals. The London litigation team focuses on complex commercial litigation, contentious regulatory and investigations, arbitration, and mediation in a variety of practice areas. These include fraud and white collar crime, commercial, securities, trade and insolvency matters, as well as regulatory investigations and disciplinary proceedings. Winston’s lawyers have been involved in some of the most innovative litigation before the English Courts across the commercial spectrum. Cases have ranged from injunctions to protect confidential information, to innovative litigation to protect
brands, complex tax litigation, real estate litigation, and accounting disputes. Key clients include: Berkeley Homes, Telereal, Sberbank, and Shebah Exploration and Production Company.
The firm’s London office routinely handles critical international disputes that are often on the cutting edge of new developments. Winston has a wealth of experience acting for a diverse mix of European, North and South American, Middle Eastern, and Asian sovereign states and investors. Winston acts for a broad range of companies, governments, and individuals, representing them on some of the largest and most complex multi-jurisdictional disputes in the world. The firm also excels in mid-sized, commercial arbitration and a variety of mediation proceedings, in addition to court actions enforcing or challenging arbitral awards. Key clients include: Cengiz-İçtaş-Belen Joint Venture, Dominion Minerals Corp., the Republic of Ecuador, Rolling Vista Ventures Limited, and Professional Football Club CSKA-Sofia JSC.
Winston’s experienced antitrust/competition team has a distinguished reputation for successfully advising high-profile clients on the full range of competition, cartel defence, trade and sanctions, and regulatory matters. The team regularly assists companies, industry associations, and governments in navigating applicable laws and regulations to achieve their strategic business goals — often via the development of creative strategies. Winston’s competition lawyers also represent clients on a variety of high-stakes competition matters before the European Commission, EU Member State authorities, and the European community courts. Key clients include: Apollo Syndicate Management, Hitachi Metals Limited, InterChem, Liberty Specialty Markets, Sberbank, Silgan Holdings, Inc., and XL Catlin.