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UK London (Firms) Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket

This section covers advice provided to borrowers, sponsors and lenders. Chambers UK considers a broad array of banking work for its purposes, with areas looked at including acquisition finance, syndicated lending, leveraged finance, Islamic finance and refinancing issues. Outside of London, we will also consider Real Estate Finance Work (London has a dedicated Real Estate Finance table). In London, firms are ranked in Lower Mid-Market, Mid-Market or Big-Ticket tables for their work for Borrowers and Lenders (A deal with a value of up to £99 million will be considered lower mid-market, a deal with a value between £100 - £499 million will be considered mid-market and any deal £500 million or above will be considered big-ticket). We also rank firms for their work representing sponsors, as well as recognising individuals separately for their Fund Finance and Islamic Finance expertise.

Rankings overview for Lawyers

  1. Michael Bates
  2. Robert Lee
  3. Stephen Kensell

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Eminent Practitioners
  1. Michael Bates
    Clifford Chance LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Eminent Practitioners
  2. Robert Lee
    Clifford Chance LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Eminent Practitioners
  3. Stephen Kensell
    Latham & Watkins | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Eminent Practitioners
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Band 1
  1. 1
    Ian Barratt
    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 1 | 11 Years Ranked
    Ian Barratt continues to be regarded as one of the premier choices for sponsor-side representation. He is frequently instructed by leading private equity clients to advise on leveraged and acquisition finance matters and is well versed in cross-border transactions.
  2. 1
    Neel Sachdev
    Kirkland & Ellis International LLP
    Kirkland & Ellis International LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 1 | 17 Years Ranked
    Neel Sachdev co-heads the debt finance practice and remains a leading authority in the finance market, noted for his stellar representation of sponsor-side clients. He is regularly called upon to advise on multi-jurisdictional debt finance matters, in particular acquisition financings and take-privates.
  3. 1
    Stephen Lucas
    Kirkland & Ellis International LLP
    Kirkland & Ellis International LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 1 | 20 Years Ranked
    Co-head of debt finance Stephen Lucas maintains an excellent reputation for his expert representation of sponsors in structured and leveraged finance matters. He is regarded as a go-to for major private equity houses to advise on complex and cross-border matters.
  4. Suhrud Mehta
    1
    Suhrud Mehta
    Milbank LLP
    Milbank LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 1 | 16 Years Ranked
    Co-head of the firm's global leveraged finance practice Suhrud Mehta is regularly instructed on complex cross-border matters. He is a practitioner of choice for leading financial institutions on big-ticket transactions.
  5. Charles Cochrane
    Clifford Chance LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 1
  6. Denise Gibson
    Allen & Overy LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 1
  7. Dominic Newcomb
    Latham & Watkins | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 1
  8. Jayanthi Sadanandan
    Latham & Watkins | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 1
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Band 2
  1. Alex Mitchell
    2
    Alex Mitchell
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 2 | 15 Years Ranked
    Alex Mitchell is co-head of Freshfields' European leveraged finance group and regularly acts for investment fund and private equity clients. He is well positioned to act on complex multi-jurisdictional transactions.
  2. Christopher Kandel
    2
    Christopher Kandel
    Morrison Foerster
    Morrison Foerster | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 2 | 16 Years Ranked
    Christopher Kandel of Morrison Foerster is regarded as a go-to player in the London banking and finance market. His expertise includes complex and high-value cross-border leveraged and acquisition finance matters.
  3. Jonathan Brownson
    2
    Jonathan Brownson
    Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
    Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 2 | 11 Years Ranked
    Jonathan Brownson is held in high regard for his expertise in leveraged finance. He has a wealth of experience acting for both lenders and borrowers on domestic and international mandates.
  4. 2
    Nick Syson
    Linklaters | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 2 | 20 Years Ranked
    Nick Syson is renowned in the market for his wealth of experience assisting banks with large-cap financings. He is adroit at advising on leveraged finance and debt restructuring matters.
  5. Robin Harvey
    Allen & Overy LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 2
  6. Sam Hamilton
    Latham & Watkins | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 2
  7. Tom Richards
    Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 2
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Band 3
  1. 3
    Christopher Shield
    Kirkland & Ellis International LLP
    Kirkland & Ellis International LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 3 | 6 Years Ranked
    Christopher Shield is held in high regard for his leveraged finance expertise. He regularly acts for an impressive list of private equity clients on large-cap mandates such as public-to-privates and acquisition financings.
  2. Edward Fife
    3
    Edward Fife
    Slaughter and May
    Slaughter and May | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 3 | 11 Years Ranked
    Edward Fife regularly advises borrower clients on a broad array of financing matters including leveraged and infrastructure finance mandates. He also offers expertise in lender-side representation.
  3. 3
    Nicholas Benham
    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 3 | 12 Years Ranked
    Nicholas Benham of Davis Polk & Wardwell is adept at advising on leveraged and investment-grade acquisition financings. He is able to act for clients across the space from lenders to corporate borrowers.
  4. 3
    Philip Spittal
    Linklaters | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 3 | 17 Years Ranked
    Global co-head of banking Philip Spittal is experienced in advising on domestic and international matters for both borrower and lender clients. His practice spans syndicated lending, event-driven acquisitions and leveraged finance.
  5. 3
    Presley L Warner
    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 3 | 19 Years Ranked
    Presley Warner heads the European credit and leveraged finance practice at Sullivan & Cromwell. He is principally experienced in advising on cross-border matters, counting private equity firms, corporates and financial institutions among his clients.
  6. Emma Folds
    Clifford Chance LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 3
  7. Gareth Eagles
    White & Case LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 3
  8. Jim MacHale
    Clifford Chance LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 3
  9. Luke McDougall
    Paul Hastings (Europe) LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 3
  10. Mohamed Nurmohamed
    Paul Hastings (Europe) LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 3
  11. Nicola Wherity
    Clifford Chance LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 3
  12. Philip Bowden
    Allen & Overy LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 3
  13. Simon C Roberts
    Allen & Overy LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 3
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Band 4
  1. Clive Wells
    4
    Clive Wells
    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP
    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 4 | 17 Years Ranked
    Clive Wells has considerable experience acting for large corporates on investment-grade transactions. His practice involves advising on all manner of financings including leveraged, acquisition and structured finance.
  2. Korey Fevzi
    4
    Korey Fevzi
    Shearman & Sterling LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 4 | 5 Years Ranked
    Korey Fevzi draws praise for his capabilities in leveraged and acquisition financings. His clients include sponsors, funds, corporates and financial institutions, whom he advises on cross-border and domestic mandates.
  3. 4
    Oliver Sceales
    Linklaters | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 4 | 4 Years Ranked
    Oliver Sceales is co-head of the firm's financial sponsor leveraged finance practice. He is recognised for his skill in advising on sponsor-backed leveraged acquisition finance transactions.
  4. 4
    Stephen Short
    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 4 | 22 Years Ranked
    Co-head of the firm’s London fund finance practice, Stephen Short impresses with his expert knowledge of the space. His practice also includes domestic and international leveraged and acquisition finance, with notable expertise in an array of debt instruments.
  5. Chris McLaughlin
    Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 4
  6. David J Campbell
    Allen & Overy LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 4
  7. Jeremy Duffy
    White & Case LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 4
  8. Ross Anderson
    Paul Hastings (Europe) LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 4
  9. Taner Hassan
    Clifford Chance LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 4
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Band 5
  1. Christopher Davis
    5
    Christopher Davis
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 5 | 3 Years Ranked
    Christopher Davis is a capable adviser to both corporate and private equity clients on cross-border financings. He is noted for his expertise in leveraged and acquisition finance.
  2. 5
    Edward Aldred
    Linklaters | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 5 | 8 Years Ranked
    Edward Aldred is respected for his expertise in international finance matters. His particular areas of expertise include leveraged finance, bank/bond structures and loan products.
  3. Philip Snell
    5
    Philip Snell
    Slaughter and May
    Slaughter and May | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 5 | 15 Years Ranked
    "Philip is a trusted adviser, who provides excellent and balanced commercial advice, which helps navigate a transaction much quicker."
  4. 5
    Toby S G Grimstone
    Linklaters | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 5 | 11 Years Ranked
    Co-head of corporate and structured lending, Toby Grimstone is adept at advising on syndicated and secured bank financings. He is regularly instructed by bank and borrower clients and specialises in acquisition and general corporate financing matters.
  5. Annette Kurdian
    Allen & Overy LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 5
  6. David Robson
    Clifford Chance LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 5
  7. Fergus Wheeler
    White & Case LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 5
  8. Neil Caddy
    Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 5
  9. Paul Hibbert
    Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 5
  10. Peter Hayes
    Paul Hastings (Europe) LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 5
  11. Ross Pooley
    Latham & Watkins | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 5
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Band 6
  1. Alan J Davies
    6
    Alan J Davies
    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 6 | 5 Years Ranked
    Alan Davies acts for domestic and international clients on a range of transactions. His finance practice spans structured, acquisition and asset finance matters, in addition to fund financing.
  2. Alexandra Grant
    6
    Alexandra Grant
    Milbank LLP
    Milbank LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 6 | 6 Years Ranked
    Alexandra Grant is noted for her work on cross-border leveraged finance matters. She has particular expertise in infrastructure financing. Grant regularly acts on behalf of international investment and merchant banks.
  3. 6
    David Irvine
    Linklaters | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 6 | 2 Years Ranked
    David Irvine is co-head of the firm's leveraged finance practice. He is a go-to for sponsor-side clients, regularly assisting them on big-ticket acquisition financings. He also brings an excellent understanding of Asian markets, having had expertise practising in Hong Kong.
  4. Gary Hamp
    6
    Gary Hamp
    Shearman & Sterling LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 6 | 3 Years Ranked
    Gary Hamp has wide experience with both banks and investment funds on a range of credit facilities and acquisition financing. He is also able to support borrowers on loans.
  5. 6
    Kirsteen Nicol
    Kirkland & Ellis International LLP
    Kirkland & Ellis International LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 6 | 3 Years Ranked
    Kirsteen Nicol is a go-to practitioner in the London finance market and is noted in particular for her strength in large-cap financings. Her clients include a number of leading sponsors.
  6. Martin D Hutchings
    6
    Martin D Hutchings
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 6 | 15 Years Ranked
    Martin Hutchings is noted for his adept representation of both lender and borrower-side clients. He advises on everything from cross-border financings to corporate treasury matters.
  7. Matthew Tobin
    6
    Matthew Tobin
    Slaughter and May
    Slaughter and May | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 6 | 11 Years Ranked
    Matthew Tobin has particular experience advising on investment-grade financing and private equity finance matters. He is a trusted adviser to large corporates and demonstrates additional skill in real estate finance.
  8. 6
    Michael Steele
    Kirkland & Ellis International LLP
    Kirkland & Ellis International LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 6 | 8 Years Ranked
    Michael Steele has significant experience on a range of debt finance matters. He regularly acts for financial investors and private equity funds on complex cross-border mandates.
  9. 6
    Oliver Edwards
    Linklaters | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 6 | 8 Years Ranked
    Oliver Edwards is co-head of corporate and structured lending and specialises in margin lending matters. He is sought after by both banks and corporates to advise on cross-border transactions.
  10. Pete Coulton
    6
    Pete Coulton
    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP
    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 6 | 14 Years Ranked
    Pete Coulton is noted for his representation of private equity sponsors on big-ticket financings. He has experience of acquisition and leveraged finance matters and is also adept at advising on property finance.
  11. Philip Stopford
    6
    Philip Stopford
    Shearman & Sterling LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 6 | 3 Years Ranked
    Philip Stopford regularly assists domestic and international lenders on a range of acquisition and leveraged financings.
  12. Richard Kitchen
    6
    Richard Kitchen
    King & Spalding International LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 6 | 3 Years Ranked
    Richard Kitchen has significant experience advising both sponsor and lender-side clients. He is noted in particular for his strength in leveraged and acquisition financings, while offering additional expertise in direct lending.
  13. Robert Byk
    6
    Robert Byk
    Slaughter and May
    Slaughter and May | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 6 | 14 Years Ranked
    Robert Byk is adept at advising corporate borrowers and private equity funds on cross-border financings. He has a broad practice which spans structured acquisitions and bid financings, in addition to capital markets expertise.
  14. Sanjeev Dhuna
    6
    Sanjeev Dhuna
    Shearman & Sterling LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 6 | 6 Years Ranked
    Sanjeev Dhuna is recommended for his leveraged finance expertise. He acts for clients across the market, regularly advising both borrowers and lenders.
  15. Sarbajeet Nag
    6
    Sarbajeet Nag
    Milbank LLP
    Milbank LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 6 | 4 Years Ranked
    Sarbajeet Nag is highlighted for his expertise in acquisition finance. He regularly advises leading financial institutions and is also well positioned to act for sponsor clients.
  16. Colin Harley
    White & Case LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 6
  17. Daniel Maze
    Latham & Watkins | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 6
  18. Gregory T Brown
    Allen & Overy LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 6
  19. Martin Forbes
    White & Case LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 6
  20. Matt Moore
    Allen & Overy LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 6
  21. Melissa Samuel
    Allen & Overy LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 6
  22. Nicholas J S Clark
    Allen & Overy LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 6
  23. Peter Dahlen
    Clifford Chance LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 6
  24. Reena Gogna
    Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 6
  25. William L Nevin
    Herbert Smith Freehills | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Band 6
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Up and Coming
  1. Aled Batey
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    Aled Batey
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Up and Coming | 2 Years Ranked
    Aled Batey has a growing reputation for his representation of sponsor-side clients. He typically acts for his clients in acquisition financings.
  2. Caroline Phillips
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    Caroline Phillips
    Slaughter and May
    Slaughter and May | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Up and Coming | 1 Years Ranked
    Up-and-comer Caroline Phillips advises borrower-side clients on financing transactions across domestic and international markets.
  3. U
    Daniel Borg
    Kirkland & Ellis International LLP
    Kirkland & Ellis International LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Up and Coming | 2 Years Ranked
    Daniel Borg is commended for his representation of sponsor clients on high-value acquisition finance. He is experienced in advising on multi-jurisdictional transactions.
  4. Jim Ho
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    Jim Ho
    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Up and Coming | 1 Years Ranked
    "Jim Ho is very focused and enterprising. He is a dedicated attorney that has a firm grasp of the details and gives effective counsel. He is exactly the kind of lawyer you want on your side."
  5. Joydeep Choudhuri
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    Joydeep Choudhuri
    Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
    Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Up and Coming | 2 Years Ranked
    Joydeep Choudhuri is noted for his leveraged finance expertise which spans both domestic and European markets. He has particular experience in matters in the direct lending space.
  6. Prue Criddle
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    Prue Criddle
    Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
    Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Up and Coming | 1 Years Ranked
    Prue Criddle is a strong up-and-comer in the London market noted for her leveraged finance expertise.
  7. U
    Shameer Shah
    Shearman & Sterling LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Up and Coming | 2 Years Ranked
    Shameer Shah is recognised for his expertise advising on acquisition financings. He is well placed to act for a breadth of clients, including alternative credit providers.
  8. Darren Hanwell
    Allen & Overy LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Up and Coming
  9. Emma Foster
    White & Case LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Up and Coming
  10. Jane Glancy
    Allen & Overy LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Up and Coming
  11. Karan Chopra
    Paul Hastings (Europe) LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Up and Coming
  12. Neil Sinha
    Allen & Overy LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Up and Coming
Associates to watch
  1. Almas Daud
    Almas Daud
    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Associates to watch | 3 Years Ranked
    Almas Daud is an experienced associate noted for her ability to act for sponsors and borrowers. She is highlighted for her strength in cross-border financings.
  2. Jackson Lam
    Jackson Lam
    Shearman & Sterling LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Associates to watch | 4 Years Ranked
    Jackson Lam is noted for his representation of lender, borrower and sponsor clients. He has particular expertise in cross-border leveraged acquisition finance matters.
  3. Alon Blitz
    Paul Hastings (Europe) LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Associates to watch
  4. Dominique Crowley
    Allen & Overy LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Associates to watch
  5. Man Hay Yip
    White & Case LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Associates to watch
  6. Nick Cusack
    Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP | Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket
    UK 2023 | Associates to watch