Chief Executive: Nick Davis
Number of partners: 32
Number of fee-earners: 95
Total Staff: 139
Banking & Finance: Matthew Lindsay
CMT: Tim Sewart
Corporate: Michael Dawes
Dispute Resolution: Mark Whelan
Employment: Merrill April
Financial Services: Andrew Titmas
Natural Resources: Nick Davis
Real Estate: Alastair Moss, Daniel Abrahams
Tax: Alex Barnes
Wealth Structuring: Hed Amitai
THE FIRM Memery Crystal is an international law firm, based in London. It is commercially aware, entrepreneurial in spirit, international in outlook and pragmatic in approach. The firm has a strong international focus, with considerable cross-border transactional and dispute resolution experience and a strong relationship with other independent law firms around the world. The firm is a recognised leader in a number of sectors, including natural resources, real estate, commercial, media and technology, banking and finance and retail and leisure.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK
Banking & Finance:
The banking and finance team has leading experts across the fields of finance and real estate. It acts for some of the most active challenger banks and acquisitive investors and developers nationally and internationally. The team handles a variety of debt finance transactions for both borrowers and lenders, often involving cross border security structures. Expertise covers acquisition finance, convertible debt, general corporate lending, retail corporate bonds and property finance.
The corporate team advise on all aspects of equity capital markets, M&A, debt and private equity for UK and international companies, institutions, investors and entrepreneurs. The team is acknowledged market leaders in advising on IPOs and secondary fundraisings, with a strong reputation for advising on AIM, Main Market and dual listings. The team advises on all aspects of public and private mergers, acquisitions and disposals with a strong expertise in handling international M&A transactions.
Commercial, Media & Technology (CMT):
The CMT team handles the full range of commercial contracts, with particular expertise in technology contracts (including outsourcing), market channel arrangements (sales, distribution, franchising), and the enforcement and exploitation of intellectual property rights. Advisory strengths include contract drafting and negotiation, IP protection and infringement, data protection and privacy, and the law relating to gambling. Sector specialisms FinTech, health-tech, gambling and gaming, software licensing, digital media, and industrial manufacture and energy. Clients range from entrepreneurial SMEs through to global corporates.
The team handles substantial and complex multi-jurisdictional commercial disputes. It has sector expertise in financial services, insolvency, fraud, natural resources and international trade. The team has a market leading reputation and have been involved in some of the most significant disputes in recent years. The team is currently acting for a financial services client on an appeal to the Supreme Court which will be heard in 2019 [court of appeal reference]. The appeal will clarify the law in relation to reflective loss and economic torts.
The team acts for a number of fully and AIM listed companies providing for all their employment law needs and facilitating advice on share incentives, pensions and immigration. The team is also recognised for its excellent work for board directors and senior employees across a number of sectors including financial services and insurance, natural resources and asset management. The team’s expertise covers contentious and non-contentious matters; including contract and policy drafting, discrimination issues (including on equal pay and diversity, gender pay gap and the lawful exercise of discretion); managing discipline and performance; redundancy and restructurings, including at board level. The team represent clients in the High Court and the employment tribunal offering a highly tailored service and regularly obtains better than average results.
The team is a full-service real estate practice with a reputation for providing clients with clear and practical advice. The close-knit and highly efficient team are known for their expertise in handling all aspects of property investment, financing, development, landlord and tenant, construction, planning and all manner of disputes in the commercial and residential space. Clients include overseas companies and investors actively involved in the UK market as well as major developers, retailers, financial institutions and property owners. The team work extensively with other specialists in the firm in related practice areas such as corporate, banking and finance, tax and wealth structuring.
The team advises on a wide range of real estate and corporate matters in both domestic and cross border transactions. The team has significant experience of advising occupiers, investors and developers on a variety of taxes and regularly provides advice to corporate clients and entrepreneurs on restructuring, demergers, joint ventures and tax efficient investments and exits. The team also has significant expertise in respect of advising on, and the design and implementation of, share options and incentives.
The team acts for high net worth individuals, their families, businesses and trustees in the structuring of personal and business interests held both in and outside of the UK. It handles a range of both tax and succession planning focused instructions in what are increasingly transactional driven circumstances. E xpertise includes acquisition, structuring and investment into UK real estate, both residential and commercial.