London is one of the leading centres of international trade and finance. It is a focal point for businesses entering the European market and for European and other enterprises launching strategic initiatives and investments elsewhere in the world. Furthermore, English law and jurisdiction are commonly chosen by parties to govern international commercial and financial transactions.
McDermott’s London office offers a broadly based service relevant to the City’s role as an international centre. The team plays a vital role for domestic clients’ legal needs—unlike most US law firms in London, virtually all of our lawyers are UK-qualified—as well as international companies with operations in the UK. Many of our clients’ businesses and interests are international in scope, and they rely on our ability to handle English law matters in foreign jurisdictions such as Africa, Asia and other international markets. Furthermore, we work as a coordinated team with our European offices on pan-European matters.
Our clients include public and privately owned companies, financial institutions, trading houses, funds and high-net-worth individuals and family offices. We provide counsel in numerous areas of law, including corporate/M&A, banking and finance, project finance, energy, private equity, labour and employment, tax and private client services. The growth of our office has been deliberate and measured, building on our core strengths and expanding to include key areas of legal counsel necessary to doing business in a competitive global market.
Our London-based lawyers and practices have been recognized repeatedly for the quality of our counsel and the level of service we provide. Legal directories and ratings agencies such as Chambers UK, The Legal 500 UK, IFLR1000 and Citywealth have praised us for providing “responsive and pragmatic advice” and “solutions that work for business,” combined with a “sensitivity to cost issues.”