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.”
Constellation Hotels Holding Ltd SCA in its acquisition of 64 per cent of the share capital of Coroin Limited from the Barclay Brothers for luxury landmark London hotels Claridge’s, the Connaught and the Berkeley
Stonehage on its merger with Fleming Family & Partners to form Stonehage Fleming Family and Partners
Universal Health Services on the $335 million acquisition of UK mental health facilities operator, Cygnet Health Care
Olam International Limited, a global integrated supply chain manager and processor of agricultural products and food ingredients, with all of their recent M&A and Africa-related activities, including the $275 million acquisition of the wheat milling and pasta manufacturing assets of the BUA Group in Nigeria, and the $1.3 billion acquisition to Archer Daniels Midland’s global cocoa division
Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, a US private equity fund, on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of C.J. Fallon, one of Ireland’s longest-established educational publishers
Leo Capital 1 LLP (owned by Vespa Capital) on their minority interest in Catalis SE, a Dutch company, from Navigator Solutions SE
Great Point Partners, a US-based private equity fund, on its leveraged buyout of Softbox Systems Ltd