According to the results of the study of the TOP-25 UK law firms, it was established that during 2018 the companies were engaged in the following practices (areas): M&A, Tax law, Banking and financial law, Capital markets, Wealth management, Real Estate, Labor, pension, insurance law, IP (intellectual property) and Technology, Infrastructure, Litigation, GR, Pro Bono, Antitrust, Restructuring, bankruptcy, International Arbitration, Compliance.
The most common practices in 2018 were the following:
The leading position in the legal practice of Tax Law is also occupied by the company Travers Smith, whose participation in the practice constitutes 17%. In the area of taxation, it should be mentioned that the company assisted the following clients: Caledonia Investments plc, Premier Rugby Limited, Mears Group PLC, Phoenix Equity Partners, Marlin Equity Partners, Canopius, Gates Industrial Corporation, TAKKT AG, Phoenix Equity Partners.
The first place in the legal practice of Banking and financial law among the TOP-25 law firms in the UK is occupied by the White & Case company, whose share of participation is 16%. The company advised on banking and financial law the following banking institutions and large companies: Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), Goldman Sachs, four systemic Greek banks - Alpha Bank, Eurobank, Gamanet, Concordia, Siberian Bank Anthracite, IFC, UniCredit Bank, Kiko, Amplifon, Banco BPM, Seadrill, CVC Capital Partners-Led Investment Consortium, Amigo Holdings, Arion Bank and Kaupthing, Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan, Crédit Agricole CIB, Corsair Capital, WernerCo.
In the legal practice of Capital markets, the largest percentage is also taken up by White & Case, whose participation share is at 18% among the TOP 25 law firms and includes counseling the following companies and banks: BFF Banking Group, Amigo Holdings, CVC Capital Partners, UniCredit Corporate & Investment Banking and Goldman Sachs International, Goldman Sachs, Muzinich & Co Limited, Banco BPM, Amigo Holdings, Crédit Agricole CIB, etc.
In the leading position of Wealth management we can see the company Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, whose share of participation is 12%. The company represented such clients as: Cinven, Blackstone, PHC Holdings Corporation (formerly known as Panasonic Healthcare Holdings Co., Ltd.), Testa, Apax Partners, EQT, and KKR.
Other practices that were included in the survey sample (Litigation, Infrastructure, GR, Real Estate, Pro Bono, Antitrust, Restructuring, bankruptcy, Labor, pension, insurance law, IP (intellectual property) and Technology, International Arbitration, Compliance risk, corporate, internal crimes, International trade) together constitute 7% of the activities among the TOP-25 law firms in the year 2018.
The Top Pacers team presents an analysis of the UK law firms’ activities in different areas. The companies chosen for this ranking are, according to the results of our independent research, the top 25 law firms of 2018. The most active companies from TOP-25 in the areas of consulting and support in various legal practices in 2018 were included in the sample for the study.
The analysis was carried out based on the results of monitoring open sources, as well as calculating the amount of public information about support and consultations carried out by law firms that participated in the study.