Donna J. Jackson

Donna J. Jackson is a nationally-recognized attorney, authority, speaker and educator in estate planning. Ms. Jackson is a CPA and hold a Masters Degree (L.L.M.) in Elder Law. With over 28 years of legal experience, she mostly practices in estate planning with an emphasis on Medicaid, VA Benefits, and special needs planning, including revocable, irrevocable and special needs trusts, wills, durable power of attorneys, and living wills. Additionally, Donna’s practice includes taxes, probates, and business organizations.

Attorney Jackson is an animal lover – as seen by the office’s Chief Canine Office (C.C.O.), Rico, who is Donna’s newest and smallest dog. Her 3 other fur babies are a bit bigger and rarely make it to the office but she loves them just the same.

Donna currently serves on the board of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys; she’s on numerous committees of the American Bar Association, Oklahoma Bar Association, Oklahoma Society of CPAs, and many others. She has been a keynote speaker for the Oklahoma Bar Association, Strafford, and the National Business Institute (NBI). She was honored as one of the 2011-2015 Five Star Wealth Managers in Estate Planning in the Oklahoma Magazine. Go Pokes!

 

Richard Scott-Watson

Orthopaedic Surgeon, Expert Witness, Disability Analyst and APIL Expert.

Rooms in Central Birmingham, Bristol, Coventry, Swindon and Oxford.

Extensive experience in the provision of Medico-legal reports since 1990. Over 19,000 reports provided. Also Employment Tribunal reports and consideration of Equalities Act 2010.

Experience in the field of all musculo-skeletal injury with particular interest in whiplash and its consequences, and back pain.

Current workload 40% each Defendant & Claimant instruction: 20% joint reports.

Extensive training in court procedure, use of CPR. Regular attender at medico-legal training seminars.

Holder of LLB and Cardiff University Bond Solon Expert Witness Certificates. Winner Forensic and Expert Witness E Magazine Medico Legal Award 2014/15. Winner Forensic and Expert Witness E Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award receiver for Trauma & Orthopaedics.

Domicilary visits undertaken.

Training:

  • Cardiff University Bond Solon Expert Witness Certificate 2014.
  • Fully trained in CPR and in LVI cases.

 

Kavitha Vijay

Kavitha Vijay has been associated with the Chennai office ever since the commencement of its operations in July 2006.

She works primarily on mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. She has also been a key player in starting the micro-finance practice in the Firm and has been actively engaged in advising many non-banking financial companies and micro finance companies with regulatory compliances, structuring of loan documentations, besides assisting them raise capital. Her other practice areas involve infrastructure and media & entertainment, besides general corporate law and advisory services. Her portfolio of clients include Saksoft Limited, , Emerging Markets Investment Fund 1A, The Midland Rubber and Produce Company Limited, CR Caterers India Private Limited, Eucare Pharmaceuticals Private Limited, MM Forgings Limited, Amrish Oncology Private Limited, Muthu Pharma Private Limited, , Bioserve Clinical Research Private Limited amongst others.

She is an independent woman director on the Board of a listed company, besides directorships in other public and private limited companies. She is also a trustee in an NGO Foundation “The Interface” which is involved with implementation of Corporate Social Responsibility related activities for corporate organizations. She has been involved with The Indus Entrepreneurs, Chennai Chapter, the Round Table of India and the Rotary Club for many years.

She holds a graduate degree in science from Madras University and a graduate degree in law from the Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University, Chennai.

Mergers & Acquisitions Law Practice:

Mergers & Acquisitions (“M&A”) being synonymous with efficient and effective growth strategy to various corporations, we have gained significant expertise in this field by successfully leveraging our experience and specialization in domestic and cross-border M&A transactions. We combine our rich experience and expertise with laws / regulations and research capabilities to devise innovative structures for M&A and have developed a successful domestic and international M&A practice.

Our Joint Ventures (“JV”) practice is an innovative and unique blend of expertise arising from a thorough understanding of domestic and international laws. We are geared to advise clients on all facets of joint ventures be it investment strategies, corporate and tax structures, investment documentation, compliances, IP licensing and strategy, franchising and exits including any third party sales. We represent clients that seek to utilize advantages of competitive operating costs in India in order to leverage their technologies and to take advantage of the burgeoning Indian domestic market and have been engaged as counsel across industries. Our structures for investment and operations from both regulatory and tax perspectives, including the extraction of technology payments are some of the most innovative ones in the JV space.

Our domain and sector focused teams across the country and our complementary practice areas enable us to deal with and advice on complex legal, regulatory and strategic issues involved in any M&A and JV transactions efficiently and cost effectively.

We assist our clients with:

  • Efficient structuring of M&A and JV transactions from a legal, regulatory and tax perspective and resolving complex legal and exchange control considerations through innovative structures.
  • Seeking regulatory approvals and liaising with the regulators as may be mandated by the transaction structure.
  • Leveraged buy-outs, sale and purchase of distressed assets, restructurings, including capital and debt restructuring, buy-back of securities and reduction of capital.
  • Undertaking legal and corporate due diligence with an industry specific focus across various sectors and industries and inter alia advising from a strategic perspective.
  • Drafting, review and negotiation of transaction documents such as term-sheet, scheme of arrangement to be filed with National Company Law Tribunal, various forms of agreements in relation to any given transaction, including but not limited to, share purchase agreements, share subscription agreements, stock swap agreement, shareholders’ agreements, joint venture agreements, asset transfer agreements, business transfer agreements, non-compete agreements, non-disclosure agreements, escrow agreements, intellectual property agreements, employment agreements and other ancillary documents.
  • Preparation of disclosure schedule/letter.
  • Closing and post-closing assistance including but not limited to filing of requisite forms with regulatory authorities.

 

Sameena Chatrapathy

Sameena Chatrapathy joined the Firm soon after her graduation and has been with the Firm’s Chennai office since the year of its inception in 2006.

Sameena has worked on several private equity transactions in her experience representing both domestic as well as foreign funds, advising them through multiple rounds of funding. She also represents companies and promoters assisting in their fund raise right from preparation for funding through to completion. In the course of her experience she has worked with varied businesses and her sector expertise include healthcare, pharmaceuticals, energy and information technology. Her portfolio of clients include funds such  as Agnus Capital, IndusAge, the Tenshi Group and  businesses such as Olympus backed Aster DM Healthcare, Carlyle backed Newgen  and Qualcomm backed Attune  Technologies.

Sameena is also a lead member of the Corporate and M&A Team focusing on assisting and advising domestic and foreign clients in acquisitions both in India and overseas. She has worked on some of the high value and big ticket transactions in different verticals on one side and on the other, advised start-ups and early stage businesses in their compliances, investments as well as strategic alliances.

Sameena is also the exclusive ‘Recommended Attorney’ for Private Equity practice in India by Global Law Experts.

Lately, with her experience in investigation of allegations of sexual harassment and her inclination towards protection of women’s rights, Sameena Chatrapathy has spearheaded the Firm’s initiative to bring establishments in India in compliance with the sexual harassment laws, being a key member on the internal complaints committees of over 20 domestic establishments.

Sameena Chatrapathy holds a Masters degree in International Commercial Law from United Kingdom and a graduate with an honours degree from the prestigious, School of Excellence in Law, Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University, Chennai. She has been a university top rank holder all through her five years of under-graduate legal education, graduating with distinction.

Private Equity Law Practice:

Raising capital being synonymous with a much needed and necessary growth strategy to various corporations, we have gained significant expertise in this field by successfully leveraging our experience and specialization in domestic and cross-border investments. We combine our rich experience and expertise with laws / regulations and research capabilities to devise innovative structures for funding and have developed a successful domestic and international venture capital (VC) and private equity (PE) industry practice. With the advent of a start up culture and increasing interest in entrepreneurship in the country and the success rate of start ups in the country given the country’s rising consumerism, alternate investment funds (AIF) is poised to become an indispensable and integral part of the nation’s economy. India has meticulously been trying to ease the process of investing in India and constantly tried to boost investments in the country, with introduction of new securities such as convertible notes helping start-ups garner more, better and easier investments.

Our core proficiency lies in assisting national and international funds and investors, identify investment targets, structure the funding, conducting due diligences on the investee companies, preparation and negotiation of the transactional documents and assisting the company and investor through pre and post transaction regulatory compliance. Our transactional team’s expertise also ranges from being able to assist promoters and start ups to raise capital to assisting major corporations with corporate compliance and to further diversify their businesses.

We have constantly explored and mastered several verticals in the M&A and private equity market which has helped us grasp the intricacies of regional laws, regulatory environments, economic and commercial realities which in turn has enhanced our service capability. Our rich cross border experience and technical expertise has helped us provide targeted and tailored investment strategies and avenues for both foreign investment in India and overseas investment by Indian entities.

Our work with both listed and unlisted companies, investors and promoters has helped us appreciate and understand the whole gamut of the investments market in India, enabling us to assist companies and funds by providing an all encompassing advice keeping in mind the interest of all the parties to a transaction.

  • Efficient structuring of the investment mechanisms the prevailing laws, regulations and other market practices.
  • Drafting, review and negotiation of term sheets.
  • Comprehensive and  issue  based legal and  corporate due diligence on target companies in light of industry specifications across various sectors and  respective state legislations for the purpose of legal risk assessment and recommending effective  ways to mitigate the same.
  • Legal and regulatory requirements and assistance in seeking requisite approvals and making representations before the regulatory authorities such as RBI, SEBI, etc.
  • Drafting, review and negotiation of transaction documents including share subscription agreement, shareholders’ agreements, and share purchase agreements, intellectual property assignment agreements, employment agreements, charter documents and such other ancillary documents.
  • With preparation of ancillary documents pertaining to transactions such as disclosure schedule, compliance with conditions precedent and assistance towards closing and post-closing activities.

 

Dr Jodok Wicki

Jodok Wicki concentrates on dispute resolution, litigation and international arbitration. He heads the firm’s dispute resolution group and leads also the litigation practice group of CMS. Jodok maintains an active practice of state court litigation and appellate proceedings in a variety of commercial matters, such as purchase and sales agreements, joint ventures, post M&A disputes, director and officer and auditor liability and product liability. He has also a particular focus on insurance matters and qualified as a Certified Specialist of the Swiss Bar Association for Torts and Insurance Law. In international arbitration proceedings Jodok Wicki is appearing as counsel and also regularly sits as arbitrator. He is on the panels of arbitrators of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) and the Pacific International Arbitration Centre (PIAC).

Jodok Wicki started his practice as a lawyer in 1994 and became a partner in 2000. In 1996 and 1997 he worked as a foreign associate with law firms in New York and in Sydney.

“During my international sports career as an olympic sailor before starting the legal practice I learnt the importance of going the extra mile in order to succeed. It is the voluntarism I learnt then which now benefits and is appreciated by my clients.”

“I value Jodok’s legal and strategic thinking. He does not limit his counselling to the legal aspects of a claim. Where appropriate he highlights non-legal aspects such as strategic and business considerations as well.” Client Feedback 2015

Jodok Wicki has written his doctoral thesis on market making and price manipulation of own shares of listed stockbrokers (Market Making und Kurspflege kotierter eigener Aktien durch Effektenhändler).

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Guillaume P. Blanc

Guillaume P. Blanc is an executive in ENSafrica’s project development and project finance department. He specialises in project acquisition, development and finance, as well as energy, utilities, mining and petroleum law.

Guillaume has gained more than 20 years of experience in law firms in Africa (South Africa and Mauritius), Europe (London and Paris) and the Asia-Pacific (Sydney, Perth and a secondment in Shanghai).

He has advised clients in developing markets on the acquisition, financing and development of energy, water, oil, gas and mining projects across many jurisdictions, in particular:

  • Latin America (French Guiana, Brazil)
  • Europe (France, Spain and Luxemburg)
  • Africa (Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Guinea, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, DRC, Burundi, Djibouti, Madagascar, Angola, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe); and
  • the Asia-Pacific area (China, Mongolia, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands and New Caledonia).

Guillaume’s energy and natural resources law experience includes advising clients on the legislative and regulatory framework and permitting process relevant to corporate and property acquisitions relating to energy and natural resources; conducting acquisition due diligence investigations in respect of energy, oil and gas and mineral companies, properties, tenements and assets; and advising on exploration and production agreements, production and supply agreements, off-take agreements, and other contractual matters.

His project acquisition, development and finance experience includes acquisition due diligence investigations in respect of project companies and assets; project structuring; project-related regulatory and legislative advice; project sponsorship, ownership and financing; and project development and procurement. His experience covers the following phases of the project acquisition, development and financing lifecycle:

  • advising on project acquisition, ownership and development
  • completing acquisition due diligence investigations in respect of project companies, assets, properties and tenements, including providing legal opinions and title reports
  • drafting, negotiating and managing government support and participation structures, investment incentives and permitting/regulatory processes and applications
  • drafting, negotiating, reviewing and amending project development agreements, including concessions, joint-development or production agreements, joint-operating agreements, off-take agreements and exiting agreements
  • drafting, negotiating, reviewing and amending financing agreements, including loan agreements, project finance lending agreements, sponsor support and security packages.

Guillaume has acted as legal counsel to project owners, sponsors and lenders. In addition, he has advised governments (China, Vietnam and Morocco) and international development institutions (the World Bank, AusAID, CIDA, ABD and the EU) on the reform of mineral/energy legislation and public administrations, as well as on the privatisation of state-owned oil, electricity and water production and distribution operators (Morocco, Gabon, Burundi, Cameroon and Djibouti).

ENSAFRICA’S MINING LAW PRACTICE:

ENSafrica has a deep understanding of the commercial, regulatory and technical aspects of the business of mining, and is entrusted by local and international clients to develop innovative solutions that best meet their individual needs.

As a result, ENSafrica has a solid reputation in industry transactions, having led a number of large, high-profile, complex mining matters. The firm also guides clients in establishing in-country and cross-border operations throughout Africa, and is renowned for its ability to manage risk and leverage opportunities for clients in the mining sector.

ENSafrica offers the full spectrum of legal expertise across the mining value chain in Africa, including providing advice on, and assistance with:

  • regulatory compliance
  • environment
  • mine and occupational health and safety
  • access to mines, and land- and surface-use matters
  • local content and empowerment
  • community development and stakeholder management
  • mineral royalties
  • upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas industry activities
  • corporate commercial
  • M&A, group restructuring and joint ventures
  • due diligence investigations
  • competition and anti-trust
  • listings (JSE, AltX, ASX and AIM)
  • tax, mining tax, exchange control and transfer pricing
  • project development and project finance
  • resource finance, sophisticated funding arrangements and debt capital markets
  • insolvency, business rescue and debt recovery
  • dispute resolution
ENSAFRICA:

ENSafrica is Africa’s largest law firm, with over 600 practitioners, and more than 200 years of experience in high-level, complex commercial work. The firm’s focus is on what’s best for the client and striving for excellence, in both offering and service. ENSafrica is committed to providing clients with cost-effective outcomes by ensuring work is done at the right level, and in the manner that best suits clients’ preferences and pricing structures.

ENSafrica is an independent law firm with fully integrated offices across Southern, West and East Africa and Mauritius. The firm offers clients many years’ accumulated know-how and solid experience, whether doing business in-country or cross-continent, helping to minimise risk and leverage business opportunities across Africa.

ENSafrica has lawyers qualified to practise English, French and OHADA law, a dedicated Asia practice group, as well as practitioners who are fluent in African and international languages, including Mandarin, Cantonese, French, Portuguese and Swahili.

Through the financial services centre of Mauritius, ENSafrica also offers a unique possibility to integrate all aspects of structuring clients’ investments in relation to all commercial areas of law, tax, IP and fiduciary.

 

Sakate Khaitan

Sakate is the senior partner at Khaitan Legal Associates. Sakate divides his time between London and Mumbai.

Sakate heads the corporate M&A, funds, restructuring and insurance practice at Khaitan Legal Associates. Sakate advises clients on inward investments into India and on an array of India-focused cross border transactions. Having started his career in litigation, Sakate has over 11 years of litigation experience advising various clients in their disputes that included high profile joint venture disputes, tax disputes and disputes with regulators. Sakate also serves on the boards of several companies as a non-executive director, lending his legal and business acumen to businesses around the globe. Sakate assists clients with pragmatic and commercially sound advice on dealing with Indian rules and regulations. His clients include multinationals, private equity funds, financial institutions, fund managers, and HNIs.

In his experience that spans over two decades Sakate demonstrates a deep commercial understanding of several industry sectors and significant transactional insights that offer immense value to the client.

Sakate is the alumnus of London Business School (“LBS”) and is also the co-founder of the India Business Forum (“IBF”) at LBS. The IBF is a platform that was created to build awareness and facilitate discussions on and encourage cross border investments to/from India.

Sakate is dual qualified and is a member of the Bar Council of India and is also admitted as a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales. However, he exclusively practices Indian law.

Khaitan Legal Associates:

Khaitan Legal Associates is a full service independent Indian law firm with offices in London and Mumbai and correspondent offices across different cities in India.

As India asserts itself with a renewed vigour on a global stage we realised a strong need-gap to offer solution-driven legal services that can help address the Indian law requirements of international clients and can assist Indian clients as they flex their presence across national frontiers. The answer to this hiatus lay in a new age law Indian law firm that would straddle across not only geographies, but also cultures, environments and aspirations; so as to comprehend the requirements of the clients and respond accordingly.

Founder and managing partner Sakate Khaitan along with other members of the team represent a diverse and rich experience in the legal services industry. Individually and collectively as a team many members of the firm have won many awards and accolades and are very well regarded for their expertise in their respective specialism by clients and peers.

Equipped with international vision, reach, scope and capability, Khaitan Legal Associates is committed to the highest principles of integrity, legal expertise, excellence, client focus and care. We pride ourselves in providing solution driven legal services to our clients by addressing their varied Indian law requirements.
With Sakate Khaitan recognised as leading expert in his field and acknowledged by industry peers for his in-depth expertise and know-how, together with highly trained teams, the firm is able to provide clients with bespoke solutions and exceptional service.

Our aim is to provide clients, both in India and globally, access to high quality legal advice and our endeavour is to effectively manage the legal risks of our clients in the manner that is practical, workable, cost-effective and enables the client to extract optimum value from a business initiative.

 

sedgwick

US law firm Sedgwick announces closure in early January

US law firm Sedgwick has announced that it will close down in early January, following a string of partner departures and office closures.

“We have concluded that the best way to allow our lawyers to continue providing great service to our clients is by ceasing operations and moving to other excellent law firms,” the San Francisco-based firm said in a statement. “We are pleased that most of our lawyers and staff have opportunities with very fine firms.”

Two sources familiar with Sedgwick said a large number of lawyers and staff may be hired by Clyde & Co. One source said that representatives from the UK firm will be meeting with Sedgwick in the coming weeks to assess which of the firm’s lawyers and staff it will hire. Another source said that some Sedgwick employees would be out of a job as early as 1 December.

Michael Knoerzer, Clyde & Co’s New York managing partner and a member of the firm’s global management board, said his firm would not comment about potential acquisition targets.

Sedgwick managing partner Michael Healy, who assumed leadership of the firm in early 2015, did not immediately return a request for comment about its talks with Clydes, which earlier this week expanded into Malaysia.

In its statement, Sedgwick expressed pride in its lawyers and staff. “While this news deeply saddens all of us, we are very proud and appreciative of all those who helped make Sedgwick the great firm it has been since 1933,” the firm said. “From the bottom of our hearts, we thank our clients, attorneys and staff for everything you have done for us for decades, and we wish anyone who has ever crossed paths with this wonderful law firm the best and brightest future.”

From Austin, Texas, to Washington DC, and Chicago to New York, Sedgwick has seen a number of its offices dwindle or close this year. More recently, the firm has seen departures from its San Francisco headquarters.

The latest lawyers to leave the firm in San Francisco were partners Steven Roland and Randall Block, who this month joined local firm Burke Williams & Sorensen. Both ex-Sedgwick partners declined to comment about their decision to leave the reeling firm, which The American Lawyer reported in June had lost 20% of its revenue this year due to partner defections, an exodus that quickened after the January departures of 40 lawyers in New Jersey and Texas.

Roland had served in management positions at Sedgwick for more than 15 years, including leading the firm’s commercial litigation practice.

Other recent departures include appellate litigation partner Agelo Reppas in Chicago, who recently joined local firm BatesCarey. Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani also recruited Sedgwick civil litigation partner Kendra Canape in Irvine, California, while Bullivant Houser Bailey brought on Sedgwick products liability partner Rachel Tallon Reynolds in Seattle.

UK firm Kennedys has recruited six partners from Sedgwick in New York and Chicago in recent months, including New York and Chicago managing partners John Blancett and Eric Scheiner.

Sedgwick’s Bermuda associate Sedgwick Chudleigh also recently split from the faltering US firm to join Kennedys’ global network.

The departures have slashed Sedgwick’s headcount to fewer than 160 lawyers, a 39% drop from 12 months ago, according to data compiled by ALM Legal Intelligence. That is by far the largest fall in headcount among Am Law 200 firms during that period. Sedgwick has lost at least 49 partners, 60 associates and 19 counsel within the past year.

Stelios Americanos

Mr. Americanos is the managing partner of the firm, in charge of the corporate and commercial department, heads a team of lawyers with specializations in corporate law, M&A and corporate litigation.

He has extensive experience in the set up and completion of complex joint-ventures and “cross-border” structures and transactions through the use of Cyprus vehicles. 

Mr. Americanos has contributed a number of articles on legal developments in professional journals and has participated in conferences and seminars including delivery of papers and lectures.

His clients include global groups of companies, banking and finance institutions and high-net-worth individuals.  He is a highly recommended lawyer by all the International legal directories.

Mr. Americanos served as a Member of the Board of Directors of CYTA, the country’s national telecommunication authority for six years appointed by the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cyprus.

Practice Areas:

·         Corporate and Commercial Law

·         Banking and Finance

·         Tax

·         Mergers and Acquisitions

·         Corporate litigation

Education:

Athens University (Degree in Law).  Admitted to the Cyprus Bar Association in 1991 and has since been a practising advocate.

Professional Bodies:

·         Cyprus Bar Association

·         International Bar Association

·         International Tax Planning Association

·         Centre for International Legal Studies

·         IAG

·         STEP

·         IGAL

Stelios Americanos & Co LLC:

Stelios Americanos & Co LLC is a full services commercial law firm with its headquarters in Nicosia, Cyprus and a branch in Athens, Greece specializing in corporate and commercial law, banking finance, litigation and tax-financial advisory.

The firm is providing its services to governmental and semi-governmental organizations, major financial-banking institutions, public companies and multinational corporations, in high profile asset finance, project finance and securitization and on complex cross-border transactions including mergers & acquisitions, restructuring and litigation.

The firm assembled a dynamic multilingual team working with cutting edge technology, quickly established an enviable reputation for efficient and competent service and has become a leading niche firm for corporate work.

The firm’s clients are guaranteed continuous and tailored support combined with a positive and constructive approach and an ability to solve complex legal and tax problems in a business oriented mentality. We seek to build exceptional working relationships with our clients. By doing so, we are able to develop a deeper understanding of our clients’ businesses, provide commercially astute, innovative advice and create better business outcomes for our clients.

As far as international practice is concerned, the firm has an impressive list of international clientele that includes major financial-banking institutions, investment funds, leading international law firms, multinational corporations and high net worth individuals.

The firm has world-wide contacts with reputable legal and advisory practices and is able to assist clients with all aspects of their cross- border transactions.

Members of the firm are very active in various professional associations and take part as speakers In international conferences and seminars while regularly publishing articles and contributions in a variety of matters related to Cyprus Law.

The firm is a member of several professional associations including: International Bar Association, Cyprus Bar Association, ΓΓΡΑ (International Tax Planning Association) and STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners).

 

Newcastle United FC

Freshfields & Dentons head up takeover bid for NUFC

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Dentons are playing the lead roles on PCP Capital Partners’ takeover offer for Newcastle United Football Club.

It was widely reported yesterday (20 November) that PCP had made a bid in the region of £300m for the Premier Legal club late last week, although the exact value of the offer has been disputed.

Newcastle’s owner, Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley, announced last month that he was considering a sale after 10 years of ownership.

The club, which he purchased for £133m in 2007, is currently sitting in 11th place in the Premier League after returning to English football’s top flight this summer following its relegation in 2016.

A competitive bidding process is now underway, with a number of interested parties taking part.

Dentons is advising Ashley on the bids, with real estate partner Andrew Henderson leading the firm’s team alongside corporate partners Richard Barham and Matt Tinger.

PCP, which is led by CEO Amanda Staveley, has turned to Freshfields for advice. Private equity partner Charles Hayes and corporate partner Christopher Mort are leading the magic circle firm’s team on the bid.

Mort also led the Freshfields team that advised Ashley on his takeover of the club in 2007. He was subsequently appointed as club chairman, taking a year-long sabbatical from Freshfields to fill the role.

Dentons also played a role on the 2007 deal, advising Newcastle United president Sir John Hall on the sale of his stake to Ashley, with corporate partner and current UK CEO Jeremy Cohen heading up the firm’s team.

Real estate partner Henderson has acted for Ashley’s company Sports Direct on a series of property deals, including its acquisition of 161-167 Oxford Street and 36 Poland Street for £108m and its £44m disposal of an office block to the University of Westminster.

In a statement, Dentons said: “We are delighted to be engaged on such an important and high-profile instruction, which demonstrates our multidisciplinary strengths, our expertise in the sporting sector and our role as key business advisers to our clients.” Freshfields declined to comment.

Ashley also regularly turns to City firm RPC, which advised him on his recent High Court win against investment banker Jeffrey Blue. The case hinged on the allegation that during a night of heavy drinking, Ashley had promised Blue £15m if he could boost Sports Direct’s share price from £4 to £8.

PCP, meanwhile, is currently embroiled in a legal dispute with Barclays over a controversial $3bn capital-raising exercise by the bank at the height of the 2008 financial crisis.

At the time, Barclays held discussions with both PCP and Qatar Holding, then the bank’s largest shareholder. PCP alleges that Barclays acted dishonestly with regards to the different terms offered to Qatar Holding for participation in the capital raising and is claiming hundreds of millions of pounds in damages.

US firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan is acting for PCP on the dispute, while Simmons & Simmons is representing Barclays.