Malcolm Bates Ph.D.

Malcolm Bates is a partner in the IP/IT group and heads the Life Sciences group in the UK. He has specialised expertise in the life sciences and technology sectors in particular on the commercialisation of intellectual property rights. Malcolm advises on transactions, including licences, collaborations, distribution, and manufacturing, outsourcing and R&D projects, as well as regulatory matters, contract and patent disputes, fundraisings, M&A transactions and IPOs.

Firm Overview:

Taylor Wessing is a full-service international law firm, working with clients in the world’s most dynamic industries. We take a single-minded approach to advising our clients, helping them succeed by thinking innovatively about their business issues. We support clients wherever they want to do business. Our 33 offices around the world blend the best of local business, industry and cultural knowledge with international experience to provide astutely commercial solutions for our clients.

Steve Cooke

Steve is the Senior Partner of the firm. He headed our Mergers and Acquisitions practice from 2001 to 2016. He has a general corporate and M&A practice, with particular experience in takeover bids and other Stock Exchange related work.

Steve acts for a number of listed companies including FTSE 100 clients Aviva, Barratt Developments, BAT, Centrica, Diageo, International Airlines Group and Rolls-Royce and FTSE 250 clients Aggreko, Big Yellow Group, Hikma Pharmaceuticals, Morgan Advanced Materials and Spectris.

Firm Overview:

Our London office is based in One Bunhill Row.

Our practice areas include Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate and Commercial, Financing, Dispute Resolution, Competition, Tax, Real Estate, Pensions and Employment, Financial Regulation, Sovereign Debt and Eurozone, Information Technology and Intellectual Property. We also have expertise across all industry sectors.

Our building provides us with optimum working conditions and houses all of our London employees under one roof.

Michelle Adams

Michelle Adams is a senior associate in the Real Estate Litigation team, leading the Birmingham offering. She is experienced in a broad range of property-related disputes for financial institutions, retail, media and logistics clients in the management of their English and Welsh property portfolios. She also has particular telecommunications expertise in a property context.

Michelle has several years’ experience advising on litigious commercial property matters, including landlord and tenant issues such as lease renewals, rent reviews, breaches of covenant (e.g. alienation, user), break rights and vacant possession strategy; nuisance and possession queries; debt recovery and insolvency; dilapidations during and at the end of the lease term; covenant interpretation; and service charge issues. She is responsible for organising and presenting the Development and Tenancy from Hell workshops, part of the Birmingham Real Estate Property CPD programme. She is a member of the Property Litigation Association.

Firm Overview:

We combine sound legal counsel with a deep knowledge of our clients’ businesses to resolve their legal challenges. We care about the quality of our services, the success of our clients and the relationships that are forged through those successes.

Breadth and Depth

Our client base spans every type of business, both private and public, worldwide. We advise a diverse mix of clients, from Fortune 100 and FTSE 100 corporations to emerging companies, and from individuals to local and national governments. In the private sector, we provide the full range of legal advice required to implement practical strategies and resolve disputes. In the public sector, we counsel governments on privatization of whole industries and on establishment of regulatory systems under which new private businesses can compete. We also serve the regional needs of the countries and cities we call home.

Whatever is needed, we are able to deliver the seamless cross-practice, cross-border and industry-specific support that clients require for success in today’s competitive markets.

Client Focus

Clients expect knowledge of their business, as well as high-quality legal skills from their law firms. Our combination of legal and industry experience allows us to better analyze client requirements and develop the right approach for the matter at hand. Clients receive tested insight and guidance from a team that understands their needs and is able to offer tailored solutions.

We are dedicated to our clients’ success, and their satisfaction shows it. We continue to advise successor organizations of clients that we represented at our formation some 120 years ago.

Business Has No Borders

With offices in 20 countries on five continents, our global legal practice is in the markets where our clients do business. We also have strong working relationships with independent firms in Europe and Latin America.

Our extensive practice and industry knowledge is shared via one of the most robust technology platforms in the legal business, as well as ongoing rotation of lawyers to our offices around the world. In addition, we apply knowledge- and project-management tools to implement continual business process improvements and enhance the value of our legal services.

Outstanding Value

We emphasize quality, efficiency and alignment with client goals as core standards to improve continually our service delivery and the value of what we do for our clients. We encourage and manage processes and tools to improve pricing models, training and resource optimization, knowledge management and more, all centered on our core focus – delivering the services our clients want, when and where they want them and with the value they deserve.

Apostolos Gkoutzinis

Apostolos Gkoutzinis is a leading international capital markets lawyer and a partner in the firm’s Global Capital Markets Group. Ranked as a top tier leading individual by Chambers & Partners, he has an exceptionally broad practice which covers several areas of international corporate and capital markets transactions including, leveraged finance, SEC-registered offerings, restructurings, recapitalizations and privatizations. He focuses primarily on US federal securities laws, high yield debt offerings, and general debt and equity capital markets transactions and is also well known for his expertise in a broad range of liability management, restructuring and equity transactions.

He ranks as one of the leading individuals in the European corporate bond market, with particular experience and expertise in high-yield debt financings, refinancing’s and leveraged buyouts for companies, private equity sponsors and investment banks. He is also known for his expertise in a broad range of liability management, restructuring and equity transactions.

Apostolos is also one of the leading international lawyers in relation to Greece. In recent years, he has provided strategic legal advice to substantially all of the major banks and listed companies of the country, as well as private companies and foreign investors on matters relating to private and public capital, restructurings, refinancing’s, and other corporate finance transactions. Since 2005, has represented the issuers or the underwriters in most of the international and cross-border equity and debt offerings by Greek issuers.

Firm Overview:

Shaping the legal landscape

Driven to deliver exceptional results for our clients, we push boundaries and challenge assumptions. That’s been core to our ethos since our founding in 1866. It fuels how we work and define ourselves, and it informs our growth and evolution as a firm.

We keep impressive company. Our clients are market leaders, global innovators and paradigm-shifting entrepreneurs that advance emerging industries. Surrounding ourselves by the best inspires and challenges us to constantly reimagine what’s possible.

Our clients are why we strive for remarkable results.

Mariam Akanbi

Mariam Akanbi is an associate in Goodwin’s Private Investment Funds group based in the firm’s London office.

Ms. Akanbi advises managers on their fund structuring, establishment, operation and fund raising of private investment funds and advises investors on their fund investments. She also advises on co-investment and separate managed account arrangements. Ms. Akanbi has also assisted with fund-related corporate transactions. She has worked on a number of fund raisings for emerging market funds, infrastructure funds and European buyout funds.

Firm Overview:

Growth. Performance. Managing risk. However you define it, success in today’s global and digital age means addressing increasingly complex issues faster and more efficiently amid rapid change. Making the right decisions in this environment requires strategic counsel from an advisor who not only knows how laws are evolving in jurisdictions around the world, but also has a deep understanding of your particular industry. This is Goodwin.

We are a global 50 law firm with a history of working on ground-breaking matters, and an increasingly focused approach to working with clients in the financial, private equity, real estate, technology and life sciences industries. Our more than 1,000 corporate and litigation attorneys leverage their specific experience and assemble full-service teams to advise clients in these and adjacent industries.

It’s not just what we do. It’s why we do it — We strive to help you succeed, however you define success. You receive our best in every engagement – from an A-team roster focused on the matter at hand, to the collective know-how of highly collaborative attorneys in specialized practices across the firm. By helping you make the most of leveraging opportunities, protecting what’s important, and clearing obstacles in your way, Goodwin is recognized as a leader in the markets we serve.

At Goodwin, we use law to enable our clients’ success. When we partner with our clients to practice law, we do so not just with integrity, but with ingenuity, agility and ambition. And in so doing, we are able to make a powerful, positive and lasting impact. Find out more about our people, services and offices.

Dan Oates

Dan Oates is a partner in Fried Frank’s Corporate Department and Private Equity Practice, resident in the London office. He advises private equity and corporate clients on a wide range of multi-jurisdictional transactions, including acquisitions and leveraged buyouts, disposals, public-to-private transactions and initial public offerings.

Mr. Oates has completed a significant number of transactions on behalf of clients including 3i, Accel KKR, AEA Investors, Apollo Group, Apax Partners, Audax Group, Bain Capital, Barclays Capital, Blackstone, Candover, CCMP Capital, CVC Capital Partners, Dyal Capital, Francisco Partners, Golden Gate Capital, Goldman Sachs, KKR, Marathon Asset Management, Metalmark Capital, Oaktree Capital Management, Paul Capital, Silver Lake Sumeru, Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe and Yellow Wood Partners.

Honors & Awards:

Mr. Oates is recognized as a leading M&A and private equity lawyer by numerous industry publications, including Legal 500 UK (noted for his “good commercial awareness”), The Lawyer (praised for his “meteoric rise in the legal world” in the publication’s “Hot 100” list) and Private Funds Management. In 2017, he was named as one of the 30 most influential lawyers in private equity under the age of 40 by Private Funds Management as well as a “Superstar Lawyer of Tomorrow” in the Private Equity Manager’s “Roll of Honour.”

Mr. Oates is also recognized by IFLR 1000 in the M&A and private equity category.

Firm Overview:

From offices strategically located in the world’s principal financial centers, Fried Frank serves as counsel to many of the world’s largest companies, financial institutions and investment firms. We are recognized for our ability to deploy well-configured, cross-border teams that provide the depth of knowledge, breadth of experience and responsive service that clients require to meet their critical business objectives.

Consistently highly ranked by legal directories including Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500 and Benchmark: Litigation, the Firm is well-recognized for providing effective business solutions to sophisticated challenges, frequently creating the precedents that others follow. Fried Frank’s origins date to the turn of the 20th century, with such predecessor firms as Riegelman & Bach, Riegelman Hess & Strasser and Strasser Spiegelberg Fried and Frank. Fried Frank as we know it came into being in 1971, with name partners Walter Fried, Hans Frank, Sam Harris, Sargent Shriver and Leslie Jacobson.

The New York office, the Firm’s oldest and largest, concentrates on antitrust and competition, asset management, restructuring and insolvency, capital markets, commercial litigation, executive compensation & ERISA, finance, intellectual property and technology, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, real estate, securities and shareholder litigation, tax, trusts and estates, and white-collar criminal defense and securities enforcement.

Our Washington, DC office was opened in 1949 as one of the first, and now one of the largest law firms headquartered elsewhere. It has strong capabilities in antitrust and competition, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, asset management, commercial litigation, energy, finance, financial services, government contracts, international trade and investment, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, real estate, securities regulation and enforcement, and tax.

Our international offices have strong expertise in private equity, asset management, finance, dispute resolution, tax and mergers and acquisitions. Our London office was established in 1970 as one of the first European offices of a US law firm. Our Frankfurt office was established in 2004.

Ferzana Ahmed

Ferzana Ahmed is an Associate and solicitor based in Fragomen’s London office, where she works with the firm’s UK-inbound practice. In this role, Ferzana assists corporate clients and individuals with a broad spectrum of immigration matters, including Tiers 1, 2, and 5 of the Points Based System (PBS).

Prior to joining Fragomen, Ferzana worked in a niche immigration firm, where she advised clients in relation to business and private client immigration matters under the Points Based System and in regards to nationality law, EU free movement law and human rights law. Ferzana has also represented clients at both the First-Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal, and has extensive litigation experience.

Ferzana speaks English, Punjabi and Urdu.

Firm Overview:

Established in 1951, Fragomen has grown from a respected domestic U.S. immigration law practice to a truly global organization.

Our expansion has been a direct result of our strategic decision to establish offices in the markets where our clients would benefit from our on-the-ground presence.

We intend to maintain our status as the largest and leading immigration services provider by extending our service capabilities and our global presence to meet our clients’ needs and market demands.

Constantin Klein

Constantin Klein is an associate in the firm’s International Dispute Resolution Group, based in the London office. His practice focuses on international arbitration, multi-jurisdictional litigation and white collar investigations.

Mr. Klein joined Debevoise in 2013 as a trainee solicitor and completed his training in the London office, which included a six-month secondment to the Hong Kong office. Mr. Klein received his LL.B. (upper second class) from Kings College, London in 2010. In his final year Mr. Klein was the recipient of the Kings College Law School Prize in Jurisprudence. Mr. Klein holds an LL.M. in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution (distinction) from Queen Mary University, London, and completed his L.P.C. (distinction) at BPP Law School, London. Mr. Klein is fluent in English, German and is conversational in Spanish.

From 2010 to 2011, Mr. Klein spent six months representing a pacific island state as a delegate at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, while also working with an NGO seeking to address global climate change issues. He competed in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, receiving an honourable mention for his advocacy in 2012. Mr. Klein was enrolled in the Young International Council for Commercial Arbitration’s (YICCA) Mentoring Programme from 2013 to 2014 as a mentee of the Honourable Marc Lalonde PC OC QC.

Mr. Klein’s recent publications include “Singapore Court of Appeal Clarifies Right to Challenge Tribunal’s Decision on Jurisdiction at the Enforcement Stage,” Arbitration Quarterly, Issue No.4 (December, 2013).

Mr. Klein was admitted as a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales in 2015.

Firm Overview:

Since opening in 1989, the London office – the firm’s second-largest – has developed remarkable talent and experience in Debevoise’s core practice areas, including private equity, insurance, international disputes and investigations, financial institutions, M&A, finance, capital markets and tax. Market wise and expert in English and European law, the London office is an integral part of a closely coordinated global practice that includes colleagues in Europe, the U.S. and Asia.

In the corporate and transactional arena, where English and New York law have come to occupy leading positions in much of the world, the London office boasts deep experience in both. Some 30% of Debevoise’s London lawyers hold U.S. qualifications, and more than 75% are English law-qualified. Further, 10% of the firm’s London lawyers are dual-qualified in both England and the U.S.

The office’s leading Disputes Resolution practice similarly spans legal regimes, as well as international borders, languages, industries and court systems. Led by a team of seven partners, the practice’s advocacy-led approach makes it distinct in the market, with capabilities ranging from international commercial arbitration, domestic and international commercial litigation and public international law, to white collar crime and investigations. Debevoise’s London talent and resources in these areas are described by Chambers UK as “stellar” and “distinguished.” The practice is chaired by former UK Attorney General Lord Goldsmith QC, who has been described by the major legal directories as “one of the great doyens of the English bar.”

Debevoise’s London transactional group has advised on some of the largest public listings, globally significant M&A transactions, and innovative acquisition financings and strategies for corporate clients, and has a market-leading fund formation practice supporting its expanding fund sponsor client base. According to Legal 500 UK, “the transactional team at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP are ‘responsive, thorough and precise.’”

In close collaboration with the firm’s other offices, London office lawyers build and coordinate specialized teams to advise on local and international matters in the UK and throughout Europe, as well as across emerging market territories, including India, the Middle East, Africa, Russia/CIS and Latin America.

Nick Perry

Nick Perry has a wide ranging reputation as a leading commercial lawyer, especially in the technology, communications and outsourcing fields.

Nick is a partner in the Commercial Group and head of our London office.

Nick regularly advises on outsourcing projects and other services arrangements, network procurement and infrastructure contracts, managed services agreements, technology cooperation arrangements and collaboration arrangements. Nick is also widely experienced in dealing with day-to-day commercial issues faced by companies, such as agency and representation agreements, consumer law, advertising and sales promotions, product labelling and data supply.

Nick’s practice also extends to the coordination of advice given on a multi-jurisdictional basis for companies with operations in several countries.

Firm Overview:

Bird & Bird is an international law firm with a focus on helping organisations being changed by technology and the digital world. With over 1300 lawyers in 29 offices across Europe, the Middle East, Asia-Pacific and North America, we’re ready to help you wherever you are in the world.

Michael Orchowski

Michael Orchowski is European Counsel in Sullivan & Cromwell’s London office. His practice is concentrated on U.S. international taxation.

Mr. Orchowski has represented U.S. and non-U.S. banks, insurance companies, private equity firms and corporations, most frequently on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, financings and restructurings. Michael also provides advice on the U.S. federal income tax treatment of securities and complex financial products. In addition, he has been involved with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act since its 2010 enactment and has assisted major financial and nonfinancial groups in their efforts to comply with FATCA.

Michael has written, co-authored or contributed to a number of articles, bar reports and comment letters on a variety of tax topics, including FATCA, securities reopening’s and real estate mortgage investment conduits. Before qualifying as a lawyer, Michael spent four years as a scientist at Unilever.

Firm Overview:

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP provides the highest quality legal advice and representation to clients around the world. The results the Firm achieves have set it apart for more than 130 years and have become a model for the modern practice of law. Today, S&C is a leader in each of its core practice areas and in each of its geographic markets.

S&C’s success is the result of the quality of its lawyers, the most broadly and deeply trained collection of attorneys in the world. The Firm’s lawyers work as a single partnership without geographic division. S&C hires the very best law school graduates and trains them to be generalists within broad practice areas. The Firm promotes lawyers to partner almost entirely from among its own associates. The result is a partnership with a unique diversity of experience, exceptional professional judgment and a demonstrated history of innovation.

Clients of the Firm are nearly evenly divided between U.S. and non-U.S. entities. They include industrial and commercial companies; financial institutions; private funds; governments; educational, charitable and cultural institutions; and individuals, estates and trusts. S&C’s client base is exceptionally diverse, a result of the Firm’s extraordinary capacity to tailor work to specific client needs.

S&C comprises more than 875 lawyers who serve clients around the world through a network of 13 offices, located in leading financial centres in Asia, Australia, Europe and the United States. The Firm is headquartered in New York.