Nick Allen

Nick is a partner in our Global Corporate Practice based in our London office. His particular expertise covers advising on corporate transactions in a range of sectors including media, entertainment, technology and retail.

 

Squire Patton Boggs:

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 21 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.

Therese Rochford

Therese is Head of the firm’s corporate department where she manages a broad-based corporate and commercial practice.

Therese has extensive experience in public company fundraisings,  placings, takeovers and AIM market compliance.   She also advises private companies in many  sectors including technology, resources, biotechnology, food, manufacturing, and renewable energy,  on a wide range of matters  including raising finance, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, MBO’s, MBI’s and corporate governance. She also represents  private investment ‘business angel’ funds. Therese and her team also advise extensively on technology contracts for  the IT Sector.

Therese  became a partner in the firm in 1997, having practised in the City of London for a number of years.  She  is a member of the Executive Council of the Irish Software Association.

Therese appears in International legal directories and is recommended as a leading lawyer by Chambers Europe and The Legal500.  Therese was awarded  the “Lawyer Monthly, Women in Law 2015 Award” in recognition of her legal expertise and contribution within the practice area of AIM  Market Law.

Recommendations:

Recommended as a leading lawyer in Corporate and Commercial, The Legal 500 (2016)

Therese is praised for leading the corporate team which “achieves client’s goals rather than pointing out the pitfalls“.

leads the team, which ‘achieves client goals rather than pointing out the pitfalls’. – See more at: http://www.legal500.com/firms/10616/10681#sthash.3GdZwVlj.dpuf
leads the team, which ‘achieves client goals rather than pointing out the pitfalls’. – See more at: http://www.legal500.com/firms/10616/10681#sthash.3GdZwVlj.dpuf

Recommended as a leading lawyer in Corporate/M&A, Chambers Europe – Europe’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2016)

Therese is described by clients as “very thorough – she will get a rounded understanding of the challenges and objectives, always fully appreciating the endgame”.

Recommended as a leading lawyer in Corporate/M&A, Chambers Europe – Europe’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2015)

Therese is described by clients as “very practical, solution focused and very hands-on.” She has significant experience in advising clients in the mineral and resource sectors.

Recommended as a leading lawyer in Corporate and Commercial, The Legal 500 (2015)

WhitneyMoore’s corporate practice is once again recommended with Therese Rochford leading the team.

Recommended as a leading lawyer in Corporate/M&A, Chambers Europe – Europe’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2014)

Therese is praised by clients for her “refreshingly open and honest approach and technical strength.” One commentator describes her as“approachable and incredibly responsive.”

Recommended as a leading lawyer in Corporate and Commercial, The Legal 500 (2014)

WhitneyMoore’s corporate practice is described as ‘business savvy’ and Therese Rochford praised as ‘a sheer delight to work with because she is responsive and commercial’.

Recommended as a leading lawyer in Corporate/M&A, Chambers Europe – Europe’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2013)

Therese is recommended by clients and described as “terrific”.

Recommended as a leading lawyer in Corporate and Commercial, The Legal 500 (2013)

WhitneyMoore’s corporate practice is described as ‘top-class’ and Therese Rochford praised as ‘fantastic to deal with’.

Recommended as a leading lawyer in Corporate/M&A, Chambers Europe – Europe’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2012)

Sources note that “WhitneyMoore is highly capable and ethical, and always has an eye on its client’s needs”. The corporate team is led by Therese Rochford.

Recommended as a leading lawyer in Corporate and Commercial, The Legal 500 (2012)

The highly regarded Therese Rochford heads WhitneyMoore’s team, which acted for Xstrata Zinc on the $17m conditional agreement to acquire certain lead and zinc interests from Minco.

Michael Carney

Michael handles a wide range of property transactions, including the acquisition and sale of sites, offices and industrial units, the lease of office and retail units, joint investment agreements and joint ventures (incorporated and unincorporated), property-based commercial lending and the property aspects of corporate transactions. Michael acts for public bodies, institutional clients, private companies and banks as well as high net worth individuals. He has a particular interest in windfarms and has acted for investors in a number of windfarm transactions.Michael is also a member of our insolvency department and focuses on property elements of receiverships, examinerships and liquidations. Michael qualified as a solicitor in 1991 having studied law in University College Dublin. He became a partner in the Property Department in 2000.  Michael appears in International legal directories and is recommended as a leading lawyer by Chambers Europe and The Legal500.

Recommendations:

Recommended as a leading lawyer in Real Estate, Chambers Europe – Europe’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2016)

Michael is noted particularly for his work with public bodies, institutional clients, private companies and banks on real estate transactions.

Recommended as a leading lawyer in Real Estate, Chambers Europe – Europe’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2015)

Michael is described by clients as “a strong negotiator, who is very responsive and efficient in managing client matters.” He advises on transactions, leases and property finance.

Recommended as a leading lawyer in Real Estate, Chambers Europe – Europe’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2014)

Michael is described as “efficient and proactive,” and praised for being“matter-of-fact and a very good negotiator. He doesn’t cause unnecessary friction.” He has particular expertise dealing with insolvency-related issues.

Recommended as a leading lawyer in Real Estate, The Legal 500 (2014)

WhitneyMoore’s property department wins praise for providing “solid and insightful advice with expedient turnaround times”.

Recommended as a leading lawyer in Real Estate, Chambers Europe – Europe’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2013)

Michael is recognised for his expertise in developments, leases, planning, insolvency and public procurement mandates.

Recommended as a leading lawyer in Real Estate, The Legal 500 (2013)

WhitneyMoore’s property department wins praise for providing an ‘excellent service’ and, according to one client, ‘the most solid, sensible advice I have had on commercial property matters in Ireland’.

Recommended as a leading lawyer in Real Estate, Chambers Europe – Europe’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2012)

Michael is considered to be “responsive, efficient and excellent at dealing with colleagues – he can bring everyone onto his side”. Sources describe WhitneyMoore’s property department as “confident, capable and responsive. I always feel I have the strongest team on my side”.

Recommended as a leading lawyer in Real Estate, Chambers Europe – Europe’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2011)

Michael is noted for his broad real estate practice covering acquisitions, sales and leases of offices and industrial units, with particular expertise in wind farm transactions.

Recommended as a leading lawyer in Construction, The Legal 500 (2011) Recommended as a leading lawyer in Real Estate, Chambers Europe – Europe’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2010)

“He has an absolutely brilliant legal mind and a good sense of commercial awareness”.

Recommended as a leading lawyer in Real Estate, The Legal 500 (2010)

“Michael Carney is considered an astute real estate lawyer”.

Recommended as a leading lawyer in Construction, The Legal 500 (2010)

“The astute Michael Carney is recommended”.

Recommended as a leading lawyer in Real Estate, European Legal Experts (2010)

David McIntyre

David is a vice president at Hill International and managing director of Cadogans, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hill, specialising in forensic analysis and investigation, expert witness and reporting, and litigation support.

He is a chartered engineer and an experienced construction professional with an extensive track record of assisting clients and their advisers to resolve disputes and negotiate settlements on the construction and performance of large, complex construction projects throughout the world. David is able to combine his engineering, business and law expertise to advise clients on complex engineering issues.

He has given evidence in court, at arbitrations and adjudications in the United Kingdom and internationally.  In addition, David has assisted during mediations and settlement negotiations.

He is a fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a specialist fellow of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management, a member of the Nuclear Institute and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. David is also listed on the UK Register of Expert Witnesses and Law Society Directory of Expert Witnesses.

Nick Benwell

Nick is head of the firm’s Crime, Fraud & Investigations group. He advises on a wide range of corporate crime, corruption and fraud-related matters. He is experienced at dealing with large scale and sensitive investigations involving the handling of issues in multiple jurisdictions, and regularly advises on reporting to and communications with enforcement authorities including the Serious Fraud Office and National Crime Agency.

Nick also has over 25 years’ experience of a wide range of complex, high value commercial and corporate investigations and disputes.

White Collar Crime Law Practice:

Our corporate crime lawyers provide advice in business crime, civil fraud, money laundering (AML), bribery and corruption, investigations, extradition, cartels, regulatory and health and safety investigations as well as crime fraud and asset tracing. We have established the largest corporate crime group in Europe.

We have advised over 90 organisations globally on the UK Bribery Act and its implications. We are a leading authority on the Bribery Act and have been more closely involved in the development of the Act than any other firm. For example, Nick Benwell has given evidence before a Parliamentary Select Committee and he worked closely with the Ministry of Justice on this matter, as well as sitting on the CBI and BBA committees responsible for anti-corruption.

Simmons & Simmmons:

From our offices in major business and financial centres throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia, we view the world through the lens of our key sectors: asset management and investment funds, energy and infrastructure, financial institutions, life sciences and technology, media and telecommunications (TMT).

For our clients this means they benefit from a law firm fully focused on their sector, wholly understanding of the challenges that they face and completely tuned in to their needs.

Over the decades we have been careful to build our international presence using a combination of local lawyers with demonstrable local knowledge and fully integrated teams acting together at a global level.

We take a long term view and we take time to understand the distinct demands that each client faces. This allows us to build an innovative and bespoke service to suit each relationship.

Our approach means that we are consistent in the standard of excellence we bring to our service and flexible enough to build into each relationship value that is meaningful for each client.

We believe that one size does not fit all when it comes to adding value to client relationships. We listen to our clients and learn about the sectors in which they operate in order to understand what each client will find valuable. When partner level secondments were rare elsewhere in the legal world, they were a striking example of our commitment to building truly collaborative relationships with our clients. And new service delivery models, such as our navigator online services, or opening a second UK office in Bristol, were direct responses to feedback from clients about what they needed and the challenges they face.