Dorsey & Whitney’s London office, opened in 1986, serves as the hub of our European practice. We represent a wide array of clients, ranging from large multi-national companies and financial institutions to start-up companies and private individuals. Our approach is simple – to be a strategic partner for our clients, utilising our knowledge and experience to provide solutions to help our clients achieve their business goals.
We have a strong international practice, working with expert lawyers in each of our 17 other offices across the Dorsey platform and representing clients on both transactional and contentious matters in the UK and throughout Europe, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. From technology, life sciences, health and pharma, to energy, media, financial services and manufacturing, companies turn to Dorsey for assistance with legal issues that impact their business.
Our core practice groups, and several of our individual lawyers, are recognised and recommended by Chambers UK and Legal 500 as well as other reference guides.
Anti-Corruption, Internal Investigations
Our expertise in anti-corruption laws and the conduct of internal investigations is relied on by clients in respect of matters arising throughout the world. Clients rely on our group for advice on anti-corruption procedures and due diligence as they seek to reduce their corruption risks.
Our Capital Markets team helps companies and investment banks on equity, debt and hybrid securities offerings, and regularly represents companies and investment banks on IPOs and secondary offerings transactions on the AIM market and Main Market of the London Stock Exchange as well as similar transactions on non-UK exchanges. Named UK Capital Markets Law Firm of the Year (2011 and 2012) in the Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards, and ranked #1 underwriter counsel and #2 issuer counsel for AIM IPOs by deal volume in 2011 by Bloomberg.
Construction and Design, Project Finance
Our international Construction and Design group advises on construction and engineering projects in the real estate, mining, energy, infrastructure and oil and gas sectors, and the team also advises on structuring project investment, funding and development arrangements. We advise owners, developers, contractors, engineers, investors, funds, banks, insurance companies and government agencies on projects in the UK and globally. We also advise on dispute avoidance and major forms of dispute resolution including adjudication, arbitration and litigation.
Corporate and M&A
Dorsey’s London office has built a team of outstanding lawyers specialising in UK domestic and cross-border M&A transactions supported by specialists in intellectual property, tax, finance, employment, data privacy, real estate and construction. The London M&A team is made up of lawyers qualified in the UK, the US, France and Germany, and boasts fluency in several languages, with experience in a broad range of transactions, including public and private purchases and sales, public takeovers, joint ventures and strategic alliances, management buyouts and minority investments, and recapitalisations and restructurings.
Our Dispute Resolution practice has a reputation for achievement in complex, high stakes, international disputes. We offer help across the broad range of risk area, business sector and geography. Managing risk is central to all that we do. Our main priority is to provide creative solutions aimed at resolving disputes quickly, effectively and with minimal disruption to the client’s business. Our experience of handling cross-border multi-jurisdictional disputes and our global reach means that we are frequently asked and ideally placed to manage overseas litigation through a single point of entry.
We also provide value and transparency on costs. Our detailed case budgeting estimates the likely level of costs exposure for clients, transparently monitoring expenditure and forecasting cash flow. We make wide use of leading-edge technology to help us efficiently to manage large-scale disputes on behalf of our clients. This includes LegalMine™, our document management / eDiscovery service and virtual data rooms as case management portals for use by our clients, counsel and experts.
Our Emerging Companies group assists emerging businesses throughout their growth cycle, from inception through to exit (via trade sale or IPO) and beyond. The group also advises venture capital and private equity investors on buy-out and investment transactions. We have considerable experience in the area of technology transfer, working with leading academic institutions across the UK.
Intellectual Property and Information Technology
Dorsey’s renowned IP and IT practice delivers specialist commercial and practical advice to allow clients to unlock, harness and secure the potential of their business and add value. Our specialist lawyers advise on the registration of patents, trademarks, design and domain names, and have acted in high-profile and complex transactions and litigation matters involving the commercialisation and realisation of technology, branding, information assets and intellectual property rights.
Dorsey’s International Arbitration group advises on business disputes before various tribunals including the ICC International Court of Arbitration, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR). Our lawyers have extensive experience in resolving cross-border disputes and the issues arising from commencement of proceedings through to enforcement of awards.
Labor & Employment
We assist with all aspects of UK employment law, including for example: recruitment and employment documentation; compliance and risk management; equality; family-related laws; changing terms and conditions; employee representation; discipline and dismissal; post termination restrictions and dispute resolution. We frequently advise on the employment law aspects of cross-border transactions and global mobility (international assignments).
We provide a full range of real estate services to a diverse group of clients. Our specialist team of lawyers regularly represents insurance companies, banks, institutions, funds, offshore and onshore private and institutional investors, property managers, developers, and corporate occupiers. The services we provide include the development, construction and leasing of facilities, investment and financing transactions, corporate real estate services, and retail and commercial sale, purchase and operation.
Dorsey & Whitney (Europe) LLP is a registered limited liability partnership organised under the laws of the State of New York, United States of America and authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority in the United Kingdom (with number 554640).