Barlow Lyde & Gilbert has won a new client advising AbilityOne, a distributor of rehabilitative and assistive device products, on its $101m (£71m) acquisition of Smith & Nephew's rehabilitation business. The firm won the work through its referral relationship with Chicago firm Winston & Strawn, which acted on the US aspects of the deal. A Pinsent Curtis Biddle team led by partners Jeremy Philips and Jon Harris advised Smith & Nephew in the UK, while US firm Gardner Carlton & Douglas advised on the US aspects. The deal is the largest piece of referral work Barlows has received from Winston & Strawn. According to Barlows corporate partner Keith Sneddon, the firm is paying special attention to US firms at the moment. "We're attentive to US firms in general and are always on the lookout to cultivate new relationships," he said. The firm has worked with Winston & Strawn for around five years, although Sneddon said it was not in a formal referral network with Winston & Strawn.