In-house Lawyer of the Year

Stephen Scott, Vodafone

2nd place: Tim Regan, Regus
3rd place: Mark Kingston, Tishman Speyer Properties
Shortlisted: Harry Baines, Halifax; Christopher Digby-Bell, Palmer Capital Partners; Andrew Vellani, Scottish & Newcastle
The winner of the In-house Lawyer of the Year Award, sponsored by Chambers & Partners, is Stephen Scott of Vodafone.
Scott won plaudits last year for his role in Vodafone's takeover of Mannesmann – one of the signature deals of the last decade – when his brilliance and drive propelled the deal towards a successful conclusion. But as if helping to mastermind the Vodafone-Mannesmann takeover the previous year was not enough, Scott hardly paused to draw breath. Since Mannesmann, Scott and his team have advised on the sale of the fixed line business Infostrada in Italy to Enel, which entailed a number of difficult regulatory issues; the team then bid for Eircell, the mobile division of Irish telephone operator Eircom. Scott then led the team that advised on the acquisition of BT's interests in Japan Telecom, and through a series of transactions increased Vodafone's interest in Airtel in Spain to more than 90 per cent. The latter deal required the largest ever placing of shares by way of an accelerated bookbuild of £3.5bn. And, post-Mannesmann, Scott has dealt with a huge internal reorganisation in Germany. Rarely has an in-house lawyer been so effective.
For a combination of corporate lawyering (and an ability to keep a sense of humour in the most pressurised of situations), Scott is a worthy winner of the award.
In second place is Tim Regan of Regus, who was recently given the award for best internal customer service to the field, voted on by Regus branches across the world. Not only that, but Regan advised on the flotation of the company on both Nasdaq and the London Stock Exchange (LSE), oversaw the launch of the Regus franchise in 10 different countries – including Germany, the US and Canada – and managed the acquisition of the Stratis business in the US.
In third place is Mark Kingston of Tishman Speyer Properties (TSP). In a short space of time, Kingston has entirely redefined risk management within TSP's European operations. Not only that, but he was the key negotiator on TSP's complex acquisition of Tower Place.