Simmons & Simmons
UK Top 200 position: 14
Aerospace and defence
Our international aerospace and defence experts have worked on the financing and restructuring of some of the world's largest defence programmes. We advise governments, financiers, as well as aerospace, naval and land-systems defence contractors on the broadest range of transactions. Click here for more information on aerospace and defence.
Asset management and investment
Simmons & Simmons has a highly specialised international asset management and investment funds team. We have experts in fund formation, financial services regulation, trading documentation (including prime brokerage and derivatives documentation), litigation, taxation, corporate law and employment regulation. Click here for more information on asset management and investment.
Our construction practice acts for a broad range of clients — from public bodies and major developers to purchasers and contractors — and a wide variety of projects. We have the expertise to help companies in this sector successfully manage risk through effective project management. Click here for more information on construction.
Consumer finance and retail
Our team's expert knowledge of the sector enables us to provide a first class service on a broad range of matters, including:
- consumer finance regulatory
- product safety and product liability
- brand protection
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Employments and benefits
Our integrated team, with over 100 lawyers located across ten jurisdictions, is able to provide practical advice to clients on domestic, international and transnational issues offering a commercial and creative approach. Our international employment group (IEG) includes many leading employment lawyers who bring a global perspective to employment law. Click here for more information on employments and benefits.
Energy and infrastructure
The team advises governmental authorities, industry participants and financial institutions on water projects, oil and gas exploration, energy production, mining projects, processing, refining and sale and purchase agreements, energy regulation, energy trading and derivatives, power, petrochemicals, technology licencing, renewable energy, emissions trading, PFI/PPP, M&A, capital raisings and dispute resolution matters. We also advise on infrastructure projects in various sectors including construction, defence, transport and waste. We are praised for "depth of experience, maturity and pragmatism" in Legal 500. Click here for more information on energy and infrastructure.
Environment and climate change
Our reputation for "excellent industry knowledge" (Chambers 2010) means that our clients bring us their toughest environmental, health and safety, and climate change challenges. Our clients demand a commercial approach; lawyers with excellent legal skills, an appreciation of technical aspects within the dynamic regulatory and political context. We support our clients with the full range of regulatory, transactional, project and contentious legal advice. Click here for more information on environment and climate change.
Simmons & Simmons is embedded in the international financial and regulatory community. We understand the products our FI clients deal with, the time constraints they experience and the regulatory pressures they are under and use this to provide clients with tailored, commercial and cost-effective advice. We work with our long-standing clients across banking and insurance on the full range of legal specialties including complex structured finance work, cross-jurisdictional regulatory projects, highly sensitive employment issues and valuable disputes matters. Click here for more information on financial institutions.
The international practice has expanded rapidly over the last few years and is now the eighth largest finance practice by turnover in the City of London, comprising over 200 lawyers, including 74 partners. The features that mark us out from our competitors are: a reputation for developing new approaches to traditional financial products; the quality of our relationships with leading financial institutions; and a very strong investment bank-based practice. Click here for more information on financial markets.
Information, communications and technology
Our contracting expertise and experience includes:
- IT, business process, HR, communications, call centre and telecoms network
- IT procurement, hardware, software licensing and development, ASP services, data centre services and cloud computing
- Telecoms network build and operate arrangements, satellite, submarine cable and wireless systems
- E-commerce linking and affiliate deals and acquisition of content
- Financial institutions licensing of market data and electronic exchanges as well as outsourcing and procurement.
- Public sector outsourcing and procurement subject to the particular regulation and rules applicable to this sector.
- Media broadcasting via terrestrial, satellite, cable and IPTV infrastructure, technology and infrastructure procurement and content licensing.
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As businesses operate in increasingly regulated environments, Simmons & Simmons can offer an integrated, international team of leading lawyers with experience of advising across the full spectrum of high profile and cross border investigations. Our investigations team collaborates and shares experience across the sectors and practices affected by heightened regulation. We advise on all aspects of investigations and provide our clients with specialist advice from the start with the right teams of litigators, sector and practice specialists. Our clients include financial institutions, corporate entities, employers and individuals such as directors and executives who face significant penalties as a result of these investigations. Click here for more information on investigations.
Our dedicated team, together with sector analysts and external industry consultants, means we can support leading life sciences companies worldwide.
- by working for many of the largest global pharmaceutical companies, we offer an unrivalled, in depth understanding of this specialist market
- by advising some of the fastest growing biotechs we move as fast as our clients' needs, staying ahead of the trends
- by supporting household names in consumer healthcare we have specialist knowledge of the marketing challenges our clients face
- by assisting many of the leading medical devices companies we understand the short and long term business drivers in this field
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The size, complexity and variety of major projects taking place around the world have never been greater, but neither have the risks. Pressures on public finances and the growth of emerging, as well as established markets, have created both new opportunities and new demands. Consequently, the role of the legal adviser has never been more important. Our multi-disciplinary team brings together specialists in project finance, public procurement, tax, environmental law, construction, real estate, regulation and competition, allowing us to offer our clients a totally integrated service. We have a strong projects capability across a broad range of industry sectors, and have particular expertise in Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects, transport, aerospace and defence, telecoms, and energy and utilities (including mining & minerals and petrochemicals). Internationally, we have over 100 lawyers working on projects from our network of offices and we have the strength, depth and global reach to advise on major projects no matter what the jurisdiction or location. Click here for more information on projects.
Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT)
With many of our lawyers having worked inside Technology, Media & Telecommunications companies and a fluency in the technologies that drive our clients businesses, we are able to offer a level of TMT understanding that is hard to match. Our internationally recognised Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) practice is a multi-disciplinary group of lawyers with specialist skills covering all aspects of the TMT sector including commercial/transactional, regulatory, corporate/M&A, finance, competition, outsourcing, employment and pensions, intellectual property, dispute resolution, real estate and tax advice. This broad coverage of the sector means we are perfectly positioned to advise TMT suppliers and their customers on any legal or commercial issues they may be facing. Click here for more information on TMT.
We advise both governments and the private sector in relation to all aspects of the transport industry, specialising in rail, aviation, shipping, logistics and roads. Our knowledge of the structure and economics of these industries allows our lawyers to anticipate and advise on the widest range of legal issues. Our practice brings together an integrated team of lawyers who specialise in corporate, commercial, finance, tax, projects, construction, real estate, dispute resolution, competition and employment law. Click here for more information on transport.
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