Government agencies, States and departments across the world benefit from our wide ranging and international skills.Recognised as a leading firm for tax and trust law, charity law and philanthropic giving, wealth planning, and international litigation and arbitration, our depth of knowledge and strong reputation means our lawyers are frequently called upon by government bodies to provide a unique viewpoint on draft legislation, or the best way to structure new rules.
Whether on a formally instructed basis or working as part of a committee of advisors, our broad legal knowledge and international perspective allows us to give guidance on the consequences of policies and legislation.
Our lawyers are frequently also found campaigning at the forefront of their various areas of law, working with government bodies, industry groups and interested third parties on ways in which the law could be practically improved to help agencies and individuals.
How we can help
Our banking and finance team is involved in landmark deals across the globe, offering bespoke advice to individuals, entrepreneurs and companies looking to arrange all types of finance.Commercial litigation
Our highly skilled commercial litigators assist with complex, multi-jurisdictional cases of all kinds. Whether acting for an investor, business or brand, our creative approach gets results.Financial services
Our lawyers have a wealth of experience navigating complex global financial markets. We help clients secure their finances and futureproof their businesses.
With experience spanning the globe, we represent businesses and investors when disputes arise under international investment law. Our lawyers are also uniquely placed to help States draft investment treaties.Philanthropy
There is no single approach to philanthropy; what’s key is that your giving has the biggest impact possible. Whichever way you choose to donate, our team can advise on what is most effective.
Our multilingual laywers give strategic public international law advice to governments, organizations and individuals on sensitive matters around the world.Tax
With a team of more than 150 specialist tax lawyers, who are qualified in jurisdictions around the world, we are perfectly placed to handle even the most complex, cross-border tax issues.
The Government of the Virgin Islands (BVI)
We are instructed by The Government of the Virgin Islands to provide advice and representation in relation to a Commission of Inquiry launched by the then Governor of the BVI to establish whether corruption or abuse of office may have taken place in the BVI in recent years and to make recommendations on good governance issues. In Autumn 2021, we completed 52 days of hearings, most of which took place as public live streams.
States of Jersey
We advised the Chief Minister’s Department of the States of Jersey in relation to the changes to Jersey’s regime for attracting high net worth individuals.
Croatian gaming concession arbitration
Acting as Counsel for the respondent in Adria Beteiligungs v The Republic of Croatia, we worked on an UNCITRAL arbitration under the aegis of the Permanent Court of Arbitration related to a gaming concession agreement in Croatia.
Ecuador v Colombia ICJ case
Our litigation team acted in Ecuador v Colombia (Aerial Herbicide Spraying) Counsel of Colombia, in an ICJ case involving issues of international environmental law.
Litigation advice for the Ukranian government
We act for the Ukrainian government in relation to a variety of commercial disputes.
The Romanian State
Our team represented the Romanian State in connection with the enforcement of a foreign judgment in the US, with the State receiving 100% of the judgment amount.
Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Croatia
We acted as in-house lawyer at the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Croatia, advising on the application of the Croatian Privatisation Law, participated in the negotiation of the Programmatic Adjustment Loans with the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and monitored progress of required policy actions including privatisation of shipyards and subsidiaries of the Croatian Railways
Republic of Croatia
We advised on a grant agreement between the Republic of Croatia and the International Bank for Reconstruction and development. This included advising on the project implementation agreement and overall financing structure in connection with a global environment facility trust fund grant for renewable energy projects in Croatia.
Singapore's first constitutional challenge to the criminalization of male homosexual Conduct
In the case of Lim Meng Suang and Kenneth Chee Mun-Leon v Attorney-General SGCA53 we acted in our client's appeal involving constitutional issues of public importance, namely, whether Section 377A of the Penal Code infringes the constitutional rights to equality, life and liberty. This was Singapore’s First Constitutional Challenges to the Criminalization of Male Homosexual Conduct in Singapore.
Advised on the USD$1 billion financing of the largest toll road in Israel
Advised the senior agent to existing international lenders to the Cross Israel Highway. We advised on the financing provided to the concessionaire, Derech Eretz Highways Ltd. Operating the largest toll road in Israel, the highway has generated investment in excess of USD$1 billion and was the biggest infrastructure project in Israel for many years and the first major build-own-operate-transfer project in Israel.
UK Cabinet Office
Acted for a facilities management company in tender to provide conferencing and related services to the UK Cabinet Office.
Equity investments in a Serbian bank
We advised a multilateral agency on their equity investments in a Serbian bank, and a shareholders agreement with the Republic of Serbia including on a privatisation programme.
EU tender procedures
We advised a facilities management company on EU tender procedures and drafted tender documents for the provision of conferencing and related services to the UK Cabinet Office.
Government in the Middle East
We are currently advising a Government in the Middle East on its investment treaty program.
Privatisation of the Scottish electricity industry
We advised on the privatisation of the Scottish electricity industry. This privatisation included the whole pre-IPO reorganisation, and hiving off of the Grid and the Nuclear industry.
Financing the privatisation of the airport in Prishtina, Kosovo
We advised a Turkish bank in financing the privatisation of the airport in Prishtina, Kosovo via a public private partnership with a Turkish and French consortium. This included advising on the PPP Agreement, the ‘bankability’ of that document, and the relevant direct agreement.
International Bank for Reconstruction and Development
We advised on a grant agreement between the Republic of Croatia and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development. This included advising on the project implementation agreement and overall financing structure in connection with a global environment facility trust fund grant for renewable energy projects in Croatia.
Caribbean Government international investment law advice
We were instructed by a Caribbean Government to advise on a range of international investment law issues.
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