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Western and Southern Europe

With more than 150 lawyers and consultants in our Western and Southern Europe group, our International practice has extensive experience in the Western and Southern European regions, which include the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Channel Islands (Alderney, Guernsey, Jersey) Germany, Gibraltar, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

In addition to English, a number of our lawyers, consultants and staff interested in these countries speak Dutch/Flemish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. Firmwide our lawyers, consultants and staff speak more than 40 languages.

Overview

McGuireWoods offers full-service legal and consulting services to our international, regional and local clients doing business in Western and Southern Europe. We bring resources to clients wherever they do business, drawing upon our US offices, as well as upon our major offices in London and Brussels, and from the European office of McGuireWoods Consulting, our full-service public affairs subsidiary, in Bucharest, Romania.

Companies doing business in Western and Southern Europe require more than excellent legal skills. Independent legal advisors must also bring a detailed and comprehensive understanding of unique civil code and common law legal systems, abstruse EU Directives, arcane precedents, technical language nuance, and cultural sensitivities.

Our European lawyers understand the intricacies of the Eurozone and the EU enlargement nations, many having brought to McGuireWoods prior in-house experience at multinationals, growth companies and other law firms during their periods of regional expansion. When clients entrust their European business to McGuireWoods, we marshal our lawyers and consultants, long-held local counsel relationships, our affiliated firm KGA in Paris, and our global lawyer networks LNI and Lex Mundi.

Industries —We form multidisciplinary, cross-border teams whose experience spans industries, including among them the extractive and energy sectors; consumer products, durable goods and high-tech manufacturing; the life sciences; technology, media and telecommunications (TMT); entertainment, and hospitality. We advise on supply chain and outsourcing commitments, including leading procurement advisory for several national governments and municipalities. We offer similar depth of experience in handling matters related to infrastructure and transportation; freight and logistics operations; and franchise, online and retail operations.

Corporate Transactions — McGuireWoods has represented parties in the acquisition or sale of public and private businesses in every Western and Southern European nation, particularly including large-scale operations in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK. Our teams also advise on private equity, venture capital and fund formation and operation, and handle cross-border debt and equity capital market IPOs (e.g., on the Official List of the London Stock Exchange or AIM), as well as corporate tax advice.

Dispute Resolution - McGuireWoods lawyers also advise on multinational litigation, international arbitration and dispute resolution. Our dispute resolution practitioners are experienced in managing litigation in multiple jurisdictions.  We regularly advise clients, including African governments on global fraud and corruption issues, including the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and UK Bribery Act 2010 (UKBA), UN, EU and US economic and trade sanction penalties.  Firm partner, Vivian Robinson QC, based in London, previously served as first general counsel at the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) where he spearheaded development of the SFO’s enforcement policy under the UKBA and acted as primary liaison to the public and business communities.

Financial Services — Working for banks, brokers, agents, underwriters and reinsurers, our teams have worked on all aspects of cross-border financings ranging from smaller bilateral deals to multibillion dollar syndicated loans, securities and bond issuances for leading global brands. The firm’s practice has managed US$150 billion in commitments over the last decade and, as a result, we maintain close connections with many European satellites of US financial institution clients.

Private Client — McGuireWoods’ lawyers and consultants have established a long-held reputation for personal service to high-net worth clientele for whom we provide regular advice on private matters, taxation, estate, business and charitable concerns.

Additional Work – Our experience in Europe also includes a full range of advice on labor and employment and advising on real estate transactions.

Recognition — The firm’s London and Brussels offices and lawyers have received broad professional recognition, including recommendations in PLC, Which Lawyer?, The European Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal. Our Brussels office was awarded “2010 Best U.S. Law Firm” in the Belgian Legal Awards.

Networks — Our lawyers are active in a number of key industry, legal and professional associations relevant for Western and Southern Europe, including the American Chamber of Commerce in Belgium; the Belgian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (BVA); the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium; the European Association for Banking and Financial Law; the European Competition Lawyers Forum; the Institut des Juristes d’Entreprise/Instituut veer Bedrijfsjiristen (Belgium); the London Court of International Arbitration; the Law Society Competition Section (UK); British American Business; the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA); the German British Chamber of Commerce; the Loan Market Association; the Netherlands British Chamber of Commerce; and the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain.

CONTACTS

Scott S. Cairns Partner T: +44 20 7632 1664
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RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. PRIOR RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR OUTCOME.

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Wood Creek Management, LLC

Represented Wood Creek Management, LLC in its $750 million acquisition of Genesis Funding Limited from AerCap International Bermuda, Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of AerCap Holdings N.V. (NYSE: AER).
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Arlington Investors and Campus Living Villages

Representation of in its $177 million purchase of student accommodation portfolios from Spectrum Housing Group and Sanctuary Housing Association.
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Client

Advising a client concerning the transfer of personal data from EU to the U.S. to comply with U.S. regulatory rules relating to a contract with the U.S. government.
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Communications company

Advising a company on all aspects of IT security and data protection compliance in its negotiation with its main IT service provider.
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International group

Advising an international group concerning the data protection compliance of an internal HR network.
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International group

Advising an international group concerning the data protection compliance of its e-commerce website (privacy notice, cookies, transfer of personal data to third parties for direct marketing purposes, etc.).
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International property and casualty insurance holding company

Negotiated a competitive down select for a cloud services agreement and provided research and gap analysis regarding same.
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Manufacturers of an original form of insecticidal mosquito net

Defending the manufacturers of an original form of insecticidal mosquito net against a claim that they misused trade secrets. The claim was aimed at bringing the client’s entire business to an end by obtaining injunctive relief against their current product. The court found that there had been misuse but refused to grant an injunction against the current product. Both sides have appealed and the matter is due to be heard by the Court of Appeal in 2010.
Representative Matter

Various financial services clients

Advising various clients, in particular, in financial services on policy structuring for privacy and data management, including cross-border data transfers, use of model clauses and Binding Corporate Rules; comparative advice on Safe Harbor provisions in the U.S.
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Large U.S. law firm

Defending a large U.S. law firm in claims of unfair dismissal, sex discrimination and disability discrimination brought by a former employee in its London offices.
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Directors of overseas investment fund

Successfully applied for and obtained dismissal of substantial English Employment Tribunal claims for consolidated unfair dismissal and unauthorised wage deductions brought against directors of an overseas investment fund by all of its UK employees.
Representative Matter

Multinational automaker

Advising as part of a team of lawyers on a multinational transaction and disposal involving a multinational automaker and advising on cross border transfers of employee and customer personal data, TUPE, representations and warranties.
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North American company

Acting for a North American company in the acquisition of a firm of architects in the UK, advising on TUPE and all employee related aspects of the acquisition.
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One of Iceland's leading banks

Acted on behalf of the Resolution Committee appointed by the Icelandic government to manage the affairs of one of Iceland’s leading banks in the winding down of its UK branch.
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Substantial U.S.-based international business

Represented a substantial U.S.-based international business in relation to the termination of a senior executive, who was a member of our client’s U.S. board of directors, seconded to work for its UK subsidiary.
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U.S.-based financial research business

Coordinating the expansion of a U.S.-based financial research business into Europe, including obtaining relevant employment and consultancy advice from lawyers in numerous European jurisdictions.
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U.S.-owned London stockbroker and investment management group

Advising a U.S.-owned London stockbroker and investment management group in connection with a collective redundancy exercise and subsequent second round of individual redundancies.
Case Study

Brussels team successfully represents international online gambling operator in trademark infringement case

McGuireWoods recently represented an international online gambling operator in a trademark infringement case brought before the Court of First Instance of Paris by the group Pari Mutuel Urbain (PMU), which until recently had held a monopoly in France on gambling on horse racing.

Representative Matter

Fortune 100 financial institution

Representation of a Fortune 100 financial institution in a series of lawsuits arising out of the collapse of an Italian food and dairy conglomerate. The claimed losses against the bank exceeded $14 billion. The cases involved worldwide discovery and coordinated efforts with other U.S. and European counsel for the client, which faced other related civil and criminal proceedings in several countries.
Representative Matter

Leading manufacturer of commercial door and frame products

Representation of a leading manufacturer of specialty and standard commercial door and frame products in a sale of its assets to a division of the world's largest manufacturer of commercial doors and hardware.
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Vassilis Akritidis
Partner
rue des Colonies 56 - box 3
1000 Brussels

T: +32 2 629 42 53
F: +32 2 629 42 22
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Hed Amitai Hed Amitai
Partner
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1609
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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Hubert André-Dumont Hubert André-Dumont
Partner
rue des Colonies 56 - box 3
1000 Brussels

T: +32 2 629 42 60
F: +32 2 629 42 22
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Yongqing Bao
Associate
rue des Colonies 56 - box 3
1000 Brussels

T: +32 2 629 42 24
F: +32 2 629 42 22
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Mary Dalton Baril Mary Dalton Baril
Partner
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 1169
F: +1 804 698 2009
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Michael H Barker Michael H. Barker
Associate
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 1679
F: +1 804 698 4675
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Marshall Beil Marshall Beil
Counsel
1345 Avenue of the Americas
7th Floor
New York, NY 10105-0106

T: +1 212 548 7004
F: +1 212 715 2319
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William J Boddy William J. Boddy
Associate - Solicitor Advocate
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1625
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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Jeremy S Byrum Jeremy S. Byrum
Partner
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 4305
F: +1 804 698 2080
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Scott S Cairns Scott S. Cairns
Partner
Bank of America Tower
50 North Laura Street
Suite 3300
Jacksonville, FL 32202-3661

T: +1 904 798 3223
F: +1 904 798 3261
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Pol Cools Pol Cools
Counsel
rue des Colonies 56 - box 3
1000 Brussels

T: +32 2 629 42 16
F: +32 2 629 42 22
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Peter J Covington Peter J. Covington
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2074
F: +1 704 444 8722
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Laurie Craig Laurie Craig
Counsel
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1696
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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Robert W Cramer Robert W. Cramer
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2015
F: +1 704 444 8723
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Dave Dargatis David G. Dargatis
Senior Counsel
1750 Tysons Boulevard
Suite 1800
Tysons, VA 22102-4215

T: +1 703 712 5080
F: +1 703 712 5050
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Asheesh Das Dr Asheesh Das
Partner
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1682
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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Patrick A De Ridder Patrick A. De Ridder
Partner
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +1 804 775 4369
F: +1 804 698 2221
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T:+44 20 7632 1716
F: +44 20 7632 1638

Howard Feller Howard Feller
Partner
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 4393
F: +1 804 698 2051
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Benedicte Kaare Fjeld Benedicte Kaare Fjeld
Associate
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1684
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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Coraline Fourniols Coraline F. Fourniols
Associate
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1645
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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James C Freije James C. Freije
Attorney
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

T: +1 202 857 1702
F: +1 202 828 3314
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Anders O V Grundberg Anders O. V. Grundberg
Counsel
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1604
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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James Hans Guterman James Hans Guterman
Counsel
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2007
F: +1 704 444 8735
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Matthew Hall Matthew Hall
Partner
rue des Colonies 56 - box 3
1000 Brussels

T: +32 2 629 42 34
F: +32 2 629 42 22
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J. Kate Harris Hatcher J. Kate Harris Hatcher
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2239
F: +1 704 444 8811
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Speaking Engagement

2nd Annual IBA Investing in Africa Conference: Opportunities for Businesses and the Lawyers Who Counsel Them

From Raw Materials to Hi-Tech Devices - The Impact on African Mining of the Regulations on Conflict Minerals

Thursday, June 30, 2016
London
Speaking Engagement

The Union Customs Code in Belgium

April 21, 2016
Brussels
Speaking Engagement

Mining Companies: How to Survive Rough Times

April 19, 2016
New York, NY
Speaking Engagement

2016 Danish Biotech Conference

April 12-13, 2016
New York, NY
Speaking Engagement

64th Antitrust Law Spring Meeting

April 6, 2016
Washington, DC
Speaking Engagement

A Session with the Chief Economist of the EU Commission DG Comp

January 11, 2016
ABA Audio Conference
Speaking Engagement

Around the World: An Assessment of the International Antitrust Treatment of Trade Associations

December 17, 2015
American Bar Association Teleconference
Event

7th Annual Medical Device and Life Sciences Conference

November 19, 2015
Chicago, IL
Event

European Data Protection and Security Conference

Tuesday, November 3, 2015
London
Speaking Engagement

Forum on International Trade Disputes

Managing Trade Defence and the Barriers to Your Trade in Europe

October 20, 2015
Brussels
Speaking Engagement

International Bar Association Annual Conference

Government relations in natural resources projects

October 4-9, 2015
Vienna
Speaking Engagement

UKTI Benelux Series 2015

Understanding and benefitting from the new EU rules for online retail

July 2, 2015
Webinar
Speaking Engagement

ITechLaw Asia-Pacific Conference

January 29, 2015
Bangalore
Event

6th Annual Medical Device and Life Sciences Conference

November 18, 2014
Chicago, IL
Speaking Engagement

Safeguarding the Right to Data Protection in the EU

The role of the national and European courts

October 30, 2014
Speaking Engagement

eCommerce Webinar Series 2014

Understanding and benefitting from the new EU rules for online retail

October 14, 2014
Speaking Engagement

Antitrust Regulation in Russia

Private litigations

October 13, 2014
Brussels
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Legal Alert

WP 29 Expresses Concerns About EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

Password Protected
April 13, 2016
Legal Alert

McGuireWoods Succeeds in Obtaining the Annulment of Anti-Dumping Duties for China Solar Co.

The Energy & Environment Investor
March 23, 2016
Legal Alert

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Text Released

Password Protected
March 1, 2016
Legal Alert

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield: Better or Worse?

Password Protected
February 15, 2016
Article

Illegal Competitions

Estates Gazette
February 13, 2016
Legal Alert

Replacing Safe Harbor: EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Announced

Password Protected
February 3, 2016
Legal Alert

Employers Can Read Employees’ Private Messages

Password Protected
January 25, 2016
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