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.

Region-Western-and-Southern-Europe

CONTACTS

Scott S. Cairns Partner T: +44 20 7632 1664
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Cross-border Sale of an Onshore Oil and Gas Subsidiary

Representation of a UK-based multinational power and commodities company in its sale of an onshore oil and gas subsidiary to a private U.S.-based oil and gas company.
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German Life Sciences Company Acquires Medical Device Technologies Company

Representation of a German-based global quality and safety services company in its $7 million acquisition, through its U.S. subsidiary, of a medical device development company.
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VC Investment in Belgium Biotech Company

Representation of a Belgium-based biotech company focusing on stem cell technology in connection with a €2 million investment by a venture capital firm.
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INOLEX Sale of Lexolube

Representation of INOLEX, a leading global specialty cosmetic ingredient company, in the sale of its Lexolube, its industrial lubricants division, to Zschimmer & Schwarz, a Germany-based chemical company.
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Netherlands-based Ingredients Manufacturer Sale to Commodities Trade Facilitator

Representation of a Netherlands-based ingredients arm of an international trading and shipping group in its $19 million sale of the stock of its U.S. operations to a commodities trade facilitator.
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Teledyne Acquires UK-based Technology Group

Representation of Teledyne Technologies Inc., a leading provider of sophisticated electronic components, instruments and communications products, in connection with its £625 million acquisition of e2v Technologies PLC, a UK-based manufacturer and developer of technology systems and components.
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Anti-Dumping Duties

McGuireWoods’ international trade team obtained before the EU Courts the annulment of the anti-dumping duties imposed by the European Commission against imports into the EU of solar glass made by our client XinYi PV Products (Anhui) Holdings Ltd (XinYi PV).
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Arlington Investors & Campus Living Acquire Student Accommodation Portfolios

Representation of Arlington Investors and Campus Living Villages 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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Wood Creek Adds 37 Aircraft to Portfolio

Representation of Wood Creek Management, LLC in its $750 million acquisition of Genesis Funding Limited from AerCap International Bermuda, Ltd.
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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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GNC Gains Access to World’s Second Largest Sports Nutrition Supplement Market

Representation of GNC Holdings, Inc., a health and wellness products retailer, in its acquisition of Discount Supplements, a UK-based multi-brand sports nutrition e-commerce retailer.
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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.
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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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Vassilis Akritidis 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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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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Eric Cowan Eric W. Cowan
Partner
7 Saint Paul Street
Suite 1000
Baltimore, MD 21202-1671

T: +1 410 659 4446
F: +1 410 659 4546
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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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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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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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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
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1611
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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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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Alan P Holliday Alan P. Holliday
Associate
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1679
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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Marc Isaacs Marc C. Isaacs
Partner
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1720
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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Jura N Junnila Jura N. Junnila
Partner
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1619
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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Speaking Engagement

12th Annual European High Yield Conference

October 17, 2017
London
Speaking Engagement

GDPR Summit London

October 9, 2017
Speaking Engagement

Summer Course on European Data Protection Law

September 11-15, 2017
Trier
Speaking Engagement

General Data Protection Regulation Conference Belgium

June 21, 2017
Lint
Speaking Engagement

The London Conversations

June 14, 2017
Speaking Engagement

2017 Annual Conference on EU Law in the Insurance sector

May 18-19, 2017
Trier
Speaking Engagement

7th European Data Protection Days

May 15-17, 2017
Berlin
Speaking Engagement

Roundtable: Impact of Brexit on Customs and Trade with Bruegel

May 9, 2017
Brussels
Speaking Engagement

ASSO DPO: 2017 Annual Congress

May 8-9, 2017
Milan
Speaking Engagement

ABA Antitrust Panel

Merger Control and Innovation

April 25, 2017
Telecoference
Speaking Engagement

Antitrust Law 2017 Spring Meeting

March 28-31, 2017
Washington, DC
Speaking Engagement

Medicines for Europe 13th Legal Affairs Conference

March 22, 2017
London
Speaking Engagement

Principles of Mining Law

December 16, 2016
University of Liège
Event

Hot Topics in Antitrust Compliance and Enforcement

December 7, 2016
Chicago, IL
Event

8th Annual Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Conference

November 10, 2016
Chicago, IL
Event

SEC Compliance and Disclosure Update

October 25, 2016
Complimentary Webinar Series
Speaking Engagement

AWEX Conference

October 13, 2016
Brussels
Event

5th Annual European Data Protection and Security Conference

September 27, 2016
Complimentary Seminar
London
Speaking Engagement

International Bar Association Annual Conference

September 18-23, 2016
Washington, DC
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Legal Alert

Profiting from Human Rights Abuses

September 29, 2017
Legal Alert

FTC Monitors Claims of Privacy Shield Compliance

Password Protected
September 27, 2017
Article

Transfers of Personal Data to Third Countries

ERA Forum, Journal of the Academy or European Law
September 15, 2017
Legal Alert

Japan and South Korea in the Pipeline for Adequacy Decision

Password Protected
September 5, 2017
Publication

Transferts de données personnelles vers des pays tiers

Data protection – L'impact du GDPR en assurance – Data Protection – DE impact van de GDPR in de verzekering
July 2017, pp. 209-232
Legal Alert

The Advance of UK Antitrust Class Actions

Class Action Countermeasures
July 21, 2017
Legal Alert

New UK Subject Access Code of Practice

Password Protected
July 5, 2017
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