Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP (Europe)

THE SCOOP

One of the top law firms in the US, with powerhouse practices in everything from corporate finance to litigation, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher does its share of high-stakes work for high-end clients.  A California institution since 1890, the firm has had a foothold in Europe since the 1960s and gained significant influence around the global circuit.  

Spreading out

After opening shop in Brussels in 2003, Gibson Dunn waited four years to branch out again, finally establishing a permanent presence in the Middle East by adding Dubai to its office locales.  The firm had already operated in the region for three-plus decades, recently garnering recognition from mergermarket as the top M&A outfit in the Middle East for value of deals in the first quarter of 2008.  Gibsonites now possesses a home base in the Dubai International Financial Centre from which to serve such clients as sovereign wealth funds, investment companies and some of the most active family offices.  Gibson Dunn lawyers advised on the first Sharia-compliant leveraged private equity transaction in France and helped structure Sharia-compliant investments in leveraged private equity transactions in Europe and the US.  In February 2009, Gibson Dunn, with local counsel, advised Etihad Atheeb Telecom in connection with its $80 million IPO on the Tadawulâ€"the first IPO to be completed on the Saudi Stock Exchange following the freeze of offerings on the exchange in 2008.  

In 2008, the firm brought together attorneys with American, English and Indian law capabilities to form a new office in Singapore; Gibson Dunn’s 15th location opened with 10 lawyers responsible for much of the firm’s caseload in South and Southeast Asia.  Asia Legal Business has named the firm among the 30 fastest-growing firms in Asia.  The most recent Asia Pacific Legal 500 included the Singapore office among its list of recommended law firms in the Offshore Market category, and Singapore partner Emad Khalil was recognized as a leading lawyer in projects and energy.

London deals are growing

Gibson Dunn’s London office was founded more than 25 years ago.  It houses a full-service corporate department, including restructuring, commercial real estate and tax, as well as M&A, private equity, finance and capital markets practices.  Other practices include dispute resolution and international arbitration, labour and employment, and competition law.  The busy London disputes team advised on more than 100 litigation and arbitration matters in 2008.   Gibson Dunn lawyers provide advice on US, UK and EU law, though the firm does not currently have a training programme for UK-qualified solicitors.  

The London office completed billions of pounds of private equity and M&A deals in 2008.  Notable M&A transactions include advising The Gores Group on the $553 million acquisition of Siemens Enterprise Networks via the establishment of a joint entity; advising Kuwait Investment Authority in its $1 billion investment in Dow Chemical’s acquisition of Rohm and Haas; and advising Borse Dubai in its $7 billion acquisition of OMX and acquisition of shares in the Nasdaq Stock Market and the London Stock Exchange.  Gibson Dunn also represented London & Stamford Property on the £247.5 million placing of ordinary shares and its admission to trading on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange.
It’s a mall world

Gibson Dunn has significant experience in Eastern Europe, especially in mergers and acquisitions and in equity capital markets transactions. For example, a London team advised Equest Balkan Properties on the sale of Sofia City Centre Mall, a retail mall, to Heitman European Property Partners III for â'¬101.5 million in November 2008.  The firm has also helped Equest acquire and finance other commercial properties in Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia.

In April 2009, Gibson Dunn London represented Apollo European Real Estate Fund III, LP on the formation of a joint venture with clients of F&C REIT Asset Management to acquire a portfolio of more than 200 properties from the administrators of the Dawnay Day group.  The transaction, which involved a team of corporate, real estate and tax lawyers, was reportedly the largest UK property deal of 2009 to date.  The firm also acted on what was reportedly the largest single-asset deal in Europe in 2007 when it advised Lehman Brothers on a joint venture with French company Atemi SAS to purchase the Coeur Défense office complex in Paris for â'¬2.1 billion.

Battle of the chipmakers

Gibson Dunn continues to work on some of the most important antitrust matters in progress, advising on a full range of UK and EU competition law.  Among the firm’s marquee clients is Silicon Valley computer chip maker Intel, for whom the firm has been doing battle for several years.  In May 2009, the European Commission handed Intel a fine of â'¬1.06 billion, one of the largest fines in its history, for unfairly limiting competition with rival chip maker Advanced Micro Devices (AMD).  Gibson Dunn continues to defend Intel against antitrust claims brought by AMD and others in the US and Europe.  In 2005, AMD filed a lawsuit in Delaware against the California-based chip maker, claiming that Intel has monopolised the global microprocessor market by offering discounts to PC makers and retailers that AMD cannot match; that case is scheduled to go to trial in March 2010.

Eyes wide open

Gibson Dunn seems to be thinking internationally when it makes lateral hires these days.  In May 2009, John Sullivan, former US deputy secretary of commerce and international trade and investment maven, joined the firm’s Washington DC office as partner.  Across the Atlantic, the London office nabbed former Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer, who had served in various high-level capacities in the administration of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.  The hiring of Charles Falconer in summer 2008, who is highly regarded not only in the UK but also within the larger international legal, business and political community, supports the firm’s effort to further broaden its presence on the international stage and expand its disputes practice, which already comprises 20 per cent of the London office.  Gibson’s London office also bolstered its international finance, restructuring and corporate transactions practices in 2008 with the hire of partner Greg Campbell away from rival Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and the recruitment of partner Mitri Najjar from Dewey & LeBoeuf; Najjar now splits his time between London and Dubai, servicing clients on cross-border transactions.
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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP (Europe)


Telephone House
2-4 Temple Avenue
London EC4Y 0HB
Phone: +44 (0)20 7071 4000
www.gibsondunn.com

STATS


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Firmwide managing partner: Kenneth M. Doran
  • Total No. Attorneys 2009: 1,023

Major Office Locations

  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Palo Alto, CA
  • Orange County, CA
  • Century City, CA
  • Denver, CO
  • Washington, DC
  • New York, NY
  • Dallas, TX
  • Singapore, Singapore
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Paris, France
  • Munich, Germany
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