10 Chiswell Street, 2nd Floor
London, UK EC1Y 4UQ
Phone:+44 20 7786 2100
Fax:+44 20 7786 2101
In London, Duane Morris represents all types of businesses, from start-ups to multinationals. The London-based partners, all of whom are admitted as solicitors in England and Wales, leverage the resources of a major U.S. law firm to provide a full range of legal services to clients in the U.K. and throughout the world, particularly coordinating pan-European litigation, transactional and regulatory matters for clients. In addition to the solicitors and registered foreign lawyers in the London office, Duane Morris has partners in offices in the U.S. and Asia who provide localized legal advice to UK-headquartered businesses who have operations and interests around the globe.
Range of Services
Corporate, Securities, Mergers and Acquisitions
Duane Morris' Corporate and Commercial Practice Group advises early-stage and mature companies on a wide variety of corporate and commercial matters. The firm represents clients in all aspects of mergers and acquisitions, including negotiated acquisitions and divestitures, hostile acquisitions and defense against takeover attempts. We are experienced with venture capital and private equity transactions and work with our entrepreneurial clients in developing and implementing creative strategies to accomplish their corporate finance and acquisition objectives. Our team regularly assists private companies with strategic planning, equity incentives and succession planning. We represent companies in public offerings and advise them on securities law compliance, ongoing reporting obligations and corporate governance issues. Duane Morris lawyers in London regularly represent European clients regarding a wide variety of commercial contracts and transnational transactions. We have represented U.K. companies in acquisitions abroad, as well as foreign companies in connection with acquisitions in the United Kingdom.
Litigation, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution
Duane Morris' Trial Practice Group represents clients in all aspects of complex commercial litigation, including risk audit, litigation avoidance strategies and, when settlement proves impossible, litigation, arbitration and mediation of dispute. Our litigators are experienced in an array of areas, including automotive, engineering, intellectual property, information technology, insurance and employment disputes, commonly with a cross-border element. Members of our Trial Practice Group work closely with members of the firm's corporate and bankruptcy practices to represent financial institutions. Duane Morris has represented numerous international and national manufacturers in all forms of products liability and toxic tort litigation, including defense of product class actions, serving as coordinating counsel, lead counsel, regional counsel or local counsel. Duane Morris also represents individuals and corporations facing allegations of criminal conduct, including fraud, environmental crimes, securities violations, trade espionage and a variety of business-related offenses. In addition to representing clients in U.K. forums and before international tribunals, we also provide counsel on settling disputes without conventional litigation by using arbitration and alternative dispute resolution and advise on methods to anticipate and avoid litigation.
Banking and Financial Services
Duane Morris has represented banks, financial institutions and their holding companies in the U.K., U.S. and around the world. Our Banking and Financial Services Practice Group also has represented other providers of financial services, including investment banking and brokerage firms, commercial finance companies and insurance companies, in a broad range of regulatory, legislative and business law areas. The firm acts in a wide range of expansion and restructuring transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, strategic divestitures, merger/conversion transactions, purchases and sales of branches and branch systems, product development and litigation.
The Tax Practice Group is an integral part of the firm's transactional practice. We work closely with our corporate and finance lawyers to structure and effectuate complex transactions from a tax perspective to better fit our client's business objectives. The attorneys in the London office advise extensively on value-added tax (VAT), corporate residence and various anti-avoidance regimes in the UK. We also have experience with UK/U.S. cross-border tax issues and counsel clients regularly on the establishment of UK operations, the application of the UK/U.S. double tax treaty, as well as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and related inter-governmental agreements.
Duane Morris' real estate solicitors represent a broad range of high-profile institutional and individual clients in all aspects of real estate transactions. The Practice Group handles real estate acquisitions and dispositions, financings, workouts and restructurings, development and leasing, land use and planning, and related litigation.
Information Technology and Telecommunications
Duane Morris has assembled a dedicated group of experienced lawyers possessing specific industry knowledge and interdisciplinary skills to address the transactional, finance, regulatory and dispute resolution aspects of structuring and implementing a wide range of information technology and telecommunications projects. Our goal is to address these technologically and commercially complex challenges in an integrated, strategic and efficient manner.
Duane Morris represents large institutional clients, medium- and smaller-sized companies, nonprofit organizations and individuals in a broad spectrum of employment matters. Lawyers in London advise on corporate immigration, executive service contracts, design and implementation of employment contracts and benefits, regulatory matters, share option and profit-related pay, employee severance, lay offs and downsizing, confidentiality and non compete issues.
Insurance and Reinsurance
Duane Morris is one of the leading providers of comprehensive business and litigation services to the insurance and reinsurance industry. Duane Morris attorneys possess the experience and capabilities to represent insurers and reinsurers in every aspect of their business, and to defend their positions at trial and through appeal. Members of the Insurance and Reinsurance group offer a multidisciplinary approach to our clients' representation in insurance coverage, litigation, transactional, financial, intellectual property and regulatory matters. The attorneys provide the full range of insurance legal services from coverage opinions involving a single policy to litigation regarding complex insurance programs with billion dollar exposures. The firm represents the gamut of insurers and reinsurers both nationally and internationally, from property, casualty, life, disability, health and professional liability and financial institution insurance providers, captive insurers offshore, alternative market entities and guaranty associations.
Our International Practice Group integrates the services of lawyers from various disciplines who practice around the world, creating a global infrastructure of international experience and enhanced sensitivity to cultural differences. In the area of international trade regulation, we provide advice regarding international regulatory and commercial aspects of trade in goods and services, including product labeling and other regulations that affect imports and exports.
For Additional Information
Duane Morris is a partnership authorised and regulated by the Solicitors' Regulation Authority (number 310992). The rules of the Solicitors' Regulation Authority can be accessed at www.sra.org.uk/solicitors/code-of-conduct.page. The firm's VAT registration number is 744 3570 30.
A list of the partners and their professional qualifications is open to inspection at the above address. The partners are all lawyers who are also partners in the international law firm of Duane Morris LLP.