• Giacomo Bertolissi

    Associate

  • Dan Alam

    Associate

  • Kritika Mohan

    Associate

  • Chloe Kearns

    Associate

Supporting the Kenya office of the Center for Reproductive Rights

Supporting the Kenya office of the Center for Reproductive Rights in a variety of ways to assist it in its mission of advancing reproductive rights and maternal health in Kenya. This includes drafting an amicus brief on an important case at the High Court of Kenya on behalf of an adolescent who died after suffering from complications from an unsafe abortion. The case resulted in a landmark ruling issued by the High Court of Kenya in June 2019, which strengthens access to safe abortion in Kenya, where, on average, seven women and girls die from unsafe abortions every day.

Collaborating on disability benefit appeals with Zacchaeus 2000 Trust

In collaboration with Zacchaeus 2000 Trust (aka Z2K), a number of lawyers in our London office are handling disability benefit appeals for clients who have mental and physical disabilities. Since the partnership began in early 2018, numerous members of the London office — including partners, associates, trainees, and paralegals — have taken on cases for low-income, disabled clients who were receiving disability benefits that were inadequate to cover their needs.

Representing Social Finance

Representing Social Finance, finance and tax lawyers in our London office structured a development impact bond focused on improving infant mortality in developing countries.

MoFo Together is London’s Ethnic Minority Affinity Group, which addresses barriers faced by ethnic minorities through raising awareness and spearheading initiatives to create an inclusive workplace for all. Together, we celebrate our cultural differences and tackle issues that are pertinent to ethnic minorities in the legal industry and those joining the profession.

Our senior female lawyers in London also play a role in the firm’s global Women’s Strategy Committee, which works closely with firm leadership, including the firm’s chair, firmwide managing partners, and board of directors to ensure that the advancement of women is a constant strategic priority.

MoFo London’s active LGBTQ+ affinity group brings together members of that community as well as its supporters. The LGBTQ+ affinity group provides a forum to discuss issues of concern to the LGBTQ+ community and works to advance networking opportunities within the London office and the broader firm, with clients, and across the broader London business community. We’re proud that our chair emeritus was the first openly gay managing partner of an international law firm.

The London office has a Healthy Minds focus group, which provides a forum for promoting awareness of physical and mental well-being. The group has facilitated opportunities to learn about healthy eating, physical fitness, mindfulness and resilience.

MoFo’s Business Restructuring + Insolvency Group is at the vanguard of the profession and handles, among other things, financial institutions restructurings, cross-border insolvencies, distressed real estate, insolvencies involving key intellectual property and hedge fund failures.

The London Capital Markets team advises investment banks, issuers, investors and other providers of financial services on national and international capital markets transactions, initial public offerings, financial regulation and private placement of shares, equity and debt-linked instruments, bonds and structured products, as well as trading of securities. Our capital markets practice annually ranks as a leader in its field. Learn more about the Capital Markets Practice Group at MoFo.

MoFo’s Corporate/M&A practice is renowned for its industry experience and its proficiency in strategic cross-border transactions. Our lawyers advise on all aspects of M&A and private equity, including raising capital, acquisitions, disposals, investments, joint ventures, due diligence, corporate governance, portfolio company transactions, incentive schemes and securities offerings.

Our employment lawyers provide comprehensive advice on all areas of UK and international employment law. The team regularly assists clients with the multijurisdictional employment aspects of domestic and international corporate and group change, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and restructurings, as well as managing disputes, employee transfers and contracts. Learn more about MoFo’s Employment Group.

We cover a wide range of derivatives and structured products used primarily in the context of corporate finance, capital markets and M&A activity, including: investments in listed companies via equity derivatives and financing of acquisitions via margin loans; disposals of strategic equity stakes with the use of collars, put and call option strategies, forward sale contracts and physically settled swaps; equity-backed capital markets transactions including convertibles and exchangeable notes; collateral transformation transactions involving swaps, repos and stock lending structures; and convertible bond hedging through warrants and capped call strategies. Learn more about MoFo’s Derivatives + Commodities Group.

MoFo’s finance lawyers understand both local and cross-border finance markets. The team advises on all finance maters from debt capital markets through private placements to the more traditional, but constantly changing, senior, second lien, mezzanine, unitranche, PIK and lending market across all asset types. We prove an exciting opportunity to work with a new and growing team that includes Band 1-rated and widely known lawyers. Learn more about MoFo’s Financial Transactions Group.

Our team has experience in cross-border corporate and private equity finance transactions, focusing on complex cross-border transactions, including high-yield and crossover debt offerings, acquisition financings and liability management exercises. The team advises both issuers and investment banks, primarily representing private equity and corporate issuer clients. High yield completes the third pillar in our London leveraged finance offering, rounding out our banking and restructuring capabilities.

Our Commercial Litigation Practice is renowned for its ability to succeed in complex commercial litigation cases and is consistently ranked as one of the top litigation practices. The group represents public and private sector clients in complex national and cross-border litigation for all types, including international fraud and asset tracing, international trust litigation and insolvency, regulatory compliance and corporate investigations as well as alternative dispute resolution procedures and arbitration.

Our Investigations and White Collar Defense team is best known for handling some of the biggest and most complex  cross-border financial crime, corruption, bribery, sanctions and money-laundering investigations, high-profile white collar investigations — including a significant number of high-stakes Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Serious Fraud Office (SFO) matters — as well as some of the largest cross-border contentious insolvencies.

Our European Privacy & Data Security Group is an integrated destination practice poised to tackle the most complex European and global matters. The team counsels some of the largest companies in the world on high-stakes matters. Our hallmark is our ability to craft truly global strategies, owing to our deep familiarity with privacy and data security laws and regulations worldwide. We also assist clients with incident preparedness and incident response, having advised on several of the most noteworthy breaches of recent years. Learn more about MoFo’s Privacy + Data Security Practice.

Through the economic cycles of the last 20 years, our real estate finance team has gained extensive knowledge of the real estate-linked finance markets in both the United Kingdom and Europe. Acting for a mix of investment banks, private equity funds, institutional investors and advisors on the full spectrum of real estate-linked financing transactions, gives us visibility on the key developments and trends in the ever-evolving market. Our team has both an in-depth understanding of the issues that may confront our clients in the real estate market, and the tools to find pragmatic solutions to those issues. Our approach is to combine balanced, commercial advice with high-quality technical expertise, helping clients to achieve commercially desirable outcomes, whilst mitigating key risks.

Recent experience includes advising on both UK and cross-border transactions, structured in a variety of ways, including senior and mezzanine facilities, as well bilateral and syndicated facilities. We have advised on performing and non-performing portfolio acquisitions, fund finance, and more structured products such as warehouse facilities and loan-on-loan transactions.

Our London tax team is part of a global practice that enjoys a reputation for innovative tax planning and the successful resolution of important tax controversies. The group advises on mergers and acquisitions, international corporate tax planning, tax-efficient domestic and cross-border financing structures, capital markets transactions, joint ventures, private equity, planning for IP intensive companies, transfer pricing matters, outsourcing and matters relating to VAT, stamp duty and stamp duty reserve tax. Learn more about MoFo’s Tax Group.

Our clients include the best-known technology and media companies whose services and products bring innovation to the way we live. We actively assist both established and emerging-sector clients in creating and leveraging new technology platforms and harnessing evolving business models. We also advise a wide range of technology-enabled companies on their technology investments and projects to implement technology. Learn more about MoFo’s Technology Transactions Group.