Michelmores has a significant international practice, representing clients based or doing business outside the UK on a whole range of matters covering corporate deals, international disputes, trust administration, international funds, and commercial and residential property transactions.

We represent a wide range of clients, including corporates, financial institutions, government agencies, private equity funds and foundations, as well as private individuals and family offices.

With the world-wide recognition of the strengths of the English legal system and English law, there is an ever-increasing demand from overseas clients both for representation in litigation and arbitration based in this jurisdiction, and also for advice and representation in connection with international investment transactions based on English law. 

A number of our Partners have been engaged in international work for many years, and several of them are members of the International Bar Association. These contacts enable us to provide our clients with access to an established network of leading lawyers and other professional advisers around the world.

The range of international work, including work in the emerging markets, is expanding all the time, and our team is well equipped to handle a wide variety of such work.

Recent experience

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Advising Corporate Finance House on the largest commercial property deal in Bucharest this year, namely the Day Tower office building. Day Tower is a brand new Class A office building, close to the historic centre of the city, in the immediate vicinity of the National Library of Romania and Bucharest City Courthouse. The deal was structured as a corporate wrapper involving the sale by a Greek owned Cyprus company which owned the Romanian target company. Find out more here.

 

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Advising Soros Economic Development Fund (SEDF), the impact investment fund established by George Soros, on the sale of its majority stake in the Indian venture capital firm, Aspada, to LGT, the investment management company owned by the Princely House of Liechtenstein, for an undisclosed sum. Find out more here.

 

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Advising AHL Venture Partners and DOB Equity on their equity investment in Kenyan company, Crop Nutrition Laboratory Services Limited (“Cropnuts”). Cropnuts is a leading independent accredited agricultural laboratory and agronomy services company in East Africa. Find out more here.

 

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Advising Goldtree on its merger with Natural Habitats Europe Africa, in a deal that will drive the sustainable production of certified organic palm oil in Sierra Leone. Established in 2007, Goldtree is located in Daru, in the Eastern Province of Sierra Leone. Its operations are based on the rehabilitation of an abandoned mill destroyed in the country's 1991-2002 civil war. The new mill was commissioned in 2013, making it the first commercial mill operating in Sierra Leone since the civil war. Find out more here.

 

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Advising BRAC international on the transformation of the biggest microfinance operation in Uganda. The transaction aims to broaden and deepen financial inclusion for hundreds of thousands of people. With the new license, BRAC Uganda Bank Limited will be able to offer savings accounts, money transfer, insurance and other financial services besides credit products to Ugandans. Find out more here.

 

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Advising the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) in Kazakhstan on a major project to set up Kazakhstan's own international financial centre in Astana, in a similar manner to those in Dubai and Qatar. This has included drafting detailed and bespoke Financial Regulations for the AIFC, including for the new capital markets. Find out more here.

 

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Acting for Greenland Group, China's largest real estate developer on the mixed-use scheme at the former Ram Brewery in Wandsworth, including over 630 residential units in three phases. We have attended overseas exhibitions in Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai. We have also been instructed to act in connection with their other UK development at Hertsmere House in Docklands.

 

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Advising York Global Finance on an application by the administrators of Lehman Brothers International (Europe) for directions on the distribution of a £7.99bn surplus. The case raised 39 new points of law and construction over issues of technical insolvency law and commercial finance based on standard-form master agreements.

 

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Acting for Intelsat, a multi-national provider of satellite services primarily based in Luxembourg. We advised on international contractual disputes, including the negotiation of settlement terms, the enforcement of English High Court Judgments overseas, and advising on local enforcement measures where appropriate, using our valuable network of overseas firms. 

 

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Advising M-Birr Limited, who operate the leading mobile payments business in Ethiopia, in connection with a multi-$m equity investment by the European Investment Bank, DEG (the German government's development finance institution) and Finnfund (the Finnish government's development finance institution).

 

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Advising Sunbird Bioenergy (as representative of a consortium of international investors) in respect of a distressed acquisition by its BVI SPV of a controlling stake in Addax Bioenergy (SL), a bioethanol plant in Sierra Leone. The seller is a subsidiary of Swiss investment group, AOG. 

 

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Advising Bamboo Finance and DOEN Foundation on two rounds of investment into BBOXX Limited, a designer, manufacturer and distributor of solar powered battery backs in Sub Saharan Africa.  

 

 

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Advising Finnfund (the Finnish government's development finance institution) on its $20m project financing of Methax S.A., a LNG fuelled power plant in Mendoza, Argentina.

 

 

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Advising on a multi-million pound cross-border trusts dispute in the Cayman Islands which involved careful consideration of various family members, as well as complex corporate structuring in multiple jurisdictions. Our role has included providing advice on tax and litigation work.

 

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Acting for United Bank Limited before the French Court of Appeal in a successful appeal against Crédit Agricole and Thales in counter-guarantee disputes relating to underlying contracts in the Yemen where "force majeure", alleged fraud and EU Sanction issues arose.

 

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Advising retailer, The Gro Group Limited, on international partnering and licensing arrangements with retailers in the Asian and Australian/NZ markets. This involved transitioning Gro's own local presence in Australia (operating through a wholly owned subsidiary) to allow Bloom & Grow to operate the "GroStore" website in relation to the Australian/NZ markets.

 

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Successfully concluding an international arbitration in Dubai against a UAE company in accordance with the rules of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre and which was subject to English law.

 

 

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Advising Centek Group in relation to a collaborative venture with Scandinavian oil and gas business ACE Oil Tools.

 

 

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Advising Haynes Publishing Group on a range of customer contracts and queries, and, advising them on the protection of their intellectual property (in the form of software, data and methodologies). We recently advised them  on its acquisition of the E3 technical Business from CarweB Limited, a subsidiary of US-owned Solera, Inc. 

 

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Advising Ticketus LLP (a part of City fund Octopus Investments) in connection with its claim of £27m arising out of the collapse of The Rangers Football Club PLC. This is the largest and most high profile fraud case in Scottish legal history. We have been advising throughout in respect of Companies Act offences.

 

Meet the team

Peter Sigler

Peter Sigler

Tim Richards

Tim Richards

Sara Chisholm-Batten

Sara Chisholm-Batten

Henry Taylor

Henry Taylor

Joe Whitfield

Joe Whitfield

Ian Binnie

Ian Binnie

Douglas Hawthorn

Douglas Hawthorn

Philip Newhouse

Philip Newhouse

Andrew Oldland

Andrew Oldland QC

Paul Paling

Paul Paling

Jennifer Ridgway

Jennifer Ridgway

Jonathan Riley

Jonathan Riley

Garbhan Shanks

Garbhan Shanks

Harry Trick

Harry Trick

 

 

Members of our team regularly attend international events all over the world. Please view our schedule of international events here.

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