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What is Gibson Dunn’s London address?


Telephone House
2-4 Temple Avenue
London EC4Y 0HB,
United Kingdom


+44 20 7071 4000


Who are the key contacts at Gibson Dunn London?


Danielle Bliss deals with all recruitment for London (partner and associate) as well as for most overseas offices too.

New Office manager is Alison Clifford


Where are Gibson Dunn’s other offices?



Century City

Hong Kong
Los Angeles
New York
Orange County
Palo Alto
San Francisco
São Paulo
Washington, D.C.


How many partners at Gibson Dunn London and globally and how many fee earners?


About 27 partners in London as of 19th September 2016

50 associates in London plus 2 of counsel and one senior transactional PSL in London as of 19th September 2016. 27 partners so about 80 total for London.

1200 Lawyers worldwide as of 19th September 2016


Where were Gibson Dunn founded?



Gibson Dunn’s Commitment to Excellence

In May 1872, a tall, 34 year-old, red-bearded lawyer stepped down from the stage-coach at the Plaza of Los Angeles. Corporate attorney John Bicknell had his sights on building a law practice. What greeted him at the stage was an ugly little pueblo with dusty unpaved streets, no industry and scant business. He saw a warren of narrow streets and alleys between decrepit adobe buildings roofed with “brea” from tar pits west of the city. Bicknell, who had summed up his philosophy this way when counseling a younger lawyer, “The safe way is to select a business that you will be satisfied to follow and build up a business of your own,” began to follow his own advice. By the1880s, he had attracted one of the region’s most important clients, the Southern Pacific Railroad.

It took time to select a quality partner. But in 1890, Bicknell, a Republican, teamed with Walter Trask, a Democratic litigator – thus launching the unbroken chain of partnership that today is Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Also launched was a set of unique firm attributes. Those included selecting only quality lawyers; balancing ideas across the political spectrum; and providing powerful resources in both transactional and litigation-related legal services. More than a century later, these attributes still define today’s Gibson Dunn.

In 1897 Judge James Gibson joined the firm, thus instituting another Gibson Dunn tradition — hiring lawyers who make an impact in their communities. In 1903, in a move that created the largest law firm in Los Angeles, Bicknell, Trask and Gibson merged their practice with that of former Los Angeles City Attorney William Dunn and former Assistant City Attorney Albert Crutcher. Carried out at the behest of a client in order to create a “full-service” firm, the combination was called an “experiment” in the local press. It has worked ever since. Nearly 100 years later, the press recently dubbed the firm “The Rescue Squad” for its response and service to clients in legal need. Another article remarked that it remains easier to get into the CIA than to become a lawyer at Gibson Dunn.

The firm grew as the region grew, into both Northern and Southern California, and both nationally and internationally. Gibson Dunn had offices in London and Paris by the 1970s, and has had a significant presence in the nation’s capital and in New York for more than 20 years. The firm opened in strategic locations such as Denver and Dallas in the 1980s. Since 2002, the firm has expanded in Europe by opening offices in Munich and Brussels. As John Bicknell might say, the firm has “built up a business,” based on those attributes of quality, balance and impact and on an unrelenting mission of achieving success for clients – a mission shared today by approximately 800 lawyers worldwide.


Who are the managing partners of Gibson Dunn both in London and globally?


Jeffrey Trinklein and James Cox (Co partners in charge of London office) Kenneth Doran is Managing Partner Globally (LA Based M&A Partner) – accurate 28-September 2016


What awards have Gibson Dunn won?


Ranking in Legal Business / Lawyer 100 / Am Law

Sept 2009 James Barabas sent through these award details:

In the press, two rankings were out recently that we were particularly pleased with. Once again, we made the American Lawyer’s prestigious AmLaw 20 list based on blended measurements including RPL, associate satisfaction and pro bono commitments. We were also ranked #1/50 for gross profit margin in the Legal Business 100 survey out last month. This plus the fact that the firm carries no debt means we are well-placed to ride out the current downturn.


What is the breakdown of work in Gibson Dunn London office?


Corporate (M&A, Private Equity, Finance, Capital Markets, Tax, Labour, Competition): 65%

Re corporate – James Barabas told me on 11th November 2009 that they do a mix of private M&A, Takeovers / city code deals, fund formation, JVs, FSMA advisory. They do far less of work like continuing obligations for listed companies. So quite general. They do very little equity capital markets work. They also do advisory work on commercial contracts. Eg. Have so gambling clients in the US. Some Saudi work, big commercial contracts eg recently some undersea cables work.

Excellent support – they don’t have trainees but they do have a team of career paralegals who do great work. They recently had a deal where they had round the clock secretarial cover over the weekend and managed to get 600 documents on the table for Monday morning so James Barabas feels he has just as good support as he ever had at Freshfields.

They also have overnight typing backup every night in New York where they just send documents over and they get proof read by New York. 2 Operators overnight every night.

James has recently (on Monday) closed off a deal where they sold PlayFish to Electronic Arts - £400 million mid cap deal. PlayFish do games on things like facebook which you play in flash – things like who’s got the biggest brain etc

Everyone has laptops and is completely set up to work from home so no need to come into the office if don’t need to.

Dispute Resolution/International Arbitration: 15%

· Real Estate: 20%


Who make up the Disputes team at Gibson Dunn London?


Litigation (accurate October 2016)

Cy Benson is a U.S. and English qualified partner in the London office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He is Co-Chair of the Firm’s International Arbitration Practice Group.

Philip Rocher (Ex Clifford Chance) is a partner in the London office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and is a member of the Firm’s Litigation Practice Group.

Mr. Rocher specializes in commercial litigation and international arbitration, focusing on resolving large complex matters. He has particular experience in the fields of insurance and reinsurance and auditor liability. He acts for Swiss Re on a variety of matters, including “Bermuda Form” arbitrations in London, and has acted for major U.S. insurers in London arbitration proceedings. He also successfully defended Deloitte in the High Court in London in relation to claims for over £1 billion arising out of the collapse of the Barings Group. In the early 1990s he successfully represented the Plaintiff Names in the Gooda Walker Lloyd’s litigation securing an award in their favor of over £500 million.

Mr. Rocher joined Gibson Dunn in 2005 from the London office of Clifford Chance.

Patrick Doris (Joined in March 2011 from Freshfields as a partner – he had been a senior associate – litigation and competition partner)

Charles Falconer (Ex Lord Chancellor)

Allan Neil (Ex Barrister)

Osma Hudda (internal promotion)

Penny Madden (ex Skadden Arps) is an English qualified partner in the London office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, and a member of the firm’s Dispute Resolution Practice Group.

Ms. Madden focuses her contentious practice on international arbitration and cross-border disputes. She has a wide range of experience in all key aspects of international arbitration with particular expertise in shareholder, SPA, telecommunications, international trade and insurance disputes. She represents clients across the globe in a wide variety of arbitration proceedings, including those before the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA), as well as in ad hoc proceedings. In addition to representing clients as counsel and advocate, Ms. Madden regularly sits as an arbitrator.

Ms Madden also has significant experience in high court litigation and regulatory investigations, and frequently advises European companies registered in the United Kingdom and/or the United States on complex multi-jurisdictional regulatory enforcement issues.


Who is the Employment team at Gibson Dunn London?


Employment (Accurate October 2016)

James A. Cox (Ex Ashurst - Joined in 2006) is a partner in the London office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment law group.

4 associates in employment according to website Oct 2016


Who are the Tax Partners at Gibson Dunn in London?


Nicholas Aleksander is an English qualified partner in the London office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and a member of the International Corporate Transactions and International Tax Practice Groups.

Jeffrey M. Trinklein is a Tax partner in the London office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he serves as Co-Partner-in-Charge of the office

Confirmed October 2016


Who is the Antitrust partner at Gibson Dunn London?


Ali Nikpay is a partner in the firm’s global antitrust and competition practice and head of the competition and antitrust practice group in London. A partner of both our London and Brussels offices, he has more than 20 years of competition, antitrust and litigation experience in both the private and public sectors.


Who are the corporate partners at Gibson Dunn London?


Corporate (accurate October 2016)

Charlie Geffen (Ex Ashurst - was senior partner at Ashurst for 5 years until 2013)

Jonathan Earle (Ex Ashurst)

Nigel Stacey (Ex Ashurst)

Mark Sperotto (Ex Ashurst)

Steve Thierbach (Ex Herbert Smith)

Chris Haynes (Ex Herbert Smith)

James Howe (Ex Proskauer Rose - Joined in 2016)

Mitri Natjar (Ex Dewey & LeBeouf)

Wayne McArdle (Ex Paul Hastings)


Who are the finance partners at Gibson Dunn London?



Philip Crump (ex Kirkland & Ellis), Steven Gilespie (ex Kirkland & Ellis), Paul Harter, Greg Campbell, Tom Budd (ex Jones Day Gouldens)

Philip Crump (ex Kirkland & Ellis), Steven Gillespie (ex Kirkland & Ellis) Paul Harter, Greg Campbell, Tom Budd (ex Jones Day Gouldens).

4 Associates in Finance

Philip Crump (ex Kirkland & Ellis) is an English qualified partner in the London office of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. He is a member of the Firms’ Global Finance, and Business Restructuring and Reorganization Practice Groups.

Mr. Crump has significant experience in a wide range of complex financing transactions and has a broad knowledge working across jurisdictions. In particular, he represents:

financial sponsors and lenders in relation to the financing of multi-jurisdictional leveraged buy-outs with a focus on multi-tiered capital structures; and

debt and equity investors in relation to strategic debt advisory work and a range of par, stressed and distressed transactions and restructurings, including rescue financings and loan-to-own transactions for investors with significant strategic positions.

Stephen Gilespie (Finance Partner) Ex Kirkland & Ellis and A&O

Stephen Gillespie is a partner in the London office of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher and a member of our Global Finance and Corporate practice groups. He is especially strong on LBOs, debt finance and banking.

Mr. Gillespie’s practice focuses on complex business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, recapitalizations, workouts and restructurings. He has particular experience in investment grade, leveraged and event-driven financing.

Paul Harter (Corporate and Finance) is a partner in the London office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he has practiced since 1989. He is a member of the firm’s International Corporate Transactions Practice Group with experience handling transnational corporate investment and finance transactions. He was based in the firm’s Los Angeles office from 1984 through 1989.

Mr. Harter has advised on a broad range of transnational acquisitions and other major corporate investment transactions. He is experienced in all facets of acquisition structuring, deal negotiation and documentation, including tax planning, corporate structuring, transaction financing, arrangements with management and shareholders and procurement of antitrust and other governmental licensing and approvals. Mr. Harter combines knowledge of U.S. and European acquisitions with experience in coordinating lawyers on a worldwide basis in connection with multi-national acquisitions.

Mr. Harter also has substantial experience in corporate finance and has represented major corporate clients in both commercial borrowings and capital markets transactions, as well as investment and commercial banking clients in connection with many types of cross-border financings.

Mr. Harter has advised clients on the establishment and restructuring of their international business operations. He has negotiated and documented worldwide distributorship, sales agency, franchise and licensing arrangements for multi-national clients. In addition, working closely with the firm’s tax lawyers, he has orchestrated complex multi-jurisdictional corporate restructurings designed to restructure the corporate balance sheet, as well as to enhance tax and operational efficiency, while addressing the particular corporate governance concerns and business objectives that are necessarily important to company management, shareholders and other corporate constituencies.

Mr. Harter is acknowledged by UK Legal Experts 2006 as a leading lawyer in the field of Corporate/M&A.

Greg Campbell is a finance partner

Tom Budd (ex Jones Day Gouldens joined 2005) is a partner in the London office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Global Finance Practice Group. He is also Co head of the London office.

Mr. Budd has experience in a wide range of banking, capital markets and restructuring transactions, with particular expertise in corporate lending and syndications, acquisition finance, structured finance, trade finance, real estate finance, securitization, capital markets transactions and debt restructuring transactions. He has represented both borrowers and banks and financial institutions.

Mr. Budd has particular experience in real estate finance, real estate private equity, co-investment vehicles and investment funds, including limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, joint venture companies, and offshore co-ownership vehicles such as Jersey unit trusts and Luxembourg FCPs.

Mr. Budd is a regular speaker at conferences on banking and finance topics. He is widely recognized by the professional press as a leader in his field: Legal Business report, ‘Legal Experts’ lists Mr. Budd as being highly recommended in the bank lending area of practice; the 2005 edition of Chambers and Partners UK Guide lists Mr. Budd as a recommended lawyer in the field of real estate finance.


University of Cambridge, LL.M. 1985

University of Queensland, B. Comm 1980; LL.B. 1982

4 Associates in Finance


Who is the property partner at Gibson Dunn London?


Alan A. Samson is an English and U.S. qualified partner in the London office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and heads the firm’s European Real Estate Group.

Mr. Samson previously practiced as a partner with Nabarro Nathanson in London, where he both headed that firm’s North America Group and was a member of the Property Finance Group. While with Nabarro Nathanson, he practiced for several years with Weil Gotshal & Manges in New York as part of an exchange programme arranged between the two firms.

Mr. Samson is a former member of the editorial board of the Property Law Journal and has published in the Real Estate Finance Journal. He is also a member of the NYU London-New York Real Estate Roundtable and the Urban Land Institute.

3 associates in property


Give some examples of key deals and cases handled by Gibson Dunn London?


29 July 2016 10:22


Gibson Dunn & Crutcher advised A

Allen & Overy

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher have advised on an improved bid for UK-based electronics manufacturer Premier Farnell.

Gibson Dunn acted for US technology company Avnet on the offer of £691m, a 12.1% premium on the previous offer made by Swiss components manufacturer Dätwyler earlier this month.

The previous offer for Premier Farnell, which produces the Raspberry Pi minicomputer, came to an all-cash offer of £615m, a deal valuing the company at an enterprise value of £792m.

The bid by Avnet was for £1.85 per share, up on the original offer by Dätwyler of £1.65 per share, which saw Slaughter and May advising the Swiss firm.

Star partners

Rob Walters, Peter Hanlon, Bill Hollaway, John Viverito

Top three sectors

Electricity and power


Oil and gas

Top three geographical regions

The US



Top deals/projects

Chevron Corporation’s ongoing $18bn environmental litigation in Ecuador

Client: Chevron

Lead partners: Randy Mastro, Andrea Neuman, Theodore Boutrous

Energy Future Holdings’ $17.7bn restructuring of its debt

Client: Energy Future Holdings

Lead partner: Robert Little

$850m Hudson Transmission Project in New York

Client: Neptune Regional Transmission System

Lead partner: Bill Hollaway


Gibson Dunn advises UBS on Libor settlements

19 December 2012 | By Joshua Freedman

US firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has advised UBS on settlements with UK, US and Swiss regulators totalling SFr1.4bn (£940m) concerning allegations that figures at the bank manipulated the key Libor interest rate.

City disputes head Philip Rocher led the firm’s team on the UK side, advising the Swiss bank on matters including discussions with the FSA.

In the US, the Gibson Dunn team was headed by San Francisco partner and firmwide antitrust and trade regulation chief Gary Spratling, who worked with antitrust partner Jarrett Arp and white-collar partner David Burns, both in Washington DC, Los Angeles litigation partner Steven Sletten and New York litigation partner Lawrence Zweifach.

The settlements, announced today (19 December), see the bank’s board of directors agree fines with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) and America’s Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the FSA and Finma, the Swiss financial regulator.

These comprise fines worth $1.2bn (£740m) to the DoJ and CFTC, Sfr59m (£40m) to Finma and £160m to the FSA. The FSA said this was the largest fine it had ever imposed.

In a statement, the FSA claimed that UBS traders had routinely requested that colleagues at the bank adjust their Libor and Euribor submissions to benefit their trading positions. The regulator also alleged collusion with interdealer brokers in an attempt to influence Japanese Yen Libor submissions made by other banks, and that payments were made to reward brokers who tried to manipulate the key interest rate.

FSA director of enforcement and financial crime Tracey McDermott said in a statement: “The findings we’ve set out in our notice today don’t make for pretty reading. The integrity of benchmarks such as Libor and Euribor are of fundamental importance to both UK and international financial markets. UBS traders and managers ignored this. They manipulated UBS’s submissions in order to benefit their own positions and to protect UBS’s reputation, showing a total disregard for the millions of market participants around the world who were also affected by Libor and Euribor.”

UBS CEO Sergio Ermotti added: “During the course of these investigations, we discovered behavior of certain employees that is unacceptable. Their misconduct does not reflect the values of UBS nor the high ethical standards to which we hold every employee. We’ve co-operated fully with the authorities and taken decisive and appropriate actions to correct the issues and to strengthen our control processes and procedures. We deeply regret this inappropriate and unethical behavior. No amount of profit is more important than the reputation of this firm, and we’re committed to doing business with integrity.”

The news marks the second fine for a major bank over its manipulation of Libor after Barclays in June reached a settlement of more than $450m with UK and US regulators. Barclays was advised on the investigation by Clifford Chance (10 July 2012).

For more on law firms’ roles on Libor investigations, see City column


What do Gibson Dunn pay in London?


SN told me in April 2014 they are now paying 100k at NQ effectively. You do still start on 92 if you are a September NQ but go up to £100 in three months time the following January.

NQ = £94 or £92?

1 = 100

2 = £110

3 = 120

4 = 132

5 = 142

6 = 155

Bonus is heavily dependent on hours billed so if you beat the target (1950 hours per annum) you get a good bonus. James Barabas said he couldn’t remember exactly but about $10,000 at NQ to $30,000 at 6PQE. So over the last year for example corporate have been busy but not much late nights or weekend work so probably a smaller bonus. Litigation and restructuring very busy so all got very good bonuses.

Bonus is discretionary technically.

Benefits include Bupa Private Premier Package (one time excess of £100), Life Insurance (4 Times Annual Salary), Pension - Salary Sacrifice


Who has recently joined Gibson Dunn in London?


Ashurst loses second corporate partner to Gibson Dunn as Stacey quits

10 June 2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Ashurst corporate partner Nigel Stacey is to join Gibson Dunn, following in the footsteps of former colleague Jonathan Earle who made the same move in April.

Stacey has a broad-ranging M&A and corporate finance practice at Ashurst, recently taking the lead for AIM-listed Fusion IP on its takeover by minority shareholder IP Group. In 2012, he co-led for the firm on Vedanta Resources on Sesa Goa’s $10.3bn (£6.1bn) acquisition of Sterlite Industries.

It is also understood that he has close ties with longstanding Ashurst client Smith and Nephew, and is the firm’s relationship partner for GE and private equity house ICG.

Stacey is the latest in a string of corporate partners to leave the Appold Street firm. Earle, who advised William Hill in its joint bid alongside GVC for Sportingbet in 2013, left for Gibson Dunn earlier this year (28 April 2014).

The firm’s former global corporate head Stephen Lloyd exited for Allen & Overy last November (7 November 2013), alongside up and coming Ashurst corporate partner Karan Dinamani (4 March 2014).

Another corporate partner, Eavan Saunders Cole, also left last year to relocate to William Fry in Dublin (11 November 2013).


Which company recently hired Gibson Dunn’s co head of IT?


Facebook tags Gibson Dunn co-head of IT and data privacy in deputy GC role

27 September 2013 |

Social networking giant Facebook has named Gibson Dunn & Crutcher’s co-head of IT and data privacy, Ashlie Beringer, as its deputy general counsel.

Beringer replaces former deputy Colin Stretch, who took the general counsel role over from former legal boss Ted Ullyot in July (21 June 2013).

The Palo Alto-based litigation partner, who joined Gibson Dunn from Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison in 2005, will be leading an in-house legal team of 20 once she joins the social networking site in November. Her new role will see Beringer step into the second most senior job within Facebook’s legal team.


Who have I placed at Gibson Dunn?


Louis Glass (x Herzog Fox in Israel and prior to that Freshfields)

Kate Temple

Daniel Barnett

Harriet Dedman (left to go back to Lovells I think)

Ceyda Knoebel (ex A&O)


Give an overview of Gibson Dunn’s Disputes team.


The are ranked as a Highly Regarded Disputes firm - Band 5 in Chambers UK

Basic facts about the department

  • 6 partners
  • 19 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Notable strength in financial sector work with an impressive cross-border pedigree. Also well regarded for investigations, alongside significant expertise in regulatory matters, compliance and fraud.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“They’re increasingly a powerhouse of litigation.”

What’s new? New client wins, including Canaccord Genuity, Debenhams and Inppamet.

Work highlights Represented Betfair Group as an interested party in a judicial review claim brought by William Hill against the Horserace Betting Levy Board, relating to treatment of betting exchange customers.

Acted for UBS in litigation over Libor rate manipulation and other interest rate benchmarks, achieving a USD1.5 billion settlement with UK and US authorities.

Notable practitioners

Philip Rocher heads the department and is well versed in major cross-border financial sector disputes. He is regularly instructed by high-profile clients, and sources comment that “he’s enormously impressive - a really sensible guy and obviously a great litigator.”

Key partner Charles Falconer is held in high esteem by sources throughout the market, who note that “he brings a wealth of experience and a perspective that others don’t have.” His practice includes significant experience in major financial and fraud work.

Significant clients Investcorp, Chevron Corporation, Government of Djibouti, Innospec, GFH Capital.