Marriott Harrison LLP continues to increase its international offering, focusing on key jurisdictions across its departments.
Below are some recent examples of Marriott Harrison LLP’s international work.
The Corporate Department continues to advise on a number of international transactions. This includes:
- advising the seller of a UK headquartered talent and literary agency (with subsidiaries in Canada, the US and Sweden) to a US based buyer;
- acting on the listing of an investment vehicle (set up to invest in luxury goods and service providers in South East Asia) on the ISDX Growth Market;
- acting for an investment banking operation based in London in connection with the placing of new ordinary shares in an international biopharmaceutical company who were recently granted fast track designation by the FDA for the review of a new antibiotic drug;
- acting for an independent advisory company in connection with a placing and open offer by a mineral exploration and development company active in Namibia Mozambique;
- acting for an international innovation company (the world’s first full-service innovation firm) on an equity fund raise;
- advising a UK company (with subsidiaries in Spain and Germany) in connection with a receivable financing facility and related security arrangements with HSBC;
- advising a UK company (with subsidiaries in the US, Canada and Sweden) in connection with debt financing and related security arrangements with a full service investment bank headquartered in Los Angeles;
- advising a client on the refinance of three hotels in France and on the acquisition of a hotel in Portugal;
- acting on a matter concerning strategic and restructuring advice for a UK company that is the joint venture of two Indian owned group companies; and
- advising an existing UK based client and owner of the “.tickets” top level domain name on its partnership deal with a theatrical producing organisation based in New York.
Media, Technology & Intellectual Property
The Media, Technology and Intellectual Property department has been:
- advising a pair of US companies on English law issues in relation to the sale of their music publishing catalogues to a multinational music publishing company headquartered in London;
- advising a UK film company, that specialises in worldwide sales, on a number of international projects including film sales for distribution in the US;
- together with the firm’s New York correspondent office, advising a UK company on the promotion of concerts celebrating the life and music of Lead Belly at the Royal Albert Hall and at Carnegie Hall, New York;
- advising the philanthropic wing of world’s largest seller of athletic footwear and apparel with regard to further stages in promoting a joint initiative to address the needs and right of adolescent girls in Africa;
- advising a company incorporated in the United Arab Emirates on various film and film festival related projects;
- advising a Dutch company, that compiles cd and dvd projects for record companies, on various issues pertaining to its catalogue of original sound recordings;
- advising a German trade company on contractual matters relevant to its dealings in the UK; and
- advising a UK company, that specialises in the manufacture of audio mixing consoles, on European distributorship issues.
MH Dispute Resolution has been:
- acting for Russian nationals and a BVI registered company in connection with their dispute with a Guernsey bank regarding the mortgage of a yacht registered in the Marshall Islands and in connection with guarantees given in relation to that mortgage. Liaising with lawyers in Guernsey, Russia and the Marshall Islands in relation to specific foreign law issues;
- acting for a South American government in connection with the purported service on it of High Court proceedings and applying for an Order to have those proceedings set aside on the basis of state immunity from suit;
- acting for a Hong Kong-based rare metals trader in an LCIA arbitration, asserting the client’s rights pursuant to an agreement providing for the exclusive distribution rights to certain metals to be mined in Siberia;
- acting for a Panama registered company and its director (a Lebanese national) in responding to a High Court freezing injunction arising from a dispute concerning the purported ownership of and interests in high value property in London;
- acting for an Irish company, run from Toronto, with mining interests in Canada, Mexico, Ireland and the UK in defending a claim in the High Court alleging misrepresentation in conjunction with the placing of shares;
- acting for a Chinese shoe manufacturer in the defence of a claim in the High Court by an Italian design consultancy for breach of contract and damages; and
- acting for an English subsidiary of a Chicago-based post production company in relation to an indemnity claim against the Land Registry and claim for its loss and costs from the company’s former solicitors.
The MH Real Estate Department has continued to act for:
- a Malaysian Bank based in Kuala Lumpur, on its ongoing secured lending transactions in the UK; and
- a Saudi Arabian bank based in Riyadh, on its secured lending transactions in the UK.
Conferences and Events
In October 2015, Andrew Wigfall attended the IBA conference in Vienna, the world’s largest meeting of lawyers.
In September 2015, Jonathan Pearce, Simon Charles and Tamar Halevy attended the Primerus Global Conference in Amsterdam. Primerus is an international society of the finest independent boutique law firms.