Sullivan & Worcester UK LLP Recognized in The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2022

Press Release
September 29, 2021

London, UK - Sullivan & Worcester UK LLP's trade finance practice has received a Tier 1 ranking in the 2022 edition of The Legal 500 UK. This is the practice’s eighth top tier ranking in a row from this leading independent annual legal directory.

In addition, Geoffrey Wynne was again recognized as a "Hall of Fame - Leading Individual" with Simon Cook and Mark Norris recognized as "Leading Individuals," with partner Sam Fowler-Holmes included as a "Next Generation Partner." In addition, Hannah Fearn was again named a "Rising Star" for trade finance.

Editorial Comments from The Legal 500 UK, 2022

Sullivan’s Trade Finance Practice:
Sullivan & Worcester is "world-class in terms of its expertise and experience in the trade finance sector." Regarded by some as the leading trade finance firm, it has the largest specialist practice in London and is led by Geoffrey Wynne, who is head of trade and export finance, along with the vastly experienced Simon Cook and Mark Norris. Marian Boyle and the newly promoted Sam Fowler-Holmes round out a five-partner team that has the support of a strong junior team, among them managing associate Hannah Fearn.

Working closely with the firm's U.S. practitioners, the London team provides seamless advice across trade, export and commodity finance transactions for major trade finance banks, funds, corporate borrowers, agents and trustees, and national and international organisations.

It recently assisted the UK’s export credit agency, UK Export Finance (UKEF), with its largest ever UK Government direct loan into Africa, providing more than £620m for critical infrastructure projects in Ghana, Zambia, Gabon and Uganda.

Trade Finance Client Testimonials Include:
"The Sullivan team are world-class in terms of its expertise and experience in the trade finance sector. Their valuable input has helped us to structure our business from the bottom up and allowed us to take advantage in many of our jurisdictions. The key team members are extremely professional and methodical in their explanation of complex matters which helps, as a lot of my team don’t come from a finance background. Where possible the team is easily reachable and make themselves available whenever needed. We look to work together for many years to come."

"A very experienced team that maintains a very active presence in the trade finance market."

"Firstly, its knowledge and insight into trade finance. Secondly, its working towards a solution rather than being told the problem - which a lot of advisors have the habit of telling clients leaving them at times in a difficult spot. Third would be their flexibility with billing especially for the smaller deals or clients. Finally, they are very well connected with international associations so knowledge is shared with the community at large."

"Well renowned and recognised for their knowledge and experience in the trade finance market, through Sullivan and previous firms."

"Sam Fowler-Holmes has been a powerhouse and really impressed our team with his valuable input on term sheet and investor-focused discussions. Using both direct experience on other similar deals and bringing in insight from other Sullivan team members has helped us to navigate tricky waters. Sam is very easy to get on with and it makes it really easy to work with when trying to decipher difficult subjects. Standout partners include Geoffrey Wynne who also has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in SPV and trade finance matters is always welcomed by the team."

"Geoff Wynne particularly is very experienced and this permeates to his team throughout. Sullivan maintains a very high profile within the trade finance market and is very up to date and engaged with all new developments and initiatives."

"We work mainly with both Geoff Wynne and Sam Fowler-Holmes. I would say that I have always valued the promptness in getting quotes and the excellent customer service. Both Geoff and Sam are very helpful…I would say that Geoff stands out above his competitors as he is very business-minded as well. He’s well aware what the client needs and works with client in finding solutions. He is not hesitant to argue points when needed and of course works in striking that famous balance.’

"Simon Cook is commercially aware, but also very experienced and able to give good advice whilst understanding and listening to key deal specifics. Flexible and supportive."

About Sullivan
Sullivan & Worcester (Sullivan) is a leading AmLaw 200 law firm with over 200 attorneys in Boston, London, New York, Tel Aviv and Washington, DC. Sullivan’s clients, including Fortune 500 companies and emerging businesses, rely on Sullivan’s strategic vision, comfort with complexity and intense focus on results. As a global law firm, Sullivan’s reach extends beyond the United States. Sullivan has represented clients around the world and has a deep bench for working on a variety of matters and issues affecting clients globally.

Sullivan’s London office is located at Tower 42 in the heart of the City of London. Details are as follows: 25 Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1HQ, Tel: +44 (0)20 7448 1000.

Will Hulbert
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