Clients

Our clients

Mars

From Maltesers® to Whiskas® to Uncle Ben’s® to Dolmio®, Mars’ foods and pet foods are worldwide best-sellers. Our London lawyers advise Mars’ UK divisions on a host of different aspects of the business – such as regulatory matters, commercial activities, advertising and marketing, and employment and pensions.

Recent highlights include:

  • advising Mars on its continuing sponsorship of the England football team
  • negotiating endorsement contracts with celebrities like Robin van Persie, Eva Longoria and Pierluigi Collina
  • negotiating terms with Fairtrade around sourcing and using sustainable cocoa in Maltesers®
  • helping Mars successfully defend its Snickers Twitter ad campaign following an ASA challenge.

Vodafone

More than 350 million customers. Operations in around 30 countries. Partnerships with networks in 40 more. No wonder Vodafone is one of the world’s most recognisable brands.

We’ve worked with Vodafone for over 10 years. We’ve advised them on litigation, arbitration, employment, pensions, mergers and acquisitions, competition, corporate tax, communications regulation, intellectual property and records management.

Lately we’ve been involved in:

  • Vodafone’s global transparency report on government use of mobile phone data for security surveillance
  • its acquisition of Cobra Automotiv Technologies S.p.A in Italy
  • pension issues stemming from its acquisition of Cable and Wireless Worldwide
  • Federal Communication Commission regulations affecting the sale of its US group to Verizon.

Litigation against Sergei Pugachev

In the months before MezhpromBank's collapse in 2010, Sergei Pugachev – a former Russian senator and the bank's ultimate beneficial owner who was previously known as 'Putin's banker' – extracted around US$1bn from the bank and left Russia for London. We're helping the Russian State Deposit Insurance Agency (MezhpromBank's liquidator) to freeze and trace Pugachev's assets, and to enforce a judgment against Pugachev's disclosed assets all over the world. This has involved obtaining over 170 orders and judgments from the High Court and Court of Appeal, setting important precedents in the process.

Highlights of the case so far include:

  • Litigation in numerous jurisdictions including Russia, England, France, the Cayman Islands and New Zealand
  • In the Russian court, judgment against Pugachev for approximately RUR 75 billion on the underlying claim
  • Two worldwide freezing injunctions in the English court over Pugachev's assets, plus numerous interim orders including injunctions prohibiting Pugachev from leaving England and a search order over London properties and a yacht
  • A sentence of two years' imprisonment (the maximum term) for 12 separate counts of contempt of court
  • A landmark judgment in London in 2017, which determined that assets held in various trusts are amenable to enforcement.