Sidley’s office in London, its largest in Europe, has served clients in the London market since 1974. The firm gained a significant advantage in 1994 when it began offering English law advice in addition to U.S. legal advice. Having lawyers qualified to practice in both jurisdictions for more than 20 years has enhanced our reputation for assisting global businesses and governments across a variety of industries.
English law is frequently chosen as the governing law in cross-border transactions spanning Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Our London office is the firm’s hub for coordinating such projects. Sidley’s clients in London include the world’s leading financial institutions, funds, life sciences, FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies.
Our London team focuses on numerous areas of law, including:
Recognition for the London office
Strong leadership in advising clients has earned the London office recognition in numerous industry publications. This includes the 2016 edition of Chambers UK, which recognized Sidley as a leading law firm in 12 categories. In addition, Chambers UK recognized 17 Sidley lawyers across several practice areas as leading individuals in the United Kingdom. In the 2016 edition of The Legal 500 UK, Sidley was ranked in 19 practice areas and 11 Sidley lawyers were recognized as “Leading Individuals.” Sidley was deemed a “Commended” law firm in Dispute Resolution by the Financial Times’ “Innovative Lawyers 2015” report. We were also named “Finance Team of the Year” at The Lawyer Awards 2015, where the firm was recognized for its role as international legal counsel to Bank of Cyprus Group. We received “Best Onshore Law Firm – Client Service” at the Hedge Fund Manager (HFM) European Hedge Fund Services Awards 2014. Members of our team have also been acknowledged in IFLR1000 and Who’s Who Legal, among other publications.