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Watson, Farley & Williams LLP
Headquarters Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London
No. of Offices 11
No. of Attorneys 250
Major Practice Areas Asset Finance, Energy, Shipping, General Practice
Revenue £59 million (2008)
Date Founded 1982
Company Type LLP
Website www.wfw.com

Watson, Farley & Williams is a London-based law firm established in 1982 by Martin Watson, Alastair Farley and Geoffrey Williams, three attorneys formerly practicing shipping finance and aviation finance at Norton Rose.[1] Today it employs nearly 200 fee-earners, including 50 equity partners. The firm is well-known for its expertise in maritime and aviation asset finance, energy, especially renewable energy and telecommunications law. Its revenues in 2006 were £54 million.[2]

In 2008, Watson, Farley & Williams was crowned Firm of the Year - SE Asia Shipping Law Firm of the Year at the 2008 ALB SE Asia Law Awards.

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Potential Mergers

Watson, Farley & Williams has engaged in unsuccessful preliminary merger discussions with a number of firms, including Hunton & Williams,[3] Squire, Sanders & Dempsey,[4] Simmons & Simmons[5] and Chadbourne & Parke.[6] Following the collapse of merger talks with Chadbourne & Parke, Watson Farley opted to expand its operations by opening new offices in Milan, Athens and merger with the private equity boutique law firm in Munich, Oldenbourg Plus.[7]

Notable Recent Representations

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References

  1. ^ Watson Farley & Williams, Spirit of Enterprise, 2007, Accessed 24 Oct 2009. http://www.wfw.com/Publications/Publication399/$FILE/wfw_25.pdf.
  2. ^ Emma Sadowski, 'Fees up 9%, PEP up 7% at Watson Farley,' Legal Week, 4 June 2008, Accessed 24 Oct 2009. http://www.legalweek.com/legal-week/news/1170621/fees-pep-watson-farley.
  3. ^ 'Watson Farley-Hunton merger plans founder,' The Lawyer, 8 Jan 2001, Accessed 24 Oct 2009. http://www.thelawyer.com/watson-farley-hunton-merger-plans-flounder/105672.article.
  4. ^ 'Squire Sanders knocks at Watson Farley's door,' The Lawyer, 18 Nov 2002, Accessed 24 Oct 2009. http://www.thelawyer.com/squire-sanders-knocks-at-watson-farley039s-door/98875.article.
  5. ^ 'Simmons, Watson Farley stop talking,' The Lawyer, 27 May 2002, Accessed 24 Oct 2009. http://www.thelawyer.com/simmons-watson-farley-stop-talking/100420.article.
  6. ^ Caroline Grimshaw, 'Watson Farley and Chadbourne in ambitious merger bid,' Legal Week, 18 June 2007, Accessed 24 October 2009. http://www.legalweek.com/legal-week/news/1156181/watson-farley-chadbourne-ambitious-merger-bid.
  7. ^ Sofia Lind, 'Watson Farley in merger with Munich boutique,' Legal Week, 12 June 2008, Accessed 24 Oct 2009. http://www.legalweek.com/legal-week/news/1172384/watson-farley-merger-munich-boutique.
  8. ^ 'Deals,' Asian Counsel, 29 May 2008, Accessed 24 October 2009. http://www.pbpress.com/index.php?page=index&block=article&id=JJE6MTG-94O9G7R-YJBBRNL-H8WVQD3.
  9. ^ '$1.058 billion financing,' International Law Office, 26 May 2004, Accessed 24 October 2009. http://www.internationallawoffice.com/Deals/Detail.aspx?g=6e32a608-637b-4444-bf4f-1d3e41bfa717.
  10. ^ 'Watson Farley & Williams,' Legal 500, Accessed 24 October 2009. http://www.legal500.com/firms/3483/offices/30484.
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