Reed Smith was highlighted in five practice areas, and nine of its lawyers were classed as leaders in their field across 11 categories in rankings from 2020 Chambers and Partners Europe. One individual – Victoria Westcott – was ranked multiple times.
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Four individuals who received rankings are new to the firm and three of those – Geert Goeteyn, Yves Melin and Isabel Rahman – joined the firm for the founding of Reed Smith’s Brussels office, which opened in January 2020. Marianne Schaffner recently joined the firm’s Paris office.

Reed Smith lawyers who were noted as leading individuals are:

  • Justus Binder – Germany Private Equity: Venture Capital
  • Geert Goeteyn – Belgium Competition: EU
  • Marjorie Holmes – UK Competition Law
  • Bronwen Jones – UK Banking & Finance
  • Yves Melin – Europe-wide International Trade/WTO
  • George Panagopoulos – Greece Shipping (International Firms)
  • Isabelle Rahman – Belgium Competition: EU
  • Marianne Schaffner – France Intellectual Property
  • Victoria Westcott – France Intellectual Property; Transportation: Aviation: Finance; and Transportation: Shipping: Finance

The firm is ranked in the following practice areas:

  • France Litigation
  • Germany Corporate/M&A: Mid-Market
  • Germany Private Equity: Venture Capital
  • Greece Shipping (International Firms)
  • UK Litigation

Client praise for Reed Smith and its lawyers from the guide includes the following quotes:

Very accessible and open to discussion.”

Excellent capability to grasp the business nature of the transaction and the real intention of both parties in a very short time.”

Strength, depth and a good set of lawyers, with people in other jurisdictions to back the team up.”