NEW YORK - Reed Smith has been recognized for excellence in 55 practice areas in the 2023 IFLR1000 guide, whose final set of global rankings were issued Aug. 22.

In this year’s IFLR guide, Reed Smith earned Tier 1 listings for three U.S.-regional practice areas: New Jersey M&A; Pennsylvania M&A; and Pennsylvania Restructuring and insolvency, a repeat of the firm’s performance last year.

Globally, 25 individual lawyers achieved “Highly Regarded” status in 20 areas. Twelve lawyers – more than half based in Western Europe – were dubbed “Notable Practitioners.” And two earned “Rising Star” status. Here is the full list of “Highly Regarded” individuals.

  • James Atkin, United Kingdom, Project development, M&A
  • Siddesh Bale, Illinois, M&A
  • Chris Borg, United Kingdom, Financial services regulatory
  • Tamara Box, United Kingdom, Capital markets: Debt, Capital markets: Structured finance and securitisation
  • Benjamin Brimeyer, United States (nationwide), Banking
  • Tad Bromley, New Jersey, M&A
  • Jennifer Cheng, New York, M&A
  • Delpine Currie, United Kingdom, Capital markets: Equity
  • Lee Ann Dillon, New York, Banking
  • Baptiste Gelpi, France, Capital markets: Debt, Capital markets: Structured finance and securitisation, Capital markets: Derivatives
  • Kurt Gwynne, Delaware, Restructuring and insolvency
  • Delpha Ho, Hong Kong SAR, Capital markets: Equity
  • Simon Hugo, United Kingdom, Capital markets: Structured finance and securitisation
  • Aaron Javian, United States (nationwide), Restructuring and insolvency
  • Bronwen Jones, United Kingdom, Investment funds, Banking
  • Denise Jong, Hong Kong SAR, Capital markets: Equity
  • Sachin Kerur, United Arab Emirates, Project development
  • Eric Lin, China, Project finance, M&A
  • Isabelle MacElhone, France, M&A
  • Ann Pille, Illinois, Restructuring and insolvency
  • Jodi Schwimmer, New York, Capital markets: Structured finance and securitisation
  • Victoria Westcott, France, Project finance
  • Philip Taylor, United Kingdom, Private equity, M&A
  • Kristin Wells, Pennsylvania, M&A
  • Askar Zhanzagimov, Kazakhstan, M&A

Lawyers with a “Highly Regarded” designation are "highly regarded by their peers, possess a strong transactional record and consistently receive positive client feedback.”

Notable Practitioners

Twelve other lawyers were ranked Notable Practitioners; thereby identified as having “records of advising on significant deals in the context of their market and practice area.” Many of these honorees are based in Western Europe:

  • Derek Baker, United States, Pennsylvania, Restructuring and insolvency
  • Kevin-Paul Deveau, United Kingdom, Banking
  • Dirk-Peter Flor, Germany, Banking and finance
  • Matthew Gorman, Singapore, Capital markets: Equity, M&A
  • Andreas Jürgens, Germany, Capital markets, M&A
  • Caroline Ledoux, France, Private equity, M&A
  • Paul Singer, United States, Pennsylvania, Restructuring and insolvency
  • Jonathan Solomon, United Kingdom, Trade finance
  • Leon Stephenson, United Kingdom, Banking
  • Sakil Suleman, United Kingdom, Private equity, M&A
  • Sam Webster, United Kingdom, M&A
  • Anthony Woo, Hong Kong SAR, M&A

Rising Stars

The Rising Stars designation honors high-performing lawyers working on notable deals and recommended by clients or peers. Two Reed Smith lawyers – Jason Angelo for Delaware, Restructuring and insolvency; and Panos Katsambas for United Kingdom, Hedge funds – received it.

Here is the full list of Reed Smith’s recognized practice areas around the world.

China

  • Capital markets - Foreign
  • M&A – Foreign

France

  • Banking
  • Project finance
  • Capital markets: Debt
  • Capital markets: Structured finance and securitisation
  • Project development
  • M&A
  • Private equity

Greece

  • Banking and finance
  • Project development
  • M&A
Hong Kong SAR
  • Banking
  • Capital markets: Equity
  • M&A
  • Restructuring and insolvency

Kazakhstan

  • Project development

Singapore

  • Banking - Foreign
  • Capital markets: Debt - Foreign
  • Capital markets: Equity - Foreign
  • Project development - Foreign
  • M&A - Foreign
  • Restructuring and insolvency - Foreign

United Arab Emirates

  • Banking

United Kingdom

  • Bank lending: Borrower side
  • Bank lending: Lender side
  • Financial services regulatory: Non-contentious
  • Capital markets: Debt
  • Capital markets: Equity
  • Capital markets: Structured finance and securitisation
  • Private equity funds
  • Real estate funds
  • Retail funds
  • M&A
  • Private equity
  • Restructuring and insolvency

United States

  • Banking
  • Capital markets: Equity
  • Capital markets: Structured finance and securitisation
  • Hedge funds
  • M&A
  • Restructuring and insolvency

California

  • Banking

Delaware

  • Restructuring and insolvency

Illinois

  • Banking
  • M&A
  • Restructuring and insolvency

New Jersey

  • M&A (Tier 1)

New York

  • Capital markets
  • M&A
  • Restructuring and insolvency

Pennsylvania

  • M&A (Tier 1)
  • Restructuring and insolvency (Tier 1)

Texas

  • M&A