Pinsent Masons increases global turnover to £423.1m

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Unaudited 2016-17 global turnover at international law firm Pinsent Masons has increased by 11% to £423.1m.

Almost 85% of revenues were generated from clients operating in the firms’ five global sectors, with the largest contributors Advanced Manufacturing & Technology (21%) and Financial Services (20%).

Excluding the impact of currency fluctuations, the firm achieved like-for-like turnover growth of 7% on the previous year.

The law firm, which has more than 500 staff based in its Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen offices, also expanded its legal resourcing hub Vario in to Australia, and acquired a 20% stake in ‘New Law’ start-up business Yuzu, a legal sourcing proposition for business that lies between in-house, private practice and traditional managed legal service models.

The results follow a year of substantial investment at Pinsent Masons which included opening its first office in Africa, appointing a six-strong partner team in Madrid, and plans to open a technology and financial services focussed practice in Dublin.

Ewan Alexander, partner and Head of Edinburgh office, said: “The results reflect a successful year in which Scotland’s largest infrastructure deal and Europe’s largest tech deals in the last 12 months were sourced and resourced by our Scottish corporate teams. To address increasing demand from investors for specialist fund capability, we recently recruited funds expert David Young and his appointment as a partner in our Insurance, Regulation and Products strengthens our financial services sector capability.”

Standout mandates during the year have included advising AMC on a string of cinema acquisitions across Europe for c. $1.9bn, advising Yudean Group on its $1.5bn acquisition of a joint control stake in Attarat Power Company, acting for Samsung C&T on the AUD$2bn Roy Hill Iron Ore Mining dispute, one of the largest disputes currently underway in Australia, acting on a €850m dispute between Goldman Sachs International versus NovoBanco and others, advising CFFI Ventures on its investment in the first UK clearing bank to launch in 250 years, advising Redefine Properties on a €1.2bn real estate acquisition and advising on the UK acquisition and management for Germany’s largest open ended fund Union Investment.

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