Simmons & Simmons is a worldclass international law firm in tune with the business world. We have over 900 legal staff and 17 offices located in major business and financial centres throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
The aerospace and defence lawyers at Simmons & Simmons have developed a deep understanding of the unique challenges facing the industry. Our international aerospace and defence experts have worked on the financing and restructuring of some of the world's largest defence programmes. We advise governments, financiers, as well as aerospace, naval and land-systems defence contractors on the broadest range of transactions. Restructuring and consolidation, international co-operation, and increased pressure on defence budgets have come to provide a backdrop to growing concerns about national security. Defence budgets have come under particular pressure compared with other areas of public expenditure.
Governments are looking at alternative methods of financing defence projects, which has led to a greater focus on improving the efficient use of defence assets. Our experience covers PFI/PPP and other private financings, partnering, procurement, outsourcing, M&A and joint ventures. We also advise on EU and competition, dispute resolution, intellectual property, construction, real estate, tax and environmental issues within the aerospace and defence industry. Our energy litigation lawyers provide expert advice on all aspects of dispute resolution in connection with the energy industry, including oil and gas, electricity and petrochemicals.
We handle both complex litigation and arbitration as well as advising on mediation and other forms of dispute resolution. By advising some of the fastest growing biotechs, we move as fast as our clients' needs - staying ahead of the trends. Whilst the financial markets are proving more receptive to biotechs than in the past few years, access to capital is still limited, emphasising the need for a strong business case and development pipeline. Consolidation is seen as one solution, however, there is also a noticeable increase in early stage licensing deals to secure much needed funding for the sector.