Practice head Nigel Seay is "easy to work with" at Travers Smith LLP, where the team is particularly known for its merger control expertise; it advised Micro Focus on its merger with the Attachmate Group, and Immediate Media on its acquisition of a portfolio of specialist magazine titles from Future Publishing. On the behavioural side, clients include Pinewood and Mueller Industries.
Legal 500, 2015
"Nigel Seay heads the competition department at Travers Smith LLP. Clients characterise him as "the whole package; he's approachable, knowledgeable and incredibly practical." He also advises on utilities regulation.
Chambers UK, 2015
"Travers Smith LLP has an active behavioural practice, and also recently obtained merger clearance for two of its longstanding clients. Its growing client base is drawn from a variety of industries, including pharmaceutical, media and financial services. Nigel Seay is "very knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with'; and senior associate Stephen Whitfield is "insightful and user friendly'."
Legal 500, 2014
"Nigel Seay of Travers Smith LLP stands out as "knowledgeable and very experienced." While transactional matters remain his primary focus, he also acts on a considerable number of behavioural competition enquiries."
Chambers UK, 2014
"Travers Smith LLP gives "responsive and commercially savvy" advice. The firm has a strong reputation in merger control, and a solid following for behavioural work. Nigel Seay ... "makes the complex seem very easy"..."
Legal 500, 2013
"Travers Smith's broad-based approach to behavioural and merger control matters means that clients benefit from its experience across a range of industries. It is also praised for offering high levels of client service. The team has been involved in high-profile mandates including advising on the inquiry into the sale of Headland's frozen ready meals business to Kerry Foods..."
Chambers UK, 2013
"Market commentators are full of praise for Nigel Seay, emphasising his proactive approach and responsiveness. He focuses on an array of competition concerns."
Chambers UK, 2013
"Travers Smith LLP has a strong reputation in mergers, but has also seen an increase in behavioural work. [...] Nigel Seay "invests significant time understanding the business and the industry to ensure that the advice he is giving is both relevant and commercially focused"."
The Legal 500, 2012
"Travers Smith´s competition team...has proven itself a steady hand at providing strategic advice on merger control issues and avoiding anti-competitive behaviour. Clients are quick to praise the group for being 'available to help whenever we need them'... Recent work includes advising Carpetright in the acquisition of a number of former Allied Carpet stores. Nigel Seay earns praise for his skill in advising clients on the full range of competition law issues."
Chambers UK, 2012
"Travers Smith LLP is undertaking an increasing amount of behavioural work, and retains a solid merger control practice. [...] Nigel Seay is 'competent, precise, to the point, and pleasant to work with'."
The Legal 500, 2011
"Margaret Moore ... wins recognition from sources for her 'enthusiastic and encouraging manner, and her impressive drive in moving processes forward.´ Nigel Seay has an excellent reputation for merger control and behavioural matters. He also has expertise in utilities regulation."
Chambers UK, 2011
"This competition and EU law practice benefits from the firm´s profile in the corporate and financial world. Sources say they are ´impressed with the level of service and assistance at the firm: it can handle complex competition issues very effectively'."
Chambers UK, 2011
"Top-notch firm" Travers Smith LLP is "outstanding" and "willing to go the extra mile." While the team is recognised principally for its merger control expertise, it has demonstrated its capabilities in behavioural matters and litigation in recent years. Margaret Moore ("exceptional," "very bright," "a joy to work with") and Nigel Seay ("faultless") are both recommended.
The Legal 500, 2010
""traditionally strong in merger control work..., [Travers Smith LLP] is now starting to expand its behavioural competition practice and has expertise in the financial services, retail, consumer goods, media and sports sectors. Nigel Seay advises on a broad range of competition and regulatory matters and has ´good strategic judgement and a great eye for detail'."
Chambers UK, 2010
"First-class outfit" Travers Smith LLP is "practical" and "pragmatic," with "outstanding" partner Nigel Seay commended....and Margaret Moore [commended] for her "razor-sharp" analytical skills, "incredible breadth of experience" and novel arguments. With excellent behavioural credentials, it impressed many with its representation of newsagent and tobacconist Martin McColl in the OFT´s tobacco price-fixing investigation.
The Legal 500, 2009