Our Team

Our team is able to provide bespoke advice and added value to our clients’ businesses as we are fully immersed in the industry and can quickly understand the complex challenges that our clients face and create innovative solutions.



Joanne Wheeler MBE / Managing Partner

Joanne Wheeler MBE / Managing Partner

Joanne is one of the leading experts in the field of satellite regulation and commercial contracts, having worked at both Ofcom, the European Space Agency and for over 20 years in private legal practice in this area. She was awarded an MBE for services to the UK space industry in 2017. She is ranked in Tier 1 in legal directories for her satellite and communications expertise.

Joanne won the Financial Times European Legal Innovator of the Year award in 2014 for her work with the UK space industry and government. She is a founder and Co-Chair of the Satellite Finance Network (www.satellitefinancenetwork.org), and writes two columns for international satellite industry journals: Via Satellite; and Satellite Finance. She is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Toby Ward / Partner

Toby is a highly rated senior commercial specialist with almost 20 years of experience in both advisory and industry environments. His primary areas of specialism are the negotiation and drafting of commercial, IT, telecommunications and outsourcing contracts, with a particular emphasis on regulated sectors. In addition, he advises businesses on the structuring of commercial arrangements and procurement strategies.

Toby has worked for a number of top tier law firms, including Allen & Overy and CMS Cameron McKenna, and at a US bank. He has been based in and advised on the laws of a number of countries including England and the Netherlands.

Nicholas Tall / Commercial Adviser

Nicholas is a commercial specialist with over 20 years of experience, particularly in drafting and negotiating IT (software licensing, implementation, ASP/SaaS, logistics (agency, distribution), collaboration agreements, supply of goods and services, agreements, joint ventures and media (particularly in the field of rights acquisition, exploitation and publishing)

Nicholas is a regular speaker at conference and contributor to a number of publications on general commercial law matters

Vicky Jeong / Associate*

Before joining Alden, Vicky worked in South Korean financial advisory and accounting firm. She provided legal support across a wide range of legal matters relating to contracts, procurement, project finance, real estate finance and aviation finance.

At Alden, Vicky provides legal support on a range of areas including international law, space law, commercial contracts and spectrum regulation. Vicky is a licensed New York attorney. In addition to having spent time at a number of leading law firms in the UK, she has worked in Seoul and Amsterdam.

*Qualified in New York

Rachel Brotherton / Finance Adviser

Rachel spent her early career in investment banking at Merrill Lynch working on M&A and financing transactions. Subsequently, she spent eight years in the COO team within Bank of America Merrill Lynch focused on internal business management. Since leaving the City in 2011, Rachel has worked with several small businesses on a wide range of projects, including financial management and budgeting, regulatory business compliance and team management.

In 2014 Rachel completed the ICSA Chartered Secretaries exams and was awarded the livery prize for best student for that year. Rachel has an MBA from Harvard Business School.


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