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  1. M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m
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Addleshaw Goddard handles complex corporate M&A in both the mid-market and high-end spaces, working for blue chip clients including Barclays, Diageo and SSE. The integrated nationwide team affords the firm a strong bench strength, channelled through the London office, where Andrew Rosling heads the M&A team. Rosling is an experienced M&A partner, holding  relationships with a number of the firm's key clients, with a particular focus on the retail and consumer goods sectors. Head of the London corporate team, Mike Duggan's expertise lies in the financial services sector, and he manages the firm's relationships with banking clients and financial institutions. Also recommended is Graham Cross, who regularly advises both investors and management teams in connection with all stages of the investment cycle, together with portfolio management issues. The firm hired James Dawson this year, previously of Macfarlanes LLP, who has notable experience working with start-ups in the technology sector.

Practice head(s):Andrew Rosling

Other key lawyers:Mike Duggan; Angus Rollo; Chris Taylor

Testimonials

'The best firm I've worked with. Very commercial and with good partner engagement'

'I would recommend the team for their responsiveness and expertise'

'I would highlight Charles Penney (Senior Partner) and Graham Cross (Corporate Partner) for their client service and dedication'

Key Clients

Associated British Foods

Bestway Wholesale

BP

British American Tobacco

DBAY Advisors / Harvey Nash

Diageo

GVC Holdings

LDC

Lloyds Banking Group

Moore Stephens

Rathbone Brothers

Sainsbury's Supermarkets

Samworth Brothers

Shareholders of Be at One

SSE

Wyevale Garden Centres/Terra Firma

Work highlights

  • Advised BP on its acquisition of a 43% minority equity stake in solar developer Lightsource Renewable Energy Investments, for $200m.
  • Advised DBAY Advisors on its £98.7m takeover of Harvey Nash Group., through a newly incorporated company, the Power of Talent.
  • Advised Associated British Foods on the acquisition of the business and assets of Holgran and Fleming Howden from Hovis.
  • Advised GVC on its £3bn+ takeover of Ladbrokes Coral.
  • Advising on the sale and break-up strategy of the Wyevale Garden Centres business, instigated by shareholder Terra Firma.

DLA Piper uses its multi-jurisdictional platform to advise clients on cross-border transactions in various key sectors. These include TMT, in which practice co-head Jon Kenworthy is especially experienced, and consumer goods, in which fellow co-head Robert Bishop has been notably active. Bishop recently advised Unilever on its acquisition of UK snacking brand Graze from the Carlyle Group. Rob Salter has  a focus on corporate real estate transactions, and has worked with FTSE100 clients including DS Smith.  Following the departure of private equity specialist Anu Balasubramanian to Paul Hastings LLP, Chris Arnold was promoted to DLA's partnership, while Martin Nelson-Jones was  hired from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in the infrastructure-related M&A space. The firm also brought on board Tracey Renshaw from Clifford Chance, who has extensive experience in M&A transactions in the oil and gas sector. Charles Severs is an experienced M&A practitioner, especially in cross-border deals for listed public companies.

Practice head(s):Robert Bishop; Jon Kenworthy

Other key lawyers:Tim Wright; Charles Severs; Rob Salter

Testimonials

'The corporate team is very well organised and staffed by high quality, very motivated staff. They each know what their responsibilities are and are focused on delivery. Equally they stand in for each other when the situation demands it'

'Robert Bishop is highly personable, has an acute commercial sense and a deep industry expertise'

'Jon Kenworthy is truly outstanding. Exceptionally commercial, he ensures he understands your business and what you want out of the transaction. He focuses on what matters, does not waste time on areas that don't and never tries to 'score points' with the other side. '

Key Clients

Mondelez (formerly Kraft Foods)

General Electric Company ("GE")

London Stock Exchange Group

Gettaxi Limited

Merlin Entertainments plc

Pearson

Algeco

Discovery Communications

Lafarge Holcim

Fircroft

Work highlights

  • Represented  management on the sale of Helly Hansen Group by Teachers' Private Capital to Canadian Tire Corporation for approximately CAD $985m and the assumption of approximately CAD $50m of operating debt, net of cash.
  • Advised John Swire & Son and Argent Energy on the acquisition of Biodiesel Amsterdam (BDA), Tankstorage Amsterdam (TSA) and Tank & Truck Cleaning Amsterdam (CSA).
  • Advised Learning Technologies Group on its acquisition of Peoplefluent Holdings Corporation.
  • Advised DS Smith on the sale of its plastics division to private equity firm Olympus Partners for approximately £450m
  • Advised Ecolab on its £140m recommended cash takeover of the bio-decontamination technology company, Bioquell.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises national and international clients on cross-border M&A transactions, acting for corporates, financial institutions and private equity firms. The firm's global reach facilitates this multi-jurisdictional approach, with the London office operating as a hub for advising clients. Key sectors for the firm include energy and infrastructure, industrials, real estate, TMT and financial services. Head of department Richard Moulton is especially experienced in the latter two, in addition to acting for private equity clients. Although the firm saw Sebastian Orton leave for Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, the team was bolstered by the hire of Stewart Womersley from Addleshaw Goddard, a specialist in real estate transactions, covering both indirect real estate and real estate funds. Co-chair of cross-border M&A, Roger Johnson, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Richard Moulton

Other key lawyers:Robin Johnson; Nigel Cooke

Testimonials

'A strong presence in the renewables space'

'Robin Johnson is very highly respected in the market'

Key Clients

DuPont

CGN Europe Energy

Intermediate Capital Group

Nestle

Inflexion Private Equity

Shell

Legal & General

American Express

Experian

Smiths Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Aviva Investors on the disposal of its real estate multi-manager (REMM) business to LaSalle Investment Management, for an undisclosed sum.
  • Advised healthcare products manufacturer Owens & Minor on the $710m acquisition of the Surgical and infectious Products unit from Halyward Health Inc.
  • Advised Shell on the $329m sale of Shell Exploration and production Oman to IOCL Singapore PTE, an Indian Oil Corporation subsidiary.
  • Advised shareholders of John Guest Holdings' on the company's sale to Reliance Worldwide Corporation for £687m.
  • Advised SembCorp Industries on the acquisition of UK Power Reserve (UKPR) from Equistone Partners Europe, Inflexion Private Equity and UKPR management, for £216m.

Pinsent Masons LLP has a broad international M&A practice, focused predominantly on cross-border deals within the energy and infrastructure, manufacturing and technology, healthcare, retail, financial services and real estate sectors. Across these sectors, the firm has handled complex mandates, facilitated through a strong international presence, in addition to US lawyer expertise, especially in the capital markets and securities areas. As part of this  push into US law, the firm recently recruited Roberta Markovina from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, an expert in the US securities space. The firm also hired Madhu Jain from Linklaters LLP, who is highly experienced in the insurance sector, and has a strong track record acting for clients in transactions by way of both share and portfolio transfer. The department is headed by John Tyerman, who divides his time between the London and Birmingham offices.

Practice head(s):John Tyerman

Other key lawyers:Jon Harris; Rob Hutchings; Andrew Masraf; Chrissy Findlay

Testimonials

'The team's key strength is that I know what I'm getting - a highly skilled, knowledgeable, effective and supportive legal team I can rely on'

'Pinsent Masons' partners and associates are consistently constructive, calm, supportive and reassuring. They are knowledgeable, focused, well trained and hard-working'

'Three individuals who I would highly note are Nicole Livesey and Gareth Jones supported by the excellent associate, Sophie Thornton'

Key Clients

CommScope Inc

Fenner PLC

Ammeraal Beltech

Cannaccord Genuity Limited

FinnCap

AJ Bell

M Group Services / James Winnicott and James Arnold

Elevation Capital Partners

Kindertons Group

Arden Partners

Houlihan Lokey (Europe) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Zurich on the sale of its UK workplace pension and savings business to Lloyds Banking Group.
  • Advised CommScope on its proposed $7.4bn acquisition of ARRIS International.
  • Represented Fenner in its acquisition by Michelin, valuing the client's shares at ca. £1.2bn on a fully diluted basis.
  • Advised investment platform provider AJ Bell on its IPO and admission to the London Stock Exchange's main market, at £651m.
  • Acted for the senior management team of Ammeraal Beltech on its sale by Advent International to Partners Group.

Simmons & Simmons handles corporate transactional and advisory work for financial institutions and asset management clients, as well as corporates in the TMT, healthcare and life sciences sectors. The firm has also developed a Brexit specialism in relation to M&A activity, and has offered the UK Government transactional advice. A further area of interest has been shareholder activism, where Simmons has worked with clients including Elliott Advisors on structuring transactions and guidance on methods of both public and private engagement with directors and shareholders of listed companies. Examples include the firm's advice to Elliott Advisors in relation to its holding in Sky and the two competing offers by 21st Century Fox and Comcast, as well as the implications of the merger between 21 Century Fox and Walt Disney. The firm operates from both London and Bristol, with Giles Dennison heading the practice in the City.

Practice head(s):Giles Dennison

Other key lawyers:Gideon Sharp; Patrick Graves

Testimonials

'Gideon Sharp has a very strong team of associates around him, in particular Tom Fricke who is clearly on the rise and is one of the best young lawyers I've worked with'

'Gideon Sharp is exceptional at providing clarity to complex legal issues. He remains calm under pressure and takes the time to understand our business and our drivers for a particular transaction'

Key Clients

Elliott Advisors

Biscuit Group International

GoCompare.com Group plc

Orlebar Brown

Future plc

Dentsu Inc.

Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation

Just Energy

DX Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Biscuit Group International on the acquisition of Northumbrian Fine Foods from CriSeren Foods and other shareholders.
  • Advised GoCompare in connection with the acquisition of MyvoucherCodes and EnergyLinx, for £36.5m and £10m respectively.
  • Represented Orlebar Brown in its acquisition by Chanel for an undisclosed amount.
  • Advised Future on its $13.8m acquisition of Newbay Media, the £14m acquisition of four specialist consumer titles from Haymarket Media Group and the £105.7m acquisition of the consumer division of Purch.
  • Acted for Dentsu on its acquisition of a 10% stake in UK-based Perform Group, which operates sports streaming portal DAZN.

Following its transatlantic merger in April 2018, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP's dual strength in the UK and US is demonstrable across an array of sectors, and has facilitated an increase in complex, cross-border work handled by the firm. Especially noted is the corporate finance practice's work in the healthcare, insurance, mining & minerals and real estate sectors, with the latter generating the firm a role for The Grange on the sale of four hotels in London for  approximately £1bn. The M&A and corporate finance practice is co-led in London by Benjamin Lee and legacy Bryan Cave partner  Carol Osborne .  The firm has been making a push to grow its corporate team post merger, bringing in  Simon Beddow from Ashurst as deputy global managing partner of corporate as part of this aim. Beddow, who specialises in private company M&A and private equity transactions, previously headed Ashurst's London office.

Practice head(s):Benjamin Lee; Carol Osborne

Other key lawyers:Simon Beddow;

Testimonials

'BCLP takes the lead and provides extremely valuable advice and guidance during complex negotiations, progressing matters through deadlocks with a pragmatic and commercial approach.'

'Ben Lee stands out as an extremely talented individual who has a key role in complex transactions and a very pragmatic and commercial approach to issues. He is able to "take a view" and provides realistic feedback and guidance to the client'

'Victoria Watt has outstanding project management skills and shows great promise'

Key Clients

Ancala Partners

Apposite Capital

Cain International

Cheyne Capital

Enterprise Rent-a-Car

Grovepoint Capital

Playtech

Secure Income REIT

Stenprop

The Grange

Work highlights

  • Acted for Playtech on its €846m acquisition of 70.6% of the issued share capital of Snaitech S.p.A
  • Advised Cheyne Capital on  the disposal of two logistics and industrial investment platforms, for £257.7m and £22.9m respectively.
  • Advised on the £35m sale of Star Computers, a payroll software business, to IRIS Software Group, backed by Hg Capital.
  • Advised XLMedia on its purchase of UK online bingo comparison platform WhichBingo.

  • Advised Secure Income REIT on the acquisition of two substantial portfolios of assets at a total cost of £436m, including a leisure portfolio and a hotels portfolio.

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP handles a broad spectrum of corporate transactions, invariably of a cross-border nature. Work is driven through the London and US offices primarily, with the firm's Italian, German and French offices also involved in cross-border mandates. The team has a notably strong reputation in the life sciences and healthcare sectors, and acts for a number of high-profile clients in these areas, as well as in the energy and consumer goods sectors. Practice head Nick Azis advises clients on public and private M&A, in addition to corporate finance and joint ventures, with a particular nod to overseas markets in Africa. One commercially significant mandate saw Lisa O’Neill  assist Praxair on its €5bn disposal of the majority of Europe-based businesses to Taiyo Nippon Sanso; the deal was necessary from an antitrust and regulatory perspective to secure Praxair's merger with German industrial gases company Linde.

Practice head(s):Nick Azis

Other key lawyers:Lisa O'Neill; Michael Holter

Testimonials

'Excellent lawyers with a good understanding of clients' needs, in particular those in continental Europe.'

'Good service at the interface between corporate/M&A and complex commercial arrangements'

'Michael Holter is an excellent, terrific lawyer, always with a pragmatic approach - a good negotiator'

Key Clients

Praxair, Inc.

Alsco

Mondi Group

Intersnack Group / KP Snacks

Actuant Corporation

Krüger Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Praxair in relation to the €5bn sale of the majority of its European business to Japanese company Taiyo Nippon Sanso.
  • Represented Alsco in its £95m acquisition of Clean Linen Services from MML Capital Partners.
  • Advised Mondi Group on its acquisition of a €365m share in Powerflute Group Holdings Oy from Nordic Packaging and Container Holdings, a portfolio company of US-based private equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners.
  • Represented Krüger Group in acquiring sports nutrition brands MaxiNutrition and MaxiMuscle from GlaxoSmithKline, for an undisclosed amount.
  • Represented Praxair in its €3.3bn divestment of North and South American assets to Messer and CVC Capital Fund Partners.

Osborne Clarke LLP's national and international M&A practice caters for local clients from its heritage Bristol office as well as national and international clients. The firm has developed sector expertise in fintech, digital publishing, energy and commerce, with the team active in M&A transactions within these spaces over the past twelve months. Furthermore, in the technology sector, the firm has acted for start-ups and fast growth clients in matters involving bitcoin exchanges and spread betting indices, as well as retail and AI investments. The department is co-headed by Greg Leyshon, head of UK business transactions, and Simon Smith, head of the corporate M&A practice in London. The firm also made a hire in Matthew Edwards, who was previously GC at a life sciences venture capital fund, and brings substantial expertise in this sector.

Practice head(s):Simon Smith; Grey Leyshon

Other key lawyers:Mark Spinner; Mathias Loertscher

Testimonials

'Very nimble, subject matter experts who offer creative solutions to complex structuring problems. They offer both speed of turnaround and value for money'

'Straightforward and smart'

Key Clients

New Voice Media

CoStar Group

Ninja Theory

Sensyne Health

Media Monks

Beavertown

Ebiquity

Talk Talk Telecom Group plc

Gram Games

Work highlights

  • Advised Maple Syrup Group (the owners of Quidco and Shoop) and its key shareholders on sale to CB Group Holdings , a newly formed subsidiary of Top Online Partners Group .
  • Represented senior management of the NEC Group on the £825m sale of their shareholding and reinvestment into the purchasing vehicle sponsored by Blackstone
  • Advised NewVoiceMedia on its $350m acquisition by Vonage Holdings  
  • Advised shareholders of Dutch digital production company MediaMonks Multimedia Holding on its £300m sale to S4 Capital Limited, by way of a controlled auction process.
  • Acted for Beavertown Brewery and founding shareholders in relation to strategic investment into the company by Heineken UK Limited.

The corporate M&A team at Reed Smith LLP undertakes both domestic and cross-border mandates, across the public and private markets. The London team regularly works in conjunction with the US, European, Asian and Middle East offices on multi-jurisdictional work, with matters frequently coordinated from London. The M&A practice, which is headed by Delphine Curry, works closely with the firm's private equity practice across key sectors, including media and entertainment, energy and natural resources, financial services and life sciences, among others. The 'exceptional' Philip Taylor advises public listed and private companies, financial institutions and state owned entities on M&A activities, with a strong track record in complex cross-border work.

Practice head(s):Delphine Curry

Other key lawyers:Philip Taylor; Mike Young

Testimonials

'Reed Smith offers a perfect combination of US and UK advice. The local team is fully integrated with their New York colleagues so you always feel US issues are properly covered'

'Excellent value for money - first class advice delivered at rates that were not extortionate'

'Philip Taylor is exceptional - he's fast, commercially minded and  understands the business and client requirements in addition to the legal requirements'

Squire Patton Boggs offers a national corporate M&A practice, with its London team part of an offering that also includes Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham. This allows effective handling of complex domestic mandates, while the firm's extensive international network means that multi-jurisdictional work is equally well facilitated. Cross border work is on the increase, with the firm taking on outbound investment work, often with a private equity angle. Key sectors include media, energy and utilities, recruitment, sport, healthcare and financial services. Robert Bray heads the corporate practice as well as the financial services team. The firm's international scope was further strengthened with the hire of Nimi Patel from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, whose role is to help develop the India practice in the London office.

Practice head(s):Robert Bray

Other key lawyers:Trevor Ingle; James McKay; Nick Allen

Testimonials

'A very impressive and responsive team focused on the real commercial issues and how to get a deal across the line'

'Practical, pragmatic, highly commercial and responsive'

'Paul Mann is a very impressive lawyer, approachable and personable'

'We would recommend Nick Allen, Trevor Ingle, Patrick Ford and associate Will Buchanan'

Key Clients

Grafton Group Plc

Live Nation Entertainment

Coats Group Plc

Luceco Plc

Synthomer Plc

EDF Energy Renewables

Homeserve Plc

Low & Bonar Plc

Citysprint

Polypipe Group Plc

Lucite International

Ashland

Work highlights

  • Represented EDF Energy Renewables in the disposal through competitive auction process of a 49% stake in the business, for £701m.
  • Advised Lucite International on the sale of its European acrylic sheet and composites business and the entire issued share capital of Perspex Distribution Ltd to Schweiter Technologies, for £92m.
  • Acted for the shareholders of PEI Media Group on the sale of the entire issued share capital of PEI Media Topco to Bridgepoint Development Capital.
  • Advised Tony Xia on the sale of shares in Aston Villa Football Club to investors Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens.
  • Acted for the employee shareholders of QM Advisory Limited, parent company of Quayle Munro Limited, on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Quayle Munro to Houlihan Lokey.

Stephenson Harwood's corporate M&A team is noted for its capability to advise clients across a range of sectors. These include healthcare and life sciences, corporate real estate, in which the firm has advised US and European clients, and insurance and  financial services, in which the team has acted for continental European clients. The firm uses its network of international offices in conjunction with cross-border alliances to facilitate multi-jurisdictional work, spearheaded by lawyers' expertise in those markets. Practice head Duncan Stiles is recommended for his experience working with US clients, while Andrew Edge heads the corporate department, and is experienced across the whole range of corporate transactions, including public and private M&A and equity fundraisings. The firm re-hired former partner  Marc Hammerson from Akin Gump LLP . Hammerson primarily handles M&A transactions in the energy and infrastructure sector.

Practice head(s):Duncan Stiles

Other key lawyers:Andrew Edge; Tony Edwards; Andrew McLean; Karima Hudson

Testimonials

'Stephenson Harwood provides the intimate and friendly service you would normally associate with a smaller firm. This is ideal from a client perspective as you receive a highly skilled approach complimented by a very personal and tailored style to transactions.'

'Strong firm with excellent knowledge, ability and experience'

'Professional, pragmatic , very responsive and always able to help.'

'Karima Hudson is a pleasure to deal with. Lawyers sometimes confuse their legal obligations at the expense of the deal - Karima is very deal aware and commercially savvy. '

'Jonathan Pittal offers extensive experience, well-honed commercial skills, a highly pragmatic approach covering all bases, highly creative - and a very effective deal-doer who knows how to find a solution in difficult circumstances'

PE - 'A very strong team led by Jonathan Pittal. Outstanding lawyers with strong commercial and technical skills, a deep understanding of the M&A market and key legal issues, and an ability to work under pressure to very tight deadines'

Key Clients

NMC Health PLC

Piramal Enterprises Group

Five Arrows Principal Investments

Bowmark Capital LLP

ENGIE

Inspired Education Holdings Limited

SEA Holdings

LaSalle Investment Management

GRIT Real Estate Income Group

The Ardonagh Group

ABN AMRO

Snap-On Incorporated

Covanta Holding Corporation

Blue Gem Capital Partners

Salutem Healthcare Limited

Vistra Group

3  Step IT

Anglia Maltings Group

Welsh Power Group

HSBC

Nat West

BTG plc

Meggitt plc

Acadia Healthcare

Duff & Phelps LLC

Mack-Brooks

Work highlights

  • Provided specialist advice to LaSalle Investment Management, as investment manager for the Korean National Pension Service, on its acquisition and leaseback of Goldman Sachs' new European Headquarters in London.
  • Advised real estate investment fund Tristan Capital on the sale of the Luxembourg-based company which owns Birmingham landmark building The CUBE.
  • Advised UAE-based private healthcare providers NMC Health on its acquisition of Aspen healthcare, a UK-based healthcare company, from Tenet Healthcare Corporation for ca. £10m
  • Advised Covanta Holding Corporation on the acquisition of joint control over Earls Gate Energy Centre Limited by the client, Green Investment Group Limited (a division of Macquarie Group) and Brockwell Energy Limited.
  • Acted for Piramal Enterprises Limited on the sale of Piramal Imagine to Alliance Medical Group, part of the Life Healthcare Group.

Taylor Wessing LLP's corporate M&A team combines the firm's private equity, corporate finance and corporate technology practice, working with large international clients on the full range of corporate work. Over the past twelve months, this has included public and private mergers, acquisitions and disposals, leveraged buyouts and public-to-private transactions. The corporate technology practice focuses exclusively on transactions within the TMT sector, and the London office works closely with international offices in tech hubs on these cross-border matters, including Silicon Valley, Paris and Singapore. Also of note is the firm's activity in the hotels and leisure sector, which has seen significant year-on-year growth. David Mardle co-heads the international corporate group, as well as leading the UK corporate practice from the Cambridge office, and predominantly focuses on M&A transactions in the technology and life sciences sectors.

Practice head(s):David Mardle

Other key lawyers:Mike Turner; Emma Danks

Testimonials

'Standout firm for tech-related transactions.'

Key Clients

News Corporation

Supercell Oy

Mitel

Farfetch

Tritax Big Box REIT plc

Mina (Holdings) Limited

Sky

Rutland Partners

Yotel

Interactive Investor

Work highlights

  • Advised UK start-up Grapeshot on the sale of its entire issued share capital to Oracle Corporation.
  • Advised Berlin-based games developer Wooga on its sale to Israeli mobile phone company Playtika.
  • Represented Apotex International on the sale of six of its European subsidiaries across five jurisdictions to Agile Pharma, for £74m.
  • Advised MML on its joint venture with Macquarie to acquire parking management business, ParkingEye, from Capita for £235m
  • Acted for Interactive Investor Limited on the purchase of Alliance Trust Savings from Alliance Trust PLC, for £40m

Bird & Bird LLP predominantly acts for technology clients on corporate M&A matters, with a number of supporting panel appointments for clients in the TMT sector. In tandem with this, the team has acted for a number of start ups and fast growth clients with venture capital investment and early-stage M&A. The team is headed by Matt Bonass, who has particular experience in both public and private M&A in the energy and sports sectors, as well as negotiating joint venture agreements. Associate Richard Bloomfield focuses on technology, communications and energy, and is experienced in cross-border M&A. The firm hired James Baillieu from Norton Rose Fulbright, who brings life sciences sector expertise in addition to clients within the pharmaceuticals sector.

Practice head(s):Matt Bonass

Other key lawyers:Neil Blundell; Simon Fielder; Richard Bloomfield

Testimonials

'Great coverage of all practice areas, heavy partner involvement'

'They are responsive, attentive to the details, pleasant to deal with and commercial'

Key Clients

F-Secure

DXC Technology

Calero Software

Cobham PLC

Aser Media

Just Eat

Nokia Solutions and Networks

Kew Media Corp Inc.

Arm

Secret Escapes

Work highlights

  • Advised F-Secure on its acquisition of MWR InfoSecurity, a privately held cyber security company, for $105m.
  • Advised Precision Medicine Group on its $42m acquisition of Argint International, a European clinical research organisation located in Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Slovakia.
  • Advised Cobham in connection with the sale of its wholly owned subsidiary, Chelton Limited, its 'Opera' simulation software business.
  • Advised LKAB Minerals on the acquisition of two businesses owned by Francis Flower, namely Francis Flower (Northern) and Gurney Slade Lime & Stone.
  • Advised management at Anglo-Canadian insurance broker Beach & Associates in its $130m acquisition by Acrisure LLC.

The corporate M&A team at Fieldfisher has been focusing more on key target industries recently, in line with the firm's wider strategy. Focus sectors now include technology, media and telecoms and energy and natural resources. In the technology space, the team has advised both UK and US clients on inbound and outbound investments, including Silicon Valley-based companies. In the energy sector, the team works predominantly with AIM-listed clients on fundraising and strategic transactions, including emerging markets clients. Andrew Blankfield heads the team in the London office, which also works with the firm's Birmingham and Manchester offices on transactions. These regional teams are led by Chris Hill and David Bowcock, a recent arrival from Brabners LLP, respectively. In addition to Bowcock in Manchester, the firm hired Brian Chadwick from Cooley (UK) LLP and Matthew Williams from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP in London. Chadwick is a dual qualified UK/US lawyer with a strong focus on the technology market, underlying the firm's drive in this sector. Williams has extensive experience advising energy and infrastructure clients on commercial transactions, with a particular focus on renewable and conventional power facilities.

Practice head(s):Andrew Blankfield

Other key lawyers:David Wilkinson; Brian Chadwick; Matthew Wiliams

Testimonials

'Fast, responsive and very knowledgeable'

'Fieldfisher work as a cohesive team, seamlessly going through the problems on a deal and presenting a single, unified solution.'

'David Wilkinson is unparalleled in the market'

Key Clients

BBC Worldwide / BBC Studios / BBC

Dominvs Group

Getty Images

KazMunaiGas

Coöperatieve KMG EP U.A

Viacom, Inc.

Restore plc

Marlowe plc

PA Consulting

Work highlights

  • Advised California-headquartered  digital promotions company Quotient Technology Inc on its $26.45m acquisition of UK start-up Elevaate.
  • Advised Restore Plc on its £88m acquisition of of TNT's UK document storage business, funded through a £51.5m placing and £160m refinancing.
  • Advised an international joint venture on the acquisition of GHG London Realty, the owner of the Curtain Club in London.
  • Acted for PA Consulting on its dual acquisition of Sparkler, a digital insight and strategy consultancy, and We Are Friday Limited, a digital service design and engineering agency.
  • Represented nominated adviser Smith & Williamson and joint brokers Mirabaud Securities and Stifel on the acquisition of US oil & gas assets by Diversified Gas & Oil plc

Mishcon de Reya LLP acts for both public and private companies, as well as institutional investors and family offices - a product of the firm's well-regarded private client practice. The team has been taking on more international mandates, particularly in the technology sector, which has been a strong area of growth over the past year. A decrease in client confidence and inbound investment into the UK has signalled some slowdown in real estate M&A work, although this area continues to be strong. Hospitality has been largely unaffected, and continues to provide work and new clients, including Minor International. Practice head Nick Davis has a broad client base but is best known for his work in the  recruitment services sector.

Practice head(s):Nick Davis

Other key lawyers:Ross Bryson; Jonathan Berman

Testimonials

'The Mishcon de Reya team works very hard, stays calm under pressure and delivers the goods with exceptional knowledge and skill'

'Nick Davis understands the recruitment industry better than any other lawyer I have ever met in the UK and beyond. He also surrounds himself with talent willing to learn and to grow'

'Nick understands that clients wants a strong deal that won't come back to bite at any stage'

'Ross Bryson is a strong operator who is great with numbers, he is an excellent lawyer'

'Jonathan Berman is passionate about looking after his clients.'

Key Clients

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc.

Brookfield Strategic Real Estate Partners (StudentRoost)

Capital & Counties Properties

Stonehill Holdings UK

Fusion Global Investments

UK Power Reserve

Alony Hetz Properties & Investments

Founders of Allen Lane

Owners of Soho Gyms Group

Minor International

Work highlights

  • Advised Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance on the $952m sale of its UK insurance subsidiary Canopius to private equity firm Centerbridge Partners.
  • Advised Stonehill Holdings on the joint venture for the development of a non-campus student residence in Hungary, with a gross development value of €250m.
  • Advised shareholders in recruitment consultancy firm Allen Lane on its sale to Japanese-headquartered Outsourcing, for a confidential sum.
  • Advised new client Minor International, a hospitality, restaurant and lifestyle company, on the purchase of a 75% stake in Benihana Holding for £20m.
  • Advised real estate investment holding company Alony Hetz Properties and Investments on the acquisition of Brockton Capital and the establishment of a new real estate investment company, Brockton Everlast.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP focuses on the life sciences, technology and energy sectors, regulatory acting for such clients from the emerging markets as well as the UK. Despite a slowdown of Chinese investment into the emerging markets, the volume of transactions in the energy and natural resources sector has remained high; with the London office collaborating with colleagues in Kazakhstan and Europe on emerging markets work. In the life sciences and technology sectors, the firm advises both blue-chip clients and early-stage growth companies on strategic transactions and divestments. This is aided through a strong US presence, facilitating transatlantic M&A work. Practice head Thomas Cartwright is active across the firm's focus sectors, working closely with private equity firms, sovereign wealth funds and family offices. The firm made a number of hires from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP to further boost its international scope, adding a partner trio, including private equity specialist Mark Geday  and  Tom Wozniak, who is experienced in Russian corporate matters.

Practice head(s):Tom Cartwright

Other key lawyers:Tim Corbett; Nick Moore

Key Clients

WE Soda Limited

Digital Colony

Merck

Oracle

SK Capital

Smiths Group

Yandex

Sabre Inc.

Sumitomo Corporation

OM Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Represented Digital Colony on the dual acquisition of Stratto Limited and Opencell.
  • Represented Yandex in a transaction with Russian commercial bank Sberbank to form an e-commerce joint venture.
  • Advised Silversea Cruises on the sale of 66.67% of the business to Royal Caribbean Cruises.
  • Represented events and business-to-business media and marketing company Pennwell on its sale to Clarion Events, a portfolio holding of Blackstone.
  • Advised CarGurus in its acquisition of motoring website PistonHeads, for an undisclosed sum.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP's corporate M&A practice handles work across a broad range of sectors. In particular, the team has been active in the technology and media sectors, in the UK, US and continental Europe; where it collaborates closely with Paris. In addition to working with the firm's US offices the London M&A team,  headed by Shawn Atkinson, also has US qualified lawyers. Recommended lawyers include Jinal Shah, whose corporate M&A and private equity practice spans the energy and infrastructure, technology and financial services sectors. The 'oustanding' Yolanda Yong, a senior associate in the team, advises on predominantly cross-border transactions, with a strong focus on energy and infrastructure matters. There has been some movement in the team, with a couple of departures offset by recent arrivals such as  Daniel Wayte  and James Connor, from Milbank and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP respectively, who have experience in M&A for client including buyout houses.

Practice head(s):Shawn Atkinson

Other key lawyers:Jinal Shah; Chris Grew; Yolanda Yong

Testimonials

'The team offers exceptional insight into mid-market deals and have consistently delivered high-quality advice cost-efficiently'

'First in class legal team with very experienced lawyers'

'Deep experience in the European venture ecosystem with very high quality staff.'

'Shawn is very affable, friendly and steely.  I'm glad he is in our corner and is everything I'd look for in a partner for this type of work'

'Jinal Shah is a great corporate lawyer, who provides high standards of work and good availability'

'Yolanda Yong defines what it is to be an outstanding M&A corporate & commercial lawyer. Her understanding, availability and quality is top notch and I haven't found anyone else with this level of professionalism and knowledge.'

Key Clients

Barking Dog Ventures

Bioenergy Infrastructure Limited

BlackRock

Bluefield Partners

Canal+ Group

CDC Group plc

CVC Capital

DogBuddy

HQ Mobile Limited

Infracapital

NextEnergy Capital

Qingdao Haier

Stratto

Tails.com

TerVia Invest Verwaltungs GmbH

Vitruvian Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Germany-based tech provider GFT Technologies SE on its entry into the Canadian insurance market via its acquisition of V-NEO Inc.
  • Acted for pet nutrition service Tails.com in its sale of a minority interest to Nestlé Purina PetCare
  • Advised Precitox Holdings, Oratosio Holdings and Humberto Finance as sellers of 100% of the share capital of H.E.C. Europe Limited to  Aegean Marine Petroleum Network, for $367m.
  • Advised Soya Concept, the Danish fashion manufacturer and retailer, on its acquisition of Shoe the Bear, a Danish footwear company.
  • Represented Infracapital Greenfield Partners in a joint venture with Deutsche Asset Management to fund the rolling stock and associated infrastructure for the West Midlands rail franchise won by Abellio, to a value of ca. £700m.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP is well known for domestic and cross-border M&A within the infrastructure and energy and natural resources sectors. Corporate M&A mandates predominantly involve substantial energy and mineral assets, with recent examples of work including offshore wind farms and gold mines. In addition to acting for corporate clients, the team has also advised financial investors and private equity houses. Head of the London corporate group, Chris Kilburn's practice has a primary focus on the natural resources, energy and transport sectors, with deals encompassing strategic acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate finance and private equity fundraising. He is also proficient in matters with an international scope, having spent a number of years leading the corporate team in the firm's Singapore office. Strengthening its position in the energy sector and proficiency in emerging market transactions, the firm hired Titus Edjua, formerly director of Clifford Chance LLP's Africa group, and a specialist in the energy and infrastructure sector.

Practice head(s):Chris Kilburn

Other key lawyers:Mark Tooke; Christina Howard; Jan Mellmann

Testimonials

'Watson Farley & Williams provided a hands-on, proactive service at a reasonable cost. They rendered their advice with substantial degree of experienced partner time which regularly led to a faster and better outcome than a higher leverage would'

Key Clients

Rheinmetall AG

Statkraft

Mariana Resources Limited

SMT Group

Azinam Ltd

Frasers

Ørsted (formerly DONG Energy)

Lightsource Renewable Energy

Aban Singapore Pte. Ltd

Coro Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised Rheinmetall on its joint venture agreement with BAE Systems to create a joint UK-based military vehicle design, manufacturing and support business.
  • Advised Norwegian state-owned renewable power company Statkraft  on its divestment of stakes in two offshore wind farms, for a combined value of £1.11bn.
  • Advised Chaarat Gold on the acquisition by one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Chaarat Gold International , of Kapan Mining and Processing CJSC in the Republic of Armenia.
  • Advised Fraser on its acquisition of  the corporate entity holding Farnborough Business Park for £174.6m.
  • Advised Star Bulk Carriers Corporation on the acquisition of a group of companies, owning 16 vessels, from Augustea Atlantic and York Capital Management in an all-share transaction, for. $430m.

Baker Botts (UK) LLP is renowned for its energy and natural resources experience, and predominantly handles corporate M&A work in this field. These invariably consist of cross-border mandates, with a particular focus on transatlantic deal flow, using the firm's strong presence in the US in collaboration with the London office. In addition to its strength in energy, the team's capabilities in the technology, life sciences and financial services sectors have been enhanced through the hire of David Ramm from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP. The firm also hired Richard Brown from Latham & Watkins, who has a strong track record advising investment banks and sovereign wealth funds on cross-border M&A. The practice is headed by Derek Jones, who has been instructed on high-profile mandates in the energy and natural resources and TMT sectors.

Practice head(s):Derek Jones

Other key lawyers:Neil Foster; David Ramm

Testimonials

'A very joined up cross-border US/UK team.  Efficient and technically able as and commercially sound'

'A 'can do' attitude and an air of calm efficiency prevails'

'The team's ability to pivot between lower value mid-market deals to very large deals is impressive. What is unique is the depth of corporate knowledge and their approach to partnering with clients almost as if they are an extension of the client's own internal legal team'

Key Clients

EQT

Work highlights

  • Rerpesented US-based EQT Production and EQT Gathering in the $575m sale of 11,000 natural gas wells and 6,000 miles of natural gas pipeline to Diversified Oil & Gas.

Burges Salmon LLP has a strong footing in the domestic M&A market, advising clients from both its London and heritage Bristol office. Increasingly, the firm is also acting on international mandates for established clients, using its network of preferred firms to facilitate. Notable sector specialisms include food and drink, energy, particularly nuclear and renewables, and hotels and leisure, in which clients are predominantly from the south west. Richard Spink heads the firm's corporate finance group, and focuses on corporate transactions and reorganisations, with a particular emphasis on private equity clients.

Practice head(s):Richard Spink

Other key lawyers:Rupert Weston; Nick Graves

Testimonials

'Very practical and helpful guidance'

'Excellent professional advice and extremely trustworthy'

'Richard Spink and Tim Roberts were first class to work with - highly trustworthy, very reliable, always quick to respond and explain everything clearly and concisely.'

Key Clients

The AA Group

Virgin Group

John Lewis Partnership

Hamilton Hotel Partners

FirstGroup

University of Oxford

Phillips 66

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy/UKRI

Jardine Lloyd Thompson

Downing LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the transfer of £3.5bn assets from separate research organisations into the the newly incorporated United Kingdom Research and Innovation.
  • Advised the incumbent management team of Supplier Assessment Services Limited on the Warburg Pincus-backed buyout of the company from Capita for £160m.
  • Advised SCISYS Plc on a corporate restructuring by way of a scheme of arrangement, to introduce a new Irish-incorporated parent company.
  • Acted for Houston-based energy manufacturing and logistics company Phillips 66 on its acquisition of NJB Services Limited, a UK company with a portfolio of fuel filling stations across England.
  • Advised Yeo Valley on the disposal of Yeo Valley Dairies Limited to Arla Foods Limited.

Cooley (UK) LLP is best known for its technology and life sciences sector expertise, and handles corporate M&A for clients within these areas. Much of the work is private M&A for large TMT and pharmaceuticals corporations, with the firm utilising its strong US presence in transatlantic mandates. Justin Stock is managing partner of the London office, and is most active in M&A, corporate finance and private equity matters.

Practice head(s):Justin Stock

Covington & Burling LLP handles multi-jurisdictional transactions for clients across an array of sectors, with particular focuses on life sciences and pharmaceuticals. In addition, the firm regularly acts for clients within the media and communications and luxury brands industries, for example Breitling. Due to the nature of the sector-specific work, the team often work alongside the intellectual property practice, as well as colleagues in the US. Gregor Frizzell leads the EMEA M&A practice from the London office, and has a strong track record acting for major clients in the pharmaceuticals and life sciences sectors, including AstraZeneca. The 'outstanding' Louise Nash is highly rated for her cross-border capabilities, particularly in the life sciences and luxury goods sectors.

Practice head(s):Gregor Frizzell

Other key lawyers:Paul Claydon; Louise Nash

Testimonials

'Covington is a rare one-stop-shop with stellar expertise in all areas, coupled with impeccable service levels'

'Strong subject matter expertise in life sciences transactions, extremely responsive, pragmatic, sensible and innovative where necessary'

'Louise Nash is an outstanding M&A lawyer with a depth of expertise and a pleasant work attitude.She  makes deals enjoyable for those on both sides of the table'

Key Clients

AstraZeneca

Autifony Therapeutics

BenevolentAI Limited

Breitling SA

Elanco Animal Health

GammaDelta Therapeutics Limited

Merck & Co., Inc.

Mexichem, S.A.B. de C.V.

Work highlights

  • Advised University of Bristol spin-out Ziylo on its sale to Novo Nordisk, for up to $800m.
  • Advised AstraZeneca in connection with the sale of the rights to Seroquel and Seroquel XR in the UK, China and certain other international markets to Luye Pharma Group,  for $538m.
  • Represented Vernalis on its acquisition by US-based Ligand Pharmaceuticals for approximately £32.8m.
  • Acted for GammaDelta Therapeutics on its acquisition of Lymphact -Lymphocyte Activation Technologies to enrich the client's platform.
  • Advised BenevolentAI, a leading AI company in the life sciences sector, on the acquisition of Cambridge (UK)-based Proximagen Limited from ACOVA

Gowling WLG's corporate M&A practice handles national and international transactions through partners with deep sector expertise. Key sectors of note are real estate, life sciences, healthcare, energy and manufacturing, with each sector spearheaded by individual partners. The overall corporate team is led by Sunil Kakkad . Given the firm was formed through the merger between legacy Canadian firm Gowlings and UK firm Wragge Lawrence Graham, many mandates are cross border, with the firm developing its mid-market client base  on both sides of the Atlantic.

Practice head(s):Sunil Kakkad

Other key lawyers:David Brennan; Gareth Baker; Ian Piggin

Testimonials

'Fantastic firm'

'Gareth Baker thinks like a client. He is quick and responsive'

Key Clients

Wilmington Plc

Rant and Rave Limited

Cairngorm Capital

Synlab International GmbH

Entanet Holdings Ltd.

Equiom Group

Star Capital Partners

Brockwell Energy Limited

Mobeus Equity Partners LLP

Highland Gold Mining

Circle Holdings plc

Active Assistance (UK) Group

The Montreux Healthcare Fund plc

Mytrah Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised shareholders of UK-based technology business Rant & Rave on its £50m sale to US-based Upland Software.
  • Represented Sella Open Fintech Platforms on its recommended cash takeover offer for Vipera Plc, at a valuation of £24m.
  • Represented Brockwell Energy in its £23m management buyout, backed by Pioneer Point Partners and Davidson Kempner European Partners.
  • Advised the shareholders of KWS BioTest on the sale of the entire issued share capital to Charles River Laboratories International, for ca. £15m
  • Advised Bushveld Minerals Limited on the conditional purchase of the remaining 55% issued share capital of Bushveld Vametco that it did not own from Yellow Dragon Holdings, for $12.3m.

HFW's key recognised sector strengths are transport, energy and infrastructure, and insurance, within which the firm handles corporate M&A transactions. Work carried out by the London team invariably carries cross-border considerations, and the team is able to call on colleagues in Singapore, Paris, Dubai, Hong Kong and Sydney, in particular. Furthermore, the firm recently opened an office in Abu Dhabi and formed  alliances with an energy firm in the US and Brazil-based CAL, adding further strength to its cross-border offering.  The London team is led by Nick Hutton, while the ports and terminals and infrastructure teams are headed by Alistair Mackie, who retains an important role in the firm's M&A capabilities.

Practice head(s):Nick Hutton

Other key lawyers:Alistair Mackie

Key Clients

APM Terminals

International Container Services Inc (ICTSI)

Regal Petroleum plc

WH Ireland Group plc

Miles Smith

Conti Group

COSCO

Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund

Markerstudy Holdings Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund on the €535m sale of a 66% majority holding in Greek natural gas transmission system operator DESFA.
  • Advised Markerstudy as part of an auction process to acquire the Co-Operative Group Limited's carrier, CIS General Insurance Limited, for a successful bid of ca. £185m.
  • Advised management sellers of The Underwriting Exchange on their management buyout sale to private equity firm Pollen Street Capital.
  • Advised Livingbridge on its acquisition via a management buyout of insurance broker Coversure Insurance Services.

The corporate M&A team of K&L Gates LLP handles work generated from both London and heritage US offices, with cross-border mandates an inherent part of the team's focus. This also extends across Europe, the Middle East and Asia, particularly in the infrastructure, energy and natural resources and financial services sectors. Head of the corporate department Paul Tetlow acts for clients from many industry sectors on matters including disposals and public company takeovers. Signalling HFW's intention to boost its private equity offering, James Cross was hired from Reed Smith LLP . Cross specialises in advising private equity sponsors on corporate M&A, in addition to acting for management teams.

Practice head(s):Paul Tetlow

Other key lawyers:Tom Wallace; James Cross

Key Clients

Federated Investors, Inc.

Hudson Clean Energy Partners LP

Warsaw Stock Exchange

First Data Corporation

Syneos Health, Inc.

Ipsos

Endless LLP

ESO Capital

NEP Group, Inc.

Action Hotels plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Federated Investors on its £259.9m acquisition of a 60% interest in Hermes Fund Managers Limited from BT Pension Scheme.
  • Acted for Hudson Clean Energy Partners on the €50m disposal of its investee company Element Power Ireland to Statkraft, a hydropower company owned by the Norwegian state.
  • Advised the Warsaw Stock Exchange on the sale on its interest in Aquis Exchange, an independent pan-European equities exchange operator, for £73m.
  • Represented commerce-enabling technology company First Data Corporation on the €375m sale of its card processing business in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe to SIA.
  • Advised pharmaceutical and life sciences business Syneos Health on its acquisition of Kinapse Limited from private equity firm HgCapital, for $160m.

RPC's corporate team  primarily acts across three key sectors: retail, insurance and technology. In the insurance sector, the firm has seen notable growth in private equity-driven deals, and the growth of the corporate practice has mirrored that of the private equity practice. With four offices across Asia and the UK, the London team closely collaborates on domestic mandates with the Bristol team, as well as working in conjunction with the Hong Kong and Singapore offices, particularly in technology sector M&A. In addition, the firm offers a dedicated due diligence team focusing on corporate transactions. Corporate head Karen Hendy has expertise in private M&A, joint ventures and listed company work, in addition to handling complex restructurings.

Practice head(s):Karen Hendy

Other key lawyers:James Mee

Key Clients

Dialog Semiconductor Plc

Sports Direct International Plc

Daily Mail and General Trust Plc

Cove Programs

Essity

Howden

Keyhaven Capital

Pizza Express

RSA

Konica Minolta

Mitsui

Itochu

JRJ Ventures LLP

Paine Schwartz Partners LLP

Paraline

Flying Tiger

Agent Provocateur

Work highlights

  • Represented Sports Direct on its £90m acquisition of House of Fraser out of administration.
  • Advised Arcadis, a design and consultancy firm, on the acquisition of software and analytics firm SEAMS.
  • Advised Howden Broking Limited on the acquisition of Punter Southall's health and protection consultancy,  Punter Southall Health and Protection Holdings Ltd., and its traditing subsidiaries.
  • Acted for the management team of insurance broker Swinton on its sale by Covea to Ardonagh Group.
  • Acted for Castel Insurance on its first sale of its incubated insurance business, Altitude Risk Partners, to Nexus.

Arnold & Porter's London office predominantly handles corporate M&A work in the life sciences sector, one of the firm's core sectors. Within this area, the firm works for blue chip pharmaceutical companies on investments, divestments and strategic acquisitions, often in collaboration with the US offices and the firm's  highly rated life sciences regulatory teams. The London team also regularly handles M&A work in the technology sector, and is additionally developing a growing M&A practice in the sports sector.  Practice head Jeremy Willcocks is experienced across corporate M&A, private equity and equity capital markets work, and advises on share transfers, joint ventures and debt capital markets transactions.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Willcocks

Other key lawyers:Andrew Harris

Testimonials

'Deep knowledge and understanding of their clients, which means they are proactive, very responsive and commercial in their approach'

'Good all-rounders, very versatile and able to deal with a wide range of corporate deals'

'Jeremy Willcocks is a fun, intelligent, hard working and very versatile lawyer'

Key Clients

EMK Capital LLP

Acuity Investments

Bregal Investments

Bluebird Capital

Diversis Capital

York Capital Management

Glaxosmithkline

McArthurGlen

Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc.

OneView Group

Recordati

Williams Lea Tag

Telus

WorldStrides

Norgine B V

Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry

Work highlights

  • Acted for Williams Lea Tag, a marketing activation partner, on the acquisition of Taylor James, a digital production studio.
  • Advised UK-based Armour Home Electronics Limited on the sale of its UK home office and furniture business, Alphason Designs, to Dorel Home.
  • Acted for Novartis on the divestment of its Sandoz US dermatology business and generic US oral solids portfolio to Aurobindo Pharma USA Inc.
  • Advised Omega on the acquisition of two healthcare homes, Haughgate House and The Old Vicarage.
  • Advised Carestream Health in the sale of its healthcare information systems business to Royal Philips.

Clyde & Co LLP's corporate M&A team advises clients on strategic alliances, joint ventures, acquisitions and corporate compliance across key sectors of expertise, including real estate, marine, energy and natural resources and professional services. The international nature of the firm means that clients are both domestic and international, instructing the team on cross-border mandates across Europe, Asia and emerging markets. The team is led by Simon Vere Nicoll  , who advises both public and private companies on corporate finance transactions, including private equity-backed acquisitions.

Practice head(s):Simon Vere Nicoll

Other key lawyers:Nick Purnell;

Testimonials

'Clydes' lawyers  are very responsive, competent and provide us with thorough legal services across a broad range of issues from business formation to immigration'

 

Key Clients

Liberty House Group

P&O Maritime BV

GeoAmey PECS Limited

Be Living Holdings Ltd

Purplexed LLP

Oaktree Capital Management

G4S

Anglo International Shipping Group Limited

SIMEC UK Energy Holdings Limited

iSec

Wyelands Property Holdings Limited

Urban and Civic Princess Street Limited

Harbour Hotels Group Limited

Egis Road Operation UK Limited

Jacobs Holding AG

Work highlights

  • Advised Liberty House Group on the purchase of a European aluminium smelter from Rio Tinto, for $500m.
  • Advised P&O Maritime in relation to the purchase of 51% of the shares of a joint venture vehicle incorporated by TIS Group to provide vessel towing services in Ukraine.
  • Represented Be Living Holdings in the disposal of a majority stake in its Be Living residential development business to Ecoworld Berhad, for £125m
  • Assisted Anglo International Shipping Group with their successful bid for the $21.5m acquisition of Ten Jin Maru, a bulk carrier vessel.
  • Advised SIMEC UK Energy Holdings on all aspects of the sale of the entire issued share capital of SIMEC Uskmouth Power Limited to Atlantis Resources Limited

Dorsey & Whitney's London office predominantly handles transatlantic corporate M&A work, collaborating with the firm's US offices on larger mandates. The team's growing domestic portfolio encompasses M&A work for AIM-listed companies and advising them on IPOs and secondary issues, as well as acting for investment banks on corporate financing. Mark Taylor heads the transactions group.  As part of efforts to  strengthen the London team, the firm made a number of ancillary hires across the banking and finance, debt and corporate trustee practices. Kate Francis is also recommended for her AIM-related work.

Practice head(s):Mark Taylor

Other key lawyers:Max Beazley; Kate Francis

Key Clients

Carlisle Companies Inc.

Alasdair Locke / Motor Fuel Group management

Entrust Datacard Corp.

PIB Group Limited

Pattern Inc.

DAZN Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Entrust Datacard Corporation on its acquisition of Danish multi-factor authentication business CensorNet group.
  • Advised Carlisle Companies on the acquisition of Tenencia Limited through a wholly-owned UK subsidiary.
  • Represented the management team of Motor Fuel Group on the acquisition of MRH, a UK petrol station and convenience retail operator.
  • Represented DAZN Group on a $1.4bn joint venture with IMG/Endeavor to tender for the role as media rights broker for multiple sporting competitions in South America.
  • Advised Pattern Inc on the acquisition of Practicology Limited, an international eCommerce consultancy.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP's London office handles work across both the public and private markets, with a particular nod to activist investors. The team works closely with offices in the US, in addition to handling international components spanning the Middle East and Asia. Key sectors include technology, energy and natural resources and financial services, all of which department head James Campbell is experienced in. His practice covers M&A, joint ventures and corporate finance, in addition to acting on fund formation and private equity. The team was bolstered with the arrival of Gavin Watson from Dechert LLP, where he headed the international oil and gas team.

Practice head(s):James Campbell

Other key lawyers:Samuel Pearse

Testimonials

'Pillsbury's London corporate team advised us on a large, complex transaction with insight, a deft touch and a responsiveness that was critical to bringing it to a successful closing'

'Sam Pearse is exceptional in all aspects of transactional work, from deal structure to diligence to negotiations'

Key Clients

YuMe, Inc. / RhythmOne plc

SYNNEX Corporation

HM Electronics / Clear-Com

Upland Software, Inc.

Cavendish Kinetics, Inc.

Mitsubishi Corporation

Borealis AG

Teleios Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Represented YuMe on its merger with RhythmOne, with a consideration of $185m, made up of one third cash and two thirds shares.
  • Represented RhythmOne on its £135m agreed takeover by Taptica, by way of a scheme of arrangement.
  • Represented Upland Software on three acquisitions over the year, including the $65m acquisition of Rant & Rave.

Withers LLP is best known for advising on IP-rich transactions, particularly in the luxury brands, sport, pharmaceuticals and technology sectors. Within these, clients range from individuals and family offices to large corporates, with work often cross-border. The most notable recent development is the firm's merger with technology boutique JAG Shaw Baker, which expanded Withers' expertise in this sector and added a number of new clients, as well as additional partners, including the co-founder of JAG, James Shaw. The corporate practice is headed by Paul McGrath.

Practice head(s):Paul McGrath

Other key lawyers:James Shaw

Testimonials

'The remarkably informed team at Withers are very knowledgeable, technically sound, resourceful and understand the clients' needs and concerns.'

'Azlinda Ariffin-Boromand and James Martell always make sure I feel important.'

'Associate Mark Lynch stands out. He understands the big picture, is amenable, approachable and always able to meet very tight deadlines'

'Graham Webster and Libby Payne have valuable sector savvy expertise; they know their respective fields not just from a legal perspective but also have detailed know-how of the business itself'

Key Clients

Racing Point Limited and Racing Point UK Limited

Latrus Racing Corp.

Harsco

Investors and founders of Symphony Ventures

Evolve IP

Rosalind Oxley

Philipp Humm

MARA Incorporated SDN. BHD.

Ultra HNW Middle Eastern Family Office

TransferWise

Tenaga Nasional Berhad

Work highlights

  • Advised Racing Point and Racing Point UK on pre-administration negotiations with Force India's shareholders for funding to stave off administration. Also advised on the subsequent bidding process against 30 other bidders for a rescue of Force India, its assets and business.
  • Advised Harsco Corporation on its acquisition of the US and UK-based business of Altek, for an initial payment of £45m.
  • Acted for the selling shareholders of UK-based Symphony Ventures Ltd to US-based Sykes Enterprises, for £52m.
  • Acted for Evolve IP in connection with the purchase of TVF Group.
  • Acted for high net worth investor Ros Oxley on her acquisition of a minority stake in Global EVRT, an electric vehicle company.

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    The Immigration Act 2014 (“the 2014 Act”) reduced the circumstances in which the refusal of an immigration application will give rise to a right of appeal. The  explanatory notes  to the 2014 Act state that the Act was intended to restructure rights of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal. Previously, a right of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal existed against any of the 14 different immigration decisions listed in s.82 of the  Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002  (“the 2002 Act”). As explained below, whether or not the refusal of an immigration application currently generates a right of appeal depends on the subject matter of the application rather than its categorisation.

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