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Sarah Wiggins

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Sarah is a board room adviser and regularly works on a wide range of corporate transactions often with a cross-border element and high profile crises and investigations. 

Sarah is the firm’s global head of clients and sectors, and her experience spans the oil and gas, chemicals, real estate, professional services, insurance and FMCG sectors.

Sarah leads on several key relationships with a number of the firm’s significant clients, including BP, Reckitt Benckiser and PwC. “I am a trusted adviser to company boardrooms, offering clients practical, business-focused advice that is strongly aligned with their commercial requirements and objectives.” For 16 months in 2015/16 Sarah acted as interim general counsel of Reckitt Benckiser. Sarah advised on a number of acquisitions, including RB’s acquisition of Hypermacas’ contraceptive business, the reorganisation of various interests of Manon in China and RB’s $17.9 billion acquisition of Mead Johnson Nutrition Company (completed July 2017). Also, Sarah led a legal team of internal and external lawyers in relation to a number of business critical investigations – including the DoJ and FTC investigations and related proceedings (arising from certain matters relating to the RB Pharmaceuticals Business prior to its demerger in December 2014 from Indiviour PLC) and the high profile crisis management issue facing one of RB’s subsidiaries, Oxy RB (“Oxy RB”), in relation to deaths and injuries caused by a humidifier sanitiser which Oxy RB produced and sold in South Korea between 2001-2011. The matter involves substantial civil and criminal litigation in Korea. She has also advised, amongst other things, on (i) the development of a wide-ranging compensation plan designed to satisfy local requirements and United Nations guidance; (ii) engagement with the United Nations Special Rapporteur; (iii) engagement with a committee of the Korean National Assembly (the equivalent of a UK Parliament select committee) and associated engagement with the Korean law making process; and (iv) engagement with the UK-government and regulators. The matter exemplifies her ability to manage complex multi-jurisdictional, cross disciplinary matters affecting a FTSE100 company. The case is politically and publicly significant in Korea.

Sarah was seconded to BP's head office for eight months in 2012/13, where she worked closely with the general counsel and deputy general counsel on a number of market-related and crisis management issues, including criminal settlement with the DoJ, as well as reinforcing her knowledge of the current key issues to consider for corporate energy transactions.

Sarah was listed as one of 2014’s star lawyers in The Lawyer’s annual Hot 100 list, and was profiled in The Law List by Powerful Media in 2015 and in 2017 was named an Acritas Star Law in a new global database of client nominated Star Lawyers.


Manchester University (1987 BA History).

London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+

Within: M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+

The ‘exceptional’, ‘pragmatic and service-oriented’ Linklaters LLP practice provides ‘excellent legal advice’ and ‘very good levels of service, both on buy side and sell side assignments’. The team is known for its strength in public M&A, and its expertise in complex work such as reverse takeovers and demergers. Clients describe its responsiveness, business acumen, strength in depth and value for money as ‘excellent’. Financial services, high-end retail, technology and telecoms are key sector strengths; the department is also noted for its experience in the mining sector. Global head of corporate Aedamar Comiskey led the advice to Amec Foster Wheeler on its recommended all-share acquisition by competitor John Wood Group. The ‘extremely supportive, practical and commercial’ Simon Branigan led the team on AIB’s €12bn reprivatisation and IPO on the London and Irish stock exchanges. Iain Fenn (has a ‘commercial focus’ and a ‘commitment to getting the deal done’) is advising Old Mutual in a complex arrangement for a demerger into two entities. Other highlights have seen firm senior partner and global chairman Charles Jacobs handle Glencore’s £2.5bn sale of a 40% stake in its agricultural business, Iain Wagstaff act for Three on its £300m acquisition of UK Broadband and the ‘very client oriented and pragmatic’ Sarah Wiggins advising Benckitt Benckiser Group on its acquisition of Mead Johnson Nutrition, with total enterprise value of $17.9bn. Also recommended are corporate group leader Owen Clay , who is ‘friendly and responsive’ and ‘is good at dealing with challenging clients and situations’ and William Buckley  who is ‘good at leveraging the capability of the firm’.  Fionnghuala Griggs and Kanyaka Ramamurthi  were both promoted to partnership, while Stuart Boyd moved to Kirkland & Ellis International LLP.

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