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Simon Branigan

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Simon has extensive experience advising corporates, financial institutions and investment trusts on mergers and acquisitions (both public and private), joint ventures and equity capital markets transactions. He has been involved in some of the most complex and high-profile multi-jurisdictional transactions over the last few years.

Simon’s experience spans the mining, retail and consumer, and oil and gas sectors. He has extensive experience in the financial services sector, and is co-head of the firm’s bank sector.


Trained Linklaters; qualified 2000; associate 2000; managing associate 2005, partner 2009.


French, Spanish.


Oxford University (1996 BA Modern and Medieval Languages); College of Law, York (1997 CPE; 1998 LPC).

China: Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A: foreign firms

Within: Leading individuals

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London: Corporate and commercial

Equity capital markets

Within: Equity capital markets

The practice at Linklaters LLP is 'always available, responds quickly and with a commercial, can-do attitude'. James Wootton and Iain Wagstaff are noted for their 'seamless execution of IPOs'; Wootoon, Simon Branigan and Mike Bienenfeld, who are 'knowledgeable, pragmatic, responsive and personable', acted for Allied Irish Banks on its €3bn IPO. Further afield, Tom Shropshire advised Sibanye Gold on its $1bn rights offering, constituting the third-largest ever rights offering by a South African company. John Lane is said by some clients to be 'perhaps the best capital markets brain around', and is 'very good on wider policy issues such as MiFID implications and FCA regulations'; he and 'reasoned, commercial multi-taskerJason Manketo acted for HSBC Bank as London listing adviser on the admission of Bank of Cyprus shares to the LSE. Other clients include ABN AMRO, Goldman Sachs International, J.P. Morgan Securities and, on the corporate side, RHI Magnesita.

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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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