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Linklaters LLP

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Iain Fenn

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Linklaters LLP

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Corporate, restructuring and insolvency.


Specialist in corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganisations, public offerings and joint ventures. He advises the boards of a number of FTSE 100 companies on strategic and governance issues. Transactions of significance where substantial involvement can be disclosed include advising BP on its mergers with Amoco and Arco; Vodafone on its successful hostile offer for Mannesmann; Experian on its IPO, the demerger of Home Retail Group and Home Retail Group on the acquisition of Habitat. Landsbanki on the sale of Iceland Foods and Vodafone on the acquisitions of Cable & Wireless and Kabel Deutschland.


Trainee solicitor Linklaters 1990-92; solicitor corporate department 1992-99; partner corporate department 1999.


King’s College, University of London (1988 BA History First Class Hons); College of Law (1990 CPE; LSF).

London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+

Within: M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+

Linklaters LLP advises clients across a broad range of complex cross-border M&A transactions, frequently above the £1bn mark. Clients include a large number of household names, a large proportion of which are FTSE100-listed companies. The firm's sector expertise is exhibited through an array of distinct work highlights, including Takeda's takeover of Shire in the pharmaceuticals sector, which managing associate Sarah Flaherty advised on, and Sainsbury's proposed merger with Asda in the retail sector, in which the highly-regarded Iain Fenn acted for Sainsbury's. Fenn was also the lead name when the firm advised Old Mutual on its £12bn demerger. The 'professional' Aedamar Comiskey heads the global corporate practice, while Matthew Middleditch is chairman. Fionnghuala Griggs, partner since May 2017, is particularly experienced in Fintech and has  advised private companies in this sector on complex schemes of arrangement, in addition to advising financial service groups on Brexit. Derek Tong, who was recently promoted to partner,  heads the UK technology transactions team. Senior partner Charlie Jacobs maintains an active role as boardroom adviser to many of the firm's high-profile clients. Departures include that of experienced M&A partner Roger Barron.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Linklaters LLP's practice has particular expertise assisting clients with  corporate and M&A, commercial, contentious and regulatory matters in the IT and telecoms sectors; it also advises on infrastructure projects and digitisation matters in the healthcare, insurance and financial services industries. The team is jointly led by Julian Cunningham-Day, who advises on a range of transactional and regulatory matters in the telecoms space; IT procurement and outsourcing partner Richard Cumbley, and telecoms expert Iain Fenn. Georgina Kon is also noted; she handles a range of issues relating to disruptive technologies, IT licence audits, the use of big data and disputes.

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