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ONE SILK STREET, LONDON, EC2Y 8HQ, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7456 2000
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Fax 020 7456 2222
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Charles Jacobs

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Work 020 7456 3332
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Linklaters Business Services

Work Department

Corporate.

Position

Charlie is Linklaters' senior partner and chairman and a corporate partner who focuses on public and private M&A and international capital raisings and regulatory and corporate governance standards. He has been the outstanding name in the mining sector worldwide for many decades. He also advises on many of the largest M&A deals in the market, most recently for SAB Miller on its $100 billion takeover by ABI-InBev and Steinhoff's JSE spin-off of its African assets. Charlie is a key boardroom adviser to many of the firm’s largest clients including Glencore, Arcelor Mittal.

Career

Articled clerk Linklaters 1990-92 (including six-month secondment to Linklaters, New York); solicitor London 1992-99; partner 1999 to date.

Education

St John’s College, Johannesburg; Leicester University (1987 LLB).

Leisure

4 children, partner, cycling and Barry's bootcamp.


London: Corporate and commercial

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

Within: Leading individuals

Charles Jacobs - Linklaters LLP

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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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Mining and minerals

Within: Leading individuals

Charles Jacobs - Linklaters LLP

Within: Mining and minerals

Mining sits at the core of Linklaters LLP 's multi-disciplinary practice which advises the full gamut of clients under the joint leadership of Charles Jacobs , Toby Grimstone and David Avery-Gee . Longstanding client Glencore recently appointed the team to oversee its acquisition of 31% stake in Mutanda and 10.25% in Katanga from Fleurette Properties. Corporate partner James Inglis worked closely with allied firm Allens to handle Rio Tinto's sale of its Australian subsidiary Coal & Allied Industries to Yancoal, and Avery-Gee intervened in Newcrest regarding its subscription for 10% of the issued share capital in AIM-listed SolGold. On the financing side, Fiona Hobbs and head of the Africa group Andrew Jones oversaw the $2.73bn project financing for the construction and refurbishment of a 912km coal railway line through Mozambique and Malawi as well as the Nacala port in Mozambique to service the Vale and Mitsui mine on behalf of a group of investment and commercial banks.

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