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Nick Garland

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Nick is a corporate lawyer and his main areas of practice include general corporate advisory work, M&A (public and private), joint ventures and primary and secondary securities offerings. Nick is currently based in London and has spent significant periods working in our Singapore, Moscow and UAE (Abu Dhabi and Dubai) offices. His particular strength is in international M&A, and in the last five years he has done deals in South America, Spain, Saudi Arabia, India, CEE, Australia and Malaysia in addition to the UK.


Trained Linklaters, London (including six-month secondment in the Singapore office); qualified 1998; associate 1998-2003; managing associate 2003-07; partner, 2007 – 2012 Partner, Linklaters Dubai/ Abu Dhabi; London Partner 2012 to date.


Downing College, Cambridge (1995 BA Hons Law); York Law School (1996 Legal Practice Course).

London: Corporate and commercial

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

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

Linklaters LLP’s ‘very impressive’ practice 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. In the finance space, Roger Barron and Simon Branigan advised Deutsche Börse on its proposed £21bn merger with London Stock Exchange Group, while on the retail side Iain Fenn, Owen Clay and Nick Garland assisted Home Retail Group with its £1.4bn takeover by J Sainsbury. Other retail mandates include Charles Jacobs’s advice to Steinhoff International Holdings on its £597m acquisition of Poundland Group. Barron and Jessamy Gallagher advised National Grid on the sale of a 61% stake in NGGD, its £13.8bn UK gas distribution business, to a consortium of infrastructure investors. Ian Hunter made partner in April 2016; he and David Avery-Gee acted for Glencore International on the £2.5bn sale of 40% of its agricultural business to Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, and on the sale of a further 10% of the business to British Columbia Investment Management Corporation for $625m. The department’s other clients include Nestlé, Visa Europe, AXA and BP. Iain Wagstaff and Richard Godden are also recommended. Private equity specialists David Holdsworth and Stuart Boyd joined Kirkland & Ellis International LLP in May 2016.

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