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John Connell is a very versatile lawyer and can advise on a wide range of transactions, including public takeovers, private acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, listings, capital raisings and restructurings.

As a partner in the firm's London corporate group, he has a broad practice. He has helped listed private companies, banks, insurers and financial investors with some of their most difficult cross-border mergers, acquisitions and disposals.

John's particular focus is acting for clients in the financial services and financial institutions sectors.

London: Corporate and commercial

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

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

Counting energy, technology, financial services, real estate and insurance as key sector strengths, Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘superb’ practice is commended for its ‘high level of service and attention to detail’, as well as for its ‘responsiveness, business acumen, pragmatism and value for money’. Steven Bryan – who is praised for his ‘strong energy industry knowledge’, as well as for his ‘transactional expertise and communication skills’ – advised Brookfield Business Partners on its purchase of an 85% stake in Greenergy, and Brookfield Infrastructure Partners on the sale of its gas distribution network business in Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man to Ancala Infrastructure. Clients also single out Andrew Pearson as ‘very commercial, extremely bright and committed’, as well as being ‘friendly and confident even when times get tough’. He acted alongside Maegan Morrison for SABMiller on its £71bn sale to AB InBev, and assisted both companies with various divestments, including SABMiller’s €2.6bn sale of its Peroni, Grolsch and Meantime businesses to Asahi. Morrison and John Connell are praised for their ‘quality advice, significant commitment and commercial approach’. They are recommended alongside Georgy Kalashnikov, who relocated from the firm’s Moscow office, and ‘bright, engaged, committed and completely client-focused’ senior associate Fergus Gallagher, who is ‘great with people, a pleasure to work with, and clearly has a bright future’. Guy Potel left for White & Case LLP in May 2016, and Amit Nayyar joined Shoosmiths LLP three months later.

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