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Jon Harris

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Pinsent Masons LLP


Jon is a partner who specialises in advising public and private companies, entrepreneurs and investment banks on public takeovers, mergers and acquisitions, disposals, reverse takeovers, joint ventures, corporate restructurings and reorganisations, IPOs and secondary issues (including rights issues, placings and open offers). Independently recognised for his responsiveness, thoroughness and firm technical grasp, in the last two years Jon has advised on UK and multi-jurisdictional transactions worth over £1 billion. He is a regular speaker on public takeovers.


Bristol University (LLB (Hons)).

London: Corporate and commercial

Flotations: small and mid-cap

Within: Leading individuals

Jon Harris - Pinsent Masons LLP

Within: Flotations: small and mid-cap

Pinsent Masons LLP manages a varied workload, which includes AIM/Main Market/overseas listings, dual listings, secondary offerings and reverse takeovers. Reflective of the international footprint of the practice, Robert Moir acted for Warsaw Stock Exchange listed recruitment company Work Service on its listing on the London Stock Exchange. Jon Harris and legal director Michael Lakin managed the English law aspects of Procurri Corporation’s IPO on the Mainboard of the Singapore Stock Exchange. Another key feature is the firm’s strong focus on sectors such as technology, life sciences and energy; Russell Booker assisted Loopup Group with its £40.8m AIM IPO, representing the first technology-related IPO post-Brexit. Rob Hutchings, Hannah Brader and others assisted Motorpoint Group with its £200m Main Market IPO. John Tyerman leads the team, which also acts for brokers, bookrunners and NOMADs.

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M&A: mid-market, £50m-£250m

Within: M&A: mid-market, £50m-£250m

Pinsent Masons LLP’s group, which is led by energy and infrastructure expert John Tyerman, frequently handles multi-jurisdictional M&A for public and private companies, and is consistently active across a wide range of sectors. Hannah Brader, who is very strong in M&A involving insurance and financial institutions, advised Legal & General Group on its £140m sale of Cofunds to Aegon UK. In the cross-border space, Joanne Ellis assisted the shareholders of GBK Restaurants with the company’s £120m sale to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Famous Brands, while Tom Leman advised Target Group on its £112m sale to the India-listed Tech Mahindra. Leman also acted for AB InBev on its purchase of Camden Brewing Group. Rob Hutchings advised Kier Group on the £75m sale of its Mouchel Consulting business to WSP. Though mostly active in the mid-market space, the practice also handles some impressive premium M&A: Andrew Kerr acted for Nirma on its $1.4bn purchase of Lafarge India from LafargeHolcim, Leman advised AMC Theatres on its $1.2bn acquisition of Odeon & UCI Cinemas Group, and Robert Moir assisted Redefine Properties with its €1.2bn purchase of a 75% stake in Dutch property company Echo Prime Properties. Jon Harris and Nicole Livesey are also recommended. In 2016, Stephen Levy’s departure for Dentons was offset by the arrival of telecoms expert Andrew McMillan from Simmons & Simmons. Financial sector M&A expert Hammad Akhtar joined from Ashurst in April 2017.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Mining and minerals

Within: Mining and minerals

Pinsent Masons LLP’s mining and natural resources team ‘carries domain expertise and charges competitive fees’ under the leadership of construction law expert Sarah Thomas. She is advising York Potash alongside the Leeds-based planning partner Andrew Quinlan on planning, environmental, M&A and property matters in connection with its proposed mine development in the UK. Other key names include Jon Harris, who recently acted for Beaufort as the broker in numerous secondary fundraising matters by AIM-listed companies, and legal director Ross McDowall, who advised Kier on a wide array of property, environmental and planning law issues with regards to its operations in East Ayrshire. The team acted in LCIA arbitration proceedings arising from an iron ore mining project in Western Africa seeking to recover monies on behalf of the trustee. Other notable clients include Anglo American, Sirius and African Minerals.

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