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Robert Bishop

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Bob Bishop leads DLA Piper's international corporate group and is global co-chair of the firm's M&A practice. He advises clients on all areas of corporate law, with a particular focus on cross-border M&A. His experience includes recommended and hostile public takeovers, private share and business acquisitions/disposals, private equity transactions, initial and secondary equity offerings, group reorganisations, joint ventures and strategic alliances. Bob is responsible for the firm's consumer goods sector initiative and has particular expertise in the TMT and life sciences sectors. He regularly advises clients whose businesses are heavily dependent on intellectual property, managing the firm's relationships with companies like CareFusion, Carlyle Europe Technology Partners, Danaher Corporation, Discovery Communications, Hain Celestial, Liberty Global and Mondelez International. Having spent time out of the law working as a venture capitalist, Bob is known for offering legal advice based on genuine commercial insight.


Articled clerk - Herbert Smith 1993 - 1995; associate - Herbert Smith 1995 - 1999; director - Vesta Capital Limited 1999 - 2001; partner - Shaw Pittman (London) 2001 - 2003; partner - DLA Piper UK LLP 2003 to date; global co-chair, M&A 2005 to date; UK head of corporate 2012 - 2014; international head of corporate 2014 to date.




Law Society of England and Wales.


International School of Brussels, Belgium; University of Exeter (1988-1991 Economic & Politics (BSc)); College of Law, Chester (1991-1993 Common Professional Examination; Law Society Finals); Harvard Business School (2010 Harvard Leadership Program).


Skiing, rugby, music, food and wine.

London: Corporate and commercial

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

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

The ‘proactive, exemplary’ department at DLA Piper has ‘great bench strength’. It is well known for its TMT expertise, though it also acts for high-profile clients in sectors including energy, financial services and transport. ‘Incredibly responsive, thoughtful’ and ‘very experienced global co-chair Robert Bishop and Mark Chivers led the team advising Heineken Group on its offer to acquire the securitization group known as ‘Punch Taverns A’ from Patron Capital. Head of M&A for EMEA and Asia Pacific Jon Kenworthy worked alongside Tim Wright on the sale of Miller Homes Holdings to a Bridgepoint Capital entity for £669m, advising the selling shareholders and the management team on their investment into Newco. Managing director Charles Severs, who ‘always ensures that services are delivered as promised’, advised Menzies Aviation on the acquisition of ASIG from BBA Aviation for $202m. Jon Hayes acts for clients including Etihad Airways, GE, UNICEF and Unilever. Also recommended are Robert Salter, who is strong for real estate sector transactions, and Tom Heylen, who is noted for his expertise in working with international corporates and institutions and leading the firm’s technology initiative in the UK.

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    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

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