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Jon Hayes

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Jon has a broad range of experience in public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic partnerships, large international reorganisations, equity capital markets transactions and other corporate work. Jon’s M&A experience includes advising multinational corporations on public and private transactions, many of which have involved multiple jurisdictions. His capital markets and investment fund experience includes advising on a number of innovative IPOs and secondary fundraising transactions on London (Main and AIM) and Euronext Amsterdam. Jon’s broader corporate experience includes advising on the continuing obligations of UK listed entities and on a wide variety of matters affecting English companies. Jon is an elected member of the Board of DLA Piper.


Taught law at KCL, Leicester University, Notre Dame Law School; qualified 1993; trainee, associate, partner (eight years) at Linklaters; partner (nine years) DLA Piper.


Brighton College; King’s College London LLB (1985); LSE LLM (1986).


Cycling, music.

London: Corporate and commercial

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

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

The ‚Äėproactive, exemplary‚Äô department at¬†DLA Piper¬†has ‚Äėgreat bench strength‚Äô. It is well known for its TMT expertise, though it also acts for high-profile clients in sectors including energy, financial services and transport.¬†‚ÄėIncredibly responsive, thoughtful‚Äô and ‚Äėvery 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 ‚ÄėPunch Taverns A‚Äô 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 ‚Äėalways ensures that services are delivered as promised‚Äô, 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‚Äôs technology initiative in the UK.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Power (including electricity and renewables)

Within: Power (including electricity and renewables)

DLA Piper fields an 'excellent, very personable and commercial' team with 'great sector knowledge across all levels'. Clients especially note the 'effective and practical' Philip Chong who has 'strategic insight, sharp intelligence and good judgment' and heads the international arbitration department in Europe. In recent highlights, Natasha Luther-Jones was recently promoted to global co-chair of energy and natural resources and led the advice to Nord/LB on the financing of a wind farm project in Sweden; Dimitri Papaefstratiou was made head of energy and infrastructure projects in London and assisted Mytilineos with the limited recourse vendor financing and contractual documentation for a combined cycle gas turbine plant in Ghana. On the M&A side, Jon Hayes led a multi-jurisdictional team to handle GE's $1.65bn acquisition of LM Wind Power. The Manchester-based Darren Walsh is a finance specialist and recently represented clients such as KEPCO KPS and the Liverpool Combined Authority.

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  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    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.‚Ä©
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