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Rob Salter

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Corporate finance.


Rob is a leading M&A practitioner and looks after the firm's relationships with key clients such as CBRE, DS Smith, Harrison Street, Harworth Group, London Stock Exchange, Merlin Entertainments, Pearson, Prologis and Starwood Capital.


Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (trainee 1996 – 1998; associate 1998 – 2004); Berwin Leighton Paisner (associate 2004 – 2006; partner 2006 – 2013); DLA Piper (partner since 2013).




The Law Society.


King Edward VI School, Southampton; St Edmund Hall, Oxford (1990-1993 MA Modern History (First Class)); Guildford College of Law (1993-1995 CPE and LPC (Commendation)).


Family, cricket, hockey; member of the MCC and Vincents Club.

London: Corporate and commercial

Equity capital markets

Within: Equity capital markets

Noted for its multi-jurisdictional capabilities, DLA Piper's 'very good' practice handles complex equity capital markets matters for large issuers and underwriters. Group head Alex Tamlyn acted for Hutchison China MediTech on its $301m depositary share offering on the Nasdaq, and Charles Severs advised Menzies Aviation on the £70m rights issuance that funded its acquisition of Aircraft Service International Group from BBA Aviation. Robert Salter advised Cannaccord, Stifel and Peel Hunt on a £100m placement by IQE; Zeus Capital is another client on the sponsor side. Karin Kirschner, Martin Penn and Johannes Poon are also recommended. The UK- and US-qualified George Barboutis moved to the Dubai office in 2018.

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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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  • 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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