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John Campion

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DLA Piper LLP (US)




John Campion is involved in corporate finance work including mergers and acquisitions (both domestic and cross-border), public takeovers, flotations and equity offerings, management and other buyouts,  joint ventures and corporate re-organisations. Many of John's deals are in the technology sector. He also advises on corporate governance and compliance matters.


University College London, Law LLB

London: Corporate and commercial

Flotations: small and mid-cap

Within: Flotations: small and mid-cap

DLA Piper's team has a wealth of experience of domestic and cross-border mandates, with the work spanning matters such as rights issues, placings, block trades, dual listings, step-ups and public takeovers. It captures a particularly significant share of the market for AIM IPOs; a recent highlight involved practice head Alex Tamlyn and senior associate Robert Newman acting for Rosenblatt in its £43m AIM listing (representing the largest UK law firm IPO to date). Also in the legal services arena, John Campion, Jonathan Watkins and Newman are advising UK law firm Knights plc on its planned AIM IPO. Tamlyn also recently worked with senior associates Johannes Poon and Karin Kirschner to advise Zeus Capital (as NOMAD and broker) on the AIM listing of, and associated placing of shares by, OnTheMarket Plc. Martin Penn acted for PureTech Health Plc in its £72m placing. On the regulatory front, the firm has a  strong relationship with the London Stock Exchange, enabling its team to gain an understanding of current and upcoming rules and regulations. Tamlyn is Chair of the Primary Markets Group on the London Stock Exchange. Elsewhere, the firm has a particularly strong US securities law capability, with US-qualified partners Tony Lopez and George Barboutis having expertise in this area. Charles Severs and DLA Piper are other notable practitioners in the team.

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West Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham

Within: Leading individuals

John Campion - DLA Piper UK LLP

Within: Corporate and commercial: Birmingham

DLA Piper UK LLP‚Äôs corporate team is ‚Äėvery good, and responsive ‚Äď it provides practical and appropriate advice on day-to-day matters and large corporate transactions.‚Äô Noel Haywood¬†and senior associate Gareth Davies¬†advised Morgan Advanced Materials on the ¬£47m sale of its UK electro-ceramics business to CeramTec, and Helly Hansen and its private equity owner Ontario Teachers Pension Plan on the purchase of Musto from Phoenix Equity Partners. As far as public M&A is concerned, Charles Cook¬†delivers ‚Äėpractical advice with a very good depth of knowledge‚Äô ‚Äď he, working with the firm‚Äôs Johannesburg office, advised FirstRand on its ¬£1.1bn purchase of former FTSE 250 bank Aldermore. He and senior associate Robert Newman¬†also handled Clinigen Group‚Äôs ¬£150m purchase of Quantum Pharma (a merger of two AIM-listed pharmaceutical companies). John Campion¬†handles complex restructuring matters, alongside other matters, with Tim Lake‚Äôs practice also including complex cross border work. Other clients include the management shareholders of CPA Global, which Cook and senior associate Simon Wright¬†advised on the sale of a majority stake from Cinven to Leonard Green & Partners.¬†Jim Lavery¬†is now at Jim Lavery Law Limited.

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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.‚Ä©
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