M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m in London

Addleshaw Goddard

The ‘highly responsive‘ and ‘technically excellent‘ team at Addleshaw Goddard works closely with dozens of FTSE 250-listed entities on a significant volume of corporate transactions, ranging from public takeovers to private equity-driven M&A. Under the leadership of the ‘outstandingChris Taylor, the sizeable team is noted for its capabilities in multi-jurisdictional matters, advising key domestic and foreign companies from the worlds of real estate, energy, consumer goods, gaming, and financial services. Taylor – who also heads up the Africa Business Group – is a key port of call for many of the firm’s emerging market-focused clients, with recent highlights including a number of joint ventures in the renewable power and infrastructure arenas. The corporate group fields a deep bench of talent that includes the likes of Nick Pearey, an expert in takeovers and ECM transactions; Simon Wood, a ‘completely dedicated’ mid-market M&A advisor; and senior partner Charles Penney, ‘an exceptionally safe pair of hands‘ who clients turn to for his deep knowledge of mainstream corporate finance. Turkey group head Elvan Hussein is praised for her capabilities in cross-border M&A, as well as her niche expertise in high-growth tech and fintech companies. Financial services sector co-chair Hugh Lauritsen is routinely sought out by numerous leading commercial banks for assistance in major strategic acquisitions and divestitures. Nordics-focused Ann Grewar joined the team from LOGOS legal services in September 2021.

Practice head(s):

Yunus Seedat; Chris Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Nick Pearey; Simon Wood; Charles Penney; Elvan Hussein; Hugh Lauritsen; Ann Grewar

Testimonials

Elvan Hussein provides clear and unambiguous advice and is focussed on ensuring delivery of the transaction. AG fielded a diverse team with a predominantly female deal team, which was excellent.’

‘The team is highly responsive, technically excellent, and competitive on price.’

‘Chris Taylor is outstanding. He is the strongest partner on our panel, and better than his magic circle equivalents.’

‘Addleshaw Goddard have a highly skilled and professional team. The depth and breadth of experience amongst the team makes them a formidable force in the M&A market. Their transparency in billing was a welcome surprise.’

‘Charles Penney is an exceptionally safe pair of hands. Charles uses his wide experience to make clients feel at ease.’

‘Simon Wood is completely dedicated to the job at hand. Having Simon on your team, you know you will win. Simon does not rest until he has success in his grasp.’

‘Jack Edwards is refreshingly down to earth to work with.’

Key clients

Rothermere Continuation Limited

Sanne Group plc

DP World

Allied Irish Banks plc

Recipharm

Solarisbank AG

BP

NatWest

Probo Medical

Terra Firma

Rathbone Brothers

Bally’s Corporation

Shareholders of Global Prime Partners Limited

StoneX

Egmont International Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the Rothermere family on their successful £3bn reorganisation and takeover offer for Daily Mail and General Trust plc, the owners of the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, MailOnline and Metro.
  • Advised DP World on their billion pound joint venture to establish an Africa investment platform with CDC, the UK’s development finance institution.
  • Advised Allied Irish Banks’ on its sale of it £600m SME banking business in Great Britain to Allica Bank.

Dentons

Dentons‘ ‘exceptional’ commitment to ‘responsive, practical solutions‘ and ‘experience-backed commercial advice in heavily regulated transactions‘ ensures that the practice is regularly sought out for high-value deals, both domestically and internationally. Under the leadership of ‘brilliant tactician’ Neil Nicholson, the team frequently handles big-ticket mandates for a sweep of listed clients operating in the aviation, TMT, consumer goods, sports, and real estate sectors. Matthew Tinger is particularly praised on account of his capabilities in the latter, where he works with a number of hotels and commercial operators on cross-border transactions, while Darren Acres‘ cross-border expertise is most notably concentrated in transatlantic M&A and deals involving African stakeholders. Underscoring the team’s level of international fluency, Joseph Altendorff has led M&A teams in over 100 jurisdictions, particularly with respect to venture technology deals. Senior associate Joseph Collingwood is well-versed in sport and manufacturing M&A, while fellow senior associate Verity Kent is noted for her experience in oil and gas, mining, and renewable power. The team’s corporate finance offering was bolstered by the arrival of Patrick Somers from TLT in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Neil Nicholson

Other key lawyers:

Matt Tinger; Darren Acres; Joseph Altendorff; Joseph Collingwood; Verity Kent; Patrick Somers

Testimonials

‘Able to blend offices and people to deliver at a sensible cost point (uses right people for right jobs rather than one size fits all). Clear and prompt billing helps us stay ahead of issues.’

‘Responsive, practical solutions, and maintain good relationship with the other party.’

‘Neil Nicholson’s team gives solid, experience-backed commercial advice in heavily regulated transactions. I trust them implicitly to guide me through uncharted territory with confidence.’

‘Neil Nicholson is a brilliant tactician with the ability to call out a bad idea or making the best of a tricky situation. It’s clear that he brings his depth of experience to the deal, giving clients the confidence to make clear decisions.’

‘Neil Nicholson is an excellent partner to work with and really understands issues from a client perspective. He is very well reasoned and commercial. He is really clear about fees and communicates well.’

‘Very sensible and commercial advice. Partners lead from the front and remain the key point person throughout the deal. Strong communication and interpersonal skills which are important for managing difficult clients. On top of everything from start to finish.’

‘Matthew Tinger was very engaged and available at any time with deep client care, knowledge, and deal experience. One key differentiator is that he “owns” a process and will guide the deal team, proactively manages the process, and push documents along. At the same time, he is very efficient in work scope and fair with regards to billing.’

‘The performance of the team and the successful result, due in large part to the quality of our legal advisers, will mean more work for Dentons in the future. The level of work and commitment from the team was exceptional – we were consistently looked after and the quality of advice was always top notch.’

Key clients

Informa

Capita

Sigma Capital Group

PRS REIT

Harrison Street Real Estate Capital

Aprirose Limited

St James Holdings

Trevipay

Ecotricity

BGL

Dye & Durham

Chorus Aviation Inc

Work highlights

  • Advising Chorus Aviation Inc. on the acquisition of Falko Regional Aircraft Limited, a leading regional aircraft lessor, together with (i) affiliates of Falko, and (ii) the equity interests in certain entities and aircraft which are ultimately owned by funds managed by Fortress Investment Group LLC and managed by Falko (or one of its affiliates).
  • Advising BGL Group on the sale of BGL Insurance, a digital distributor of insurance and household financial services, to Markerstudy.
  • Advising Mike Ashley’s St James Holdings Limited on the sale of Newcastle United (NUFC) to a joint venture involving the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, Amanda Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners and the Reuben Brothers following settlement of NUFC’s arbitration against the English Premier League.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper‘s London hub works on a significant volume of high-profile deals for many of the firm’s leading blue-chip clients, ranging from life sciences conglomerates to media and entertainment companies. The group is particularly strong in corporate real estate transactions, driven largely by the efforts of seasoned property and infrastructure expert Rob Salter. London corporate head Jon Kenworthy is a highly experienced cross-border advisor whose expertise is most keenly concentrated in the tech, media, and sports sectors, while global corporate co-chair Robert Bishop ‘s focus on IP-rich industries sees him handling consequential transactions for consumer goods multinationals and technology companies. EMEA and APAC managing director Charles Severs is sought out by a litany of globally-focused TMT operators for assistance in multi-jurisdictional M&A matters. Ben Forgiel-Jenkins‘ recent highlights include strategic deals for a varied mix of hospitality and telecom operators, whereas Jonathan Earle concentrates on the financial services and gaming sectors. Alexander Kolmakov – a specialist in video game M&A – is a key port of call for many of the firm’s Eastern European investor clients. The team’s investment fund offering was strengthened by the arrival of Jonathan Powling from Addleshaw Goddard in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

Jon Kenworthy

Other key lawyers:

Robert Bishop; Rob Salter; Charles Severs; Jonathan Powling; Ben Forgiel-Jenkins; Jonathan Earle; Alexander Kolmakov

Key clients

Blackstone Real Estate Partners

Aristocrat Leisure Limited

Brookfield Asset Management

Discovery Communications

Ecolab

Learning Technologies Group

Lyreco

Mace Developments

Mazuma Holdings Limited

Merlin Entertainments

Miller Homes

MKS Instruments

Oxford Properties

Philip Morris International

Settecento Limited

Starwood Capital

Triplepoint/ Digital9 DC Limited

Unilever

Work highlights

  • Advising Philip Morris International on its recommended public offer for Vectura Group.
  • Advising Learning Technologies Group plc on its $394m acquisition of US listed GP Strategies.
  • Advising Miller Homes and its shareholders on the £1.3bn sale from Bridgepoint to Apollo Funds.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Under the leadership of global M&A co-chair Richard Moulton , Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has continued to strengthen its position in the London market with a number of key lateral hires over the past 12 months. Notable additions include Waltter Kulvik, a specialist in investment transactions who joined the team from Ashurst‘s Singapore office in May 2022, as well as Martin Mankabady and Adriana Cotter; corporate insurance and regulatory partners who were previously at Dentons until January 2022. The depth of Robin Johnson‘s cross-border transactional acumen ensures that he is regularly sought out for complex, multi-jurisdictional deals across a number of sectors, whereas Simon Masters international M&A capabilities are especially concentrated in French, Italian, Spanish and Brazilian deals. Chris Halliday heads up the industrial transactions desk, where Antony Walsh is also a key contact. Halliday and Walsh are recommended for their additional expertise in insurance and technology, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Richard Moulton

Other key lawyers:

Robin Johnson; Simon Masters; Chris Halliday; Antony Walsh; Waltter Kulvik; Martin Mankabady; Adriana Cotter

Testimonials

‘The Eversheds team are a diverse group of people that take a genuine interest in the project.  They took time to understand me and my team as well as the business.’

‘Antony Walsh made us feel that ours was the only and most important project in the world.’

‘The Eversheds team worked hard to be collaborative with the other side’s representatives in order to find solutions to the usual assortment of blockages. In all cases, their recommendations sped the process and were accepted by the other side.’

‘Antony Walsh is a deal genius, perhaps just a genius. He breaks down the process to its simple steps and allocates the work to the best people in his business. Antony is an incredible negotiator – calmly bringing every stakeholder around the table and leading all the complex discussions where necessary and giving his team the leadership in the technical sessions around details.’

Key clients

DuPont

Smiths Group

Eaton

Technip FMC

M&G

Ricoh

Aon

Next Plc

Rolls-Royce

Aviva

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP handles a significant volume of corporate transactions for a stellar roster of AIM-listed entities, private equity houses, and high-profile public bodies, ranging from tech and healthcare companies to real estate developers and commercial banks. Hannah Brader oversees the corporate financial services offering, working with a litany of insurers and wealth management platforms on a steady stream of M&A deals. Chrissy Findlay, who is also noted for her wide-ranging expertise in the finance sector, is frequently sought out by some of the nation’s leading insurers and commercial banks. Rob Hutchings is one of the firm’s most experienced advisors when it comes to stock market and major corporate transactions, while Robert Moir – who heads up both the domestic and international corporate real estate practice – works extensively with US and UK REITs, as well as a number of other institutional investors. Recent highlights for tech and digital markets lead Andrew McMillan include strategic disposals for leading public and private sector entities. Gareth Hughes heads up the firm’s global infrastructure M&A practice, handling competitive auction bids for major sector operators and deal sponsors. Thilo Schneider focuses chiefly on life sciences.

Practice head(s):

Edward Stead

Other key lawyers:

Hannah Brader; Rob Hutchings; Robert Moir; Andrew McMillan; Gareth Hughes; Thilo Schneider; Chrissy Findlay

Key clients

Huntsworth Limited

M Group Services

4D Pharma

Teva Pharmaceutical

Motor Fuel Group

abrdn

Royal London

NatWest

Sweaty Betty

Condeco

Work highlights

  • Advised a consortium comprised of Arcus European Infrastructure and GLIL Infrastructure on the acquisition (and co-investment and financing) of the entire issued share capital of Smart Meter Assets 1 Ltd.
  • Advised Sweaty Betty, the founders, Tamara and Simon Hill-Norton, and the senior management team, on the sale of the brand.
  • Advised the shareholders and management on the disposal of Condeco Group Limited.

Bird & Bird LLP

Widely praised for its international reach and strong sense of inter-office collaboration, Bird & Bird LLP‘s corporate team possesses considerable expertise across the tech, media, energy, and financial services sectors. Practice chair Matt Bonass forms the cornerstone of the group’s energy and utilities offering, working with both conventional and renewable providers as well as mining companies and electricity operators. Neil Blundell is focused chiefly on technology deals, where he advises a varied mix of startups and multinationals on strategic transactions. Simon Allport‘s expertise is concentrated in the aerospace and aviation, life sciences, and financial services arenas, whereas Simon Fielder has most recently been engaged on big-ticket, transatlantic acquisitions in the manufacturing and communications sectors. Corporate venture capital and startup specialist Mark Rundall is rated for his ‘technically excellent’ approach to financing transactions. Senior associate Hannah Fletcher is most frequently engaged by the firm’s technology, media, and entertainment client base, while the ‘outstanding‘ fellow senior associate George Mason chiefly advises entities from the worlds of automotive manufacturing and renewable infrastructure. City Code M&A specialist Nick O’Donnell joined the team from Baker McKenzie in August 2021.

Practice head(s):

Matt Bonass

Other key lawyers:

Neil Blundell; Mark Rundall; George Mason; Simon Allport; Hannah Fletcher

Testimonials

‘The team’s reach and capability is a distinct advantage for international clients operating both domestically and overseas. They understand the client’s commercial objectives and get the deal done with the minimum of fuss. A pleasure to work with.’

‘Mark Rundall is a steady hand on the tiller and a comforting presence for clients – he’s technically excellent and able to influence those around him. He works hard for his clients and is able to quickly assemble the right team for the job.

‘George Mason is technically excellent, highly communicative, understands client’s commercial drivers, and is outstanding in negotiating and focussing on getting deals done. George is a calming presence – even in the most tense of negotiations. He is solution-oriented and a pleasure to work with.’

‘We were looking for a firm to help us navigate an acquisition. We had little experience in all the aspects of buying another company. The team and Bird and Bird guided us through every aspect from negotiation of the SPA and deal execution, tax, HR, Commercial Contracts and Legal DD. Every member of the team were fantastic, responsive and extremely professional. It gave us confidence that were not going to miss any important parts of the process and made the whole deal cycle devoid of stress.’

‘We worked with a number of individuals and each and everyone of them was extremely kind, giving of their time and expertise, and tireless in their work ethic.’

‘Good co-operation between their offices across Europe – so you genuinely feel like you are dealing with a single, unified team when working on cross-border deals.

‘Pragmatic approach – finding the right balance between protecting our interests and getting a deal done.’

‘Simon Allport is our key contact and is extremely responsive as well as being a technically excellent lawyer and project manager.’

Key clients

Gamma Communications

SportnCo (formerly France Pari)

Databarracks

Six Nations Rugby

Ad-Lib.io

BW Energy Storage Systems Pte. Ltd

Tempur Sealey

Iron Mountain

Shackleton Holdings

Accession Capital Partners

DXC

Acendre Technologies

TBC Bank Group Plc

MSA Safety

Tech Mahindra

Investec

Work highlights

  • Advised Six Nations Rugby on its a long-term strategic partnership with a £365m investment from CVC Capital Partners.
  • Advised Tempur Sealy on due diligence and disclosure in relation to its acquisition of Dreams.
  • Advised the major shareholders of Ad-Lib.io on its acquisition by ad-tech company Smartly.io for approximately $100m.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

A diverse roster of bluechip corporates turn to the ‘excellent‘ and ‘truly collaborative’ Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP for its capabilities in multi-jurisdictional transactions. The ‘astute and robust‘ practice head Benjamin Lee is particularly well-versed in financial services, real estate, and retail M&A, as well as high-profile takeover bids and strategic acquisitions in the online gaming sector. The scope of John Bennett’s mid-market expertise ensures that he is regularly engaged by a litany of European corporates, financial sponsors, and institutional investors, most recently for major property developers. Following his arrival from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP in June 2021, Jinal Shah has drawn significant praise from clients on account of the calibre of his infrastructure and TMT-focused practice, while Simon Beddow is European head of corporate and finance transactions. Marie Johnson is well regarded for her expertise in retail and online regulated sectors, while the dual-qualified (English and Australian) Andrew Hart is regarded as an ‘exceptional’ advisor in financial services transactions. Associate Indi Heire is also noted for her capabilities in infrastructure and renewable energy deals, while fellow associate Scarlett Evans is recommended for her experience in retail-driven matters.

Practice head(s):

Benjamin Lee

Other key lawyers:

Jinah Shah; Scarlett Evans; John Bennett; Indi Heire; Marie Johnson; Andrew Hart; Simon Beddow

Testimonials

‘BCLP were excellent. Their M&A team understood us very quickly and were a joy to work with. The principal partner, Jinal Shah, was critical to the success of our transaction. He guided us through the transaction, was a source of a great deal of market knowledge and practice, as well as giving us unparalleled independent advice and ensuring we were well placed to make decisions etc, all within an extremely compressed time frame.’

‘Jinal Shah understood us and felt like part of our team very quickly. One of his strengths was his ability to co-ordinate many different specialisms and understand what we might need to know in order to inform our bid and positions. Ultimately we felt very supported and we could not have done it without him!’

‘The BCLP team are approachable and truly collaborative with their clients, but are also technical experts in their field. They offer a good value for money option for legal services, with a good understanding of their clients style and approach, complimented with real people that you want to work hard with and then celebrate the close of a deal with afterwards.’

‘BCLP have a diverse work force and are always willing to accommodate client requests to balance gender and diversity in the teams providing services to clients. It is refreshing to work with a law firm that enables its work force to have a work life balance and has understanding partners that appreciate their staff and clients have personal responsibilities outside of work.’

‘Andrew Hart is an exceptional corporate partner who really understands his clients and is always is available when needed. He has a very approachable and considerate manner, and becomes fully integrated into the client’s world as a key legal and business adviser. Andrew is a commercially astute and practical lawyer that offers good solutions to legal issues. He is true to his word on fee quotes and offers great value to the client.

‘Marie Johnson is an up and coming partner, who builds great rapport with her clients. She is sensible and practical in her negotiation and works well with the client team.’

‘Scarlett Evans is a very technical associate who provides sound advice to her clients. She works well with the client team and build strong relationships with different departments. She understand client concerns and provides practical solutions.’

‘Ben Lee is a very astute and robust corporate partner, who is also approachable and practical.’

Key clients

Kape Technologies plc

Playtech plc

BoxPark

Downing LLP

BGC Partners

Agilitas Private Equity LLP

KKR

ironSource

U+I Group PLC

STEF SA

Work highlights

  • Advised longstanding client Kape Technologies plc on its $936m acquisition of premium consumer VPN business ExpressVPN and on Kape’s associated $354m underwritten equity offering and $475m loan facilities.
  • Advised Playtech plc on the proposed sale of its financial trading division, Finalto; and on its agreed takeover by Australian company Aristocrat Leisure.
  • Advised the founder of BOXPARK on the recent investment by mid-market private equity firm Lloyds Development Capital.

Goodwin

Noted for its transatlantic capabilities and technical knowledge, Goodwin is widely lauded for its capabilities advising on big-ticket, cross-border transactions across the tech, life sciences, and real estate sectors. The London office is jointly headed up by several partners: European chair David Evans, a specialist in REIT M&A; James Spence, whose real estate capabilities are concentrated in European investment transactions; UK life sciences co-chair Graham Defries, a regular advisor to a host of biotech and pharmaceutical entities; and David Mardle, a key contact for the firm’s emerging tech company clientele. Recent highlights for the ‘outstandingAndrew Harrow include high-value transatlantic disposals, while Ali Ramadan is reputed for his fintech, proptech, and digital media focus. Eric Lim, an experienced advisor in cross-border real estate transactions, joined the team from Baker McKenzie in March 2022.

Practice head(s):

David Evans; Graham Defries; David Mardle; James Spence

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Harrow; Ali Ramadan; Eric Lim; Richard Bloomfield

Testimonials

‘We worked with Goodwin on the acquisition of our startup. David Mardle was a pleasure to work with – expert and knowledgeable as well as efficient. We felt in safe hands and his calm confidence made the deal much less stressful than it might have been.’

‘The collaboration, the US and English law knowledge, and technical knowledge in tech and software were excellent in all respects.’

‘We were so impressed with Goodwin’s team that we have already highly recommended them for future support and advice whenever required to our new owners. Their capability and excellence, as well as their competitive fees, mean that we will indeed return to them when and if needed for future acquisition deals and related issues.’

‘Excellent collaborators. Very fast, supportive, accurate, and diligent throughout.’

‘The management team were going through this process for the first time at this scale, and the team were quite frankly outstanding in supporting them through such a complex process. Not only did they do what needed to be done, but raised the right questions at the right times and made sure management considered every aspect.’

‘Andrew Harrow and his team were simply outstanding. Very personable, down to earth, and level headed even during the difficult parts of the process.’

Key clients

Centessa Pharmaceuticals Limited

Kymab

Level Equity Growth Partners

Skew Ltd

Weezy Group Ltd

Springer Nature

Captify Technologies Ltd

Dotmatics Ltd

Vaccitech plc

Cabot Properties

Clarion Partners Europe

Glennmont Medical Properties Trust

YASA Limited

Arctos Medical AG

Kennedy Wilson

Biocon Biologics

Syndesi Therapeutics

Minesoft

Work highlights

  • Advised Cabot Properties in its agreement with Blackstone and two vehicles affiliated with Blackstone Real Estate to sell its institutional-quality logistics assets for $2.8bn.
  • Advised Biocon Biologics Ltd. in its definitive agreement to acquire Viatris Inc.’s global biosimilars business for up to $3.335bn.
  • Advised the sellers of YASA Limited on its sale to Daimler UK Limited, part of the Mercedes-Benz group of companies.

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

Able to leverage its significant global footprint on multi-jurisdictional transactions, McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP quite frequently drives major deals for a range of significant operators in the worlds of life science, healthcare, energy, retail, and technology. Practice head Tom Whelan consistently handles matters across the aforementioned sectors, as well as in hospitality, consumer goods, and manufacturing. Nicholas Azis acts for a myriad of privately owned and publicly listed entities, with recent highlights including transatlantic deals in the leisure and biopharmaceutical industries. Stuart Mathews ‘ extensive cross-border capabilities see him advising a mix of British, European, African, and American-based clients on a host of international transactions. Eleanor West focuses on private equity buy-out transactions and direct investments, while Calum Thom is noted for his knowledge of the chemical and medical devices sectors.

Practice head(s):

Tom Whelan

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Azis; Stuart Mathews; Eleanor West; Calum Thom

Key clients

Akari Therapeutics, Plc

Ampersand Capital Partners

Apposite Capital LLP

Auctus Capital Partners AG

CoachHub GmbH

Eight Roads Holdings Limited

Flair Impact

Great Point Partners

I.Q. Endoscope Limited

KHP MedTech Innovations

Maitland International Holdings plc

Net 1 UEPS Technologies Inc.

Oxford Investment Consultants LLP

PharmaLex Group

PX Group

Puttshack Ltd

Pritzker/baratellas

Senior managers of Unilabs Holding AB

SIGNA Sports United

Sirius Petroleum

Wellspring Capital Management LLC

WEP Clinical

WestCap Group (Venture Capital) Crypto

Work highlights

  • Advised the Aksiom Services Group on the financing and acquisition of PX Group from Bluewater Private Equity.
  • Represented TA Associates in its £1.7bn acquisition of Smiths Medical, the medical devices and technologies business of the Smiths Group plc.
  • Advised SIGNA Sports United on its acquisition of online sports retailer WiggleCRC from funds managed by Bridgepoint Advisers.

Reed Smith LLP

With a strong position in mid-market, cross-jurisdictional transactions, Reed Smith LLP‘s London office is a strong choice for a range of high-profile clients from the worlds of media, tech, insurance, asset management, and professional services. The London practice is helmed by global corporate co-chair Delphine Currie, a veteran practitioner with particular expertise in real estate deals. Philip Taylor is an ‘exceptional’ cross-border specialist whose recent highlights include private equity, media, and data transactions, while EMEA vice-chair Michael Young is noted for his financial services acumen. Stephen Mooney is regularly called upon by various early-stage media and fintech companies for assistance in financing transactions and strategic divestitures. The ‘extremely commercial’ Sam Webster is reputed for his expertise in energy, insurance, and tech M&A. Ravi Pattani is recommended for media and private equity matters.

Practice head(s):

Delphine Currie

Other key lawyers:

Philip Taylor; Michael Young; Stephen Mooney; Sam Webster; Ravi Pattani; Matthew Bowen

Testimonials

‘Mike Young is a heavyweight in this particular field. Very user-friendly and pragmatic in his advice.’

‘Sam Webster is an extremely commercial junior partner who grasps and distils complex issues quickly and efficiently. He is ably assisted by the equally excellent Matthew Bowen, a senior associate rising star.

‘Philip Taylor is an exceptional corporate partner who provides invaluable support, negotiates strongly and is a trusted go-to partner on major UK corporate deals.’

‘The team have a great understanding of the way we work as a business and what is important to us across a number of different types of deals. Their access to networks overseas and ability to draw on a wide range of high end expertise is exceptional.

‘Each of the members we have worked with are hugely supportive and will go above and beyond to add value to the process. Very flexible and available at short notice where projects demand that it.’

‘They provide well thought out advice with well thought out plans to facilitate execution.’

Simmons & Simmons

Noted for its distinctive sector focus, Simmons & Simmons‘ ‘strong technical skills balanced with a high degree of commerciality‘ makes it a strong choice for a surfeit of world-leading hedge funds and real estate investors, as well as a number TMT, healthcare, and life sciences companies. Practice chair Arthur Stewart‘s expertise is concentrated in private equity-driven transactions, where he works with many of the firm’s key asset management and financial services clients. Asset managers also turn to private markets head Ania Rontaler for her expertise in cross-border minority stake sales, joint ventures and restructurings. Gideon Sharp is noted for his experience in infrastructure M&A, while Jason Daniel focuses on transactions involving Japanese corporates and financial institutions. Isabella Roberts, an expert in real estate and mining investment transactions, also handles public and private fundraisings. The team’s TMT offering was further bolstered by the arrival of the highly experienced tech specialist Frances Doherty, who joined the practice from Dorsey & Whitney in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Arthur Stewart

Other key lawyers:

Ania Rontaler; Jason Daniel; Gideon Sharp; Isabella Roberts; Frances Doherty

Testimonials

‘They have an excellent breadth of knowledge and understanding of our needs as a client. They balance strong technical skills with a high degree of commerciality that allows business to be done.’

‘The firm has really excellent people in Ania Rontaler and Raghav Ghai. They take the time to understand client needs. We worked on a multi-disciplined project with them and at the appropriate time they brought in their colleagues who were expect in their field. At all times, I felt that we were in safe hands. Ania and Raghav were always on top of the matter. Very impressive team.’

‘Ania Rontaler and Raghav Ghai are super knowledgeable, extremely likeable and very very good at their practice area.’

‘Extremely responsive and quickly understood what we were trying to achieve and how. We were completing a “friendly” transaction under a very tight time frame, and they were extremely conscious of this.’

‘Arthur Stewart demonstrated that he understood the complicated nature of the assets to be purchased and raised important issues for us to consider. He was also careful to ensure the right people were properly apprised when bringing in additional Simmons assistance and was particularly good at translating the specialist advice into practical solutions for our transaction.’

Key clients

Stichting Depositary APG Strategic Real Estate Pool

Future plc

Goldman Sachs International

IDP Education Ltd

Liontrust Asset Management plc

Orion Resources Partners

Tishman Speyer

BlackRock

Venture Life Group plc

R.W. Beckett

Mako Group

MeteoGroup Limited

UK Government – MoD

Squire Patton Boggs

Widely praised by clients for their ‘skill, knowledge, and availability‘, Squire Patton Boggs‘ considerable domestic and international footprint makes them a strong choice for a legion of corporate clients seeking advice on the full scope of mid-market transactions. Chaired by financial services and fintech lead Robert Bray, the practice is made up of a number of dedicated sector specialists including global industrials lead James McKay; energy and utilities-focused Trevor Ingle; and Mark Yeo, who concurrently helms the media, healthcare, science, and sports desks. The ‘excellent’  Tim Stead is reputed for his proficiency in recruitment and corporate finance deals. Joe Abbott, who was promoted to partner in May 2022, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Rob Bray

Other key lawyers:

Nick Allen; Mark Yeo; Trevor Ingle; Joe Abbott; Tim Stead

Testimonials

‘Very good, diversified mid-market law firm.’

‘Nick Allen, Mark Yeo and Joe Abbott are all excellent, deal-oriented, and highly motivated.’

‘Great knowledge, skill, and availability. They all know what’s going on so they can each ensure issues are dealt with.’

‘I trust the partners there, and I trust their associates. They do things in the right way, they display a moral compass, and they give clear advice rather than just options.’

‘Great team who worked well together and delivered pragmatic sensible advice.’

‘Excellent advice, commercial and pragmatic, always calm, and worked hard to find solutions to any issues.’

‘Tim Stead is excellent. A terrific sounding board who is always available with pragmatic advice. Focuses on building a long-term partnership.’

Key clients

Inflexion Private Equity Partners LLP

Live Nation Entertainment

Coats Group plc

Cazoo

Synthomer plc

EDF Energy Renewables

HomeServe plc

Grafton Group plc

Lucite International

Polypipe Group plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Broadridge Financial Solutions on its acquisition of Itiviti Holding AB for €2.143bn from Nordic Capital.
  • Advised on the sale of Grafton’s traditional merchanting business  to Huws Gray/Blackstone for £520m.
  • Advised Endless LLP on the acquisition of Party City’s international wholesale, manufacturing, and retail and e-commerce businesses in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP is consistently sought out by a multitude of blue-chip names from the worlds of tech, media, and life sciences, who turn to the team for its capabilities in regulated sector deals. The practice is co-chaired by Emma Danks, a leading private equity specialist; Russell Holden, whose diverse focus encompasses TMT, real estate, and financial services M&A; and Angus Miln, a noted VC lawyer with key expertise in the tech and life sciences sectors. As head of the firm’s inward investment practice, Mark Barron is called upon by a host of North American tech businesses seeking advice on transatlantic deals. UK life sciences head Andrew Edge frequently works with major biotech and pharmaceutical players, while Robert Fenner‘s broad M&A and equity funding focus is most keenly concentrated in APAC markets. VC investment expert Howard Palmer is recommended for his capabilities in the cleantech and fintech arenas.

Practice head(s):

Emma Danks; Russell Holden; Angus Miln

Other key lawyers:

Mark Barron; Andrew Edge; Robert Fenner; Howard Palmer

Key clients

Roald Dahl Story Company

Rezolve

Interactive Investor

Nutmeg

Verdane

Smarter Grid Solutions (SGS)

Passfort

Bottlepay

Current Health

Jagex

Dataminr

Zoopla

Shareholders of Sirenum Limited

Centessa Pharmaceuticals

Oppilan Pharma Limited and Zomagen Biosciences Limited

WuXi Apptec

Nuclera

Invesco

BentallGreenOak

Work highlights

  • Advised The Roald Dahl Story Company and its shareholders on the sale of the The Roald Dahl Story Company Limited to streaming giant Netflix, Inc.
  • Advised Rezolve on its deal to go public via a $2bn SPAC.
  • Advised the shareholders of interactive investor, the UK’s leading subscription-based direct investing platform, on its £1.5bn sale to abrdn.

Baker Botts (UK) LLP

Beyond its core strengths in the energy and natural resources sectors, Baker Botts (UK) LLP‘s London office handles a steady flow of high-value deals for an international clientele that includes a number of leading banks, asset managers, and digital infrastructure companies. Practice chair Derek Jones’ broad focus sees him advising on major, multi-jurisdictional transactions in numerous fields, with recent highlights in the financial services and telecoms sectors. Dual-qualified (US and English) Stuart Blythe anchors the team’s TMT M&A offering, most recently in relation to transcontinental digital infrastructure developments. Nigel Stacey is particularly noted for his familiarity with UK public takeovers, handling big-ticket bids in the tech, energy, retail, and hospitality arenas. Over the past year, Sian Williams has helmed numerous deals in the oil and gas, and private funds sectors, often with a key Middle Eastern dimension. Further to his core expertise in life sciences and engineering, David Ramm frequently advises on cross-border fintech transactions. Tech M&A specialist David Marshall joined the team from Norton Rose Fulbright in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Derek Jones

Other key lawyers:

Sian Williams; Stuart Blythe; Nigel Stacey; David Ramm; David Marshall

Testimonials

‘The Baker Botts team have an unrivalled experience and expertise guiding the parties through the complexities of corporate dealmaking.’

‘The partner that has stood out for me is David Ramm, as well as the members of his team.’

Key clients

Sovcombank

BP America

Shuaa Capital

BP PLC

Connect Fibre Limited

Noble Corporation

Cooley (UK) LLP

Variously praised for their ‘incredible work ethic, broad capabilities, and deep bench‘, Cooley (UK) LLP is highly rated for a multifarious sector focus that includes tech, life sciences, consumer goods, education, and media. Stephen Rosen chairs the London team, handling the full gamut of corporate transactions for a host of spin-outs, VC-funded ventures, and life sciences investors. Recent M&A highlights for ‘go-to’ London managing partner Justin Stock include financial services and online gaming deals, while the ‘outstanding’  Michal Berkner ‘s expertise in cross-border deSPACs and reverse mergers sees her advising on numerous strategic transactions across the worlds of consumer tech, biotech, and healthcare. Ben Shribman draws superlative praise from clients for his VC-backed M&A credentials.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Rosen

Other key lawyers:

Michal Berkner; Ben Shribman; Justin Stock

Testimonials

‘Their relevant experience in cross-border de-SPAC merger deals was a major advantage for us.’

‘Incredible work ethic, broad capabilities, deep bench.’

‘Michal Berkner is outstanding. Smart, can-do and entrepreneurial attitude. Always available, very commercial, and a pleasure to work with.’

‘In our opinion Ben Shribman is unique at this end of the market for his ability to provide market analysis and commercial insight alongside rock-solid legal advice We’ve used ten law firms over the years; Ben and his team are by far the best, and we don’t go anywhere else if we can possibly avoid it. He will be one of the most sought after lawyers in this space in a few years. Just hoping he will still want to work with us when the time comes!’

‘Cooley has a great M&A practice and is willing to assist with jump in at any time. In the last year when legal demands were stretched, I could rely on the Cooley team to assist our in house team with our needs. The work product was high quality and responsive to our needs.’

‘Justin Stock is my go-to M&A attorney in the UK. I find him very responsive and happy to assist with custom solutions for our unique problems. He is creative and always willing to assist.’

‘They really make sure they understand our business and our needs. They focus on what is important to us in our business while making sure the relevant legal risks are covered. They really seem to be a true team working seamlessly across geographies.’

‘We have worked with Justin Stock for years and he is an invaluable part of our team and contribution to our success. Most of the partners we worked with at the firm were not only clearly experts in their fields, giving us immediate confidence, but were also nice people. This is really helpful when working long hours. The clear message we received from them is “we are here for you”. They want to be business partners of ours not just legal advisers.’

Key clients

Alvotech Holdings

Athenex Inc

Baylis Medical Company Inc

Biote

Brandwatch

Chegg

Decibel

Exscientia

General Catalyst

Humio

Management team of Calypso Technology, Inc

Primary Capital

Snyk

Super Group

Susquehanna Private Capital LLC

Thrasio Holdings Inc

Uber

ZOLL® Medical Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Brandwatch on its sale to Cision for $450m.
  • Advised cloud log management start-up Humio in connection with its $400m sale to security company CrowdStrike.
  • A multi-disciplinary cross office Cooley team advised Super Group, a holding company for leading global online sports betting and gaming businesses Betway and Spin, on its merger with Sports Entertainment Acquisition Corp.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP‘s London office fields a deep bench of talent who regularly work closely with the firm’s international offices on a strong mix of tech, life sciences, energy, and investment management deals. EMEA corporate chair Timothy Corbett is noted for his life sciences pedigree, helming a number of multi-jurisdictional sales and purchases for both established and fast-growth market players. Investment management head Mark Geday possesses a wealth of experience in private equity-driven transactions, with key recent highlights including major cross-border deals in the sports sector. Tomasz Wozniak is well known for his expertise in CIS region M&A across the financial services, consumer goods, and natural resources sectors, while Olivier Chambord – who divides his time between London and Paris – regularly handles corporate transactions and project development matters for oil and gas companies. Energy M&A specialist Seyfi Can Kandemir joined the team from White & Case LLP in October 2021. Tom Cartwright has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Tim Corbett

Other key lawyers:

Mark Geday; Tomasz Wozniak; Olivier Chambord; Seyfi Can Kandemir; Jane McGlynn

Testimonials

‘Extremely responsive and provide clear and commercial advice which focuses on solutions.’

‘Excellent practical legal advice. Clear and concise guidance and solutions.’

‘Jayne McGlynn – Excellent problem solver. Practical, concise, business friendly advice. Very knowledgeable and excellent interpersonal skills. Deep domain expertise.’

 

Key clients

Selina

Advanz Pharma

OpenGate Capital

uniQure

Channel 3 Consulting

York Energy

Black Diamond Capital Management

WE Soda

Dimanche LLC, an affiliate of Regent LP

Calibre Scientific

Work highlights

  • Advising Selina on its $1.2bn SPAC merger with BOA Acquisition Corp.
  • Advising OpenGate Capital on the carve-out acquisition of Solvay’s Amphoteric Surfactant Business.
  • Advised uniQure N.V. in its agreement to acquire Corlieve Therapeutics.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP

Well regarded for its technical acumen and bench strength, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP  enjoys a strong reputation among its deep stable of tech clients for its proficiency in cross-border transactions. Beyond its tech sector prowess, the practice is also noted for its capabilities in energy, financial services, and healthcare M&A. A host of companies turn to ‘real heavyweightShawn Atkinson for his market-leading expertise in fintech and emerging market deals, with recent highlights including mature disposals and high-value de-SPACs. The other key partners in the team are James Connor, who has recently led on a string of transactions involving fintech companies; Daniel Wayte, who helms a number of strategic transactions for tech entities and market-leading financial institutions alike; and Katie Cotton, whose prolific cross-border activity ranges from transatlantic spin-outs to Middle Eastern acquisitions. Senior associate Katrina Walsingham is recommended for her private equity expertise.

Practice head(s):

Shawn Atkinson

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Wayte; James Connor; Katie Cotton; Katrina Walsingham

Testimonials

‘Shawn Atkinson is a real heavyweight with outstanding industry and sector knowledge. Huge fun to work with.’

‘Their level of expertise and responsiveness is impressive.’

‘Market leaders: quick, technically very capable, with a strong and broad bench.’

 

 

Key clients

ABN AMRO Ventures

Appsumer

Atempo Growth

Benchling

Busuu Online SL

Currencycloud

Dream Games

EQT Growth

Finimize

Gates Corporation

Goldman Sachs

Invisio AB

Keyless Technologies Ltd

Kinnevik

Kistos plc

Kognitiv Corporation

Lilium GmbH

Michelin

Ørsted Onshore A/S

PolSource

Property Partner

Shopify

Swoop, Inc.

VEF (GREY: VKEMF)

VNV Global

Work highlights

  • Advised ABN AMRO Ventures on the $2.1bn sale of European open banking platform Tink to Visa.
  • Advised VNV Global (and Kinnevik) on various billion dollar-plus deals, including Babylon Health’s $4.2bn de-SPAC transaction.
  • Advised Global Processing Services on its acquisition by Advent International and Viking Global Investors.

Osborne Clarke LLP

A sizeable roster of healthcare operators, energy providers, retailers, and tech companies turn to Osborne Clarke LLP‘s sizeable corporate team for assistance in the full gamut of cross-border transactions. Practice co-chair Mark Spinner possesses decades of experience in private equity-driven deals, while the ‘excellent’ Simon Smith is noted for his recent experience handling financial services and entertainment M&A.  The corporate technology sector is headed up by Mathias Loertscher, a seasoned advisor to a host of high-growth private businesses and investors alike. Edward Persse regularly works with private capital holders on consumer goods and energy deals. Tim Birt specialises in marketing, media, and other data-intensive industries.

Practice head(s):

Mark Spinner; Simon Smith

Other key lawyers:

Tim Birt; Mathias Loertscher; Edward Persse; Jonathan Crowley

Testimonials

‘A fantastic personal service. They take a commercial view to problem solving.’

‘Simon Smith is an excellent commercial lawyer with broad knowledge who also knows when to defer to colleagues who specialise in other technical areas.’

‘Having been though two transactions recently, my impression of working with OC has been overwhelmingly positive. Every individual we worked with carried the same ethos of total commitment and attention to detail that these transactions demanded.’

‘Excellent breadth of skills and expertise and a passion to excel for their clients.’

‘Jonathan Crowley was a standout individual on our deal. He was constantly available and had valuable insights on every element of the process that saved us both time and money.’

Key clients

Grifols, S.A.

1E Limited

Linn Systems Limited

NotOnTheHighStreet.com

Contact Engine

Venatus Media

Bestway Wholesale

Party City

Maple Syrup

Investis

Stephenson Harwood

Helmed by seasoned mid-cap advisor Tom Nicholls, Stephenson Harwood‘s ‘knowledge, responsiveness, and quality of advice‘ sees them handling a range of transactions across the private capital and funds, life sciences, transport, technology, and energy sectors. Corporate finance chief Sam Gray specialises in private M&A, joint ventures, and equity fundraisings, both within the financial services sector and increasingly in the worlds of tech and decarbonisation. Jonathan Bridcut is a prolific advisor in the real estate investment and healthcare arenas, regularly handling high-value sales and purchases for a mix of domestic and foreign clients. Anthony Clare focuses chiefly on life sciences and biotechnology, while international corporate chair Duncan Stiles is frequently sought out for assistance in transatlantic investment deals. Ben Mercer is recommended for consumer goods, energy, and offshore financial services transactions.

Practice head(s):

Tom Nicholls

Other key lawyers:

Sam Gray; Jonathan Bridcut; Anthony Clare; Duncan Stiles; Ben Mercer

Testimonials

‘The team we generally deal with are experts in lower mid-market PE deals and therefore able to add value to the deal process through their advice on all manner of things. They are also a pleasure to deal with as a group of individuals.’

‘The knowledge, responsiveness, and quality of advice is very strong across the team.’

‘Strong continuity in the core team working with us for the past several years, with additional resources always available as and when required.’

‘They always seem available to us, even though no doubt they are busy working on other clients.’

Key clients

The Ardonagh Group

Seraphim Space Investment Trust plc

Tristan Capital Partners

Grit Real Estate Income Limited

Kroll LLC

Hipgnosis Song Management Limited

Inspired Education Group

CLS

Elysian Capital

Trafalgar Entertainment Group

Elemica Inc

Anglia Maltings (Holdings) Limited

Lucida Broking Holdings Limited (formerly Right Choice Insurance Brokers Ltd)

RELX Group Plc

Finch Capital

Home REIT plc

Zedra Group

LXI REIT plc

Acacia Pharma Group plc

Schroders

Apposite Capital LLP

Bowmark Capital LLP

Firethorn Investment Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised the management team of BGC Partners’ insurance broking operations, Corant Global on its sale for headline cash consideration of $500m to The Ardonagh Group.
  • Advised on the IPO of a new investment trust with a focus on investment in early and growth stage space tech businesses and its acquisition of a seed portfolio valued in excess of £100m from Seraphim Space.
  • Advised Tristan Capital Partners on the acquisition of Stirling Square, a prime office building just off Pall Mall in London, from WELPUT.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Noted for the depth of its international expertise in the transport and renewable energy sectors, Watson Farley & Williams LLP fields a strong team of dedicated sector specialists who increasingly advise on transactions for clients in real estate, telecoms, social infrastructure, and emerging market banking. London M&A chair Chris Kilburn, who also serves as the firm’s global oil and gas sector head, is highly recommended for the depth of his expertise in offshore wind, mining, and commodities deals. Christina Howard is regularly engaged by the firm’s maritime clientele – including a number of ports and terminals – for assistance in multi-jurisdictional transactions. Senior associate Sarah Williamson focuses on cross-border oil and gas M&A, while fellow senior associate Nerina Erasmus is recommended for renewable energy matters.

Practice head(s):

Chris Kilburn

Other key lawyers:

Christina Howard; Andy Savage; Nerina Erasmus; Sarah Williamson

Testimonials

‘Very solid and professional in approach. Pragmatic advice and good availability.’

‘Andy Savage has advised on a number of matters in the renewable energy sector. He has a very good knowledge of his sector and is able to leverage the firm’s expertise here.’

‘I have worked with Nerina Erasmus on a number of occasions. She is very dependable and efficient.’

‘Strong industry expertise, the firm works hard in finding solutions for their clients and go above and beyond in terms of hard work to achieve this.’

‘Solid industry expertise, great collaboration and trust, committed and engaged, has provided solutions and advice when negotiations are at critical/difficult point. Provides the comfort that quality of work will be delivered and in a quick manner. Hard work both from partners and associates.’

Key clients

Maas Capital Shipping

EnTrust Global

Leapfrog Investments

Advencap

Navigator Holdings

Lightsource bp

BlueFloat Energy

PointState Capital

InfraRed Capital Partners

Clean Sea Transport

Work highlights

  • Advising BlueFloat Energy on the formation of its new partnership with Falck Renewables and Ørsted to participate in the upcoming ScotWind leasing round.
  • Advising the Blue Ocean division of EnTrust Global on its acquisition of Maas Capital Shipping B.V.
  • Advising Advencap Limited on a number of fibre internet transactions, including in relation to its £25m investment in the Netomnia group.

Winston & Strawn LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP is highly rated by clients for its ‘excellent partner-driven service‘ and ‘depth of experience‘ in transatlantic and other multi-jurisdictional mid-market transactions. Practice co-chair Zoë Ashcroft is reputed for her international expertise, regularly working with a mix of US, European, and Asian clients on inbound investment transactions, as well as on cross-border deals in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean. With relevant experience on both sides of the Atlantic, Paul Amiss anchors the team’s SPAC and business combination offering, while practice co-chair Nicholas Usher is a key port of call for a number of US-based corporations and private equity firms seeking assistance on cross-border M&A. Associate Matthew Williams is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Usher; Zoë Ashcroft

Other key lawyers:

Paul Amiss; Matthew Williams

Testimonials

‘Excellent partner-driven service. Responsive and user-friendly.’

‘Paul Amiss is a safe pair of hands in a tricky situation. Easy to deal with, results-oriented, and good at bringing parties to the table.’

‘Depth of experience in cross-border transactions, often coordinating multiple jurisdictions.’

‘Seasoned practitioner and team leader. Calm, pragmatic and commercial.’

‘They do a great job because they apply the same level of care and attention to all deals. Smaller deals receive partner-level attention and are not viewed primarily as learning opportunities for younger lawyers, which is the unfortunate case at many of their competitors.’

‘Nick Usher is an experienced and superb M&A lawyer capable of handling deals of any size and degree of sophistication.’

Key clients

AGI Global Holdings Cooperatief U.A.

Broadstone Acquisition Corp

SunCap Ltd

DHI Group

Frontenac Company

Morningstar, Inc.

Motorola Solutions, Inc.

ProAmpac Holdings

SPX Flow, Inc.

Storskogen Schweiz AG

Treliant LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Broadstone Acquisition Corp, a SPAC, in its $300m initial public offering on the NYSE.
  • Represented Motorola Solutions, Inc. in connection with the acquisition of Ava Security Limited and its subsidiaries.
  • Represented Storskogen Group AB and its subsidiary Storskogen Schweiz AG in connection with the acquisition of LNS Holding SA, a global market leader within automation peripherals and services based in Switzerland.

Arnold & Porter

Working closely with its various European and American colleagues, Arnold & Porter‘s London office is roundly praised by clients for its capabilities in life sciences M&A, where the corporate team regularly works in conjunction with its dedicated venture capital practice on deals for high-growth entities. The ‘outstanding‘ practice chair Jeremy Willcocks is a highly regarded by clients for his capabilities in transatlantic M&A, joint ventures, and public takeovers, with recent highlights in the aviation and financial services arenas. Sean Scanlon focuses predominately on private equity-backed deals, while Marc Isaacs, who joined the team from McGuireWoods London LLP in November 2021, is noted for his expertise in cross-border M&A and financing transactions within the sports sector. Senior associate Tom Wilson is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Willcocks

Other key lawyers:

Sean Scanlon; Tom Wilson; Marc Isaacs

Testimonials

‘The key is the commercial aspect of the advice given in that it goes beyond the strict legal advice and offers good commercial advice that is tailored to the business that comes from understanding the client business, its needs, and strategic objectives.’

‘Jeremy Willcocks is an excellent legal adviser who understands the client business and gives both good commercial and legal advice that enables good client decision making.’

‘The team worked hard to meet our needs. Jeremy Willcocks was outstanding.’

‘Excellent and knowledgable team led by Sean Scanlon. A&P has a great understanding of M&A work including purchase contracts, tax implications, and lease structures. They take the time to listen to his clients goals and then provides excellent counsel and advice.’

‘They demonstrate strong knowledge and understanding of our business, with depth and knowledge of the area being supported. Strong collaboration and flexibility with a proactive approach always shown. Pragmatic billing that is fair and balanced. Strong rapport with team.’

‘Strong ownership of tasks and issues, always being proactive. Jeremy Willcocks has a wide range of skills and experience and will always endeavour to provide outstanding service at a fair price. A genuine interest and understanding of our business is always demonstrated.’

‘Jeremy Willcocks remains one of the unsung stars of this area and frankly an excellent resource as a result. Ably supported by Tom Wilson they are a formidable team who punch well above the size of their team, easily able to cope and perform against opposition firms who “over populate” their transaction teams!’

‘Arnold & Porter provides excellent global M&A support. We have used them extensively in the US, and for this UK transaction their support was fantastic.’

Key clients

Norgine B.V.

TELUS Corporation

Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc.

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation

GVS S.p.A.

ServicePower Inc

Diversis Capital

Wheels Up Experience

TELUS International

Amicus Therapeutics, Inc.

Touchlight Genetics Limited

Mark G..Anderson Consultants, Inc.

Better Holdco Inc

Esteve Healthcare

Work highlights

  • Advised Wheels Up Experience Inc on all aspects of its acquisition of Air Partner plc.
  • Advised Mark G. Anderson Consultants Inc. on its acquisition of London-based property and construction consultants Robinson Low Francis LLP.
  • Advised Better HoldCo Inc. on its acquisition of the UK-based digital mortgage and insurance broker Trussle.

Burges Salmon LLP

Working across a number of national offices, Burges Salmon LLP regularly handles a strong mix of mid-market deals for clients in financial services, tech, retail, manufacturing, and energy – where the team is best known for its capabilities in nuclear and renewables. Bristol-based practice chair Nick Graves works with a wide range of public and private companies on joint ventures, capital markets fundraisings, and corporate governance projects. Rupert Weston anchors the firm’s hotel and leisure sector offering, acting for a diverse portfolio of high-profile chains and operators on both domestic and cross-border transactions. Camilla Usher-Clark is noted for her specialist expertise in community energy matters, with recent highlights including linked transactions for some of the biggest names in the market. Jonathan Eves is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Nick Graves; Rupert Weston

Other key lawyers:

Camilla Usher-Clark; Jonathan Eves

Testimonials

‘Rupert Weston is outstanding. His approach to structuring and negotiating deals is commercial, insightful and technically excellent.’

‘Really pragmatical and comptetent and reactive.’

‘Team leadership and members were efficient, available, courteous, easy to work with, and performed all the work without mistake or delay.’

‘There is a good structure in place to ensure each issue is dealt with at the most efficient level, whilst also ensuring the relevant expertise is used.’

‘The team has real strength in depth, with strong technical skills, considerable experience and excellent negotiating strategy.’

‘Responsive, high quality at competitive fees.’

‘The team is really competent, pro-active and reactive.’

Key clients

Premier Miton Group

Genus

Zetland Capital

Bluefield Solar

FirstGroup

Darwin Alternatives

Phillips 66

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

ITM Power

CWP Global

Work highlights

  • Advised Embark Group Limited on its sale to Scottish Widows Group.
  • Advised the founder of Hotjar on the sale of HJ Holdings Limited to Contentsquare SAS.
  • Advised Darwin Alternatives’ Bereavement Services Fund on its acquisition of Memoria’s nationwide portfolio of crematoria and memorial parks.

Fieldfisher

Steered by international corporate chair Neil Matthews , the team at Fieldfisher is regularly engaged by a litany of tech companies, blue-chip entertainment organisations, and energy providers on account of its capabilities in high-value domestic and cross-border matters. Carlton Durrant‘s media and tech credentials make him a key port of call for some of the world’s leading entertainment companies and public sector broadcasters, who turn to him for his capabilities in strategic corporate transactions. In her capacity as head of the firm’s international life sciences group, Janita Good regularly handles cross-border deals for a range of fast-growth companies and established market stalwarts. Tim Bird heads up the tech M&A desk, while senior partner David Wilkinson continues to advise on multi-jurisdictional matters in the real estate, hospitality, and transport sectors. Fintech expert Thomas Colmer joined the corporate practice from PwC in October 2021.

Practice head(s):

Neil Matthews

Other key lawyers:

Carton Durrant; Janita Good; David Wilkinson; Tim Bird; Thomas Colmer; Jessica Abrahamson-Flynn

Testimonials

‘This is the third deal I have used Carlton Durrant on as lead partner, which I think sums up my view. Excellent expert advice throughout the deal process and punctual delivery of high quality work. Pus, a good sense of humour – which is crucial when everyone is working silly hours.’

‘Jessica Abrahamson-Flynn is a very high quality senior associate.’

‘Carlton Durrant is incredibly responsive and provides us with knowledgeable and pragmatic advice, at all stages of the deal. He is involved and engaged throughout our deals and remains our go-to.’

Key clients

IPONWEB Holding Ltd

London & Oxford Capital Markets Limited

Marlowe plc

Brain Labs Digital Limited

Glory Ltd

Restore plc

JSC “National Company “KazMunayGas”

BBC Studios Distribution Limited

With Wise Limited

Richard Hibbert and Nick Rafferty, the founders of SureCloud

Faradion

Macquarie

Webrazzi

eEnergy Group plc

Corcel

Eqtec plc

Getir

Gowling WLG

Widely regarded for the strength of its health and life sciences offering, Gowling WLG is also noted for its transactional capabilities in the real estate, energy, and advanced engineering sectors. Sunil Kakkad also serves as co-head of the firm’s India group, where he works with a host of Indian companies, financial institutions, and investors on cross-border transactions. London M&A head Gareth Baker is a driving force behind the firm’s energy offering, possessing noteworthy expertise in thermal, renewable, and nuclear technologies. Life sciences expert Ian Piggin routinely handles investments and partnerships in the pharmaceutical and medical sectors, while Neil Hendron’s health and care capabilities are concentrated in private company M&A transactions. Senior associate Róisín Bergin advises widely on corporate transactions driven by PE and VC investments.

Practice head(s):

Sunil Kakkad; Gareth Baker

Other key lawyers:

Ian Piggin; Neil Hendron; Róisín Bergin

Testimonials

‘Strong life sciences calibre and knowledge.’

‘Ian Piggin has great experience and knowledge of the health and life sciences sector but also of transactions structures from venture through to private equity buy and build. This level and breadth of experience is relatively rare and is combined with a strong attention to detail.’

‘Very hands on and bright team offering full service with the addition of healthcare expertise and a separate W&I practice. The team is very good in handling various deals at the same time and offers excellent value for money.’

‘Neil Hendron is a very hands-on and intelligent partner, very quick in grasping difficult cross-border funding mechanics.

‘Roisin Bergin is a senior associate who is very much in control of the file.’

Key clients

Rimkus Consulting Group Inc.

Dore Hold Co Limited

Harry Bond & Others

Memery Crystal LLP

Gyrus Capital S.A.

Bacanora Lithium plc

GCP Student Living plc

Mobeus Equity Partners LLP

Eleven Sports Network Ltd

Cairngorm Capital Partners LLP

Meggitt plc

Nabuh Energy Limited

Shareholders of Hera Indemnity Limited

XLCubed Limited

Apposite Capital LLP and Kelso International Limited

Huntercombe Group Holdco Limited

Grant & Stone Limited

NVM Capital Equity

Work highlights

  • Advised GCP Student Living plc on its acquisition by Gemini Jersey JV LP for £969m.
  • Acted for Eleven Sports Network Ltd on their acquisition of US-based Whistle Sports, Inc.
  • Advised Cairngorm Capital on its merger of Grant and Stone and IBMG, creating the largest builder’s merchant group in the south of England.

HFW

Drawing on its significant international footprint, the ‘experienced‘ and ‘pragmatic‘ team at HFW is particularly strong in the insurance, and international trade and commodities sectors, working with a number of mining and minerals companies, logistics groups, and ports. The practice is jointly headed up by the ‘excellent’ Alex Kyriakoulis, a prolific transactional advisor with key private equity expertise, and Alistair Mackie, an infrastructure specialist who regularly handles major projects with a strong Middle Eastern dimension. Ashwani Kochhar and William Reddie are praised for their insurance sector acumen, while Matthew Gore’s corporate and commercial expertise is concentrated in the ports and terminals space.

Practice head(s):

Alistair Mackie; Alex Kyriakoulis

Other key lawyers:

Ashwani Kochhar; William Reddie; Matthew Gore

Testimonials

‘A very friendly and approachable team that will always fight my corner like no other UK or US firm I have encountered – they are very very smart and experienced.’

‘Alex Kyriakoulis is awesome, it is no wonder he is always so busy on deals around the world. Yet somehow he always has time for us and is on top of all issues.’

‘HFW is quick and pragmatic. They always understand the industry.’

‘Alex Kyriakoulis stands out. He is the best UK lawyer I have ever worked with. He is exceptional negotiator, his advice is short and to the point, and always commercially sound.’

‘Ashwani Kochhar is another team member worth to be mentioned. His advice on W&I insurance was of utmost importance for the deal and it was perfect.’

‘Alex Kyriakoulis is very clever, excellent under pressure, and can draft accurately on his feet.’

Key clients

Victoria Group d.o.o

Exelon Generation Limited

Competentia AS

Navalis Shipping GmbH & Co. KG

Markerstudy Group

Chedid Capital SAL (Holding)

Philip Cunningham

Abry Partners II, LLC

Hamilton UK Services Limited

VoxSmart

Work highlights

  • Advised Sojaprotein on its sale to ADM.
  • Advised Exelon on its investment in  Rolls Royce’s SMR nuclear reactor project.
  • Advised Competentia AS on its merger with Airswift Global Limited.  

K&L Gates LLP

The corporate practice at K&L Gates LLP is a strong choice for a diverse range of listed companies from the worlds of technology, real estate, industrials, sport, leisure and energy among others. The team – which possesses particular expertise in cross-border transactions – is regularly sought out for assistance in a range of sales, purchases, takeovers, and fundraising transactions. Practice head Paul Tetlow advises on high-value deals across the tech, energy, and natural resources sectors, while Tom Wallace is reputed for his niche expertise in fintech-driven matters. John Elgar‘s practice is focused on financial services, investment management, sports, and leisure sector operators, with recent highlights including transatlantic share acquisitions and divestitures. James Green is noted for his emerging markets energy practice.

Practice head(s):

Paul Tetlow

Other key lawyers:

Tom Wallace; John Elgar; James Green

Testimonials

‘We worked with the London team on two acquisitions and one sale. They are fabulous. Understood our business and worked as a true friend.’

‘Paul Tetlow is the best. He is steady, knowledgeable, willing to bring in others who know and area and is extremely trustworthy. One of the best people that I have had the pleasure to work with.’

‘The team at K&L Gates were knowledgeable, and supportive and helped me through the process. I felt informed and reassured that my best interests were being protected at all times.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable on M&A deals. The team is very responsive to needs of the client. The team is also diverse and essentially one gets the services in a one stop shop.’

‘Outstanding legal minds for the deal they represented us on. Timely responses to all matters has been very important and the team has delivered on this aspect. The charges have been well explained and within agreed budget.’

‘Paul Tetlow is clearly an expert in the field. Always available and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Securitas AB

Confluence Technologies, Inc.

Axonics, Inc.

Fiserv, Inc.

D.D.Williamson & Co.

Go Instore

Federated Hermes, Inc.

Patrizia AG / Living Cities Fund

Brightstar Device Protection LLC

The Shareholders of The Segen Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Securitas on its acquisition of Stanley Black & Decker’s electronic security business.
  • Advised Confluence Technologies, Inc. and TA Associates on a definitive agreement for Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. to acquire Confluence, with TA and Confluence management rolling over a minority equity stake.
  • Advised Axonics on its acquisition of Contura.

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP attracts considerable praise from clients for its  ‘professional, commercial and practical’ representation in cross-border private M&A. The corporate practice is led by Kevin McCarthy, a specialist in mid-market tech deals.  A host of private company founders and owners – particularly in the recruitment services sector – turn to Nick Davis for assistance in corporate transactions, whereas Andrew Rimmington is best known for his expertise in fintech, e-commerce, and the automotive industry. Managing associate James Paterson is recommended for his ‘exceptional’ advice in private equity-driven M&A.

Practice head(s):

Kevin McCarthy

Other key lawyers:

Nick Davis; Andrew Rimmington; James Paterson; Jonathan Berman

Testimonials

‘Mishcon are a delightful firm, deeply professional and yet a little self-deprecating. They bring a nice touch to their style and work, they are simply nice people. This makes them great to work with. However, they are very commercial and not a pushover – they apply challenge where required. We have always been able to agree appropriate fee bases and have enjoyed a long and fruitful partnership with them.’

‘The team are all quite excellent. Very professional, commercial, and above all nice people and a joy to work with.’

‘High calibre individuals on the deal team who take a very commercial approach to getting a deal done whilst protecting the interests of the buyer.’

‘They were thorough in understanding my business and what the end goal was. Always quick to reply and happy to go out of their way to make sure everything was checked and done properly.’

‘Jonathan Berman is extremely good.’

‘James Paterson, our main port of call, was exceptional.’

‘They were great at getting to understand our business and our priorities. Legal advice was spot on, well communicated and practical.’

‘Real people with personality who you actually enjoy working with.’

Key clients

Victory Park Capital

Brookfield Asset Management

Fusion Students

Architecture Invest LP

Feelunique Holdings Limited

Charlie Mullins and Scott Mullins

Gaming Innovation Group PLC

Advanced Business Software and Solutions Limited

Advanced Legal Solutions Limited

DOĞUŞ HOLDING A.Ş. and its wholly owned subsidiary DREAM INTERNATIONAL COOPERATIEF U.A

Systal Holdings Limited

The institutional shareholders (led by Albion Ventures) and the management team (led by CEO and Founder Paul Dickson)

The institutional shareholders (led by ICG, Graphite Capital and Stephens Inc.) and the management team (led by CEO Laurent Othacéhé).

Elixir Group Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Victory Park Capital on an investment into Razor Group, split between debt, equity and warrants.
  • Advised Brookfield on its acquisition of seven UK retail parks from Hammerson plc.
  • Advised on the sale of Charlie and Scott Mullins’s plumbing business, Pimlico Plumbers, to Neighborly.

RPC

Blue-chip multinationals and financial institutions turn to RPC for assistance in high-stakes, multi-jurisdictional deals. Practice chair Karen Hendy is a key port of call for a range of retailers and tech companies seeking advice on M&A transactions, restructurings, and takeover bids. Nigel Collins draws considerable praise for the depth and proficiency of his Japan-focused corporate practice, where he advises a mix of consumer goods companies, financial institutes, and consultancy firms, among others. Insurance specialist James Mee is also noted for his capabilities in cross-border private equity-driven transactions across a range of sectors, most recently in the logistics space. Since his arrival in 2021, Connor Cahalane has handled a number of deals for Main Market and AIM-listed companies, ranging from semiconductor manufacturers to fuel cell developers.

Practice head(s):

Karen Hendy

Other key lawyers:

Nigel Collins; James Mee; Connor Cahalane

Testimonials

‘Nigel Collins is totally committed to the transaction and the client. He is always available and provides commercially minded advice, rather than just “legal” advice. Excellent team partner to work with, who has an excellent team to support him.’

‘The team led by Nigel Collins seems to be one of the very few go-to powerhouses for Japan-UK deals in the market. They are surprisingly fast, flexible and experienced.’

‘Nigel Collins is our trusted advisor for any UK matters that come from our Japanese clients. He always knows something about anything in the UK and has guided our clients to get where they wanted to head. His M&A experience and skills are superb.’

‘Warm and welcoming law firm with fantastic knowledge in my sector. Very patient and a pleasure to work with!’

‘Karen Hendy is pragmatic and capable, with excellent sector-specific knowledge.’

Key clients

Ernst & Young

Wave Optics

Berkshire Hathaway

Frasers Group / MASH Holdings

Itochu

Axcel Private Equity

Ceres Power

Dialog Semiconductor / Renesas

Beat Capital Partners

Stella McCartney

Triumph Group

Park 24

Development Bank of Japan

NCP

Howden Group

Assured Partners

AIG

Mosaic Insurance

Optio Group/Preservation Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Wave Optics on its sale to Snap Inc for $500m.
  • Acting for Dialog Semiconductor on its multi-billion dollar acquisition by Japanese Renesas Electronics Corporation, by means of a scheme of arrangement.
  • Acting for Howden Group on a number of acquisitions.