M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+ in London

Travers Smith LLP

Travers Smith LLP‘s ‘strong technical knowledge’ and expertise in public takeovers makes it a firm favourite for dozens of FTSE250 listed clients from the worlds of technology, infrastructure, and financial services. Corporate head Spencer Summerfield anchors the practice’s infrastructure offering, with recent noteworthy engagements including transatlantic take-privates and strategic disposals. M&A and ECM chief Andrew Gillen works with a sizeable international clientele on cross-border transactions and inbound investment matters, while UK Takeover Code expert Richard Spedding is regularly called upon for assistance in private M&A and demergers. Tom Coulter‘s comprehensive transactional focus encompasses cross-border joint ventures, IPOs, mergers – particularly in the media sector. Senior associate Hugh Hutchison comes highly recommended for infrastructure-based private M&A projects.

Practice head(s):

Spencer Summerfield; Andrew Gillen

Other key lawyers:

Richard Spedding; Tom Coulter; Hugh Hutchison


‘Problem solvers who always find a way to get the deal done.’

‘To the point, transparent combined with strong technical knowledge – rare to find!’

‘Hugh Hutchison is a future star.’

Key clients

Auction Technology Group plc

TA Associates

CBPE Capital LLP

Symphony Technology Group

The Access Group

Micro Focus International

ECI Partners

Exponent Private Equity LLP


S4 Capital plc

Marshall of Cambridge




Arjun Infrastructure

Auto Trader plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Auction Technology Group plc on its $525m acquisition of LiveAuctioneers.
  • Advised Ancala Infrastructure and Jefferies on the take-private of waste management company Augean plc by Ancala and Fiera.
  • Advised Micro Focus International plc on the $375m sale of its Digital Safe business to US technology firm company Smarsh, Inc.