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Owen leads one of the firm’s fours corporate M&A groups in London and was co-head of Linklaters’ energy sector for seven years. Owen has a broad practice including corporate finance, public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, demergers and issues of compliance and corporate governance. Owen manages the firm’s relationship with Centrica, Britvic, Mitie Group, Genel Energy and Arcadia. Over the years, Owen has done a lot of work for the firm’s largest corporate clients, including BP, BAE Systems, Glencore and Anglo American. Experience includes acting for Glencore in relation to its acquisition of shares in Rosneft, acting for Sir Philip Green in relation to the sale and settlement of the BHS pensions dispute with the Pensions Regulator, acting for Home Retail Group in relation to its takeover by J Sainsbury, acting for Britvic on its successful defence against a proposed takeover by AG Barr, advising BAE Systems in relation to the formation and restructuring of the MBDA joint venture, advising Korean National Oil Corporation on its successful hostile takeover of Dana Petroleum, advising Centrica on its £2.2 bn rights issue to fund the formation of its nuclear joint venture with EDF and advising BP in relation to the takeover of Burmah Castrol and the sale of Innovene to Ineos.


Articled clerk Linklaters 1991-93; assistant solicitor 1993-2000; secondment to Moscow 1996-98; partner London 2000.


Bristol University (1989 LLB).

Lawyer Rankings

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

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Owen Clay – Linklaters LLP

Drawing superlative praise from a litany of clients, Linklaters LLP has a near-unrivalled reputation for blockbuster public company deals, working with dozens of FTSE 100 entities on a wealth of multi-billion pound transactions. Global corporate head Simon Branigan manages a number of the firm’s most consequential client relationships, with recent highlights including acquisitions and disposals in the consumer goods, mining, and software sectors. Owen Clay – another key relationship partner for a diverse roster of market-leading corporates – possesses considerable expertise in conventional energy matters, as well as in TMT and manufacturing deals. Nick Rumsby is involved in a formidable volume of public M&A engagements, driving or advising upon a broad spectrum of big-ticket sales and purchases. In recent months, global infrastructure co-head Jessamy Gallagher has advised on cross-border acquisitions and investment transactions across the energy and utilities space, while Dan Schuster-Woldan is principally noted for his insurance sector acumen. Spearheading the team’s fintech offering, UK ring-fencing regime expert Fionnghuala Griggs is sought out by numerous financial institutions for her capabilities in multi-jurisdictional M&A and consortium deals. Derek Tong, who chairs the UK tech department, continues to handle high-value, cross-border matters, including strategic acquisitions and multi-jurisdictional carve-outs. Sarah Flaherty, who has returned to the practice after a two year secondment to the takeover panel, is noted for her expertise in mining and pharmaceutical transactions.