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Simon has extensive experience advising corporates, financial institutions and investment trusts on mergers and acquisitions (both public and private), joint ventures and equity capital markets transactions. He has been involved in some of the most complex and high-profile multi-jurisdictional transactions over the last few years.

Simon’s experience spans the mining, retail and consumer, and oil and gas sectors. He has extensive experience in the financial services sector, and is co-head of the firm’s bank sector.


Trained Linklaters; qualified 2000; associate 2000; managing associate 2005, partner 2009.


French, Spanish.


Oxford University (1996 BA Modern and Medieval Languages); College of Law, York (1997 CPE; 1998 LPC).

Lawyer Rankings

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

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Simon Branigan – 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.