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Nick is a corporate partner based in London, and is renowned for his public M&A experience. He spent two years between 2008 and 2010 at the UK Takeover Panel as a senior case officer, where he was involved in all major decisions and policies made during that time. Nick’s other main areas of practice include private mergers and acquisitions, reorganisations, restructurings, joint ventures, demergers and equity financings. In addition to his time at the Takeover Panel, he has spent time working in-house at Schroder Salomon Smith Barney (now Citi) and in the firm’s Hong Kong office.

Recent deals including advising :Unilever on the successful defence to the US$145bn approach from Kraft-Heinz; SABMiller on the recommended US$108bn offer by AB InBev, the fourth largest takeover in the world (and the largest ever of a UK company); Amec Foster Wheeler on the recommended £2.2bn offer by John Wood Group; Schneider Electric on its £3.4bn acquisition of Invensys; Kazakhmys (now called Kaz Minerals) on the £3bn offer by a consortium for Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation; Delphi Automotive on its recommended £1bn offer for Hellermann Tyton; Greene King on its £770m acquisition of Spirit Pub Company; and Ophir Energy on its London listing and subsequent capital raisings and takeovers of Dominion Petroleum and Salamander Energy.


Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. Trainee Linklaters (including a five-month secondment to Linklaters Hong Kong) 1997-99; solicitor corporate finance department Linklaters, London (including a five-month secondment to the legal department of Schroder Salomon Smith Barney (now Citi), London in 2001) 1999-2003; managing associate corporate finance department 2003-06; partner 2006 to date (including a two-year secondment as Secretary to The Takeover Panel 2008-10).


University of Cambridge (1995 BA (Hons) Law First Class); College of Law, York (1996 LPC Distinction).

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

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Nick RumsbyLinklaters 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.