The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Linklaters Business Services

Living Wage
ONE SILK STREET, LONDON, EC2Y 8HQ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7456 2000
Fax:
Fax 020 7456 2222
DX:
10 LONDON CITY EC3
Email:
Web:
https://www.linklaters.com
Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Bangkok, Beijing, Berlin and 25 more

Iain Fenn

Tel:
Work 020 7456 3164
Email:
Linklaters Business Services

Work Department

Corporate, restructuring and insolvency.

Position

Specialist in corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganisations, public offerings and joint ventures. He advises the boards of a number of FTSE 100 companies on strategic and governance issues. Transactions of significance where substantial involvement can be disclosed include advising BP on its mergers with Amoco and Arco; Vodafone on its successful hostile offer for Mannesmann; Experian on its IPO, the demerger of Home Retail Group and Home Retail Group on the acquisition of Habitat. Landsbanki on the sale of Iceland Foods and Vodafone on the acquisitions of Cable & Wireless and Kabel Deutschland.

Career

Trainee solicitor Linklaters 1990-92; solicitor corporate department 1992-99; partner corporate department 1999.

Education

King’s College, University of London (1988 BA History First Class Hons); College of Law (1990 CPE; LSF).


London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+

Within: M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+

The ‘exceptional’, ‘pragmatic and service-oriented’ Linklaters LLP practice provides ‘excellent legal advice’ and ‘very good levels of service, both on buy side and sell side assignments’. The team is known for its strength in public M&A, and its expertise in complex work such as reverse takeovers and demergers. Clients describe its responsiveness, business acumen, strength in depth and value for money as ‘excellent’. Financial services, high-end retail, technology and telecoms are key sector strengths; the department is also noted for its experience in the mining sector. Global head of corporate Aedamar Comiskey led the advice to Amec Foster Wheeler on its recommended all-share acquisition by competitor John Wood Group. The ‘extremely supportive, practical and commercial’ Simon Branigan led the team on AIB’s €12bn reprivatisation and IPO on the London and Irish stock exchanges. Iain Fenn (has a ‘commercial focus’ and a ‘commitment to getting the deal done’) is advising Old Mutual in a complex arrangement for a demerger into two entities. Other highlights have seen firm senior partner and global chairman Charles Jacobs handle Glencore’s £2.5bn sale of a 40% stake in its agricultural business, Iain Wagstaff act for Three on its £300m acquisition of UK Broadband and the ‘very client oriented and pragmatic’ Sarah Wiggins advising Benckitt Benckiser Group on its acquisition of Mead Johnson Nutrition, with total enterprise value of $17.9bn. Also recommended are corporate group leader Owen Clay , who is ‘friendly and responsive’ and ‘is good at dealing with challenging clients and situations’ and William Buckley  who is ‘good at leveraging the capability of the firm’.  Fionnghuala Griggs and Kanyaka Ramamurthi  were both promoted to partnership, while Stuart Boyd moved to Kirkland & Ellis International LLP.

[back to top]

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

The 'very professional and technically excellent' telecommunications, media and technology sector group at Linklaters LLP attracts praise for 'leaving no stone unturned in pursuing the best outcome for the client'. The group acted for Hutchison 3G UK and its parent company, CK Hutchison Holdings on its £300m acquisition of UK Broadband Ltd from PCCW Limited, it additionally acted for Hutchison 3G on it renegotiation of network sharing arrangements in the UK. The team has particularly expertise handing technology matters in the insurance and financial sectors with clients including AXA, Lloyds and RBS. It has advised on paperless and borderless transaction solutions, trading platforms and currencies using blockchain technology in the financial sector, and on dashcam uses and driverless car projects in the insurance sector.  Julian Cunningham-Day and Iain Fenn jointly head the global practice, which includes TMT sector Richard Cumbley. Daniel Csefalvay joined Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

[back to top]


Back to index

Legal Developments in London

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • The legal difference between a consultant and an employee according to Nicaraguan Law

    Knowing the legal difference between a consultant and an employee is important for a company that needs to hire someone in Nicaragua or for a person interested in rendering services for a company or another person, due to the fact that the nature of the contractual relationship will determine many factors that both parties must be aware of before executing the contracting modality that will govern the relationship between them - the nature of the contractual relationship impacts on the employment benefits, tax implications and liabilities that the parties must comply with according to the law.  labor_law_in_nicaragua
  • Single director - shareholder Companies according to the Nicaraguan legal system

    What is a Single Shareholder and Director legal entity?
  • Business in Nicaragua- The Most Important Changes in the Recent Tax Reform

    In recent years, the country ́s the government has been committed to improving Taxation in Nicaragua and attempting to follow the legislative model used by some of the other countries in the region. Starting January 1st, 2013, a new tax law (Law No. 822, Tax Concertation Law) came into force in and completely changed the taxation system in Nicaragua. Two years later a new law was issued by the National Assembly containing more than 80 amendments, additions and repeals (Law No 891) which came into force December 18th, 2014.