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Luke Powell

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Macfarlanes LLP

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Partner specialising in general mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and private equity.


Trained Slaughter and May; qualified 1999; assistant 1999-2004; assistant Macfarlanes 2004-07, partner 2007.


City of London School for Boys; Jesus College, Cambridge (1993 History, First Class Hons; 1994 MPhil International Relations); Law School, London.

London: Corporate and commercial

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

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

Macfarlanes LLP¬†has a¬†‚Äėvery responsive and commercially aware practice‚Äô that is noted for its ‚Äėdeep industry knowledge‚Äô¬†. The ‚Äėvery responsive, pragmatic and extremely creative‚Äô team handles public and private M&A across a wide range of sectors, including TMT, retail, hotels and leisure, energy and financial services.¬†Ian Martin¬†heads the firm‚Äôs mergers and acquisitions group and has considerable experience across a broad range of corporate, corporate restructuring and private equity matters. The ‚Äėoutstanding‚Äô¬†Graham Gibb¬†‚Äėalways provides thorough, commercial and well-reasoned advice‚Äô and ‚Äėgrasps complex situations quickly‚Äô; he acted alongside¬†Harry Coghill¬†on the English law aspects of Kennedy-Wilson Holdings‚Äô ¬£1.5bn bid for Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate. Gibb is also advising The Walt Disney Company on the UK aspects of its prospective $52.4bn acquisition of 21st Century Fox. Other highlights included¬†Stephen Drewitt¬†acting for Chiltern International Group and the institutional selling shareholders on the $1.2bn sale of Chiltern to LabCorp and¬†Richard Burrows¬†handling Pilgrim‚Äôs Pride‚Äôs $1.3bn acquisition of poultry business Moy Park from JBS.¬†Luke Powell¬†‚Äėanticipates issues and is solution-oriented; he is recommended alongside ‚Äėimpressive‚Äô senior partner¬†Charles Martin,¬†senior associate¬†Richard Burrows, and¬†Charles Meek.

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Private equity: transactions

Within: Private equity: transactions

Macfarlanes LLP's team handles the full range of issues arising from mid-cap and large-cap deals, with an extensive track record acting for clients including sponsors, management teams, lenders, limited partners and secondaries houses. In the mid-cap space, where the firm is widely acknowledged to be a market leader, practice head Stephen Drewitt recently led a multi-disciplinary team advising Epiris on the high-profile acquisition of the UK arm of Time Inc from Meredith Corporation. In addition, Ian Martin and others acted as deal counsel to Alchemy Partners in the sale of debt collection business Westcot to Cabot Credit Management. Howard Corney handles mid-cap deals for clients such as 3i, Graphite and CBPE. At the larger end of the deal spectrum, Charles Meek was the lead adviser to Lexington Partners (a New York-based manager of secondary acquisition funds) on a $1bn secondary deal involving funds managed by BC Partners. Luke Powell acted for the management team of Dublin-based aircraft lessor AWAS in the circa $2.3bn sale of the business by Terra Firma to Dubai Aerospace. Alex Edmondson, who leads the firm's technology and digital group, is experienced in technology-related private equity transactions. Simon Perry and Jessica Adam are other key figures in the team, as are Richard Burrows, Justin Hope and Alex Green.

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