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Norton Rose Fulbright

Work Department

Corporate, M&A and Securities



Lawyer Rankings

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

Drawing on its broad network of international offices Norton Rose Fulbright is able to offer clients corporate and M&A expertise across Europe, the US, Asia Pacific and Africa. The firm regularly advises clients from its key sectors: financial institutions; energy, infrastructure, mining & commodities; transport; technology and life sciences and healthcare. Steered by EMEA corporate chief Raj Karia, the team is predominantly instructed on matters with a strong international aspect, coordinating transformative transactions. Paul Whitelock is a key figure for capital markets transactions and public M&A, including LSE and AIM-listed takeovers. Experienced in Asian and African markets, Jon Perry is rated by clients for his ‘nimble, problem-solving approach’. Meanwhile TMT specialist Oliver Stacey is praised as ‘traditional trusted counsel‘.

London > Industry focus > TMT

Norton Rose Fulbright combines its comprehensive offering in the field of TMT with a unique technology consulting practice, led by Peter McBurney and Madeline Bailey, who previously worked as the global head of strategic initiatives at MS Amlin. On the technology side, the firm advises start-ups, growth stage companies and large corporates in relation to major joint ventures, consortia agreements, M&A and investments. In the telecoms space, the team is involved in major digital infrastructure transactions and commercial agreements, including fibre and satellite deals and submarine cable arrangements. Sean Murphy handles a wide range of corporate matters for technology clients, with a particular focus on the fintech sector, while James Russell provides critical advice on outsourcing, IT and IP mandates; additionally, he supports clients with AI issues, DLT work, smart contracts and systems procurement matters. Oliver Stacey frequently assists TMT clients with corporate and commercial transactions, predominantly in the telecoms sector. Caroline Thomas advises clients on contentious and non-contentious competition issues; she recently advised PayPal on a CMA review following its acquisitions of iZettle and Honey. Zayed Al Jamil, who was promoted to partner in January 2021, is also a standout member of the team, with notable expertise in market data transactions.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Norton Rose Fulbright has a dedicated communications, media and entertainment industry group, which advises clients on transactional matters, including cross-border M&A and joint ventures, content acquisitions and outsourcing. It also handles issues pertaining to advertising and marketing, dispute resolution, exploitation and protection of rights and sponsorships, among other matters. Corporate partner Oliver Stacey leads the team, which includes EMEA IP head Mike Knapper and Paul Joseph, who was recruited from RPC in May 2020. Zayed Al Jamil recently made partner.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms

Norton Rose Fulbright is very active in IT and telecoms, demonstrating considerable expertise in data privacy, outsourcing and regulatory mandates, in addition to strength in the emerging areas of fintech, insurtech and digital payments. Sean Murphy leads the firm’s technology practice, focusing primarily on cross-border transactions, investments and joint ventures in the fintech sector; Oliver Stacey has a wealth of experience in telecoms transactions throughout the MENA region, Central and Eastern Europe and Africa; James Russell has strong credentials in onshore and offshore outsourcing,  systems procurement and smart contracts. Zayed Al Jamil, who became a partner in 2021, is recommended for his role in outsourcing, blockchain and AI projects.