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Norton Rose Fulbright

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Norton Rose Fulbright

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Corporate, M&A and Securities


Japan: Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A ‚Äď International firms and joint ventures

Within: Corporate and M&A ‚Äď International firms and joint ventures

Norton Rose Fulbright represents an enviable roster of Japanese clients such as Sumitomo, Nissan and Kyocera in outbound corporate transactions. In recent highlights, the group acted for Abacus Holdings, a consortium of 11 airlines, in its disposal of a 65% stake in Abacus International to its joint venture partner Sabre, while econtext Asia instructed the team to oversee its privatisation process by a scheme of arrangement. Chris Viner splits his time between Tokyo and London and is also a key name to note. Eiji Kobayashi left to join Paul Hastings LLP.

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London: Corporate and commercial

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

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

Norton Rose Fulbright¬†'s practice, which is headed by¬†Raj Karia¬†,¬†¬†demonstrates ‚Äėfirst class client responsiveness and availability‚Äô, with an increasingly consolidated cross-border M&A offering.¬†The practice is strong for financial services, FinTech and distressed transactions. Representative clients include Delta Airlines, BMW, Rio Tinto and 3M. Oil and gas transactions have been significant, with¬†Kimberley Wood¬†assisting Shell with its disposal of a 45% in the Corrib gas venture to Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and¬†Stephen Rigby¬†acting for Hermes Investment Management on the acquisition of a substantial shareholding in a gas distribution network from National Grid, as part of a consortium. Other highlights included¬†Chris Viner¬†advising Mitsui group companies on the formation of a Norwegian joint venture company with AKOFS Offshore and Christopher Pearson¬†advising Trinity Mirror on its acquisition of Northern & Shell for ¬£127m.¬†Alan Bainbridge¬†is ‚Äėexcellent in terms of commerciality, board room interaction and credibility‚Äô, specialising in strategic M&A and corporate advisory work for financial institutions. Claire O‚ÄôDonnell,¬†Nicholas Berry, Victoria Birch¬†and Charlotte Henry¬†were all promoted to partner level.

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