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Christopher Pearson

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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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London: Risk advisory

Corporate governance

Within: Leading individuals

Christopher Pearson - Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Within: Corporate governance

Norton Rose Fulbright combines local expertise with the resources of a wider global network to cover the full range of contentious and non-contentious issues across the corporate governance sphere. Its depth and breadth of expertise has enabled it to develop strong relationships with a number of FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies, financial institutions and investors, among others. Led by Christopher Pearson, the team advises clients on a wide range of matters, including preparing for AGMs, annual reporting obligations, shareholder activism, board composition and conflicts policies. Corporate partner Claire O’Donnell, who has more than 15 years of M&A experience, advises boards on the ethical aspects of transactions, directors' duties and other governance issues. Jonathan Herbst, who is the global head of the financial services regulatory practice, has specialist expertise in banking and brokerage regulation. The firm's strong non-contentious offering is complemented by its excellent record in contentious matters, including domestic and cross-border regulatory investigations and enforcement action. It has a particularly stand out reputation in investigations into financial crimes and related prosecutions; Sam Eastwood, (now at Mayer Brown International LLP) who led the business ethics and anti-corruption practice, is a name to note in this space. On a related note, Neil O’May, Ruth Cowley, Jason Moss and Paul Griffin are representing Carl Rogberg, the former financial director of Tesco, in a Serious Fraud Office prosecution connected with accounting practices at the retailer.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Norton Rose Fulbright handles a range of transactions, including complex cross-border M&A, joint ventures, network sharing and outsourcing. It also advises on IP, global regulation, disputes, licence bids, privatisations, brand management, financing and investment for clients across the broadcasting, film, print, publishing, live entertainment, online media, music, sports and advertising sectors. Highlights included Harlequin Football Club on its agreement to become a minority shareholder and strategic partner in USA Rugby’s commercial subsidiary Rugby International Marketing (RIM) and in the governing body’s digital video platform, The Rugby Channel (TRC). The team is also acting for Trinity Mirror on the proposed acquisition of Northern & Shell’s publishing assets for £126.7m; and advised Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company on the sale by Thomson Reuters Corporation of a majority stake in its financial and risk business. The team also manages the global trade mark portfolio of Aardman Animations. Key figures include Ian Lopez, who handles corporate mandates in the media sector; Christopher Pearson, who is experienced in corporate finance transactions; Jonathan Ball, who co-heads the IP disputes practice; and Oliver Stacey, who handles corporate and commercial mandates. IP lawyer Huw Evans and of counsel Clare Jackman are also noted. Michael (Mike) Knapper heads the communications, media and entertainment team, in addition to heading the IP practice in Europe, Middle East and Asia.

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