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Edward Baker

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Edward has wide experience of corporate transactions and specialises in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions, both public and private. Edward has advised a number of corporates on public and private acquisitions and disposals and ECM transactions and also advised a number of investment banks on public bids and ECM matters. He worked on a number of complex cross border transactions, including public and private mergers and acquisitions and ECM deals. His experience includes advising J.P. Morgan Limited and Numis Securities Limited on the recommended offer for May Gurney Integrated Services PLC; BXR Group on its development capital investment funding to become majority stakeholder in a Malawian mango growing business; Ernst & Young as financial adviser to CQS Cayman on its mandatory offer for CQS Rig Finance Limited; and UBS on PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited’s £1.22bn bid for Cove Energy plc.


Trained Ashurst Morris Crisp, Edward; qualified 1994; seconded as assistant secretary to the UK Panel on Takeovers and Mergers 1996-98; partner in the corporate and commercial group Simmons & Simmons 2003.

London: Corporate and commercial

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

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

The ‚Äėoverall level of service is excellent‚Äô at¬†Simmons & Simmons;¬†¬†‚Äėthere is a quick turn-around and fee earners are always prepared to make themselves available at short notice‚Äô. The team is primarily known for servicing transactions for financial institutions and investment funds; the major headline matter in this regard saw¬†Jason Daniel¬†advise Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation as the largest shareholder and strategic partner of Aberdeen Asset management in respect of the latter‚Äôs ¬£11bn merger with Standard Life via scheme of arrangement. Daniel also advised Sumitomo Rubber Industries on its ¬£215m acquisition of Micheldever.¬†Giles Dennison¬†heads the team and has recently worked with big name corporates including Halfords, Virgin Media and PageGroup.¬†Edward Baker¬†advises many corporates, investment banks and asset managers on their acquisitions and disposals and is singled out for his ‚Äėgreat attention to detail‚Äô and ‚Äėprompt assistance and advice‚Äô. David Parkes¬†joined from¬†KWM Europe LLP, while¬†Mark Carroll¬†rejoined the firm from¬†Clifford Chance LLP.

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