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Giles Dennison

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Corporate/corporate and commercial.


Giles Dennison is head of the corporate group in the UK. He has particular experience of public and private mergers and acquisitions and equity offerings, joint ventures and reorganisations, as well as providing general corporate and corporate governance advice to listed corporates. Giles’s recent experience includes: advising HMV Group plc on its £220m refinancing, on the £53m sale of Waterstone’s booksellers and on the sale of HMV Canada; and advising ED&F Man on the $225m acquisition by Südzucker AG Mannheim/Ochsenfurt of a 25% stake and Lucidus Capital in relation to the sale of a stake in the partnership to Asset Management Finance LLP.


Joined Simmons & Simmons 1994; qualified 1996; seconded to Cadbury Schweppes plc as acting group legal director 2002-03; partner 2005; London and Hong Kong offices.

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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