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Isabella Roberts

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Isabella is a partner in the corporate group in London. She has experience in a wide range of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and public and private fundraisings, including in particular advising funds and asset managers on infrastructure investments. Recent work includes: advising Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec on its £644m acquisition of a 25% interest in the London Array, the largest offshore wind farm in the world, from Dong Energy; advising Veolia Water UK plc on its £1.2bn disposal of its UK regulated water business to Rift Acquisitions, a company formed by the Infracapital and Morgan Stanley infrastructure funds; advising Gottex Fund Management Holdings Limited on its US$1.9bn IPO on SWX Swiss Exchange; and advising Telefónica O2 on its £1.9bn disposal of Airwave, the UK’s emergency telecommunications provider, to two Macquarie infrastructure funds; advising CFIG on the co-investment arrangements in relation to KKR’s acquisition of Cambridge and South Staffs Water.


Trained Simmons & Simmons 1997; qualified 1999; partner in the corporate department 2008; two and a half-year secondment in the Abu Dhabi office; returned to London office 2011.



London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Fintech

The 'extremely professional, thorough and prompt' team at Simmons & Simmons has 'great strength in depth' and leaves clients 'delighted with the quality of its service'; it leverages the firm's strengths in asset management, investment funds, financial services and technology to provide excellent fintech advice across the board, though peer-to-peer lending is an area of particular strength. 'Outstanding' group head Angus McLean advised the British Business Bank on regulatory matters, mostly involving assessing the suitability of finance platforms to which small and medium-sized enterprises would be referred. Other areas of fintech experience include AI, payments, regtech, insurtech, blockchain, cryptocurrencies and robo-advice. On the transactional side, Piers Summerfield assisted LendInvest with establishing its £500m EMTN programme, Isabella Roberts advised Fidante Partners Europe as bookrunner on Augmentum Fintech's £125m IPO, and Patrick Graves acted for Metro Group on its £12m investment in Yoyo Wallet. In dispute resolution, Patrick Boylan represented Capco as plaintiff in commercial litigation; the £100m case accused numerous defendants of economic torts, copyright infringement and corporate wrongdoing. Other recommended partners include financial services regulatory experts Penny Miller and Mahrie Webb, and asset-backed finance and securitisation specialist Michael Lorraine. Technology expert George Morris made partner in 2018.

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  • Failure to counter financial crime: Norwich Union Life

    In December 2007, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) imposed a fine of £1.26m on Norwich Union Life (part of the Aviva Group), one of the largest life insurance businesses in the UK with around seven million customers. The fine related to failures to take reasonable care to establish and maintain effective systems and controls for countering the risks of financial crime. The fine is the latest confirmation of the emphasis being placed on protecting clients and customers from the threat of financial crime.
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