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Ben Mercer

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Ben is a corporate partner focusing on public and private M&A, joint ventures, capital raising, restructurings and general corporate advice, often with cross border elements. He advises in a wide range of industries, particularly consumer, energy, financial services, pharmaceuticals and transportation. His broad transportation sector experience covers shipping, aviation, rail and logistics.

He has been ranked for mid-market M&A in Chambers UK and much of his work involves acquisitions, disposals and mergers of companies and businesses with an international presence.  Ben acts for a variety of clients which include corporates, HNWIs, financial institutions, private equity houses and management teams.

High profile mandates on which he has advised include acting for HNA Group of China on its acquisition from GE of the TIP Trailers logistics business across 16 jurisdictions; advising Lovefilm on its venture capital funding rounds and then its ultimate sale to Amazon; and advising Baker Tilly on its acquisition of RSM Tenon in a pre-pack administration.

Ben recently spent six months in the New York office of a leading US law firm and is a core member of Stephenson Harwood’s US group. He works closely with US based clients and assists them with their international strategic activities.

London: Corporate and commercial

Private equity: transactions

Within: Private equity: transactions

At Stephenson Harwood, group head Jonathan Pittal, Warren Allan and Gabriel Boghossian have continued to act for a number of their longstanding clients in midmarket transactions; Pittal and associate Pippa Byrne advised Bowmark Capital LLP and the other shareholders of Law Business Research (LBR) on the sale of LBR to Levine Leichtman Capital Partners. Another highlight saw Pittal, Boghossian and Byrne act for Inspired Education in a strategic investment by TA Associates. The three partners also have a particularly strong track record in private equity secondary transactions, which has previously involved advising clients such as SL Capital Partners and Five Arrows on the acquisition of private equity portfolios. They also assist funds-of-funds and banks with portfolio sales. Elsewhere, the team undertakes a significant amount of transactional work in regulated sectors such as insurance and healthcare. Other key members of the group include Ben Mercer, Elizabeth Field, Tony Edwards, Andrew McLean and Sam Gray.

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  • Companies should plan now to minimise their pension protection levy

    The amount that pension schemes have to pay to the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) for the year 2006/07 may have increased by as much as five times the previous year's levy. Employers who ultimately bear the cost of many pension schemes will need to make plans now to ensure the levy payable for the year 2008/09 is kept to a minimum.
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