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Duncan is head of corporate finance in London. He advises a sophisticated, internationally diverse client base in Europe and the US across a range of sectors (including manufacturing, technology and real estate) on complex transactions which often have a cross-border element.  Clients benefit from his responsive, pragmatic approach and his ability to focus his advice on his clients' principal deal objectives. 

Over the last 25 years, Duncan has advised listed and unlisted UK and international companies, private equity sponsors and financial institutions on transactional matters including public and private M&A, joint ventures, fundraisings and corporate reorganisations.

He has acted for a variety of FTSE and AIM listed corporates, often on deals with an international element including in Europe (particularly Spain), the United States and India. 

The United States is a particular focus for Duncan's practice and over the last 12 years he has advised in relation to strategic European investments by numerous US corporates and financial sponsors. One current key mandate is advising NYSE listed Covanta Holding Corporation on its strategic partnership with Green Investment Group (part of the Macquarie Group) to develop, fund and own energy-from-waste projects in the UK and Ireland. Other matters have included advising Boston based Union Park Capital portfolio company Industrial Physics LLC on its acquisition of Systech Illinois, software company incadea plc on its £122 million takeover by DealerTrack Technologies Inc, financial services firm Duff & Phelps on its acquisition of restructuring practice MCR, flooring company Mannington Mills Inc on its £100 million acquisition of Amtico and Marlin Private Equity on the UK aspects of its acquisition of Nokia Siemens Network.

Duncan's experience covers a range of sectors including consumer, defence and aerospace, manufacturing, professional services and real estate.

London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m

Within: M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m

The team at Stephenson Harwood is praised for its ‘excellent service, rapid document turnaround and real commitment to getting the deal done’. It handles public and private M&A in a wide variety of sectors; corporate head Andrew Edge is an expert in the healthcare and life sciences sectors and advised Acadia Healthcare on its £1.3bn acquisition of Priory Group. He also acted for ENGIE on its £330m acquisition of Keepmoat from TDR and Sun Capital and advised BTG on its acquisition of Galil Medical in a deal worth up to $110m. Duncan Stiles heads the London office's corporate finance offering and recently acted for Covanta on its strategic partnership with the Green Investment Group to develop, fund and own energy from waste projects in Ireland and the UK, with total enterprise value of €700m. Andrew McLean's real estate highlights included assisting SEA Group with the £260m acquisition of the corporate entities holding 33 Old Broad Street, London, and advising real estate investment fund Tristan Capital on the £245m acquisition of the company owning a portfolio of out of town shopping centres from Brockton Capital. Financial services and transport and logistics are other important sectors for the M&A practice, with key clients on these fronts including Kalibrate Technologies, Bowmark Capital and AET. The team augmented its private equity offering in 2017 with the hires of Jonathan Pittal , Warren Allan and Gabriel Boghossian from King & Wood Mallesons.

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