Mr Spencer Summerfield > Travers Smith LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Travers Smith LLP
10 SNOW HILL
London
EC1A 2AL
England

Work Department

Corporate

Position

Partner, Head of Corporate

Spencer has a broad corporate practice but his principle area of work is M&A, IPOs, corporate joint ventures and general corporate advice. His clients include a number of large quoted and private companies, based in the Uk and overseas and infrastructure funds.

Career

Spencer trained at Travers Smith and became a partner in 1997. He became Head of Corporate in 2013 having been Head of Corporate Finance since 2003.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure

(Leading individuals: Corporate and M&A)

Spencer SummerfieldTravers Smith LLP

The ‘commercially driven’ infrastructure sector group at Travers Smith LLP is ‘always available and engaged’. Its multidisciplinary team draws on expertise from M&A, and private equity practitioners, as well as the firm’s competition, employment, finance and real estate teams to provide clients with holistic advice on brownfield projects. The team, which is headed by Spencer Summerfield, is well versed in large, cross-border and high-value transactions for infrastructure funds. Other key names in the team include Jonathan Walters, who focuses on advising infrastructure funds on the acquisition and disposal of companies in the sector; Mohammed Senouci, who is experienced in public to private transactions; Richard Brown, and Ben Thompson, who joined from Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP in October 2021.

London > Corporate and commercial > M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+

(Hall of Fame)

Spencer SummerfieldTravers Smith LLP

Travers Smith LLP‘s ‘strong technical knowledge‘ and expertise in public takeovers makes it a firm favourite for dozens of FTSE250 listed clients from the worlds of technology, infrastructure, and financial services. Corporate head Spencer Summerfield anchors the practice’s infrastructure offering, with recent noteworthy engagements including transatlantic take-privates and strategic disposals. M&A and ECM chief Andrew Gillen works with a sizeable international clientele on cross-border transactions and inbound investment matters, while UK Takeover Code expert Richard Spedding is regularly called upon for assistance in private M&A and demergers. Tom Coulter‘s comprehensive transactional focus encompasses cross-border joint ventures, IPOs, mergers – particularly in the media sector. Senior associate Hugh Hutchison comes highly recommended for infrastructure-based private M&A projects.

Travers Smith LLP‘s ‘strong technical knowledge’ and expertise in public takeovers makes it a firm favourite for dozens of FTSE250 listed clients from the worlds of technology, infrastructure, and financial services. Corporate head Spencer Summerfield anchors the practice’s infrastructure offering, with recent noteworthy engagements including transatlantic take-privates and strategic disposals. M&A and ECM chief Andrew Gillen works with a sizeable international clientele on cross-border transactions and inbound investment matters, while UK Takeover Code expert Richard Spedding is regularly called upon for assistance in private M&A and demergers. Tom Coulter‘s comprehensive transactional focus encompasses cross-border joint ventures, IPOs, mergers – particularly in the media sector. Senior associate Hugh Hutchison comes highly recommended for infrastructure-based private M&A projects.

London > Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap

Strong in the technology and financial services sectors, Travers Smith LLP provides ‘a strong partner led team, with a depth of knowledge across the group’. The firm’s ECM work includes assisting issuers, financial institutions, management, selling shareholders and cornerstone investors on IPOs, secondary issuances and other transactional matters. Head of corporate Spencer Summerfield co-leads the team with Andrew Gillen, who advises companies and underwriters on a range of ECM transactions. Notable in the area is Richard Spedding, who acts as underwriter or issuer counsel and is a stand-out name in mid-market investment bank matters in London. The broad team also includes Tom Coulter, who specialises in advising clients on public and private mergers, acquisitions and disposals, corporate joint ventures, IPOs and equity fundraisings; and Adrian West, who focuses on advising corporate issuers, investment banks and management teams on IPOs and secondary fundraisings on the Main Market and AIM.

London > Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – mid-large cap

The ‘strong partner-led team’ at Travers Smith LLP provides ‘a depth of knowledge across the group’. Combining securities expertise with strong technology and financial services practices, the team is ‘proactive and efficient and shows a pragmatic approach to achieve desired outcomes’. Head of corporate Spencer Summerfield co-leads the practice with Andrew Gillen, who advises companies and underwriters on a range of ECM transactions, including IPOs and secondary fundraisings.