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Addleshaw Goddard

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Simon is a corporate partner based in London, and is experienced in all types of transactions. He has particular expertise in public M&A having recently returned from a two year secondment as Secretary to the Takeover Panel, where he was involved in all the major decisions and policies made during that time. As a consequence, he has a unique insight into the manner in which the Takeover Code is applied by the Panel on a day to day basis.

Simon’s other main areas of practice involve advising public companies on the full range of transactions on the Main Market and AIM, including IPOs, secondary fundraisings, and general corporate and stock exchange compliance. Simon also regularly advises public and private companies on acquisitions of real estate assets carried out through onshore and offshore corporate structures, as well as the structuring and establishment of joint ventures for the acquisition and/or development of large property portfolios.


Recent transactions include advising: 

  • GVC Holdings plc on its £1.1 billion takeover of Digital Entertainment plc and its £485m takeover with William Hill for Sportingbet plc; 
  • Assura plc, a primary healthcare property REIT, on a £180m placing, open offer and offer for subscription; 
  • Mount Anvil on its £200m joint venture with ARES Management to fund residential developments in central London; and 
  • Investee Bank plc on the £150 million reverse takeover of Harworth Estates by Coalfield Resources plc, and the related £115m placing and open offer.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Corporate and commercial > M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m

(Leading individuals)

Simon Wood – Addleshaw Goddard

The ‘highly responsive‘ and ‘technically excellent‘ team at Addleshaw Goddard works closely with dozens of FTSE 250-listed entities on a significant volume of corporate transactions, ranging from public takeovers to private equity-driven M&A. Under the leadership of the ‘outstandingChris Taylor, the sizeable team is noted for its capabilities in multi-jurisdictional matters, advising key domestic and foreign companies from the worlds of real estate, energy, consumer goods, gaming, and financial services. Taylor – who also heads up the Africa Business Group – is a key port of call for many of the firm’s emerging market-focused clients, with recent highlights including a number of joint ventures in the renewable power and infrastructure arenas. The corporate group fields a deep bench of talent that includes the likes of Nick Pearey, an expert in takeovers and ECM transactions; Simon Wood, a ‘completely dedicated’ mid-market M&A advisor; and senior partner Charles Penney, ‘an exceptionally safe pair of hands‘ who clients turn to for his deep knowledge of mainstream corporate finance. Turkey group head Elvan Hussein is praised for her capabilities in cross-border M&A, as well as her niche expertise in high-growth tech and fintech companies. Financial services sector co-chair Hugh Lauritsen is routinely sought out by numerous leading commercial banks for assistance in major strategic acquisitions and divestitures. Nordics-focused Ann Grewar joined the team from LOGOS legal services in September 2021.