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Addleshaw Goddard

Work Department

Corporate division


Corporate partner, specialising in mergers and acquisitions (public and private), securities offerings, joint ventures and other mainstream corporate finance work.


Trained Lovell, White & King (now Lovells); qualified 1984; partner Lovells 1990, New York office 1986-88 and 1998-2002 (resident managing partner); seconded to 3i plc 1983-84 and as Joint Secretary of the Takeover Panel 1992-94; joined Addleshaw Goddard as partner 2005.




Law Society; City of London Solicitors’ Company; International Bar Association.


Malvern College; Queens’ College, Cambridge (1981 BA, 1984 MA Law First Class Hons).


Cricket, travel, family.

Lawyer Rankings

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

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.