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Iain Redford

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Iain is a Bristows partner whose expertise is principally international M&A, joint ventures, financings and partnerships with a particular focus on the TMT and life sciences sectors.

Recent transactions include advising WPP plc on numerous digital media acquisitions including the acquisition of Essence Digital and Salmon & Precise Media; advising Capgemini on its acquisition of Adaptive Labs and acting for oncology biotech Nucana plc on the UK aspects of its Nasdaq IPO, Carrick Therapeutics on its Series A $95m investment and French healthcare company Bastide Le Confort on its acquisition of the Baywater group.


Trained Slaughter and May; qualified 1996; assistant solicitor Slaughter and May 1996-97; assistant solicitor Bristows 1997-2003; partner 2003; joint managing partner 2010. Publications: various, including articles for ‘The Lawyer’ and ‘Governance Magazine’.


French and Spanish


St Albans School; Queen’s College, Oxford (1992 BA Hons Jurisprudence)


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London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

Within: M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

The life sciences and technology sectors are particular areas of focus for the team at Bristows LLP, which regularly acts for large multinationals. Joint managing partner Marek Petecki advised AstraZeneca on the $300m sale of the European commercial rights to its Seloken heart medicines, as well as on the disposal of its early-stage rare disease drugs; Louise Eldridge acted for Ferroglobe on its acquisition of manganese alloy plants in France and Norway from Glencore; and practice head Iain Redford assisted WPP with the £60m acquisition of Design Bridge. The team is also noted for its work for early-stage growth businesses, entrepreneurs and SMEs: recent highlights include Mark Hawes advising UK biotech NuCana on the UK aspects of its $114m IPO of American depositary shares on NASDAQ, and Matt Dennis acting for OXIS Energy, a battery cell company, on four financing rounds. Key clients include Diageo, Cronin, Canon and Amazon. Of counsel David Horner is also noted.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Bristows LLP regularly handles non-contentious instructions across IP, commercial, publishing, licensing, digital rights, privacy, digital marketing and social networking arrangements, competition and M&A matters; and on the contentious side, it handles copyright, trade mark, advertising, and regulatory matters for major brands. Advertising and marketing, gaming, social media, interactive media, publishing, music, film and TV are key areas of focus. Paul Jordan is active across advertising, marketing, publishing and TV work and advises Guardian News & Media on advertising compliance. His recent highlights included acting for Carnival and P&O Cruises on its contract with entertainer and presenter Stephen Mulhern and singer Jonathan Wilkes; and advising British American Tobacco on UK legislative and regulatory restrictions on e-cigarette advertising. Mark Brown acts for a number of digital media clients on contentious issues and IP rights; he is representing gaming software developer Activision Blizzard on a case against Bossland for copyright infringement and breach of contract. Other key figures include Mark Watts, who advises Diageo on its digital marketing arrangements; Myles Jelf, who regularly advises computer games and media clients; Iain Redford, who is experienced in advertising and marketing work; and Matt Dennis, who handles media and sports-sector transactions. IP litigator Simon Clark and head of trade mark portfolios Ian Gruselle joined in 2017 from Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP. Associates Sean Ibbetson and Andrew Butcher are also key members of the team. Sacha Wilson joined Harbottle & Lewis LLP in 2018.

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