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Latham & Watkins

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Edward Barnett

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Latham & Watkins LLP

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Ed Barnett is a partner in the Corporate Department of the firm’s London office and Co-chair of the global Public Company Representation Practice. Ed’s practice spans a variety of cross-border M&A and corporate finance transactions, including public takeovers, takeover defense, joint ventures, private company and business acquisitions and divestments, with a particular focus in consumer, technology, pharmaceuticals and entertainment, media and sports sectors. His practice also focuses on company representation work, including advising on a range of corporate governance matters.

London: Corporate and commercial

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

Within: M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+

Latham & Watkins handles corporate, transactional and advisory work for corporates, private equity sponsors, funds and investment banks. The US-firm acts for a large number of multi-jurisdictional clients, with a particular focus on the US-UK pipeline, advising on both inbound and outbound investment. The firm frequently acts opposite Magic Circle and Silver Circle firms, as was the case when advising JP Morgan as financial sponsor to Takeda Pharmaceuticals on its acquisition of Shire. The matter was led by Richard Butterwick, who also advised GVC Holdings in connection with the acquisition of Ladbrokes Coral. Farah O’Brien specialises in cross-border private M&A, and has a strong track record in joint ventures and corporate restructurings. The 'oustanding' Ed Barnett has extensive experience advising international companies on cross-border M&A transactions, and works with a number of high-profile clients across key sectors. The practice is led by Nick Cline and Robbie McLaren, and benefited from the arrivals of Brendan Moylan from Clifford Chance LLP and Neil Ferguson from Jones Day, specialists in infrastructure and real estate transactions respectively.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Within: Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Latham & Watkins serves life sciences companies ranging from big pharma to small bio-techs and also counts funds investing in the sector among its clients. It also offers the advantage of a global network. It is largely focused on transactional work and corporate partner Robbie McLaren handles areas such as cross-border acquisitions, and capital raisings. Fellow co-head Gail E Crawford handles cases on the tech side and includes all aspects of data privacy as a specialism. Edward Barnett deals with M&A transactions, commercial and governance matters and includes GlaxoSmithKline as a client. Frances Stocks Allen and Emily Cridland are noted associates in the team.

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