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Stephen Walters

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Corporate Business Transactions


Stephen Walters is a partner in the firm's corporate business transaction team who counsels clients on public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity and other equity financing transactions, corporate governance, and general corporate advisory matters. Stephen also handles financial services matters for a number of financial institution clients. He has experience of advising clients in a range of sectors including oil and gas, life sciences and financial services. He advises clients on transactions in the UK and France and has also advised on transactions in a number of emerging markets. For more information, view Stephen’s biography at


English, French.


University of Warwick, England, 1985, LLB (Hons)

London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m

Within: M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP¬†‚Äėstands apart due to its relentless and consistent focus on the customer‚Äô. Financial services, technology, life sciences and energy and natural resources are sector strengths:¬†Stephen Walters¬†acted for Smiths Group on the sale of its power business to DunesPoint Capital for ¬£162m and advised Lime Rock Partners on the sale of UK oil field services company TWMA to Buckthorn partners. The practice is noted for its experience in Russia and Asia; practice head¬†Timothy Corbett¬†has been representing Yandex in a transaction with Sberbank to form an ecommerce joint venture based on the Yandex. Market business, with a likely post-completion value of $1bn, and also advising Yandex on a transaction with Uber to combine their ridesharing businesses in Russia and other Asian and Eastern European jurisdictions, with a combined value of approximately $3.7bn. Tom Cartwright¬†and¬†Lee Harding¬†are ‚Äėboth exceptional lawyers in their field; their responsiveness, knowledge, engaging, collaborative working style and sheer work rate is phenomenal‚Äô; they both assisted NSM Insurance Group on the acquisition by its subsidiary, Vantage Holdings, of Maybury James.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Oil and gas

Within: Oil and gas

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP's team represents sponsors, lenders, government and private equity investors across the downstream, midstream and upstream oil and gas sectors in a wide range of corporate matters. In recent highlights, the firm acted for High Power Petroleum in its acquisition of a majority stake in Cabot Energy. Lime Rock appointed a team led by Stephen Walters to oversee the sale of oil field services company TWMA to Buckthorn, while Bruce Johnston assisted VTB Bank as a partial guarantor of a $5.5bn loan by Interesa Sanpaolo to Glencore and Qatar Holding. Other key contacts include capital markets expert Carter Brod. Lewis Jones moved to Baker Botts (UK) LLP.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Within: Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP's skill set in this space is primarily in transactional and regulatory matters, with Tom Cartwright and Tim Corbett at the fore. Cartwright is particularly known for his work on M&A and private equity transactions, and Corbett is an expert in capital raising. Corbett recently advised  uniQure N.V. on its public offering of ordinary shares and Nasdaq listing as well as assisted Replimune with its corporate reorganisation and Series B preferred stock financing. Consultant Paul Ranson specialises in regulatory issues pertaining to the fields of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and medical devices. Frances Murphy defended Concordia against investigations by the CMA in relation to alleged market-sharing and unfair pricing, and also advised Sanofi-Aventis on competition issues. Matthew Howse worked with Integra on the employment law elements on its acquisition of Codman from Johnson & Johnson. Omar Shah, Paulina Whitaker and Stephen Walters are also highly recommended.

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