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Sean Geraghty

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Sean Geraghty’s experience includes mergers and acquisitions (both public and private, for corporate clients and private equity clients), IPOs (on the Official List, AIM and overseas), secondary offerings, joint ventures and general corporate matters. Mr Geraghty has acted for major European and international corporate clients and financial institutions on substantial transactions.


Partner 2006. Publications of note: ‘Annotated Guide to the Companies Act’ (chapter in the Oxford University Press, 2006); ‘Hedge Funds and the Law’ (Sweet & Maxwell); contributing editor ‘Company Directors: Law and Liability’ (Sweet & Maxwell).


QCA’s Corporate Finance Advisers Expert Group.


Exeter University (1991 BA Economics).

London: Corporate and commercial

Equity capital markets

Within: Equity capital markets

The team at Dechert LLP has excellent cross-border capabilities, and acts on a range of equity capital markets matters. Patrick Lyons, who speaks French and Arabic, is the practice's US-qualified expert; he acted for Raya Contact Centre on a share offering on the Egyptian Exchange, and assisted Ferrexpo with a £150m share-sale via accelerated book-build. He also advised one French biotech company on a US private placement. Allenby Capital and Investec Bank are additional clients. Noted for his experience in the Middle East and North Africa, Camille Abousleiman heads the department jointly with Douglas GetterSean Geraghty is also recommended.

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Flotations: small and mid-cap

Within: Flotations: small and mid-cap

Dechert LLP's group has built up a first-rate practice under the leadership of its team head Sean Geraghty, with it handling listings (Official List/AIM/overseas), secondary transactions, and follow-on corporate M&A and governance issues. Its client roster includes corporate issuers, sovereign wealth funds and investment funds. It also advises NOMADs and brokers; in 2017, Geraghty and associate Jodie Valler-Feltham acted for Investec Bank in a £30m raising by ITM Power through a placing and open offer. In another matter, Geraghty, Patrick LyonsDouglas Getter and others are advising Allenby Capital and Panmure Gordon as joint brokers and financial advisers on Audioboom Group Plc's £155m fundraising, the proceeds of which are primarily to enable the client to acquire Triton Digital from Vector Capital. On the issuer side, Lyons acted for Zealand Pharma (which was already listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen) on its $90m IPO on The NASDAQ Global Select Market; this matter represented the first-ever dual listing of a Danish biotechnology company.

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M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+

Within: M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+

The team at Dechert LLP is ‘highly responsive’, ‘highly knowledgeable in the support of M&A’ and ‘displays a deep bench of resources to help maintain comprehensive coverage’. The practice is active in a wide variety of sectors, including energy, telecoms, life sciences and insurance. Practice head Douglas Getter has led on a wide range of cross-border deals this year, including CIT Group’s sale of its European rail leasing business for €920m and the UK aspects of Crown Holding’s $3.9bn acquisition of Signode Industrial Group. Sean Geraghty acted for Columna Capital in connection with the sale by Identitag Secondary Opportunities of the share capital of the Datamars Group and advised SQS Software Quality Systems on its proposed acquisition by Assystem Services Deutschland. On the energy front, the ‘firm, thorough and pragmatic’ Jonathan Angell advised Chrysaor Holdings on its $3bn purchase of a package of oil and gas in the North Sea from Shell UK. Christopher Field and Robert Bradshaw both joined the practice in 2017 from Kirkland & Ellis International LLP.

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United Kingdom: Mergers & Acquisitions

March 2018. By Sean Geraghty, Partner

This country-specific Q&A gives an overview of mergers and acquisition law, the transaction environment and process as well as any special situations that may occur in the  United Kingdom . It also covers market sectors, regulatory authorities, due diligence, deal protection, public disclosure, governing law, director duties and key influencing factors influencing M&A activity over the next two years. This Q&A is part of the global guide to Mergers & Acquisitions. [Continue Reading]

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