Ian Holden > Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP > Southampton, England > Lawyer Profile

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP
SO15 1GA
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Ian is a corporate finance partner specialising in M&A, corporate reorganisations, shareholder and joint venture agreements. Ian has also had considerable experience in private equity transactions and has advised both private equity houses and management teams on their investments. Ian also worked in the Paris office of a leading international law firm where he gained considerable experience in advising UK and French companies on doing business in both France and the UK.


Trained at Herbert Smith, qualified 1993; solicitor, Herbert Smith 1993; in-house counsel, Eurotunnel 1995; solicitor, Ashurst1998 – 2005; senior associate Bond Pearce 2006; partner Bond Pearce 2008; partner Bond Dickinson on merger 2013; partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP on combination 2017.

Lawyer Rankings

South East > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Hampshire

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP‘s Southampton-based corporate and commercial offering is jointly headed by Ian Holden, who leads the corporate group, and Paula Bartlett, who heads the commercial group. Holden also heads the firm’s French desk, and has particular expertise in M&As, joint venture agreements, and corporate finance. Bartlett, meanwhile, is well known for her work for clients in the technology sector and on issues relating to data protection. Stephen Pierce heads the corporate offering at the national level. The corporate and commercial team boasts significant strength in depth, while its structure, split into four subteams, allows it to offer specialist, focused advice in commercial contracts and outsourcing, data and privacy, IP, and technology. Sebastian Briggs acts for clients in the marine and technology sectors, and is well known for his work on renewable energy transactions. Legal director Carly Holt is recommended for her experience in the financial industry.