International business reorganisations in London

Baker McKenzie

With ‘excellent, in-depth knowledge’, the practice at Baker McKenzie has recently seen substantial change: Emily Carlisle and Jo Hewitt now jointly lead the London-based practice, which also benefitted from the recruitment of Rakesh Rathod from Allen & Overy LLP in 2022. Clients praise Carlisle for her ‘great personable skills and ability to understand and advise on complex legal matters in a clear and concise manner’, while Hewitt excels in post-acquisition integrations and subsidiary governance. Former London group head Kirsty Wilson is still active in the space and leads the firm’s global reorganisations practice; she is also a go-to name for post-acquisition integrations. The group also leverages the global corporate maintenance team in Belfast, led by of counsel Laura Fisher in London.

Responsables de la pratique:

Emily Carlisle; Jo Hewitt

Autres avocats clés:

Rakesh Rathod; Kirsty Wilson; Laura Fisher; Christina Khoo

Les références

‘Excellent in-depth knowledge of all areas of UK corporate law and great understanding of international laws and rules applicable to transactions.’

‘The team consistently display a thorough understanding and appreciation of the commercial and practical aspects of many varied and complex transactions, both in the UK and internationally.’

‘The team is able to collaborate with their international colleagues and the advice and assistance provided is always of a high quality.’

Principaux clients

Accenture plc


Equinix Inc.

S&P Global




Becton Dickinson


Bristol Myers Squibb

Icon Clinical Research

Johnson & Johnson

Spectrum Brands


Deloitte Legal

At Deloitte Legal, the ‘very accessible, available and knowledgeable’ practice ‘provides coherent and aligned solutions’ to its client roster of high-profile corporates. The dedicated team is led by Rachel Hossack, who specialises in intra-group reorganisations and business transformations. Other key individuals include director Nirosha Perera, who regularly acts for large privately owned or listed global groups and US inbound clients; associate director Jesika Patel and managing associate Peter Grigor, who has recently been active in legal entity rationalisations, operating model transformations and intra-group debt simplification work.

Responsables de la pratique:

Rachel Hossack

Autres avocats clés:

Nirosha Perera; Jesika Patel; Peter Grigor

Les références

‘Very prepared and expert teams who coordinate very well between themselves and provide coherent and aligned solutions to the clients.’

‘All the individuals are extremely competent and always available to answer to clients’ doubts, and to raise any potential red flags associated with the project and to provide solutions to overcome the latter.’

‘Great team. Very accessible, available and knowledgeable.’

Principaux clients

Korn Ferry Group

Amadeus Group

Prudential Group

Rosens Group


ZimmerBiomet Group


Electronic Arts, Inc.

Arrow Business Communications

Symbian Foundation

Angola LNG

Wahl Clipper Corporation

VMware, Inc.

Lippert Components

Lineage Logistics

Principaux dossiers

  • Worked with VMware, Inc. to complete the post-merger integration of three businesses acquired by the group – Pivotal, Datrium and Lastline.
  • Worked with Azimo on a transaction resulting in the insertion of a new holding company.

Ernst & Young LLP

Ernst & Young LLP’s specialist international business reorganisations team structures its advice across four categories encompassing legal entity rationalisations, core structuring projects, governance and transformation matters, and deal structuring mandates. This approach allows the practice to act for a growing client base of FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 corporates across the full spectrum of global matters; the firm also fields a dedicated team focusing on Japanese clients as part of its Japanese business services unit. Craig Stevenson heads up the department and has notable experience acting in Asian markets; associate partner James Menzies is the key name for compliance and governance matters, and Terence Devane was recently promoted to the partnership.

Responsables de la pratique:

Craig Stevenson

Autres avocats clés:

James Menzies; Terence Devane

Principaux clients

Anritsu EMEA

Baker Hughes

Energy Assets Group


Lloyd’s Register

MSD (formerly known as Merck Sharp & Dohme)

Monty Mobile

Reckitt Benckiser Corporate Services Limited

Thermo Fisher Inc.

TripActions, Inc.

Principaux dossiers

  • Instructed to advise Lloyd’s Register on a pre-completion carve out reorganisation in roughly 70 jurisdictions.
  • Advising EAG on a complex business reorganisation, across five distinct phases, including a reorganisation in advance of a refinancing.
  • Advising TripActions, Inc. on a complex post-deal legal entity rationalisation and integration.


PwC LLP’s practice sits within the firm’s global department, which excels in high-profile carve outs, separations, spin projects and post-deal integration work; the group recently acted for Colfax on the separation of its medical technology business and fabrication technology business into two public companies. The team also has distinct knowledge in specialist areas including providing an IP and operating model offering, which is led by Latika Sharma, and standalone financial services and energy teams led by Kevin King and Keith Bottomley respectively. Georgie Blyth and Cynthia Chan jointly lead the wider business reorganisations practice, which also fields Tom Lewis, who is a key contact for pharmaceuticals, life sciences and Japanese clients; Laura Freestone, who focuses on entity simplification projects; and newly promoted director Harry Wilkins, who specialises in structuring projects.

Responsables de la pratique:

Georgie Blyth; Cynthia Chan

Autres avocats clés:

Latika Sharma; Kevin King; Keith Bottomley; Tom Lewis; Laura Freestone; Harry Wilkins

Les références

‘Highly responsive, technically skilled team, led by a very strong partner with excellent client relationship skills. Notably diverse and with good international experience.’

‘The ability to draw on skills from the accounting, tax and regulatory practices of PwC gives them a breadth of practical experience and knowledge which is not easily matched by traditional law firms.’

‘Seamless interaction and coordination of the PwC Legal and Tax teams allowed for smooth execution of a significant restructuring transaction.’

Principaux clients

Aioi Nissay Dowa

Aveva Group Plc

Axel Springer SE

British Business Bank

Colfax Corporation

Elanco Animal Health Incorporated

Fujitsu Limited

Merlin Attractions Operations Limited

Pentland Group

Reckitt Benckiser Plc

Resideo Technologies Inc.

TD SYNNEX Corporation

Sage Group

Stellantis N.V

Tesco plc

The Blackstone Group, Inc.

The Mott MacDonald Group

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for Colfax Corporation on separating its medical technology business and fabrication technology business into two public companies (Enovis and ESAB), in relation to the pre-separation corporate structuring.
  • Acting for BP on international business restructurings connected with a range of corporate transactions.
  • Acting for TD Synnex on its various corporate legal transactions.

DLA Piper

Leveraging the firm’s global network and full-service capacity, DLA Piper’s international corporate reorganisations team excels in complex multi-jurisdictional reorganisations, follow-on projects including post-sale integrations, and carve-out transactions. Ben Forgiel-Jenkins heads up the department, which also benefits from the expertise of corporate partner Jon Hayes and tax specialist Matthew Davies. Counsel Stan Stewart is active in multi-country restructurings, legal director Paul Routledge is a key name in the firm’s Leeds office, and senior associate Clare McLaren focuses on the financial services sector.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ben Forgiel-Jenkins

Autres avocats clés:

Jon Hayes; Matthew Davies; Stan Stewart; Paul Routledge; Clare McLaren

Principaux clients



Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The international reorganisations practice at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP remains a growth area for the firm, exemplified by the recruitment of Eda Demirel into the London team in late 2021. Demirel, who now leads the practice, adds notable US expertise to the practice, which leverages the firm’s wider global network on cross-border mandates. Other key individuals include Amanda Partland, who is based in Leeds; principal associate Helen Mackey, who handles the tax structuring elements of cross-border matters; and senior associate Amy Locke.

Responsables de la pratique:

Eda Demirel

Autres avocats clés:

Amanda Partland; Helen Mackey; Amy Locke

Principaux clients

Gartner, Inc

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Croda International plc in relation to the global implementation of a new Free Share Plan for its employees around the globe as part of a reorganisation.
  • Advised Signode Group on its corporate reorganisation in the context of a worldwide strategy to move to a single Signode brand.

KPMG Law in the United Kingdom

KPMG Law in the United Kingdom recently recruited Richard Needham from Baker McKenzie to jointly lead the firm’s international business reorganisations practice with Peter Workman in Birmingham following the retirement of Richard Lewis. The practice also saw numerous promotions including the promotion of Ben Brafman and Birmingham-based Tom Swain to director and Manchester-based Paul Kelly and Tanvir Dhanoa getting elevated to the partnership. The group is active in high-value and complex cross-border reorganisation projects and benefits from the firm’s wider professional services expertise and bespoke and tailored technology products.

Responsables de la pratique:

Richard Needham; Peter Workman

Autres avocats clés:

Ben Brafman; Tom Swain; Paul Kelly; Tanvir Dhanoa

Les références

‘Ability to dive deeply into a particular matter very rapidly and to gear up to ensure that everything is addressed. Impressive availability of the people involved.’

‘Ben Brafman was a constant reassuring and measured presence on our matter.’

‘Richard Needham stands out as having extensive experience in international corporate reorganisations. He is personable and a pleasure to work with. He gives useful, practical advice and has a deep understanding of what is important to clients.’

Principaux clients

Aegion Corporation

GlobalData plc

Illinois Tool Works Inc.



JERA Trading

Synetiq Group


Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Illinois Tool Works Inc on a major cross-border group reorganisation and legal entity rationalisation programme.
  • Advised GlobalData plc on a complex corporate restructuring through a court approved public company reduction of capital scheme.
  • Assisted JERA Trading with a global restructuring involving a separation of its financial and physical trading business involving complex regulatory issues.

Allen & Overy LLP

Under the leadership of the ‘incredibly knowledgeableGillian Holgate, Allen & Overy LLP’s ‘second-to-none’ global reorganisations group is ‘efficient and resourceful’ and a key name in the market for cross-border M&A mandates. Former practice co-head Rakesh Rathod departed to Baker McKenzie in early 2022.

Responsables de la pratique:

Gillian Holgate

Autres avocats clés:

Hugh Robinson

Les références

‘Well experienced team and very keen to meet client’s needs.’

‘Allen & Overy’s international business reorganisations practice is second to none. The team is incredibly efficient and resourceful.’

‘Gillian Holgate is one of the top advisors we work with. Gillian has broad experience that we value as a company. She is incredibly knowledgeable and routinely makes herself available on short notice to address issues.’


RSM UK Legal LLP’s dedicated business reorganisations legal team leverages the firm’s wider global audit, tax and consulting network to handle large-scale international corporate reorganisations for substantial multinational private corporates. In a recent highlight, the team acted for Civica Group on its group simplification and the rationalisation of over £1bn of debt. Newly promoted partner Tristan Mutimer heads up the practice, which also includes the ‘top-notchGilbert Collison. Carolyn Brown leads the wider legal services offering.

Responsables de la pratique:

Tristan Mutimer

Autres avocats clés:

Gilbert Collison; Carolyn Brown; Bahareh Rahmani

Les références

‘The team I dealt with worked as a single unit and were clear and precise in their communications. They took ownership of the full piece of work from inception to execution.’

‘They were able to provide clear solutions to a complex piece of planning and had the skill sets and competencies to make the whole process a lot more simple. Ultimately, you had total comfort that the work would be done correctly and to a very high standard – and that is exactly what happened.’

‘The team supported us in an efficient, effective and timely way.’

Principaux clients

Civica Group

Richer Sounds

Language Line Solutions

Britain’s Energy Coast (BEC)

M247 UK

DHI Group Inc

Waterlogic Group

Optima Defence & Security

Yates Property Holdings

Trace Group

CRA International

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Civica, the global leader in public sector software, on its group simplification and the rationalisation of in excess of £1bn of debt movements.
  • Advised Richer Sounds on its transition to employee ownership by way of an initial group restructuring followed by the subsequent sale of 60% of the company’s shares to an employee ownership trust.
  • Advised Language Line, part of Teleperformance Group and one of the largest language access companies in the world, on its group, share capital and debt reorganisation.