Leading Individuals

M&A: Upper Mid-Market And Premium Deals, £750m+ in London

Clifford Chance LLP

The ‘unquestionably knowledgeable, experienced and technically capable’ corporate team at Clifford Chance LLP regularly acts on takeovers, acquisitions and divestments for FTSE 350 and Fortune 500 clients including leading global corporates, financial investors and banks. With an extensive international footprint and a diverse spread of clients across a range of industries including healthcare, media, telecoms, oil and gas and banking, the London team is jointly headed by Nigel Wellings and Melissa Fogarty, who regularly advises clients in sectors such as consumer goods and financial services. Dealmaker, ‘excellent relationship manager’ and ‘proactive communicator’ Katherine Moir is a key lawyer in the team, advising on complex and cross-border M&A while also offering the full range of corporate transactional and advisory support. David Pudge continues to act for a range of clients on M&A, corporate governance issues, stock exchange matters and public takeovers, while Steven Fox offers corporate finance expertise across public and private M&A, capital raisings and IPOs.  Co-head of the healthcare and life sciences team Gareth Camp assists international corporate clients with restructurings, public bids and disposals. Focusing on real assets and regulated industries and advising on demergers, investments, joint ventures and acquisitions is Nick Spurrell, while  James Bole offers takeover code expertise following a secondment to the Takeover Panel. Meanwhile, recent arrival from White & Case LLP, Dominic Ross, brings significant experience  advising corporates and financial institutions in matters relating to the healthcare, defence, consumer goods and retail industries.  Former partner Tim Lewis has left the firm and is now executive vice chair of the Arsenal board. Guy Norman has relocated to Saudi Arabia with the firm.

Responsables de la pratique:

Melissa Fogarty; Nigel Wellings

Autres avocats clés:

Katherine Moir; Steven Fox; David Pudge; Gareth Camp; Nick Spurrell; James Bole; Dominic Ross; Caoimhín Eastwood; Robert Crothers; Alanna Hunter; Richard Crosby; Nicholas Rees

Les références

‘As well as being unquestionably knowledgeable, experienced, technically capable and well-staffed to serve clients, the Clifford Chance corporate team are a pleasure to deal with, demonstrating pragmatism and engaging with the in-house team and internal clients at a level which engenders a “one team” feeling like no other magic circle firm manages to do.’

‘Caoimhín Eastwood is a hard worker and technically capable. Caoimhín demonstrates excellent expectation management and really listens to what clients want. He is one to watch!’

‘Dealmaking abilities aside, Katherine Moir is an excellent relationship manager, a pro-active communicator and a joy to work with.’

Principaux clients

Unilever plc

Barclays plc

easyJet plc

London Stock Exchange Group plc

Mondelēz International

Informa plc

Citibank N.A.

Entain plc

Pfizer Inc.


Devro plc


Nielsen Holdings plc

Serco plc

CK Asset Holdings

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised longstanding pharma client Pfizer in connection with the demerger of Haleon from GSK
  • Advised Nielsen Holdings on its takeover by a private equity consortium led by Elliott Investment Management, Brookfield Capital Partners, GIC and The WindAcre Partnership.
  • Advised Cellnex Telecom on the completion of its acquisition of the telecommunications tower assets of CK Hutchison and on the disposal of a package of approximately 1,100 sites in the UK to Wireless Infrastructure Group.

Linklaters LLP

Trusted by some of the biggest corporates in the market, the ‘fantastic’ lawyers at Linklaters LLP offer ‘strength in depth, excellent technical abilities and good teamwork’. Drawing on the expertise of specialist groups including tax, antitrust, employment and technology and working alongside a network of 30 international offices, the wide-ranging practice covers the full gamut of corporate work, advising buyers, sellers and financial advisers on public takeovers, joint ventures, corporate restructurings such as carve out transactions, as well as private M&A and equity capital markets work. Simon Branigan, global head of corporate and co-head of the firm’s bank sector has extensive experience in the mining, retail and consumer, oil and gas and financial services sectors. Aisling Zarraga, who serves as global co- head of Linklaters’ life Sciences and healthcare sector, leads on some of the largest M&A and joint venture transactions in the market, advising global pharmaceutical companies, healthcare services and biotech businesses, as well as companies from other industries, such as mining. Sought out by financial institutions such as PricewaterhouseCoopers is Tracey Lochhead , whose practice spans public and private M&A, joint ventures, loan portfolio sales and corporate restructurings. Ian Hunter  advises domestic and international clients on general corporate governance, M&A transactions and equity offerings, and has a  particular emphasis  on the natural resources and mining sector, as well as  UK Takeover-Code governed transactions and UK Listing Rules reform. James Inglis‘s practice covers public and private M&A, corporate governance advisory work and capital raisings, while global head of the technology group, Derek Tong, also assists clients with joint ventures, strategic investments and restructuring. Other key names to note include firmwide senior partner and chair Aedamar Comiskey, Iain Fenn  and Fionnghuala Griggs. The practice has seen a number of departures including Nick Rumsby (now Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton), Jessamy Gallagher   (now Paul Hastings LLP), Stuart Bedford (now KPMG Law) and Dan Schuster-Woldan  (now at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP); however, it remains a strong team.

Responsables de la pratique:

Simon Branigan

Autres avocats clés:

Aedamar Comiskey; Aisling Zarraga; Dan Schuster-Woldan; David Martin; Tracey Lochhead; Ian Hunter; James Inglis; Derek Tong; Fionnghuala Griggs; Michael Honan; Charles Turner; Namrata Shah; Matt Hearn; Iain Fenn

Les références

‘The team offers strength in depth, excellent technical abilities and good teamwork.’

‘Ian Hunter has excellent technical skills and is very responsive.’

‘Fantastic people that are easy to work with and are very commercial. They give clear advice and are very proactive.’

Principaux clients

Tate & Lyle






National Grid



Greene King





Jardine Matheson









Principaux dossiers

  • Advised HSBC Overseas (UK) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc, on the sale of HSBC Bank Canada to the Royal Bank of Canada for CA$15.6 bn following a competitive auction process.
  • Assisted Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc, a US public company listed on the New York Stock Exchange that specialises in speciality diagnostics, on their £2.25bn acquisition of The Binding Site Group.
  • Advised National Grid plc in respect of its private M&A sale of a 60% stake in its gas transmission and metering business (NGG) to a consortium of long-term infrastructure investors.

Slaughter and May

Operating across a host of sectors including TMT, healthcare, construction, oil & gas and insurance and with unrivalled experience advising listed companies on M&A as well as activism defence work,  Slaughter and May’s M&A team is  ‘absolutely first class on all matters’. With a growing roster of top name clients and with more than 70% of its mandates last year involving an  international element, the team is regularly called in to advise on blockbuster deals such as GSK’s demerger of Haleon. The practice is co-headed by public and private M&A partners Simon Nicholls , who is described as ‘outstanding’ and ‘exceptional’ for his complex work for clients such as GSK and Diageo, and Richard Smith, whose clients include Aviva, Equinix and The Walt Disney Company. Senior partner Steve Cooke offers particular experience in takeover bids and other stock exchange related work, while data privacy expert Rebecca Cousin handles public and private M&A, initial public listings, equity issues and joint ventures. Roland Turnill , who will replace Cooke as senior partner in 2024, co-heads the financial institutions group and has recently been involved in advising Vodafone on its merger with Three. ‘Top tier lawyer’ Paul Dickson and the ‘exceptional’ Sally Wokes are noted for their broad corporate practices, handling public takeovers, joint ventures and private M&A for domestic and international clients, listed and unlisted. Victoria MacDuff continues to have a wide-ranging corporate practice, advising on M&A deals and disposals, equity capital market transactions, reorganisations and joint ventures, with a particular focus on cyber security and the financial services and telecoms sector. Also recommended are: Claire Jackson, a life sciences, healthcare and insurance specialist; Andrew Jolly, who heads the sport team and, the ‘enthusiastic, energetic and relatable’ Robert Innes, who co-heads the tech transactions group. James Cook, Harry Hecht and Alexander Dustan are other key lawyers. Formerly senior figures within the team,  Andy Ryde and Jeff Twentyman have retired.

Responsables de la pratique:

Richard Smith; Simon Nicholls

Autres avocats clés:

Steve Cooke; Rebecca Cousin; Roland Turnill; Paul Dickson; Sally Wokes; Victoria MacDuff; Claire Jackson; Andrew Jolly; Robert Innes; James Cook; Harry Hecht; Alexander Dustan; David Johnson; Usman Sawar

Les références

‘The M&A team are absolutely first class on all matters. Their advice is always extremely clear, focused on exactly what the client needs to understand. The team has great market awareness.’

‘Paul Dickson and Alex Dustan are both top tier lawyers. They have fantastic in-depth knowledge, as well as great commercial awareness. They are able to present complex legal issues in a very clear straightforward manner in a way that creates real confidence.’

‘Superb judgment and valuable thought leaders in the transaction practice. Simon Nicolls and David Johnson are both outstanding and together comprise a formidable team. They provide a real value-added service, making the complex manageable and always bringing forward thinking and creative approaches to difficult problems.’

Principaux clients





Wood Group


United Utilities

Close Brothers

Legal & General Group


Marsh McLennan

Schneider Electric






HPS Investment Partners



Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Vodafone on the planned combination of Vodafone UK and Three UK, which would involve both companies combining their UK businesses, with Vodafone owning 51% and CK Hutchison owning 49% of the combined business.
  • Advised GSK plc on the demerger of its Consumer Healthcare business into a separate London-listed group named Haleon.
  • Advised Legal & General Capital (LGC) on its 50:50 partnership with U.S. based real estate developer Ancora.

A&O Shearman

The corporate practice at A&O Shearman offers a ‘high quality’ and ‘seamless service’ to clients across a range of sectors including financial services, retail, life sciences, gaming, engineering and information management. The practice has a strong international footprint and this has been further strengthened with the opening of a new office in Boston. The team regularly assists listed corporates in an array of matters including acquisitions, joint ventures, divestments, restructurings, risk management, carve outs and asset sales. Team head Dominic Morris specialises in domestic and international M&A, equity offerings, privatisations, public takeover bids and joint ventures for outbound US corporates. Richard Browne regularly handles public takeover bids, auctions and other purchases for clients. Public takeover expert Seth Jones, previously seconded to the Takeover Panel, has acted in market leading public M&A transactions. Entrusted by UK plcs and North American clients to assist with public and private M&A and equity capital markets in the financial services and infrastructure space is Richard Evans. ‘Go-to’ lawyer in the life sciences sector, Matthew Appleton,  energy and natural resources  specialist John Geraghty and financial institutions focused Duncan Bellamy , whose recent engagements include advising the Royal Bank of Canada on the acquisition of HSBC Bank Canada, are also recommended. Corporate finance expert Claire Coppel and Alex Tilley handle a range of corporate transactions and advise on corporate governance matters. Annabelle Croker and the very experienced David Broadley and Jeremy Parr are other key lawyers. Harsh Pais joined the London team in August 2022 to head the India Corporate practice, bringing energy, technology and financial services expertise and experience from working in the New York and Indian M&A markets. The firm is in advanced transatlantic merger talks with Shearman & Sterling.

Responsables de la pratique:

Dominic Morris

Autres avocats clés:

Richard Browne; Seth Jones; Richard Evans; Matthew Appleton; John Geraghty; Duncan Bellamy; Claire Coppel; Alex Tilley; Annabelle Croker; David Broadley; Jeremy Parr; Harsh Pais

Les références

‘Seamless service with consistent high-quality across multiple jurisdictions, while maintaining a close relationship. One of the few teams in the market who really listen to clients’ needs and adapt.’

‘Matthew Appleton is the go-to person in pharma asset deals. He is extremely people oriented which helps to progress negotiations. He “reads the room” like no one else.’

Principaux clients

Marks & Spencer plc

Man Group plc

OpenText Inc

Imperial Brands plc

Sage plc

Pennon plc


Reckitt plc



Principaux dossiers

  • Advised RBC on its acquisition of 100% of the common shares of HSBC Canada for an all-cash purchase price of USD13.5bn.
  • Advised OpenText, the Canada-based software company providing enterprise software, on its recommended £5bn cash offer to acquire the share capital of Micro Focus International plc.
  • Advised Repsol on the sale of 25% of its upstream business to U.S. institutional investor EIG.  The transaction has a value of $4.8bn and covers more than ten jurisdictions globally.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Advising more than 130 LSE listed clients, the corporate and M&A lawyers at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP advise multinational corporations and private capital firms and are well known in the public M&A space, regularly working on high value UK public takeovers, auctions and bilateral deals. Recent highlights include advising National Grid on its £7.8 billion acquisition of Western Power Distribution. Spearheading the team’s M&A offering is Gavin Davies, who is ‘at the very top of the field,’ particularly in relation to cross border M&A and investments in technology, telecoms, financial services and industrial sectors. The ‘straight talking’ Caroline Rae helps clients ‘steady the boat through difficult areas’ including acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures and public takeovers, while Stephen Wilkinson focuses on high-value corporate transactions and governance matters. Mark Bardell is a ‘stellar professional’ and specialises in significant M&A and public company situations for blue chip corporates, offering experience as previous Secretary at the UK Takeover Panel. Heading the financial institutions transactions team is Alex Kay, who also offers expertise in the consumer and listed real estate sectors. Also of note is high profile M&A partner  James Palmer, who has returned to full-time client work after serving as firmwide chair.   Harriet Forrest, who advises on M&A involving both public and private targets and Heidi Gallagher are also recommended.

Responsables de la pratique:

Gavin Davies

Autres avocats clés:

Caroline Rae; Stephen Wilkinson; Mark Bardell; Alex Kay; James Palmer; Heidi Gallagher; Siddhartha Shukla; Harriet Forrest; Alan Montgomery; Shaun Williamson; Charles Steward

Les références

‘Extremely responsive, practical and commercial team. The firm does not “over-lawyer” work and understands the relative importance of various legal issues in the context of a broader transaction or corporate aim. Compared to other UK or European practices, HSF stands out for its collaborative practice and ability to see the broader picture.’

‘Mark Bardell and Shaun Williamson are both stellar professionals, who anticipate needs, respond with practical and actionable advice in a timely and efficient manner. If I could clone them to work in every other country where we have legal needs, I would do so. I rarely enjoy getting a call or email from many outside counsel, but when HSF and Mark and Shaun call, I am excited to hear from them. They have earned our trust and consistently reaffirm it with high-quality, timely work product.’

‘Exceptional knowledge of the applicable laws and regulations. The team has vast experience in applicable transactions, anticipates needs and problems and comes up with solutions. Top notch!’

Principaux clients


Airtel Africa


Altra Industrial Motion Corp.

Anglo American

Ardonagh Group


Atlassian Corporation



British American Tobacco

British Land

Capital & Countries Properties


Comcast (formerly Sky)



Evergreen Coast Capital Corporation

General Mills

GIC Infra Holdings Pte Ltd

Go-Ahead Group




Johnson Matthey

JP Morgan




Mercuria Energy

Mitsubishi Corporation

Morgan Stanley

National Grid



Qatar Investment Authority

Reaction Engines



Synthomer plc




Tullow Oil plc

The UNITE Group


Weir Group


WiseTech Global

Workspace Group plc

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Evergreen Coast Capital Corporation, an affiliate of Elliott Investment Management L.P. and Brookfield Capital Partners LLC, on the consortium acquisition of Nielsen Holdings plc, the S&P 500 audience measurement, data and analytics company, for approximately $16 billion in an all-cash deal.
  • Advised OneWeb regarding its proposed combination with Eutelsat Communications, a listed French satellite and telecommunications company, to create a large satellite operator with a combined entity value of US$7 billion.
  • Advised Capital & Counties Properties PLC on its recommended all share merger with Shaftesbury PLC, which will bring together some of London’s iconic destinations in Covent Garden, Carnaby Street, Chinatown and Soho, to create an estate valued at £5 billion.

Latham & Watkins

The ‘high-quality and responsive’ corporate and M&A team at Latham & Watkins offers a complete and ‘excellent and attentive service’ to companies and financial sponsors, covering corporate transactional and advisory matters. In the past year, the practice has advised on an impressive array of combinations, joint ventures, sales, restructurings and carve outs, and takeovers including the £4.25 billion acquisition of Chelsea Football Club and the $10.5 billion acquisition by Adani Group of two of India’s leading cement companies. Known for its strong credentials in multiple sectors including technology, pharmaceutical and healthcare and leisure and hospitality, the team is increasingly acting in regulated public deals as well as listing rule deals. Co-heading the London practice is Richard Butterwick , who offers his expertise in Takeover Code law and cross-border M&A work, assisting LSE listed companies, and technology, ESM and life sciences specialist Farah O'Brien, who acts for corporates, growth investors, sponsors and portfolio companies. Corporate finance and M&A lawyer Douglas Abernethy has recently led on public takeovers and take private transactions, also offering a sophisticated understanding of the UK takeover regulatory environment. Assisting global companies on a range of M&A, corporate advisory and governance work is Ed Barnett, while Nick Cline engages in UK and international cross-border M&A and acts as counsel on many boards. Vice Chair of the firm’s global healthcare and life sciences practice, Robbie McLaren, also has experience in the technology industry, handling acquisitions, capital raises, asset swaps and carve outs. Acting in the UK, US and emerging markets such as India and Africa, Sam Newhouse, regularly assists a range of clients including multinational companies, financial investors and financial institutions on public and private M&A, reorganisations, divestments and joint ventures. The team is to be strengthened further by the addition of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP capital markets partner Mark Austin.

Responsables de la pratique:

Richard Butterwick; Farah O’Brien

Autres avocats clés:

Doug Abernethy; Edward Barnett; Nick Cline; Robbie McLaren; Sam Newhouse; Hector Sants; James Innes; Koushik Prasad

Les références

‘Very good advice, not only on the legal front but also on the business fundamentals.’

‘A very result-oriented and humble team that is very attentive to client needs.’

‘A high-quality and responsive team that is strong both strategically and in the detail. They offered an excellent and attentive service that was superbly led.’

Principaux clients

888 Holdings plc

Abcam plc


Blue Co 22 (Chelsea Football Club)


Darktrace plc




London Stock Exchange


Tullow Oil

Vertical Aerospace


Principaux dossiers

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP provides the ‘highest levels of excellent service’ according to clients, with an integrated transatlantic offering of English and US law, experience across a variety of M&A matters and Takeover Code expertise. The practice has been expanding its remit with FTSE 100-listed companies and offers multi-faceted support on  transactions through strong capabilities in shareholder activism, antitrust, foreign investment, white collar crime and regulatory risk. Team leaders include global transactions head Lorenzo Corte, an expert in cross-border transactions, contested takeovers, de-SPAC transactions and corporate governance work, and UK corporate co-heads George Knighton, who is known for his broad experience in M&A, private equity and restructuring transactions and private equity specialist Katja Butler . Other key players include public M&A specialist Scott Hopkins, who is well-versed in advising companies on legal and regulatory responsibilities, and the ‘superlative’ Simon Toms, who specialises in the technology, fintech, media and telecoms sectors . John Adebiyi offers extensive knowledge and advice in relation to UK national security aspects of M&A and private equity transactions. ‘Go-to partner’ Bruce Embley regularly handles work for a range of client including international corporations and financial sponsors while  Denis Klimentchenko regularly handles M&A and corporate financings. Ani Kusheva has significant experience in public company takeovers, joint ventures and private equity transactions. Counsel Sarah Knapp handles cross-border corporate transactions. The team continues to grow in terms of its client roster and   bench strength, and notably added insurance M&A specialist Robert Chaplin from Slaughter and May  in late 2022. Chaplin has a transactional and advisory insurance offering with extensive experience in matters involving insurers, portfolio companies, financial sponsors and private capital-owned vehicles.

Responsables de la pratique:

Lorenzo Corte – global head of transactions; Katja Butler; George Knighton – co-heads of UK corporate

Autres avocats clés:

Simon Toms; John Adebiyi; Denis Klimentchenko; Bruce Embley; Ani Kusheva; Sarah Knapp; Robert Chaplin; Sandro de Bernardini; Patrick Tsitsaros; Anxin Hua; Scott Hopkins

Les références

‘Highest levels of excellent service across all material legal disciplines and relevant jurisdictions, with diverse and engaged teams. Many law firms spend a lot of time telling you about their “high performance culture”  but with the Skadden team, you don’t hear these sorts of platitudes, you get to witness it on a daily basis.’

‘Simon Toms is a superlative sponsor lawyer, he knows the ins and outs of all things M&A, as well as the other disciplines that matter (tax, regulatory, finance, executive compensation, etc.). He is one of our two go-to partners in London. The other being Bruce Embley who is equally as talented, with extraordinary negotiating and people skills to boot. He anticipates the moves three steps down the chess board, making our life substantially more efficient. Bruce and Simon are a pleasure to deal with, finding creative solutions to consequential challenges, allowing us to exploit opportunities without bearing undue risk. Patrick Tsitsaros is another fantastic lawyer on the Skadden team. He is  partner quality at any law firm, and unflappable under pressure, a real rising star. Anxin Hua is one of the best  associates I have seen in three decades of practice.’

Principaux clients

Central Group and Signa

Tom Ford International

Gyroscope Therapeutics

Refresco Group BV


BillerudKorsnäs AB



The shareholders of MiQ Digital Limited, including the founders of the company and ECI Partners

Waldencast Acquisition Corp

Sylvamo Corporation

International Paper Company

Adobe Inc.

VGL Group

SP Plus Corporation

The Middleby Corporation

Davidson Kempner European Partners, LLP

Fortress Investment Group LLC

RfXcel Corporation

The Sage Group plc

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Thailand’s Central Group and the Austrian property company Signa, on their joint £3.8 billion acquisition of the UK-based department store chain Selfridges.
  • Advising Tom Ford International and its affiliated licensing company on the $2.8 billion sale of the TOM FORD fashion brand to The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
  • Advised Gyroscope Therapeutics in relation to its acquisition by Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG for up to $1.5 billion.


‘Major player’ Ashurst is routinely instructed by a strong roster of public UK corporate clients across myriad sectors, including financial institutions and funds, energy, technology, transport, infrastructure, retail and leisure. The team is reputed for its experience managing multi-billion pound cross-border transactions such as the £7.3 billion takeover of WM Morrison Supermarkets PLC, and regularly acts for global investment banks, offering specialist advice in relation to the Takeover Code. Other recent instructions have involved acting in several public to private transactions. Head of team Karen Davies is ‘approachable and responsive’ and regularly handles cross border public M&A transactions, particularly relating to financial institutions and investment banks. Co-heading the team with Davies is ‘class act’ and ‘excellent lawyer’ Nick Williamson , who specialises in M&A and ECM transactions for investment banks and private companies. Tom Mercer is a ‘standout partner,’ who also offers significant expertise in public company takeovers and mergers, as a result of his previous experience as secretary to the UK Takeover Panel. Managing client relationships with the likes of Rothschild and Deutsche Bank, offering strategic corporate advice and handling high-value transactions is James Fletcher. Aimee Carroll-Hewitt is another key lawyer in the London team

Responsables de la pratique:

Karen Davies; Nick Williamson

Autres avocats clés:

Tom Mercer; James Fletcher; Harry Thimont; Michael Burns; David Carter; Aimee Carroll-Hewitt; Braeden Donnelly; Molly Woods

Les références

‘Ashurst takes the time to get to know their clients and specifically the important factors to a business client at the outset of a matter. This allows them to gain the insights required to provide more commercially focused legal advice, which has helped make commercial negotiations with counterparties and board discussions, much more efficient. I think this sets them apart from other lawyers I have worked with who take a more blanket approach to business clients operating in the same industry and is why they have remained long standing legal advisers of our organisation.’

‘I would like to give special mention to two people at Ashurst who I have worked with – Braeden Donnelly and Karen Davies. Both these individuals have always been approachable and responsive. They consistently provide reliable legal support, even where not formally instructed on matters. It doesn’t matter how small and inconsequential the question is, they can always be counted on to provide insightful and dynamic legal advice. In any interaction with Karen and Braeden, it is clear that while they are both successful city lawyers, they have a true passion to help people.’

‘A major player in this deal size for many years. Also, able to rely on significant international offices for assistance on international transactions.’

Principaux clients


Pan American Silver Corporation

Oxford Instruments plc

WM Morrison Supermarkets Limited

McLaren Racing Ltd

Next Fifteen Communications Group plc

Serica Energy plc

GB Group plc

IHS Markit

Babcock International Group plc

AVEVA Group plc


Robert Bosch GmbH

AgilitasLamprell Group plc


Deutsche Bank


JP Morgan

HSBC Bank plc

Principaux dossiers

  • Assisted the founders of CareTech, with Three Hills Capital Partners LLP private equity, in relation to the £870.3m P2P recommended cash and share acquisition of CareTech Holdings PLC.
  • Advised Pan American Silver Corp. on its $4.8bn offer with Agnico Eagle Limited for Yamana Gold Inc.
  • Advised Oxford Instruments plc on its proposed £1.8bn cash and shares takeover by Spectris plc.


Led by Victoria Henry and Charles Currier, who regularly advises utilities, developers and financial investors in the energy and infrastructure sectors, the one-stop shop at CMS, offers a corporate transactional team that can act across a range of deals, from small local bolt-on acquisitions to landmark and strategic bet-the-company transactions. With its extensive international footprint, the team is active in deals across Europe and globally, instructed by an impressive and growing client roster featuring names such as Microsoft. Firmly positioned in the energy, infrastructure, technology and private equity arena, recent engagements have involved first of their kind transactions like the takeover of Bulb Energy by Octopus Energy Group. Concentrating on the TMT, life sciences and healthcare sectors is Simon Morgan who handles a range of corporate transactions. In the technology, gaming and media and communication sector is Rob Willis who has experience in public takeovers, fundraisings and IPOs, reorganisations and joint ventures. Valentina Santambrogio excels in advising businesses and private equity investors on transactions in the technology and telecoms sector. Another key lawyer is corporate/M&A head Louise Wallace.

Responsables de la pratique:

Charles Currier; Victoria Henry

Autres avocats clés:

Simon Morgan; Rob Willis; Valentina Santambrogio; Tom Jameson; Katie Nagy de Nagybaczon; Louise Wallace; Tom Page; Vitali Mainarovych; Emma Clark

Les références

‘Their understanding of client needs and businesses, personable and flexible approach makes them stand out. As a client, I feel like they really care (notwithstanding the size of the firm). Simon Morgan epitomises all that is great about this team.’

‘ This was the first time I had worked with Emma Clark and she was absolutely exceptional. She grasped the issues and what was important to us, gave really clear, concise and pragmatic advice. She was absolutely on top of the very complex transaction and great fun to work alongside – I’d love to have Emma working with us on many future transactions!’

‘We worked with Tom Page, Valentina Santambroggio and Vitali Mainarovych. Tom brings an incredible wealth of experience and knowledge of the sector to the table. Valentina and Vitali were excellent in helping the set-up of our venture.’

Principaux clients

Macquarie Asset Management


Blue Prism Group


BT Sport

LiveScore| Group

M&C Saatchi Plc

Entrepreneur First (EF)

Pension Insurance Corporation Plc (“PIC”)

Active Partners


Ooredoo Group

NatWest Group

Octopus Energy Group (Octopus)

GLIL Infrastructure LLP and Octopus Energy Group / The Renewables Infrastructure Group and |Equitix

Brookfield Renewable Partners (Brookfield)

Dexters| London| Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised a consortium comprising Macquarie Asset Management and British Columbia Investment Management Corporation on its agreement to acquire a 60% stake in National Grid’s UK gas transmission and metering business, valued at £9.6bn.
  • Negotiated and advised on the commercial and corporate finance aspect of a +$2.8bn 10 year strategic cloud and data deal between Microsoft and the London Stock Exchange Group.
  • Advised 4iG alongside Corvinus on its EUR 1.67bn acquisition of Vodafone Hungary.

Macfarlanes LLP

Splitting its advisory services across four key areas including public and private M&A, private equity and corporate advisory and praised for its ‘superb technical skills’ and ‘highly responsive and personable’  lawyers, the corporate practice at Macfarlanes LLP is lauded for its expertise advising blue chip clients such as FTSE and Fortune multinationals on cross border transactions, often involving the US. The team also attracts wide acclaim for its unique advice at the intersection of corporate and private client matters for wealthy individuals and families. ‘Knowledgeable and experienced M&A lawyer’ and head of the M&A team, Howard Corney, guides corporates, financial investors and family offices through private and cross-border M&A, especially in the sports, leisure and hospitality sectors. Offering significant transactional experience and specialising in public M&A is Harry Coghill. Also offering a broad practice is Justin Hope, who is at the helm of various transactions including acquisitions, restructurings and joint ventures, with a particular focus on the real estate sector, private company M&A and private equity. Another lawyer noted in the market is Tom Rose, who frequently acts for public and private corporates headquartered across the UK, US and Europe, on large and high-value transatlantic matters such as carve-outs, M&A deals and disposals.

Responsables de la pratique:

Howard Corney

Autres avocats clés:

Harry Coghill; Justin Hope; Tom Rose

Les références

‘The team has superb technical skills. Their lawyers have the ability to produce succinct summaries of complex documentation. The team is highly responsive and personable.’

‘Tom Rose in particular stands out. He has superb breadth and depth of knowledge and technical skill.’

‘A special mention is deserved by Howard Corney. He distinguished himself for being extremely accurate, always very available to find solutions through the ups and downs of the deal’s negotiation. Howard is a very knowledgeable and experienced M&A lawyer with strong negotiation skills.’

Principaux clients


Berkeley Group

Genius Sports Group

Incisive Media

Jazz Pharmaceuticals


Omnicom Media Group

Qatar Sports Investment


Virgin Group

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising NortonLifeLock Inc., a NASDAQ-listed provider of consumer cyber security solutions, on its successful $9.2b cash and stock merger with FTSE 100 company Avast plc, a global cybersecurity provider.
  • Advised Terminix Global Holdings Inc. on its $6.7bn cash and stock combination with FTSE 100 company Rentokil Initial plc.
  • Assisted european private debt investment manager, Arcmont Asset Management, on its sale to Nuveen, the investment manager of the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America Fund.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Complemented by the firm’s private equity and banking practices, the London M&A team at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is highly regarded for its capabilities at the intersection of M&A and private equity work, as well as asset management M&A. Handling matters for major European and US sponsor clients such as KKR, Blackstone and Bridgepoint, the team advises on an range of matters including corporate acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, investments, restructurings, exits and public to private transactions. Heading up the London team, which includes English and US-qualified lawyers, is Ben Spiers . Former Blackstone managing director and European general counsel, Geoffrey Bailhache is well-versed in multi-jurisdictional private equity M&A, take private transactions and buyouts across different industries. Clare Gaskell offers capabilities in private M&A, public takeovers and equity capital market transactions. James Howe is regularly engaged by private equity funds and financial investors in cross-border transactions. Amy Mahon has a particular focus on energy and infrastructure work. Promoted to partner  in January 2023 are other key lawyers Lucy Gillett and Christopher Vallance. Public company takeover and private equity transaction specialist Adam Signy is also well-regarded in the market.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ben Spiers

Autres avocats clés:

Geoffrey Bailhache; Clare Gaskell; James Howe; Amy Mahon; Lucy Gillett; Adam Signy; Christopher Vallance

Les références

‘James Howe and the team at STB are incredibly talented lawyers and trusted advisors to our firm. They provide excellent client service, replying to virtually all emails and requests immediately and produce error-free work on a consistent basis.’

‘The team has great experience and deep industry knowledge. The individuals are personable to work with as well as being effective and reliable.’

‘Extremely intelligent and thoughtful teams, from associates through partners. STB differentiates itself by not only exceling at its core function, but also by playing quarterback on M&A deals for all legal and tax/structuring workstreams.’

Principaux clients

Apax Partners

Astorg Asset Management, S.à r.l.

BC Partners



Bruin Sports Capital

The Carlyle Group

CBRE Group, Inc.

CVC Capital Partners

EQT International Holdings B.V.

Garda World Security Corporation

Global Infrastructure Partners

HIG Capital

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

Lone Star Funds

Melrose Industries PLC

Oakley Capital


Silver Lake Partners

Vista Equity Partners

Viridor Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Apax Partners LLP in connection with the acquisition, together with Warburg Pincus LLC, of T-Mobile Netherlands Holding from Deutsche Telekom AG and Tele2 AB.
  • Represented Baring Private Equity Asia in its acquisition by EQT.
  • Assisted with the sale by a consortium including Blackstone, an affiliate of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, an affiliate of GIC Special Investments Pte. Ltd. and Thomson Reuters of an approximate 4% interest in London Stock Exchange Group plc to Microsoft Corporation.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Routinely instructed by blue-chip corporate clients and lauded for their cross-border transactional abilities, the wide-ranging corporate practice at Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP is noted for its depth of experience supporting clients with public and private M&A, boardroom advice, hostile takeover defence strategies, corporate governance and equity capital markets matters. Natural resources and energy sector dealmaker, David Avery-Gee , regularly advises listed clients on joint ventures, capital raisings and M&A, with recent highlights including assisting Glencore with the sale of the CSA copper mine in Australia. Co-heading the team with Avery-Gee is London head Michael Francies . Focusing on the infrastructure space is Murray Cox , who is praised for his experience in international M&A transactions, corporate governance and public company bids. Bolstering the practice with her public and private M&A, joint venture, corporate restructuring and equity market capabilities across a vast range of industries and two years’ experience as a senior case officer at the Takeover Panel is  new arrival Sarah Flaherty, who joined from Linklaters LLP in March 2023.

Responsables de la pratique:

David Avery-Gee; Michael Francies

Autres avocats clés:

Murray Cox; Sarah Flaherty

Les références

‘The team is extremely knowledgeable and results oriented. They demonstrate excellent collaboration with other advisors and the company. They have a strong knowledge and understanding of the company’s objectives and interests. This is easily among the finest law firms we have used. David Avery-Gee is a lawyer that stands out.’

‘A fantastic team that works brilliantly together. The team offers an outstanding product, client service and speed of delivery.’

‘David Avery-Gee is the most responsive partner I have ever worked with. He is very technically capable and delivers a fantastic service.’

Principaux clients




MGM Resorts


Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.




Soul Foods Group

Nissin Foods


Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Eutelsat and its board on the all-share combination of Eutelsat and OneWeb.
  • Advised Glencore on the sale of one of Australia’s oldest copper mines, the CSA copper mine in Cobar, New South Wales, and on the establishment of a strategic partnership with listed US company Li-Cycle Holdings Corp.
  • Advised MGM Resorts International on its $607 million acquisition of LeoVegas AB, a listed Swedish online gaming company.

Baker McKenzie

Noted for its extensive international network, the ‘extremely professional’ lawyers at Baker McKenzie are ‘experts with superb subject knowledge,’ who advise across a range of high-end and multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions, including public, private and divestments. The team’s client roster features the likes of GSK, Unilever and S&P Global. The trio of lawyers leading the London corporate team include: Jane Hobson, private M&A lead and head of the global transactions healthcare group; Helen Bradley, who offers Takeover Code acumen and corporate finance expertise, particularly in relation to M&A, governance and equity capital markets; and Jannan Crozier, who regularly advises on complex M&A such as carve out transactions. Co-heading the consumer goods and retail industry group is David Scott, while Melanie Howard regularly assists healthcare and financial institutions, particularly in relation to regulatory and supply chain issues. The ‘phenomenal lawyer’ Ash Tiwari is also a key player in the team.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jane Hobson; Helen Bradley; Jannan Crozier

Autres avocats clés:

David Scott; Melanie Howard; Ash Tiwari

Les références

‘In my view Baker McKenzie is one of the more forward thinking law firms and definitely the most global. The firm helps clients overcome the challenges of competing in the global economy through a new type of thinking and a different mindset. Lawyers in the firm are extremely professional experts with superb subject knowledge. They deal with the client and transaction with a pragmatic approach, with an intent to successfully close the deal without any failure. They understand the importance of the deal and its value to the client. Their strength is their ability to solve complex legal problems by collaborating across borders and practice areas, using transformative technology, and dealing with people with empathy.’

‘Ash Tiwari  is a phenomenal lawyer with deep expertise in corporate M&A law, in conjunction with deep knowledge in taxation and technology.  She and her team provided advice throughout the entire process, from the start of negotiations to the completion of the transaction. Both her negotiation skills and expertise were a great asset to the progress and outcome of the transaction. Moreover she is very reliable and responds to queries and emails in a timely manner and assists with various queries and concerns with the utmost precision.  We recommend Ash to everyone who is looking for a sophisticated and well-educated global corporate lawyer.’

‘Jannan Crozier was excellent. What attracted me to them in the first place was their use of technology, which made obtaining information on status and progress seamless.’

Principaux clients






Colt Technology

Emerson Electric Co.


S&P Global

Georgia Capital

QinetiQ Group plc

Embracer Group

Coats Group plc

Baker Hughes

BDT Capital







Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Celanese, the global specialty chemicals company, on the acquisition of DuPont’s Mobility & Materials business for approximately USD 11 billion.
  • Advised Suez and Suez UK on the sale of Suez UK’s waste-management services business from Veolia Environnement SA, firstly to Macquarie and then subsequently to its former owner, Suez S.A.
  • Advising Sika on its EUR 5.5 billion acquisition of MBCC from Lonestar.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Advising across a range of transactions including M&A, joint ventures, disposals and entity formations, the ‘truly full service global law firm,’ Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has recently acted on international matters spanning countries including Brazil, India, the UK and Portugal. Working with large multinational clients, financial institutions and asset managers, the practice is led by the ‘noteworthy’ Tihir Sarkar, who is well-versed in transactional work for corporates and sovereign wealth funds, especially in the context of emerging markets. Nallini Puri is a standout lawyer in the team, offering clients ‘excellent support’ and specialist advice across a range of matters including franchising, M&A, joint ventures, corporate governance and securities. The team has been strengthened by the arrivals of public M&A partner  Nick Rumsby, who joined from Linklaters LLP in February 2023, and Ian Shawyer, who previously headed Travers Smith LLP’s private equity and financial sponsors practice before joining Cleary in May 2023.  Associate Dan Tierney is another key lawyer, with a broad practice advising buyers and sellers.

Responsables de la pratique:

Tihir Sarkar

Autres avocats clés:

Nallini Puri; Nick Rumsby; Ian Shawyer; Dan Tierney; Jim Ho; Jonathan Griggs; Chris Gollop

Les références

‘Truly a full-service global law firm that has supported the company in capital market transactions, largescale M&A and other corporate matters. The firm’s ability to coordinate seamlessly across multiple jurisdictions involving complex cross-border matters makes this firm a standout among other firms.’

‘Dan Tierney, Jim Ho and Jonathan Griggs have been standouts for this firm. Their tireless efforts and ability to handle extremely complex M&A and capital market financing, which included cross-border regulatory approvals, has demonstrated why Cleary is our trusted law firm partner on all material matters.’

‘A strong bench with capable lawyers across key jurisdictions. They consistently provide a high level of service and have the capability to deal with complexity.’

Principaux clients


GSK plc

Goldman Sachs

Cerberus Capital Management

Johnson Controls

Veolia Environment


Tempur Sealy International Inc.

British International Investment (part of the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office)

Cascade Investment L.L.C. (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)


Grupo Bimbo UK Limited

WillScot Mobile Mini

KBR Inc.

CI&T Inc


Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board

Schibsted ASA


Atalian Holding Development and Strategy

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing OpenText in its recommended offer to acquire the entire issued and to-be-issued share capital of Micro Focus International PLC.
  • Advised GSK plc on the U.S. aspects of the separation of its consumer healthcare business into a standalone business held by Haleon plc.
  • Representing Goldman Sachs in its capacity as a shareholder in ReNew Power, in a sale of shares in Renew to Canadian Pension Fund Investment Board.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

The ‘highly skilled professionals’ at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher have a diverse client roster that features financial institutions, global private equity funds, UK plcs and US conglomerates. With a comprehensive sector focus across the infrastructure, financial services, technology, healthcare, life sciences, energy and real estate industries, the highly experienced firm-wide corporate bench is led by Robert Little and Saee Muzumdar , who are based in Dallas and New York respectively. In London, Wim De Vlieger offers significant experience in strategic cross-border M&A and capital market transactions, while Federico Fruhbeck focuses on M&A across Europe and Latin America, particularly in the ESG, infrastructure and real assets space. Mark Sperotto has a broad practice covering all aspects of corporate, private equity and investments work, with expertise in the UK and Italian markets and across the retail, leisure, gaming and e-commerce sectors. Dual qualified as a barrister and solicitor, Selina Sagayam is well-versed in corporate matters involving the City Code, joint ventures, and corporate governance. Private equity M&A lawyers Alice Brogi and Amar Madhani are also noted.

Responsables de la pratique:

Robert Little; Saee Muzumdar

Autres avocats clés:

Wim De Vlieger; Federico Fruhbeck; Mark Sperotto; Selina Sagayam; Alice Brogi; Amar Madhani

Les références

‘The team consists of highly skilled professionals who possess deep industry knowledge and expertise in M&A. They have successfully handled a complex M&A transaction for us  and have a proven track record of achieving favourable outcomes for their clients.’

Principaux clients

Quidel Corporation

Brown-Forman Corporation

American Airlines

Gamma Biosciences

Accurus Aerospace


Helios Towers plc

The Hut Group

AT&T Inc.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Praised by clients as a ‘top international law firm with an outstanding ability,’ the corporate, M&A and securities team at Norton Rose Fulbright  handles cross-border M&A transactions for clients  in sectors such as financial services, technology, energy and healthcare. Practice head Raj Karia is well-placed to advise international corporations and investment banks on M&A, joint ventures and restructuring in the natural resources and energy sectors. Paul Whitelock who co-chairs the public M&A group, and Kit McCarthy are recommended for expertise in Main Market and AIM takeovers, and both of whom were previously seconded to the Takeover Panel. Corporate practitioner Alan Bainbridge specialises in advising banks and other financial institutions. Handling listed company work across a range of sectors is Fiona Millington , while Christopher (Chris) Grieves, a joint venture and public and private M&A expert, demonstrates particular capabilities in emerging markets and energy, infrastructure, mining and industrials. Stephen Rigby is another name to note, highly regarded for his equity investment and M&A advice in the energy, infrastructure and utilities sectors. Associate Zahra Sachedina is also recommended.



Responsables de la pratique:

Raj Karia

Autres avocats clés:

Paul Whitelock; Alan Bainbridge; Fiona Millington; Christopher (Chris) Grieves; Stephen Rigby; Zahra Sachedina

Les références

‘NRF is a top international law firm with an outstanding ability to provide legal advice aiming to achieve the client’s goals. They have a strategic view and are very aligned to dealmakers. Their team is very technical and have a high sense of collaboration.’

Principaux clients


Bank of Montreal

Barrick Gold

BHP Billiton


BP plc


CME Group

Delta Air Lines


Lloyds Banking Group


Orange SA

Rio Tinto


SNC-Lavalin Group

Teliasonera AB

Terra Firma Capital Partners




DVB Bank

Modern Times Group (MTG)

Enerflex Ltd

Mr. Jisheng Gao

BMO Financial Group

Equatorial Energia SA

Coca-Cola HBC

Kerry Group plc



Sandvik AB

Goldman Sachs & J.P. Morgan

B of A Securities

RBC Capital Markets


Charles Stanley Group plc

Restore plc

Good Energy

Principaux dossiers

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Heading up the mergers and acquisitions offering at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in London is a trio of lawyers including: managing partner and co-head of private equity group, Richard Pollack; Ben Perry, who attracts praise for his wide-ranging expertise in corporate transactions; and ‘stand-out’ partner Jeremy Kutner , who services family offices, global companies, private equity and sovereign wealth funds on investments across sectors including fintech and food and beverages. Concentrating on complex and high-profile transactions, like 2022's $4.4bn acquisition by Emirates Telecommunications Group of a stake in Vodafone group, the team has a strong corporate and financial institutions client base, including the likes of Goldman Sachs and Stellantis.

Responsables de la pratique:

Richard Pollack; Ben Perry; Jeremy Kutner

Autres avocats clés:

Vanessa Blackmore; Oderisio de Vito Piscicelli; Anna Chirou; Priyanka Butani

Les références

‘The S&C London team advised us on a complicated acquisition. They successfully managed collaborations among all of the relevant parties in different countries and different time zones. The team was willing to assist and educate local counsels. They were all quite responsive and went out of their way to support us on the matter.’

‘Jeremy Kutner showed stand-out leadership.’

‘Jeremy Kutner and Priyanka Butani consistently provide first class, expert advice and counsel. They are reliable and responsive.’

Principaux dossiers

Travers Smith LLP

Instructed by several FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies, private equity firms and financial sponsors across a range of sectors including infrastructure, financial services, wealth management and technology, the corporate M&A and ECM practice at Travers Smith LLP has recently been involved in big ticket billion-pound matters including public takeovers, group combinations, acquisitions and investments. Uniquely placed as a result of its dedicated listed company advisory team and its ‘best friends’ cross-border strategy, the team is led by: Spencer Summerfield, a highly experienced corporate lawyer with a broad practice; Andrew Gillen, a public and private M&A lawyer with particular knowledge of FCA listing and disclosure rules, Prospectus rules, AIM rules and the Takeover Code; and head of the private equity and financial sponsors group, Lucie Cawood. Richard Spedding operates a domestic and cross border practice and assists a range of clients in the listed environment and is reputed for his Takeover Code expertise. Adrian West heads up the retail sector group and is known for his advice on IPOs, equity capital markets and M&A. Tom Coulter is well-versed in mergers, disposals and equity fundraisings. Former private equity head Ian Shawyer  joined Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton  in London.

Responsables de la pratique:

Spencer Summerfield; Andrew Gillen; Lucie Cawood

Autres avocats clés:

Richard Spedding; Adrian West; Tom Coulter

Les références

‘The Travers corporate team are smart, nimble and extremely practical.’

‘Spencer Summerfield is a master of knowing how to solve even the hardest of problems.’

Principaux clients

Foresight Group


McColl’s Retail Group

Distribution Finance Capital







Peel Hunt



Arden Partners

Deutsche Bank

J.P Morgan


Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Brewin Dolphin on its recommended £1.6bn takeover by RBC Wealth Management.
  • Advised Noble Corporation on its redomicile to the UK and combination with Danish-listed company Maersk Drilling.
  • Advised insurance brokerage firm Brown & Brown, Inc. on the acquisition of independent insurance intermediary Global Risk Partners, a large independent insurance intermediaries in the UK.

White & Case LLP

Working on UK, European and global deals out of its London office, the corporate M&A team at White & Case LLP has ‘excellent skills in M&A and premium deals.’ The team regularly handles public company and financial services M&A, as well as technology transactions and investments for multinationals, banks, financial sponsors, UK plcs and hedge funds, across a range of sectors including energy and natural resources, mining and metals and pharmaceuticals.  Philip Broke, a corporate finance and high-end M&A expert, heads the team, which also includes Allan Taylor, who often advises clients in the natural resources sector. Shareholder activism specialist Tom Matthews is another key player in the team, alongside recently made up partner Sonica Tolani, who offers experience in Takeover Code and listing rule transactions across all industry sectors. The ‘extraordinary’ Hyder Jumabhoy, co-heads the financial services M&A practice, assisting with restructurings, disposals, joint ventures and business integrations. With a specialism in the technology sector, cross-border M&A lawyer Ian Ivory joined the team from BCLP in January 2023, and experienced public M&A specialist Patrick Sarch joined the firm from Hogan Lovells International LLP in February 2024. Dominic Ross left to join Clifford Chance LLP’s corporate department in October 2022.

Responsables de la pratique:

Philip Broke

Autres avocats clés:

Allan Taylor; Tom Matthews; Sonica Tolani; Hyder Jumabhoy; Ian Ivory; David Lewis; Richard Wilson; Patrick Sarch

Les références

‘The White & Case LLP team has excellent skills in M&A and premium deals. They are also strong in providing creative and workable solutions to unique/ first-time problems facing deals.’

‘The partners at White & Case are very knowledgeable and accessible. They work closely with clients to solve problems and push deals to completion.’

‘Given its size, W&C is in a position to advise on all legal matters related to an M&A transaction. We very much appreciated that one partner, Hyder Jumabhoy, coordinated everything but the entire staff was extremely friendly and helpful. W&C is a large law firm yet we found we were in a personal environment.’

Principaux clients

Avast PLC

Brookfield Infrastructure



Seplat Energy Plc

Triton Investment Management Limited

Derco Group


Nostrum Oil & Gas plc


Antin Infrastructure



Ocean Outdoor

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented Avast plc, the FTSE 100 global leader in digital security and privacy, on its US$9.2 billion merger with NortonLifeLock.
  • Represented Brookfield Infrastructure in connection with its £4.08 billion recommended offer for HomeServe plc, a home repairs and emergency services group with businesses across the UK, US, Europe and Asia.

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Offering extensive experience advising on listings, takeovers and international public and private M&A, the M&A team at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, consists of both English and US qualified lawyers. It is headed up by Will Pearce, who regularly advises investment banking, private equity and corporate clients, and who specialises in takeover work and securities offerings. Corporate finance and capital markets specialist Dan Hirschovits offers significant knowledge of market practice and rules in relation to UK listed company transactions and corporate governance. Advising on Chinese investments into Europe, counsel William Tong has a broad practice covering M&A, early-stage and growth equity investments, restructuring and joint ventures across a range of industries including financial services, consumer retail and fintech. Also offering strong capabilities in Takeover Code work is counsel Joseph Scrace.

Responsables de la pratique:

Will Pearce

Autres avocats clés:

Dan Hirschovits; William Tong; Joseph Scrace

Principaux clients




BDT Capital Partners


Comcast Corporation

Corsair Capital

Ding (




Lightyear Capital





NewMed Energy

Nuvei Corporation


Reliance Industries

SS&C Technologies




Viva Wallet

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Viva Wallet on the acquisition by J.P. Morgan of an ownership stake of around 49% in Viva Wallet.
  • Advised Atairos on its $580 million take private of Ocean Outdoor.
  • Advised Gilead Sciences on its $405 million acquisition of MiroBio.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Described by clients as a ‘very commercial’ team with ‘high-level knowledge’,  the corporate practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP is well-placed to advise blue chip clients including financial institutions and listed companies on corporate policies, M&A transactions of all types and sizes and ESG matters. With particular strengths in the life sciences and healthcare, financial services, insurance, real estate, energy and industrials and fintech and TMT industries, the team also offers specialist knowledge in emerging markets and on competition and NSI and tax matters. Focusing on the African market, global co-head of the energy and natural resources sector group, Sarah Shaw, acts on a range of matters for corporates, private equity and infrastructure funds on public takeovers, joint ventures, restructurings, acquisitions, and disposals. Nicola Evans, global head of insurance, is often sought out by boards of listed companies to assist with a range of corporate insurance matters. Generalist M&A practitioner Tom Brassington regularly advises clients in the TMT and life sciences arena, while John Connell assists listed companies, banks, financial investors and insurance companies with M&A and disposals. Former co-head Ben Higson left the practice in December 2022, while former co-head Patrick Sarch left the team in February 2024.

Autres avocats clés:

Sarah Shaw; Nicola Evans; Tom Brassington; John Connell; Peter Watts; Jonathan Russell; Anthony Doolittle

Les références

‘Great service and knowledgeable team on market practice , with good advice on approaches with added commercial edge.’

‘Very good technical skills and they use their high-level knowledge, skills and experience in a very practical manner. Very commercial team that applies legal rules and knowledge to provide a solutions-oriented approach in complex legal matters.’

‘Anthony Doolittle is excellent in substantial law advice and has led the various teams in complex transactions. He is also always approachable with his concise advice.’

Principaux clients

Internet Mobile Communications Limited

Shaftesbury PLC

Clipper Logistics plc

PerkinElmer, Inc.

Tetra Tech, Inc.

ITV plc

AEG Europe


LHV UK Limited

Sojitz Corporation

SMS Group Plc

Global Ports Holding Plc

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised FTSE-250 listed Shaftesbury PLC and its board on its recommended £5bn all-share merger with FTSE-250 listed Capital & Counties Properties PLC.
  • Advised London- listed Clipper Logistics plc on its recommended c.£1bn cash and shares takeover offer by GXO Logistics, Inc.
  • Advised PerkinElmer, Inc., a global life sciences and diagnostics company, on the US$2.45bn sale of its applied, food and enterprise services businesses to New Mountain Capital, a growth-oriented investment firm.

Jones Day

Described by those who turn to the team for advice as ‘client focused,’ the lawyers in the corporate team at Jones Day act for domestic and multinational companies and offer strong capabilities in M&A and venture capital, as well as UK public takeovers and private equity transactions. Co-heading the practice are Giles Elliott, whose client roster features companies, sponsors and financial institutions, the ‘highly experienced and very competent’ Leon Ferera, who handles a range of corporate transactions including M&A, joint ventures and public takeover offers, and Vica Irani, who counsels public companies on governance matters and focuses on multijurisdictional deals across various industries. William McDonald has significant experience in public and private M&A and corporate finance transactions, while Julian Runnicles is also recommended.

Responsables de la pratique:

Giles Elliott; Leon Ferera; Vica Irani

Autres avocats clés:

William McDonald; Julian Runnicles; Mathis Bredimus

Les références

‘Provide quick, to the point practical solutions based on in-depth knowledge. Able to provide services in several jurisdictions from different offices with the same level of quality with one single contact. They have a very good understanding of their client, its business and its needs and are proactive with the provision of advice.’

‘The team is very client focused, their availability is excellent and the experience closing the deal is world class.’

‘Leon Ferera is highly experienced and very competent with a good understanding of clients’ technical matters and issues. He is structured and pragmatic, coordinating and leading his team effectively. Besides all of this, he is a very pleasant person to work with. Mathis Bredimus is very proactive, to the point, always available, flexible, pragmatic, providing quick and sound advice.’

Principaux clients

Sun Communities

Macquarie Asset Management

Berry Global Group

American Industrial Partners Capital Fund VI LP

Koch Industries


Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC


J.F. Lehman & Company


FleetCor Technologies, Inc.

Avient Corporation

Principaux dossiers


Offering a service that advises across European M&A and private equity, the London corporate practice at Milbank often handles matters in the aviation, energy and infrastructure space as well as private equity and growth equity transactions. Significantly strengthening its bench, the team added Dickson Minto WS’s London private equity team to its ranks in March 2023. Advising FTSE 100, Fortune 250, financial institutions, infrastructure funds and energy companies, Lisa O’Neill, co-heads the team and handles a wide range of corporate and M&A transactions. Also heading up the team is former Kirkland & Ellis International LLP  private equity specialist Andrej Wolf  with fellow buyout specialist , Jordan Simpson, who joined from Dickson Minto, also playing a key role. Former co-chair Mark Stamp retired in January 2023 and is now a consulting partner.

Responsables de la pratique:

Lisa O’Neill; Andrej Wolf; Jordan Simpson

Autres avocats clés:

Mark Stamp

Principaux clients

SKY Leasing

Fortress Investment Group

Maverick Aviation Partnership LP (an investment vehicle managed by Carlyle Aviation Partners)

Sun European Partners

Summit Partners



Cerberus European Investments, LLC

Varde Partners Europe Limited, Teide Ltd and Mulhacen Pte Ltd

Nebras Power

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised SKY, an aviation leasing company and service provider, on the sale by Sky Fund I, LP of Sky Fund I Irish, Ltd. and its subsidiaries to Dubai Aerospace Enterprise Ltd.
  • Advised Fortress and certain of its managed funds on the sale to Chorus Aviation Inc. of Falko Regional Aircraft Limited, together with other asset owning entities managed by Falko, in a transaction valued at approximately US$855 million.

Paul Hastings LLP

Praised by clients as being ‘excellent on the legal detail, but also strong on commercial perspective’, the ‘ultra-responsive’ team at Paul Hastings LLP adopts a ‘highly commercial approach’ and offers ‘deep sector specific expertise’ and the ability to lead on complex and high-end transactions. Increasingly active on public M&A deals following a period of expansion, the team is also well-versed in private M&A on behalf of trade, strategic and private equity buyers and joint ventures. Noted as ‘the best commercial and corporate lawyer’ by one client, team head Matthew Poxon has ‘an encyclopaedic knowledge of black letter law.’ Joint-head with Poxon is hihgly regarded former Linklaters LLP partner, Jessamy Gallagher, who joined in January 2023 and specialises in international public and private M&A in the real assets, infrastructure and energy space. With a particular focus on UAE-based institutions and handling transformational public and private M&A transactions is David Prowse . Other changes at the firm include the departure of Garrett Hayes to McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP, the exit of former global co-managing partner Ronan O’Sullivan and the departure of infrastructure-focused Steven Bryan.

Responsables de la pratique:

Matthew Poxon; Jessamy Gallagher

Autres avocats clés:

David Prowse

Les références

‘The Paul Hastings team takes a highly commercial approach to deals. Their deep sector specific expertise enables them to cut through the most complex legal matters quickly allowing for expedient and efficient deployment of resources. The team is extremely available, meaning that turnaround is quick and highly reactive to what can often be highly fluid circumstances.’

‘Matthew Poxon is extremely knowledgeable, with deep sector specific expertise. What differentiates him from competitors is his commercial acumen, which enables his clients to quickly and efficiently drive to tangible action. Matthew is extremely available which allows for a highly reactive response to what can often be a highly fluid environment.’

‘Very strong in large complex cross-border corporate transactions, including M&A, investments and joint ventures.’

Principaux clients

City Football Group

PineBridge Benson Elliot

Group 42

Symphony Technology Group

Cipriani Holdings

Heritage Group

Abercrombie & Kent

International Holding Company




The Office Group

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised on the acquisition by Symphony Technology Group, a California-based private equity firm, of the commodities business of Brady Technologies Group, a global trading, risk and logistics software provider for the energy sector.
  • Advised on the investment by G42 Investments AI Holding limited in NASDAQ-listed vTv Therapeutics Inc involving the acquisition of Class A Common Stock in vTv.
  • Advised Theta Bidco Limited, a newly-incorporated company owned by International Holding Company and Tasheel, on its acquisition of Arena Events Group plc by way of scheme of arrangement.


The ‘professional, responsive and business orientated’ team at Akin has a client roster that features global corporates and financial institutions. Known for its presence in emerging markets, the team is well-versed in advising on investment portfolio matters for fund clients including complex and high-value multi-jurisdictional transactions. Leading the team are a trio of lawyers including Sebastian Rice, whose practice involves M&A, equity capital markets and private equity, the ‘very commercial’ Shaun Lascelles, also co-head of the firm’s project and energy transition practice, and the ‘excellent’ Gavin Weir, who has ‘deep knowledge of the market’ particularly in relation to financial services, technology and life sciences M&A. Focusing on both private equity and M&A transactions is Simon Rootsey, particularly across the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, while public and private M&A practitioner Harry Keegan, who is an expert in takeovers, is highly knowledgeable about corporate transactions from a financial advisor’s perspective. Weyinmi Popo left the firm in March 2023 to join ASAFO & Co.

Responsables de la pratique:

Sebastian Rice; Shaun Lascelles; Gavin Weir

Autres avocats clés:

Simon Rootsey; Harry Keegan; Jing Ng

Les références

‘Very professional, responsive and business orientated.’

‘Gavin Weir is an excellent professional, with deep knowledge of the market, very responsive and with business sense.’

‘I have worked with Akin Gump on M&A transactions for many years and find their work of very high quality. The M&A teams are always very well staffed with a combination of partners and associates.’

Principaux clients

Vitol/VIP Blue

Alpha Bank

Piraeus Bank

Olin Corporation



Online Payments Group

Southbridge Advisers


Polus Capital Management

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised VIP II Blue B.V, a wholly owned subsidiary of Vitol Investment Partnership II Ltd (VIP II), in its $2.3 billion takeover of Vivo Energy Plc.
  • Advised Olin Corporation on its global strategic alliance with Mitsui & Co., Ltd known as the Blue Water Alliance with a deal enterprise value of over $1 billion.
  • Advised Piraeus Bank on the first of its kind sale of its Merchant Acquiring Unit to the global payments specialist Euronet Worldwide and the formation of a long-term strategic partnership between Piraeus Bank and Euronet Worldwide.

Dechert LLP

The ‘experienced’ lawyers in the corporate and securities team at Dechert LLP regularly advise on domestic and cross border transactions in industries such as financial services, life sciences and healthcare and TMT. Practice co-chair Christopher Field has significant experience working on cross-border corporate carve-outs,  IPOs, acquisitions and disposals. Co-heading the team with Field is Adam Levin whose client base consists of high-net-worth individuals, international corporations and private equity firms. Highly praised in the market is US-qualified Douglas Getter . Ross Montgomery and Sam Whittaker are other key lawyers.

Responsables de la pratique:

Christopher Field; Adam Levin

Autres avocats clés:

Douglas Getter; Ross Montgomery; Sam Whittaker

Les références

‘Experienced, courteous, patient, able to anticipate critical situations and fair-minded – these are but some of the qualities that make the team at Dechert stand out.’

‘The team has good skills, very good knowledge of the business, great flexibility and excellent engagement.’

‘Doug Getter and Ross Montgomery are experienced M&A lawyers and great partners for our business. They are truly collaborative and take pride in getting the correct lawyers for each matter we need whether it is tax, employment, capital markets or governance.’

Principaux clients

Bentley Systems

BXR Group

Chiesi Farmaceutici S.p.A

Connexa Sports Technologies, Inc.

Davies Group


Hellenic Telecommunications Organization, S.A. (OTE)

Iconix Brand Group, Inc.

Kinross Gold Corporation

Phoenix Insurance Company

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised GIC, the sovereign wealth fund of Singapore, as part of an investment consortium, on its US$16 billion take-private acquisition of a media analytics company.
  • Advised GIC, as part of a consortium led by Blackstone that includes GIC and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, on the consortium’s partial sale of a 4% stake in London Stock Exchange Group plc (LSEG) to Microsoft and its share buyback by the LSEG.
  • Advised Chiesi Farmaceutici S.p.A., a global pharmaceutical company headquartered in Italy, on its US$1.48 billion acquisition of Amryt Pharma plc by way of an English scheme of arrangement.

Mayer Brown International LLP

Operating across various sectors, the ‘super-efficient, unflappable’ and ‘great’ lawyers at Mayer Brown International LLP have experience handling a range of M&A transactions including asset and share sales and purchases, joint ventures and leveraged buyouts. Heading up the practice is the ‘responsive, creative, solution focused and very commercial,’ Kate Ball-Dodd, who is regularly engaged by public companies and financial intermediaries for corporate governance, transactional, listing rules and Takeover Code expertise, and Perry Yam, who works with investors, management teams and investee companies. Corporate finance and transactional lawyer Richard Page and Rebecca Bothamley, who focuses on cross-border M&A and equity capital market transactions, are also recommended.

Responsables de la pratique:

Kate Ball-Dodd

Autres avocats clés:

Perry Yam; Richard Page; Rebecca Bothamley

Les références

‘Kate Ball-Dodd is very responsive, creative, solution focused and very commercial.’

‘The firm strives to have a fundamental understanding of your business and how it operates. This makes for a much better relationship and avoids unnecessary advice.’

‘As a cohort, the team I have dealt with are all super-efficient, unflappable and a pleasure to deal with. They are great lawyers while remaining human.’

Principaux clients

ARM Limited

The British Land Company plc

Klesch Group

Unilever plc

Mitie Group plc

Shearwater Group

M3 Capital Partners/Evergreen Extra MSA

VAALCO Energy, Inc,

Beazley plc


Principaux dossiers

  • Advised VAALCO Energy, an independent energy company, in its $307million stock-for-stock strategic business combination with TransGlobe Energy Corporation.
  • Advised Petronas on a proposed sale of assets in South Sudan for $1.25 billion.
  • Advised British Landon on the sale of a 75%  interest in its Paddington Central assets to Singaporean sovereign wealth fund GIC for £694 million, representing a gross asset value of £936 million.

Morrison Foerster

Hugely experienced and well-equipped in high value and cross-border technology M&A transactions, Morrison Foerster’s corporate team offers ‘hands on engagement, incisive advice and is commercial.’ Recent work has included mandates in the food and agricultural industries for clients including Tate & Lyle. London managing partner Andrew Boyd is a key lawyer in this team, regularly handling M&A, carve outs and minority equity investments, domestically and internationally. Offering deep expertise in the technology space, particularly in semiconductor and quantum computing industries is Gary Brown. Simon Arlington is active across all aspects of M&A and private equity, while Stuart Alford regularly advises European, Asian and US-based clients in general corporate advisory, investments and private equity. Partner Amit Kataria has joined King & Spalding LLP, while Dan Coppel joined Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath in September 2023.

Autres avocats clés:

Andrew Boyd; Gary Brown; Simon Arlington; Stuart Alford

Les références

‘The team offers hands on engagement, incisive advice, and is commercial. We worked with Gary Brown.’

‘They understand our business on a global scale and work hard to ensure staffing is appropriate. They are always available and very commercial.’

‘Gary Brown is extremely hard working and commercial.’

Principaux clients

SoftBank Group Corp.

SoftBank Vision Fund 2

Arm Limited

Tate & Lyle PLC

Axalta Coating Systems

Genius Sports Group Limited

Yoast BV

Cambridge Quantum (a subsidiary of Honeywell Group)

Imerys SA

Omya International AG




VNK Capital

Virgo Investment Group

CellPoint Digital

Ally Bridge Group

FLYR, Inc.



Principaux dossiers

  • Represented SoftBank Group Corp. and SoftBank Vision Fund in the proposed $65 billion sale of UK-headquartered multinational semiconductor and software design company Arm Limited to leading U.S. chip company NVIDIA.
  • Advised eBay in connection with its acquisition of KnownOrigin, a non-fungible token marketplace founded in 2018 in Manchester.
  • Advised SoftBank Group Corp. in connection with the combination of satellite companies Eutelsat and OneWeb, the low Earth orbit satellite communications company jointly owned by the UK Government and Bharti Global.

Proskauer Rose LLP

Routinely instructed by asset managers and sponsors on acquisitions and disposals, investments, public to private transactions and private equity deals  in the consumer, industrials, TMT and financial services space, the M&A team at Proskauer Rose LLP is led by Steven Davis, who focuses on buyouts, buy-ins and M&A for sponsors, management teams, public and private companies and financial institutions. Richard Bull and Andrew Wingfield are key members of a London tea that also includes Rebecca Villarreal. Tony Downes left to join Sidley Austin LLP.

Responsables de la pratique:

Steven Davis

Autres avocats clés:

Richard Bull; Andrew Wingfield; Rebecca Villarreal

Principaux clients



AnaCap Financial Partners


Charterhouse Capital Partners


Exponent Private Equity



Lion Capital

One Peak Partners

Pollen Street Capital

Rubicon Partners



Varde Partners

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented Tysers, a London-based Lloyd’s wholesale broker, on its sale to Australia’s AUB Group Limited for AU$800 million (approx. £500 million).
  • Advised Arkema Inc. on its agreement to acquire the performance-adhesives unit of Ashland Global Holdings Inc., in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $1.65 billion.
  • Acted as lead counsel to Enra Specialist Finance and its shareholders on its sale to Elliott Advisors (UK) Limited, an affiliate of Elliott Investment Management LP, of a global investment management company, for £350 million.

A&O Shearman

At the time of publication  Shearman & Sterling LLP is in advanced merger discussions with Allen & Overy. The US firm's London corporate team advises on acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures and private investments.  Practice head Paul Strecker is qualified to practice in England & Wales, New York, California and Hong Kong. Nick Withers and Maegen Morrison  are other key names in the practice. Former practice head Philip Cheveley quit for Sidley Austin LLP in early 2023.

Responsables de la pratique:

Paul Strecker

Autres avocats clés:

Nick Withers; Maegen Morrison

Principaux clients

Liberty Global

Anglo American

Esso Italiana S.R.L

Goldman Sachs

Kuwait Finance House KSCP

Elemental Holdings

Bank of America


EFG Hermes

JP Morgan

Circet (UK) Limited

VICE Media

General Electric

Global Transport Income Fund Master Partnership SCSp

Albemarle Corporation

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Liberty Global on its acquisition of 1,335,000,000 shares in Vodafone Group Plc representing 4.92% of the outstanding share capital (excluding treasury shares).
  • Assisted Anglo American on its combination with First Mode Holdings, Inc.
  • Advised Esso Italiana S.R.L a wholly owned subsidiary of ExxonMobil Group, which entered into a sale and purchase agreement for the disposal of Esso’s Italian downstream fuels business to Italiana Petroli S.P.A.

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP‘s City corporate team regularly advises on cross-border transactions in the insurance, energy and infrastructure sectors. The team benefits from the wider firm’s ‘global expertise’  and has been strengthened with several partner hires, including the addition of Philip Cheveley, former head of Shearman & Sterling LLP’s M&A practice for EMEA and Asia in February 2023. Cheveley, who was previously at Travers Smith, brings significant experience in public company takeovers, mergers, acquisitions and disposals. Practice head Thomas Thesing is a name to note in the team, which also includes James Wood, who handles international transactions and strategic initiatives. Robert Darwin is known for his transactional work with life sciences and healthcare corporations. Also noted in the market is Lyndsey Laverack, who is described by one client as ‘one of the best M&A and private equity lawyers.’ Counsel Ed Perry  has  a broad skillset, handling public takeovers, investments and private equity buyouts in highly regulated industries. Fatema Orjela departed the practice in April 2024.

Responsables de la pratique:

Thomas Thesing

Autres avocats clés:

Philip Cheveley; James Wood; Robert Darwin; Lyndsey Laverack; Ed Perry

Les références

‘Top tier corporate practice that have all the strings to their bow that any financial sponsor client requires from their trusted legal advisors. The talent amongst the Sidley team speaks for itself.’

‘Lyndsey Laverack is one of the best M&A and private equity lawyers with whom I have ever worked. While her current practice has a focus on corporate real estate, the breadth of her wider experience ensures she is well placed to advise on a wide range of complex corporate and private equity transactions.’

‘Subject matter experts who offer global expertise and can support in a wide range of areas.’

Principaux clients


Huma Therapeutics

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Colliers International Group

Judges Scientific

Perspectum Group Ltd.

Bank of Cyprus Holdings plc

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Westfield on the completion of its acquisition of the Lloyd’s of London operations of Argo Group International Holdings Ltd.
  • Assisted Bank of Cyprus Holdings plc with its response to unsolicited takeover proposals submitted by an affiliate of a fund advised by Lone Star.
  • Advised Huma Therapeutics on its acquisition of digital health platform AMAZE from AstraZeneca.