Mergers and Acquisitions

We advise leading UK and overseas companies on all aspects of buying and selling companies and businesses, often involving a cross-border element. We have unrivalled credentials and are tier 1 in the 2018 and 2019 editions of Chambers, Legal 500, IFLR1000 and Who’s Who Legal for M&A in the UK, China, Asia, and Europe and in the top tiers of the league table legal rankings published by Bloomberg, Mergermarket and Thomson Reuters. Many of our partners are in the elite leading lawyers guides for corporate and M&A in the UK and Asia.

Many of our M&A deals have a global dimension and we work closely with leading local counsel to provide the best expertise and contacts for each transaction.

We advise buyers, sellers and financial advisers on both public and private mergers and acquisitions, and private equity buyers on private equity financed deals.

We deliver the full range of services which apply to an M&A transaction working in multi-disciplinary teams with lawyers from our specialist groups.

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The service is excellent. You can't fault the intellectual rigour, the quality of the advice is good and there's great depth. Chambers UK, 2016

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Our key experience includes advising:

Cable & Wireless Communications on its recommended takeover by Liberty Global

Alibaba on its acquisition of the media business of SCMP

Royal Dutch Shell on its recommended cash and share offer for BG Group

General Electric on its offer to acquire the Thermal, Renewables and Grid businesses of Alstom

GlaxoSmithKline on its three-part multi-jurisdictional transaction with Novartis

Songbird Estates in respect of the unsolicited cash offer made for Songbird by Qatar Investment Authority and Brookfield Property Partners

Autonomy, the UK's largest software company, on a recommended cash offer by Hewlett-Packard.

PTT Exploration and Production Company on its competing offer for Cove Energy.

Diageo on its acquisition of up to 53.4% in United Spirits Limited, the leading spirits company in India.

Aviva on the sale of RAC, the UK's second largest roadside assistance provider.

Santander UK on its agreement to acquire parts of the banking businesses of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group which are carried out through its RBS branches in England and Wales and its Natwest branches in Scotland.

Unilever on the sale of Sanex and purchase from Colgate-Palmolive of its laundry detergent brands in Colombia.

Cadbury on the defence of a hostile share and cash offer by Kraft Foods.

British Airways on its merger with Iberia.

Resolution on the acquisition of the AXA UK Life Business.

HM Treasury on the transfer of Northern Rock and Bradford & Bingley into public ownership; sale of Bradford & Bingley’s UK and Isle of Man retail business and branch network; and the significant investment in RBS and Lloyds Banking Group.

Prudential on a proposed combination with AIA Group which would have created the leading life insurer in Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines.

BHP Billiton on the all share offers for Rio Tinto - the first ever hostile bid for a dual listed company by a dual listed company.