Public Takeovers and Mergers

We are a market leader in public takeovers and mergers and advise targets, bidders and financial advisers on UK and cross-border deals. We have experience in recommended and hostile bids as well as those that involve competing bidders.

We advise on:

  • strategically significant - we advised PTT Exploration and Production Company, Thailand's national petroleum exploration company, on its first takeover of a UK listed company
  • groundbreaking - we advised Greencore on its proposed merger with Northern Foods. This was the first time that the Cross-Border Merger Directive had been used for a merger under the UK City Code on Takeovers and Mergers

We have a good relationship with the Takeover Panel, the organisation that governs public takeovers in the UK.

Many of our largest takeovers and mergers have a financing element and our acquisition and leveraged finance lawyers can advise on complex, highly structured and leveraged deals.

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Our key experience includes advising:

Aegis on its recommended cash offer by Dentsu.

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.

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

British Airways on its merger with Iberia.

Charter on a recommended cash and share offer by Colfax Corporation.

Reckitt Benckiser on a recommended cash offer for SSL International.

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

Banco Santander on its recommended exchange offer for Alliance & Leicester.

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.

Akzo Nobel on a recommended cash offer for ICI.

Reuters Group on its combination with The Thomson Corporation - the first UK-Canadian dual listing.