Joined firm: 1980
Partner since: 1989
- One Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8YY
Charles has a broadly-based corporate practice, which has encompassed mergers and acquisitions; energy-related matters; and public sector work, most recently in relation to financial stability and bank restructuring.
Highlights include advising:
- HM Treasury on a range of assignments arising from the credit crunch, including Northern Rock; Bradford & Bingley; the Icelandic banks; the recapitalisation of the banking sector, including the investment of up to £45 billion in shares of RBS and £23 billion in shares of the merged Lloyds/HBOS; and the Asset Protection Scheme
- Centrica on its takeover of Venture Production
Apollo Management on the acquisition of Countrywide
Cairn India on its restructuring and IPO
Bertelsmann on the sale of BMG Music Publishing Group to Universal Music Group
RWE on its sale of Thames Water Holdings plc to Kemble Water Limited
HM Government on the restructuring and disposal of British Energy
Aviva on its acquisition of RAC
HM Government on the privatisations of British Gas and the electricity industry in England and Wales
Charles is listed as a leading individual in the 'Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability' section of the Chambers Europe, 2012 and Chambers UK, 2013 and for 'Corporate/M&A' in Chambers Global, 2012. He is also listed for 'Administrative & Public Law: Public Sector Law & Governance' and 'Energy & Natural Resources: Power' in Chambers UK, 2013.
He speaks French and fluent German.
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