John Papanichola

Joined firm 1997. Partner since 2006.

John has a broad corporate and corporate finance practice. He has particular experience in public and private M&A and equity capital markets.

John was seconded to Goldman Sachs in 2004 where he focused on equity capital markets and private equity matters.

Highlights include advising:

  • Royal Mail, esure, Ocado and Standard Life on their IPOs – each of which involved retail and institutional offers
  • esure on the demerger of and its takeover by Bain Capital
  • Ocado on its joint-venture arrangements with M&S, its sourcing and supply arrangements with Waitrose and on its 2019 convertible bond
  • Equinix Inc. on its acquisition, by way of public takeover, of Telecity Group plc
  • Rambus Inc. on the acquisition, and subsequent disposal, of Smart Card Software Limited
  • HM Treasury on a number of aspects of HM Government’s bank recovery plan, including Bradford & Bingley, the Icelandic banks and its injections of capital into RBS, Lloyds and HBOS
  • Ørsted on its disposal of a 50% interest in the 659MW Walney Extension offshore wind farm, on the UK regulatory aspects of its IPO, on its acquisition of Shell Gas Direct and on its disposal of its CCGT power station at Severn
  • Centrica on its offshore wind farm joint ventures and on its acquisition, by way of public takeover, of Venture Production plc
  • Trafigura on the disposal of a stake in its Impala business and related joint venture arrangements

John has been included in The Lawyer's ‘Hot 100’ lawyers list, the 'Corporate/M&A: High-end capability' section of Chambers UK and the 'Equity Capital Markets: UK capability' section of The Legal 500.