Rob has broad corporate and corporate finance experience, with a focus on public takeovers, international private M&A and equity capital markets. He also co-headed our Tech Transactions Group.
Highlights include advising:
- RSA Insurance Group plc on its £7.2bn recommended cash offer by a consortium of Intact Financial Corporation and Tryg A/S, and on the sale of its operations in the Baltics and Poland
- Royal Dutch Shell plc in relation to its £50bn recommended cash and share offer for BG Group plc
- GKN plc on its defence against a share and cash unsolicited offer by Melrose Industries plc, including its proposed combination of its automotive business with Dana Inc
- Compagnie Financière Richemont on various matters, including its offer to acquire Italian-listed Yoox Net-a-Porter Group, its global strategic partnerships with Alibaba Group and Farfetch, its acquisition of Watchfinder.co.uk and the listing of Reinet Investments on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange
- Centrica plc on various matters, including the sale of its North American business, Direct Energy, to NRG Energy, Inc. for $3.625 billion, its unrecommended takeover of Venture Production and the combination of its European oil and gas exploration and production business with Bayerngas Norge AS
- Mediclinic on its combination with Al Noor and London listing
- Sophos, Merlin, esure, Goco Group and Novae on their recommended cash offers
- esure on a range of matters including its IPO and the demerger of GoCompare
- Coca-Cola European Partners on its acquisition of Australian listed Coca-Cola Amatil Limited and its listing on the London Stock Exchange
- Credit Karma, Inc. on the acquisition of TransUnion’s U.K.-based Noddle business
- PrimaryBid on its Series B equity fundraising
- SWVL on its combination with US SPAC Queen’s Gambit
Rob was commended at the 2016 FT Innovative Lawyers Awards for his work advising Mediclinic on its combination with Al Noor and London listing, which won the award for innovation in M&A. He is also the co-author of a chapter on share dealings in the 'Practitioner’s Guide on Takeovers and Mergers'.