Corporate and Commercial

Our corporate and commercial work is at the heart of our practice. We service a range of UK and international clients in every sector and advise on a broad spectrum of corporate and commercial work. Our approach and our reputation mean that we:

  • are the principal legal adviser for more companies fully listed on the London Stock Exchange than any of our competitors
  • act for more FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies than any other law firm
  • are well placed to advise on major pan-European M&A transactions originating in London, collaborating closely with its 'best friends' network of continental law firms (Chambers Europe, 2014)

The depth of our expertise enables us to advise on highly complex domestic and international commercial transactions working closely with our other specialist groups and with leading local counsel.

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Our key experience includes advising:

The UK Government on the privatisation of the electricity and gas industries; on the restructuring of British Energy, including credit facilities provided by the UK Government and arrangements for the UK Government to take over responsibility for British Energy's historical nuclear liabilities; and on the financial difficulties of Northern Rock.

The Department for Transport on the public/private partnership for National Air Traffic Services.

Bertelsmann, the German media group, on a music publishing joint venture with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts.

GlaxoSmithKline on its agreement with Pfizer to create a new world reaching HIV company.

Cazenove Group on an investment banking joint venture with JPMorgan Chase and then on the subsequent transaction under which the investment banking joint venture became wholly owned by J.P. Morgan.

Marks and Spencer, Whitbread, John Lewis and ITV on their pension funding arrangements.

Charter on the change of its corporate structure and tax residence.