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International M&A advice with market-leading sector experience

Our M&A lawyers advise on the full spectrum of public and private transactions from complex cross-border deals to strategic alliances. We understand the importance of focusing on the key value drivers and jurisdictional issues in M&A transactions, and this is where we concentrate our time and resources.

We have handled transactions in 120 countries around the world. Our team prides itself on its ability to find solutions and achieve results in difficult and challenging markets, and particularly in new and emerging markets.

We provide clients with an integrated approach and our M&A team is supported on transactions by our colleagues in regulatory and compliance, IP and technology, employment, tax, commercial, and EU and international competition in particular.

Our extensive disputes capability gives us perspective when assessing risk and advising on potential transactional problem areas.

Our Mergers & Acquisitions Work

  • Americas
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • UK & Europe
  • Global telecommunications network assets acquisition

    Advising a global telecommunications carrier and network integrator on its cross border acquisition of a fellow network integrator including significant network assets in North America, Europe and Asia

    United States

    USD 130 million carve-out electronics business acquisition

    Acting for leading listed UK electrocomponents distributor on the USD 130 million multi-jurisdictional acquisition of a carve-out business from US multilateral

    United States
  • Insurance Australia Group non-life insurer acquisition

    Advising Insurance Australia Group in relation to its acquisition of a 30% stake in AAA Assurance Corporation, a Vietnamese non-life insurer

    Australia

    Pharmaceutical acquisitions in China

    Acting for a major pharmaceutical distribution company in its China M&A transactions and PRC regulatory work

    China

    Advising on a Hong Kong investment holding company's acquisitions

    Advising a Hong Kong based investment holding company in connection with various M&A related transactions in its investment in a commercial bank in China, consumer bank in Indonesia and Thailand and upstream oil and gas interests in Indonesia

    Hong Kong

    Lipi Data Systems manufacturing company acquisition

    Advising Mumbai based Lipi Data Systems on its acquisition of PBT International, the UK's largest independent manufacturer of printer cartridges

    India

    Advising PANDORA of its strategic acquisition of Pan ME A/S

    Advising the Danish listed company  PANDORA and leading manufacturer and retailer of hand-finished jewellery, on the regional aspects of its strategic acquisition of Pan ME A/S, a distributor of PANDORA jewellery in Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and UAE

    Qatar

    Advising Pandora on its acquisition of Pan ME A/S

    Advising Pandora, the Danish listed company and leading manufacturer and retailer of hand-finished jewellery, on the regional aspects of its strategic acquisition of Pan ME A/S, a distributor of Pandora jewellery in Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and UAE.

    Qatar

    Advising HSBC Private Equity on the acquisition of Byrne Equipment Rental Group for AED 210 million

    Advising HSBC Private Equity (now known as Havenvest Private Equity) on the complete acquisition of Byrne Equipment Rental Group in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar for AED 210 million

    Qatar

    Assisting on a Pan Gulf Cooperation Council due diligence exercise

    Assisting on a Pan Gulf Cooperation Council due diligence exercise in relation to a structured IPO on AIM; subsequently advising a company listed on AIM, the Alternative Investment Market operated by the London Stock Exchange plc, and its nominated adviser, on the reverse takeover of its Qatari...

    Qatar

    Advising a prominent Middle East business on due diligence and legal and regulatory regimes

    Advising a prominent business operating throughout the Middle East.  This instruction comprised a substantial due diligence exercise into the various operating companies and advice on the legal and regulatory regime of Qatar, four Emirates in the UAE, KSA and Oman for the implementation of the...

    Qatar

    Educational training facility acquisition

    Advising an Australian-based asset manager and SME operator in its acquisition of a regional educational training facility in Malaysia and Thailand.

    Thailand
  • Advising Wajihat Industrial Investment Co on 100% acquisition of Tanhat Mining Co

    Advising Wajihat Industrial Investment Co on its 100% acquisition of Tanhat Mining Co

    Saudi Arabia

    Advising LeBLANC Intl on sale of 49% of share capital of Al Babtain Power and Telecommunication Co

    Advising LeBLANC International Pte Ltd on the sale of 49% of the share capital of KSA based company, Al Babtain LeBlanc Telecommunications Systems Ltd Company to Al Babtain Power and Telecommunications Company.  Described by HSBC Saudi Arabia as a "landmark transaction involving the first...

    Saudi Arabia

    Advising Lamprell plc on USD 366 million acquisition of Maritime Industrial Services

    Advising Lamprell plc on its USD 366 million acquisition of Maritime Industrial Services (a public company takeover funded by a rights issue) including its operations in KSA

    Saudi Arabia

    Advising Hyder Consulting on its majority stake acquisition in SAK-EC's industrial building division

    Advising Hyder Consulting plc on its acquisition of a majority stake in the industrial building division of SAK-EC (a leading KSA multidisciplinary engineering company)

    Saudi Arabia

    Advising ACWA Holding on disposal of 50% of coating and piping division to Welspun

    Advising ACWA Holding on the disposal of 50% of coating and piping divisions to Welspun (a USD 3 billion group listed on BSE and NSE). ACWA Holding is the largest private provider of water in KSA.

    Saudi Arabia

    Advising SCA Personal Care on cross-border transaction with a GCC based company

    Advising SCA Personal Care, a leading global supplier of branded personal care goods, on a joint venture with a GCC based company which included the simultaneous acquisition of business in KSA, Egpyt, Jordan and the UAE.

    Saudi Arabia

    Advising a multinational insurer on procedural and regulatory issues

    Advising on procedural and regulatory issues arising from sale by multinational insurer of its interests in KSA, Bahrain, UAE and Oman

    Saudi Arabia

    Assisting KSA private equity client on corporate transactions including a USD 82 million acquistion

    Assiting a KSA private equity company on acquisitions of GCC companies, including the USD 82 million acquisition and financing of a UAE-based construction company

    Saudi Arabia

    Advising the private equity arm of a major international bank on a USD 60 million acquisition

    Advising the private equity arm of a major international bank on the USD 60 million acquisition of a well-known equipment hire business with operations in the KSA, Qatar and the UAE.

    Saudi Arabia

    Advising a KSA airline on divestment and privisation

    Advising a KSA airline on the unique divestment and privatisation of one of its wholly owned service providers

    Saudi Arabia
  • USD 1 billion merger and joint disposal of manufacturers to a private equity house

    Acting for French and German manufacturers on the USD 1 billion merger and joint disposal of their business to a leading private equity house

    France

    USD 200 million logistics business disposal

    Acting for an Italian trading group on the USD 200 million disposal of their worldwide logistics business

    Italy

    Acquisition of 30% shareholdings in power plants equipment manufacturer

    Advising an international investment vehicle on acquisition of approx. 30% of shareholdings in a major Russian manufacturer of power plants equipment

    Russian Federation

    Full offer, made under the UK Takeover Code, by Hodder & Stoughton, a part of Hachette UK, for Querc

    The Hachette Group, which is one of the UK's largest publishers, acquired Quercus Publishing plc, the publicly traded publisher of the hugely successful Millennium series by Stieg Larsson.  Clyde & Co has represented Hachette in a number of acquisitions over the last 10 years

    United Kingdom

    UK and European Education institutions

    Advising independent schools, Universities and Colleges on the establishment of international campuses, securing of investment from local partners, joint venture and licensing and operating structures across the world.

    United Kingdom

    Jacobs Holding acquisition of Cognita

    Advising a Swiss investment fund Jacobs Holding AG on its acquisition of the Cognita global private schools group from KKR and Bregal. The deal is Jacobs Holding’s biggest UK takeover to date and is one of the largest global education transactions.

    United Kingdom

Our Mergers & Acquisitions team

Ross Barfoot

Partner

Andrew Grant

Partner

Abhimanyu Jalan

Partner

Lee Keane

Partner

Fei Kwok

Head of Banking & Finance for Greater China

Philip Mace

Partner

Kevin Martin

Partner

Robert Parson

Partner

Nick Purnell

Partner

Benjamin Smith

Partner

Simon Vere Nicoll

Partner

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