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Mergers & Acquisitions

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

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  • Amériques
  • Asie Pacifique
  • Moyen-Orient
  • Royaume-Uni & Europe
  • $21.5 million carrier vessel acquisition

    Assisting Anglo International Shipping Group Limited with their successful bid for the USD$21.5 million acquisition of Ten Jin Maru, a bulk carrier vessel.

    United States

    Acquisition of a global private education group by a Swiss Investment Fund

    Assisting Anglo International Shipping Group Limited with their successful bid for the USD$21.5 million acquisition of Ten Jin Maru, a bulk carrier vessel.

    Switzerland

    Acquisition of company owning the business and operations at Fowlmere Aerodrome

    Advising on the acquisition of a company owning the business and operations at Fowlmere Aerodrome, Cambridge, including certain aircraft, to form part of the client’s flying school business, the British Aerobatic Academy.

    United Kingdom

    Sale of the UK’s largest residential home park

    Sale of the business and operations at Kings Park Village, Canvey Island, Essex to Cove Communities Venture II KPV Limited (North American-based operator Cove Communities) which included 849 pitches and premium on-site facilities.

    United Kingdom

    $200 million logistics business disposal

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

    Italy

    Acquisition of 25% interest in the Marine Block XII Permit and production sharing contract in the Re

    Advising an international oil & gas company on the sale and purchase agreement and acquisition financing to acquire a 25% interest in the Marine Block XII Permit and production sharing contract in the Republic of Congo.

    United Kingdom

    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

    Acquisition of JV partner’s interest

    Advising a leading UKCS operating company on the acquisition of a joint venture partner's interest in a producing field arising in the context of the joint venture partner's default.

    United Kingdom

    Majority Stake Share Disposal

    Advising Wilmott Dixon on the disposal of a majority stake in its Be Living residential development business to Ecoworld Berhad. 

    United Kingdom

    MBO of marketing consultancy firm specialising in pharmaceuticals and health care for £20m

    Advising the founders and the Company in relation to the sale of the Company to an experienced management team to tackle the next stage of growth.

    United Kingdom
  • $21.5 million carrier vessel acquisition

    Assisting Anglo International Shipping Group Limited with their successful bid for the USD$21.5 million acquisition of Ten Jin Maru, a bulk carrier vessel.

    United States

    USD $1.54 billion sale by Petrobas

    Advising Petrobras on the sale of its interests in Block BC-10 in the Campos Basin, Brazil to Shell and ONGC for USD 1.54 billion.

    United States

    USD $6.25 million strategic ATM manufacturing acquisition

    Acting for a Cennox, a leading ATM manufacturing company in the acquisition of Diebold after the merger of Wincor Nixdorf and Diebold.

    United States

    Acquisition of Europe's largest aluminium smelter

    Advising Liberty House Group, the industrial arm of the GFG Alliance, on its purchase of Aluminium Dunkerque, Europe's largest aluminium smelter from Rio Tinto for US$500,000,000.

    United States

    The Sale of Progressive Games Partners LLC, the parent company of leading proprietary game providers

    Advising the sale of PGP to Galaxy Gaming Inc., a NASDAQ listed entity based in Las Vegas and another leader in the online and physical gaming industry. 

    United States

    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

    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 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 business

    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 restructuring

    Qatar

    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 instance of a publicly listed Saudi corporate issueing equity as consideration to a foreign vendor"

    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
  • Acquisition of a global private education group by a Swiss Investment Fund

    Assisting Anglo International Shipping Group Limited with their successful bid for the USD$21.5 million acquisition of Ten Jin Maru, a bulk carrier vessel.

    Switzerland

    Acquisition of company owning the business and operations at Fowlmere Aerodrome

    Advising on the acquisition of a company owning the business and operations at Fowlmere Aerodrome, Cambridge, including certain aircraft, to form part of the client’s flying school business, the British Aerobatic Academy.

    United Kingdom

    Sale of the UK’s largest residential home park

    Sale of the business and operations at Kings Park Village, Canvey Island, Essex to Cove Communities Venture II KPV Limited (North American-based operator Cove Communities) which included 849 pitches and premium on-site facilities.

    United Kingdom

    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

    $200 million logistics business disposal

    Acting for an Italian trading group on the $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

    Acquisition of JV partner’s interest

    Advising a leading UKCS operating company on the acquisition of a joint venture partner's interest in a producing field arising in the context of the joint venture partner's default.

    United Kingdom

    Acquisition of 25% interest in the Marine Block XII Permit and production sharing contract in the Re

    Advising an international oil & gas company on the sale and purchase agreement and acquisition financing to acquire a 25% interest in the Marine Block XII Permit and production sharing contract in the Republic of Congo.

    United Kingdom

    Sale of a Real Estate Investment SPV

    Acting for the Sellers in relation to the sale of a real estate investment SPV which owned industrial warehousing units built in the 1980s constructed over ground and first floors.

    United Kingdom

    Purchase of a UK headquartered group with operations in the UK, Germany, Poland and Australia

    Purchase of a UK headquartered group with operations in the UK, Germany, Poland and Australia in the business of developing and licensing point of sale and reservations software used in the cruise ship industry by a Singapore subsidiary of Schulte Group from multiple shareholders.

    United Kingdom

Our Mergers & Acquisitions team

Franco Acchiardo
Franco Acchiardo

Partner

Andrés Adame
Andrés Adame

Partner

Abdulaziz Al-Bosaily
Abdulaziz Al-Bosaily

Partner

Mohamed Barakat
Mohamed Barakat

Partner

Ross Barfoot
Ross Barfoot

Partner

Stephen Browning
Stephen Browning

Partner

Dean Carrigan
Dean Carrigan

Partner

Carrie Chen
Carrie Chen

Local Partner, Westlink Partnership

Thomas Choo
Thomas Choo

Managing Partner

Jo-Anne Demers
Jo-Anne Demers

Associée

Richard Elks
Richard Elks

Partner

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