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M & A

We are proud that our team of 350 international M&A lawyers, is a number one team for European midmarket corporate transactions. As well as a wealth of experience advising on the most complex, strategic projects for our clients (including many over £100m), we also advise on a large volume of smaller transactions. Variety, flexibility and responsiveness are the building blocks of our team.

Our clients benefit from our knowledge of local regulations and many years' experience of advising on cross-border M&A transactions. Wherever the transaction is led from, our international M&A team provides a seamless and integrated relationship-led service, liaising closely with our clients and their in house legal teams, ensuring that they remain informed and involved at every stage of the transaction.

Our international M&A lawyers are trained in our bespoke project management process and each year we train our people in project management theory and we have invested in excess of £15m in ensuring that we are able to maintain a consistently high level of transaction delivery ensuring transactions are delivered on time and on budget. We take responsibility, and accept accountability, for delivering an efficient process that frees up our clients' time to focus on the issues that matter most to them.

Our international M&A lawyers are also supported by a wealth of experienced, sector-focussed lawyers who understand the regulatory frameworks that our clients operate in and also the impact on transactions of the key issues that affect our clients' businesses. This in depth sector knowledge means that we can add real value to the M&A process.

Our unrivalled ability to deliver a seamless international M&A offering, together with market-leading sector knowledge and experience, ensures that our clients always receive strategic guidance that is fully tailored to meet their requirements.


  • Acting for Rhapsody on its acquisition of Napster in Europe.
  • Acting for Greencore on its takeover of Uniq for £113m.
  • Acting for Cisco on the $5billion acquisition of NDS, a leading provider of video software and content security solutions.
  • Acting for Alere Inc on its £235m recommended (initially hostile) takeover of Axis-Shield plc.
  • Advising Alimentation Couche-Tard, the largest independent convenience store operator in North America on the $2.8 billion purchase of transport fuel retailer, Statoil Fuel & Retail from Statoil.
  • Acting for Tognum AG on their acquisition by a Rolls-Royce / Daimler JV for €3.4 billion.
  • Advising private equity house, Endless, and the Board of Crown Paints, on the sale of Crown Paints to Danish company Hempel.
  • Advising SPX Corporation, a global manufacturing and industrial equipment supplier, on its £750m acquisition of CLYDEUNION Pumps.
  • Acting for Berwind on the $300m acquisition of BWA Water Additives, with operations in 25 countries.
  • Acting for LV= on the sale of their asset management business to Threadneedle.


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