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Stephen Kitts, Managing Partner Asia

Stephen Kitts

Managing Partner Asia

Registered Foreign Lawyer (England & Wales)



Practice areas

  • Banking and finance
  • Competition, EU and Trade
  • Corporate
  • Health and life sciences
  • Industrial engineering
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Transport

Practice notes

Stephen is a managing partner who specialises in M&A, disposals and private equity.  He acts for a diverse range of clients from entrepreneurs to financial institutions to international corporates, advising on a  wide range of matters including strategic and corporate governance issues. 

Recent transaction highlights include:

  • CKI on its bid to acquire London City Airport

  • Stolt-Nielsen on various corporate matters
  • $61m acquisition by United Drug plc of Bilcare Global Clinical Supplies
  • €35m acquisition by United Drug plc of Pharmexx GmbH
  • £180m MBO of Wiggle funded by Bridgepoint Capital
  • £65m sale of Translinc to May Gurney plc
  • sale of RH Freight Services to Kuehne+Nagel
  • £62.5m sale of St Tropez to PZ Cussons plc

Stephen is recognised as a leading corporate lawyer by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. He is renowned for delivering pragmatic and commercial advice. Chambers describes him as "tenacious, good at solving problems and possesses tons of commercial nous" and "leads the team from the front".

Stephen was voted "Corporate Lawyer of the Year" at the Dealmakers Awards 2008 and 2010/11/12.

Recent feedback for Stephen includes:

"It's been a great advantage having you around and I've really appreciated your personal support and commitment. Your professionalism is world class making you a great ambassador for your business" Wayne Beedle, CFO, St Tropez Group.

"I always felt that Stephen Kitts was on our side - he carefully balanced the interests of the management team against the requirements of the other parties to the transaction Stephen added value as a key member of our transaction advisory team - always available, highly responsive and a trusted advisor." Humphrey Cobbold, CEO, Wiggle.