Corporate/M&A - London (Firms)
Basic facts about the department
- 25 partners
- 41 other lawyers
What the team is known for Strong reputation for advising clients on public M&A transactions. Deep expertise in the advertising and marketing services sector.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "They are very commercial and considered; they are not aggressive but stand their ground."
Client service: "They are straightforward and easy to deal with."
Strategic planning: "They are very proactive and deal with issues before clients spot things."
Work highlights Advised Kewill on its £103 million takeover by Kinetic Bidco by way of a scheme of arrangement.
Represented MITIE on the £111 million acquisition of domiciliary care business Enara.
Represented College Group on its acquisition of Merlin Financial Communications.
Tim Birt gives clients "wise counsel" and has a "good sense of what is happening in the market," impressed sources say. He advised the shareholders of BBH on the £200 million sale of the company to Publicis.
Jonathan King is "fully engaged and on the ball" and "his advice is thought through and considered," satisfied clients say. He represents Carphone Warehouse in the £838 million disposal of its interest in Best Buy Mobile.
Ray Berg is "a skilled negotiator," who is "really commercial" and "incredibly knowledgeable," clients say. He advised UBM on the £30 million acquisition of a 50% stake in Canada Newswire.
Paul Cooper advised Scott Davidson, Samantha Oliphant and others on the £200 million sale of shares in Invitation Digital to Vodafone. He is a highly regarded corporate lawyer.
The "excellent" Adrian Bott is "highly commercial" and a "terrific lawyer," market sources say. He heads the firm's digital business group.
Mark Spinner joins the team from Eversheds. He advises clients on a range of M&A transactions, with a focus on private equity-related transactions.
Kalpesh Tanna is "highly client-focused" and "highly responsive," and "gives you commercial solutions that work," impressed clients say. He advises clients on a range of corporate transactions.
Mathias Loertscher has a good reputation for advising clients in the digital business sector. Sources speak highly of his responsive approach.
Significant clients Carphone Warehouse, Talk Talk, United Business Media, Digital Barriers, Iris Nation.