THE FIRM The team continues to win starring roles in the biggest corporate deals across all sectors. Recent highlights include advising British Airways on its merger with Iberia, a move that created one of the world’s largest airlines. It also acted for Greencore in its proposed merger with Northern Foods, which is the first instance of the Cross Border Merger Directive being used for a merger under the UK City Code on Takeovers and Mergers. Its enviable client roster includes Cadbury, Santander and Prudential.
Sources say: "To describe them as first-rate is to undervalue them - they are really that good." "They can identify an issue and propose a solution before it becomes a problem. I am yet to see anything they can't find a commercial solution to." "The practice is head and shoulders above the competition for faultless client service, in-depth market knowledge and providing a team with incredible intellect."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Feedback confirms that Nigel Boardman has a near unparalleled reputation in the City as "a real high-end corporate player who brings confidence and experience to the table."
Team leader Stephen Cooke, meanwhile, is "knowledgeable, down to earth and able to explain the Takeover Code to anyone."
Frances Murphy represents large corporates and investment banks in high-profile transactions. Her highlights include advising Santander on its agreement to acquire parts of the RBS group.
Charles Randell is considered to be "a fantastic adviser" when it comes to matters involving public sector and energy-related matters.
William Underhill is appreciated by clients for "the clarity of his advice, as well as the creative and commercial solutions he comes up with in tricky situations."
Jeffrey Twentyman is regarded as "easy to deal with and highly commercial." He advises both corporate institutions and private equity clients on a range of matters from acquisitions and disposals to joint ventures, mergers and public investments.
Andy Ryde is lauded as "an absolutely outstanding, incredibly responsive and brilliant technical lawyer."
David Johnson is deemed a "great technician" and has extensive experience in both public and private M&A transactions and equity financing.
Christopher Saul is described as "terrific with clients" and specialises in corporate finance, private equity and securities transactions.
Gary Eaborn is considered to be "very creative in finding solutions," especially in relation to M&A transactions, takeovers and corporate finance.
Robert Stern advises a broad spectrum of clients, from larger listed and unlisted companies to investment banks and smaller organisations.