Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability - London (Firms)
Basic facts about the department
- 50 partners
- 105 other lawyers
What the team is known for Provides highly commercial and effective advice to UK-listed companies including a significant number of FTSE 100, FTSE 250 and FTSE Small Cap companies. It is the choice of an array of domestic and international clients on complex, high-value deals.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "They are all highly intelligent and highly thorough, and make it their business to understand your business so that the advice is tailored."
Responsiveness: "They are very quick to respond, always get it right and their drafting is impeccable first time."
Client service: "They really are very client oriented and focused."
What's new? New clients include Drax, LMS Capital and Morgan Crucible.
Work highlights Represented PTT Exploration and Production Public Company in its takeover of AIM-listed Cove Energy for £1.22 billion.
Represented Diageo on its £2.4 billion acquisition of up to 53.4% of Indian company United Spirits.
Advised Old Mutual on the sale of its Nordic business for £2.1 billion in cash to Skandia Liv.
Andy Ryde "knows the issues," "is on top of it" and "has done some very good work on deals for us," impressed clients say. He advises clients on a wide range of corporate transactions.
The "terrific" Nigel Boardman is a "fantastic tactician" and "highly commercial," sources say. He is an experienced and highly regarded corporate lawyer and sources praise his ability to anticipate and his strategic planning.
Stephen Cooke is "extremely creative," and "technically first rate but also incredibly commercial," impressed sources say. He heads the M&A team.
The "thorough, professional and diligent" Frances Murphy "knows all the issues" and "takes all the stress out of the process," satisfied clients say. She advises clients on matters including M&A and corporate finance transactions.
William Underhill is described by sources as "a good operator," "a brainbox," and "a truly brilliant lawyer." He recently advised CSR (formerly Cambridge Silicon Radio) on an agreement with Samsung which includes the transfer of CSR's development operations in handset connectivity and location.
Jeffrey Twentyman recently advised Terra Firma on the £825 million acquisition of Four Seasons Health Care. Clients say he is "incredibly intelligent," "cuts very quickly to the answer," and "gives you good, direct legal advice."
Christopher Saul is praised by sources for his highly pragmatic style. He is senior partner.
David Johnson is "unflappable under pressure," clients say. He is an experienced adviser to clients on private and public M&A.
Clients say Robert Stern is "highly astute and commercial." He advises a range of clients on corporate transactions.
Gary Eaborn is a respected choice to advise clients on cross-border M&A deals. One source said: "If you've got him in your corner you know you'll get a result."
Kathy Hughes is a respected corporate practitioner. She advises clients on an array of transactions, including private and public M&A transactions and private equity matters.
The "tenacious and passionate" Simon Nicholls "understands our business well and knows what our requirements are in terms of both legal risks and the management of those legal risks," impressed clients say.
Oliver Wareham has notable expertise in advising clients in the insurance and building society sectors. One client said: "There is nothing so difficult I can throw his way that he will not get to grips with really quickly."
Roland Turnill is "extremely bright," "unflappable" and "absolutely tenacious on the points that matter," clients say. He advised Aegis on a recommended cash offer by Dentsu.
Significant clients Aegis, ARM, GlaxoSmithKline, Psion, Richard Schlagman.