Corporate/M&A - London (Firms)
Basic facts about the department
- 20 partners
- 60 other lawyers
What the team is known for Praised for its high-quality service to new and repeat clients on high-end and mid-market M&A transactions. Mining, infrastructure and IT-related deals are particular strengths.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The Travers Smith team handled our transaction with great skill, patience and dedication."
Responsiveness: "They are prompt with their responses and inspire confidence with the quality of advice they give."
Pragmatic advice: "They are very professional, provide excellent service and are very much aimed at getting the job done."
What's new? New clients or panel wins include Steribottle, ZM Capital Advisors, Pathfinder Minerals, API Technologies.
Work highlights Advised NDS Group on the position of its senior management on the sale of the company for USD5 billion to Cisco Systems.
Represented Metric Property Investments on its £811 million merger with London & Stamford Property by way of a scheme of arrangement.
Represented GlobeOp Financial Services and its management team on a £566.48 million recommended offer for its share capital by a company backed by Texas Pacific and subsequently by SS&C Technologies.
Chris Hale is "terrific" and "highly practical," and "returns my calls very quickly," impressed sources say. He advised CPA Global on its sale to Cinven.
Philip Cheveley is "available, responsive and practical, but with a firm grasp of the underlying legal issues and we get accurate, competent advice from him," clients say. He recently advised Canaccord Financial on the £253.3 million takeover of Collins Stewart Hawkpoint.
Andrew Gillen "explains matters very comprehensively" and is "able to provide solutions," clients say. He represented Force India Formula 1 in Sahara India Pariwara's USD100 million investment in the team.
Richard Spedding is "highly proactive," "highly attentive" and "competent and capable." His clients include a number of quoted companies, hedge funds and investment banks.
Spencer Summerfield is "highly experienced, commercially focused and very helpful during at times heated negotiations," enthusiastic clients say. He advised India Hospitality on its acquisition of Adelie Food for INR18 billion.
Significant clients Macquarie Bank, London Mining, Challenger, API Technologies, Marwyn.