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Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions 

Corporate Landing
There is a reason why we are one of the leading corporate law practices with a truly global presence: we make it our business to understand our clients’ businesses.

We are a relationship driven firm and advise clients across the globe on their most complex and important transactions.  We are at the forefront of developing innovative structures to simplify the complexities inherent in corporate deals – in established and emerging markets.  Our experience extends beyond transactional work and we also look after our clients through every stage of the company life-cycle.

Clients benefit from our comprehensive experience across all corporate disciplines, including:

  • Public M&A
  • Private M&A
  • Joint ventures
  • Growth by alternatives to M&A
  • Corporate advisory
  • Regulatory Compliance

We also have preeminent private equity and capital markets practices. 

Our corporate practice is supported by global teams of market-leading tax,real estate, employment and incentives, pensions, anti-trust/competitionregulatory and litigation experts as well as teams offering the full range of finance support including all aspects of banking, capital markets and restructuring transactions.

Recent key deals include advising: 

  • Delhaize Group S.A. on its €26bn cross-border merger with and into Netherlands-based listed retailer Ahold
  • Dixons Retail plc on the GBP 3.6bn proposed all-share merger of Carphone Warehouse Group plc and Dixons Retail plc
  • Essar Energy plc on the USD 1,957m offer by Essar Global Fund Limited for the shares not held by it
  • Novartis in its transformational restructuring involving three strategic deals with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). The deals include the acquisition of GSK’s oncology division, the sale of Novartis’ vaccines business and the creation of a joint venture involving the contribution of Novartis’ OTC business with GSK’s consumer healthcare business
  • Holcim Ltd on the proposed €39.9bn merger of equals with Lafarge SA.
  • Glencore Xstrata plc on the US$6bn sale of Las Bambas Copper Mine Project in Peru to a Chinese consortium comprised of MMG Limited, GUOXIN International and CITIC
  • LetterOne Group on the US$ 5.637 bn acquisition of all shares in RWE Dea Group from RWE AG
  • Amec Plc on the US$3.2bn recommended offer for all of the issued share capital of Foster Wheeler AG, for a combination of cash and securities
  • LIXIL Corporation and Development Bank of Japan on the €3.059bn acquisition of 87.5% of the Grohe Group 
  • Schneider Electric S.A. on its GBP 3.4bn  bid for London listed engineering company Invensys plc 
  • BP on the US$27bn sale of its 50% share in TNK-BP to Rosneft


Matthew Middleditch 

Partner, Global Head of Corporate

(852) 2901 5352

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