Jonathan Sadler

Corporate Partner, London

“I advise on complex, high-profile transactions across a broad range of corporate areas, with a focus on public and private M&A matters, as well as equity capital markets deals. I aim to combine technical skill and in-depth experience with a calm manner to facilitate clients’ strategically important deals.”

Overview

Education and qualifications

Overview

Jonathan advises corporates on public and private mergers and acquisitions, IPOs and secondary capital raisings. He has represented both issuers and underwriters on major equity capital markets transactions. He also provides ongoing corporate governance advice to the firm’s listed clients. 

Jonathan spent two years on secondment to the firm’s Hong Kong office between 2009 and 2012, providing him with significant experience of the Hong Kong and Asian market, and three months on secondment to Rio Tinto in 2012, assisting with a range of corporate transactions.

Work highlights

Jonathan has gained significant experience in a wide range of corporate transactions. These include advising:

  • Rio Tinto on the sale of its 68% stake Rössing Uranium Mine Namibia to China National Uranium Corporation Limited for up to $106.5m;
  • SCR-Sibelco on the divestment of its lime assets (in Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Argentina and Chile) to Graymont and Grupo Calidra;
  • ORIX on its $2.2bn acquisition from the HNA Group of a 30% stake in the aircraft leasing business of Avolon Holdings Limited;
  • Steinhoff in connection with the financial irregularities announced in December 2017, on-going financial restructurings and global corporate matters; and
  • Amec Foster Wheeler on its recommended £2.3bn public M&A takeover by John Wood Group, initially advising Amec Foster Wheeler on its planned rights issue and culminating in advising on the £230m private divestment of its UK oil and gas business to WorleyParsons;
  • Metro Bank on its IPO in 2016 and its subsequent ABB non pre-emptive placings for £300m in 2017 and 2018;
  • Schneider Electric on its £3bn reverse takeover of AVEVA Group, which involved Schneider Electric carving out and contributing its global software business together with £550m to take a 60% stake in the enlarged premium listed AVEVA Group. The global reorganisation and carve-out required co-ordination across 17 of the firm’s offices;
  • Sibanye-Stillwater on its £285m recommended public M&A takeover of Lonmin;
  • Kier on its £264m rights issue in 2018 and its £340m rights issue and the related acquisition of Mouchel in 2015.

Education and qualifications

Jonathan studied economics and geography at Exeter University.