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Nick Rumsby

Corporate and M&A Partner, London

"I advise clients on their key corporate transactions and equity financings and have a particular focus on UK public M&A. I spent two years on secondment as a senior case officer at UK Takeover Panel, which gave me a unique insight on how the Takeover Panel operates and how it applies the Takeover Code."

Overview

Professional experience

Education and qualifications

Overview

Nick is a corporate partner based in London, and is renowned for his public M&A experience. He spent two years between 2008 and 2010 at the UK Takeover Panel as a senior case officer, where he was involved in all major decisions and policies made during that time.

Nick’s other main areas of practice include private mergers and acquisitions, reorganisations, restructurings, joint ventures, demergers and equity financings.

In addition to his time at the Takeover Panel, he has spent time working in-house at Schroder Salomon Smith Barney (now Citi) and in the firm’s Hong Kong office.

Work highlights

Nick has led Linklaters teams on numerous transactions including advising:

  • Ophir on the £400m recommended offer by Medco
  • Advent International Corporation on the £1bn recommended cash offer for Laird plc
  • ION Investment Group Limited on the £1.5bn recommended cash offer for Fidessa group plc
  • Sibanye-Stillwater on its £285m recommended offer for Lonmin
  • Unilever on the successful defence to the US$145bn approach from Kraft-Heinz
  • SABMiller on the recommended US$108bn offer by AB InBev, the fourth largest takeover in the world (and the largest ever of a UK company).
  • Schneider Electric on its £3.4bn acquisition of Invensys and the aborted £3bn reverse takeover of Aveva
  • Kazakhmys (now called Kaz Minerals) on the £3bn offer by a consortium for Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation
  • Delphi Automotive on its recommended £1bn offer for Hellermann Tyton
  • Korea National Oil Company on its successful £1.9bn hostile offer for Dana Petroleum
  • Greene King on its £770m acquisition of Spirit Pub Company
  • Ophir Energy, the Africa and Asia-focused oil and gas company, on its London listing and subsequent capital raisings, takeovers of Dominion Petroleum and Salamander Energy and Class I acquisition of assets from Santos
  • GUS on the £6bn demerger of Burberry and the separation of Home Retail Group and Experian
  • Tate & Lyle on the disposal of its sugar refining and storage businesses

Professional experience

Nick contributes regularly to the Takeover Panel’s public consultations and is a regular author of client publications on the subject of public takeovers. He contributed three chapters to Takeovers: Law and Practice (Butterworths, 2015).

Education and qualifications

Nick studied law at Downing College, Cambridge University.