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Michael Honan

Partner, London

Overview

Professional experience

Education

Overview

Michael is a corporate partner who advises on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters around the world, with a focus on the Consumer sector and the Infrastructure sector. His main areas of practice include public and private M&A, corporate restructurings and joint ventures.

Michael is the Global Co-Head of Linklaters’ Consumer Sector and has enormous experience advising clients across this sector, including consumer brand businesses, supermarkets, retailers, ecommerce, luxury goods and alcoholic beverages. Transactions include advising:

  • Nestlé on the carve-out and $10bn disposal of its global Nestle Skin Health business, the carve-out of its global ice cream and frozen food business and creation of a new joint venture (Froneri) with PAI Partners/R&R Ice Creams, its acquisition of bespoke online pet food business tails.com, its acquisition of pet food business Lily’s Kitchen and its acquisition of an interest in Independent Vetcare Group International
  • Sainsbury’s plc on its aborted £13.2bn merger with ASDA, the acquisition of Sainsbury’s Bank from Lloyds Banking Group and the carve-out and sale of its in-store pharmacy business to Celesio
  • Westfalia International, the world’s largest avocado producer, on the sale of an interest to Harvard Management Company
  • C&C Group on the establishment of new distribution channels
  • Scottish & Newcastle plc on its takeover by Heineken and Carlsberg
  • GUS on the demerger of Burberry

Michael’s also has significant experience in the Infrastructure sector, including advising:

  • BlackRock Inc’s Global Energy & Power Infrastructure Limited Fund on its acquisition of a significant interest in gas pipeline project Medgaz
  • China Investment Corporation on its acquisition of a significant interest in a telecommunications group
  • OMERS Infrastructure and Ontario Teachers Pension Plan on the acquisition and disposal of High Speed 1 high speed rail link
  • OMERS Infrastructure and Allianz Capital Partners on the acquisition of NET4GAS, the Czech gas distribution network
  • The sellers of the M6 toll road to IFM Investors
  • Balfour Beatty on the defence of the proposed takeover by Carillion, the sale of its Parsons Brinckerhoff infrastructure engineering business and the sale of its German rail business

Michael also has broad renewables and energy experience, including recently advising:

  • Mitsui on the sale of its interest in the First Hydro hydroelectric power plant in the UK to Brookfield
  • Mitsui and ENGIE on the sale of four thermal power plants in the UK to Energy Capital Partners
  • Aquila Capital on the sale of a portfolio of European wind farms
  • BlackRock Real Assets on the sale of a portfolio of European wind farms and solar projects
  • Equitix Investment Management Limited and The Renewables Infrastructure Group Limited on the acquisition of 40% of the Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm
  • A Japanese consortium on the acquisition of a significant interest in the Dudgeon offshore wind farm

Professional experience

Michael has advised clients in other sectors on a wide range of corporate transactions, including public takeovers (UBM plc on its £3.9bn takeover by Informa plc, Ophir Energy on its takeover of Dominion Energy, Weinerberger on its takeover of Baggeridge Brick plc, Arcapita on its public takeover of Viridian, Square Enix on the takeover of Eidos plc, Regent Pacific on its takeover of Plethora Solutions), lender restructurings and pension funding partnership transactions.

In addition, Michael has led a number of internal investigations and governance reviews for clients around the world.

Outside of Linklaters, Michael is a trustee of Magic Breakfast, the national charity providing healthy breakfasts and support to school pupils at risk of hunger.

Michael was a trainee at Linklaters from 2003 to 2005, qualifying into the Corporate department where he practised for another ten years before being elected to Partner in 2015.

Education

2001 - 2002 Nottingham Law School

1998 - 2001 University of Bristol