Mergers & Acquisitions

Our Team

Our international mergers and acquisitions (M&A) team consists of over 200 lawyers. We advise on domestic and cross-border M&A, including public takeovers, demergers and corporate reorganisations, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and auction sales.

Clients trust us with their strategic transactions, appreciating the close partner involvement we provide at every stage. Our lawyers can make a swift appraisal of all relevant points and the ability to distil relevant matters is seen by clients as a particular strength of the entire team.

Our Sector Focus

We combine our transactional expertise with sector experience focusing on Asset Management & Investment Funds, Financial Institutions, Life Sciences and TMT. Our sector focus allows us to bring together specialists from across our practice areas into dedicated groups. This enables us to appreciate the environment in which our clients operate and to work with them to achieve their objectives.

Recent experience of transactions in our sectors include:

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Asset Management & Investment Funds

A large asset manager

  • in relation to the sale of a property fund, the consideration being in excess of £350m

Ad van Geloven

  • on the sale of the company by Lion Capital to TowerBrook Capital Partners

Charterhouse Capital Partners

  • on the acquisition of Nuova Castelli S.p.A. Group, the leading Italian manufacturer and exporter of Parmigiano Reggiano

Eaglewood Europe LLP

  • (a subsidiary of the Marshall Wace group) on the acquisition of the peer to peer loan financing business of P2P Capital Solutions LLP

Gilde Equity Management

  • on a number of transactions, including the acquisitions of EV-box, Fa-med, Conclusion and pack2pack, and the disposals of HG Group and Johma

Intertrust and its management

  • on the sale of the company by Waterland Private Equity to Blackstone Group

Marshall Wace LLP

  • on the acquisition of the quantitative trading business of 80 Capital LLP

Nimbus

  • on the acquisition of IJS Global from Brynwood Partners and on the sale of ICS Solutions and Stork Food & Dairy Systems Inc. to JBT Corporation
Financial Institutions

An international bank

  • on cash confirmation for a Special Purpose Vehicle established to acquire a listed plc

An investment bank

  • on PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited’s £1.22bn bid for Cove Energy plc

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB)

  • on the purchase of a circa. AED450m portfolio of asset finance loans for SME’s from Mubadala GE Capital following a competitive bid process

Greenhill & Co. International

  • on CPP Group Plc’s disposal of its North American business

Investec

  • on Acorn Bidco Limited’s recommended offer for Allocate Software plc

Macquarie Capital

  • on their investment in Takeaway.com, one of the world’s leading food order sites
Life Sciences

Becton Dickinson

  • on the sale of its BD Biosciences - Discovery Labware unit (excluding its advanced bioprocessing platform) to Corning Incorporated, the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics

Genmab

  • on its acquisition of the DR5 antibodies and related assets from iDD Biotech SAS

Gilde Healthcare

  • on the acquisition of Novicare

REX Bionics plc

  • (formerly Union MedTech plc), on its acquisition of New Zealand-based REX Bionics Limited

R-Pharm

  • on the acquisition of a production plant from Pfizer, a cooperation agreement and the post-merger integration

Venture Life Group plc

  • on the disposal of a number of international trademarks for one of its dermatology products
TMT

Anite plc

  • on a £388m recommended takeover bid by Keysight Technologies

Comcast and NBCUniversal

  • on the acquisition of Teeofftimes and a majority stake in international children’s channel, Kidsco

MTN Group

  • advising on US$114m Equivalent Syndicated Loan in Uganda
  • firm advises MTN Côte d’Ivoire on Raising Debt Equivalent to US$240m

NEC

  • on its long-term strategic partnership with Getronics (owned by Aurelius AG) and the disposal of NEC’s Enterprise Solutions business in the UK, Spain, Portugal and Switzerland to various members of the Getronics group

Telefónica

  • on its £2bn sale of Airwave, and its £17.8bn bid for O2
Other sectors

A Danish investor

  • on the disposal of a 40 megawatt windpark in Zölkow, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania to RheinEnergie

Alpitour and relevant shareholders and management

  • on the acquisition of Press Tours S.p.A. from the relevant family founders and on the terms of their re-investment in the Alpitour group

Center Laboratories, Inc. and Bioengine Capital Inc.

  • on the acquisition of a 25.84% stake in Ausnutria Dairy Corporation Limited, the Hong Kong listed dairy company

Fugro

  • on the acquisition of Geofor, an onshore/nearshore geotechnical group

Grünwerke GmbH

  • on the acquisition of a wind farm with partners Neue Energien Hilden (a subsidiary of Stadtwerke Hilden), MEGA Monheim, and Stadtwerke Wesel

Hutchison Whampoa Property

  • on the sale of the Chongqing Metropolitan Plaza to Huixian REIT

IC Green Energy Ltd

  • on the sale of its majority stake in the listed German biodiesel company Petrotec AG

Intertrust and its management

  • on the sale of the company by Waterland Private Equity to Blackstone Group

Kentz

  • on various acquisitions, including its acquisition by SNC Lavalin for approximately £1.164bn

Mainstream Renewable Power

  • on the creation of a joint venture with pan-emerging markets investor Actis in relation to a Pan African renewable power platform, and on the sale of its three South Africa Renewable Power Programme Round 3 wind projects into the JV

ONGC Videsh Limited

  • on the US$2.64bn acquisition of a 10% participating interest in the Rovuma Offshore Block in Mozambique, from Anadarko Moçambique Area 1 Limitada

ONGC Videsh Limited and Oil India Limited

  • as buyers, on their US$2.475bn joint acquisition of Videocon Rovuma 1 Limited from Videocon Mauritius Energy Limited. Our work was recognised in 2014 by the India Business Law Journal ranking it as the Number One Deal of the Year 2013 for M&A and joint ventures

Samson International Holdings S.A.

  • on the acquisition of the Spanish company Ringo Válvulas S.L.

Sealed Air

  • in association with TMI Associates on the £238m divestiture of its subsidiary Diversey GK

Sidermes

  • a metallurgical company, on the sale of a stake to Vesuvius Holding

The bidder consortium of Leucadia and MassMutual

  • on the planned takeover of 100% of the shares in Depfa Bank plc and its subsidiaries from Hypo Real Estate Holding AG

The shareholders of Salov

  • on the sale of a stake to Bright Food, the Chinese state-owned food group

Vanderlande Industries BV

  • on the acquisition of the business unit of a Catalonian group of companies

Wise and Biolchim S.p.A.

  • on the acquisition of Cifo

The UK Ministry of Defence

  • on the sale of the Defence Support Group (DSG)
  • advising on the Financial Closing of its Latest Training Package for Fixed Wing Aircraft

Public Mergers & Acquisitions

With experience gained from working at major corporates, investment banks and regulatory bodies, our public M&A specialists understand the legal and practical issues that can arise on a takeover or scheme of arrangement.

Please click here to access our Takeovers and Mergers microsite.

External Recognition

Our corporate practice is regularly recognised in leading legal directories, and other independent bodies.

Examples of recent awards include:

  • TMT Team of the Year at the 2015 Legal Business Awards
  • TMT Team of the Year at the 2014 Legal Week British Legal Awards
  • Recognised at the American Lawyer's Global Legal Awards 2014, in the Global M&A Deal of the Year: Africa category 
  • Recognised as a 'Significant Player' in the India Business Law Journal's 2014 annual report on the best foreign law firms for India-related work. In the report, our client, ONGC Videsh, praises Simmons & Simmons’ lawyers for being “efficient and smart” and for acting “as catalysts for positive and successful results”
  • Recognised for our work by the India Business Law Journal when ranking ONGC Videsh’s acquisition, with Oil India, of a gas field unit in Mozambique as the Number One Deal of the Year 2013 for M&A and joint ventures