Partners Andrew Rosling and Nick Pearey both appear in this year's Hot 100, published by The Lawyer magazine this week.
Addleshaw Goddard is the only firm with two partners in the corporate listing of the report, which is testimony to the blue-chip quality of the firm's corporate deal list in 2015.
The Hot 100 2016 nominates those lawyers who have made a significant impact in their area of specialism and in the wider business community in the past year – it "gathers together the best lawyers in the business – the cream of the crop from in-house, private practice and the bar," states The Lawyer.
Innovation is also top of the agenda this year, with Andrew Rosling one of a few lawyers singled out for promoting innovation in the sector, spearheading the development of the 'Doing business in Africa' app alongside his fee-earning responsibilities.
Nick Pearey's listing in the Hot 100 states:
It’s been an exciting year in the betting sector, with several high-profile sales and mergers being announced. However, one of the most complicated deals the year was GVC and 888 Holdings’ war for UK-listed Bwin.party, in a transaction about as unpredictable as a game of roulette.
Although a large proportion of the Bwin board plumped for 888 Holdings in July, it was Nick Pearey’s client GVC that eventually stormed to victory in a £1.1bn bid for the company. It took the Addleshaw Goddard partner just two months to help GVC turn the recommendation around in its favour, with both parties agreeing to adhere to the UK Takeover Code despite it being a Gibraltar scheme of arrangement.
When not advising the betting industry, Pearey has been busy in the equally active insurance sector, advising Miller Insurance Services on the sale of a partnership interest to Willis Group.
Andrew Rosling's listing in the Hot 100 states:
Addleshaw Goddard corporate partner Andrew Rosling has had a busy 2015. He won a first instruction for the firm from Tate & Lyle when the business opted for his expertise and market insight over magic circle advisers for its European restructuring, which went on throughout most of the year.
He has also been hard at work advising Sainsbury’s on its high-profile, strategic joint venture with Dansk Supermarket to create the new Netto grocery chain in the UK – an important strategic development for the retailer.
Long-time client Diageo had Rosling on call for the disposal of non-core businesses earlier this year – an operation that saw him work on breaking up a series of joint ventures in South Africa. These and other great opportunities in the retail and consumer space motivated Rosling to spearhead a change in business plan at Addleshaws, creating a strategy to capitalise on opportunities in the sector.
Last year Rosling also spearheaded the creation of an app on doing business in Africa – an idea inspired by the amount of work he received from the continent and the lack of connection between law firms in the region.