Expertise

John is a Partner in Addleshaw Goddard's Corporate Division in London.

John advises public and private companies, funds, private equity houses, impact investors and development finance institutions on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and commercial matters. John has extensive experience advising clients on cross-border transactions, including on investments in emerging markets, with a focus on Africa and the Middle East.

John has broader sector expertise, having worked on transactions across the retail & consumer, aviation, real estate, financial services, infrastructure and energy sectors.

John has spent three years working in the United Arab Emirates, during which time he advised international and regional clients on their investments across the MENA region.

Experience
  • Terra Firma on its acquisition of Kier Living Limited from Kier Group plc
  • Terra Firma on its investment in Richborough Estates
  • Wyevale Garden Centres (and owner Terra Firma) on the group's strategic break up and disposal programme
  • British International Investment plc (BII) and Finnfund on their investments in Miro Forestry, a sustainable forestry business with operations in Ghana and Sierra Leone
  • BII on its $200m investment into new hydropower projects across Africa through its participation in an existing joint venture between Norfund and Acatec ASA
  • BII and Norfund on their joint US$70m investment in AgDevCo, a specialist investor in early-stage African agribusinesses
  • BII in relation to its investment in Jacoma Estates Limited, an agribusiness operating in Northern Malawi
  • BII on its follow-on investments in Liquid Telecommunications, a leading communications solutions provider across 13 countries primarily in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa
  • bp on the sale of its ground fuels business Mozambique to TotalEnergies
  • Finlays Tea on the creation of the Finlays Community Trust, a charitable trust that seeks to empower local communities and nurture sustainable growth in Kericho and Bomet Counties in Kenya
  • Finlays Tea on the sale of its Kenyan flower farm business to Black Tulip
  • Sy4security Limited on its acquisition of the enterprise Managed Security Services (MSS) business of BAE Systems Applied Intelligence
  • Associated British Foods plc on its acquisition of the Al Fez brand
  • Actis on its majority investment in Sigma Pensions, a leading pension fund administration business in Nigeria 
  • African Infrastructure Investment Managers and ASMA Capital Partners (a subsidiary of the Islamic Development Bank) on their potential investment in Seven Energy alongside Savannah Petroleum plc, an oil exploration and refinery business in Nigeria
  • The Carlyle Group in relation to the acquisition of a significant minority interest in a Alamar Foods, a pan-GCC catering and food manufacturing business headquartered in Saudi Arabia
  • Nordic Aviation Capital in connection with the sale of a majority stake to EQT and the purchase by NAC of Aldus Aviation
  • Brandeaux Student Accommodation Fund on the sale of its UK student accommodation portfolio, Liberty Living, to the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board for approximately £1.1bn
Languages
  • Italian - excellent command
  • Spanish - good command
Professional Memberships
  • Law Society of England and Wales