Expertise

Andrew is an M&A partner, with a particular specialism in joint ventures, and Head of our Retail & Consumer sector team

His clients include Bestway, Britvic, Diageo, Harper Collins, IAG/British Airways, Royal Mail Group, Sainsbury's Supermarkets, Samworth Brothers, Tate & Lyle, Ted Baker, Terra Firma and Wyevale Garden Centres.

Experience

Recent transactions include advising:

  • BA on various matters including its disposal of the BA Connect business to Flybe and the restructuring of the NATS shareholding arrangements
  • Britvic on various strategic matters including acquisition of Brazillian company Empresa Brasilerira de Bebidas e Alimentos (Ebba)
  • Diageo on transactions in various jurisdictions including the sale of Gleneagles, the formation and break up of various interlinked joint ventures with Heineken and Namibia Breweries in Southern Africa, the acquisition of Serengeti Breweries in Tanzania and the acquisition of Meta Abo Brewery in Ethiopia 
  • HarperCollins/NewsCorp on various deals including the acquisition of the Egmont childrens book business
  • Royal Mail Group on its online store launch on Alibaba's emarketplace and acquisition of the e-courier business
  • Sainsbury's Supermarkets on its Netto JV with Dansk Supermarket, the Mobile by Sainsbury's JV with Vodafone and the acquisition of the Nectar business
  • Samworth Brothers on its acquisition of 2 Sisters' sandwich business, the disposal of its desserts business to Bakavor and various other strategic matters
  • Schwan's Group on the divestment of its European business (including the Chicago Town pizza brand) to Dr. Oetker 
  • Tate & Lyle on the break up of its pan-European bulk ingredients joint venture with ADM
  • Ted Baker on partnerships in China and Japan and the sale and leaseback of its HQ
  • Terra Firma and Wyevale Garden Centres on the break up and solvent liquidation of the entire Wyevale business, to multiple buyers
Year Qualified
  • 1995
Education
  • Magdalen College School, The Skinners’ School; University of York (1990 English 2(1)); The College of Law (1993 CPE / LSF)
Testimonials
  • Incredibly commercial, very smart. Thinks about the real impact to the business of what he's saying. He takes the time to really understand the business, the business model, the sector, so you feel as though he gets the bigger commercial picture in terms of what you're trying to achieve and the pressures that you are under.  Acritas Stars
  • Andrew is considered by clients to be "excellent from a strategy perspective," and to have "a very wise head on his shoulders". He has close relationships with a variety of household-name corporate entities in the consumer goods and retail spaces.  (Chambers - April 2019)
  • Andrew's advice in my view is unique in that it is genuinely commercial and pragmatic, it is in context for the organisation and it balances technical strength, appropriate risk appraisal and leadership to drive a transaction forward. GC, FTSE 100 client
  • Andrew has a very deep understanding both of the company and of the sector so it is easy to have sector - focused conversations with him.  GC, FMCG FTSE250 client
  • Andrew's knowledge of the complex political, geographical and social challenges businesses face in Africa is beyond that of any other law firm I have worked with. I particularly value the way in which complex issues are simplified and he will set out the pros and cons of possible routes and recommend a specific line of action – this approach helps inform the eventual decision. M&A counsel, FTSE 100 FMCG client

AWARDS/RANKINGS

  • Ranked in both Chambers and Legal 500
  • Ranked in The Lawyer's Hot 100 2016
  • Acritas Stars ranking 2017
  • Ranked in The Lawyer's Best Client Partners - 2014
  • The Lawyer’s ‘Best Service Quality Innovation’ award 2016
  • Highly commended by the FT Innovation Awards 2016 (Africa training programme)
  • Legal Week Innovation Awards 2015 – Knowledge Management Innovation award for Doing Business in Africa app
  • Listed in 2020 Who's Who Legal as a leader in global M&A and governance
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