Expertise

Simon is a corporate partner based in London. He has particular expertise in public M&A having recently returned from a two year secondment as Secretary to the Takeover Panel, where he was responsible for regulating the most significant recent M&A transactions, such as AB InBev’s £79bn offer for SAB Miller, SoftBank’s £24.3bn acquisition of ARM Holdings and Kraft Heinz’s abortive approach for Unilever. He was also involved in all the major decisions and policies made during that time. As a consequence, he has a unique insight into the manner in which the Takeover Code is applied by the Panel on a day to day basis.

Simon regularly advises public companies on the full range of transactions on the Main Market and AIM, including IPOs, secondary fundraisings, and general corporate and stock exchange compliance. Simon also regularly advises public and private companies on acquisitions of real estate assets carried out through onshore and offshore corporate structures, as well as the structuring and establishment of joint ventures for the acquisition and/or development of large property portfolios. 

Recent transactions include advising:

  • GVC Holdings plc on its £1.1 billion takeover of bwin.party Digital Entertainment plc and its £485m takeover with William Hill for Sportingbet plc;
  • Assura plc, a primary healthcare property REIT, on raising £500m through two open offers and offers for subscription; 
  • Mount Anvil on its £200m joint venture with ARES Management to fund residential developments in central London; and
  • Investec Bank plc on the £150 million reverse takeover of Harworth Estates by Coalfield Resources plc, and the related £115m placing and open offer.