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Public mergers and acquisitions

Leaders in a competitive market


We advise bidders, targets, directors, shareholders, investment banks and other market participants on the acquisition of interests in and/or control of public companies. 

Public company takeovers uniquely require the application of a detailed understanding of a range of domestic and international laws and regulations to shape and define the strategies and tactics which will deliver successful outcomes to our clients in fast moving and often high profile situations.

Our experience in the key markets in which we operate is outstanding. We have advised on many of the most significant and ground-breaking deals and our teams are acknowledged leaders in their fields.

In times of increased shareholder, public and press scrutiny, we stand firmly with our clients to deliver measured, impartial advice and strategic direction.

Recent Experience

Capital & Counties Properties

Advising on its recommended all-share merger with Shaftesbury Plc resulting in a combined portfolio worth £5 billion

Davidson Kempner

Advising on Veolia’s proposed takeover of Suez for the value of €11 billion

Crown Resorts

Advising on its proposed A$9.3 billion takeover by Blackstone 

Stagecoach Group

Advising on competing takeover offers – a recommended £2 billion all share combination of NEX and Stagecoach, and an all cash offer by Pan-European Infrastructure III (after which the recommendation of the NEX Offer was withdrawn)

Coca-Cola Amatil

Advising on its acquisition by Coca-Cola European Partners, giving Amatil an enterprise value of approximately A$11.1 billion 


Advising on its £7.2 billion joint bid with Intact Financial Corporation for RSA Insurance Group

Insights and updates

14th November 2022
Uncertainty regarding the receipt of regulatory approvals is fuelling concerns regarding completion risk.
29th July 2022
The UK Takeover Panel is consulting on changes to who is treated as "acting in...
14th June 2022
We have this week published the fourth edition of the "Herbert Smith Freehills Code Companion",...
12th January 2022
Our annual M&A review covers key trends like ESG, activist investors and security screening as...

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