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Gareth Sykes

Gareth Sykes

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Gareth is a corporate governance specialist, helping listed and private companies navigate the increasingly challenging corporate law and governance framework.

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Experience

Gareth helps listed and private companies navigate the increasingly challenging corporate law and governance framework. He was recognised as a "next generation lawyer" for corporate governance in the 2018 and 2017 Legal 500 UK Rankings which described him as "highly regarded".

Gareth is a member of the firm's Corporate Governance Advisory Team, advising companies on a range of governance issues. His expertise includes advising on corporate reporting requirements, the Corporate Governance Code, continuing obligations under the Listing Rules and Market Abuse Regulation, company meetings and directors' duties.

Clients he regularly advises include British American Tobacco, Page Group and Pearson.

A key part of Gareth's role is horizon-scanning, analysing new law and regulation to ensure that the firm's clients anticipate and remain at the forefront of corporate law and regulatory developments and practice. He focuses in particular on corporate governance issues, corporate reporting and matters relating to the Companies Act 2006. 

Gareth writes widely on corporate governance matters.

Gareth's role also includes analysing new law and regulation and providing know-how and training support to the corporate practice.

Prior to his current role, Gareth advised a variety of corporates and investment banks on a wide range of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and equity capital markets transactions.

Gareth's experience includes advising:

  • TUI Travel on its £5.2 billion merger by scheme of arrangement with TUI AG to create one of the first German incorporated, LSE listed, FTSE companies
  • Citigroup and Lazard as sponsors on GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis’ $23 billion asset swap and formation of a new consumer healthcare joint venture
  • Pearson on a number of transactions including the sale of its 50 per cent stake in the FTSE International index business to the London Stock Exchange 
  • Connect Group on its £55 million rights issue to part fund its acquisition of Tuffnells Parcels Express and on the acquisition of the Consortium 
  • Petroceltic International on its share placing, takeover approach by Dragon Oil and campaign by an activist shareholder

 

Background

Gareth studied law at St. Catharine's College, Cambridge and Birmingham University. He joined Herbert Smith in 2008 and qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2010.