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Martyn is a corporate Of Counsel primarily advising on private M&A transactions.

Martyn is an English law corporate Of Counsel with expertise in advising on cross-border acquisitions, disposals, private equity, joint ventures and group restructurings. He works closely with clients in the pharmaceutical, asset management, financial services, energy and technology sectors.


Martyn was educated at Cambridge University and BPP University College, London. Martyn joined Herbert Smith Freehills in 2011 and qualified in March 2013.

Experience & expertise

Selected matters

  • Inflexion on the sale of Succession Wealth to Aviva for £385m
  • Certares Compass on its €300 million equity investment in Avia Solutions Group
  • Certares Opportunities LLC and Knighthead Opportunities Capital Management LLC on their US$225 million equity investment in Global Blue Group Holding AG, a leading strategic technology and payments partner
  • A Sovereign Wealth Fund on its investment in certain UK assets
  • Ixcellerate Limited on its fundraising by, among others, Mubadala
  • Ardonagh on the acquisition of the insurance operations of BGC Partners, Inc. for US$500 million
  • The Berkeley Group Holdings plc on its return of cash to shareholders, by way of a B share scheme
  • OneWeb Holdings (the US-based company that builds a constellation of satellites to enable global broadband access) on the investment by Eutelsat into OneWeb
  • A high net worth individual on his equity investment in a digital marketing agency, the appointment of the individual as the non-executive chairman of the agency, and the entry into a related consultancy agreement
  • Origin Energy, an Australian-listed energy supply business, on its acquisition of a 20% stake in the UK-headquartered energy supplier, Octopus Energy, and on the implementation by Origin Energy of the Kraken energy technology platform developed by Octopus Energy
  • Syneos Health on its acquisition of Pharma Research, a scientific consulting firm providing research and commercial services to customers in the biopharmaceutical industry in Portugal
  • Nanomi B.V., a subsidiary of Lupin Limited, on the sale of its entire stake in its Japanese subsidiary, Kyowa Pharmaceutical Industry Co., Ltd. (Kyowa), to Unison Capital Partners IV, LPS and Unison Capital Partners IV (F). L.P., a leading private equity fund in Japan
  • WH Smith plc on its class 1 acquisition of Marshall Retail Group (a US retailer)
  • Synthomer plc on its acquisition of OMNOVA Solutions Inc., a global manufacturer of emulsion polymers, specialty chemicals, and functional and decorative surfaces
  • KKCG AG in relation to the split of the assets in the SAZKA Group with its joint venture partner, EMMA Capital   
  • Tandem Money Limited on its £50 million equity fund raise and acquisition of the Allium Lending Group
  • The Patel Family on its disposal of a majority interest in Atnahs Pharma with the management team reinvesting in-part with the purchaser, Triton Partners
  • Strides Pharma Science Limited, an Indian listed pharmaceuticals company, on the AUD 394 million sale of its entire Australian business, including Arrow Pharmaceuticals to Arrotex (a vehicle established for the purpose of combining Arrow Pharmaceuticals with the Australian and New Zealand businesses of Apotex Inc.)
  • Ahren Innovation Capital on its investment into Rockley Photonics, a supplier of silicon photonic chipsets, IP and custom designs for high volume optics applications
  • Ahren Innovation Capital on its acquisition of a minority stake in Mogrify, a biotechnology company
  • Ahren Innovation Capital on its acquisition of a minority stake in Adrestia, a transformative cell therapy company
  • Sterling Pharma Solutions Limited on its sale to GHO Capital
  • Aurobindo on its EUR 74 million acquisition of Apotex's European operations
  • Tibra on its acquisition of a minority stake of QuantConnect, a quantitative algorithm marketplace based in the US
  • St Ives plc (now Kin and Carta plc) on the disposal of its marketing activation division (comprising SP Group Limited, Service Graphics Limited, Tactical Solutions UK Limited and Flare Limited)
  • St Ives plc (now Kin and Carta plc) on the disposal of its books business, Clays Ltd.