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Roddy Martin


India Group

Roddy has over 20 year's experience of advising on a wide variety of M&A transactions.



He has considerable experience of advising on cross-border M&A deals, both inbound and outbound, notably those involving developing economies, particularly India and China, with a focus on public takeovers, schemes of arrangement, private auctions and bi-laterals, joint ventures, buyouts, minority participations and management equity pieces.

Roddy is also client relationship partner for a number of FTSE companies and international conglomerates.

He is a senior member of the firm's India Executive.

"Pragmatic and highly effective" Legal 500 UK

Roddy'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
  • PA Consulting Group on the controlling investment by scheme of arrangement from The Carlyle Group, valuing PA at US$1 billion
  • Reliance Communications on its US$1.6 billion sale of its telecom towers business to Brookfield Infrastructure. The largest ever investment by an overseas financial investor in the infrastructure sector in India
  • United Breweries on the partial disposal of its interests in United Spirits to Diageo, with a deal value of £1.2 billion
  • the owners of Harrods (a Fayed family trust) on the £1.5 billion sale of Harrods Group to Qatar Holding, the investment arm of the Qatar Investment Authority
  • major national oil companies on their proposed takeovers of Bowleven, First Calgary and Petrokazakhstan Inc.
  • United Spirits on its £430 million disposal by auction sale of Whyte & Mackay to Emperador
  • China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) on its US$18.5 billion merger proposal with Unocal Corporation
  • the banks providing the equity bridge on Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co/Pessina's £11 billion takeover of Alliance Boots 




Roddy graduated from Southampton University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours. He completed the Law Society Finals with Honours in 1993. He qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales with Herbert Smith in 1995. He qualified as a solicitor in Hong Kong in 2006 where he worked between 2005 and 2007.

Roddy joined Herbert Smith in 1993 and has been a partner since 2003.