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Mergers & Acquisitions lawyers

The successful execution of a Mergers & Acquisition transaction, whether sell-side or buy-side, requires lawyers who understand their clients` businesses and markets, including the risks associated with their sector and how they can be mitigated in a pragmatic and cost-effective manner. Our M&A team is structured according to our clients’ sectors and will work with you and your other advisers to produce innovative structures and solutions that address the risks and challenges faced in your M&A transactions.

As a seller, buyer, financial investor or a company’s management team, we can advise you on all aspects of your transaction (public or private) involving the sale or acquisition of a company or business, both domestically in the UK or internationally. Consistently ranked by Mergermarket as the top Mergers & Acquisition law firm by deal count in Europe, our partner-led teams are structured and trained according to the industries our clients operate in.

With the resources of over 700 corporate lawyers in over 42 countries, over 120 of whom are based in the UK, we can advise you in all aspects of your Mergers & Acquisition transactions.

Whatever your size, whether you are a large publicly listed company or a small privately owned business, we can deliver a tailored, commercial, cost-effective solution for you. Covering areas such as M&A, private equity, equity capital markets, PFI, outsourcing, group restructurings and privatisations, Our cross-border teams consist of experts from all practice areas and sectors including financial services, consumer products, energy, infrastructure, insurance, healthcare & life sciences, real estate, hotels & leisure and technology, media & telecommunications. This allows us to pinpoint your real commercial issues and risks, and provide you with relevant commercial advice in context, saving you time and money.

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Mark Devereux
Mark Devereux
Seni­or Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
As one of the UK's leading media lawyers for the past 30 years, Mark is known as an innovator and a key influencer in the media sector. Acting for broadcasters, TV producers, film-makers, music...
Nick Blair
Nick Blair
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Nick Blair is a partner in the Corporate Group, specialising in mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity investments, joint ventures and reorganisations. He advises clients across a variety of...
Iain Newman
Iain Newman
Part­ner
Co-head of Corporate, UK
United Kingdom, London
Iain is a Partner and co-leader of the Corporate team, with over 25 years of experience. His clients include UK and international companies and institutions. Focus areas include advising on ac...
Robert Willis
Robert Willis
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Rob Willis is a partner in the Corporate/M&A Team at CMS London.  He has been practising since 2004 and deals with all aspects of corporate work, including private company and business acquisitions ...
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Kenneth Rose
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Edinburgh
Kenny Rose is a partner in the Corporate group with over 25 years' experience as a corporate lawyer. He specialises in M&A and corporate finance projects. He has a particularly strong track record...
Howard Gill
Howard Gill
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Manchester
Howard is a partner in our Corporate group, heading the Corporate team in Manchester. He specialises in UK and multi-jurisdictional corporate finance, fundraisings, public and private M&A, joint...
Glyn Taylor
Glyn Taylor
Part­ner
Lawyer
United Kingdom, London
Glyn Taylor is a Partner in our Corporate team with a broad range of corporate financial experience, particularly in public equity. He has advised clients on a wide range of corporate work including...
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Jason Zemmel
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Jason Zemmel is a Partner based in the CMS London office. Jason advises a wide range of private equity houses, management teams, corporates, investors and advisers on the full range of private ...
Peter Lewis
Peter Lewis
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Peter Lewis is a partner in the Corporate department at CMS London, specialising in Private Equity M&A across a wide range of sectors internationally. He has over 10 years’ experience advising m...
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Cathy Pitt
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Cathy Pitt is a partner in our Corporate department. Cathy’s practice is focussed on the investment management sector and encompasses fund structuring and fundraisings for domestic and international i...