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Helen Johnson

Partner

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
London
EC4N 6AF
United Kingdom
Languages English, French

Helen Johnson advises on a wide range of corporate transactions. She advises on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, IPOs, secondary fundraisings, public takeovers and private equity work, including advising management and investors on management buy-outs, public to privates and exits. A lot of Helen’s work has a cross-border element, including advising on cross-border mergers, and she is the UK contributor to the CMS Cross-Border Merger Guide.

Helen has particular expertise in consumer products work and is Head of Retail, having founded the firm's Retail practice. Helen also has a long standing focus on corporate insurance work, having advised on numerous insurance related transactions throughout her career, including advising insurers and brokers on acquisitions and disposals. Helen is Co-Head of the CMS Corporate Insurance Group and she also has experience of acting on technology related transactions.

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Relevant experience

  • CBPE on its investment in Sofa.com.
  • Charles Taylor plc on the acquisition of the Strike Club management companies.
  • CBL Insurance Limited on the acquisition of Achmea (Ireland) Limited and the UK elements of its  IPO.
  • Exceptional Innovations B.V on the acquisition of Quadriga Worldwide Limited.
  • Saville Consulting Group advising the sellers on the sale of the company to Towers Watson.
  • Windsor Group plc on the public to private of Windsor Group plc.
  • Martello Underwriting on the sale of Martello Underwriting Limited to RSA.
  • CBaySystems Holding Limited on the US$286m acquisition of shares in MedQuist Inc by CBaySystems Holdings Limited and its subsequent re-admission to AIM.
  • Finncap on the IPO and associated fundraising of Quartix Holdings plc on AIM.
  • DRS Data & Research plc on its class 1 disposal of Peladon Software Inc and its DocX business.
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Lectures list

  • Speaker at the European Mergermarket M&A and Private Equity Conference 2013 on the CMS M&A Study
  • Speaker at the Satellite Finance Network Conference 2104
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Education

  • 1994 - B.A Hons History - 2:1, Durham
  • 1995 - Common Professional Examination (Commendation), College of Law, London
  • 1996 - Legal Practice Course (Distinction), College of Law, London
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12/09/2018
Trans­form­ing In­sur­ance
In June 2018, a num­ber of seni­or fig­ures from the in­sur­ance in­dustry gathered for a round-table at the CMS of­fices to dis­cuss the eth­ic­al and reg­u­lat­ory im­plic­a­tions of the use of ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence...
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29/06/2016
IC­SA pub­lishes spe­ci­men share deal­ing code for Main Mar­ket and AIM com­pan­ies
On 24 June 2016 the In­sti­tute of Chartered Sec­ret­ar­ies and Ad­min­is­trat­ors (IC­SA) pub­lished a spe­ci­men Share Deal­ing Code that can be ad­op­ted by Main Mar­ket and AIM com­pan­ies. The IC­SA Code is broadly...
17/06/2016
Lon­don Stock Ex­change con­firms changes to AIM Rules to re­flect the Mar­ket...
On 14 June 2016 the Lon­don Stock Ex­change con­firmed the changes that will be made to the AIM Rules for Com­pan­ies on 3 Ju­ly 2016 to re­flect the EU Mar­ket Ab­use Reg­u­la­tion. As ex­pec­ted, the Ex­change has...
21/09/2015
CMS ad­vises CBL In­sur­ance on pub­lic of­fer­ing of its shares on the New Zea­l­and...
A CMS team led by part­ners Steph­en Neth­er­way, Chris Southorn and Helen John­son ad­vised in­ter­na­tion­al in­surer CBL In­sur­ance on its pro­posed ini­tial pub­lic of­fer­ing of its or­din­ary shares, jointly on the...
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An­nu­al Con­sumer Products Con­fer­ence 2014
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Our award-win­ning Cor­por­ate team is re­cog­nised as one of the largest and most ex­per­i­enced in Europe.Our CMS net­work of in­ter­na­tion­al law­yers in­cludes over 600 cor­por­ate law­yers who ad­vise on trans­ac­tions...
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Re­tail Is­sues Un­wrapped
We are pleased to wel­come you to our Sum­mer 2013 Re­tail Is­sues up­date. We cap­ture rel­ev­ant is­sues and top­ics of in­terest for in-house leg­al and busi­ness per­son­nel alike. In par­tic­u­lar, in this is­sue...