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Helen Johnson


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
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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[Helen Johnson] gives “considered practical advice”

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Helen Johnson “is excellent”

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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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  • 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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