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Louise Wallace

Partner

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

Louise Wallace has been a partner in the Corporate Team since 1997 and is a member of CMS’ Executive Committee.

She covers all aspects of M&A, private equity, corporate finance, takeovers, joint ventures, corporate outsourcing, integrations and governance, and all forms of corporate restructurings.

Louise specialises in the hotels & leisure and the consumer and retail sectors. She is ranked in the top tier of Chambers 2016 for her work in the hotels & leisure sector and is recognised in Chambers for M&A (High End) GBP 250m+ deals.

Louise has acted on many of the leading M&A transactions in the Hotels & Leisure sector. She has advised owners and financiers on countless Management and Franchise Agreements with Hilton, IHG, Marriott, Accor as well as “White Label” Management Agreements with Redefine BDL, Chardon, Sangine, MacDonald Hotels to name but a few.

On the consumer and retail side, she has an in-depth knowledge of the sector and supports our clients with M&A, competition, media and advertising, food law, etc. Her detailed expertise as a corporate partner means Louise also regularly advises clients across a wide range of other sectors including real estate, manufacturing, support services, industrials and IT.

She has in-depth expertise in the consumer products sector (FMCG, food & drink, household & body care, cosmetics, textiles and retail), having advised retailers and manufacturers in a broad range of legal and market facing issues.

Recommendations

Louise is recommended in Legal 500 2016 for M&A Upper Mid Market and Premium deals £250m+ and Private Equity transactions.

Best Lawyers 2017 Leisure and Hospitality Law.

Super Lawyers 2013-2015 Corporate Finance, Consumer Products and Hotels and Leisure.

Consumer Products Lawyer of the Year ACQ5 Global Awards 2015.

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"sensible, practical and tough".

Chambers

"She has “a very good reputation for Corporate work and M&A transactions” is “very commercial, very client focused and amenable” and is “such a strong leader that she very much takes the lead”.

Chambers Global, Chambers European and Chambers UK 2016

Relevant experience

  • Diageo on the UK aspects on the sale of its global wine business for USD 600m.
  • LRG on the sale of 18 hotel assets to Cerberus Investments for GBP 221m.
  • Patron Capital and West Register Hotel Holdings Limited -on the sale of 26 hotels to FICO Holdings Limited and Singha Estates for GBP 160m.
  • Shareholders of Aurum Group -on the sale of the UK’s leading luxury jewellery retailer owning Watches of Switzerland, Mappin & Webb and Goldsmiths to Apollo.
  • LRG on the sale of 21 hotels to Kew Green, owned by Goldman Sachs and TPG.
  • Royal Bank of Scotland on its GBP 420m sale of its tenanted pub business to Scottish & Newcastle, a subsidiary of Heineken.
  • Delhaize Group on the acquisition of Serbian retail Delta Maxi Group with operations in Serbia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Montenegro and Albania for EUR 932.5m.
  • Accor on the GBP 440m sale and leaseback of 30 UK hotels to Land Securities Trilium.
  • Royal Bank of Scotland on the acquisition and subsequent GBP 1.1bn disposal of a portfolio of 47 UK Marriott hotels.
  • NSB Retail Systems on its flotation on AIM, its move to the official list, various and numerous corporate acquisitions and disposals and corporate advice to include advising on its recommended takeover by Epicor Software and disposal of the UK business to BT. 
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Education

  • 1988 - Law Society Finals (First class hons), Bristol
  • 1987 - LLB (Hons), King’s College, London 
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Hotels & Leisure

Louise Wallace has been a partner in the Corporate Team since 1997 and is a member of CMS’ Executive Committee. She covers all aspects of M&A, private equity, corporate finance, takeovers, joint ventures, corporate outsourcing, integrations and governance, and all forms of corporate restructurings.

Louise specialises in the hotels & leisure and the consumer and retail sectors. She is ranked in the top tier of Chambers 2016 for her work in the hotels & leisure sector and is recognised in Chambers for M&A (High End) GBP 250m+ deals.

Louise has acted on many of the leading M&A transactions in the hotels & leisure sector. She has advised owners and financiers on countless Management and Franchise Agreements with Hilton, IHG, Marriott, Accor as well as “White Label” Management Agreements with Redefine BDL, Chardon, Sangine, MacDonald Hotels to name but a few.

On the consumer and retail side, she has an in-depth knowledge of the sector and supports our clients with M&A, competition, media and advertising, food law, etc. Her detailed expertise as a corporate partner means Louise also regularly advises clients across a wide range of other sectors including real estate, manufacturing, support services, industrials and IT.

She has in-depth expertise in the consumer products sector (FMCG, food & drink, household & body care, cosmetics, textiles and retail), having advised retailers and manufacturers in a broad range of legal and market facing issues.

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Relevant experience

  • LRG on the sale of 18 hotel assets to Cerberus Investments for GBP 221m.
  • Patron Capital and West Register Hotel Holdings Limited on the sale of 26 hotels to FICO Holdings Limited and Singha Estates for GBP 160m.
  • Royal Bank of Scotland on its EUR 420m sale of its tenanted pub business to Scottish & Newcastle, a subsidiary of Heineken.
  • LRG on the sale of 21 hotels to Kew Green, owned by Goldman Sachs and TPG.
  • Accor on the GBP 440m sale and leaseback of 30 UK hotels to Land Securities Trilium.
  • Royal Bank of Scotland on the acquisition and subsequent £1.1bn disposal of a portfolio of 47 UK Marriott hotels.
  • The Managed Hotels Unit Trust on the GBP 397m acquisition of management of 16 Hilton hotels.
  • Fawkes Holdings and Ernst & Young as administrative receivers on the GBP 620m disposal of 42 Marriott hotels.
  • RBS on the separate sales of the Grand Hotel Jersey and the Doubletree Hilton.
  • May Capital on the acquisition of a portfolio of Greene King pubs. 
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Education

  • 1988 - Law Society Finals (First class hons), Bristol
  • 1987 - LLB (Hons), King’s College, London 
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Consumer Products

Louise Wallace has been a partner in the Corporate Team since 1997 and is a member of CMS’ Executive Committee.

She covers all aspects of M&A, private equity, corporate finance, takeovers, joint ventures, corporate outsourcing, integrations and governance, and all forms of corporate restructurings.

Louise specialises in the hotels & leisure and the consumer and retail sectors. She is ranked in the top tier of Chambers 2016 for her work in the hotels & leisure sector and is recognised in Chambers for M&A (High End) GBP 250m+ deals.

Louise has acted on many of the leading M&A transactions in the hotels & leisure sector. She has advised owners and financiers on countless Management and Franchise Agreements with Hilton, IHG, Marriott, Accor as well as “White Label” Management Agreements with Redefine BDL, Chardon, Sangine, MacDonald Hotels to name but a few.

On the consumer and retail side, she has an in-depth knowledge of the sector and supports our clients with M&A, competition, media and advertising, food law, etc. Her detailed expertise as a corporate partner means Louise also regularly advises clients across a wide range of other sectors including real estate, manufacturing, support services, industrials and IT.

She has in-depth expertise in the consumer products sector (FMCG, food & drink, household & body care, cosmetics, textiles and retail), having advised retailers and manufacturers in a broad range of legal and market facing issues.

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Relevant experience

  • Diageo on the UK aspects on the sale of its global wine business for USD 600m.
  • Shareholders of Aurum Group on the sale of the UK’s leading luxury jewellery retailer owning Watches of Switzerland, Mappin & Webb and Goldsmiths to Apollo.
  • Delhaize Group on the acquisition of Serbian retail Delta Maxi Group with operations in Serbia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Montenegro and Albania for EUR 932.5m.
  • Coca-Cola Enterprises on its joint venture with ECO Plastics in respect of rPET.
  • Management of Simple Health & Beauty on the sale of Simple to Alberto Culver for GBP 240m.
  • Finsbury Foods on its joint venture with Genius Foods, the subsequent sale of its Free From business to Genius Foods and various joint ventures.
  • Sara Lee on the sale of Sara Lee Bakeries and two very complicated group reorganisations.
  • Camelot on very high profile matters including ticketing for the Millenium Dome, the buy back of the shareholding of GTECH, the sale of shares to the Post Office and acting for Camelot on its sale to Ontario Teachers Pension Plan.
  • WT Foods on the sale of Noon Group to Kerry Foods, the sale of Bart Spices and advising Bridgepoint Management on the sale of WT Holdings to Grace Kennedy of Jamaica.
  • Youngs Bluecrest Seafood on the acquisition of Bluecrest Seafood, its merger with Youngs Seafood and the sale of Youngs Bluecrest to CapVest.
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Education

  • 1988 - Law Society Finals (First class hons), Bristol
  • 1987 - LLB (Hons), King’s College, London 
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1 December 2020
CMS ap­points new Head of Cor­por­ate/M&A Group
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS is pleased to an­nounce that part­ner Louise Wal­lace has been ap­poin­ted as Head of the In­ter­na­tion­al Cor­por­ate/M&A Group. Louise’s ap­point­ment was con­firmed in Novem­ber 2020...
09 July 2020
Plan for Jobs – What does this mean for hotel and leis­ure busi­nesses? 
The Chan­cel­lor made his state­ment yes­ter­day (8 Ju­ly 2020) on the next phase of the gov­ern­ment’s plan to ad­dress the eco­nom­ic im­pacts of the coronavir­us out­break.  The pro­posed meas­ures in­clude sup­port...
June 2019
CMS Con­sumer Products Glob­al Bro­chure
As lead­ing ad­visers to the con­sumer products sec­tor, we help com­pan­ies cre­ate, de­liv­er, and sell their goods, pro­tect­ing their in­nov­a­tion and mar­ket po­s­i­tion every step of the way. We work with top...
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The Prime Min­is­ter made his long-awaited state­ment to the House of Com­mons yes­ter­day (23 June 2020) re­gard­ing the fur­ther eas­ing of re­stric­tions which will al­low much of the hos­pit­al­ity sec­tor to re­open...
18 June 2019
An­nu­al Re­view 2018 – 2019
Cross­ing bor­ders is both the theme of this year’s CMS An­nu­al Re­view and a guid­ing idea that we had when we es­tab­lished CMS 20 years ago. At that time, we de­cided to cre­ate a high-qual­ity, ex­pert and mul­tijur­is­dic­tion­al law firm. This Re­view shows what we’ve achieved over the last year in pur­suit of this goal.Since 1999, work­ing across bor­ders has be­come a daily task for all our law­yers. We are one of the most in­ter­na­tion­al law firms, with more than 70 of­fices in over 40 coun­tries. Our 4,800 leg­al ex­perts world­wide work as one team across jur­is­dic­tions, prac­tice areas and sec­tors to en­sure that you get clear, ac­tion­able and busi­ness-fo­cused ad­vice. You can read about our mul­tijur­is­dic­tion­al sup­port for cli­ents in the stor­ies through­out this An­nu­al Re­view. For ex­ample: an in­ter­na­tion­al CMS team ad­vised Ad­vance / Ne­w­house Part­ner­ship on its pur­chase of Stage En­ter­tain­ment, one of the world’s largest theatre pro­du­cers and own­ers. Our law­yers spe­cial­ising in cor­por­ate, me­dia, real es­tate, tax, em­ploy­ment, IP, com­pet­i­tion and bank­ing all worked on the trans­ac­tion.Glob­al­isa­tion con­tin­ues to im­pact the busi­ness en­vir­on­ment pro­foundly, as do the key is­sues on the glob­al agenda such as the US trade talks with China, Brexit and the con­sequences of cli­mate change. With our glob­al firm struc­ture and mind­set, we help you an­ti­cip­ate the prob­lems you face in your daily op­er­a­tions. On page 28, you can read what some of our part­ners around the world have told us about the chal­lenges their cli­ents are cur­rently fa­cing.An­oth­er ma­jor factor shap­ing our daily work is the im­pact of tech­no­logy on all busi­nesses. This year, our an­nu­al event in Da­v­os on the oc­ca­sion of the World Eco­nom­ic For­um (see page 18) fo­cused on how in­creased di­git­al­isa­tion is af­fect­ing con­ven­tion­al busi­ness mod­els.Today, in­tro­du­cing more ad­vanced tech­no­lo­gic­al tools in­to leg­al prac­tice is a must in or­der to meet cli­ents’ qual­ity and ef­fi­ciency ex­pect­a­tions. For CMS, it is about more than just us­ing ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence soft­ware or di­git­al tools. To us, in­nov­a­tion means de­vel­op­ing tech­no­logy to of­fer our cli­ents new high-qual­ity ser­vices and to provide new ways of de­liv­er­ing all our leg­al of­fer­ings. Our scale and pres­ence across many jur­is­dic­tions, coupled with our deep un­der­stand­ing of cli­ent needs in their loc­a­tions, means that we are very well qual­i­fied to de­vise such solu­tions. On page 16, some of our key in­nov­at­ors de­scribe the ways in which our tech­no­logy is be­ne­fit­ting cli­ents.I hope you find some in­ter­est­ing and thought-pro­vok­ing stor­ies in this year’s An­nu­al Re­view and wish you an en­joy­able read. My col­leagues in the CMS ex­ec­ut­ive team and I are al­ways happy to hear from you if you have any com­ments or ques­tions.Cor­neli­us Brandi, Ex­ec­ut­ive Chair­man
30 August 2018
CMS ad­vises Ad­vance on Stage En­ter­tain­ment ac­quis­i­tion
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised Ad­vance/Ne­w­house Part­ner­ship (“Ad­vance”), a di­ver­si­fied, fam­ily-owned com­pany that op­er­ates and in­vests in a broad range of me­dia, com­mu­nic­a­tions and tech­no­logy...
June 2018
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In the European Uni­on, mis­lead­ing ad­vert­ising is un­law­ful. The Un­fair Com­mer­cial Prac­tices Dir­ect­ive pro­hib­its mis­lead­ing prac­tices that con­tain false in­form­a­tion likely to de­ceive the av­er­age con­sumer...
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Mis­lead­ing rep­res­ent­a­tions of new "de­sign­er food"
Like many oth­er in­dus­tries, the food in­dustry is in­nov­at­ing rap­idly and food pro­du­cers are launch­ing new products reg­u­larly to sat­is­fy con­sumer de­mand.But how should these new products be presen­ted to...
29 May 2017
Hos­pit­al­ity Mat­ters – Spring 2017
CMS is de­lighted to provide you with the latest edi­tion of Hos­pit­al­ity Mat­ters, our bul­let­in for the ho­tels and leis­ure in­dustry. This pub­lic­a­tion ex­plores re­cent leg­al de­vel­op­ments in the ho­tels and...
Spring 2017
Hos­pit­al­ity Mat­ters - Spring 2017
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11 January 2017
Food and bever­age
At CMS we work hard to be a truly cli­ent fo­cused law firm. This means un­der­stand­ing the unique needs and chal­lenges of each mar­ket sec­tor, and provid­ing a tailored ser­vice ad­dress­ing your par­tic­u­lar con­cerns...
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At CMS we work hard to be a truly cli­ent fo­cused law firm. This means un­der­stand­ing the unique needs and chal­lenges of each mar­ket sec­tor, and provid­ing a tailored ser­vice ad­dress­ing your par­tic­u­lar con­cerns...