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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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