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Simon Morgan


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English

Simon Morgan is a partner in the Corporate/M&A Team at CMS London.  Simon has over 30 years' experience of advising clients on corporate transactional matters. He advises clients across a number of business sectors including Technology, Media & Communications, Life Sciences & Healthcare and Real Estate.

Clients include established domestic and international companies, public bodies, growing businesses, investment groups and professional intermediaries.

Transactional experience includes advising on public and private M&A, growth company financings, strategic joint ventures and IPOs.

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"Simon Morgan is described by one client as "the best corporate lawyer outside the magic circle. He is outstanding and a jewel in the firm’s crown." He is well known for acting on behalf of business in the media sector and "is very wise and has very good judgement"."

Chambers, 2016

"Simon Morgan is described as an "incredibly knowledgeable, diligent and commercial lawyer who is "at least on a par with the very best lawyers I've worked with," according to one client. He acted for M&C Saatchi on the disposal of a 75.1% stake in Walker Media for GBP 36m"."

Chambers 2015

Relevant experience

  • Prezzo Group, the listed casual dining operator, on its GBP 300m takeover.
  • Vodafone UK on its UK passive asset network infrastructure sharing joint venture with O2.
  • BBC Worldwide on a series of transactions, including the GBP 130m sale of its magazine publishing business to funds managed by Exponent Partners, the disposal of its 50 per cent stake in the Animal Planet Channel to Discovery and strategic joint ventures with partners including Scripps Networks Interactive, Random House, Pearson and Woolworths.
  • Cain Hoy, a real estate investor, on the acquisition of a controlling interest in the Islington Square residential development project.
  • Syncona, the life science investor, on the establishment or further investment in a series of life science companies including Freeline Therapeutics (liver directed gene therapies), Autolus (cutting-edge T-cell therapies), Cambridge Epigenetix (epigenetic tools for DNA methylation and hydroxymethylation), Achilles Therapeutics (patient specific therapies to harness the body's immune system to destroy cancer cells) , Nightstarx (therapies for retinal dystrophies), Blue Earth Diagnostics (developing molecular imaging agents for cancer) and Gyroscope Therapeutics (developing therapies to address various sets of diseases).
  • M&C Saatchi on the disposal of a 75.1% interest in Walker Media to Publicis.
  • Blue Prism, the developer of robotic process automation software, on its 2016 AIM IPO; Blue Prism had the strongest post IPO share price growth of all 2016 AIM IPOs.
  • FremantleMedia Group on a series of investments in independent TV production companies.
  • The People's Operator, a virtual mobile phone operator, on its December 2014 GBP 100m AIM IPO and subsequent fund raisings.
  • Funds managed by Delancey Real Estate Asset Management on their Plexal joint venture to establish a technology innovation centre at Here East, the former Olympic Park.
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  • 1987 – Admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales
  • 1985 - Law Society Finals, England and Wales
  • 1984- MA Law, Pembroke College, Cambridge
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