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This year, The Lawyer’s annual ranking of the largest UK law firms by turnover is available as an interactive, digital benchmarking tool. For the first time this will allow you to manipulate each data set against the metrics of your choice.
He has advised on several high profile mergers and acquisitions and privatisations - such as acting for the DTI on the sale of British Energy - and regularly acts in equity issues. Major corporate and capital markets transactions are also part of his speciality.
His recent deals include acting for Cable and Wireless on its £6.5 billion acquisition of the data business of Cable & Wireless Communications and the simultaneous £8.2 billion acquisition by NTL of Cable & Wireless Communications' consumer business.
He also acted for British Eurospace on the issue of £685 million 3.75 per cent Exchangeable Bonds, exchangeable into ordinary shares of Orange plc (the largest exchangeable security issued by a UK company).
He says the corporate department - the biggest department in the firm - plays a central role in Allen & Overy's ambitions to become a global law firm.
He says: "We have taken significant steps in Europe in recent years through mergers in Italy, Spain and, most recently, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, while deepening our capabilities in France and Germany with a number of lateral hires and sustained, organic growth.
"We will continue to develop this pan-European service, together with that in Asia, and will also look to grow our US corporate capability significantly.