Chris Pearson is a senior corporate lawyer based in London.
Chris has a substantial track record in mergers and acquisitions (domestic and cross-border), public company takeover offers, other stock exchange transactions and securities offerings, corporate governance and corporate advisory work, joint ventures, company reconstructions and institutional investments.
Chris is ranked as a leading individual for M&A in all the main directories. He is named as a leader in his field in: The International Who’s Who of Mergers and Acquisition Lawyers 2013; in Super Lawyers 2013; in Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom; and was named in The Lawyer’s “Hot 100” in 2010. Chris is also ranked as one of the world’s leading Corporate Governance lawyers in Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Governance 2014. Sources praise his “depth of experience and commercial advice” (Legal 500 2012, M&A premium deals) and say he is “thoughtful” and “pragmatic” (Chambers & Partners 2014, Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability).
Chris represents the practice on the City of London Law Society Company Law Committee. He regularly speaks at and chairs conferences on public company issues and is a contributor to A Practitioner’s Guide to the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers.
Recent experience includes:
- Acting for Delta Air Lines on its investment in Virgin Atlantic, and on related shareholder and joint venture agreements;
- Acting for Barrick Gold on its proposed disposal of London-listed African Barrick Gold;
- Acting for France Telecom on the £10 billion merger between Orange and T-Mobile and related joint venture arrangements;
- Acting for Carlsberg on its consortium bid with Heineken for Scottish & Newcastle (£7.8 billion), on the equity bridge financing and on the DKK 30.5 billion underwritten rights offering and institutional placement;
- Acting for the Takeover Panel in connection with the contested bids for Expro International by a Candover/Goldman consortium and Halliburton (£1.8 billion);
- Acting for Chaucer Holdings on its acquisition by The Hanover Insurance Company (£310 million);
- Acting for Monsoon on its £775 million recommended takeover;
- Acting for Domtar Corporation of Canada on its acquisition of the Attends Healthcare business, operating in nine European Countries;
- Acting for Trinity Mirror on its business review and on the subsequent disposal programme which raised £263 million from the sale of seven businesses (each of which was subject to a separate auction process);
- Acting for HSBC on its acquisition of Bank of Bermuda ($1.3 billion) by way of statutory amalgamation under Bermuda law.
- Solicitor, qualified in England & Wales
- Solicitor, qualified in Hong Kong
In this breakfast briefing we will be discussing deal trends in private M&A in the UK for the past 12 to 18 months and the outlook for 2017..
November 10, 2016
The rules governing public company takeovers in the UK are complex, and the process can be demanding, involving a range of challenging issues and requirements..
September 28, 2016
The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) published proposed revisions to the UK Corporate Governance Code (Code) on December 5, 2017..
December 15, 2017
On March 1, 2017 the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a Consultation Paper, CP17/5, setting out a number of possible policy measures to improve the availability of information in the UK equity IPO process..
March 06, 2017
Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has advised Trinity Mirror plc on its acquisition of Northern & Shell’s publishing assets for a total purchase price of £126.7 million..
March 22, 2018
Norton Rose Fulbright advises Trinity Mirror on £220m acquisition of Local World.
December 28, 2015