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Chris Pearson


Chris Pearson


T:+44 20 7444 3519

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.

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  • Representative experience

    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.
  • Admissions
    • Solicitor, qualified in England & Wales
    • Solicitor, qualified in Hong Kong