Herbert Smith Freehills

Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Well-regarded practice that is often instructed on high-value cross-border transactions and prominent acquisition and disposal deals, earning a strong reputation for its abilities in public M&A. Client base includes numerous well-known blue-chip companies, leading investment banks and sovereign wealth funds. Broad sector expertise spans financial services, technology and real estate.

Strengths Interviewees say: "As a team they are very well co-ordinated, easy to work with and able to manage issues when they come up." 

Work highlights Represented Sky with respect to its GBP30 billion takeover by Comcast.

Notable practitioners

James Palmer
retains a commanding market position due to his experience handling top-flight work on significant corporate transactions. He serves as the firm's chair and senior partner.

Malcolm Lombers
counts a number of household-name corporates among his list of clients, in addition to well-known investment banks and sovereign wealth funds. He displays expertise in public and private M&A and international partnership matters.

Stephen Wilkinson
is held in high esteem by all parts of the market for his corporate practice, which routinely sees him leading high-profile M&A, joint ventures and demergers. Clients praise his "depth of knowledge and experience," and report: "He is extremely strategic and has seen it all."