Landmark transactions

Some of the historic deals that our team members have advised on include:


Hugh Morrison and Nick Miles led an international team advising Vodafone in the world’s largest ever successfully contested bid – for Germany’s Mannesmann.

Northern Electric

Following a highly successful IPO (with a large retail element), Nick Miles helped Newcastle-based Northern Electric plot a path in the public markets, including a successful defence against a cash bid from predator Trafalgar House plc.

London Weekend Television

Nick Miles led a team which advised Sir Christopher Bland and Greg Dyke of LWT in fighting a hostile bid from Granada TV.


The largest contested bid of its time, we advised Sir James Goldsmith, Sir Jacob (now Lord) Rothschild and Kerry Packer in their contested approach for BAT plc.


Multiple engagements including the contested approach by France’s Lafarge which successfully acquired the UK’s Redland Cement.


Advised the French supermarket giant on the merger with Promodes, one of the largest retailers in Spain.


Advised  on the multi-jurisdictional three way merger with Pechiney and Alusuisse.

Virgin Money

The controversial Northern Rock transaction.


Advised on its defence against Mittal’s bid, at the time one of the largest contested bids in European history.

Kraft Foods

Advised Kraft Foods on their contested bid for Cadbury.