Matthew Hamilton-Foyn’s practice focuses on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, international corporate transactions and general corporate and commercial matters.

Matthew joined the firm in 2011 and has acted for a range of corporates, private equity firms and financial institutions on a number of complex public and private M&A transactions. During his time at the UK Takeover Panel from 2014 to 2016, Matthew regulated a large number of takeovers, investigations and other transactions governed by the UK Takeover Code.

Notable Experience

  • Case Officer, UK Takeover Panel 2014-2016, (secondment)

  • Fidessa group plc, a provider of software and services to financial services firms, on competitive takeover offers from ION and Temenos, resulting in a successful £1.5 billion takeover by ION 

  • Warburg Pincus and two other lead investors in relation to a $1.25 billion investment in Airtel Africa. At the time, the transaction represented one of the largest ever international private equity investments in Africa

  • Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan on the sale of its stake in the Bermuda-based insurance and reinsurance company, Catalina Holdings

  • AB InBev, the world’s largest brewer, on the combination of its brewing and beverage businesses in Russia and Ukraine with those of Anadolu Efes, the leading brewer in Turkey

  • American Express, as 50 percent shareholder of Amex Global Business Travel, on the £400 million takeover by Amex Global Business Travel of Hogg Robinson plc, a B2B services company specialising in travel, payments, and expense management 

  • Loxam SAS on its successful £460 million bid for Lavendon Group plc, a provider of powered access equipment to the construction sector (in the face of competitive bids from TVH Group)

  • The Raine Group as lead financial advisor to SoftBank Group in its recommended, £24 billion takeover of ARM Holdings plc, a semiconductor designer listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange

  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch on the sale of its wealth management business in Asia, Europe and Latin America to Julius Baer

  • Amundi in the acquisition of an 87.5 percent stake in Kleinwort Benson Investors Dublin and its subsidiaries from Oddo et Cie

  • Regulated and oversaw a large number of UK public takeover bids and other transactions at the UK Takeover Panel between 2014-2016, including:

    •  Royal Dutch Shell’s recommended £46 billion takeover of BG Group
    • Aviva’s recommended £5.6 billion takeover of Friends Life Group
    • QIA and Brookfield Property Partners’ hostile £2.6 billion takeover of Canary Wharf Group
    • Banco de Sabadell’s recommended £1.7 billion takeover of TSB Banking Group
    • Qualcomm’s recommended £1.6 billion takeover of CSR plc
    • Greene King plc’s recommended £770 million takeover of Spirit Pub plc
    • Groupe FNAC and Steinhoff’s competitive bids for Darty plc, resulting in a recommended, £915 million takeover by Group FNAC

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