Nick Rumsby’s practice focuses on public and private mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, restructurings, joint ventures, demergers, and equity financings.

Nick Rumsby is uniquely placed to advise on UK takeovers having completed a two-year secondment to the UK Takeover Panel as a senior case officer (2008-2010) where he was involved in all major decisions and policies made during that time. Following his secondment, Nick has spent over a decade advising bidders and targets on a wide variety of recommended and hostile situations involving both UK and overseas bidders.

Nick contributes regularly to the Takeover Panel’s public consultations. He contributed three chapters to the second edition of Butterworths Takeovers: Law and Practice and edited the Gore-Browne chapter on takeovers for over seven years.

In addition to his time at the Takeover Panel, Nick worked in-house at Schroder Salomon Smith Barney (now Citi) and spent over two decades as a renowned M&A lawyer at a leading magic circle law firm, including leading one of their corporate groups for six years. 

Nick joined the firm as a partner in 2023.


  • Dialog Semiconductor plc on the £4.23 billion recommended offer from Renesas Corporation

  • Caesars Entertainment on its £2.9 billion recommended offer for William Hill plc

  • Advent on its £4 billion recommended offer for Cobham plc

  • Greene King on the £2.7 billion recommended offer from CKA

  • Advent on its £1 billion recommended offer for Laird plc

  • SABMiller on the recommended $108 billion offer from AB InBev, the fourth largest takeover in the world (and the largest ever of a UK company) 

  • Unilever on the successful defense to the $145 billion approach from Kraft-Heinz

  • Tate & Lyle on the demerger and sale of a controlling interest in its primary products division to KPS capital

  • Ophir on the £400 million recommended offer from Medco

  • ION Investment Group Limited on its £1.5 billion recommended cash offer for Fidessa group plc

  • Sibanye-Stillwater on its £285 million recommended offer for Lonmin plc

  • Schneider Electric on its £3.4 billion acquisition of Invensys plc and the first attempt at its £3 billion reverse takeover of Aveva plc

  • Greene King on its £770 million acquisition of Spirit Pub Company plc

  • Kazakhmys plc (Kaz Minerals) on the £3 billion offer by a consortium for Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation okc

  • Delphi Automotive on its recommended £1 billion offer for Hellermann Tyton plc

  • Korea National Oil Company on its successful £1.9 billion hostile offer for Dana Petroleum

  • Ophir, the Africa and Asia-focused oil and gas company, on its London listing and subsequent capital raisings, takeovers of Dominion Petroleum and Salamander Energy, and Class I acquisition of assets from Santos

  • GUS on the £6 billion demerger of Burberry and the separation of Home Retail Group and Experian

  • Tate & Lyle on the disposal of its sugar refining and storage businesses

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