Simon Jay advises on all types of mergers and acquisitions, as well as joint ventures and restructurings.

He has represented both corporates and private equity funds on a broad range of public and private M&A transactions, often involving cross-border issues.

Notable Experience

  • McCormick & Company in its $4.2 billion acquisition of the food business of British conglomerate Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc.

  • Fidessa group plc in relation to the approximately £1.5 billion acquisition by takeover offer of Fidessa by Ion Capital.

  • The Coca-Cola Company on the combination of the businesses of Coca-Cola Enterprises, Coca-Cola Iberian Partners, and Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetränke to form Coca-Cola European Partners, creating the world’s largest independent bottler of Coca-Cola products.

  • Warburg Pincus and General Atlantic in the joint acquisition from Banco Santander of a 50 percent stake in Santander Asset Management, and their subsequent divestment of that stake.

  • Funds managed by TPG in the public takeover of Prezzo and in connection with numerous transactions, including the acquisitions of TSL Education Group Limited, Mey İçki Sanayi ve Ticaret, British Vita, Debenhams, Findexa, and Gate Gourmet.

  • D’Ieteren in relation to the investment by funds managed by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in D’Ieteren’s subsidiary, Belron Group, owner of the Autoglass and Carglass business, valuing Belron at €3 billion, together with Belron on its management incentive plan.

  • Bekaert in the combination of its ropes and rope wire division with Bridon to form Bridon-Bekaert Ropes Group.

  • HanesBrands in its expansion into Europe through the acquisition of DB Apparel from Sun Capital Partners.

  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the sale of its non-U.S. wealth management business to Julius Baer Group.

  • Sony in its acquisition of Ericsson’s 50 percent stake in Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications.

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SELECTED ACTIVITIES

  • Member, City of London Solicitors’ Company Law Committee

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