Andrew has worked with his clients on their corporate transactions for over 20 years, frequently with an international dimension. Representative transactions include:
Advising STT Telecommunications, the Singaporean-based telecoms company, on its significant investment in Virtus, a UK data centre business and its co-investor arrangements with private equity firm Brockton Capital.
Advising Traderight, a London Metals Exchange introducer broker dealer on its formation including complex shareholder arrangements.
Advising numerous clients on group company re-organisations.
Advising Hotel Chocolat, the premium chocolate grower, manufacturer and retailer on various corporate matters.
Advising Kvaerner, the European shipbuilding and construction company, on the sale of the Govan shipyard in Scotland to BAe Systems.
Advising on transactions involving clients or third parties in an insolvency situation.
Advising financial services companies and banks such as Citibank and GE Capital on numerous acquisitions and disposals and joint ventures concerning: private banking, mortgage lending and consumer finance; the IPO of an insurance business ; advising on the sale by Citibank of its Diners Club business in Europe and advising on credit and store card arrangements.
Andrew has helped clients navigate the formation, operation and un-winding of numerous joint ventures and strategic alliances, frequently with an international dimension.
His experience includes:
Advising on the strategic alliance between Europcar and Vanguard (owners of the Dollar and Thrifty vehicle rental brands).
Advising on a retail joint venture between Safeway and BP for petrol forecourt stations.
Advising the founding shareholders forming Pod, a new UK-based market research company.
Advising on a joint venture between GE and HBOS for consumer financial services.
Advising on The Telegraph and Express Newspapers' joint venture for printing and distribution services.
Advising on an IP-rich joint venture between Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering of Korea and a UK-based technology company.
Advising on a proposed joint venture between a leading listed biotechnology/biopharmaceutical company and a US 'big pharmaceutical' company.
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Private equity and venture capital
Andrew has worked with private equity clients such as Lion Capital, Advent International, Blackstone, Bain Capital, Vitruvian, Hg Capital and CVC since the industry first gained traction in Europe and more recently has focused on working with their portfolio companies.
Advising on Lion Capital's sale of Kettle Foods for US$615 million to Diamond Foods Inc of the US.
Advising on Lion Capital and Blackstone's €1.85 billion acquisition of the Orangina Schweppes beverages business from Cadbury Schweppes.
Advising on Advent International's acquisition of Equiniti, the company registrar business from Lloyds TSB.
Advising Lion Capital on its proposed €800 million + acquisition of Findus Italy from Unilever.
Advising Advent International and Bain Capital on the acquisition of WorldPay, the card processing business from RBS.
Advising on the acquisition of Boxclever, the white and brown goods company by Cerberus and Fortress Capital.
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Commercial, outsourcing and technology
Andrew advises clients on some of their most complex and high value commercial contracts. This includes intellectual property licensing and exploitation, supply, distribution and agency arrangements, manufacturing agreements, R&D agreements, transitional services agreements and outsourcing arrangements.
Representative examples include:
Advising GE Consumer Finance on the outsourcing of its UK printing and mailing operations.
Advising Findus Group, the food manufacturer, on contract manufacturing arrangements in Europe.
Advising on numerous long-term and very high value gas supply contracts in the energy industry.
Advising on the outsourcing of Gillette's razor blade packaging business in the UK.
Advising a client on a technology research and development agreement.
Advising on a pharmaceuticals related supply agreement and licensing arrangement with GSK.
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Public and private M&A
A core part of Andrew's work involves advising clients on their M&A transactions, acting for both buyers and sellers and frequently involving a cross-border dimension. Transactions may be structured as share sales or business and asset deals. Andrew's experience encompasses auction sales and bilateral negotiations and spans almost every industry sector.
Representative examples include:
Advising on Findus Foods' acquisition of a Spanish business from Nestlé; the acquisition of a business in Benelux from McCain; the acquisition of its UK and Spanish business and brands; and the acquisition of a seafood business from Uniq PLC.
Advising Access Industries on its US$ multi-billion acquisition of Basell Polyolefins, the plastic business, from Shell and BASF.
Advising the private equity house Lion Capital on the US$615 million sale of crisp manufacturer Kettle Foods to Diamond Foods Inc of the US.
Advising on the sale of the Latin American banking operations of Banca Intesa, an Italian bank.
Advising on Premier Foods PLC on numerous acquisitions and disposals, including the sale of its Typhoo tea business to the Apeeajay Surrendra Group of India.
Advising GE Speciality Materials on its US$1 billion acquisition of Crompton Corporation of the US.
Advising GE Consumer Finance on the acquisition of sub-prime mortgage business igroup, and a subsequent acquisition of a mortgage broking business.
Advising the founding family shareholders on the sale of the Pataks Indian foods business to Associated British Foods PLC.
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