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Chris Cowley

T: +44 20 7809 2498 M: +44 77 1250 8159 Email Chris | Vcard Office: London

Chris Cowley Associate

Contact details

Chris Cowley

Chris Cowley
Associate

T: +44 20 7809 2498 M: +44 77 1250 8159 Email Chris | Vcard Office: London

Chris has a broad corporate practice, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity, private funds, reorganisations and general corporate advice. He joined Stephenson Harwood after having spent eight years working at Slaughter and May.
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Chris specialises in complex multi-jurisdictional mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures. He has acted for a wide variety of clients including the UK Government, Main Market listed clients, private equity sponsors, private companies and individuals. Chris also has experience in partnership matters.

Chris has particular experience advising in the financial services, energy, consumer and public sectors.

He spent seven months on secondment at Standard Chartered in 2013, working in the corporate team.

  • Corporate
  • Joint ventures
  • Public and private M&A
  • Restructuring and insolvency
  • Private equity and venture capital

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

The establishment of the British Business Bank, which provides finance to small and medium-sized businesses. The project involved the transfer of creation of the corporate structure and corporate governance principles of the bank and a large number of equity and fund interests. The British Business Bank legal team won the In-House Innovation Award at the 2015 British Legal Awards for this project.

General Electric

A general reorganisation of its European businesses.

BTG plc

Various corporate matters, including directors' duties, corporate governance, listing rules compliance, corporate reorganisations and directors' indemnities.

Covanta

The formation and reorganisation of its European business in preparation for its strategic partnership with GIG/Macquarie.

British Business Bank plc

Advice on its formation, corporate governance and annual general meeting.

North London Waste Authority

Advice regarding its corporate structure.

Department of Transport

Advice regarding directors' duties.

Pharmaceutical sector

Chris has also provided advice in respect of a buyback of shares in the context of a dispute between shareholders. 

John Swire & Sons

Various corporate matters, including its annual general meetings, revisions to its articles of association and a bonus share issue.

Bourne Leisure

Various corporate matters, including amendments to its articles of association.

Premier Foods

Various corporate matters, including its annual report and annual general meeting. 

More: Corporate

 

Covanta and GIG/Macquarie strategic partnership

Advised Covanta on its strategic partnership with Green Investment Group (part of the Macquarie group) to develop, fund and own energy-from-waste projects in the UK and Ireland. The initial investment took place into Covanta's Dublin EfW project, with the purchase price implying a total enterprise value for the project of about €700 million.  The four advanced projects forming part of the development pipeline have a total estimated capital cost of US$1.6 billion.

Banco Santander

The merger of Santander Asset Management with Pioneer Investments, valuing the combined group at €5.35 billion.

Moody's Corporation

Advised on the acquisition of a majority stake in the Copal Partners' group, a leading provider of outsourced research and analytical services.

Premier Foods

Advised on Premier Foods' joint venture with The Gores Group LLC to operate its bread business.

Thomas Cook

A joint venture with the travel business of the Co-operative Group.

More: Joint ventures

Covanta and GIG/Macquarie strategic partnership

Advised Covanta on its strategic partnership with Green Investment Group (part of the Macquarie group) to develop, fund and own energy-from-waste projects in the UK and Ireland. The initial investment took place into Covanta's Dublin EfW project, with the purchase price implying a total enterprise value for the project of about €700 million.  The four advanced projects forming part of the development pipeline have a total estimated capital cost of US$1.6 billion.

Bell Pottinger (in administration)

Acted for BDO LLP as administrators on the sale of both the Far East and Middle East businesses of Bell Pottinger (in administration).

Premier Foods

The sale of Premier Foods' sweet spreads and jellies business to the Hain Celestial Group, Inc.

The sale of the sale of the Elephant Atta, Elephant Chakki Gold and Fassal business to Associated British Foods.

Moody's Corporation

Advised on the acquisition of a majority stake in the Copal Partners' group, a leading provider of outsourced research and analytical services.

General Electric

A share sale by a member of the General Electric group operating in the power sector.

Bloomsbury PLC

The acquisitions of Osprey Publishing Limited, the world's best known military publisher, and Cumnor Publishing Limited from The Third Alcuin Fund LP.

Manchester Airport Group

The acquisition of Stansted Airport.

Maritime and real estate

Chris has also advised on several private acquisitions in the maritime and real estate sectors.

More: Public and private M&A

Bell Pottinger (in administration)

Acted for BDO LLP as administrators on the sale of both the Far East and Middle East businesses of Bell Pottinger (in administration).

More: Restructuring and insolvency

STAR Capital Partners

The acquisition of Kennet Equipment Leasing Limited.

STAR Capital Partners

The establishment of STAR Finance Partners LP, to invest in the asset finance broker market.

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

The establishment of the British Business Bank, which provides finance to small and medium-sized businesses. The project involved the transfer of creation of the corporate structure and corporate governance principles of the bank and a large number of equity and fund interests. The British Business Bank legal team won the In-House Innovation Award at the 2015 British Legal Awards for this project.

The Department of Energy & Climate Change

The creation of The International Climate Fund with the Green Investment Bank for the purpose of investing in green energy in developing countries.

Infrastructure and Projects Authority

The establishment of the Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund. The Fund will see HM Treasury invest up to £400 million to mobilise over £1 billion of investment in full fibre broadband.

Minority investors

Acting for minority investors on the initial public offering of Parques Reunidos, a leading global operator of leisure parks, on the Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia stock exchanges.

  • Energy and natural resources
  • Funds and financial services
  • Consumer
  • Government and public sector

General Electric

A share sale by a member of the General Electric group operating in the power sector.

General Electric

A general reorganisation of its European businesses.

The Department of Energy & Climate Change

The creation of The International Climate Fund with the Green Investment Bank for the purpose of investing in green energy in developing countries.

Covanta and GIG/Macquarie strategic partnership

Advised Covanta on its strategic partnership with Green Investment Group (part of the Macquarie group) to develop, fund and own energy-from-waste projects in the UK and Ireland. The initial investment took place into Covanta's Dublin EfW project, with the purchase price implying a total enterprise value for the project of about €700 million.  The four advanced projects forming part of the development pipeline have a total estimated capital cost of US$1.6 billion.

Banco Santander

The merger of Santander Asset Management with Pioneer Investments, valuing the combined group at €5.35 billion.

Moody's Corporation

Advised on the acquisition of a majority stake in the Copal Partners' group, a leading provider of outsourced research and analytical services.

STAR Capital Partners

The acquisition of Kennet Equipment Leasing Limited.

STAR Capital Partners

The establishment of STAR Finance Partners LP, to invest in the asset finance broker market.

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

The establishment of the British Business Bank, which provides finance to small and medium-sized businesses. The project involved the transfer of creation of the corporate structure and corporate governance principles of the bank and a large number of equity and fund interests. The British Business Bank legal team won the In-House Innovation Award at the 2015 British Legal Awards for this project.

Infrastructure and Projects Authority

The establishment of the Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund. The Fund will see HM Treasury invest up to £400 million to mobilise over £1 billion of investment in full fibre broadband.

The Department of Energy & Climate Change

The creation of The International Climate Fund with the Green Investment Bank for the purpose of investing in green energy in developing countries.

More: Funds and financial services

Premier Foods

The sale of Premier Foods' sweet spreads and jellies business to the Hain Celestial Group, Inc.

The sale of the sale of the Elephant Atta, Elephant Chakki Gold and Fassal business to Associated British Foods.

Advised on Premier Foods' joint venture with The Gores Group LLC to operate its bread business.

More: Consumer

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

The establishment of the British Business Bank, which provides finance to small and medium-sized businesses. The transaction involved the transfer of a large number of fund interests. The British Business Bank legal team won the In-House Innovation Award at the 2015 British Legal Awards for this transaction.

Infrastructure and Projects Authority

The establishment of the Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund. The Fund will see HM Treasury invest up to £400 million to mobilise over £1 billion of investment in full fibre broadband.

The Department of Energy & Climate Change

The creation of The International Climate Fund with the Green Investment Bank for the purpose of investing in green energy in developing countries.

British Business Bank plc

Advice on its formation, corporate governance and annual general meeting.

North London Waste Authority

Advice regarding its corporate structure.

Department of Transport

Advice regarding directors' duties. 

More: Government and public sector

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