Bruce is a corporate partner in our London office and is our global client partner.
Bruce is an M&A expert with significant experience across a wide range of disciplines and particularly in the private equity, financial services, energy and the telecoms fields.
He can list on his CV working on: the world’s largest M&A deal (involving Royal Dutch Shell); the first “US”/UK dual listed company merger (P&O Princess/Carnival); the first public takeover in the UAE (MTN/Investcom) and many other major highlights too.
Typically, he will be asked to get involved with more high profile transactions that are perceived – by the outsider at least - as carrying a more significant element of risk. Clients come to him because he has a demonstrable track record of success in these areas, mitigating elements of the risk and delivering the results that those clients seek. Bruce also heads our High-Growth markets group.
He operates across any number of jurisdictions, having played a key role in deals in the United States, the Middle East, Africa and Europe.
Bruce has acted on many matters involving South Africa, including the largest announced M&A transaction involving a South African counter-party (MTN/Bharti). Bruce has also been involved in a number of transactions in parts of North and Sub-Saharan Africa.
He set up and was for three years the head of the firm’s corporate group in the Middle East, adding further to his global perspective. One of Bruce’s areas of focus is Qatar.
. Bruce has worked on both outbound deals for Qatari clients (eg Qatar Holding’s €2.1bn investment in Iberdrola) and domestic deals in Qatar (eg on the merger of Qatar Shipping and Qatar Navigation).
Previously Bruce worked for six months in HSBC’s investment banking team, assisting HSBC on a number of strategic initiatives.
Bruce is ranked as a leading corporate lawyer by various publications including Chambers Global 2012.
Chambers Global 2011
• Private equity firm Permira’s disposal of the animal nutrition business Provimi to Cargill for €1.5bn.
• Qatar Holding on its €2.1bn investment in, and strategic memorandum of understanding with, Spanish utilities company Iberdrola.
• Reinet on its £400m investment in pension corporation.