Keith acts for multi-national corporates, financial institutions, and other clients, focusing on M&A and JVs, reorganisations and restructurings, and corporate advisory matters.
Typically working across borders, Keith uses his broad experience across geographies and the full spectrum of corporate work to help his clients cut through the complexity in their most challenging mandates.
A senior member of our financial institutions team, Keith also works in other sectors including technology, media and telecommunications.
Currently based in London, Keith has spent time in the firm’s Dubai office, and on secondment with Hewlett-Packard (in Geneva) running their EMEA M&A work.
Keith’s recent highlights include advising:
- Bank of America on its £7bn sale of MBNA (the consumer credit business) to Lloyds Banking Group
- AIG on its $1.1bn disposal of Ascot, the Lloyd’s of London insurance syndicate, to Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
- AstraZeneca on its acquisition of a stake in Acerta Pharma from its founders and other investors, involving an upfront payment of $2.5bn
- HP on its split into two separate listed Fortune 50 companies (HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise) and Hewlett Packard Enterprise on the subsequent spin-offs of its Enterprise Services division to CSC and its Software division to Micro Focus, and various private M&A and other matters with Hewlett Packard Enterprise
- on various current restructuring and distressed M&A matters
- Holcim (the building materials group) on €6.5bn of divestments to CRH, in connection with Holcim’s €40bn merger with Lafarge
- DAZN (the sports streaming service) on a variety of equity investment and reorganisation matters
- CHAPS (when a member-run private sector company responsible for running the CHAPS payment system in the UK) on its acquisition by the Bank of England
- Deloitte Global on various corporate matters, including combinations of its member firms
- Fidelity International (the investment management services business) on the demerger and spin-off of its “Eight Roads” division
- Phoenix Group (the UK-based life insurance group) on its 2018 UK “onshoring” and associated topco scheme
- Uni-Select (the Canadian headquartered automotive paint and parts group) on its acquisition of its UK division (“The Parts Alliance”) from Hg Capital
Other highlights include advising a FTSE 100 client on its response to a shareholder activist campaign, the UK Government on its privatisation of Royal Mail, MTN (the South African headquartered global telecoms group) on establishing telecommunication tower joint ventures with counterparties in various African geographies, British Land on convertible bond issuances and redemptions, and (during the financial crisis) on the insolvencies of Lehman Brothers and Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander. Keith has also advised various clients on IPOs, rights issues, share repurchase programs (for brokers and issuers), public M&A mandates and general corporate advisory work for listed and non-listed clients.
Keith regularly takes on pro bono work (for Save the Children, individual clients at local legal advice centres, and others).
- Admitted as a solicitor (2010)
- Legal Practice Course (2007) and Graduate Diploma in Law (2006), both with BPP
- University of Leeds - English and Philosophy BA honours (2004)
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