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Institute on Securities Regulation in Europe 2013 (Twelfth Annual): Overcoming Deal-Making Challenges in the Current Markets

Speaker(s): Adam O. Emmerich, Benedict O'halloran, Brad Ockene, Bradley J. Gans, Cecil D. Quillen III, Charles Martin, Chris Bates, Daniel Bushner, David J. Greenwald, David Lawton, David Meister, David Ross, Diana Billik, Dominic Ashcroft, Edward F. Greene, Elizabeth Barrett, Emma Slatter, Erica Handling, George H. White, Greg D. Andres, Gregory J. Jonas, Hans-Michael Giesen, Jane Rogers, Jo Rickard, John (Arch) Archambault, John Travis, John W. White, Joseph B. Ucuzoglu, Karen Linney, Laura A. Holleman, Michael Kent, Nicholas J. Shaw, Nilufer von Bismarck, Peter Maher, Philip J. Boeckman, Richard C. Morrissey, Robert H. Mundheim, Sajid F. Hussein, Sarah Murphy, Scott V. Simpson, Sean M. Thornton, Simon Marchant
Recorded on: Jan. 31, 2013
PLI Program #: 41381

Brad Ockene manages the EMEA Compliance Surveillance Strategy Group (CSSG), which is responsible for coordinating the firm’s compliance with the relevant anti-money laundering, anti-bribery and government sanctions laws and regulations. In this capacity, he serves as the Money Laundering reporting officer and Anti-Bribery officer for Goldman Sachs International. Brad joined Goldman Sachs as a managing director in 2011.

Prior to joining the firm, Brad was a partner with the law firm of Hogan Lovells US LLP, practicing in the areas of white collar criminal defense and civil litigation. He also served as an assistant US attorney, specializing in investigating and prosecuting financial crime, organized crime and terrorism cases. Prior to serving as a federal prosecutor, Brad was a law clerk to the Hon. James C. Hill, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit.

Brad earned a BA from Yale University and JD, with distinction, from Emory University.

Dominic Ashcroft is a member of the Leveraged Finance Capital Markets team, with responsibility for sub-investment grade issuers in the telecommunications, media, technology and natural resources sectors. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2002 as an analyst in the UK Advisory team. In 2003, Dominic moved to the High Yield Capital Markets desk, where he subsequently assumed additional responsibilities for loan and mezzanine products. He became a vice president in 2008 and was named managing director in 2011.

Dominic earned an MA, first class honours, in Economics from Cambridge University in 2002.

Elizabeth Barrett was Head of Dispute Resolution from 2004 to 2008. Her practice spans a broad range of high-profile commercial litigation, domestic and cross-border investigations and contentious regii.Jiatory matters. Her clients include leading financial institutions, major corporates and governmental and regulatory bodies.

Elizabeth has extensive experience of resolving strategically complex disputes, particularly those involving numerous parties or multiple actions and parallel proceedings in other jurisdictions (notably the USA). She has handled many statutory, regulatory and disciplinary investigations in the commercial and financial sectors, and the subsequent related litigation and class actions. Having acted for parties being investigated, for those appearing as witnesses and for the regulator conducting the investigation she has an invaluable understanding of, and insight into, the regulatory process. She is often asked to provide urgent and discreet risk management advice to clients facing novel corporate-threatening or reputational issues.

Elizabeth is listed as a leading individual for Commercial litigation, Fraud (Civil and Corporate Crime), and Financial Services (Contentious), and recommended for Banking Litigation, Administrative and Public Law and Professional Negligence in The Legal 500 2012. She is also ranked as a leading individual for Dispute Resolution, Civil Fraud, and Financial Services (Contentious Regulatory) in Chambers UK, 2013, and for Dispute Resolution in the current editions of Chambers Europe and Chambers Global.

George White began practicing at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in 1981 after graduating from Harvard College (A.B., 1977) and Harvard Law School (J.D., 1981). He has been a partner since 1989. Resident in the Firm's London Office since the fall of 1994, he also shared responsibility for the Firm's Frankfurt Office from 1995-2001. Mr. White was previously based in the Firm's Paris Office for two years in the mid-1980s.  His foreign languages are German and French.

Mr. White's practice focuses on international corporate finance, capital markets and mergers and acquisition transactions and corporate restructurings. He is active in the Firm's Corporate Finance and High-Yield Debt Group.

Mr. White is currently advising Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company, the largest public company in Greece by market capitalization, on its plan to re-list with a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange under a new Swiss holding company and on the related exchange offers and financing arrangements. He has also worked with Coca-Cola Hellenic on its New York Stock Exchange listing, SEC registered debt offerings and a variety of corporate matters.

Mr. White regularly advises Barclays PLC, Barclays Bank PLC and Barclays Capital on a variety of matters including the sale of the Barclays Global Investors asset management business, the capital investment in Barclays by several strategic investors and various regulatory matters. He also represented Barclays on its proposed acquisition of ABN AMRO Holding N.V. in 2007. He has also been instrumental in helping Barclays to develop its retail structured financial products business in the United States.

In the area of high-yield finance, Mr. White recently represented the underwriters of Jaguar Land Rover Automotive plc's debt issue and previously represented Rhône Capital in relation to the financing of the Evonik Carbon Black acquisition.

Since the beginning of 2009, Mr. White has represented Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV on approximately $30 billion of debt financings and re-financings and on its NYSE listing and SEC registration.  Mr. White has also represented A-B InBev on several debt exchange offers, reorganizations and related transactions. In 2008, he advised A-B InBev on its acquisition of Anheuser-Busch to create the world's largest brewer and on its related equity and debt financings, including A-B InBev's $9.8 billion rights offering. He has regularly represented A-B InBev's predecessor companies, including advising Interbrew of Belgium on its combination with AmBev of Brazil in 2004.

Mr. White has also assisted several clients with internal investigations and other sensitive corporate matters.

Mr. White previously served as Co-Chair of the Capital Markets Forum of the International Bar Association. He also serves on the Consultative Advisory Group to the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board. Mr. White speaks at a variety of trade associations and in professional and educational forums on topics including corporate governance and regulation of capital markets.

John L. (Arch) Archambault is a senior partner in the national professional standards and global public policy groups for Grant Thornton LLP, the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International - one of the six global accounting, tax and business advisory organizations.

Mr. Archambault, who has over forty years of experience with the firm, is currently a member (and former chair) of the Regulatory Working Group of the Global Public Policy Committee (GPPC). The GPPC is the global forum of representatives from the six largest international accounting networks, whose public interest objective is to enhance quality in auditing and financial reporting. He is also a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council, the PCAOB's Standing Advisory Group and the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board. Previously, Mr. Archambault served as the national managing partner of professional standards and was responsible for the management and leadership of the firm's National Professional Standards Group. This group - among other things - provides accurate and timely consultations and information on current accounting, auditing, financial reporting, ethical and SEC developments to the firm's personnel and clients. 

Mr. Archambault is currently a member of Grant Thornton's National Leadership Team and served for six years on the firm's Partnership Board which oversees the strategic direction and management of the U.S. firm. Mr. Archambault serves on the International Auditing Standards Task Force of the AICPA. He has represented Grant Thornton International Ltd. on the Forum of Firms and the Transnational Auditors Committee and has previously served as a member of the U.S. Auditing Standards Board, the AICPA SEC Regulations Committee and the Professional Practice Executive Committee of the Center for Audit Quality.

Mr. Archambault is a Certified Public Accountant in Illinois and Colorado.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), as well as the Illinois and Colorado CPA Societies.

Bachelor of Science, Accounting - Colorado State University

John Travis co-heads EMEA Capital Markets Execution at Morgan Stanley, covering equity, debt, and high yield offerings. John joined Morgan Stanley in London in 1993 as a lawyer advising the capital markets and corporate finance advisory groups. In 1999, he joined the Corporate Finance Execution group, focusing primarily on complex equity financings. In 2002 he became COO of Global Capital Markets Europe. In 2003 he formed the Capital Markets Structuring team; and in 2008 became co-head of Corporate Finance Execution. He has chaired Morgan Stanley’s EMEA Equity Underwriting Committee since 2005. Before Morgan Stanley John was a corporate lawyer at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York. John holds degrees from Columbia University (BA, 1984) and Yale University (JD, 1987).

Simon Marchant is a senior corporate partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and co-heads our London based M&A business. Simon is particularly well known for advising clients on transformational public and private M&A, as well as difficult corporate governance issues. He has spent periods working in New York and also in Hong Kong where he headed Freshfields' Asia business for a number of years.

Chris Bates is a partner and head of Clifford Chance's financial regulatory practice in London. He advises banks, securities firms and other financial institutions on issues associated with the regulatory response to the financial crisis, the impact of the EU single market programme, financial services regulation and regulatory capital, as well as advising on securities and derivatives transactions and mergers and acquisitions in the financial sector.

He is a member of the Council and Executive Board of the International Regulatory Strategy Group advising the City of London Corporation and TheCityUK.  Mr. Bates has served as a member of the European Commission's European Securities Markets Experts Group and is an active participant in other industry and official committees and working groups on regulatory issues, as well as advising a number of industry associations on regulatory matters.

Mr. Bates joined Clifford Chance in 1980 and from 1983 to 1988 was based in the firm's Hong Kong office. He is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court in England and holds degrees from Oxford University and Columbia Law School.

Adam practices in the corporate department of Wachtell Lipton, focusing primarily on mergers and acquisitions, particularly in the REIT and publicly traded real estate areas, as well as on corporate governance and securities law matters. His practice includes a broad representation of public and private enterprises in various industries throughout the United States and globally in connection with mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs, joint ventures, and financing transactions. He also has extensive experience in takeover defense and corporate governance matters.

Adam is recognized as one of the 500 leading lawyers in America by Lawdragon, one of the world’s leading lawyers in the field of Mergers and Acquisitions in Chambers and Partners, and an expert in each of M&A, Corporate Governance and M&A in the real estate field by Who’s Who Legal, which has named him among the WWL Thought Leaders: Global Elite 2020 and also as Lawyer of the Year in M&A for 2019.  Adam is also recognized as an expert both in M&A and in Corporate Governance by Euromoney Institutional Investor’s Expert Guides and a highly regarded leading lawyer by IFLR 1000.  Adam was named one of Hollywood’s Top 20 Dealmakers of 2017 by The Hollywood Reporter and has also been profiled together with Robin Panovka by Lawdragon for their work in our REIT and real estate M&A practice.

After serving as a law clerk to the Hon. Abner J. Mikva of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Emmerich joined the firm in 1986 and was named partner in 1991.  He attended Swarthmore College and the University of Chicago, from which he earned a JD with honors.  While at the University of Chicago, Emmerich served as topics and comments editor of The University of Chicago Law Review, was elected to the Order of the Coif, and was the recipient of an Olin Fellowship in law and economics.

Adam is co-chair of the International Institute for the Study of Cross-Border M&A (XBMA), co-chair of the advisory board of New York University’s NYU SPS Schack Institute of Real Estate REIT Center, and a member of the American Law Institute. He has served as co-chair of the NYU Real Estate Institute’s Annual Symposium on REITs since its inception. He is a member of the Corporate Academic Bridge Group of the NYU Pollack Center for Law & Business, and a frequent contributor to the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation. Adam serves on the board of the American Friends of Rambam Medical Center (of which he was president for more than a decade) and the American Friends of the Israel Museum, and as president of the Friends of the Israel Antiquities Authority. He was previously a member of the board of the Lawyers Alliance for New York, the Visiting Committee of The University of Chicago Law School, The Ramaz School and co-chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the UJA-Federation in New York.

Adam lives with his wife in Manhattan, where they raised their two daughters and son.

Ben O'Halloran is the General Counsel for European Transactions for the General Electric Company and also serves as the General Counsel for GE Corporate in the U.K.  His transactions work encompasses business acquisitions and sales, joint ventures and other strategic investment transactions around the world.  Ben also serves as the Lead Country Lawyer for GE in the U.K., responsible for coordinating certain activities of the legal teams in GE's various UK businesses. In this capacity, Ben has led GE's participation in government consultations relating to the U.K.'s Bribery Act.

Ben joined GE in 2002, after completing an M.B.A. at the INSEAD business school in France.  Prior to that, he worked as a senior associate in the London office of Mayer Brown & Platt, advising on project finance and M&A transactions. From 1994 to 1997 Ben worked in the management team of Salter Street Films, a leading Canadian television and film company. He was named a Vice-President in 1995, led the company's business development activities, launched and managed the company's successful international television sales subsidiary and produced film and television projects.

Ben graduated from Harvard University in 1988 with an A.B. (magna cum laude) in History.  He then studied law, receiving a B.A. in Jurisprudence from Oxford University in 1991 and an LL.B. from Canada's Dalhousie University in 1992. He completed his articles at Davies Ward & Beck in Toronto and qualified as a lawyer in the province of Ontario in 1993. Ben is also qualified as Solicitor in England & Wales.

When he is not at his desk handling M&A transactions, Ben enjoys a wide range of outdoor activities. He is also an active supporter of African Revival, a U.K.-based charity that undertakes grassroots projects to improve health and education in communities in Africa.

David Lawton is Director of Markets at the Financial Services Authority. He assumed this role in July 2012, having been Acting Director since October 2011. Prior to this he was Head of the Market Infrastructure and Policy Department.

The Markets Division comprises around 270 staff and is responsible for the UK Listing Authority; primary, secondary, post-trade and wholesale conduct policy; market surveillance and investigations into market abuse; the supervision of the market infrastructure and client assets in the UK; and the regulation of the UK Covered Bond programme.

David is the FSA's Alternate Member of the ESMA Board of Supervisors and the FSA's representative on the Financial Markets Law Committee.

Before joining the FSA in January 2005, David spent nearly 20 years at Her Majesty's Treasury, latterly as Head of Capital Markets and Governance, with responsibility for the Department's policy towards securities and wholesale financial markets, prudential capital standards, accounting and auditing issues, corporate governance and company law.

David is an economist by training, with degrees from Cambridge University and the London School of Economics.

David Ross joined Sankaty Advisors in 2003. He is an Executive Vice President and co-head of Sankaty's London office. He is also a member of Sankaty's Middle Market Group and Restructuring team. Previously, Mr. Ross worked in Investment Banking at Credit Suisse First Boston focusing on M&A and Corporate Finance in the Technology sector.


Gregory Jonas became Director of the Office of Research and Analysis (ORA) in August 2012. The Office of Research and Analysis supports and informs the audit oversight activities of the PCAOB through research, risk assessment, data analysis and knowledge management. 

Prior to joining the PCAOB, Mr. Jonas was the Managing Director in the Equity Research Group at Morgan Stanley. Previously, he spent six years as a Managing Director at Moody's Investors' Service.

Mr. Jonas spent 23 years at Arthur Andersen, where he began as a Staff Accountant before becoming a Partner and then Managing Director in the Professional Standards Group.  He ended his tenure there leading the technical functions that supported Andersen's worldwide audit practice.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Jonas served as Executive Director of the AICPA Special Committee on Financial Reporting, which represented a major effort by the U.S. CPA profession to improve the relevance and reliability of the information companies report to investors. He also served as a Practice Fellow at the Financial Accounting Standards Board, where he addressed emerging practice problems. 

Mr. Jonas has published widely, including more than 100 research reports explaining the analytical implications of financial reporting issues, and more than 30 articles on improving business reporting and measuring the quality of financial reporting and audit committees.

Mr. Jonas holds BBA and MBA degrees from the University of Michigan.

Jane Rogers is a partner in Ropes & Gray's Finance group in London, focusing on private equity and debt financing transactions. She was previously based in the Boston office before relocating to London in 2010.

Jane regularly represents corporations and private equity funds in a variety of financing transactions, including syndicated credit facilities, high yield debt offerings and subordinated debt and mezzanine financings. She also has represented companies in merger and acquisition transactions, public and private securities offerings and general corporate advisory matters. In addition, Jane has advised private investment funds in connection with fund formation, investment activities and other matters.

Karen Linney is a Managing Director and General Counsel of J.P. Morgan in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Based in London, she has over 20 years experience in the legal profession.

Karen has been an integral part of J.P. Morgan's legal team since joining the firm with Chase Manhattan Bank in 1993. As EMEA General Counsel, Karen leads a team of lawyers responsible for the legal aspects of transactional banking, corporate finance, markets and investor services, as well as advising on complex regulatory matters.
Before being appointed to her current role, Karen specialized in corporate finance and restructuring transactions, becoming a Managing Director in 2001. In 2008, she became General Counsel for the Investment Bank in EMEA and was appointed as EMEA General Counsel for J.P. Morgan in 2012. She began her career at Clifford Chance, qualifying as a solicitor in 1990.

Peter Maher is a Partner in the Forensic Services department of Deloitte & Touche, LLP in London where he specializes in consulting and investigation services related to the issue of corruption. As well as performing regulatory driven investigations he has performed corruption due diligence assignments and advised companies with respect to their anti-corruption policies, procedures and controls. He has been responsible for the conduct of investigations covering Western and Eastern Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. His industry experience includes pharmaceutical and life sciences, oil and gas, steel, engineering, technology and advertising. He has made presentations of his findings on behalf of clients to a number of regulators and prosecutors including the Department of Justice and the SEC in the US and the FSA in the UK. He has testified in deposition, in arbitration and given testimony to the SEC. He has worked in the field of forensic accounting for more than fifteen years in both New York and London. Peter is a UK Chartered Accountant, a US CPA as well as a Certified Fraud Examiner.


Edward F. Greene is senior counsel based in the New York office. Mr. Greene’s practice focuses on securities, corporate governance, regulatory and financial services reform and other corporate law matters.

Mr. Greene served as General Counsel of the Securities and Exchange Commission from 1981 to 1982 and Director of the Division of Corporation Finance from 1979 to 1981. From 2004 to 2008, Mr. Greene served as General Counsel of Citigroup’s Institutional Clients Group.

Mr. Greene is the author of a number of leading books and law review articles, including U.S. Regulation of the International Securities and Derivatives Markets and The Sarbanes-Oxley Act: Analysis and Practice, both of which were co-authored with several partners at Cleary Gottlieb and are widely used as essential sources of practical advice. Mr. Greene has been recognized as one of the best capital markets lawyers by Chambers Global.

Mr. Greene originally joined the firm in 1982 and returned in 2009. During his more than 20 year tenure at Cleary Gottlieb, Mr. Greene was also resident in the firm’s Washington, Tokyo and London offices, and was the first licensed foreign lawyer to be admitted to practice law in Japan in 1987.

Mr. Greene received an LL.B. degree from Harvard Law School in 1966 and an undergraduate degree from Amherst College in 1963. Mr. Greene is currently a Senior Research Scholar & Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School and has been a Lecturer at the Harvard Law School, and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University Law Center. He was appointed to the Nomura Chair of International Securities Regulation (a part-time position) by the law faculty of the University of Tokyo for the 1989-1990 academic year, was Chairman of the Legal Advisory Board of the New York Stock Exchange from 1995 until 2001, and was a member of the SEC’s Advisory Committee on Capital Formation and Regulatory Processes. Mr. Greene is on the Board of Advisors of the Capital Markets Law Journal, published by Oxford University Press, and a Trustee and member of the Executive Committee of the Practicing Law Institute (PLI).

Mr. Greene is a member of the Bar in New York.

David Greenwald is co-chair of Fried Frank.

Before rejoining the Firm in 2013, Mr. Greenwald served as the international general counsel and a deputy general counsel of Goldman Sachs. He joined Goldman Sachs’ legal department in 1994, and was named managing director in 1998 and partner in 2000. In addition to his responsibilities within the legal department, he co-chaired Goldman Sachs’ Firmwide Suitability Committee, which sets standards for clients and financial products. He was also a member of and counsel to both Goldman Sachs’ Firmwide Client and Business Standards Committee and European Management Committee, and counsel to the Growth Markets Operating Committee. 

Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Mr. Greenwald was a corporate partner at Fried Frank from 1990 to 1994, principally representing private equity clients and clients engaged in mergers or other business combination transactions.

Mr. Greenwald serves on the Dean’s Council of Columbia University Law School and on the Wharton Executive Board for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.  He is also deputy chairman of the Financial Markets Law Committee in the United Kingdom and has been a co-chair of the PLI Annual Institute on Securities Regulation in Europe. 

He received a JD from Columbia University Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and a BS, summa cum laude, from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

David Meister heads Skadden’s Government Enforcement and White Collar Crime Group in New York. Having served twice in federal law enforcement — most recently as Enforcement Director of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and previously as an assistant United States attorney in the Southern District of New York — Mr. Meister has more than 25 years of experience litigating enforcement and white collar crime matters from both the prosecution and the defense perspectives. He represents financial institutions and other corporations and their boards, and individuals, in matters involving the full range of federal, state and international criminal and enforcement agencies. He has conducted numer­ous jury trials and has led internal investigations throughout his career.

Mr. Meister rejoined Skadden in 2014 after serving for nearly three years as Director of the CFTC’s Enforcement Division, where he was responsible for the overall direction of the program. Under Mr. Meister’s leadership, the CFTC conducted hundreds of investigations involving physical commodities, futures, swaps and other derivatives, and brought record numbers of enforcement actions with record sanctions. For instance, he led the CFTC’s investigation and prosecution of the first-ever Dodd-Frank Act charges; cases involving worldwide LIBOR and other benchmark manipulation; commodities market fraud and manipulation; supervision failures; unlawful trading practices; misuses of customer funds; deficient accounting and auditing; and Ponzi schemes. He also led key Dodd-Frank rule­makings, such as the prohibition against a wide range of manipulative and deceptive conduct and the whistleblower rule.

As Director, Mr. Meister worked closely with top leadership at the SEC, the DOJ and numer­ous U.S. attorneys’ offices, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and other federal and state agencies and self-regulatory organizations across the country, as well as the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority and financial market regulators in Europe, Asia and Australia. He served as co-chair of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Working Group of the Finan­cial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, which President Obama established in 2009. Mr. Meister also was a key liaison with congressional oversight committees.

Prior to his CFTC appointment, Mr. Meister was a partner at Skadden, where he handled a broad array of high-profile white collar matters involving the securities and derivatives markets, complex accounting, insider trading, disclosures, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, tax laws and a variety of other subjects. For instance, he acted for clients in cases concern­ing the financial crisis, auction rate securities, mutual fund market timing, collateralized debt obligations, subprime mortgages and credit default swaps. Mr. Meister has extensive cross-border investigative experience and has counseled clients in the U.K., Europe and Asia concerning the impact of U.S. laws abroad. He also has routinely handled complex private litigation in parallel to white collar matters.

Mr. Meister previously served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, prosecuting a wide variety of cases as a member of that office’s Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force and representing the government in numerous trials and appeals.


J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 1987 (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar)

BChE, University of Delaware, 1984 (cum laude)

Bar Admissions

New York


“The Territorial Barrier to Commodity Exchange Acts Suits,” The National Law Journal, November 13, 2014

“Rule 180.1: The CFTC Targets Fraud and Manipulation,” New York Law Journal, April 7, 2014

Diana Billik is a partner in the international capital markets department of Allen & Overy LLP, resident in the Paris office. Diana specializes in cross-border debt and equity offerings, involving capital raising in the U.S. market. She has deep experience advising issuers, arrangers and underwriters in relation to a broad range of debt, equity and liability management transactions by foreign private, sovereign and supranational issuers across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, including France, Sweden, Norway, Italy, Turkey, Greece, United Arab Emirates and West Africa. She advises on both SEC-exempt and SEC registered offerings into the United States and compliance with SEC reporting requirements for foreign issuers and security holders. Diana is admitted to practice in the State of New York and is a member of the Paris bar. 

Diana joined Allen & Overy in 1998 and became a partner in 2007.

Erica Handling is General Counsel, EMEA, Investment Banking, at Barclays, based in London. 

Erica is a member of the EMEA Executive Committee, the Investment Banking Operating Committee and Investment Banking Global Infrastructure Committee.  She is also a member of the Investment Banking Global Diversity Council and Co-Chair of the Investment Bank’s Women’s Initiatives Network for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.    

Erica joined Barclays in 2011 from private practice where she established and led the Securities and Structured Finance practice at Ashurst.  Erica started her legal career at Allen & Overy, working in both London and New York, before moving to Weil, Gotshal & Manges in London where she became a partner in 1998.  Her specific area of focus in private practice was derivatives and structured finance, in particular collateralised debt obligations.  She was awarded Partner of the Year by The Lawyer magazine in 2003.

Erica takes a particular interest in diversity and inclusion.  In addition to her responsibilities at Barclays, she was a founding member of the Diversity Committee at Ashurst.

Hans-Michael Giesen is a partner in GIESEN HEIDBRINK, a Berlin law firm which was formed by two experienced partners performing a senior advisers’ role. Their joint firm focuses on corporate and transactional work, complex contracts as well as litigation and arbitration, often with an international dimension.

Michael specializes in corporate and transactional work. A significant part of his practice is devoted to acting as a notary public in corporate transactions.

Michael is a member of the legislative assembly of the German bar (Satzungsversammlung der Bundesrechtsanwaltskammer) where he also chairs the committee on professional rules and advertising. Nominated by the German Federal Bar, he is a member of the Council of the International Bar Association and of the Policy Committee of the IBA’s Bar Issues Commission. He is also an active member of a number of other international legal organizations, including the American Bar Association.

After having completed his legal education in Germany Michael graduated from the University of Michigan Law School with a Master of Laws degree. Since 1985 he has practiced twice in New York, in Frankfurt/Main and in Berlin, first as a partner with the German Bruckhaus firm, then with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and a German national firm. In March 2012, together with Alfried Heidbrink, who has a similar background but focuses on dispute resolution, he founded his current firm.

Jo Rickard is a partner in the Litigation practice.  

Jo has wide commercial litigation experience advising corporates, banks, liquidators and receivers as well as self-regulatory bodies in relation to a variety of claims. Jo advises on litigious matters across a range of industries, including Financial Institutions, Insurance and TMT.

Jo represents corporate, financial institution and individual clients, including Liverpool FC, ICE, ADGM, Cargolux, NESV and Areva.

Prior to joining Shearman & Sterling, Jo was a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer from 1981-2006. While there she was the joint head of the worldwide Dispute Resolution Practice Group for five years and managing partner of Dispute Resolution in London for nine years. For two years from 1995, she was seconded to Lloyd’s of London as Director of Legal Services reporting to the then chairman, Sir David Rowland.


  • Cargolux in relation to a damages claim brought by a large number of claimants in relation to breach of antitrust rules.
  • Robert Tchenguiz in relation to a claim for damages for wrongful arrest and trespass against the SFO.
  • Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) on its establishment as an international financial center in the United Arab Emirates.
  • ICE Clear on the intervention of court proceedings in relation to MF Global and settling claim.
  • Imcopa in relation to successfully resisting a challenge to majority vote on restructuring.
  • ICE in relation to phishing incidents involving EU emission allowances including maintaining market continuity in a key market where there was potential user concern over market integrity and certainty.
  • NESV in relation to their purchase of Liverpool Football Club and continuing litigation.
  • Areva SA in relation to a £250 million damages action brought by the National Grid in the English High Court against Areva and a number of other defendants.This is the largest ever damages action brought in the U.K. for breach of antitrust rules.

    Professional Affiliations

  • Member of the Law Society
  • Chairman of the Market Supervision and Review Committee (MSARC) of Lloyd’s of London

Mr. Mundheim is Of Counsel to Shearman & Sterling and Professor of Corporate Law & Finance at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. He was formerly the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Salomon, Inc. (1992-1997). Mr. Mundheim was the University Professor of Law and Finance at the University of Pennsylvania (1980-1992) and the Dean of the University of Pennsylvania Law School (1982-1989). In addition, Mr. Mundheim has served as General Counsel of the U.S. Treasury Department (1977-1980) and as Special Counsel of the Securities & Exchange Commission (1962-1963).

Mr. Mundheim was a member of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility (2006-2012) and served as its Chair (2008-2011). He was a member of the Council of the American Law Institute (1985-2012) and served as a Consultant and Advisor to the Council on the Institute’s Principles of Corporate Governance (1980-1992). He also served as an Advisor to the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law – the Law Governing Lawyers, as a member of the American Bar Association President’s Task Force on Corporate Responsibility, and as a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s Presidential Task Force on Lawyers’ Role in Corporate Governance.

Philip J. Boeckman is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department and Managing Partner of the Firm’s London office.  He has been based in the Firm’s London office since 2000, when he relocated to London from the New York office. 

Mr. Boeckman’s general corporate practice covers capital markets, including IPOs, rights issuances and other equity offerings, U.S. listings and high-yield bridge, bond and other leveraged financings, as well as mergers and acquisitions.  He has represented several of Cravath’s European clients, including AXA, Bacardi, BAT, the European Investment Bank, KPN, Saipem, TNT and Unilever, and several Indian and South African companies.  He has also represented Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley and, as designated underwriters’ counsel, Prudential plc and the Republic of Poland, and several private equity firms, including Lion Capital, Permira and Terra Firma. 

Mr. Boeckman is Co-Editor of European Securities Law.  He is a member of the Editorial Board of Capital Markets Law Journal, as well as Co-Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Practising Law Institute’s Annual Institute on Securities Regulation in Europe.  From 2010 to 2012, Mr. Boeckman was Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the AFME High-Yield Division.  From 2007 to 2009, he was Co-Chair of the International Bar Association’s Securities Law Committee. 

Mr. Boeckman has been repeatedly cited as one of the leading practitioners in capital markets by Chambers UK: A Client’s Guide to the UK Legal Profession; Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business; The Legal 500 United Kingdom; IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms; The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom; The International Who’s Who of Capital Market Lawyers; and PLC Which Lawyer?  In 2013, he was shortlisted for The Chambers 100, a ranking of the UK’s top 100 business lawyers.

Mr. Boeckman was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.  He received a B.A. cum laude from Westminster College in 1988 and a J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Missouri in 1991, where he was a Notes Editor on the Law Review.  Mr. Boeckman joined Cravath in 1991 and became a partner in 1999.

Richard C. Morrissey is the Managing Partner of Sullivan & Cromwell’s London office. He has extensive experience representing corporates on cross-border mergers and acquisitions across a wide range of industries, and was formerly the head of S&C’s M&A group in Europe. He has also worked with numerous private equity firms on the buy side of transactions; on the sell side he has worked with corporate clients selling businesses to, or negotiating investments by, various private equity firms. He is also a former co-head of the Firm’s Private Equity practice.

Mr Morrissey has also participated in many international equity and debt offerings for non-U.S. private issuers. He is the regular senior U.S. securities counsel to Diageo and Eni. He is frequently consulted on capital markets matters by various investment banks.

Mr Morrissey is consistently recognised as a leading practitioner by market commentators and is a frequent speaker at conferences on M&A and securities issues. He was previously co-chair of the Practising Law Institute’s Annual Conference on Securities Regulation in Europe for five years. He was educated at Harvard University, the University of Cambridge and the University of Michigan Law School.

Sajid Hussein is head of Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Legal department in Europe, Middle East and Africa. He is based in London and heads a group of lawyers that provides legal support to Global Banking and Markets in the region. Hussein’s team covers the breadth of businesses including capital markets trading and origination, M&A, investment grade and leveraged finance, equities, rates, currencies and commodities. The team also deals with regulatory, employment, litigation and insolvency issues in the region. In addition, Hussein is responsible for the Europe Card Services (MBNA) Legal team based in Chester.

Hussein joined Bank of America in 2005 as Associate General Counsel. He was previously a director in Deutsche Bank’s London-based Legal department. Prior to that he worked as a banking lawyer at international law firm Allen & Overy in both London and Paris.

He graduated in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He also holds a master’s degree in Commercial Law and European Law from the University of Cambridge and is admitted as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales.

Hussein is a member of the human rights group Liberty and sits on the advisory board of SEO London, a charity that mentors minority students.

Charles joined the firm in 1983, became a partner in 1990 and Senior Partner in 2008. Charles works principally in M&A and private equity, acting for sponsors and corporates. Much of his work is cross-border in nature.

He is rated in the top tiers of the most highly recommended M&A and private equity lawyers in the UK by the leading directories including Chambers.

Clients look to him particularly for strategic counsel and tactical input on a wide variety of legal matters including M&A negotiations and litigation.

Recent highlights include advising:

  • Verizon Communications Inc. on its acquisition of Vodafone’s interest in Verizon Wireless for $130bn;
  • Brit Insurance N.V. on a recommended $1.3bn cash offer by Apollo and CVC; and
  • the independent directors of TNK-bp in relation to a proposed transaction with Rosneft.

He was named Law Firm Leader of the Year at Legal Week’s British Legal Awards 2013 and Partner of the Year 2014 by Financial News.

Emma is the UK General Counsel at Deutsche Bank AG, based in London.

Emma joined Deutsche Bank in 1995 after spending six years at Slaughter and May.  Prior to that she studied law at Bristol University and Guildford College of Law.

Emma is a member of the Bank's Global Legal Exco, UK Regional Governance Board, dbPride Allies Advisory Board and UK Risk Diversity Council.  In November 2013 Emma and her team won an in-house award at The Legal 500's inaugural UK awards.  Emma was also listed in the In-House Lawyer’s inaugural GC Powerlist, 2013 and the Lawyer Magazine's "Hot 100" list of lawyers.

Greg D. Andres is a partner in Davis Polk’s Litigation Department, concentrating on white- collar criminal defense and representing clients in both civil and criminal trials.  He has represented both individuals and corporate entities in a wide range of regulatory and criminal investigations involving market manipulation, insider trading, securities, procurement and tax fraud, and money laundering.  Mr. Andres has extensive experience in anti-corruption matters, both in private practice and at the Department of Justice.  He previously served in senior government positions during more than a decade at the U.S. Department of Justice, including as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division, where he supervised both the Fraud and Appellate Sections and managed the Department’s FCPA program.  He also served as the Chief of the Criminal Division at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York.  Mr. Andres recently served as a member of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team investigating Russian government efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election and related matters, and served as the lead trial lawyer in the prosecution of Paul Manafort in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.  In October 2020, Mr. Andres was named to the Benchmark Litigation list of Top 100 Trial lawyers in the United States.

Joe Ucuzoglu is the chairman and chief executive officer of Deloitte & Touche LLP. As the leader of the US Audit & Assurance practice, Joe is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the organization including execution of our quality, innovation, growth, and talent strategies. He maintains significant audit client responsibilities, serving as the advisory partner for selected client engagements, and is a frequent speaker on issues impacting the audit profession and regulatory landscape. Joe also serves on Deloitte’s Global Board of Directors.

Recognized as a leader in the public accounting profession’s drive to continuously improve audit quality, Deloitte’s public company audit clients in the US total over $7 trillion in market capitalization and include 23 percent of Fortune 1000 companies.

Previously, Joe was Deloitte’s national managing partner for government, regulatory, and professional matters. In this role, he was responsible for Deloitte’s interactions with regulators and elected officials as well as overseeing the government affairs, public policy, independence, and ethics functions.

Prior to rejoining Deloitte, Joe served as senior advisor to the chief accountant at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), advising on complex accounting, auditing, and public policy matters, and interacting frequently with other governmental agencies and Congress.

Joe is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC). He serves on the board of directors of the US Chamber of Commerce, the board of trustees of the SEC Historical Society, and the executive committee of USC’s SEC Financial Reporting Institute. He is a member of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, an independent research organization dedicated to enhancing the competitiveness of US capital markets and ensuring stability of the US financial system, and is active in the Center for Audit Quality, an autonomous group devoted to fostering high-quality performance by public company auditors.

Laura is general counsel of the Investment Banking Division (IBD) with global responsibility for the IBD Legal and the Capital Markets Legal groups. She serves as counsel to the Firmwide Commitments Committee and Asia Pacific Commitments Committee and is a member of the Firmwide Operational Risk Committee and the IBD Client and Business Standards Committee. Laura also represents the firm on the Equity Capital Markets Board of the Association for Financial Markets in Europe. She is the Legal Department’s MD ally for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Network.

Laura joined Goldman Sachs in 1998 as a vice president in the Special Execution Group (now IBD Legal) and became co- head of the European group in 2001. She was named managing director in 2004.

Prior to joining the firm, Laura was an associate with the London office of Sullivan & Cromwell from 1992 to 1996 and a vice president with J.P. Morgan Investment Management Inc. in London in the Legal and Compliance Department in 1997.

Laura earned a BA in International Relations from Michigan State University in 1988 and a JD from The Ohio State University College of Law in 1992.

Michael has extensive experience of acting for investment banks, asset managers, exchanges, ATSs, and clearing and settlement systems. He continues to advise a consortia of banks responsible for overseeing and developing the centralized clearing of swaps, and let the team in the design and build of the extension of the SwapClear system to cater for clearing of interest rate swaps for clients. He has particular expertise in advising and training on market abuse and multi-jurisdictional licensing and conduct issues. Michael also undertakes regulatory enforcement work, acquisitions and reconstructions of banks and broker dealers, including the migration of banking/brokerage businesses to different entities and jurisdictions.

He is a member of the FSA Lawyers Consultative Group and participates on its steering committee.

Nilufer has developed a wide corporate, commercial and financing practice, with a corporate client base ranging from large listed companies to small listed and unlisted companies. Her practice includes private and public mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, IPOs and other UKLA work, financings, equity and debt capital markets transactions and corporate governance.

She has worked in a range of industries, including financial services, telecoms, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, healthcare, infrastructure, retail and media.

Highlights include advising:

  • UKFI on its disposal of approximately 6% of Lloyds Banking Group for £3.2 billion
  • HM Treasury on the assessment of whether to separate RBS into a good bank and a bad bank
  • Lagardère on the sale of its entire stake in EADS for approximately EUR 2.28 billion
  • Investec Asset Management on the acquisition by management of a 15% shareholding in Investec Asset Management for £180 million in cash
  • the Portuguese Ministry of Finance on the EUR1.4 billion recapitalisation of the Portuguese bank Banif - Banco Internacional do Funchal, S.A. as well as similar recapitalisations of three other banks (Banco Comercial Português, S.A., Banco BPI, S.A. and Caixa Geral de Depósitos, S.A.) completed by the Portuguese Republic in 2012
  • Borneo on its $1 billion investment in Bumi plc (re-named Asia Resource Minerals plc) and on ongoing matters related to that investment, including the proposed acquisition of a further stake in Asia Resource Minerals for $223 million

Nilufer is Head of our Equity Capital Markets practice. She is listed for M&A in The Legal 500, 2013, as a leading lawyer in the Capital Markets - Equity section of IFLR 1000, 2013  and also features in City A.M.'s  'Power Hundred 2011', a list of the most influential people in the City. Nilufer was recently awarded 'Best in capital markets - equity' by Euromoney Legal Media Group’s  Europe Women in Business Law Awards 2013.

Nilufer has contributed the UK section in the Kluwer Law International best-selling publication entitled 'Corporate Acquisitions and Mergers'.

Nick Shaw is a Partner in the Firm's Corporate Department. He represents private equity sponsors and banks in capital markets and acquisition finance transactions. His private equity financing experience includes numerous representations for sponsors such as KKR, Apax and Blackstone and their portfolio companies.

He received his B.A.(Jur.) from the University of Adelaide in 1991, his LL.B.(Hons.) from the University of Adelaide Law School in 1994, an LL.M.(Comm.) from the University of Adelaide Law School in 1997 and an LL.M. from Columbia University School of Law in 1997. He was a James Kent Scholar at Columbia in 1997.

Brad Gans was the Chief Legal Officer for Europe, Middle East and Africa until November 2017, covering all businesses within the region.  He is currently the Citibank, N.A. London Branch Manager.  Previously Brad was Senior Deputy General Counsel for Citi’s Markets and Banking in EMEA.  Prior to moving to London in 2000, Brad was the General Counsel for SSB’s New York investment banking and capital markets divisions.  Brad has been with Citigroup since April 1993.

Prior to joining Citigroup, Brad was an Associate in the General Practice Group at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York from September 1985 to April 1993.

Brad received his B.A. from William Jewel College, summa cum laude in 1981.  He received his Masters at Cambridge University in 1982 and his J.D. from Washington University in May 1985.  He was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors for England and Wales in 2011.

John W. White is a partner in Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP's Corporate Department and serves as Chair of its Corporate Governance and Board Advisory practice. From 2006 through 2008, he served as Director of the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which oversees disclosure and reporting by public companies in the United States. During his over 25 years as a partner at Cravath, John has focused his practice on representing public companies on a wide variety of matters including, more recently, public reporting and disclosure obligations, corporate governance matters and restatements, revisions and other financial crises.

John is a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council (FASAC), which advises the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). From 2010 to 2018, he served as a member of the Standing Advisory Group (SAG), which advises the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). John is a member of the Board of Directors of Financial Executives International (FEI) and a member of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Audit Committee of the Practising Law Institute (PLI). He served three years on the New York Stock Exchange’s Legal Advisory Committee, four years as Chairman of the Securities Regulation Institute, five years as Co-chair of PLI’s Annual Institute on Securities Regulation and six years on the Board of Trustees and Audit Committee of the SEC Historical Society. John was twice selected by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) as one of the 100 “most influential people in the boardroom and corporate governance community.”


Cecil Quillen is a London-based U.S. partner of Linklaters LLP, and is the leader of the Firm’s global U.S. securities practice.  He works on a broad spectrum of securities and finance matters, with a special emphasis on cross-border offerings of debt and equity securities, particularly emerging-markets, investment-grade and high-yield/covenant-intensive debt securities, and is also actively involved in U.S.-related aspects of the Firm’s structured finance practice.  Cecil regularly speaks at a variety of professional conferences, is an officer of the Securities Law Committee of the International Bar Association and chairs its Regulatory Affairs Subcommittee, sits on the Advisory Committee for Securities Regulation in Europe of the Practising Law Institute and served from 2005 until 2016 as a member of the board of directors of the High Yield Division of the Association for Financial Markets in Europe (formerly the European High Yield Association).

Cecil is also a member of the board of directors of Bank of Georgia Group PLC, the London-premium-listed/FTSE-250-constituent holding company for the largest commercial bank in Georgia. He is a trustee of the University of Virginia Law School Foundation and UK Friends of Harvard University.

Cecil became a partner of Linklaters in 1996 and was resident in the Firm’s New York office before transferring to the London office in 2000.  He was educated at Harvard (A.B., 1985) and the University of Virginia (J.D., 1988), clerked for Hon. John D. Butzner, Senior Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, and practiced for a number of years at a large New York-based law firm, before joining Linklaters.  He is admitted to practice in New York and the District of Columbia.

Sarah Murphy is the head of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s US capital markets practice in Europe and Asia and co-head of its international capital markets group. She is a London-based US partner of the firm and has more than 30 years’ experience of advising a wide range of clients from around the world. She acts for companies looking to access the US and international capital markets, and also for investment banks. Clients come from various sectors including energy and natural resources, financial institutions, infrastructure, pharmaceuticals, real estate, retail and telecoms and from various jurisdictions including, Germany, Luxembourg, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Finland, the UK and Ukraine. Her track record includes the full range of equity, debt and hybrid offerings, including IPOs, rights issues and other secondary offerings, GDR offerings, accelerated book builds, all types of bond issuance and liability management transactions.

Sarah is recognised as a leading lawyer for equity and debt capital markets by Chambers and Legal 500 and is a regular speaker at external conferences and is on the Advisory Committee for the Practicing Law Institute’s Annual Securities Institute on EU and US Securities Law in London.

Sarah joined Freshfields in 1998. Previously she was at Cravath, Swaine and Moore (New York and London) and clerked for Judge John F. Keenan on the US Federal Court for the Southern District of New York. She was educated at Williams College (BA 1977) and Fordham (JD 1983).

Sean M. Thornton is Managing Director and Head of Legal Financial Security (U.S.) for the global financial group BNP Paribas, where he leads a team of U.S.-based lawyers who advise on economic sanctions, anti-money laundering, and related topics.  From 2005 to 2012, he was the Chief Counsel of the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”), where he was responsible for all legal support to the agency’s regulatory, litigation, enforcement, and other activities. Among other things, Mr. Thornton played a key role in the development of the expanded legal framework for U.S. sanctions with respect to Iran, including regulations implementing OFAC’s responsibilities under the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act of 2010 (CISADA) and similar secondary sanctions.  From 2012 to 2014, he advised financial institutions and other clients on OFAC compliance and enforcement matters, and also on anti-money laundering requirements and best practices, at the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.  He is a graduate of Harvard College and Georgetown University Law Center.

Mr. Simpson has been based in London since 1990 and before that practiced law in Skadden’s New York office throughout the 1980s. Mr. Simpson advises clients on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, including contested and hostile bids. He also has significant experience advising a variety of public companies on complex corporate governance issues.

Mr. Simpson’s recent mandates include advising Konecranes plc on its US$1.28 billion acquisition of Terex Corporation’s material handling and port solutions unit; Nokia Corporation in its combination with Alcatel-Lucent; LetterOne Holdings S.A. in its US$5.8 billion acquisition of the oil and gas unit of RWE AG; Israel Corporation Ltd. in its spin-off of Kenon Holdings Ltd. into a separate, publicly traded company; and Colfax Corporation in its US$2.4 billion acquisition of Charter International plc. He also advised Outokumpu Oyj in its €2.8 billion acquisition of the Inoxum business unit from ThyssenKrupp AG, and the subsequent sale of ThyssenKrupp Acciai Speciali Terni S.p.A. and Outokumpu VDM GmbH to ThyssenKrupp AG; and Alfa-Access-Renova in the US$56 billion sale of TNK-BP to Rosneft Oil Company. These latter three matters won IFLR’s “M&A Deal of the Year” awards for 2012, 2013 and 2014, respectively.

He also advised Central European Distribution Corporation, one of the largest distributors of vodka in Russia and Poland, in connection with an initial PIPE investment by Roust Trading Limited and the subsequent restructuring of CEDC via a prepacked Chapter 11 filing. This transaction was recognised for its innovation, including “Restructuring Deal of the Year” at the 2014 IFLR Americas awards and “Global Finance Deal of the Year, Restructuring and Insolvency, Europe” for 2013 as part of The American Lawyer 2014 Global Legal Awards.

In 1999, Mr. Simpson represented Gucci in one of Europe’s most significant takeover defence case studies, successfully resisting a hostile takeover attempt by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA. He then advised Gucci in numerous acquisitions of European luxury goods companies, including its acquisition of Yves Saint Laurent. Mr. Simpson also advised Gucci and the company’s independent directors in connection with PPR’s (now Kering) 2004 successful public offer for all Gucci shares.

In 2005, Mr. Simpson acted for Arcelor SA against an unsolicited US$22.8 billion bid from Mittal Steel N.V., and in the subsequent US$33.8 billion merger of Arcelor and Mittal in 2006. He also represented Mannesmann AG in the US$199 billion acquisition of Mannesmann by Vodafone AirTouch Plc in 1999-2000. This transaction, which began as a hostile takeover, remains the largest corporate acquisition to date. Mr. Simpson lectures and participates in seminars on topics related to his practice, including those sponsored by the Practising Law Institute and the American Bar Association. He is an adjunct professor at Ohio State University’s Moritz School of Law and is a regular guest lecturer at Harvard Law School and the Luxembourg University. He also has written and co-authored articles for, among other publications, The Business Lawyer.

Mr. Simpson’s transactional experience has been profiled in The American Lawyer, The Financial Times, The Evening Standard and The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Simpson consistently is ranked among the top transaction lawyers in Europe according to mergermarket data on the value of European M&A deals. He is one of the world’s leading M&A lawyers, according to the Chambers & Partners guides in the U.K., Europe and globally. Mr. Simpson is an adjunct professor at Ohio State University Moritz School of Law and guest lecturer at Harvard School of Law, among other universities.