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Spencer Summerfield

Spencer trained at Travers Smith and became a partner in 1997. He became Head of Corporate in 2013 having been Head of Corporate Finance since 2003.

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Head of Corporate:
Spencer Summerfield

Mergers and Acquisitions

Our M&A work encompasses all types of domestic and cross-border transactions in both the public and private fields, varying from the very large and complex £billion+ deals to the relatively modest. The breadth of our experience and the strength and depth of our practice ensures we are well attuned to the requirements of investment banks, as well as of quoted and privately owned companies.

Since 2005, we have acted on over 400 M&A deals worth a total of more than £90bn. Recent examples of our work include advising: 

  • Macquarie Bank in relation to its £274m purchase of OnStream, a meter reading and installation business
  • Canaccord on its public takeover of Collins Stewart
  • CapQuest and its shareholders on the sale of CapQuest to Quest Bidco, a new company backed by TowerBrook, and continuing management on their new equity arrangements with Towerbrook
  • Longstanding client, Pinewood Shepperton plc on its £91.1m recommended takeover by the Peel Group, the infrastructure, transport and real estate company
  • CPA Global on its sale to European private equity firm Cinven for an undisclosed consideration from its current shareholders, including Intermediate Capital Group and the founder shareholders
  • Dr Vijay Mallaya and Force India Formula 1 (Force India) team in relation to a US$100m investment in the team by Sahara India Pariwar (Sahara)
  • Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG on its acquisition of Williams Fairey Engineering Ltd, the UK-based manufacturer of mobile tactical bridging, for an undisclosed consideration
  • India Hospitality Corp on its acquisition of UK´s Adelie Food Group, an independent food-to-go group which supplies ready to eat food to retail chains such as Sainsbury´s, Boots, Asda, Morrisons, Starbucks and Costa
  • API Technologies Corp. on its £20.95m acquisition of the entire issued share capital of C-MAC Aerospace Limited, a portfolio company of Francisco Partners and Shah Capital Partners
  • Challenger on the US$277.8 m disposal of its 66.2% stake in LBC Terminals to a consortium of buyers comprising Dutch pension fund asset managers APG Algemene Pensioen Groep N.V and PGGM and Australian superannuation investors
  • NBNK Investments on its potential acquisition of a number of Lloyds businesses. NBNK Investments offered £1.5bn for the estate, which is up for sale in order for Lloyds to meet European competition rules