Business has never been more global. The number of high level, cross-border deals continues apace. Our clients look for advisors with a sophisticated blend of legal knowledge, business understanding and an international presence to help them navigate the world of corporate finance.
This is our largest practice area, covering Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Private Fund Formation, Communications, Media & Technology, Financial Institutions, and European Competition & Regulation. Our clients include many of the world's leading companies, including more than half of the Global Fortune 500. Our extensive global reach, combined with international deal execution skills and local market knowledge, provides clients with access to 200 partners and a further 500 lawyers with global and local capability. Their expert advice and innovative strategies ensure we develop exceptional client solutions.
The scale of your experience in this group will only be limited by your capacity to take it on. You'll be involved in a full range of activities. For one deal, you may be drafting, proofreading or verifying vital documents. On another, you could be coordinating an international, cross-practice team of lawyers. Whatever your role, you'll gain direct experience of large-scale corporate transactions, working alongside global experts. This will give you plenty of scope to develop your legal knowledge and apply it in a business context.
We have advised Baofeng, a Chinese internet entertainment and technology company and Everbright, a major Chinese financial services company in their successful bid to acquire a majority stake in MP & Silva Holding.
We advised the key Anheuser-Busch InBev shareholders in relation to financing its bid for SAB Miller plc, the biggest brewing takeover in history. The deal was recognised as the UK M&A Deal of the Year by the American Lawyer Global Awards 2016.
We advised GE in relation to the landmark Phase II antitrust clearance of its acquisition of the power and grid businesses of Alstom, including the submission of a remedies package to the European Commission. The matter received the award for M&A Deal of the Year at the IFLR Europe Awards 2016.
We advised Sainsbury's on its successful bid for Home Retail Group.
We are ranked in Band 1 in the Global-wide M&A ranking by Chambers Global 2016 and received more Band 1 cross-border rankings than any other firm Chambers Global 2016.
We were recognised as the Private Equity Team of the Year at the IFLR Europe Awards 2016 and Corporate and Commercial Firm of the Year at the Legal 500 UK Awards 2016.