Macfarlanes announces senior lateral M&A partner appointment

01 February 2019

Macfarlanes is pleased to announce that Robert Ogilvy Watson will be joining the firm as a partner in its M&A practice. Robert joins from Ashurst where he specialises in advising corporate clients and financial institutions in relation to their M&A transactions.

Major transactions on which Robert has worked include advising:

  • ITOCHU Corporation on its $10.4bn investment to acquire a 20% strategic stake in Hong Kong listed CITIC Limited;
  • China General Nuclear Power Corporation on its 33.5% equity investment in the £18bn Hinkley Point C nuclear project;
  • Xchanging plc on the competing hostile takeover offers from Capita, Apollo, Ebix and CSC; and
  • Volcan Investments on its £778m recommended offer for Vedanta Resources.

Commenting on the appointment, Luke Powell, co-head of the M&A group, said:

“We’ve had an excellent and sustained run of high profile mandates over the last few years, including acting for Verizon on its $130bn acquisition of Verizon Wireless from Vodafone, for Kennedy Wilson on its £1.5bn offer for Kennedy Wilson Europe, for Visa on its €21.2bn acquisition of Visa Europe, our recent involvement for Dana in the GKN situation and for long-standing client Hogg Robinson on its takeover by Amex GBT simultaneously with the Fraedom division disposal.

"Robert, with his pedigree as one of the leading UK public M&A practitioners, adds significantly to what is a key area for us.”

Charles Martin, Senior Partner, added:

“We are excited to be able to add a partner of Robert’s seniority, quality and experience to our M&A team.  Public M&A in particular is central to our thinking as we look forward to shaping the future direction of the firm.  In the near term, we expect corporates to respond to disruption with strategic activity and for private equity sponsors to look increasingly to the public markets for targets. Robert’s experience is ideal for this and gives further depth to our team.”

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