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Robert has joined the firm as our International Business Consultant in order to boost the firm’s international presence, and build on our offering to international clients. He is on the Steering Committee of LNI (Legal Network International), a network of over 60 independent law firms in more than 50 jurisdictions.

Robert is an international company and commercial law specialist with an emphasis on cross-border mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. In a career spanning 40 years, Robert has been involved in legal matters for clients in more than 100 countries throughout the world.

He has held a number of senior positions in large U.S. commercial firms based in London and also founded his own firm, Rakisons, which specialised in international and cross border matters before it became the London base of another large U.S. firm.

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Robert has extensive experience advising on mergers and acquisitions for UK private companies, venture capital and private equity investment, both for venture capitalists and private equity houses as well as targets, raising private equity capital and debt finance for entrepreneurial companies. He has advised on security transactions and capital markets, including Official List and AIM listings, with a further emphasis on e-commerce financing and structuring, general and financial business matters.

Publications

  • Co-author, “EU/UK Competition Law Update,” EuroWatch, Thomson Reuters, August 2011
  • Co-author, “Changes at European Commission,” EuroWatch, Thomson Reuters, February 28, 2010

Events

  • Presenter and Moderator, LNI (Legal Network International) Fall Conference, Chicago, October 20, 2017
  • Moderator, “Infrastructure & Competition in the Israeli Market,” Universal Oil & Gas Conference, November 18, 2015
  • Speaker, “Eastern Mediterranean Energy Opportunities – Opportunities and Challenges,” and “Alternative Opportunities in the Extractive Industries,” Middle East and North Africa Series (hosted jointly by British Expertise and the Middle East Association), July 17, 2014
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Work Highlights

    • Representation of Randolph College, Virginia, in its sale of the George Bellows painting “Men of the Docks” to the National Gallery, London, for $25.5 million.
    • Representation of TEOCO, a leading U.S. provider of Assurance, Analytics and Optimization solutions to Communications Service Providers (CSPs) worldwide, in its acquisition of AIRCOM International, a network design and optimisation software and solutions provider. Advice included competition, data privacy and cyber security issues. The combined company will serve a global base of more than 300 communication service provider customers across more than 100 countries from its office locations in over 15 countries.
    • Representation of EO Group Limited in the sale of its 3.5% interest in the West Cape Three Points Blocks and 1.75% interest in the Jubilee Field, both offshore Ghana, to Tullow Oil Plc for approximately $305 million.
    • Advice to NYSE listed Teledyne Technologies Incorporated on its acquisition of UK-based, AIM listed Intelek PLC worth approximately £30 million.
    • Advice to Afton Chemical Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of NYSE company NewMarket Corporation, on its acquisition of the Polartech Group of Companies (in Canada, China, Germany, Hungary, India, Singapore, Switzerland, UK and the U.S.), including competition and data privacy issues.
    • Representation of a CIS company in its acquisition of a CIS natural resources company for circa £230 million.
    • Representation of Taghmen Energy Plc (now PetroLatina Energy Plc), a U.S. owned UK oil company, on its acquisition of a Guatemalan oil company and raising circa U.S. $30 million on a private placement in connection therewith.
    • Representation of the shareholders of UK company, Greetings Direct Ltd on its £14 million sale to Flying Brands Ltd. in Jersey.
    • Counsel on the acquisition of a Hong Kong based consumer electronics manufacturer, which has been a household name for decades in consumer electronics and is now a world leading producer in car satellite navigation systems, by a BVI special purpose vehicle, backed by two Bermudan hedge funds, for circa U.S. $32 million.
    • Representation in the sale of shares in an Isle of Man manufacturer and distributor of adaptive living products, with manufacturing facilities in China, in a private equity backed MBO, with a total transaction value of £90 million, of which £39 million was attributable to our client.
    • Representation of Jersey based Walker Aviation on its buy-out from Walker Steel as part of the sale of Walker Steel to British Steel. The deal was worth circa £300 million and at the time was the largest private company sale in the UK.
    • Representation of a major U.S. telecommunications company, on UK issues arising out of its acquisition of another U.S. telecommunications company which was then the largest merger in the world.
    • Representation as joint solicitors to the company on the conversion and IPO of UniChem plc (now part of the Alliance Boots group of companies) on the Official List of the London Stock Exchange.
    • Representation of a major U.S. bank on UK aspects of various insurance gap film financings totalling U.S. $1.2 billion, including financial services and regulatory issues.
    • Representation of a major Italian energy public company’s turbine subsidiary and a major Swiss electrical engineering company in connection with the project finance of their provisioning of two Chilean power plants, with generators and cabling and additional electrical turbine equipment totalling U.S. $59 million.
    • Representation of a major international fashion designer on its worldwide franchising, licensing and distribution agreements in more than 30 countries.
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Recommendations

According to The Legal 500, Robert “attracts high praise from clients” for his corporate M&A work, particularly smaller deals up to ₤50 million. He has also been recognized by The Legal 500 for “remaining best known” and “especially well known.”

Listed as “Recommended,” Corporate M&A, The Legal 500 UK, 2017

Listed as “Recommended,” Corporate M&A: Smaller Deals up to £50m, The Legal 500 UK, 2012

Named a “Legal Expert,” Corporate and M&A, Legal Experts EMEA, 2010-2012

Listed as “Attracting High Praise from Clients,” Corporate and M&A: Smaller Deals up to £50m, The Legal 500, 2011

 

 

Listed as “Recommended,” Corporate and M&A: Smaller Deals up to £50m, The Legal 500 United Kingdom, 2009

Listed as “Remains Best Known,” Corporate and M&A: Smaller Deals up to £50m, The Legal 500 United Kingdom, 2008

Listed as “Especially Well Known,” Corporate and M&A: Smaller Deals up to £50m, The Legal 500 United Kingdom, 2007

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