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Seth Jones

Partner

London

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Seth Jones

Partner

London

Seth is an M&A partner and advises clients on the full range of corporate transactions, including some of the highest profile M&A situations in recent years.

He has particular expertise in takeovers of public companies and is one of the leading advisers in the UK in this area. Seth was previously seconded as a partner to the UK Takeover Panel as Secretary, during which time he regulated many takeover bids and was heavily involved in formulating Panel policy and takeover rules. Since then, he has applied his insight and expertise in helping clients navigate the heavily-regulated environment for UK bids and make the right tactical decisions in the course of an offer. 
His recent experience includes advising Sampo and RMI on their £1.6bn joint cash bid for Hastings Insurance, Prosus on its £5.5bn contested bid for Just Eat, 21st Century Fox on its contested £25bn bid for Sky plc, HarbourVest on its innovative £1bn hostile bid for SVG Capital, Dorilton Capital on its bid for Williams F1 and numerous bidders and target companies on P2P transactions. Seth also advised Worldpay on its £8bn merger with Vantiv and Earthport on the contested offers by Visa and Mastercard. He regularly helps the boards of major UK listed companies with their strategic M&A, as well as bid and activist defences.

Seth is recognised as a leading M&A lawyer in the major directories.

Legal 500 (M&A) 2022: "Seth Jones’ experience is something that money can’t buy. No one else could have guided us through the transaction the way he did” and “Seth Jones is a key contact for public M&A, leading the team on many of the firm’s biggest instructions of the year.”

Chambers UK (M&A) 2022: "He’s excellent technically, gives clients confidence and has got good boardroom presence" and "He has a great demeanour, and his wealth of knowledge is amazing."

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Experience highlights

Office

London

Allen & Overy LLP
One Bishops Square
London
E1 6AD

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Qualifications

Professional

Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 2002

Published work

  • Co-Author of "A Practitioner's Guide to the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers"

Recognition

Awards & accolades

Private equity deal of the year

IFLR Awards 2017

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For HarbourVest's takeover of SVG Capital.
For HarbourVest's takeover of SVG Capital.