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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 21st Century Fox on its contested £25bn bid for Sky plc and Prosus on its £5.5bn contested bid for Just Eat, the two stand-out high value competitive bids of recent years. He also advised HarbourVest on its innovative £1bn hostile bid for SVG Capital, which led to changes in the Takeover Code. During the Covid pandemic, he advised Sampo and RMI on their £1.6bn cash bid for Hastings Insurance, the largest UK bid year to date in 2020. On the target side, he 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 bid and activist defence preparation.

Seth is recognised as a leading M&A lawyer in the major directories. Chambers UK 2020 states: “Seth Jones continues to develop a sterling reputation for his work in high-profile domestic takeover transactions, with expertise born out of his time as a secondee at the Takeover Panel."

Legal 500 UK 2020 states: "Seth Jones is highly impressive, composed with first-class legal skills."

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

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.

Published work

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

News & insights

Publications: 18 SEPTEMBER 2020

Covid–19 coronavirus update: an overview of European Commission State aid decisions (updated 18 Sept 2020)

Under State aid rules, UK and EEA Member State governments may not generally provide selective assistance to businesses without prior approval from the European Commission (EC). This includes…

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News: 14 SEPTEMBER 2020

A&O advises on sale of stake in The Saudi British Bank in rare accelerated bookbuild

A team of A&O lawyers based across London and Dubai have advised NatWest Markets plc and Banco Santander S.A. in connection with their USD200 million disposal of shares in Tadawul listed The Saudi…

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A&O advises on acquisition of Williams F1 by Dorilton Capital

News: 25 AUGUST 2020

A&O advises on acquisition of Williams F1 by Dorilton Capital

Allen & Overy has advised private investment firm Dorilton Capital Management LLC (“Dorilton Capital”) on the acquisition of Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited (“WGPE”), by BCE Limited, a fund…

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A&O advising Sampo and RMI on their recommended cash offer for Hastings Group

News: 05 AUGUST 2020

A&O advising Sampo and RMI on their recommended cash offer for Hastings Group

Allen & Overy is lead counsel to the consortium, made up of Finnish insurer Sampo and South Africa’s Rand Merchant Investment (RMI), on its recommended cash offer for Hastings Group Holdings plc…

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