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Matthew Appleton



Appleton Matthew
Matthew Appleton



Matthew is a Corporate/M&A Partner with a particular focus on the Life Sciences and the Consumer & Retail sectors. He has significant experience advising clients on a wide variety of matters, including private M&A, joint ventures, public takeovers, restructurings and listing requirements. 

Matthew has specific expertise in highly complex cross-border M&A transactions.  He regularly advises clients on M&A auction processes, executing successful transactions both for sellers and for buyers.

"Pragmatic legal advice tailored to international environment with considerable industry expertise. Matthew Appleton is focusing specifically on what really matters for the business of his client far beyond legal expertise" - Legal 500 UK 2021 (M&A Upper Mid-Market and Premium Deals)

Experience includes advising:

Grünenthal on its USD922m acquisition from AstraZeneca of prescription products Nexium in Europe and Vimovo worldwide (excluding the U.S. and Japan). 

Grünenthal on its acquisition of the global rights to the migraine medication, Zomig, from AstraZeneca for a total consideration of up to USD302m.

GlaxoSmithKline on its EUR150m investment into, and strategic collaboration with, German biotech company CureVac for the research, development and commercialisation of mRNA-based vaccines and monoclonal antibodies targeting infectious diseases.

GlaxoSmithKline on various disposals of prescription and consumer healthcare products by way of auction.

GlaxoSmithKline on the GBP1.35bn disposal of its nutritional drinks brands, Lucozade and Ribena, to Suntory Beverage & Food, the Japanese consumer goods company.

RB on the potential acquisition of the consumer healthcare businesses of Pfizer and Merck KGaA, each by way of auction.

Life Healthcare Group Holdings on its GBP600m acquisition of Alliance Medical Group by way of auction.

US-headquartered global pharmaceutical company on its series A2 equity investment in a UK biotech company and related research/collaboration agreement in respect of certain antigen targets.

Asahi Group on its USD11.3bn acquisition of Carlton & United Breweries, the Australian arm of Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Asahi Group on its EUR7.30bn acquisition of the Central & Eastern European business of SABMiller by way of auction.

Asahi Group on its EUR2.55bn acquisition of Peroni, Grolsch and Meantime by way of auction.

Tesco on the GBP181m sale of its Polish business to Salling Group and additional divestments of its Polish store estate.

G Square Healthcare Private Equity and Aribua on the sale of SARquavitae to PAI Partners.

SSL International on its recommended public takeover by Reckitt Benckiser for GBP2.54bn.

IMI on the USD1.1bn disposal of its beverage dispense and merchandising businesses to The Marmon Group, a Berkshire Hathaway company, and related return of cash to shareholders.

Tullett Prebon on its GPB1.4bn reverse takeover, carve-out acquisition of ICAP's global hybrid broking and information business and related issuance of consideration shares and readmission to the LSE.

TUI AG on its all-share merger with TUI Travel and related admission to the LSE.

MP & Silva and its shareholders on the sale of a majority stake in the business to Everbright and Beijing Baofeng Technology by way of auction.

News & insights

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News: 18 SEPTEMBER 2020

Allen & Overy advises Apax Partners and its portfolio company Neuraxpharm on the acquisition of Buccolam® Assets

We have advised Apax Partners and its portfolio company Neuraxpharm Group, a leading European specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the central nervous system (CNS), on the acquisition of the…

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Publications: 08 JULY 2020

Pipeline gaps and digital will drive life sciences deals

Often seen as a safe haven sector in times of crisis, the life sciences have not only been centre stage during the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis but are riding it out well.

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Publications: 08 JULY 2020

Traditional retail faces fight for survival

Few sectors have been harder hit by the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis than retail. With the exception of pure online grocery retailers, there have been almost no winners from the pandemic.

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Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 2009.


BA, Law, Magdalene College, Cambridge University, 2005.

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