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 regulatory change. 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 bid for Sky plc and Prosus on its contested bid for Just Eat, the two stand-out high value competitive bids of recent years. He also advised HarbourVest on its innovative hostile bid for SVG Capital, which led to changes in the Takeover Code. On the target side, he advised Worldpay on its merger with Vantiv, Earthport on the contested offers by Visa and Mastercard and Virgin Money on its combination with Clydesdale.
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."
Allen & Overy LLP
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Advising 21st Century Fox on the GBP30bn contested takeover of Sky.
Advising Worldpay on its GBP8bn recommended offer by Vantiv.
Advising HarbourVest on its GBP1bn hostile offer for SVG Capital and subsequent asset purchase.
Advising Virgin Money on its GBP4.4bn merger with CYBG.
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.
Chambers UK 2020
Seth Jones is highly impressive, composed with first-class legal skills.
Legal 500 UK 2020
Awards & accolades
Private equity deal of the year
IFLR Awards 2017Read more
- Co-Author of "A Practitioner's Guide to the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers"
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