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Ben Spiers
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CityPoint | One Ropemaker Street
London EC2Y 9HU EN
 
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Ben Spiers is a leading mergers and acquisitions attorney, focusing on public and private M&A, securities and corporate restructurings. He has advised a number of clients on complex cross-border transactions across the globe. Ben has also been recognized as a leader in his field by Chambers UK.

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Work Highlights
  •  Melrose Industries on its successful £7.8 billion hostile offer for GKN plc
  • Blackstone on its acquisition of Cirsa SA for €2.3 billion
  • Silver Lake on its takeover of ZPG plc (with co-investment from GIC and PSP) for £2.2 billion
  • HP Enterprise on the sale of its software division to Micro Focus plc for £8.8 billion
  • Softbank on its £24.3 billion acquisition of ARM Holdings
  • Honeywell International on its agreement to purchase the Elster division of Melrose Industries for £3.3 billion
  • BT on its £12.5 billion acquisition of EE, UK’s largest mobile operator
Accolades
  • Chambers UK – Corporate/M&A: High-End Capability
Education
  • The College of Law, Chester, 1993
  • University of Oxford, 1990 Pure and Applied Biology
Admissions
  • England and Wales 1995

Ben Spiers is a Partner in Simpson Thacher’s London office and a member of the Firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions Practice. Ben’s practice focuses on public and private M&A, securities and corporate restructurings, with a particular focus on the telecom, media and technology sector. He has spent many years advising clients on complex cross-border transactions across the globe.

Recent transactions include Melrose Industries on its successful £7.8 billion hostile offer for GKN plc, Blackstone on its acquisition of Cirsa SA for €2.3 billion, Silver Lake on its takeover of ZPG plc (with co-investment from GIC and PSP) for £2.2 billion.

Experience prior to Simpson Thacher, includes representing:

  • HP Enterprise on the sale of its software division to Micro Focus plc for £8.8 billion 
  • Softbank on its £24.3 billion acquisition of ARM Holdings 
  • Honeywell International on its agreement to purchase the Elster division of Melrose Industries for £3.3 billion
  • BT on its £12.5 billion acquisition of EE, UK’s largest mobile operator
  • Vodafone on its agreement to sell its entire interest in China Mobile Limited for £4.3 billion
Ben received his BA Hons degree from the University of Oxford in Pure and Applied Biology and completed a law conversion qualification and law school at the College of Law in Chester. He is admitted to the Law Society of England and Wales.

 

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