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Evan S. Simpson

Partner

Evan S. Simpson

Partner
London +44-20-7959-8900+44-20-7959-8900 +44-20-7959-8950+44-20-7959-8950
[email protected]
Mr. Simpson is a member of the General Practice Group and is based in our London office. He advises European and U.S. clients across a broad range of cross-border corporate and M&A matters. His experience in securities matters includes both SEC-registered and exempt debt capital markets transactions, as well as equity capital markets transactions such as cross-border rights offerings and initial public offerings. He also advises SEC-registered European clients on corporate and disclosure matters. He has also worked on a number of public and private cross-border M&A transactions.

SELECTED REPRESENTATIONS

Selected M&A Transactions
  • Bayer AG in the sale of its animal health business to Elanco Animal Health Incorporated for aggregate consideration of $7.6 billion (approximately $5.3 billion in cash and $2.3 billion in Elanco shares), as well as Bayer’s agreement to acquire Monsanto Company in an all-cash transaction with an aggregate value of $66 billion and subsequent antitrust divestitures of certain of its crop science assets to BASF SE for €5.9 billion
  • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) in the sale of 10.8 percent of the ordinary shares of Pets at Home Group plc through an accelerated book build
  • Rhône Capital LLC in its acquisition of Fogo de Chão, Inc. in an all-cash merger valued at $560 million and its €1 billion acquisition of the bakery supplies business of CSM NV
  • Standard Chartered in its venture capital investments in U.S.-based analytics company Paxata and U.S.-based distributed ledger technology company Ripple
  • Alcatel Lucent S.A. as target of the €15.6 billion SEC-registered exchange offer by Nokia Corporation
  • TeliaSonera on its $150 million investment in Spotify A.S. and in the sale of its 51.3 percent indirect interest in the Azeri telecommunications operator Azercell LLC, to Azerbaijan International Telecom LLC, a company wholly owned by the Republic of Azerbaijan, for €222 million
  • Coca-Cola HBC AG in its redomiciliation from Greece to Switzerland and triple listing on the NYSE, LSE and Athens Exchange, an SEC-registered exchange offer
  • ING Groep N.V. in its €2.6 billion disposition of its Latin American pensions, life insurance and investment management businesses
  • As a legal secondee to the Infrastructure Group of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, advised on its €376 million investment in Interparking, one of Europe’s largest car park management companies, and its $807 million investment in Transportadora de Gas del Perú S.A., a Peruvian natural gas pipeline company
  • Augere Holdings (Netherlands) BV, an emerging markets telecom provider, in private placements of senior and convertible notes with private equity investors
  • ING Groep N.V. in its disposition of its Latin American pensions, life insurance and investment management business for total consideration of €2.6 billion

Selected Capital Markets Transactions
  • Barclays PLC in its SEC-registered offerings of AT1 capital securities, subordinated debt securities and senior debt securities, the selldown of its stake in Barclays Africa Group Limited and its £5.8 billion SEC-registered rights offering, as well as ongoing SEC reporting obligations
  • ING Groep N.V. in its SEC-registered offerings of more than $10 billion in additional tier 1 capital securities and senior securities, as well as ongoing SEC reporting obligations (2017-2019)
  • Diageo PLC in its SEC-registered offerings of $1.6 billion fixed rate notes, $2.0 billion fixed and floating rate notes and $3.25 billion fixed rate notes, as well as ongoing SEC reporting obligations
  • Royal Philips N.V. on the IPO of its Lighting business at a market capitalization of €3 billion and its liability management tender offer for $400 million in its outstanding SEC-registered debt securities, as well as ongoing SEC reporting obligations
  • Representing the underwriters for European Investment Bank, the lending arm of the EU, in SEC-registered notes offerings totaling more than $70 billion
  • Goldman Sachs Group in its underwriting of a $362 million rights issue by Expro Group, a provider of offshore oil and gas management services
  • Entra ASA, the Norwegian state-owned commercial real estate company, in its NOK 2.7 billion privatization by way of IPO
  • Alcatel Lucent S.A. in its €955 million rights offering private placements with qualified institutional buyers in the United States
  • Dolphin Energy Limited, a natural gas company operating in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, in its 144A/Reg S offering of $1.3 billion senior secured notes
  • BG Group plc in the establishment of its sponsored ADR Program and its 144A/Reg S offerings of $1 billion senior notes and $3 billion senior notes
  • Representing the initial purchasers in 144A/Reg S offerings by Jaguar Land Rover PLC of £1 billion equivalent high-yield senior notes offering and follow-on £1.5 billion equivalent high-yield senior notes offering
  • Pershing Square, L.P. in connection with its participation in Justice Holdings Limited, a £900 million special purpose acquisition vehicle listed on the London Stock Exchange