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Piers Prichard Jones


Mergers and acquisitions |

He is absolutely phenomenal…

Chambers UK, 2022

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About Piers Prichard Jones

Piers is a corporate partner in our global transactions group in London. He is also Chair of the firm’s Board.

He acts for a variety of clients across a range of sectors and is particularly well known for his work on transformational, cross border M&A transactions.

Piers combines his transactional work with advice to company boards on activism, capital raisings, governance and risk and crisis management.

Piers is relationship partner for a number of the firm’s FTSE and international clients and is ranked Band 1 in Chambers UK for Corporate/M&A.

Recent work

  • ABB on the sale of its power grids division to Hitachi and on the sale of its high voltage cable business to NKT
  • BAE Systems on various matters, including its proposed merger with EADS and the IPO of Air Astana
  • Barrick Gold on its merger with Randgold Resources
  • Berry Global on its acquisition of RPC
  • BT on various matters, including the share acquisitions by Altice
  • Charlotte Tilbury on its acquisition by Puig
  • DWS on its acquisition of Stagecoach
  • Entain on its defences against the approach by MGM and the approach by DraftKings
  • GXO on its acquisition of Clipper Logistics
  • IHG on various matters, including its defence against the campaign by Marcato, the activist
  • Klepierre on its approach to Hammerson
  • Laird on its acquisition by Advent
  • Mars on various matters, including the disposal of its coffee business to Lavazza, its acquisitions of AniCura and Linnaeus and its acquisition of Hotel Chocolat
  • Parker-Hannifin on its acquisition of Meggitt
  • Smiths on the dual track spin/sale of its medical division
  • Sysco on its acquisition of Brakes
  • Smurfit Kappa on its pproposed merger with WestRock
  • Xstrata on its merger with Glencore
  • ZPG on its acquisition by Silver Lake
  • A number of take private offers and possible offers for financial sponsors including CVC, Permira and Apollo



  • Oxford University, UK


  • Sweet & Maxwell A Practitioner’s Guide to the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers