Louise Barber practices a wide range of corporate work, with particular focus on cross-border public and private mergers and acquisitions (including public takeovers), equity capital markets transactions, joint ventures and corporate governance.

    Louise's M&A experience includes advising UK, US and European companies on cross-border public and private transactions. Her capital markets experience includes advising on a number of initial public offering and secondary fundraising transactions on both the London Stock Exchange's Main Market and AIM. Louise's broader corporate experience includes advising on domestic and international joint ventures and advising companies on the FCA Listing Rules, Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules, UK Corporate Governance Code, Prospectus Regulation Rules, AIM Rules and the Takeover Code.

    Louise has particular experience in advising companies operating in the retail, transport and logistics and healthcare sectors. In the course of her career, she has spent three years working in industry, two years as Group Legal Director of FTSE250 Pets at Home Group plc, and completed secondments to the in-house legal team of FTSE100 Rentokil Initial plc and the commercial lending division of Nationwide Building Society.

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    • Advised Polypipe Group plc in connection with its cash box placing by way of accelerated book build to raise total gross proceeds of £120 million.
    • Advised Studio Retail Group plc in connection with its proposed class 1 disposal of its Findel Education division to the Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation for £50 million.
    • Advised 1923 Investments plc in connection with its acquisition of NYSE-listed Teekay Tankers’ global oil and gas ship-to-ship transfer and terminal management support services business.
    • Advised Heineken UK in connection with its acquisition of Punch Securitisation A, a portfolio of approximately 1,900 UK pubs owned by Punch Taverns (enterprise value £1.15 billion), conditional on completion of the recommended takeover of Punch Taverns by Vine Acquisitions.
    • Advised Synergy Health plc in connection with its US$1.9 billion takeover by STERIS Corporation, a transaction valuing the combined group at US$5.2 billion.
    • Advised Montague Private Equity in connection with its sale of GHD Group to Lion Capital.
    • Advised on the initial public offerings of Allied Minds plc, ScS Group plc, PureTech Health plc and Boohoo Group plc.
    • Advised Bonmarché Holdings plc, Market Tech Holdings Limited and Entertainment One Ltd. in connection with their respective step up from AIM to a listing on the Official List and admission to trading on the main market of the London Stock Exchange.
    • Advised Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed Ascendis Health Limited in connection with its acquisition of Remedica Holdings Limited, Cyprus' leading pharmaceutical company, for consideration of up to €335 million.
    • Advised Klesch & Company Ltd in connection with the acquisition of the Heide Oil Refinery in Germany from Royal Dutch Shell plc.
    • Advised Scott Wilson Group plc in connection with its £223 million takeover by URS Corporation.

    Education

    • College of Law, Chester, Legal Practice Course, 2006
    • College of Law, Chester, Graduate Diploma in Law, 2005
    • University of Leeds, (Hons. First Class), B.A., 2004

    Admissions

    • Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales, 2008

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