Darren is a partner in our Global Corporate practice group based in our Manchester office. As a member of the firm's Chemicals Group, he is the relationship partner for a number of major clients including INEOS, Innospec, Kemira Oyj and BASF. His particular expertise covers a range of corporate transactions including international and domestic mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, regularly undertaking work in Europe, Asia and North America.

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    • Advising Kemira Oyj in relation to its acquisition of Albermarle UK Limited.
    • Assisting INEOS in relation to its US$220 million sale of its global fluorochemicals business to Mexichem.
    • Advising INEOS in relation to the sale of its E-PVC business to Vinnolit GmbH K Co, KG.
    • Advising Hexion (now Momentive) on the sale of its defoamer business to Münzing Chemie GmbH.
    • Assisting INEOS in relation to due diligence and integration matters concerning the €670 million acquisition of Kerling ASA (Hydro Polymers) from Norsk Hydro ASA.
    • Advising INEOS in relation to its acquisition of the white salt business of Salt Union/Compass Minerals.
    • Advising BASF in relation to its pharmaceutical intermediates business (Cramlington Pharmaceuticals) to Aesica Pharmaceuticals Limited.
    • Tri-partite PRC joint venture including UK, PRC and Japanese manufacturers.

    Education

    • University of Leeds, LL.B., 1988

    Admissions

    • England and Wales, 1991
    • Recommended in Chambers UK 2018 for Corporate/M&A – Mid-Market & Private Equity, North West
    • Recommended as a Leading Individual in The Legal 500 UK 2017 for Corporate and commercial
    • Recognized as a leading individual by Chambers UK 2016
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2015 for Corporate and commercial
    • Recommended in the 2013 edition of The Legal 500 UK
    • Listed in the 2014 edition of Chambers UK as a leading individual

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