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Will Pearce

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Head of Europe practice. Advises corporate, PE and investment banking clients on public and private M&A transactions, takeovers, and securities offerings and listings.

Will is head of our Europe practice. He advises corporate, private equity and investment banking clients on public and private M&A transactions, takeovers, and securities offerings and listings, as well as on corporate governance, shareholder activism and restructuring matters.

With over 25 years' experience of advising on the Takeover Code and the Listing Rules, he is one of a handful of law firm partners in the U.K. to have been recognized as a leading lawyer for both corporate/M&A and equity capital markets.

Will has been recognized as a “Dealmaker of the Year” by the American Lawyer and The Deal, an “MVP of the Year” by Law360 and one of Europe’s most influential lawyers by Financial News. Clients quoted by Chambers say he is “an exceptional lawyer, very technical and commercial” who “thinks of things nobody else thinks about” and “truly serves the role of a well-rounded adviser.”

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Recognition

Financial News – “Most Influential Lawyers,” 2022

American Lawyer – "Dealmaker of the Year," 2019

Law360 – "M&A MVP of the Year," 2018

The Deal Europe Awards – “Dealmaker of the Year,” 2018

Chambers Europe – Corporate/M&A: High-End Capability

Chambers UK – Corporate/M&A: £800 million and above

Chambers Global – Corporate/M&A (International & Cross-Border)

Legal 500 UK – M&A: Upper Mid-Market and Premium Deals, £500m+, Hall of Fame

IFLR1000 – M&A, United Kingdom, Highly Regarded

Who’s Who Legal – M&A, Global Leader

Education
LL.B., European Law, University of Warwick
  • with honours
Professional history
  • Partner, Davis Polk, 2013-present
  • Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills, 2006-2013
  • Associate, Herbert Smith Freehills, 1998-2006
Qualifications and admissions
  • England and Wales
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