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Will Pearce

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Advises corporate, private equity and investment banking clients on public and private M&A transactions, takeovers, and securities offerings and listings.

Will 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 20 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 and an “MVP of the Year” by Law360. Clients quoted by Chambers say he is “exceptionally talented and very creative” and “highly experienced, insightful and commercial. He focuses on the issues that really matter and doesn't get stuck in the weeds.”

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Credentials

Recognition
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 UK and Europe – Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability
Chambers Global – Corporate/M&A (International & Cross-Border)
According to Chambers, clients note that Will is “very available and always goes the extra mile” and “one of those people who won't miss a trick and is very happy to go beyond the narrow legal sphere and steer from a commercial and tactical perspective.
Will “has a very thorough knowledge of the sponsor regime and the Takeover Code,” clients quoted by Chambers say.
Legal 500 UK – M&A: Upper Mid-market and Premium Deals, £500m+, London
IFLR1000 – Capital markets: Equity, M&A, England & Wales
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
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