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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 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.”

Insights

UK Secondary Capital Raising Review

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+, 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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