Ashley Ballard is a partner in our global M&A and Corporate practice based in London.
Ashley's practice focusses on corporate and corporate finance transactions with a particular emphasis on cross border mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, restructurings and leverage buyouts. He works in the UK and across Europe, including the CIS, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, involving a variety of industries, in particular, financial institutions, oil and gas, electronics and aviation.
Ashley has acted for numerous international banks, multinational corporations, public companies, commodities houses and governmental entities, including Banco Itaú, Boeing, BBVA, Bunge, Celestica, Goldman Sachs, Hess, Ocorian, Rolls-Royce, Trafigura, UniCredit and Zurich Insurance.
He has previously worked in the Milan, Prague and Istanbul offices of White & Case. Ashley served as Head of Corporate in London for five years.
Representation of Inflexion Private Equity Partners and its portfolio company Ocorian, provider of trustee administration and fiduciary services, on their leveraged buyout of Bridgepoint's portfolio company, Estera, a provider of trustee services
Representation of UniCredit on the demerger of its Turkish joint venture and simultaneously carried out a follow on sale by way of an accelerated book build (ABB) of a 12 percent stake in Yapi Kredi, the second largest non-state owned bank in Turkey. The two sales were circa €2 billion in total value
Representation of Amigo Holdings PLC on its £1.3 billion public listing on the Premium List of the London Stock Exchange
Representation of Brammer Plc on its £221 million public takeover by Advent International and the implementation of its scheme of arrangement
Representation of Hess Corporation on the sale of its upstream operations in Equatorial Guinea via a competitive auction process to Tullow for US$650 million
Representation of International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, on its US$215 million equity investment in Ronesans Holding, one of Turkey's largest construction and infrastructure companies
Representation of Spanish banking group BBVA and Garanti Bank Turkey on the sale of Garanti Bank Moscow to Sovcombank
Representation of Geneva headquartered Trafigura and Puma Energy on numerous joint ventures and investments
Representation of Hess Corporation on the sale of its Russian upstream operations via a competitive auction process to Lukeoil for US$2.1 billion
Representation of Boeing Inc on its joint venture with Singapore Airlines Engineering Company to provide industry-leading engineering, repair and maintenance services for Boeing airplanes.