Guy Potel

Partner, London

Biography

“The way Guy handled himself at the negotiations was very impressive. His skills helped close the deal smoothly.”
Chambers UK 2016

Overview

Guy Potel is a partner in our global M&A and Corporate practice based in London.

With more than 20 years of experience, he advises both listed and private companies on acquisitions, equity capital raisings, joint ventures and minority equity investments. Guy has a reputation for being an impressive negotiator and commercially astute. His advice is sought by companies across a variety of industry sectors, particularly in the fintech and technology sectors.

Listed companies seek Guy's advice to help them navigate the complex landscape of securities laws that apply to them (including the Market Abuse Regulation, Listing Rules, the UK Takeover Code and various corporate governance codes). His depth of experience in this field has also made Guy a go-to individual for certain activists in their public market value creation strategies.

Bars and Courts
England and Wales
Education
CPE
The College of Law
BA
University of Leeds
Languages
English
French

Experience

Representation of Smiths Group plc, a FTSE 100 industrial technology company, on its plans to separate its medical devices division.

Representation of Afreximbank on its ongoing plans for an LSE IPO, a world first for a multi-lateral development bank.

Representation of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) as a founding investor on the creation of a US$750 million biopharmaceutical platform.

Representation of Pollinate, a new merchant acquiring technology company, on its establishment and £60 million growth capital funding round attracting investment from RBS, MasterCard and National Australia Bank.

Representation of Discoverie Group plc, a London listed international innovative electronics technology group, on £60 million of equity capital raisings.

Representation of Ocelot, the UK standard listed special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), on its acquisition of Ocean Outdoor limited for £200 million.

Representation of Avast plc, the FTSE100 software company, on its UK LSE IPO.

Representation of Echostar in connection with its £3.2 billion takeover approach to Inmarsat plc.

Representation of Antin Infrastructure Partners and Goldman Sachs' West Street Infrastructure Partners in connection with their joint £540 million takeover offer for AIM listed CityFibre.

Representation of Monitise, an AIM listed mobile banking technology company, in connection with Fiserv's £75 million takeover offer.

Representation of IQE plc, an AIM listed leading global supplier of compound semiconductor wafers, on its £95 million equity capital raising.

Publications

Trends in UK Public M&A 2018, LexisNexis Market Tracker Trend Report

Awards and Recognition

Leading lawyer, M&A, Chambers 2016