John Cunningham

Partner, London

Biography

A corporate finance partner with extensive experience of the infrastructure and healthcare sectors.

Overview

John Cunningham is a partner in our global M&A and Corporate practice based in London with a particular focus on the infrastructure and healthcare sectors.

John has a broad corporate and transactional practice, including experience in public and private mergers and acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures and co-investments.

John has advised corporates, private equity houses, infrastructure funds and sovereign wealth funds on a multitude of complex domestic and cross-border transactions.

Bars and Courts
England and Wales
Education
LPC
College of Law, London
CPE
College of Law, London
BA
Oxford University
Languages
English
French

Experience

Representation of Infravia and the founders on the disposal of Next Generation Data, a data centre business in South Wales, comprising Europe’s largest single site data centre campus

Representation of a Middle Eastern sovereign wealth fund on its investment into a Dutch residential real estate platform comprising more than 800 units

Representation of Bupa on its acquisition of Acibadem Sigorta, Turkey's second largest health insurance company

Representation of the founders and Lightsource Renewable Energy Investments Limited on the formation of a strategic partnership with BP. Lightsource is Europe’s largest solar development company

Representation of IFM Investors on its acquisition of a 40 percent stake in Mersin International Port from the Akfen Group and associated shareholder arrangements between IFM, Akfen and PSA

Representation of Bupa on its acquisition of an 8 percent stake in Bupa Arabia from the Nazer Group (a Saudi Arabia based investment manager that focusses on the healthcare sector) for US$244 million, increasing Bupa's stake in Bupa Arabia to 34.25 percent

Representation of Bupa on its £835 million acquisition of Oasis Dental Care, the UK’s leading private dental provider, from European private equity group Bridgepoint, and Duke Street

Representation of EPH on its disposal of a 30 percent stake in EP Infrastructure (EPIF) to a group of investors led by Macquarie. EPIF is a leading European energy infrastructure utility focused on gas transmission, gas and power distribution, heat and power generation and gas storage, primarily in Slovakia and the Czech Republic

Representation of the founders of Greenko, one of the leading players in Indian Renewable Energy Markets, on their roll-over as part of GIC's take-private of Greenko and on ADIA’s US$150 million investment in Greenko

Representation of Partners Group on its acquisition of PCI Pharma Services, a leading global provider of outsourced pharmaceutical services offering commercial and clinical packaging, clinical storage and distribution services, high-potency and non-potent drug manufacturing and selected drug development and analytical services

Representation of EPH on its acquisition of a 66 percent interest in Slovenské Elektrárne, the leading Slovakian energy company from Enel Produzione S.p.A., the Italian utility giant

Representation a consortium comprising Aberdeen Asset Management, Intertoll and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on its acquisition of controlling stakes in two Hungarian motorway concession companies

Representation of EPH on its acquisition of Eggborough Power Limited, owner of the 2GW, coal-fired Eggborough Power Station which supplies approximately 4 percent of power in the UK. The deal marked the EPH group’s entry into the UK energy market

Representation of Limak on the €285 million sale of its 40 percent stake in Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen International Airport to Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd

Representation of Alpha Trains on the acquisition of 202 pan-European rolling stock assets from the Royal Bank of Scotland

Representation of Bupa, the international healthcare and health insurance group, on its €400 million acquisition of Lux Med, Poland's largest private healthcare services provider

Representation of RWE AG on the €1.6 billion sale of NET4GAS, s.r.o., the Czech gas transmission system operator, to a consortium of Allianz Capital Partners OMERS Infrastructure

Representation of Acergy SA on its combination with Subsea 7 Inc. creating a combined entity in the sea-bed to surface engineering sphere with a market capitalization of US$8.8 billion

Representation of EPH) on the £328 million acquisition from Centrica plc of two combined cycle gas turbine power stations. Centrica is one of the UK’s largest energy groups and owner of British Gas

Representation of Wren House Infrastructure on its US$550 million investment in Gas Natural Fenosa's global electricity generation business, Global Power Generation S.A.U.

Representation of Autostrade per l’Italia on the €857 million sale of 49.9 percent of its stake in Grupo Costanera. Grupo Costanera owns a portfolio of five toll roads in Chile

Representation of ING in relation to its acquisition of Hatfield Colliery and potential acquisition of the green field site for the construction of a clean coal power plant and associated EU Grant

Representation of MITIE Group plc on its acquisition of the UK technical facilities management operations of Dalkia PLC for £130 million in cash and MITIE Group plc’s related cash box placing to raise approximately £43 million

Representation of Bupa on the THB2.4 billion sale of Bupa Thailand, the largest specialist health insurer in Thailand, to Aetna Inc.

Representation of Novartis on its US$14.3 million investment in Oxford Biomedica plc, a leading gene and cell therapy company

Representation of GlaxoSmithKline on its €500 million acquisition from Sanofi of two injectable anti-thrombotic brands, Arixtra® and Fraxiparine®, and related French manufacturing facility

Awards and Recognition

M&A Advisor – Emerging Leaders Awards winner 2015

"The London offering focuses mainly on pan-European PE deals, US and Asian mandates are also common, as is emerging markets work."
Tier 3 Private Equity (high value deals) UK Legal 500 2020