Nicholas Greenacre

Partner, London


“Nicholas Greenacre draws praise for the ‘quality and clarity of his advice’ as well as his ‘responsiveness and ability to turn things around quickly’. He regularly advises on executive compensation and incentives matters for a broad client base which includes banks and technology firms.”
Employee Share Schemes & Incentives, Chambers UK 2020


Nicholas Greenacre is a partner in our global Employment, Compensation & Benefits group based in London and leads the EMEA Employment, Compensation & Benefits team.

Nicholas has extensive experience in a broad range of employment, executive compensation, incentives and pensions matters for clients of all sizes, from technology start-ups to global investment banks. Nicholas has handled the ECB aspects of a variety of major corporate transactions, including a number of high profile IPOs and M&A deals (both public and private). He regularly advises clients on the establishment of management incentive plans in a private equity context.

Nicholas also frequently advises on pensions and other ECB issues in the context of major corporate reorganisations, financial restructuring and insolvency proceedings.

Bars and Courts
Solicitor of England and Wales
Diploma in Legal Practice
The College of Law
The College of Law
Balliol College, Oxford University


Representation of the Pollinate group, a UK-based software business developing an innovative cloud-based platform reinventing merchant acquiring for banks, on the employment, compensation & benefits (ECB) aspects relating to a growth capital investment round from a consortium of global industry leaders. Mastercard, Motive Partners and EFM Asset Management will join the Royal Bank of Scotland Group as investors in, and partners to, the Pollinate business.

Representation of Takeda Pharmaceuticals International AG on the ECB aspects relating to its recent strategic divestitures, including the sale of selected over-the-counter and non-core assets in both the NEMEA and Russia CIS regions, Asia Pacific and Latin America.

Representation of Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco), the world's largest oil company by production, on the ECB aspects relating to its US$ 69.1 billion acquisition of a 70% stake in Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), from the Public Investment Fund, the sovereign wealth fund of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The transaction was named "M&A Deal of the Year (Over US$50 billion)" by the M&A Advisor (2020).

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 Estera group of companies.

Representation of Amigo Holdings PLC, the leading company in the UK guarantor loan space, on the ECB aspects relating to its initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange.

Representation on the ECB aspects of the acquisition by Zynga Inc, a mobile video game company, headquartered in San Francisco and listed on NASDAQ, of Gram Games, a Turkish private company with its main business operations in the UK.

Representation of Franklin Templeton, the NYSE-listed investment firm, in relation to its suite of employee share plans, including advising in relation to regulatory issues under the European legislation governing how financial institutions are able to compensate their key individuals.

Awards and Recognition

Legal 500 2016
"Nicholas Greenacre is noted for his good balance of deep technical knowledge and strong commercial acumen."

Legal 500 2016
"Nicholas leads the 'responsive and practical team' at White & Case LLP."