Patrick Sarch | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice

Patrick Sarch

Partner, London

“He gets the business side – that’s the heart of the skill he has” “incredibly energetic” “patient and articulate”


Patrick is co-head of both the Firm's Financial Institutions Global Industry Group and the Corporate practice in London. As a senior corporate partner, Patrick is valued by his wide range of clients for providing commercial, pragmatic and sound business advice. He is widely viewed as a trusted adviser to the boards of many UK and international listed companies.

Patrick has over 20 years' experience advising clients on corporate finance, domestic and cross-border public company M&A (with extensive expertise in competitive and hostile situations), innovative structuring, the Takeover Code, disclosure issues, securities law and the Listing Rules as well as secondary issues and capital restructuring. He has a very broad base of skills - for example, he also advises on corporate aspects of investigations and crisis management. Patrick has a particular focus on Financial Services but is also active in a number of other sectors including Retail, Technology and Telecoms. He has advised on a number of global and UK "firsts" and record breaking deals.

Patrick is a sought after and regular speaker at client, media and industry events and is a recognised expert on takeover strategy, tactics and regulation, M&A and corporate financing trends as well as market abuse and disclosure issues. He has presented to most of the world’s leading financial institutions, lots of major companies and many key regulators, including the Bank of England and Prudential Regulation Authority and the China Banking Regulatory Commission.

Bars and Courts

  • Solicitor of England and Wales


  • LPC, College of Law
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Law, Holborn College
  • BSc (Hons), City University, Cass Business School


  • English


Co-operative Bank

Patrick advised the Board of the Co-operative Bank on its formal sale process and successful capital restructuring and change of control, including £250 million of new investment and £450 million capitalisation of T2 bonds.

J Sainsbury PLC

Patrick led the team advising J Sainsbury PLC on its successful £1.4 billion contested takeover of Home Retail Group PLC, achieved by means of an innovative structure involving the first "reduction" scheme of arrangement since recent legal changes, the distribution of demerger proceeds from the sale of Homebase and mandatory transfer of shares, as well as the related £1.1 billion financing arrangements for the transaction. This transaction was also the first "put up or shut up" auction process in the UK.

AB Inbev

Patrick advised the key shareholders of AB Inbev on the complex and innovative structuring to facilitate its US$105 billion acquisition of SAB Miller, the largest M&A deal in recent history, and advised AB Inbev on its US$75 billion financing of the deal, the largest ever M&A financing.


Patrick has advised Barclays on a number of notable transactions over several years, including its £6 billion rights issue, its US$13.5 billion sale of BGI to BlackRock, following its proposal to sell iShares to CVC for US$4.4 billion and on its acquisition of Lehman Brothers North American investment banking and capital markets operations including US$68 billion of assets.


Patrick advised Gtech S.p.A. on its US$7.6 billion cross-border merger with International Game Technology, lnc to form IGT PLC, the first M&A transaction implemented by a cross-border merger mechanism in the UK which created an international group with a unique US-listed, UK incorporated structure.


Representation of EADS on its proposed €38 billion merger with BAE Systems.

LCH Clearnet

Patrick has advised the LCH.Clearnet Group on its formation and a number of transactions since, including the ground-breaking offer by the London Stock Exchange for a 60 percent stake, valuing LCH at €813 million, and simultaneous €320 million capital raise.

Kraft Foods

Patrick advised Kraft Foods on its controversial, unsolicited £11.9 billion takeover of Cadbury, a transaction which rewrote the rulebook for takeover transactions in the UK.


Representation of CVC and Apollo on their £888 million MBO of Brit Insurance − the first shared jurisdiction takeover in the UK.

Co-operative Bank

Representation of the Co-operative Bank on its £400 million placing and open offer.

Serco Group

Patrick has advised Serco Group PLC on its £160 million cashbox placing and £555 million rescue rights issue and refinancing including new £480 million facilities.

Speaking Engagements

Patrick is a sought after and regular speaker at client, media and industry events and is a recognised expert on takeover strategy, tactics and regulation, M&A and corporate financing trends as well as market abuse and disclosure issues.