Brian Butterwick


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Brian is a Partner in William Fry's Corporate / M&A Department, based in the London office.  Brian advises on a broad range of corporate matters, with extensive experience in public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, IPOs and other capital markets transactions.  In addition to transactional representations, Brian also advises clients on governance matters and ongoing regulatory compliance.

Prior to joining William Fry in 2019, Brian practiced in the London office of Shearman & Sterling.

Brian's experience includes advising:

  • Investcorp on its joint venture with Aberdeen Standard Investments to establish a $1bn social infrastructure fund in the Gulf region*
  • Goldman Sachs and EFG-Hermes in the $900m IPO of Edita Food Industries S.A.E and its listing of global depositary receipts on the London Stock Exchange*
  • Societe Generale on the acquisition of Kleinwort Benson's UK and Channel Islands' wealth management business*
  • General Electric on the divestment of power generation assets in connection with its €10.3bn acquisition of Alstom*
  • SNC Lavalin Group Inc on its £1.2bn recommended takeover of Kentz Corporation Limited*
  • Allied Gold Mining PLC on its premium listing on the London Stock Exchange and its subsequent recommended takeover by ASX-listed St Barbara Limited*
  • A European food & beverages company on its pending €1.5bn premium listing on the London Stock Exchange*

*  Denotes experience gained prior to William Fry


Selected publications:

  • 'Initial Public Offerings' – UK Chapter – Global Legal Insights, 2017, 2018 and 2019 editions
  • 'A checklist for cross-border M&A transactions' – Lexis PSL, March 2015