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Gary Brown

Global Co-Chair of M&A Practice | London


  • Advising SoftBank Group Corp., on its acquisition of Graphcore, a UK-based semiconductor and microprocessor developer.
  • Advising SoftBank on its $1BN investment in UK AI unicorn Wayve, the largest ever investment in a UK AI company.

  • Advising SoftBank Vision Fund 2 as lead investor in a $190M financing round in UK fintech platform Primary Bid.

  • Advising SoftBank on its $40BN sale of semiconductor designer Arm to NVIDIA, as well as SoftBank’s original $32BN takeover of Arm.

  • Advising SoftBank Vision Fund 2 on its $250M investment in UK tech unicorn Gousto.

  • Advising SoftBank on its $200M investment in mobile satellite business OneWeb.

  • Advising SoftBank, one of OneWeb’s shareholders, in connection with the $3.4 billion merger between satellite companies OneWeb and Eutelsat Communications.

  • Advising SoftBank Group Capital Limited in connection with the pre-sale reorganization and subsequent sale of Pelion IoT Limited, to Scottish Equity Partners. 

  • Advising SoftBank on its disposal of Indian solar-energy company SoftBank Energy to Adani Group at a $3.5BN valuation, the largest solar energy deal in Indian M&A history.

  • Advising SoftBank on its $4.4BN investment in WeWork.

  • Advising Arm Holdings plc, the world’s leading UK-headquartered semiconductor IP company, on its IPO on the Nasdaq which raised $5.22 BN, the largest IPO of 2023.

  • Advising Cambridge Quantum Computing on its merger with Honeywell Quantum Solutions.

  • Advising Imerys S.A., the French-listed world leader in mineral-based specialty solutions, on its joint venture with British Lithium, to accelerate development of the UK’s largest lithium deposit.

  • Advising Imerys S.A. and Omya A.G. on their disposal of Fiberlean Technologies, a leading manufacturer of an innovative, sustainable composite material, to Werhahn KG.

  • Advising Ares on its investment in Swedish based vehicle technology company Opus.

  • Advising Eurohold Bulgaria AD on its EUR 355 acquisition of the Bulgarian power distribution/renewable energy business of Czech utility company ČEZ.

  • Advising clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company BioLineRx on its acquisition of UK-based Agalimmune.

  • Advising Cherokee, Inc. on its acquisition of Hi-Tec Sports, and its related follow-on disposals of non-core assets. The firm won M&A Team of the Year (Midmarket Deal valued at less than £1bn) at the Transatlantic Legal Awards for its work on this matter.

Recommended: Corporate & Commercial: M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+

Legal 500 UK 2019 - 2024

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