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Paul Devitt
Paul Devitt

Paul Devitt , EY

Partner / Equivalent
Partner, Transactions
  • Manchester, England
  • London, England
Corporate (general), M&A deals (mid-market), M&A deals (large / premium), Corporate and group structuring, reorganisations and rationalisations, Public takeovers and mergers, Equity capital markets / securities laws, Due diligence, Joint ventures, M&A deals (small / domestic)

I am an experienced corporate lawyer with particular expertise in M&A and equity capital market transactions and also in advising publicly traded companies on their disclosure and other regulatory obligations. 

As a business adviser, I am also able to draw on the experience gained over 5 years as CEO of an international professional services firm with annual revenues of c.£170m and over 1,100 employees.

Example Matters

  • Assystem Technologies' £281.3m takeover of SQS.
  • Nerudia's sale to Imperial Brands for up to £106.5m.
  • Assura’s £98.4m share placing to fund acquisitions.
  • BA’s sale of BA Connect to Flybe.
  • BT’s City Code takeover of Transcomm.
  • Co-op’s £1.65bn acquisition of Somerfield.
  • MyTravel’s £852m hostile bid for First Choice.
  • MyTravel’s $385m US tender offer for Travel Services International.

Work Types

My experience spans:

  • cross-border as well as UK transactions;
  • both public (City Code) takeovers and private company M&A;
  • advising entrepreneurs/owner-managed businesses as well as listed companies; 
  • both buy-side (acquisitions) and sell-side (divestitures);
  • equity capital markets transactions, including IPOs and secondary issues. 
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