Leon Ferera has more than 20 years of experience advising companies, investors, and financial institutions on corporate transactions and governance matters, including takeover offers, takeover preparedness, private M&A, private equity transactions, and joint ventures. He was seconded for two years to the UK Takeover Panel (where he was also secretary to the Code Committee, which carries out the Panel's rulemaking functions) and for one year to Invesco's UK equities team. Leon leads the M&A practice in the London Office.
Representative matters include: advising Houlilhan Lokey on GVC Holdings' £3.9 billion takeover of Ladbrokes Coral; Canyon Bridge's £550 million takeover of Imagination Technologies; Reynolds American's $49 billion acquisition by BAT, $27.4 billion acquisition of Lorillard, and $7.1 billion divestiture to Imperial Tobacco; GE Healthcare's acquisitions of Rapidscan Pharma Solutions and Asymptote; STERIS's $6.2 billion combination with Synergy Health; Euronext's €510 million offer for LCH.Clearnet; transactions for Essilor; Atmel's proposed $4.6 billion sale to Dialog Semiconductor and subsequent $3.6 billion sale to Microchip Technology; PW Real Estate's £323 million takeover of Pinewood; Invesco on investments in Mereo Biopharma, PureTech Health, and Oxford Sciences Innovation; Procter & Gamble on the sale of its tissue and paper towel business and acquisition of Sara Lee's aircare business; and WL Ross & Co. on the £1 billion Northern Rock acquisition from the United Kingdom government.
Leon speaks and writes frequently on takeovers, is a member of the working group on takeovers of the Corporate Finance Faculty of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, and is repeatedly recommended in the Chambers and Legal 500 legal guides.
The In-House Lawyer Comparative Guide on Corporate Governance (United Kingdom), The Legal 500 & The In-House Lawyer
All change at the ToP: taking stock of the changing nature of the UK takeover regime, Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law
- February 2019
Author, The In-House Lawyer Comparative Guide on Corporate Governance, UK Jurisdiction
- April 2009
Comment la crise financeière affecte-t-elle les contrats de fusions-acquisitions?, Tribune Capital Finance
- April 17, 2019
Foreign Investment Review and Public Takeovers in the UK - Key considerations for Chinese investors, Jones Day Shanghai Outbound Seminar
- April 16, 2019
Key considerations for Chinese investment into the UK, Jones Day Beijing Outbound Seminar
- April 15, 2019
Foreign Investment Review and Public Takeovers in the UK - Key considerations for Chinese investors, Seminar to CAPE
- 20 avril 2017
Finale de la 3ème édition du Prix Jones Day/ESSEC/Paris II
- 17 novembre 2016
Atelier AFJE "Négocier un contrat de cession d'actions pro-vendeur"
- November 9, 2016
Jones Day Global Life Sciences Conference – 2016 Issues & Trends
- June 3, 2015
Global Insights: The Future of M&A
- April 2012
In the Battle for Success, How to Win the M&A War, panelist, Merrill Datasite webinar
- September 2011
CNBC/Global Finance webcast on Trends in European M&A, panelist
- March 2009
The Expro International case and schemes of arrangement, Jones Day client seminar
- February 5, 2009
Impacts juridiques de la crise financière sur les opérations de fusions-acquisitions, Atelier AFJE
- September 2007
The Takeover Code and AIM, Presentation to Standard Bank
- July 2006
The Implementation of the Takeovers Directive, Presentation to Hoare Govett
- December 2003
Understanding the Takeover Panel, Presentation to M&A team and members of the European offices of UBS AG
- October 2003
Understanding The Takeover Panel, Presentation to London M&A Team of Greenhill
- The College of Law, London (Legal Practice Course with commendation 1995; Common Professional Examination 1994); University of Oxford (B.A. Hons. in Modern Languages 1992)
- Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
Chambers UK: "draws praise for his tremendous knowledge of transactional work, with particular strength in public M&A"; "receives strong endorsement from his clients...[and] is widely regarded as excellent"; "a super M&A attorney"
Legal 500: "The [Jones Day] team includes the ‘proactive and hands-on’ Leon Ferera"; "[his] understanding of the role of the Takeover Panel is crucial to the success of a transaction"
- French, German