In more than 20 years of practice, Vica Irani has advised on hundreds of complex M&A, private equity, and equity capital markets (ECM) transactions, across a range of industries, with a particular focus on cross-border and multijurisdictional deals. She also regularly counsels public companies on governance matters, securities laws, and disclosure obligations. Vica leads the Firm's M&A Practice in Europe.
Vica's representative M&A transactions include advising: Reynolds American on its $49 billion merger with BAT; Owens Corning on its $1.04 billion acquisition of Paroc; Hansteen on the $1.4 billion disposal of its German and Dutch portfolio; RPC on its $715.8 million acquisition of GCS; ENRC on its $4.5 billion take private and numerous other M&A transactions; and Macquarie European Infrastructure Funds on many transactions (including the divestures of Airwave and NCP).
Vica's representative ECM transactions include advising: ENRC on its $3 billion initial public offering (IPO); WL Ross on the IPO of Virgin Money and subsequent sales of its stake; SEQI on its IPO and several subsequent capital raises; Loungers on its IPO; Central Asia Metals on its reverse takeover of Lynx Resources; and numerous international issuers on listing and raising capital in London, including several from jurisdictions not previously represented on the London markets.
Vica also spent a year in the Firm's New York Office, where she advised on cross-border M&A and securities transactions. She has served on the board of the Graham Layton Trust since 2011, is a frequent author and speaker on corporate and governance matters, and has been consistently recommended as a leading lawyer in legal directories for more than a decade.
The In-House Lawyer Comparative Guide on Corporate Governance (United Kingdom), The Legal 500 & The In-House Lawyer
Negative Interest Rates: Autorité des Marchés Financiers Takes Position on Information to be Included in Bond Prospectuses, European Capital Markets Update
ESMA Issues Technical Advice on Format and Content of Prospectuses: Focus on Proposed Deletion of Requirement to Include Accountants' or Auditors' Report in Prospectus Presenting Profit Forecast or Estimate, European Capital Markets Update
- February 2019
United Kingdom: Corporate Governance
- February 2019
Author, The In-House Lawyer Comparative Guide on Corporate Governance, UK Jurisdiction
- September 30, 2019
Shareholder Activism and ESG: US and European Perspectives
- June 7, 2018
Hot Topics in Cross-Border M&A, Jones Day German Client Day
- March 22, 2017
Managing Conflicts of Interests, MBL Seminars
- November 20, 2014
Managing conflicts of interest in the boardroom, TMF Group Webinar
- March 20, 2013
The IPO process: Key requirements, Accessing international capital in London
- The College of Law, London (Legal Practice Course with commendation 1998); University of Bristol (LL.B. 1997)
- Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
- Repeatedly recommended in the Chambers Europe, Chambers UK, and Legal 500 UK guides