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
FCA Publishes Policy Statement Setting Out Changes to the Listing Rules, European Capital Markets Update
- February 2019
United Kingdom: Corporate Governance
- February 2019
Author, The In-House Lawyer Comparative Guide on Corporate Governance, UK Jurisdiction
- 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