John Phillips is Partner-in-Charge of the London Office of Jones Day and has more than 30 years of experience in corporate law. He began his career as an equity capital markets lawyer after secondment at the London Stock Exchange writing the Listing Rules. In recent years he has amassed extensive M&A experience with a particular focus on cross-border transactions. He also has advised on numerous private equity investments.
Representations include advising: Standard Bank on its sale of its £600 million controlling shareholdings in Standard Bank Argentina S.A. to Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited; Procter & Gamble on its acquisition of Ambi Pur for $470 million and on the sale of its European tissue business to Svenska Cellulosa AB for $672 million; DV4 Limited on the acquisition of Minerva plc (enterprise value of £1.2 billion) and numerous other deals; and WL Ross & Co. on its £100 million investment in Virgin Money Holdings (UK) Limited, its participation in a €1.123 billion minority investment in Bank of Ireland, and its acquisition of Northern Rock. John also advised Alfa Group and Access-Renova Group on the formation of TNK-BP, a joint venture with BP plc involving the contribution of oil and gas assets valued at US$18 billion and Alfa Group in the monetization of its rights to future delivery of BP ordinary shares.
John is a trustee and vice chair of The Brittle Bone Society, a UK charity that provides support to people affected by osteogenesis imperfecta, a rare bone condition. He is also a trustee of Heritage of London Trust Limited, which is dedicated to restoration projects for historic buildings and monuments.
- March 2011
Anything You Can Do..How the Dodd-Frank Act Might Influence Further Reform of UK Corporate Governance, 3 JIBFL 153
- February 2009
Born in the USA - Are Fairness Opinions Coming To The UK?, The Bulletin
- October 2002
Ready, AIM, Fire! Floating on London's Junior Market, PLC Magazine
- July 23, 2009
International Business Roundtable: Pittsburgh in the Global Economy - Doing Business in Europe, Asia, Mexico, and the Middle East
- The College of Law, Chester (Law Society Finals 1986); Pembroke College, Cambridge (M.A. in Law 1985)
- Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
Recommended repeatedly in Chambers UK and Legal 500 UK guides