Rhys W.Phelps

Of Counsel

London + 44.20.7039.5258

Rhys Phelps advises numerous clients on complex, cross-border M&A transactions, joint ventures, and strategic alliances. He advises across multiple industries, including aerospace and defence, real estate investment, hospitality, tobacco, mining, and health care.

Rhys has recently advised: LaSalle Investment Management on its agreement to acquire the Real Estate Multi-Manager business of Aviva Investors, with $7 billion (€6.05 billion) of assets under management, as well as Encore+, an open-ended Continental European real estate fund with a gross asset value of $1.967 billion (€1.7 billion); Owens Corning on its €900 million (US$1.04 billion) acquisition of Paroc Group, a leading European mineral wool manufacturer; Henderson Park, the European real estate investment platform, in connection with its acquisition of the flagship London and Birmingham Hilton Metropole hotels; Reynolds American Inc. on the $49 billion acquisition by British American Tobacco plc of 57.8 percent of Reynolds not already owned by it; Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation PLC, the diversified natural resources group, on multiple transactions including the $1.25 billion acquisition of the DRC assets of First Quantum Minerals Ltd; and STERIS PLC on various acquisitions and disposals involving the health care sector.

Rhys spent nine months on secondment to Goldman Sachs in London, supporting the legal team for Goldman Sachs' Real Estate Principal Investment Area, and six months on secondment to the M&A legal team of BAE Systems PLC.


  • ENRC acquires First Quantum Minerals' DRC assets for $1.25 billionJones Day advised Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation PLC ("ENRC") in its $1.25 billion acquisition of the residual assets and settlement of all claims in relation to the Democratic Republic of Congo operations of First Quantum Minerals Ltd.
  • ENRC acquires remaining 75% of Shubarkol Komir JSC for US$600 millionJones Day advised Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation PLC ("ENRC") in connection with the Open Trade on the Kazakhstan Stock Exchange to acquire the outstanding common shares in Shubarkol Komir JSC for US$600 million.
  • ENRC acquires Enya Holding for $300 millionJones Day advised Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Plc in its $300 million acquisition of Enya Holding BV, which holds a 90% interest in Chambishi Metals PLC, a Zambian copper and cobalt producer, together with a 100% interest in Comit Resources FZE, a Dubai-based marketing and sales company.
  • ENRC acquires 25% of Shubarkol Komir Joint Stock Company for US$200 millionJones Day advised Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation plc in its $200 million acquisition of a 25% interest in Shubarkol Komir JSC, a major thermal coal producer in Kazakhstan.
  • London & Stamford acquires HEREF Green Box and its subsidiaries for £82 million (US$132 million)Jones Day advised London & Stamford Plc in its £82 million (US$132 million) acquisition of HEREF Green Box Ltd and its subsidiaries from two investment funds operated by Harbert Management Corporation (Europe).
  • London & Stamford acquires Radial Distribution from Warner Estate Joint Ventures and Uberior Ventures for £208.5 million ($310 million)Jones Day advised London & Stamford Investments Limited in its £208.5 million ($310 million) acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Radial Distribution Limited from Warner Estate Joint Ventures Limited and Uberior Ventures Limited.
  • Jarvis Hotels disposes of hotel portfolioJarvis Hotels Group, which owned a portfolio of hotels in the United Kingdom, appointed Jones Day to advise on the restructuring of the Group.
  • J.F. Lehman acquires Drew Marine Business unit from AshlandJones Day advised J.F. Lehman & Company in its $120 million acquisition of the Drew Marine Business, a global leader in providing technical solutions, high-value products and services to the marine industry, of Ashland Inc., a Fortune 500 diversified chemical company.
  • Woodward acquires HR Textron Inc. from Textron Inc. for $365 millionJones Day advised Woodward, Inc. in its $365 million acquisition of HR Textron Inc. from Textron Inc. HR Textron is an industry leader in the advanced technology, engineering development, and manufacturing of mission-critical actuation systems and controls for weapons, aircraft, turbine engines, and combat vehicles.
  • Mineral Securities Limited is acquired by CopperCo Limited for $218 millionJones Day advised Mineral Securities Limited in its AU$242 million (US$218 million) acquisition by CopperCo Limited for the entire issued share capital.
  • Shareholders of Passhold Limited complete sale of brandRapportJones Day advised the shareholders of Passhold Limited in connection with their £7.5 million ($15 million) sale of brandRapport Limited, an independent sponsorship agency, to Ingenious Media Active Capital, an independent and integrated group of companies advising and investing in media.
  • "The Two Cities Challenge" raises funds for U.K. Cancer ResearchStyled "The Two Cities Challenge," this fundraiser required participants to run the Paris marathon, cycle 300 miles from Paris to London, and finish by running the London marathon – all over the course of one grueling week in April.
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