Concentrating in General Corporate Matters and Mergers and Acquisitions
John Adebiyi is a partner who focuses on corporate matters, in particular public and private mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions.
Representative matters in which Mr. Adebiyi has been involved include advising Chengwei Capital, a China-based private equity fund, in its co-investment with a U.S.-based investor in Hong Kong Stock Exchange-listed Hengdeli Holdings Limited; the acquisition by CITIC Private Equity Advisers (Hong Kong) Limited of a 21.7 percent stake in Biosensors International Group, Ltd., a Singapore listed company, from Wellford Capital Limited, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Shandong Weigao Group Medical Polymer Company Limited, a Hong Kong listed company for US$312.3 million; the disposal by Hong Kong-listed Dragonite International Limited of assets comprised in its electronic cigarette business to the Imperial Tobacco Group; the US$850 million acquisition by Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. of Infastech, a Hong Kong-based maker of engineered mechanical fasteners, from CVC Capital Partners and Standard Chartered Private Equity; the acquisition by Nomura Holdings, Inc. of both the Asia Pacific franchise and the European and Middle East equities and investment banking units of Lehman Brothers; the acquisition by The Middleby Corporation’s subsidiary, Middleby Holding UK Ltd., of Lincat Group plc; Oberthur Technologies’ £896 million unsolicited bid for De La Rue plc; News Corporation’s proposed, but terminated, US$11.5 billion acquisition of the remaining stake it did not already own in British Sky Broadcasting Group plc; the recommended offer for Easynet Group plc by British Sky Broadcasting Group plc; the US$3.7 billion going-private acquisition of NDS Group plc by News Corporation in partnership with Permira Advisers Ltd.; the proposed, but terminated, US$650 million acquisition by Fortress Investment Group LLC via a leveraged buyout of telent plc (United Kingdom); the proposed business combination of SkyTerra Communications with U.K. telecommunications provider Inmarsat; the proposed acquisition by Swiss Re, along with Standard Life plc, of certain of the assets of Resolution plc; the acquisition by funds advised by Fortress Investment Group of Alea Group Holdings (Bermuda) Limited; the acquisition and subsequent disposal by funds advised by Castle Harlan, Inc. of the Polypipe Group; CIT, Inc.’s acquisition of Barclays’ vendor financing businesses in the U.K. and Germany; the disposal by Danka Business Systems plc of its European businesses to Ricoh; Cendant’s acquisition of ebookers plc; eBay Inc.’s acquisition of Skype Technology S.A.; and Cendant’s disposal of the National Car Parks Group.
Mr. Adebiyi has been selected for inclusion in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers UK.
B.A., Jurisprudence, St. Anne’s College, Oxford University, 1989 (honours)
College of Law, Chancery Lane, 1990 (Solicitors Final Examination, First Class honours)