John Adebiyi
John Adebiyi 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:

  • Armstrong World Industries, Inc. in the US$330 million sale of its EMEA and Pacific Rim businesses to Knauf International Gmbh (Germany);
  • International, Ltd. (China) in its US$1.7 billion acquisition of Skyscanner Holdings Limited (United Kingdom);
  • Doughty Hanson & Co. (United Kingdom) in its US$1.65 billion sale of LM Wind Power A/S (Denmark) to General Electric Company;
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, a subsidiary of Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc., in its acquisition of a 17.5 percent stake in The Bank of East Asia, Limited;
  • The Middleby Corporation in its acquisition of Sweden-based Sveba Dahlen Group, which develops and manufactures ovens and baking equipment for the commercial food service and industrial baking industries;
  • HgCapital as lead investor in a complex consortium deal in which KKR will sell all of its stake in Visma Group Holdings, the leading Norway-based provider of business-critical software in the Nordic and Benelux regions. The deal values the company at US$5.3 billion;
  • Formation Capital’s investee company HC-One in its acquisition of Helen McArdle Care from HMC Group;
  • Coty Inc. in its £420 million acquisition of ghd (Good Hair Day) from Lion Capital LLP. Coty is one of the world’s largest beauty companies, with approximately US$9 billion in revenue;
  • Corporation Service Company, Inc. in its acquisition of NetNames Group (United Kingdom) from HgCapital (United Kingdom) and certain management sellers;
  • Corporation Service Company, Inc. in its acquisition of Hong Kong-based Koehler Group;
  • Shandong Hongda Mining Co., Ltd. (China) in its US$300 million acquisition of Jagex Ltd. (United Kingdom), a developer of online games;
  • SunEdison, Inc. in its acquisition of five portfolios of renewable energy projects and two corporate platforms, LAP Holding, BV (Chile) and two subsidiaries of Honiton Energy Holding, Ltd. (China), a portfolio company of AIM Group Limited (Bahrain);
  •, Inc., an online retail company, in its US$171 million acquisition of a 10 percent stake in the Hong Kong-listed Kingdee International Software Group Co. Ltd. Both companies are based in China;
  • International, Ltd., a provider of online travel reservation services, in its acquisition of a 70 percent stake in Travelfusion Ltd. (United Kingdom), a provider of software for the travel industry;
  • Ourgame International Holdings Ltd., a leading online card games and board games operator, in its US$35 million acquisition of Peerless Media Limited;
  • Digital Garage, Inc., an online media company, in the privatization of its HKSE-listed subsidiary econtext Asia Ltd., which valued econtext at HK$2 billion;
  • Hillhouse Capital Management on its US$100 million investment in a company carrying on an e-commerce business in the People’s Republic of China;
  • Chengwei Capital, a China-based private equity fund, on its co-investment with a U.S.-based investor in Hong Kong Stock Exchange-listed Hengdeli Holdings Limited;
  • CITIC Private Equity Advisors (Hong Kong) Limited in its US$312 million acquisition of a 21.7 percent stake in Biosensors International Group, Ltd. (Singapore), a developer of medical devices, from Wellford Capital Limited, an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Shandong Weigao Group Medical Polymer Company Limited (China);
  • Dragonite International Limited, a Hong Kong-listed company, on the disposal of assets related to its electronic cigarette business to the Imperial Tobacco group;
  • Citigroup, Inc. in the sale of Citibank Savings, Inc. to the Philippines-based BDO Unibank, Inc.;
  • The WhiteWave Foods Company in its joint venture in China with China Mengniu Dairy Co. Ltd.;
  • Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. on the US$850 million acquisition of Infastech, a Hong Kong-based maker of engineered mechanical fasteners, from CVC Capital Partners and Standard Chartered Private Equity;
  • Nomura Holdings, Inc. on the acquisition of both the Asia Pacific franchise and the European and Middle East equities and investment banking units of Lehman Brothers — selected as “Deal of the Year” by Asian-Counsel magazine for 2008 and as “Restructuring Deal of the Year” 2008 by International Financial Law Review;
  • The Middleby Corporation in the acquisition by its subsidiary, Middleby Holding UK Ltd., of Lincat Group plc (U.K.);
  • Oberthur Technologies in its £896 million unsolicited bid for De La Rue plc;
  • News Corporation in its proposed, but terminated, US$11.5 billion acquisition of the remaining stake it did not already own in British Sky Broadcasting Group plc;
  • Easynet Group PLC, a provider of broadband Internet services, in its US$374 million acquisition by British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC;
  • News Corporation, in partnership with Permira Funds, in their US$3.7 billion going-private acquisition of NDS Group plc, a provider of digital technology and services to pay-television operators in the United Kingdom;
  • Fortress Investment Group LLC on the proposed, but terminated, US$650 million acquisition via a leveraged buyout of Telent plc (U.K.);
  • SkyTerra Communications on the proposed business combination with U.K. telecommunications provider Inmarsat plc (U.K.);
  • SwissRe in the proposed, but terminated, £2.35 billion acquisition of certain assets of Resolution plc as part of Standard Life plc’s £4.9 billion bid for Resolution plc. Fortress Investment Group LLC in its US$320 million going-private acquisition of Alea Group Holdings (Bermuda) Ltd., a provider of insurance and reinsurance services;
  • funds advised by Castle Harlan, Inc. on the acquisition and subsequent disposal of the Polypipe Group;
  • CIT, Inc. in its acquisition of Barclays’ vendor financing businesses in the U.K. and Germany;
  • Danka Business Systems PLC (United Kingdom) in the US$210 million sale of its European businesses to Ricoh Europe B.V. (the Netherlands), a manufacturer of office equipment;
  • Cendant Corporation in its US$404 million acquisition of ebookers plc and in its US$1.2 billion auction sale of the National Car Parks Group; and
  • Skype Technologies S.A. in its US$3.1 billion acquisition by eBay Inc.

Mr. Adebiyi was 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)


  • Solicitor, England & Wales
  • Solicitor, Hong Kong SAR

John Adebiyi

Partner, Mergers and Acquisitions; Private Equity; Corporate