Linda Davies has extensive experience in cross-border M&A, joint ventures and private equity transactions representing multinational public and private companies, financial institutions, private equity houses and entrepreneurs.

Bio

Ms. Davies is listed as a leading individual in the U.K. Mergers and Acquisitions and Women in Business Law categories in Expert Guides – The World’s Finest Lawyers Chosen by Their Peers. Ms. Davies won the Best in Mergers and Acquisitions accolade at the Euromoney Legal Media Group/IFLR Europe Women in Business Law Awards in 2018 and 2014, and was recognized in the Best Lawyers Mergers and Acquisitions category of Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom in 2018. She also has been repeatedly ranked as a leading lawyer in Chambers Global, Chambers Europe and IFLR 1000, and was a member of Skadden’s Russia practice that was named M&A Firm of the Year 2012 at the Financial Times/Mergermarket European Mergers and Acquisitions Awards.

Notable transactions she has worked on include advising:

  • Vantiv, Inc. in its US$10.4 billion acquisition of Worldpay Group plc;
  • JAB Luxury GmbH in the sale of the Belstaff Group to Ineos Holdings AG;
  • Google in its co-investment, with the International Finance Corp., Mitsui & Co. and Convergence Partners, in CSquared;
  • Intel Corporation in its formation with TPG of McAfee;
  • J.W. Childs Associates, L.P. in its US$333 million sale of Esselte Group Holdings AB to ACCO Brands Corporation;
  • Phoenix Group Holdings in its US$1.2 billion acquisition of Abbey Life Assurance Company Limited from Deutsche Bank AG;
  • Lightning Investors Limited in its US$2.7 billion acquisition of the remaining stake in Colt Group S.A. it did not already own;
  • HellermannTyton Group PLC (a portfolio company of United Kingdom-based Doughty Hanson & Co.) in its US$1.7 billion acquisition by Delphi Automotive PLC;
  • Permira Funds in the US$2.8 billion sale of its portfolio company Iglo Foods Holdings Limited to Nomad Holdings Limited;
  • Citigroup Inc. in the sale of its wealth management services business to affiliates of Genpact Limited;
  • Imerys SA in its US$652.8 million acquisition of S&B Industrial Minerals GmbH;
  • Millhouse in connection with an investment and a shareholders’ agreement regarding OAO GMK Norilsk Nickel. Millhouse is acquiring a minority stake as part of the settlement of a long-running shareholder dispute between existing shareholders Rusal and Interros;
  • Alfa-Access-Renova (AAR) in connection with:
    • the US$28 billion sale of its 50 percent stake in TNK-BP to Russian state-owned oil company Rosneft; and
    • TNK-Brasil’s US$1 billion acquisition of a 45 percent interest in concession rights over blocks in Solimões from HRT O&G Exploração e Producao de Petróleo Ltda;
  • the seller of OJSC TD Kopeyka to X5 Retail Group NV, for US$1.65 billion;
  • the owners of the Paterson supermarket chain in the sale of Paterson to X5 Retail Group for US$275 million;
  • Citigroup Inc. and Primerica in Primerica’s US$368 million initial public offering of common stock;
  • Nafta Moskva in connection with a multibillion-dollar acquisition of a significant stake in OJSC Uralkali;
  • Fortress Investment Group LLC in the acquisition of an 80 percent stake in American General Finance Inc. from American International Group, Inc.;
  • Bank of Moscow in connection with an equity investment by Credit Suisse International and Goldman Sachs International;
  • BlackRock, Inc. in its US$13.5 billion acquisition of Barclays Global Investors from Barclays Bank PLC;
  • The Bear Stearns Companies Inc. in its US$1.2 billion merger with JPMorgan Chase & Co.; and
  • American Express Company in the US$1.1 billion sale of its global private banking and correspondent banking businesses to Standard Chartered PLC.

Credentials

Education

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 1990
  • LL.B., University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 1989

Admissions

  • Solicitor, England & Wales
  • New York

Linda Davies

Partner, Mergers and Acquisitions
linda.davies@skadden.com