Bruce Embley

Bruce Embley

Partner, Private Equity; Mergers and Acquisitions

Bruce Embley has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, including in private equity and public M&A.


Mr. Embley has advised on numerous high-profile and complex M&A transactions, for which he has a demonstrable track record of delivering successful outcomes.

Mr. Embley’s practice focuses on a wide range of clients, including international corporations and financial sponsors. Prior to joining Skadden, Mr. Embley advised on AB InBev’s US$103 billion combination with SABMiller, which was the largest-ever cash offer worldwide and the largest U.K. M&A deal; the first U.S./U.K. dual-listed company merger; the first public takeover in the United Arab Emirates; and the largest announced M&A transaction in Africa.

Mr. Embley’s recent representations since joining Skadden include advising:

  • Agroberries (a company invested in by Continental Grain Company) on its investment in BerryWorld’s EMEA and Asia-Pacific businesses
  • Refresco Group B.V., a leading independent beverage solutions provider, on the sale of a majority stake in the business to KKR
  • the Permira funds on the sale, alongside Berkshire Partners, of a majority stake in Teraco Data Environments (Africa’s largest carrier-neutral data center, colocation and interconnection solutions provider) to Digital Realty Trust, Inc. at an enterprise value of approximately US$3.5 billion
  • the shareholders of MiQ, including the founders of the company and ECI Partners, in the sale of a majority interest in the company to funds advised by Bridgepoint
  • Mobile Telephone Networks Proprietary Limited in the US$410 million sale and leaseback of its telecommunication towers portfolio in South Africa to IHS Holding Limited
  • DSV Panalpina A/S in its US$4.2 billion acquisition of the global integrated logistics business of Agility Public Warehousing Company K.S.C.P.

Other matters on which he advised shortly prior to joining Skadden include:

  • Tilney (a Permira portfolio company) in its £1.8 billion merger with Smith & Williamson
  • TPG in its investment in Norwegian software developer Visma, valuing the company at US$12.2 billion
  • AB InBev on the US$11 billion disposal of its Australian business to Asahi
  • Warburg Pincus in its investment in the US$3.3 billion consortium offer for U.K.-listed company Inmarsat
  • General Dynamics on the disposal of SATCOM Technologies to CPI
  • QIA in the merger of Harrods bank with Tandem to create a leading challenger bank
  • MTN in the disposal of its Cyprus business to Monaco Telecom SA for US$304 million
  • Absa in its separation and regulatory deconsolidation from Barclays, to create a standalone leading African bank
Mr. Embley’s transactional work has been featured in numerous media outlets, including Bloomberg, the Financial Times, the Times and the Telegraph, and he is frequently cited by legal directories as a leading M&A lawyer, including Chambers UK, Chambers Global, The Legal 500, Best Lawyers in the UK, IFLR1000 and Who’s Who Legal.



  • Legal Practice Course, The College of Law, 1994
  • LL.B., Liverpool University, 1993 (Honours)


  • England & Wales

Bruce Embley

Partner, Private Equity; Mergers and Acquisitions