Scott Hopkins advises on mergers and acquisitions and corporate matters, with a focus on public M&A and complex cross-border transactions. Mr. Hopkins also has extensive experience advising companies on a broad range of corporate governance matters and legal and regulatory responsibilities, including contentious public meetings, disclosure, directors’ duties, and individual director liability and protection.

Bio

In 2010, Mr. Hopkins returned to Skadden from secondment to the U.K. Takeover Panel. During his two years at the panel, Mr. Hopkins regulated more than 200 transactions governed by the U.K. Takeover Code.

Mr. Hopkins also is a member of the firm’s Japan practice. His M&A experience includes representing:

  • Vantiv, Inc. in its US$10.4 billion acquisition of Worldpay Group plc, Britain’s largest payment processor;
  • Janus Capital Group Inc. in its all-stock merger of equals with Henderson Group plc. The combined company will be a leading global asset manager with a combined market capitalization of approximately US$6 billion;
  • Goldman Sachs as financial advisor to the transaction committee of the board of directors of Reynolds American in its US$49 billion acquisition by British American Tobacco;
  • Goldman Sachs as financial advisor to U.S. retailer Michael Kors in its announced US$1.2 billion acquisition of luxury shoemaker Jimmy Choo; as well as Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan, the other financial advisor, on the cash confirmation the banks were required to provide under U.K. takeover rules;
  • J.P. Morgan as financial advisor to Sumitomo Corporation in its €751 million acquisition of Ireland-based produce company Fyffes plc;
  • Goldman Sachs as financial advisor to Kennedy-Wilson Holdings, Inc. in its £1.5 billion merger with Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate Plc through a Jersey law scheme of arrangement;
  • Globalworth Real Estate Investment Limited, the largest owner of office space in Romania, in a €200 million subscription by Growthpoint Properties and Oak Hill funds, valuing the company at €1.4 billion;
  • Toshiba in connection with the filing of voluntary petitions under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code by Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC and certain of its subsidiaries and affiliates;
  • Ball Corporation in its US$8.4 billion acquisition of Rexam PLC;
  • Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co., Ltd. in its US$5.3 billion acquisition of Amlin plc;
  • Nikkei Inc. in its US$1.3 billion acquisition of Financial Times Group Ltd. from Pearson plc;
  • J.P. Morgan Securities LLC as financial advisor to Equinix, Inc. in its US$3.6 billion acquisition of Telecity Group plc;
  • XL Group plc in its US$4.2 billion acquisition of Catlin Group Limited;
  • AbbVie Inc. in its proposed £32 billion acquisition of Shire plc;
  • Destination Maternity in its proposed £266 million acquisition of Mothercare;
  • Pfizer in its proposed US$115 billion acquisition of Astra-Zeneca;
  • Austrian investor Torger Christian Wolff in his acquisition of a significant minority stake in Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd., the company operating the Mercedes F1 team;
  • EnergySolutions in its US$1.1 billion acquisition by a subsidiary of private equity firm Energy Capital Partners II, LLC;
  • AIM-listed R.G.I. International Limited on its response to a US$340 million mandatory cash offer by Direct Finance LLC;
  • Nike, Inc. in its US$240 million sale of Umbro;
  • Upsher-Smith Laboratories in its US$550 million offer for Proximagen Group plc;
  • Colfax Corporation in its US$2.4 billion offer for Charter International Plc;
  • News Corporation in its US$11.5 billion proposed acquisition of the remaining stake it did not already own in British Sky Broadcasting Group plc;
  • Francois-Charles Oberthur Fiduiciare S.A. in its £900 million proposed offer for De La Rue Plc;
  • Bear, Stearns & Co., Inc. as financial advisor to The Thomson Corporation in its US$17.2 billion business combination transaction with Reuters Group PLC to be effected through a dual-listed company structure;
  • Toshiba Corporation in its US$5.4 billion acquisition of Westinghouse Electric Company from British Nuclear Fuels plc;
  • Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. in its US$183.6 million acquisition of a 99.4 percent stake in TGE Marine AG and in its US$165 million sale of Mitsui Babcock Energy Limited;
  • Prof-Media in its acquisition of 54 percent of Rambler Media Limited, the first takeover of a Russian company listed in London;
  • Honeywell International, Inc. in its US$555 million takeover of First Technology PLC, and the subsequent sale of the FT Plc crash test dummies business to Hg Capital;
  • Macquarie Bank Limited in its US$2 billion acquisition of Norway-based Dyno Nobel ASA, a commercial explosives company;
  • Doughty Hanson & Co Ltd. in the US$1.5 billion sale of Dunlop Standard Aerospace Group to Meggitt plc and The Carlyle Group;
  • The AES Corporation in the establishment of a joint venture company to hold power and desalination assets in Oman, Qatar and Pakistan and a sale of a minority interest in that company;
  • The AES Corporation in the sale of two independent power projects in Bangladesh;
  • InterGen, N.V. (a Shell/Bechtel joint venture) in the marketing, auction and successful sale for US$1.75 billion of a portfolio of 10 international generating assets; and
  • Calpine Corporation in the US$925 million sale of Saltend Energy Centre, a 1,200 MW power plant near Hull, England, to a partnership between International Power plc and Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

Mr. Hopkins advises the Investor Forum, an organisation established in 2014 with support from the Association of British Insurers, the Investment Association and the National Association of Pension Funds, in response to The Kay Review of U.K. Equity Markets and Long-term Decision Making. The forum is voluntary and open to all institutions with interests in U.K.-listed companies who are seeking to engage with those companies, including U.K. asset managers, asset owners and international investors.

Mr. Hopkins is recognised as a leading M&A lawyer by Chambers Global and Chambers UK, in which he is described as “an outstanding lawyer to have by your side,” with sources stating “his expertise was irreplaceable for us.” He also is recommended in The Legal 500 UK for his “‘strategic mind’ and ‘sharp insight.’”

Credentials

Education

  • College of Law, London, 1998 (Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice)
  • B.A., University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (honours), 1996
  • Toyo University, Tokyo, 1986-1988

Honors

  • Japanese Ambassador’s Commendation 2008 (as BJLA Co-Chairman)

Admissions

  • Solicitor, England & Wales

Associations

  • Co-Chairman of the British-Japanese Law Association (BJLA)
  • Speaker at BPP Law School, London on Takeovers
  • Member, City of London Law Society Takeovers Working Group

Languages

  • Japanese

Scott C. Hopkins