Adam M. Howard

Adam M. Howard

Counsel, Mergers and Acquisitions; Capital Markets; Corporate Governance
Adam Howard focuses on complex cross-border transactions involving public companies and public offerings of securities. He advises international offerors as well as financial advisors on public M&A transactions and has represented both issuers and underwriters in connection with a broad range of capital markets transactions.


Mr. Howard regularly advises clients on corporate and governance-related matters, including directors’ duties and disclosure issues arising in connection with transformational transactions and crisis situations.

In 2016, Mr. Howard was named by the Financial News as one of their 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in Legal Services. In 2015, Mr. Howard received The M&A Advisor’s European Emerging Leaders Award, which recognises industry professionals who have reached a significant level of success and made notable contributions to their industry and community.

His significant public M&A transactions include advising:

  • Horvik Limited in relation to its preconditional mandatory offer to acquire Trans-Siberian Gold plc, an AIM-quoted gold producer;
  • Fortiana Holdings Limited in connection with its US$1.5 billion acquisition of Highland Gold Mining Limited, an AIM-quoted gold producer, comprising an initial US$585 million acquisition of a 40% interest, the U.K.'s first-ever preconditional mandatory bid for the remaining stake, delisting and compulsory squeeze-out of minority shareholders;
  • Phoenix Group Holdings in its:
    • £3.1 billion acquisition of ReAssure Group plc from Swiss Re AG;
    • £950 million rights issue and related £2.93 billion acquisition of Standard Life Assurance and strategic partnership with Standard Life Aberdeen plc; and
    • £735 million rights issue and related £935 million acquisition of Abbey Life from Deutsche Bank AG;
  • Worldpay, Inc. (formerly Vantiv, Inc.) in its:
    • US$43 billion merger with Fidelity National Information Services, Inc.; and
    • US$10.4 billion acquisition of Worldpay Group plc;
  • Waypoint GP Limited, an investment fund created by the Bertarelli family, in its €730 million acquisition of the remaining stake in Stallergenes Greer plc that it did not already own;
  • Goldman Sachs as financial advisor:
    • along with Cenkos Securities plc and Dean Street Advisers Limited, to Bain Capital in its £1.2 billion acquisition of esure Group plc;
    • along with Greenhill & Co. International LLP, to a consortium of funds managed by Antin Infrastructure Partners and West Street Infrastructure Partners in their US$732 million acquisition of CityFibre Infrastructure Holdings plc;
    • 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;
    • to the transaction committee of the board of directors of Reynolds American in its US$49 billion acquisition by British American Tobacco; and
    • along with J.P. Morgan Securities plc, to Michael Kors in its US$1.2 billion acquisition of luxury shoemaker Jimmy Choo;
  • Morgan Stanley as financial advisor to American Express Global Business Travel Holdings Limited in its £400 million acquisition of Hogg Robinson Group plc;
  • Eurasia Drilling Company Limited:
    • in the proposed acquisition of a 51 percent stake in the company by Schlumberger Limited; and
    • in the acquisition of a minority stake in the company by a consortium of investors comprising the Russian Direct Investment Fund, China Investment Corporation and Mubadala Investment Company;
  • 21st Century Fox in its proposed £11.2 billion acquisition of the remaining stake it did not already own in Sky;
  • Ball Corporation in its US$8.4 billion acquisition of Rexam PLC;
  • the majority shareholders of Eurasia Drilling Company Limited in its US$1.7 billion take-private transaction;
  • CF Industries Holdings, Inc. in its proposed US$8 billion acquisition of the European, North American and global distribution businesses of OCI N.V.;
  • J.P. Morgan Limited as financial advisor to Equinix, Inc. in its US$3.6 billion acquisition of Telecity Group plc;
  • Pfizer Inc. in its proposed US$115 billion acquisition of Astra-Zeneca; and
  • Altimo Holdings & Investments Ltd. in connection with its US$1.8 billion tender offer for a 49 percent stake in Orascom Telecom Holding S.A.E.

His significant capital markets transactions include advising:

  • Atrium European Real Estate Limited in connection with its:
    • €350 million Regulation S offering of 3.625% Eurobonds due 2022 and listing on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange and subsequent €150 million tap issue; and
    • €350 million Regulation S offering of 4% Eurobonds due 2020 and listing on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange;
  • Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. in connection with:
    • its US$1 billion offering of notes in two tranches: US$500 million of 4.250% notes due 2028 and US$500 million of 4.850% notes due 2048; and
    • the establishment of its US$3 billion Euro-commercial paper programme;
  • Atlas Mara Limited in its US$80 million placement of senior secured convertible notes;
  • the dealer managers in connection with the exchange offer by Compañía Latinoamericana de Infraestructura & Servicios S.A. to holders of its US$120 million 9.5% Series 3 Notes due 2016 for its new 11.5% Series 4 Notes due 2019;
  • the joint bookrunners in the US$1 billion initial public offering of global depositary receipts of Lenta Limited (owned by TPG Capital, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and VTB Capital), the first dual listing of GDRs on the London and Moscow Stock Exchange; and
  • Sibanthracite Holdings Limited in its proposed initial public offering of global depositary receipts and listing on the London Stock Exchange.



  • Legal Practice Course, BPP Law School, 2007 (Distinction)
  • M.A. (Law), University of Cambridge, 2005


  • Solicitor, England and Wales

Adam M. Howard

Counsel, Mergers and Acquisitions; Capital Markets; Corporate Governance