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Robert Dixon

Robert Dixon Partner, Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets

Robert advises on a range of corporate transactions, including public and private acquisitions and disposals, capital markets, joint ventures, investments and special situations. He also advises on corporate governance and compliance matters.

Experience Highlights

  • A telecom infrastructure company on a series of acquisitions and leasebacks of telecom tower portfolios in various African countries together with related equity investment and build-to-suit arrangements
  • An international real estate fund on the acquisition of the holding company and related interests of Coeur Défense in Paris, the largest single office complex in Europe as part of a restructuring of €1.64 billion of mortgage-backed securities
  • Two private equity firms on the c.$1 billion disposal of a provider of emerging markets turnkey temporary power generation services by way of reverse takeover  
  • Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration and Production Corporation on its C$10.3 billion acquisition of Addax Petroleum Corporation, a Canadian company publicly traded on the Toronto and London Stock Exchanges, with assets in West Africa and the Middle East
  • Cirrus Logic on its $488 million acquisition of Wolfson Microelectronics, a supplier of mixed-signal semiconductor devices and audio solutions to the consumer electronics market and traded on the London Stock Exchange
  • A FTSE 100 international pharmaceuticals company on its recommended acquisition and take-private by a private equity fund by way of scheme of arrangement for an enterprise value of £12.3 billion
  • Huntsman Corporation on its $522 million initial public offering of Venator Materials plc, a global chemical company incorporated in the UK 
  • Helios Towers Africa Ltd. in its $600 million offering of senior notes 
  • An African telecoms company on its initial public offering 

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • A global mobile network operator on the divestment of its telecom tower portfolios in a number of geographies in Asia and related joint venture arrangements
  • A telecom infrastructure company on the exit of one of its MNO shareholders
  • Albright Capital Management LLC (as part of a consortium) in connection with the successful recommended offer to acquire and take-private APR Energy plc, a company listed on the London Stock Exchange and a provider of turnkey temporary power generation services 
  • Indiabulls Real Estate Ltd on its acquisition of Dev Property Development Plc, a property investment fund listed on AIM, for approximately £138 million
  • A Middle Eastern telecoms provider on the potential sale of towers in various African countries 
  • A Middle Eastern telecoms provider on a proposed infrastructure sharing solution with an African mobile network operator 
  • A bidder in an auction for the acquisition of a telecom tower portfolio in Europe from a major mobile network operator
  • An African telecom infrastructure company on the acquisition and leaseback of telecom towers in Nigeria
  • A major telecoms company in relation to a multi-billion joint venture
  • A listed global conglomerate on its acquisition of various financial services companies based in Eastern Europe
  • An energy company on the acquisition of an oil reservoir management consultancy
  • A UK-based hotel group on acquisitions, restructuring and commercial contracts
  • An international conglomerate on aspects of the sale of an international hotels division to a US hotel group 
  • A FTSE 100 retailer on various joint ventures in Europe and Asia

Private Equity/Venture Capital

  • A global private equity firm on its acquisition of a European portfolio of performing and non-performing loans
  • An international private equity fund on its acquisition of N&W Global Vending S.p.A, a producer of automatic snack and beverage vending machines
  • An Africa-focused private investment firm on a $250 million financing of a telecom tower infrastructure company in Nigeria
  • A private equity firm on its potential equity investment into a tower company owning telecom tower portfolios in several African countries 
  • A private equity firm on an equity line investment into an international data centre business 
  • An international real estate fund on the acquisition of the real estate unit of a Spanish financial institution 
  • Rockpoint Group on the recapitalization of One America Square, London, with Blackstone for an undisclosed consideration
  • TPG Capital on an equity investment in 2CO Energy Limited, a UK start-up company specialising in carbon capture and storage and enhanced oil recovery
  • A renewable energy company on venture capital and grant investment
  • Senior management on the sale of shares in the secondary buyout of an international aluminium profiles producer by a consortium established by private equity funds

Capital Markets & Securities

  • Charter International plc on the introduction of ordinary shares to the Official List and to trading on the London Stock Exchange 
  • A FTSE 100 international defense, security and aerospace company on a cash box placing
  • A FTSE 250 investor in private equity funds on a partially underwritten rights issue and placing
  • A London-listed international engineering and construction company on a partially underwritten cash box placing

Contact Details

London

T +44.20.7065.6026
rdixon@velaw.com
20 Fenchurch Street
24th Floor
London EC3M 3BY
United Kingdom
Local time: 6:40 PM
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Robert's Practices

  • University of Edinburgh, DLP, 1999
  • University of Edinburgh, Bachelor of Laws (Hons), 1998
  • Admitted to practice: Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales; Solicitor, Law Society of Scotland
  • Selected to the London Super Lawyers list, London Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2013 - 2015
  • Legal 500: UK, Corporate and Commercial, M&A Upper Mid Market and Premium Deals, 2017

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