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Simon N. Rootsey

Simon N. Rootsey Partner, Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity

Simon's practice focuses on cross-border M&A and private equity where he has significant experience advising clients on such transactions, plus joint ventures and public takeovers. Simon received The M&A Advisor’s 2015 European Emerging Leaders Award, which recognises up-and-coming lawyers under 40.

Experience Highlights

Cross-Border M&A

  • Vivo Energy plc in connection with its strategic acquisition of ENGEN’s downstream business in 9 countries in Africa in a share and cash transaction – the transaction expanded Vivo Energy’s retail service station network from 15 to 23 countries in Africa 
  • Teekay Tankers Ltd., the world's largest operator of mid-sized tankers, in connection with its agreement to acquire all the remaining issued and outstanding shares of Tanker Investments Ltd. in a share-for-share merger 
  • CryoLife, Inc., a leading medical device and tissue processing company, in connection with its $225 million acquisition of JOTEC AG, a German-based developer of medical devices for aortic and peripheral vascular disease
  • Vitol Group on its sale of a 50% stake in the VTTI Group, one of the largest independent global energy terminal businesses, to Buckeye Partners, L.P. for $1.15 billion
  • A leading Japanese media organisation in relation to its $1.3 billion acquisition of a leading UK newspaper from a FTSE 100 company
  • A large Italian listed fashion and leisure company in relation to its merger with a large online luxury fashion business to create a combined group with net revenues of $1.4 billion
  • A leading food service equipment industry in relation to its recommended cash acquisition of a LSE-listed company for $200 million
  • A large manufacturer of fluid handling products in its $2.4 billion acquisition of a LSE-listed company
  • Fortune Dynasty, a joint venture part owned by the Vitol Group, in its up to $606 million recommended acquisition of Fortune Oil, a China focused oil and gas storage company
  • A leading global investment services firm in its $2.7 billion sale to a FTSE 100 company
  • A leading nuclear decommissioning service provider in its $1.1 billion acquisition by an energy sector focused private equity firm
  • An AIM-listed property developer in its response to a $340 million mandatory cash offer
  • Cosan, a producer and seller of sugar and ethanol alcohol, in its $1.8 billion acquisition of a 60% stake in Companhia de Gás de São Paulo from the BG Group
  • One of the largest state-owned electric utility enterprises in China in its $1.2 billion acquisition of a 50% interest in an international power generation company

Private Equity

  • Vitol Group in connection with its acquisition of a 50% interest in Brazilian downstream company Rodoil, a market leader in the Southern part of Brazil
  • Riverstone Holdings LLC and its affiliates in connection with the sale of BearTooth Advisors, an independent advisory firm providing strategic advisory and placement agency services to alternative investment managers, to Houlihan Lokey, Inc.
  • Advised Quintana Shipping Group (a Riverstone portfolio company), an international provider of shipping transportation services, in connection with the sale of its 14 vessel fleet (6 Capesize and 8 Kamsarmax/Panamax) to the Golden Ocean Group for approximately $365 million
  • Vitol Group and Helios Investment Partners in Vivo Energy’s initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange and Johannesburg Stock Exchange (the largest London IPO of the year to date and the largest Africa-focused IPO in a decade, with a valuation of close to £2 billion) 
  • Vitol Group and Helios Investment Partners in relation to their $250 million buy-out of Shell's 20% stake in Vivo Energy, the company behind the Shell brand in Africa, plus at the same time acting for Vivo Energy in relation to the long-term extension of its brand license agreements relating to its use of the Shell brand in Africa
  • Formation Capital, a U.S. based private investment management firm, in its $763 million acquisition of the HC-One Group that is one of the UK’s largest elderly health care home groups, plus its bolt-on acquisition of Meridian Healthcare
  • Vitol Group and Helios Investment Partners LLP in their (i) $460 million acquisition of a 60% stake from Oando of its Nigerian downstream oil operations, and (ii) $1 billion acquisition of an 80% stake from Royal Dutch Shell of its African downstream oil operations
  • Doughty Hanson, a UK private equity firm, in its disposal of (i) Ireland’s leading commercial television broadcaster to Liberty Global, (ii) the largest producer of textile floor coverings in Europe to Lone Star Funds, (iii) a leading Dutch telecommunications company for $981 million to Antin Infrastructure Partners, (iv) a leading developer and operator of multiplex cinemas for $1.4 billion to OMERS Private Equity and Alberta Investment Management Corporation, and (v) a leader in the manufacturing / sale of activated carbons for $1.1 billion to a NYSE-listed company
  • Doughty Hanson in its acquisition of (i) an international oilfield support services business, (ii) a leading developer and operator of multiplex cinemas, (iii) two leading multinational professional service firms (and their subsequent merger), and (iv) an industrial braking solutions company
  • A number of U.S. based private equity firms on their investments in the UK and Europe
  • Ares Life Sciences / Waypoint Capital, an investment fund created by the Bertarelli family, in connection with their investment in the Affidea, an operator of diagnostic, clinical laboratory and cancer treatment centres, including their (i) acquisition with Montagu Private Equity of a 35% stake from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and (ii) subsequent buy-out of Montagu Private Equity’s stake
  • Ares Life Sciences / Waypoint Capital in connection with the cross-border merger of French listed Stallergenes S.A. with its business partner Greer Laboratories
  • A large manufacturing company that was a subsidiary of a leading U.S. private equity firm in its debt-for-equity restructuring by means of a UK scheme of arrangement

Contact Details


T +44.20.7065.6034
20 Fenchurch Street
24th Floor
London EC3M 3BY
United Kingdom
Local time: 12:10 AM
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Simon's Practices

  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours), University of Western Australia
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Finance (Corporate)), University of Western Australia
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Chinese Law, Murdoch University
  • Admitted to practice: England & Wales
  • Prior to joining Vinson & Elkins, Simon was a Counsel in the M&A and private equity team of a leading US law firm based in their London office where we had worked since 2008
  • Prior to moving to London in 2008, Simon was a member of the M&A team of a leading Australasian law firm
  • Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms, M&A, United Kingdom, 2018
  • M&A Advisor’s 2015 European Emerging Leaders Award
  • Selected to the London Super Lawyers Rising Star list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2014-2015
  • Legal 500: UK, Corporate and Commercial, M&A Upper Mid Market and Premium Deals, 2017 and 2018
  • Legal 500: UK, Projects, Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas, 2017 and 2018

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