Simon Briggs


Simon Briggs


London | 160 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4V 4QQ
+44 20 7184 7332 | +44 20 7184 7001

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Simon Briggs focuses his practice on public and private mergers and acquisitions as well as joint ventures, both domestically and internationally, with a particular focus on the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe and Africa. He represents clients across a range of industry sectors on high-profile matters, with a particular focus on the telecommunications, media, leisure, real estate and mining industries.

Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Briggs was a partner in the London office of an international law firm where he served in the mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance practice groups focusing primarily on public and private cross border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity and corporate governance matters. During his time with that firm he also worked in its New York office for five years, focusing on U.S. mergers and acquisitions and capital markets matters, including high-yield debt and medium-term note offerings.

Mr. Briggs is recommended in The Legal 500 UK, 2016 for private equity and in The Legal 500 UK, 2014 for private equity and finance: emerging markets. He has also been considered as a notable practitioner for M&A in IFLR1000, 2019.

  • Cosmote Mobile Communications S.A. on its sale by way of auction of the mobile communications business operated by Cosmo Bulgaria Mobile EAD (known as "Globul") and Germanos Telecom Bulgaria EAD to Telenor Mobile Communications AS for approximately €717 million.
  • Orange on its acquisition of the telecommunications businesses in Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone from Bharti Airtel International.
  • Orange on the sale of its 70% stake in Telkom Kenya to Helios Investment Partners.
  • Korek Telecom, one of Iraq’s national mobile telecommunications providers, on the investment by a consortium led by France Telecom in Korek of approximately US$400 million.
  • Investcom LLC in connection with its recommended takeover by MTN International (Mauritius) Limited for approximately US$5.5 billion.
  • M1 Fashion and L Capital Asia on the acquisition of the Pepe Jeans group (including the Hackett brand), a Spanish headquartered international group of companies operating in the fashion industry, from management and a group of private equity shareholders.
  • Bank Audi on the demerger and sale of its electronic and card processing business in Lebanon.
  • American Express Global Business Travel in connection with its acquisition of 100% of the issued share capital of Banks Sadler Group Limited.
  • Clearlake Capital on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Unified OS Limited, an e-discovery and legal support services provider.
  • AGC Equity Partners on its sale of Milton Gate in London to Taikang Life Insurance Company.
  • Kingdom Hotel Investments on its disposal of its wholly owned subsidiary, Societe de L’Hotel Kingdom Lusaka S.A. the owner of the InterContinental Hotel, Lusaka, to Quantum Global.
  • High Grade Minerals S.A. on its sale of 25% of Samref Overseas S.A. to Glencore International AG for US$480 million.
  • Kingdom Hotel Investments on the sale of its 100% interest in the Mövenpick Resort and Spa to Outrigger Hotel and Resorts for approximately US$40 million.
  • Kingdom Hotel Investments on the sale of its interest in the Mövenpick Hotel Bur Dubai to Sun Resorts.
  • A Middle Eastern private equity fund on its acquisition of the Citi Tower, Canary Wharf.
  • Finmeccanica Spa on its recommended takeover of Vega Group plc for approximately £61.1 million.
  • Central European Media Enterprises Ltd. on its acquisition of 80% of TV2 and Ring TV for approximately US$172 million.
  • Forthnet SA on its acquisition of NetMed SA, a Greek Pay TV enterprise owned by Naspers Limited for approximately £490 million.
  • Central European Media Enterprises Ltd. on its acquisition of Media Pro Entertainment.
  • Anadolu Efes on its acquisition, pursuant to the UK Takeover Code, of shares it did not already hold in its listed subsidiary, Efes Breweries International NV.
  • Kingdom Holding Company on its successful bid for the shares in Kingdom Hotel investments it did not already hold for approximately US$375 million.
  • AGC Equity Partners on its acquisition of Milton Gate in London from Evans Randall.
  • Vedanta Resources plc on its acquisition of the zinc assets of Anglo American plc for US$1.34 billion.
  • Sony Corporation of America on its consortium acquisition of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. for approximately US$5 billion.
  • Sumitomo Corporation of America on its acquisition of TBC, Inc. for approximately US$1.1 billion.
  • A leading global media company in relation to its proposed acquisition of the music publishing business of a leading international music company for approximately US$2.2 billion.
  • A subsidiary of a leading on-line retail company on the disposal of its interest in an online classifieds business.

Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.

  • The College of Law, London, Law Society Final Course, 1992
  • University College London, LL.B., 1991
  • Solicitor, England and Wales
  • New York