28 August 2019

KWM pushes forward with London growth through corporate hire from US firm

This announcement has been covered by Gabriella Kane in The Lawyer (£) and by Meganne Tillay in Legal Week (£).

King & Wood Mallesons welcomes seasoned cross-border M&A and Private Equity partner Stewart Worthy

Law firm King & Wood Mallesons enhances its London corporate practice with the addition of cross-border M&A and private equity transactions partner Stewart Worthy.

Worthy, who joins KWM from Winston & Strawn LLP, specialises in complex cross-border transactions, with a focus on in-bound UK investments and English law deals throughout Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He has strong experience working with leading private equity firms. In particular, in the automotive, sport, packaging, manufacturing, retail, leisure and hospitality, clean technology, metals and mining and oil & gas sectors.

He is the second transactional partner to join King & Wood Mallesons in London in the past two months, after John Danahy arrived in July from Squire Patton Boggs.

“I am excited to join a firm with a strong reputation for cross border work, stellar private equity practice, and commitment to building a top tier law firm.” Stewart comments. “As well as advancing the growth of the London office.”

Wang Rongkang, Managing Partner of KWM EUME, comments: “We are thrilled that Stewart is joining our growing team to strengthen our cross border M&A and PE offering in Europe and the Middle East, and Stewart’s personality and approach will help us achieve our goals.”

His hire comes on the back of a successful year for the firm's London corporate team, which has worked on several high profile transactions, including advising:

  • Luye Pharma Group on its US$546 million asset purchase and licencing agreement with AstraZeneca for rights in Seroquel in the UK, China and 49 other international markets.
  • BHP on its acquisition of an interest in Ecuador copper miner SolGold listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange and Toronto Stock Exchange.
  • KKR on its acquisition of a minority stake in $2.2 billion valued healthcare provider GenesisCare.
  • IRESS on its acquisition of international market data provider QuantHouse.
  • EDP Renováveis on the €800 million sale of its 50% interest in an onshore wind portfolio to JP Morgan.
  • Africa Capital Alliance on its exit from Wakanow, the Nigerian online travel business, to Carlyle funds.
  • A major shareholder on the takeover offer by Australian Stock Exchange and London Stock Exchange Main Market listed Resolute Mining Limited of Toro Gold.
  • Capital Dynamics on various European co-investment transactions.
  • A Chinese multinational power generation utility on a solar farm development joint venture and financing.

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