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Ian is a Corporate Partner with many years of experience living and working in London, Moscow and Hong Kong. He is co-leader of the firm’s Private Equity initiative and leads the firm’s Private Equity EMEA team.

He has significant expertise in international M&A, private equity and venture capital across a range of business sectors and jurisdictions, with a particular focus on cross-border transactions and high-growth/emerging markets.

Ian has been with the firm since 1998. His previous leadership roles with the firm include as Head of Corporate for Asia (2015-2018) and Head of English Law in Russia (2009-2015). Ian is a fluent Russian speaker, and reads, writes and speaks Chinese Mandarin to HSK Level 3.

Ian has been recognised as an expert by a number of leading legal directories and surveys, including Legal 500 and Chambers. Ian is co-author of the following books: “English Law On China’s Belt and Road – And The Competitive Challenge from Chinese Law As An Alternative” (2016), “A Case Study Guide to M&A Transactions in Russia” (2013) and “Use Of English Law In Russian Transactions - A Comparative Review” (Alpina Publishers 2011).

Practices

Representative Experience

  • Acting for major US corporation on portfolio disposal of European leasing and infrastructure assets to private equity consortium.
  • Acting for UK and European private equity funds and VC houses on a range of buy-outs, investments/follow-ons and disposals across different sectors and jurisdictions.
  • Acting for major UK banking group on the restructuring and disposal of large hotels portfolio.
  • Acting for US-listed tech-retailer in relation to global expansion programme including local set-ups, joint ventures and acquisitions and various corporate/commercial matters in HK/China and Russia.
  • Acting for US corporate clients in relation to commercial transactions and activities in China and South East Asia.
  • Acting for tech start-ups in Singapore and Myanmar.
  • Acting for major Japanese trading house in relation to commercial and regulatory matters.
  • Acting for Hong Kong construction company on joint venture in India.
  • Acting for listed Hong Kong group on acquisition of telecoms & infrastructure assets in Russia and Eastern Europe.
  • Acting for both Russian and international companies and banks on major transactions in Russia in sectors including energy and power, mining, infrastructure, transportation, telecoms, finance, insurance, real estate/logistics, healthcare, education, hotels, hospitality and retail.
  • Acting for large Chinese bank on cross-border disposal of commercial shipping assets.

Publications

Co-author of the following legal textbooks:

“English Law On China’s Belt and Road – And The Competitive Challenge from Chinese Law As An Alternative” (2016).

“A Case Study Guide to M&A Transactions in Russia” (2013).

Use Of English Law In Russian Transactions - A Comparative Review” (Alpina Publishers 2011), a ground-breaking in-depth review of how and why English law is widely used on deals in Russia and the CIS.

Ian regularly lectures on legal topics and has presented at conferences and seminars all over the world on his specialist subjects, including at events organised by International Bar Association (IBA), Japan Institute for Overseas Investment (JOI), Law Society of England and Wales,  Law Society of Hong Kong, Kazakhstan Bar Association, Moscow State Institute of International Relations University (MGIMO), Russian State Duma Company Law Subcommittee, Skolkovo Innovation Centre.