Ben Spiers

Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Ben Spiers

Ben Spiers

Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

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Ben Spiers is a Partner in Simpson Thacher’s London office and a member of the Firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions Practice. Ben’s practice focuses on public and private M&A, securities and corporate restructurings, with a particular focus on the telecom, media and technology sector. He has spent many years advising clients on complex cross-border transactions across the globe.

Experience prior to Simpson Thacher, includes representing:

* HP Enterprise on the sale of its software division to Micro Focus plc for £8.8 billion
* Softbank on its £24.3 billion acquisition of ARM Holdings
* Telecity on its £2.3 billion acquisition by Equinix
* Honeywell International on its agreement to purchase the Elster division of Melrose Industries for £3.3 billion
* BT on its £12.5 billion acquisition of EE, UK’s largest mobile operator
* Axel Springer on its sale of the Daily Mail and General Trust’s jobs website to StepStone
* Invensys plc on the disposal of its Rail division to Siemens AG and its subsequent takeover by Schneider Electric
* Air Products and Chemicals Inc. on the sale of its Continental Europe Homecare business to The Linde Groupe of Germany for £590 million
* Vallares on its merger with Turkish oil company Genel Energy International
* Vodafone on its agreement to sell its entire interest in China Mobile Limited for £4.3 billion

Ben received his BA Hons degree from the University of Oxford in Pure and Applied Biology and completed a law conversion qualification and law school at the College of Law in Chester. He is admitted to the Law Society of England and Wales.

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Education
BA in Pure & Applied Biology, Honours

Oxford is a collegiate university, consisting of the central University and colleges. The central University is composed of academic departments and research centres, administrative departments, libraries and museums. The 38 colleges are self-governing and financially independent institutions, which are related to the central University in a federal system. There are also six permanent private halls, which were founded by different Christian denominations and which still retain their Christian character.

Career History
Partner
2016 - Current

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP provides legal services. Established in 1884, the firm provides coordinated legal advice on corporate transactions and litigation matters in industries which include financial services, insurance, power and natural resources, consumer products, services, technology, telecommunications, media, pharmaceuticals and healthcare industries. Cross-border finance, banking and bank regulation, mergers and acquisitions, securities issuance and regulation, project and asset based finance, real estate, asset management, joint ventures, taxation, litigation and dispute resolution are important aspects of the firm's practice.

Partner
Prior - 2016

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP provides legal services. The law firm specializes in business law & advises corporations, financial institutions, and governments around the world. Its practice areas include antitrust & competition, mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance, tax, employment, real estate, intellectual property, and dispute resolution. The company was founded on August 1, 2000 and is headquartered in London, UK.

Partner, UK Investment Banking Division
Prior

Morgan Stanley provides investment banking products and services to its clients and customers including corporations, governments, financial institutions, and individuals. It operates through the following business segments: Institutional Securities, Wealth Management, and Investment Management. The Institutional Services segment provides financial advisory, capital-raising services, and related financing services on behalf of institutional investors. The Wealth Management segment offers brokerage and investment advisory services covering various types of investments, including equities, options, futures, foreign currencies, precious metals, fixed-income securities, mutual funds, structured products, alternative investments, unit investment trusts, managed futures, separately managed accounts, and mutual fund asset allocation programs. The Investment Management segment provides equity, fixed income, alternative investments, real estate, and merchant banking strategies. The company was founded by Harold Stanley and Henry S. Morgan on September 16, 1935 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

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London Stock Exchange Group Plc purchases Refinitiv US Holdings, Inc. from Blackstone Corporate Private Equity, GIC Special Investments Pte Ltd., Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Private Investments, Canson Capital Partners (Private Equity)

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Silver Lake Group LLC, Silver Lake Management Co. LLC purchase ZPG Ltd.

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Blackstone Corporate Private Equity purchases Cirsa Gaming Corp. SA from Nortia Business Corp. SL

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