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John Campion

Partner, Birmingham

John is a corporate lawyer specialising in mergers & acquisitions, public takeovers, equity capital markets and corporate reorganisations.
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John has vast experience of mergers and acquisitions transactions, both domestic and cross-border, public takeovers under the UK Takeover Code and equity capital markets transactions (including IPOs and secondary offerings both on the main market of the London Stock Exchange and AIM). He is also an expert in multi-jurisdictional reorganisations for multinational corporates. He is recognised by Legal 500 as a Leading Individual. 


  •  "John Campion is knowledgeable, patient and able draw on a bottomless pit of dynamic, experienced and energetic team. First-class service, ahead of his London based peers and at rates a fraction of those adopted in the City"Legal 500 2021
  • "John Campion understands our business, is extremely knowledgeable as is a very pragmatic lawyer. He is good at explaining complicated issues in simple terms"Legal 500 2021

Recent Cases

Notable transactions which John has led include:

  • Acting for Zedra Trust as a selling shareholder in the £5.4 billion IPO of THG Holdings plc in September 2020
  • £100m placing by Keyword Studios Plc in May 2020
  • £255m recommended takeover of Manx Telecom plc completed in May 2019
  • Cross-border reorganisation for DS Smith plc in connection with the sale of tis plastics division for US$585m announced in March 2019
  • £108.5m flotation on AIM of Knights Group plc, the legal services company, in June 2018
  • US$5.2bn merger of STERIS Corporation with Synergy Health plc in November 2015
  • €285m sale of MountainPeak Trading Limited to Adler AG in August 2015
  • £500m securitisation refinancing of Dignity plc in October 2014, including a return of capital by way of B&C share scheme
  • £450m acquisition of Moody International by Intertek Group plc in March 2011
  • £64m acquisition of VSG Group Limited by Compass Group plc in September 2010
  • £440m contested takeover of Axon Group plc by HCL Technologies in December 2008
  • £817m recommended takeover of Matalan plc in December 2006
  • £144m recommended takeover of MTL by Cooper Controls (UK) Limited in February 2008
  • Listing of Synergy Health plc on the main market of the London Stock Exchange in 2008 (move from AIM)
  • AIM flotations of Pure Wafer Group plc and China Eastsea Business Software
  • Acting for Microlise Group plc on its AIM IPO raising a total of £61.7 million and achieving a market capitalisation of £156 million in July 2021