Alex Kay#2407

Alex Kay

Alex Kay joined Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in 1995, qualifying in 1997. He became a Partner in 2003.

Alex advises on a wide range of corporate finance, public and private M&A transactions and on governance issues , specialising in advising corporates and financial institutions on cross border takeovers, M&A and restructurings.

Alex leads our financial institutions practice and is experienced in advising on mergers, acquisitions, restructurings and major commercial arrangements in this area. He also has particular experience of the real estate, technology, media and telecommunications sectors. Clients he regularly advises include the Coca-Cola Company, Ernst & Young, the Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland, Hammerson, Michael Page International and Time Warner.

Alex contributes to Hannigan and Prentice's The Companies Act 2006: A Commentary. He is the editor of the European Company Law chapter of Tolley's Company Law Handbook and on the Takeovers section of Buckley on the Companies Acts.


  • BlueBay Asset Management on its £963 million recommended takeover by Royal Bank of Canada
  • Ernst & Young on the multi-jurisdictional administration of Nortel, including over US$5 billion worth of disposals
  • Warner Chilcott on the English law aspects of its US$3.1 billion acquisition of Procter & Gamble's pharmaceuticals business
  • Time Warner on the proposed combination of its Warner Music Division with EMI Group plc, and on Time Inc's £1.15 billion acquisition of IPC Media
  • the Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland on various matters, including its financial services venture with the Post Office, the restructuring of its UK business and its '¬3.5 billion recapitalisation involving the Irish State

Practice Area

Qualified Year

  • 1997


  • Master of Arts in Law (1st class) from Jesus College, Cambridge

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