Nick A. Cline

  • Partner
  • 99 Bishopsgate
  • London EC2M 3XF
  • United Kingdom
  • T +44.20.7710.1087


Nick Cline is an M&A lawyer with more than 20 years of experience focusing on UK and international, cross-border M&A, private equity, and joint ventures. He is also the Co-Chair of the Corporate Department in the London office.

Mr. Cline has represented, among others, Qatar Investment Authority, Thomas Cook Group, VEON, Emerson Electric Co., Aon, Mattel, Yahoo!, Virgin Media, ACCO Brands, Global Infrastructure Partners, and Human Rights Watch.

Mr. Cline is described in The Legal 500 for M&A as being “adept at dealing with US company issues in a European context” and is listed in The Lawyer Hot 100 2011. Chambers UK 2014 describes Mr. Cline as “approachable and highly client-focused.” Chambers UK 2019 notes that “in the most difficult moments of negotiation,” Mr. Cline’s “calm, methodical, and diplomatic manner achieved several breakthroughs that we needed.”


Mr. Cline's representative transactions include advising:

  • Thomas Cook Group in connection with its strategic review, re-financing and the proposed sale of its airline and ultimately its attempted recapitalization
  • Aon in connection with the creation of a revaluation reserve and its US$31 billion capital reduction
  • Peninsula Pacific, a US based consumer and industrial private equity investor, in its proposed business combination of Concrete Pumping Holdings to Industrea Acquisition Corp 
  • The independent directors of Vedanta Resources in connection with the possible offer by Volcan Investments for the remaining issued and to be issued share capital of Vedanta not already held by Volcan
  • William Demant Invest A/S in connection with its acquisition of Vision RT, a UK-based 3D surface imaging technology company developing products and solutions for surface guided radiation therapy 
  • ACCO Brands Corporation in connection with its €296.9 million acquisition of Esselte Group, a leading European office products company, from private equity firm J.W. Childs
  • ViaSat in connection with its joint venture with Eutelsat Communications to combine Eutelsat’s current European broadband business with ViaSat’s industry-leading broadband technologies and consumer Internet Service Provider (ISP) business expertise
  • EQUATE Petrochemical Company KSCC in connection with the US$2.99 billion acquisition by EQUATE Petrochemical Company KSCC of the MEGlobal Group
  • Qatar Holding in relation to the US$45.5 billion merger of Xstrata and Glencore International
  • Mattel on its acquisition of HIT Entertainment Limited
  • Emerson Electric Co in relation to the sale of its Connectivity Solutions business to Bel Fuse 
  • Thomas Cook Group in relation to the sale of Gold Medal and its strategic partnership with dnata
  • Patrick McKillen in relation to the £145 million share issue and £547 million refinancing of Maybourne Hotels Group
  • Qatar Holding on its acquisition of the Harrods Group
  • Qatar Holding on its strategic alliance with NYSE Euronext, related to Qatar Exchange Company
  • Yahoo! on the sale of its online price comparison business, Kelkoo
  • Qatar Holding on its acquisition of interests in Barclays Bank for approximately £3 billion
  • The Carlyle Group on the LBO of IMO Car Wash Group
  • Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) on its bid for J Sainsbury
  • Charterhouse Development Capital on the sale of Coral Eurobet to Gala Group Finance Limited for £2.18 billion
  • Yahoo! on its acquisition of Whereonearth Limited and Kenet Works

Thought Leadership

  • Minimising and Mitigating Risk in M&A — Trusted Tools and New Solutions -  February 27, 2020
  • Corporate Reorganisations 2019 -  June 05, 2019
  • Warranty and Indemnity Insurance: Practical Pointers -  May 12, 2017
  • M&A Deal Terms in 2017: What Can Deal Teams Expect? -  May 11, 2017
  • IFLR Mergers and Acquisitions Report 2017 – UK -  April 30, 2017
  • SEC’s Investigation Request Reveals Scope of Sweep of Advisory Firms Regarding Relationships With Sovereign Wealth Funds -  May 12, 2011
One client describes Nick as 'tenacious, attentive to detail, calm under pressure, and has stellar negotiation skills and inexhaustible stamina. He was a critical part of our success'."Legal 500 UK 2020
Bar Qualification
  • England and Wales (Solicitor)
  • LPC, College of Law, Guildford, 1994
  • CPE, College of Law, Guildford, 1993
  • B.Sc., King's College London, 1992
  • Financial Institutions
  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • Technology
  • Public Company Representation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Emerging Companies
  • Africa Practice
  • Private Equity