Sam Newhouse

  • Partner
  • 99 Bishopsgate
  • London EC2M 3XF
  • United Kingdom
  • T +44.20.7710.3048


Sam Newhouse is a partner in the Corporate Department of Latham & Watkins’ London office. Mr. Newhouse advises clients on a broad mixture of high-value public and private M&A transactions and joint ventures, across a range of sectors. He has extensive experience handling complex cross-border transactions, regularly working across Europe, the US, Africa, and India.

Mr. Newhouse has spent time seconded to ExxonMobil Corporation's M&A Legal Team in London and to Hewlett Packard’s M&A Legal Team in Geneva.


Mr. Newhouse’s representative matters include advising:

  • 888 plc on its proposed £2.2bn reverse takeover of William Hill’s international business
  • ReNew, India’s leading pure-play renewable energy producer, on its US$8 billion listing on NASDAQ via a SPAC
  • The Carlyle Group on various matters, including:
    • The US$825 million acquisition of Occidental’s entire onshore portfolio in Colombia
    • Its increase in its stake in Varo Energy
    • Establishing Pan-African oil and gas platform, Boru Energy*
  • BP on various matters, including:
    • The US$10.5 billion acquisition of BHP Billiton’s US onshore oil and gas business*
    • The joint venture with Reliance Industries Limited to include a 1,400 retail service station network and aviation fuels business across India*
    • The sale of 11.5% and 8.5% of Castrol India, which is listed on the Mumbai stock exchange and the National Stock Exchange*
    • The US$486 million disposal of its operated interest in the CATS Pipeline to Antin Instrastructure Partners*
    • The US$775 million disposal of its upstream oil and gas business in Pakistan to Hong Kong listed United Energy Group Limited*
  • Neptune Energy (backed by funds advised by Carlyle and CVC) on various matters, including:
    • The US$3.9 billion acquisition of ENGIE E&P International (nominated for the Energy & Infrastructure Deal of the Year at The Lawyer European Awards)*
    • The US$400 million acquisition of VNG's upstream business*
    • The proposed US$250 million acquisition of Edison's UK and Norwegian business*
  • Tullow Oil on various corporate and M&A matters and its US$300 million convertible bond*
  • ArcLight on various matters*
  • Total on its US$7.45 billion acquisition of Maersk Oil (World Oil & Gas Awards Deal of the Year)*
  • DAZN Group and Access Industries on various matters, including the combination of DAZN's global sports content company, Perform Content, with Vista Equity Partners portfolio company, STATS LLC, the leader in sports AI (nominated for TMT Team of the Year at the British Legal Awards)*
  • Essar on its US$12.9 billion sale of the Vadinar refinery and port in India to Rosneft and an international consortium including Trafigura (IFLR M&A Deal of the Year)*
  • Eni on its US$3.3 billion takeover of Burren Energy plc, which holds assets in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Turkmenistan*
  • Emirates National Oil Company on its takeover of Dragon Oil which holds assets in Turkmenistan, Iraq, Algeria, Afghanistan, Egypt, Tunisia, and the Philippines, valuing Dragon Oil at US$6.25 billion*
  • Vivo Energy plc on its US$2 billion IPO and dual listing on the London Stock Exchange and Johannesburg Stock Exchange*
  • Exova the oil and gas testing company on its US$620 million takeover by Element Materials Technology, the Bridgepoint portfolio company*
  • The private equity owners of Nycomed, the pharmaceutical company, on its US$9.6 billion disposal to Takeda*
  • The private equity owners of Guala Closures, the closure company, on its proposed US$1.1 billion disposal to Space4*
  • Brookfield Office Properties on its acquisition from Hammerson plc of the majority of its office portfolio for aggregate cash proceeds of US$518 million*
  • Straumur on disposal of a 50% stake in West Ham United to David Gold and David Sullivan*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Thought Leadership

  • UK Net Zero Strategy: Understanding the Impact on Key Sectors -  October 22, 2021

Cited in IFLR 1000 2021 as a highly regarded leading lawyer for M&A.

Sources say:

“He is a fantastic lawyer who is very calm, measured and commercially pragmatic.”  Chambers 2022

“Sam Newhouse is held in high regard for his strong M&A-focused practice” Chambers 2022

“A terrific lawyer, very user-friendly and able to charm both clients and lawyers on the other side.” Chambers 2019

Bar Qualification
  • England and Wales (Solicitor)
  • LPC (Distinction), BPP Law School, London, 2003
  • Diploma in Law, College of Law, 2002
  • BA (Hons)/MA, Oxford University, 2000
  • Entertainment, Sports & Media
  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • India Practice
  • Africa Practice
  • Entertainment, Sports & Media