Ben Coleman is an associate in Latham & Watkins' London office. He advises clients on cross-border public and private mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, joint ventures, and general corporate matters. Mr. Coleman has represented clients who operate in a number of industries, with a particular focus on clients in the technology, media, and telecommunications industries.

Mr. Coleman previously worked in-house on secondment in the corporate legal team of a listed UK bank, advising on various corporate and commercial matters.

Mr. Coleman's representative transactions include advising:

Public Cross-Border M&A

  • Waterfall Asset Management on its £640 million takeover of investment trust Pollen Street Secured Lending
  • Financing banks on the US$5.3 billion takeover of G4S by Allied Universal
  • Ligand Pharmaceuticals on its £35 million acquisition of UK AIM traded biotech company Vernalis
  • Financing banks on the US$3.8 billion takeover of Sophos Group by Thoma Bravo
  • JP Morgan as financial adviser on the £3.9 billion takeover of NEX by CME
  • Financing banks on the £4.7 billion takeover of Merlin Entertainments by Blackstone, KIRKBI, and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
  • Athyrium Capital Management and other certain creditors of Aegerion on the reverse takeover of Amryt Pharma
  • Avalon Battery Corporation on its US$36 million reverse takeover of redT energy

Private Cross-Border and Domestic M&A 

  • Agility on the US$4.1 billion sale of its Global Integrated Logistics (GIL) business to DSV Panalpina
  • Credit Suisse on the sale of its fund platform to fund distribution platform Allfunds, backed by Hellman & Friedman
  • 4Wall Entertainment, an AV equipment provider on its acquisition of Smart AV
  • Goldman Sachs on its disposal of a portfolio of listed and unlisted legacy debt and equity interests*
  • A UK listed asset manager on its acquisition of a property portfolio in connection with a £100 million scheme*
  • AXA on the disposal of a UK based broking subsidiary*
  • A global management consultant on several acquisitions of multidisciplinary consultancies*

Cross-Border Joint ventures

  • EIG on the acquisition of a 49% interest in a joint venture formed to hold Saudi Aramco’s domestic oil pipeline with a US$12.4 billion value
  • Equinix Inc, a US data center company, on its joint venture agreement with a national telecommunications carrier*       

Public Company Representation

  • Wesco Aircraft, a global aerospace distribution company, on its UK corporate arrangements
  • Manchester United on the corporate elements of a recent debt restructuring     

Equity Capital Markets and Corporate Finance

  • Ortho Clinical Diagnostics on its US$1.3 billion initial public offering
  • EPE Special Opportunities on its migration to Bermuda and association readmission 

Restructuring Representation

  • Thomas Cook on the corporate elements of its attempted restructuring

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Bar Qualification

  • England and Wales (Solicitor)

Education

  • LPC (Distinction), BPP Law School, 2011
  • LL.B, University of Sussex, 2009