Simon Elliott



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Summary Open

Simon is an Associate in the firm’s Corporate group, based in the Dubai office.

He practices general corporate law, with a focus on M&A, group reorganisations, corporate finance and related commercial transactions.

Experience Open

    Simon’s relevant experience includes advising:
    • Saudi Arabia’s Zahid Group on its acquisition of a 50% stake in Greencells Group (one of Europe’s largest solar plant developers and operators).
    • An off-shore family-owned management group on the sale of a c. AED 750 million commercial/residential real estate construction project to a Dubai-based investment and corporate finance firm.
    • Canadian Solar on its sale of a 142 MW solar PV portfolio with an enterprise value of c. £191.2m to Greencoat Solar Assets II Ltd, a fund managed by Greencoat Capital.
    • Lightsource Renewable Energy on its agreement to enter into a partnership platform with UK Climate Investments to fund the development, acquisition and ownership of large scale solar power generation assets in India.
    • Blue Energy, a UK based renewable energy investor and developer,  in connection with the disposal of a portfolio of windfarms with a total capacity of 149 MW to funds managed by Octopus Investments.
    • Global Risk Partners Ltd, the private equity-backed insurance intermediary, on its investment programme in UK insurance companies, including County Group, Alan & Thomas Insurance Group, Green Insurance Group, Marshall Wooldridge and Higos Insurance Services.
    • Aurelius Group on the successful cross-border acquisition of Colt Group S.A.’s virtualised cloud computing and managed hosting services business, Colt Managed Cloud (“CMC”), after which CMC has been fully integrated into Aurelius’ ICT Services subsidiary, Getronics.
    • On the US$500m IPO (dual LSE main market and Nigerian Stock Exchange listing) of SEPLAT Petroleum Development Company plc.
    • Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) on its £817.5m acquisition of Airwave, the largest private operator of a public safety network in the world, delivering mission-critical voice and data communications to more than 300 emergency and public service agencies in Great Britain.
    • Maximus, Inc. (a health, employment and business process service provider) on its acquisition of Remploy Ltd (a government-owned disability agency) including the creation of a joint venture between Maximus and Remploy employees.

Education Open

  • BA Hons, Politics and Human Geography, Loughborough University
  • Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course, College of Law

Author/Speaker/Awards Open

  • Part of the team winning High Yield Deal of the Year at IFLR 2013 Europe Awards
  • Part of team short-listed for Equity Deal of the Year at IFLR 2015 Europe Awards

Membership of Professional Societies Open

  • Law Society of England and Wales

Employment Record Open

  • 2016 – present: Watson Farley & Williams
  • 2013 – 2016: Winston & Strawn, Trainee Solicitor to 1 year PQE

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