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Andrew Thornton

Call: 1994

During the past five years, Andrew has been involved in many of the leading corporate transactions in the UK. In particular, Andrew has acted in over 100 corporate takeovers and most notably was instructed in relation to the merger between Xstrata Plc and Glencore Group Plc, the acquisition of the London Metal Exchange, the return of capital scheme for Vodafone Plc following its disposal of its Verizon joint venture and the acquisition of Sportingbet Plc.

Andrew has acted in relation to many cross-border mergers, including those in respect of the Honda, Sony and Sanyo groups.

Schemes in respect of which Andrew has previously acted include the acquisitions of Alliance Boots Plc, Hanson Plc, ICI Plc, Countrywide plc, Crest Nicholson and Corus Plc.

During the past year, Andrew acted in respect of a substantial number of capital reductions. Clients represented include some of the largest FTSE 100 companies.

Very pragmatic and commercial, and amazingly responsive.

Chambers and Partners


  • Capital reorganisations
  • M&A
  • Takeovers
  • Cross-border mergers
  • Schemes of arrangement
  • Reductions of capital
  • Corporate governance
  • Shareholders’ rights
  • Joint ventures
  • Meetings and resolutions
  • Part VII FSMA transfers
  • Directors’ disqualification

Recent transactions:

Vodafone – sale of Verizon Wireless:
Advice on the sale by Vodafone of its 45 percent stake in Verizon Wireless, the biggest U.S. mobile-phone company. The US $130 billion sale was the biggest corporate transaction in a decade.

Merger between Xtrata Plc and Glencore Group Plc

Acquisition of the London Metal Exchange

Acquisition of Sportingbet Plc.

Cross-border mergers:




Schemes of arrangement:

Alliance Boots Plc

Hanson Plc


Countrywide plc

Crest Nicholson

Corus Plc

International & Offshore

Andrew has acted in relation to many cross-border mergers, including, those in respect of the Honda, Sony and Sanyo groups.

Memberships & Publications

Chancery Bar Association


Contributor to Buckley on the Companies Acts.

Consultant editor Schemes of Arrangement: Law and Practice.


Chambers and Partners 2017 (Company)

‘A great choice for anything to do with the Companies Act.” “His technical advice is what you’re after.’

Legal 500 2017 (Commercial Litigation)

As good as ever, and always patient and clear.’

Legal 500 2017 (Company and Partnership)

A very safe pair of hands.’

Chambers and Partners 2016 (Company)

“Go-to barrister for schemes and any tricky company law questions.” “Extremely responsive and highly experienced, he’s super to deal with.” “Technically excellent, straightforward, practical and approachable.” 

Legal 500 2016 (Commercial Litigation)

‘A regular favourite.’

Legal 500 2016 (Company and Partnership)

‘A go-to barrister for share capital matters, and always patient and clear.’ 


Ranked in

Chambers & Partners –
Company - Star Individual

Legal 500 –
Company & Partnership, Commercial Litigation


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