Ben Higson

Ben Higson

Partner
London

Email ben.higson@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +44 20 7296 2535

Fax +44 20 7296 2001

LanguagesEnglish, French

Practice groupCorporate & Finance

'definitely one to watch'

The Lawyer

Ben Higson has been immersed in mergers and acquisitions, and the intersecting sectors of energy, natural resources and infrastructure and diversified industrials, since he qualified as a lawyer.

Now highly-rated by Legal 500, which describes him as “excellent: commercially aware, pragmatic and strategic”, and described as a “corporate rising star” by Legal Business and “definitely one to watch” by The Lawyer, clients come to Ben for the depth and breadth of his experience and knowledge in domestic and international deals, across the full range of structures, including public and private deals, financial investor investments and exits, joint ventures and strategic alliances and complex commercial contracts. In addition, he has particular experience helping Japanese clients with their deals outside Japan.

Ben is the head of our UK M&A practice. He served as an elected member of the firm's global management board between 2014 and 2020; and, during the same period, he was also a member of our international Corporate & Finance leadership team. 

Awards and recognitions

2020

Acritas Star
Acritas Stars Independently Rated Lawyers

Education and admissions

Education

Distinction, Oxford Institute of Legal Practice

LL.B., University of Bristol

Memberships

International Bar Association

City of London Law Society

Russo-British Chamber of Commerce

Bar admissions and qualifications

Solicitor, England and Wales

Representative experience

Asahi on its £250m acquisition of Fuller, Smith & Turner plc's entire beer and cider business.

GE Healthcare on the sale of GE Healthcare Dharmacon, Inc. to AIM-listed Horizon Discovery Group plc.

Martello, a Dublin-based leader in global aviation asset management and financial and technology solutions, on the sale of the Stellwagen Group to Acasta Enterprises (Canada).

Kuwait Petroleum International on its acquisition of the Italian downstream petroleum business of Shell.

Citi Infrastructure Investors and InfraCapital on their interests in the Yorkshire Water group.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries on its global joint ventures in metals machinery technology (with Siemens) wind turbines (with Vestas) and thermal power (with Hitachi).

Mitsubishi Motors on its disposal of NedCar (the largest car plant in Holland).

Chiyoda Corporation on its acquisition of Xodus group, a global oilfield services business.

Brookfield Infrastructure on its €1bn acquisition, together with Abertis Infrastructure, of one of Brazil's major toll road operators.

Citi Infrastructure Investors on its US$1.5bn acquisition of D.P. World's Australian port terminals business and the related joint venture and management arrangements.

ExxonMobil on its US$1.75bn disposal of the North Sea assets of Mobil North Sea to Apache Corporation.

Principal corporate advisor to The Crown Estate in relation to its offshore energy portfolio.

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