Carl is a corporate partner based in London. He has a broad range of experience advising clients on UK and cross-border corporate finance matters, including mergers and acquisitions (private and public), joint ventures, private equity and general corporate advice.

He also has extensive expertise advising on UK and international energy and infrastructure projects. Carl has experience in a wide range of industries, with a particular interest in the real estate, TMT, energy and infrastructure sectors.


Examples of experience include advising:

  • Eastern Mediterranean Maritime on its purchase of two Jersey property unit trusts owning a commercial property in the City of London
  • Franklin Templeton Global Investors on its purchase of a group of companies owning commercial property in Edinburgh and the subsequent restructuring of that group of companies
  • REInvest on its joint venture to re-develop a site in Edinburgh for residential development
  • Accrue Capital on all corporate aspects of its real estate transactions, including numerous joint ventures, acquisitions and restructurings
  • Gatehouse Bank on its Shariah-compliant acquisitions of companies owning The Mint office building in Leeds and Greyhound Retail Park in Chester
  • ICG-Longbow on the corporate aspects of numerous real estate finance transactions
  • London & Continental Railways on various matters relating to High Speed 1, including its joint ventures to redevelop King’s Cross and to develop Stratford City and its £2.1 billion sale to a consortium comprised of Borealis and the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
  • Testcard, a multi-award winning medical technology business, on all corporate aspects of its business since formation, including its 2022 and 2020 fundraises
  • PCI-PAL plc, an AIM-listed leading provider of SaaS solutions enabling organisations to take payments from their customers securely, on all corporate aspects of its business, including the disposal of its call centre business to Direct Response group and various placings (£5.5m 2021; £5m 2020)
  • Pharos Energy plc (previously SOCO International plc) on the disposal of its shareholding in SOCO Cabinda Limited, Angola, to Quill Trading Corporation and WMLC Resources
  • Asia Resource Minerals plc on its £135m takeover by Asia Coal Energy Ventures Limited
  • Government of Romania on the development of two additional nuclear power plants at Cernavoda.

​Leading Individual, London - M&A: Smaller Deals, up to £50m

The Legal 500, 2023, 2022, 2021 and 2020

"Carl Powlson is able to cut to the commerciality of a transaction very quickly. He works tirelessly and leads his wider team very well. His communication with us is first class and we very much enjoy working with him and his team"

The Legal 500, 2023

"We have worked with Carl Powlson for a considerable number of years. Carl always identifies the key commercial considerations and provides clear and practical advice. We use Carl for nearly all our corporate work for this reason, he completely understands our business and what we are trying to achieve"

The Legal 500, 2022

"Class act...excels at bringing candid advice which is always solution-focused"

The Legal 500, 2021

"Carl Powlson has been an exceptional partner to work with - I greatly value not only the quality of his legal advice, but his solution focus that means we can get to the business outcomes we want. I also get a clear sense that his associates enjoy working with him, which adds to the quality of support we get"

The Legal 500, 2020