Stephen is the head of our national corporate team. He specialises in corporate finance work and, in particular, M&A and private equity transactions. He also advises on joint ventures and other shareholder arrangements, as well as corporate reorganisations and corporate governance and compliance issues.

He regularly advises public and private corporates on a range of corporate transactions. He has a reputation for understanding what is important to clients on a particular deal and translating that into a focussed advice and a tailored approach. There are a number of clients where he supports them on all of their UK M&A activity.

Experience

Examples of experience include advising:

  • Old Mutual Wealth on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Intrinsic Financial Services Limited, the UK’s largest network of restricted and independent financial advisers
  • Chemring Group Plc on UK M&A transactions including the disposal of its international marine division to a PE-backed US buyer
  • Transdev plc. on UK M&A transactions including the UK aspects of its global merger with Veolia and recent strategic disposals and acquisitions
  • Working with an unlisted plc to deliver 6 M&A deals in the last eighteen months.

'Stephen Pierce is a highly respected corporate lawyer who is considered one of the region's leading lights in complex M&A matters. He heads the firm's national corporate practice and is noted for his excellent track record in corporate and private equity transactional work.' 

Chambers and Partners 2020

"He is commercial and provides options to mitigate problems."

Chambers and Partners 2021

"Calls a spade a spade and his advice is absolutely straight down the line."

"He has a razor-sharp mind but is also very laid-back and has a good sense of humour."

Chambers and Partners 2015