His recent work includes acting for Gartmore, the asset management company, on its IPO on the London Stock Exchange and on the recent offer from Henderson; KBC on the sale of its UK stockbroker, Peel Hunt, to a consortium of management and investors; MMC on its agreement to buy HSBC's worldwide insurance broking business; Northern Rock on dealing with its liquidity crisis and the process leading to nationalisation; Pearl, the UK insurer, on its hostile £6 billion offer for Resolution plc and the competing offer from Standard Life; and the underwriters and sponsors of various capital raisings by RBS, HBOS, Lloyds, Barclays and Bradford & Bingley; Vodafone on the £4.36 billion sale of its stake in China Mobile; O2 in relation to the £18 billion offer from Telefónica; Grupo Ferrovial and the other consortium members on the £12 billion hostile offer for BAA; and Hanson in relation to the £8 billion offer from HeidelbergCement.
Will was educated at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. He joined the firm in 1986 and has been a partner since 1994. He is a visiting fellow at the Centre for Corporate Reputation, University of Oxford.
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