Selina Sagayam is the Head of Practice Development in the London office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. She is an English qualified lawyer who joined the firm as a partner in the International Corporate Practice in 2007. She is responsible for the Practice, Knowledge Management and Business Development functions of the firm’s English law Transactional Practice. She is a member of the firm's international Mergers and Acquisitions, Hostile M&A and Shareholder Activism, Capital Markets and Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance Practice Groups.
Ms. Sagayam's practice is focused on international corporate finance transactional work, including public and private M&A, joint ventures, international equity capital markets offerings and advisory work focused on corporate governance, shareholder activism and securities law advice.
Ms. Sagayam's practice is also noted for her expertise in financial services and regulatory advice. She advises boards and senior management of international corporations, exchanges, regulators, investment banks, and financial sponsors (private equity and hedge funds) on such issues.
Ms. Sagayam is regarded as one of the leading public M&A advisers in the UK and has advised on hostile, competitive and recommended takeovers. She has extensive experience in the City Code governing public takeovers in the UK and the European Takeovers Directive. She was seconded for two years to the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers, the key regulatory body governing public company acquisitions in the UK, and is now regularly called upon as key adviser and commentator on UK and European takeovers.
Ms. Sagayam was named in the London Top 50 Women section of Super Lawyers UK 2013. She was also named in the Corporate section of The Lawyer “Hot 100” List for 2012, which noted: “Since joining Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in 2006 from Simmons & Simmons, where she made a name for herself as a promising young corporate partner and two-year takeover secondee at the Takeover Panel, Selina Sagayam’s practice has flourished.”
In addition, Ms. Sagayam is recommended as a leading lawyer in the field of Corporate/M&A by UK Legal Experts (2011-2012), recommended for Equity Capital Markets and Finance: Debt Capital Markets by Legal 500 UK 2013 and listed in the International Who's Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers 2010 and 2011. She was recognised as a “rising star” in the 2007 edition of the Legal 500 and British daily national newspaper The Times identified her in its listing of ten “Main Players in US Firms in London” (January 8, 2008). Based on recommendations, Ms. Sagayam was included in Legal Business’ 2012 ‘Fantasy Law Firm’ of the best City corporate lawyers outside the largest UK law firms and the global elite. She is a regular speaker at conferences in UK and Europe on takeovers and cross-border M&A, has authored numerous articles on corporate finance and corporate governance issues, is also regularly quoted and appeared in the financial press and media for her views on M&A transactions.
Ms. Sagayam is dual qualified, having started her legal career as a barrister. She was seconded to Charterhouse Bank in 1997 (Group Legal & Compliance) and to the Takeover Panel in the role as Secretary for a two year period (2004-2006). Prior to joining Gibson Dunn in January 2007, Ms. Sagayam practised in London in a leading international law firm for 11½ years.
Ms. Sagayam is a member of Gibson Dunn’s Global Diversity Committee and chairs its London Diversity Committee. She is also a member of the board of the Corporate Finance Faculty of the ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales), the Advisory Board of Diversity UK and the Advisory Board of LexisPSL Corporate. board of Ms Sagayam is also a member of the Learning Council of the Serpentine Gallery, a Charter & Founder Member of the TiE UK and a member of The Honourable Society of Gray's Inn.