Christopher Haynes is an English qualified corporate partner in the London office of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher.
Chris has extensive experience in equity capital markets transactions and mergers and acquisitions including advising corporates, investment banks and selling shareholders on initial public offerings (including dual track processes), rights issues and other equity offerings as well as on public takeovers, private company M&A and joint ventures. He also advises on corporate and securities law and regulation.
Chris practiced with Herbert Smith Freehills LLP from 1998 to 2016 and became partner in that firm in 2002. Prior to that he was a solicitor with Bell Gully in New Zealand.
Chris is recognised as a leading lawyer by Chambers, IFLR 1000 and Legal 500. He has been described by clients in past editions of Chambers as being “extremely user-friendly”, “a pleasure to work with” and “excellent” and in Chambers 2021 clients note he is “really good, commercial and gets stuff done” and “hugely capable in all corporate and transactional matters.” He is also described by clients in Legal 500 2022 as “one of our most trusted business advisers” and providing advice that is “excellent”.
Selected experience includes*:
- Trustpilot Group – £1 billion London listing and IPO (for the company)
- THG Holdings (The Hut Group) – £5.4 billion London listing and IPO (for the banks)
- Network International – £2.2 billion London listing and IPO (for its parent company, Emirates NBD Bank)
- The Hut Group – various matters including its $350 million acquisition of Dermstore.com and pre-IPO equity issuances to BlackRock, Merian and Sofina (for the company)
- Sophos Group – placings of shares by Dr. Peter Lammer and Dr. Jan Hruska raising $582 million, in connection with the takeover offer by Thoma Bravo (for the selling shareholders)
- CMR Surgical – $240 million series C financing (for the banks)
- AO World – £1.2 billion London listing and IPO, on its subsequent placing and on its class 1 acquisition of Mobile Phones Direct (for the company)
- Hostelworld – £176 million IPO and London and Irish listings and on its subsequent placing (for the banks)
- The Weir Group – £363 million placing in connection with the acquisition of ESCO Corporation (for the banks)
- J2 Acquisition – $1.12 billion London listing and IPO (for the banks)
- Ocelot – $425 million London listing and IPO (for the banks)
- Photobox Group – sale by way of auction to Exponent and Electra (for the company)
- Permanent TSB – €400 million capital raising and London and Irish listings (for the banks)
- Trainline – proposed IPO (sold to KKR pursuant to a M&A track) (for the banks)
- Sky – £1.36 billion placing in connection with the acquisition of Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia (for the company)
- Zoopla – £918 million London listing and IPO (for the banks)
- Just Eat – £1.47 billion High Growth Segment London listing and IPO and on the step up to a London premium listing (for the company)
- National Grid – £3.3 billion rights issue (for the banks)
- MoneySupermarket.com – £840 million London listing and IPO and £87 million acquisition of MoneySavingExpert (for the company)
*Includes matters prior to joining Gibson Dunn