Robert B. Rakison


Robert concentrates his practice on international company and commercial law, with a special emphasis on cross-border mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures; in a career spanning 40 years, Robert has been involved in legal matters for clients in more than 100 countries throughout the world.

Robert also has extensive experience advising on mergers and acquisitions for UK private companies, venture capital and private equity investment, both for venture capitalists and private equity houses as well as targets, raising private equity capital and debt finance for entrepreneurial companies, advising on security transactions and capital markets, including Official List and AIM listings, with a further emphasis on e-commerce financing and structuring, general and financial business matters.

Additional areas of experience include advising on competition law, licensing, distribution, agency and franchise agreements, data privacy and security issues and other commercial matters generally, as well as on a variety of banking and U.S. and UK securities and financial services and regulatory matters, including under FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) rules, FSMA (Financial Services & Markets Act 2000 and the FSMA (Financial Promotion) Order 2005) and EU Directives (the Prospectus Directive and Market Abuse Directive, etc.).

According to the editors of the Legal 500, Robert is recommended and “attracts high praise from clients” for his corporate M&A work, particularly smaller deals up to ₤50 million. He has been recognized by Legal 500 for “remaining best known” and “especially well known.”

Robert previously served on the McGuireWoods Board of partners and is a former co-chair of the firm's private equity industry team. Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Robert was a founding partner of Grundberg Mocatta Rakison LLP.In May 2012, Robert was appointed to the Steering Committee of LNI (Legal Network International), a global network of law firms of which McGuireWoods is a member firm. LNI has representatives in more than 50 countries.

In the News

Robert B Rakison
T: +44 20 7632 1620F: +44 20 7632 163811 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

Representation of Randolph College, Virginia, in its sale of the George Bellows painting “Men of the Docks” to the National Gallery, London, for $25.5 million.

Representation of an international maritime consulting group on its acquisition of its own minority shareholding.

Representation of London Rowing Club in relation to its new sponsorship agreements.

Representation of TEOCO, a leading U.S. provider of Assurance, Analytics and Optimization solutions to Communications Service Providers (CSPs) worldwide, in its acquisition of AIRCOM International, a network design and optimisation software and solutions provider. Advice included competition, data privacy and cyber security issues. The combined company will serve a global base of more than 300 communication service provider customers across more than 100 countries from its office locations in over 15 countries.

Representation of EO Group Limited in the sale of its 3.5% interest in the West Cape Three Points Blocks and 1.75% interest in the Jubilee Field, both offshore Ghana, to Tullow Oil Plc for approximately $305 million.

Advice to NYSE listed Teledyne Technologies Incorporated on its acquisition of UK-based, AIM listed Intelek PLC worth approximately £30 million.

Advice to Afton Chemical Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of NYSE company NewMarket Corporation, on its acquisition of the Polartech Group of Companies (in Canada, China, Germany, Hungary, India, Singapore, Switzerland, UK and the U.S.), including competition and data privacy issues.

Representation of a CIS company in its acquisition of a CIS natural resources company for circa £230 million.

Advice to the London branches/subsidiaries of three major U.S. broker dealers on authorization by the FSA (now the FCA) and on regulatory issues arising and concerning passporting into the EU.

Representation of Earthport plc on its re-listing on AIM.

Representation of Taghmen Energy Plc (now PetroLatina Energy Plc), a U.S. owned UK oil company, on its acquisition of a Guatemalan oil company and raising circa U.S. $30 million on a private placement in connection therewith.

Representation of a UK subsidiary of Swedish company, Gammadata Matteknik i Uppsala AB, on its acquisition of the vacuum generators business of Thermo Electron Corporation in the U.S. and Germany.

Representation of Luxembourg based Technology Capital SA in its €21.3m investment into Netherlands based Polymer Vision Ltd, formerly part of Philips' Incubator Division, including financial services and regulatory issues.

Representation of the shareholders of UK company, Greetings Direct Ltd on its £14 million sale to Flying Brands Ltd. In Jersey.

Purchase by Malaysian owned, but Luxembourg based, DW Holdings Ltd in its strategic investment in Swiss company, YourJet Ltd, a private jet charter company. (Switzerland, Luxembourg, Malaysia and UK).

Counsel on the acquisition of a Hong Kong based consumer electronics manufacturer, which has been a household name for decades in consumer electronics and is now a world leading producer in car satellite navigation systems, by a BVI special purpose vehicle, backed by two Bermudan hedge funds, for circa U.S. $32 million.

Representation in the sale of shares in an Isle of Man manufacturer and distributor of adaptive living products, with manufacturing facilities in China, in a private equity backed MBO, with a total transaction value of £90 million, of which £39 million was attributable to our client.

Representation as joint solicitors to the company on the conversion and IPO of UniChem plc (now part of the Alliance Boots group of companies) on the Official List of the London Stock Exchange.

Representation of a major U.S. bank on UK aspects of various insurance gap film financings totalling U.S. $1.2 billion, including financial services and regulatory issues.

Representation of Jersey based Walker Aviation on its buy-out from Walker Steel as part of the sale of Walker Steel to British Steel, at the time, at circa £300 million, the largest private company sale in the UK.

Representation of a major U.S. telecommunications company, on UK issues arising out of its acquisition of another U.S. telecommunications company, then the largest merger in the world.

Representation of a major Italian energy public company’s turbine subsidiary and a major Swiss electrical engineering company in connection with the project finance of their provisioning of two Chilean power plants, with generators and cabling and additional electrical turbine equipment totaling U.S. $59 million.

Representation of a major international fashion designer on its worldwide franchising, licensing and distribution agreements in more than 30 countries.

Listed as "Recommended," Corporate M&A, The Legal 500 UK, 2017

Listed as "Recommended," Corporate M&A: Smaller Deals up to £50m, The Legal 500 UK, 2012  

Named a "Legal Expert," Corporate and M&A, Legal Experts EMEA, 2010-2012

Listed as “Attracting High Praise from Clients,” Corporate and M&A: Smaller Deals up to £50m, The Legal 500, 2011

Listed as "Recommended," Corporate and M&A: Smaller Deals up to £50m, The Legal 500 United Kingdom, 2009

Listed as “Remains Best Known,” Corporate and M&A: Smaller Deals up to £50m, The Legal 500 United Kingdom, 2008

Listed as “Especially Well Known,” Corporate and M&A: Smaller Deals up to £50m, The Legal 500 United Kingdom, 2007

Co-author, "EU/UK Competition Law Update," EuroWatch, Thomson Reuters, August 2011
Co-author, "Changes at European Commission," EuroWatch, Thomson Reuters, February 28, 2010
Presenter and Moderator, LNI (Legal Network International) Fall Conference, Chicago, October 20, 2017
Moderator, "Infrastructure & Competition in the Israeli Market," Universal Oil & Gas Conference, Tel Aviv, November 18, 2015
Speaker, "Eastern Mediterranean Energy Opportunities - Opportunities and Challenges," and "Alternative Opportunities in the Extractive Industries," Middle East and North Africa Series (hosted jointly by British Expertise and the Middle East Association), London, July 17, 2014
Co-presenter, "Cross-Border Transfer Issues," Israel Data Privacy and Security Conference, Tel Aviv, October 2013