Legal Business

OC joins Magic Circle on Dixons Carphone tie-up


Carphone Warehouse and Dixons merge along with DEMB and Mondelez

Major M&A mandates have over the past month seen Linklaters, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Osborne Clarke (OC) secure roles on the £3.6bn merger of Carphone Warehouse and Dixons Retail, as Clifford Chance (CC) and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom led on the $7bn merger of the coffee businesses of Kraft Foods spin-off Mondelēz International and DE Master Blenders 1753 (DEMB).

UK top-40 firm OC capitalised on its longstanding relationship with Carphone Warehouse to secure a role on its May merger with Dixons, which also owns Currys and PC World. Corporate partner Jonathan King led for OC and told Legal Business: ‘Any merger of this size is complicated when you’re dealing with two FTSE 250 companies coming together.’