Joanne Etherton


Joanne Etherton is a partner and head of the Pensions practice in London.

Joanne is experienced in advising on the pensions aspects of high profile mergers, acquisitions, disposals, private equity transactions, joint ventures, IPOs, re-financings and insolvencies, as well as on market-leading pensions litigation. She has a particular expertise advising on strategy for employers in dealing with pension trustees and the Pensions Regulator both in the context of corporate transactions and also in issues relevant to the lifecycle of occupational pension schemes.

Joanne is a Fellow of the Pensions Management Institute, was awarded a Diploma in International Employee Benefits and is a member of the Association of Pension Lawyers.

Joanne is recommended for her Pensions expertise by Chambers UK, which describes her as “a very effective communicator.” Joanne is also recommended in Legal 500 UK for her “real expertise” and “practical, commercial approach”.

Representative experience includes advising on the pensions aspects of:

  • Sanofi in its $25 billion exchange of its animal health business (Merial) for the consumer healthcare business (CHC) of Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Cinven, Blackstone and CPPIB on the consortium bid for assets of Holcim and Lafarge
  • Alstom on GE’s $16.9 billion bid to acquire Alstom’s power and grid business, representing GE’s biggest ever deal
  • Gores Group in its joint venture agreement with Premier Foods in the Hovis business
  • Harsco Corporation in the sale of its infrastructure business to a joint venture with Clayton, Dubilier & Rice
  • General Atlantic in its acquisition of MeteoGroup
  • KPMG, as joint special administrators to MF Global UK, in the settlement of the Group’s pension liabilities
  • Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. in the UK pension and insolvency issues arising from Lehman Brothers bankruptcy proceedings
  • OMERS Private Equity in its acquisition of Civica from 3i Group Plc
  • Lion Capital in the sale of a 60% interest in iconic breakfast cereal maker Weetabix Food Co. to China’s Bright Food Group
  • OMERS Private Equity in its acquisition of V.Group Limited
  • Advent International and Bain Capital in their acquisition of WorldPay, the global merchant services division of Royal Bank of Scotland and one of the world’s largest payment processors
  • Premier Foods plc in its £404 million placing, open offer and firm placing

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