Jeremy Millington Partner


Speaks:  English

Qualified: 1988 - Solicitor of England & Wales


Primary office:  Birmingham

Secondary office  London




Jeremy Millington

Jeremy is a leading corporate lawyer helping clients to deliver successful acquisitions, strategic investments, disposals, joint ventures and restructurings. Jeremy has particular experience in public takeovers, equity markets regulation, private equity and real estate. Complex transactions are challenging and multi-faceted. Jeremy uses his experience and market knowledge to help his clients to stay in control of deals in order to maximise value and minimise risk.

Jeremy is a strong believer in hard work, responsiveness and plain advice. He always tries to give an honest opinion on what he would do if he was in his client's shoes.

Jeremy Millington's clients are UK and global mid-sized and major corporates, UK listed and traded public companies, private equity investors and fund managers and real estate investors and developers and over half of Jeremy's work involves international corporates or funds, either as buyers, sellers or targets.

As well as helping global companies buying and investing in the UK and Europe, he also regularly advises UK clients acquiring businesses around the world, including recently in the United States, South Africa and Australia, working with local counsel. Many of the major restructuring and M&A projects on which he works routinely require the management and coordination of work streams in multiple jurisdictions.

Jeremy has been rated as a leading individual in UK legal directories The Legal 500 and Chambers for more than 15 years. The former has described him as having "deep experience of public takeovers", while Chambers commends him as "a great negotiator who keeps his cool."

Experience

Jeremy advised De Rigo, one of the largest optical retailers in Europe, on its agreement with Alliance Boots to merge Dollond & Aitchison and Boots Opticians and create a combined business with almost 700 branches and more than 5,000 employees.

He was called on by Delcam, a leading manufacturing software supplier, on its £172 million public takeover by US corporate Autodesk, 16 years after he acted for Delcam on its flotation.

He has worked for private equity firm LDC Managers on several transactions, including its £22 million investment in leading lifestyle brand Joules.

He represented Ideal Shopping, a multi-channel retailer, on its £78 million public takeover by an MBO team backed by Inflexion.

He has advised JP Morgan Asset Management on several corporate real estate transactions, including the £82.5 million sale of Exchequer Court, London, to the Queensland Superannuation Fund.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2018

    • Rankings & Awards
      2018
      Legal 500 - 2018 - Leading individual (Corporate and Commercial)
    • Rankings & Awards
      2018
      Chambers UK 2019 (Corporate M&A: Mid-market and private equity: Midlands) - Band 1
  • 2016

    • Rankings & Awards
      2016
      Legal 500 - 2016 - Leading individual (Corporate and Commercial)
    • Career
      2016
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, partner
  • 2014

    • Career
      2014
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, partner
  • 1995

    • Career
      1995
      Wragge & Co, partner
  • 1988

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      1988
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
  • 1986

    • Career
      1986
      Wragge & Co, trainee and associate
  • 1982

    • Education
      1982
      University of Nottingham, LLB

Client work