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's clients are UK and global mid-sized and major corporates, UK listed and traded public companies, private equity investors and real estate investors and developers. 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 Canada, the United States and South Africa, 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 led teams advising The Hut Group, one of the world's largest online beauty and wellbeing retailers, on several transactions, including the acquisitions of Eclectic Hotel Group, Languge Connect and Eyeko.
  • He has worked for private equity investor LDC on many transactions, including its £22 million investment in leading lifestyle brand Joules.
  • He has advised SLR Consulting, a leading global environmental consultancy, for over a decade, including on private equity investments by 3i in 2008 and by Charterhouse Capital Partners in 2018.
  • 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:
  • 2019

    • Rankings & Awards
      September 2019
      Legal 500 2019 Leading Individuals - Corporate and Commercial
  • 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