Julian Henwood Partner Co - Chair of Nordic, Baltic and Netherlands Teams

Speaks:  English

Qualified: 1988 - Solicitor of England & Wales

Primary phone: +44 (0)370 733 0604

Fax: +44 (0)370 904 1099

Email: julian.henwood@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Birmingham

Secondary office  London

Julian Henwood

Julian Henwood is a Birmingham-based (but often to be found overseas) M&A partner. Working with a largely European-headquartered client base, Julian has over 25 years' experience in project managing significant cross-border corporate transactions - including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and asset purchases and disposals. He co-chairs Gowling WLG's Nordic, Baltic and Netherlands Teams and travels in those regions frequently to visit clients in their home countries and to help in negotiating transactions.

Julian is also well used to leading advice on UK public takeovers (he has advised on approximately 20 UK public takeovers - most recently advising London-listed international civil engineering consultancy Hyder Consulting PLC on its £296m competitive public takeover by NYSE Euronext-listed Dutch peer ARCADIS NV).

The continuous thread of Julian's M&A practice is English law, but he is as likely to be found buying a British household name bicycle brand for Dutch clients, a food packaging manufacturer in Northern Ireland and Poland for Finnish clients or selling a firelighters business in Bulgaria for Swedish clients (real examples!), as he is to be acting for UK clients on their overseas M&A transactions.

Julian plays an active role in the Danish-UK Chamber of Commerce and the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the United Kingdom.

Julian has a very active interest in good corporate goverance practices. He is a member of the Good Governence Forum of leading City of London think tank Tomorrow's Company.


Acting for NASDAQ - listed Finnish food and drink packaging company Huhtamaki on its €103 million acquisition of Belfast - based Delta Print and Packaging and its affiliated Polish business unit.

Advising UK main listed global engineering consultancy Hyder Consulting plc on its £296 million recommended public takeover by NYSE Euronext listed Dutch peer ARCADIS N.V.

Acting for NYSE Euronext listed Dutch client Accell Group N.V. (Europe's largest bicycle manufacturer) on its US$100 million acquisition of the iconic UK Raleigh Cycle group of companies from their US private equity and management owners

Advising dnata (part of the Emirates Group, and one of the world's largest air services providers offering ground handling, cargo, travel and flight services across five continents) on its acquisition of Stella Travel Services, one of the UK's leading travel businesses, including the brands TravelBag, Travel2, Sunmaster, Global Travel Group and Triton Rooms

Career & Recognition

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  • 2016

    • Career
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, partner
  • 2014

    • Career
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, partner
  • 2007

    • Rankings & Awards
      ICAEW Corporate Finance qualification
  • 1997

    • Career
      Wragge & Co, partner
  • 1992

    • Career
      Wragge & Co, associate
  • 1990

    • Career
      Wragge & Co, solicitor
  • 1988

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
  • 1987

    • Career
      Dentons (then Denton Hall Burgin & Warrens), solicitor
  • 1985

    • Career
      Ryland Martineau, articled clerk
  • 1982

    • Education
      Université de Limoges, Diplôme d’Etudes Juridiques Françaises
  • 1980

    • Education
      University of Birmingham, LLB (law with French)