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Don McGown


Don McGown

Don McGown has over 30 years of experience in International M&A and Corporate Restructuring whilst working in London, New York, Hong Kong and Brussels.

During his career, he has assisted clients in acquiring and selling companies and businesses in over 70 countries, particularly in the TMT, Industrial and Financial Institutions sectors. He has acted on a number of major M&A deals over the past two decades for clients including 21st Century Fox, News Corporation, Vodafone, ITV, AECOM, DS Smith, Cable & Wireless, TUI, Nippon Sheet Glass, BAT and BNP. Major restructuring deals include Marconi, Schefenacker, USP Hospitales, Mecom, and Quinn Group.

Don is considered a highly effective and skilled practitioner and was described as a key legal advisor to News Corporation on its abortive bid to take full control of Sky.

Before joining Hogan Lovells, Don was at a magic circle law firm for over 30 years, 25 as a partner.


'Highly regarded'

Legal 500 2015

Representative experience

Acting for ITV on its acquisition of Two Four Group for up to £280m.

Acting for Vodafone on its £144 million tender offer for Cobra Automotive Technologies.

Acting for Acon Equity Management on its £165m consortium bid for APR Energy plc.

Advising 21st Century Fox on the spin off of News Corporation, its abortive bid for Sky and the disposal of its Eastern European TV and outdoor advertising interests.

Advising AECOM on many of its European, Middle East and Asian acquisitions over the past 12 years.

Advising DS Smith as a corporate client and on its transactions since 1990, most recently on its acquisition of SCA Packaging in 2012.

Advising Emap on its breakup, C+W on its sale of Hong Kong Telecom, United Newspapers on its merger with MAI and Nippon Sheet Glass on its acquisition of Pilkington.

Advising banks and financial institutions such as Barclays, ABN Amro, SE Banken, BNP, Chase, BT Investment Management and Bank of Montreal on acquisitions and disposals.

Advising on high profile corporate restructurings including Heron International, the Maxwell private companies, Imry, Marconi, Schefenacker, Metronet, Mecom and Sepura.

Education and admissions


  • LL.B., University of Southampton, 1979

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • England and Wales
  • Hong Kong


Listed as legal expert in Corporate M&A in Legalease's Legal Expert Guide for past 10 years.

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