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Garrett Hayes

Partner, Corporate Department


Phone: 44-020-3023-5153
Fax: 44-020-3023-5453


Garrett Hayes is a partner in the Corporate practice of the Paul Hastings London office. Mr. Hayes' experience covers a broad range of cross border and domestic M&A and corporate advisory mandates. His practice includes a broad range of general corporate work and includes advising on fund raising, strategic investments, and joint ventures, and he has extensive experience in transactions in the telecoms industry, including M & A involving mobile network operators and telecoms infrastructure. Mr. Hayes also represents private equity sponsors, management teams, and portfolio companies on fund formation, leveraged buyouts, equity incentive arrangements, restructurings, and exits.


Mr. Hayes earned an MA honours degree in Law at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge. He passed the legal practice course at the College of Law in London with commendation in 1995.


Recent highlights include advising:

  • Astorg, a leading European private equity firm with over €8 billion of assets under management, on the acquisition of a significant minority stake in Acturis Group, a leading supplier of insurance software, from Summit Partners;
  • Cabot Financial, a market-leading acquirer and manager of consumer debt, on the acquisitions of Hillesden Securities Limited, Orbit Debt Collection Limited, and Wescot Credit Services Limited;
  • COSCO, the Chinese shipping and port company, on the acquisition of a 67% stake in Piraeus Port as part of the Hellenic Republic's high profile privatisation programme in a transaction valued in excess of US$1 billion; 
  • Dong-A Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., a leading Korean pharmaceutical company, on the English law aspects of its long-term strategic collaboration partnership with Meiji Seika Pharma Co., Ltd (Meiji), a Japanese pharmaceutical company, with respect to biosimilars;
  • Haitong International Securities Group, on its recommended cash acquisition of Tokyo-listed Japaninvest Group PLC, which was effected by means of a UK Scheme of Arrangement under Part 26 of the Companies Act 2006;
  • iSmash, the UK's leading tech repair specialists, on a number of equity fundraising rounds;
  • Iwoca, a provider of working capital to small businesses, on a number of equity fundraising rounds and on a number of private bond placements;
  • Management on the US$480 million sale of Xtralis International Holdings Limited to Honeywell Inc.
  • Monaco Telecom International on the €260 million acquisition of MTN Cyprus Limited, a leading Cypriot mobile phone operator;
  • Monaco Telecom on the €250 million acquisition of Vodafone Malta from Vodafone Group;
  • NJJ Capital, on the €322 million acquisition of a controlling stake in Monaco Telecom from Cable and Wireless Communications;
  • NJJ Telecom Europe on the €3.2 billion acquisition of eir, the leading Irish telecommunications company, and the associated co-investment arrangements entered into between NJJ, Iliad SA, Anchorage Capital, and Davidson Kemper;
  • Salt Mobile SA, on the CHF 0.8 billion (€0.7 billion) sale of a 90% equity interest in the company owning Salt’s passive mobile infrastructure in Switzerland to Spanish tower operator Cellnex Telecom SA.;
  • Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., on its US$310 million acquisition of the handset connectivity and location development operations from London-listed Cambridge Silicon Radio Limited and the related subscription by Samsung for a 4.9% equity stake in CSR plc;
  • Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., on its acquisition of Nanoradio AB, a Swedish developer of ultra-low-power Wireless LAN chipsets for high-speed wireless access in mobile phones;
  • Shuanghui International Holdings Limited, the owner of China’s largest publicly-traded meat processing enterprise, in a US$7.1 billion agreement to acquire Smithfield Foods, Inc. (NYSE: SFD), the largest U.S. publicly-traded pork processor and hog producer;
  • SICP Investments SPC, on its investments into Magma Global Limited, M-Flow Technologies, Central American Resources Limited, Woodserv Energy Services, and Sendero Drilling Company LLC;
  • SilverTree Equity on its acquisition of Agility CIS, a New Zealand based provider of utility customer information and billing systems software for energy retailers;
  • Singha, on the acquisition of a 50% stake in Valensina Holding, a leading German fruit juice company;
  • SPIE SA, on its acquisitions of Electricity Network Solutions and Scotshield Limited;
  • Starwood Capital, on the acquisitions of The Town House Collection Holdings Limited, owner of the Bonham Hotel (Edinburgh) and Blythswood Square Hotel (Glasgow); and
  • Strategic Industrial Capital Partners, on the establishment of SICP Investments SPC, an investment platform established as a Cayman segregated portfolio company which provides growth capital to energy companies.




    • Admitted to practice in England and Wales
    • Trustee, Ireland Funds Great Britain

    Practice Areas

    Technology, Media and Telecommunications
    Mergers and Acquisitions
    Private Equity
    Oil and Gas




    England and Wales Solicitor


    The College of Law (The University of Law), L.P.C. 1995
    Emmanuel College, Cambridge, M.A. 1993

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