Edward Persse



Edward’s practice covers UK and international acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures. He has a diverse client base and is the lead engagement partner for major corporates, as well as private equity funds and high net worth investors and entrepreneurs, a number of whom are household names.

Edward is also a lead driver of the firm’s in-house counsel initiative, having worked in-house at Cendant Inc, Lear Corporation and BP PLC, where he led the in-house team to create Europe’s largest polystyrene business.

Recent highlights:

  • Working on the disposal of Toni & Guy’s retail hair products business to Unilever.
  • The disposal by Redevco of its Turkish business to Blackstone for €200m.
  • An aborted US $100m investment into a Luxembourg corporate gas joint venture.
  • Advising on the bringing of an Asian airline to the UK and, separately, advising a north African state airline on general English law matters.
  • Five corporate transactions for Jones Lang LaSalle.
  • A number of buy and sell side and investment mandates for owner managed businesses in the automotive, aviation, corporate real estate, financial services, marketing, professional services, software and sports sectors.

Market view:

"On behalf of the entire crew, I would like to thank you very much for you outstanding and professional support in this transaction. I personally appreciated your drive, your engagement and your negotiation skills in very difficult and sometimes delicate situations." - Head of Group Services, global manufacturer and supplier.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 24/02/2016
    Irwin Mitchell And Winmark Partner For NextGen

    “It’s a pleasure to see an idea come to the market with so much interest. Thanks to the strong support from clients, Winmark, the advisory panel and the wider market, we anticipate 75 attendees. NextGen is aimed squarely at in-house counsel transitioning from managerial to leadership roles. NextGen forms part of our programme to promote and facilitate career development for in-house counsel and is complementary to our now 10 year sponsorship of lbcambridge (for those new to in-house) and our well established quarterly GC lunch series, also in collaboration with Winmark. I am proud that NextGen’s first event will be facilitated by Tom Kilroy, who is in the rare position, at least for the UK market, of having led a business”.

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  • 10/08/2015
    Irwin Mitchell Advises JLL On Acquisition of Bluu

    We have advised JLL on 10 completed transactions to date and we are proud to have represented them again. The merger with Bluu will facilitate significant growth for JLL’s existing Tétris division. As a national corporate team, we continue to see significant mid-market M&A activity in the real estate sector.

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  • 02/10/2014
    Irwin Mitchell Advises JLL On Merger With W. A. Ellis

    We are delighted to have represented JLL again, which showcases our strength in advising on domestic corporate transactions, particularly in the real estate sector. This is a significant transaction for JLL’s residential business and we wish each party every success with the merger.”

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