Alex Tilley


Alex advises on a wide variety of corporate transactions including public takeovers, private acquisitions, private equity, joint ventures, bid defence, equity capital markets transactions, and restructurings and advises a number of listed companies on general corporate and governance matters. 
Alex was listed as a "Rising Star" in the 2019 Legal 500 rankings, which reported that Alex offers "pragmatic and practical advice, with excellent attention to detail and excellent leadership of transactions". In the 2021 and 2022 Legal 500 rankings, Alex was recognised as a "Next Generation Partner".
Chambers Review, provided by Chambers UK, Corporate/M&A: £800 million and above-London (firms):
Up and Coming: 'Alex Tilley is a promising young partner who has experience of handling a broad range of corporate transactions and equity capital markets transactions.  He has been particularly active advising clients in retail and telecommunications sectors'
Strengths: 'Alex is consistently outstanding.  He is highly commercial and he has a strong focus on problem solving and achieving results'
'Alex really gets into the details, but he is also able to be quite sensible on documentation.  He is pragmatic and realistic'


Representative matters

Brookfield on its USD5bn acquisition of the Modulaire Group from funds managed by TDR Capital.
Cobham on its GBP4bn recommended takeover by Advent International.
A multinational telecommunications company on its GBP31.4bn joint venture with Telefónica to merge Virgin Media and O2’s fixed, broadband and mobile businesses in the UK.
21st Century Fox on the GBP30bn contested takeover of Sky.
Ledmore Capital on its sale of Thunderhead to Medallia (a Thoma Bravo portfolio company). 

Atlas Edge Data Centres on the equity investment by Digital Realty. 

Brookfield Business Partners on its USD5bn acquisition of Modulaire Group from funds managed by TDR Capital. 

The Sage Group plc on the sales of its Asia business to The Access Group, Sage Poland to Mid Europe Partners and Sage Pay to Elavon. 

A multinational telecommunications company on the GBP31bn deal with Telefónica SA to merge Virgin Media and O2 and on its joint venture with Digital Colony Partners to form the AtlasEdge data centre business. 

Cobham plc on its GBP4bn recommended cash offer by Advent International and on its GBP500m rights issue in 2017. 

21st Century Fox on its contested offer for Sky plc. 

Marks and Spencer Group plc on its 50/50 joint venture with Ocado Group plc. 

BRF SA on the sale of its Thai and European poultry business to Tyson Foods. 

DS Smith plc on its Class 1 acquisition of Interstate Resources and related cash placing, its acquisition of certain paper assets in Romania and its acquisition of the pan-European Duropack.
Next Generation Partners
Legal 500 UK 2021 (M&A Upper Mid-Market and Premium Deals)
Rising Star…pragmatic and practical advice, with excellent attention to detail and excellent leadership of transactions
Legal 500, 2019



Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 2011


BA Hons, History, University of Durham, 2006
A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.