Fergus Lawrie


Fergus advises on strategic commercial contracts, technology and non-contentious IP matters relevant to a wide range of commercial and corporate transactions.
Fergus advises clients in a variety of industries, primarily those operating and investing in technology and IP-rich sectors. He has particular experience working with operators and investors in negotiating material agreements as part of high-value and transformative digital infrastructure projects across the globe. 
Fergus regularly advises on the commercial, IP and technology aspects of M&A transactions, including those with complex separation and licensing considerations. Fergus also works with clients on standalone IP-heavy transactions and collaborations involving licensing, manufacturing and development. 


Representative matters

Three major telecommunications companies in the UK on the creation of a landmark fibre-to-the-premises rollout joint venture in the UK with a leading digital infrastructure fund.

Various telecoms and towers operators across the world on the carve-out and disposal or acquisition of mobile tower portfolios involving assets located across Europe, MENA and Latin America, often across multiple jurisdictions.

A specialised mobility investment company on the carve-out and acquisition of the engineering, design and R&D arm of an electric supercar manufacturer.

Apax Funds on the acquisition of WGSN Limited, a leading global consumer trend forecaster serving customers across multiple product design industries, from Ascential Plc.

A consumer goods company on the strategic acquisition of a modern oral nicotine product, including the negotiation of related manufacturing and supply arrangements.



Scotland, 2020 (Solicitor)


CLLB, Scots Law, University of Strathclyde, 2017 (1:1) 
DPLP, Diploma in Professional Legal Practice, University of Strathclyde, 2018 
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.