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Michael Scargill


With over 30 years’ corporate law experience, advising both UK and global clients, Michael has extensive experience of a wide range of both public and private M&A, privatization, joint venture, corporate governance and capital markets transactions, as well as large scale outsourcing and restructuring matters.


Representative matters

Liberty Global on the takeover of Cable & Wireless Communications plc at an enterprise value of $8.2 billion.

Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) on its establishment as an international financial centre in the United Arab Emirates. This deal was awarded "Corporate Team of the Year" at the Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards 2015.

Liberty Global, Inc. in connection with its US$23.3 billion acquisition of Virgin Media Inc.

Singapore Airlines in relation to the sale of its 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic to Delta Airlines.

Pro bono

Working with 30 Birds, an organization supporting the evacuation of hundreds of at-risk female students escaping Kabul, Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover.

Prepared a legal memorandum focused on accountability mechanisms for war crimes committed in Ukraine for the Public International Law and Policy Group.

Advising Afya Inc on a partnership through a merger and joint venture, or through acquisition.

Advised Pure Leapfrog on governance arrangements for an innovative UK-based natural climate initiative. Partnered with the Earth Law Center and Lawyers for Nature to craft innovative methods to advance the interests of the natural environment in corporate boardrooms.

Published Work

  • Scargill. M, (ongoing contributor) “Insider Dealing and Market Abuse”, Tolley’s Company Law, Lexis Nexis
  • Scargill. M, co-author (2019 – 2023) “Initial Public Offerings Law and Regulations”, Global Legal Insights
  • Scargill. M, Morrison. M, Withers. N, Burrows. S, (2022) “Public Mergers and Acquisitions in the United Kingdom: Overview” Thomas Reuters Practical Law
  • Scargill. M, Morrison. M, Strecker. P, Withers. N, Burrows. S, Porter. R, (2022) “Private Mergers and Acquisitions in the UK: Overview” Thomas Reuters Practical Law



Solicitor, England and Wales, 1980


B.A. and M.A., Jurisprudence, New College, Oxford University, 1974 - 1977
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.