Simon Burrows

Simon Burrows


Simon has specialist expertise focused on a wide range of private equity transactions, together with public and private mergers and acquisitions, co-investments and joint ventures.

In addition, he also has experience in restructurings, private funds and equity capital markets transactions. Simon regularly advises private equity and captive investors, hedge funds, public and private corporations and senior management teams on a range of complex cross-border transactions.

He has repeatedly been ranked in Chambers UK, Legal 500 and IFLR legal directories, which have described him as,"a great problem solver", "very practical and diligent", "strong technical expertise", "very hands-on and focused", "a fantastic lawyer", "pragmatic, detail-oriented, flexible", and "very creative and flexible in thought". Simon has been recognised as a private equity "Rising Star" by Law360 and a Super Lawyer "Rising Star".


Representative matters

Liberty Global on its redomiciliation to Bermuda.

Fairfax Financial on its acquisition of Meadow Foods.

Paramount Global on its sale of Simon & Schuster to KKR for $1.62 billion in an all-cash transaction.

CPPIB on its investment in 10x Future Technologies.

AlbaCore Capital on its investment in the Hurtigruten Group.

Liberty Global on its £1.2 billion investment into Vodafone.

Daiwa International Capital Partners on its co-investment with InfraVia Capital Partners in Blue Phoenix Group.

New Mountain Capital portfolio company Profile Products on its acquisition of the Quick Plug Group.

AlbaCore Capital on its investment in Babylon Holdings Limited.

TASC Towers on its acquisition of telco tower assets from Zain Jordan.

Liberty Global Ventures on its sale of a stake in Skillz in connection with its public debut on the NYSE.

SS&C Technologies Holdings, Inc. on its acquisition of Capita Life & Pensions Services (Ireland) Limited.

Yamma Investments, a consortium of investors led by Metric Capital, on its $200 million investment in Sanovel.

ALD Automotive on the creation of a joint venture with Ford dedicated to integrated leasing and fleet management.

Marlin Equity Partners on its acquisition of Wax Digital and merger with Medius (a Marlin portfolio company).

AlbaCore Capital on its arrangements with TDR Capital for the £1.3 billion takeover of Ei Group plc.

Liberty Global plc on its $2.5 billion Dutch auction tender offer and share buy-back.

The Carlyle Group on its arrangements with Leaders Roman Group for the provision of £176 million.

AlbaCore Capital on its arrangements with TDR Capital for the £1.9 billion takeover of BCA Marketplace plc.

Senior management on the launch of McGill & Partners by Warburg Pincus.

Dell Technologies on its investment in IOTech.

Apse Capital on its acquisition of Kallidus.

King Street Capital Management in connection with its acquisition of FC Girondins de Bordeaux.

Senior management of Eastman Kodak’s Flexographic division on its acquisition by Montagu Private Equity.

Liberty Global plc in connection with its €19 billion disposal of certain European assets to Vodafone Group plc.

GMT Communications Partners on its sale of MeetingZone.

Founders and senior management of Pillarstone on their arrangements with KKR Credit.

Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division on its investment in IrisGuard.

GMT Communications Partners on its sale of DOCUgroup.

The Rohatyn Group on the sale of its interests in Prometheon Holdings.

EFG Hermes on its investment in Frontier Investment Management.

Investcorp on its €605m disposal of Esmalglass.

Electra Private Equity plc on the sale of its interests in Retirement Bridge.

EQT on its $270 million acquisition of Innovyze.

Electra Private Equity plc on the sale of its interests in CALA Group.

Senior management of Unilabs on its acquisition by Apax Partners.

Investcorp on it £300 million sale of Tyrrells Crisps to Amplify Snack Brands, Inc.

GMT Communications Partners on its sale of AddSecure.

EFG Hermes on the $310 million sale of a 40% stake in Credit Libanais.

Bridgepoint on its acquisition of Element Materials Technology.

A consortium led by GMT Communications Partners and M/C Ventures on the sale of Melita plc.

Tyrrells on its acquisition of Yarra Valley Snack Foods.

GMT Communications Partners on its sale of Karnov Group.

Anemka Resources on its formation with backing from Warburg Pincus.

GMT Communications Partners on its sale of Seagull Group.

CPPIB on its proposed £1.1 billion investment on the merger of O2 and Three alongside Hutchison Whampoa.

Vitruvian Partners on its acquisition of CRF Health.

Senior management of Quilter Cheviot on its £585 million sale to Old Mutual plc.

Multicom Security and Safetel on their merger.

Senior management of Get AS on its $2.2 billion sale.

Bridgepoint on its £212 million acquisition of Moneycorp.

Consortium of shareholders on the €98.5 million refinancing and associated reorganisation of the Melita Group.

Vitruvian Partners on its £80 million acquisition of JacTravel.

Electra Private Equity on its cornerstone investment in the €498 million acquisition of Innovia Group.

Hg Capital’s Mercury Fund on its acquisition of Relay Software.

Arle Capital Partners on its sale of Qioptiq.

Morgan Stanley Global Private Equity on its sale of Zenith.

Senior management of Mergermarket on its £382 million acquisition by BC Partners.

Electra Private Equity on its acquisition of Hotter Shoes.

Investcorp on its acquisition of Tyrrells Crisps.

Published Work

  • Burrows. S, Morrison. M, Withers. N (2023) “Public M&A: Trends and Highlights 2022”, Thomson Reuters Practical Law
  • Burrows. S, Morrison. M, Strecker. P, Withers. N, Porter. R, Scargill. M (2022) “Private Mergers and Acquisitions in the UK: Overview” Thomas Reuters Practical Law
Simon is a fantastic lawyer and provides a high quality of service, with great levels of responsiveness.
Chambers and Partners UK, 2023
Simon Burrows just gets the job done without fuss.
Chambers and Partners UK, 2023


  • Ranked Band 4 for Private Equity for Chambers and Partners UK, 2024 
  • Ranked for 9 years for Chambers and Partners, 2016 – 2024 
  • Ranked as a Rising Star partner by IFLR 1000, 2024
  • Recommended by Legal 500 UK, 2022



England & Wales, 2006


BA, MA, (Law – 1st Class Honours), University of Cambridge, 2003
Scholar of St John’s College, Cambridge
Whytehead Scholar
McMahon Law Prize 


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.