Gee

Tim Gee

Partner
Baker & McKenzie LLP

Biography

Tim Gee is based in London. He served as the Firm's Global Head of M&A for 12 years, having previously served as the EMEA Head of M&A. During his tenure, the Firm became the world's leading firm for cross-border M&A (#1 by number of cross-border deals over the last five years and #1 by number of emerging market deals every year since 2003: Thomson Reuters).

His client focus is on the consumer sector, which he heads in London, and the industrial sector.

In addition to his client relationship responsibilities, he also served on the Firm's financial committee. He is actively involved in the Firm's pro bono and diversity programmes, and also sits on the Oxford University Law Development Council.

Following on from his time working in Hong Kong, he maintains a strong interest in trade and investment between China and the UK through the China - Britain Business Council, the Hong Kong Association and Asia House, and is a member of the steering group for the Firm's China outbound initiative.

Practice Focus

Tim advises on M&A and broader corporate strategy, particularly in the consumer and industrial sectors, with a focus on businesses operating in complex, global environments.

Representative Legal Matters

Consumer

  • Unilever on (a) acquisitions in the build out of its Prestige division, as part of its drive up the value chain and into e-commerce distribution channels; (b) brand disposals, as part of the successful management of its portfolio to concentrate on fewer, bigger brands; and (c) on entry into complex new markets, such as its recent investment into Myanmar.

  • LVMH on its takeover of the Belmond Group for an EV of USD 3.2 billion, strengthening LVMH’s position in the luxury hospitality sector.

  • Oriflame Cosmetics on its listing in London, a private placement to fund the development of its new markets business, the reverse takeover of the company and subsequent sell down of an interest to private equity.

  • Carlsberg on its overseas investment strategy, including the USD 1.2 billion takeover offer for Baltika in Russia and its on-going investment in Habeco in Vietnam.

  • BAT on the expansion of its business into new markets, including Russia, Poland, Hungary and, most recently, in Bulgaria through the acquisition of Bulgartabac.

Industrials

  • LafargeHolcim on the post-merger rationalisation of its investment portfolio, including the sale of its 65% stake in LafargeHolcim Vietnam to Siam City Cement (EV CHF564m), the sale of a 54.3% controlling stake in its listed affiliate in Chile, Cemento Polpaico (EV CHF 270 million), the sale of Holcim Lanka (EV CHF 400 million), the sale of its 80.6% interest in PT Holcim Indonesia (EV CHF 1.75 billion), and the disposal of its interests in two businesses in Turkey.

  • FedEx on the strategy for the development of its European express business, through the intervention to disrupt UPS' takeover offer for TNT Express and then leading FedEx's successful follow on USD 4.8 billion takeover offer for TNT Express.

  • BP on the USD 1 billion acquisition of Solvay's 50% interest in the BP / Solvay worldwide HDPE joint ventures and the subsequent split out of USD 12 billion of assets from the wider business to form the Innovene business acquired by Ineos.

  • Rio Tinto on its joint venture with BP to form Hydrogen Energy International, formed to develop decarbonised energy projects around the world.

  • Cargill on its two largest transactions to date, its USD 2.1 billion acquisition of global animal feed business, Provemi, from Permira and its USD 1.35 billion acquisition of global fish food provider, EWOS, from Bain Capital and Altor.


Admissions

  • Hong Kong (1989)
  • England & Wales~United Kingdom (1986)

Education

  • Oxford University (Worcester College) (B.A. Hons Jurisprudence) (1983)

Languages

  • English

Previous Offices

  • Hong Kong
  • Budapest
  • Editorial Committee, PLC Magazine
  • Contributor, Company Directors: Law & Liability, Sweet & Maxwell
  • Contributor, Oxford Economics
  • Contributor, Global Transactions Forecast, Baker McKenzie
  • Contributor, Quarterly Cross-Border M&A Index, Baker McKenzie

Tim is also a regular commentator on CNBC, Bloomberg and other news services on global M&A and investment trends.