Barri Mendelsohn

Barri Mendelsohn

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Barri is a Corporate and Securities Partner and is based in the London office. He is an expert in domestic and cross-border M&A, joint ventures and private equity transactions. Barri also regularly advises on international fund structures and general corporate governance and advisory experience.

Barri works with a broad range of clients including corporates, banks and financial institutions, high net worth individuals, private equity and other investment houses, real estate groups and funds on both buy-side and sell-side transactions and joint ventures. He also advises Chinese clients on their investments in the UK, Europe and Africa.

Barri works on high value cross-border transactions and has an excellent understanding of key issues arising in certain jurisdictions, particularly across Africa where he has advised on transactions in over 30 jurisdictions.

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UK and Europe

  • Luye Pharma Group, the Hong Kong listed Chinese pharmaceutical group, on its US$546 million asset purchase and licencing agreement with AstraZeneca
  • The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (Comac) on its joint venture in China with Boeing
  • A consortium comprising NetEase, GIC, China-Africa Development Fund and others on its Series B financing of global telecommunications group Shenzhen Transsion Holdings giving the group a valuation of over US$3 billion 
  • Weifu High Technology on its US$30 million Series E investment into electric car technology firm Protean Holdings
  • The British Land Company PLC on its £472 million corporate disposal of Ropemaker Place, London to a Chinese sovereign wealth fund.
  • Actavis Inc the US listed pharmaceutical group on its disposal of a portfolio of products in Europe to Mithra Pharmaceuticals.


  • Leading Nigerian private equity group African Capital Alliance on its proposed auction sale of a majority interest in a Nigerian financial services business.
  • Coronation Capital on its fund establishment and acquisition of seed assets comprising private and listed interests in Nigerian companies.
  • African Development Corporation on its acquisition of a significant minority and co-investment alongside a major private equity firm into Union Bank of Nigeria, involving in aggregate USD 500 million of Tier I equity and up to USD 250 million of Tier II securities representing the largest private equity transaction of the year in Africa.
  • Abraaj Capital on its acquisition of Themis Energy and on the establishment of a power project development joint venture focussing on global growth and developing markets.
  • Helios Investment Partners on its successful ZAR1.1 billion (Euro 140 million) auction bid and acquisition of INM Outdoors Limited, the billboard and advertising business of the Independent News and Media group operating in 13 jurisdictions in Africa.

Professional Memberships

  • Law Society of England & Wales.


Legal insights

Acquiring a company could mean taking on its digital operations and its past present and future data security issues. This means in many cases that an effective cybersecurity due diligence is...

18 September 2018

Whose business is national security anyway?

19 July 2018

Foreign direct investment (FDI) in Africa has reached the highest level in a decade and is set to reach an estimated USD$80b this year.

14 October 2014

Jonathan Blake and Barri Mendelsohn look at spin-outs and secondary portfolio transactions following the establishment of Rockwood Private Equity.

23 July 2014

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