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.

  • EDPR on the disposal of its 51% interest in an €1.6 billion EV operating onshore wind portfolio with 997 MW of installed capacity for €800 million. 

  • Capital Dynamics, the leading European private equity firm, on the structuring of a UK investment vehicle and co-investments into various companies in Europe.

  • Japan Airlines on a proposed investment in a UK company and joint venture with a technology airline passenger booking platform business.

  • KKR on the US$400 million acquisition of a 20% minority stake in healthcare provider GenesisCare operating in UK and Spain. 

  • China Travel Services (CTS) in relation to its portfolio of over 50 Kew Green hotels in the UK.

  • The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (Comac) on its joint venture in China with Boeing Corporation.

  • 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.


  • African Capital Alliance, the leading Nigerian private equity firm on its sale of Wakanow, the leading online travel firm, to Carlyle private equity.

  • 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. 

  • 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

With little fanfare, on 29 April 2021, the National Security and Investment Act (the “NSI Act”) was granted Royal Assent following the approval of the National Security and Investment Bill 2020

24 May 2021

The UK economy remains open for business and overseas investment although since November 2020 there are new controls on FDI will need to be navigated as updated in March 2021 as below. By way of...

24 May 2021

The principle of reflective loss found itself in front of the UK courts during the summer of 2020 in Sevilleja v Marex Financial Ltd [2020]

08 December 2020

On 30 July 2020, the Privy Council confirmed in Ciban Management Corporation v Citco (BVI) Ltd & Anor (British Virgin Islands) [2020]

08 December 2020

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