UK: Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw Advise Unilever on Billion Euro Deal
Last Updated: 11 November 2002

The London office of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw have advised Unilever on a 1 billion Euro deal with BT to manage and develop Unilever's entire global communications infrastructure.

Under the contract, Unilever will be provided with a high quality and cost effective communications network for its sites around the globe.

The contract, one of the biggest commercial contracts in UK telecoms history, will see BT deliver an array of best in class voice, data and mobile services as well as developing new technologies on behalf of Unilever. Unilever will also be able to reduce its current supplier base down to one single partner and will benefit from substantial cost savings.

Andrew Stewart of MBR&M said, "Unilever is an important long-term client of ours and this is the largest commercial deal we have advised them on to date. We were very pleased to be able to advise them on such a landmark transaction and to successfully complete within tight time constraints."

Unilever was represented by James Berkeley, in house counsel. Corporate partner Andrew Stewart led the Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw team and was assisted by David Morrison (Corporate), Julian Roskill (Employment), Kiran Desai (Competition) and Richard Evans (Pensions).

BT was advised by BT Ignite’s legal and regulatory team led by David Eveleigh and Nicholas Butler and by Linklaters' IT & Communications team, led by Graeme Maguire and including Marly Didizian and Alison Deighton.

About Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw

  • Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw is one of the 10 largest law firms in the world with 13 offices worldwide, including representations in the world's major financial centres; London, Paris, Frankfurt and New York. Our London office consists of over 90 partners, 300 lawyers and a total staff of nearly 600. We deliver multi-jurisdictional advice to the world's leading companies, financial institutions and multinational businesses.
  • Internationally, the Corporate & Securities Group comprises of nearly 100 partners and 250 lawyers. The London Corporate Team is also one of the largest in the City, with 30 partners, over 140 lawyers and specialises in all aspects of corporate and commercial law: mergers & acquisitions; securities and capital markets including restructuring transactions and securities offerings in domestic, cross border and offshore markets.

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