Samuel J. Pearse


  • Samuel J. Pearse
  • Phone: +44 20 7786 2113
    Fax: +44 20 7785 9280

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  • Duane Morris
    Citypoint, 16th Floor
    One Ropemaker Street
    London, UK EC2Y 9AW

Samuel J. Pearse advises clients in the UK and internationally on a wide range of complex corporate and securities transactions. His practice includes private and public mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, joint ventures, investment funds, private equity and finance. Mr. Pearse advises on cross-border investments, acquisitions, disposals, restructurings, accessing capital markets and corporate issues. He works with Fortune 50 companies, venture capitalists and startups in the financial services, technology, energy, aerospace and defense sectors. In the investment funds arena, Mr. Pearse counsels European and U.S. fund managers on fund formation, strategy execution, co-investments and regulatory issues, and helps U.S. fund managers enter European markets.

Mr. Pearse holds an LL.B. (Hons) from the University of Manchester and completed the Legal Practice Course at Nottingham Law School.

Areas of Practice

  • Corporate Law

  • Securities Law

  • Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Investment Funds and Investment Management
  • Capital Markets

  • Private Equity

  • Finance


  • England and Wales


  • Nottingham Law School, Legal Practice Course, 2001
  • University of Manchester, LL.B. (Hons), 2000


  • Duane Morris
    - Partner, 2019-present
  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
    - Senior Associate/Partner, 2010-2019
  • Macfarlanes
    - Associate, 2007-2010
  • Olswang
    - Trainee/Associate, 2001-2007

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in The Legal 500 UK in Mergers & Acquisitions, 2019; Fintech, 2018; Hedge Funds, 2017-2018; IT & Telecoms, 2017

  • Listed in International Financial Law Review for Investment Funds, 2018-2019

Selected Publications

  • Author, "Cryptocurrency Remains Cryptic," Financial Advisory, 26 September 2019
  • Author, "Cryptocurrency Is 10 Years Old, But Has It Really Grown Up?" Minutehack, 12 June 2019

  • Author, "Is the Hegemony of the Banks under Threat?" Retail Banker International, 15 March 2019

  • Author, "Disruptive Technologies Are Challenging the Traditional Financial Order – but To What Extent?" World Finance, 22 February 2018

  • Author, "The Bank of Amazon," Global Banking & Finance Review, 17 February 2018

  • Author, "Playing Fair," Asset Servicing Times, 2 October 2018

  • Quoted, "Art of M&A in Age of Disruption," Capacity Magazine, 18 August 2018

  • Author, "Is It Still Playtime in the Sandbox?" FinTech Weekly, 15 August 2018

  • Author, "Blockchain: The Music Industry’s Savior or False Prophet?" Music Ally, 10 July 2018

  • Quoted, "Managing Cyber and Technology Risks in M&A," Financier Worldwide, 24 May 2017

  • Author, "Brexit: One Year On," Financier Worldwide, 17 May 2017

  • Co-author, "Promoting UK Fintech," Financier Worldwide, 21 April 2017

  • Author, "Cyber Security and M&A," Financier Worldwide, 21 March 2017

  • Author, "FCA: Experimenting in the Sandbox," Banking Technology, 14 February 2017

  • Author, "What Does 2017 Hold for Fintech?" Financier Worldwide, 30 January 2017

  • Quoted, "Innovation via the Regulatory Sandbox," Financier Worldwide, 30 January 2017

  • Author, "Brexit and M&A," Acquisition Finance Magazine, July 21, 2016

  • Author, "What Could Brexit Mean for M&A?" Acquisition Daily, July 15, 2016

  • Quoted, "Rapidly Increasing Activism Scrutinized by Investors," Global Investor, June 17, 2015

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Moderator, "Managing Digital Assets: Assessing the Operational Hazards Associated With Crypto Funds," HFM West Coast Operational Leaders Summit, San Francisco, 8 November 2018

  • Panelist, "MiFID II and Reverse Solicitation," 35th IBA International Financial Law Conference, Amsterdam, 1 June 2018