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Joel Wheeler focuses his practice on corporate and associated commercial matters, including public and private mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, corporate re-domiciliations, and corporate restructurings. Joel has advised clients on a large number of cross-border transactions, including those involving China, the United States, Chile, Saudi Arabia, India and multiple European jurisdictions.

Joel is recognised in The Legal 500 M&A: Upper Mid-Market & Premium Deals £500m+. Comments include: “Extremely knowledgeable about the practice area. A great example of an international M&A practitioner.”; “Responsive, commercial and pragmatic”; and “Technically excellent whilst also being extremely commercial and strategic.


  • Financial institutions
  • Industrials
  • Private equity
  • Commercial finance and lending
  • Commercial contracts
  • Governance and compliance



  • Acted for Westbrook Partners acting on the disposal of its XK logistics portfolio to Blackstone
  • Acted for Dream Industrial REIT on its acquisition from Clarion Partners of a €882 million portfolio of 31 logistics warehouses in six European jurisdictions
  • Acted for Ҫiftay İnsaat Tahhut Ve Ticaret A.Ş. in connection with its equity investment in Chaarat Gold Holdings Limited
  • Acted for Pantaleon on its UK re-domiciliation
  • Acted for GlobalLogic on its acquisition of the ECS Group
  • Acted for Rentokil Initial plc in connection with its Saudi Arabian joint venture
  • Acted for the sellers on the sale of Enchanting Travels, the global travel business, to Travelopia
  • Acted for Rentokil Initial plc on its Indian joint venture with Pest Control (India) Private Limited
  • Acted for Kuwait Projects Company (Holding) KSCP on various corporate finance portfolio investment matters
  • Acted for CIMC Vehicles on its acquisition of Retlan Manufacturing Limited
  • Acted for Groupe Auchan, the French supermarket group. in relation to a complex Ukrainian joint venture
  • Acted for a global restaurant business in connection with completion of the disposal of the master franchisee's Iberian business
  • Acted for a global restaurant business in connection with its UK master franchise agreement
  • Acted for Rentas International on a number of real estate-related corporate acquisitions and joint ventures
  • Acted for Meinl Bank A.G. and Meinl Capital Markets Limited on various UK-law governed transactions
  • Acted for Highbridge in relation to its equity investment in Stellium Datacenters Limited
  • Partner, Crowell & Moring LLP
  • Senior Associate, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
  • Associate, Slaughter and May
  • Trainee, Slaughter and May

Recognition & Leadership

  • Recognised, The Legal 500 United Kingdom, 2022-2024
    • Corporate and Commercial - M&A: Upper Mid-Market and Premium Deals, 2022-2023
    • M&A: Lower Mid-Market Deals, 2024
  • Team Member, PERE Global Awards, Law Firm of the Year: Fund Formation in Europe, 2018


  • Legal Practice Course (Distinction), College of Law Chester, 1995
  • Common Professional Examination (Merit), College of Law Chester, 1994
  • M.A. (Hons), Philosophy, Politics and Economics, University of Oxford, 1993
  • England and Wales