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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, debt and equity capital market offerings, and corporate restructurings. Joel has advised clients on a large number of cross-border transactions, including those involving China, the United States, India, Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine, Kurdistan and Cambodia.


  • Financial institutions
  • Industrials (including automotive)
  • Private equity
  • Commercial finance and lending
  • Commercial contracts
  • Governance and compliance



  • Acted for the sellers on the sale of Enchanting Travels, the global travel business, to Travelopia.
  • Acted for a global online retailer on its acquisition of an Indian payment processing company.
  • 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 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.
  • Acted for Geely International Corporation on its acquisition of Manganese Bronze Holdings plc (in administration).°
  • Acted for Zhejiang Geely Group Co., Ltd on its acquisition of IE LEV Ltd (Emerald Automotive).°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Wheeler prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

  • Partner, Crowell & Moring
  • Senior Associate, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
  • Associate, Slaughter and May
  • Trainee, Slaughter and May

Recognition & Leadership

  • 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