I have a particular interest in equity capital markets and public M&A work across a variety of sectors. With an increasing global focus on FinTech and digital M&A, my work focuses beyond straightforward consolidation or bolt-on acquisitions. As traditional industries are opened up by digital disruption, there has been an increase in the blurring of industry boundaries and we are at the heart of this exciting growing opportunity for businesses. I recently advised Earthport plc, a UK-based FinTech company, as the target of a competing public takeover bid. This transaction was particularly notable due to the competing element and the possibility of a rare code auction. In 2018 I was seconded to the investment banking arm of Liberum Capital, giving me the opportunity to really understand what additional value external lawyers can provide on a transaction. This experience was significantly different from my experience at a FTSE100 retailer where I qualified. However, in both instances, it is clear that business expect lawyers to provide more than just legal advice. Lawyers are increasingly asked to provide, not only commercially sound advice, but strategic input. Since joining Bird & Bird, I visit Tokyo regularly with the firm's Japan Working Group to present on topics ranging from digital M&A to Brexit to help our Japanese clients better understand the UK market and key movements that they should be aware of (eg the impact of Brexit on corporate transactions in the UK).