Group Legal Director,
Nilema Bhakta-Jones joined what was then Emap plc in 2007, advising the company on the £2.2-bn sale of consumer and radio divisions; delisting of the plc and subsequent acquisition by Apax and GMG; and reorganization and international expansion. As Group Legal Director of Ascential, Nilema leads a team of talented lawyers advising on international and domestic M&As, JV partnerships, strategic and contractual, commercial, litigation and IPR issues. In February 2016, Ascential re-listed on the London Stock Exchange as Ascential plc, a B2B media company with 15 international hubs selling into 150 countries. Nilema was called to the Bar in 1994, worked for the Government Legal Service and Simmons & Simmons for 6 years. She is the Chair of Winmark’s Chief Legal Officers Network.