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At Eversheds LLP’s Cambridge office, corporate partner Glynne Stanfield recently advised US-based higher education company Hult International Business School on a cross-border strategic alliance, and acted for Dutch company Global University Systems on its £200m acquisition of the University of Law from Montagu Private Equity.

Claire Clarke’s team at Mills & Reeve LLP attracts praise for its ‘excellent eye for detail’. Among its ‘fast, responsive, pragmatic and professional’ lawyers, clients rate venture capital specialist Zickie Lim, who is ‘clear, articulate and customer-oriented’; charities expert Neil Burton; and ‘responsive, pragmatic and insightful’ capital markets lawyer Stephen Hamilton. Also recommended are Anthony McGurk, who advised Avro Holding shareholders on the multimillion-pound sale of Anson Packaging, and Tom Pickthorn, who focuses mainly on cross-border deals.

Taylor Vinters has ‘a vibrant early-stage corporate practice’ and provides ‘extremely impressive service as well as good value’. Adam Bradley and newly promoted partner Sian Scanlon advised Atlas Genetics on a $20m fundraising from a new Russian VC investor. Scanlon also acted for Carter Jonas on its acquisition of New Square Holdings. Growth-company specialist Charles Fletcher is ‘extremely valuable, highly commercial and focused on getting deals done’.

Birketts LLP’s team is led by corporate finance specialist Adrian Seagers and is noted for ‘the depth, breadth and practicality of its advice’. James Allen advised on a £5m equity investment, and Quentin Golder, who ‘explains all the options clearly’ to his technology sector clients, handled a multimillion-pound fund raising from US equity investors. Other highlights included acting for the selling shareholders in an MBO. Associate Nick Burt is a rising star.

Hewitsons’ ‘customer-focused’ team includes corporate partner James Lawrence and the ‘responsible, innovative and commercially awareJason Williams, who was recently promoted to partner. Lawrence and Williams advised David Ball Group on a multimillion-pound investment from Wheatsheaf Group. Bill Thatcher leads the commercial team, which grew with the recruitment of Andrew Priest from Memery Crystal LLP. Clients also recommend ‘diligent’ associate Laurence Evans.

Taylor Wessing LLP’s Cambridge office is a leading adviser to regional, national and international IP-rich technology companies and VC investors including Google, Index Ventures and Partech Ventures. Adrian Rainey advised Amadeus Capital Partners on a $5m investment in Cambridge Clean Energy. Other key figures include David Mardle and Cambridge office head Simon Walker.

At Greenwoods Solicitors LLP, the ‘courteous and intelligentDuncan Walker (who is known for combining ‘excellent commercial advice with the ability to solve strategic challenges’) advised Ufford Park Ltd on the restructuring and reorganisation of share capital and shareholder exits. Rising star Mark Williams advised Arriba Cooltech on obtaining funding from Low Carbon Innovation Fund and angel investors.

Penningtons Manches LLP’s corporate practice includes James Stephen and finance specialist Helen Drayton, and strengthened its finance skills through the recruitment of Ross McNaughton from Paul Hastings LLP, who splits his time between Cambridge and London. Stephen advised an energy sector client on a new project valued at over £20m. Other clients include Cambridge Design Partnership and Manx Tidal Energy.

Consultant Martin Woodruff now leads a three-lawyer team at Tees Law. He advised a major road haulage operator on the multimillion-pound acquisition of a container transport company, and acted for a retail grocery business on its group reorganisation to separate its trading and investment divisions.

Ashtons Legal is ‘responsive and commercial, and brings matters into a business context’. Mark Whittaker, now a consultant, advised software and actuarial consultancy Marriott Sinclair on the sale of its business and assets.

For some, Dixon Phillips is ‘one of the best niche regional players’. Oliver Phillips is ‘a good problem solver – professional, commercial and user-friendly’. He advised London-based Leman Street Holdings on three company purchases in 2015.

Woodfines LLP’s Stephen Oliver acts for a number of regional SME clients and advised a vendor on the £1.3m sale of shares to a local business. Other highlights included assisting a local medical technology business with securing investment from a German company.

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