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Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby

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  1. Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby
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Browne Jacobson LLP’s team continues to act for private equity firms on a wide range of corporate transactions; a recent highlight saw Gavin Cummings advise Lloyds Development Capital on the acquisition of a minority stake in Aspin Group. The practice also acted for Belvoir Lettings on its £6.2m acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Newton Fallowell. Richard Cox and Richard Medd are also recommended.

At Freeths, national corporate head Karl Jansen advised Travis Perkins on its investment in Staircraft and LNT Group on the sale of 24 care homes to Anchor, a provider of housing and care to the elderly. John Heaphy is also recommended.

Debra Martin and Michelle Craven-Faulkner head Geldards LLP’s ‘first-class’ practice, which attracts praise for its ‘stunning advice’. In a recent highlight the team advised on the sale of a large care home group to a national operator. Andrew Borkowski and David Tilly are recommended. *Ian Thomson joined Spearing Waite LLP in May 2016.

Shoosmiths LLP provides ‘high-quality and cutting-edge advice’ to private and public companies, both national and international. It recently handled Thorntons’ £112m takeover by Ferrero. Crispin Bridges Webb and Andrew Pickin are recommended.

At Eversheds LLP, Jon Cox-Brown advised Capita on its £412m public takeover offer for Xchanging. The practice is particularly noted for its energy sector expertise, where it acts for clients such as British Gas and Alkane Energy. Midlands corporate head Keri Rees and Stephen Hill are also recommended.

Standout matters for Flint Bishop LLP’s corporate practice included advising Trad Hire and Sales and Generation Holdings on the acquisition of Dessa Limited. On the commercial front, Claire Tonks recently assisted the Federation of Derbyshire Special Schools – the first of its kind in the Derbyshire area – with the collaboration agreement between the nine schools participating in the federation. Also recommended are Ran Oren and the ‘very client-focusedDavid Miller, who head the corporate and commercial practices, respectively.

At Gateley Plc, department head Mark Rutherford (who is noted for his strength in M&A, management buyouts, and company disposals) advised the shareholders of CDA Group, a Nottingham-based supplier of kitchen appliances, on its sale to Polish company Amica Wronki. Other key clients include Benchmark Holdings, Savoury & Sweet and Bridgeway Consulting.

Nelsons Solicitors Limited acts for a range of SME and multinational clients. In a recent highlight, practice head Duncan Taylor and Michael Lodge advised private healthcare provider Prime Life on its acquisition of Barons Park Nursing Home Limited. David Kaplan is also recommended.

At Shakespeare Martineau LLP, Roger Harcourt, who is noted for his track record in healthcare-related transactions, acted for Foresight Group on its investment into a peaking power platform. Other clients include Becketts Foods, Shield Engineering and Vision Express. Duncan James is also recommended. Patrick Billyeald left to join gunnercooke LLP.

Recent highlights for Actons include advising a client on a long-term endorsement agreement and assisting a German parent company with the share capital restructuring of an English subsidiary. Simon Dakin and Peter Flowerday are the key contacts.

Fraser Brown assisted Mortgage Advice Bureau Limited on its investment in SORT Limited. Key figures include the ‘practical and excellent’ Gavin White and Tom Gray. Andrew Pilkington joined Knights Professional Services Limited in August 2015.

Fraser Cunningham is the key contact at Smith Partnership, which is noted for its work for clients including Derby County Football Club and Champions PLC. Fiona Boxwell joined George Green LLP in 2015.


Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the East Midlands

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  1. Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the East Midlands
  2. Leading individuals

Gateley Plc’s team provides ‘very knowledgeable and fair’ advice to a client base that includes large-scale corporates and financial institutions, in addition to SMEs. Recent highlights include advising several shareholders on the management buyout of Stressline Holdings and acting for the sellers on the management buyout of UK Gas Services. Gareth John and Rachel Bennett are the key contacts. Keith Gilbert joined Freeths.

Hewitsons is highly regarded for its expertise in the packaging, agricultural and motor industries. In a highlight matter the firm advised Northampton-based motor dealer Perrys on its acquisition of GK Group, which includes six sites and over 400 employees. Kevin Fletcher, David Browne and Richard Ingram are recommended.

Spearing Waite LLP covers a wide range of corporate matters, including M&A, venture capital transactions and private equity fundraising and investments, as well as complex reorganisations. The practice recently assisted the group manager of the Engineering Technology Group on a secondary management buyout. Martin Smith heads the ‘responsive’ team, which includes public company expert Oliver Brookshaw.

Headed by Ed Nurse, BHW Solicitors’ ‘impressive and strong’ team is noted for its aerospace industry expertise. In 2015, it advised the shareholders of Power Towers Limited on its disposal of Oshkosh Corporation.

Transactional highlights for Howes Percival LLP included advised BPW Limited on its acquisitions of FP&S Parts and Service and EMS Limited. Gerald Couldrake heads the team.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s ‘commercially astute’ team has wide-ranging corporate expertise spanning M&A, investments, MBOs, and employee buyout and ownership mandates. Highlights included advising Shield Engineering on the acquisition of Alumasc Precision Castings. Gary Davie and Roy Botterill are recommended.

Jason Hathaway heads Edward Hands & Lewis’ practice, which routinely acts on corporate transactions and commercial matters.

At Nelsons Solicitors Limited, Lisa Botterill recently acted for Johannesburg-based client Matco on a cross-border acquisition. Associate Ziaur Rahman is also recommended.

Roythornes Solicitors’ corporate and commercial practice leverages the firm’s strength in the agricultural and food sectors, enabling it to handle a wide spectrum of corporate and commercial matters. Recent highlights include the reorganisations of large estates and farming groups. The ‘excellentPeter Bennett and Martin Jinks are recommended.

Wilkin Chapman LLP is particularly noted for its strength in the renewable energy sector, especially in connection with anaerobic digestion plant projects. Russell Eke and Ian Sherburn are the key figures. Stephen Savage left the firm, although he remains active on a consultancy basis, and Richard Frogson joined in January 2015.

At Wilson Browne Solicitors, the ‘very practical’ Andrew Kerr (who joined the firm in 2014 from Shakespeare Martineau LLP) advised the sole shareholder of Tomkins Services (Northampton) Limited on the sale of the business.


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