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Lester Aldridge LLP is known for acting for SMEs in the software, healthcare, manufacturing and exporting sectors, and its corporate department is experienced in advising UK businesses on their international expansion efforts. In one particularly high-value example of the team’s cross-border capabilities, practice head Grant Esterhuizen acted for a group of shareholders on the £20m sale of the entire issued share capital of C4L Group Holdings to a Slovakian buyer. Similarly, Esterhuizen assisted Herb UK with the acquisition of the business and assets of Australia-based Goroncy PTY, which involved the establishment of an Australian subsidiary company. Alex Bilionis, who focuses on private equity matters and work for technology clients, is assisting the shareholders of a UK tech company with the sale of its issued share capital to an overseas buyer. Healthcare specialist Susan Cowan advised on investment and corporate agreements for a property and healthcare investor group. Edward Adamson is also recommended.

The corporate group at Steele Raymond LLP specialises in acting for regional corporate clients, with a particular emphasis on exit strategies. Financial services and manufacturing have traditionally been areas of focus for the department, while tech-related mandates have increased. Department head Tim Stone advised The Classic Printed Bag Company Group on its acquisition by Bunzl, which involved the extraction of a Hong Kong subsidiary of the firm’s client, which the team had helped establish years earlier, but was not desired by Bunzl. Craig Hardman has acted for property holding groups and property developers in matters regarding JV shareholder agreements and organising share and trust structures, while Paul Longland has experience of partnership and LLP law, and outsourcing and insourcing agreements.

Laceys Solicitors incorporating HLF’s sector expertise covers the healthcare, leisure and tech sectors. Following the merger with HLF at the end of 2015, the firm has continued to expand and recruit; in 2016 Jeremy Channon joined from MJP Law. Sam Freeman leads the practice and acts for clients in the care home and energy sectors on business and asset transactions. Natasha Duffy-Jones is experienced in financial services related corporate transactions and banking matters. On the commercial side, Edwina Young acted for a UK security company on a cross-border licensing arrangement as part of the client’s expansion into France. The firm has also handled a number of new instructions from clients in the technology and media, care home and leisure and hospitality sectors. David Steele retired in 2016.

Wilsons handles a variety of corporate and commercial matters and is led by the well-regarded Stephen Whitmore. Whitmore specialises in acquisitions and disposals of limited businesses and also has experience of trade mark registrations and other IP issues. James Johnson focuses on commercial aspects of M&A, partnership arrangements, PE transactions and investment and fundraising matters. Tax expert Jonathan Stephens has extensive experience of tax structures and advises clients on their commercial strategies.

Ellis Jones Solicitors LLP has a ‘five-star service’ that compares very well to other local solicitors. Known for its ‘plain-speaking’ advice to regional corporate clients, the team is also adept at handling matters with international elements. ‘Highly personable’ department head Neil Cook has been increasingly involved in the care home sector and acted for Luxurycare Group on its £10.5m purchase of the Bird Hill Nursing Home. He also acted for Tic Toc Partnership, alongside the property and employment teams, on the £1.8m sale of a children’s nursery in Twickenham. Hugh Craig advised a shareholder on the high-profile sale of three companies with operations in Dorset. Gustav Patrick has been deeply involved in the tech sector and acted for a business owner in relation to a joint venture for the development of a technology-based programme in the utilities space.

Frettens LLP’s ‘professional and timely’ corporate team ‘demonstrates appropriate levels of technical knowledge’ related to M&A and share transactions, group reorganisations and general commercial advice. Matthew Fretten, whose ‘technical skill complements his practical advice’, heads the corporate and commercial department, which acts mainly for regional owner-managed businesses in the tech, insurance, care home, sports and manufacturing and engineering sectors. The team also acts for property holding companies and marketing groups on an ongoing basis in relation to strategic commercial agreements and M&A. Fretten’s highlights included acting on the sale of a care home division of a UK corporate, valued at tens-of-millions of pounds. Associates Karen Edwards and Sarah Sillar are also recommended.

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