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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP fields a number of corporate finance experts including Richard Norton and Adrian Mayer, who have particular expertise in Middle East and Africa-related matters, respectively. Clients of the practice include SuperGroup, BMI Regional and Capeview Capital.

Harrison Clark Rickerbysfirst-class’ team is ‘highly responsive and always prepared to go the extra mile’. Private equity specialist Richard Wilkey heads the three-partner team, which includes the highly regarded Nick Wagstaffe and Richard Knight. Its expertise spans the full range of corporate and private equity transactions, including share disposals and management buyouts.

BPE Solicitors LLP acts for a number of AIM and LSE-listed companies including React Group, APC Technology Group and SBC Renewables. Anthony Rudge and Iain Garfield head the corporate and commercial teams, respectively. The ‘knowledgeable and down-to-earth’ Tim Ward assisted longstanding client Mears Group with its acquisition of the homecare division of Care UK.

Clark Holt is noted for its ‘good knowledge of the client’s industry’. The team, which includes corporate finance specialist Richard Clark and commercial practitioner Jeremy Holt, advises on a wide range of matters including data protection and IP rights.

Clients of Royds Withy King praise its ‘effective, one-team approach’, ‘understanding of client’s requirements and objectives’, and ‘tailored solutions’. David Cavaliero leads the team, which acts for owner-managed businesses, and public and private equity owned companies. It is particularly strong in handling transactions between £2m and £15m.

At Thrings LLP, the well-regarded John Davies assisted the shareholders of Mainline Employment with the sale of the company to First Holdings. Jonathan Payne and Bath-based Alex Pyatt are also recommended.

At Willans LLP, Theresa Grech and Paul Symes-Thompson are ‘very knowledgeable on corporate matters and display first-class commercial awareness’. Recent highlights include assisting on a capital reduction transaction as part of a demerger.

Lodders Solicitors LLP’s team saw the arrival of Steve Thomas from Maitland Walker LLP in June 2015; his track record includes assisting clients with share capital acquisitions and setting up new businesses.

Stone King LLP acts for a number of charity and education clients, as well as local businesses. Highlights included advising the Institute of Financial Planning on the transfer of its business to the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investments. Caroline Leviss is the key contact.

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