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Steve Berry leads Acuity Legal Limited’s team, which is noted for its ‘prompt and value-for-money service’ to clients from a range of sectors including healthcare, renewables, technology and education. Berry and Christian Farrow have recently handled a number of mandates for Capita plc, including its acquisition of Isys Group and the £30m purchase of GL Hearn. The ‘giftedPaul Lowe, Beverley Jones and commercial contracts specialist Rachelle Sellek are also recommended.

Led by the ‘excellent and experiencedRobert Cherry, Blake Morgan LLP has a ‘strong presence in the corporate and commercial market’ and provides ‘timely’ advice across a range of matters including work for management teams on leveraged buyouts, AIM listings and mid-market M&A transactions. Cherry has advised PHS Group on numerous disposals including the sale of its chemical waste subsidiary to Biffa. James Williams provides ‘insightful advice’ and is also recommended.

Capital Law LLP’s six-partner team provides ‘innovative and practical advice’ across a broad spectrum of transactional and commercial work. The team continues to pick up numerous management advisory roles, including Alys Carlton’s representation of the management team of Defaqto Group in a deal backed by Synova Capital. Other recommended partners include Duncan Macintosh, who heads the practice, the ‘calm and commercialTom Kelleher, and the ‘pragmatic and communicativeChris Inson, who handles commercial work for The Royal Mint.

Benefiting from three partners in Cardiff and also able to tap into the expertise of lawyers throughout the UK and internationally, the ‘technically soundEversheds LLP stands out for its ability to handle big-ticket strategic deals, predominantly outside of Wales. ‘Excellent’ team head Paul Pugh is recognised for his work in the third sector and recently advised Places for People on the acquisition of ZeroC from management and private equity shareholders. Iwan Walters regularly handles renewables-related transactional work and represented RDC Partners and Tirgwynt on the £40m sale of an onshore wind farm project of twelve 2MW turbines in Powys.

Led on the corporate and commercial front by Andrew Morris and Ceri Delemore, respectively, Geldards LLP has excellent traction within the public and private sectors. Geraint Tilsley handles a significant amount of venture capital investment work and, in addition to regularly handling work for Finance Wales, recently acted for Business Growth Fund on its £10m investment in BVG Airflo Group. ‘Professional and very skilled’ senior associate Owen Evans focuses on commercial work and has handled a range of mandates for new client Admiral Group.

Headed by the ‘excellent and practicalGerallt Jones, Hugh James’ six-partner team has significant traction both locally as well as outside of Wales; in a London-related highlight, the firm advised the founders and shareholders of Broker Profile on its sale to AIM-listed Porta Communications. Greg Williams is well regarded for his transactional work within the healthcare sector. Erica Westerman is also recommended.

Greenaway Scott provides a ‘strong service’ across a range of corporate and commercial matters. The firm is particularly noted for work at the nexus of corporate and intellectual property and is therefore a ‘solid choice’ for venture capital work in the region. Nigel Greenaway is recommended.

At JCP Solicitors, Michael Williams often handles energy-related transactions and is acting for Energybuild Group on the restructuring of its US and Canadian parent companies. The team is also strong in the healthcare sector and is regularly engaged in the sale and purchase of dental practices. Betsan Powell is also recommended.

MLM Cartwright has a focus on the SME market and handles a range of corporate and commercial work including restructurings, M&A, shareholder agreements and partnership agreements. Aled Walters, Mike Baggott and Jon Fernandez Lewis are the principal contacts.

Morgan LaRoche Limited has an excellent reputation in south west Wales and regularly handles transactions in the healthcare and the environmental waste sectors. Christopher Evans has handled numerous deals in the waste sector and is advising Brain Associates on the MBO of an industrial waste and recycling business in Cornwall. Team head William Barletta is also recommended.

Led by Paul James, Red Kite Law LLP handles commercial and transactional work for SMEs and owner-managed businesses in west Wales and Pembrokeshire.

At Berry Smith, Emma Borrington advised longstanding client Biological Preparations on its merger with Cleveland Biotech. As well as his expertise within the healthcare and life sciences sectors, team head Andrew Bound provides advice to other professional firms on their structures and collaborations.

At Darwin Gray LLP, Stephen Thompson is noted for his franchising expertise, and is also regularly engaged in acquiring businesses in an insolvency context. Donald Gray is also recommended.

At Douglas-Jones Mercer, ‘diligent’ team head Sheraz Akram provides ‘prudent and balanced advice’ and recently acted for Plas Newydd Care on its acquisition of Brynhyfryd Care Home.

At Dolmans, associate Jennifer Cottle handles a range of corporate and commercial matters including advising on the establishment of joint ventures and commercial contract reviewing and drafting.

Harding Evans LLP advised a large care home provider in connection with its disposal strategy. Team head Mike Jenkins is the main contact.

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