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Martin Smith

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Woodfines LLP

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Martin has worked in corporate finance since studying law at Merton College Oxford. For the first few years of his career, he worked in the corporate finance department of major merchant banks Lazard Brothers and Kleinwort Benson before switching to being a solicitor.

He has worked on major privatisations (of Short Brothers and ECGD), high profile joint ventures for the Virgin group of companies, AIM flotations, contested takeovers (most recently of Oliver Group plc and Eidos plc) and a large volume of acquisitions, disposals, management buyouts and investments particularly in the media and technology sectors.

He has been ranked as a ‘Leading Individual’ by the Legal 500 and is currently advising on the EIS and SEIS investment portfolios of high profile television personalities. 

East Anglia: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Cambridge

Within: Corporate and commercial: Cambridge

Woodfines LLP has a diverse client base for corporate work which ranges from small, independent, owner-managed businesses to large companies and PLCs. Former head of company commercial Stephen Oliver moved to Buckles Solicitors LLP , so corporate finance specialist Martin Smith now leads the practice. Since taking over in October, 2017, Smith has handled a number of high-value deals, which included acting for a provider of ATM technology on its £35m sale. He also supported an electrical products company in its £10m sale to German company Obo Betterman. He also assisted with the sale of a regional group of Costa coffee shops to a private company, and acted for family card business Sherwood Press Limited in its corporate restructuring.

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South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

Within: Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

The corporate practice at Woodfines LLP underwent several changes in 2017: Neil Gibbs was appointed practice head following Stephen Oliver 's departure to Buckles Solicitors LLP, while Martin Smith joined the Cambridge office. The practice has continued to focus on servicing the needs of its core SME client base, while growing its roster of larger corporates. It is particularly noted for its strengths in the road transport, agriculture,  public procurement, and recruitment arenas. In a highlight matter, Gibbs and Alice Wooler advised a longstanding SME client on a share sale.

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