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Simon TJ Ratcliffe

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Greene & Greene

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Corporate and commercial.


Director of partner Simon Ratcliffe Ltd, Simon specialises in intellectual property, corporate finance and commercial work, including acquisitions, disposals, financing and restructuring of businesses.

"Simon is an absolute pleasure to work with.  His professionalism and knowledge always exceeds expectations."  (Testimonial from professional contact)


Qualified as a Barrister 1997; three years practising at the Bar; two years in the City on mergers and acquisitions; joined Greene & Greene 2002; became dual-qualified as a solicitor advocate 2004; made partner 2005, and managing partner in 2015.


Gray’s Inn (non-practising).


Inns of Court School of Law.


Scuba-diving and travelling.

East Anglia: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in East Anglia

Within: Leading individuals

Simon Ratcliffe - Greene & Greene

Within: Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in East Anglia

Greene & Greene in Bury St Edmunds is 'an excellent firm with highly professional solicitors and staff, who act promptly and with integrity and treat the clients as people, rather than just another case'. Partner Simon Ratcliffe, who is a dual-qualified solicitor advocate and barrister, leads the practice and specialises in the acquisition, disposal and reorganisation of private companies. He recently acted for Nexus Underwriting Management Limited in its multimillion-pound acquisition of US-based reinsurer ZON Re, which brought the company into a new line of business. For the same client he handled a £44m fundraising transaction to fund future growth. Neil Walmsley is seen as one of the region's leading corporate finance lawyers and handles a mix of regional, London-based and international transactions. He recently helped Holiday Property Bond with its acquisition of Jigsaw Holidays, and advised a client in the healthcare sector on the multimillion-pound disposal of a property company to a REIT. Andrew Cooper is highly regarded for corporate matters and commercial contracts work, including  supply and agency agreements, and for data protection and GDPR compliance issues. Solicitor Mark Williams is also recommended for M&A, fundraisings and commercial contract law.

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East Anglia: Finance

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Greene & Greene provides 'very good service, very prompt responses and good value for money, particularly compared to London firms', according to one client who describes the practice as 'pragmatic and aware of the challenges SMEs face'. Corporate partners Simon Ratcliffe and the 'quick, knowledgeable' Andrew Cooper frequently act for Nexus Underwriting Management Limited in M&A deals, in which they handle complex acquisition finance arrangements. One recent deal involved a £44m secured loan. Cooper handled a £1.5m investment from a Chinese pharmaceutical company on behalf of Cipher Surgical Limited. Corporate finance specialist Neil Walmsley and partner Mark Daly, who regularly advises shareholders of high-growth VC backed science and technology companies and also handles fundraising and investment transactions for PLCs, SMEs and shareholders, are both recommended.

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