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Freeths LLP

ROUTECO OFFICE PARK, DAVY AVENUE, KNOWLHILL, MILTON KEYNES, MK5 8HJ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01908 668 555
Fax:
Fax 01908 685 085
DX:
154900 MILTON KEYNES 20
Email:
Web:
www.freeths.co.uk

Jonathan Hambleton

Tel:
Work 0845 271 6750
Email:
Web:
www.freeths.co.uk/people/jonathan-hambleton/
Freeths LLP

Work Department

Corporate.

Position

Jonathan heads Freeths’ corporate team in Milton Keynes where he has gained a reputation for his commercial and client focused approach to transactions. His expertise covers M&As, MBOs, joint ventures and corporate restructuring as well as banking and finance. His team has handled some highly complex and substantial deals, providing expert input on funding and structuring of transactions.

Career

Jonathan trained at Slaughter and May where he gained significant corporate law experience, before joining Kimbells and becoming a partner in 1996. When the firm merged with Freeths at the end of 2011, he became managing partner of the Milton Keynes office.

Education

Rossall School, Fleetwood; Mansfield College, Oxford (1986 MA Geography); College of Law, Lancaster Gate (1988 CPE and Law Finals).

Leisure

Rugby, hill walking, property development, estate management, family.


South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

Within: Leading individuals

Jonathan Hambleton - Freeths LLP

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

Freeths LLP has particular strength in the drinks and hospitality and leisure sectors, where it acts for major brewers and pub operators, including Charles Wells, as well as restaurant chain owners. Practice head Jonathan Hambleton and senior associate Natalie Drought advised Charles Wells, which owns a portfolio of more than 250 pubs as well as several well-known beer brands, on its £55m disposal to Marston's, which included the sale of the client's business in Italy. Hambleton also acted alongside Michaela Selvester in Birmingham for Hatch Mansfield UK on a joint venture with Champagne Tattinger to create an English sparkling wine. Outside of the drinks and hospitality sectors, the team acted for Frosts Garden Centres on the sale of a landscape and ground maintenance business; and assisted JF Eilbeck (Chemist) on the sale of its pharmacy business to Norchem Healthcare for £7.1m. The team was joined in 2017 by Gary Smith from Dentons; he acted for Blackstar Amplification on a complicated MBO which involved buying out funds controlled by Foresight Group as well as two of the original founders, and the acquisition of two well-known producers of electric and acoustic guitars. Other key figures include Andrew Sharple, who is 'an outstandingly good lawyer who gets the client to the desired solution on a cost-effective basis'.

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