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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

Andrew Sharples

Tel:
Work 0845 271 6778
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Freeths LLP

Position

Andrew is a partner specialising in corporate law with particular expertise in M&A, restructurings and reorganisations, venture capital/private equity, joint ventures and commercial contracts.

Career

Trained Ashursts 1983-87; qualified 1985; Rowe & Maw/Mayer Brown 1987-2011, partner from 1993; partner Freeths LLP 2012 to date. Andrew trained and worked in the City for nearly 30 years gaining significant corporate law experience before joining Freeths LLP in August 2012.

Education

Kingswood School, Bath; Durham University (1981 BA (Hons) Econ Hist (Dunelm)); Guildford College of Law (1982 Common Professional Examination; 1983 Law Finals).

Leisure

Rugby and cricket (now watching rather than playing), golf, swimming, gardening, reading and his dogs.


South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

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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