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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

Gary Smith

Tel:
Work 0845 271 6740
Email:
Web:
www.freeths.co.uk
Freeths LLP

Work Department

City trained, Gary is a highly experienced corporate and commercial lawyer. His expertise covers the full range of corporate and commercial law, including mergers & acquisitions, JVs, private equity (for both PE houses and management teams), shareholder advice and MBOs/MBIs (Management Buyouts).

He has acted for a variety of clients from listed public limited companies to small and medium-sized enterprises, and partnerships. He also offers extensive commercial experience including advising a national supermarket chain on key supply contracts and a listed construction company on commercial agreements.


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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