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Simon Perry

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Macfarlanes LLP

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Partner specialising in private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters.


Trained Macfarlanes; qualified 1996; partner 2003.


Tonbridge School; Bristol University (Law 2(1)).

London: Corporate and commercial

Private equity: transactions

Within: Private equity: transactions

Macfarlanes LLP's team handles the full range of issues arising from mid-cap and large-cap deals, with an extensive track record acting for clients including sponsors, management teams, lenders, limited partners and secondaries houses. In the mid-cap space, where the firm is widely acknowledged to be a market leader, practice head Stephen Drewitt recently led a multi-disciplinary team advising Epiris on the high-profile acquisition of the UK arm of Time Inc from Meredith Corporation. In addition, Ian Martin and others acted as deal counsel to Alchemy Partners in the sale of debt collection business Westcot to Cabot Credit Management. Howard Corney handles mid-cap deals for clients such as 3i, Graphite and CBPE. At the larger end of the deal spectrum, Charles Meek was the lead adviser to Lexington Partners (a New York-based manager of secondary acquisition funds) on a $1bn secondary deal involving funds managed by BC Partners. Luke Powell acted for the management team of Dublin-based aircraft lessor AWAS in the circa $2.3bn sale of the business by Terra Firma to Dubai Aerospace. Alex Edmondson, who leads the firm's technology and digital group, is experienced in technology-related private equity transactions. Simon Perry and Jessica Adam are other key figures in the team, as are Richard Burrows, Justin Hope and Alex Green.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property

Within: Commercial property

Macfarlanes LLP¬†‚Äėdemonstrates a reliable accessibility, and a willingness to turn around documents quickly‚Äô in ‚Äėcomplex corporate real estate‚Äô matters. The team has been involved in many of the market‚Äôs busiest asset classes including PRS, where Anthony Burnett-Scott¬†is acting for Legal & General in relation to PRS developments in Bath and Birmingham, and student accommodation, where Dan Marriott¬†advised Canadian investor Realstar Group on its acquisition of a block of student housing in Hammersmith. Burnett-Scott also acted for Legal & General in relation to the forward funding of development office sites in Cardiff, Liverpool, Bristol and Birmingham totalling 850,000ft. Tom Peddar, who is a key figure in the letting practice, advised The Economist Newspaper on the lease agreement for its new HQ in The Adelphi building near Charing Cross. Major landlord clients include Intu Properties, Derwent London and Stanhope. The team also has expertise in single-asset and portfolio transactions in the hotel sector. Indeed, Dominic Cunliffe¬†and Simon Perry¬†assisted Fonci√®re des R√©gions with its ¬£858m acquisition of 14 hotels from Starwood Capital, and also acted for Abu Dhabi-based Lulu Group International in relation to its acquisition of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Edinburgh. Other investment highlights include Nick Barnes¬†advising Supermarket Income REIT on three supermarket acquisitions totalling ¬£151m. Also recommended are Ian Nisse,¬†Clare Breeze, Steven Pitchford¬†and Gerald Kelly, who has been involved in significant joint venture development and investment mandates.

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  • Finding the ‚Ä®right words

    In the recent case of Newbury v Sun Microsystems [2013], the defendant argued that an offer to settle proceedings was ‚Äėin principle' only and that a binding contract could not be formed until further terms had been agreed and a formal contract had been signed. It supported this argument by referring to a statement, in the offer letter, that the settlement was to be ‚Äėrecorded in a suitably worded agreement'. ‚Ä©
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