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Penningtons Manches LLP

APEX PLAZA, FORBURY ROAD, READING, RG1 1AX, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0118 982 2640
Fax:
Fax 0118 982 2641
DX:
117883 READING (APEX PLAZA)
Email:
Web:
www.penningtons.co.uk

Justin Starling

Tel:
Work 0118 982 2646
Email:
Penningtons Manches LLP

Work Department

Corporate.

Position

Partner in the corporate team dealing with all types of corporate transactional and advisory work, including domestic and international disposals and acquisitions, venture capital, joint ventures and reorganisations.

Career

Trained Frere Cholmeley Bischoff; qualified 1994; assistant solicitor Sinclair Roche & Temperley 1994; assistant solicitor Baker & McKenzie 1997; partner Speechly Bircham 2001; partner Manches LLP 2005; partner Penningtons Manches LLP 2013 to date.

Education

Cottenham College, Cambridgeshire; University of Birmingham (1990 LLB 2(1)); College of Law, Guildford (1991 LSF).


London: Corporate and commercial

Venture capital

Within: Venture capital

With offices in London, Reading, Cambridge and Oxford, and leveraging the firm’s IP and life sciences expertise, Penningtons Manches LLP provides ‘no-nonsense and business focused advice’ to an impressive roster of technology corporates, in addition to spin-outs from universities. Justin Starling has a ‘good understanding of how best to move all parties to complete on a transaction’; he recently advised NeRRe Therapeutics on its £23m Series B funding round. Associate Elizabeth Yell has particular expertise advising high-growth technology businesses and is praised for her ‘very efficient advice’. The team also continues to pick up an increased flow of investor-side instructions including, ‘pragmatic deal doerRob Hayes’ recent work for Business Growth Fund. Other clients include Nexeon, Touchstone Innovations, Seedrs, and Evox Therapeutics.

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South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Within: Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Penningtons Manches LLP’s recent workload includes high-profile venture capital and spin-out transactions. Technology and life sciences expert Will Axtell assisted Evox Therapeutics and Vaccitech with their spin-outs from the University of Oxford, which included advising on establishing the companies and handling a £10m investment in each from Oxford Sciences Innovation. Other work highlights saw David Tighe assist with Evotec’s £55.7m acquisition of Cyprotex and Justin Starling advise King’s College London on an investment from Abingworth in GammaDelta Therapeutics, an immunotherapy company founded on research from the university along with that of Cancer Research Technology and The Francis Crick Institute. Chris Shelley, who heads the commercial practice outside London, ‘provides excellent input’ and recently advised on a range of niche commercial contracts for the firm’s new client WideCells Group, which included agreements with cord blood banks for the provision of stem cell processing and storage. Quarto Publishing Group, Natural Environment Research Council and Nexeon are additional clients. Rob Hayesprovides excellent and timely advice’ and recently promoted partner James Wentunderstands the practical implications of transactions’. Commercial partner Joanne Vengadesan splits her time between Basingstoke and Reading and is noted with Nicola McConville, who joined from Blake Morgan LLP. The corporate practice is headed nationally by Guildford-based Simon Bickerdike.

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