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Ben Devons

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Work 020 7209 2011
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Marriott Harrison LLP

Work Department

Corporate.

Position

Experienced in advising on both domestic and international corporate transactions, particularly on M&A and fundraisings. Regularly acts for individuals and private and public institutions, including private equity and venture capital houses. Wide range of sector experience, including: technology; commercial property; film and television; energy; retail; food and drink; and manufacturing. Acted on transactions ranging from £100k to £100m in value.

Career

Trained Rooks Rider, London; qualified 2004; partner Marriott Harrison 2015.

Languages

Basic Greek.

Member

Law Society, British Venture Capital Association.

Education

Carmel College; Manchester Metropolitan University (2003, LLB, 1st Class Honours); College of Law, London.

Leisure

Golf, tennis, football, squash, chess, skiing, travelling, reading and cooking.


London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals, up to Β£50m

Within: M&A: smaller deals, up to Β£50m

Marriott Harrison LLP’s β€˜very reliable, practical and supportive’ department provides β€˜very good service’. Department head Jon Sweet assisted Kaplan International Holdings with its purchase of MPW TopCo, and advised the shareholders of Pocket Living on their sale of a 50% stake in the company to The Related Companies. The β€˜very straightforward, sensible’ Jonathan Leigh-Hunt is singled out for β€˜guiding clients through the minefield of due diligence’; he assisted International Schools Partnership with its purchase of Marlborough Group, and advised Audiotonix on its Β£5m purchase of Group One. Ben Devons and Jonathan Pearce provide β€˜very valuable advice’; Devons acted for Easypack on its sale to Pregis, while Pearce advised New Pictures on its sale to All3Media. The β€˜diligent, thoughtful, extremely helpful’ Daniel Jacob assisted MARC with its purchase of Dailyrare; Bruce Jones advised Amaury Sport Organisation on its Β£8m purchase of Human Race Group. Recent client wins include WashStation, Devono Property, Ethico Healthcare, IB Hotels and Emerson Mills; Cello Group, Nasstar, Procam and Amplience are more longstanding clients.

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Venture capital

Within: Venture capital

Recognised for its β€˜in-depth understanding of start-ups’, Marriott Harrison LLP provides β€˜very direct and commercial advice’ to investee and investor clients within the technology sector at all stages of the funding process. β€˜Very approachable’ team head Andrew Wigfall is β€˜at ease in any situation and can comfortably get his point across’. Recognised, in particular, for his β€˜very good investor practice’, Wigfall regularly acts for clients including Balderton Capital and Accel Partners, recently advising the latter as lead investor on the $10m investment round into JobToday, the service industry hiring app. The β€˜approachable, knowledgeable, responsive and absolutely trustworthy’ Daniel Jacob has a focus on the investee side and handles investments ranging from seeds enterprise investment scheme (SEIS) through to Series A; Jacob recently advised CloudMargin on its investment round by two syndicates of investors and fintech venture capital fund Illuminate Financial Management. The β€˜responsive, knowledgeable and commercial’ Jonathan Leigh-Hunt handles a significant flow of work for Mobeus Equity Partners, including recently acting for it as lead on a Β£2.1m Series A investment in mpb.com, a UK-based marketplace for photographers and videographers to trade equipment. Ben Devons provides β€˜commercial and very detailed advice’ to start-ups from a range of sectors including media, retail, manufacturing and technology. Other clients include Sapphire Ventures, Frontline Ventures, Audiotonix and Amplience.

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