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Memery Crystal LLP

44 SOUTHAMPTON BUILDINGS, LONDON, WC2A 1AP, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7242 5905
Fax:
Fax 020 7242 2058
DX:
156 CHANCERY LANE
Web:
www.memerycrystal.com
Belfast, Dublin, London

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 6

Memery Crystal LLP

Memery Crystal LLP has a notable base of media sector clients, including Bigballs Media, Guardian Media Group and The Pearson Group. The firm also undertakes a significant amount of work for clients outside of the media sector; Jonathan Riley, who joined from Gowling WLG in 2016, recently advised The View from The Shard on a partnering agreement with Global Tours for the joint promotion of tourism events and activities. In addition to structuring and negotiating agreements, the team assists clients with potentially contentious matters, including situations where parties are seeking to renegotiate terms or terminate contracts. Tim Ryan leads the team, which includes consultant Stephen Milne and senior associate Joanna Memery.

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Flotations: small and mid-cap
Flotations: small and mid-cap - ranked: tier 3

Memery Crystal LLP

Memery Crystal LLP fields six partners who are active in Main Market and AIM-related matters, with particular expertise in sectors such as oil and gas, mining, property and technology. The team has a strong track record acting for UK and international companies; in a recent highlight, Nick Davis led a team advising SigmaRoc on its acquisition of LafargeHolcim, which was financed by a £50m placing of convertible loan notes and ordinary shares. Other corporate clients include AFG Energy, Caledonia Mining and Gaming Realms. The group also acts for brokers, NOMADs and sponsors; practice head Lesley Gregory, Michael Dawes and others acted for Cenkos Securities (as NOMAD and broker) on a number of transactions, including Kromek Group’s firm placing and open offer, which raised £21m. Kieran Stone, Greg Scott and Andrew Titmas are other names to note.

Leading individuals

Lesley Gregory - Memery Crystal LLP

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M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m - ranked: tier 2

Memery Crystal LLP

Memery Crystal LLP’s ‘very strong team’ is ‘responsive and efficient’. Rumit Nanji and Nick Alfillé acted for Bond International Software on its £11m sale of Strictly Education to Education Services Solutions, and the £26m sale of its recruitment software subsidiaries and a related property to Symphony Technology Group. Lesley Gregory and Kieran Stone are ‘practical and reasonable’; Gregory advised Medaphor Group on its £3m purchase of Inventive Medical. Practice head Michael Dawes assisted The Resource Group International on two take-private transactions: Digital Globe Solutions, which it acquired for £18m, and IBEX Global for £44m. Greg Scott acted for Jeremy Peace on his sale of the entire share capital of West Bromwich Albion Holdings to a group of Chinese investors. Andrew Titmas’s clients include Walstead Group, Electric Word and STM Group.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 6

Memery Crystal LLP

Memery Crystal LLP is predominantly known for its work for clients in the oil and gas and mining sectors; and the practice has a longstanding reputation for dealing with financial services and regulatory disputes. Jane Marsden is dispute resolution head, Harvey Rands ‘has enormous knowledge and experience’, and Mark Whelan is ‘particularly good’. Nicholas Scott joined GRM Law.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 6

Memery Crystal LLP

Memery Crystal LLP’s ‘excellent’ team handles all areas of employment law, with particular expertise in claims brought by senior executives. Group head Merrill April led advice to Gulfsands on breach of contract and statutory claims brought before both the High Court and Employment Tribunal by its former CEO. Other recent highlights include advising an international company on exit negotiations with senior management, as well as advising another client on employment issues arising from the sale of a number of businesses. Senior associate Sarah Martin is also recommended. Clients include Gottex Asset Management, Chariot Oil & Gas and NORD/LB.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Mining and minerals
Mining and minerals - ranked: tier 5

Memery Crystal LLP

Jointly led by Nick Davis and Michael Dawes, Memery Crystal LLP's seven-partner team acts for clients such as GemFields, Ferrex and Rainbow Rare Earths. Recent highlights include acting for Numis, RBC and Investec on a high-profile fundraising for Sierra Rutile, advising new client Tharisa on its admission to the standard segment of the Main Market, and assisting Shanta Gold with several transactions including the placing of an open offer to raise $10m and a $525m silver stream agreement. Head of dispute resolution Jane Marsden represented Chunya in a breach of warranty and misrepresentation claim against Red Kite, and Lesley Gregory oversaw the redomiciliation of Caledonia Mining from Canada to Jersey. Rumit Nanji and corporate transactions and IPO expert Kieran Stone are also a key contacts.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 6

Memery Crystal LLP

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 4

Memery Crystal LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 3

Memery Crystal LLP

Memery Crystal LLP underwent some reorganisation at the top of the practice with Matthew Lindsay taking over as practice head from Eugene O’Keeffe who is now "general counsel" to the real estate team. Lindsay focuses on real estate finance, but also handles a mix of investment and development work, while O’Keeffe leads on retail development work for key client ASDA Wal-Mart. In 2016 the team was particularly active on investment deals for both domestic and international private investors and in one highlight Lindsay advised RP1 Propco on the acquisition of York Terrace East, in Regents Park. The leisure sector is another area of strength, with David O’Dwyer singled out for his ‘clear understanding of legal issues’. O’Dwyer was busy on various pub deals, including advising McGettigans Holdings on its UK opening in Fulham. In development matters, Alastair Moss assisted Fairview New Homes with its acquisition of a car park site for residential development at Park Royal, West London.

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Construction: contentious and non-contentious
Construction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 5

Memery Crystal LLP

Memery Crystal LLP’s team is led by transactional specialist Joanne Kelly, who has ‘exceptional familiarity with multiple construction contracts, both at drafting and dispute stages’. Kelly has particular expertise in advising on procurement routes and acted on a range of development mandates over the last year, including advising Big Yellow Construction Company on the refurbishment of various sites, and acting for Carrigmay Kings Point (Jersey) on the design and construction of a mixed-use development in Reading.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 6

Memery Crystal LLP

Evenly balanced between lenders and borrowers, Memery Crystal LLP’s team is headed by Matthew Lindsay, who advised Z Hotels on increasing an existing facility with Santander from £7m to £25m, to finance further London property acquisitions by the client. On the lender side, corporate partner Andrew Titmas assisted Zorin Finance with bridge financings and development loans to various borrowers. Transactional real estate expert Daniel Abrahams joined from Philip Ross & Co in June 2016; associate William Heywood joined from Proskauer Rose LLP five months later. Nicola Kravitz and bridge finance expert Rumit Nanji are also active in the space.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 5

Memery Crystal LLP

Memery Crystal LLP’s ‘incredibly hardworking’ team acts for clients including Asda Stores and the Freshwater Group of Companies. The group acted for the latter in a variety of disputes, including dilapidation claims, possession recoveries, lease renewal proceedings and service charge disputes. Other highlights include handling various issues for St Modwen Properties arising from the client’s property portfolio, including insolvency disputes and lease forfeitures; and acting for Wyevale Garden Centres in recovering outstanding rent. The ‘meticulous and knowledgeable’ Richard Evans heads the team, which includes director Adam Gross, who regularly acts for property companies, developers, family trusts and high-net-worth individuals.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 5

Memery Crystal LLP

Memery Crystal LLP is active in digital media production and distribution, and also advises businesses in traditional print media. Its expertise spans digital media, print and electronic publishing, social media, rights, licensing and syndication, on-demand services, games and interactive applications. It advises Guardian Media Group on a range of IP and transactional matters, and acts for Bigballs Media on IP and commercial contracts. Seven Publishing Group, Wyndeham Press Group, Electric Word and Seven Publishing Group are also clients. Key figures include Tim Ryan, who heads the commercial, media and technology team, consultant Stephen Milne, and Jonathan Riley, who joined from Gowling WLG in 2016.

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