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Anthony McGurk

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A partner in the corporate practice, Anthony specialises in M&A, private equity and fundraising work, acting primarily for public companies, private and owner-managed businesses, and management teams of private equity-backed businesses, with a particular focus on the food and drink sector. Transactions in recent years in which Anthony has led the relevant legal teams include the £1.4bn sale of Weetabix to US based Post Holdings (acting for management), the acquisition by US based Factset Research Systems Inc of Cymba Technologies Limited and of Vemilion Holdings Limited, the sale of Sentec Limited to US based Sensus Inc, the sale of Avro Holdings Limited to Faerch Plast Manufacturing Limited, the sale of JDR Cables to Tele-Fonika Kable (acting for management), and the acquisition by Canadian based Richardson International of European Oat Millers.


Trained and qualified with Eversheds 1987-89; becoming a partner in 1995; Head of corporate in Eversheds Cambridge 2005-11; joined Mills & Reeve as a partner 2011.


Downside School; University of Hull LLB (Hons), Law Society Finals (Hons) 1st Class.


Memberships of MCC, the Gog Magog golf club, RFU (Twickenham Debenture holder), Cambridge Rugby club, Norwich City Football club.

East Anglia: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Cambridge

Within: Leading individuals

Anthony McGurk - Mills & Reeve LLP

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East Anglia: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Biotechnology

Mills & Reeve LLP provides ‘an excellent level of service and response times are very fast‘. One client remarks that the practice provides ‘first-class, pragmatic and timely advice'. The firm handles corporate and commercial transactions, patents and IP, privacy, regulation and compliance, HR, product liability, litigation, tax and real estate matters for biotechnology companies. It is highly regarded for research collaborations and licensing agreements across a range of therapeutic areas. New arrival James Fry, who joined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in late 2017, leads the multi-disciplinary life sciences practice and is praised for his ‘excellent sector knowledge'. He acted for speciality pharmaceuticals business Diurnal Group in setting up its supply chain for the production of two drug candidates. Finance specialist Zickie Lim, who handled a syndicated financing for PredictImmune Limited, and capital markets expert Stephen Hamilton are also recommended. IP partner Alasdair Poore, corporate partner Anthony McGurk, disputes specialist Graeme Menzies and head of technology Kevin Calder also play central roles in the firm's work for biotechnology clients.

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London: Corporate and commercial

Flotations: small and mid-cap

Within: Flotations: small and mid-cap

Mills & Reeve LLP's team head Stephen Hamilton 'builds very good working relationships and blends technical advice with practical support'. Hamilton's group has particular experience of acting for technology companies; the scope of the work ranges from AIM admissions and secondary fundraises to general corporate and commercial matters. The firm also generates work from clients active in other sectors, such as food and drink, agribusiness and life sciences. In 2017, Hamilton and senior associate Emma Plaxton acted for Nexus Infrastructure Plc in its £70m AIM IPO and related £35m fundraising. Hamilton and Plaxton also advised Bermuda-based AIM-listed company Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings Limited on a circa £49m placing and related open offer. Paul Johnson, Anthony McGurk and principal associate Shubhu Patil are also recommended.

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