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Osborne Clarke LLP

ONE LONDON WALL, EC2Y 5EB, LONDON, EC2Y 5EB, ENGLAND
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Simon Smith

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Osborne Clarke

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London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m

Within: M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m

Well known for its strength in the digital businesses and marketing sector, the ‚Äėhigh-quality‚Äô practice at¬†Osborne Clarke LLP¬†possesses¬†‚Äėstrong industry knowledge‚Äô and provides a ‚Äėcommercial, reliable service‚Äô. Core strengths of the practice beyond technology and telecoms include financial services, real estate, infrastructure and energy.¬†Simon Smith¬†heads the department jointly with the Reading-based¬†Greg Leyshon;¬†Smith advised the shareholders in Service Works Group on the company‚Äôs sale to Swedish-listed software business Addnode Group for SEK 194m. In the technology space,¬†Jonathan King¬†and associate director¬†Tom Try¬†handled RM‚Äôs ¬£56.6m acquisition of Connect Group, a deal which was conditional upon clearance from the UK Competition and Markets Authority. Private equity specialist¬†Mark Spinner¬†is recommended as ‚Äėresponsive and knowledgeable, with good communication skills‚Äô; he notably advised Investis on the acquisition of Phoenix-based digital marketing agency ZOG Digital. The pharmaceuticals sector remains an area of strength for the practice;¬†Janita Good¬†and associate¬†Samantha Peacock¬†advised Actavis on the ¬£60m divestment by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries to Intas Pharmaceuticals.¬†Chris King¬†,¬†Tim Birt¬†and¬†Jonathan King¬†are all ‚Äėsolid and reliable‚Äô. Other clients include Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Iris Worldwide Holdings and Leisure Pass Group.¬†Tim Hewens¬†and¬†Alan Francis¬†both joined from¬†Squire Patton Boggs, while associate director¬†Kenneth Wilkinson¬†joined from¬†CMS.

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London: Transport

Rail

Within: Rail

The ‚Äėhighly-regarded‚Äô team at¬†Osborne Clarke LLP¬†is based across its London and Bristol offices and is experienced across rail franchising, concessions and rolling stock, and is also noted for its experience in procurement challenges, as well as railway pensions advice. It acted for Cross Country Trains on the direct award of the Cross Country rail franchise and the subsequent implementation; is advising the Rail Delivery Group to design and implement fares and ticketing simplifications; and is advising Eurostar on employment matters. Eversholt Rail Group, Ricardo Rail and Arriva are also clients. Marc Shrimpling¬†handles competition, procurement and state aid issues; commercial disputes partner Charlie Wedin; corporate partner Simon Smith; Alistair Curzon; associate director Jeremy Godley; and senior associate Craig McCarthy¬†are key members of the team, which is led by Lara Burch. Senior associate Keir Pimblett¬†recently joined from Dentons. Clive Smith¬†has joined Addleshaw Goddard¬†.

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South West: Transport

Rail

Within: Rail

Osborne Clarke¬†advises manufacturers, rolling stock leasing companies and train operating companies on issues such as procurement, leasing, corporate and commercial issues, public law and pensions. Lara Burch¬†heads the team and led on advising Cross Country Trains in the award of the Cross Country rail franchise and subsequent implementation in a deal worth around ¬£1.5bn. Another highlight includes providing day-to-day advice to Eurostar, dealing with employment tribunals and also Eurostar‚Äôs multijurisdictional IP portfolio. A further highlight includes advising Eversholt Rail Group on new build rolling stock projects involving multi-party negotiations with train operators, manufacturers and stakeholders. The firm also advised Ricardo Rail‚Äôs commercial team on collaboration, sales, supply and maintenance arrangements with another rail technology company in relation to marketing and provision of on-board rail asset monitoring equipment. Jeremy Godley¬†deals with franchise bids, rolling stock procurement and rail regulation. Simon Smith¬†deals with corporate issues. Catherine Wolfenden¬†specialises in procurement, she is ‚Äėvery responsive‚Äô and has ‚Äėa great knowledge of her practice area‚Äô. Clive Smith¬†left the firm for Addleshaw Goddard.

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