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Shoosmiths LLP

RUSSELL HOUSE, 1550 PARKWAY, SOLENT BUSINESS PARK, WHITELEY, WHITELEY, PO15 7AG, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 03700 863000
Fax:
Fax 08700 866801
DX:
124693 WHITELEY
Email:
Web:
www.shoosmiths.co.uk

Mark Shepherd

Tel:
Work 03700 866795
Email:
Shoosmiths LLP

Work Department

Corporate

Position

Mark is a corporate partner specialising in advising both public and private companies in corporate transactions, with particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, listings/de-listings, demergers, capital fund raisings and reductions, joint ventures, compliance and corporate governance.

Recent project experience includes advising:

  • PPF Group NV on numerous cross border M&A transactions including its acquisition of a 50% stake in the Eldorado Group, Russia's largest consumer electronics retailer for $300 million;
  • Lifeways Finance Limited in connection with its purchase of The SLC Group Limited;
  • the shareholders of CSS Total Security on its sale to and reverse takeover of Croma Group plc, a company listed on AIM;
  • Hitachi Rail Europe Limited in connection with its participation in a £4.5 billion government contract to build and service a new fleet of high speed intercity trains to be operated on the Great West Main Line and East Coast Main Line;
  • the ERA Foundation on successive investments in growing technology related businesses;
  • Provexis plc on the demerger of its Science in Sport business and the separate admission to AIM of Science in Sport plc.

Career

Trained: Gouldens, London; Qualified: 1986; Year made partner in present firm: 2005

Education

Worth School, West Susses; Manchester University (2:1 LLB Hons) and Guildford College of Law


South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Hampshire

Within: Corporate and commercial: Hampshire

Clients value Shoosmiths LLP's 'ability to deliver high quality corporate advice throughout a transaction and its commitment to talking business sense'  and consider the group to be 'first rate.' Group head Stephen Porter, who has a particular focus on the insurance and technology industries, stands out for his 'dynamic personality and extensive experience, which enables him to guide clients through some of the most complex corporate transactions'. Mark Shepherd, who is a key name in the Solent office, is considered 'a genuine star' by one client and Sean Wright, who heads the firm's corporate team in the south, specialises in private equity transactions, where he is assisted by senior associate Tim Moss. In recent work, the team advised AIM-listed Science in Sport on a private placing and open offer to raise £15m of new capital to fund further growth of the business. It also assisted Solent Global Holdings and its shareholders on a complex transaction that involved a demerger, restructuring of the Solent Group and subsequent sale of its oral care business to Ranir, which is part of the US-based Ranir Group.

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