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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Cheltenham, Doha, Dubai, Geneva, Guildford, Hong Kong and 5 more

Malcolm Macdougall

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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Technology, media and telecommunications; corporate, mergers and acquisitions and strategic alliances, private equity.


Malcolm is a corporate lawyer specialising in private equity and mergers and acquisitions. His experience includes a wide range of both UK and cross-border M&A and private equity work, including acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures, reorganisations, private equity investments and exits. He has worked in both the UK and Australia. Experience: acting for Elysian Capital on the management buy-out of Wellbeing Software Group, a market-leading healthcare IT group; acting for FF&P Private Equity on the management buy-out of the specialist property services company David Phillips; acting for management on the Risk Capital-backed buy-in management buy-out of Neilson Active Holidays from the Thomas Cook Group; acting for the Business Growth Fund (BGF) on its investment in Cass Art, one of the UK’s leading independent art materials retailers.

London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m

Within: Leading individuals

Malcolm MacDougall - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP covers corporate M&A, private equity and equity capital markets work, primarily within the lower and mid-market space. The firm's focus on private wealth means the team is most active in advising entrepreneurs and owner-managed businesses, as well as family offices and high net worth individuals, both from the UK and overseas. It has also seen notable growth in acting on inbound investment from the US to the UK, in addition to increased activity in Africa. The firm's corporate M&A team works in tandem with its private equity team, with certain individuals spanning both practices. The 'superb' Malcolm MacDougall is one such individual - he co-heads the practice alongside Chris Putt, a specialist in corporate finance.

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Private equity: transactions ‚Äď mid-tier ‚Äď up to ¬£250m

Within: Private equity: transactions ‚Äď mid-tier ‚Äď up to ¬£250m

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP works with a roster of buyout house clients such as Elysian Capital, which Malcolm MacDougall and senior associate Chris Manning advised on its acquisition of Key Travel. In addition to investment houses, the firm also acts for management teams, investee companies and  high net-worth family offices. Venture capital and growth capital PE are some other key areas of activity. Adam Crossley, who advised the management team on the £1.2bn sale of MRH to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, is another name to note. McDougall heads up the practice together with Adrian Mayer.

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