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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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

Richard Norton

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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Financial services; banking and finance, corporate, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic alliances.


Richard specialises in corporate finance and banking, both for public and private companies. He has detailed knowledge of the listing rules, the AIM rules and the takeover code.

South West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire

Within: Leading individuals

Richard Norton - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Within: Corporate and commercial: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire

Made up of partners with high-profile City experience, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is often instructed in large, cross-border business and asset transactions. The Cheltenham group has longstanding relationships in the Middle East, Africa and Cyprus and has traditional strengths in the aviation and renewable energy sectors. In 2017, Adrian Mayer advised Actis Africa Real Estate Fund on a variety of commercial arrangements and corporate governance concerns, which included a high-value joint venture agreement. Department head Richard Norton assisted Supergroup plc and its founder, Julian Dunkerton, with an employee share incentive scheme affecting roughly 4,500 employees. In the capital markets space, Norton is advising an energy company on its high-value proposed listing on the London Stock Exchange. Further, Jonathan Morley assisted Datatec with its UK reorganisation in relation to its disposal of Westcon Americas to Synnex. The partners are supported by senior associate Edward Robinson and senior associate Emma Hickson, who recently joined the team from DXC Technology Company and specialises in commercial contracts. Other key clients include Bladeroom Group, Newmedica and Cypriot hotelier Tsokkos.

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South West: Finance

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP¬†has ‚Äėan excellent local reputation‚Äô, in addition to being involved in high-profile international assignments on a regular basis. Department head Richard Norton¬†stands out in particular for his ‚Äėexpert knowledge, commercial approach and outstanding client service‚Äô. Norton‚Äôs strong relationships in the Middle East and Cyprus have garnered a prolific roster of international lender and borrower clients; in 2017 he advised Tsokkos Hotels on a ‚ā¨200m secured loan facility with Bank of Cyprus, while on the lender side he acted for National Bank of Kuwait in connection with the provision of an ¬£8m shari‚Äôah facility secured over London property. The team has experience of aviation finance and recently assisted Gulfair with a $200m loan facility secured over international air transport association accounts. Further, the group is increasingly involved in the business-to-business lending space, and acted for Actis in relation to the provision of shareholder loans from a Mauritian holding company to Indian subsidiaries. Naomi Nettleton¬†specialises in real estate finance and was promoted to partner in 2017.

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