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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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

Adrian Mayer

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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Financial services; corporate.


Adrian is a corporate transactional lawyer and specialises in advising on private equity investments and corporate finance work. He advises on a broad range of corporate and M&A transactions, including acquisitions, divestitures, recapitalisations, joint ventures and strategic alliances, venture capital and private equity transactions (including management buyouts), acting for investors, corporates and management teams. His work is both domestic and international. Adrian advises a range of financial institutions, including international private equity fund managers and banks, and also family-owned businesses, large and medium-sized corporates (both public and private) and individuals. He has a proven track record of working with multinational clients undertaking complex cross-border transactions and acting on numerous projects in multiple jurisdictions. Adrian is particularly active in Africa and is very experienced in advising clients on transactions in that region across a number of industry groups and sectors, including real estate and construction, agribusiness, financial services, energy and natural resources, and retail and leisure. He is an active participant in a number of African-focused bodies and a frequent traveller to the region.


African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association.


London Business School (Corporate Finance Programme).

London: Finance

Emerging markets

Within: Leading individuals

Adrian Mayer - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Within: Emerging markets

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is 'a very strong, well rounded firm with a good array of experts in this field'. Clients report 'very high quality and service of a level comparable with any top UK firm'. The practice is best-known for its advice on investments in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean, particularly in the financial services, real estate, retail, infrastructure and agricultural sectors. It handles a broad range of mid-market and big-ticket deals, which last year included advising AIM-listed fastjet plc on a $44m fundraising to expand its operations into South Africa and Mozambique, and to access three ATR 72-600 aircraft for ten years. For Barbados National Oil Company, the firm helped to negotiate terms for two joint operating agreements with BHP Billiton relating oil and gas exploration of the Carlisle Bay and Bimshire offshore blocks. Adrian Mayer is the key partner in the practice and clients describe him as 'exceptionally intelligent and very client-friendly'. The firm has many partners involved in emerging markets projects, including head of financial services Jon Bond; corporate partners Hamish Perry and David Berry, who frequently handle deals in the Caribbean; and corporate finance specialist Keir Gordon. John Fletcher retired.

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South West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire

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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