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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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

Martin Wright

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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Healthcare, real estate and construction; corporate.


Martin is a corporate lawyer and advises public and privately owned companies on all aspects of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, joint ventures, financing and general commercial advice. He has a particular focus on acting for French companies and overseas multinationals and within the property and regeneration sector. Martin also holds a number of non-executive directorships. He is the liaison partner for the Paris office and common clients. Experience: acting for the Cherry family on the acquisition of Countryside Properties, one of the UK‚Äôs largest privately owned residential developers, by Oaktree Capital Management, the Cherry family, and the current management team; advising Caring Homes Group on a corporate structured deal with Griffin-American Healthcare REIT II to dispose of and lease back 44 freehold elderly care properties for a consideration of ¬£300m, to clear group bank debt and to secure the provision of up to ¬£75m in specific development finance; advising Bouygues B√Ętiment International on acquiring the full ownership of the Leadbitter Group; various joint ventures for development and regeneration projects and real estate investment projects in the UK.

London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

Within: M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

The practice at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is focused particularly on the TMT, healthcare, real estate, financial services, retail and leisure sectors. Highlights included Mark Howard advising IFS AB on the purchase of mpl systems; Andrew Collins acting for Coex Partners on the sale of the company to TP ICAP; and Michael Lingens advising CareTech on its £17m acquisition of Selborne Care. The team also specialises in the private wealth sphere, acting for a number of entrepreneurs and family-owned businesses; Keir Gordon recently advised the co-founders of Triple Red, a supplier of water purification systems, among other items, on the £17m sale of the company to Edstrom UK Holdings, and David Coates assisted privately owned chemicals company Ineos Holdings on its acquisition of Belstaff. Chris Putt leads the team, which also includes Martin Wright, Andrew Clarke, David Hicks and Hamish Perry. Crest Nicholson, Bellway Homes and Zenium Technology Partners are also key clients.

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