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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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

Chris Putt

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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Energy and natural resources, technology, media and telecommunications; corporate.


Chris is an experienced corporate finance lawyer working on domestic and international deals. Chris' transactional work includes IPOs, M&A, refinancings and reconstructions, joint ventures and private equity investments. His advisory work includes advising on corporate governance matters, including requisitions to remove directors and shareholder activism. Experience: advised on £18.5m underwritten open offer by an English company with coal assets for Indonesia, including a Rule 9 whitewash; continuing advice to AIM-quoted mining companies developing assets in Nicaragua, Madagascar, Tanzania and Indonesia on asset acquisitions and secondary fundraisings from time to time; acted on a £16m financing of an event seating group by MML Capital and Sports Invest Partners and the $16m financing of a diagnostics group by Galen Partners; advised an offshore venture debt fund with over 140 portfolio companies on its new investments from time to time and the restructuring of secured loans and warrants in its existing portfolio companies.


Admitted to practise in England and Wales and qualified to practise in Germany.

London: Corporate and commercial

Flotations: small and mid-cap

Within: Flotations: small and mid-cap

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's team is increasingly active in providing advice to family businesses, entrepreneurs and business owners on the use of AIM fundraising transactions as a means to finance their growth plans. On the regulatory front, it has also been assisting brokers and AIM-listed companies with managing the impact of European regulations, such as the Market Abuse Regulation and MiFID II. The firm generates work from clients across a number of industries, particularly technology, investment trusts, financial services and natural resources. In the healthcare sector, in 2017, Michael Lingens acted for Minster Care Group in the £160m IPO of Impact Healthcare REIT Plc and its admission to trading on the Specialist Fund Segment of the Main Market. Paul Arathoon and Andrew Clarke advised Alpha FX Group Plc on its £30m AIM IPO. Other clients include fastjet Plc, Taptica International, Liberum Capital and WH Ireland. Andrew Collins leads the team, which also includes Victoria Younghusband, Chris Putt, Mark Howard and senior associate Tom Smitham. Clive Hopewell and Adam Carling joined Bird & Bird LLP.

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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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Venture capital

Within: Venture capital

Leveraging the firm's private wealth expertise, as well as its sector expertise across TMT, retail and sports,¬†Charles Russell Speechlys LLP¬†'s sweet-spot lies in advising high-net-worth investors and family offices investing in start-ups on their own or in collaboration with traditional venture capital funds.¬†¬†Malcolm MacDougall¬†recently advised¬†KERN Ventures, a syndicate of private investors, on their investment in Gojumpin, a trampoline park operator.¬†Chris Putt¬†is also recommended, and as well as his representation of Bonsai Capital on a series of early-stage life sciences investments, also continues to advise venture debt provider, Kreos Capital, on numerous transactions including on a ‚ā¨15m senior secured loan facility to Kiadis Pharma. Other clients include Bestport Ventures, Shore Capital, Takumi and Shore Capital.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Mining and minerals

Within: Mining and minerals

The full-range mining practice at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP services a client roster of mining companies, banks and investors in commercial law, corporate M&A, dispute resolution and project financing issues. On the contentious front, one of the main names to note is John Sykes who specialises in international commercial disputes but also handles arbitration and mediation cases. Clients rely on Chris Putt for corporate finance and complex governance matters. Adam Carling and Clive Hopewell departed to join Bird & Bird LLP .

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Power (including electricity and renewables)

Within: Power (including electricity and renewables)

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP 's Chris Putt has a strong track record in domestic and international corporate finance transactions; he jointly heads the power outfit with David Berry who specialises in corporate and commercial mandates such as joint ventures, outsourcing and long-term commercial relationships. The Energy Technologies Institute instructed the group to oversee the funding, design, build, testing and commercialisation of a waste gasification plant in partnership with a co-funding technology provider, and Berry acted for Bellway Homes in its negotiation of an ESA with Engie to operate a district heating system for a residence connected to the biomass-fuelled combined heating and power plant. Kevin Forsyth renewed the entire operation and maintenance agreements for the next ten years on behalf of the owning consortium and operator of a major offshore wind farm. Other notable partners  include Tim Ball and construction expert David Savage .

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