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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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

Mark Howard

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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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


Mark is a corporate transactional specialist with considerable experience in a board range of deals and advisory work. In particular, he advises on private and public M&A, primary and secondary listings on AIM and the main market, VC/PE investments, joint ventures, restructurings and corporate governance matters. Mark‚Äôs clients range from early-stage growth companies to listed public companies, as well as nomads and brokers. Most of his clients operate internationally and so many of his transactions have a cross-border element. He is a regular seminar speaker on matters of corporate law and practice and the editor of the firm‚Äôs ‚ÄėPublic Company Update‚Äô. Experience: advising the senior management of TTT Moneycorp in relation to the ¬£212m acquisition of TTT Moneycorp by private equity house Bridgepoint from RBS Special Opportunities Fund; advising Liberum Capital, WH Ireland and Sanlam Securities on a placing for Fastjet Plc, an African low-cost airline, to raise gross proceeds of ¬£50m; advising NASDAQ-listed Advanced Energy Industries Inc, a global leader in innovative power and control technologies used in thin-film plasma manufacturing processes and solar energy generation, on its acquisition of HiTek Power Group; advising Leyshon Energy Limited on its admission to AIM following a demerger (effected via a pro rata in-specie distribution) from dual-listed (AIM and ASX) Leyshon Resources Limited.

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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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

The 'excellent' IT and telecoms team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP sits within the firms wider TMT practice headed up by Mark Bailey and Mark Howard. The practice is frequently instructed in transactional and M&A matters in the technology sector. It advised IFS on its purchase of mplsystems, which provides contact centre and customer engagement software. The group also acts for  NCSOFT on day to day issues and commercially strategic matters, including negotiation of digital content agreements with industry leading distributors throughout Europe. Mark Moncreiffe is another key name to note, particularly for cross-border transactions. Megan Paul joined from Mayer Brown International LLP and is experienced handling commercial and outsourcing matters in the technology sector. 

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

The ‚Äėtop-quality‚Äô team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP¬†has a wide range of expertise spanning¬†advertising and marketing, gaming, social media, interactive content, and film and TV. Commercial department head Jason Saiban¬†leads on marketing and advertising work and handles contentious and non-contentious instructions for media, retail and sports clients; and highlights include advising Wagamama on its media activities; and advising social and interactive media experts MBM on digital media agreements. Paul Stone¬†advises media sector clients on competition and regulatory issues and advises ITV, with senior counsel Mark Moncreiffe, on a range of corporate, commercial, dispute resolution and competition matters. Consultant media litigator Duncan Lamont¬†acted for various celebrity claimants in the group voicemail interception litigation against News Group Newspapers regarding the unlawful gathering of private and confidential information through voicemail interception. NCSOFT, Nike, Westfield, Paddy Power and YouView are also clients. Mark Howard¬†and Mark Bailey¬†head the TMT sector group, which includes senior associate Jaclyn Wilkins, who handles commercial and IP instructions and is particularly active in the computer games and interactive media sectors. Jon Walters¬†has joined Northridge Law.

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