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Trethowans LLP

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Bournemouth, Poole, Salisbury, Southampton

Mike Watson

Work 023 8082 0546
Trethowans LLP

Work Department

Corporate team.


Mike is a very experienced corporate lawyer having acted for a wide range of businesses, operating in a variety of sectors. Mike specialises in acquisitions and disposals (including MBOs and MBIs), group reorganisations, joint ventures, shareholders’ agreements and commercial agreements. He also acts for a large number of banks involved in corporate transactions including advising on loan and security documents and security structures. Most recently Mike has led transactions in the IT, retail manufacturing and healthcare sectors. Clients and work referrers like Mike’s excellent mix of commercial and legal advice and his ability to bring a transaction to completion within a tight timescale and on budget. Recent work: acted as lead adviser on a sub-£30million disposal in the healthcare sector; negotiated a multi-million pound international transaction between five companies based in Tanzania, United Kingdom and Mauritius; drafted and negotiated a series of commercial contracts (including IT contracts) for a leading betting chain. Specialist areas: mergers, acquisitions and disposals; group reorganisations; structured finance; joint ventures; commercial agreements (including IT agreements).


Trained Pritchard Englefield, London; qualified 2000. Mike trained and worked in the City of London before joining Clarke Willmott in 2003 and Trethowans as a partner in January 2009.

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Hampshire

Within: Corporate and commercial: Hampshire

Trethowans LLP acted for the shareholders on the sale of the entire issued share capital of iSupply Energy to German energy corporate Vattenfall. Riskstop Group, Baker Perkins and Saint-Gobain/Jewson are other clients. The group's expertise includes corporate finance, M&A, disposals and joint venture agreements, where is acts for clients ranging from SMEs to plcs. Key team members include practice head Mike Watson, Nick Gent, Paula Eckton and newly made-up partner Lucy Grey.

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South West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Dorset and South Wiltshire

Within: Corporate and commercial: Dorset and South Wiltshire

Trethowans LLP established its Bournemouth-based corporate and commercial practice with the arrival Mark Nixon – ‘an intelligent and decisive’ corporate and M&A lawyer, who joined the firm from Blake Morgan LLP. Since joining the firm, Nixon advised the shareholders of iSupply Energy on the highly publicised sale of its entire issued share capital to Sweden-based Vattenfall. Similarly, Nixon assisted the shareholders of a local medical care business on the sale of its entire issued share capital to a French buyer. Further, Nixon often works alongside the firm’s Southampton-based corporate, employment and banking practitioners. Mike Watson heads the corporate group from the firm’s Southampton office, which also includes Nick Gent.

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