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Ian Gilbert

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Ian is Managing Partner and is recognised as one of the leading corporate lawyers in the region, known for his “down to earth” approach and his knack of developing “compromises to suit all parties”. Ian has over 30 years’ experience and advises a broad spectrum of corporate clients from major plcs to start up companies and private individuals, on such matters as MBOs, secondary buy-outs, fundraisings, acquisitions, IPOs, joint ventures and disposals. He particularly enjoys complex multi-party matters which require innovative solutions to be found and carefully considered negotiation strategies. In Chambers Legal Directory Ian is described as being “one of the driving forces behind the practice”.

Ian is used by a number of clients as “trusted counsel” but still thrives on getting heavily involved in transactions.  Ian advised management on the sale of two healthcare groups: the £375m sale of Voyage Care Group to Duke Street and Partners Group and the US$ 335m sale of Cygnet Healthcare to United Healthcare Services.

Yorkshire and the Humber: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire

Within: Leading individuals

Ian Gilbert - Walker Morris LLP

Within: Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire

The ‘incredibly strong team’ at Walker Morris LLP is ‘one of the best in Leeds and the surrounding area’ with ‘commercially focused advice that makes it equally as good as any of the London firms’. John Hamer leads the department and advises on public and private company takeovers, acquisitions, public market listings and private equity investments; his recent work includes acting for Total Capital Partners on the funding of its MBO of Walkers Transports. Clients also praise Ian Gilbert and director Jo Stephenson, Debbie Jackson, who ‘gets stuff done effectively’; Richard Naish, who ‘communicates effectively’; and Daniel O'Gorman, who is ‘pragmatic and solution oriented’. Jackson recently advised Endless on the sale of Karro Food Group to CapVest Partners, Naish acted for Servelec Group on its recommended cash offer from Scarlet Bidco, and O’Gorman assisted Data Intensity and its owner with its sale to EQT. Renew Holdings, Custodian REIT and Mattioli Woods are also clients.

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