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Birketts LLP

PROVIDENCE HOUSE, 141-145 PRINCES STREET, IPSWICH, IP1 1QJ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01473 232300
Fax:
Fax 01473 230524
DX:
3206 IPSWICH
Email:
Web:
www.birketts.co.uk

Mark Henry

Tel:
Work 01473 406306
Email:
Web:
www.birketts.co.uk
Birketts LLP

Work Department

Corporate and commercial, Banking and finance

Position

Partner

Career

Mark trained and worked in the City before moving to a firm in the South West and joining Birketts in 2001. He became a partner in 2003 and has a broad range of corporate, corporate finance, banking and insolvency experience.


East Anglia: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Ipswich

Within: Corporate and commercial: Ipswich

Birketts LLP has a long history in the Ipswich market and remains one of the pre-eminent firms for corporate and commercial matters. It has the largest practice in Suffolk, which works closely with the teams in the firm's three other regional offices to support both SMEs and large corporates in local, regional and national corporate transactions. Senior partner James Austin leads the department and looks after the commercial interests of a wide range of businesses based all over East Anglia and beyond. His work includes the drafting and negotiation of commercial contracts, as well as transactional matters. He worked with senior associate Sarah Lewis to advise TA Hotel Collection Limited on the purchase of the Crown and Castle hotel and restaurant in Orford, Suffolk, by way of a share acquisition of Son and Sun Limited. Corporate finance and banking partner Mark Henry also plays a key role in the practice and he supported shareholders of Magdalene Holdings Limited in its sale to M Group Services. Legal directors Alexandra Nelson, who advised on a significant acquisition in the agricultural sector, and Andrew Tubb, who acted for a supplier or hair and beauty products in a large acquisition, and Mark Gipson, who frequently advises on partnership matters, are also recommended.

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East Anglia: Finance

Banking and finance

Within: Leading individuals

Mark Henry - Birketts LLP

Within: Banking and finance

The 'professional, competent and client-focused' practice at Birketts LLP is ‘excellent – very responsive and easy to deal with providing good advice from a reasoned viewpoint‘. One client highlights 'excellent response times, good commercial acumen and service that is reasonable in terms of price'. Mark Henry in Ispwich leads the practice, which counts Barclays Bank, HSBC Bank and Ipswich Building Society among its clients. Banking partner James Allen, property partner Chris Schwer, corporate partner Greg Allan are all key names in the practice. Senior associate Nick Burt is 'always available, good to deal with and commercially very sound'. Another client notes that he ‘impresses with his knowledge, speed of response and practical approach to getting the deal completed'. Legal director Alex Schaafsma's strengths are her 'speed of response, articulation of the impact of proposed changes, and her open, pragmatic and commercial approach'. A highlight for the firm was its work for borrower Time Group GB in a £42.2m loan transaction to finance acquisitions.

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