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Weightmans LLP

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Sarah Walton

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Weightmans LLP

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Part of the firm’s corporate team, specialising in mergers and acquisitions, group reorganisations (to include s110 reorganisations and statutory demergers), EMI share options and shareholder and investment agreements. Particular knowledge of, and expertise in, the acquisition and disposal of retail pharmacies, advising Independent Pharmacy Care Centres plc on the acquisition of 35 pharmacies and one health store and then the subsequent sale of the group to Lloyds Pharmacy for £60m. Specific transactions on which she has recently been involved as lead legal advisor include: Slush Puppie on its acquisition of Beverage Concepts Benelux (BCB); on substantial debt and equity investments into RealityMine; and on a range of equity investments for the North West Fund for Digital and Creative LP. Retained clients for corporate, company and commercial advice include ANS Group plc, Martin Ainscough Holdings and Ainscough Industrial Group (and their subsidiaries such as Flourish Capital and Ainscough Vanguard) and Apadmi.


Trained Mace & Jones; qualified 2002; associate 2005; partner 2008. Merged with Weightmans May 2011.


Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University (1999 LLB Hons; 2000 diploma of legal practice).


Family, food and drink, walking, travelling.

North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Manchester

Within: Corporate and commercial: Manchester

Weightmans LLP has a ‘superb’ corporate team that delivers ‘relevant and clear advice with a commercial view’. The team is particularly singled out for its track record in private M&A in the owner-managed and mid-market business space; team head Paul Raftery advised Sonoco Cores and Paper on the purchase of UK-based Laminar Medica, including a group company in the Czech Republic and US business assets. In other highlights, Sarah Walton advised ANS Group on the acquisition of Eison and led advice for Pochin’s on its strategic partnership with db symmetry. ‘Knowledgeable, calm, balanced and commercial’ consultant Robert Turnbull rounds out the transactional team. Vincent King and Martin Vincent head the commercial team, which has expertise in the IT, technology, digital media, education and procurement sectors. King is advising Lancashire Constabulary and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire on its collaboration with University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) to establish a forensics academy.

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