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Shakespeare Martineau LLP

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Keith Spedding

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Shakespeare Martineau LLP

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Keith is a highly experienced public markets lawyer whose expertise includes mergers and acquisitions, shareholder agreements, investments and public company transactions (IPOs, secondary issues and takeovers). This includes advice to companies listed on AIM and the official list.  His clients range from start up companies to large multinationals, both listed and unlisted, and he has also advised the firm on its own mergers.

Keith has particular expertise in advising technology companies and acts for a number of software and hardware companies. Clients turn to Keith for his “commercially sensible and practical advice”.

London: Investment fund formation and management

Listed funds

Within: Listed funds

Shakespeare Martineau LLP services a range of work, primarily concerning listed venture capital trusts from its office in Birmingham. Kavita Patel advised Foresight 3 VCT and Foresight 4 VCT on the merger of the two funds  and a subsequent fundraising by the merged fund. Patel also advises Mobeus Equity Partners on capital-raising exercises for its listed VCTs. The firm also acts for Unicorn AIM VCT, which it advised on a £45m capital-raising exercise. Keith Spedding is also a key contact.

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West Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham

Within: Corporate and commercial: Birmingham

Shakespeare Martineau LLP¬†is a ‚Äėa great firm to work with ‚Äď all partners and other members of the team are incredibly friendly, experts in their field and a pleasure to work with; clients feel totally reassured that their best interests are at the forefront of all work carried out for them‚Äô. The team has capabilities in M&A, some of which concerning the manufacturing sector, with an uncommon capability outside London in the form of investment funds. Keith Spedding¬†led a team advising Ansell on its purchase of Nitritex in a ¬£56.5m for the healthcare equipment manufacturer; he also advised Avingtrans on the purchase of Hayward Tyler Group in a reverse takeover, and a subsequent readmission of the company to AIM. Richard Wrigley¬†advised on the sale of Armitage Pet Care to Rutland Partners.¬†Adam McGiveron¬†handled fifteen corporate acquisitions for Alliance Automotive. Gary Davie, who has expertise in employee ownership schemes, ‚Äėmakes clients feel welcome, reassured and cared-for ‚Äď he takes a personal interest in the work that is done for clients, and is incredibly thorough and careful to ensure they understand the advice provided and the potential outcomes‚Äô. His work includes private equity transactions. Kim Hawkins¬†advised Shunfeng International Clean Energy on selling assets covered by renewable obligation certificates to a fund managed by BlackRock. Andrew Hartshorn¬†handles various commercial contracts matters, some of which for the region‚Äôs most prestigious names in business. In investment funds, ‚Äėleader in the field of venture capital trust law‚Äô Kavita Patel¬†has ‚Äėrapier-like intellect, and is always well informed and up to date with changes in tax law and happy to take on big and small projects alike‚Äô - she advised Foresight 3 VCT on its merger with Foresight 4 VCT, structured through the liquidation of the former and its assets being transferred in to the latter in exchange for new shares.

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