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Shakespeare Martineau LLP

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Gary Davie

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Shakespeare Martineau LLP

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Gary is a partner in our corporate team and supports clients with a variety of transactions and corporate finance matters.  These include mergers and acquisitions, MBOs, employee buy outs, disposals, investments, and joint ventures. 

He has a keen interest in employee ownership, helping businesses with the transition to employee ownership, and serves as a trustee and director of prominent employee owned businesses. He is often invited to speak at Employee Ownership Association events, most recently he was a specialist adviser to the Birmingham Panel hearing on the Ownership effect enquiry.

Gary also assists our education team, heading up our private providers team including corporate related issues for higher education.


Gary is part of the Employee Ownership Association through Shakespeare Martineau.

West Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham

Within: Corporate and commercial: Birmingham

Shakespeare Martineau LLP is a ‘a great firm to work with – 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’. 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, ‘makes clients feel welcome, reassured and cared-for – 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’. 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’s most prestigious names in business. In investment funds, ‘leader in the field of venture capital trust lawKavita Patel has ‘rapier-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’ - 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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West Midlands: Public sector


Within: Education

Shakespeare Martineau LLP is known for its ‘excellent service’, with expertise in real estate, governance, regulatory, contentious, commercial and employment matters. Smita Jamdar heads the team and is ‘very knowledgable about the HE sector’ and ‘has a fantastic network’. One client noted: ‘we constantly want to clone her. She is both pragmatic and strategic and she can bring the dullest subject to life’. She recently advised the University of Warwick on its partnership with Dyson. Director  Geraldine Swanton is also a key figure and is ‘good on information governance issues’. Joanne Forbes is experienced in constitutional matters and recently advised Bishop Grossesteste University on becoming an incorporated company limited by guarantee. Transactions specialist Gary Davie advised the University of Central Lancashire on acquiring the training association 'Training 2000'. Employment specialist Tom Long advised a university on setting up a subsidiary for employing non-academic staff.

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