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Gateley Plc, Nick Smith, London, ENGLAND

Nick Smith

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Nick is head of the firm’s corporate team in London. He has significant experience in national and international corporate finance, capital markets, private equity and M&A, with particular specialisms including real estate investment and finance, and telecoms and technology M&A. Prior to joining Gateley’s in March 2009, Nick was co-head of global investment bank Nomura’s London-based real estate investment group, a multi-faceted real estate business (debt, mezzanine and equity) focusing on Europe, CEE, CIS and Russia. Notable transactions include advising AT&T on a series of M&A deals over a number of years, including advising on the English aspects of its $10bn ‘Concert’ global telecommunications joint venture with BT, advising on a series of transactions effecting the formation, financing and dissolution of the ‘Global Switch’ telehousing joint venture between Global Switch, Chelsfield Plc and TrizecHahn Corporation, at Nomura advising on series of transactions effecting the acquisition, refinancing and exit of Nomura’s debt and equity investment in the Earls Court & Olympia Group, and on the acquisition and refinancing of a high-acuity, special education homes and schools business for children and adults, advising Modec Limited, a world leading manufacturer of clean technology electric vehicles, on its Americas joint venture with Navistar Inc, one of America’s leading truck manufacturers and distributors, advising Lloyds Banking Group pre-appointment, and the administrators post appointment, in the pre-pack sale of the business and assets of Approved Solutions Limited, Britannia Business Communications Limited and Your Network Services Limited (all part of the AT Communications Group Plc) to the Daisy Group plc.


Nick trained at Wragge & Co, qualifying into their corporate department and being made up to partner in May 1999. Nick’s experience is in a range of corporate transactions including M&A (national and international), public company and private equity. Initially Nick’s practice focused on corporate deals in the IT and telecoms sector, where he built-up a strong client relationship with AT&T working on a number of M&A deals for them over a four-year period (including advising on the English aspects of their $10bn global ‘Concert’ JV with BT). In 2002 his focus shifted towards financial institutions and he established and led a multi disciplinary group of 15 partners facing that sector. Nick also ran the firm’s North American business development group, part of which involved Nick working for six months with Kirkland & Ellis in their Chicago office. In September 2004 Nick joined one of his clients, Japanese investment bank Nomura International.


The King’s School, Macclesfield, Cheshire; University of Birmingham (1986-89 LLB Hons (2:2)); College of Law, Chester (1989-90 Law Society Final Examinations).


Nick’s interests include football, golf, skiing and water skiing.

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