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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Catherine Eley

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Eversheds Sutherland

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Catherine is a partner in Eversheds' corporate practice.  She has over 15  years' experience of M&A transactions and providing day to day corporate advice for clients as well as specialising in private equity work (acting for both institutions and management teams).  In 2007 she was named by Mergermarket as one of the top 10 (by number of deals completed) private equity dealmakers in the country.  Her extensive client base includes both national and international corporate clients and private equity houses. 

Catherine's recent transactions include acting for HSBC Private Equity and others on the sale of the Britton Group to Sun Capital; acting for Baird Capital Partners Europe Limited and Management on the sale of Paddock Holdings Limited to Swedish listed ASSA Abloy and acting for the shareholders of M and M Direct Limited on the multi million pound sale of the company to TA Associates. 

Catherine is Eversheds' national private equity training partner in which role she regularly writes and delivers training programmes including monthly refresher sessions for Eversheds' lawyers and members of the corporate finance community in Birmingham. 

Catherine is a key member of Eversheds' national food sector group, acting for a number of clients in this sector.

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London: Corporate and commercial

Private equity: transactions

Within: Private equity: transactions

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's reputation as a market-leader for midmarket transactions is reflected in its (frequently repeat) work for more than 20 private equity houses, as well as its advice to management teams, shareholders and corporates. It is one of the most active firms in the market for UK mid-cap transactions. In addition, the firm’s far-reaching presence outside of the UK - in the US and further afield internationally - adds another dimension to the practice in cross-border matters. Led by Richard Moulton, the UK team offers extensive coverage of all deal types across 11 sector groups. In a key deal in the aviation and aerospace industry, in 2017, Robin Skelton and newly promoted partner David Milne acted for Baird Capital in the acquisition of CAV Advanced Technologies Limited and CAV Ice Protection Limited.  In another matter, Catherine Eley advised Epiris LLP and the management shareholders of Treetops Nurseries on the sale of the business to Busy Bees.  Other key figures are Louise Finnie and senior associate Alex McCarney, who both recently assisted Spanish gym company Viva with acquiring Portugese gym business Fitness Hut. Mark Beardmore, who has more than 20 years of experience of private equity transactions, acts for clients such as Livingbridge, Bridgepoint Development Capital and CBPE Capital Partners. James Trevis is also recommended.

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West Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham

Within: Corporate and commercial: Birmingham

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP handles both heavyweight M&A deals and significant outsourcing deals. Susan Lewis and James Trevis handled various due diligence elements of National Grid’s separation of its gas distribution business in preparation for the business’s sale, working alongside Linklaters LLP in London. Theresa-Marie Stodell, a new partner promotion, advised Legal & General Senior Living on the purchase of two senior living villages for £40m. Nigel Cooke advised BBA Aviation on its acquisition of GE’s avionics business. Mark Beardmore advised Livingbridge on the purchase of restaurant and catering company rhubarb, for a figure reported to be around £75m, by Livingbridge 6, the fund’s first acquisition. Catherine Eley, who also handles M&A deals, advised Anglian Water on forming a joint venture with Northumberland Water to retail water and sewerage services to business customers. As far as commercial contracts are concerned, Kelly Holmes  advised Hammerson on re-tendering cleaning provision for all twelve of its shopping centres.

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