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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

1 CALLAGHAN SQUARE, CARDIFF, CF10 5BT, WALES
Tel:
Work 0845 497 97 97
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Fax 0845 498 7333
DX:
33016 CARDIFF
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www.eversheds-sutherland.com

Paul Pugh

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Work +44 292 047 7539
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Eversheds Sutherland

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Paul is a partner in our UK Company Commercial group. He specialises in corporate law, in particular mergers and acquisitions, funding (including private equity), structuring and governance, joint ventures, and transformation projects.

Paul has a track record of advising a variety of clients in relation to the financial services sector including insurance, foreign exchange, consumer finance and fintechs. In addition, he provides advice to corporate and public bodies on not-for-profit structuring and engagement with the third sector.

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Position

Partner


London: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Glynne Stanfield  heads the charity team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP  and Paul Pugh  heads the third sector services team. The team in the last year has acted for over 250 charities and has particular expertise in advising research institutions and grant makers on various matters such as governance, international giving, social investments and tax. It recently advised the Royal Society of Chemistry on its benevolent fund and on the powers of the trustee in relation to the fund. Turning Point, South Downs National Trust and Royal College of General Practitioners are other major clients. It also acts for Dementia Research Institute, Further Education Trust for Leadership and Dewsbury Endowed Schools Foundation.

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law

Within: Administrative and public law

The 'excellent' Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP assists clients on a blend of commercial, litigation and public law issues spanning governance, regeneration and  procurement as well as investigations and inquiries. It serves clients such as Transport for Greater Manchester, the Serious Fraud Office and Borders to Coast Pension Partnership. In the Grenfell Tower public inquiry, it is representing Cadent Gas which had been the gas distributor to the tower. Peter Jones  is reported to be 'a fantastic and experienced inquiry solicitor, who excels at running a team.' Paul Pugh is the corporate lead on public sector matters and is also the relationship partner to the UK Government’s new general legal services panel. Other team members include Bridgette Wilcox, Gary Pellow 'who is  a very calm, experienced partner who delivers well-considered advice' and Edward Williams in Leeds 'did a great job at getting up to speed very quickly on what was a complex issue.'

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Local government

Within: Local government

Bridgette Wilcox, Paul Pugh and Huw Jones¬†are the Cardiff-based, key team members at the helm of Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's public law and local authority practice that advises local authorities on areas ranging from¬† procurement to employment matters. It has been¬†appointed ¬†by the UK Infrastructure and Projects Authority to undertake the review and updating of the draft guidance for contracts under PF2, the successor to PFI. Its wide-ranging work includes advising the¬†London Borough of Harrow on the procurement of a technology partner to develop and exploit its "Infinity‚ÄĚ adult social care software and it¬†also has well-established expertise in¬†public sector pensions law. Jackie Heeds¬†is noted for her infrastructure procurement expertise.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Fintech

Within: Fintech

IT expert Matthew Gough¬†leads the team at¬†Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, which handles a wide range of fintech work and has strong transactional capabilities. Financial institutions expert¬†Andrew Henderson¬†acted for the Centre for Citizenship, Enterprise and Governance on its ¬£5m ICO, and advised HSBC, WealthKernel and TAM Asset Management on robo-advice matters. Henderson and¬†Ronald Paterson¬†assisted Nivaura with obtaining regulatory authorisation for its new blockchain concept to automate bond trading. IT partner¬†Craig Rogers¬†advised Citibank on its new digital proxy voting system Proxymity, which aims to connect and authenticate issuers and investors in listed securities and to streamline the voting process at Annual General Meetings. Gresham House instructed Rogers on its new investor portal, developed in partnership with MMR Digital, to provide a personalised digital experience for investors and clients. Rogers and¬†Stephen Nash¬†acted for StatPro Group on its ‚ā¨13m purchase of UBS's risk and performance analytics business, Delta.¬†Paul Pugh¬†is often active in fintech M&A and fundraising. Associate¬†James Burnie¬†is also recommended.

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Wales

Public sector

Within: Public sector

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's multi-disciplinary team handles a range of work for Welsh and English public sector clients, including on transformational projects, outsourcing, governance and regeneration developments. Corporate partner and also head of the third sector services team, Paul Pugh advised the Forestry Commission on the investment in leisure group, Forest Holidays, by Phoenix Equity Partners. Huw Rolant Jones is the employment lead on many significant public sector mandates and recently advised the BBC on gender pay regulations obligations and on an equal pay review and audit following the recent disclosure of pay information by the broadcaster. Headed by the 'experienced, intelligent and pragmatic' Peter Jones, the Cardiff office also houses the firm's market-leading public inquiries team. Recognised as 'one of the top law firms in the area', the team 'knows the public inquiry arena inside out' having acted on many of the highest-profile matters in the market including its current representation of Cadent Gas in the Grenfell Tower public inquiry. 'Impressive' senior associate Angharad Shurmer is also noted for her public inquiries expertise and is involved in the Grenfell Tower matter alongside Jones. Bridgette Wilcox has significant experience advising on major procurement matters including her ongoing work for Transport for Greater Manchester on the restructuring of the operation and maintenance contractual structure for the Metrolink light rail system and the procurement of a new operator-maintainer. Other clients include the Welsh Language Commissioner, Serious Fraud Office and NEST.

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Wales: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Cardiff and South Wales

Within: Leading individuals

Paul Pugh - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Within: Corporate and commercial: Cardiff and South Wales

With four partners based out of the firm‚Äôs Cardiff office ‚Äď following the recent transfer of Charles Reynard¬†from Leeds ‚Äď and also able to leverage the expertise of practitioners spread out across the UK and internationally, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP¬†is well-placed to represent corporates and private equity sponsors in a significant volume of predominantly mid-market transactions. ‚ÄėPragmatic, responsive and knowledgeable‚Äė team head Paul Pugh¬†has superb credentials for handling private equity work and recently acted for Pollen Street Capital on the acquisition of a majority stake in insurance broker, Miles Smith. ‚ÄėTechnical, diligent and helpful‚Äė principal associate Richard Franklin¬†regularly works alongside Pugh on transactions and also frequently takes the lead himself as demonstrated by his recent representation of Places for People Group on its acquisition of the remaining 50 percent share in MDH Group. Leveraging its ‚Äėfirst-class‚Äė energy credentials, the team regularly handles M&A mandates in the sector including Iwan Walters‚Äô¬†recent representation of Shell on its acquisition (subject to regulatory approvals) of First Utility. Michelle Davies¬†is also recommended for corporate work within the energy sector. Other clients include Forestry Commission, Welsh government and EDF Energy Renewables.

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