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Burges Salmon LLP

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ONE GLASS WHARF, BRISTOL, BS2 0ZX, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0117 939 2000
Fax:
Fax 0117 902 4400
DX:
7829 BRISTOL
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Web:
www.burges-salmon.com
Bristol, London

Mark Shepherd

Tel:
Work 0117 902 6624
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Burges Salmon LLP

Work Department

Corporate.

Position

Partner in the Corporate Finance team and head of private equity. Focuses on private equity with significant experience advising institutions, management and investee companies on buy-outs, buy-ins, development capital transactions, re-financings and exits. Also advises public and private companies on mergers and acquisitions, fundraisings and joint ventures as well as general corporate advice.

Career

Trained Simmons & Simmons 1997-1999; solicitor at Simmons & Simmons 1999-2002; joined Burges Salmon 2002; partner since 2008.

Education

Attended University of Bristol - Law (LLB and LPC).


London: Corporate and commercial

Flotations: small and mid-cap

Within: Flotations: small and mid-cap

Burges Salmon LLP fields a number of practitioners with experience of AIM IPOs, secondary fundraisings and demergers, among other matters. As part of its transactional work, the team advises clients on associated regulatory issues, such as those involving the AIM Rules, Disclosure and Transparency Rules and the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers. Nick Graves leads the team, which has a particular sweet spot in energy sector transactions; in 2017, Mark Shepherd was the lead adviser to AIM-listed company ITM Power Plc on a £29.4m placing and open offer. Dominic Davis, Chris Godfrey and Rupert Weston are other individuals with experience of AIM transactions. The firm's NOMAD clients include Stockdale Securities, GCA Altium and WH Ireland. 

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M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m

Within: M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m

The ‚Äėtruly partner led practice‚Äô at¬†Burges Salmon LLP¬†provides ‚Äėan impeccable level of service all round, including value for money‚Äô. Bristol-based head of practice¬†Richard Spink¬†is ‚Äėan assured practitioner, who is consistently able to deliver‚Äô; his expertise lies in corporate transactions for private equity clients. The ‚Äėvery personable, knowledgeable and pragmatic‚Äô¬†Camilla Usher-Clark¬†is a core member of the firm‚Äôs energy sector.¬†Jonathan Eves¬†and senior associate¬†Julie Book¬†are ‚Äėexperts in solar PV and energy storage deals‚Äô; one highlight of this nature saw Eves advise Maas Capital Renewables on its entry into a joint venture with Solarplicity to install rooftop solar facilities for housing association tenants across the UK.¬†Alan Barr¬†, hotels and leisure expert¬†Rupert Weston¬†, private equity specialist¬†Mark Shepherd¬†and senior associate¬†Tim Roberts¬†are also recommended.

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Venture capital

Within: Venture capital

Headed from the firm's Bristol headquarters by Mark Shepherd, Burges Salmon LLP handles a significant amount of venture capital work for both investors and investees as a function of its broader private equity offering. Particularly strong in sectoral areas of focus for the firm including renewable energy, the team covers investments across the life cycle of the funding process and also benefits from the ability to leverage the firm's private client pedigree, of particular use in relation to early stage investment on behalf of ultra-high-net-worth angel investors and their family offices. Recent highlights include advised German semiconductor manufacturer Infineon on its Series E investment in XMOS, a leading supplier of voice and audio solutions to the consumer market.  Richard Spink is also recommended. Other clients include Ingenious Investments, Octopus Investments and Play Sports Network.

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London: Public sector

Healthcare

Within: Healthcare

Burges Salmon LLP's practice has a strong focus on advising leading suppliers and private healthcare operators on procurement, commercial contracts and corporate matters. The team counts Virgin Care, Optegra Eye Healthcare and Oxford University and Oxford University Hospital NHS Trust as clients. Mark Shepherd specialises in corporate and commercial transactions; he assisted Optegra Eye Healthcare on its acquisition of Arnott Eye Associates. Will Woodall advises investors in matters involving care homes and retirement villages. Patrick Parkin supported Virgin Care with the finalisation of its £700 m community healthcare service contract with commissioners in Bath & North East Somerset. Richard Binns is recommended for litigation work, and Paul Doherty is recommended for real estate matters.

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Burges Salmon LLP

  • Restoring environmental damage: putting a price on ecosystem services

    On 7 August 2009 a 40-inch pipeline ruptured, spilling 5,400 cubic metres of crude oil into the soil and groundwater of La Crau nature reserve in southern France, a habitat protected under French and European law. The operator had to excavate and replace 60,000 tons of soil, install 70 wells to pump and treat groundwater and 25 pumps to skim oil from surface water, at a cost in the region of ‚ā¨50m. However, this was just the primary remediation (that is, restoring the site to the state it would have been if the damage had not occurred). The operator was also required to compensate for the damage to the habitats and the loss of the ecosystem services that would otherwise have been provided by La Crau nature reserve. Measures included purchasing land outside of the nature reserve and contributing to its management for a period of 30 years (over ‚ā¨1m), monitoring the water table for 20 years (over ‚ā¨500,000), monitoring fauna over three years (‚ā¨150,000) and rehabilitation in accordance with best available ecological techniques (nearly ‚ā¨2m). Overall, the compensatory restoration (to compensate for the amount of time that the ecosystem was impacted) and complimentary restoration (to compensate for elements of the ecosystem that had been permanently lost) came to more than ‚ā¨6.5m. ‚Ä©
    - Burges Salmon LLP

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  • Legality of advertising with statements on the effects of medical treatments

    Advertisements featuring statements on the effects of medical treatments are only permissible if they are supported by sound scientific evidence. This was reaffirmed by the Oberlandesgericht (OLG) Frankfurt, the Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt.
  • ECJ ‚Äď Distinctive character necessary for registration as EU trade mark

    For a sign to be capable of being registered as an EU trade mark, it must be distinctive across the entire European Union. This was confirmed by the Court of Justice of European Union (ECJ) in a ruling from 25 July 2018.
  • Supporting local and international charitable organizations

    As one of the leading law firms in Cyprus, we are active promoters and supporters of local economic growth by sponsoring local events, applying environmental-friendly practices, minimizing our ecological impact, and most importantly, by raising money for local charities and non-profit organizations.
  • BAG ‚Äď Employers can claw back bonus payments

    The Bundesarbeitsgericht (BAG), Germany’s Federal Labour Court, confirmed in a recent ruling that employers can claw back collectively agreed bonus payments from employees under certain circumstances.
  • Stricter supervision in relation to the Scheme for Naturalisation of Investors in Cyprus by Exceptio

    Recently there were a lot of publications within the European Union expressing concerns about the allegedly very high number of Cypriot passports being given to foreign investors the last few years. The Council of Ministers has decided on 9th January 2018 with the decision with number 84.069, to impose a stricter supervision of all the parties involved in the Scheme for the naturalisation of non-Cypriot investors in Cyprus by exception.
  • 19% VAT on Plots

    In order to harmonize the  Acquis Communautaire on the Taxation of untapped and undeveloped plots of land, the Cyprus Government enacted, on 03/11/2017, relevant legislation for the imposition of 19% Value Added Tax (VAT) on these properties, with a date of enforcement being 02/01/2018. The relevant legislation refers to plots/pieces of land offered and/or provided for construction for economic purposes.
  • Unfair contract terms

    The Unfair Contract Terms Law 93(1)/1996 (the ‚ÄúLaw‚ÄĚ) as amended, implements the EU Directive¬† 93/13/EEC ¬†of 5 April 1993 regime into national law. The objective of the aforementioned legislation is the protection of consumers in the European Union from unfair terms and conditions which might be included in a standard contract for goods and services they purchase. It introduces the notion of ‚Äėgood faith‚Äô to avoid any significant imbalance in mutual rights and obligations.
  • Quarterly Update on Trade Defense Cases in Turkey (December 2018)

    In Turkey, the authority to initiate dumping or subsidy examinations, upon complaint or, where necessary, ex officio , is given to the Ministry of Trade ("Ministry"). Within the scope of this authority, the Ministry announces its decisions with the communiqués published on the Official Gazette.
  • Foyen successfully represents client before the Court of Appeal

    Press release 18th of December 2018
  • B√§r & Karrer Advised the Issuer in the Rights Offering of Cavotec SA

    On 10 January 2019, Cavotec SA completed a capital increase by way of a rights offering to its shareholders in the amount of approximately CHF 22.4 million. The Cavotec group, with its Swiss holding company listed on Nasdaq Stockholm, is a leading engineering group that designs and manufactures automated connection and electrification systems for ports, airports and industrial applications worldwide. 80.5% of the shareholders of Cavotec SA exercised their subscription rights in the rights offering. The remaining new shares not subscribed were allotted to investors who had subscribed for shares without subscription rights, pursuant to the allocation procedure described in the prospectus of 6 December 2018. The offer price was set at SEK 13 per share.