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Stephen Bottley

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Finance and projects.


Stephen leads the 16-strong finance practice in Birmingham. He focuses on acquisition finance, corporate lending and ABL transactions. After qualifying in 1996, Stephen gained six years of broad corporate experience, which enables him to add value in his finance work. Stephen's client base includes all of the major UK banks; he has recently been engaged in large-scale drafting and reorganisation projects for two large high street banks. Stephen's practice includes advising banks, ABL funders, private equity investors and public and private corporations on negotiation and agreement of credit and security documents in relation to corporate borrowing, asset-based funding and acquisition finance transactions typically MBO's, secondary buyouts and acquisitions for existing corporates. Given the nature of DLA Piper's pre-eminent international reach, Stephen is highly experienced in cross-border fundraising and financing transactions.


Trained Boyes Turner, Reading; qualified 1996; solicitor, Anderson Legal Sept 1996-1999; manager, Anderson Legal 1999-2000; associate, DLA Piper 2000-2002; senior associate 2002-2005; partner 2005 to date. Publications of note: Manufacturing Matters (UK) - Edition 10, 26 May 2014.


Birmingham Law Society.


King Edward VII School, Sheffield; Regents Park and University Colleges, Oxford (1993 Jurisprudence (BA)); College of Law, Guildford (1994).


Gym (HIIT enthusiast!), golf, trumpet (music of all forms from classical to reggae to trance), wine tasting.

West Midlands: Finance

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

The 'strong' banking and finance practice at DLA Piper UK LLP stands out for its cross-border reach, as evidenced by work on syndicated corporate finance, leveraged finance, real estate finance and other multi-jurisdictional deals for banks and large corporates. Led by Stephen Bottley, the team also features real estate finance expert Brian Woolcock. Senior associate Ben Tumelty left to join Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in November 2018.

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  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

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    The recent interpretative letter issued by the Russian Federal Tax Services (“FTS”) on 08th August 2019, has provided further guidance as to the application of the Beneficial Ownership Concept, further to the letter initially provided on the 12th of April 2018 which adopted a strict approach of the concept. 
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    The Senior Corporate Lawyer, who will be reporting to Partners, will be working with both the firm’s legal team as well as the financial services team. The successful candidate will be requested to show initiative, take on certain responsibilities within the firm, work in a multinational environment and will immediately be given the opportunity to further advance their career within the law firm.

    The judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on February 26, 2019, in the “Danish Beneficial Ownership Cases”, can be perceived as a landmark on the interpretation of the Beneficial Ownership concept under the Interest and Royalties Directive (IRD) and the Parent-Subsidiary Directive (PSD).
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    On 2 October 2019, the Court of Justice delivered its judgment in Bajratari v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Directive 2004/38/EC) Case C-93/18 which concerns Chen applications and the source of funds for self-sufficiency. 
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    In the recent case of  ZA (Reg 9. EEA Regs; abuse of rights) Afghanistan   [2019] UKUT 281 (IAC ), the Upper Tribunal found that there is no basis in EU law for the centre of life test, as set out in Regulation 9(3)(a) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (the “Regulations”). It further found that it is not to be applied when Judges assess  Surinder Singh  cases that appear before them.

    Italian rules on jointventures concerning public procurement and concession contracts are set out inlight of the European legal framework provided for in Directive 2014/23/EU and 2014/24/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council. The European rules aim to ensurethe best use of public money so that EU citizens benefit from strategicinvestments and services at fair prices. In this context, public procurementand concessions represent key instruments that need to be regulated and standardisedin order to ensure free movement of goods, freedom of establishment and freedomto provide services.
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  • Can Sole Representatives Be Shareholders?

    The Immigration Rules require that an applicant for a  sole representative visa  is not “a  majority shareholder in the overseas business”.