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Charles Severs

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Corporate partner and managing director of practice groups. Charles was promoted in November 2014 from international head of corporate to managing director of all practice groups. He sits on the firm’s management committee. Charles has extensive experience in both public and private mergers and acquisitions and equity capital market transactions. His work often includes working with large multi-nationals, leading on complex multi-jurisdictional deals. Charles acts for both listed and private companies with a particular focus on the technology, media and life science sectors. Charles is known as a lawyer who ‘clearly knows his business’, ‘a great leader and someone who keeps his focus well in hostile situations’ and a ‘corporate finance specialist with a natural negotiating style that complements his depth of knowledge’. Important transactions: advising Imagination Technologies Group plc on its public takeover of MIPS Technology, Inc; advising each of Group NBT plc and IMD plc on their takeovers by HG Capital and Vitruvian Partners respectively, advising the Innovation Group plc on its £67 million fundraising by way of firm placing and placing and open offer of shares. Cashbox placing of 6,600,000 ordinary shares in Keller Group plc order to raise gross proceeds of approximately £58.7 million to partially fund a class 1 acquisition of the piling business of North American Energy Partners, Inc. Advising Boston-based technology commercialisation company Allied Minds plc on its premium segment IPO (including US securities laws advice). Advising Deutsche Bank, Canaccord Genuity and BMO Capital Markets as underwriters on the £451 million rights offering (pursuant to Rule 144(a) and Regulation S) by Optimal Payments plc. Advising Investec Bank plc as underwriter and joint sponsor with Evercore on a £100m rights issue (including to certain US investors) for Consort Medical Plc, the Cambridge medical technology business listed on the premium segment of the main market, to part fund the acquisition of Aesica Holdco for £230m.


Trained: Herbert Smith, qualified: 31 March 1994, year made partner in present firm: 2003. 2007 – Head of London Corporate, 2010 – Head of UK Corporate, 2012 – Head of International Corporate Group, 2014 – Managing Director, Practice Groups (Member of Executive Management Team).


Princes Trust Technology and Leadership Group, Law Society, England & Wales.


Cranleigh School, Cranleigh Surrey, Bristol University, LL B. (Hons) (Law) 1987 – 1990 College of Law, Guildford 1991. Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales (qualified March 1992) Law Society Finals Harvard Leadership Program (2007).


Tennis, film and pop music.

London: Corporate and commercial

Equity capital markets

Within: Equity capital markets

Noted for its multi-jurisdictional capabilities, DLA Piper's 'very good' practice handles complex equity capital markets matters for large issuers and underwriters. Group head Alex Tamlyn acted for Hutchison China MediTech on its $301m depositary share offering on the Nasdaq, and Charles Severs advised Menzies Aviation on the £70m rights issuance that funded its acquisition of Aircraft Service International Group from BBA Aviation. Robert Salter advised Cannaccord, Stifel and Peel Hunt on a £100m placement by IQE; Zeus Capital is another client on the sponsor side. Karin Kirschner, Martin Penn and Johannes Poon are also recommended. The UK- and US-qualified George Barboutis moved to the Dubai office in 2018.

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Flotations: small and mid-cap

Within: Flotations: small and mid-cap

DLA Piper's team has a wealth of experience of domestic and cross-border mandates, with the work spanning matters such as rights issues, placings, block trades, dual listings, step-ups and public takeovers. It captures a particularly significant share of the market for AIM IPOs; a recent highlight involved practice head Alex Tamlyn and senior associate Robert Newman acting for Rosenblatt in its £43m AIM listing (representing the largest UK law firm IPO to date). Also in the legal services arena, John Campion, Jonathan Watkins and Newman are advising UK law firm Knights plc on its planned AIM IPO. Tamlyn also recently worked with senior associates Johannes Poon and Karin Kirschner to advise Zeus Capital (as NOMAD and broker) on the AIM listing of, and associated placing of shares by, OnTheMarket Plc. Martin Penn acted for PureTech Health Plc in its £72m placing. On the regulatory front, the firm has a  strong relationship with the London Stock Exchange, enabling its team to gain an understanding of current and upcoming rules and regulations. Tamlyn is Chair of the Primary Markets Group on the London Stock Exchange. Elsewhere, the firm has a particularly strong US securities law capability, with US-qualified partners Tony Lopez and George Barboutis having expertise in this area. Charles Severs and DLA Piper are other notable practitioners in the team.

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M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+

Within: M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+

The ‚Äėproactive, exemplary‚Äô department at¬†DLA Piper¬†has ‚Äėgreat bench strength‚Äô. It is well known for its TMT expertise, though it also acts for high-profile clients in sectors including energy, financial services and transport.¬†‚ÄėIncredibly responsive, thoughtful‚Äô and ‚Äėvery experienced global co-chair¬†Robert Bishop¬†and¬†Mark Chivers¬†led the team advising Heineken Group on its offer to acquire the securitization group known as ‚ÄėPunch Taverns A‚Äô from Patron Capital. Head of M&A for EMEA and Asia Pacific¬†Jon Kenworthy¬†worked alongside¬†Tim Wright¬†on the sale of Miller Homes Holdings to a Bridgepoint Capital entity for ¬£669m, advising the selling shareholders and the management team on their investment into Newco. Managing director¬†Charles Severs,¬†who ‚Äėalways ensures that services are delivered as promised‚Äô, advised Menzies Aviation on the acquisition of ASIG from BBA Aviation for $202m.¬†Jon Hayes¬†acts for clients including Etihad Airways, GE, UNICEF and Unilever. Also recommended are¬†Robert Salter, who is strong for real estate sector transactions, and¬†Tom Heylen, who¬†is noted for his expertise in working with international corporates and institutions and leading the firm‚Äôs technology initiative in the UK.

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