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Acuity Legal Limited

3 ASSEMBLY SQUARE, BRITANNIA QUAY, CARDIFF BAY, CARDIFF, CF10 4PL, WALES
Tel:
Work 029 2048 2288
Fax:
Fax 029 2049 5588
DX:
200750 CARDIFF BAY
Web:
www.acuitylegal.co.uk
Cardiff, Swansea

Christian Farrow

Tel:
Work 029 2048 2288
Email:
Acuity Legal Limited

Work Department

Parter – corporate and commercial.

Position

Christian has experience in all areas of corporate and commercial work, focusing on corporate transactions, corporate finance and commercial contracts. He also heads Acuity Energy, the specialist energy advisory department of Acuity Legal, which consists of a team of lawyers that focus on the energy sector and offer a full legal support and advisory service to businesses in the energy industry. In this capacity, Christian has recently advised long-standing client and renewable energy developer Eco2 and its shareholders on the sale of its 40MW biomass plant in a deal worth £160m. In 2016-7, Christian continued to act for FTSE 100 client Capita as legal adviser for its acquisitions. He continues to advise Eco2 Limited in connection with all aspects of their large-scale energy projects, and is the ongoing legal advisor to Dulas Limited. Christian was ranked as one of Wales’ top 35 young entrepreneurs under 35 by The Western Mail in 2014 and won young Dealmaker of the Year at the Insider Media Wales awards in 2013 for his involvement in the acquisition of Kopin Wireless on behalf of Cardiff-based IQE Plc, in a deal worth $75m.

Career

Trainee solicitor (M&A Solicitors LLP) (2003-2005); assistant solicitor (M&A Solicitors LLP) (2005 – 2007); associate (M&A Solicitors LLP (rebranded Acuity Legal Limited)) (2007- 2012); partner Acuity Legal Limited (2012-).

Education

Ysgol Gyfun Maes yr Yrfa, Cefneithin, Carms (1992-1999); University of Wales, Aberystwyth: Law LLB 1st Class Hons (1999-2002): Cardiff Law School, Diploma in Legal Practice (2002-2003).

Leisure

travel, rugby, gym.


Wales: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Cardiff and South Wales

Within: Leading individuals

Christian Farrow - Acuity Legal Limited

Within: Corporate and commercial: Cardiff and South Wales

Led by Steve¬† Berrry, Acuity Legal Limited‚Äôs seven-partner team provides a ‚Äėhighly commercial and adept service rooted in real-world experience‚Äô, and is noted in particular for its expertise at handling transactional and ongoing commercial work within targeted industry sectors including healthcare, education and renewable energy. As well as his ongoing work for Capita on its acquisition and disposal program,¬†Christian Farrow¬†has also handled some noteworthy work in the renewables space including recently advising Kinetica Energy on the sale of an onshore wind project to FiftyID. Farrow also worked alongside Berry on the high-profile work for Neptune 6 on its acquisition of Newport Wafer Fab from Infineon Technologies. Other recommended practitioners include Rachelle Sellek¬†, for joint venture matters; recently promoted partner Phillip Pugh, who regularly acts for university spin-out companies; and Paul Lowe¬†, whose broad-ranging work encompasses private and public sector clients including those within the life sciences sector. Clients also continue to benefit from the firm‚Äôs in-house legal support subscription-based service Acuity Counsel.

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Wales: Projects, energy and natural resources

Project finance and PFI

Within: Project finance and PFI

Led by corporate partner Christian Farrow, but also employing a multi-disciplinary approach utilising the expertise of lawyers from across the commercial, property, banking and dispute resolution teams, Acuity Legal Limited 's specialist energy legal advisory division delivers 'sound and commercial advice' to an impressive range of clients in the sector including Kinetica Energy, Eco2 and Dulas. Spearheaded by Craig Griffiths, the firm also regularly handles public sector procurement matters. The geographical scope of Griffiths' work includes acting for clients from throughout Wales and England as demonstrated by his representation of West Sussex County Council on its procurement of a contractor appointed to provide highways maintenance works for the Council’s 4,041km road network. Praised for her 'very commercial approach', and also able to leverage her previous experience as a chartered accountant to provide innovative funding structures on PFI/PPP schemes, Deryn Rees also regularly handles public sector work including her work for Thurrock Borough Council in relation to a suite of contract documentation for the procurement of operation and management services at the council’s network of recycling and waste handling centres and other waste management facilities. The firm's panel appointment to the National Procurement Services (NPS) for project work in south Wales has also led to a significant flow of work.

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Wales: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

'A genuine business partner rather than just a service provider', Acuity Legal Limited provides a 'responsive and flexible service' to software and communications companies across a range of work, including on the drafting and negotiation of software licences and maintenance agreements, software development contracts and outsourcing contracts. A good deal of this work is handled under the firm's Acuity Counsel subscription service, such as Christian Farrow's work for Progressive Technology Solutions on various matters including drafting and negotiating software reseller agreements, hosting, IT support and servicing arrangements. Farrow also drafted and negotiated all of the transactional documentation and provided assistance with the due diligence in relation to numerous M&A transactions on behalf of outsourcing company Capita in the IT/software space. The firm has also been extremely active in the data protection space, particularly in relation to the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation. The firm offers a "DataGuard" system, a subscription-based GDPR compliance and training service, which was described by one client as 'genuinely unique in the data protection market place'. Rachelle Sellek is also recommended. Other clients include Cardiff University, Medaphor, Crimson Consultants and IQE plc. Kerry Beynon joined RDP Law.

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