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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

Rachelle Sellek

Tel:
Work 029 2067 4414
Email:
Acuity Legal Limited

Work Department

Managing partner ‚Äď corporate and commercial.

Position

Partner specialising in a range of corporate finance transactions and commercial projects, especially for clients in technology sectors. Head of commercial, advising on a range of IT contracts, joint ventures, distribution and sales agreements. Acted for Cardiff University on the spin-out of its intellectual property for a period of ten years to Biofusion plc (now Fusion IP plc) and continues to act for Fusion in relation to its Welsh portfolio; acted for Western Log Group on its joint venture to build Wales’ first biomass power station; has been a longstanding advisor to IQE plc, a listed company, handling corporate acquisitions, placings and open offers, commercial contracts and bank refinancings. In 2012/2013 advised IQE plc on a USD $40m asset finance facility to finance the acquisition of a new business in US/Taiwan. Has particular experience of acting for clients in the care sector (including Community Homes of Intensive Care and Education Limited). In 2009, Rachelle advised West Sussex County Council on several academy school projects.

Career

Trained Pitmans, Reading; qualified 1995; assistant solicitor Eversheds, Cardiff 1996; associate Eversheds, Cardiff 1998; associate M & A Solicitors 1999; partner M & A Solicitors LLP 2000 to 2011; Acuity Legal Limited 2011 to date.

Education

Burford School; University of Southampton (LLB Hons); College of Law (1st Class Hons).


Wales: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Cardiff and South Wales

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: 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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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Acuity Legal Limited has expertise across both contentious and non-contentious IP, particularly as it relates to copyright and trade mark matters. A significant amount of work handled by the team is done so under the umbrella of the firm's Acuity Counsel subscription service, enabling clients to receive a cost-effective service across a range of ongoing IP matters including advice on commercialisation and licensing matters. Rachelle Sellek handles a wide range of commercial contracts matters involving IP issues. Kerry Beynon moved to RDP Law.

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