M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m in London

Bristows LLP

The 'talented and pragmatic' corporate team at Bristows LLP is regularly engaged by a diverse roster of domestic and international clients, which are active in the life sciences, technology and other IP-rich industries. The firm has an expanding FTSE and Fortune 100 client base, handling multiple mid-market transactions for an array of leading multinationals. Practice head Iain Redford is a key figure for TMT and life sciences deals, with recent highlights including handling a major disposal for a high-profile advertising company. Louise Eldridge's focus spans the media, healthcare, consumer goods, and technology sectors, working with both start-ups and established corporations. Marek Petecki is also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Iain Redford

Other key lawyers:

Louise Eldridge; Marek Petecki

Testimonials

‘Bristows are always there when we need them, no matter the challenges. They’re very supportive and it’s immensely reassuring knowing we have them on hand for any eventuality.’

‘Louise Eldridge (and the team she has around her) is by far the best lawyer we have ever dealt with. No matter what time of day it is or what the problem is she is on hand to understand and help.’

‘Louise Eldridge is always succinct and a real asset to us.’

‘Talented, pragmatic individuals.’

‘Full involvement and very well coordinated team advising us on different legal areas.’

‘Strong tech practice which is valuable for M&A in the tech sector.’

Key clients

AstraZeneca plc

GSK

Johnson & Johnson

WPP plc

Diageo plc

Amazon

Canon

Boeing

Oxford Sciences Innovation PLC

Waterland Private Equity

Motion Equity Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Base Genomics on its sale to Exact Sciences.
  • Advised Stada on the acquisition of a portfolio of consumer healthcare brands and products from GSK.
  • Advised AstraZeneca on the sale of product rights in multiple European countries.

Brown Rudnick LLP

Helmed by seasoned life sciences specialist Mark Dorff, Brown Rudnick LLP‘s London office regularly advises on mid-market, multi-jurisdictional transactions for clients across a variety of sectors. Recently, the team’s strength in TMT has been bolstered by a number of arrivals from Baker Botts (UK) LLP, including new European technology chief Neil Foster and international corporate partner Tim Davison. Lena Hodge heads up the equity capital markets desk, while Philip Watkins is noted for his broad transactional practice, both domestically and internationally.

Practice head(s):

Mark Dorff

Other key lawyers:

Lena Hodge; Philip Watkins; Neil Foster; Tim Davison

Testimonials

‘Deep deal experience. Excellent collaboration and handover in team. Integrate well with client workflow.’

‘Philip Watkins was unflappable throughout what was a very complicated, unusual and challenging deal. In terms of support nothing was ever too much trouble.’

‘Very experienced in venture capital and M&A issues; they’ve certainly seen it all before.’

‘Mark Dorff is very experienced, responsive and a good communicator. You can talk through issues with him rather than waiting for a written analysis filled with legal jargon.’

‘Lena Hodge is a technically strong, highly-experienced and commercially-minded corporate lawyer. She is efficient and focuses clearly on client need. She is excellent.’

‘Highly knowledgeable and skilled; bring valuable insight and experience.’

Key clients

C&J Clark Limited

Timecode Systems Limited

Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance

Katsouris Brothers Limited

Social Venture Fund II GmbH & Co KG (SVF) managed by Ananda Ventures, Nesta Partners Limited (Nesta)

Avance Attorneys

Green Running

ZapGpo Limited

All Perspectives Limited, owner of GB News Limited

Aviva Ventures

Work highlights

  • Acted for Clarks regarding an inbound private equity investment by LionRock Capital, securing a 51% stake in the business.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is a key firm for a number of clients active in the technology, healthcare and financial services sectors, which are seeking assistance with a range of domestic and cross-border corporate transactions. The team’s international focus and multilingual capabilities have been bolstered in recent months by the arrivals of Helen Wong and James Broadhurst; Wong leads the China team, most notably advising on healthcare M&A and inbound Chinese investment activity, while Broadhurst concentrates on ultra-high-net-worth family matters in Europe and Latin America. Practice head David Coates focuses on private M&A, while Mark Howard handles multiple corporate transactions for TMT clients.

Practice head(s):

David Coates

Other key lawyers:

Mark Howard; Helen Wong; James Broadhurst

Testimonials

‘Best value in the London market – experienced, sophisticated lawyers who can handle any M&A transaction.’

‘Good bench strength and availability of a variety skills that ensure transaction is as seamless as possible.’

‘Mark Howard is a machine: he just keeps going until the job is done. He has a really good understanding of what is important to a deal.’

Key clients

CareTech

Stonegate

Content + Cloud

Amber Infrastructure

Pure Data Centres Group

IQVIA

RSBG Investment Holdings Limited

Eddie Davies Trust

Tremor International

Spin Master Corp

IFS

Acora

Dalton Strategic Partnership LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised the founder and CEO of data centre platform Global Technical Realty and its management team on an initial $1bn investment by KKR.
  • Advised the selling shareholders of HeiQ Materials AG on its reverse takeover by Main Market listed Auctus Growth plc.
  • Advised the shareholders of Veriton Pharma on its sale to SERB Specialty Pharmaceuticals, a European specialty pharma business backed by Charterhouse Capital Partners.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Drawing on its national network of offices, DAC Beachcroft LLP leverages its broad coverage to advise on various mid-market transactions for clients in the financial services, energy, technology, construction and healthcare sectors. The team has recently been engaged on various transatlantic health sector instructions and energy deals involving foreign markets. Practice head Matthew Darling, who is praised for his 'legal, commercial, and practical' skills, leads on deals for a broad cross-section of the firm's client base, while Nick Garland, who recently arrived from Linklaters LLP, has led on high-value transactions in the TMT sector. Jonathan Deverill leads the firm's increasingly active medical cannabis practice, while Michelle Jones is noted for her equity capital markets experience.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Darling

Other key lawyers:

Nick Garland; Michelle Jones; John Dunlop; Jonathan Deverill

Testimonials

‘High quality advice, and exceptional focus and drive to get the deal completed, irrespective of deal size. Wide range of experts available to ensure advice across a broad range of areas.’

‘Matthew Darling is always available and excellent pragmatic advice. Michelle Jones and John Dunlop are also excellent and knowledgeable advisers.’

‘Matthew Darling understands what needs to be done at a legal, commercial and at a practical level.’

‘Very responsive and good at understanding the issues.’

Key clients

Viaro Energy Limited

Castleton Technology plc

Zoetic International plc

Grantcroft Limited

Adept4 plc

Exponential-e Limited

The shareholders of Barrowgate Properties Limited

Karma Technologies International Limited

Cazip Enerji Holdings Limited

Cygnet Health Care Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Viaro Energy Limited on its £248m acquisition of RockRose Energy plc.
  • Advised Castleton Technology plc on its £83m sale to MRI Software Limited.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Barrowgate Properties Limited on the sale of a property company for circa £106m.

Deloitte Legal

Deloitte Legal fields a strong technology and digital media-focused practice that regularly acts for fast-growth start-ups and household names alike. Led by Charles Claisse, the team handles numerous low to mid-market transactions for clients in the media, software, telecoms and e-commerce industries, and also receives instructions from healthcare and logistics operators. Glafkos Tombolis is noted for his healthtech and TMT focus, while Deborah Angel is recommended for her capabilities in marketing, technology and media mandates. Andy Moseby concentrates on interactive media and gaming issues, while Adam Kuan is noted for his broad commercial practice across the technology sector.

Practice head(s):

Charles Claisse

Other key lawyers:

Glafkos Tombolis; Deborah Angel; Andy Moseby; Adam Kuan

Testimonials

‘Deloitte and Kemp Little merged and the team there now has good experience in these types of smaller transaction. Charles Claisse leads the team and is well supported by Deborah Angel and Adam Kuan. They don’t over-lawyer these deals but seek to ensure that there is the right balance of commercial insight and legal protection. Joining forces with Deloitte should give them and their clients extra opportunity and additional market insights.’

‘I’ve worked with Deborah Angel on a number of deals and she is pragmatic but also thorough. She doesn’t try and browbeat the negotiating party into submission but fairly reflects their concern to ensure a sensible solution. Charles Claisse is also well positioned and Adam Kuan has been a reliable pair of hands throughout our interaction.’

‘Excellence of delivery, strong knowledge of how we operate and a willingness to hit deadlines no matter what.’

DWF

DWF is highly active in the small M&A space, leveraging its global resources to advise on an array of cross-border transactions. The firm's recent workload is testament to its strength across numerous sectors, most notably in the insurance and technology industries. The London team is led by Patrick Eaton, who acts for many of the firm's high-profile retail and insurance clients. Laurence Applegate is noted for his real estate private equity work, while Justin Edgar acts for various blue-chip corporates on domestic and cross-border transactions. Raeesa Chowdhury is recommended for her broad experience within the insurance and financial services sectors. Frank Shephard leads the national group.

Practice head(s):

Frank Shephard; Patrick Eaton

Other key lawyers:

Laurence Applegate; Justin Edgar; Raeesa Chowdhury

Testimonials

‘Leader in their field for deals of this size. Understand our business inside out.’

‘Paddy Eaton is a fantastic lawyer. Understands our business and knows what risks we can and can’t live with.’

‘Excellent legal advisory service for small to medium size insurance deals.’

‘I have been grateful for having Paddy Eaton and Raeesa Chowdhury work on various acquisitions since 2019. They are patient, knowledgeable, and collaborative. They always work tirelessly to ensure that my team and I are provided with the highest standard of deliverables. Truly dedicated professionals.’

‘A well organised team which operated seamlessly notwithstanding the challenges posed by lockdown.’

‘Pragmatic and genuinely fun to work alongside.’

‘Justin Edgar is approachable, practical, and great to work with.’

Key clients

Ocado Retail Limited

Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings Ltd

Cordia International Zrt. (part of the Futureal Group)

Keywords Studios plc

The DMW Group (now Credera)

CentralNic Group plc

Shareholders/management team of Ross Trustees Limited

PSC UK Holdings Limited

Catalis Group (Testronic Laboratories)

DNA Payments Group

Costero Holdings Limited

PSC Insurance Group Limited

Aprirose Limited

Alumno Group Limited

Ares Management Limited

Cordia Homes

ESO Capital Partners

CSM Sport and Entertainment

VCCP Media

Flybondi Holdings

Hineni Capital Ltd

Laytrip Holdings

Moda Living Limited

MM!The Party (Holdings) Ltd

SF Management S.à r.l.

The Freehold Corporation

Management Team of Wheelhouse Advisors Limited

Abysse UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Ocado Retail, the joint venture between Ocado and M&S, on the disposal of its pets business, Fetch, to Paws Holdings.
  • Acting for ASX-listed PSC Insurance Group Limited on the acquisitions (in whole or in part) of: 1) Abaco Insurance Brokers Limited; 2) Trust Insurance Services Limited; 3) Absolute Insurance Brokers Limited; and 4) Turner Financial Services Limited.
  • Advising one of the AIM Market’s largest companies Keywords Studios on its M&A programme in 2020 and 2021, acting on the acquisitions of: 1) Coconut Lizard; 2) Maverick Media; 3) Indigo Pearl; 4) Jinglebell Communication Sàrl; and 5) Tantalus Media.

Farrer & Co

Farrer & Co's well-established presence in the private wealth arena makes it a strong choice for ultra-high-net-worth individuals with ties to offshore markets seeking assistance with private M&A transactions. The team has handled a continuous flow of instructions from family offices and investment funds, as well as a number of transactions in the high-growth technology, financial services, hospitality and media sectors. Practice head Richard Lane leads on numerous deals, and is increasingly engaged on matters concerning US and Middle East-based clients. David Fletcher regularly acts for technology entrepreneurs, while Jonathan Haley specialises in private company transactions for clients in regulated industries. Marie Bates and Tom Bruce are both noted for their experience in high-profile transactions, while  Emily Jamieson is also recommended by clients for her 'broad knowledge and pragmatism'.

Practice head(s):

Richard Lane

Other key lawyers:

David Fletcher; Jonathan Haley; Marie Bates; Tom Bruce; Emily Jamieson

Testimonials

‘Approachable and knowledgeable. They are pragmatic and commercial, but still do not miss a point.’

‘Jon Haley is pragmatic, calm and sensible.’

‘Emily Jamieson is knowledgeable and incredibly organised.’

Key clients

Arbuthnot Latham & Co

BMJ Publishing Group Limited

Hambro Perks

Brookfield Business Partners LP

London Business School

PGA European Tour

Rathbone Brothers plc

Royal Society of Chemistry

SAGE Publications Limited

Somerset Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Hambro Perks – a high-growth tech investment company – on the successful acquisition of Ombu.
  • Advised PGA European Tour on a strategic alliance.
  • Advised Cine Valley Studios Development UK Limited on its venture with the University of Reading for the construction of a major film studios complex.

Fladgate LLP

Fladgate LLP’s London office is noted for its cross-border offering, fielding a number of dedicated international desks, which are routinely engaged on an array of corporate transactions for clients in the technology, energy, natural resources, leisure and real estate sectors. Practice head and equity capital markets expert David Robinson regularly handles public and private M&A for clients in the publishing and technology industries. On the international front, Alex Kaufmann and Jan Hoppe are both members of the German desk, advising numerous European clients on cross-border deals. Grant Gordon and Mythily Katsaris head up the firm’s South African and Indian groups, respectively; both are also noted for their dual qualifications. Yulia Leyko is also noted for her broad sector focus. David Harrison joined the group in mid-2021 from Shoosmiths LLP.

Practice head(s):

David Robinson

Other key lawyers:

Alex Kaufmann; Jan Hoppe; Grant Gordon; Mythily Katsaris; Yulia Leyko; David Harrison

Testimonials

‘Fladgate’s team provided excellent work and demonstrate a great level of coordination between the different practices of the firm involved in the advice.’

‘Team is fast responding, always ready and prepared. High variety of subject areas grants fast success in complex contractual matters. Appropriate use of differently skilled associates leads to cost efficiency. Team is always up to date on any developments in the project.’

‘Individuals act professionally and react fast on communication. This communication is always clear and comprehensive. Individuals do not try to create extra efforts and always take care in terms of cost efficiency. Individuals feel free to suggest alternative procedures to reach the set goals more efficiently and faster. Nonetheless the wishes of the customer are always fulfilled.’

Key clients

Zouk Capital LLP

PCB Litigation

Nickleby Capital

Patron Capital

Huma Therapeutics Limited

Hertsford Capital plc

Dev Clever Holdings plc

Krantz GmbH

YOO Capital Fund II

Cassidy Gold Corporation

Caspian Sunrise plc

The shareholders of Red Tiger Gaming Limited

Shareholders of Pentesec

United Time Corporation Limited

Guild Esports plc

Work highlights

  • Advising Zouk Capital LLP in relation to the sale of its remaining interest in Huddle, the cloud based collaboration software company.
  • Advised Patron Capital and its JV partner APAM on the sale of Arlington Business Park to CapitaLand.
  • Advised PCB Litigation on its merger with Byrne & Partners.

Fox Williams LLP

The team at Fox Williams LLP is instructed by a strong and diverse mix of domestic and international clients, most notably in the publishing, digital media and technology arenas. The firm's dedicated fintech focus makes it a key partner for disruptive, fast-growth businesses seeking assistance with a range of corporate transactions; Andrew Woolf is a key contact. Practice head Richie Clark regularly leads on both public and private M&A for clients in the technology, financial services and natural resources sectors. Recently, insolvency lead Paul Taylor has been a port of call for numerous clients seeking advice on CBILS and future fund investments; he also maintains a solid M&A practice in the SME space. On the traditional and digital media side, Mary Elliott is recommended for her sector knowledge regarding publishing and edtech transactions.

Practice head(s):

Richie Clark

Other key lawyers:

Hannah Elliott; Paul Taylor; Andrew Woolf; Mary Elliott

Testimonials

‘I found Fox Williams both efficient and friendly. They gave me sensible advice, unusually clearly expressed. I was selling my company and there are always issues between buyer and seller. They were good at smoothing these away rather than making more of them than necessary.’

‘They were sensible, intelligent, practical and helpful. I had not doubt at all of their integrity.’

‘Highly responsive and practical. Seamless transition among associates with good oversight at the partner level at the appropriate times. Very impressive.’

‘Richie Clark is outstanding. Client focused, practical and a great team leader. Instils confidence from the outset.’

‘Professional, experienced, trustworthy and responsive. Client and result focused. I would have no hesitation in recommending Fox Williams LLP.’

‘Mary Elliott was good to have on our side during intensive business sale negotiations, and agreement drafting, and completion. Mary dealt with any necessary robust actions on our behalf, and was skilled in translating the many technical legal details into plain English for board members, leading to clear, beneficial and satisfactory outcomes.’

Key clients

Constellation Software Inc

Allianz X

Adam Phones Limited

Rollins, Inc.

Revolut Ltd

Digital Moneybox Limited

Laurens Spethmann Holdings

Plexus Holdings plc

Stifel Financial Corp

Tatton Asset Management plc

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Harbottle & Lewis LLP's focus on the technology and media industries sees the team regularly acting for a broad cross-section of industry stakeholders both domestically and internationally, from blue-chip video game studios to television production companies and high-growth fintech ventures. Charles Lévêque helms the group, which is equally capable of handling transactions in a number of other sectors, including the retail, leisure and data infrastructure industries. Colin Howes is highly rated by clients for his 'intelligent and original approach' to transactional matters. Mark Phillips specialises in private M&A both for early and later stage companies, while Tim Parker concentrates on entrepreneurial and talent-led businesses. Anthony Littner's practice centres on founders and investors, while Tom Macleod is noted for his growing expertise in advising early stage businesses on M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Charles Lévêque

Other key lawyers:

Colin Howes; Mark Phillips; Tim Parker; Anthony Littner; Tom Macleod

Testimonials

‘I have used Harbottle & Lewis in a number of small and medium-sized M&A-type deals and their advice, help and support has been absolutely invaluable. I have worked with other firms but I always find myself gravitating back to them. They are accessible, smart, original thinkers and I am always delighted to have them on my side.’

‘Colin Howes is an absolutely exceptional lawyer. I have worked with Colin for a number of years in a wide and varied set of situations and he never fails to deliver the highest quality advice and guidance in a clear and simple form. His intelligent and original approach to solving often complex problems is remarkable. I cannot recommend him highly enough.’

‘Very responsive, a large team is involved. They are able to track, check and summarise the pros and cons in simple context for all changes in contract terms and ongoing negations.’

‘Tim Parker is approachable, friendly, huge amount of knowledge, explained clearly and applicably. Pleasure to work with.’

‘Attention to detail, availability and knowledge were all excellent. Colin Howes was incredibly helpful throughout.’

‘The H&L team is strong but most importantly very commercially oriented. The team members are hard-working, always available and willing to explore all possible avenues.’

Key clients

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

DeepCode AG

StorMagic Ltd

The Panoply Holdings Plc

Plato Media Ltd, t/a Hopster

Punchdrunk Global Limited

Watford & Essex

I E B Trading Ltd t/a allbeauty

iM Global Partner

All3Media

Secret Group

MUSO

Validus Risk Management

Coldpress

Temperley London

Locksmith Animation

Eiffel Investment Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. on its recommended offer to acquire Codemasters Group Holdings plc.
  • Advised DeepCode AG on its acquisition by Snyk Ltd.
  • Advised The Panoply on its acquisition of Keep IT Simple Limited.

Lewis Silkin

A range of advertisers and marketers instruct Lewis Silkin LLP for its deep sector expertise and transactional experience. Regularly acting for both high-profile international networks and independent agencies, the team, led by Paul Rajput, has also been engaged on a number of cross-border acquisitions and sales for clients in the technology, sport and media sectors. Jo Evans handles transactions for businesses operating in the creative economy, while Gavin McNaughton specialises in mid-market M&A and equity investments, and Francesa Ainsworth focuses on luxury brands and publishing clients. Geraint Tilsley  joined the team from Geldards LLP, leading the expansion of the firm’s regional corporate operations from the Cardiff office.

Practice head(s):

Paul Rajput

Other key lawyers:

Jo Evans; Gavin McNaughton; Francesca Ainsworth; Geraint Tilsley

Testimonials

‘Highly responsive and well-versed in our sector, meaning they quickly understand the intention of deal structures.’

‘Deep and strong expertise.’

‘Lewis Silkin’s M&A team bring unrivalled knowledge and track record in the broad agency/TMT field, with particular sympathy for smaller clients without their own legal resources.’

‘Paul Rajput was an exemplary lead on our deal. Always available; always the voice of reason, and clear-eyed about the other party’s agenda.’

‘Extremely strong from a legal and business standpoint. Unrivalled business acumen. Constantly creating solutions to bridge gaps.’

‘Paul Rajput is the Rolls Royce of Corporate M&A lawyers. He is capable of driving the deal by himself, asking input from his clients when necessary, provides a variety of possible solutions for his clients to choose from, and is a force of nature when it comes to driving everyone to complete.’

‘They punch above their weight giving incisive advice understanding the commercial drivers of the client.’

‘Jo Evans and Paul Rajput are both exceptional. They combine commercial and legal insights with client care that is just what is wanted.’

Key clients

Publicis Groupe SA

Walker Books

Harbour Group Industries Inc.

Next Fifteen Communications Group Plc

Havas SA

Four Communications Group Limited

Mother London Limited

Sopra Steria Group SA

Descours & Cabaud

Ladies Professional Golf Association

Artelia Group SA

Systra SA

Work highlights

  • Advised longstanding client Walker Books on the sale of the group to private equity group Trustbridge Global Media.
  • Advised Havas, one of the world’s largest global communications groups, on its acquisition of Cicero Group.
  • Advised the founders of Public Digital on its sale of a material stake in Public Digital to kyu.

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn regularly advises numerous established and fast-growing companies on a range of cross-border M&A and commercial transactions, including joint ventures, reorganisations and strategic alliances. The practice is jointly led by Walter Blake, who specialises in mining, financial services and life sciences mandates, and Carl Powlson, who focuses on real estate, TMT, infrastructure and energy deals. Philip Knowles is especially renowned for his mid-market real estate practice, as is firm-wide managing partner Andrew Blain, who splits his time between the firm's London and Edinburgh offices. Tom Swan chiefly handles corporate transactions in the energy and financial services sectors.

Practice head(s):

Walter Blake; Carl Powlson

Other key lawyers:

Philip Knowles; Tom Swan; Andrew Blain

Testimonials

‘We have worked with Carl Powlson for a considerable number of years. Carl always quickly identifies the key commercial considerations and provides clear and practical advice. We use Carl for nearly all our corporate work for this reason, he completely understands our business and what we are trying to achieve.’

‘Walter Blake is easy to work with, good at mapping out and co-ordinating complicated transactions and very effective at delivering results on time.’

‘Dedicated individuals representing us in all areas of our business. Their breath of knowledge within the firm makes them a trusted resource for our operations in the UK.’

‘I have worked with the team on a number of UK real estate transactions covering acquisitions, disposals and also refinancings. I have always been impressed with the user friendly nature of their advice which is delivered promptly, identifies the core issues and provides us with practical and commercial solutions. The team is highly competent and has always delivered us with sound advice to often complex situations.’

‘Carl Powlson is very capable at analysing complex situations and offering us a number of workable and commercial solutions. Overall, we have found the team to be very user friendly, approachable delivering timely advice to often difficult scenarios.’

‘The team is partner-led, managed efficiently, works seamlessly covering all the main areas of corporate from venture capital and private equity investment to listed public companies, focusing on the mid-market companies. With each partners having their own particular niche, as well as their general corporate expertise, when combined with strength in depth, corporate clients will find that the S&W team will be able to advise them on a wide range of matters.’

‘Carl Powlson is an excellent and very experienced corporate lawyer. Carl is extremely practical, commercial and keeps things simple for the client. Carl gives clients real options to overcome often difficult issues and finds solutions. Carl is very personable and approachable and goes the extra mile for his clients.’

Key clients

PeoplePlus Group Limited

PCI-PAL plc

ICG-Longbow

Reach plc

Bigblu Broadband PLC

Pharos Energy plc (previously SOCO International plc)

Nuclear Liabilities Fund Limited

Accrue Capital

Testcard Ltd

Andritz AG

Collagen Solutions plc

European Assets Trust

Cairn Energy plc

DySis Medical Limited

Cluff Natural Resources plc

Peninsula Energy Limited

EMR Capital

Ellandi

Miller Group

Advanta Solutions

Canaccord Genuity Limited

Stockdale Securities Limited

Trustees of Boston University

Waters Group

Scoop Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Acted for Collagen Solutions plc, on its recommended takeover by way of contractual offer by Rosen’s Diversified Inc.
  • Acted for Testcard Ltd on its fundraise in an oversubscribed EIS offer.
  • Acted for ICG-Longbow on its joint venture with Proximity Data Centres Limited.

Stevens & Bolton LLP

The Guildford-based Stevens & Bolton LLP is noted for its expertise in the technology, insurance, education, and food and beverage sectors. James Waddell leads the team, which is regularly engaged on domestic and cross-border transactions, with notable recent highlights including a number of fast-growth technology industry instructions and a series of acquisitions for pre-school and nursery groups. Veteran practitioner Richard Baxter's broad corporate practice sees him leading deals for clients in the IT, energy and hospitality industries, among others. Keith Syson's finance experience makes him a key name for clients involved in private equity-backed transactions, while Jenny Robertson concentrates on mid-market technology mandates. Nick Atkins focuses on M&A and VC fundraising activity, and also acts as the firm's jurisdiction manager for Spain and Latin America.

Practice head(s):

James Waddell

Other key lawyers:

Richard Baxter; Keith Syson; Jenny Robertson; Nick Atkins; Andrew Dodds

Testimonials

‘Keith Syson and Andrew Dodds are simply excellent. Both exceptionally bright and commercial. Very responsive always. No query is ever too small. Couldn’t fault either individual.’

‘Nick Atkins is eminently likeable, efficient and commercial. Smooth with clients and pleasant with other lawyers.’

‘High quality of work, excellent business sense, very good value for money.’

‘Richard Baxter is quiet, calm, and assertive.’

‘Seamless team with excellent industry knowledge. Excellent attention to detail, and a very safe pair of hands.’

‘Richard Baxter is able to view the issues from a commercial and legal perspective enabling a pragmatic solution to be proposed. His calm style is also a great asset when negotiating challenging points on all sides.’

Key clients

Philips

DocuSign

Slater & Gordon Group

Flint Wines

CANCOM

Bunzl

Rock Rail

ICP Nurseries

Beretta

Electric Gamebox

Quortus

Asmodee

Business Growth Fund

Zenitech

Work highlights

  • Advised Seal Software on its sale to DocuSign.
  • Advised Zenitech on its significant investment from Sovereign Capital Partners.
  • Advised Philips on the sale of Cirdan.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP handles acquisitions for a number of private equity houses and key mid-market companies in various sectors including the healthcare, business advisory, technology and real estate industries. New practice head Tim Nye, who took over from experienced private company M&A practitioner Michael Pattinson, is a driving force behind the firm’s healthcare practice, especially with regards to acquisitions and asset management matters. Alison Chivers focuses her practice on healthcare, social care and business services, while also co-heading the London office’s private equity and family office investor group. Nick Harrisingh regularly acts for blue-chip corporates and owner managers in the TMT sector on M&A transactions and fundraisings.

Practice head(s):

Tim Nye

Other key lawyers:

Alison Chivers; Nick Harrisingh; Michael Pattinson; Steven Raize

Testimonials

‘Considered and technically strong but able to forge consensus on joint venture issues.’

‘Nick Harrisingh provided professional, prompt, and knowledgeable support during our acquisition. Nick is a calm and unflappable lead. A pleasure to work with.’

‘Strong Middle East presence. Good partner interaction – personable team members.’

Key clients

Inflexion Private Equity

Caring Homes Healthcare Group Limited (via CH Octopus (Holdings) Limited)

Ignite Growth LLP

Swanton Care & Community Limited

European Vaccination Group (UK) Limited

Futura Messis Group Limited

Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP

Trinova Real Estate and Morood Investment Company

Wilson James Limited

Proact IT Group AB

Work highlights

  • Advised Ignite Growth LLP on its funding structure and acquisition of a precision engineering business, including reinvestment by a number of the selling shareholders.
  • Advised Inflexion Private Equity on its acquisition of Rosemont Pharmaceuticals Limited, by way of a carve out from US-listed company Perrigo.
  • Advising the selling shareholders of Haplo Limited, a software based research management company, on its sale to a US industry buyer.

Wedlake Bell LLP

Praised for its 'creative and commercial' approach, the team at Wedlake Bell LLP combines its cross-border capabilities with a diverse sector approach to regularly handle work for clients in the financial services, insurance, hospitality and leisure, fintech and logistics industries. The firm has increasingly fielded instructions from an international client base looking to make acquisitions and investments in the UK. Practice head Adam Lynch is an experienced M&A specialist who has recently advised car manufacturers, software companies, and care home operators on major transactions. Nigel Taylor has extensive experience in mid-market M&A and private equity-backed transactions, while Edward Craft is sought out by family investment companies and family limited partnerships on corporate governance work. Janice Wall is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Adam Lynch

Other key lawyers:

Nigel Taylor; Edward Craft; Janice Wall

Testimonials

‘Strong deal structure experience, coupled with solid team delivery.’

‘Excellent customer service orientation.’

‘Collaboration between teams was strong which helped to deliver the overall objective well. Customer service has also been strong.’

‘Both creative and commercial. Very important traits.’

Key clients

Diversified Gas & Oil plc

Global Risk Partners Limited

Rainham Environmental Holdings Limited

Urban Logistics REIT plc

Lionbridge Technologies, Inc

3i Infotech (UK) Limited

Relais Henley Holding Limited

Electus Healthcare 1 Limited

Cosworth Group Holdings Limited

Gypsy Moth Storage Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Cosworth Group Holdings Limited on the purchase of Delta Motorsports.
  • Acting for Global Risk Partners on various M&A transactions.
  • Acting for Urban Logistics REIT on the acquisition of seven regional logistics/warehouse properties via purchase of a property trust.

Armstrong Teasdale

Armstrong Teasdale regularly works with an array of private and listed companies on lower mid-market deals, both domestically and internationally. Practice head Peter Kohl is a highly experienced dual-qualified (UK and US) adviser, whose recent highlights include cross-border corporate transactions for clients in the energy, mining and engineering sectors. Martin O’Donoghue's broad M&A practice spans the fields of healthcare, biotech, fintech and hospitality, while Yvonne Costello is noted for her extensive experience in restructurings and reorganisations. Coral Yu works on M&A, private equity and capital markets transactions, and is also recommended for cross-border matters.

Practice head(s):

Peter Kohl

Other key lawyers:

Martin O’Donoghue; Yvonne Costello; Coral Yu

Key clients

Applegreen Plc / Welcome Break

Closerstill

VolkerWessels

United Oil &Gas Plc

Victoria Oil & Gas Plc

Rurelec Plc

Pembridge Resources Plc

Columbus Energy Resources Plc

Work highlights

  • Advising Scorpius on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of a Jersey company with a UK subsidiary.
  • Advised Columbus Energy on an all-share merger with Bahamas Petroleum Company PLC.
  • Advised UOG on the acquisition of Rockhopper Egypt Pty Ltd from Rockhopper Exploration PLC.

Bates Wells

Bates Wells is a strong choice for businesses and investors active in the impact economy, both domestically and internationally. Under the leadership of M&A and corporate finance head Mark Tasker, the team handles a range of small to mid-cap public and private transactions for AIM-listed clients in the UK, as well as key technology and fintech companies in various emerging markets. In addition to being a key contact for impact economy clients, Stephen Callender has a strong reputation in construction, technology and natural resources work. Matthew Gearing is recommended for his broad M&A experience, including in education, cybersecurity and material science mandates.

Practice head(s):

Mark Tasker

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Callender; Matthew Gearing

Testimonials

‘The Bates Wells M&A team inspires absolute trust and confidence every time. A genuinely partner-led service.’

‘Excellent performance on some extremely complex jobs. The team works very well together: very slick, excellent at project management, and getting the deal done. Very calm under pressure.’

‘Mark Tasker is a very good operator.  Brilliant with clients and sees the bigger picture.’

‘Stephen Callender works extremely well under huge pressure, dealing with some very complex issues and a heavy workload.’

‘Matt Gearing punches well above his weight. Great attention to detail and multi-tasking.’

‘A high quality, Magic Circle-style service at a reasonable price. Very strong in international deals and impact organisation matters.’

‘A very good, fast and pragmatic team who we have worked with a long time. Highly recommended.’

Key clients

Aggregate Industries UK Limited

Altitec Limited

BGF Group Plc

British Council

CentralNic Group Plc

Elecosoft Plc

Element Materials Technology Holding UK Ltd

Eyoto Group Limited

F M Conway Limited

Hinds Limited

P2i Ltd

Quantet Group Limited

Renal Services (UK) Ltd

Rigel Shipping Limited

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

SeaFair Germany GmbH

SigmaRoc Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Renal Services (UK) Limited on the sale of the company to DaVita UK Limited.
  • Advised the shareholders of Vivid Economics Ltd on the sale of the entire issued share capital to McKinsey & Company.

BDB Pitmans

With an ability to handle public and private M&A, BDB Pitmans continually fields instructions from a range of clients including private equity houses, construction companies, logistics groups and technology infrastructure stakeholders. Practice head Philip Lamb is regularly a lead adviser on public and private M&A transactions for TMT companies, while Nick McCarthy specialises in private equity and financial services mandates. Tessa Trevelyan Thomas, who is noted for her considerable experience in public takeovers, is a driving force behind much of the firm’s transactional work.

Practice head(s):

Philip Lamb

Other key lawyers:

Nick McCarthy; Tessa Trevelyan Thomas

Testimonials

‘Very pragmatic and commercial approach to problem solving.’

‘I have been working on M&A deals with Philip Lamb for over 30 years. His knowledge and understanding of legal and commercial matters is outstanding.’

‘They are very responsive, their turnaround times are exceptional.’

‘Highly personal service. Partner led and partner involvement in the process rather than just front person. Can-do attitude looking for solutions rather than just advising where the problems are.’

Key clients

Harwood Capital

Frenkel Topping PLC

Claranet

Candy Ventures Sarl

Ten Entertainment Group PLC

Strand Hanson Limited

Grandir UK

Epsilon Telecommunications Limited

EKF Diagnostics PLC

Xpediator PLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Harwood Capital LLP and its bid consortium on its recommended cash offer for HML Holdings.
  • Advised the shareholders of Digital Applications International Limited on the sale of the company to KION Group AG.
  • Advised AIM listed client, Frenkel Topping Group PLC, on a placing and three acquisitions.

Boodle Hatfield LLP

The team at Boodle Hatfield LLP is noted for its advice to ultra-high-net-worth individuals, family offices and fund syndicates, which frequently turn to the firm for assistance with major, cross-border private M&A transactions. Practice head Richard Bevan's niche in entrepreneurial instructions sees him leading a cross-departmental offering that acts for key stakeholders in a broad array of sectors including the housebuilding, motor sports, leisure, and hotels industries. Clients benefit from Rahul Thakrar's status as a chartered financial analyst, and his focus on structuring an array of transactions, real estate funds and profit share arrangements. Charlie Hewlett is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Richard Beavan

Other key lawyers:

Rahul Thakrar; Charlie Hewlett

Testimonials

‘Collegiate team and commercially minded team. Key strength is that their partner Rahul Thakrar has a very strong finance background and understanding which means he can understand my clients needs. Rahul is also very commercially minded. Unique in that they have a flat structure and they all seem happy. Key strengths – good problem solver, commercially minded, strong finance understanding. Nimble team who are quick to think and act.’

‘Key individual who stands out is one of their partners Rahul Thakrar who has a very strong finance background and understanding which means he can understand my clients needs. Rahul is also very commercially minded and explains and communicates with my clients very clearly and comprehensively which is greatly appreciated. Rahul is liked and highly respected by all of his clients and fellow colleagues.’

Key clients

Falco Private Office

A.S.K. Partners Limited

ADS Securities LLC

Dominus Group

Flemyn Family Office

Grosvenor

Bedford Estate

Wates

Dorsey & Whitney

The London office of Dorsey & Whitney works on numerous corporate transactions for a diverse, often international client roster. The practice has recently expanded its sports sector M&A credentials, as well as working for a number of professional services clients and mid-market investment banks. Practice head Kate Francis handles an array of domestic and cross-border transactions, most notably within the insurance industry. Mark Taylor has a strong following of AIM-listed corporates, while Fabrizio Carpanini and Carsten Greve are noted for their broad corporate finance and private equity focus.

Practice head(s):

Kate Francis

Other key lawyers:

Mark Taylor; Fabrizio Carpanini; Carsten Greve

Testimonials

‘Strong, close-knit team.’

‘The depth and strength of the team stands out.’

‘Mark Taylor can keep operate with both the lawyers viewpoint about the details of a deal and the clients viewpoint about what the organisation is trying to achieve.’

Key clients

Index Ventures

Liberty Latin America Ltd

Well-Safe Solutions Limited

PIB Group Limited

Rousaud Costas Duran

Davies Group Limited

Dunstan Thomas Group

Light Blue Optics (trading as Kaptivo)

Watchstone Group Plc

Muddy Knees Media

Cavendish Legal Group

DAZN

Exchanger Industries

Work highlights

  • Advised Liberty Latin America Ltd on its acquisition of AT&T’s wireless and wireline operations in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
  • Advised Index Ventures and its founder on the sale of Peoplevox to Descartes Systems Group.
  • Acted for PIB on its acquisition of independent insurance broker Erskine Murray.

Druces LLP

Druces LLP's practice fields a team of advisers who handle M&A and various other corporate transactions for a diverse roster of clients, spanning the healthcare, insurance, construction, mining, retail and digital media industries. Practice head Christopher Axford is noted for his niche expertise in regulated businesses and shari'ah compliant structuring work, and is a regular port of call for the firm's health and social care sector client base. Stephen Ronaldson has particular expertise in mining, oil and gas transactions, while Caroline Cropley advises international entities on group restructurings and investment structuring matters. Antony Cotton is recommended for fintech and early stage company M&A.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Axford

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Ronaldson; Caroline Cropley; Antony Cotton

Testimonials

‘Great client care and responsiveness. Willingness to collaborate with others on professional teams. Practical and proactive approach.’

‘One of Druces’ big strengths is its size; big enough to cope with anything we ask them to do, but still of a manageable size in terms of accessibility and client care. It makes dealing with the firm very easy, straightforward and stress free. Billing is fair and transparent and communication is strong, effective and on point.’

‘Antony Cotton is sensitive to the needs of our particular business and takes the trouble to understand what really matters to us; he’s an excellent lawyer, but what makes the difference is his commerciality.’

Key clients

Integrum Care Group

Belevedere Leisure Group

Sigmaroc Plc

Work highlights

  • Acting for SarKate Securities Limited on the partial sale of Elements (Europe) Limited to GS Engineering & Construction Corp.
  • Advised Dentons Pension Management regarding its acquisition of Brown Shipley & Co’s SIPP and SSAS administration and trustee businesses.
  • Advised Clear Investments on the purchase of boutique multi-office insurance intermediary.

Edwin Coe LLP

With a dedicated French language desk and a reputation for multi-jurisdictional transactional work bolstered by its membership of the international Ally Law network, Edwin Coe LLP is regularly instructed by a number of overseas companies doing deals in the UK. Led by the ‘very knowledgeable and pragmatic’ Russel Shear, the team has recently handled cross-border instructions and advised a number of high-net-worth individuals on foreign divestments. David Kinch covers the full gamut of corporate transactions, and is a key contact for European investment strategies. Alexandre Terrasse is highly regarded for matters with a French aspect, while Daniel Bellau focuses on corporate finance transactions.

Practice head(s):

Russel Shear

Other key lawyers:

David Kinch; Alexandre Terrasse; Daniel Bellau

Testimonials

‘Strong values like attention to detail, flexibility and value for money are what makes them stand out for me. We find Edwin Coe extremely responsive and co-operative.’

‘Very high calibre of skill delivered in a very scalable platform. Russel Shear is very knowledgeable and very pragmatic.’

‘The French Desk Team is very efficient on cross-border transactions. Alexandre Terrasse is a great professional with a business sensitive approach. He has, both from cultural and legal prospective, a deep knowledge of the execution of transactions.’

Key clients

Internet Fusion Limited

Otis Ltd

Oriole Resources plc (formerly Stratex International plc)

Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation

Pratt & Whitney

Chubb Fire & Security

Blick Rothenberg Limited

Raytheon Technologies

Tethyan Resources plc

Tailored Brands Inc

Valsoft Corporation

VitalHub Corp

Royal Road Minerals

Bleach London Holdings Limited

The Oakgroup (UK) Limited

H.C. Wainwright & Co

Bolt Asset Management Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for The Oakgroup Limited on the acquisition of the entire issued capital of Transforming Systems Limited.
  • Advising Bleach London Holdings Limited on a funding round from a significant number of VC investors including Mobeus Investments, Burda Principal Investments and True Capital.
  • Advising Royal Road Minerals Limited on the proposed sale of 50% interest in the Luna Roja gold project.

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP's corporate client base ranges from individual entrepreneurs and owner-managed SMEs to publicly-listed household names from the retail, leisure, logistics and government contracting sectors. Practice head and aviation expert Tom Rowley leads on many of the firm's high-profile, cross-border transactions, while the dual-qualified (UK and US) Andrew Bretherton has recently handled deals for clients in the financial services and digital media sectors. Francis Dalton's broad M&A practice sees him regularly working on mandates with a strong international aspect, while Naomi Spring concentrates on low to mid-market transactions in the insurance and financial services industries.

Practice head(s):

Tom Rowley

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Bretherton; Francis Dalton; Naomi Spring

Testimonials

‘Very approachable. Big Firm service mentality/experiences but with mid-tier pricing. Well credentialed team able to draw upon extensive prior experience.’

‘Francis Dalton is an approachable and very pragmatic lawyer. He is able to see beyond the legal framework and provides strong commercial advice.’

‘Tom Rowley employs a methodical approach: effective and efficient. Very good at dealing with the other side.’

‘Clear, concise, and good value for money.’

Key clients

Rural Insurance Group

Ascot Lloyd

Proteome Sciences plc (AIM)

Escher Group Limited

BGF

Bolt UK Services Limited

Hexagon Intergraph AB

Northbridge Industrial Services Plc

Raycliff Capital

Patron Capital

Autins Group Plc

Quixant Plc

ECSC Group Plc

finnCap Ltd

N+1 Singer Advisory LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised V.Group on the sale of its Marlins English language business and strategic partnership with Ocean Technologies Group.

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP's focus on cross-border transactions is underpinned by its network of global offices and the numerous dual-qualified fee earners within the London team. Led by Michael Bennett - who has handled many recent deals for clients in the mining, energy and life sciences industries - the team's focus on regulated sectors brings regular instructions from key stakeholders in cutting-edge industries. Michael Corcoran concentrates on advising high-growth private companies active in the medical cannabis, energy and natural resources sectors, while Malcolm Entwistle specialises in marine and aviation transactions. Shantanu Sinha, who joined the team from Mishcon de Reya LLP, handles small to mid-cap M&A for a diverse range of clients.

Practice head(s):

Michael Bennett

Other key lawyers:

Michael Corcoran; Malcolm Entwistle; Shantanu Sinha

Testimonials

‘I found the team at Hill Dickinson, led by Shantanu Sinha, very responsive and reassuring throughout the whole due diligence process, explaining clearly each step of the negotiations with the buyer’s legal team and checking back with me for my approval of any concessions or demands they felt were appropriate.’

‘Shantanu Sinha, was a pleasure to work with – always calm, good-humoured and eager to make sure I was comfortable with the process. He inspired absolute confidence in his ability to negotiate the best possible outcome for us.’

‘Very knowledgeable on M&A. All members of the team have the main strength of being very client orientated. They would explain everything, supervise the progression of the due diligence process, and take all steps not to expose the client to something untoward.’

‘Shantanu Sinha is serious, knowledgeable, very focused on detail, and shows great respect to the client.’

Key clients

Arc Minerals Limited

Sativa Group Plc

BB Energy Trading Ltd

Equatorial Palm Oil Plc

Helium One Global Ltd

Reabold Resources Plc

Two Shields Investment Plc

Block Energy Plc

The British Honey Company Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised various key shareholders on the sale  of their interests in the Lavinia Group.
  • Advised Sativa, the UK’s leading quoted CBD wellness and medicinal cannabis group, on the recommended share-for-share offer by Stillcanna Inc.
  • Advised Spinnaker Opportunities plc on the reverse takeover of Kanabo Research Limited.

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP advises a broad array of clients, including high-net-worth individuals and major retailers, on low to mid-market M&A and other strategic corporate transactions. Practice head Gillian White focuses on retail, leisure and technology sector deals, while Ashley Reeback acts for a broad cross-section of AIM-listed entities. Recent work for international M&A and corporate restructuring specialist Jonathan Polin includes handling a major cross-border disposal in the Far East, while Stephanie Brigg acts for a number of science and engineering clients. Charlotte Whitworth and Jane Brassington are recommended for their corporate real estate experience.

Practice head(s):

Gillian White; Ashley Reeback

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Polin; Stephanie Brigg; Charlotte Whitworth; Jane Brassington

Testimonials

‘Howard Kennedy brought forth the appropriately sized resources to understand and manage our transaction. Too often there is a mismatch of the size of the transaction and the relevant resources but this was not the case here. At various moments of the transaction process we leaned heavily on their expertise for “what is market” for the size of the transaction.’

‘Jonathan Polin was outstanding and stepped in at several points of the transaction to bring more than just legal knowledge to help steer us through issues. His project management skills were particularly impressive given the remote nature of the transaction and interactions with his counterparts.’

Key clients

Polski Bank Komórek Macierzystych S.A.

Galliard Holdings Limited

Almero Holdings UK Limited

Markway Inversiones SL/Platinum Estates Limited (Hong Kong)

Michels & Taylor (London) Limited

Capital on Tap

Judopay

Euroffice

Office Power

Paymentsense

Victory Innovations Acquisition Company, Inc

Durite Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Victory Innovations Acquisition Company, Inc on its acquisition of Eco Statics Global Limited, together with its 20 multi-jurisdictional subsidiaries.
  • Advised a major retailer on the sale of certain brands and intellectual property rights in Asia to a Chinese buyer based in Hong Kong.
  • Acted for the shareholders of the holding company of Durite Limited on the sale of the group to Safe Fleet.

Ince

Utilising the firm’s network of offices throughout Europe and the Middle East, the team at Ince regularly handles cross-border transactions for high-net-worth entrepreneurs and SMEs across a broad range of sectors. Practice head Alon Domb is highly experienced in private company M&A and joint ventures, and acts for clients on corporate real estate issues. Mona Patel is a seasoned transactional lawyer whose recent highlights include a number of acquisitions and group restructurings in the energy and maritime shipping sectors. Paul Toolan is recommended for TMT M&A and private equity-backed deals.

Practice head(s):

Alon Domb

Other key lawyers:

Mona Patel; Paul Toolan; James Channo

Testimonials

‘Very available and responsive to company developments in real time. Frank, clear advice – not just the ‘easy’ answer.’

Key clients

The Ince Group PLC

John Doe Group

Troubadour Theatre

Communicorp UK Limited

Vuealta Group Limited

Osprey Limited

Newpark Resources Inc

Arden Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised John Doe Group Ltd on the merger of PR companies John Doe Communications and Wire Media and its subsidiaries Socialeyes Club and Sain Home to form the amalgamated John Doe Group.

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's reputation for multi-jurisdictional transactional work makes the firm a strong choice for a varied roster of high-net-worth individuals, family offices, and private and listed companies. London corporate head Bryan Bletso also spearheads the firm's international group, with James Paton-Philip leading the firm’s Iberian offering and Debbie Serota heading up the Israeli desk. Bletso focuses on private company work for US and European entities, where he regularly works alongside Ben Gale. Paton-Philip concentrates on fast-growth technology enterprises, while Serota, who is experienced in both technology and corporate real estate issues, is a key contact within the firm's private client practice.

Practice head(s):

Bryan Bletso

Other key lawyers:

James Paton-Philip; Debbie Serota; Ben Gale

Testimonials

‘Always there to help, good breadth of all aspects of real world and the problems that go with it.’

‘So helpful and open to 24/7 queries. Really gets to know your business and the people that make it tick. If they don’t know the answer themselves always know who to go to. Bryan Bletso is first-class and so conscientious.’

‘Bryan Bletso – good overall partner management. Ben Gale – excellent senior associate, always on hand, very good lawyer and very hands on and personal,’

Key clients

Seattle Sperm Bank

CJK Group

IEP Financial Limited

2Excel Aviation

Bought by Many

Skybound Capital

Cube19

International Broadcasting Convention (IBC)

Goal Group

Gratte Brothers Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Skybound Capital on the acquisition of global financial planning company, GWM.
  • Advised the selling shareholders on the disposal of the entire issued share capital of FCSL to investment company, Literacy Capital Plc.
  • Advised Various Eateries plc on the acquisition of multiple Rare Bird Hotels.

Keystone Law

Keystone Law is well regarded by its diverse client base for its partner-led service and expertise in cross-border corporate transactions. The team regularly acts for entrepreneurs, SMEs and larger corporates on a range of acquisitions, sales, and various other strategic transactions. Key names include Nadim Zaman and Jeremy Davis; Zaman primarily focuses on cross-border M&A, with recent highlights including handling deals for high-net-worth individuals and media companies. Dee Sian is a key player in the firm’s M&A healthcare practice, while Geoffrey Davies is noted for his experience in high-profile retail transactions.

Practice head(s):

Nadim Zaman; Jeremy Davis

Other key lawyers:

Dee Sian; Geoffrey Davies

Testimonials

‘We have worked with Keystone for more than 10 years on 50+ transactions and with broadly the same set of individuals throughout that period of time. That level of continuity is key – they are to us akin to an in-house team that we work with on every deal and therefore know exactly how we work, what level of engagement we want/need, what we look for and need them to look out for. They are highly personable, always available, and very knowledgeable in their individual fields of expertise.’

‘Very personal service, built up of specialists across the various facets of deal law who dip in and out as needed with a lot of in-practise depth of experience. They are firm but fair in their approach, very pragmatic and solution orientated.’

Key clients

Teatro San Cassiano Group Ltd

HML Holdings Plc

William Edwards

Rescompany Systems Limited

Mobeus Equity Partners LLP

Hybrid Air Vehicles Limited

City and County Healthcare Group Limited

Conran Holdings

Asiability Limited

Shareholders of Dukeshill Ham Company Ltd

Intouch With Health Limited

Trutac Limited

The Rose Family

Work highlights

  • Advised Teatro San Cassiano Group Ltd on its corporate restructuring ahead of its proposed £70m joint venture for the purpose of recreating the world’s first public baroque opera house.
  • Advised HML Holdings Plc on its takeover by BDB Nominee Company Limited.
  • Acted for Conran Holdings in connection with the sale of the business and associated licensing matters.

Marriott Harrison LLP

Marriott Harrison LLP's lower mid-market M&A practice spans multiple sectors, ranging from fast-growth tech companies to key players in the media, healthcare, financial services, manufacturing and retail sectors. The team is also adept at working with institutional funds on development capital transactions, MBOs, and VC-backed deals. Practice head Daniel Jacob is well versed in the VC investment space, working regularly with entrepreneurs and companies on sales, acquisitions and investment rounds. Jonathan Leigh-Hunt's broad practice sees him leading on an array of corporate deals, while Ben Devons' recent highlights include several key transactions for high-profile retailers. Frances Spooner and David Bettis are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Jacob

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Leigh-Hunt; Ben Devons; Frances Spooner; David Bettis

Testimonials

‘Collaborative, creative problem-solving on complex transactions.’

‘Very personal and human service and willing to pull out all the stops to get the job done.’

‘Marriot Harrison stand out because of their efficiency, knowledge and personal skills. Their people go over and above expectations.’

‘A very professional and capable team. The size and quality of deal they work on is impressive and their business seems to go from strength to strength. I am always impressed with not only their technical skills but also their ability to manage large and complex transactions.’

Key clients

Delta Capita Group Limited

Chiltern Capital

Coolabi Group Limited

Mobeus Equity Partners LLP

Balderton

Accel

Amplience

Avalon

The Fulham Shore Plc

Planet Organic Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Cello Health plc on its sale to Pharma Value Demonstration Bidco Limited.
  • Advised Delta Capita Group on a £38m strategic investment made by Prytek, a multi-national technology corporation.
  • Advised Chiltern Capital LLP on its buy-out of the Southport-based Inciner8 business.

McGuireWoods London LLP

The team at McGuireWoods London LLP advises a broad roster of domestic and international clients on mid-market and cross-border transactions. Recent highlights for the team include handling major multi-jurisdictional deals in the manufacturing and engineering space, as well as a number of strategic acquisitions and partnerships for consumer goods companies operating in emerging markets. The team is jointly led by Mehboob Dossa and former cross-border group chair Patrick De Ridder, who specialises in food and drink, life sciences, and manufacturing mandates. Karl Hemingway is also noted for his cross-sector, international focus.

Practice head(s):

Mehboob Dosa; Patrick De Ridder

Other key lawyers:

Karl Hemingway

Key clients

Essentra PLC

SPX Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advising Essentra PLC on the sale of its Duraco specialty tapes business to OpenGate Capital Partners.
  • Advised SPX Corporation on its acquisition of ULC Robotics.

Memery Crystal (part of RGB Legal Services)

Memery Crystal LLP's M&A practice is routinely engaged by a range of international companies, institutions, investors and entrepreneurs on the full spectrum of transactional work. The energy, engineering, and real estate industries are key sector focuses for the team, where practice head Nick Alfillé regularly advises on both public and private deals. Veteran practitioner Lesley Gregory is particularly active in handling multi-jurisdictional transactions, while Andrew Titmas is instructed by the firm's engineering and environmental consultancy client base. Zarko Iankov concentrates on emerging markets work, while Krishen Patel is noted for his broad experience in private M&A and private equity deals. Greg Scott is highly recommended by high-net-worth individual clients.

Practice head(s):

Nick Alfillé

Other key lawyers:

Lesley Gregory; Andrew Titmas; Zarko Iankov; Krishen Patel; Greg Scott

Testimonials

‘The teams I have worked with have been immensely capable but also very pragmatic and flexible. The environment last year was clearly fraught with risk and my partner contact, Greg Scott, went above and beyond to create options.’

‘Greg Scott is an outstanding partner and a pleasure to deal with. He consistently shows a great ability to understand both our business and the drivers behind our future strategy. I treat him as a trusted adviser on a broad range of matters.’

‘Excellent service, responsive, proactive and always provide commercially relevant advice focused on reaching a solution rather than winning a legal argument.’

‘The team offers excellent service for SMEs covering corporate, employee, litigation and capital markets. They really are able to support a small company growing. We have always dealt with a diverse team at Memery Crystal and I believe in that way the firm is lead from the top, and the principles at the top that mandate diversity.’

‘Everyone at Memery Crystal that we have dealt with has always been available when needed, regardless of the pandemic.’

Key clients

Telford Homes

SmartSpace Software Plc

The owners of BIP Trading (UK) Limited

Shareholders of Ridgeway Partners Holdings Limited

RSK Group Limited

Hempyre/Next Frontier Brands

BDO

Gaming Realms

Curaleaf

Work highlights

  • Advised Telford Homes on its joint venture with SGN (formerly Southern Gas Networks and Scotland Gas Networks) for the acquisition and development of Rotherhithe Gas Works.
  • Advised SmartSpace Software Plc on the sale of its Enterprise Software Business to Four Winds Interactive (backed by US headquartered private equity house, Vista Equity Partners).
  • Advised RSK on the acquisition of Black & Veatch’s Water Europe and Water Asia businesses.

Payne Hicks Beach LLP

Payne Hicks Beach LLP is frequently sought out by a diverse roster of ultra-high-net-worth individuals and owner-managed businesses for assistance with M&A and various other strategic transactions. The team has recently been engaged on cross-border reorganisations, divestments and options exercises. The practice is jointly led by corporate head Jonathan Gatward and M&A lead Nick Sayers; Gatward concentrates on IP issues, and regularly leads on cross-border work for the firm's private wealth and entrepreneurial client base, while Sayers acts for numerous owner-managers, publicly-listed UK entities and international groups. Howard Taylor is also noted for his prolific M&A practice.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Gatward; Nick Sayers

Other key lawyers:

Howard Taylor

Key clients

Bonnier Publishing Limited

DNA Fit Life Sciences Limited

Elite Hotels (Rotherwick) Limited

Aukett Swanke Group Plc

Work highlights

  • Acting on a fundraising for an exchange which enables business to raise debt for infrastructure and development projects.
  • Acting on an investment in a London golf club, and taking the club out of administration.
  • Advising a luxury hotel group regarding the sale of a hotel within the group.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Jointly led by Matthew Martin and Guildford-based Simon Bickerdike, the M&A practice at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP works with a number of high-net-worth entrepreneurs, owner-managed businesses, investors and publicly-listed companies on a range of transactions. The team is regularly sought out by clients with significant offshore interests. Martin, who also serves as co-head of the firm's fashion, luxury and lifestyle sector group, has been a driving force behind the increasing volume of accelerated sales, restructurings and reorganisations, while Seb Orton's cross-sector experience encompasses IPOs, secondary fundraisings and public company takeovers. Michaela Britton  is a key figure for cross-border corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Martin; Simon Bickerdike

Other key lawyers:

Seb Orton; Michaela Britton

Testimonials

‘This practice is unique due to its personal touch. The team truly understands the minutiae of deals and is able to explain them in a coherent and pleasant manner. The practice ensures that all parts of the deal are carefully considered so that there are no last minute hold ups.’

‘I work very closely with Michaela Britton. She stands out as she is very approachable, easy to work with, easy to develop a professional relationship with. Her biggest attribute is that she is able to get the job done as well as keeping me up-to-date with all matter relating to the structure.’

‘The team consists of highly skilled professionals, good to cooperate with.’

Key clients

Tough Mudder UK

Doree Bonner Holdings

Needle & Thread

BM Advisory

Transearch International Partners Limited

HBL Bank UK Limited

SkinBioTherapeutics plc

finnCap

Peel Hunt

Canaccord

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP advises a range of owner-managed businesses, high-net-worth entrepreneurs and listed companies on low to mid-market private M&A transactions. The firm has been increasingly engaged on cross-border deals for clients in a diverse range of sectors including the technology, construction, infrastructure and energy industries. Practice head Thomas Colmer is particularly noted for his substantial experience in software, life sciences and fintech mandates. Keith Bottomley leads the increasingly active energy practice, while Dan Barrett-Nembhard regularly works on transactions and fundraising activities. Shirley Brookes retired in May 2020.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Colmer

Other key lawyers:

Keith Bottomley; Dan Barrett-Nembhard

Testimonials

‘An impressive mix of experience, technical ability and legal expertise, coupled with a pragmatic approach that helped us finalise terms with a rather aggressive and difficult seller. Noteworthy collaboration with their assurance and tax colleagues on due diligence and acquisition structuring issues.’

‘Thomas Colmer is outstanding at bringing his extensive deal experience to bear on difficult negotiations. Thomas is patient and eloquent, technically very sound, and has a very practical commercial approach. A pleasure to work with.’

‘Excellent legal competence and coordination with other departments.’

‘Thomas Colmer is commercial, wholly reliable, and extremely responsive.’

Key clients

Cathexis Strategies LLC

The partners of The Health Insurance Specialists and the shareholders of Right to Health Limited

Bow Street Operations Limited

Isaia e Isaia S.p.A.

The founders of Board Intelligence Limited

Enel S.p.A.

Selling shareholders and Managing Director of Macbryde Group Limited

Bridgepoint Advisers Limited, Summit Partners, LP and Calypso Technology, Inc.

TowerBrook Capital Partners

Business Integration Partners

Simons Muirhead Burton

Simons Muirhead Burton  works on private company M&A and investment transactions for a varied client base of domestic and international entities. The team is especially noted for its transactional TMT focus, where clients benefit from the corporate group’s collaboration with the firm’s tech, IP and digital rights practice. Joint practice heads Simon Goldberg and Peter Weiss are noted for their respective expertise in media and corporate finance transactions, while Neal Hodges‘ recent highlights include cross-border sales and acquisitions for various foreign companies. Natalie Wright  regularly leads on an array of corporate deals, most notably in the media, healthcare and private equity spaces.

Practice head(s):

Simon Goldberg; Peter Weiss

Other key lawyers:

Neal Hodges; Natalie Wright

Testimonials

‘Strong deep knowledge in M&A, coupled with acute customer service focus. A powerful mix.’

‘Peter Weiss is incredibly attentive, communicative and responsive. Truly great customer service. Very good all-round commercial knowledge, augmented with strong relationships across the industry to solve problems quickly and in line with customer demands.’

‘Peter Weiss, Natalie Wright and Simon Goldberg are all very capable lawyers – technically astute, energetic ambassadors for their clients and with an excellent bedside manner.’

‘Peter Weiss is able, affable and available.’

‘A partner-led and commercially-minded team with an appetite and aptitude for working with emerging, fast-growth businesses at an earlier stage than their bigger firm peers.’

‘Natalie Wright has a very high EQ, which is vital.’

‘We found Simons Muirhead Burton to be a strong and reliable partner, experienced in all aspects of a company acquisition, ranging from the commercial side, through to product and IP, property, litigation and employment.’

‘They are highly commercial, attentive and thorough with every transaction they complete. The team’s expertise is wide and varied and they work very well across departments, resulting in speedy conclusions.’

Key clients

Standby Group AB (Part of Argynnis Group AB)

Cube Management Limited

Banijay Group SAS

Dennis Publishing (UK) Limited

Hungry Bear Media Limited

Clarion Events Limited

Captini Limited

Atlantic Leaf Properties Limited

Alpha Charlie/Alexa Chung

Work highlights

  • Advised an individual owner on a high-value and high-profile partnership/investment deal in the biometics/clinical research/pharmaceutical data space.
  • Acted for shareholders of the Lucid companies on the sale of one of Europe’s leading providers of debt securities communication services solutions to Duff & Phelps.
  • Advised the founders of Beond Group Limited on a sale to AIM-listed eEnergy Group plc.

Teacher Stern LLP

Building on its strength in corporate real estate transactions, Teacher Stern LLP is increasingly active in a broad array of sectors, acting for listed and unlisted corporates and entrepreneurial ventures. Recent highlights for the team include a number of cross-border transactions in the technology and media sectors, where joint practice head Martine Nathan is noted for her 'technical excellence and extreme clarity of thought'. Practice co-head David Salisbury  is noted for his expertise in the sport sector, while Kelly Whitfield's recent highlights included sales and restructurings in the music and accountancy arenas. Claire Rollo advises SMEs and corporate real estate funds, while David Ponsford is highly regarded by clients, along with Jennifer Hawkes.

Practice head(s):

Martine Nathan; David Salisbury

Other key lawyers:

Kelly Whitfield; Claire Rollo; David Ponsford; Jennifer Hawkes

Testimonials

‘David Ponsford and his team helped us with the A to Z of our series A fundraising. They did a fantastic job under a very tight deadline.’

‘David and his team truly cared about the success of us as a client. We have started with them when the company was just founded, and they have been instrumental to our success by believing in us as from early on.’

‘The team is very approachable and collaborative with a cool, calm and commercial approach to complex transactions. It makes this team a pleasure to work with.’

‘Claire Rollo was insightful, responsive and available when partner input was required.’

‘The team are incredibly knowledgeable and personable whilst also offering a very professional service from end to end. The team have been innovative in constructing bespoke and unique solutions to complex scenarios. Where they stand out from most other firms is their relationship with other professionals such as accountants and it is through the development of this relationship they are able to offer a more rounded and efficient service without needing the client to be a middle man between the two parties.’

‘Having worked closely with Kelly Whitfield for a number of years, it is her dedication to her clients which stands out the most. She takes a vested interest in each and every one of them and provides a seamless and professional service no matter their size.’

‘A forward-looking ethos that results in future-proof advice. David Ponsford is a consummate ‘conductor’ of the other members of his legal orchestra and gives off the feeling of being unflappable and in control.’

‘The team is very responsive and deliver quality work all the time.’

Key clients

Baudoin & Lange

Big Time Gaming

Cityfleet

Continent 8

Corona Corporate Solutions

Crossflow Energy Company

David Rubin & Partners

Duke & Dexter

El Al Airlines

Fidelity Group

Football Writers Association

Metroline

Ganfeng Lithium

Genius Sports Group

Pangea Connected Limited

PMY Group

Polymateria

Pozitive Energy

Replay Gaming

Sports Invest UK

Staprix NV

BetCris

Wildstone Estates Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Polymateria Ltd on complex negotiations with large number of existing shareholders and incoming investors.
  • Advised Ganfeng Lithium Co Limited in respect of a joint venture with AIM listed company in connection with the expansion of Ganfeng’s clean tech energy products.
  • Acted for the shareholders in David Rubin & Partners Limited on its sale to Begbies Traynor.

Wallace LLP

Wallace LLP has been increasingly active in the green economy, acting for renewable energy providers and environmental policy consultancies. The team also regularly handles a range of deals for clients in the digital media, real estate investment and financial services sectors. Practice head John Woodhouse is highly experienced in acting for fast-growth companies in the technology, telecoms, sports and consulting industries. Rex Newman is noted for his work on strategic transactions, with David Judah's recent work spanning financial consultancy, engineering and apparel issues. Charlotte Wheeldon focuses on corporate finance and property sector transactions, while Laura Gillard works on deals for owner-managed business clients.

Practice head(s):

John Woodhouse

Other key lawyers:

Rex Newman; David Judah; Charlotte Wheeldon; Laura Gillard

Testimonials

‘Excellent boutique firm that delivers solid expertise and exceptional client service.’

‘The team’s obvious strength was its deep M&A expertise and knowledge. Their ability to quickly get up to speed on the sector our consultancy business was also noteworthy.’

‘Responsive. Commercial. Knowledgeable. Focus is on getting a deal done, not scoring points. Works well with other firms and builds trust.’

‘A partner-led approach with a team of experts that are both very pragmatic and commercially minded.’

‘The team provides “big firm” support and timeliness but at reasonable and competitive prices. The team also provides the right amount of practical guidance that is calibrated to smaller deals and all the accompanying quirks that come with them.’

‘Rex Newman is an outstanding lawyer. Explains the issues thoroughly, and always has an innovative solution.’

‘John Woodhouse’s client-centric approach and commitment is inspirational. His many years of experience brings a well-balanced approach comprising technical expertise and pragmatism. He provides calm, commercially minded and sound advice. He focuses on what’s truly important to protect his client’s interests.’

‘Charlotte Wheeldon provides exceptional M&A counsel and general corporate expertise that will get you through any deal. She is great to work with, always available, and provides quick turnaround on deliverables.’

Key clients

Efficio

Henry Schein

Enic

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club

Martin’s Properties

Arrow Electronics

Watford Football Club

Feed

Clancy Group

Opia

Equiteq

Simpson Spence Young

Geotechnical Consulting

Matrix IDM

HFS Research

Peppermint Events

Roasting Plant UK

Work highlights

  • Acted on the purchase of the entire issued share capital of Amsprop Tower Limited, the owner of Sceptre Court.
  • Successfully advised Efficio Management on its buy-out of its minority private equity investor, Livingbridge.
  • Advised the founding shareholders of creative agency Social Life, on the sale of the company to Jellyfish.

Wiggin LLP

Wiggin LLP's experience in the media, TV and film arena sees the team handling high-profile transactional work for an impressive roster of major studios, indie producers, and digital music platforms. The team is also routinely praised for its 'unrivalled expertise' in the gambling market, where David McLeish, Jason Fisher and practice head Ben Whitelock jointly spearhead the cross-border group. Michael Brader leads the TV production M&A desk, while Ciaran Hickey heads up the growing technology and video game practice.

Practice head(s):

Ben Whitelock

Other key lawyers:

Michael Brader; Jason Fisher; Ciaran Hickey; David McLeish

Testimonials

‘Brilliant firm – always made me feel like their most important client. All lawyers were very competitively priced for the level of their experience and skill set. Great mix of interpersonal skills and thorough technical knowledge.’

‘Ben Whitelock is very hands-on and with a high degree of attention to detail. As a client you feel very comfortable.’

‘We receive more partner attention than from any other firm. Lawyers are all extremely bright and highly specialised in their field. The team is led by the tremendous Ben Whitelock who combines great intellect and knowledge of his field with pragmatism and desire to help. Not above “rolling up his sleeves” to help out – a fantastic adviser to have on side.’

‘This team makes you feel like every transaction they advise on is their top priority. You get extremely dedicated personal service that is not only of extremely high technical calibre but cares in-depth about the business they are advising and the in-house team within it.’

‘Jason Fisher is a stand out partner. Not afraid to roll his sleeves up and always available with a very collegiate approach whether to the business or in-house team.’

‘Wiggin’s gambling industry expertise is unrivalled in the market. I would not instruct anyone else.’

‘David McLeish is a fantastic sounding board and his industry experience in-house stands him apart from other private practice partners.’

Key clients

Access Entertainment

Jaguar Land Rover

Endemol Shine

Manchester United

DAZN

Stats Perform

WiseTech Global

Telefonica Digital

Flutter Entertainment / The Stars Group

Playtech

Entain

Worldpay

Clairvest Group

Legendary Entertainment

Xplor (formerly Transaction Services Group/Clearent)

Work highlights

  • Advised Beatport on all corporate aspects of its acquisition of Loopmasters Limited and Plugin Boutique Limited. Also advised on the UK aspects of Beatport’s related financing.
  • Advised the shareholders of Silverback Films on the sale of the company – a leading natural history TV producer (credits include Our Planet) on its sale to All3Media.
  • Acted for Playtech on the sale of Yoyo Games to Opera AS.

Withers LLP

With expertise in luxury retail M&A, Withers LLP is frequently sought out by emerging and established brands on high-profile acquisitions, sales and investments. The firm also handles numerous technology and fintech transactions, and advises its ultra-high-net-worth client base on a range of acquisitions, divestments and equity investments. The team is led by Paul McGrath, who focuses on advising owner-managed businesses. Anthony Indaimo, who splits his time between London and Milan, handles cross-border corporate and finance transactions, while James Shaw has extensive technology and venture capital experience. Jamal Saleh is noted for his broad private and public transactional experience.

Practice head(s):

Paul McGrath

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Indaimo; James Shaw; Jamal Saleh; Sarah Melaney

Testimonials

‘Sarah Melaney is a star; she shows great commitment and really understands her client requirements.’

Blake Morgan LLP

Led by the 'impressive' Martin Kay, Blake Morgan LLP's London M&A practice focuses on private acquisitions and disposals for a range of corporate clients. Stojan Essex  focuses on high-net-worth individuals, entrepreneurs and owner-managed businesses, while Lawrence Phillips specialises in handling acquisitions and disposals for owner clients and board members. Clients rate Michelle Davenport for her broad transactional expertise, with recent highlights including various cross-border transactions in the financial services and leisure sectors. Sports and corporate finance specialist Dov Katz joined from Greenwoods GRM.

Practice head(s):

Martin Kay

Other key lawyers:

Lawrence Phillips; Michelle Davenport; Dov Katz; Stojan Essex

Testimonials

‘The team cover a wide range of sector experiences, giving pragmatic, considered and commercial feedback to challenges and issues raised.’

‘I have worked with Stojan Essex on several commercial deals, and the level of understanding regarding what level of detail is important, how the communication flow works and the risk/reward metrics that I am likely to find acceptable makes the process much more progressive.’

‘Dealing with Blake Morgan was an entirely positive experience. They offered clear, concise advice on a timely basis and were excellent to deal with.’

‘Martin Kay was a pleasure to work with. His work was excellent and delivered on schedule.’

‘We have always found Blake Morgan’s services to be excellent. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Michelle Davenport’s legal expertise for management buyouts, shareholder agreements, EMI share options, sale and purchase agreements, or any other aspect of mergers, acquisitions and exit strategies.’

‘Michelle is in a different league. Michelle is always very efficient and thorough, whilst explaining every step of the legal process in positive and precise, user-friendly terms.’

‘Dov Katz is a good lawyer, very attentive to the client and also personable.’

Key clients

Air France KLM

Alexander Associates Technical Recruitment Ltd

Altour Limited

Babylon Park UK Play & Entertainment Ltd

Blackbird plc

Cogora Group Limited

CVS Group Plc

Empiribox Limited

Foster Denovo Group

Globe Invest Limited

KCR Residential REIT plc

Kerry Group plc

Marketcom Technology Limited

Olivetti SpA

Optimal Ltd

Osirium Technologies plc

Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited

Sustainable Harvest, Inc.

Telecom Italia SpA and its subsidiaries

Virtual Clarity Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised MG Hotels on the share sale of The Red Lion Hotel (Henley) Limited.
  • Advised the shareholders on the share sale of Arlington Insurance Services Limited.
  • Advised Inspirata Europe Limited and Inspirata Inc. on the sale of various assets and personnel transfers to Fujifilm UK Limited.

Hamlins LLP

The corporate practice at Hamlins LLP acts for a mix of entrepreneurs, SMEs and larger corporates on public and private M&A transactions. Dual-qualified (Kyrgyz and UK) Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood heads up the team, with recent highlights including multi-jurisdictional financings in the mining sector as well as a number of property holding company divestments. Matthew Pryke is also noted for his experience in media, intellectual property and technology issues.

Practice head(s):

Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Pryke

Key clients

TCM Living Limited (formerly known as DM Midlands Holdings)

CEO of upholstery group DM Midlands Holdings

Trevali Mining Corporation

Palace Capital plc

Ted Baker Group plc

Park Plaza Hotels Europe

E-Prop Services Group plc

Oracle Racing

Bleach London

Ingenious Investments Limited

Sail GP

Work highlights

  • Advised TCM Living Limited on a corporate reorganisation of its subsidiaries, bringing them all together into an enlarged group with a view to working towards a planned UK stock market listing.
  • Advised the CEO of upholstery group DM Midlands Holdings on the acquisition of the business and assets of Arlo and Jacob out of administration.
  • Advised Trevali Mining Corporation on the corporate aspects of a second amended and restated credit agreement with a syndicate of existing lenders and a second lien secured facility agreement with Glencore Canada Corporation.

Locke Lord LLP

Locke Lord LLP is noted for its experience in handling cross-border upstream oil and gas M&A and farm-ins and farm-outs in established and emerging markets. Kevin Atkins is a key name for numerous multinational oil and gas companies, while Sean Page advises on public and private deals for clients in the financial services and retail sectors. Nicholas Jennings is noted for his experience in Middle Eastern markets.

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Atkins; Sean Page; Nicholas Jennings

Testimonials

‘Kevin Atkins is awesome. To the point, with good colour.’

Key clients

Close Brothers Group Plc

Tethys Oil

TBNG

Nightcap plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Close Brothers Group on the acquisition of Corporate Asset Solutions.
  • Represented Tethys Oil in negotiations with EOG Resources Oman Block 49 to obtain 50% interest in the exploration and production agreement.
  • Represented TBNG Limited in the acquisition of onshore producing gas assets from Valeura Energy.

Michelmores LLP

Working with its flagship Exeter office, Michelmores LLP's London practice handles lower mid-market private M&A deals across a broad variety of sectors. Ian Binnie and his team have recently handled a range of corporate transactions for clients in the technology, mining and natural resources, healthcare and financial services  industries, often with cross-border elements. Edwin Richards' recent highlights include leading on multi-jurisdictional matters in the metals, IT and beverage production sectors, while Nirav Patel specialises in impact investing and private equity-backed deals.

Practice head(s):

Ian Binnie

Other key lawyers:

Edwin Richards; Nirav Patel

Testimonials

‘Ian Binnie is commercial and understands small caps and the world of listed SMEs.’

Key clients

Soros Economic Development Fund

Whitman Howard

BRAC

TechMet

Enotria&Coe

RAB Capital

Modern Water

Sutton Harbour Group

Haynes Publishing Group Plc

Mindful Chef

Phatisa

Copper Technologies (UK)

N+1 Singer

DSM Venturing

3 Step IT UK

Work highlights

  • Acted for Whitman Howard on the company’s sale to UK-based stockbroker and investment bank, Panmure Gordon.
  • Advised Modern Water plc on its £52m recommended all-share merger with DeepVerge plc.
  • Advised longstanding client Haynes Publishing Group P.L.C. on its acquisition by Infopro Digital Group.

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP acts for a wide variety of established corporates, high-net-worth individuals and SMEs, particularly in the technology sector. In addition to fielding a dedicated family office desk, the team is also noted for its corporate real estate practice, where practice head Jonathan Thornton and the 'exceptional' Scott Leonard advise stakeholders on the sale and purchase of SPVs. David Webster focuses on the sale and purchase of private companies, while Guy Wilmot focuses on the technology and media sectors. Sally Johnston, who arrived from Ignition Law Services Limited, is especially experienced in advising start-up and scale-up businesses. Rachael Taylor is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Thornton

Other key lawyers:

Scott Leonard; David Webster; Guy Wilmot; Sally Johnston; Rachael Taylor

Testimonials

‘Russell-Cooke are the right size for our organisation. They have been with us from the start . They are pragmatic, always able to fit into our budget yet provide us with outstanding service.’

‘We have worked with Guy Wilmot for almost 20 years and couldn’t recommend him highly enough.’

‘Great diversity of fee earners, with excellent female lawyers leading client-facing delivery teams. Brilliant to collaborate with. Responsive and knowledgeable.’

‘Guy Wilmot and Sally Johnston are excellent advisers. They are advisers who advise and recommend as opposed to being consultants listing out various options and risks. Invaluable for entrepreneurs of high growth businesses.’

‘Good responsiveness and engagement from lead partner.’

‘Jonathan Thornton led an excellent team, offering swift practical advice, working well with our tax specialist. He had great support from Sally Johnston and Rachael Taylor giving advice on TUPE.’

‘Scott Leonard is a delight to work with. He makes law understandable to the lay person. His attention to detail is second to none and always provides sound, practical advice.’

‘Scott Leonard gives exceptional advice and more importantly, has always be available and accessible to give that advice. With events unfolding so swiftly, Scott’s support has been essential in our venture becoming a success.’

‘Collaborative and yet authoritative.’

Key clients

The Ilchester Estate

Phrasee Limited

Beavis Morgan LLP

G Adventures

mQube (Spring Financial)

The Edward Gostling Foundation

Bumper International Limited

char.gy Limited

Oxbury Bank Plc

Nanny Louenna Limited

Rathfinny Wine Estate Ltd

Onlife Limited

Getenergy Field Ready Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising MQube on its Future Fund convertible borrowing as part of the UK Government’s Covid rescue package and subsequent conversion into shares.
  • Advising Dezeen Limited and its shareholders on the sale of the entire issued share capital to the Danish media group JP/Politiken Media Group.
  • Advising Oxbury Bank on its Series C fundraising.

RWK Goodman

With a wide-ranging sector focus and emphasis on cross-border work, RWK Goodman routinely advises emerging private businesses, publicly listed companies and entrepreneurs on the full gamut of corporate transactions. Steered by practice head and media specialist Tanya Shillingford, the team has handled an increasing volume of M&A. Edward Hoare is a driving force behind the team's transatlantic deals, while technology lead Paul Webb  receives instructions from fast-growth companies. Dominic Prentis leads on deals for various European and North African clients, and Joanna Higton is a highly experienced corporate lawyer with significant experience in mergers, takeovers and equity investments. Jessica Nugent is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Tanya Shillingford

Other key lawyers:

Edward Hoare; Paul Webb; Dominic Prentis; Joanna Higton; Jessica Nugent

Testimonials

‘The team seems to punch above their weight and are very responsive. Even if you have a small deal they treat you like an important client.’

‘I have worked with Tanya Shillingford for over 20 years: very competent and very focused.’

‘Keith Northrop is very knowledgeable and commercially savvy.’

‘First class communication skills and the ability to see the bigger picture.’

‘Edward Hoare is an experienced and talented corporate lawyer.’

‘A very polished, knowledgeable and professional team. They think for you and ensure that the deal is developed to give you the best possible outcome.’

‘Ed Hoare is a deeply experienced, articulate and skilled commercial lawyer who represents his clients as if they were his own business. We would never use anyone else.’

‘Jessica Nugent is very commercially minded and very mindful of every detail.’

Key clients

Bidstack Group plc

Bould Opportunities plc

Catenae Innovation plc

Finlayson Media Communications Limited

Getmapping Plc

Harrogate Group plc

Highway Capital plc

Interr Limited

Lok’nStore Group Plc

Newable Private Investing Limited

Outmatch

Oxford Metrics plc

Palm Bidco Limited/Tuffnells Holdings Limited

Pavilion Books Group Limited

Pimloc Limited

Pooch & Mutt Limited

Tomco Energy plc

Trademark Global LLC

Transcend Packaging Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Outmatch on its acquisition of LaunchPad.
  • Advising the founder of Pooch & Mutt on the sale of a minority stake to the company’s key supplier.
  • Advised Palm Bidco Limited on the acquisition of The Big Green Parcel Holding Company Limited and its subsidiaries.