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

Bristows LLP

Bristows LLP's corporate practice is well-regarded for handling transactions for life sciences and technology businesses, and the department’s client base includes a number of FTSE 100 companies. Iain Redford offers extensive experience in dealing with M&A, IPOs, financings and joint ventures within the technology and life sciences sectors. Louise Eldridge supports a wide range of companies from high-growth start-ups through to financial institutions and large global corporations. David Horner and Marek Petecki are further key members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Iain Redford

Other key lawyers:

Louise Eldridge; David Horner; Marek Petecki; Matt Dennis; Richard Swaine

Testimonials

‘Very on the ball and proactive.’

‘Louise Eldridge offers a stellar service. Always on hand to assist and can get to grips with technical legal issues but dovetail that with commercial acumen.’

‘Louise Eldridge is exceptional and brings commercial sense to the table as well as good advice.’

‘Louise Eldridge is the personification of calm assuredness.’

‘The team is excellent and capable at dealing with complex transactions.’

‘Louise Eldridge is technically able and excellent at managing large complex transactions with many lawyers and third parties involved.’

‘Richard Swaine is very highly recommended and a first choice for mid-level M&A and insolvency advice.’

Key clients

AstraZeneca plc

GSK

Johnson & Johnson

WPP plc

Diageo plc

Amazon

Canon

Boeing

Oxford Sciences Enterprises PLC

Waterland Private Equity

Motion Equity Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Baringa on the sale of its climate change scenario model to asset management firm Blackrock.
  • Assisted Waterland with the corporate aspects of a significant sale, leaseback transaction and the separate subsequent carve-out of the “Aspris” education division of the Priory Group’s business.
  • Assisted WPP on several transactions, including acquisition of enterprise AI company Satalia, ecommerce platform Cloud Commerce Group, and mobile commerce brand NN4M.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s London corporate team has particular strengths in the TMT, healthcare, and financial and professional services sectors. Team head David Coates  has extensive experience acting for successful entrepreneurs, IT companies, major leisure and retail businesses, care home operators, and private equity funds. David Collins joined the team in 2021 from Dentons, bringing 30 years’ experience of advising on a broad range of UK and international cross-border corporate finance transactions, including public and private M&A, joint ventures and equity capital markets. Mark Howard has a strong focus in the IT services and software sector, while Keir Gordon has an emphasis on the data centres, and Sarah Wigington focuses on the property and healthcare sectors. Daniel Rosenberg  advises on both domestic and cross-border M&A, especially deals involving US and Canadian-based companies.

Practice head(s):

David Coates

Other key lawyers:

David Collins; Mark Howard; Keir Gordon; Sarah Wigington; Charlie Ring; Tom Smitham

Testimonials

‘Everyone on the team, from partner to associate, is technically highly capable with a good understanding of all legal aspects of a deal. In particular, having a high calibre associate helps save both time and money. Everyone on the team is highly proactive and this helps manage the timeline very efficiently. Everyone on the team also has great interpersonal relationship skills which makes it a pleasure to work with them. The team also go out of their way for any client requests.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable in this space and combines it with a commercial outlook which is really helpful. They are adept in getting deals done in a tight timeframe and cut to the heart of the issues with ease, meaning the in-house team can concentrate on the material points that really matter to the business.’

‘David Collins is my key reason to be at this firm. David is an excellent legal mind with a very pragmatic and commercial attitude. He is always keen to ensure a fast practical solution. David Collins is a star in his field.’

‘Strong, balanced and committed team. Considerable effort taken to understand our business prior to analysing the proposed transaction. Considerably better availability than other firms.’

‘Extensive knowledge and experience.’

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s London corporate finance team has strong expertise in the health, real estate, financial services, and technology sectors. Team head Jonathan Deverill has notable expertise in the medical cannabis, fashion and beauty sectors, as well as extensive multi-jurisdictional experience particularly in relation to Canada and Germany. Nick Garland has significant experience across multiple sectors including retail, energy, tech, FIG, and infrastructure. Matthew Darling  has particular expertise in transactions in the technology sector.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Deverill

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Darling; Nick Garland; Michelle Jones

Key clients

Hawkwing plc

Lords Group Trading plc

Zeus Capital Limited

Mountfield Group plc (now called U.K. SPAC plc)

CloudCoCo Group plc

A P P Wholesale Limited

Hevey Building Supplies Limited

Exponential-e Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Lords Builders Merchants Holdings Limited (subsidiary of Lords Group Trading plc) on the acquisition of AWLC Limited
  • Advising Zeus Capital Limited on Insing Al plc’s reverse takeover of Catena Group and re-admission to AIM
  • Advising CloudCoCo Group plc on its acquisition of Systems Assurance Limited

Deloitte Legal

Deloitte Legal’s corporate law team harnesses the Big Four firm's wider capabilities to combine legal, tax, financial, consulting and corporate finance advisory services to deliver a single solution to clients, covering all parts of the M&A lifecycle. In February 2021, the team expanded significantly as a result of its acquisition of Kemp Little LLP. Team head Charles Claisse has extensive experience in M&A for the digital economy. Andy Moseby has a particular focus on the digital media and gaming sectors, while Glafkos Tombolis has knowledge of the healthtech and TMT sectors.

Practice head(s):

Charles Claisse

Other key lawyers:

Andy Moseby; Glafkos Tombolis; Chris Hardman; Adam Kuan

Key clients

Vimeo, Inc

Ultima Bidco

Onvestor

TVGuide.co.uk

Kimble Applications

Arrow Communications

Banking Circle

Domu Shareholders

QS Quacquarelli Symonds

Capital D

Work highlights

  • Acting for private equity backed business Ultima Business Solutions, the automation and IT services specialists, on its acquisition of Just After Midnight Ltd, a global cloud services provider.
  • Advising Vimeo, the NASDAQ listed video hosting, sharing, and services platform provider headquartered in the US, on its strategic acquisition of Wirewax, the award-winning venture capital backed interactive video platform.
  • Acting for Kimble Applications, an award-winning software provider in professional services automation (PSA) technology, on the sale to Accel-KKR and follow on acquisitions.

DWF

Recent months have seen significant growth in the volume of high-profile deals on which DWF’s London corporate team has worked, particularly in the retail, real estate, and insurance sectors. Team head Patrick Eaton has a strong focus in the retail sector and covers a range of corporate transactional and advisory work, including private company M&A, equity finance, joint ventures and corporate structuring and reorganisations. Laurence Applegate has a particular specialism in real estate private equity, having worked on numerous real estate related matters in the UK and Europe.

Practice head(s):

Frank Shephard; Patrick Eaton

Other key lawyers:

Laurence Applegate; Justin Edgar; Raeesa Chowdhury

Testimonials

‘We felt well covered and represented and they were not afraid or holding back on challenging their own opinions – regardless of the seniority from which the opinion was coming.’

‘The individuals had a really good understanding of interpersonal and deal centric situations and gave proper guidance. They were providing the support, were trustworthy and were guiding us in each step of the way.’

 

Key clients

Ocado Retail Limited

BT PLC

Jess Deluca (co-founder of Cult Beauty Limited)

Singular Group

Netex SA

Corvus Insurance Holding Limited

US RE Private Equity Fund

HC-One Limited

Arajet Holdings Limited

Kin and Carta Plc

Workdry International Limited (Selwood Limited)

Netex Group

Maximus Companies Limited

SGS

Apposite Capital

Sovereign Capital

Croud Holdings Limited

Invicta Global Holdings Plc

Duke Street Bio Limited

Octagon I/O Limited

I Squared Capital Partners

Bamford Bus Company

Workdry International

Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings Ltd

Keywords Studios plc

The DMW Group (now Credera)

CentralNic Group plc

PSC UK Holdings Limited

DNA Payments Group

Costero Holdings Limited

PSC Insurance Group Limited

Ares Management Limited

ESO Capital Partners

CSM Sport and Entertainment

VCCP Media

Flybondi Holdings

Hineni Capital Ltd

Laytrip Holdings

Moda Living Limited

The Freehold Corporation

Abysse UK Limited

First Industrial Developments Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Cult Beauty founder, Jess DeLuca, on the sale of Cult Beauty Limited to LSE-listed The Hut Group Plc.
  • Advising one of the AIM Market’s largest companies Keywords Studios plc on its international M&A programme throughout 2021, acting on the acquisitions of: a) Climax Studios Ltd (UK); b) Tantalus Media Pty Ltd (Australia); c) Waste Holdings (UK); and d) AMC (Romania).
  • Acting as leading counsel for ASX-listed PSC Insurance Group Limited; advising on two transactions in 2021 – the acquisitions (in whole or in part) of: Abaco Insurance Brokers Limited ; and Trust Insurance Services Limited.

Farrer & Co

Farrer & Co’s corporate team has particular expertise in the financial services, media and entertainment, and property sectors. Team head Jonathan Haley  specialises in private company transactions, with particular experience acting for entrepreneurial clients on the sale of regulated businesses (FinTech and LegalTech) to both trade and private equity purchasers. Richard Lane has been acting for a growing number of new US and Middle East-based clients. David Fletcher  has a particular focus on the technology sector. Simon Ward  has in 2021 developed a focus in the regulated wealth management sector. Anthony Turner  has an extensive international practice, particularly for entrepreneurs and in the financial services sector.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Haley

Other key lawyers:

Richard Lane; David Fletcher; Simon Ward; Anthony Turner; Marie Bates; Tom Bruce; Emily Jamieson; Charlie Court; India Benjamin

Testimonials

‘The team is always quick to respond and generally provide very sound and pragmatic advice.’

‘Calm intelligence and good embracing of technology, particularly in relation company secretarial.’

‘Jon Haley – a calm and re-assuring problem solver.’

‘India Benjamin is very responsive, thorough and extremely pleasant to deal with.’

‘Richard Lane is also very responsive, helpful and commercially minded.’

‘Tom Bruce – best in the business for mid-market M&A – all over every aspect of a transaction while remaining commercially focused and pragmatic – very crisp execution.’

Key clients

Canaccord Genuity Wealth Limited

Arbuthnot Latham & Co

Brookfield Business Partners LP

London Business School

PGA European Tour

Rathbone Brothers plc

Royal Society of Chemistry

J P Boden (Holdings) Limited

Somerset Capital

T. Bailey Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management (CGWM) on its £54m acquisition of the private client investment management business of Edinburgh based Adam & Co, acquired from Royal Bank of Scotland PLC (RBS).
  • Advised T. Bailey Holdings Limited, part of the Forman Hardy Holdings Group, on the sale of its wholly owned subsidiary T. Bailey Fund Services Limited, a full-service host Authorised Corporate Directorship and fund administration service provider.
  • Advised S-Ventures plc (a listed investor in the health and wellbeing sector) on its acquisition of Pulsin (a plant-based nutrition brand) from its founders.

Fladgate LLP

Fladgate LLP’s corporate team has strong capabilities with regards to international matters, with experience of deals spanning jurisdictions such as Germany, Austria, Switzerland, India, Turkey, and Israel. Sector-wise, the team has developed specialist expertise in the technology, real estate, hotel and leisure, and recruitment sectors. Team head David Robinson , who started his legal career as a media and entertainment lawyer, has a longstanding and highly active client base in the technology, betting & gaming, sport, leisure, and resources sectors. Ian Brent has led the team in building up a niche practice in the recruitment sector.

Practice head(s):

David Robinson

Other key lawyers:

Grant Gordon; Ian Brent; Amy Collins; Jan Hoppe; Mythily Katsaris; Alex Kaufmann; Anthony Shatz; Ravi Goonesena; Yulia Leyko; Sophie Burke; Julian Lewis; Charles Wander

Testimonials

‘The team at Fladgate give 110%. They also work whatever hours are required to get the deal through to completion as quickly and efficiently as possible.They are extremely professional and their communication is outstanding.’

‘We have used Fladgate’s corporate team over the years both as support on cases as well as for our own transactional work. We have also recommended them to others. They are generally proactive and user friendly.’

‘Julian Lewis excelled in his field. He is articulate and precise and explains everything in detail so everything is fully understood. He is extremely accurate and precise in all his work. He is extremely diligent and is dedicated to ensure the process is dealt with efiently and effectively.’

‘Charles Wander is a superb lawyer, who provides sage advice and finds solutions to problems.’

‘Anthony Shatz is solutions oriented, and creative with that. He is also thorough and careful.’

Key clients

Bharti Global Limited

Eren Paper Ltd

Shareholders of Rocket Medical Group Ltd.

Holborn Hagag Limited

Founder of Energize Recruitment

Shareholders of Pentesec

DuPont Sustainable Solutions

Chal-Tec GmbH/Berlin Brand Group

Dispersion Holdings PLC (now renamed AQRU PLC)

PCB Litigation LLP

Xexec Ltd.

KWS Investment SARL

Work highlights

  • Advised Bharti Global Limited on the USD$156 million sale of its 20% stake in SB Energy Holdings Limited to Adani Green Energy Limited (“AGEL”).
  • Advised Eren Paper, a Turkish industrial conglomerate, on its acquisition of the Shotton Paper Mill in North Wales from a subsidiary of UPM-Kymmene, a Finnish listed group. Boris Johnson referred to the deal at the Global Investment Summit in Windsor.
  • Advised Gavin Jones, the exiting founder of tech recruitment company Energize Group, on its MBO.

Fox Williams LLP

Fox Williams LLP’s corporate team has strong expertise in the financial services, technology, media, travel, and professional services sectors. Led by team head Richie Clark , the team has also continued to expand its international work, most notably in the US, Canada, and Germany. Paul Osborne  has extensive experience in the technology and financial services sectors. Paul Taylor  a strong interest in advising M&A clients in the SME space. Andrew Woolf  has a focus on financial services and technology (including fintech). Guy Morgan  has particular expertise in public takeovers.

Practice head(s):

Richie Clark

Other key lawyers:

Paul Osborne; Paul Taylor; Andrew Woolf; Guy Morgan; Mary Elliott; Hannah Elliott; Bethany Silkin; Sarah Carlton

Testimonials

‘Very strong depth on the team. Associates moved in and out of a file seamlessly, particularly during COVID.’

‘Richie Clark is an exceptional leader and adviser. He brings calm and poise to the deal and has a “can do” attitude when faced with challenging timelines.’

Key clients

Constellation Software Inc

Africa Energy Corp.

Allianz X

Mindstone Learning Limited

Rollins, Inc.

Revolut Ltd

Illuminate Publishing Limited

Laurens Spethmann Holdings

Plexus Holdings plc

Alpha Lithium Corporation

Walker Books Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Allica Bank on the £710m acquisition of a c.2,000 SME customers and c.£600million of associated lending from AIB Group (UK) Plc following AIB’s exit from the SME market in Great Britain.
  • Advised new Canadian-listed client Alpha Lithium Corporation on its $290m joint venture with Russian state-backed Uranium One in respect of Alpha Lithium’s Tolillar lithium asset in Argentina.
  • Advised the founder shareholders of Moorgate Benchmarks on the $26m sale of their shares in Moorgate Benchmarks to Morningstar pursuant to a sale of the entire issued share capital of Moorgate Benchmarks.

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Harbottle & Lewis LLP’s corporate team has well-established client relationships in the technology, retail, leisure, communications, entertainment and private client sectors. Working collaboratively with other teams at the firm, the corporate team is able to cater for a wide range of client demands. Team head Charles Lévêque undertakes a broad variety of corporate work with a focus on both private and public company M&A, working with clients in the technology, media, retail, leisure and entertainment sectors.

Practice head(s):

Charles Leveque

Other key lawyers:

Colin Howes; Tim Parker; Mark Phillips; Rhys Llewellyn; Tony Littner; Tom Macleod; Ed Lane; Katerina Capras

Testimonials

‘The team are extremely fast and always have time to discuss. They have a strong blend of experience and energy to get the job done. They have great patience and temperaments, so when the pressure gets very intense they are able to take a view that is measured and uncluttered’

‘Incredibly knowledgable, excellent negotiators and very good communication.’

‘We have been using Harbottle for M&A matters for over 15 years and have always been delighted by the quality and breadth of advice received. Harbottle have advised us on deals in the UK and also helped coordinate advice on multijurisdictional transactions.’

‘Colin Howes is incredibly knowledgable.’

‘They work extremely hard. Their sector expertise is second to none. Ed Lane and Colin Howes have both got encyclopaedic memories and experience’

‘Mark Phillips and Ed Lane have both been a delight to work with, and always go the extra mile to get the best deal possible for us.’

‘Katerina Capras was a pleasure to work with. Being new to the role, I had a number of questions and Katerina was normally my first point of contact. I was never made to feel like any question was a stupid question and there was always a professional response.’

‘Katerina Capras – excellent communication, attention to detail. Diligent and always available.’

Key clients

Take Two Interactive Software Inc.

David and Victoria Beckham (DB Ventures Limited)

All3Media Limited

TPXimpact Holdings Plc (formerly The Panoply Holdings Plc)

Shareholders of Cloud Trade Technologies Limited

Majority shareholders of Inskin Media Limited

BossaNova Limited

All Things Considered (ATC) Group Plc

Driift Live Ltd

Shareholders of Discover.ai

Shareholders of Supersonic Software Limited

Iona Vrolyk (Double Dutch)

Smart Pension Limited

Primer API Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc (Take-Two), a NASDAQ listed developer, publisher and marketer of interactive entertainment, on its $378m acquisition of Nordeus.
  • Advised David and Victoria Beckham in relation to the strategic partnership that they entered into with Authentic Brands Group (ABG) relating to the ownership and development of the David Beckham brand.
  • Advised All3Media Limited (All3Media) on its acquisition of Nordic Entertainment Group’s distribution business, NENT Studios UK (formally known as DRG).

Lewis Silkin

Lewis Silkin LLP’s M&A team has particular strength in advertising and marketing, having acted for a range of top clients in the sector for many years. The team has also recently seen considerable growth in technology, fintech and start-up opportunities. In addition to acting for two of the world’s largest marketing communications networks, Publicis and Havas, team head Paul Rajput’s robust experience in this sector also extends to acting for  independent agencies in traditional advertising, PR, design, digital, social media and ad-tech.

Practice head(s):

Paul Rajput

Testimonials

‘Uniquely equipped to advise clients in the communications/data space on sophisticated legal matters. Very experienced team, capable of driving a deal efficiently and in a cost-minded fashion, involving its client on key decisions. We’ve been using Lewis Silkin for over 15 years and would recommend using them without any reservations.’

‘The team is very reactive, understands business issues and knows how to adapt to the needs of international transactions’

‘Paul Rajput is an incredibly experienced partner, with strong business acumen and great negotiating skills.’

‘Lewis Silkin lawyers are very business oriented, they know how to work with foreign correspondents, they know how to adapt their advice and assistance to any request of foreign clients. We have particularly worked with Paul Rajput and Sadiq Tajbhai who are very professional and have a great capacity to adapt to the needs of the clients.’

‘Over a very long and protracted deal, the Lewis Silkin team stayed focused and were always available with excellent advice. Quite frankly, on some areas of dispute they ran rings around the other side and when the deal broke down and there was a threat of litigation from the other side, Lewis Silkin had put us in such a strong position that the other side did not proceed.’

‘Paul Rajput was very strong and capable throughout the transaction. He is very calm and thoughtful and always makes himself available. He led his team well in the allocation of work. On this transaction he was streets ahead of the lawyers on the other side in anticipating potential problems and nullifying them from our side, so when a dispute did arise within the transaction, the other side did not actually have a leg to stand on and the threat of litigation went away.’

Key clients

Publicis Groupe SA

Havas SA

Daily Mail & General Trust Plc

Next Fifteen Communications Group Plc

Harbour Group Industries, Inc.

Sideshow Group Limited (backed by Waterland Private Equity)

Mother

Wildstone

John Bean Technologies

Providence Equity Partners (and its subsidiary 365 Retail Markets LLC)

Work highlights

  • Advised French Euronext listed Publicis Groupe SA on the 100% share acquisition of B2B Marketing Agency, Octopus Group, a B2B marketing specialist agency.
  • Acted for the shareholders in Sideshow Group on the significant investment made by Waterland Private Equity.
  • Advised the founder and other sellers of Satalia on the sale of the company to WPP, the world’s largest advertising group.

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP’s Guildford-based corporate team is a highly credible alternative to City firms, with a track record of complex, cross-border deal. Team head James Waddell acts for large corporate clients as well as owners of high-growth companies across a number of sectors, including financial services, technology, and distribution/outsourcing, and from start-up through to exit. Richard Baxter has over 30 years’ experience in M&A, sponsor backed transactions, fundraisings, corporate restructurings, joint ventures and corporate governance.

Practice head(s):

James Waddell

Other key lawyers:

Richard Baxter; Joe Bedford; Keith Syson; Jenny Robertson; Nick Atkins; Oscar Horwich

Testimonials

‘Very approachable, capable people. City quality with regional fees.’

‘James Waddell and Keith Syson are steeped in experience and very capable. All very approachable.’

‘Excellent combination of high quality work and great service. Good accessibility and fast response times.’

Key clients

Bunzl plc

Brakes

Diploma plc

ZEISER

The Ardonagh Group

DocuSign

CANCOM

Wates Group

Zenitech

Belron

Origami Energy

Kynetic

BIMM Institute

ITP Aero

Work highlights

  • Advising CANCOM SE on the sale of CANCOM UK&I to Telefónica S.A for a value of circa EUR400m.
  • Acting for DocuSign on a complex international re-organisation involving the DocuSign group spanning six jurisdictions globally.
  • Advising Diploma on its purchase of the Techsil Group, a specialist distributor of highly-engineered seals and industrial adhesives.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP’s corporate team focuses on private company M&A, with particular strength in the healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and leisure sectors. Team head Tim Nye handles a range of commercial transactions in the healthcare sector, including acquisitions, management buyouts and joint ventures. Adrian Jones has a broad corporate practice covering business start-ups, mergers and acquisitions, inward investment, public and private sector joint ventures, group re-structuring, and cross-border deals. Steven Raize specialises in advising on transactions in the recruitment sector and has substantial private equity and M&A experience.

Practice head(s):

Tim Nye

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Jones; Steven Raize; Alison Chivers; Ayda Habboush; Claire Scanlon

Testimonials

‘Value added advice with a practical approach allows us to delegate much of the process as appropriate’

‘Excellent team, available and nimble able to unlock complicated situations.’

‘Excellent team. Alison Chivers is our go-to partner at the firm.’

‘Always available to offer sound advice and guidance.’

‘Alison Chivers and her team offer excellent support and are very prompt in responding to our requests for assistance.’

Key clients

Rosemont Pharmaceuticals Limited

Yes Recycling (Fife) Limited

Rangeford Villages

Andrew Leek and Joanna Jensen

Third.i Group

Apache Capital Partners

M1 Real Estate Limited

Ian Defty of Begbies Traynor (London) LLP (as administrator) for Global Online Health Limited

Aspenway Holdings Limited, ultimately owned by BLME

Caring Homes Group

Swanton Care & Community Limited

Cornerstone Healthcare Devco Limited

Shareholders of Alanto Limited

Midven Limited

Medivet Group Limited

The shareholders of The Flavourworks Group Limited

BACE Surveyors Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Rosemont Pharmaceuticals Limited on its bolt-on acquisition of a portfolio of liquid pharmaceutical products by way of the acquisition of Yorkdale Pharma Liquids Limited from Essential Pharmaceuticals Limited.
  • Advised Recycling (Fife) Limited on the sale of shares by two of the founder shareholders to WM Morrison Supermarket Limited as well as the further equity investment into Yes Recycling (Fife) Limited by WM Morrison Supermarket Limited.
  • Acted for the selling shareholders of Tadley Holdings Limited, the holding company of the Childs Farm group on the sale to PZ Cussons (Holdings) Limited and subsequent reinvestment into the buyer group.

Wedlake Bell LLP

Wedlake Bell LLP’s corporate team was significantly boosted in spring 2022 by the acquisition of a four-strong team from Bates Wells including Mark Tasker and Stephen Callender. In 2021, the team saw a resurgence of transactions in the natural resources and energy and technology sectors. Team head Adam Lynch serves a diverse client base including public companies listed on the London Stock Exchange’s main and AIM markets, private companies, partnerships and entrepreneurs, with a focus on the hospitality and leisure, corporate real estate, and financial services sectors.

Practice head(s):

Adam Lynch

Other key lawyers:

Edward Craft; Nigel Taylor; Janice Wall; Julian Mathews; Kamalprit Lally; Mark Tasker; Stephen Callender

Testimonials

‘The team is highly capable of dealing with complex matters with a hands-on mentality. Always available when needed.’

‘The team is extremely committed and available, while being very knowledgeable and always seeking for solutions.’

‘Edward Craft is fantastic. Totally aligned with his client’s commercial needs and works relentlessly hard to achieve the best for his clients. Very practical, pragmatic and a real gentleman to deal with.’

‘Janice Wall: love the way she acts. She is very smart; full focussed on the matter at hand.’

‘Nigel Taylor and his team are efficient friendly and accessible. Good practical commercially driven advice with sound corporate legal knowledge. Great communication. Access to related and complimentary services.’

Key clients

TriSpan Rising Stars GP Limited

Global Risk Partners

Astris Advisors (UK) Limited/Rhino Holdings SCSp

Gripon Limited

Deansgate Limited

The four founder shareholders of Dentdelion SARL

Manocap Energy Limited

The Relais Cooden Beach Holding Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised TriSpan Rising Stars GP Limited on the secondary buyout of a significant majority stake in the Vietnamese restaurant group, Pho.
  • Advised Global Risk Partners on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Aquilla Insurance Brokers Limited and a minority interest in RIB Group Limited.
  • Advised Rhino Holdings SCSp (Luxembourg special limited partnership) on its acquisition of Rhino Holdings Limited (BVI company).

Wiggin LLP

Wiggin LLP’s corporate team had a busy 2021, completing over 30 M&A deals. The team has seen significant growth, particularly in the gambling, computer games, technology, and independent TV production sectors. Team head Ben Whitelock  has particular experience in advising on corporate deals in the betting and gaming, technology, TV, and publishing events sectors. Michael Brader  has extensive experience in the very active independent television production sector, working on sales and acquisitions, as well as on the formation and funding of new production ventures for both creative talent and investors. Ciaran Hickey  has particular experience in the technology, computer games, digital media and television sectors, acting for leading businesses, investors and entrepreneurs.

Practice head(s):

Ben Whitelock

Other key lawyers:

Michael Brader; Ciaran Hickey; Jason Fisher

Testimonials

‘Wiggin make every client feel as if they’re the only client. They’re responsive, communicate clearly, and always cut to the chase. Their team works together seamlessly ensuring you never have to repeat briefs or context.’

‘Ben Whitelock is the consummate professional. Highly commercial, personnable and an excellent sounding board for his clients, he gets the job done quickly with the minimum of fuss.’

‘Full partner engagement – technically first class married to a practical approach and always personable and available. this firm stands out in the legal market.’

‘The very high touch partner attention to deals and their willingness to invest time in getting to know your business and priorities when undertaking M&A.’

‘Jason Fisher is an exceptionally capable and diligent M&A and Corporate lawyer who can be trusted to take a deal through to success at reasonable rates, even when the client has limited internal resources to devote to the transaction.’

Key clients

Access Entertainment

Jaguar Land Rover

Banijay

Manchester United

DAZN

Stats Perform

UKTV

Telefonica Digital

Flutter Entertainment / The Stars Group

Playtech

Entain

Worldpay

William Hill

Evolution Gaming

Xplor

HALMA PLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Evolution Gaming on the acquisition of BigTime Gaming Pty Limited, one of the largest M&A transactions that occurred in the rapidly consolidating online betting and gaming sector in 2021.
  • Advised the shareholders of leading social media publisher, Jungle Creations, on a private equity investment from Livingbridge.
  • Advised the shareholders of Bad Wolf (one of the UK’s largest producers of scripted drama) on its sale to Sony Pictures.

Boodle Hatfield LLP

Boodle Hatfield LLP’s corporate team, which is known for being 'very creative in finding solutions', enjoyed a strong 2021, with a growing proportion of work involving a significant cross-border element. Team head Richard Bevan heads the firm's cross-departmental entrepreneurs team, acting for a large number of entrepreneurs and their associated businesses with a focus on pre-exit and their move to becoming UHNW or HNW clients. Rahul Thakrar is 'extremely intelligent, responsive and exudes confidence.'

Practice head(s):

Richard Beavan

Other key lawyers:

Rahul Thakrar; Charlie Hewlett

Testimonials

‘They are extremely knowledgeable about the mergers and acquisitions market and are very creative in finding solutions. They are deal closers and are extremely responsive.’

‘Rahul Thakrar is extremely intelligent, responsive and exudes confidence that is very helpful in having matters resolved.’

‘Incredible efficiency while managing sharp attention to detail.’

‘Rahul Thakrar is an excellent team leader and clear communicator.’

‘Very commercial in their approach and very reasonable fees compared to other legal firms of the same size.’

Rahul Thakrar is very commercially minded, with a measured approach to negotiations and very good at introductions.’

Key clients

Bricklane Technologies Ltd

Falco Private Office

A.S.K. Partners Limited

ADS Securities LLC

Dominus Group

Flemyn Family Office

Black Pearl Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Bricklane Technologies on its £600m joint venture with the Moorfield Group.

Brown Rudnick LLP

Brown Rudnick LLP has a focus on M&A within the technology sector and related innovative areas, such as advanced life sciences and climate tech. The team acts on a range of complex cross-border matters, involving both private and public companies. Practice head Mark Dorff , a dual-qualified practitioner in Massachusetts and England and Wales, supports banks, fiduciary businesses and other financial service providers. Tim Davison and Lena Hodge are further important members of the team, with the latter also taking up the position as lead of the firm’s equity capital markets group. Neil Foster, also chair of the global technology group, is renowned for his work within the TMT corporate space. Philip Watkins departed for Withers LLP in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Mark Dorff

Other key lawyers:

Lena Hodge; Neil Foster; Tim Davison; Tom Braiden

Testimonials

‘I particularly like their ability to focus on what matters and not make a meal of peripheral issues.’

‘Neil Foster is a very reassuring presence who deals calmly with difficult situations and people.’

‘Tim Davison is a very careful and thorough corporate lawyer who does not miss a trick.’

Key clients

RealVNC

BioGaia

Victoria Plc

Summit Trust Holdings Limited

Green Steam Holdings Ltd

Channel 4

Deepbridge Capital LLP

Iceotope Technologies Ltd

Coinfirm Ltd

Aviva

Work highlights

  • Advised RealVNC, a leading provider of remote access software, on its sale to Livingbridge.
  • Represented BioGaia in the acquisition of its St. Louis-based distributor in a move that strengthens the Swedish biotech company’s market position in the US.
  • Advised on the acquisition by Victoria Plc of all of the issued and outstanding stock of Cali Bamboo Holdings, Inc.(in the US).

Clyde & Co

Helmed by Simon Vere Nicoll, Clyde & Co's team is noted for its cross-border capabilities in a host of real estate, marine, energy, and commodities transactions. Nick Purnell is noted for his marine and shipping focus, as well as for his expertise in the payment services sector. Richard Elks' broad practice encompasses heavy industry, commodities, and real estate investment development projects - both domestically and internationally. Senior associates Richard Turner and Victoria Green are recommended for their respective focuses on energy transition deals and sub-Saharan African matters.

Practice head(s):

Simon Vere Nicoll

Other key lawyers:

Nick Purnell; Richard Elks; Richard Turner; Victoria Green

Testimonials

‘The firm delivers its services in a joined-up way which makes the client feel like they are at the centre of the service.’

‘Simon Vere Nicoll has always been able to get to the nub of the issue quickly, is able to communicate complex matters in plain English, and proposes pragmatic deliverable solutions. His team’s communication has always been excellent and they do take control of a matter, initiating steps to move things forward.’

Key clients

Majority Shareholders of Leon Restaurants, including co-founder John Vincent and investors Active Capital Partners and Spice Private Equity

One Braham S.A.R.L.

Cardinality Limited

Meteor S.A.R.L.

City & Provincial Properties Limited, Investec Investments (UK) Limited, Barley Investment Holdings Limited

Native Land Limited

RW1 Investments LLP and 136 George Street LP (a consortium of UK, Singaporean and Malaysian and Hong Kong investors)

Osprey Health Consulting Limited

Schulte Group

Management Team of Acquila Heywood

Sinochem Energy Co.,Ltd

The Shareholder of Saluki Properties Limited

Netco Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising the majority shareholders of Leon Restaurants on the sale of the Leon Group to EG Group.
  • Advised on the sale of the Luxembourg holding company SOF-10 Beagle Investments to a German fund for €500m.
  • Advising Cardinality in relation to securing a £2.5m Series A investment into the Company by Maven Capital Partners.

Hill Dickinson LLP

In addition to its leading AIM practice, Hill Dickinson LLP’s London corporate and commercial team also has a strong reputation in the pharmaceuticals and life sciences sector, which covers biotech, pharma, healthtech and medical devices, medical cannabis, IVF and embryo research, cell and gene therapies and genomics. In particular, the firm is one of the few involved in the medical cannabis and CBD/wellness sector. Team head Michael Bennett specialises in capital markets and mergers and acquisitions and has been particularly involved in the energy and natural resources, life sciences and medical cannabis sectors.

Practice head(s):

Michael Bennett

Other key lawyers:

Roderick Palmer; Malcolm Entwistle; Michael Corcoran; Jaspal Sekhon; Jonathan Morris; Shantanu Sinha; Diana Syziu; Sam Hudson

Testimonials

‘Michael Corcoran is a very commercially minded lawyer who provides balanced advice appropriate to the real world. He is not afraid to advocate a course of action that may carry some risk, instead pointing out the risks, the worst case scenario and what he feels the more likely outcome.’

‘What could have been a nightmare was turned into a manageable and successful experience under the calm and supremely professional leadership of Shantanu Sinha.’

‘The team is extremely well versed in shipping and very flexible to the needs of the clients. They are proactive, efficient and put forward effective solutions to unexpected hindrances to the conclusion of the agreements.’

Key clients

ADES International Holding PLC

EMMAC Life Sciences Limited

Minds + Machines Group Limited

SigmaRoc Plc

Christopher Hawksley and others

The British Honey Company Limited

Yooma Wellness Inc

Sterlite Technologies Limited

Equatorial Palm Oil Plc

Spinnaker Acquisitions Plc

Work highlights

  • Advising ADES International Holding plc on the US$516m recommended cash takeover by Innovative Energy Holding Ltd, a consortium vehicle jointly owned by ADES Investments Holding Ltd, The Public Investment Fund of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Zamil Group Investment Co.
  • Advising EMMAC Life Sciences Limited, Europe’s largest independent vertically integrated medical cannabis company, on its sale to CuraLeaf Holdings, Inc for US$345m, the largest deal in the UK medical cannabis sector to date.
  • Advising AIM-listed Minds + Machines Group on the sale of the majority of its assets to Registry Services LLC, a subsidiary of NYSE-listed US web domain group GoDaddy Inc, for up to US$120 million.

Marriott Harrison LLP

Marriott Harrison LLP’s corporate team covers a wide range of sectors, advising fast growth technology companies in sectors such as fintech, e-tail, medtech and data analytics to more traditional and established businesses in sectors such as leisure, media, education, retail, resources, engineering and manufacturing. Team head Jonathan Leigh-Hunt  has a strong focus on M&A, venture capital and private equity, and also acts for management teams, owners and investee companies on a wide range of other transactions, helping corporate clients on both day-to-day and strategic matters through their life-cycle.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Leigh-Hunt

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Jacob; Ben Devons; Andrew Ross; David Bettis; David Baverstock; Jon Sweet

Testimonials

‘Diverse and deep knowledge on M&A, property and technology matters. Excellent availability of associates and partners.’

‘We have had a superb work done by the team on our transaction. We felt very confident in their hands; and they helped to push and resolve all the issues that popped up in a timely and a professional manner.’

‘David Baverstock – skilled in M&A and commercial transactions. Exceptional advice, support and availability.’

‘They offer leadership, professionalism and the ability to mitigate over all issues, small or large.’

‘The perfect combination of knowledge, insight, experience, dedication, patience, hard work and of course sage advice. Always delivered on demand and on time.’

‘Jon Sweet is the perfect corporate advisor – his knowledge, experience and legal expertise is a foundation for tailored, direct advice in difficult and challenging situations.’

‘Daniel Jacob is an excellent lawyer but also a fantastic manager of his team and his clients. He is very impressive to observe in action.’

Key clients

The Fulham Shore plc

Chiltern Capital

Balderton Capital

Accel Partners

Coolabi Group

Gresham House

Amplience

Delta Capital Group

Keyloop

Planet Organic Limited

D3O

Perfect Image Ltd

Beringea

Primosole Holdings

Creightons

Audiotonix

Work highlights

  • Acted for Delta Capita Group Limited on its acquisition of the JDX group, following the strategic fundraising of its majority shareholder, Prytek.
  • Advised the seller of Kenyon International Services, Inc., PT Lobos LLC, on the sale of 100% of the share capital of Air Partners Plc, which is listed on the London Stock Exchange for $12,000,000.

McGuireWoods London LLP

McGuireWoods London LLP offers considerable experience in handling M&A within the food and beverage, hotels and leisure, student accommodation, care home, manufacturing and retail sectors. The firm has a specific focus on cross-border deals. Practice head Mehboob Dossa advises multinationals, capital providers, independent sponsors, family offices, private equity portfolio companies and executives on a variety of transactions. Co-head Patrick De Ridder assists public and private companies with their transactional activities, concentrating on the manufacturing, life sciences, and food and beverage industries. Karl Hemingway was promoted to the partnership in January 2022 and is recognised as a further key member of the department.

Practice head(s):

Mehboob Dosa; Patrick De Ridder

Other key lawyers:

Karl Hemingway

Testimonials

‘Detailed sector knowledge.’

‘Mehboob Dossa is professional, detailed and diligent.’

‘Great at weighing commercial matters with legal ones.’

‘Mehboob Dossa is always aware of market trends and transactions.’

Key clients

RGK Group/Angstrom Acquisitions, Inc./Asgard

Carpenter Co.

Work highlights

  • Advised Carpenter Co in its  acquisition of the Engineered Foams Business of Recticel SA/NV (ENXTBR:REC), a Belgium-based manufacturer of polyurethane foam.
  • Handled all aspects of the acquisition of Connect 2 Cleanrooms Ltd, including the PE/M&A, real estate, employment, tax and UK debt finance work.

Payne Hicks Beach LLP

Payne Hicks Beach LLP’s corporate team has in-depth experience in the financial services, technology, oil services, hotels, property, automotive, and publishing sectors. Team head Jonathan Gatward  has particular expertise in businesses with an intellectual property angle, such as publishing, fashion or new technology. Howard Taylor  is a corporate transactional lawyer specialising in the sale and purchase of companies and businesses, private equity transactions, joint ventures and public company listings and fundraisings, as well as advising on various other corporate law matters, including company reorganisation and refinancing, shareholder agreements, and lending and security documentation.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Gatward

Other key lawyers:

Howard Taylor; Isobel Symonds

Testimonials

‘Small expert team with high levels of service and advice unique in a world of large firms.’

‘Professional, knowledgeable and experienced. Well written clear unfussy advice which is on point.’

Key clients

Bonnier Publishing Limited

Fiat Chrysler (owned by Stellantis)

Elite Hotels (Rotherwick) Limited

Aukett Swanke Group Plc

Pineapple Dance Studios

IIAA Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Elite Hotels (Rotherwick) Limited on the sale of the five star Grade I listed Luton Hoo Hotel to the Arora Hotel Group.
  • Acting for the shareholders of Syntec Holdings Limited on the sale of the issued share capital to Eckoh for £31 million.
  • Acting for Bonnier Books UK Group Holdings Limited on its acquisition of Black & White Publishing, the leading independent publisher in Scotland.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP’s corporate team specialise in lower mid-market M&A with a focus on the technology, real estate, private wealth and retail sectors. Team head Matthew Martin  has extensive experience in the fashion, luxury and lifestyle sector. Seb Orton  has acted on a full range of issuer and investment bank-side transactions in the retail and health and care sectors. Chris Owen has considerable experience of acting on cross-border transactions. Helen Drayton  has extensive experience in corporate reorganisations, including solvent liquidations, demergers and the implementation of other tax planning schemes.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Martin

Other key lawyers:

Seb Orton; Chris Owen; Helen Drayton; Michaela Britton

Key clients

Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies Holdings PLC

Tough Mudder UK

Doree Bonner Holdings

Needle & Thread

BM Advisory

Transearch International Partners Limited

HBL Bank UK Limited

SkinBioTherapeutics plc

finnCap

Peel Hunt

Canaccord

Newsquest

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s corporate finance team - ‘a well balanced team that has never failed to provide first class advice’ - has extensive experience in the real estate, technology, life sciences, and energy and natural resources sectors, as well as cross-border M&A expertise for blue chip domestic and international clients. Team head Carl Powlson  is extremely experienced in advising on UK and international energy projects, with a particular interest in the real estate, TMT, infrastructure and energy sectors.

Practice head(s):

Carl Powlson

Other key lawyers:

Walter Blake; Andrew Blain; Philip Knowles; John Caldwell; Tom Swan; Alasdair Anderson

Testimonials

‘The corporate finance team’s communication is excellent and they instantly understand the commerciality of the transaction. They are a well balanced team and have never failed to provide us with a first class advice.’

‘Carl Powlson is able to cut to the commerciality of a transaction very quickly. He works tirelessly and leads his wider team very well. His communication with us is first class and we very much enjoy working with him and his team.’

‘They were all always willing to assist and make time to discuss any issues and provide necessary advice. During the entire process it felt that they were partnering with us and the entire team were as engaged with completed the deal as we were.’

‘Carl Powlson was extremely engaged in supporting the transaction and always willing to assist with whatever task or question that was raised. Carl was involved in the post acquisition restructuring aspects and, during a time of turnover in our internal legal team, provided key support to ensure the restructure was completed without issue.’

‘Nice people to work with – robust enough when needs to be and friendly and professional at all other times’

‘Carl Powlson – ever practical, always available, often insightful’

‘Great strength in depth. High level of competence/knowledge throughout and always a genuine subject matter expert who can assist.’

‘Knowledgeable about our sector. Keen to enable us to achieve the “right” result. Prudent in their assessment of prospects of success in any given course of action. Considered in their guidance as to best course of action vs a range of alternatives and of associated costs/outcome likelihoods.’

Key clients

PeoplePlus Group Limited

PCI-PAL plc

ICG-Longbow

Reach plc

Bigblu Broadband PLC

Pharos Energy plc

Accrue Capital

Testcard Ltd

Soor Capital

Panmure Gordon

Iona Capital Limited

Nuclear Liabilities Fund Limited

Andritz AG

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

  • Acting for Panmure Gordon in its role as Nomad, Broker and Sole Bookrunner on the AIM IPO of online retailer Marks Electrical Group plc, raising £30 million with a total market capitalisation of £115 million.
  • Acting for  medical technology client Testcard Ltd on its £5 million fundraise in an oversubscribed EIS offer.
  • Acting for longstanding corporate client Accrue Capital on its joint venture with a leading, independently-owned European fund manager for the purchase of the Quantum office building in Maidenhead, Berkshire.

Wallace LLP

Wallace LLP’s corporate team has been building up its specialism in advising owner-managed consulting businesses on sales for cash realisations, and has continued as exclusive legal expert to the Consultancy Growth Network, an international community for consulting business owners. Team head John Woodhouse  is trusted by many longstanding clients and is praised to be ‘a person who pre-empts events and delivers a service which is both cost effective and timely’.

Practice head(s):

John Woodhouse

Other key lawyers:

Rex Newman; David Judah; Charlotte Wheeldon; Andy Cooke; Laura Gillard

Testimonials

‘The team from Wallace knows us well as a client, hence also very good at integrating with our internal team of finance, HR and management team to distribute the work to be done across all the resources. The same goes for other external advisory teams, Wallace helps us figure out who does what.’

‘We highly rate David Judah. He is very experienced and knowledgeable lawyer and takes a straightforward approach to addressing legal issues. He really understands the needs of his clients and knows how to get the right result for them.’

‘The individuals care about doing the right thing for us – they are rightly questioning why/how/what when work gets done to make sure everything is done correctly first time.’

‘The one factor that stands out with Wallace is the ease with which one is able to approach them right through the process from start to finish.’

‘Highly competent team offering solid commercial legal advice.’

‘The Wallace team are a joy to work with, are skilled at explaining complex themes to their customers, are always available and ensure a fair result.’

‘I have worked with John Woodhouse for well over 15 years on many transactions and continue to do so as I find him not only as able but a person who pre-empts events and delivers a service which is both cost effective and timely.’

‘Andrew Cooke – always available to us and always provides grounded and thorough advice.’

Work highlights

  • Advising the shareholders of Matrix IDM Limited on its sale to Rimes Technologies
  • Advising ParentPay on its acquisition of BlueRunner Solutions
  • Advising the management team of Efficio on founder exits and related refinancing.

Withers LLP

Withers LLP’s corporate team has expertise across numerous sectors, including pharmaceuticals and life sciences, technology, hospitality, sport, and luxury brands. Team head Paul McGrath  has a particular focus on closely-held businesses and their owners, such as entrepreneurs, families or family offices. Graham Webster uses his private equity experience to provide premium advice to senior executives on their equity and incentivisation arrangements, often in the context of a primary or secondary M&A buyout. Sharon Whitehouse , qualified both as a solicitor in England and Wales and as an Italian avvocato, leads the firm’s English law team in Milan. Tim Taylor has particular experience in dealing with limited liability partnerships in professional/financial services and in relation to joint ventures in the hotel and hospitality sector. The team has recently been strengthened by a number of new recruits from Brown Rudnick LLP - Philip Watkins, Victoria Rodley and venture capital specialist Sarah Melaney.

Practice head(s):

Paul McGrath

Other key lawyers:

Graham Webster; Sharon Whitehouse; Tim Taylor; Jamal Saleh; Mark Lynch; Philip Watkins, Victoria Rodley; Sarah Melaney

Testimonials

‘Every aspect of the deal support process was great. Great communication, very thorough advice, great work with other teams within the firm for structuring.’

‘Jamal Saleh – very knowledgeable, extremely professional.’

‘Vast experience and a very switched-on, sharp team with diverse expertise of different jurisdictions and industries/businesses supported by a firm with high calibre branches/associates all over the world.’

‘Graham Webster is one of the shrewdest of legal minds in this area. His ability to weed out issues both legally, business-wise and team wise during the due diligence process is unparalleled. I not only value his legal advice but his business acumen as well – he can see the whole picture both now and pitfalls in the long term and is very straight and honest when giving counsel. Not only is he brilliant at negotiating but a joy to work with – his lightning fast thinking is a plus when speed is of the essence.’

Key clients

Entrepreneurs Fund

Funds managed by Beringea

Environmental Technologies Fund

Hermes

Environmentla Innovation Fund

Galileo Global Education UK Limited

Flowerbx Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Entrepreneurs Fund and funds managed by Beringea on their exit from their investment in a world-leading manufacturing business.
  • Acted for Environmental Technologies Fund and Hermes Environmental Innovation Fund in respect of the sale of their shares in Telensa Holdings to Dutch company Signify.
  • Acted for Galileo Global Education UK Limited on their acquisition of majority stake in Liverpool Media Academy (‘LMA’).

Armstrong Teasdale

Armstrong Teasdale’s London corporate team had a busy 2021, advising on more than 30 M&A deals. Team head Peter Kohl, qualified in both England and the United States, has more than 30 years’ transactional and advisory experience in M&A, venture capital, capital markets and corporate governance. Yvonne Costello is dual qualified in England and Wales and Ireland, while Una Deretic regularly advises clients in the retail, consumer and natural resources sectors. Martin O’Donoghue, also qualified both in England and Wales and Ireland, has considerable international experience. Joan Yu is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Peter Kohl

Other key lawyers:

Martin O’Donoghue; Yvonne Costello; Joan Yu; Una Deretic

Testimonials

‘The team feel part of the business, similar to having your own in-house legal team who are available and respond immediately with a full understanding of our business.’

‘Martin O’Donoghue was amazingly patient and calm with us taking the time to explain all the legal technicalities, the legal impacts of our decisions and steering us into a sensible position. Time was never an issue, whether on holiday, evenings or weekends, Martin was always available to call even if it was a non-legal subject. Their advice was always a blend or technical and commercial ensuring we held firm on the most important decisions.’

‘Armstrong Teasdale provides cost effective specialist advice across a wide range of sectors. The corporate team has some fantastic individual partners, and client service is partner-led.’

‘Yvonne Costello and Una Deretic are brilliant M&A lawyers loved by their clients.’

‘Commercial and technically brilliant.’

Key clients

Applegreen Plc / Welcome Break

Closerstill

VolkerWessels

United Oil & Gas Plc

Victoria Oil & Gas Plc

FKA Brands

Rurelec Plc

Pembridge Resources Plc

VSA Capital Limited

RDCP Capital

Resolve

Finsol Systems

Gobsmack

Silverwood Brands Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised FKA Brands on the $47m sale of its Salter business to FTSE listed UP Products.
  • Advised RDCP Capital on its acquisition of a majority stake in Intelling Group.
  • Advised Pembridge Resources, a U.K. headquartered company listed on the Standard List of the London Stock Exchange, on a reverse takeover of its subsidiary, Minto Explorations (now known as Minto Metals), with a transaction value of approximately CAN$ 200 million.

BDB Pitmans

BDB Pitmans’ corporate team handles a varied mix of public and private M&A; team head Philip Lamb, who has over 30 years’ experience, has particular expertise advising entrepreneurs on their equity and debt investments into early stage and high growth companies, particularly in the technology and biotech sectors. Nick McCarthy has wide experience in UK and cross border acquisitions and disposals, acting for both public and private companies. Tessa Trevelyan Thomas has led the team in developing a specialism in e-commerce M&A and in particular Amazon aggregation M&A – a niche area of M&A which has grown exponentially in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Philip Lamb

Other key lawyers:

Nick McCarthy; Tessa Trevelyan Thomas

Testimonials

‘Full-service firm across a broad range of legal areas. Provides seamless one-stop-shop solutions. Partners seem to truly collaborate internally which is felt outside of the firm by clients. Proactively embraced a new industry we were exploring as a client and made it their own as specialisation area.’

‘Tessa Trevelyan Thomas provides a down to earth and friendly approach with a focus on practical solutions for legal issues to minimise time and expenditure. She really focuses on what the client needs and quickly builds a relationship as a trusted advisor that can be relied upon.’

‘All partners are truly personable and give clients the impression of dedication and focus associated with a boutique firm, with the added benefit of the ability to deliver a full service offering.’

Key clients

Harwood Capital

Frenkel Topping PLC

Source Bioscience PLC

Claranet

Candy Ventures Sarl

Ten Entertainment Group PLC

Grandir UK

unybrands

Dwarfs BV

EKF Diagnostics PLC

Xpediator PLC

Sullivan Street Partners Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Harwood Capital on its proposed public takeover of AIM listed GYG plc. The offer was to be structured as a scheme of arrangement with an unlisted securities alternative.
  • Advised new private equity client, Sullivan Street on the purchase of Osborne Infrastructure Limited, a leading regional civil engineering and transport infrastructure business, for £31.8 million.
  • Advised the seller of the Colapz brand (selling on Amazon and wholesale) to UK Amazon aggregator Olsam – Olsam’s largest and most complex deal to date.

Dorsey & Whitney

Dorsey & Whitney‘s London office represents companies worldwide on a range of acquisitions and disposals. The firm’s client base includes AIM-listed businesses, banks and intermediaries.  M&A within the sports sector is a particular area of focus for the practice. Kate Francis oversees the team; she is recommended for handling domestic and cross-border M&A. Mark Taylor supports clients within the professional services, technology, media and real estate industries. Fabrizio Carpanini and Carsten Greve add to the firm’s strength in depth.

Practice head(s):

Kate Francis

Other key lawyers:

Mark Taylor; Fabrizio Carpanini; Carsten Greve

Testimonials

‘Carsten Greve is an efficient and very effective lawyer. He is an excellent business partner, providing practical decision-making and has an ability to take a view without excessive need for client input. He is enjoyable to work with, gives easily digestible advice to both lawyers and commercial teams within the business, and reacts quickly to all manner of enquiries from us.’

Key clients

FPE Capital LLP

Exchanger Industries

Horizon International Holdings Limited

Corsair Memory Inc

Watchstone Group plc

Davies Group Limited

Moorhouse Group Limited

DAZN

Work highlights

  • Advised the sellers of Moorhouse Group, a Wales-based insurance broker, on its acquisition by Right Choice Holdings.
  • Advised Corsair Memory Inc., a NASDAQ-listed computer peripherals and hardware company, on its strategic acquisition of BoxFX Ltd, the owner of an innovative self-hosted collaboration platform programme.
  • Advised Exchanger Industries of Canada, a designer and manufacturer of heat exchanger products, on its cross border acquisition of HRS Heat Exchangers Group operating in countries across the globe including the U.K., India, Spain, Australia and Malaysia.

Druces LLP

Druces LLP’s corporate team works closely with the wider firm's capital markets, tax and private client experts on complex M&A transactions, including multi-jurisdictional deals, complex group and ownership structures, and other linked transactions. Team head Christopher Axford, who started his career as a barrister before qualifying as a solicitor, has particular interest in regulated businesses and Sharia’a compliant structuring. Stephen Ronaldson has over 30 years’ experience in corporate law, with a particular expertise in the mining and oil and gas sectors. He also acts as company secretary for several publicly listed companies. Neil Pfister specialises in the TMT sector, working on matters for IT and internet start-ups.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Axford

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Ronaldson; Neil Pfister; Antony Cotton; Caroline Cropley; Clare Rigby; Mark Lamph; Claire Rigby

Testimonials

‘Stephen Ronaldson gives each project a great deal of personal attention. ‘

‘Highly skilled and highly responsive individuals who clearly put client care and practical support at the forefront of their service. Collaborative in their approach to transactions, working closely and efficiently with the wider client advisory team.’

‘I have found Claire Rigby to be very personable and approachable. She delivers advice on complex points to clients in an understandable and practical way and delivers impressive quality work to often tight timescales. Her clients are give a sense of being a priority and transactions are moved along promptly.’

Key clients

Global Fintech Investments Holding AG

Integrum Care Group

Exclusive Care Group

Belevedere Leisure Group

Sigmaroc PLC

Work highlights

  • Advised on the sale of Silobreaker Group, a leading cybersecurity risk and threat intelligence Software-as-a-Service.
  • Advised on a share acquisition, using a newly incorporated SPV established by Concierge 11 Limited on the acquisition from Summix Group of a hotel development.
  • Advised the purchaser, Global Fintech Investments Holding AG, in relation to its purchase of the Finablr Group, including UAE Exchange, Xpress Money and Unimoni.

Edwin Coe LLP

Edwin Coe LLP’s corporate & commercial team has particular strength in the medtech, internet retailing, real estate, hospitality and TMT sectors. The team regularly works on transactions derived from its membership of international legal network, Ally Law. Team head Russel Shear  is regularly involved in complex cross-border transactions and has particular sector expertise in natural resources and technology. David Kinch  has wide experience in acting for a range of corporate and individual clients. Alexandre Terrasse  advises French companies, entrepreneurs and individuals on all aspects of corporate and commercial transactions as well as on a wide range of investment opportunities in the UK. Daniel Bellau, who previously led the corporate team at Hamlins LLP, joined the team in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Russel Shear

Other key lawyers:

David Kinch; Alexandre Terrasse; Daniel Bellau

Testimonials

‘Very attentive and practical’

‘They have the necessary breadth of skilled resources to handle almost all of our legal requirements.’

Key clients

A Oppenheimer & Co. Limited and Mitchell Orchant

Royal Road Minerals Limited

The Oakgroup (UK) Limited

Intouch with Health Ltd

VitalHub Corporation

Shareholders of Element-46 Limited

Nano Dimension Limited

TCM Living Limited

Internet Fusion Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising on a series of related acquisitions in the healthcare technology market for The Oakgroup, Intouch with Health and their parent company VitalHub Corp.
  • Advising the sellers of C. Gars Limited, the leading UK based retail and wholesale cigar and whiskey specialist on the sale of the company to Dominique London NV.
  • Advising on the disposal of the T.S.S, a company which provides manned guarding services to large retail organisations such as Tesco and Morrisons.

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP’ London corporate team has a focus on M&A, private equity and equity capital markets transactions in the range of £5-£50m. Team head Tom Rowley  has a broad practice covering the full range of M&A, private equity, and equity capital markets deals and acts for clients across a variety of sectors, including industrials, technology, real estate, and aviation. Peter Hill  has particular expertise in the financial services sector, having advised on many market-leading insurance broker transactions.

Practice head(s):

Tom Rowley

Other key lawyers:

Peter Hill; Francis Dalton; Naomi Spring; Matthew Cooper

Testimonials

‘Freeths have great experience on private equity bolt-ons with a specialist focus on portfolio work. They are particularly adept at managing transactions on the buy-side where the sellers are owner/founder managers. I particularly liked their succinct fee proposals, very commercial in approach and easily understood by my deal team colleagues. They approach to fees is straightforward, commercial and transparent. They see their role as a partner and not just a service provider. They are more than a match for many of the larger City firms we work with.’

‘Francis Dalton is a skillful and shrewd negotiator, legally exceptional, easy to work with and very responsive. While he is very hands-on, he lets his very competent senior associate take a lead role in negotiations and only leans in when required to emphasize the importance of his client’s position.’

‘Naomi Spring is a class act. She is type of senior associate your want to bottle and give to your other relationship firms. She is personable, bright, fastidiously organised and very responsive. She is a great deal executioner, with good recall and attention to detail.’

Key clients

Autins Group Plc

Bolt UK Services Limited

Northbridge Industrial Services Plc

Hexagon Intergraph AB

Hanover Investors Management LLP

Celeres Investment Limited

Perci Health

Air CM Global Limited

Cambridge Power Limited

finnCap Ltd

ECSC Group Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised the management shareholders of Charles Cameron & Associates Limited on its sale to Socium Group.
  • Assisted Hexagon AB on non-US aspects of its $2.75billion acquisition of Infor EAM, a SaaS-based asset management solution for multiply industry sectors.
  • Advised Hanover Investors Management LLP on the acquisition of eCOGRA, a leading independent and internationally approved testing and certification agency for the online gambling industry.

GSC Solicitors LLP

GSC Solicitors LLP‘s corporate and commercial team works across a range of sectors, with niche expertise in the life sciences,  pharmaceutical, healthcare, and technology sectors. Team head Clive Halperin, a qualified pharmacist, has a particular interest in technology and artificial intelligence. David Nathan  has particular expertise in the hospitality and care home sectors.

Practice head(s):

Clive Halperin

Other key lawyers:

David Nathan

Testimonials

‘David Nathan is extremely diligent and thorough in commercial transactions.’

Key clients

Factotum Group

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP’s 'technically very astute' M&A team enjoyed a very busy 2021; Gillian White  is an expert in corporate transactional work, but also acts in an advisory capacity in connection with shareholder disputes and corporate governance matters. Ashley Reeback specialises in all forms of corporate law with an emphasis on M&A and AIM related transactions. Jonathan Polin , also a UK corporate restructuring specialist, has acted on significant UK and European real estate deals and has a broad experience acting for betting and gaming companies. Paul Glassberg  has considerable experience in online/tech and fintech, real estate, retail and leisure, and the distressed sectors. Anthony Hunt  focuses on the real estate sector, acting for domestic and international investors and developers, in particular in the hotel, retail, restaurant and leisure sectors.

Practice head(s):

Gillian White; Ashley Reeback

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Polin; Paul Glassberg; Anthony Hunt; Jane Brassington; Stephanie Brigg; Charlotte Whitworth

Testimonials

‘A strong team across all aspects of business. We particularly use them for M&A – due diligence and SPA drafting – and we have never been let down over more than 10 years and at least 10 deals.’

‘Technically very astute. Good team leadership and delegation. Very effective communication with client and counsel.’

‘I have confidence in their strategic and technical judgement. They make the right calls. You feel in safe hands’

‘Ashley Reeback has been the partner we’ve worked with for many years. He pulls the team together based on what and when we need it – and he’s always involved so no balls get dropped.’

Key clients

Polski Bank Komórek Macierzystych S.A.

Paymentsense

Victory Innovations Acquisition Company, Inc

Yorkshire County Cricket Club

CS2 Limited

Dakun (Daniel) Wang

Drake Food Service International

Impact Air Systems Limited and Impact Technical Services Limited

Durite

Toppan Digital Language Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Toppan Digital Language Ltd, a leading translations service provider, on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of GlobaLexicon Limited together with its wholly-owned subsidiary in the US and a representative office in Spain.
  • Advised Durite, the UK’s leading brand in Vehicle Safety, Lighting and Auto Electrical parts for commercial vehicles and general automotive aftermarket, on its sale to Safe Fleet.

Ince

Ince’s corporate team has a diverse client base comprising private equity houses, venture capitalists, start-ups, financial institutions, and multinational corporations. Team head Alon Domb has over 30 years of advising on a broad range of private company M&A and joint ventures, with a particular focus on deals with a corporate real estate element. Rebecca Ferguson  is a corporate law specialist with considerable experience of advising on public and private mergers and acquisitions, as well as IPOs and secondary offerings on AIM and the main markets of the London Stock Exchange.

Practice head(s):

Alon Domb

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Ferguson; Stephen Jarvis; Matthew Stratton; Mona Patel; James Channo; Francesca Jus-Burke; Jenny Constable; Alex Davidson

Testimonials

‘Mona Patel and Francesca Jus-Burke – strong in negotiations with a good sense for solutions.’

‘Matthew Stratton is a stand-out partner, taking responsibility for his clients’ needs.’

 

Key clients

High Tide Inc.

Skills Training UK Limited

Wire Media Limited

Moon Beever LLP

Mint Green Consultancy Limited

Arden Partners plc

The Ince Group plc

Rebecca Abigail PR Ltd t/a R. Agency

Osprey Limited

IPE International Publishers Ltd

Supercede Technology Ltd

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell’s corporate practice is described as a ‘pragmatic, client focussed team that understands private company businesses’. In addition to being the exclusive UK member firm of First Law International, a global network of independent law firms covering over 80 countries, Irwin Mitchell recently further expanded its international reach by joining the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council, the business arm of the official Commonwealth body of 54 countries. Team head Bryan Bletso  has over 25 years’ experience, with a track record of work on cross-border matters. Debbie Serota specialises in M&A, joint ventures, equity fundraisings and shareholder agreements.

Practice head(s):

Bryan Bletso

Other key lawyers:

Debbie Serota; Ben Gale; Richard Collis; Christian Vale

Testimonials

‘Experts over a large range of issues’

‘I really enjoy working with the members of staff. They are people’s people. They don’t use to much jargon and someone is always available’

‘Pragmatic, client focussed team that understand private company businesses’

‘Ease of access, clear responses’

‘Theirs is a very personal service with genuinely invested, talented individuals, who offer tremendous skills and knowledge. When this is coupled with their calm efficient approach and slick process management, it makes for a very productive combination.’

‘Although we worked with a talented team our main contact and anchor was Bryan Bletso. Bryan is a very professional individual, an excellent communicator and a genuinely nice person to work with. What ever challenge we faced you always knew that you were very safe in Bryan’s hands.’

Key clients

The Source (Hastings) Holdings Limited

Seattle Sperm Bank LLC

Daniel Joseph McGuire

United Safety & Survivability Corp

Bought By Many Ltd

Ascent Performance Group Limited

Zafin Labs Americas Incorporated

Borrow A Boat

Work highlights

  • Advised The Source (Hastings) Holdings Limited (the world’s leading omni-channel BMX retailer) on an investment into the company by British Growth Fund and others, by way of a mixture of equity and loan notes.
  • Advised Seattle Sperm Bank LLC, a US fertility business, on its strategic acquisition of a UK based laboratory, Brighton Fertility Associates.
  • Advised Dan McGuire on the disposal of his entire shareholding in cube19 Ltd, a recruitment technology company, as part of the wider sale of the entire issued share capital of the company to large US firm, Bullhorn Inc.

Memery Crystal (part of RBG Legal Services)

Memery Crystal (see also Rosenblatt)’s M&A team has particular strengths in the professional services, technology, real estate, wellness, gaming/gambling, financial services and natural resources sectors. Team head Nick Alfillé specialises in M&A for both private and public companies, private equity, joint ventures, and corporate restructuring. Lesley Gregory has over 30 years’ experience in handling international M&A transactions, acting for UK-based clients acquiring companies across a wide range of jurisdictions as well as overseas companies making public or private acquisitions within the UK.

Practice head(s):

Nick Alfillé

Other key lawyers:

Lesley Gregory; Andrew Titmas; Greg Scott; Jon Lovitt; Christopher Allen; Melanie Belford; Natalie Georgiou

Testimonials

‘Strong commercial focus, with advice always balanced between legal best practice and what makes sense in the real world. Solution driven approach, rather than rigid. Responsive and strong communicators.’

‘Nick Alfille is approachable, commercial, clear in communication, and manages expectation well. His approach has helped navigate a couple of deals for us and overcome issues along the way.’

Key clients

Celonis

Curaleaf

Vitality CBD

Shareholders of Ridgeway Partners Holdings Limited

RSK Group

Silver Point Capital

Telford Homes

Marmalade Game Studio

BTC Africa S.A. (AZA Finance)

Gemserv

Brave Bison plc

Global Mentors Group

Next Frontier Brands

Songtradr

Gaming Realms

Work highlights

  • Advising RSK Group, a global leader in the delivery of sustainable solutions, on c. 25 acquisitions overt a year.
  • Advising Vitality CBD on its £10.2m acquisition by CSE/AQSE-listed Yooma Wellness via the company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Yooma Europe Limited.
  • Advising Telford Homes on their partnership with Catalyst, one of the UK’s leading housing associations, for the Capital Interchange Way development in Brentford, West London.

Teacher Stern LLP

Teacher Stern LLP‘s client base includes UK and international corporates, entrepreneurial companies as well as high profile individuals within sport, film and music. The practice has expanded beyond focusing on real estate transactions, with increasing volumes of general corporate deals. Kelly Whitfield leads the team, providing advice across all aspects of M&A, investments and disposals related to private companies. Co-head David Salisbury has considerable experience in the field of sport, acting for owners and purchasers of Premier League and Football League clubs in takeovers. Claire Rollo is recommended for supporting businesses, security service providers and property developers. David Ponsford is another key name to note. Frank Jennings joined the firm as head of commercial in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Kelly Whitfield; David Salisbury

Other key lawyers:

Claire Rollo; David Ponsford

Testimonials

‘David Ponsford understands the commerciality of a transaction and is prepared to depart from the standard norms to provide the advice and contracts needed for each individual transaction.’

‘Go-to choice when it comes corporate and M&A related matters.’

‘David Ponsford is always dedicated to the work, very honest and transparent, commercially oriented and offers great reliability.’

Key clients

Baudoin & Lange

BetCris

Big Time Gaming

Cardiff Road Estates

Centennial Properties Limited

Cityfleet

Continent 8

Corona Corporate Solutions

David Rubin & Partners

Duke & Dexter

El Al Airlines

Fidelity Group

Football Writers Association

Ganfeng Lithium

Gastronomy Limited

Genius Sports Group

Metroline

PMY Group

Pozitive Energy

Replay Gaming

Sports Invest UK

Wildstone Estates Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Corona Group, who acquired the shares in a provider of office solutions and equipment.
  • Advised Ganfeng Lithium Co Ltd in their joint venture with Bacanora Lithium Plc in respect of Bacanora’s lithium Sonora mining project in Mexico.
  • Advised Scottish Citylink Coaches Limited on its acquisition of the marketing, retail and customer service activities of the Megabus and Falcon businesses and Braddell Limited on its purchase of the shares in Scottish Citylink.

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP’s London corporate team acts for international companies, SMEs, founder managed businesses and start-ups on the full range of corporate work, focusing primarily on private acquisitions and disposals. Team head Martin Kay, highly experienced in both on- and off-market M&A, is an active member of the Quoted Companies Alliance Legal Committee and 'a standout specialist in his area'.

Practice head(s):

Martin Kay

Other key lawyers:

Stojan Essex; Dov Katz; Lawrence Phillips; Michelle Davenport

Testimonials

‘The firm is very strong in debt listings on various stock exchanges and has an excellent team, led by partner Martin Kay, which provides very timely advice and execution of all aspects.’

‘Excellent negotiators. Always with client’s objectives at the top of their mind Worked for the client deal and offered a high degree of protection. The team was simply outstanding’

‘Martin Kay is a standout specialist in his area, is always available, prepares excellent documents and gets the job done quickly. Direct access to a partner with his skills is a big attraction compared to other competing firms.’

‘Dov Katz – simply brilliant, client champion, measured and outcome focused.’

‘Stojan Essex is our commercial partner of choice, knows what matters to us and guides and shapes objectives accordingly.’

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

Romana-Rika Hazan and Global Real Estate Limited (BVI Company)

Engage In Health Limited

Group JVWEB

Work highlights

  • Advising the shareholders of Ramona’s Kitchen Limited, in relation to the sale of their shares to Cranswick Country Foods plc – a company whose parent is listed on the London Stock Exchange.
  • Advising on a private equity investment of up to £30m, with a potential further investment for £70m. The monies are being used to acquire a number of internal practise acquisitions and to provide funds for further acquisitions.
  • Acting for Blackbird plc on a secondary issue by way of private placing to institutions and certain directors and their families – preparing and reviewing all documents and LSE announcements and conducting due verification.

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP's London corporate team is led by Jon Snade; his practice has a focus on work for fintech and insurtech clients, and he is known as a 'no-fuss problem-solver'. The 'incredibly personable' team can draw on support from the wider firm's national platform, with more than 30 other corporate specialists based across offices in Nottingham, Birmingham and Manchester.

Practice head(s):

Jon Snade

Other key lawyers:

Murdoch Currie; Harry Pearson

Testimonials

‘Commercial and pragmatic advice backed up by sound legal knowledge.’

‘A very tightly organized team, which means you have access at any point in a transaction to a wide variety of in-depth expertise – but the process is coordinated and driven by a single partner, which makes it very easy and efficient to interact with the team.’

‘Leading practice in the InsurTech segment.’

‘Commercial and pragmatic advice backed up by sound legal knowledge and an incredibly personable team.’

‘Jon Snade is a very experienced and very patient no-fuss problem-solver.’

‘Jon Snade and Harry Pearson always do a stellar job.’

Key clients

Agilico Bidco Limited

The Brighton Pier Group plc

Equals Group plc

Digital Fineprint Limited

Elitis UK Limited

Orbis Protect Limited

Project Atlantic Bidco Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Agilico Bidco Limited on its acquisition of Diamond Group (Holdings) Ltd.
  • Advised The Brighton Pier Group plc on its acquisition of Lightwater Valley.
  • Advised Digital Fineprint Limited on its sale to hubb Insure.

Hamlins LLP

In 2021, Hamlins LLP’s corporate team acted for SailGP in its acquisition by Olympic gold medal and America’s Cup winner Sir Ben Ainslie – the biggest deal in the sport of sailing that year. Team head Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood, the first Kyrgyz lawyer to qualify as an English solicitor, specialises in corporate transactions and secured lending for corporate acquisitions and real estate finance. Richard Britain is a corporate law and insurance specialist with significant advisory and risk management experience.

Practice head(s):

Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood

Other key lawyers:

Richard Britain

Testimonials

‘They are able to assist with all areas on a pragmatic basis and complement our own team’s knowledge to achieve the desired end goal.’

‘Access to partners when needed.’

Key clients

Ninja Leisure Limited

SailGP

Begbies Traynor (London) LLP

TCM Living Limited (formerly known as DM Midlands Holdings)

Palace Capital plc

Park Plaza Hotels Europe

Oracle Racing Inc

Burhill Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for Ninja Leisure Limited subsidiary of Burhill Group on the acquisition of the entire share capital of Ninja Leisure UK Southampton Ltd and Ninja Leisure UK Sheffield Ltd.
  • Acted for SailGP in its acquisition by Olympic gold medal and America’s Cup winner, Sir Ben Ainslie.
  • Acted for The Sports and Leisure Group Limited in disposal of its shares in a subsidiary in Wales, as well as disposals of business and assets by its subsidiaries in England.

Keystone Law

Keystone Law’s bench of corporate specialists act for entrepreneurs, SMEs, high growth and larger corporations, with a notable focus on the TMT and healthcare sectors. Geoffrey Davies, Edward Dawes and Andrew Stilton are all highly experienced, while Nadim Zaman has a track record of cross-border M&A. Dee Sian has extensive experience advising in the healthcare sector, while JP Irvine has an international client base which includes global brands, online platforms, tech-businesses, regulators and regulated companies in the telecoms, energy and transport sectors.

Other key lawyers:

Nadim Zaman; Catherine Williams; Edward Dawes; Dee Sian; Geoffrey Davies; JP Irvine; Florian Albert; Jeremy Davis; Albert Mennen

Testimonials

‘Always adaptable to changing circumstances, with a good understanding of the business of the client and context of the deal. A good legacy of knowledge from a relationship going back many years.’

‘We have worked with Catherine Williams over many years and she has maintained a strong knowledge of the business and its deals, all of which she has worked on. She is very focused and works hard to deliver on time. Good provider of sensible comprehensive advice to non-lawyer clients.’

Key clients

Myzone

Teatro San Cassiano Group Ltd

The shareholders of Cyber Security Strategies Limited (trading as CSS Assure).

City and County Healthcare Group Limited

Mustang Energy PLC

Tooth Fairy Healthcare Ltd

The Rose Family

Blow Ltd

Indra Renewable Technologies Limited

Cattle Eye Ltd

FDB System

Lumio Technologies Limited

Shareholders of Dukeshill Ham Company Ltd

Nicholas Bull

The Westminster Academy (Westbourne Green)

Bushtracks Africa Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Myzone and its management on an investment transaction under which the Business Growth Fund led a $17,200,000 equity investment valuing Myzone at $102m.
  • Advised the shareholders of Cyber Security Strategies Limited on its acquisition by the Ampa Group of the entire issued share capital of Cyber Security Strategies Limited, including advice on employment and equity elements of the transaction.
  • Advised long-standing client FDB Systems on an M&A disposal to Insig AI PLC, a listed public company.

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP‘s corporate, commercial & finance team, led by James Fulforth , has a particular specialism in acting for entrepreneurs and early stage, high-growth, owner-managed businesses. The team also has a specialist technology sub-team, working with entrepreneurs and venture-backed businesses through their investment rounds to an eventual exit.

Practice head(s):

James Fulforth

Other key lawyers:

David Davies; John Young; Anthony Macpherson; Andrew Solomon

Testimonials

‘Agile team of pragmatic lawyers. Very reasonable rates/price in the market.’

‘David Davies – Simply great to work with. Highly accessible and dedicated. Business-minded and open to discuss ideas, both legal and business. We worked more or less seamlessly, with the aim of getting the deal done with the best possible result for our client.’

‘They invest strongly into client relationships, putting strong team members onto assignments, and acting as counsel through to completion.’

‘We worked very closely with Andrew Solomon. Andrew was a master of his brief, and extremely responsive. He considered all of the key issues, and was a master guide throughout the process. He dealt with sell-side queries with grace, and deconstructed complex questions into easy to understand prose that we were able to take action on. He was a rare breed of intellectual, knowledgeable, responsible, grounded, and personable.’

Key clients

Feralco AB

Hambleden Capital Partners LLP

Frank Hirth Plc

UK Unifyed Limited

Block Ventures Limited

Locke Lord LLP

Locke Lord LLP’s London corporate and transactional team combines local expertise with international reach. Team head Sean Page is focused on the financial services and retail sectors and has significant experience advising Chinese clients acquiring, investing or raising capital in the UK and Europe. Kevin Atkins advises multinational clients in the energy sector on corporate and financing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Sean Page

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Atkins; Nicholas Jennings

Key clients

TBNG Limited

Nightcap PLC

Roquefort Investments PLC

White Deer Energy

Close Brothers Asset Management

Family Zone Cyber Safety Limited

ZRG Partners LLC

Amplifi

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP’s London corporate and commercial team has a strong focus on business start-ups and the technology sector. Working closely with the firm’s real estate team, it also has particular expertise in the corporate real estate sector advising on joint ventures, the sale and purchase of property SPVs and real estate finance transactions. Team head Jonathan Thornton  has extensive experience advising businesses and entrepreneurs across a broad range of industry sectors including property investment and development, manufacturing, retail, logistics and project management, IT and telecommunications, creative enterprises and professional and business services.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Thornton

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘Russell-Cooke understood what was needed and engaged well with all parties. They were pragmatic and always looked for solutions.’

‘Russell-Cooke are a highly responsive, pragmatic and capable organisation. Not only are they legally highly competent but are also skilled at explaining opportunities, risks and impacts with respect to different courses of action. We highly recommend working with them.’

‘Their attention to detail, and clarity of information was greatly appreciated by us, as we are a very small company with no previous experience of management buyouts, and we never felt talked down to, and were always given the attention and detail that we required. We felt in very safe hands throughout the whole process.’

‘The ability to balance objective legal advice with participation in round table discussions in ways that weren’t overly formal or legalistic. An affable style that assisted when matters became difficult. Willingness to think tactically and to use the strength of their relationships with the other lawyer to provide options that diffused potentially disastrous situations. The tenacity to maintain momentum through apparent deadlock and to see the end goal as achievable.’

‘Along with the high level of professionalism and wealth of knowledge, the firm shows a level of engagement which provides for their integration with the business. This results in a way of working based on a partnership approach.’

‘We are lucky to have Jonathan Thornton as our main corporate partner. Very easy to get on with and a good sense of humour yet unbelievably knowledgeable. A rarity in his field, he never turns up with an ego and so whilst he tends to have very good practical ideas he is not immune to alternatives. He intellectually adores what he does which makes it easier for him to be consistently up to the challenge.’

‘David Webster really stood out for us. He always explained everything very clearly, and made us feel supported, and important. He was always available, even at short notice, and even though we must be a small client, we never felt undervalued, or taken for granted.’

Key clients

The Ilchester Estate

Bloom Real Estate

Char.gy

Bumper International Limited

MQube

SecureFlag

Oxbury Bank plc

Mexfort Ltd

Project Associates Holdings Ltd

Beavis Morgan LLP

Basis Research Group Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Bloom Real Estate on the ‘ultra urban’ warehouse joint venture with real estate investor Angelo Gordon.
  • Advising electric vehicle charging infrastructure and software scale-up Char.gy Limited in connection with a combined investment and secondary purchase by Zouk Capital with a total value of £6.4m.

RWK Goodman

On 1 May 2022, London firm Goodman Derrick merged with South West practice Royds Withy King to create RWK Goodman. The combined firm has an enlarged corporate team with greater strength and depth in London to grow its international inbound M&A practice, as well as more regional reach to establish itself further as a leading corporate/M&A practice within the UK. Team head Tanya Shillingford deals with all aspects of corporate and commercial work, as well as providing commercial and corporate advice for media related clients.

Practice head(s):

Tanya Shillingford

Other key lawyers:

Edward Hoare; Paul Webb; Dominic Prentis; Joanna Higton; Richard Pull; Catherine Hayes; Michelle Waligora

Testimonials

‘An experienced and trusted adviser on smaller M&A deals, with particular strength and knowledge in the technology and media industries. The relatively small team works efficiently and combines technical knowledge with a commercial approach. The firm effectively coordinates with local counsel in relation to international deals.’

‘Paul Webb is a trusted and reliable professional adviser – his calm manner under pressure and excellent technical ability is complemented by his strong commercial and industry expertise.’

‘Richard Pull is a responsive and diligent corporate lawyer with a breadth of expertise.’

‘Have worked with Tanya Shillingford for years. Very easy to work with. Don’t have to explain things twice.’

‘Paul Webb gave us not only complete confidence in the process but also gave advice and guidance that was far beyond the basics of what required – easily evolving into trusted advisor territory rather than simply legal matter processor. The personal nature of their service makes them exceptional.’

Key clients

Amberley Publishing Limited

Argus Media Limited

Bould Opportunities plc

B.T. Batsford Books Limited

Catenae Innovation plc

Fineweave Group Limited

Finlayson Media Communications Limited

Getmapping Plc

Harrogate Group plc

Health & Case Management Limited

Highway Capital plc

Interr Limited

Lok’nStore Group Plc

Outmatch/Harver

Oxford Metrics plc

Tuffnells Holdings Limited

Pimloc Limited

Pooch & Mutt Limited

Tomco Energy plc

The Recovery Centre Limited

Trademark Global LLC

Transcend Packaging Limited

Digimarc Corporation, Inc.

Simply Meds

Work highlights

  • Acted alongside Perkins Coie LLP for Nasdaq listed Digimarc Corporation on its acquisition of UK software company, EVRYTHNG Limited, for a consideration of up to $100 million in Digimarc stock.
  • Advised the shareholders of Usay Group Limited on the sale of the entire issued share capital to Ardonagh Advisory Holdings Ltd.

Simons Muirhead Burton

Simons Muirhead Burton is instructed on an array of private company M&A and investment transactions, often with an international element. The team has a strong focus within the TMT space. Practice head Natalie Wright offers expertise in handling EMI share options and complex corporate restructurings. Co-head Peter Weiss handles corporate finance transactions, working with founders, agents and talent and negotiating UK-US transactions. M&A specialist Neal Hodges is recommended for dealing with sales and purchases.

Practice head(s):

Natalie Wright

Other key lawyers:

Peter Weiss; Neal Hodges

Testimonials

‘Very strong team, highly capable.’

‘Natalie Wright is an excellent corporate lawyer, with strong attention to detail and highly pragmatic commerciality.’

‘The team seems to combine a very good understanding of global norms and deal practices.’

‘Peter Weiss combines a solid understanding of US vs. UK market norms and typically deal related practices.’

‘Provide support in all aspects of possible transactions, from the development of the transaction structure through the drafting and negotiation of contracts to the handover of a company.’

‘Neal Hodges is a skilled negotiator with a commercial mind.’

‘This practice has been outstanding working on cross border transactions that were certainly complex in nature and coordination.’

‘Attentive and commercially minded.’

Key clients

Phastar Limited

Precision Proco Group Limited

ICAS Worldwide Limited

Shareholders in Datrix Limited

Narrative Capital

Jordan and Lisa Adams

Sharebike AS

Transperfect Translations Limited

Fullgreen (UK) Limited

Alpha Charlie Limited

Atlantic Leaf Limited

The Inviqa Group Limited

ABG Accountants

Shareholders in Rahko Limited

Channel 3 Consulting Limited

Waterfront Solicitors LLP

Waterfront Solicitors LLP , which is well known for its venture capital expertise, has been handling increasing volumes of M&A deals, with a strong technology focus. Team head Angus Young  has a broad range of corporate and commercial experience, including private M&A, venture capital, cross border transactions, joint ventures and complex commercial arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Angus Young

Testimonials

‘Small, smart, agile, responsive and technically excellent. Hard to find all of these traits in a boutique firm, but here you have it, again, Waterfront delivered for us. We are located in an alternate time zone which makes deadlines that bit more tricky, but Waterfront did not disappoint and worked with us’

‘Angus Young is a fantastic operator. Very commercial approach but also technically excellent.’

‘Great individual contributors (each one with a domain expertise) that are collaboratively working very precisely and effectively.’

‘Strong focus on IT and technology sector, so able to advise tech start-ups with specialist knowledge of the industry in which they operate.’

Key clients

Founders of Lenses.io Limited

Shareholders of Anana Limited

Shareholders of Cubica Technology Limited and Q6 Holdings

Shareholders React News Limited

Shareholders of Bartlet Bidco Limited

Hotwire Public Relations Limited

Hack the Box Limited

Bloom Equity Partners

Shareholders of Faredirect Limited

Jellyfish Holdings and Investments Limited

Shufti Pro Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the founders of Lenses.io Limited on the acquisition of the company.
  • Advised the shareholders of Anana Limited on the acquisition of the company.
  • Advised the shareholders of Cubica Technology Limited and Q6 Holdings Limited on the acquisition of the companies