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Endeavour Partnership LLP’s corporate and commercial team is a regular fixture on high-value cross-border transactions and is adept at handling commercial contracts for a broad client base including large corporates, SMEs, individual shareholders, start-ups, banks, corporate financiers and investors. 'Very knowledgeable and responsive’ team head Nik Tunley predominately deals with transactional work; he was joined by Nigel Williams, from  Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP  in February 2018, who handles joint ventures, MBOs, start-ups and refinancing matters, and has particular expertise in acting for clients in the chemical and manufacturing sectors. The practice also acts for clients in the energy, waste management, franchising, retail and leisure sectors. Managing partner Paul Bury and senior associate Martin McKinnell are also recommended.

Frequently working in conjunction with the firm’s commercial property team, Archers Law LLP's practice ‘provides an exceptional level of service’. Clients include SMEs, shareholders and bank lenders, for which the team advises on a wide range of corporate finance matters, including lending and security issues, as well as assisting with M&A and corporate reorganisations. Together with colleagues from the commercial property and employment departments, executive associate Daniel Flounders acted for the shareholders in the £3.5m sale of one of the UK’s largest refrigeration and air conditioning tool specialists. Funders also advised a client on its acquisition of the whole share capital of two independent pharmacies. Team head David Adams is also recommended.

Swinburne Maddison’s practice regularly handles small- to mid-market M&A  for owner-managed businesses and larger corporates, while, in the commercial space, the ‘professional and knowledgeable’ team is well versed in dealing with supply and distribution agreements, among other matters. Team head and ‘impressive’ transactional lawyer Martyn Tennant, who also has experience in corporate restructuring and private equity work, advised Teescraft Engineering on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of LH Quarry Plant, and assisted the management team of North East Sheets and Panels with a management buyout. Alex Wilby is another key individual of the team; he regularly advises clients on joint venture projects, including shareholder and partnership agreements, and corporate restructurings.

Jacksons Law provides wide-ranging M&A and corporate advice to a primarily SME and mid-market client base. Areas of work include business acquisitions, disposals and mergers, business funding, company and partnership matters and franchising and commercial contracting issues. Team head Tony Wentworth assisted a client with a refinancing deal, and advised another client on a shareholder agreement and general corporate matters.

Tilly Bailey & Irvine is praised for its great depth of knowledge’. ‘Extremely knowledgeable and personable’ team head Craig Malarkey specialises in share and asset sales and acquisitions and advised the selling shareholders of Ian Farmer Associates on the sale of the entire issued share capital to RSK. John Walters, whose transactional experience includes management buyouts and venture capital deals, acted alongside Malarkey for the shareholders and directors of a multimillion-pound turnover group supplying food products to national supermarkets with the restructuring of its trading business and share structure. Other highlights included advising the shareholders of a mobile app and development company on a multimillion-pound joint venture with an insurance services provider, and assisting the shareholders of an international online sales and manufacturing business with group restructuring matters.

BHP Law provides regional clients with general corporate and commercial advice regarding sales and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity investments, turnaround and restructuring transactions as well as corporate de-mergers and reorganisations. The team led by consultant Gary Copeland continues to advise the Taradina Group on share issues and the movement of assets following a large corporate restructuring. In other work, the team assisted shareholders with the sale of a care home company, and acted for the shareholders and directors of a manufacturing company in the purchase of its own shares and the acquisition of a company in liquidation. Marc Allison moved to Watson Burton LLP in November 2017.

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