Corporate and commercial in Wales

Acuity Law

The 'technically strong and commercial' team at Acuity Law provides a 'solutions-focused approach' to corporates and private equity sponsors across their M&A transactions, joint venture structuring and corporate reorganisations, both in a purely domestic and UK-wide context. 'Exceptional in his ability to boil an issue down to the essentials', Christian Farrow  co-heads the corporate offering alongside Beverley Jones , and provides 'very commercially astute' advice to listed and private companies, including many within the financial services and renewables sector, across a range of domestic and cross-border transactional work. Stephen Berry  maintains an active role on the fee-earning side, alongside his duties as firm chairman, particularly in the context of aiding technology focused growth companies through the investment life cycle, through to potential exit, if applicable. Paul Lowe is another senior member of the team and provides gravitas and experience to corporates from a range of sectors, most notably on complex cross-border mandates, as underscored by his recent representation (alongside Farrow) of US-headquartered company Alamo Group of Timberwolf Limited. Jon Lawley continues to maintain a thriving corporate offering within the dental space as a result of his work for Portman Dental Care, the largest acquirer of dental practices in the UK. Phil Pugh is also active in the healthcare sector, and combines this with a very strong offering o behalf of tech, IT and life sciences companies, including work for university spin-outs. Rachelle Sellek leads the team's efforts on the commercial front, which is enhanced by the firm’s in-house legal support subscription-based service - Acuity Counsel. 'Unflappable and candid' senior associate Tom Saunderson is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Christian Farrow (Corporate); Beverley Jones  (Corporate); Rachelle Sellek (Commercial)

 

Testimonials

The team consistently displays a complete commitment to supporting you in getting the engagement completed successfully and efficiently.’

They display a solutions-focused approach.’

Highly personable individuals across the team, able to translate their demonstrable strong technical knowledge into “easy to understand” language and advice.’

Christian Farrow is exceptional in his ability to boil an issue down to the essentials. He is perfectly capable of giving as good as he gets, but will often advise when it is worth just going straight to the end game rather than scoring points.’

‘Beverley Jones provides very commercially astute advice.’

Tom Saunderson is unflappable and candid.’

Key clients

Admiral

Bond Digital

Brickability

Bright Network

Business Systems Limited

Hartford Care Group Ltd.

Portman

Wealthify

IQE plc

IAAPS Ltd

CreditsafeBusiness Solutions Limited

Aqualisa Products Limited

W2 Global Data

LicentiaGroup Ltd

Alesi Surgical Limited

Newport Wafer Fab Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised IX Group Limited on the sale of its subsidiaries to Kester Capital, a primary buyout specialist.
  • Acted on the management buy in and investment in Cardiff-headquartered Learna Limited.
  • Advised the selling shareholders of Lenstec Optical Group Limited, a Wales-based optical products manufacturer, on the sale of the business to Essilor Group, a global brand and world leader in ophthalmic optics.

Blake Morgan LLP

Able to draw upon 'rich professional experience' derived from many years at the pinnacle of work within the Wales market, the 'professional and pragmatic' team at Blake Morgan LLP is a popular choice among corporates from a range of industries, including healthcare and manufacturing, to guide them through their highest-profile mandates in the market. Now solely led by the 'very calm and reassuring' James Williams , following Robert Cherry 's move to a consultancy role, the corporate team has also recently begun to pick up an increased flow of cross-border work, including for Esatec Sweden on its acquisition of electronic manufacturer, JJS Manufacturing - on what was its first foray into the UK market. The 'very pragmatic' Richard Jones has taken the lead on many of these international transactions and also continues to excel at advising management teams on private equity transactions. Penri Desscan  leads the firm's commercial offering and has an emphasis on long term, complex, high-value services and supplies contracts.

Practice head(s):

James Williams (Corporate); Penri Desscan  (Commercial)

 

Testimonials

From first contact the co-operation was competent, professional and pragmatic.’

The team is like a Magic Circle firm but based on Cardiff. The effect is a seamless process whereby the team almost wrap their arms around you and carry you across the line. They are willing to think creatively about how they charge and are extremely good at simply getting on with the job.’

‘I have always found James Williams to be truly excellent in every way. He is always responsive and quickly grasps the nub of any issue we face. He is a very calm and reassuring voice and he has never failed to deliver a good outcome for me or my business.’

The very pragmatic Richard Jones is very knowledgeable about our corporate structure and business needs. He makes himself available when we’re in need and is pretty quick to come back to us with completed work.’

James Vaughan is extremely bright and can cut through a lot of the detail in a negotiation.’

Key clients

Escatec Sweden AB

JJS Manufacturing Limited

QLM Technology Limited

Tinopolis Limited

The Thinking Traveller Limited

Cobra Holdco Ltd t/a UNRVLD

Nexperia

Development Bank of Wales

The Group Travel Company Limited (trading as Toureasy)

BSN Social Care Limited

Shaw Healthcare Group

Hodge Group

Work highlights

  • Advising The Thinking Traveller Ltd on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Athens-based, White Key Villas.
  • Advised Escatec Sweden on the acquisition of electronic manufacturer, JJS Manufacturing (via its holding company Alcaeus Holdings Limited).
  • Advising the shareholders of Cool Solution Refrigeration Limited and Cool Solution (Midlands) Limited in its sale to Johnson Controls International.

Capital Law Limited

Displaying ‘dedication beyond the call of duty, along with expertise and professionalism’, Capital Law Limited provides a ‘solutions-led‘ approach to private and listed companies on transactional work in the immediate geographical confines, as well as beyond the Welsh borders. Under the guidance of ‘unassuming and intelligent’ corporate head Tom Kelleher and ‘effervescent’ senior partner Duncan Macintosh (who was himself formerly in-house counsel at 3i Group), the team has particularly strong credentials among stakeholders within the private equity/growth capital sector, including funds and management teams. As well as his continued work for core client WestBridge on an array of investments and exits, Kelleher also recently deepened the firm’s ties with BGF, acting for it for the first time in a sponsor capacity in relation to its investment in Welsh online retailer Fun Brands Group. ‘Passionate and talented‘ senior associates Laura Spendiff and Gareth Williams-Davies are also key members of team and are recognised as the ‘next generation of business leaders‘ for the firm. Maria Coggins leads the commercial offering at the firm and excels in advising on commercial contracts and data protection. Philip Barratt joined TLT in December 2021.

Practice head(s):

Tom Kelleher  (Corporate); Maria Coggins  (Commercial)

 

Testimonials

Great people and a diverse team. Pleasure to work with on a personal level.’

The corporate team has extensive lower mid and mid market M&A experience including significant experience with private equity. Their deep understanding of our standard documents, negotiating style and investment approach enables them to work hand in glove with our team.’

The team has always been extremely collegiate – I have seen a solutions led approach in their ethic, with team members willing to help out their peers regardless of involvement levels.’

Tom Kelleher is unassuming and intelligent.’

Tom Kelleher is a measured, experienced and extremely unflappable individual. He exudes humility, empathy and experience in every transaction.’

The effervescent Duncan Macintosh always demonstrates a phenomenal capability to understand clients and prospective targets such that they warm to him with ease.’

‘Angelina Drljaca-Chandler is a great credit to the firm, with no nonsense advice regarding the most robust legal position to work towards.’

‘Gareth Williams-Davies and Laura Spendiff being standout examples of the next generation of the business leaders for Capital Law.’

Key clients

WestBridge Fund Managers Limited

Business Growth Fund (BGF)

Ascona Group Holdings Limited

Development Bank of Wales

Veezu Holdings Limited

Freight Logistics Solutions Limited

Sprout.ai Limited

James Smith and Stephen Thair

Victorian House (Sales) Limited (Victorian Sliders)

Safe Solvents

GTS Flexible Materials

AJM Mobility Limited, t/a AJM Healthcare

Adrian Sutton, Behzad Heravi and David Seaton

Vanguard 456 Limited

Solicitors Regulation Authority

ITC Global Security Limited

Marshmallow Financial Services Limited

Howard Tenens Logistics Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised WestBridge and the other shareholders (including the chairman and management team) on the sale of AJM Healthcare to Livingbridge; this was the first exit for WestBridge from its second fund.
  • Advised the majority shareholders (including BGF) on the sale of their shares in DevOpsGroup Limited to Amdocs (UK) Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amdocs Limited (a NASDAQ listed US business).
  • Advised Carmarthenshire-based Victorian House Window Group Ltd, t/a Victorian Sliders, on its £14m investment from BGF; the largest ever equity investment into a Welsh business by BGF.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Acting on its own and often forming a key role alongside practitioners from across the firm's vast domestic network of offices, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP stands out for its ability to handle M&A, joint venture structuring and corporate governance advice primarily on deals outside of Wales. The team, which is led out of Cardiff by Paul Pugh, is appreciated for its 'understanding of the commercial rationale' of deals, particularly on mandates within the financial services and renewable energy sectors. Praised for her 'patience and tenacity', principal associate Shelley Evans  is also a key member of the team and is afforded a great deal of autonomy to act on financial services-related M&A deals, in particular.

Practice head(s):

Paul Pugh

Testimonials

Take time to understand the commercial rationale for purchase and guiding principles of each transaction. They have a settled team that act as partners with us and take learning from one transaction to another to progressively finesse house positions and similar.’

Paul Pugh is the lead partner who delivers strong oversight on what is often a portfolio of deals, jumping in where required, but primarily empowering his team to act with authority and autonomy.’

Shelley Evans stands out for her patience and tenacity.’

Key clients

Pollen Street Capital

Specialist Risk Group

Jaja Finance Limited

FLEETCOR Technologies, Inc.

Kingswood Holdings Limited

Lumon Holdings Limited

Aryza Holdings Limited

Pivotal Growth Limited

Universe Group plc

Investment Management Corporation of Ontario

Work highlights

    Hugh James

    Benefiting from 'good regional resources', Hugh James has developed excellent ties with domestic businesses from across a range of industry sectors, and is consequently regularly instructed on significant M&A transactions, including a number of recent sell-side mandates to international purchasers. 'Commercial and pragmatic' team head Gerallt Jones  is a 'consummate professional', who has vast experience in the market not only on domestic M&A mandates but also ones with a cross-border element. Formerly head of legal at S4C, Aled Walters  has significant media and gaming industry knowledge, ensuring that he is particularly well-placed to advise on commercial contraccts-related work for clients in those sectors. Greg Williams is also recommended and is noted for his M&A experience in the healthcare sector. 

    Practice head(s):

    Gerallt Jones

    Testimonials

    Hugh James Corporate is a diverse and experienced legal team and is rightly regarded a one of the best in the region.’

    ‘Gerallt Jones provides consistently high levels of service and combines a commercial view with an ability to get the job done.’

    ‘Gerallt Jones is a consummate professional; commercial focus and pragmatic.’

    Aled Walters has industry experience particularly in the media and gaming sector.’

    Gemma Davies is hard working and ambitious; very personable and relationship focussed.’

    Key clients

    Rockwool International

    Welsh Government

    Welsh Rugby Union

    S.A Brain & Company

    Celtic Manor Resort

    Capestone Organic Poultry

    Avicenna Retail

    A&JM Sheppard

    Novomatic Netherlands B.V.

    Robert Price Builders Merchants

    Conexus Group / Partis Solutions

    Inspired Entertainment

    Computacenter UK Plc

    Work highlights

    • Advised the shareholders of A&JM Sheppard, on the sale of the pharmacy group to Avicenna.
    • Advised shareholders on their sale of a majority stake in Capestone Organic Poultry to Euronext Paris-listed LDC Group, one of Europe’s leading poultry supply companies.  
    • Advised Avicenna, the UK’s largest independent pharmacy group, on various acquisitions in England and Wales during 2021, including the purchase of Ozpharm and Gilbody Pharmacy, as well as acting on the sale of Sheppards to Avicenna.

    Berry Smith

    Under the leadership of the 'experienced' Andrew Bound, Berry Smith's ten-strong team has the strength-in-depth to handle a range of transactional, commercial contract and corporate governance work for a primarily SME-focused client base. Although the team is industry agnostic, it has developed particular niches in specific sectors, including life sciences/diagnostics, an area that Bound has longstanding expertise and combines with his well-established strength advising professional service practices (including law firms and accountancy practices) on their corporate structures and M&A-related work. Emma Borrington excels at advising financial services and manufacturing clients and rounds out the team at a partner level alongside Paul Evans , who is noted in particular for his healthcare-related corporate and commercial work.

    Practice head(s):

    Andrew Bound

     

    Testimonials

    Andrew Bound is experienced.’

    Dan Dowen has exactly the right skills for my business, a marketing agency that has a variety of talent as clients and therefore Berry Smith provides an understanding of how, for example, the digital space operates which is imperative to give us robust and correct legal advice.’

    Key clients

    Management team of BBI Healthcare Limited

    Enclave Networks Limited

    Shareholders of Customised Sheet Metal Limited

    Shareholders of Box Litho Limited

    Majority Shareholder of Watkin Davies Insurance Consultants Ltd

    Just Love Food Company Holdings Limited

    BBI Solutions OEM Limited

    Yourgene Health UK Limited

    Brand Pilot Limited

    Concepta Diagnostics Limited

    Brightwells Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advised the management team on the £36m sale of BBI Healthcare Limited to Venture Life Group.
    • Advised the majority shareholder of Watkin Davies Insurance Consultants Limited on the £4.5m sale of the company.

    Darwin Gray LLP

    Bridging the gap between the approachable nature of a high street firm and the corporate smarts of a larger full-service offering, Darwin Gray LLP is a popular choice among local SMEs, in particular, as a result of the firm's 'incredibly responsive, commercial and cost-effective' service. As well as core corporate and commercial work, including considerable M&A experience in the care home, professional practice and manufacturing sectors, the team, under the leadership of the 'approachable and efficient' Stephen Thompson  has niche experience in relation to franchising work.

    Practice head(s):

    Stephen Thompson

    Other key lawyers:

    Siobhan Williams

    Testimonials

    I am delighted to work regularly with Darwin Gray. They always offer a highly personalised response to the commercial needs of my company and are always extremely diligent in making sure my needs are discussed, understood and acted on in a timely and professional manner.’

    A small team of professional, dedicated and extremely customer-focussed individuals that will go the extra mile to ensure the meet client expectations.’

    ‘The approachable and efficient Stephen Thompson thinks commercially, is incredibly responsive and takes a proactive and proportionate approach to risk.’

    Stephen Thompson and Siobhan Williams are outstanding in the quality and speed of the work they deliver.’

    Work highlights

      Douglas-Jones Mercer

      The 'very knowledgeable and responsive' team at Swansea-based firm Douglas-Jones Mercer provides a 'commercial and practical' service to local SMEs, owner-managed businesses and larger international corporates, including Dawn Meats, across the panoply of commercial and corporate matters, including as it relates to M&A mandates, shareholder agreements, corporate reorganisations and share schemes. Drawing upon a 'huge amount of commercial legal experience', Sheraz Akram delivers advice in an 'unflappable and efficient' manner and heads the six-strong team that also includes 'helpful and informative' associate director Aaron Hayward, whose broad expertise includes financial services-related M&A prowess.

      Practice head(s):

      Sheraz Akram

       

      Other key lawyers:

      Aaron Hayward; Georgia Power

      Testimonials

      The team is very knowledgeable and responsive. The lawyers display a common sense and commercial approach.’

      The stand out point for me is their commercial acumen – they take the time to really understand their clients’ business and it shows in the way they deliver legal advice in a very considered and appropriate manner.’

      Sheraz Akram has a huge amount of commercial legal experience which he delivers in an unflappable, efficient and down to earth way.’

      Aaron Hayward is helpful and informative.’

      Key clients

      Dawn Meats

      Dawn Meats Group Unlimited

      JTG Enterprises

      Morgan Construction

      Handlesbanken

      Principality Building Society

      Garrison Barclay

      DP Shayban

      One Team Logic

      Action for Children

      Girlguiding

      Furat Acquisitions

      Silver Fox Acquisitions

      Oxford Diecast

      Icom Works

      Shufflebottom Limited

      Hornby PLC

      Cambrian Pet Foods

      Lion Studios London

      Records Setting Records

      Gravells Motor Company

      Jaycock Holdings

      Dunbia (UK)

      Belgrave Dental Centre

      Imperial UK Property LLP

      Clay Shaw Butler Accountants

      Amman Healthcare Limited

      Heroes Aggregators

      Mellington Park Hall

      Work highlights

        Geldards LLP

        Drawing upon deep public sector ties, which informs a good deal of the firm's commercial work, as well as a strong private sector offering, including among private equity/venture capital entities, Geldards LLP's 'exceptional' 12-strong team has strong market visibility, particularly in the context of domestic mandates. Andrew Morris heads up the corporate function of the team and has a strong reputation in the local market as a result of his versatile practice that includes clients within the gaming, IT , healthcare and financial services sectors, among others. The 'proactive and creative' Alex Butler , who joined the firm in March 2021 from an in-house position at a global business services provider, has rapidly become a highly valued member of the team, as a result of his cross-border corporate expertise, as well as his venture capital expertise - which has seen him leading the firm's relationship with the Development Bank of Wales.

        Practice head(s):

        Andrew Morris; Chris Williams

         

        Testimonials

        The exceptional team provides highly professional, responsive, and intelligent advice.’

        The service provided to us is very customer focussed and provided with excellent diligence.’

        ‘Most of my time is spent with Andrew Morris who understands my business, my objectives and helps me achieve the desired outcomes.’

        Alex Butler is very responsive to client needs, and has a broad area of expertise in corporate law, business matters, and contract issues.’

        Hayley Lewis’ corporate and data protection advice has been second to none and we have been very dependent on her skills.’

        Key clients

        LDC International

        Novomatic Group

        Development Bank of Wales

        Celsa Group

        Business Growth Fund

        WTI Holdings LLC

        Vydex Corporation Limited

        Deploy Tech Limited

        GoCompare

        Admiral Group Plc

        Cardiff City Transport Services (Cardiff Bus )

        Newport Transport Limited

        Welsh Government

        Royal Voluntary Service

        Work highlights

        • Advised LDC International on its acquisition of a majority shareholding in Capestone Organic Poultry Limited.
        • Advised the shareholders of Trek Kit (Hereford) on the sale of the company to Swedish quoted Fenix Outdoor International.
        • Advised Cardiff City Transport Services on the acquisition of a new fleet of 36 electric busses including the charging services, infrastructure arrangements and software licencing arrangements.

        GREENAWAY SCOTT

        Now under the umbrella of GS Verde, which affords clients additonal multi-disciplinary expertise across tax, corporate finance and accountancy, GREENAWAY SCOTT provides an increasingly compelling offering to the firm’s roster of tech start-ups as they progress through the investment life cycle through to potential exit, if applicable. ‘Well-connected’ name partner Nigel Greenaway is the figurehead of the practice and maintains strong local business connections. ‘Very sensible and easy to work with‘, Matthew Sutton handles much of the day-to-day transactional work and is noted, in particular, for his work on behalf of university spin-outs and for fintech-focused companies securing venture capital funding. Rhian Osborne is also a key member of team by virtue of her ability to provide commercial contracts and IP-related expertise to the firm’s client base, many of which are in the TMT/life sciences market.

        Practice head(s):

        Nigel Greenaway

         

        Testimonials

        They have huge depth and breadth of expertise in the investment space, and are familiar with all of the problems and challenges a startup can face.’

        Nigel Greenaway is well-connected.’

        Matthew Sutton is very sensible and easy to work with.’

        ‘Matthew Sutton is a top guy. He always has time for a small startup like me, even when he’s closing multiple deals at the same time – always a phonecall away.’

        Key clients

        ARCS Group / A&R Contract Cleaning Specialist Ltd

        SmallSpark Space Systems Limited

        Educ8 Training Group Limited

        Flexicare Medical Group

        Herida Healthcare Limited

        Paramount Office Interiors

        Specialist Mortgage Group

        Development Bank of Wales

        St David’s Hospice Care

        Yoello

        Work highlights

        • Advised ARCS Group / A&R Contract Cleaning Specialist Ltd on the restructure and management buy-out which included loan financing and equity investment from the Development Bank of Wales.
        • Advised Abergavenny Fine Foods on its acquisition by The Frostkrone Food Group, based in Germany.
        • Advised Paramount Office Interiors Limited on the sale of a controlling interest in the company to an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT)

        JCP Solicitors

        Leveraging well-established ties with many local owner-managed businesses and SMEs as a result of the firm's deep roots in the Swansea market and also increasingly active for clients in the Southeastern portion of the country by dint of its merger with Glamorgan Law in 2017, JCP Solicitors continues to flourish across an array of corporate and commercial matters. The 'outstanding' Betsan Powell provides 'prompt, well thought out, and constructive' advice and alongside Michael Williams  are the principal partners in relation to handling the core transactional and commercial contracts work.  Chris Davies heads the four-strong healthcare team that garners praise for its 'excellent understanding and knowledge of dealing with transactions in both England and Wales', including in relation to the purchase and sale of dental practices.

        Testimonials

        ‘The outstanding Betsan Powell provides prompt, well thought out, and constructive advice.’

        Chris Davies has an excellent understanding and knowledge of dealing with transactions in both England and Wales.’

         

        Key clients

        Energybuild Limited;

        Macron S.p.A

        Marine Power Systems

        Gavin Griffiths Group

        LBS Builders Merchants

        Leisure Escapes

        Work highlights

          Morgan LaRoche

          Benefitting from longstanding relationships with many SME and owner-managed businesses from its Swansea headquarters and also increasingly active throughout West Wales, chiefly as a result of its burgeoning Carmarthen office, Morgan LaRoche continues to pick up a consistent flow of high-quality mandates across the waterfront of corporate and commercial work. Team head William Barletta regularly handles corporate transactions for  healthcare, energy and recycling clients and also considerable experience advising professional services entities on partnership reorganisations and restructuring. Christopher Evans is another key member of the team and has been instrumental in developing the firm's Carmarthen offering, nurturing strong local relationships from local referrers and adding value by virtue of his capacity to provide advice through the medium of Welsh.

          Practice head(s):

          William Barletta

           

          Other key lawyers:

          Christopher Evans

          Key clients

          Culina Group Limited

          Hallmark Care Homes

          Esterkin Group

          Athena Care Homes

          USB International

          Redrow Homes

          GDH (Holdings) Limited

          AMP Clean Energy

          Metro Property Investments

          Santander (UK) Plc

          National Westminster Bank Plc

          CKC Group

          Swansea University

          Ospreys regional rugby club

          Scarlets regional rugby club

          Barcud Cyf (formerly Mid Wales Housing Association)

          M&P Direct Limited

          Platinum Group

          Cultech Limited

          David Jenkins Limited

          Owens (Road Services) Limited

          Llanelec Precision Engineering Company Limited

          Blackhills Caravan Sales Limited

          Neath Port Talbot (Recycling) Limited

          Carmarthenshire Recycling & Environmental Services Limited

          EARS Fire Engineering Limited

          Work highlights

            Dolmans

            While it is less active on the transactional front than many of its higher-ranked peer firms, Dolmans has considerable commercial contracts and corporate governance expertise, particularly on behalf of its impressive roster of local authority and not-for-profit clients. Justin Harris heads the team that also includes senior partner Adrian Oliver, who as well as having M&A expertise in the private sector, is also noted for his aptitude at advising sports clients on regulatory and contractual matters.

            Practice head(s):

            Justin Harris

            Other key lawyers:

            Adrian Oliver; Tom Harris

            Key clients

            Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA)

            Castle Surgery, Neath

            Federation of Disability Sport Wales

            Work highlights

            • Supported WCVA in producing a bespoke set of Terms & Conditions approved by Llywodraeth Cymru / Welsh Government, which respond to the coronavirus regulations, and enable community centres throughout Wales to reopen safely and in compliance with current regulations.
            • Drafted and advised the partners (7 in total) on their partnership agreement for Castle Surgery.
            • Advised the Federation of Disability Sport Wales on both a Portal Design Hosting agreement and a Portal Design and Development agreement.

            Harrison Clark Rickerbys

            Headed by the ‘knowledgeable, commercial and pragmaticMartyn Davies following his move from Geldards LLP in November 2020, Harrison Clark Rickerbys‘ small but growing team is beginning to pick up some significant mandates, including several sell-side M&A matters.  David Beynon, another former Geldards LLP alumnus, provides ‘clear and succinct advice’ to start-ups and established companies (including medtech entities) on commercial, technology and IP matters. The team was also recently enhanced by the arrival of Theresa Grech , who joined in March 2022 from Ince in the capacity as a senior legal counsel.

            Practice head(s):

            Martyn Davies

            Testimonials

            The regional presence and knowledge of the practice supported by a network of offices providing breadth and depth to the team.’

            They manage to combine the agility normally associated with smaller firms with the depth of experience and expertise found at the largest of practices.’

            Martyn Davies is knowledgeable, commercial and pragmatic.’ 

            Martyn Davies proved to be commercial, pragmatic and extremely calm under pressure.’

            Our most recent experience with the firm was on a complex IP and contractual issue where David Beynon was able to quickly and efficiently resolve the matter. His ability to communicate complex issues in layman’s terms, to give clear and succinct advice, to co-ordinate other HCR experts was exceptional.’

            Nicola McNeely is the partner in charge of my affairs and I cannot speak highly enough about her technical expertise in a number of complex fields and those of her team.’

            Key clients

            Shareholders of Circle IT Solutions

            Ray Adams and Kim Adams (shareholders of Cash Calc)

            Shareholders of exeGesIS Spatial Data Management

            Schauenburg Group

            Shareholders of Envira–Mech Services

            Shareholders of Schauenburg Technical Solutions

            Amber Energy Group Limited

            Digital Asset Services Limited trading as Coincover

            Digital Swiss Gold USA Inc

            Work highlights

            • Advised the shareholders of Cash Calc on the company’s sale to FE Fundinfo.
            • Advised Schauenburg Group on a proposal by the Seraphim Space LP Fund, of which the client was a limited partner, to establish the world’s first listed SpaceTech-focused fund (the Seraphim Space Investment Trust).
            • Advised Tessitura Network, Inc., a US-headquartered global provider of innovative relationship management and ticketing platforms across a broad range of contractual, data protection, IP and licencing-related matters.

            Lewis Silkin

            While it is still in its formative stages and as yet lacks any commercial contracts expertise, Lewis Silkin LLP has hit the ground-running on the corporate transactional front, in large part due to contacts and experience team head Geraint Tilsley has in the market. Tilsley had during his tenure at his previous firm Geldards LLP developed a particularly strong reputation for handling sponsor-backed M&A and many of those funds, including Tenex Capital Partners and BGF, have followed him to his new home and already begun to instruct him.

            Practice head(s):

            Geraint Tilsley

            Other key lawyers:

            Elizabeth Cotton

            Key clients

            John Bean Technologies Corporation (US)

            BGF Investments

            Xcellence Inc (US) and its subsidiary Anexsys Limited

            Providence Equity Partners (US)

            365 Retail Markets LLC (US)

            Breed Reply Investments Limited (UK and Italy)

            Tenex Capital Partners (US)

            Paul Ragan

            JLL Capital Partners (US)

            Paul Huntingdon

            Work highlights

            • Advised John Bean Technologies Corporation on its acquisition of Autocoding Systems Limited and its US and Australian subsidiaries.
            • Advised 365 Retail Markets LLC and its private equity sponsor Providence Equity Partners onthe acquisition of Glasgow-based Aptus Systems (trading as Spoonfed) and its US subsidiary.
            • Advised BGF on its £14m investment in Victorian House Windows Group.

            Loosemores Solicitors

            Under the leadership of the 'very knowledgeable' Siôn Tudur , boutique Cardiff-based firm Loosemores Solicitors has successfully grown its corporate transactional offering in recent years, particularly on behalf of SMEs and owner-managed businesses, which are appreciative of its 'big firm experience with a personal touch'. Mark Loosemore is 'steeped in commercial nous' and heads up the commercial offering which is particularly strong in the sports sector.

            Practice head(s):

            Siôn Tudur  (Corporate); Mark Loosemore  (Commercial)

            Testimonials

            They are very approachable, always available to help and give good advice and support on all area.’

            ‘Very practical approach in helping me sell my business, big firm experience with a personal touch.’

            Not only do they provide an exceptional service, they provide creative solutions working professionally and promptly.’

            Sion Tudor is superb and very knowledgeable.’

            Mark Loosemore in particular is a powerhouse, steeped in commercial nous.’

            Key clients

            Football Association of Wales

            Woodville Consultants

            Giles Phelps

            Project Blu

            Concentric Health

            Datalyse

            Seraph Estates

            Bob Dickens & others

            Horse & Country TV

            St Bees School or Full Circle

            Mark Roberts

            GlobalWelsh

            Bux & Bewl Communications

            Eriez Magnetics Europe

            Small Luxury Hotels of the World

            Engage Hospitality

            Get Scheduled

            Munters

            BELFOR UK

            Matter of Form / Diffusion Web

            David Pearn (Pearn’s Pharmacies)

            Welsh Rugby Players Association

            Live Like Louise (Trtle)

            Welsh Sports Association

            Elfyn Evans

            Simon Bell

            Sport Wales

            FourFive Group

            Work highlights

            • Advised on a £200m funding package for Spectrum Internet to fund the rollout of super-fastbroadband throughout South Wales.
            • Advised Project Blu on a landmark investment from leading US manufacturer and distributor Central Garden & Pet Company.
            • Advised Welsh health technology start-up, Concentric Health, on a £500,000 investment from a syndicate of 24 business angels.

            Red Kite Law LLP

            Headed by the 'professional and attentive' Paul James, Red Kite Law LLP advises West Wales-based SMEs, owner-managed businesses and public sector entities across a range of commercial matters, and corporate transactional work.

            Practice head(s):

            Paul James

            Testimonials

            Paul James is professional and attentive.’

            Work highlights