Corporate and commercial: Birmingham in West Midlands

DLA Piper

DLA Piper UK LLP  is known for its work on complex cross-border transactions with extensive experience in both M&A and capital markets.  The team is led by 'tough negotiator' Noel Haywood  and Charles Cook , who both focus on international M&A transactions.  Also recommended are private equity partner Tim Lake , capital markets partner John Campion  and rising star senior associate Robert Newman .

Practice head(s):

Noel Haywood; Charles Cook

Other key lawyers:

Tim Lake; John Campion

Testimonials

‘Very efficient with strong experience in M&A ‘

‘Noel Haywood is a tough, hard-edged negotiator with a laser focus on client outcomes.’

‘Tim Lake has a smiling, easy going manner which belies a strong winning mentality.’

Key clients

2 Agriculture

2 Sisters Food Group

Alstom SA

Altrad

Barclays Bank PLC

Blom

Boparan Private Office

Brewdog plc

Bridgestone

Bromford Industries

Chamberlin PLC

Clinigen

Dechra

Dignity PLC

Ecolab, Inc.

Elan Homes

eTech Solutions

Euro Packaging

Finning International

GE

H&M Hennes & Mauritz

Hawksford

Hill & Smith

Holdings

Huber + Suhner

Iberia Industry Capital

Kelda Group

Knights Group

Holdings Plc

Lotus Bakeries

Mettis Aerospace

Mondelez

Morgan Advanced Materials plc

NFT Ventures  Pearson

Rolls Royce

StackPath, LLC

Starwood Capital

SUEZ – Water Technologies & Solutions

Swissport

Sytner Group

TDC Group

The Hain Celestial Group

Treehouse Group Limited

Venture Capital Bank Bahrain

Verizon

Watkin Jones

Webjet Limited

Wipro Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Brewdog on purchase of independent pub and bar operator Draft House’s 14 venues across London and the South-East.
  • Advised John Menzies on disposal of the print media distribution business of John Menzies to Endless.
  • Acted for Ecolab on its recommended cash offer to acquire Bioquell, a leading provider of hydrogen peroxide vapour bio-decontamination systems and services for the life sciences and healthcare industries.
  • Advised Morgan Advanced Materials on the disposal of NP Aerospace.  
  • DLA Piper advised Boparan Holdings, parent company of 2 Sisters Food Group, on the sale of its red meat business to Irish meat producer, Kepak Group.  

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP  covers the full spectrum of corporate and commercial work from its Birmingham base, with an enviable client roster that includes a number of large corporates and private equity houses, carrying out high profile transactions in the region. Mark Beardmore , who has experience of both private equity and M&A transactions, sits at the helm of the practice. Susan Lewis is another key M&A partner with a strong focus on cross-border deals, while Theresa-Marie Stodell  adds experience of restructurings as well as M&A.

Practice head(s):

Mark Beardmore

Other key lawyers:

Susan Lewis

Key clients

Rolls-Royce plc

Mitchells & Butler plc

Starbucks

National Grid plc

Legal & General

Capita plc

Anglian Water

Work highlights

  • Acted for Mountain Warehouse and its management and shareholders on a minority investment into the business by  Inflexion (through Inflexion’s specialist minority fund, Partnership Capital).
  • Reprised its role for Lloyds Development Capital (LDC) on the sale of NEC Group to Blackstone. The firm previously acted on LDC’s investment in NEC in 2015 from Birmingham City Council.
  • Advised Mitchells & Butlers on its acquisition of a minority stake in 3Sixty Restaurants – the firm that operates the Ego restaurant chain, from entrepreneur Luke Johnson.
  • Acting for Starbucks on a franchise model change throughout selected parts of Western Europe.
  • Acting for Henley Camland on the acquisition from Land Securities of Eastern Quarry Ltd, the corporate entity holding land at Eastern Quarry, adjacent to the Bluewater Shopping Centre in Kent, which is earmarked for significant residential development.

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG  has a strong reputation for working on high profile M&A and private equity deals within the region and beyond. The team focuses on sectors including real estate and the automotive industry as well as handling work for investment funds.  David Vaughan  leads the corporate team and is supported by Chris Towle , Ragi Singh , Andrew Lawton Smith  and Jeremy Millington . The commercial side is led by Sally Mewies , whose team also includes Sarah Sasse , Stephen Kenny  and principal associate Caroline McNally .

Practice head(s):

David Vaughan; Sally Mewies

Other key lawyers:

Chris Towle; Ragi Singh; Andrew Lawton; Jeremy Millington; Sarah Sasse: Stephen Kenny

Key clients

LDC

Birmingham City Council

Southco Inc.

M+W

Huhtamaki

Business Growth Fund

Rettig Group

Hill & Smith Holdings Plc

Cummins Inc.

Staffline

The Midcounties Cooperative

Otto Bock

Palatine Private Equity

Atcore Technology Group Limited

Hyundai

Sandvik AB

Tarmac

Metsaliitto Cooperative

GCI Group

Mitek Holdings Inc

GCP Applied Technologies

Codemasters Group Holdings plc

A F Blakemore & Sons

ReBound Returns

Oxbotica

Aston Manor

The Hut Group

Sanctuary Group

SLR Global

M&G Real Estate

University Superannuation Scheme

St Modwen

NFU Mutual

Marks and Spencer

Transport for London

Nomad Foods Europe Limited (Birds Eye)

Mazda

Molson Coors

Kraft Heinz

Premier Foods

Jaguar Land Rover

SMMT (UK automotive trade association)

The Rugby Football Union (RFU)

Vaillant

Martin-Baker

Coca-Cola Europe

Partners

London Electric Vehicles Company

London Legacy Development Corporation (owner of the London Olympic Stadium)

Upfield (owner of brands such as Flora)

Volvo

CBI

Work highlights

  • Advised Avison Young on its definitive agreement with Apleona, a portfolio company of global private-equity firm EQT, to acquire GVA Grimley, a subsidiary of Apleona and one of the UK’s leading and most diverse real estate advisory-led businesses.
  • Advised shareholders of  GCI Managed Services Group on the sale of a majority stake in the business to Mayfair Private Equity Partners.
  • Acted for leading video games maker Codemasters on its pre-AIM IPO reorganisation.
  • Advised Birmingham City Council in relation to the reorganisation of Innovation Birmingham, which sits next to Aston University close to Birmingham city centre. Innovation Birmingham has supported more than 260 businesses, created over 500 jobs and raised more than £18 million in equity finance since 2009.

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP 's corporate and commercial practice is a prominent force in the retail, construction, logistics, hospitality and public sectors. Lee Clifford  leads the corporate team and is highly skilled in handling PE transactions. Heading up the commercial team is Nigel Gardner , whose main sector focus is on the logistics and hospitality sectors.

Practice head(s):

Lee Clifford; Nigel Gardner

Testimonials

‘The team are commercial, pro-active and support their clients’ needs.’

Lee Clifford is always reachable, pragmatic and technically gifted. Lee understands what it takes to get the job done within timescales and to a high quality.’

Key clients

Lloyds Development Capital

The Alumasc Group Plc

Frontier Development Capital

Würth Group

Funeral Partners Limited

BGF Investments LP

Tarmac

Travis Perkins

Hydrock

Autins

Eurocell Group Limited

Tarmac Group

Hypnos Limited

Aldi Stores Limited

NEC Group Ltd

Inchcape Retail Limited / Inchcape UK Limited

Travis Perkins Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for Lloyds Development Capital and Newco in relation to the acquisition of the SMH Fleet Solutions group.
  • Advised Germany’s Würth Holdings UK on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Monks & Crane Industrial Group Limited to Ensco 1286.
  • Advised BGF on its investment in Telford-based global returns business Rebound. The transaction represents a significant investment by BGF in the global returns business,  which is used by clothing retailers such as ASOS.  
  • Advised shareholders in garage operator MPK ( including BGF) on the sale and purchase of the entire issued share capital of MPK by Stratford Retail Group. The deal represents one of BGF’s main exits last year.

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc  has a strong presence in the region, as highlighted by its work in M&A, private equity and commercial contracts. Tom Durrant  heads the corporate team nationally and is an expert in cross-border acquisitions and disposals.  Other prominent figures from the team include: capital markets specialist Paul Cliff ; private equity expert Simon Gill ; Chris Reed , who is  skilled in acquisitions and disposals;  Michael Ward , who is highly experienced in corporate transactions and restructurings; and public company  lawyer Tom Rush .

Practice head(s):

Tom Durrant 

Other key lawyers:

Paul Cliff; Simon Gill; Chris Reed

Testimonials

Gateley is a national firm, but with a small firm service ethos. They have developed a strength in depth and have the range of services that corporate customers require.’

Tom Durrant poseses the right characteristics for a lead corporate lawyer, with a range of knowledge across all disciplines, a sense of fairness and what will work in the real world.’

Key clients

Lifetime Brands, Inc

Gymshark Limited

Franchise Brands Plc

Liberty House Group

Roxhill Developments

Premier Paper Group Limited

Stuart Turner Limited

Real Estate Investors Plc

Live Company Group Plc

Sdiptech AB

Work highlights

  • Advised shareholders in housebuilder Westleigh Group (including Palatinate Private Equity) on its sale to Countryside Properties for £135.4m.
  • Advised CHS Healthcare on the acquisition of  BroadCare Software.
  • Acted for Sdiptech on the acquisition of Multitech Site Holdings, which provides temporary infrastructure.
  • Advised children’s education and entertainment group Live Company Group on a share placing and on the acquisition of Bright Bricks Holdings. Bright Bricks is a UK-based firm which constructs custom Lego brick statues and models for touring events.
  • Acted for YFM Equity Partners on the management buy-out of Database Service Provider Global Limited.

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP 's corporate practice is led by Julian Smith , who focuses on the healthcare sector; Peter McLintock  , who is an expert in private equity; and Jayne Hussey , who specialises in  mid-market transactions, with a particular focus on the automotive sector. Also recommended is principal associate Ruth Andrew  , who specialises in commercial contracts.

Practice head(s):

Julian Smith; Peter McLintock; Jayne Hussey

Other key lawyers:

Ruth Andrew

Key clients

Elysium Healthcare

Deutsche Bahn AG

Elaghmore PE Fund

Stantec Inc

Hiermeule & Meule GmbH

Indigo Telecom Group Limited

Iron Mountain Jaguar Land Rover

Luxury Family Hotels

Virgin Car

Work highlights

  • Advised Heimerle + Muele on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Weston Beamor Holdings, including its subsidiaries WB The Creative Jewellery Group and Gecko Trading .
  • Acting for individual sellers on the disposal of the entire issued share capital of Zettlex Holdings.
  • Advised management of Juno Health Limited on its acquisition of Ashchem Chemists – a group of 15 pharmacies, employing around 120 people in North East England.
  • Acted for  Elysium Healthcare Holdings 3  on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Broadham Care from its three founding shareholders.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's Birmingham team has a particularly international focus, with a notable skillset in private equity, M&A and capital market transactions. In terms of sector focus, prominent industries for the team include energy, technology, healthcare and manufacturing. Nicole Livesey  heads up the corporate department and is highly involved in the advanced manufacturing sector. Public sector specialist  Clare Francis  leads the commercial side and is notably skilled in advising on Brexit-related issues. Andrew Hornigold  is another name of note, and is heavily involved in corporate issues surrounding the technology sector.

Practice head(s):

Nicole Livesey; Clare Francis

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Hornigold

Key clients

Cargill PLC

Headlam Plc

Halma plc

Homeserve Membership Limited

Keys Bidco Limited

ISS Facility Services Limited

Financial Times Group

Porthaven Group Holdings Limited

OFWAT

Starship Technologies

E.ON Ministry of Justice

Work highlights

  • Advised Cargill  on its joint venture with Faccenda Foods to create a  UK food company focused on chicken, turkey and duck.
  • Advised Guy Hale and Matthew Aston on the disposal of their final 50% issued share capital in Hadley Steel Framing Limited (HSF) to Hadley Industries Plc.
  • Advised insurer HomeServe on strategic acquisitions to increase its customer base, such as  acquiring The AA’s home emergency policy book, which will allow HomeServe to operate under the AA brand for three years.
  • Acted for The  Financial Times Group on the acquisition of a controlling stake in Longitude Research.
  • Advising Headlam on its long term “buy and build” strategy. The last year has included four acquisitions of a range of flooring distribution businesses.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP has a broad practice covering  M&A, corporate finance, private equity and general commercial matters. Practice head Richard Wrigley is an expert in transactions and restructurings, with a strong emphasis on the energy sector.  Other important names include: mid-market M&A specialist Adam McGiveron ; the corporate finance-focused Kavita Patel ; and Keith Spedding , who has a strong interest in the tech sector.

Practice head(s):

Richard Wrigley

Key clients

Express & Star Newspapers

National Grid Plc

Whitworth Holdings Ltd

Foresight

Freshwater UK Plc

Alliance UK Ltd

Octopus Investments

Carver Group

Cedo

Lexon

Work highlights

  • Advised Alliance Automotive (the European division of US-listed Genuine Parts Company) on  multiple UK acquisitions.
  • Advised Whitworths on purchase of Hovis’ flour milling operation.
  • Advised Foresight Group investment fund on the merger of two funds to create a single fund with assets of more than £360m.
  • Acted for Carver Group – a long established Midlands based company in the manufacturing sector -on the acquisition of Cool-Therm.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs' corporate and commercial team advises industrial, manufacturing, healthcare, retail and sports companies on public and private M&A and private equity deals.  The 'excellent' Geoff Perry  leads the team and focuses on mid-market M&A and PE transactions alongside partners such as  Andrew  Glaze . Other important members of the team include David Hull , who is highly experienced in corporate transactions, particularly in the sports sector where the firm works with a large number of football teams,  and commercial expert Stuart James , who often advises on procurement and sourcing matters.

Practice head(s):

Geoff Perry

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Glaze; David Hull; Stuart James

Testimonials

This is very much a partner-led practice, with the engagement partner visible and hands on throughout the transaction process. Having said that, support from associates is excellent.’

Geoff Perry has excellent commercial legal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a lay client inexperienced in corporate deal-making.’

Key clients

Dalata UK Limited

Veolia ES (UK) Limited

Park Ohio Industries Inc

Lyndon Scaffolding Plc

Aston Villa FC

Raksha Energy Holdings Limited

Riverview Law Holdings Limited

DK Group

Marston’s PLC

Sociedad Anonima Industrias Celulosa Aragonesa (SAICA)

CH Bailey Plc

American Greetings

Arena Event Services Limited

Arrow Global Plc (FTSE listed provider of financial services)

Bournville CollegeHCA International

Healthtrust Europe

Work highlights

  • Advised Dalata UK on acquisition of the entire share capital of Hintergard – the owner of a London hotel.
  • Advised long-standing client Veolia on four transactions within six months, including the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of KDC Holdings .
  • Acted for Lyndon Scaffolding on its sale to Brand Industrial Services.
  • Advised Riverview Law and its majority shareholders on its acquisition by ‘Big 4’ accountancy practice EY.

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP 's corporate team focuses on M&A, private equity and venture capital deals, while the commercial team is primarily concerned with contractual matters. Mike Jackson  heads up the corporate side and has a particular emphasis on the technology sector. The commercial team is led by Ryan Harrison , who frequently advises on cross-border matters.

Practice head(s):

Mike Jackson; Ryan Harrison

Testimonials

Browne Jacobson’s M&A team are commercial, straightforward and always available. I trust their advice and ability to get a transaction done in line within a required timeline.’

Key clients

The National Trust

PZ Cussons Beauty

TechData

Corporation

Metro Bank

Triumph

Motorcycles Ltd

NCP (National Car Parks)

Camelot

The Mission Marketing Group

Palatine Private Equity

Sodexo

Apiary Capital

North Edge Capital

BGF Investments

Mercia Technologies

Work highlights

  • Advise the beauty division of  PZ Cussons on most domestic and international commercial legal needs, including supply chain contracts and distribution arrangements for brands like St Tropez Tan, Sanctuary Spa, Fudge Professional and Charles Worthington.
  • Provided the  National Trust with a retainer for commercial legal work that the in-house team cannot resource. Mandates include anything from filming & location agreements to brand licensing arrangements, gift card programmes and GDPR requirements.
  • Advised NorthEdge Capital on a significant majority stake in facilities management company Orbis Protect, backing an MBO with the existing management team led by CEO Guy Other and COO Ben Howard.
  • Acted for LDC and the other shareholders of The Pallet Network Group on an exit to ESLL Group Limited (Eddie Stobart).
  • Advised Bray Leino , a UK based integrated communications agency that is part of The Mission Marketing Group plc, on the disposal of its BroadCare healthcare focused platform to Carehome Selection Limited.

Emms Gilmore Liberson

Emms Gilmore Liberson 's corporate and commercial team advises on M&A, restructurings, joint ventures and commercial contracts. It is also developing its healthcare client-base.  Leading the practice  is Stephen Gilmore , who is notably strong in shareholder and partnership agreements and Gregory Emms, who focuses on a range of  corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Gilmore; Gregory Emms 

Other key lawyers:

Kian Golestani; Gurmeet Jakhu

Key clients

PTV Group Peach Pub Group

BCRS

Business Loans Limited

Tipton & Coseley Building Society

Scott Brownrigg Jaffer Group

Select Lifestyles Limited

ServiceMaster Limited

LCF Developments Ltd

Coffee-Bike International

TWL Franchising Limited

APC – The Alternative Parcels Company

Mirko G Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised shareholders in JNC Solutions on sale of the entire issued share capital of the company to Eque2.
  • Acted for Scott Brownrigg architecture and design on the purchase of Acanthus. Acanthus’ transport clients include Transport for London, London Underground, DLR and Network Rail.
  • Advised  the majority shareholder in telecoms company  CDI on its sale.

Fieldfisher LLP

Fieldfisher LLP  launched in Birmingham in late 2016  when it merged with specialist business law firm Hill Hofstetter. Now, the firm's corporate and commercial team, which is headed by partner Chris Hill, focuses on advising the professional services sector on acquisitions, disposals and restructurings. It also  advises tech and other companies on software and hardware transactions, with a high proportion of its matters involving some international element. Matthew Williams  joined from Orrick  to help strengthen the firm's corporate presence in the  energy, commodities and infrastructure sectors, with Hugo Lidbetter  joining as a partner from EDF as part of the same push.

Practice head(s):

Chris Hill

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Williams; Hugo Lidbetter

Testimonials

‘Graham Muth is very commercial in his way, which often is not the case with corporate lawyers. His right-hand man Iain Wilton is also very good, organised and commercial too.’

Key clients

Solihull Moors Football Club

Enzen Global

Enzen Limited

Metamorph Group

Work highlights

  • Advising India’s Enzen Global on the UK aspects of its fundraising from Greater Pacific Capital.
  • Advising Enzen Limited (a subsidiary of the India based Enzen Global Solutions) on its investment into Seville based Wellness Telecoms.
  • Acting for professional services consolidators Metamorph Group on the acquisition of  midlands based professional services firm Terry Jones solicitors.
  • Advising Solihull Moors FC on a multi-million pound investment in the club.

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell handles M&A, private equity and commercial contracts from its Birmingham office. Nick Dawson  co-heads a team clients describe as 'easy to do business with' and is very active in M&A and private equity deals. Sarah Riding  leads on the commercial side and is an expert in commercial contracts and outsourcing agreements. The third practice head is Chris Rawstron ,  who primarily focuses on corporate transactions and capital raising.

Practice head(s):

Nick Dawson; Sarah Riding; Chris Rawstron

Testimonials

‘The team are easy to do business with and have a “laser-like” focus on the specific requirements of the client.’

‘Irwin Mitchell’s team cuts through the legal challenges to get to the most pragmatic, commercial and cost effective outcomes.’

‘Nick Dawson sets the culture of his team through the way he leads his team, works with his clients and delivers his services.’

‘Chris Rawstron is extremely practical in finding solutions that work for you and the deal as a whole.’

Key clients

Hadley Industries

idverde Holdings Limited

 

Norchem Limited

Camfil

Gravity Fitness Limited

Lexon (UK) Limited

Reconomy (UK) Limited

thyssenkrupp UK plc

Nuffield Health

Whitworths Limited

National Grid plc

ATS Euromaster Ltd

Xoserve Ltd

The British Chambers of Commerce

Restore plc

Jaywing plc

Mizuno Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of M & J Evans Construction Limited (“M&J”) on the sale of an initial minority stake to Bregal Freshstream.  
  • Advised shareholders of Weir Waste (a leading provider of waste and recycling solutions in the West Midlands) on the disposal of the entire issued share capital of the company to Biffa Waste Services.
  • Advised Lexon (UK) Limited on its acquisition of Vittoria Healthcare, an 11-site retail pharmacy business – a deal which required syndicated funding from NatWest and Lloyds.
  • Acted on behalf of landscaping company idverde on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Landscaping Centre (Holdings) Limited t/a Out There Services, Northern Ireland’s leading landscaping and grounds maintenance company.
  • Advised the shareholder of Unique Catering Limited on its sale to global facilities management services provider, Atalian Servest.

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP  has a multi-disciplined corporate and commercial practice which is particularly known for its work in the private equity and venture capital space. Alastair Peet  heads the national venture capital team and is also very skilled in public M&A. Ben Turner  leads the midlands corporate group, which has a strong focus on the  hospitality, technology and real estate sectors. Also recommended is commercial team head David Jackson , who is notably strong in the technology sector.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Peet; Ben Turner; David Jackson

Other key lawyers:

Maurice Dwyer; Paul Batchelor

Testimonials

Clear advice, professional and friendly demeanour. Highly reliable.

‘Alastair Peet is a great person to work with  and has an acute commercial appreciation, excellent personal style and a keen legal mind.

Key clients

Aramark Inc

Amber Digital

BNP Paribas

B S Eaton

GPE Capital Partners LLP

Geospock Limited

IM Properties

Mercedes Benz UK

Octopus Ventures/Octopus Investments

Three Mobile

Volkswagen Group

Wilkinson Williams LLP

Wilson James

Work highlights

  • Acted for property business Wilkinson Williams on the sale of its business, trade and assets to Avison Young (AY).
  • Advised Octopus Ventures, one of Europe’s leading and most active venture capital houses, on its investment into Wave Optics Limited.
  • Advised the management team of Orbis Protect, the UK’s leading vacant property management provider, on the sale of shares to a company backed by Northedge Capital.
  • Advised management of West Midlands-based PP Control and Automation, a provider of strategic manufacturing outsourcing solutions, on a major new investment by Ardenton Capital.
  • Acted for management of CitNOW on its sale to Tenzing and reinvestment into the Tenzing-backed new company.

Clarke Willmott LLP

Clarke Willmott LLP has a broad corporate practice but its Birmingham office has a particular focus on the education, manufacturing, logistics and real estate sectors. John Irving  works at the helm and is notably skilled in  competition and supply chain issues. Corporate lawyer Andrew Beedham  is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

John Irving

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Beedham

Testimonials

John Irving is always punctual, never misses deadlines and goes out of his way to assist clients.’

Key clients

Comau UK Limited

MiX Telematics Europe Limited

Conex Universal Limited

Ingersoll Rand Limited

Aberclay Limited

Ballard Casinos Limited

DWF

DWF 's small Birmingham corporate team is led by Mark Gibson . The team works closely with other DWF offices, in particular those in Manchester and Liverpool, as well as London. Its client-base includes FTSE 250-listed UK corporates and financial institutions as well as handling work from the US, Russia and the CEE. Gibson has extensive experience in handling M&A, disposals and management buy outs. The sectors he is most active in include hospitality, healthcare, technology and financial services.

Practice head(s):

Mark Gibson

Key clients

Park Holidays UK

Acenta Steel Limited

OGL Computer Services Group

Portal Limited

Aspen Healthcare

Profab Access Limited

Starboard Hotels Limited

CST Pharma Limited

Novelis Inc

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Shareholders of Profab in sale to ERA Home Security.
  • Acted for Vertrio on the sale of its shareholding in Seneca Software to Compass Star (a BVI company).
  • Advised sellers on the sale of the share capital of Fern Capital and Satrak to Trackunit (a large Danish corporate).
  • Represented shareholders of Acenta Steel Holdings in sale of the entire issued share capital to Aar Industries Pte .

Legal Clarity

Legal Clarity's work within the corporate and commercial space covers M&A, investment funds and reorganisations for clients including accounting firms and GP practices. Richard Underwood  leads the team and has a broad practice covering  M&A, reorganisations, joint ventures and shareholder arrangements.  Also recommended are James Quinn  and Chris Wright , who has a particular emphasis on capital restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Richard Underwood

Other key lawyers:

James Quinn; Chris Wright

Key clients

Filtermist International Limited

TeacherActive Limited

Microlise Limited

Funeral Zone Limited

Baldwins Accountants

Magma Accountants

Prime Accountants

Dains Accountants

Modality Partnership

Stonegate Trinity LLP

Work highlights

  • Represented shareholders in technology company B4 Enterprises on the sale of the  entire issued share capital to Esendex Holdings
  • Represented shareholders of Bracebridge Restaurant in the establishment and shareholder arrangements of a new holding company.
  • Acted for shareholders and the management team of TeacherActive in its reorganisation and refinancing.
  • Represented management in the MBO of manufacturing company Universal Bolt Forgers

The Wilkes Partnership

The Wilkes Partnership  is strong in mid-market deals involving M&A,  disposals and management buyouts. Managing partner Gareth O’Hara  leads the Midlands' firm's team and has a particular focus on the automotive sector.

Practice head(s):

Gareth O’Hara 

Other key lawyers:

Jeremy Parkin; Kate Hackett; Rick Smyth,

Key clients

Baldwins Holdings Limited

Johnsons Cars Limited

Farillio Limited

Norman Hay PLC

Elta Automotive

BGFProject Victoria Limited

Smarts Specialists Plumbing Limited

MBG Global Brands GmbH

Cotswolds BMW

Fraikin Wesleyan Bank Limited

ADV Manufacturing / Dynamo Taxis

Big Cat Group

Dennis Eagle Limited

Aston & Fincher

Work highlights

  • Advised accounting firm Baldwins on the acquisition of  Booth Ainsworth.
  • Acted for Norwegian client Azets As on its purchase of the share capital of Enterprise-Documents Solutions UK (E-Docs UK)
  • Acted for Johnsons Cars on the acquisition of FCA Brand Centre Swindon.
  • Acted for Johnsons Cars on the sale of Volvo Dealerships in Oxford and Swindon.
  • Advised majority shareholders  on the cross-border sale of construction software business Synchro Software to Bentley Systems.

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP  has a practice with a particular focus on  private equity transactions and owner-managed businesses, especially those in the automotive manufacturing supply chain.  The corporate team is led by Mathew Harvey , who focuses on both areas, while the commercial side of the offering is headed by Tracy Lake , who joined in late 2018 from National Grid and who predominantly works on commercial contracts in the utilities sector.

Practice head(s):

Mathew Harvey; Tracy Lake

Key clients

Sertec Corporation Limited

Leacy MG Limited

Wealden & Eastbourne Lifeline Limited

Fish4Dogs Limited

BHSF Group Limited

Springboard Corporate Finance

Midven Limited

Cameron Price Limited

Maven Capital Partners

Slate Hall Veterinary Practice

Work highlights

  • Acted for the sellers of the Slate Hall Veterinary Practice to CVS Group,
  • Advised shareholders and directors of Springboard Corporate Finance in connection with the sale of the company to Begbies Traynor
  • Acted for Midven on the  Midlands Engine Equity Fund’s investment in companies including Travel Safety.
  • Advised Maven Capital Partners on Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund’s investment into Hiring Hub Holdings.