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Gerald Couldrake

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Howes Percival LLP

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Banking, commercial contracts and corporate finance.


Gerald is a partner and, after a spell running the firm’s Northampton office, he is now head of the corporate and commercial department in the East Midlands region. Gerald is an experienced corporate and commercial advisor. He advises on sales and purchases of businesses, joint ventures and commercial contracts. He advised and is company secretary of both the British Racing Drivers Club (owners of Silverstone Circuit) and the Guards Polo Club (based at Windsor Great Park).


Qualified as a solicitor with a City of London law firm 1985; partner Howes Percival LLP 1989; head of East Midland region corporate and commercial department 2009.


Law Society.


Nobel School, Stevenage; University College London (law degree); College of Law, Lancaster Gate.


Family, hill walking, cycling.

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Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby

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Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the East Midlands

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Gerald Couldrake - Howes Percival LLP

Within: Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the East Midlands

‚ÄėA top-class regional practice‚Äô,¬†Howes Percival LLP¬†impresses with its ‚Äėfantastic service‚Äô. The team acts for owner-managed businesses and family-owned businesses on sales, mergers and reconstructions, and has growing expertise in acquisition finance, where it acts for banks and private equity firms, and property and development finance, where it acts for lenders. The department is also adept at assisting with a broad range of commercial issues, including commercial contracts, standard terms and conditions and franchising work. The ‚Äėexperienced‚Äô, ‚Äėpragmatic‚Äô, ‚Äėunflappable‚Äô and ‚Äėcommitted‚Äô ¬†Gerald Couldrake¬†heads the practice, which includes¬†Daniel Banton¬†and associate Matthew Thompson, who are the main contacts on the commercial side. In a recent cross-border highlight involving the jurisdictions of Ghana and Brazil, Couldrake and Thompson advised Blue Skies Holdings on the $18.2m purchase of a stake in the company from private equity fund 8 Miles. The team also assisted the Business Growth Fund with a ¬£9.5m investment into Medigold Health Consultancy, and acted for Welcome Break Group on its strategically important acquisition of two Starbucks franchises from Starbucks. Other clients include Constant Equity Alpha, Acorne and Gravity Media Group.

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