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Matthew is a corporate partner in the firm's Business and Finance group. He joined Ince & Co after five years in the corporate department of a leading City law firm. 

Matthew specialises in domestic and cross-border M&A, joint ventures, restructurings and investments. He acts for clients in a variety of industries but has a particular focus on those in the energy, shipping and technology sectors.

In addition, he is an expert in UK inward investment, advising overseas companies on setting up and doing business in the UK including advice on corporate structures, employment, data and trade mark protection and contractual arrangements.


Law Society of England & Wales


Leeds University

London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

Within: M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

Ince & Co specialises in handling transactions in the shipping, aviation, insurance, energy and international trade sectors for domestic and international clients ranging from large listed corporates to family-owned private companies. Practice head Stephen Jarvis  and Mona Patel acted as co-counsel (alongside Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP) for Advent International, advising on the maritime law aspects of the acquisition of an 80% stake in London-based shipping services company V.Ships. Matthew Stratton assisted Acergy (Gibraltar), a wholly owned subsidiary of subsea engineering, services and construction company Subsea 7, with the $279m purchase of the remaining interest in Seaway Heavy Lifting (in which it already owned a 50% stake), and acted for Aegean Marine Petroleum Network on its $367m acquisition of HEC Europe. Other key clients include Danaos, Global Research Partners, Newpark Resources and PVM Oil Associates; China Merchant Partners and GasLog are among the team’s new clients.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Oil and gas

Within: Oil and gas

The 'very attentive' contractor-focused oil and gas lawyers at Ince & Co 'have an outstanding knowledge base of the industry and react quickly as the matters develop'. In recent highlights, the practice handled the sale and leaseback of an LNG carrier to Chinese state-owned shipping company COSCO on behalf of Golar, and Jonathan Goldfarb - assisted by Mona Patel and Stephen Jarvis  - provided cross-border counsel to longstanding Gaslog with regards to an SPA to acquire 20% shareholding in Gastrade. On the contentious front Chris Kidd continues to lead the advice to a drilling contractor in connection with a claim against a shipyard arising from the severely delayed construction of a deep water drilling rig due to the shipyward's alleged failure to deliver the vessel on time. Simon Hems heads the practice and is also a key name to note alongside Renaud Barbier-Emery and Matthew Stratton . Clients also recommend 'remarkably driven and experienced' managing associate Phillippa Hook who 'ascertains the real issues quickly providing innovative but sound solutions instantaneously'. Jeremy Farr , Clare Kempkens and Charles Lockwood joined K&L Gates LLP .

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