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Joelson

30 PORTLAND PLACE, LONDON, W1B 1LZ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7580 5721
Fax:
Fax 020 7580 2251
DX:
83301 WEST END-2
Email:
Web:
www.joelsonlaw.com
London EC2Y, London W1B

Phil Hails-Smith

Tel:
Work 020 7580 5721
Email:
Joelson

Work Department

Corporate and Commercial.

Position

Phil’s main practice areas include a broad range of UK and cross border mergers and acquisitions, acting for private equity and venture capital backed businesses on M&A and other commercial advisory work and advising for management teams on private equity transactions.

A key part of Phil’s practice focusses on advising founders,  entrepreneurs, owner managed businesses and start-ups in respect  of seed capital fundraisings and follow on funding and developing long term relationships with clients. .

He has also developed a practice acting for AIM-listed clients in relation to IPOs, placings and reverse takeovers.

He has extensive experience of negotiating commercial contracts (such as distribution and agency agreements) on behalf of clients in the UK and looking to expand internationally.

He frequently advises on acquisition finance facilities as part of the team’s overall M&A services.

Career

Trained at Joelson; qualified in 2000; Partner at the firm since 2007.

Languages

Fluent French, conversational Spanish.

Education

Millfield School; University of the West of England (1997 LLB Hons 2(1)); College of Law, London (1998 LPC).

Leisure

Skiing, cycling, theatre, tennis and spending time with his family.


London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

Within: M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

The team at Joelson primarily acts for clients in the food and drink, leisure and gaming, media and resources sectors, including Innocent Drinks, Leon Restaurants, Ash Gaming, Real Good Food, Mumsnet and Richland. Phil Hails-Smith and Paul Chiappe jointly lead the practice; Hails-Smith advised the management team of Clarion Events on the £600m sale and reinvestment in Clarion in relation to its acquisition by Blackstone, and Chiappe acted for Healthy Kids (trading as Little Dish) on its £17m sale to Chicago-based private equity firm Profile Capital. Other noted members of the team are Sheldon Cordell, who advised May Capital on the £1.8bn acquisition (along with partner Patron Capital) of Punch Taverns, and Philippa Sturt, who acted for Schawk, a subsidiary of Matthews International, on the £10.25m acquisition of VCG (Holdings) and its subsidiaries from LBI ehf.

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