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Philippa Sturt

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Corporate and Commercial.


Main practice areas include acquisitions and disposals, MBOs, AIM work and company reorganisations as well as company law, shareholder matters and commercial agreements.

Philippa has acted on M&As in the gaming sector, leisure sector, FMCG sector and events management sector. Philippa focusses particularly on advising start-ups and entrepreneurs in relation to investments and fund raisings as well as shareholder arrangements.

She also has experience advising a number of start-up businesses in the food & beverage and FMCG sectors, including Pistou Café, Mucho Mas Limited (trading as Chilango), NY Fold, Vita Coco and Hop Vietnamese.

Philippa has experience of drafting all manner of commercial contracts both in respect of UK transactions and overseas matters in Europe and beyond. She also assists Joelson’s Business Recovery and Restructuring team and has acted for both insolvency practitioners and purchasers in respect of pre-packaged administrations and business purchases.


Trained Joelson; qualified 2002; Solicitor at Barlow Robbins Solicitors (2003-05); Solicitor at Pitmans LLP (2005-08); Solicitor at Joelson (2008-13). She became a Partner in 2013. Director at Ferndale Management Limited; Full Beam Visual Theatre Limited.


Women in Business Network Marylebone.


The Abbey School, Reading; University of Bristol (BA (Hons)) Greek, Archaeology & Ancient History;  MA (Classical Civilisation and Literature); The College of Law, London (CPE); LPC (Commendation).


Films and books.

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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