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Harry Coghill

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Macfarlanes LLP

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Corporate and M&A.


Partner in corporate and M&A group with broad transactional experience, including in the areas of public and private M&A, equity fundraisings and group reorganisations, and also advises listed clients on general company law and corporate governance matters.


Partner 2014.

London: Corporate and commercial

Equity capital markets

Within: Equity capital markets

Macfarlanes LLP's practice is 'excellent on all fronts', and has 'strength in depth across a number of disciplines'; 'extremely happy' clients say the team is 'very commercial and provides succinct advice'. Group head Robert Boyle, who assisted Supermarket Income REIT with its £100m IPO on the LSE, is 'a brilliant lead partner whose technical excellence is matched by his client-handling skills'; he has 'real authority' and is 'a great communicator'. Harry Coghill advised Xafinity's management team on its £190m LSE IPO, and acted for Regal Entertainment Group on its $3.6bn merger with Cineworld Group, which involved a rights issuance and a reverse takeover. Mark Slade acted for Regional REIT on a £100m equity fundraising to fund its acquisition of two property portfolios. Richard Burrows is also active in the space.

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Flotations: small and mid-cap

Within: Flotations: small and mid-cap

At Macfarlanes LLP, Robert Boyle leads a core team, which includes Harry Coghill, Richard Burrows and special counsel Mark Slade. Its understanding of the small and mid-cap sphere is derived from its work for a diverse range of clients, such as corporate issuers, investment funds, NOMADs, shareholders and trustees. Complementing the firm's strong transactional capabilities are its first-rate tax and regulatory expertise. In 2017, Boyle and Slade were part of a cross-practice team, which advised Supermarket Income REIT Plc on its £100m IPO on the Specialist Fund Segment of the Main Market. The same team also assisted the client with a £20m follow-on fundraise. Also notable was that, in a separate matter, Slade acted for commercial property fund Regional REIT in a secondary fundraise of up to £100m.

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M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+

Within: M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+

Macfarlanes LLP¬†has a¬†‚Äėvery responsive and commercially aware practice‚Äô that is noted for its ‚Äėdeep industry knowledge‚Äô¬†. The ‚Äėvery responsive, pragmatic and extremely creative‚Äô team handles public and private M&A across a wide range of sectors, including TMT, retail, hotels and leisure, energy and financial services.¬†Ian Martin¬†heads the firm‚Äôs mergers and acquisitions group and has considerable experience across a broad range of corporate, corporate restructuring and private equity matters. The ‚Äėoutstanding‚Äô¬†Graham Gibb¬†‚Äėalways provides thorough, commercial and well-reasoned advice‚Äô and ‚Äėgrasps complex situations quickly‚Äô; he acted alongside¬†Harry Coghill¬†on the English law aspects of Kennedy-Wilson Holdings‚Äô ¬£1.5bn bid for Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate. Gibb is also advising The Walt Disney Company on the UK aspects of its prospective $52.4bn acquisition of 21st Century Fox. Other highlights included¬†Stephen Drewitt¬†acting for Chiltern International Group and the institutional selling shareholders on the $1.2bn sale of Chiltern to LabCorp and¬†Richard Burrows¬†handling Pilgrim‚Äôs Pride‚Äôs $1.3bn acquisition of poultry business Moy Park from JBS.¬†Luke Powell¬†‚Äėanticipates issues and is solution-oriented; he is recommended alongside ‚Äėimpressive‚Äô senior partner¬†Charles Martin,¬†senior associate¬†Richard Burrows, and¬†Charles Meek.

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