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John Dodsworth

Tel:
Work 020 7831 9222
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Macfarlanes LLP

Work Department

Corporate.

Position

Partner advising on all aspects of public and private M&A transactions (both domestic and cross-border), as well as private equity and venture capital transactions, with particular expertise in the advertising and media sectors. He also has particular expertise advising on the formation of Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs) and the conversion of existing businesses into LLPs, and chairs the firm's partnerships and LLPs group.

Career

Articled Macfarlanes; qualified 1991; partner 1998.

Education

Ipswich School; Hatfield College, Durham (1988 BA Hons Law; 1989 First Class Hons Law Society Finals).


London: Corporate and commercial

Partnership

Within: Partnership

Macfarlanes LLP's 'superb' practice has 'excellent knowledge of the area'. It handles the full range of matters for professional practices and LLPs, including major M&A transactions, tax issues, investment management, private client and partnership disputes. Highlights for practice head John Dodsworth included advising US-based Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice on all UK aspects of its business combination with UK-based firm Bond Dickinson. Charles Meek advised New York-based Lexington Partners on the closing of a large-scale tender offer to investors in BC European Capital IX LP, which required multiple agreements with 39 sellers across jurisdictions. Hayley Robinson specialises in employment law and handles a variety of contentious and non-contentious matters primarily for clients in the financial services sector. Mark Baldwin is also recommended.

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    In the recent case of Newbury v Sun Microsystems [2013], the defendant argued that an offer to settle proceedings was ‚Äėin principle' only and that a binding contract could not be formed until further terms had been agreed and a formal contract had been signed. It supported this argument by referring to a statement, in the offer letter, that the settlement was to be ‚Äėrecorded in a suitably worded agreement'. ‚Ä©
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