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Memery Crystal LLP

165 FLEET STREET, EC4A 2DY, ENGLAND
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Belfast, Dublin, London

London: Corporate and commercial

Equity capital markets ‚Äď small-mid cap
Equity capital markets ‚Äď small-mid cap - ranked: tier 3

Memery Crystal LLP

Memery Crystal LLP is one of the leading firms for listing foreign and dual-listed mining companies on AIM, particularly those from Australia and Africa. In addition, the team has experience advising brokers and corporate issuers in the technology, software and fintech sectors, and is becoming increasingly interested in acting for Canadian cannabis-related companies despite current regulatory hurdles for listing such companies. Key contacts in the team include Nick Davis and Lesley Gregory, a very well-known name in the London AIM space.

Practice head(s):Lesley Gregory

Other key lawyers:Michael Dawes; Nick Davis; Kieran Stone

Testimonials

'Exceptionally competent and hardworking; nothing is ever too much for them.'

'The team's key capabilities are closely aligned with the equity capital markets, so they are able to advise us to the best possible outcome.'

'One of the few firms in the City where their output far exceeds their billing.'

'Lesley Gregory provided very useful advice - a very experienced partner.'

'Lesley Gregory is highly experienced and offers excellent advice. Very professional and approachable and us helped our business a great deal.'

Key Clients

Danakali Ltd

MOD Resources plc

Petra Diamonds

Ananda Developments plc

Shanta Gold

Rainbow Rare Earths

Gulf Keystone Petroleum

Maestrano Group Ltd

Pelatro

Kropz

Litigation Capital Management Ltd

Odey Asset Management

Tharisa

Work highlights

  • Advised Danakali, an ASX-listed company with a potash project in Eritrea, on its dual listing on the London Stock Exchange.
  • Advised MOD Resources Ltd, an ASX-listed company with a copper project in Botswana, on its dual listing on the London Stock Exchange.
  • Acted for longstanding client Petra Diamonds Limited in its right issue to raise £133.1m to reduce its debt levels. The rights issue was fully underwritten by RBC Europe Limited, Barclays Bank PLC and BMO Capital Markets Limited.
  • Advised Ananda Developments plc on its fund raising and application for admission to the NEX Exchange Growth Market.
  • Advised Rainbow Rare Earths on a secondary fundraising by way of accelerated bookbuild.
Leading individuals

Lesley Gregory - Memery Crystal LLP

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M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m - ranked: tier 2

Memery Crystal LLP

Memery Crystal LLP advises UK and international companies on cross-border mandates across a range of sectors, including corporate real estate, hotels and leisure and technology. Matter highlights include management buyouts, disposals and takeovers, acting for public and private clients as well as private equity-backed companies. The firm has made a number of hires, including Zarko Iankov from Dentons, who brings M&A experience, particularly in Eastern Europe. Corporate head Nick Alfillé is active across the firm's core sectors, and is proficient in advising clients ranging in size from start-ups to multinationals. Highly recommended is the 'very experienced'  Lesley Gregory, who is rated for her AIM-related transactional work and corporate M&A for both domestic and overseas companies.

Practice head(s):Nick Alfillé

Other key lawyers:Lesley Gregory

Testimonials

'Experts in their field but what makes them stand out is their commercial understanding of what we need as clients. They are also extremely approachable'

Key Clients

Gaming Realms

RSK Group

Gemserv

Foodfellas

KMI Brands

Royal Properties

Lombard Risk Management

Brooklyn Travel Limited

Kropz

Work highlights

  • Advised Gaming Realms on the sale of a 70% interest in its casino marketing business and related assets to River iGaming, for £23.1m
  • Acted for the engineering and environmental consultancy RSK on five acquisitions in 2018, including Central Alliance Limited and Copeland Wedge Associates Limited.
  • Acted for Gemserv Limited on its double acquisition of energy and compliance focused consultancy service providers, Aprose Risk and ASE Consulting Limited.
  • Advised Foodfellas in the sale of 40% of their shares to an English subsidiary of a Thai company, for £11.2m
  • Acted for BDO, the accountancy and audit firm, in their merger with Moore Stephens, another accountancy firm.
Leading individuals

Lesley Gregory - Memery Crystal LLP

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Gaming and betting
Gaming and betting - ranked: tier 2

Memery Crystal LLP

Memery Crystal LLP advises clients from the gambling and lotteries industries on market entry regulations and provides comparative regulatory advice regarding the applicable licensing regime across different jurisdictions. The firm is also experienced in advising on disputes in the gambling sector. The ‚Äėcharismatic and helpful‚Äô Carl Rohsler heads the practice and has expertise in M&A transactions in the gambling industry.

Practice head(s):Carl Rohsler

Testimonials

The firm provides the very best advice

Carl Rohsler has a charismatic personality with an encyclopaedic knowledge of gambling law and regulations

Key Clients

Health Lottery

888.com

Scottish TV Group

Telegraph Media Group

Gaming Realms

Fulham FC

BetBull

Union Jaxx

Arm Candy

Initial Rewards Limited

Project 11

Avantage Entertainment

Roland de Wolfe

Goldchip Gaming

Metric Gaming

West Bromwich Albion FC

Aston Villa FC

Work highlights

  • Advising Gaming Realms on the £11.5m sale of its business-to-customer focused subsidiary Bear Group to River iGaming
  • Advising Health Lottery on government consultations on marketing regulations
  • Advising Fulham FC on the advertising of gambling
  • Advising Avantage Entertainment in relation to the development of its UK business with an application for a UK pool betting and casino licence
  • Advising Telegraph Media Group on the development of its Fantasy Football product in strategic partnership with Coral
Leading individuals

Carl Rohsler - Memery Crystal LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 6

Memery Crystal LLP

Memery Crystal LLP 'delivers an excellent partner-led service and regularly seems to outperform its competition'. The practice has particular disputes expertise in relation to financial services, tax, insolvency, commercial fraud, shareholder disputes, natural resources, and international trade. Dispute resolution head Mark Whelan, Harvey Rands and Iain MacWhannell are the key contacts. In 2018, Jenni Jenkins was made partner and Joel Seager was hired from Enyo Law LLP, while in 2019, Dean Nicholls joined from Gordon Dadds LLP. Jane Marsden has left the firm.

Practice head(s):Mark Whelan

Other key lawyers:Harvey Rands; Iain MacWhannell; Jenni Jenkins; Joel Seager;  Dean Nicholls

Testimonials

'A first-class financial services litigation practice'.

'Mark Whelan takes a very hands-on role, making sure that he fully understands the desired commercial outcome from the outset'.

'Iain MacWhannell is excellent - he is commercial, pragmatic and astute'.

Key Clients

Marex Financial

Medsted Associates

Flowgroup

Petricca & Co Capital

Jersey Oil & Gas

Brotherton Real Estate

STM Group

International Goldfields

Grant Thornton

Work highlights

  • Acted for Marex Financial in a high-value damages claim for breach of delivery and title obligations in relation to nickel sale contracts.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 6

Memery Crystal LLP

With a particularly strong focus on the financial services sector, Memery Crystal LLP’s employment practice distinguishes itself through its work advising clients on the employment aspects of AIM listings, as well as its expertise in litigation and restructuring matters, such as advising Karen Millen on the employment aspects of its acquisition of parts of the business of Coast out of pre-pack administration. In early 2018 Stephen Ravenscroft joined the team from White & Case LLP; he has since succeeded Merrill April as head of the practice following her departure to CM Murray LLP. The team also advises senior executives, senior employees and board members on a broad range of issues

Practice head(s):Stephen Ravenscroft

Key Clients

Karen Millen

Hambro Perks

Aramco Overseas Company

Digital Realty

CyberArk Software

The Rethink Group

J O Hambro

NAMSA

Petropavlovsk

Atlas Air

Tungsten Corporation

Ashtrom Properties

Arlington

Marex Spectron

Gottex Fund Management

NORD/LB

LG & DE

Horatio Risk Consultancy

Gaming Realms

Radcliffe Group

MeetingZone

Gresham House

MotorK

Kropz Plc

Opera Gallery Ltd

Kyma Capital Ltd

Juergen Teller

Real Estate Management (UK) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Karen Millen on the employment aspects of its acquisition of parts of the business of Coast in a pre-pack administration.
  • Advising Hambro Perks on employment and commercial legal matters.
  • Advising Saudi Aramco’s European businesses on a wide range of HR matters.
  • Advising data centre business Digital Realty on a wide range of employment matters affecting its UK business.
  • Advising CyberArk on a wide ranging of HR matters concerning its UK business.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Mining and minerals
Mining and minerals - ranked: tier 5

Memery Crystal LLP

Memery Crystal LLP's team is focused on equity capital markets transactions for mining companies, particularly those with projects in Africa, and maintains a strong reputation in advising on listings on AIM and the Main Market, as well as secondary fundraisings and dual listings. The group also advises on M&A, debt finance and private equity investments in the mining sector.

Practice head(s):Michael Dawes; Nick Davis

Testimonials

'The Memery Crystal team is exceptionally competent and hard working, with nothing ever being 'too much'. What really makes this team stand out is its strategic commercial approach to many legal situations and the open, friendly, family manner in which it interacts with clients.'

'The team always conducts itself in a professional manner and its strengths lie across all elements of work streams as part of their mandate. The practice's key capabilities are closely aligned with minerals and mining which means it is perfectly poised to assist clients in getting the best outcome possible.'

'It is their individual levels of competence, their willingness and ability to work long hard hours whenever the situation demands, and the open and friendly way in which they continue to interact with their clients, no matter how large the challenge, that sets the Memery Crystal attorneys apart from the rest.'

'This group engages in proactive thinking as opposed to reactive actions. Clients should value its transparency, efficiency and quality of work as well as its attention to detail.'

Key Clients

Danakali Ltd

MOD Resources Ltd

Petra Diamonds

Kropz

Rainbow Rare Earths

Tethyan Resources

Shanta Gold Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Danakali on its dual listing on the London Stock Exchange’s Main Market.
  • Acted for Kropz on its admission to AIM, fundraising and its $40m acquisition of Cominco Resources.
  • Assisted Shanta Gold Limited with its partial buyback and rollover of a convertible mini bond.

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 4

Memery Crystal LLP

The practice at Memery Crystal LLP has a strong international focus, significant cross-border transactional experience and a strong reputation for equity capital markets work, particularly in the natural resources and technology sectors. A particular recent focus of the firm has been on the secondary UK Main Market listing for overseas resource companies, providing them with a platform to access London’s liquidity and deep capital markets. This has led to several client gains such as MOD Resources, Danakali, Pure Gold and Alio. Firm CEO Nick Davis leads the practice.

Practice head(s):Nick Davis

Other key lawyers:Michael Dawes

Key Clients

Columbus Energy Resources

Tlou Energy

Sterling Energy

Chariot Oil and Gas Ltd

Gulf Keystone Petroleum

Rose Petroleum

Green Dragon Gas

Work highlights

  • Advised Columbus Energy Resources Plc on its secondary fundraising.
  • Advised Tlou Energy Ltd in its £1.4m (A$2.5m) raise and potential further fundraising.
  • Acted for Chariot on its recent strategic placing and open offer, which raised approximately $17.5m.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: hotels and leisure
Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 4

Memery Crystal LLP

At Memery Crystal LLP, the team possesses an ‚Äėuncanny ability to overcome items that other lawyers see as problems‚Äô. Daniel Abrahams¬†is acclaimed for his ‚Äėexcellent all-round real estate knowledge‚Äô and heads the practice alongside Alastair Moss. High-value transactions and portfolio work are key strengths in the hospitality and leisure industries with the group representing pubs, hotels and restaurants, among others. Instructions in the retail space include lease renewals, property disputes and store developments, while on the investment front, the team represents banks, wealth managers and family offices on both cross-border and domestic matters. Also forming the commercial property workload are site acquisitions and disposals, developments, construction, planning and disputes along with landlord and tenant affairs. Sukina Dhilon¬†recently joined from Collyer Bristow LLP.

Practice head(s):Daniel Abrahams; Alastair Moss

Other key lawyers:David O’Dwyer

Testimonials

'Direct partner involvement in transactions, even when the day to day drafting is being dealt with by a junior lawyer. Their main strengths are in knowing their clients so being able to deal with issues expeditiously without needing client involvement for all the minutiae of the transaction; that and an uncanny ability of overcoming items that other lawyers see as problems. They are a firm who simply get the deal done in the best interests of their clients.'

'Daniel Abrahams has excellent all-round real estate knowledge with the ability to overcome issues that arise during transactions that other lawyers seem unable to resolve.'

Key Clients

David Moore and Tony Bennett

Shiva Hotels

Vastint Hospitality B.V. (part of the IKEA Group)

Z Hotels

Blackfinch Investments

Sean Martin

Kicking Horse, Freshwater Pub Co Limited, Golden Brick Pubs Limited

Wolfpack Craft Beer

Allied Irish Bank (GB)

Work highlights

  • Advising on the leasehold acquisition of The Devereux, the historic former Greene King pub.
  • Advising Vastint Hospitality in relation to the construction aspects of their Moxy brand of hotels.

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Commercial property: retail
Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 3

Memery Crystal LLP

At Memery Crystal LLP, the team possesses an ‚Äėuncanny ability to overcome items that other lawyers see as problems‚Äô. Daniel Abrahams¬†is acclaimed for his ‚Äėexcellent all-round real estate knowledge‚Äô and heads the practice alongside Alastair Moss. High-value transactions and portfolio work are key strengths in the hospitality and leisure industries with the group representing pubs, hotels and restaurants, among others. Instructions in the retail space include lease renewals, property disputes and store developments, while on the investment front, the team represents banks, wealth managers and family offices on both cross-border and domestic matters. Also forming the commercial property workload are site acquisitions and disposals, developments, construction, planning and disputes along with landlord and tenant affairs. Sukina Dhilon¬†recently joined from Collyer Bristow LLP.

Practice head(s):Alastair Moss; Daniel Abrahams

Testimonials

'Direct partner involvement in transactions, even when the day to day drafting is being dealt with by a junior lawyer. Their main strengths are in knowing their clients so being able to deal with issues expeditiously without needing client involvement for all the minutiae of the transaction; that and an uncanny ability of overcoming items that other lawyers see as problems. They are a firm who simply get the deal done in the best interests of their clients.'

'Daniel Abrahams has excellent all-round real estate knowledge with the ability to overcome issues that arise during transactions that other lawyers seem unable to resolve.'

Key Clients

Metro Bank

Travis Perkins

Steinhoff UK

Wyevale Garden Centres

Big Yellow Construction Company Limited

Asda

PPR Streatham

The Mall Corporation

A.S.K Partners

Janoir LLP/Ocubis

Charterhouse Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Metro Bank on the development of its store on London’s Piccadilly.
  • Advising Travis Perkins in securing a long-term future in a major retail site in Central London.

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Contruction: non-contentious
Contruction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 4

Memery Crystal LLP

Memery Crystal LLP's practice, which acts for developers, global corporations and retailers, is led by Joanne Kelly, who specialises in renewable energy contracts, primarily wind projects. Kelly - described as 'a star of the Memery Crystal offering' - was lead partner advising Telford Homes on its £500m London building programme which included developments at Nine Elms, Battersea and work at Walthamstow.

Practice head(s):Joanne Kelly

Testimonials

'The team has a commercial and pragmatic approach, as well as the ability to deliver advice on complex issues in a straightforward accessible way.

'Very bright and strong team. Depth of knowledge on industry matters is excellent.'

'Joanne Kelly's wide ranging experience and expertise means that clients have the benefit of commercial and astute advice across a range of project types. The team is really friendly and approachable, very on the ball, enthusiastic and talented.'

'Joanne Kelly is a star of the Memery Crystal offering. She has a strong team around her.'

'James Ashwin is a rising star and punches above his weight for his experience.'

'Nikola Lowry Lee is also strong on disputes and strategic advice.'

'Joanne Kelly is excellent. She has a very firm grasp of legal issues, gives clear advice but at the same time is very practical, which clients really appreciate.'

Key Clients

Big Yellow Construction Company Limited

Shiva Hotels

Telford Homes

Vastint Hospitality B.V.

Saracens Rugby Club

Asda

Global Holdings Management (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Big Yellow Construction on the acquisition of new sites, including construction agreements.
  • Advising Shiva Hotels on construction documents for all of its current hotel refurbishments including Marylebone Lane Hotel and Kingsway Hall Hotel.
  • Advising Telford Homes on its London Building Programme which includes the construction of 1,000 apartments at Nine Elms, Battersea and 250 unit development site in Walthamstow.
  • Advised Asda on a £50m development agreement in relation to its Crossharbour site.
  • Advised Metro Bank on a lease agreement and related construction documents.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 6

Memery Crystal LLP

Matthew Lindsay leads the practice at Memery Crystal LLP, which is increasingly active in development and acquisition finance (including the acquisition of asset portfolios); the team also handles refinancing; leveraged, syndicated and high-yield finance; and alternative finance products. It has particular strength in advising private capital clients. Recently, the firm has expanded its practice to handle transactions involving student accommodation assets and a number of multi-jurisdictional matters.

Practice head(s):Matthew Lindsay

Testimonials

'The team shows good attention to the details; it is knowledgeable and available, with good structuring experience of complex transactions and commercial understanding of property-related matters'.

'The individuals in the team are always available and willing to got the extra mile to close deals'.

Key Clients

London Relay Ltd

A.S.K Partners

Z Hotels

OakNorth Bank

Zorin Finance

ASH8 Group (part of Arlington Asset Managers)

ZenProp

EFG Bank

Beckman Group

Work highlights

  • Advising a consortium (Harbor Group International, and Z.C. Ronogil) on the acquisition of a 22-storey office and retail building in Aldgate, London.
  • Advising ASK Partners on a secured loan to Montreaux Ilford Developments to finance the acquisition of Ilford Retail Park.
  • Advising Z Hotels on a secured loan from OakNorth Bank to refinance an existing property within the client’s portfolio in the West End.
  • Advising OakNorth Bank on providing multiple development finance and acquisition finance loans in relation to properties located in the UK.
  • Advising Zorin Finance on bridge and development loans secured against properties located across the UK.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Memery Crystal LLP

Frequently acting for leading retailers and major landlords, Memery Crystal LLP's 'responsive and well organised' team is routinely called upon to assist with disputes arising from property portfolios and property developments. It provides 'sensible and practical advice' on lease renewal proceedings, restrictive covenants, dilapidation claims, rent arrears and insolvency-related matters, among other commercial and residential property issues. The 'efficient and helpful' Richard Evans heads the team.

Practice head(s):Richard Evans

Other key lawyers:Adam Gross

Testimonials

'They understand that it is important to view matters in a commercial way and deal with them pragmatically.'

'They fully explain the options and possible consequences in simple language.'

'Splendid attention to detail.'

'Provides an excellent service.'

Key Clients

Freshwater Group of Companies

St. Modwen Properties

Wyevale Garden Centres

Steinhoff UK

Travis Perkins

Samba London t/a SushiSamba

Castrum Estates

Chailey Homes

Asda

Charterhouse Group

Work highlights

  • Assisting Freshwater Group of Companies with various property disputes across its residential and commercial portfolio. In the commercial arena, these disputes have involved rent and service charge collection, forfeiture of leases, recovery of possession, lease renewal proceedings, breach of covenant, dilapidations and other asset management work.
  • Acting for St. Modwen Properties in a range of property litigation matters pertaining to the client's portfolio of property holdings in the Midlands region. This includes forfeiture of commercial leases, insolvency disputes, dilapidations claims and arrears recovery.
  • Advising Wyevale Garden Centres on all aspects of its nationwide portfolio, including recovery of outstanding rent and other arrears.
  • Representing Travis Perkins in contentious lease renewal proceedings following the landlord (Camden Council) opposing the renewal.
  • Advising SushiSamba on a breach of covenant claim issued in the High Court.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 5

Memery Crystal LLP

The commercial, media and technology team at Memery Crystal LLP handles digital media, cyber security, financial technology, IP, data protection and commercial contract instructions. It also advises on digital strategies, technology finance and matters in the gambling sector.

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