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Mills & Reeve LLP

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Jonathan Greenwood

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Mills & Reeve LLP

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Jonathan is a corporate and commercial lawyer. He advises clients on a range of matters, including financing (debt and capital finance, and public offerings), corporate restructurings, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions. Jonathan has a particular expertise in the education sector, advising higher and further education entities, and schools and academies.


Trainee solicitor Mills & Reeve 2005-2007; solicitor Mills & Reeve 2007 to date.

East Anglia: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Cambridge

Within: Next generation lawyers

Jonathan Greenwood - Mills & Reeve LLP

Within: Corporate and commercial: Cambridge

Mills & Reeve LLP ‘has great experience, understands the private equity industry and is able to deal internationally, with sector knowledge that is second to none‘. The firm has a growing focus on national and international work, while also handling high-end local transactions, and has solidified its standing as a leading M&A practice in East Anglia. In 2017, the firm as a whole advised on matters involving more than 75 different jurisdictions including the US, China and Canada. A standout deal saw the firm advise Richardson International Limited on the high-value acquisition of European Oat Millers. ‘Exceptional lawyer‘ Anthony McGurk, who has more than 20 years’ experience in corporate finance, led on that deal and is ‘highly recommended for any type of M&A activity‘. He also acted for the Weetabix Food Company on several deals as part of its £1.4bn sale to US firm Post Holdings. Practice head Tom Pickthorn (who handled a multimillion-pound acquisition for Danish IT services business Netcompany), Zickie Lim (who advised venture capital firms on a $16m investment),  principal associate Jonathan Greenwood and consultant Brian Marshall provide 'an excellent level of service with outstanding legal skills, impressive client handling, impeccable responsiveness, outstanding business judgement and excellent value for money'. Also recommended are corporate finance partner Stephen Hamilton, who is 'calm and unflappable at all times and provides good commercial and practical advice', and leading light Claire Clarke, who has niche expertise in both the education sector and investment funds formation.

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East Anglia: Public sector


Within: Education

Mills & Reeve LLP is ‘superb-plus‘, according to one client who remarks that ‘response times are usually same-day from initial inquiry to telephone discussion in depth, all staff are very courteous, knowledgeable, and business-like, and the firm represents very good value for money‘. The firm's national multi-disciplinary education group is led from Cambridge by 'good all-rounder' and higher education (HE) law specialist Gary Attle, who has shown ‘flawless performance over a decade and is the expert in HE-related legal matters', according to one client. National head of projects and construction Raith Pickup specialises in student accommodation. Property partner Caroline Dean handles development projects for landowners including charities and education sector clients. Principal associate Jonathan Greenwood is recommended for corporate and commercial advice, real estate partner Andrew Wood for student accommodation transactions, Nicola Brown for employment law, and Sarah Seed for banking work. Seed handled a £300m listed bond issue for the University of Southampton. Associate Alison Williams in the firm's regulatory, public law and commercial disputes group is 'very good on legal detail'.

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