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Osborne Clarke LLP
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South East > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

(Leading individuals)

Robert WoodOsborne Clarke

An M&A, private equity, and venture capital powerhouse, Osborne Clarke LLP in the Thames Valley advises across a broad range of industries, with specific sector expertise in TMT and healthcare and regularly handling multi-jurisdictional transactions. The latter is a focus area for practice head Sara Valentine who is ‘exceptional in all respects‘. Greg Leyshon is renowned for his corporate practice, particularly his understanding of private equity deals. A specialist in venture capital transactions, Robert Wood is a go-to for investor syndicates. The firm’s management advisory group is led by Mike Freer, a safe pair of hands for management teams on buy-outs, buy-ins, and exits.

London > Corporate and commercial > Venture capital

(Leading individuals)

Robert WoodOsborne Clarke LLP

With seven core venture capital partners spread across the firm’s London, Bristol and Reading offices, as well as being able to draw upon a sizeable presence in Europe, Osborne Clarke LLP has the strength-in-depth to handle a huge range and volume of purely domestic and cross-border mandates for a balanced roster of investors and investees. Led by ‘excellent’ Reading-based partner Robert Wood, the firm is active throughout the investment life cycle where it is able to ‘combine exceptional legal ability with a very commercial and practical approach to getting the deal done’, particularly on transactions within the technology and life sciences sectors. Particularly focused on TMT-related transactions, London-based Mathias Loertscher has a strong reputation acting for both funds and companies raising venture and growth capital rounds, as well as for shareholders of venture-backed businesses on their exits. Combining excellent technical skills alongside an ‘incredible commercial approach’, Reading based Rob Hayes has made a strong impact to the practice following his relatively recent arrival from Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, partcularly in the context of life sciences mandates. An ‘absolute rising star’, Reading-based associate Elizabeth Yell has also impressed since joining from Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP and provides ‘commercial and practical‘ advice.