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Nick Sayers

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Payne Hicks Beach

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Nick has a corporate transactional legal practice.  He acts on the sale and purchase of companies and businesses, typically in the deal size range of £2-100 million, although some transactions have been substantially larger.  He also acts on fund raising of different kinds, including by means of private equity and IPO.

Nick acts for clients in a number of sectors, including financial services, manufacturing, technology and professional services.  Clients include main market and AIM listed companies, high net worth individuals, owner managers, and private equity and sovereign wealth funds.

Recent work includes acting for the owners of a north sea oil and gas services business on its sale to a US private equity house for a consideration of approximately £60 million; acting for the owners of a UK technology business on its sale to a US private equity house for a consideration of approximately £10 million; and acting for the managers of a UK financial services business on a buy in/buy out where the consideration was approximately £8 million.


Trained at Slaughter and May. Qualified in 1986, and joined Payne Hicks Beach, as a partner, in 2016.


French and basic German


The International Bar Association and the Quoted Companies Alliance.


Magdalen College, Oxford University


Cricket, golf, travel, history.

London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

Within: M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

The team at Payne Hicks Beach is known for advising ultra-high-net-worth individuals and family offices, predominantly in the financial services, technology, hotels and property, automotive and publishing sectors. Head of corporate Jonathan Gatward and head of M&A Nick Sayers advised Fairfield Industries on its acquisition of WGP Group and its subsidiaries from surveying services company Thalassa Holdings, and Gatward also acted for Legrand Electric on its acquisition of monitoring software developer Jontek. Senior associate Howard Taylor and solicitors Marcia Kidd and Isobel Symonds are also key members of the team, whose other clients include Bonnier Publishing, DNA Fit, Pineapple Holdings and Typhoo Tea. Max Baird-Smith moved to Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP.

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Within: Partnership

The team at Payne Hicks Beach handles matters throughout the life-cycle of partnerships, including structuring, administration and dissolution. The group has a particular focus on farming partnerships and professional practices, and (drawing on the firm’s significant private client capabilities) advises high net worth individuals seeking tax structures and property joint ventures through partnership vehicles. The group is led by Jonathan Gatward, who is instructed on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Nick Sayers, who is principally a transactional lawyer, has substantial experience in partnership mergers and the use of partnerships as investment vehicles.

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