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Shepherd and Wedderburn

CONDOR HOUSE, 10 ST PAUL'S CHURCHYARD, LONDON, EC4M 8AL, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7429 4900
Fax:
Fax 020 7329 5939
DX:
98945 CHEAPSIDE-2
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www.shepwedd.com

Walter Blake

Tel:
Work 020 7429 4933
Email:
Shepherd and Wedderburn

Work Department

Corporate Finance

Position

Walter is a corporate finance partner based in London and head of the equity capital markets (ECM) group. His clients include public and private companies as well as a number of investment banks. On the equity capital markets side, he has worked on IPOs, secondary fundraisings and M&A transactions involving companies with operations in the UK and beyond. His ECM practice is balanced between LSE main market and AIM work. Walter works with clients across a range of industry sectors including, in particular, companies in the mining/resources, pharma/life sciences, technology sectors.

Career

Trained Shepherd and Wedderburn 1993-95; assistant 1995-99; associate 1999-2001; partner 2001.

Member

Law Society of Scotland.

Education

University of Edinburgh (1992 LLB Hons); Dip LP (1993).


London: Corporate and commercial

Flotations: small and mid-cap

Within: Flotations: small and mid-cap

Walter Blake heads up the practice at Shepherd and Wedderburn, where 'the transaction proceeds in an easier and more efficient manner'. In addition to having a team in London, the firm also counts on the experience of practitioners based in Scotland, including Stephen Trombala and George Frier. In 2017, Blake and Frier advised Collagen Solutions on its £8m placing and open offer. The two practitioners also assisted Satellite Solutions with a number of transactions, including its £8m share placing on AIM, and various related strategic acquisitions. European Assets Trust NV, Cairn Energy Plc, Cenkos Securities, Bowleven Plc and Numis Securities are among other clients.

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M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

Within: M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

Real estate, technology, energy and natural resources are particular sector strengths for the team at Shepherd and Wedderburn, which has clients ranging from large corporates to fast-growing businesses. Carl Powlson leads the practice; alongside Philip Knowles, he advised Accrue Capital on its £43m acquisition of 100% of the share capital of seven Isle of Man incorporated companies from Harwood Real Estate, and acted for ICG-Longbow on various acquisitions, including two for £51.4m, made through a joint venture vehicle. Walter Blake assisted Satellite Solutions Worldwide Group with its equity fundraising in connection with the acquisition of wireless broadband provider Quickline Communications, as well as other acquisitions in Norway and Australia. The team has also acted for a number of overseas corporates: Andrew Blain, who splits his time between London and Edinburgh, advised Austria-based Andritz on the acquisition of a majority shareholding in key supplier Powerlase Photonics. Senior associate Tom Swan is also noted.

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