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Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Philip Knowles

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Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Corporate Finance


Phil is a corporate partner and a member of the firm’s finance and restructuring group. He advises UK and overseas clients on corporate finance matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, debt and equity finance and general corporate advice. Phil also advises on the finance and restructuring aspects of real estate finance transactions and acts for a number of leading banks and corporate borrowers. With experience in a wide range of industries, Phil has a particular interest in the hotels and leisure and real estate sectors.


Trained Bell + Scott WS; qualified 1999; assistant Fyfe Ireland 1999; assistant Shepherd and Wedderburn 1999, partner 2008 to date.


Carnoustie High School; Aberdeen University (1995 LLB Hons).


Cycling, golf, films.

London: Corporate and commercial

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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London: Real estate

Property finance

Within: Property finance

The 'excellent' team at Shepherd and Wedderburn has continued to strengthen its borrower client base, handling transactions for Accrue Capital and Scarborough Group; practice head Jonathan Rickard, who 'can be relied upon to provide insightful and effective advice', acted for the former in relation to its £42m acquisition of eight Isle of Man-incorporated SPVs, and Patrick Bell advised the latter on a senior development facility from a syndicate of lenders in relation to the development of the Middlewood Locks site in Manchester. The firm also boasts an established lender-side practice; the team recently acted for key client ICG-Longbow Debt Investments on the £50m refinancing of the Cornbow Shopping Centre near Birmingham. Banking clients include Santander and Deutsche Hypothekenbank, which Philip Knowles advised on the £43.5m financing of the acquisition of the Capella Building in Glasgow. Stephen Hubner, Sally Morris-Smith, newly promoted partner Lauren McLeod and 'highly effective' senior associate Lucy Hall are also noted.

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