Emma Livesey > Shoosmiths LLP > Southampton, England > Lawyer Profile

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Emma is a Senior Associate in the Corporate team based in the Solent office. She advises on a wide range of corporate matters including acquisitions and disposals, private equity transactions, group reorganisations, investments, corporate governance and compliance issues.

Emma works with a variety of clients including private equity investors, private companies, management teams and owner managed businesses.

Recent transactions include:

  • advising LDC and the shareholders of BOFA International on the sale of fume and dust extraction systems specialist BOFA International, whose headquarters are in Poole, to USA NYSE listed Donaldson Company Inc for a value of £90 million. Donaldson agreed to acquire an 88% stake in BOFA for £79 million valuing the business at £90 million and Emma assisted with both the disposal by LDC and management as well as advising management on their continued shareholding post-completion. This followed the initial advice Emma provided in August 2015 when LDC completed their investment into the company to support the £23 million management buyout of the previous management team;
  • acting on the sale of Hamleys, the famous toy retailer to Reliance Industries in a deal worth nearly £70 million. Emma also worked on the previous sale of the group in 2015 to Chinese footwear group C.banner International; and
  • advising the shareholders on the sale of specialist IT-provider Taylor Made Computer Solutions (TMCS) to Peach Technologies, creating one of the UK’s biggest IT managed providers as a result.

She was awarded the ‘Young Dealmaker of the Year’ award at the Solent Deals Awards 2019.


She joined Shoosmiths as a Trainee in 2011 and qualified into the Corporate team in September 2013.


Emma studied law at the University of Reading before completing the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, Guildford.

Lawyer Rankings

South East > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Hampshire

With a practice built around venture capital, private equity and mid-market M&A transactions, Shoosmiths LLP‘s Southampton team  is regularly instructed by regional players, national companies and international corporations alike. MBOs, reorganisations, and  liquidation demergers all fall under the team’s remit. Nationally led by Southampton-based Stephen PorterMark Shepherd leads the Solent team on corporate and commercial matters, while Sean Wright helms the group’s private equity division. Emma LiveseyLaura Austin and Georgia Rowe, are noted for their comprehensive support on multiple transactions for many of the firm’s SME and education sector clients.