Adrian Mayer > Charles Russell Speechlys LLP > Cheltenham, England > Lawyer Profile

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
GL50 2QJ

Work Department

Financial services; corporate.


Adrian is a corporate transactional lawyer and specialises in advising on private equity investments and corporate finance work. He advises on a broad range of corporate and M&A transactions, including acquisitions, divestitures, recapitalisations, joint ventures and strategic alliances, venture capital and private equity transactions (including management buyouts), acting for investors, corporates and management teams. His work is both domestic and international. Adrian advises a range of financial institutions, including international private equity fund managers and banks, and also family-owned businesses, large and medium-sized corporates (both public and private) and individuals. He has a proven track record of working with multinational clients undertaking complex cross-border transactions and acting on numerous projects in multiple jurisdictions. Adrian is particularly active in Africa and is very experienced in advising clients on transactions in that region across a number of industry groups and sectors, including real estate and construction, agribusiness, financial services, energy and natural resources, and retail and leisure. He is an active participant in a number of African-focused bodies and a frequent traveller to the region.


African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association.


London Business School (Corporate Finance Programme).

Lawyer Rankings

South West > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is adept at advising on complex financings and corporate transactions, including cross-border deals. The practice is particularly active in the private equity space, where it acts for funds, portfolio companies and shareholders on acquisitions and disposals. The team also has a proven track record in handling deals for public companies. Practice head Richard Norton has a broad practice covering transactions and listings, with a particular specialism in matters involving the Middle East. Adrian Mayer and legal director Edward Robinson are recognised for their work on investments into the African market while Jonathan Morley focuses on deals involving private equity funds.

London > Industry focus > Emerging markets

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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP provides ‘very responsive and thoroughly detailed advice‘ on matters in the real estate, financial services, infrastructure, agribusiness, retail, energy and telecommunications sectors in a range of emerging markets. Clients note that the firm has ‘a long history of working with issues that impact governments, has multi-jurisdictional reach and is able to draw on an excellent pool of barristers‘. Africa lead partner Adrian Mayer, Caribbean lead partner Hamish Perry, India lead partner Rupa Lakha and principal Latin America partner Robert Reymond are the key practitioners. Mayer acted for specialist impact investor AgDevCo in its $70m equity funding from the CDC Group and Norfund, which will allow it to grow its investment activities in agriculture across sub-Saharan Africa.

London > Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m)

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is active across private equity investments, acquisitions, bolt-on deals and exits, with experience acting for PE funds and management teams. The technology sector is a particular area of focus for the team, which handles deals involving software, fintech and health-tech. The practice also stands out for its work in the African PE market, with Cheltenham-based partner Adrian Mayer specialising in these deals. Andrew Clarke leads the team, with David Coates and Jonathan Morley also key partners in the London office.