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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

5 FLEET PLACE, LONDON, EC4M 7RD, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7203 5000
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Fax 020 7203 0200
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19 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
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www.charlesrussellspeechlys.com
Cheltenham, Doha, Dubai, Geneva, Guildford, Hong Kong and 5 more

Keir Gordon

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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Work Department

Financial services, real estate and construction, sport; corporate.

Position

Keir advises clients on a wide variety of corporate finance issues, such as mergers and acquisitions, investment funds and investment finance-related matters. He regularly advises on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions and financing in sport. He has worked on football club financing for over a decade, dealing with takeovers, debt and equity funding, player and stadium acquisitions, sponsorship and naming rights. Keir is identified in the legal directories as a leading expert in sport and mid-market mergers and acquisitions. He has worked in London, Hong Kong and Australia.


London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

Within: M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

The practice at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is focused particularly on the TMT, healthcare, real estate, financial services, retail and leisure sectors. Highlights included Mark Howard advising IFS AB on the purchase of mpl systems; Andrew Collins acting for Coex Partners on the sale of the company to TP ICAP; and Michael Lingens advising CareTech on its £17m acquisition of Selborne Care. The team also specialises in the private wealth sphere, acting for a number of entrepreneurs and family-owned businesses; Keir Gordon recently advised the co-founders of Triple Red, a supplier of water purification systems, among other items, on the £17m sale of the company to Edstrom UK Holdings, and David Coates assisted privately owned chemicals company Ineos Holdings on its acquisition of Belstaff. Chris Putt leads the team, which also includes Martin Wright, Andrew Clarke, David Hicks and Hamish Perry. Crest Nicholson, Bellway Homes and Zenium Technology Partners are also key clients.

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Private equity: transactions

Within: Private equity: transactions

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is praised by clients for its 'high level of partner engagement, strong commercial focus and solution-driven attitude, which is married with a strong technical base'. Practice head Malcolm MacDougall is 'focused on getting the deal done'. 2017 was a strong year for the team, with it winning work from new clients such as Rockpool Investments and Apposite Capital. In addition to acting for private equity houses, the group also undertakes transactional work for management teams and investee companies. MacDougall, Richard Coleman and others acted for the shareholders and management team of Black Rock Programme Management in the £161.5m investment by Intermediate Capital Group. Another matter involved Keir Gordon, legal director Deborah Robson and associate Darren Marley advising Zenium Group (which was backed by Soros Private Equity Partners) on selling its Turkish data centres to Equinix for $97m, and then advising the client's shareholders on the sale of Zenium Group to CyrusOne Dutch Holdings. Andrew Clarke and Adam Crossley are the other key partners in MacDougall's team, which also includes senior associates Lucy Thorpe and Chris Manning.

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London: Finance

Emerging markets

Within: Emerging markets

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is 'a very strong, well rounded firm with a good array of experts in this field'. Clients report 'very high quality and service of a level comparable with any top UK firm'. The practice is best-known for its advice on investments in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean, particularly in the financial services, real estate, retail, infrastructure and agricultural sectors. It handles a broad range of mid-market and big-ticket deals, which last year included advising AIM-listed fastjet plc on a $44m fundraising to expand its operations into South Africa and Mozambique, and to access three ATR 72-600 aircraft for ten years. For Barbados National Oil Company, the firm helped to negotiate terms for two joint operating agreements with BHP Billiton relating oil and gas exploration of the Carlisle Bay and Bimshire offshore blocks. Adrian Mayer is the key partner in the practice and clients describe him as 'exceptionally intelligent and very client-friendly'. The firm has many partners involved in emerging markets projects, including head of financial services Jon Bond; corporate partners Hamish Perry and David Berry, who frequently handle deals in the Caribbean; and corporate finance specialist Keir Gordon. John Fletcher retired.

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