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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

5 FLEET PLACE, LONDON, EC4M 7RD, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7203 5000
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Andrew Clarke

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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Energy and natural resources, retail and leisure; corporate.

Position

Andrew specialises in private equity and venture capital transactions, M&A and corporate finance, and advises on a range of transactions, from corporate acquisitions and disposals, MBOs and IPOs to other forms of public and private fundraising across various industry sectors. He has significant experience of advising on corporate restructuring, rescue MBOs and accelerated M&A transactions. Andrew’s private equity experience ranges from venture capital to pre-IPO financing, MBOs and MBIs, where he advises institutions, management teams and private investors.


London: Corporate and commercial

Flotations: small and mid-cap

Within: Flotations: small and mid-cap

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's team is increasingly active in providing advice to family businesses, entrepreneurs and business owners on the use of AIM fundraising transactions as a means to finance their growth plans. On the regulatory front, it has also been assisting brokers and AIM-listed companies with managing the impact of European regulations, such as the Market Abuse Regulation and MiFID II. The firm generates work from clients across a number of industries, particularly technology, investment trusts, financial services and natural resources. In the healthcare sector, in 2017, Michael Lingens acted for Minster Care Group in the £160m IPO of Impact Healthcare REIT Plc and its admission to trading on the Specialist Fund Segment of the Main Market. Paul Arathoon and Andrew Clarke advised Alpha FX Group Plc on its £30m AIM IPO. Other clients include fastjet Plc, Taptica International, Liberum Capital and WH Ireland. Andrew Collins leads the team, which also includes Victoria Younghusband, Chris Putt, Mark Howard and senior associate Tom Smitham. Clive Hopewell and Adam Carling joined Bird & Bird LLP.

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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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