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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Cheltenham, Doha, Dubai, Geneva, Guildford, Hong Kong and 5 more

Chris Putt

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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Energy and natural resources, technology, media and telecommunications; corporate.


Chris is an experienced corporate finance lawyer working on domestic and international deals. Chris' transactional work includes IPOs, M&A, refinancings and reconstructions, joint ventures and private equity investments. His advisory work includes advising on corporate governance matters, including requisitions to remove directors and shareholder activism. Experience: advised on £18.5m underwritten open offer by an English company with coal assets for Indonesia, including a Rule 9 whitewash; continuing advice to AIM-quoted mining companies developing assets in Nicaragua, Madagascar, Tanzania and Indonesia on asset acquisitions and secondary fundraisings from time to time; acted on a £16m financing of an event seating group by MML Capital and Sports Invest Partners and the $16m financing of a diagnostics group by Galen Partners; advised an offshore venture debt fund with over 140 portfolio companies on its new investments from time to time and the restructuring of secured loans and warrants in its existing portfolio companies.


Admitted to practise in England and Wales and qualified to practise in Germany.

London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m

Within: M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP covers corporate M&A, private equity and equity capital markets work, primarily within the lower and mid-market space. The firm's focus on private wealth means the team is most active in advising entrepreneurs and owner-managed businesses, as well as family offices and high net worth individuals, both from the UK and overseas. It has also seen notable growth in acting on inbound investment from the US to the UK, in addition to increased activity in Africa. The firm's corporate M&A team works in tandem with its private equity team, with certain individuals spanning both practices. The 'superb' Malcolm MacDougall is one such individual - he co-heads the practice alongside Chris Putt, a specialist in corporate finance.

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Venture capital

Within: Venture capital

As part of the firm's overarching private equity capabilities,¬†Charles Russell Speechlys LLP¬†handles a significant amount of work for venture and growth capital investors, as well as investees, across the spectrum of the investment lifecycle (where clients also benefit from the ability to leverage the expertise of lawyers with complementary practice area knowledge in tax, IP and finance). Tapping into the firm's private wealth prowess, the team also has strong market traction among the growing family office investor class, as well as for high-net-worth individuals on their venture capital investments.¬†Chris Putt¬†is a key member of the team whose range of expertise includes traditional venture capital work, as well as venture debt matters. Putt has recently handled numerous matters for¬†Kreos Capital, including its ‚ā¨20m investment in Dutch biopharmaceutical company Kiadis Pharma.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)

Within: Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is best known for its corporate, commercial and project advisory skills, particularly in the waste energy and offshore wind sectors. Key partners in the team are construction specialist Kevin Forsyth, the corporate finance-focused Chris Putt and commercial lawyer David Berry. The practice was bolstered in 2018 by the arrival of associate Edidem Basiekanem, who has brought experience of private M&A and private equity transactions in Africa.

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