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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

Hamish Perry

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Work 020 7203 5392
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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Work Department

Private wealth, retail and leisure, technology, media and telecommunications; corporate.

Position

Hamish advises on general company and commercial matters, with a particular emphasis on private company mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, fundraisings/private equity and corporate reorganisations. He acts for a broad range of corporate, institutional, governmental and private clients/management teams, both domestically and internationally, and across a number of sectors. In particular, Hamish has extensive experience advising clients in the technology, media, communications and recruitment sectors. He is also a host and regular speaker as part of the firm's in-house counsel seminar programme, and a member of the advisory board for the Association of Caribbean Corporate Counsel. Experience: acting for the government of the Bahamas on the privatisation of The Bahamas Telecommunications Company, the issuance of a second mobile licence and various other telecoms matters; advising Meredith Corporation in relation to its investment in Iris Worldwide; advising an international tea trader on the sale of its Rwandan operations to a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kolkata-based McLeod Russel India Limited, one of the largest tea producers in the world; advising on the sale of Hawk-Eye to Sony; advising Randstad and various other companies/individuals on numerous transactions in the recruitment sector.


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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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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