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Ashfords LLP

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Giles Hawkins

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Ashfords LLP

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Partner in the Corporate Team specialising in venture capital, private equity, mergers and acquisitions.


Giles focuses on domestic and international corporate transactions and represents companies and venture capital funds in venture capital transactions, venture debt transactions, public offerings and cross-border mergers and acquisitions.

His clients include both public and private companies engaged in a range of technology sectors including fintech, agri-tech, cleantech/energy, internet, mobile and telecommunications, software and semiconductors. Giles also acts for a number of FMCG clients and challenger brands.

Relevant experience:

  • Local Globe: Advised Local Globe on its investments into Fuel Zebra, BeautyStack and Curiscope.
  • Mobius Motors: Advised Mobius Motors on its Series A investment from Pan-African Investment Company, Playfair Capital and VestedWorld.
  • Cleo: Advised Cleo in its investment from Local Globe, Niklas Zennström and others.
  • Kopernio: Advising on the sale of Kopernio Limited to Clarivate Analytics.
  • Form3: Represented Form3 in its investment from Barclays Bank and Angel Co-Fund.
  • Mariana UFP: Advised the UK based asset manager, on the acquisition of two solar parks in the UK.

London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

Within: M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

Andrew Betteridge heads the team at Ashfords LLP, which is noted for its strength in the technology sector, as well as its involvement in cross-border M&A transactions. Simon Rous, who has experience of the UK, US, European and Middle Eastern markets, recently acted for a client on its $100m sale to the other shareholder of its 50% stake in their joint venture in Cyprus, Nigeria, Turkey and Dubai; he also advised a Saudi Arabia-based organisation on the sale of its business and assets to a new joint venture company. Stuart Fleet advised a South African mining company client on a £35.5m hostile takeover offer by an investment company, and Giles Hawkins acted for a client in the renewable energy sector on the £14m disposal of a partnership interest from a venture capital fund in the company. Clients include Gemalto, Sprue Aegis, Tamares Real Estate Investments and Schlumberger.

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Venture capital

Within: Venture capital

Primarily led out of its Bristol headquarters, Ashfords LLP's practice has significant market visibility and handles a 'significant flow of work' for an impressive roster of investor clients including Notion Capital, Touchstone Innovations and MMC Ventures. Although the firm is active across the funding lifecycle, it has recently handled numerous later-stage mandates on behalf of investor syndicates. In this regard, Chris Dyson recently acted for an international investor syndicate including Sapphire Ventures and Notion Capital on a £20m Series D investment in CurrencyCloud. The firm is also increasingly active on the company side and led by Rory Suggett recently advised online estate agent Emoov on a £9m investment round by various investors. Other recommended partners include Andrew Betteridge and London-based Giles Hawkins .

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