Mr Oliver Duke > Walker Morris LLP > Leeds, England > Lawyer Profile

Walker Morris LLP
33 Wellington Street

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Oliver is a partner in the corporate group and his practice focuses on private equity investments and cross border M&A. He works with a range of clients from SMEs to multi-jurisdictional international companies, many of which are headquartered outside of the UK.

Oliver has been described by clients as being able to “quickly get under the skin of the deal” and as a “must have on a transaction”. He has recently advised:

  • US headquartered Fastener Distributions on its acquisition of Aerospheres Group;
  • US headquartered HelpSystems Group on its acquisition of Clearswift from Ruag Holdings;
  • Swedish headquartered Lifco AB on its cross border acquisitions of UK Point of Sale Group and Brian James Trailers, and the associated equity documentation for both transactions;
  • UK headquartered Servelec Group on the carve out and sale of Servelec Technologies to the San Francisco-based private equity firm FFL Partners.

Oliver is an active member of the IBA (International Bar Association) and ACG (Association for Corporate Growth) and sits on Walker Morris’ International Committee.

“Our success is intrinsically linked to the success of our clients. This means that we are constantly driven to achieve great results and it is very satisfying to help our clients reach their goals.”

Lawyer Rankings

Yorkshire and the Humber > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire

Walker Morris LLP impresses with a strong track record in cross-border matters, as well as in transactions related to the private equity and ECM space. Clients are often active in the food and drink, manufacturing and technology sectors. The practice is overseen by John Hamer who handles public and private takeovers and acquisitions, and also includes Debbie Jackson; she is a key contact for a variety of funds. Richard Naish is well versed in advising public companies as well as food & drink sector clients. Daniel O’Gorman and Oliver Duke are noted for their experience in cross-border M&A and UK ECM transactions. Jo Stephenson has a focus on healthcare clients.