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Richard Naish

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Walker Morris LLP

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Corporate and Food & Drink

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Partners and Head of Food & Drink

Career

Richard joined from City firm Ashurst and has a varied practice being recognised, in particular, for his public company expertise on issues ranging from corporate governance and FSA and AIM rule compliance to IPOs, fundraisings and M&A. His experience includes working at the London Stock Exchange and the Financial Services Authority and he is a member of the London Stock Exchange’s Regional Advisory Group for Yorkshire and the North East.

At Walker Morris, Richard is one of five partners in the active Corporate Group and heads the Food & Drink Group. He regularly advises private companies on all aspects of corporate law from compliance issues to fundraisings, restructurings, joint ventures and M&A.


London: Corporate and commercial

Flotations: small and mid-cap

Within: Flotations: small and mid-cap

Walker Morris LLP has a strong pipeline of AIM-related work, a significant portion of which comes from clients in the IT/technology sector. Richard Naish, director Jo Stephenson and others acted for PROACTIS Holdings Plc in its $132.5m acquisition of Perfect Commerce in 2017; the deal constituted a reverse takeover under the AIM Rules. Other clients in this space include Software Radio Technology Plc, Servelec Group Plc, Cloudbuy Plc and Avacta Group Plc. The firm also generates work from clients outside of IT/technology, as was illustrated when Naish recently advised AIM-listed company Fishing Republic Plc with a £1.3m share placing. In addition to acting for companies, Naish assists NOMADs and sponsors. Another notable individual is Daniel O’Gorman, who has 20 years of equity capital markets/AIM experience, and was the lead adviser to the shareholders of Dee Valey Group Plc on their opposition to the £84m takeover of the company by Severn Trent Plc by way of a scheme of arrangement. John Hamer is the practice head.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire

Within: Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire

The ‘incredibly strong team’ at Walker Morris LLP is ‘one of the best in Leeds and the surrounding area’ with ‘commercially focused advice that makes it equally as good as any of the London firms’. John Hamer leads the department and advises on public and private company takeovers, acquisitions, public market listings and private equity investments; his recent work includes acting for Total Capital Partners on the funding of its MBO of Walkers Transports. Clients also praise Ian Gilbert and director Jo Stephenson, Debbie Jackson, who ‘gets stuff done effectively’; Richard Naish, who ‘communicates effectively’; and Daniel O'Gorman, who is ‘pragmatic and solution oriented’. Jackson recently advised Endless on the sale of Karro Food Group to CapVest Partners, Naish acted for Servelec Group on its recommended cash offer from Scarlet Bidco, and O’Gorman assisted Data Intensity and its owner with its sale to EQT. Renew Holdings, Custodian REIT and Mattioli Woods are also clients.

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