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Birketts LLP

KINGFISHER HOUSE, 1 GILDERS WAY, NORWICH, NR3 1UB, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01603 232300
Fax:
Fax 01603 230533
DX:
5230 NORWICH
Email:
Web:
www.birkets.co.uk

Greg Allan

Tel:
Work 01603 756418
Email:
Birketts LLP

Work Department

Corporate and commercial, banking and finance, Insolvency and corporate recovery

Position

Partner

Career

Greg joined Birketts in 2006 upon qualification. He is a partner in our corporate finance and banking and finance team.

Greg specialises in corporate finance, acquisition and secured finance as well as corporate business recovery work. He has been involved in numerous acquisitions, mergers, MBO's and disposal acting for vendors, buyers and financial institutions. Greg has also worked on a wide variety of other corporate transactions, including joint ventures and non-contentious corporate insolvency matters, including administrations and pre-pack acquisitions.

Member

Greg is a member of R3 - Association of Business Recovery Professionals.


East Anglia: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Norwich

Within: Corporate and commercial: Norwich

Advice from¬†Birketts LLP¬†is ‚Äėvery good ‚Äď prompt, clear and supportive‚Äė. The firm is 'very quick, responsive, flexible and good value for money'. It handles a growing number of transactions for public companies, as well as acting for SMEs in M&A deals. Corporate finance specialist¬†Adrian Possener¬†leads the corporate and commercial practice. He acted for¬†shareholders of Gardline Holdings Limited in the sale of the company to Dutch maritime services company Boskalis Holdings B.V.¬†Key partner Greg Allan¬†is 'very capable and provides a very strong service'. He handled¬†the disposal of the entire issued share capital of Beadles Group Limited to Group One on behalf of shareholders. Legal director¬†Erika Clarke¬†focuses on public procurement, projects, outsourcing, joint ventures and commercial contracts. Her highlights included working with Allan and senior associate Paul Palik¬† (who is ‚Äėprofessional, conscientious and keeps it simple') on the acquisition of a healthcare facility as part of a major contract for the delivery of clinical services.¬†'Knowledgeable, professional and responsive' legal director and head of franchising¬†Ed Savory¬†¬†is recommended for the strength of his 'strategic deal management, negotiation skills'. Senior associate¬†John Kahn, who worked at¬†Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP¬†before joining insurance and underwriting business Marketform, joined the firm in 2017 along with solicitor¬†Nicola Gulrajani¬†from¬†Mills & Reeve LLP.

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East Anglia: Finance

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

The 'professional, competent and client-focused' practice at Birketts LLP¬†is ‚Äėexcellent ‚Äď very responsive and easy to deal with providing good advice from a reasoned viewpoint‚Äė. One client highlights 'excellent response times, good commercial acumen and service that is reasonable in terms of price'.¬†Mark Henry¬†in Ispwich leads the practice, which counts¬†Barclays Bank,¬†HSBC Bank and¬†Ipswich Building Society among its clients.¬†Banking partner¬†James Allen, property partner Chris Schwer, corporate partner¬†Greg Allan¬†are all key names in the practice. Senior associate Nick Burt¬†is 'always available, good to deal with and commercially very sound'. Another client notes that he¬†‚Äėimpresses with his knowledge, speed of response and practical approach to getting the deal completed'. Legal director Alex Schaafsma's strengths are her 'speed of response, articulation of the impact of proposed changes, and her open, pragmatic and commercial approach'. A highlight for the firm was its work for borrower Time Group GB in a ¬£42.2m loan transaction to finance acquisitions.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

'To my mind, it is the premier firm in the East region', says a client of Birketts LLP. The firm is known for 'very good response times and it never steps outside of its technical capability; it has good strength in depth and represents good value for money for its great practical, yet commercial, advice'. The firm frequently handles high-value matters for IPs such as Price Bailey, McTear Williams & Wood, Ensors and RSM Recovery and Restructuring. Litigator and practice head Laurence Weeks in Cambridge, who is a council member of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals, is 'client-focused and practical'. For RSM, he handled the administration of F.H. Gilman, which had potential assets with a value of £12m. Corporate partner James Allen, who handles non-contentious matters, is 'a sound commercial lawyer with a loyal client following'. Greg Allan, who advised Price Bailey on the £2m administration of Enigma Limited, and litigator Matthew Atkins are also recommended.

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East Anglia: Public sector

Health

Within: Health

Birketts LLP is a member of the NHS Shared Business Services framework and the NHS Commercial Alliance legal framework. It has a strong track record in the health and social care sector, particularly for employment and property work. The key contacts are legal director Erika Clarke, who leads the public sector practice, and head of health Richard Eaton. Clarke handles major capital projects, outsourcings, business-critical contracts and public procurement issues. She recently acted for an NHS foundation trust in numerous matters including the interpretation of contract terms and public law duties associated with the funding of care packages. Eaton's area of expertise is public law and judicial reviews. He recently succeeded in quashing a CQC draft report for a care home provider. Commercial property partner Chris Barker has extensive experience in trust portfolio management, and Matthew Newnham handles employment law matters including tribunals for health sector clients. Also recommended are corporate finance partner Greg Allan, employment partner Jeanette Wheeler and head of charities Sara Sayer.

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