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Blake Morgan LLP

NEW KINGS COURT, TOLLGATE, CHANDLER'S FORD, EASTLEIGH, SO53 3LG, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 023 8090 8090
Fax:
Fax 0844 620 3401
DX:
155850 EASTLEIGH 7
Email:
Web:
www.blakemorgan.co.uk

Mark Hepworth

Tel:
Work 023 8085 7058
Email:
Blake Morgan LLP

Work Department

Corporate finance.

Position

Partner specialising in acquisitions and disposals for private and public companies, private equity, acquisition finance fundraising and joint ventures.

Career

Qualified 1979; partner Blake Lapthorn 2001.


South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Hampshire

Within: Corporate and commercial: Hampshire

Blake Morgan LLP has 'an excellent range and depth of team knowledge and good commercial understanding' according to clients. One of the largest teams in the South East, it is equipped to handle the full range of corporate and commercial work and private equity investments. It can also draw on its specialist expertise in areas including franchising, restructurings, acquisition finance and capital markets. It attracts clients ranging from SMEs to AIM and publicly listed companies in diverse sectors such as healthcare, education, technology and retail. James Hawkeswood heads an 'outstanding' team that includes 'outstanding negotiatorMark Hepworth, who is 'diligent, knowledgeable and professional with great pragmatism'. Stephen Archibald and Simon Treherne are other core team members together with 'experienced and trusted adviser' Gemma Spiceley and Jasmin Eames, who is 'excellent on detail and holding people to account'. Mary Chant  joined Thrings LLP in June 2017.

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Corporate tax

Within: Corporate tax

The corporate tax practice at Blake Morgan LLP provides '100% commitment to clients - the team is always available and completely "on it", ensuring all the small print is read, understood and challenged where necessary'. Headed by Simon Court, the practice's 'deep sectoral knowledge' extends to recruitment, education, healthcare, medical devices, charities and retail. It regularly handles equity fundraising matters for venture capitalists; management incentive agreements; tax structures for investment funds; corporate reorganisations, including stamp duty issues; and commercial property projects for developers, farmers, local borough councils and social housing landlords. It has been highly active in transactional tax matters; Mark Hepworth ('an outstanding negotiator - diligent, knowledgeable, pragmatic and negotiator') acted for the founders of TTC Group, a provider of road user and cycling education courses, on its sale to a management team backed by Palatine Private Equity. In another highlight, James Hawkeswood acted for Ground Control Holdings on the acquisition of the Litterboss Group.

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