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Blake Morgan LLP

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Guy Constant

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Blake Morgan LLP

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Corporate commercial.


Guy is an experienced corporate and banking lawyer with experience including advising public and private companies on a wide range of corporate transactions including mergers, acquisitions, disposals and reorganisations, banking and finance transactions. He also advises banks on the funding of a number of different types of corporate acquisitions including MBOs; MBIs; and straight acquisitions. Guy is the training partner at Blake Morgan.

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Within: Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Blake Morgan LLP has a strong reputation for servicing technology transactions out of the firm’s Oxford and Reading offices, including spinouts, M&A and equity/debt fundraises. Simon Staples joined the team in April 2017, having previously headed the equity capital markets team at Ashfords LLP, and specialises in advising high-tech companies. Staples and Guy Constant acted for Medical Imaging Partnership in its acquisition of the MRI business of Nuada Medical Specialist Imaging, including the transaction’s ancillary equity fundraising issues, while Staples and Mark Hepworth handled Swanton Holdings (Jersey)’s £40m sale of Swanton Care & Community to an Apposite Capital SPV buyer. Alison Patten-Hall heads the firm’s commercial offering, working for public and private sector providers on a range of commercial projects, including IT and outsourcing projects. One recent highlight on this front saw Stephen Tainsh and legal director Elisabeth Bell advise Utilita Energy on a range of commercial projects relating to the provision of utility services to consumers. Significant new client instructions have been received from Nutriment, Label Express and Teathers Financial. Penny Rinta-Suksi splits her time between Reading and Oxford; associate Tim Coles and consultant Dionne Simpson are other key figures in the practice.

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South East: Finance

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Headed by Kath Shimmin, Blake Morgan LLP's practice has the critical mass across the South East to provide clients, which include institutional lenders and major corporates, on a wide range of financing transactions. Particular areas of strength include providing asset finance advice to car finance companies, leasing companies and aircraft manufacturers; advising on loan funds, including handling regulatory issues; and real estate finance. Recent highlights include advising HSBC on an $18.5m term loan facility for the management buyout of car parts manufacturer China Tools, which was secured across subsidiaries in the UK, Hong Kong, China, Turkey and the USA. Steve Cole led on that matter and is singled out for his track record in shari'ah-compliant financings; he recently acted for the borrower on a commodity murabaha facility arranged with Bank of London and the Middle East to finance the development of retirement accommodation in London. Guy Constant is also recommended.

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South East: TMT

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Blake Morgan LLP¬†provides a ‚Äėvery good overall service‚Äô, with ‚Äėgood quality lawyers and very good value for money, particularly in comparison to City firms‚Äô. Team head Sheilah Mackie¬†has particular expertise in multi-jurisdictional software development and licensing, hardware procurement, and outsourcing projects for customer-side clients. Legal director Elisabeth Bell¬†leads the technology group in the Thames Valley and its GDPR initiative, and has been advising Artemis IT Solutions on the negotiation of a long-term arrangement with one of its customers. In other work highlights, senior associate Ben Evans¬†advised longstanding client Neural Technologies on the protection of its Optimus brand and Guy Constant¬†handled Medical Imaging Partnership‚Äôs acquisition of the MRI business of Nuada Medical Specialist Imaging, with assistance from Bell and Rajiv Joshi. Susie Dryden¬†is recommended for her ‚Äėstrong legal knowledge‚Äô and for being ‚Äėvery responsive, practical and hands-on‚Äô.

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