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Gateley Plc

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Stephen Roberts

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Gateley Plc

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Stephen is a Partner in the corporate team and advises on a range of corporate transactions. He has particular expertise in acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, private equity transactions and governance issues.

Stephen works with a broad range of clients on UK and cross border M&A transactions including public and private companies, private equity funds, US and other overseas corporations, selling shareholders and banks.

Recent successes include advising:

 - the shareholders of Chase Templeton on the sale of the Company to Nevada Investments

- Portsmouth Supporters Trust on the sale of Portsmouth Football Club to Tornante Company

- Manchester City on its US joint venture with Goals Soccer Centres

- Betfred on the acquisition of 322 shops from Ladbrokes and Gala Coral

- LDC on its investment in Giacom World Networks

- the shareholders of Great Bear on the sale of the company to Culina Group

- Mattioli Woods on its acquisition of Taylor Patterson


Cobbetts LLP: 2005 – 2013. Gateley Plc 2013 to present. Partner 2017.


College of Law and University of Sheffield.


Stephen enjoys both playing and watching sport as well as walking in the Peak District and Lake District with his family. He also plays the bass guitar in a local band.

North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Manchester

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Stephen Roberts - Gateley Plc

Within: Corporate and commercial: Manchester

Gateley Plc's ‘pragmatic and commercially aware’ team is praised for its ‘attention to detail’. It regularly advises private equity investors, large corporates and listed plcs, as well as high-net-worth individuals and investors, on corporate transactions. National head of corporate Charles Glaskie advised Timpson Group on its acquisition of the retail dry cleaning arm of Johnson Services Group for £8.25m. The ‘brilliantMark Halliwell, who specialises in corporate finance, advised Competition Line (UK) on the £20.5m sale of 18 gyms to The Gym Group. Paul Jefferson, who heads the private equity group, advised Inspired Energy on its £44m acquisition of Horizon Energy Group, an energy procurement and consultancy business based in Cork, Ireland; and advised City Football Group (CFG), on its strategic joint venture with Goals Soccer Centres, an AIM-listed operator of outdoor soccer centres. Mark Halliwell is ‘very experienced and capable’ and advised the shareholders of Chase Templeton, a private medical insurance broker backed by Palatine Private Equity, on its sale to Nevada Investments. Other key figures include Nigel Brown, who is ‘very experienced’ and advises on inward and outward investment to and from China; Khurshid Valli; Chris Dunn; and recently promoted partner Stephen Roberts. Legal director Kate Richards  is also noted for corporate matters. Jonathan Moakes  heads the commerce, technology and media practice, which includes Peter Budd and John Burns.

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