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Squire Patton Boggs

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Squire Patton Boggs

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London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m

Within: M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m

The ‚Äėsleeves up, no nonsense, get on with lawyers‚Äô at¬†Squire Patton Boggs¬†offer ‚Äėlightning fast response times‚Äô, with ‚Äėan excellent level of service and consistent advice which is practical and useful‚Äô. The London M&A team is commended for being ‚Äėhighly commercial‚Äô and ‚Äėalways available to provide clear, pragmatic and sensible advice‚Äô. The ‚Äėhighly experienced‚Äô and ‚Äėvery user-friendly‚Äô¬†Nicholas Allen¬†heads up the firm‚Äôs media M&A practice, recently acting for the sellers of Bullitt Group and members of its management team in the sale of the share capital to Exponent private equity. Allen also worked alongside the ‚Äėtireless, admirable‚Äô¬†Mark Yeo¬†in advising the sellers of Zone in the sale of the share capital of the company to Cognizant Worlwide. Head of financial services and Fintech M&A¬†Robert Bray¬†is ‚Äėvery practical and incredibly user friendly; he‚Äôs what you want when a deal gets tricky‚Äô; Bray assisted Wonga with the sale of its German operation BillPay to Swedish payments company Klarna. On the acquisitions side, practice head¬†James McKay¬†handled Luceco‚Äôs ¬£9.8m acquisition of Kingfisher Lighting, while¬†Jane Haxby¬†advised Molson Coors on its acquisition of Aspall from the Chevallier Guild family. The firm‚Äôs Sports M&A practice is jointly led by Yeo and¬†David Hull¬†,¬†who has recently relocated to the firm‚Äôs Birmingham office, while¬†Timothy Stead¬†leads the recruitment M&A practice.¬†Henry Davey¬†joined in May 2017 from¬†Herbert Smith Freehills LLP¬†and¬†Julian Ciecierski-Burns¬†was promoted to partner level, while¬†Tim Hewens¬†departed for¬†Osborne Clarke LLP.

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Private equity: transactions

Within: Private equity: transactions

Squire Patton Boggs is a well-known name for UK midmarket transactions, and its national team is often seen as a first port of call for private equity firms, investee companies, management teams and financial institutions. In 2017, Nicholas Allen, recently promoted partner Julian Ciecierski-Burns and others acted for the sellers of Bullitt Group Limited and certain members of the management team in the £120m sale of the company to Exponent Private Equity. In another highlight, Allen and Mark Yeo were part of a cross-practice team which advised the sellers of Zone Limited on the £65m sale of the company to Cognizant Worldwide Limited. Jonathan Jones acts for clients such as Endless, ECI and LDC. Also recommended are Giles Chesher, James McKay, Timothy Stead and recent hire James Fitzgibbon, who joined from PwC. Paul Mann leads the UK private equity team, following the departure of former head Tim Hewens to Osborne Clarke LLP. Alistair Francis also joined Hewens at the new firm.

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