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Squire Patton Boggs

Giles Chesher

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London: Corporate and commercial

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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North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Manchester

Within: Leading individuals

Giles Chesher - Squire Patton Boggs

Within: Corporate and commercial: Manchester

The ‚Äėefficient‚Äô team at Squire Patton Boggs¬†is active across M&A, private equity and capital markets mandates, often advising on¬† cross-border transactions. The team is recognised for its expertise in the technology, manufacturing and chemicals sectors. Manchester corporate head Giles Chesher¬†¬†advised GB Group plc on its acquisition of Postcode Anywhere (Holdings) and its placing of 17m new ordinary shares on AIM and advised Warrington Borough Council on its ¬£210m acquisition of Aviemore Birchwood Park Unit Trust. Andrea Cropley, who recently joined from Irwin Mitchell, advised the shareholders of Rocksure Systems on its sale to the Send for Help Group; and James Fitzgibbon, who recently joined the team from PwC Legal LLP¬†, advised BGF on its investment in European Braking Systems. Darren Warburton, who is noted for his chemicals sector expertise and European managing partner Jane Haxby¬†are also key members of the team. Braemar Group, Midwest Prototyping, University Games Corporation and On The Beach are also clients.

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North West: Public sector

Local government

Within: Local government

Key contacts at Squire Patton Boggs¬†are Mark Barker¬† who along with Giles Chesher¬†are ‚Äėexceptionally knowledgeable. Both appear able to give clear and concise advise 100% of the time. Definite strengths include their industry knowledge which was invaluable for the Council‚Äô. The team was pleased to addNick Helm¬† to its ranks from DLA Piper UK LLP¬†. Highlights included advising Preston City Council on the redevelopment of the City‚Äôs indoor market for a leisure led scheme comprising a multi-screen cinema, high quality restaurant units and a multi-storey car park. In other matters the team was appointed by the Local Government Association to advise on the local government pension scheme. The team provides an ‚Äėexcellent level of service and has very good knowledge. Its response time are always very quick‚Äô.

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