Nick Graves > Burges Salmon LLP > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Burges Salmon LLP

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Partner and Head of Corporate Finance, specialising in UK corporate finance and company law. Experience includes advising companies on mergers and acquisitions, including takeovers and private acquisitions of shares and businesses; flotations; secondary issues; corporate reorganisations and restructurings; joint ventures and general corporate work.


Trained Linklaters 1994-96; solicitor 1996-2000; solicitor Burges Salmon 2000; partner 2003.


CBI South West Council; corporate governance committee for the Quoted Companies Alliance.


Attended Durham University (1991 History); College of Law, Guildford.

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South West > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Bristol

At Burges Salmon LLP, the corporate team is recognised for its expertise in transactions spanning public and private M&A as well as investments. The team continues to have a strong offering in mid-market private equity, counting funds, management teams and portfolio companies amongst its clients. Key sectors for the practice include financial services, technology and renewable energy, where it advises on deals involving energy assets and SPVs. Nick Graves and Rupert Weston jointly lead the team, with wide-ranging experience across the transactional space. Mark Shepherd heads the private equity team and handles a steady stream of mandates in this area, while Richard Spink has notable expertise in cross-border work. Camilla Usher-Clark is another name to note, with a strong track record in the energy and utilities sectors. Amongst the directors in the team, Tim Roberts stands out for his recent work on high-value deals across a range of sectors.

London > Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap

Burges Salmon LLP acts for advisers, brokers and AIM companies on fundraisings and transactions, as well as providing advice in relation to regulatory and compliance issues. The firm’s experience includes public M&A, IPOs, secondary fundraisings, demergers and capital reorganisations. Corporate transactions specialist Nick Graves co-leads the team with Rupert Weston, who focuses on corporate finance work, advising on a range of equity market transactions.

London > Corporate and commercial > M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m

Working across a number of national offices, Burges Salmon LLP regularly handles a strong mix of mid-market deals for clients in financial services, tech, retail, manufacturing, and energy – where the team is best known for its capabilities in nuclear and renewables. Bristol-based practice chair Nick Graves works with a wide range of public and private companies on joint ventures, capital markets fundraisings, and corporate governance projects. Rupert Weston anchors the firm’s hotel and leisure sector offering, acting for a diverse portfolio of high-profile chains and operators on both domestic and cross-border transactions. Camilla Usher-Clark is noted for her specialist expertise in community energy matters, with recent highlights including linked transactions for some of the biggest names in the market. Jonathan Eves is also recommended.