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Burges Salmon LLP

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Bristol, Edinburgh, London

Rupert Weston

Work 0117 939 2228
Burges Salmon LLP

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Corporate Finance unit.


Specialises in corporate finance and company law. Experience includes advising on mergers and acquisitions; flotations; secondary issues; joint ventures; restructurings and general corporate law, with particular expertise in the transport and hotel sectors. Recent experience includes advising a sovereign wealth fund on the part disposal of a UK (branded) hotel portfolio, advising on various transactions in the transport sector (including for FirstGroup and National Express) and advising both on the Brexit driven redomicilation of SCISYS plc and the subsequent recommended cash offer for SCISYS by CGI, alongside advising on numerous transactions within the hotel and leisure sector.


Trained Burges Salmon; qualified 1997; partner 2005.


Attended Leeds University (History); College of Law, Guildford (CPE; LPC).

London: Corporate and commercial

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap

Within: Equity capital markets – small-mid cap

Burges Salmon LLP regularly handles placing work in conjunction with it's strong restructuring team and its corporate group which acts for a number of domestic public companies. A particularly active area in 2018–2019 has been Brexit-related public company work where, for example, the team advised a listed company on a corporate restructuring mandate involving the creation of an Irish parent company. The team has strong relationships with a number of active nomads, and acts for a corporate client base spanning a variety of sectors, though the group is particularly well known in the energy space. Richard Spink heads the corporate department and Rupert Weston is a name to note in the corporate finance group.

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  • Restoring environmental damage: putting a price on ecosystem services

    On 7 August 2009 a 40-inch pipeline ruptured, spilling 5,400 cubic metres of crude oil into the soil and groundwater of La Crau nature reserve in southern France, a habitat protected under French and European law. The operator had to excavate and replace 60,000 tons of soil, install 70 wells to pump and treat groundwater and 25 pumps to skim oil from surface water, at a cost in the region of €50m. However, this was just the primary remediation (that is, restoring the site to the state it would have been if the damage had not occurred). The operator was also required to compensate for the damage to the habitats and the loss of the ecosystem services that would otherwise have been provided by La Crau nature reserve. Measures included purchasing land outside of the nature reserve and contributing to its management for a period of 30 years (over €1m), monitoring the water table for 20 years (over €500,000), monitoring fauna over three years (€150,000) and rehabilitation in accordance with best available ecological techniques (nearly €2m). Overall, the compensatory restoration (to compensate for the amount of time that the ecosystem was impacted) and complimentary restoration (to compensate for elements of the ecosystem that had been permanently lost) came to more than €6.5m. 

    - Burges Salmon LLP

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