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Burges Salmon LLP

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ONE GLASS WHARF, BRISTOL, BS2 0ZX, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0117 939 2000
Fax:
Fax 0117 902 4400
DX:
7829 BRISTOL
Email:
Web:
www.burges-salmon.com
Bristol, London

Chris Godfrey

Tel:
Work 0117 939 2219
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Burges Salmon LLP

Work Department

Corporate finance; investment funds; M&A.

Position

Corporate and funds partner; head of the firm's Corporate and Financial Institutions department, handling a full range of public and private company transactional work together wtih investment funds, financial services and partnership law. Recent deals include the £271m sale of AUB UK Student Accommodation Fund, the IPO of Premier Asset Management and two significant disposals for Virgin Active, as well as numerous transactions for a diverse client base including Airbus, QinetiQ, Cobham, Renishaw and The Crown Estate.

Career

Trained Linklaters & Paines; qualified 1986; partner Burges Salmon 1990.

Languages

French.

Education

Attended Hertford College, Oxford (1983 BA Hons Jurisprudence; MA).


London: Corporate and commercial

Flotations: small and mid-cap

Within: Flotations: small and mid-cap

Burges Salmon LLP fields a number of practitioners with experience of AIM IPOs, secondary fundraisings and demergers, among other matters. As part of its transactional work, the team advises clients on associated regulatory issues, such as those involving the AIM Rules, Disclosure and Transparency Rules and the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers. Nick Graves leads the team, which has a particular sweet spot in energy sector transactions; in 2017, Mark Shepherd was the lead adviser to AIM-listed company ITM Power Plc on a £29.4m placing and open offer. Dominic Davis, Chris Godfrey and Rupert Weston are other individuals with experience of AIM transactions. The firm's NOMAD clients include Stockdale Securities, GCA Altium and WH Ireland. 

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Partnership

Within: Partnership

Burges Salmon LLP is noted for its 'pre-eminence in agricultural partnership matters' and for its expertise in partnership disputes. The 'strategic' and 'unflappable' Sian Edmunds has significant experience in agricultural disputes, as does Kevin Kennedy. On the corporate side, highlights for Chris Godfrey included advising the University of Oxford and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation on its complex joint venture with the Mayo Clinic that used a transatlantic partnership structure.

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South West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Bristol

Within: Leading individuals

Chris Godfrey - Burges Salmon LLP

Within: Corporate and commercial: Bristol

Burges Salmon LLP¬†attracts praise for its¬†‚Äėextensive commercial and industry knowledge‚Äô. The department has been increasingly active in deals with US and Asian funders, especially those from Singapore and Malaysia, and continues to see substantial instructions emanating from Europe. Jonathan Eves¬†assisted Netherlands-based Maas Capital with a large-scale joint venture agreement with Solarplicity for a rooftop solar panel installation, which will provide energy to 800,000 housing association tenants across the UK. Though the majority of its clients are based outside of the South West, the team does win significant regional instructions. For instance, Dominic Davis¬†advised the founding shareholders of Bristol‚Äôs Pukka Herbs on its acquisition by Unilever. Mark Shepherd¬†and Richard Spink¬†‚Äėensure positive outcomes for their clients‚Äô and specialise in private equity transactions. In addition to its M&A work, the corporate group also has experience in equity capital markets and funds transactions, which are relatively unique to the region. Chris Godfrey¬†has experience advising issuers and brokers in equity capital markets transactions, while Jeremy Bell¬†, who¬†specialises in structuring private investment funds, joined the team from Ashurst¬†in 2017. Camilla Usher-Clark¬†has been involved in a number of significant energy transactions, and Rupert Weston¬†is another key figure in the department.

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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 ‚ā¨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 ‚ā¨1m), monitoring the water table for 20 years (over ‚ā¨500,000), monitoring fauna over three years (‚ā¨150,000) and rehabilitation in accordance with best available ecological techniques (nearly ‚ā¨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 ‚ā¨6.5m. ‚Ä©
    - Burges Salmon LLP

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