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Burges Salmon LLP

Living Wage
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, Edinburgh, London

Chris Godfrey

Tel:
Work 0117 939 2219
Email:
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 with investment funds and partnership law. Has handled more than 30 IPOs and has a diverse client base including Virgin Management, the University of Oxford, Renishaw and Premier Asset Management.

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

Partnership

Within: Partnership

The team at Bristol-based Burges Salmon LLP handles the spectrum of contentious and non-contentious partnership issues, including advising on 1890 Act partnerships, LLPs, quasi-partnerships, fund structuring and the use of partnerships in private tax planning. The group has particular expertise in disputes involving farming and agri-businesses, for which it is instructed by clients nationwide. Sian Edmunds leads on partnership disputes, Chris Godfrey heads investment fund-led work, while John Barnett has substantial experience advising private clients on partnerships in relation to family businesses and succession planning.

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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 handles a high volume of complex corporate transactions, and is able to leverage its 'best-friends' network of overseas firms in matters with cross-border elements. The team acts for high-profile clients across a number of sectors, notably energy, food and beverages, hotels and leisure, and education. The team is jointly led by Richard Spink and Chris Godfrey; Spink has expertise in corporate reorganisations in the private equity space, while Godfrey has a strong track record in M&A, funds work and IPOs. Jonathan Eves, who has been a partner since 2015, excels in complex corporate matters in the energy sector. Recently promoted director Tim Roberts specialises in M&A, with a particular focus on the leisure and tourism industry. Senior associate Alex Lloyd is also highly recommended.

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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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