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DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Matthew Darling

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DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Corporate finance.


Matthew is a corporate partner, specialising in mergers and acquisitions, disposals, shareholders’ agreements, joint ventures, co-investment arrangements and corporate reorganisations and has particular expertise in transactions on AIM and in the technology sector. He has acted on over 60 transactions for MXC Capital and its predecessor businesses. Recent transactions on which he has worked include: Redcentric pic's admission to AIM and court-approved reduction of capital; Dice Holdings Inc's acquisitions of Limited, WorkDigital Limited and Jobboard Enterprises Limited; the reverse takeover of UBC media group pic by ?digital; Redstone pic's acquisition of Maxima Holdings pic by means of a scheme of arrangement; Accumuli pic's disposal to Juniper Networks of its Webscreen DDoS software product; the sale of Totility Limited to Maintel pic; the sale by 2ergo Group pic of 2ergo Limited to Eagle Eye Solutions Group pic; Broca pic's acquisition of MXC Capital Advisory LLP; Accumuli pic's acquisitions of Eqalis Limited, Signify Solutions Limited and RandomStorm Limited; the acquisition by Redcentric pic of lnTechnology Managed Services Limited; the sale by Castleton Technology Pic of Comunica Holdings to Corns pic and its subsequent acquisitions of Mental Limited, Documotive Limited, Keylogic Ltd and Opus Information Technology Ltd; Redstone pic's demerger of its Network-Based Managed Services Business by way of a special dividend; and the admission to AIM of MXC Capital Limited.


Articled clerk and solicitor Richards Butler 1991-95; solicitor Beachcroft Stanleys (now DAC Beachcroft LLP) 1995-2001; partner DAC Beachcroft LLP 2001 to date.

London: Corporate and commercial

Flotations: small and mid-cap

Within: Flotations: small and mid-cap

DAC Beachcroft LLP's team stands out in the advice to issuers and NOMADs/brokers on AIM-related matters in the natural resources and TMT sectors. It is also highly regarded in other areas, such as health, real estate and financial services. The broad scope of its practice covers AIM listings, secondary fundraisings and tender offers, as well as public and private M&A. The group acts for 22 AIM-listed companies, including Warpaint London Plc; it advised the client on its AIM IPO in 2016 and, in 2017, consultant Clive Garston and team head Nick Gibbon assisted it with its £21m placing and related acquisition of Retra Holdings. Other AIM-listed clients include iDe Group Holdings Plc, Castleton Technology Plc and Adept4 Plc. On the NOMAD/broker side, Jonathan Deverill and associate Rishi Solan acted for Arden Partners in Ethernity Networks' £15m AIM IPO and associated placing. In addition to undertaking AIM-related work, legal director Michelle Jones is experienced in NEX Exchange admissions, capital raisings and reverse takeovers, among other matters. Matthew Darling, who has a focus on the technology sector, acts for clients ranging from start-ups to AIM-listed companies. Nick Fothergill is also recommended.

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M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

Within: M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

DAC Beachcroft LLP handles domestic and international transactions for clients from sectors ranging from financial services, technology and real estate to healthcare and energy and natural resources. Nick Gibbon heads the team; his recent highlights include advising cosmetics company Warpaint London on its £18m acquisition of Retra Holdings. In the technology sector, Matthew Darling acted for MXC Capital on its joint venture with Liberty Global, a company within the Virgin Media Group, to undertake a series of acquisitions in the IT services sphere, and on the insurance side, Jonathan Deverill advised Arthur J. Gallagher & Co on the acquisition of the issued share capital of Gatehouse Consulting. David Manifould is also a key member of the team; among other matters, he acted for Keller on the £62m sale of its interests in a Jersey property unit trust, whose structure was a corporate wrap for the largest wine warehouse in Europe, to a South Korean institutional investor.

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