Frank Shephard > DWF > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

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I am a Partner and Head of the National Corporate Team. I deal with all types of public and private company transactions, and have worked on a number of high profile deals.




I have worked in the Manchester market for 20 years dealing in all aspects of corporate finance work including flotations and fundraisings, mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions with a particular focus on the financial services, logistics, retail and technology sectors.

Lawyer Rankings

North West > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Manchester

(Hall of Fame)

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DWF stands out for its expertise in the private equity and financial services spaces, advising a number of regional and national funds and companies on major acquisitions and disposals, including many with international elements. In commercial work, the firm is strong in telecoms and technology, with strong related regulatory capabilities. The corporate team is led by Frank Shephard, an experienced private equity, capital markets, and corporate finance practitioner, with Jonathan Robinson also a consistent private equity dealmaker. James Lonsdale heads up the commercial team, specialising in long term supply and distribution agreements. Directors Vicky Thomas and Catherine Harrison are noted for their transactional work and IP licensing expertise respectively. Craig Chaplin has moved to a non-legal role, while Lisa Stavropoulos is now general counsel at the firm.

London > Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m

DWF is highly active in the small M&A space, leveraging its global resources to advise on an array of cross-border transactions. The firm’s recent workload is testament to its strength across numerous sectors, most notably in the insurance and technology industries. The London team is led by Patrick Eaton, who acts for many of the firm’s high-profile retail and insurance clients. Laurence Applegate is noted for his real estate private equity work, while Justin Edgar acts for various blue-chip corporates on domestic and cross-border transactions. Raeesa Chowdhury is recommended for her broad experience within the insurance and financial services sectors. Frank Shephard leads the national group.