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1 SCOTT PLACE, 2 HARDMAN STREET, MANCHESTER, M3 3AA, ENGLAND
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Jay Birch

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DWF

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I am a Partner in the Corporate team and have extensive experience in the full range of corporate transactions.

Position

Partner

Career

I am a frequent visitor to the USA, where I maintain and develop relationships with US clients. This has built a deep pool of relationships with companies, bankers, private equity and professional advisers based in the USA, with needs in Europe and Asia.


London: Corporate and commercial

Flotations: small and mid-cap

Within: Flotations: small and mid-cap

AIM transactions form a core part of the DWF's corporate practice. Jointly led by Frank Shephard and Matthew Doughty, its team undertakes a mix of mandates for listed companies and funds, as well also brokers, NOMADs and other institutional clients. On the admissions front, in 2017, Shephard, Lisa Stavropoulos and others acted for Tatton Asset Management Plc in its £87m AIM IPO and listing, and also advised Velocity Composites Plc on its £30m AIM IPO. Outside of AIM listings, other highlights for the team included assisting Zeus Capital as the NOMAD and broker with the £15m secondary fundraise by Accrol Group Holdings, and acting for City of London Group Plc in its £20m reverse takeover of Milton Homes Limited from Delancey. Numis Securities, Investec Bank and Keywords Studios Plc are among other clients. Jay Birch is experienced in cross-border small and mid-cap transactions, particularly those with a US element. Lester Wilson, Jeremy Swift and Damien Bechelli are also notable individuals in the group.

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M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

Within: M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

Matthew Doughty leads the practice at DWF, which has been bolstered by the arrivals of Alistair Hogarth from PwC LLP, Andrew Carpenter from Addleshaw Goddard, Mel Sims from DLA Piper and Laurence Applegate from REN Legal. The team focuses on the insurance, financial services, technology, retail, transport, energy, retail, food and hospitality sectors. Highlights included Doughty advising new client City of London Group on its £20m acquisition of equity release firm Milton Homes; Douglas Howie and Jay Birch acting for Germany-based Hannover Re on the acquisition of Argenta Holdings; and Patrick Eaton assisting Credo Business Consulting with its sale to US-based Teneo Holdings.

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