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DLA Piper UK LLP

101 BARBIROLLI SQUARE, MANCHESTER, M2 3DL, ENGLAND
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Work 02073 490 296
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Fax 0161 235 4111
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14329 MANCHESTER-1
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Jonathan Watkins

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Work 0161 235 4217
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DLA Piper LLP (US)

Work Department

Corporate.

Position

Corporate partner and member of DLA Piper international board. Jonathan Watkins has over 20 years’ experience in all aspects of corporate work. He focuses on mergers and acquisitions, disposals, private equity investment (acting for both management teams and investment houses) and complex group reorganisations.

Career

DLA Piper UK LLP – trained 1993 to 1995; associate 1995 to 1998; senior associate 1998 to 2000; partner 2000 to 2015.

Education

Henbury High School – 1981 to 1988; Brasenose College Oxford University – First Class Jurisprudence.

Leisure

Running/golf.


London: Corporate and commercial

Flotations: small and mid-cap

Within: Flotations: small and mid-cap

DLA Piper's team has a wealth of experience of domestic and cross-border mandates, with the work spanning matters such as rights issues, placings, block trades, dual listings, step-ups and public takeovers. It captures a particularly significant share of the market for AIM IPOs; a recent highlight involved practice head Alex Tamlyn and senior associate Robert Newman acting for Rosenblatt in its £43m AIM listing (representing the largest UK law firm IPO to date). Also in the legal services arena, John Campion, Jonathan Watkins and Newman are advising UK law firm Knights Professional Services Limited on its planned AIM IPO. Tamlyn also recently worked with senior associates Johannes Poon and Karin Kirschner to advise Zeus Capital (as NOMAD and broker) on the AIM listing of, and associated placing of shares by, OnTheMarket Plc. Martin Penn acted for PureTech Health Plc in its £72m placing. On the regulatory front, the firm has a  strong relationship with the London Stock Exchange, enabling its team to gain an understanding of current and upcoming rules and regulations. Tamlyn is Chair of the Primary Markets Group on the London Stock Exchange. Elsewhere, the firm has a particularly strong US securities law capability, with US-qualified partners Tony Lopez and George Barboutis having expertise in this area. Charles Severs and DLA Piper are other notable practitioners in the team.

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North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Manchester

Within: Leading individuals

Jonathan Watkins - DLA Piper UK LLP

Within: Corporate and commercial: Manchester

The six-partner team at DLA Piper UK LLP provides ‘speedy responses’, is commended for its ‘collaborative working style’ and benefits from its ‘good international network of offices’. The corporate team acts for local, national and international clients on high-value transactions often with a cross-border element. Corporate team head James Kerrigan and commercial team head Lee Brierley, who is ‘first class’, advised Gino D'Acampo Worldwide Restaurants on a joint venture agreement with fashion retailer Next regarding the development, operation, marketing and promotion of Italian restaurants. Conviviality, BASF, Hoist Finance, Lloyds Development Capital and The Hut Group are also clients. Among the corporate team Jonathan Watkins is ‘very commercial in his approach’, Elia Montorio is praised for her ‘responsiveness’ and Yunus Maka is ‘exceptional’. In the commercial team Stephen Wright and senior associate David Booth are also noted.

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

    - DLA Piper UK LLP

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