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Charles Severs

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Corporate partner and managing director of practice groups. Charles was promoted in November 2014 from international head of corporate to managing director of all practice groups. He sits on the firm’s management committee. Charles has extensive experience in both public and private mergers and acquisitions and equity capital market transactions. His work often includes working with large multi-nationals, leading on complex multi-jurisdictional deals. Charles acts for both listed and private companies with a particular focus on the technology, media and life science sectors. Charles is known as a lawyer who ‘clearly knows his business’, ‘a great leader and someone who keeps his focus well in hostile situations’ and a ‘corporate finance specialist with a natural negotiating style that complements his depth of knowledge’. Important transactions: advising Imagination Technologies Group plc on its public takeover of MIPS Technology, Inc; advising each of Group NBT plc and IMD plc on their takeovers by HG Capital and Vitruvian Partners respectively, advising the Innovation Group plc on its £67 million fundraising by way of firm placing and placing and open offer of shares. Cashbox placing of 6,600,000 ordinary shares in Keller Group plc order to raise gross proceeds of approximately £58.7 million to partially fund a class 1 acquisition of the piling business of North American Energy Partners, Inc. Advising Boston-based technology commercialisation company Allied Minds plc on its premium segment IPO (including US securities laws advice). Advising Deutsche Bank, Canaccord Genuity and BMO Capital Markets as underwriters on the £451 million rights offering (pursuant to Rule 144(a) and Regulation S) by Optimal Payments plc. Advising Investec Bank plc as underwriter and joint sponsor with Evercore on a £100m rights issue (including to certain US investors) for Consort Medical Plc, the Cambridge medical technology business listed on the premium segment of the main market, to part fund the acquisition of Aesica Holdco for £230m.


Trained: Herbert Smith, qualified: 31 March 1994, year made partner in present firm: 2003. 2007 – Head of London Corporate, 2010 – Head of UK Corporate, 2012 – Head of International Corporate Group, 2014 – Managing Director, Practice Groups (Member of Executive Management Team).


Princes Trust Technology and Leadership Group, Law Society, England & Wales.


Cranleigh School, Cranleigh Surrey, Bristol University, LL B. (Hons) (Law) 1987 – 1990 College of Law, Guildford 1991. Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales (qualified March 1992) Law Society Finals Harvard Leadership Program (2007).


Tennis, film and pop music.

London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m

Within: Leading individuals

Charles Severs - DLA Piper

Within: M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m

DLA Piper uses its multi-jurisdictional platform to advise clients on cross-border transactions in various key sectors. These include TMT, in which practice co-head Jon Kenworthy is especially experienced, and consumer goods, in which fellow co-head Robert Bishop has been notably active. Bishop recently advised Unilever on its acquisition of UK snacking brand Graze from the Carlyle Group. Rob Salter has  a focus on corporate real estate transactions, and has worked with FTSE100 clients including DS Smith.  Following the departure of private equity specialist Anu Balasubramanian to Paul Hastings LLP, Chris Arnold was promoted to DLA's partnership, while Martin Nelson-Jones was  hired from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in the infrastructure-related M&A space. The firm also brought on board Tracey Renshaw from Clifford Chance, who has extensive experience in M&A transactions in the oil and gas sector. Charles Severs is an experienced M&A practitioner, especially in cross-border deals for listed public companies.

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