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Corporate/M&A: Lower Mid-Market — London (Firms)


Charles Russell Speechlys - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 20 partners
- 29 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A leading player in lower mid-market transactions on behalf of a broad client base including entrepreneurs and family businesses. Regularly works with companies in the healthcare, sports and technology sectors, with notable expertise in corporate transactions in the fintech sector.

Strengths Clients say: "The team are diligent, highly competent and reliable to get a good job done. They make a proactive effort to foster new client relationships."

Sources add: "They have a complete knowledge of the law and what's feasible and not feasible, and they also help us structure the law for our needs."

Work highlights Advised Bellway Homes on the disposal of its interest in the Barking Riverside joint venture to L&Q New Homes.

Acted for Civica on the £65 million acquisition of IPL Group.

Significant clients Crown Agents, AgeUK, Everton FC, Caring Homes Healthcare, ITV.

Notable practitioners

The "unflappable" Andrew Collins impresses clients through his "calm and considered" approach to transactional work. He handles acquisitions and disposals for a broad range of public and private businesses, especially in the financial services and real estate sectors.

Mark Howard has a broad corporate practice, offering expert counsel on corporate transactions, investments, AIM listings and governance matters. Interviewees particularly commend his ability to "easily smooth out difficulties in negotiations."

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DAC Beachcroft LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Adept at lower mid-market deals, including matters in the TMT, healthcare and financial services sectors. Experienced in international deals, advising a range of start-ups, domestic corporates and multinational clients from the USA, Canada and Germany.

Strengths Interviewees note: "They were good at thinking on their feet and thinking on how to solve issues and roadblocks."

Clients add: "They provide commercial, practical advice in a way the business can understand and easily make use of."

Work highlights Advised shareholders of Tax Computer Systems on the company's £73 million sale to Eco City Vehicles.

Acted for CoreTX Holdings to handle the acquisition of Selection Services Investments for £38.8 million.

Significant clients Castleton Technology, Keller Group, Linden Homes, MXC Capital, RedstoneConnect.

Notable practitioners

Senior associate Holly Buckley is deemed "terrific" and "absolutely first-class" by commentators. Her practice focuses on acting for individuals and companies on M&A, MBOs and schemes of arrangement.

About the Team (content provided by DAC Beachcroft LLP)

Our UK Corporate team comprises over 40 lawyers, and acted on more than 90 completed transactions in the last 12 months with an aggregate value of more than £1 billion.

We work closely with specialist colleagues in other teams who provide support on taxation, finance, compliance and regulatory, employment, pensions, litigation, real estate, competition, procurement and IT, and intellectual property aspects of transactions.

What we are known for
We work domestically and internationally with a wide variety of businesses in diverse sectors. Clients include financial services businesses, technology groups, property companies, healthcare providers and investors, energy and natural resources companies and retailers. We immerse ourselves in the sectors in which we operate.

Specialisations
We are highly regarded in the financial services sector, especially insurance and wealth management. Our work this year for Arthur J. Gallagher and London & Colonial Holdings' shareholders are good examples. Our regulatory expertise on such transactions marks us out.

We are a leading firm in the technology/TMT sector, where our clients range from start-ups to acquisitive AIM-listed groups and multinationals.

We have a team devoted to corporate structuring of real estate transactions, including M&A concerning entities in the real estate sector and/or owning real estate assets. Our clients include household names such as Crest Nicholson and Linden.

We also advise on equity capital markets transactions.

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Dorsey & Whitney - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Solid player in the lower mid-market, specialising in UK and cross-border corporate work. Regularly works with clients such as corporates, intermediaries and financial institutions on M&A work, flotations and secondary issues.

Strengths Clients say: "We feel that we get not just good legal advice, but we also believe that it's given from a commercial point of view."

Another source adds: "I think the quality of their advice stands out and I think they're very responsive too."

Work highlights Advised Communications Test Design on its EUR96 million acquisition of Regenersis and on post-completion restructuring matters.

Represented Casewise Systems in connection with its sale to Erwin Technologies UK.

Significant clients Atlantic Carbon Group, Motor Fuel Group, Corero Network Security, Datatec, Carlisle Companies.

Notable practitioners

Mark Taylor is a highly esteemed corporate partner who applies his "absolutely fantastic" skills to a wide array of M&A and equity capital markets transactions. He serves as head of the firm's transactions group in London.

Kate Francis handles public and private M&A work in sectors including healthcare, technology and real estate. Clients particularly highlight her "understanding and experience" in the insurance sector and praise her "extremely sensitive" approach.

Max Beazley has a burgeoning reputation in the corporate market, with clients valuing his "efficient, commercial and pragmatic" manner. He focuses on cross-border M&A and capital markets work.

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Farrer & Co LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Particularly well regarded for private wealth and financial services transactions. Proficient across other sectors such as healthcare, sports, media, technology and natural resources. Niche expertise in offshore transactions, particularly for trust companies and family offices.

Strengths Sources reveal: "It's the most incredible experience working with a firm like that - they are thorough, they miss nothing and they certainly go the extra mile."

Clients say the team is "totally impressive. They fully understood the desire of the client and advised on a client-oriented basis."

Work highlights Retained by the founders of iCheque Network to advise on its sale to Pollen Street Capital and its subsequent combination with Cashflows Group.

Advised private bank Arbuthnot Latham on the purchase of Renaissance Asset Finance from its shareholders.

Significant clients Alcuin Capital Partners, PGA European Tour, Serabi Gold, SAGE Publications, Bauer Digital Radio.

Notable practitioners

Richard Lane acts for a range of family offices and entrepreneurs in M&A deals. Interviewees say: "In a tough meeting with the other side, he's good to have on your side. He's got a good command of issues and is not afraid to stand up for them."

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Fladgate LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 24 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well positioned to advise on lower mid-market deals on behalf of corporates, investors and entrepreneurs. Adept at handling both domestic and international deals and calls upon strong additional resources in tax, employment and finance practices to service complex transactions.

Strengths Clients say: "They have a very balanced, commercial point of view and are practical in trying to get the deal done."

Work highlights Acted for the owner of Aldgate Tower Investments on the £346 million sale of the entire share capital in the company to a joint venture comprising Brookfield Property Partners and China Life.

Served as lead advisers to shareholders in the holding company of Swansea City FC, following the sale of a majority stake in the club to US investors.

Significant clients Sun Capital Assets, Newson Gate, Equitix, Lombard Street, Privet Capital.

Notable practitioners

Department head Grant Gordon is a key contact.

About the Team (content provided by Fladgate LLP)

Fladgate’s corporate department comprises over 70 fee earners who have wide-ranging experience of advising in the area of mergers and acquisitions, representing buyers, sellers and lenders in connection with various types of acquisition transactions.

Although our clients range from entrepreneurs to large quoted multinational corporations, we have a particular focus on the mid-market and funds and have the expertise, track record and strength in depth to deal with the complexities and meet the strict deadlines that are often involved.

Our corporate specialists work closely with colleagues in our tax, intellectual property and employment teams in order to provide an effective overall legal solution which reflects our clients’ business objectives.

Our corporate expertise includes:

  • London Stock Exchange Main Market (Premium and Standard segments), AIM and ISDX flotations
  • Listing of debt and equity securities on London, Luxembourg and Singapore Stock Exchanges
  • Placings, offers for subscription and other secondary fundraising on the Main Market and AIM
  • Acquisitions and disposals
  • Mergers and reconstructions
  • Management buy-outs, buy-ins and venture capital
  • Takeovers and schemes of arrangement
  • Joint ventures and shareholder arrangements
  • General company law and regulatory advice, including corporate governance

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Fox Williams LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 1 legal director
- 10 associates

What the team is known for Broad industry experience covering the media, natural resources, publishing and technology sectors. Regularly works with Main Market-listed and AIM-listed companies, and increasingly instructed on shareholder activism. Enjoys a growing reputation on cross-border work, where it leverages a strong global network of partner firms.

Strengths Clients say: "They're a bunch of really switched-on people who understand the needs of small business owners. They see the long term in a relationship, so we get value."

Sources highlight the firm's "overwhelming sense of commerciality and strong ethos of customer service."

Work highlights Acted for Constellation Software on its £51 million acquisition of Bond International.

Retained by Blis Media to handle its USD20 million fund-raising from Unilever Ventures and Beringea.

Significant clients SuperGroup, Directa Plus, Charles Taylor, Plexus Holdings, Stifel Financial.

Notable practitioners

According to clients, Paul Osborne is "a fantastic, commercially minded lawyer who goes above and beyond." His broad range of expertise covers M&A, venture capital work and joint venture matters.

Peter Faber acts for a wide spectrum of corporate clients, spanning from start-ups to multinationals, in acquisitions, disposals and financing work. He has expertise in fields including travel, media, life sciences and financial services.

Paul Taylor attracts praise for his "very commercial approach." He leads the start-ups practice at the firm and also advises on investment and restructuring matters.

Senior associate Mary Elliott continues to impress market sources, who describe her as "absolutely fantastic on a transaction" and laud her "quick turnaround." Her broad corporate practice includes sector expertise in the travel and media sectors.

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Harbottle & Lewis LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Specialises in lower mid-market M&A with a focus on the TMT, entertainment and communications sectors. Regularly acts for entrepreneurs, owner-managed businesses and investors, with added strengths in investment matters and fund-raisings.

Strengths A client says: "I like their tone, their efficiency and the depth of sector knowledge. They balance technical legality with commercial practicality."

Another source adds: "I think they are sensible, they're flexible and they have a proper understanding of how the media industry works - that's a good combination."

Work highlights Acted for ChemD Holdings in connection with its merger with Pharmacy2U and its subsequent £10 million investment by the Business Growth Fund.

Advised Blink Entertainments and its founders in connection with a strategic investment into the company by Ton Roof Media.

Significant clients Atomico Investments, Virgin Atlantic, Smart Pension, Hopster, Caravan Media.

Notable practitioners

Colin Howes earns praise for his "unfailingly sensible" advice and his ability "to get to the heart of a matter extremely quickly." His clients include a number of corporates in the media, technology, aviation and leisure fields.

About the Team (content provided by Harbottle & Lewis LLP)

Harbottle & Lewis’s Corporate group advise a wide range of dynamic and innovative clients, predominantly on transactions valued up to £100m. We have a reputation as the ‘go to’ firm in the technology, media, communications and entertainment industries. Our clients value our ability to grasp the key commercial issues arising from transactions, made possible by our focus on, and market leading experience in these core industry areas, in which our clients typically operate. 

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Howard Kennedy LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 2 consultants
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Often advises on public M&A and fund-raising transactions, including Blue Book takeovers and counselling on issues pertaining to the Takeover Panel. Client roster includes start-ups and listed companies in the healthcare, technology and insurance sectors, among others.

Strengths Clients say: "The team delivers a responsive, cost-effective and commercially focused service to us. The advice has always been of top quality."

Sources reveal: "They're fantastic. They intuitively understand us. We have a very strong relationship with them and they treat us exceptionally well."

Work highlights Retained by Stride Gaming to handle its acquisition of 8Ball Games for a purchase price of up to £30 million.

Advised Impresario Festivals in connection with its sale of Rewind, Boardmasters, Field Day and South West Four festivals to media and entertainment group Global.

Significant clients Yum! Group, Pandora, Galliard Homes, Cain Hoy, Mirada.

Notable practitioners

Ashley Reeback focuses his practice on transactions for AIM-listed companies as part of a wider M&A focus. He leads the corporate practice at the firm.

Michael Harris has a broad corporate practice, with strengths in public and private M&A, fund-raisings and flotations. He regularly represents both corporate clients and private equity houses.

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Kemp Little LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Impressive capabilities in a host of transactional matters, regularly acting for financial services, healthcare and publishing companies in technology-related deals. Counts numerous FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies as clients, for which it acts on public and private M&A, private equity buyouts and strategic divestments.

Strengths Clients say: "What works is the strong collaboration with the internal team. You feel you're being given top-quality service and you're not paying top dollar for it."

Work highlights Acted for MSCI on the sale of its global corporate occupiers benchmarking business to Jones Lang LaSalle.

Advised Primesight on its acquisition of Airport Media.

Significant clients Arrow Mobile Communications, SQS, Crimtan, Technicolor, Dealflo.

Notable practitioners

Charles Claisse attracts praise from clients who recognise his deep expertise in technology and financial services transactions. Sources describe him as "measured and technically astute" and appreciate his ability to "make things easy and smooth."

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Lewis Silkin LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 14 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Solid practice offering transactional services for buyers and sellers. Maintains a strong focus on the creative industries, with a number of clients in the media and telecommunications sector. Experienced in cross-border deals, in particular for French clients.

Strengths Interviewees say: "They're very good at making the complicated things simple."

Sources reveal: "They're very smart, commercially driven and very creative in terms of the solutions they come up with."

Work highlights Advised Valeo on its acquisition of a 50% stake in CloudMade.

Acted for Haymarket Media following the sale of its motor sports division to Motorsport Network.

Significant clients Publicis Groupe, Havas Media, Four Communications, Be Heard Group, Altavia.

Notable practitioners

Jo Evans is regarded as "very sensible and easy to deal with" in M&A work. She is often called upon by clients in the media and communications field to advise on corporate acquisitions and disposals, shareholder agreements and reorganisations.

About the Team (content provided by Lewis Silkin LLP)

Corporate
Whether you are a start-up setting out and looking to expand, an ambitious growth business preparing to float, or a multinational enterprise undertaking major acquisitions, complex corporate law issues span the entire lifecycle of any business.

Such challenges as selling your lifetime business, negotiating your next round of investment, or your shareholder rights or your next key acquisition, structuring your employee incentives, understanding governance issues and a raft of regulations and guidance are both commonplace and increasingly intricate. Each requires different skills and specific expertise from a range of legal practice areas, including tax, as well as real insight into nuances of the industry in question. We bring all of this together in one holistic, specialist team.

Unlike many corporate advisers, we are by no means purely transaction-focussed although it’s a large part of what we do. We often play a far more strategic role for our clients, driven by lasting business relationships and a partner-led, personalised service.

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Marriott Harrison - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Adroit handling of lower mid-market transactions, often acting for entrepreneurs, investors and SMEs. Also acts for a number of venture capital firms, advising on M&A and portfolio work. Sector expertise covers media, technology, education, leisure, retail and healthcare.

Strengths Clients say: "Without them, we couldn't have closed. They were our right hand and gave us very good advice all the way through."

Another interviewee adds: "They give good value for money and are flexible. I'd highly recommend them."

Work highlights Retained by Volvere to handle the sale of JMP Consultants to Systra for £8 million.

Acted for Kaplan International on its acquisition of the entire share capital of Osborne Books.

Significant clients Cello Group, Balderton Capital, Accel Partners, Nasstar, International Schools Partnership.

Notable practitioners

Jon Sweet leads the corporate team at the firm and maintains an active M&A practice, advising on deals for both public and private companies and also on private equity matters. Interviewees commend his "excellent attention to detail" and his "ability to give sound legal and commercial advice."

About the Team (content provided by Marriott Harrison)

Mergers and Acquisitions is at the heart of what we do at Marriott Harrison.

The Corporate team acts for owner managers, trade buyers and sellers and financial institutions, across a broad range of industry sectors in both domestic and cross border transactions, which enables us to provide balanced advice. Our lawyers provide commercial experience and pragmatic advice which is key to any successful outcome. We pride ourselves on identifying problems, and solving them.

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Memery Crystal LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises a range of clients from entrepreneurs to public companies on public and private M&A, restructuring and joint venture matters. Focuses on transactions in the mining, oil and gas, financial services, retail, leisure and technology sectors.

Strengths Clients say: "They brought an acute commercialism to the legal aspects of a transaction and a very quick understanding of our business."

Sources add: "They project-managed the deal very well, tried to be as practical as possible and gave advice well."

Work highlights Advised West Bromwich Albion Holdings, the controlling shareholder of West Bromwich Albion Football Club, in connection with the sale of its entire share capital to Chinese investors.

Acted for Protec Environmental on its £9.3 million acquisition of the entire share capital of Air Management Systems.

Significant clients Bond International Software, Walstead Investments, Ingenious Asset Management, Electric World, IDOX.

Notable practitioners

Lesley Gregory is "a strong player" in capital markets transactions. She also has significant strengths in domestic and cross-border M&A work. She currently serves as chair of the firm.

About the Team (content provided by Memery Crystal LLP)

Lots of law firms can do the fundamentals. They’ll find commercial solutions to problems. They’ll move quickly. They’ll do the due diligence. At Memery Crystal, we don’t get distracted by incidental points or get lost in the detail.  We focus on what matters to you and your business to get the deal done.

Our team acts for public and private, entrepreneurial and institutional clients. We advise on takeovers, mergers, acquisitions and disposals, including acting for buyers, sellers and management teams.

Much of our work is international, with UK-based clients looking to expand, or non-UK clients looking to invest in the UK. We also act on public takeovers and other matters governed by the Takeover Code.



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Mishcon de Reya LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 20 partners
- 6 legal directors
- 24 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Established practice representing clients such as entrepreneurs and private equity houses on mid-market deal work. Particularly adept at handling transactions in the gaming, sport and technology sectors. Growing presence in international work, often handling cross-border matters involving Africa and North America.

Strengths Clients say: "They have the ability to provide a professional service on a very personal level. They're very charismatic, friendly and compassionate."

Sources report: "They're smart, responsive and they fight our corner. They work with us very collaboratively and they've got creative and innovative ideas on how to approach things."

Work highlights Retained by Hydra Industries Acquisition to handle the USD264 million purchase of Inspired Gaming and its affiliates from Vitruvian Partners and its co-investors.

Acted for the Sports Shield consortium on the acquisition of Bolton Wanderers FC.

Advised Cineworld on its acquisition of five cinemas from Empire and the sale of the Cineworld Haymarket cinema to Empire, with a total aggregate consideration payable to Cineworld of £94 million.

Significant clients Allen Lane, Quotient Bioresearch, Direct Ferries, Al Mirqab Capital, Dechado.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Nick Davis represents both corporates and entrepreneurs in M&A work, regularly advising clients in the recruitment services sector. A client says: "He has the best commercial head I've ever come across."

About the Team (content provided by Mishcon de Reya LLP)

At Mishcon de Reya we act for businesses, wealth owners and dealmakers to help them make the right choices for their private capital and ventures and then offer the practical support to populate, grow and protect their assets.

We work across a broad range of sectors, advising both public and private companies on matters including company sales and purchases; recommended takeovers; private equity transactions and restructurings. Some of our recent experience includes:

  • Advising Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc, a subsidiary of Sompo Holdings, on the sale of its specialist UK insurance subsidiary Sompo Canopius to private equity firm Centerbridge Partners for $952m.
  • Advising Staffing 360 Solutions, Inc., on a number of transactions including the most recent acquisition of CBS Butler Holdings and the acquisitions of The JM Group and Poolia UK Limited.
  • Advising Therium UK Holdings Limited in connection with the £30m sale of Novitas Loans Limited, a divorce lending and law firm finance business, to Close Brothers Group Plc.
  • Advising Hydra Industries Acquisition Corporation (now known as Inspired Entertainment Inc.) on the £200m acquisition of London based Inspired Gaming Group and its affiliates from funds managed by Vitruvian Partners LLP and its co-investors.
  • Advising Al-Mirqab Capital on the $1.5bn takeover of Heritage Oil Plc., through our client's wholly owned subsidiary Energy Investments Global Ltd.

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RPC - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 13 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A prominent player handling both domestic and cross-border transactions, with notable experience of handling deals in East Asia. Expertise covers a host of sectors, including real estate, insurance, retail, technology, education and media.

Strengths Clients say: "We consider them top-level. The organised way in which they co-ordinated the process stood out and so did the fees, which were reasonable and fair."

Interviewees say: "Everything we need gets done very quickly and efficiently. They're quite flexible in assisting us to achieve what we need."

Work highlights Advised ANV Holding following the USD218.7 million sale of the company by Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan to AmTrust Financial Services.

Advised Paine & Partners on its investment into dairy group Meadow Foods.

Acted on Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group's disposal of Thistle Insurance Services to PIB Group.

Significant clients Dialog Semiconductor, Sports Direct International, SCA, PizzaExpress, Itochu Europe.

Notable practitioners

James Mee focuses on transactions for clients in the insurance and financial services sectors. Interviewees praise his "strong connections and extensive expertise in high-end, complex transactions."

Corporate group head Tim Anderson is highlighted by clients for his "commercial view," and the fact that "he's got that judgement you need." He is particularly skilled at handling transactions in the media and technology sectors.

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Trowers & Hamlins LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 12 other qualified partners

What the team is known for Noted capabilities in acting for private companies and in cross-border deals, with particular expertise in Middle Eastern transactions. Sector focuses include real estate, social care, logistics and hotel and leisure. Acts for a range of corporates, institutional investors and private equity houses.

Strengths Clients say that working with the firm was "a positive experience. They were friendly, professional and thoughtful."

Work highlights Acted for the MedicX Healthfund on its £29 million acquisition of three property SPVs, which each held a care home operated by Maria Mallanand Care Group.

Advised AVenture on its £2.6 million acquisition, via auction, of the Pure DAB digital radio business of Imagination Technologies.

Significant clients GI Partners, Outdoor Plus, Electra Private Equity, Gatehouse Bank, Kuwait Finance House.

Notable practitioners

Corporate group head Michael Pattinson is a key contact.

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Watson Farley & Williams - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 13 partners
- 23 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Noted for its capabilities in maritime, energy and infrastructure transactions. Works with a diverse range of clients including private equity houses and AIM-listed corporates. Frequently engaged in cross-border work, with strengths in transactions involving Europe and Asia.

Strengths A client notes: "They've advised us impeccably. They genuinely spend the time to understand the business, how we operate and our requirements."

Sources add: "They're commercially astute and they really help to steer negotiations to a mutually beneficial outcome."

Work highlights Advised OMV on the sale of 100% of the shares in subsidiary OMV UK to Siccar Point Energy.

Retained by Aurelius and Getronics to handle the successful acquisition of virtualised cloud computing and managed hosting services business Colt Managed Cloud from Colt Group.

Significant clients Global Risk Partners, Fraser Hospitality, DONG Energy, Bayerngas UK, Tower Resources.

Notable practitioners

Key contact Jan Mellman serves as head of the firm's corporate group in London.

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Key points

•    Industry focused international team, whose core sectors are: Energy and Infrastructure; Maritime; Transport; Natural Resources; and Real Estate (including Hotels & Leisure).

•    Outstanding reputation in our core sectors, where we are regularly sought out as lead counsel on some of the largest and most significant corporate transactions, particularly cross-border M&A and private equity. 

•    Advising clients of all sizes on domestic, cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions, supported by our 13 offices outside of the UK and an extensive network of local counsel. 

•    Calibre of clients and quality of work rivals that of the largest UK and international firms, who are regular counterparties. 

Other features

Sector approach

Our sector approach has resulted in a steady and growing stream of work across the high-end, mid and lower-mid markets and provides clients with an acute level of expertise and a deep bench of outstanding practitioners across all aspects of corporate law. 


Cross-sector expertise

In addition to work in our core sectors, we increasingly work across other sectors including technology, insurance, food and beverage, manufacturing, retail, financial services, and private client.

Calibre of clients

We work with leading industry names such as OMV (oil and gas), DONG Energy (renewables), Frasers Hospitality (hospitality and leisure) and Duedil (technology).

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Wedlake Bell LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Predominantly acts on lower mid-market deals, working with clients in the hospitality and real estate sectors, among others. Active in international transactions including Asian and European deals. Acts for high net worth individuals, family offices and corporate clients.

Strengths Interviewees say: "The work is of an impeccable standard."

Sources add: "They speak in layman's terms and they come back in a timely fashion."

Work highlights Acted for managed services provider Computer Systems Integration Group to handle its £10 million bolt-on acquisition of APSU Capital.

Retained by Care UK to handle its £2.2 million disposal of the business and assets of an operating care home for the elderly.

Significant clients Baitone, Verditek, William Pears Group, Reed Exhibitions, Richmond Golf Club.

Notable practitioners

One client notes Edward Craft "has made our lives very easy with his dedication and professionalism." Sources describe him as "incredibly intelligent" and reveal he is "always thinking outside the box to come up with very clever and unusual ideas."

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