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Corporate/M&A: SME/Owner-managed Businesses — The South


Adams & Remers - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Lewes

What the team is known for Notable focus on acting for local clients in the healthcare sector in a range of corporate transactions. Recently handled a range of matters involving the purchase and sale of care homes across the region, an area which remains a key part of the practice's work. Also offers expertise in M&A and shareholders' rights.

Work highlights Acted for Steamer Trading on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Kitchens Limited.

Significant clients Waremoss.

Notable practitioners

Douglas Stewart is a key contact.

About the Team (content provided by Adams & Remers)

We provide legal and business advice to private and public companies in London and the South East from a range of industries - including the oil, gas and mining sectors.

Our growing AIM work includes multimillion pound flotations, often with an international dimension. We help companies which are already admitted to AIM with regulatory requirements and secondary fundraisings.

Many businesses are making targeted acquisitions either to consolidate or to extend their international reach. This has brought us more M&A work and we are also working increasingly with clients who need advice on digital media, global branding and international commercial contracts.

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Clarkson Wright & Jakes Ltd - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Orpington

What the team is known for Notable practice advising SMEs and owner-managed businesses from a wide variety of sectors on the full range of corporate matters. Provides experience in acting for companies at all stages, from start-up through the full development cycle. Expertise covers transactions in the healthcare, manufacturing and aviation sectors.

Significant clients Net Dimensions, FM Conway, On Assignment UK, Piaggio, DC Payments.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Wright is recommended for being "highly responsive and able to offer clear guidance and advice during the whole process." He has a broad corporate practice, which includes advising on MBOs, private equity and commercial agreements, as well as M&A.

Benjamin Madden is highly regarded for his wide-ranging practice covering acquisitions, disposals, MBOs and corporate reorganisations. He is known among commentators to be "a pleaure to deal with."

About the Team (content provided by Clarkson Wright & Jakes Ltd)

Buying and selling businesses is at the heart of our corporate work. Our reputation in this field is based on the highly professional service, wide-ranging commercial awareness and value for money we provide.

Our clients range from large national companies to privately owned and family businesses in London and across the South East. From our offices in Orpington, well located close to the M25, we provide the quality of service you expect from a City-based firm with the added benefits of dealing with a personable practice.

Clients have confidence in our expertise and efficiency because the professionalism of our approach gives them the peace of mind of knowing that the present and future interests of their business are secure in our team’s hands.

The type of work we do includes:

Corporate
Initial public offers (AIM & PLUS)
Management buy-outs and buy-ins
Business sales and acquisitions
Companies Act 2006 compliance
Share restructures
Shareholders' agreements and other joint ventures
Banking and security
Advising directors
Company secretarial

Insolvency
Restructuring
Acquisition of business assets from administrators
Insolvency procedures including voluntary arrangements, administrations and liquidations
Advice to and relating to directors
Other related commercial issues

Commercial Agreements
Agency agreements
Distribution agreements
Franchise agreements
Terms and conditions
Commercial agreements

Partnership
Partnership agreements
Advice on dissolution
Sales and purchases
Services to LLPs

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Furley Page Solicitors - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer
- Office locations: Canterbury, Chatham, Whitstable

What the team is known for Acts on behalf of a variety of clients in the design and manufacturing, automotive and dental sectors, with additional recent involvement in work on behalf of those in the education and professional services fields. Offers expertise in M&A, joint ventures and corporate restructuring matters to both domestic and international clients.

Strengths Interviewees say: "They are brilliant - very professional and very easy to talk to."

Work highlights Advised R&M Clarkson on the purchase of Ashgood Fire Protection Specialists and Multi-Alarm Systems.

Assisted Rodericks Dental with its acquisition of five companies through asset and share purchases.

Significant clients University of Kent, Megger Group, Magna International, Grupo Antolin, Mobility Networks.

Notable practitioners

Susan Jennings handles a range of M&A and joint venture matters involving companies in the automotive and manufacturing sectors, among others. Sources say: "She's very open and very quick to respond."

Anthony Chester advises on M&A and restructuring work and has particular expertise in the agricultural and charities sectors. He is praised for being "contactable and easy to talk to."

About the Team (content provided by Furley Page Solicitors)

A personable team led by Susan Jennings which is thorough, practical, commercial, solution driven and accessible with meticulous attention to detail.

Known for M&A, joint ventures, restructuring, demergers, company law advice and compliance, shareholder agreements, rights issues and buybacks, trading and other commercial contracts, partnership and LLP agreements, banking and security work.

Specialisms include:

  • Automotive- clients include- Magna International Inc and Grupo Antolin.​
  • Design, Manufacturing and Supply- clients include - Megger Group, Global Invacom, Mobility Networks, ParkerSteel, Barton Engineering, Braidlock Limited and R&M Clarkson.
  • Professional Services- clients include- Dendy Neville, Vardis International, Breakthrough Funding and Touch Associates.
  • Education- clients include- University of Kent.

Team members:

  • Susan Jennings (partner and head of team) known as clients’ “legal rock” and “for going the extra mile”;
  • Tony Chester (partner) is praised highly by clients as “extremely client focussed”;
  • Jessica Gidley and Jamie Bourne (both solicitors and rising stars).

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Lester Aldridge LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Bournemouth

What the team is known for Continued focus on the care sector, handling a number of M&A transactions for local care homes. Offers further expertise in IP and technology, regularly advising both UK-based and international SMEs on technology-related corporate transactions. Recent work has involved entities in Europe, South America and Australia.

Strengths Market commentators say the team is "simply excellent."

Work highlights Advised the shareholders of C4L Group Holdings on the £20 million sale of its entire issued share capital.

Acted on behalf of Herb UK in relation to the cross-border acquisition of Goroncy Pty Ltd's business and assets for AUD470,000.

Significant clients Wessex Petroleum, Muc-Off, Lush, Ceuta Holdings, 288 Group.

Notable practitioners

Grant Esterhuizen advises on a wide range of corporate transactions, both domestically and on an international basis, with particular expertise in matters involving South Africa, China and Canada. "Grant's knowledge has been a great asset," says an interviewee.

David Ashplant advises companies of all sizes on M&A and joint ventures, with additional expertise in competition and intellectual property matters.

About the Team (content provided by Lester Aldridge LLP)

Sometimes, having some general advice is just what you need. But most businesses would benefit from dealing with a legal team who have in-depth knowledge of their industry, and their specific needs.

And because we can offer that level of knowledge and practical advice about the sector you work in, you’re far more likely to get to where you want to go.

From start-up advice and management buy-outs to intellectual property and service agreements, we can answer all your questions, and advise you on the things you didn’t even know you needed.

Here are some of the areas we can help you with:

Corporate services:

  • Business start-ups
  • Business sales and acquisitions
  • Group reorganisations and simplification
  • Management buy-out/ins
  • Joint ventures
  • Private equity investment as a means of access to finance and expertise
  • Debt finance arrangements
  • AIM listings to help your business access a new source of funding
  • Company secretarial and other regulatory aspects that your business may be subject to

Commercial services:

  • Distribution, agency and supply agreements
  • Shareholder relations
  • Website development agreements
  • Intellectual property protection and commercialisation
  • Standard terms of business;
  • Data protection
  • Competition law
  • LLP and other partnership agreements
  • Supply of goods and/or services agreements, which provide for every aspect of your USP

So, if you need legal advice from a team of lawyers with a real understanding of your business, we’d be happy to talk to you. Speak to our team today on 0344 967 0793.

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Warners Solicitors - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer
- Office locations: Tonbridge, Sevenoaks

What the team is known for Regularly advises clients in the technology and media sectors on corporate transactions. Further expertise in corporate advisory work for local SMEs and owner-managed businesses. Also acts for agricultural clients on transactional matters.

Strengths Interviewees say the team is "efficient, reliable and approachable."

Work highlights Acted for the shareholders in the sale of the Air Management Systems group to Protec Environmental.

Significant clients Bell Identification, Tonbridge & District Properties, 21st Century Technology, FSI (FM Solutions), Abacus Playgrounds.

Notable practitioners

Jonathan Roberts heads the department and is particularly adept at handling a range of acquisitions and disposals involving owner-managed businesses. Sources describe him as "reliable and unfazed by anything."

Russell Brinkhurst advises clients in a variety of corporate and commercial transactions. He is praised for being "100% reliable and always available to deal with urgent matters."

About the Team (content provided by Warners Solicitors)

Warners' corporate commercial and IP team provides a comprehensive range of legal services tailored to meet the requirements of a broad range of businesses, all of which require a high standard of legal support.

If a commercial law matter involves an international or cross-border element, we work closely with local counsel to assist where necessary and, particularly, through our network of international lawyers, Alliance of Business Lawyers, we can procure the best contacts and expertise.

Specialisms include:

  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Commercial contracts
  • Business structures
  • Corporate law
  • Intellectual property (IP)
  • Technology, media & telecommunications
  • TUPE transfers

Team members:

  • Kevin Sullivan - Team leader and IP & IT specialist
  • Jonathan Roberts - 'very diligent' M&A expert
  • Russell Brinkhurst - ‘pragmatic and good-natured’ commercial contracts expert
  • Jonathan Booton - one to watch

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Warners Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Jonathan Roberts heads the department and is particularly adept at handling a range of acquisitions and disposals involving owner-managed businesses. Sources describe him as "reliable and unfazed by anything."

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Band 1

Clarkson Wright & Jakes Ltd

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Wright is recommended for being "highly responsive and able to offer clear guidance and advice during the whole process." He has a broad corporate practice, which includes advising on MBOs, private equity and commercial agreements, as well as M&A.

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Band 2

Grant Esterhuizen

Lester Aldridge LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Grant Esterhuizen advises on a wide range of corporate transactions, both domestically and on an international basis, with particular expertise in matters involving South Africa, China and Canada. "Grant's knowledge has been a great asset," says an interviewee.

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Band 2

Furley Page Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Susan Jennings handles a range of M&A and joint venture matters involving companies in the automotive and manufacturing sectors, among others. Sources say: "She's very open and very quick to respond."

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Band 2

Benjamin J Madden

Clarkson Wright & Jakes Ltd

From the Chambers UK guide

Benjamin Madden is highly regarded for his wide-ranging practice covering acquisitions, disposals, MBOs and corporate reorganisations. He is known among commentators to be "a pleaure to deal with."

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Band 3

Lester Aldridge LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

David Ashplant advises companies of all sizes on M&A and joint ventures, with additional expertise in competition and intellectual property matters.

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Band 3

Russell Brinkhurst

Warners Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Russell Brinkhurst advises clients in a variety of corporate and commercial transactions. He is praised for being "100% reliable and always available to deal with urgent matters."

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Up and Coming

Furley Page Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Anthony Chester advises on M&A and restructuring work and has particular expertise in the agricultural and charities sectors. He is praised for being "contactable and easy to talk to."

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