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Horsham-based scientific data communications services and technology solutions

$81m
for year ending 31 December 2015

450
employees

Operates globally

10
offices, 3 in the UK, 5 in the UK, 2 in Asia Pacific

Envision’s clients include 18 of the top 20 global pharmaceutical companies

Birmingham
Gatwick
London
Sheffield
Leeds
Southampton
What we do
Our proposition
In
Experian's 2016 rankings
of the UK's most active* M&A legal advisers,
Irwin Mitchell is:
4
th
MOST
ACTIVE
nationally
2
nd
2
nd
5
th
7
rd
Most active in the
South East
Most active in
Yorkshire
Most active in the
Midlands
Most active in the
East of England
9
th
Most active in
Wales
*by number of deals completed
Corporate
services
EMPLOYMENT
COMMERCIAL CONTRACTS
TAX
DISPUTE RESOLUTION
PROPERTY
BANKING & FINANCE
PERSONAL LEGAL SERVICES INCLUDING PRIVATE WEALTH
Business legal
services
Jonathan Cowles, Finance Director
Advised the management team on the buy-out of FMP Global from
Bond International Plc
backed by
Tenzing Private Equity
.
Advised
Chesney's
on growth capital provided by
Business Growth Fund
to fund future expansion plans in the UK, the US, Europe and Asia Pacific.
ENVISION
TECHNOLOGY
FMP GLOBAL
TECHNOLOGY
CHESNEY'S
RETAIL/MANUFACTURING
Advised Micheldever on multiple transactions over a
10+ year period
including in 2016 the acquisitions of
P & R Autocentres Limited
and the share purchases of
Tyres Autocentre Limited.
MICHELDEVER
RETAIL AND DISTRIBUTION
Advised Toba Capital Fund II LLC on a reduction of capital of shares held by
Teach A Man To Fish Foundation
in Seal Software Group Ltd (“Seal”) and reinvestment into
Seal by Toba Capital Fund II LLC
.
TOBA CAPITAL FUND II
TECHNOLOGY
Advised Envision Pharma Group on a deal which saw the group being bought from its existing partners, the
Halifax Group
.
Ardian
in collaboration with
GHO Capital
has partnered with Envision’s leadership team to complete the acquisition.
GATWICK
Named second most active M&A legal advisers in the South East (Experian M&A review 2016, up from 12th position for 2015). This success is mirrored in the legal directories where Legal 500 places us in tier 1 of all corporate and commercial practices in the South East.
CONTACTS
At a glance
14
UK LOCATIONS
£202.7m
£210.6m
£221m
WE HAVE OVER
WITH
TRAINEE
RECRUITMENT
CAMPAIGN
LEGAL MARKET BRAND
Plcs listed on both the AIM and main markets
Dealmakers – accountants, banks, private equity firms, brokers
One of the
fastest growing
corporate law teams in the UK
Merger with
Thomas Eggar
in 2016
doubled the size of our corporate team
A brand challenger
Ambitious for
our clients, our people, our firm
Strong
cross-border
capabilities
Active in sectors inc
manufacturing, technology, consumer, financial & professional services, real estate
Ambitious, privately owned businesses
WE WORK
WITH
Our team
Our corporate team
Daniel Bastide
Dean Drew
John Riddick
Retailer and wholesaler of tyres, operate across the UK
Acquisitions including
Elmbridge Trye Services
,
Autokwik
and
Coombe Garage Tyres
We’ve been working with Irwin Mitchell for about 10 years, we’re a highly ambitious company and most of that interaction has been around buying businesses. We’ve got a number of properties across the UK so the property angle is very important.

If you were to look at it, most people see legal services as a bit of a commodity, which is true, any law firm can offer you the service. From my perspective it’s the people that are delivering the service, so the key is the relationships with the people I work with on a day-to-day perspective, that’s what keeps me with Irwin Mitchell."
JONATHAN COWLES
, FINANCE DIRECTOR
£350m
turnover
1,300
employees
Underwent a management buyout in 2006 backed by
Graphite Capital and RBS
100 retail outlets
with ambitions to
grow to 250 locations
Voted ‘
Tyre Supplier of the Year
’ at the inaugural
Power Awards
, organised by Workshop magazine 2016
Established
1972
Acquisition of
Whitworths
.
Advised the shareholders of Glide on its sale to
CableCom
.
ANATOLIA AS
FOOD & BEVERAGE
GLIDE UTILITIES
CONSUMER
Advised Investec on its investment in
Palletforce
.
INVESTEC
DISTRIBUTION & LOGISTICS
Advised management on the institutional buy-out of Janan Meat Limited by
ESO Capital
.
JANAN
FOOD & BEVERAGE
BIRMINGHAM
Established around three years ago, Irwin Mitchell’s Birmingham corporate team has rapidly made its mark on the Midlands deal making scene, and we can demonstrate a strong track record of working on some of the highest profile transactions in the mid-market space which have taken place over the last 18 months . Named 5th most active M&A legal advisers in the Midlands (Experian M&A review 2016, up from 9th position for 2015)

CONTACTS
Advised HealthNet Homecare (part of Lexon (UK) Group, on the acquisition of
Total Medication Services. 
HEALTHNET HOMECARE
CONSUMER
Advised Hills Numberplates on a
£10m investment
to support the group's continued expansion plans, funded by
Finance Birmingham
,
Birmingham City Council
,
NatWest Corporate
and
Commercial Finance
and
RBS Invoice Finance
.
HILLS NUMBERPLATES
MANUFACTURING
Advised Reconomy on the acquisition of
Cory Environmental’s
national waste brokerage business.
Advised West Midlands-based Sunrise Medical Holdings Limited on its acquisition of
RGK Wheelchairs
.
RECONOMY
WASTE MANAGEMENT
SUNRISE MEDICAL HOLDINGS LIMITED
MOBILITY PRODUCTS
Advised Pure Health Medical Limited on the acquisition of the
Oakwood
and
Oakley retail pharmacies
.
PURE HEALTH MEDICAL
RETAIL PHARMACY
Advised Asquith Nurseries on the acquisitions of multiple businesses including
Pegasus Childcare
and
Muddy Puddles Childcare
.
ASQUITH NURSERIES
CHILDCARE
Hills Numberplates
Manufacture car numberplates
Over the last 18 months our M&A team has advised Hills on a number of strategically important transactions for example:
We have worked with Irwin Mitchell’s M&A lawyers on several acquisitions over the last year, both in the UK and Europe. Our experience is of an enthusiastic and highly committed team.  They have a hands-on style and a collaborative approach, and their input will allow us to expand into new markets and geographies where there is considerable potential for growth.
RICHARD TAFFINDER
, MANAGING DIRECTOR
• the acquisitions of Dual Metallising
Limited, a vacuum metallising and paint spraying company and Signam
• Advised on a £10m investment to support
the group's continued expansion plans.
£45m
turnover
200+
employees
Head office:
Birmingham
Produce
20 million
numberplates annually
Established
1927
• the acquisition of French number plate
manufacturer Faab Fabricauto from 3M's Traffic Safety and Security Division
Irwin Mitchell get it, they understand how to grow with us over the long term. They have managed the acquisitions, one of them very complex involving a four-way purchase, very well. They made that process easier, they made me confident of doing more.”
Represents 10 manufacturing brands
Lawyers from many of the Business Legal Services divisions have worked with Hendy Group over a number of years, including corporate, real estate, dispute resolution, pensions and commercial.

Recently we advised The Hendy Group on the acquisition of Lifestyle Motor Group. This was a complex deal best illustrated by our having six data rooms of documents for the client to consult and sign.
The approach to the transaction was pragmatic. It’s sometimes easy for lawyers to get rather too bound up in the technical aspects of the deal. I did feel that you got to the reality of each issue, and explained it sensibly and in proper layman’s terms where we could quite easily make a decision on it. I think the effort and dedication of the team involved was truly impressive.
JONATHAN MORITZ,
FINANCE DIRECTOR
£600m
turnover
1,000+
employees
The
first Ford dealership
in the UK
Head office:
Hampshire
Operating for
100+ years
Established
1910
25 sites
in the South East
CLIENT PROFILE
OUR ROLE
CLIENT PROFILE
OUR ROLE
CLIENT PROFILE
OUR ROLE
Sectors
M&A - COMPANY SALE AND PURCHASE
JOINT VENTURES AND
STRATEGIC ALLIANCES
MANAGEMENT BUYOUTS AND BUY-INS
EXIT STRATEGY
UK AND CROSS-BORDER TRANSACTIONS
RESTRUCTURING
DUE DILIGENCE
PRIVATE EQUITY
CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
Advised Liveposter on its sale to
Posterscope
, the world's leading out of home communications agency.
LIVEPOSTER
COMMUNICATIONS
Advised Brown Shipley on the acquisition of the
Roberts Partnership
which has £450m funds under management.
BROWN SHIPLEY
FINANCIAL SERVICES
SHEFFIELD
Advised The Coaching Inn Group on its acquisition of the
Kings Head in Richmond
, part of the Group's £20m expansion plan backed by
Business Growth Fund.
COACHING INN GROUP
HOTEL OPERATOR
Advised Diamond Dispersions on its sale to T
he Lubrizol Corporation Limited.
DIAMOND DISPERSIONS
MANUFACTURING
The scale of our corporate team in Sheffield plays a key part in getting deals over the finish line. Our commitment to the Sheffield and South Yorkshire market place is longstanding and this means we have invested considerable time into creating strong networks here which are critical to deal completion. Rank consistently as second most active M&A legal advisers in Yorkshire (Experian M&A review 2016 and 2015)


Advised Hermes Care Limited on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of
S&S Healthcare Limited.
HERMES CARE LIMITED
CARE HOMES
Advised Open Objects on its multi-million pound sale to
AIM listed IDOX plc
.
OPEN OBJECTS
TECHNOLOGY
Advised Pyronix, a leading player in the intruder alarm market, on its sale to
Hikvision
.
PYRONIX
MANUFACTURING
Advised Wyndham Vacation Rentals UK on its purchase of cottage and luxury lodge agency
Blue Chip Holidays
WYNDHAM
HOLIDAY RENTALS
Advised on
The Subura Group
(Pet Brands) on the acquisition of Vital Pet Products. Vital Pet Products employs 280 staff and is one of the UK's leading pet supply businesses.
PET BRANDS
CONSUMER
GRAVITY TRAMPOLINE PARKS
Private equity investment from
Guinness Asset Management
.
Advised
Business Growth Fund
on the injection of £11m growth capital to holiday park operator
Coppergreen Developments
to support the acquisition of Piperdam Golf and Leisure Resort located in Dundee and expansion of the group.
COPPERGREEN
DEVELOPMENTS
Advised
Chesney's
, a designer, manufacturer and retailer of luxury fireplaces and wood burning stoves, on growth capital investment from
Business Growth Fund.
The investment will be used to roll-out additional retail showrooms, and to fund further expansion in international markets such as the US and China.
CHESNEY'S
MICHELDEVER
Advised
The Hendy Group
on the acquisition of Lifestyle Motor Group. The combined group now operates 12 motor franchises at 25 locations in the South East, with annual turnover set to reach £600m, employing 1,000+ staff.
THE HENDY GROUP
VACATION RENTALS
Private equity investment from
Guinness Asset Management
.
GRAVITY TRAMPOLINE
PARKS
CONSUMER
LEEDS
Our Leeds corporate team is well established in Yorkshire and active across a wide range of industry sectors including food and beverage, private equity and recruitment. Rank consistently as second most active M&A legal advisers in Yorkshire (Experian M&A review 2016 and 2015)

Advised Leeds Brewery, the city's largest brewery with a weekly capacity of 150,000 pints, on the sale of its chain of seven pubs to
Camerons Brewery
, allowing it to focus on its brewing operations within the city.
LEEDS BREWERY
FOOD AND BEVERAGE
Advised on the vendor assisted management buy-out of
Navigate Resourcing Limited.
NAVIGATE
RESOURCING
RECRUITMENT
Our most active M&A sector for 2016 and across the UK we acted for a diverse range of consumer related companies in the retail, pub/restaurant, hotel and holiday sectors, a reflection of the strong performance of businesses operating in these activities.
Advised B.P Marsh & Partners, a VC firm specialising in investments into
insurance-related businesses
, on its exit from
The Broucour Group Limited
, via a sale to the founder shareholder
BP MARSH & PARTNERS
PRIVATE EQUITY
LONDON
Irwin Mitchell’s London corporate team works closely with colleagues in our regional offices, this regional footprint plays to our advantage as many of our mid-market clients have interests outside the capital. The team’s contacts in the capital equally mean we are extremely well connected. The team has particular expertise of cross-border transactions and sectors including technology and manufacturing.
Acting for the shareholders eCommerce consultancy
InventCommerce
on its sale to
French headquartered SQLI
.
INVENTCOMMERCE
TECHNOLOGY
Advised Riverside Works Limited on the acquisition of
Deans Blinds
and
Awnings
and
Deans Blinds Limited
.
MANUFACTURING
RIVERSIDE WORKS
James Paton-Philip
Simon Griffiths
Simon Griffiths
CONTACTS
Case study
The Hendy Group
Case study
Micheldever Group
Case study
Partner in corporate finance, supporting clients with creating and realising value from their business and supporting my team with their personal development, creating a happy and successful workplace.
Overview:
Faye Bargery
Private Equity, Sport and Leisure
Key clients/sectors/specialisms:
Acting for Envision management on secondary PE buyout
Career highlight:
Determined, fun, enthusiastic
Yourself in three words:
Be bold, be brave
Favourite saying:
T: +44 (0)777 574 1091
E: faye.bargery@irwinmitchell.com
GATWICK
Partner in corporate finance, supporting clients with creating and realising value from their business and supporting my team with their personal development, creating a happy and successful workplace. I lead the London Corporate team, I am an M&A lawyer and advise a mix of OMBs and international clients.
Overview:
Bryan Bletso
OMB and International
Key clients/sectors/specialisms:
I advised Southampton FC on many areas of their business for 12 plus years
Career highlight:
Diligent, approachable, contactable
Yourself in three words:
The harder I work the luckier I get
Favourite saying:
T: +44 (0)207 650 3819
E: bryan.bletso@irwinmitchell.com
LONDON
I lead the corporate team in Birmingham, focusing on M&A and private equity. I am also the unofficial Grammar Tsar to anyone that will listen.
Overview:
Nick Dawson
Key clients include Lexon (UK). Sector specialisms include healthcare, professional practices and real estate joint ventures
The first NQ position we were able to offer after we started the Birmingham corporate team
Collaborative, fair, tall
Yourself in three words:
Finish this first and then we'll pop out for a quick drink
Favourite saying:
T: +44 (0)121 203 5325
E: nick.dawson@irwinmitchell.com
BIRMINGHAM
I lead the corporate team in Birmingham, focusing on M&A and private equity. I am also the unofficial Grammar Tsar to anyone that will listen.
Overview:
Nick Dawson
Key clients include Lexon (UK). Sector specialisms include healthcare, professional practices and real estate joint ventures
Key clients/sectors/specialisms:
The first NQ position we were able to offer after we started the Birmingham corporate team
Career highlight:
Collaborative, fair, tall
Yourself in three words:
Finish this first and then we'll pop out for a quick drink
Favourite saying:
T: +44 (0)121 203 5325
E: nick.dawson@irwinmitchell.com
BIRMINGHAM
Partner in corporate finance, supporting clients with creating and realising value from their business and supporting my team with their personal development, creating a happy and successful workplace.
Overview:
Bryan Bletso
OMB and International
Key clients/sectors/specialisms:
I advised Southampton FC on many areas of their business for 12 plus years
Career highlight:
Diligent, approachable, contactable
Yourself in three words:
The harder I work the luckier I get
Favourite saying:
T: +44 (0)207 650 3819
E: bryan.bletso@irwinmitchell.com
LONDON
Partner in corporate finance, supporting clients with creating and realising value from their business and supporting my team with their personal development, creating a happy and successful workplace.
Overview:
Faye Bargery
Private Equity, Sport and Leisure
Key clients/sectors/specialisms:
Acting for Envision management on secondary PE buyout
Career highlight:
Determined, fun, enthusiastic
Yourself in three words:
Be bold, be brave
Favourite saying:
T: +44 (0)777 574 1091
E: faye.bargery@irwinmitchell.com
GATWICK
I am responsible for helping and developing the clients and people that go to make up our Gatwick corporate team. My practice is split between M&A, private equity and public markets matters. In both 2016 and 2012 I was named "Corporate Lawyer of the Year for the South East".
Overview:
Ambitous mid-market corporates
Key clients/sectors/specialisms:
Advising Lonrho plc on a £160m recommended takeover approach

Career highlight:
Pragmatic, honest and unpretentious
Yourself in three words:
It's always further than it looks, taller than it looks and harder than it looks.
Favourite saying:
T: +44 (0)129 374 2756
E: daniel.bastide@irwinmitchell.com
GATWICK
Daniel Bastide
I am responsible for helping and developing the clients and people that go to make up our Gatwick corporate team. My practice is split between M&A, private equity and public markets matters. In both 2016 and 2012 I was named "Corporate Lawyer of the Year for the South East".
Overview:
Ambitous mid-market corporates
Key clients/sectors/specialisms:
Advising Lonrho plc on a £160m recommended takeover approach

Career highlight:
Pragmatic, honest and unpretentious
Yourself in three words:
It's always further than it looks, taller than it looks and harder than it looks.
Favourite saying:
T: +44 (0)129 374 2756
E: daniel.bastide@irwinmitchell.com
GATWICK
Sold to Sumitomo Rubber Industries
for £215m in January 2017

To develop the business in the South through winning good quality corporates, looking after existing corporate clients so they grow and develop with the firm and to develop the talents of the junior lawyers I work with to help them to become excellent lawyers

Overview:
Hendy (automotive), Emerson Process Management (business services), DWP Housing Partnership (real estate)
Key clients/sectors/specialisms:
Closing the Hendy deal (June 2016)
Career highlight:
Thinker, worker, achiever
Yourself in three words:
If you stop changing your mind,
I'll agree with you
Favourite saying:
T: +44 (0)238 083 1273
E: dean.drew@irwinmitchell.com
SOUTHAMPTON

I am an ex Thomas Eggar Partner, up until the merger. I am now back full time in private practice. I have a broad range of corporate and HNW business clients. Notionally based in Southampton, my clients are based in Berkshire, London and the Gulf.
Overview:
HNW business/ Tech and Leisure
Key clients/sectors/specialisms:
Leading the Corporate Team at Thomas EggarLLP and being on its Executive
Career highlight:
Outgoing, energetic and humorous
Yourself in three words:
You have to kiss a lot of frogs in this game.



Favourite saying:
T: +44 (0)238 083 1272
E: john.riddick@irwinmitchell.com
LONDON
COMPANY SECRETARIAL
EQUITY CAPITAL MARKETS
Dean Drew
John Riddick
To develop the business in the South through winning good quality corporates, looking after existing corporate clients so they grow and develop with the firm and to develop the talents of the junior lawyers I work with to help them to become excellent lawyers

Overview:
Hendy (automotive), Emerson Process Management (business services), DWP Housing Partnership (real estate)
Key clients/sectors/specialisms:
Closing the Hendy deal (June 2016)
Career highlight:
Thinker, worker, achiever
Yourself in three words:
If you stop changing your mind,
I'll agree with you
Favourite saying:
T: +44 (0)238 083 1273
E: dean.drew@irwinmitchell.com
SOUTHAMPTON

I am an ex Thomas Eggar Partner, up until the merger. I am now back full time in private practice. I have a broad range of corporate and HNW business clients. Notionally based in Southampton, my clients are based in Berkshire, London and the Gulf.
Overview:
HNW business/ Tech and Leisure
Key clients/sectors/specialisms:
Leading the Corporate Team at Thomas EggarLLP and being on its Executive
Career highlight:
Outgoing, energetic and humorous
Yourself in three words:
You have to kiss a lot of frogs in this game.



Favourite saying:
T: +44 (0)238 083 1272
E: john.riddick@irwinmitchell.com
LONDON
Corporate partner. PLC transaction specialist.
Overview:
Peel Hunt, finnCap, Stockdale Securities, Kestrel Partners, Snoozebox, energy, equity capital markets, takeovers
Key clients/sectors/specialisms:
Acting on the UK's largest merger that created Diageo
Career highlight:
My son's dad
Yourself in three words:
Gordon Bennett
Favourite saying:
JOB TITLE: Partner
E: simon.griffiths@irwinmitchell.com
LONDON
Corporate partner. PLC transaction specialist.
Overview:
Peel Hunt, finnCap, Stockdale Securities, Kestrel Partners, Snoozebox, energy, equity capital markets, takeovers
Key clients/sectors/specialisms:
Acting on the UK's largest merger that created Diageo
Career highlight:
My son's dad
Yourself in three words:
Gordon Bennett
Favourite saying:
JOB TITLE: Partner
E: simon.griffiths@irwinmitchell.com
LONDON
I am part of a team that specialises in advising clients on corporate matters including investments, M&A and AIM listings.
Overview:
Tech, Iberia, Private equity and AIM IPOs
Key clients/sectors/specialisms:
Being invited to no. 10 Downing St in relation to Tech City
Career highlight:
Dedicated, driven, reliable
Yourself in three words:
Favourite saying:
JOB TITLE: Partner
E: james.paton.philips@irwinmitcell.com
LONDON
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush
Birmingham based utilities payment company
The sale of Glide involved a number of stakeholders through all stages of the negotiations. We have been highly impressed with Irwin Mitchell’s advice throughout the process. The successful outcome achieved is a direct result of their input and ability to cut straight to the commercial matters and to keep a number of plates spinning at any one time.”

JAMES VILLARREAL
, CEO
£20m
turnover
70 employees
Named as one of the
London Stock Exchange's
1,000 companies to inspire Britain
Established by two students from Birmingham University with the aim of designing a service aimed at facilitating bill sharing for tenants and property businesses

Established 2006
CLIENT PROFILE
OUR ROLE
Glide
Case study
Sunday Times Fast Track 100 business

Design, manufacture and retail luxury fireplaces and wood burning stoves

Forecast to increase sales to
£30m
in
3 years

150
employees in the UK, US and China

Established
1985

Showrooms, warehouses and manufacturing facilities in London, New York, Portugal and China

Also sell via
200
independent retailers

Products feature in the
Dorchester Hotel
and the
Chiltern Firehouse


Legal advisers to Chesney’s for a number of years, supporting the company’s growth plans

Recently advised Chesney’s on growth capital provided by
Business Growth Fund

Irwin Mitchell have excelled in providing us with outstanding advice and support in relation to Chesney’s. The combination of their sound legal guidance, together with a flexible and personal approach have allowed us to move forward quickly with the exciting growth plans for our business.”

PAUL CHESNEY,
MANAGING DIRECTOR
CLIENT PROFILE
OUR ROLE
Chesney's
Case study
Advised the shareholders of utilities payments company Glide on the disposal of 75.1% of issued share capital to CableCom which services 250,000 customers across the UK
Acted on the sale of software management business, Engage ESM Limited, to Atos IT Services Limited.

This is an exciting development for everyone at Engage ESM, as well as for our customers across EMEA and the US. I am convinced that Atos is a perfect cultural and technological fit for the accelerated growth of the business and with such strong synergies we will be able to offer our customers even more value.
MAT MIDDLETON
, CEO OF ENGAGE ESM
CLIENT PROFILE
OUR ROLE
Engage ESM
Case study
Irwin Mitchell guided Envision with the utmost professionalism through all stages of the transaction. Their commercially pragmatic approach permitted the seamless continuation of our business dealings throughout the entire acquisition process.”

JOHN GILLIE
, CFO
CLIENT PROFILE
OUR ROLE
Envision Pharma Group
Case study
Atos IT Services is a subsidiary of ATOS, the €12bn turnover French listed company.
Involved complex tax issues.
Advised the leadership team of
Envision Pharma Group
on a deal which saw the group being sold by its existing partner, US private equity house The Halifax Group

Sold to a consortium of
Ardian
, a French private investment company and GHO, a specialist European investor in healthcare.

We supported the leadership team of Envision on their re-investment into the new group.


A leading enterprise service management technology company

£17m
turnover

140
employees

Established 2001

Partners include ServiceNow, Cisco, Moogsoft and HP

Clients include EMI Music, Yorkshire Water, Invensys
RESTRUCTURING & INSOLVENCY
Corporate associate, advising on all types of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, investments and re-organisations.
Overview:
Eleanor Claridge
Petroleum Pipe Group, Hendy Group, Hemming Group
Key clients/sectors/specialisms:
Celebrating with clients and the team after completing a large transaction 5 minutes before the cut off point after working flat out / through the night to get everything ready in time.
Career highlight:
Conscientious, loyal and reliable
Yourself in three words:
Sounds like a plan
Favourite saying:
T: 020 7650 3977
E: eleanor.claridge@irwinmitchell.com
LONDON
James Paton-Philip
I am part of a team that specialises in advising clients on corporate matters including investments, M&A and AIM listings.
Overview:
Tech, Iberia, Private equity and AIM IPOs
Key clients/sectors/specialisms:
Being invited to no. 10 Downing St in relation to Tech City
Career highlight:
Dedicated, driven, reliable
Yourself in three words:
Favourite saying:
LONDON
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush
Nick Dawson
Birmingham
Acquisition of
Hytrac Lifts
THYSSENKRUPP UK PLC
MANUFACTURING
Advised Grant Thornton on the administration of Covpress Limited, a metal stamping and robotic assembly specialist supplying automotive OEMs including JLR and Renault. Advised ABN AMRO Commercial Finance and ABN AMNRO Lease NV on the funding aspects of Liberty Industries Group's acquisition of the business and assets of Covpress.
COVPRESS
Advised
Hills Numberplates
on several transactions including a £10m investment by Finance Birmingham, Birmingham City Council, NatWest Corporate and Commercial Finance and RBS Invoice Finance. We also advised on the acquistions of Tiflex IM , Dual Metallising. and French manufacturer Faab Fabricauto from 3M's Traffic Safety and Security Division.
HILLS NUMBERPLATES
Acquisition of
Whitworths
.
ANATOLIA AS
Advised
Pressure Technologies Plc
on its acquisition of Martract Limited, an engineering business that specialises primarily in the grinding and lapping of ball and seat assemblies and gate valves.
PRESSURE
TECHNOLOGIES PLC
Acquisition of the
Thunderbolts Group
.
BUFAB AB
Our corporate team plays a key role in Irwin Mitchell's national manufacturing sector group. With a good understanding of the legal know-how needed to advise on M&A in the manufacturing sector - covering engineering, automotive and food & beverage - our lawyers invest time into understanding the challenges and issues facing manufacturers, including the impact of currency fluctuations and cross-border transactions.
Advised
Greyvane Properties
on the sale of business and assets of the Maypole Hotel Limited and grant of lease of the Maypole Hotel to Travelodge Hotels Limited.
GREYVANE PROPERTIES
REAL ESTATE
Advised on a full refinance for
Hunters Property plc
, the AIM listed Estate Agency Group. Term and revolving credit facilities have been made available to the Group by HSBC to assist the Group with its ambitious national expansion plans.
HUNTERS PLC
HARLYNN
PEEL HUNT (CIRCLE
PROPERTY)
Advised on the management buyout of
SB Croatia
.
SCOTT BROWNRIGG
Advised
Jones Lang LaSalle
on its acquisition of MSCI's Global Corporate Occupiers Benchmarking Business. This was an asset purchase by JLL of an occupier’s benchmarking service business and the database used for such business from Investment Property Databank Limited (a subsidiary of MSCI, Inc.)
JONES LANG LASALLE
Irwin Mitchell's corporate team collaborates closely with the high profile national real estate team and provides specialist advice on joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and investment projects.
Advised Envision Pharma Group on a deal which saw the group being sold by its existing partners the
Halifax Group
.
Ardian
, the independent private investment company, in collaboration with
GHO Capital,
the specialist European investor in healthcare, has partnered with Envision's leadership team to complete the acquisition.
ENVISION PHARMA GROUP
Advised
Engage ESM
on the sale of the business to Atos SE, a leader in digital transformation with 100,000 employees in 72 countries and with total annual revenue of €12 billion.
ENGAGE ESM
TECHNOLOGY
Advised the management team on the buy-out of FMP Global from
Bond International Plc
backed by T
enzing Private Equity
.
FMP GLOBAL
Advised Essensys on the acquisition of
Hubcreate Limited
, a provider of workspace management software. Essensys, founded in 2006, provides cloud-based IT and communications services to over 5,000 businesses including
British Gas
,
Huawei
and
Unilever
.
ESSENSYS LIMITED
Advised finnCap, the corporate broker, on a £
13 million share
placing for
Nasstar
, the AIM quoted host managed and cloud computing services provider. The proceeds will be used to finance Nasstar’s £13 million
acquisition of Modrus
, a host managed computing services provider.
FINNCAP/NASSTAR
Advised HireHand, an on-demand staffing platform for small retail businesses, with its seed capital investment from
ClearlySo
, Europe's leading impact investment bank.
HIREHAND
Technology remains one of the most active sectors for M&A activity and levels look set to remain high in a fast moving and relatively fragmented business environment. Irwin Mitchell has wide-reaching expertise of advising technology companies through every stage of the growth cycle, at the start-up and venture capital stage of the business cycle, supporting growth through acquisition and investment, business sale and advice related to equity capital markets. We have a wide network of contacts in the technology sector including investors, funders and lenders, and academics.
Advising Setel Limited, one of the majority shareholders in Setel Powerline Limited, on the investment by
Industrial Powerline Networks LLC
in Setel Powerline Limited.
SETEL LIMITED
Advised Peel Hunt, the corporate broker, on a
£2 million
AIM accelerated book built placing for
Proxama
, the proximity marketing and payment solutions provider. 
PEEL HUNT/PROXAMA
Advised the management of TribePad Ltd on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of
Talent on View Limited
a talent acquisition software specialist.
TRIBEPAD LIMITED
Advised Teledata UK Limited on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of
1st Easy Limited
, an information technology service providing cloud servers and VMware based cloud data centres.
TELEDATA
Acting for the shareholders eCommerce consultancy InventCommerce on its sale to
French headquartered SQLI
.
INVENT COMMERCE
Advised Open Objects on its multi-million pound sale to
AIM listed IDOX plc
. Open Objects Software Limited is a specialist in the UK public sector social care and healthcare software market.
OPEN OBJECTS
Advised global digital communications business
Next Fifteen
on its
£1 million
investment in Phrasee, a marketing software company which uses artificial intelligence to boost email response rates.
NEXT FIFTEEEN
Advised Peel Hunt, the corporate broker, on a
£25 million
AIM accelerated book built placing for
GB Group
, the identity data intelligence specialist. The placing proceeds have been used to finance GB Group’s
£37 million
acquisition of
IDScan Biometrics
, the identify verification software provider, that was announced at the same time.
PEEL HUNT/GB GROUP
More from the
Technology sector
Merger with several trade bodies.
COUNCIL OF MORTGAGE LENDERS
SLJ MACRO PARTNERS
LLP
FINANCIAL & PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
Advised on the acquisition of the
Roberts Partnership
which has £450m funds under management.
BROWN SHIPLEY
B P MARSH & PARTNERS
Advised
SLJ Macro & Partners
, a hedge fund manager, on the transfer of a 65% equity holding in the business to Eurizon Capital, an Italian Investment Bank. The matter included advising on the establishment of a new FCA authorised firm and the change in control process for a regulated entity.
Advised on the sale of Repair Funding Limited to Enterprise Rent-A-Car UK Limited.
REPAIR FUNDING
Advised on the disposal of the shareholdings and subsequent IPO of
Morses Club Limited
on behalf of three shareholders.
MORSES CLUB
Operating in a highly regulated environment Financial and Professional Services firms require a specialist approach to M&A. Our lawyers have significant experience of working with clients operating in this sector to meet the stringent requirements set by governing authorities. We draw on the expertise from colleagues in Irwin Mitchell's banking and finance teams.
Horsham-based scientific data communications services and technology solutions

$81m
turnover

450 employees

Operates globally, 3 UK offices, 5 in the US, 2 in Asia Pacific

Clients indclude 18 of the top 20 global pharmaceutical companies


Acquisitions including
Elmbridge

Trye Services
,
Autokwik
and
Coombe Garage Tyres
.

Advised property development company Harlynn Limited on an injection of private investment via mezzanine finance.
Advised Peel Hunt, the corporate broker, on the AIM IPO of
Circle Property.
The IPO values the regional property investment company at £42 million. The IPO counts as the first UK flotation of a real estate unit trust.
Advised
B.P Marsh & Partners,
a VC firm specialising in investments into insurance-related businesses, on its exit from The Broucour Group Limited, via a sale to the founder shareholder.
.
Advised The Hendy Group on the acquisition of
Lifestyle Motor Group
.
Advised the sellers of Genie Care Limited on the sale of their shares to Frontier Therapeutics Ltd .
GLOUCESTER RUGBY
CLUB
SPORT
HEMMING GROUP
PUBLISHING
GENIE CARE
MANUFACTURING
HENDY GROUP
CAR DEALERSHIP
Advised SIM on the charity merger with MECO UK and Ireland. SIM and MECO are both charities that support missionaries working abroad.
SIM
CHARITY
Advised Martin St Quinton on a majority interest in
Gloucester Rugby Club
.
CONTACTS
Southampton is part of the firm’s South East practice and named second most active M&A legal advisers in the South East (Experian M&A review 2016, up from 12th position for 2015). 
SOUTHAMPTON
Advised
Hemming Group
on the acquisition of shares in Alad Limited, a magazine publisher, and on the purchase of shares in Executive Hire News Ltd and Executive Hire Show Ltd
I manage our national corporate group group as well as heading the BLS team in Birmingham. My role is to help my teams maximise their potential.
Overview:
Strategic advice to businesses and their owners
Key clients/sectors/specialisms:
Seeing my trainees becoming partners
Career highlight:
Focused, friendly, fair
Yourself in three words:
Law's a very simple business
Favourite saying:
T: +44 (0)121 214 5492
E: chris.rawstron@irwinmitchell.com
BIRMINGHAM
Chris Rawstron
Volume of deals completed by sector 2016
Volume of deals completed by sector 2016
T: 020 7650 3861
E: james.paton-philip@irwinmitchell.com
Acquisition of
Vital Pet Products.
PET BRANDS
CONSUMER
Second round development capital to
Nationwide Window Cleaning
.
BUSINESS GROWTH
FUND
FINANCIAL SERVICES
I manage our national corporate group group as well as heading the BLS team in Birmingham. My role is to help my teams maximise their potential.
Overview:
Strategic advice to businesses and their owners
Key clients/sectors/specialisms:
Seeing my trainees becoming partners
Career highlight:
Focused, friendly, fair
Yourself in three words:
Law's a very simple business
Favourite saying:
T: +44 (0)121 214 5492
E: chris.rawstron@irwinmitchell.com
BIRMINGHAM
Chris Rawstron
Merger with several trade bodies
COUNCIL OF
MORTGAGE LENDERS
FINANCIAL SERVICES
Sale of
Fireboy-Xintex
.
CONMAR HOLDINGS
TECHNOLOGY
Placing and open offer of new shares for
K3 Business

Technology Group plc.
FINNCAP
TECHNOLOGY
Acquisition of the
Thunderbolts Group.
BUFAB AB
MANUFACTURING
Management buyout of
SB Croatia
.
SCOTT BROWNRIGG
FINANCIAL SERVICES
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