Corporate/M&A - South West
Basic facts about the department
- 15 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bristol, Exeter
What the team is known for Established South West firm provides corporate advice from its four offices in the region. Particularly active on peer-to-peer investment platforms.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "Very commercial and fast - cost-effective."
Market standing: Peers praise the firm's strong corporate practice and base of national clients.
What's new? Rebecca Dury and Christopher Dyson were promoted to partner. Stuart Mathews joins the firm from the Met Office. James Lyons joins from Trowers & Hamlins. Koichiro Nakada joins from Rochman Landau.
Work highlights Advised Ombu Group on its £22.5 million investment in waste water facilities provider Bluewater Bio International.
Advised crowdfunding platform Crowdcube on investment and share subscription issues.
Chairman and head of corporate Simon Rous acts for a wide range of businesses, from start-ups to multinationals.
Described as a "good venture capital lawyer" by peers, Andrew Betteridge advised technology fund Eden Ventures on its USD24 million investment in Ninian Solutions.
Christopher Dyson is described as "very good and very responsive" by clients. He specialises in private equity and venture capital.
Simon Staples acted on the sale of Virtuoso Advertising to XL Marketing. One of his peers says of a recent deal: "He was technically and tactically very good. If I was his client I'd be pleased with the job he did."
Plymouth-based David Heard specialises in acting for providers of crowdfunding platforms. Clients say: "He knows the sharp end of funding work."
Significant clients Wessex Exploration, Dillistone Group, Viridor Waste Management, Centrax, Antech.