Law firm advises on record breaking £1.5bn worth of deals

Tim Jackson-Smith, Shoosmiths

Law firm Shoosmiths and its Manchester corporate team have announced a record-breaking 2021 – advising on over £1.5bn worth of deals.

Led by partners Tim Jackson-Smith and Andrew Millar, the corporate team has advised on a range of private equity, public and private mergers and acquisitions and venture capital transactions.

Notable clients for the Manchester office include home building group Berkley de Veer, Manchester-based cloud date software developer Matillion and entrepreneurial firm MIP Holdings.

High profile cases have also included:

  • Advising  MIP Holdings on its £m acquisition of fashion retailer French Connection Group PLC
  • Advising Berkeley DeVeer on its acquisition of Avant Homes Group, one of the UK’s leading residential property developers
  • Advising Alcidion, the Australian listed medical tech business, on its acquisition of Silverlink PCS Software limited, one of the most widely used patient administration system providers in the NHS
  • Advising Foresight Group on the disposal of its interest in Hedges Direct Group

Head of corporate for the Shoosmiths Manchester office Tim Jackson-Smith said: “The success of this unprecedented year is a result of the hard work and dedication of our teams, supporting such a vast number of high-calibre and high-profile deals.

“Our activity levels show no sign of slowing down and we expect 2022 to deliver sustained market activity and growth for our corporate team.”

Andrew Millar, Shoosmiths corporate partner, added: “The north sees continued interest from venture capital and private equity giants, and with Manchester being home to some of the most innovative technology, real estate and e-commerce names in the world – the city continues to be a hotspot for activity.

“Confidence remains strong as we head into 2022, and we look forward to once again supporting an enviable client base across a range of sectors.”