Law firm expands Birmingham office for third time in 12 months

  Joel Kordan, Adam McGiveron, Lisa Page, Emma Bryant, Gemma Bell

The Birmingham office of law firm Penningtons Manches Cooper has announced its latest senior appointments.

Partners Adam McGiveron and Emma Bryant have joined from Shakespeare Martineau and will be responsible for growing the firm’s corporate practice in the Midlands.

McGiveron has more than 20 years’ experience in corporate transactions. He has built a strong reputation amongst mid-market companies advising on mergers, acquisitions and private equity funding, with many of the region’s leading entrepreneurs turning to him for both strategic insight and tactical support. His clients include businesses in manufacturing, technology, automotive retail and facilities management.

Bryant has a particular interest in early stage and growth businesses but also acts for large corporates, local authorities, universities, and property development companies. She advises clients on a wide range of deals including acquisitions and disposals, private equity transactions, group reorganisations and shareholder arrangements.

Earlier this year the pair acted for Stafford-based Addmaster on its £33m sale to Nasdaq-listed Swedish company Polygiene.

McGiveron’s other recent deals include advising solar energy specialist Prolectric on its sale to Solihull-based FTSE 250 business Hill & Smith Holdings, while Bryant has advised Alliance Automotive Group –  a subsidiary of the largest worldwide automotive parts distributor – on several acquisitions and a $1bn group reorganisation.

Their arrival marks the third time in less than a year that Penningtons Manches Cooper has made senior lateral hires into its Birmingham office.

Gemma Bell, a housing governance expert, joined in June 2020 alongside her team of three specialists, and Dr. Lisa Page, an intellectual property lawyer with a focus on the life sciences sector, followed in September.

Penningtons Manches Cooper established the Birmingham office as its first UK site outside of London and the South East in 2019, following the recruitment of Joel Kordan.

He said: “I’m delighted to welcome Adam and Emma to our Birmingham office. They have a very impressive regional network and have built an enviable reputation in the mid-market based on strong relationships and a practical, client centric approach.

“Their skills and experience will complement our wider real estate, public sector and corporate governance services. We’ve gone from strength to strength in the region over the last 12 months and this latest expansion of the team is a critical step in our growth journey.”