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"Alastair has a fantastic breadth of knowledge and a sense of commercial acumen that earns him his clients'' utmost trust."
Alastair is a corporate partner specialising in assisting venture capital investors on a range of corporate finance transactions. He also advises private companies on capital fundraising, mergers and acquisitions, solvent corporate restructuring, and compliance issues.
Alastair acts for both the private and the public sectors on joint ventures, particularly related to property, and has spoken at SocInvest, the UK's largest regeneration conference, on the subject.
Recent transactions include advising:
- MML Capital and portfolio company Hallmark Industries on four disposals in less than 18 months, including the £23.5m multi-jurisdictional disposal of their Zeag car park equipment and services business;
- Octopus Investments' Ventures team on over 45 VCT transactions in the past two years, including Touchtype (Swiftkey) and Zoopla, and the disposal of interests in Lovefilm to Amazon;
- Midlands Co-operative Society on the acquisition of its first petrol filling station chain, Shaws Petroleum;
- The National Housing Federation on a bond issue by its My Home Finance business.
Alastair qualified with Eversheds LLP in 1999. He joined Shoosmiths as a partner and a founding member of the Birmingham corporate team in 2006.