Shoosmiths signs up new Birmingham corporate partner

Shoosmiths signs up new Birmingham corporate partner

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Author: Lee Perry

National law firm Shoosmiths has boosted its Birmingham-based corporate team with the hire of Paul Batchelor from PwC Legal where he established and grew its Midlands legal business.

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Paul Batchelor (centre) with Ben Turner (left) and Alastair Peet (right).

Paul specialises in merger and acquisitions, private equity investments, complex group reorganisations, management incentive arrangements and high net worth/family investment structures. He has first-rate expertise delivering complex group re-organisations for international corporates; and has specialist expertise in the health and social care sector, having advised on numerous transactions and projects for a number of large care groups.

Prior to joining PwC Paul spent many years in the corporate team at Pinsent Masons in Birmingham.

Ben Turner, head of Shoosmiths' corporate teams in Birmingham and Nottingham, said: "The growth of the corporate practice group is a key strategic aim of Shoosmiths. We see Paul's appointment as business-critical to complement the existing corporate team and widen its local reach. Paul has a proven record of building strong client relationships through first-class service delivery which dovetails well with our existing culture and practice."

Paul said: "I am looking forward to working with the team, especially at a time when it is striving to become the leading national corporate team in the UK. Shoosmiths has an enviable reputation locally for doing high-complexity work for national and international corporate clients and I look forward to contributing to this"

Paul, who represented England Students at rugby, is also co-founder of university open day website www.opendays.com and a drummer in two covers bands.

Shoosmiths' corporate team advises public and private companies, management teams, investors and debt providers through the business life cycle. Shoosmiths work with businesses from start-up and first round finance through to mergers and acquisitions, MBO and MBI transactions, development funding and on exits, by way of sale, listing or private equity investment.

Nationally, the corporate team is ranked in first place by deal volume in Experian's 2016 MarketIQ UK & Ireland M&A league tables. The team was recognised for its mergers and acquisitions expertise at the 2015 M&A Awards, winning the Law Firm of the Year category.