"Shoosmiths did an excellent job for us on our recent sale of a portfolio of subsidiaries to the management team. Their commercial and pragmatic approach to negotiations was instrumental in bringing the deal to a successful conclusion. We were delighted with the professional performance of all the Shoosmiths team – input from all of the specialists was project managed very well with excellent attention to detail and although the deal presented many challenges, Chris Garnett and his team went the extra mile to ensure that the transaction completed within our desired timescale"
Peter Hems, Executive Chairman, Billington Holdings Plc
Chris advises public and private companies on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, capital fundraisings and restructurings and corporate governance. Chris trained at Eversheds, becoming a partner in 1992, and led one of the corporate teams in their Birmingham office. He joined Shoosmiths in May 2006 and headed up the firm’s Corporate Practice Group from 2011 to 2017. He now works closely with the Corporate Divisional Head on strategic projects, including the significant level of partner recruitment being undertaken to drive the growth of our wider corporate practice. Chris also leads our corporate team in the North.
His transactional experience includes advising:
- British Gas the acquisition of JK Environmental (UK) Limited, a company providing environmental, sewer cleansing and tankering services, and ECL Contracts, which provides cladding and insulation services to a range of commercial and industrial clients
- the family shareholders and management team on the management buyout of leading UK packaging business Benson Box, backed by LDC – voted 'Deal of the Year' at the Midlands Insider Deal Awards 2012
- the management team on their £41m takeover of AIM listed Workplace Systems International plc
Under Chris' leadership the Corporate Practice Group enjoyed a period of significant growth. They were voted ‘Law Firm of the Year’ at the UK M&A Deal Awards in 2015 and in 2016 were ranked No 1 in the Experian Corpfin deal league table, handling more M&A deals in the UK than any other law firm.