National law firm Shoosmiths has boosted its Midlands corporate team with the appointment of experienced deal-maker Maurice Dwyer.
Maurice's appointment follows hard on the heels of Paul Batchelor who moved from PwC Legal in 2017, and provides further evidence of the firm's desire to grow its corporate footprint and reputation in the Midlands market.
Maurice has considerable experience in the region dealing with cross border and UK mergers and acquisitions for public and private companies. He brings with him a wealth of experience in advising private equity houses, their portfolio companies and management teams on buyouts, venture capital investments, acquisitions and disposals, and wider financings and is widely recognised as a leading PE specialist. He has also authored leading private equity manual Private Equity Transactions published by Sweet & Maxwell.
He is joining Shoosmiths from Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC), where he was head of its private equity team. Prior to that, he was with Gowling WLG for more than 25 years, where he led the firm's private equity team, established its London corporate team and spent time as the national head of corporate across the Birmingham and London offices.
Ben Turner, head of Shoosmiths' Midlands corporate team, said Maurice's appointment complements the thriving team.
"There's no doubt that Maurice has an enviable reputation in the corporate market here in the Midlands and his arrival undoubtedly enhances our growing reputation for advising on high profile, complex corporate transactions. When we heard that Maurice was available, we were quick to act - his experience and credibility within the private equity market is exceptional and is sure to be a massive boost to our ambitious growth plans."
Maurice said: "This is a particularly exciting time to be returning to the Midlands corporate and private equity community where I have previously spent many very happy and rewarding years. Now, with billions being invested in transforming the economy and infrastructure of the Midlands and the wider area, with start-ups and growth levels at an all time high, and with record foreign investment, I can't wait to get stuck in with my colleagues at Shoosmiths and play my part."
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.