Venture & development capital
"The Shoosmiths team again did a fantastic job on advising us on this investment."
Investment director, Business Growth Fund
Shoosmiths LLP is one of the most active law firms in the VC market, advising on nearly 100 institutional backed deals last year and high profile exits including Touchtype's sale to Microsoft.
We specialise in providing commercial and pragmatic solutions to meet clients' aims and are market leaders for VCT/EIS transactions, developing solutions for investors, entrepreneurs and management teams which others assume are not achievable.
Shoosmiths is one of the few full-service law firms in the VC sector to have a national presence in the major markets of London and the South East, Thames Valley, Midlands and North-West, giving our clients the benefits of accessibility, strong market connections and fresh thinking.
Shoosmiths is an active member of both the EIS Association and the BVCA and also advises clients on responses to Government consultations in the EIS/VCT arena. In terms of the EIS Association we are a member of their Tax and Technical Committee and therefore feed-into discussions with HMRC and HM Treasury on behalf of investors in order to ensure that HMRC are interpreting the EIS rules in the way that Parliament intended.
Sample deals include advising:
- Octopus Ventures, one of Europe's most active VCs, on over 50 transactions in the last year, including exits such as the significant sale of artificial intelligence business Touchtype to Microsoft and the listing of Eve Sleep, the $60m co-investment in the luxury travel dealer Secret Escapes with Google Ventures, and the 10m (EUR) investment in Dutch healthcare startup myTomorrows.
- Business Growth Fund on multiple investments including into aviation business Reconnaissance Ventures and automotive parts business Sertec.
- Pattern Analytics Limited, a biotechnology company, on its £4m funding round from Mobeus Equity Partners to use as growth financing.
- Oxford Capital Partners on its investment into innovative ISA provider, Digital Moneybox. Cambridge based AI business, Speechmatics, on its substantial investment from IQ Capital and Amadeus Capital to accelerate the commercial roll-out of its speech recognition products.
- Duvas Technologies Limited, a developer of air quality monitoring systems, on a substantial venture capital investment by Calculus Capital.
- Oakfield Capital Partners on multiple investments including into London Doctors Clinic and Liberty Brewing.
- Downing LLP on the £3m investment secured by the family-owned luxury e-commerce business, Xupes, from Downing managed funds
View more of our recent venture and growth capital deals here.
In an increasingly global investment market we have also acted on a number of investments into companies incorporated in Ireland, Lithuania, US, Switzerland and Sweden providing complex EIS and VCT structuring advice to ensure that the investments benefit from EIS and VCT reliefs despite the companies not being incorporated in the UK. This has opened up significant new markets to EIS and VCT investors and enhanced Shoosmiths' clients' reputation in the EIS and VCT arena by being able to deliver EIS and VCT qualifying deals in overseas companies.
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Shoosmiths advises on investment deal to take Midlands firm to multi-million pound heights
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Shoosmiths advises international education provider on strategic UK acquisition
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Shoosmiths advises leading training and apprenticeship provider on £6m investment and acquisition
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Shoosmiths advises on major Emoov merger and multi-million pound funding
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Shoosmiths acts on major first for investment company BGF
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Shoosmiths wraps up LDC's investment into giftware company
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Shoosmiths advises Octopus Ventures on its investment into friend finding app for new mothers
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Shoosmiths helps leading automotive innovator step up a gear with MBO
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Shoosmiths advises YFM Equity Partners on 4net investment
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Shoosmiths advises Northern Irish coffee chain on £2m investment to launch in Scotland
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Shoosmiths advises NVM Private Equity on investment into e-commerce technology provider
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Shoosmiths' advises men's shaving supplier Cornerstone on its latest investment round
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Shoosmiths exhibits venture capital credentials through strategic partnership
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Shoosmiths advises on sale of iconic Birmingham hotel
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Shoosmiths advises LDC on £11m investment into leading global medical communications group
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Shoosmiths advises P D Neurotechnology on 1.34m (EUR) investment
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Shoosmiths advises shareholders of TSC Inspection Systems on its acquisition by Eddyfi Technologies
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Shoosmiths advises SecurEnvoy Limited on multimillion pound reverse takeover
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London partner to boost Shoosmiths' national venture capital practice
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Spring Budget 2017 - Shoosmiths' experts comment
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Shoosmiths advises Downing on multi-million pound investment into fast growing luxury online retailer
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Shoosmiths advises on sale of BRC Global Standards
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Shoosmiths advises LDC on £16m investment into leading national hair salon
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Shoosmiths advises civil engineering firm on private equity deal
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Shoosmiths advises Octopus Ventures on 10m(EUR) funding round for 'life-changing' drug access platform
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Shoosmiths' corporate team advises on another artificial intelligence investment
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Shoosmiths advises on investment in global tech specialists Phlexglobal
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Shoosmiths corporate tops national deal rankings
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Shoosmiths advises on the sale of Scottish sea farm
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Trio of City hires for Shoosmiths London office
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Shoosmiths helps construction biometric company secure £4m funding deal
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Shoosmiths takes home a hat-trick of awards at the 2016 Law Awards of Scotland
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Shoosmiths advises The Property Franchise Group on EweMove acquisition
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Shoosmiths Manchester advises leading family business on major retail purchase/North East expansion
The corporate and real estate teams at Shoosmiths Manchester have advised Lancashire-based James Hall and Company Limited on the purchase of North East Convenience Stores Limited.
Shoosmiths advises international hotel chain on acquisition of Edinburgh hotel
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Shoosmiths advises Octopus on its investment into Reactive Technologies
Shoosmiths has advised Octopus Energy Group Holdings Limited, wholly owned subsidiary of Octopus Capital Limited (Octopus), on its investment into specialist intelligent energy management technology firm, Reactive Technologies Limited (Reactive).
Shoosmiths advises toy giant Hamleys on new Scotland store
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Shoosmiths advises on sale of outdoor retail brand Rohan
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Shoosmiths Manchester advises on £4M NVM Private Equity investment
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Shoosmiths Manchester advises on first deal for Foresight Regional Investment Fund
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Shoosmiths advises GBR Phoenix Beard through acquisition by international real estate advisor Savills
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Shoosmiths advises NVM Private Equity on investment into Netmums founder's new venture
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Shoosmiths takes the high road as new hotels group seals maiden deal
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Shoosmiths advises Octopus Ventures on $22m funding round into German shopping service, Outfittery
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Shoosmiths advises LDC on ByBox acquisition
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Shoosmiths appoints Private Equity partner to MK corporate team
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Shoosmiths advises Spring Ventures on £20m investment
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Shoosmiths and AlixPartners advise Store Twenty One on deal with creditors
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Shoosmiths to open new office in Leeds
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Shoosmiths rolls out information hub post-brexit
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Shoosmiths advises on sale of Primer Design to French listed company Novacyt SA
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Shoosmiths advises LDC on sale of Property Software Group to Zoopla PLC
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Shoosmiths advises ESI Process UK on acquisition of leading pressure control distributor
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Shoosmiths advises investor on Swiftkey sale
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Shoosmiths advises August Equity on investment in Wax Digital
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Shoosmiths Manchester completes first deal for NorthEdge Capital
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Shoosmiths clinches joint top spot in latest M&A adviser rankings
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Shoosmiths advises on Festival Place Shopping Centre disposal
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Shoosmiths transport expert joins UK Tram Board
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Shoosmiths advises South African retail giant on acquisition of Office Retail Group
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Shoosmiths advises on £100m sale of the Hamleys group of companies
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Shoosmiths advises Starbucks first global franchisee on major investment
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Manchester M&A experts advise on 52nd deal for Chase Templeton
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Shoosmiths advises Oakfield Capital Partners on investment in to The Gainsborough Silk Weaving Company
National law firm Shoosmiths has advised private equity firm Oakfield Capital Partners (Oakfield) on an investment in to The Gainsborough Silk Weaving Co Ltd (Gainsborough) - a leading industrial-sized weaver in England which holds the Royal Warrant.
Shoosmiths advises Coryton Advanced Fuels on Lyceum backed investment
National law firm Shoosmiths acted for the management team of Coryton Advanced Fuels Limited, the market-leading fuel blending and consultancy services business, on a significant investment from Lyceum Capital to accelerate its international expansion.
Shoosmiths advises Murray Hennessy on investment in TGI Friday group
National law firm Shoosmiths has advised Murray Hennessy on his appointment as non-executive chairman of TGI Fridays UK and his investment in the group.
Shoosmiths advises on £113m sale of debt purchaser
National law firm Shoosmiths acted for the management team of Milton Keynes based business Compello Holdings Limited ('Compello') in the £113m sale to Hoist Finance (UK) Limited in July 2015.
Shoosmiths advises NVM Private Equity on £4.5m investment in Love Energy Savings
The Manchester office of national law firm Shoosmiths has advised NVM Private Equity (NVM) on their £4.5m investment of development capital into Love Energy Savings (LES), a Bolton-based comparison and procurement service.
Shoosmiths celebrate shortlisting for prestigious healthcare award
National law firm Shoosmiths has been shortlisted in the 'Legal Advisor of the Year' category in the Laing Buisson Awards.
Shoosmiths advises Octopus Investments on investment in to Healthcare and Services Technology Group
National law firm Shoosmiths has advised long-standing client, Octopus Investments ('Octopus'), on their investment in Healthcare and Services Technology Group ('HST').
Shoosmiths advises on £37m sale of Global Group to Impellam Group plc
National law firm Shoosmiths advised the sellers on the disposal of Global Group (UK) Ltd, a global healthcare business, to Impellam Group plc for an enterprise value of c.£37m.
Shoosmiths advises Thorntons on £112m Ferrero deal
National law firm Shoosmiths has advised Thorntons PLC (Thorntons) on the sale of the British Chocolatier to Italian confectioner Ferrero International S.A. (Ferrero), for £112m.
Shoosmiths advises Chase Templeton on the strategic acquisition of Atlas Consulting Group
National law firm Shoosmiths has advised private medical insurance broker Chase Templeton, on the strategic acquisition of Atlas Consulting Group Limited adding £13.8m of annual premium income (API) and representing the largest acquisition by the company.
Shoosmiths advises shareholders on the sale of Permanent Health Company Limited
National law firm Shoosmiths has advised the shareholders of Permanent Health Company Limited on the sale of the entire issued share capital of the company to AXA.
Shoosmiths advises MMC Ventures on investment in Bloom & Wild
National law firm Shoosmiths has advised venture capital firm, MMC Ventures, on their £2.5m investment in online floristry business, Bloom & Wild, in a Series A funding round.
Shoosmiths advises Octopus on 60m (USD) investment in Secret Escapes
National law firm Shoosmiths has advised Octopus Investments (Octopus) on a 60m(USD) co-investment with Google Ventures, in to luxury online travel brand, Secret Escapes.
Shoosmiths advises Jacobson Group on £14million asset based finance deal
National law firm Shoosmiths has advised the management team of branded footwear supplier, Jacobson Group on a £14m funding package from Shawbrook Business Credit.
Shoosmiths advises shareholders on the sale of Pervasive Limited
National law firm Shoosmiths has advised the shareholders of Pervasive Limited on its sale of the business to Capita plc, the largest business process outsourcing and professional services company in the UK.
Shoosmiths advises Scrivens Opticians on acquisition of Owl Optical
National law firm Shoosmiths has advised Birmingham-based Scrivens Opticians and Hearing Care on the acquisition of Owl Optical for an undisclosed sum.
Shoosmiths wins Law Firm of the Year at the M&A awards
National law firm Shoosmiths is celebrating after being named Law Firm of the Year at the prestigious M&A awards 2015.
Shoosmiths transport team steams ahead with new partner appointment
National law firm Shoosmiths has expanded its transport and infrastructure team with the hire of partner, Martin Fleetwood.
Shoosmiths advises shareholders on the sale of BM TRADA Group
National law firm Shoosmiths has advised the shareholders of BM TRADA Group on the sale of the company and its subsidiaries to London Stock Exchange listed company Exova Group Plc for approximately £22 million.
Shoosmiths corporate lawyer crowned legal 'Birmingham Young Professional of the Year'
Rachel Seaton, a corporate lawyer with national firm Shoosmiths, is celebrating after being crowned legal 'Birmingham Young Professional of the Year', at the Birmingham Young Professional Awards ceremony at Birmingham's ICC.
Shoosmiths advises Palatine on MBO of The Alchemist Bar & Restaurant
The private equity team at national law firm Shoosmiths has advised funds managed by Palatine Private Equity on the £12m management buyout (MBO) of The Alchemist Bar & Restaurant Limited from restaurant group Living Ventures.
Thames Valley business leaders debate what the election result means for the region
Business leaders from across the Thames Valley gathered at the Hilton Hotel in Reading last week for the Thames Valley Business Leaders' Dinner.
Shoosmiths advises commercial vehicle specialists on £6m expansion funding
National law firm Shoosmiths has advised the management team of Livingston-based commercial vehicle specialists, MV Commercial Limited, on a £6m funding package from HSBC bank, which will enable the company to expand in to the Midlands.
Shoosmiths advises insulation and packaging business on £5m investment by Mobeus
National law firm Shoosmiths has advised the management team on the £5 million investment by Mobeus Equity Partners to support the management buyout of Jablite Limited and Styropack (UK) Limited from the Synbra Group.
Shoosmiths announces two new partners among nineteen promotions
National law firm Shoosmiths has announced two new partners as part of its latest promotions round, with effect from Friday 1 May.
Shoosmiths advises MML Capital Partners on its investment into the Learning Curve Group
National law firm Shoosmiths has advised MML Capital Partners on its investment into education and training provider, the Learning Curve Group.
Shoosmiths crowned Thames Valley 'Law Firm of the Year'
National law firm Shoosmiths is celebrating after winning the Law Firm of the Year award at the Thames Valley Deal Awards
Shoosmiths advises shareholders of Ultimate HC Limited sale to Markerstudy Holdings Limited
National law firm Shoosmiths has advised the shareholders of Ultimate HC Limited on its sale to Markerstudy Holdings Limited.
Shoosmiths advises Clearwater Group on acquisition of majority interest by Baird Capital
National law firm Shoosmiths has advised the exiting shareholder and the management team of Clearwater Group Limited on the acquisition by Baird Capital of a majority interest in the Clearwater corporate group.
Shoosmiths advises GAME Digital on acquisition of Multiplay
National law firm Shoosmiths has advised GAME Digital, the high street and on-line specialist games retailer, on the acquisition of Multiplay (UK) Limited, an event and gaming community focused company, for circa £20 million.
Midlands dealmakers advise on international multi-million materials handling acquisition
Midlands-based dealmakers at Shoosmiths and Grant Thornton have advised leading forklift truck manufacturer Doosan Industrial Vehicle UK on its multi-million pound purchase of Rushlift Ltd.
Shoosmiths wins prestigious Rail Deal of the Year award
National UK law firm Shoosmiths has been honoured for its role advising train manufacturer Hitachi Rail in a multi-billion pound sterling order for new trains.
Shoosmiths advises GBR Phoenix Beard on acquisition of Optic Asset Management
National law firm Shoosmiths has advised leading property consultants GBR Phoenix Beard on the acquisition of Optic Asset Management, a niche property management company based in London and Leeds.
Shoosmiths advises Consilia Investments Ltd on acquisition of leading textiles group
National law firm Shoosmiths has advised Consilia Investments Limited on their co-investment with members of the target's management, into a newco and the company's subsequent acquisition of Allied Textiles Limited from Chamonix Private Equity.
Shoosmiths advises on acquisition of Homesitters Limited
National law firm Shoosmiths has advised on the acquisition of Homesitters Limited, a market-leading provider of homesitting and petsitting services to clients throughout the UK.
Shoosmiths advises Milton Keynes business on key strategic transaction with E.ON
National law firm Shoosmiths has advised Milton Keynes based Intelligent Maintenance Systems Limited (IMS) on a key strategic transaction with E.ON Connecting Energies Limited (ECT) which has seen the energy company take a 25% stake in the company.
Shoosmiths advises Rex Features on 33m acquisition by Shutterstock
National law firm Shoosmiths has advised the shareholders of Rex Features, the largest independently owned photographic press agency in Europe, on its 33m (USD) sale to Shutterstock, Inc., a leading global provider of commercial digital imagery and music.
Shoosmiths advises European PE house on portfolio company acquisition
National law firm Shoosmiths has advised DPE Deutsche Private Equity GmbH and its portfolio company, OmniaMed on their multi-million pound acquisition of Schofield Healthcare Media Ltd and the related equity investment into OmniaMed by one of the sellers.
Shoosmiths advises Swedish conglomerate Indutrade AB on acquisition of UK manufacturer
National law firm Shoosmiths has advised Swedish conglomerate Indutrade AB on its acquisition of the entire share capital of Adaero Precision Components Ltd, from the Cosworth Group.
Shoosmiths advises Park Holidays on acquisition Broadland Sands Holiday Park
National law firm Shoosmiths has advised Park Holidays UK Limited on the acquisition of Broadland Sands Holiday Park and the simultaneous disposal of Riviera Bay and Landscove Holiday Parks.
Shoosmiths advises BGF on £2.8m investment to RVL Group
National law firm Shoosmiths has advised BGF (Business Growth Fund) on a £2.8m growth capital investment to RVL Group, an aviation services provider that operates a fleet of 15 aircraft based at East Midlands Airport.
Shoosmiths corporate head hails 2014 'a stellar year'
National law firm Shoosmiths is celebrating a record year for its corporate practice group, reflected in several third party endorsements of its growing reputation.
Shoosmiths advises Peugeot on sale of Motaquip
Shoosmiths has advised Peugeot Motor Company plc on the sale of Motaquip, an all-makes car part distribution business to Luton-based Comline Auto Parts Limited, an auto parts business.
Shoosmiths acts for leading healthcare client on multi-million pound BGF investment
National law firm Shoosmiths has advised Renal Services (UK) Limited, a provider of independent dialysis services to NHS patients, on its £3.1million investment from the Business Growth Fund (BGF) which was completed in November 2014.
Shoosmiths advises The West Berkshire Brewery PLC
National law firm Shoosmiths has advised The West Berkshire Brewery PLC, the independent brewery based in Yattendon, on its re-registration as a public company and its offer of new shares to raise up to £4 million under the Enterprise Investment Scheme.
Shoosmiths advises ERIKS UK on international disposal of manufacturing business
National law firm Shoosmiths has advised ERIKS UK Holdings Limited (ERIKS UK) on the strategic disposal of the business and assets of its West Midlands based Revolvo Limited, to US corporate The Timken Company (Timken).
Shoosmiths and Bond Dickinson advise on £317m rail procurement deal
National law firms Shoosmiths and Bond Dickinson have advised on a rail deal which will bring hundreds of new carriages on the Gatwick Express and Thameslink routes as part of a £317 million investment by the rail industry.
Shoosmiths advises festival bringing seminal names in music to the city
Leading UK law firm Shoosmiths are the appointed legal advisors to the UK's only pop music genre based literary festival, Louder Than Words.
Shoosmiths advises Prowting Investments plc on investment in Bargate Homes Limited
National law firm Shoosmiths has advised Prowting Investments plc - a family-backed private equity firm - on the strategic investment in bespoke property developer, Bargate Homes Limited.
Shoosmiths advises Haversham Holdings on AIM float
Shoosmiths has advised new company Haversham Holdings on their decision to float on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM).
Shoosmiths boosts corporate team in Manchester with trio of new appointments
Shoosmiths has boosted its corporate offering in the North West by bringing in a new senior associate as well as two further lawyers into its growing Manchester office.
Trio of law firms help Stagecoach South Western Trains prepare for commuter surge in £210m train deal
A trio of law firms has advised on a ground-breaking £210million deal in the rail sector aimed at boosting passenger capacity in to and out of London Waterloo from July 2017.
Shoosmiths acts for Chase Templeton on trio of deals
Shoosmiths' corporate team in Manchester has acted for Chase Templeton on a trio of acquisitions which will take premium income at the insurer to over £100 million and turnover to more than £13 million.
Shoosmiths advises leading private equity houses on circa £75m exit
National law firm Shoosmiths has advised Palatine Private Equity and Bridgepoint Development Capital on the successful exit of their investment in Hallmark Hotels Group.
Shoosmiths honoured at American legal awards
National UK law firm Shoosmiths has been honoured for its role advising train manufacturer Hitachi Rail in a multi-billion pounds sterling order for new trains.
Shoosmiths advises KBC in strategic multi-million pound deal
National law firm Shoosmiths has acted for KBC Advanced Technologies plc (KBC) in a multi-million pound acquisition.
Shoosmiths advises on Softbox investment
Shoosmiths' partner Adam Dowdney has advised on a multi-million pound investment in packaging company Softbox.
Tax expert tells famous faces to dodge avoidance schemes and build their brand instead, ahead of new HMRC ruling
A tax expert at national law firm Shoosmiths has warned people in the public eye to handle their tax affairs responsibly - or face repercussions on their reputation, brand and future wealth.
Shoosmiths' Manchester corporate team advises SAL and REC sellers in $100m life sciences deal
Shoosmiths has advised Scientific Analysis Laboratories (SAL) and Resource and Environmental Consultants (REC) shareholders on their sale to new Manchester-based scientific laboratory and consultancy business Concept Life Sciences in a deal worth $100m.
Shoosmiths leads on merger for top clinical research firm ORION
National law firm Shoosmiths has advised the shareholders of ORION Clinical Services Ltd - a market-leading specialist Clinical Research Organisation - on its merger with Simbec Research Ltd.
Business leaders spotlight regional challenges in Thames Valley
National law firm Shoosmiths teamed up with RBS and KPMG for the Thames Valley Business Leaders' Dinner in Reading last week.
Shoosmiths shortlisted for double at Manchester's annual Women in Business Awards
Shoosmiths is pleased to announce two key partners have been shortlisted for the Manchester Downtown in Business Women in Business Awards.
Shoosmiths scores hat-trick at Solent Deals Awards
National law firm Shoosmiths was successful again at the annual Solent Deals Awards last night in Southampton - for the third year running.
Hitachi Rail Europe completes £2.7 billion deal to build new state-of-the-art trains
On 16th April 2014, the Department for Transport and Agility Trains East, with its shareholders Hitachi Rail Europe & John Laing Investments, achieved financial close for the East Coast Main Line fleet of trains for the DfT's Intercity Express Programme.
Shoosmiths advises Palatine Private Equity on Gusto MBO
The private equity team at national law firm Shoosmiths has advised funds managed by Palatine Private Equity on the management buyout (MBO) of Gusto Restaurants and Bars from restaurant group Living Ventures.
Shoosmiths advises on £40m sale of digital marketing business
Shoosmiths has advised the sellers on the £40 million sale of digital marketing agency Realise to St Ives plc, the UK's leading provider of marketing solutions and publishing services.
Shoosmiths advises LDC on investment in GMG Property Services
Shoosmiths corporate team has advised LDC on its investment to support the £17.8m management buyout of GMG Property Services, the UK's leading provider of software services to estate agents.
Shoosmiths' key role in cross-border sale to Deutsche Borse
Shoosmiths corporate specialists have played a leading role in a cross-border deal stretching from Europe to the Far East.
Hot 100 double for Shoosmiths
Shoosmiths has two entries in this year's The Lawyer Hot 100 2014. Chief executive Claire Rowe is included in the 13-strong management group; while partner Emma Gibson is among 12 leading corporate lawyers.
Shoosmiths advises on £15.9m Virgin Wines buy-out
Shoosmiths' Manchester corporate and banking team has advised on the £15.9m management buy-out of leading online wine retailer Virgin Wines - which has a significant part of its operations in the North West.
Shoosmiths advises on care home acquisition
Shoosmiths has advised long-term client August Equity LLP on the acquisition of Anglia Retirement Homes Ltd.
New partner for Shoosmiths banking team
Shoosmiths has appointed a new partner to its successful banking team.
Shoosmiths advises Octopus on Calastone investment
Shoosmiths corporate team has advised long standing client Octopus Investments on its further funding of Calastone, the independent cross-border transaction network for the global funds industry.
Shoosmiths advises on Provexis demerger
Corporate specialists at Shoosmiths have advised Provexis, the sports nutrition and life science group, on the demerger of its Science in Sport division.
Shoosmiths negotiates significant deal for IntelliFlo
Shoosmiths has advised the shareholders of IntelliFlo Ltd - a market-leading software provider to the financial services sector - on its buyout backed by HgCapital.
Partner hire swells winning Manchester corporate team
A new partner hire has swelled Shoosmiths' corporate team in Manchester to eight.
Shoosmiths corporate lawyer ranked in Chambers 100
Sean Wright, a corporate partner at national law firm Shoosmiths, has been ranked in The Chambers 100 - a newly launched prestigious list of the best 100 business lawyers in the UK.
High-flying corporate team scoops national award win
Shoosmiths' national corporate team is celebrating once again after being named 'Law Firm of the Year' at the prestigious M&A Awards, 2013.
Shoosmiths wins coveted HealthInvestor award
A team of Shoosmiths corporate specialists has won a coveted health sector award.
Shoosmiths advises learndirect on double purchase
Corporate specialists at Shoosmiths have advised learndirect on two linked acquisitions of training businesses.
'Lawyer of the Year' second year running
Shoosmiths Emma Gibson has defended her title of Lawyer of the Year at the Thames Valley Deals Awards, 2013.
Hot-streak corporate team strengthened by new partner
Shoosmiths' corporate team - on a hot-streak of deals success - aims to maintain its run with the recruitment of a new partner.
Shoosmiths advises on Chase Templeton acquisition
Corporate specialists at Shoosmiths have helped one of the UK's leading private medical and protection insurance brokers make its first acquisition since securing growth funding.
Shoosmiths role in $57m sale PIMS Group sale to Xylem
National law firm Shoosmiths has advised PIMS Group on its sale to Xylem Inc.
Shoosmiths helps secure funding for Celaton
Shoosmiths' Milton Keynes-based corporate team has helped secure a £2.5m investment for software company Celaton.
Shoosmiths helps Chase Templeton secure private equity growth funding
Private equity and banking specialists at Shoosmiths have helped one of the UK's leading private medical and protection insurance brokers secure funding to enable growth of its business both organically and by acquisition.
Shoosmiths advises SecureData on its first bolt-on deal
National law firm Shoosmiths has advised August Equity's SecureData Europe on its acquisition of Quadrant Networks.
Shoosmiths in top three for deal volume
Shoosmiths has been ranked number three in the UK Experian Corpfin Advisor League Tables and M&A for volume of deals done in 2012.
Shoosmiths advises on quick-fire MBO for a2e
Shoosmiths' corporate team has helped a Manchester venture capitalist back the management buyout of a specialist maker of aluminum doors and windows.