Midlands corporate team one of region’s ‘most active’

29 September 2022

Shakespeare Martineau’s corporate team has been named as one of the most active legal advisers in the Midlands mergers and acquisitions (M&A) sector during the first half of 2022.

Experian Market IQ’s latest M&A Review placed Shakespeare Martineau as the seventh most active legal adviser by volume after the team completed 13 deals in the first six months of the year.

The corporate team has advised on a wide-range of international and domestic M&A and private equity transactions – ranging in size from seed investments in start-up businesses to multi-million-pound acquisitions across a variety of sectors.

Michael Stace (pictured), corporate partner at Shakespeare Martineau, said: “Notwithstanding the current macro-economic climate and the many challenges facing businesses at the moment, we are still seeing a very healthy level of transactional activity, particularly in the sustainable energy, healthcare and technology sectors.

“The Midlands deal market appears to be holding up well and the quality of advisers here is first rate – we are delighted to be playing our part in delivering some of the Midlands-advised transactions.”

Naomi Tudor, partner and head of banking and financial services at Shakespeare Martineau, said: “We have continued to act not only for our usual well-known and more traditional lenders but also for an increasing number of new funders, which are becoming a bigger feature in today’s mid-market lending space.

“These new players have appetite to support many businesses struggling to get funding from their usual sources.”

Shakespeare Martineau has six office hubs in the Midlands, including Birmingham, Solihull, Stratford-upon-Avon, Nottingham, Leicester and Lincoln.

The corporate team has ambitious growth plans and has welcomed two high-profile dealmakers to the team over the past 12 months – making it one of the largest teams across the Midlands.

From international and domestic M&A to private equity and supporting entrepreneurs, the team supported more than £2.9 billion’s worth of deals in 2021.

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