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Monday, January 08, 2007
Bumper deals at Beachcroft

Commercial law firm, Beachcroft LLP, is strengthening its position in the corporate finance sector with the Bristol-based team handling deals worth in excess of £300 million over the last nine months.

Led by partner John Williams, the team has completed top-level transactions for a range of different companies in both the public and private sector. Recent successes include, managing a £60 million AIM flotation for a Romanian property fund, advising Topps Tiles on a £122 million cash-back deal to shareholders, and acting for the Castle Group on its sale to Touchstone Asset Management.

"These deals have all been managed by the Bristol office, which is testament to the fantastic growth we've achieved over the last year. The team has been involved in the full range of corporate finance work, including AIM/OFEX flotations, listings, management buyouts, mergers and acquisitions.

"We work very closely with our London office and this has allowed us to quickly build a diverse client base, including both regional and national organisations, as well as multinationals. We're confident that this model will ensure we continue to make our mark on the region's corporate finance scene, and strengthen our position nationally."

Beachcroft's Bristol-based corporate finance specialists form part of the firm's national corporate services team, which includes more than 30 lawyers and partners.


For more information, please contact:
Debbie Garritty/Emily Goehler, Bell Pottinger North
dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk / egoehler@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
Tel: 01625 506444

Notes to Editor:
Beachcroft LLP (formerly Beachcroft Wansbroughs) is one of the largest national commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1,400 employees, it provides legal advice and litigation services from seven locations in the UK (two in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Winchester) and also in Brussels. From routine insurance claims management to 'trusted adviser' work for major national and international organisations, the firm delivers integrated legal services to clients in six main industry groups: health and public sector; real estate and construction; financial institutions (including the insurance industry); consumer and industrial goods and services and technology and telecommunications.

The firm has received a number of industry accolades in the last year. Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2007, recognised 65 Beachcroft partners as leading lawyers, ranking the firm at number 16 in the UK, up from 19 last year. In Legal 500, a guide to the top 500 lawyers in the UK, the firm received a Tier 1 ranking for 17 of its practice areas across the UK. In Legal Week's client satisfaction survey, the firm came second amongst all law firms in the UK. Beachcroft is one of the largest law firms in the country to obtain the 'Investors in People' award across all of its offices.

The Bristol office currently includes 24 partners and over 400 staff. Its partners have particular expertise and experience in commercial property, public sector, PFI/PPP projects, health, IT, construction, litigation, financial services and employment law.

For further information, please visit: www.beachcroft.co.uk


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