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Thursday, May 24, 2007
Corporate partners on the up at Beachcroft
Following his leading role in a number of high-value deals over the last year, Jocelyn Ormond, an associate in Beachcroft's corporate finance team in Bristol, has been made a partner.

Since joining the firm in spring 2006, Jocelyn has played a key role in establishing the firm's corporate finance offering in Bristol, including advising Fabian Romania Property Fund on its €40 million AIM admission, and Topps Tiles on its £122 million return of cash to shareholders.

His appointment marks the end of a bumper financial year for the growing team which has managed deals worth a total value of over £400 million. This success includes the recent £75 million AIM flotation of St. Peter Port Capital – one of the largest transactions of its kind to be managed by a Bristol firm.

"Jocelyn's promotion is testament to his outstanding technical ability and commitment to developing our corporate finance business," said John Williams, partner and head of the corporate team. "Since we established the Bristol-based practice a year ago, we have gone from strength to strength, managing an increasing number of large and complex deals which would typically be handled by City law firms.

"Our strong AIM credentials and close links with our London-based team are enabling us to compete with these larger law firms on both cost and quality of legal advice. As a result we are not only working with clients of all sizes across the South West, but with an increasing number of national and international companies."

Jocelyn joined Beachcroft in 2006 from Allen & Overy LLP, where he was involved in a number of high profile transactions, including acting for Ericsson on its acquisition of Marconi's global businesses and for Maersk Oil & Gas on its $2.95 billion acquisition of Kerr-McGee's North Sea operated assets. Previous to that, Jocelyn was a corporate lawyer at Slaughter and May for seven years.

Beachcroft's national corporate finance team comprises more than 30 lawyers and advises on corporate transactions in both the private and public sectors. The team has particular expertise in AIM and PLUS flotations, mergers and acquisitions and private equity.


For further information, please contact
Deborah Garritty or Emily Goehler at Bell Pottinger North
dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk / egoehler@bellpottinngernorth.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 33 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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