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Portrait of Will Axtell
Areas of expertise: Corporate, Life sciences, Technology


Will is a partner in the corporate team and specialises in M&A, fundraisings and equity capital markets (with an emphasis on AIM). He works out of both the Oxford and London offices and has particular expertise in the technology and life sciences sectors. He has a strong track record in complex and high value transactions, often with a cross-border element. Will has also acted on some of the largest Oxford University spin-outs to date.

His clients range from start-ups and high growth companies to FTSE 100 companies as well as high net worth individuals and successful entrepreneurs. Will is listed in the elite ‘leading lawyer’ category for corporate law by The Legal 500, which notes his ability to combine ‘undoubted legal expertise with emotional intelligence’. Chambers UK states that “he provides sound, authoritative advice - exactly the sort of person you want standing by your side during a complicated transaction’.

Will joined Penningtons Manches Cooper in 2014 from another leading UK law firm. Earlier in his career, he spent several years as an in-house corporate lawyer with Vodafone, working mainly on high profile M&A deals. He trained and qualified at a Magic Circle firm.

Recent work highlights

  • Acting on the strategic sale of Process Systems Enterprise to Siemens. PSE is a technology-leading global supplier of software and services for advanced process modelling.
  • Advising the management team on Lyceum Capital’s £50 million+ acquisition of a majority stake in Timico Technology Group, a leading managed cloud service provider.
  • Acting for Halma Plc, a FTSE 100 company, on its acquisition of Invenio Systems.
  • Advising IRIS Software Group, the UK’s largest privately held software company, on several acquisitions.
  • Advising Mirada Medical on its £6 million investment from PE healthcare specialists, Apposite Capital. Mirada is a leading developer of artificial intelligence (AI) based medical imaging software.

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