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Matthew Martin, Partner at Penningtons Manches


Matthew is a partner and head of the corporate team in London. He has been ranked in tier 1 for 'M&A: smaller deals up to £50 million' in The Legal 500 for the last five years. Highly recommended by clients and peers who have contributed to the directory, he stands out for his 'invaluable input and advice'.

He provides corporate and finance expertise to a wide range of quoted and unquoted mid cap companies. In addition to acquisitions and disposals, AIM listings and fund raising, Matthew advises on acquisition finance, restructuring and refinancing work, acting for both clients and lenders. He has developed expertise in accelerated sale processes and also specialises in asset realisation in the fields of corporate recovery and insolvency. Matthew is co-head of the firm's fashion, luxury and lifestyle sector group with a number of well-known brands in his client portfolio. Through the fashion, luxury and lifestyle sector, he is able to make a valuable contribution to the firm's digital technology expertise, particularly where it overlaps with the retail world. He is also a member of the firm’s international private wealth group, with a particular focus on working with family businesses and entrepreneurs.

Matthew joined the firm as a trainee and went on to become a partner in 1999. During his career he has spent several months seconded to the US International Transactions Department of US law firm Pillsbury Winthrop.

Recent work highlights

  • Acting for All Saints Retail on its £107 million re-financing by Lion Capital enabling the buy out of Kaupthing and Glitnir banks for £22.5 million and a new share structure.
  • Advising the shareholders of Oscar Mayer, the UK’s leading ready meal manufacturer, on its sale to a new vehicle set up by German private equity fund Deutsche Beteiligungs AG.
  • Acting for the shareholders of OTAS Technologies, an equity analytics platform, on the sale of the company to global institutional trading network Liquidnet.
  • Leading the multi-disciplinary team which acted for the founding shareholders of Kelerbay on its sale to a private equity company with an annual turnover of £140 million.
  • Advising on the sale of top 20 insurance broker Brightside Group to one of the largest specialist private equity investors in the European financial services sector.
  • Acting for Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance on an LMA document-based committed facility of £26 million to Laidlaw Interiors Group with private equity provided by Rutland.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

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