Chris Reed - People - Gateley

Chris Reed

Partner

Gateley Legal

  • Birmingham
  • t: 0121 234 0136
  • m: 0797 155 4235

Expertise

Chris specialises in corporate law and regularly advises on acquisitions, disposals, private equity investments, re-organisations and joint ventures for large companies. He also acts for individuals who are starting, growing or selling their businesses or who want to invest in their business.

Chris is part of the private equity team and regularly acts for institutions and management teams on leveraged transactions. He acts for a number of large private companies (including businesses whose parent company is based overseas) on their internal re-organisations and in joint ventures. Chris also acts for housebuilders and developers on real estate transactions within a corporate structure.

How do you help clients?

I have a varied client base and enjoy helping my clients complete their transactions whether they are at the start of a new business venture (with an investment, an acquisition or a joint venture with another party) or whether they are realising value following years of hard work (typically on an exit).

Corporate work is about making deals happen. Solution-finding and pragmatism are key skills. So, it is important to see issues from the other party’s perspective and to be balanced. None of this means that the risks are ignored, rather they should be put in context of the specific facts at hand and with the benefit of my 20 years’ experience in practice, 

Finally, corporate projects are often very detailed and intense so a sense of humour can really help.

Experience

  1. Advising the shareholders of Study Inn Group on their pre-sale reorganisation and £135m disposal of a portfolio of student properties to a newco backed by Arlington Investors.
  2. Acting for YFM Private Equity in its growth capital investment in Ncam Technologies.
  3. Acting for Sevacare (UK) on seven corporate acquisitions.
  4. Acting for newco and management on the buy-out of DSM Demolition and St Francis Group.
  5. Acting for management on the secondary buy-out of Nylacast Holdings.
     
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