Michael Rock

Senior Associate

Gateley Legal


Michael has over seven years’ corporate transactional experience. He advises clients on acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, corporate restructures, capital market transactions and private equity investments, with a particular focus and experience in the financial services and renewable energy sectors. 

Michael regularly advises industry consolidators on buy-and-build strategy and implementation. Michael also advises smaller owner-managed businesses on exit strategy, maximising value and protecting their interests in a sale. 


  1. Advising clients such as Timpson, JD Sports Fashion Plc, Palatine Private Equity and Fortra LLC on acquisitions and disposals. 
  2. Advising Independent Wealth Planners UK on the acquisition of more than 20 IFA firms over the past 5 years, which increased the industry consolidator’s assets under management to over £6bn. Michael also spent time providing in-house legal support to the IWP Board during a particularly challenging time when the group was growing rapidly. 
  3. Advising various owners and managers of IFA, accountancy and payroll businesses on acquisitions and disposals. 
  4. Advising Story Energy on various renewable energy joint ventures. 
  5. Advising the shareholders and management of Oliver James on a minority investment into the group by Soho Square Capital Group. 
  6. Advising listed companies such as Surface Transforms Plc and Software Circle Plc (formerly known as Grafenia Plc) in relation to proposed investments, commercial arrangements and capital market matters.