TLT has appointed Andrew Webber as its new UK head of corporate.
Andrew replaces partner John Wood who led the corporate team for 16 years before being elected to serve as the firm's new managing partner from April 2020.
Andrew has been at TLT since its inception in 2000 and was promoted to partner in 2008. As well as advising on corporate matters, he is a member of the firm’s Operations Board and lead partner for the firm's equality, diversity, inclusivity and wellbeing programme, working with a firm wide team to deliver initiatives such as the launch of the firm's Women's Network and BAME Committee and most recently committing to improving mental health and wellbeing in the legal industry through the Mindful Business Charter.
Described by clients as "outstanding" in independent legal guide Chambers UK, Andrew's recent clients include WHSmith, TUI, Inchcape and Herman Miller. Recent deal highlights include the sale of Lorient Group* to ASSA ABLOY, the sale of The Plastic Surgeon for Mobeus and management, the sale of Francis Flower to Swedish state-owned LKAB Minerals and the sale of Stirling Dynamics to Assystem Technologies for Endless LLP and management.
Andrew Webber commented:
"We have built a strong UK team acting for a wide range of clients from large corporates and fast growth businesses to private equity and overseas investors. Working with a UK wide team of respected and experienced lawyers, I am ambitious for the future; both in how we can continue to grow as a business, but importantly in what we can deliver for our clients. John has positioned the team at the heart of the firm's future growth plans and I'm excited to work with him on the next stage of our development."
Managing partner David Pester commented:
"The growth of our corporate team is an integral part of our ambitious strategy as a firm. With a reputation for bringing legal expertise and commercial pragmatism to the table to deliver what our clients need, we are well placed to grow further and deliver a leading service for our clients."
TLT's growing corporate team advises clients including entrepreneurs, multi-nationals, PLCs, private equity and overseas investors on complex corporate transactions, cross border deals, governance and growth strategies.
The team is ranked as the top legal deals adviser in the south west by Experian MarketIQ based on the number of deals completed. The team also recently won Corporate Deal of the Year at the 2019 Business Leader Awards and are finalists for The Tech Dealmaker of the Year, 2019 Go Tech Awards. Insider named the firm Corporate Law Firm of the year at their 2018 Dealmaker awards.
The team's growth has mirrored the success of the wider firm, with expansion across the UK and a doubling in revenue over the last four years. Recent new partner hires include Andrew Jennings in Belfast, Damien Bechelli in Glasgow, Patrick Somers in London and Richard Life and Mark Traynor in Manchester. Bristol corporate lawyer Nina Searle was also promoted to partner in May of this year.
Recent deal highlights for the team include advising on a substantial private equity investment in Molson Construction Equipment, several high profile deals in the clean energy and renewables sector for clients such as Spring, Blackfinch and Thrive Renewables and advising Examworks UK on a multi-million pound acquisition of the Kindertons Group.