08 December 2015
Advising Renault Group, the French automotive company, on the acquisition of Lotus F1 and its €1.5 billion investment in motorsport and technology. The process involved staving off Lotus’s multiple creditors, who were intent on putting the group into administration, through 4 consecutive adjournments and a subsequent dismissal, thereby saving Lotus’s 512 skilled workforce from redundancy.
Advised on the establishment of various joint ventures involving Soho House, including private members’ clubs and restaurants.
Assisted on the implementation of standard terms and conditions for Naked Noise, an independent audiovisual production company.
Advised on the investment by a family trust into a tabletennis social club.
Assisted on the investment by a Middle Eastern family office into an offshore property acquisition vehicle.
Advised on corporate matters in relation to the establishment of a family trust structure for the founder of a natural resources.
England and Wales, 2013
Me in a minute
What I truly love is being able to add long-lasting value to a client
I grew up thinking that being a lawyer meant that you liked arguing and you had to like words and essays. While I do enjoy all things literary and also the cut and thrust of contractual negotiation does have its thrills, what I truly love is being able to add long-lasting value to a client, whether by providing advice or finding both legal and commercial solutions, and whether that client’s a family office, a young entrepreneur, an experienced investor or a listed multinational company.
I have particularly enjoyed working on transactions with cross-border and international aspects, as well as providing advice to companies in the sports and leisure sectors: I am particularly proud to have been involved in the acquisition by Renault Group of Lotus F1: the transaction enabled me to channel my keen interest in Formula 1 and sports law in general, while the pace and high-octane nature of the transaction was apt for the sport.
My love of all things literary extends to a broad taste in music and verse and I’ll happily enjoy anything from the likes of Homer to Run DMC. I’m also a keen foodie and I enjoy making and trying new and exotic dishes with my wife who trained as a chef.