DLA Piper’s deal is blooming great

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Going above and beyond what is expected of clients has put DLA Piper into a pre-eminent position when it comes to providing corporate and commercial expertise through its Sheffield office.

The practice, led by Richard May, and including Jon Kenworthy and Catherine Simister, has acted on behalf of Mothercare on the strategic acquisition of its maternity brand Blooming Marvellous and advised shareholders on the sale of Sphinx Group to Arrow Enterprise Computing Solutions.

Second ranked Nabarro’s team, led by Ben Hendry, who is hailed as “superb in negotiations,” includes United Biscuits, UK Coal, Mercedes and Ryanair among its key clients.

New clients include HCA International, which instructed the firm on a joint venture with The Christie NHS Trust to deliver patient care.

Recent highlights have included advising 180-year-old Sheffield-based Davy Markham on its sale for an undisclosed sum to Hindustan Dorr Oliver (HDO), part of the $1 billion turnover Indian engineering and infrastructure group. IVRCL group.

Third-ranked Irwin Mitchell played a role in the same deal.

Its corporate team, which includes Laurence Gavin and James Bullock, provided advice to acquirers, Hyderabad-based IVRCL.

Ranked equally with Irwin Mitchell is HLW Commercial Lawyers.

HLW boasts one of the largest corporate teams in Sheffield, headed by managing partner Roger Dyson and including Nick Goulding.

The group recently acted for Sheffield-based Pressure Technologies in its acquisition of Al-Met and Hydraton.

Cardiff-based precision engineering company Al-Met makes specialised wear parts, used in valves that regulate the flow of gases and liquids under high pressure, including well head and undersea applications and was acquired by Pressure Technologies for £2.25 million.

Altrincham-based Hydratron is a leading supplier of high pressure equipment to the oil and gas industries and designs, manufactures and sells a range of air operated high pressure hydraulic pumps, gas boosters, power packs, hydraulic control panels and test rigs.

The business was acquired by Pressure Technologies for £3.3 million and has a subsidiary in Houston, Texas, in addition to its UK operations.

Pressure Technologies also plans to use Hydratron’s fabrication capabilities in the UK to manufacture equipment for its Chesterfield BioGas division, which specialises in making cleaners that allow biomethane to be used to fuel gas-powered vehicles.

Four companies - Hill Dickinson, Keeble Hawson, Taylor & Emmet and Wake Smith & Tofields – follow HLW and Irwin Mitchell in the Legal 500 corporate and commercial rankings for South Yorkshire. Hill Dickinson has been involved in a number of significant deals since it opened offices in Sheffield after acquiring the corporate practice of the now defunct Halliwells.

Its team, led by the “very experienced and commercial” Neil Thompson, is described by clients as excellent on all counts, and was involved in the Sheffield-based GRI Group’s sale of a 70 per cent stake in Hallam Beauty for £18 million to Mibelle, one of Europe’s leading personal care com- panies and part of the Swiss conglomerate, Migros.

The firm also acted on behalf of GRI in its acquisition of Manchester-based Libra Chemicals, which makes a range of chemicals used in industrial, personal care and household care applications.

Eckington-based CSE Global (UK)’s acquisition of Sheffield firm Systems Integration & Automation for £10.1 million was one of the key deals for Keeble Hawson during the last year.

SIA has offices in Aberdeen as well as Sheffield and has a strong presence in the North Sea oil and gas sector, as well as in power generation.