City lawyers in top US deals

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Corporate Lawyers from DLA Piper’s Sheffield office have led an international team that advised technology, policy and management consultancy ICF International on its acquisition of GHK Holdings.

DLA Piper lawyers from the Far East, Asia and North America were involved in the deal which saw US-based ICF buy London-based consultancy GHK to broaden its footprint in Asia and Europe.

Sheffield office managing partner and head of its city-based corporate operations, Richard May, said: “It is transactions like this that help keep our city on the map as a centre for legal excellence.

“It was a significant and challenging instruction for our team and we worked with colleagues in Pakistan, India, the Philippines, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mongolia, Poland, Germany, Canada, the US and Belgium to facilitate a successful outcome.

“Its completion sees two successful businesses joining forces to create a huge amount of value, as ICF gains a considerable new foothold in new markets.”

Lawyers from DLA Piper’s Sheffield corporate team were also among the advisers involved in the sale of Sheffield University spin-out Simcyp to the US-based Certara group.

A team of merger and acquisition specialists, based in DLA Piper’s Sheffield office, advised Simcyp shareholders on the $32 million (£20 million) deal.

DLA Piper senior associate Matt Ainsworth said: “This is, without doubt, one of the most successful university spin-outs we have ever had the pleasure to work with.”