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Chris Hughes

Chris Hughes

Partner, Corporate

Chris is a partner in the firm’s corporate team.

Prior to joining the firm, Chris graduated from the University of East Anglia with a degree in law (2:1 LLB Hons) and subsequently completed a graduate diploma in legal practice (LPC) at Northumbria University with distinction.

Chris advises across the breadth of the corporate, banking and finance and non-contentious restructuring and insolvency arenas with a particular focus on the healthcare, leisure, manufacturing, construction and IT sectors.

Whilst favouring M&A, Chris provides advice to clients on a broad spectrum of topics, including: partnership arrangements (formation, retirement and dissolution); business start-ups; corporate governance and company secretarial matters; company constitutions; shareholder arrangements; returns of value to shareholders (including, share buybacks and reductions in capital);  share options and schemes; business and specific assets sales and acquisitions (including, insolvent business acquisitions); share sales and acquisitions; joint ventures; corporate restructuring (including mergers and demergers); and banking facilities and associated security arrangements.

A selection of Chris’ deal highlights includes:

  • Genisys Technology Solutions acquisition of 3 software divisions from international banking software company Tenemos.
  • Industry-leading IT Managed Services business Razorblue’s expansion into the North West of England through the acquisition of the J-Media IT Managed Services from Manchester based CMAP Group.
  • AIM listed Northern Bear plc’s £1.3 million strategic acquisition of Lister Holdings (York) Limited and its subsidiary J. Lister Electrical Limited.
  • Pharmacy Express’ buy and build acquisition programme (including, Healthways Chemist, Hartlepool and Burrell’s Pharmacy, Eaglescliffe).
  • S&A Fabrications’ management buy-out and subsequent acquisitions of Leeds based Next Level Mezzanines and Ash Construction Products.
  • The award winning multi-million pound disposal of Cooper & Turner Group to US based Watermill Group.
  • NASDAQ quoted LB Foster Group’s acquisition of the TEW Group, Netpractise and TEW Plus and subsequent UK group restructure.
  • Cairn Group numerous acquisitions and financing arrangements (including, its £201 million refinance with HSBC and its £75 million corporate acquisition of 5 hotels across the UK).
  • Sudhir Power Group’s UK acquisition programme, including the acquisition of access equipment specialist, Star Platforms.
  • Steamforged Games’ £5 million VCT led investment from Foresight Group.
  • The £65 million cross-border sale of Coatsink Software to Swedish based, Thunderful Group.
  • The cross-border sale of HistoCyte Laboratories to Swedish based, Atlas Antibodies.
  • Northern Telecom’s acquisition and consolidation programme (including, its acquisition of the business of Direct Market Services Limited, Limited and Up Telecoms).
  • Thailand based Singha Corporation’s re-finance of its UK based Jupiter Hotels portfolio.

For expert advice designed to give your business the competitive edge, contact:

T: 0191 212

Chris Hughes is always available for us. When we need help he is there. It feels like he is very much part of our team and we love that.
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