Corporate and commercial
The ‘excellent‘ Gateley team in Reading is led by ‘experienced and knowledgeable’ corporate practice head Andrew Peddie and head of commerce, technology and media Paul De Vince. De Vince joined from Shoosmiths LLP, where he headed the commercial team; his expertise includes outsourcing, designing trade models, supply chain management and procurement matters. The team was also strengthened by the hire of senior associate Mailin Bala.
The team’s work has increasingly focused on servicing the needs of private equity houses in the Thames Valley corridor; Peddie assisted Maven Capital Partners and NVM Private Equity and their respective related venture capital trusts on an investment in Contego Fraud Solutions. Senior associates Mark Metcalfe and Sarah Souter also advised Connection Capital on the MBO of financial risk management advisory firm JCRA Group, with the assistance of Birmingham-based supervising partner Tom Durrant.
The team also excels in the technology, food, defence and recruitment sectors, with CACI, Vittles Foods and Cohort featuring on the client roster.
Insolvency and corporate recovery
The ‘professional and commercial‘ insolvency department at Gateley in Reading covers liquidation and administration proceedings, bankruptcies, company voluntary arrangements, directors’ duties, restructurings and refinancing, as well as fraud investigations and security, lender and regulatory issues on a national and cross-border level.
‘Experienced and approachable‘ practice lead Nicola Kirk, supported by associate Carly Schiff, represented BDO as administrator in relation to the £27.7 million proceedings for a marine engineering services provider, and also assisted KPMG with the £4.5m liquidation and interest disposal of a leisure investment venture. The active client roster further includes Wilkins Kennedy, Quantuma, Grant Thornton and Moorfields Advisory.