Dawes, Edward J.

Edward J. Dawes

Partner

Edward Dawes is a partner in the Corporate Group in Birmingham. Described in the 2017 edition of Chambers UK as "very proactive" and "good at providing creative alternatives" and by The Legal 500 UK as “exceptionally bright, very responsive and practical,” Ed has more than 25 years of experience helping companies to plan and execute corporate transactions with particular focus on corporate acquisitions and disposals, recommended and hostile takeovers, UK equity market fundraisings and regulatory compliance

Ed has been consistently ranked since 2001 as a leading corporate/M&A lawyer by Chambers UK in the Midlands section of its clients’ guide to the legal profession and the 2017 edition reports client comments about Ed as including "very proactive" and "good at providing creative alternatives." Previous editions have described him as “very capable at handling high-value acquisition work,” as a "commercial, no-nonsense lawyer" and as "everything you want in a corporate lawyer."

Ed is a contributing editor to Sweet & Maxwell’s Company Directors: Law and Liability and was instrumental in the development and publication of the CBI’s Practical Guide to Corporate Governance. Ed is also a member of the London Stock Exchange’s Regional Advisory Group.

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  • Acting for the £2.1 billion-turnover packaging group, SAICA, on its takeover of Americk Packaging Group.
  • Acting for Close Brothers Group plc on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of EOS Wealth Management Limited.
  • Acting for Rotala Plc on its acquisition of OFJ Connections and a share placing on Aim to raise approximately £2.4 million.
  • Acting for the shareholders and management of Reward Gateway on a £140 million secondary buyout by Great Hill Partners.
  • Acting for Marston’s PLC on its £25.1 million acquisition of the trading operations of Thwaites’ beer division.
  • Acting for Rotala Plc on the purchase of Lancashire-based bus company Green Triangle Buses Limited.
  • Acting for Rotala Plc on the purchase of the business and assets of Wings Luxury Travel Limited.
  • Acting for N Press Assembly, an acquisition vehicle owned by China-based Yongtai Group, on the £30 million acquisition of the business and assets of engineering firm UYT Limited, which supplies car components to Honda and other automotive companies.
  • Advising Numis Securities Limited as nominated adviser and broker on the admission to the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange of Hunters Property plc, one of the largest national sales and lettings estate agency businesses in the UK.
  • Advising Numis Securities in its role as Nominated Adviser on the admission of ULS Technology plc to the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange with a market capitalization of approximately £26 million and on its associated placing of shares to raise £12.1 million.
  • Advising FTSE 250 Morgan Advanced Materials on the merger of its fired shapes thermal ceramics business with Magma, a UK-based fired shapes specialist, to create a combined business under joint ownership.
  • Advising a joint-venture consortium of UK and Chinese investors on the acquisition of Covpress International Holdings, a leading manufacturer of car body panels and other pressings for JLR and other automotive manufacturers, a significant Chinese outbound investment project with a reported deal value in the region of £30 million. This deal won International Deal of the Year at the Midlands Dealmakers Awards 2014.
  • Advising Advanced Medical Solutions Group plc on its €64 million acquisition of RESORBA including an associated £34 million share placing on Aim, a new term loan facility of €25 million and a new £8 million revolving credit facility. This deal was shortlisted as Deal of the Year at the Quote Company Awards 2013.
  • Advising an AIM-quoted property investment company on its successful £30 million hostile takeover of a target company listed on the London Stock Exchange’s main market and the Channel Islands Stock Exchange, together with a subsequent £70 million placing.
  • Advising a FTSE 250 instrumentation and controls supplier on a series of cross-border acquisitions.
  • Advising a FTSE 250 company in the leisure, entertainment and hotels sector on a number of transformational acquisitions.
  • Advising a FTSE 250 support services provider on a £116 million recommended takeover of an AIM company using cash, loan notes and shares with a mix and match alternative and constituting a class 1 transaction for the bidder.
  • Advising a well-known privately owned multinational manufacturer on a significant restructuring and strategic review, culminating in the sale of the business.
  • Advising one of the UK’s largest consumer cooperatives on a series of corporate acquisitions and disposals.

Education

  • University of Exeter, LL.B., (Hons.), 1985

Admissions

  • England and Wales, 1988

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, London Stock Exchange’s Regional Advisory Group
  • Ranked by Chambers UK 2017 as one of the Top 20 lawyers in the West Midlands for mid-market corporate finance and described as "very proactive" and "good at providing creative alternatives."
  • Ranked since 2001 as a leading corporate/M&A lawyer by Chambers UK in the Midlands section of its clients’ guide to the legal profession.
  • Has been described in Chambers UK as “very capable at handling high-value acquisition work,” a "commercial, no nonsense lawyer" and "everything you want in a corporate lawyer."

Publications

  • Contributing editor, Sweet & Maxwell’s Company Directors: Law and Liability
  • Instrumental in the development and publication of the CBI’s Practical Guide to Corporate Governance.

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