Yorkshire Times
Weekend Edition
4:57 PM 4th May 2021

Shoosmiths Leeds Announces Promotions

UK law Firm, Shoosmiths has unveiled their latest promotion rounds with Leeds-based lawyers Simon Procter being made up to Partner and Natalie Hager to Principal Associate. Shoosmiths has been in existence since 1845, with a network of 13 offices in the UK, including in Leeds and Sheffield.

Corporate lawyer Simon Procter, who is an M&A Partner in the Leeds Corporate team has over 15 years' experience of corporate transactions, advising both public and private companies on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate reorganisation projects and general corporate advisory.

Natalie Hager, also based in Leeds, is a specialist in M&A transactions and private equity investments and acts for a number of the firm’s key corporate clients and private equity providers.

Head of Leeds Corporate, James Foster commented: “I would like to congratulate Simon and Natalie on their well-deserved promotions, this is the result of their sheer hard work, collaboration and putting our clients at the heart of everything we do”.

Simon Procter
Simon Procter
2021 has seen enhanced levels of transactions for Shoosmiths across the spectrum of corporate activity, building on the M&A recovery that began in the second half of 2020 and recently gaining significant momentum as investment capital continues to be readily available from venture capital, private equity, debt funders and inward international acquirers.

Shoosmiths’ Leeds Corporate team have worked on many of the great deals happening across the region and beyond, highlights include advising:
Yorkshire Wildlife Park on its £33m Debt and Equity raise from Lloyds and BGF
Moorfield Group on its £125m investment in Allegra Care
Euro Vital Pharma (Capiton investee company) on its acquisition of Skipton headquartered Principle Healthcare
LDC on its exit from CIPHR
BGF on its investment in Leeds based Northern Building Plastics

To service this increasing pipeline, the Shoosmiths Leeds Corporate team have further expanded their corporate offering by hiring specialist M&A lawyers Jess Wetherop (from global law firm Jones Day) and Anna Jackson-Smith (from UK Law firm Ward Hadaway).