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New partner appointment signals further growth for DWF’s national corporate practice

National legal business DWF has appointed partner Alasdair Outhwaite from Eversheds to the firm’s national corporate practice. DWF has recently advised on several profile deals including advising Capita on the £14 million acquisition of Paypoint plc’s online businesses and advising Wealth at Work in connection with Equistone Partners Europe’s buyout of the company from Palatine Private Equity.

Alasdair has expertise in advising both public and private companies on acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures and fund raisings, with a particular focus on advising on private equity transactions, including for clients Endless, North Edge, Phoenix, GCP, LDC and H2.

Key experience includes having advised on the sale of retailer Maplin Electronics to Rutland Partners; for the management team of Fourth, a global provider of cloud-based management systems for the hospitality industry, in connection with the company’s buyout; and on Cox & King’s £400m takeover of leisure and travel business Holidaybreak plc. He has also advised on a number of acquisitions and disposals for international companies including INEOS, Crown Paints and Multisol and large North West corporates NCC Group plc, Lookers plc and Euro Garages.

Alasdair commented on his appointment: “DWF’s corporate capability is underpinned by specialist sector knowledge that is allowing it to advise on increasingly high value transactions with both legal expertise and commercial insight. The calibre of deals that the team is working on reflects the firm’s impressive reputation for corporate work both in the North West and nationally, and I look forward to helping continue developing its strengths in key areas.”

Frank Shephard, DWF’s National Head of Corporate, added: “The appointments of leading individuals such as Alasdair and our other recent key hires will allow us to accelerate the momentum of the last twelve months as we continue to target more cross-border and international opportunities for our clients in technology, financial services, retail our other target sectors.”

Leveraging the expertise of a seventy strong dedicated corporate lawyer national practice, DWF’s North West corporate team has built a strong regional profile and is consistently ranked one of the UK’s most active advisers in Experian’s independent rankings.  To support a growing client base the firm has made a number of recent lateral hires including Jeremy Swift from Square One Law in Newcastle, Gary MacDonald from Pinsent Masons in Scotland and Patrick Eaton from K&L Gates and Christian Francis from DLA Piper in London.  

Frank Shephard

Partner - National Head of Corporate

I am Head of the National Corporate Team. I deal with all types of public and private company transactions, including M&A, Private Equity and Equity Capital Markets.