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Paul Gilks



Paul is based in the London office and is a corporate partner specialising in international M&A and private equity and venture capital work. Paul also has experience in banking, financing and restructuring  transactions, particularly acting for property companies, REITS, mezzanine lenders and banks.


Paul is the contributor of the private equity and venture capital section of Sweet & Maxwell’s Practical Commercial Precedents.  He is also ranked in Legal 500 in 2019 and 2018 for M&A deals up to £50 million (Tier 2)  and is described as “extremely experienced” and as providing “well considered advice”.

Recent transactions on which he has advised include:

  • sale of iPresent (a UK based start up and  pioneer of sales enablement) to Mediafly Inc (a private equity backed Chicago based provider of sales enablement technology, content management and advisory services) thereby expanding Mediafly’s global footprint (August 2019);
  • acting for the offeror on a cash, share and loan stock offer to acquire 14 offshore SPV’s holding a £37 million portfolio of UK commercial property (June 2019);
  • advising the Zhejiang Silk Road Fund on the Series B funding round in Cambridge based robotics  start-up CMR Surgical Limited raising $100 million and thought to be Europe’s largest ever fundraising in the medical devices industry (June 2018);
  • sale of City based communications technology provider, Reeves Lund,  to Arrow Business Communications, the private equity backed specialist in telephony, data, IT and energy solutions for business (March 2018);
  • acting for management in the buy-out of a leading UK content marketing agency from a Swedish private equity fund (December 2017);
  • acting for the shareholders of Periproducts Limited, the oral care specialist and premium brand owner on its sale to the AIM-listed international consumer healthcare group, Venture Life Group (March 2016);
  • negotiating £10 million of amended and restated banking facilities together with associated security  from Nationwide Building Society on behalf of a central London property group holding £34 million of investment property (Feb 2016);
  • advising the owners of BB’s Coffee & Muffins, a coffee chain with more than 50 outlets in the UK and Ireland, on the UK aspects of its sale to Brentwood Investments (March 2015).

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