​Shoosmiths continues South East expansion with partner hires

National law firm Shoosmiths has further strengthened its corporate team with the appointment of two new partners into the South East offices.

Amit Nayyar joins Shoosmiths from Hogan Lovells where he was a leading corporate partner. Previous to this, Amit has held positions at White & Case and Pinsent Masons. Based out of Shoosmiths’ Milton Keynes office, Amit brings a wealth of international experience with a focus on private equity and mergers and acquisitions.

Recognised as a ‘Rising Star’ (IFLR 1000), Amit is described as ‘supremely smart and dedicated’ (Legal 500) and is praised as someone who ‘gets off the fence, gives practical advice and finds solutions’ (Chambers 2016). Amit’s specialist areas include acting on buy outs, bolt on acquisitions, management incentive plans and exits both on domestic and multi-jurisdictional PE transactions.

Rachel Turner joins as a corporate partner into Shoosmiths’ Thames Valley office in Reading. Previously a partner at Reading-based firm Boyes Turner, Rachel has expertise in a range of corporate transactional work from mergers and acquisitions and management buyouts through to joint ventures and corporate reorganisations. In particular, she has considerable experience in handling venture capital and business angel investments.

Rachel is noted in the Legal 500 directory for a ‘wealth of experience in business angel and venture capital work’. Sources praise her for her ‘pragmatic approach to problem solving’ and ’24-hour service.’

Amit and Rachel’s appointments come hot on the heels of Adam Chamberlain who recently joined as a banking partner in Shoosmiths’ London office. Adam specialises in development and hotel finance and is co-author of the BVCA Guide to Real Estate Funds. He brings a wealth of knowledge and versatility which will further strengthen Shoosmiths’ national finance offering.

Chris Garnett, head of Shoosmiths’ corporate team, commented: ‘We are delighted to welcome Amit and Rachel into our corporate team at Shoosmiths. We make no secret of our growth ambitions and these appointments are firm evidence of our intention to further develop our national corporate practice. With their particular expertise and experience in handling start up and venture capital investment through to substantial private equity transactions, Amit and Rachel will be a fantastic addition to our growing and successful venture capital and private equity business.’

Shoosmiths' corporate team advises public and private companies, management teams, investors and debt providers through the business life cycle. Shoosmiths work with businesses from start-up and first round finance through to mergers and acquisitions, MBO and MBI transactions, development funding and on exits, by way of sale, listing or private equity investment.

Nationally, the corporate team is ranked in joint first place by deal volume in Experian's UK Deal Review and Advisor League Table. The team was recognised for its mergers and acquisitions expertise at the 2015 M&A Awards, winning the Law Firm of the Year category.

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