Who we are

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

- Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

SZ Greenfields was established in 2009 by Steven Greenfields. We help people and businesses achieve their ambitions by designing and building legal solutions. We do this all over the world.

At SZ Greenfields our approach reflects what we believe:

  • We support you in your ambition
  • We use small teams of the right people to achieve more
  • We keep it simple by identifying and focussing on what is important
  • We recognise the importance of aligning key stakeholders
  • We know that courage comes from managing risk
Meet the team
Steven Greenfields

Steven Greenfields
Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Nicky Gaffney

Nicky Gaffney
Senior Consultant

Xin Wang

Xin Wang
Consultant

Michael Panggabean

Michael Panggabean
Paralegal

Tony Jones

Tony Jones
Chief Financial Officer

 

Steven Greenfields

Chief Executive Officer

I am Steven Greenfields and I am the founder and Chief Executive Officer at SZ Greenfields. I provide expert advice on corporate, commercial and finance opportunities and issues, supporting my clients to realise their business ambitions.
 
I specialise in complex and challenging transactions and strategic matters, and have an exemplary track record in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity and venture capital, banking & finance, equity capital markets and funds.
 
I have worked with people and businesses in over 90 countries on deals valued from £1 to over £10 billion. 
 
I have supported companies such as Coca-Cola, Sony Ericsson, Orange, 3i, Tesco, Marks and Spencer, Euroclear, BNP Paribas, Rothschild, Morgan Stanley, Schroders, Hilton, Premier Foods, GE, United Utilities, York Potash, Kronospan and other household names.
 
As well as large corporates, family businesses, investors, institutions and asset managers I have also advised heads of state and billionaires. I support my clients both domestically and internationally, often on cross-border opportunities. 
 
Select Experience:
  • The establishment and sale of a world-leading mining project
  • Acquisition of international group for global family-run manufacturer
  • Acquisition of European banking institution for world-leading industrial organisation
  • US trade sale of software business for founders and major shareholders
  • The re-organisation and sale of an international asset management business for the founding partners
  • The re-organisation of a global food and beverage organisation across multiple jurisdictions
  • Formation and implementation of a global joint venture across multiple jurisdictions involving two telecoms giants
  • The reverse takeover on AIM of a software company
  • £600 million takeover of an international hotel chain
  • Leading a strategic capital consortium to acquire a stake in a well-known retailer 
 
Career History
I worked in-house as Head of Business Affairs at an Oscar-winning film production company before formally training at a world-leading finance firm in London and Paris. After further formative years at a “magic circle” firm and a large US law firm, I set up SZ Greenfields in 2009.
 
Aside from being a lawyer, I am credited on an Oscar-nominated feature film, have participated in two world record attempts, am a national sudoku finalist and discovered the first crocodile shark in UK waters.
 

 

 

Nicky Gaffney

Senior Consultant

I am Nicky Gaffney and I am a Senior Consultant at SZ Greenfields. I support our clients by establishing and building a consistent legal infrastructure within their organisation. This enables their businesses to operate more efficiently, reduces risk and establishes a more bankable and investable business.

 

I  have worked as a Solicitor in City firms and as in-house Counsel within operating companies. My experience includes acquisitions, property finance and development, employment, commercial contracts, company secretarial, out-sourcing and other general corporate issues.

My clients have encompassed a wide range of sectors from government to finance, retail, leisure, logistics, energy, commercial property, and construction.

I have acted for Banks on financings in excess of £1billion and for FTSE 100 companies on acquisitions, disposals and property developments. My clients have included RBS, Nat West, the UK Government, Gap Inc., Tesco, Prudential, Nomura, Berkeley Homes, British Land and Meridian Hotels.

I set up and ran the European legal department, head-quartered in the UK, of an international conglomerate, assuming responsibility for all its legal matters across the UK, France, Portugal and Austria whilst at the same time overseeing high value international acquisitions, disposals and property re-developments.

In addition to being a lawyer, I have qualified to be able to support deprived families with young children, and founded a successful floristry business which remains a creative outlet.

 

 

Xin Wang

Consultant

I am Xin Wang and I have a special focus on Chinese-related matters.

 

I have obtained qualifying law degrees both in China and in England. As a member of the PRC Bar, I’ve worked for two international companies. My experience includes mergers & acquisitions, foreign investments in China and Chinese enterprises overseas investments.

Outside of work, I am an avid sports fan and keen cyclist. I used to cycle from Shanghai to Hangzhou, a city around 200 kilometres away.

 

 

Michael Panggabean

Paralegal

I am Michael Panggabean and I am a paralegal at SZ Greenfields.

 

I joined SZ Greenfields as an administrative assistant and am training to be a paralegal. Before working at SZ Greenfields, I worked at a management consultancy in Indonesia for Japanese clients. I performed research on due diligence, regulation, and potential business partners for Japanese companies entering the Indonesian market. Currently I am assisting Steven with legal research and a range of paralegal assignments on various matters.

Before coming to the UK to continue with my graduate studies, I studied Politics and Economics as an undergraduate in Japan. As a result I have good working knowledge of Japanese as well as English and Indonesian.

While I am not working as a paralegal, I enjoy baking and learning about ancient scripts and history. During High School, I taught myself the runic alphabet, Elder Futhark, and even wrote some of my notes in runes!

 

Tony Jones

Chief Financial Officer

I am Tony Jones and I am responsible for keeping the accounts in order.

 

I am a “Big 4” trained Chartered Accountant and experienced financial director with 25 years of experience across a broad range of companies and organisations.

I've worked for owners, private equity, venture capital, UK and international family-owned business and quoted groups and a diverse range of sectors from automotive parts manufacturing through retail to museums.

Outside of work, I am an avid sports fan and keen traveller. I am now taking advantage of my children leaving home to see the world, tying it in with as many major sporting events as I can.

 

 

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