Who we work with

We advise and represent domestic and international corporates, families, founders, owners, funds, trusts, investors and advisors.

Our lawyers have supported companies such as Coca-Cola, Sony Ericson, Orange, 3i, Tesco, Marks and Spencer, Euroclear, BNP Paribas, Rothschild, Morgan Stanley, Schroders, Hilton, Premier Foods, GE, United Utilities, Kronospan, York Potash and other household names.

Please select from the buttons below for examples of our experience in a particular sector.

  • Various asset financings (ship, aircraft, satellite, film, other)
  • £300m open offer by property fund
  • £300m proposed sale of international financial services group
  • £250m working capital facility for international private equity house
  • $300m credit facility for fund of funds
  • £105m sale of controlling stake in international wealth management group to listed international asset manager and related re-organisation (submitted for Corporate Team of the Year at the Lawyer Awards)
  • Acquisition of European banking institution
  • $100m credit facility for synthetic fund of funds
  • Reorganisation of publicly quoted asset management joint venture
  • Indian property fund joint venture
  • Restructuring of LP investment funds
  • $55m credit facility for fund of funds
  • £30m private equity led leveraged buyout of financial services group
  • £20m credit extension for new class of interest in fund of funds
  • Establishment of UK partnership of international bank
  • Proposed joint venture by international fund
  • Proposed joint venture by international wealth manager
  • Advising on proposed acquisition of stockbroking businesses
  • Advising on establishment of asset management advisory joint venture
  • Demerger of consultancy business
  • Advising on acquisition of corporate finance business
  • Designed and built share dealing platform for unlisted plc
  • Chaired FTSE 350 seminar on new Companies Act
  • Trained sovereign wealth fund on corporate transactions

Case Study I – acquisition of Turkish manufacturing group by world-leading international group

KronospanSFC

SZ Greenfields supported a multi-national manufacturer to acquire a large family-owned Turkish industrial group. The deal proved highly successful.

We advised the Kronospan organisation, the largest manufacturer of wood panel products and laminate flooring in the world, on its significant and strategic investment into SFC, another manufacturer and an international distributor, based in Turkey.

The acquisition included SFC’s MDF/HDF and particleboard production as well as its melaminefacing capacity. Baks Bati Kimya AS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SFC that produces resin and formaldehyde for SFC’s own panel production, also formed part of the purchase.

We worked closely with Kronospan’s executive and corporate finance teams to structure, document and lead negotiations on the acquisition and ancillary matters. Throughout the transaction we both drafted and negotiated principal documentation and managed and coordinated local advice, providing a single dedicated and effective point of contact for the entire legal solution.

Uniquely for this transaction, we hosted a senior lawyer from a leading Turkish Law firm in our offices to assist with local due diligence.

Steven Greenfields led the team advising Kronospan, assisted by SZ Greenfields’ legal staff and local counsel.

 

Case Study II – the York Potash project – SZ Greenfields helps pioneer first UK potash mine in 40 years

York Potash LTDSirius

SZ Greenfields helped private capital to pioneer the first UK potash mine in 40 years. This included building and developing the corporate structure, securing interests in over 600 sq km of mining rights, and drafting and negotiating the sale of the project to an AIM listed company. This mine is now under construction and the jewel in the crown of a FTSE250 company headed by our client.

“York Potash has the potential to be the largest low-cost SOP mine in the world” Chris Fraser, CEO, Sirius Minerals Plc

York Potash started life as a company with a single director shareholder and a share capital of £1. In less than a year it was sold for over £25 million to a publicly quoted group. It has now raised over £1 billion, started construction and will create thousands of jobs in the local area, as well as improving food production around the world.

SZ Greenfields worked with existing clients Chris Fraser and Sigiriya Capital to create and develop the York Potash Project.  In a period of less than 12 months we:

 

  • built and developed the corporate infrastructure;
  • acquired interests in over 600 km2 of mining rights both onshore and offshore from major local landowners – including a significant area from the Crown Estate;
  • drafted and negotiated the £25 million sale of the project to Sirius Minerals Plc, an AIM-listed holding company focused on developing major potash-related projects (executing a share deal with a publicly quoted company from first draft to completion in record time); and
  • advised on the acquisition of further interests in land and on the strategy and documentation for the acquisition of remaining minority interests.

 

At acquisition, the York Potash project immediately became the lead project in the Sirius portfolio, rapidly driving up Sirius’ market capitalisation and immediately establishing York Potash’s founding director as Chief Executive Officer of the group. It has since grown to a FTSE 250 company with a market capitalisation in excess of a billion pounds.

Steven Greenfields led the SZ Greenfields team, assisted by SZ Greenfields legal staff and specialist consultants.

 

 

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