Ray B. Smyth

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Ray B. Smyth practices in the areas of mergers, acquisitions and disposals; flotations (IPOs); fund raisings; corporate restructuring; EU and UK competition law; distribution, agency, licensing and joint-ventures; executive/employee incentive schemes and general business, commercial and contract law. Mr. Smyth is a graduate of Kingston University, Surrey.

Areas of Practice

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • IPOs (flotations)
  • Commercial Finance
  • Venture Capital Financing
  • Corporate and Business Law
  • Commercial Agreements

Representative Matters

  • Represented Metric Capital Partners, a European private capital group, in its investment in McCurrach, a market leading provider of outsourced field sales services in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
  • Represented Metric Capital Partners, a European private capital group, concerning its investment in the Spanish wine and food company, The Haciendas Company.
  • Acting for The Character Group plc (AIM) in relation to all requirements, including all regulatory compliance, corporate advice and on-going share buy-back programme.
  • Acting for a US corporation (biotech) on "de-listing" from AIM.
  • Acting for a US corporation on the acquisition of a UK incorporated/based business (financial services - value c. £140m).
  • Advising a variety of non-UK based/incorporated businesses on prospective applications for admission to AIM (IPOs).
  • Advising a number of non-UK based/incorporated businesses on establishing operations in the UK.
  • Acting for and advising various companies and high net worth individuals with regard to acquisition and disposal programmes of companies and businesses.
  • Acting for and advising non-executive directors of AIM-listed companies seeking independent advice, including in relation to corporate governance issues.
  • Providing issue-resolution advice and negotiation services in relation to various commercial contracts disputes and relationship difficulties.
  • Establishing international distribution and agency networks for clients for a variety of goods, including digital cameras and baby-feeding products.

Admissions

  • England and Wales

Education

  • Kingston University, Surrey, England, B.A. (Hons), 1980

Experience

  • Duane Morris
    - Partner, 2003-present
  • Gold Mann & Co., London, England
    - Partner, 1988-2003
    - Assistant Solicitor, 1986-1988
  • Jacobsens, London, England
    - Solicitor, 1981-1985

Professional Activities

  • Law Society of England and Wales

Selected Publications