Friday, July 30, 2021

Howes Percival appoints new head of corporate law team

Law firm Howes Percival has appointed a new of Head for its rapidly growing Corporate, Commercial and Banking practice. Andy Harris has been promoted to Head the Corporate, Commercial and Banking (CCB) team.

Andy re-joined Howes Percival in May 2020, having previously been with the firm from 1999-2008 and is noted as a leading corporate and commercial expert by both the Chambers and Legal 500 legal directories.

With over 30 years’ experience as a transactional and advisory corporate lawyer, Andy has extensive experience in M&A work, private equity, funding work, and reorganisations. He has specific expertise in the automotive and manufacturing sectors and is experienced in advising on cross-border and international transactions. His client portfolio includes prestigious owner-managed businesses and well-known UK-based companies.

Geraint Davies, Howes Percival’s Chairperson, said: “Corporate, commercial and banking work is one of our core specialisms and our practice has grown considerably in the last few years. We’ve seen a significant increase in the number, quality and size of deals we are asked to advise on.

“In the first quarter of this year, we completed 32 deals, with a combined value of £263 million. Under Andy’s leadership, our ambition is to continue to further develop our CCB offering and client base and, in the next few weeks we hope to announce another high-profile Partner appointment.”

Andy Harris, Howes Percival’s Head of CCB, said: “The last 12 months have been very challenging, but also very busy indeed with buyers and sellers coming to the market, for a variety of different reasons.

“Many businesses have been able to demonstrate strong normalised performance despite the pandemic; and sellers have seen pricing remain strong and have decided that now is the time to de-risk.

“There’s also money available to support deals. Our CCB team has performed incredibly well during the pandemic and we’re feeling very positive about the rest of this year and beyond.”

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