Gerallt Jones

Partner, Head of Corporate and Commercial

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gerallt.jones@hughjames.com
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029 2039 1038
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Gerallt Jones is a Partner and head of the Corporate/Commercial team at Hugh James. Since joining Hugh James in 2005, Gerallt has led the transformation of the corporate department into a leading market player, advising clients including the Welsh Government/Finance Wales, RBS and the Welsh Rugby Union.  He now leads a thriving practice that has attracted high calibre local, national and international clients and has recruited quality lawyers from the City and rival local firms.  Gerallt is a native Welsh speaker and is admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong as well as England and Wales. Gerallt is also a trustee of the Cardiff Museum Development Trust.

Gerallt has been recognised in The Legal 500 UK’s Hall of Fame for Corporate and commercial: Cardiff and South Wales. The Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence over the past 10 years.

Expertise

All aspects of corporate work including:

  • public and private mergers and acquisitions;
  • equity and debt investments;
  • joint ventures;
  • listings;
  • management buy-outs/buy-ins;
  • restructurings; and
  • general corporate advice.

Career history

  • Trained: Slaughter and May
  • Qualified: 1995
  • 1993 – 1998 Slaughter and May, London and Hong Kong (including secondment to Credit Suisse First Boston)
  • 1998 – 2005 Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Hong Kong and London
  • 2005 – Joined Hugh James as Partner and Head of Corporate/Commercial team

Memberships

Experience

Gerallt has advised:

  • Walters Group on the sale of Ffos Las racecourse, the first new horse racing venue in Britain for more than 80 years, to Arena Racing Company (Arc)
  • the management team of Vista Retail Support, the leading independent IT services company, on a £14m investment from leading mid-market private equity firm LDC
  • Robert Price & Sons on its acquisition of Gower Timber.
  • The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) on an agreement which sees it take ownership and operational control of the Dragons, the professional rugby union team for the Gwent Region.
  • On the £83.7m International Convention Centre Wales (ICC Wales) at Celtic Manor Resort
  • London-based Generate Sponsorship on the sale of the business to Mongoose Sports and Entertainment.
  • Simec on their investment in UK and Indian tidal lagoon programmes.
  • The founders and shareholders of corporate and financial communications business, Broker Profile on its £4 million sale to Capital Access Group Limited.
  • Pinnacle Telecom and Pinnacle Office Equipment on their management buyouts.
  • the Welsh Rugby Union on its joint venture with Compass Group UK & Ireland to create a new hospitality company providing catering, conferencing and hospitality services at the Millennium Stadium.
  • London based WSM Communications Group on the sale of two of its businesses to Porta Communications, the AIM quoted international marketing and communications business;
  • the majority shareholders of WSM Communications Group on its sale to Corbis Entertainment, a division of Corbis, a Bill Gates company;
  • the management team of Vista Retail Support on £12.3m management buyout;
  • Cardiff Aviation on various corporate matters including its multimillion pound investment by Finance Wales and a consortium of private investors;
  • Carmarthenshire-based Hydro Industries on a transatlantic joint venture with US giant T&T Salvage, one of the world’s largest salvage companies; and
  • Finance Wales on numerous transactions following Hugh James’s appointment to the Welsh Government corporate finance panel.

“The corporate team at Hugh James, led by Gerallt Jones, walked us through the minefield, offering top quality advice throughout. They were instrumental in getting us to the commercial position that we wanted, whilst enabling us to concentrate on continuing to run the business.”
Richard Cottrell, Managing Director of Vista Retail Support

‘Practical and no-nonsense’ team head Gerallt Jones ‘is excellent at working with local businesses and stakeholders.’
Legal 500 2017

“Hugh James did an excellent job on this important investment for us as a group.  Gerallt and his team worked tirelessly, providing guidance of the highest calibre to ensure the deal completed within a tight timescale.”
Sanjeev Gupta, Simec

“The Hugh James team has an excellent track record of working with creative industry companies and this undoubtedly helped us navigate through what could at times seem a daunting process. Their combination of a real ‘can do’ attitude and a practical, commercial approach is refreshing – and greatly appreciated.”
Andy Muggleton, Managing Partner at Mongoose

Head of department Gerallt Jones handles a series of sophisticated M&A deals for clients both in Wales and abroad. Clients are impressed by his pragmatism: “He comes up with solutions rather than making legal points.”
Chambers UK 2017

Headed by the ‘excellent and practicalGerallt Jones, Hugh James’ six-partner team has significant traction both locally as well as outside of Wales
Legal 500 2016

Gerallt Jones has “a range of experience that is rare in a local market”  and “honest opinions and quick, clear-cut advice”
Chambers UK 2016 

Gerallt Jones heads the corporate department and provides wide-ranging corporate advice to clients such as the Welsh Rugby Union and RBS. Clients describe him as “thoughtful and shrewd, with a very good eye for detail.”
Chambers UK 2014

Gerallt Jones garners praise for bringing “genuine city and international experience to bear on his work – he also has a great eye for detail when required.”
Chambers UK 2013

This turned out to be a surprisingly complicated and elongated process and the advice and assistance provided by Hugh James to myself and the management team proved to be invaluable.
Keith Brooks, Vista Retail Support

I’m delighted with the way Gerallt and Sarah dealt with this transaction – they pulled out all the stops to ensure that the deal happened smoothly and in double-quick time. Hugh James really is a class act.
Ian Ryley, Pinnacle

This was a complex and multi-faceted transaction, which will deliver strong benefits for us going forward.  I was able to turn to Hugh James to undertake this work, safe in the knowledge that our long-standing relationship would enable Gerallt Jones and his team to get up to speed quickly and to work with us to solve the various issues faced.
Rhodri Lewis, Head of Legal Affairs, WRU

 

Education

  • Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf, Cardiff
  • Jesus College, Oxford
  • The College of Law Chester

Languages

Welsh

What do you like to do outside work?

Rugby, cycling, skiing, scuba diving and opera

 

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