Greg Williams

Partner

Email
greg.williams@hughjames.com
Department telephone
029 2039 1038
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Greg has acted as lead contact on a number of corporate transactions since he joined Hugh James in 2008. He has been the principal contact on numerous equity and debt investments by Finance Wales following Hugh James’s appointment to the Welsh Government corporate finance panel.

Greg is also head of the dedicated healthcare team of specialist solicitors and has sector experience and understanding of advising and acting on corporate transactions for a number of health care clients.

Expertise

  • Public and private mergers and acquisitions
  • Equity and debt investments
  • Joint ventures
  • Listings
  • Management buy-outs/buy-ins
  • Restructurings
  • General corporate advice

Career history

  • Trained: Berry Smith
  • Qualified: 2001
  • Senior Associate in Hugh James: 2008
  • Partner in Hugh James: 2012

Experience

Corporate cases

  • FP Hurley, Welsh construction company, on its acquisition of Allen Control Systems.
  • Sheppards Pharmacy, the largest independent pharmacy group in Wales, on its acquisition of Emersons pharmacy.
  • Voltcom, the UK’s leading company for design and refurbishment of overhead electricity transmission lines, on its reorganisation and multi-million pound investment by Beechbrook Capital.
  • Advising the management team of Minerva Laboratories in their management buy-out.
  • Advising High Level Software on its acquisition by Zonal Retail Data Systems.
  • Advising NS-Technologies on its acquisition by US-based company Dialogic.
  • Advised London based WSM Communications Group on the sale of two of its businesses to Porta Communications, the AIM quoted international marketing and communications business.
  • Advising Finnish listed company Rapala on its £5.3 million acquisition of fishing bait company Dynamite Baits.
  • Advising Finance Wales on its investments.
  • Advising A J Access Platforms on its acquisition of the service access fleet of SGB Services Limited and the sale of its rental business.
  • Advising a group company of Liberty Properties plc on the sale of its interest in apartments2book.com.
  • Advising New Zealand listed Opus International Consultants on share and business acquisitions including a £6 million purchase of the Nottingham based Joynes Pike Group and also advising on its UK reorganisation.
  • Advising Dividers Folding Partitions on its purchase of Dividers Modernfold Ltd, a manufacturer of movable wall systems in Llanelli, which had entered administration. The deal has saved all 29 jobs at the business.

Healthcare matters

  • Advising Finance Wales on numerous investments, recently including the flotations of Creo Medical and Diurnal on AIM.
  • Advising Camella Healthcare on its purchase of pharmacy businesses from Vittoria Healthcare Limited.
  • Advising numerous pharmaceutical businesses on all corporate matters including acquisitions, disposals, reorganisations and corporate governance.
  • Advising Hafod Care Association on its proposed purchase of a care home.
  • Advising G & E J Morris on the sale of its pharmaceutical businesses to Lloyds Pharmacists.
  • Advising a consortium of orthodontic practices on their funding and PDS contract negotiations with Cardiff LHB.

“We are pleased with the new branch, which further strengthens our presence in South Wales. Greg obviously has a lot of experience in this sector and he and his colleagues at Hugh James provided a seamless service to ensure that the transaction went smoothly.”
John Sheppard, Financial director at Sheppards

“Greg Williams and his team at Hugh James have given invaluable advice and support during the deal. In what was new territory for HLS, their expertise was much appreciated. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend their services.”
Rhys Swinburn, HLS

“…the ‘technically excellent’ Greg Williams.”
The Legal 500

“Many thanks for this excellent engagement – we all feel very positive having established contact with someone who clearly understands this market.”
David Fuller of Addington Healthcare

“I thank the team at Hugh James, who provided an excellent advisory service throughout the transaction and managed the process expertly for us at WSM.”
Andrew White, Chief Executive Officer at WSM Communications Group

Hugh James did an outstanding job of preparing and advising on some 30 + agreements in the many disciplines of our corporate acquisition. I was particularly impressed with their communication and the quality of their work. Greg Williams and his colleagues at Hugh James were truly first class and I happily recommend them.
Olli Aho, Company Counsel, Rapala VMC Oyj

“Since founding Cayder in 2008 we’ve used Hugh James to help and guide us in all legal matters from Contract drafting, HR guidance through to supporting the final Sale of Cayder to Cambio Healthcare in 2017.
At all times I’ve been impressed with the flexibility and depth of knowledge they have and the personal service they’ve provided which always made me feel they really understood our business.
Finally I’d like to add that during the sale of Cayder when things become very intense they went the extra mile to ensure that everything got completed on time and to the usual high standards.
My personal thanks go to Greg and his team for all the hard work.”
Cayder

Education

  • Cwmcarn Comprehensive
  • University of Wales Swansea
  • University of Wales Cardiff Law School

What do you like to do outside work?

Cycling, golf and travel

Media

Cadyer snapped up by Cambio Healthcare – July 2017

 

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