Corporate and M&A

Our specialist corporate lawyers provide high-quality, commercially-astute legal support to assist businesses like yours in achieving your key objectives.

The corporate team draws on its vast experience in a broad range of sectors, both domestic and international, and works closely with other transactional specialists at Hugh James to provide a seamless premium quality service.

We work hard to ensure we have a thorough understanding of our clients’ business which allows us to be proactive, commercial and innovative.


Corporate lawyers who understand your business

We deliver cost-effective and proactive corporate legal services to employers large and small.

Our range of corporate services includes:

  • mergers and acquisitions (public and private);
  • equity and debt investments including private equity;
  • joint ventures;
  • listings and compliance with ongoing obligations;
  • management buy-outs and buy-ins;
  • restructurings;
  • corporate governance;
  • directors’ duties and responsibilities; and
  • partnerships.


Recent corporate matters in which we have been involved include advising:

  • Spotnails Ltd on a management buy-out of the business with a multi-million pound debt and equity investment from Development Bank of Wales.
  • brothers Glyn and David Jones on their sale of Cariad Cool Water (formerly Princes Gate Cool Water) to Waterlogic.
  • Walters Group, on sale of Likes Land Rover to Sinclair Group.
  • Cardiff University, on the transfer of over 300 staff and 3,000 courses from the University to a newly created special Health Board
  • FP Hurley, Welsh construction company, on its acquisition of Allen Control Systems.
  • Princes Gate Spring Water on sale of majority shareholding to Nestlé Waters. This deal was named Insider Wales Dealmakers International Deal of the Year 2018 
  • 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).
  • Avanti Media, a Cardiff-based production company, on its recent deal which saw Sky Vision increase its stake in the company.
  • Avanti Media, on all legal matters relating to the high profile tender win from the BBC to produce Songs of Praise.
  • Sheppards Pharmacy, the largest independent pharmacy group in Wales, on its acquisition of Emersons pharmacy.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Celtic Manor Resort and the joint venture company on the £83.7m International Convention Centre Wales (ICC Wales).
  • SA Brain on the Central Quay waterfront regeneration scheme.
  • SIMEC on its multi-million pound investment in UK and Indian tidal lagoon programmes.
  • 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.
  • High Level Software on its acquisition by Zonal Retail Data Systems.
  • NS-Technologies on its acquisition by US-based company Dialogic.
  • the management team of Vista Retail Support on £12.3m management buyout.
  • the management team of Minerva Laboratories in their management buy-out.
  • Finance Wales on numerous investments, recently including the flotations of Creo Medical and Diurnal on AIM.
  • London-based Generate Sponsorship on the sale of the business to Mongoose Sports and Entertainment.
  • The founders and shareholders of corporate and financial communications business, Broker Profile on its £4 million sale to Capital Access Group Limited.
  • London based WSM Communications Group on the sale of two of its businesses to Porta Communications, the AIM quoted international marketing and communications business; and the majority shareholders of WSM Communications Group on its sale to Corbis, a Bill Gates company;
  • Cardiff Aviation on various corporate matters including its multimillion pound investment by Finance Wales and a consortium of private investors.
  • Hydro Industries on various corporate and commercial matters within the UK and globally, including a transatlantic joint venture with US giant T&T Salvage, one of the world’s largest salvage companies, as well as its collaboration with Intelligent Energy to support the commercialisation of Hydro’s water purification technology across India.


“They are far more than a law firm and, over time, have become our trusted advisors. Gerallt and his team have vast experience in doing deals like this with major corporations and we depend on their expert guidance from start to finish.”
David Jones, Princes Gate Spring Water

“Our relationship with Hugh James goes back decades and we know we can always rely on them to provide a first class service. This transaction was no exception: they played a key role in bringing a complicated deal to a successful conclusion within a tight timescale.”
Dai Walters, Walters Group

“They have always been available, always been accurate and have a breadth of services around a whole host of legal requirements.”
Chambers UK

Hugh James has one of the largest standalone corporate and commercial departments in the country
Legal 500

“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

“They are very impressive and have the resource to keep the momentum going in multidisciplinary deals.”
Chambers UK

“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.”
High Level Software (HLS)

“Headed by the ‘excellent and practical’ Gerallt Jones, Hugh James’ six-partner team has significant traction both locally as well as outside of Wales; in a London-related highlight, the firm advised the founders and shareholders of Broker Profile on its sale to AIM-listed Porta Communications. Greg Williams is well regarded for his transactional work within the healthcare sector.”
Legal 500

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, Mongoose Sports & Entertainment

They are very professional and very experienced.
Chambers UK

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

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 the team at Hugh James 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

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



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