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Wragge & Co appoints new corporate partner



Wragge & Co has promoted director Richard Goold as a new partner in its Corporate team. Richard, who specialises in UK and cross-border private equity and M&A, becomes a partner on 1 May 2012, taking the total number of corporate partners worldwide to 20.

Partner and head of corporate, Maurice Dwyer, said: "Richard is an outstanding corporate lawyer and is Wragge & Co through and through. He is extremely effective, both technically and in transaction management, providing the highest level of client care and attracting exceptional client feedback and loyalty. Excellent client service and commercial thinking is what sets our lawyers apart from the competition. Richard is a first-class example of that."

Richard Goold joined Wragge & Co as a trainee in 2001. He initially specialised in private equity, handling a large number of deals for 3i and other venture capital firms, before shifting his focus to M&A. Appointed a director in 2010, he leads the cross-firm, sector-focused Technology team and plays an active role in generating new business from the US.

Richard Goold said: "I am delighted to be appointed as a Wragge & Co partner. The distinctive Wragge & Co brand is a great sell in a difficult market. We have a market-leading team that delivers a fantastic service to our clients. I am a passionate believer that Wragge & Co is a special place to work and to practice the law. I am really looking forward to developing our business and brand as a partner."

A transactional specialist, Richard Goold advises on the full range of corporate matters - from private equity investments and M&A through to IPOs, public takeovers, LLP work and fund creation.

His strong track record of winning new instructions includes acting for AIM-listed May Gurney Integrated Services on its £60 million acquisition of TransLinc. He advised NYSE-listed Cambrex Corporation on acquiring a 51% stake in Indian pharmaceutical company Zenara for US$40 million and Talis Group on a major disposal.

Wragge & Co's 20-partner Corporate team provides a partner-led service and commercial legal advice to listed companies, private companies and institutional investors. Focused mainly on transactions in the corporate mid-market value range of £20 million to £300 million, its experts operate globally as one team from offices in London, Birmingham and Paris. It specialises in M&A, private equity, IPOs, joint ventures, public takeovers, share schemes, complex corporate restructuring, financial services and tax.

Highlights from the past 12 months include: advising Oxfam on forming its first investment fund; Premier Foods' £182 million sale of its Canned Grocery Operations to Princes Limited; the sale of Phones4u; a £71 million refinancing for healthcare services provider The Regard Partnership; and deals for Bridgepoint Development Capital, Lyceum Capital and Matrix Private Equity.

Richard Goold is one of three new partners promoted in 2012. The others are dispute resolution director Patrick Arben and pensions director Jane Kola.


For further information about this press release, contact Kathryn Hobbs on +44 (0)121 685 2785 or Sophie Llewhelin on +44 (0)121 685 2708

This press release may contain information of general interest about current legal issues, but does not give legal advice.

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