Max Beazley
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Max Beazley

Partner
beazley.max@dorsey.com

Overview

MAX HELPS COMPANIES IN THE EU AND THE US NAVIGATE ALL STAGES OF THE CORPORATE LIFECYCLE – FROM START-UP THROUGH EARLY AND LATER STAGE FUNDING, MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS, TRADE SALES AND INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERINGS.

Max’s primary practice focus is on cross-border M&A and equity capital markets. Max has extensive experience with UK domestic and cross-border private and public acquisitions and divestitures. Max also advises banks and issuers on IPOs and secondary issues, both on AIM and the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange. Max advises on private equity, venture capital and angel investments, as well as on banking and finance transactions. In addition, EU and US companies look to Max for advice on the UK and EU securities law elements of cross-border fundraising transactions and on UK corporate governance and compliance matters.

Max is Editor of the Firm's Brexit Updates blog.

Education & Admissions

College of Law, London (Legal Practice Course, 2002)

University of Leicester (LLB Law with French Law and Language, 2000)

Admissions

  • England & Wales
  • New York

Languages

  • English/ French bilingual

Experience


Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Advising Orbotech Ltd. in connection with its $370 million acquisition of SPTS Technologies Group Limited
  • Advising Towergate Partnershipco Limited in connection with its acquisition of Arista Insurance Limited
  • Advising Quindell Portfolio plc in connection with various acquisitions for an aggregate purchase price in excess of £100 million 
  • Advising Osteotech, Inc. in connection with its $123 million takeover by Medtronic, Inc. 
  • Advising Robert Bosch UK Holdings in connection with its acquisition of SPX United Kingdom Limited (as part of a wider $1 billion acquisition by Robert Bosch GmbH)
  • Advising Blackwell Limited in connection with its acquisition of the Lindsay & Croft UK business from YBP Library Services, and the related sale of Blackwell North America and Australia-based James Bennett to Baker & Taylor, Inc.
  • Advising Shed Productions plc in connection with its acquisitions of Screentime Partners Limited, Twenty Twenty Productions Limited and Wall to Wall Holdings Limited
  • Advising Shed Productions plc on its £100 million recommended takeover by Warner Bros. by way of scheme of arrangement
  • Advising C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. in connection with its acquisition of international freight forwarder Walker Logistics
  • Advising Rightnow Technologies Inc. in connection with its acquisition of Q-go.com B.V. for c. $34 million
  • Advising Dover Corporation and Triton Systems of Delaware, Inc. in connection with its acquisition of a number of private UK companies, and the subsequent MBO of the UK and US businesses
  • Advising Lai Berg Holding AS in connection with the multi-jurisdictional divestiture of certain of its subsidiaries to Parker Hannifin Corporation for a consideration of NOK 450 million
  • Advising Lawson Software, Inc. in its combination with Intentia International AB, with a transaction value of $480 million

AIM and Official List

  • Advising Cenkos Securities plc on the £20 million AIM IPO and institutional placing by
    ClearStar Inc.
  • Advising Charles Stanley & Co. Limited and WG Partners LLP on the £21.6 million firm placing, subscription and open offer by Oxford BioMedica plc
  • Advising Cenkos Securities plc on the £70 million AIM IPO and institutional placing by Rightster Group plc and on the £42 million secondary placing by Rightster Group plc funding 2 acquisitions
  • Advising Seymour Pierce Limited on the delisting from AIM of Tottenham Hotspur plc
  • Advising Canaccord Genuity Limited on the £22 million AIM IPO and institutional placing by Zattikka plc, together with 3 simultaneous acquisitions in the US, Sweden and China
  • Advising Canaccord Genuity Limited on the £40 million AIM IPO and institutional placing by Ubisense Group plc
  • Advising Quindell Portfolio plc in connection with 2 institutional placings raising an aggregate of close to £50 million
  • Advising Microsaic Systems plc in connection with its £12 million AIM IPO and institutional placing, and in connection with its subsequent £5 million institutional placing
  • Advising SKIL Ports & Logistics Limited in connection with its £110 million AIM IPO, Rule 144A offering and institutional placing
  • Advising the nominated adviser and broker in connection with the AIM IPO of a BVI company and related £25 million institutional placing
  • Advising Inland plc in connection with its £50 million AIM IPO and institutional placing (as well as its £10 million pre-IPO placing)
  • Advising Innovation Group plc in connection with its £35 million 2 for 5 rights issue

Banking / Finance

  • Advising US Bank National Association in connection with over £500 million in financing and refinancing transactions
  • Advising Blackwell Limited in connection with the refinancing of its UK operations

News & Resources

Articles

EU Securities – Proposed Settlement System to Facilitate London Listings of US Companies
EU Securities Settlement – Changes Should Make UK Listings More Attractive to US-Based Issuers
TUPE – What Will The 2014 Changes Bring?

News & Press Mentions

Chambers UK 2018 Ranks Dorsey Practices and Lawyers
Dorsey’s London Office Receives Multiple Rankings from Legal 500
Dorsey Partner Max Beazley Named 2017 UK Securities Lawyer of the Year
Dorsey Partner Max Beazley Named 2017 UK Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyer of the Year
Dorsey’s London Office Named 2017 Securities – Law Firm of the Year
Dorsey’s London Office Recognized as Best in Cross-Border M&A Law - UK
Chambers UK 2017 Ranks Dorsey Practices and Lawyers
Dorsey’s London Office Receives 2016 Golden Advisor Award
Dorsey & Whitney’s London Office Receives Multiple Rankings from Legal 500
Dorsey’s London Office Named 2016 Mergers & Acquisitions Law Firm of the Year
Dorsey's London Office Recognized as 2016 Global M&A Award Winner
Dorsey Wins Five 2016 M&A Awards
Dorsey & Whitney’s London Office Receives Multiple Rankings from Legal 500
Super Lawyers Recognizes 11 Dorsey Attorneys in London
Dorsey & Whitney advises Quindell Plc on £637M+ Sale of its Professional Services Division
Super Lawyers Recognizes 10 Dorsey Attorneys in London
Dorsey & Whitney’s London Office Receives Multiple Rankings from Legal 500
Dorsey & Whitney Advises Cenkos on ClearStar, Inc. Admission to AIM
Dorsey & Whitney Advises Orbotech Ltd. on Acquisition of SPTS Technologies Group Limited
Dorsey & Whitney Represents MicroEnsure in $10.4 million Equity Raise
Dorsey Represents Cenkos Securities in IPO of Rightster Group
Super Lawyers Recognizes 8 Dorsey Attorneys in London
Dorsey Names Nine New Partners

Industries & Practices

  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Capital Markets
  • Closely Held Businesses
  • Emerging Companies
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Europe
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • Healthcare
  • Israel
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mining
  • Private Equity
  • Technology

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Member of the Law Society of England and Wales
  • Trustee and Director of School Food Matters, a UK registered charity working with government and other partners to improve school food and support food education

Accolades

Rated by Super Lawyers - Max Beazley - visit superlawyers.com        The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms           UK Chambers 2018 Max Beazley

  • "M&A Lawyer of the Year – UK," Finance Monthly M&A Awards 2017
  • "Securities Lawyer of the Year – UK," Finance Monthly Global Awards 2017
  • “Ones to Watch in 2017 for M&A – USA,” Corporate Vision Magazine Corporate Excellence Awards 2017
  • Listed as a Leader in the field of Corporate M&A by Chambers UK 2018
  • Recognized by Acquisition International's 2016 M&A Advisor Awards for "Best Cross Border M&A Team – UK"
  • "Excellence in Domestic Divestitures – UK," Corporate Livewire's 2016 International M&A awards
  • "M&A Law Firm of the Year – UK," Finance Monthly Global Awards 2016
  • Leading Lawyer Global 250–2014, Lawyer Monthly Magazine
  • Listed as a Rising Star in 2013-2015 by Super Lawyers London
  • Recommended by Legal 500 (2014-2017) in Flotations
  • Recommended by Legal 500 (2014, 2017) in Mergers & Acquisitions
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