Stephen Houston, Partner, Corporate

Stephen Houston, Partner, Corporate, Fieldfisher

I am a partner in Fieldfisher's Corporate team based in Manchester but frequently in London and the USA.

I advise on international affairs for companies operating or investing in UK/EU or wishing to invest in the USA, as well as on UK domestic transactions. Typically this will mean corporate finance and structuring advice in connection with the establishment or expansion of business operations, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, reorganizations, venture capital and private equity. I have acted on many cross border transactions and UK Capital Market IPOs, reverse takeovers and fund raisings especially on AIM, as well as advising on many mergers and acquisition assignments in the UK.

Sectors in which I have experience are Technology/IP, Food, Retail, Professional and Financial Services, Real Estate and Manufacturing.

I have advised a range of businesses from FTSE100 and large US and international businesses on major assignments through to advising professional service firms, domestically and internationally and advising early stage technology corporates. I provide outside general counsel advice to an IPR/digital group.

I have held leadership positions with large national law firms in London and Manchester, having trained at and spent a number of years with a Global law firm in the City of London and I am very familiar with the challenges for fast growing businesses.

Representative transactions include: the disposal of Sainsbury's property development group; advising on a series of convenience store group acquisitions; global merger of patent and trade mark attorneys;  sale of leading international chartered surveyors Donaldsons LLP; acting for a global accounting firm on a number of acquisitions; corporate governance affairs for the global architects Broadway Malyan; series of acquisitions for Chicago based loss adjusters VRS Vericlaim, several UK technology IPO assignments, also acting for NOMAD, Zeus Capital; joint venture decoupling for US Retail group; private equity management buyout for insurance broking group; acquisition for US software group, structuring, commercial and licensing  advice for IP digital specialist in the UK.

I am married with four children and enjoy playing tennis with my wife, skiing, travelling and spending time with my family and friends.

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