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Christopher Clifton-Moore (Head of Department)

Company and Commercial

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Position Overview

Partner and Head of the Company and Commercial Department

What I do and who my clients are

I specialise in company and commercial law, with particular expertise in mergers, acquisitions and disposals in the private and public company arena. I also have considerable experience in dealing with group re-organisations and joint ventures as well as producing and negotiating shareholders’ agreements and other general commercial contracts.

My clients include private and public companies, partnerships and other organisations operating in a variety of business sectors throughout the UK.

My areas of expertise include:-

    • Mergers, acquisitions and disposals
    • Business sales and purchases
    • Company formation and restructuring
    • Group re-organisations
    • Joint ventures
    • Shareholders’ agreements
    • Companies Act requirements and implications
    • Limited Liability Partnerships and conversion to an LLP
    • LLP and partnership agreements
    • Commercial contracts and agreements

My successes include:-

Acting for the shareholders of a plc on their £3.2m sale of the company (a leading manufacturer of commercial and industrial humidification and evaporative cooling products and systems) to a Swiss buyer which was fully listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange.
Acting for the founders of a pioneering start-up company (offering the latest innovation in home exercise programming) raising over $2.8m (USD) in private equity investment.

Acting for the founder of a specialist surgical appliances manufacturer on the sale of the company for £1.5m to one of the UK’s oldest manufacturing companies.

Advising on the sale of a leading local professional practice of chartered surveyors and property managers as part of a £1.2m management buy-out.

Advising one of the region’s leading group care home providers in connection with the sale of two of its care home businesses for an aggregate consideration of £2.8m and the subsequent re-organisation of the group company structure.

Acting for a specialist document management company in connection with its takeover of several smaller companies operating within the same marketplace.

I was also one of the lead advisors on a £15m transaction involving the planned disposal of the business and assets of a well-known licensed bookmakers comprising over 60 sites.

Most recently, I acted for the founders of a leading global aircraft remarketing agent business on the £1.2m sale of their company to a leading air charter company listed on the London Stock Exchange.

My achievements and other appointments

I studied Law at the University of Sussex and graduated in 2005 attaining an LL.B. with Honours.

Having joined the firm in 2006, I helped to develop and grow the firm’s Company and Commercial Department. I was made an Associate in 2009 and became a Partner in 2011.

Prior to commencing a career in law, I worked for a short time in business management which helped develop my understanding of commercial business organisations and how to handle risk, devise strategies and take decisions.

Originally from, and having grown up in, Brighton & Hove, I have gained a loyal client following in the local business community and have built up an extensive network of professional contacts in the greater Sussex area.

I am also a Member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple.

...and finally

As a keen sportsman, I have many interests outside of work, including skiing, squash, badminton, volleyball, football, and cycling and walking over the South Downs.

I play for a local basketball team and have been rock climbing for over 15 years, which has seen me all over the world.

My other interests include travel, film, music, history and literature.

I also regularly take part in local charity and fundraising events. Most recently I ran the Brighton BM10k for the Martlets Hospice raising (with my colleagues) over £3,900.00. In the past I have proven to be slightly more daring having previously carried out a freefall skydive from over 12,000 feet in support of the Rockinghorse Children’s Charity, raising in excess of £2,500.00!