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Jon Close Partner T:01625 704096 M:07387 261863

A corporate lawyer with over 17 years experience of advising on a large number of M&A and private equity transactions.

Jon provides advice to a wide spectrum of clients from start-up, SME, mid-market and multinational businesses on their transactional, corporate governance and day-to-day legal needs. He advises on the full range of corporate transactions including business & assets and share sales and purchases, corporate restructurings, joint ventures, public-to-privates and management buy-outs.  He has particular expertise in acting for management teams on private equity transactions and fully understands the need to handle the different shareholder dynamics at work within such deals with sensitivity, commercialism and a user-friendly approach.    

Jon has worked across a wide range of sectors in the UK including acting for a number of high-street brands within the food manufacturing and retail sectors and certain manufacturers and suppliers within the automotive and aerospace industries.

Recent examples of transactions which Jon has led on include:

  • acting for the sellers on the secondary buy-out of a successful food manufacturer by an institutional investor and for the management team on their rollover of equity and loan notes in the buyer group;
  • acting for the company and management team of a well-known fast food restaurant chain on various rounds of growth capital investment from The Business Growth Fund; and
  • acting for a leading supply chain integrator in the automotive and aerospace sectors on several bolt-on acquisitions in the UK.