Partner, Head of Cheltenham office
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Richard is a Partner in Harrison Clark Rickerbys team of corporate solicitors, based in the Cheltenham office. He previously worked at DLA Piper in Birmingham and has a wealth of experience in advising private companies on all types of corporate transactions.
Richard’s specialism is in private equity deals (management buy-outs (MBO), management buy-ins (MBI), buy-ins management buy-outs (BIMBO), equity raising and follow on funding) acting either for private equity houses, venture capitalists, business angels, entrepreneurs, institutional investors or management teams.
Richard acted for many mid-market private equity houses and development capital firms during his 10 years at DLA and Eversheds, this understanding of how investors think and work coupled with a very commercial knowledge of the key issues that arise on these types of deals proves invaluable when acting as a management team lawyer.
Referenced several times in the Legal 500, Richard has a pragmatic approach and is focused on ‘getting things done’. He has strong experience of international corporate transactions, having done M&A deals involving businesses in America, Europe and South East Asia.
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Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ first-class’ team is ‘highly responsive and always prepared to go the extra mile’. Private equity specialist Richard Wilkey heads the team, which includes the highly regarded Nick Wagstaffe and Richard Knight. Its expertise spans the full range of corporate and private equity transactions, including share disposals and management buyouts.
The whole process has been an experience for me and I consider myself fortunate that we have had such a strong team with yourselves, thank you for your early advice and recommendations. I know you value your team highly but I would like to share my gratitude for the work, commitment, attentiveness and availability of Chris, Hannah and Kate throughout the whole process. I would add Charles and Orlanda to these names who were there when I needed them and apologise if I have missed someone out.
I shall write to Chris, Hannah and Kate separately to thank them for their support. Chris has been a tremendous source of support and reassurance to me. I also appreciate how much you achieved particularly with the negotiations and appreciate our ability to share concerns in a very open and constructive way. With Marc coordinating us all we have made a great team – thank you.
I look forward to seeing you soon and would be grateful if you would pass on our thanks to the extended team.
Harrison Clark Rickerbys, led by Richard Wilkey and his team, provided a first rate service, equal to any city firm, acting for MML and the shareholders on the sale of Project Darwin. Their advice was commercial and pragmatic and the team’s work ethic and quality was excellent, especially on a transaction that was time pressured.
IAN WALLIS, MANAGING PARTNER, MML CAPITAL PARTNERS LLP
Many thanks also to the whole team at HCR team who helped on the transaction. Chris thank you for the smoothness and completeness of the legals (even when running both buyback and SPA options), Tim and Emme for the sterling work on property side and of Stacey for your efforts in ensuring everything was always in order.
I can now place all of my focus back on the operations and start looking at new acquisitions which appear to be finding their way to me. Would be good to discuss the new targets when you are free. We also need to discuss the creation the property company and trust in due course. I also have a potential lead on a printing business that looks ripe for succession and know you have a client that is acquisitive at the moment.
For such a small transaction, this was a complex deal in terms of sources of funds (personal loan, equity release and senior debt with an international twist). Every time we reached an issue, Harrison Clark Rickerby’s, Hazelwoods and Handelsbanken appear to have been ready, willing and most importantly able to provide a solution. I suppose it shows quite how difficult transactions are to complete these days.
Just a quick note to say that you for all of your work on the acquisition.
“Harrison Clark Rickerbys, led by Richard Wilkey and his team, provided commercial and pragmatic advice and stood with us shoulder to shoulder throughout the deal. The team’s work ethic and quality was excellent.”
Andrew Clarfield, investment partner at Meridian Equity
At Harrison Clark Rickerbys, Richard Knight has over 30 years’ experience in corporate matters; private equity specialist Richard Wilkey is ‘personable, practical and honest’; and Tim Walker is recommended for commercial matters.
The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2013 rankings