Matthew Darling - DAC Beachcroft
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Matthew Darling

Matthew specialises in corporate finance, including mergers and acquisitions, disposals, shareholders' agreements, joint ventures, co-investment arrangements and corporate reorganisations; he has particular expertise in transactions on AIM and in the technology sector.

He has over 25 years’ experience advising on the transactional, commercial and corporate governance related issues encountered by companies throughout their lifecycle.

Matthew's clients range from AIM-listed technology companies, through regulated utility companies and hi-tech start-ups, to high net worth individuals. He started his career working for Credit Agricole on the Marché à Terme des Instruments Financiers in Paris before qualifying as a solicitor. Matthew has also worked in Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates and has served as a non-executive director of an AIM-listed technology business, giving him further insight into what clients expect of their advisers.

Relevant experience includes advising:

  • The vendor shareholders on the £75 million sale of Tax Computer Systems Limited to AIM-listed Eco City Vehicles plc.
  • SmartSpace plc on the £21 million sale of its Managed Services division.
  • Loot Financial Services on an equity investment into it by RBS.
  • A US engineering business on its acquisitions of a series of UK-based defence contractors.
  • MXC Capital Limited on its scheme of arrangement to insert a new Guernsey holding company, admission to AIM and subsequent tender offer.
  • On the £30 million sale of a chain of medical centres to a US-based health sector investor, acting for the founders and a recently invested private equity house.
  • On the sale of a residential facility by a leading international independent provider of inpatient mental health care.
  • On Castle Street Investments plc's acquisition of Selection Services Investments Limited for £34.8 million and associated £30 million placing and re-admission to AIM.

Matthew is recognised as a Leading Individual by the Legal 500 for M&A with a value up to £50m, has been praised for his “ability to cut to the nub of the issue” and is quoted as being “highly effective”.

Matthew heads DAC Beachcroft's London based corporate finance team and is also location head for our London Walbrook office.

 

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