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Matthew Akehurst

Matthew Akehurst

Associate

I advise clients on a broad range of corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, investments, and re-organisations, with a particular focus on advising clients on fundraises.

About

I joined the Fladgate team as an associate at the beginning of 2022, having qualified as a solicitor in mid-2018.

Having trained in a specialist VC team prior to qualification, I tend to spend most of my working time advising clients on their seed fundraises and Series A – E funding rounds (…although that isn’t to say I shy away from getting stuck in when a large M&A transaction finds my desk!).

I’ve worked with an array of businesses in various sectors and industries and have a genuine interest in seeing people succeed. My overarching objective, therefore, is always to ensure clients’ legal requirements are dealt with efficiently and responsibly, thereby allowing clients to focus their time and energy on what matters most (like the day-to-day running of their businesses).

When I’m not working, you can usually find me on the golf course, cycling or playing a form of racquet sport (all of which I do badly).

Expertise

A team with the expertise, track record and resources to service a wide range of domestic and international clients on large-scale transactions, and our clients range from entrepreneurs to quoted multinational corporations, we have particular strength and an established reputation in the mid-market.

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Advising on venture capital and growth capital investments, the team offers extensive experience of market practice enabling the delivery of VC fundraisings in a timely and efficient manner. Clients trust the team to work on unusual and complex matters and guide them through difficult investments which are frequently first-of-a-kind.

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Our expert team advise on all aspects of commercial law, including commercial agency, contracts, competition, data protection and cyber security, digital business and consumer, intellectual property, outsourcing and technology.

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Our insolvency & restructuring team, comprising experienced contentious and non-contentious lawyers, has a reputation for providing practical solutions to business-critical challenges. We are known in the market for our 'pragmatic and responsive advice' to a range of stakeholders, including insolvency practitioners, debtors and directors.

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We are able to suggest innovative financing structures and anticipate issues in order to identify and solve problems early on.

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Experience

  • Advising a UK FinTech start-up on its c.$6m financing round.
  • Advised a meal kit retailer on its Series B c.£24m financing round.
  • Advised a jewellery and watches business on its c.£9m sale of its watches business.
  • Advised the sellers of a British food start-up on the c.£40m sale of their shares to a multi-national food company.
  • Advised a property management company on its c.£15m equity and debt financing round.

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