Thursday, 22 June 2006

Business deals success

A Telford law firm is developing a growing reputation for handling high profile international deals.

Martin-Kaye Solicitors, of Euston Way, has a specialist team of commercial lawyers who have seen a massive increase in business over the past 12 months.

Stuart Haynes, who leads the team, said: “It has been an extremely busy year for us as we have dealt with an unusually high number of business acquisitions, all with international connections.

“The increase in business is a direct result of the reputation we are building for our high quality services, and our specialised knowledge.”

The firm has worked closely with other lawyers and professional advisers across the world to secure the deals, and is also a founder member of the Integrated Advisory Group (IAG) International organisation - a business networking group with worldwide membership.

Martin-Kaye’s latest deals have included the Busch Group acquisition of Graham Vacuum Technology, of Congleton. The international vacuum pump manufacturer has more than 1700 employees working in 43 manufacturing and operations facilities across the world, including one in Telford.

“We acted for Busch, and worked closely with the company to ensure the deal progressed as quickly and efficiently as possible.

“The commitment shown by our team during a highly pressurised and crucial time was second to none,” said Stuart.

Martin-Kaye Solicitors also helped to secure a multi-million pound deal involving Copperweld Inc, which has a bimetallics plant in Telford.

“Copperweld was acquired by Atlas Tubes, which is based in America, in a deal worth over $350 million, and we worked closely with legal teams from Detroit, Toronto and Chicago to ensure it went ahead.”

Another key deal which the firm was involved in was the merger of a UK distributor and its Canadian parent manufacturing company, and the team has recently completed joint ventures in India and Singapore. Negotiations are also ongoing over more deals in Singapore, as well as in China, Poland and the USA.

“It is clear that our reputation for handling international matters is growing, and we believe our experience means we can offer international legal advice that sets us apart from our competitors.”

Thursday, 8 June 2006

Nita is the jewel in the crown

A Telford solicitor has been recognised in a glittering ceremony to mark the contribution made by Asian people to British society.

Nita Patel, who is a partner at Martin-Kaye Solicitors, in Euston Way, Telford, was shortlisted in the Professional Excellence category of the Lloyds TSB Asian Jewel Awards.

“I was really pleased to make the final four in this tough category which aims to recognise the achievements of Asian men and women in all areas of professional practice across Britain,” said Nita.

“It was a fantastic evening, held in Birmingham, and I am just honoured to have been in such amazing company."

The Professional Excellence Jewel Award category was set up to increase awareness and praise the outstanding achievements being made by British Asian professionals in the business and corporate sector throughout the UK.

Judges said it identified Asians whose managerial skills, professionalism, and pursuit of best practice were integral to the development and progress of public and private sector organisations.

Martin-Kaye Senior Partner, Graham Davies, said: “Nita joined our practice in 2001, and was made an Associate in January 2003.

“She specialises in private property work, and since joining has increased revenue by, among other things, introducing products previously not used by the firm.

“Her managerial skills, determination to succeed, and professionalism has led to her developing a reputation as an influential and determined character at Martin-Kaye, and resulted in her appointment as the first female Asian member of the Senior Management Team.

“We’re delighted her contribution to our company has been recognised on such a high profile stage, and that she was shortlisted for such an important award.”

Chairman of the Institute of Asian Professionals, Khalid Darr, said: “Essentially, the Lloyds TSB Asian Jewel Awards concentrate on the positive, on the way that Asian people have successfully integrated into British society, and are now making a highly valuable contribution to the social and economic fabric of this country.

“We have found enormous goodwill on the part of business, industry and the public sector to take part in this valuable and highly appreciated celebration of success.”