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Paul Raftery



Paul is national head of Weightmans' Owner Managed Businesses segment. Paul has over 25 years' experience through fluctuating economic cycles in advising businesses and their owners and directors on their corporate affairs. Paul’s clients range from technology and entrepreneurial start-ups at one extreme to established private and public companies at the other.

Paul advises sellers and buyers on disposal and acquisitions, from strategy and planning stages through to completion. Paul also advises clients on fundraising and investments, group reorganisations and restructuring.

In addition to transactional advice, Paul advises owners and directors on their duties and responsibilities and on corporate governance and compliance. Non-transactional advice also includes advice on joint venture and shareholder arrangements and other partnering relationships.

Paul regularly advises non-UK companies, listed and private, in relation to their UK subsidiaries and UK acquisition strategy and on cross border acquisitions and joint ventures.

Transactions he has acted on in the last couple of years include:

  • the purchase by Sonoco of Plastique Holdings Limited
  • the sale of Caunce O’Hara Insurance Brokers Limited to Markel Capital Holdings Limited
  • the purchase of Ryan Insurance Group Limited by the Seventeen Group
  • the purchase by Composites One Inc of Solvay SA’s European process materials group
  • investment in Flint Global Limited by Growth Capital Partners
  • sale of Isotopx Limited to Techcomp Europe Limited
  • sale of Buy to Let Broker Limited to Pivotal Growth limited
  • sale of Century Logistics Limited to Metro Supplies Group Limited
  • purchase by Kreiss SIA of C Neil Dowson Limited

Whilst advising clients across a wide range of sectors, Paul has particular expertise in sectors as diverse as manufacturing, packaging, transport and logistics, insurance brokers, property and construction and professional services.

A selection of directory entries confirm what clients and intermediaries say about Paul:

Paul Raftery is praised for his 'unbelievable knowledge and expertise” — Legal 500

He has a first-class legal mind and is extremely commercially astute and yet able to explain complex matters to me easily.” — Chambers & Partners

Paul Raftery is always available – day, night or weekends if we need him. He goes that extra mile to get the best deal done for us and again this is backed up by sensible, straightforward and easily understandable advice. He is also backed by a very competent team.” — Legal 500

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