Philip Stephenson

Partner

“Philip is very alive to the client's desired outcomes and draws upon his wide experience of company acquisitions”

Chambers 2017

Philip is a partner in our Corporate & Commercial team. Prior to joining Wilsons in 2017, Philip practised in the South East since 2003 and, before that, for over a decade in the City. Before embarking on a career in law, he traded commodities for Cargill and BP, after studying at Oxford University.

Philip's work focusses on mergers and acquisitions, management buy outs, equity investments and releases, loan finance, corporate reorganisations, shareholder agreements, joint ventures, share options and company and contract law issues. Whilst in the City and at his previous regional firm he had experience of AIM listing and takeover work, and a good number of his transactions have had a significant either cross–jurisdictional or pre–completion structuring element. Philip has experience of many sectors, in particular IT, technology, logistics, healthcare and manufacturing businesses. Philip thrives on getting to know clients and their businesses and, in a collaborative and unstuffy way, supporting them through key stages of the business and owner life cycle, particularly growth, succession and exit events.

The clients Philip advises range from AIM listed businesses, owner managers / high and ultra-high net worth individuals, private equity funds and banks. Both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 recognise Philip as a leading Corporate Finance lawyer in the South East region, and in 2013 he was shortlisted as South East Corporate Lawyer of the Year at the Insider Dealmakers Awards.

Recent highlights

  • Advising technology focussed private equity fund on 13 transactions since 2012 as part of a buy, build and exit strategy
  • Advising Enables IT Ltd on its £4.25m reverse takeover of AIM listed Nexus Management Plc (then renamed Enables IT Group Plc)
  • Advising an AIM listed data analytics company on the c £10m purchase of another data analytics company with 100+ shareholders. To achieve a 100% sale and given that many of the selling shareholders were US based individuals, the deal structure incorporated a significant “drag along” element to avoid the buyer breaching US security laws

When work and family permit, Philip indulges his many sporting interests. He is lucky still to be able to get around a football pitch and is a keen cyclist. He is never too far away from a long distance cycling challenge and has cycled London to Paris three times raising money for various charities.

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