Finance Wales appoints panel of legal advisers

Following its continued expansion, Finance Wales has appointed a panel of legal advisers to support its growing corporate and investment operations until January, 2015.

Six firms have been appointed to the panel as a result of a rigorous selection process:

  • DAC Beachcroft LLP
  • Eversheds LLP
  • Geldards LLP
  • Hill Dickinson LLP
  • Hugh James
  • Morgan Cole LLP

Welcoming the panel’s appointment, Finance Wales’ Chief Executive, Sian Lloyd Jones said: “The 2011 – 12 financial year has been another busy one for Finance Wales and we’re seeing continued strong demand for investment from Welsh SMEs. We’re confident our new panel of advisers will be able to provide us with the high-quality legal advice we need to run our business effectively and provide an efficient service.”

This announcement has also been welcomed by the six panel members.

Alan Pratt, a partner at DAC Beachcroft said: "We are delighted to have been appointed to Finance Wales' new panel and look forward to supporting it in its investment activities in the future. Finance Wales sits at the interface between two key markets for DAC Beachcroft - the UK public sector and fund and investment management – and the firm is privileged to have been involved in some of its most significant commercial activity over the last three years. This latest appointment reaffirms that relationship and is further testament to DAC Beachcroft's commitment to building a significant commercial presence in the region."

Paul Pugh, a partner at Eversheds said: “Finance Wales has proved to be a national asset which continues to grow and will benefit many SMEs and the economy; it is an essential part of the financial recovery. We are very pleased to be a part of this journey.”

Geraint Tilsley a partner at Geldards said: “We are delighted to have been re-appointed to the Finance Wales panel and look forward to continuing to support Finance Wales as it enters this exciting new period of expansion.”

Sally Wightman, a partner in the corporate team of Hill Dickinson said: "We are delighted to be able to support Finance Wales, an organisation which plays a vital role in the regional economy. Our team of specialist lawyers will provide Finance Wales with wide-ranging commercial and private equity investment expertise, via our offices in Chester and Liverpool and we look forward to building a close relationship with Finance Wales as we work together on investment projects and opportunities."

Gerallt Jones, partner and Head of the Corporate and Banking Division at Hugh James, said: “Hugh James is delighted to have been reappointed to the Finance Wales legal panel and for the opportunity to build on the excellent working relationship we have developed with the team over the last four years. Finance Wales is a key player in the Welsh economy and we relish the opportunity to continue to support its provision of vital capital to Welsh businesses."

Robert Cherry, corporate partner at Morgan Cole commented: "Morgan Cole is delighted to have secured a place on Finance Wales's legal panel. As a firm we have always regarded ourselves as champions of Finance Wales and the vital investment and support which it provides to the Welsh economy. As legal advisers, we look forward to developing that support into a genuine partnership with Finance Wales as it continues and expands that investment in the coming years."

Finance Wales invited suitably qualified legal advisers to tender for the provision of a range of legal services in accordance with current public procurement regulations. These new arrangements are now operational and replace all other arrangements for the provision of legal services for Finance Wales.