Leading UK law firm Shoosmiths continues its ambitious growth strategy in Northern Ireland with the appointment of rising star business lawyer Grant Edwards as a partner.
Grant is dual qualified in Northern Ireland, England and Wales and has worked with venture capital and private equity funds across the UK on their investments in Northern Ireland. Grant also has considerable experience in clean energy transactions and is uniquely positioned to support the company’s strong renewable energy offering in Belfast.
Grant received three Insider Northern Ireland Dealmakers Awards shortlistings and is described in legal directories as an “Associate to Watch” in Chambers and Partners UK 2021 and in The Legal 500 as “technically very strong and a good negotiator…”
Stephen Porter, Business Manager at Shoosmiths, said: “Grant’s knowledge and solid reputation in the local market for providing superior corporate legal advice and customer service complements our growing national capital practices. investment and venture capital at Shoosmiths, as we deal with increasingly bigger and more complex. transactions.”
Grant said: “The private equity and venture capital sectors are currently very active and given the quality of businesses in the region there are many deals in Northern Ireland. I am delighted to join Shoosmiths at such a busy time and to build on their quality offering to stakeholders in Northern Ireland. “
Shoosmiths has set up one of the UK’s leading venture capital firms, regularly advising over 200 venture capital transactions per year. This success has been recognized with numerous industry awards such as the “Consulting Firm of the Year” award at the Amazon Scale-Up Awards and the “Corporate and Commercial Specialist Team of the Year” award from the Legal 500.
Shoosmiths LLP is a UK law firm with 13 locations across the UK, and 210 partners and 1423 lawyers and business support staff. It reported turnover of £ 154.2million at the end of April 2020. Shoosmiths LLP was named National Firm of the Year at the 2019 Lawyer Awards and was ranked among the top five firms for transaction volume over the past four years in reviewing mergers and acquisitions of Experian MarketIQ.