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Mona Patel

Department Corporate Qualified 2001 Languages English, Gujarati

Mona Patel

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Mona is a Partner within the firm's corporate practice.

She is a transactional corporate and commercial lawyer with over 18 years’ experience. Mona advises on UK and cross-border acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures and strategic partnerships, management buy-outs/buy-ins, restructurings and mergers including advising on applicable FCA compliance and regulatory matters. She has represented stakeholders in sophisticated acquisitions, group restructurings and complex joint venture shareholder arrangements. Mona also has a broad commercial practice assisting clients with their commercial contracts including distribution arrangements, complex and bespoke supply and outsourcing agreements, technology and intellectual property contracts, data exploitation, licensing, collaboration, sponsorship and online promotions.

Mona has worked for clients in several different business and industry sectors including insurance, shipping, energy, business and finance, aviation, software, technology, ecommerce, telecommunications and media. 

Since 2001 Mona has completed two client secondments, the first with the insurers Royal & Sun Alliance and the second with Emirates Airlines, a Middle East based airline.

Accolades:
Legal 500 2019 as a Next Generation Partner, Acritas Star Stand Out Lawyers

My matter highlights

Corporate

  • Advising a Dutch client on its acquisition of a UK customs management business.

  • Advising an Austrian client in its acquisition of a UK retail printing solution specialist. 

  • Advised a seabed-to-surface engineering, construction and services contractor on its agreement to acquire a 60% holding in a leading energy consultancy firm.

  • Advised a leading operator of LNG carriers, on its joint venture with a Greek utilities entity for the construction and operation of a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) and an LNG terminal.

  • Advised a global private equity house on its acquisition of a global provider of maritime services.

  • Advised departing shareholders on the sale of their shares in a UK insurance MGA to its private equity backed management buy-out team. The transaction included a number of FCA/regulatory issues comprising aspects of financial promotion and FCA approvals.

  • Advised a well know shipping company on a complex restructuring including the consolidation of multiple tiers of shareholders (involving trust structures and different classes of shares with enhanced rights) into a simple structure and placing those shares on the Oslo Bors Merkur Market.

  • Advised an Italian shipping company on its €60 million joint venture with a subsidiary of a publicly listed Malaysian oil and gas company.

  • Advised the shareholders of an international oil broker on the US$160m sale to a UK listed interdealer broker and the related £32.1 million vendor placing of shares.

  • Advised China Merchants Holdings, (a fully owned subsidiary of the China Merchant Group), on its formation of a joint venture with Netherlands based Overdulve Offshore Services International Group B.V. to embark on the engineering and construction of two newbuild semisubmersible crane vessels (SSCV). 

Commercial

>  Assisting a platform provider with its content licensing arrangements and co-production agreement relating to its live podcasts.

>  Advised a US listed energy company on its collaboration with a Dutch software developer in respect of its IP and licensing rights in subsea diamond infused cutting technology.

>  Advising a producer of specialist chemicals on its logistics outsourcing involving 50 sites in 18 European jurisdictions.

>  Advising a British yacht manufacturer on its global distribution arrangements and corresponding terms of business, trade mark licensing and GDPR requirements.

>  Assisting a software developer on a framework agreement for the supply of software and maintenance services to an investment bank.

>  Assisting a US relocation services company with its supplier agreements.

My testimonials and accolades

Mona Patel

“Mona Patel is an excellent all-round lawyer, highly skilled technically with extensive knowledge of specialist subjects and a graceful professional style.”

- Anonymous

Mona Patel

“She is particularly strong in the energy, insurance and shipping sectors with joint ventures as a speciality.”

- Anonymous

Mona Patel

“Her level of response, her commitment, she turns things around very quickly, she knows her subject matter, and she provides us with an exceptional service.”

- Anonymous

My recent publications

Insights / COVID-19: Allocating M&A deal risk between buyers and sellers in a post-COVID-19 world

27-07-2020 /

The current climate has made the valuation of target companies very difficult for buyers, ultimately impacting M&A deal flow globally.  

COVID-19: Allocating M&A deal risk between buyers and sellers in a post-COVID-19 world

Insights / COVID-19: Transactional due diligence in a post COVID-19 world

27-07-2020 /

It is clear that COVID-19 has had an impact on M&A deal flow globally across many sectors.

COVID-19: Transactional due diligence in a post COVID-19 world

Insights / COVID-19: Data Protection post Lockdown

07-07-2020 /

With the easing of lockdown measures, businesses around the country are now reopening. 

COVID-19: Data Protection post Lockdown

Insights / Chapter 15 - England and Wales

16-06-2020 / Insurance

The UK insurance and reinsurance industry is the largest in Europe and the fourth-largest in the world.

Chapter 15 - England and Wales

Insights / Covid-19: New UK Government guidance on responsible contracting

22-05-2020 /

At a time when companies are working through the impact of Covid-19 on their business, employees, contracts and supply chains, the Government has issued guidance on ‘responsible contractual behaviour’ for contracts ‘materially impacted’ by Covid-19 (i.e. those too difficult or impossible to perform). It calls on parties to act responsibly and fairly during the Covid-19 pandemic in order to protect businesses, jobs, supply chains and the UK’s economic recovery.

Covid-19: New UK Government guidance on responsible contracting

Insights / Covid-19: Are your terms and conditions ready for trade post-lockdown?

22-05-2020 /

As social distancing measures are slowly being eased across the globe, many businesses will be revisiting their own (and their supplier) T&Cs as they look to resume trade.

Covid-19: Are your terms and conditions ready for trade post-lockdown?

News / COVID 19: Impact on BREXIT

24-04-2020 /

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has clearly influenced the Brexit timetable. The possibility of concluding an agreed framework to govern the future relationship between the UK and EU and the necessary systems to implement the framework before 31 December 2020 looked ambitious even before the coronavirus crisis struck. Attempting to meet the deadline when a public health emergency exists appears even more challenging.

 COVID 19: Impact on BREXIT

News / COVID-19: Joint Ventures

16-04-2020 /

Disrupted supply chains, abrupt decline in corporate earnings, funding cutbacks, concerns over commercial sustainability of contracts, key event cancellations and a marked reduction in consumer activity due to the COVID-19 pandemic have all had an impact on markets and businesses around the globe. Joint venture (“JV”) participants in all industries and sectors are suddenly having to manage risks and take decisions they had not anticipated or prepared for in their contractual arrangements. Many JV participants are finding it difficult to meet undertakings they have given to the JV and the severe impact on revenues has meant funding has been compromised.

COVID-19: Joint Ventures

News / COVID-19: Are you(r contracts) frustrated?

16-04-2020 /

Following on from Ince’s recent article on force majeure clauses, we consider the common law rules on frustration. Frustration may provide relief for parties under English law governed contracts entered into before the onset of COVID-19 which are now difficult or impossible to perform and where there is no force majeure clause in the contract or a force majeure clause does not sufficiently capture an event such as COVID-19.

COVID-19: Are you(r contracts) frustrated?

News / COVID-19: What are the implications for data protection?

24-03-2020 /

As governments work to contain the COVID-19 pandemic and companies implement emergency measures to comply with public health initiatives, it is important that any steps taken are consistent with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). We set out below the basic data protection questions you may have from a UK perspective.

COVID-19: What are the implications for data protection?

News / COVID-19 – Potential impact on M&A transactions

23-03-2020 /

Both Buyers and Sellers will need to be mindful of the potential impact of COVID-19 on new and ongoing M&A transactions. There are a number of issues that the parties might consider addressing at various stages of the transaction to protect themselves and provide an agreeable approach where risk is identified.

COVID-19 – Potential impact on M&A transactions

News / COVID-19: Impact on Supply Chain

23-03-2020 /

The coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak has disrupted supply chains globally. Suppliers and providers are finding it harder to deliver their usual services due to (amongst other things) workforce sickness and quarantine, logistics delays and in some cases country wide lockdown.

COVID-19: Impact on Supply Chain

News / COVID-19: Governance

17-03-2020 /

Company directors will need to prudently assess how to manage coronavirus risks within their businesses.

COVID-19: Governance

News / Brexit Q&A: Corporate

04-01-2020 /

In this Brexit Q&A Mona Patel provides commentary on the impact of Brexit on corporate law and transactions.

Brexit Q&A: Corporate

News / Ince Brexit Q&A Series

12-12-2019 /

The UK’s decision to leave the European Union continues to create a complex and unprecedented level of uncertainty in the UK, the EU and beyond. It brings significant regulatory, financial and operational implications to individuals and businesses of all sizes.

Ince Brexit Q&A Series

News / Chapter 14 - England and Wales Insurance

16-05-2019 / Insurance

The UK insurance and reinsurance industry is the largest in Europe and the fourth-largest in the world. Commercial insurance business in the UK is dominated by the ‘London Market’, which today is the world’s leading market for internationally traded insurance and reinsurance.

Chapter 14 - England and Wales Insurance

News / New edition of the Insurance and Reinsurance Law Review

30-05-2018 /

For the past few years, Peter Rogan (Consultant) has edited the Insurance and Reinsurance Law Review

News / Ince Co advises departing shareholders on private equity-backed Lorega MBO

03-03-2016 /

International law firm Ince Co has advised the departing shareholders on the sale of their shares in Lorega Limited to a newly incorporated company owned by Lorega's management team and the management team's investors, Alcuin Capital Partners LLP The value of the MBO was undisclosed

News / 2015 A Significant Year for Regulatory Development

01-06-2015 / Insurance

A number of significant developments are set to take place this year that marks 2015 as a pivotal year for the insurance sector. In this article, we focus on three specific developments that firms should be aware of: i) the Financial Conduct Authority’s (the FCA) new ‘concurrent powers’; ii) the Solvency II Directive and how far along it is; and iii) the new regulatory requirements for outsourcing. We consider the effects of these regulations and what firms should be doing to prepare for them.

2015 A Significant Year for Regulatory Development