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Stephen is a highly experienced corporate law specialist providing proactive business advice to domestic and international clients across a range of sectors. He is one of the firm’s International Brand Ambassadors.
Stephen has a particular emphasis on all forms of cross-border M&A, complex joint ventures, commercial contracts, shareholder arrangements and company restructurings.
Acting for public and private clients, as well as family businesses and ultra high net worth individuals, Stephen is well travelled and well connected. His friendly and approachable style has led him to become the trusted advisor to a large and varied client base.
Stephen’s pragmatic and creative approach means he delivers solutions ahead of time, helping clients achieve their goals in a cost effective manner. Stephen is comfortable advising a board of directors of a public listed company or a new start-up entrepreneur. His attention to detail is matched by his ability to see the ‘bigger picture’.
Stephen has been with the firm since 1995 and became a partner in 2003.
“I always try to put myself in the shoes of my client – imagining that it is my business and my money, that way I give advice I believe in.”
“My clients trust me and I am with them all the way – for now and the future, together.”
Professional associations and memberships
Member of the International Bar Association (IBA)
What you may not know about Stephen
Stephen is a keen cyclist and passionate about photography – so don’t be surprised if he is spotted taking photos of your office view – as well as one of the signing sessions of the Completion meeting!
My matter highlights
Working on the merger of Ince & Co LLP and Gordon Dadds PLC to create a full service AIM listed international law firm, signing on 31st December 2018
Advising a major Middle Eastern energy client/ship owner on a proposed collaboration in 2019 with a new strategic partner in respect of its shipping platform. The client has approached a number global shipping operators with a view to them investing in its shipping arm.
Acting in 2019 for an UHNI in respect of ongoing issues surrounding the sale of shares in a family business
Advising a wholly state-owned national oil company on a major asset restructuring in 2017/8
5. Advising a New York Stock Exchange listed company on a cross border acquisition in 2018 of a European company that provides global port reception facilities.
Acting for a global ship management company in 2018 on its share for share exchange whereby it acquired a global marine travel business.
Acting for an Austrian private equity fund on the purchase in 2018 of a UK specialist retail printing company
Advising family members of a Middle East family in 2017/8 in respect of personal wealth investments under the control of third parties
Acting for a US fund on its acquisition in 2018 of a global leader in ship management services
Acting for a Far East business in respect of commercial issues and ownership disputes concerning its operations in the Middle East
My recent publications
News / New transparency regime for English companies - are you ready?
This note focuses on the impact of the new regime on English incorporated companies. Broadly similar rules apply to LLPs and SAs but are outside the scope of this note.
News / Shipping E-Brief April 2016
29-04-2016 / Maritime
The Shipping E-Brief is a quarterly publication providing you with key information on legal decisions and developments in shipping and related business areas.
News / Ince Co advises departing shareholders on private equity-backed Lorega MBO
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 / Ince Co promotes corporate specialist Matthew Stratton to partner
News / Mind the gap: dealing with a delay between signing and completion
On 26 May 2014, Rio Tinto, Chinalco and the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation announced a deal to develop Guinea’s iron ore deposits – potentially doubling Guinea’s GDP. According to the firms involved the ‘Simandou’ project will be the biggest combined iron ore and infrastructure project ever seen in Africa, with a value in the region of $20 billion (£12 billion).