Martin Walsh – Commercial Department
Martin spent more than 20 years working in the city of London where he was a partner in leading English and American international law firms before moving to Lincoln.
Martin is a corporate lawyer, and has worked on a number of national and international corporate mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance transactions. He has concluded transactions across a number of industrial sectors including the renewable and traditional energy sectors.
Martin is involved in the negotiation of heads of terms, due diligence, sale and purchase agreements, liaising with licensing and other regulatory authorities and negotiation the terms of other necessary commercial agreements. In relation to the transactions in the renewable sector, these include EPC, PPA and O&M agreements.
He has also acted for two of China’s leading solar panel manufacturers in potentially some of the largest solar park transactions in the UK, involving landfill sites combining gas regeneration and typical farming landscapes. Martin has acted for landowners, developers, EPS’s and institutions in the sector both for domestic and international clients.
In recent times, Martin’s experience ranges from a USA $1.2billion reconstruction advising Amtel on its listing of GDRs on the London Stock Exchange, the merger of Burst Corporation, the US AIM listed client with Blinkx PLC, a UK AIM listed company and the sale of an engineering business to a listed company for £10 million.
“As CEO of Sleaford Quality Foods I was delighted with the work Sills & Betteridge very recently carried out for the group on the multi-million pound acquisition in Sleaford of the land and building formerly occupied (following their closure) by Great Plains UK Ltd which site is directly opposite our current factory and Warehouse. Having been looking for land in Sleaford for some time to meet the demands of our very rapidly growing business, our turnover is now in excess of £55 million, the location and the 8 acre plus site was perfect for us.
I wanted the transaction completed very quickly so as not to lose the opportunity and to have minimum interference with our production. As suppliers of dried foods and spices to the food industry it was vital we did not let down our customers.
I would in particular like to mention the work which Sills partner Martin Walsh, carried out for us in leading the Sills team. He worked very hard to ensure the transaction was completed to a very tight deadline.
I have worked with Sills for a number of years and continue to be very impressed with them and have no hesitation in recommending Martin and the Sills team.”
James Arnold, CEO Sleaford Quality Foods Ltd
“Corporate partner Martin Walsh, led a team from Sills, who were an integral part of the team working on our recent multi-million pound Management Buy Out of Battles Ltd.
Sills worked tirelessly to complete the transaction against a very tight deadline. Martin used his significant transaction experience and legal knowledge to find practical solutions to the inevitable issues that arose and provided some particularly sage advice when we had our most difficult meetings with the Vendor. Sills service levels were excellent, providing a fast response to communications and immediately turning around the transactional documents. I rate them very highly and would not hesitate in recommending Martin and the Sills corporate team to anyone buying or selling a company or business.”
Richard Dewey, Managing Director Battle, Hayward & Bower Ltd