Mills & Reeve expands corporate team with private equity partner hire

Leading national law firm Mills & Reeve has recruited Tom Shorten as a partner to boost its Manchester corporate team and expand its private equity offering in the North West.

Tom, who has joined from Pinsent Masons, is a prominent lawyer in the region’s private equity and corporate finance community and has advised on several of the highest profile deals in Manchester in recent years.

He also has expertise in the education sector, particularly in nurseries, and Tom’s appointment will strengthen the team’s corporate education practice and capitalise on the growing opportunities in the North West market.

The Manchester corporate practice has grown significantly in recent years and now has four partners in its 10-strong team. Tom’s appointment will further enhance its private equity offering both in Manchester and nationwide.

Chris Ross, corporate partner and head of the Manchester office said: “Tom is one of the leading next generation partners in the private equity arena and is sought out by clients for his expertise in advising on complex transactions across several industries.

"We are increasingly advising on higher value deals across key sectors including healthcare, education and technology and Tom is ideally placed to lead the development of our private equity offering and meet growing demand from clients to help them pursue their acquisition strategies.”

Tom said: “After 12 great years at a market leading international firm, the opportunity to join Mills & Reeve to help lead their private equity and corporate practice in Manchester was too good to turn down and I look forward to supporting our clients and competing in the market with this quality law firm.”

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