Neal trained at Travers Smith and became a partner in 2001. Neal is Head of Corporate Finance and has a broad corporate practice based on general corporate advisory work, UK and international M&A and corporate finance related transactions, including public takeovers, IPOs and equity fund-raisings. Neal regularly acts for a number of quoted and private companies, financial intermediaries and other clients and has wide experience of boardroom and shareholder issues and general matters of corporate governance.
Recent work has included advising:
- BUUK on the acquisition of Ovo Energy's smart meter business
- Business Trading Company (BTC) on the acquisition of the Bow Street Magistrates Court site for a hotel redevelopment
- Amphenol Corporation on its acquisitions of Ionix Aerospace, Invotec Circuits, Martec and SGX Sensortech
- Camellia on its move from the Main Market to AIM and on the sale of its Duncan Lawrie private bank and asset management businesses
- ETF Securities on the disposal of its ETC and ETF businesses
- the Gap Partnership on its disposal and refinancing
- Marshall of Cambridge on the AIM IPO of its subsidiary Marshall Motors
- Ovo Energy on the acquisition of Corgi Homeplan
- Pinewood Shepperton on its takeover by Aermont Capital
- Shepherd Neame on its major share capital reorganisation to create a single class of NEX quoted ordinary shares and on the acquisition of Village Green Restaurants
- Soho Coffee on the acquisition of the Euphorium Bakeries
- the seller on the disposal of the business and assets of St Anthony's Hospital to Spire Healthcare
- the selling shareholders on the disposal of Invigia to Equiniti
Neal has been described by Legal 500 as 'responsive and polished', providing 'high calibre' advice, 'as good as they come' and someone 'who has the gravitas to work at the highest board levels'.
IFLR 2017 describes Neal as 'excellent'.