As a partner in the corporate team, while I have considerable experience in advising directors and shareholders on a range of different types of corporate transactions, I have particular experience in transactions involving private equity (investment and M&A).
Having worked with acquirers, sellers, management teams, banks, investors and private equity, I have a good sense for what is reasonable to ensure that the interests of all parties are fairly protected. In addition to the UK-based clients I work with, I also work with clients in the US and Spain (I am fluent in Spanish) and, as a result, a lot of M&A transactions I advise on are cross-border and involve private equity.
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Qualifications and memberships
- Qualified in September 2001
- The Law Society
Advised a group of further education colleges (EKC Group) on its acquisition of certain elements of Hadlow and West Kent & Ashford Colleges.
Advised the shareholders of Credence Background Screening Limited on the sale of the company to Canadian private equity-backed Certn Holdings Inc.
Advised Big Motoring World on its acquisition of SW Car Supermarket.
Advising US private equity-backed Uniguest on its acquisition programme in the UK, which has included the acquisitions of Onelan, Tripleplay (including its international subsidiaries), Planet eStream and MediaStar Systems.
Advising the Mobeus (now Gresham House Ventures) growth team on its £4m investment into Connect Childcare, the UK’s leading nursery management software.
Advised the shareholders of Sahara Holdings Limited on the sale of the Sahara group of companies to Nasdaq quoted Boxlight Corporation.
Once again, Salim and Emma provided B.P. Marsh with seamless support throughout this transaction, understanding the brief and ensuring a smooth completion process.
Investment Director and Executive Director
"Salim gives very good balanced advice and explains different applications, allowing the client to make a good, informed decision."
Chambers UK Guide 2024
Salim Somjee must do nothing else but think about helping his clients get the best result.
Legal 500 2022
The professional service provided by Helen and Salim was superb and went beyond our expectations as an investor. Their ability to strike a perfect balance between providing transaction support and legal advice was critical to completing a complex deal with multiple co-investors.
Investor Director, Gresham House Ventures
This was our 2nd acquisition in the UK in the last 15 months and both times Cripps exceeded expectations. This particular acquisition had a number of moving parts with various foreign legal entities, but the team was able to manage through it and get us to our close date on time. They are always a pleasure to work with.
He is a very experienced corporate lawyer who understands the nuances of complex M&A transactions and takes a pragmatic and commercial approach.
Chambers & Partners 2022