Squire Patton Boggs adds dealmaker in Leeds

Squire Patton Boggs has appointed David Milne as a partner in its Global Corporate Practice in Leeds. Milne joins from Eversheds Sutherland.

Milne specialises in private equity transactions and UK and international mergers and acquisitions (M&A). His private equity experience includes acting for numerous private equity firms, as well as for a wide range of management teams and shareholders of businesses in diverse industry sectors. He has advised on investments, acquisitions, buyouts and disposals across the manufacturing, engineering, food and drink, consumer, technology, business services, facilities management and healthcare sectors. He has completed more than 100 M&A deals, including many cross-border transactions, and has acted for multinational corporations in complex reorganisations across several jurisdictions.

Hannah Kendrick, head of the Leeds Corporate team, says: “David is a highly regarded M&A and private equity lawyer, who is really immersed in the business environment. His track record of deal-making speaks for itself. He has that entrepreneurialism that comes from understanding both the local market and global business, and from keeping close to the industries and investors he advises. He will fit right in with, and be a great asset to, our busy team.”

Milne says: “I am really excited to be joining such a strong local team as part of a powerhouse global firm and to be working with a variety of private equity and corporate clients, as well as shareholders and management teams.”

John Alderton, Leeds office managing partner, adds: “David joins a dynamic corporate team in Leeds that has been performing at the top of the market year after year and has continued to deliver deal after deal even through the difficulties of the last few months. He is well known to the team already, having worked beside or opposite our Corporate partners on several transactions in recent years. David’s arrival is great news for our team and for our clients across the region, the UK and internationally.”

Milne joins the Squire Patton Boggs Private Equity team as it continues to expand. Earlier this year, the team saw the arrival in London of partners Ben Squires and Charles Leeming from Simpson Thacher and Stephen Ball from KPMG. 
 
Recent deal highlights for the Leeds team include acting for the sellers of eCube on the acquisition by Baird Capital, acting for DMW Group on the sale of the company to Omnicom subsidiary Credera, and advising Nimbus on the MBO of Customade Group.