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Matt is a corporate partner and is head of Foot Anstey's nationally recognised private equity team which advises clients such as HgCapital, Ardian, Business Growth Fund and Phoenix Equity Partners, as well as several significant Chinese private equity funds.
Matt trained and qualified into the private equity department of the leading City firm Travers Smith and, prior to joining Foot Anstey, spent several years at Kinmont, a corporate finance boutique in London acknowledged as a leader in advising management teams. Management advisory remains a core part of Matt's practice.
Matt has strong experience in M&A (frequently of a cross-border nature), private equity and venture capital, debt and equity restructurings and general corporate finance matters.
Matt has led a number of significant transactions since joining Foot Anstey. Recent highlights include:
- Advising Parts Alliance, an HgCapital backed company, on a series of award winning acquisitions in the car parts industry
- Advising Ardian, the global private investment company, on its legal due diligence for its acquisition of Envision Pharma Group
- Advising Lord Waheed Alli, Viscount William Astor and other executive management on the investment by Shamrock Capital Partners into Silvergate Media, the international media rights business
- Advising Hong Kong based private equity fund, Sailing Capital, on its acquisition of Astrum Education Group from Sovereign Capital
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Matt is recognised as a notable practicioner by the Chambers UK legal directory.
Matthew is another of the team’s "pragmatic and entrepreneurial’ partners." Legal 500 2019
Matthew is known for his "ability to deal with a wide range of sophisticated matters" in both private equity and corporate transactions. He is considered a "very commercial" solicitor by his clients. Chambers 2019
Matthew is described as a "strong, flexible, commercial partner" who is "steeped in an understanding of the deal process and what clients want." Chambers 2019
Matthew Stoate is praised by commentators for being "very professional, very knowledgeable and very experienced." Chambers 2018
Clients commented that he is "very skilled, bright, and has a commercial perspective beyond the norm." Chambers 2017