Chris qualified into the Corporate & Commercial department in September 2019 having previously completed a commercially focussed training contract with the firm.
Chris deals with a variety of corporate matters, with a particular focus on M&A and banking. Chris also assists on corporate restructuring and business ownership issues.
Experience | Key projects
- Private equity investment into international electronics manufacturer: Advising UK headquartered international electronics manufacturer on investment from private equity investor with an enterprise value of £110 million.
- Advising UK lender on £4.5m lend to facilities management provider: Advising high-street lender on acquisition finance £4.5m lend to facilities management provider to acquire entire issued share capital of other facilities management business.
- Advising banking security and maintenance provider on strategic acquisition: Advising UK headquartered international banking security and maintenance provider on strategic acquisition of ATM service provider with a complex consideration structure, including existing debt repayments and earn-out provisions.
- Advising UK lender on £1.8m acquisition finance lend: Advising high-street lender on acquisition finance £1.8m lend to Newco to fund BIMBO of cyber-risk business.
Interests and Hobbies
Outside of work, Chris is a particularly keen sportsman. You can often find him at Vicarage Road, supporting Watford. He also enjoys cycling, having recently cycled from London to Rome and completing the Prudential Ride 100 London. Chris is a keen runner, having completed a number of half-marathons.
We recently instructed Chris to assist us with security arrangements to be provided by our UK group company pursuant to a loan facility being made to an overseas group company. Chris actually took the leadership in all of our contacts with the UK lawyer of the Israeli bank and guided us with all the elements of bringing the transaction to an end. As the transaction was led by the overseas financial team of the group Chris involvement was even more important with the fact that we were not familiar with all local requirements and could have made mistakes as a result of this lack of knowledge. I was impressed with Chris’ efforts in working out all the details and bringing the transaction to a successful closure additionally, he made the gaps between the UK law and our overseas business behaviour clear and manageable. We enjoyed working with Chris for his professionalism, responsiveness and availability to support our requirements on a short alert. I am sure that without Chris’ support in dealing with the banks numerous requirements, we would not have been able to complete within our desired time frame. I am hopeful we will find the opportunity to work together again in the future.”
Chris and his team were a pleasure to work with as part of a CBILS loan application we made in Q1 2021 via our new bank, Silicon Valley Bank. Chris was incredibly pro-active and responsive throughout the entire process. He understood very clearly, from the outset, the importance of securing the loan for the business given the relatively early stage nature of the company. He and his team drove this forward, facilitating the required dialogue with SVB’s legal counsel to get the deal over the line. I would not hesitate to use Chris and his teams legal services in the future.
Legal Insights by Chris Gemson
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We are solicitors in Camberley, Wokingham and London. In 2019, Herrington Carmichael won ‘Property Law Firm of the Year’ at the Thames Valley Business Magazines Property Awards, ‘Best Medium Sized Business’ at the Surrey Heath Business Awards and we were named IR Global’s ‘Member of the Year’. We are ranked as a Leading Firm 2020 by Legal 500 and Alistair McArthur is ranked in Chambers 2020.