Chris is a Senior Solicitor within our Corporate & Commercial team.
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.
Experience | Key projects
- £8 million investment by BGF into Operational Solutions Limited – Advising BGF on its £8 million investment in Operational Solutions Limited, a leading counter–drone technologies business. This deal won Deal of the Year (sub £20 million) at the Thames Valley Dealmaker Awards 2022.
- £22 million re-finance for leading manufacturing business – Advising Amazon Filters, Europe’s leading manufacturer of bespoke filtration technology on a LMA based revolving facility and term loan facility to facilitate the exit of its incumbent private equity partner.
- £42 million re-finance for boutique hotel chain – Advising the boutique hotel group on the refinance of Allied Irish Bank with National Westminster Bank involving a complex redemption procedure and extensive due diligence on the group’s property portfolio.
- Refinance of banking facilities for a group of companies – Advising a group of companies in the care sector on a £7million refinance of their incumbent banking facilities
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.
In our recent acquisition, Herrington Carmichael LLP displayed an exceptional blend of technical proficiency and business acumen. Their diligence, coupled with their unwavering commitment to our best interests, ensured a smooth transition even when facing unexpected challenges. It’s not just their expertise, but also their approachability and ease of collaboration that stands out. I wholeheartedly recommend Herrington Carmichael to anyone seeking top-tier legal counsel with a clear understanding of commercial realities.
– Roman Grigoriev, LonGrad
Yavan, Chris, and Liz are three of the most attentive, hands-on, and knowledgeable lawyers I have ever had the pleasure of working with. They were always available to answer my questions and provide me with excellent advice. They were also very proactive in managing my case and keeping me informed of its progress. I would highly recommend them to anyone in need of legal representation.
– Richard Owen, Director, Cinch Self Storage
Having come to the decison to sell my family business which had been operating for over 70 years I was in need of professional help and reassurance along the way. Chris and Sophie led me step by step through the process, advising me and fighting my corner over warranties and indemnities. I can honestly say that I could not have managed or coped without thier help and I have been very satisified with the outcome. I would not hesitate to recommend their services.
– Paul Elding, Sky
A sincere thank you to Yavan and the entire Herrington Carmichael team. You are an exceptionally committed group of individuals. Looking back, it’s impressive what we managed to accomplish over such a short period of time, dealing with a variety of issues that came up during the process. The amount of back and forth, especially over the last few days, has been dizzying and I can only imagine what was going on behind the scenes. Working with Yavan, Chris and Matt was a pleasure. Thanks to the three of you as well as the many others working behind the scenes
– Amazon Filters
Working with the Banking team at HC in helping us to secure a critically important and complex debt financing deal for the company was real pleasure. It was understood very clearly from the start that a tight timeline was required to close out all the necessary legal documentation, which they turned around in very short timescales. Chris Gemson and Yavan Brar were great at managing this, with clear explanations and a great ability to advise and negotiate. They took a very commercial approach when needed on some of the areas that came up throughout the process, right the way through to completion. We look forward to an ongoing working partnership in the future as the company continues to navigate its way through a key fund raising period.
– Tom Pearce, CFO of Nurvv Group Limited
Working with Chris and the team at HC in helping us to secure a critically important debt financing deal for the company was real pleasure. It was understood very clearly from the start that a tight timeline was required to close out all the necessary legal documentation. Chris and Yavan were great at managing this and took a very commercial approach when needed on some of the areas that came up throughout the process.We look forward to an ongoing working partnership in the future as the company continues to navigate its way through a key fund–raising period.
– Banking & Finance Client
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.
– Director, UK Client
We instructed the banking team at Herrington Carmichael on a complex and difficult banking transaction within a tight turnaround. Yavan and Chris met the challenge and they helped us to understand the key sticking and contentions points with great clarity, and simplified the process for us. Chris andYavan had a consistent focus on our end goal throughout, and worked hard to help us achieve it. It has been a real pleasure working with them, and I would not hesitate to recommend them!
– Danny Pecorelli (Managing Director)
Legal Insights by Chris
Debt can be used to finance acquisitions, enhance working capital, acquire assets, or generally assist cash flow.
Warrants – an equity kicker on a debt investment: Q&A with Yavan Brar & Chris Gemson of Herrington Carmichael
Equity Warrants are financial instruments which permit debt or equity investors to subscribe for a particular class of shares in an investee company…
The period for applications for the government’s Future Fund scheme has been extended until 31 January 2021…
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Herrington Carmichael offers legal advice to UK and International businesses as well as individuals and families. Rated as a ‘Leading Firm 2024’ by the legal directory Legal 500 and listed in The Times ‘Best Law Firms 2023 & 2024’. Herrington Carmichael has offices in London, Farnborough, Reading, and Ascot.