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Expertise

As one of the few female chairmen at a UK law firm, Lesley Gregory has led Memery Crystal through several strong financial years, worked to expand the firm’s international offering and encourage an internal culture focused on diversity and core values – all while maintaining her top-rated corporate practice.

She specialises in capital markets work including flotations and secondary capital raisings.  She acts for companies, nominated advisers and brokers and has acted for both UK and international companies from the US, Canada, South Africa and Australia including Petra Diamonds Limited and Gaming Realms Plc.  Lesley also advises growth companies on alternative forms of raising finance, including retail corporate bonds for companies and clubs from Hotel Chocolat to the Jockey Club.  In addition, she advises on acquisitions and disposals of public and private companies as well as on cross-border transactions.

Lesley enjoys the challenges of working with entrepreneurs and growth companies and has previously acted as a non-executive director or special advisor to both public and private companies. Through Lesley’s connections in 2016 Memery Crystal became a corporate partner to E2Exchange which sets to promote entrepreneurial qualities, of which Lesley also sits on the Advisory Panel.

Lesley has been a champion of the firm’s core values programme initiated in 2007, supporting policies and procedures to reinforce the firm’s emphasis on client care, professional development and a supportive workplace. Through her initiative, Memery Crystal became the first law firm to launch a Payroll Giving Scheme with Giveall, a HMRC approved platform enabling employees to donate to any UK charity through their salary on a monthly basis, commission free.

In her spare time Lesley enjoys running and playing tennis, having been an Oxford hockey and tennis blue.

Accolades

  • Chambers UK 2017 - Individual
  • Chambers UK 2016 - individual 2016
  • Chambers Europe 2016 - individual
  • L500 UK - individual
  • Chambers UK 2015 - individual
  • Global Awards CorporateLiveWire 2017

"Memery Crystal LLP stands out for the volume of work handled in its six-partner team. Corporate head Michael Dawes advised longstanding broker client Brandon Hill Capital on San Leon Energy’s £29m fundraising, and Lesley Gregory acted for SP Angel as NOMAD in Ironbridge Resources’ admission to AIM and accompanying £10m fundraising. Corporate AIM clients include Gaming Realms, Shanta Gold and Futura Medical."

The Legal 500 UK - 2016

In detail

Recent experience

  • Advising Petra Diamonds Limited on the issue of a $300 million high yield bond
  • Advising Bond International Plc in connection with the sale of Strictly Education for £11.3 million
  • Advising Harlequins in relation to their bond to raise approximately £5 million
  • Advising Gaming Realms in relation to the acquisition of GameHouse US
  • Advising Cenkos Securities Plc in its role as nomad and broker on a placing for AIM-listed company Science in Sport
  • Advising Cenkos Securities Plc in its role as nomad and broker on a £34m fundraising for AIM-listed Restore Plc, in connection with Restore’s acquisition of the records management business of Wincanton Plc.
  • Advised on the admission of Rainbow Rare Earths to the standard listing segment of the Official List and to trading on the Main Market of the LSE.

Career history

  • 1988 – 2010: Partner at Memery Crystal
  • 2010 – 2016: Chief Executive at Memery Crystal
  • 2016 – present: Chairman at Memery Crystal

Awards and Recognition

  • Ranked as one of only three leading (Tier 1) lawyers in England for Capital Markets: Equity (Small-Mid Cap) in the PLC Cross-border Capital Market Handbook 2008/2009.
  • Named as a leading UK lawyer for Corporate Finance in the Best Lawyers directory in every year since 2012.
  • Named a UK Legal Expert in Corporate, M&A, Capital Markets and Sport in the Legal Business ‘Legal Experts’ directory in every year since 2008.
  • Included on the ‘Hot 100’ list for 2012 by The Lawyer magazine.
  • One of 200 lawyers shortlisted for the 2013 edition of the UK Chambers 100, a ranking of the UK’s top business lawyers.
  • Runner up for “Legal Business Woman of the Year” in the 2014 Law Society Excellence Awards.
  • Ranked as Band One and leading individual for Corporate/M&A in Chambers UK and Europe 2017.
  • Selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in United Kingdom for Corporate Finance Law.
  • Selected for a Lawyer Monthly – Women in Law 2017 Award in recognition of her outstanding legal expertise and contribution within the practice area of Alternative Investment Market Law.
  • Awarded ‘Excellence in Floatation Law Services’ by Global Awards CorporateLiveWire 2017.
  • Recently shortlisted in the 2017 Woman Lawyer of the Year category in the Law Society Excellence Awards.

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