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DWS Legal fortifies corporate team

DWS Legal fortifies corporate team


DWS Legal, a distinguished full-service law firm, has taken a significant stride in enhancing its corporate transaction capabilities with the recent appointment of Martin Smith as a Director

Martin Smith, an accomplished corporate lawyer with accolades such as being ranked as a "leading individual" by the Legal 500 in both the East Midlands and East Anglia, and recognised as an "expert" by Legal Business, brings a wealth of experience to the firm. Smith's expertise extends to a variety of high-profile transactions, including the sale of a company holding local Costa Coffee franchises, the sale of an app developer to an AIM-listed company, and the coordination of the £60 million acquisition of by US-based AppHub, marking one of the largest international business deals in the East Midlands.

Having worked with Martin on a consultancy basis for several years, DWS Legal's CEO, Sameer Karim, expressed enthusiasm about the appointment, highlighting Smith's invaluable contributions to numerous high-value corporate transactions. Karim noted, "With ambitious plans for our future, I was looking for someone with that level of experience, expertise, and leadership to join me on the Board as a fellow Director of DWS Legal. I approached Martin, and we found that we have very similar aspirations, values, and ambitions. I’m delighted to say that Martin joined DWS Legal as a Director this month."

Martin Smith's extensive background includes roles as a corporate finance executive at Lazard Brothers and Kleinwort Benson, head of corporate law at Harvey Ingram Owston, and a partner at DJ Freeman, where he focused on the Media and Technology Department. His notable deals encompass AIM listings, private equity transactions, joint ventures, major privatisations, and contested takeovers of fully-listed companies.

In response to his appointment, Martin Smith expressed excitement about joining DWS Legal, emphasising his admiration for Sameer Karim's tenacity and innovation in the legal industry. Smith sees his role as a natural progression, aligning with the firm's growth plans and its commitment to innovation. He anticipates dynamic and interesting years ahead for DWS Legal and looks forward to contributing to the firm's continued success.

The addition of Martin Smith as Director not only strengthens DWS Legal's leadership team but also signals a strategic move to navigate the evolving landscape of corporate transactions. As the firm continues to pursue ambitious growth plans, the synergy between Sameer Karim and Martin Smith is poised to drive DWS Legal toward new heights of success and innovation in the legal sector.