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Oliver
Duke

Partner

Corporate

Meet Oliver's team

Oliver is a Partner in our Corporate Group and his work focusses on cross border, private equity and venture capital transactions. He acts for a range of investors, sponsors and sponsor backed corporate clients, many of which are located outside of the UK.

Clients describe Oliver as: “exceptional at guiding us through the nuances to UK transactions”, “top notch” and “highly recommended to others”. (Legal500)

Oliver is a member of the Walker Morris International Committee with responsibility for relationships with other international law firms. He is also an active member of the International Bar Association (IBA) and the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG).

Cross Borders

Oliver’s cross border practice regularly involves multiple legal jurisdictions, regulations, market practices and tax regimes. He is well versed in guiding clients through the complexities arising from international transactions, deal structures and project managing teams across multiple time zones.

Oliver describes his working style as undramatic and focussed on problem solving. He describes his fellow Walker Morris lawyers as, “experts in their specialist areas who operate without egos. We always deal with our clients and counterparts in a respectful and fair manner and focus on achieving equitable solutions to our transactions”.

Law Firms are People

Oliver is part of Walker Morris’ innovation committee which explores ways in which law firms can evolve their businesses to become more efficient, increase diversity and think differently. “Innovation is an integral part of shaping the future working environment of a law firm. But ultimately, law firms are made up of people – their ideas and their client relationships. I believe people thrive when they are treated as individuals and allowed to work together to reach common goals, while at the same time being allowed independence to contribute to a business in their own way”.

Relevant Experience

Sorb Industri AB

Represented Sorb Industri AB (a subsidiary of Nasdaq Nordic listed investment group Lifco AB) on the acquisition of the acquisition of Cleveland Cascades, the UK-based manufacturer of bulk loading chutes used in manufacturing processes and the shipping industry.

Statlab Medical Products

Represented Statlab Medical Products, the US-headquartered and private equity backed manufacturer and distributor of anatomic pathology equipment, on its acquisition of the shares in Pyramid Innovation, the UK-based developer of pathology workflow instrumentation.

Sorb Industri AB

Represented Sorb Industri AB (a subsidiary of Nasdaq Nordic listed investment group Lifco AB) on the acquisition of T Freemantle, the UK-based carton and packaging manufacturer.

BuildData Group AB

Represented BuildData Group AB, the Nasdaq Nordic listed data management company, on its acquisition of the shares in Createmaster and on its subsequent acquisition of shares in Bond Bryan Digital.

Earlybird Digital West

Represented Earlybird Digital West, the German venture capital investment fund, on multiple investments in tech and innovation companies located in the UK.

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Sorb Industri AB

Represented Sorb Industri AB (a subsidiary Nasdaq Nordic listed investment group Lifco AB) on the acquisition of the acquisition of Spinaclean, the UK based manufacturer of gutter cleaning equipment.

Trevco Industries

Represented Trevco Industries, the US-headquartered market leading e-commerce business, on its acquisition of UK based Mandarin International Brands.

Camano Capital and Tonka Bay Equity Partners

Represented US-based private equity investors, Camano Capital and Tonka Bay Equity Partners, on the acquisition of E-Cloth, the UK headquartered market leader in premium, environmentally-friendly microfiber cleaning products.

Sorb Industri AB

Represented Sorb Industri AB (a subsidiary Nasdaq Nordic listed investment group Lifco AB) on the acquisition of Specialist Alarms Services, the UK based manufacturer and supplier of specialist alarm systems, primarily for the healthcare sector.

Statlab Medical Products

Represented Statlab Medical Products, the US-headquartered and private equity backed manufacturer and distributor of anatomic pathology equipment, on its acquisition of the shares in CellPath Holdings, the UK-based manufacturer and worldwide supplier of products, consumables and services to the Cellular Pathology sector.

Fastener Distribution

Represented Fastener Distribution, the US-headquartered and private equity backed distributor of c-class hardware and replacement parts on its acquisition of UK headquartered PDQ Airspares.

Sorb Industri AB

Represented Sorb Industri AB (a subsidiary Nasdaq Nordic listed investment group Lifco AB) on acquisition of Condale Plastics, the specialist manufacturer of bespoke plastic extrusions.

Corsearch

Represented Corsearch, the US headquartered and private equity backed intellectual property management and brand protection company, on its acquisition of Entura International, the UK headquartered anti-piracy innovation company behind the brand Marketly.

Klint Ventures

Represented Klint Ventures, the Lithuanian based venture capital fund on its investment in a UK renewable energy consulting company.

Fastener Distribution

Represented Fastener Distribution, the US-headquartered and private equity backed distributor of c-class hardware and replacement parts on its acquisition of AGC Aerospheres, the UK based distributor of aerospace chemicals, composites and other consumable materials for maintenance applications.

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