Freeths expands corporate practice in the East Midlands with strategic senior hire

UK law firm Freeths has appointed Corporate Partner Martin Smith to further grow and develop the practice across the East Midlands. He joins from Knights Plc.

Renowned in the market, Martin has over 25 years’ experience advising high profile clients both nationally and internationally on all aspects of M&A across a variety of sectors. He regularly works on high value private and public equity transactions, fund raisings and restructurings.

In this new role at Freeths, Martin will work alongside Partner and Head of Corporate Leon Arnold and Corporate Partner John Heaphy to establish a presence for the practice within the region, expanding on the firm’s distinguished national capabilities.

Commenting on the appointment, Leon Arnold, said: “This is a real notable hire for our team as we look to match the firm’s strength in strategically growing its offerings across the UK. With an illustrious history in the corporate finance industry, Martin’s capabilities will help provide a solid grounding in the East Midlands market.”

Martin’s appointment is the first of several significant senior hires in the East Midlands corporate team for Freeths over the next six months. 

Martin Smith added: “This new role will give me the opportunity to utilise my experience in helping Freeths really embed and expand its corporate practice in such a thriving region. With a shared vision on expanding this offering for clients across all sectors and a strategic commitment to the East Midlands, I’m incredibly eager to hit the ground running at such a prominent national firm.”

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