Adam Dowdney


Adam Dowdney is a Partner in the Corporate and Commercial department at IBB which has a very strong reputation in Uxbridge and the wider Thames Valley market. Adam specialises in all aspects of corporate finance work, including mergers and acquisitions, MBOs/MBIs, private equity transactions (acting for both management and investment entities), restructurings, joint ventures, shareholder agreements and general company law matters. Adam has worked on a number of large, high-profile and complex transactions across a broad range of business sectors and he won "Lawyer of the Year" at the 2011 Thames Valley & Solent Business Award. Adam is ranked as a leading individual in both Legal 500 and Chambers.

Adam has been inducted into the Legal 500 Hall of Fame. The Legal 500 selects individuals who have “received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence” and “are at the pinnacle of the profession.”

Recent Transactional experience:

  • Advising shareholders of BM Trada Group, the provider of certification and building products testing services, on the sale of the company and it’s subsidiaries to Exova Group Plc for approximately £22 million;
  • Advising Game Digital, the high street and on-line specialist games retailer, on the acquisition of Multiplay Limited, an event and gaming community focussed company, for circa £20 million;
  • Advising the shareholders of Softbox Systems Limited, a market-leading manufacturer and distributor of temperature-controlled packaging systems for the pharmaceutical industry, on the strategic minority investment by US private equity firm Great Point Partners;
  • Advising The West Berkshire Brewery PLC, the independent brewery based in Yattendon, on its re-registration as a PLC and offer to raise up to £4m million under the EIS;
  • Working with Prowting Investments Plc, a family-backed private equity firm, on the strategic investment in bespoke property developer Bargate Homes Limited;
  • Advising the shareholders of Permanent Health Company Limited, a specialist provider of medical and dental insurance for families and businesses, on the sale of the entire issued share capital to AXA;
  • Working with the shareholders of Orion Clinical Services Limited, a market-leading Clinical Research Organisation, on its merger with Simbec Research Limited;
  • Advising the shareholders of Intelliflo Limited, a market-leading software provider to the financial services sector, on its buyout backed by HGCapital;
  • Advising the shareholders of Resourcing Solutions Ltd
  • Advising the management team of Sabio Ltd

Career history:

  • Qualified with Linklaters in September 1995 into the international financial services team;
  • Joined the Charles Russell corporate team in London 1997;
  • Joined Clarkslegal in Reading as a Partner in the corporate and commercial team in 2004;
  • Moved to Pitmans in Reading as a Partner in the corporate team in 2007;
  • Joined Shoosmiths in Reading as a Partner in the corporate team in 2012.

Adam Dowdney Recognised in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame 2018

Legal 500 in 2018 says:

"Adam Dowdney and Harriett Jones advised Italian drinks dispenser company, Celli, on its acquisition of Brewday. In a highlight demonstrating the firm's entrenched relationships with owner-managed businesses, Dowdney and Jones assisted the shareholders of Resourcing Solutions with the £15m sale of a 70% shareholding to Match Group, and the grant of put and call options over the remaining 30%". 

Legal 500 in 2017 says:

"Adam Dowdney joined from Shoosmiths LLP in April 2016, and, along with David Clark, is acting for Trans-Siberian Gold on its high-value share capital reduction, and is also advising Sabio on a £50m management buyout backed by Lyceum Capital. Other highlights included advising residential housebuilder Durkan Estates on its joint venture with Housing Growth Partnership, and assisting Advanced Group Holdings on its demerger and management buyout".

Chambers in 2019 says:

"Adam Dowdney heads the firm's corporate team and advises clients on a range of corporate transactions. He is highlighted for his personable approach, with one interviewee noting: 'He really takes the time to get to know you and makes sure the legal language will make sense'."

Chambers in 2018 says:

"Adam Dowdney handles a range of M&A transactions on behalf of buyers and sellers, and also demonstrates expertise in MBOs, MBIs and private equity matters. Sources say he is 'extremely diligent, conscientious and approachable'." 

Chambers in 2017 says:

"Adam Dowdney recently joined from Shoosmiths. He impresses clients with his 'thoroughness and professionalism,' in addition to being praised as 'commercial and very customer-focused.' He is known for his representation of clients in the technology and motor sectors in a range of disposals and acquisitions."

Chambers in 2016 says:

"Adam Dowdney is well regarded for his involvement in disposals and acquisitions, alongside fund-raising work. He advises clients from a variety of sectors."

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