Guy heads up the Corporate Team at George Green LLP. Guy trained in London at the specialist Intellectual Property firm Bird & Bird where, following qualification in 1981, he practised as a Patent Litigator. He then returned to the West Midlands to join his family firm, George Green LLP as a Corporate Lawyer where he developed their Private Equity practice acting both for management teams and for private equity houses such as 3i, Lloyds Development Capital and Natwest Development Capital as well as a number of other private and quoted companies.
In 2000, Guy joined the Birmingham Office of international law firm Eversheds to head up their private equity team and expanded his private equity client base to include Barclays Private Equity, Gresham Private Equity, Aberdeen Asset Management and Royal Bank Private Equity amongst others. Guy also continued his general Corporate M&A practice alongside his Private Equity practice.
In 2007, Guy joined one of his quoted Icelandic clients, Exista hf, as Global Head of Legal. Following the collapse of the Icelandic economy, Guy re-joined the Corporate Team of Eversheds, this time as a Partner in their London office. Guy returned to the West Midlands a year later to re-join his family firm, George Green LLP.
Guy is recognised as a leading individual in Chambers which says “Guy was praised for his track record and high value and high profile transactions”. Guy has been described as a “deal junkie” and has acted on some of the region’s most high profile transactions whilst remaining true to his Black Country roots acting as “trust advisor” to many of the regions family Companies both large and small.
Outside the law, Guy is a keen sailor, cyclist, skier, trekking – indeed, anything that doesn’t involve a ball (though he has been known to walk onto a tennis court from time to time). Guy is also a keen supporter of Stourbridge Rugby Football Club (though his playing days are well and truly over).
Guy is a member of the advisory board for the AEIF Fund.
- Guy had acted for Bakkavor hf, a leading Icelandic food manufacturer for a number of years when they undertook their largest acquisition to date being the £700 million public bid for UK food giant, Geest Foods Plc. The transaction was effected by way of a scheme of arrangement and Guy led a team of more than 25 lawyers conducting a detailed due diligence programme and refinancing as well as the take-over bid itself.
- On his return to the West Midlands, Guy acted on the sale of Alexander Comley Limited, a Company which was the subject of a management buyout on which he advised some 20 years earlier. Several of the original managers remained with the business as shareholders going forward.
- Guy advised Jim McCarthy and the rest of the Poundland management team on the £750 million IPO of Poundland Group PLC having previously advised on the £200 million secondary buyout of the company by Warburg Pincus.
- Acted for the owners of Metallisation Limited on the “Vendor Funded Buy Out” of the company by its Managers. Additional funding was provided by an Invoice Discounting Facility from RBS Invoice Finance Limited and a Term Loan from The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc.
- Acted for the London based Corporate Finance advisory boutique, Manfield Partners Limited, in their acquisition of MCM Foods Limited, a Dutch food company specialising in the production of canned and processed fish. This Company was owned by the Japanese conglomerate, Mitsui and Guy led a team of both UK and Dutch lawyers working with Mitsui’s Japanese acquisitions team and their UK advisors.
- Guy advised the Healthcare at Home Limited management team on the £200 million secondary buyout of the company by Vitruvian.
- Guy led the team acting for Exista hf on its €4 billion acquisition of a 20% interest in Sampo OY from Robert Tchenguiz. The transaction was structured as an acquisition of a derivative funding structure through which the Sampo shares were financed.
- Guy acted for Finance Birmingham Limited in the provision of growth equity and mezzanine finance to Coventry Chemicals Limited.