Jody Webb joins us as corporate partner
We are delighted to announce the arrival of Jody Webb to the firm as our corporate partner.
With more than 14 years’ qualified experience, Jody joins the firm from Freeths where she was a director, specialising in acquisitions, disposals, management buyouts and private equity investments. Jody has particular expertise in manufacturing, energy, technology, automotive and retail sectors and has acted for BGF on numerous investments.
Well known in the Birmingham market, Jody will be based at our Birmingham hub.
Jody said: “I am delighted to be joining Shakespeare Martineau, which has an impressive client base and offers specialisms that cater for a breadth of client needs. The corporate team is ranked tier 2 in the Legal 500 so their reputation goes before them. I look forward to being a part of the friendly, approachable culture and the firm’s growth journey as it expands its corporate presence in Birmingham."
“Birmingham is a great city with a thriving corporate finance community and numerous businesses right on our doorstep. 2021 has seen increasing M&A activity, from owner managers, ambitious management teams, PE houses and funders. The UK market is attractive right now following the success of our vaccine rollout and the resilience and adaptability shown by many Midlands businesses. I am passionate about working in Birmingham and surrounding Black Country and look forward to working with clients, contacts and colleagues at this exciting time.”
Jody’s appointment follows a string of new hires across the Midlands, including Solihull, Stratford and Lincolnshire.
Duncan James, head of corporate, said: “There is a lot of opportunity in the corporate market across the whole of the Midlands and beyond. Having a rising star like Jody join us in Birmingham reflects our continued commitment to long-term growth and extending our corporate reach.
“Jody joins an established team that offers a quality of service to the UK’s second city, which speaks to our ambitious ‘house of brands’ strategy as we look to double in size by 2023. The sheer variety of sectors we work with across all our offices shows the expertise we have within the corporate team and across the firm more widely.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Jody, who has a growing reputation in the Birmingham market. I think there is a real opportunity for her to increase both her and the firm’s profile in Birmingham and beyond.”
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Jody leads on substantial transactions including acquisitions, disposals, management buy outs and private equity investments with a particular focus on the UK mid-market with values of circa £5m – £100m across a variety of sectors.