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Matthew Hobbs

Senior Associate

Matthew is experienced in a wide range of corporate and commercial matters including mergers and acquisitions, reorganisations and corporate finance transactions.



Matt is a Senior Associate in the Firm's corporate team. Matt's experience encompasses a broad range of corporate transactional and advisory matters including private M&A, corporate restructurings and reorganisations, fundraising including PE and VC investments and matters of general corporate governance.  

Whilst Matt acts for a broad range of clients across various sectors he has a particular focus on clients operating in the private equity and impact investing spaces. He has a strong track record of advising on complex cross-border matters, including acting as lead counsel on multi-jurisdictional transactions.

Matt is admitted to practise in England and Wales.


Some recent deal highlights include:

  • Acting for AgDevCo, a UK impact investor which invests in agricultural businesses operating in Sub-Saharan Africa, on various matters including:
    - A $70m equity fundraising round involving investment by British International Investment (formerly CDC Group) and Norfund;
    - An investment in East African Magical Farms Group, a leading premium carnations producer operating in Kenya and Ethiopia;
    - A $14m investment in Flow Equity, a high-impact poultry business operating in Ethiopia, Rwanda and Uganda.
  • Acting for Battery Ventures, a Boston-headquartered PE fund, on the disposal of the SPT Labtech group of companies to EQT for £650m.
  • Advising the shareholders of Plumbworld on the sale of the company to Highbourne Group, a leading specialist distributor of plumbing, heating and bathroom products which is backed by HIG Capital.

Our thinking

  • Charles Russell Speechlys advises AgDevCo on its multi-million investment into Flow Equity

    Adrian Mayer


  • Charles Russell Speechlys advising Battery Ventures on the sale of SPT Labtech for £650 million.

    Jonathan Morley


  • Charles Russell Speechlys advises AgDevCo on $70m of DFI Funding

    Adrian Mayer


  • Charles Russell Speechlys advises Metier on US$39m investment into Africa Mobile Networks

    Adrian Mayer


  • Charles Russell Speechlys advises Harborough Limited and management team of GHL Bank Plc on the sale of GHL to First National Bank of Ghana

    Adrian Mayer


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