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David Ramm

David Ramm

Edwards Wildman Palmer UK LLP
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    David is a partner in the firm's London office, where he is head of London's business law (corporate) department and also heads London's private equity and venture capital practices. He specialises in private equity, venture capital and M&A, covering a broad range of technology sectors, with particular expertise in the credit card and payment solutions sector. He has been extensively involved in private equity and venture capital financings, advising leading private equity and corporate investors. David's background in engineering, with a PhD from Cambridge University in coating technology, has given him a particular focus on intellectual property rich businesses and the commercial exploitation of their IP assets.

    David "understands entrepreneurs and is commended for his collegiate approach and technically detailed advice." (Chambers UK 2013)

    David "understands complex business structures and is in-tune with the needs and objectives of entrepreneurs." (Chambers UK 2012)

    David's "in-depth knowledge and experience is second to none." (Legal 500 UK 2011) 

    M&A

    • Acted for ABRY Partners LLP in relation to its purchase of a controlling interest in Thomson Online Benefits.
    • Acted for Citibank in respect of the sale of its UK Diners Club Card issuing business.
    • Acted for Citibank in connection with the sale of its Benelux, and French, Diners Club Card issuing businesses.
    • Acted for sQuidcard, a pre-paid card provider in connection with its £53m merger with Applied Card Technologies, a transit card provider.
    • Acted for Citibank in connection with the $500 million sale of its English, Scottish and Northern Irish non-performing mortgages business to Deutsche Bank.
    • Acted for United Technologies in connection with the sale of a UK security service business to Securitas.
    • Acted for Diners Club in connection with the divestiture of its European Diners Club merchant acquiring business to Elavon.
    • Acted for Carlyle Group in respect of its bid for a credit card services provider in the UK and US.
    • Led the legal team in connection with Citibank’s sale of one of its Irish financial services businesses.
    • Acted for Carlyle Group in connection with its investments in, and subsequent exit of, Accucard, a credit card services provider that specialised in dynamic personalisation.
    • Represented Citibank in connection with the sale of its European merchant acquiring business to Euroconex (part of US Bank).

    Private Equity/Venture Capital

    • Advised ABRY Partners LLP in relation to its purchase of a controlling interest in Thomson Online Benefits.
    • Acted in respect of the €996 million bid for the 50 year concession to manage, operate and maintain Aigües Ter Llobregat, the Catalonia water utility in Barcelona.
    • Advised My-Wardrobe, a leading online high-end fashion retailer, in connection with its Series A, Series B, Convertible Loan Note and Loan Note financings.
    • Advised Stratophase in connection with a number of rounds of venture financing by East Hill and the spin out of its Covesion business.
    • Advised sQuidcard in connection with a number of rounds of venture financing.
    • Advised management of Jimmy Choo in connection with the £185million acquisition of Jimmy Choo by Towerbrook.
    • Advised HG Capital in connection with its acquisition of a UK food retailer. Led the team assisting GMT Communications Partners and Polytechnos in connection with their investments in Xchangepoint and Packetexchange.
    • Advised Carlyle Group in connection with its Series A and Series B financing of Accucard, a credit card services provider and the subsequent sale of the business to Lloyds TSB.

    The London VC team supports entrepreneurs, early stage businesses and angel investors through the firm's HIT Programme which defers legal fees for innovative business until such time as they raise significant finance or generate revenues and by offering start-up clients access to free software that enables them to write their own legal business documentation; to view please click here. We also support those that support entrepreneurs through our sponsorship and hosting of sponsoring various Angels Den events.

    Featured Experience

    • Thomsons Online Benefits Acquisition

      Advised private equity house ABRY Partners on their acquisition of a majority interest in UK employee benefits company Thomsons Online Benefits, in a deal that valued the business at around £100 million. MORE

    • Thomsons Online Benefits Acquisition

      Advised private equity house ABRY Partners on their acquisition of a majority interest in UK employee benefits company Thomsons Online Benefits, in a deal that valued the business at around £100 million. MORE

    • Thomsons Online Benefits Acquisition

      Advised private equity house ABRY Partners on their acquisition of a majority interest in UK employee benefits company Thomsons Online Benefits, in a deal that valued the business at around £100 million. MORE

    • Thomsons Online Benefits Acquisition

      Advised private equity house ABRY Partners on their acquisition of a majority interest in UK employee benefits company Thomsons Online Benefits, in a deal that valued the business at around £100 million. MORE

    • Acquisition of Pelangi International Limited

      Sealite Pty Limited: Represented Sealite Pty Limited in the acquisition of Pelangi International Limited. Sealite Pty Ltd, based in Australia, is the world’s fastest growing manufacturer of marine aids to navigation. MORE

    • Acquisition of Pelangi International Limited by Sealite

      In 2012, our Mergers & Acquisitions lawyers in London represented Australian-based marine aids manufacturer Sealite Pty Limited in the acquisition of Pelangi International Limited. MORE

    • Investment Capital Ukraine Acquisition

      In December 2011 our London-based lawyers represented financial services company Investment Capital Ukraine in its acquisition of a 68.2% control block in real estate company KDD Group N.V. (AIM-Listed) without a takeover bid MORE

    • Keynoir Sale of Issued Share Capital

      In July 2011, our lawyers represented Keynoir Limited in the investment by PROfounders Capital. Several months later, in November 2011, we represented Keynoir in the sale of entire issued share capital of Keynoir Limited to TimeOut Group Limited. MORE

    • Acquisition of Allied Healthcare by Saga Group Limited

      We represented UK-based Allied Healthcare International Inc. in its acquisition for cash by merger by Saga Group Limited in October 2011. MORE

    • Thomsons Online Benefits Acquisition

      Advised private equity house ABRY Partners on their acquisition of a majority interest in UK employee benefits company Thomsons Online Benefits, in a deal that valued the business at around £100 million. MORE

    • Thomsons Online Benefits Acquisition

      Advised private equity house ABRY Partners on their acquisition of a majority interest in UK employee benefits company Thomsons Online Benefits, in a deal that valued the business at around £100 million. MORE

    • Keynoir Sale of Issued Share Capital

      In July 2011, our lawyers represented Keynoir Limited in the investment by PROfounders Capital. Several months later, in November 2011, we represented Keynoir in the sale of entire issued share capital of Keynoir Limited to TimeOut Group Limited. MORE

    • Thomsons Online Benefits Acquisition

      Advised private equity house ABRY Partners on their acquisition of a majority interest in UK employee benefits company Thomsons Online Benefits, in a deal that valued the business at around £100 million. MORE

    • Acquisition of Pelangi International Limited

      Sealite Pty Limited: Represented Sealite Pty Limited in the acquisition of Pelangi International Limited. Sealite Pty Ltd, based in Australia, is the world’s fastest growing manufacturer of marine aids to navigation. MORE

    • Acquisition of Pelangi International Limited

      Sealite Pty Limited: Represented Sealite Pty Limited in the acquisition of Pelangi International Limited. Sealite Pty Ltd, based in Australia, is the world’s fastest growing manufacturer of marine aids to navigation. MORE

    • Investment Capital Ukraine Acquisition

      In December 2011 our London-based lawyers represented financial services company Investment Capital Ukraine in its acquisition of a 68.2% control block in real estate company KDD Group N.V. (AIM-Listed) without a takeover bid MORE

    • Investment Capital Ukraine Acquisition

      In December 2011 our London-based lawyers represented financial services company Investment Capital Ukraine in its acquisition of a 68.2% control block in real estate company KDD Group N.V. (AIM-Listed) without a takeover bid MORE

    • Investment Capital Ukraine Acquisition

      In December 2011 our London-based lawyers represented financial services company Investment Capital Ukraine in its acquisition of a 68.2% control block in real estate company KDD Group N.V. (AIM-Listed) without a takeover bid MORE

    • Investment Capital Ukraine Acquisition

      In December 2011 our London-based lawyers represented financial services company Investment Capital Ukraine in its acquisition of a 68.2% control block in real estate company KDD Group N.V. (AIM-Listed) without a takeover bid MORE

    • Keynoir Sale of Issued Share Capital

      In July 2011, our lawyers represented Keynoir Limited in the investment by PROfounders Capital. Several months later, in November 2011, we represented Keynoir in the sale of entire issued share capital of Keynoir Limited to TimeOut Group Limited. MORE

    • Series B Fundraising for mywardrobe.com

      A team of Venture Capital lawyers represented mywardrobe.com in the November 2011 series B fundraising by Balderton Capital IV LP and others. MORE

    • Keynoir Sale of Issued Share Capital

      In July 2011, our lawyers represented Keynoir Limited in the investment by PROfounders Capital. Several months later, in November 2011, we represented Keynoir in the sale of entire issued share capital of Keynoir Limited to TimeOut Group Limited. MORE

    • Keynoir Sale of Issued Share Capital

      In July 2011, our lawyers represented Keynoir Limited in the investment by PROfounders Capital. Several months later, in November 2011, we represented Keynoir in the sale of entire issued share capital of Keynoir Limited to TimeOut Group Limited. MORE

    • Series B Fundraising for mywardrobe.com

      A team of Venture Capital lawyers represented mywardrobe.com in the November 2011 series B fundraising by Balderton Capital IV LP and others. MORE

    Before Edwards Wildman

    David joined the Firm from Speechly Bircham/Campbell Hooper where he headed up their growing PE/VC practice, as well as their financial services practice.

    He started his career at Gouldens (subsequently merged with Jones Day). He subsequently moved to Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering where he was responsible for establishing the firms UK private equity practice which subsequently merged with that of Hale & Dorr.

    Besides Edwards Wildman

    In his free time, David enjoys technical diving and sailing.

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