DLA Piper, Addleshaw Goddard, Pannone Corporate and TLT have been appointed to the first-ever legal panel installed by online fashion retailer Boohoo.com in the wake of its £560m IPO.
Pannone Corporate, which also advised the retailer on its IPO, has been enlisted to advise on IP, corporate, commercial and dispute resolution matters. The firm retained the client after its demerger from Pannone as part of the legacy firm’s tie-up with Australian-listed Slater & Gordon, thanks to its longstanding relationship with Boohoo’s co-founders and joint CEO’s Mahmud Kamani and Carol Kane (17 February 2014).
TLT will advise the retailer on contentious IP work, commercial advice, disputes, and property issues. Dispute resolution partner Emma Flower has taken the reins for the firm, with other team members including commercial partner Stuart Campbell, IP dispute resolution partner Graeme Orchison and real estate partner Dan Sweeney.
DLA Piper has a relationship with the Manchester-based fashion retailer, having advised on its Aim floatation earlier this month. A team of 20 worked on the transaction, led by corporate partners Elia Montorio and Stephen Devlin. It is thought that the firm has won a mandate to advise on all aspects of law for its retailer client.
Addleshaw Goddard also played a role in Boohoo’s IPO, advising Zeus Capital as nominated adviser and broker on the transaction. However, the firm said that its appointment to the panel was unrelated, as the pitching process kicked off prior to the floatation.
The appointment marks the first time that Addleshaws has been instructed by Boohoo, for which it has fielded a team led by corporate finance partner Neal Shephard from its Manchester office.
The panel review process was overseen by Boohoo’s general counsel Louise Fishwick, who joined the business in September 2013 from the corporate and commercial department of The Co-operative Group. She previously spent time working at Slaughter and May and DLA Piper.
Fishwick took over from Steve Kuncewicz, who exited the company last March to establish a creative industries team at Liverpool and Manchester based boutique Bermans.