Head of Keebles corporate team steps down after four decades

19th June 2018

Prolific dealmaker, Roger Dyson, is retiring as head of Keebles corporate team after a career spanning four decades and involving around 500 deals.

Joining Keebles, then called HLW, as a corporate partner in 2000, Roger became managing partner in 2008 and was appointed to head the corporate team in 2011 when the firm merged with Keeble Hawson. The practice, one of the biggest in Yorkshire, has recently rebranded to Keebles to reflect its growth vision. Spearheading SME and owner managed business transactions; Roger's extensive experience includes representing PLC's in sensitive applications and transactions involving multiple clients and jurisdictions. A particularly complex deal involved managing the simultaneous sale of three unrelated businesses in the same sector with different owners to the same US buyer. Under Roger's leadership, the team grew to one of the region's largest multi-award winning departments. Its client portfolio includes Pressure Technologies, Acorn Industrial Services and UK Steel Enterprise, a subsidiary of TATA Steel. Highly experienced dealmaker, Matt Ainsworth, will head the corporate department. Said Roger: -I'm delighted and proud to leave the talented team in the capable hands of Matt as it continues to go from strength to strength, Our policy of training and developing our trainee solicitors - coupled with how our reputation has attracted the region's top dealmakers to work with us - has fuelled our expansion and maintained our reputation in the market. I wish Matt and the team continued success. Matt commented: -Roger's track record and wealth of achievements are inspirational. He has been instrumental in sustaining the high regard in which the corporate team is held in Yorkshire and beyond. We thank Roger for his pivotal role and wish him a long and happy retirement.

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