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Steve Berry

Steve Berry

Chairman and Partner - Corporate & Commercial

Professional Background

Steve is a very experienced corporate lawyer and dealmaker with a track record of over 25 years of top level experience both in the UK and internationally. He has advised on numerous M&A transactions and is recognised by both The Legal 500 and Chambers as a top-ranked UK lawyer for corporate deals. He has board level experience of working with growth companies from early stage funding through to exit and has a particular interest in technology backed ventures. Steve is a founding partner of Acuity has been instrumental in leading its growth since its formation.

Work highlights – advising:

  • Newport Wafer Fab on its spin out from an international firm into private ownership, and its subsequent growth to become a key member of the South Wales compound semiconductor cluster
  • MyPinPad on its set up and funding rounds which have led to it being established as a major player in the electronic payments sector
  • Wealthify on its establishment and funding through a structured investment by Aviva
  • Eco2 on the development and financing of three biomass power stations each having a capital value of over £120m
  • Verdion Properties on the financing and development arrangements for the £150m+ development of an inland logistics port near Doncaster and an ongoing funding partnership with a major pension fund
  • Lifecare Residences on its development and funding of luxury retirement villages, including an £100m+ development in Battersea, London 
  • Capita plc on multiple acquisitions and long term PPP agreements

Education

Steve was educated at Bristol University. He worked at Herbert Smith and was a partner at Eversheds before co-founding Acuity in 1999. Steve is the Chairman and a practicing corporate partner at Acuity.

The directories say...

Clients appreciate his approach, commenting that he is "a terrific lawyer: confident, balanced and experienced."

Chambers UK

Stephen Berry receives consistently positive client feedback (he is ‘commercial’, and a ‘good negotiator’), and has built up a loyal client base.

Legal 500

Clients appreciate his approach, commenting that he is "a terrific lawyer: confident, balanced and experienced."

Chambers UK

Stephen Berry receives consistently positive client feedback (he is ‘commercial’, and a ‘good negotiator’), and has built up a loyal client base.

Legal 500


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