Senior commercial lawyer joins O’Connors

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15 January 2015

Mike Ainsworth with O’Connors Managing Partner Mark O’Connor

Mike Ainsworth with O’Connors Managing Partner Mark O’Connor

Lead advisory law firm, O’Connors LLP, has appointed senior commercial lawyer Mike Ainsworth as its fifth partner. Mike joins after 9 years with global technology solutions business CSC.

Based in Liverpool and London, O’Connors offers a unique blend of corporate, commercial, insurance and regulatory expertise and handles projects and transactions for some of the UK’s most innovative and successful organisations.

Mike’s appointment expands the firm’s capacity to handle major commercial negotiations for its growing international client base as well as bringing rare technology and healthcare sector experience to the firm.

Mike said: “I know and love Liverpool having spent most of my 20 plus years in legal career in and around the city, including 6 years in private practice at DLA Piper, before taking up a group legal adviser and company secretary role with a local public company. It is impressive to see how strongly Liverpool is building on its historical London links and re-establishing itself as a premiership player in international trade.

“Since deciding to move back into private practice, I have been looking for a firm whose operating model complements the in-house business advisory skills I have developed. I believe O’Connors’ lead advisory model does just that and will enable me to build on a successful formula to provide real value to senior management. I also plan to use my IT and NHS experience at CSC to open up new markets for the firm in the north west, London and internationally.”

Commenting on Mike’s appointment, managing partner Mark O’Connor said: “Mike is a strategic appointment for us as we continue to develop our team and build for the future. “His heavyweight transaction experience across a whole range of commercial agreements will add further depth to our service offering as we support our clients doing business throughout the world.

”Our focus on providing corporate, commercial, insurance and regulatory advice for clients is as strong today as it was when we started the firm 11 years ago. With the economy strengthening and transactional activity increasing, I can see us making further senior appointments in these core areas during 2015.”

O’Connors was founded in 2003 and comprises nine senior lawyers and four support staff. The firm has developed a national and international reputation for clear thinking and the effective management of large and complex projects and transactions. Clients include manufacturers, distributors, hirers, technology companies, investment funds, insurers, insurance brokers, financial and professional services firms and public sector bodies.


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